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Today’s Tease…Becky Flade

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:   Becky Flade

Title of the book you are promoting:   Fated Souls

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

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Favorite Beverage?   Captain and Coke

Exercise or Bubble Bath?  BATH

Favorite Color?         Green

Take out or Dine in? Take out 

Camping or Hotel?    Hotel

Sports or Chocolate?  Sports

Dogs or Cats?   Dogs

Favorite Food?     Pizza

Favorite Song?  Crazy Bitch by Buckcherry

Favorite Movie?  Armageddon 

Favorite Car?   1967 Chevy Impala

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

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉 

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

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

Thanks so much for having me! 

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

Fated Souls

at

http://amzn.com/B00C9KNYWK

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Today’s Tease…Bethany K Lovell

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Bethany K Lovell

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Bethany K Lovell

Title of the book you are promoting:  Faetal Distraction

 Link to purchase your Book:  (amazon) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00COQG7J6

(b&n) http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940016466880

Genre:  paranormal romance

Welcome  BKL…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?

BKL: Always a writer, though that didn’t happen until much later in life. Also, a famous singer (which I was really good at… just ask the stuffed animals who attended my concerts) and a fashion designer and a “professional lady of wrestling” and a surfer and a florist and… I was a bit undecided as a kid.

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

BKL: My mother encouraged me to write poetry when I was very young, so she got the ball rolling, but an amazing, older friend of mine took me under his wing and helped me to find myself. We would spend entire nights locked in his tiny apartment, where he’d read to me from books that were WAY over my head, then explain the important parts. He read poetry and we dissected it, I read my stuff to him and he critiqued it… sometimes we just drank and played Rummy all night, arguing whether or not God existed and why writing was so fascinating in the first place. But yeah, he was a huge influence on my obsession with words.

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

BKL: 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?

BKL: I love that I can control what I write, where and when I publish, but… I don’t know. Traditional publishing gets your work into places you can’t on your own, and the idea of not having to edit my work over and over until I never want to look at it again is very appealing. I worry about giving up control, having to change things to suit another’s vision of my story. Two sides of the coin, and I can’t decide which side is better. I’m just thrilled to have my work out there at all!

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?

BKL: Neil Gaiman, and I would not discuss words or books or libraries. We’d talk about his bees, his kids, his wife… That man is fascinating.

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?

BKL: This is so hard to answer, and is going to make me sound like a hypocrite! I’m not a huge fan of violence on the screen (I am a big baby), but it doesn’t really bother me in books. I write sex and violence, but I think there needs to be a reason for either one. A graphic scene used as filler or shock value just doesn’t work for me. It does seem that we’re permeated with it now, especially on television. I’m not a fan of censorship, though, so my motto is ‘turn the channel, change the station, don’t buy the book, and don’t watch the movie’ but don’t tell someone else they ‘can’t’ (unless it’s your kid, then by all means…).

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?

BKL: I’d like to get rid of this invisible barrier we all seem to think exists between us. Races, nations, religions, sexuality… these things that say nothing about who we really are just keep on falsely defining us and partitioning us off from the rest of the world. We spend more time categorizing, labeling, defining and judging than anything else we do in a lifetime! And it’s all crap- there are no walls between us, as we’re all just human beings. I’ve never understood why the color of skin, a religious belief, a dress size, a musical preference, or even a hair color could make two people enemies. It’s madness!

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?

BKL: Ugh! The cover!! To me, it’s not a big issue. However, I admit to being a bit of a ‘cover whore’ and buying books just because I like the front, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been burned for that. It’s like dressing up an evil mastermind in a fairy princess costume- they look harmless, but we’re all still going to die. The story is what matters. I lost a whole star on a review because I didn’t have a great cover, but I can show you seven different books that are using the same basic cover, and their fans eat it up. I’d rather have a simple cover that’s unique than just recycle something already going around. The digital age may change all that, but I think there are just too many readers out there who are stuck on the pretty packaging.

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?

BKL: I was writing poetry and silly short stories since fifth grade or so, but didn’t really get serious about writing until I was a teenager.

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

BKL: The relationships between characters fascinates me. I love to put characters in bizarre situations to see how they will handle themselves and those around them. So much fun to mess with the fictional people!

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?

BKL: That is pretty much how it works for me. I get an idea for a scene, or even just a vague idea of an idea, and I let it sit and stew in my head. Then, usually when I’m in the middle of doing something else, the story just starts going and I have to get it on paper. Once I start developing characters, they just rattle around in my head all the time, having conversations with each other or even me. The sisters I’m writing now never shut up!

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

BKL: Book 3 in my series is currently in my head, but I’ve got nothing but notes on the page yet. I promised my family that I’d “take off” for the holidays, but I honestly don’t think I’m going to make it until January without writing. I just can’t shut it off that easily.

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

BKL: I’ve only written the 2 so far, and both have been published. I have a ton of stories in my head, but I want to finish the series first.

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

BKL: Writing for a living is the ultimate goal, but not why I write. I have to… and if the only ones who ever read it were my friends and family, I’d still press on. I’d love to be able to write all day instead of work, but for now, I’m not worried about sales. Right now, it’s all about the stories.

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?

BKL: I come from a very conservative family, so I thought long and hard about whether or not to use my real name. In the end, I hoped that they would be proud of me, even if they didn’t approve of the genre I was writing, and used my real name. My mother has a copy of both of my books, but has agreed to never read them!

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?

BKL: I didn’t write a thing for almost ten years, but I think that was more fear than anything. I was afraid of trying to write a novel, not just because I didn’t want the rejection, but I was worried that if I failed, I’ve have nothing left. Thinking about writing a book is safe- you haven’t done it yet, so no telling if you’ll succeed or not. Once you take the leap and do it, the safety net disappears and you’re on your own. There are days that I sit down to write and don’t think it’s going to happen, but once I put the pen on the paper, something always happens. Sometimes I have to trash it and start again, but I can always write something.

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

BKL: Just show up and write. Don’t worry if it’s any good or even what might happen later in the story, just stay in the moment and write. Always show up, always try again. And read. Writers who don’t read worry me.

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?

BKL: I’m with you, I wouldn’t change anything. I’m a scifi fan, so I know my entire life could be altered just from wearing a different outfit in the past. 😉

There are things that I regret or wish had happened differently, but I’m good with the present, and would rather not mess with that.

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?

BKL: I lost some good friends long ago, and I think I’d go back and tell them to pay attention. We were just sailing through life without a care, never knowing that it was all going to crash down around us very soon. I wish we would have been more present with each other, enjoyed it all more.

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?

