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This blog had been set up to help ALL Indie Authors promote their work particularly those based in the UK. All are welcome here but I will remove posts that I believe to be offensive in nature.
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Moving

RamblingsPosted by Ellena Jennings Fri, August 30, 2013 17:55:23
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Becki Brannen

SpotlightPosted by Ellena Jennings Wed, August 28, 2013 13:40:44

My final author spotlight for the month is the fabulous Becki Brannen...
I was born and raised in the South. I married my high school sweetheart and we have two daughters and a poodle, Sophie. I enjoy writing 'chick lit' with a Christian twist. I hope you enjoy reading my books, "Breathless" and "Strapless." There will be more to come soon!

I’m sensitive, extroverted, nice, feisty, happy, optimistic, a wife, mother, writer, office-minion, caring, CHRISTIAN. I believe in happy endings, lessons becoming blessings, and finding the strength to forgive (myself included). I’m unapologetic in my beliefs, strong-willed, compassionate and loving. I stand by my motto in 9th grade, when I broke out of my shell of feeling too fat, too nerdy, too shy, too scared – “You’ll either love me or hate me, but I think I’m pretty awesome.” Well, maybe it was a bit more crass back then!

I love it when I let author's add anything they like because I get wonderful statements like this....Love it! So let's have a looksy at the interview...

Do you write as yourself or under a pseudonym? Why?

I’m me. I think it was for two reasons initially – being able to see my name on a book cover, and allowing my friends and family to search for me. I see the benefits of a pseudonym, such as privacy, but in today’s digital world, real names aren’t that hard to figure out!

What made you want to be a published author?
Being unpublished just wasn’t any fun! I participated in NaNoWriMo 2011 and wrote Breathless, my first novel, in 29 days. If you finish a book, why not get it published? And if you publish it, why not try to make a little money while you’re at it? So I did. It’s not the first book I’ve ever written, but I don’t think the books I “wrote” in elementary school quite count. After all, some of them didn’t even have words! I went to a literature/language arts magnet school, and we wrote a book each year. Nothing to write home about, pun intended, but it definitely gave me a love for writing!

What genre do you write in and why?

So far, I’ve written Christian Chick Lit. Funny, girly books, romantic, not smutty. I wanted to write something I could tell my dad I wrote, and not blush. He still said, “You didn’t tell me it was a romance novel!” But it’s not! There is not ONE instance of a throbbing ANYTHING, unless I gave a character a throbbing headache! My characters are Christian because I am. It’s such a part of my life that I don’t really know how to separate the two fully. My upcoming projects are quite different. Peregrine is wistful and descriptive. I have no idea where it’s going to go, so it’s going to be interesting to write. Running is a suspense with a bit of romance thrown in. Outcast is YA paranormal. I feel like such a sell-out jumping on that bandwagon, but since I love to read it, why not try my hand at it. We’ll see if it ever comes to fruition. Providence is sort of country chic romance. Instead of a cowboy romance (and who doesn’t love those?), it’s a country girl, Southern city boy thing. I wanted a strong female character, someone who is tough as nails, and that girl definitely will be! I’m still finding my voice as a writer, so while I’ve loved writing the Breathless series, I’m ready to leave Carly & Ryan behind for a bit and try new things.

If you could talk to your 12 year old self, what advice would you give?

Be assertive. Be YOU. Quit trying to fit in! I’m so like one of my twin daughters, so outside of any mold, that I never fit in, and by trying to shove myself into some society-accepted form, I forgot who I was for a very long time. I’ve felt very damaged for a very long time, and I did a lot of that to myself. So rather than try to go back and tell myself those things, I will tell it to my daughters. BE YOU.

Have any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

Everyone I’ve ever read! I think we take a bit of everything we read, watch on TV, hear in the news, every part of our lives, and incorporate it into ourselves and therefore what we write. Past experiences beget future works of amazing art. Heather Huffman has inspired me to want my characters to DO something amazing with their lives, to be a voice for the voiceless. Amazing YA authors have shown me that teenagers and young adults can truly conquer the world, and what amazing concept is that? Sure, vampires might not really exist, but young adults CAN enact real change in the world in which we live, making it a better place. If my writing inspires anyone to want to write, or do something amazing with their lives (for themselves or for others), then I’ve done something great. I hope that Sleepless gets people to think about human trafficking. I hope that Running will encourage discussion about sexual abuse. For that matter, the entire Breathless series touches on dating violence. (Sorry, I didn’t quite answer the question in the way it was asked!)

If you are a self-published author what made you take this route and what was your experience (good or bad)?

I wanted to get my work out there! I submitted my information to a publisher that I love, but was eventually turned down once they got the entire manuscript of Breathless. It’s okay, it’s not for everyone. Or maybe they felt like they had too many books similar to it. Either way, I’ve had great success on my own! At least in the self-publishing world, I control what I write, and I collect my profits. I’d love to have the access to marketing, professional cover design and editing, etc. that a traditionally published author would have, but I think I make a pretty great marketer of my books & I’ve seen terrible editing mistakes in some of the books of the best-selling authors of our time. That’s not to say I’d turn down a huge advance, though!

How would you rate your writing?

I like it. I enjoy writing it, and I’ve enjoyed reading it after the fact. I find it hard to rank it because 1) I’m biased, and 2) there are so many amazing books out there and no two are the same.

How do you react to poor reviews of your book?

Sob like a baby. No, really. We creative types are sensitive! Okay, maybe I don’t really cry, but I do have a sog-fest in my soul for a few days. And then I realize – not everyone is going to like it. That’s okay! I don’t like every book I read, and that’s okay, too. People can be constructive without being mean, but even mean reviews don’t have to bring me down. There are many more people who have read my books that have said they love it, and THEY are my target audience.

What influences your choice of book covers?

Modes of transportation, thus far! A plane, a Jeep (thank you to the local dealership for the borrow, ha!), and then shoes. It was going to be a set of strollers for Sleepless, but alas, the shot never came to fruition. I don’t purchase my shots. I either take them or a friend does. I have no guarantee of my books selling enough copies to warrant a hefty price tag, and the emphasis are the words, not the pictures. Otherwise, this would be a kids’ book, and I could probably just draw it my own self! While I love gorgeous covers, I’ve been tricked by those before.

How do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

With Breathless, it was all I did, it seemed. I came home and wrote while my girls played and ate dinner. I wrote until after midnight, I got up and wrote before work, and I wrote during my lunch break. Twenty-nine days later, I had a novel. With Strapless, I was more lenient on myself and took 4.5 months, though I still busted tail to get it done. With Sleepless, I let the real world get the best of my writing. It took a year and a half nearly, but I finished it. My family comes first, my paycheck comes second, and my writing had to take a backseat. I finished during Camp NaNoWriMo July 2013, writing about 27k words in a week. That’s almost 4k words a day. That week, I let writing take over. I feel like a writing anorexic/bulimic, starving myself of writing for months on end and then gorging myself on words in one sitting.

Do your characters drive the plots of your stories or do you plan out your plot?

I mostly plan out my plots. I have an idea of where I want them to go, what I want the characters to do, but then I let them have their own conversations to get them there. I talk a lot in my car. If you saw me, you’d think I was insane, and maybe I am, because I hold two-sided conversations. I answer myself. I even use accents, if needed.

Do you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

Breathless is based entirely off of a recurring dream. The characters were in my head for so long, living out the plot of the book that I had to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, rather).

Do you market yourself or pay a professional?

I market myself. If anyone wants to throw some help my way, go for it, but there’s no paycheck attached. (Hey, at least I’m honest!)

What are your tips for editing?

Edit as you go, fix what you can, read and re-read, send to your friends, family and/or beta readers, and then send it off into the wind. At some point, you really do have to let it go.

What inspired you to write your current WIP or current published work?

My WIP is inspired by a minor character from the Breathless series. I wanted something that felt entirely different, almost like you’re watching someone else’s dream.

Do you prefer to write stand-alone novels or a series? Why?

Hard to say. Obviously I’ve written a series, but after spending a year and a half on the third book, I’m going to go with stand-alones. I love Carly & Ryan (my characters), but after 2 ½ books, I wanted something fresh and new. I had to really step up their story to make it feel that way, rather than dredging on for the sake of a trilogy. I think too many people try to aim for a three book series. I never intended Breathless to turn into a series, and I doubt I’ll continue past this last book. I’ve read too many books where the third book felt like an old shoe, and I didn’t want Sleepless to feel worn out.

If you could change one thing in the publishing process what would it be?

I would make the bestseller charts transparent. What gets a book to the top of the chart? I mean, are millions of people still buying Fifty Shades each and every week? REALLY?! There are millions more books with far greater value than that, and unless a book somehow catches the eye of a publisher, celebrity, or movie studio, you only ever seem to see it marketed on indie sites.

What advice would you give to a new author?

Never give up. Write like the words are your oxygen.

Share a favourite quote from your book.

This isn’t going to make any sense until you read the book, but I absolutely loved writing this line: “Best ducking wife. Ever.”

I think sometimes we have to get our writing publishing because it deserves it. My book and characters had been bouncing around in my head for years and I never ever though I would be able to write a full length novel but how wrong I was. You're absolutely right...never give up! And now to the books....

Sleepless:

Carly and Ryan are married!

But will baby make three before Carly has a chance to come clean about their elopement?

Carly seems like she's got it all - a dream job and a dreamy husband - but she's starting to feel like her dream job is turning into a nightmare. She's feeling incomplete and just needs something... more. With the possibility that she's pregnant, and her lack of enthusiasm for her job, Carly embarks on a career path that she's hoping will leave her fulfilled and feeling like she's done something to leave her mark on the world.

You can find all her books here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Becki-Brannen/e/B006KSJKXY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1377692584&sr=8-1


http://www.amazon.com/Becki-Brannen/e/B006KSJKXY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1377692734&sr=8-1

Stalker Links...

My website is http://beckibrannen.weebly.com

Facebook is www.facebook.com/beckibrannen.author

Twitter is www.twitter.com/beckibrannen

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Teach Me Love by S. Moose

Cover RevealsPosted by Ellena Jennings Tue, August 27, 2013 12:15:05
Happy cover reveal day for Teach Me Love by S. Moose


Synopsis:

Jacob Greene, sexy multimillionaire CEO of Greene Publishing is a broken man desperate to find reason in his life. Losing Katherine, the love of his life, makes a once gentle and kindhearted man into someone dark and miserable.

