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If “The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself” why do we waste our time fearing anything? I say fear nothing for you only get one shot in life. (and yes…you may quote me 😉

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Out Tomorrow!

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

 

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

 

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

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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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And For Our Final Spooky Story…A Ghost Story by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

A Ghost Story

by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Because most of us are terrified of dying and death, of losing all we know so well in this mortal plane, we want to know: is there life after death? Do ghosts walk the earth? Vengeful or benevolent spirits? Immortals such as vampires and werewolves? Does good always win against evil? As human beings we’d love the answers to these questions and if we can’t find them, prove them, well, then we’ll invent, create, worlds where we can.

Now I must say that I can’t be considered a true skeptic when it comes to the supernatural because at the tender age of sixteen I saw a ghost, or what I believed was a ghost. My great Aunt Mary had died two days before. Not unexpectedly. She was old, had been in a nursing home for months, and we knew it was coming. Before the nursing home, though, she’d lived ten years with my maternal grandmother, whose name was also Mary, and had been happy there. The night before the funeral I’d been sleeping in my bed and something – to this day I don’t know what it was – woke me and I wandered down the dim hallway to use the bathroom.

And there was my dead Great Aunt Mary standing at the end of the hall in an eerie pulsating ball of light. She looked so real, as if I could reach out and touch her and my fingers would feel flesh. She was gesturing excitedly to me and rattling off a string of words that had to be German because I couldn’t understand a word of it. The old woman had been an immigrant who’d never learned our language, which is one of the reasons she’d been so content living with my grandmother; they’d both spoken German. The only word I could understand was Mary as she kept repeating the word over and over. I assumed my aunt was calling for my grandmother, as if my aunt were lost, and looking for her favorite niece. It’s the only explanation I have for the visitation.

Why she appeared to me, I’ll never know, but she did. I remember thinking: It’s Aunt Mary. Oh my God! But she’s dead. Dead. When it finally hit me, I was so frightened I turned and scurried back to my bedroom and dived beneath my bed covers. To this day, my mind swears I didn’t see what I thought I saw…Aunt Mary’s spirit…but my heart and my senses chide me and say, yes, you did. You saw a ghost. A real ghost. So there.

Since that day I’ve never been able to laugh at the possibility of the paranormal existing. The thing is, because I consider myself a down-to-earth realistic person (even though I’m considered basically a horror writer even with the other genres I write) , if someone asks me if I believe in ghosts and such I often as not hesitate before I admit that I might have seen one. Might. No one wants to be thought of as unbalanced. Seeing spirits is only one step above seeing little green men or pink elephants.

I want to be taken seriously. I mean, I’m a writer, not a nutcase.

All toll I’ve been a writer of paranormal fiction for forty years and proud of it. I’ve written about spirits, benevolent and malevolent; ghosts; angels; demons and all manner of vampires and unexplained creatures; and even, once, a possessed gun, and a woods haunted by an entity that was an eternal killer. Can’t get more spooky than that, can you?

Happy Halloween!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Websites:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1019954486

http://www.authorsden.com/kathrynmeyergriffith

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

http://www.bebo.com/kathrynmeyerG

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

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Today’s Tease…Rick Hudson

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Rick Hudson

Title of the book you are promoting: Shrapnel

Link to purchase your Book: 

From Barnes & Noble at….

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Rick-Hudson-Shrapnel?store=book&keyword=Rick+Hudson+Shrapnel

From Amazon at ….

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rick-Hudson/e/B00B5G2B14/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1382832086&sr=1-1

Direct from the publisher at….

http://www.horrorexpresspublications.com/

While you’re there take a look at…

http://www.horrorexpresspublications.com/interview-rick-hudson

Genre:  It lurks in the liminal territory between Literature and horror fiction. Kind of in the same playground as Chuck Palahniuk; Martin Amis; Franz Kafka and Jorg Lois Borges

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

Good! I am my favorite topic of conversation 🙂

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?

