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He’s Running for Congress…

Former Navy Seal Carl Higbie is running for Congress in CT.

Do I like everything he stands for? No

Do I like some of the things he says? No

Do I like the three core things he stands for? YES

Listen here to find out what they are…

http://renegadetalk.fm/2013/12/14/carl-higbie-renegade-talk-4/

Good luck Carl

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We can’t have Jingle Balls but…

There’s uproar over Kmart’s Musical Joe Boxer commercial but it’s okay to watch the Victoria Secret Fashion Show crap?

http://renegadetalk.fm/2013/12/12/richie-marlas-victorias-circus/

Jingle BallsSeriously? Bring on the Balls!

 

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Out Tomorrow!

Due out December 1oth  by my good friend Bryce Evans…Check it out!

 

River Channing is on the run from Vampire Paddock Reed.  Finding out that Vampires exist makes River doubt everything she knows in life. In order to stay one step ahead of the vampires, River must travel from one job to another to survive. Driving from state to state, River finds her way to Freedom, Colorado and gets a job at the Meadowland Lodge where she befriends the owners mate Ash Wilder. Being the Detective she is, Ash digs into River’s past and finds out that she is on the run from someone.  Finding a newspaper clipping in River’s pocketbook, Ash learns that women have been murdered and drained of all their blood.  Ash calls in some help from her Uncle, Vampire Reece Ramsey, and Alpha of the new shifter Unit Jonas Glenn.

 

One sniff of her scent and the Alpha’s know that River is their mate. When River finds out that the Lodge is owned and operated by the Wilder Pack, she wants to run again. Together they learn that River isn’t just human, but a Healer with magic that can cure the sick and heal the injured.  But can her Mates and new friends keep River safe from the vampires who want her blood or will she have to run to save them all.

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Today’s Tease…Becky Flade

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:   Becky Flade

Title of the book you are promoting:   Fated Souls

 Link to purchase your Book:   http://amzn.com/B00C9KNYWK

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Welcome  BF..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?

BF: I remember wanting to be a nurse for like one day. After that I wanted to be a newspaper journalist; the youngest author to ever hit the New York Times Bestseller’s List; then I settled on an attorney and fiction novelist.

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

BF: I’m a compulsive reader and I enjoy a wide variety of authors like Agatha Christie, David Gemmel, Nora Roberts, Stephen King, Anne Rice, John Grisham, Jeffrey Archer, Jude Deveraux, John Jakes, we’ll be here all day if I keep going. I hope no one influenced me; I’d prefer to have my own distinct style.

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

BF: I’m not self-published and I’ve got contracts with three publishers, so I guess I was discovered, ha! I hadn’t realized I’d been discovered – how about that?! =D

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?

BF: I’d like to say Nathan Fillion and Firefly/Serenity but that would require sawing off my own tongue (I’m a Browncoat!) and as my fiancé believes he has a say in what body parts I get to saw off – I’ll have to go with John Lennon. And not discuss politics.

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?

BF: Our society is inundated with sex and violence, especially in entertainment and media, television, movies, books, music, even video games, it’s everywhere. And as a mother I’m extraordinarily concerned about it. However, in addition to paranormal romance and contemporary romance, I also write erotica and it sounds hypocritical as hell for me to make that statement. But, and here’s where I could lose friends, as a parent it is my job to monitor and limit to what my children are exposed. These images are intended for the entertainment of adults. But kids are the ones accessing them and so many of these kids have no sense of the consequences of their actions. I think the bigger problem faced by our society is the combination of lackadaisical parenting paired with an appalling lack of accountability.

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?

BF: Poverty. I don’t mean everybody’s rich. But no one on the Third Rock would ever have to choose between eating and heat; food or medicine, ever again.

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?

BF: Well, you’ve got a point. The fantastic cover that really jumps up off the shelf and says, “Becky buy me; you know you must have me, dahling!” really isn’t necessary in this digital day and age. But a bad cover can still hurt. I’ve seen some really messed up digital covers that have kept me from even looking at a book’s description and The Book Binge blog posts a weekly “WTF Cover” update every Saturday. I wouldn’t want to be on that list.

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?

BF: I have had stories, characters, little dramas, playing out in my head for as long as I can remember. It was either be a writer or be treated for schizophrenia. 😉  I wrote my first book in kindergarten. I still have it.