Abigail Anderson, single mother, second grade teacher, is tired of living her life alone. But the only man she's ever loved betrayed her and left her in the dark. Now, three years later, their paths cross. A rocky beginning soon turns into something more. Real. The feeling is mutual and their feelings grow. But secrets always have a way of coming out. Will Jacob and Abigail be able to learn how to to love again or will they suffer alone for the rest of their lives?

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18135095-teach-me-love



My name is Saoching Moose, writing as S.Moose. My debut novel, Reaching Out For You, published on June 8, 2013. This novel is the first of the Never Letting Go Series. I am a self-published author and I love every moment. I have met some amazing people and am very excited about what's to come.


I live in Webster, NY with my husband. I enjoy being with my family and friends. I graduated from St. John Fisher College with my Bachelor of Arts degree in 2011.


I love writing and it's always been a dream of mine to publish my work. I'm an avid reader and love reading books with a happy ending-I'm a sucker for romance. I want to inspire others with my words the way I have been inspired through countless works of literature. I think that everyone has a purpose in life, it just takes time to find it.



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Logan's Acadian Wolves by Kym Grosso

Cover RevealsPosted by Ellena Jennings Tue, August 27, 2013 12:01:00
So this was supposed to have been posted yesterday but my server went down...sooooooooo sorry Kym...but here it is although a day late and I can't wait!!

Here's the blurb:

Deep in the heart of New Orleans, Acadian Wolves’ Alpha, Logan Reynaud, rescues a beautiful woman in the dead of night. Intrigued by the mysterious human, the commanding Alpha is determined to elicit all of her secrets, including her deepest fantasies. After tragedy strikes, Logan discovers dangerous adversaries are planning an attack in his city. Driven by responsibility and honor, Logan must protect both his pack and the woman who’s captivated his attention.

Dr. Wynter Ryan, a leading virologist, is fascinated with her charismatic protector. As the chemistry ignites between her and the dominant Alpha, she relinquishes her ties to the past, embracing ecstasy and submission within his arms and intrepidly acquiescing to her own adventurous instincts. Succumbing to desire, she learns to trust her Alpha, discovering what it means to be wolf.

Passion and mystery on the bayou stirs Logan’s wolf, demanding he claim his mate. Yet Wynter’s a distraction he can’t afford when his priority is to lead his new pack. Will Logan surrender to the uncontrollable need to claim Wynter as his mate? And will he be able to keep her alive, finding the killer who threatens the Acadian Wolves?

Kym Grosso, MBA

www.KymGrosso.com

www.AutismInRealLife.com
www.psychologytoday.com/blog/autism-in-real-life
http://www.amazon.com/Kym-Grosso/e/B007P8DNSQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0



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Together Forever by Vicki Green

Cover RevealsPosted by Ellena Jennings Tue, August 27, 2013 11:57:17

Today I have for you a sexy cover reveal for Together Forever by Vicki Green...

Book:
Together Forever (Forever Series, #2)

Author: Vicki Green

Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance

Release date: October 1, 2013

Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Synopsis:

After escaping her ordinary life and following her dream of writing a romance novel, Allie Richard’s finds herself falling in love with her sexy best friend Shane Barton. But all too soon, her past catches up to her, trying to tear their budding romance apart.

Finally finding the amazing girl of his dreams, Shane Barton races to protect what’s his and will do anything to protect her. This loving and sexy man is tender to the touch but will fight to keep them together.

Will Allie and Shane be able to withstand what her past throws at them to put an end to their happiness? Will they ever be able to be Together Forever?

Author Bio:

Vicki Green grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and has resided in Olathe, Kansas for more than 25 years. Along with her husband and two teenage boys, she shares her home with her cocker spaniel’s Shadow and Mocha. She has been working full time at the same Company for almost 35 years. Her life has been filled with the most loving and caring parents, who are both in Heaven now but are still in her heart and mind daily.

Vicki enjoys reading books, too many on her Kindle and Nook to count, which is what inspired her to begin writing this book.

Social Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VickiGreenAuthor

Twitter: @rileyks3

Goodreads Author: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7112966.Vicki_Green

Goodreads Book Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18213325-together-forever

Website: http://www.vickigreenauthor.com/

Other:

OR USE:

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Dani J Caile

SpotlightPosted by Ellena Jennings Mon, August 26, 2013 12:53:25

My spotlight today is on the author Dani J Caile....



Dani J Caile is a teacher and proofreader currently residing in Budapest, Hungary. After a lifetime of reading clones and a decade of proofreading coffee table books, he has written 5 fantasy books, ‘Man by a tree’, ‘The Bethlehem Fiasco’, ‘The Rage of Atlantis’, 'TDX2' and 'Manna-X', all based on his own little neo-plantonic universe. When not writing, dabbling in Shakespeare, teaching English, proofreading, washing up, hoovering, and driving all over the place, he is busy with his loving and long-suffering family.

Lets's have a looksy at his interview shall we?

Do you write as yourself or under a pseudonym? Why?

I write under the name 'Dani J Caile'. Seeing as I take a sardonic view of all sterotypical roles within society, including my own, and my writing is anti-establishment, in a humoristic way, I thought it would protect me from all those bigots and narrow-minded people, but it hasn't.

What made you want to be a published author?

Too many books going nowhere, looking for money. I always thought the writer had a duty to inform the reader and increase their awareness in some way about their present situation. Just look at Shakespeare, Hemingway, or any other classic writer. Books on vampires, werewolves and sex just don't do it for me. So I thought I'd write down some of my observations in a light hearted way and everyone who's read my work, and who is at least a little open-minded, likes it. I've even had priests tell me it's good, ignoring the theological issues, of course.

What genre do you write in and why?

I would say 'light humour', if there was such a genre. As there isn't, 'humour' or 'fantasy'. Fantasy because my books are set in my own small classic Neoplatonian universe and not real life. I'd like to move on from that now but I'm quite happy to do more with it.

If you could talk to your 12 year old self, what advice would you give?

Don't listen to your English teacher and read the books you want to read. Honestly, my English teacher told my parents that I was reading books off syllabus (Mein Kampf, The Tao te Ching, Orlando, etc.) and that I should stop. So I didn't read again until I was old enough to realise that I could just go into a library and borrow them without retribution.

Have any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

Hemingway with his sparseness, Woolf with her stream of consciousness, Beckett with his obscureness, Milligan with his craziness and Shakespeare with his comedy.

If you are a self-published author what made you take this route and what was your experience (good or bad)?

My experience told me even before I started writing that editors already have expectations of the future market and know exactly what they need before it's even written. Most of the time they ask a bunch of already-contracted writers to write a certain book and they pick the best one. So I went the self-publishing way, knowing no publisher would touch me with a barge pole (excuse the cliché). It's a lonely and desolate place but at least my work is out there.

How would you rate your writing?

Good. Could be worse. Really. I tried to write seriously and I laughed at my own stupidity, so I only write with 'tongue in cheek' (damn, another cliché).

How do you react to poor reviews of your book?

Not very well. Luckily, I haven't had many, infact only one from an Indian who couldn't read or understand my writing. As far as I can see, my readers come from two groups, those looking for light entertainment and those open-minded people looking for underlying meanings. Anyone outside those groups will have a hard time reading my stuff.

What influences your choice of book covers?

Money. I don't have any, so I either go with the 'Cover Designer' or try to put something together myself. And if you look through my covers, you'll see they are very simple and one or two colours dominate, along with an image; a green wood, a sandy infinite desert, water crashing against rocks, skys and clouds, or rusting technology. The colours and image captures the mood of the book. All quite cliché (again?), but it seems we're all living in nostalgia nowadays.

How do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

I steal 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there and a bit at night. I'm a teacher, father of 2, husband, proofreader and my sleeping hours are short, perhaps 5 or 6 hours a night. There is no balance, I feel if you try that then you're missing the point. Live your life and ideas pop out of your head. Scribble them on napkins and bits of paper and write them up when you find the time. If I set aside time for writing, nothing happens.

Do your characters drive the plots of your stories or do you plan out your plot?

I start off with a message, the basic plot slowly appears and the characters twist and change the plot with their actions, dialogue and stupidity…not necessarily in that order.

Do you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

Never. In my 20s I was a Castenedian and practised the art of dreaming and I know the significance of dreams. Although he is mostly seen as a chalatan now, I learnt a lot about awareness and roles.

Do you market yourself or pay a professional?

I have no money, so I have to tweet, do the fb thing, anything to get exposure…such as giving interviews…writing is much easier than marketing as the latter asks you to completely believe in yourself and 'just do it' (Ahh, another one!).

What are your tips for editing?

Get someone else to do it. No, really, I'm a proofreader but I can't proofread my own writing, I skip bits which I think are written but aren't. A lot of others have said the same, that they are blind to their own pages. So, ask a friend to read your draft.

What inspired you to write your current WIP or current published work?

My current work, 'Manna-X' was inspired by mainly mixing the styles of Dan Brown and Samuel Beckett to create a non-sensical hunt for an infamous object. People are searching for things which they can't find or don't exist, and that's what it's basically about. I also have a new free project, 'Dani's Shorts', possibly out by the time this interview hits the net, which is a collection of 500 short stories based on the elements given in the Iron Writer Challenge (theironwriter.com). I won a few of the Challenges and I liked the concept so much that I wrote my own personal take on the first 6 months of challenges. You'll find it on Smashwords under 'Dani J Caile'.

Do you prefer to write stand-alone novels or a series? Why?

No preference. Other than 'Dani's Shorts' I've only written about my little fantasy universe using the same characters but I'm thinking of taking a few of the short stories and writing a full novel, so then I'll be covered for both.

If you could change one thing in the publishing process what would it be?

Nothing. I would, however, like to change something in the publishing market, and that's the blindness of publishers to submissions from non-agents. There are some of us self-publishers who can write.

What advice would you give to a new author?

Ask yourself why you are writing. If it's to make money and be famous then you'll have a very long hard struggle, unless you already know someone in a publishing company who's dying to see your work. If it's because you like writing, then my advice is keep doing it.

