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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Claimed by Power - Zoey Ellis - Book Blitz




Claimed By Power
Zoey Ellis
Publication date: April 3rd 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance






Not all angels are angelic…

Thea Robinson has never needed anyone’s charity. Sure, her impoverished existence isn’t desired by most, but her ability to manipulate people’s emotions helps her to blend into the shadows of an unforgiving city. When hideous creatures threaten her life, a surly but gorgeous stranger shows up revealing a world she didn’t know existed. She refuses to put up with his rude, arrogant attitude, but how do you dismiss a warrior angel? And does she really want to when his stormy gaze sends delicious thrills straight to her core?

Cam is one of the most ruthless Power angels in the fight against evil. His devotion to kill demons has made him a celebrated warrior in the Angel Realm, even though his motivation stems from grief. When he is assigned to train and protect a half-angel just coming into her abilities, his rage is unparalleled. Until he realizes Thea isn’t like any others. She stirs a carnal passion in him that he can’t shake. He never counted on her being so beautiful… so fierce… so most definitely his.

Claimed by Power is the first book in the Empire of Angels series, a paranormal alpha angel romance series. If you’re a fan of alpha heroes, powerful heroines, paranormal worlds and falling in love, Zoey Ellis’ riveting, sexy tale is perfect for you.

About the end: Although this book can be read as a standalone, Cam and Thea’s story does continue over the next two books.

Sexual scenes and strong language included. Not suitable for readers under 18. 


Q&A with author Zoey Ellis

What motivated you to become an indie author?

I’ve always written stories, mainly to entertain myself, and would usually include friends and family in my tales. Sometimes life was so crazy, I’d just recount things that happened! Other times I made up new scenarios and worlds. Eventually, I entered competitions, took courses, wrote online group stories and shared my work frequently online. I received lots of feedback and therefore improved over time.

I felt discouraged to pursue writing as a career because of the lottery jackpot nature of the traditional publishing industry. When I realized writers could be successful at indie publishing, I thought ‘ah, maybe I could give this a try’ and hoped I could write something others would want to read. And even though I’m a baby indie, all the bloggers, writers and readers who I’ve been in communication with about my book have been so lovely and helpful. It’s really encouraging.

Why do you write Paranormal Romance?

I think deep, passionate, sexual romance is a beautiful part of human nature that is sometimes trivialised and boxed in when actually it can be such a powerful part of a real connection between people, even if other personality flaws get in the way. I also have a deep love for all things fantastical and so it only made sense to blend the two. The challenge of both together make it an enticing sub-genre to tackle.

Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?

Claimed By Power is about a warrior angel with a troublesome nature finding his natural mate in a fiery and distrustful half-angel, who grew up not knowing what she was. They have different ways of approaching their relationship and this causes problems and misunderstandings for them both, but they are drawn to each other and come to understand each other.

I think it’s a must-read because of the idea that angels can mate and shift, just like werewolves! The warrior angel is an alpha but is deeply attracted his mate’s independence and fiery nature. He respects who she is and does everything he can to preserve and protect that throughout their story.

How did you come up with the idea for Claimed By Power?

I didn’t see a story about angels that was in the same vein as the one I wanted to read, so I decided to write it. I pulled on all the things I love about shifter stories and blended them with angels, demons, heaven and hell, passionate love and a developed paranormal world.

How do you select the names of your characters?

Camael is documented as the name of an angel, though different sources claim different facts about him. I liked the one that said he was the ‘chief angel of Powers’, and I knew that had to be the Hero’s name. With the rest of them, I figured out the shortened name I wanted to use and then came up a longer version with the aid of research.

What did you edit out of this book?

My beta readers didn’t connect that much with the character Amber, so I tried to adapt it to make her more likable. I’m not sure I succeeded but she appears throughout Cam and Thea’s story, so hopefully she’ll grow on anyone that isn’t convinced.

What is your favorite part of the book?

It’s a section I added on the advice of one of my brilliant beta readers, and it’s Chapter Ten where Thea is being trained by Cam. He is cold and stern with her while she’s trying to figure him out. I think the goofy and tempestuous side of her character comes across well and it’s clear from other chapters how Cam really feels. I looooved writing it.

