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Today’s Tease…DV Berkom

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease DV Berkom

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  DV Berkom

Title of the book you are promoting:  Yucatan Dead: A Kate Jones Thriller

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Yucatan-Jones-Thriller-Series-ebook/dp/B00DME2GAI

Genre: Action-adventure, thriller

Welcome  DV…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?

DV: A female James Bond, a pirate, and Cyd Charisse.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

DV: One of my favorite authors is Carl Hiaasen, mainly because he makes me LOL with his scathing wit and fabulous characters, but also because he’s able to inform as well as amuse. I could never write satire as well as he does, but his work inspired me to write about things that matter while still trying to entertain folks.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

DV: With my control-freakazoid tendencies, Indie all the way J

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?

DV: It depends. If it were a print-only contract, I’d consider it. I don’t see giving up my e-rights as being a smart move at this point in my career unless the offer blew my socks off.

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?

DV: Dorothy Parker, and I wouldn’t discuss past relationships.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors.  Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

DV: Yes to all of the above, and I’m a contributor. Well, mainly the violence part. I write thrillers—I love to blow things up and give my heroines guns and other incendiary devices. I figured one of the best ways to get my point across that women can take care of themselves was to give my characters the same opportunities as their male counterparts had in their books. Yes, there’s too much violence in the world, but until victims take control and start fighting back, the bad guys are going to win and it’s just going to escalate. I know, not the most enlightened response, but I never said I was enlightened.

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?

DV: I’d make everybody want to go ‘green’ and actually take care of this amazing planet. Other than that, puppies and unicorns for everyone!

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?

DV: Very. I’ve seen it in sales of my own books. The outside should entice and draw you deeper into the book. If a cover looks amateurish and the description is bad, then I won’t bother to look inside. I think that if the author doesn’t care to give their work the best presentation they can, then they probably don’t work very hard on their craft. Now, if you can’t afford to hire a graphic designer and you have to make your own cover, then that’s something else, entirely.

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?

DV: It was never a ‘want’—more like something I just naturally did. I wrote my first story at seven and dabbled throughout my life until I finished my first novel in 2006. After that, I was hooked!

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

DV: Good pacing, well-drawn characters, and an interesting story. I get bored easily, so if a book doesn’t keep my interest I will very rarely finish it.

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?

DV: I usually get my ideas from the news. Something hits me between the eyes and I can ‘see’ the main characters, and many of the secondary ones. The idea has to move me in some way, or I won’t see it through. The Kate Jones Thriller series began when reports of rising cartel violence began trickling north. The book Serial Date was my response to the over-abundance of scripted reality shows. I wrote Bad Traffick after watching a documentary on child sex-trafficking.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

DV: Yes—the sequel to Yucatan Dead.

LH: I’m working on #6…5 are published and the other is due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

DV: I’ve written 6 in the Kate Jones series (the 7th installment is scheduled to be released by the end of the year) and two novels featuring former assassin Leine Basso.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

DV: Definitely fun. If I’d done it for money, I would’ve quit long ago. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

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?

DV: Realizing that a closed door means Do.Not.Disturb. J

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?

DV: I wouldn’t call it writer’s block. If I get stuck on something it means I need to backtrack because something’s not right.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

DV: Read a lot. Write more.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

DV: I would have bought more shares of Amazon.com and Apple.

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

DV: I’d go back to 1920s Paris and tell Hemingway and Fitzgerald to mentor me J

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?

DV: After hyperventilating, I’d break out the bubbly and tell my partner, Mark. Happy dancing would ensue.

Thanks for that interesting and awesome interview…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Strawberry lemonade or a nice cabernet.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Hiking or swimming, so apparently exercise.

Favorite Color? Red

Take out or Dine in? Dine in. My better half is a professionally-trained chef and he loves to cook.

Camping or Hotel? Camping. I LOVE the outdoors.

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate.

Dogs or Cats? I like dogs, but cats are way better pets for me. I like independent types.

Favorite Food? Right now? Fresh-picked veggies from my garden.

Favorite Song? That’s a tough one. I have many. I’m always up for John Hyatt’s ‘Paperthin’, or Joe Cocker’s rendition of ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’, or Santana’s ‘Smooth’. Then there’s ‘Gimme Shelter’ by the Rolling Stones, and anything by Adele.

Favorite Movie? Casino Royale (Daniel Craig is the best. James. Bond. Ever.) or any of the Bourne movies.

Favorite Car? Aston Martin, of course.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both, at the same time 😉

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

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?

DV: I’d go to St. John in the USVI with my partner, Mark and we’d spend our days snorkeling, sailing, eating great food and drinking rum until we couldn’t anymore. Of course, not everything all at once, although I’d be happy to give it a shot.

