Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pitch Imperfect by Elise Alden Interview & Giveaway

BLURB:
Once-famous singer Anjuli Carver has returned to tiny Heaverlock Village alone and nearly broke. She’s poured every last penny into a rambling Victorian manor, hoping to start over. Trouble is, her money pit is falling to pieces and the only restoration architect for miles is Rob Douglas…her ex-fiancĂ©. 

For eight years, Rob has regretted not telling Anjuli why he never answered her letters. Being left at the altar broke his heart, but being used for sex one night in London after the fact nearly drove him to the edge of sanity, and he’ll be damned if he allows Anjuli to wreak havoc on his life again. He’ll restore her manor, all right, and give her taste of her own medicine while he’s at it. 

But how long can revenge last when memories of their shared past keep rushing to the surface? 

Soon, Rob wants answers. Why did Anjuli leave the international spotlight to become a recluse in the Scottish Borderlands? And why does she refuse to sing? Anjuli wants nothing more than to be left alone with her grief, even as she struggles to keep her sexy fantasies about Rob in check. With gossipy villagers, interfering friends and more secrets between them than notes on a scale, Anjuli and Rob will need to find forgiveness in order to work together, then decide if they’re willing to risk it all on an encore performance. 

INTERVIEW:
What is your favorite quote and why?

My favourite quote comes from my mother. I’m not sure if it’s hers or who to attribute it to, but I grew up hearing it at least once a week. It’s in Spanish: “Juventud, divino tesoro” and means “Youth, divine treasure”. Growing up my mum exhorted my sisters and I to enjoy our youth, to try new things, to revel in the world’s bounty. Not because when we got older we would no longer be able to, but because we would never again be so care or responsibility free. She was right, and now that we can no longer speak mother-to-daughter, I wish I could tell her I did exactly what she told me to. That I remember her quote and repeat it to my girls. 

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

I used to devour Baileys ice cream, and I bought an ice cream maker so that I could make my own. Unfortunately, I put most of the bottle of Baileys in because I misread the recipe. My five-year-old niece  had some and felt dizzy, and then my sister took the entire tub and binned it! Never do that to a pregnant woman. Ever. I am convinced my ire is what finally sent me into hospital to have my eldest daughter, but I haven’t been able to eat Baileys ice cream since. 

In the interests of my expanding waistline I recently decided to give up eating ice cream, which is why there is never any in my freezer. Nope, that tub I walked out of Sainsbury’s with was for my children, not me.  


AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Elise reads, writes and revels in romance, and is never happier than when caught up in a heart-thumping, sweat-your-socks-off tale—hers or somebody else’s. She loves creating stories about flawed characters, people for whom love isn’t simply a question of boy-meets-girl, but a gut wrenching journey of transformation. 

Author links:

To find out more about Elise and her books, check out her website www.elisealden.com . Drop by and say hello  on https://www.facebook.com/Revellin.Romance or tweet to her @elise_alden

Book purchase links:

http://www.amazon.com/Pitch-Imperfect-Elise-Alden-ebook/dp/B00KV5ZEZA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403983237&sr=8-1&keywords=pitch+imperfect

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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pitch-imperfect-elise-alden/1119740509?ean=9781426899140

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Book Tour: Fueled by Lust: Caelius by Celeste Prater Interview & Giveaway


BLURB:
Caelius Meron strips at Heat Seekers Male Revue just so he can find his mate. So imagine his shock when he finds her in a cooking class he was forced to attend. So what’s the problem? There’s twenty-two of them according to Rhia Brennan. Undaunted by her claim that he’s too young, Caelius battles every roadblock she places. But what if one may be too difficult to ignore?

Kallon Aceso knows exactly who should own his heart, but Ulixes Dionysus doesn’t appear to want it. But is it really something else buried so deep that it may keep them apart forever?

Travel with these two Insedi as they both chase their hearts desire, only to be thwarted by misconceptions and mistakes from the past. Can they scale these insurmountable walls, or will they have to walk away and forever mourn what they could never have?

