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Today’s Tease…Teddie Dahlin

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Teddie Dahlin

Your Name or Pen Name you use:    Teddie Dahlin

Title of the book you are promoting:    Access All Areas

 Link to purchase your Book:      You can see all my books here . http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=teddie%20dahlin%20

Genre:  Crime Fiction Suspense, and a couple non-fiction

Welcome  TD…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?

TD: I had such a hard time deciding. I have a university degree in international marketing and economics. I worked for a bank for a while and decided it was boring, so started to study law at Oslo University whilst working as part time cabin crew for Scandinavian Airlines. Of course I never completed my law ambitions because again, I got bored. So I think I was mostly undecided, even as a child. Loved reading and writing though I never thought of it as a career. Authors seemed dull and boring people when I was younger.

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

TD: I’ve always written. I’m from Norway, and grew up in Yorkshire in the UK. I was 14 when we moved back to Norway and after a year of learning Norwegian, I found my English skills were slipping. So, I decided to write a diary in English. I still do. No one has really influenced me, but I do appreciate good literature, and before I started writing books myself, you would always find me with my nose in some crime fiction or other. Now I can’t read books whilst I’m writing myself because I find I tend to steal the writing style of the author I’m reading. Basically I haven’t read a book since I started three years ago.

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

TD: I never went down the self-publishing track. My first book A Vicious Love Story: Remembering the Real Sid Vicious was first picked up by one of the world’s largest publishers Random House in London. We were in talks for months and it was tiring dealing with a huge corporation. So when a small publishing house offered me a great deal I went for it, not really knowing what I was letting myself in for. It was a bad idea which I lived to regret, and I quickly signed with another publisher, New Haven Publishing Ltd UK last year and I’m still with them. It works well for me.

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?

TD: See above.

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?

TD: I would invite Sid Vicious and we would NOT talk about Nancy. He was my boyfriend briefly back in 1977.

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?

TD: Funny but I kept sex details out of my first book, and I actually got a bad review on Amazon for A Vicious Love Story from an American lady who wrote that there wasn’t enough sex in it. She sounded quite ‘put out’ that I hadn’t shared Sid’s size and stamina. I think that’s what the world has come to. People expect shocking sex scenes and violence for them to deem it interesting. Some sex and violence is fine, but for me in that first book it was personal and no way am I comfortable sharing sex. It’s easier, I think, when you write a fiction though. However I think children are being exposed to sex and violence at a much too early age. The internet is open to all sorts of things and parents need to be careful. Too much sex and violence just bores me.

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?

TD: I would get rid of heavy drugs. Drugs have been the cause of so much misery for so many people down the years. Opium wars and heroin smuggling. I’ve lost so many friends to drugs. However having said that, I do appreciate that the need for painkillers was the first and foremost reason we have drugs, but they should have regulated the access to opium and heroin much earlier than Roosevelt finally did. Today we have drug barons making insane amounts of money on other people’s misery.

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?

TD: Online shopping means that everything has changed. You have to know what you are looking for to find the book in the millions of titles available. So whereas a book cover previously was very important to catch the buyer’s eye, I think the blurb is much more important now and marketing. It’s the biggest challenge we have, getting the word out to the general public that there is a book and where they can go to find it. My books are available all over the world on thousands of booksellers’ sites online, but they still have to know my name – spell it correctly, or know the exact title to find it. So finding myself acting like a publicity whore to PR my books, these days. I might have to swing naked on a wrecking ball though, with my tongue hanging out to get noticed.

I took A Vicious Love Story to the Rebellion Punk Festival, where I’ve been a guest two years running, and sold 40 books in 20 minutes at the book signing. I was really pleased. And then I read that Katie Price (known for having huge boobs and being famous for being famous) had a book signing at a shopping centre in central London, and sold 900 books. The book wasn’t even written by her, but a ghost writer that she’d only approved! (Go figure… ) She turned up with her breasts on display in a tight fitting – practically a bathing suit, with huge swan feathers attached (the books title: Swan). I think I might have to invest in some feathers…

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?

TD: Like I said earlier, I have always written, but never really thought about writing a book. In 1979, when Sid died, it was suggested by friends that I share my story. However I was 18 and scared stiff the press would find me. Losing Sid was still raw and it knocked me over. I put it away and didn’t cope well.

When I had my children, I wrote stories for them and tried to get one published, but this was around the time JK Rowling released Harry Potter and every Tom, Dick or Harry in the UK was writing children’s books, inspired by her success. I couldn’t even get anyone to read my book, let alone publish it.

In 2010 I was approached by the Norwegian author, Trygve Mathiesen, who had 13 books to his name at the time, and was writing a book about the Sex Pistols Scandinavian tour of 1977. A sort of ‘I Swear I Was There’ book about the social demographics of the tour. He had heard I was involved and wanted me to help. I wasn’t interested at first, but he gained my trust, and I told him a little about my involvement. It ended up with me writing a big chunk of his book, and the editor praised me on my writing, which gave me a lot of confidence. I couldn’t believe the interest when the book released in March 2011, titled Sex Pistols Exiled to Trondheim 1977. The press was after me, and there was a lot of fuss. I hadn’t really gone into great detail about what happened back then in Trygve’s book. I honestly didn’t think anyone would be interested. It surprised me and a friend urged me to tell my story saying ‘More people have walked on the surface of the moon, than been as close to the punk icon as I was, although for a very short time – a matter of days’. So, I wrote A Vicious Love Story which came out in 2012, trying to put some truth out there about Sid and breaking the lies that have been circulating about him for over three decades.

I didn’t want to just be ‘the girl who knew Sid and wrote a book about it’, so I had this idea that I’d do a book about another fucked up old rocker who died in murky circumstances, and whom I knew well, Gary Holton. He was a fantastic charismatic front for the proto-punk band Heavy Metal Kids in the seventies, but also played with Casino Steel, The Boys, in Holton/Steel in the early eighties and lived in Norway for a while. Gary went on to become the much-loved character, Wayne Norris, in the UK TV series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. He died of a drug and alcohol overdose in 1985. I decided not to do a biography, and just get his old mates together to remember him. They shared funny stories about him. Like a documentary, if you like – talking heads. So Fast Living: Remembering the Real Gary Holton came out in August this year. The case into Gary’s death is still an open one, as he died under mysterious circumstances.

This in turn inspired me to write Access All Areas, which is out 1/11. I use the plot and autopsy report in Gary’s death and play around with it in this crime fiction. I’ve taken elements of contemporary news such as Yew Tree Police investigation and serious crime child abuse squad, and weaved it around the main characters, who are very controversial and funny, making it an easy read, at the same time as the shocking death of a bass player with a hugely successful band, and the rape of a 14 year old girl leads the mystery back over thirty years and gives the story the edge of disturbing reality.

