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Interview With Gabi Grace

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I was interviewed by Gabi Grace about Drowned History for her blog! Head over there and read it to hear about how my husband and I got back together after 14 years apart, and the most romantic thing that was ever done for me.

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Not gonna lie, it’s pretty sweet. My husband is a total keeper. He even does silly Snapchats with me.

Drowned History is only $1.99 for Kindle, $8.99 in paperback, or FREE with Kindle Unlimited! Get your copy today here.

What’s that? You want proof of the silly snaps? All right, but don’t tell him I showed you.

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Author Interview: Em Shotwell

Blackbird SummerToday I’m super excited to have Em Shotwell, the author of Blackbird Summer here with me! As I’m sure you know from yesterday’s review, it has the distinction of being the best book I’ve read in a long time (and there’s some stuff competition!) so I’m thrilled she took the time to answer some of my questions.

Where did you get your inspiration for Blackbird Summer?

I don’t even know, lol! The story has changed so much since my first idea, which was about a couple of sisters who lived on the wrong side of the tracks in a hateful little town. The original story didn’t have magic-but somehow it kept working its way into the story. Along  the way, the Caibre family kept getting stranger, the town kept getting meaner, and the magic kept growing until the basis for Blackbird Summer took hold.

Who is your favorite character in the book and why?

I love to hate Myrtle Delacroix. She’s such a trashy busy-body, and we all know someone like her in real life. But my favorite character is probably Tallulah. I know that’s cheating since she’s the main character- but she grows so much throughout the book. In the beginning she doesn’t know who she is or even who she wants to be, but by the end she is kicking ass.

Is Brooklyn inspired by a real town?

Not really. I’ve moved quite a bit, starting when I was a kid on into adulthood, and I think some of the best and worst or the towns I’ve lived in have give to the fictional town of Brooklyn, Mississippi. There is actually a post on my blog about this if you want to check it out- www.EmShotwell.com

Is The Chans a real thing or something from your amazing imagination?

First- thanks for such an awesome compliment!

The word is a real word, but as far as what it means in the Blackbird Summer universe, I made it up. 🙂 Logan had to be a special guy to fall for Tallulah and all her crazy baggage. In order to so readily believe in magic, he needed a little inexplicable magic of his own, so that’s where the Chans came in.

What are you working on right now?

I am working on a women’s fiction novel that I adore! It has a tiny touch of magic- but nothing like Blackbird Summer. I’m almost complete and then I’ll get to work drafting the Blackbird Summer sequel. It should be out the beginning of next year.

What other books have you written?

Blackbird Summer is my debut novel. I’m always writing short stories, and have a couple of truly awful plays I wrote in high school that will never see the light of day. I have a weird west short story that I’m editing and hope to find a home for soon. It’s called Vigilante Skin and you can read the synopsis on my website.

What is your favorite genre to read and who are some of your favorite authors?

I read everything. I’m mostly drawn to magical realism, light fantasy, and anything kind of weird. I also adore women’s fiction with grit. I’m a sucker for a flawed hero.

I will read anything by Sarah Addison Allen, Joshilyn Jackson, or Patricia Briggs. I also absolutely adore Octavia Butler. Her book, Lilith’s Brood is the weirdest thing I’ve ever read- but also one of the best things I’ve ever read.

Where can readers find you?

Being creepy at the corner table of the library! Lol TOTALLY JOKING! Find me online at www.EmShotwell.com. On Twitter at @MamaCrazySocks

Facebook- www.facebook.com/emshotwellauthor

Instagram- @blackbird_summer

Thank you so much for joining me today, Em! I can’t wait to read the rest of your work. I’ll be keeping an eye on that corner table to make sure you’re getting your words in!

Author Interview: Becca J. Campbell

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I am incredibly excited today to welcome Becca J. Campbell to my blog! She’s the author of the Flawed series that I have gone crazy for and I’m super happy that she agreed to answer a few questions for me! If you’re not familiar with the Flawed series, you can check out my reviews of Empath, Outsider, and Protector, her newest one that was released in January. Now, on to the questions!

