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Author Interview: Jacob Stull for The King’s Locket

Title: The King’s Locket

Publication Date: April 27th, 2017

Summary:

After adopting orphans Thomas and Anna at birth and giving them mysterious heart-shaped lockets, King Pador, Queen Sonya, and Prince Verdon must find a way to rescue the children from the sinister plans of a dreadful creature that has imprisoned them in the Outerlands. The Royal Family’s magical bond, the children they love dearly, and their entire kingdom are all at stake.

Children and adults will enjoy and benefit from this beautiful story of betrayal, forgiveness, and unconditional love. This classic fairy tale includes fourteen full-page, hand-drawn illustrations that bring the story’s vivid imagery to life.

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Author Interview:

1. What gave you the idea for this book?

It all started with a story I made up for my 5-year-old daughter, Ivy. I would share bits of it at bedtime or when we were driving in the car together. She loved it, so I began writing it down. It eventually grew into a short fairy tale, similar to the classic fairy tales many of us grew up reading.

2. What is your favorite part of the book?

Well, besides the ending, my favorite part of the book comes in Chapter 5 of 6. There is a rescue mission that takes place, and the entire story pretty much hinges on the success or failure of that mission. At first glance people may think this is a “simple” or “cute” story, but it reads as an allegory and invites the reader to engage in its various possible meanings.

3. How long have you been writing?

I’ve always loved to write, as far back as I can remember. I really began to enjoy creative writing in middle school and high school. I’m 36 now, so a pretty long time.

4. Tell us a little about your favorite character.

That’s a difficult question to answer because I love Prince Verdon, but I’d have to say Queen Sonya if pressed. I’m married and have two daughters, so I’m surrounded by a lot of strong women. Queen Sonya’s character is a symbol for the strength and beauty of true femininity. She is awesome!

5. Three words to describe this book

Betrayal. Forgiveness. Love.

 

About the Author:

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Jacob Stull lives in Atlanta with his wife, Katie, and two daughters, Ivy and Penny. When he’s not writing, he’s playing a supporting role in Ivy’s make-believe world or cleaning glitter out of his car.

Connect with Jacob:

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

Website: https://www.TheKingsLocket.com

Goodreads Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16614486.Jacob_Stull

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Zenn Diagram: Author Interview + Giveaway

ZENN DIAGRAM

About the Book:

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Title: ZENN DIAGRAM

Author: Wendy Brant

Pub. Date: April 4, 2017

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Pages: 328

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn’t do wonders for her popularity, there’s another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them — from clothes to textbooks to cell phones — she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person’s fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves … and what they have yet to learn about calculus. This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it’s because she’s a clean freak — with the emphasis on freak — but it’s all she can do to protect herself from other people’s issues.

Then one day a new student walks into Eva’s life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn’s skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart.

Author Interview:

How did you come up with the concept for Zenn Diagram?

In fall of 2013 I was feeling kind of blue because I could not find representation for the YA dystopian novel I had been working on for two years. The market was oversaturated with Hunger Games wannabes, and I was feeling low, realizing that something else I had worked so hard on was going to just sit on my hard drive indefinitely. One day (October 8th – I have proof!) I went for a walk and then sat in the park and brainstormed ideas. I think I wrote down seven of them … and they all pretty much sucked. But the last one – lucky number 7 – was this: Girl who can see the future meets boy who can’t escape the past. Something like that. And something about that idea intrigued me. The concept changed a little, but that was the seed. I think the story was shaped by watching my kids’ teenage years, watching them constantly resist being vulnerable. Teenagers try to hide everything, right? But what if you couldn’t? And what if that were OKAY?

Eva is pretty much a math whiz! Are you awesome at math, too?

Absolutely not. I mean, I was okay at math back in high school, but certainly no math whiz. I never even took calculus! I had to google EVERYTHING math related in this book.

Zenn is the ultimate book boyfriend. What inspired his character?

I’m not sure. I liked the idea of a guy who has challenges but isn’t bitter and brooding and haunted. I wanted a guy who puts his head down and tries to fight his way out of his situation, even if the odds are stacked against him. A guy who has big dreams despite his circumstances.

This book has quite a number of hilarious scenes. The quads having a number of them. Do you personally know anyone with quadruplets?

I don’t believe I do, but I do know someone with triplets. And my brothers are twins, so there’s that. Again, I’m not even sure where the quads came from. Writing is weird like that. Sometimes you just go, “Yeah. She has quadruplet siblings. Sure.” Like it makes total sense.

Zenn Diagram has it all from funny moments to fully charged emotional moments. Which one do you like writing more.

Hmmmm. This is a great question! The funny moments are harder for me, but so satisfying when they work. I’m constantly amazed when people say that this book is funny because I had hoped it would be, but I just wasn’t sure I could pull it off! The emotional stuff comes much more easily to me, but I always worry about being too sappy or overdramatic. I believe in minimalistic emotional moments – at least with the dialogue — if that makes sense.

Do you have a favorite scene in Zenn Diagram?

I always like the kind of sexy, flirting scenes, where you start to understand why the main characters fall in love: Homecoming night, the first date, the manicure scene … stuff like that. I guess my absolute favorite to WRITE, if I had to pick, is the manicure scene. That was fun.

What’s next for you in the writing universe?

Well, I’m thinking about resurrecting my dystopian story, because I think it is super relevant, given our country’s political situation at the moment. But I’m also writing a contemporary about Harper, a tech-savvy, phone-addicted blogger, and Eddie, an organic farmer who still has a flip phone, who get stranded together during an ice storm. Eddie helps Harper to be vulnerable, after years of hiding behind her internet persona. Eddie learns to let go of some guilt from the past.

