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Interview ~ Joanne Schwehm Author of Unexpected Chance

10 Dec

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Publication Date: October 29, 2013 

**Due to adult language and content, 18+ only, please.**

Always wanting to be a writer, but not having much experience with men or romance, Aubrey sets out to find her inspiration with the help of her best friend. Just when she thinks all hope is lost, she meets Alex Logan. He’s beyond handsome, well dressed, and is known to be a player—perfect for the role.The unexpected happens and Alex becomes more than just an inspiration to Aubrey, but a misunderstanding leaves her heartbroken. Before an opportunity arises to straighten things out, tragedy strikes, and Aubrey’s world is turned upside down.

While Aubrey is trying to cope with her new life, a new chance at love arises. Can she find it in her to trust again? Will Alex be able to win her back? Or will she take this new unexpected chance at love?

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EB: Please provide me with a little about yourself, your background and why you decided to write a book, including something people might be surprised to learn.

JAS:  I am a wife and mom before anything else. I love sports and one of my favorite shows to watch is SportsCenter. I studied theater and never dreamt of being a writer. I would write poems or little passages, but never for anyone’s eyes but my own. My family didn’t know I wrote Unexpected Chance, until I was ready to send it to editing.  What would be surprising to learn about me, is that I never enjoyed reading. It was forced upon me in school and I dreaded it. Then I got into romance novels and now, I can’t stop reading. 

EB: What are your ambitions for your writing career?

JAS:  My ambition is to have readers enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. I would love to see my stories come to life. 

EB: Which writers inspire you?

JAS:  That’s a tough question. EL James inspired me, because she got me reading again which lead me to writing. I like writers that go all out. I enjoy Madeline Sheehan because of that. She writes what she wants to write and I love that about her. 

EB: Do you have a good support system?

JAS:  Yes,  I have a wonderful support system which starts at home with my family. My friends, other authors and bloggers have also been wonderful. It’s amazing what a little encouragement and faith can do.

EB: What is your writing routine?

JAS:  I sit on my comfy couch or bed, turn on my music and write. There are scenes I write with my eyes closed; it’s generally the scenes with a lot of drama or angst. I just feel it differently if my eyes are closed.

EB: As a reader what do you like to see in a good book? What things do you consider disgustingly cliché, and what makes you toss a book aside in frustration?

JAS:  A good book to me has an actual story with character development. I like an intriguing story, one with a twist that makes you think. I don’t like books that have weak women in them.

EB: Unexpected Chance  was published on October 31st , how long did it take you to write? 

JAS:  I started writing Unexpected Chance in April, 2013. I had a dream one night about this man, who we now know as Alex Logan and this woman, Aubrey Ryan and how they met. I woke up and started writing my dream down in a notebook. From that day forward, Alex and Aubrey have been talking to me. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true. I finished writing Unexpected Chance at the end of July.

 EB: What was the toughest part of putting this book together? 

JAS:   The toughest part was making sure it flowed correctly. I didn’t write from an outline, aside from my initial notes, I wrote from my head. 

EB: How did you come up with the title?

JAS:  The title was a difficult task. I had a few that I liked and then I went online to book sites to see what had already been used and what hadn’t been.  But, when you think of an unexpected chance, it does come around; it’s what you do with it that makes a difference. This book was my unexpected chance. 

EB: Was there any hesitance before you decided to hit the “publish” button?

JAS:  I felt completely nauseous. I’m sure I drove my friends crazy. I didn’t want to hit that button. It was the most terrifying thing I have ever done. 

EB: How would you describe your main characters? Would you say they are the same/different from you?

JAS:  Aubrey Ryan is a smart young woman, who aspires to be a romance novelist, but lacks romance in her life. She’s guarded and cautious. She worries a lot and has some anxiety issues. She doesn’t see herself as others do; she lacks confidence. Alex Logan on the other hand is completely the opposite. He is self-assured, a player, an extremely handsome man and a great guy. If I had to compare myself to one of them, it would be Aubrey. 

EB: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

JAS:  I had to do a lot of research for this book, I would tell you what that was, but what would be a spoiler. Let’s say this, I learned that more than ever you can’t take life or people for granted. 

EB: How much of the book is realistic or personal?

JAS:  I feel it is very realistic and also personal. I think there is a little of me or someone I know in each character. 

EB: If realistic or personal, are the experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

JAS:  A little bit of both. I can only write what I know. 

EB: While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?

JAS:  Actually, more than one. When I write, I can actually feel myself as the character I am writing about. It really didn’t matter if it was a male or female character. I felt them all. 

EB: What is your favorite scene in the novel?

JAS It would probably be when they met. It was very unexpected. 

EB: Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

JAS:  No, not really. Since I am new, I will ask anyone and everyone to review my novel. I follow so many blogs and respect them all. It’s hard work and I value all their opinions. 

EB: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

JAS:  I do read them and pay attention. I don’t really let them influence my writing. 

EB: Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?

JAS:  If you want it do it; take the chance. 

EB: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

JAS:  Thank you for taking a chance on a new author. 

EB: Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?

JAS:  None. 

EB: Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

JAS Not really, I think you covered it.

EB: What are you working on now? (Release date?)

JAS:  I am working on book 2 to conclude the Chance Series. I am hoping to release it in the first week of February. I will also be announcing the title soon. I had one selected, but that has since changed. J

EB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?

JAS:  I update my Facebook account regularly. I am currently working on my website as well. Readers can always message me and I will reply as soon as I can.

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Originally from Rochester, New York, Joanne Schwehm now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband Dave, her two teenage boys; Nick and Zack and her cute Bichon, Torre, who is aptly nicknamed “Mommy’s White Shadow”. It’s a good thing Torre only barks, or she could give away many secrets! Joanne loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys meeting new people, traveling, relaxing on a beach and shopping….especially for shoes…she has a bit of a fetish. She is an avid sports fan and loves the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys. She also enjoys playing and watching golf.

