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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Welcome My Latest Guest Brenda B. Taylor! #amwriting

I want to welcome Brenda B. Taylor. First I’d love you to introduce yourself.

Writing is a life-long dream I waited until retirement to pursue. After retiring from Texas public schools as a teacher and school administrator, I began writing the first books in the Wades of Crawford County series. The stories came from genealogy research. The same is true of the Highland Treasures series. I found a connection to Clan Munro in the Scottish Highlands and traveled to Scotland three times. I found our family and visited the seat of Clan Munro, Foulis Castle. A novella in the series is planned for writing and publishing this year.

Tell us about your latest release.

A Highland Ruby is the second book in the Highland Treasures series. The story follows Gavin Munro, brother of Chief Andrew Dubh Munro, and Flora Vass through a turbulent courtship. Gavin and Flora were secondary characters in the first book, A Highland Pearl, who now have their own story.

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?

Hugh MacKenzie in A Highland Ruby is one of my favorite villains. I enjoyed writing him into the novel. He is a large, comical chief of Clan MacKenzie, and the Munro’s neighbor who delights in tormenting Andrew. The MacKenzie and the Munro have running feud brought on by decades of mistrust, reiving, and deception between the clans. Andrew finally takes steps to bring about a reluctant peace with his neighbor.

2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books? Why?

My favorite character is Flora Vass in A Highland Ruby. Flora is a strong, self-sufficient lady. She loves with all her heart, and will fight for those she loves. She is loyal, brave, and honest to a fault. Gavin finally realized her special qualities, and determined to make her his own.

3.) What genre do you write? What made you pick that one?

I write historical romance with inspirational elements, family relationships, and strong characters who are not afraid to express their love. I have a teaching field in history and enjoy the research required to write stories set in a historical time period.

4.) What are you working on now?

I am working on a novella in the Highland Treasures series entitle, A Love for All Seasons. The story takes place before A Highland Pearl, and is about the courtship of Andrew’s and Gavin’s parents. The heroine’s name is Aine, the Gaelic word for Ann and means harmony.

5.) What got you to start writing?

The impetus that started my writing was a constant nudge from an inner voice. Stories, characters, and conversations kept running around in my head. I finally sat down and put words to paper.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?

The ideas for both series, The Wades of Crawford County and Highland Treasures, came from genealogical research.

7.) What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?

I waited until after retirement to begin writing historical fiction. My one regret is I didn’t begin sooner. I have a friend who works as a school secretary and writes during her lunch hour. Several times I’ve read about authors holding down day jobs and writing before going to work. The stories ran around in my head and begged to be on paper, but I ignored the impulse to write them, thinking I was too busy. They should have been written.

8.) Do you have any special talents?

I love to play the piano and the organ. I play for our church. I also enjoy art, photography, and traveling in our recreational vehicle. Reading is a passion, and I love reading on my iPad apps.

9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you? Why?

The one piece of advice came from my husband. He told me if I wanted to write, to stop talking about it and do it. He is my biggest fan and encourager. I couldn’t do this without his encouragement.

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 talk with Jane Austen. She is one of my favorite romance authors who overcame many adversities to write her stories. I visited her home in Chawton, England and gravesite in Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, England this past summer.

11.) What song would you say describes your life?

The song sung by Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, I Did It My Way.

12.) If you could come back as any animal – what would it be?

If I came back as an animal, it would be my son’s basset hound. He has two and they are well attended.




A Highland Ruby: Highland Treasures Book 2

She must choose between a life of adventure with the man she loves or a settled, secure life with her betrothed. Flora Vass put Gavin Munro out of her heart and mind until he returned to Scotland after an adventurous five years in the New World. Gavin left no doubt he returned to make the bonnie Flora his own and intended to fight for her. Flora’s betrothed, Iain MacKay, and Gavin’s brother, Chief Andrew Munro, had other plans. Andrew needed her to marry the MacKay to bring peace between the two clans. Iain MacKay wanted an heir. War with England loomed on the horizon, forcing Flora to choose between her heart’s desire and her logical choice.

