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Today’s Tease…Jackie Sonnenberg

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Jackie Sonnenberg

Title of the book you are promoting:  All That Glitters

 Link to purchase your Book:  This will be on Amazon and Barnes and Noble online at its release in September, but also I will be selling some copies with other freebies on my website at a discount price: www.jackiesonnenberg.com  Readers will get a physical book copy along with Reader Discussion Questions, Facts and Trivia Page, and a never-before-seen excerpt from novel #2. This offer is only good while supplies last.

Genre:  Urban Fantasy/Crime

Welcome  JS…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?

JS: Easy—author! 😉

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

JS: I can’t say I have a literary influence either. I liked different things from different authors and just let them inspire me all together.

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?

JS: I think if you get your start as Indie, first of all, it’s not a bad start! Most publishers don’t want you unless you are published anyway, so if you decide to try to go Mainstream you’ve already got a history. Second of all, if an author is Indie and then just says Indie, it’s not bad either. Either way you are getting published with the ultimate goal of getting your name and your work out there and ensure that it is not only widely received—but you are ultimately happy with the routine and results. I anticipate seeing my career launch to a good place and eventually, advance up to a new level. I think writers of all kinds anticipate “leveling up” or taking their careers to a better place, wherever that may be.

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?

JS: The book cover is the same—whether you see it online or see it physically in a book store. It’s that first look at the cover art and the title that creates an interest in the reader. It has to be a reflection of what is on the inside.

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?

JS: Oh yeah, started since I was literate! I remember after reading one of my very first books, I flipped over to the back cover and saw the author’s name. I knew it my head that this was a grown-up that wrote this children’s book and I remember thinking how simple it was, there was not really that much to the book at all. I had a vain moment thinking that I could do better. If this grown-up could make this story and turn it into a book, then I could do the same. I just stared at the name on the cover and thought to myself that my name could go on a book as well. Then after that, I just started to write stuff.

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

JS: The main point of a book is a central conflict of sorts. It doesn’t have to be huge, it doesn’t have to be confrontational good people versus bad people, most of the time it’s subtle, but it’s always there. I like seeing how characters are in certain situations, unique situations, and how they come out of it and most importantly, how it changes and grows them as a character. People want to see other people triumph and they always want to know what happens next.

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?

JS: I honestly don’t know, they just sort of come to me. If I am thinking about something in particular, I’ll brainstorm for a while to see where the idea takes me, and then I continue until I have some pieces in place that could work for a story. They say sometimes that “books write themselves,” and that is actually true! I’ll be writing a scene with a certain idea of where it’s going to go and then it will go beyond that and more. I understand the “whole movie” part where you just see it and then you’re just flying over your keyboard!

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

JS: Absolutely! Generally I work on multiple things at once. I’m writing more of my second novel, which has a dark spiritual twist to it, as well as outlining several books for a series I am really excited for.

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?

JS: All That Glitters will be my fourth published book, but it is my first novel. The first three I wrote and published were non-fiction requested topics. I prefer fiction and was always writing something in some shape or form, whether they be short stories or stories that could be longer. I wrote my first actual book in kid years, but recently decided to take it in another direction and completely rewrite it into something different, so I don’t know if that counts or not!

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

JS: Both! I think every author writes because they love it…but also because they want that to be their life. They want to be successful and want to use what they love to be able to support themselves. That can’t be that much to ask for, can 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?

JS: Yep, everyone has. It is unavoidable and it happens from time to time. You’ll be thinking of a scene, clear as day, when you’re away from your desk and doing something else and when the time comes to sit down and write it, you draw a blank. Sometimes I’d just make little notes on what I want to happen and come back later to see if my mind flows better. It sometimes helps to re-read certain chapters or sections to remind you of what is going on and what you are leading towards.

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

JS: This is cliché and everyone says it, but: don’t give up. It’s a world of hit or miss that is 90% miss and 10% hit. The publishing industry is one of the toughest to break through because everyone is talented and everyone has a story to write and everyone wants to be noticed. It takes dedication, determination and a thick skin to make it through rejections and criticism. Keep writing, keep doing as much as you can to get your name out there and take every small victory as a step closer to success. Networking is also very important, as in this day and age social media websites are expanding and changing how we communicate and connect with each other. Take advantage of these sites and become involved with them as much as you can. There are so many resources available to us today that were not years ago, and yet the writers of the past still managed to get their name out there without the use of email, Facebook, Twitter, and Google. If they did it then, then imagine what we can do now? It’s almost like we have it easier now…

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?

JS: I would love that! I always dreamed of seeing my stories up on the big screen. I’d be very interested to see what people would do with it and what actors would play the parts. Not to mention it would be a project I would love to be a part of and a new fun experience to have! I would probably even ask to get a cameo or walk on part! A lot of authors have had their work made into films and were in fact not happy about the results, such as Roald Dahl flat out hating Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the 1971 version, the version with Johnny Depp would be more up Dahl’s alley!!) and P.L Travers having many disagreements with Mary Poppins. With book to film there are of course going to be changes here and there, and while it would be hard to see your own work changed in any way shape or form, I would try to be open minded. I would enjoy it!