BKL: I would freak! First, I’d tell my husband and kids, then the rest of my family and close friends, and then I’d scream it all over facebook. It would be a challenge for me, because I’m not terribly social and I don’t really like being the focus of a lot of attention. I’d go for it, but would probably have daily anxiety attacks!

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

Favorite Beverage?  Coca-Cola classic or Irish Creme (not at the same time!)

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble bath- every time!

Favorite Color? Dark, grayish blues

Take out or Dine in? Take out

Camping or Hotel? Did enough camping growing up, give me a hotel (with a hot tub)

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate (unless the Broncos are playing, then both)

Dogs or Cats? I’m a cat person, but I do have one dog that I adore and spoil rotten

Favorite Food? A really good steak, preferably grilled

Favorite Song? Bells For Her by Tori Amos

Favorite Movie? The Princess Bride

Favorite Car? Soft top VW bug- the old kind, not the new ones

Sex or Chocolate? Yes!!

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?

BKL: I would run away with the Doctor in his Tardis. (This doesn’t have to be plausible, right?) Since I was fairly young, I’ve watched Doctor Who and dreamed of all the places he would take me, all the strange sights we’d see. I’d let him decide the agenda, since I have no real grasp of the universe and its various tourist attractions.

I would probably let my husband come along, just so he didn’t get his feelings hurt or anything, as well as Mr. Gaiman (because that one dinner just wouldn’t be enough). We’d also need some kind of entertainment, so I’d bring along Etta James. We’d have a time machine, so dropping by to pick her up shouldn’t be a problem. Oh, and maybe an Iron Chef or two, because I imagine that time traveling can make you pretty hungry.

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Bethany K Lovell’s

Faetal Distraction

at

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00COQG7J6

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Today’s Tease…Kristy Brown

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Kristy Brown, K.R.Brown

Title of the book you are promoting:  Twisted Fate

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Fate-Series-Volume/dp/1491237783/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Welcome  KB…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?

KB: As a child I wanted to be a lawyer, but that changed when I started school.  I then wanted to 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?

KB: I have had so many influences through the years.  The ones that really made me decide to go toward Paranormal Romance were Cheyenne McCray, Christina Dodd.

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

KB: I am a Indie author at the moment, but my hope is to be “discovered”.

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?

KB: I would and dream to be with a traditional publisher, the reasons are because they can give you outlets that you can’t get with being Indie. Such as giving you help to promote your books.  They can get your book into book stores, when you are Indie it isn’t that easy.

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?

KB: So many choices for this one.  I think I would have to go with Joe Manganiello.  Like you said I wouldn’t be talking about 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?

KB: I believe that sex and violence are ingrained with our world. It is becoming so common place that you can see a naked woman on normal TV.  It worries me because I have children, I don’t want them to see the way the world is turning to sex and violence all the time.  The image on the TV is what our children grow up to be.  I don’t want either of my children to feel they have to be stick thin.

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?

KB: Poverty, I would want to find a way to help people live better lives.  Having no money to live on makes things so much harder.

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?

KB: I think that a great book cover can bring in many readers, but with that said I also believe that you have to have a great story as well.

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?

KB: I started when I was in middle school around the age of 10.  Have always loved to write.

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

KB: Being able to see the characters in my mind.  When they decide to make it a movie I can say I can see that person playing that character.

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?

KB: I am pretty much the same way.  I don’t do an outline or anything.  I do keep track of my characters though hahaha

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

KB: Yes I am, I am writing the 3rd book to my twisted fate series.  Then in November I do NaNoWriMo.

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

KB: I have written 5 only 1 is published at this moment.

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

KB: A little of both, I love that I can write something that people will love to read.  At the same time I like money.

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?

KB: None, they are all very supportive of what I am doing. 🙂

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?

KB: Not really block, it is more I am not too sure how the movie in my head will go. So I have to let it roll in my mind to see what way I want.

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

KB: Don’t let reviews keep you from being who you are.  No matter what you write be true to your story.

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?

KB: Hmm this is a hard one.  If I could go back I think I would work out more.  Tell myself to be better at the things I know I can do.

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?

KB: Another hard one, I think I would go back and find the person who invented cigarettes and tell him not to. Tell him that by just that one invention he was pretty much the reason for thousands of deaths.

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?

KB: First I would blush to the roots of my hair.  Second I would be jumping up and down screaming about how happy I was.  It is a dream to have a book made into a show but it isn’t a deal breaker in my life.  I would tell my husband J

Thanks for that fun and interesting interview KB…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Cherry Coke

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath

Favorite Color? Red

Take out or Dine in? Dine In

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate
Dogs or Cats? Both!

Favorite Food? Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Favorite Song? Don’t really have A song.

Favorite Movie? Rose Red

Favorite Car? Mini Van 🙂

Sex or Chocolate? Both!

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

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

KB: This one is easy for me, I would go to Ireland.  I have a calling to go overseas and see the amazing things there. I would bring my husband, who I have been with for almost fifteen years.  The journey would be a great vacation.  We would hop from place to place seeing the standing stones, and the fields of green.

I love to take photos so I would need to have a hard drive for use this vacation.  After Ireland we would go to Scotland.  I would find the people that I have meet online and connect with them.  To see the world in this way would be a dream come true.  We would then go to Cairo to see the pyramids. Connect with the past in a way I can’t here in the US.

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Today’s Tease…A.R. Von

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease A.R. Von

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  A.R. Von

Title of the book you are promoting:  Wunder (0.5 Dreamz)

 Link to purchase your Book:
Smashwords:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/325391
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/WUNDER-0-5-DreamZ-Prequel-ebook/dp/B00DCIYFW6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1374806476&sr=1-1&keywords=wunder

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wunder-ar-von/1115446793?ean=2940016682334

Genre:  Paranormal romance, Zombi-lit

Welcome  AR…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?

AR: I wanted to be in the Army, Navy or Marines. Most likely a drill Sargent, training many to be the best they can be!

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

AR: I’m 100% 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?

AR: Actually, I’ve not thought about it. I think I’m too chicken to go for it. I write a lot in first person and big pubs are not crazy about that. Also I really enjoy the freedom I have as an indie 🙂

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?

AR: Hmm, Kurt Cobain. I would NOT ask him anything about his marriage or sex life with Courtney Love, nope!

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?

AR: I’d destroy all weapons so there would be less death. I know it won’t put a stop to violence. But it will put a drop to all of these violent murders and possibly a halt to war (yea I’m a dreamer. That’s why I write) 🙂

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?