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

TD: It has to be believable. If I’m reading and one of the characters behave in a way I find strange, then I lose interest.

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?

TD: My first two books are non-fiction, so can’t really do anything but keep to the whole truth as I see it. Access All Areas, however, wrote itself! I didn’t know where I was going with it when I started. I just sat down and it appeared. It just unfolded in front of me. Sometimes I’d be writing details that I didn’t know why I wrote them, but suddenly the reason became apparent as I got further into the story. I’m working on the next in the series and it’s happening again…

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

TD: The second book in the crime fiction series is ¼ into it. I have a deadline at the beginning of 2014. It’s called Project Polina. The characters in Access All Areas are all in it. The main character, Charlie Hart, and her dysfunctional family suddenly find themselves involved in an international incident, when Charlie’s bodyguard boyfriend, Brody, gets the dubious job of protecting a Russian Oligarch’s spoilt daughter, Polina Averyanov, who aspires to be a pop star, relying heavily on enthusiasm, making up for lack of talent.. Her wealthy father has relocated to Chelsea in London, moving almost all his assets from Russia, without a second thought for his business partner. Boris Korzhakov, has since risen in the echelons of Russian Government to head the FCB, a fraction of the earlier KGB, and he is hell bent on getting his revenge. Brody brings Polina to Charlie’s house, when he needs a safe house. It all comes to a head when the house is surrounded by FCB agents and Polina has to go, or they all die. Mix in a blue haired Grandma who refuses to grow old gracefully and her punk band The Floozies, with Polinas unwelcome love for Brody that borders on obsession and you have your plot.

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

Three that are published now and the fourth to come over New Year:

A Vicious Love Story: Remembering the Real Sid Vicious

Fast Living: Remembering the Real Gary Holton

Access All Areas (Charlie Hart crime series)

Project Polina (Charlie Hart crime series) Out 2014

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

TD: My thing is that I can’t not write. It’s what I do these days. So I write because I love it – any financial gain is just the icing on the cake.

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?

TD: Good question. My family had no idea I had friends in the music business. I wasn’t a groupie or anything; I just got to know people via Sid and Casino Steel mainly. So, when they learned I knew Sid Vicious and was writing about the first person I’d ever fallen in love with, they were quite shocked to say the least. You don’t really want to know your mothers had other boyfriends before dad, do you? J I think Sid’s media persona as the punk rock poster boy and the punk icon doesn’t sit well with people outside the international punk community (yes there is one). There have been so many lies written about him and he’s got this punk monster image that I wanted to show the world the real person behind the character of popular myth. I got the ‘groupie’ word thrown about. And I know some people in my family have had a huge problem dealing with that book. But the person who has the biggest problem, hasn’t even read the book. So like you I just think – sod ‘em! I do what I have to do, and if it’s not to someone’s liking – well that’s their problem. My closest family, however, have been very supportive, which is important to me. My children are teenagers and really proud of me. I think writing a high profile book and the media attention it means, got a little crazy in 2011, but since then it’s calmed down. The UK has woken to the fact that I exist so it might get crazy again, but we’ll handle it.

I also work as a freelance music journalist and cover some gigs and do interviews, and my children’s friends have been more impressed with that side of things, than them. They think it’s embarrassing when I’m off to cover a well know heavy metal band and get my photo with them backstage, or interview a well know rock star. They want me to tone it down and stay at home and behave myself. But they have come to see it as normal now. I’ve been good at keeping my children out of 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?

TD: No, never. Non-fiction is easy as you just tell the reader what happen. The story is already there. And Access All Areas and Project Polina just rolled out of me. Writers block must be awful. I must admit that when I’m interviewing a band that I perhaps don’t really take to, it can get a bit difficult to find the enthusiasm to make a good article, and I struggle. But lately I’ve only done things I’m interested in and the editor has been good about that, so no block as yet.

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

TD: Ahhh jeez, don’t give up!! If you believe in your ability to write a good book, then that’s your destiny – just do it! If you can’t find a publisher or a literary agent (it’s like gold dust, believe me) then do it yourself. There are lots of self-publishing sites out there. Publish on Amazon kindle perhaps, and see what people make of your book. If you are good, then the word will spread, and you’ll get noticed. Beware the pitfalls of signing with publishers who try to rip you off. There are a lot of cowboys out there. Make sure you find a reputable publisher, they are about as rare as rocking-horse pooh though.

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?

TD: That’s easy. The one thing I regret the most in my life and that I would change is not getting into the band buss with Sid and going on the rest of the tour of Sweden with him. I was so in love I felt physically sick. Sid nagged me to get into the buss and just leave. But my mother had taken my passport and there was no way I could go back to London with him. I wouldn’t let him do any drugs around me and perhaps his life had been different if I’d just followed my instinct and gone.

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?

TD: The US Marines in Hawaii, that Japan was hugely unimpressed with them. They didn’t see that one coming…

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?

TD: I would handle that quite well I think. I would love it if someone wanted to make A Vicious Love Story into a film. I think it would work well, since it’s not the same old – same old story about Sid and Nancy. Access All Areas would work too, I think. Yeah…. Would love it if there was an interest in Hollywood-giggle. The first people I’d tell would be EVERYONE !!!

Thank you for that fun, personal and nerve touching interview TD…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  A good Rose wine perhaps, with good food.

Exercise or Bubble Bath?  Exercise: Sweaty Spinning class

Favorite Color? Turquoise

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Hotel ! Hate camping.

Sports or Chocolate? Sports
Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Favorite Food? I’m not a foody. I eat to live, not live to eat.

Favorite Song? Anything by ACDC these days. Although I’ve covering a gig by the Quireboys in a couple of weeks, so that might change.

Favorite Movie? I’m not really into going to the movies. I don’t really have an all time favorite.

Favorite Car? I drive a Range Rover, which I love.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Cant eat chocolate so it has to be sex.

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?

TD: I would take George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Jason Stratham,….lets see who else… Brad Pit, and Billy Connolly to Virgin Boss, Richard Branson’s Necker Island retreat in the Caribbean for a week. Oh okay, Richard can tag along too. Imagine how entertaining it would be. And I’d be surrounded by with and beautiful guys….hmm.  Knowing me, I’d just end up as one-of-the-boys.