Thank you for the great interview! I hope you all enjoy Zenn Diagram!

 

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About Wendy:

So my name alone should give you a clue that I graduated from high school when bangs were big and clothes were baggy. I went to Northwestern University and majored in journalism even though I had no desire to be a journalist. I’ve been married to a great guy for a whole drinking-aged person’s life. I’ve got two amazing and yet very different (and very tall) teenage kids. I like crappy food, pinning inspirational quotes on Pinterest, have a tendency to start paragraphs with “anyway”, and I wish I were funnier. I would love to be one of those really, REALLY funny bloggers (like Insane in the Mom-Brain) that makes you pee yourself a little bit. I am only moderately funny. I admit that. It’s one of my great sadnesses in life.

I started writing fiction when I was 10, but tried to be practical with the whole journalism thing. Didn’t take. Shortly after college, the fiction-writing desire reared its non-practical head and I’ve been writing ever since.

Anyway, I’m probably just like you. We’d probably be friends if we met in real life. (Well, let’s be honest. It’s likely that only my friends are actually reading this blog, so we probably ARE friends in real life.) But whether we are friends in real life, or just virtual friends through cyberspace, I hope you will enjoy your time here.

 

Check out my debut YA novel, ZENN DIAGRAM (KCP Loft 4/4/17), available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Target!

 

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Giveaway Details:

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/27/2017- Two Chicks on Books Interview

3/28/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

3/29/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

3/30/2017- Just Commonly– Review

3/31/2017- Happily Ever Chapter– Excerpt

 

Week Two:

4/3/2017- Eli to the nth– Review

4/4/2017- Literary Dust Interview

4/5/2017- Book Briefs– Review

4/6/2017- Pretty Deadly Reviews– Guest Post

4/7/2017- Savings in Seconds– Review

 

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The Dead of Haggard Hall by Marie Treanor + Author Interview

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The Dead of Haggard Hall

Darke of Night

Book One

Marie Treanor

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Genre: Gothic/historical/paranormal romance

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Date of Publication: 26th July 2016

ISBN: 978-1619235830

ASIN: B01CUOPRZQ

 

Number of pages: 216 (paperback)

Word Count: 71,000

Cover Artist: Kelly Martin

 

Book Description:

Spirit possession is easy to remedy. Possession of the heart is another matter.

After vicar’s widow and natural medium Barbara Darke loses her respectable teaching position, she reluctantly agrees to become companion to her former pupil Emily, now the bride of young Sir Arthur Haggard.

Once settled at Haggard Hall, Barbara finds her friend is beset by ghostly voices and unexplained deaths. In a maelstrom of dark spirits and wicked emotions, Barbara battles to lay Emily’s ghosts to rest—both hampered and helped by Arthur’s skeptical cousin Patrick, who provokes and attracts her in equal measure.

It would be a mistake to trust a secretive, guilt-ridden man suspected of driving his wife to suicide, if not outright murdering her. And it could well be lethal to give in to her own desires, confused as they often are with the lusts of the dead.

But Arthur and Emily are in genuine physical danger, and suspicion is falling closer and closer to Patrick—the man who haunts Barbara’s sensual dreams. The man who stands to inherit Haggard Hall.

Warning: Contains a medium whose body is open season for spirit possession, and a scandal-ridden journalist who only believes what he can see—and touch.

 

Author Interview:

  • Give us the history of you. (family life, where you’re from, etc.)

I’m Marie Treanor. I live on the east coast of Scotland with my husband of twenty-five years, and my three kids, two of whom are grown-up but not yet fled the nest. We have a small, lively dog who keeps us all on our toes, or at least on the end of his lead!

I write paranormal romance, mostly on the steamy side and have more than 40 books so far, New York, small press, and self-published

  • Tell us about your new book in 10 words or less.

Victorian hot Gothic romance. Medium fights evil spirits & sensual temptation. (I’m counting the “&” as a symbol, not a word J )

 

  • Walk me through the process that you went through to write your new book.

Once I had the characters straight in my head, and the beginning of the story, I sat down and wrote it. Being a bit of a pantster, I had to change bits as I went along, but mostly it flowed pretty well! I did a bit of a final self-edit and sent it to my editor who, fortunately, loved it!

 

  • How did you come up with your book’s name?

From the name of my hero and his family’s house. Haggard came to me as a great name for a Gothic hero, so I had his family live in an isolated old Gothic mansion called Haggard Hall. And since it’s full of ghosts, and my heroine is a medium, it quickly became The Dead of Haggard Hall

 

  • What made you decide to write this book?

I’ve always loved the Gothic genre in both books and films. But although this has come through in the Gothic elements of many of my books, I’d never actually set out to write a Gothic romance as such. I itched to write a modern Gothic novel which could fully exploit all the subtle sexual tension of the older books. But when the character of Barbara Darke began to grow in my mind, she was a Victorian, not modern at all! However, I think she’s relateable to modern readers: she accepts her temptations and desires as part of who she is. She is a sensual person and she tells a sensual story J

 

  • How many characters are based on people you actually know? Do those people know they were the basis for your characters?

No, if I use people I know in this way, they’re generally only part of a character. My characters are usually complicated composites of different people, real and imagined. And no, I doubt they’d ever know. I certainly wouldn’t tell them! Except my husband – he knows there are bits of him in several of my heroes

  • How many publishers did you send your book to before it was picked up?