Available for Pre-Order


Excerpt

He dozed and dreamed of Flora in the emerald gown again. Now her waist-length hair matched the deep red color of the large ruby hanging from a gold chain. The ruby and gold glinted in shards of green light flashing around her and in her eyes. How lovely she appeared, with flawless white skin, ruby red hair, and eyes to match the emerald gown. Gavin’s heart near burst with her beauty. While he watched, Flora removed the ruby from her neck, dipped the stone three times in a crystal goblet of clear water. The water turned red as the ruby.

She held the goblet out to him. “Take this and drink. The ruby’s water will drive the evil away and make you weel.”

“Aye. I desire to be well.” Gavin reached for the beautiful crystal chalice now filled with red water.

Just as his hand touched the chalice, a large boot kicked his foot. Flora disappeared with the red, healing water. Gavin’s eyes popped open. He remained still, grabbing the sgian dubh from his boot with one hand and the pistol from his belt with the other.




About Brenda B. Taylor

The desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication.

Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.

Connect with Brenda

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/JV31xY



Sunday, February 21, 2016

Welcome my latest guest Janet Lane Walters!

Sorry I'm a day late again - I will get better and things settle at home.
I want to welcome Janet Lane Walters.

I’ve been writing for 46 years though some of those years were taken mainly by returning as a nurse to help finance children through college. Also to find my way to two degrees. A BA in English and a BS in Nursing. The number of my children are four and they’ve given me seven grandchildren. My youngest daughter is biracial and adopted. Four of the grandchildren are her children. The other three grandchildren are adopted and are Chinese. So I’ve a rather eclectic family. I currently live in the scenic Hudson Valley, not far from some interesting and historical places. I write romance, fantasy, mysteries and occasionally suspense. I’ve had short stories published and also a handful of poems.

Tell us about your latest release.

My latest release is called Divided Dreams. It’s about a doctor who has given up medicine to write, his dream since he was a teen. The heroine is returning to town after swearing never to return to where the hero hurt her. The arrival of their niece, her brother and his sister, complicate their lives. So does the return of her brother. Can they renew their love and make a home for the little girl?
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?

My favorite villain is from one of my own books “Code Blue.” He doesn’t have a name until the end. Actually though he’s twisted he is also a nice person and his motive for the multitude of killings is one he considers a justified.

2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books? Why?

What a difficult question. I’m rather fickle. The character or characters I love the best from one of my books is usually a character in my current WIP. Right now it’s Lorana who can hear and speak to dragons and until she decided to escape from slavery in the citadel of the wizards of Fyre heard no dragons. She has courage and determination and wants revenge but she must learn that revenge isn’t the tasty dish she imagined.

3.) What do genre do you write? What made you pick that one?

Another interesting question. I write romance contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and historical. I also write mystery and occasionally suspense. I’ve written short stories and poems. A bit of YA fantasy and also several non-fiction books. Why did I choose them – probably because I like to read them. At a conference I heard a writer mention that writing what you like to read is a good idea. I’m just an eclectic writer.

4.) What are you working on now?

I am working on The Wizards of Fyre, the third in a four book series. This is a fantasy romance with two villains who must be defeated. The hero is a wizard but not of the line of wizards. He is adopted and has been pushed aside after his mentor dies. I talked about the heroine above. There is also a Dragon who is so old he can’t remember his name. He plays a major role in the story.

5.) What got you to start writing?

I always write from the time I could hold a pencil, but I decided to become published much later in life. I had a bad case of pneumonia and my sister-in-law sent me a bag of nurse romances. Among them were some of the worst books I’ve ever read. Many of the writers had no idea about medicine, hospitals and nurses and doctors. So I decided to learn how to write a novel and the game was on.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?

I have no real idea where my ideas arise. I’ve blamed it on a twisted mind since creativity is akin to madness. A book by Rollo May by this title led me to this conclusion. The ideas appear to hover in the air and them I pluck then. The stories don’t always follow the original idea but take off from there.

7.) What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?

I will try to think of something. If not I’ll make it up. I am a writer. Perhaps the fact that I’ve been married to the same man for fifty-six years. It’s called endurance or the survival of the fittest.

8.) Do you have any special talents?

Not sure what special talents are but on occasion I’ve had bits of ESP show up in my life. Perhaps in dreams or even in sending thoughts. Another may be that for years I composed music and never learned how to play an instrument.

9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you? Why?

Finish the book. When I heard this at a conference back when my career began, I decided that was great advice. I became a draft writer because of this advice. I always finish a rough draft of my books before I go back and make them right.

