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Monday, June 9, 2014

My Writing Process By Rico Austin

Hello, I’ve been invited to be a part of the My Writing Process Blog Tour by Author Annette Snyder, to read more about Annette and her books go to: http://annettesnyder.atspace.com/, 2011 EPIC Finalist, “Intimate Flames.”
Here is my writing process:
I am currently busy with 2 different projects at the same time:  Mexico got Lucky;  NORRA Mexican 1000 Race, 1309 Miles of a Baja Classic Story (BCS) 2014; 
    2.    I try to live / experience everything of which I write about. I love Hemingway’s quote:
            “In order to write about life first you must live it.”
    3.    I write what comes my way and when I find a great subject I go for it.
    4.    My writing process is: I usually write in the evenings and late night while sipping a cerveza margarita. I do my best writing when alcohol is present and the night is dark.
On 6/9/2014, please take the time to visit these authors below who are participating in the My Writing Process Blog Tour using their links below.
Joann H. Buchanan is the mother of five children and the owner of Empire Voices, an audio production company that is taking the audio book world by storm. She’s the author of I Am Wolf and The Kiss two book in the Children of Nox series. After Dark, book 3 in the series is due out this year. Shine, a standalone book and Empires Lost, Keileigh book 1 is also due out this year. She lives by a single motto, Live imagine and create. When Joann isn't writing, she is raising her beautiful children and playing with her dogs, Molly and Mocha. http://theeclecticartistcave.blogspot.com 
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Kat Hammontre lives in San Felipe, Baja Norte, Mexico and writes  a column for the town.  She also writes a demented “Dear Abby” column for the San Felipe Newsletter.   You can find Kat’s writing here at:  www.katskorner.com.mx http: href?>
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Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Normal Heart

It's been a long time since I have posted anything "real" on this blog. There was a time when I would post things about hope and miracles. Then I became obsessed with writing tips, my friends who are authors and even my own personal pursuit of being an author. Somewhere along the line things that mattered to me took a back seat to all of that. Now things have come full circle, at least in a small way. :)

I watched a movie called A Normal Heart, the story about the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic here in America. And that brought back so many memories.

For those who don't know, I grew up in San Diego, Ca., one of the ultimate melting pots of creativity, sunshine and different cultures. I had many friends who were gay and even some who passed away. That movie brought back their laughter and tears. This post, to me is important because it is a disease that has touched me on a personal level. Before you ask, no I don't have AIDS. Watching people you love and care about pass from this disease is not something you would soon forget. It's filled with more pain and kills the  body mind and spirit in such a slow way that it should literally be something those going to hell should have to deal with, not those innocent people who were brave in the face of such an evil.

I find it strange that what once sent well educated people running to the hills, now barely makes a blip on the radar when it comes to news. AIDS/HIV is not new but it is still there. The estimated number of cases that turn up DAILY is 6000. I'm going to say that again in case someone decided to skim. The estimated number of cases that turn up DAILY is 6000. That number should be lower. We know how to prevent it from spreading and yet somewhere along the line our species that has such a strong will to live, can't seem to simply listen. That number is not for the Gay society only, it is for all people in our small part of the world.

I know that parents aren't comfortable talking to their kids about sex, but believe me when I say that if you don't, someone else will and that person may not end up having their best interest in mind. Please don't assume that your child is not having sex because it's something you don't want to consider. Please purchase condoms for them so that they are safe should they make that ultimate intimate decision. If we do not educate our children then we are raising our own apocalypse.

There is not a cure. There is merely life expanding drugs. To quote A Normal Heart, Polio was an incurable disease once...

I know that this isn't the usual post, but it is something that needs to be said and people need to be reminded that not only does this disease still ravage our world, but it steals our youth, our possibilities and our hope for the future. A cure can be found if people can remember that the real terrorists of the world are not those we see in foreign lands, they are the things we can't see with the naked eye.

Much love to all those who are dealing with this disease and putting up a brave fight.

A Normal Heart's cast was incredible, the story full of heartache and realism. The heaviness of the drama should and could only serve as a reminder of a friend of mine who passed from this horrible disease back when we didn't understand it. You are loved still, missed even now and will never be forgotten.

