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Sunday, January 20, 2013

New Site Completed!



The new site is completed and ready :-D  I won't be posting anymore on blogspot, so please run over to my new site!

Check it out HERE.  I hope you enjoy :-)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Interview with Author Derek Haines


Today, Derek Heines gave into my pestering for an interview :-) Thanks Derek!




  1. If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? I'd definitely go back in time to when I was about twenty and start this whole adult life thing all over again – with the sublime benefit of absolutely perfect 20:20 hindsight. 

  2. Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? There are always bits and pieces in the pipeline that somehow manage to remain stubbornly stuck under that wonderful WIP acronym. But I'm hopeful of a sequel to The Sons Of Cleito seeing the light of day at some point this year. Further ahead than that, I'm trying, with the help of a couple of more experienced writers, to perfect the art of adding 'sighs' to my extremely rare romantic passages. I really believe that using sighing is a writing skill I need to acquire. 
  1. What TV show do you watch that you'd be embarrassed to admit? I don't watch much TV, but I shamelessly admit to being deeply and madly in love with Morticia Addams. Our relationship started when I was about ten years old and has continued, unrequited and unabated to this very day. 

  2. In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with? Harpo Marx. I really think he would have had a lot to say.

  3. If you could take over the world, would you? No way. It's such a mess. I'd rather take over the moon and start from scratch. 
  1. Do you prefer to write in silence or with music? Shhh! I'm writing.

  2. Something your readers would never guess about you? I can't type and I can't spell. Minor handicaps for a writer, but nevertheless, quite annoying.
  1. If you weren't a human, what would you be? This question appears to assume that I am indeed human, so perhaps it would be best if I simply refused to answer it on the grounds that it may incriminate me. Or even worse, that it may alert Special Agent Fox Mulder back into action
  1. What's your favorite word? I rather like using the word rather, rather a lot. Such a useful word. It's just a pity that I have to delete it rather often.
  1. What books do you love that don't get a lot of hype? Books written by Enid Blyton. I love them, but the rest of the world seems to have forgotten about her. Then there is science fiction. Well, one day the literary world just might class it as a mainstream genre.
  1. How many books are in your TRB pile? One, and I'm reading it - I'm reading Every Time We Say Goodbye by Collette Caddle. I obsessively do not have a yet to be read list. I like to finish one book, and then go on a fun filled hunt for my next.
  1. Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books? All characters appearing in my works are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental – mostly. 
  1. Where is your favorite spot to write? Horizontal.
  1. What drives you insane about the writing process? That my fingers always type 'teh' when I want to write the. It's teh frequency of it that drives me nuts.
  1. What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process? When I type, 'The End', and manage to spell it correctly.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pulling Up Stakes, Pulling Up Stakes 2 by Peter David


 


 




This is going to be a two-part review as the first book is more of a novelette.
Vince Hammond is a vampire slayer - but not just any type of vampire slayer (yes, there are more than one kind) he's a vampire slayer from an ancient order of vampire slayers - a thorough-bred vamp slayer, if you will.

The only problem is, he's been turned into a vampire himself.

Which is a problem since he has to now figure out how to balance his vampiric tendencies with his vampire-slaying legacy - and keep his vampire slaying mom from finding out.

But just how is he going to do this when his vampire-slaying fiance (that he didn't know he had) and all her family show up to raise hell?

I purchased Pulling Up Stakes by Peter David for $.99 and I'm glad I did.

The story was funny, fast-paced and entertaining - the major complaint I had was that it stopped abruptly in the middle.

I promptly purchased Pulling Up Stakes 2 for $2.99 and completed the story.

Pulling Up Stakes 2 continues with Vince Hammond's chaotic situation as he scrambles to try and protect his vampire-slaying fiance - while attempting to keep her family from discovering his true nature as he hunts down vampires who are up to no good.

But hunting vampires when you are a vampire is tricky business if you don't want the humans in your immediate surrounding knowing that you're a vampire too.

Will he be able to hide his nature effectively while wooing his unwanted fiance? Or is all hell going to blow up in his face?

Both stories were funny, lively, and the action never stopped.

I enjoyed both stories, but the funny thing about reading this series was that I didn't realize I had read this author before until reading his book listings at the end of his book. 

I've had the pleasure of reading his traditionally published book The Woad to Wuin and enjoyed his dry brand of humor there as well.

I'll be sure to look out for the next book in the Vampire series: Raising Stakes.






 
 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Interview with Cate Beauman


Today, Cate Beauman is here for an interview!


