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Me, Myself & I…Working on Book 2 ;)

Working on book 2…Get book 1 while it’s on sale!

Me: For the love of God! I cannot take it and there’s still a month to go! Ahhhhhh….
Myself: Now what?
I: *covers her mouth and giggles*
Me: I had to keep from crying when Ashley brought home a Christmas sweater….for one of the CATS!
Myself: Why would she do that? She’s never “dressed” a pet before.
I: *laughing hysterically now*
Me: She excused the cruel and unusual punishment by saying it would keep him from scratching more sore spots on his neck! She knows how I feel about dressing pets! She knew what I’d say and that I’d secretly “undress” him when she wasn’t watching!
Myself: Oh…The humility…for all involved.
I: Where’s the camera? No one’s going to believe this!

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Today’s Tease…Shannon Schoolcraft

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Shannon Schoolcraft
Your Name or Pen Name you use: Shannon Schoolcraft
Title of the book you are promoting: Carmen Stone My Life In Darkness
Link to purchase your Book: http://www.amazon.com, http://www.xlibris.com, http://www.barns&noble.com
Genre: 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: Thank you for having me Leanna. When I was younger I wanted to be a singer/song writer and an author.
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
SS: I really like books. R.L Stine was my influence.
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
SS: I self published my first book.
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 wouldn’t mind being published by a traditional publisher because I think it a way it would be easier.
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: I would invite Ian Somerholder and I would not discuss movies.
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: Yes there is to much sex and violence in the world, I’m nor concerned, concerned, but if it gets worse I will be concerned.
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: If I could change one thing in the world, I would make sure nobody goes hungry.
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: Well to be honest, when I look at a book I look at the cover first and if I like the cover I will read the back. If the back is good I would buy it. But well written books are the best no matter if you but them on line or a book store.
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: When I was a kid I always liked to write, it was my favorite and it still is. I started writing when I was 12.
LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story? SS: I picture myself as the characters and get a sense of how the feel and what they are going through.
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: For me, I’ll just be sitting there and a bunch of ideas will hit me out of the blue and then I start writing.
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
SS: I’m currently working on a book, it’s a lot different then what I normally write.
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?
SS: I’ve written 13 books and only have 1 published so far.
LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?
SS: I write for fun because it’s something I enjoy doing.
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: The only problem I’ve had is most of my family didn’t see the point of me writing. They didn’t think I would get any ware. But now that I have my first book published they are still a little indifferent. My mom and dad always supported me, well mostly my dad.
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: I just keep writing.
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?
SS: My advice for new writers would be, if this is something you love to do, keep doing it, you will get somewhere.
bI would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
SS: I wouldn’t change any 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?
SS: I would probably faint or something like that, I’m a shy person and would probably fumble over my words, I’m not good with talking. The first person I would tell would most likely be my twin brother.

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

Favorite Beverage? water
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise then bubble bath.
Favorite Color? Black
Take out or Dine in? Dine in
Camping or Hotel? Hotel, I’m not much of a camper.
Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate
Dogs or Cats? I like both
Favorite Food? Spaghetti
Favorite Song? Breath by Braking Benjamin
Favorite Movie? Too many to choose from
Favorite Car? Dodges
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Chocolate mostly

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

LH: If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?
SS: I would go to Hawaii, with again Ian Somerholder and would check out the store or practice surfing.

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Today’s Tease…Jami Deise

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Jami Deise

Title of the book you are promoting:  Keeping Score

Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E6GHQYM

Genre:  women’s fiction (humorous)

Blog: http://www.jamideise.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jamideiseauthor

Twitter: @JamiDeise

Welcome  JD…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?

JD: An actress and a doctor. I still sometimes get an acting itch, but the doctor one died rather early on, when I realized I couldn’t do math or science.

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

JD: Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Little House books were the first ones I was obsessed with, and I started writing Little House fan fiction in grade school. Of course, I didn’t know that was what I was doing…  I don’t think they called it fan fiction in 1975.

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

JD: Indie.

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

JD: There are definitely benefits to being with a traditional publisher, and I think the biggest one is the validation the writer receives having an outside company putting the seal of approval on your writing. But as an indie, you get to make all the decisions yourself – what goes on the cover, the plot points, what you’re going to write next.

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?

JD: Hillary Clinton. And I would not bring up any scandals starring her or her husband.

