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

BN    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/winter-magic-rosemary-laurey/1125417014?ean=2940157492533

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.

A visit with Helen Henderson

Thank you Cynthia for letting me stop by. I’m Helen Henderson, and have been called a tour guide to the stars, the Old West, and worlds of imagination. I love chocolate in whatever form is at hand, white wine rather than red, and scallops with steak and shrimp on the side. My sign is Gemini, hence my writing crosses genres, among them science fiction and fantasy. My alter ego, Jessie Treon, takes credit for the historical westerns. My latest release is Windmaster Legacy and I’ll talk a little more about it later.

Was your road to publication fraught with peril or a walk in the park?

When my first short story was published, there was a dozen completed ones in my drawer. And that didn’t include the ones that I had tossed out during periodic cleanings when I felt I would never make it as a writer. By the time the first contracted book was released, three more were written and/or storyboarded.

Like many writers before the proliferation of ebooks and self-publishing, I followed the accepted path of the time. First you had short pieces published in magazines then once a certain level of skill was achieved, you expanded to a full-length book. That is the dry recitation of facts. However, there is the flip side, and it goes beyond rejections.

I’ve had publications close, editors pass on, and publishers disappear overnight. During one editorial change, the incoming person returned several pieces that had been accepted and were awaiting contract signature. Even worst was the cancellation of a requested book just before publication. Not because he didn’t like the book, or that it wasn’t saleable. He didn’t even read it. The casual discarding of what was then years worth of work for the group was done on the basis of “just because.”

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

School taught me to hate writing. Diagramming sentences, outlining, and forced writing assignments took away the passion and joy of writing and it took me many years to find it again. Becoming a published author was never on the agenda even though I love books. Did I say I LOVED books? So for many more years than I want to admit, I planned to work where I would be surrounded by books… I would be a librarian. A change in curriculum requirements halfway through college ended that dream but later education opened another. In my various misspent lives I’ve been a computer programmer, systems analyst, marketing communications, correspondent, and feature story writer. Each position honed various writing skills until eventually I could add “published author” to the list.

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.

My most recent release, Windmaster Legacy, is book 2 of the fantasy series, The Windmaster Novels. The books are described as action-packed, romance-filled tales that a reviewer said should come with a warning label. “This fascinating story will keep you up all night, turning those pages!” The series covers the exploits of Lady Ellspeth, captain of Sea Falcon and Lord Dal, archmage of the world. In the first book, revenge set Ellspeth on the path to her destiny, but prophecy controlled the journey. Trapped within the Oracle’s Temple, she must choose between her own survival, saving the future of magic… or love.

Windmaster Legacy takes readers on a different journey. Ellspeth and Dal, escort his mother to her ancestral lands on a distant continent. While Dal searches for the rogue wizard, Bashim, Dal’s mother is fatally wounded by mercenaries under Bashim’s command. Ellspeth is captured. Her sole hope for escape is Nobyn, an untrained wizard going through the throes of awakening magic. However, Nobyn is Bashim’s apprentice and under the rogue wizard’s total control.

This time it is Dal who must make an impossible decision — Rescue Ellspeth, save his mother, or thwart Bashim’s plans. As archmage, Dal might be able to survive killing the future of magic, but as a man could he live with the knowledge he caused the death of a loved one.

Tell us about your hero.
Dal is a series of contrasts. The younger son of a chieftain he would never inherit the ruler’s chair, yet his destiny required him to assume a monumental responsibility. Secure enough in himself to teach others to wield magic, his battle-tested weaponry skills contrast with his sensitivity. Dark-haired, handsome, everything you want in a man, Dal knows that a woman needs to face her own destiny, even if it is at the cost of their love.

And as for that woman? Ellspeth was awarded command of the newest ship of the line at the age most captains were still junior officers. She was skilled enough in the ways of the sea to command the respect of the crew and an experienced enough fighter to lead them in battle. However she was not a cold, unfeeling robot. To her, her crew were kin. The pain of losing one sent her on the vengeance trail.

What do you have planned for the future? / What is your next project and when will it be released?

There are several projects in the works, but no release dates at this point. When the characters stops fighting me, the Windmaster Novels are to continue with a story based on the next generation of mages and Windmaster Legends, a story taken from the mists of history. In my other romantic fantasy series, the Dragshi Chronicles, a story of duty and honor, love and loss, sometimes of the past, sometimes of legend, was recounted, if however briefly. In First Change, these legends are given their full due. As with any tale from history and legend, some contain larger than life deeds. Others are the simple story of a man or woman doing what must be done, regardless of the cost. And like life, a happy ending is not guaranteed

As to who are the dragshi? They are more than just a man or woman, but two beings—one human, the other a dragon. The pair share one body in space and time and are able to change forms with the other at will. But be warned, a dragon form comes with more than just the freedom of the sky.

Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?
Research and learn. The great thing about today is that depending on luck and talent, a variety of paths are open to a writer from independent publishing, small press, agented, or the big New York City publishers. Investigate what fits your personality. Writing organizations and critique partners are invaluable sources for helping you learn your craft. You’ll hear plotter and pantser tossed around, or some other process of writing. Discover what works for you but remember one thing. Each project is unique and in its writing you change. What worked for one book might not for another so don’t be afraid to do something different. The critique group whose mix made perfect sense before your first release might not be as helpful when book ten is conceived. And my final bit of advice, when you reach whatever level of success you wish, remember to pay it forward.

Excerpt from Windmaster Legacy

The pressure eased as Dal raised an arm and pointed out the window. “Aren’t those stars Iol and Pelra, the lovers who were turned into shipfish? You told me the tale on our first sail together.”

“Yes.”

“I remember something else about that sail,” Dal’s voice held a hint of mischief.

Ellspeth closed her eyes at the memory of how she had rejected magic. “I almost lost you.”

Dal’s arms moved to Ellspeth’s shoulders to turn her around to face him. “There was no way I would have let you go. From our first meeting on the dock, magic or no magic, I knew we would spend our lives together. The servants are gone for the evening and Eilidh stayed at Kurrin’s clanhold. We have the house to ourselves tonight.”

