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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.

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

Twisted Fate

at

 http://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Fate-Series-Volume/dp/1491237783/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

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Today’s Tease…Lorrie Farrelly

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Lorrie Farrelly

Title of the book you are promoting:  THE GUARDIAN’S ANGEL

 Link to purchase your Book:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Guardians-Angel-ebook/dp/B0053GBAZU/ref=sr_1_5_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1376246260&sr=1-5

Author website: https://sites.google.com/site/yourbestreads

Genre:  Contemporary, paranormal, romantic suspense.  (Telepathy, not vampires, zombies, or werewolves.)

Blurb:   When nobody knows what to do with a troubled, damaged kid, it’s time to call Elizabeth Driscoll. A wary, vulnerable, unusually intuitive young woman, Libby has a knack for helping children others have given up on.

Certainly nobody knows what to do with Tommy Madden, least of all his fiercely devoted guardian, Seattle Police Detective J.D. McCammon. McCammon believes the autistic little boy witnessed a double murder: his mother and his father, the city’s District Attorney. J.D. is determined to help and protect Tommy at all costs, and somehow, find a way to communicate with him.

When Tommy’s life is threatened by the corrupt organization that killed his parents, J.D. and Libby take him on a desperate and dangerous flight to safety. They must place their trust in one another to escape a relentless evil that threatens not only their lives, but also that of the child they’ve both come to love.

On the run, Libby and J.D. are tested to the limits of their courage and resolve. They discover an intimate and mystifying bond that will either drive them apart, or become their greatest source of strength and passion.

Excerpt:

C’mon, either ID the sorry SOB or give it up. I’m freakin’ dead on my feet here.

At the snarled words, Libby Driscoll jumped back as though from a blow. Her pulse raced as a deep voice, gravelly and drawling with fatigue, growled angrily at her. She clutched a hand to her heart as though to keep it from pounding out of her chest.

“They can see me!”

The young, uniformed policewoman standing beside Libby shot a worried glance to the rumpled detective on the other side of the small observation room. He shrugged and rolled his eyes with a resigned Gonna be a lonnngg day expression, then slouched resignedly back against the wall.

The officer, a metallic nameplate reading Alcaraz, C. pinned squarely above her shirt pocket, frowned in concern. She reached out and placed a reassuring hand on the trembling woman’s shoulder.

“No, it’s okay,” Christina Alcaraz said gently. “Don’t be afraid. They can’t see you in here, Ms. Driscoll. That’s one-way glass. I know this is hard for you. It’s scary, and it’s easy to imagine they’re looking right at us, but they really aren’t. Don’t worry, you’re safe in here with Detective Hirsch and me.”

She patted Libby’s shoulder encouragingly. “Just relax, ma’am, and when you’re ready, go ahead and take another look.”

The witness, who at twenty-three looked barely out of her teens, turned distracted, wild blue eyes toward her, and Christina knew there was no way she was going to “relax.” The young cop felt a churning wave of pity and anger.

Three times she’d seen the sickening handiwork of the vicious psychopath the newspapers were calling the University Park Stalker, and so far the police had very little in the way of evidence. He struck fast, kept to the darkness, gave his victims no chance to escape. Elizabeth Driscoll was his third victim, but unlike the first two, assaulted after dark near the south end of the park, she’d been attacked in early morning drizzle while jogging along the deserted Arboretum road.

The Stalker had grown bolder, chancing daylight, gray and bleak though it was.

That single mistake saved Libby Driscoll’s life.

He’d taken her completely by surprise. Launching himself at her from behind, he struck her viciously to the ground. Libby had cried out in shock, at first too stunned to feel the jarring contact of body with pavement. The fall had badly bruised her face, torn the skin on palms and knees and snapped her wrist, but all she’d felt was the massive impact of the man’s body, crushing the air from her lungs and cutting off her cry.

For endless, terrifying moments he’d breathed heavy, fetid air into her ear, ground his hips against her, and, quick as a striking viper, snapped a ligature around her throat. She’d struggled furiously, desperately, but he’d been too strong. As Libby’s life began to slip away in a choked, oily black haze, the Stalker had been surprised in his work by the sudden appearance of a police cruiser in the gray, foggy drizzle.