Book 5 in the Fueled By Lust Series brings back the sexy males that make your legs tremble just by saying your name.

INTERVIEW:

1.    Where did you get the idea for the novel?

I had a vivid, in-depth dream about the characters. I was in this dark cavern and watched them forming out of a ball of misty fog. They were absolutely gorgeous, spoke English with a thick, sexy accent and they told me their names. That spiked my creative juices to go figure out where my visitors came from. The names Drusus, Severus, Cato, Lucien, Caelius, and Maxim are ancient Greek. During my freestyle ‘madness’ writing where I just let the thoughts flow and jot everything down whether it sounds insane or not, I discovered this alien race had human ancestors from ancient Rome. I wanted to know how that could have happened, how they got to Earth without using a spaceship, and why they were here. Each guy is trying to find their ‘other half’’ to stabilize their internal energy, so it begged for a series to be born.

Caelius’s story is number five and a culmination of small events that happened to him throughout the previous four books, so I definitely recommend that any new readers grab DRUSUS, SEVERUS, CATO, and LUCIEN before you dive into this one. Characters from the previous books are seen throughout the series and the storyline/plot is intricately tied together. Even still, you get a conclusion for the main hero/heroine in each installment.


2.    Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?

I came up with the title and never changed it. It was absolutely perfect to the whole premise of the series. These guys have a symbiotic relationship with their planet through energy sharing. They’re not completely stable until they mate. Since all of their females perished, they had to return to Earth to further their species. Since Earth doesn’t connect to them as Insedivertus does, they needed an alternate source. By accident, they discovered that sensual/sexual desire was almost like the energy of their home world and could sustain them for long periods of time. They end up working as male strippers and male escorts to assure they have an abundance of the lifesaving energy, so basically…they’re FUELED BY LUST.

3.    Why did you pick this genre? What do you like about it?

It chose me by that dream I had of them. Anything that can form into a gorgeous, hunky man from pure energy, plus mind-talk with his brethren, had to be from another planet. I chose the erotic romance side because they were too yummy not to share what they’re capable of doing to a lucky earthling that gets claimed by one.

I find that I like this genre a lot. I get to color outside the lines. However, the series has also been embraced by lovers of contemporary since a majority of the story does take place on Earth as they attempt to blend in to the mundane life and survive just like all of us.

4.    Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?

I think the one thing that stands out the most was walking into the break room where I work and seeing someone with their nose buried in Drusus’s paperback. They had a smile on their face. It was surreal.

5.    What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?

The only books I read these days are mine. By time I finish writing, review for edits, and then go over it one more time…well. The last one that I did read was Pride and Prejudice. I’d seen the movie version and wanted to see how accurate it was to the book.

6.    What is your writing process?

I allow my dreams to take me to the next story. I guess I’m freer in that arena and the creative stuff just pours out. Once I have the basic info, I’ll sit down and just freestyle write like a pure nut bag. Whatever pops into my head gets written down. I’ll walk away from it for a bit and then return to find anything that makes any sense to where the characters want to go. I keep repeating this until the backbone of the story reveals itself. Then I’ll draw up a very loose outline of major events. Once I write the first line of dialog or build a scene it all becomes whatever is falling out of my head as I go along. Sometimes I have to back track if I’m trying to force a situation. It just won’t let me. If I just go with the flow, it usually takes me off on some surprising directions, but in the end it leads me right through every major bullet point I originally developed. I love it!

7.    At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say? 

I haven’t been writing long enough to have enough people demanding that I show up for a signing—one day, hopefully. However, I have been asked to autograph the book. The first time was a very surreal moment. In my head I’m thinking, who the hell am I to be doing this? I’m just Celeste, but then I look down and yep, that’s my name on the cover. I’m grateful to anyone that has spent his or her hard-earned money on the series, so I always try to personalize it. If I know them, it’s easy. When I don’t, I search their face and try to find something unique to them. I’ll comment on their sunny personality, their beautiful smile, or their kind words. I absolutely love my fans!

