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Please welcome Ms Ashley to the blog this week ahead of her new release After Star next week! Stay tuned as always to the blog for more details on the day of!
No. English was my weakest subject in school, in fact, as a child, I would run from writing and reading assignments. I know, you are asking yourself why I decided to become an author. The answer is simple, I love to daydream and come up with imaginative stories. I just hated writing them down.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I would love to get my books translated into different languages and get them on audio book. I also would love for one of my books to be published by Tor or by Shadow Mountain. And to put a cherry on the top, a movie deal would be great! J
So, what have you written?
So far I have written two young adult paranormal romance novels. Curse of the Beast and Star Cursed are a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a werewolf twist. Book three in the series is called After Star and will be out Spring 2014.
What are you working on at the minute?
A fantasy novel called The Chosen: the first book in the Land Magic Saga.
What’s it about?
It is about an orphaned girl, Azika, who can’t remember her past and grows up in a mining slave camp. Mysterious encounters leads Azika on a journey of self-discovery and into a world of magic.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
A bad ending. Oh, I was so mad six years ago when an author killed off a love interest I particularly liked—a lot! After he died and I mourned, I decided I would write my own book and control the ending. That is when The Chosen was birthed. I have yet to put that novel out to the public, but I am planning to within the next couple of years.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write part-time. I have a full time job as a Teacher’s Aide/PE Teacher at a local charter school.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Work on another project. The answers will come to you when it is ready. Also, I have found reading a book in a like genera will get the creative juices flowing.
What are your thoughts on writing a book series.
It seems to be the only way I know how to write. Curse of the Beast started as only one book and now it is three. Also, there will be three large books in the Land Magic Saga. I love writing series. It is fun to see what the characters will do next and to be with them for a while longer than just one book.
Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?
I would have to say that I bought too many bookmarks with my old cover on it. I have learned that doing small shipments of different swag is the way to go. That way your fans are always looking for what kind of swag you will have next giveaway or writer’s conference. It keeps the excitement up.
Love them! When they say a picture is worth a thousand words their right. Having a visual, other than your book cover, is an amazing tool to get people interested. A book trailer tells/shows what your book is in an engaging fun way.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
Both of my books have trailers.
Curse of the Beast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC9b0UNmlg4
Star Cursed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z3iPlMhKXw
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I do think that giving away books free works. It is a way to get your books to new readers. The power of word of mouth is amazing. If someone likes your book and they tell people the chain effect is well worth it. Plus, I love hearing that someone read my book so it is a win win for everyone!
You can follow Ms Lavering on any one of these fine places on the internet!
Book 1 in the No Rival series
Aubree is infatuated with two men, Max and Ryan. The two former Marines have been her close friends ever since she made her first misguided attempt at joining their kickboxing classes. When the pair invites her to join them at a weekend party thrown by Drew, a famous MMA champion, she has no idea what they have in mind. After spending one hot ménage night with the pair, Aubree learns the men’s intentions are not all about her. Feeling betrayed, Aubree turns to Drew who is also tugging at her heart. She must choose between the two men who have been the center of her fantasies, and the one man who could make all her dreams come true.
Inside Scoop: This sexy tale includes a ménage and male/male encounters that may leave you wishing for an alpha male fighter of your own.
A Romantica contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Leaning against the cool wood of the hotel room door, she met his stare trying hard not to smile like an idiot.
“This was fun.”
Drew’s eyes flashed. “If you ask nicely, I’ll let you take me to bed.”
She shook her head at his antics. “What if I’m not feeling especially nice?”
Drew brushed his hand over her hip. “You’re right. You do feel naughty,” he agreed. Holding her stare, he bent closer, giving her time to protest his advance. The door opened at Aubree’s back. If she hadn’t hit the solid wall of Max’s chest, she might have ended up sprawled across the floor. Tilting back her head, she took note of the angry expression on Max’s face before switching her gaze back to Drew. His eyes danced with humor as he mouthed, “Denied,” and Aubree slapped her hand over her mouth to smother her giggles.
“Have a nice night, Drew.” Drew ignored Max’s snarling words.
“May I see you again?”
“I’d like that,” she answered without hesitation. Max growled. At the sound, Drew flashed him a cocky grin before giving her a wicked version of it and turning away. As soon as he moved out of the doorway, Max slammed it closed, focusing his ire on her. She’d never seen him truly angry before now. She laughed nervously.
