Sunday, October 28, 2012

Author Anne O'Connell is with us Today!


Anne O’Connell Author Of Switched Welcome! Before you get started, why don't you tell us a little something about your newest release.
 
Brad has always known Kali as a vivacious Domme with an attitude. Then one night, in the heat of passion, Kali turns completely submissive for Brad. Looking to find out the reason behind the sudden and unexpected switch, he and his friends begin digging into Kali's past only to discover some secrets should be left buried. Will Kali's past come back haunt Brad and to destroy Kali and their new relationship?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable.
VAVAVAVOOMMMMM.... THAT IS ALL I CAN SAY. WOW HOT!!!
So today you wanted to discuss Characters. Please take the floor.

It’s All About The Characters

Characters are a passion of mine. I love people watching and finding out what makes a person tick. I think most writers are empathic in this way. A friend of mine recently asked me how writers come up with compelling heroes and heroines. Something Marion Zimmer Bradley once said to me in a rejection letter years ago floated to the surface of my mind. She said, “Stories are always about characters.” So where do our favorite writers get their characters? Well, from those around us, of course. Most often my own characters come from people I’ve known or met briefly. I often exaggerate their traits. So it’s not like I can say one character in a novel equals one person I know it real life. It’s not like that, not exactly.

No, in fact most of my characters are a mix of several people. Even my heroes and heroines. There’s also that mixture of fantasy in there; things I make up about the characters that resemble no one I know in real life. Heroes get a dash of alter-ego with characteristics I find admirable, but don’t often possess. That doesn’t always mean looks or wit or the ability to kick the bad guys’ keister while maintaining that ‘cool wind’ sex appeal, but can be about emotional strength as well. At the same time, even a hero has to cry or show weakness, otherwise (s)he is less human to the reader.

Characters are a multi-faceted thing. My mom once told me that I kind of freaked her out when I talk about my characters because she can never tell if I’m talking about a character or a friend. She even went as far as to wonder aloud, at one point, if I had multiple personalities. I imagine many jokes like that have been made at the expense of writers and their vivid and often overactive imaginations. I’m of the firm belief that characters have to become real to the writer (insofar as the writer can pretend very strongly) in order for the writer to write them and make them believable for the reader. For me this sometimes means writing pages and pages of character background, interviews, and really finding out what makes him/her tick. Of course a lot of time the characters come easily and all that pre-writing isn’t necessary. It really depends on the character and how cooperative (s)he is.

So despite the genre the thing that remains consistent through all fiction is the compelling character who draws the reader into the story. Someone the reader can relate to and cheer for (or not). It’s the characters who make or break stories and dictate whether or not the reader wants to keep reading. That isn’t to say story and plot aren’t important, but I’ve read books where the characters were so wonderful, clearly the plot holes were less noticeable to the editor, and I was certainly more forgiving toward the writer.

All of this leads to the final question. Who are your favorite characters and why?
 
Can I say Brad and Kali? HAHA!
Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases.
 
I have so many upcoming projects I can’t even list them. You can find my upcoming releases page on www.anneoconnell.com
 
How can our readers find you?
 
www.anneoconnell.com  - When you visit my site make sure you have about 5-10 minutes to look around and get acquainted with it. There’s a lot there including my blog, all the information about my novels, novella’s, etc….
 
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY TODAY. I HOPE EVERYONE ENJOYED IT AS MUCH AS I DID.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Welcome Author Melynda Price

Welcome! Come on in!

So I have had a chance to read this book. I must say WONDERFUL!!!! And Liam~~~HOT!
But for those readers who have not had a chance, why don't you tell them something about it.


A guardian angel… A forbidden love… Eternal consequences…
Olivia Norton was born with a gift—a gift heaven has sworn to protect, and hell is bound to destroy. Her perfect world is turned upside-down when two handsome strangers, Max and Liam, step into her life. Olivia soon discovers that her ‘Mr. Perfect’ is actually a perfect nightmare.