8.    What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

That I read close to 600 erotic romance novels over a two-year period before I ever attempted to write one word of my own. I wanted to do something different, but still learn what riveted the readers. Another thing is the awful research I had to do to learn about male strippers so I could world build the guys place of business. I mean I had to go watch half-naked men performing choreographed skits and eww…talk to them (...you have GOT to know that I’m joking here…hunks? Anytime, anywhere!)
In fact, my covers are graced by some of the best male entertainers out there. If you don’t mind, I’d like to give a shout out to my adorable partners in crime.

Cisco Perez portrayed Severus. He’s with a male revue club out of Orlando, Florida called Rock Hard Revue. They just recently appeared on America’s Got Talent. Find Cisco on Facebook under Cisco Male Entertainer.

Devon Sutton is with Iron Men The Show in Cleveland, Ohio and did a great job as Cato with that awesome tat. Find him on twitter under @devonsutton75.

The awesome Richard Jimenez, producer for Magnificent 7 Male Revue out of Los Angeles introduced me to Lucien’s model and a Magnificent 7 entertainer, the very sexy and intelligent Axel. You can find them at http://magnificent7malerevue.com/

Valentino is an independent male entertainer and is the hunk you see on Caelius’s cover. All that hair is real ladies! He’s on Facebook under ValentinoMx.

Jason Spears is with a nutritional company out of Texas and will be the model for Maxim’s book. He’ll knock you out with his smile. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing his social media sites coming up soon.


9.    How do you react to a bad review?

The one time that I got a 2 Star rating and absolutely no comment as to why, my heart crashed to my belly. Oh my god! How could they not like Drusus? He’s such a sweetheart. Then I shot my ego in the head and killed it. The newly formed one has a layer of titanium and is much smarter. Everyone has the right to give his or her own opinion. That’s their right. I may not be to someone’s taste, or I could also be the victim of what I consider a ‘drive-by hate rating’ and they didn’t even read it. It is what it is. I’ll live.


10. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

I immediately unchained myself from my desktop computer. I now have a sleek laptop and a cushy lap desk with a built in fan. Nirvana!


EXCERPT:
The heavily accented voice coming through the phone oozed sexy, virile man and sent chills skittering across her skin.

“I have a confession, my bellula.”

Rhia wasn’t even surprised at the shot of tingles traveling her skin and making a direct beeline to her clit. He’d whispered that word across her skin before. She tried to steady her breath.

“Okay, so confess.” Umm, he was growling now. That shit just did crazy things to her girly parts. She was toast. Fine hairs rose across her skin, as if tuning in to that sensuous sound.

“I find it very arousing that you think of me in that way. Even when I’m at my worst, you view me in a positive light. I wish you were here with me right now. Do you miss my touch, Rhia?”

 She could barely get her words past a soft whisper. “Yes. Very much.”

Rhia heard the distinctive rustle of material again and pictured him shifting on the bed. She imagined him sliding a broad hand down his chest, across the ridges of his abs, and resting just above his groin. She grabbed a pillow and released a moan deep into the fabric.

“Are you in your bed, Rhia?”

“Yes.”

“Will you do something for me?”

“Of course. Yes.”

“Turn the TV off and lower the lights.”

“It’s off and only the bathroom light’s on. It’s dim in here.”

“Good. Tell me what you’re wearing.”
The words spewed out of her mouth. She wanted to get to the next part as quickly as possible. “Button down blouse and shorts.”

“Are you wearing a thong?”

Her breath hitched.

“Yes. What are you wearing, Caelius?” A low rumble sounded against her ear.

“Nothing. Absolutely nothing. There’s a thin sheet resting across my hips. Does that turn you on, Rhia?”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I was born and raised in a small town between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin. Wanting to see more than my small Texas town, I joined the Marines, which satisfied my craving to see more of the U.S. and my drive to see if I could be one of the few and the proud.