Monday, February 3, 2014



Title: Cover to Covers
Author: Alexandrea Weis
Release Date: February 1, 2014

Genre: New Adult Romance



Excerpt:
“If I can be of any further assistance, Mr. Moore,” a peppy blonde with too much black eyeliner said to the man in the impeccably tailored, dark blue Hugo Boss suit. “Please, let me know. I have your suite key.” She pushed the white key-card over the surface of the front desk. “Your usual order of Veuve Clicquot and strawberries will be waiting in your room,” she added with a welcoming smile.
     The self-assured gentleman removed his dark Porsche sunglasses and let his deep-set dark brown eyes linger over the young woman’s attractive face. “Afraid I won’t be needing that this time, Missy,” he murmured, getting a glimpse at her nametag.
     “Oh, I’m sorry, Mr. Moore. I was informed you are always to have a bottle of Veuve Clicquot waiting in your room whenever you stay with us.”
     Wandering over Missy’s stout figure, his eyes fixated on the way her blue blazer clung to her ample bosom. “I usually do when I’m staying here for a relaxing weekend. This time, however, is all business.” He placed his sunglasses in his jacket pocket.
     Missy leaned forward, revealing her cleavage as her blue eyes meandered up and down his body. “I am very sorry to hear that, Mr. Moore.”
     The flirtatious pout that puckered her red lips made Tyler Moore wipe his hand across his chin, attempting to hide his cocky grin. At six-foot-one, with black, wavy hair outlining his chiseled cheekbones and determined, square jaw, he was used to getting such suggestive looks from the opposite sex. But he knew that looks could only get you so far with a woman.
     “How sorry are you?”
     Missy’s eyes popped with interest. “I…I’m not sure what you mean, Mr. Moore.”   
     “How sorry are you that I won’t be having any fun this weekend, Missy?”
     She fingered the lapel on her blue blazer adjacent to her right breast. “I would hate to think your stay here would only be about business, Mr. Moore. If there was anything I could do to change that….”
     He felt a kick of satisfaction as he gazed into her hopeful eyes. “Perhaps you might come up with a few suggestions of other ways I could spend my weekend in your wonderful hotel? We could go over them later…at the bar, after you get off work.”
     The pale blush blossoming on her cheeks was so becoming that Tyler almost began to believe their playful repartee had been worth the effort.
     “I’ll think about it, Mr. Moore.”
     “You do that, Missy. When you have an answer, you know where to find me.” He motioned to his overnight bag and black suitcase by the desk. “Be a sweetheart, and have the porter take my bags to my room. I have to meet a client in the bar before I go up to my suite.”
     The flush on Missy’s cheeks was positively radiant. “Yes, Mr. Moore. Right away.”
     Tyler turned from the polished reception desk, unable to hide his smug grin. No matter where he went, the lust in a woman’s eyes never got old. The entire episode with the desk clerk had only reinforced his belief that it was his confidence, and not his looks, that always got a woman to give him what he wanted. He had learned long ago that his handsome face could only take him so far in life, and had made a concerted effort to take control of any situation. It was a philosophy he had incorporated into every arena of his life.  
     “I’ll have to check back in with sweet little Missy. See how she looks without the blazer.” He strutted across the lobby toward the arched entrance of the Rattlesnake Bar.
     A warm glow of honey, onyx, and a contemporary Western-theme greeted him as he stepped into the cool bar. Perched on the brown leather barstools, an array of women sipped on a myriad of colorful alcoholic concoctions while trying to chase away the sweltering afternoon heat. Tyler noted how more than one set of eyes turned his way as he strolled up to the bar. He checked his confidence at the door and pushed all thoughts of possible late night hookups from his mind.
     His flourishing oil and gas business was always more important than women. Besides, women were nothing more than a distraction at this point in his life. Having just passed the milestone of his fiftieth birthday, Tyler pondered that perhaps it was time for him to stop pursuing such meaningless liaisons and settle down with a tolerable woman who could cater to all of his needs.
     “Two divorces are plenty,” he reasoned as he arrived at the onyx marble and teak-topped bar. Lightly stroking the smooth surface of the marble, he remembered many of the encounters he had experienced in that very bar. Snapshots of blurred faces and forgettable names skipped across his mind. Some of the women had been exciting, a few horrific, but none had been…memorable.