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?

JD: I believe there’s a market for it, and it’s Hollywood’s job to make money, and you can’t really blame the industry for going where the money is. Parents, of course, are going to be more concerned about sex and violence than people who don’t have to worry about the next generation. A few years ago I had to sit my son down and tell him of the negative consequences of watching pornography, and that was not a conversation I was happy I had to have.

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?

JD: Reversing climate change would probably be helpful!

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?

JD: I felt that way too before I had to hire a designer. Now that I have a book and a cover, I do think the cover is still important, but in a different way. You want something that is attractive and eye-catching as a thumbnail; because that’s the way most people are going to see it. I have sent out the JPEG of my cover so many more times than I had thought I would. I’m really glad I found a good designer and we worked hard, together, to get the cover right.

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?

JD: I started at the age of 8 or 9. I didn’t want to write; I just wrote. It wasn’t until adulthood that I started to think about what I was writing and plan out my plots. That was also when I finally started finishing the projects I started.

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

JD: Yes, definitely – if it’s a situation or a character I can identify with. My story takes place in a hypercompetitive, upper middle-class suburb, and I love to read those types of stories, too. At the same time, I’ve always been a fan of mysteries, and I have nothing in common with your standard female PI; nor have I ever stumbled across a body!

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?

JD:  I don’t get the whole movie; I just get the logline. Then I try to figure out what’s going on in the beginning, middle, and end. Then I start writing. Then I stop because I got stuck on a plot point. Then I start back up again. My writing process is like a teenager learning to drive…

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

JD: I’m actually a draft or two away from completing a manuscript about a vampire assassin who works for the FBI. That’s one of the benefits of being an independent author; I don’t have a publisher telling me what I can or can’t write.

LH: I’m working on #6…5 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

JD: Keeping Score is my first.

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

JD: There are people who make money from this?

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? JD: The rest of my family has been very supportive, but my husband and son don’t read fiction, and they’ve refused to read my book! So that’s annoying.

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?

JD: Yes, I have – not knowing what comes next from a plot perspective. It’s extremely frustrating. There are a few projects I’ve abandoned because I wasn’t able to figure out what came next. When I have overcome it, it’s been due to a lot of brainstorming and sometimes just taking a break and hoping other parts of my brain come up with the solution.

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

JD: Concentrate on writing. Finish the project. Send it out to beta readers, and hire a professional editor if you can afford it. Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. I know too many new writers these days who, thanks to indie publishing, rush through their books and don’t care about getting it right because it’s so easy to get it published. Self-published writers need to put out the best product possible. Don’t set your blog tour before you’ve written a second draft.

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?

JD: I would have worked harder in high school. People with better grades have more options in life.

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?

JD: I would tell myself to go ahead and have a second kid!

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

JD: You would? Why? Not sure where shyness would come into play. You’d sell the rights and maybe if you’re really lucky you’d get first crack at the script. You’d write and make money. You could do it in hiding if you want. How would I handle it? I’d demand the right to write the script!

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

Favorite Beverage? Sparkling Ice flavored water.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise

Favorite Color? Pink

Take out or Dine in? Dine in… unfortunately my son really likes me to cook for him.

Camping or Hotel? A three-star hotel is camping.

Sports or Chocolate? Watching sports while eating chocolate

Dogs or Cats? Love cats, but have a dog.

Favorite Food? Ice cream

Favorite Song? That changes week to week. Right now, Katy Perry’s “Roar.”

Favorite Movie? Dirty Dancing

Favorite Car? One that never breaks down.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both at the same time.

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?

JD: I hear George Clooney has a house in Italy. He should definitely take me on a tour of the entire country. I can’t imagine anything better than a week in Italy with George.

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

Keeping Score

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Check out the Reviews for “A Beautiful Liar~Book 1 of the Maggie West Series”

“Maggie’s Men~Book 2 of the Maggie West Series” Releases today!

You’ll need to read “A Beautiful Liar~Book 1 of the Maggie West Series” first..here are the Amazon.com reviews for it!