Just Samhain. But I’ve been with them a long time, and my editor knows my work.

 

  • What book did you read most recently that you loved, and would recommend to everyone?

I’ve been reading Ashley Gardner’s “Captain Lacey” historical mystery series. The hero is a retired army officer in Regency England, who takes to solving crimes. It’s not really romance – although there is rather charming romance in it – but I love the whole series for the complicated characters and how their story constantly moves on.

 

  • Any tips for new writers?

Just keep writing! And reading, and learning – I don’t think that part of it is ever over!

 

  • Have you ever liked the movie more than the book? Be honest (and tell us which one!!)

I don’t think I have! Probably because I usually read the book first.

  • Are there any popular books you know you would never read? (tell us which ones!)

Probably George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books – just because I’m addicted to the tv series and I know it strays.

  • What are you working on now?

I’m planning a novella set in the Darke of Night world, to be released later in the year.

  • Anything else you would like to add?

Just that I hope you like reading The Dead of Haggard Hall as much as I enjoyed writing it! And that it’s first sequel, The Prisoner of Silverwood Castle, comes out in August!

And to say thank you so much for interviewing me – it’s been a pleasure!

 

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About the Author:

 

Marie Treanor lives in Scotland, in a chaotic house by the sea, together with her eccentric husband, three much too smart children and a small dog who rules them all. Most days, she avoids both housekeeping and evil day jobs by writing stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.

 

Marie is the award winning author of over forty sexy paranormal romances – Indie, New York and E-published.

 

Website: http://www.MarieTreanor.com

 

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Author Interview: Christine Manzari

The Sophisticates Series

 

 

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College Bound Series

Interview:

What do you like best about writing?

The thing I like best about writing is the ability to create something that will touch someone emotionally or make them need to turn the page to find out what happens. As a writer, I’m able to make my own schedule and choose what I do every day and that’s an amazing feeling. If I want to write about a sword fight, I can. If I want to dream up a sexy scene, I can do that. The freedom and sense of power that comes with writing and creating is something I’ve never experienced at any other job.

What is your favorite genre of book and why?

First and foremost, a book has to have some sort of romance to it. If it doesn’t have at least the chance for someone to fall in love, I lose interest. I read a wide variety of genres, but my favorite is fantasy. I grew up reading the Chronicles of Prydain and the Chronicles of Narnia and I still gravitate to those types of books when I’m shopping in a bookstore. I love getting lost in magical made up worlds and I don’t think I’ll ever grow out of it. I guess the reason why I love fantasy so much is because the impossible can happen. Characters can cheat death or win a war against impossible odds. Fantasy is limitless.

What is your favorite book you have written?

I’m going to choose from my solo works on this question. My favorite book that I have written is Hooked. Not only did I enjoy writing a strong, confident female lead, but writing Hooked was cathartic for me. My mother died of pancreatic cancer and many of the scenes are things I went through with my own mom as we dealt with her illness. Writing down my pain was a way of letting it go. But Hooked isn’t just a story about grief and loss. It’s funny and brave and sexy and it was a lot of fun writing a book that was so out of my comfort zone at the time. I knew that I took a risk with writing a main character who was opinionated and flawed, but it was so rewarding when readers fell in love with her anyway.

If you could pick one character of yours to be who would it be and why?

If I could choose one character of mine to be, I would choose Arabella from The Sophisticates Series. As a Deviant, she has been genetically altered to have skills that are similar to that of the Indonesian Mimic Octopus. She’s exceptionally strong, she can change the way she looks with just a thought (even hair color), and she can stretch her body. I’d never have to go get a step stool again. In addition, Arabella is hilarious and loyal. She’s willing to sacrifice herself for her friends and I’d like to think if it came down to it, I’d be that loyal too.

If you could live in a different type of world what kind would it be?

This may be cliché, but if I could live in a different type of world, I would definitely live in the world of Harry Potter. I’m a die-hard potterhead and I would love to go to Hogwarts and study magic. I’d like to think I’d get to have en English accent too.

When did you discover that you wanted to write?

I discovered I wanted to write in the seventh grade. I’d always enjoyed reading, but the summer after seventh grade, I went to writing camp. I stumbled off the writing path in high school and college and got lost for a little bit, but I found my way back to the written world once my kids were born. It wasn’t until I read Twilight and read Stephenie Meyer’s bio about how she would write while her kids were at swim practice that I realized that just because I was a mom, that didn’t mean I had to be only a mom. I could be a writer too.

Who is your number one book boyfriend?

For a while, my number one book boyfriend was Warner from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. Now, the number one spot has been taken by Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sara J. Maas. I really like bad boys, especially when they’re snarky and turn out to have good hearts. I also really like Drew from Tangled, Bennett from Beautiful Bastard, Morpheus from the Splintered series, Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles, Arin from The Winner’s Curse, and Alex from Pucked.

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Bio:

The first thing Christine does when she’s getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She’s addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. She even turned her dining room into a library—reading is more important than eating. She also has a weakness for adventure and inappropriate humor. Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.

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Aftermath by Joe Reyes + Excerpt + INTERVIEW

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Aftermath

Book 1

Joe Reyes

 

Genre: Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic

 

Publisher: Wasteland Press

 

Date of Publication: April 29, 2016

 

ISBN: 1681111128

 

Number of pages: 284

Word Count: 79, 722

 

Book Description:

 

Aftermath is a growing series about war, love, brutality and most of all, survival. What was once the United States has become a savage post-apocalyptic environment where the worst of the worst prosper and the remaining good hide.

