Introducing Kyle Perkins, Indie Writer

Good morning everyone. Today I wanted to share with you a recent interview I had with Kyle Perkins. Kyle is a self published author of speculative fiction. With no less than 7 books under his belt and hundreds more in his head, he is quite successful, at least in my opinion and I wanted to get his views on the world around him and this amazing craft that we, as authors, love so much.

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Hello Kyle and welcome to my blog. But before we start the interview, Virginia Lee Johnson requested that I use this photo as the author photo so I’m adding it here.

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Okay, now that I have that out of the way, I have a few questions. Some are basic, others not so much.

Okay, just fire away.

Other than write, what is your everyday job?

I build websites, fix computers, and build bots(Twitter apps). You can find more info on that here:  https://kyleperkinsauthor.com/

That sounds like a pretty interesting job. Was that your first choice or have you always wanted to write?

No, not really. Honestly, you could have asked me at any point in my life before the end of last year if I wanted to be an author, and I would have looked at you like you were crazy. I am still a relatively new author, my first book was published at the end of January.

Congratulations on becoming published. That is always a great accomplishment. So when did you first KNOW that’s what you wanted to do?

Once I published my first book. I didn’t think much of it, and expected it to go largely unnoticed in a sea of other, better books. When I started accumulating fans, that’s when it hit me that I might have a talent for it, and a responsibility to keep writing.

Well it seems that you do have quite a knack for it. I know that authors usually need influences to inspire their writing. What has been your greatest creative influence thus far?

Most of my influences come from gaming. I write most of books in a way that they could be video games, because ultimately, I want to play one of my books on my PC. Lol.

It would be amazing to see one of your books made into a video game. It’s very possible it could happen. You  just have to grab the right person’s attention through marketing. Speaking of which, what’s your views on social media for marketing?

Without social media, you won’t make it as an indie author, so it’s pretty important. However, social media(all platforms) have been becoming more strict on authors and pimpers, so I decided to make my own social media, built exclusively for our community. Learn more here: www.indiebooknetwork.com

Wow. You made your own social media site. I’m impressed. That must take a lot of time and effort. I have checked it out and it looks even more impressive. I’ve recommended several friends to stop by and check it out as well. But as far as sites other than yours, which social network worked best for you?

So far, Facebook. There are just so many people there, and Facebook has been instrumental in my success. Though, like I said, the restrictions they impose on us has forced me to think outside of the box.

Sometimes I think it is better to think outside of the box. It allows for new and more interesting ideas than the usual, traditional ones. But it can’t be all work all of the time. Everyone needs downtime now and then. How do you relax?

I actually find working with computers relaxing. I have the ability to shut off the world and chaos around me, and get things done. What might seem like a very complicated process to others, is a form of relaxation for me. I just get it.

That’s great. To be able to find a moment or two of quiet and peace is super important to the mind and body. I have one more question about marketing before we move on to something else. Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?

Well, I built a Twitterbot app that retweets the latest hashtags in the indie community. It has sent countless people to my website, and increased my sales, not to mention brought me a ton of new followers. Find out more here:  https://kyleperkinsauthor.com/twitterbots/

That site looks amazing as well. It’s great that you are able to help other indie writers. It can difficult to be an author, both indie and traditionally published. In your opinion, what are some of the most common traps for aspiring writers?

So many. Getting involved with the wrong crowds, using a cheap looking website, not utilizing every form of social media they can, limiting themselves to one genre(then they are expected to keep reproducing the same shit over and over), refusing to properly edit their books, not being appreciative of their fans, wasting money on shitty services(meaning bad editors, book cover designers, or purchasing rights to images that the seller doesn’t own), getting a few fans but then expecting them to carry you to success, and finally… Treating their author platform as a personal social media account. Look, you know if you’re likable, or you have unpopular opinions. Why alienate your fan base by preaching about God? Or how gays are sinners? Or whatever other warped opinions you have. You’re running a business, and stuff like that doesn’t get posted to McDonald’s Twitter account for a reason. A lot of authors want to pretend like “it’s not about the money,” but I don’t know who they are trying to kid. They’re selling products. If it wasn’t about the money, all of their books would be free. I think some authors just need to work on professionalism.

I absolutely see your point. We write for several reasons. We enjoy it but many of us would love to make a career out of it. Which includes: making money from the books we sell. As a writer, what was the best money you ever spent?

Hosting my own wordpress. With wordpress.com’s free accounts, you are very limited as to what you can do. However, wordpress.org is also free. You just need to host it, but it has a ton of options, including selling from your site directly. The best and cheapest hosting I have found so far is: https://affiliate.fastcomet.com/scripts/click.php?a_aid=585985642dc3b&a_bid=aaf57ae2

If you need help, you can always visit my site. =)

Wow, I didn’t realize there was another wordpress site to use. I am definitely going to have to look into it as well as the other you suggested. As of right now, how many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I have hundreds of ideas and unfinished books in my head. lol

I know that feeling well. One question I like to ask other authors is what’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

I haven’t really found any difficulties, but I write the opposite sex the same way I would my own sex. Very human, very real.