A firm believer in educating the mind, I have achieved several advanced degrees, the latest being a master’s of science.

My true love is writing erotic romance, especially about alien hunks that know how to treat their females.

Drusus, Severus, Cato, Lucien, Caelius, Maxim and many more have swirled in my dreams until I had to bring them to life and allow them to find love within the pages of the Fueled by Lust book series.

Book 1 DRUSUS was nominated as Top 5 Finalist and placed 3rd in the 2014 RWA Passionate Ink’s 9th Annual Passionate Plume Book Contest in Erotic SciFi/Fantasy Category, Book 2 SEVERUS achieved BEST BOOK review rating and won April 2014 BOOK OF THE MONTH Reader Poll at LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS, Book 3 CATO won the May/June 2014 BOOK OF THE MONTH Reader Poll at LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS. All currently released books in the series have resided made it into the Top 5 Bestseller Lists at Bookstrand.com within days of release as well as making it into the Top 10 Hottest New Releases in Erotic Science Fiction on Amazon.

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GIVEAWAY:
Celeste will be awarding a $25.00 GC to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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Super Book Blast: Violca's Dragon by Leilani Love Excerpt & Giveaway


BLURB:
Violca knows life can change instantly. Her parents died suddenly, leaving her to raise four younger sisters and keep them safe ~ even from the golden-eyed stranger.

Chase knows the Grey sisters possibly hold the key to his fate. He is determined to to get close, protect them and bring them to his Dragon King. What Violca doesn't know is that once a dragon decides he wants something, there is no stopping him from getting it.

EXCERPT:
Chase stays behind her as she walks on a path that leads away from the cabin, heading near the direction of the river. He knows Violca is aware of him and smiles to himself, knowing she is not turning around because she is trying to ignore him.

When she stumbles, he reacts quickly and is at her side, his arms around her before she can fall. She squirms, pushing away from him, almost falling with the effort.

Once he is sure she’s okay he carefully releases her. Standing in front of her, he looks her over and when she finally looks up at him, he notices that her violet eyes are darker as she looks at him angrily. “I didn’t ask you for your help,” she snaps.

Chase knows that smiling at her right now will not help him, nor will telling her she looks beautiful when she’s angry. Watching her breasts rising up and down as she breathes, her violet eyes sparkling with anger and the straight line of her lips, he fights the urge to kiss her. “You didn’t, but that doesn’t mean I want to see you hurt.”

She glares at him. “Why are you here? What do you want with me?”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Leilani Love is a proud mother of two very active boys. A military wife she loves getting to meet new people wherever they move. She loves to read books crossing many genres. Her love affair with dragons started when she was young and one day dreams of having her own dragon and black panther.







  
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Leilani will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card to two randomly drawn winners and a Swag Giveaway to four other randomly drawn winners, all via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Gift card from Amazon or Barnes and Noble to two randomly drawn hosts.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Blood Brothers: Escape to Creeporia by Dean C. Moore Interview & Giveaway


BLURB:
Fraternal twins are separated from birth, and raised to be assassins.  They were never meant to meet.  But even when kept apart, they’re just too powerful.  Their paranormal abilities cease to be an advantage when they can no longer be controlled.  So they are scheduled for cancellation.

Their paths cross before they can be taken out.  It is only then that they discover the true depths of their betrayal.  Not only are they stronger when they’re together, they’re half-breeds, sired by an all-powerful warlock.

The question is, are they strong enough even together to take him on now that he’s coming for them?

They have an ace up their sleeves they are not aware of.  Drawn to the same kind of women, they find themselves married to a pair of sorceresses whose magical abilities are only now surfacing.

But one encounter with dear old dad is all it takes for them to realize, they’re still the underdogs.