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

Access All Areas

At

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=teddie%20dahlin%20

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Today’s Tease…PurpleBarbi

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  PurpleBarbi

Title of the book you are promoting:  “This is Your Vagina”

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/This-Your-Vagina-Where-Heart-ebook/dp/B00DPSAUWW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382980287&sr=8-1&keywords=this+is+your+vagina

 Genre:  Erotic Comedy

Welcome  PB..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?

PB: I originally wanted to be a Veterinarian.  But after watching a few Bruce Lee flicks I wanted to be a ninja ( I acutally made it to a brown belt!), then a jedi-knight after well you can guess,  but it really depended on what subject being talked about or what movie I had just watched.

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

PB: Same with me unfortunately, (to some degree) my mother was very…….very overprotective and didn’t allow me to do much so in my seclusion I would make up stories and characters to entertain myself.  I seemed to live in a state of daydreams.     

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

PB: I am self-published awaiting “discovery” It’s going to be soon, trust me.

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?

PB: I like being self-published because I have more control, but I would like to involve myself with a traditional publisher.  Simply because they can market to more people and have vast resources.

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?

PB: Luckily I’m over the Depp (that blonde hair did it for me) or you and I would not be doing this interview…lol… but seriously I would invite the current Pope, I would love to sit down and talk to him (even though I am not Catholic) about everything current. 

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?

PB: Yes I do, and it gets more explicit with each passing year.  All forms of entertainment from commercials to cartoons contribute to the madness.  But it is ultimately our choice to entertain it or abstain from it.  I do think there should be stronger restrictions on what can be allowed for younger viewers.  My only issue is I think some parents put the responsibility on the government to provide censorship for their children and I think we as parents should be more involved in what children watch and listen too.  I listen to what my children listen to, some of it I don’t care for and don’t allow in my house but ultimately it will be presented to them, I want to be there to give a proper explanation. 

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?

PB: I live in the south so Hate would be what I would change hands down.

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?

PB: The cover is very important.  I know I am very visual and will try to get details from the cover and title as well…..speaking of titles?                                

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?

PB:  I have been writing since I was a little kid. If you’d met me in person you would never believe I was introverted (very) and shy.  I would write because I was always by myself.  I had so much to say but too shy to say it so I would write it down.

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

PB: The plot, I want to be excited about the book and what it entails.

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?

PB: Mainly what I hear or what I am asked about as you will see with the essay question.  I can be sitting or walking along and a word will catch my attention and I will have a story about that word.  You’ve mentioned chocolate twice and I’ll have that in a poem or one of my characters will be eating it.

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

PB: Oh yes! A few more novellas to be released by December- January.  Product line and numerous other things.  That’s all you get…..for now, but if you want more I’d have to finish the first half of your sentence.

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

PB: I have written 3, 1 is published.  I will have another out by December

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

PB: I love to write but definitely want to make some money for my talent…

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? PB: Support. Unfortunately,   I hate to say not one family member has bought my book.  😦

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?

PB: I have experienced it and the trick for me was to reread my work and then I was able to see how it should be worded differently or what was missing and go from there.

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

PB: But of course! Don’t expect overnight success and don’t be discouraged, especially when you get your first snub from an established author or your first bad review.  Trust and believe they are both coming. 

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?

PB:  I believe everything happens for a reason and in its own time.  But with that being said, I would definitely change how I thought about things, I would have been more bold in saying “no” to things I didn’t want.

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?

PB: I was in the 12th grade and one of my classmates had died in a car accident.  His mother was in the office picking up his year book and I didn’t catch who she was until she was leaving.  I wanted to say something to her but I remember being told she didn’t like other races.  I would have stopped her and told her I was sorry for her loss.  There are many instances, but I’m still learning to be bold.

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

PB: I am actually practicing for that moment, so my plan is to be composed. (it would go like this) “Yes, this is PurpleBarbi? Tyler Perry? Oh yes I’ve heard of you and I really enjoy your work.  A meeting with you and Oprah?  Sure I can manage that, I’ll let your assistant talk to mine (who would be me after a voice change )and we can definitely work that out.  Okay, yes I look forward to meeting you too.  Goodbye.” Then I would call Moe Deniro, and blast her eardrums to pieces…lol.   She has been a true friend and supported my every move.

Thank you for that frank and funny interview PB…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Southern Comfort and lime juice!  Is it Friday yet?

Exercise or Bubble Bath?  Exercise (really) just got may sexy back and I will maintain it!

Favorite Color?  Ummm….Purple?

Take out or Dine in?  Take out (Chinese…Honey chicken and then hit the gym. Lol)

Camping or Hotel? Hotel ………..nothing else follows

Sports or Chocolate?  Chocolate…..and then hit the gym.

Dogs or Cats?  Neither, they are cute but not for me.  My last cat…Omg! (I hear that Kelly Clarkson song in the background… “Never Again”) 

Favorite Food?  Ribs…We truly have the best barbeque here in the South 🙂

Favorite Song?  Benn Mardones – Into the night  (yes surrrr!)

Favorite Movie? Imitation of Life (1959 version)  I still cry at the ending.

Favorite Car?  Pontiac Grand Am 1994 (my first car)

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉  I’m Dieting so I will take the sex….over and over again pleaseJ

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? 

PB: I would go by myself to China.  I would walk the Great Wall and visit the botanical gardens.  I would rest and pray and let go of some hurt I have going on in the inside of this Purple Barbie Doll.  I would shop the local markets and after a misinterpretation of my words that I read from the Chinese American translation book, I would awkwardly smiled and try to agree with an elderly woman as she covered her toothless smile and nodded.    Before frustration set in I’d feel a hand on my shoulder. I’d turn to see him…..his face was kind as he pointed to the fruit I was asking for and not the u-um embarrassing thing I was not.   And then he was gone, I caught a final glimpse of him over the shoulders he brushed by.  I quickly paid…overpaid in my attempt to catch up to him.  Warm rain soothed my disappointment.  “Wǒ zài zhèlǐ” I heard from behind me, I turned into a kiss just as warm as the rain.  Opening my eyes I meet his stare, my beautiful stranger.  “I looked for you” I managed to get out between kisses and twirls as we moved out of view of the market.  “Gēn wǒ lái” I would followed him, into my unknown future.  No one seemed to notice us.  It took me hours to find that market and in mere minutes we were back at my hotel.  He shooed me gently gesturing me to go, when I closed the room door on the balcony he stood.  I pressed my hand over his through the window and opened it.  I dreamed of him for months, I finally worked up the nerve to look up his final words as I watched him from the rear window of the Chūzū chē. “Qù Shēnghuó Tóng Wǒ Zài nǐ de xīn” He said with a final kiss.  I thought I would never see him again.  There was a new exhibit at the museum, “Fallen Dynasties” Men of war who were shunned for the love choices they made.  Through tears I reached for painting “No touching!”  The curator demanded.  “W-What does it say?”  I asked.  “It does bring tears to the eyes doesn’t it” He said smugly.  “Oh? And interestingly enough…Beautiful Stranger” He answered after checking its bio.  This one was killed for loving an African princess.”