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Hot! Hot! Burning Up!, May 9, 2013

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Title: A Beautiful Liar
Author: Leanna Harrow
Review Rating: Five Stars
Reviewer: Linda Hays-Gibbs
Genre: Erotica Contemporary/Heat level (HOT)
Hot! Hot! Burning Up!
Maggie West has an unhappy past with men. They abused, molested, raped, lied and deserted her. The thing she found the
most offensive though was lying. She had decided to give up on men forever.
However; she decided to try an online dating service. It could be safe and she knew all men were liars anyway. She responded to this handsome blonde and got a response. She knew he had to be a beautiful liar because all men were liars. His response was very interesting and he asked for a webcam but he couldn’t show himself because his laptop was in the shop. She knew he was lying so she broke it off and swore to never speak to him again.
Later, she felt guilty and decided that she was unfair and everyone deserves a second chance. She told him she was sorry but he had to never tell her another lie. He agreed and he wasn’t a blonde but not a bad looking fellow.
Things progressed and before she knew it they were having all kinds of steamy sex all the time online.
She decided she was in love and had to meet him overseas and have some real time hands on physical steamy sex.
Maggie tells her family she is going to have a vacation and leaves to continue her torrid affair.
I will not tell you what happens but it is very different than you would expect. I suggest.. no…I totally recommend that you run don’t walk to buy this book. It has some serious issues it addresses and some very hot steamy physical bits. I found myself laughing at the way the heroine laughs at herself and her own personality.
It is a definite sexy jaunt.
I gave it Five Stars out of Five. Just a word of warning to the readers. Turn the AC up and put the fan on you and get a large glass of ice tea before you settle down to read this book.
Sincerely,
Linda Hays-Gibbs
Author and Reviewer with The Romance Reviews
(TRR)Reviewer

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful liar, August 5, 2013

I started reading `A beautiful liar’ late at night, after my kids and husband went to bed, knowing very well that I needed to get up early in the morning. What a mistake that was! I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to keep reading.
I saw so much of me in 46 year old, Maggie West. It was almost as though Leanna Harrow wrote about my life. No! I’m not telling you which parts. (I’m grinning very cheekily here, right now.) There were a lot of internal thoughts and questions in Maggie’s mind which many middle aged women, and perhaps even younger, would relate to. Negative thoughts of self image and confidence. Something we all, at one point or another, battle.
The story is about a woman who seems tough and unbreakable on the outside while all along, on the inside she is very fragile. She yearns to be loved and treasured and because of what she has been through in her life, she is big on honesty. Actually HUGE! Which is why she does what she does in the end. (Which I still can’t believe she did.)
Although she loves her children and grandchildren immensely, she is looking to fill the void in her life. That’s when she meets a man online and the fun begins.
There were a couple of scenes which surprised me. One was at the airport in Rome, where the initial meeting in person with the man who she spent months having an online affair with, did not turn out the way I expected it to. And I was very surprised at the ending when Maggie found out the truth about Amir. She did the complete opposite of what I would’ve done in her situation. It totally surprised me. I found myself thinking…No! She did not just do that! Even though I understood why she did.
I loved the way Leanna kept her chapters short, some of them were only a couple pages long. And some parts got me so heated that my face felt hot and my reading glasses fogged up. I’ve read a few erotic novels over the years and cringed, but this wasn’t the case with `A beautiful liar’. It all flowed smoothly, was easy to read and I wouldn’t hesitate at all to recommend it to others. If I had to rate it out of 5, I’d give it 4.8. That’s .2 short of a perfect score because I still can’t believe, that Maggie did what she did in the end. (Ha-ha) I can’t wait to read more of Leanna’s work.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A steamy read!, July 20, 2013
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This review is from: A Beautiful Liar (Paperback)

A beautiful Liar is a hot,steamy story about Maggie and all her failed relationships. She finally finds someone she wants to love and trust. He is keeping a huge secret from Maggie. Will her Love for this Beautiful Liar overcome it all? Read it and find out!!

 

5.0 out of 5 stars whew!, June 10, 2013

This was hot and steamy with a heat rating of about 9 and let me tell you I was so disappointed because I want to know what happens next! I sweated through every single page waiting to see what would happen and was shocked in the end. WOW doesn’t even come close to my feelings about this book. I literally had to scrape my jaw up off the floor when it was over. Well first I had to convince myself that my Kindle App was not malfunctioning that it really was the end of the book , then I scraped my jaw off the floor. I rated this a 5 out of 5.