     You know who was memorable, don’t you, Ty? His inner voice taunted. She was the one you let slip through your fingers.

     Tyler snickered at his self-remonstrations. He hated to admit his inner demon was right, but it was. She had happened so long ago, but he found it funny how advancing age only seemed to make the memories of youth more poignant. It was as if growing older brought into focus the emotions that the impetuosity of youth seemed to blur.





https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19547372-cover-to-covers





Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Her first novel, To My Senses, introduced readers to the world of Nicci Beauvoir and garnered numerous awards and rave reviews. Her popular second Nicci Beauvoir novel, Recovery, won the Gold Medal for best romantic suspense from The Reader’s Favorite Book Awards 2011, and was named best Romantic Suspense novel by the Spring 2011 NABE Pinnacle Book Awards. Her fourth novel, Broken Wings, won best Contemporary Romance by the NABE Pinnacle Book Awards in 2012, was a Silver Medal winner in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards for Romance, as well as a finalist in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards for Contemporary Romance for 2012. Her last novel, Acadian Waltz received honorable mention at the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards for Best Contemporary Romance and was a Best Southern Fiction Finalist. A permitted wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.  







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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lindsay Anne Kendal: HEARTFELT PLEA FOR HELP!! Please read.

Lindsay Anne Kendal: HEARTFELT PLEA FOR HELP!! Please read.: Hello all my lovely friends. I’m asking for your help here. My sister Cheryl’s friend, Fern, tragically lost her partner, David, in a car ac...

Monday, December 2, 2013

Lindsay Anne Kendal: HUGE Christmas Giveaway!! 21 ebooks up for grabs!!...

Lindsay Anne Kendal: HUGE Christmas Giveaway!! 21 ebooks up for grabs!!...: Hey everyone! Well, since it's Christmas, a time for sharing... and gifts! I decided to host a HUGE giveaway. We have some wond...

Monday, November 18, 2013

Welcome T. R. Stampz


 
Welcome to The Eclectic Artist Cave T. R. Stampz
 
What is the Title of your latest book? What is it about? My latest book is called The Many Lives of Mandy. It is a collection of short Erotica stories dealing with the adventures of Mandy. Mandy and Devon have some lessons to catch up on in order for him to graduate, but Devon teaches her a few things of his own.
Mandy and Alex make sweet music together after all she wanted was for him to play a song for her on the radio.
Mandy and Derek have more than business on their minds after she takes a job as his personal assistant.
And Amanda and Michael meet when she stops at her favorite bar and grill for quick burger, but end up with much more than a side of fries.

What made you decide to write? I have always had little scenarios going through my head and one day I decided to put them down on paper. I never thought I would ever be published. I was doing it to try and quiet the voices in my head. Lol

What inspires you? I can be inspired by just about anything. I can see a couple walking down the street and it will trigger something in my head to come up with a story about them, I use past experiences in my own life, and music. Music is a big trigger for me.

What authors do you love? Wow, there are so many. Stephen King, early Charlaine Harris works, and of course all of my fellow authors at Firefly & Wisp.

What authors do you hate? I can’t think of one single author by name, but I cannot handle authors who will continuously use brand names for items. I read a book a while back that drove me nuts. Instead of saying she was taking an aspirin, it was Tylenol, instead of drinking a soda, it was a Pepsi. It was pages and pages of this type of thing. We the reader doesn’t need to know what brand it was, just that they used the item.

What authors do you hate to love? I don’t think I really have an author I hate to love.

Who is your favorite character in your book? My favorite character from my most recent book is Alex. He is based on an actual love from my past and I really enjoyed remembering that experience while writing the story.

What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most? I love building tension. Whether it is a sexual situation or an action piece, I love building that scene until it crescendo at the apex.

What part of the writing process do you least enjoy? Writing dialogue is the worst thing. For me, it is so time consuming and not very fun. I know what I want the characters to say, but putting it down on paper is tedious for me.

Can you tell us about your latest WIP? My latest work is called On the Back: My Life as a Biker’s Old Lady. I love bikers and bikes. I love Sons of Anarchy and that inspired the story. I wanted to write a story from the Old Lady’s point of view instead of the biker’s point of view. It tells the story of how a teenage girl goes from a good home to being in the middle of a biker club- the good and the bad.