RH: I assure you that I am not making this up, but the only thing I ever had any passion or desire to be was a writer. It never occurred to me to even consider anything else. I cannot imagine being anything else. I couldn’t handle being anything else. I could not never write and I could never not be a writer.

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

RH: I love literature with a desperate passion and always have done. My favorite poet and one of the writers who has influenced me most is Ted Hughes. My list also features Martin Amis; Chuck Palahniuk; Henry Fielding; William Faulkner; Jane Austin; Milan Kundera and Franz Kafka. But I also like  and am influenced by popular writers such as Thomas Ligotti and HP Lovecraft. When I was a kid in the 1970s I devoured Marvel comics, and think they also had a significant impact upon my imagination and how I write. Particularly a comic book writer called Steve Gerber who, whilst working in mainstream comic books, wrote some very quirky stuff.

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

RH: I’ve not self published so far, but there might come a time when I do. My short stories have appeared in mainstream and indie magazines and anthologies as well as having been broadcast by BBC Radio. My novel is with the Birmingham (UK) publisher Horror Express Publications who also publish my short fiction on a regular basis.

Nevertheless…. as I am quite experimental I can see that self-publishing has its attractions- and may go down that line in the future.

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?

RH: I like to see my work appear in a variety of formats and with a variety of publishers. I would of course like to see my work with a major publisher and have no qualms about being open about the fact that I would welcome the money and the increased exposure they would provide. Nevertheless, I am very passionate about all my writing and some is just so off the wall its natural place is with a small publisher.

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?

RH: My obsession with Cameron Diaz is legend, so it would be her. I find her a very attractive woman as she is one of the few Hollywood actresses who have a personality. She is also a bit of a ‘kooky chick’ and Ricks like kooky chicks. The only subject we would not discuss would be the absurd fantasy that she would not fall hopelessly in love with me.

Seriously, the most interesting and funniest people I know are my friends. I would like to have them all to dinner and – despite my rather flippant comment at the start of this interview – the only subject off limits would be me and my writing.

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?

RH: I think in reality there is too much violence and that it is of course a terrible thing. If there is too much sex in society, then can you show me where it is please? The link between sex and violence in the media / culture and whether it affects reality is a complex one- I’m not sold on the idea that there is a direct correlation. The UK has very strict censorship but it is quite a violent place. Also, a lot of the studies on this that have claimed that there is a causal link between violence in film / tv and violence in society have, by and large, been discredited. My fiction is often grotesquely violent, but there is an aesthetic agenda behind this: conflict is the motor behind all drama and violent conflicts can metaphorically represent more abstract conflicts within a narrative mechanism. I never feel concerned or conflicted by this: most great literature is actually deeply unpleasant and horrifically violent, and I never heard of anyone putting anyone’s eye out after watching King Lear or burning down Turkish cities after reading the Iliad.

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?

RH: I’m much more selfish than you; I would like my perpetual quest to find a woman who is more interested in books than hair-straightners to come to an end.

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?

RH: I don’t think it’s got any more important than it has been in the past. What is interesting about book cover design is that it makes the book its own marketing materials: product and advertising mechanism are combined in one object. This has been the case since the 1930s when the paperback emerged. Book jacket design really came into its own with the arrival of the paperback –  and it is interesting to note that it emerged at the same time ALL goods – baked beans, flour, tins of custard, everything – began to be mass marketed in colorful packaging. I think this is interesting and has a lot to do with technological and economic changes which interest me. I’m a ‘literary’ writer and people expect me to bemoan how evil the publishing industry is, and weep tears over the business side of publishing. OK, yeah, there are negative aspects to the business side of literature, BUT if the publishing industry had not emerged as a commercial enterprise aimed at mass selling then the only books that would be available would be those financed and supported by the church, wealthy patrons or the state.

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?

RH: Yes, always. It’s my deep, deep passion. It’s not that I can’t remember when I started, but I can’t remember not writing. Even as a tiny kid I’d be writing stories or making little comic books. When I got my first cassette recorder the first thing I did was write and tape a story.

