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OTHER WORLDS ANTHOLOGY TOUR: R. A. Steffan (Interview)

Welcome to my stop for RA Steffan on the Other Worlds Anthology tour.  The authors will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  

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Otherworlds

by Allyson Lindt,

Award-Winning author A.D. Trosper

Cheri Schmidt and Tristan Hunt

Akaria Gale and Award-Winning author R. A. Steffan

Jennifer Rose McMahon

Award-Winning author Amy L Gale

Shawnee Small and K. R. Fajardo

Award-Winning author Lea Kirk

Mychal Daniels and Laura Hysell

Shawna Romkey and Elizabeth Ryder

E.A. Weston

Award-Winning author Lindsay Avalon

LaVerne Thompson and Starla Night

Jayne Fury and Isadora Brown

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GENRE: Paranormal romance, Sci-fi romance

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R. A. Steffan

Author info: http://www.rasteffan.com

Author bio: R. A. Steffan began writing for pleasure in 2005. After honing her skills for a few years in amateur circles, she eventually transitioned into freelance nonfiction writing and ghostwriting professionally published short fiction. In 2015, she made the jump to publishing full-length novels and series.

Much to her surprise, her Horse Mistress series won a 2016 Rainbow Award, and was nominated for the 2017 Lambda Literary Awards. She has written titles in the paranormal romance, fantasy romance, sci-fi romance, and historical action/adventure genres.

When not writing, the author enjoys reading, horseback riding, walking her dogs, and raising a small backyard flock of ducks.

Book Title: Antidote: Love and War, Book 1

Paranormal romance or sci fi romance: SFR

They’re fighting the same battle. They just don’t know it yet.

Skye Chantrell has just escaped a war zone.

She’s carrying the stolen antidote to a deadly bioweapon.

When her damaged shuttle crashes on a remote lunar outpost, she’s captured by the leader of a rogue group of barbaric aliens. Now her people’s survival—not to mention her own—rests in the hands of the Seven Systems’ most feared and hated criminal.

A man with the face of a brutal thug, and the eyes of an angel.

* * *

Hunter Tarthasian has every reason to hate the Regime.

He and his comrades have gone rogue, vowing to use every means at their disposal to bring down the evil Premiere. Now, they’re hunted and on the run, holed up in an abandoned outpost while they plan their next move. The last thing Hunter needs is a female human civvy with a terrible secret crash-landing on his doorstep. Especially when she starts to awaken feelings in him which have no place in his life as a wanted fugitive.

Feelings that could very easily get all of them killed.

* * *

From award-winning author R. A. Steffan comes a sizzling new sci-fi romance series, perfect for fans of J. R. Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Strap in tight, because all’s fair in LOVE AND WAR.

Excerpt:

If I die now, everyone back home dies with me.I can’t die now.

“Oh, gods, I can’t die now.” The words were barely audible over the shriek of a space vessel pushed to its limit and beyond.

Skye Chantrell was not normally a religious woman, but there was something about the sight of a planet’s surface rushing far too quickly toward the cracked viewport of her stolen, rusted-out shuttle that brought the old superstitions flooding back.

Please, please, please, she prayed. Not now, not here, not like this!

When she’d fled the Regime’s complex at the border of the demilitarized zone, she’d barely managed to escape with her life. If the shuttle she’d taken hadn’t already been damaged and leaking fuel when she entered the wormhole gate at the edge of the system, her pursuers would have tracked her down and finished the job in no time at all. As it was, the craft’s malfunctioning engines had flung her randomly through the vortex before spitting her out here, in the gravitational well of an old, abandoned outpost on some unremarked, forgotten moon.

With no other options available, she ran through the emergency restart procedure one last time. Her breath locked in her throat as the aging thrusters coughed, sputtered, and fired weakly into life. She was thrown forward, hard, against her seat restraints as the engines tried to slow the descent, but she could tell it wasn’t… going… to be… enough…

Her father had entrusted her with the most important data file in the Seven Systems, at the cost of his own life. She hadn’t even had a chance to mourn him yet, and now she was going to join him.

She had failed, and that failure meant a death toll on a scale she could barely imagine. Her hands slid from the controls and fell to her sides.

“I’m so sorry, Daddy,” she whispered, as the ground raced up to meet her.

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The alarm blared through the old lunar outpost, shrill and jarring. Hunter jerked his head up from the holographic star map he and Kade had been examining, meeting the other Vithii male’s cold gray eyes with a frown.

“Perimeter breach,” Kade said unnecessarily. The two of them moved toward the door as one, jogging side-by-side through a warren of dingy gray corridors toward the control room.

Hunter already had his comm unit out as they ran, and was barking into it. “Draven! What have we got?”

“Ilarian shuttle,” came the static-riddled reply. “Looks like Regime registration, but it’s outdated. They don’t use these codes anymore. It’s coming in hot—crash-landing trajectory. Engines are inactive.”

“Where?” Hunter snapped.

“About half a klick north of us,” Draven reported. “Just west of the big crater.”

They were nearly to the control room. “Right,” Hunter said. “Kade and I will be with you in a moment. Stand by.”

Kade’s voice was grim. “This could be bad.”

“Or it could be nothing,” Hunter countered. “It all depends on who else—if anyone—is following along behind our unlucky shuttle pilot.”

The only reply was a skeptical grunt.

Hunter slid to a stop in front of the heavy durasteel door and slapped his palm to the reader. The slab of metal screeched open on ancient tracks, exposing the simple control center beyond. Draven was alone, his massive, hard-muscled frame bent over the sensor interface. He glanced up as they entered, gold eyes glittering beneath his head of spiky copper-colored hair, then looked right back down again, intent on the screen before him.

“Kill that klaxon,” Hunter said. “I think we’ve all got the point by now. Is the shuttle down yet?”

Draven fumbled for the override without looking, and the shrieking alarm cut off. “Looks like the pilot managed to get the thrusters firing on emergency power. It’s veering southeast, closer to us.”

There was a low rumble, vibrating the deck plates under their boots. “That was it. It’s down,” Draven reported.

The door screeched open again, admitting Ryder and Pax. Pax immediately crossed to join Draven at the controls; his metallic facial implants glinting in the blue light of the readouts.Ryder—a strongly built Vithii woman with a head full of spiky red hair—turned to Kade and Hunter instead. “What the fuck was that?” she asked. “Meteor strike?”

Kade snorted. “Yeah, right. We should be so lucky.”

Hunter—who preferred to leave most of the sarcasm to Kade, who had a flair for it—filled Ryder in quickly on what they knew.

She frowned. “I don’t much like the idea that someone could have just randomly crashed on our doorstep. There’s no sign of other vessels approaching?”

“Not so far,” Draven said. “Looks like your standard engine malfunction. Which is not to say that no one was after them. I don’t know about you, but when I see a rusted out piece of junk with bad ID codes, I think stolen.”

Kade raised a dark, sardonic brow. “Maybe they came to the right place after all, in that case. Assuming they’re not charred meat now, of course.”

Hunter brought his focus back to the matter at hand. “Life signs?”

“Weak,” Draven reported. “Human. Just one, looks like.”

Hunter’s brow furrowed. What was a human doing with a possibly stolen Regime shuttle, way out here in the badlands?