How did you get the idea for the Flawed Series?

I’ve always enjoyed stories involving unique powers: Heroes, X-Men, and even Stephenie Meyer’s unique vampires intrigued me. When I started writing, I put my own twist on the idea, leaning toward individuals with superhuman weaknesses rather than focusing on their strengths. Then I began crafting my characters, each with a unique ability, and figuring out the upside versus downside of that trait.

 

Do you have a favorite character and who/why?

Ethan was the most fun to write, and Alexandria is most like me, but Logan was probably my favorite. I have a pretty big crush on him. He’s like a combination of Wolverine, Edward Cullen, and my husband, with other mysterious drool-worthy qualities thrown in for good measure.

 

How many books do you foresee in the Flawed Series or is it too soon to tell?

The Flawed series will be four books, but following the release of book four I’ll be launching a brand new spin off series called The Uniques. The Uniques begins chronologically right after Empath, but takes a different angle as Cam Schuyler searches for a connection for why all these people with flaws have converged. It will introduce a whole slew of intriguing characters and feature even more abilities than the Flawed series does. Check out the short story Pulled for an early introduction to a couple of them.

 

Empath, Outsider, and Protector were all one trilogy – does Enchanter start a second?

Enchanter is actually book #4 in the Flawed series.

 

What are you working on right now?

Amongst several side projects, I’m currently working on finishing Enchanter (Flawed #4) so that I can publish it this summer.

 

What other books have you written?

I have two stand alone novels, Foreign Identity (mystery, suspense) and Gateway to Reality (science fiction). I’ve also published several futuristic sci fi/action short stories.

 

What is your favorite genre to read and who are some of your favorite authors?

I’ve been reading a lot of YA dystopian lately. I like science fiction that’s not too sciencey, and I love anything with super powers or time travel. Also, any story with amnesia or memory loss fascinates me. I’m not sure if I have just one favorite author, but I love Ted Dekker, Kiera Cass, and Marissa Meyer.

 

Where can readers find you?

I’m beccajcampbell at all of the social media outlets:

Author Website | Twitter Facebook | InstagramPinterest Goodreads Amazon Author Page

Also, I’d love to get them started on Flawed series right now, so I’ll send Empath (book #1) for free to anyone who’s interested and I’ll throw in Constricted (the short story companion to book #1). Click here to grab your free books.

Thank you so much for joining us today, Becca!

If you haven’t read the Flawed series yet, I strongly encourage you to pick up your free copy of Empath! I recommend it highly and I know you’ll be hooked like I was. Go, read!

Author Interview: Wesley McCraw

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Today my guest is Wesley McCraw, author of The House of Cabal books!

Where did you get your inspiration for House of Cabal?

First, let me thank you for having me.
House of Cabal was inspired by quite a few things because I started writing it in late 1999 and I’ve been working on it off and on for the better part of sixteen years. Initially, the idea was a combination of my two favorite children’s books, The Thief of Always and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. I wanted to do something like these books, only with more adults themes.

Fast forward quite a few years into the creative process. Pinsleep, the witness angel, was a framing device that I invented later on that took on a life of his own, inspired by a lot of my own musings on religion and faith. The Garden of Eden was always a feature in the series but was originally revealed much later in the plot. Once I created Pinsleep, the conclusion of the series hit me like a bolt of lightening and I discovered where I had to start my story.

What made you want to release it as several volumes?

House of Cabal was always going to be more than one book but the idea that it would be released in short episodes (45-55 thousand words) was something that I tried out a few years ago. I created stronger arcs for each episode and found that it enhanced the natural rhythm of the story I was telling.
The idea for House of Cabal is massive, but I wouldn’t say it has literary pretensions. I want its complexity to be easily digestible even though it has so many characters and spans all of time and space. It’s meant to be mysterious and fun, like a pulp serial, and while it has deeper themes, it’s not War and Peace.

