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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Welcome N.N.LIght Back! @NNP_W_Light

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

N. N. Light is the best-selling husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N. Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

They’re blissfully happy and love all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG and Independent Author Network.

In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.

Tell us about your latest release.

Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year is the real-life romance of Mr. N and Mrs. N. It’s an Amazon Best-Seller and Hot New Release.

I had been searching for love my whole life. It took the opening up of the world via technology for me to find my soulmate. Once I laid eyes on her, at the arrivals gate, I knew I was never going to let her go. The following is a collection of poems I wrote to my angel, from our first meeting up until our wedding day. I was working crazy hours as a chef and I had a long commute. I chose my commuting time to pen her a poem each day. These poems speak of our life, our challenges and our growth together...in every aspect they speak of our love.

May this book give someone the courage to let their special someone know how much they care for them and how much they mean to them. Saying I love you is a gift you can give many times a day.




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 author? Do you feel you write like them?

Mr. N – My favorite fiction author is J. N. Williamson. He has the ability to create vivid characters, unveil only what he wants the reader to know and just when you least expect it, he scares the crap out of you. Brilliant. I’ve never attempted writing horror but I do enjoy surprising the reader when they least expect it.

Mrs. N – My favorite romance author is Jude Deveraux. I’ve read everything she’s written and I admire the way she portrays history so clearly, it’s like I’m right there.  She’s so talented at building romantic tension and I keep striving to be better.

2.) What was your favorite book growing up?

Mr. N – I’ll let my beloved take this one.

Mrs. N – The Chronicles of Narnia, Winnie the Pooh, anything by Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss. I was a voracious reader growing up and I loved books that took me on a great adventure.

3.) Are you a plotter or a pantser and why did you choose that method?

Mr. N – I’m a plotter. I have outlines and know where my book is headed from the start. Just ask anyone and they’ll tell you I’m organized. When I first met my beloved, I was a strait-laced by-the-book kind of person. She taught me to embrace my own creative side. I’m still organized (favorite activity is organizing our library of books, music and movies) but I’m more laid back than I used to be.

Mrs. N - *laughs* It’s true, when I met Mr. N, he was super-organized and I was… ummm… not. He says I’m artistic which is his way of saying I was disorganized. But he taught me the benefits of being organized and now I am what you’d call a hybrid: organized pantser. I do write from start to finish but I have a loose outline of plot, characters and conflict. I like this writing method best because it allows me to be free to explore characters and situations while staying on-course with the overall plot.

4.) Do you consider writing a career or a hobby? Why?

Mr. N – My second career. I’m a coin numismatist by day and an author/ book reviewer/ book promoter the rest of the time. I’m an insatiable reader and it’s only through writing Princess of the Light with my wife did I discover my love of writing.

Mrs. N – I’ve had this gift for words and writing since I was a little girl. I knew in my heart I was destined to be a writer and to inspire others. I consider writing a career and I work really hard at it. While life tries to distract me, my muse never strays too far from me. My characters are always in my head, begging to be released. I tell them there’s only twenty-four hours in the day and I do need to sleep. Lol!

5.) What are you working on now?

Mr. N – I am working on an alternative history book as well as the follow-up to Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year and working with Mrs. N on the sequel to Princess of the Light.

Mrs. N – Let’s see, I’m working with Mr. N on the sequel to Princess of the Light as well as working on a cozy mystery. I also have a sequel to Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella stewing in my mind. I still have to flush that one out before I start writing it.

6.) What one piece of advice would you like to pass on to an up and coming author?

Mr. N – Forget the traditional publishing route as the be-all-and-end-all. Write and publish your way. The tools are out there for you to publish a professional book.

Mrs. N – Don’t let anyone talk you out of your goal to be a published author. You have a gift and your stories deserve recognition. The numbers are daunting but you can do it!

7.) If you had the ability to time travel and your first visit was to see a younger version of yourself what would you say to that younger self?

Mr. N – Be strong. Real love will come when you least expect it to.

Mrs. N – Ignore the bullies and love yourself. You are beautiful.

8.) You just got a million dollars, whether it’s from an inheritance, the lottery, or a sweet book deal doesn’t matter. What would be the first thing you would buy for yourself?

Mr. N – Everything on our Amazon Wish List.

Mrs. N – A week’s vacation with Mr. N at our getaway spot up north.

9.) If you could un-invent one thing in the world what would it be?

Mr. N – Cars. I hate cars and the world we know it would be much safer without cars.

Mrs. N – Smartphones. I know it’s unpopular for me to say this but I see too many people disconnecting from the world. They have their smartphones attached to their body and they’re missing out on the world. There’s a disconnect, a lack of compassion in the world, and our society is forever changed because of it. People can hide behind a screen spewing hate, evil and bully someone without consequences. It’s sad and I wish we could go back in time to when there weren’t any smartphones.

10.) What is your favorite movie/TV Show? Why?

