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What is an Author Tease Reading?
It’s a way for authors (or a stand in if they are shy or prefer to remain anonymous) to connect with fans by reading a tease of their book or books…live!
It’s also a way for fans to connect with their favorite authors and discover new ones! We have a page here dedicated especially for fans! Make sure you check it out!
In my case it’s an EAT (Erotic Authors Tease) Reading.
Then there are the others:
CAT Readings (Children’s Authors Tease) Readings
FAT Readings (Fiction Authors Tease) Readings
HAT Readings (History Authors Tease) Reading
RAT Readings (Romance Authors Tease) Readings
Non FAT Readings (Non Fiction Authors Tease) Readings (My personal favorite)
PAT Readings (Poetry Authors Tease) Readings
and so on.
As it’s out with the old and in with the new…
These are my hopes, just for you.
May your year be filled with joy, prosperity and love.
May you always be watched over from above.
May your year be filled with safety, good times and kinship.
I’d like to also thank you, one last time this year for your friendship 😉
HAPPY NE W YEAR EVERYONE!
The Renegades are back on YouTube once again!
Richie and Marla —
The Obamanation Season of Taking:
Former Navy Seal Carl Higbie is running for Congress in CT.
Do I like everything he stands for? No
Do I like some of the things he says? No
Do I like the three core things he stands for? YES
Listen here to find out what they are…
Good luck Carl
Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Nola Sarina
Your Name or Pen Name you use: Nola Sarina
Title of the book you are promoting: Wild Hyacinthe
Link to purchase your Book: http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Hyacinthe-Crimson-Romance-ebook/dp/B00FM85OC4/
Genre: Spicy Paranormal Romance (Erotic Demon romance)
Welcome NS…I, LH have some questions for you 😉
LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?
NS: I always wanted to be a writer. I went through phases where I changed my mind now and then, but writing was always there.
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
NS:: Many things influenced me – from the time I was little I was inspired by Jo in Little Women, and Anne Frank. Then, as I grew older, I began to reach out to authors for conversation and surprisingly, a few of them replied to me!
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
NS:: I am actually both. I’m represented by Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency, and my Vesper novellas (GILDED DESTINY & JADED TOUCH) are independent while WILD HYACINTHE is co-authored with my friend and fellow Cackling Moms blogger Emily Faith.
LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?
NS:: While I’ve enjoyed the self-publishing process with my Vesper novellas, working with Crimson Romance on WILD HYACINTHE has been such a lovely experience. We were really excited when Michelle gave us the news they wanted to publish it, and working with the editors to perfect the balance of a story that features a totally non-traditional demon as a hero was a fun, educational (and challenging!) process. I truly enjoy the traditional publishing process more because of the team environment involved with traditional houses.
LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?
NS:: I would invite the Dalai Lama and NOT discuss the pile of laundry behind me that needs to be folded.
LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?
NS:: I would snap my fingers and make wholesome food consumption an easy, indisputably attainable goal for all people. Over-processed food is full of poison, yet there are many situations in which eating whole foods is not reasonable or affordable. I wish I could rid my house of processed foods entirely, but society functions in a way that makes that difficult for many families. We’d all be happier and healthier if we still ate nothing but real foods and no chemical crap.
LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?
NS:: I think book covers are extremely important, but I fervently disagree that the traditional bookstore is obsolete. Traditional bookstores are adapting to the shift toward ebooks, and it’s only a matter of time before POD books are easier to find in bookstores through consignment programs, etc. I still feel having a winning cover (and by winning, I mean unique) is a critical step in making good book sales.
LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?
NS:: I wrote my first book at the age of six. It was about a girl and her brother Vincent who died of smallpox. My mother found it a little bit morbid, since the critical page in the book said, “Then one day, Vincent died. He had smallpox.”
Funny, I’m still offing characters now and then. 🙂
LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?
NS:: It’s the emotion that gets me. I want to feel every moment of every interaction, I want to be left with lingering feelings that are hard to shake after being immersed so wholly in a character. Hopefully, that’s what readers get from my books, too. *gnaws fingernails in anticipation*
LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?
NS:: It’s the character who comes to me first. The story evolves after I know what kind of personal journey the character is preparing to embark upon.
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
NS:: Emily Faith and I are deep in a sequel edit right now and the beginning of a new series, and I have somewhere between 4-6 novels on the go at the moment.
LH: I have 6 books published… How many books have you written? How many have been published?
