Interview with Danielle Annett

Cursed-by-Fire_ebooklgTell us about your publishing journey…

What do you love about being an author? I love that I can write about whatever I want. That there are no rules I have to follow. Its exciting to write a story and see it all unfold and know that you’re the reason behind it.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

I’d have dinner with Pritkin from the Cassie Palmer series and we’d drink a lot of wine. Screw the food.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

Aria would be Jenna Kramer back from her One Tree Hill days, Declan would be Liam Hemsworth, James would be Steven R McQueen, and Inarus would be Chris Wood

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Sexy leads for sure.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

I’d go back to the days of late 1500s in the victorian era when Queen Elizabeth rose to power. That would be a sight to see.Kissed-by-Fire-ebooklg

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

I wish someone had encouraged me to plot out my books before I ever wrote a sentence. It would have saved me a lot of time on rewrites.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

A shapeshifting dragon. I don’t have any of those in my books but come on, who wouldn’t want to be a dragon?

Where do you write best?

At coffee shops. They are my office of choice.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

The last book I read (as of this interview) was Reap the Wind by Karen Chance. You can actually see my full review here…  but to summarize. It was freaking amazing and I’m dying for more.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I think I would write contemporary romance. It’s a growing genre love of mine.

Where can fans find you online?

You can find me at my website, on twitter, and on facebook 

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Book Spotlight: Vampire Creed by Rain Grey

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Synopsis:

Barnaby Blaine Rice was a Vampire born in the depression with a very special power to see who people truly were. After a long, empty existence of witnessing the darkest points of humanity, Blaine happens to encounter a beautiful married woman named Mary Slate. Unable to handle his love for the beautiful human, Blaine accidentally kills another Vampire over her and is put under a serious debt with the Vampire Council.

Blaine reluctantly forces himself to forget the woman and allows her to live her life without his intervention. It wasn’t until 50-years-later that the distant memories of the captivating Mary are brought back to the surface. Blaine has the pleasure to encounter the young Wendy Slate, granddaughter of Mary Slate after a criminal vampire keeps her hostage. Blaine got there in time to stop the criminal, but not to stop the beginning of Wendy’s transition into Vampirism.

As he was forced to sire her into this new world, he discovers that Wendy is the most amazing person he’d ever met. Wendy has to make a life-altering decision as Blaine has to deal with his blooming feelings for a woman who was identical to his first love. This modern love story introduces the most influential turning point of these lover’s lives.

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Book Spotlight: The Carver by Jacob Devlin

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Synopsis:

THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD has been looking for her mother for six months, searching from the depths of New York’s subways to the heights of its skyscrapers . . .

THE PRINCE looks like he’s from another time entirely, or maybe he’s just too good at his job at Ye Old Renaissance Faire . . .

THE ACTRESS is lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with her spellbinding and strikingly convincing portrayal of a famous fairy. Her name may be big, but her secrets barely fit in one world . . .

Fifteen-year-old Crescenzo never would have believed his father’s carvings were anything more than “stupid toys.” All he knows is a boring life in an ordinary Virginia suburb, from which his mother and his best friend have been missing for years. When his father disappears next, all Crescenzo has left is his goofy neighbor, Pietro, who believes he’s really Peter Pan and that Crescenzo is the son of Pinocchio. What’s more: Pietro insists that they can find their loved ones by looking to the strange collection of wooden figurines Crescenzo’s father left behind.

With Pietro’s help, Crescenzo sets off on an adventure to unite the real life counterparts to his figurines. It’s enough of a shock that they’re actually real, but the night he meets the Girl in the Red Hood, dark truths burst from the past. Suddenly, Crescenzo is tangled in a nightmare where magic mirrors and evil queens rule, and where everyone he loves is running out of time.

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Book Spotlight: Wings of War by Karen Ann Hopkins

 

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Synopsis: 

There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them.

Embers is an epic paranormal adventure/romance about a seventeen year old girl who discovers that she’s immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt’s boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember’s exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she learns that she’s a Watcher, a descendant of angels.

While Ember is instructed about her heritage and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two teenagers who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the young men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it’s cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil, and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She may be one of the few champions willing to make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.

Embers is the first novel in the dark and gritty YA paranormal romance series, The Wings of War.