Those make the best characters and the best books. Love, pain, joy, sadness, death. Things we actually deal with on a daily basis. Death is a part of life. We all know this. But my question for you is: what do you want to leave behind? What legacy would you like to remain after your gone?

Well, my work. I would like people to be able to read everything that I have written for centuries to come. I hope to keep people entertained long after I’m dead. I am also working on sites and things that I hope makes a big impact on the world while I am alive.

That is all most of us can ask for. Here’s a question: How do you think others perceive you?

Probably a dick head.

LOL. Seriously? Ok then, how do you see yourself?

A dick head. =D

Well that’s not what I expected but I’m glad you are being open enough to poke fun at yourself. Most people don’t. From what I’ve read, in most of books, yours included, there seems to be a thread of immediate danger. Life or death, time running out. Do you consider your own morality on a daily basis?

Funny you ask, I was beginning to wonder if I was the only one that thought about it on a daily basis.

Nope. I’m sure more people think about it. Probably more than they would like to admit. One last question. What pitfalls do you face as a self published author? Challenges? Victories?

Just getting noticed out of the million indie authors popping up daily is a success in itself. However, it’s all challenging. Never get into this hoping to make a ton of money right off the bat, or for anyone to give a shit about you. Do things to make them give a shit, and make them notice you.

Thank you Kyle for allowing me to interview you. It has been a pleasure.

For those of you that would like to  learn more about Kyle, his books, or his computer business, here is a list of his stalking links:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/KylePerkinsAuthor

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ReddenedWasteland/?fref=ts

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14924560.Kyle_Perkins

Website:  https://kyleperkinsauthor.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KylePAuthor

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kyle-Perkins/e/B01BO9SYUI/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Street: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KylesHarem/

IG:  https://www.instagram.com/kylepauthor/

The Indie Book Channel: https://youtube.com/channel/UCeGKDtCb8TpoCounkSK0rpg

Social media site:  www.indiebooknetwork.com

Well the weather outside is frightful….

Hello everyone. I haven’t posted much lately. I’ve been working like crazy and getting ready for Christmas. And this weather is nuts! One day it’s sunny and the next, it’s below freezing.

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We just got our first snow last night here in Arkansas. Some worse than others. But besides the ton of snow (ha ha ha-we just got a dusting), the temperatures are sooooo cold. Brrrrr.

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Everyone stay warm and have a Merry Christmas from my family to yours!!

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An Amazing, Spectacular Movie!!

Hello all. Movie lovers have I got a movie for you. The 5th Wave.

I was a little skeptical about this one but I really like one of the main actresses, Chloe Grace Moretz, so I decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did. Let me tell you a little more about it.

The human race stands on the brink of extinction as a series of alien attacks decimate the planet, causing earthquakes, tsunamis and disease. Separated from her family, Ohio teenager Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz) will do whatever it takes to reunite with her brother Sam. Fate leads her to form an alliance with Evan Walker (Alex Roe), a mysterious young man who may be her last hope. Forced to trust each other, Cassie and Evan fight for survival during the fifth assault from the invaders.

Sound good? Then watch it. It is a definite do-not-miss movie. Besides being an edge of your seat thriller, it features some all star actors. To name a few:

Chloe Grace Moretz:
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You might have seen her in:

2010Kick-Ass
2010Let Me In
2012Dark Shadows
2013Kick-Ass 2
2013Carrie
2014The Equalizer

Nick Robinson:

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Famous for:
Jurassic World

Alex Roe:

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He may be a bit of a newcomer but oh man, he is certainly breathtaking and I’m sure we will see more of him the future. 😀

Liev Schreiber:
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You’ve seen him in:

1996 Scream
1997 Scream 2
2000 Scream 3
2001 Kate & Leopold
2004 Secret Window

Maria Bello:

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Past Movies:

2000 Coyote Ugly
2010 Grown Ups
2013 Grown Ups 2

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Trust me, you NEED to watch this movie. You won’t regret it. Enjoy!

I’M FAMOUS…well sort of…

Hi everyone. Like it says above, I’m famous! Well, not really. But I feel kind of important today. Why? I am in the newspaper.

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                        TA-DA!!

No, it’s not the New York Times but still, this paper circulates around all of NW Arkansas which for me, is big.

I hope it might be the beginning for more exposure for my first full length novel, Angel in the Shadows , and also for my short story, Second Chances, A Christmas Story, which is one of 8 Chritmas themed stories in the Soul Mate publication, Sizzle in the Snow.

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I am currently working on the second book in the Angel series, tentatively titled, Stone Cold Angel.