What are some marketing tips you can share? No one wants marketing tips from me. I am horrible at it. Lol I wish I did a better job at getting my work out there.

What is your day job? I no longer have a day job. I used to be a Licensed Medical Massage Therapist, but I developed a condition that prevents me from practicing any more.

What profession other than writing would you like to try? I would love to be a doctor. I love the thought of helping people.

What is your favorite curse word? I actually have two. One I use only on the rarest of occasions, but F word or any variation of it is what I use the most.

What is your favorite word? Bizarre-I am not sure why I started using it, but I use it quite often and usually for no apparent reason. lol

What three things do you need to have around you when you write? Caffeine, music and the television on at the same time, and cigarettes. 

What tips do you have for new writers? Write! Don’t try to emulate another author, use your own voice. Tell your own story. When we try to be the next JK Rowling or Stephen King, we will fail. They are already published, but you may not be out there already. Be yourself and have your own style.

What would you like to say to your fans? I would like to say that without you, I would not be here. I would not have my books out there. It is you, the reader, you keep me going. You are the best fans ever. I love meeting you and getting to know you. I would also like to say thank you for standing with me on my journey.
 
You can find T. R. Stampz at the following links.
 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Forbidden Reviews: Operation Support Our Troops Mary Kay Style

I really feel this is for a good cause. Please spread the word.

Forbidden Reviews: Operation Support Our Troops Mary Kay Style: Hello, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Mindy Janicke and I am an Independent Mary Kay Sr. Consultant. Our Allstar Uni...

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Crystal Ward



I want to welcome Crystal Ward to The Eclectic Artist Cave today!!



What is the Title of your latest book?

What is it about? The Supernova Saga: Event Horizon. It's the fourth and final book in The Supernova Saga. I don't want to give too much away about it since it's the fourth book in the series, but here's the blurb: From addiction and betrayal, to stalkers, jealousy, and death, Evania thought she'd faced it all. But there's no rest for the wicked, so there's never rest for a Guardian. After the run-in with their ultimate enemy, fearful dreams bring visions of fantasy and cryptic messages from a late best friend. In the final chapter, the supernova Guardian is faced with the biggest choice of her life. Every secret is revealed. Lines are drawn. An army is formed.

 

What made you decide to write?

 I've been writing since I was eight years old. I like being able to take any inconceiveable idea in my head and make it real.

 

What inspires you?

Anything and everything. When I was writing the saga, I'd get inspired by songs, voices, quotes, a look from someone, a feeling, etc.

What authors do you love?

 Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins.


What authors do you hate?

 None that I can think of.  

What authors do you hate to love?

 Haha None really.

Who is your favorite character in your book?

 Desmond Kane. He's the ultimate Guardian. :) Everything about him screams hero. Being pretty gorgeous and muscular helps out too.

What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most?

 Definitely not the editing. Haha. Probably the beginning, looking up names, places, researching, all of that.

 


What part of the writing process do you least enjoy?

Can you tell us about your latest WIP? I picked up a story I had one chapter done for NaNoWriMo. It's an urban fantasy about a girl, Cora, on the run from the mafia. They had tried to kill her, but miracuously she was saved by Tristan, who turns out to be a merman. I haven't seen too many stories out there lately with mermaids and mermen so I wanted to give it a try. :)

 

What are some marketing tips you can share?

Make book trailers, posters, post snippets from the books, bookmarks, etc. I love making book trailers. I have for all four books.

What is your day job?

 I'm a kitchen manager for Applebee's. Almost eleven years.

What profession other than writing would you like to try?

 Acting. I was in theater throughout highschool.

What is your favorite curse word?
 Fuck. It's great for everything. :)
What is your favorite word? Whatnot. Lol

What three things do you need to have around you when you write?

 A tasty beverage, Facebook, and a fan on for noise. I can't stand being in the quiet.
 
What tips do you have for new writers?

 You don't have to be perfect, and you definitely don't need to go by all the rules. Write how you know how. I never took an writing classes and didn't go to college. I winged it and wrote a series. I know their not perfect, but they're mine.

 
What would you like to say to your fans?

