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Today’s Tease…Bethany K Lovell

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Bethany K Lovell

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Bethany K Lovell

Title of the book you are promoting:  Faetal Distraction

 Link to purchase your Book:  (amazon) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00COQG7J6

(b&n) http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940016466880

Genre:  paranormal romance

Welcome  BKL…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?

BKL: Always a writer, though that didn’t happen until much later in life. Also, a famous singer (which I was really good at… just ask the stuffed animals who attended my concerts) and a fashion designer and a “professional lady of wrestling” and a surfer and a florist and… I was a bit undecided as a kid.

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

BKL: My mother encouraged me to write poetry when I was very young, so she got the ball rolling, but an amazing, older friend of mine took me under his wing and helped me to find myself. We would spend entire nights locked in his tiny apartment, where he’d read to me from books that were WAY over my head, then explain the important parts. He read poetry and we dissected it, I read my stuff to him and he critiqued it… sometimes we just drank and played Rummy all night, arguing whether or not God existed and why writing was so fascinating in the first place. But yeah, he was a huge influence on my obsession with words.

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

BKL: 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?

BKL: I love that I can control what I write, where and when I publish, but… I don’t know. Traditional publishing gets your work into places you can’t on your own, and the idea of not having to edit my work over and over until I never want to look at it again is very appealing. I worry about giving up control, having to change things to suit another’s vision of my story. Two sides of the coin, and I can’t decide which side is better. I’m just thrilled to have my work out there at all!

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?

BKL: Neil Gaiman, and I would not discuss words or books or libraries. We’d talk about his bees, his kids, his wife… That man is fascinating.

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?

BKL: This is so hard to answer, and is going to make me sound like a hypocrite! I’m not a huge fan of violence on the screen (I am a big baby), but it doesn’t really bother me in books. I write sex and violence, but I think there needs to be a reason for either one. A graphic scene used as filler or shock value just doesn’t work for me. It does seem that we’re permeated with it now, especially on television. I’m not a fan of censorship, though, so my motto is ‘turn the channel, change the station, don’t buy the book, and don’t watch the movie’ but don’t tell someone else they ‘can’t’ (unless it’s your kid, then by all means…).

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?

BKL: I’d like to get rid of this invisible barrier we all seem to think exists between us. Races, nations, religions, sexuality… these things that say nothing about who we really are just keep on falsely defining us and partitioning us off from the rest of the world. We spend more time categorizing, labeling, defining and judging than anything else we do in a lifetime! And it’s all crap- there are no walls between us, as we’re all just human beings. I’ve never understood why the color of skin, a religious belief, a dress size, a musical preference, or even a hair color could make two people enemies. It’s madness!

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?

BKL: Ugh! The cover!! To me, it’s not a big issue. However, I admit to being a bit of a ‘cover whore’ and buying books just because I like the front, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been burned for that. It’s like dressing up an evil mastermind in a fairy princess costume- they look harmless, but we’re all still going to die. The story is what matters. I lost a whole star on a review because I didn’t have a great cover, but I can show you seven different books that are using the same basic cover, and their fans eat it up. I’d rather have a simple cover that’s unique than just recycle something already going around. The digital age may change all that, but I think there are just too many readers out there who are stuck on the pretty packaging.

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?

BKL: I was writing poetry and silly short stories since fifth grade or so, but didn’t really get serious about writing until I was a teenager.

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

BKL: The relationships between characters fascinates me. I love to put characters in bizarre situations to see how they will handle themselves and those around them. So much fun to mess with the fictional people!

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?

BKL: That is pretty much how it works for me. I get an idea for a scene, or even just a vague idea of an idea, and I let it sit and stew in my head. Then, usually when I’m in the middle of doing something else, the story just starts going and I have to get it on paper. Once I start developing characters, they just rattle around in my head all the time, having conversations with each other or even me. The sisters I’m writing now never shut up!

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

BKL: Book 3 in my series is currently in my head, but I’ve got nothing but notes on the page yet. I promised my family that I’d “take off” for the holidays, but I honestly don’t think I’m going to make it until January without writing. I just can’t shut it off that easily.

LH: I have written and published 6 books… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

BKL: I’ve only written the 2 so far, and both have been published. I have a ton of stories in my head, but I want to finish the series first.

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

BKL: Writing for a living is the ultimate goal, but not why I write. I have to… and if the only ones who ever read it were my friends and family, I’d still press on. I’d love to be able to write all day instead of work, but for now, I’m not worried about sales. Right now, it’s all about the stories.

