Devon Ellington-International Playwright, Author, and Teacher

Today I’m honored to host Playwright, Author, and Teacher, Devon Ellington. Not only have her plays have been international produced, she teaches her craft around the globe as well as creating memorable characters in her series.

I’ve used Devon’s Series Bible: Creation and Maintenance since I first decided Jake Carrington was going to be a series. Her book has helped me organize Jake and friends for the series to runs smoothly. And I recommend them if you’re creating a series.

 

Devon’s talking about juggling multi series and how the bible works for her. Welcome Devon.

 

Series Juggling Act

 

I am in a uniquely blessed-and-stressed period of time right now. Three of my books release in a four-month period. Three books, two names, three different series.

 

Three books. Three different series. Three distinct voices.

 

Granted, two of them are re-releases of books to which I got back my rights. PLAYING THE ANGLES, the first Coventina Circle novel, and TRACKING MEDUSA, the first Gwen Finnegan mystery, released several years ago, with different publishers, one of which we decided to part ways, the other who closed its doors.

All three are contracted to release first digitally, and, about eight or nine months after the digital release, to have a small traditional print run (not a POD).

 

All three books are examples of writing the book I wanted to read and couldn’t find. All three series are managed with detailed and evolving Series Bibles. (In fact, I teach a course on the Series Bible, and one of my Topic Workbooks is dedicated to just that).

 

I ended up in this multi-series boat thanks to a series of meetings with my advisors earlier this year. I felt the need to recalibrate the vision for my overall writing career. What did I want to write? How did I want it to reach readers? What, of  the material I have, and what’s in the hopper, works in more traditional outlets, and what makes more sense in unique outlets?  The industry is changing, rapidly. I can either make the most of those changes, and make choices that serve the work well, or I can try to force myself into other people’s boxes and be miserable.

 

Playing The Angles Cover MedPLAYING THE ANGLES, under its original title and byline, had sold decently but not brilliantly. However, as soon as it went out of print, the demand for it went up.  I kept getting emails asking where they could buy it; they wanted more copies for their friends. You have no idea how often my interior monologue consisted of, “You couldn’t have asked this when it was still in print?”

 

I wrote the book I wanted to read, especially in terms of setting it backstage on a Broadway show. I spent the bulk of my professional life in the theatre, including Broadway, and it enrages me when books are set backstage, but use the same old tired clichés, don’t understand the deeply rooted traditions and superstitions, and don’t celebrate the creativity, closeness, hard work, exhaustion, exhilaration, and fierce loyalty that’s part of every production I’ve ever worked on.  Plus, add in witchcraft, politics, theatre ghosts, and the Secret Service, and you’ve got quite the paranormal romantic suspense soup!

 

I re-read the manuscript, still felt it had good stuff in it, and sat down to, first of all, name the series, and then plan out the seven books in the series.  I’ve got Writer’s Rough outlines of all seven books, and we’ve set a release schedule. Let me just add that I love my editor, who trains me out of my bad habits, and doesn’t complain when I keep coming up with new ones.

 

The Series Bible for PLAYING THE ANGLES was vital to writing those outlines and planning the series. I kept going back to it for character, location, and professional details. The series bible will be updated as each book in the series is finalized for release. Even though, in this paranormal romantic suspense series, a different pair of protagonists is central, and each book stands alone, the protagonists of one book are supporting characters in the others, and those relationships evolve over the course of the series. Also, in the final book, one of the supporting characters, Hartley Crain, who gets the short end of the stick in all the other books, poor guy, finally gets his well-deserved HEA. No, that’s not a spoiler. Believe me, by the end of the series, he’s earned it!

 

PLAYING THE ANGLES released in October 2017. The second book, THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY, releases in May 2018. It features Bonnie, a supporting character who enters near the end of ANGLES, and Rupert, a descendant of original New Amsterdam settlers, who owns a bookshop in Greenwich Village. It’s set against the old spirits of New York/New Amsterdam. The third book, RELIC AND REQUIEM, features Amanda (Morag’s coven sister and best friend in ANGLES) and Phineas Regan, one of the detectives in ANGLES, and is set in a small, private NYC museum with a haunted Victorian Cabinet of Curiosities. That will release in October of 2018. Small traditional print runs (not PODs) should release about 8-10 months after the digital releases.

 

Savasana at Sea Cover Choice 1SAVASANA AT SEA (which just released under the Ava Dunne name) was also a case of writing the book I wanted to read.  I’m tired of books making fun of yoga practitioners. I worked in the office of a cruise line in San Francisco in the mid-1980s and have always liked the locked-room aspect of murder on a cruise ship. I wanted a LARGE, diverse, international ensemble (which is realistic for a cruise ship).  I wanted this series to be lighter, have more humor, and more romantic elements, which meant it fit the Ava Dunne name. I wanted to use some elements of a cozy mystery, but also chose places to break the formula.

 

There were huge changes in the nine drafts it took to make the book the best it can be. Some of them even happened in the ninth draft! The biggest was switching (in draft four or so) from third person to first person. Sophie’s voice kept coming to me in first person. Trying to force it into third took a lot of air out of the piece.

 

Of course, changing POV is more than changing pronouns.  It means major revisions, because the perspective on details changes.

 

I have thumbnails of the first six books (at which point we’ll reassess and decide whether or not to continue with the series), and am almost finished with the Writer’s Rough of the second and third book.  Again, the Series Bible was vital in tracking details. The alliances will shift in this series, as it does when a lot of people with different ethnicities, religions, and other values are forced together in a finite space.  How those alliances shift are vital to the plots of the individual books and to the overall series arcs. I couldn’t do it without a detailed Series Bible.

 

SAVASANA AT SEA released in November 2017, with a cruise line route from New York-Bahamas. The second book in the series, DAVY JONES DHARMA, features wreck diving a sunken pirate ship off the coast of Bermuda, and releases in November 2018.

 

TRACKING MEDUSA, the first Gwen Finnegan mystery, was going gangbusters until the publisher shut its doors.  That book, a paranormal archaeological mystery, again is a book I wanted to read. It explores the older woman-younger man relationship against the backdrop of the paranormal mystery. It’s also set in some of my favorite places in the world, including New York and Edinburgh.

 

There are four Gwen Finnegan mysteries planned. The first three are a trilogy of the Gwen-Justin relationship, and the fourth goes back to events that are discussed and are the catalyst to TRACKING MEDUSA.

 

TRACKING MEDUSA releases in January 2018. The second book, THE BALTHAZAAR TREASURE (also about a sunken pirate ship) off the Bahamas, releases in January 2018. But there’s also a between-the-books novella, MYTH & INTERPRETATION, that will release in July 2017.

