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Today’s Tease…Michelle Grogan

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Michelle Grogan

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Michelle Grogan

Title of the book you are promoting:  Forbidden Love and Is Love Enough (two installments in a trilogy)

Link to purchase your Book:  Forbidden Love http://amzn.to/p3ixpD Is Love Enough http://amzn.to/16DKkco

Genre:  romantic suspense

Welcome  MG…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?

MG: When I grew up I wanted to be a teacher – which is what I am by day.

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

MG: There was no one author I can pinpoint as being a literary influence in my writing career, but I’ve always been an avid reader. When I was younger I also used to act out stories with my Barbie dolls. When I was in junior high school I began writing those stories down.

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

MG: I am an Indie author. I tried the traditional route with no success, so I tried out the Indie route where I found success and feel more in control of my own work.

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?

MG: As an Indie author if I was offered a publishing deal I might consider it. I think after two years as an Indie author I would be cautious about giving up so much control of my work, but on the flip side I might be able to learn more about the industry and get some help in the areas I know I am lacking – such as marketing.

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?

MG: I think I would invite all of the authors that I love to read and I would not discuss any of their work – or mine. It would just be a free flowing dinner and discussion.

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?

MG: I do agree that there is too much sex and violence nowadays, but I don’t think I’m overly concerned by it…it’s the trend at the moment and might not last. In my own writing I do not feel conflicted as I do not use excessive sex. As for violence, it kind of comes with the territory of the suspense aspect of romantic suspense.

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?

MG: The one thing I would change in the blink of an eye, if I could, would be how people treat each other.

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?

MG: I still think the cover is important even with online purchasing. When I purchase a book online, the cover is still the first thing I look at before going to the book description.

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?

MG: I started writing when I was in 7th grade, but it was mostly just for myself. In college I began writing what is now called flash fiction and fan fiction. Then I moved onto my own stories and publication.

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

MG: Character development is one of my favorite aspects of a story. I love reading series books for this reason and now find myself doing the same thing so I can see my characters grow and change.

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?

MG: I read a lot. I watch TV. The stories just kind of appear and I go with it.

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

MG: I am working on the final installment of my romantic suspense trilogy as well as a short story collection.

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

MG: I’ve written two books so far and both are currently published.

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

MG: I write for passion and fun. I have to write. The characters need to tell their story.

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?

MG: I have not had any problems with my family or friends when it’s come to my writing, the genre of my writing or using my real name. My family in particular has been very supportive of my writing.

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?

MG: Unfortunately I have experienced writer’s block and it lasted for a good couple of years. I had to eventually change my writing habits when they stopped working for me.

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

MG: Just write. And keep writing. And take the chance to put your work out there and follow your dreams. It’s scary, but it’s scary in a good way.

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?

MG: I really wouldn’t change anything. Sure, there are things about my life I don’t like having happened, but it’s my life and I wouldn’t change any of it because that would mean changing who I am.

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?

MG: If any of my books were to be made into a movie the first person I would tell would be my fiance and then my mother. I’m not sure how I would handle it, but I am not always big on being the center of attention. I’m sure it would be overwhelming but so very exciting!!

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

Favorite Beverage? Fruity juices – mostly the ones that are not all that good for you!!

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble bath

Favorite Color? blue

Take out or Dine in? take out

Camping or Hotel? hotel

Sports or Chocolate? chocolate

Dogs or Cats? Both!!!

Favorite Food? Ice cream

Favorite Song? Right now – Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke

Favorite Movie? Coyote Ugly

Favorite Car? My 2013 Prius

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

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

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

MG: If I could go anywhere for a week, with anyone I wanted and no one would ever find out about it, I would go back to Rome, Italy with my fiance and we would explore every nook and cranny of the city.

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

Forbidden Love

http://amzn.to/p3ixpD

and

Is Love Enough

http://amzn.to/16DKkco

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Today’s Tease…Serenity Valle

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Serenity Valle

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Serenity Valle

Title of the book you are promoting:  The Fantastical Life of Serenity: Epilogue

Link to purchase your Book:  Coming soon to Kindle and paperback! Other books are here http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Serenity%20Valle

Genre:  Contemporary Romance (this book)

Welcome  SV…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?

SV: That’s hilarious! I wanted (ok, still want) to be a private investigator! I also wanted to be an actress and model (both of which I have done/am doing).

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

SV: I was the same way; I started writing as a child. My parents encouraged me and bought me tons of spiral notebooks for my stories. My mom probably still has some of them saved in the basement.

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

SV: I am an Indie author!

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

SV: I would really have to think about it. Having someone else pushing and marketing my books would be great, however, I love having complete control of my books as an Indie, so it would be a long thought process if I were approached.

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?

SV: I think I would invite my birth parents. I would not discuss why they gave me up for adoption (I already know why, and I had a great adoptive family so I can thank them for that). I would be more interested in everything leading up to that, rather than the adoption itself.

