An Incredible New Read!!

Hello everbody! I am so happy to introduce the talented author Christine Hart and her book, In Irina’s Cards.

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Irina Proffer leaves mundane small-town life behind when she experiences visions inspired by a strange deck of tarot cards. To get answers, she travels from her northern British Columbia home to the province’s coastal capital. She quickly discovers a world of fringe genetic science and supernatural mystery. 

Working for Innoviro Industries, Irina is drawn in by a powerful first love and compelling, yet dangerous questions about the nature of the company’s business. Meeting other ‘variants’ brings Irina closer and closer to the dark truth about her origins. She finds herself at the heart of two overlapping love triangles as she scrambles to escape her employer’s grip. Before she leaves the city, Irina realizes she has merely scratched the surface of a frightening conspiracy on a global scale.

Wow, this sounds really interesting. We all know being an author is a dream most of us share. So what advice would you give an aspiring writer?

Do it anyway. A writer I admire, Eden Robinson, said the same thing to me when I interviewed her as an undergrad writer at UVic. She was up for the Giller Prize at the time and told me she’d been daunted by the publishing industry as well. Canadians will recognize these items more easily than everyone else, but the point remains strong. Rejections? Bad reviews? Discouragement? Suck it up and keep going anyway. It’s the difference between being published and not being published.

That sounds like excellent advice. You have to keep going. But what do you do to break the dreaded writers block?

I have an interesting relationship with writer’s block. I frequently kick him (pronoun chosen on purpose) out of my room, house, head, or wherever else I find him. If I’m going to get a chapter done on a particular day, that’s what happens. I’ve written with an infant strapped to my chest. I’ve written bleary-eyed until midnight. When it comes to deadlines, even those I set for myself, I’m my own hardest taskmaster.

Being an author is a hard, difficult, but rewarding career. Speaking of jobs though, w

hat job would you NEVER want to do?

When I was younger, I used to say I’d never work in customer service and I’d never look after children. Now that I’ve done both of those things – and surprised myself by enjoying both – I’m not sure I’d shut anything out. I’m allergic to quite a few animals, most seriously horses, so I’d be in deep trouble if I ever had to work on a farm. I’ve learned the hard way that an asthma inhaler won’t save me if I decide to get too close anyway.

I’ve done both of those jobs myself. I have to say they definitely weren’t the worst ones. 😀 Here’s a fun question.

Have any tattoos? What are they? If not, what would you want?

I have a tattoo on my lower back that resembles the centerpiece of an elaborate Victorian necklace. Anyone familiar with my alter-ego, Sleepless Storyteller, wouldn’t be surprised to see this tat.

Sleepless Storyteller? Wow, I love that name. It has a wonderful ring to it. Now here’s a super tough question…What is your favorite candy? The one you couldn’t live without? 😋

This one is embarrassing, but I’ll be a big girl and admit I’m hooked on gummi bears. I can generally conceal it by buying them for my 4-year-old son, but I’m probably not fooling anyone who knows me.

Don’t be embarrassed. I love those too. Something about the fruity taste and that squishy texture. They are awesome. ☺
Christine, it has been great having you here and I hope you come back. But before you go, can you tell us where we can find your books?

No problem. Here are my buy links.

*BUY LINKS*

www.amazon.com/Irinas-Cards-Variant-Conspiracy-Book-ebook/dp/B01EKCKNWI

Great! And how can fans contact you?

They can click one of the link below.

*CONTACT LINKS*

www.christine-hart.ca

www.facebook.com/christineahart

www.twitter.com/chris_a_hart 

 

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Here to Tantalize Us….Ryan!

Hello all. Today I have Ryan Jo Summers and her newest book, Glimpse Eternity,  a sweet contemporary romance novella.

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Good morning Ryan. I am so glad you stopped by to visit. The cover of your book looks amazing. Can you tell us more about your book?