 

4.0 out of 5 stars Leave you wanting for more!, May 4, 2013

The main character in A Beautiful Liar is one that I imagine a lot of people can connect with. Being single yet trying to find someone in this day and age a lot of people go to the internet. But the reality is, some of the people are liars.
I really enjoyed how Leanna was able to put a “real life” feel on this story. Maggie’s character was very well written, the attention to details were well done as well. I do have the say the sex parts of this book, were so well done that it was just wow!
At the end of this book, I was upset with Maggie but so proud of her as well! I can’t wait to read more of her story!

 

4.0 out of 5 stars If you like 50 Shades of Grey you’re sure to love this book, May 14, 2013

In this book you meet Maggie.. Poor girl seems to have the worst luck ever with guys. I mean really 3 failed marriages countless wrong relationships and four kids to show for it. Unlike most storie, Maggie isn’t the young naiive girl looking for love like in most books. I’d place her in her early to mid forties. This in itself is a bit refreshing since the author has drifted from the norm that all main characters need to need to be young, beautiful and rebellious.
The is a flaw in Maggie’s reasoning concerning the beautiful liar… If he was lying to her before, what made her think everything he said to her after wasn’t just more lies? The possiblility that the beautiful liar never once crossed Maggie’s mind after she’d had him promise to tell her nothing but the truth.
The storyline was an interesting one.. Though for as intelligent as Maggie claimed to be she couldn’t grasp the importance of the one lie the beautiful liar told her and in the end what did her being stubborn get her?
I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who loves erotica.. As many of you know, I’m not a big fan of the genre. This book had entirely too much sex in it for my liking..but the actual storyline for how little of it there is, was a beautiful tale.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws

Reviewed by
S.Cu’Anam Policar
Freaky Fiction Writing Author
Around the Universe Book Tours Apprentice
Fae Books Tour Host/Reviewer
Girls ❤ Books Tours Host
LadyAmber’s Book Tours Host
B3 Book Tours Host
I Am A Reader Not A Writer Blog Tour Host

 

4.0 out of 5 stars Addictive Prose, May 26, 2013
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I was given an advance copy in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. Maggie West is a tough woman who doesn’t know her own value. She gives endlessly until there’s nothing left. When she discovers a “catfish” online, she decides to have a little fun. This story is not only fun and sexy, it’s real and enthralling! It’s highly recommended it and I cannot wait for the rest of the series to see how “Maggie” handles the rest of the story.

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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 5

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 5

This post is day 5 of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge that I accepted.

God grant me the time and serenity to continue through the next 10 days!

Check out the challenge here.

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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge Day 5

TWO WORDS

“The Notebook”

That’s It…That’s All…No More…No Less…Two Words…Read It

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Today’s Tease…Shelly Arkon

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Shelly Arkon

Title of the book you are promoting:  Secondhand Shoes and The Partners’ Progeny

 Link to purchase your Book: 

Secondhand Shoes, Book 1, in the Lila’s Journey Series is available for 99 cents, for Kindle.

 http://www.amazon.com/Secondhand-Shoes-Lilas-Journey-ebook/dp/B00B1ZNQAO/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1372550852&sr=8-1&keywords=Secondhand+Shoes%2C+Shelly+Arkon

And

The Partners’ Progeny is available for 99 cents, for Kindle.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Partners-Progeny-ebook/dp/B00DF8K072/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372551117&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Partner%27s+Progeny

Both books are available in all countries

 Genre:

Secondhand Shoes is paranormal/suspense/thriller with some humor and romance- NO EROTICA!

The Partners’ Progeny is chick lit/drama-NO EROTICA!

Welcome  SA…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?

SA: First, I wanted to be a nun because I though their outfits were cool. But my grandfather spoiled it for me. Lutherans don’t have nuns. After that, I wanted to be a flight attendant.

By the time I turned nine, I wanted to be a writer. That stuck with me all through life. Even after I became a wife, a mommy, a divorced single mom twice, a waitress, a hairdresser, a paralegal, a collection agent…you see where I’m going. At about the age of forty-two, I plopped my butt into my chair and began the journey to finish my first novel, Secondhand Shoes.

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

SA: I loved everyone I read. But I’d have to say it was the old movies that moved me to write. Especially, the vampire movies with Christopher Reed and Bella Lougasi.

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

SA: I’m Indie all the way.

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?