Moonlight showed the desire on his face. She became aware of the heat rising on her skin where Dal’s hands lay on her shoulder. He lowered his mouth to hers. Ellspeth’s lips parted to welcome him. His kiss sent her afloat on a wave of emotion.

Long moments later, he pulled back enough for air to pass between them. His hands traced patterns on her skin to Ellspeth’s waist, slipping the gown from her shoulders as they went. Lines of fire followed the path. The feather light touch of his lips as they followed the curve of her neck sent shock after shock racing through her nerves. Before her senses overloaded, Dal’s strong arms picked her up and carried her to the bed.

“That is a nice outfit you bought in Letralia,” he murmured. “Too bad it never stays on long.”

Whatever response she had planned to make was lost as Dal’s lips again pressed against hers.

Windmaster Legacy Available at Amazon http://a.co/cJdXkpk

About Helen:
A former feature-story writer and correspondent, Henderson writes action-filled, romance-laden fantasies. Among her body of work are two series: the Dragshi Chronicles and The Windmaster Novels. Excerpts of her work, writing tips, and information on new releases can be found on her blog, http://helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com.

Find her elsewhere online at:
Author website  http://helenhenderson-author.webs.com
Twitter  https://twitter.com/history2write
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Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/HelenHenderson.author

The Star Survivor by Veronica Scott

Thank you Veronica for being my first guest for 2017.

Thanks for having me as your guest and I’m honored to kick off 2017 here at your blog!

My latest science fiction romance novel is Star Survivor and has actually been the sequel most often requested by my readers. It’s a wonderful compliment to be asked for sequels but I also wanted to be sure I got it right and did justice to the two characters my readers were intrigued by.

Twilka and Khevan were secondary characters in Wreck of the Nebula Dream, the book I wrote based on the sinking of the Titanic, but set in the far future on an interstellar spaceliner. People definitely wanted to know what happened to them next. This new book is a standalone story but having read Wreck first might enhance the reader enjoyment a bit. It’s not a spoiler to say Twilka, the heroine in this new book, is definitely a survivor, not only of the wreck, but also of other events in her life. She’s stronger than she ever understood.

It took me a while to work out what the future would have held for Khevan and Twilka once they finally escaped the dying ship in the first book. I came up with a couple of romantic suspense type plots but nothing seemed right and I kept setting the project aside. So in mid-2016, I took a step back to reconsider. One of my jumping off points for this story was the realization that a person will probably only ever have one “Titanic” type of event in their entire life. (Certain real crew members of the Titanic were an exception to the general rule but that’s another story for sure). Life goes on and although the person has undoubtedly been shaped and altered by what they lived through on the fateful night, he or she still has to finish living out an ordinary human existence.

So I thought about what changes surviving the catastrophic wreck of the Nebula Dream would have made to someone like Twilka – rich, carefree and previously sheltered from consequences – and then how she’d go on afterward. I looked into the stories of real Titanic First Class passengers who survived the sinking and what they did next, which was interesting and illuminating, as far as choices for Twilka. You asked me about one of my character’s strengths and one of her weaknesses – Twilka is extremely strong as a person and refuses to ever accept defeat. She keeps fighting. Her father is a “generational billionaire” with many children by a number of wives, and I think the reader can infer Twilka has always had to fight to be ‘seen’ and to get her share of attention, time and resources. Her original weakness in Wreck of the Nebula Dream was expecting her social status and riches to solve any problem. Now that she knows better, her weakness is her lingering love for Khevan. Needless to say, things did not go smoothly for them as a couple after the end of Wreck. Or we’d have no story to tell!

The hero in this book is Khevan, the D’nvannae Brother – he’s sworn to serve an alien goddess, as either a bodyguard or a deadly assassin, at the whim of his Red Lady. At the end of Wreck, he and Twilka were together…but again, I had to consider what might have happened to him after the first few weeks of relief at surviving. His weakness is that he can only think of protecting Twilka, no matter the cost to himself, and so he makes decisions without her input on matters that very much affect her. It’s not that he doesn’t respect her or think highly of her abilities. He’s been so shaped by his responsibilities and experiences as a D’nvannae Brother that he can only see one path in any situation. His strength is that he’s a highly trained killer and no one is going to assassinate Twilka while he’s on the job.

One of your standard questions for guests is about what’s most difficult to write – characters, conflict or emotions. Star Survivor has all three elements of course, but for me the characters themselves are the bedrock foundation of any story and their emotions will then direct how the conflicts get resolved. I tend to write an external conflict underlying the plot which puts my characters in a situation where they have to make choices and take action – a lot of action! I’m not a plotter, by which I mean I start off knowing who my characters are, the beginning and the ending of the book, and a few major scenes along the way. Nothing more than that. Then I dive into the writing and let the characters tell me the details of what happens next as I go along. Sometimes the twists and turns will surprise even me!

Here’s the story of Star Survivor:

The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive.

They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.

Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?

D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady.  Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.

But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?

And a very short excerpt for you:

The dreams she couldn’t escape for long were especially bad tonight. Twilka tossed and turned on the huge bed in the city’s most luxurious hotel, more than a little afraid to seek more sleep. She’d clawed her way out of the nightmare where she was surrounded by laughing, faceless drunks, intent on living their last few hours of life aboard the Nebula Dream by passing her around among themselves. In the dream, there was no help coming, no rescue, and she woke screaming. Heart pounding, she lay still for a moment before reaching for the glass of water at the bedside. Should she take the meds her doctor had given her to suppress the memories?

No, the prescription stuff made her into a robot who’d sleepwalk through tomorrow’s activities, and she needed all her wits about her in the negotiations. Taking the glass, she kicked her way free of the covers and strolled barefoot to the private terrace, high above the planet’s surface. Inhaling a deep breath of the flower-scented air, she took one tentative step onto the balcony, clutching the door handle with her free hand. Acrophobia was a bitch. As she sipped the water, she reflected on the irony that she, of all people, was reluctant to take a drug to quell the nightmares. “A legal one no less,” she muttered to herself. After years of enjoying all the feelgoods all the time with no regard for consequences.