He’d scrambled up, bolted back into the shelter of trees half-shrouded in dripping mist, and Libby Driscoll – though semi-conscious, bruised, and bloodied – was alive.

A week later, the police informed her a suspect was in custody, and now Libby stood shakily in the observation room. Despite the presence of the officer and detective, she felt desperately alone and terrifyingly exposed.

Once again Christina patted Libby’s shoulder. The cop’s serious, compassionate brown eyes met and held Libby’s distraught blue ones, and gradually the young victim’s panic eased.

Libby blinked hard, willing herself to calm down. Her fingers, curled over the end of her cast almost as a fist, relaxed with visible effort. The wrist throbbed dully, like a relentless toothache, and she cradled it close to her body.

“I–I’m sorry,” she stammered, her voice still hoarse from the injury to her throat. “I don’t know what … there was … I was sure I heard one of those men’s voice. I guess maybe I’m still more shaken up than I thought.”

Christina smiled gently.

“It’s okay. Just take all the time you need, Ms. Driscoll. I know this is tough for you, but believe me, like I said, none of the suspects can see or hear you in here. You’re completely hidden from them. They can only see their own reflections on the other side, like in a regular mirror.”

She paused, waiting patiently, as Libby still looked unnerved. Christina ignored Hirsch’s long-suffering sigh.

“We’ll go slowly, Ms. Driscoll, one man at a time,” she said. “Take a deep breath, take your time, look at each suspect carefully, tell me if you recognize any of them.”

Shivering slightly beneath the officer’s steadying touch, Libby tried to control the trembling of her hands and the sudden need to swipe at the short, damp, sticky auburn curls that clung to her face and neck.

Though sweating, she was cold to the bone.*

*copyright by Lorrie Farrelly

Welcome  LF…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?

LF: Oh, that’s easy. A veterinarian. Then I found out you needed 8 years of college science, and you did not just pet kittens or ride horses all day. Sigh.

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

LF: I’ve been an avid reader all my life, but I think I was most influenced by Harper Lee, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Nora Roberts, Elizabeth Lowell, and Linda Howard. I was also a Lit major in college, which definitely helped!

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

LF: Indie. After two (which was two too many) bad experiences with editors/publishers, I decided to manage my own career. One editor couldn’t understand what “the Civil War had to do with the West,” and another wanted me to make a sociopathic character “nicer.” It’s not that I don’t appreciate constructive criticism, but seriously? Although marketing and promotion do not come naturally to me, I’m delighted to have the rights to my own novels.

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?

LF: Truthfully, at this point, probably not. My books are already in ebook and paperback format, and three are audiobooks as well. I make a greater percentage of profit than I would through a publishing company, and my books have a much longer “shelf life.” I’m sure there are promotional benefits with a traditional publisher, but I’m much happier as an independent author.

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?

LF: I’d invite Abe Lincoln. I’d want him to know how grateful we are to him to this day, and that he was remembered with honor. But I’d steer clear of asking him if he’d seen any good shows lately.

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?

LF: I am uncomfortable with gratuitous, exploitative levels of sex and violence, because they deaden feeling rather than heightening it. When they are integral to a story, however, and come from real emotion or real peril, they intensify that story and stimulate the imagination.

Unfortunately, we are bombarded by 24/7 media that is always tuned to the sensational and the horrific. It’s important to teach our children what is real and what is right to do, because there’s really no way to avoid that bombardment in our daily lives.

On the other hand, there is some wonderful entertainment and access to knowledge also available 24/7, which is a great thing.

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?

LF: I’m with you, and I’d throw in an end to hunger and cruelty.

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?

LF: Actually, I think covers are very important. Along with the title, they draw the reader’s initial attention to the book. If those two things intrigue a reader, he or she is likely to be interested enough to read the blurb and, I hope, buy the book.

I’ve always resisted being pushed into a mold, and I feel the same way about my writing and the presentation of my books. TIMELAPSE is the only one of my novels to have people on the cover, and they are shown only in silhouette. I use the covers of my books to convey setting and mood. I like to see characters in my imagination, and these days, when so many books have the same models on the covers, it’s a bit unnerving. Apparently there’s been a lot of cloning going on throughout history!