Also, when Angel in the Shadows becomes available in print version, (around May or June of this year), I plan to begin do book signings. I am in the process of contacting a few places around NW Arkansas that would allow me to set up a book signing table.

But in the meantime, if you’re interested in a good book, please check out Angel in the Shadows or Sizzle in the Snow. Both are currently available on Amazon. And if you do purchase one of these incredible titles, please leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews help us authors more than you can possibly know.

Angel in the Shadows buy link:

http://www.amazon.com/Angel-Shadows-Amy-Deason-ebook/dp/B013KWTIUW/ref=sr_1_2

Sizzle in the Snow buy link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0186SCT74/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_o86exb7GW05YD

I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at one of the links below:

JustABookWorm1977@yahoo.com
DeasonDozier13011@yahoo.com
Facebook.com/amydeason
Facebook.com/amygdeason

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy!!

Saturday’s Special…Erin!!

Good morning all! Today I have Erin Bevan and her book, Wedding Day.

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Hi Erin! I’m so glad to have you here today. So your book is called Wedding Day. Can you tell us a little about it?

Sure, here’s the blurb.

Famous Bull Rider Dallas Day met Cassie Bailey briefly in high school, but her plain looks and quiet personality left no lasting impression on him. Cassie, however, couldn’t say the same about Dallas.

Their paths cross again ten years later when Dallas is home recovering from an injury, and Cassie is the only veterinarian who volunteers her services at the home-town rodeo. She’s jump-starting her new practice, and every eligible man within a ten-mile radius is trying to land a date with the attractive vet.

Dallas’ older brother bets him that, even with all his charm and fame, Dallas can’t land a date with the reserved lady vet. Not one to turn down a challenge, Dallas makes it his mission to win a date with Cassie. After seeing her, he realizes they’ve met before, but he doesn’t remember her being so pretty. His persistence pays off, but when Cassie finds out about the bet, their new love is put to the test.

That sounds pretty intriquing. And like a fun read. How about a small taste?

Alright, here’s a sample. 🙂

“Is there anything I can help you with?” A deep voice asked from behind her.
“No, I think we have it.” She hopped down from the pen. Glacier blue eyes locked with hers. She would know his eyes anywhere. Her heart quickened just as it did the first time she’d ever laid her gaze upon him, and a tingling sensation shot through her.
Dallas looked older than she remembered, broader, gruffer, but still sexy.
Tucker, you have Tucker.
Where was he, anyway? In her haste to get ready, she’d forgotten to call him.
“Dallas? Yeah, we can use a hand.” Chevy still fumbled with the lock. “Can you come over here and help me with Knuckle Head? Dr. Bailey wants him to walk around so she can get a closer look.”
“I really don’t think that’s necessary–”
“I would love to help. That’s why I’m here.” Dallas jogged to the front of the bull and grabbed the lead rope with his left hand. A plastered cast circled his right wrist and rose halfway up his forearm.
She turned to Spencer and furrowed her brow.
Spencer stared back at her and displayed her pageant winning 2005 Miss Frisbee smile, her thumb up in the air. Some friend she was.
Dallas and Chevy led the bull out of the pen while she observed the bull’s gait.
“Let’s get him over by a water hose. I want to get a closer look at his foot.” She pointed toward a washing station and followed behind the men as they led the bull, sure to steer clear of Knuckle Head’s hind legs in the event he wanted to kick her.
From her position, she had a clear view of Dallas’s backside. Everything appeared to be as tight as she remembered, which did nothing to settle those distracting tingling sensations.
Focus.

Oh my…I think I’m falling in love with this book already. Do you have a particular book you remember? Like the first one you ever read?

Well, this is a tricky one because I can give you all the ones I had to read in school, but to me, those don’t count. I had no desire to read those books, so the first book I picked up because I wanted to read was something by Nicholas Sparks. I think The Rescue. From then on, I was hooked. 

I love Nicholas Sparks. Curling up with one of his books and a cup of hot cocoa or coffee…perfect. Hey, do you drink coffee? How do you take it?

At home, I put honey and almond milk in it. From Starbucks, I get an Iced Americano (depending on the day depends on the size, usually Grande, sometimes Venti) with two percent milk and two pumps of classic. 

Yum. Other than coffee, do you ever have a drink to relax or unwind? Pick your poison. What is your favorite alcoholic drink? 

43 with coke! 

I can’t say I’ve ever tried that one but it sounds good. Hey, I almost forgot, it’s Saturday. What are you. going to be doing tonight?

After putting my kids to bed, I usually go to bed, too. Boring, I know! But, despite the day, I’m pretty tired chasing everyone around so I sleep!

I hear you there. I’m actually at work right now. Just for fun, what is one job you would never want to do?

Trash Pickup. Yuck!

