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Today’s Tease…Greg Smith

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use: Greg Smith 

Links where we can find you: http://gregsmith-writer.weebly.com

http://www.facebook.com/GVSmith.Author

http://gregsmith-graphicdesigner.weebly.com/

Other Special Talents we should know about: I’m a full time graphic designer. Commissioned portraits are something else I do.

Welcome  GS…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?

GS: I wanted to follow in my Dad’s footsteps and work for Qantas, Australia’s international airline but that wasn’t meant to be. I think I’ve always wanted to be an artist of some sort and never failed to be egged on by family and friends to keep drawing. But a time traveller … that was, and still is, the top of my dream list.

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?

GS: I’d find it intriguing to have dinner with Steven Spielberg. His movies would NOT be the focus of my attention because he’s a fabulous storyteller and avid historian – that’s what I’d be dying to talk to him about.

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. It’s kind of ironic that we’re in the business of selling sex and violence. Ever feel conflicted and if so why?

GS:It’s not so much the sex and violence per se, but the quantity of it that pervades our lives. Both are intrinsic to our existence and way of life. As an author I always struggle to keep a tight rein on those sections of any story involving either subject. I don’t believe anything is achieved by being excessive in describing sex or violent scenes. The trick is to play to the reader’s imagination. A person’s mind is more than capable of filling in the blanks left by a writer.

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?

GS:Wow, that’s a heavy question. There are so many things I would love to change if given the power but I guess I’d go for the chance to give every person the inspiration to find the answers to world hunger. There is almost an infinite number of ways we could solve world hunger if only we were all able to focus our collective mind and talents on that one problem.

LH: A little birdie told me you are a graphic artist…in fact; I know you did a beautiful book cover for my book “Me, Myself & I.” How did you get into that and is that your only artistic talent?

GS:Back in the Stone Age I used to be known as a commercial artist. Now we’re tagged as graphic designers or artists, but I view that as “work-related” talent. If you visit the web site devoted to my artwork you’ll see that I love painting faces, animals, and women. I’d be intrigued to hear from people what medium they think I’ve used for some of my artwork. The answer generally surprises a lot of people. But all in all nearly everything I do on paper or computer is one form or another of art. It’s something I’ve been interested in ever since I was able to hold a quill … computers have only broadened an artist’s horizons.

LH: My mother was a wonderful artist; I however, cannot draw a stick figure! Where did your artistic ability come from or are you self taught? Will you indulge us with some of your favorite work?

GS:It’s funny that nearly everyone who views my work says that they can’t even draw a stick figure. Would you believe that’s exactly how I began – with nothing but plain old stick figures? Later, I began collecting art books and taught myself a rough or basic understanding of anatomy. It helped that I was born with an artistic bent, but apart from those high school art classes, I am otherwise self-taught. When I do a portrait I generally work from photos supplied to me mainly due to the fact that I might work all sorts of strange hours and could never expect to call someone at 2am and ask, “I’m ready to work on your portrait. Can you pop over now for a couple of hours?” As to my favorite work, that’s easy. It’s anything that involves hair, eyes, a mouth – those are the magical elements for me, personally. Then there’s the figure. Women are such fascinating creatures; with so many facets (some visible, most invisible). For me they make ideal subjects.

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. When did you decide that you wanted to start doing covers?

GS:That began centuries ago when I was in high school, back when music was restricted to records (LPs, 45s, etc). I had myself quite a collection of singers, musicians, bands, etc and one day I found the jacket to one of my favorite LPs had been damaged, so I sat down and set about making and designing myself a new jacket. I still recall the group – The Shadows. Wow! That brings back fond memories. Thanks for asking that question. One thing led to another and soon I was trying my hand at book covers, etc. Mind you, this was way before the word computer was even included in the English language, so the task of designing was far more painstaking than today.

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

GS:Naturally it’s the characters. I’m a fiction writer and therefore find it extremely hard to imagine attempting to write anything without involving at least one or two characters. I regard them as the windows into my stories for the reader. Sometimes you can visualize a scene through the eyes of the character; sometimes it might seem you are looking into a mirror and either seeing the character for who she or he really is – or you might actually see yourself! But giving your question another glance, something else that fascinates me about a story is experiencing the writer’s imagination for myself. I guess that’s why I so fond of historical fiction, and why I’m tackling my own historical fiction novel right now.