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Interview with S K Gregory

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I have been writing from a young age and I did send out a couple of manuscripts as a teenager. They were rejected of course because they were nowhere near good enough. I started learning about editing, writing better dialogue etc, and when I sent out Daemon Persuasion in 2012 – it was accepted for publication. It was very exciting and I have worked hard since to keep that momentum going.

What inspired you to write this book?

I was taking part in NaNoWriMo and I was late starting. This book was something that I started writing and then I got stuck a few chapters in. Once I had the deadline pushing me, the idea developed and I finished by early December. I wanted to write an action book with a strong female lead.

What do you love about writing?

I love when the story flows and takes on a life of its own. When I am no longer leading the characters but they are leading me. Many times I will have an outline in my head, but thedaemonButton 300 x 225n I’ll be writing and I’ll think – no, that character wouldn’t do that or say that.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go to and why?

Maybe the 1920’s. I liked the fashion back then.

If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

A werewolf. I have always been a fan of werewolves and I imagine they would be very fast and strong.

In a fire, what 3 things would you rescue?

My laptop, my favorite books and family photos.

What are you working on now?

I am working on Daemon Battle, the third book in the series which is due out in September.

Where can fans find you online?

They can find me through my website http://www.storyteller-skgregory.weebly.com

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Book Spotlight: Gypsy Love by Angela McPherson and Lynn Vroman

 

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Synopsis:

Two centuries ago, Adrian vowed to seek revenge against the Gypsy woman who bound his spirit for eternity. Despite how far under the dirt Miryah Kotorara’s bones lay, he won’t stop tormenting the Kotorara bloodline. The person doesn’t matter, only the name.

Until her.

Dr. Mia Kotorara has spent the last ten years trying to forget her Gypsy heritage. Ostracized by her family and emotionally damaged, Mia throws herself into her work to fill the void. She forgets everything from her past—except for the man who solely exists in her dreams.

When reality and dreams collide, Adrian and Mia find something they never expected. Love.

Magic will bring them together, but it may not be enough to mend Mia’s broken heart and Adrian’s lust for revenge.

The Kotorara curse is never satisfied.

As the curse threatens everything they have overcome, Adrian and Mia must fight to save what matters most—each other.

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Interview with Rita Lee Chapman

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Tell us about your publishing journey…

Hi Nicky and thank you for inviting me to your blog.

It wasn’t until I retired that I finished my first book, Missing in Egypt.  Until then my writing had been confined to business letters and reports or letters to my family back home.  Although I had started to write a couple of times (on a typewriter) I didn’t manager more than a few chapters.  I did keep them though and eventually incorporated them in to my books.  My submissions to publishers met with rejection but then I read about Amazon and made the decision to self-publish, one I have not regretted.
What do you love about being an author?

I love being in my own fantasy world, where anything can happen.  I’m more successful sitting at the computer and writing than trying to plot and so I never know where the story is going to take me.  It is also great fun being able to kill characters off or help them find romance.


If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and
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My perfect dinner would be with Winston, from Winston – A Horse’s Tale.  Winston is a horse (of course) and I guess we would be eating his favourite – apples.


If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

Turning now to my crime mystery, Dangerous Associations, I would cast Nicole Kidman as Cathy,  as Geoffrey and Hugh Jackman as Rob.


Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

I’m really not in to vampires (sorry, Nicky) but probably as sexy leads.


Missing_in_Egypt_CoverIf you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

Definitely the seventies – for the music, the excitement and the beautiful clothes.


What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Write a book!


If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

A Unicorn, because I love horses and I can live with the horn thing.


Where do you write best?

In my study, when it’s raining.


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I’m on the last few pages of Wilbur Smith’s Monsoon.  It’s one of those books where you can’t read fast enough to find out what happens but at the same time you don’t want it to end.  I’m savouring the last few words and marveling at Wilbur Smith’s talent.


If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I would like to write children’s books because I think it is so important to enjoy reading at a young age.  Losing yourself in a book and being transported to another place is pure magic and they can absorb and  learn so much without even realising it.


Where can fans find you online?

