About Lauren Lynne, author

I’m author Lauren Lynne. The good side of growing up is that you can write whatever you want. The downside... now I can’t read it without my glasses! I have the soul of an adventurer but the heart of a coward when it comes to danger, yet I’m drawn to all things action-adventure, so this particular genre was a natural fit. You won’t find me bungee jumping, cliff diving or doing parkour because, well... I’m a klutz… so I write it. Think of me as an armchair adventure hound. I create characters who are much braver, tougher, more graceful and athletic than I will ever be. When you dream, dream big! I love working with students who have a thirst for knowledge. I write for young adults because they are the age group I most love to teach. I grew up in a house where reading was expected, anticipated and enjoyed. I want to pass that joy on to my students. I do not write alone, but pull in my boys for real life teenaged insight. I also listen to my students. I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, with its vivid and varied panoramas. When I’m not writing, I can be found spending time with my family, working with students, reading, gardening or hiking around Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge or the Oregon Coast with my camera. I am also a graduate of both Oregon State and Portland State universities with degrees in education and science. Writing is my passion and I want to share my love of it and reading with you.

Join me at The Red Mitten Bazaar!

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If you’re local… Please join me at The Red Mitten Christmas Bazaar in Canby Oregon!  The bazaar runs from Dec. 2nd until the 13th.

Wednesday preview from 5 – 8 pm (a small donation goes to local charities)

Thursdays from 10am to 6pm

Fridays from 10am to 6pm

Saturdays from 9am to 7pm

Sundays from noon until 5pm

Author signings – local artisans, artists and craftspeople – amazing desserts and soup at lunch time!

 Learn more here –  https://www.facebook.com/The-Red-Mitten-Christmas-Bazaar-440789499299653/?fref=ts

Warner Grange Hall – 10100 S. New Era Rd. (Just north of Canby – 1/4 mile off of 99E.)

See you there!

Meet D.C. and Michael McGannon, Monster Guys and Friends

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Meet D.C. and Michael McGannon, Monster Guys and Friends
First a note from D.C.

We began this journey together, as father and son, with the goal of writing a story that DCMcGannonbwphotoheadshots1-300x300spoke to friendship, overcoming obstacles (and the ultimate evils in our world), and of the power of working together to face the biggest challenges in our lives. Yes, it’s full of monsters, peril, and steeped in exciting mythology and folklore, but it centers around the powerful bonds formed between an unlikely group of friends as they face a unique set of challenges. We wanted to write a story that we would be proud to read aloud to our then newborn son/baby brother (who now, years later, has read them through twice more). It has turned into the adventure of a lifetime as we are meeting people from all over the world who are falling in love with Charlie Sullivan, Darcy Witherington, Nash Stormstepper, and the twins Lisa & Liev Vadinknov – along with a wild, often humorous, and mysterious cast of humans and monsters alike.

WitchMoonCoverCharlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: Witch Moon is the next adventure in the series, which takes us across the ocean to the Old Country, then on to Book 3: Council of the Hunters, where the group’s character and loyalty face the ultimate tests when they meet a surprising and spooky new cast of characters. The Dragon Gate (Book 4) will be released soon, and there will be a total of 6 books in the series!

There is also a table-top card game that has been developed based on the books. We have tested the game with several groups nationwide and it is currently in production. Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters is a labor of love, and one that we’re proud of. We’ve put so much into the series and developing new games, art, and stories based on the characters, and we hope to touch as many lives as we can with these adventurous stories. We will also be launching a podcast this month dedicated to the characters and worlds found in the books, and we are most excited about that venture.
Ultimately, we will stop at nothing to connect with readers and fans and consider it a privilege to do so. We travel to a lot of conventions supporting the books, and in doing so we also have the opportunity to address some very important issues to us as authors: bullying and child literacy. Our goal is to give back to the communities we visit, through schools, libraries, and special events and help foster reading appreciation among children and teens. We also teach and train teachers, parents, and any group of adults influencing young adults on effective ways of addressing the pervasive problem of bullying in our society. Our young adult books address the theme of bullying through story, and it’s a difficult issue to address, but we hope to bring some redeeming value to it all by the end of the sixth book. We truly believe that, together, we can make a difference with this problem, but it’s going to take an ongoing commitment to asking and answering the hard questions.
Again, it’s a privilege to be able to write these stories and we appreciate our readers and those who purchase our books.
Thanks for having us as guests on your blog. You are a dear friend and we appreciate everything you do! I can’t wait for the day some big wig in Hollywood makes movies of both our series and then we can walk the red carpet together with thousands of readers, young and old alike, and have a huge week-long Monster Hunters and Secret Watchers party! What do you say?
What could I say? Of course – I’m in!!!
For a limited time YOU can get your copy of Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters part one, The Varcolac’s Diary on Amazon

Welcome to my interview with novelists, C. Michael McGannon and D.C. McGannon, co-authors of Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters (YA); KAOS Obsidere: The Nightmare Has Begun (Adult, Horror) an interconnected short story horror collection.

