Okay so it looks like I fell off the planet. Promise - I'm still here. The last two years have been ... hard. There's no other word for it. Everything is fine. I'm fine, but I've been the caregiver of my Mother-in-law and now I'm taking care of my mom. Between her needs, work, etc I seem to have lost control of my time. I am still writing and have made a few hard decisions.

I pulled my books from Mundania and have decided to to try to sell them through other publishers. I'm happy to say the 1st three books I sold to HSWF (now owned by Mundania) have been picked up by Melange Books and will be released through their Satin Books imprint. The rest I'm still working on.

I'll probably still be sporadic. Unless I win the lottery and can hire someone to help me I can't avoid it, but know I'm still here still working hard in the background and am hoping to do better at keeping my blog alive.


Tink...tink...tink...anyone out there? Hi! I'm Barbara Donlon Bradley - Author - editor and slightly crazy - ask anyone in my family. I hope to use this blog to talk about writing, editing and whatever pops in my head. Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

My Guest for this week: A.J. Williams

I want to welcome AJ Wiliams First I’d love you to introduce yourself.

Thanks for having me Barb. There really isn't much to tell you...(laughing) I am a mom first and foremost.  I have been writing since I was about nine or so. When my mom and I moved from Arizona to Missouri the kids in my new school made fun of me for the way I talked. Writing became a release for me as I had to learn to fit in. As I grew, writing helped release a lot of hormonal issues we girls often face as we mature.

Now I am married to a great man with two wonderful kids and my love of writing has intensified. I encourage my six year old to write her own stories. I love TV and record everything as I HATE, really hate commercials, can't stand the things. Also I have super powers as I love telling my kids.

Tell us about your latest release:
 My newest release will be His Final Bounty, which releases in March. It is the final story in the Bounty Series. 

Blurb: Eva Rosenberg hacks a secret file of Jefferson's and discovers the man who shattered her heart and her world has one giant secret. 

Jefferson Anders’ current bounty hunting status has allowed him to hide in the shadows, never forcing him to face the secrets of his past. Having spent five years hiding the truth, he never dreamed the secrets of his past would catch up to him. Secrets which cost him both the love of his life and connection to his family. Now, he must face the mistakes of his past. 
With a confrontation looming with Eva and a possible death threat, they must work as a team to find forgiveness and defeat the enemy that waits in the shadows.

Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.

1.) Who is your favorite villain – it can be from a book (even one of yours), movie or TV show. And why?
 Hmm hard question. I don't think I have every really loved a villain. However, I am working on a story where the villain is my main character. So I guess I would have to say him.

2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books? Why?
 I love Keylee Anders from Bounty for Hunter. She is in your face, doesn't make any excuses for who she is or how she behaves. This girl has gone to hell and back. The best thing is that she came out better, and stronger than before. She is strong and independent, as well as loyal.

3.) What do genre do you write? What made you pick that one?
 I write Contemporary Romance. I chose contemporary because it called to me. As much as I love historical romances, I would rather read then write them

4.)What are you working on now?
 I am currently working on several different books, each about at the half way point. I am working on a sweet romance about a girl who is going  back home for the first time in ten years. Another story I am working on is about a shy girl stepping out into life instead of hiding from it. That story will be spicy. My other story is about a woman stuck doing wrong deeds to save a loved one.

5.) What got you to start writing?
 I starting writing a story in 2007 while I was on  bed rest, pregnant with my first child. I had over hundred thousand words when my computer crashed. I cried for a whole month. Pulling my big girl panties on I decided to sit down and write it all over again.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?
 I get ideas from music, my kids, believe it or not, and people watching. We as humans are hilarious in our reactions.

7.) What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?
 I am a very shy person.

8.) Do you have any special talents?
 I can play the flute, not as good as I did, but I can still play.

9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you? Why?
 I was told to write everyday, another is don't worry about the mistakes just write.  These have stuck with me because it is important to get what you can on paper. If I can't make it to the computer I have a pen and pad near me at all times just so I can jot down ideas or scenes that play out in my mind.

As to not worry about mistakes I have found that helpful because I worry about any misspelled words or grammar mistakes then it takes away from my time of getting my thoughts out completely.

10.) If you could talk to any famous figure (present, past or fictional) who would it be and what would you talk about?
 I would have to say Juliet Mariller, her book Daughter of the Forest helped me fall in love with romance books. I would love to ask her about her writing process, the research that goes into each of her stories and what it is like to be a member of a druid order.

And A.J. Has a give away!

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Enjoy the excerpt from his Final Bounty!

Eva wasn’t sure when it happened, but her body called to her in a way that she hadn’t felt in years. After all this time, he still wore Ralph Lauren Polo Black. She loved that smell. Her reaction to him spurred her body closer to his, lightly brushing her nipples against his side. Every sensation from Jefferson rubbing her back, to her tracing circles on his chest increased her breathing. Her nipples tightened and the dampness increased between her legs.
Jefferson.” Her voice was soft as she moved her finger to his nipple in a sensual circle.
“Eva,” his growl pressed her to continue. There was something about the way he growled her name that caused her to stop circling and started to use her fingers to rub his nipple with her thumb and finger.
“You have to stop.”
Lifting her head up from his chest, she kept rubbing his nipple as she looked into his eyes.
“Tonight, please just give me this one night. After that, we will go our separate ways. I just need to feel you.”
“There will never be ‘just one night’ with us, Eva. If we do this, it’s for keeps. Do you understand? I could never let you walk away, nor would I allow myself to walk away from you again.”
His word slammed over her. His eyes danced in the light. She could see that he too needed tonight. As much as she wanted more nights, she didn’t think she could ever give him more. Then again, maybe she could, but it all depended on him. She had the truth, but it didn’t really ease the hurt she still felt in her heart.
She didn’t respond at first, as her thoughts rolled through her mind.
“Tonight please, Jefferson. Just tonight.”
“I’ll give you tonight, but we will talk,” he declared.
She didn’t want to talk. She wanted all or nothing and tonight it was all. If she couldn’t have tonight, then she could go back to having nothing in her life. She’d had five years of practice. What was another fifty? She nodded edging closer to his body.
“I mean it, Eva.”

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