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?

BKL: I come from a very conservative family, so I thought long and hard about whether or not to use my real name. In the end, I hoped that they would be proud of me, even if they didn’t approve of the genre I was writing, and used my real name. My mother has a copy of both of my books, but has agreed to never read them!

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?

BKL: I didn’t write a thing for almost ten years, but I think that was more fear than anything. I was afraid of trying to write a novel, not just because I didn’t want the rejection, but I was worried that if I failed, I’ve have nothing left. Thinking about writing a book is safe- you haven’t done it yet, so no telling if you’ll succeed or not. Once you take the leap and do it, the safety net disappears and you’re on your own. There are days that I sit down to write and don’t think it’s going to happen, but once I put the pen on the paper, something always happens. Sometimes I have to trash it and start again, but I can always write something.

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

BKL: Just show up and write. Don’t worry if it’s any good or even what might happen later in the story, just stay in the moment and write. Always show up, always try again. And read. Writers who don’t read worry me.

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?

BKL: I’m with you, I wouldn’t change anything. I’m a scifi fan, so I know my entire life could be altered just from wearing a different outfit in the past. 😉

There are things that I regret or wish had happened differently, but I’m good with the present, and would rather not mess with that.

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?

BKL: I lost some good friends long ago, and I think I’d go back and tell them to pay attention. We were just sailing through life without a care, never knowing that it was all going to crash down around us very soon. I wish we would have been more present with each other, enjoyed it all more.

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?

BKL: I would freak! First, I’d tell my husband and kids, then the rest of my family and close friends, and then I’d scream it all over facebook. It would be a challenge for me, because I’m not terribly social and I don’t really like being the focus of a lot of attention. I’d go for it, but would probably have daily anxiety attacks!

Thanks for that fun and informative interview BKL…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Coca-Cola classic or Irish Creme (not at the same time!)

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble bath- every time!

Favorite Color? Dark, grayish blues

Take out or Dine in? Take out

Camping or Hotel? Did enough camping growing up, give me a hotel (with a hot tub)

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate (unless the Broncos are playing, then both)

Dogs or Cats? I’m a cat person, but I do have one dog that I adore and spoil rotten

Favorite Food? A really good steak, preferably grilled

Favorite Song? Bells For Her by Tori Amos

Favorite Movie? The Princess Bride

Favorite Car? Soft top VW bug- the old kind, not the new ones

Sex or Chocolate? Yes!!

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?

BKL: I would run away with the Doctor in his Tardis. (This doesn’t have to be plausible, right?) Since I was fairly young, I’ve watched Doctor Who and dreamed of all the places he would take me, all the strange sights we’d see. I’d let him decide the agenda, since I have no real grasp of the universe and its various tourist attractions.

I would probably let my husband come along, just so he didn’t get his feelings hurt or anything, as well as Mr. Gaiman (because that one dinner just wouldn’t be enough). We’d also need some kind of entertainment, so I’d bring along Etta James. We’d have a time machine, so dropping by to pick her up shouldn’t be a problem. Oh, and maybe an Iron Chef or two, because I imagine that time traveling can make you pretty hungry.

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

Faetal Distraction

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Today’s Tease….Raven McAllan

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Raven McAllan

Title of the book you are promoting:  Impulse

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://authl.it/B00CLTRTF2

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-impulse-1259522-340.html

Genre:  Contemporary paranormal romance

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

Hi there and thanks for inviting me.

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?

RM: I think it changed every week. At one point it was a weather lady, and another a rally driver.

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

RM: I’m the same as you here. I just like words and the way they can all come together and create pictures in your mind.  I suppose my dad was an influence as much as anyone or anything as he gave me my love of reading, and always said I could do anything if I put my mind to it.

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

RM: Oh I’m with several publishers. Considering I was though to be good at grammar at school, my command of colons, comma’s and ellipses is horrendous. My publishers (and editors at every level, cover artists etc.) put in so much work to get my books from my head to yours. I appreciate all they do and know my limitations. I might be wrong, but it seems to me that how we use grammar has changed over the years.

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?

RM: My great aunt, and why she thought I was pregnant. (I wasn’t but she was ever hopeful)

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?

RM: I agree, but I’m not much of a one for watching films, or T.V. I get bored and fidget. The family think I’m strange.

