Here is my interview with C. Penticoff

 

Name : C. Penticoff

Age: 27

Where are you from:

I’m from a small town in Washington, but nothing about my dreams are small! Growing up I had many hopes and dreams. Daydreams of my future consisted of me acting on Broadway, singing in a sold-out arena, writing best-selling books, and having a family. I have a wonderful family 😀 A husband and two young boys who are the light of my crazy life! I’m a self-published author, but I’m still waiting on that best-selling book 😉

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I have opened up an online library of books for $1.99 per month called A Novel Connection. AKA the Netflix of books! My second book will be out this summer and will be available exclusively through A Novel Connection.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing at a young age. For as long as I can remember actually! But, strapped on my writing boots and got serious about it just last year 😀


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Last year when I released my first book, Folklaria and the Wicked Sorcerer. Finishing the book really gave me a boost of confidence and I felt worthy of the title, “writer.”


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My spiritual journey I went on when I was about 20 years old. I grew up a Christian, then I got REALLY CONFUSED once I became an adult. I decided to let go of everything that I ever knew about spirituality and I explored it all myself. I realized that I didn’t have to believe in everyone’s God to be spiritual. The main character in my story goes on the same type of journey, but the book is fantasy, so the mixture of fantasy and spirituality is pretty cool!


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Not specifically. It depends on the book that I’m writing to be honest.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Honestly, I SUCK at titles and coming up with character names lol. I chose something that was simple and straight to the point.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The main message of my book was one of spirituality. We live in a world where spirituality gets mistaken for religion. The world is progressing in a direction where people are more turned off by religion and instead seeking to spark their spirituality in whatever way that means for them. Throughout “Folklaria and the Wicked Sorcerer,” I hoped to present a progressive approach to spirituality.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Most of it. A wise person once told me, “Write what you know.” It was some of the best advice that I got because if you try to write about things that you don’t know, then you probably won’t convey it properly or with enough raw passion.

For instance, if I have never lost a loved one, then I would probably never write a book where the main character loses someone close to them, simply because I don’t know how that feels. I can’t tap into that emotion, so there is no way that I could get a reader to feel that.

Or if I have never been a police offer or had someone close to me who was a police officer, then I probably wouldn’t write a novel about a police force. I just simply do not have enough knowledge about it.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

“The Celestine Prophecy.” Hands down.

This book changed my entire outlook on spirituality and life itself. It was as if I changed the filter on my eyes. I saw the world from a completely different perspective.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who  is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

James Redfield. I love his outlook on spirituality.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My fellow authors that I have met online. Seeing their success, failures, and getting their advice has helped me to keep on keepin on.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

That’s the goal J I want to supply my own business, A Novel Connection, with books that I write along with my fellow indie author’s books.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I edited my book to death to make sure that I had no regrets lol


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Yes, it was in school at a very young age. We had to write a story in class and my teacher was amazed at my story-telling skills. It pumped me up and I never stopped writing.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Here is an unedited piece from my latest novel, “Folklaria and the Stone Griffin,” book 2 of The Chronicles of Folklaria:

June fought the intense shaking of her body to rise to her feet. “No,” she said out loud. “I will not let fear win. Fear is not real.”
June stood with her feet planted firmly on the ground and paced her rapid breathing down to slow and steady breaths. She closed her eyes as she waited for her body to relax.
Finally, after she stopped sweating, she plopped down to her rear end and straightened her posture. June pictured her heart beating slower and slower and her muscles began relaxing.
The cool blades of grass blowing against her legs reminded her of the meditation experience she had at the festival. It made her feel safe. Guarded. Connected. She laid back to feel the protective grass against her back. She enjoyed the feeling so much that she hiked up her shirt to allow more of her skin to feel the dewy grass. Upon opening her eyes, she noticed the entrancing trees in front of the starry backdrop. A stream of translucent blue swam from the tree to her body and all the way up to the starry sky. June could not take her eyes off the stream of color. She gazed upon it so deeply that she did not even feel herself slip into a state of meditation.


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Getting the first draft done. It’s so tempting to be picky about my writing during my rough draft when in reality the most important thing about your first draft is just getting it done! You can always edit and perfect it later.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

No, not at all.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Charlie Lavoy did the illustration and Courtney Cannon of Fiction-Atlas did the typography.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Formatting. I just couldn’t get it right and it took me way longer than it should have.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned the gratifying feeling of working hard at something, but most importantly finishing something that I started. I have always struggled with that.

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead

I always envisioned Emmy Rossum playing the main character in my book, June.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes. Start with an outline. It saves you tons of editing in the end and makes for a novel that flows really well.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I love you all! Just by reading my book you are making my dream come true!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Eragon. It’s actually kind of boring me all of a sudden. I’m hoping that I get more into it again.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

My earliest memory of reading a book was some Mary-Kate and Ashley book lol

 

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

Bernie Sanders because he is my hero! He is a HUGE voice for progressives and all Americans and his voice is long overdue.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

“Cassandra Penticoff made everyone smile.” Something along those lines. I love making people laugh, smile, and brightening their days and I would be honored to be remembered for that.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Singing, dancing, and basically just being a boss at life. Haha!

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Well, there are a lot, but lately I have been into Shameless!

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

My favorite food is anything Mexican! My favorite color is one of the only gender-stereo-typical things about me: pink! My favorite music is classic rock because music was so much more deep and meaningful back then. People sang to send a message, to inspire, and to release emotion. You don’t see as much of that these days.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

Act or sing J

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

www.anovelconnection.com

 The website to my business, the online library of indie books that will be launching in May. By the way, we’re accepting submissions from writers now!

www.facebook.com/authorcpenticoff

My author Facebook page! I will be getting a website soon.

 

 Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/C.-Penticoff/e/B01LXMZAU1/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1487901424&sr=1-2-ent

 UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/C-Penticoff/e/B01LXMZAU1/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1487901572&sr=1-1

 

Here is my interview with Laura T Emery

Name  Laura T Emery

Age 29? Just kidding, I’m 48.

Where are you from?

I was born in Boston, but have been a Californian since the age of two. I’ve spent most of my professional life in medicine, but only flashes of that come through in my novels.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I am close to finishing book three in the Remains Series, Remains of the Descendant. It’s the story of Alex Uqualla, who steals his mother’s ashes from a church in Italy and brings her to the Native American reservation of Havasupai in attempt to revive her with the Ghost Dance. Along the way he meets Kaelene, a sexy native physician, and all around messed up girl.

I am also in the midst of a RomCom and a psychological thriller. In addition, I host a weekly game where followers give me a word and I turn forty to fifty into a Flash Fiction Story. Book Three in the Flash Fiction Fun Series comes out on April 28th.

https://www.amazon.com/Flash-Fiction-Fun-Provided-Facebook-ebook/dp/B01MTE8V0U/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487692851&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=flash+fiction+fun+laura+t+emery


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I didn’t start seriously writing until I was in my forties. I had started a two person “book club” with my friend, and thought, “I could do this!”


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I held my first book, Disposition of Remains, in my hot little hands!


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

Stacia, the main character of the Remains Series, is an amalgam of people I had met during my years of nursing. She is a combination of a nurse, and oncology patient, and a postpartum patient I once took care of.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I like to take on serious topics with a lighthearted slant, and hope you learn a little something you didn’t know before.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

My second book the Remains Series, is called What Remains of the Fair Simonetta. I told the story behind a little known painting of Sandro Botticelli called The Fair Simonetta: a weird, homely painting of a Renaissance beauty.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

In Disposition of Remains, the message is to live life to the fullest before it’s over.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I would say there is about 10% reality and 90% fantasy in the first book. The other way around for the second since it’s a historical fiction! I think all writers have to write from personal experience to make the story genuine, but I prefer the fiction part. The part that exists only in my head until it makes it onto the paper.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

I was enamored with Walter Farley’s books when I was a kid, particularly The Island Stallion. I think his books really started my love for reading. 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I’m in a dark phase. I loved The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins because it’s a great book that broke a few traditional rules of writing: long narrative, telling instead of showing.

I’ll always read anything that Dan Brown or Khaled Hosseini write.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

I have a large circle of friends, community and groups that all support one another. I think that I love that the most about writing. There is very little ill will amongst writers. It’s all about supporting each other.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I see writing in my future, as long as my brain keeps creating stories when I least expect it.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I try not to go there. As a writer you could edit forever. I’m sure there is something I would change, but I like to move forward.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

After reading Water for Elephants, I decided that I had stories to tell.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Here are the first two passages from Remains of the Descendant:

 

I was stolen. He snuck right past the Sisters and snatched me from my resting place. I had no fear of my captor, but I was where I wanted to be and he took me away. After brazenly grabbing my urn from atop Botticelli’s grave, he shoved it under his leather coat, dashing out of the Church of Ognissanti with the carved, golden container that housed my spirit and half my charred ashes with no regard for my wishes.

The identity of my captor surprised me more than the theft itself. He was so enamored with me when I was living and breathing; on my heels everywhere I went. A shining face to brighten each day. But my death changed things. He’d become gloomy and disinterested in his annual visits from the States. So on the day of my capture, I knew little about him anymore.

 


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Lately, it’s writing one thing at a time. I’ve been all over the place. Writing blurbs and taglines is always a challenge too. Taking something that took two years to write and narrowing it down to a few sentences.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

That is the awesome part! While writing What Remains of the Fair Simonetta, I traveled to Florence, Italy several times. I spoke with a Native Traditional Practitioner in Havasupai this past summer during my research for Remains of the Descendant. My husband has asked that my next book take place in Hawaii.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

The great Dragan Bilic! He took my vision all the way. https://www.upwork.com/fl/draganb


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

For my current project, Remains of the Descendant, it’s that I keep changing my mind about how the story is going to go. The characters have minds of their own and are not cooperating with me!


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I think that writing is an ever evolving craft. I learn something new all the time.

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead.

I would love for Julia Jones from the Twilight movies to play Stacia. That holds true for the entire Remains Series.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write every day and join a writer’s group.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

You are what this is all about. Nothing is more satisfying than being able to reach a person on the other side of the world with your words and have that person enjoy them.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

It takes very little to make me laugh. I love humor in any form. One of my favorite silly movies is Just Friends with Ryan Reynolds.

Cry? I don’t cry! Actually, I am very sensitive, but only cry when I’m hormonal.

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

Sandro Botticelli. I love his paintings so much I wrote a book about him.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?

I don’t really don’t like to think about my headstone! But I guess I would like it to say: Mother, Wife, and Author.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

At the risk of sounding like an online dating profile, I like hiking, traveling, and art.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I try not to watch anything so that I can focus on writing. Having said that, my husband has been binge watching Game of Thrones, and I have snuck a peek here and there. I can watch almost anything. I’m easily entertained.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Pasta/Blue/Audiobooks are my music.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I dreamed of being a singer once. Turns out I don’t like to perform in front of people.  

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? Yes!