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?

LF: I always wrote – I can remember as a young child writing short little books for my dolls to “read.” I didn’t think about writing for publication, though, until the last few years. I had written some TV scripts but found that frustrating, as often the show was cancelled before a script got a chance to be used. I thought about the kind of books I enjoyed reading: books with good plots, maybe some twists or surprises, some paranormal elements, and lots of emotion, suspense, and romance.  And I realized I could do more than read them; I could write them. And I would strive to take readers on riveting emotional adventures that are fast-paced, suspenseful, and passionate.

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

LF: I want to respond emotionally to characters, to be pulled into their lives and care about what happens to them. I love it when a story grabs me on the first page and doesn’t let go, but I’m also willing to let a story grow on me if the characters are vividly drawn and the plot is intriguing.

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?

LF: I’m the author of six published novels. TERMS OF SURRENDER, a post-Civil War, Western historical romance, is based on some old family papers I found – my great-grandfather’s Parole and Oath of Allegiance to the USA following the War Between the States. He was allowed to go home after the Surrender only if he agreed never again to bear arms against the Union. I was curious to know why a good man would fight for a new country based on terrible injustice, and what would have been in his heart following defeat and great personal loss. Would he ever find peace again?

This book became the first of a trilogy of novels following the same family from the 1860s through the early 20th century. The succeeding books are TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT and TERMS OF TEMPTATION.  I’ve also written two contemporary romantic suspense novels – DANGEROUS and THE GUARDIAN’S ANGEL – and a romantic time-travel/alternate universe adventure, TIMELAPSE.

All my books have at least a touch – and sometimes much more – of the paranormal. (Not werewolves, zombies, or vampires, but rather such things as time-travel, telepathy, and angels.)

My favorite movies and TV shows have always been adventures, Westerns, or spooky stuff. I’ve probably seen every Twilight Zone episode about 20 times. (I can even do the dialogue:  “TO SERVE MAN – it’s a cookbook!!!!!”)  I love a good scare, but of the Jaws, Jurassic Park, Blair Witch, or Paranormal Activity kind – not the Saw-type splatter porn. And there’s nothing so uniquely American as Westerns. Who wouldn’t want to climb aboard a Stagecoach, Dance with Wolves, or holler after Shane to come back?

I often get the idea for a story when some actual incident captures my imagination, such as finding the Civil War papers. Another time, I saw a news story about Highway Patrol officers who delivered a fawn beside the freeway after the mother had been hit by a car and mortally injured. That incident inspired an early scene in DANGEROUS.

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

LF: I just released TERMS OF TEMPTATION this spring, so I’m just starting a new story now. This one will be about a young lady who badly needs a second chance in life.

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?

LF: (See answer above.)

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

LF: Of course I’m thrilled when my books sell well, but I write because I have some wonderful stories to share. When readers tell me a book of mine made them laugh, made their pulses race, or moved them to tears, well, that’s the best payoff!

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?

LF: I’ve been so lucky – my family and friends have been incredibly supportive. Of course, it could be that they’re simply awed by the sheer glamour of an unshowered author typing away in pajamas and sweat socks at the kitchen table at three in the afternoon. 😀

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?

LF: I think every author has felt blocked at one time or another. I’ve learned to be patient. Sometimes I’ll start with one idea, only to have it go nowhere. Other times, a seemingly hopelessly stalled story breaks free with one simple change. For example, at one point I was really stuck with TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT; it just wouldn’t come together. Then I realized my main character wasn’t a marshal, he was a doctor. With that change, the whole story blossomed!

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

LF: It’s wonderful to have a great story, but you have to tell it well. Make sure you know the rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. And above all, READ! The more you read, the better feel you have for communication and the flow of language. Honestly, the best thing a writer can do is read.

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?

LF: I’d have been more patient with my mother. I was a later-in-life baby – Mom thought at first I was a symptom of menopause! But as a consequence, I was working full time and taking care of my own kids as she grew older, and I know I could have been a better daughter to her. I realize now that we can never have today back again, and we must make the most of it, especially with those we love.

