Jan 23, 2016

Immortality Stolen Book Highlights – Shannon Bell

51ru7ngNrbL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Immortality Stolen: A Vampire Romance Suspense (The Mortal One Series Book 2) by Shannon Bell

Note: Full length novel, part of series. Contains sexual situations and sex scenes. This is a vampire romance with suspense!

Dylan is still the mortal one in the equation, but now she has learned that it’s not just vampires that go bump in the night. She is now torn between Olivier who has apologized and Nico who has shown her nothing but kindness and love. She gets a good dose of what it means to be a truth seeker thanks to Olivier, though he wants to share more than knowledge with her. Will Dylan be able to resist Olivier’s charms? Can she make sense of this world with her heart and dignity intact?

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Jan 22, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Tima Maria Lacoba

timaHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Tima Maria Lacoba for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Tima Marie for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I’ve always loved the spooky and mysterious, so it was almost natural for me to write in the pnr/urban fantasy genre.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
Currently, there are three books and one short story (the prequel) in the series.
a). Prequel – Laura’s Locket
b). Bloodgifted, book 1
c). Bloodpledge, book 2
d). BloodVault, book 3

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
Definitely vampires. There’s something equally frightening as well as alluring about the vampire. Ever since Bram Stoker published Dracula, (and even before then) people have had a strange fascination with this undead creature who lurks in the darkness and feeds on human blood.

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
I’d choose Narnia in a shot even though it’s more fantasy, but it does have witches and vampires in it. To be Lucy surrounded by centaurs, dryads and talking animals would be sheer bliss.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
I’ve only just begun work on book 4, Bloodwish, which will conclude Alec and Laura’s story in trying to lift her family’s curse. It’s going to be one heck of a ride!

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we don’t need to be paid for our work! No, seriously. I can’t believe the number of readers who assume that writing a book takes no effort; that anyone can do it and so it should be for free. Is it ignorance or false presumption? I don’t know but it never seems to astound me.

It takes thought, planning and time to construct a novel. For me, it’s ten months, and that’s just the rough draft. Then comes the re-writing and editing and re-editing – who pays for that? Next is the cover. I have a wonderful graphic designer who’s created the most gorgeous covers for my books. Naturally, I pay her for her work. Then comes the cost of marketing, unless I want my books to remain invisible in the bottomless sea of books on Amazon. Add all that up and it’s very expensive to produce a quality book. Yet readers want us to give our work away for free? Phhffttt!
As you can see, don’t get me started on this topic.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
Stop expecting freebies. Enough said.

Who is your biggest supporter?
My family 

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Hahaha … I wish! The only aspect of my books which in any way resemble real life is my MC’s occupation – she’s teacher, like me.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Once you begin writing join a good critique group. Feedback is valuable – even the negative type, sometimes. They will help hone your skills and enable a new writer to develop that all-important thick skin. But above all, keep writing.

Jan 22, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Denice Garrou

DeniceHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Denice Garrou for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Denice for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I live a ‘paranormal’ life. I studied metaphysics, earth based religions, I became a Reiki Master Teacher, I learned how to use crystals for healing. I even did the year and one-day training to become a witch. I studied forbidden history and learned the origination of most of our so called legends about vamps, werewolves, witches, ghosts, etc. What a fascinating journey of learning it has been.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
Paranormal is such a broad genre so I would say all three of my books fall under that category.
My Dragonhorse saga deals with magical gypsies, witches, shifters; but also has a fantasy element to it with the dragons and the fae a Merlin type. I take you to forbidden and yet real ancient civilizations of our world. The 1st to titles are Dragonhorse and Seeker of the Forgotten Knowledge and then I wrote the prequel called Sumayah, with the third installment in the works called Talion. These books are a read for all ages.
Candlelight & Cobwebs, the 1st of my Ayvon Book of Secrets series is a babyboomer romance. It is for the more mature audience. In it we have modern day witches, a ghost, a talking skull, a raven than can communicate and one more ingredient that I will not divulge. You will have to read the story. But here again I bring you forgotten history like the Oracles of Delphi who prophesized to kings and warriors and pilgrims for over 1200 years. I got into her history and gave my account of what was her secret of success. Book 2 “The City of Stone” is in the works and takes us back to the lost Jordanian city of Petra. I go back into pre-Christian times, when Petra was still into Goddess worship.