Website: http://lauratemery.com/

Blog: http://lauratemery.com/

 

Here is my Amazon Author Page:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Laura-T-Emery/e/B00CSTRC4S/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1487898405&sr=8-1

 

Link to Disposition of Remains:

Stacia Altman has just received some terrible news. Life-altering news. In fact, life-ending news. She was just diagnosed with a terminal disease. Worse yet, she’s not sure if her death will matter to anyone—including herself.  Stacia decides to abandon the societal role she has played, in order to piece together whatever shreds of her life she can, before it’s too late. While fighting her way through the stages of grieving, Stacia finds great friends, love, and most importantly, humor. As she travels the globe solving the mystery of her life and coming to terms with her inevitable death, she ultimately discovers that the end might just be the beginning…of a greater adventure. Follow Stacia on her journey of spiritual awakening, physical pleasure, and discovery of self—a tale told from within her urn.

https://www.amazon.com/Disposition-Remains-Laura-T-Emery-ebook/dp/B00CGNYKEQ/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

Link to What Remains of the Fair Simonetta:

Anastasia (Stacia) Uqualla has been dead for eleven years, residing as a spirit in the Italian Church of Ognissanti, when she suddenly awakens in the body of the renowned Renaissance beauty, Simonetta Vespucci. She reunites with Mariano, the father of Botticelli, whose ghostly presence has kept her company in the afterlife. With the body and raging hormones of a teenage girl, Stacia experiences all the passions in life a second time around. Take a ride through history in this second book in the “Remains” series by Laura T Emery, a light historical fiction with a sense of humor and a sexy edge.

https://www.amazon.com/What-Remains-Fair-Simonetta-ebook/dp/B0164U6D1Y/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

The story of Alex Uqualla, the lost (but hot) son of Anastasia. He kidnaps his mothers ashes from the Church of Ognissanti in Florence Italy, an takes her to the bottom of the Grand Canyon where their people, the Native American Havasupai tribe live, in hopes of reviving her with the Ghost Dance.

Coming Soon!

Here is my interview with Maria Macdonald

Name  – Maria Macdonald

Age – 36

Where are you from

I’m originally from London but moved to Wiltshire with my husband when I was 24. We have two beautiful daughters. I work full time and try to fit writing and reading in whenever I can, sometimes it can be challenging!

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I’ve just started a new YA / NA series – The Deliverance Series. The books will all be interconnecting standalones. The first book – Dazed – is in the editing process right now, due to be released April 28th.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always written. When I was a teenager I mostly wrote poems and still have a notebook full of them.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I feel like whether you publish or not, if you write, you’re a writer. Therefore I probably thought I was a writer when I was in primary school.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I’m not sure there was anything specific that caused me to write and then publish my first book. I draw inspiration from music and my own feelings. However, as crazy as this may sound I allow the characters to tell me their story and I just feel like I’m a vessel to share their tales ß see I told you I’d sound crazy 😉

Although I’m not a fan of my first published story (To me now it feels very immature) I won’t pull it from distribution because people still read and love that book and if you continue reading my work, you’ll end up seeing a progression of my writing throughout all the books.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I always listen to music. Usually I create soundtracks prior to starting the story. Previously I have never plotted my storyline. I tend to write by the seat of my pants. I may change this strategy with some future books, especially for the next book in my PNR series.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Each title is hard to determine and often takes me a while, sometimes I’m half way or more through writing a book before I have a title and often if I have decided on a title, I’ll change it toward the end of the book.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes. Always.

Whether the reader takes that message away or not is a different matter. I don’t write for them to take ‘my’ message away, I write because I can’t not write and as long as they enjoy the book then I’ve done okay. If they take away my underlying message or if they find their own realization then that’s amazing.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

My books aren’t based on anyone in real life, however there are some scenarios in some of my books that have actually happened in real life.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? A mentor?

There have been many books over the years that have provided inspiration to want to write. The love of reading can cause us (it certainly did with me) to want to create our own fictional worlds. I remember reading George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dhal when I was a child as well as Jill’s Riding Club by Ruby Ferguson and they both made me feel different things. Again, when I was in my 20’s I started to read Sophie Kinsella and Jane Green and then in my 30’s it was EL James. Every book I read adds something to my internal ‘pot’ filling me up and expanding my mind.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I love A.M Johnson. She isn’t completely new as she has been published for a little under two years. I love her work, she writes lyrically and creates beauty.

My favourite author is Kristen Ashley, I’ve read nearly all her books and there is no one that can write an Alpha Male like her!


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My Misfits. I have a ‘street team’ but I hate that term especially because I don’t expect my group to pimp – ever. So I call them a reader group. They’re on Facebook and are called Maria’s Misfits. I adore them, they support me through everything and I couldn’t do it without them!


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I’d love to say yes, but I’m not sure I’ll ever make enough money to make a career from writing, but that’s okay, I write because I love to. That’s it. 🙂


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Not in my latest, but that’s because it’s going through editing right now, but I’m pretty sure most authors would change something within each of their books, I definitely would!


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Just from being a reader.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Here is my blurb for my upcoming book Dazed.

Blurb:

People say the heart wants what it wants and it will not be denied.

Those people are fools.

I’m a practiced hand at hiding from the world. The scars I bear are invisible to all but me and I use them to sustain the walls I’ve built around myself.

He knocked my simple life into disarray and infiltrated my carefully constructed defenses.

The tight control I maintain is at breaking point and ever since our eyes connected across a lunch hall my world has been off balance.

I can’t have him and he can’t have me.

I know it.

He knows it.

I’m just not sure that Tarrant Reigns has ever followed anyone’s rules.

Everything and everyone is against us.

Even his brother.

Caden brought us together, but now he’s standing in our way.

 


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Oh so many things, I would be here all day if I tried to list the challenges. But that’s the fun of it…right? 😉


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Only within the UK. I went to Dublin for a signing last year and I’ll be travelling the five hours up north to Newcastle this coming June for a signing. My first two series have just been picked up by a French publisher so there may be a need for me to travel to France for a signing in the future. I have been asked to a signing in the US but it’s just not feasible for me right now.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

So far all my covers have been designed by Francessca at Francessca’s PR & Design.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Promoting it and writing the blurb, I always struggle with both.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Always get a professional editor and sometimes you need to step away and take a break.

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?

Oooo that’s a hard one, I’m not sure I can answer that!


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Take your time, love your work and do it for the love.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you.

I’m not sure I could ever put into words how it feels when someone tells me they love one of my books. I forever hold that feeling in my heart, so if they could take one thing away from me, it would be that they know just how much I appreciate them.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m re-reading The Golden Dynasty by Kristen Ashley. It’s one of my top 5 books ever and I re-read it a lot!

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I don’t, but I can say the first book that ever stuck with me was George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dhal.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Lots of things. Books, music, films, real life.

Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would like to meet and why?

The main people I would like to meet are the ones that I interact with on social media on a daily basis, but they live far away or even in other countries. I would love one day to be able to hug those I consider my online family.

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?

She always tried to treat others how she wanted to be treated.

Alternatively.

She died from the zombie apocalypse – she went down fighting.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

I read too 🙂

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Bad TV. Anything reality that most people wouldn’t give the time of day to, you can guarantee I’ll be watching. And funny TV – The Big Bang Theory for example.

Fiona: Favourite foods / Colours/ Music

Crisps / Purple / Everything.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I would love to be one of those people who travelled all over the world ‘testing’ holidays for companies.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Yes – http://www.mariamacdonaldauthor.com/ 

 

Love Reunion

Blurb

Their family was built from friendships and had survived the worst of the world.
So what happens when it’s the closest to you that are causing the most pain?
Eight people who loved each other unconditionally, shared one another’s pasts, and were forever entwined together in their future.
Could they protect each other like they’d always vowed?
What happens when the family is split? When everyone seems to be travelling a different path?
Can a family survive without everyone there supporting its structure?
What happens to a home when the love is divided?
Forever. That was always the promise.
Catch up with the Entwined Hearts family, because the future’s not always rosy.

Amazon US: http://tinyurl.com/j3jwkyt

Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/zx2kf9r

Amazon CA: http://tinyurl.com/z49eedj

Amazon AUS: http://tinyurl.com/hzy4uba

Chrysalis

Blurb

Emery never realized the kind of power she held.

Her whole life had been one long battle. Against other children, bullies, her abusers. Forever the outsider, living her days isolated and lonely. She didn’t know that while waging her own battles, another kind of war was coming.

In just one night her whole life changed.

When she finds herself in danger, the power that was lying dormant inside of her suddenly releases, surprising everyone.

In the aftermath, a figure appears in the shadows – Elijah. With an air of mysteriousness and answers she had no idea she needed, Emery suddenly understands she’s not alone.

He’s either here to save her or bury her. But with no time to ask questions, she takes the plunge, grabs his hand, and prepares herself for a whole new world. One where she will be reborn.
Amazon US – http://tinyurl.com/z3dypcj

Amazon UK – http://tinyurl.com/hqpkqzn

Finally Unbroken

Blurb

“A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks.”
-Richard Bach

I’d known my soulmate, my best friend, my sister, forever. No span of distance nor time would ever change that. Even as I trudged through my colorless life. Loneliness and isolation snapping at my heels. I always had her as my North Star.

Now I know I’m going to lose her—my soulmate—and I have to learn to lean on the only man I’ve ever loved. The one who pushed me away… just to survive.
The life I once dreamed about has been washed away in a sea of regret. People from my past are appearing in my present, hoping to remain in my future. Each day I draw strength from my history.

I have to learn to live again, to have hope again and to love again.
She wants me to trust him. He wants another chance. I just want the strength to move on with my new life.

All I have to do now is take my hands off the safety bars… and have a little faith.

Buy Links

Amazon UK – http://tinyurl.com/jj8rplu

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What’s Left of Me

 

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How do you get over the death of a loved one? The one you were going to marry? Even if you always knew you were on borrowed time…

Ruben Asher has been on a downward spiral ever since the death of his fiancée. Getting lost in a haze of alcohol and grief, he spurns everyone’s help, even his best friends.

Laurie Rosales has lived through a loss that still haunts her every day. She turns her black hole of an existence into helping others. But Ruben is the one man she could never reach…

Nearly two years later, Ruben dives head-first into her life again, surprising both her and himself.

This time, he knows what he wants and he’s not backing down.

Can Ruben help Laurie confront buried truths? Can Laurie compete with ghosts from Ruben’s past? Can they break down each other’s walls? Allowing healing to begin on both sides along with feelings like no other.

 

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Love Reflection – Book 1 in the Entwined Hearts Series

Synopsis
What happens when you find the love of your life, then you lose them?

Pearson Amberry lost the only man she’d ever loved. She has secrets she’s kept close for many years. Descending into a downward spiral that she couldn’t pull herself out of, her life was fast becoming just an existence. That was until a new man entered her life. A man with secrets of his own, and when the love of her life comes back unexpectedly, she knows it’s time to come clean.

Conner McKenna took a step back when he hurt Pearson. He left for another country when his work took him there, even though he didn’t want to. After years of trying to be her friend, and wanting to be back in her bed, he decided enough was enough. When one of their friends is attacked, he realises that life is too short and he needs to move heaven and earth to try and win her heart one more time. However, when he realises the truth will he be able to deal with it, and will he still look at Pearson the same way?

What will happen when secrets are revealed, and emotions are running high? Can they move on from their past and can they recognise the love reflected in each other?

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Love Resisted – Book 2 in the Entwined Hearts Series.

Synopsis
Sophie Rawlings has been the party girl for years. Drowning herself in everything but the one man she truly loves. She’s pushed her feelings deep down, knowing he doesn’t return them. The only other man to ever make her feel has suddenly become part of her self-appointed family and she’s not sure where that leaves her. Having been attacked recently, she’s sworn off guys for good.

So what will she do when she suddenly becomes the centre of attention?

What’s worse, is that not all attention is good. Sometimes the wrong attention can be life-altering…sometimes the wrong attention can extinguish the life you lead in the blink of an eye.

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Love Renewed

 

Dane has only ever loved one woman in his whole life. Nova. When he lost her everything went dark, his mind, his soul, and his life. She was his light, his heart. A decade later fate plays a cruel joke bringing them back together, only to tear them apart again, when he realises she has no idea who he is. Now he has to battle, wage war, and bring grown men to their knees to get her back. The biggest fight he faces is turning away from the darkness and letting the light in.