 Just because Evania's story has come to an end, doesn't mean the adventure is over. We still have a long road ahead of us, Noviacs. Red carpet, anyone? :)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Danielle Lee Zwissler


 
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Author Bio: Danielle Lee Zwissler was born in Dover, Ohio. A small town in North East Ohio. Her love of romance and cowboys took over in this novella. She is a big fan of William Shatner, Harry Potter, and all things Harlequin. Her first novel, “Her Last Chance”, debuted in 2010 with Firefly & Wisp Books. And then shortly after the sequel, “The Art of Seduction” came out.  And then “Trio of Sin” with Books To Go Now! Came out in September of 2011.






Thank you Danielle for joining me on The Eclectic Artist Cave today.


What is the Title of your latest book? What is it about? Yuletide Bride

What made you decide to write? 
 I love holiday romance stories and wanted to write a swoon-worthy bookJ

What inspires you?
 Love, Friendship and Romance

What authors do you love?
Diana Palmer, Debbie Macomber, Linda Lael Miller

What authors do you hate?
 I don’t really any authors’ books. I can usually find something that I like out of each book that I’ve read.

What authors do you hate to love?
I usually just read the same stuff from the same people… so... not I’m really not for this question.

Who is your favorite character in your book?
 My favorite in this new book is Mary. She is the female lead.

What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most?
 I enjoy coming up with the weird nuances that each character has in order to form their backgrounds and relationships.

What part of the writing process do you least enjoy? The editing.

Can you tell us about your latest WIP?
 I am starting NANOWRIMO today. My story is called “Phat like Me”  lol. It’s about a woman that was overweight and works out to change everything in her life… she loses the weight, still is awkward and finds out that dating anyone at any size sucks. It’s a comedy.

What are some marketing tips you can share?
I do Prime and Twitter pretty much together. I also list ads on craigslist, which I track, and surprisingly I get a lot of clicks from that. I’ve signed up with some blog tours and such. I just signed up with Substance Books. I’m hoping that will make the world of difference.

What is your day job?
 Mom/Writer/Substitute Teacher/Weekend restaurant warrior

What profession other than writing would you like to try?
 I would like to be a rancher.

What is your favorite curse word?
 I can’t say it on here. It’s the mother of all. We go hand-in-hand…unfortunately.

What is your favorite word?
 ginormous

What three things do you need to have around you when you write?
Computer, Blake Shelton CD, and something to drink.

What tips do you have for new writers?
Don’t get overwhelmed. Don’t worry about making the NY TIMES LIST… I’m selling pretty well now. Sure the books are only selling for .99, but a lot of people are reading my books and I am pretty happy for that. I have a lot of time left to worry about making it big.

What would you like to say to your fans?
Thank you so much for your support. You can’t imagine how much that means to me.
 






 Tessa and Jake had known each other since infants. But it took one drunken night for them to realize that they were made for each other. The Cowboy's Bride by Danielle Lee Zwissler is one of 2013's sweetest love stories. It takes an arch, a romantic cowboy and a dream of forever for this couple to get together.
The Cowboy Takes a Bride


 
 Jake Tavers didn't know how much he needed a break until he saw the ad in the paper about the Kids Kare Slave Auction. When he goes down to Kids Kare to place his bid, he meets Lorna...and instantly feels a connection.


The Cowboy Takes a Slave



 
 
 
 
It took Stacy and Jake less than a week to fall for each other, but will it last when it seems everything is going against them? Fall in love with Stacy, Jake, Max, Lola, Jerry and even Pickles in this funny, heartwarming short story!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Journey

I'm so very excited to announce that starting on November 11th, I will be hosting a string of interviews from a variety of writers. We will be discussing many topics including marketing tips and the writing process. It has been so much fun getting to know more and more writers in the industry with so much talent.

If you would like to participate, send me an email at ladyjeac@gmail.com

Thank you everyone for making this blog so successful over the years.

Huge hugs and lots of love

Joann

Friday, October 18, 2013

Discovery by Brina Courtney

Discovery- FINAL

Nine months ago, Teagan Matthews' boyfriend disappeared and took her sense of stability with him. But when the opportunity to live with her aging grandmother in Salem arises, she decides it's time to get on with her life. A new home, new job, and new friends are adding up to a beautiful summer...