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Blog Tour Stop ~ Interview with Mia Michelle Author of Rose of Thorne

23 Nov
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When a drunk driver tragically orphans Skylar Rose at the young age of sixteen, she leaves her dreams behind and takes on the daunting task of helping her elderly grandmother raise her young sister. While other girls her age were living a typical carefree life, she was picking up double shifts at a local café and struggling to pay the bills.
Always putting her sister’s needs and school first, Skylar has never had time to date or develop intimate relationships. Now a senior in college, she has her sights set on an amazing internship opportunity. The last thing she needed was for a sexy distraction like Sebastian Thorne to walk into her life.
Sebastian Thorne had been an entitled and reckless nineteen year old when he got behind the wheel of his new sports car that night. When his night of indulgence goes tragically wrong, Sebastian hesitantly turns to the one person, he knows can make everything go away… The one person he hates… his father.
Now twenty-six, Sebastian is the young enigmatic and powerful CEO of his late father’s design company, Thorne Enterprises. With both millions in the bank and a new woman on his arm almost every night, the world never knew the dark secret he carried inside. Still plagued with nightmares from the night of that horrific accident and having to leave the beautiful girl behind, Sebastian vows to find the one that haunts his dreams.
Sometimes the choice of revisiting our past opens the door to a future that we never thought possible.
But what do you do when the person who gave you back your life, was the very one that took it from you in the first place?
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I had the pleasure in interviewing Mia Michelle for this blog tour. It tough to come up with questions that won’t spoil potential new readers or questions that could be considered unoriginal. Well I think this interview came out pretty damn good. Mia Michelle is HILARIOUS! Read on to see what she had to say.
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EB: Tell us a little about yourself, including something people might be surprised to learn.

MM: I’m a stay at home mom to my two precious babies, a daughter age 10 and son age 6.  I AM IN LOVE with my kindle (and also to my husband of 18 years, but it’s a close choice between the two of them. LOL.)  Something someone may be surprised to know? Hmmm…I love watching MMA fights and screaming at the fighters!  I love zombie shows and have a Walking Dead fascination beyond belief.   I also have a secret crush (okay it’s not a secret) on David Beckham… SIGH.

EB: What inspired you to become a writer and how’d you get started? 

MM: I started writing when I was six years old and haven’t stopped since.  Twelve years ago, Rose of Thorne came to me and I began writing it in journals.  Over the years, I had never let many people see my work, because I always doubted myself too much.  One of my childhood best friends gave me the giant kick in the ass that I needed to take the leap of faith and put this book out there.  It has been a dream come true for me ever since then. Sometimes you just need to believe in yourself the way others believe in you.  I have never been happier than I am pursing the dream I never thought was possible.

EB: Do you have a good support system?

MM: YES! I am BEYOND blessed with a phenomenal support system.  My husband is FANTASTIC, although when I have a deadline, he gets a little grumpy if the house looks messy and he hasn’t seen me leave my office in a few days.  My mom is WONFERFUL to help me out with taking care of my kids in order to let me write.  I have made such FABULOUS friends along this journey and we all encourage and cheer each other along the way! My teams and fans are FLIPPIN’ AWESOME! I love each and every one of them to death and can’t begin to thank them enough for EVERY single thing they have done and do for me!!! I am a VERY LUCKY girl!

EB: As a reader what do you like to see in a good book? What things do you consider disgustingly cliché, and what makes you toss a book aside in frustration? 

MM: When I read a book, I want to see a good griping storyline.  I don’t like predictable things, I love twists and turns.  Most of all, I want to be able to be able to channel into characters, as if I am experiencing the story with them.  A disgustingly cliché to me is always expecting an easy HEA between the characters.  And YES I’ve been known to throw my kindle a few times in frustration… Okay A LOT of times in frustration.  Even though I love reading them and writing them, cliffhangers get me every time! Also if a character just is disappointing, I have been known to curse it and chunk it across the room. (while it’s in the protective armor of course).  It’s funny, I love my kindle like my husband and I also wish I could throw him sometimes too 🙂

EB: Was there any hesitance before you decided to hit the “publish” button for Rose of Thorne?

MM: Yes!  I had to sit there and take several deep breaths and enlist some friends to calm me down before I hit the “publish” button. (Alcohol and cursing was involved, too actually, LOL). I think hitting “publish” is like giving birth. You are so excited for the world to see, but nervous as hell to bear your soul to everyone.  Honestly, I can’t wait to do it over and over again! Regardless of how scary it is, the thrill and excitement is like no other! 

EB: How would you describe your main characters? Would you say they are the same/different from you?

MM:   My main characters are blends of people I know.

Skylar is a smart beautiful girl who has had to deal with more than her share of pain, struggles, and grief.  She is very unselfish and independent, but also very vulnerable.  I am a bit like her in a way.  I have dealt with my fair share of tragedies, just like her and struggled through my pain at times.  Like her, I kept on going for my family.

Sebastian is a rich young and incredibly handsome man with a very troubled dark soul. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to make peace with his past mistakes. He never dreamed he would be in love with the girl whose life he had ruined.

Lucas is a rich gorgeous free spirit guy who never dreamed he’d ever meet the girl that would change him from his playboy ways. When Skylar knocks him off his feet, he never is the same again.  All he wants is for her to love him the way he loves her.  I think everyone can relate to Lucas, because everyone experiences this I think at some point when someone doesn’t feel the same as we feel towards them.

I relate more to Kylie, Skylar’s best friend.  I love my friends and will protect them at any cost.  I am the fun wild one, who loves to let loose and laugh. In reality, she is me.

EB: While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters? 

MM: When I write, I am that character.  In Rose of Thorne, I use multiple POV’s.  For each POV I am that character.  I tap into and become them in order to really get the reader to do the same when they read. That is how I pull at their emotions when they read my book. That is the experience I want for them. 

EB: What is your favorite scene in the novel?

MM: My favorite scene in the novel is the storm scene where Sebastian and Skylar finally come together for the first time.  I think it is full of hot spicy passion and also full of deep love. It is the epic moment where everything truly changes for them.

EB: As someone who has read Rose of Thorne I wonder; what were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life? 