All Libby Burchall remembers is a mediocre life, she’s just existed for over a decade. Scared of her history and confused about who she is, the safe path is the only one she’s travelled. When a face that she can’t remember breezes in from the past, calling her Nova and looking at her like she’s a ghost, it sets off a chain reaction of emotions that she can’t ever remember feeling before. Now she can’t stop seeing his eyes, hearing his voice, and being consumed by the dark, intense and insanely beautiful man that made her feel alive.

Two shattered halves of one soul. He wants her light to illuminate the never-ending darkness. She wants to run, but something keeps dragging her back.

Can they survive each other?

 

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Maria is a full time working Mum, she has two beautiful daughters, both of whom love books as much as she does.

 

Maria has loved to write since she was a little girl.

 

Reading and loving books, as well as blogging, has inspired her to write and publish.

 

Maria, her husband and children now reside in Wiltshire, England.

 

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Here is my interview with Thomas Kleaton

Name Thomas Kleaton

Age 53

Where are you from

I was born in Madera, California, but now reside near Auburn University, AL with my wife of 15 years, Sheila. No children, and no pets. Sounds kind of like the old Roger Miller song King of the Road, doesn’t it?

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My latest story acceptances were for Scavenger Hunt in the anthology Pernicious Invaders from Philip Perron at Great Old Ones Publishing, and First Impressions in the anthology Final Masquerade from Jo-Anne Russell at Lycan Valley Press.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I decided I wanted to start penning horror tales in a professional mode almost four years ago. I had to try something I’d wanted to do for years, but never made time for.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I was ten years old and writing stories in the classroom. On a serious note, only after I’d had a few stories accepted and published did I dare consider calling myself a writer.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing st
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

This is a tough one. My earliest recollections of the books that influenced me would be the Alfred Hitchcock series of spooky books like Haunted Houseful, Monster Museum and Ghostly Gallery. Ray Bradbury dazzled me with stories of space and dinosaurs in books like R is for Rocket, S is for Space and The Illustrated Man; Then it was on to the horrors of writers like Richard Matheson, Peter Straub, and Stephen King.

 

 

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who  is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

There are a couple of newer authors, Rose Blackthorn and Morgan Griffith, that I feel don’t get the credit they deserve for the fantastic stories they write. I may get a lot of flak on this one, but Stephen King is my favorite author. He just has the ability to write a story that grabs you by the neck hairs and won’t let go.

 

 

 
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

All of the author friends who have, at one time or another, read over my stories and gave me friendly advice and constructive criticism in equal doses.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I would like to at least be writing as a second career; I write to entertain and, sure, I’d like to be able to pay a few bills occasionally with my writing.

 

 
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I would say I wanted to be able to make up my own adventures on paper as a child. This was certainly encouraged by the Creepy and Eerie magazines my dad would let me read, and by books I was reading like The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells.

 

 

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I am writing a story about a little girl’s fear of birds, and about the unusual burial ceremony she holds for a deceased crow. I write quite a few stories with little girls as the main character, stemming from the fact I always wanted a daughter and, being childless, wonder what she may have been like.

 

 
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Yes. Editing everything I write so it makes sense to a reader.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

My only advice to other writers is to make a little time each day to write, so that the habit becomes firmly ingrained. Another positive aspect, instead of the time factor, is to set a goal of 400 words each day. Reaching your goal inspires confidence. And don’t be afraid of rejections. They are a normal part of writing, and the acceptances will come.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Only that I write in order to entertain. If you are entertained by reading something I wrote, that’s the payoff.

 

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Re-reading Ghost Story by Peter Straub, with Stephen King’s Revival slated for my next reading slot.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Probably Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. Followed closely by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl certainly had a way with children’s books.

 

 

 

Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would like to meet and why?

It would have been an honor to have met Ray Bradbury in person, to discuss his books and writing in general. The man ignited my imagination.

 

 

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

“Although Finished, He Never Finished.” Because you can never finish writing. There is always another story out there, even if you are not around anymore to be the one to write it.

 

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Yes. Expanding my personal library of recorded TV programs like 48 Hours, Dateline, and Deadly Women. After all, what’s scarier than the harm people are capable of inflicting on one another?

 

 

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Don’t get me started on this one! In addition to the aforementioned shows I enjoy The Outer Limits, Hammer House of Horror, Night Gallery, Tales from the Darkside, Tales from the Crypt, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Masters of Horror, in addition to horror movies like The Conjuring and Pet Semetary.

 

 

 

Fiona: Favorite Music:

Hard-rocking groups like Boston, Blue Oyster Cult, and Iron Maiden. I also like Beethoven– I know-this clashes! Some of the older stuff like Buddy Holly and the Crickets. And Linda Ronsteadt, who took Buddy’s song It’s So Easy and turned it into a smash hit in 1974.

 

 

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I am actually a tech at my daytime job. But writing is my first love.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Yes. https://thomaskleaton.wordpress.com/

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Here is my interview with Michelle Irwin

Name Michelle Irwin

Age Old enough to know better, young enough not to care 😉

Where are you from Queensland, Australia

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

I live in with my hubby, daughter, and our two cats. In my day job, I’m a CPA qualified accountant. A lover of love, and overcoming the odds, romance and stories of real connections are my favourite to write.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I have a new release coming at the end of February. There are two parts to the release, Beastly (Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story #3), and Decay which is an alternative viewpoint on the book. These books, and the ones that follow, have been incredibly impactful for me to write.

 

As well as the rest of Phoebe’s series, I have a number of stand-alones I’m working on that will release in 2018 and beyond.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

My journey to writing has been a long one that has seen me go on and off course a few times early on. I’ve always loved English and telling tales, but felt the pressure to get a ‘real job’ rather than focusing on my writing. Over the years though, I found my way in and out of writing again. Now I’ve been writing for a little over ten years and couldn’t imagine not writing again.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The first time I posted anything online for people to read.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My debut novel, Through the Fire, was inspired by the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’s song, Cat and Mouse, and the question of “What if” when watching Supernatural. Before then, I had a vague idea about the heroine and what was happening with her, but not the overall story.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t. I write as the characters come to me, so I’ve got first person and third person stories, angst-fests and lighter, flufflier stories.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

I have a number of different methods for coming to a title. Some come to me first. Happily Evan After was like that, I knew the title long before I met the character of Evan. Others were driven by the character. With Declan Reede: The Untold Story and its spin-off, Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story, I decided to title all the books based on the beginning of the POV character’s name. So I have Dec books for Declan, Ph books for Phoebe, and Bea for Beau.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I don’t necessarily go into books intending to leave a message as such, but there are definitely some themes that develop in them. In the Daughter of Fire/Son of Rain series, the over-arching message is one of tolerance and not blindly following information that breeds hatred. I would have to say the message in Phoebe’s story is that sometimes bad things happen, sometimes those things are life-changing and devastating, but life and love are worth the pain.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

There are elements of people from my past in almost every book, but nothing that anyone could point to and say “This is from that event.”


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

It’s too hard to pinpoint just one! I was a voracious reader from an early age, reading everything from VC Andrews to RL Stine, Shakespeare to Terry Pratchett. I guess if I had to put it down to one book, it would have to be Twilight because I truly started writing and sharing when I started writing Twilight fanfiction.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who  is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I haven’t had any one book that has just up and grabbed me, but there are a great number of awesome indie authors around that are putting up stories so different to those that have traditionally been published, and that’s awesome.

Like my favourite movie or music, my favourite author and book changes regularly depending on my mood. Terry Pratchett is certainly always high on the list for his ability to hold a mirror up to society in a lovely subtle way.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My prereader/beta Jenny has been a rock for me. She’s there to talk me down from a ledge when I’m going through the writers’s doubt. She’s the a great sounding board for me.

In fact, my whole beta team and reader group are great for helping and supporting me.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I think it can be for some. For me, I have to write because I need to write. If I can get to the point where I don’t have to work a day job, that would be terrific, but I’m not going to give up on writing even if that never happens for me. It’s too much fun.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Definitely not. By the time I finish writing a book, and then go through the editing process, I have the book exactly where I want it to be.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I’ve always had an interest in writing, even when I’ve walked away from it.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

This excerpt is from my WIP “The Art of Love” so it’s unedited and one of my third person stories.

“Have you ever heard an old school country song?”

When the girl spoke, Hennessy’s gaze was drawn to her eyes. In the dim light of the bar, her irises looked almost onyx. Not that he could see them that well behind the thick black bangs that curled over her forehead. She was rather pretty, in a tragic goth kind of way.

His focus left her eyes and skimmed over her face. Her porcelain skin was far too pale, and with her black eyes and hair, and gray and black clothes she almost looked like she’d stepped straight out of a black and white photo.

Not wanting to get caught staring, he dropped his attention back down to the icepack pressed against her knee.

“You know the ones I mean, My wife left me and my dog died; then my truck blew up with my wallet inside.” She sang the fake lyrics in an overly emphasized country twang.

“I think I’ve heard one or two of them,” Hennessy confirmed with a laugh. It surprised him that she had. With her dark clothes, black hair, and heavy boots, she didn’t look like the sort of person who’d ever had cause to listen to a single country music song.

“Well, any one of those would pretty much sum up the suckfest my day has been so far.”

At first he couldn’t work her out. She had an edge sharper than most people he knew and everything about her pointed toward some deep, dark secret, but her smile and eyes gave away a life, a freeness, that wasn’t shown anywhere else in her demeanor.

He wondered at the secrets that smile held.

Lifting the icepack off her knee again to check whether the swelling had gone down or not, he risked another glance up at those depthless eyes. Whatever secrets she had, it was impossible for him to delve into the depths of them. Not because he didn’t want to find out, but because it was against regulations. His father had made it clear what would happen if he was caught fraternizing with a customer or supplier again.

Make one mistake, screw one delivery girl in the store room and a customer behind the bar, and all of a sudden you’re pegged as the bar playboy. Of course, his older brother Jameson could practically bring a new girl around every night, but that was fine because he had a respectable job in a law firm downtown. Never mind that Hennessy didn’t have the opportunity to give up his job at the bar or else him and his siblings would lose their last connection to their mother.


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Descriptions, particularly of rooms. It’s something I always need to add back in during editing.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Not as much as I’d like. Most of the time, I speak to locals and use Google Maps to “walk” down streets.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I have a few cover designers I’ve used (and I love them all!). Phoebe’s series were done by Cassy Roop of Pink Ink Designs.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

In her series, Phoebe experiences some very dark things. Writing those took me to some very dark places. The hardest thing there was writing through the tears.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learn a little from every book. Sometimes it’s just something new about myself, the characters, or something from research. During Beastly, I did a lot of research about police responses to disappearances.

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead

If Beastly and the Phoebe Reede series in general was made into a movie, I think Luke Mitchell would be a great Beau.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write. Don’t give up. Find your tribe.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you! It’s the readers that make the late nights worthwhile.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I’m between books at the moment. The last great one I read was Harley and Rose by Carmen Jenner.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Mum actually still has some of the first books I read. There are a few that stand out, and that’s the Mark and Michelle series. These ones stand out because my brother was a Mark and I always thought these were actually written for us—typical childhood narcissism.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Everything LOL I’m very emotive, although it’s far easier to make me laugh than it is to make me cry.

Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?

I’ve met David Tennant very briefly, but I would love to have a proper sit-down with him. The other would be the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

“She did her best,” because that’s what I try to do at all times.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I’m a cheer mum and that pretty much takes up all my time outside of work and writing.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

TV shows: Supernatural. Doctor Who. Once Upon a Time. Younger. Cuckoo. Santa Clarita Diet.

