Q & A — Roxanne Snopek

Posted: April 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Please welcome Roxanne to my blog in advance of her upcoming release on April 14th! 


Rox_06 smallWhat were you like at school?

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!

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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 FFRR final cover (266x400)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 Anthology cover after xmasthough 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.

60ThreeRiverRanchDo you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

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!

Website: http://www.roxannesnopek.ca
Blog: http://www.roxannesnopek.ca/blog
Amazon Author Page:
Smashwords: N/A
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

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/three-river-ranch-roxanne-snopek/1115290507?ean=9781622669707&isbn=9781622669707

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/three-river-ranch

His Reluctant Rancheron Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/His-Reluctant-Rancher-Three-Entangled-ebook/dp/B00BFQDF0K/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/his-reluctant-rancher-roxanne-snopek/1115290472?ean=9781622668731

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/his-reluctant-rancher

Fake Fiancé, Real Revengeon Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Fake-Fiance-Real-Revenge-Entangled-ebook/dp/B00DFFILGW/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fake-fiance-real-revenge-roxanne-snopek/1116060934?ean=9781622661015

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/fake-fiance-real-revenge

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

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stranded-with-a-hero-karen-erickson/1117194517?ean=9781622663842

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/stranded-with-a-hero



Missing Royal - Final Front Cover

One princess destroyed the world. One princess must save it.

When Shanice was little, she wished to be a princess. Now as a teenager, she just wishes she fit in. But Shanice doesn’t feel like she belongs—she never has.

When her parents tell her she is the last known princess from another world, it all makes sense—a world full of magic in place of technology, one where she is more than just royalty. She is their last chance to stop the one who is bent on destroying it: Mendina.

But she can’t do it alone. First, she must find the other missing royals. In her quest, Shanice will be forced to choose between the course prophecy set for her and the one that leads to the man who possesses her heart.


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Q & A — Konstanz Silverbow

Posted: March 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Please welcome Konstanz Silverbow ahead of her new release Missing Royal due out next week! Stay tuned to the blog for more details come release day!


1080825_10153105232560104_1267875030_nSo, what have you written?

A total of eight full novels.

Only Half Alive was my publishing debut!

Missing Royal is my first book I’ve ever written and have been working on for eight years. It is scheduled to release on March 25th 2014!

The other six novels are still in editing stages and will be coming out later this year and in 2015.

Where can we buy or see them?

Only Half Alive -

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Only-Half-Alive-Konstanz-Silverbow-ebook/dp/B00FG6N37U/ref=la_B00FG9AW9O_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389072586&sr=1-1

Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/listing/164982036/only-half-alive-by-konstanz-silverbow?ref=shop_home_active

B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/only-half-alive-konstanz-silverbow/1117251540?ean=2940045349727

Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/361757

Missing Royal PRE-ORDER – via Etsy

Special Edition – https://www.etsy.com/listing/174266027/pre-order-missing-royal-special-edition?ref=shop_home_active

Regular Edition – https://www.etsy.com/listing/174253470/pre-order-missing-royal-regular-edition?ref=shop_home_active

What genre are your books?

Missing Royal is YA Fantasy and Only Half Alive is YA Paranormal. Almost all of my other books are YA Fantasy.

What draws you to this genre?

I started writing as a young adult and it’s the kind of books I like to read. I love the extra escape fantasy provides and thus, it has Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00015]always been my favorite genre.

When did you decide to become a writer?

Honestly? I didn’t. I was invited to a writers group by a friend when I was thirteen. I actually declined but my friend took matters into her own hands. She contacted the woman who was putting the group together and told her I needed to be there. So that woman (Karen) contacted my mother who in turn, arranged for me to go.

Up until that point, I wasn’t a writer. But after the first meeting, I knew I had found my calling in life.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

Nope! I kinda have a rule against it. I used to but found that it actually stresses me out – especially if I don’t make that day’s goal. So now I just sit down and write until the muse tells me it has to stop for the night. I don’t push it. And I can honestly say I write more daily when I’m not stressing about how many words I need to write or have written.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Editing afterwards. No joke, just thinking about it stresses me out!

