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Today’s Tease… Graham Dixon

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease… Graham Dixon

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Graham Dixon

Title of the book you are promoting:  The Eyes of the Chameleon

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.cassiustoledo.us

Genre:  Crime/Thriller/Mystery

Welcome GD…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?

GD: Somewhere lurking at the back of my mind I have always wanted to be a writer. Also an actor, journalist, psychologist and rugby player. Strangely, I have worked in all the occupations other than the last.

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

GD: Many influences. One of the first writers to catch my attention was the poet Thom Gunn. As a teenager I read his poems and found his life – poet, biker, professor – irresistible. In my twenties I graded papers for one of his seminars at Berkeley and was struck by the generosity of his spirit and the power of his intellect.  He was a charming, modest and yet dazzling man, and lived the life of a writer to the extreme. “On the Move” and “Tamer and Hawk” are among the best poems of the last hundred years.

PG Wodehouse – for his effortless ability to write about the most difficult-to-capture subject – happiness. Jeeves and Wooster are a delight. Pinter, for his pauses and understanding that we reveal so much in silence. Conan Doyle for creating Sherlock Holmes – a man more real than most people I actually know.

Proust – I have read him every ten years since the age of eighteen. I am due to start again in April. His descriptions of the joys and agonies of love are unmatched. Probably unmatchable.

Oscar Wilde – the unflinching honesty of “De Profundis”, the elegant loveliness of his children’s stories, the artful perfection of his plays, the unforgettable anguish of “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”.

Martin Amis – “Time’s Arrow” is one of the greatest books ever written.

Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”

Norman Mailer’s “The Executioner’s Song”

Vladamir Nabokov’s “Lolita”

William Golding’s “Free Fall” – one of the best analyses of the terrible choices creativity presents us.

Virginia Woolf – intellect and emotion so ideally matched

And then … Shakespeare … the beacon that has shown how beautiful English can be for four hundred years.

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

GD: I have been published as an academic writer and work as the Entertainment Critic for the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

My novel is an Indie effort though.

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?

GD: A traditional publisher so my work would reach as wide an audience as possible. But there is a frontier excitement to Indie publishing that is hard to resist.

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?

GD: Oscar Wilde, and I would not discuss his court cases. I would sit and listen.

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?

GD: The very pairing of “sex and violence” is telling to me. Sex is one of the most wonderful aspects of life and violence is the most negative – yet for some reason they are paired. It says a lot about our culture that such opposites are regarded as synonymous.  We are scared of sex, and drawn to violence. The world would be happier if that was reversed.

To be concise – it is impossible to be exposed to too much sex if it is presented in a beautiful and sensitive manner.

Violence? Unfortunately it is part of our nature and the proper study of Man is Man. The tendency for movies to have torture as their main subject is disturbing. It is not gratuitous because – in pictures like the “Saw” franchise – it is the central subject.  Individuals – or a society – that are fascinated by torture, or who glorify it, have severe problems.

For a superb examination of both sex and violence read Thom Gunn’s poetry collection “Boss Cupid”. He explores the psyche of Jeffrey Dahmer. In the hands of a great writer no subject is too extreme or degrading.

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?

GD: Our tendency to enjoy the suffering of others.

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?

GD: The cover may catch the interest, but a few words from the actual book will capture the mind and imagination.

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?

GD: I wrote my first “book” at the age of eight.  It was called “The Tree” – very derivative from some of John Wyndham’s science-fiction.

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

GD: What happens next … the glorious complexity and unpredictability of human behavior.

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?

GD: They settle on me like the memory of an apparently random detail from a dream. Then they slowly grow.

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

GD: The second book in my Cassius Toledo 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?

GD: First novel.

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

GD: Fun is the substance, money would be the icing.

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?

GD: If I reveal something about family or friends that they wanted to remain hidden. I am not talking about Big Secrets – but rather a little detail, nuance or foible that the person recognizes as their own.