 

The series features a brutal setting, where seven characters in different parts of the United States must adapt to this new environment. The “fight or flight” mentality plays into the story, as the nation is divided into factions fighting for control of the country. The government is outnumbered, outgunned, and forced into hiding as well to recoup their forces. The novel follows a fast paced momentum from the first page to the last word. The plot pits these characters against the elements and each other, with plot-lines intertwining on opposite sides of the war effort. And one character’s quest for revenge can jeopardize not only the war outcome, but the reshaping of the entire nation.

 

With an ever-changing storyline and evolving characters, the Aftermath series gets more intense with every chapter. But what these characters don’t realize, the terrifying evil is making its way across the ocean.

 

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Excerpt: Sara

“People and beans again?” a raggedy-looking man says as Sara passes him a plate. He glares down, disappointed, at the meal of perfectly cut human flesh and a side dish of green beans. Sara hands out more plates to the group of men huddled around a fire.

“When you guys kill something other than people, you’ll get something else to eat,” she says with a sarcastic smile, walking off.

It’s near-insane to talk back to these guys. They are psychotic killers, but she is protected. Marcus, their leader, has taken a liking to her. So it’s a choice of be killed, be raped and then killed, or be his willing sex slave.

Sometimes she doesn’t know if she made the right choice.

Before going back to the kitchen, she stops by every group to see if they all have something to eat. Dozens of groups gather around, having their breakfast. The field is littered with dirty men and women feasting on human remains.

Probably over a hundred in total, she guesses.

The Savages is what they are called. The group started after the bombs fell about five years ago. They were small at first, but they’ve since grown into a much larger army. This gives them better resources and a nice cut of whatever they take from towns.

All they do is kill and raid villages. They swoop in, kill, take everything, and leave. They take in recruits, sometimes, if they seem to fit the part. The survivors don’t last long. They are usually killed and displayed as a message to discourage others.

For years they tried the whole nomad lifestyle, but when the army got bigger, they realized they had to settle down.

It’s a lot easier than constantly uprooting the whole camp.

They have no reason to leave. There are always animals in the forest. A river provides fresh water and fish. Armies are too afraid to attack them. They can’t survive an all-out military assault, but the government has much more important enemies than them to worry about.

They all wear custom-made armors consisting of materials they find on the road. Sports gear is a big part of it: elbow pads, football pads, helmets—anything they can find. A lot of it is hand-sewn and made from animal skins.

The farm would also pose a problem for moving. Horses are bred and domesticated as transportation. Without cars and without gasoline to run them, they are a necessary component of life here.

Each Savage has the brand of an S on the back of his or her shoulder, indicating initiation into the group. It is given after their first kill. After a big massacre and initiation, they will celebrate with a great feast: their victims.

Sara never likes thinking about how many people one dead body feeds. The thought makes her sick. The taste has always bothered her. She may force herself to eat flesh when she absolutely must, but she is and always has been a vegetarian . Even when they spruce it up with spices and other ingredients, it is still a person, and no amount of sauce can change that.

Sara’s stomach starts to rumble. She hasn’t eaten much in days. Usually, she is able to sneak extra beans and vegetables because the others love flesh, but the shortage of them is now beginning to hit her.

Hopefully, Penny can get me something, she thinks, walking into the large kitchen tent. The sight doesn’t help her appetite. Penny is in the middle of carving someone up.

“Three years of culinary school and I’m making foot filet for a hundred ingrates,” Penny mocks as she hacks off a foot with a butcher’s knife.

Sara feels sick again. She covers her mouth to hold the vomit back. The smell of blood is too much.

“Aww, sweetie, not feeling good?” Penny says affectionately, walking up to her. She doesn’t get it, her shirt is covered in blood and it’s making Sara sicker, but she needs a hug.

“New necklace?” Sara asks, seeing a piece of the metal chain falling from Penny’s shirt.

“One of Eric’s men gave it to me.” A gold snowflake hangs from the end, surrounded by pretty little stones.

“Which guy?” Sara asks.

Penny’s face betrays her disgust. “The creepy looking one with the cuts.”

The kitchen tent is filled with people preparing food for the group. There’s a huge fire going, and the bodies are put on a metal gate over the fire to barbeque. The Savages know that uncooked flesh can kill them. They are as smart as they are ruthless. That’s why they’ve been around for all five years.

“You hungry?” Penny asks.

Sara shakes her head. “He’ll probably make me eat with him later.”

Penny sighs but says nothing. They both know what Marcus is going to do to her. Sara will have to eat flesh again, among other things. Penny doesn’t like the idea of eating people either, but she is a chef and can trick herself into thinking she’s eating something else. With all the spices she’s schooled in, it’s almost easy.

Everyone who doesn’t like it has ways of coping, but most of the Savages love the taste and the trophy. Eating the very people they killed makes them feel tougher. Sara would be the first to admit the taste of it isn’t bad, but that freaks her out the worst.

“You smell nice today,” she says from Penny’s arms, covered by her blonde hair.

“I found some shampoo. I’ll give you some later tonight,” Penny says with a smile. “Now come on, you have to bring the men food. The meeting’s starting.” Penny releases her, only to hand Sara a tray of appetizing human parts and vegetables. “How do I look?” Sara inquires.

Penny adjusts a few out-of-place strands of hair on her head and smiles. “You look great.”