10.) If you could talk to any famous figure (present, past or fictional) who would it be and what would you talk about?

I can think of a few but probably Jane Austin. We would talk about how one brings ordinary life of the times into a book. I would also like to talk to Tolstoy about why he allowed Anna Karenina to commit suicide. That has bothered me since I read the book for a book report in third grade and nearly was expelled. Not for reading the book but for suggesting all the other things she could have done and the real reasons she had to live.

11.) What song would you say describes your life?

Not much into songs with words but I’d say the 1812 Overture is how I often feel and is a piece I have a dozen versions of and have been known to play them back to back.

12.) If you could come back as any animal – what would it be?

Some kind of big cat. Not a lion. They’re kind of scruffy. A tiger or a puma or a jaguar. I love the look of them and often watch National Geographic channel when they’re on.




Buy link:
Melodic Dreams (Moon Child)  

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 Excerpt:

To the sounds of her nephew banging notes on a xylophone, Maria emptied the last box of kitchenware she’d found at the thrift shop less than a block from the apartment complex. She paused and laughed. She knew that song, the theme from Jeopardy, her mother’s favorite program.

She drew a deep breath. So much to do to make this one bedroom apartment into a home for her four year old nephew. Beds to make, clothes to unpack. She needed to buy curtains to cover the blinds and add color to the ecru walls. She’d been fortunate. The woman from the Human Resources Department at Fern Lake General had found this place.

Last night, she and Jamie had slept on the green carpet in the living room pretending to be camping. This morning the furniture and other purchases from the thrift shop had been delivered.

Jamie finished his rendition with a sweep of the hammer over the keys. She leaned against the counter and loaded their bowls from lunch into the dishwasher.

Maria drew a deep breath. Inside, she quivered with tension she refused to allow to show. She must succeed.

Enough dawdling. There was a man she needed to see. Her gut clenched.

“Jamie, put your toys away. We’re going to see your father.” And pray the man agrees to pay for Jamie’s pre-school while she worked. Two weeks from today, she started at the local hospital as an occupational therapist.

“Will he like me?” Jamie asked.

She hated the worry in the boy’s voice and in his brilliant green eyes. She ruffled his dark curls. “What’s not to like?”

“He never came to see me.”

Maria sucked in a breath. She could have tried to locate the man years ago, but her mother had been adamantly opposed. “He didn’t know about you. Nana didn’t know his last name.” Maria brushed hair from her face. They could have learned. She couldn’t tell Jamie about his grandmother’s anger. Guilt curled in her thoughts.

Jamie looked up. “How did you know?”

“When we were packing to sell Nana’s house, I found some papers in a suitcase your mama left. I saw his name and looked for him.”

Jamie nodded. “Uncle Carlo said my mama runned away ‘cause my dad was mean.” His eyes widened.

She put her fingers on his lips. “What does Uncle Carlo know?”

“Just TV and beer.”

Maria popped toys in her huge bag and walked to the door. They rode the elevator to the semi-enclosed parking area and her battered ten year old blue sedan. She fastened Jamie into his booster seat.

Twenty minutes later with only one wrong turn, she pulled into the U-shaped driveway leading to a huge house at the top of the rise. She rehearsed what she planned to say when she saw Jamie’s father. She swallowed against a lump in her throat. How would he react when she handed him the folder with her reasons for being in Fern Lake?

“Is that the house?” Jamie pointed up the hill. “Looks like a castle.”

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Meet My Latest Guest Alice Orr! #amwriting

First I want to apologize to my guest, Alice and to my readers and floowers. I normally post this on Saturdays but yesterday was when we held the memorial for my mother-in-law. That was all I was focused on. I didn't even realize that I had forgotten until I woke up this morning. So a date but always fun come and meet ly latest guest.

I want to welcome Alice Orr. First I’d love you to introduce yourself.

Tell us about your latest release.

The book I’d like to focus on here is titled A Wrong Way Home and is Book 1 of my Riverton Road Romantic Suspense series. I’m now writing Book 4 but Book 1 – A Wrong Way Home – is a free eBook at Amazon and other online retailers and a good introduction to my writing. This is the story of Kara and Matt. She has come back to her hometown though she’d vowed she never would. He hoped she’d never return because she broke his heart before she left. All these two seem to have in common is the murder of a bad man and how his death can damage a lot of good people in Riverton. Now Kara and Matt must work together to find the killer before he strikes again.