The view of the city was breathtaking, all colorful twinkly lights at this hour. Raising her eyes to the plateau, she took a deep breath. The Red Lady’s oversize temple dominated the horizon, glowing ruby like a baleful eye. Shivering, wishing she’d put on her robe, Twilka pivoted to re-enter the room. With a stifled scream, she saw a dark shadow standing beside the bed. Breaking the water glass on the door frame and holding the jagged base fragment as a weapon, she said, “I’ve activated my personal panic button. The hotel’s security detail will be here in a minute. Leave now and I won’t press charges.”

He stepped into the moonlight. “We need to talk. Cancel the alarm.”

Khevan. She sagged against the balcony door, allowing the broken glass to roll from her hand onto the carpet. “I told you, we have nothing left to discuss. Anything between us died a long time ago.”

There was pounding on the door. “Miss Zabour?”

He didn’t even glance at the portal, intent on her. “Send them away.”

What’s next for me? I’m currently writing the sequel to Star Cruise: Stowaway, which was a novella that appeared in the Pets In Space anthology. Then I haven’t decided what next, although I will say more sequel ideas for Twilka and Khevan keep coming to me now!

Author Bio and Links:

Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.

Three time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”

Blog: https://veronicascott.wordpress.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/vscotttheauthor

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Veronica-Scott/177217415659637?ref=hl

 Star Survivor Buy Links:

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A Visit with Paul Lima

How did you get started writing?

I’ve been writing since I was 14. I’m 62 now and have been a professional  writer for the last 30-plus years.

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

I write non-fiction books about business, promotional, article and social media writing and the business of freelance writing. I also have published a book of short stories. You can read about my books online at http://www.paullima.com/books/.

What is your favorite part of writing?

My favorite part of writing is the writing. I’ve often said I could write about anything as long as I got to write! I’ve been a journalist, a business writer, an advertising copywriter and a fiction writer. I simply love to write.

What is your least favorite part of writing?

My least favorite part of writing is spelling and grammar. Yes, I’ve been a professional writer for over 30 years but spelling and the rules of grammar still manage to baffle me at times. So I edit and proofread very carefully. But then I believe every writer should edit and proofread carefully.

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

I don’t spend a heck of a lot of time promoting my books. Several of them are used as university textbooks, so they sell every semester. Having said that, I blog about the business of freelance writing and use social media to promote my blog, which promotes my business of freelance writing books.

How has your experience with self-publishing been?

I really enjoy self-publishing. It has been a learning curve, producing print of demand (POD) and e-books, but I tend to embrace technology and have enjoyed the learning process. In fact, I have formatted POD and e-books for several business clients who wanted books out there.

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

If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you can have fun learning how to self-publish. If you are not, there are people out there who will do it for you, for a price. That will let you focus on the writing and promotion of your book.

Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?

If you are an aspiring author, don’t let the technology and self-publishing process interfere with the writing process. In other words, you can’t self-publish until you have written something, so focus on the writing. Complete your book, including the editing and proofreading. Then start to think about self-publishing. In short, there is an order to this. And writing comes first!

BIO

Based in Toronto, Ontario, freelance writer and business-writing trainer Paul Lima has been a professional writer and writing instructor for over 25 years. He writes case studies, media releases, brochures, sales letters, web content, S blog posts, proposals and reports and conducts business writing, e-mail writing, proposal and report writing, copywriting and writing for the web seminars. He is the author of a dozen books on business writing, copywriting, freelance writing and other related topics. You can learn more online at www.paullima.com.

A visit with Casey Dawes

montana-christmas-magic-cover-originalWhat advice do you have for other authors wanting to self-publish?

I’m a hybrid author, and I also provide a helping hand to those who want to self-publish. There are many reasons to self-publish, so knowing your reason is critical. If you’re expecting to make a fortune, especially on a first book, think again. It happens, but it’s rare. Additionally, it’s a rapidly changing world with a lot of people looking to get rich on your effort. Become an educated consumer.

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

I have to admit, a quirky person has the best chance of ending up in one of my books. An innkeeper in Washington showed up in the same occupation in California Wine. Tall and lanky, with non-stop commentary that appeared to have no filter, he was the perfect person to provide some humor. To date, I haven’t killed anyone off, but I’ve got a few candidates!

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

Deep emotions, hands down. Because of a rocky childhood and a few unhealthy relationships, I’m schooled at not looking too deeply, particularly at anything involving pain. I’m fortunate to have an outstanding editor who is teaching me to become more immediate in my writing. Of course, that requires a lot more walking around the room as I work through my own deep-set emotions.

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

I’m incredibly lucky. I live on a six-acre piece of property in Montana. While there are two other houses, it’s really quiet. No matter which window I look out of, there are views. There’s a river in the back yard where my husband catches the occasional trout. Lolo Peak hovers to the south, marking Lewis and Clark’s trek across the Bitterroot Mountains. Most nights a half dozen deer browse on the front lawn. Herons, eagles, and osprey fly by regularly.

Sometimes I write at my desk upstairs. Other times I’m on the couch downstairs. Wherever I am, there are bears–stuffed ones with distinctive personalities.

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

Strength: Determination   Weakness: Locked into one path

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

Strength: Creativity  Weakness: Self-doubt.

Why have you become a published author?

This is a great question! One of the problems I’ve seen over and over again is miscommunication and lack of understanding of another person’s point of view. I write to open the eyes and hearts of my readers. In the process, I need to really look at the other side of an issue as well, so I can provide a balanced story that people can read. And I write and publish to tell a good story, because that’s the best way to communicate.

What sort of promo do you do? Do you have help?

I’m afraid my promo methods are a bit haphazard, and I’d love to have help, but it’s not in the budget! I try to get a blog out once a week, post something on Facebook and Twitter every week day, and have a newsletter list (www.stories-about-love.com). My newsletter recipients get a chance to win prizes and receive a first look at covers and stories. But the biggest effort I put into promotion is to write the best book I can right now. Word of mouth is an incredible promotional tool.

 Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?

Accept the things you can’t control: an agent or editor may not like you, hate books that have snakes, or may not have slept well the night before. Change the things you can: Continually grow as a writer, and keep looking for the best way to midwife your story to the public. Self-publication, sending out to agents and editors, whatever is part of your path.