I gasped.

See, this is already being copywritten as we speak.

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

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Today’s Tease…Rick Hudson

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Rick Hudson

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Rick Hudson

Title of the book you are promoting: Shrapnel

Link to purchase your Book: 

From Barnes & Noble at….

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Rick-Hudson-Shrapnel?store=book&keyword=Rick+Hudson+Shrapnel

From Amazon at ….

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rick-Hudson/e/B00B5G2B14/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1382832086&sr=1-1

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http://www.horrorexpresspublications.com/

While you’re there take a look at…

http://www.horrorexpresspublications.com/interview-rick-hudson

Genre:  It lurks in the liminal territory between Literature and horror fiction. Kind of in the same playground as Chuck Palahniuk; Martin Amis; Franz Kafka and Jorg Lois Borges

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

Good! I am my favorite topic of conversation 🙂

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?

RH: I assure you that I am not making this up, but the only thing I ever had any passion or desire to be was a writer. It never occurred to me to even consider anything else. I cannot imagine being anything else. I couldn’t handle being anything else. I could not never write and I could never not 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?

RH: I love literature with a desperate passion and always have done. My favorite poet and one of the writers who has influenced me most is Ted Hughes. My list also features Martin Amis; Chuck Palahniuk; Henry Fielding; William Faulkner; Jane Austin; Milan Kundera and Franz Kafka. But I also like  and am influenced by popular writers such as Thomas Ligotti and HP Lovecraft. When I was a kid in the 1970s I devoured Marvel comics, and think they also had a significant impact upon my imagination and how I write. Particularly a comic book writer called Steve Gerber who, whilst working in mainstream comic books, wrote some very quirky stuff.

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

RH: I’ve not self published so far, but there might come a time when I do. My short stories have appeared in mainstream and indie magazines and anthologies as well as having been broadcast by BBC Radio. My novel is with the Birmingham (UK) publisher Horror Express Publications who also publish my short fiction on a regular basis.

Nevertheless…. as I am quite experimental I can see that self-publishing has its attractions- and may go down that line in the future.

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?

RH: I like to see my work appear in a variety of formats and with a variety of publishers. I would of course like to see my work with a major publisher and have no qualms about being open about the fact that I would welcome the money and the increased exposure they would provide. Nevertheless, I am very passionate about all my writing and some is just so off the wall its natural place is with a small publisher.

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?

RH: My obsession with Cameron Diaz is legend, so it would be her. I find her a very attractive woman as she is one of the few Hollywood actresses who have a personality. She is also a bit of a ‘kooky chick’ and Ricks like kooky chicks. The only subject we would not discuss would be the absurd fantasy that she would not fall hopelessly in love with me.

Seriously, the most interesting and funniest people I know are my friends. I would like to have them all to dinner and – despite my rather flippant comment at the start of this interview – the only subject off limits would be me and my writing.

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?

RH: I think in reality there is too much violence and that it is of course a terrible thing. If there is too much sex in society, then can you show me where it is please? The link between sex and violence in the media / culture and whether it affects reality is a complex one- I’m not sold on the idea that there is a direct correlation. The UK has very strict censorship but it is quite a violent place. Also, a lot of the studies on this that have claimed that there is a causal link between violence in film / tv and violence in society have, by and large, been discredited. My fiction is often grotesquely violent, but there is an aesthetic agenda behind this: conflict is the motor behind all drama and violent conflicts can metaphorically represent more abstract conflicts within a narrative mechanism. I never feel concerned or conflicted by this: most great literature is actually deeply unpleasant and horrifically violent, and I never heard of anyone putting anyone’s eye out after watching King Lear or burning down Turkish cities after reading the Iliad.

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?

RH: I’m much more selfish than you; I would like my perpetual quest to find a woman who is more interested in books than hair-straightners to come to an end.

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?

RH: I don’t think it’s got any more important than it has been in the past. What is interesting about book cover design is that it makes the book its own marketing materials: product and advertising mechanism are combined in one object. This has been the case since the 1930s when the paperback emerged. Book jacket design really came into its own with the arrival of the paperback –  and it is interesting to note that it emerged at the same time ALL goods – baked beans, flour, tins of custard, everything – began to be mass marketed in colorful packaging. I think this is interesting and has a lot to do with technological and economic changes which interest me. I’m a ‘literary’ writer and people expect me to bemoan how evil the publishing industry is, and weep tears over the business side of publishing. OK, yeah, there are negative aspects to the business side of literature, BUT if the publishing industry had not emerged as a commercial enterprise aimed at mass selling then the only books that would be available would be those financed and supported by the church, wealthy patrons or the state.

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?

RH: Yes, always. It’s my deep, deep passion. It’s not that I can’t remember when I started, but I can’t remember not writing. Even as a tiny kid I’d be writing stories or making little comic books. When I got my first cassette recorder the first thing I did was write and tape a story.

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

RH: I like the flash and the flair of words- I like constructing snappy and emotive turns of phrase and clever smarty-pants ways of saying things.

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?

RH: I often don’t know where I’m going. I will start with one element – it could be anything: a phrase, a character a scene, and the story will expand like some great chaotic amoeba from there.

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

RH: Yes, I’ve always got several projects on the go. My principal ones at the moment are not fiction, but academic studies: one being a critical assessment of Ted Hughes, the other concerns the impact of classical Greek and Roman literature and mythology on contemporary literature.

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

RH: I have written five:  Shrapnel which is currently published; Heart Failure and Bedlam Lullabies are due out next year; Fifty Fathom Dreams (poetry) will be out soon but I have one completed novel – relatively conventional by my standards – which I have yet to find a publisher for. I am of course working on my sixth.

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

RH: Fun, love, compulsion, desire and mischief. I don’t write for money, but I am very lucky that I can earn an income doing so.

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?

RH: Frankly, and I’ve said this before, I couldn’t give a fuck what people I know in real life think of my writing and I don’t give a fuck what readers think of me as a person. Some people I know don’t really ‘get’ why I write the way I do, but they acknowledge my talent and I’m fine with that.

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?

RH: I have so many ideas smashing around my head I think I’d need several lifetimes to get them all written. I have struggled to articulate ideas sometimes- then I’ve just put the pen down and thought ‘just leave it Rick, the more you worry the worse it will get. Just relax, watch TV, and go to the pub. It will come when you’re calmer and less worried about it’.