From the back of the book:
“The series is called Blood Brothers, but this adventure is really a family affair: the brothers, their partners, children and even their old man in a starring role as the villain.  Think Disney's Incredibles, but in a violent and bizarre fantasy world.”  Rob May, Dragon Killer

“With incredibly detailed world building and action scenes, this story seems like it would make a phenomenal film or TV series.

Moore pulls out all the stops with dragons, telekinesis, shapeshifters and insurmountable odds in this battle of good versus evil - and a villain who just won't lay down and die.” Demelza Carlton, Ocean’s Gift

“When you read a Dean C. Moore novel, you can expect rich, original characters, witty dialogue and unexpected plot turns.  Blood Brothers doesn't disappoint.”


INTERVIEW:
  1. Where did you get the idea for the novel?
There were several sources of inspiration for Blood Brothers, truth be known.  Among other things, I wanted to explore the dual themes of family estrangement and intense, abiding love, which strangely coexist in the same household.  Is it possible for people to love each other completely, to the point of loss of oneself in another, and yet feel entirely alienated from the other party at the same time?  It’s been my experience that in real life this is closer to the truth than most people would care to admit.  In Blood Brothers this dichotomy is echoed on a number of levels.  There exists the estrangement between the fraternal twins that are raised apart, trained as assassins, and only discover each other later in life, initially with the task of killing one another.  I think we can call that estrangement with a capital E.  Once they get to know one another, the pendulum gradually swings to the other side, but never without entirely erasing that tension of opposite, concurrently held feelings of love and alienation.  Then there is the estrangement between the men and their own wives despite the great affection both sides have for one another.  Always there’s that paradox to resolve of feeling closer than close and yet worlds apart.  I won’t go on listing examples because I think you get the idea.

I also wanted to take a look at what truly constitutes a family.  So throughout the book there is the biological family ensconced within a larger ad hoc family.  Which is more valuable and important to us and our ability to mature and evolve?  To what degree do they need one another for either to be sustained indefinitely? 

Of course, this is me and my writerly concerns.  It’s quite possible to enjoy this story and be oblivious to these underlying themes.  In part because there is plenty else to sink your teeth into.  

  1. Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
It just popped into my head without trying.  Not all titles come that easily.  And then I did a search on Amazon and found that there are at least a million books with the title Blood Brothers.  Sigh.  So now you’re better off searching for the book by putting in the subtitle for this particular installment: Escape to Creeporia.  Or do a search by my name.  The smart thing would have been to change the title, perhaps.  But it had gotten under my skin by then, and seemed to convey the closeness of the brothers in the story and the affinity they have for one another.  If after reading the story you feel you have a better title for the series, let me know.  It’s never too late for a redo. J  

  1. Why did you pick this genre? What do you like about it?
I’ve always been less concerned about where we are now than where we’re going to be, both individually and as a species in the future, sometimes that’s far into the future, sometimes it’s just a little ways down the road.  When I tackle this question from a paranormal stand point, i.e. growth in psychic abilities like telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation, I end up with my paranormal fantasies like Blood Brothers.  When I tackle the issue from the vantage point of how technology will affect us, I end up with my sci-fi novels like Escape From the Future.  And sometimes I split the difference and end up with a tale that’s a hybrid of the two, like The Warlock’s Friend or The Hundred Year Clones and the Renaissance 2.0 series.

I love fantasy and sci-fi as genres because traditionally they’ve granted the writer a lot of room to explore thorny social and ethical issues that might be harder to pull off in traditional drama.  Especially if you’re contemplating a state of affairs that hasn’t happened yet.  I guess if I was trying to make a living in the workaday world, I’d be doing scenario games for corporations, as it’s much the same thing; you’re looking into the future to see what changes are coming down the pike and how they’re going to affect us.  And I don’t mean how they’re going to change our moods; I mean how they’re going to change the entire definition of what it means to be human. 