 

R. A. Steffan Interview

  1. Where do you get your book ideas?  Anywhere and everywhere. I daydream about stuff that becomes the basis of a future book all the time. Often, I will think of a particularly dramatic scene, or even a line or two of dialogue. Then, the rest of the book grows organically around it as I figure out what might have happened to lead up to the point, and what the consequences of that scene will be. Getting new ideas has never been a problem for me.
  2. Do you write an outline to start or just start writing?  I outline. I used to just do a synopsis of a few hundred words before diving in, but frankly, outlining works better. Fewer loose threads and inconsistencies to tidy up afterward.
  3. How long does it normally take to write the book before edits? During the golden age of my “day job” unemployment last year, I wrote one 50-70,000-word novel per month. My current series has long books, and these days, it’s taking me at least three months to get a 100,000-word draft done.
  4. Are you an indie author or mainstream author?I’m indie. I like actually getting paid a respectable amount of money for my writing. That said, if I wasn’t willing to be a marketer and businesswoman on top of being a writer, I’d be just as poor as if I was trad-pubbed. It’s not for everyone.
  5. How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started? I come from a fan fiction background. From there, I became a ghostwriter, then a content writer (non-fiction), and finally, a fiction writer under my own name.

As far as how to get started:

1) Write. You must have a product to market, or you’ll never get anywhere.

2) Write things that people want to read. I sort of cobbled together a genre that doesn’t actually exist for the first two book series I wrote, and set myself up for an uphill battle to market the books. I made it work, sort of, but I would strongly recommend against it.

3) Commission an amazing cover that looks exactly like all the other covers in your genre, but, y’know, better. Be prepared to pay a fair amount of money for this. (If you’re not sure what your genre is, see #2.)

4) Get your manuscript professionally edited.

5) Grow a mailing list of people interested in your work by writing something related to your books that you give away in exchange for an email address. Prequel novellas work well for me. I have them professionally recorded as audiobooks and stream them free on my websites, as well as offering them as an e-book download.

6) Stay abreast of the latest trends in the industry so you can become an early adopter. That’s the true beauty of indie publishing, as opposed to trad-pub.

7) Always keep your rights unless selling them is a financial no-brainer. Be wary of exclusivity agreements. (Looking at you, Kindle Unlimited…)

8) Expect to work your butt off for a few years before becoming an “overnight success.” Expect the people in your life to have no clue that being an author requires more than sipping margaritas on the beach and tapping out a few hundred words here and there as the mood strikes.

That’s okay, though, because the feeling when someone you’ve never met draws fan art of one of your characters and posts it on Twitter is not the kind of thing that can be bought with money. There are more rewards to writing than the purely financial.

Author Bio  A. Steffan began writing for pleasure in 2005. After honing her skills for a few years in amateur circles, she eventually transitioned into freelance nonfiction writing and ghostwriting professionally published short fiction. In 2015, she made the jump to publishing full-length novels and series.

Much to her surprise, her Horse Mistress series won a 2016 Rainbow Award, and was nominated for the 2017 Lambda Literary Awards. She has written titles in the paranormal romance, fantasy romance, sci-fi romance, and historical action/adventure genres.

When not writing, the author enjoys reading, horseback riding, walking her dogs, and raising a small backyard flock of ducks.

Her sci fi romance novel, Antidote: Love and War, Book 1, is part of the Other Worlds Collection, a special $0.99 boxed set bundle of 20 PNR and SFR novels for a limited time. Preorder now! www.OtherWorldsCollection.com

 

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THE DEMISE (A Novel) by Erica R. Lomelino (Interview)

Welcome to my stop for THE DEMISE, a novel by Erica R. Lomelino.  Erica R Lomelino will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  You can follow the tour here:  http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2017/04/nbtm-demise-by-erica-r-lomelino.html

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GENRE:   Romance

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 Elizabeth Woods and Ian Sweeten had a romance which sparked over a few months. Marriage followed, and with it the couple traveled around the world as he served in the military. After Ian’s deployment, overseas, their young love deepened into something more but with life comes complications, and what Elizabeth comes to realize is that her husband is battling his own demons. Mind games, deceit and abuse become part of the ways Ian seeks to control her. As she struggles to repair her marriage and get back to the love they shared early in their relationship, Elizabeth realizes that holding on to the man she loves may come at a price too high to pay.

Excerpt:

 “How are you feeling today?” Dr. Carter asked.

“Antsy,” I told her. I’d brought a bottle of water and took a sip. It helped my throat at least. “I was thinking about what I wanted to say to you on my way here, and it just occurred to me there are some parts of my relationship with Ian that are just as painful as when they happened back then. What happened to the old adage about time healing all wounds? I should be past all this by now.”

Dr. Carter shook her head. “We all heal differently. But in my experience, time heals little if anything. It all depends on how much work you get done in the meantime. And that’s what you’re here for, so you’re moving in the right direction.”

“You tell everyone that?”

She cracked a smile.  Dr. Carter struck me as a motherly woman. She was in her early forties, by my guess. “I do find myself saying it often,” Dr. Carter admitted. “A lot of people struggle with this idea that they should be further ahead in their emotional healing than they actually are. We give people the idea there’s this prescribed amount of time to be over mourning, and after that amount of time it’s somehow wrong to feel anything about it.”

“Mourning?” I asked.

“Yes,” she said. “You’re mourning the demise of your marriage.”

I thought for a moment before answering. “I never looked at it that way.”

INTERVIEW

Where do you get your book idea? My book idea was based off of my actual feelings of grieving through the divorce of my marriage of 10 years. I took my own emotions and memories and turn them into a fictional book.

 

Did you write an outline to start or just start writing? Yes I did create an outline, I also wrote the most important things that I wanted to be in the book that were true and then the rest was just filler stuff from my imagination.

 

How long did it take you to write the book before edits? The book took me about six months to write before I submitted it to an edit agency.

 

Anything additional you want to share with the readers? Writing has always been a passion of mine. I love seeing words form on paper and when reading watching them come to life. Words can be so powerful and inspiring. I hope when people read my book that passion and fire come to life for them as well. While writing this book I wanted others to know they are not alone and that everyone has a war within them they are battling. It took a lot of strength to write this novel and so far the feedback from my readers has been amazing. Thank you everyone who has been there for this new and exciting journey and for anyone who has taken the time to read this inspiring story of love and grief.

 

Where do you get your book idea? My book idea was based off of my actual feelings of grieving through the divorce of my marriage of 10 years. I took my own emotions and memories and turn them into a fictional book.

 

Did you write an outline to start or just start writing? Yes I did create an outline, I also wrote the most important things that I wanted to be in the book that were true and then the rest was just filler stuff from my imagination.

 

How long did it take you to write the book before edits? The book took me about six months to write before I submitted it to an edit agency.

 

Anything additional you want to share with the readers? Writing has always been a passion of mine. I love seeing words form on paper and when reading watching them come to life. Words can be so powerful and inspiring. I hope when people read my book that passion and fire come to life for them as well. While writing this book I wanted others to know they are not alone and that everyone has a war within them they are battling. It took a lot of strength to write this novel and so far the feedback from my readers has been amazing. Thank you everyone who has been there for this new and exciting journey and for anyone who has taken the time to read this inspiring story of love and grief.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Erica R Lomelino, lives in Jacksonville, Florida. In her free time, she enjoys the beach life, painting, reading, traveling and spending time with her daughter. She looks forward to developing her skill at writing and hopes to continue to write books that will put you on the edge of your seat.

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Clementina by Simon Cann (With Author Interview!)

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Welcome to my stop for CLEMENTINA by Simon Cann.   One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.  You can follow the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2016/07/virtual-book-tour-clementina-by-simon.html 

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GENRE: Crime Thriller

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Leathan Wilkey has been hired to babysit Clementina, a seventeen-year-old whose rich daddy is going through a messy divorce and is over-compensating.

Leathan soon tires of her spending habits, her selfie obsession, and her social media preoccupation as his ward drags him from shop to boutique to jeweler, approaching each with the self-possession that comes from a lifetime of getting her own way and never once having to worry about money.

But when Clementina snaps her fingers and her boyfriend doesn’t come running, something is up. He doesn’t appear because he’s been murdered.

When Leathan investigates, he finds that the boyfriend has no background and met Clementina through a connection made by daddy’s business partner.

