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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…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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Today’s Tease…Violeta Sterner

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Violeta Sterner

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Violeta Sterner

Title of the book you are promoting:  Cold from the Inside Out

 Link to purchase your Book:  Amazon, Barnes and Noble,  Borders

 Genre:  Romantic Adventure

Welcome  VS..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?

VS: 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?

VS: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ayne Rand, Anne Rice

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

VS: 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?

VS: Yes I would like to be discovered by a traditional publisher so I do not have to use my own money up front.

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?

VS: Katherine Hepburn  Ageing gracefully

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?

VS: Sex and violence have always been there. It just is and always will be.

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?

VS: Basic, fair, even prosperity for all.

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?

VS: A really fantastic cover is a plus, but it is the words inside that count.

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?

VS: I started in the late 80’s.  I was working 70 hour weeks and badly needed something to relieve the stress.  Writing allowed me to remain in control of all my projects and not lose my mind, at least not much.

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

VS: Definitely the characters and how they interact with each other, followed by the plot.

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?

VS: First is the idea.  It rolls around in my head for a while. And when the time is right I put it to paper.  Then I have to tear through it and make sure everything is right.

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

VS: There is something in my head, but not ready for paper yet.

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?

VS: I believe I have written 6, 2 have been published.

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

VS: Both

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?

VS: My biggest problem has been that they do not tell me honestly what they think. .

They are very polite and ramble on, but you can tell they are holding something back.

My nieces and my in-laws are better about answering honestly.

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?

VS: The don’t want to version, which I have right now.

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

VS: Start with things you know and understand.  It’s just like training new employees.  It will all come right eventually. Do not hesitate to re-write something if it does not feel right.

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?

VS: I would have lost weight a lot sooner and I would have kept it off.

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?

VS: I am also very shy and controlled and I tend to hide a lot on a regular basis.

The first person would be my mother since I currently live with her.

Thank you for that fun and interesting interview VS….Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Coke, with all the sugar and all the caffeine.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise

Favorite Color?  Red

Take out or Dine in?  Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate?Chocolate
Dogs or Cats?  Cats

Favorite Food? Chocolate

Favorite Song?

Favorite Movie? The Nuns Story

Favorite Car?

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?

VS: I would go to London, explore the entire city and the surrounding country side and take Nick.

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

Cold from the Inside Out

at

http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Inside-Out-Adventure-ebook/dp/B004K6MLMU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381503142&sr=8-1&keywords=Cold+from+the+Inside+Out

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Today’s Tease…K.Pinson

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease K.Pinson

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  K.Pinson

Title of the book you are promoting:  In Spades

 Link to purchase your Book:  Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/In-Spades-Mirrored-ebook/dp/B00CLSAYM8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369096470&sr=8-1&keywords=in+spades+k.pinson

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-spades-k-pinson/1115228397?ean=2940016523774

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/312082

Genre:  New Adult, Romance.

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

Great! Let’s have em 😉

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?

KP: I wanted to be on Broadway, more specifically, I wanted to play Christine Daaé from Phantom of the Opera.

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

KP: I have been reading as long as I can remember and also writing, but never anything I would have seriously considered publishing until I joined a book club and was interested to the Indie world..I give many thanks to author K.A. Robinson for pushing me as well as the other ladies in the club.

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

KP: I am currently 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?

KP: I am not sure. I think it would be awesome to have them look at me and say, Hey this girl is good enough to be published by our company, but I’d really do some research. I like having my freedom right 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?

KP: HM. I would invite Marilyn Monroe and I would NOT discuss her being dead. LOL

I would love to know more about her life, however.

Male wise, I would invite James Franco and we would not say a damn word. haha

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?

KP: I think that the world is going crazy and it sucks, but its real life and we as a society, need to be aware of what is going on. As far as the sex goes, I guess that depends. I have some sexual scenes in my book and I felt very conflicted reading them. I also hear a lot that people want more sex scenes and it bothers me because I wanted the story to be more. I know that sex creates passion and shows a relationship so in many ways it is important, but it isn’t everything.

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?

KP: I wouldn’t want anyone to need for anything. I would want the world to all be fulfilled, which in turn would bring about peace I would hope.

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?

KP: Oh gosh, they are still SO important, in my opinion. It is important to me, as an author, to have a cover that correctly portrays my imagery about my book and hopefully quenches the thirst of my readers. 

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

KP: I have been writing since I was a kid, but never wanted to be an author per say until recent. I was always afraid because of the fact that I am an avid reader that I would accidentally steal someone’s idea and I respect my fellow authors too much for that.

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

KP: The realness, the issue that is important in the real world, not just all happy and perfect. 

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?

KP: Very similar to that. I usually just let myself go and it writes itself. 

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

KP: I am..I am working to the sequel of In Spades, which is titled House of Cards and I am also writing another book in the series, which is titled Queen of Hearts.

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?        

KP: Only one that is published and working on my second.

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

KP: For fun, I work a full time job and don’t expect to make a whole lot of money doing this. I just want the people that do choose to read it, to enjoy it and give me feedback.

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?

KP: A lot of my characters are mirrored from real life personas but just bits and pieces. I think it is hardest for me, for them to read the sexual scenes. LOL

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

KP: Yes I think I just got tired to be honest..I took a break and did some outlining instead or some character development writing on my characters and then got back to it.

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

KP: Get to know the author community, they are helpful and encouraging. Create pages on social networking giving teases and information regarding your books and lastly, write 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?

KP: I think that if I could go back in time and change something, I would not have turned out the way I am now, so as much as I would want to..I wouldn’t.

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?

KP: I would tell my lost loved ones that I loved them one more 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?

KP: Oh lord..I would freak out for sure..I would probably tell my Mom first.