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

RH: I like the flash and the flair of words- I like constructing snappy and emotive turns of phrase and clever smarty-pants ways of saying things.

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?

RH: I often don’t know where I’m going. I will start with one element – it could be anything: a phrase, a character a scene, and the story will expand like some great chaotic amoeba from there.

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

RH: Yes, I’ve always got several projects on the go. My principal ones at the moment are not fiction, but academic studies: one being a critical assessment of Ted Hughes, the other concerns the impact of classical Greek and Roman literature and mythology on contemporary literature.

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

RH: I have written five:  Shrapnel which is currently published; Heart Failure and Bedlam Lullabies are due out next year; Fifty Fathom Dreams (poetry) will be out soon but I have one completed novel – relatively conventional by my standards – which I have yet to find a publisher for. I am of course working on my sixth.

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

RH: Fun, love, compulsion, desire and mischief. I don’t write for money, but I am very lucky that I can earn an income doing so.

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?

RH: Frankly, and I’ve said this before, I couldn’t give a fuck what people I know in real life think of my writing and I don’t give a fuck what readers think of me as a person. Some people I know don’t really ‘get’ why I write the way I do, but they acknowledge my talent and I’m fine with that.

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?

RH: I have so many ideas smashing around my head I think I’d need several lifetimes to get them all written. I have struggled to articulate ideas sometimes- then I’ve just put the pen down and thought ‘just leave it Rick, the more you worry the worse it will get. Just relax, watch TV, and go to the pub. It will come when you’re calmer and less worried about it’.

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

RH: Yeah, read some books. I try not to vomit in the face of people who say they want to write, but don’t read. That’s like saying I want to be a musician but don’t listen to any music. I get this all the time and it pisses me off. If anyone comes up to me and says something along the lines of ‘I want to write can you help me please’ my first question will always be ‘who do you read?’ This fazes some people. But if you don’t read then: a. you don’t know what’s out there already; b. you haven’t got the passion and enthusiasm to make it as a writer; c. it probably means that you think writing a book is just writing down a sequence of events as they come into your head and don’t know anything about the mechanics and craft of writing. I won’t even entertain a conversation with anyone who wants to write but doesn’t read. The so-called ‘novel’ that these people want to write will invariably be a talentless, egocentric, maudlin ramble about stuff that has happened to them just scribbled out without the slightest knowledge, will or desire to engage other people’s interest. Proper writers know that they have to win readers; readers don’t owe them a duty to read any old boring shit they scribble down. If you want to succeed as a writer you have to make people fall in love with you; and poetics, rhetoric and literary devices are the writer’s tools of seduction. You only learn how to use them by reading books.

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

RH: I’m pretty happy with me as me.

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?

RH: I have a whole list of people I’d like to tell to go fuck themselves.

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?

RH: First, I would roar with merriment. The next thing I would do would be to contact the producers and director to congratulate them on having such a finely honed sense of aesthetic judgment. The first person I told would be whoever happened to be at hand; then I would become insufferable company – I’d flag down cars to tell the drivers, I’d climb to the top of the clock tower of Manchester Town Hall with a megaphone and announce it to the world. No one would be safe from me telling them about this. This behavior would go on until the film was released: then I’d go on about how the film didn’t do justice to my work and how shit it was etc etc and everyone would have to suffer this until I was contacted about doing a sequel, and then I’d change my mind and tell everyone that the first film was great.

Thank you for your funny and frank interview RH…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Beer.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise if I can have walking in the Lake or Peak District. I’ll take bubble bath if I can’t…. and only if I am assisted by Cameron Diaz.

Favorite Color? Blue (like my eyes) or gray (because it compliments my eyes)

Take out or Dine in?  OUT. I can quite happily have breakfast, dinner and tea out on the same day. I live on my own and I get bored being in all the time. I usually only eat in if I have a guest.