Daddy’s business partner who has been slowly and progressively putting daddy in a vice, grabbing more of the business, and who is now menacing Clementina directly to manipulate daddy.

Excerpt:

Clementina was clearly offended.

Offended by my apparently uncouth utterance. Offended that I was not paying due reverence. Offended that I was thinking money, when I should be appreciating the art. Offended in the way that only a seventeen-year-old can be offended.

She was able simultaneously to be both a child and a world-weary adult. Neither of whom was accepting of my situation; both of whom were deeply saddened by my obvious circumstances.

She was saddened that I could live in a world like this.

Some people are saddened about famine in Africa. Some are saddened about wars or religious fundamentalists imposing their unyielding doctrines on populations, killing and mutilating children and innocent adults. Clementina was saddened and offended—on my behalf—that the world of jewelry and the exquisite pleasure of fine gems set in delicate pieces of lovingly shaped precious metal had been withheld from me.

She knew—as only one who had been indoctrinated into the secret society knew—that if I had been exposed to the world of bijouterie, then I would appreciate the treat that was waiting for me.

What she didn’t know was that I hated being patronized by seventeen-year-olds. Even if their father was paying me. Not that her father and I had actually done anything as tedious as agreeing a fee.

Or meeting.

Or talking. Even on the phone.

Simon Cann: interview 

Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
Nope.

 
Do you have any phobias?
I was pretty phobic about needles (or more specifically, being injected by needles) for years. I’m getting better as I get older.

 
Do you listen to music when you’re writing?
I wish I could, but I need silence—or as near to silence as I can get—in order to write.

 
Do you ever read your stories out loud?
I tried, but it never stuck. I never felt comfortable talking to myself and the process didn’t improve the quality of my output.

 
Tell us about your main character and who inspired him
In a past life, Leathan Wilkey worked for a number of journalists in London. The journalists were bound by certain codes and had lines they were not supposed to cross—by subcontracting to Leathan they could achieve deniability. Not just that, but if any laws were bent, then Leathan was in the frame.
Leathan got a job with a journalist who was researching a story about human trafficking. Gangs bringing people—illegally and against their will—to the UK and then forcing them to work as prostitutes in brothels. There was a gang and the journalist wanted a guy on the inside—someone who could get him real evidence for the story and so Leathan found employment on the periphery of the enterprise.
It wasn’t pretty—and Leathan did things he wasn’t necessarily proud of—but it did get evidence for the story.
However, Leathan fell in love and the only way he could find to save the woman he loved was to involve the police. There were arrests which led to convictions and as a consequence, Leathan’s life was threatened by the gang—an international organized crime syndicate.
For Leathan the immediate need for survival necessitated him leaving London and leaving the UK. And because he was hunted by an international crime gang—who likely had corrupt influence in many jurisdictions—Leathan needed to drop off the radar and make himself effectively untraceable.
Leathan wasn’t inspired by a person so much as being inspired by a notion.
I began wondering how—as an author—I could create a character who was semi-detached from modern life (with no credit cards, mobile phone, or permanent place to live in order to be untraceable). That led me to the question of what sort of person would have the temperament for that kind of life and how someone might find themselves in the situation of having no other option but to live that way.
It seemed to me that someone with Leathan’s back story would fit the bill and from this kernel, the character started to come to life.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Simon Cann is the author of the Boniface, Montbretia Armstrong, and Leathan Wilkey series of books.
In addition to his fiction, Simon has written a range of music-related and business-related books, and has also worked as a ghostwriter.
Before turning full-time to writing, Simon spent nearly two decades as a management consultant, where his clients included aeronautical, pharmaceutical, defense, financial services, chemical, entertainment, and broadcasting companies.
He lives in London.

Website: http://simoncann.com

The book will be free on Amazon from Monday 25 July to Friday 29 July (inclusive).

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Eolyn by Karin Rita Gastreich (With Author Interview)

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Welcome to my stop for EOLYN by Karin Rrita Gastreich.  Karin will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  You can  follow the tour here:  http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2016/03/vbt-eolyn-by-karin-rita-gastreich.html

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BLURB:

In a land ravaged by civil war, the Mage King Kedehen initiates a ruthless purge of the magas. Eolyn, last daughter of the magas and sole heiress to their forbidden craft, seeks refuge in the South Woods.

When she meets the mysterious Akmael, heir to the throne of this violent realm, she embarks on a path of hope, seduction, betrayal, and war. Desire draws Eolyn toward Akmael’s dark embrace, but fate binds her to Corey of East Selen, a cunning mage whose ambition challenges the limits of love and loyalty.

Can she trust either man?

Hunted in a realm of powerful wizards and brutal deceptions, Eolyn must find her own path to freedom or she will burn on the pyre.

“Vigorously told deceptions and battle scenes, with a romantic thread.” -Publishers Weekly

Excerpt:

A Nest of Vipers

Mage Corey closed the distance between them. His magic spread in a hush through fallen leaves, surrounding Eolyn, cutting off all retreat, and daring her to defend herself with a counter spell. He stopped just in front of her, his face a breath away.

“Sometimes I like to imagine you and I live in a world where we do not feel compelled to keep secrets from each other,” he murmured.

Eolyn’s throat went dry.

“Indulge me in this fantasy and tell me: Why do you desire to go to the King’s City?”

Eolyn willed her eyes to remain steady on his. “It is a child’s wish. I had a friend growing up. I believe he lives there. I wish to find him. That is all.”

Mage Corey studied her a moment. Then he stepped away and continued his walk. The autumn earth released Eolyn’s feet. She quickened her pace to catch up with him.

“A friend,” Corey asked, his voice a mask of idle curiosity, “or a lover?”

“A friend. We were only children when we knew each other.”

“I see. I am sorry, Eolyn, but I cannot take you to the city, not because I object to you finding your friend, but because I am averse to leading fawns into nests of vipers. Still…” Corey stopped, his expression thoughtful. “I know many people in the city. If you give me the name of this friend of yours, perhaps I could…”

Eolyn’s expression put a stop to his words.

“I see I am pressing too hard. Very well, Eolyn. We have had a fair exchange: one truth for one truth.” Touching Eolyn’s chin, Corey brought her gaze back to his. “Perhaps we can continue down this path when I return.”

Q&A With Author

Where do you get your book ideas?

Everywhere. People I meet. Places I visit. Stories I read. Dreams I have. Experiences I’ve lived. A good story can pop up at any moment, often in the most unexpected of situations. I also find that my stories tend to spring out of character ideas, as opposed to characters springing out of story ideas. I get an idea for an interesting character, and then his or her story begins unfolding in my mind.

Do you write outline to start or just start writing?

Up until now, I’ve never written down an outline, but I always have a pretty solid idea of where a story is going and how it will probably end before I begin writing. That being said, I always allow myself flexibility to change course or alter the ending, depending on how the characters and events develop.

How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?

I count editing and revisions as part of writing. Since I don’t separate these processes in my mind, so I haven’t separated them on my calendar either.

My first novel, Eolyn, took about four and a half years from the time I started it to the release of the first edition by Hadley Rille Books in May 2011. The second edition, which we are releasing now, required an additional six months of editing and revision. Subsequent novels have taken less time. The first edition of The Sword of Shadows, published under the titled High Maga, took about three years; Daughter of Aithne about two and a half. All of these are full-length novels, about 110,000 words (300 pages) a piece.

Are you an indie author or mainstream author?

If I’m to be honest, I think the co-opting of the term “indie” by self-published authors was a bit of a disservice to authors in general. In my mind, all authors are independent authors, especially in today’s market. We make our own decisions, story by story and novel by novel, as to what publishing route we want to take and why.