  1. Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
There was a time when writing was a very lonely occupation.  We do still spend a lot of time alone up in our heads.  But thanks to the internet, writing has become far more social.  I rely on fellow writers to help with editing my novels and I in turn do theirs.  By trading services like this we keep the expenses down with getting a book out the door.  And until you’re discovered as an indie-author, that means a lot, as that’s no overnight thing.  But the new renaissance in self-publishing also means building closer relationships with your readers, even crowd-sourcing editing as with my early drafts on wattpad.  Again, these are highly social phenomena that are not only transforming how books get written but bringing writers out of the closet and coaxing traditionally introverted individuals to become a lot more extroverted.  As my own personality includes a bit of both traits, I think I’m weathering the storms of change a little better than some.  I struggle with the social aspect to a degree, but I also welcome it.  We all need our support groups, people to bounce ideas off of, and what better supporters than other writers working in our genres and readers/fans that have elected to become parts of the creative process?

  1. What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
For fans of the Castle TV series, there are books that accompany each season.  I’ve read them all.  It’s a guilty indulgence, but I’m usually looking to read something light when I’m done with a lot of my own writing and editing.  The series of novels, moreover, are a close analogue for what to expect with many of my shorter titles like Blood Brothers, The Warlock’s Friend, and Escape From the Future.  The genres might be different, but as with Castle, there’s a healthy mix of humor and drama.


  1. What is your writing process?
I’d say I was a workaholic, but in truth that would be a vacation for me.  In one way or another, I’m always involved with some aspect of the process of cranking out novels.  If I’m not writing, I’m editing.  If I’m not editing my stuff, I’m editing someone else’s so they’ll edit me in return.  Or I’m winding down at the end of the evening to my favorite books, TV series, and movies—all of which point me in the direction of what I want to write next.  Or I’m socializing with friends who remarkably function well as muses.  Maybe I just have them well trained.  Maybe I gravitate to the kinds of characters that invite novels to materialize out of the ether. 

And when I want to get away from it all, I go somewhere far away, get lost in a different culture, different set of people, stop writing altogether.  But arguably that’s just to give me the breathers I need to get back in the ring.  To call this cyclic, repetitive behavior obsessive is probably to be too kind.  To call this addictive behavior is probably too kind.  To say my entire life centers around my writing would be true, but it would miss the more salient point of the Machiavellian means I use to maximize my creative output.  Of course, I did have a normal life once.  Come to think of it, I better get to writing it down before I forget it entirely. 

  1. At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say? 
I have the worst penmanship on earth.  And not wanting to mar someone’s book with it, I practice beforehand to warm up and recondition whatever part of my brain was damaged when I gave up writing for typing a hundred plus words a minute.  Honestly, I have no idea how writers survived the pen and paper days; I certainly would have had to take up another living.  My mind is just a little too racy for that.  So I have to change wavelengths in my brain, get into an altered state entirely in order to write my own name.  To slow down enough to do it.

I try to leave some note with my signature, even if it’s just a brief, “Enjoy the book.” 

  1. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I practice Insight Meditation.  It involves clearing the mind and allowing thoughts to drift in to my consciousness without holding on to them, and letting them go once the reason for their appearance becomes clear.  It’s an awesome method for finding sticking points in my life and releasing them.  But it’s an equally powerful tool when applied to getting past road blocks in my writing.  Whenever I’m stuck with what direction to take a story in, this method has never failed me. 

  1. How do you react to a bad review?
I don’t know anyone who reacts well to these things.  But I take a deep breath and think, is there something here of value I can actually apply to the next book and to becoming a better writer?  Or is this just one of those situations where you can’t please all of the people all of the time?  Sometimes no matter how good a book is, it isn’t for certain folks.  But so long as there’s something helpful and constructive in the feedback, I will certainly use that to become a better writer. 