Okay guys, What is your favorite junk food vice?
Michael: Oh, that’s a hard one. What are we calling junk food? (Chocolate can be good for 16091606you, right!?) Probably have to go with cheeseburgers. Any time I go to a new place to eat, I have to test out their cheeseburger. If they have a good burger, then I’m happy.

Any movies that you really want to see?
D.C.: I am really looking forward to Crimson Peak out this October. I’m really due for something gothic, dark, and spooky, and I love Guillermo del Torro! Also, the Peanuts movie! Yay!!

Do you have a favorite book or film?
Michael: Yes! Multiple! I’ll just throw two at you. Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere is my favorite fun, gritty, and imaginative novel ever. Of all time. But I would be amiss not to mention Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan trilogy, which quite literally kept me up at night and had me chomping at the bit to finish Alek and Deryn’s story.

What’s on your reading list right now?
D.C.: Three books actually. Survive the Night by Danielle Vega; I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter; and the Three Investigators series by Alfred Hitchcock. We were gifted with a whole set of the Three Investigators recently after doing a library event, and our whole family is so excited to have these gems!

When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head to first?
Michael: Oh dear. Comic books and graphic novels section. There are so many lovely, twisted stories in there!

Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do?
D.C.: Drinking coffee, hiking, or a night of board games with the family. Is there anything else really? Hehe.

What do you do when you are not writing?
Michael: Usually scribbling notes for another project (in the most disorganized way I can manage), doodling up some weird chimerical beasts, or spending time with my family and my friends.

What do you listen to when you write? Do you find one type of music over another that inspires you to write?
D.C.: I have to listen to instrumental music. I can’t have any words singing in my headphones or I get distracted. So, if I’m writing young adult, it’s high energy dance music. If it’s horror, it’s usually really epic movie soundtracks, or very ethereal, moody music.

KAOS1CoverFrontWhat was the hardest part of writing your book?
Michael: Every book has its own challenge. Strictly speaking about our newest title, KAOS Obsidere, getting into the mindset of the characters and letting that loose in the writing. For instance, I had to learn the process of how you would turn human skin into a canvas, and then I had to put myself in the shoes of someone carrying out that process. It’s a small piece in the final draft, but it was enough to make me shudder as I got into that dude’s head.

Which is your favorite character in your book and why?
D.C.: In Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters, it’s Charlie. Lisa would be a close second. Because they’re both leaders in an unassuming way. Quietly courageous, yet willing to do what it takes for their friends. Charlie is a quiet storm and Lisa is an intelligent girl, who is bold and loyal. I love those attributes about each of them.

The next two questions are for Michael:
What else do you have in the pipeline?
Without dropping titles, there are a few projects that we are working on alongside the Charlie Sullivan series and the KAOS stories. The one I’m looking forward to the most has been on the backburner since we started writing Charlie Sullivan and is something that I would consider a blend of gothic horror, steampunk, and dark fantasy.

What genre do you consider your book(s)?
The Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters series is definitely young adult dark fantasy. KAOS Obsidere is the first dark fiction/horror title to be released under Dark Waters Press, our new imprint, and I would consider some of the stories within to be weird fiction.

Back to you D.C.:

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
For Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters, yes! Stick together and work together, and CounciloftheHuntersCoverlearn to overcome differences. If we can do this, the world will be a stronger and healthier place to live! No bullying!
For KAOS, I think, even though it’s horror, it’s about looking at the world differently. Realizing there are very ugly things going on around us, but there is also hope. There is love. And we need to hold on to those things. It’s a brutal set of stories to be sure, but if you make it through and read the author notes, you’ll really be able to hear our hearts through the stories.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
For the Charlie Sullivan series, it is a constant challenge to stay true to our target audience. It’s real easy to try to write for everybody. That’s not successful writing. We constantly have to remind ourselves that we are writing for “this” person and stay on target. I think that makes a stronger story.
For KAOS, it was an emotional and spiritual drain. So much of the stories are a very spiritual and emotional experience and I had to come up for air quite a bit while writing those. They are important stories though, so I had to get through them and then take a break from writing and ease back into it.