What’s next for you?

I live in Montana. A lot of us have more than one job to make ends meet.  I’ll be substitute teaching until June (with a few breaks to escape the cold–follow me on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/public/Casey-Dawes} to find out where). I provide book shepherding services for people who want to self-publish and plan to write a short e-book on uploading to Amazon for maximum discoverability.  Inspired by NaNoWriMo, I am working on my 2017 Christmas story, and there’s also a new series in the works.

BLURB

Injured in a tragic car crash at Christmas time, tennis pro Logan Collins retreats to his uncle’s ranch in wintry Phillipsburg, Montana, only to find his Uncle Willy in the hospital with terminal cancer. When Willy dies a few days later, Logan discovers the old man put plans in motion that might just change his life … as long as he’s willing to upend everything he’s been doing for the last decade … and put some chocolates in his uncle’s casket just in case there aren’t any in heaven.

Montana-born aspiring artist and temporary chocolatier, Julie Thompson isn’t surprised by their favorite customer’s odd request. Curiosity about the good-looking New Yorker who made the request, entices her to bring the chocolates to the funeral personally.

Soon Logan finds himself with a ranch, a dog, a horse, and a woman who brings light into his dark life. He never wanted any of it. Julie’s roots are in the vast plains and big skies where her family lives. Nowhere else is home. Can he persuade her Christmas in New York is just as inspiring?

Or will Willy’s plot prevail?

EXCERPT

She smiled at him. Not an innocent smile.

Their gazes broke at the tap of Sue Anne’s heels.

“Oh, hello,” Sue Anne said. “Is Julie taking care of you?” She looked from one to the other, her eyebrows narrowing slightly.

“Very well,” Logan said, more than one layer of meaning in his tone.

“Sue Anne, this is Logan, Willy’s nephew.”

“How nice to meet you, Logan,” she said. “How is our favorite customer, Willy?”

“Dead,” Julie and Logan said at the same time, sharing a gallows humor grin.

“Oh, no! What happened? Did his cancer return?”

“I’m afraid so.”

The lightheartedness disappeared. Logan swallowed, his Adam’s apple rising and falling.

She wanted to kiss him and make it better.

Oops. No. She wanted to kiss him to find out what it was like. Her gaze rose to look at his lips.

Sue Anne cleared her throat, and Julie snapped her head around to find her staring at the two of them.

“Is there anything we can do to help?” Sue Anne asked. “Do you need anything?”

“Julie’s handling it,” Logan said.

“Okay, then.” Sue Anne’s voice didn’t sound like she was reassured by his statement.

“I guess I’ll go back to making fudge.”

Please do.

As soon as she left, Julie pulled a dark-chocolate-covered truffle from the case and walked to him.

“Here. Chocolate makes everything better—at least, that’s what I’ve been told.”

“Thank you.” He slipped it from her hand, leaving behind currents of electricity, like thin strands of static.

They stood, caught in the moment, staring at each other. She lost herself in the depth of his movie-star-blue eyes. She’d never known anyone in real life to have eyes that color.

He lifted his hand as if to stroke her cheek.

Something in the kitchen clanged.

Bio: Casey Dawes

web-casey-0583_pp-200x300I am passionate about the ability of stories to change minds and lives. If you’ve read my books, you’ll learn that issues are wrapped in love stories. Yes, there’s a happily ever after, but there’s also a discussion that makes you think (much to the chagrin of my editors). I’m after human discourse, because we’re all right … and we’re all wrong.

Can love change everything? Maybe. In my stories, you will always get to the happy ending, but not until after some growth. I base some of what I write on a 16-year romance with my husband. It took me a long time to find him, and a long time to think happily ever after was possible for me.

Come along for the ride. We’ll explore new places, meet new people, talk, play, learn, and … fall in love.

Links

Website/blog: http://www.stories-about-love.com

Buy links available after Dec. 5, 2016 at http://www.stories-about-love.com/books/christmas-romances/

 

A visit with Cindy Procter-King

Thank you for having me on your blog, Cynthia! It’s a pleasure to be here.

cindyprocter-king_pictureimperfect_300pxHow did you get started writing?

I’m one of those authors who has pretty much been writing since childhood/adolescence. When I was eight, my grade three teacher read THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE books to us every day, and did those books spark my imagination! Until I was five, I lived in a tiny farming community where at least 80% of the residents shared my last name, so I strongly identified with the fictional version of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but publishing was totally different back then and I didn’t realize writing fiction could be an actual career. My grade 7 teacher read us Ray Bradbury almost daily and had us write short stories. Most of the class dreaded it. I loved it, but my characters were always doomed. Either they were already dead at the beginning of the story, or getting whisked into the hospital about to die, or would get stuck in a hole because of another character’s manipulation and the reader knew they would eventually die, LOL (hey, I was 13).

Throughout high school, I only wrote stories if assigned in English class, but in grade 12 I learned I could write stories instead of book reports and get credit. So I did. :) About the only time I haven’t written, whether it be stories or poetry or a stab at  picture books for children, was during my university career. I took Creative Writing in first year and loved it, but I couldn’t keep up with my English major AND write fiction. My brain could only handle one at a time. So I stopped writing until after graduation. Then began the foray into various genres. I came to writing romance almost by accident, but when I realized I could write stories about hope and love and healing filled with humor and emotion, I was hooked.

 

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

As Cindy, I write heart-tugging small-town romances, romantic comedy, and my latest book, PICTURE IMPERFECT, I like to call “sassy suspense,” because it’s a mixture of romantic comedy/mystery and suspense “lite.” Hence “Sassy suspense.”

My small-town romance and romantic comedies are between 50,000 and 65,000 words. The romantic comedies feature two points of view (the hero and heroine), whereas the small-town romance has three points of view (hero, heroine, and heroine’s mother, who is going through her own stuff during the book). PICTURE IMPERFECT is 130,000 words with seven point-of-view characters, and the mystery is completely interwoven with the story.