The rules of engagement have changed and Liam, Olivia’s guardian angel, is forced to cross dimensional borders or risk losing the woman he’s sworn to protect. Suddenly, thrust into a world unlike anything he’s ever known, Liam isn’t prepared to come face to face with the young woman whose life he holds in his hands.

But nothing is as it seems, and secrets abound that will ultimately force him to choose between two impossibilities. Max will stop at nothing to finish what he’s started, and Olivia is soon plunged into a battle between good and evil. Her very life hangs in the balance as two forces fight to win her heart.

Oh just reading this makes me want to read the book again.....


What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

I love creating and world building. Being an author of paranormal romance, I get to create characters that are larger than life and stretch beyond the borders of our world as we know it. My only challenge is to make the unbelievable believable. I love it when someone asks me, “Is that really a place, or did that really happen?” Then I know I’ve done my job well.

 What genre(s) do you write?

Paranormal Romance

What genres and authors would we find you reading?

I only read Paranormal Romance and I prefer series. It’s so sad when a good book ends, I like series because it keeps the characters alive. The bigger the book the better, I don’t like investing my time into a shooting star story. I want development, strong plotting and believable world building—that takes time.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Writing the ending. It’s hard for me to say goodbye to the characters I’ve fallen in love with. I also find it the most challenging to wrap up a story that brings good closure and a conclusion that doesn’t leave that reader feeling cheated or rushed.

How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?

It took me a year to find the right home for Until Darkness Comes. During that time, I probably rewrote it six times. When the offer came through to contract with 5PP, I also had another offer for the book. It was very flattering because so much of this industry is rejection. You really have to have perseverance and thick skin in this business.

 What books or authors have most influenced your career?

I would have to say that I most enjoy works by Lara Adrian and J.R. Ward.

 How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?

For the most part my family and friends are extremely supportive. I have a few that beta read for me and that’s really fun. It’s hard to find balance with writing and family sometimes because my characters aren’t always willing to punch a clock. J

How do you come up with the titles?

I make a list of ones I like and then research them to see if there are other books with the same titles. I narrow them down and take a poll if I can’t decide.

 Has your life changed significantly since becoming a published writer?

No, not really. I’m the same I always was, except I’m busier with marketing now and have less time to write sometimes. Some days it’s hard to fit it all in.

Please tell us 5 miscellaneous facts about yourself.
I have a very sick sense of humor. My daughter even has a facebook page called “Things Mother’s Should Never Say To Their Daughters.”
 
My Chihuahua is named Ren. Yes, from Ren and Stimpy.
 
I’ve been on seven wine tasting events in California with my brother and sisters, and an $8 bottle of Arbor Mist Blackberry Merlot is still my favorite. J
 
I love slapstick comedy and laugh inappropriately when people get injured, especially my kids. They don’t find it nearly as amusing as I do. They’ve stopped getting mad at me for being so insensitive and usually join in after they’ve finished crying, lol.
 
I have horrible fashion sense. My favorite outfit is sweatpants and a t-shit. My daughter dresses me when I have to go out in public.
 
How can our readers find you?
 
Where can they find your book?
Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, Itunes, and www.5princebooks.com/buy.htm
 
THANK YOU FOR VISITING WITH US TODAY, AND I DEFINITELY LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT BOOK!
 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Welcome Author Rebekah Roberts

Welcome Welcome Welcome!!! Please tell us a little about Petals.
“Beauty might just be the beast.”’

Calla Williams is not like other girls.  Most girls spend their whole lives trying to be beautiful, Calla already is…and she hates it.

When she is shipped off one summer to live with family friends in their dilapidated Mississippi plantation, Calla is faced with the prospect of living with strangers and their teenage son.  This is annoying because, like any other boy, he is sure to fall in love with her on sight. However, Griffin Davenport is not your typical teenage guy. With his hot temper and half of his face severely scarred, “hate at first sight” is closer to what she finds.

Though the two teens try to stay out of each other’s way, an odd attraction to each other makes staying away anything but easy.