AR: It’s what catches the reader before anything else when you REALLY think about it. I do not think it’s the most important. What’s on the inside is what’s most important. But it is an important factor when it comes to catching the eyes of readers.                                  

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?

AR: I don’t know if you’d say I wanted to. I’ve always loved writing from when I was young; even just jotting down non sense that popped into my head or thoughts of my day (or a boy crush) in my journal(s). I wrote poems for my mother every chance I had. I don’t recall if they were all that great. I DO remember most of them based on the rhythm of “Roses are red…”                           

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

AR: That I can become a part of it. That’s the best part of reading. You can escape into another reality and go for a ride!                                              

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?  

AR: I’ve had different/various experiences so far. Sometimes just looking at a photo sparks a complete story idea. Other times just a word or phrase. I would not say I see an entire movie as you do. It’s more like someone telling me the story in my mind and me getting it out.

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

AR: Lol- I have quite a few things going on. I’m almost through with Wunder (#2 Reunion). I started on Wunder (#3 Team Work) and I have a series of flashes I’ve been writing that I plan to turn into a novel. I’m also writing a dragon shifter series that I’ve planned for a very long time but have not put together. I’m very excited about it (I LOVE dragons!) Oh and I have some side projects with various authors in the works. It’s all very exciting and I cannot wait to share with everyone!

LH: I’m working on #6…4 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published? As of this moment, 5 shorts 2 published.

AR: I’ve written 4 complete shorts. 2 have been published one is going to be and another is just waiting for me to send it off to the editor.

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

AR: No way for the money! I enjoy sharing my thoughts with others. LOVE the feedback I receive, good or bad. I would not charge anything at all if I did not need to pay for editing, etc. That’s a fact!

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? AR: I’ve had no problems, yet! I hope it stays that way 🙂

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?

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

AR: Go for it! It will seem impossible at points, but you HAVE to give it a shot if it’s something you really want to do, live the dream. Also, NEVER compare yourself to another; find your own voice because it will speak the loudest!

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? Not one thing.

AR: Good or bad. I like who I am today and believe all of my life experiences is what led me to…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? Oh wow! AR: This one is very hard for me! I’m not going to go that far back. I would like to go back to a time before many of my family members passed on and tell them how much I love and appreciate them. I did say it to them. But I’d want to say it again.

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

Favorite Beverage? (boring) water

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise

Favorite Color? Teal

Take out or Dine in? In

Camping or Hotel? Camping

Sports or Chocolate? Oh heck! Chocolate! (Unless there’s some awesome sport out there with chocolate…)
Dogs or Cats? Both, I love ALL animals 🙂

Favorite Food? Chicken (there’s so much you can do with it!)

Favorite Song? Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve

Favorite Movie? Lord of the Rings

Favorite Car? Anything convertible

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

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?

AR: I would go to Australia and explore its beautiful lands and wild life. I want to say I’d take my husband. But I don’t know if he’d be down to roughing it in the outback-lol-he’s one for the comforts of life. I think he’d complain the entire time and that would just suck. But you know what? I’d bring him anyway. He’s my best friend and soul mate. I’d make him have fun no matter what 🙂

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of A.R. Von’s

Wunder (0.5 Dreamz)

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Today’s Tease…R.C. Murphy

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease R.C. Murphy

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  R.C. Murphy

Title of the book you are promoting:  Enslaved and In Too Deep

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://justinkpress.com/bookshelf/ebooks/enslaved/

In Too Deep will be out later in August.

 Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Welcome  RCM…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?

RCM: I’m going to sound very stereotypical, but I wanted to be a doctor. And if I couldn’t afford the schooling, my contingency plan was acting. Becoming a doctor was out the minute I realized I’d have to deal with dead bodies. Acting lasted into college, where I majored in theatre. However, I started leaning toward the writing side of play production and found my passion in words.

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

RCM: I have three writers I credit for inspiring me to write—Stephen King, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Sherrilyn Kenyon. King and Hamilton gave me permission of sorts to let the darkness in my head reign on the page. Kenyon, however, showed me that no matter where I am in life, if I want something bad enough I just need to hold on and keep going.

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

RCM: My first novella, Be Ours Forever was self-published . . . with a ton of help from my friend, Jinxie Gervasio. Who happens to be my publisher now through Just Ink Press. It was just one of those things that made sense when we both took a step back after BOF released and looked at where we wanted our work to be down the road. To be honest, I am too scatter-brained to self-publish. It takes a world of focus and discipline, and a truckload of business savvy to publish your own books. I only have that sort of focus when dismembering bodies on the page. It’s a huge weight off my shoulder to have a publisher who understands I’m a dingbat artist type and wrangles me accordingly.

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?

RCM: Just Ink Press is small enough I don’t feel completely out of my element. If I were to take a book to a bigger company, I’d likely freak out. Okay, I freak out now when I send a manuscript to my publisher and I’ve known her for years. Honestly, I’d probably land in a loony bin after my first interactions with a Big Girl (or Boy) publisher. Like I said earlier, I have to be wrangled a certain way. I’d have to find an extremely understanding agent who could find me an equally understanding 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?

RCM: There are a lot of people I’d love to dine with. Benedict Cumberbatch is in my top five. I can’t remember who the others are at the moment, so he wins. I’d try not to talk about his career, everyone eventually gets tired of talking about themselves. I said, “try,” though. After reading a rather lovely interview with him recently, I’ve realized trying to table any sort of conversation just won’t work.

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?

RCM: I can’t be unbiased here, just to let you know. Sex and violence are what I do in my books—never just for the sake of sex and violence, though. It says something that those words are paired together so often. Humans operate on a wide range of emotions and somehow violence and sexual urges were put at the “extreme” end of the spectrum. Which is strange to me because sex is something natural, beautiful. Yet because of the numerous religions in the world, sex is turned into something on par with murder. Have sex with someone of the same sex? You deserve to burn eternally. Kill your neighbor’s wife? You deserve to burn in hell eternally. We’re so fixated with what happens after we die; the religions of the world take advantage of it. A lot of western cultures, and therefore those who produce the most movies, function of Christian beliefs. Even when the people making it swear they aren’t influenced by Christian morals. Sex is bad—it is ingrained in us early.

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?

RCM: This is difficult. There are a lot of things I look at daily and think, “If only that’d go away, we’d all be so much happier.” Number one would have to be the blind hatred of homosexuals. If that’d go away, the world would be a much more pleasant place to live in.

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?

RCM: I’m a cover snob. Even with the prevalence of online shopping, more often than not the first impression we’re given is the cover art. And I’ll tell you, I’ve seen a lot of awful covers that stopped me from even reading the “back cover” text. I tend to think of it as sending your eldest child to their senior prom. You want them to look their best and have fun. Sending them out in a pillowcase with a belt around their waist isn’t going to cut it.