I love writing romantic comedy because, quite simply, I love to laugh. I have always been a bit of a humorist, so writing romcom comes naturally. But when I write my small-town romances, I allow myself to get more serious. With PICTURE IMPERFECT, I touch on dark subjects but even the villainous characters firmly believe they are heroes of their own stories. I especially loved writing the secondary character Mackie in PICTURE IMPERFECT. He is such a dickhead, but a character like that is such fun to write!

 

What inspired your latest book?

Sometimes a character just pops into my head, and once I name a character I have a really hard time renaming them. So Ursula Scott, the heroine of PICTURE IMPERFECT, popped into my head one day while I was working on something else, with this first line (that has remained in the book): If Ursula Scott had to look at one more naked man, she’d scream.

Now, to tell you the truth, when her name popped into my head (this was several years ago, as I wrote the book between other contracted projects), I wasn’t totally thrilled because at first I didn’t like the name, Ursula. But it grew on me as I discovered my character. I discover my characters by writing about them. I am pretty much a pantser and while I try to plot I can usually only get so far. The rest I uncover while writing.

But I had this heroine and I had this first line, and I also had a picture in my mind of her needing to photograph all these men in their underwear. And I started wondering, why are they are in their underwear and why is she pissed off about it? Can I open a book with a heroine totally peeved? How can I make her sympathetic when she wants to rip off her boss’s ears? It was a challenge, and I hope I succeeded.

 

What is your favorite part of writing?

My favorite part of writing is when I finally break through a scene and realize how it’s meant to play out. I mainly write scenes in order with the feeling that each scene and chapter follows organically from the other. So I find it difficult to write ahead. Sometimes I do. With PICTURE IMPERFECT, I quickly wrote all the scenes I could “see,” and when I was finished I realized I only had about 1/2 of a book. I thought I knew the villain, but as I continued to fill in the blanks, the villain tried to change on me. In the end, the villain remained the individual I first envisioned, but it was fun AND frustrating to think, halfway through the writing, that it might be someone else.

 

What is your least favorite part of writing?

This is a loaded question, because whatever part I’m currently working on is usually my least favorite. When I’m in that place where I acknowledge that I don’t “ know” the scene yet, that my muse has no idea but she’s working on it, I can walk around in a state of anxiety for a couple of days. It’s like the scene is in my head somewhere but I’m not allowed access. I have to be patient and allow my muse to work through…whatever she does. :) Then I’ll get one sentence and start to get excited. Then another sentence comes, and next thing you know, I know what the scene is about. It might be a first line. It might be a last line. It might be a line in the middle. But when it comes, I look upward and say, “Thank you.” I’m really talking to my muse, but I can’t physically see inside my head, so I look upward. From that point, I try to let the character flow through me. The tough part is that I’m not very visual, so I hear and feel my characters rather than “seeing” them, even if I might describe it as “seeing” them. When I feel like a character is inside my chest, that is when I can write a particular scene. Sometimes it’s an excruciating process, until that watershed moment reveals all. Then comes the joy!

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

Right now I’m working on another romantic comedy that will run around 60,000 words. It’s called GETTING OVER BRETT, and I’m putting it into a setting-related series with two other romantic comedies, HEAD OVER HEELS and BORROWING ALEX. I need to rebrand the covers of the first two books, but for me it’s best to wait until I’m deeper into GOB. Then I’ll get all three covers redesigned/designed in one fell swoop. The series is called LOVE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. The books can be read in any order, but all occur in a major city in the Pacific Northwest (Vancouver, Seattle and Portland), all are romcoms, and each features a hero/heroine forced to spend time in close quarters in either a mountain cabin, a remote lake cottage, or, as is the case in GETTING OVER BRETT, to share a home for a month.

HEAD OVER HEELS and BORROWING ALEX are already published, but will get new covers in 2017. GETTING OVER BRETT will be out next year as well.

I loved writing PICTURE IMPERFECT and I have an idea for how it might develop into a series, but for now it’s a standalone. I have a bad habit of starting a series and then putting it aside to either write another book for a different series or writing something for my pen name (erotic romance and erotica). My goal for 2017 is to finish my current various series as Cindy and begin to write more books for my DESTINY FALLS small-town series before allowing my muse to take my attention elsewhere. Yet I also have a story I need to write for my pen name. I am not a fast writer, so it’s a challenge to write under two names. It kind of accidentally came about (that’s another story), but now I am turning more and more attention to writing again as Cindy.

I need to get more diligent with series, because readers who love indie romance LOVE series. But if lovers of indie romance ever get tired of series? I’m your girl! I only have one series so far that needs to be read in order (LOVE & OTHER CALAMITIES). The rest, even if they share some of the same characters, can also be read as standalones.

Give us an elevator pitch for your book.

Photographer Ursula Scott discovers her sexy apprentice is an ex-cop investigating threats at his uncle’s studio—but is she a suspect or a target?

~~~~~

Excerpt:

This excerpt is from the second scene of PICTURE IMPERFECT. Our hero, Gabe McKenzie, is trying to fight his way through a throng of weirdly dressed men to meet with his uncle, who is Ursula’s boss. He slips into the corridor and finds himself face to face with a frustrated Ursula:

“I’m not here to have my picture taken.” With a practiced eye honed by years on the job, Gabe catalogued her age and appearance in three heartbeats: about twenty-five, straight dark hair hanging past her shoulders, jeans, chunky belt. Thick lashes framed dark blue eyes he wouldn’t mind waking up to. Her left thumb sported a thick ring of hammered silver, the right pinky a slim gold band. What his female desk sergeant in Los Angeles had called a French manicure highlighted long fingernails that could easily emasculate a guy were he dumb enough to land on her bad side.

And this brunette no doubt had a bad side.

Man, even ticked off, she was stunning.

“Vic McKenzie is my uncle.”

Her gaze zipped over him. “You’re kidding.”

Gabe didn’t require psychic abilities to read her mind—no family resemblance whatsoever. Vic stood maybe five-six, with a belly as round as a giant panda’s. His hook nose, brown eyes, and swarthy skin bore traces of his Sicilian heritage.

“My dad was his brother,” Gabe explained. “My grandparents adopted Vic.”

“You’re sure the biological ones were human?”

Gabe laughed. “Vic isn’t so bad…in small doses.” Personally, once a decade would suit. “I can’t imagine it’s a thrill working for him though.”

“Now you understand my problem.” She lifted a hand. “I don’t want to insult your uncle, but I’m having a horrible day. Someone screwed up the model ad for my magazine shoot, and I’m pretty sure it was Mackie. We wanted everyday Joes, so the state of their bodies isn’t the issue.” She cringed. “It’s the state of their undress.”

“Undress?”

“The shorts. The tightie-whities. The thongs. The ad was supposed to read ‘shirts off,’ not ‘leave your inhibitions at home.’ Mackie’s lucky I’m not quitting here and now.” She twirled her gold pinky ring. “But I can’t, which he well knows.”