What’s next for this series?

There are two more books planned that cover Cam and Thea’s story, which is a bit unusual with the sub-genre I’m targeting, but I couldn’t fit it all into one book (and I probably wouldn’t have finished it if I tried). After that there are two more couples in the same world whose stories need to be told. I won’t say who – it’d spoil the surprise!

Tell us a little about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years?

Cam and Thea’s story will all be released this year. In five years, I hope to have released a number of interesting series that are uniquely ‘me’ but also familiar enough to readers of adult Paranormal Romance for them to enjoy. I have an idea for a dragon shifter series next but at the moment, I just want to see how this one does!

Where can we find you online?

Website: www.zoeyellis.com
Facebook: facebook.com/authorzoeyellis
Twitter: @authorzoeyellis

Come say hello!





Author Bio


Zoey Ellis spends her most of her time thinking up stories that explore how love and romance can be tested by the darker side of our personalities and the heart-wrenching challenges that must be overcome for love to win, even if two people belong together.

A lover of the fantastical, Zoey enjoys how intense and vast the challenges can be for couples in the paranormal romance genre. Her goal is to build a body of work depicting thrilling, fantastical romances between demanding alpha heroes and fiery heroines hoping the love they make will scorch ereaders and melt hearts. With a soft spot for angels, dragons and alpha shifters, Zoey blends her love of a Happy Ever After with strangely unique worlds and complex plots.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Julie Cross Author Interview


Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She's a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. She's a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. 

Outside of her reading and writing credibility's, Julie Cross is a committed--but not talented--long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict. 







Welcome and thank you for taking the time to talk to us. 

Q1

When did you first realise that you wanted to be a writer?

"I didn't begin writing until I was 29 years old. I hadn't really thought about it prior to then but I've always loved reading, especially YA novels."

Q2

How long does it take you to write a book?

"Usually around 4-6 weeks to write a first draft but I don't always get to write from beginning to end without interruption so it's hard to keep track of exactly how long."

Q3

What inspired you to write Chasing Truth?

"I have always wanted to write a YA character who is from a family of con-artists. And my editor, Liz Pelletier wanted a Veronica Mars type YA series. I basically fused those two concepts together and Chasing Truth was born." 

Q4

Eleanor Ames (Ellie) is an interesting character. Did you have to do any research on her personality? 

"I did some research on con-artists and different types of fraud, but mostly I created her as I went along."

Q5

How did you develop Miles' fascinating character? 

"Miles character began with the background I needed him to have (I won't give much here because too many spoilers) and the rest of him shaped around where he came from and the skills he possess as a result."

Q6

Who is your favourite character in Chasing Truth  and why? 

"Definitely Ellie. She's not perfect, far from it, but she has tons of potential. Potential to do great things, but also just potential to do really interesting stuff." 

Q7

What does your family think of your writing?

"My kids enjoy pitching in ideas here and there and my husband is great at helping me figure out technical things. He's a wealth of random facts." 

Q8

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

"I like to read. I also homeschool my kids and even though I didn't enjoy school, I enjoy doing school things with them. I love coming up with new ideas and lessons and challenges for them. I recently bought a laminator and I've become obsessed with laminating things. Seriously, it's out of control."

Q9

Have you started to write the sequel to Chasing Truth?  What can we expect? 

"I just started it actually. As far as what to expect, definitely more of Ellie's family, in details but possibly in person. Plus there's so much still to uncover about what Simon was hiding before his death." 

Q10

Out of all the books that you have written, which one (s) is/are your favourite (s)? 

"I can't possibly pick! That would be like choosing a favorite child. Each book has had a favorite something for me. Something I maybe wasn't getting from writing the other books." 

Q11

What is your favourite book genre? 

"Definitely YA. By a mile."

Thanks again and it's been a real pleasure talking to you. All the very best. 


Chasing Truth available from 27 September 2016  




About the book 

At Holden Prep, the rich and powerful rule the school—and they’ll do just about anything to keep their dirty little secrets hidden. 

When former con artist Eleanor Ames’s homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant…and he’s asking all the same questions. 