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?

LF: Well, at one time I’d have chosen to go back and warn the Kennedys and Dr. King, but then I read Stephen King’s 11/22/63. Now going back doesn’t seem like such a good idea! (BTW, that’s exactly what characters have to deal with in my novel TIMELAPSE. How can you be sure that what you’re changing in the past will lead to a better future, rather than a worse one?)

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?

LF: Oh, I’d be thrilled, although I imagine it can also be a very stressful experience. And of course, I’d tell my husband first. He’s my head cheerleader and very best friend!

Thank you for that insightful and interesting interview LF…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Yeah, I admit it. I’m a Diet Pepsiholic.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Both, please! I’ll take the extra time from something else, like laundry or dishwashing.

Favorite Color? Blue.

Take out or Dine in? Pizza? Take out.  Mexican or Japanese? Dine in. Chinese? Either way, baby!

Camping or Hotel? Hotel, hotel, and hotel. Did I mention hotel?

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate. Sorry, nothing has a chance against chocolate!

Dogs or Cats? We have both and I love them all, but at heart, I’m probably a cat person.

Favorite Food? Very hard to choose, since with the exception of bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, and calamari, I never met a food I didn’t like!

Favorite Song? Currently it’s a little Scottish folk song called “The Weavers,” because it puts the baby to sleep. Every time. It’s magical!  (“If it wasna fer the weavers, wha’ will ye do? Ye willna hae a cloth tha’s made o’ wool…” Instant snore!)

Favorite Movie? A 3-way tie: Jaws, The Empire Strikes Back, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. As you can see, I frequent only the most esoteric of art house cinemas.

Favorite Car? Any one that has reliable air conditioning, stereo sound, and enough seats to separate kids and prevent the “He touched me!”/“He’s looking at me!” routine.

Sex or Chocolate? Is there any answer besides 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?

LF: I’d love to go on a dinosaur dig! I know, it sounds ridiculous for someone who hates camping, but my dream dinosaur dig would, naturally, finish out each day at an extravagantly, fabulously deluxe mountain resort. And since it wouldn’t be fun for me without family and friends, we’ll all go!

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

THE GUARDIAN’S ANGEL

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Today’s Tease…Kat Flannery

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Kat Flannery

Title of the book you are promoting:  LAKOTA HONOR

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Lakota-Honor-ebook/dp/B00D0S530G

Genre:  Historical, paranormal, western, suspense, romance

Welcome  KF…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?

KF: I always thought I’d be a news anchor. I could picture myself sitting behind the desk with the blue screen behind me and telling the locals the news.

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

KF: Me either. Writing for me was a way to express myself when I was younger. I loved to write poems, lyrics (even though I can’t sing) and short stories. But I knew then that I wanted to write books. I wanted to touch people through words and stories.

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

KF: I’m traditionally published. I signed a contract with Imajin Books in June of 2011 for my first novel CHASING CLOVERS.

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?

KF: Oh, I love Johnny Depp too! But if I was granted this one wish I’d invite Jane Austen, or Leonardo D’ Vinci. I’d like a first account of what their lives were like. I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about it.

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?

KF: I agree with you, but I also think that we allow these things to influence us even when we know right from wrong.

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?

KF: World Peace a million times over.

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?

KF: I still think the cover plays a key role in selling books. Whether online or on a book shelf you’re first impression of the book is its 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?                            

KF: Yes, I started telling stories when I was five and I haven’t stopped since. J

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

KF: The characters. I like three dimensional characters that have real emotions and problems.

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? 

KF: I get it spurts over a week or two. Once I have the plot and characters I write.

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

KF: No, I’m taking a break until mid Sept. I just finished releasing LAKOTA HONOR and am getting ready to release HAZARDOUS UNIONS with author Alison Bruce due out Sept 7th 2013. It is about twin sisters separated by the civil war. Alison writes one sisters story and I the other.                     LH: I’m working on #6…5 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

KF: I’ve written three books, and all have been published with Imajin Books.