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
Oh that is tough. I love the werewolves and werepanthers. But I think I must go with my own creation, my dragonhorses, who can shift from horse to dragon and dragon to horse…in my 3rd book Talion, they will blow your socks off with what they will be able to shift into next. So much fun!

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
Oh I really don’t know? I have warrior blood in me so it would have to be the good witch who kicks major ass, sort of like Sumayah or Shion in my Dragonhorse books. But then again it would have been fun to be a real live Oracle like Asia in Candlelight & Cobwebs. Maybe I was in a past life? I know I lived a lifetime in the city of Petra with the tigers…

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
Well, besides what I just said above; I am heading up a project to help kids (nerds-geeks, which I am a proud member of) who are or have been bullied. I have found that many of your nerdy authors who write paranormal or fantasy genres have dealt with this and they have much wisdom to share with the young kids. It is a way of giving back to our readers. So we will be working on a trilogy of short stories about kids being bullied and how they deal and grow from it. We survived and so can they. Our 1st edition will be a charity. I have all fantasy and paranormal authors in this trilogy. I hope it goes so well we can do more. This project will go beyond just writing the stories, we have video segments and other things in the works to go with it. And so we will be looking for some kids and teens who would love to talk with us. They can contact me on my facebook page.
I also started a new YouTube channel called “Between the Lines Book Talk” with author Michelle Cornwell-Jordan. We will be talking about the behind the scenes of writers and the writing world. Not just author book interviews. And part of that will be a new book club we started. We want to help new authors get some good reviews in. And part of this book club will be a monthly video chat about the books. We hope to have our own book awards at the end of each year also. We are looking for avid readers too who would love to join our club. Just contact me via my facebook page. I believe if we have to give a book away there must be some sort of exchange for that gift and a review is a great gift in return. I am a huge believer in Karma…You get what you give.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we don’t work that hard. That we write just to make money. I write because I have to, otherwise I would go insane. Haha. I also write to teach. I can guarantee that you will learn one thing new with each of my books.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
Yes, when was it decided that authors had to pay people to read their books? I remember going to the library if I wanted a free read. There are a ton of very talented storytellers out there who are struggling because they do not have the financial resources to buy their readers and fans. That is what it has come down to sadly enough.

Who is your biggest supporter?
As far as a reader fan; a big shout out goes to Jerilynn Rodriguez! I would love to have coffee or tea or whatever with her one day. She is always giving me a shout out. And my friend and compadre in book crimes Michelle Cornwell-Jordan. I do have a small core group of authors who do help out and so that would include, Guy Donovan and Benjamin Towe and Jonathan Yanez along with Michelle. Love you guys! Hint look for us in a collaboration soon.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
My very 1st book and that is why I wrote it. It was ten years of experience and I kept notes knowing one day it would become a book. Dragonhorse is dedicated to the horse for it was the horse that kept me sane. I am dyslexic and an Empath, so my life has not been an easy one. Depression has taken me down many times and it was my horses that kept me here.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Write what you know and are passionate about. Not everyone will understand your message but just being able to share it makes all the difference. This why I chose to Indie publish. Even my editor didn’t always see my vision but at least I had the right to disagree with her. Oh and yes, get a good editor, not a proofreader and EDITOR. It does the rest of us no good when there are amateurish novels put out there. Invest in that money. And be prepared to work harder than you have ever worked in your life. But you will love it as I do.

Jan 22, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Michael Glover

MichaelHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Michael Glover for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Michael for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
From a very young age the paranormal genre has excited, intrigued, and scared me; it left an impact that has shaped my writing. The vampire held a special place that started with Halloween at an early age, to books, and movies that showed a great variety of worlds within the genre. I wanted to add my world to this magnificently diverse and beloved story line.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
I currently have my debut novel, saint Sebastian The Rose Book One The Lonely Tower Series

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
The vampire for sure, it’s part human, part monster that lives in the dark; a place that always scared me as a kid. The vampire was so many things: intelligent, conflicted, monstrous, and elusive.