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

BF: I live so much with the hero and the heroine that by the time I finish with them, they are driving me nuts. They’re like house guests that just won’t go away. And without fail, I am completely enthralled with the supporting cast.

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?

BF: It’s different every time. Sometimes I see the beginning, other times the middle; could be the end or the whole she-bang. Could be one scene, one conversation; sometimes it’s just an idea that grows into something bigger. That is so disgustingly vague, I’m sorry, but it’s honest.

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

BF: I have an awful habit of bouncing. I’ve been working on the same book for 2 years and while working on that I edited, contracted, revised per an editorial team and published my full length romance Fated Souls. I wrote and edited two novellas, one that I recently contracted, it’ll be out in 2014, and another that is out on submission. I started another novella and wrote the framework for a series. I bounce. But I’m really going to finish the Monster WIP.

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

BF: Shit, can you combine this question with the last one? LOL

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

BF: I’m so glad I don’t write to eat. My poor babies would starve.

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?

BF: My mother hates the “filth” as she calls the erotica but is very supportive, nonetheless. It helps that also write sweet romance in addition to steamy. The only other hurdle is finding time amongst the responsibilities of having a full time family and job without my people feeling neglected.

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?

BF: That’s exactly how I feel! I’m terrified that the one thing I changed would alter something I love about my now and I’d be SCREWED. Mistakes teach us, they form us, even more so than the successes. Nah, I wouldn’t change a thing. Except maybe wearing shoes to my senior prom that were a size and half too small just because they were pretty and not available in my size. Nope, who knows what catastrophic ripple that could cause….and my date had to carry me around like I was princess, it wasn’t all bad.

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.

BF: I’d go back and tell Marilyn Monroe that she was sexy and smart, so stop acting like you aren’t, because any man that likes a dumb ass broad isn’t worth the dick is in drawers and that she didn’t need a man to make her worthwhile anyway; and to get healthy before she killed herself.

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?

BF: I’d freaking love it! Oh I’d lose my mind kind of love it. I’d be embarrassed sure, but that would not stop me from screaming and dancing like a fool wherever I was when I found out. There would be fist pumping too, yeah lots of fist pumping in the air. And hiney shaking. I’d tell me fiancé first; my daughters second and my mom third. If I don’t do it in that order, I get in trouble.

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

Favorite Beverage?   Captain and Coke

Exercise or Bubble Bath?  BATH

Favorite Color?         Green

Take out or Dine in? Take out 

Camping or Hotel?    Hotel

Sports or Chocolate?  Sports

Dogs or Cats?   Dogs

Favorite Food?     Pizza

Favorite Song?  Crazy Bitch by Buckcherry

Favorite Movie?  Armageddon 

Favorite Car?   1967 Chevy Impala

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

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉 

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

BF: I’d like to go to Ireland with my beloved and explore old castles. I know it probably sounds boring but to me that sounds like the most romantic trip ever. No, we are not doing that for our honeymoon because honeymoons are supposed to be nekkid and it’s chilly and rainy in Ireland which does not encourage nudity IMO.

Thanks so much for having me! 

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

Fated Souls

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http://amzn.com/B00C9KNYWK

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Today’s Tease…M. Homer

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease M. Homer

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  M. Homer

Title of the book you are promoting:  Dare to Breathe

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Dare-Breathe-M-Homer-ebook/dp/B00GM6WKFO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385012692&sr=8-1&keywords=Dare+to+Breathe

OR  http://eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781629290898

Genre:  New Adult romance

Welcome  MH…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?

MH: Hmm, tough question! Well at first I wanted to be a vet, but as I grew up I discovered how smart you had to be. Then I wanted to be an FBI agent, until I realized that first off, you had to be American and secondly, again you had to be smart!! Finally as a teenager, I decided I wanted to change the world, so I became an early childhood teacher. 🙂

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

MH: Actually, buying a Kindle opened my eyes to the possibility. I have always wanted to write but had no idea where to start. Seeing self published, amazing authors coming through via Amazon, inspired me to give it a go, so I did!

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

MH: I hunted and hunted to find a publisher after I self published my first book. I decided that I needed some expert support to set myself up properly. I’d say about 9/10’s of the challenge is knowing how to market your book. Finding Eternal Press and getting the support from them and the experienced authors in the group has been a huge support for me.

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?

MH: Err, I’d possibly invite Channing Tatum and not discuss his wife (lol).