 

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1.    Give us the history of you. (family life, where you’re from, etc.)

I am originally from Brooklyn. My parents decided we should move to New Jersey when I was around 5. I’ve lived in the same house for 21 years now and my hope is to make enough money that my parents can move to a 55 and older community and I can stay in the house I grew up in.

2.    Tell us about your new book in 10 words or less.
What would you do to survive?

3.    Walk me through the process that you went through to write your new book.
The planning takes the most time. Each story has its own binder filled with character pages, scene descriptions, groups and factions, and additional scenes. When it’s completely planned out then I can sit down and start writing the actual book. Writing takes the least amount of time because I planned out everything to where it writes itself. I make sure as I’m planning that I set up sequels.

4.    How did you come up with your book’s name?
I don’t really remember. It just sounds so natural to me now that I can’t imagine a time where I didn’t have that title.

5.    What made you decide to write this book?
I was always interested in seeing characters fight for their lives. The story itself was derived from short stories that I had written for two of the included characters in Aftermath, Ian and Ron. When I saw that they could be interesting foils, I decided to combine them and begin a feature-length novel based on them.

6.    How many characters are based on people you actually know? Do those people know they were the basis for your characters?
I did not base my characters on people I know. My characters were fictitious but I put myself in the mind of each person in order to flush out what they would do in certain circumstances in order to ensure their continued survival.

7.    How many publishers did you send your book to before it was picked up?
I am not sure how many publishers I sent it to before I decided that I was best suited for self-publishing. Originally, I went with a company that seemed to only make things more difficult. I dropped them during the marketing phase to pursue my current publishing company because I did not trust them.

8.    What book did you read most recently that you loved, and would recommend to everyone?
Self-publishing a book is an incredibly taxing endeavor. I haven’t had the chance to really get into a book since The Hunger Games, and I’m sure I would be the last person everyone would hear spouting its praises since it’s already a bestseller and major motion picture. Still, if any of you haven’t heard of it yet, you should read it. It’s great!

9.    Any tips for new writers?
A friend asked me “What if your book doesn’t sell,” and I said, “That’s what separates winners from losers. Winners aren’t afraid to try. Losers give up and settle when things get tough. If this book doesn’t sell then I will write another and another and another until one makes it big,”

10.    Have you ever liked the movie more than the book?
Almost all the time. Often times, I find books cannot hold my attention, so I prefer the movies. This is the case with Game of Thrones (I know it’s a TV show, but the same principle applies), Lord of the Rings, and the Harry Potter series.

11.    Are there any popular books you know you would never read?
Fifty Shades of Grey. Definitely. I got a free copy and I gave it to my girlfriend. She said it was garbage so I doubt I’ll ever get around to trying it.

12.    What are you working on now?
I have the sequel of Aftermath planned, but want to focus on promoting the first story now. It’s kind of hard to start another story at the moment. After the book tour I’ll most likely start on the sequel.

13.    Anything else you would like to add?
My approach to writing is out of the ordinary and so is my style. I really want to be unique and not mesh together like other authors. I don’t like just writing one genre. I want to branch out and try new things. When I write I like to push myself with new ideas and

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Joe Reyes has never been afraid to go for what he wants in life. His goal is to be a full time published author and is taking all the steps necessary to make that dream a reality. He hates when he hears about people who give up on their dreams.

His writing style is fast paced. When he wrote his novel Aftermath, he wanted it to feel like a television show. Joe doesn’t like boring descriptions. He finds filler scenes to be a book killer and makes sure that every chapter has an immediate purpose or a purpose later on.

 

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Summer of Irreverence – The Rock Star by Cathrine Goldstein! + excerpt + INTERVIEW!

Summer of Irreverence – The Rock Star
by Cathrine Goldstein

Genre: Adult Romance

The Wild Rose Press

Summary from Goodreads:

 

Straight-laced, veterinary surgeon, Summer Wynters is ready to break the rules. And who better to break them with than the most irreverent of all men, mega rock star Malcolm Angel? With one last summer free from work obligations, Summer moves to New York City, and at the coaxing of her friend, pretends to be a model so she can spend one wild night with Malcolm.

Rock star, Malcolm Angel, tortured by a dark past, may be the poet laureate of romance, but he, like science-minded Summer, has never believed in romantic love. How could he? With his history, he doesn’t deserve to be loved.

When Summer’s honesty, kindness, and exuberance for life changes his perspective, the two discover they are in deeper than either dreamed possible. But when Malcolm discovers Summer’s been perpetuating a lie, will he forgive her? Even if forgiveness is possible, can a man immune to love teach someone else to believe in it?

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“How did you go through life with that name…?” Malcolm’s eyes flashed with happiness. “I mean, if I wrote it, people would crucify me. What were your parents thinking?”
Summer froze.
“I mean, do they love you at all?” Malcolm chuckled.
Summer’s feet refused to move, and her arms lay limp at her side.
“Summer?” Malcolm’s smile faded. “Sum?”
The sound of her nickname spoken by Malcolm did her in. She desperately fought the mounting tears.
Malcolm stared at her. “It’s not your name you’re upset about, is it?”
Summer clenched her jaw and shook her head.
“I’m sorry.” His voice was low and modulated.
She nodded, looking at Malcolm, and wanting, for the first time ever, to have someone make it all okay. To have him make it all okay.
Malcolm grew quiet. They stood there for whole minutes. “I’m sorry if I touched on a sore subject. Really.”
Summer stared at him—this man who had everything except the answer she needed. How could he be so closed off? How could he care so little about the pain of another living creature?
He stepped forward then, as if reading her mind, took her hand gently, and leaned over, speaking quietly into her ear. “It’s not that I don’t care.”
Those few words found a place deep in Summer’s soul.
Malcolm stood tall, and Summer’s eyes followed him. He reached out and stroked her cheek. “But I’ve got nothing more to give than today.”