 

It was the Series Bible that made me realize I needed to cut the first third I’d written for THE BALTHAZAAR TREASURE because it was important to the series but didn’t drive that actual novel.  So that material is going to be in MYTH & INTEPRETATION.

 

What’s great about using the Series Bible is that I tend to plant seeds for that grow in future books in the early books of a series. So not only do I keep track of things like hair color, eye color, room decor, how a character likes her coffee, but I can choose which seeds grow into which arcs in which books.  It helps me keep the long-term arcs tracked while making sure each book satisfies the reader in the short term.

 

I have several stand-alones that are being prepped for more traditional outlets. The Series Bibles make it possible for me to switch between projects and still stay on track.

 

PLAYING THE ANGLES Buy Links

https://books.pronoun.com/playing-the-angles/

Excerpt:

 

 

Coventina Circle Website

http://www.coventinacircle.devonellingtonwork.com/

 

SAVASANA AT SEA Buy Links

https://books.pronoun.com/savasana-at-sea/

 

Nautical Namaste Website

http://www.nauticalnamaste.devonellingtonwork.com/

 

 

Gwen Finnegan Mysteries Website

http://gwenfinneganmysteries.devonellingtonwork.com/

 

 

The Series Bible: Creation and Maintenance

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/275031

 

Full media kits available upon request.

 

Devon Ellington publishes under half a dozen names in fiction and nonfiction, and is an internationally-produced playwright and radio writer. She writes the urban fantasy Jain Lazarus Adventures for Solstice Publishing, the Coventina Circle paranormal romantic suspense, the Gwen Finnegan paranormal archaeological mysteries, and, as Ava Dunne, the Nautical Namaste yoga/cruise line mysteries. She also writes digital shorts, in series and stand-alones, plays, radio plays, articles, and marketing writing for companies all over the world. Her blog on the writing life is Ink in My Coffee: http://devonellington.wordpress.com and her main website it http://www.devonellingtonwork.com.

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Today I welcome the other half of Only One Woman-Christina Jones

Hello Christina, and thank you for appearing here today. I’m excited about your book Only One Woman

Only ONe Woman cover Feb 27th 2017

Only ONe Woman cover Feb 27th 2017

1. What inspired your latest book?
ONLY ONE WOMAN is a collaboration with my friend and fellow-author, Jane Risdon. We have long wanted to co-write a book but as Jane writes gritty crime and I write froth and bubble rom-com, the subject matter was always a problem – until we realised that we shared a love – and experience – of all-things-60s… And from that light-bulb-moment Only One Woman was born. We’ve had so much fun with it. We wrote it as a two-hander, from the point of view of two girls – Renza and Stella – who are miles apart geographically, socially and emotionally, and who have both met and fallen in love with, Scott, the sex-on-legs guitarist with Narnia’s Children…
2. How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?
Oh, always – especially if they’ve annoyed me! But hopefully they’d never recognize themselves. I use snippets of character; of appearance; a way of walking or talking; add a large dash of make-believe – and roll it all into one – and then, if they’ve upset me in real life, make sure they get their fictional come-uppance. It’s very cathartic. Otherwise, everyone in my books is a complete figment of my imagination – honest.

3. Was your road to publication fraught with peril or a walk in the park?
There have been a few hiccups along the way, but mainly I think I’ve been very lucky. I started writing romantic short stories and doing pop band interviews for the teen magazines while I was still at school – then I moved on to writing humorous articles for newspapers, and fiction for the women’s magazines and managed to sell a lot of stories, and several serials, to them over the years – it was my pin-money hobby while I worked full-time at other proper jobs – I loved doing it and I never thought about it going any further. Then I won a couple of awards with some slightly longer stories – and at the awards ceremony I was approached by several agents – and well… one of them took me on, I wrote my first full length novel in 1997, my agent sold it to Orion – and I’ve written and had published 25 further books since then – as well as having another agent and several different publishers along the way– and I still write short stories for the women’s magazines too. So – yes, on the whole, compared to how it could have been, it’s been a walk in the park and I’ve been very, very lucky.

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4. Give us an elevator pitch for your book.
Late 1960s: two girls, one boy, and a lifetime of rock’n’roll….

5. Do you have a view in your writing space? What does your space look like?
I write in the dining room now, on my laptop, with a view over our village green – so lots of trees and birds and squirrels and people meeting and talking and walking dogs and children playing – I love it. I used to have a study upstairs in the spare bedroom but when we had new neighbours who insisted on power-drilling the party wall day and night, I moved downstairs to the dining room to escape the noise and have never looked back.

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6. What genres are you drawn to as a reader?
I read crime, police procedurals and thrillers. I love Agatha Christie and similar crime stories from a gentler age – I can’t cope with too much gore – I am however also addicted to Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks, Ann Cleeve’s Vera, and absolutely everything by Dick and/or Felix Francis. I would love to be able to write crime but I can’t – I’ve tried… I’m not clever enough to write convoluted plots – oh, and I’m such a Pollyanna that I’d never be able to kill anyone off.

7. Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?
Read, read and read….. Read anything and everything… then write what you want to write – write for you, not for the market or anyone else – tell the story that only you can tell.

Author PicAuthor Bio:
• Christina Jones, the only child of a schoolteacher and a circus clown, has been
writing all her life. As well as writing romantic comedy novels, she
also contributes short stories and articles to many national magazines and
newspapers.

She has won several awards for her writing: Going the Distance was a WH Smith Fresh Talent Winner; Nothing to Lose, was shortlisted and runner-up for the Thumping Good Read Award with film and television rights sold; Heaven Sent was shortlisted in The Melissa Nathan Comedy Romance Awards and won a Category Award; Love Potions won the Pure Passion Award; The Way to a Woman’s Heart was short-listed for the Rom-Com of the Year; and An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding won The Reviewer’s Choice Award.

Christina has written 21 romantic comedy novels:
Dancing in the Moonlight; Going the Distance; Running the Risk; Stealing
the Show; Jumping to Conclusions; Tickled Pink; Nothing to Lose;
Walking on Air; Lavender Lane; Honeysuckle House; Forever Autumn;
Summer of Love; Hubble Bubble; Seeing Stars; Love Potions; Happy
Birthday; Heaven Sent; Moonshine; The Way A Woman’s Heart; Never
Can Say Goodbye and An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding.

She has also written and/or contributed to 11 e-book-only novellas/short
stories/compilations: Those Lazy, Hazy Crazy Days; Mitzi’s Midwinter Wedding; Bucolic Frolics; Happy Ever After; Snippets; Shiver; Holiday Fling; Wishing on a Star; Chicklit Lovers Vol One; Chicklit Lovers Vol Three; and the Milton St John Box-Set.