In my case, I’ve done both traditional and self-publishing, and I intend to take advantage of both tracks moving forward. The first edition of Eolyn was published by the small press Hadley Rille Books. When time came to renew the contract and roll out the second edition, I decided for many reasons I’d rather strike out on my own. I very much enjoyed the support I got from Hadley Rille Books. Now, I very much enjoy having complete control of my own publishing project.

Each path – self-publishing, small press, large press – has advantages and disadvantages. Even as I launch into self-publishing, I continue to look for agents and publishers I would like to work with. I wouldn’t shy away from any contract if I believed it was the best decision for that particular novel or set of novels. At the same time, self-publishing gives me a great opportunity to share my stories and continue building an audience.

How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?

The first story I ever wrote was based on a dream I had as a child. A lot of great stories can be inspired by dreams, because during sleep imagination is uncensored, even unhinged! I suggest keeping a dream journal by your bed and writing down every dream, even fragments of dreams, that you remember.

Also, keep a writing journal, just like an artist might keep a sketch journal. Exercise your writing skills by going places and “sketching” what you see with words. Settings, people, conversations, events. Don’t censor yourself during these exercises; don’t worry about good prose or even grammar. Just let thought flow to pen and see what comes.

Listen to the people around you. Get to know them and care for them, learn to understand their perspective on life, even when you disagree. Especially when you disagree. The core of any good writing is characterization, and strong stories have well-developed three-dimensional characters. You can’t create realistic characters if you don’t have a solid understanding of what real people are like.

Most of all, write. All the time. The more you write, the better your writing will become. And write from the heart. As long as the story you are crafting comes from the heart, you will always have something unique to offer to the world.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Karin Rita Gastreich writes stories of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they choose. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she is part of the biology faculty at Avila University. An ecologist by vocation, Karin has wandered forests and wildlands for over twenty years. Her past times include camping, hiking, music, and flamenco dance. In addition to The Silver Web trilogy, Karin has published short stories in World Jumping, Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. She is a recipient of the Spring 2011 Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency.

Website: http://krgastreich.com
Twitter: @EolynChronicles
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Eolyn-110814625640244/

Purchase link for EOLYN: Eolyn (The Silver Web Book 1)

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WILDFLOWERS OF MONTANA SERIES By Vanessa Vale W/Author Interview

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Welcome to my stop for WILDFLOWERS OF MONTANA by Vanessa Vale.  The author will award a $50 Amazon or BN GC to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. You can follow the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2015/11/vbt-wildflowers-of-montana-series-by.html

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GENRE: Erotic historical western

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BLURB:

Follow the eight Lenox sisters through this historical erotic series that’s as big and bold as the Montana Sky.

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ROSE:

Rose Lenox has grown up to be more comfortable on the back of a horse than wearing ribbons and bows like her seven adopted sisters. For years working the land was enough, but lately Rose finds herself wishing for something different. She wants her own ranch and freedom from her overwhelming and unorthodox family. Rose is determined to strike out on her own and forge her own path. Lenox neighbor, Chance Goodman, has watched Rose grow from a spitfire of a girl to a beautiful and fiery woman. For years he’s waited patiently and watched her struggle to find her place in the world. When she leaves the Lenox ranch alone, determined to abandon her former life and to say good-bye to him, he knows the time has come to claim her. Letting her walk away isn’t an option. Chance knows exactly what she needs…and he’s going to give it to her. Follow the eight Lenox sisters through this historical erotic series that’s as big and bold as the Montana Sky. The Wildflowers of Montana begins with Rose and her hot, Alpha cowboy.

 

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HYACINTH:

When handsome Jackson Reed comes home from the army, he catches the immediate attention of the seven Lenox daughters. But he only has eyes for one — beautiful Hyacinth Lenox. It’s apparent that she notices him as well, so why is she doing everything she can to avoid him?

Hyacinth can’t stop thinking about the sandy-haired newcomer, but while she longs for happiness with Jackson, she feels unworthy to marry him or anyone else. Guilt from a tragic childhood incident dogs her even into adulthood, leaving her to feel undeserving of Jackson’s love.

But Jackson isn’t a man so easily dissuaded. He’s determined to rid Hyacinth of her pain and make her his wife. Can he heal her past hurt and awaken her to the carnal pleasures he wants just with her? He senses a great capacity for love and passion in this fair Lenox flower. Unlocking it will mean a battle of wills, but love is worth the fight.

Follow the eight Lenox sisters through this historical erotic series that’s as big and bold as the Montana Sky. The Wildflowers of Montana continues with Hyacinth and her sharpshooting hero.

INTERVIEW With Author

What group did you hang out with in high school?

I went to an all girls school and was in a class of 34. We wore uniforms and everything. There wasn’t much room for groups. I did the sports thing, the artsy thing and the smarty-pants thing, so I was well-rounded when it came to covering all the group possibilities.

What are you passionate about these days?

I’m obsessed with martial arts. Some people like to run. I do martial arts. I started in college and haven’t stopped since. I have a 3rd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, a brown belt in Ishinryu Karate and am currently a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It makes me forget about my day and keep me fit.

If you had to do your journey to getting published all over again, what would you do differently?

Hindsight is definitely 20/20! I think everyone learns from failure more than success and I’m sure every self-published author will have stories of their failures. The writing world has been changing so quickly that adapting is the most important thing. I met my core group of writing friends back in 2002 and I don’t think I’d change that for the world. I absolutely, positively couldn’t have done it without them.

Ebook or print? And why?

I love both. I love going to the library and picking out a book. I also love filling up my eReader and taking it on a trip. My husband most especially loves the backlight feature of my eReader, so my ebooks get picked up late at night instead of a library book.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

#1 Amazon Bestseller in Erotic Western and Historical Erotica

Who doesn’t love the romance of the old West? Vanessa Vale takes the sensual appeal of rugged cowboys a step further with her bestselling books set in the Montana Territory. They are much more than just sexy historical westerns. By introducing sexual taboos into this otherwise traditional romantic setting, Vanessa has won the loyalty of a fan base that never knows quite what to expect with each new series.

“Montana Maidens” was the first to push the envelope with strong BDSM themes. “Montana Men” followed suit with softer themes but lots of deliciously graphic sex. “The Bridgewater Series” showcases ménage relationships because sometimes one hot cowboy isn’t enough. No-holds-barred, graphic descriptions, strong storytelling, engaging characters and breathtaking landscapes all combine to make very naughty reads.

And as a resident of Wild Wild West, Vanessa Vale finds plenty of inspiration for her work, for who doesn’t love a handsome cowboy?

Social Media Links:

www.twitter.com/iamvanessavale

www.facebook.com/vanessavaleauthor

www.vanessavaleauthor.com

Buy Links:

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Amazon:  Rose (Wildflowers Of Montana) (Volume 1)

 

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Amazon:  Hyacinth (Wildflowers Of Montana Book 2)

 

 

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Dahlia (Wildflowers Of Montana Book 3)

 

 

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The Devil’s Hook by Pearl R. Meaker (W/Author Interview)

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Welcome to my stop for THE DEVIL’S HOOK by Pearl R. Meaker.  Pearl R. Meaker will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  Follow the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2015/08/vbt-devils-hook-by-pearl-r-meaker.html

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Genre: Cozy Mystery

BLURB:

Jairus Twombly’s familial intuition is faltering and his new personal assistant seems to be trying to replace his wife, Amy.

On the Twombly College campus, someone is breaking into the dorm rooms of female students leaving things instead of taking things: red colored objects including a red golf ball, a red ribbon and a tiny red stuffed dog.

When a recipient of some of the red objects goes missing and is returned after being told, “You’re not her”, and the personal assistant turns up dead with Amy Twombly’s elegant Bloodwood crochet hook in her eye, things heat up for Emory Crawford and her chemist and forensic scientist husband, Dr. Jebbin Crawford.