                                                   





  1. When did you first decide you wanted to write?

I can honestly say the urge to write took me by complete surprise. I’ve come to realize that my path to storytelling was paved in divinity. In 2010, my family and I transplanted ourselves hundreds of miles from the only place we’d ever called home. Long story made short, everything was falling apart: I hated my job and quit. My husband and I had resigned ourselves to being poor and living on a one-person income. But then, literally out of nowhere, I had this epiphany. A story idea popped into my head and I decided I was going to make it into a novel.  Morgan’s Hunter was born many months later.  I loved every second of it!  Now, three best sellers later, I can’t imagine doing anything else!

  1. What is your favorite genre to read and/or write?

I’m a romantic suspense girl all the way!  I read it and can’t get enough. I write it and can’t get enough.   I love creating complex plots that weave love and danger together. I think the romance in a story is heightened considerably when your characters have so much more to lose. I can’t imagine writing any other genre.

  1. Do you have a favorite author?

 Without hesitation, Nora Roberts! I want to be Nora when I grow up!

  1. What was it like writing The Bodyguards of L.A. County Series?

Writing is incredibly demanding. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done (minus parenting, of course!).  Creating Morgan’s Hunter, Falling for Sarah, and Hailey’s Truth was an adventure for sure—sometimes thrilling, sometimes painful!  The fourth novel, Forever Alexa, seems to be following suit. The research, drafts, revisions…whew!  But at the end of the day, it’s so much fun getting inside my characters’ heads and watching their stories unfold. 

  1. Is there something you want to write about, that you haven’t yet?

I have more stories I would like to include in The Bodyguards of L.A County series. The original plan was to stop at six, but I’ve come up with at least three or four more novels that must be shared with my readers.  Ethan Cooke Security and his group of deliciously hot close protection agents aren’t going away anytime soon!  

  1. What is one silly fact about you?

I’m a disaster baker when it comes to brownies and cakes! For some reason, I can’t ever get them right, but I make rocking good cookies and pies!  I’ve never been able to figure out the mystery behind that one!

  1. Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

Although all of my characters hold a special place in my heart, I would have to say Hunter Phillips, the hottie blond with great blue eyes, a dimple in his chin and one hell of a bad attitude is my favorite good guy.  He’s a tough, cynical, smart ass with a painful past. When Morgan Taylor discovers he has a few well-hidden sweet spots…Yum!

On the bad guy front, I would have to say Zeke Denmire from the second novel in the series, Falling for Sarah.  I can’t say Zeke is my favorite because he has any redeeming qualities. He’s actually a disgusting monster, but Zeke made me work. I really had to dig deep to find the depths of evil he possesses. I think Zeke easily embodies every woman’s worst nightmare.

  1. Do you get influenced by people in your life?

I think it’s impossible not to. Family, friends, readers, they all play a role in who we are. I think it’s safe to say that little aspects of my life end up in my characters and stories. 

  1. Anything you want to say to the readers of my blog?

Never despair when life feels like it’s falling apart. Sometimes the best opportunities are waiting just ahead. I’ve learned that on this amazing two-year writing journey. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be a best selling author. Heck, I didn’t even know I could write, but here I am.  Dream big and GO for it! 



Thursday, January 3, 2013

Interview with Jennifer Donohoe


Today we have an interview with Jennifer Donohoe - thanks, Jennifer!






  1. If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

Since I’ve never answered this question in an interview before, I thought this would be a good place to start. I would go to the past. The reason being is because I would want to visit all the pivotal moments in my family’s history – going all the way back to the beginning. I’m always curious as to what they faced – the adversities, challenges, decisions and such. I think it would add valuable insight as to how I came to be.


  1. Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

I am currently finishing up Fly Away – an urban fantasy about an 18-year old girl who finds out her whole world isn’t what she believed it to be. By the treacherous hands of others, she finds out she’s from a different world. In order to save her friend from Leukemia, she takes her there only to have her kidnapped by the evil living in the center of this sanctuary. She must go to the center of all evil to rescue her friend. On the way, she finds out the battle isn’t for her friend’s soul, but her very own. I’m also working on the sequel to Willow’s Journey – The Dragon King.

  1. What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you'd be embarrassed to admit?

I would say, True Blood. I don’t know why I watch the show, but I always find myself watching it. I really think it’s a dull show and very predictable. However, there’s always something intriguing about the fantasy world to me. I suppose that’s why I mainly write that genre.

  1. Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?

I prefer a bunch of small gifts. I’ve always been like that. Sometimes, they take on more meaning than a large gift does. However, I wouldn’t object to someone giving me a brand new car or the home of my dreams. Hint. J

  1. If you could take over the world, would you?

Actually, No. I wouldn’t want the responsibility. I’m too much of let’s get along and stop the fighting type of person. However, as one of my co-workers says, I’m the type she wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley if I were angry with her. She says I have patience to the point of being scary sometimes.

  1. Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?

I always write with music. The music depends on the story I’m writing. It can be anything from Celtic traditional to modern rock. However, it cannot have words. It’s the words that distract me and influence me. I prefer to let the music flow and allow my thoughts to flow along with it.