Interview:

•    Give us the history of you.
I’m a New Yorker who loves autumn, any and all kinds of art, yoga, chocolate, and coffee. I’m that odd person who’ll take gazing at a filthy city street over a patch of flowers any day, which is why I write gritty romance.   I’ve been writing for a long time, and I started my career as a playwright. I’m married to a great guy, and have two amazing little girls. Although NYC is home, right now we are happily living in the Charlotte, NC area. We have a cat, and too many fish to count.

•    Tell us about your new book in 10 words or less.
Bad boy rock star falls for good girl vet.

•    Walk me through the process that you went through to write your new book.
When I write, I get an idea and run with it. With Summer of Irreverence—The Rock Star, I “saw” or imagined one particular scene—I don’t want to give the story away!—but I’ll tell you it had to do with a veterinarian. The rest of the story built from there. I loosely plan my attack and always, always, as I began my writing career as a playwright, let the dialogue guide me.

•    How did you come up with your book’s name?
Ah, interesting! I knew she was going to be named Summer, embodying everything light and good, where Malcolm represents all that is dark and dangerous. And Summer needed a change from who she was—she needed Malcolm and his irreverence. Summer has one last summer of freedom, before she begins her career as a veterinary surgeon. Together, that became: Summer of Irreverence—The Rock Star.

•    What made you decide to write this book?
I think writing is one of those things you can’t help. Even when I turn off my computer for the night (which is pretty late!), as soon as I hit my bedroom I’m inputting notes into my phone. I think most writers will agree that the characters haunt you until you give them life and set them free. I really like this story and these characters, and I’m hoping my readers will enjoy them, too!

•    How many characters are based on people you actually know? Do those people know they were the basis for your characters?
No—these characters aren’t based on any people in real life. However, as you build characters and write them they become like family, and I always fall in love with my characters and root for them.

•    How many publishers did you send your book to before it was picked up?
I am very fortunate that I work directly with my editor, and she sent it on to publication with The Wild Rose Press—my wonderful publisher who also publishes another of my series, The Letting series.

•    What book did you read most recently that you loved, and would recommend to everyone?
Although I adore reading, I have been so locked in writing and editing mode, my reading time recently has revolved around the books I read with my two young girls. Right now, we adore the Clementine books by Sara Pennypacker. Lol! It is a fabulous series for anyone who has young kids at home. And I can tell you my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, publishes a fabulous and wide variety of romances—check them out! There’s sure to be something you’ll love!

•    Any tips for new writers?
Take an acting class. I know it sounds crazy, but acting coaches can teach you how to break down characters more thoroughly than you ever imagined possible. Once you see what an actor needs to find in a character, it makes it easier to see how to build one.

•    Have you ever liked the movie more than the book?
Okay, it’s not that I like them better, but I do love The Hunger Games movies. Some of my favorite actors are in those movies—they were fantastic! If there are other fans of Jennifer Lawrence out there, have you seen, Winter’s Bone? She was amazing!

•    Are there any popular books you know you would never read?
Well, I didn’t read books two and three of Fifty Shades. I’m certainly not opposed to them in any way, and I admire their success!

•    What are you working on now?
My genre is Gritty Romance—I like characters with an edge. Right now I am working on the next two books in The New York Artists Series, and I love them!

•    Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog and for the thoughtful questions!  I hope people will “follow me” on Twitter and “like” me on Facebook for the latest updates, and please stop by my website and join my mailing list for behind-the-scenes info. Through the holidays, I’ll be offering more scenes from Malcolm and Summer’s life.  Thanks for featuring Summer of Irreverence—The Rock Star!

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About the Author

I am a bestselling author, and a NYC girl at heart. I write “gritty romance,” in the genres of YA, NA; women’s fiction; and romance. I’m also the author of The Letting and The Coupling, books 1 and 2 of The Letting series. I began my career as an award-winning playwright, and I am a proud member of RWA, PAN. I have my BA in English and my MA in Theatre.

I am a fan of Luna Bars, decaf coffee, yoga, Hemingway, and Bukowski—and the loves of my life are my husband and my two young girls.

To find out more about me; Summer of Irreverence, the first book in The New York Artists Series—standalone novels about strong, artistic men, and the smart, unexpected women they fall for; The Letting series; and what’s coming soon, please visit:www.CathrineGoldstein.com

 

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Scattered Seeds by Julie Doherty with Excerpt + INTERVIEW!

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Scattered Seeds

Julie Doherty

Genre: Historical fiction, elements of romance

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Date of Publication: April 27, 2016

ISBN: 1-68291-050-4

ASIN: B01E056H1Q

Number of pages: 339

Word Count: 100,000

Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde

Book Description:

 

In 18th century Ireland, drought forces Edward and Henry McConnell to assume false names and escape to America with the one valuable thing they still own–their ancestor’s gold torc.

Edward must leave love behind. Henry finds it in the foul belly of The Charming Hannah, only to lose it when an elusive trader purchases his sweetheart’s indenture.