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

RH: Yeah, read some books. I try not to vomit in the face of people who say they want to write, but don’t read. That’s like saying I want to be a musician but don’t listen to any music. I get this all the time and it pisses me off. If anyone comes up to me and says something along the lines of ‘I want to write can you help me please’ my first question will always be ‘who do you read?’ This fazes some people. But if you don’t read then: a. you don’t know what’s out there already; b. you haven’t got the passion and enthusiasm to make it as a writer; c. it probably means that you think writing a book is just writing down a sequence of events as they come into your head and don’t know anything about the mechanics and craft of writing. I won’t even entertain a conversation with anyone who wants to write but doesn’t read. The so-called ‘novel’ that these people want to write will invariably be a talentless, egocentric, maudlin ramble about stuff that has happened to them just scribbled out without the slightest knowledge, will or desire to engage other people’s interest. Proper writers know that they have to win readers; readers don’t owe them a duty to read any old boring shit they scribble down. If you want to succeed as a writer you have to make people fall in love with you; and poetics, rhetoric and literary devices are the writer’s tools of seduction. You only learn how to use them by reading books.

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

RH: I’m pretty happy with me as me.

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?

RH: I have a whole list of people I’d like to tell to go fuck themselves.

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?

RH: First, I would roar with merriment. The next thing I would do would be to contact the producers and director to congratulate them on having such a finely honed sense of aesthetic judgment. The first person I told would be whoever happened to be at hand; then I would become insufferable company – I’d flag down cars to tell the drivers, I’d climb to the top of the clock tower of Manchester Town Hall with a megaphone and announce it to the world. No one would be safe from me telling them about this. This behavior would go on until the film was released: then I’d go on about how the film didn’t do justice to my work and how shit it was etc etc and everyone would have to suffer this until I was contacted about doing a sequel, and then I’d change my mind and tell everyone that the first film was great.

Thank you for your funny and frank interview RH…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Beer.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise if I can have walking in the Lake or Peak District. I’ll take bubble bath if I can’t…. and only if I am assisted by Cameron Diaz.

Favorite Color? Blue (like my eyes) or gray (because it compliments my eyes)

Take out or Dine in?  OUT. I can quite happily have breakfast, dinner and tea out on the same day. I live on my own and I get bored being in all the time. I usually only eat in if I have a guest.

Camping or Hotel? Hotel, and an expensive one at that. Fuck off with your camping!

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate! Sport has always struck me as being a bit gay (not that there’s anything wrong with being gay, obviously). Why should I, a heterosexual male, gain any pleasure from watching other blokes do anything, let alone run about with a bunch of other blokes on a field? Dancing is much more fun, and has the bonus that you can do it with girls rather than other blokes (not that there’s anything wrong with…. etc…etc…)
Dogs or Cats? It depends; do they come with a salad? Actually, I have had both in the past and have liked both. I have neither at the moment, but that’s because my exciting glamorous life style means that I would not be able to give them the attention they needed.

Favorite Food? I love ALL food. I have a particular liking for Italian and Indian. Oh, and French. Most really. I am also a fan of English cooking – which is very underestimated internationally – there is some fantastic English food out there, but for some reason I think we must hide it from Americans when they come over here. I’m a BIG fan of: traditional English breakfast and roast dinners IF they are done properly.

Favorite Song? I don’t have a favorite song, but I am a big fan of REM and Pink Floyd.

Favorite Movie? It’s a Wonderful Life or Psycho, can’t make up my mind

Favorite Car? Big fan of American muscle cars: Ford Mustangs, Dodge Challengers – that sort of thing

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Are you insane? SEX obviously: and the harder, the dirtier and the more frequent the better

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?

RH:  Well, first, I’ll tell you what I wouldn’t do. I wouldn’t go whisking any girls off to Paris. In films if you whisk girls off to Paris they melt into your arms and say ‘Oh, Rick this is magical, I love you. Marry me’. In reality, however, what they do is moan about how much dog shit there is and how the Harvey Nix isn’t as good as the one in Leeds and get into a sulk because a waiter in a cafe looked at them in a funny way and complain about not being able to use the toilet. So, no more whisking! But, I would like to take a very special woman to a very small hotel in the Lake District. I’d take her for walks in the forest and by the lakes. I’d take her out for meals and go dancing with her in the moonlight… I’ll leave the rest to your dirty imagination!

Thanks for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Rich Hudson’s 

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Today’s Tease…Sunny Shandilya

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Sunny Shandilya

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Sunny Shandilya

Title of the book you are promoting:  ‘Nav and the Ninth Universe- The Clock Of Time’

Link to purchase your Book: 

Amazon.com- http://amzn.to/14TL71b (USA)
Amazon.uk – http://amzn.to/167Ju05 (UK)

Flipkart – http://bit.ly/1dpXzNQ (India)

First chapter is available for download at http://www.sunnyshandilya.com/

Genre:  YA Sci-Fi fantasy 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: First of all, I cannot thank you enough for giving me this opportunity to share here at your blog https://authorteasereadings.wordpress.com.

As for the answer for your question, I wanted to be a pilot, a genetic engineer, a software engineer in that sequence and later someone who people could recognize.

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: Well I all can say is same pinch. 😉 I too do not have a literary influence but it just happened and I am really happy that I could complete it.

Till date, I cannot believe that I have actually managed to complete a novel as I am a very impatient person in real life.

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

SS: This is my debut novel and I have got it self published.

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 would love to be published traditionally just because they take off a large chunk of your headache by taking care of the publicity. I do not write full time so it becomes a little difficult at times to promote it all by myself.

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: That is a really difficult question but I would like to invite all the ‘big’ literary agents and publishing houses and not ask about the reason behind the migration of Siberian cranes, instead I would like to ask them – Why is it that publicity is more important than the actual product? I mean I do understand that people should know about something new but it really hurts when lot of good literature goes unnoticed because of lack of publicity 🙂

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: The visual medium has a deeper impact on the society but then it depends and I know this would sound cliché but we as humans are now exposed to much more information both in depth and in variety than we had a decade ago. We therefore should be at a better position to judge and act judiciously.

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 have heard this often that money can buy most of the things if not all. Same goes for the problems. Money is the cause of most of the problems if not all. If there was a system in which people were to do work as their hobbies and not as a compulsion, the world in my view would be a better place. I feel the inherent desire to amass money leads to corruption, which is the main cause behind any crime.