Her latest novel – the love and peace and rock’n’roll 1960s story: Only One Woman – co-authored with Jane Risdon, will be published in November 2017 and is currently available to pre-order on Amazon.

Her next novel – Marigold’s Magical Mystery Tour – will be published in September 2018.

All Christina Jones’ novels are currently available, either in paperback or e-book format, and after years of travelling, she now lives in rural Oxfordshire with her husband and several rescued cats.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/christina.jones.1677

Also on FB: Christina Jones (author) page and Only One Woman page – both available from my main page.

Twitter: Christina Jones @bucolicfrolics

Website: Christina Jones, Chicklit Author

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Jane Risdon’s Only One Woman Written by Two

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Hi Jane.

Hello Marian, thanks so much for inviting me here to chat about my writing. I really appreciate it.

Only ONe Woman cover Feb 27th 2017

Only ONe Woman cover Feb 27th 2017

Marian: What inspired your latest book?
Jane: Only One Woman is co-authored with award-winning, bestselling author Christina Jones. She and I have known each other since we were in our teens when she became fan-club secretary to my husband’s band – he was my boyfriend then. We have always wanted to write together, but I write mostly crime/thrillers and she writes romance (Bucolic Frolics) and we didn’t have time, nor any idea what we could write about. Then the penny dropped. We know about music and the Sixties music scene, so we’d write about that. Several years passed – she was busy with contracted books and I was working with our recording artists, songwriters and record producers and we – my husband and I – were never in one place long enough for Christina and I to get together. Eventually we decided we had to make time. We agreed we’d set our story in 1968/69 and we’d write it from the POV of two young girls in love with the same lead guitarist. That way we knew we could reference lots of music, fashion, and world events from 1968/69, and use our musical knowledge and experience in the story so that it would be much more than a love triangle.

Marian: Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Jane: I have had a varied career – most of it in the international music business – and have witnessed and experienced some fantastical events, so finding topics to write about is never a problem. I get ideas from the News, over-heard conversations, things I am told, things I and others have experienced. Hollywood is a fabulous source for a writer. Music, movies, television, and all the money and power permeating from the epicenter of the entertainment world. Money and power corrupt and we are seeing evidence of that with the sexual harassment scandals unfolding there now. I’ve also worked in various Government agencies – when much younger – all of which is good fodder for a crime/thriller writer which is what I am – mostly – when I am not writing about loved-up guitarists.

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Marian: How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?
Jane: Tee-hee-hee. Well, this is a hard one to answer truthfully. Only One Woman is a work of fiction but Christina and I do draw upon experiences. I met and married a lead guitarist and Christina, who was a short story writer and rock journalist for Teen magazines at the time, was hired as his fan-club secretary.
I used old diaries and tour schedules, post cards and letters from my husband’s time with his band for reference material when writing about 1968/69 – just to help give flavor and authenticity to the story. We have shared memories of events during our long friendship and of course she had her own career interviewing rock and pop stars which I am sure has given her plenty of material to draw upon.
In my career in the music business I have met some of the most colourful, charismatic, outrageous and downright terrifying people your imagination could conjure up. Books have already been written about many of them, without any litigation being heaped upon the writers. And I have a wealth of material too. I also have a vivid imagination. I know the entertainment business: making movies, videos, television series and records – I’ve experience of those who are the movers and shakers. It would be hard not to be inspired and influenced by them and no doubt elements creep into my stories. I couldn’t possibly comment. Read my short stories and you’ll see what goes on.

Marian: Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.
Jane: Scott is a drop-dead gorgeous musician who has oodles of sex appeal and a wicked glint in his eye. He comes from a broken home and ever since has been responsible for his younger brother now they’re living with their father – until he decides to join his mother in Jersey for a holiday. Whist there he joins a band and decides to stay on the island, but his mother has a new family and he soon realises he is not wanted. His band become his family and they get signed to a manager and set off for England, fame and fortune, leaving a few broken hearts in his wake. He cannot resist a pretty face, but he is also quite ‘proper,’ trying hard to do the right thing by both Stella and Renza. Lonely and seeking love he seems to be unable to say no and his emotions are intense. He is honest and keeping secrets hurts him.

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Marian: Tell us about your heroine. Give us one of her strengths and one of her weaknesses.
Jane: I can only write from the POV of Renza – we have two main characters in Only One Woman – the other is Stella written by Christina.
Renza is young but wise beyond her years. She is mother-hen to her 5 siblings and her life is spent helping to care for them – she is much older than they. Her father is working abroad and the family are set to join him in the late summer for a 3 year stay: her mother works part-time, so Renza’s life is pretty much taken up with family duties. She doesn’t really have any friends, has never had a boyfriend and is rarely allowed out socially. She is lonely, resentful, but resigned. She’s offered an apprenticeship with a National Newspaper but her parents who are very strict won’t allow her to take it up – they need her with them overseas. She is dreading leaving England and her elderly Nan whom she worries about. She is reliable and dutiful but she is also a doormat for her family, allowing her needs to be over-ridden by them.

Marian: How far do you plan ahead?
Jane: I write by the seat of my pants. An idea pops into my head – usually the title or a character’s name – and off I go. It comes as I write. I have hardly any notes to help, though I might draw a map so I can remember who lives where etc and I might list names, eye and hair colour – that sort of thing – because I am terrible at recalling who is who sometimes. I often take photos when I am out walking and these serve as visual notes of locations sometimes…. A great setting for a shallow grave set in a forest for example. But that is about it. Planning is probably the sensible way to go. But I’m unconventional.

Marian: Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.
Jane: Only One Woman tells the story of two girls in love with the same musician, but there can be Only One Woman…Scott has to decide.

Renza meets lead guitarist Scott when his band arrive in England from the Channel Islands, to record and tour…it is love at first sight for them both. But she is about to move to Germany with her family for three years, so they only manage to share two magical months together before she leaves; both declaring undying love for one another.