Thanks for that fun and fabulous interview JS…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? I’m an avid tea drinker! I think I drink too much.

Exercise or Bubble Bath?  Bubble Bath. I’m so lazy.

Favorite Color? Blue and Black

Take out or Dine in? Both

Camping or Hotel? Both

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate!

Dogs or Cats? Both!

Favorite Food? Pasta. Macaroni and Cheese is my true love.

Favorite Song? Too many to name!
Favorite Movie? 3 way tie between The Goonies, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Coraline.

Favorite Car?

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

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?

JS: I’d take a big group of friends on a tour bus around Europe! It would be so fun to just travel and see things, and not have to worry about our different schedules and daily routine, and just plain have fun. 

(I know this is supposed to be “essay” but that’s pretty much it in a nutshell. I don’t think I would want to do anything illegal or anythingJ)

Jackie Sonnenberg is an author living in Chicago debuting All That Glitters in September of 2013. In All That Glitters, a jewelry thief with the ability to get by undetected is on the hunt for something special. The only trace he leaves behind is candy in place of what he steals…the media dubbing him “The Candy Caper.” He won’t give up until he finds his special item said to be blessed with ancient magic…but what does he want with it? And what if someone else gets in his way?

Visit www.jackiesonnenberg.com for more and “like” Author Jackie Sonnenberg on Facebook.

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

All That Glitters

at

www.jackiesonnenberg.com

She would also like to thank Matt Lyons for the colorful store scene and Claire Roberts for the picture of the thief! Great job guys!

The Candy Caper CANDYJEWELS-PUMPKIN

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Today’s Tease…Lea Bronsen

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Lea Bronsen

Title of the book you are promoting:  Wild Hearted

 Link to purchase your Book: www.amazon.com/dp/B00BL09IGA

 Genre:  Crime drama, with elements of thriller and erotica

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

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

LB: My favorite thriller authors Mo Hayder and Cody McFadyen influenced me to write. Like Stephen King, their words were able to make me sweat, shiver from tension and look under my bed before going to sleep, and I wanted to see if my own words could provoke the same reactions to other readers…

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

LB: I’m self-published for now because some of the scenes in Wild Hearted are too edgy for romance readers, and I didn’t bother go through the lengthy querying process for nothing.

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?

LB: In the future, I would like to be represented by a traditional publisher. The self-marketing part of indie publishing can be quite exhausting when you have a full-time job and family to take care of as well.

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

LB: Stop famine. I can’t think of a more heart-wrenching thing than a starving child. And there are millions of them, all over the globe, suffering as we speak.

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?

LB: I believe even online, the book cover is what catches the eye first, and if it doesn’t, the potential reader moves on to the next book without checking out the blurb and the reviews.

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?

LB: In addition to Wild Hearted, I have finished an erotic romance short story called My Biggest Fan that I hope will be published soon.

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

LB: I’m halfway through three parallel projects: The full-length thriller sequel Carnivora, the suspense/romance collaboration novel Different Faces of Secrecy with my friend D.C. Stone, and the erotica novella Risky Fever targeted for an anthology. I have to say, after digging into the world of blood-thirsty gangsters and psycho kidnappers, erotica is a pleasant genre to write in comparison… though no less challenging!

I get inspired by things happening in society that make me want to speak up. As I’ll never be a politician and have the possibility to change anything, I make my characters face socio-political situations instead and let them do the talking.

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

LB: Absolutely. You have a great idea but people criticize your writing skills? Learn the craft. You’re ready to publish but can’t find anyone to represent you? Get the book out on your own. Slow sales? Join a group of authors, request reviews, use the social media to spread the word. More than anything: be humble, believe in your story and never give up!

Thanks for that informative and fun interview LB….Now…For the Fun Stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Ice cold tap water.

Exercise or Bubble Bath?  Exercise. Give me a boxing bag and I’m unable to stop till I drop.

Favorite Color?  Purple.

Dogs or Cats?  Cats, definitely. I feel every bit like one: feisty, independent, a little mysterious, and very loving.

Favorite Food?  Anything spicy, preferably Indian or North-African.

Favorite Song?  “Let Me Go, Rock ’n Roll” by KISS

Favorite Movie?  “Once Upon a Time in The West” with Charles Bronson *swoon*

Favorite Car?  A good old bush Jeep.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer both is perfectly acceptable 😉 It goes pretty much without saying, doesn’t it? J

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

LB: I would take my husband for a motorcycle ride through Egypt.

Thank you so much for spending time with us today.  Make sure get your copy of Lea Bronsen’s

Wild Hearted

at

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Today’s Tease…KR Bankston

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  KR Bankston

Title of the book you are promoting:  Thin Ice

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Thin-Ice-ebook/dp/B005G4WUSU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371578817&sr=1-1&keywords=kr+bankston

Genre:  Crime

Welcome  KR…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?

