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Today’s Tease…Adam Knight

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

Your Name:  Adam Knight (Occassionally “Outlaw” Adam Knight)

Profession: Pro Wrestler, Independent Author, Stuntman, Publice Speaker, Smart-Ass

Name of your company: Knightfall Productions Inc

Links to where we can find you:
Twitter – @OutlawAK

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?

AK: An astronaut originally. All things space, fantastical and other worldly have always interested me. Then a Superhero. And then a cowboy.

Now as a Pro Wrestler I tend to be kinda super-heroic in the ring, plus wearing the leather and the hat satisfies the Western idea.

LH: I can remember wanting to be a movie star when I was a little girl, but alas…How did you get into this business?

AK: Writing? Well, I’ve been doing that my whole life. Once you get past the physicality needed in my ringside job, most of what I do there is storytelling as well.
That said, I sort of stumbled into both fields. I was failing at life (#University) as a young man and somewhat directionless when I got involved in the local (#Winnipeg) wrestling circuit. now, 19 years later, i’m still kicking ass and taking names.
As far as trying to show people my written work, it’s only been in the last year that I’ve felt confident enough in the self-publishing industry to even tippy-toe my way into it. So far, it’s been incredibly rewarding.

LH: I’ve heard that modeling/acting/show business is stressful and demanding. How doyou handle the pressure?

AK:I work out and swear a lot.

LH: I detest having my picture taken! What’s the toughest part of getting models/actors to do what you want them to do?

AK: Getting fools to put their egos aside and understand the the entire event / show is about pleasing the paying audience and NOT satisfying their need to feel popular or famous. Once you’ve beaten that into a few skulls, the word tends to trickle down.

LH: I write books and can be found all over the web…Give me a list of your favorite accomplishments.

AK: Nearly 1500 matches as a professional wrestler in Canada, the USA and Japan since 1995.
Best Actor – University of Winnipeg Film Group for “Haven” 2009
Completed and self-published 2 Novels and one novella so far (Check the links peeps).
Debuting in Japan in 2010 for SMASH Pro Wrestling.
So many more …

LH: I’m working on a secret project…Do you have any upcoming projects that you’d care to share?

AK: “Outlaw Justice” – Overdrive Book 2 is a bit behind schedule for it’s Dec 2013 e-Release, but I plan to be as close as possible to XMas to release!
LH: I LOVE to shoot pool to unwind and relieve stress. What do you do to wind down?
AK: Gym. Read. Relax with old friends. And – like any good Canadian boy, watch some hockey.

LH: A long those lines…When I was very young, I worked in the Special Events department at Caesars Tahoe and got to stay after a billiards tournament with Willie Mosconi and Minnesota Fats to knock around a few balls. It was one of my favorite memories from my time there. What is your favorite celebrity story?

AK: When I was just getting started in wrestling I was also just getting started in film work. There was a “TV Movie of The Week” being shot in town and Sean Patrick Flannery (The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, The Boondock Saints) was the star. Anyways, I thought it was hilarious just how much bigger than him I was. And apparently so did he. When we were between takes, he and the others actors were talking about “Turning this into a barroom brawl” and Sean took one look at me and said “I got him, the rest of you guys are on your own.” Good dude.

LH: I have always wanted to start a charity for terminally ill adults. Is there something special that you’ve always wanted to do?

AK: End spousal abuse. Full stop.

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/or violence. Ever feel conflicted and if so why?

AK: I did until I started to believe the people who told me that it was okay to be seen as an object worthy of sex thoughts. It doesn’t happen often, but through 18 years of pro wrestling its hard to avoid a few naughty comments from fans now and again. Whether wrestling, writing or acting I am in the entertainment business and selling an idea to people – if it turns them on, I’m cool with that. When it becomes vulgar, exploitative or abusive is when i take umbrage.

LH: It’s guilty pleasure time! Mine is Grey’s Anatomy. I get mad when the season ends, can’t wait for the new season to begin, will be devastated beyond imagination when it ends and find myself crying at some point in nearly every episode! What one television show is your “guilty pleasure”?

AK: I watch too much TV and am cool with the quality of most shows I enjoy. Though if I had to pick one, it’d probably be “Supernatural.” I avoided it like the plague for years, believing it to be “THe X-Files for teen aged girls”. Turns out I was right, but once I got past that the rock and roll tunes, the humor and the solid storytelling hooked me.