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?

My favorite villain and least favorite story character is Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. I dislike him so much because he is filled with rage and bitterness and he takes out his rage and bitterness on everyone around him. He resents the hard life he had as a boy and now that he’s made himself wealthy he uses that wealth and power to take revenge. Unfortunately he’s also very sexy and that turns out to be nothing but trouble for the women who love him. My advice – stay away from guys like this.

2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books and why?

This is like asking a mother to pick her favorite child. I have to say my heroines are all my favorite characters. They are strong women but each is strong in her own way. Kara of A Wrong Way Home is in-your-face feisty. Hailey of A Year of Summer Shadows is quieter in her strength but she will do whatever is necessary – including put herself in danger – to protect those who need her. Bethany of A Vacancy at the Inn is a single mother going through a tough time but she never gives up her struggle to make life the best it can be for her son. Vanessa of A Villain for Vanessa is my current favorite because I’m writing about her right now. Her strength lies in her determination to find out the truth behind the secrets and half-truths she’s been told about her family and her life. I love all of these women who have – during my writing of this series – become my valued friends.

3.) What genre do you write? What made you pick that one?

I write Romantic Suspense. I love authors who tell a good tight thriller-mystery – from Michael Connelly to Nora Roberts with Stephen King thrown in when I want to be scared to death. They’ve made me want to write the same kind of stories. It all began with Nancy Drew and reading under the covers at night – as I suspect many of us book people did. Later on I discovered the movies of Alfred Hitchcock and I was hooked. Murder and twisted motives with a conflicted romantic relationship in the mix. Those make my favorite cup of writing tea – right down to the leaves that predict how it will end.

4.) What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on Book 4 in my Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series called A Villain for Vanessa. It is a story about tangled roots and family secrets and that’s all I’m going to say. Because I don’t want to spoil the suspense – for me or for you.


5.) What got you to start writing?

In the eighth grade I had a teacher named Mrs. Mahon. I was a restless student. Then she assigned a writing project that really interested me. I wrote several pages without a restless moment in any of them. The day Mrs. Mahon handed back the graded papers she dropped mine on my desk as she passed by and said something that would change my life. “You know how to write, girl.” I was sure there had to be some truth in that because Mrs. Mahon wouldn’t have given a compliment to a difficult student like me unless she meant it. At last I had something I loved to do that I was good at doing.

6.) Where do you get your ideas?

Most of my ideas come from my own history. There haven’t been murderers in my life like in my stories – at least I don’t think so – but there have been lots of rumors and secrets and interesting people. In other words lots of “What if?” For example A Year of Summer Shadows came from asking myself this. “What if my father was right about Uncle Howard? What if his death really was mysterious?” The one time I heard Dad tell that tale my mother shushed up him immediately. All my life I knew there was a story behind her shushing so I finally wrote it.

7.) What would your readers be surprised to find out about you?

I write about remote northern New York State – referred to by the locals as the North Country – and a town there that is something like the town where I was born and raised. I write about that place as if I walked down its main street every day and lived the life of a smallish town person. The truth is in my day to day life I live in a place very unlike Riverton. I live in New York City and have for a long time. But somewhere near the center of my heart and my imagination I’m still back home.

8.) Do you have any special talents?

I’d say that my current and most favorite special talent is for being a loving grandma. I had a wonderful grandmother who was a huge influence in my life and my goal in life is to be to my grandkids what she was to me.

9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you and why?

There’s so much good advice I’ve been given along the way but I think the most important thing for all of us as writers to hear – over and over again – is that nothing counts as much as the quality of the storytelling. You can be the most gifted marketing maven around but if the story is lacking – your career success will most likely be lacking too.

10.) If you could talk to any famous figure (present, past or fictional) who would it be and what would you talk about?

I think I’d speak to St. Francis of Assisi and ask him to tell me more about his famous prayer on love. Love is patient and kind and unselfish and so many other things in that prayer. I’d ask him to teach me how to be better at those things. Better at being loving.

11.) What song would you say describes your life?

The song that best describes my life is an old one – “You Never Walk Alone.” It’s the true truth of my life because even when I believed I was alone – I was not.