Eleanor might not trust him—she doesn’t even like him—but they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Fighting the infuriating attraction is almost as hard as ignoring the fact that Miles isn’t telling her the truth…and that there’s a good chance he thinks she’s the killer.











Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Interview with HAVANA SCOTT/Gaby Triana - Excerpts of Surrender Isle ( Paradise Bay)


Interview with HAVANA SCOTT/Gaby Triana

First of all, welcome and thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. 


Q1: Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something that not many people know about?

A1: I've had several careers in addition to writing. I was a 4th grade teacher for 12 years and a cake designer/baker as well. I've made cakes for celebrities, including Pitbulls 30th birthday cake. I've published 6 young adult novels under my name, Gaby Triana, the latest of which comes out in August (WAKE THE HOLLOW, Entangled Teen). 

Q2: What made you want to become a writer?

A2: My 3rd grade teacher made me feel great about my writing, and since then, I've been moving in that direction. Reading Stephen King novels also made me want to write, and winning writing contests all through school encouraged me too. 

Q3: What's your preferred method of writing? Pen or keyboard?

A3: I brainstorm all my stories by hand then outline and write on keyboard. 

Q4: Do you like to write where everything is quiet or do you have background music? 

A4: I wish I could write with background music on, but I need total quiet or at least some white noise like rain or a track of thunderstorm or ocean sounds. I've developed quite an attention deficit problem as I've gotten older, and anything will distract me! 

Q5: Where do you put most of your efforts when writing a story?

A5: For me, characterization is everything. A good plot is important, but well never find out what that plot is if we don't care about the characters. I put my heart into creating believable, 3D characters that talk like real people, act like real people, and fight like real people. 

Q6: Do your characters sometimes take over when you are writing or are you always in control?

A6: I might start out with an outline, but somewhere along the way, one or more characters will decide what they want to happen. I think it's important to leave room for surprises, but for the most part, I try to stay in control, so the story doesn't go off on tangents. 

Q7: What is the toughest criticism that you have ever received about any of your books?

A7: I dont really let reader criticism affect me. Everyone has a right to their opinion! I keep doing what I do, writing books that I would want to read myself and hoping that others will too.

Q8: How to you respond to such criticisms? 

A8: (see above)

Q9: What about the best and most memorable comments about your books and writing style? 

A9: The best compliments I have received are from people who arent avid readers, claim to hate reading, but they enjoyed my books. That's huge to me. It's like making someone without a sense of humor laugh out loud. ☺

Q10: Where did you get the idea for your latest release, Surrender Isle, Paradise Bay, the steamy contemporary romance? 

A10: I noticed there were a lot of dark, gritty romance novels out there, lots of alpha male billionaire books, and while my hero, Tristan, is rich and super good looking, I wanted to write about a colorful, tropical place like the area I'm from (Miami) to try to offset the darkness. Also, I grew up vacationing on beaches, islands, and cruise ships, and I know they are perfect locations for plenty of drama and trouble in paradise!

Q11: Are any of these characters based on real people or are they all purely from your imagination? 

A11: There's a lot of me and my life in this one, so it was a little hard to write at times. In fact, every book I write contains characters and situations based on my life in some respect. There's no way to avoid that. I could set a story on Mars with blue aliens and the blue aliens might closely resemble me, my ex-husband, and my family in the way we interact. 

Q12: What are your favourite parts and who are your favourite characters in this book and why? 

A12: My favorite character is Paris. She's flawed but well-meaning, lost but strong in her will to change. She knows she's not perfect, and yet she is, because she's Every Woman trying to navigate her way through sticky situations, trying to be kind to those who need it but independent enough to grow on her own. She's trying to be a good person despite the pain in her life.

Q13: I find the essay Paris wrote for the competition intriguing. Where did the idea come from? 

A13: I've come across a few of these essay contests online that advertise winning a dream house or dream vacation and thought about entering them, but I never do, because I feel like I'd never win anyway. I thought this would make a great springboard for getting Paris, who's lost faith lately, to jump back into love and life. 

Q14: What other genres of books do you write, besides contemporary romance? 

A14: I write YA novels and have 6 published. WAKE THE HOLLOW is my next release on Aug. 2. It's reimagining of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with a modern-day plot, and I can't wait for it to come out!