LH: I have things I want the world to know so I write books…Is there anything else you’d like the world to know?

AK: I think the fact that I write at all is scary. It’s completely baring my inner most thoughts and committing them to paper (er, digital bits and bytes) and leaving them out there for people to enjoy / scorn. So please, if you like my work – be vocal, it’s good for my self confidence. If you DON’T like my work – this is a time for quiet inner hatred.

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

Favorite Beverage? – Whisky and Mexican Magic (aka-Corona)

Airplane or Cruise ship? -Airplane. I spend enough time travelling from place to place. Cruise would be nice, but I’d rather get where I’m going.

Favorite Fruit? – Grapes. LOVE grapes.

Meat & Potatoes or Fruits and Veggies? – What, i can’t have it all? I’m a big dude and I eat a ton.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? – Exercise. I am WAY too big for most bathtubs.

Favorite Color? – Blue

Take out or Dine in? – Depends on the day. But take out’s good for giving me more home time with the family, my dogs and watching the game on my big screen TV.

Camping or Hotel? – HOTEL.

Sports or Chocolate? – Sports. I mean, I love chocolate, but I’ll have earned it after playing my sports. You know?

Dogs or Cats? – 2 Dogs. Adorable little fur balls.

Favorite Food? – Burgers.

Favorite Song? – “Sleep When I’m Dead” – Bon Jovi

Favorite Movie? – “Star Wars”

Favorite Car? – I’d kinda like a DeLorean.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 – (Quirks an eyebrow mysteriously and refuses to answer while smirking slightly.)

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

Cowboy Ending (Book One of Overdrive) 

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and The Book of Korum

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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…Y. Pushkin

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Y. Pushkin 

Your Name or Pen Name you use: Y. Pushkin 

Title of the book you are promoting: Sig Woods and The Book of Elements 

 Link to purchase your Book:  TBA

 Genre: Teen/Fantasy 

Welcome  YP…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?

YP: I always wanted to be a cop when I was a kid.  I found it so fascinating.

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

YP: Well, I am a bit like you.  I didn’t really have any influence per say.  However, my inspiration came from J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series.

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

YP: I will be an indie author.

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

YP: Being published by a traditional publisher would be awesome, but it seems now a days authors receive more exposure through self publishing.  Either way whether it is self-publish or traditional I would be honored.

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?

I would invite Albert Einstein and I would NOT discuss physics.

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?

YP: I feel that TV now a days has a big influence on the teenage generation.  It is okay for society to become aware of these situations, but we shouldn’t be bombarded by them every show we watch.

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?

I would give everyone the power of common sense.

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?

YP: Personally, I still believe that a cover to a book is important regardless if it is bought online or in a bookstore. For instance, if an individual wants to buy the book online forst and then realize they love the book, they will be inclined to by a physical copy of the book.

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?

YP: I have ALWAYS wanted to write.  I remember in 2nd grade whenever my teacher gave me a 1 page assignment I would go off and write 3 pages.

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

YP: The most that interests me about a story is if the reader can relate to not only the character but almost feel like they can close their eyes and be “sucked into” the world.

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?

YP: Well, Sig Woods was created by just a vision I had of a boy and a girl who became great friends.  Then, the story just unfolded chapter by chapter.  The more I wrote, the more interesting the writing became.

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

YP: Yes.

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

YP: Sig Woods will be my first book.  I plan to write 5 books in the Sig Woods series.

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

YP: I write for the enjoyment of writing.  Money is secondary.  If riches were a reality due to my book series, I welcome it.  But, I don’t expect that to happen.  I expect my readers to immerse themselves and enjoy the books for their adventure.

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?

YP: Sometimes, my family members don’t think I’m all there.  But as a writer, you kinda have to be “out there.”

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?

YP: I have experience writers block halfway through Sig Woods and the Book of Elements.  I had to completely revamp the chapter structure.  It was a nightmare at first, but Im glad I did it.

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

YP: Write with your heart.  Let the words just flow.  Its pretty enjoyable!

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?

YP: Nothing.  I have no regrets because the choices and mistakes we make is what shapes our future.

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?

YP: I would tell a certain someone that I love them very much.