~~~

cindypk_300pxBio:

Cindy Procter-King writes sassy suspense, rollicking romantic comedy, and heart-tugging small-town romance. To sum it up, feel-good fiction! A Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart finalist, Cindy’s mission in life is to see her surname spelled properly—with an E. That’s P-r-o-c-t-E-r. Never, under any circumstances, should you spell it with two O’s (shudder).

Cindy’s novels and short fiction are available as eBooks from retailers all over the world, as well as in trade paperback, library hardcover and large print, some foreign editions, and audiobooks.

Cindy lives in beautiful British Columbia with her family, a cat obsessed with dripping tap water, and Allie McBeagle.

Links:

Website: http://www.cindyprocter-king.com

Newsletter signup: http://www.cindyprocter-king.com/contact.html

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

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cindypk

 

Buy Links:

Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/Picture-Imperfect-Suspense-Cindy-Procter-King-ebook/dp/B01LWS7E0S/?tag=cynthiawoolfc-20

iBooks  https://geo.itunes.apple.com/ca/book/picture-imperfect/id1161811331?mt=11

Kobo https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/picture-imperfect-7

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An Interview with Ariella Moon

beltaneescape_500x750-1What genre(s) do you write in and why?

I write Young Adult fantasy and romance. I began by writing for Middle Grade readers when my daughter was in elementary school. Her reading and comprehension skills were off the charts, and it was difficult to find big, engaging stories for her that contained age appropriate content. As she matured, I began writing for Young Adults. My first published series, The Teen Wytche Saga, begins with Spell Check, a sweet Halloween romance. And true to my original intent, it is appropriate for sixth graders on up.

Tell us about your current series.

The Two Realms Trilogy is set in medieval Scotland, Fairy, and to a lesser extent, England during the time of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake. Many reviewers have described it as a mix of Alice in Wonderland, Brave, and a PG version of Game of Thrones.

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

I have been known to insert people I have met into my novels. Most notably, an evil shaman/shape-shifter I once encountered appears (disguised, of course), in The Beltane Escape. But its upcoming sequel, The Viking Mist contains no one from my past. However, several characters in my Teen Wytche Saga were inspired by teachers I had in school.

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

I am a shaman and medium as well as a writer, so I have an interesting relationship with my muses. They are bound to the area where I live, so when I move, a new muse appears. When I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, my muse was associated with Fire and the creative spark. When I moved to the desert, I acquired a Water muse. I was quite surprised, until I remembered that natural aquifers run beneath my city. Water is the element of emotion and the flow of ideas. When I tried writing a non-Young Adult book, my muse imposed a creative drought. I got the message!

What are you currently working on?

I am readying The Viking Mist to send to my editor. The process has been slow, because I am plotting the third book in the series while writing The Viking Mist. I have to know where I am headed with the trilogy, so I can plant ideas, characters, and objects in the second book.

Do you have any rejection stories to share?

 A senior editor at Scholastic took Spell Check to Acquisitions. The person who ultimately turned down the manuscript, said they couldn’t have witches in books that would be featured in their school catalogs. My agent at the time literally knocked her head against her desk when she received the news. Hadn’t the Harry Potter series work out pretty well for them?

Are you a member of any writing organizations and, if so, have they helped?

I currently belong to The Romance Writers of America (RWA), The Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA), The Palm Springs Writers Guild, and The Desert Screenwriters Guild. The Romance Writers Of America has been, and continues to be, an invaluable resource. I have learned so much about the writing and publishing through RWA sponsored contests and conferences. And I met both of my former agents through RWA. PNWA also boosted my career. Winning the PNWA’s Literary Contest and Zola Award in the Young Adult category, resulted in not only a large monetary award, but also gave me insider access to agents and editors.

Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?

Hang in there! Join writers’ organizations. Enter writing contests that provide feedback, and have agents or editors as final judges. Attend writing conferences. Hone your craft. Be a voracious reader. Remember how many publishers passed on Harry Potter before J.K. Rowling received a contract offer. Never give up!

Excerpt

Trapped within the doeskin pouch, Merlin’s spell book pulsed like an angry heart. Viviane, the young Lady of the Lake, pushed her qualms aside and knotted the stolen treasure to her waist. An eerie quiet settled over the woods. Either the tree spirits sleep, or they watch me in silence, Viviane surmised as she carefully surveyed the canopy. Knees quaking, she deftly concealed the pouch beneath her cloak, then ran. Shallow breaths caught in her throat, and a sharp pain needled her side as she quickened her pace. She pressed her hand against the twinge and kept running. With each pounding stride, the prize slapped vehemently against her hip.

Viviane chanced a glance over her shoulder. Hah! No sign of Merlin. In her arrogance, she stumbled, her heel catching on her long indigo cape. Her heart cartwheeled. With an oath, she righted herself. Ahead, the Enchanted Forest’s dark mantle ended, and gloaming’s early light shone. She bolted towards the dawn.

Dry pine needles crunched beneath her deerskin sandals. The spell book’s muffled rage beat louder, waking a nearby tree spirit whose angry screech roused others. As one, they grabbed at Viviane with their prickly branches. A wizen-faced pine scratched Viviane’s cheek, stirring the creature marked into the skin above her cheekbone. Agitated, the blue sea serpent threaded itself around the crescent moon inked near her eye. Its nostrils flared, assessing the danger. Viviane shoved the impudent branch away. Catching scent of the lake, she broke through the trees. Her lungs heaved as an ache bloomed between her shoulders where the tree spirits’ angry glares thrust against her.

ariella-moon-author-photoweb-2About Ariella Moon

Ariella Moon draws upon her experiences as a shaman to create magical Young Adult fiction. Her series include The Two Realms Trilogy, a medieval fantasy adventure, and The Teen Wytche Saga, a series of sweet contemporary paranormal romances.