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

Letting it go. It may sound silly but Missing Royal is my first book. This is the story that I started with. This book has changed in so many ways over the course of all eight years I’ve been writing it. It’s stressing me out knowing in just a couple months it will be completed in full. No more changing it, no more improving it. I have one last chance to get it right before it publishes and is out for all the world to read.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Funny enough, it really depends on the story. The first book I ever wrote (Missing Royal) has taken me eight years to write and complete. This year I am finally writing one last draft and publishing it! (Coming March 25th 2014).

My publishing debut, Only Half Alive, was written in thirteen days start to finish.  In between the two I’ve written novels anywhere between a month to eighteen days to fifteen days.

Missing Royal - Final Front CoverAny tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Yes! First, you can’t think of it as writers block. Think of it more in terms of character block. Your characters are blocking you from going any further in the story because somewhere you’ve messed up and the story is going in the wrong direction.

Without fail, this has been true every single time I’ve had writers character block. How do you get past it? Read what you’ve written, think of where things could have taken a different turn. Interview your characters and see why going down a different path makes the story better.

How do you relax?

Most definitely writing and reading! Of course, I also love a great movie. :)

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t worry what others think. Believe in yourself and so will others. Smile more and don’t stress the small things. Stop to smell the roses (trust me, it will come in handy when you need to describe what they smell like in a book), be a little spontaneous, not everything needs to be planned ahead of time. Be a little more patient, always be understanding, a smile can go a long way. Last but not least, allow others to tell you their opinions, but never allow anyone to make you believe that your dreams can’t come true.


You can follow the lovely Konstanz and her work on any one of these fine places on the internet!

Lnkedin: NA
Amazon Author Page:

Book Links:

Only Half Alive –

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Only-Half-Alive-Konstanz-Silverbow-ebook/dp/B00FG6N37U/ref=la_B00FG9AW9O_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389072586&sr=1-1

Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/listing/164982036/only-half-alive-by-konstanz-silverbow?ref=shop_home_active

B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/only-half-alive-konstanz-silverbow/1117251540?ean=2940045349727

Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/361757

Missing Royal PRE-ORDER – via Etsy

Special Edition – https://www.etsy.com/listing/174266027/pre-order-missing-royal-special-edition?ref=shop_home_active

Regular Edition – https://www.etsy.com/listing/174253470/pre-order-missing-royal-regular-edition?ref=shop_home_active



Welcome to the cover reveal for Elle J Rossi’s INDIGO DAWN, coming out 25th March with Moon Rose Publishing! Josie Hawk and Keller O’Leary are back in full force in this continuation of the Josie Hawk Chronicles, kicking the ass of every dark creature that stalks the night in Nashville.




 Vampire Lust and Pixie Dust.

 Josie Hawk is a Huntress. A killer devoted to protecting the humans of Nashville from the shadows that lurk in the night. But the shadows are gaining ground.

When an infamous pixie tricks Josie into a drug-induced nightmare, Josie envisions the death of her vampire lover, Keller O’Leary. Was the vision a threat … maybe even a promise? But from whom?

Desperate to track down the source of the toxic psychedelic pixie dust, Josie kicks and punches her way toward the truth. But her efforts backfire, provoking a deadly attack at Wolfie’s—the bar Josie co-owns with her sister-in-arms, Sage.

Tag. You’re it.

Haunted by the threat to Keller, Josie scrambles to outwit her elusive opponent before the deadly game escalates and claims more lives. But in saving Nashville, will Josie lose those she loves?

Or will she be too late to stop the deadly game of tag?


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Thirty years ago, there was the Collapse. A massive war fought with biological weapons and followed by plague. Almost everyone died.  

Ten years ago, the aliens showed up. They made one of our cities their own and that’s where they stay, for the most part anyway.

One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy.

Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do whatever it takes to get him back even if it means partnering up with the enemy, an alien boy who makes me think things I shouldn’t and makes me feel things I don’t understand.

In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell’s world,  the Collapse has driven humans nearly to extinction and aliens have arrived and taken over one of the major cities. The E’rikon stay isolated in the city behind a human-proof barrier, but the tension between them and the surviving humans is starting to rise.

A traumatic event for Jax prompts her twin brother, Jace, to relocate them from their secluded cabin to the safety of a nearby settlement. Living there is difficult for the tomboyish Jax, especially since its militant leader keeps a close eye on her and attempts to force her into compliance with the stifling patriarchal rules.