With nothing but their broken hearts, a lame ox, and a torc they cannot sell without invoking a centuries-old curse, they head for the backcountry, where all hope rests upon getting their seed in the ground. Under constant threat of Indian attack, they endure crushing toil and hardship. By summer, they have wheat for their reward, and unexpected news of Henry’s lost love. They emerge from the wilderness and follow her trail to Philadelphia, unaware her cruel new master awaits them there, his heart set on obtaining the priceless torc they protect.

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Excerpt:

CHAPTER 1

County Donegal, Ireland
1755

Henry stood next to his father surveying their largest field. He longed to say that the seeds might yet sprout, that there was still time to yield a return, but the undeniable truth lay right before them: drought had come to Ireland. Their investment in imported flaxseed was lost.
“A hundred days, Henry.” Father’s face bore the pained expression of a man whose hope was as withered as his crops. “A hundred days was all we needed, all that stood between us and prosperity.” He kicked a clod of dirt, and it turned to dust. “It’s all gone, gone along wi’ the horse that harrowed the ground.”
A lump rose in Henry’s throat. He ached for his father, and he missed their horse. Paddy was a fine animal purchased ten years ago after a bumper crop of rye, when Edward McConnell’s luck was good and Henry’s only chore was to stay out of his mother’s hair. Elizabeth McConnell moldered in the ground now, and Paddy plowed another man’s fields.
“We will pray, Father. God will help us.”
“God?” Father kneaded his forehead with calloused fingers. “God’s groping in our pockets right along wi’ your Uncle Sorley. Praying did nae pay our tithes or the hearth tax, did it?”
Surely he didn’t mean that. Everyone knew Edward McConnell to be a godly man.
“We’ll get more seed, Father. It’ll grow next year.” He squared his shoulders and tried to look confident.
“Will nae do us any good. Your Uncle Sorley plans to decrease our tillage in favor of pasture.”
“Wi’ no cut in rent, I’ll wager, and early payment again this year.”
Father spat on the parched ground. “He stopped by yesterday looking for it. Said he’ll call in after services on the Sabbath.” He ground his teeth together. “I’d gi’ anything to see the look on his face when he finds our empty hoose.”
Henry’s chest tightened. Were they moving again? He rubbed the back of his neck and looked across the rolling patchwork of fields to the northeast, where their last home rose above a copse of ash, and where his mother’s daffodils still swayed in the Ulster wind. Four years ago, the cattle plague put them out of that house and into the windowless shack they now shared with Phoebe, their only remaining sow. The hut contained a hearth, a curse necessitating the payment of tax despite the fact that it never contained a fire.
With no peat left and no horse to haul more from the bog, the McConnells relied on a moth-eaten blanket and Phoebe’s body heat for warmth.
They had room to fall; many Catholics lived in the open, bleeding cattle and boiling the gore with sorrel for sustenance. Perhaps his father intended to join them.
“Are we moving again?” he asked.
Father slipped two fingers under his brown tie wig and rubbed his temple, something he often did when puzzled.
Henry followed his gaze to the ruins of Burt Castle, which sat atop a knoll, just above Uncle Sorley’s grand plantation house.
“Nine years we’ve suffered bad luck, Henry. E’er since I buried . . .”
Buried what? Maw? She died five years ago, not nine.
Father sunk his head into his hands, muffling his speech. “I . . . I guess it’s time to . . .”
Henry stepped into the hard, hot field, directly in front of his father. “Father, what in the name of heaven is it?”
Father tilted back his head and whispered to the sky, “Forgive me, Elizabeth.” He looked at Henry. “I buried something. Your maw insisted on it, said it was pagan and she did nae want it in her hoose. I did as she asked. A woman can talk ye into cutting off your own hand, Henry, remember that if ye can.”
Henry nodded, not comprehending, wondering what pagan thing lay buried. He’d never heard it mentioned before, and he was a skilled eavesdropper. “What was it? What did ye bury?”
Father inhaled deeply, removed the worn tricorn from his head, and tucked it under his arm. “I’ll tell ye the whole tale, but first, we have to dig it up. We canny do that until after dark.” He turned without warning and headed for home.
Henry followed him, volleying questions against his back.
Father said nothing until they reached their hut. There, he stormed past Phoebe, flung open the door, and nodded toward a worm-ravaged chest sitting next to a heap of rushes that served as their bed.
“Gather up our claithes and shoes. Use my good cloak for a sack. Bring the dried nettles.” He grabbed the peat spade, the only tool left from his once abundant array of implements, and used it to prop open the door.
“Why bring the nettles?” Henry hated the bitter leaves. “There are more nettles than rocks in Ulster.”
When his father offered no reply, he lobbed another question, desperate for clues as to their destination. “Will ye not wear your good cloak, if we are traveling far?”
“My auld cloak will draw less attention.”
So, they were going to some populous place where good cloaks were bad.
Henry spread the cloak across the dirt floor, careful to avoid Phoebe’s manure. The cloak was long out of fashion, but still a quality garment that Edward McConnell could not afford to replace. He threw their scant belongings into the middle of it, brought the cloak’s corners together, then tied them together to form a sack. Excepting Phoebe and the clothes they wore, the sack contained everything worth saving.
He sat on the rickety chest to watch his father pace.
When Burt Castle became a silhouette against an amber horizon, Father donned his hat and cloak and ducked outside.
Henry followed him to the stone wall separating their field from Uncle Archibald’s.
Father began to tumble a section of wall.
With his perplexity and fear mounting, Henry assisted until there was enough of a breach to push Phoebe through the wall.
She trotted away, grunting and wagging her curly tail, while he helped restack the stones to prevent her from returning.
He could no longer hold his tongue.
“What are we doing? Why are we putting Phoebe in Uncle Archibald and Aunt Martha’s field? Are we going somewhere? Where are we going? Why are we taking nettles?”
In his frustration, he grabbed his father’s arm.
Father whirled around and gave Henry’s shoulders a fierce shake. “Get hold of yoursel’, lad, or I’ll cloot ye upside the noggin. No more questions. Just do as ye’re told.”
Henry stared at his father, who had never once laid a hand on him, nor threatened to.
“I’m sorry, lad. Go on in the hoose and get the bundle.”
When Henry returned with their belongings, his father was holding the peat spade.
“Get a good look around ye, son. It’s the last time ye’ll clap eyes on your hame.”