Emory, along with the Twombly’s Nancy Drew-like daughter, Madison, once more turns to her amateur detective skills and intuition to solve the mysteries.

Excerpt:

“Get it out! Get it out! Get it out!”

Amy was screaming the words over and over, hands held to either side of her face like Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream.”

There was a body on the floor at the far end of the table on my side. I heard doors sliding. I swung my head to look at the doors into the main hall.

“What on earth is . . .”

“Iga,” I yelled to be heard above Amy’s hysterics. “Get Amy and Madison out of here, now!”

I heard her rounding up the two Twomblys and taking them somewhere else. My attention was on the body on the floor.

A couple of steps closer and I could see what Amy was screaming about. There lay the display pedestal surrounded by mangled flowers and a porcelain vase in shards, some of which were resting in the blood on the floor as it bled into the water the flowers had been in. Despite knowing there had been an argument in here a short while before, despite the overturned furniture and broken vase that could have been knocked over for a very different reason than the one Amy gave us, even though Amy’s bloodwood crochet hook was protruding from Resie’s left eye, I knew with every shiver running through my soul that Amy hadn’t done this. And, since Resie wasn’t writhing in agony, I also knew she was dead. 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

Where do you get your book ideas?

So far, I’ve been inspired by songs. My husband and I, like my main character Emory Crawford and her hubby Jebbin, play music and sing together. Music has been a part of my life my whole life. In this case, a particular song got me started for both The Devil’s Music and The Devil’s Hook. The song is “Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby” and you can hear it via the link below, sung by the artists that sang it for the movie, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”

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With The Devil’s Hook, I was also inspired by Emory and I both liking handcrafts and the idea of a beautiful crochet hook being a weapon.

Do you write outline to start or just start writing?

This is a big item of discussion these days in the writing world. I consider myself to be an Intuitive Plotter.

I don’t outline, but I do brainstorm. I use a program called “Inspiration 9” and do thought bubble diagrams and timelines. I always have the beginning and especially the end in mind before I start writing. Sometimes I have some of the middle too – and that really helps J, but at least the beginning and the end.

How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?

This is a bit awkward for me because I edit as I go. It’s a habit I developed when I wrote fanfiction and posted stories a chapter at a time.

I will write a while, then take a break and read over what I’ve written, and repeat that until I get to the end of the chapter.

Then I will send 2 – 4 chapters at a time to my editor for her to go over. By the time I get to the end, the manuscript has been gone over several times and is ready for my editor to do the revision.

The Devil’s Music took over a year to write and get in printing shape. The Devil’s Hook took a little over six months.

Are you an indie author or mainstream author?

I’m a mainstream author in that I have a publisher – Promontory Press out of Victoria, British Columbia.

That said they are an independent press, which I like. They did not buy my books and take all rights from me. I get to have a lot of input into how my books are handled. I got to approve the font used and I got to approve, I have had input into the cover designs, and I’m involved in the editing process. When something goes wrong with some facet of the publication process, which happens to everyone, they are very quick to get it taken care of. I’m happy to be with Promontory Press and proud to be known as one of their authors.
How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?

I got my start writing fanfiction. In fact, all the stories I made up in my head my whole life up until I started taking a writing course were all fanfiction.

I didn’t think of writing stories at all until we got our first computer in the mid 1980s. I wasn’t interested in all the crossing out and having to re-write by hand (or re-type) an entire chapter just because I decided to change a large amount of text.

In around 1990 – 91 I wrote three novel length fanfics; two Dr. Who based and one based off a TV version of Zorro that was produced in Canada. In late 2002 I found out this kind of writing was called “fanfiction” and that I wasn’t the only person who wrote it. A friend said I should write something based on “The Lord of the Rings,” after I told her I’d been making up hobbit stories for years, and post it at fanfiction.net. I did and people liked the story so I kept going.

Around 180 or so stories later (4 were around novel length) and at the encouragement of several regular readers I decided to try writing original stories and took a writing course through Long Ridge Writers Group. I was recommended for and took the novel course they offered at the time (they no longer offer the novel course) and began The Devil’s Music as my work for that course.

I kept working with my instructor after I finished and Mary Rosenblum is now my writing coach and editor. When The Devil’s Music was finished she recommended a couple of publishers, because I didn’t want to go indie, I choose Promontory Press, they accepted the book and everything has taken off from there.

My suggestions:

Write stories. Short stories and long stories.

Post them at an online archive – there are archives for original fiction as well as fanfic. This is a great way to test the waters because you can get immediate feed back via reader comments/reviews. Are your stories good? Are people reading them? Are they not getting read or are the reviews mostly negative? This is a solid way to figure out if you write well and in a way that hooks readers.

If people are reading your stories and leaving positive comments, then consider taking a writing course to tighten up your work and to learn how to submit to online or print publications. During my introductory writing course, I had two stories accepted by a magazine publisher. That really inspired me toward taking on a novel.

Be prepared to work hard – before, during and after your book is written. This includes after a publisher accepts it or after you’ve released it as an indie. You will still have a lot of marketing and promotional work to be doing . . . while you’re writing you next book. J

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Pearl R. Meaker is an upper-middle-aged, short, pudgy homemaker, mother, and grandmother who in 2002 became a writer. Initially writing fanfiction she soon tried original fiction at the encouragement of her regular readers. She has been a life-long lover of mystery stories and automatically went to that genre for her first book, The Devil’s Music. She and her husband of nearly 40 years live in central Illinois. They both love bluegrass music, playing fiddle and banjo and singing. Pearl also does many crafts –  when she’s not reading or writing – knitting, crochet, origami, needlepoint, and cross-stitch among them. She also enjoys birding and photography and is a former fencer.

Visit Pearl here: pearlrmeaker.com

https://www.facebook.com/PearlRMeaker

https://twitter.com/PearlRMeaker

https://www.pinterest.com/PearlRMeaker/

Buy The Devil’s Music:

Amazon:  The Devil’s Music

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-devils-hook-pearl-r-meaker/1122650509

Chapters/Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-devils-hook/9781987857160-item.html?ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

 

Books-a-Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Devils-Music/Pearl-R-Meaker/9781927559642?id=6265350871154

 

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Interview With Tia Louise (One To Hold Series)

Nicole and I actually got to meet Tia Louise at the Naughty In The South event held June 6, 2015, in Birmingham, AL.  Tia was really sweet and let us interview her:  

Tia Louise: Author of the One to Hold series

#1-Who is your favorite character?

I really love all my characters. But I confess, I fall in love with my current “leading men.” So at the moment, I’m pretty in love with Marcus Merritt.

#2-Which of your characters would you most like to be?

Hmm… this is a tough one. I’d be one of the girls, of course. Jeez this is hard… those guys are all so hot. Hmm… LOLOL! I feel like I relate the most to Elaine, so I’d probably have to go with her. Or Melissa. Or Amy… I don’t know!

#3-Are any of your books based on real life experiences?

No. They’re really not.

#4-How long does it take you to write a book?

I usually give myself three months to get a book out. I can typically get the first draft written in a month. From there it’s revisions and editing while all the other stuff is going on—cover design, marketing, etc.

#5-Do you get writer’s block?

I don’t. I get super-procrastinate-ey, but I think my background in journalism beat all sense of “writer’s block” out of me. It was such a fast, deadline-oriented field. Ain’t nobody had time for that kind of prima donna behavior! LOL!

#6-Do you base your characters on friends or acquaintances that you know?

I don’t. I try to keep all my stories as far in fantasy-land as possible. To protect the innocent, of course. *wink*

#7-Who is your favorite author? Your favorite book?

Oh, I have tons of favorite books and authors! Probably easiest is authors. I love love LOVE pretty much everything by Aleatha Romig, Mia Sheridan, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Tessa Teevan, Chelle Bliss… It helps that we’re all good friends.

