Blog Highlight: Lynn Hardy’s Official Blog

 

Lynn blogs about Indie publishing and posts snippets of stories! (I just love her layout by the way!)

A bit about Ms. Hardy:

Led by a series of dreams and encouraged by friends, I began the journey to become an author. I stored my work in a computer file labeled “second job.” Writing began as a passion I could not contain and has become much more than I ever expected.
 
Prophecy of the Flame – Book One became #1 on Amazon Kindle in 2010, shortly after Book Two released. There has been talk of a movie: I finished a rough of the screenplay for Book One in 2012.
 
I have attended many science fiction conventions and have had the privilege of serving on panels about writing. Renaissance fairs are another favorite event. Seeing others dressed in costume (as I always am during book signings) makes me feel right at home.
 
Really, though, I am just a stay-at-home mother of two. The road has been longer and more complicated than I would have ever guessed–not always smooth, but filled with wonderful surprises. Like most stories, I am sure that the journey has only just begun.
You can find her blog here: http://lynnhardy.blogspot.ca/
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Q & A with Rhiannon Paille

Today is a personal friend of mine and another Canadian! Please give a warm welcome to Rhiannon Paille!

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photo (44)What would your bio say?

My bio says: Rhiannon writes about things that were lost and while most of her books are fictional you can be sure that her characters are not—fictional that is. She has a PhD in Metaphysical Science and is a world renowned Metaphysical Therapist. When she’s not writing books she’s reading minds, singing karaoke, burning dinner and sipping iced cappuccino despite her allergy to coffee. Some day she’d like to own a unicorn—as long as it doesn’t eat her.

When did you start writing and why?

I began writing when I was eleven, on the day I got kicked out of English class because they couldn’t teach me anything I didn’t know. I had to go to library with three other class mates to do “creative writing” I wrote a few short stories, stopped when I hit ninth grade and life got really weird. I picked it back up around twenty when I had a story to tell.

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

Being a parent is great. My kids want to read my books but they’re too young for them. It’s a juggling act, but my kids have learned to be pretty independent.

 Who is your favorite author and why?

It’s hard to name just one, and nope my mind is blank I can’t name just one. Erin Morgenstern, Cassandra Clare, Julie Kagawa, Maggie Stiefvater, Kelley Armstrong.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

World domination.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

Self publishing because nobody in traditional publishing wants to work with me right now. It reminds me of baseball, I was that girl Surrender ebooksmthat was always picked last for teams because I couldn’t hit a ball to save my life. So I mean you’d keep pitching them at me, and half the time I’d duck out of the way, or swing and miss. Of course though like every underdog there was that one time I DID hit the ball, while few and far between it was a home run.

 Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing

*falls on face* *falls on face again* *stands on wobbly legs* *fist bumps some other authors* *gracefully throws small press publishing deal in the garbage* *organizes lit fest* *self pubs fantasy series* *gets twelve thousand downloads in less than six months* *wonders how that happened* *ends up in the bathroom crying* *has another panic attack* *finishes writing a six book series* *finds out the hard way she’s allergic to coffee* *breaks out in hives*

Yeah, something like that.

Tell us about your book (s)

Integrated Intuition is a psychic development book that I wrote by accident because I got sick of repeating myself. It’s non-fiction.

The Ferryman + The Flame is a tragic love story centered around characters that are their own worst enemies. Kaliel was warned about her love for Krishani, the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. Kaliel doesn’t listen and because she’s a Flame, one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. Desperate to save her home and her love, she attempts to awaken Avred, the male spirit of the land, not knowing to do so may cost her the ultimate sacrifice.

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

I didn’t have a choice in writing The Ferryman + The Flame series. I was either going to write it or go insane from the characters attacking me. They were very persuasive.

Justice-by RIP ebooksmTell us why we should love or hate your main character?

I have two main characters, and I love them both. Kaliel I love because of her bravery and the wonder about her. Krishani I love because of his stoic nature and his sexiness.

I hate them both for what they put me through in writing their story, but then, I’m almost certain they hate themselves for some parts of that story, wow. Definitely not your everyday storyline.

 Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

Maybe . . .