12.) If you could come back as any animal – what would it be?

If I could come back as any animal it would be a female gorilla. She loves and cares for her young and fiercely protects them against all threats. She is strong and brave and true and those are the things I’d most wish to be.




A WRONG WAY HOME
Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Book 1
Matt & Kara’s Story by Alice Orr

Going home can be dangerous.

Kara Cartwright returns to her hometown on the same night Anthony Benton is murdered. She knows nothing about that or how it will unhinge her life. She only knows she vowed never to come back to Riverton or to see Matt Kalli again.

Matt has made a vow of his own. He’ll never forgive Kara – the woman who loved him then betrayed him nine years ago. And he can’t forgive himself for the way she’s stuck in his heart.

All these two have in common is their hatred of Anthony Benton. Now Benton is dead and they could be suspects. People they care deeply about are suspects too. That gives Matt and Kara something else in common – a perilous search for the real killer before he murders again.

A Wrong Way Home is Book 1 in the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense series featuring the Kalli family – and beginning with Book 3 – the Miller family too in stories of danger and romance. A Wrong Way Home is a FREE eBook at Amazon and other online retailers. All of Alice’s books are available at http://www.amazon.com/Alice-Orr/e/B000APC22E.




Alice Orr – In Her Own Words

An Amazon reviewer says, "Alice Orr is a brilliant writer who has a Number One best seller hidden in her pocket. I look forward to more of her work." I say “Thanks!” I love to write. Especially romantic suspense novels and blog posts. I’ve been a workshop leader, book editor and literary agent. Now I live my dream of writing full-time. I’ve published thirteen novels and four novellas – both traditionally and independently – plus a memoir so far. I wrote my nonfiction book, No More Rejections, as a gift to the writers' community I cherish. A revised edition is now in progress. Amazon says, "This book has it all." About my romantic suspense, Amazon says, "Alice Orr turns up the heat." Most of all, I’m thrilled to hear from readers. Visit my website at
www.aliceorrbooks.com. I have two grown children and two perfect grandchildren and I live with my husband Jonathan in New York City.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In Memory of my Mother-in-Law, Multi-Published Author June Edith (Mack) Bradley





This week I'm skipping my normal posts to honor the life of my mother-in-law. She was born in Pawtucket, RI. She was 88 when she left us on Feb 7th, 2016.

When I met her son, John who is now my husband of 30 years, June and her husband were moving to California. While she was there she decided to take classes on writing. She joined RWA and worked hard on the craft. When my niece was born in 1991 my in-laws came into town to meet her. My father-in-law fell in love and knew they had to come back to Virginia.

June came back with a plan. She wanted to continue her membership with RWA and join a local chapter here. Luckily one had just started. June had no idea that I had been writing scenes with a high school friend and we had been mailing them back and forth for years. At this point I had no aspirations to write professionally. We had been doing the our scenes and that was our way of keeping in touch and escaping for a little while.

My sister-in-law and I think June decided she needed drivers because she paid for our RWA membership as well as the and our local chapter membership for that first year. I had never thought about writing professionally so decided to go to the meetings with her just to see what was what.

One program the chapter decided to have members send in five pages of the WIP to be critiqued. I went hmmm. This would be the perfect chance. I was going out of town to visit my writing partner so I knew I wasn't going to be there. If they hated it I could slink off into the sunset and never be seen again. If they liked then I would pursue writing.

She was so excited for me. When I called home to speak to my hubby she grabbed the phone and gushed over how everyone loved my writing. It was raw but good. She was so excited for me and that got me to pursue a writing.

My mother-in-law was a big influence in my writing. Here I am - sixteen published books later and I have her to thank for that. I'm going to miss her.

June's books:

Shannon's Creek

Elegant Swan

Wyngate Manor

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Welcome my Latest Guest Colleen Myers! @ColleenSMyers #amwriting

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

Colleen plays many roles. Not only is she a veteran, a mother, and a practicing physician, but she is a writer of science fiction and contemporary romances. Colleen’s dreams include surviving her son’s teenage years, exploring every continent on this planet, except Antartica, cause that’s way too cold, and winning the Nobel peace prize. Dream BIG! Her first novel, MUST REMEMBER came out in November. You can also look for her at Three Rivers Romance Writers, at Facebook  Colleen Myers, and at @ColleenSMyers.