Q15: Which one is your favourite genre and why? 

A15: I don't have a favorite genre. As long as the characters are real and solid and I can follow them through a plot line, I don't care what that plot line is. I do have a guilty pleasure for scary stories, as well as love stories, so I guess I'm all over the map as far as personal tastes. 

Q16: Do you use any websites or resources which have been helpful to you as a writer?

A16: Not at this point. I use everything that I've learned along the way, information I've gained by going to writing conferences, and I try to use common sense and intuition. I find if I listen to others and borrow ideas too much, my writing won't be my own anymore.

Q17: What do your friends and family think of you being an author?

A17: I think they're proud of me, I don't really know. Most family members don't promote any of my work, so I think they're just used to it, because I've been writing for so long.

Q18: Is there any question that you would like someone to ask and never has? If so, what would that question be and what would be the answer?

A18: Miss Scott, to whom do I make out your million-dollar check? To Gaby Triana, of course. And thank you. ☺

Thank you so much and  all the very best wishes for your forthcoming YA novel, Wake the Hollow. It sounds fascinating.

Thanks so much!!! ☺


About the Author 


HAVANA SCOTT is the open pseudonym for Gaby Triana, the award-winning author of six YA novels—Wake the Hollow (August, 2016), Summer of Yesterday, Riding the Universe, The Temptress Four, Cubanita, and Backstage Pass, as well as fifteen ghostwritten novels for best-selling authors of romance and science fiction. Originally a 4th grade teacher, Gaby earned Teacher of the Year in 2000, then left teaching to launch a full-time writing career. She went on to publish young adult novels with HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, win an IRA Teen Choice Award, ALA Best Paperback Award, and Hispanic Magazine’s Good Reads of 2008. She obsesses over Halloween, Christmas, Disney World, cats, whimsical jewelry, cakes, and may be found posting excessive food pics online. She lives in Miami with her three sons, Michael, Noah, and Murphy, has one dog, Chloe, and two cats—Miss Daisy, and the reformed thug, shooting survivor, Bowie. SURRENDER ISLE is her first indie romance series. 

Visit her at www.HavanaScottBooks.com


About Surrender Isle



Synopsis 


PARADISE BAY - Resort 1 of the Surrender Isle Series by Havana Scott (Steamy Contemporary Romance):


A filthy rich resort mogul and the one woman he can't buy make for one sizzling summer romance. 

When recently-divorced Paris Jones enters an essay contest to win a month-long vacation in Paradise Bay, a hot luxury resort in the French Indies, she doesn't believe dreams can come true. Everyone knows they choose winners with compelling sob stories, not aspiring authors needing time to work on their novels. But Paris's talent for bringing snarky humor to her writing catches the eye and heart of Paradise Bay's sexy affluent owner, and before she knows it, she's packing her bags and flying to the heart of paradise. 

Tristan Giovanetti has seen it all, done it all, spent it all. After business school, he owned restaurants, clubs on South Beach, and now a private island resort with his two business partners. He has less than a year left to pay off his biggest investor, ex-lover, Tatianne Moreau who's about to arrive. He's bedded the most beautiful women in the Caribbean, but nothing rocks his island more than the arrival of a witty, beautiful travel copy writer from Ohio who's lost all faith in herself and love. 

Can Tristan restore Paris's zest for life despite Tatianne's jealous interference? Will Paris give love another chance after her marriage failed so miserably? A tale of restoring balance and enchanting island romance, Paradise Bay - Resort 1 of the SURRENDER ISLE Series will have you surrendering to love again. 


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Excerpt

PARADISE BAY by Havana Scott (contemporary romance, adult)

Yes, the thought of winning did scare me. Because there was no such thing as paradise on Earth. Because happily ever afters dissolved soon after they began. Because real people didn’t vacation on exotic islands. They stayed stuck at their dead-end jobs. Real people brought leftover soup for lunch. Real people drank reused coffee grinds. 

I stared hard at the photo depicting diamond-studded turquoise waters surrounding Sorendi Isle. I imagined myself there and thought I even felt a breeze blow across my sun-kissed cheeks. Best of all, I imagined coming home with a completed novel under my belt.