Share a favourite quote from your book.

Tricky, 'Manna-X' is filled with them, I wouldn't know where to start…how about a quote from 'Bethlehem Fiasco', "Is there a right end of a camel for your head to be in?"..or perhaps 'Rage', "I'm so tired I could watch a dog grow". There are so many…

I agree with the English teacher thing...read what you want to read or it will put you off reading for a very long time in my case. Are you sure you don't want to put a few Vampires and werewolves in your books (or sexy Vampires and Werewoves)? Only joking my characters are a little agoraphobic to my own books....so lets see what your books are all about...




Manna-X

"I haven't come across anything quite like this..." Debbie Roxburgh (Speedy McCready)
"With your wily work [Dani], I tend to focus on what's in parentheses. (I also think you are very misunderstood...and possibly always have been.)" Eponymous Rox (B.O.T.)
Reginald sends Graham Reader (aka the Grim Reaper), out on a mission to find Code 237-Manna-X, the Manna Machine after the Overlords warn him of an imminent (3000 year old) threat against the security of both the physical and non-physical realms.
Will Graham find the fantastic yet deadly device before anyone or anything else does?

Dani's Shorts

'Dani's Short's is a collection of 500 word short stories based on the elements given in the Iron Writer Challenge. These 28 short stories show the complete range of Dani's favourite writing styles, including pair dialogues, internal thoughts and sardonic parodies.

You can stalk him here:

Blog: http://danijcaile.blogspot.hu/

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Dani-J-Caile/e/B00CDX0HSM

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dani-J-Caile/e/B00CDX0HSM

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/DaniJCaile



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Mine by Scarlett Metal

Indie AuthorsPosted by Ellena Jennings Mon, August 26, 2013 12:34:54

Happy Release day to Scarlett Metal




Book: MINE (Naughty Girl, #2)

Author: Scarlett Metal

Genre: Erotica Romance, Novella

Release date: August 26, 2013

Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Synopsis:

Alexandra opened her heart and let herself be vulnerable to Paul. The walls around Paul's heart were torn down by the feisty Alex. Both of them are happier than they've been in a long time.

Paul's ex-wife comes to town and turns their life upside down with news that shakes Paul to the core, making him question everything he's ever done. Will Alex be reminded of why she’s never trusted anyone and leave? Can Paul show Alex that she's the only one for him before it's too late? Or will someone else from their past destroy them beyond repair?

Author Bio:

Scarlett lives in the Midwest with her family. When she's not busy writing steamy stories, she can be found with her nose in a book, camping, or geocaching with her family. She loves Diet Coke, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and 80's hair bands.

Social Links:

FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS AUTHOR | WEBSITE

GOODREADS BOOK: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18305941-mine



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Tease by Cambria Hebert

Cover RevealsPosted by Ellena Jennings Mon, August 26, 2013 12:26:31

To start to day I have a cover reveal for you...Tease by Cambria Herbert...


Title: Tease

Series: Take It Off (a new adult contemporary series of stand alone books)

Author: Cambria Hebert

Release Date: September 16, 2013

Format: Ebook and Paperback


Harlow McAlister is a broke college student. When her tuition assistance is taken away she is faced with a choice: admit to her mother she couldn’t hack it on her own or make a lot of money fast.

So she gets a good paying job.

As a stripper.

She thought it would be easy but it turns out being sexy is a lot harder than she thought. When a few mishaps work in her favor she manages to hang on to her job and catch the eye of the Mad Hatter’s best looking bartender, Cam.

She’s also caught the eye of someone who wants to do more than look, someone who’s decided that she’s nothing but a tease.

As the clothes come off, Harlow finds herself caught between lust and murder. The only thing she knows for sure is that her new risqué job is a lot more than she bargained for.



ABOUT CAMBRIA HEBERT

Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com


Stalker links:

“Like” her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cambria-Hebert/128278117253138

Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cambriahebert

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/cambriahebert/pins/

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5298677.Cambria_Hebert

Cambria’s website: http://www.cambriahebert.com







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Craig Evans

SpotlightPosted by Ellena Jennings Sat, August 24, 2013 14:16:41
Today on my Spotlight I have fellow Brit Craig Evans...

I live in South Wales with my fiancée Teena and cat Millie.

I have always loved reading tales of strange beings and dark worlds. I began writing my own stories and finally took the plunge, entering an unknown world of my own in the form of self-publishing.

My background is heavily based around design, so I was able to utilise these skills to develop my book covers, website and all other promotional material along the way. I find myself becoming more and more involved in the fictional world I have created, to the point that I want to stay there and practice my own supernatural abilities!

To date I have published two books in the 'Way Family Saga' series.

So let's have a looksy at the interview...I think this may be good smiley

Do you write as yourself or under a pseudonym? Why?

Firstly thank you for this opportunity, as a self-published author exposure is everything! I write under my own name – I am currently working on building my author platform and have already linked various social media sites to my own name. If I ever branched out into different genres later on down the line I may consider using a pseudonym though.

What made you want to be a published author?

I have always been interested in creative writing from an early age. I used to love painting pictures (both with paint and words actually!) and create vivid scenes with my writing. Last year I had an idea about a supernatural group of families and how they interact with each other, so I jotted down a few thoughts. Then I kept adding to it until I had practically plotted out an entire story! I started to flesh out some of my ideas and soon became fully involved in the process, to the point that I wanted others to hopefully enjoy my imagination as well.

What genre do you write in and why?

I have released two books within the supernatural/paranormal genre. I have been heavily inspired by the television series’ ‘Heroes’ and ‘The Walking Dead’, as well as films such as ‘X-Men’ and other Marvel blockbusters. I enjoy not only the plethora of different species depicted in these stories (with the exception of ‘The Walking Dead’ that simply tells a brilliant survival tale) but also the way they interact with one another. In my own work I always try to strike a balance between good and evil, and try to get the reader immersed in the struggles between the two.

If you could talk to your 12 year old self, what advice would you give?

From a writing and publishing point of view, I would tell twelve-year-old Craig to start now! I entered the writing world rather late, so I would tell him to continue writing short creative stores about monsters so that even more people could enjoy them in the years that followed! Oh, and not to drink so much beer when he’s older, a pot belly is never a good look…

Have any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

I have been influenced by many authors over the years. The first writer that I really connected with (and still do) was Chuck Palahniuk. His style was so different to other books I had read before. His style has heavily influenced my own, especially the technique in which he will drop down a line and isolate a single sentence on its own for more impact. I also love Iain Banks’ very poetic descriptions of his surroundings, and am just finishing off Hugh Howey’s first novel ‘Wool’ at the moment. His character development is spot on and really engages the reader, as well as inspiring me to do the same thing with my readers.

If you are a self-published author what made you take this route and what was your experience (good or bad)?

I am indeed self-published! I became inspired by reading articles about other self-published authors such as Amanda Hocking and the aforementioned Hugh Howey. Although the financial rewards struck a chord, it was the creative control over the product that interested me the most. Working to my own deadlines seemed very appealing, as I have a busy career as a designer and a creative yet hectic lifestyle to contend with! I am currently planning my wedding with my partner so I’m glad I don’t have the added pressure. I have also been able to design all my own promotional material, work at my own pace and build my own fan base through self-publishing. There are obvious benefits with going with a publishing house, however thus far self-publishing suits me a lot better.

How would you rate your writing?

I think I have a distinctive style, and have been told that I paint a scene rather well. In my series of novels I am coping with dialogue better than with previous unpublished work as well. I enjoy making characters interactive with one another and seeing what they do during tense and stressful situations… I put my characters through a lot that’s for sure! It’s very difficult to judge yourself; I am just so pleased that other people have engaged in my writing.

How do you react to poor reviews of your book?

I’m not a suspicious person but I’m going to knock on wood as I answer this! I haven’t received any yet! That isn’t to say that my work will appeal to everyone, and I absolutely welcome constructive criticism. If we don’t get regular feedback on anything we do how can we grow and better ourselves? This isn’t a challenge for someone to write a one star review of my work, I would just take it on the chin and try to adapt.

What influences your choice of book covers?

My own ideas mainly. As I said I am fortunate enough to be able to create my own covers, so I try to pick key moments in the story to depict on the front cover. I try to create emotions in all the artwork I create, book-related or not. The book cover to ‘Harm’s Way’ for instance pulls Kieran (the main protagonist) and Sky together in an empowered stand against their own confusing abilities and adversity. I wanted to make a point that we can overcome anything we set our minds to.

How do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

This is quite difficult, but not because I don’t find time for my writing! I need to strike a better balance between writing and home life I think, because hours and hours will go by while I type away without me realising it! Writing becomes a very consuming world, so I have to me mindful of the fact that I am needed in other areas from time to time as well! It’s difficult but I’m working on it...

Do your characters drive the plots of your stories or do you plan out your plot?

I start out with an idea. Then I develop the key characters before thoroughly plotting out the novel itself. Other authors let the idea develop into a full story as they type, but I find that no matter how long I’ve been away from my writing, I know exactly what the next chapter has in store and can pick the story up fairly easily. I control every part of the process so that I never get writer’s block!

Do you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

No, not really. I do wake up at stupid times in the night some times with a new idea to add to my latest novel! I will quickly jot it down on my phone and add it in the next day. If I didn’t do this then it would most probably get lost in my mind, I have a lot of thoughts and ideas rattling around in there!

Do you market yourself or pay a professional?

I started this self-publishing project with zero budget. To date I have only spent a tiny amount of money on hosting my website. The site itself uses a free web design site so everything has been done without spending a thing. I know they say you have to speculate to accumulate but I just don’t have the budget that others do. Everything is done in-house and I’m proud of how much I’ve achieved without dipping into my pocket.

What are your tips for editing?

Again I have another process in place for this! After each chapter I read through it and make amendments before continuing. Then I re-read the first half of the book to see how the story flows. Then I carry on until I reach the end before reading it all again. Then I pass it onto my partner who is an avid reader in my genre and she gives me pointers of what to change. Then guess what? I read it again! I have a few people close to me that also give great feedback so together it’s a well-oiled machine!

What inspired you to write your current WIP or current published work?