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
I would have to say Salem’s Lot by Stephen King; loved it. I would have to be Ben Mears; the author turned vampire hunter. How awesome. I’m an author, now I just need to become a vampire hunter.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
I am currently working on Book Two & Book Three of The Lonely Tower Series.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
Easy, that we will be rich. If only that were true but we all know it’s not about getting rich. We write because of something deep down; call us crazy.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
That is hard because I am a new author, I have always been the reader. As a reader I wish I had left more reviews for the books I have read. I feel bad for not doing that, I understand the importance now as an author. Review review review.

Who is your biggest supporter?
There really isn’t one. I am thankful to have many between family and friends. I really am not avoiding the question, there are too many people that have been there since the beginning who loved the story and have kept at me to get it out there and here it is.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Well, so far there is only one finished, another almost there, and five others…in paranormal, fantasy, and fiction, that I have extensive notes on…and yes there are parts of me in them. There is not one that is completely me, yet.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Write. Don’t be afraid. It won’t be perfect. It will never be perfect; not even after twenty edits, but it will be worth it. The feeling of getting to the end is amazing and in between when you have those moments of magic…well, it’s hard to describe.

Jan 22, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – LaVerne Thompson

LaVerneHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with LaVerne Thompson for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you LaVerne for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
It’s one of my favorite genres to read so it’s also one of my favorite to write. I love the concept of world building. Giving my imagination free reign and taking recognizable ideas and putting my own twist to them.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
Currently available in the paranormal genre that would be 11.

Angel Rising- Redemption
Sea Bride- Children of the Waves Book 1
Sea Storm- Children of the Waves Book 2
Sea Witch- Children of the Waves Book 3
Dragon’s Heart- Story of the Brethren
Dark Mist- The Hidden Series Book 1
Dark Shadow- The Hidden Series Book 2
A Christmas Spirit
Journey of the Princess of Ice- The Elementals
Believe
Tatianna (a freebie with my newsletter)

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
That would be the dragon. I love the thought of these mighty beasts that can breath fire and dominate the sky. And pretty much anything else they chose. lol One of my author taglines is “Let there be dragons.”

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
Hmmm, that would be Maya in Dragon’s Heart. She was a strong character who stood her ground.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
I’m working on both the second books in the Redemption and Brethren series, but I’m also working on a series of stand alone books, the first one is Lost God about the rebirth and remaking of the Greek god Zeus.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we’re rolling in money. Very few are and even fewer indie authors.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
The lack of support. Many give lip service to support but fewer actually do something about it beyond a handful of friends. One way for readers to show support is if they enjoy a book to leave a review, especially a constructive one. Oh, and tell friends about the books they enjoy. For authors leaving reviews constructive or not can become problematic. But authors can show support of books by other authors they enjoy in many positive ways. There is a worldwide reading pool out there, and growing every day. With many authors and stories that are necessary to satisfy the many different types of appetites. Writing is not a competitive sport but a sharing of our creative talents.

Who is your biggest supporter?
lol my oldest daughter. She’s read and proofed some of my books.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Since these are all paranormals that would have to be a no. lol

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Write. Then keep writing. Once you finished one story go on to the next.

Jan 21, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Wendy Potocki

W. PotockiHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with W. Potocki for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I don’t think I chose the genre as much as the genre chose me. However, I do think my muse made the perfect choice. Because of this selection, I’m not confined by the physical laws that govern reality, and if I choose to represent the emotion of jealousy as a monster that lives in the forest, I can. I enjoy the freedom and fluidity of imagination required to pen this kind of tale. I take care that all my characters are given ample room to speak and grow. It’s great fun when a reader “gets” what you’re trying to say and takes that ride into the unknown, and because I never know what my characters are going to do, it’s fun for me also.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
I have four paranormal books currently available. They are THE ADDUNé VAMPIRE TRILOGY and BLACK ADAGIO.  Here’s a little about the books. I should add that the rest of my work more precisely fits into the genre of horror with supernatural overtones.

The Adduné Vampire Trilogy is a sweeping saga about a young girl’s harrowing journey in the dark world of vampires.  The installments include: PART I: THE VAMPIRE’S GAME, PART II. THE HOUSE OF CARDS, and PART III. THE RECKONING.