Movies: Whatever grabs my attention on the day, I have a pretty eclectic taste.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

It depends on the day for most of these, they change depending on my mood. Emo bands like Panic! At the Disco, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Secondhand Serenade,

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I was always destined for accounting I think. One thing I would love to have done, and might do in the future, is psychology.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

www.michelle-irwin.com

 

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https://twitter.com/WriteOnShell

 

Daughter of Fire Series:

Through the Fire

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Life could have been different for Evie Meyers. If only she wasn’t a freak.

She wouldn’t be hiding from the Rain, a secret organization intent on destroying all supernatural creatures. Neither would she have run from Clay, the object of her desire.

Her hope for love and a normal life shattered when Clay stumbled onto her biggest secret and revealed one of his own in the process—he’s a soldier for the Rain. Learning that Clay was a threat to her survival, Evie had no choice but to flee.

Now Clay’s back—battle-scarred and mysterious—and the attraction between them is undeniable. Stuck on opposite sides in the war between humans and the supernatural, there seems little hope for a happily ever after. Caught between what her heart wants and what her head knows, something has to give. What will she choose? And what price will she have to pay?
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Rise from Ash

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Love has cost Evie Meyers everything. Wounded and alone, she has no choice but to learn how to survive without becoming the monster she is thought to be by the man she loves.

When she discovers a cryptic message from that very man, Clay Jacobs, her mind is thrown into turmoil. It’s second nature for Evie to run, but there is no escaping the memories of their time together. While she is certain it’s a trap, she longs to discover the true meaning of his words. With heart battling mind, her choices send her on a collision course with what was once lost, leaving her life hanging in the balance.

Can Evie rise from the ashes of her charred dreams, or will she burn in the attempt?

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Into the Rain

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Evie Meyers and Clay Jacobs have found paradise in the remote wilderness. Hidden away at the ends of the Earth, they are certain no one can find them. The illusion is shattered when Evie’s former lover Aiden crashes into their sanctuary.

The tension caused by the fae’s arrival escalates when they discover the reason for his presence. An ever-present foe has kidnapped someone precious to his court, and he needs Clay’s help for the rescue. The mission will take them straight into the Rain. The path is a dangerous one, filled with dark secrets and old lies.

With echoes of the past surrounding them and a shadowed threat lurking nearby, both Evie and Clay must put their trust in the hands of an enemy. How will they find a way to reconcile their prejudices and make it out alive?

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Igniting the Spark

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Death beckons, calling Evie Myers to the darkness. She isn’t ready to leave, and Clay isn’t ready to let her go.

After fighting back from the brink, Evie’s life is forever altered. Together with Clay, she finds a home and sanctuary within the fae community. Everything has changed, and life is perfect. Or so they believe.

They soon learn their trip into the heart of the Rain kicked off a revolution, and Clay is called back into the fold. But when Evie needs Clay the most, one mission will risk it all.

When her happy ending hangs in the balance, and everything looks lost, how will Evie find the strength to fight for what she wants the most?

 

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Son of Rain Series:

Besieged by Rain

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A high school crush shouldn’t destroy your life. For Clay Jacobs, his desire for Evie Meyers almost did.

As a member of a secret organization intent on neutralizing the threat nonhumans pose, he should have recognized the truth of Evie’s heritage earlier and destroyed her before she could flee.

Two years later, the memory of her haunts him. It holds him captive and assaults him nightly. To bring an end to his torment, Clay must find her.

But when he does, will he kill the woman he can’t forget or run with the woman he can’t let go?

**Due to strong language and sexual content not intended for anyone under the age of 18.**

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Among the Debris

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Love is always enchanting, but is he under a spell? Only weeks after their reunion, Clay Jacobs is torn from his lover’s side by a tragic fire.

Left alone to deal with the loss of his love while mourning the death of a family member, Clay’s certainty in Evie Meyers’s innocence falters. His doubt leads him to wonder whether he was caught in a web of enchantment laid by the beautiful woman. His obsession with finding the truth sends him on a hunt across the globe to places where people will go to any lengths to keep the truth hidden.

Will the answers he finds bring him closer to freedom, or destroy the remnants of his shattered heart?

**Due to strong language and sexual content not intended for anyone under the age of 18.**

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Court the Fire

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New relationships are hard enough without the threat of imminent death. With all he has learned about Evie’s heritage drawing him in, Clay Jacobs is willing to fight anything to stay with his lover. Only, she still tops the Rain’s most-wanted list and keeping her safe means leaving everything behind.

When lies are revealed and old wounds are opened, it will challenge Clay to the core. Deadly decisions and deep-seated prejudice will threaten everything he holds dear.

How will he and Evie survive the fallout when he must go back into the heart of the Rain?

**Due to strong language and sexual content not intended for anyone under the age of 18.**

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Fall for You Series:

Happily Evan After

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Evan is a reluctant cupid.

Facing an unknown term of servitude to repay his debt to the world, it is his responsibility to guide couples together. Despite initial hesitancy, he has learned to handle every case with care and he now basks in the afterglow of new-found love and relishes in the energy it provides him. But his end goal is still the promise of paradise in return for his penance.

It’s all going according to plan until he receives an assignment that is inconceivable to him. He has to find a mate for Becca, within whom lives the reincarnated soul of his one true love. Bound by his duty to find her a match, he must resist her charm and suppress his own desires. It is his job and he cannot fail, even if his own paradise now seems lost.

For a cupid, falling in love is against the rules.

Isn’t it?

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All Amity Allows

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Amity is a disillusioned angel.

For countless millennia, she’s helped her assignments find truth in their experiences and improve their lives. Once, she’d been tender and caring, but humanity’s misuse of free will and her own missteps have left her jaded.

Now, all Amity allows is the truth. Get in, get out, and never let them know that she’s there. That’s the motto she’s lived by for years. She considers her latest assignment nothing more than the next in a long line of jilted lovers that she’s had to help. When her presence exposes more than either of them was ready for, will they be able to find the truths hidden deep within the other? Or will the fallout leave them both in tatters?

The truth will set them free.

Won’t it?

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Declan Reede: The Untold Story series

Decide:

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Strap in, get ready to start your engines and see where it all began.

From an early age, Declan Reede’s only goal was to race in the ProV8 Championship Series. One thing he couldn’t anticipate was that a blistering kiss shared with his best friend, Alyssa Dawson, might derail his plans.

While he knows things between them will never be the same, it’s impossible to predict just where the road will take them, or how rocky it might get.

Will he decide to fight for love or follow his dreams?

*Warning – Due to adult content & language this series is not intended for anyone under the age of 18.*

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Decline:

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Hold on tight, stick to the racing line, and watch for the corners.

Four years after making the decision to leave his home town behind, all of Declan Reede’s dreams have come true. Unapologetically foul-mouthed, driven, and well known for his off-track antics, his success seems unstoppable. At least until Queensland Raceway and a chance sighting of the girl who once held his heart. Now, getting around the track seems an impossible battle as he struggles to return to his previous form. With his career racing downhill faster than his V8 on Mount Panorama, there’s more than just his reputation on the line.

What will it take to put the brakes on his decline?

**Due to strong language and sexual content not intended for anyone under the age of 18**

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Deceive:

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Straighten up, pull it around, and get back on the track.

Declan Reede’s life is in a tail-spin. Although he knows what he wants, he can’t see the road that will take him there. Wherever he turns, new secrets, lies, and half-truths threaten to send him crashing off-course. To deserve his family, he must fight his past mistakes and prove himself worthy.

But can someone out to deceive cost him the life he now craves?

**Due to strong language and sexual content not intended for anyone under the age of 18**

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Decipher:

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Brake hard, jostle for position, and watch for the blind corner.

In a swirl of controversy, Declan Reede lost everything important to him. Now old temptations resurface, old battles reignite, and he has nothing left in reserve.

When a glimmer of hope is offered, Declan has to stand and fight for what he wants or he might just lose it all forever.

How can he decipher the clues and get revenge on those who want to see him burn?

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Declare:

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Fly down the straight, fight for first, and keep the end in sight.

In Declan Reede’s mind, the road ahead is free of doubt and indecision. He knows the path that he wants to travel, and that it can only be traversed with love at his side. He’s ready for it. Wants it.

Only, as he races toward the finish line, old adversaries become new threats. Declan must overcome the past and face the challenges head on if he’s to claim the life he now believes he deserves.

What will it take for him to declare his true desires?
Will it be enough to claim the ultimate victory?

**Due to strong language and sexual content not intended for anyone under the age of 18**

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Declan Reede: The Untold Story (Complete Series)

Experience Declan’s complete story. Includes all four novels, the RONE-nominated novella “Decide” and an exclusive bonus novella “Decode”.

As high school sweethearts, Declan Reede and Alyssa Dawson didn’t always see eye-to-eye. Especially when it came to his dream of being a driver in the ProV8 series. When he’s offered the chance at the career of his dreams, Declan straps himself in for the ride regardless of the cost.

Older, but not wiser, Declan is on the path to becoming a racing legend. Only, regret haunts him around the track and threatens to send him off-course. When a chance encounter offers the opportunity to correct his mistakes, Declan must learn to manage the curves if he wants to claim the ultimate prize.

**Due to strong language and sexual content not intended for anyone under the age of 18**

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Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story series

Phase:

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Living in the shadow of a legend has its drawbacks.

Every aspect of Phoebe Reede’s life has been defined by her father. Caught halfway between being a teen and an adult, she yearns to break free from the weight of expectations surrounding the Reede name.

Her desire for freedom sends her overseas on her first solo journey. There, she finds herself having an unexpected adventure with an unlikely person.

How can she learn who she wants to be and what is nothing more than a phase?

**Due to strong language and sexual content not intended for anyone under the age of 18. Later books in this series contain content, including sexual assault and violence, that may trigger emotional distress in some readers.**

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Phobic

Sometimes starting over is the only choice.

Broken-hearted and looking for revenge, Phoebe Reede heads back to the US to take up a new challenge. Only, when she discovers who her teammate and rival is, the challenge might prove too great.

While she knew life away from home wouldn’t be easy, she never expected to be faced with an unpleasant surprise from her ex-boyfriend, or to be as drawn to him as ever. She needs to remain professional and push aside her feelings for him, but will she let someone else steal her heart away instead?

What will it take to prove she’s not afraid to take the risk?

**Due to strong language and sexual content not intended for anyone under the age of 18. Later books in this series contain content, including sexual assault and violence, that may trigger emotional distress in some readers.**

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Beastly

Not all things are exactly as they appear.

Beau Miller thought his happily ever after had returned in the form of the girl with the seafoam eyes. He never expected a second heartbreak at her hand.

When her father, Declan Reede, turns up with murder in his eyes, Beau discovers that the break-up might not have been what it seemed. He must solve the mystery if he’s to find his girl.

How can he and Declan rescue their princess when she’s been taken by someone with beastly intentions? And will they make it in time?

 

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Decay

A father will go to any lengths to rescue his princess.

Declan Reede was reluctant to let his little girl go to live in the States. His concerns are justified when she calls in the middle of the night before disappearing.

With Phoebe lost, and all clues pointing in one direction, will Declan be able to piece together the truth? And will he be able to find her while trying to avoid letting his family fall into decay?

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Here is my interview with Ami Beth Cross

Name: Ami Beth Cross

Age: 42

Where are you from:

Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin USA.  I am a bestselling author of the memoir The Return to Happiness.  My four kids and husband keep me busy and happy.

 

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?  

I am currently blogging weekly about my journey, struggles, joys, and ultimate healing in this life.  Also, I am working on my next release,  Threads of Grace.

 

 
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing since I could lift a pencil because I had no other choice.  The voices inside my head wouldn’t allow it.

 

 
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

At six years old when I wrote my first screenplay.

 

 
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The need from deep within my heart to pursue a greater purpose.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I have an emphasis in poetry and prose and have integrated it into my storytelling style.  I’ve been told I’m unique, which is the story of my life!  Haha.