MM: I had several challenges when I wrote the book, but I think that is the case for any writer. Although the book had been written a long time ago, I had to restructure parts of it in order for it to flow correctly. Research- I had to learn things about the city of Austin, TX in order to write a few scenes.  As far as the drinking and driving accident at the beginning of book, I have several friends who have lost loved ones like this.   Psychological challenges were a little rough for me. Although I can channel dark places, they are sometimes hard to come out of.  It’s hard sometimes to write a powerful scene and then come back to a happy place. Sometimes I had to take breaks in writing the scenes to get my head clear again in order to continue working on restructuring a scene. 

EB: Some parts in Rose of Thorne can be considered dark, were these scenes hard for you to write? 

MM: Actually, no.  Dark scenes are not hard for me to write. Unfortunately, I have experienced some horrific tragedies and witnessed some dark days. I tap into that pain when I need to.  It helps me emotionally to release some of the pain and allows me to be a better writer.

EB: Who designed the cover?  

MM: Michelle White of White Design and Photography designed my amazingly gorgeous cover for me, as well as all my other graphics for my series.  I am beyond blessed to have such a phenomenal graphic artist and photographer as a best friend!  She is KICK ASS good and I adore her! 

EB: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

MM: Yes, I do read all my reviews.  I won’t lie, the low ones always hurt to read, but as long as it is a true honest opinion, I respect it.  I know that not everyone is going to like me or my writing. That is just a part of life.  As long as the review is written both respectively and kindly, I value and appreciate it.  Criticism helps you become better at whatever it is that you do.  Occasionally, when the review is low and it is worded hurtfully, it may sting and upset me, but then I look at all the positive ones and keep on writing.  No one will keep me down for long. 🙂 

EB: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything?  

MM: I wouldn’t change a thing.  If anything, I would have not waited so long to pursue my dream of writing.  I think the time wasn’t right before, but now everything has fallen into place. 

EB: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?  

MM: I learned a lot while writing this book.  I learned a lot of behind the scenes of the business. So many people go into the actual writing and publishing process than you can ever possibly imagine.  Just like when you see an actor in a movie, you never dream of all the behind the scenes people that work on the set.  It’s kind of like that.  I also learned a lot about myself while writing this. The most important lesson I learned was to just believe in myself. 

EB: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?  

MM: Yes! GO FOR IT!!! Don’t be afraid to put your work out there.  The best thing I ever did was network.  I became friends with authors and learned the ropes from them.  I have found everyone in the Indie industry to be wonderful assets.  In the Indie World, everyone helps everyone.  We lift up each other, wipe away our tears of frustration, and pimp each other out!  We are all cheerleaders for one another!  I also keep a journal nearby at all times. If an idea hits me then I write it down immediately.  If I don’t have my journal near, I put it in my notes on my iPhone. I never let the idea go to waste! 

EB: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?  

MM: YES!! MWAH!! I LOVE YOU ALL!! There are not enough possible ways I can say “THANK YOU” enough to my readers for just taking a chance on me and my book.  Every time I hear from a fan, it brightens my day.  I hope you continue the journey with me, as I complete this series, along with others to come in the near future. 

EB: Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews? 

MM: Honestly, there are none. I love any and all questions I have been asked so far in interviews. Even the ones that are repeat ones. 

EB: Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included? 

MM: Sure! I like to laugh so let’s add a humorous one in there.

Thongs, Bikini briefs, or Granny panties?   NONE! 🙂

EB: What are you working on now? (Release date?) 

MM: I am just putting finishing touches on Thorneless, Book 2 of Rose of Thorne   series, and it is due to release on December 16th!!    

EB: How can readers discover more about you and your work? 

MM: I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear from my readers!! I encourage them to connect with me!!! 

EMAIL : mymiamichelle@yahoo.com

TWITTER: @miamichellebook

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/authormiamichelle

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Mia Michelle
Mia fell in love with the literary world at a very young age and began putting her active imagination to pen and paper at the age of six. Over the years, she has filled up numerous shelves with her notebooks and journals of her favorite stories. Twelve years ago, Mia began drafting The Thorne Series and through encouragement of a close friend, decided to finally take the leap of faith to bring her dream to life.  She openly admits to having a hopeless infatuation with her Kindle and suffers from the one-click book addiction (No intervention required).
Mia is currently a stay at home mom who has mastered the fine art of making a PB&J sandwich in between laundry and shuttling kids to ballet and school.   In her spare time (“What spare time?” She laughs), she enjoys photography, traveling, and having a girls night out with her pals.   She enjoys the simple things in life, such as sleeping more than 3 hours per night and 10 minute showers without being interrupted by children yelling “mommy” from the other side of the bathroom door.
Mia Michelle resides in Tennessee with her soul mate and husband of 18 years and their 2 beautiful young children. She is currently drafting her new Chase series.

Tour de Blogg Interview with M.P. Ness by Charline Ratcliff

15 Oct

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Interview with M.P. Ness Author of White Leaves  by Charline Ratcliff for Tour de Blogg

 

Hi Michael, thank you for being willing to share your story with us today. I’m sure your friends, family, and fans are interested to learn some of what makes you tick. 🙂

Charline: So, I see in your bio that you mention you share the same birth month/day as Leonardo Da Vinci. You also comment that you feel you “own a share of the creative spirit for which the renaissance master was known.” Your comments lead me to believe that you have a certain respect/awe for the man and his accomplishments, and if so when did that start, and why?

Michael:  I’d say you’re very perceptive, Charline. 

Da Vinci was the quintessential Renaissance man. He could, and did, do it all. 

Few, regardless of their talents or medium, will ever be called “master.” Art itself is a mountain, virtually impossible to scale to its pinnacle. We will always be trying to be better at what we do, and we will never be perfect in our endeavors. That’s part of the philosophical beauty of the arts in general. Art is a way of life. It’s a mode of living toward continual self-improvement. But, Da Vinci, is hailed as a master, and after study, I’m comfortable saying that title is most likely true and fitting. Few others can say as much…

Prior to discovering our shared birthday, (now known as the American Tax Return deadline day,) I already had aspirations of being a Renaissance Man. I drew, I painted, and I sculpted. I wrote stories and poetry and songs. I philosophized; I had a craftsman’s background in construction, I enjoyed landscaping and architecture and I even played musical instruments a bit. So naturally, when I discovered that birthday connection, late in my tenure at the Art Institute of Seattle where I was working for a Bachelor’s in Animation and Applied Media Arts, it did become a sort of fixation. Da Vinci became a subject of intent study.