 ...until a young girl's body shows up one night in town, wearing a pentagram necklace exactly like Teagan's.

Now a guy, looking remarkably like her missing boyfriend, has arrived in Salem along with a mysterious stranger, who may have some answers that Teagan has desperately been searching for. Teagan must now decide who to trust. It's a matter of life... and her death.
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About Brina Courtney

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Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She’s spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

I'm on with Candy O'Donnell!!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

GIVE AWAY!!!



 TMV Cafe is all about the love!! Spring has arrived and it is time to share in some sunny fun with a super cool giveaway that contains four prize packages so huge they had to be placed into categories.

Audio Book Package from Empire Voices  



The package includes, 

An Empire Voices Necklac
A Twilight Bookmark
An I AM WOLF Bookmark signed by Joann H. Buchanan
An Empire Voices Keychain 
An Empire Voices pencil bucket 
and an Empire Voices Peace Stone. 
Last but not least, the first Audio Play book EVER produced. What if your audio books sounded like the movies? That's right, Soulless Light, slated to be released on April 26th will be one of the prizes in this package! :D  


      
The second package is called The Steampunk package!! In a few days a list will be posted about this amazing package!! :D 


The last two prize packages are The Vampire Packages and of course, The YA Package! Over the course of the next few weeks pictures, interviews and excerpts will be posted about these packages! :D In the meantime, enter the drawing to win one of the four packages and help us celebrate SPRING!!!  


TUNE into TMVcafe.com and listen for more details

 We would like to thank Dark Oak Press and Media and Empire Voices for donating all the cool prizes! :D

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Zac Brown Band Rocked The House!!!

There will be more to come about this post.

For this who listen to my show and follow my posts you already know that I went to the Zac Brown Band concert tonight. What I witnessed was nothing short of a musical phenomenon that ended with thonderous stomping demanding more ...and Zac Brown didn't fail to deliver.

The show opened with a guy named Levi Lowry and a new band name DUGAS (and yes I will be checking the spelling on that later.)  While i didnt have the opportunity to catch Levi Lowry because i was waiting in many lines....Dugas was amazing!  The female lead singer was able sweet sensation striking notes with her vocal cords that most humans find to be out of their realm of possibility. In short she was OFF THE HOOK!  I understood why they opened up for Zac Brown Band. To quote one patron, "They sounded like a down home version of Evanescence." And I couldn't agree more.

With the energy rising in the pit the lights rose, reminding us that there was more to come. And so it is with this review...for now...*wink*

Tune in to The Eclectic Artist Cave on Tuesday at 1 pm cst and find out the miracle that the Zac Brown Band made happen in one little boy's life.

Monday, March 18, 2013

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

GIVEAWAY!!!

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Monday, March 4, 2013

S. Evan Townsend

Live tomorrow on The Eclectic Artist Cave, S. Evan Townsend! Tune into TMV Cafe and listen to us chat about what's new in S. Evan Townsend's life and for all his loyal fans, he has a surprise! :D

That's tomorrow, March 5, 2013 at 1 pm cst, 2 est on TMV Cafe.


  S. Evan Townsend has been called 'America's Unique Speculative Fiction Voice.' Evan is a writer living in central Washington State. After spending four years in the U.S. Army in the Military Intelligence branch, he returned to civilian life and college to earn a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington. In his spare time he enjoys reading, driving (sometimes on a racetrack), meeting people, and talking with friends. He is in a 12-step program for Starbucks addiction. Evan lives with his wife and has three grown sons. He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, history, politics, cars, and travel.





 They live among us. We know they are there. No government can control them; no authority can stop them. Some are evil. Some are good. All are powerful. They inhabit our myths and fairy tales. But what if they were real, the witches, wizards, and fairy godmothers? What if they were called "adepts" and were organized into guilds for mutual protection and benefit? And what if some of them discovered a power that other adepts could not match. During the turbulent 1960s, when American adept Peter Branton agrees to go to Transylvania for the CIA, he suspects it's not about ball bearings as he was told. What he finds is a plot that could kill millions of people and plunge the world into eternal tyranny and bloodshed. Branton doesn't know it, but he's about to face the adept guilds' worst nightmare: practicing necromancers with a taste for human blood.