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of  DV Berkom’s

Yucatan Dead: A Kate Jones Thriller

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Today’s Tease…Jaime Buncie

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Jaime Buncie

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Jaime Buncie

Title of the book you are promoting:  Makagromme

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Makagromme-ebook/dp/B00DYVYA1W/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1374732313&sr=8-1

Genre:  Fantasy/Paranormal/Adventure

Welcome  JB…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?

JB: I wanted to be a chef on a cruise ship, actually. Life kind of got in the way.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

JB: I met a bunch of INDIE writers on facebook recently, and just decided to do it. I had a story in my brain that was itching to get out, so I wrote some of it down. It ended up being Makagromme.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

JB: I’m am INDIE!!!

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?

JB: Eventually I would, but for now, I’m happy being Indie. A lot of people are gravitating toward Indies now.

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?

JB: I would invite Stephen King and NOT discuss scary clowns…I hate clowns.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

JB: They blame Hollywood, but there are more stories about sex and violence in the NEWS. As long as we explain to kids as they grow up that movies are MOVIES, not real, then maybe it would be better.

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?

JB: I agree with world peace. I’m sick of us losing people in the wars that are, in my mind, pointless. Can’t we all just get along?

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?

JB: I think the cover draws the eye. No one wants to look through an online store and just see words. You want to see what you are buying.

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?

JB: I was the reader growing up. I didn’t start serious writing until about 2 years ago, when I was 35.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

JB: If I can read a story and it plays in my mind with me as the main character, then I’ll finish reading it. The writing is the most important thing. If I’m not hooked by a certain point, then I won’t finish or be as attached.

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?

JB: Almost the same way. Makagromme came to me as I was thinking about adventures. I was getting into reading all these Paranormal and Fantasy books and Makagromme formed. I had to get it out. Once I started serious writing on it, I only wrote for about a month and it was done.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

JB: I am currently working on book 2 of the Gromme series, Erkogromme.

LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

JB: I’ve only completed one book so far, but 6 are planned for this series with a mini or two. Only Maka was published so far.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

JB: I write to get the story out there. I haven’t sold many, and being an Indie, we don’t make money on it. At least nothing to write home about…so it’s not for the money.

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?

JB: I was so afraid of disappointing my family with my writing style. My mother bought 2 books because it was me, you know? But when she finished it, she ordered 4 more and texted me to tell me that it was awesome. Plus, my older sister ordered a copy the day I published. She doesn’t care if it’s good, I’m her little sister. I hope she likes it, though.

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?

JB: Oh, definitely. It’s the bane of our existence. To get over it, I take a day off, then I go back and edit what I had written so far. Sometimes I edit 3-4 times before the pace comes back. I have one person who is my character influence and talking to him helps as well. He’s come up with some very good ideas for his personal character, and that always prompts me to get more.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

JB: Don’t give up. It’s discouraging not having many sales, but the ones that have it love it. You never know how people are going to react, but don’t EVER let it stop you. And I got a 3 star review on a book I knew was gold, but the comments left for it are freakin incredible. A lot of people are not 5-star reviewers, so don’t worry about it.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

JB: I would have started writing sooner. Everything else can stay. My marriage, my kids, all that can stay the same.

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

JB: I would tell Elvis to stay away from the fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

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?

JB: I would probably crap my pants first. Then I would call my mom. Then I would send a message to James Dashner who is on my friends list, and ask him how he dealt with it.

Thanks for that funny and insightful interview JB…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? COFFEE!!!
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Um….neither. I’m fat and lazy and not one of those “bath” people
Favorite Color? Blue
Take out or Dine in? Delivery
Camping or Hotel? Hotel. I’m a little girl when it comes to bugs.
Sports or Chocolate? BOTH!!!!!! At the same time!!!
Dogs or Cats? I like both, but mostly I’ve had cats my whole life.
Favorite Food? Pizza
Favorite Song? For Crying Out Loud by Meat Loaf
Favorite Movie? Lord of the Rings  Trilogy
Favorite Car? Anything fast
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both actually…but more chocolate I guess…

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

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?

JB: Isn’t that a bit redundant? If no one would find out about it, I shouldn’t tell you. But I will…I would want to go to New Zealand to meet Peter Jackson and his wife, take a tour of Weta Workshop, and meet all the actors that have ever graced the screen for Lord of the Rings. I’m a nerd, so that would be right up my alley. Oh, and I’d ask Peter Jackson if he could put me in one of his movies, or if he’d like to direct the one that will probably be made from my books one day… 😉

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Jaime Buncie’s 

Makagromme

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http://www.amazon.com/Makagromme-ebook/dp/B00DYVYA1W/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1374732313&sr=8-1

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Today’s Tease…Dianne Lynn Gardner

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Dianne Lynn Gardner

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Dianne Lynn Gardner

Title of the book you are promoting:  The Dragon Shield Book II of The Ian’s Realm Saga.

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Dragon-Shield-ebook/dp/B00B7OVUWK/ref=pd_sim_kstore_4

Genre:  YA adventure Fantasy

Welcome  DLG…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?