I felt proud to share such a celebrated artist’s birthday, and I found it interesting that two people separated by so much time and geography, could share such proclivity toward similar interests and abilities. Then, (no less curiously,) my own son, M.P.N.2., was due on my birthday as well. Unfortunately, he was induced two days early, on a Friday, the 13th. 

Spooky…but true.

Charline:  Michael, allow me to continue a moment longer in the Da Vinci theme to ask: do you feel that your acquired knowledge about Da Vinci helped open the “creative” side of the world for you?

Michael: Given that discovery came so late, some seven years after I had already taught myself to draw, had been writing for as many, and had sought schooling to further those abilities, it had less of an impact than it might have, had I discovered it in my earlier creative years. I was already at the point where I knew I wanted to do everything. I wanted my creative control/director position, and I wanted to produce the stories I’d worked on for so many years prior. 

However, in terms of focusing more on finer arts and expanding my abilities to include a wider variety of mediums and subjects when I should have been focusing on my animation studies, it certainly did have an impact. I began to see things differently, more mechanically, and from there my understanding of rendering complex three-dimensional subjects on paper took a dramatic leap. Not surprisingly, my animating skills improved as well. I literally began to set the grading curve in my respective 2-D traditional animation courses. Unfortunately, my desire and enthusiasm to draw frame after frame after frame, in what equates to endless hours of work for mere minutes and seconds of footage, took an opposite turn. 

I decided then to simply write, and execute visual art by commission, (I’m always for hire,) and to compliment my storytelling. Art became a secondary passion. Writing remained dominant.

Many tell me that I should be composing Graphic Novels, given the multi-threat trait. I agree; I should be. However, one key element yet escapes me: page by page composition. It’s something I’ve always attempted, but never quite gotten the hang of. Perhaps one day I will commission a graphic novel artist to work with me on creating those types of books, as I hold a healthy respect for the graphic novelists and comic book artists/writers out there. They can do it all.

Charline: You know Michael; I was intrigued to read that you are a “sometime” musician. Does this mean you play an instrument and/or sing? If so, what instrument? I’m sure some of your readers/fans would also like to know if you have given up performing completely, or is there a possibility that they might see you out on a Karaoke night… *chuckle*

Michael: I was in boys’ choir in grade school, and I’m also told that I have a pleasant speaking voice. However, I do not sing anymore. Except in the car… Or sometimes randomly with my iPod when I’m really in the zone as I work on a painting. 

In truth, the “sometime musician” means I used to play a fair amount of Bass.  Unfortunately, there’s only so much time in a day, a week, or a lifetime. Between the time demands of writing and art/art school, I knew I had to put music aside. It was a third passion, dominated by two bigger brothers.

Music is one of those things I can do, and I enjoy it, but it just isn’t my passion. Nothing equates to simply disappearing for hours into the imagination as you write a story.

Charline: Michael, you’ve shared that you’re an artist, and that you studied at the Art Institute of Seattle. You also mentioned that while you were there, you were inspired to write your debut novel series: E.L.F. White Leaves, the first book of your fantasy series is now out, and I’m curious what it was about the Seattle locale and/or experiences that brought this book series to fruition?

Michael: It was a newspaper stand, actually. On the sidewalk, right outside the AIS campus in Belltown, Seattle was a headline that snared my attention. Being a longtime fantasy reader, there’s no way I could have missed it.

“ELF burns down housing complex,” the headline read, in big, bold, blue font.

At the time, I had no idea what ELF meant, but it wasn’t something one would expect to see on a REAL newspaper headline. I bought the paper, read the article and discovered ELF: the Earth Liberation Front.

Based primarily the Pacific Northwest, the Earth Liberation Front is a hierarchy-lacking extremist-activist organization. They’re Eco terrorists, and not many people are familiar with such a concept. I know I certainly wasn’t. 

These activists are in favor of defending nature, but in the long run their methods are misguided. They firebomb resource companies and housing developments and the like. They actually do more harm than good.

However, to me it was a story.  My initial question that struck me upon reading that headline was: “What if it WAS real elves that had burned down that housing complex? How would it play out? Why would they do such a thing? And how had no one ever seen one before?” 

After stewing on the idea for a while, I then attended a PNWA, (Pacific Northwest Writers Association,) conference in Seattle where I pitched the raw, unwritten idea to urban fantasy author, Richelle Mead, during an urban fantasy seminar she was co-teaching. Frankly, I owe Richelle a huge thank you. I didn’t even write urban fantasy. No one in the entire seminar wanted to speak up about their stories when she and her co-host opened the floor to pitches; so I stepped up with nothing to lose and spilled my raw but coveted concept. She said something to the effect of: “If you can write it, you’ve probably got a sale on your hands there.” That was all the encouragement I needed. I at last decided to write it.  So thanks, Richelle!

I sat down, and the story literally almost wrote itself. I just did the pen-work. The rough draft, (135k words/29 chapters,) took me exactly 30 days. It just poured out, and just in time for the original version to take a place in my schooling, which at the time was the only way I was getting any writing done at all. Art school is no joke. The workload is staggering. So, I completed it for a screenwriting class under tutelage of Seattle’s well known, John Keister, (the 206 & Almost Live – sketch comedy shows,) who was teaching at the AIS at the time. He liked it enough that I decided I’d make it a book one day.

One day has come and gone. And so it is.

Charline: Michael, as a writer, why did you choose the fantasy genre?

Michael: There are several reasons, really. The funny reason; I’m an escapist writer, so for me its therapy.

I love to daydream, and fantasy reading/writing affords me that. I love immersing myself in other worlds. I think it keeps the mind sharp and helps with problem solving/thinking outside the box.

Mostly, though, I write fantasy because I’ve always been a fantasy guy. I initially started reading for personal enjoyment as a child, but only about animals. I had checked out every non-fiction book there was on dinosaurs, sharks, snakes and all the creepy crawly things little boys find fascinating, and I knew all the facts about all those animals. I was a sponge. But then that blasted, (but holy,) Book Mobile came to school early in the 4th grade. The first fantasy I ever read was one I bought there with my own coin. 

