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Today’s Tease…Sandra Shrewsbury

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Sandra Shrewsbury

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Sandra Shrewsbury

Title of the book you are promoting:  Outside The Addiction – A Mother’s Story

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Outside-Addiction-Mothers-Sandra-Shrewsbury-ebook/dp/B00ERYQ5RM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1392760977&sr=1-1&keywords=sandra+shrewsbury

 Genre: Non Fiction

 Welcome  SS….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?

SS: I have always wanted to be a nurse, so I could take care of everyone and help make them better.

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

SS: I would have to say it was Author Genevieve Scholl, She has been there every step of the way through this journey. She was the one who told me I needed to write this book.

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

SS: I am an 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?

SS: I really don’t know, I have not dealt with publisher before so I don’t know how it would be.

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?

SS: Vin Diesel and we would not be talking much at all.

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?

SS: I want all the hate and judging to go away. I think if people would love more and not be so judging the world would be a better place.

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?

SS:  I do look at the covers first, if it catches my eye I usually read it. I also like paperbacks to read better then e-books.

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?

SS:  I wrote in a journal when I was young but I never wanted to be a writer until now.

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

SS:  It has to catch me from the beginning or I lose interest and won’t finish it. I love action, romance and paranormal.

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?

SS: Mine are from my life experiences

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

SS: Yes part two of my first book. It will be titled Aftermath Of An addiction. The cover reveal will be on March 7th, 2014 and it will be released in May 2014. I am also doing my first YA book called Spirit Riders which will be out this fall.

LH: I have 6 books out. How many books have you written? How many have been published?

SS:  I have one published and I am working on two now.

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

SS: I have a message I want to get out there to my readers. I am not in this to become rich or famous.

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?

SS: I have and I had to stop writing for a while and then I would go back in a few days and it was back.

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

SS: I would say let nothing stop you, just keep writing.

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?

SS:  I would have to say that if I could change one thing it would be that my daughter never would have become an addict.

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?

SS: I would have to say my father and I would tell him how much I love him because I never did and it was too late after he had past away.

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?

SS:  I would tell my family and I would be shocked.

Thank you for that honest and real interview SS…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  coffee

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble bath

Favorite Color? Green

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Camping

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate

Dogs or Cats? cats

Favorite Food? Seafood

Favorite Song? I have so many

Favorite Movie? Ghost

Favorite Car? 1967 Mustang

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

SS:  I would have to say Ireland and I would take my niece Kathy with me and we would explore everything there. I have always wanted to go there because my family came from Ireland. Maybe find a Irish man to hang out with too.

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

Outside The Addiction – A Mother’s Story

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Katie Mcknight

Katie Mcknight is not only an awesome author, she is a genuine, sweet and very kind person.

Go check out the second installment of my interview with her 😉

http://writergirlkatie.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/interview-with-leanna-harrow/

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“The only way to  make it through these trying times is with massive amounts of chocolate.” and yes, you may quote me 😉

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Being honest with yourself isn’t easy but its where you have to start.” and yes, you may quote me 😉

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Today’s Tease…Shannon Schoolcraft

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Shannon Schoolcraft
Your Name or Pen Name you use: Shannon Schoolcraft
Title of the book you are promoting: Carmen Stone My Life In Darkness
Link to purchase your Book: http://www.amazon.com, http://www.xlibris.com, http://www.barns&noble.com
Genre: Fiction