My website is at www.ritaleechapman.com.  Here you will find information on me, my books and other authors.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rita.chapman

Goodreads author page:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5834608.Rita_Lee_Chapman

Dangerous Associations:

An ex-husband, a new love, a stalker.  Cathy Thompson’s link to her ex-husband fills her life with threats and intimidation.  She must either trap her stalker or find Geoffrey to put an end to her life of fear. 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1501062905

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/493239

Large Print Edition: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1507554915/

Missing in Egypt

Missing in Egypt will intrigue you with its twists and turns, romance and adventure as well as its insights into Australian and Egyptian cultures.  Australian Anna Davies travels to Egypt with her lover to help him search for his brother, who disappeared whilst on holiday.  The Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel and the Temple of Karnak are amongst the settings for their search.  Will they be able to track him down and find him alive – or is Ramy already dead?  What tragedies await Anna and Kareem as they come closer to retracing his footsteps?  This fast-paced action plot will keep you guessing until the end.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Missing-in-Egypt-ebook/dp/B007JOUIIE/

Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/263417

LARGE PRINT EDITION:

http://www.amazon.com/Missing-Egypt/dp/149121872X/

Winston – A Horse’s Tale

One for horse lovers!  Winston is a good-looking palomino horse whose life involves several different owners and many adventures.  As you read his story, told by Winston himself, you will appreciate horse ownership from the horse’s point of view.  Born on a country property in Australia, Winston tells of his breaking-in and education and the different people he encounters – good, bad and ignorant.  As well as his own story, Winston includes the experiences of other horses he meets along life’s way. 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G9QOZGE

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/372140

 

 

Interview with Jessica McHugh

mchughpicTell us about your publishing journey…

I spent years writing without thinking of being published, so I had a hefty backlog of short stories, novellas, and novels by the time I worked up the courage to give publication a shot. I didn’t go to college for writing—or anything, really; it didn’t take long for my laziness to get me booted, which is funny considering how hard I work on my writing. Using the Writer’s Market, Duotrope, and various articles, I learned how to revise, format, write queries and synopses, find publishers, and submit. It was frustrating not having any writer friends or mentors at that time—even my family wasn’t that supportive yet—but with my would-be husband’s encouragement, I threw myself into the deep end and tried to get my Arthurian Legend novel, “Camelot Lost” published. I encountered a lot of issues with presses thinking it was too similar to “Mists of Avalon,” however, and in the end I took the easy way out by submitting to PublishAmerica. (ducks rotten tomatoes) I know, I know, PublishAmerica is awful, but it turned out to be a good decision. They didn’t require payment like other vanity presses, and they did all the formatting and printing, so I was fairly happy with how things turned out. Plus, being able to put a publication in my bio boosted my confidence enough to submit other stories to more reputable publishers. As I learned and grew as a writer, I received more and more novel acceptances and began networking with other authors and presses. It was a snowball effect, really. The more I put myself and my work out there, the more confidence and joy for writing I exuded, the more positively the universe responded. The rest is history. I’ve gotten to work with some of coolest small presses out there today, and I have no intention of stopping any time soon.

What do you love about being an author?

I could go on for hours about all the things I adore in the writing life, but my favorite thing is the magic that happens when I’ve created characters so real it feels like they’re leading me through their world rather than the other way around. Sure, writing makes me feel godly powerful at times, but I prefer feeling like I’m a tourist transcribing the stories of real people…even when they’re shapeshifting jelly creatures from the planet Bajin like in my sci-fi novella “Home Birth.” I love when a character’s decisions surprise me, though it can wreck the hell out of my outline sometimes.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

The Big Friendly Giant from Roald Dahl’s “The BFG.” I assume we’d probably eat snozzcumbers, but I think all the whizzpopping frobscottle would make up for it.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?TTDIB cover smaller

My newest release, “The Train Derails in Boston,” would make quite the scandalous film, but I can picture a few badass ladies in the Rebecca Malone role. Cate Blanchett would kill it, as could Kerry Washington or Famke Janssen. Aaron Paul would make a great Peter, and I’d love to see Emma Watson or Jena Malone play a devilish, tortured Taylor Malone. Lucien Marchand isn’t a lead, per se, but I don’t think I’d accept anyone but James Spader playing him.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Blood-hungry monsters. Or maybe a happy medium, like The Lost Boys.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?The Roaring 20s, baby. I’d be a hooch-swilling jazz girl for sure.