C.Michael McGannon, authorMichael, tell us about your approach to the writing craft:
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Pretty early on, between fourth and fifth grade. I’ve always told stories. As a kid, I was constantly drawing characters and monsters, and each one had a backstory, a mission, a personality… I wanted to turn them into movies. But around that gradeschool time, I realized that I enjoyed telling the story on my own, introverted as I was. Writing words on a page sounded a lot easier than trying to become a director.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Hahaha, my obsession with chaos and order. In my creative cycle, I usually am trying to drive myself a little crazy, and that involves destroying my room, playing the absolute weirdest music I can manage to find at that moment, or creating fun and cryptic mindmaps for brainstorming. Then I try to exist in that state until the writing is finished. Afterward, I clean the heck out of the apocalyptic wasteland that is my room.

Do you ever experience writer’s block?
All the time. I try to never allow it to stop me, though. Even if what I write in the midst of that block is utter bullcrap, I’m still writing, getting the ideas out of my head and onto paper. Later on, I go back and scrap what I had written before and do it again, better, or if it’s usable then I can just refine what’s already there. Work through the struggle!

Do you have any advice for other writers?
If writing is truly what you want your career to be…don’t ever stop. Writing is not for everyone. This is not easy, it isn’t always fun (although most of the time it’s a crazy blast!), and just like any other career there will be days when you feel like a failure and want to throw in the towel. Don’t give up. Write with everything you have. Getting that story into a person’s hands is worth it, every time.

How about you D.C., what are your thoughts on the writing craft?
Did you have any teachers in school that encouraged you to write? What was their advice?
My fourth grade teacher encouraged me to write, but I don’t remember any specific advice beyond just do it. I mean, what are you going to tell a fourth grade boy. Haha!
My high school theatre teacher and chorus teacher were perhaps the most influential people in my academic life. Dani Dilks and Doc (Brian) Lanier. Those two will never know the impact they’ve had on me, though I’ll try to repay that. Both of them were rocks of encouragement for me, especially through some difficult storms in high school, and were always pushing me to dig deep creatively and live that out. Not just on stage, but in life. I appreciate their resolve and patience more than words can describe.

What inspired you to write your first book?
My children. And the opportunity that I had to write my first book with my oldest son. It’s been such a privilege as a father to get to do this!
Why do you write?
Because I love it, and I believe the art of the story is perhaps the most important gift to the human race. Sometimes, I feel we’ve lost the ability to share our stories, caught up with all the negativity in the world. But there’s so much good too, so I have hope. One day I hope it becomes a norm again that families and friends sit around the campfire or the evening dinner table and share their hearts, their stories, with each other.Do you have anything that you want to say to your readers?
I love you and thank you! Your words, meeting you, your reviews, your tears and laughter about these stories, are what keep my fires burning. It’s a privilege to write and I thank you for being that person who picks up one of our books and takes the time to read it. You are a hero!

Thanks Monster Guys! You’re the best!

Links for D.C.
Where can people learn more about you and your work?
www.facebook.com/DCMcGannon
www.twitter.com/DCMcGannon
www.DCMcGannon.com
www.WyvernsPeak.com
www.DarkWatersPress.com
www.Goodreads.com/DCMcGannon

It’s Raymond Bolton!