Now, Calla must deal with growing feelings, her own prejudices, and finding the secret to Griffin’s past. As hate turns to friendship and friendship becomes something more, Calla learns a startling truth: God uses even how we look in His plan for our lives.
 
What genre(s) do you write?
Christian Teen Romance, but every now and then I have to take a break and write a little horror. 
What genres and authors would we find you reading? 
I love romance, Meg Cabot, Stephanie Meyer, Gail Carson Levine. I’ve always had a thing for classic as well, Jane Austen, Daphne du Maurier.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? 
Getting up the courage to send it out to a publisher.  Writing it was pretty easy, editing it was harder but still fun, but after it was finished it sat in my computer collecting digital dust for over a year.  Finally a very wise woman asked me, why not?  I’m so glad I listened to her and sent it out into the world. 
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
A little of both.  I hate to have everything plotted out and I never plot on paper, but I can’t get things done if I don’t have at least most of the major scenes figured out in my head.  So, I guess I am a plottser?
Why do you think people should choose your books over another author?
Because even though fairy-tales are big and there are a lot of choices out there right now, my stories are different because they deal with real life.  They don’t have magic so in the end my characters have to deal with the messes that they have made without a magical spell to set them free.  I’d like to think this is a fresher take on the old tales.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories? 
 That there is hope and love in the world.  And that they might feel a better sense of the fact that there is a purpose for their lives.  That’s what I want my characters to learn, so that’s what I am hoping to show the reader through my characters.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That everything has beauty in it and that God uses that beauty to do great things.  I want every girl, (or guy) that reads my book to feel like they too are beautiful and that they are important.
 
Has your life changed significantly since becoming a published writer? 
I think my writing finally has some weight behind it.  When you have spent years just typing on a laptop pr scribbling in a notebook and claim to be a writer no one really takes you seriously, but after you are published suddenly they are asking you to edit things for them.  It’s funny how that works.  In a lot of ways I feel like I just graduated. 
Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task? 
I can’t multi-task well.  I try to keep up blogs and facebook, maybe a short story, while writing a novel, but I can’t get my brain around more than one novel at a time.  I get distracted too easily, and that is how projects go unfinished.  
When not writing, how do you relax?
 I love to go to the movies.  I try to see anything that even looks halfway good.  When I was a little girl, my dad and I would watch a movie at home every night and we would go out to the theater at least once a week.  I still love to watch a good movie, but I am much more apt to fall asleep these days. 
 
How can our readers find you?
Website: RebekahRoberts.net
Twitter: @RebekahFRoberts
Facebook: facebook.com/RebekahRobertsWriter
 
Where can they find your book?
Amazon, B&N, Itunes, and www.5princebooks.com/buy.htm
 
WONDERFUL! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY TODAY!
 


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Launch Day for Birthright Bestowed-Ilona The Hun By Author Erika Szabo


WELCOME ERIKA SZABO!
 

How exciting for your Launch! Why don't you tell us something about Ilona and her Birthright Bestowed.

Ilona is an emergency room doctor, born into an ancient Hun tribe which still exists hidden amongst us with its strict and fiercely enforced rules. She doesn’t know much about her Hun heritage besides legends, customs and rituals that she continues out of respect for her parents whose sudden death ten years before devastated her. She plays her tune on her birthday given to her by her grandmother. Elza – Ilona’s housekeeper - explains, the purpose of the tune is to let the elders know she had come to age. Her mother didn’t have a chance to explain her inherited powers, but after her 29th birthday when she is considered as an adult by Hun standards, she begins to remember the forgotten instructions concealed as rhymes her mother was teaching her since she was a small child. Ilona discovers she can heal with her bare hands; she can rearrange the human body to its healthy state. This ability is exciting as well as frightening. She is conflicted between having confidence in her intelligence and inherited abilities while having no confidence as a woman. Her insecurity created barriers which keep others out, and I also keep her caged in. She’s been in love with her unsuspecting best friend Bela, when a dashing stranger explodes into her life. The sudden magnetic feeling frightens her and discovering evil in him doesn’t help either. A sinister dark man appears, Ilona connects his presence with the series of mysterious deaths around her. Zoltan saves her life by jeopardizing his, which prompts Ilona to start fitting the puzzle pieces together and discovering the ancient tribal secrets that not only can change her future but the future existence of the Huns as well.