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your cover ideas?

GS: Imagination and inspiration. I am never short of ideas for almost anything when it involves my writing. And being a graphic designer, I only want to extend that to include designing my own book trailers, covers, marketing material, etc. An idea can be, and usually is, sparked by the most innocuous things that can confront me; a word, a sound, a color, music … anything and everything.

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

GS:My latest book, THE PITS has not long been released. I’m beginning to work on ideas for its sequel, but I’m also trying to make time for my pet project, my historical fiction novel that I have been working on sporadically for the passed few years. Both projects are vying for my time and it’s hard to allocate a balanced schedule.

LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you do covers for fun, an artistic outlet or money?

GS:I do them hardly for fun these days. That’s not to say I don’t have fun working on a cover. I certainly don’t do them for making a potential fortune; in fact, I quite often will put a cover together for someone for next to nothing just to help them out. I still struggle as a writer, and I know how what’s it’s like to try to stretch a meager budget when it comes to getting a book ready for the market.

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 and your work?

GS:I still struggle with the specter of my first book. It was born of a dare and only took a few months to write, and I had a lot of fun working on it. But when family and friends read it for the first time I think several were quite taken aback by the story. It’s an erotic thriller; quite detailed, in fact. Strangely enough, my wife tried to read 50 Shades of Grey and thought the book boring. She actually prefers my own book, KILLING SOFTLY. I’m not sure if I’ll ever venture into that genre again, but you never know.

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

GS:Not writer’s or designer’s block so much, but more a sudden lack of drive or interest in a job. Sometimes the feeling will last only a day or so, but there have been occasions when I’ve left a job for weeks or months before being able to confront it again. Once I overcome that lack-luster feeling I quite often will work all hours into the night to get the job completed. Strange. When the sensation comes over me I try to find something else to focus on, sometimes something completely different to the job in hand. But I know for a fact that somewhere deep in my mind there is a part of me still actively working on the problem and given enough time will eventually find the answer to my sudden “block.”

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?

GS:Geez, another tough question. And it’s not really a fair question. There are so many things I guess I’d like to change. But I guess if I had to pick one it would be the morning I left to fly to Papua New Guinea to spend a few weeks with missionary friends among the Highland natives. No sooner had I arrived in the middle of PNG and was preparing to settle down for the night that I received a phone call informing me that my mother had just passed away. She was still half asleep when I said my quick goodbye that morning. Yes, I’d go back to the day I arranged to make that trip so that I could cancel it and then be home when Mum was rushed off to hospital. I never did get the chance to say a proper goodbye.

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?

GS: Crikey! Where do you get these questions from? Let me see. Well to begin with, if we ever had the opportunity to go back and confront a person or persons about something we knew would happen, we’d be laughed at and ridiculed … unless, of course, we thought to take along evidence to back up our message. But I digress. Okay then, seeing as I’m a relatively new US citizen, I think I’d like to go back and talk JFK out of his scheduled trip to Dallas. I’d take along news clippings and photos to support my warning and make a strong suggestion that he initiate a witch hunt for those planning to assassinate him.

Thanks for that fun and thoughtful interview GS…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Hot chocolate

Exercise or Bubble Bath? A luxuriating bubble bath after a hard day at the keyboard. But don’t mention that to my mates.

Favorite Color? Bright yellow.

Take out or Dine in? Dine in with that someone special with wine and candle light.

Camping or Hotel? Depends on the time of year and what hotel you’re talking about.

Sports or Chocolate? You can’t have both? Who says you can’t!

Dogs or Cats? Dogs. I’ve always had a dog growing up. Now we have two.

Favorite Food? My Mum’s roast leg of lamb.

Favorite Song? Impossible to say.

Favorite Movie? Lawrence of Arabia, Camelot (the musical), Braveheart, The African Queen … and many, many more.

Favorite Car? Jaguar

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both make a magical combination, especially if both a very warm verging on hot.

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?

GS:Boy, is that ever a loaded question. Well, a week isn’t very long at all, but I think I’d spend it on the dazzling white sands of one of the Fijian islands. Everything runs on “island time”, no hurry for anything. The woman of my dreams and I would laze around, soaking up the tropical sun and cooling off in the crystal clear warm ocean. We’d stroll hand-in-hand along the beach at night bathed in the soft pearl glow of the full moon and listen to the tropical birds settling down for the night. And we’d enjoy discovering each other.