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?

RCM: Writing snuck up on me around the time I dropped out of college. Being a theatre major wasn’t fulfilling any of my desires for the future. I fell into a depression. It wasn’t a very pleasant time to be around me. Then a friend started feeding me books to read. Through reading, I realized there was a way I could vent everything clouding my mind. I’ve been writing since. It hasn’t been an easy road. There are days when I feel like it is the first time I’ve touched a keyboard. But now that I’ve done it, I know this is what I want to do, for as long as I can.

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

RCM: I’m all about what makes characters tick. Seeing how what’s going on around them drives them to certain decisions and actions. What about Person A leads them to kidnap a girl when Person B was put in the same situation and didn’t harm anyone? People are weird, complicated, sometimes so difficult to understand—we’re the perfect puzzle.

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?

RCM: Each story manifests in a different way. For Enslaved, the last quarter of the book came to me in a dream. In Too Deep and its oh-so-complicated plot kinda knocked on my brain one afternoon and laid out something so neat, I knew I had to do it. Often for short stories, they start with one line repeating in my head until the characters show up to claim it. Basically, I sit around and think way too much.

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

RCM: Last week I turned in the manuscript for In Too Deep. While I wait for my publisher and editor to work their magic, I’m plotting out book two in the Inbetween series. Don’t have a title for it yet, but all of the characters people loved from Enslaved are clamoring to get on the page again.

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?

RCM: I’ve written three books and a ton of short stories. Two of the books are published, one is set to come out within the next month or so. I have one short zombie story out in the anthology, Undead Uncensored. Another short, a ghost story, is in an anthology due out later this year.

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

RCM: If you’re writing fiction for money, you’re in the wrong business. While getting paid helps—I am the epitome of a starving artist at times—it isn’t what drives me to spend twelve hour days glued to my computer. I write because it is the only thing that keeps me sane. Everything I can’t say or do as myself goes on the page. It is how I cope with my not so savory side. Pretty sure the main reason my family continues to support my writing is because it does make me a much nicer person.

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?

RCM: Like I said before, my family is utterly supportive. My mother and nephew, who live with me, cheer me on in their own way—whether it is pitching in to do the dishes on nights where a deadline is breathing down my neck, or providing bags of gummy bears to snack on while I work. Friends come in two groups usually, the supportive and the ones waiting for me to “grow up” and get a real job. I don’t blame the latter group. They’re just the ones I don’t go to on days when I’m feeling like a hack writer and that I’ve made a mistake with my life. I know it’s a phase, part of the emotional landmines writers sometimes stomp in. I don’t want to give anyone the opportunity to talk me out of something that makes me so happy.

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?

RCM: I don’t have writer’s block. I have depression. There are days when I sit at my desk, ready to tackle the next chapter then something happens and I can’t do anything. Literally. It is really difficult sometimes to keep on schedule with a manuscript when I have a bad span of time with depression. My only rule is, I have one day to feel sorry for myself. On day two, I must make some sort of forward progress on the manuscript. That’s what it is all about, getting words on the page. I can always go back and edit.

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

RCM: A good friend is working on his first book. He tends to be my sounding board for all the good advice I never take myself. The number one thing I tell him is, “Just keep writing.” Get it all out on the page. For your first attempt, it isn’t going to be brilliant. It may never see the light of day again. But you’ll never know until the words are out of your head and on the page where someone else can read them and help you along whatever path you wish the book to take—to the trunk or to a publisher.

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?

RCM: It has taken me years to live without regrets, to accept that all the horrible and difficult things I’ve survived make me who I am. These trials give me great insight into the world that I use for my writing. Without that pain, I wouldn’t be here. Same with the good things. I wouldn’t change anything.

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?

RCM: I’d totally pull a “Doctor Who” and visit artists who like me struggle with emotional disorders. Sometimes you just need someone who understands to look at you and say, “In the end, it was all worth it. You’re not crazy. You aren’t alone. There’s more of us out there, making art from our pain. People will come to love you, respect you, admire and be inspired by the work you’ve done. Thank you for being true to yourself.” It may not change anything, but for a moment these people know they’re loved in some way.

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?

RCM: It’s hard to know how I’d handle it. I think in the end, it’d depend on the people working with me to adapt the book. And yes, I would be involved in some way. They can’t run off with my babies and do things with them willy-nilly. Anne Rice allowed them to make Queen of the Damned that way and I’m sure she is still kicking herself for all the things they got wrong. As for who I’d tell? My mother. We’re so close. I can’t keep anything from her. Anytime book news comes in, she’s the first to know.

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

Favorite Beverage? Oolong tea.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise. Sometimes I just need to be physically exhausted.

Favorite Color? Black. Like my soul. Ha ha!

Take out or Dine in? Dine in.

Camping or Hotel? Hotel. I love nature, but my body does not like sleeping on the ground.

Sports or Chocolate? Why can’t I have both? Not fair.

Dogs or Cats? I’m an all animal person. Except reptiles. They can bugger off.

Favorite Food? Frozen yogurt.

Favorite Song? Impossible to say. It changes with my mood.
Favorite Movie? Labyrinth. Or Beetlejuice. Or 10 Things I Hate About You.

Favorite Car? Not much of a car person.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Sex. Chocolate is great, but not as great as good 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?

RCM: I’d take my BFF to Vegas for a week. We’d have to have an unlimited budget, for sure. Being broke in Vegas is like going to an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet after getting a gastric bypass—you get to look at all the good things and maybe lick them. Not that I’d want us to go around Vegas licking things. We’d come home with the bloody plague! But . . . yeah. I’m sure we’d do things. Drink and gamble and find places to dance. Honestly, when I go on vacation it is more about being away from work and home. Very rarely do I have a solid plan. 

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of R.C. Murphy’s

Enslaved and In Too Deep

at

http://justinkpress.com/bookshelf/ebooks/enslaved/

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Today’s Tease….Elizabeth “E.” Rose and Tina Pollick

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Elizabeth Rose or E. Rose  and Tina Pollick

Your Name or Pen Name you use: Elizabeth Rose or E. Rose  and Tina Pollick

Title of the book you are promoting:  Shadow of Hope

Link to purchase your Book: http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-of-Hope-ebook/dp/B00DHW0MLK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372185580&sr=8-1&keywords=Shadow+of+Hope

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Welcome  E&T…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?

E: A Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. :3 Also a veterinarian.