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Raymond BoltonWelcome to my interview with novelist, Raymond Bolton, author of The Ydron Saga.
Hello, Raymond,
Lauren- I’m glad you’re here! First some fun trivia! What is your favorite place to eat?
Raymond- When the weather’s right, I prefer an outdoor table at Manzana’s in Lake Oswego, Oregon. They have an almost unimpeded view of the lake, fine food, including fresh, river caught local salmon and steel head trout when they’re running, reasonable prices and a bar stocked with my favourite scotches and bourbons, not to mention King Estate Pinot Gris.
Lauren- I will have to try Manzana’s! Any movies that you really want to see?
Raymond-I’m dying to see the Martian. I read the book and if they adhere to the premise, without much deviation, it could be a riveting watch.
Lauren- Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do?
Raymond- Once upon a time, I used to enjoy soaring. I just found there is a glider port within 45 minutes of my house. Once we’ve finished settling in—we’ve been in our new digs for just over a year and I think another six moths should just about do it—I’m going to mosey on over and see what it will take to renew my license.
Lauren- What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun?
Raymond- (1) Well-crafted, compact prose that flows, (2) a story line that picks up and moves from the outset, (3) an unusual concept
Lauren- What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?
Raymond- Driven, organized, humorous, sincere, loving… not necessarily in that order.
Lauren- Now could you answer some general questions about your current writing projects (WIP).
Raymond- I am currently working hard to complete the first draft of Foretellers, the third volume of The Ydron Saga, the second of Awakening’s prequel trilogy. It is set in the land of Ydron, 250 years prior to the time the time the story of Awakening unfolds, a time referred to as The Great Conflict, a period when all the lands are at war. The warlord, Obah Sitheh, Regilius’ (Awakening’s protagonist) earliest known predecessor, is struggling against overwhelming odds to keep his people free from the tyrant, Hath Kael, when a small group of individuals with super cognitive abilities come to his assistance, begging the question “will they be enough to turn the tables in his favor?”
I expect to release it during the first quarter of 2016.
Lauren- What else do you have in the pipeline? Foretellers Bolton
Raymond- Aside from Telekine, which will wrap up the saga, I have sown the seed of an unrelated work, a YA urban fantasy I’m calling Folder, the story of a young man who can alter both present and future events, albeit with unpredictable and therefore dangerous results.
Lauren- What genre do you consider your book(s)?
Raymond- They are what I call sci-fi/fantasy genre benders because they tread the line between each of them.
Lauren- Tell us about your approach to the writing craft. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Raymond- I have a full-time day job as a hair stylist. Because I’m self-employed, I can alter my schedule to suit my needs. However, since my clients require a certain degree of predictability and I prefer to write in the morning, I often have to cut my writing short. As you can imagine, this can be frustrating when a particular chapter wants to pick up and run.
Lauren- Oh my gosh, I feel you on that one. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Raymond- Without a doubt, I pick Dan Simmons, author of the Hyperion series.
Lauren- Do you write an outline before every book you write?
No I don’t. There are two breeds of writer: plotters and pantsers. Plotters outline their plots before they put down a word. Pantsers fly by the seat of their pants. Two notable pantsers are Douglas Preston and Stephen King.
Lauren- “Pantser,” Some times I write by the seat of my pants too. What is your favorite motivational phrase or positive saying?
Raymond- I follow the Ashanti proverb: Act as if you cannot fail.
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Lauren and Raymond

Author Interview of Robin Woods

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RobinWoods2014Welcome to my interview with novelist, Robin Woods, author of The Watcher Series.

Hello, Robin,

I’m glad you’re here! First some fun trivia – give me some juicy details…!

What’s on your reading list right now?
I just finished reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I loved it. I’m not ready to move onto another book yet. The world is still lingering in my head.

Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do?
Spending time with my kids, seeing movies, listening to music, and crafting—there isn’t enough time in the day for all of the things I like to do!

What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?
Upbeat, passionate, motivated, down-to-earth, and organized.

When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head to first?
Young & New Adult Section

Do you have a job other than being an author? If so, what is it?
I teach 11th grade English (American Literature), 12th grade English (British Literature), and am an adjunct college professor.

Please tell me about your novels.
The Watcher Series follows the journey of Aleria Hayes who is initially an average high The Unintended (Book 1)school student, but is quickly pulled into the world of the Watchers. The Unintended begins in her world, but by the second novel, she is away from everything familiar. The series becomes darker, sexier, and more action packed with each novel. I am a lover of unexpected twists and am not afraid to kill my darlings to raise the stakes. I have a strong mythology built into the series and weave Greek and Celtic mythology into my vampire lore.

What do you listen to when you write? Do you find one type of music over another that inspires you to write?
I am almost always listening to music. I have playlists for different types of scenes that I write. If I am writing an action scene, I tend to listen to dub step or electronica. Whereas, if I am writing something with raw emotional elements, I tend to listen to something instrumental.

What else do you have in the pipeline?
I am finishing up a few extras and shorts that go along with my series. I will be releasing them in an eBook entitled, Light & Shadow: The Watcher Series Extras. In addition to the eBook, I’m starting to work with a Hollywood producer to create a few novellas to be turned into scripts. We will see!

The Fallen CoverWhat genre do you consider your book(s)?
The series starts in Young Adult and technically ends in upper Young Adult/New Adult. They would be categorized as Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance (though the story is more focused on her journey than the romance itself).

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I am a full-time plus English teacher and a wife/mother. I tend to write late at night and for a few hours on Saturday mornings while the kids are watching cartoons. I am very disciplined, and even if I only have a few minutes, I can produce something.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?
1. Write everyday (even if it is only a paragraph).
2. Read, read, and read. If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write. Know what is happening in your genre and feed your soul.
3. Guard your writing time.
4. Be consistent.
5. Spend a little time on social media each day. Build a supportive community. Be generous.
6. Have your work professionally edited–by more than one editor (content and line-by-line editors).

What are your tips and tricks for other independent authors to get the word out about their books?
Build a platform branding yourself and not your books. You never know when you may write something in another genre. Spend a little time on social media each day. Blogging is also recommended, even if it only a couple of times per month. If you would like additional tips and some free resources there are more on my website—I try to give back to the community.