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

The Pits: A Crime Novel (Volume 1)

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Today’s Tease…Susanne Steele

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Susanne Steele

Title of the book you are promoting:  The Boss

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

 Genre:  Erotica/Crime

Where can we find you: suzannesteelesblog.wordpress.com

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

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

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

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

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

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

LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?

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

LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?

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

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest offenders. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Which form of media do you think is the worst offender?

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

LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?

SS: End Hunger!

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

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

Personally I go by the sample read.

LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?

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

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

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

LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?

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

I have a very vivid imagination.

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

SS: I’m always working on something..

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

SS: 21 published e-books on Amazon

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

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

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?

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

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

SS: No, I stay motivated..

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

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

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

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

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

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

LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

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

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

Favorite Beverage? Milk

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Excercise

Favorite Color? I don’t have one.

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate

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

Favorite Food? I’m moody

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

Favorite Movie? GI Jane

Favorite Car? I’m moody on that too.

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

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

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

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

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

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Today’s Tease… Graham Dixon

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease… Graham Dixon

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Graham Dixon

Title of the book you are promoting:  The Eyes of the Chameleon

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.cassiustoledo.us

Genre:  Crime/Thriller/Mystery

Welcome GD…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?

GD: Somewhere lurking at the back of my mind I have always wanted to be a writer. Also an actor, journalist, psychologist and rugby player. Strangely, I have worked in all the occupations other than the last.

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

GD: Many influences. One of the first writers to catch my attention was the poet Thom Gunn. As a teenager I read his poems and found his life – poet, biker, professor – irresistible. In my twenties I graded papers for one of his seminars at Berkeley and was struck by the generosity of his spirit and the power of his intellect.  He was a charming, modest and yet dazzling man, and lived the life of a writer to the extreme. “On the Move” and “Tamer and Hawk” are among the best poems of the last hundred years.

PG Wodehouse – for his effortless ability to write about the most difficult-to-capture subject – happiness. Jeeves and Wooster are a delight. Pinter, for his pauses and understanding that we reveal so much in silence. Conan Doyle for creating Sherlock Holmes – a man more real than most people I actually know.

Proust – I have read him every ten years since the age of eighteen. I am due to start again in April. His descriptions of the joys and agonies of love are unmatched. Probably unmatchable.

Oscar Wilde – the unflinching honesty of “De Profundis”, the elegant loveliness of his children’s stories, the artful perfection of his plays, the unforgettable anguish of “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”.

Martin Amis – “Time’s Arrow” is one of the greatest books ever written.

Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”

Norman Mailer’s “The Executioner’s Song”

Vladamir Nabokov’s “Lolita”

William Golding’s “Free Fall” – one of the best analyses of the terrible choices creativity presents us.

Virginia Woolf – intellect and emotion so ideally matched

And then … Shakespeare … the beacon that has shown how beautiful English can be for four hundred years.

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

GD: I have been published as an academic writer and work as the Entertainment Critic for the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

My novel is an Indie effort though.

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?

GD: A traditional publisher so my work would reach as wide an audience as possible. But there is a frontier excitement to Indie publishing that is hard to resist.

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?

GD: Oscar Wilde, and I would not discuss his court cases. I would sit and listen.

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?

GD: The very pairing of “sex and violence” is telling to me. Sex is one of the most wonderful aspects of life and violence is the most negative – yet for some reason they are paired. It says a lot about our culture that such opposites are regarded as synonymous.  We are scared of sex, and drawn to violence. The world would be happier if that was reversed.

To be concise – it is impossible to be exposed to too much sex if it is presented in a beautiful and sensitive manner.

Violence? Unfortunately it is part of our nature and the proper study of Man is Man. The tendency for movies to have torture as their main subject is disturbing. It is not gratuitous because – in pictures like the “Saw” franchise – it is the central subject.  Individuals – or a society – that are fascinated by torture, or who glorify it, have severe problems.

For a superb examination of both sex and violence read Thom Gunn’s poetry collection “Boss Cupid”. He explores the psyche of Jeffrey Dahmer. In the hands of a great writer no subject is too extreme or degrading.

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?

GD: Our tendency to enjoy the suffering of others.

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?

GD: The cover may catch the interest, but a few words from the actual book will capture the mind and imagination.

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?