Camping or Hotel? Hotel, and an expensive one at that. Fuck off with your camping!

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate! Sport has always struck me as being a bit gay (not that there’s anything wrong with being gay, obviously). Why should I, a heterosexual male, gain any pleasure from watching other blokes do anything, let alone run about with a bunch of other blokes on a field? Dancing is much more fun, and has the bonus that you can do it with girls rather than other blokes (not that there’s anything wrong with…. etc…etc…)
Dogs or Cats? It depends; do they come with a salad? Actually, I have had both in the past and have liked both. I have neither at the moment, but that’s because my exciting glamorous life style means that I would not be able to give them the attention they needed.

Favorite Food? I love ALL food. I have a particular liking for Italian and Indian. Oh, and French. Most really. I am also a fan of English cooking – which is very underestimated internationally – there is some fantastic English food out there, but for some reason I think we must hide it from Americans when they come over here. I’m a BIG fan of: traditional English breakfast and roast dinners IF they are done properly.

Favorite Song? I don’t have a favorite song, but I am a big fan of REM and Pink Floyd.

Favorite Movie? It’s a Wonderful Life or Psycho, can’t make up my mind

Favorite Car? Big fan of American muscle cars: Ford Mustangs, Dodge Challengers – that sort of thing

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Are you insane? SEX obviously: and the harder, the dirtier and the more frequent the better

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?

RH:  Well, first, I’ll tell you what I wouldn’t do. I wouldn’t go whisking any girls off to Paris. In films if you whisk girls off to Paris they melt into your arms and say ‘Oh, Rick this is magical, I love you. Marry me’. In reality, however, what they do is moan about how much dog shit there is and how the Harvey Nix isn’t as good as the one in Leeds and get into a sulk because a waiter in a cafe looked at them in a funny way and complain about not being able to use the toilet. So, no more whisking! But, I would like to take a very special woman to a very small hotel in the Lake District. I’d take her for walks in the forest and by the lakes. I’d take her out for meals and go dancing with her in the moonlight… I’ll leave the rest to your dirty imagination!

Thanks for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Rich Hudson’s 

Shrapnel

at

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rick-Hudson/e/B00B5G2B14/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1382832086&sr=1-1

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Today’s Tease…Ellen Dominick

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Ellen Dominick

Title of the book you are promoting:  Chikan: Taken in Public on the Morning Train

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://ganxy.com/i/79835/ellen-dominick/chikan-taken-in-public-on-the-morning-train

Genre:  Erotica

Welcome ED…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?

ED: I’ve always wanted to be an author. I don’t know why, but I didn’t understand that an author was something that you could be until I read Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire and looked at the back cover with the picture of her on it. I guess I thought, “Hey, this lady wrote this. People write books! I wanna write a book!”

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

ED: I was one of those kids that is sad that the library had a 99 book check-out limit. In other words, I read  a lot. So my influences come from everywhere!

Anne Rice, Henry Miller, Tanis Lee, and Anais Nin are responsible for my interest in the erotic. I’ve been told that my non-erotic writings remind people of Jhumpa Lahiri.

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

ED: I’m 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?

ED: I don’t think I’d have problems being published, but I’m also not searching for it. I think many people shy away from indie publishing because they want that official mark of recognition that they are awesome at writing. I’m not really looking for that. I’m lucky enough that I’ve already gotten that kind of approval in other arenas. For me, traditional publishing would be all about getting help to put my work out there.

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?

ED: You know, my answer as a little kid was Martin Luther King Jr., but now I’d either invite Zadie Smith or Nicki Minaj, or both. Wouldn’t that be a crazy dinner party? I wouldn’t talk about music or books.

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?

ED: As an erotica author, it would be kind of weird for me to say there’s too much sex, wouldn’t it? I think the way that we, particularly Americans, deal with sex is problematic and nearly schizophrenic. The message of prudish, abstinence-only, pure sexuality is pushed at the same time as companies make bikinis for infants and tell young children they must be sexy. Rape culture is reinforced on an everyday basis. My problem is not with the quantity of sexual things we encounter, but with the content and message behind them.