I also work as a psychotherapist so I am doubly damned – people think I am analyzing them and also gathering raw material for 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?

GD: Yes. When a particular narrative twist has yet to fully develop. Books – like babies – come when they are ready.

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

GD: Write. Write. Write. And then – write again.

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?

GD: I am blind in one eye. The accident that caused 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?

GD: Mozart. Write down every composition you have stored in your mind. Don’t wait.

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?

GD: My wife. My sons. My parents. My sister.

Thank you for that fun and informative interview GD….Now, for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage? Cold milk.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble Bath

Favorite Color? ?

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Hotel

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate
Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Favorite Food? Sushi

Favorite Song? Tupelo Honey

Favorite Movie? The Graduate

Favorite Car? Jaguar XJS from the 1980s.

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

GD:  That would be telling…

But I would arrive back with slightly swollen lips, a moderate tan and an odd mixture of the Mona Lisa and Cheshire Cat smiles.

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

The Eyes of the Chameleon

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Today’s Tease…A.K. Kuykendall

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

Your Name or Pen Name you use: A.K. Kuykendall

Title of the book you are promoting: The Evolution of the Patron Saint, book #1 in the Conspirator’s Odyssey series and The Possession, book #1 in the Writer’s Block trilogy

Link to purchase your Book [Conspirator’s Odyssey series]:

http://www.amazon.com/Conspirators-Odyssey-A-K-Kuykendall/dp/1623520002/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377086735&sr=8-1&keywords=conspirator%27s+odyssey+by+a.k.+kuykendall

Link to purchase your Book [Writer’s Block trilogy]:

http://www.amazon.com/Writers-Block-Trilogy-Possession-Volume/dp/1936085712/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377086876&sr=8-1&keywords=Writer%27s+Block+by+a.k.+kuykendall

Genre:  Conspirator’s Odyssey [Thriller] / Writer’s Block [Horror]

Welcome  AK….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?

AK: Superman of course!

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

AK: What inspires me is lengthy and convoluted as I’ve been inspired by many factions throughout my life. The world is beautiful; lending so much to the cause of many artists from all walks of life and artistic shticks. My life has been one marred with complexities I’m literally writing my way through. Though I haven’t perfected this chosen path, I will continue to follow this invisible muse through to the end. Inspirations are abundant! Some of my favorites are Rod Serling’s 1959—1964 series the Twilight Zone to The Mercury Theatre’s October 30, 1938 broadcast of The War of the Worlds over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio; where actor Orson Welles continues to frighten the hell out of me. What H.G. Wells created has been a huge inspiration for me. I’ve long been particularly fond the poetry of Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Robert Browning, John Ruskin, Sir Thomas Brown, and the novels of George Elliot, Charlette and Emily Bronte, Stephen King, Rick Hautala, Michael Marshall, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelly, Robert Louis Stevenson, James Patterson, Jack Higgins, S.E. Chase, and Nicholas Sparks to name a few.

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

AK: I’m a traditionally published author! Writer’s Block: The Possession was published by Felsen Press and imprint of Decent Hill Publishers 2012 and Conspirator’s Odyssey: The Evolution of the Patron Saint was published by IntoPrint Publishers 2013.

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?

AK: It would be President John F. Kennedy! I wouldn’t discuss his involvement with Marilyn Monroe because, although all of America knew of his sporadic extramarital affairs, they also realize that no one’s perfect. People act as if, just because he was married and held the title of America’s Commander in Chief, they expected him to morph into some sort of drone incapable of recognizing a nice piece of ass when he saw one. Now, I’m not implying that I condone his actions, but then again, who am I or anyone else in this world to judge him, especially when his actions had no bearing on his extraordinary accomplishments pre and post his assassination.

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?

AK: Not concerned nor conflicted! When you’re accustomed to the matrix, you’re already lost in translation.

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?