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

KF: Adrian Meade says it best, ‘I write because I have to’ Some days it’s fun and others not so much, but writing for me is like breathing…it’s a part of who I am.

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?

KF: On occasion. When I cannot write I research. Since I write historical, research is key, and I always have way more than I need, but reading about the past usually gets my muse going and I can write again.

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

KF: Never give up and learn to take criticism. If you believe in yourself others will too.

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?

KF: Absolutely nothing. I’ve had my fair of rejections while looking for a publisher with my first book, but I wouldn’t change it. I learned from each letter I received. I love that it took me years to get here, and I will always stay humble because of it.

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

KF: I’d go back and tell Anne Boleyn not to marry King Henry the Eighth.

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?

KF: I’d tell my husband and then probably do the same. I don’t mind conversing with fans, but I hate crowds and for that one reason I’d never walk the red carpet.

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

Favorite Beverage? Coffee
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble bath…even though I know I need to exercise.
Favorite Color? Khaki green
Take out or Dine in? hmmm, a little of both
Camping or Hotel? Camping
Sports or Chocolate? If it’s hockey I’ll take that. I love the game and love watching my sons play
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Favorite Food? Lasagna
Favorite Song? There are too many too choose from
Favorite Movie? Anything Johnny Depp is in.
Favorite Car? Don’t have one.
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Well, then BOTH of course, one before the other usually too. 😉

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?

KF: I’d go to Italy, and tour the whole country with my husband. 

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

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Today’s Tease…Jaime Buncie

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Jaime Buncie

Title of the book you are promoting:  Makagromme

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Makagromme-ebook/dp/B00DYVYA1W/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1374732313&sr=8-1

Genre:  Fantasy/Paranormal/Adventure

Welcome  JB…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?

JB: I wanted to be a chef on a cruise ship, actually. Life kind of got in the way.

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

JB: I met a bunch of INDIE writers on facebook recently, and just decided to do it. I had a story in my brain that was itching to get out, so I wrote some of it down. It ended up being Makagromme.

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

JB: I’m am 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?

JB: Eventually I would, but for now, I’m happy being Indie. A lot of people are gravitating toward Indies now.

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?

JB: I would invite Stephen King and NOT discuss scary clowns…I hate clowns.

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?

JB: They blame Hollywood, but there are more stories about sex and violence in the NEWS. As long as we explain to kids as they grow up that movies are MOVIES, not real, then maybe it would be better.

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?

JB: I agree with world peace. I’m sick of us losing people in the wars that are, in my mind, pointless. Can’t we all just get along?

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?

JB: I think the cover draws the eye. No one wants to look through an online store and just see words. You want to see what you are buying.

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?

JB: I was the reader growing up. I didn’t start serious writing until about 2 years ago, when I was 35.

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

JB: If I can read a story and it plays in my mind with me as the main character, then I’ll finish reading it. The writing is the most important thing. If I’m not hooked by a certain point, then I won’t finish or be as attached.

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?

JB: Almost the same way. Makagromme came to me as I was thinking about adventures. I was getting into reading all these Paranormal and Fantasy books and Makagromme formed. I had to get it out. Once I started serious writing on it, I only wrote for about a month and it was done.

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

JB: I am currently working on book 2 of the Gromme series, Erkogromme.

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?

JB: I’ve only completed one book so far, but 6 are planned for this series with a mini or two. Only Maka was published so far.

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

JB: I write to get the story out there. I haven’t sold many, and being an Indie, we don’t make money on it. At least nothing to write home about…so it’s not for the 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?

JB: I was so afraid of disappointing my family with my writing style. My mother bought 2 books because it was me, you know? But when she finished it, she ordered 4 more and texted me to tell me that it was awesome. Plus, my older sister ordered a copy the day I published. She doesn’t care if it’s good, I’m her little sister. I hope she likes it, though.

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?

JB: Oh, definitely. It’s the bane of our existence. To get over it, I take a day off, then I go back and edit what I had written so far. Sometimes I edit 3-4 times before the pace comes back. I have one person who is my character influence and talking to him helps as well. He’s come up with some very good ideas for his personal character, and that always prompts me to get more.