GD: I wrote my first “book” at the age of eight.  It was called “The Tree” – very derivative from some of John Wyndham’s science-fiction.

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

GD: What happens next … the glorious complexity and unpredictability of human behavior.

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?

GD: They settle on me like the memory of an apparently random detail from a dream. Then they slowly grow.

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

GD: The second book in my Cassius Toledo series.

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?

GD: First novel.

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

GD: Fun is the substance, money would be the icing.

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?

GD: If I reveal something about family or friends that they wanted to remain hidden. I am not talking about Big Secrets – but rather a little detail, nuance or foible that the person recognizes as their own.

I also work as a psychotherapist so I am doubly damned – people think I am analyzing them and also gathering raw material for writing.

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?

GD: Yes. When a particular narrative twist has yet to fully develop. Books – like babies – come when they are ready.

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

GD: Write. Write. Write. And then – write again.

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?

GD: I am blind in one eye. The accident that caused 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?

GD: Mozart. Write down every composition you have stored in your mind. Don’t wait.

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?

GD: My wife. My sons. My parents. My sister.

Thank you for that fun and informative interview GD….Now, for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Cold milk.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath

Favorite Color? ?

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate
Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Favorite Food? Sushi

Favorite Song? Tupelo Honey

Favorite Movie? The Graduate

Favorite Car? Jaguar XJS from the 1980s.

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

GD:  That would be telling…

But I would arrive back with slightly swollen lips, a moderate tan and an odd mixture of the Mona Lisa and Cheshire Cat smiles.

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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

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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!

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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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Explicit Excerpt From Killing The Desire..

The following is an explicit excerpt from my new release “Killing the Desire”

It’s available at http://eternalpress.biz/people.php?author=529 and amazon.com by searching Leanna Harrow

Enjoy!

He stood over her, smiling, cock in hand. As he gently stroked
it, he looked into her beautiful, deep, dark blue eyes. The kind of
blue you only find in the ocean waters of the Bahamas. They were
blue but sprinkled with tiny specks of green and gold.
My God, they are beautiful eyes, he thought as he got close
to cumming again. Those gorgeous eyes fixed on him. Those gorgeous,
brilliant, blue eyes!
They were deep, soulful, kind eyes. They were mesmerizing
and captivating eyes. They were also dead eyes. He saw to that
when he choked the life out of her with his bare hands fifteen minutes
beforehand. She hadn’t been fucked properly in a long time,
so he knew she thoroughly enjoyed the fucking she just endured.
He could tell by the way things got a little rough. He liked it
rough. Afterward, when it came time to finish her off, this one
hadn’t put up much of a fight. He wondered a couple of times beforehand
if she would be a problem, as she was in pretty good
shape for pushing fifty. She must have known she was no match
for him, because she really didn’t struggle much. She just kind of
grabbed his hands, pulled at them a bit, opened those beautiful,
blue eyes of hers as wide as they’d go and went limp in his grasp.
No time to reminisce, he thought as he shook off the image. It
was time to clean up his mess. As good as jacking himself off felt,
he had work to do. He knew his ultimate release would come later,
at home, when he replayed the scene over and over in his head of
the actual moment he snuffed the life out of her. It would feel better
than actually fucking her had.
He picked up her lifeless body and carried her into the bathroom.
He placed her into the tub of hot water he’d run and went
into the laundry room to get the bleach.
As he left the bedroom to go to the laundry room, he picked
up the condom he’d used and its wrapper, placing them inside the
plastic baggie he brought with him. He shoved the baggie in his
pocket to take with him.
He returned to the bathroom and poured the bleach into the
tub to make sure he hadn’t left any evidence behind. As he watched
the tub fill with more water, he thought about the mundane dinner
they’d shared and the boring stories she told him about her wonderful
children. She did mention the fact that she had a couple of
daughters. He wondered what it would be like to fuck them proper
and then choke the life out of each one of them as well.
He also wondered that if she knew she was eating her last meal
at that very moment, would she have gone ahead and ordered the
dessert. The dumb bitch. What did she expect meeting strange
men off the Internet? He scanned the bathroom and bedroom to
make sure he hadn’t left any other evidence behind before he returned
the bleach to the laundry room and left. He was meticulous
like that. He left her there, in the tub full of bleach water, eyes
open, blank stare on her face and a smile on his. Just like he’d left the others.

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