Now this has been published before correct?
Yes, I played with Ilona’s story for about a year and finished the first two books when I discovered self-publishing in late 2011. I got many positive reviews and feedbacks from readers which made me decide to rewrite the books and continue with the third book in the series. I sent the first book Birthright to the Best Indie books of 2012 award contest, to my delight, it was chosen as semifinalist. The editor at 5 Prince Publishing read my story recently and they offered to publish the trilogy.

What makes for a good hook in your stories? Where does your inspiration come from?
I can talk about my only novel trilogy so far, although I have some ideas for my next one. The inspiration came from ancient Hungarian history. In my fantasy world, I blended the past and present into a fantasy tale with intriguing tribal secrets, magical heritage and the exciting and dangerous life in a secret society.

Who is your favorite character in your book? Why?
In my novel, Ilona is my favorite. She grows as a person throughout the story from a na├»ve and insecure girl to a confident woman. She’s not afraid to make sacrifices and to accept her life calling.

Who would be your first choice to play Ilona from your book Birthright Bestowed?
I can imagine, Natalie Portman playing Ilona. I think she could portray her quiet charm, vulnerability, loneliness, self-doubts and great inner strength well.

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?

After reading my medical books, I hope the reader will start thinking about developing healthier diet and lifestyle to prevent illness and perhaps decide to use alternative methods with much less side effects when it’s possible. Also, I hope after reading my Ilona the Hun trilogy the reader will have a better understanding of their own struggles coming into adulthood, accepting responsibilities as well as heritage and live up to expectations without losing themselves. I hope they will take with them deep and honest feelings, human values as well as the feeling of freedom to use their imagination.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

In my Ilona the Hun novels there are many messages. First of all, anything is possible if we have reasonable expectations and we are willing to put work into it. Understanding our own positive traits, flaws and limitations help us to create our own future.
Are any of your characters based on real people or events?

I include some historical events in my novels. However, the real events are incorporated into a fantasy story. I can’t really say my characters are based on real people although some of my characters slightly resemble people I know, either in appearance or bits and pieces of their personality. In Ilona’s story, there are some personal experiences. I am ambidextrous and I can’t cook just like Ilona. Elza’s character resembles my favorite sister-in-law, and I worked little stories into the book about my cat Miss Mirci Catchmousky as well as my gentle giant dog, Gypsy. I wrote about some personal experiences as well, from my years working as an ER nurse.
What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?

I worked in many areas of the medical field and found my calling in the Emergency Room setup. I always loved the dynamic and fast paced environment, the unpredictability and demand for acting and making decisions fast. In my personal life, I love and respect animals, and somehow they know it. Abused and runaway dogs and cats in the neighborhood always end up on my doorsteps and they always find love and care. Wild animals feel safe in my backyard as well, chipmunks, crows, groundhogs, bunnies, you name it, they live in my backyard. The orphaned baby foxes we raised - I put together a picture book about the experience - still visit sometimes.
What books or authors have most influenced your life?

It wasn’t any particular author or book; it was my father who loved to read and introduced me to the wonderful worlds locked in books at a very early age. I have many favorites, I cannot choose. I love to read about our past, but not only the dry facts and events. I love to read from authors who can make the past more real and bring our ancestors alive and closer to us in their stories.
How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?

My family and friends are supportive and read my medical books, however very few of them like fantasy stories. I think most will read my Ilona the Hun novels only when by a miracle or rather with the help of fantasy book lovers becomes a best seller novel.
Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases.
Currently I’m writing the third book “Destiny Altered” in Ilona the Hun series as well as “Grandma’s herbal remedies” which I will self-publish soon. The history of Hungary goes way back and there are lots of fascinating and heroic events to write about. My next project is going to be another historical based novel combined with fantasy.
How can readers find you?
Where can they go to buy your book?
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY TODAY! HAPPY LAUNCH DAY TO YOU, AND GOOD LUCK!
 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Welcome Lisa Logue!