My current WIP is the third book in the series, so the actions and after effects of books one and two dictate what happens to my characters in the third installment. I have an overarching plot in place for the series so I know where each book is going. I am working on book three with plans for a fourth book and don’t plan on stopping there! Hopefully people who have already invested time in the first book will be curious to find out what happens to my characters in the following installments.

Do you prefer to write stand-alone novels or a series? Why?

A series! I do have plans to release a few stand-alone novels slightly outside the genre in the near future. All in all I’m just enjoying the writing process on the whole. I won’t limit myself to a specific series or genre if I have a strong enough idea to turn into a completely new project. As long as people want to read my work I’ll carry on writing!

If you could change one thing in the publishing process what would it be?

I think my biggest issue to date is finding large groups of readers in my genre. I have dabbled with Goodreads and other forums but don’t want to come across as a spambot. As I said at the start, exposure is everything. I wish there was a free support service for self-published authors that don’t have the might of a big publishing house behind them or indeed a huge marketing budget. It’s very very tough to be seen and get noticed in a crowded book market saturated with free books. The independent author has to constantly fight for space and persevere.

What advice would you give to a new author?

Don’t do it for the money! Rich authors, self-published or not, take years to get that way. Be prepared to put in the time and hard work, take criticism on the chin and adapt. Don’t ignore your fans either, if someone messages you about your work answer them! You wouldn’t be where you are without them.

Share a favourite quote from your book.

You have to stare death in the face in order to embrace life. It is not until we reach rock bottom do we know how to pick ourselves up and start again.” - O51, mind-reading representative of the Almighty Freya

I don't think people believe me when I say Indie Authors are humble but I think Craig proves this. We all start out small and get a little disappointed when the book we've poured our heart and soul in has limited readers but I have to admit it get's better and the key is to never give up....and to his books....


Harms Way -
In the small town of Northville all is not right with intelligent outsider Kieran Way. After discovering something incredible about himself, Kieran goes on a journey of self-discovery through self-destruction. However, once he meets the girl of his dreams things get even more chaotic, as family secrets threaten to tear them apart forever.

'Harm's Way' is the first book in the supernatural Way Family Saga series. The eagerly-awaited sequel 'No Way Out' is out now!

No Way Out -
Everyone feels her power. Every single family belonging to the network knows her name. Now Kieran and Sky have to live in the house that Freya built, a facility run by a group of mind readers called the Order that was created to rehabilitate supernatural criminals. Follow the personal journeys of the bonded couple as they learn new skills, meet new people and try to find a way out. See how far others are willing to go in order to grant them release.

Welcome to the Control Centre, where every action has a consequence.

'No Way Out' is the second book in the supernatural Way Family Saga series.

I know I say this all the time but I'm holding all these great Authors responsible for my one click addiction and these are two new additions! I got a teeny bit obsessed with tv series like Heroes and Alpha's and mourned when they got cancelled but it looks like I've found my substitute.
As for the covers...one word...Awesome! Your are very talented Mr Evans.

You can buy these books here:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Craig-Evans/e/B009QO04PW/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1


http://www.amazon.com/Craig-Evans/e/B009QO04PW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1377349864&sr=8-1

And you can stalk him here:

Website: http://www.craigevansbooks.co.uk

Email:http://www.craigevansbooks@hotmail.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CraigEvansBooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CraigEvansBooks







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Bird Of Prey by Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba

Cover RevealsPosted by Ellena Jennings Fri, August 23, 2013 13:40:21


Title
– Bird Of Prey

Series – Sémya Slotin Mystery #1

Author – Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba

Genre – Mystery Romance

Publication Date – November 25th 2013

Publisher – Ever After Edition

Cover Artist – Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba

Book Blurb/Synopsis

This was supposed to be an easy case…

Sémya Slotin had spent the last three years living in London with her best friend Polliannah Koch staying away from solving cases. After Hawaii, she was taking a break from puzzles, cases and mysteries that could potentially get her killed. Instead, she had been doing her second and third favorite things, drinking and selling expensive vintage wines and having earthshattering sex with the mysterious, sexy, beautiful but ever so secretive Josh Heinz. Life in London was good….until her funds ran out. Too much wine drinking, not enough wine selling!

When fashion designer and adoptive mother, Annika Slotin, summoned her back to Paris to hire her for what Sémya considered being the easiest case of her amateur sleuth career, all she could think of and seeing was money signs and a well-deserved Cuban holiday once it was solved.

What Sémya didn’t see was her stumbling on the fresh corpse of supermodel Johanna Cartier. She didn’t think that male model turned fashion designer Julian Marais-Caldwin, who also happened to be Sémya’s ex, would be suspected of brutally murdering her. Johanna was his girlfriend, his muse and he loved her. Sémya didn’t see the dead bodies piling up or the conspiracy theories.

Sémya was a little rusty. But then again, it was supposed to be an easy case and she was going to solve it. One vintage wine at a time… Sémya Slotin was officially back in business!

Amazon Kindle Link (author profile)http://amzn.com/e/B00BZQHM72

Amazon Paperback Link (author profile)http://amzn.com/e/B00BZQHM72

Goodreads Linkhttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18224451-bird-of-prey


AUTHOR BIO
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I was born in Quebec City, Canada from Gabonese parents but grew up in Paris and Libreville the Gabonese capital until the age of 18. Are you yawning yet? I am...

French is my first language and my next novel Bird Of Prey will be released in both languages...wish me luck!

I moved back to Canada in 1999 after high school in Libreville to study Cinematography and Digital movie production in Laval University in Quebec then The International Academy of Design and Technology in Toronto. After graduating in 2003, I decided to sell my soul to the corporate world and worked in the Benefit Outsourcing Industry for seven in Toronto before reconnecting with her first passion writing.

I finally went back to school to study creative writing at Georges Brown College in 2010 and 2011. I started to write The Coulda Woulda Shoulda Series as an assignment and finished Book One in late 2011 before moving to London.

And the rest as they say is history... Almost two years later, I'm in London and wrote three novels. One has already been released This Could Have Been Our Song! A coulda woulda shoulda ballad... (Book one) the other two will be released by March 2014.

STALKER LINKS:

Amazon Author Pagehttp://amazon.com/e/B00BZQHM72

Website – http://danielle-claude.wix.com/author-blogger

Bloghttp://danielle-claude.blogspot.co.uk/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/DC-Ngontang-Mba-Author/447318948656105

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/weissdaughter

Goodreadshttp://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6920424.Danielle_Claude_Ngontang_Mba



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N.L. Echeverria

SpotlightPosted by Ellena Jennings Fri, August 23, 2013 13:20:50
My spotlight today is shining brightly on the awesome YA Paranomal/Fantasy author N.L. Echeverria...

My name is Natasha Echeverria and I was born in raised out of Hillsboro, Oregon. I’m 29 years old, married to a wonderful man, Arturo Echeverria, and we have three beautiful boys, Sebastian age 8, Preston age 7 and Arty age 4. Reading is my “me” time. I can’t get enough of it. You will find me in a Barnes and Noble walking up and down isles for hours, looking through all the incredible books. On Sunday’s you will find me curled up on my couch with a coffee in hand, listening to my boys play while I’m writing, reading or just relaxing with my husband. I work full time as an insurance underwriter but of course my ideal job is to be an author full time. My husband and children drive me to keep writing and not give up no matter how hard it gets. I’m blessed to have so many amazing people in my life and would not change it for anything.

Let's get this interview started shall we before something paranormal happens...

Do you write as yourself or under a pseudonym? Why?

I write as myself however I do use my initials NL Echeverria. I use my initials because I feel that between my first and last name it is really long and probably hard to remember. However I want people to know me as me.

What made you want to be a published author?

Writing is something I love to do, I want to write for the rest of my life and be able to of course make it my career, which is probably every author’s goal. Being published helps be get one step closer to that goal. I love sharing my work and reading what people think of it, the good and the bad. It’s an incredible feeling to have someone you don’t know read your work and tell you how much they loved and then ask for more.

What genre do you write in and why?

Both my novels that are published are YA Paranormal/Fantasy. However I’m currently working on an adult novel. I hope to be able to write in as many genres as my mind can create a story in. I believe it’s fun and challenging, but my favorite genre is the YA Paranormal/Fantasy and I will continue to release novel in this genre. I love being able to create a world that is all mine and have no limitations on what I can do with it.

If you could talk to your 12 year old self, what advice would you give?

“You are an incredible young girl and can do anything you set your mind to.” I would say this because all young children need encouragement. They need to know they can do anything their heart desires and there are no limitations as long as they don’t give up. My 8 year old has written and published his first children’s novel and all I give him is support and constant encouragement.

Have any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

Not any author in particular. All authors and books I read encourage me to write but don’t influence my writing. I will read anything I can get my hands on and don’t necessarily have a favorite author.

If you are a self-published author what made you take this route and what was your experience (good or bad)?

I love being a self-published author. I have all control and it’s been a great way for me to start out and get my writing out to the public. Yes, I would be ecstatic for a major publishing company to pick me up and I feel that by putting my writing out there gets me closer to that happening. I had my first book done and I didn’t want to sit on it while I waited and hoped that an agency would accept me. I just wanted to get it out there to share with all the readers!

How would you rate your writing?

I would be bias if I rated my own work because I believe it’s fantastic! However I feel and know that the more I write the better it is. My writing has improved over the years and will continue to improve.

How do you react to poor reviews of your book?

Of course I’m hurt at first but not everyone is going to like my writing. Haven’t gotten any nasty reviews yet but I’m sure they will come. I’m proud of what I have written and love my series and am glad that there are people out there that enjoy reading it.

What influences your choice of book covers?

The story and characters themselves. Both my published books have characters from the story on them.

How do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

It’s hard since I work full time, have three children ages 8, 7 and 4, and sports and regular life events. However I write every free moment I get. Sitting at the park with my children, I bring my laptop. At night when everyone is sleeping I write or I read. Breaks and lunches at work, you will find me in our little library area writing away. I love writing too much to not find time.

Do your characters drive the plots of your stories or do you plan out your plot?