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

JB: Don’t give up. It’s discouraging not having many sales, but the ones that have it love it. You never know how people are going to react, but don’t EVER let it stop you. And I got a 3 star review on a book I knew was gold, but the comments left for it are freakin incredible. A lot of people are not 5-star reviewers, so don’t worry about it.

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

JB: I would have started writing sooner. Everything else can stay. My marriage, my kids, all that can stay the same.

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?

JB: I would tell Elvis to stay away from the fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

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?

JB: I would probably crap my pants first. Then I would call my mom. Then I would send a message to James Dashner who is on my friends list, and ask him how he dealt with it.

Thanks for that funny and insightful interview JB…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? COFFEE!!!
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Um….neither. I’m fat and lazy and not one of those “bath” people
Favorite Color? Blue
Take out or Dine in? Delivery
Camping or Hotel? Hotel. I’m a little girl when it comes to bugs.
Sports or Chocolate? BOTH!!!!!! At the same time!!!
Dogs or Cats? I like both, but mostly I’ve had cats my whole life.
Favorite Food? Pizza
Favorite Song? For Crying Out Loud by Meat Loaf
Favorite Movie? Lord of the Rings  Trilogy
Favorite Car? Anything fast
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both actually…but more chocolate I guess…

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?

JB: Isn’t that a bit redundant? If no one would find out about it, I shouldn’t tell you. But I will…I would want to go to New Zealand to meet Peter Jackson and his wife, take a tour of Weta Workshop, and meet all the actors that have ever graced the screen for Lord of the Rings. I’m a nerd, so that would be right up my alley. Oh, and I’d ask Peter Jackson if he could put me in one of his movies, or if he’d like to direct the one that will probably be made from my books one day… 😉

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

Makagromme

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Today’s Tease…Duncan McGonall

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Duncan McGonall

Title of the book you are promoting:  The Breach Between

Link to purchase your Book:  coming this fall 

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy 

Welcome  DM…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?

DM: Squad 51 was a big deal back in the day and I loved that show. I ran the gamut through the growing up years of the typical fantasy professions. For a while I wanted to be an inventor then a paramedic then I remember thinking being a doctor might be cooler than possibly getting burned alive.

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

DM: When I started writing, I was not old enough to have an influence other than my teachers. They were my cheer section for a long time. Later, I read the modern classic authors like Faulkner and Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Their ability to capture images so complete and include mood fascinated me. The short story’s full range of possibilities was stunning to me.

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

DM: I’m published through a small press, built with the Indie in mind. I could go on for hours about publishing under the new paradigm, but I will confine my remarks to this; publishing under contract is becoming less and less mainstream. Good if you’re an independently minded writer, bad if you’re a hipster.

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?

DM: I think every Indie would like the recognition that comes with a company being willing to take a chance on their work. Any press other than the one I work with, I’d have to evaluate. Publishing is a far different beast than it was even ten years ago. In this new digitally dominated landscape, the kinks still need working out. The idea is nice; I’m just not so sure about the fine print.

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?

DM: Robert Jarvik, and we would not discuss 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?

DM: Sex and violence are both part of the human condition. When it seems there is too much of anything showing up in the art, too high a concentration, it’s time to pay attention and try to recognize the meta-conflict in the message. Some related examples are apocalypse and zombie themes. Both of these are very popular right now, but why? There’s more to it than fad. Concerned? A little, but my concern is concentrated on “getting the message.” Conflicted? No. Not really. If it’s too much for me, I’m in control of what I consume.

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?

DM: This is a loaded question. Let me just say that I’ve learned in life that most everything is just fine how it is. Massive change or even small change globally applied has a kind of Tsunami effect on reality.

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?

DM: A good cover will do one thing and only one thing—it will cause a potential buyer to look closer. It is one layer in the decision to buy process, but it’s a critical one. I see where the saying comes from but it’s misleading. If the work attached to that cover is crap, the cover means nothing. The story has to be better than good; it has to be awesome. There just isn’t room in the market for less.

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?