Lisa Logue

Author of Bestselling Cursed Secrets (Legacy of Secrets)


Why don't we start by telling us a little about yourself.

I have written everything from poetry and short stories to my debut novel Cursed Secrets. Originally from Long Island, NY, I now resides in Tennessee with my family including my two sons.

At the age of seven, I began writing short stories depicting dramatic scenes of abusive relationships and murder/mysteries. After several calls home from the teacher, I made it clear that while the stories seemed real my imagination created the drama. But it didn't stop there. After the short stories came poetry with which I received many awards including winning several contests. My earlier poems were published in coffee table books and various online websites, proving I'm no stranger to the written word.

After a long two years, my first novel Cursed Secrets has finally been published. I am constantly working to improve and adapt my writing to intrigue and entice readers. As an avid reader myself, creating "real" characters has been an important part of the project. While Cursed Secrets encompasses a variety of supernatural characters, the human element is prominent and relatable.

When I am not writing, I am spending time with my family, working, or attending classes for my degree. I also love to read and often find myself curled up in a snuggie with a glass of wine. Spending time with my boyfriend of almost five years and our friends is another enjoyment and break from crazy daily life.

 
What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
~I’ve been writing for so long and it’s become such a big part of my life that I can honestly say, I simply love it. Yes, it’s hard work, but it’s my passion. How can I not love it all?
 What genre(s) do you write?
~Primarily, my books fall into the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category. I plan to write other types in the future, but I’m the most comfortable sticking to what I know.
 What genres and authors would we find you reading?
~I like paranormal books the best. Some of the YA are better than the adult, but I think that’s partly because the lines have been blurred a bit. Some of my favorite authors are Amanda Hocking, Autumn Dawn, Terry Spear, PC Cast, Janet Evanovich, Colleen Houck and oh so many more. I don’t mind reading indie books and I’ve found that some are better than the traditionally published books. Not to mention I love supporting my fellow writers!
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
~With Cursed Secrets, it was mainly just being able to get through it. The concept was so new to me and when I started writing it, I hadn’t intended for it to be a full length novel. It was surprising that I had that much floating around in my noggin to complete it! Now, I’m almost finished with the sequel and lobbying for two more full novels and several novella companions for Legacy of Secrets.
 Are you a plotter or a pantser?
~Hmm, mostly a plotter, but I don’t restrict myself. I thought I knew where the series was going when I started and now it’s completely taken a life of its own. I can’t say I’d have it any other way.
Why do you think people should choose your books over another author?
~If I’ve done nothing else, I have stretched the boundaries of characterization. Conversations aren’t monotone and typical; they’re reminiscent of real life with sarcasm and emotion. Relationships aren’t instantaneous and destined, rather they’re tense and dramatic and full of passion. The characters and situations come to life on the pages.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?
~Love takes work. No matter the relationship, no matter the person, love doesn’t come as easy as movies and most books dictate. You can have love at first sight, but you have to work to make it last. But once you find it, you’re crazy if you let it slip away.
 
Can you give us an excerpt for Cursed Secrets?
Cursed Secrets (Legacy of Secrets #1)
 
Ten years ago, Lia’s life had been normal, until she witnessed a murder. Since then she’s been plagued by reliving that horrible night in a dream. But that wasn't the worst of her problems. A force had awakened inside her, unleashing something so frightening, she couldn't bear being close to anyone. Until she met Christian. Intrigued by her power and the strange connection between them, Christian is determined to find out what makes her tick. Struggling to keep his urges under control, he vows to stand by her. But as her past is revealed, he uncovers secrets that shake him to the core, forcing a decision that could lead to her death.

*Includes some language*
*Includes minor sexual situations*
Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases.
Binding Secrets, book #2 in Legacy of Secrets, is set for release Oct 31, 2012
Soul Covenant: A Legacy of Secrets Novella, is set for release December 2012
 
 
How can readers find you?
Scribd (writing samples): http://www.scribd.com/littlelisa22
 
Thank you for stopping by today!
 