Tell us about your latest release.

It is a science fiction romance. A what if type novel. There is an apocalyptic event and alien abduction where you find out all is not what it seems with human evolution.

Book Blurb:

Nineteen-year-old Elizabeth ‘Beta’ Camden is a survivor.

When the E’mani—those pale alien freaks—destroy Earth with a plague of madness and scoop up the remains, Beta is one of the ‘lucky’ ones. For years, she endures their tortures, experiments and games. Then one day, she manages to escape their ship with her life, and no memory of her time with them.

Stranded on their world, Beta wanders the mountains, looking for a way home. She stumbles onto the Fost—the E’mani’s ancient enemy. Their war with the E’mani is old and rooted in magic that the Fost once had and the E’mani crave. Magic Beta soon discovers she’s developing along with strange tattoos and disturbing glimpses of her past. The Fost take her in and train her in their ways. As she spends more time with them, she falls in love with their culture and with Marin—he of the hot hands and slit eyes.

But the E’mani took her for a reason and they want her back—dead or alive. If Beta doesn’t remember that reason soon, they’re all going to die.

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?

Hugh from Kate Daniels series. Sexy but flawed.

2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books? Why?

Kate Daniels.

3.) What do genre do you write? What made you pick that one?

I write Science Fiction/Fantasy and Contemporary Romance.  The reason? I love fantasy. I am constantly daydreaming. Given my day job, not during the day, so in my free time, I love to create new worlds and happy endings.

4.) What are you working on now?

A contemporary romance dealing with PTSD in a returning soldier and his high school sweetheart!

5.) What got you to start writing?

I was reading one of my favorite authors who I LOVE, but I remember reading one book and hating the ending. I remember yelling about it and my hubby said, “Well why don’t you write your own book then.” So I did.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?

Everywhere. Anywhere. Real life.

7.) What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?

I love tattoos and Electronic dances music.

8.) Do you have any special talents?

Umm, not that I can share publically? Hehe.

9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you? Why?

Never give up, Never surrender (also the theme to Galaxy Quest) but it is true. If you really want to accomplish something, not just writing, you need to apply yourself.

10.) If you could talk to any famous figure (present, past or fictional) who would it be and what would you talk about?

Mother Theresa. I love her as a public figure and as a feminine role model. I would talk about giving.

11.) What song would you say describes your life?

Hm, I can’t think of one, it changes constantly. I love to use music to get me into a scene. Right now I would say Open Heart by Morgan Page.

12.) If you could come back as any animal – what would it be?

Honey badger. LOL. I just love the meme regarding him. But no seriously a cat. I love cats. I would be a total lap cat.







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Friday, February 5, 2016

Writing Updates: My Mind is Never Idle #amwriting

This has been a hectic week. The people renting our house moved out and we're getting to ready for sale. I have been spackling holes and dings, wiping down doors and baseboards. Peeling off stickers they had left on the walls. I ache everywhere. This sedentary body isn't used to all this manual labor.

The one good thing about this busy work it allows my mind to have the freedom to do what it wants. I've written ten books in the Vespian Way with each book pushing at me to write it before I was finished with the one before it. There were times when I was working on three different books in different stages of writing or editing at the same time. This last book though started out of necessity. I knew I needed to write to keep me sane. As I've been working on it I thought maybe I was done with the series for a while and I would have time to work on something else.

Nope.

While I've been working on getting my old house ready for sale I was slapped with an idea.

Now understand I'm one of those authors that doesn't care for a series where the hero and heroine are constantly pulled apart. I don't want to do that with Heather and Storm, but I need to keep it interesting which is why there is always something for them to fight.

We, as authors are told to do the worst thing to our characters. The worst thing I can think of is killing one of them off, but I don't want to do that so what can I do? That's when it hit me. What if I create an environment where it looks like I've killed them off - I know I did that in Stolen Desire but this is different - what if I use one of the computers Heather is searching for to cause her and Storm to fall into a coma? What if I have Heather's mind jump into another person's body? What if Storm wakes up from his coma but Heather doesn't because her mind is in another body and he has to deal with the fact that his mate is not there for him or this war they're fighting?

One little thought will grow into a book. I just need a little more time.