“Are you drunk?”
“No,” she answered, incredulous. “I’ve had two glasses of champagne all night.”
“Your face is flushed.”
Aubree shrugged. “I’m happy. I had a good time.”
Max prowled toward her. The hard set of his jaw caused a flutter of desire to run through her. “Did you forget who you came here with?”
Unable to think of a single retort, she shrugged again. “I’m young and single. Why shouldn’t I enjoy myself?”
Max’s eyes flashed dangerously. His tone had a bite to it when he spoke. “You are not single.”
Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with Ellora’s Cave Publishing. Born with no filter from her brain to her mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters.
*2013 Readers’ Favorite Award Winner
*2013 Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner
*ARRA Finalist for Favorite Paranormal Romance
*Five-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath
*Named one of the top 10 best books by an Indie author in 2011- Paranormal Reads Reviews
*Best Paranormal Romance of 2012- Paranormal Reads Reviews
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She’s his best friend’s sister, but he’s ready to break all the rules…
Country veterinarian Celia Gamble is in trouble. A misunderstanding from her past is rearing its ugly head and the only person she can turn to is Jonah Clarke—her family’s lawyer and, as it turns out, her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. She always wanted Jonah to see her as a bona fide woman, but as a woman who’s being blackmailed for seducing a married man? Not on her life.
Jonah is happy to help Little CeeCee Gamble, if only she’d come clean about why she’s being blackmailed. But with his best friend Zach’s wedding on the horizon, and Zach’s fashionista fiancée Desiree giving CeeCee a makeover, the little duckling Jonah remembers is turning into a definite swan. And the unwritten law on sisters is clear—hands off. Jonah must resist or lose the only true family he’s ever known.
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Simon Temple knew when he met Laura Marshall in the third grade that he would love her forever—though it wasn’t until middle school that she finally admitted she felt the same way about him. College and career plans parted them for nearly a decade, but when Simon returned to Gracechurch to join the fire department there, it was not long before he and Laura were reunited.
For both, it was as though they’d never been apart, and an engagement soon followed. Then Laura shocked the entire town when she suddenly—and without explanation—called off the wedding two weeks before they were set to walk down the aisle. No amount of pleading on his part got an answer Simon could live with, and so he was left to pine away for a woman whom he had loved for a lifetime, but who apparently no longer wanted him.
Out of the blue, Laura is drawn into a police case being investigated by Simon’s detective brother, and his protective instincts come roaring to the surface. Will the connection between an abandoned infant and a series of threatening phone calls be discovered before the truth finally comes out, or will Laura take her secrets to her grave?
It was with a start that her eyes snapped open sometime later. Sleepily, Laura rolled over and glanced at the digital clock on her bedside table, noting that it was just after two in the morning. What had woken her from so sound a sleep? Grace wasn’t crying, was she?
No, she realized as the fog cleared from her mind. It was Ranger she’d heard—the wolfdog was standing at the door to her bedroom, and even in the dim moonlight shining through the bedroom window, she could tell that his hackles were raised. His growl was quiet, his tail hung low and close to his body.
“What’s the matter, Ranger?” she asked, wondering what had irritated the dog. Surely not the cats—they were in a whole other room. Sitting up in bed, she listened, at first hearing nothing. In the next moment however, just a split second before Ranger’s growling increased in volume, she heard the distinctive sound of someone jiggling a doorknob.
Fear lanced her heart, and Laura blindly reached for the telephone that sat next to the clock, dialing without thinking as she threw the covers back and moved to the bassinet to pick up Grace. The baby, thankfully, stayed soundly asleep as she was lifted to her shoulder.
Laura blinked, not sure at first whose voice that was. Then it hit her—she’d dialed Simon without even thinking about it.
“Simon, it’s… It’s Laura. I’m sorry to wake you…”
“What’s wrong?” Simon said, the sleepiness immediately gone from his voice.
She jumped and tried not to scream as whoever was at the back door—or the front door—made a louder noise. Ranger began to bark in earnest.
“Simon, someone’s trying to break into my house.”