Grace was right—I had nothing to lose. It was just money.
“Fine,” I grunted, “but I’ll pay for it. I have some money left.” I would have to eat ramen noodles the rest of the week, but it wouldn’t be the first time.

I closed my eyes and sighed. What would I write? A regular description of the kind of day I would like to have on Sorendi Isle would never do. They would receive hundreds—if not, thousands—of boring entries all saying the same thing. If I was going to do this, my essay had to be different somehow, but still me. Staring at the blinking cursor of the entry field, I began to type:

Dearest Judges,

If I were to win your getaway vacation, each day, I’d awaken to glasses of fresh coconut water on a bed scattered with hibiscus petals, as my tanned feminine arms stretch across gauzy sheets. I’d gaze upon rays of tangerine sunshine filtering through billowy, gossamer curtains. My cabana boy, Serge, a smart-ass alpha male with a heart of gold who spanks me when I’m impertinent and kisses my feet when I step on sea urchins in your crystal blue waters, would flash me his emerald green irises from the goose down pillow next to me. 

“Care for some…breakfast?” he’d coo, swiping my feet into his strong hands, sending rivulets of passion from my toes to my loins.

With lazy brown eyes, I’d stare out the window at your island paradise, as Serge rolls onto me, but I’d pin him onto the bed and make passionate love to him. Because I am one saucy woman with an untamed wild side. With his biceps and abs so hard and sinewy, it’d be like having sex with stone—ancient island stone.

I’d arch my back in wanton pleasure. Our quivers would subside, and I’d send Serge away until I’d need him again later. I’d spend the rest of my day writing my crime novel, The Gates of Lahore, while eating key lime, coconut, and passion fruit macarons, because I admit, I am not dying of cancer. I am merely a writer of fiction, a teller of lies, and writing is all I’d do with my month anyway. Because that’s what we writers do—make shit up for a living. Please pick me. 

An undiscovered author,
Paris Jones

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Blog Tour for Three Week Arrangement by Sarah Ballance (Review & Interview)

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THREE-WEEK ARRANGEMENT
by 
Sarah Ballance
Chase Brothers, #3
Publication Date: April 4, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Entangled Lovestruck


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Synopsis

Ethan Chase isnt interested in dating. After losing the woman he loved more than life itself, hed much rather ride solo, but his family is dead set on fixing him up. To get them off his back, he hooks up with ultra-adventurous, ultra-temporary adventure photographer, Rue Campbell. All he has to do is survive three weeks in her orbit and hell be single again, only without the pitying looks and pressure to move on.

Rue is literally counting the days until her plane leaves New York City. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but being Ethans pretend girlfriend cant hurt, right? Wrong. With Ethan, theres no faking anythingin or out of the bedroom. With the sheets burning hot and the clock ticking on their arrangement, Rue realizes shes falling for a man guaranteed to derail her goalsand break her heart. 


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Review


Ethan is a grieving widow who worshipped his wife. Now that she is gone, he lives with her memories and getting involved with another woman is out of the question as far as he is concerned. He works for the family business and his apartment is his sanctuary. 

Rue is an assistant photographer who is biding her time to leave New York to further her career. She is an adrenaline junkie and dedicated to animal welfare. Her mother is a socialite and if she had it her way, Rue would marry someone rich and forget about her career. Rue isn't slightly interested but her mother can be very persistent. 

On the anniversary of his wife's death, Ethan retraces his steps to where he used to live when she was alive. Rue has locked herself out of her car and recruits Ethan for assistance. He is not very enthusiastic about having to interact with a woman! They soon discover that they could help each other. Rue can get out of a date that her mother is trying ever so hard for her to accept, whereas Ethan can pretend that he is seeing someone to get his family off his back. They soon become friends and Ethan is fascinated by Rue's outlook on life. Rue is very taken with Ethan but due to her past experience with the opposite sex, she tries to concentrate on their arrangement. Can they resist this mutual attraction? If they do, will Ethan be able to move on instead of being consumed by guilt? Will Rue's jetsetting career put a spanner in the works? 

This is an easy to read romance. Despite the sad aspects of the story, there is humour, love and laughter. The emotions are very palpable. The characters are very well developed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and would recommend to other readers. 