What advice do you have for authors looking to find and connect with a wider base of fans?
Establish relationships with bloggers and other writers. Think of other writers as community and not competition.

What has been the biggest compliment given to you as an author?
A couple of college students told me that they are switching to English majors after reading my books and want to become writers. I don’t think there is a higher compliment.
Compared to when you first started writing, have you noticed any big changes in your writing style or how you write compared from then to now?

My pacing is faster and my descriptions more streamlined. I have also refined my end of chapter hooks.

Are you a plotter, a planner, or do you prefer to dive right in?
I have a general outline, just five to ten bullet points with the main story arc. Then I write a few key scenes—the game changers. Afterwards, I go through and connect the dots from beginning to end.

Why do you write?RobinWoods
I have a story inside me and it needs to get out.

Big hugs, Robin and thanks so much for being here!

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Where can people learn more about you and your work?
Official Site: http://RobinWoodsFiction.com/
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Please meet PJ Webb, author!

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Welcome to my interview with novelist, PJ Webb, author of the Prince of the Blood Series and the Cliff House Series.

Hello, PJ, I’m glad you’re here! PJ Webb

Hi, Lauren, thanks for having me. 

First some fun trivia – give me some juicy details…!

Do you have a favorite book or film?

Yes my very favorite film is Somewhere in Time. In fact, my husband and I named our boat Somewhere in Time.

Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do?

I love boating. When you’re out on the water anything to do with everyday life just seems to fade away.

What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?

Fiery, compassionate, stubborn, quirky, diligent. My husband would also say annoying. My answer to him is that that’s my true purpose in life, to annoy him.

Please tell me about your novel.  Who or what was your inspiration behind it?

PRINCE OF THE BLOOD TransformationMy first novel and the one that started my writing career is Prince of the Blood – Transformation, so it will always be very dear to me not only because it’s my first, but because of events in my life that led me to write it. It was born out of a desire not to stay up all night worrying about events that were unfolding in my life that were beyond my control. You see, my husband and I were about to lose everything we owned, including what was a very lucrative business, because of the recession and in spite of our tremendous effort to save it. So, I began to write a story about a character who lost everything and managed to cope with that loss and reinvent himself in the process. Not only did I spend my nights doing something constructive, but the story I was telling and the strength of my main character, Sebastian, actually helped to heal the enormous depression I felt.

Way to turn things around!  I’m proud of you!  Who was your current novel dedicated to? Any particular reason?

My first novel and every novel in the Prince of the Blood Series is dedicated to my Sebastian, my awesome husband, Scott. The only thing we had managed to save before leaving New York was our 36’ cabin cruiser, Somewhere In Time. Our intention had been to drive it to Florida, where my husband’s brother lives, but we broke down and ended up in New Bern, NC. We spent fifteen months living on board and met so many wonderful and caring people that we decided to stay. My husband started a new business and we’ve moved off the boat into our new home. He, by some source of great strength, was able to reinvent himself and move on, and I am still involved in helping him and continue to write.

What else do you have in the pipeline?

Thanks for asking, Lauren, the first book in my new paranormal fiction series, Cliff House, should be released before the end of August and is named Lora Lee.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?

Oh, yes! All of them, in fact I take on their personalities as I’m writing them and whisper read each ones dialogue.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I suppose Anne Rice. The first book I ever read of hers was “The Interview with the Vampire”. I was mesmerized by her writing style and still am.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

I feel the most important thing I can possibly tell them is to make sure they have a PRINCE OF THE BLOOD   Evolutionperfect job of editing before they put their work out there. You can have the most original story ever and if it’s not well edited, you won’t have anything except bad reviews.

What is the most frustrating thing you have had to deal with as a writer? Most exciting?

The most frustrating thing I would have to say is not having enough time to write and the most exciting is to read a good review from someone who escaped into my fantasy world and was entertained.

Thank you so much for the interview, Lauren. I really appreciate it. 

Where can people learn more about you and your work?

TWITTER @PletchaPJWebb

FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/PJ.Webb.author

FACEBOOK AUTHORS PAGE https://www.facebook.com/PJ.Webb.auth.pg?ref=hl

GOOGLE + http://bit.ly/1EAbwmd

My Work:

PART ONE – PRINCE OF THE BLOOD – TRANSFORMATION

Imagine fate putting you in all the right places at all the right times. Love, success, even stardom have been given to you and you embrace them with passion, but the path of your destiny has many twists and turns. Sebastian Blood had just such a life until it was stolen by his most jealous and ardent admirer. He then found himself thrust into a dark underworld where he was forced to suffer unspeakable horror. Will the one who cursed him for eternity destroy his immortal life, as well? The Prince of the Blood Vampire Chronicles is a work of historical fiction and a paranormal fantasy crisscrossing centuries.