AK: That sexism, racism, and prejudice was never an unethical weapon used by mankind, but more importantly; that it wasn’t perpetuated within our world to this very day.

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?

AK: Extremely important!

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

AK: I didn’t always want to write, but was an extremely passionate reader. I was fascinated in the places I’ve been using my imagination in cahoots with the words of the storytellers I read. I began writing in college!

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

AK: The journey!

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?

AK: By simply stroking the keys of my typewriter.

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

AK: Currently, I’m working on book #2 in the Writer’s Block trilogy entitled Purgatory. Also, I’m gathering pertinent US classified Intel as a stepping stone for the next book in the Conspirator’s Odyssey series entitled Origin.

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?

AK: I’ve written two novels and both have been published.

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

AK: I write for the journey, which is fun! However, you never know when a story idea will yield a million dollars

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?

AK: Just getting them to read what I write, objectively!

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?

AK: Yes, I’ve experienced writer’s block! How I overcame it, however, is hidden within the pages of my novel The Possession, the first book in the Writer’s Block Trilogy that parallels the experiences of Author Gregory Stillingsworth.

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

AK: First, I admire anyone who’d dare brave the waters of my chosen shtick and who’d step foot into an area of artistry that I find so fascinating. Your level of experience is of no concern to me as you’ve chosen to step into the same waters as us all. You’ve chosen to put brush to your canvas and I stand in support therefore you have my vote. I’m sure your painting’s [figuratively speaking] will eventually gain the admiration of many, but for now you must arm yourself with the strongest tool a writer could ever have at their disposal: and editor. Remember, you are the ideas craftsman, but an editor’s core objective is to bring said ideas into focus. Be smart when hiring an editor and learn from the editorial. Compare your original work to that of the editorial. This, I believe, will be the strongest path for any writer.

Last but not least, each of us has a duty to inform the masses about our chosen shtick because everyone needs to know why we love the written word. Why we write. Why we put ink to paper. Why we dare to proclaim ourselves storytellers in a world where books and reading are damn near second to the moving story. Why we covertly, overtly, and strategically attempt to journey all back to a time when the imagination was our collective muse. Books are inanimate objects and only animate when a reader lightly peels back that first page and allows the story to unfold—lighting a robust fire under the ass of a reader’s dormant imagination.

We are authors!

We were once gods of villages at a time children and elders, nightly, sat at our feet anxious to lend an ear to our words. As writers we must make it abundantly clear to all, that supporting our efforts in every way is a noble undertaking. So as you take your next steps as a writer wherever your career happens to be at present, stand tall and let the world know exactly who we are and why we deserve support.

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?

AK: If I could change anything it would unequivocally be the fashion in which I lost my virginity—the details of which are classified.

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?

AK: If time travel were possible, I’d go back in time to tell President John F. Kennedy that his wife is scored in a major way by his redundant extramarital escapades and is planning, along with others, to have him assassinated.

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?

AK: I’d handle it like a champ. And my wife would be the first person I told.

Thanks for that deep and insightful interview AK…Now… for the fun stuff!

 Favorite Beverage? Root Beer

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Exercise

Favorite Color? Red

Take out or Dine in? Dine in

Camping or Hotel? Camping

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate

Dogs or Cats? Dogs

Favorite Food? Cereal

Favorite Song? Power of Love by Huey Lewis

Favorite Movie? Superman

Favorite Car? Aston Martin DB5

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?

AK: I would take a first class trip to the Canals of Venice on a grand excursion with the love of my life who just happens to be my wife—Magdiel Kuykendall.

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

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Today’s Tease…DV Berkom

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease DV Berkom

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  DV Berkom

Title of the book you are promoting:  Yucatan Dead: A Kate Jones Thriller

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Yucatan-Jones-Thriller-Series-ebook/dp/B00DME2GAI

Genre: Action-adventure, thriller

Welcome  DV…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?

DV: A female James Bond, a pirate, and Cyd Charisse.