I also found that the seed for House of Cabal can bear an endless number of fruits, and while I know the climax, there is plenty of room for play before I get to the conclusion. My main goal is to fulfill the promise of the idea to the best of my ability.
Besides, I don’t necessarily like reading huge tomes all the time. This is the story I would want to read in the way I would want to read it.

How many volumes will House of Cabal span?

When comics are collected into trade paperbacks, they are called volumes. These paperbacks are how I like to read my comics. Who wants to read a single issue? I want a big taste and a complete arc, even if the story doesn’t end there. That’s why House of Cabal is in volumes; it’s to suggest that the House of Cabal series might have a long run like a comic book series. To answer your question more directly, at least five.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in self-publishing?

The main challenge I think for any writer starting out is finding readers. There are a huge amount of quality books being published; even if your work is amazing, how do you get noticed?

What are you working on right now?

There are quite a few thing in the pipeline this year. I’m releasing House of Cabal Volume Two: Estate very soon. I’m writing weird short fiction for my collection The Queen in Yellow. And I’m rewriting my next novel, Brief Pose, about an advertisement campaign that makes people lose themselves in fantasy, which should be released this summer.

What other books have you written?

Only one that I have published. My first novel is The Forgiving. It’s a more straightforward horror novel about a cult, but it also has some unconventional elements.

What is your favorite genre to read and who are some of your favorite authors?

I mostly read speculative fiction, but I like a wide variety of things. Clive Barker is probably my biggest influence. The nonfiction book This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, the graphic novel The Sculptor by Scott McCloud, and the memoir The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch were my favorite books from last year.

Where can readers find you?

I’m active on Twitter @wesleymccraw and I have a blog called Self Write. https://selfwrite.wordpress.com/

 

Thank you for joining me today, Wesley! I’m looking forward to the next volume of House of Cabal and will definitely review it on here as soon as it comes out.

Author Interview: Tammy Andresen

Midnight MagicToday I have a special guest on the blog, Tammy Andresen! She’s the author of Midnight Magic, which I reviewed on Thursday, and she’s an awesome lady.

What was your inspiration for Midnight Magic?

Midnight Magic was inspired by a trip to St. Louis. We visited the Museum of Westward Expansion. I was so inspired by the artifacts there. Though it is a small part of the story, I absolutely love Gateway to the West and will feature again in a historical romance!

What drew you to historical romance?

I was an English major and a history minor in college. I have always been fascinated with history. It is a story to me in and of itself. When you use it in a book, it adds so much drama. I just love that. In terms of writing romance, I can’t help it. I am drawn to boy meets girl. It is the oldest and best tale.

What are you working on right now?

I have four projects in the works. A novella, Seeds of Love, will be in a box set, Love’s Prelude. It comes out April 25th but you can pre-order it now! http://amzn.to/21sBhmT A full length novel, Taming a Duke’s Reckless Heart, is set to come out the same time. The Golden Rules of Love is in the writing process and a Pirate Novella will come out in November!!  Have I mentioned that I LOVE my job!!!

You’ve written in a couple of different eras, which is your favorite?

Most of my work is is the Victorian era. I love the development of the Untied States during that time. Regency is also very romantic!

What is your favorite genre to read and who are some of your favorite authors?

My very favorite is Jude Deveraux. Her novel, Mountain Laurel, put me on the path. Today, I love Sabrina York and Meara Platt.

Where can readers find you?

  1. The best places to find me are:

http://tammyandresen.com

https://www.facebook.com/tammy.b.andresen

https://twitter.com/TammyAndresen

https://www.pinterest.com/tammy_andresen/

https://plus.google.com/+TammyAndresen/

Thank you for joining me today, Tammy! Now, everyone go out and pick up her books. She’s an amazing author!