An additional perk of being a self-published author, moreover, and having control over the tools and processes, is that I can always go back and redo sections of the book and simply release a later edition.  I’ve re-released books after finding and correcting a single typo.  Good luck getting a mainstream publisher to do that for you.  Just set your Kindle to auto-update. J   And I’ve yet to see one of the books from a mainstream publishing house have less than a half dozen typos.  I guess I just have a keen eye for the little buggers.  I think this is one of the many reasons indie authors may well surpass what is possible with mainstream publishing over time.  Not just with more unique subject matter that isn’t overly neutered or censored for fear of offending people until the last of the drama is squeezed out of the story, but with higher quality standards.  Indie authors can find niches, what’s more, too small to be catered to by bigger publishing houses.  Sadly, with so much consolidation in the industry and so much expense behind launching a book by traditional means, it has created a situation in which books have to be just like every other novel you’ve ever read in a genre; there’s no willingness to take risks.  This self-defeating attitude ultimately drives away readers until indie authors are their only hope for something fresh and different. 


  1. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
Death by chocolate.  Followed by several reincarnations as characters whose entire personalities were formed and informed by chocolate, to say nothing of their altered states of consciousness. 


EXCERPT:
The electricity out throughout the house, both baby dragons soared into the kitchen, lighting the candles for Myrna with their fiery blasts, the star and heart shaped ones, the ones molded like mugs of beer with big foam headers, and the magic spell casting ones with the different colored flames. 

Their work in the kitchen done, they dashed out to attend to the other rooms.  Before Myrna could prance halfway up the stairs after them, she took out her Bic lighter, and put the flame to her forearm.  “Ah!  You're awake, all right!”

Her next thought was, she suddenly had a pair of dragons to care for.  How was she going to manage that?  Oh dear, what do you guys eat?

She rushed back to the kitchen.

Myrna held a candle inside the refrigerator, as she ripped food out left and right.  The roasted artichoke.  The blue cheese and citrus bruschetta.  The apricot pistachio halves.  Everything meticulously wrapped.  The dragons came swooping back into the room.

They looked at her, bewildered as she continued to plow through the itinerary.  The vegetarian chili and macaroni.  The tempeh and tapenade wrap.  She was sure she had something to accommodate every palate.

“Whada ya think?” she said, gesturing to the buffet covering the entire kitchen thanks to her throwing food willy-nilly.  One of the dragons bounded up and swooped to the floor, where it gulped down a mouse.

Myrna put up her hands gesturing, “Oh no, we're all vegetarians here.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I write sci-fi, fantasy, action-adventures and thrillers, or some combination thereof—usually with a strong vein of dark humor.  Though, my works are dramas first; the humor is there to take the edge off as with the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Transformers, and Jurassic Park franchises. 
I wrote screenplays for a while, and while enjoying them, I found them a bit confining.  After a while you just need the extra page count to flesh out characters better and do additional world building, especially when considering doing anything epic in scope.  I also took a run at future forecasting and trend tracking, being as I always had my head in the future, things like Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock.  I also relished this, and can certainly see myself releasing a few titles accordingly in the nonfiction area.  But since delving into novels, short and long, I’ve definitely found my home and my voice.  For the first time I feel the restraints have been taken off of my imagination.  I suppose all mediums have their limits, so I may end up doing a mix of things, but I suspect I will continue to spend most of my time with novels.  Series add an additional dimension, allowing for even more depth and development both in the character and world building departments.  But I remain at heart a divergent thinker, so, no surprise, I seem to have more series going than follow up installments at this point.  That too may change over time; we’ll see.  Until then, it may be best to just think of these books as one-offs if you’re fond of my writing style and some of the themes I work with.
My current catalog of twelve books represents a little over five years' worth of work.  I'm currently averaging a couple books annually.  Of my existing franchises with multiple installments, The Hundred Year Clone books can be read in any order, while the 5 books of Renaissance 2.0 must be read in sequence as they form part of a singular story arc (much as with A Game of Thrones.) 
I live in the country where I breed bluebirds, which are endangered in these parts, as my small contribution to restoring nature's balance.  When I'm not writing, or researching my next book, I may also be found socializing with friends, or working in my organic garden.
  
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