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?

YP: I would be completely beside myself.  And Nervous.  For starters.

Thanks for that fun and fact filled interview YP…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Ovaltine, yes I said it.

Exercise or Bubble Bath?   Exercise

Favorite Color? Blue

Take out or Dine in? Dine in.

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate

Dogs or Cats? Cats

Favorite Food? Ice-cream

Favorite Song? Too many, I can’t even begin to sift through.

Favorite Movie? Saving Private Ryan

Favorite Car? Aston Martin

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

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?

YP: I would take a very special friend of mine, you know who you are.  Ive known her for 7 years met her in NYC, and I would take her anywhere she wanted.  We would enjoy life wherever it took us.

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

Sig Woods and The Book of Elements

On Amazon right around Black Friday!

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Today’s Tease…S. Cu’Anam Policar

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

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

Title of the book you are promoting:  Rise of Xosha

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

Genre:  Fantasy/Romance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite Beverage? Pepsi

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath

Favorite Color? Purple

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

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

Sports or Chocolate? Sports

Dogs or Cats? Wolves? >.>

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

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

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

Favorite Car? Spider e.e

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

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

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

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

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

Rise of Xosha

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Today’s Tease…Mandy Eve-Barnett

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Mandy Eve-Barnett

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Mandy Eve-Barnett

Title of the book you are promoting:  Am I allowed two?

Rumble’s First Scare – a children’s book about a little monster experiencing his first scaring adventure on All Hallow’s Eve.

The Rython Kingdom – a fantasy for adults set in medieval England following the adventures of a travelling troubadour.

Link to purchase your Books: 

Rumble – http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/rumbles-first-scare

Rython – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/214247

http://www.amazon.ca/The-Rython-Kingdom-ebook/dp/B00AUBP2SO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376316600&sr=8-1&keywords=the+rython+kingdom

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Rython-Kingdom-ebook/dp/B00AUBP2SO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376316653&sr=8-1&keywords=the+rython+kingdom

 Genres:  Children   Fantasy

Welcome  MB…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?

MB: My first dream job was working with horses then later an interior designer after attending art college.

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

MB: I started my writing rather late in life but have always been a veracious reader. Wanting a creative outlet when I moved to Canada, I happened across a leaflet for a writing group and have never looked back. Many of this group’s members have been my main influencers. I read books with a different ‘eye’ now and appreciate the amount of work a novel takes to write.

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

MB: I was extremely lucky to find a local publisher, who helped me with both of my books. Dream Write Publishing has a real personal touch and the process was enjoyable.

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?

MB: My experience with Dream Write Publishing is most probably not the ‘norm’ for a first time author. However, I am open minded about approaching ‘big’ publishing houses, realizing the process will be very different but each endeavor is an adventure. The worse they can say is ‘No’.

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?

MB: Paul Newman as he was the perfect being (in my eyes, anyway!) I would not discuss his blue eyes.

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?

MB: Unfortunately sex and violence seem to be the biggest ‘selling’ points for everything from toothpaste to movies to cars. Innocence has been lost – it is a slippery slope – as a society and species we will sink to a Sodom & Gomorrah or Roman Empire type demise. With the expectation of sex and violence as the vehicle for everything, it is impossible to get relevant attention from backers, if it is not part of the ‘package’. Regrettably, we cannot ‘unlearn’ this behavior so I’m at a loss as to how we can rectify the problem.

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?

MB: To have humans live in harmony with the natural world and not destroy the flora and fauna that actually make this world beautiful and vibrant.

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?  

MB: An esthetically pleasing cover will certainly help catch a buyer’s eye but as we become savvier with the online world, I believe reviews and blurbs are becoming more important as well as the ability to define our ‘want’ through search engines.                              

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?

MB: I have always been creative in one way or another. Painting, pottery, textiles, you name it I tried and enjoyed them all. My writing life began very late – let’s say above 45 and below 50 and leave it at that! However, in the time I have been writing, I have been making up for lost time. My only ‘dip’ into creative writing was when I wrote several short stories for my children when they were small but life deterred me from pursuing it at that time.

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

MB: For me it’s how a character will overcome the obstacles and how their personality changes throughout the story.                                                        

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?

