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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

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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

 
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