Surrender by Billy Talent

Caught Myself by Paramore

That’s what you get by Paramore

Breathing by Wires by The Juliana Theory

No Light, No Light by Florence + The Machine

Help is on the Way by Rise Against

Runaway by Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs

Someone Like You – Adele

Life After You by Daughtry

Nineteen by Tegan and Sara

Scream by Usher

Monster you made by Pop Evil

Asylum – Until We Bleed by Lykke Li

The Wolves by Bon Iver

Sail by Awolnation

Dark Side of Me by Coheed and Cambria

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You can follow Rhi on her website and you can find her books at Amazon:

SURRENDER

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LANTERN & POISON

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JUSTICE

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BLOOD & GOLD

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BLOG TOUR: The Haunting Season‏

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The Blurb:

Be careful what you let in…
Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead. The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them

The Excerpt:

It was only when the crickets and frogs stopped that Jess awoke. She blinked, trying to adjust her eyes to the dark. She turned back over, expecting Allison to be either still sitting up, or asleep. But her bed was empty and Allison stood in front of the dresser, hands at her sides, staring at the mirror. Alarmed, Jess sat upright.

“It’s happening again,” Allison said.

“Huh?”

“The spirits. They’re back. I can see them.”

Jess rubbed her eyes as a spark of uncertainty and a moment’s worth of fear rustled somewhere deep inside her. “They’re there, in the mirror?”

“Yes.”

Jess got out of bed and tentatively stood next to Allison. She looked at the mirror, then behind her. Nothing. Uncertainty gave way to disappointment. The mirror cast back only the shadowy figures of Allison and herself, their faces made pale by the moonlight streaming into the room. They were alone, as far as Jess could tell.

Damn it! Why couldn’t she see the ghosts? Were they here? Disappointment gave way to a pang of envy.

“You don’t seem as upset as you were before,” Jess said. “If they’re back, aren’t you afraid they’ll take over? Possess you?” She wasn’t making fun of Allison. Something horrible had happened to her, and she was probably more sensitive to the supernatural than Jess was.

“Yes, I’m afraid,” Allison replied calmly.

The way Allison spoke seemed at odds with her words. The hairs on Jess’s arms tingled, but not because of any ghosts she couldn’t see. Right now, the only thing creepy in the room was Allison. The girl had been possessed, after all.

Allison turned her head to look at Jess, her expression unreadable in the shadows, even this close up. “He collects souls.”

Jess peered harder into the mirror, trying not to show Allison she was indeed afraid. “He? Who are you talking about?”

“He’s looking at you. I can’t make out what he’s saying. But see?” she pointed to the mirror. “He wrote his name.”

Fear and a healthy dose of agitation rose inside Jess. Fear, because someone staring at them from inside a mirror was downright scary. Agitated, because she couldn’t see anything, and Allison’s continual freak-outs were wearing on her. After a long day getting here, she was exhausted and just wanted to sleep.

“Allison, I don’t see anything! He? Who are you talking about?”

“Riley,” Allison whispered.

“Riley? Who’s Riley?”

Allison stood just as still as she had upon Jess’s wakening. “He lives here. With the others.”

“Others?” Jess stepped closer to the mirror, leaning against the dresser to get a better look. Her breath fogged it enough to reveal a single name, written backward: Riley.

Author Profile:

MichelleMutoAuthorPicMichelle has always loved storytelling. When she was a child, her favorite stories were of monsters and things that lurked in the dark. Telling stories often frightened her classmates and got her into a lot of trouble with her teachers. They had no sense of humor.

As an adult, Michelle traded her love of writing for the corporate life where she was an IT professional. Today, she’s doing what she loves best – writing and storytelling.

Michelle grew up in Chicago, but currently lives in NE Georgia with her husband and their two dogs. She loves scary books, funny movies, sports cars, chocolate, dogs, and changes of season.

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Blog Highlight: Patience, Persistence, and Perspiration

Veronica blogs about health issues and her new book She’s So Bipolar!