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?

SV: I agree there is a lot of sex and violence. I can’t stand how almost every commercial today uses sex or sexual innuendo to sell their product. There is a time and place for both sex and violence but being saturated with it is wholly unnecessary. During the writing process of my book, I felt a bit conflicted here and there, as it is a romance and there is sex in it. My husband pointed out that my scenes were healthy and romantic, there was no violence and the sex is not a *major* factor in the story, so I felt 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?

SV: I would want everyone to have enough food and healthcare.

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?

SV: I like a cover that draws the eye, but I think the content speaks louder than 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?

SV: I have been writing since I was seven years old, so I guess I could say that I’ve always wanted to write.

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

SV: I love characters and scenery. I can’t finish a book if I can’t “see” it.

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?

SV: I will usually get an a-ha moment and run to my computer to start writing. That happened with three of my WIPs! I may not have the whole story, but I’ll get a good portion of ideas for it and have to type them up before I forget them!

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

SV: Kill you. Yes, I am working on a paranormal mystery series. I am on the first book of it, which takes place at a California university and revolves around a young Gypsy college student, her best friend/roommate, and their spirit friend. They work together to help solve a mystery that occurs on campus. I’m hoping to release the first book of the series in early to mid 2014.

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

SV: The Fantastical Life of Serenity: Epilogue will be my 2nd published book. I am currently working on the paranormal mystery (book one), a fantasy-comedy with my husband and have the beginnings of several other books.

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

SV: I write because I love being creative, having people buy my books doesn’t hurt though!

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?

SV: So far, it is my Mom not being able to read my upcoming book! She doesn’t want to read the sex lol. I told her to get a paperback and I would sharpie out the “good parts”. She laughed and said that might work!

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?

SV: Oh yes, I have! Luckily, I have more than one WIP so if I hit a block, I go to another WIP and work on it until the block is gone for my main one.

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

SV: Always network, get to know other authors! Indie authors especially seem to always be willing to help with advice for someone new to writing/publishing.

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?

SV: Ha ha, only one thing? Ok, um…I would figure out a way to have a bigger chest!

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?

SV: I would go back to 2008 and tell my husband to take me to Korea with him (we weren’t married or even dating at the time).

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?

SV: I would probably go running down my street (after I told my family), shouting about it. I am not shy and would be telling everyone. I’d probably want to play myself too, lol.

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

Favorite Beverage? COFFEE and Rum

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble bath

Favorite Color? Indigo

Take out or Dine in? Take out

Camping or Hotel? Camping

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate
Dogs or Cats? Cats

Favorite Food? Chicken tikka masala and samosas with mint chutney

Favorite Song? Hoist the Colours

Favorite Movie? I don’t think I can answer just one and the list would be too long!

Favorite Car? Mini-Cooper

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

And now for the essay part of the interview 😉

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

SV: Honestly, I’d take my husband to India and spend the week in temples, shopping and…other things. 😉

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

The Fantastical Life of Serenity: Epilogue

at

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Serenity%20Valle

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Today’s Tease…Juli Valenti

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Juli Valenti

Your Name or Pen Name you use:    Juli Valenti

Title of the book you are promoting:  A Little Broken

 Link to purchase your Book: 

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/A-Little-Broken-Juli-Valenti-ebook/dp/B00G3QH314/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383002822&sr=8-1&keywords=a+little+broken+juli+valenti

Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-little-broken-juli-valenti/1117239439?ean=2940148406129

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-little-broken

Genre:  Contemporary Romance/ Inspirational Romance

Welcome  JV…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?

JV: When I was growing up, I originally wanted to be a Princess. When that didn’t pan out, I wanted to be a superstar singer on Broadway…but that’s expensive. I’m pretty sure I’ve wanted to be everything, from a dancer to a singer, a nurse to a soccer mom.

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

JV: As silly as it sounds, my mom. When I was growing up, she was working on this book…she had dozens of these little journal things (literally…I think she had 20 or something at one point) where she was handwriting her story. I remember asking her all about her characters, what the story was – granted, she couldn’t tell me much at the time because it was a Harlequin-y type book, but still. I wanted to be like her… I guess I still do.

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

JV: 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?

JV: I hope one day to be “discovered” – I think the reach that you get with a publisher is intense, and I’d love to have that someday. Until then, though, I’m content with sharing my book with those that want to read.

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?

JV: I’d invite Kim Harrison, and I would NOT discuss why she killed off one of my favorite characters, only to make me have a different favorite 🙂

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?