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 believe in the saying – ‘Do not judge the book by its cover.’ Cover does play a big role in the initial attraction for the consumer but in the long run, it is the content which is the real hero.

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 never believed that I had it in me to scribble even 10 pages but as days passed, I kept cementing the bricks and finally have managed to create a building.

I started in March 2011.

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

SS: A good story always engulfs you and you start living with it. If a story does that, it is a winner for me

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: In my part of the world, people are still obsessed with love story but I feel, as is mentioned in my acknowledgement – “Writing is a creative art and according to me, creation is when you write about the unknown or the unseen.”

In yoga classes, they ask you to think about a dot of light to improve your concentration but seldom people are able to do so. For everyone, the light is perceived differently. Same is the case with me. So it was a conscious effort to write a story which was woven through reality.

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

SS: The problem is that I am moody and I have a few plots in my mind. If you read the last line of the book, you would surely come to know what to expect soon J

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

SS: This is my debut work and even this would not have seen the light of the day had I not had the courage to get it self published in India.

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

SS: This was a piece of advice given to me by one of my friend Saiba – “Always right for yourself so that if you read it even after years, you would have the same excitement to read it.”

I just felt that I have something which needs to be told and once you are totally immersed in the story, you would have that ‘exciting’ feeling that yes, this could be possible. That feeling that I hear from my readers is my reward.

I lost my father at an early age. So for me, my mother has been my superhero. The day, God willing, I get any kind of recognition my mother and sister receives it , would be the only meaningful day of my life.

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 was not sure how would people take it so even my close friends and family came to know about it only weeks before the book’s release.

In India, the safest profession yet is either engineering or being a doctor. So I had to gather a lot of courage when deciding to go ahead with the book but my family and friends have really supported me.

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: One of the primary reasons that I did not inform anyone was because I was not sure if this would turn out to be a complete story. I have faced it many times. In fact, my system crashed a couple of times and I lost the initial files too.

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

SS: I am yet to experience both success and failure to be able to advice others but I believe writing a book is like opening a restaurant – you will always find takers no matter how bad it is and you would always have people to criticize no matter how good it is. So stop worrying and start expressing.

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: Well, I do miss my dad. In fact, my mother and my sister miss them more. I would really want to go back and bring him back coz I really feel that life would have been very smooth for my family and I think I can afford to lose anything for them.

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: First of all, I would nag the person because I know many of my friends would love to play this prank and when he truly convinces me that the call is genuine, well, I would just love it if someone would think if this was good enough for the sliver screen. In fact, may have already mentioned that they felt like watching a 3D movie.

I would definitely call my family and inform them first.

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

Favorite Beverage?

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble bath after a great workout session.

Favorite Color? Black and white both 🙂

Take out or Dine in? Take out

Camping or Hotel? Camping is more fun.

Sports or Chocolate? Playing to win a chocolate .. hehehe

Dogs or Cats? Sorry but I don’t like both 🙂

Favorite Food? Anything mom cooks.

Favorite Song? Many in both English and Hindi

Favorite Movie? Many in both English and Hindi

Favorite Car? Lamborghini any day

Sex or Chocolate? Chocolate while having sex 😉

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: This is a really difficult one and I have so many crushes to choose from but I would love to spend alone time with the Bollywood actress ‘Ayesha Takia’ in the world’s most romantic city – Paris.

I have such a big crush on her and I really adore her chubby cheeks.

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to get your copy of Sunny Shandilya ‘s

‘Nav and the Ninth Universe- The Clock Of Time’

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Today’s Tease…Tarah Scott

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Tarah Scott

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Tarah Scott           

Title of the book you are promoting:  My Highland Lord

 Link to purchase your Book: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/tarah-scott

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Genre:  Historical romance

Welcome TS…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?

TS: First, Leanna, thank you for having me! It’s so nice to be here at https://authorteasereadings.wordpress.com. What did I want to be as a little girl? I wanted to be an archaeologist. Who knew I’d be digging for stories instead of bones?

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

TS: I’m a huge fan of the classics, Bronte, Austen, Dickens, and so on. Little did I know the effect all that reading would have on me. A modern author who influenced me greatly was Amanda Quick. I fell in love with her historical romances, but was certain I couldn’t even consider writing like her. I’m still working on it.

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

TS: I am published both Indie and traditionally.

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?

TS: There are advantages on both sides of the fence. As an Indie author, I have complete control. That is a double-edged sword! There is something to be said for handing a book off to a publisher who gets the book publish-worthy. That, however, requires knowing that publisher will handle the book the way I would like.

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?

TS: That’s a toughie. I guess I would invite Mark Twain and not discuss politics. Heh heh. I would definitely discuss books!

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?

TS: The only thing that is ‘everything’ is a really well written book. However, there’s no doubt that a good cover can catch the eye of readers who may not know you. I’ve gotten lots of attention as a result of certain covers. If the story follows up, I’m ok. If not, the cover won’t get that reader to say the book was good.

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?

TS: As a kid I never considered the possibility I might be a writer—though my seventh grade English teacher took me aside and told me I should be a writer. I thought she was just being nice. I was always involved in ‘writerly’ things, such as, instead of being in the school play, I helped write it. You would think I would have realized I was headed in that direction, but I’m known for being hard-headed. I wrote music for many years, but it wasn’t until my thirties than I began considering the possibility of writing fiction. It took about six years for me to finally give into the incessant—and not too gentle—nudging in my brain before I wrote that first scene.

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?

TS: I’m similar. Usually, I see an opening scene, or at least a scene that is the heart of the inspiration. If that scene bugs me long enough, I eventually write it.

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

TS: I’m currently working on two books, a Scottish Medieval entitled Death Comes for a Knight, and a
Victorian Scottish historical entitled To Tame a Highland Earl.

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?

TS: Sure, I’ve experienced writer’s block. The only cure is to keep writing—while you’re drinking. Works every time.

You are too funny TS…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Coffee!

Exercise or Bubble Bath? ROFL. Exercise, then bubble bath.

Favorite Color? Purple

Take out or Dine in? Take out

Camping or Hotel? Hotel—definitely!

Sports or Chocolate? Hmm, if it’s basketball, then sports.

Dogs or Cats? OMG, both. Sorry.

Favorite Food? Oh, man, that’s tough. I love Chinese food.

Favorite Song? Too many to choose from.

Favorite Movie? It’s a Wonderful Life. I adore that movie.

Favorite Car? My Camry. Boring, but oh so reliable.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Yeah, that’s a both. Though sex is first.

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?