SA: I prefer to control my own destiny. Although, I would consider a publisher. I don’t believe in putting all my eggs in one basket.

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?

SA: You’re asking a Libra girl to make a decision. Next question…

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

SA: According to history, sex and violence have been around for thousands of years. It’s not anything new. Television brings it center stage into our living rooms if we so choose. That’s why there’s an on and off button. The same with the books we choose. If we have anyone to blame, it would be ourselves for inviting in such media.

LH: I’m a huge softie 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?

SA: Here we go again, asking a Libra to choose something. Good luck with that. World peace, poverty, GMOs, cancer, homelessness, etc. Or people who lose everything in disasters, such as Moore, Oklahoma. William Kendall, Norma Beishir, and I put together a book bundle raffle for 10 dollar donations to the American Red Cross.

People  can visit this sight here to make a donation and pick a bundle:

First bundles:
http://writersofmassdistraction.blogspot.ca/2013/06/raffle-bundles-1-3.html

Here’s the second one:

http://writersofmassdistraction.blogspot.ca/2013/06/raffle-buncles-4-6.html

Or they can check us out on Facebook for more  info: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorsForOklahoma

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?

SA: Hmm…well…um…I believe its very important. The cover is the first thing they see. If they like that, they’ll read your blurb.

When book 2 comes out in the Lila’s Journey Series, the first cover will have to be changed because I’m going with a shoe theme. Killer Stilettos will be the next book in this series.

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?

SA: I began writing at nine despite my mother’s nagging to stop. She told me I had to be special to be published and that no one would ever publish me. Obviously, I didn’t take heed to her suggestion.

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

SA: In Secondhand Shoes, Lila to some degree is a lot like me in many ways, except I don’t see dead people, or have a germ phobia. She had a lot to deal with. An overbearing mom, a creepy groom and his moronic friends. Bigotry is a part of this story as well. Lila’s in love with a boy from Venezuela who happens to be very dark skinned. In my lifetime I’ve dated a Puerto Rican, a Thai boy, and am now married to a Jewish man. I understand what its like to be an outcast and unacknowledged for who you love. Lila’s mother threatens her over and over until she makes sure Lila’s love goes away and stays away.

Not to mention, Lila grew up missing her real father. Lila’s mother craftily kept them separated. Something I’m all too familiar with.

I also touch on sibling rivalry. Something most of us know about if we have sisters and brothers. Sadly, the rivalry can lead into adult lives.

There’s also an issue with her crazy mom-in-law. The religious nut who sees nothing wrong with running and pushing drugs. Not to mention, she sees nothing wrong with her creepy son, Max, either.

In The Partners’ Progeny, Monica Bowman is the MC. Victoria Sheek is the antagonist, the bully. I’m sure we’ve all worked under someone like her. I have. The good thing is, Karma does come.

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?

SA: Characters begin having conversations. I write them done in a tablet. There are lots of great beginnings to many stories waiting for me to write.

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

SA: Killer Stilettos, Book 2 to Lila’s Journey Series. I’m also getting ready to publish another short story at the end of August, Time on Her Side, a cozy sci-fi.

I’m also working on another series, White Trash and Pill Heads. The first book to that one should be out sometime next year.

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?

SA: I’ve written three. Only one book is published. The other two I’ll keep hidden for now until I decide what to do with them. Characters sometimes get out of control. That happens to pansters, I guess.

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

SA: I write for fun, but some money would be nice. No one can go into this thinking they’ll come out a millionaire…well…not over night anyway.

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?

SA: I get absolutely no moral support, except from my hubby and Dad. The rest of my family could care less. They came around for their free signed copy, and I haven’t heard from them since.

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?

SA: Never. I never have that issue.

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

SA: If you really want to write, then do it. Don’t just talk about it.

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?

SA: I would’ve finished my first novel at thirty. Not in my forties.

LH: If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?

SA: I would want to visit myself and say follow your heart.

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. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?

SA: I’m not sure how I would handle it. But the first peeps I would tell…well…that would be Sir Poops, my Chinese Crested, and Hair Ball, my Malti-poo. They’re my writing buddies.

Thanks for that awesome and entertaining interview SA…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Water and hot tea.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Both.

Favorite Color? Blue and purple.

Take out or Dine in? Take out.

Camping or Hotel? Either one.