A bit about Ms. Cronin;

Veronica Cronin received an M.F.A degree in Creative Writing from Full Sail University and a B.A. degree in English from Florida Atlantic University.  While writing into the wee hours of the night as a wife and mother, Veronica found success with the publications of her short story, “Bean Talk” in Second Chicken Soup for a Woman’s Soul, her poetry, and her photography.  She writes the light-hearted “Forty-Something Relationships” fortheexaminer.com.  While pursuing writing, she’s hoping some of the pixie dust from being a Fairy-Godmother-in-Training at the Magic Kingdom’s castle hasn’t worn off.

You can follow her blog here: http://croninandhanrahan.blogspot.ca/

Q & A with C.N. Lesley

This week we have a treat from the Prairies! Please welcome Elizabeth Hull! 🙂

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ehWhat would your bio say?

Elizabeth Hull, writing under the by line of C.N.Lesley, lives in Alberta with her husband and cats. Her three daughters live close by. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth likes to read and to paint watercolors. She is also a keen gardener, despite the very short summers and now has a mature shade garden. Once a worker in the communications sector, mostly concentrating on local news and events, she now writes full time.

When did you start writing and why?

My first attempts were in high school. I just loved weaving a story together. Many years later I got to start a real book. It was really dreadful and will never see the light of day, but it did teach me what not to do. Learning the craft came from membership with the Online

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

I started writing that first book as an escape to the mind-numbing shows my three girls liked to watch when they were little. I also got to write in the evening, when they were in bed. Later on, I purchased a typewriter from a garage sale and the girls were quite competitive over trying it out. However, their big problem was figuring out which key for which letter. Yep, it was a teaching machine, which didn’t bother me as I had learned to touch type. I thought I had found a perfect solution to having my toy to myself until the day I found the keys covered with the letters in black marker. Now they are grown up and in their own homes so my time is my own.

Who is your favorite author and why?575458_336378419818892_1595350479_n

Now I am torn. J.R.R. Tolkien because of the wonderful characters and the glorious worldbuilding and also Frank Herbert for similar reasons.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

I would like to see all my books in print eventually. The next one up is a science fantasy called Shadow Over Avalon and is out in November. It is the first of a trilogy. I am also in the process of writing a sequel to Darkspire Reaches, billed by my publisher as a dark romantic fantasy.

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

Small Indy press. I tried the traditional route and couldn’t get an agent interested. My books are a little out of kilter with the easy shelving an agent loves. Small press gives me the expertise needed, the backup and the marketing. Also, great covers.

Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing.

Grins. The timing was very difficult. I had sent a query for Darkspire Reaches to Kristell Ink, thinking nothing more of it as I was in the last week before my second daughter’s wedding. I was very shocked to get an almost instantaneous reply from them, wanting the full manuscript. Opps. I had only gotten halfway through on what was my final independent edit. Yes, I had gone over it many times before, but I needed that final run through and explained the circumstances. They were very nice about it and happy to wait. I got a very swift response when I turned in the book and a contract followed. Yes, the book went through another edit with the in house editor, but not much was changed. The most exciting part was the cover process, of which I was a part. The cover is an artist’s rendition and I am absolutely thrilled with it.

digital-coverTell us about your book (s)

Giving the blurbs is easier. Here is my one for Darkspire Reaches.

Darkspire Reaches – C.N. Lesley
Her birth mother left her as a sacrifice to the Wyvern, believing a second
born twin had no soul.
Her foster mother thought Raven possessed the magic of the First born. She believed she raised a slave.
The emperor of all the lands believed she knew the secret of his birth and
that he must silence her.
Her tribe thought they could trade her for safe passage out of the
emperor’s lands.
The Wyvern knows better. He is coming for her. His fury has no limits.

Raven always knew nobody wanted her: Her own mother abandoned her as baby for a wyvern sacrifice. Saved by a local witch to a hard life of labor, Raven always fears a wyvern would hunt her. And when one does he takes her to the mountain aerie of Darkspire Reaches, where she encounters the mighty Drakken lord. Apart from being handsome and powerful, Connor is the most arrogant, self-centered, difficult man Raven has ever encountered. Instant power battles ensue leading to a sparkling love/hate relationship.

This is the one I came up with for Shadow Over Avalon, although it is far from final. It needs to be much more snappy.