Ariella spent her childhood searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety and taller students that mistook her for a leaning post marred her youth. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. She lives a nearly normal life doting on her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and a media-shy dragon.

Website: http://www.AriellaMoon.com

Blog: http://www.ariellamoon.blogspot.com

Purchase Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Beltane-Escape-Book-Realms-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B01AKUA0EU/

Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-beltane-escape-nook-ariella-moon/1123352952?ean=2940158052552

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-beltane-escape/id1079976497?mt=11

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beltane-Escape-Book-Realms-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B01AKUA0EU/

 

An Interview with P G Forte

Hi Cynthia, thanks so much for hosting me here today!

goingbackcoverTell us a little about yourself and your latest book.

Going Back to Find You is my 27th book published—number 30 if you count collaborations. It’s a new addition to my Children of Night series, as well as my first foray into the Kindle Worlds universe. It features a hero who doesn’t think of himself as heroic, which makes him all the more endearing to me.

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

I don’t write under a pen name. P and G are my actual initials and Forte is my husband’s last name. I have nothing against pen names, but with all the characters already in possession of my mind, I figured another identity would simply be overkill. lol!

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on two trilogies. One is novella length, holiday themed books set in my home state of New Jersey and featuring three cousins who are attempting to run a haunted hotel. The other is three full length stories in a new romantic suspense series featuring more vampires!

What do you have planned for the future?

More vampires, more tattoo artists, more steampunk, as well as a selkie story and a dragon story. Oh, and, this Christmas, I might be putting out another short vampire/fae crossover story with author Kinsey Holley.

How far do you plan ahead?

Well…that’s an interesting question. I try and plan for about a year in advance, but then new things come crop up and the plan begins expanding out of control!

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.

Jason, the hero of Going Back to Find You appeared very, very briefly in my first vampire book, In the Dark. I always planned on his playing a larger role, but it just never happened. When I started plotting a story to fit into Erin Nicholas’s Sapphire Falls Kindle World, however, suddenly his story worked. During the course of the story, he returns to Nebraska to find Lizbeth, the woman he’d been forced to leave behind. Liz is on borrowed time. Her life is in danger and when Jason shows up, she’s not immediately sure whether he’s on her side, or only there to kill her. Jason has to find a way to regain Liz’s trust and save the town of Sapphire Falls from a vampire invasion.

Describe the genre of this particular title, and is the only genre you write in? 

Going Back to Find You is a paranormal romance. Most of my books are in that genre, but not all of them. I also write science fiction, steampunk, fantasy, romantic suspense, contemporary romance and erotic romance. I like variety.

When did you start writing toward publication? 

I started writing with an eye toward publishing a book when my kids were in grade school and it occurred to me that they didn’t realize that I considered myself a writer because they never saw any of the writing work I did. I think I also wanted to prove to myself that I could finish a book. Thirty books later, I think I’ve achieved both goals!

Do you have any rejection stories to share?

My favorite rejection story came from the days when I was peddling my first novel to agents. I’d sent out a bunch of queries and partials and on one day I received two rejections. One agent loved the story, but thought the characters and dialogue were unrealistic. The other agent loved the characters and raved about the dialogue, but couldn’t stand the story. I found it impossible to take rejections seriously after that.

Excerpt from Going Back to Find You by PG Forte

If there was one thing Jason Cook knew to be true, it was that he was no one’s idea of a hero. He was moderately big, moderately strong; he knew a thing or two about following directions and keeping his mouth shut—all good traits to possess if there was heavy lifting to be done or bodies to be disposed of. Not that there’d been all that many of the latter, but he was a vampire, so there’d definitely been a few.

But other than those odd occasions when someone with his particular skillset was required, Jason was used to being…well, overlooked was not too strong a word for it. If he were honest, it was a state of affairs that suited him fine.

It didn’t hurt his feelings one bit to be able to fly under everyone’s radar. In fact, he considered it a valuable survival technique. Experience had taught him to steer clear of stronger, meaner, or more short-tempered vampires. No good ever came from attracting their attention. As for purposely seeking one out or, worse yet, actively confronting one of them? That was a tactic he preferred to keep in reserve for instances in which his life, or someone else’s, might depend upon it. Which is why he was currently at risk of hyperventilating as he stood in the dimly lit upstairs hallway of the Quintano Mansion, trying to force himself to knock on the door to his sire’s private office.

It had been a surprise to receive word that Conrad wished to speak with him. And by no means a happy one. It was the first such invitation Jason had received in the one hundred and sixty years he’d been part of the Quintano vampire family. He had no idea what it meant, but it was hard to believe it was anything good.

pgfortepicPG Forte Bio

PG Forte inhabits a world only slightly less strange than the ones she creates. Filled with serendipity, coincidence, love at first sight and dreams come true.

She wrote her first serialized story when she was still in her teens. The sexy, ongoing adventure tales were very popular at her oh-so-proper, all girls, Catholic High School, where they helped to liven up otherwise dull classes…even if her teachers didn’t always agree.

Originally a Jersey girl, PG now resides with her family on the extreme left coast where she writes contemporary and paranormal romance in a variety of sub-genres.

PG can be reached directly at: pgforte@pgforte.com

Links:

Buy link for Going Back to Find You:  http://smarturl.it/SFKW-GoingBack

PG Forte’s website: www.PGForte.com

PG Forte’s blog: www.RhymesWithForeplay.blogspot.com

An Interview with Jennifer Perkins

jenniferperkins_foreveryourskw-logo_hrHow did you get started writing?

Although I used to make up stories all the time, I hadn’t thought of writing as a profession until later in life. It’s only been the last several years that I decided to make this my career. It’s funny how ‘green’ I was, about the publishing industry, when I was younger. Having made friends with authors in town helped point me in the right direction and helped me gather the writing and publishing knowledge I needed to pursue writing as a career.