  Space Resources, Inc. (SRI) mines asteroids for the riches a populated Earth needs without degrading the planet. Yet there are those opposed to progress in whatever its form such as the Gaia Alliance, a front group for eco-terrorists. During a violent attack on the Moon, the terrorists steal an exploration ship, arm it, and rename it the Rock Killer. Charlene "Charlie" Jones of SRI security is trying to infiltrate the Gaia Alliance's cabal to find evidence linking them to the murder of her fiancĂ©. But a run-in with the law threatens to reveal her identity to the dangerous men of the Alliance. Simultaneously, SRI Director Alexander Chun is traveling to the asteroid belt to bring a kilometer-long nickel-iron rock back to Earth orbit to mine for its valuable metals. Following him and his multi-national team is the Rock Killer. Without armaments, millions of miles from help, Chun must stop those who threaten him and the lives of his crew.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Malliard Report!




http://www.jimdefelice.com/
Jim DeFelice is the author or coauthor of more than three dozen books, novellas and short stories.

His works have appeared on numerous best seller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, and USA Today. They have been translated into over a dozen languages.

Jim has also worked with a select group of celebrities, helping them publish their non-fiction memoirs. He has written extensively on the First Gulf War, World War II, special operations and world mythologies.
and my site is www.italkparanormal.com

Monday, January 14, 2013

Sara Dailey and SINFUL

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Today is the promotional blitz for Circle of Lies by Sara Dailey and Staci Weber!
CircleOfLies_ARe Title: Circle of Lies (Red Ridge Pack #2) Authors: Sara Dailey and Staci Weber Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group Description: Aiden Wright is trying to figure out who he really is, but the truth could cost him his true mate—or his life. Life has always been easy for Aiden Wright. He’s smart, athletic, funny, and the ladies adore him. But when tragedy strikes, Aiden discovers the truth about who he really is, and his whole world comes crashing down around him. Aiden thought that being a teenage werewolf was going to be awesome, but it might just cost him the one girl who could make him whole. Since her mother’s disappearance, Teagan Rhodes’s life has been littered with her father’s empty beer cans and his hollow promises to change. Convinced that others would only let her down, she keeps everyone at arm’s length—but resisting Aiden’s charm is proving to be more difficult than she thought. Throw in a psychotic werewolf hunter out to terminate the species, and one wrong move, one wrong decision could destroy everything.
About Sara Dailey and Staci Weber
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Born and raised in Houston, TX, Staci Weber is one half of the writing duo responsible for the YA paranormal romance novel, SINFUL. A graduate of the University of North Texas, Staci is a junior high English teacher with an addiction to reading romance novels. She considers herself incredibly lucky to have a close family, some good friends, a fabulous husband, and two beautiful little girls. Sara Dailey co-authored the YA Paranormal Romance novel, SINFUL, with her good friend and co-worker Staci Weber. She has a degree in literature from U of H Clear Lake and is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature. Sara is a native Texan and lives with her wonderful husband and son in League City, TX where she is a middle school English teacher. Author Links: Website Facebook Purchase on Amazon Purchase on Barnes And Noble
If you want to find out more about this book make sure you check out the blog tour starting in February. Click here to see dates and blog tour information.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Eric Johnston 9111 Interview