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors.  Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

MH: I think the shock factor always seems to get people talking and that is what Hollywood and the media use to drive sales. Of course, the more we see the shocking events, the more immune we become to them so the ‘more’ shocking the events become. I come from well grounded family. We are open to new ideas and situations but always have robust conversations about what is fair and just. I want my children to grow up aware of the world around them and be active contributors to it but with the intention of making a positive impact on their world. That is my ultimate dream for them.

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?

MH: Myself. I found this amazing quote and I think it is so valid. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” Rumi

Image what place the world would be if we all thought that way instead of trying to change others J

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?

MH: Actually when I scour shelves for books via Amazon, I do look at the covers. For example the book Wallbanger, by Alice Clayton. I saw that book on the bestsellers list forever BUT I hated the cover. Finally, after seeing review after review, I bought it and loved it. So, I guess it is still important, not everything, but still an important part of the marketing.

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?

MH: Yes I have. I spent many a New Year making a promise (to myself) to get published. Twenty years later, here I am! I did write some articles for parenting magazines when I had my children which gave me a taste for success. I was pretty pleased when those were published but writing a novel has always been my dream.

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

MH: Truthfully? The romance. If it feels genuine, and you can see the emotions driving the story, then I fall into it. I am pretty easy to please, really J

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?

MH: I come up with a concept but it seems to me the story evolves as the characters take on personalities of their own. I wish I could see the bigger picture before I start but truthfully I start with just the bare bones and the story just seems to grow and grow.

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

MH: Yup, I have written a romantic comedy which I am tweaking. It is about an American/ Italian family who plan a yearlong wedding in Bologna Italy. It has me laughing out loud but I have to make sure I can transfer that so that others get it too 🙂

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

MH: I have written 3, working on the 4th with my cousin and have published 2! It’s been a busy year at the Homer household.

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

MH: Firstly fun but if I could make money, I’d be a happy camper too. What I love most right now however, is hearing feedback on what I have written. Even the tough critique gets me thinking on how I could do it better.

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?

MH: I had the exact same problem as you! My first book, Treading Water, is very loosely based on me. The story that develops has nothing to do with my family at all, but I originated the initial concept from experience. I know that my family have found that tough and take it personally. I am glad I wrote the story as it broke my fear of completing a novel but it did cause some uncomfortable moments…

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?

MH: Yes I have. I have written a thousand starts to books and stopped. I guess this is because unlike you, I start with a concept that I develop, whereas you (lucky you) have the whole story mapped out from the start. I get over it by a) throwing away the story or b) sucking it up and working out how I can move forward. My cousin is a great help when I get stuck!!

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

MH: Yes, give it a go! It does take some guts to ‘put yourself out there’ but until you do, you’ll have no idea if you can do it. Oh and expect the rejection letters, they WILL happen but keep trying to learn from them and keep giving it a go.

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?

MH: I totally agree with you. I love my life, even the crappy moments have helped me to grow into the person I am now. I feel truly blessed with all I have and all I am. I know I still want to grow and develop but I love living and learning. I would change nothing!

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?

MH: I’d go back and tell my Granddad who died a few years ago that he is the one person in my life who I will always remember, love and talk about. He was my inspiration and I miss him every day.

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?

MH: I would completely flip out too and the first person I’d call would be my husband J Then my cousin Amanda, who loves reading my work.

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

Favorite Beverage? Jacob’s Creek bubbly wine.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Totally the bubble bath!

Favorite Color? Blue

Take out or Dine in? Take out

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate (preferably in the bath tub!)

Dogs or Cats? Both! I have two cats and a dog and love them all to bits.

Favorite Food? Pasta (I am half Italian, after all!)

Favorite Song? Err…I love many but one that sticks in my head is Beautiful Day by U2 as that was when my son was born.

Favorite Movie? Another tough one… I really enjoyed; She’s the man, Dirty Dancing, Avatar, Lord of the Rings. Anything besides horrors really.

Favorite Car? Not really into cars but if I had lots of money and could choose one, would be down the Audi car lot!

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Chocolate, sex and bath tub? 😉

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?

MH: I’d go back on holiday to Mauritius (just been there a few months ago). I’d do nothing but eat and sit on the beach and I’d go with my totally awesome husband. Told you I was boring and easy to please 🙂

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of M. Homer ‘s

Dare to Breathe

at

http://www.amazon.com/Dare-Breathe-M-Homer-ebook/dp/B00GM6WKFO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385012692&sr=8-1&keywords=Dare+to+Breathe

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

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Author Explosion!