Still shaken from the untimely death of her father, Miranda Perry is forced to assume control of his business empire. She begins the arduous task of overhauling Perry Antiques, but soon discovers a priceless object that her father hid from the world.

In attempting to ascertain its authenticity, she is placed in the crosshairs of a cunning vampire named Adduné. He is consumed with exacting vengeance for an unpardonable transgression–an offense that demands the ultimate punishment.

BLACK ADAGIO is a paranormal tale revolving around a young girl who is obsessed with making it in the world of dance. I had the inspiration for this story while in the midst of my involvement in ballet. I used to take classes here in NYC, and one day while walking down the street, a scene revealed itself to me, but I never took it any further. Many years later, I revisited the concept. The time was right to flesh out the dark Gothic tale. Before I knew it, Melissa Solange sprang to life and I was delighted with the story she told. If you’ve ever had a passion so strong that it consumes you, you’ll identify with her drive to become a ballerina.

Melissa Solange is presented the chance of a lifetime. Chosen as a member of a new dance company, she works tirelessly perfecting the one element of ballet she’s never mastered—the adagio. As she rehearses, a dark force watches. Resurrected by the surprise addition of a classic ballet to the repertoire, the sinister work is thought to be cursed—destroying anyone who attempts to dance it. When the production’s lead dancers begin to disappear, the old warning is taken more seriously. A death worshipping cult called The Innocents is blamed, but she is not so sure. They may be the scapegoat for an ultimate evil living in the woods of Holybrook. Desperate for an answer, she searches for what lurks in the shadows of the old trees before she becomes the next victim of the Danse Macabre.

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
Okay, that’s tough. I love both vampires and werewolves. I’d have to say many more successful treatments have been done featuring vampires, but I love the whole vibe of someone morphing into a wolf. I mean, who doesn’t want to sit down and howl at the moon?

As to why I’m attracted to both, well, they do have some things in common. For one, they’re both creatures of the night. Their true identity is hidden away, and they both live by feeding off the human herd. They’re both hedonistic, possess extraordinary strength, and could live forever if it weren’t for one weakness that makes them fragile. There’s also a certain freedom found in the transformation. It seems to boil down to exchanging a sense of mercy and compassion for bestiality. I think it’s there that the two separate. The vampire is more merciless whereas the werewolf, in human form, regrets what it’s done while under the spell of that full moon.

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
Absolutely Lucy Muir in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.. While I fell in love with the movie, the story is what I did it. It’s so romantic and has a happy ending … which my stories tend not to have. The house, the hunky ghost, the idea that love can be eternal, I loved everything about it.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
I finished a paranormal mystery. It hasn’t been edited so there’s not too much to say since I tend not to like to talk about things until they’re finished. I do have my fingers crossed on this one. It has gotten some nice feedback from beta readers.  All I’ll say is that it’s about a detective that delves into the supernatural in order to solve a murder.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we’re controlling things. Writing is more about losing yourself in the story than exerting your opinions. When we do it right, readers believe that the things said are our opinions, but they’re not. The truth is that I would call the police on most of my evil characters and have them locked up long before things got out of hand. I’d never let things get so far, but in writing, we let things go until they reach a natural conclusion. In other words, authors are actually glorified court reporters. Our characters tell their stories through us and it is a sacred obligation to get it all down.

The plus side of that is that authors do get to visit the world they’ve created. We’re silent witnesses to our character’s lives and I’ve developed a strong affection for many of the unique personalities that live on the pages of my books.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
I suppose I’d make it easier to for readers to find a favorite author. It’s why I host giveaways such as HALLOWEENPALOOZA and participate in events such as this. Authors are constantly in search of their audience and readers are constantly in search of good books. It’s a win-win when the two finally connect.