KR:  I wanted to be a veterinarian for a time, and once I got a little older, a singer. I actually thought of becoming a nurse in later years.

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

KR: I’ve always written, just as a form of therapy, but if I had one person who actually influenced the way I write and my penchant for BookOperas (serials) it would be Author V.C. Andrews.

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

KR: I’m Indie, but I was actually offered a deal from a publisher. I personally very much enjoy being the captain of my own ship, so I declined the offer. It’s a lot of work, but honestly I love the challenge.

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?

KR: Sometimes when it gets hard, I say, wow this would be so much easier if I had a publisher backing me. Then I stop and take a breath and realize how much I would be giving up and decide I’ll stay just the way I am.

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?

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?

KR: I write Crime laced fiction. I honestly believe that people who have evil intentions always find a way and already have those intentions to begin with. Too much of anything could be construed as being a contributor to a behavior or behaviors that some in society deem inappropriate. I’m not conflicted in the sense that I write for adults, not teens or kids. Even with Hollywood, it’s all smoke and mirrors to 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?

KR: All prejudices for all the myriad of idiotic reasoning’s they exist.

LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?

KR: I may have to disagree with you LH on that one. On a personal note, the cover honestly can make or break me checking out the synopsis. I love GOOD covers, not the ones laced with so much activity I’m dizzy looking at them. I try to make sure I have visually appealing, but thought provoking covers given most people are very visual creatures.

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?

KR: Yes, I’ve always written, but not as a prelude to a commercial career. My career into the foray of publishing actually came on a dare from my husband. My earliest recollection of doing a story and allowing my peers to read it was my tenth grade English class.

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

KR: Watching the magic of all the characters as they speak and the story comes together beautifully. Most of my characters carry a small piece of me, whether it be a habit, a speech pattern, favorite of some sort, there is always some KR in them somewhere.

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?

KR: That’s honestly a wide open field..lol Sometimes it’s a dream I had, something or someone I see in passing, a comment made, a long lost fantasy, the list is just endless. I can’t say there is any one particular way things come to me.

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

KR: Lol, I totally get that and I won’t ask you!  I am working on something as a matter of fact. I’m working on the next generation of the Thin Ice saga, The Thin Ice Origins series, scheduled to launch in 2014. I’m not sure if this one will be 12-Episodes like the earlier, but we’ll see.

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

KR: Hmm, I have 22 books currently in publication. I almost as many that aren’t published and I’m continually writing more lol

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

KR: Fun, but the money isn’t a bad thing either! Lol. No, honestly I love to write and if I never published anything else, I’d still write because its in me. I can’t bottle that up or shut it down. I’d just be the author with hundreds of unpublished stories lol.

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?

KR: The swearing and the violence. I’m honest and admit I have a problem when it comes to the language. I can put some sailors to shame if you know what I mean, but I’m working on it LOL. The violence in my novels can be extremely intense sometime, but its just how the story flows. They’re getting better. I don’t get as many of the “look” as I used to.

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?

KR:  I don’t think I’ve had the block per se. I’ve had times when I needed to take a step back but after a breather, be it minutes or days, I’m “write” back at it lol…

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

KR: Do you homework! Learn all you can about the industry, never be afraid to ask a question. There is no such thing as a stupid question. Invest in your craft and be open to advice whether its critique or praise. Build a strong network around yourself and your craft.

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

KR: I’ll have to agree with you here LH. Everything that has happened in my life has been for a purpose and it’s made me who I am. I like me!

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?

KR: Are you kidding? I’m waiting on that very thing! Lol…I would love to see my babies come to life on the big or small screen. I would tell my husband first, he’s my bestest friend! lol

Thanks for that funny and enlightening interview KR…Now… for the fun stuff! 

Favorite Beverage?  PG: Sweet Tea  R: Crown Royal Black 

Exercise or Bubble Bath? A little of both 

Favorite Color? Blue

Take out or Dine in? Either is fine with me

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? Sports

Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Favorite Food? Pasta

Favorite Song? Too many to name, can’t choose just one!

Favorite Movie? Trading Places & Coming to America (they tie)

Favorite Car? Maserati 

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Chocolate covered Sex is great! lol

 

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?

KR: I would go someplace very warm and very tropical, alone. I love my own company, I love being free and unencumbered. I would relax, just take my mind off everything and everyone. I would parasail, jet ski, snorkel, dive. I would enjoy every cuisine the island boasted, and indulge myself on the many tropical drink offerings both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Take moonlight swims, go sailing, deep sea fishing, and probably never come home again! 🙂

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure you pick up a copy of KR Bankston’s 

Thin Ice

at

http://www.amazon.com/Thin-Ice-ebook/dp/B005G4WUSU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371578817&sr=1-1&keywords=kr+bankston

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