NS:: I have three books published out of a completed 7-9. All of the unpublished ones need revision, though. I believe I evolve with every book I write and owe it to my characters to revisit and re-sculpt their stories as needed.
LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?
NS:: I write because I just have to. I had a few adult years where I wasn’t writing, and I was miserable. I crave the creative expression. I cherish my characters. It’s bliss, and if I happen to make a dime or two off it, bonus!
LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?
NS:: I know not all of my family or friends will approve of what I write. It doesn’t bother me. My problem is that I’m highly social with family and friends, and sometimes I feel torn between my worlds and the real world. I try to strike a healthy balance of living in both.
LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?
NS:: Not actual “block,” no. I’ve had speed bumps. But every time I take a week or two away from writing (or a couple months, once), I come back refreshed and ready to kick ass.
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?
NS:: Yes. Learn how to accept criticism. Learn to apply that which you should incorporate into your writing to better yourself, and learn which pieces of advice are best left behind to maintain your individuality.
LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?
NS: Well, first, I’d tell my agent. I would be excited to see what kind of creative vision the creator of the movie had for my characters and stories. It would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see what kind of inspiration I’ve been to other artists in other mediums.
Thanks for that fun and fascinating interview NS…Now… for the fun stuff!
Favorite Beverage? Coffee
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bath after exercise
Favorite Color? At the moment, purple. It kind of depends on what I’m writing.
Take out or Dine in? Dine in.
Camping or Hotel? I wish I could say camping, but hotel.
Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate
Dogs or Cats? Cats – allergic to dogs. 😦
Favorite Food? Sushi
Favorite Song? Right now, Demons by Imagine Dragons
Favorite Movie? THE GREAT GATSBY OMG THANK YOU FOR ASKING THIS JUST SO I HAD AN EXCUSE TO MENTION IT
Favorite Car? Lamborghini Gallardo.
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both. Absolutely both.
And now for the essay part of the interview 😉
LH: If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?
NS: Is it silly to say I’d take all of my imaginary friends (characters) somewhere exotic and sit down with them and go over their stories to make sure I really have it all correct? I’d document their feelings, their goals, where they see themselves going, watch how they interact with each other… God, I’m obsessed… and then I’d thank them from the bottom of my heart for being such awesome people. And thank them all for not killing or eating me.
Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Nola Sarina’s
I received a CHRISTMAS MIRACLE yesterday. Listen up people…this may affect you some day and may already be affecting your friends and family members. As many of you know, I am disabled with many types of Arthritis but the big one is Rheumatoid arthritis. It is miserable.
When I was finally disabled under the Social Security Disability Act earlier this year, I was told that I wouldn’t qualify for Medicare until the year 2015. Seriously? Yes, seriously. I was also told by the North Carolina Disability Determination Services that I received $103 over the allowed maximum “income” for Medicaid.
I then applied for Obamacare…After 6 infuriating weeks, I found that my monthly premium would be….sit down and hold on…$352.53! That is one third of what I receive a month! So…I did what anyone would who suffers from anxiety, depression, arthritis and chronic pain, I went into a deep depression that caused more pain and took to my bed for 4 days.
When I came out of my haze…I talked to a friend, who shall remain nameless because she works for the COUNTY Department of Social Services who told me to do an online application for Medicaid. I told her I didn’t qualify. She said “just do it” so I did.
I got a call yesterday morning from a lovely woman at the New Hanover county DSS and she said I had approved for Medicaid and that it had been in effect since I had become disabled. I asked her how that was possible and she said that because I’m disabled, I am eligible. I was dumbfounded. I have had medical coverage all this time and didn’t even know it!
I told her I had letters from Social Security and The NC Disability Determination Services saying I wasn’t eligible. I thought I was dreaming when again, she said I was. I asked if she was sure and asked if it was really me she was looking for. She laughed and said she was sure.
I found that the counties don’t communicate with the State, the State doesn’t communicate with the Feds and there are programs out there to cover the disabled. PAY HEED! Apply in your COUNTY.
There is help out there and a lot of it can be done with a simple ON LINE application and follow up call from the DSS. I cannot tell you the stress, anxiety and depression that this woman took from me and told her that she had just performed a Christmas Miracle, literally.
IF YOU ARE DISABLED….GO APPLY THROUGH YOUR COUNTY RIGHT NOW! Obamacare is for the young and the rich…the rest of us…not at all!
Merry Christmas Everyone…Please share this post for me, you will never know how many of your friends, your friends friends or family members are suffering like I am and can use this information!