Available at AMAZON http://amzn.to/1Ksb0Ml and has 9 FIVE STAR REVIEWS, as well as a FIVE STAR RATING by READER’S FAVORITE https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/prince-of-the-blood …

PART TWO- PRINCE OF THE BLOOD – EVOLUTION

As Sebastian Blood, he lived a life of fame and wealth—an open book to his adoring fans and with the love of his mortal life by his side.

As Sebastian Du Sang, his life is one of infamy and revulsion—a figure cloaked in mystery and with only one constant—the love of his immortal life.

One reality for another as luck would have it. The devastating blow of fate. And, what will he do with this new and horrific beginning? He will rise above it

NEW RELEASE Available at AMAZON http://amzn.to/1COtfsE 

 

Interview with Author Tamara Ferguson

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02author pic 3-best-2-8-228 largerIf I could, Lauren, I’d like to tell you about my new story Two Hearts Surrendered, which is featured in the Magical Weddings Anthology – due to be released on June 16.
The first thing that popped into my head when I was asked if I’d like to contribute a story was this: why not try writing something a little different from what I’m accustomed to? Military stories are very popular these days. But with some of the terrible things happening in the world today, what I wanted was to get into the head of my character, who was returning home as a wounded warrior. Luke Bryant had struggles to begin with – he was abused as a child. It’s my heroine’s ability to believe in their love and to stand by his side, even though my hero is effectively attempting to shut Kelly Callahan out of his life – that eventually leads them to an enchanting happily-ever-after.
Here’s our blurb for the anthology:MagicalWeddings3D (1)
From sweet to spicy, the romances bundled into this set cross time and unite hearts, cast spells of laughter, battle wedding jitters and fight back tears, while weaving love’s hopeful magic throughout 1400 pages.
Our headliner is Leigh Michaels, a national bestselling author who’s written over 100 novels. Leigh’s story is a lovely historical romance – Her Wedding Wager – about a heroine whose future is dependent on a bet. Aileen Harkwood has been coordinating this project, and her contribution is The Last Wedding At Drayhome – an enchanting story about a witch and warlock – and a love too long denied. Eve Devon’s captivating love story, The Dress, spans time – through a dress weaved with magic, while USA Today bestselling author Raine English has written Second Chance Bride, a charming story about a bride who just might’ve chosen the wrong groom – as communicated by a telepathic rescue dog!
The other highly talented, USA Today, best-selling, and award-winning authors featuring stories are: Lynda Haviland, Jody A. Kessler, Jane Lark, Bess McBride, L.L. Muir, Jennifer Gilby Roberts, Jan Romes, Heather Thurmeier, Elsa Winckler, and Sarah Wynde.

I can’t tell you how I excited I am to be part of this group!
Having gotten to know you, I’d say you’ve earned your spot! Congratulations, Tamara!!!

Right now, Magical Weddings is available for pre-order at only 99c. It’s already reached bestseller status at Amazon – at #3 for Hot New Releases, and #14 for anthologies!

Magical Weddings is available at:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1F79wCB
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/magical-weddings-leigh-michaels/1122015285?ean=2940151303484
iBooks: http://apple.co/1F7a2Ao
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1F79Y3Q
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1F7a8rY

twoheartssurendered2 (1)Now let me share with you what I learned about Tamara Ferguson.
Favorite book or film?
Random Harvest (with Greer Garson & Ronald Coleman)

Why?
Besides the fact that I’ve loved old movies my entire life, with the suspense and romance, this one has it all. There’s a twisted plot; the couple fall in love and Coleman can’t remember his past. Coleman’s in an accident and develops amnesia again – this time remembering his former life and returning to it. But eventually – of course! – the couple find love with each other again.

Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do?
That’s a no-brainer – gardening. But I’ve been so busy, my yard is looking like a jungle these days!

What are some of your favorite genres to read and to write?
I think romance suspense will always be my favorite to write. Even my new adult romances involve a mystery – the stories just seem too simple otherwise. I’ve always loved reading romance and suspense too. But what’s funny is, I have to be in a certain mood to read a different genre. When I was young, I loved light and funny. But these days, it kind of bores me, and I need to read something deeper and more intense.

When you sit down to write, do you do it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper or do you use a computer? Do you prefer one way or the other?
I use both! I write up my outline in a college ruled notebook, and add to it – by detailing my chapters with one or two lines as I move along through the story. It’s the only way I can stay on track, cause I tend to wander off into different directions, as I consider what’s next ( and with whom ) in the next novel of each series. I prefer writing with the computer, of course. But I always carry a small notebook – ideas seem to pop up in my mind at the strangest times.