When I write I have a good idea of the plot. I may not know where it will end but I definitely know most of the events in the story and then the characters drive the story from there and take me to an ending. It’s exciting because even when I’m writing a novel, you will hear me say “I’m excited to find out what will happen next.” My writing takes on its own world and I’m just along for the ride.

Do you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

I have not yet. However most of my ideas come from daydreaming. I have a scene that is an intense emotions scene between two characters in my adult novel and it was all plotted out during a moment of daydreaming and then I scrambled to write it down.

Do you market yourself or pay a professional?

I market myself. Also, all the help from the Facebook Admins and Bloggers has been huge when it comes to the marketing of my novels. I couldn’t do it without them.

What are your tips for editing?

Get several people to review your book. I went through a professional editor and paid out a lot of money on my first novel and ended up with many mistakes. I still had several people review it. My novels are not perfect and I know this. Now, instead of paying out to have my novel edited, I have several individuals read through it and do their own editing. The people I have review it are ones with degrees and backgrounds in writing and are close friends that are brutally honest. I think you are either a writer or an editor. I know I am not an editor because I am the worst speller but I love writing a story and could write forever.

What inspired you to write your current WIP or current published work?

Almost three years ago, I was standing in a Barnes and Noble looking at the shelves and shelves of YA novels, trying to find one that interested me. I couldn’t find one that I felt I needed to have. I was with my sister when she said “why don’t you write a book?” We laughed about it, but several weeks later I got an idea for my first novel Fallen Desire and started writing. A year and a half later it was finished. Then I spent another year editing and trying to figure out how to publish it. I then discovered self-publishing and finally got it released April of 2013.

Do you prefer to write stand-alone novels or a series? Why?

Series, because I feel like you can’t get enough when it’s just one book. Especially when it’s a YA Paranormal. There is so much you can do with it and so many directions you can go and characters you can bring into the story that one book is not enough. However, the adult novel I’m writing will be one novel. I do feel that in adult novels one book can be enough.

If you could change one thing in the publishing process what would it be?

In the self-publishing process nothing. It was a little difficult to figure out at first but didn’t take me long to catch on. It’s simple and I have all control of it.

What advice would you give to a new author?

Write, write and write. Write down every idea you have because it could lead into something big one day. Carry a journal or your laptop with you even if you know you won’t get time to write anything. Also, do it because you love it, not because you want to be famous or rich. Write because it makes you feel good and you want to share your stories with others. Know that not everyone will like your work but at the same time consider others opinions when you are writing because if you do want to publish your work you want to make sure it is something that people who enjoy that genre will also enjoy your novel.

Share a favourite quote from your book.

From my first book Fallen Desire (This is on the back cover) “The moment I met him my work changed, I don’t know those around me, I no longer know myself, but what I do know is that only I can save him.”

I did exactly the same...I could never get into reading and it was only when I realised it was because nothing appealed to me that I sat down and started writing. Now I've found all these fabulous Indie Authors my TBR pile has grown and I can't keep up with my one click addiction...so let's have a looksy at her book...

Fallen Desire (Book One) Blurb:

“The moment I met him my world changed, I don’t know those around me, I no longer know myself, but what I do know is that only I can save him.”

Lindsay, a teen girl from New York City, has recently moved to a small town outside Portland, Oregon. She meets Kim and Derrick who quickly become her best friends, but when she meets Ethan, who is extraordinarily mysterious and gorgeous, her whole world changes.

Avarie, a witch and an old friend of Ethan’s, helps Lindsay discover her powers and releases her ability to see the auras of those around her. Struggling to learn her new abilities and fighting her desire for both Ethan and Derrick, Lindsay will learn the truth behind both of them as they are fallen angels and she is the soul of the redeemer created to save those fallen who have been consumed by evil only if they are worthy of redemption.

New Beginning (Book Two) Blurb:

"For he is my demon, and I am his redeemer"

“New Beginning” is filled with newfound enemies, friendships and loves.

With a renewed outlook on who she is, Lindsay's desperation to save Ethan intensifies as he grows weaker by the day. Saving him becomes her sole mission and she will face anyone who stands in her way. Now with Derrick as her Guardian Angel, Lindsay and her friends seek out answers through the book of "The Redeemer".

When Lindsay's faced by Laurence, a demon who wants her dead, the true power of her abilities are tested. She soon finds many who are loyal to her, including Yolanda, the head of the Fallen Council and lover to Laurence. Lindsay quickly discovers that her urge to seek demons and save them becomes a part of her and something she can’t deny.

A longtime friendship between Derrick and Kim blooms into something much deeper as Kim has waited for this moment for so long. Discover if Derrick’s never-ending love for Lindsay will stand in their way.

Secrets lie behind the unexpected as a love causes betrayal. Follow Lindsay as she finds new friendships and becomes the leader she never thought she would be. When she’s faced with the true evil of a demon her determination to save Ethan guides her.

Everyone these are awesome books and you can buy them here:

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Nook

And you can stalk her here:

http://www.facebook.com/fallendesireseries

http://www.facebook.com/nlecheverria

Twitter: @nlecheverria



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Piercing the Fold by Vanessa Kimball

Cover RevealsPosted by Ellena Jennings Fri, August 23, 2013 12:46:56

For the average human being, seeing dark auras, hearing ghostly whispers, and witnessing a contortion in the face of a passerby could easily be chalked up to hallucinations, daydreams, nightmares; mere illusions in reality. If we look hard enough, we will find explanations for such paranormal events. However, in this world, there are humans that are not so average. These humans are part of a bigger plan. Jesca Gershon-Sera is entering her sophomore year of college in Marietta Georgia, her hometown. She holds down a part-time job with her best friend, her family is close by, and school is going well. Everything should be perfect. Except, recently Jesca has been experiencing strange things; hallucinations, nightmares, daydreams that she hasn’t experienced in years. Jesca attempts to brush them off as stress from her new semester at school, but the illusions plaguing her reality intensify. Jesca “illusions in reality” begin manifesting within her as supernatural strength and abilities. Could she be losing her mind? Ezra Kahn, a mysterious professor of Jesca’s, happens to be everywhere she is recently; since the illusions intensified. Along with the slight fear that Ezra is stalking her, Jesca fears that he may be the culprit of these illusions. One night, in the heat of one of Jesca’s grand illusions, Ezra approaches her with an unexpected revelation up his sleeve. He reveals that she is not losing her mind, but rather all of the “illusions” in her skewed reality are very real and cause for inconceivable, catastrophic events to come. Ezra explains to her that, by birth, she is part of a fellowship of guardians that have inherited the responsibility to protect our earth and the human race. In Piercing the Fold: Book 1, “illusions in reality” are as real as you and I through the eyes of college student, Jesca Gershon Sera, and a fellowship of guardians predestined to protect humanity. *The Piercing the Fold series is intended for Mature Young Adult and Adult readers due to the the paranormal and unorthodox scientific concepts addressed throughout. This series contains a rich mixture of the paranormal, science fiction, romance, adventure, and suspense.

About the Author:

In 2010, Venessa Kimball was struck by an idea, a story, that needed telling. Having always been passionate about the written word, Venessa embarked on writing what would become her debut novel, Piercing the Fold: Book 1; a mature young adult/ adult crossover, paranormal, science fiction series. July 2, 2012, Venessa Kimball independently published the first book in the Piercing the Fold series. Book 2, Surfacing the Rim, released March 14, 2013.

In August of 2013, Venessa joined the publishing house, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. The Piercing the Fold series will be re-published with them beginning with Piercing the Fold: Book 1 on September 3, 2013. Surfacing the Rim: Book 2 will be re-published on September 24. 2013 and Ascending the Veil: Book 3 will be released for the first time on October 18, 2013. The final book in the series, Book 4 (Title TBD) will release in 2014.

As for the future, Venessa is already filling her Work-In-Progress folder. Two of her future projects are contemporary fiction and will reflect her diversity as a writer in other genres. When Venessa is not writing, she is keeping active with her husband and three children, chauffeuring said children to extracurricular activities, participating in charitable 5k and 10k races(crazy...but she loves to run), catching a movie with her hubby, and staying up way too late reading.

www.VenessaKimball.net

http://www.facebook.com/venessakimballauthor

http://www.twitter.com/venessakimball7



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Darkest Dawn by E.I Jennings

Cover RevealsPosted by Ellena Jennings Thu, August 22, 2013 15:09:28
And today I give you the official cover reveal for DARKEST DAWN by me...mememememememeememeemememe...sorry got carried away...by E.I Jennings...

So not trying to sound too biased what's my fabulous new book about???

*This book is for adult readers only as it contains explicit sex scenes*

The Darkest Days are finally upon us and the Daughters of Eve shall rise again.
Jess sacrificed herself for the people she loved but she now has to pay the consequences for her actions because something dark is coming and it is heading straight for her. She really did not think her life could get any more complicated but when another tall dark stranger walks back into her life she realises she has a decision to make. All she wants is for everyone to leave her alone and let her live the life she thought she once had but things are getting out of control fast. The love she has for Reuban can only ground her for so long and her anger is beginning to spiral out of control. If she tells him how she really feels she could lose him forever or get him killed and that is a risk she could never forgive herself for.
The Council have accepted her for what she is but has she? There is a huge possibility everyone she loves is going to die if she stays, but if she walks away she will have to leave the love of her life behind and that would rip her soul apart.
The only way out is to work with the one person she hates more than anything in this world and that was going to take a lot of self restraint if she was going to get through this nightmare without killing him.
Reuban can see the torment within Jess and it is breaking his heart. He would do anything to ease her pain even if it meant letting her walk away, destroying him in the process. His only hope is to seek guidance from Brigate and finally understand the true meaning of Megan's Prophecy. It started with a Prophecy and it is there he will find the truth and it is a secret that could tear the Council to pieces.
A fractured alliance will be formed again with a new generation of warriors and Jess is at its centre. The war is about to begin and a destiny will finally be fulfilled!

Other Books in the series:
Rising Dawn
Burning Desire: Juliet's Story (novella)

My book will be release on 31st August and 10% of my royalties are being donated to Mind's Creative Therapy Fund which helps people with mental illness through the creative arts. So stay tuned....



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M.T Harrte

SpotlightPosted by Ellena Jennings Wed, August 21, 2013 10:47:15


My spotlight is shinning on the slightly weird and wonderful M.T Harrte today...