Author Interview: Nicole Sorrell

Art of Going HomeToday I’m very lucky to be interviewing Nicole Sorrell, author of The Art of Going Home, book 1 of The Art of Living series, which came out earlier this week and is quite good. If you want to know a little more, I wrote a review of it yesterday that you can check out. Now, on to the good stuff!

Nicole, if you were in a box of crayons, which color would you be, and why?

I’d have to say a blue-green, like the color of the ocean. That’s because you get green by mixing yellow, (a warm color) and blue (which is a cool color). Adding a little more blue gets teal. I’m introvert, which I associate with cool colors. But I do have my moments of gregariousness, which I think correlates to a warm color, like yellow sunshine. And I’m also drawn to water. It’s very peaceful and cleansing.

 

Tell us a little about yourself.

I currently live in a rural area of the mid-west in the United States. After living in various parts of the U.S. and traveling abroad, I recently moved into the very same home where I spent my first 18 years. I enjoy country living: ours is a small community and everyone knows everybody. I also appreciate the culture of the city: the shopping, dining, and the opera and ballet.

I love travelling, especially to other countries, and I speak Spanish. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Literature, and a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising. Home decorating is one of my favorite things. Of course I love to read, and I’m a published poet. I like baking pies. Oh, and I like playing cornhole, and I spend way more time than I should playing computer games.

My constant companion is a tiny Yorkshire terrier named Georgie Doodlebug. I call her GiGi.

 

Tell us a little about your series, The Art of Living.

The series is a duology. Book 1 is called The Art of Going Home, and book 2 is titled The Art of Retribution. The novels are equal parts contemporary romance and mystery. They’re about the personal journey of a young woman named Maddie Chandler. The story begins when she must return to her small home town due to the untimely death of her surrogate mother, “Aunt” Ceci. To deal with her overwhelming grief she finds herself relying on her high school crush, local attorney Zac Redondo. Though she scolds herself for depending on him so much, she can’t seem to find the strength to resist their mutual attraction.

During her visit, Maddie is haunted by childhood memories of her twin sister Angeline, who was killed five days after their tenth birthday. She is persuaded to investigate the unsolved murder only because she fears refusal will threaten her sanity. Her mother eventually succumbed to mental illness after Angeline’s death, and Maddie is terrified she will also slide into madness. Her inquiries into the case uncover years of deceptions that were maintained to safeguard her from the brutal truth. Not only are lives threatened by her pursuit of justice for her twin, it ultimately causes her world to shatter.

Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, Maddie struggles to face her vulnerabilities and to accept the love of a man who holds the key to her future happiness. And while coping with the hostility of her estranged father, she discovers the true meaning of family from a boisterous clan that is not linked to her by blood and unwittingly strengthens the fragile bond with the one relative she was determined to say goodbye to forever.

 

What was the inspiration for this book?

I can’t point to one particular thing that inspired it. Since I was fifteen I’ve wanted to write novels. But I never could dream up a plot line. Then one day, this idea struck. It’s completely fictitious, not based on any experience I’ve had in my life.

The more I thought about the storyline, the more I details I added. And the novel took shape. Why it took so many years to come up with an idea, I can’t say. I guess I’m just a late bloomer!

 

Besides the hero and heroine, who’s your favorite character in The Art of Going Home, and why?

It would have to be the Madisen’s best friend, Tabitha. She plays an important role in The Art of Going Home because she has always been there to provide emotional support for Madisen. Tabs, as her friends call her, grew up in Alabama until the age of ten. She has a pronounced drawl, and often uses sayings common to the south.

 

What is your favorite scene in your new release?

One of my favorites is the scene where Maddie has drunk too much wine when she’s having dinner at Tabitha’s house. Zac, the guy who wants to be her boyfriend is driving her to her hotel. When he drops her off, he tells her she needs to get used to the idea that they’re going to be lovers. Because she’s tipsy, she’s too slow to protest before he lays a big kiss on her. Then when he . . . well, if I say anymore, I’ll give too much away.