Can you tell us a little about how you got started in writing?
Writing has been something I always wanted to do growing up. I come from a family of writers and English teachers. My great aunt, Ruth White, the author of the Newberry Honor book Belle Prater’s Boy, Sweet Creek Holler, Memories of Summer, among other titles, has always been an inspiration to me. The idea that someone so close to me was a successful writer made that dream seem within reach.
I attended the University of Michigan in Flint, where I studied history and English. I became a master of research and creative writing after writing literally hundreds of research papers, stories, and literary analyses throughout my coursework.
But it wasn’t until October of 2009, when my friend, Andrew Utley, and I, decided to write a novel together that I actually wrote a novel. We had been talking off and on for a year about writing something together, but could never come up with a story to fit both of our interests, but then I suggested the story for what would become Harvester: Ascension.
The original idea was a story about aliens coming to earth and doing to us what Europeans did to the Native Americans. I thought that would put a little twist on the concept, as it was to follow strict historical parallels. But the story evolved and grew into something that became what it is today.
I have been writing novels ever since. My current library includes: Harvester: Ascension, An Inner Darkness, A Light in the Dark, and 9111 Sharp Road. And I have three in the works: City of Evil, Harvester: Evolution, and a Christmas-themed horror novel called Santa Claws and Fangs.
What is one of your favorite things to write about?
I like the dark side of our psyche combined with the struggle for acceptance…so in all of my novels you will find a struggle with insecurity and doubt…in other words, struggling with one’s own personality. In Harvester: Ascension, the character Lou Bryan has to struggle with the destructive power of his on-air personality. In An Inner Darkness, Decon Mangler and Teret Finley must deal with something that makes them question their oaths and traditions. In A Light in the Dark, Julian has to overcome his own insecurities and disbelief. And in 9111 Sharp Road there is an internal and external struggle with dark forces.
What do you think makes an unforgettable fantasy story?
An epic conflict involving well-developed, and flawed, characters that come alive and find a greatness within. I am a definite proponent of the idea that good fiction involves ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Can you tell us about 9111 Sharp Road?
This is a novella featuring Amanda, an 11-year-old girl who has just experienced the death of her father. The surviving family, which includes her mother and her 6-year-old sister, Lori, moves in with their gramma because they can no longer afford their own house. Gramma lives in this strange town called Orchard Hills, which is essentially a large cemetery that contains a few houses, a school, and a single road, known as Sharp Road. The house—its address is 9111 Sharp Road—is the biggest house in Orchard Hills. 
Amanda thinks the place is creepy and her gramma, who she had never actually met before, is strange, but she doesn’t know just how off this place is until the first night when she sees a humanoid bat creature staring in at her through her bedroom window. She’s terrified, but tries to pass it off as her imagination, as a dream. The next morning her sister says she saw the same thing through her window.
It isn’t until her sister begins changing into one of these creatures that she realizes just how serious things really are.
And then there are those ghostly voices pleading from behind a mysterious door to be let out.
Who is your favorite character? Why?
I really like the Gramma in this story. She is so bizarre, she will make you laugh in every scene she’s in despite the fact this is a horror novel.
What made you decide to write this story?
I used to live in a house very similar to the house in this book. I spent many wonderful years of my life there and just wanted to include it in a story.
What is the one thing you would like to tell up and coming writers?
Don’t think you have to include everything about the characters or setting in the novel itself. One of the mistakes I see a lot in new writers is they want to tell the reader everything about the life of the character or what the setting looks like, even if it doesn’t do anything to advance character or story. You do not need to go into a lot of detail about what the character or scenery looks like unless it is relevant to the character or the story. There is a meme going around facebook that says something to the effect, “The curtains were blue—what your english teacher thinks it means: ‘The blue curtains represent the character’s depression.’ The Author says it means: ‘The curtains are blue.’” You know why your English teacher looks for deeper meaning in the description of BLUE CURTAINS? Because the writer made it a point to say they were blue. If the fact the curtains are blue has no deeper meaning, a good writer would not even bother saying what color they are.
Do you have any other work coming out?
I am working finishing up a horror novel called City of Evil within the next few months. This is much darker than anything else I have ever written.
Which do you prefer, self-publishing or traditional and why?
Self-publishing allows you to get your work out there immediately and to get audience reaction…that was one of the reasons I self-published 9111 Sharp Road instead of going through my publisher. But self-published titles often lack the proper editing.
Any advice to give writers?
Write every day and read constantly.
What is your fave color?
Anything Off-color
What is your fave number?
9111
If a cow walked into a bar, what would it say?
I knew I’d find you here with that tramp!
Can you share the blurb of 9111 Sharp Road?
Amanda Gates' world is turned upside down when her father dies and she, her sister, Lori, and her mother have to move in with her eccentric gramma. The house is old and strange, and the entire town is a grave yard. Not the most pleasant place for an 11-year-old girl to spend her last years of innocence. But even worse are the strange creatures resembling humanoid bats that lurk through the night and peer in through her bedroom window while she sleeps and the ghosts pleading to be released from behind a mysterious door
Where can readers purchase 9111 Sharp Road?
99 cents at

 
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