The cover art sucked me in. It was Terry Brooks’ “The Talismans of Shannara” which is book four in his second Shannara series. I didn’t know that, and didn’t care. The image struck me enough that I had to know who the one armed man was and why he battled against an excellent rendering of the grim reaper who rode a unique, particularly vicious, looking lizard/cat sort of steed.

I razed that book to the ground, I read it so fast. I got to the scene that the cover art depicted, and I never looked back. The following year, I’d read every single Shannara book there was.

Why Fantasy? It captures me. It really does.

However, I have many stories I will prepare throughout the years to come, and not all are fantasy.

I also plan to write my mother’s memoir/biography with her. She’s led a…particularly brave life, and despite lifelong hardship, her kindness, generosity, patience, and understanding still know no equal in my eyes.

Charline: I did note Michael, that “White Leaves” has a rather stunning cover. It definitely attracts the appropriate attention for the fantasy genre. As an artist, did you design/draw the cover yourself, or did you come up with the concept and allow someone else to put your graphic vision to paper?

Michael: See, now you’ve totally touched on a topic I can really blab about for far too long. I’ll try to restrain myself. Firstly, I’m proud of it. I did indeed do the artwork, and I’m glad you like it. So far the response to the imagery as a cover has been wholly positive. 

The cover started as a quick scene-sketch intended to help my creative juices by giving me a visual rendering of the awful “Powers” called: Traemin and Gane. I’d tinkered with various concepts for the cover art: a simple silhouette of a modified Seattle skyline to include a gargantuan tree, a simple, stylized, bold, flourish-styled tree in silver on black, as well as a few other ideas. However, after having created the current cover image, I couldn’t imagine anything else ever being the cover.

Personally, I am a fan of “scene” covers. I think this style provides a better idea of the story, especially since you’re looking right into one of the moments in the book as soon as you see the cover.

Artistically, I like to render photorealism with pencil/pen, but when it comes to digital and book covers especially, I really enjoy that roughly hewn, concept-art, sketch-quality painting that you see in the White Leaves cover. It just seems to feel more alive than a picture perfect rendering. So, I will most likely continue that trend; at least for the E.L.F. series, as I also like uniformity in series covers.

Image style and selection really get quite interesting when you take a look at the studies of why, and how, that loose style actually affects the imagination of a viewer/reader, as opposed to using photographs, like a romance novel might. Covers are all about establishing a connection with the internal individual. The more realistic something is, the more external, objective, or “out there” the subject is to your viewer. The more simplistic, vague, or stylized something is…the more a viewer can see of themselves within it, or of it within themselves. This is why Comics and Anime and Manga-novels and Cartoons are all so effective. Simplification and stylization…

The best example is a smiley face, because you cannot NOT see a smile when you see two dots and a curved line put together. There are many who may even have a difficult time NOT seeing a face in their car’s headlights, bumper or grill arrangement. Take the Volkswagen Beetle. Did you ever see such a smiley, happy, friendly looking car? No. Why is that? The designers in old Germany wanted to build an affordable vehicle that every commoner could own and love. Their vision worked flawlessly.

This concept also works with sports cars. How many of them just look plain old beastly, aggressive, and mean? There’s a reason for that beyond simply being aerodynamic. It’s a style choice, made specifically to appeal to a type of person who has a set standard of pre-existing interests.

This study was something I learned during my AIS tenure. You can find more about it in a brilliant book, “Understanding Comics,” by graphic novelist/comic artist and writer, Scott McCloud. It’s a comic book about making comic books. Some of his concepts are quite enlightening, and I highly recommend it, even if you aren’t an artist, but especially if you’re thinking about creating graphic novels.

But I digress…to continue with the matter of connection.

As an artist, I like to show works in progress. I’m not shy about it, and I don’t secret away my upcoming book covers to do special-event cover-reveals. I like others to be part of that creative process. And in my opinion, if they get glimpses as I go, they can get more excited about it. I like to think others become more connected that way. As again, it’s all about establishing that connection. And that doesn’t only apply to the visual. We writers pour a great deal of ourselves into our words, and I like to know that others know I’m in total creative control, and that you readers are getting the purest look at me and my vision of my tales as you possibly can.

Case and point, let’s connect a moment. I’m actually in the process of creating the cover art for “Blighted Leaves;” book two of E.L.F., lately.  I take a certain measure of delight in revealing the fact that the sequel and its cover-art were both inspired by…chocolate chip cookies. Yes, chocolate chip cookies.

But that’s crazy talk! You might exclaim. The title is “Blighted Leaves,” and it’s darker than the first book by far. How could it be inspired by something so sweet and decadent and frankly harmless as freshly under-baked chocolate chip cookies?

To which I can say…because, E.L.F. was originally just going to be a stand-alone story. I wrote it in school. It had a single direction and a single dimension at first. However, one day I saw an image on a plate of chocolate smears left behind by fresh chocolate chip cookies. I sketched it because I though it looked a little like a monster, and I thought I could improve upon that happy chaotic accidental image. Sometime later, that sketch triggered a connection with White Leaves, and E.L.F. literally came to life as a whole world of stories.

The point, all triggered by your connection/reaction to the original cover art, Charline, is this… Everything about my books is done by me. As I said before, I like that unrestricted creative control. I believe an artist‘s vision is best when pure. So, with the exception of my wonderful Editor, Maryanne Torgerson, (who may actually be available for hire to other Indie authors,) the book’s entire coming to fruition has been done by my own two hands.

Charline: In closing Michael, what would you say is next for you once the E.L.F. series is finished? Another fantasy book/series? Or focusing on turning your books into blockbuster movies? 

Michael: Well, Hollywood might be a little way off yet. One needs some renown and credibility, not to mention inclusion in the Screenwriter’s Guild, before seriously tackling that mountain. So, for now, I simply plan to write books. But I would very much like to see my stories on screen. That’s why I write them. I see them. And that’s how I write them. 

They’re literally written to be seen. Whether that comes by imagination or by film is merely a matter of timing, and perhaps a little luck.