During an unauthorized trip outside the walls, Jax comes face to face with some of Earth’s alien invaders when they kidnap her brother. To get Jace back, her only choice is to form an uneasy partnership with one of the E’rikon, a teenage boy left stranded in the woods. She agrees to get him home as long as he helps her get inside the city.

But there’s much more to it than Jax and her alien companion realize and far-reaching consequences to their budding relationship that they never imagined. In her single-minded quest to rescue her twin, Jax sets a chain of events in motion that affects not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but the future of Earth itself.


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Q & A — Scarlett Dawn

Posted: March 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

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This week I have the lovely Ms Scarlett Dawn on the blog!


SDWhat were you like at school?

I wasn’t anything like the sweet angel my teachers thought I was.

So, what have you written?
King Hall and King Cave. They are the first two books in the Forever Evermore Trilogies.

I also have two anthologies that are coming out this year – The Obsidian Collection and The Moonlight Cravings Anthology.

Where can we buy or see them?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Scarlett-Dawn/e/B00DOAF256/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/scarlett-dawn

Escape Publishing: http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/author/scarlett-dawn

What are you working on at the minute?

King Tomb.

What genre are your books?

My published works are new adult fantasy.

How much research do you do?

It depends. If it’s fantasy, I use my imagination. If it’s contemporary, then I investigate further.

Why do you write?

Because I love it.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?KC

I write when the story strikes.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

Nope. I just write as I wish.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I use my laptop.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

Having too many ideas.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

It takes me around a month if the idea is free flowing.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I enjoy both equally.

What book/s are you reading at present?

Too many to name! LOL

Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?


KHWho edited your book and how did you select him/her?

Nicolene Hale. Harlequin initially selected her, but after the first book I requested her again.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?


What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

I think everyone is entitled to their opinion.

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?

Yes, I do.

In what formats is your book available?

King Hall and King Cave are available at all major e-retailers.

What is your favourite quote?

“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.”  ~ Kyle Chandler

What is your favourite movie?

The Host.


You can follow Ms. Dawn at any one of these fine places on the internet!

Twitter: @ScarlettDawnUSA

Q & A — Edward Cardillo

Posted: March 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

q & aPlease welcome the self proclaimed Naughty Monkey himself— Edward Cardillo!


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What were you like at school? 

I was a geek in school, but a popular geek.  And I was decent at sports.  Everyone knew who I was and most liked me…at least that’s what I tell myself…whatever gets me through the night.

Which writers inspire you? 

H.P. Lovecraft’s old fashioned voice thrills me, and I admire Orson Scott Card’s direct, lean prose.  I love Robert A. Heinlein’s creativity and ideas.  Early Stephen King (Salem’s Lot, Pet Cemetary) was amazing.

So, what have you written?

I’ve written the first 3 books of a sci-fi/horror/techno-thriller series for Severed Press:  I Am Automaton (winner of a Readers’ IamautomatonCOVERaFavorite International Book Award), I Am Automaton 2: Kafka Rising (winner of a Readers’ Favorite International Book Award), and Shadow of the Automaton.  They are about using the undead as infantry drones to smoke terrorists out of caves; action, suspense, horror, and romance.  I’ve also written The Odd Tales of an Old Man (J Ellington Ashton Press), a story about an old curmudgeon wasting away in a nursing home from cancer who tries to relate to his two wayward grandsons through tall tales.  The tales are morality plays with twist endings, like Tales From The Crypt and the Twilight Zone.  The Devil Is in the Details and the Vampires of Exeter are short stories that will be appearing in an anthology being released by J Ellington Ashton Press in the near future.
Where can we buy or see them?






Iamautomaton2 finished coverWhat genre are your books? 

I love to bend and blend genres.  I enjoy writing science fiction, horror, suspense, and military.

What draws you to this genre? 

Well, I love to scare the crap out of people, so that’s what attracts me to horror.  When a reader/reviewer gets a nightmare, a horror author gets his horns.  Science fiction is a great means to social commentary.  As a clinical psychologist, I have lots of ideas on human nature.  Plus, technology can be frightening, hence I can blend sci-fi with horror.  Good horror utilizes suspense, which keeps the reader turning pages.  I tend to include military in almost all of my writing.  The amount of sacrifice involved in service astounds me; some of my most interesting patients have been military, particularly the World War II vets.  I have such admiration and respect for our soldiers.