I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


CHECK OUT THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE CHASE BROTHERS SERIES...


Five Things I Love About You Book #1

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Synopsis

California landscape artist Estelle Donovan hates big cities. Between the grime, the smell, all the drab concrete, and the suffocating summer heat, how can anyone breathe? Housesitting her brother's New York apartment, complete with broken elevator and smoking air conditioner, is her kind of hell. It's only for two weeks, though. What could possibly go wrong?

Dumping a jar of pickles on the hot girl at the grocery store wasn't Crosby Chase's finest hour, nor was getting bitten in the butt by the demonic cat on her fire escape. But he is going to change her mind about his beloved city, damn it. In fact, if they could just make it five minutes without falling into bed, he bets Estelle he can find five things she'll love about New York.

Falling in love wasn't part of his plan. And with an entire country between them, Crosby realizes he doesn't need five reasons to make Estelle love New York.

He needs one big reason to make her stay...

Each book in the Chase Brothers series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.


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For Seven Nights Only Book #2

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Kelsie Reed is over bad luck and bad men. Newly dumped, shes now the pathetically single maid of honor in her sister's weddingand her ex is the best man. Her bad luck continues when a plumbing meltdown in her apartment sends her sexy neighbor running to her rescue. Hes got "serial dater" written all over him, which is unfortunate because the man is hot.

Sawyer Chase loves women, but settling down? Hell leave that to his brothers. But when Kelsie confesses shes a dating disaster and is about to become the laughing stock of her family wedding, Sawyer takes control. He's got one week to teach her how to land the man of her dreams, and hell do it on her terms: no touching, no kissing, and definitely nothing more.

But some rules need to be broken, especially when, for once, theres something on the line worth fighting for.

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ABOUT SARAH BALLANCE


Sarah Ballance

Sarah and her husband of what he calls many long, long years live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when theyre asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. As it turns out, her characters arent much better than the kids, but nevertheless, youll find her writing sexy contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing until they throw her out. To learn more, visit http://sarahballance.com.


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Author Interview
Huge thanks to the author for taking the time to answer these questions. 

Q1. 

What does your writing process look like? 

A1.
Oh my gosh. It goes something like this: write a synopsis, get all excited, the book will be GREAT FUN. Become mired in edits from previous book (I have a novel due every two months, yall), do promo and marketing for previous book, realize I havent done the blurb and cover art forms for the book I havent written yet, look at a calendar and realize Im down to a month to write the book. The entire book. Make a schedule that promises 2,000 words a day. I got this, right? Two weeks later, I know Ive been busy every day but why isnt this book written? Write the book in three weeks. Im now a week into my eight weeks of writing for the next book, and then edits arrive. Repeat.

Q2.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? 

A2. 

See previous answer. (That counts, right? It SO should count.)

Q3. 

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recon? 

A3. 

Names matter, but its weird, and I say that because a name I like just fine as Im walking around, going about my day might feel terrible for a given book. Ive actually chosen names a few times and Ive tried to write the book and the name just didnt fit, so I went back to find another one that did. My absolutely favorite resource is http://names.mongabay.com/. Ive consulted it for years and still dont know what an environmental science and conservation news site has to do with a list of names, so going there amuses me to no end, but theyve sure named a lot of characters for me. *fist bump*

A side note, if youre easily amused (I am, I admit it), when I wrote the first Chase Brothers book (Five Things I Love About You), the series was never supposed to be about the brothers. So I put zero thought into naming anyone other than Crosby. Once I found out the series was going to be theirs, I had a mild ERMAGERD moment because I DIDNT PROPERLY CHOOSE THE NAMES. But by that point, theyd grown on me. All was well. 

Q4. 

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

A4. 

My husband and I have piled our six precious children into our nine passenger Suburban and traversed the country twice now, for a total thus far of 11,000 miles. We did so pulling (and sleeping in) a 20 RV travel trailer. So what Im saying is the eight of us were together 24/7 for 11,000 miles over a period of 18 days, and no one killed anyone else. This, if not my best accomplishment, is certainly one of the most astounding things Ive ever witnessed. 

Q5. 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A5. 