MB: Ideas come to me in many forms. A simple word or picture prompt, a conflict or emotion seen or experienced, or something read that has me go off on a tangent.

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

MB: Actually I have several projects that are in various stages of completion. I’m working in collaboration with two friends on a ‘How To’ workbook, editing a children’s chapter book and plotting and planning a new romance novel.                                                                           

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?

MB: I have two novels unpublished, and my current chapter book is obviously not published yet.  Published works are an anthology, an ebook and a children’s print book.            

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

MB: Most certainly I write for the pure enjoyment of creating a world full of characters, places and conflict. The money may only come in dribs and drabs but no matter how much or little it is, it is the cherry on the top but not necessary.

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? MB: Initially, my immediate family did not take my writing seriously at all. It was Mum being awkward and wanting time on her own! I think my extended family thought it was a passing fad. Gradually, they have all come to realize I’m not only totally obsessed but also incredibly happy because of my writing. To put it simply – I experience pure happiness deep in my soul.

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?

MB: Luckily, I have only had (touches wood) one instance of writers block in the midst of my first NaNoWriMo of all times. I was stressing over how many words I needed to write and all of a sudden there were none. After staring for sometime at the empty word document on my laptop, I wrapped up warm and walked the dog. I’m not sure if it was the extreme cold (it was approximately -34 degrees, I live in Alberta, Canada) or just being away from the laptop, TV noise and stuffy atmosphere or something else but as I walked my characters came back to me and started talking again.

LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you? MB: Believe in yourself. Don’t let other people judge you for doing something that makes you happy. It is a steep learning curve but it is so worth the struggle.

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?

MB:  I’ve pondered this question before – the great ‘what if’ of life. When I explored all the different paths I could have taken, I found that something or someone I treasure would be missing from my life now. So no I would not change anything, even the bad stuff.

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?

MB: Wow that’s a huge question! If it was possible to advise each nation to respect their neighbors and not conquer each other. Diversity is not a bad thing.

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?

MB: I’d be absolutely over the moon and would love the opportunity to create the ‘world’ in my head onto the big screen. I would be shouting so loud most people would hear me LOL. In no particular order I would tell, my son and daughter, my Mother and sister and my mentor, Linda.

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

Favorite Beverage?  Tea – proper black tea with milk!

Exercise or Bubble Bath? No contest bubble bath

Favorite Color? Purple (or any derivative of it).

Take out or Dine in? Depends on my mood but dine in probably.

Camping or Hotel? Difficult question mainly because I have not gone camping or stayed in hotels. I prefer a self catering cottage by the ocean.

Sports or Chocolate?  Chocolate as long as its Swiss white chocolate.

Dogs or Cats?  Dogs mainly but I love all animals.

Favorite Food? Can I make that foods? Fresh fish and crisp salads are equally favored.

Favorite Song? Have I Told You Lately by Van Morrison although I have a huge list!

Favorite Movie? Good grief, one? I have eclectic tastes so it could be Toy Story, Lord of the Rings, Thelma & Louise or Snatch.

Favorite Car? The first car I bought myself – Ford Cortina Mk11 Saloon

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

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?

MB: With no hesitation I would go to Italy, starting in Rome (I absolutely adore that city) and exploring as much of the country as possible. I would take my daughter, my sister, and my two greatest friends. We would go sightseeing, eat authentic Italian food and drink robust wines. Sultry evenings would be spent enjoying the nightlife to the fullest and indulging in a few Italian lovers (each!)

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Today’s Tease…JK Ensley

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Jennifer K. Ensley (JK Ensley)

Title of the book you are promoting:  Cursed by Diamonds: Book 1 of A Dance with Destiny

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Cursed-Diamonds-Dance-Destiny-1/dp/1480128651/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374993713&sr=1-1

Genre:  Fantasy, Dark Fantasy (with a dash of love)

Welcome  JK…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?

JK: I wanted to be an action movie star, a professional basketball player, a tour guide (I had no bias as to where I would be touring), and a cartoon character like Alice in Wonderland.  I didn’t care if I was the cat or the caterpillar or the girl, I just wanted to be skipping around in a world like that.

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

JK: In truth, my daughter.  She is like me, a total book nerd.  I wanted to put the story playing out in my head on paper and give it to her.  Well, that’s what inspired me to write it, but magical stories of any kind are an inspiration to me.  My family has some amazing storytellers in it.  Family reunions were like magical adventures for me.