#8-What is your go-to comfort food?

Cheez-its. Girl! I can get all up ON a box of Cheez-its… LOL!

#9-(I’m actually a southerner transplanted to the Midwest, and I miss my “home” so much. I’m doing my best to move us back to south Alabama as soon as I can!!!)

#10-Any upcoming books or signings in the works?

I’m working on a supercool NA boxed set with some amazing authors. Then I might be doing another project if I can make it fit… After that, of course, is One to Take—Stuart & Mariska’s wrap-up story. *wink*

As for signings, I do my best to update my Amazon Author Page with ALL my upcoming events! Please check it out here: http:// amazon.com/author/tialouise

Thanks so much again for having me! Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy One to Chase!

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One to Keep (One to Hold) (Volume 2)

 

One to Protect (One to Hold Book 3)

 

One to Love (One to Hold Book 4)

 

One to Leave (One to Hold Book 5)

 

One to Save (One to Hold) (Volume 6)

 

One to Chase (One to Hold Book 7)

 

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Love Target by Heidi Loeb Hegerich (W/Author Interview!)

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Welcome to my virtual tour stop for LOVE TARGET by Heidi Loeb Hegerich.   Heidi Loeb Hegerich will be awarding $30 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  Follow the tour here:  http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2015/03/vbt-love-target-by-heidi-loeb-hegerich.html

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BLURB:

Teenager Ingrid Liebschreiber is devastated when her parents move the family from their native Munich to Los Angeles in the late 1950s. Homesick, she accepts a neighbor’s offer to get her a job as a showgirl in Las Vegas.

Intent on earning enough money to return to Germany, she must grow up quickly in the neon jungle – where she is pursued by high rollers and headliners, including a vacationing Elvis.

Life’s twists and turns land Ingrid in New York in the Swinging 1960s – where she is romanced by Armand: a strong, quiet, handsome businessman in “construction.” Most girls dream of Mr. Right, and Ingrid’s hard-won independence is challenged when she falls in love.

Will she find true romance – a man who can love her as much as she loves him? Or is “happily ever after” just a crazy fairytale?

 

Excerpt:

“Rascal, you sit yourself right down there.” Elvis motioned at the bed.

He picked up a shiny guitar. It was honey yellow, and the face had a rust-red design below the sound hole, decorated with golden orbs and stems like dandelions.

“Oh, it is beautiful, Elvis!”

He held it up proudly. “This is my Gibson. Ain’t she sweet?”

He sat on a chair cradling the expensive guitar. He delicately plucked the top string with his thumb and gently strummed the other strings with his fingers.

Soft strains filled the room.

“This little number is from my first movie.”

As he began singing, I recognized the melody.

“Love me tender . . .”

Elvis gazed at me as he serenaded, his eyes big, brilliantly blue, dreamy. His song sang straight into my heart. I tingled like I’d been caught in a breeze. Could he see my skin quivering? He could definitely see my cheeks reddening.

Elvis finished with a slow downward strum, thumbing each string individually, a sweet arpeggio. He let the last note ring and fade away.

He looked up and smiled.

“Don’t I sound like Bing Crosby?”

He didn’t wait for an answer. He leaned the guitar against the dresser and in the next instant was on the bed, an arm slung around my shoulder. His other hand grasped and turned my chin.

Elvis’ mouth was warm and gentle. Our tongues met. Just as quickly, his retreated.

Our mouths puckered again. Elvis’ lips worked softly against mine. They moved away and began pecking my face with slow, small kisses. My lower lip burned. Elvis had sunk his teeth in with a hard nip.

He released it just as quickly and turned away with a bashful look. It was like he was a nervous teenager. Was this all an act? Or was he just a giant flirt?

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR:

Where do you get your book ideas?

Well, that’s easy! My first book — the memoir novel LOVE TARGET — draws from my own experiences! My sequel to LOVE TARGET will do the same. Beyond those two projects — I’ll have to see how inspiration strikes.
Do you write outline to start or just start writing?

I’ve found an outline to be critical! My first attempt at writing LOVE TARGET lacked an outline — and after 70 pages I gave up in disgust. In fact, I burned the sheets of paper in my kitchen sink! I enlisted the aid of an editor, who immediately sat me down and helped me devise a chapter outline. Then, under each chapter header, we put bullet points describing the main actions to take place in that chapter. The outline was not written in stone; some chapters in the initial outline were jettisoned; others were added; others, still, were altered. But the outline served as a blueprint, and kept me on track the entire way through producing the first draft of the manuscript. (After that, it was review and rewrite, over and over again, until the manuscript was in shape to be published.)
How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?

I can only speak from my experience of having written my only book to date — LOVE TARGET. The first draft was finished in about 10 months. But that was just the start of producing a polished manuscript. The editing — or, more accurately, the rewriting — took even longer as I rewrote the entire thing again and again and again: perhaps eight times. The final editing began two years after I began writing the first chapter.
Are you an indie author or mainstream author?

I would say I’m an indie author. After all, LOVE TARGET is self-published. However, it already has been translated into German and published, in eBook format, by a Munich publisher. So, perhaps, its appeal is more mainstream than I thought! I’ve received some additional validation of the novel’s mainstream appeal from parties in the entertainment industry, but that’s all I can say on that subject for the moment. Perhaps I’ll end up being an indie author with mainstream-type success!
How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?
The hardest part of writing a book is simply getting started! My best advice is to sit down and hammer out a chapter outline, then fill in bullet points under each chapter header. Keep revising the outline until it looks right to you — and then start writing the first chapter. Don’t worry that you may have to rewrite it substantially — of course you will! Just go with your first best thought. Also know that every minute you put into writing your manuscript is another minute separating you from the wannabes, the fantasizers, the slackers who dream about writing a book, but never actually get started. In fact, every minute spent writing your manuscript separates yourself from the “old” you who only contemplated writing a book, and the “new” you who actually is doing it!

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Heidi Loeb Hegerich has lived in places as varied as Munich, Las Vegas, Miami Beach, New York, Los Angeles, Squaw Valley and Reno. She has worked variously as a showgirl, business executive, entrepreneur, interior designer and real estate developer. She has traveled to six of the seven continents, and vacationed in spots as different as the French Riviera, the Andes and Afghanistan. She counts among her hobbies weight training, shooting assault rifles, and racing sand rails; she found skydiving entertaining but not as much of a rush as other pursuits.

A philanthropist for the arts, among other causes, Hegerich is now embarking on her own artistic quest as an author. The novel Love Target is her first book.

Buy links:

www.lovetarget.com

AMAZON: Love Target

 

Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4E9UULoZNU

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LoveTargetNovel

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LoveTargetBook

Robin Leach book review in Las Vegas Sun newspaper: http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2015/jan/13/love-target-showgirl-reveals-elvis-pregnancy-swing/?utm_source=mostpopular&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=mostRead

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Cover Reveal: DREAMER by Philip L Davidson (Author Interview)

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Book Title: Dreamer
Author: Phillip L. Davidson
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Blurb

The U. S. government initiates a secret aaoperation called Phoenix. An elite team of assassins carried out this operation. The mission failed. The team, headed by Captain David Elliott is captured and the horrors and long-term effects of being a P.O.W. are vividly detailed. In the meantime Captain David Elliott’s wife, Sunny is kidnapped by the Argentine Police. She is the love of his life. David and his team go on an international mission to rescue her. This is an action packed book that will have you on the edge of your seat.

excerpt

The Night I Choked My Wife

As she slipped into the room I felt a part of me fuse into her presence. Her beauty immediately arrested me. At first glance she appeared Italian but by the end of the evening our delicate conversation revealed that all of her alluring beauty was from Argentina. Her name was Sonia. We became inseparable from that moment. She became my Sunny, a light to my very dark world.