Stella is convinced she is about to die on the operating table on Monday and her best friend, Vix, decides she needs to spend her last night on earth having fun. Vix drags Stella to a local gig where Narnia’s Children are playing and Stella falls head over heels for Scott as soon as she sees him on stage. The feeling appears to be mutual when they are introduced during the gig, and therein lies the problem…

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Author Jane Risdon
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00I3GJ2Y8

http://www.accentpress.co.uk/jane-risdon
https://twitter.com/Jane_Risdon
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5831801.Jane_Risdon

Only One Woman Accent Press
UK: http://amzn.to/2x1UIdr

USA: https://www.amazon.com/Only-One-Woman-Christina-Jones-ebook/dp/B075D88JBP

Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/d/Only-One-Woman-Christina-Jones-ebook/B075D88JBP

Only One Woman Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/RenzandStella/

Renza and Stella’s Playlist on YouTube
https://www.facebook.com/RenzandStella/

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A visit with Jamie K. Schmidt

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A guest post by USA Today Bestselling Author, Jamie K. Schmidt

It was a chilly morning in Connecticut today. I broke a cardinal rule in the house, which was not to turn on the heat until November 1st.  But it was 56 degrees this morning and I wasn’t getting out of the bed and into the shower unless the house was at least 10 degrees warmer.

Another cardinal rule we have is no pumpkin spice coffee until October first.  Yeah, I never make it that far.  Unfortunately, too much pumpkin spice gives me heartburn so I’m usually one and done with that anyway.

This week, my publisher put my romance novel, STUD on sale for .99.  The heroine is a barista at a local coffee shop, so in honor of the sale and because we could all use some new hot coffee recipes, here are a few of my favorites.

OK, the first one isn’t a recipe, it’s basically brew coffee and pour stuff in it.  My sister-in-law bought a jar of Reeses Peanut Butter cup creamer.  Holy smokes.  If you pour a glug of that in your coffee, it’s like drinking the candy!  No lie.  I haven’t been able to find it in the dairy case in my local store, but she also turned me on to the Girl Scout cookie creamer too, which takes just like a Thin Mint.  Sugar free syrups like Toraniâ’s also provide interesting flavor to spruce up a cup of Joe. And I suppose it goes without saying, if we’re glugging stuff into coffee I’m a big fan of Frangelico, whiskey, Kahlua, and Bailey’s.  I also like my coffee light and sweet, so if you don’t be warned these will probably taste like dessert to you.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee:  Add one tbsp. of canned pumpkin, 1 tbsp. vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp of pumpkin pie spice to a hot cup of coffee and stir really well until pumpkin has melted in.  Add sweetener and milk/cream/creamer to taste.

Lazy Mocha: Make a packet of instant hot chocolate.  Add half to a half a cup of coffee.  Or make one big mug – I won’t judge.  Add milk/cream/creamer to taste.  You may not need it.  You probably won’t need additional sweetener with this, but if you do – use a squirt (warning technical term) of Hershey’s syrup.  Go big or go home, right? To give this a more holiday flare, stir and serve with a candy cane.

Here’s a weird one.  It’s based on the Bullet-Proof Coffee recipe, except you can make it with any kind of coffee and any unsalted butter.  Yes.  Butter.  First, brew a cup of coffee.  Add a pat of unsalted butter and a teaspoon of coconut oil.  Then whir it in the blender and drink.  Don’t let this get cold.  It tastes oily and gross. But hot and freshly whirred from the blender, it’s creamy and delicious.  This is a great cup to have if you can’t have milk or cream in your coffee.

Like these?  Here are another few from my favorite celebrity chefs:

The Pioneer Woman’s The Spicy Cowgirl: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/the-spicy-cowgirl-3691506

Ina Garten’s Viennese Coffee: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/viennese-iced-coffee-recipe-3381652

And while you’re sipping your coffee drink, may I recommend my book, STUD, which is on sale for .99 this week.  It has over 100 four and five star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

 

 

Large. Hot. With a pump of sexual tension.

When the barista next door teams up with a slick ad executive in this steamy standalone novel from USA Today bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt, they both get a taste of unexpected love.

Terri Cooke wishes she could give Mick Wentworth a piece of her mind. The infuriating stud muffin walks into her coffee shop every morning expecting his regular order at 8:57 on the dot, without ever acknowledging Terri’s presence” except for staring at her cleavage. And yet she can’t deny that Mick Wentworth has an animal magnetism that’s stronger and richer than any espresso . . . which explains why Terri says yes when he suddenly, inexplicably asks her out. After the morning coffee run, Mick’s day is all downhill from there. His family’s marketing firm is dysfunctional in more ways than one, so to save the business, Mick desperately needs to impress their newest client. When he learns that Terri’s a fan of their trendy product, he tries to get inside her head. It doesn’t hurt that she’s the barista he’s been lusting after for the past five months. But as things heat up with Terri, Mick finds that a little steam is just the jolt he needs to turn his whole life around. Praise for Stud Stud is outrageous, sexy, heartwarming, and angst-fueled. Harlequin Junkie  [Stud is] my first book by Jamie K. Schmidt and it was pretty awesome. I enjoyed this from beginning to end. It’s also a bit of a gamer romance. So if you are into games this is definitely up your alley. Island of Reading   start with the book title” it definitely suits the hero. . . . Stud is just a drool-worthy and steamy read. Self-Professed Book Hoarders   I loved the sexual tension that Mick and Terri had. Right from the first page, it was there and it kept building. Life of a Crazy Mom   This is a super cute and creative story. . . . There are twists and turns . . . but the way it’s written and brought together is seamless. If you’re a gamer, you’ll especially enjoy this book.

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GYPPMNE

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stud-jamie-k-schmidt/1124857783

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1173308851

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Jamie_K_Schmidt_Stud?id=jU9cDAAAQBAJ

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/stud-5

 

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Today’s guest is author Marsha R. West

Marsha WestThanks so much for hosting me, Marian.

Great having your here, Marsha. Let’s jump right in.

 

What inspired your latest book? Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.

 

ACT OF BETRAYAL is Book 3 in The Second Chances Series. I got the idea for the series from one of my daughters who told me I should write a series about friends who met at camp at kids and stay friends throughout their lives, just like she and her sister have done. The heroine, though beautiful, has issues with believing she is, and that she’s worthy of love. She dealt with that through use of cosmetics so she’s able to present a mask to the public. I heard about a person who had a tragic experience as a young person and this was the way she dealt with the pain.

 

Describe the genre of this particular title, and is it the only genre you write in? 

 

I write Romantic Suspense, and it is the only genre I write. I seldom read another genre unless a friend has a book out and I want to be supportive. My books are not your typical RS books because I write Seasoned Romance, with Characters in their 40s and 50s. Definitely second chance stories. My heroines are all from Texas, but they don’t always stay in Texas.

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Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

I shared above where the series idea came from, but most ideas for stories come from locations. I’m captivated by places, houses, cottages, scenery. My husband and I visited Vermont several times and I fell in love with the state, especially in the fall. My first book is set there. My second book, set in Fort Worth, developed because I drove by a particular house several times a week on the way to babysit my first grandchild and to take Pilates lessons. I almost “stalked” the house. LOL I had no idea who lived there, but I sure had fun making up a story for that house.