JV: I do, and I don’t. Unfortunately, in my eyes, it’s not necessarily Hollywood that is the biggest contributor. We can no longer watch the news, or read the paper because it’s everywhere. It worries me because I’m not sure what the world is going to be like when my children are grown. I don’t want them to live in the dirty messy world of violence and sex, where only the prettiest and sexiest people are important…but, at the same time, I’d rather them be exposed through Hollywood where I can explain that it’s make-believe, and not real life. They understand the difference between made-up and actuality.

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?

JV: If I could change one thing in the world, it would be the way we are all forced to live. As adults, we spend our entire life, living and working toward the weekend, only for it to be gone too quickly. I want to spend time with my children, without the stress of life in the world. To me, that would make the world a better place.

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?

JV: Oh man! I can’t believe I’m going to admit it…but I’m a cover snob. I won’t buy a book unless the cover calls to me (generally). Without having the paperback in hand, the cover is the most important thing…On websites, you generally see the cover before you get the blurb or any of the reviews – if you don’t have a good cover people are less likely to click on it to get any additional information.

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?

JV: I’ve been writing since I was 5. My mom bought me this Cinderella locking diary (you know, with the little dial pass code to open it?) and I filled it with ramblings of a child, which I thought were pretty epic at the time.

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

JV: I want to fall into a story – I want to lose myself…if I can do that, then the author has won me as a reader for life.

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?

JV: Personally, it changes. Sometimes I just get this random idea, write it down and get excited about it. Sometimes I actively look for a story that needs told, one that might not be written if I don’t outline it RIGHT THEN. Of course, I can’t keep up with my head!

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

JV: I am! My new one is a challenge for me, both as a writer and as a person – but that’s about all you’re going to get from me. I *will* tell you that it is in a male’s POV…but anything more and I’ll have to…

LH: I’m working on #7…6 are published and the last is due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?

JV: A Little Broken is my first full length novel. I have several short stories hiding on my laptop, as well as several other novels in the works.

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

JV: I write a.) Because I have to. If I don’t, the voices in my head won’t leave me alone…and b.) Because I want to touch someone. I want to write a story that will affect them, leave them thinking, and possibly bring something to someone else’s life.

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?

JV: HA! I get a lot of “who’s going to read a book *you* wrote?” or things along those lines. I just laugh and shrug…

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?

JV: I don’t consider it writers block, per se, I consider it slamming face first into a wall. When this has happened, I turn to a good friend of mine who is my sounding board. I generally know where I’m going and how I want to get there so she’ll ask me questions, we’ll bounce back and forth, and the light bulb will come on. Sometimes I will even walk away for an hour or two, let it simmer in my mind and dreams, and jump right back in.

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

JV: In the words of the great Lindy Zart, “Just do it”. You never know what you’re capable of until you try. It’s not always easy, but at the end of the day, you will always know that you’ve accomplished something incredible, even if only for yourself.

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?

JV: I wouldn’t change a thing. As unfortunate as some things have been, and some of it has been really, really crappy, if I changed anything I wouldn’t be where I am, who I am, now. The thought that even a single grain of rice shift could take everything that means something to me now away, isn’t worth going back for a moment of difference.

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?

JV: If I could go back and tell someone something, I would talk to myself (and not be considered crazy). I would tell the younger me to not lose hope, to not give up, to realize that I’m stronger than I think I am, and that the future ahead of me was brighter than it may seem.

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?

JV: Oh gosh. I would cry…and laugh…and probably cry some more, all while curling up under my dinner table trying to get a hold of myself! The first person I would probably tell is my husband…once he coaxed me out of my stupor with a twinkie and red bull.

Thanks for that fun and honestly open interview JV…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Sweet tea

Exercise or Bubble Bath? HA bubble bath.

Favorite Color? Silver

Take out or Dine in? Depends … if I’ve worked all day, take out. If I’ve got nothing better to do, dine in 🙂

Camping or Hotel? Hotel! I don’t like spiders…or snakes…

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate. Lots of it. Nom nom nom
Dogs or Cats?
Cats… except mine who’s secretly plotting my demise…

Favorite Food? Junk food. Cookies, cakes, candy…things with sugar. I just can’t help myself

Favorite Song? This is a trick question! Right now? Roar (the acoustic cover) by Tyler Ward and Two Worlds

Favorite Movie? The Little Mermaid (oh hush…you know you love it too, and still have the urge to brush your hair with a fork)

Favorite Car? My Honda Civic Hybrid – it’s the best vehicle I’ve ever owned, and even seeing it waiting for me to drive makes me happy. Of course, my dream car would be a snazzy little audi or something.

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

JV: If I could go anywhere for a week…and money wasn’t an issue… I’d probably tour Europe with my husband. I’d love to visit Ireland, Scotland and England. I’m sort of boring 🙂

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

Juli Valenti’s

A Little Broken

at

http://www.amazon.com/A-Little-Broken-Juli-Valenti-ebook/dp/B00G3QH314/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383002822&sr=8-1&keywords=a+little+broken+juli+valenti

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