  1. Something your readers would never guess about you?

Oh my goodness – I think the most interesting thing about me personally is that I actually witnessed Jeffrey Dahmer graduate from high school. He went to school with my cousin. Now that’s scary. Other than that, I wouldn’t even imagine what people would guess about me. J

  1. If you could leave this world for your "book world," would you?

Hmm…I would love to live in those worlds, but probably without all the drama. My poor characters earn their rights to survive in my novels and I probably wouldn’t make it past the first three pages. I would like a Saille though – she’s the fairy in Willow’s Journey.

  1. How many books are in your TRB pile?

Way too many – then add a couple more. I would imagine the number has grown to be about 75. I buy paperback or hardback books. I don’t like reading from an e-reader even though I own one. I like feeling the paper in my hands and seeing the printed words. I know I’m a dinosaur. I just think there’s nothing like a library in a home. It just adds more depth to it.

  1. Scariest moment?

I probably should have saved the Dahmer thing for here, but since I didn’t know he would turn out to be a serial killer, I don’t think that counts. J Wow, I’ve had such an event filled life that this is actually hard for me. I’ll go with the one that all parents fear – their kids’ lives being in danger. I learned a very valuable lesson in 2004. I will never again say to the television, “Why didn’t you leave knowing a horrible storm was headed your way?” I was faced with this decision when Hurricane Ivan came into Pensacola in September. I had my two youngest kids, three dogs, and a brand new home about to face a category 4 hurricane. I couldn’t leave. I knew my dogs wouldn’t be able to go with us. I also knew we would get stuck on the road and have to face the hurricane in a car – not the best experience. Another issue was that we were only two miles off the Gulf of Mexico.  I huddled in the living room with my kids, dogs, and a whole lot of prayers through 24 hours of winds sustained over a hundred miles an hour, two tornados, and sounds you couldn’t even imagine. But all turned out well. Would I do it again? Honestly, I can’t answer the question. We do what we have to do when the moment arises. We can never say we would do something unless actually faced with it.

  1. Do your friends or enemies ever find themselves in your books?

Oh yes and they know it. For Willow’s Journey – Saille is my daughter, Ryuu is my oldest son, Tecumseh is my youngest son, Aengus is my grandfather, Caer is a mix of women I know, and so on.

  1. Are you for or against books being made into movies?

I am definitely for books being made into movies. Some things seen on the big screen from books are just fabulous. However, I don’t like when the movie departs from the original story or ideas in the book. Then I say – leave a good thing alone.

  1. What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?

My favorite thing about the writing process is the creation part. I love to build my characters, worlds, and taking the journey with them. It’s always such a cool treat.







Twitter: @donohoejennifer
Author of: The Legend of the Travelers: Willow's Journey
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Interview with S.J.B. Gilmour


Today S.J.B. Gilmour, author of Golden Mane, kindly gave in to my pestering for an interview :-) Make sure to check his giveaway HERE



  1. When did you first decide you wanted to write?

I’ve always been a scribbler - ever since I learned how to write.  I think it’s hardwired into my brain.  If I don’t write, letting all the words and ideas out, I’ll have some sort of breakdown.

The real question, though, is when did I first decide to publish what I write?  Well, a year or so back, I put out a short story The Department, just as an experiment.  I wanted to see if I could do it, and if I did, what kind of reaction would I get.

I got fan mail.  Let me tell you, that’s the best thing ever for a writer, except being paid, of course.  It was that positive feedback that spurred me on.  I haven’t looked back.


  1. What is your favorite genre to read and/or write?

I’ve always loved reading sci-fi and fantasy classics.  Heinlein, Tolkein, RE Howard, MaCaffrey, Lieber… You get the idea.  But, I also love a lot of the new paranormal and fantasy stuff, especially from indie authors.  Such fresh voices!

As for writing, well I do a mix.  I love fantasy and sci-fi.  This coming year, I hope to be releasing the first in a sci-fi series I’m working on, but I also write paranormal erotica, crime and YA fantasy.


  1. Do you have a favorite author?

Heinlein.


  1. What was it like writing Golden Mane?

Exciting.  I started writing as a complete pantser – writing by the seat of my pants.  No planning whatsoever.  Then, when I realised I actually had a story that could go somewhere, I did a complete re-write.

It was also very humbling.  I started off all cocky.  I’m going to be a famous writer!  I’ll make squillions!  I’ll be signing heaving bosoms in bookstores!  Then I got stuck into proofreading and got feedback from beta-readers, and also the inevitable rejection letters.

Wow.  I still cringe when I think of the mistakes I made and how ridiculous my ego was back then.  I still have the ego of course; every writer needs a jumbo-sized ego or else words would never get into the hands of readers, but I try to keep mine in check.