Make sure to get in on Author CM Wights “Author Explosion!”

It’s going on well into the new year and has MANY wonderful games and prizes!

Find it here: https://www.facebook.com/events/560140457379712/?hc_location=stream

Readers and authors alike are welcome. Make sure to tell her Leanna Harrow sent you 😉

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Today’s Tease…PurpleBarbi

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  PurpleBarbi

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

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

 Genre:  Erotic Comedy

Welcome  PB..I, LH have some questions for you 😉

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors.  Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing? PB: Support. Unfortunately,   I hate to say not one family member has bought my book.  😦

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite Color?  Ummm….Purple?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

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

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

I gasped.

See, this is already being copywritten as we speak.

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How About Another Story? Halloween Memories by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Halloween Memories

Treat or Treat, Robots and Candy Corn

By author Kathryn Meyer Griffith

I believe I’m lucky. I grew up in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Halloween was so different back then. Simpler. More innocent. Exciting. A true holiday for children. And I have memories I’ll cherish my whole life.

My family was large. I had six siblings, three sisters and three brothers, and we never had much money. My dad was a salesman and my mother, like a lot of women during that time, didn’t work outside the home…she was busy enough raising seven children. We were the poor family down the street with too many kids living in the shabby two-story spooky looking house. Our neighbors shunned us or felt sorry for us. But I didn’t care, I had my family to love me. I had Grandmother Fehrt, my mother’s mother, to fill our bellies with food when the table was a little too bare. I had my ambitions and dreams, science fiction and scary library books to read and pictures to draw (I wanted to be an artist from the age of nine). I frolicked in the empty fields riddled with deep gullies beside our house with my brothers and sisters or ran the dark streets and woods playing hide-and-go-seek. Sang to the moon on our rusty swing set in the backyard with my brother, Jim. Or, on a black and white TV set, watched Zorro, the Twilight Zone or The Lone Ranger on swelteringly hot nights in a house with no air-conditioning. Sweet days and nights. Poignant memories now that many of my family are gone.

Halloween was my favorite holiday, next to Christmas. I remember one, when I was about ten or so, vividly. It was cold and raining, but nothing stopped us four older children (the rest were too young that year) from going out into the neighborhood and collecting big brown bags of free candy. No, not when candy was so rare for us. My parents could hardly keep enough food in the house, much less buy us sweets. So Halloween meant a windfall of treats. Nothing kept us home on that night. We’d quickly eat the bowls of chili Mom would insist we eat as the sun went down. Another tradition. So we had some real food in our stomachs before the glut of candy came.

My mother, money being sparse as always, dressed us two girls up as gypsies, using her old costume jewelry and tying bright scarfs around our heads and waists. My younger brother Jon, wore an old sheet with cut out eye slots. A ghost. My other brother, Jim, had outdone himself that year and, out of two cardboard boxes and paint, had fashioned himself a robot. Wasn’t bad for an eight year old, either. Made it hard for him to walk, though. He stumbled a lot.

That night we traipsed through the wet woods, a short cut, to the rich subdivision down the road that – oh, my – gave out those huge candy bars at each door, enormous homemade popcorn balls or bags of candy corn, my favorite. My grandmother had taught Jim and I a catchy song…B-i-n-g-o, B-i-n-g-o, B-i-n-g-o…Bingo was his name. Never understood that song but I think it was about a pet dog or something. Jim and I got so much good feedback, so many treats for belting it out, though, that at Christmas we were performing The Little Drummer Boy for anyone we could corner and sing to. The beginning of our later singing folk duo (so big in the 60’s) and then my short (my brother kept singing out as I began writing my novels) singing career, no doubt.

We had a great haul that night. Cold and rainy as it was. Frozen as our faces and fingers became. Maybe got even more goodies because it was so inclement. We went to all the houses, collected our booty, and ecstatic at our bulging bags, at the end of the night, ran through the trees toward home. Trying to beat the rain, which had become a deluge, worst of the night. With noisy thunder, and spectacular lightning. It was sooo spooky. In the spirit of the night, we were sure something bad was following us. We ran faster. Our paper bags getting soaked as we cradled them against our shivering bodies.

Then, clumsy in his robot disguise (he kept bumping into trees because he couldn’t see) Jim fell over a tree limb and spilled his candy everywhere. As he cried, we scurried around trying to salvage what we could. Didn’t do much good. Too dark. The rain was too heavy. So the three of us promised to share our booty with him and we led him home.