TS: ROFL. This is no essay. It’s short and sweet. I would go to the Florida Keyes with Gerard Butler and wouldn’t come up for air until we landed back in NY. Yes, that’s right, not until we landed back in NY. No way I’m getting on a plane with Gerard Butler and not joining the mile high club.

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Today’s Tease…S. Cu’Anam Policar

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease S. Cu’Anam Policar

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  S. Cu’Anam Policar

Title of the book you are promoting:  Rise of Xosha

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F2IJ3DK/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=B00F2IJ3DK&link_code=as3&tag=cusebgiaw-20

Genre:  Fantasy/Romance

Welcome  SC…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?

SC: A writer lol. I’ve always wanted to write. Books just amazed me and I wanted to be just like my favorite authors when I was a kid. I wanted to be able to grip people and take them to magical places as young as seven.

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

SC: It wasn’t so much a particular person. It was the stories themselves that gripped me and made me think “I wonder if my stories can to other people what this does to me”.

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

SC: I’m published through Satalyte Publishing which an Indie Publishing House run authors for authors. It’s an ongoing joke that I’m the red-headed step child of the house since I was the only American author published by them for awhile lol I think there may be another one or two now though lol

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?

SC: I went the way with a publisher simply because I was petrified I would do something wrong if I tried to do it myself. I know nothing about formatting and all that stuff that goes with self-publishing. I write, that’s my job it’s what I do lol. Occasionally, I do some paid editing for the house as well when our editor gets swamped. Other than that, I write it’s as far my knowledge goes lol.

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?

SC: R.A. Salvatore. Since I first read his book Homeland, I’ve wanted nothing more than to climb inside his head and see what makes him tick lol. His books are not only amazing they are very, very popular. The one subject I wouldn’t discuss with him would probably be his books. I’m a little behind on his Legend of Drizzt series and definitely wouldn’t any spoilers lol

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?

SC: Of course there is too much of both, but it can’t be blamed on Hollywood or authors simply because both venues only feed what the masses crave. Parents blame video games, tv, movies, books for the violence and bad habits their children learn, but most of the time it’s the parents that introduce the child to the subject matter in the first place. I could really go on and on about this topic but it really boils down to there is too much of it, but unless parents start teaching their children not to emulate the things they see, hear, read, it will never stop or lessen it’ll only get worse.

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?

SC: The poverty. I don’t think any child or even adult should have to go hungry, ever. The poverty levels around the world are astronomical and even the US has a high poverty rate that no one sees because we’re supposed to be a power country so it’s hidden by our government and our media, but really we aren’t as well off as we want everyone else to think. So, instead of helping our own starving children, adults, and families, all the money that could go to them go to other impoverished countries instead. I wish there a way to change that so that money could go to something else since then there wouldn’t be any poverty at all.

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?

SC: I’m a total cover whore >.< I admit it. I will more than likely bypass a book with a bad cover. I never read other people’s reviews of a book since I don’t want someone else’s opinion to sway my decision. I MAY read a blurb, but  the cover has to catch my eye first.

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?

SC: For as long as I can remember I’ve been writing. I was 5 or 6 when I wrote my very first poem which was about this little plastic toy bee that I loved to play with LOL.

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

SC: Storyline. I don’t care if there’s sex of any form, death, violence, whatever, the overall story line has to hold my attention. I rarely see myself in anything I read, and I keep my own characters are different from me as possible. When it comes to other books it’s the same thing, I don’t want to read about my attributes I want to be swept into the story and carried off to faraway lands.

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?

SC: With the Legend of Xosha series.. It was dreams. They started when I was seven and never let go lol. So I started a dream journal and wrote down everything I remembered and Xosha was born.

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

SC: After a discussion with my publisher, we decided that since I went against the grain and published a prequel before even publishing the first book, that the prequel should be three prequels, a trilogy to introduce the series. Rise of Xosha is actually the second in chronological order in the trilogy. I’m working on the first book now, The Diamond Isles which starts with Rose’s birth and ends with them leaving the Isles to find Xosha which is where Rise begins. That’s due out in January but I’m hoping to get it done before then.

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

SC: I’ve written 1 book, Rise of Xosha. I’m 1/3 finished with The Diamond Isles, and have a few chapters of The Dawning of the Three (The first book in the main series), and I’ve been collaborating with Stephen Ormsby on Little Girl Lost which is the first book to an entirely different series. I have three shorts in anthologies that are out as well. My short “A Touch of Chaos” is in Other Voices: An Urban Fantasy Anthology, “The Tales of Brown Mist: The Great Wizard Rescue” is in Miraculous: Tales of the Unknown, and “The Battle for Summer” is in No Sleeves, Short Dresses: A Summer Anthology. There’s a few more anthologies releasing soon that I’m in as well including one being put out by Anchor Group Publishing, one from Nevermore Press, and one that CM Wright is organizing. I like to keep myself busy lol!

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

SC: Absolutely not. I pity the authors that write simply for the fame and fortune. I’m not egotistical enough to think my book will ever make Amazon’s top 100, or be a best seller anywhere, or have a movie, or any of that. I write because the story needs to be told which means someone out there needs to read it. I write for the one person that needs what my story offers the most. And to shut the characters up >.>

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?

SC: They lie!!!! Friends and Family are the worst critics EVER!!! Half the time they don’t bother to read the book but either love it or hate it lol! Give me someone that doesn’t know me any day over a friend or family lol

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?

SC: Writer’s Block is soooo common x.x I simply stop writing what I’m working on and write something else. It’s usually how my short stories are born. I’ll hit a block in my WiP and just write random things until my brain finds a way around the WiP’s block.

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

SC: Don’t think of the money, the fame, or the accolades. Think of the story and the lonely soul out there that needs your story to keep them going. Don’t pay attention to mean reviews, don’t even hold too much to the 4 and 5 star ones. Look for the good 1 2 and 3 star reviews that will teach you how to make your work even better. And above all else, don’t give up on your dream regardless of what the trolls will say or do to try to break you.

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?

SC: Nothing. I wouldn’t be me without the experiences I’ve gone through. I wouldn’t be where I am now or have the life I have now. So even with all the horrible things I’ve been through, and the few good things, I wouldn’t change any of it.

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?

SC: I would tell the Pagans not to hide. I would tell them to fight back and not run from the Burning Times. If my ancestors had fought back, perhaps now in this day and age, we wouldn’t still have people claiming how evil we are when our entire lifestyle is the exact opposite of evil.

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?