 

 
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

My story is about overcoming the greatest of odds and pain and finding happiness again.  It felt right to call it: The Return to Happiness!

 

 
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

That no matter how many blows life can give you, we as God’s children can overcome and find our inner courage to thrive eventually telling our own unique stories to help others.

 

 
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?  

My book is my life, my journey through the perils of miscarriage, divorce, abandonment, and eventually healing.

 

 
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

So, so many.  I adore so many authors, but have been most influenced by Lysa TerKeurst (Unglued), Wally Lamb (She’s Come Undone, and Markus Zusak (The Book Thief).  I also love JB Salsbury (Fighting to Forget) and Jacci Turner (Cracker).

 

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who  is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I love the blogs of Kevin Taylor and Joanna Keene is writing her first Memoir,  I’ve had the privilege to beta read for her.  The masses need to read her story!

 

 
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My readers have lifted me up, with all of their personal stories that have propelled me to keep going when it feels way to difficult.  Also, God has always been there shining on me, telling me that He has great plans for my words.  Even when I didn’t want to listen.

 

 
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?  

Writing is my life, way more than a career.  I have no clue where I’d be without the outlet of expression of words.

 

 
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No.  Because it was my heart and soul in the season I wrote it.

 

 
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?  

It was a coping mechanism as I navigated emotions as a child that were way more intense than any kid should feel.  It was a way to survive and figure out who I was in the midst of chaos.

 

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I’m writing a fictional tale of Grace and redemption that two people find in one another despite the most difficult of circumstances.

 

 
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Time to write and editing.  Ugh I hate edits.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

If I chose to.  Which is a blessing.

 

 
Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Cassy Roop with Pink Ink Design.

 

 
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Bleeding my emotions all over paper. Also, exposing myself.  I’m a very private person and when it was laid upon my heart to share my deepest secrets I freaked.  It turned out pretty good, but it WAS/IS so hard!

 

 
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learned that vulnerability, although extremely humbling, is the way we truly reach the hearts of people.

 

 

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead:

Um….Yeah!!!!!  Duh!

 

 
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write, write, and more writing.  Perfect practice truly makes you an expert of your craft.

 

 
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I would be nothing as an author without you opening your hearts and my words into your lives.  I love you all so much!

 

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

The Bible

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Rocky by Sylvester Stallone

 

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

My children.  They delight me with their joy, and gut me with their suffering.  Four of the greatest people alive have my heart forever.

 

 

Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?

Sylvester Stallone.  So I could tell him how much his (fictional) Rocky, the underdog, with a horribly difficult life, rose to the top simply because he wouldn’t give up.

 

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

Carpe Diam, of course.

 

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Figure skating, and listening to the birds chirp in the springtime.

 

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Anything that makes me think.  Currently the OA on Netflix.

 

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

I like the things that make me gain weight like cheese, and butter and chocolate.  And my favorite color is, the rainbow.  So many colors bring me hope.

 

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?  

Gone to the Olympics.  Any sport, not too picky, yet figure skating would be my first pick.  Although, I throw a mean shot put.

 

 

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? https://amibethcross.com/

Here is my interview with Ruby Monet

Name: Ruby Monet – which is a pseudonym, but one in which I’m able to genuinely be myself on social media – without restrictions or reprisals

Age: 40-ish

Where are you from: I’ve lived a lot of places, for both of my parents’ careers, and for my professional career (my official “day job”).

 

Currently, I live in the Kansas City area. I’ve lived in (sometimes briefly) several parts of the US throughout my life:  Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, DC, Washington, Iowa, Illinois, California, and New Mexico…. I think that’s all of them. 🤔🤓 lol

 

A little about your self `ie your education Family life, etc.

I’m the oldest of 3 siblings, and I’m currently  dealing with a few long-term chronic illnesses related to auto-immune system disorders. 🤓🤔😢

 

I’m a scientist by nature, personality, academic training, and profession.  I have a B.S. in a broad science field (I prefer not to say just what), and I began working on my M.S. in Geology about 14 years ago.  About a decade ago, I put my M.S. pursuit (and related research) on hold to pursue my career in a different state than my grad school University. 🤓😊

 

Over the past year (Feb. 2016 – present), I’ve  dealt with many chronic health issues coming to a head.  Unfortunately, now I’m in the process of applying for disability…..and waiting for any decision to be released. 😢

 

This has been a  difficult experience, because I believe that I was called to my profession in order to make a difference to other people’s lives. 🤓😢

 

I’m disappointed that it’s difficult for me to now work 8+ hours/day.  So, I’m trying to find some kind of positive outlet. 😇   I’ve messed around with writing short stories for the past 20-ish years, but none of those attempts were meant as a serious endeavor.

 

Lately, I’ve been using my professional background and my research-based science personality to help dig into why I’m having so many health issues.  🤓

 

So, on days that my health is a little OK… I plug away a little bit at my story. My goal is to try to bring some sort of happiness (or escapism) to other people’s lives  by telling a great story. 🤓😇

 

There are 2 positive quotes from Maya Angelou that I really like, that pertain to where I’m at — regarding helping as others (writing and reading as an escape) as a positive means to deal with my current circumstances:

 

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

 

“You may not control all the events that happened to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I don’t really have a lot of writing news, just yet.

 

(Sorry for the text formatting.  It keeps doing it’s own thing, and it’s too challenging right now with my hands’ joint pain to keep fixing it.) 😢

 

I’m  still working on the 1st draft of my 1st story.

 

I guess the “latest news” that I have… the  feedback that I’ve gotten from friends and family about many of my graphic dreams has finally convinced me to write some of my dreams into stories to be shared with others.

 

Right now, I’m working on the 1st draft of a story about a dream that I’ve experienced (dreamed multiple times) since 1994.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

My sister has always been more of a writer than I am. I consider myself as more of a storyteller than a writer. 🤓🤔😅

 

I’ve jotted down story ideas in journals as a teen and college-aged young adult. Writing those stories down was mostly just an outlet for creative escape. 😅    In contrast, my sister pursued creative writing and poetry since she could hold a pencil, and then when she could type her ideas onto a keyboard. 😊


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Right now, I still don’t truly consider myself “a writer.”  I guess I am, but I’m certainly not at the same level as JK Rowling, Stephen King, Jean Auel, Lori King, Elle Boon, Siobhan Muir, or even Michael Cook. 🤓😅


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve mostly been inspired to write my 1st story based on a dream that I had on Monday, 9/4/1994.   I’ve had this dream multiple times since then.  The story has developed, the characters have revealed themselves more, and the overall story & message have fleshed out over time.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I’m  not really sure yet. 🤓😉.  I did OK with creative writing in high school and college, but it’s been along time since I’ve done any kind of creative writing (that’s not a technical report or legal background) for anyone else to read for enjoyment, get lost in a narrative, or critique for new ideas. 🤓

 

I’m definitely open to constructive criticism,  because I know I’ll need quite a bit of help before my story is ready to be sent to a publisher for serious consideration. 🤓😅

 

I absolutely plan to work with a professional editor or editing team, when the time comes. 🤓  Reading typos and grammar errors in any book or article is enough to derail my enjoyment, and it’s pretty frustrating to maintain focus with my ADHD. 🤓😇


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

So far, I only have a working title: “Glacier Mountain Aliens,” which is certainly not going to be the final title on the front cover. 🤓

 

I haven’t come up with a good book title yet, but lots of other names and facts have seemed to generate themselves easily. 🤓😅


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 

Geez, this story has so many messages to share, because of the dream that it’s based upon:

  • My dream in 1994 gave me the confirmation and direction to further pursue my given calling in science.  (My maternal grandfather gave me the initial push to make a difference in that scientific area when I was 9, and again when I was 16.)
  • Our Earth and the Universe are linked in so many complex ways — and many of us have missed a beautiful “big picture” out in the far flung reaches of space. (I envision nebulae in the Milky Way and beyond. They are beautiful expressions of the future being born in our Universe.)
  • Recurring themes of triumph over oppression.
  • Recurring themes of survival and success over obstacles and personal demons.
  • Recurring themes of “good” over “evil” and love vs. hate: racism, eugenics, genocide, love of all kinds (LGBTQIA), love as polyamory, and whether we need fighters as much as lovers.
  • Recurring themes of “us vs. them,” and the need for “trust” and altruism — for all of humanity to move forward in non-destructive progress.
  • Is peace-keeping the same as war, or does it prevent war?  Are Warriors needed all of the time?  If not, then when — and who should take up that specific call?
  • My characters travel through time & space, and find a very adventurous experience in another dimension, with aliens on a different planet, etc.
  • My characters are based on people that I know: not 100% for each person/character, but enough for each character to be realistic, have a multi-faceted personality, have flaws, and still be relate-able within the story. After all, this story is based on a dream about my friends and I, that I began having in 1994. 🤓😅
  • If we are cut-off from all that we are, all who we know, and all of the people that give us reference for who we are as human beings: will we each still fundamentally be/act like the same person?
  • Mental health (and emotional health) is nearly the same as physical health issues: we need to take daily responsibility for our well-being. This includes ADHD, PTSD, general anxiety disorder, bipolar II, etc. These are current mental health issues that are often stigmatized, when they need recognition, treatment, and daily management — much like a diabetic usually takes a dose (or doses) of insulin routinely to manage his/her medical condition.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Umm, I don’t know how realistic my story is. It’s a conglomeration of my personal experiences, lessons that I’ve learned from my friends’ hard knocks, a mish-mash of people that I know, and complete fiction that had occurred repeatedly in my dreamscapes.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

Wow. I’ve always loved to read, so it’s kind of hard to name one author or one genre of fiction or non-fiction. I read a variety of genres including Sci Fi, erotica, adventure, mystery, suspense, biographies, science journals, the Smithsonian, etc. 🤓

 

With my current health issues that sometimes affect my vision and my joints, I’m thankful that we have technology that reads out loud to us, can type text for us, and many more book & magazine genres are available as audiobooks today than just 10 years ago. 🤓🎧📚📝

 

FYI: I typically finished all of the US public school reading requirements 3-4 years ahead of schedule, including the classics. 🤓😅.  The only story that I didn’t really enjoy was “The Iliad,” but I think that’s because we translated it from Latin to English, as we went along. 🤓😉

 

Currently my author mentors (unofficially) are Caitlyn O’Leary and Lori King. 🤓😊.  Both of these wonderful ladies have been really helpful in explaining how the book publishing process works to a newbie.  🤓😅
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I typically read to (1) learn, or (2) escape my reality for a while. I read all kinds of authors, but lately I’ve read mostly (1) auto-immune system health books, or (2) erotica, paranormal, and Sci Fi books as an escape. 🤓🤔😅


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Author friends and groups on Facebook. I’ve also found groups on FB with people who struggle to deal with (and hopefully overcome) a variety of visible and invisible chronic illnesses. 🤓😇


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I think maybe so, but it will have to be a part-time gig because of my physical health limitations. 🤔🤓😢.