DLG: I wanted to be a movie actress or a cartoonist for Disney.

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

DLG: C. S. Lewis has been my most famous literary influence. I love what’s behind his work, his heart.

LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?

DLG: I have a publisher, Hydra Publications.

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?

DLG: I think I would like to have at least one book by a traditional publisher. I like that they enter their books for rewards and reviews from major media networks. I would also like to see some of my books translated into other languages, in libraries and bookstores.

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?

DLG: Oh that’s a hard one.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

DLG: I’ve always been concerned about sex and violence in our society. We’ve become almost barbaric and lustful as a nation and it stymies our intellectual growth. Today it isn’t just Hollywood, it’s everywhere.

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?

DLG: I agree with you. Peace and respect for each other’s cultures. We could learn so much from each other if we’d lay down out prejudices and assumptions and really listened to what we have to say.

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?

DLG: Being an artist that does her own covers, I think covers still mean a lot. They’re like a good blurb, only trigger a response quicker. A book cover, be it on a print book or a thumbnail digital image, is the first thing someone sees about a book. It should speak to the heart of the story.

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?

DLG: I did write when I was young. Mostly poetry and I wrote an opera once. I wrote music and songs.

LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?

DLG: I like to emphasize with the characters. I want to care for them and see them make it. Stories that don’t have character development don’t hold my interest. Why would I care what they do if I don’t care who they are?

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?

DLG: They creep into my brain, really. I get a premise and usually the characters come right after that, then I go through the ‘what if’ routine. I like to map my stories out and see how many directions they could go before I decide on one.

LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?

DLG: I am. I just completed a novel titled Cassandra’s Castle which isn’t out yet and I’ve started a Dystopia-sci fi/fantasy novel, possibly a series, I’m not sure.

LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

DLG: I have four published novels and four short stories that are published. I just finished novel #4 and I’m working on #5. There are two more ideas for the first series brewing as well. I’m not sure if they’ll be novels, novellas or short stories.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?

DLG: I write because I love to create these crazy stories. Yes, its fun and it would be hard any more not to write. When I’m too busy, the stories go around in my head. Money? Who gets rich writing? Never heard of it. J

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?

DLG: Time. My family thinks I spend too much time in my fantasy Realm. But then…I always did and they always did.

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?

DLG: For me, writer’s block just means I’m not sure how to solve the problem I’ve created for my characters and still maintain a sense of believability. The solution is to go on a long walk in the forest (which is where most of my ideas come from) or to brainstorm with one of my writer friends. It usually doesn’t last long. The only time I don’t want to write is if I’m falling asleep at the computer.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?

DLG: Of course I do. Learn all you can about how to write, plot, build a world, characters, learn grammar, sentence structure, what works in a story and what doesn’t, learn your audience, and never stop learning. There is so much we don’t know. Never ever think you know it all. Because you don’t. And you won’t.

LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

DLG: I’d listen to my parents. I wasted a lot of time trying things on my own and learning trial by error when I could have just listened to instruction and saved myself a lot of grief.

LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

DLG: I would go back to the times of the industrial revolution and tell them they were headed in the wrong direction.

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?

DLG: I would jump for joy. I would absolutely love to have my stories made into a movie.

Thank you for that fantasy and fact filled interview DLG…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Herbal Tea

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise

Favorite Color? Rust

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Camping

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate

Dogs or Cats? Neither…birds

Favorite Food? Tamales

Favorite Song? Lexa Rose The Dragon Shield Ballad (and any one of Il Divo’s songs after that)

Favorite Movie? Ever After

Favorite Car? Honda Fit

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Yah…

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

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?

DLG: I would take my husband. I love my husband. He’s the sweetest man in the world. I’d love to go to Ireland, enjoy the country side, the castles, the ocean…the total essence of its history.

DLG would also like you to help out with a project dear to her heart…

The mystical voice and melody of Lexa Rose, combined with the lyrics from the fantasy series The Ian’s Realm Saga by Dianne Lynn Gardner is captivating and powerful. Help us record all the songs in the stories from the ballads, the laments, and the prophecies.

Three novels and four short stories tell the tale of a fantasy world, a dragon, and the young man who learns the secret of the mountain. The songs are sung by the North wind, the Songs of Wisdom. Lexa Rose,vocalist and songwriter has interpreted their melodies in a hauntingly beautiful manner.. As the author of the saga, I’m working with Lexa, (a young college student in WA), to bring this album to life, and to launch her career.

The story is an Amazon best seller, with four and five star reviews lauded by readers of family friendly.adventure tales.
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Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Dianne Lynn Gardner’s

The Dragon Shield Book II of The Ian’s Realm Saga

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http://www.amazon.com/The-Dragon-Shield-ebook/dp/B00B7OVUWK/ref=pd_sim_kstore_4

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