Christina Moore has been writing stories off and on since childhood. She became an avid reader and writer of fan fiction in her late teens, and writes stories in make-believe universes even today. Now, some of those tales make her a little bit of money…though she still visits her favorite fandoms every now and then. She truly loves to read, and as a professional author she has published paranormal romance and romantic suspense.
Christina lives in Ohio with her four fur-kids and is currently working on her next writing project.
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Please welcome Roxanne to my blog in advance of her upcoming release on April 14th!
Most likely to die of embarrassment. Never raised my hand. Never talked out of turn.
Were you good at English?
I rocked grammar. I loved parsing sentences! Oddly, I hated creative writing. In grade six, one of my assignments was to write an additional chapter in a young adult book, can’t remember which book or who the author was. I think it had raccoons in it. Anyway, *that* assignment I enjoyed. And I got an A+. Maybe that’s where it started… hm…
What genre are your books?
I’ve had work published in various genres: a series of young adult animal books, published in paper and digital format, one literary short story and one mystery short story, both in paperback anthologies, one literary/mystery novel in paperback, three romance novels and one romance novella, all digital only.
What draws you to this genre?
I like mystery because of the darkness. <cue the scary music> But I like romance because it’s guaranteed to end well!
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
I used to say, “No! I write through the block, until things start making sense again. Writer’s block is for sissies and whiners.” I got pretty badly blocked on my latest manuscript though, so now I’m a sissy-whiner. I set it aside (actually I sent it to my editors, who’ve probably decided to delete me from their contact list now) and will pick it up again shortly.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Get outside help. I’ve got a few writer/reader friends, plus my editors, who are far, far better at plotting than I. I truly hate showing my massively-horrible drafts, but I have to swallow my pride if I want to figure out what’s wrong.
If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
My current work-in-progress is the fourth in my Three River Ranch series, contemporary westerns with great heroes that are all, in some way, attached to cowboy country. And they can all ride horseback and totally rock a pair of jeans! It’s set in a fictional Montana town and I’ve been told by an actual Montana reader that I nailed it! <whew>
What are your thoughts on writing a book series.
I love having secondary characters carry on from one book to the next. I’ve got a pair of bickering sisters named Bliss and Blythe who refer to each other as Blister and Blight and generally act as town grandmothers/bosses. I just love them! It’s challenging though to continue the world as I’ve written it, but make sure each book still makes sense on its own.
Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
Oh my goodness, you’ll regret asking. I read all the time. As a professional author, my books are tax deductible, too, thank goodness. Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Kristan Higgins. James Lee Burke. Barbara Kingsolver. Margaret Atwood’s Orxy and Crake trilogy. Linda Lael Miller. Dean Koontz. Lee Child. Sheila Roberts. Joyce Carol Oates. Annie Proulx. Elizabeth Berg. Robyn Carr. Agatha Christie. I’m going to stop now.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I’ve got all, and will continue to read on all. In fact, I have a Kindle and a Kobo. In bed, which is where I do almost all of my pleasure reading, an e-reader is so much easier on my wrists. Not to mention, my aged eyes. But on the beach, it’s got to be a paperback. And some books I simply must have in hardback.
When I have time, definitely. Sometimes my deadlines are too tight, in which case I am so grateful for the careful eyes of my editors, line-editors and proofreaders.
Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
I currently write for Entangled Publishing and they do a simply fantastic job of whipping books into shape. My senior editor, Stacy Cantor Abrams, is a gem, a teeny-tiny eagle-eyed angel.
You can follow Roxanne in any one of these awesome places on the internet!
Amazon Author Page:http://www.amazon.com/Roxanne-Snopek/e/B00FL8O8KO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Book Links: Three River Ranch on Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Three-River-Ranch-Novel-Entangled-ebook/dp/B00BFQDGWM/ref=la_B00FL8O8KO_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388542453&sr=1-9
His Reluctant Rancheron Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/His-Reluctant-Rancher-Three-Entangled-ebook/dp/B00BFQDF0K/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1
Fake Fiancé, Real Revengeon Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Fake-Fiance-Real-Revenge-Entangled-ebook/dp/B00DFFILGW/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1
Saving the Sheriff (part of the Stranded With a Hero anthology) on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stranded-Entangled-Bliss-Karen-Erickson-ebook/dp/B00G1IWYK4/ref=pd_sim_b_25