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

I actually started out writing cozy mysteries. I enjoyed reading those until I discovered several good romance authors. I still dabble with cozy mysteries, but now focus on contemporary romance. Cozies can contain a romantic element, but the focus is on the mystery. Romance lets you discover a new way to have love transport you to a happily ever after.

What is your favorite part of writing?

I love coming up with the diverse characters and creating their world with different conflicts to create a compelling story for readers. It’s the creativity process that I find exciting.

What is your least favorite part of writing?

Yes, this definitely goes hand in hand with my favorite part of writing. There are a lot of authors I know that don’t like the revision process of writing. I don’t really mind revising because it helps your story evolve. My absolute least favorite part is writing the synopsis. I’ve been told that I write long, so trying to pull my story into a one or two page ‘summary’ is difficult. It’ll take me some time before I’m comfortable doing this.

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

Right now, I’ve committed to writing for a few different authors kindle worlds. I’m up against a tight deadline for Carly Phillips’ Dare To Love world. My working title is Daring Return and should be released December 13th. After this, I’ll have two more kindle world releases by the end of June 2017.

What is your typical day like?

I’m not sure I really have a typical day yet. With my release, being involved with the required Facebook party for kindle worlds authors, blog tours, marketing, emails, and working on my next release, I’m trying to get into the flow of a regular writing day. I’m picturing a day where I can really spend a solid 5 to 6 hours of pure writing after working on all the other things I’ve mentioned. Right now, as soon as I get up, I turn on my computer and then the coffee machine. I bring up my manuscript and work on that in between all the other tasks that are involved with writing.

Where do you get ideas for your stories?

I keep a folder of story ideas and they come from any place. This can be from something I’ve read, a quote, a television show, something I see on vacation or in the neighborhood, a news headline, or even from listening to other people’s conversations. Yes, authors are known to eavesdrop. Sometimes those lead to some very interesting stories.

What do you have planned for the future?

Writing, writing, and more writing. It’s like an addiction. I have stories that I feel I need to send out into the world. My husband retired earlier this year, so writing has become my retirement dream. Beyond the kindle world releases, I’ll be working on my own series. I have several planned, some involving cowboys and others involving beaches. Who knows, I might even combine the two.

Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring writers?

Don’t give up and don’t listen to the ‘noise.’ For those who say, “Oh yeah, anyone can write a book. It’s easy.” Well, it’s not. Writing is hard work. If it were that easy, everyone would be a best seller. There are those authors who’ve made a lot of money and seem to have had instant success, but what you don’t hear is how long they’ve worked at their craft and how many rejections they’ve received. If they quit after their seventieth rejection, we may not have read some of the classics we have today.

Having said that, don’t publish the first draft you’ve written. Yes, anyone can publish anything on the Internet, but if you plan to be taken seriously as a writer, you have to make sure you do your due-diligence. This includes getting the story critiqued and professionally edited. Read the genre you want to publish in to make sure your stories are current with what readers are reading.

Above all, have fun with it. Writing shouldn’t be like a job you don’t enjoy.

An Interview with Beth Hale

Hi! I’m here today to tell you about my newest release, Magnolia Flames. But, since you may not know me, I’ll tell you a little about myself first.

magnolia-flamesHow did you get started writing?

— I’ve always loved to read and get lost in other worlds. When I was around fifteen, I decided that I wanted to create my own worlds to get lost in. I’ve been writing ever since.

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

— I write contemporary romance. I find it easier to create situations that I can relate to in today’s world. I don’t rule out writing in other genres as my career goes on.

Tell us about your current series.

— The Magnolia Series are stand-alone books. Each book is set in small-town Mississippi and features a new cast of characters. Since the state flower of Mississippi is the magnolia, I thought the series name was a good fit. The Magnolia Series: Every town has a story to tell.

 

What is your favorite part of writing?

— Creating a new world to get lost in. There’s something magical about naming a town, deciding who gets to live there, and watching those characters come alive.

What is your least favorite part of writing?

— When the characters won’t do what I want them to. Sometimes, I have a character who just won’t conform to my original plans for him\her. They grow and change into people I have to get to know all over again before I can finish my story.

Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

— I’ve been an Emergency 911 dispatcher for twelve years. Most days, I love my job. There is always inspiration there, whether it’s in the form of a hysterically funny call or a heart breaking one.

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.

Magnolia Flames is book two of the Magnolia Series and a crossover novella in Paige Tyler’s Dallas Fire & Rescue Kindle World.

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

— My next book will be Bourbon Street Heat, and it will be released in January 2017. It will also be a part of Paige Tyler’s Dallas Fire & Rescue Kindle World.

 

MAGNOLIA FLAMES BLURB: Churches are burning in Oak Bend, Mississippi, and time is running out to find the arsonist.

ATF Special Agent Carter Boone arrives in Oak Bend after following church fires across two states. Determined to find the suspect and make the arrest so he can earn his next promotion, Carter believes he has finally identified the arsonist: the brother of an Oak Bend police officer. But instead of making what he’d hoped would be an easy arrest, he finds himself locking horns with his suspect’s beautiful sister.

Police Officer Eve Sutton is conducting an investigation of her own. She knows her brother is innocent, even if the handsome but stubborn special agent in charge refuses to believe her. But as she gets closer to uncovering the truth, arson turns to attempted murder, and Eve discovers that her role in the investigation could cause her to become the killer’s next victim.

As Carter and Eve race to catch a deadly criminal, tempers clash and desires erupt, but the simmering passion between them is as difficult to contain as the fires burning in Oak Bend. Can they find the culprit before the town – and their hot romance – goes up in flames?

BUY LINK:  http://amzn.to/2dlCVWi

photo-8AUTHOR BIO:  Beth Hale writes about what she knows: strong, Southern women and the men who love them. She twines believable characters, realistic circumstances, and heart-felt emotions together to create sassy, sexy contemporary romances. She draws inspiration from the everyday life problems we all face and expands them into vivid, interesting, hard-to-put-down stories.

Beth lives in small-town Mississippi with her own real-life hero and two children. When she is not working as an E-911 dispatcher, you can find her curled up on her couch, with a blanket, a cup of coffee, and a notebook.

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