Our favorite TV show right now is Death in Paradise on BBC/PBS. It’s a quirky mystery show about a British inspector moving to an island and heading up the local police station. It’s a delight and a highlight of our week. We never miss an episode and we’re big fans of the cast.

Title: Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year
Author: N. N. Light
Genre: Poetry, Love Poetry

Excerpt:

I love to lay and listen
As my beauty sleeps.

The sound of each breath
As my beauty sleeps.

I think how I will awaken her
As my beauty sleeps.

To kiss her softly
That is my plan
As my beauty sleeps.

My lips move close
But I just enjoy listening
As my beauty sleeps.




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Author Biography: N. N. Light is the best-selling husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N. Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

They’re blissfully happy and love all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG and Independent Author Network.

In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.

They’d love to connect with you either via email or via these various social media sites:

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/nnlight   



Saturday, November 12, 2016

Please Welcome Trevan Rogers!

I want to welcome Trevann Rogers. First I’d love you to introduce yourself.
Tell us about your latest release.

I’ve recently released an urban fantasy novella titled After Midnight. It’s the prequel to my first novel, House of the Rising Son, and it clears up a few unanswered questions. Here’s the blurb:

After Midnight
Prequel to House of the Rising Son
Living After Midnight Series
Author: Trevann Rogers
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance

Improbable love. Impossible life. Immeasurable danger.
Jewell’s stepfather thinks she’s worthless. She agrees. When she looks in the mirror she sees an overweight, overemotional, overeating mess who can’t keep her fangs to herself.
Ria hails from a family of old world vamps who'd be happy to share their wealth with her, if only she’d fall in line. Fat chance, especially since being in that line includes not being gay.
Being in love is easy for Ria and Jewell—the young vampires belong together like vodka and tomato juice. Adding Cheyenne, a talented and sexy incubus, to their union is the hot sauce in their Bloody Mary. The only problem? Vampires and incubi are mortal enemies.
Despite the odds Ria, Jewell and Cheyenne find their way to happiness. But Jewell is hiding a huge secret, one that defies the laws of procreation: She’s going to have a baby.
While she tries to figure out how to break the unbelievable news to her lovers, a horror from Jewell’s past slithers into her present, forcing choices no one should have to make.
Will it be love or death? Happiness or safety? She has until dawn to decide...and it's already After Midnight.

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?

Tough first question! It would have to be Zillah, from Poppy Z. Brite’s Lost Souls, for all the wrong reasons. He’s completely amoral, totally gorgeous…and true to who he is from start to finish. And what a finish it was.

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

Cheyenne, the incubus rock star, is hands down my favorite character. He first appears in House of the Rising Son. There are so many reasons I love him. First—incubus AND rocker? They don’t come sexier than that. More importantly, however, is his love for his children. He loves them so deeply, enjoys their quirkiness, and he would die for them.

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

Urban Fantasy and paranormal romance. I write what I like to read. I’ve loved the genre since reading Interview with a Vampire. Man oh man, was that a sexy book.

4.) What are you working on now?

A few things. My writing group is putting out a holiday anthology in late November, so there is some pressure to get a winter-ish short story done. I’m also working on Cheyenne’s continued trials, tribulations and romantic journey in the sequel to House of the Rising Son, and a YA urban fantasy set in the same world.

5.) What got you to start writing?

Believe it or not, I belong to a circle of penpals who have been writing for two decades. We started sharing stories we made up, even circulated an underground newsletter. I started to fall in love with the worlds that were swirling around in my head. Seemed a natural progression to write a book.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?

Music, mostly. Lyrics and songs set a mood and spark feelings. Mood and feelings start stories. For me, anyway.

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

They’d be shocked to find that in addition to book boyfriends, I have a couple of WWE boyfriends, too. Randy Orton…Roman Reigns…You probably shouldn’t get me started.

8.) Do you have any special talents?

I seem to make traffic lights turn red. All the time, but especially when I’m in a hurry.

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

“Write what you love.” There is occasionally pressure to write to the market, or to the latest “thing”, or to one editor or another’s wish list. But I know that wouldn’t be my best work, and it wouldn’t be fun for me.

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 to Damon, from Vampire Diaries. I beg him to never forget his true nature, as he is far, far sexier when he is his evil, serial killer self. The touchy-feely Damon doesn’t become him. Oh, and a few minutes to bask in the beauty that is him wouldn’t hurt either.
I think I might like to talk to Dean Winchester too, but that would be risky—for him, as I am likely to throw myself at his feet, naked, and not let go.

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

“Voices”, Randy Orton’s theme song. “I hear voices in my head, they council me, they understand. They talk to me.” Fitting for a writer, no?

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

Easy. A cat. They’re pampered and nothing is expected of them. Not even walking on a leash. I remember seeing this cat video on Facebook where the cat is looking at her owner while slowly pushing a glass vase off of the table. Yup. That’s me.