Hello World I'm M.T.Harrte , and I live and breathe books. How cliche right? I fancy myself as a werewolf wrangler, troll trainer, and would be vampire victim. On a serious note, I have always had a love of books since I was young. I recently decided to share my weirdness with everyone and I hope you enjoy. Step into my world and be prepared to stay a while because once the door closes....there is no escape!!!(insert evil laugh.)

Ok...it looks like i'm going to have to hide behind my own hunky werewolf Reuban for this interview...as for stepping into your world? I think you may have to hold my hand!

Do you write as yourself or under a pseudonym? Why?

I write under the pen name M.T. Harrte. I felt this was the best move for me especially since I plan to write in more than one genre.

What made you want to be a published author?

I’ve always wanted to be a published author, I just never sat down and gave it the time it needed to flourish.

What genre do you write in and why?

I currently only write paranormal for both adults and young adults. I fell in love with all of the things that go bump in the night and I felt like I wanted to be a part of it all somehow.

If you could talk to your 12 year old self, what advice would you give?

“Just keep swimming” I wish I could have told myself to keep all of the things I had written up to that point.

Have any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

I would say I have been inspired, but not necessarily influenced. My writing style and story lines are my part of my own twisted craziness.

If you are a self-published author what made you take this route and what was your experience (good or bad)?

I decided to self publish because it allows me to remain in control and I’m able to have fun with it. But…I’m definitely open to whatever opportunities swing my way

How would you rate your writing?

I think it gets better with everything I write. My first published novel is “okay”. I’ve grown as an author and I think that’s important.

How do you react to poor reviews of your book?

I take it with a grain of salt…and then I go read the bad reviews for my favorite authors. It makes me feel better to know that they have critics too. My novels, and my writing style won’t win over everybody, and I’m okay with that.

What influences your choice of book covers?

Price point is a major concern and whether or not it catches the eye in the right way.

How do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

I make time where I can. Some days I can really crank out a lot and some days I don’t write anything because I simply don’t have the time.

Do your characters drive the plots of your stories or do you plan out your plot?

I tried to plan out my plot once and I failed miserably. I write off the hip. The story plays out in my mind like a memory and I simply recreate it. When I start writing I basically know how I want it to begin and end…the rest just happens

Do you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

Hmmmm not really because I never remember my dreams. I do day dream a lot..I mean A LOT…I guess if you count that then the answer is yes. I try to picture the characters and figure out where everything is going.

Do you market yourself or pay a professional?

I’m running a one woman show. I hope to one day be able to do things on a higher, professional level.


What are your tips for editing?


Read out loud! If it feels stilted, choppy, and unbelievable…you have some work to do.

What inspired you to write your current WIP or current published work?

My novels represent different areas of my life. My adult novels are my dark side, and the young adult allows me to release my sarcasm and fun demeanor.

Do you prefer to write stand-alone novels or a series? Why?

Series! You can’t sum up a life in one book, especially if you have multiple plots going on! I need all of the extra juicy tidbits so when I think of a storyline I definitely try to see how far I can take the characters.

If you could change one thing in the publishing process what would it be?

I would shorten the turn around time for getting things done. I hate the fact that you have to wait three months or longer to get responses on stuff.

What advice would you give to a new author?

If you are writing for the money…STOP RIGHT NOW…do not pass go…you should write because it’s your passion and you love it.

Share a favourite quote from your book.
“That trout-mouth trollop is gonna get what’s coming to her,” sneered Onyx.

I know I say it all the time but I love paranormal! As for being crazy and not plotting your stories...join the club. I do exactly the same...it's not like I don't try and plot but my characters have different ideas! So lets have a looksy at her books...


In a sleepy Mississippi town, a slew of mysterious murders are setting the town on edge, and everyone is worried they will be claimed as the next victim. Seventeen year old Jessica St. Claire, a normal girl living in an abnormal place, dreams of finally being accepted by her world renowned family of necromancers and will do just about anything to prove she is worthy of the name St. Claire.

The bodies keep multiplying so the police finally turn to Jessica’s detective brother to aid in the investigation. When a Do Not Reanimate clause prevents him from using the family gift, Jessica seizes the opportunity to prove she can crack the case without it.

Teaming up with her best friends, she embarks on a mission ranging from questioning a withered Civil War Veteran to breaking and entering. Her own life ends up in jeopardy when she stumbles too close to uncovering the truth. Catching a glimpse into Death’s mirror and seeing her own reflection, Jessica must now call on more than her wits to stay alive.

The murder mystery notwithstanding, Jessica must pass all of her classes and avoid another Saturday detention if she is to graduate.

If her Jessica joins my Jessica...I think they might have a ball of a time...anyhow's you really need to go and one click your little hearts out on this one...

Here are the links...

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/M.T.-Harrte/e/B0094GB7GM

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/M-T-Harrte?store=allproducts&keyword=M.T.+Harrte

Her other books...


And finally her stalker links...

Goodreads Link http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18274913-death-and-detention

Author’s Page www.facebook.com/m.t.harrte

Twitter https://twitter.com/MTHarrte

Blog http://mtharrte.blogspot.com/

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Karma by Nikki Sex

Cover RevealsPosted by Ellena Jennings Wed, August 21, 2013 10:21:58

This morning I have the cover reveal for Karma by Nikki Sex...


Book: Karma

Author: Nikki Sex

Genre: Romance

Release date: August 31, 2013

Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Synopsis:

Sometimes love has nothing to do with luck, and everything to do with karma…

Marcy Paget worked full time putting her husband through university. When he finally became a success, he dumped her for a trophy wife more than ten years younger than he was, leaving Marcy to raise their seven year old daughter by herself.

Even though Marcy knows she is better off alone than with a cheating husband who doesn’t love her, she is still struggling to make ends meet.

When an ethical dilemma is presented to her however, she never realizes the karmic chain of events that will follow her decision....

Author Bio:

Hey there, I'm Nikki Sex and I write adult romance!

Yes, you are of course correct, that isn't my real name. I'm a complete coward where my mother is concerned. Luckily my mother is in denial. She still thinks I was a virgin when I got married.

I’ve been writing for well over a year now, and this convoluted little head of mine always seems to have another story trying to get out. I hope you give one of my books a try!

Social Links:

Facebook | Website | Twitter | Goodreads Author

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18274130-karma



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Whiskey Lullaby

Cover RevealsPosted by Ellena Jennings Tue, August 20, 2013 13:04:42

And my next cover reveal is Whiskey Lullaby bu Dawn Martens and Emily Minton...congrats ladies smiley




Book Info:

Title: Whiskey Lullaby

Authors: Dawn Marten & Emily Minton

Blurb: Julie Walker thought she found true love with Jase. Until he betrayed her in the worst way, with one of her best friends. Devastated and heartbroken she runs away,leaving behind her family and friends. She starts a new life filled with secrets.

When Julie meets Dean, she thinks he is the answer to all her prayers, but Dean isn’t who she thinks he is.

Jase Gibson is a player. Even when he had the girl of his dreams, he still played. When he lost Julie, his life fell apart. He turned to whiskey and women, to fill the void. But, only Julie will ever make him whole.

Nine years later, Julie's back home, but shes not alone. What will happen when all of Julie's secrets are uncovered?
Jase vowed that if he ever got her back, he would do right by her and never let her go. Will he let Julie's secret keep them apart?

When Julie's ex-husband refuses to be her ex, Jase must choose to help her or hang on to his anger.
Jase and Julie have to find a way to give their whiskey lullaby a happy ending.

Expected Publication Date: September 30, 2013

Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18192905-whiskey-lullaby


About The Author:

Dawn Martens: I'm Dawn. I co-wrote a two books(Chase and Kade) with fellow author Chantal Fernando, in the Resisting Love. We went solo on three of the books, she wrote Ryder, and she is writing James, and I'm writing Derek.

Also working on a book currently with my friend Isabella Bearden, called A Second Chance!

AND I'm currently writing a book with good friend Emily Minton called Whiskey Lullaby.

I drink too much, Swear too much, and Read too much. Yes I read too much. I don't have a filter, and I tend to speak before I think.

I'm a beta reader for many authors, I'm on a few authors ARC list, because apparently I'm THAT awesome. ;) And I also Edit. Not a professional, but I do help a few with that.

I have two children, 5&2, and have another on the way. They bug the shit outta me, but hey, that's what kids are supposed to do. ;) Married since 2007. He's amazing, but he's also a bigger pain in my ass than my kids are.

I love to read. and I love being able to write stories that *I* want to read!

I couldn't do this without the help of some very special friends!

Author Social Media Links:

https://www.facebook.com/martens.dawn

http://www.goodreads.com/Dawn_Martens

http://dawnmartens.blogspot.ca/?zx=b52a169373dab8c2

About the Author:

I'm Emily. I am the proud mother of two lovable but irritating teenagers. I have been married for over twenty years, but I would gladly trade my husband for Tatumn Jackson any day!

If you are wondering who that is, you need to read Sweet Dreams by KA now. Kristen Ashley is my queen!

I love to read. I am a complete mommy porn junkie! I have more books on my kindle than most people could read in a lifetime, but I will get to them all eventually!

I am also an avid blogger. I love to share my favorite books and pimp my favorite authors.

I hope you all enjoy Whiskey Lullaby!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Emily-Minton/586124878106489

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7171978.Emily_Minton

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorEmilyMint

Blog: http://ratemyromance.blogspot.com/



Playlist:

Link: http://open.spotify.com/user/1293859731/playlist/3DWfaPnbpPs1lNL1yi1wxz


Trailer:

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1GR_tWclB4

Giveaway:

Prizes: Chase and Kade eBooks and $5.00 Amazon Giftcard

Link: http://lovesongseries.blogspot.com/2013/08/cover-reveal-giveaway.html





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Curves and the Sheriff

Cover RevealsPosted by Ellena Jennings Tue, August 20, 2013 12:41:56

Today I have for you a fantastic cover reveal for Curves and the Sheriff by Jenn Roseton....Yeeee Haaa


Book: Curves and the Sheriff

Author: Jenn Roseton

Genre: Sexy Contemporary Western Romance – BBW Romance

Release date: August 20, 2013

Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions


Synopsis:

When Libby Grant breezes into Coldwater Springs, the last thing she expects is to be pulled over on the highway by Sheriff Jake Morgan. Sparks fly when Jake suspects her of being a con-artist and is tempted to arrest her!