Interview

  • Give us the history of you. (family life, where you’re from, etc.)

I’m a native Pennsylvanian, but I lived in Virginia for two years and Ireland for six months. I spend a lot of time reading colonial documents, thanks to a fascination with early American history.

  • Tell us about your new book in 10 words or less.

Father/son duo seeks love and fortune in frontier Pennsylvania.

  • Walk me through the process that you went through to write your new book.

At the end of my debut novel, SCENT OF THE SOUL, an American woman shows up at a Scottish gift shop with a gold torc she unearthed at her Pennsylvania farm. Here’s a photo of it.

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Readers know who the torc belongs to, but they are left to wonder how it got to Pennsylvania. I wanted SCATTERED SEEDS to tell that story. I decided my own ancestors, Edward and Henry McConnell, would be the ones to deliver the torc from Ireland to America in 1755.

Once I had the basic plot, it was just a matter of fitting the story within known events, which meant lots of research about the French & Indian War. It also meant studying immigrant vessels of the day and learning sailing terms. I assure you, my head was spinning by the time I typed THE END on this one, but I firmly believe it was worth it.

  • How did you come up with your book’s name?

My characters are connected to seeds in several ways. Because they descend from a king (Somerled from my debut novel), they consider themselves scattered seeds. My character puts it this way:

“His descendants are many, and scattered like windblown seeds. Many of them rooted in Scotland, some floated across the sea, and some, like us, blew into this godforsaken muckhole called Ireland.”

For tenant farmers like Edward and Henry McConnell, prosperity always seems to hinge upon the next harvest. In the beginning of the novel, drought kills their expensive flaxseed, which plunges them into poverty. They flee Ireland for America, where they again look to seed to save them. They haul bags of it across unforgiving wilderness, and break their backs to plow and plant their fields. But my young character, Henry, endures crushing toil and hardship, knowing that once the grain is winnowed and bagged, they will haul it back to civilization . . . where he hopes to find his lost love.

 

  • What made you decide to write this book?

I ask myself that very question about each book I write. It’s not a great time to be an author. The market is saturated, which means it’s tougher than ever to stand out. It doesn’t help that I always seem to set my novels in lesser known (and therefore, lesser read) time periods. I can’t help myself, though. I love early America, and I hold hope that one day, readers will, too.

  • How many characters are based on people you actually know? Do those people know they were the basis for your characters?

Edward and Henry McConnell existed, but of course, I can only guess what they were like. They are Scots-Irish, so they sound very much like my Glasgow-born Irish husband. Some characters take on traits of people I know or have seen. Like many writers, I’m a skilled eavesdropper. I observe and tuck away little behavioral tidbits for future use.

  • How many publishers did you send your book to before it was picked up?

I only queried one publisher this time around, but I entered the book in the Dixie Kane contest and tied for second in the historical category.

  • What book did you read most recently that you loved, and would recommend to everyone?

I recently re-read THE FOREST AND THE FORT by Hervey Allen, one of my favorites. I love those older books, written before worldwide ban on purple prose and adverbs.

  • Any tips for new writers?

Write what you are passionate about. Zeal in literature is infectious. If you love what you write, your readers will, too.

  • Have you ever liked the movie more than the book? Be honest

I really don’t think so. We watch movies, but we live books. Books allow us to become the characters. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a good movie, and certainly, film producers can take a mediocre book and turn it into something spectacular.

  • Are there any popular books you know you would never read?

If there are, it would only be because the subject matter doesn’t interest me. I’ll read just about anything, though.

  • What are you working on now?

Another frontier story featuring a female protagonist. Picture LAST OF THE MOHICANS meets THE REVENANT, only with one bad-ass German widow who’s sick of living in a man’s world.

  • Anything else you would like to add?

Just that I appreciate you featuring me here. Thanks, too, to anyone willing to give my novel a chance. You can read the first five chapters for free at Amazon. Give it a try. You might just find a new favorite setting—the French & Indian War period.

 

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Thanks so much to Julie Doherty for agreeing to be on the blog today!!! ❤

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Julie Doherty expected to follow in her artist-father’s footsteps, but words, not oils, became her medium. Her novels have been called “romance with teeth” and “a sublime mix of history and suspense.”

 

Her marriage to a Glasgow-born Irishman means frequent visits to the Celtic countries, where she studies the culture that liberally flavors her stories. When not writing, she enjoys cooking over an open fire at her cabin, gardening, and hiking the ridges and valleys of rural Pennsylvania, where she lives just a short distance from the farm carved out of the wilderness by her 18th century “Scotch-Irish” ancestors.

 

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers, Perry County Council of the Arts, and Clan Donald USA.

 

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