DM: Ha, ha. Much to my parents’ chagrin, I started writing seriously, winning awards and stuff, in the sixth grade. They did what they could to shut that down, and in response I did what any self-respecting 11-year-old would do; I did it anyway. I would walk around thinking in narrative, translating events, scenes and dialog into prose in my head. I was a weird kid that way, but I learned how to do something that has never failed me since. I learned to write at will. Whether I had pen and paper or later a computer keyboard, or not I could write. I still do this today.  Writing is not something you do—its something you are.

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

DM: What interests me most is impact. Circumstances-Shmirckumstances, everyone has those. Show me the impact. Show me how they overcame or how they failed and what either one meant to them—put skin on those characters and make me care what happens to them.

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?

DM: My stories come in pieces. I don’t get the movie-in-my-head and it’s a good thing, too, because I would probably over-describe the scenes and have to cut 40% of it later. I usually begin daydreaming about some end result and work backward from that point.

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

DM: Oh yeah. I’ve got several projects in the offing.

  • A dramatic comedy called Sugar in my Whiskey about illiterate moonshiners, discarded federal agents and a local sheriff who’s been scamming everyone.
  • A psy-thriller so twisted it makes even me cringe
  • Book 3 of The Spiral Dance series

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?

DM: I’ve written 4, one is published and another is soon to be out on 18 October 2014. Sugar in my Whiskey is due out in the early spring of 2014. And by early I mean late January.

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

DM: Both. I worked for years to see to the needs of my family. Retired Navy, I’ve got the income now and the time to pursue this dream of mine.

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?

DM: Striking a balance between what must be done at my desk and what requires attention away from my desk is something that requires constant attention. Writing seriously requires an enormous time commitment, both to my craft (writing) and the craft of others (reading). There is no set formula. I’ve tried that—no dice. Nothing I’m doing matters if I forget to thaw dinner or don’t pick someone up from school or practice because I got lost drafting a scene.

My family is my foundation. Taking care of them is taking care of what makes my writing possible in the first place.

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?

DM: Ha, ha. I don’t believe in it. I’m sure many would scoff at my unbelief but I don’t care. I’ve been “stuck” before, but that’s usually an issue with my draft. I’ve been oversaturated with a story or a plot line in a story and couldn’t answer that crucial question, ‘then what happens?’ but I’ve never been blocked. Miraculously, I put the draft I’m stuck in away and pick up another and I’m not “blocked” anymore.

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

DM: Read. Read your ass off. When you stop saying to yourself, “Wow. How did he /she do that?” and start saying, “Oh hell, I can do that.” Then you’re ready to try writing something. Note I said, “try.”

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?

DM: Nada . . . with the possible exception of finding my wife sooner.

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?

DM: “Cool. What will it be, Scotch or bourbon?”

My wife hears everything first from me, unless you count my boxer. He listens but I don’t think he really gets much.

Thanks for that fun and fascinating interview DM…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Alcoholic or non?
Exercise or Bubble Bath?
Favorite Color? Depends on the season. Blue in the autumn. Orange in summer. Red in winter. Green in spring.
Take out or Dine in? Also depends. Sushi isn’t something you want to risk ordering in. I love sushi. I can get high off of sushi.
Camping or Hotel? Camping. Hell yes, camping.
Sports or Chocolate? I’m a guy. What do you think?
Dogs or Cats? Dogs. I love cats but I’m allergic and that takes the fun right out of having one. Now Ocelot—yeah buddy that is ticket. When I get a few grand gathered up in a corner somewhere I’ll get myself one of those.
Favorite Food? We’ve been over this . . . sushi, duh.
Favorite Song? I don’t have a favorite song I have a favorite category of songs—witness Nickelback’s Here and Now for that category. Heavy riffs and a message to go with it, yeah crack open the beer and party on.
Favorite Movie? Hands down my favorite all time movies is the Matrix trilogy. What the Wachowski brothers did with those films reinvented science fiction in my mind. Besides the general badassery can’t be beat.
Favorite Car? My truck. What can I say; I live in Tennessee.
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 I’m a guy. What do you think?

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?