After all these years of marriage I still don’t see what she saw in me. I was not refined and spiritual. I was not compassionate and flowing with a zeal for social justice. I was Type A, fiercely military bred, dark and quite lethal. Yet her love washed over me and brought security to my existence. She was air to me and I could offer her nothing but a fragmented soul almost destroyed by the horrors inflicted on my life during the Vietnam War.

In battle I was Captain David Eliot and I made a huge mistake in judgment that has forever haunted me. I’ve tried to control the memories. She has come to accept the ramifications of those memories over the years. Those haunting shadows come to me at the least expected times – night sweats, horrible dreams and a consuming darkness in broad daylight that almost makes me implode. Some people call it PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I simply call it dreams. For a while they had gone away, now they were back. This time they were worse because I was beginning to lose grip on what was a dream and what was reality. Just like an angel Sunny was there to help me through them – that made me love her more.

I loved her with everything that I had. Every time we made love I wanted her to feel me to the core of her being. I brought her to the end of herself and sent her over the edge of sanity every time. Her response to me was consuming, and the force of her love coming back to me was so overwhelming. How could a man like me be so blessed to have a woman like her. The most precious sounds in my life had always been hearing her fever pitch to the point of no return, but on this particular night there was no soothing sound. There was a frantic gurgling. My arms were not lovingly around her waist drawing her to me. My hands were tightly choking her.

I recoiled in horror as she lay there gasping for air. I scooped her up sobbing. I was shaking uncontrollably. She wrapped her arms around me and softly said, “I love you. Your demons are my demons.” Then she kissed me. “David, will you go and see the priest now?” I made a vow to begin my therapy again.

Interview

Did your book require a lot of research? If so, what kind?

Yes, I had to do quite a lot – Phoenix, the CIA ‘s assassination program in Vietnam that led to Tet 658, The Argentine Secret Service that fought ‘the Dirty War’ and the Falklands War.

This book is very realistic when it comes to war and military actions. It has content for mature audiences because of its gritty nature. Life is that way, its raw, its real and it’s not all rose-colored glasses. Dreamer is an excellent book that shows the struggles that those in the military have to deal with, as well as life with challenges.

What inspired you to write Dreamer?

My belief is that God can and does intervene in our lives. I wanted to write about how he would do that with soldiers.

I wanted to tell a story about how God would offer redemption to warriors. I chose to portray God as a warrior. I know this thought is foreign to most religious readers but shouldn’t be. I took the lead character from the Bible character David, who like the characters in Dreamer was flawed but loved by God.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Dreamer is a book about failed warriors, who lost their way as soldiers and human beings, in the horror that was Vietnam. (That war is so far in people’s rear view mirror, that we have forgotten how really bad it was.) These men made up a SOG (Special Operations Group) team whose mission was to carry out the CIA’s Phoenix Program (the systematic assassination of suspected Viet Cong, (which was so successful it lead to Tet 68). The lead character, David, was the team leader. One of the team members betrayed the team and David is required to execute him, but he is stopped from carrying out the execution by an unseen but powerful force.

His failure to do his duty lead to a horrific chain of events that ends with the team being captured, and tortured. At the moment that death is at hand, the team makes a pact – a covenant with God, that if he saves them they would aid each other no matter what or when for the rest of their lives. Afterwards, each man lives in the “darkness”. Years later God comes to them and give them the chance to redeem themselves and stand in the “light of men” once again. But the path he chooses paralleled with death and destruction. Dreamer is about redemption. God as a warrior gives grace and the chance for redemption to other warriors.
What was the toughest criticism given to you? What was the biggest compliment?

My first reviewer said there was too much sex in the book. She seemed to think I was pre-occupied with the sexual relationships of the characters. I took her comments to heart and toned it down in a rewrite. The biggest compliment was that one reader said he was inspired.

Meet the Author

Philip Davidson is a former Vietnam veteran. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge and Vietnamese Jump Wings. He was also a Kit Carson Scout. He was the author of the first SWAT Tactical Training Manual that has been used to train police across the country and served on President Reagan’s Veteran’s Affairs Council. His novel Dreamer is a military thriller and historical fiction about various wars and touches on the controversial subject of PTSD. Davidson is currently a Civil Rights Attorney residing in Nashville, TN. Contact Phil Davidson at www.phildavidsonbooks.com.

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Q&A with Sydney Aaliyah Michelle, Author of ANOTHER NEW LIFE (Available 6/2)

Title: Another New Life

Author: Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Publication Date: June 2, 2014

New Adult Contemporary Romance

**This book contains adult subject matter. Not intended for young readers.**

Miranda Preston is a walking contradiction. Beautiful on the outside, but, insecure, haunted and damaged on the inside. Despite these contradictions, she’s ready to start Another New Life.

When her talent wins her a piano scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, Miranda arrives on campus determined to experience everything college has to offer and to keep her secrets in the past where they belong.

An easy task, until the first guy who catches her eye happens to be someone, she’s known all her life.

Eight years have passed since the last time Miranda and Troy saw each other. He reminds her of the best and worst times of her life, but she can’t think about one without dwelling on the other. As they grow closer, every day their attraction reminds them they are no longer kids.

The epic romantic love story that is Miranda and Troy seems to be destined for a happy ending, but Miranda knows it’s only a matter of time before her secret is discovered. A secret that will not only destroy their relationship, it will destroy Troy, too.

Can Miranda focus on her future with Troy while preventing her past from tearing them apart all over again?

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Here is my Q&A with Sydney:

  1. Where do you get the inspiration for your story ideas?

I have been creating stories in my mind for as long as I can remember. My inspiration comes from all sorts of avenues:  other books, music, a line in a movie, a character trait from my best friend, a situation my friends, family or I get into.

 

  1. Are your characters based on real people?

The simple answer is yes, but each character is based on a combination of different traits and characteristics from different people; some in my life and some celebrities or characters in movies or other books. For example, Troy Anderson in my book, Another New Life is my highly fantasized version of what I think Troy Aikman (Dallas Cowboy Great) would be like in college.

 

  1. How do you start writing your book?  Outlines or just let it flow?

I am a plotter. I write character sketches, setting sketches. I create a scene list and try an assign a motive for each scene before I start writing. Once all that is done, I sit down and write. I try and stay as flexible as my brain will allow during the first drafts, so I give myself permission to create scenes or characters as I write if the need arises, but the planning is so important for me to get the words on the page.

 

  1. What is a typical day for you?

Unfortunately, I’m not at the point where I can write full time. It is the goal. A typical day for me is I spend an hour in the morning getting organized for the day. I’m a list person, so I’ll create a list of items I hope to accomplish in a day before I get out of bed. Then, I go to my other job for six to eight hours.

While I would love to be one of those people who wake up at 5:00 am and write 5,000 words, I’ve accepted the fact, I am not a morning person.

I am most creative in the afternoon. After work, I spend two to six hours on my writing/editing/planning/social media depending on what I’m working on and what deadlines I have set for myself.

 

  1. Do you have pets?

I do not have any pets. I am looking to get a dog next year. I had one, but gave him to my aunt when I moved to China six years ago, now that I am back, he doesn’t even remember me, which is sad, but he is happy, so I let him stay with them.

 

  1. Who is your favorite author? or what author inspires you?

I have several favorite authors. Some super famous like Stephen King and John Grisham and some classics like Emily Bronte. Some I just recently discovered like Alex J. Cavanaugh, Cora Carmack and Rachel Morgan.

I am so inspired by indie authors who not only write great stories, but who tackle the business side of writing, as well.

 

  1. If you could be a character in any book, who would you be?

Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby. He got to observe a powerful, unique and weird love story that took place during a wild time in New York history.

 

 

  1. What career would you have if you weren’t an author?

 

If I wasn’t a writer, I would want to be a singer, but I can’t sing, so I hope this writing thing works out.