 

How can readers find your work?

Here’s my links:

Website: https://www.nicolesorrell.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Nicole-Sorrell/e/B00QVRHZD6
Amazon Book Links:

US: http://www.amazon.com/Art-Going-Home-Living-Book-ebook/dp/B01AAXOWCS/

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Going-Home-Living-Book-ebook/dp/B01AAXOWCS/

Australia: http://www.amazon.com.au/Art-Going-Home-Living-Book-ebook/dp/B01AAXOWCS/

Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/Art-Going-Home-Living-Book-ebook/dp/B01AAXOWCS/
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-art-of-going-home-nicole-sorrell/1120863991

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-art-of-going-home/id1072843544

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10220384.Nicole_Sorrell

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicole-Sorrell/738100142937466
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cnicolesorrell

Thank you for being my guest today, Nicole! I love your work and can’t wait to read the second book!

Author Interview: Traci Wooden-Carlisle

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Today as part of the Open Book Blog Hop I am interviewing Traci Wooden-Carlisle, a writer of Christian fiction and all around nice person. She has a new book coming out in 2016, so get to know her now. Enjoy!

1) What are you working on now?

I recently began working for myself. I was sure it would give me more time to work on the list of books I intend to release this year, but I am still trying to restructure my time so I can finish my current work which is the “My Garment of Praise”, the 3rd book in my Christian fiction Series, Promises to Zion.

2) What inspires your work the most?

My relationship with God is my greatest inspiration for my books. I found myself in a really dark place as a teenager. It took almost a decade of me trying to deal with my circumstances myself before I was compelled to seek a relationship with God which led me to a love affair with myself.

My love for young women who just need a little guidance is my next inspiration. Though my books are Christian fiction, the life situations could belong to anyone. My books are meant to provoke thought and entertain.

3) What is your favorite genre to read?

I love romance and almost all its sub-genres. I really like alpha males so I usually gravitate towards military/suspense romance and shifter type paranormal romance. (Shrugs) I love a good romance, but a story that keeps going even after the hero and heroine get together.

4) Do you have a day job and do you love it or hate it?

I had a job I would go to from 9 a.m. to 5:30. There were parts that I adored, but there were definitely parts I wanted to sweep under a rug (like the paperwork). Now my day usually begins at 7 a.m. and ends somewhere around 10:30 p.m., but the stress factor is a great deal lower. I am as happy as a lark. I am now a freelance graphic artist, author and jewelry maker and seller. I am just a little busier, but I have an immeasurable sense of peace. I think I will live longer too.

5) How did the cover of your latest book come to be?

I have four main characters and as soon as I knew who was being spotlighted I started looking for pictures. I like sunset and natural backgrounds so I just had to find one that worked with the model. The character I chose to place on the cover is very bold and aggressive so I had her look straight out at the reader.

6) What have you learned from having an editor, if you have one?

I was originally afraid an editor that didn’t work with my genre would try and change my voice or misconstrue some of the messages being conveyed. Now I wish I had an editor that could have talked me into using a little less Christian terms and more general words that would convey the same thing so that a larger population could understand the culture of the church in my books.

7) Your favorite kind of music?

I have an eclectic taste in music. I love everything from gospel to classic rock to smooth jazz. It depends on whether I want to dance hard, relax and let the rhythm sway me side to side or encourage my soul. I am a lover of Fleetwood Mac, everything Prince, Dave Koz, Nora Jones, Mariea Antoinette Hackley, Fred Hammond and Israel Houghton, just to skim the surface.

If I had to pick from those it would be any music I could shout/sing to in my car (with the window up, of course.)

Thank you for those great answers, Traci! If you want to find out more about her and her work, here are some links to her sites:

Website: www.tawcarlisle.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/traciwoodencarlisle
Blue HonorBefore you head off to learn more about the other authors in our little group, check out K. Williams’ book Blue Honor. I can’t wait to read it myself!

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