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

JK: I am an Indie.  I didn’t look for a publisher.  I just researched how to make a book, hired an editor, cover designer, and then 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?

JK: I’m not sure, actually.  I’ve never had experience in that world.  As long as I get to write what’s in my head, I don’t care how it gets out there… I just want people to read it.  Being published by a large company would give me a broader market I suppose.  But the world is getting smaller and smaller.  The internet, and awesome folks like you, are making the whole marketing thing much easier to tackle.

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?

JK: That’s a hard one for me.  Hmm… I’d invite Sir Anthony Hopkins and I wouldn’t even mention Hannibal Lector.  I would just sit and listen to all the fascinating stories this man must have.

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?

JK: Well… ancient history, as far back as has been recorded, has had this same problem, sex and violence.  It doesn’t come from external things any more now than it did then.  It comes from inside the individual.  I mean, look at Nero as just one documented example.  There were no movies or video games in ancient Rome, but dude was about as messed up as you can get.  People have been twisted since time began.  Now, I’m not saying that society today does not do its fair share of helping, but the evil is nurtured within.  Perhaps the real problem is in parenting and guidance on all levels.  The old saying ‘It takes a whole village to raise a child’ is a very true statement.  We have as much a responsibility to other people’s children as we do our own.  Just think what all your kindergartener can learn from those other 20 kids in class, good and bad.  We all have to do what should be done at home.  If every parent cared enough to teach their own kids right from wrong, that would be a HUGE step in the right direction.  Even if you can’t change the world, you can give your offspring the tools they will need to be able to cope with the society they are given as legacy.  And that’s how you change the world, one toddler at a time.  If everyone did this, the problem would fix itself in just one generation.  Teach them to love and respect, and they will mirror that in all they meet.  Teach them that women are just objects and their fellow man is simply their next opponent, and you’ve created our next monster.  Movies and games may depict this, but given a good foundation, a child will already know better… before they press play.

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?

JK: Ignorance and racism, and I’m not talking about white people downing on others. I mean racism, period.  If you don’t like someone, anyone, because of something they cannot change and had no say in, by the way they look on the outside.  If you judge them or hate them simply because of the package they’re wrapped in… that’s wrong.  I don’t care who you are… that’s wrong.  And that would be your first step on the way to world peace.

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?

JK: Actually, I’ve purchased tons of books because of their cover alone.  You see, I’m a book collector, of sorts.  I love the feel of a book in my hand, the way it smells, the way it looks, how it matches others on my bookshelf.  I agree that a cover does not justify the work it contains within, but if I don’t know an author and the book has a standard stock cover, I’ll probably just keep on clicking.  But that’s just me, I’m a visual kind of  person.

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?

JK: Nope.  I’ve always wanted to read, never even crossed my mind to write.  I was the kid sent to ‘clean your room, young lady’ and an hour later Mom looks in and I’m sitting in the middle of my mess, reading, because I found a book I’d totally forgotten about.  I’ve always jotted down little stories I’d heard when I was a child or poems when my heart felt like it, but I didn’t put my first serious novel word down on paper until my thirties.

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

JK: That same connection.  If I can’t relate to it, if I can’t step into the character’s shoes or walk beside them as the whole thing plays out, I just lose interest.  I like when a book sucks me inside the story… whether I’m watching it or living it doesn’t really matter.  My favorite books are the ones I can’t put down until I consume the last word… and then it takes me DAYS to come back to reality.

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?

JK: You call them movies, I call them voices… lol.  When my pen touches the paper, the story just flows out with the ink.  I hear what the character would say next, I see their facial expressions; I’m walking right beside them as their life plays out for me.

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

JK: Yep.  I’m working on accompanying novellas.  Filler bits for a sort of in-between the series type thingy.  Is that about as clear as mud? 😉  I’m also compiling some short stories I’ve written.  To me, a short story is kind of like chasing rabbits (when you lose focus on the subject at hand and go off in a completely different direction for a bit).  Well, I chase lots of rabbits. J  So I’m trying to corral them all and see what happens.

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?