Welcome SS…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?
SS: Thank you for having me Leanna. When I was younger I wanted to be a singer/song writer and an author.
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
SS: I really like books. R.L Stine was my influence.
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
SS: I self published my first book.
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?
SS: I wouldn’t mind being published by a traditional publisher because I think it a way it would be easier.
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?
SS: I would invite Ian Somerholder and I would not discuss movies.
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?
SS: Yes there is to much sex and violence in the world, I’m nor concerned, concerned, but if it gets worse I will be concerned.
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?
SS: If I could change one thing in the world, I would make sure nobody goes hungry.
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?
SS: Well to be honest, when I look at a book I look at the cover first and if I like the cover I will read the back. If the back is good I would buy it. But well written books are the best no matter if you but them on line or a book store.
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?
SS: When I was a kid I always liked to write, it was my favorite and it still is. I started writing when I was 12.
LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story? SS: I picture myself as the characters and get a sense of how the feel and what they are going through.
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?
SS: For me, I’ll just be sitting there and a bunch of ideas will hit me out of the blue and then I start writing.
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
SS: I’m currently working on a book, it’s a lot different then what I normally write.
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?
SS: I’ve written 13 books and only have 1 published so far.
LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?
SS: I write for fun because it’s something I enjoy doing.
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?
SS: The only problem I’ve had is most of my family didn’t see the point of me writing. They didn’t think I would get any ware. But now that I have my first book published they are still a little indifferent. My mom and dad always supported me, well mostly my dad.
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?
SS: I just keep writing.
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?
SS: My advice for new writers would be, if this is something you love to do, keep doing it, you will get somewhere.
bI 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?
SS: I wouldn’t change any thing.
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?
SS: I would probably faint or something like that, I’m a shy person and would probably fumble over my words, I’m not good with talking. The first person I would tell would most likely be my twin brother.

Thanks for that fun and frank interview SS…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? water
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise then bubble bath.
Favorite Color? Black
Take out or Dine in? Dine in
Camping or Hotel? Hotel, I’m not much of a camper.
Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate
Dogs or Cats? I like both
Favorite Food? Spaghetti
Favorite Song? Breath by Braking Benjamin
Favorite Movie? Too many to choose from
Favorite Car? Dodges
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Chocolate mostly

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?
SS: I would go to Hawaii, with again Ian Somerholder and would check out the store or practice surfing.

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Today’s Tease…Kristy Brown

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Kristy Brown

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Kristy Brown, K.R.Brown

Title of the book you are promoting:  Twisted Fate

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Fate-Series-Volume/dp/1491237783/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Welcome  KB…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?

KB: As a child I wanted to be a lawyer, but that changed when I started school.  I then wanted to be a writer.

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

KB: I have had so many influences through the years.  The ones that really made me decide to go toward Paranormal Romance were Cheyenne McCray, Christina Dodd.

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

KB: I am a Indie author at the moment, but my hope is to be “discovered”.

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?

KB: I would and dream to be with a traditional publisher, the reasons are because they can give you outlets that you can’t get with being Indie. Such as giving you help to promote your books.  They can get your book into book stores, when you are Indie it isn’t that easy.

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?

KB: So many choices for this one.  I think I would have to go with Joe Manganiello.  Like you said I wouldn’t be talking about movies.

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?

KB: I believe that sex and violence are ingrained with our world. It is becoming so common place that you can see a naked woman on normal TV.  It worries me because I have children, I don’t want them to see the way the world is turning to sex and violence all the time.  The image on the TV is what our children grow up to be.  I don’t want either of my children to feel they have to be stick thin.

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?

KB: Poverty, I would want to find a way to help people live better lives.  Having no money to live on makes things so much harder.

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?

KB: I think that a great book cover can bring in many readers, but with that said I also believe that you have to have a great story as well.

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?

KB: I started when I was in middle school around the age of 10.  Have always loved to write.

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

KB: Being able to see the characters in my mind.  When they decide to make it a movie I can say I can see that person playing that character.

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?

KB: I am pretty much the same way.  I don’t do an outline or anything.  I do keep track of my characters though hahaha

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

KB: Yes I am, I am writing the 3rd book to my twisted fate series.  Then in November I do NaNoWriMo.

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

KB: I have written 5 only 1 is published at this moment.

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

KB: A little of both, I love that I can write something that people will love to read.  At the same time I like 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?

KB: None, they are all very supportive of what I am doing. 🙂

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?

KB: Not really block, it is more I am not too sure how the movie in my head will go. So I have to let it roll in my mind to see what way I want.

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

KB: Don’t let reviews keep you from being who you are.  No matter what you write be true to your story.