Oh, and don’t get me started on violence. We’d be here all day.

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?

ED: Eliminate economic inequality. I think that’s actually the first building block for world peace, and it’s totally something achievable. Nations that have low economic inequality nearly always have low rates of violence and high rates of all that cool stuff like happiness and education.

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?

ED: I’m a pretty visual person, so I still love covers! Seriously, the current digital culture is an increasingly visual one, so it’s not surprising that they would become more important than they already were.

Covers catch my eye, get me intrigued. I hate to say it, but I’m guilty of judging books by their covers. Design is important!

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?

ED: Like I said earlier, I’ve always wanted to be an author. I remember starting to write when I was ten or so, and hiding the pages away under my clothes so that no one could find them! I was so embarrassed. It took me a while before I got confident enough to show anyone what I wrote.

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

ED: I’m all about prose and originality. All of my favorite books are beautifully written with unique points of view. Characters and plots are cool, but I really read to see something that I’ve never seen before.

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?

ED: I normally start from an idea. It could be a word, an image, anything like that. Then the story grows around it. I used to be a pantser, flying totally blind into writing, but I’ve learned the joys of outlines since then. Still, my favorite part of writing is when my own story surprises me.

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

ED: I’m working on a Femdom story that turns the whole billionaire dom idea on it’s head. The world has enough billionaire alphas, don’t you think? I’m always rooting for a strong female character.

LH: I’m working on #7…5 are published and the next is due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

ED: I’ve only written and published 2 erotica books so far! I’m a newbie!

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

ED: I won’t lie, I write for both! Writers have got to eat too! Writing has always been my job, and I’m not really sure I’m qualified to do anything else anymore. So I’d love to make a living off of erotic writing, but it’s also tons of fun.

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?

ED: My family would not approve of me writing erotica. Let’s just say it’s our little secret, okay?

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?

ED: Writer’s block isn’t my problem, perfectionism is my problem. This is actually my favorite part of writing erotica, because it’s teaching me how to deliver. It really kicks my butt and makes me push stories out into the world.

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

ED: Just write. Don’t worry about how much you suck, or what anyone will say, or if it’s a waste of time. You probably do suck (but that’s what editing is for), ignore the haters, and writing is good for your soul so it’s never a waste of time.

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?

ED: Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like if I took my fancy pants degrees and got a traditional fancy pants job. But then I think, I wouldn’t be me! Who needs fancy pants?

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?

ED: Come on Leanna, everyone knows that you can’t disturb the past because it will cause inconsistencies in the time stream!

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?

ED: I would probably jump up and down and scream. That’s my default reaction to anything awesome that happens to me. I’d definitely tell my husband first. I’m really shy, but they don’t need me to be in the movie so I think I’d be fine.

Thank you for a very smart and funny interview ED!…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Gin and Tonic

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath, hands down

Favorite Color? Grey

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Hotel (Camping, what’s that?)

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate. I am the worst at knowing anything about sports.

Dogs or Cats? Cats, maybe? I’m not a big pet person. Does that make me horrible?

Favorite Food? Yasai Tempura (Lightly fried Japanese veggies)

Favorite Song? “Venus as a Boy” by Bjork

Favorite Movie? Dreams by Kurosawa

Favorite Car? Um…I know nothing about cars except they have wheels and take me places.

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

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

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

ED: I’d go to the Sundarbans, which is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site straddling Bangladesh and Bengal. I’d love to meet the fishermen and other people who live there, and to see the unique animals. And hopefully not get eaten by Bengal tigers. I’d take my husband because I’m a big softie and I kind of like him.

Thanks for having me!

Thanks for spending this time with us and make sure to pick up your copy of Ellen Dominick’s 

Chikan: Taken in Public on the Morning Train

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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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