 

Unfortunately, this situation is a double-edged sword. 😢  My disability (if/when it’s approved) will be my primary income & support.  But, I still want/need an outlet to feel productive and useful somehow — something that I can do for a few hours on the days that I feel OK and have some energy. 😇😊🤔


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I’m not sure yet, since I’m still working on the 1st draft. 🤓🤔.  But the answer will probably be “yes.”  I’m a perfectionist, and a planner.  I can see myself obsessing over something inconsequential in the future…especially a detail that affects one story (like this one) to the next. 🤔😉

 

I have a love/hate relationship with book series. 🤓😂.  I have 6 different authors’ series that I’m following. 😅   But it’s so hard to remain patient for each subsequent story in the series: so that I can escape & experience that character’s world, and learn what has happened — or will likely happen next. 🤓😅🤔

 

FWIW: One of my current protagonist characters, “Colt,” is already clammering at the back of my mind for his story (entwined but separate) to be told, so that he gets an HEA/HFN too.  🤓😅


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Ummm, I think it started because I kept telling my sister and my friends such graphic story-like dreams. 🤓🤔😅  Many people don’t understand how all encompassing and detailed my dreams are: emotions due to events, the feeling of a hug or kiss, venue colors, tastes of food, sounds of voices, background music, clothing textures, etc. All of my senses are engaged, as if I were really living in the moment in one of my dreams. 🤔☺️

 

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Ummm, I’m not really at an edited stage in my story’s 1st draft. 🤓🤔

 

Here’s a thumbnail sketch of my story:

 

It starts off with about 20 of my friends (all women) and I on a research-based hike across a glacier field. We have 4 men acting as guides for us.

 

We fall through an unknown time warp / space portal hidden for millennia at the bottom of a huge glacial crevasse on Earth.  This time/space portal transports us across space and time to a completely different advanced alien culture.

 

Those of us with families and kids are completely isolated, and unable to communicate what’s happened with any of our loved ones in the 21st century on Earth.

 

The alien culture that we meet had set up portals at test locations on “potential colonies” throughout the universe over the past millions of years. They’ve encountered only 2 other young civilizations as a result (prior to meeting humans from Earth), and neither was a positive experience.

 

My friends and I have an opportunity to be ambassadors for humans, Earth, and the Milky Way in a bizarre adventure — especially when we learn that we’ve traveled far beyond the time, space, and galaxy that we all thought we knew plenty about.

 

We humans all thought that we had no need to question our cosmic address on Earth, our status in the Universe, nor our professional and personal callings in our individual lives.

 

Along the way, we meet aliens of different cultures that are warm and welcoming, as well as this that are hatefully prejudiced. (These conflicts are common occurrences in my dreams, and seem to subconsciously reflect some of the modern events and conflict that occur around us on Earth every day.)

 

There are some political and romantic entanglements between some of the human women and the alien men, and one of the human guides and some alien women. There are some cultural & relationship issues, especially when some of the alien women and men want to visit Earth.

 

There’s a potential alien government coups over a corrupt alien official and her allies, led in part by 2 of the human women from Earth.

 

There’s also the pending outcome of returning any humans and their alien friends/family/allies to Earth — and getting the exact time and location lined up with Earth’s magnetic fields, so that hopefully it will seem as if the humans had never been gone from their loved ones on Earth at all.

 

Then, there’s the part of the story arc of how do the human scientists and guides get people on Earth to believe them, without “outing” their alien friends who’ve come to Earth on a trial basis, prior to the aliens intentionally revealing themselves.

 

How would the human government leaders on Earth react (as realistically as possible) to learning about extraterrestrial aliens living among us?  Will the aliens be welcomed? Feared? Treated as lab rats? Treated with goodwill as ambassadors?  Viewed as a means to war-based technology? Viewed as having solutions to resolve or eradicate illnesses and pollution on Earth? Viewed as terrorists? Viewed as a threatening unknown “other?”

 

Will any future collaboration between humans and aliens tend towards non-destructive progress and technological growth on Earth?  Will the typical human flaw of greed/competition for power and profits overcome any positive outcome for the average human person on Earth?

 

Will we see further separating of “classes” on Earth, as the powerful, wealthy, geniuses, and connected people vie for “the best spot at the table” with a powerful new alien ally?

 

In the end, are we doomed as a human race to repeat the rise and fall of so many ancient civilizations? Will altruism and love of all kinds triumph over human flaws and vices that seem to grow when there’s any possibility for becoming bigger, better, and “more?”


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Getting the story within a story set up well, without being overkill, or running too long. 🤔😅


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Unfortunately, not yet. 🤓🤔  I would love to travel nearly anywhere on Earth 😉 — as long as my health is up for it. 🤔🤓😅

 


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

No one yet, but I’ve already seen some suggestions for some really gifted graphic artists. 😊


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I’m only able to work in short spans of time, only a few days per week – when my health is doing OK — issues with my vision, migraines, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, etc. 😢😇

 

I have Scrivener and voice recorder apps on my iPhone, so I can “jot down” story & character ideas as they come to me. 😊🤔🤓😇


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I’m still learning, and I’m thankful to have some awesome people as sounding-boards to provide feedback and direction. 🤔🤓😇

 

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?

I’m not sure. 🤔  I think that whomever can best capture the spirit of each of the characters would be a better fit than just saying specific actors can provide a “look” for each character in my story.  🤔🤓😇

 

On the other hand, I’ve only come across 2 actors that specifically physically remind me of the people whom my protagonist characters are based upon: Bitsie Tulloch and Brad William Henke. 🤔🤓😊


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Listen to others’ advise, but ultimately follow your dreams. No one can give you the worst “no” to you but yourself.  😇


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

I hope that people enjoy my story, and that there is some level of self-reflection — amongst the escapism.  😊

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I usually read 5-8 books at a time. 🤓🤔. Probably due to my ADHD and speed-reading, when I can see well.  🤓😇

 

Right now, I’m reading:

  • Paige’s Warriors by Ann Mayburn
  • The Ethical Slut by Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton
  • CBD-Rich Hemp Oil: Cannabis Medicine is Back by Steven Leonard-Johnson, RN, PhD and Tina Rappaport
  • The Paleo Approach books (AIP and cookbook) by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

I remember reading Lawrence the Alarm Clock by the time I was 3 1/2, and I could write my name (very imperfectly) by the time I was 4. 🤓😇   What can I say?  I’m your average overachieving and driven first-born. 🤓😅😂

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Silly and sarcastic stuff makes me laugh. Example:  the viral video clip of a cat watching a horror movie. 🤣

 

Horrible stuff makes me cry: animal abuse and neglect; and injustice that’s preventable – like the deaths of garment sweatshop workers in Bangladesh. 😢

 

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

I would love to meet Albert Einstein. Scientists made fabulous (and scary) progress in his era because of prioritizing collaboration over competition. 🤓🤔☺️

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

I’m not really sure. I’m an organ donor, and afterward I want my body donated to science to study all of my weird genetic auto-immune issues.

 

Once the scientific studies on my cadaver are over, they’ll cremate my body, and then I want my ashes scattered around the Rocky Mountains.

 

Mostly, I want my death to help other people, as much as to let my family & friends mourn in a peaceful setting.

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I love helping animals, trying new recipes for my health/allergies, I love to read, and I love to organize stuff. Not hoard things – but to help others organize all kinds of stuff. 🤓🤔😉.

 

I also like to learn new languages…and people seem eager to help with this, especially if they can teach me curse words. 🤔🤓😂

 

When I was healthy, I used to love roller-blading. Like some people love to train for endurance runs, I used to roller-blade 5+ miles nearly everyday. 😅☺️  I miss that physical outlet, and a chance to workout outside in nice weather. 😢

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Movies: “True Grit” (both versions), “Interstellar,” “Martian,” “Zombieland,” “Old School,” “School of Rock,” “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Pride & Prejudice,” “Harry Potter” series, “Magic Mike XXL,” “Deadpool,” “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” “The Blind Side,” and documentaries: “Inn Saei,” fast fashion, “Food, Inc.,” “Hot Coffee,” etc.

 

I loved reading & watching “Outbreak,” “World War Z,” and “Outlander.”   I’m really looking forward to the movie based on the book “The Lost City of Z.”

 

TV:  “Grimm,” “Elementary,” “Wynonna Earp,” “Doctor Who,” “Scorpion,” “The Santa Clarita Diet,” “Dexter,” NHL hockey, NFL football, MLS soccer, “NCIS,” “Cosmos” with Neil de Grasse Tyson, “iZombie,” “Bones,” “House Hunters,” etc.

 

Surprisingly, I’m not a huge fan of Star Wars or Star Trek. 🤔  I like the stories, but I’m just not a fanatic type of fan. 😇 My brother is a huge fan of Star Wars, and one of my high school BFFs is a huge fan of Star Trek. 😅  I can usually tell the 2 stories apart, but I don’t live and breathe these iconic stories and characters like many people do. 🤔🤓😇

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music 

Fave food: Italian and Irish food, but I’m allergic to wheat, garlic, and potatoes. 🤔😢. I know. 😉I learned about my food allergies in 2010, and it’s been challenging ever since. 😅

Fave color: Deep emerald green, because it reminds me of being outdoors in the summer.

Fave music: Alternative, hip hop, soundtracks for movies (because of variety), classical, and jazz 🤔😊

Animals: I love dogs, cats, horses, etc. I’m allergic though, so I get routine allergy shots. 🤓😢

FYI: Animal fears: Ants, cockroaches, deadly spiders, rabbits, sharks

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I’m a scientist. I’m in a field that helps people live a better life, but I chose to work in a background capacity — so that I can help serve the greater good. 😊🤓. No, I don’t work in Big Pharma, btw. 😉

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

I don’t have a blog set up on Word Press yet, but that’s on my to-do list. 🤓😅. Hopefully, I’ll have one set up within the month. 🤓

 

Here is my interview with Angela Ruth Strong

Name Angela Ruth Strong

Age Under 40 for a little bit longer…

Where are you from

I was born in southern California, but moved to Missouri for preschool, Kansas for elementary school, and Oregon for high school and college. I attended the University of Oregon for journalism though I started my family young and ended up staying home to raise kids and write children’s stories. I live in Idaho now.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Today I was offered an extension to my contract for the Resort to Love series to write book #4. Finding Love in Eureka, California releases next February. Book #2, Finding Love in Big Sky, Montana, is currently under option with a movie producer and being pitched this month to Hallmark for a Christmas movie. Then there’s novella 3.5, which will come out in August.  Finding Love on the Oregon Coast is a collection of novellas with some author friends about what happens to the bridesmaids after the bride runs away from her wedding. And, of course, I have to mention Finding Love in Park City, Utah, which releases NEXT MONTH!

Oh, and this month Presumed Dead came out.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

My mom was a writer, so I grew up with stories about me being published in magazines like Women’s World. When I wrote a story about myself in high school, I submitted it to a magazine figuring, “That’s just what you do, right?” They bought it, and I was hooked. Though it’s never been that easy since.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’ve always been a writer, but for a long time I had this obsession with proving it to the world. My mom came close to publishing a book then moved on to other hobbies. I was afraid that would happen to me, and I didn’t want it to. I was really blessed to sell my first book only two years after attending my first conference. It was the third novel I’d written, and actually it wasn’t even finished yet when I sold it. I know that was a gift from God, and since then, I’ve given this whole crazy career to Him. I’m a writer because He created me to be, and that’s never going to change.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

My first manuscript was titled Fake Blond. It was inspired by the chick lit genre, thus never published because that trend didn’t last very long.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I like to think of my writing as a mix of heart and humor. I laugh and cry when I write, and I hope my story makes readers do the same.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Okay, now I’ll talk about Presumed Dead, which is my romantic suspense novel out this month with an imprint of Harlequin—Love Inspired Suspense. I had a few friends who wrote for them, so I decided to try it too. My first manuscript I submitted was titled Presumed Dead. They didn’t buy it, so I wrote a second manuscript with a different name. They bought it. My editor asked, “What do you think about the title Presumed Dead?” I don’t know if she realized the connection, but I was like, “That’s a GREAT title!” Though it does confuse my critique partners who know the first story as Presumed Dead.

Apparently I like to write about survivors.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

This one is about the fine line between being a lone ranger and getting into bad relationships because you don’t want to be alone.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Thankfully, since someone is trying to kill the main character, this is not based on my life. The idea of a girl spending her summers at a family cabin on the lake and meeting a childhood sweetheart there came from a cabin that’s been in my ex’s family for sixty years, but that’s about it.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

The Scarlet Pimpernel. I fell in love with it in 8th grade and have loved hidden identities ever since. (Hence all the presumed dead stuff.)