  Imagine being raised in a strict elitist environment because of very special abilities. All Arthur wants is to fight the enemies of humanity on the surface world. He dreams of freedom from his captivity in an undersea city. 

Ashira, a Warrior Maid, wants a normal life away from her dysfunctional family—a home, husband and children. Not much to ask for one of the ruling class, as this is the way for fort dwellers. This isn’t in her future in the way she envisions.

Someone has been waiting a very long time to move his prime pieces into position for the final gambit. He doesn’t care if dreams are shattered, or if happiness is destroyed.

And then there are the others—the ones no-one would care to meet in the dark. These are the hidden ones, who control all.

Here is the one written by the editor of the Anthology.

A soldier on leave suddenly finds himself at the battlefront and at the mercy of the dreaded Morrigan. Next, a kelpie is given a mission by the undine who rules the river that is his only path to Faerie. A disabled man, drawn into the world of the Shining Ones, must save the fairy he loves from herself. Then a high-strung jeweler finds he has more in common with a thieving Cat Sidhe than the people of the town who accommodate her…

Magic Creatures From Celtic Mists features eleven stories with distinctly different plots and themes, some whimsical, some frightening, and others bittersweet. Together, they feature contemporary imagining of creatures of Celtic myth, portrayed in both ancient and modern settings, with respect for their rich cultural origins and historical significance. It is a tribute to the past that celebrates its continued and compelling influence on the present in which we live.

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

I grew up reading fairly stories and gravitated to fantasy and science fiction. I guess I needed a world apart and naturally my ideas reflect this.

Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

My main characters are very real. They are not perfect and they do make mistakes. How they deal with this is what makes them come alive. This also follows through with antagonists. No one is totally evil and there are redeeming, humanizing features in all of them, particularly the most nasty ones.

 Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

The trailer here, but if Darkspire Reaches had a sound track, then it would be the song Veshangro from Incredible String Band. This was the song going through my head as I was writing the book.

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Thank you again Elizabeth! You can follow her on her website!

Her books can be bought from any of these fine retailers:

http://www.amazon.com/Darkspire-Reaches-ebook/dp/B00BWZ6FZQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1369520518&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Creatures-Celtic-Mists-ebook/dp/B00CL0K8W2/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1369520607&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.ca/Darkspire-Reaches-C-N-Lesley/dp/1909374172/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1369520756&sr=8-1&keywords=darkspire+reaches

http://www.amazon.ca/Magic-Creatures-Celtic-Mists-ebook/dp/B00CL0K8W2/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369520806&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Darkspire+reaches

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Creatures-Celtic-Gregory-Clifford/dp/1484850548/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369520890&sr=1-2

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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/darkspire-reaches?keyword=darkspire+reaches&store=nookstore

http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=darkspire+reaches

 

Blog Highlight: Faith Brown | Author

Faith blogs about tips for writing, her own work and others!

A bit about Ms. Brown;

Faith A. Brown has taught English at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria and University of Botswana for twenty-two years. At Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, she was a senior lecturer. She was the acting Director of the university’s General Studies Department for over a year. At the University of Botswana, she coordinated the university’s Writing Centre and Student Support Services for two years. After that, she accepted a job as English faculty at the College of the Marshall Islands. She is a member of Victoria Writers’ Society, International Reading Association and The College of Teachers, London, UK. Also, she is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Treasure Link Productions, publishers of The Pearl magazine. She has many academic publications, including a textbook titled English for Tertiary Education. An Integrated Approach. Some of her short stories and poems have appeared in magazines. Her poem ‘Saved’ was selected in an international poetry competition and published in Transcending Moments, an anthology of the Poetry Institute of Africa, South Africa. Her collection of poems, Endless Seasons was a finalist for poetry in the 2010 Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Literary Prizes. She is studying literacy among ESL students for her doctoral degree. 
Faith is an emerging novelist. In her words: “I am many things to many people. Writing has been my passion since I was a little girl. I also love reading, movies, music, and travelling. I found my niche – writing – many years ago but I’m still on a journey and have many ideas percolating. I’ll continue to give voice to those ideas….”