JK: I have two books published, the third is with the editor, the forth is setting there waiting patiently, and I’m typing the fifth while writing the sixth.  And now I’m working on the audio versions.  Cursed by Diamonds should be available real soon.  I’m like a kid at Christmas!

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

JK: I write because I have to… the voices demand it. lol  And also because I love it, I can’t not write.  It’s gone from being my therapy to my one true love.  Whether I get a big fat bank account or not is irrelevant.  I want people to read my stories, see what I see, walk through my world with me.

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?

JK: My family is awesome.  I’m blessed and truly thankful.  I’ve always just done my own thing, spoke my own mind, and pretty much stayed in trouble for that most of my life.  But I can always count on them to be supportive of my dreams, big or little.  I think the hardest thing was just letting others in my world via my words and terrified they wouldn’t get it.  I remember the butterflies and nauseous feeling…waiting for them to finally finish and give me a call.  Happily, they liked it.  And the ones who read (lots of people don’t take time to read) they are hungry creatures. J

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?

JK: I haven’t yet.  Yes, I suffer from the same “don’t want to” affliction.  But my stories have never reached a dead end or backed themselves up against a wall.  When that happens, I’ll just take the down time as free time and catch up on all the books I have bought but not got to read yet. 😉

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

JK: Hire an editor and use beta readers.  You don’t have to take their advice, but it never hurts to bounce ideas around.  We can all learn a bit from others.  That’s how we grow, as writers and as people.  I’ve tried my best to support indie writers and first timers by buying their books.  Most times, the story is entertaining.  But if it’s full of typos, or there’s giant holes right through the plot, or they leave tons of unanswered questions, or don’t explain it properly (or worse, explain it too much) then I probably won’t buy their next book.  I guess the best advice would be… Don’t click publish too soon!  Read it, read it, and then read it the fifteenth time.  Polish it up.  This book is a reflection of you.  You’ve put a lot of hard work into it.  Show your story the respect it deserves and do your best by it.  It will matter in the long run, I promise.

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?

JK: I wouldn’t change a thing.  Good and bad, I’ve learned from it all.  But if I had to say something, it would be that maybe I wouldn’t be so stingy with my hugs, smiles, or praise.  I try not to be.  But when I look back at those I’ve lost way too soon, I can’t help but wish I’d told them I loved them… just a little more.

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?

JK: This one is easy.  I’d go back and tell my little brother not to go to the lake that day.  I’d spend the whole day playing with him and never let him near the water…

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?

JK: That would be AWESOME!  To see the dreams I carry around in my head all come to life…wow…  I’m not shy.  But I also know that they would probably just buy the rights to the story and then just do what they wanted with it.  Everyone’s imagination is different.  But it would still totally rock my face off!  And the first person I would tell would be my son, Christian.  I’d beg him to come home from school every weekend so we could watch it on HBO together.  He’d just roll his eyes.  But I’d be smiling like a Cheshire cat.  🙂

Thank you for that in depth and AWESOME interview JK…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Hot Tea

Exercise or Bubble Bath?  Ehh, nowadays…Bubble Bath. 😉

Favorite Color?  Is Sparkles a color?  No?  Then Pink.

Take out or Dine in?  Dine in… unless he’s really cute. 😉  What?  I’m kidding!

Camping or Hotel?  Totally a Hotel.

Sports or Chocolate?  Chocolate!!!
Dogs or Cats?  Both.

Favorite Food?  Mom’s cooking, definitely.

Favorite Song?  Unchained Melody.  I sing it really loud and totally off key in the shower.

Favorite Movie?  Tombstone.  Yeah, I’m you’re huckleberry.

Favorite Car?  One I don’t have to drive… Taxi, please.  A limo would be nice.  Can I get a chauffeur over here?  Thanks!

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉  Yes, and at the same time would be great, please! 😉

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?

JK: I’d go to Japan while all the cherry blossoms were in bloom, during the wisteria festival “Fuji Matsuri”.  I’d take my parents and my kids.  Mom would LOVE to see that.  We’d tour all the magical gardens of that land while I try every kind of tea I can get my hands on.  Someday… I’ll do just that. 😉

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

Cursed by Diamonds: Book 1 of A Dance with Destiny

at

http://www.amazon.com/Cursed-Diamonds-Dance-Destiny-1/dp/1480128651/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374993713&sr=1-1

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