But when he discovers the real reason she’s in town, he finds he can’t get curvy Libby out of his mind - or his heart. Can he convince her that his feelings for her are real?

And it's now live to BUY: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EN1ZJ5S

Author Bio:

Jenn Roseton believes that romance and happy endings go together. When she's not writing, she indulges in delicious gourmet chocolate. Although she’s spent time in Wyoming, unfortunately she hasn't met a sexy cowboy of her own - yet.

Social Links:

Facebook | Website | Twitter | Goodreads Author






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Lindy Spencer

SpotlightPosted by Ellena Jennings Mon, August 19, 2013 12:15:43
My Spotlighted Author today is the mysterious Lindy Spencer...I really want to dress up as Columbo...or Inspecter Clousea...but I'm probably more like Inspector Gadget!


Lindy Spencer currently lives in Oklahoma with her superhero family - Amazing Husband and Super Smart Dog. Her children have grown and flown, and are currently working on populating their own branches of the family tree.

When Lindy isn't writing she enjoys spending time reading, riding motorcycles, and shooting things with a Canon. Currently she is working on her next novel as well as several other short stories, and she plans to publish a compilation of the collection of photographs she took and were recently on exhibition at the Oklahoma Historic Route 66 Museum.

Her first novel, The Boomerang Effect, is available in print and for e-readers on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Lindy loves to visit with her fans and can be found at www.facebook.com/LindySpencer.Author

I feel like a detective on this interview...you know like Inspector Clousea...fake mustache...big magnifying glass and an awful French accent...I love mysteries....

Do you write as yourself or under a pseudonym? Why?

I write as myself. When I decided to write I felt that if the story is my work filled with my blood, sweat and tears, it should wear my name as well. Besides, how fun is it to see your name on the cover?

What made you want to be a published author?

While I was reading the forward to a book by one of my favorite authors a sentence she said stuck with me. “If you think of a story you would like to read that hasn’t been written yet, you are charged with writing it.” The kernel of my first story, The Boomerang Effect, came to mind one day and took hold. I remembered what I’d read and took it as a challenge.

What genre do you write in and why?

My preferred genre is mystery. I want to write what I want to read; murder mysteries and darker topics are interesting to me. I’m not a huge fan of romance novels and I don’t believe I would write a good story if reading it wouldn’t hold my attention.

If you could talk to your 12 year old self, what advice would you give?

Moving isn’t a bad thing, it’s just a change; you’ll make new friends. Junior high doesn’t last forever, hang in there. And the most important piece of advice I would have to tell me is to keep working hard, it will pay off and you will be ok, I promise.

Have any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

Every book I read influences my writing; not only the research books, but the fiction I enjoy in my downtime as well. Everything you take in makes you a little bit different than you were the minute before.

If you are a self-published author what made you take this route and what was your experience (good or bad)?

The reason I self-published was so that I could keep control of my content. I would rather publish my own story my way than have someone else tell me they would be happy to publish me if I would rewrite my story their way. No thanks, all the same. My experience was good; I researched several companies and was getting depressed by the cost of self-publishing when I heard about Smashwords. This company doesn’t charge you to publish your book – they take a small percentage of each copy sold and that is their fee. Nothing up front, no extra hidden charges, none of that. I think their company made my decision into a good experience. If I could go back and do it again, I’d do it the same way.

How would you rate your writing?

Oh, gosh. I write and rewrite and rewrite again until I think my writing is the best I can produce, so I’d have to say I rate my writing as good. I work hard to make it good. It doesn’t come out that way to start with, but by the time I’m done I’m proud of it.

How do you react to poor reviews of your book?

Knowing that my work can’t please everyone I don’t take the poor reviews personally. For whatever reason they didn’t enjoy their journey and I respect that. When a poor review gives constructive criticism, though, I can appreciate it as much as a great review.

What influences your choice of book covers?

I take the overall story into account, pick out important details, and go from there. I like to visit with my cover designer and let them have some input as well into the design. My preference is to go with something original and not pick up a pre-made cover that may have been used on another book somewhere else, or can still be made available for others to use.

How do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

The writing gets balanced on the cookie that’s on the plate being balanced on the wine glass. smiley My writing doesn’t get as much time as it deserves; my real world takes precedence. My writing is for pleasure – if it takes longer to get the next story out, well, that’s how it goes. I hope my readers understand that writing isn’t paying the bills (yet) so it sometimes takes the back seat.

Do your characters drive the plots of your stories or do you plan out your plot?

Both. I plan the plot and then my characters argue with me. Sometimes they’ve got better ideas than I had to begin with, so we go with theirs. Sometimes I make them do what I say. Give and take!

Do you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

Actually, little known fact, the scene in my book where Tom is talking to Katy and telling her what he had dreamed the night before was a dream I actually had. It was recurring, and once I put it in the book it stopped. To know what that dream was you’ll have to read my book!

Do you market yourself or pay a professional?

I market myself, though I’m not sure that’s the way to go. Come January I’ll be re-evaluating my marketing strategies, reviewing the year, seeing what worked and what didn’t, and perhaps changing that option.

What are your tips for editing?

Don’t do it yourself. Well, use the spell checker yourself, no reason to be silly about it, but let a professional do it. Sometimes as the writer we can’t see the forest for the trees and obvious mistakes slide through unnoticed; don’t let your work go out the door unpolished.

What inspired you to write your current WIP or current published work?

My current WIP is a sequel to The Boomerang Effect. I was inspired by the constant badgering I was getting by readers who wanted to know what happened to this person or that person or how would this situation be resolved. They demanded a sequel, so they’ll get one. Now, I can’t promise it will turn out the way they would like it to, but that’s yet to be seen.

Do you prefer to write stand-alone novels or a series? Why?

I’m not sure yet. I’d thought my book would be a stand-alone novel, but it has turned into the opposite. I’ve got another story in the beginning stages that I expect to stand alone. Ask me again after that one comes out and we’ll talk then.

If you could change one thing in the publishing process what would it be?

I would require all manuscripts to contain the code that disallows the work to be shared. I believe that would go a long way toward getting rid of piracy.

What advice would you give to a new author?

Don’t quit. You’re closer than you think, just back away for a few minutes or a few days and let your brain work it out. You’ll get there as long as you don’t stop working toward your goal. (When you think you can’t take any more and you want to throw your half-finished manuscript up in the air and watch the pages flutter to the ground, don’t do it; especially if the pages aren’t numbered. Don’t ask me how I know.)

Share a favourite quote from your book.

“Karma is a well-thrown boomerang.” ~ Andrea Parker

I agree with the piracy thing...it's heartbreaking when you've worked so hard, put you heart and soul into your story to see it on a piracy website. It's not like we charge a fortune for the months of sweat and tears and most times our books cost less than a (deep breath) skinny expresson mochachino latte with extra cream and sprinkles! Anyhows lets have a looksy at her book...

Being in the wrong place at the wrong time can end your life - or worse, postpone it indefinitely.

In Aspen Grove, Oklahoma, fifteen-year-old Katy had everything going for her, until an innocent decision to walk home from school set the karmic wheels in motion. Katy suffered a brutal attack, leaving her comatose. The legal system failed to convict the men responsible for this heinous crime - instead found them not guilty.

They’ve gotten away with it, or so it seems. Darnell and Jerome, then boys, now men, continue on with their lives; Bruce Hanson, the attorney tasked with convicting the two attackers, brushes off his loss and continues his climb up the legal ladder; Office Webster, the policeman who responded to the call for help, the man who destroyed evidence, forgets all about his part in the crime and moves forward in his lazy life; all of this while Katy lies in a hospital bed, still comatose, her life postponed, her loved ones outside of that room hoping and waiting.

Several years go by, bringing us to now. Something, or someone, has found a way to bring these individuals to justice; the perfect murder has been created and is being unleashed on the individuals responsible for Katy's situation.

Are they accidents? Could it be coincidence? Perhaps long-awaited payback in the form of the perfect murder? Revenge is a dish best served cold... and karma is a well-thrown boomerang.

I love mysteries...whoops my TBR has another addition! So here's where everyone else can grab a copy...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Boomerang-Effect-ebook/dp/B008MC1BV0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376909962&sr=8-1&keywords=Lindy+Spencer+Boomerang+Effect

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1478209518/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-boomerang-effect-lindy-spencer/1112181586

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/180083

And you can stalk her here...

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15745205-the-boomerang-effect

http://www.facebook.com/LindySpencer.Author




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J. Winfield Currie

SpotlightPosted by Ellena Jennings Sat, August 17, 2013 13:29:45

My spotlight today is shinning on the wonderful J. Winfield Currie...

Joan Winfield Currie grew up on a small working dairy farm in Norwell, a once rural town on the South Shore of Massachusetts. A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, she has taught art at the secondary level, operated a part-time freelance design studio, displayed fantasy watercolors locally, worked many years in retail hardware … and writes.

Daughter of a taxidermist who loved camping, fishing and hunting, she grew up shooting skeet in the back fields, skiving hides, riding horses and milking cows: part of the daily rhythm in farm life. This unique background proved invaluable when creating different aspects of her novels, especially her heroine’s independent, earthy, self-sufficient nature.


Homestead Farm where I grew up, and two of my fantasy art watercolors: ‘Celtic Greenman’ ©1999 J. Currie Virta and ‘Inquiring Mind’ ©1997 J. Currie Virta

Wow awesome artwork! So let's get this interview rolling...I think this is going to be fun!!

Do you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?

I write under my maiden name: J. Winfield Currie Why? Two reasons: It had a nice ‘ring’ for an author of historical fiction, and I also wanted to separate my writing from my graphic design and fantasy artwork which is all created under my former married name: J. Currie Virta

What made you want to be a published author?
Ever since I was a kid in grade school, I have used my writing as a means of ‘escape’, beginning with simple, short stories that I illustrated, and graduating to more serious subject matter as I grew up. As an adult, my stories became much lengthier and more involved. When I finally created a tale of impressive size, “Beyond All Reason”, I showed it to several people who suggested that I try getting it ‘out there’ for others to enjoy. That sounded good to me.