T: A nurse, teacher and writer. Two out of three isn’t bad 😉

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

E: I’d have to say mostly Tina. She introduced me to the concept that I could actually get paid for writing a book. I had no idea how to publish before that.

T: I’m with you LH, I don’t have a cool story either. (hugs) to Elizabeth!

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

E: Indie meaning self-published? If so, I am an Indie author at the moment.

T: My first was published by a publisher, I have a three series novella that will be published through a publisher, but I’m kind of backwards… this is my first self published work. *laughs*

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?

E: I just like being published. Indie or traditional doesn’t really matter to me, but I do think there are better opportunities for getting yourself out there with traditional publication. The publishing houses have more resources to promote their authors than the average author themselves have just starting out. When you self-publish, you have a limited venue in which to represent your work to the broader majority of people out there, in my limited opinion.

T: This is my first go as a self published… it’s a lot of work, but I’m enjoying the freedom too. I’ll self pub again, but I also will submit to my publisher again too.

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?

E: I’d like to have dinner with Jane Austin and pick her brain. The one thing, however, I would NOT ask about is her sister, LOL (This is one of those things people either know or don’t, and if you don’t you’re probably better off NOT knowing. 😉 LOL)

T: Hmmm, I had to ask my husband because I don’t know. *laughs* He said Matt Damon and Vin Diesel. I don’t know who it would be, but there would be a NO talking clause in effect. *laughs*

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?

E: Here’s the problem; Hollywood comes under constant attack for this, but the reality is it’s biased. A famous author making a violent book filled with sex is not attacked for writing that book, yet a Hollywood scriptwriter doing the same thing is. George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Ice saga (one of the few perks I had with my ex-BF is he started me on this series, and it is completely awesome!) is filled with incest, violence and other sexually explicit scenes. Does that make him a bad writer? No. It’s contextually relevant to the time frame he’s writing in. The reality is you cannot tell a good story without some of these elements. If you do, it lacks the feeling of realism.

HBO has picked up the Fire and Ice saga with the title Game of Thrones, and it has garnered little else besides very high praise. This is why I say outcries of sex and violence all being Hollywood’s fault is subject to heavy bias.

Overly gratuitous violence and sex without reason or context is, however, one thing I cannot stand in any work.

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?

E: I would want people to understand each other and give each other a chance. That is the starting point of world peace. 🙂

T: Damn… how can you beat world peace? Okay world peace. 😉

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

E: I’ve read books on my Kindle Fire. I think a proper cover is essential even in the electronic arena. Whether or not people want to admit it, the cover still plays a very important part in whether a person chooses to ‘pick up’ that book and decide to read the blurb or otherwise find out more about it. As you can see from the cover for Shadow of Hope, I think it’s safe to say Tina and I both felt the same way on this.

T: Covers are still important. With millions of eBooks to choose from you have to use every advantage you can to ‘attract’ readers to take a chance on you.

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?

E: I was always writing stuff as a child. But it was Tina who got me started professionally. Shadow of Hope is my first published work.

T: Late start here too.

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

E: The characters are, and will always be the meat of the work. But if you have beautifully crafted characters against bad writing or a boring plot, you lose the readers. I try to look at all elements to decide how good a story is, but the characters are definitely a bulk of my ‘interest’ in a story.

T: I need action. I need a fast paced story with interesting characters and a great storyline and can I have fries with that? 😉

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?

E: This is hard to explain. It’s like, one day I get an idea, and I want to see where it goes, so I write a story. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t, LOL

T: You are so LUCKY LH! With Shadow of Hope it was inspired by a picture, but usually I have a really, teeney, tiny idea that I have to yank, tug and pull into something.

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

E: I’m going to try to solo. I have a lot of interesting story ideas. But I also want to hone my writing so I look less amateurish on paper. So no, I’m not working on a specific project right now. But definitely sometime soon.

T: I took two weeks off and then I’m back at it. I have one due in four weeks my publisher and another I’m going to self publish… soon.

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?

E: One. And one, LOL See above. :3

T: I have one published in Jan-13, one this month, one next and one in August. J

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

E: I’ve always ‘just written’. I had no idea you could actually make money on it until Tina taught me about the publishing industry. So yeah, I write for fun, LOL If I make a buck or two doing that, well that’s just fine with me. J

T: I have a full-time job, but I’d love to write full-time. I’d also like a Mercedes, a house on the beach, and some frequent flyer miles. What? As long as I’m wishing I better make it good! *laughs*

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?

E: This has never been an issue. When I started Shadow of Hope I had nothing more from my family than they had ever given me in anything else; their unconditional love and support. For that, I am truly blessed. 😉 

T: I hate creating character names so creating an alternate identity wasn’t going to happen. I’m not that creative. *laughs* Really, I don’t write anything I’d be embarrassed about, although my kids can’t read it right now. Write what comes to you and let the universe take care of the rest. J

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

E: I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced a proper ‘writer’s block’. When I write for myself, I have no compulsions besides my own. If the story falls flat, or loses interest, I can abandon it. On Shadow of Hope, I had Tina’s guidance and expertise, so I had an additional brain to work with there, LOL When something wasn’t working, she could bring it back on track. I have no idea how this will play out when I solo. *shrugs* LOL

T: Yes and it sucks! I think it may be more of a time of the year thing though, but I didn’t write ANYTHING for three months. I was miserable.

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

E: Being a new writer myself, the only thing I can say is get a mentor who has experience in the field, It is invaluable on a first book.

T: You know the typical answer… write.

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?

E: All the guys I dated that I should’ve known better than to date in the first place, LOL

T: Nothing, I’m with you. I am who I am, for better or worse. The trials have molded me into who I am and I’m okay with the person who stares back at me. J

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?

E: See above answer. I’d tell them all ‘no’. LOL

T: I’d visit a younger version of myself and let her know it’ll all work out. 😉

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?

E: I would have to handle it as it came up. I mean, seriously, how can you even prepare for such a thing? You can’t. So you’d have to deal with it as it unfolded, like any other surprise in life, but this would be a little easier to handle, because most surprises in life are nasty, LOL 

I’d tell Tina, OFC, LOL

T: Make room for me under the bed LH. Elizabeth would handle it all 😉

Thanks for that fun and interesting interview E & T…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? E: Dasani and lemon juice.T: Raspberry Margarita

Exercise or Bubble Bath? E: Bubble bath every time. 😉 T: Bubble bath

Favorite Color? E: Sapphire.T: Midnight Blue

Take out or Dine in? E: Dine in.T: Take out

Camping or Hotel? E: Hotel.T: Camping

Sports or Chocolate? E: Chocolate.T: ? *laughs* Chocolate paired with anything would be chocolate!