Compared to when you first started writing, have you noticed any big changes in your writing style or how you write compared from then to now?
No doubt about it, I’m a much better writer! I’ve become more articulate with practice. My sentence structure used to twist up quite a bit and I had to do a lot of heavy-duty proofing. But now the right words and new ideas for the next novel are spinning through my mind even when I’m not actually writing.

What draws you to this genre?
I was never as enthused with contemporary romance as I was with historical when I began reading it. I finally figured out that, to me, it just wasn’t as romantic! So, I guess, I decided that I wanted to write contemporary romance because I wanted to make my stories more romantic than the authors I was reading – and more like what I would want to read myself!

Are you a plotter / planner or do you prefer to dive right in?
I do a little of both – I begin with a simple outline and plot. Usually I have the story in my mind already, and begin by writing my epilogue, and setting a scene from the past. Many times conflictions in the past are what greatly affect my characters’ future, as well as challenging their ability to make a commitment and fall in love! Rather than expose too much information about my characters at the beginning, I like to reveal bits and pieces moving forward. And I do like to trick the reader a little – my favorite characters to develop are those who appear to be unlikable on the outside, but actually have redeeming qualities on the inside. Maybe because they were abused or molested . . . usually there’s a reason for their attitude or behavior? I guess because I search for the best in people, I want my reader to be able to find it as well.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
On the surface, my writing appears simplistic – but I write a complicated story! I put a lot of depth into my characters’ backgrounds, and my heroes and heroines, in particular, never have it easy. Through the story, there are challenges aplenty to overcome before they can finally reach their happily-ever-after. I’ll never write a story without an HEA! I want my reader to finish my story feeling positive (and maybe even with a smile on their face.)

Why do you write?
I’m one of those crazy people who just decided to write. I’ve been an avid reader my entire life. But even back when I was a teenager, once I finished reading a book, I remember thinking about how I would change the story to make it better! And, most particularly, the mysteries—I seemed to always be able to pick out the villain.
And I’m a full-time caregiver to a severely autistic and mentally impaired son who has Type I Diabetes. Once he graduated from school and I discovered his vocational programming wasn’t going through because of Illinois’ budget cuts, I was somewhat overwhelmed when I realized my life would probably never be my own again. (There’s a twenty year waiting period for placement into an institution equipped to handle his type of problems.) And now there’s the potential for an even worse problem – our new governor is trying to cut out programs and funding for my son and others like him! At the back of my mind, I’ve been hoping to become a successful writer so that I’d have another source of income to fall back on since I can’t work away from home now.
Plus writing occupies my mind. It keeps me from considering the what if’s. No matter how difficult my circumstances are, there is always someone out there who has it much worse. And here I am, now, beginning to experience moderate success as a writer.

What do you listen to when you write? Do you find one type of music over another that inspires you to write? Why?
Music has always been a big inspiration in my life. I sang in a choir from the time I was nine as a first soprano, was a madrigal in high school( we won a first in our state) and even sang through my freshman year in college. And I have a little secret – my Tales of the Dragonfly stories?- they were ALL created with the inspiration of particular songs (Foreigner, Journey, Maroon 5, Jefferson Starship + MORE!)

What else do you have in the pipeline?
I’m inventing my next Kissed by Fate Story – That Unexpected Kiss – while I’ve been working on my next installment of Romantic Suspense – Tales of the Dragonfly Book III: Emergence. This is the story of Lucy Callahan, the eighteen-year old girl who was kidnapped and assaulted in Book I: In Tandem. The members of the human trafficking ring who were responsible for capturing her have remained at-large. It’s nearly a year later, and Lucy’s still having troubles recovering from her ordeal when she realizes she’s being stalked by the man who raped her. Her inner strength shines through when she assists the FBI and confronts her rapist – while falling in love with the former FBI agent who’s acting as her bodyguard. Lucy lives and works in Gabe Giordano’s home, as his seven-year old daughter’s nanny, while attending the college where Gabe is a professor.