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?

KB: Hmm this is a hard one.  If I could go back I think I would work out more.  Tell myself to be better at the things I know I can do.

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?

KB: Another hard one, I think I would go back and find the person who invented cigarettes and tell him not to. Tell him that by just that one invention he was pretty much the reason for thousands of deaths.

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?

KB: First I would blush to the roots of my hair.  Second I would be jumping up and down screaming about how happy I was.  It is a dream to have a book made into a show but it isn’t a deal breaker in my life.  I would tell my husband J

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

Favorite Beverage? Cherry Coke

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath

Favorite Color? Red

Take out or Dine in? Dine In

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate
Dogs or Cats? Both!

Favorite Food? Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Favorite Song? Don’t really have A song.

Favorite Movie? Rose Red

Favorite Car? Mini Van 🙂

Sex or Chocolate? 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?

KB: This one is easy for me, I would go to Ireland.  I have a calling to go overseas and see the amazing things there. I would bring my husband, who I have been with for almost fifteen years.  The journey would be a great vacation.  We would hop from place to place seeing the standing stones, and the fields of green.

I love to take photos so I would need to have a hard drive for use this vacation.  After Ireland we would go to Scotland.  I would find the people that I have meet online and connect with them.  To see the world in this way would be a dream come true.  We would then go to Cairo to see the pyramids. Connect with the past in a way I can’t here in the US.

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

Twisted Fate

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Today’s Tease…Katherine Russell

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Katherine Russell

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Katherine Russell

Title of the book you are promoting:  Shapes of Water

 Link to purchase your Book: https://www.createspace.com/3927850

Genre:  poetry

Recent Publication: Love Around the World (series)

Publisher: Senserial Publishers

Link: http://senserial.com

Genre: Travel Romance

Welcome  KR…I, LH have some questions for you 😉

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

KR: My first influence was my aunt, Margot Russell, who published a collection of stories about life with multiple sclerosis. She knew I was writing constantly from the time I could hold a pen – it was in my blood. When I was eleven, she asked me, “Are you ready to write your book?” With her encouragement, I compiled stories by and about people living with cystic fibrosis called With Every Breath, though it took several years to publish! As for my fiction, it’s heavily influenced and inspired by authors with lyrical style like Arundhati Roy, Edwidge Danticat, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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

KR: I self-published my poetry book because I wanted full control over its production and promotion. With the book With Every Breath, I was sponsored by Boomer Esiason Foundation to self-publish, but that was before Amazon made it so easy! As for my novel, Without Shame, I’m currently seeking out a traditional publisher.

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 offenders.   Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Which form of media do you think is the worst offender?

KR: Agreed! What confuses me, though, is a TV-show can’t say a curse word or show a naked body, but it can graphically show a human getting his head bashed in (ahem, The Walking Dead). At the same time, we sexualize nearly every advertisement, assigning gender expectations through a camera lens. It has fostered a very insecure nation – men who think they have to always be chasing sex, and women who think if they’re not being chased there’s something wrong with them. I’d like to write a whole book on our media’s confused approach to the human body. We’re pretty twisted.

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen I truly would have world peace in the blink of an eye.                          If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

KR: I’d bring Twinkies back. Kidding. I think I’d ask for more selfless leaders. Power attracts the ruthless and greedy. If leaders put their people before themselves, we wouldn’t have situations like famine in North Korea or hundreds of miners dying in China every day.

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?

KR: I think there are more important things about a book and its promotion, for sure. But I do think there’s something to be said for an eye-catching cover! Nowadays, instead of browsing the spines of books in a store and pulling one from the shelf to read the back cover, people are quickly scrolling through their browser and maybe only catching a glimpse of your title in a millisecond. You want that millisecond to count, catch their eye instantly. The market is just inundated, and people don’t have a lot else to go on when browsing. If a cover looks cheap, they might assume the writing is cheap. If it looks interesting, they might go as far as reading the description of your book. By the way, Leanna, your covers are killer!