Dogs or Cats? E Both. :3 T: Me too

Favorite Food? E: Shrimp scampi T:Japanese

Favorite Song? E:  I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing-Aerosmith T: Too many to name

Favorite Movie? E: Kate and Leopold T: I like action movies

Favorite Car? E: One with wheels, LOL T: Jeep Wrangler

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 E: Both. Often. 😉 T: Both

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?

 E: Hugh Jackman. What I’d do cannot be repeated here. And I’d go to Paris. :3

T: I’d take my husband and we’d try and expand our family, even though that’s impossible now *laughs* and we’d do it often J And we both want to go to Ireland, so we’d go there  😉

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to get your copy of Elizabeth Rose or E. Rose  and Tina Pollick’s 

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Today’s Tease…EJ BROCK

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  EJ BROCK

Title of the book you are promoting:  BROCK’S REDEMPTION

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=BROCKS+REDEMPTION

Genre:  PARANORMAL ROMANCE

Welcome  EJB…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. EJB: What did you want to be when you grew up? 

EJB: I have always wanted to be an accomplished 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?

EJB: My elementary school had a writing contest.  We had to write a short story.  I won EJB: 1st place out of the entire 5th grade.

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

EJB: I am an Indie, but I hope to one day find an Agent willing to read my books and direct me to a publisher.

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?

EJB: I would love to, but I know how publishers dice your book up.  They take out parts that the writer feels is important to the story line.  I’d hate for that to happen to any of my books.  The characters are my children.

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?

EJB: I’d invite Samuel L. Jackson.  I would not discuss his celebrity.  I want to talk about his family tree.  My 2nd brothers could be his twin – or – doppelgänger.  LOL

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

EJB: I totally agree.  As a matter of fact, being African American I hate the stereotyping of young black men, in Hollywood.  It’s always street gangs and nothing positive.

But I don’t think Hollywood is the only culprit.  Erotica genre is practically the number one sellers on Amazon.  Whatever happened to a good love story or leaving something to the imagination.

I feel conflicted because in order to succeed we, as writers, have conformed.   That is what inspired me to write my books.  These men are black Nephilim Angels sent to earth to protect God’s so loved humanity.  And although there is sex and violence, in my books, they are both from a spiritual point of view.

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?

EJB: Racism.  I’d make everyone color blind.  Until we can squash it out, American can never truly be the country we’d love her to be.

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

EJB: It’s extremely important unless you are a well know author.  However, it could be as simple as a blank page, using the right fonts.

I always hated the half-naked man on the cover and when you read the book, he is nothing like the cover.

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?

EJB: As I said, I wrote a short story when I was in the 5th grade.  From that day on I was hooked.  I read everything I could get my hands on, in an effort to learn how to write.  However, I was scared to try.  I didn’t write my 1st book until over fifty years later.  But, once I got started, I couldn’t stop!  I wrote thirteen books in 3 years.

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

EJB: It depends on the genre.  If it’s a love story, it’s how the relationship develops.  I’m not much on reading a story where there is a lot of game playing.  We have that in real life.

I like to read where people overcome adversities and emotional challenges.  I love a story where both parties in the relations are ‘all in’.

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?

EJB: My father was larger than life.  I wrote the story as I saw him.  No one was more powerful than he was.  He was the first man who ever loved me unconditionally.  My lead character even bears his name.

I envision Brock’s Redemption on the big screen.  One day!!!

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

EJB: Of course.  I’m always working on at least 3 books at a time.  Since mine is a series, it’s easier that way.  It allows me to switch back and forth between books, to add or change as the new storyline develops.

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?

EJB: 13 have been published.  I’ve just finished Book #14 (ADAM – A New Beginning and Revelations)

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

EJB: Not so much riches or fun.  I write because I have these Paranormal visions that I need to express.  However, I do appreciate the financial aspect of it.

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?

EJB: I haven’t received the family support I would have liked, either.  But I think it’s mostly because most of them aren’t readers.  LOL!

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

EJB: As I said before once I decided to start writing my mine and imagination took over.  I eat, sleep and dream new storylines.  None of my 14 books are less than 330 pages and none are repetitive.

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

EJB: Don’t expect overnight success.  If it is your true calling you won’t be able to avoid it.  Float your own boat and embrace originality.  Think beyond another writer’s concept.

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?

EJB: I would embrace my gift earlier.  I am almost 60 and a new author LOL!!!  Wherein the world have I been, all of these years?  I’ll tell you.  I’ve been working in corporate America and making someone else’s dream come true.

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?

EJB: I’d tell me to make the best of the time I have.  I’d tell me to devote time to writing.  Get a college education right out of high school.

I’d tell me that self-preservation is the greatest law of nature.

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?

EJB: I am not shy in the least bit.  As a matter of fact, I am overly extroverted.  My twin sister tells me all the time that I’ve never met a person I call a stranger. 

I live to see my books on the big screen.  I wouldn’t freak out, but I’d shout for joy!  I’d tell my twin and my oldest sisters.  They are my biggest supporters.

Thank you for that heartfelt and interesting interview EJB…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Peach Ice Tea with Lemon.
Exercise or Bubble Bath?  Exercise and then Bubble Bath!  LOL!!!
Favorite Color? Any variation of….Peach
Take out or Dine in? Dine in.  Meet more people that way.
Camping or Hotel? Hotel, no doubt.  I ain’t trying to sleep anywhere that there isn’t air conditioning and/or heat.
Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate
Dogs or Cats?  Dogs
Favorite Food?  Steak
Favorite Song?  Amazing Grace
Favorite Movie?  Imitation of Life
Favorite Car? Trailblazer
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Sex; especially if it’s a chocolate brotha!

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?

EJB: I’d go to a romantic tropical Island, with my first love.  I’d like to see if those same old feelings were still there.  Or if they could be rekindled.

Unfortunately, that’s not possible.  He’s long passed on.  But if I could…

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

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Today’s Tease…J.J. DiBenedetto

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease J.J. DiBenedetto

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  J.J. DiBenedetto

Title of the book you are promoting:  Dream Student, Dream Doctor & Dream Child, Dream Family

 Link to purchase your Book: http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Student-Dreams-J-J-DiBenedetto/dp/1482716275/ref=la_B00BW6L9GK_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369230784&sr=1-1

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Genre:  Paranormal Romance/Suspense

Welcome JJD…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?

JJ: An astronaut.  Or Han Solo (who flew in space, so I guess he counts as an astronaut, too)

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

JJ: I’m kind of like you.  I can’t point to any one literary influence.  Although as I read through my writing, I do often see elements of whatever I was reading/obsessed with at the time it was written.