 

  1. Do you get writers block and if so how do you get past it?

I realize how blessed I am to be a writer. It took me a long time to discover this is what I want to do with my life and I try not to take it for granted. I don’t get writer’s block because I haven’t come closed to writing down all the stories I have in my head. If I get stuck on a scene or something isn’t working, I move on to something else and come back to it.

                                                      



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Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who

Sydney has been blogging at sydneyaaliyah.com for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process.hailsfrom Texas. After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.

Sydney’s self-published debut New Adult Novel Another New Life will be available June 2014. An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winners who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is blessed to be awake now and doing what she loves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview with P.M. Terrell Author “The Pendulum Files” (Goddess Fish Promotions) Giveaway!

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Welcome to my tour stop! I’m interviewing p.m. terrell today, author of “The Pendulum Files”.   Here are the questions I asked her:

1.  Where do you get the inspiration for your story ideas? I find inspiration everywhere I look. I will often pick up on a news story, or I’ll comb through declassified documents for CIA-themed plots. I will usually take two or three items and weave them together, moving the concept from one country to another or from one era into the present time.

2.  Are your characters based on real people? My characters include snippets of many people. I am an avid people-watcher and I pay attention to detail; the way a woman brushes her hair out of her eyes, the way a man follows a woman with his eyes, a specific idiosyncrasy, body types, language and syntax when speaking… My readers often think they recognize someone in my writing, but it’s only one characteristic blended with dozens of others that comprise the final characters.

3.  How do you start writing your book?  Outlines or just let it flow? I will get an idea and begin thinking it through: where does it happen and in what season and timeframe? Which characters are important to the plot? What would the subplots be? How would everything come together into the climactic scene? I don’t write any of it down anymore; I just think about it until the book begins to jell in my mind. Then I sit down and start writing. The idea for one book always comes to me when I am writing another; the problem is having so many ideas and plots, and not enough time to write them all.

4.  Do you have pets? I rescue animals and right now I have three dogs: a gorgeous tri-color collie named Simone that was once in horrific conditions and owned by a back-yard-breeder; a Jack Russell named Eddie who had been shot in the leg; and a Jack Russell mix named Lucy who almost died from parvo. I adopted them all from the Robeson County Humane Society in North Carolina, and I’m happy to say that all have made full recoveries and are loving life.  (I loved this answer!!)

5.  What author inspires you? I find inspiration in every book I read. Sometimes, it’s the laugh-out-loud way the author turns a phrase, as in “The Back of Beyond: The Search for the Soul of Ireland” by James Charles Roy. Sometimes, it’s how to tell a riveting story like a train wreck that you can’t look away from, such as Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”. Sometimes it’s a love story, like Erin Quinn’s “Haunting” series. Sometimes they’re descriptions, as in any of Daphne du Maurier’s work. When I see something I like, I enjoy dissecting the way the author wrote the scene and determining what inspired a particular emotional reaction.

6.  What career would you have if you weren’t an author? Before becoming an author, I was in the computer field. I founded two companies and my specialties were computer crime and computer intelligence. My clients included the CIA, Secret Service and Department of Defense, as well as local law enforcement. I particularly enjoyed thinking of ways I could defraud the government and then writing programs to trap offenders doing it. Because of that work, I was partly responsible for bringing a lot of criminals to justice and recouping millions of dollars for the government. If I couldn’t write, I’d want to do something like that again. It was very gratifying, though being in the computer field can be very draining. People often don’t realize how computer professionals tend to work around the clock.

7.  Do you get writers block and if so how do you get past it? I never get writer’s block because I am always open to suggestions, whether it’s observing characteristics I could use in a new character, or plots that would lend itself well to a future book. If I had a block—such as writing a romantic scene, for example—I’d watch a movie in that genre. It always puts me in the mood, as I begin to formulate plans for the scene while watching the movie. It could be a look or a phrase or the way the two people on screen interact that begins to spur the imaginative wheels.

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BLURB:  CIA operative Dylan Maguire joins forces with psychic spy Vicki Boyd to find out who is bombing merchant vessels bound for the United States from China. Their mission will lead them to Black Sites, the high seas and into covert operations. And when an assassin escapes from prison determined to finish the job he started, they find their personal lives and their missions are about to collide in ways they never could have imagined.

Now enjoy an Excerpt   She wasn’t quite sure what roused her from sleep. But as Vicki slowly opened her eyes, she became aware of her nude body lying on one side with Dylan’s larger, muscular form curled up behind her. One arm was stretched over her protectively and her derriere rested against his lap, their legs intertwined. Normally some moonlight found its way inside, but the room was so murky that she wondered if there was any moon at all this night. She narrowed her eyes in an effort to adjust to the darkness as Dylan’s measured, soft breathing remained against her ear. She nearly gasped as her eyes fell upon a figure just a few feet from the bed. She frowned as it swayed in front of her; it was not flesh and blood—that much was obvious. It was almost opaque and as she continued to stare, it grew more luminous until a tiny woman stood in front of her with long, flowing white hair billowing about her as if blown by the wind. She wore a thin nightgown that reached from the base of her neck all the way to her feet, and as Vicki continued to stare, she smiled. “Mam,” Vicki breathed as she recognized Dylan’s grandmother. Dylan murmured something incomprehensible and held her more tightly against him. “Be careful what you do, child,” Mam said in a clear voice. “There are eyes on you.” Vicki gasped and grabbed at the bed covering. “You shouldn’t be watching us!” she exclaimed. Dylan awakened and leaned over her to look at her face. “What is it, Darlin’?” Vicki could feel the heat in her cheeks. She half-turned to Dylan to see him watching her with sleepy eyes. “I—” She turned back to where his grandmother had stood, but she was gone. “Another bad dream, mayhap?” he asked before settling back. “There’s nothin’ at’al to be frightened of, Darlin’. I’ll take good care o’ you.” She tried to relax against his body once more. She kept her eyes open and her ears on alert but she was met only with silence and a darkness that reminded her that she’d had precious little sleep. Still, she pulled the bedcovers over them, covering their naked bodies. The grandfather clock downstairs ticked off the seconds, the sound reminding her of just how silent the rest of the house really was. She finally felt herself snuggling into that warm cocoon of sleep. She could feel Dylan’s breath against the back of her neck; it was the steady breathing of a man deeply asleep. Then she became aware of something else, something against her nose as if someone was breathing on her face. Her eyes flew open to find Mam leaning down in front of her, her face just inches from hers. “It isn’t me you need to be concernin’ y’self with, child,” she said. “Other eyes are watchin’.”

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AUTHOR INFORMATION: p.m.terrell is the pen name for Patricia McClelland Terrell, the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of more than 20 books in five genres. A full-time author since 2002, Black Swamp Mysteries is her first series, inspired by the success of Exit 22 in 2008. The books include Exit 22, Vicki’s Key, Secrets of a Dangerous Woman, Dylan’s Song and The Pendulum Files. Vicki’s Key placed as one of four finalists in the 2012 International Book Awards. Her historical book, River Passage, won the 2010 Best Drama Award, and her romantic suspense, The Tempest Murders, placed as one of four finalists in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she founded and operated two computer companies in the Washington, DC area. Her specialties were computer crime and computer intelligence and her clients included the CIA, Secret Service and Department of Defense. Computer technology often weaves its way through her contemporary suspense/thrillers. She is also the co-founder of The Book ‘Em Foundation and the founder of The Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair, an annual event to raise money for literacy campaigns. She also serves on the boards of the Friends of the Robeson County Public Library and the Robeson County Arts Council, and served as the first female president for the Chesterfield County/ Colonial Heights Crime Solvers.

website: www.pmterrell.com

blog: www.pmterrell.blogspot.com

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