Who is your biggest supporter?
I’ve met a few readers along the way who have been invaluable. They’ve been very generous with reading my work and gracious in passing along feedback. I truly appreciate that they took a chance on a new author and discovered what I write worthy of their time. It’s an unbelievably great feeling when that happens.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
The one that comes closest to matching that criteria is BLACK ADAGIO. Since I studied ballet, it’s something I know a little about. I fully understand the passion and obsession with wanting to dance more than eating, sleeping, or even breathing. However, the rest of the story, including the characters, is all fiction. I don’t actually know about a cult living in the woods of Holybrook … wherever that is. &#X1f60a

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
I would tell them to write. You have to write to get better at writing. It’s the way it works. So if you get an opportunity to do a guest blog, do it. If you get an idea for a short story, but you don’t usually write shorts, sit down and write it. Not everything will be to your liking, but you have to develop that writing muscle. If you do exercise it regularly, you’ll find things coming a little easier and you’ll improve. That’s what it’s about. Perfecting the craft so you can tell a tale that will leave readers breathless.

Jan 21, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Lauralynn Elliott

LauralynnHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Lauralynn Elliott for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Lauralynn for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I’ve loved everything paranormal since I was a kid. I would come home from school every day and watch Dark Shadows with my grandmother. So it was natural to write in that genre.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
I have 12 paranormal titles. The titles are Fire Wizard, Soul of a Vampire, Dark Relic, Secrets of the Wolf, Search for the Vampires’ Curse (those last three are included in a trilogy combined into one book called Vampires’ Curse), Hearts of Evil, Haunted Lake, The Gnome, A Rocky Path, Club Blood, See Me, Guardian Vampire,

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
I think it’s a toss up between vampires and ghosts.
I think vampires are very complex creatures, and I like that. Ghosts are just eerie. 🙂

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
Can I pick my own book? I would love to be Libby Fox in the Vampires’ Curse trilogy.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
I’m currently working on a sequel to Soul of a Vampire. The title will be Keeper of His Soul. Readers wanted to know more about the main female character’s best friend from Soul of a Vampire, so this is her story.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we are all introverted and socially awkward. Each writer is different. I’m a little more on the extroverted side.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
I wish readers would realize how grateful we truly are for their support, reviews, and word of mouth advertising. And authors should express that more often, I think. Without readers, where would we be?

Who is your biggest supporter?
My mom.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Definitely not. Everything I write is in my imagination. My life is much more boring than my books.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Don’t expect to make loads of money, but don’t give up! Don’t read bad reviews if they will discourage you. And never respond to reviews.

Jan 21, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Kitten Jackson

KittenHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Kitten Jackson for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Kitten for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I have to say that Elaine Barris was a big influence on me. Before I edited her first book, I hadn’t ever read vampires before! I didn’t particularly care for the genre. But after editing her next book and a couple of vamp books for Gena D. Lutz, I fell in love with vampires. An idea came to me for a great story, so I told Elaine about it, and she encouraged me to write it. On my way to Dallas to see her, I saw signs for cities named Camden in two states, and that name seemed to be calling out to me. I had noticed it in SC, every time I had gone back and forth from Wilmington, NC, to my hometown of Muscle Shoals, AL. And that’s where I got my vamp’s name.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre, and what are the titles?
Right now, I only have Forever Camden, which is the first book in my Romantic Bloodlust series. I plan to have three books, but if the story dictates, I’ll write more! I’m in the process of writing the second book now. I’m about an eighth of the way in. It’s going to be even better than the first! Woohoo!

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
Vampires! The promise of eternal love, with a creature who has the ability to love on a much deeper level than humans do. It’s the romance. And the vampire sex is pretty awesome, too. 😉

If you could live in any paranormal book, what book and character would you choose?
Mine, of course! I’d love to be Melanie in Forever Camden. Cam’s emotions for her are so strong, and he has an all-consuming desire for her, but he also has a desperate need to protect her… from himself. It’s beautiful.

Can you share information with us about any projects that you are currently working on?
As I mentioned before, I’m working on the sequel for Forever Camden, the second book in my Romantic Bloodlust series. I’m keeping the title a secret for now, because it’s so hard to find a good one that hasn’t been used by lots of authors. This book will have much more action. Forever Camden is very hot and has some emotional scenes and suspense, but overall, it’s light, compared to my Keeping Secrets series, which is extremely dark and NOT paranormal. (Well, book 3 is, but it’s ghosts.) The second book, however, will go a lot darker and will be much more emotional. It’s a continuation of the first book. I’m really excited about it.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we have money and we’re famous! LOL! I’ve had Facebook friends I went to school with say things like, “I can’t believe I know somebody who’s famous!” I have to laugh. Maybe someday (that would be awesome!), but certainly not now!