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

JJ: Self-published, hoping to be discovered myself!

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?

JJ: I would love to be published by a traditional publisher and see my books in every bookstore, etc.  Trying to market my books myself is incredibly difficult.  But I do like that I have total control over everything, as well.

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?

JJ: My paternal grandfather, Alfred DiBenedetto.  He died before I was born, and it’s only recently that I even found out what his proper legal name was (although I’m pretty sure it was actually Alfredo rather than Alfred before he came to America).  I’d rather get to know him than meet any famous person.  And I don’t think there’s any topic I would want to be off limits.

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?

JJ: I agree completely.  Sometimes I think that the old Hollywood production code that limited what could be shown actually was a creative benefit rather than a hindrance.  It forced Hollywood to find ways to get ideas across without showing endless parades of nudity or rivers of bloodshed. 

I definitely keep it in mind in my own writing.  The worst violence in my book is off-screen or implied rather than shown.  And the sex that happens is between two loving partners, and is pretty non-explicit.

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?

JJ: I’m along the same lines as you.  I’d say an end to cruelty, not just between one nation and another, but between governments and their people, and between individuals as well.

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?                                 

JJ: I wish they were less important, but I do think that people still place a lot of importance on that first impression.  I love the covers for my books; I had them hand-painted by an artist and I think she did an amazing job.  But some reviewers have said that they gave them the impression that these are children’s books, or otherwise books they wouldn’t pick up off the shelf.  So I can see that the cover is still a big deal.

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?                             

JJ: I have always wanted to write.  The first time I remember really writing fiction was in high school.  I had a (dreadful) story published in the school’s literary magazine.  I kept on writing lots of page 1’s of stuff, but ten or twelve years ago, I finally wrote a novel-length work, which was the first draft of “Dream Student”.  It wasn’t very good, and it sat on my computer until last year.  Then, one of my good friends sold her novel, and that inspired me.  If she could do it, why couldn’t I do it, too?  I went back to that first draft, rewrote it from word one, and before I knew it, it had turned into four books (with a fifth in progress right now).

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

JJ: A lot of different things.  For me the writing style is really important.  There’s no one style that I especially fall for, but it has to make me feel comfortable.  I tend to like stories told in the first person; that helps me identify with the character.

I’m also very plot-driven; I want to know “what happens next”, and sometimes I’ll peek to the end (I’m also a spoiler junkie with my favorite TV shows and movies).

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?

JJ: Sometimes it’s exactly like that for me.  And sometimes it’s just a single idea.  With the Dream books, it was just the concept of, “what if you could see other people’s dreams?” and what kind of problems would that lead to?  That’s how the plot of the first book developed.  Sara is seeing horrible crimes, but she has no physical evidence or even reliable facts she could go to the police with, so she’s basically forced to hunt for the killer herself.

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

JJ: I’m halfway through the fifth book of the Dream series.  Each book has brought a new challenge for Sara, and this one has possibly the toughest one of all – she’s facing someone else who can see dreams just like she can, but this other dreamer isn’t using her power for good, as Sara is…

I’m also working on a adventure/romance/comedy that’s I’d put in the same category as “Romancing the Stone”.

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?            

I’ve written four books so far, all in the Dream series, and they’re all published and available now.

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

JJ: I’d love the riches, but I wrote first of all just to get the stories out of my head.  The characters took on a life of their own and pretty much demanded I keep writing about them.

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?

JJ: I haven’t had any problems from family or friends; they’ve all been very supportive (fingers crossed that it stays that way!)

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?

JJ: I’ve had it for a few days at a stretch.  I didn’t do anything special to overcome it, it just passed on its own.

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

JJ: Sure!  First, just do it.  Write.  Don’t think about writing, or plan to write.  Just write.  Second, be patient.  As I’ve been reminded every day since my self-publishing adventure began, “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

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?

JJ: If I could figure out the one thing to change so that I’d be less shy and often terrified in social situations, I’d change whatever that thing was.  But I doubt there is one thing that would do it.

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

JJ: Mine would be a lot more personal.  I’d go back and tell my father to never have that first drink.

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?

JJ: I’d be thrilled beyond words.  I would tell my wife first.  And then I’d call my friend who’s an intellectual property lawyer and get his advice.

Thank you for that honest and sweet interview JJ….Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? RC Cola

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath!

Favorite Color? Green

Take out or Dine in? Take out…I could go for a nice portion of chicken tikka masala right now…

Camping or Hotel? Hotel.  Why would you ever camp?

Sports or Chocolate? Watching sports, if it’s the Giants and they’re winning, I’d take that over chocolate.

Dogs or Cats? I love them both.  Right now I’m a cat person, or more accurately, a cat-owned person.

Favorite Food? Fondue.

Favorite Song? Steppin’ Out by Joe Jackson

Favorite Movie? Almost Famous

Favorite Car? Doc Brown’s DeLorean

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 One, then the other (not saying which order!)

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?

I’m going to have to give you the honest but boring answer.  I’d take my wife to Paris.  I’ve been there and loved it utterly, and she’s never been.  She loves art and studied art history, so I’d take her to the Louvre and the Orsay and probably visit Versailles.  We’d go to the opera, and go to Mass at Norte Dame, and walk along the Seine at all hours of the day and night.

Thank you for spending this time with us! Make sure to pick up your copy of J.J. DiBenedetto’s works

Dream Student, Dream Doctor & Dream Child & Dream Family

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Today’s Tease…Bryce Evans

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with “Today’s Tease” Bryce Evans

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Bryce Evans

Title of the book you are promoting:  Perfect Reflection (Shifter Justice)

 Link to purchase your Book: http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Reflection-Shifter-Justice-ebook/dp/B00CENVNWK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1366558197&sr=1-1&keywords=perfect+reflection

 Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Menage

Welcome BE ….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?

BE: That is easy.  I wanted to be a cop.  I love investigating everything and figuring out who done it.  That is probably why I write about law enforcement in my books.  I like the mystery not knowing who did it or how they did it.

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

BE: Well I have always dreamed about being a writer and never had the nerve until I started reading Jana Leigh’s books.  I got to know her on Facebook and told her that I had always dreamed of writing.  She was so funny she said “Oh yea, well send me a little something.”  I thought what the hell do I have to loose.  I will never see this woman and she doesn’t live near me so I wrote a brief little bit about a woman who is a werewolf but also much, much more.  I sent it to her thinking I will never hear from this woman again.  Funny because she sent me a contract the next day and told me to finish the book.  I couldn’t believe it.  I sat down and wrote and wrote until I finally finished the book.  I sent it to her and that was my first book:  The Trinity: The Ashland Pack.  Who would have thunk it, but dreams do come true.