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

KR: I’m working on getting an agent for Without Shame, which is a novel about an American who comes to teach in pre-independent Bangladesh, and he meets a Bengali woman who is waiting for a revolution. I’ve also started a collection of flash fiction pieces about survival and our coping mechanisms. It’s called The Magic of Healing.

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?

KR: I was asked to write a romance novel for a start-up publisher called Senserial Publishers. It’s an episodic travel romance called Love Around the World. Things I’ve self-published are my books about life with cystic fibrosis: With Every Breath, and my poetry collection on coming of age with chronic illness, Shapes of Water. Then I’ve written Without Shame, which hopefully in the near future will be published!

LH: I have never experienced it. I have experienced writers “don’t want to”…Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?

KR: Not often, but when I do, I read about something interesting. It stimulates me to think and learn something new – something I might be able to write about! I try to make writing a daily habit instead of relying on the “ahah!” moments. Sometimes beating writer’s block is merely a matter of sitting down and forcing myself to write something.

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

KR: My advice is to read as much as you can. See what is being published and learn from what those writers have to offer.

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?

KR: I’m too afraid to mess with the past. Learned that from The Butterfly Effect. But really, like you seem to do, I always try to remember that both good and bad things have shaped me into who I am today, so if I can accept and love myself, there’s no regretting the past.

KR…you are not only funny, you are an inspiration!…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Chai

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath!

Favorite Color? Daffodil Yellow

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate

Dogs or Cats? Dogs – I have a Bichon Poodle

Favorite Food? Ethiopian (seriously, I eat it about once a week)

Favorite Song? Chopin Opus 9/Nocturne 1 – also, Electric Feel by MGMT

Favorite Movie? Ratatouille – it just makes me feel good!

Favorite Car? Jeep, not that I can afford any car at this juncture

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Sex, but I’m not opposed to chocolate being incorporated

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 and who would you take?

KR: I’ve always dreamed of Costa Rica, and I’d take the love of my life with me. It would be a huge benefit if his boss didn’t find out he missed a week of work. (To paint a fuller picture: my boyfriend is a first-year accountant with very long hours!). I’d go to see the sea turtles hatch and make their way back into the ocean.

Thank you for spending this time with us and make sure to pick up your copy of Katherine Russell’s 

Shapes of Water

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Dear Mr. President

Miriam CareyDear Mr. President,

How did you sleep last night in your king sized bed with your Egyptian cotton sheets? Well I hope. I can’t say I slept so well myself. I dreamed I was surrounded by police, guns drawn and shots were being fired into my car. No words were said but as the life ebbed out of my body, I could see cold, dead eyes. They were your eyes sir. You had the same smile on your face that I’ve seen in all of your pictures and on television. Did you have that same smile on your face when the Secret Service called and told you they had murdered Miriam Carey? That is exactly what it was, murder.

I don’t know how many episodes of “Cops” you’ve seen with the endless vacations you take but in every single episode, once they have the vehicle “boxed in” as they did in Ms. Carey’s case, they order the suspect to show their hands, remove the suspect from the vehicle and then arrest them. Maybe then we’d know why she did what she did. Did she have a medical condition? Was she suffering from postpartum depression like her mother said? Did she have some other form of mental illness? We will never know especially in the case of this woman who had a year old baby in the backseat of her car. She was not innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. I was under the assumption that all US citizens were innocent until proven in a court of law. I guess that’s no longer the case. It was shoot first and don’t worry about asking questions…the baby won’t say anything. It’s sickening!

I could say I’m saddened but that is not even close. I am outraged. I am outraged at so many things. I am outraged that we will never know the whole story about anything on your watch. Our media is not allowed to tell us the truth. Our elected figures will not tell us the truth because well, they are politicians and they couldn’t tell us the truth if their lives depended on it and the American people have been blinded to it for so long it’s not funny.

I do want to say that I think the time has come. With you folding your arms across your chest, digging your heals in and refusing to cooperate with the others to keep the government open and benefits and other essential programs running, you have shown us that you want to bully everyone into submission. What would you do if our troops laid down their weapons and went home to their families and got civilian jobs? You can’t kill them and you can’t try them for treason because you will have broken their contract.