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

DV: One of my favorite authors is Carl Hiaasen, mainly because he makes me LOL with his scathing wit and fabulous characters, but also because he’s able to inform as well as amuse. I could never write satire as well as he does, but his work inspired me to write about things that matter while still trying to entertain folks.

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

DV: With my control-freakazoid tendencies, Indie all the way J

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?

DV: It depends. If it were a print-only contract, I’d consider it. I don’t see giving up my e-rights as being a smart move at this point in my career unless the offer blew my socks off.

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?

DV: Dorothy Parker, and I wouldn’t discuss past relationships.

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?

DV: Yes to all of the above, and I’m a contributor. Well, mainly the violence part. I write thrillers—I love to blow things up and give my heroines guns and other incendiary devices. I figured one of the best ways to get my point across that women can take care of themselves was to give my characters the same opportunities as their male counterparts had in their books. Yes, there’s too much violence in the world, but until victims take control and start fighting back, the bad guys are going to win and it’s just going to escalate. I know, not the most enlightened response, but I never said I was enlightened.

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?

DV: I’d make everybody want to go ‘green’ and actually take care of this amazing planet. Other than that, puppies and unicorns for everyone!

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?

DV: Very. I’ve seen it in sales of my own books. The outside should entice and draw you deeper into the book. If a cover looks amateurish and the description is bad, then I won’t bother to look inside. I think that if the author doesn’t care to give their work the best presentation they can, then they probably don’t work very hard on their craft. Now, if you can’t afford to hire a graphic designer and you have to make your own cover, then that’s something else, entirely.

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?

DV: It was never a ‘want’—more like something I just naturally did. I wrote my first story at seven and dabbled throughout my life until I finished my first novel in 2006. After that, I was hooked!

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

DV: Good pacing, well-drawn characters, and an interesting story. I get bored easily, so if a book doesn’t keep my interest I will very rarely finish 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?

DV: I usually get my ideas from the news. Something hits me between the eyes and I can ‘see’ the main characters, and many of the secondary ones. The idea has to move me in some way, or I won’t see it through. The Kate Jones Thriller series began when reports of rising cartel violence began trickling north. The book Serial Date was my response to the over-abundance of scripted reality shows. I wrote Bad Traffick after watching a documentary on child sex-trafficking.

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

DV: Yes—the sequel to Yucatan Dead.

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

DV: I’ve written 6 in the Kate Jones series (the 7th installment is scheduled to be released by the end of the year) and two novels featuring former assassin Leine Basso.

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

DV: Definitely fun. If I’d done it for money, I would’ve quit long ago. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

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?

DV: Realizing that a closed door means Do.Not.Disturb. J

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

DV: I wouldn’t call it writer’s block. If I get stuck on something it means I need to backtrack because something’s not right.

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

DV: Read a lot. Write more.

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?

DV: I would have bought more shares of Amazon.com and Apple.

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?

DV: I’d go back to 1920s Paris and tell Hemingway and Fitzgerald to mentor me J

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?

DV: After hyperventilating, I’d break out the bubbly and tell my partner, Mark. Happy dancing would ensue.

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

Favorite Beverage? Strawberry lemonade or a nice cabernet.

Exercise or Bubble Bath? Hiking or swimming, so apparently exercise.

Favorite Color? Red

Take out or Dine in? Dine in. My better half is a professionally-trained chef and he loves to cook.

Camping or Hotel? Camping. I LOVE the outdoors.

Sports or Chocolate? Chocolate.

Dogs or Cats? I like dogs, but cats are way better pets for me. I like independent types.

Favorite Food? Right now? Fresh-picked veggies from my garden.

Favorite Song? That’s a tough one. I have many. I’m always up for John Hyatt’s ‘Paperthin’, or Joe Cocker’s rendition of ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’, or Santana’s ‘Smooth’. Then there’s ‘Gimme Shelter’ by the Rolling Stones, and anything by Adele.