 


 
 
 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Launch Day for Soul Awakening By Doug Simpson

WELCOME! HOW EXCITING IT IS FOR LAUNCH DAY!

The cover is intriguing, please tell us a little about the book.


Soul Awakening is a spiritual mystery/romance story involving the discovery of reincarnation and the past lifetimes of a group of individuals. It is a work of fiction, but was inspired by a series of actual events that were experienced by the author or other individuals known to the author. It involves the apparently accidental, though actually orchestrated by Divine Intervention, meeting of three total strangers, and their ultimate discovery that they shared previous lifetimes together. It includes episodes of spirit communication, messages from God, past-life regression sessions, Guardian Angels, past-life recall in the awake state, and Soul Attraction, which is the reincarnation of groups of souls together, in more than one lifetime, in order to deal with uncompleted Karmic connections from previous lifetimes together.

 
Alot of people believe in this, and yet alot of people don't.
Why do you think people should choose your books over another author?

The area of spirituality that I write in is not common. Soul Awakening is fiction but it was inspired by actual events in the lives of a number of people, many of which I know personally. If a reader is curious about the possibility of survival of the soul and spirit after the death of a body, and reincarnation of souls, then Soul Awakening is definitely an eye opener.
 
What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?
We do not just have ‘one life to live’. Reincarnation is real.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The most important function of our life is to be of service to others, not to enjoy life or get rich.
Are any of your characters based on real people or events?

The characters are fictional but I did give the main character, Dacque LaRose, a number of my characteristics. Most of the events are real.

How would you describe yourself if you were “speed dating” your readers?

You may never have heard of me before, but you will never forget me and my message after reading Soul Awakening.

What’s something fans would find fascinating about you?

I receive guidance from the other side.

What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?

I believe the message in the stories I write. The story is fiction but the message is not.

What books or authors have most influenced your life?

The over 15,000 archived readings and over 300 books, including over 30 biographies by and or about the legendary American mystic, Edgar Cayce, have been my primary inspiration.

How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?

Most of them share my beliefs and are very supportive.
 
Well I am sure with it being Launch Day that you are very busy! I want to thank you for being with us today! Congratulations on your New Release with 5 Prince Publishing.
 
One more thing before you go, where can the readers find you?
 
And to purchase your book?
www.5princebooks.com/buy.htm

Wonderful! Thanks again for stopping by.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Gail Briggs WELCOME!!

Gail Briggs Author of Exorcism of the Species WELCOME! I first want to apologize for not being able to download a copy of the books cover, technical problems!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I have just released my second novel, Exorcism of the Species, on August 30th 2012, and I am proud to say that it reached number 4 in the supernatural best sellers list on Amazon, on its release day. It’s still in the top 30 in the supernatural category, and I hope it remains so for a long time.

We hope so too!

Why don't you give a description of Exorcism of the Species..
Humanity is in danger of extinction from an otherworldly race of savage creatures hell bent on revenge for their banishment from the physical realm eons ago. They aim to take back what was once theirs, the physical realm, by culling the human race. They are coming through an open portal into this realm in their thousands and spreading across the whole country, waiting for the signal to begin their invasion. It's a race against time as Elena has no choice but to join forces with her enemy and enter the forsaken realm to search for the lost items needed to re-enact the banishment of so long ago. Join them on their journey through the forsaken realm. Travel with them as they battle creatures, tackle obstacles, and seek to avoid letting the savageness of the realm change their very souls. Each group seeks the means to exorcise the other species from existence. Only one race can survive.

WOW! Sounds interesting.


What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

My favourite thing about being a writer is sitting at my desk and writing down ideas that have been in my head, watching them grow into real stories, and knowing people are reading and enjoying them.

What genre(s) do you write?