What advice do you have for other authors wanting to self-publish?

Hire a great editor. You don’t want a book out there with a slew of errors. You won’t get repeat buyers. The other thing is to plan to release three or more books very close together. A year or more between books doesn’t help build your readership. Several authors I know who have their first two to three books close together have done very well.  And of course, you have to write a good book. 😊

Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?

If your dream is to be a published author Keep On Keeping On.  The only thing that can defeat you is yourself if you give up. Keep on Keeping on was my mantra during the year I was president of my writing group. I was very close to throwing in the sponge, but felt an obligation to my chapter to write a President’s article for the newsletter every month and in effect convinced myself to hang in there. It was the end of the next year when I sold my first book. So, don’t give up. Believe in yourself and keep on learning and getting better.

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Blurb for ACT OF BETRAYAL, Book 3 The Second Chances Series

A cosmetics company owner in Dallas, Devon Moore, wants to save her company from bankruptcy, but her ex-husband’s embezzlement sends her into dangerous waters trying to pay back his clients, replace the money he stole from her company and keep her, her daughter, and her parents safe.

Private Investigator, Brett Townsend, wants to find who is threatening his new client and locate the missing money. He suspects the beautiful Devon hasn’t been completely honest with him. A wife, even an ex-wife, has to know, doesn’t she? When she is attacked twice and her daughter is kidnapped, he adjusts his thinking.

Despite Brett’s initial doubts about whether Devon really knew about the money her ex-husband stole, still he’s attracted to the redheaded beauty and admires her love of her daughter for whom she’ll do anything. Their attraction for each other sizzles under the surface of all they do.

Will they reclaim the stolen money and find the bad guys in time to save her business and the lives of her daughter, parents, and Devon?

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Excerpt

“I’m sorry, ma’am. Your card has been declined.” The waiter’s words stung Devon Moore. Her stomach did the dropping thing like when a police car’s flashing lights showed up in your rearview mirror.

She glanced at the two people sitting with her then back to the waiter. “There must be some mistake, Ricky. My business card should have plenty of space on it. Will you try the card again, please?” She shot him her brilliant smile, the one guaranteed to get whoever to do whatever she wanted.

“If you’ve got a problem, Devon, I can pay for our lunch,” offered Sam Jenning, a middle-aged, gray-haired man with a slight paunch, the CFO of the cosmetics company Devon hoped to buy.

Not what she wanted at all. They’d come to the ultra-posh Dallas restaurant to sway the opinion of the CFO and the president, Millie Swanson, about the wisdom of selling out to Devon. Having them pay threw a wrench in her plans.

“Not necessary, Sam. My card should be accepted. I’m sure it must be some problem with the computer.” Devon took another sip of her wine, barely registering the nutty taste. This would be fine, wouldn’t it? But, twice before, she’d had this situation with her card arise. Drawing in deep breaths to ward off a sweating nerves attack,

her fingers tapped the wine glass waiting for the waiter to return.

He approached the table with a troubled expression on his face. “Ms. Moore, I re-ran your card, and it was declined again. I’m sorry.” The young blond waiter with a blush spiking his cheeks looked more embarrassed than Devon, which said something. She swallowed twice before she forced down the lovely salmon salad threatening to come up into her throat. The subdued chatter of other patrons and an occasional clink of silver or crystal filled the silence at the table.

With a flip of her hair over her shoulder, Devon reached for her purse and pulled out her card case. “I can’t imagine what the problem is, but use this one.” She held out a personal credit card, which she hated using for business lunches because she preferred to keep her personal and business accounts separate. Couldn’t be

helped this time. She couldn’t let Sam pay for their meal.

 

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USA Today Bestselling Author Jacquie Biggar

First, I’d like to apologize to Jacquie. I’ve had some problems with the website and this post didn’t go off on September 5th as scheduled. My web-guy’s amazing and got the problem solved.

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Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?

Don’t let well-meaning criticism stop you from writing your story. Every person has their own ‘voice’; the style that makes you, you. In the early days, I used to get discouraged when my critique partners picked apart my work, often replacing passages with how they felt it should be said. It took time, but I’ve learned to pick through their recommendations and accept those that benefit my story, and discard the rest.

Whatever you do, don’t give up your voice. It’s the one thing that makes you unique and the readers will appreciate you for it. J

What did you want to be when you were a child?  Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always been a reader. When I was eleven or twelve, old enough for babysitting, I enrolled in Harlequin’s book program. You pick out the romantic genre you like and they send six to eight books a month for a small fee. I was in heaven whenever that rectangular box showed up in the mail. I’d admire the covers, read the blurbs, then the teaser inside the front cover, then finally, decide which ones to read first. I used to get in trouble for staying up past bedtime because I couldn’t put the story down.

That’s when the dream to become a Harlequin writer began. I haven’t reached that goal yet, but I’m working on it!

Do you or have you belonged to a writing organization?  Which one?  Have they helped you with your writing?  How?

I belong to three writing organizations and two author groups. The organizations are: Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death, and Vancouver Island Romance Authors. The groups are: The Authors’ Billboard, and The Sisterhood of Suspense.

The former is fantastic for learning about the craft of writing. RWA and KOD host numerous classes for nominal fees and teach everything from basic punctuation to weapons and decomposition (good to know if you write murder mysteries J)

The groups are essential tools for marketing and networking. They also provide a support net whenever you need help. I love my group-mates!

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.

Tempted by Mr. Wrong started out as a contemporary romance. I came across the cover on the Killion Group siteI highly recommend Kim and her team—and immediately fell in love with it. Then, I heard about a Ponzi scheme on the news that had been under investigation for months and involved millions of dollars and I knew what my story was going to be, lol.

I’ve always had a thing for young lovers who end up apart, only to meet up years later and have the same crazy, intense attraction. I based Jason and Tammy-Jo around this premise.

 

Describe the genre of this particular title, and is the only genre you write in?

This is a romantic suspense story but I also write in a variety of other romance genres. Contemporary, romantic comedy, paranormal suspense, and women’s fiction. I hope you’ll try Tempted by Mr. Wrong and let me know what you think.

Because as I say on my blog, It’s All About the Romance.

Tempted by Mr. Wrong

 

How can something so wrong, feel so right?

 

Falling for her step-brother is a mistake T.J. doesn’t want to repeat, but one look into those sapphire blue eyes and she’s ready to give him whatever he wants.

 

Tammy-Jo Hawthorne’s marriage was floundering, but she never expected her husband to make her the laughing stock of Magnolia.