Sports or Chocolate? Definitely chocolate.

Dogs or Cats? Dogs.

Favorite Food? Chocolate.

Favorite Song? Anything by Phillip Phillip

Favorite Movie? Once again, you’re asking a Libra. We could be here all day.

Favorite Car? My Jetta.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Um….its that Libra thing again.

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?

SA: I’d go on a cruise around the world and do all kinds of things. But Sweetman is afraid of boats so I’d go by myself.

Thank for spending time with us. Make sure get your copy of Shelly Arkon’s

Secondhand Shoes and The Partners’ Progeny

at

http://www.amazon.com/Secondhand-Shoes-Lilas-Journey-ebook/dp/B00B1ZNQAO/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1372550852&sr=8-1&keywords=Secondhand+Shoes%2C+Shelly+Arkon

 

http://www.amazon.com/The-Partners-Progeny-ebook/dp/B00DF8K072/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372551117&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Partner%27s+Progeny

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Me, Myself & I…

Me: Man, what’s with all the flies and mosquitoes? Seriously!
Myself: Well…It is summer…
I: Oh Snap!
Me: Duh dip shit, I know that, but they are as thick as molasses and the mosquitoes are as big as my hand! It’s seriously disturbing.
Myself: That’s because of all the rain…You know it was an unusually wet June here…
I: Uh oh…double Snap! *waiting for the bomb to drop over the mention of rain!*
Me: Well played…

flies & mosquitos

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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 3

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 3

This post is day 3 of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge that I accepted.

God grant me the time and serenity to continue through the next 12 days!

Check out the challenge here.

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Good Books And Good Wine

Day 3: Who are your blogging BFFS?

My Blogging BFF is Barbara C Rowe!

She is new to blogging but is catching on quick!

She is an AWESOME author, poet, artist, jeweler and friend!
Check her out at

http://barbaracroweauthor.wordpress.com/

Gonna brag on her a bit now…

One Little Angel

 

There was a wee, small, little angel

who tried so hard to please.

Her only chore was ringing the choir bell,

but nothing came with ease.

 

Because the older angels disregarded her chore,

one day she asked if she could see Jesus.

But her request they did ignore,

and paid no attention to her fuss.

 

This wee, small, little angel was so dear.

She cried and prayed for something special to do,

but none of the others bothered to hear.

She prayed and asked Jesus if what she did was important, too.

 

The next morning she was called to see the Holy One

for He wanted to hear what she had to say.

He replied to her, “I am God’s only Son,

and you are loved in every way.”

 

He assigned her to stay by his side

to welcome all the wee little ones,

and to assure them in heaven they would reside,

babies who were someone’s daughter or son.

 

Each evening she would climb in Jesus’ lap,

knowing she was also loved by his Holy Grace.

Her new task fully filled the gap.

Now she felt important in this celestial place.

By Barbara C Rowe (and the basis for her short story book coming soon!)

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Today’s Tease…Loretta Laird

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Loretta Laird

Title of the book you are promoting:  The Passers

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Passers-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00DMCVQLK/ref=cm_cd_pdp?_encoding=UTF8&cdPage=1&newContentID=TxBL0PZEMEQWB3&noLL=1

http://steamereads.com.au/

 Genre:  Romance/Fantasy

Welcome  LL…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?

LL: I wanted to be in the circus after having been brought up on Enid Blyton’s Hurrah for the circus! Books, either that or Nancy Drew. As I got older, I wanted to be a girl from the Sweet Valley High books – all book related do you notice!

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

LL: Well, my daughter and I started a book together called ‘Teenagers, Mums, Boyfriends and Bums’ all about the trials of you baby girl turning into a revolting teenager. We struggled to get it published so I decided to write a steamy romance to gather some funds for self-publishing. Then I got hooked. I did not think that I would have the time, being a busy working mum but I make time and it unwinds me at the end of a hard day.

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

LL: I have just had my first book published by Steam eReads, a relatively new Australian boutique publisher. They have since offered me another contract for a short Christmas story due out in December. The Passers is the first of a trilogy so I hope they like the other two books as well!

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?

LL: I suppose my goal is to have my work in a paper copy. I would love to go into a library and check myself out’!

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?