I’m a very visual and linear writer. The visual aspect definitely comes from the artist part of me, and the linear is exciting because I never know how a story is going to unfold. I get to discover it just as much as a reader might. I think it creates a visceral experience in the reading, much like how the rough-hewn imagery of the cover creates a more living feel.

At any rate, E.L.F. wasn’t the first story I ever wanted to tell, and it won’t be the last. It’s just the first one to make it to the chopping block.

I have a much…larger higher-fantasy saga to tell under the working title of “The Winds of Arillus,” the first book of which will be called “Pheinixfall” for reasons which will eventually become apparent. But that won’t be until after I release a few of the E.L.F. tales. And there are a number of unique standalones, or potential other series that I’d like to delve into. For now though, it’s straight-ahead, full-steam with E.L.F. 

Aside from that I’m also in cahoots with a small contingency of other Indie authors, creating a network around our personas rather than our writing genres. The publishing industry as a whole is like a newborn all over again. The environment we are coming up in is radical and fresh, and authors all over the world have to rethink outside the box, just how best to appeal to the right readers to make their careers. So, we considered this and decided to approach it from a new perspective. 

We decided to appeal to people and readers with similar interests as our own, as opposed to people who specifically read fantasy, or thrillers, or sci-fi-noir-gothic-grind-house-multi-genre-fusions. Since our interests are part of ourselves, and thus come out in our stories, we believe a fantasy story can appeal to someone who happens to like the same music as the author, even if that reader wasn’t into fantasy prior to finding our work. We’d like to think this is a radical and fresh way to approach our own collective marketing. It may well be crazy enough to change the dynamic; given time…if you consider that it’s the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world that actually end up doing so.

Our take…? The authoring world doesn’t have much, if any, in the form of rock stars. As unconventional individuals with interests in some really cool things out there in the variety of mediums that entertainment takes, we collectively agree and suppose a new breed of young author is rising, and fast. 

We aren’t your stereotypical authors. We’re people with interests just like the readers out there. We’re into the edgier side of life, and that comes out in our work.  So we’re building a network geared toward the hard and fast, full-throttle, and unique type of stories we tell in a variety of genre fictions. 

I’d like to mention and suggest readers also take a gander my fellows in this venture. Thriller Bestseller, Charlie Flowers, whose “Hard Kill” has rocketed to chart topping, and Fantasy Author, J.L. Hickey whose “Secret Seekers Society” series is climbing the sales charts quickly, are on board -just to name a few. But there are more, many more, and I think there’s a large a number of us out there worthy organizing our efforts. Naturally, we’ll have more information on that when it gets a little more developed.

Pardon the name, but we’re a little unapologetic about our personas, and we’ll be operating under #BadassAuthors soon.

So, on that final note, I would also encourage other Indie authors who might be a little bit badass in their personal life and interest, and who aren’t afraid to show it, to get hold of me. We have the perfect place for you! Thank you, so much, Charline!

 

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Book Description

Publication Date: June 19, 2013
 
Shannon Hunter, an eco-terrorist member of the elusive Earth Liberation Front (E.L.F.) discovers real elves bent on more than petty sabotage…
Plunged into the a world teeming with magic she never really imagined to exist, Shannon discovers the terrible reality left to both Mankind and herself. The Elves have decreed – “Mankind stands upon its own terminus, heedless of ruin” – and its high time the real protectors of nature strike back.
The only person able to do anything to prevent a supernatural war mankind cannot hope to fight; Shannon must find a way to overcome her misanthropic ways, and prevent the Elves from making a mistake that threatens not only Mankind but all life on earth.

The contemporary fairy tale, “E.L.F.” is set in a dystopian vein, somewhat akin to the Harry Bates’ classic, “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, only fantasy, not Sci-fi, and with far more epic action.

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About the Author

Born in the Midwest, I share my birthday with Leonardo Da Vinci, and seem to share a bit of that creative monster’s spirit.

I paint, draw, write, sculpt, and more.
I’m extremely prolific when I don’t have life and day-jobs tying me down.

I published my debut novel, E.L.F. vol. 1, White Leaves, July 1st, 2013, and hope to release the sequel, Blighted Leaves, sometime early/mid 2014. White Leaves is currently available at all major online retailers in both print-paperback and eBook forms.

I do my own cover-art, book-trailers, formatting, and marketing. It’s tough, but a thoroughly engaging ride.

I’ve also done logo, cover art, and animations for local Seattle area musicians, other musicians elsewhere, luthiers, videographers, authors, and retailers.

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Author Interview – Wren Figueiro

15 Sep

Today I am pleased to share with you yet another Q & A interview with debut author Wren Figueiro.  I was lucky to meet such a humble person. She sought me out on Facebook to see if I would be interested in reading her book for a review.

Let me formally welcome Ms. Wren Figueiro author of Atancia, a young adult paranormal romance. It is the first book of The Durand Duology,

Atancia (The Durand Duology, #1)

Book Description

Publication Date: August 6, 2013
 
After watching a young boy die, college freshman Atancia Clark begins to have panic attacks. Her heart flutters, her breath catches and she can’t control her emotions the way she always has. She wants to be strong, but lately she just hasn’t been living up to her own expectations. When she meets Ben Althaus, her breath starts catching for entirely different reasons. He helps Atancia discover the cause for her odd emotional reactions and the history she thought was lost when her mother left her. Atancia has power beyond that of an average girl, and Ben is by no means ordinary. He wants to help her hone her talents, but her focus is threatened by life-altering events. Add Ben’s entrancing brother, Matthew, to the mix, and Atancia’s lack of clarity could lead her down a destructive path.

 Review coming soon…

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Lets see what she had to say….

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EB: Please provide me with a little about yourself, your background and why you decided to write a book:

WF: I was born in Lima, Peru and moved to Miami when I was seven. I’ve always loved to write. When I was little I would fill out composition notebooks with stories and (very bad) illustrations. When I got to college I decided to major in writing, but after I graduated, I ended up working in a completely different field. I decided to write a book because I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.

EB: What are your ambitions for your writing career?

WF: To become a better writer. This was my first attempt at a novel, and I am fully aware that it has flaws that I can’t even see yet. I hope to improve as time goes by.

EB: Which writers inspire you?