My kids will be older, so Ill be able to drink more. (#responsibleparenting) Also, because my kids will be older (thats called a recurring theme, folks), Im going to have to up my eSalon order (thats hair color by mail, if you didnt know) to every 3-4 weeks instead of the 5-week recurring interval at which I currently have it set. Teenagers, man. Oy. It never occurred to me that by having six sweet little babies that Id end up with six teenagers. I missed an epic piece of fine print there.

Q6. 

Were you already a great writer? Have you always liked to write? 

A6. 

I never wanted to write. I dont even like English or Language Arts of any kind. Ill take math, please. (Im pretty sure my love of math and spreadsheets and financial planning is why my husband keeps me around. But I digress.) The only reason I ever wrote a single word of fiction was because someone said I should, and I said nope, I cant do that. And a few days later, it hit me that I said I couldnt do it and for whatever reason, I accepted that as a triple dog dare to prove myself wrong. I still dont know if I won or lost that particular point, but here I am.  

Q7. 

If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?

A7. 

My husband and I made the decision to homeschool before we conceived our first child, so Ive been a stay-at-home mom since day one. (And a biology and biochemistry double major, though about 11 credits short of both degrees. Guess who hates organic chemistry?) Now, I have six kids Im homeschooling in grades K-12 and my husband and I are in the process of incorporating his business and were also in the early stages of DIY building a house. Sometimes I even sleep. So Im guessing if I didnt like writing books, Id just sleep some more. #careergoals 

Q8. 

What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing Author? 

A8. 

The 24 hours after I get back first round edits. Dont get me wrong. I love edits. My editor is BRILLIANT. Her suggestions are always spot on and I wish Id thought of them myself. But for a solid day after I get that first freaking email, Im all, OH MY GOD THIS IS TERRIBLE SHE COULD HAVE JUST PUT NO AT THE TOP AND I WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE POINT AND COULD SHE JUST RUN OUT OF INK ALREADY. (That very last part is an exaggeration because Microsoft Word never ever runs out of ink of any color, which is surely a design flaw someone forgot to address. The rest of it? Entirely reasonable.)

Q9. 

How many books have you written so far?

A9. 

Nineteen since I began in 2010. THE THREE-WEEK ARRANGEMENT makes 12 currently available. I have two more ready for 2016 release, plus another five that were out there at one time but are no longer. Four more are under contract but not yet written. 

Q10. 

What is your next project? 

A10. 

Im finishing up Liam the fourth book in the Chase Brothers series then Ill start the second book in my new Indulgence series, which kicks off in July. 

That's good news. Can't ever have enough of the Chase Brothers!  All the very best with Indulgence, the new series. 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pembroke Sinclair Author Interview



Thank you for giving me the opportunity to ask you a few questions. This is a real privilege after reading the Road to Salvation series which really captivated my attention. 

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Ive been writing since I was young.  I wanted to be a writer when I was in high school, but I still had a lot to learn about the process.  It wasnt until after college when a friend encouraged me to submit some of my pieces that I decided to write.

How long does it take you to write a book?

It depends on what kind of book it is.  For my middle grade books, I like to challenge myself.  Since they are short generally 10 to 12 chapters long, I like to try to write a chapter a day and finish the book in about 2 weeks.  Then, I usually spend a few months editing it.

For my adult and young adult fiction, I can usually get a first draft done in about 3 months, but then it takes several more to edit.

Both of my nonfiction books took me about a year to complete.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

Since I have a full-time job, I try to squeeze writing in when I can.  That usually means on weekends, at lunch during the week, or after work.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? 

I still really enjoy handwriting stories.  It takes a little longer because I then have to type it, but it helps me develop my ideas.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? 

Depends.  Sometimes they come from a dream or a snippet of a conversation Ive overheard or something Ive read.  Ideas are everywhere; its just taking the time to develop them.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Well, as I said, I have a full-time job, so most of my day is filled with work.  Otherwise, Im hanging out with my family and taking care of my three dogs and one kitty.  In the winter, we snowmobile, so we try to spend a lot of time in the mountains.

What does your family think of your writing?

They are incredibly supportive and encouraging.  They get just as excited about my books coming out as I do.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? 