Favorite Movie? Casino Royale (Daniel Craig is the best. James. Bond. Ever.) or any of the Bourne movies.

Favorite Car? Aston Martin, of course.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both, at the same time 😉

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?

DV: I’d go to St. John in the USVI with my partner, Mark and we’d spend our days snorkeling, sailing, eating great food and drinking rum until we couldn’t anymore. Of course, not everything all at once, although I’d be happy to give it a shot.

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

Yucatan Dead: A Kate Jones Thriller

at

http://www.amazon.com/Yucatan-Jones-Thriller-Series-ebook/dp/B00DME2GAI

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Today’s Tease…Lea Bronsen

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Lea Bronsen

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Lea Bronsen

Title of the book you are promoting:  Wild Hearted

 Link to purchase your Book: www.amazon.com/dp/B00BL09IGA

 Genre:  Crime drama, with elements of thriller and erotica

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

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

LB: My favorite thriller authors Mo Hayder and Cody McFadyen influenced me to write. Like Stephen King, their words were able to make me sweat, shiver from tension and look under my bed before going to sleep, and I wanted to see if my own words could provoke the same reactions to other readers…

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

LB: I’m self-published for now because some of the scenes in Wild Hearted are too edgy for romance readers, and I didn’t bother go through the lengthy querying process for nothing.

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?

LB: In the future, I would like to be represented by a traditional publisher. The self-marketing part of indie publishing can be quite exhausting when you have a full-time job and family to take care of as well.

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

LB: Stop famine. I can’t think of a more heart-wrenching thing than a starving child. And there are millions of them, all over the globe, suffering as we speak.

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?

LB: I believe even online, the book cover is what catches the eye first, and if it doesn’t, the potential reader moves on to the next book without checking out the blurb and the reviews.

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?

LB: In addition to Wild Hearted, I have finished an erotic romance short story called My Biggest Fan that I hope will be published soon.

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

LB: I’m halfway through three parallel projects: The full-length thriller sequel Carnivora, the suspense/romance collaboration novel Different Faces of Secrecy with my friend D.C. Stone, and the erotica novella Risky Fever targeted for an anthology. I have to say, after digging into the world of blood-thirsty gangsters and psycho kidnappers, erotica is a pleasant genre to write in comparison… though no less challenging!

I get inspired by things happening in society that make me want to speak up. As I’ll never be a politician and have the possibility to change anything, I make my characters face socio-political situations instead and let them do the talking.

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

LB: Absolutely. You have a great idea but people criticize your writing skills? Learn the craft. You’re ready to publish but can’t find anyone to represent you? Get the book out on your own. Slow sales? Join a group of authors, request reviews, use the social media to spread the word. More than anything: be humble, believe in your story and never give up!

Thanks for that informative and fun interview LB….Now…For the Fun Stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Ice cold tap water.

Exercise or Bubble Bath?  Exercise. Give me a boxing bag and I’m unable to stop till I drop.

Favorite Color?  Purple.

Dogs or Cats?  Cats, definitely. I feel every bit like one: feisty, independent, a little mysterious, and very loving.

Favorite Food?  Anything spicy, preferably Indian or North-African.

Favorite Song?  “Let Me Go, Rock ’n Roll” by KISS

Favorite Movie?  “Once Upon a Time in The West” with Charles Bronson *swoon*

Favorite Car?  A good old bush Jeep.

Sex or Chocolate? (The answer both is perfectly acceptable 😉 It goes pretty much without saying, doesn’t it? J

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

LB: I would take my husband for a motorcycle ride through Egypt.

Thank you so much for spending time with us today.  Make sure get your copy of Lea Bronsen’s

Wild Hearted

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Today’s Tease…Clifford W. Dunbar

Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Clifford W. Dunbar

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Clifford W. Dunbar

Title of the book you are promoting:  Silver’s Treason

 Link to purchase your Book:  http://www.amazon.com/Silvers-Treason-Clifford-W-Dunbar/dp/1615724087/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317780075&sr=1-1

 Genre:   Science-Fiction/Fantasy/Thriller/Military…  Take your pick.