And she definitely didn’t expect to trip over him in their front yard after he’d been murdered.

Jason McIntyre was forced out of his home and the love of his life by the man who’d haunted his nightmares for ten long years.

Now Jason’s back–and he wants revenge.

 

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International link: http://books2read.com/TemptedbyMrWrong

 

Add to your TBR List: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35609451-tempted-by-mr-wrong

 

 

 

JACQUIE BIGGAR  is a USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love.

She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls.

She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.

Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can’t function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. :)

Free reads, excerpts, author news, and contests can be found on her web site:

http://jacqbiggar.com

You can follow her on at http://Facebook.com/jacqbiggar, http://Twitter.com/jacqbiggar

Or email her via her web site. Jacquie lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

You can also join her street team on Facebook: Biggar’s Book Buddies

Or her exclusive Review Crew: https://jacqbiggar.com/join-my-review-crew/

And sign up for her newsletter-

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Read an Excerpt from Erika Kelly’ s Latest Book: Mine for the Week

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Today I welcome Erika Kelly to the blog for the first time. Here’s our interview.

What inspired your latest book?

I wanted to make an extremely disciplined, regimented, successful man completely lose control in the hands of a vivacious, sexy, surprise of a woman. I wanted to rock his world, turning it upside down. Poor Ryan O’Donnell—he didn’t know what hit him. It was a lot of fun to write!

 

 

Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

The interesting thing about this question is that the original idea comes in a snippet—a lyric, a line of dialogue in a movie, a feeling from a dream. It might strike a flash of inspiration, but the actual book winds up being nothing like it because of all the story development involved in bringing it to fruition! It takes me a couple months to develop a story.

 

How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?

They’re not. Even if I wanted to use someone as a template for a character, as soon as I delve into his goal, motivation, and conflict, he becomes his own unique person. So, rest assured friends and family, you won’t be featured in any of my books!

 

 

Was your road to publication fraught with peril or a walk in the park?

I’ve been a writer all my life, but when I decided to have four children, I devoted my time and energy to them. I figured I could pursue publishing after the last one left, and I’m happy to say the timing worked out exactly right for me. And it’s a really good thing. I had some silly notion that I could simply write my books and turn them in, but that’s not the case. It’s a full-time job, so I’m happy I didn’t get published when the kids were home.

 

Tell us about your hero.  Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.

 

Ryan O’Donnell is at a crossroads. He’s spent a lifetime preparing for a career as a Major League Baseball player, but now that the draft is a few months away and he’s about to graduate college, he’s questioning his life choices. It would be foolish to give up when he’s so close to making it, but he feels this incredible pull of resistance. He’s trying to push past it, but it’s not working. What can he do? And it takes this woman that he meets unexpectedly to help him make the right decision. His strength: his love for Sophie is fierce. His weakness: he understands that it took a community to get him to this moment, where he’s a first-round draft pick, and he doesn’t want to let his supporters down. Unfortunately, that means he’s not ready to stand up for his own happiness.

Tell us about your heroine.  Give us one of her strengths and one of her weaknesses.

 

Sophie Valentine is the youngest of five siblings. And by youngest, I mean she came eight years after her next closest sibling. She keeps hoping the age gap will close as she gets older, but it seems they’ll always be in different phases of their lives. Two months shy of college graduation she learns her siblings might sell the family company. Crazy Hearts is the Peeps of the Valentine’s Day world. As the baby of the family, she doesn’t feel she has a voice—until this man she meets at an exclusive singles resort reminds her of her options and shows her a path to her own fulfillment. Her strength: she’s independent, strong, and deeply caring. Her weakness? She wants her siblings to love and value her. And in trying to win their love, she ignores her own heart.

 

Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?

Writing is a craft. It’s something that improves the more we write and learn. So make learning your craft the driving factor—not publication. Enter contests to get feedback. Find a supportive critique partner. Expect rejection and use it to empower you to write a better novel next time. The only people who definitely won’t get published are the ones who quit. Don’t be that person.

Excerpt from MINE FOR THE WEEK by Erika Kelly

Sophie reached for the key in the ignition.

“Move over,” Ryan said.

“Excuse me?”

Tearing off his sunglasses, he stuck his face into the Jeep, forcing her to lean back. “Move over. I’m getting in.”

Struck by all that masculinity, the scent of sun-warmed cotton, soap from his shower, and whatever shampoo he’d used, it took her a moment to answer. He was a formidable presence, and the energy rolling off him overwhelmed her. “You can teach me from the passenger seat.”

“I’m not going to teach you. I’m driving you.”

“You can’t drive me to the other side of the island.”

“Wanna bet?” he said.

“Why?”

“Because you’re going to get twenty minutes down the road, stall out, and then what? You’ll be stuck on the road in the middle of nowhere by yourself.”

“Why are you staring at my mouth?”

His jaw clamped shut. “Because I freaking love your mouth. I can’t stop kissing it, remember?”

Heat rushed up her neck, burning her cheeks. “Yes, I remember. That was very rude of you to bring it up.”

His arms reached over his head, hands clutching the roll-over bar of the Jeep. “Move over, Soph.”

“This isn’t a good idea.”

“It’s happening.”

“I’m not coming back until tomorrow.”

His nostrils flared, but he remained silent.

“And you don’t want to see the volcano.”

“Not really.”

“I’m not missing the waterfall with magical properties.” She gave him a meaningful look.

“No.” His lips twitched. “I wouldn’t expect you to.”

When she didn’t budge, he finally looked her right in the eyes and gave her the most searing look she’d ever seen. The heat, the intensity, ignited a flurry of explosions in her chest. Holding her gaze, he said, “I think you know I’m going with you.”

 

About the Author:

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Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life–she just didn’t know it. Raised on the classics, she didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she’s lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.

Please note that 10% of the net income of all Erika Kelly books goes to the Semper Fi Fund (semperfifund.org).

Please visit her on her Erika Kelly Author Facebook page and her website at http://www.erikakellybooks.com

To order Mine for the Week or any of the other books by Erika Kelly follow these links:

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Today USA Bestselling Author Jamie Schmidt is visiting

Today, I’m hosting Jamie Schmidt to the blog. Jamie is a USA Today Bestselling author of sexy romances. Checkout her books below.

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Welcome Jamie. I have a bunch of questions for you. Let’s get started.

  1. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 

I started writing seriously in high school.  I wrote a children’s book for English class and worked on a Star Trek novel in a five-subject college bound notebook.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

 

I had a lot of stories in my head that I wanted to share.  I liked giving people “the feels” where they would have an emotional reaction to something I wrote.