I write in the supernatural/paranormal genre. I have written a couple or three children’s stories, but they will never see the light of day. Right now, I am concentrating on getting the immediate ideas out of my head and onto paper (computer), but I would like to try my hand at other genres. I have a fantasy novel idea that I am working on, and want to see how that goes in the near future.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part is moving on to the next chapter. Trying to finish a chapter when my inner grammar buzzer won’t be quiet is very hard. Getting the words out in the first draft is a matter of simply writing and getting it down, which is an alien concept to me. It was a hard lesson, but worth learning.

Another difficult part for me was knowing that, within the supernatural genre, I was writing books about demons, when the world was reading about vampires and zombies. Having faith in myself and knowing I was doing the right thing for me, was a challenge.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A little bit of both. I plot the first five chapters and the last chapter in the book before I start writing. Then when the writing process has begun, the characters shape the way the story actually unfolds and gets us to the end.

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?

I hope readers take with them a slight sense of fear of the unknown. Maybe it could happen, maybe not. Satisfaction in the story is another thing I hope readers feel when they reach the end of one of my books.

How long have you been a writer?

I have been a writer for a year now. I have always wanted to write, but life tends to take over. I’ve recently found the time to write, as my children are all grown up now, and I  enjoy the peace and quiet this brings which allows me to write in peace.

How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?

I began writing Fabled Enigma in August of 2011, and it was finished, edited and published in February 2012. My latest novel, Exorcism of the Species, was started in March 2012, finished in July and edited and published on 30 August 2012.

Are any of your characters based on real people or events?

Some of the events in the books are loosely based on experiences in my life. Only one character is based on an actual person, but I’m not going to reveal who. The person asked to be included in my book, and I thought ‘why not’. But the character was changed just enough that only the friend knows which character it is.
 
That is funny! I don't know if I would ever want to be in a book? Who knows~maybe I already am.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

New Release First Kiss By Author Bernadette Marie

Today we welcome Best Selling Author Bernadette Marie. Welcome Bernadette! Why don't you give us a blurb about First Kiss. Promises made as children have a funny way of working themselves into reality when fate is orchestrated for them as adults. Olivia Baker wants the best life for her young son, and that meant raising him in the small town she grew up in, but where her past still haunts her and rumors drip from the tongues of the local gossips. Cade Carter moved away from Aspen Creek the moment they handed him his high school diploma. Now a washed up ex-professional football player he’s headed back after his father’s death to settle the estate of the man he’d left and forgotten about. The friendship Cade and Olivia shared so many years ago is just now a haunting memory. People changed and moved on. Secrets were kept and loved ones around them buried with them. But when they are thrown back together to face the reasons their friendship faltered, and forces greater than them are in charge, anything can happen with the person whom they shared their First Kiss with. Now this is a First in the Aspen Series, so there will be many more to come, which makes us all happy! So just a few quick questions for you. What is your favorite thing about being a writer? Creating! I love the whole process of building characters in my mind and portraying them, hopefully correctly, on the pages as their stories are told. What genre(s) do you write? I love to write Contemporary Romance. However, I do have some paranormal in my future. Paranormal?? That sounds interesting, coming from you. What was the hardest part of writing your book? Not falling asleep at the keyboard. I’m blessed with constant flow in my mind…but my eyes won’t always stay open for me. Are you a plotter or a pantser? Total pantser! Nothing is planned when I sit down. Why do you think people should choose your books over another author? I think my voice is very natural. I don’t try too hard. My characters talk normal and their situations aren’t out of the ordinary. What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories? I hope they have a sense of I NEED MORE! But aside from that I promise happily ever after and I deliver on that. I want to walk away from a book and feel good for days. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I suppose it would be, if you look around you you’ll notice exactly what you need. How long have you been a writer? I have been a writer since I was 13, but have been published since 2010 How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published? My very first book is not published…it’s hidden. However, the book that was first pubbed was penned with 12 others in 2007. I was on fire. So it didn’t take long to write. I received my first contract in December 2009 and the book was launched in April 2010. You are very busy that is for sure! I want to thank you for stopping by today. How can people get ahold of you? @writesromance on Twitter Where can they go to find First Kiss, or for that matter all of your books?