As you say, it’s strange because I write erotic romance, so of course there’s sex in there. but I can’t write what I’d call ‘nasty’. There’s enough of all that in reality. Life to me is too short to read it, and anyway I’d get nightmares. I’m a wuss.

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?

RM: Man’s inhumanity to man.

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?

RM: Like you say, not as much as they were, but they still need to reflect the story, and not repel you. Even as an eBook, I’ve seen a few covers and thought ‘oh no thank you’.   However I still love the thrill of holding a paper and cover book and smelling the new pages Do you think they could add that to an ereader?

I don’t think we’ll lose bookstores, although they are getting less and less.

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?

RM: I wrote as a child, but it got drummed out of me at senior school. It wasn’t really until a few years ago when I met the New Zealand author Robyn Donald on holiday there, and she told me just to go for it. I did, it was awful, and then I realized I wasn’t writing as I could, I was writing as I thought I should. Once that changed it was all systems go.

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?

RM: No, idea, I’m a character driven pantster. I never know where I’m going to be taken, even though I have a rough idea where I’ll end.

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

RM: Yeah a super secret something… to be revealed around end of September.

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?

RM: Now this made me go and look. Well over 40, if you count my Y.A as J. Lilley, so by the end of September I’ll have reached my half century. Wow, oh my goodness, I’ll need a party for that. I have three or four due out in the next couple of months, and well yeah I’ll let you know when I do the big reveal.

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

RM: I write because I couldn’t not write. It’s more than fun, but it’s certainly not for the money. Although the email that comes from pay pal and says royalties are in is very welcome.

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?

RM: My daughter freaking out in case her friends realized what I write. (They all know and couldn’t care less). When I first started having work published, someone told someone else my books plural were disgusting, to which the reply was …so she must have read them all to know that then.

The worst thing, is because you’re at home, people don’t always accept you do have discipline, do sit down to write x number of hours, and don’t drink coffee and eat biscuits all day… not all day anyway.

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?

RM: No, I just have days when I think I’ll play hooky. But if I did, I’d just write something else, anything I guess, just to get words flowing.

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

RM: Write as you can not as you think you should. You’re voice is just that, yours.

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?

RM: Not to bite my nails as a kid.

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?

RM: My ‘reditor’ Doris O’Connor, my DH, and my mate June, all in one simultaneous email. And I’d send them the email and get them to check with me to see if it was a hoax! Then I’d warn the kids!

Thank you for that fun and eye opening interview RM…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Fizz or weak black tea
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Oh Bubble Bath. Exercise is a chore, the bubble bath is a necessity!
Take out or Dine in? Dine out if it’s worth it… I’d rather cook for a month and have one perfect meal out, than eat out a lot and it be just okay.
Camping or Hotel? Hotel, I’ve done the camping route, got the t-shirt and scars to prove it.
Sports or Chocolate? Oh silly question, I’m the most uncoordinated person ever.
Dogs or Cats? Cats at home, dogs to walk with.
Favorite Food? Is chocolate a food?
Favorite Song? Mrs. Robinson.
Favorite Movie? Bull Durham
Favorite Car? Well I’d like to say my Mazda MX5, but I’d love a Ferrari.
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Good.

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?

RM: I’m really boring you know? I love traveling, but I love traveling with my DH. You see if it was someone else, like Mr. Depp for instance, well I’d be conscious of my age, shape and hair roots. What fun is there in having to hold my stomach in and worry if my grey hairs were showing? Now don’t get me wrong, I’d do that anyway with DH, but he loves me, flabby bits and all.

So I’d go with him, and we’d travel to some of our favorite places without telling anyone where we were. (Sorry kids)

So I’d start off in Honk Kong, then Singapore. Fly to Vietnam and go to Halong Bay and spend a night on a junk. Walk the Great Wall of China at Simitai (and I wouldn’t lose my bottle this time), and go to the Sacred Hills. Spend time in Western Australia and paddle with the rays, and go to New Zealand to enjoy the Bay of Islands. Then whale watch in South Africa. I’d end up in the Caribbean, and island hop. I’d forget about weighing scales, Gluten free food, and watching the wine intake, and enjoy the food and drink of each land.

Finally a wee stop over in New York, to sit in Grand Central Station and drink fizz and admire the ceiling.

Actually can I have a month or two and add in Greece, Morocco, and Italy? Or South America (where I’ve never been.)

And as all that would take much to long, I’ll have a week in Rothman Manor Swellendam, thank you. 

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copies of Raven McAllan’s

Impulse

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