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

BE: Thank God I was a published author.  I so admire all of you who can do it all.  I wouldn’t know where to start.  I never would have followed my dream if Jana had not found me.  Really all of the Indie writers are such great writers too.  Even with a publisher it is still hard to get your book noticed.  So I applaud the authors who can do that.

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?

BE: Well thank goodness I didn’t have to do that.  Again I do applaud those Indie Authors.  The struggle of doing it all is beyond me.  You have to sell it, promote it, and live it everyday.

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?

BE: Hard question since there are so many I could name, but I would ask my mother to talk to me again.  She has passed away and didn’t live to see this dream come true.  I would tell her all that I have done so far then ask what she thought.  I know my mother and she would have been thrilled and would have purchased all of my books.  The questions I would ask are endless.  So many unanswered questions of daily life and past questions of what she would have done or did.  My mom was the glue and the rock that held my family together.  She is truly missed everyday.

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?

BE: Well I guess I’m just as guilty as anyone since I do put all of those in my books.  I do ask you to be 18 years are older before you read my books, but we are our biggest problem.  We want to teach our kids to do the right thing but then we allow them to watch TV where people our murdered, raped, and beat everyday.  We try to watch what they watch but you can’t watch our children everyday.  We have to pray that we do enough to help turn them into good people and one day great parents.  I tell you, my kids love to play video games.  Lord have you ever watched them. I think they have to be the worst. I used to watch a lot of TV but now I read.  I never knew how much I loved it until now.  I can loose myself inside the characters and dream of worlds that hold the sex and violence but it feels different to me when I read about it.  It takes a lot of the sting out of it instead of watching it.  I hope that makes since.  But I do agree that we do watch too much TV instead of going outside playing with our kids.

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

BE: Peace on earth where everyone believes in Jesus.  I really do believe that and pray for it everyday.  I pray for those that are lost will be found.  Now I’m very much a realist but I do pray for it.  I pray that there is hope out there for the people who can’t go on and need help but has no where to find it.

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?

BE: Well I do believe that the cover is what gets you to read the prolog.  I always look at the cover to get an understanding about what the book is about.  So only in opinion from a reader’s point of view, yes I do think the cover is an important part of the consumer buying your product.  I also believe if you are a successful writer and have already got a great following your name alone can get people to read your book.  I believe that is every author’s wish.

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?

BE: Yes I have always wanted to write and I did write little things here and there when the mood struck me.  However, only later in life did that dream come true.  I know that this saying so funny, but it is true that dreams never die.

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

BE: I really have to say the romance of it gets me more then anything.  I’m a sucker for love and trying to get together with the characters. Maybe every woman’s fantasy. 

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?

BE: Ill be honest most of the time I’m in my car alone driving down the road and a certain song can come on and it is strange but a character and a plot forms in my head.  I’m a people watcher and I think about certain people and then think about them in real life or in a place with werewolves and vampires exist then I put the story into everyday life.  Just about anything can bring a story into my head.  In my real job I see a lot of heartache and bad people so even though I put those types of people in my books, they always come out on top.  I know that’s not real life, but that’s why it’s my story and in my book I can do anything.  

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

BE: I’m always working on something.  At the moment I’m writing book 2 of the Trinity series.  Mace and Lexy: The Ashland Pack should be finished soon.  Then I will be writing #2 in the Once Forgotten Twice Loved series.  I love series if you haven’t noticed.  I have a strictly romance mystery book in my head and it keeps coming up when I’m in the shower or driving down the road so it looks like it wants it’s due and I think I need to give it to them. 

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?

BE: I have written three books and published all three.  I co-authored my latest with Jana Leigh.  Lord the woman can write a mean bad guy.  I love Jana to death and she gave me my chance.  The name of that book is “Perfect Reflection.” 

LH: I write for fun. Do you write for fun or money?

BE: Well I love it and I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t fun for me.  Hey life is hard enough and I already have a stressful job so I do this for fun, but I do like the money too and I watch to see what is selling.  Lets be honest if it’s not selling then what is the use if nobody reads my stories.  So I would have to say I do this for both.

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

BE: Yes I have, but I read this book that helped me so much with writers block.  It is called “Tell Don’t Show” by James Lofquist.  The book was great for me and helped me so much.  I can’t recommend this book more even if it isn’t mine.  James is an author and teacher and came up with this technique.  So if you have problems with writers block then read this short book.  It is straight to the point without all the junk in between book.  I truly recommend it.  I wish I could get in touch with the name just to let him know how much he has helped my writing. 

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

BE: Yes, and I quote the book “Pooh’s Grand Adventure, The search for Christopher Robin.”

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  It stuck with me and I think it fits when giving advice to people no matter what you are trying to achieve in life.   You have to believe you can do it, and know that you are stronger than you think, and a lot smarter then you give yourself credit for.  So follow your dreams and when they try to knock you off, get back up and dust yourself off and keep trying.  Even when you get those bad reviews and you will trust me.  But if it is your dream then follow that advise and you should do just fine.

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?

BE: Well I wasted some of my life day dreaming saying tomorrow I will do that and never did, but it has lead me to this part in my life and I think I will keep it.  I’m happy and I love my husband and children so no I wouldn’t change it.  I did jump out of an airplane one time and I thought my life was ending, but hey that is another story.  LOL

Now…For the Fun Stuff 😉

Favorite Beverage?  Diet FREAKING COKE, THEY WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME.

Exercise or Bubble Bath?  Bubble bath

Favorite Color?  Blue

Sports or Chocolate?  Sports woman, what else is there.

Dogs or Cats?  Well I thought I would never have a cat now I have 2 but I do love dogs.  Cats I guess.

Favorite Food?  Mexican

Favorite Song?  Too many to name but I’m an eighties girl so I love all that type of music and country.

Favorite Movie?  Well you may laugh but every time the damn movie comes on I watch it.  “Jaws” but I love Pretty Woman too so what does that say about me.

Favorite Car?  SUV that has three seats and can carry my crew around.

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

Hands down it is SEX.  I could go forever without eating chocolate but not sex.  Got to have it and I do love to write it.

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

BE: To a beach that has the clearest water and I would take my I pad and my husband. LOL

Thank you so much for spending time with us today and make sure get your copy of :

Perfect Reflection (Shifter Justice)

http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Reflection-Shifter-Justice-ebook/dp/B00CENVNWK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1366558197&sr=1-1&keywords=perfect+reflection

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