Kasey Griffin is determined to prove a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis isn’t going to ruin her life or define her expectations. She is dedicated to her pregnant sister, her pets and operating her bookstore, ‘The Next Chapter’. She has everything she needs to have a full and satisfying life–the daily challenges of her condition notwithstanding. 

Then hunky musician Ben Salem rolls into town. Ben’s subtle charm quickly reminds Kasey she is more than a woman with a disease, she is also a woman with a heart. And Ben wants it.

Will Ben still desire her once he learns the terrible details of her condition?

Wow. I already love this and I haven’t even read it yet. I can’t even imagine what a struggle it is to live with such an awful disease. This must have been a very emotional book to write. How did you relax afterwards?

I actually relax by reading. But I have many other ways to relax. Sometimes I go to the nearby river and sit on a rock by the water. Or cooking/ baking. All the chopping/ cutting/ stirring/ etc.. is a form of therapy for me. I write poetry  to work through emotional issues. Mah Jongg. Brushing the cat/ dog. Sometimes just a long drive helps, relaxing and listening to the radio and thinking about some writing puzzle. Sitting on my porch and watching the rain fall while drinking coffee. Swinging on the swing in the patio, basking in the dappled shade while my dog runs around the yard. 

That definitely sounds nice. Everyone can use a little down time. Sometimes I like to listen to music to wind down. What kind of music do you listen to? Do you remember the first concert you went to? 

My very first concert was Styx with my then-husband. It was horrible. The loud, booming noise, music I didn’t like or understand the words, the screaming fans and terrible smoke. I couldn’t wait to leave. The things we do in the name of love, right? I’ve been to a few concerts since to artists I like and was turned off by the insane screaming of the fans, drowning out the performers. I’d rather stay home and watch them  on the computer. 

I agree. Sometimes it can all be a little overwhelming with all of the crowds and pyrotechnics. Music has certainly changed a lot over the years that’s for sure. Imagine what past generations would think of the way things are now. Hey, speaking of which, if you could live in any other time, when would it be?

I would have loved to be around in the later 1800’s. Civil War is ending, new century on the horizon. The frontier is still unsettled. There are so many opportunities for people to make their mark. Life would be simpler without all the technological hindrances of today. Harder, but also less intense, stress–filled with our hurried pace.

Yep, there are certainly plenty of pros and cons with any era. One thing I think would enjoy about that time would be the  old fashioned dresses and riding horses everywhere you went. They are such beautiful animals.

I know! I love horses, all things about them. Their strength, beauty, spirit, grace, willingness to be our friend and helper. They are such gentle giants (usually). I dearly miss having horses. Perhaps one day…

There is nothing better than seeing horses running, just enjoying life. *sigh*  You know, one of my friends loves horses so much, they have a tattoo of one. What about you? Do you have any tats?

I don’t have any tattoos but sometimes dream of getting a phoenix. The mythological bird that burns itself every 500 years on a funeral pyre and is reborn. To me, it is my personal mantra, or symbol of starting over from the ashes of my previous life. I am brighter and better than before. 

It has been really great talking to you today. Before you go, can you tell us a little but more about yourself?

Okay. I’m a North Carolina writer who likes to pen romances with a twist. Love stories blended as inspirational, with paranormal, suspense or time travel–or several at once. I also write non-fiction for regional periodicals. My dad is a songwriter and his aunt wrote poetry, so I came by the writing gene honestly.
I live in a 1920’s cottage with a menagerie of pets. And I often daydream of the shore and frequently uses water as settings in my stories.

What about hobbies?

My hobbies include poetry, bird watching, houseplants and gardening, gathering with friends, hiking in the forest, painting canvas and ceramics, and working wiggly word find puzzles, mah johngg or chess. 

Ryan, thank you again for stopping by. Where can readers find you?

They can click on one of the links below.
 
WEBSITE: http://www.ryanjosummers.com  

BLOG: http:summersrye.wordpress.com  

TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/RyanJoSummers

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www.facebook.com/pages/Ryan-Jo-Summers-author-page/312875648810797

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