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who  is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Becky Wade. She writes with even more heart and humor than me. Plus, my husband will listen to her audio books with me because she has such macho male characters.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

God. He’s the author of life.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Yes.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Bahaha. Always. Some authors won’t read their books after print because they see things they wished they would have changed. But I’m currently reading Presumed Dead just for fun. I won’t stress about mistakes; I will learn from them.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Presumed Dead: Framed for a sabotaged military operation, Preston Tyler has allowed everyone to believe he’s dead—until he witnesses someone planting a bomb in his childhood sweetheart’s cabin. To save Holly Fontaine’s life, he must blow his cover. Holly is shaken…both by the explosion and the sudden appearance of a man she thought she’d lost forever. But their reunion is short-lived when the bomb planter returns, forcing their escape into Lake Tahoe’s wilderness. As they struggle to survive, memories of their shared past reignite old feelings. Holly refuses to lose Preston again, but with their pursuer closing in, will the ultimate betrayal tear them apart for good?


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I want to express emotions deeper. I want to improve my description. And I want to write better first chapters.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Because my first book was part of the Love Finds You series that was set in real towns across America, I learned to research and pick real settings. My husband and I rode our Harley up to Big Sky for my book set in Montana, and I volunteered at the Sundance Film Festival to research for Finding Love in Park City. I also just started working part time at an airline so I can travel for free to do book-signings and attend conferences.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My publishers have designers, and I get a little bit of say. It’s harder than it looks.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The moments where I’m almost finished but I hate it and think it’s trash and want to chuck my computer out the window.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book, and what was it?

For Presumed Dead, I had to change the whole ending for my editor. I learned that I could do that. Before, the ending was always set in stone in my mind. Now I realize I can change ANYTHING. There’s no right or wrong. It’s about finding what works best.

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead

Chelsea Kane—she has the right amount of sass.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Do it because you love it, and out of your love, opportunities will arise.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Write me! I want to hear your story too.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Most recently I downloaded Submerged by Dani Pettrey. I haven’t started it yet, but I’ve heard good things.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The Monster at the End of this Book with Grover from Sesame Street. I get excited whenever I see it in stores now.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

More than anything, I cry over infidelity and abuse and abandoned children.

Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?

I’m a big fan of the band Train, and I heard that a bunch of the ticket agents got to meet Pat Monahan when he flew in for a concert here in Boise, and I’m hoping to get that chance, as well. It may sound shallow, but he’s a great writer of music lyrics, and many of his songs play on my mental soundtracks for my books. Plus, my husband used the song Marry Me in his proposal. I’m sure we’d become the best of friends.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?

I don’t know. Presumed Dead? 😉

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

I teach yoga and kickboxing, and I scrapbook. Oh, I also ride on the back of my husband’s Harley. I seriously think we should have a reality show titled The Writer and the Rider.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Madame Secretary is the best. And not just because one of the characters was presumed dead…

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

  1. Homemade bread and anything with cream cheese
  2. Red
  3. Train

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I would have liked to travel and trained aerobics instructors.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

www.angelaruthstrong.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1557213161269220/

 

Amazon Authors Page https://www.amazon.com/Angela-Ruth-Strong/e/B00B8BSHLE/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Link for Presumed Dead: https://www.amazon.com/Presumed-Dead-Love-Inspired-Suspense-ebook/dp/B01GO6NJJ2/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

Thanks for the interview! And thanks to those who read this whole thing. You probably now know more about me than my own mother.

 

Here is my interview with Darryl John

Name Darryl John

Age 49

Where are you from Cardiff Wales UK

 

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc 

I don’t have much family I have a Mum , Brother and Sister. I went to a secondary modern comprehensive where I was good at English, English Literature but put in the remedial maths class as I am somewhat discalculate though I didn’t know at that time. I studied at two different schools in two different parts of the UK. I left school with 7 CSE’s . I did the usual boring 9-5 jobs Until I was in my 30’s When I went to college and university where I passed an HND in Sports Therapy  Fitness and Nutrition, I am a qualified life coach, personal trainer, mentor, ESL teacher, blogger , published author, network marketing distributor and business builder. I have many personal barriers to overcome Coeliac disease, bipolar, autoimmune disorders, and social anxiety and mental health issues.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I have just moved in to the arena of network marketing in the Beauty And Skincare niche, a predominantly female business but I love a challenge and learning something new. My book Two Worlds The Real One And Mine has been out for 10 months and is my first book I was very lucky to be published as 1st time author and thank my publisher Austin Macauley for their input and giving me this opportunity.

 

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing when I was in school around the age of 14 or 15 . I used to write in my school books it was a way for me to put down my thoughts you see growing up was not easy as I was constantly bullied in school. My writing has always been like a release valve for all my anger and frustration. I also like to stir up Emotional responses and make people revaluate their lives and morals. My form has always been mostly to write using Poetry and Rhymes.

 

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Honestly I have always been writing I used to show my work to friends who used to say wow you’ve got a talent, but I used to think they were just being kind. I never considered myself as a bona fide author until I had my first book published.

 

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I used Writing to vent my anger at things that are going on around the world and in my life to be a voice for the people and to publicly say what many people think in a very hard hitting sometimes uncomfortable forthright manner. Also it may help others with their own personal battle.

 

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

Yes in your face , tell it as it is, using Poetry and Rhymes along with a Buddhist undercurrent and morals. On Amazon one person said it was like a modern version of the Tao – Te-Ching high praise indeed ( if only)

 

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

It is because the book is about two worlds the real one with many social issues and corporate greed. And my world of medication and my ongoing battles with illnesses and mental health. It’s deeply personal in places but I am very open with my life again it comes from my Buddhist philosophy and my eagerness to show others they are not alone.

 

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes I want people to question their life their beliefs, and morals and to offer support to those dealing with their own issues. There’s always two sides to everything so don’t be so eager to judge others when you don’t know their story.

 

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

95% of the book is real based on real issues, situations,people, personal

 

 

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

Art of War  Sun Tzu

Awakening The Buddha Within  Surya Das

The Book of Five Rings – Miyamoto Musashi

Think And Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

The Tao -Te Ching  – Lao Tzu

Win Friends And Influence People – Dale Carnegie

As for Mentors I would only say my Mum and my martial arts sifus and instructors in Tae Kwon Do, kick boxing, Lau Gar, War Gar, and others I can’t mention. I learned so much about life from them, they shaped my morals and beliefs, taught me humility and to be non judgemental. To always protect those you love.

 

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who  is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

As a writer it may surprise you but I only own the above books and don’t really read any others apart from business books to help me as I am a constant learner. For me a book has to be practical useful I don’t read fiction , if it’s not real I’m not interested.

 

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

 My Friends around the UK and my publisher Austin Macauley

 

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

I see it as an option , I don’t write for financial gain but as a kind of therapy,though a man’s gotta eat.

 

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No it’s about reality you cannot change that.

 

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

From school I loved writing stories and doing assignments in college and university

 

 

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Sometimes I have to moderate my language as some things really upset or make me very angry. Not mix my two worlds too much and to paint a very visual picture with words as it’s a short book so I needed to make a big impact.

 

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

 No as most of the locations are in my mind .

 

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

My publisher designed these

 

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book

Not saying everything that I think.

 

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Yes that I can be very open ,quite dark and disturbing yet motivational and empathic and very angry.

 

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead

Kenau Reeves

 

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Just go for it,

 

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers

Only think , don’t judge

 

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

Network marketing company stuff, and Think and Grow Rich

 

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

No

 

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry

My friends make me laugh and keep me grounded, but I am very emotional and can cry for no reason ,( depression) or when people harm animals

 

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

The Dalai Lama he is so humble and insightful

Rafa Nadal, Rodger Federer as they are both, great gentleman and competitors

 

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

Here lies a humble man

 

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Learning social media, fitness training, watching football, playing pool, learning

 

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

I don’t watch much TV as I am always working if I do then it’s CSI or NciS

 

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

My favourite colour is blue and musically I love rock, blues, easy listening, 90’s I only dislike , cheesy pop and 70s Disco  Stone Roses, Oasis, Blur, Blackberry Smoke.Aerosmith, Green Day.

I am a Vegetarian I couldn’t go Vegan as I love Cheese oh an Pizza who doesn’t

 

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I don’t know as I have done so much, but I know I want to be remembered as a gentle, humble man who was always there for others.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Facebook Darryl John published author  poet and social commentator

Darryl John beBee for my blogg

 

Amazon Authors Page

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/r.html?C=2PESS4VDAYE8U&R=19A1B3RWKJVPG&T=C&U=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2F-%2Fe%2FB06WVH3F23%3Fref_%3Dpe_1805931_64002121&A=Z44EJOXLNHTWDB5T8O5PQWCQ6MIA&H=CHBHS6JJ4IKTCUR6UNPIFNNM8BOA&ref_=pe_1805931_64002121

Here is my interview with Carole McKee

Name Carole McKee

Age 69 (Getting older than an Egyptian mummy!!)

Where are you from

Originally, I am from Pittsburgh. That will always be home to me, even though I live in beautiful Clearwater, Florida.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

Currently, I am retired from the work force, but I had several careers during my years of employment. I started out as a keypunch operator, which was what data entry was called way back then. I worked in retail for awhile, then worked as a route driver, a document coder, and an area manager in the photo developing industry, among other jobs.

I didn’t go to college until my kids were out of high school. Then, once I started, I didn’t want to stop. My first degree was an Associate’s degree in Nuclear Medicine. After that, I earned a Bachelor’s in Human Health Science. But I had the bug, so I didn’t want to quit going to school. I obtained a Bachelor’s  in Business Administration, and then a Master’s in Behavioral Health Science, focusing on School Counselling. You might say I just didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I became a Nuclear Medicine Technologist, then an office manager, a supervisor, a customer service rep, and a school counsellor.

My two beautiful children, Terra and Eric, were the light of my life and my heart. Eric passed away from a rare bone marrow illness, but left me a beautiful grandson. Eric Edmund, named after his father And his great-grandfather (my dad), resides with his mother in Philadelphia. I don’t get to see him very often, but would love to. My daughter lives in Salt Lake City.

I live alone with my cat, Myttenz, and manage to stay very active. Besides being the Treasurer of my Homeowner’s Association, I am a Deacon in my church. I also belong to a screen writer’s group, where I am slowly learning to write screen plays. I have participated as an extra in films produced by the group. It’s fun.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My last published work was a trilogy, “Testosterone poisoning.” I am currently working on a novel that will probably end up being a series of three. It’s title is “Angelface.” I’m hoping to have this one completed and published by late April. Hopefully.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

For as long as I can remember, I have always written stories. I’ve always loved writing. In high school and college, any time there was a paper required, I just excelled at it. A few of my professors remarked on my writing ability, a more than one suggested I pursue it.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

How I really got started was when my beloved black Lab died. Because he was so loved, I had him cremated so he would always be with me. The woman who handled the cremation called me just to tell me how beautiful he was, and we talked about him for quite a while. I told her stories about him, and how special he was. She suggested that I write his story. So I did. I submitted it to a couple magazines and a veterinary magazine bought it. That was my first published work. I always had a head full of stories, and one day I just said, “Why not try writing a book from one of those stories inside my head?” And “Perfect” was born. I submitted “Perfect” into a contest and the book won an Honorable Mention. I didn’t think that was a big deal at the time, until I learned that the contest had over 250,000 entries. So it kinda was a big deal. That fact, plus the praise I received from people who read it, made me think of myself as a writer. So I wrote another one. “Choices” ended up being a  series of four books, ending with “Consequences.” Since that series, there have been four eBooks. Oh, and I also republished “Perfect” at a more affordable price. I will do that with the “Choices” series as well.