Welcome  CWD…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?

CWD: My first choice was to be an astronaut.  My second choice was to be a millionaire.  Neither worked out.

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

CWD: Probably my strongest literary influence was Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Tarzan is my favorite character ever, because of the fluidity with which he moves through human and great ape cultures.  If you’ve only ever seen the movies, you have no idea what you’re missing.  Edgar Rice Burroughs ignited my interest in animal communications and set me on my path to becoming a linguist.

And then there were the Nick Carter spy novels, written by various authors.  That’s where I learned about sex.

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

CWD: Both.  My novel Silver’s Treason is published by Damnation Books.  I self-published my novel The Manna Trail with Smashwords.  I’ve published some short stories and poetry through various webzines, and some through Smashwords.

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?

CWD: Two factors influence my decision on whether to go with a publisher or go indie.  The first one is the fit.  Does my story fit what the publisher is looking for?  If so, I’ll run it past the editor and see what happens.  But if I think my story is too weird/unique/different I will take my chances on my own.  The second factor is word count.  I prefer to see longer works go to a publisher.

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

CWD: I would invite Isaac Newton but we would most definitely not talk about calculus!  I would pick his brain on his study of Jewish mysticism and his prediction that the world will come to an end in 2060.

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?

CWD: I don’t have any issues with it as long as it’s not gratuitous.  It has to be part of the storyline.

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?

CWD: Only one?  Well, OK.  I would wipe out illiteracy.

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?

CWD: I think book covers are as important as they ever were.  They should provide a glimpse of  the dominant emotion of the story and catch the prospective reader’s eye as it scans the page.  But I don’t know why they’re still frozen in stone.  They should have some animation or sparkle or something (visual media is so not my strong point).

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?

CWD: I’ve wanted to write since I was in second grade.  School, work, marriage, kid, divorce, work, more school, marriage, kids, divorce, work, work, work…  All that stuff took a higher priority.  I managed to squeeze a few things out along the way, and  I am optimistic about the future.

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

CWD: I want the story to take me someplace I haven’t been before, or give me a new perspective on a place I know very well.  A story has worked its magic on me when it’s given me a new way of looking at the world.  I hope my stories provide that.

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

CWD: I just get some general idea of what I want to say and then start writing.  And rewriting.  And so.  The process does not come easily to me. I don’t quit until I’m satisfied with the result.

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

CWD: Always.

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?            

CWD: I’ve written two novels, some poetry and short stories, and one pedagogical article.  But many more stories lurk within, biding their time, dreaming of release.

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

CWD: I write because I have something to say.  But money is always nice.  😉

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?

CWD: Yes, they do tend to point out similarities among characters and me and themselves too.  Usually they are spot on.  It doesn’t bother me at all.  Who cares?  I tell them.  It’s only a story.

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?

CWD: Yes, I have; I overcome it by typing really really fast. 

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

CWD: I can’t do better than Robert Silverberg’s three rules, which are basically:  Read a lot, write a lot, read a lot more and write a lot more.

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?

CWD: The length of time I spent in my second marriage.

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?

CWD: I would tell the Roman Inquisition how wrong they were about heliocentrism and how cruel they were in putting Galileo under house arrest.

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?

CWD: In no way would I freak about that.  I would welcome the news, and the first person I would tell would be my loving, supportive girlfriend.

Thanks for that honest and open interview CWD…Now… for the fun stuff!

Favorite Beverage?  Starbucks mocha frappuccino with cookie crumbles and whipped cream!

Exercise or Bubble Bath?  A walk or a bike ride.

Favorite Color?  Sky blue.

Takeout or Dine in?  Depends; who’s buying?