WF: J.K. Rowling, Ray Bradbury, Paulo Coelho, Cassandra Clare, Tammara Webber, just to name a very few.

EB: Do you have a good support system?

WF: Yes, my family is very supportive.

EB: What is your writing routine?

WF: I wish I could have one! I don’t have many hours available to write during the week, but when I get a couple I usually just sit down and get as much done as I can. I lock myself away so it’s quiet, and I just write. During the day, when I’m busy, I have a notebook where I jot down every idea, dialogue, plot twist or anything else that pops in my mind before forgetting it.

EB: As a reader what do you like to see in a good book?

WF: Unpredictability. I love it when I can’t guess what’s going to happen in a story.

EB: What things do you consider disgustingly cliché, and what makes you toss a book aside in frustration?

WF: Lack of visual clarity. I’ve read books where the imagery changes half way through the description and the vision I had in my mind of what’s going on gets blurry and confused. It can prevent me from moving forward or truly enjoying the story. As for cliché, I’d have to say that’s when authors attempt to describe characters by placing them in contrived social categories rather than showing what kind of people they are. Human beings are too complex to be shoved into neat boxes.

EB: Atancia was published on August 6th, how long did it take you to write? 

WF:  It took me a year to write it and another 6 months to edit it.

EB: What was the toughest part of putting this book together? 

WF: Definitely the editing.

EB: How did you come up with the title?

WF: It is the main character’s name and the definition of it is given towards the end of the novel. I can tell you what it is if you want to know before reading it 🙂

EB: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

WF: That people aren’t always what they seem.

EB: Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special to you?

WF: She is vulnerable and doesn’t always make the wisest decisions, but that is what will help her grow. People like to think that characters are always strong and do the right thing, but sometimes it takes a few mistakes to get there.

EB: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

WF: That it’s okay to change my mind, and it’s okay to make mistakes. And even more, that constructive criticism really can make me better. (I wasn’t particularly fond of it before 😉

EB: How much of the book is realistic or personal?

WF: Most of the parts where Atancia is being a complete dork. I used to be easily flustered, it’s gotten better as I’ve gotten older.

EB: If realistic or personal, are the experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

WF: There are a few scenes that are based on my life, but mostly just the backgrounds. The story is very much fictional.

EB: What do you do to get book reviews?

WF: I search for reviewers who like to read this style of novel on Amazon, Goodreads, and other sites, and I email them.

EB: How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?

WF: I get a response from maybe 1 out of 5, but many of them are very busy so I haven’t really gotten far yet.

EB: Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

WF: Not really, just search as much as possible.

EB: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

WF: I haven’t seen any yet, but if I do I will definitely read them because I think they could help to improve my writing. I like to think that I could pick out the constructive criticism from the plain out bashing. And if I can’t, then I’d ask someone else to point it out to me!

EB: Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?

WF: If you want to write a book you have to just write it. Taking classes, joining clubs, all of that will help, but if you never start writing, you’ll never finish.

EB: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

WF: I hope that you enjoy Atancia and that you will tell me what I did right and what I did wrong.

EB: Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?

WF: None yet 🙂

EB: Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

WF: Just thank you for taking the time to take a look at Atancia.

EB: What are you working on now? (Release date?)

WF: The conclusion of The Durand Duology. I’m hoping to have it finished and edited before next summer.

EB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?

WF: You can reach me through my Amazon author page or at http://www.facebook.com/Atancia

 About the Author

via Goodreads
 

As a child, I was often kept up at night by an overactive imagination. When I got to college, I decided to study writing so I could put that imagination to better use. I am an avid reader and rarely let a week go by without finishing at least two books. I love the way that books allow passage into other people’s thoughts and let me see how they view the world. Though I have been writing stories as long as I can remember, Atancia is my first novel.

 

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Thank you Wren for the interview and to everyone else for stopping by! 😉

Author Interview – Nicole Castro

12 Sep

 

Today I am pleased to share another wonderful Q & A interview with Nicole Castro. I’m telling you this is good! She had me laughing with some of her answers. : )

Nicole is the author of three romantic novellas, two historical romance novels and one children’s story. Read on to find out more about her, her books and why she decided to become a writer!

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Lets see what she had to say….

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EB: Please provide me with a little about yourself, your background and why you decided to write a book:

NC: I love to write contemporary romantic novellas with “real talk”. You won’t find sweet, flowery prose in my books. I am married to a drummer, live in Michigan, and speak several languages. I love coffee, football, astronomy, cats, and crows. Writing was thrust upon me because my characters won’t shut up. Write their story or go crazy.

EB: What are your ambitions for your writing career?

NC: It’s certainly not to get rich! Of course I wouldn’t mind being a JK Rowling, but I don’t think any writer goes in expecting that. I love to put a smile on people’s faces. It makes me feel great when someone tells me they are in love with one of my characters (because I am too [see Ashe Whitaker from The Appleton House]) or that they couldn’t put my book down. That’s what we all wish for, really.

EB: Which writers inspire you?

NC: Kat Martin, Lisa Kleypas – but my favorite book is The count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

EB: What is your writing routine?

NC: I never force myself to write. If you try to squeeze blood out of a stone, you’ll get nothing or get stuff you’ll have to delete anyway. I love to sit on my balcony with a cup of coffee and write! I recommend Google Drive so you can always access your work. One thing that I guess you could call a quirk or mine is that I have to cast my characters- usually with actors. Every character that you read about in my books has a “real” face. I have to cast or I can’t write!

EB: Which of your books was the easiest/hardest to write?

NC: My newest romantic novella, The Appleton House, was like a hurricane. It would not stop. I wrote 17,000 words in 9 days (I have a full time job other than writing). At the opposite end of the spectrum, Stone and Glass took a decade (no, really).

EB: Have you ever written anything that you thought would be controversial and found it wasn’t?

NC: Some of the wilder sex scenes in A Precise Moment. It has a 5 star average rating though so I think it is going over well!

EB: As a reader what do you like to see in a good book? What things do you consider disgustingly cliché, and what makes you toss a book aside in frustration? 