DM: Okay boring as it might sound, I’d take my wife. We have five—yes you read that right—five kids, four of them teens. Time we get to spend together without repercussion is indeed rare. A whole week just her and me and none of the kids knowing about it would be seven days of paradise. I’d take her to Alaska because she has always wanted to go. I’ve been there a few times and it is a beautiful place. My wife is my cheer section, bullshit meter, number one ally and best friend. Going anywhere and doing anything with her is my idea of a good time.

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Duncan McGonall’s cthis fall on Amazon.com

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Today’s Tease…Charlene M. Martin

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use:   Charlene M. Martin

Title of the book you are promoting:  Unexpected Love (Unexpected Series)

 Link to purchase your Book:

 http://www.amazon.com/Unexpected-Love-Series-ebook/dp/B00CT8YJLM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1370532149&sr=8-2&keywords=unexpected+love

Genre:  Fiction Fantasy, paranormal, coming of age, NA Romance.

Welcome  CMM…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?

CMM: I have always wanted to be a Neonatal Nurse, (the NICU nurse)

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

CMM: I too never wanted to write, but I started reading about 5 years ago and I have read a ton, of great books. I had a great idea for a book and gave it to shelly carne and she said you write it. I said um, NO I can’t write. She told me to give it a try. A few months later with her and my best friends influence I did just that.

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

CMM: I am 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?              

CMM: I have no idea, I am hesitant, cause I like that I am my own boss. That I decide when I publish and what is published.

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?

CMM: Christian Grey, and the red room of pain..

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?

CMM: I write sex books, so I can say that I love the fact that we have grown into a society that has the ability to talk and read about sex. I like that we don’t have to be ashamed of what we do in the bedroom. As far as the violence, I hate it and wish it were gone forever.

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?

CMM: I would change money. I wish we didn’t need it. I wish everything was free and everyone went to work and had their jobs and health care. We all were responsible and do as we are supposed to.

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?

CMM: I think the cover draws the reader to the book, but I think the synopsis is what hooks the reader. I don’t think it makes a difference that it’s online. If I like the cover then I read the back if  I link both I buy.

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?                            

CMM: Just started this year. I hated to read as a kid, but I was a pretty good story teller when I was a kid.

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

CMM: I always want to be the one that has the wonderful guy that treats her like a princess.

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?

CMM: This was a dream, I woke up and wrote down the start of a book, then the idea came from the words.

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

CMM: Yes, I am working on the book two of this series. Unexpected Destiny

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?            

CMM: Just this one.

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

CMM: I like started writing for fun and I will continue to do so, but I like to see my success too. I use the money to fund the next book so  the money isn’t a big deal to me.

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

CMM: I know my family is proud of me, but I have some that are very religious and for me to be writing basically a book that has some pretty hot sex scenes. Some of them are not supportive.

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?

CMM: Not writers block, just the writers don’t want to. I did have some trouble coming up with a scene in my next book, but another author helped with that.

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

CMM: JUST WRITE, TILL YOU CAN’T.

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?

CMM: Honestly nothing, because it has made me who I am, but life has always been a challenge for me. I wish for something to just come easy, but you know what they say nothing that comes easy is ever worth 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?

CMM: I would tell everyone not to smoke, That tobacco is awful and very harmful. As I work in a hospital and see people die horrible terrible 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?

CMM: I would call my husband and scream at the top of my lungs. I would handle it very well. I would be thrilled if that ever happened.

Thank you for that interesting and well worded interview CMM Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Dr. pepper

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath

Favorite Color? Um, I have two pink and blue

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate

Dogs or Cats? Both

Favorite Food? Steak

Favorite Song? Lots I love music.. this week is A thousand years by Christina Perri.

Favorite Movie? Sweet home alabama

Favorite Car? Silverado truck

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Sex over chocolate any day, but both can be fun.

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?

CMM: I would go to an exclusive island with Christian Grey AKA Ian Somerhadler and have a lot of amazing sex. I would take my best friend Dana so when I came up for air we could shop and talk about the Amazing sex I was having..

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Charlene M. Martin’s

Unexpected Love (Unexpected Series)

at

 http://www.amazon.com/Unexpected-Love-Series-ebook/dp/B00CT8YJLM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1370532149&sr=8-2&keywords=unexpected+love

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