As we were drying off and warming up, Mom and Dad smiled at our stories of singing for our candy and all the strange ghouls and monsters we’d met on the way; laughed over Jim’s mishap and gave us hot chocolate with tiny marshmallows to drink.

Then there was a knock at the front door and when we looked, there was Grandma Fehrt, dressed as a wicked witch, complete with tall black hat and long dress, cackling at us. Trying to fool us. But we all knew it was her. She dressed up every year and knocked at our door. Always a witch.

We kids hugged her and laughed, then sat at the table counting out (and oohing and aahing with glee) over our candy haul. We shared it with Jim, of course.

To this day I remember that Halloween with a wistful smile. Such good times from so long ago. I see my brothers and sisters young faces through the mists of time, remember the thrill of singing with my brother for the first time and the delight of the people giving us the candy in exchange for the song. I remember my parents and the love in that drafty old house we scampered back to. I remember my grandmother with her smiling witch eyes and painted face. Remember going to bed with a stomach ache because I’d eaten too much candy. Heck, I always did. And I remember those no longer with us. My father, my mother, one of my brothers and all of my grandparents.

My childhood, when I think of nights like that, is just a moment away. The dead are with me again. Ah, I’d give anything to go back in time and be with all of them once more. The way we were. Young and hopeful and with our lives ahead of us. Enjoying each other’s company…and all that good candy.

Anything.

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Kathryn Meyer Griffith has been a writer for over 42 years and has had 18 novels, 2 novellas and 12 short stories published with Zebra Books, Leisure Books, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Damnation Books/Eternal Press since 1984; and now also Amazon Publishing and Amazon Kindle in the horror/romantic horror/suspense/time-travel and murder mystery genres. And her romantic end-of-the-world horror novel The Last VampireRevised Author’s Edition was a 2012 EPIC eBook Awards Finalist Nominee.

Her books (most out again from Damnation Books and Eternal Press): Evil Stalks the Night, The Heart of the Rose, Blood Forge, Vampire Blood, The Last Vampire, Witches, The Nameless One short story, The Calling, Scraps of Paper, All Things Slip Away, Egyptian Heart, Winter’s Journey, The Ice Bridge, Don’t Look Back, Agnes novella, In This House short story, BEFORE THE END: A Time of Demons, The Woman in Crimson, The Guide to Writing Paranormal Fiction: Volume 1 (I did the Introduction), Telling Tales of Terror (I did the chapter Putting the Occult in Your Fiction). Dinosaur Lake; Four Spooky Short Stories; Human No Longer; Scraps of Paper-Revised Author’s Edition  and All Things Slip Away are all for sale on Amazon Kindle Direct. *** 

All Kathryn Meyer Griffith’s Books available at Amazon.com here: http://tinyurl.com/mqfmyq8

My Audio Books (try Four Spooky Short Stories, Witches-Revised or The Last Vampire-Revised for Halloween) with great narrators now available at Audible.com here: Witches: http://tinyurl.com/ltsx963

Four Spooky Short Stories: http://tinyurl.com/lbsy3bd

The Last Vampire-Revised: http://tinyurl.com/n2e73zl  

And soon, April 2014, ALL 18 of my novels will be in Audio Books!

My Websites:

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http://www.authorsden.com/kathrynmeyergriffith

http://www.goodreads.com/profile/kathrynmeyergriffith

http://www.bebo.com/kathrynmeyerG

http://tinyurl.com/ma58spm  (Amazon Author Central)

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Today’s Tease…Sunny Shandilya

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Sunny Shandilya

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

Link to purchase your Book: 

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

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

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

Genre:  YA Sci-Fi fantasy fiction

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

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

SS: First of all, I cannot thank you enough for giving me this opportunity to share here at your blog https://authorteasereadings.wordpress.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors.  Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I started in March 2011.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I would definitely call my family and inform them first.

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

Favorite Beverage?

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

Favorite Color? Black and white both 🙂

Take out or Dine in? Take out

Camping or Hotel? Camping is more fun.

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

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

Favorite Food? Anything mom cooks.

Favorite Song? Many in both English and Hindi

Favorite Movie? Many in both English and Hindi

Favorite Car? Lamborghini any day

Sex or Chocolate? Chocolate while having sex 😉

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

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

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

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

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

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

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