What would you do if Americans stopped buying anything, anywhere two or three days a week? That would bring you to your knees pretty quickly wouldn’t it? How about if people refused to work? Business refused to open to show you that “We the people” own this country, not you and your cronies? That might make an impact and show  you that you are directly affecting the lives of the very people who make this country run.

I am the daughter of a Korean Prisoner of War. He was in a hole in the ground eating dirty rice when he got to eat for 2 years and six days defending the country he loved. I’m sure he’s rolling in his grave at what’s going on now. I am also the mother of a US Marine who  is disgusted by what you’ve done when it comes to not taking care of your own in so many ways. I am disabled and cannot get the benefits I am entitled to due to you shutting down the Federal Government. I did notice that Camp David is still open and available for your pleasure. Funny how two faced you really can be.

When you were voted into office I was hopefully optimistic to the change that I thought you’d bring with you. Now I am hopefully optimistic to your replacement undoing the damage and havoc you have caused not only with our country but with the world.

I was a writer until Rheumatoid Arthritis took over my life. I know that you monitor everything I do and say. I know that your “Men in Black” can show up at my door at any time and that I could disappear at anytime. My friends, family, followers and fans all know about this letter and have been instructed to give it to all media outlets if I go “missing.”

In closing Sir, I would like to say, you have no idea how the private sector is doing. We are all worried. We are all struggling. We are all wondering when we’ll be going without food, shelter and clothing. You keep that in mind the next time you get on Air Force One and set off for your next of many vacations. I personally raised 4 strong, smart, contributing members of society with little child support and have never had a vacation.

I certainly hope you take some of my words to heart and stop this ridiculous power struggle and let our government, such as it is, govern.

Leah M. Tate aka Leanna Harrow

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Today’s Tease…Susanne Steele

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Susanne Steele

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Susanne Steele

Title of the book you are promoting:  The Boss

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Suzanne-Steele/e/B00C9L6YRQ

 Genre:  Erotica/Crime

Where can we find you: suzannesteelesblog.wordpress.com

Welcome SS…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?

SS: I have always loved literature and desired to work in that field somehow.

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

SS:  I honestly am in the same boat that you are, no one influenced me as I have always had an innate love of literature

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

SS: I think so, because I believe that it gives credibility and that they can promote your work effectively.

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?

SS: Marilyn Monroe and I wouldn’t discuss drugs…

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 offenders. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Which form of media do you think is the worst offender?

SS: How can I judge that and I write erotica/crime fiction?

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?

SS: End Hunger!

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?

SS: I do my own covers so I hope it’s all good.

Personally I go by the sample read.

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?

SS: I started writing short stories on a blog two years ago and I have always wanted to write

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

SS: I like feisty women and men that know how to handle them.

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?

SS: I stay motivated, I can’t keep up with all of my ideas.

I have a very vivid imagination.

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

SS: I’m always working on something..

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?

SS: 21 published e-books on Amazon

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

SS: Both but I have to write to stay sane.

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?

SS: I write under a pen name and if it blows up like 50 shades did then I will say, “To heck with it.”

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?

SS: No, I stay motivated..

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

SS: Do it for the love of the art first and foremost.

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?

SS: I honestly don’t think that I would change anything because it has made me who I am today.

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?

SS: I would probably tell society as a whole about the internet but who would believe that technology would advance to the point that it has?

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?

SS: No, I am used to dealing with the public so it wouldn’t bother me, I would just do more philanthropy work…

Thank you for that interesting interview SS…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Milk

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Excercise

Favorite Color? I don’t have one.

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate

Dogs or Cats? Aww, that isn’t fair, both

Favorite Food? I’m moody

Favorite Song? Unchain my heart among others by artists such as Nina Simone and Etta James

Favorite Movie? GI Jane

Favorite Car? I’m moody on that too.

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

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?

SS: I would find my character James and go tropical, anywhere tropical…

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

The Boss

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