 

  1. What books have most influenced your life most?

 

Stephen King’s Danse Macabre, Mercedes Lackey’s Heralds of Valdemar series, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, Laurel K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, and a ton more.

  1. What book are you reading now?

 

Wildfire by Ilona Andews, which releases the same day as STUD.

  1. Do you see writing as a career?

 

Yes, I definitely do.  It takes some of the fun out of writing when you have to consider the business side with marketing, and budgeting and all of that.  But in the end, it isn’t enough to write a good book.  You have to write a marketable book and then find a way to reach readers.  That’s the part that I struggle with the most.

  1. How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?

 

I have published Twenty-six books so far.  I’ve got three more books releasing this year and twelve more releasing next year.  So that’s 42, which I think Douglas Adams said was the answer to the meaning of life.  My least favourite is always the one I’m currently working on and then for some strange reason that one also become my favourite one.  And then the process repeats itself.

 

Here is an excerpt from STUD:

 

Because I was only a temp, none of the other marketing assistants really wanted to establish a relationship. I was just looking for someone to go to happy hour with, but I wound up feeling like Rudolph when they didn’t invite me to their reindeer games tonight.

It was probably for the best. I had to make up some time this week anyway. So what if I spent my Friday night looking for the best place to advertise the release in-game? I probably would have been home playing with Billy anyway. Of course, if I was home I could have a pint of ice cream next to me and be in my pajamas. And I would feel like less of an outcast when the last of the laughing staff of the Wentworth Agency shut off the lights on me on their way out the door.

“Why are you sitting here in the dark?”

I jumped a foot. I hadn’t heard Mick come into the room.

“I couldn’t be bothered getting up and turning them back on. I can see what I need to by the computer screen. Is there something you wanted, sir?” I hadn’t given him an inch on that bullshit.

He leaned against the doorjamb. I could see that his jacket was slung over his arm and he had loosened his tie. Rubbing his hand over his face, he said, “I saw the lights from the computer monitor. I thought someone had forgotten to shut it down.”

I didn’t say anything, just continued gathering materials. I might as well get some of my questing in while I monitored what people were saying in the trade channels and city chats. Still, I was aware that he continued to watch me. As most of me was slumped in a chair, I was pretty sure he wasn’t checking me out. Which was good, right? He didn’t want an office affair and I’d had my fill of him. Or so I told myself, because my nose twitched at that sexy cologne he wore.

“I wanted to ask a favor.”

I raised an eyebrow and looked up from the computer screen. He had a five o’clock shadow, which my treacherous brain reminded me felt awesome between my legs. He tossed a small box at me.

“What’s this?” Inside was an external hard drive and a USB cord.

“That’s the pre-beta version of the Egyptian release.”

I grasped it to my chest, fatigue falling away. I would pretty much do whatever he wanted for the chance to download the contents of this drive onto my computer. As far as I knew, Lemmingware wasn’t ready to put the expansion out to their beta testers yet. “Wouldn’t it be more secure to give you a key code to download it from?”

“This isn’t the actual final release. This is the expansion plus some extras they put in that they’re not sure they’re going to keep. They want us to wander around the existing world and see what kind of attention the new characters and gear draw and to keep track of the data of where and when and what was said.”

I nearly swooned. “I can haz epix?” Visions of elite armor and matching outfits danced in my head.

“What?”

“Never mind,” I said, shaking myself out of it. “I’m tired and being silly. I’ll be glad to install this and play around on it.” My Friday night was looking up.

“I’d like to do some in-game work myself.”

That surprised me. “Why? You’ve already got a team on it.”

“I like to know how things work. All of this is very new to me. Like, I didn’t know you had to have a copy of the original game installed to play the expansion.”

I nodded. That was how it worked.

“I almost made a fool out of myself in front of Lemmingware because I didn’t know that.”

Now I got it. This was all about his ego. “So, what do you want?”

Mick coughed self-consciously. “I don’t have a version on my laptop.”

Waving my hand toward his laptop, I said, “I can do the new installation for you before I go.”

“It’s not that simple.” He cleared his throat. “I’ve never played the game.”

“Really? It’s so much fun.” Of course, he wasn’t the videogame type. He had Very Important Places to go with Very Important People.

“Anyway, I was wondering if you could teach me,” he said, in such a rush that I almost didn’t hear him.

***

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If you like sexy romances, please feel free to follow me around social media. Here are my links:

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Stud is available at the following retailers:

 

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Today I Welcome Vicki Batman

03 26 15 vlmb head on hand in pink sweater 22Hi, Vicki, I’m thrilled to have you visiting today. I want to jump right in to the interview.

What is your typical day like? Most days, I’m up by 6 and out of the house for a workout at 7. Home by 815 and shower. Eat and get to writing work. I usually take off from writing on Saturday and Sunday to hang with Handsome.
Where do you get the ideas for your stories? People say awesome things, like #2Son who once said, “I have a theory about love.” My head went boing!!!
What is your favorite dessert/food? I’m really partial to cake. Sigh. I love hamburgers.
Was your road to publication fraught with peril or a walk in the park? My road has been different. I’ve signed with small publishers, sold to magazines, and a good e-publisher for my mysteries. I’ve been involved in four anthologies. I’ve self-pubbed three funny short story collections.
Do you have a view in your writing space? What does your space look like? This is so funny. I used to be wed to my desk with a great front yard view until I bought a laptop, and now, I type anywhere. My office has a desk with book cases behind it loaded with my favorite books. A brown leather loveseat sits across from my desk, decorated with pillows I’ve stitched and some from friends. Above the sofa are my book covers. To the left of my desk is a rolling red tool box which once belonged to my dad.

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Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses. Hero Daniel Ackerman is crazy about Kelly Stinson, his twin sister’s best friend, who has torn the ligaments in her ankle. He steps in to care for her. However, he never comes out and says how much he cares for her, even when the orthopedic surgeon—and his best friend-begins making passes at Kelly.
Tell us about your heroine. Give us one of her strengths and one of her weaknesses. Kelly Stinson does a huge favor for her best friend’s brother by participating in a beauty pageant. Only she trips and falls offstage. Daniel has tormented her all her life; so when it comes to finding true love, he’s overlooked.