If you could change something within the author/reader community, what would you change and why?
The back-biting/troll behavior.
I don’t understand it. I’ll admit, I’m a little jealous, when I see authors who have thousands of great reviews and make the NYT bestseller list, but that doesn’t mean I wish them anything but success. It only means I’d like to have that kind of success, too. But some people seem to be determined to bring them down. That really bothers me.

And the trolls… don’t get me started! I can’t fathom why anyone would enjoy hurting people. Some of the reviews they leave are nothing short of cruel. Granted, some books do suck. I’ve tried to read some of them myself, but if I don’t like them, I don’t go and leave an ugly, hateful review. I’m not saying it’s wrong to leave an unfavorable review—just that if you’re going to leave one, be tactful and give the reasons for your opinion of the book, without being cruel and mean. Sometimes, negative reviews can help authors correct their errors, so they can be a good thing if the criticism is presented in a helpful way.

Who is your biggest supporter?
That’s a tough one, because some of the ladies in my street team, Kitten’s Feisty Felines, work really hard for me, and more importantly, they love my stories. But I think that my PA, Shanna Blanton, probably loves my books more than anyone else, and she pimps me like a little crazy person! Ha! Love & big hugs to Shanna and my team!

Of all the books that you have written, are any of them based on real-life experiences?
Yes. Well, parts of them. In Keeping Secrets, Abbie was raped by a close friend back in college. Then she is attacked and beaten by her ex-boyfriend. I’ve experienced both rape and domestic violence. Murder plays a big part in that series, and though I haven’t been involved in that personally (thank God!), two of my grandfather’s brothers were murdered ten years apart.
(I’ll be finishing my NOVEL about that hopefully later this year or next year. While doing research for it, I found evidence that confirmed my beliefs that people in power back then, including the police, played a part in the cover-up and possibly the murder itself of one of those men. For that reason, I decided it could be dangerous for my family and me to write it as true crime.)

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Don’t let anything stand in your way. If you have that burning desire in you to write, do it. Make time. But don’t publish anything you don’t feel good about. If you don’t think it’s awesome, chances are pretty good that no one else will, either. Keep working on it, until it feels good.

And get a GOOD editor. Get references from them and check their recent work. And remember that overall, you get what you pay for. You can get a book ‘edited’ for $100, but your chances of getting a good edit for that are zero. You have a better chance of being struck by lightning. Editing is a time-consuming project, which takes a lot of concentration, and no editor is perfect. But there are many people out there who are calling themselves ‘editors,’ ripping off unsuspecting authors, allowing them to publish books that look completely unprofessional. That really makes me angry. So beware.

Oh, and your cover is extremely important, too! Unless you’re a good graphic artist, have your cover professionally created.

Jan 21, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Victoria Danann

victoriaHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Victoria Danann for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Victoria for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
Personal interest in the subject.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles? 13, titles below
THE ORDER OF THE BLACK SWAN, Winner BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES two years in a row!
Knights of Black Swan 1. My Familiar Stranger
Knights of Black Swan 2, The Witch’s Dream
Knights of Black Swan 3, A Summoner’s Tale
Knights of Black Swan 4, Moonlight
Knights of Black Swan 5, Gathering Storm
Knights of Black Swan 6, A Tale of Two Kingdoms
Knights of Black Swan 7, Solomon’s Sieve
An Order of the Black Swan Novel Prince of Demons
Knights of Black Swan 8, VAMPIRE HUNTER, Rammel Hawking 1
Knights of Black Swan 9, Journey Man (March 2016)

THE HYBRIDS
Exiled 1. CARNAL, The Beast Who Loved Me (February 14, 2016)
Exiled 2. CRAVE (2016)

THE WEREWOLVES
New Scotia Pack 1, Shield Wolf: Liulf
New Scotia Pack 2, Wolf Lover: Konochur

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
Elves according to the worlds of Victoria Danann.