 

Thank you for that sweet and interesting interview JP…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Crystal light fruit punch 

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath, I’m lazy.

Favorite Color? Pink!

Take out or Dine in? Take out :/

Camping or Hotel? Camping!

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate

Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Favorite Food? Mexican

Favorite Song? This is hardddd. Hm. “Lullaby” by the Spill Canvas

Favorite Movie? Grease

Favorite Car? I don’t know a whole lot about cars but I like camaros

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Sex lol I don’t even really like chocolate much, in fact, it gives me headaches..but it’s way better than sports! BLEGH :p

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?

KP: I think that I would go to Hawaii because it seems like a beautiful place and I’ve never really traveled anywhere. L I would swim, lounge and just plain and simply relax. I would probably take my Mom, little sister and best friend. GIRLS vaca for the win.

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

In Spades

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Today’s Tease…Anne Lange

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with  Today’s Tease  Anne Lange

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Anne Lange

Title of the book you are promoting:  Worth the Risk

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Genre:  Contemporary Erotic Romance

Welcome AL….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?

AL: I wanted to be a teacher. That’s all I remember ever wanting to be.  I used to make my younger sister and brothers pretend they were my students while I taught them – it was an all-day event – just like the real thing. They even got tests, which I marked and passed or failed them.  Did I become a teacher? No. I became a Project Management Professional. But I do have some teaching components in my day-time job.  Adults can be like little children some days…right?

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

AL: I’m very much a fiction only kind of gal.  I don’t do non-fiction. I don’t read to learn new things – got enough of that during school and still do during my job. When I read now, I prefer to do so for purely entertainment.  I have many favorite authors, and take away something from each of them. But the ones I follow and read just about everything they put out would include Cindy Gerard, Suzanne Brockmann, Lora Leigh, Lorelei James and Olivia Cunning, just to name a few.

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?

AL: Oh, I’m a Johnny Depp fan too. I think he’s one of the sexiest and most interesting people. I would love to spend some time with him, get to know him a bit (he can come to my house for dessert!). But I wouldn’t discuss politics.

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

AL: Definitely too much violence and the news and the newspapers are the worst offenders.  Too much sex?  Hmm. Depends on the context and the environment. I definitely think there is too much overt stuff that young kids don’t need to see – it impacts how they talk, dress and behave. My thirteen year old daughter doesn’t need to be wearing makeup, crop tops and thongs.

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?

AL: Related to world peace (I think) I want everybody to mind their own business. Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, faith, challenges, likes and dislikes, etc. Who am I to say mine is the right one?  We are who we are for certain reasons.  I’m not about to question your (figurative you) values, because frankly I don’t know squat about you. So why should you feel you have the right to question mine?

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?

AL: Not very. Sure, it attracts me, but I go more on the blurb than the cover. “It’s what’s on the inside that counts” doesn’t apply to just beauty and people.

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

AL: If I can connect to the characters. I don’t necessarily have to completely love them, or even like them (necessarily) but I have to connect with them on some level. If they turn me off completely, I put it down.

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?

AL: It varies. Usually something I see, or read, or when I look at submission calls a spark of an idea will ignite. I’ll toss it around in my head for a few days to see if it will gel.  When it does I start writing. I’m not a plotter. I don’t even know all of the characters yet. I just start thinking big picture.  Though more recently, I have tried to write an overall scope down just to make sure I have an idea of what the beginning and the ending might look like.  I have no clue about the middle.

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

AL: LOL.  Yes, I am working on the second books in two separate series.  One is an erotic romance, and the other is a paranormal romantic suspense.  Both will have heat level of 4ish.

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

AL: Money? What money?  Is there money in this?  LOL.  I write completely for fun.  If I happen to make a few bucks along the way – it’s a complete bonus as far as I’m concerned.

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?

AL: Interesting question!  I was worried at first. I’m not sure if I was more concerned about my family or my friends.  Only my husband and one friend knew what I was doing for the longest time.  Once I got that first contract, I was so excited, I told just about anybody who would listen.  Then when then asked what I wrote, I sheepishly said “ah, um, romance.” When they asked what kind I tried to avoid answering. Surprisingly, when they realized it was erotic romance, they were very intrigued—at least until they actually read it.  I forewarned them (especially my mother) that there were very explicit sex scenes.  Honestly, I don’t think they really knew what I meant.  They do now!  Now some are even more intrigued. I think a few are embarrassed (probably to admit they like to read that kind of stuff) and most are very proud and excited for me.

You have been a delight AL…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Diet Coke

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath!!!!

Favorite Color? Don’t have one really. I outgrew pink a LONG time ago.

Take out or Dine in? Depends on my mood.

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate. I can eat it will I’m lazing on the couch in front of the TV

Dogs or Cats?  Dog

Favorite Food? Anything pasta

Favorite Song? Don’t have a particular all-time favorite song.

Favorite Movie? The American President

Favorite Car? The newer Camaro

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉  Both. I can sometimes do without one or the other, but could never do without 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?

AL: I should probably say my husband, but…NOT…I would go to a nice private beach somewhere in the Caribbean with Shemar Moore.  I’m not telling you what we’ll do, I’ll let your imagination figure it out for you (just think HOT).  Packing will be light, we won’t need anything. J

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

Anne Lange’s

Worth the Risk

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Web Page/Blog: http://authorannelange.com/

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/Anne_Lange

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I had even more to be thankful for today!

Maggie’s Men…the second in the “Maggie West Series” has just been released.

“A Beautiful Liar” the first in the series and “Maggie’s Men” would make an excellent gift for the erotica lover in your life, male or female! Better yet…take turns reading them to each other!

Get your copies here:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=leanna+harrow

The erotic thriller “Killing the Desire” is also available there!

Hot and Happy Holidays!

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