What genre do you write in and why?
Historical Fiction/Romance set in the Revolutionary War Era: my comfort zone partly due to where, when and how I was raised. Granite foundation blocks under the Georgian Colonial Farmhouse I was raised in were set in 1722. My grandmother, Bertha R. MacLean, purchased the farm from heirs of Revolutionary War Chief Justice Nathan Cushing. She was also one of the first women to pass the bar in Massachusetts and helped found Portia Law School in Boston in 1908 with Dean Arthur Winfield MacLean; the first known husband and wife Team of Law at that time. See where my unique middle name came from? My grandfather, a direct descendant of the Union Army General Winfield Scott, ‘Old Fuss and Feathers’ himself. By the way, Portia Law School for women-only at its founding is now the noted co-ed New England School of Law.

If you could talk to your 12 year old self, what advice would you give?
Never give up your dream, or your individual unique ‘voice’. No matter what others might strongly suggest, remain true to yourself. However, if all you’re seeking is instant success and lots of money, you better find a good daytime job.

Have any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?
No, I have marched to the beat of a different drum all my life; I am who I am, and don’t attempt to imitate anyone else.

If you are a self-published author what made you take this route and what was your experience (good or bad)?
After realizing all the time involved in seeking a traditional publisher I decided to self-publish. I’ve worked with three different self-publishing companies and have had varying experiences: from good to really bad. But it’s all been a great learning curve; I try not to repeat the same mistake twice.

How would you rate your writing?
My goal was to take many of today’s emotional problems and wrap them in a different era (the Revolutionary War). Life’s inherent problems are universal, transcending both time and place; wrapping them in a good storyline with a bit of action, adventure, and several fascinating characters, had the makings for a great novel. From reader feedback, many seem to feel I’ve accomplished that. I sure hope so.

How do you react to poor reviews of your book?
I tend to ignore reviews of any kind; after all it’s only an opinion. I’ve roamed through many book stores and thumbed through lots of books bearing a large ‘Gold Seal of Quality’, and have yet to purchase one. Give me a lesser known author with a unique ‘voice, and that’s the one I’m apt to take home.

What influences your choice of book covers?
No outside influence of any kind. From my first book in 2003, I wanted to develop a stand-alone look—whether it was an ‘in look’ or not. I come up with the concept and my Graphic Designer (www.ranagraphics.com) tweaks them into a finished product. We’ve worked together for so many years he doesn’t even need a sketch: a sentence or two and we’re on the same page. I also like the continuity that flows throughout all my books; it identifies me.

How do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?
At this point in life it’s easier than when I was working long hours in retail hardware, which I thoroughly enjoyed for almost 28 years. I’m a high energy individual with obsessive focus and drive when I’ve set my mind on a goal.

Do your characters drive the plots of your stories or do you plan out your plot? My characters drive me, often changing what I had pre-planned for them. I have a somewhat off beat approach to writing: no outlines, write the first and last chapters (not necessarily in that order) and allow all else to come to life in jigsaw puzzle fashion. As my story evolves, I immerse myself into each character, becoming that individual as I write; it creates great authenticity but can be extremely draining at times.

Do you ever write what you dream? Give an example.
Never! My dreams would give Stephen King nightmares!

Do you market yourself or pay a professional?
I market myself as hiring people gets costly. As a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA, with a degree in Graphic Design, I create all my postcards, bookmarks, business cards, posters and flyers for my ‘speaking gigs’. FYI: I wear my men’s Revolutionary War Era greatcoat, waistcoat, breeches and boots for all appearances.

What are your tips for editing?
Write and re-write and don’t rely on spell-check. The more often you write, the smoother and easier the flow. Trust in yourself and weigh the odds before following certain ‘dictates’ as to how one should proceed correctly; they have the potential to rob an author of their unique ‘voice’ and style. Why would you choose to sound like everyone else?

What inspired you to write your current WIP or current published work?
I have always loved the early American era of westerns and the likes: my comfort zone. But it was the movie “The Patriot” in 2002 that I became obsessed with. After seeing it numerous times I wondered if anyone as evil as the Colonel, so marvelously portrayed by English Actor Jason Isaacs, could become a decent human being? Perhaps a female not from his social status, a rebel on the opposite side in a bloody war with a fiery passion that intrigues him … and could I make her believable? A challenge arose and I dove in.

Do you prefer to write stand-alone novels or a series? Why?
I started to write one book, but readers got back to me, wanting to know more about Kathryn and Jason; once you ‘buy into’ my two main characters, you won’t want to let them go. One book became three, which I brought together in “The ‘Beyond’ Trilogy” last fall. A Prequel and Fourth Book are well under way and a Screenplay of Book I, “Beyond All Reason”, is now in the works on the West Coast.

If you could change one thing in the publishing process what would it be?
There needs to be more communication and follow-through between departments within each publishing house; they also need to work on their organizational skills.

What advice would you give to a new author?
Stephen Tyler of Aerosmith got it right. “Life’s a Journey; Not a Destination”. Tell yourself that regularly and have patience.

Share a favourite quote from your book.
Kathryn, my rather outspoken and opinionated Scottish lass, has many ‘bon mots’—here’s one of my favorites on aging: “Passion does not diminish or die with the passing of years; it merely learns to pace itself out of necessity.”

Lets have a looksy at her books...


“The ‘Beyond’ Trilogy” brings all three novels of my historical fiction romance series into an updated, omnibus edition. A tale of passion, betrayal, and courage set in the Carolinas during the Revolutionary War— crackling with authenticity and grounded in historical accuracy, it is a seamlessly interwoven tapestry of both real and fictitious characters amidst an unforgettable love story.

Book I: “BEYOND ALL REASON”: Meet Kathryn MacLean and Colonel Jason Tarrington, their destinies irrevocably sealed by an odd twist of fate; driven to succeed in a bloody war they will ultimately lose. But can they survive? For theirs is a love Beyond All Reason.

Book II: “BEYOND ALL ODDS”: Scanning the bloody remains littering the battlefield at Guilford Courthouse, Lt. Jackson discovers dreadful personal loss. However, his grief must be put aside for he has a sacred promise to fulfill: save a small child considered to be a valuable pawn by either side in this ugly war. It was her notorious parents who led many an English victory in the South.

Book III: “BEYOND THE HORIZON”: The Revolutionary War is declared over, yet danger lingers on all sides. Who to trust? Where to go to start over? Perhaps an answer lies in the wilderness beyond the horizon. Grim, life changing choices must be made. A robust tale of enduring passion as a unique couple’s story unfolds and life comes full circle.


I have to admit I love history and even have a History and Sociology Degree myself! I cant wait to read the trilogy and you can too here :

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Barnes & Noble

And now her stalker links...

J. Winfield Currie Website: http://jwinfieldcurrie.com/index.html

J. Winfield Currie Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/j.w.currie.3

J. Winfield Currie Twitter: https://twitter.com/JWinfieldCurrie

“The ‘Beyond’ Trilogy” You Tube Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM4rszaQzx4

Amazon Author Central Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/jwinfieldcurrie

Abbott Press “The ‘Beyond’ Trilogy” Press Release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/10/prweb9959408.htm





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An Undying Oath by HK Savage

Cover RevealsPosted by Ellena Jennings Sat, August 17, 2013 12:50:34

First of all today I have to fabulous Cover Reveal for An Undying Oath by HK Savage....

An Undying Oath

Author: HK Savage

https://www.facebook.com/heather.savage.39?fref=ts

Published by: Staccato Publishing

http://staccatopublishing.com/Staccato_Publishing/So_that_you_can_write_and_leave_the_rest_to_us....html

Cover Artist: Airicka's Mystical Creations

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Hosted by: Bawaka's Book Fair

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Synopsis:

Sargent Justin Shaw returned from the war with what is left of his unit, though instead of being hailed as heroes, they are being sought as test subjects. Their last mission behind enemy lines to obtain a WMD ended with them exposed and on the run. Their goal is not only to destroy the weapon, but also the program being run by their own government. Justin and his men have sacrificed everything for their mission. Will it be enough? Samantha James, a girl whose father disappeared almost twenty years ago unwittingly holds the key. When her father returns bodies start to fall. Sam doesn't know who to trust. Both Justin and her father have their own agendas and either one of them could end up with her dead.



HK Savage has been a voracious reader of anything she could get her hands on going back to the second grade when she would set her alarm two hours early to read before school. Her passion for the written word has continued and flowed into writing going back nearly as far. Her books have fans in twenty countries on six continents with hopes of attracting attention on Antarctica if for no other reason than to check a box.

Currently, HK is a mother, wife and black belt in Karate as well as an avid dressage rider. Her three dogs: a Doberman puppy and two ancient Doxies keep her busy when she is not writing or working.

HK has been an editor for several newsletters over the years, her favorite being for Heifer International where her ideas were put into effect and complimented by those on high. Currently her editing skills, honed for nearly a decade in advertising media, have been focused on her peers and clients in the writing world as Founder and Editor in Chief of Staccato Publishing and new digital imprint, Darkest Night Publishing.

Paranormal is a favorite genre as well as science fiction and the possibilities we have not yet realized. Her favorite premise: "what if?"

STALK THIS LOVELY LADY:

AMAZON

http://www.amazon.com/HK-Savage/e/B004OU2LV8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/heather.savage.39?fref=ts

GOODREADS

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4522217.HK_Savage

WEBSITE

http://www.hksavage.com

OTHER BOOKS BY HK SAVAGE

EMPATH TRILOGY

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=hk+savage+empath&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Ahk+savage+empath

THE ADMIRAL'S ELITE SERIES

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=hk+savage+admiral's+elite&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Ahk+savage+admiral's+elite

LIFE BLOOD

http://www.amazon.com/Life-Blood-ebook/dp/B004OR1AAO/ref=tmm_kin_title_popover?ie=UTF8&qid=1376343143&sr=8-1

THE PATH

http://www.amazon.com/The-Path-Veritas-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B004TXQCME/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376343180&sr=8-1&keywords=hk+savage+the+path




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