NC: > A book needs to evoke emotion. The reader has to give a flying fig about what happens to the characters or the book is doomed. >> I hate characters named Kate. I like the name in general; I just hate it for a character name. It is so overused! I also hate when the author makes the character stand in front of a mirror. If you can’t come up with a better way to convey your character’s face, you need more education about writing. These two are cardinal sins! I read the first two paragraphs of a certain VERY popular book and saw these two items. I put it down immediately.

EB: What do you do to get book reviews?

NC: If I know someone has read a book, I ask them to leave a review. Also, I email reviewers! It’s worth it if they say yes!

EB: How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?

NC: I’ve just started- I’ll let you know!

EB: Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

NC: You have to make sure the reviewers want to read your genre. Do your homework before you start sending out dozens of emails.

EB: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

NC: Of course! I pay attention to the good ones. The bad ones aren’t usually constructive. It’s difficult when you have a five star review and a one star review for the same book! It makes you question a lot, but everyone is different.

EB: Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?

NC: Read this book: http://www.amazon.com/Self-Editing-Fiction-Writers-Second-Edition/dp/0060545690

Surround yourself with other writers. Socialize. Join groups. Follow people (twitter, wordpress- not stalking). You’re not selling your book, you’re selling yourself as a brand. Be interesting.

EB: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

NC: My books are not “sweet”. It kind of makes me want to gag when I see reviews of other books with that word. If you want a lovey-dovey romance, I am not your author. My characters swear, have pre-marital sex and drink whiskey. That’s more in alignment with reality. But don’t worry, romance = HEA.

EB: Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?

NC: #3 (ha ha!)

EB: Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

NC: All of my e-books are under $2.00 and available on either Kindle and/or Nook!

EB: What are you working on now? (Release date?)

NC: I’m exploring a more suspenseful/mystery novella. Think young CIA agents in Paris, both have been lied to as to what their real mission is… Also, I wouldn’t mind writing another full length novel. I’ll release SOMEthing by the end of the year!

EB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?

NC:

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_10?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=nicole+castro&sprefix=nicole+cas%2Cdigital-text%2C214

Nook link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/nicole-castro?store=ebook&keyword=nicole+castro

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/authornicolecastro114

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7212247.Nicole_Castro

WordPress: http://nmcastro114.wordpress.com/

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/nicolecastro114/boards/

Her Books:

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Book Description

Publication Date: October 20, 2011

Adult language, sexual content. Brynn Cash is so over her life in the mid-west, so it’s high time to do something wild and get a new one. Moving across the country seems like a radical idea- because it is- but working in a bookstore for beans is just plain crazy. A chance meeting puts Brynn in front of one of her idols, Jared West. She might be a city girl living in the desert, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a one night stand. When she gets an opportunity to visit him in LA, she isn’t sure which one is worse- getting Jared’s sole attention or being invisible to him.

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Book Description

Publication Date: July 29, 2013

Adult language, sexual content. A man. A ring. A box. It’s not what you think. Natalie Journeycake can barely pay her rent. Hell, sometimes she flat out can’t! But when her landlady sells the only thing Talie had to barter with- her dead brother Sam’s Celtic ring- she has to try to get it back. When she loses the auction where it is being sold, she tries to plead with the winner, only to find out it is the same hot Irishman she met earlier in the week. Declan Quinn’s new place in her life is a little too convenient and she suspects that they did not meet by accident. Declan may have the ring, but as they get closer, Talie is in danger of losing her heart.

When she learns that the junky piece of jewelry is the key to opening Sam’s safety deposit box in London, she’s as intrigued as Declan is determined. Follow them as they jump through hoops and dodge daggers in order to find out what Sam left behind- for the both of them.

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Book Description

Publication Date: September 3, 2013

Just one night together wouldn’t be enough for either of them.

Olivia Caine, Dowager Duchess Helford, could not be happier to be a widow. Although her cruel husband deserved his mysterious death, Olivia had no intentions of marrying again- that is until she meets the handsome innkeeper, Edward Deckhart. But he has a dark past that places him right in the middle of the duke’s murder. Olivia can’t shake the feeling that he is lying by omission…

Edward Deckhart has a rebellious heart that has never obeyed the rules of the ton. Being an inn keeper has kept him away from society’s requirements of a young man and lets him do whatever he wishes. When a beautiful blonde woman takes a room for the night, he cannot help but be intrigued by her cryptic behavior. She is hiding something, he is sure of it. Can he keep his own secrets buried while trying to uncover hers?

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Book Description

Publication Date: July 22, 2013

Children’s story – ages 8-12
Camping can be pretty rainy and boring in Michigan, but when two brothers discover an unusual golden key on the beach, great responsibility is thrust upon them. If they answer three questions right, they are granted a wish. When faced with the choice of saving the world or a wheelbarrow full of bacon, the boys have some intense decisions to make!

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Book Description

Publication Date: October 19, 2011
 
Being sought out to create a wardrobe for a member of the ton was like a dream come true for seamstress Alyssa Barrington- until thoughts of her handsome, and titled, employer interfered with her work. An inherited piece of jewelry puts her in the middle of the battle between the earl and his nemesis, Bradford Vaughn, the viscount Harsdale. When the proof of its origin she has so desperately sought falls in to her lap, she must decide whether to tell the truth and destroy the earl or keep quiet to save her own soul.

Nothing prepared William Clayton Carver, seventh earl Stonelocke, for having a dark haired beauty live under his roof. When she needs his help, he has to overcome his own guilt to help Alyssa find a truth of her own. Accepting her past is one thing, recognizing her lies is another. When she disappears, Clay combines forces with the viscount Harsdale in order to find the woman that they both love.

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Book Description

Publication Date: August 24, 2013
This romantic novella has adult language, sexual content, and is told from the male perspective.
Master carpenter Ashe Whitaker is excited to work on the historic bed and breakfast, The Appleton House, but the owner’s daughter proves to be a distraction. Finding out that fun-loving Perry is engaged is only a minor set-back. He’s been an idiot fiancé before and knows just what seeds of doubt to plant in order to get her into his bed. Ashe knows Perry wants him and exposes her sinfully shameless side. But Ashe’s forever-a-bachelor reputation is in jeopardy when Perry threatens to nail down his heart instead of being just another notch in his tool belt.

Thank you Nicole Castro for the interview and to everyone else for stopping by! :)

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