What genres are you drawn to as a reader? I read a lot of mysteries, contemporary and historical romance, romantic comedy.
Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors? Persevere. Long ago, I entered a book in a contest and received back this judge’s comment, “Why are you writing?” Needless to say, this was incredibly upsetting for two days. Then I squared my shoulders and determined no one is going to chart my destiny except for me.
What did you want to be when you were a child? Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? As a child, I just wanted to read and always have been a huge reader. But it was Dick Francis’ mysteries that caused an urge to write grow in me. It took a long time before I tried.
Please tell my readers a little bit about your book. Gladly! What if the love of your life was in front of you all along? It began innocently with a few margaritas… Kelly Stinson is persuaded to represent Yahoo! Ranch Steakhouse in the Chamber of Commerce’s beauty contest. After an unexpected swan dive off stage, her heart goes pitter patter over the orthopedic surgeon who repaired her ripped up ankle.

Daniel Ackerman has always had the hots for his twin sister’s best friend. Much to his dismay, her doctor has taken notice of the dark-haired beauty and invaded his territory. That’s about to change when he moves in to help Kelly recover physically and open her eyes to what’s been in front of her all along.

I love this excerpt: “Hey,” Daniel said. Crud. / “Are you drowning in there?” “No.” “Want your back scrubbed?” “Are you a famous, buffed-up action hero?” “No.” “Then, eat poo and die.” “I was thinking-” Amazing. “-I’m going to pick up some burgers.” My stomach growled. “I won’t be long. Be out soon, or I’m coming in.” “Ha. We both know you want to see me naked.” “Been there, done that already today. And by the way-”
“What now?” I heard him move closer to the door, and then he softly said, “The mole on your left hip is worth exploring…with my tongue.” I screamed.

Vicki is a mulit-published author.

Bio:

Award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two romantic comedy mysteries to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocoaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??

Buy Links:

 

Find “Raving Beauty” in the Just You and Me boxed set at:

http://amazon.com/dp/B06XCZWL6N

 
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Find Vicki at:

Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vicki-Batman-sassy-writer-of-sexy-and-funny-fiction-133506590074451/

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Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman

Email: vlmbatman@hotmail.com

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/vicki-batman/

 

 

 

 

 

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Say hello to author Joanne Guidoccio

Interview with Joanne Guidoccio

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What inspired you to write your first book?

In 2004, I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. While receiving treatments, well-meaning friends gave me inspirational and comedic books. Several health professionals urged me to cross-read and expose myself to new ideas. Their expert advice: By reading unfamiliar and challenging material, I could create new neural pathways in my brain and reduce the likelihood of developing the dreaded chemo brain.

But all I wanted to read were cozies, those delightful murder mysteries that include a bloodless crime and contain little violence, sex, or coarse language. I read voraciously, often finishing a cozy in one or two sittings. Midway through treatments, I came up with a storyline for my first cozy—A Season for Killing Blondes, Book 1 in the Gilda Greco Mystery Series.

When you are not writing, what are your hobbies, passions, etc?

During my teaching years, I immersed myself in the life of the school and had very few outside outlets. When I retired, I was determined to widen my range of interests and achieve yin/yang balance in my life. While writing occupies the lion’s share of my time, I also enjoy reading, yoga, scrapbooking, blogging, movies, artist dates, and meeting friends for leisurely brunches and lunches.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

 

My favorite authors include Ann Patchett, Ann Lamott, Maeve Binchy, Gail Bowen, Louise Penny, and Adriana Trigiani. The protagonists in these novels are older and wiser, having encountered many bumps on the road to romantic love and personal fulfillment.

 

Do you hear from readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

 

I have been very pleased with the positive response from my readers. Here are three of my favorites:

 

In her review, English teacher Colleen McConnell described Between Land and Sea as “a classic wisdom tale with a twist…reminiscent of Jane Austen.”

 

Elisa Balabram gave a glowing review for The Coming of Arabella: “Joanne Guidoccio is a wonderful writer, and throughout her book she shares her wisdom on forgiveness, kindness, personal growth, self-esteem, and value.”

Miss Lill’s review of A Season for Killing Blondes brings a smile: “It is to be devoured like a decadent dessert and finished with a strong espresso!!”

If you could have any super hero power, what would it be?

 

It would be wonderful if I could fly at will. Whenever I felt the need to travel, I would pack my bags, stand at the doorway, and visualize my intended destination. Within seconds, I would be transported to a five-star hotel room in that particular city. This superpower would also come in handy during lengthy meetings and sticky situations.

 

 

 

 

Do you have any advice for new writers beginning their adventures?

 

Carve your own journey and take time to discover what you really like to write. In most cases, you will gravitate toward the genres you read. But don’t limit yourself. Instead, experiment with other genres, nonfiction, and poetry. I highly recommend attending local readings and workshops. If you need more direction, sign up for a creative writing course—online or offline—that exposes you to short stories, children’s and adult writing, creative nonfiction and poetry. Search until you find a warm, supportive environment where your words can flow freely. And most important of all, enjoy the journey.

 

Blurb

When Gilda Greco invites her closest friends to a VIP dinner, she plans to share David Korba’s signature dishes and launch their joint venture— Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. Unknown to Gilda, David has also invited Michael Taylor, a lecherous photographer who has throughout the past three decades managed to annoy all the women in the room. One woman follows Michael to a deserted field for his midnight run and stabs him in the jugular.

Gilda’s life is awash with complications as she wrestles with a certain detective’s commitment issues and growing doubts about her risky investment in Xenia. Frustrated, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers decades-old secrets and resentments that have festered until they explode into untimely death. Can Gilda outwit a killer bent on killing again?

Excerpt

Carlo’s hand caressed my thigh. More sex. The man could be insatiable. And it had been almost two weeks since our last romp. We started to kiss and then his cell phone vibrated.

Carlo groaned as he leaned over and picked up the phone. He sat up, his back to me. “What’s happened?” he barked. Carlo’s shoulders tensed. A long sigh and then his terse words. “Clear the perimeter, stat.”

Clear the perimeter. My heart beat faster as I recalled the last time I had heard those dreaded words. It could mean only one thing. Another murder. Two murders in less than twenty-hours. What were the chances of that happening in Sudbury? At the Christmas party, the police chief had bragged about one of the lowest murder rates in Canada during the past twelve months.

I swallowed hard. “What’s wrong?”

Carlo turned and gave me a long glance. “Andrew Frattini was found dead in the alleyway behind the ReCareering office.”

The nightmare couldn’t be starting again. This time with different players but still with the same intent. To pin the murder on me. But that strategy wouldn’t work. I had an iron-clad alibi no one could refute.

Carlo dressed quickly. He picked up his phone and then turned toward me. “Stay clear of this, Gilda.”

“How can I ignore it?” I said as I felt myself tearing up. “Someone’s trying to frame me again.”

He leaned over and kissed me. “Well, they didn’t succeed, did they?”

 

 

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Guidoccio 001Bio

 

In 2008, Joanne took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

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