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

I wish I’d started writing sooner, but I feel like the life advice I’ve received has either been well-timed, or the timing wouldn’t matter because I would’ve ignored that advice anyway.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

I could dig being a shapeshifter, but I’d probably use my powers for financial gain just so I could go somewhere beautiful and secluded to live, and then rarely use the abilities again.

Where do you write best?

I do most of my work in my Writing Hut (a glorified second bedroom), there’s something about the mad cacophony of a bar that gets my inspirado going full-steam. I suppose the beer doesn’t hurt, either.
What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

Bird Box by Josh Malerman. My most prominent thought upon completion was: “Why didn’t I think of that?” It’s a chilling and brilliant piece of fiction.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

If I’m compelled to write in new genre, I go ahead and follow that impulse. I have never and will never limit myself to one genre. I’m too inquisitive for those kinds of fictional restrictions. I am hoping to write a cyberpunkish bizarro novel next year, and I’m really excited to explore new territory.

Where can fans find you online?

I’m pretty active on social media, especially my FB author page at www.facebook.com/author.JessicaMcHugh. You can also find me on Twitter & Instagram under @theJessMcHugh or at my website http://www.JessicaMcHughBooks.com

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Book Spotlight: Ghost Hope by Ripley Patton

 

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Synopsis:

Olivia Black does not feel safe. Nightmares plague her sleep and haunt her days. If she has to endure one more minute stuck in a safe house in rainy Portland, she’s going to lose it. When Mike Palmer sneaks off to find her sister Kaylee without her, it’s the last straw. She has to do something.

Then Palmer’s hackers find the Dome on a satellite feed: dark, abandoned and smack in the middle of the Oregon desert three hundred miles from where it started. If they can reach it before anyone else, they can crack the computer systems and access every piece of information on PSS the CAMFers and The Hold have ever collected.

But in order to do that, Olivia must return to the origin of her fears in a race against all the forces that have ever pitted themselves against her. She must unravel decades of deceit to reveal the true origins of Psyche Sans Soma to the world at last.

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Interview with Wattpad author KayC91

13560129-144-k560709Tell us about your writer’s journey…

My journey has been pretty short. I started writing and posting my first book, The Dream Crashers, on Wattpad in 2014. Currently, I’m working on my second and hoping to finish that in the next couple of months.

What do you love about being a writer?

I love being able to bring characters and worlds to life. There are all these stories existing inside your head, and being able to share that with people who enjoy  reading what you’ve created is an incredible feeling.

What’s been the best part of being on Wattpad?

My favorite thing about Wattpad is being able to interact directly with my readers. They are seriously some of the funniest, sweetest, people. Reading comments from my readers is one of my favorite things to do.

How do you deal with bad comments?

I encourage constructive criticisms and comments with tips for how I could improve my books. Even though having someone point out the things they didn’t like with your story can sting, it will only help you as a writer. Although I haven’t noticed any hateful or negative comments, it seems like the general action for that that is to delete and ignore the comment.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles. He is hands down one of the most hilarious and charismatic characters I’ve ever come across. Dinner would be endlessly entertaining. We would probably eat at a nice restaurant that Thorne flirted and charmed his way into.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

A combination of both to make things interesting.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?52489913-208-k619516

This question is hard because there are so many interesting things from every era. If I have to pick one, I would probably choose the Scientific Revolution. I studied science in college, so it’d be cool to see where it all began.

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Step out of your comfort zone more often. There were so many experiences I missed out on because I was too shy or too afraid to try something new. For example, I was hesitant about writing and posting my writing for the public, but now I’m glad I took the plunge. And even if things don’t turn out the way you’d like, you can still be proud of yourself for taking that step and you won’t have to wonder “what if?”

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

I would want to be a witch because they’re so fascinating. Witches have such a wide range of abilities and there are so many different types!

Where do you write best? 

As cliché as it is, I love to write in coffee shops. There’s just something about the smell of coffee and a cozy atmosphere that gets me into a writing mood.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

The last book I read was Winter, the final installment in The Lunar Chronicles series by Melissa Meyer. It was amazing! The balance between action, romance, humor, and suspense was perfect, in my opinion. I really recommend this series for readers who like those qualities in stories.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

The two stories that I’ve worked on have both been YA paranormal, with bits of mystery and romance. I think I would like to try writing new adult fiction next, just to change things up.

Where can fans find you online?

I can be found on Wattpad at http://wattpad.com/user/KayC91