LL: I would invite my Nan. She passed away when I was in my early twenties and I would like to know if she is proud of me. She’d have to cook, of course – homemade mince pie. I would NOT discuss the time when I was out with my friends and pretended that I didn’t know her. How awful are teenage girls?

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?

LL: As I am promoting a steamy read, I would have to say ‘bring on the sex’! I do think that it should not be as available to children though. I shudder at some of the, so called children’s shows and movies that include sex as common place. As a mum of four girls, I do keep my writing a relative secret – hence the pen name. I would not want them to read some of my more adult scenes until they are much older.

Violence, I avoid at all costs. I shudder to even watch medical shows on TV. Luckily, having girls, I seem to have avoided computer games and all the horrors that that entails.

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?

LL: Hunger. There is so much wasted food in the developed world yet so many humans are going to bed starving each and every night.

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?

LL:  I still think they are vital. Online, you pretty much just see the cover. You can’t pick up and have a read and a feel for the book. Cover art is what draws you in still. I, personally, loved mine. It seemed to sum up my characters better than I even could do with words. The dagger behind Jadara’s back just shows her inner warrior yet the passion of her love is evident in the kiss.

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?

LL:  I suppose I have dabbled a bit with short skits and plays but I didn’t start until the magic forty. I just thought I would have a go and loved it! My sister has always been the writer and it was her thing.

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

LL:  I like the pace of a story. I tend to struggle to find enough words and often need a critical friend to help me ‘pad out’ my work. I like my characters to whirl through life, rather like I do, I suppose.

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?

LL: Yes, I love your description. In my first three books, I did just that wrote from start to finish but my latest book, the third part of The Passers trilogy, I find myself taking twists and turns. I seem to be writing characters then weaving their stories together. It is odd and a little disconcerting but the book seems to be taking me on the journey this time.

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

LL: Yes, A story about a widowed mum who is struggling to make ends meet until a large bottle of wine and a case of the hornies finds her beginning a journey which culminate in court as she is accused of running a brothel. It is funnier than I just made it sound!!

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?

LL:  I have written three. One came out on 26th June and my second is out as a Christmas release. I hope to impress my publisher with books 2 and 3 of my trilogy later this year.

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

LL:  Fun for now but I dream of owning a cabin by a lake and writing from dawn ’til dusk! How does that happen?

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?

LL:  Trying to be a good role-model as a mother yet writing about sex! I feel as if I am living a double life with two email accounts and two Facebook pages. I was talking to my daughter the other day and she type, ‘Oh, hello Loretta’!!! My parents are not too impressed about my subject matter either. My dad has labeled my books, “Penny Dreadfuls’. Such is life!

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?

LL: A few days after my book was published, I realised that I hadn’t written at all. It was as if, I’d done it and I didn’t have to do it anymore. Soon though, the ideas for Book 3 got the better of me and I was back in the swing of it.

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

LL:  I really am a new writer so I wouldn’t presume to give advice. My best tip is to have a critical friend who you know will not just love it because he or she loves you. They will tell it like it is and help make suggestions. I am fortunate to know some English teachers too – that helps!

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?

LL:  Ignoring my Nan!

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?

LL:  The passengers on the Titanic not to get one. (Not sure they would have listened to a raving lunatic dressed in weird clothes though!)

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?

LL:  I actually think my book would make a great movie! I would watch it anyway. I would probably tell my kids and they would raise their eyebrows and say, “What’s for tea?”

Thank you for that fun and fabulous interview LL…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Tea – hot, strong and English
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble bath
Favorite Color? Red
Take out or Dine in? Dine in
Camping or Hotel? Her in Australia? Hotel for sure – bugs here re too unknown.
Sports or Chocolate? Cake
Dogs or Cats? Neither (Fish?)
Favorite Food? Cake – any kind
Favorite Song? Summer of ‘69
Favorite Movie? Oklahoma
Favorite Car? Red ones
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Sex

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?

LL: No comment – I may have a pen name but there are those out there who still know who I am…

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

The Passers

at

 http://www.amazon.com/The-Passers-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00DMCVQLK/ref=cm_cd_pdp?_encoding=UTF8&cdPage=1&newContentID=TxBL0PZEMEQWB3&noLL=1

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~Have a Listen to The Renegades~

Rich and Marla are Rested and at it Again!

http://renegadetalk.fm/2013/07/08/the-looooong-weekend-is-over/

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