EXCERPT:

The choice between staying in on a Saturday night to clean and going to see Cheyenne at his first real gig hadn’t been a complicated decision. He was a world-class rocker who could play the guitar like a fiend and had a voice that made you feel…everything. Or made you horny. And hell if she didn’t love him. Damn incubus.
She reached across him and caressed Jewell’s side. Jewell’s eyes opened and she stared expressionless at the ceiling, hyper-alert to danger. It always took a few moments after resurrecting for her to remember where she was and who was with her, but since moving into their new home it seemed to take even longer.
Ria sighed. She’d do anything if it would help Jewell feel safe enough to die each dawn and awaken peacefully. “All is well, Babydoll. It’s just me. Time to rise and twinkle with the stars.”
“Already?” Jewell scrunched her eyes and blinked as if trying to focus them.
Cheyenne lay his head on the soft swell of Jewell’s belly. “Didn’t we just go to bed?”
Ria kissed his back and licked a slow trail down his spine. “Hours ago. Did we tucker out the poor little sex demon?”
“Not hardly, dead girl.”
She grabbed a fistful of his hair and turned him to face her. “That’s undead girl, thank you.” She bit his lower lip and let it drag between her teeth. “Show us what you’ve got left.”

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You can find AFTER MIDNIGHT at http://amzn.to/2dEOt59
HOUSE OF THE RISING SON, Book 1 in the series, is available at http://amzn.to/2bmiPx8


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Meet Mary Corrales! @MaryCorrales_A1

I was on hiatus the last two weeks. Between having family in town and my birthday at the end of October I knew my time would be limited.

So I'm back and have a wonderful new guest for you. I want to welcome Mary Corrales. First I’d love you to introduce yourself.

I'm an author who's been writing for several years in the genre of erotica/erotic romance. I'm also an avid reader. My mom used to buy me so many books as a child that the stores often ran out of new books for me to read. I started reading romances in my late teens. From there I was hooked and wanted to write my own version of happily ever after with my own heroes.

Tell us about your latest release.

My latest release is titled, Sindriel. The story is a paranormal fantasy erotic romance. This book is the sequel to Love's Demon Ways, but is a stand-alone novel. Readers who love to see that darker hero redeemed will enjoy this book. There are also plenty of naughty scenes to that will get your toes to curl. *wink*

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? Right now I'm into watching Lucifer on TV. Talk about a sexy villain. He makes bad look soooo good.

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

My favorite character has to be Sindriel. He's been bugging me to write his book and it took several years to get it right. He was picky about everything from his lover to what he'd do in the book. Talk about a dictator. This book underwent a few revisions to accentuate his demonic nature. In the end, I'm happy with the book and I know readers will love him. He's still bugging me to put him in future WIPS as a secondary character. We'll see.

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

I write in several erotica/erotic romance genres. My most prolific is paranormal and fantasy. I love my vampires, and demons, I guess. They're edgy and dangerous which makes them all the more challenging when it comes to love.

4.) What are you working on now?

I'm a confessed story jumper. I work on several stories at once, depending on my mood. I have at least five WIPs at the moment, a few paranormal and one dystopian. The closest book I have to being finished is a contemporary erotica titled, Clandestine Engagements. It's a novella version of two short stories I wrote years ago. It's very steamy.

5.) What got you to start writing?

Ever since I was a child I was a prolific reader and later that translated to reading romanced and wanting to write my own 'happily ever after'. I think I committed myself to becoming an author though, when I met my best friend, Kari Thomas. Her books are amazing and she's a wonderfully supportive friend.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?

I have a dirty mind. Lol. Actually, I can't say what gives me ideas. Sometimes it's just a moment I experience that sticks with me and a character evolves from it.

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

I'm actually rather shy, despite the easy way that I can write erotic scenes.

8.) Do you have any special talents?

I read people. I have an innate talent for body language. It comes in hand while writing as well.

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

Do not head hop. It's taken skill and work to get this behavior out of me. A lot of the bestselling authors I read do this, and it drives me crazy. The advice stuck with me because I noticed that editors will catch it and make you redo entire chapters if you head hop.

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

George S. Patton. He was an amazing military general, and I'd love to hear how he strategizes and reads others. He was also rumored to believe he lived past lives. That'd be interesting to hear about.

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

Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N' Roses comes to mind. Lol. 

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

A wolf. In so many ways, that is the animal I most identify with.





 Excerpt:

His dreams hadn’t done her justice, come to think of it now.

What was she doing summoning a demon—summoning him? Suddenly it irritated him to know that she’d discovered his secret. Last he’d seen of her, she’d been dabbling in demon hunting or some such thing if the scent in her house were any indication. Why would she take such a risk as to call on him?

He’d find out soon enough. “What is it that a mysterious wet goddess might want from a humble demon bargainer as me?”

Sarcasm colored his tone. Yes, Ren had warned him away from her, and now she stood before him, a supplicant. He could have had her all along in his way of thinking.

“I never suspected, you were...” She clutched the towel tighter around herself and said, “It’s not what you think.”

“If you knew my thoughts, you’d find more than a towel with which to clothe yourself.”

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