  1. Is there something you want to write about, that you haven’t yet?

Oh yeah.  I’d dearly love to get stuck into some urban fantasy stuff that I’ve compiled a whole bunch of ideas for.  Think X-files type stuff.  I’m pretty sure most of the ideas I have in my “ideas” (original name, huh?) folder wouldn’t stand up to more than 8-10k words, but a collection of them might be a fun series to play with.


  1. What is one silly fact about you?

You know the little soaps you get in hotel rooms?  I collect those.  Superwife thinks I’m crazy, and she’s probably right.


  1. Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

James Isaacs and Melanie Hazelwood (both from my Wolfenvald series, of which Golden Mane is the first) have been the most fun.  They’re my “badder” characters among the good guys.


  1. Do you get influenced by people in your life?

Probably, but not as much as I used to.  I’m 42 now, and most of my values and opinions are pretty well-set.  That may make me sound close-minded, but it’s true.  If you don’t have a good idea of who you are and what you believe in by 35-40, something’s probably really missing from your life.

I do try to keep an open mind, especially about things of which I know very little, but generally, I write the ideas that come into my head and sometimes, just sometimes if the character, like that irascible James Isaacs, has the opportunity to let off some steam, I vent through them.


  1. Anything you want to say to the readers of my blog?

Thanks for dropping by!  Thanks for reading!  Without readers, we writers would just be sitting in corners, rocking and muttering word-spaghetti.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Interview with Dennis moore

Today Dennis Moore, author of Scattered to the Four Winds, is here for an interview :-) Check out his giveaway below!





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1.      When did you first decide you wanted to write?

When I was ten. I wrote a one page story based upon the spelling list that week in the fourth grade. The following year I was introduced to filmmaking so the two: writing and filmmaking, have been my passion ever since.

2.      What is your favorite genre to read and/or write?

It started with science fiction to me, thanks to the release of the first Star Wars movie back in 1977. I also enjoyed The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, along with The Chronicles of Narnia, so transitioned easily into fantasy, when I first started expanding my writing from short stories to novel size works and screenplays. But I still enjoyed science fiction at the same time. Then came mysteries. I was probably the youngest subscriber to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine they have ever had. When I write nowadays, I try to mix the three genres together as often as I can. Who says a wizard can't solve mysteries?

3.      Do you have a favorite author?

Terry Brooks and Terry Goodkind in fantasy, Marion Zimmer Bradley. And on the indie author front, SM Reine and Jonathan Moeller are fantastic finds.

4.      What was it like writing The Adventures of Pullman Brown in “Scattered to the Four Winds?

I enjoyed writing it because of the “story” behind it. I was working at the main call center for United Parcel Service. They have a monthly company newsletter, and asked around for ideas of what to put into this newsletter. I offered to write an episodic adventure story. I asked employees to feed me ideas on characters and plot, and wove it all together each month for a year. The name, “Pullman Brown”, is the official color of the UPS Trucks. The rest of the characters in the story were all employees of the UPS call center at the time I wrote it. Turned out to be a success with them. I had actually moved on to another job half way through the story, but kept writing it for them until the end of the story.

5.      Is there something you want to write about, that you haven’t yet?

I am currently attempting four ideas. One is a venture into the steampunk category, but my steampunk leaves Victorian England and goes back to medieval times. The fantasy writer in me. This one is for boys, age 8 – 14. The main character is Julian de Marque, and is written in the style of the Hardy Boys books that I grew up reading. Then I am planning a western, where all the leads: sheriff, deputy, town doctor and saloon owner, are all women. I have an audio drama of this story coming out in January, called “Saddlehorn.” I am also turning a familiar literary character into a new type of story, which I hope to develop into not just a feature film, but a television series. Lastly, I am taking the idea of a wizard who solves mysteries. Imagine if Sherlock Holmes lived in Middle Earth and you have an idea of what I am trying to accomplish. 

6.      What is one silly fact about you?

I am a bigger legend in my own mind. I feel that since I began my life dead, and was nearly killed at age 8, that there has to be a reason why I am here still, and why I love writing. Life hasn't yet caught up to my mind though.

7.      Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

I like my Julian de Marque character, because he is daring, inventive and honorable. His life has many possibilities, which is why I am writing his stories not only for children, but stories for adults for when Julian grows older.

8.      Do you get influenced by people in your life?

Absolutely. I have two friends that we all met back in the first grade. I got both of them involved in filmmaking when we were twelve and thirteen. We are still friends to this day. They both have influenced my life in many ways, from the choices I've made to the fact that three decades after finding the writing bug biting me I am still trying to get my stories out there to the world.

9.      Anything you want to say to the readers of my blog?

Never listen to anyone tell you that you can't achieve your dreams and goals. That would be like asking a bricklayer about jewels, or your plumber about the stock market.