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
The Witch’s Dream, Elora Laiken

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
Several planned for this year. The first book of my new series, EXILED, releases on Valentines Day next month. That’s CARNAL, The Beast Who Loved Me. I’m also adding two more Black Swan novels and a novella this year, plus a stand alone contemporary romance.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That we get paid more than we do.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
Other than trolls targeting authors when they reach a certain level of success, I can’t think of anything I’d change.

Who is your biggest supporter?
My assistant, Sarah Nicole Blausey. She named her first child after one of my Black Swan knights.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Yes, but loosely. Real experiences are in there like a house of mirrors. They’ve been enlarged, reduced, stretched up, down, and sideways.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Go Indie, think long term, and give your audience time to find you.

Jan 21, 2016

Paranormal Author Takeover Interview – Louann Caroll

louannHere is the interview that I had the pleasure of doing with Louann Carroll for the VF Presents Paranormal Author Takeover Event. Thank you Louann for doing the interview with me.

What made you choose to write in the paranormal genre?
I like to write my own adventures and sometimes they include things that are not of this world. That doesn’t mean they don’t exist, because they certainly do for me, but in the outer banks of reality my characters come alive in some pretty remarkable ways. I find the genre fun and I even throw in some horror and science fiction to make the journey more exciting.

How many books do you currently have available in the paranormal genre and what are the titles?
Currently two are available. A Shadow of Time and Innocent Blood, but there are many more coming soon.

What is your favorite paranormal creature and why?
Fairies because they have led me on one hell of a ride. Many think the realm of the fays is mythical,  however I have it on good authority they are quite real.

If you could live in any paranormal book what book and character would you choose?
The book is Gemini Rising and Kate Kelly is the main character. I realize I wrote the book and am waiting on the second edition of book one to come out, but I wrote the novel because I couldn’t find a anything like it. Everyone talks about the end of the world and I wanted to discover what I would do if something like the end happened.So I wrote Gemini Rising, book one of three and it satisfied the need inside me.

Can you share information with us any projects that you are currently working on?
My current WIP is The Foundlings of Nirvana. It’s self-pubbed–my first you know–and then after that re-editing the Gemini series.

What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about writers in general?
That it is easy to write a book, because it isn’t. Good writers do a ton of research. It takes time, effort, and skill to to find the information you need. Accuracy is paramount. Even when it comes to other dimensions. You have to have some grasp of the English language and punctuation. No editor is going to want to redo your entire book. Although, admittedly, I have put some editors though some rough patches. It is an ongoing learning process and every editor is different.

If you could change something within the author/reader community what would you change and why?
Encourage readers to write reviews. Even bad reviews are helpful. I try to review every book I read because it is so important. In addition, I would love to interact more with readers. Send me an e-mail. Follow me on Twitter. Share your ideas and your love and or hate of my characters. I enjoy hearing from you!

Who is your biggest supporter?
Spiritually it is a still small voice. Just the other day when I was working on Foundlings and found myself outside my comfort zone, this voice said, don’t be afraid. I am with you.

That does not mean you can call the guys in the white coats to take me away. However it is something that has been with me all my life and is an important contributor to which path I take.

My most important human supporter was my mother-in-law, Audrey Carroll O’Brien. She passed away last July and I miss her. I never had a conversation with her that she didn’t give me approval and feedback on my latest venture. I can honestly say, without a doubt, she was my greatest supporter.

Of all the books that you have written are any of them based on real life experiences?
Yes and no. I use my emotions to color my characters and universes. I even use some real life experiences and challenges in my novels to see how my characters will react. I have used life themes as a backdrop, but none of my books are completely based upon my life.

What advice would you give to new authors that are just starting out?
Read, read, read. Then read some more. Take an English class, start feeling life around you. Now-a-days they call it mindfulness. I call it situational awareness. Just stop, look, and listen to life and use it in your manuscripts. Get to know your characters.

An example of knowing your characters:

In Gemini Rising, after Kate was thrust back into an inhospitable world, Kate and her son went looking for supplies. After finding a half-standing K-Mart they were so excited to find canned food they forgot to pack toilet paper. Imagine, being stuck on the underside of a broken world with no bathroom and no toilet paper. Let me tell you, you can do without the bathrooms but you’re going to need the toilet paper.

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