She lives in Victoria, BC, Canada.

You can find her blog here: http://www.faithbrownonline.com

Q & A with Aubrey Brown

 

Reading this interview I almost jumped for joy. Out of all the interviews Ive done she is the first one who’s favorite author is the same as mine! 🙂 Enjoy and give a warm welcome to Aubrey Brown!

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kelliWhat would your bio say?

Aubrey Brown was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has had a passion for writing for as long as she can remember. The first book she read, outside of a school assignment, was a pilfered romance from her mother’s collection. And she has been addicted to the written word ever since. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has one incredible son. She started writing to tell fabulous stories to those who want to read something different from the average erotica. She is a firm believer there is a happily ever after for anyone who has the courage and conviction to reach for it.

When did you start writing and why?

I have always had a passion for the written word. I had a very hard time reading at my grade level in elementary school, so my grandmother forced me to sit down with her and read. I got to the point where I loved to read and was beyond my current grade level. I moved on to work with the journalism staff, dead poet’s society, and the school’s short story magazine. I decided to be an author, by the time I graduated High School.

If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?

I have an amazing four-year-old boy who takes up most of my time, so I find myself writing during naps and very late into the night. Alternatively, if I have a deadline, my sister will take my son for the day, and I am free to write!

 Who is your favorite author and why?

I love, Steven King. He is imagination personified. The massive amount of intelligence within his literature is staggering. I also enjoy historical literature by, Julia Quinn.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

I hope to bring joy and pleasure to anyone who reads my works. My ultimate goal has and always will be to entertain my readers.Ravenous

Traditional or Self publishing? Why?

Both! Ravenous is a traditional publish, as well will the sequel, Hunger, which is due to release in August. Furthermore, the third installment, Crave will come out directly after. I am in addition writing a short for Amazon, BN, and Smashword entitled, Cursed, and lastly, another novel due to release in November called, A Very Merry Chase!

 Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing.

It all started when I complained to my husband that a novel I was reading was horribly written. He told me to write my own novel if I thought I could do better. And I am never deterred by a challenge, so took him up on his dare. I wrote for a submission call to a competing publisher. They read over the novel, and we ended up not being able to come to a contractual agreement. I then sent my novel to Siren and was offered a book deal! Later, they offered to publish the two subsequent books.

Tell us about your book (s)

Ravenous is a historical/ paranormal erotica that is set in England.  Here is a synopsis: Emma Westlake is engaged to a Duke, whom she does not want to marry. There are rumors circulating through the ton that the Duke is responsible for his wife’s death. Feeling as if her life is in danger, Emma must flee to a castle near the sea to be a governess to two adoptive children. She is employed by a man who is eccentric. There are no mirrors in the home, and he is never about during daylight. Gabriel Saxon-Worthington has no idea who this mystery woman is, save her name, Mercy, and the sudden impulse to sink his fangs into her. They are both seduced by each other’s brand of secrecy and engage in an affair that could lead to a deadly end. Gabriel is a vampire with a lust for Mercy’s blood, but will they be able to find eternity together before the Duke discovers her, or will he remain Ravenous?! The novel is rated Sextreme and is extremely HOT and adventurous.

What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?

I was inspired by the submission’s call, and the fact that I love historical novels and vampires. The call was described as follows: Write a historical piece that finds a woman of title and breading, leaving her home to seek employment to better her circumstance. And lastly, to make is a dark romance, and what is darker than vampires and monsters who go bump in the night?

 Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?

My leading character has been described as being out of a Jane Austen novel. He is a dark and brooding man who has a taste for his new governess’s blood! He is secretive and mysterious. You will love him instantly. My heroine is a strong woman who falls in love with the Hero and finds herself keeping her own secrets as well. The dark sadistic duke she is to marry was especially fun to write, because he is so evil and has no conscience for what he does.

Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?

I listened to a lot of Icona Pop, Nickleback, Metallica, Joan Jett, AWOLNATION, Finger Eleven, Fun, Imagine Dragons, and Rob Zombie.

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Thank you again for joining us this week! You can find Aubrey on her website! Her book is available on Bookstrand, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.