The characters usually take me to places I didnt expect.  Ill have an idea in my mind of what I think is going to happen in the story, but when I start writing it, the characters take over and take me in surprising directions.

For example, my original vision was that The Appel of Evil would be a stand-alone book, but Katies story became more complicated and she had so much more to say, so now its three.

What inspired you to write The Appeal of Evil?

The Appeal of Evil was inspired by a dream.  Originally, it was going to be a series of short stories, but the story was too long, so it became three books.

Katie's character is somewhat interesting. Can you tell me where the idea of her character came from? 

When I came up with Katies character, I wondered what would happen if a teenage girl who has very little experience with love and life fell for a really bad boy, a demon.  What would her reaction be?  From there, Katie was created.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? 

I have written 8 novels, 2 middle grade books, and 2 nonfiction books as of now.  Honestly, my favorite is Wucaii.  I had so much fun writing that book—my main character is a human-dragon hybrid.

What do you think makes a good story?

Entertainment and investment.  If the reader or audience is invested in whats happening and its fun for them, then its a good story.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I honestly dont remember.  But Im incredibly happy with where Im at!

Thank you for your time. It's been a pleasure talking to you. 

Thank you so much for having me!



You can learn more about Ms Sinclair and her books on
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The Road to Salvation Trilogy 

Good Intentions, the last in the series  coming soon. 

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Interview with K.D Friedrich Author


Welcome K.D. It's nice to meet you. 

BHF

How long does it take you to write a book?

K.D

The first draft of a book is usually the quickest for me, because it's pretty much the bare bones of the story. Cross My Heart's first draft took about two months to complete. Once that was done, the fun started. I fleshed out the descriptions and add the emotional tension. This usually takes a few months to finish. Finally, the last few weeks are for revision.  

BHF

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

K.D 

My work schedule is hectic, because I'm always writing. I work a day job as well, so learning how to budget my time is crucial. I write every day, during my lunch hour and an hour or two at night. On the weekends, I write a few hours each morning. If I have off from my office job, I slip some writing in there too.  Thank God for coffee. I don't know what I'd do without it.


BHF

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? 

K.D 

I've found a lot of the information for my books on the internet, surfing through tons of websites. I've also gathered information through interviews. For Cross My Heart, I spoke with an active duty national guardsmen. He helped me understand some of the training and skills needed in the military. As well as, some of the emotional struggles our military face when they come home.

BHF

What do you like to do when you're not writing?


K.D 

When I'm not writing, I enjoy spending time with my daughter and my boyfriend. I also love to read. Before I started writing, I would polish off a novel a day. Now, I'm averaging about three books a week. I also like movies; action and Sci-Fi are my favorites. 

BHF 

What inspired you to write Cross my Heart? (I love the characters) 

K.D
  
My grandfathers, my father, and my uncle served in the United States Armed Forces. I've always had a great respect for our military. I was inspired to write Cross My Heart after becoming involved in the Cup of Joe program through Green Beans Coffee Company. I started to donate cups of coffee to the troops and in doing so; I met a lot of great people. Some of which, I still keep in contact with today. I was horrified to learn how many of these men and woman suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The suicide rate among returning military is staggering. I wanted to write a story that brought to light some of the issues facing our veterans. 

BHF

Do you like to create books for adults?

K.D 

I prefer to create books for adults. I like the freedom. I attempted to write a young adult novel, but I kept feeling like I had to tone myself down to fit into a fixed criterion. Especially when writing the love scenes or kiss scenes. I adore writing spicy romance. My character's can be sweet and loving one minuteerotic and naughty the next. It's fun, adventurous, and creatively stimulating.

BHF


Will Stan or John be the main character in your next book? 

K.D 

I had to smile when I read this question. A few people were begging me to make Stan's story next, but book two will John's story. For some reason, John demanded to be next in line. He's not the kind of guy who likes to be denied, so he picked at my brain until he got his way. I'm hoping to have his book out sometime this summer. Stan will have to wait until book three.

BHF

That's great. I love both John and Stan and it's nice to know that we will get to hear their stories too. I am so looking forward to getting to know John! 

It's been a real pleasure talking to you and thank you for your time.

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