Where can people learn more about you and your work?
Blog: https://tammysdragonfly.wordpress.com/
Websites:http://www.TalesOfTheDragonflyTheBook.com
http://www.KissedByFate.com
Twitter @Tammysdragonfly https://twitter.com/Tammysdragonfly                          Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tamara-Ferguson/579374595502809
https://www.facebook.com/KissedByFate?ref=hl

Google+: https://plus.google.com/108952992124602192038/posts?hl=en
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/tamara-ferguson/94/a05/946
Email:Tammysdragonfly@gmail.com

Interview with Novelist Effrosyni Moschoud

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Welcome to my interview with novelist Effrosyni Moschoudi, author of The Lady of the Pier trilogy.
The first part, The Ebb, is only 99c on Amazon US at the moment and until May 31st. This is an ABNA Q-Finalist, a sweet romance with a paranormal twist that will enthuse romantic souls out there. Hurry and download a copy while the offer lasts!

frosso pic1Hello, Effrosyni,
I’m glad you’re here! First some fun trivia – give me some juicy details…! What is your favorite junk food vice?
A – Greek souvlaki of course, preferably chicken with pita bread – yum!

Q- Do you have a favorite book or film?
A – I have many favorites so I’ll choose one at random from each:
Favorite book: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Film: Dead Poets Society by Peter Weir

Q – Any movies that you really want to see?
A – That’s easy. The next one starring Robert Pattinson. He is the only actor that I will watch in any movie, no matter what it is, as I am such a huge fan. He has done two really bad movies in my opinion, both by Cronenberg, but some gems too, like Bel Ami and Remember Me. Luckily the next one out is bound to be wonderful: Queen of the Desert with co-stars Nicole Kidman and James Franco. Can’t wait!

Q – What’s on your reading list right now?
A – A bunch of awesome reads by indie authors, most of them co-members of the writer’s group eNovel Authors at Work. I also have a couple of non-indie books lined up, like the latest from Kate Morton and Victoria Hislop.

20150321_100358Q – Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do?
A – Swim and sunbathe. I love the sea. Even in the winter, I need to feel near it, so whenever I have time, I’ll walk along the shore or in our local marina.

 

Q – Now for some general questions about your current writing. Who was your current novel dedicated to? Any particular reason?
lady of the pier, ebb no strap 533x800A – The Lady of the Pier – The Ebb is dedicated to my grandparents and I wrote the book as a tribute to them. Although the plot is a work of fiction, it is peppered with autobiographical elements. Like my character Sofia, I used to spend my summers in Corfu with my grandparents. I was an overprotected daughter and yearned for freedom, just like her. I have a myriad of blissful memories from my summers in Corfu. My readers tell me the descriptions are so vivid it feels like you’re there too. It pleases me immensely to hear that.

Q – What else do you have in the pipeline?
A – I am currently working on the sequels of The Lady of the Pier trilogy. The Flow (book 2) is in the last edits stage and will be published this summer. I am nearly done writing The Storm (book 3) as well and this will be published later this year. Once The Storm is written, I’ll start working on a chick lit story and a children’s story too. Last, I’ll be translating The Necklace of Goddess Athena into Greek as to try and sell it in this country, also to allow my family members to read it; my teenage nieces especially, who keep asking!

Q – Tell us a little bit about your approach to the writing craft.  What books have most influenced your life? NECKLACE OF ATHENA533x800
A – Books of esoteric philosophy and self-help. I have been working with myself for the past thirty years, trying to shape my thinking and my character in a way I choose as to find peace and happiness. The greatest achievement for man, I believe, is to master one’s mind, i.e. to learn to control your own thinking. So many people are victimized by the chatterbox of negativity inside their heads. I used mind control methods and meditation to get rid of it and my life has improved dramatically ever since. I’ve also learned to forgive through these practices and to practice gratitude every day. To name the three books that have helped me live a happy life the most, I’ll mention The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel, The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder and Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping.

Q –  What are your tips and tricks for other independent authors to get the word out about their books?
A – Reviews don’t sell books, and neither do posts on Twitter and Facebook. From what I have seen, two things only can grant you sales: 1) writing more books: The more you have out there, the more you’re getting heard 2) Doing promotion and advertising. No matter how long you spend on social media and writing blog posts, that won’t get you anywhere. Actually, if I had to choose one, I’d say putting more books out there is #1. After a while, the books almost sell themselves, especially when the Phoenix Effect kicks in, i.e. when your fans start buying your older books because they loved your latest.

Q – Why do you write?
A – Why does the fish swim? Why does the bird fly? A writer can’t help writing any more than these creatures can help doing these things. I think a true writer is born and not made. They pick up a pen as soon as they learn the alphabet and start writing, just like that. They don’t choose it, and they don’t need a reason to write.

Where can people learn more about you and your work?
http://www.effrosyniwrites.com
http://www.amazon.com/author/effrosyni
http://www.twitter.com/frostiemoss
https://www.facebook.com/authoreffrosyni
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7362780.Effrosyni_Moschoudi
https://plus.google.com/+EffrosyniMoschoudi
http://www.pinterest.com/efrosinimoschou/