How much research do you do? 

I am a meticulous researcher.  I start out with an idea for the plot, and then I jot down ideas for characters.  Then I sit on it a while and allow my brain to both consciously and subconsciously layer in details while I research technology, weaponry, history/politics, etc.  I have very detailed dreams, and some of my most frightening imagery comes from my nightmares.  I also sometime dream I’m conversing with my characters about who they are and the direction of the plot.  When I have some serious details, I begin to storyboard.  Then I write.  I don’t stick to the outline religiously.  I change things as they feel right.Iamautomaton3

When did you decide to become a writer? 

I have a very convoluted path that’s lead me to where I am.  I started writing horror/suspense short stories for the purpose of seeking publication in genre magazines.  Someone who used to work in publishing told me that I should shoot for publishing a novel, so I developed a backstory tying the short stories together, and The Odd Tales of an Old Man was born.  Then began a mostly fruitless hunt for an agent.  At the advice of a literary agent, I self=published the novel to see if I could garner some positive reviews, and I submitted to critics and bloggers.

Encouraged by excellent reviews, I continued to write while I hunted for an agent/publisher.  One night I was watching CNN when the US was still looking for Osama Bin Laden, and I was listening to the reporter lament about how impenetrable the Tora Bora cave system was (that was when he was believed to be hiding in caves).  Well, the way my twisted mind works, I imagined the Iamautomaton3military using zombie infantry drones to smoke the terrorists out, just pouring hundreds of them into the caves.  Think about it…they never tire, they never quit, they just walk and eat.

Upon the advice of the same agent who told me to self-publish, I entered “Automaton” into the Readers’ Favorite International Book Contest…and I won an award, finishing with NY Times Best Seller Daniel Silva.  At the awards ceremony, a published author told me to bypass agents and submit to open submission calls.  After a month or so, armed with an international book award, I landed a contract for the I Am Automaton series with Severed Press.  My Facebook promotion landed me in touch with Catt Dahman and TL Decay during a massive online zombie event, right as JEA was being created.  They offered me a contract for The Odd Tales of an Old Man, and the rest is history.  I wrote books 2 and 3 of the I Am Automaton series and picked up a second international book award.

Why do you write? 

I write because I have to.  I’ve always had artistic leanings, and I believe that artistic expression is good for the soul.  I used to write when I was very young; when I was three I wrote a creation myth centering around how the cheetah got its spots.  My psychology practice (my day job that pays my jumbo mortgage) was established and going well, so the timing was right.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? 

I write part-time around my psychology practice and spending time with my wife and five-year-old son.  Finding time can be challenging…I write when I should be sleeping and on weekends, but only when my muse is cooperating.  If She’s being elusive, I don’t force it.  If I do, it comes out subpar.  I keep it freeform.  Sometimes I’ll write 500 words in one sitting, and other times 2000 words in a little over an hour.

How long on average does it take you to write a book? 

It takes me an average of 5-7 months to write a complete novel of 80,00 to 90,000 words writing on the occasional evening and weekends.

Do you ever get writer’s Block? 


TOTOAOM9x6inchAny tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block? 

I don’t push it.  If I’m having trouble writing, it’s usually because there’s a significant plot hole or character inconsistency that’s subconsciously or consciously impeding my process.  Sometimes, with a day or two to think, I come up with a solution and the writing flows again.  Other times, depending on how much I have going on in my life/day job, I’m distracted and it takes longer.

What are your thoughts on writing a book series? 

I enjoyed writing my I Am Automaton series thus far.  You really get to expand the plot, universe, and character arcs beyond what a stand-alone will allow.  The characters become more familiar, more real, to the point where I actually become really attached to them.  Sequels also allow me to introduce new characters and plot twists to experiment.

How do you relax? 

I enjoy playing with my son, hanging out with my wife, writing, reading, and shooting pool (I have a few trophies) for enjoyment.  I love being a father; I think it’s the greatest thing I’ve ever done with my life.  I’m a big family man.  I enjoy those quiet Saturdays or Sundays when we just pitter patter around the house, watch a movie, play board games, or not do much of anything.


You can follow the naughty monkey in any one of these wonderful places on the internet!

Website: edwardcardillo.com