SC: I wouldn’t even know. Whoever would be on the phone would probably bust an eardrum though when I squealed ROFL! I’d probably tell my husband and kids first… Then I’d tell all my friends, family, and fans on facebook lol

Thank for that fun and frank interview SC…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Pepsi

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath

Favorite Color? Purple

Take out or Dine in? Take Out (People make me nervous)

Camping or Hotel? Hotel.. have you ever been camping?! The ground was not meant to be a bed x.x

Sports or Chocolate? Sports

Dogs or Cats? Wolves? >.>

Favorite Food? The kind you eat LOL I don’t have a favorite

Favorite Song? Tricky Question!!!! I like multiple genres of music I don’t have a favorite song

Favorite Movie? I don’t have a favorite x.x

Favorite Car? Spider e.e

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 I plead the fifth >.>

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?

SC: It may sound silly or lame, but If I could go anywhere for week, I’d go to something like UTopYA since I can’t afford to go there or to any other author conventions. I would take my hubby since he wants to go too. I’d love to meet all my author friends. So while my answer is not as smexy as you were probably going for, it’s a dream of mine that I hope someday I can make a reality >^.^<

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of S. Cu’Anam Policar’s

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Today’s Tease…Ellen Dominick

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Ellen Dominick

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Ellen Dominick

Title of the book you are promoting:  Chikan: Taken in Public on the Morning Train

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://ganxy.com/i/79835/ellen-dominick/chikan-taken-in-public-on-the-morning-train

Genre:  Erotica

Welcome ED…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?

ED: I’ve always wanted to be an author. I don’t know why, but I didn’t understand that an author was something that you could be until I read Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire and looked at the back cover with the picture of her on it. I guess I thought, “Hey, this lady wrote this. People write books! I wanna write a book!”

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

ED: I was one of those kids that is sad that the library had a 99 book check-out limit. In other words, I read  a lot. So my influences come from everywhere!

Anne Rice, Henry Miller, Tanis Lee, and Anais Nin are responsible for my interest in the erotic. I’ve been told that my non-erotic writings remind people of Jhumpa Lahiri.

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

ED: I’m an indie author.

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?

ED: I don’t think I’d have problems being published, but I’m also not searching for it. I think many people shy away from indie publishing because they want that official mark of recognition that they are awesome at writing. I’m not really looking for that. I’m lucky enough that I’ve already gotten that kind of approval in other arenas. For me, traditional publishing would be all about getting help to put my work out there.

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?

ED: You know, my answer as a little kid was Martin Luther King Jr., but now I’d either invite Zadie Smith or Nicki Minaj, or both. Wouldn’t that be a crazy dinner party? I wouldn’t talk about music or books.

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?

ED: As an erotica author, it would be kind of weird for me to say there’s too much sex, wouldn’t it? I think the way that we, particularly Americans, deal with sex is problematic and nearly schizophrenic. The message of prudish, abstinence-only, pure sexuality is pushed at the same time as companies make bikinis for infants and tell young children they must be sexy. Rape culture is reinforced on an everyday basis. My problem is not with the quantity of sexual things we encounter, but with the content and message behind them.

Oh, and don’t get me started on violence. We’d be here all day.

LH: I’m a huge softie 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?

ED: Eliminate economic inequality. I think that’s actually the first building block for world peace, and it’s totally something achievable. Nations that have low economic inequality nearly always have low rates of violence and high rates of all that cool stuff like happiness and education.

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?

ED: I’m a pretty visual person, so I still love covers! Seriously, the current digital culture is an increasingly visual one, so it’s not surprising that they would become more important than they already were.

Covers catch my eye, get me intrigued. I hate to say it, but I’m guilty of judging books by their covers. Design is important!

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?

ED: Like I said earlier, I’ve always wanted to be an author. I remember starting to write when I was ten or so, and hiding the pages away under my clothes so that no one could find them! I was so embarrassed. It took me a while before I got confident enough to show anyone what I wrote.

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

ED: I’m all about prose and originality. All of my favorite books are beautifully written with unique points of view. Characters and plots are cool, but I really read to see something that I’ve never seen before.

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?

ED: I normally start from an idea. It could be a word, an image, anything like that. Then the story grows around it. I used to be a pantser, flying totally blind into writing, but I’ve learned the joys of outlines since then. Still, my favorite part of writing is when my own story surprises me.

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

ED: I’m working on a Femdom story that turns the whole billionaire dom idea on it’s head. The world has enough billionaire alphas, don’t you think? I’m always rooting for a strong female character.

LH: I’m working on #7…5 are published and the next is due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

ED: I’ve only written and published 2 erotica books so far! I’m a newbie!

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

ED: I won’t lie, I write for both! Writers have got to eat too! Writing has always been my job, and I’m not really sure I’m qualified to do anything else anymore. So I’d love to make a living off of erotic writing, but it’s also tons of fun.

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?

ED: My family would not approve of me writing erotica. Let’s just say it’s our little secret, okay?

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?

ED: Writer’s block isn’t my problem, perfectionism is my problem. This is actually my favorite part of writing erotica, because it’s teaching me how to deliver. It really kicks my butt and makes me push stories out into the world.

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

ED: Just write. Don’t worry about how much you suck, or what anyone will say, or if it’s a waste of time. You probably do suck (but that’s what editing is for), ignore the haters, and writing is good for your soul so it’s never a waste of time.

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?

ED: Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like if I took my fancy pants degrees and got a traditional fancy pants job. But then I think, I wouldn’t be me! Who needs fancy pants?

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?

ED: Come on Leanna, everyone knows that you can’t disturb the past because it will cause inconsistencies in the time stream!

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?

ED: I would probably jump up and down and scream. That’s my default reaction to anything awesome that happens to me. I’d definitely tell my husband first. I’m really shy, but they don’t need me to be in the movie so I think I’d be fine.

Thank you for a very smart and funny interview ED!…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Gin and Tonic

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath, hands down

Favorite Color? Grey

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Hotel (Camping, what’s that?)

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate. I am the worst at knowing anything about sports.

Dogs or Cats? Cats, maybe? I’m not a big pet person. Does that make me horrible?

Favorite Food? Yasai Tempura (Lightly fried Japanese veggies)

Favorite Song? “Venus as a Boy” by Bjork

Favorite Movie? Dreams by Kurosawa

Favorite Car? Um…I know nothing about cars except they have wheels and take me places.

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

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?

ED: I’d go to the Sundarbans, which is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site straddling Bangladesh and Bengal. I’d love to meet the fishermen and other people who live there, and to see the unique animals. And hopefully not get eaten by Bengal tigers. I’d take my husband because I’m a big softie and I kind of like him.

Thanks for having me!

Thanks for spending this time with us and make sure to pick up your copy of Ellen Dominick’s 

Chikan: Taken in Public on the Morning Train

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