 


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

After selling the short story about Jackson, my Lab, I decided to put on paper the story rolling around in my head.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I’m not sure what that means. A lot of passion comes through in my writing, so I’m told. Many people told me they could feel the feelings of the characters. I don’t think I really have a specific style. I just write from the heart. But I do write realistic true to life stories. I don’t put a lot of sex in my stories, because I want the personalities and the relationships to be the story. I mean, there is some sex, but it’s not the main focus.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Well, the girl in the story was a perfect child who grew into a beautiful adult. She had a wonderful life growing up, and when she met the man of her dreams, he was perfect. They were perfect for each other. Could any other title have been more Perfect?


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

A message? Well, I guess I would want to remind readers that no matter how you look, or what you have, or how perfect or imperfect your life is, tragedy can still strike without warning. That’s why I think it’s important to be thankful and grateful for each day, and to  live each day loving, respecting, and celebrating life.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Actually, the story is based on a real true story. Where I had to improvise, I did use some real life incidents from my life.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

 The book that influenced my life the most was “The Sleeping Prophet,” the Edgar Cayce story. Then, later on, “Conversations with God” by Neale Donald Walsh became a huge influence. As far as having a mentor, I really never did. But I had an English teacher in high school who encouraged me to love the English language and to be the best that I can be in everything I attempt. I dedicated one of my books, “Maddie’s Garden,” to her. Unfortunately, Mrs. Simpson passed away just days before the book came out.

 

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who  is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

 Well, I love Linda Lee Williams books. She writes paranormal romance. She has a series of vampire romances that I thoroughly enjoyed. I don’t like blood and gore, so these are great. Just love and romance with fangs. Marie Lavender is another author I like. And one more — Get ready to hear a lot from this new author: Terri Gregg. I just finished reading her murder mystery, “Bones Unearthed,” and it was terrific. It’s her first book, and hopefully there will be more.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Libby. Libby Pavlakovich. We have been friends for more than 50 years, and no matter what, she has always been in my corner. I love her like the sister I never had.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

Oh, absolutely. After all the careers I have endured, I finally found the one I never want to leave.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I think I would change the way I published my first four books. I didn’t know any better when I wrote them, and I stupidly went with a self-publishing house. It was a huge, expensive mistake. Another thing I would have done differently is that I would have started seriously writing a lot sooner than I did. I spent years going from career to career, and never being totally happy or satisfied. Writing fulfills me.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

 It originated all the way back to when I was a child. I would hide away in my bedroom away from my brothers and my parents and write short stories. Then, when I got older and in high school, I loved it when we had to write a paper. Other students thought I was nuts, but I knew I was in my element.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Okay.”Angelface” is  Deanna Davies. She’s in her twenties, grew up on a farm, grooms dogs for a living, and wants to eventually become a veterinarian. She meets Mr. wonderful, a highly skilled combat trained employee of an international rescue, retrieval, and return agency, his family’s business. The fun romance is great until she finds out that he has killed people. By now, he is head over heels in love with her, and she with him. But can they work past this? Deanna, lover of life, and Darren, who has taken life away?

Here are a couple small excerpts:

“Will you dance with me? Please?” He held out his hand to her.

“Yes,” she responded as she accepted his hand. He noted the look of disbelief on the other women’s faces as he gently helped the girl from her chair. The music was just starting as he wrapped his arm around her waist and tucked her hand into his chest. He smiled down at her.

“I think I’m a little drunk,” she told him.

“Yeah, I think you are, too. What’s your name?”

“Deanna.”

“Deanna. That’s a pretty name.”

“My friends call me DeeDee.”

“Yeah? Well, I think I’ll call you Angelface.”

***

“This shouldn’t take too long,” Darren said, as he exited the plane at the San Diego Airport. “It’s always a breeze when we get the information early on.”

“Let’s just hope it’s correct information.” Ken replied. “There’s Keith.”

Darren and Ken joined Keith as he stood next to the black Lincoln Navigator. “Hey, Bro…what do we know so far?” Darren hugged his brother.

“Well…should be a slam-dunk. Couple came down here, wandered over the border into Tijuana, guy gets jumped, beaten up, girl disappears. Luckily for the guy, another American found him, got him to the hospital. Mexican police aren’t interested in finding the girl; don’t care that he was assaulted either. So he called his dad. His dad knows about our agency, so he called us.”

“When did this happen?” Ken asked.

“Two days ago. So we are on top of it.”

“Ken and I will load up our gear. Bro, how about you waltz on over to that Wendy’s and get us some food while we pack up? Save time.” Keith nodded and snagged the twenty out of Darren’s hand. With very little effort, the Navigator was loaded.

“You’re doing it again,” Ken said to Darren.

“Huh? Doing what?”

“Smiling into space.” Ken smirked, and Darren chuckled.

“You know…I’m a badass. A real badass. You know that. Yet…,” Darren smiled. “Yet, when I’m with Deanna…I’m a marshmallow. You know?”

“Yeah. I know. It’s called love. You’re in love, dude. And you know what? So am I. We’re screwed.”

***

 


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Well, a little known secret about me is that I’m dyslexic. Although I have trained myself to deal with it, sometimes I slip and transpose words. I usually catch it when I go back and read what I’ve written, but if not, my editor does. The words, sentences, paragraphs, and chapters come easily to me. But the marketing? Not so much. Marketing is my downfall. I mean, when I was a kid, I couldn’t even sell Girl Scout Cookies. I’m just not a sales person, and I think you need to have that mindset in order to market well.


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I’ve done a lot of traveling, and I’ve lived in several places over the years. So no, I don’t have to do much traveling now. Of course, the Internet helps a lot if I need to learn something specific about a city or town; but for the most part, I rely on my memory of places I’ve been.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I designed most of them, even those that were published through the self-publishing house. A have a friend who sometimes helps me with the paperback covers. She’s awesome at it! She won’t let me say her name, though.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Ending it. Seriously. I never want to let go of my characters. So it’s not unusual for my characters to appear in other stories, not related to them. For example, Deanna in “Angelface” grooms Storm Galloway’s dog (from “Testosterone Poisoning”).


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

 I have always lacked self-confidence. I just never believed that I could actually write a book that others would read. Through my first book, I learned that I could.

Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?

 Well, let’s see…first of all, I think the “Choices” series would make an excellent TV drama series, but for a film? If “Maddie’s Garden” became a film, I could see Lisa Kudrow playing Maddie. But, actually, I can see all new actors and actresses with roles in my stories. Since I’m an unknown, I would want a lot of unknowns to get a break. That’s just me.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

 Just write. Persevere. But first, know the language. Keep a dictionary nearby. Nothing upsets me more than reading a good story and finding misused words. *There, they’re, and their–know which goes where.*


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

 I love to hear from readers, and I’m always open to suggestions. If a reader likes a book, I’d love to hear that. I the reader didn’t like the book. I’d love to know why, so I can keep that in mind for future books.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 I just started “The Cowgirl Takes her Man” by Barbara Caitlin. I enjoy small town romances.

 

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

Yes, I do. I was about eight years old. The book was called “No Children, No Pets.” It was about a single mom inheriting an apartment building in South Florida. My mother was enrolled in a book club for books for her, and she enrolled me in it, too. Every month I received hard cover books geared for young readers. I loved it.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

 I love good comedy. Subtle sarcasm in particular. What makes me cry? Everything. I cry when I see someone hurting, but I also tear up when something great happens to someone. Tears of joy, I guess. I’m pretty sentimental.

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

There are so many I would have loved to have known, for right now, the Obama family comes to mind. I just loved watching their interaction with each other. They are so cute together.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

“Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda…but I ran out of time.”

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

Reading, of course. But I also do some sewing and crafts. I love to embroider. Some artwork, as well. I do a few sketches in pencil occasionally. Some I have framed.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

“This is Us” is one of favorites, but I like the Chicago shows–“Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD’, and ‘Chicago Med.” “Grey’s Anatomy” “Scandal” And “Law & Order, SVU” For sitcoms I love “Mom” and “The Big Bang Theory” and “Speechless.” I am also a major NFL fan. I love watching football. Of course, the Pittsburgh Steelers is my team.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Foods…I love chicken and Italian, but not together. Filet mignon, too. Very rare. Colors…Turquoise is my favorite color, but I like shades of purple, lilac and pink together. Music…light rock, and the oldies. 50’s, and 60’s.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

 Probably everything I’ve already done. As I said, I was never really happy or satisfied with my other careers, but…well…I endured them. I might have pursued a career in some form of art, but it was not encouraged. I come from a hard-working family, and so trying to make a living through any form of the arts was considered a frivolous dream. And it certainly wasn’t a guaranteed pay check. I guess you could say that I’m my family’s odd one, because I am a dreamer. I was never happy in a corporate world.

 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Yes, I do have a blog. I can be found here: http://author-carole-mckee.blogspot.com/

Authors Amazon page USA https://www.amazon.com/Carole-McKee/e/B0082D3810/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

 UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carole-McKee/e/B0082D3810/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

 

Links to Books…

Maddie’s Garden:

Amazon:   http://tinyurl.com/htfd8gl

Smashwords:  http://tinyurl.com/gt2yc7k

Barnes&Noble:  http://tinyurl.com/jgu2jkd

 

Perfect:

Amazon:  http://tinyurl.com/zv2yooj

Smashwords:  Will be added soon.

Barnes&Noble:  http://tinyurl.com/hkgmwdv

 

Testosterone Poisoning (Book 1 only):

Amazon:  http://tinyurl.com/hlsbfrw

Smashwords:  http://tinyurl.com/jdvgype

Barnes&Noble:  http://tinyurl.com/j8wwr9o

 

Testosterone Poisoning  (Book 2 only):

 Smashwords:  http://tinyurl.com/hm5jp7o

Barnes&Noble:   http://tinyurl.com/j3q7vu3

 

Testosterone Poisoning (Book 3 only):

 Smashwords:  http://tinyurl.com/gnuhc4h

Barnes&Noble: http://tinyurl.com/j7pssko

 

Testosterone Poisoning Complete trilogy (Books 1, 2, 3)

 Amazon:  http://tinyurl.com/j3qbk8w  (Also available in paperback)

Barnes&Noble:  http://tinyurl.com/j895rns   (paperback)

 

Second Chances:

 Amazon:  http://tinyurl.com/hau9ouv

Smashwords:  http://tinyurl.com/j948852

Barnes&Noble:  http://tinyurl.com/j43bmsx

Going Home:

 Amazon:  http://tinyurl.com/zwrz28e 

Smashwords:  http://tinyurl.com/jtbyuch

Barnes&Noble:  http://tinyurl.com/johqxu3

Kisses from the Heart:

 Amazon:  http://tinyurl.com/jyxyx2w

Smashwords:  http://tinyurl.com/m5uu8k5

Barnes&Noble: http://tinyurl.com/j2h6sgv

 

Choices:  (Available in paperback and eBook)

 Amazon:  http://tinyurl.com/hhthna6

Barnes&Noble:  http://tinyurl.com/gnqvhx6

 

The Bushes are Red:  (available in paperback and eBook)

 Amazon:  http://tinyurl.com/h9jar7u

Barnes&Noble:  http://tinyurl.com/zoktj9x

The Full Nelson:  (Paperback and eBook)

Amazon:  http://tinyurl.com/jnejzxq

Barnes&Noble:  http://tinyurl.com/jfyrpma

Consequences:

 Amazon:  http://tinyurl.com/h8bcgsr

Barnes&Noble:  http://tinyurl.com/gol2uce