Camping or Hotel?  Hotel.

Sports or Chocolate?  Chocolate.  The closest I ever came to a sport was aikido.

Dogs or Cats?  Since Silver’s Treason features dogs in prominent roles, most people think I am a dog lover.  Maybe I was when I started the book.  Not so much when I finished it.  My answer is “neither”.

Favorite Food?  Sushi.

Favorite Song?  Dire Straits “Brothers in Arms”

Favorite Movie?  “The Ruling Class”

Favorite Car?  I like my SUV.  As long as a car is roomy and gets me there, I’m OK with it.

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

CWD: I would like to go on a nice long trip with my honey.  Time and place TBD.

Thank you for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Clifford W. Dunbar’s

Silver’s Treason

at

http://www.amazon.com/Silvers-Treason-Clifford-W-Dunbar/dp/1615724087/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317780075&sr=1-1

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Make Sure…

Make sure you check out my appearance on Renegade Talk Radio….NOT for the faint of heart or easily offended! lol
http://renegadetalk.fm/2013/03/21/naughty-thursday-on-renegade-talk/

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Explicit Excerpt From Killing The Desire..

The following is an explicit excerpt from my new release “Killing the Desire”

It’s available at http://eternalpress.biz/people.php?author=529 and amazon.com by searching Leanna Harrow

Enjoy!

He stood over her, smiling, cock in hand. As he gently stroked
it, he looked into her beautiful, deep, dark blue eyes. The kind of
blue you only find in the ocean waters of the Bahamas. They were
blue but sprinkled with tiny specks of green and gold.
My God, they are beautiful eyes, he thought as he got close
to cumming again. Those gorgeous eyes fixed on him. Those gorgeous,
brilliant, blue eyes!
They were deep, soulful, kind eyes. They were mesmerizing
and captivating eyes. They were also dead eyes. He saw to that
when he choked the life out of her with his bare hands fifteen minutes
beforehand. She hadn’t been fucked properly in a long time,
so he knew she thoroughly enjoyed the fucking she just endured.
He could tell by the way things got a little rough. He liked it
rough. Afterward, when it came time to finish her off, this one
hadn’t put up much of a fight. He wondered a couple of times beforehand
if she would be a problem, as she was in pretty good
shape for pushing fifty. She must have known she was no match
for him, because she really didn’t struggle much. She just kind of
grabbed his hands, pulled at them a bit, opened those beautiful,
blue eyes of hers as wide as they’d go and went limp in his grasp.
No time to reminisce, he thought as he shook off the image. It
was time to clean up his mess. As good as jacking himself off felt,
he had work to do. He knew his ultimate release would come later,
at home, when he replayed the scene over and over in his head of
the actual moment he snuffed the life out of her. It would feel better
than actually fucking her had.
He picked up her lifeless body and carried her into the bathroom.
He placed her into the tub of hot water he’d run and went
into the laundry room to get the bleach.
As he left the bedroom to go to the laundry room, he picked
up the condom he’d used and its wrapper, placing them inside the
plastic baggie he brought with him. He shoved the baggie in his
pocket to take with him.
He returned to the bathroom and poured the bleach into the
tub to make sure he hadn’t left any evidence behind. As he watched
the tub fill with more water, he thought about the mundane dinner
they’d shared and the boring stories she told him about her wonderful
children. She did mention the fact that she had a couple of
daughters. He wondered what it would be like to fuck them proper
and then choke the life out of each one of them as well.
He also wondered that if she knew she was eating her last meal
at that very moment, would she have gone ahead and ordered the
dessert. The dumb bitch. What did she expect meeting strange
men off the Internet? He scanned the bathroom and bedroom to
make sure he hadn’t left any other evidence behind before he returned
the bleach to the laundry room and left. He was meticulous
like that. He left her there, in the tub full of bleach water, eyes
open, blank stare on her face and a smile on his. Just like he’d left the others.

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