I don’t blame you there. But I have had some dirtier jobs than that believe it or not…:roll:

Can you give us a little background on yourself?

I was born and raised in Southwest Arkansas. I spent my teenage years working for my aunt at the local gas station flipping burgers and making milkshakes, dreaming of the day when something better would come my way, and it did in the form of a five foot six, one hundred and fifty pound engineer.

Nice….:mrgreen:

Fast forward ten years later, I found myself stuck inside an apartment in South Korea while my daughter went to preschool and my husband went to work. Alone and unable to speak the local language I turned to books for a friend. After reading a few hundred in such a short time, I decided to try my hand at writing one.

That’s always fun and scary rolled into one. ☺

Yeah. Well that first one sucked, but by the fifth and sixth book, I started to get the hang of this writing thing. Getting the first contract in the mail was a dream come true. Now, with three babies at home, I squeeze in stories one word at a time, one sentence at a time, one day at a time.

It’s hard to do when you have a family but you definitely prove it can be done. What about now? What’s your home life like?

I’ma full time mom, a full time wife, with a little writer sprinkled in whenever I can get the chance. And the laundry? Well, it’s best not to open the washroom door!

LOL! Erin, I want to thank you again for stopping by today. Before you go, where can we reach you? And buy your books?

I can be reached at one of the links below:

http://www.erinbevan.com

Facebook:

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/ErinBevan

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6927178.Erin_Bevan

And you can get my book here:

http://www.amazon.com/Wedding-Day-Erin-Bevan-ebook/dp/B01CSM9M92/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1458588952&sr=8-3&keywords=Erin+Bevan

Here to tantalize us…Linda!

Good morning everyone!! Today I am happy to have author Linda Bradley and her book, Maggie’s Way. Be sure to leave a comment with your email address at the bottom for a chance to win a free E-book from Linda. 2 books will be chosen at random and Linda will personally contact you. Enjoy!

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Hi Linda. It’s great to have you here. Please, tell us about your book.

Middle-aged, Maggie Abernathy just wants to recuperate from cancer during the solitude of summer vacation after a tiresome year of teaching second grade. 
Maggie’s plans are foiled when precocious seven-year-old Chloe McIntyre moves in next door with her dad, John.
Maggie’s life changes in a way she could never imagine when the pesky new neighbors steal her heart. With Maggie’s grown son away, her ex-husband in the shadows, her meddling mother’s unannounced visits, and Chloe McIntyre on her heels, somehow Maggie’s empty house becomes home again. 

This sounds like a wonderful, heart warming novel. What are some of the things people are saying about it so far?

I am thrilled by some of the reviews I have gotten. Here, let me share a couple with you:

“Linda Bradley’s fresh voice will keep readers riveted from beginning to end. Bradley delivers a heart-warming story full of disarming honesty and beautiful drama…This one stands out!” Jane Porter, New York Times and USA Today Best Seller, Author of Flirting With Forty and It’s You

“Maggie’s Way is a heart-warming tale of love and loss, fear and friendship. With charming characters and a moving plot, Linda Bradley’s lovely debut gently reminds us that it’s never too late for second chances.” Lori Nelson Spielman, International Best Seller, Author of The Love List and Sweet Forgiveness

Wow, those reviews are great! You should be very proud. They definitely are a good part of being a writer. Tell me, what is your absolute favorite thing about being an author?

I love writing stories that connect with readers and inspiring others.

I love reading those type of stories. The ones that lift you up and make you feel good. No d of like listening to a good song. Speaking of music, do you remember your first concert?

Of course. I saw Chicago. I went with my girlfriends and we were teenagers. We were right in front of the stage and had the best time ever. 😄

I used to love Chicago! I remember putting their cd in my radioand blaring it, singing along with every song 😌 Good times. Hey, what about a favorite drink?

My favorite would have to be Kir Royal.

Kir Royal?

Yeah. It’s champagne with a shot of Crème de cassiss with a lemon twist. I learned about these on a trip to France with my mom and sister in my younger years.

That sounds delicious! 😋 What else can you make? Do you cook?

I’d consider myself a baker rather than a cook.

A few of my specialties include: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Bread, Blueberry Buckle

Oh man, my mouth is watering just thinking about all of those sweets. I’m going to have hit the grocery store now. LOL. I do have one more question before you go. Do you have a favorite animal?

My dog Maisey. We adopted her from a rescue shelter, but my husband and I really think she did more of the rescuing than we did.
 
I have a rescue pet too. His name’s Tucker and he’s a shih tzu. And I know what you mean about the pet rescuing  you instead. 😌

Linda, I’m so glad you took the time to stop by and visit with me today. Can you tell the readers where they can find you and your book?

Absolutely. I can be found by clicking one of the following links:

CONTACT LINKS:

Twitter

Facebook

Website

BUY LINKS:

Barnes and Noble

Amazon

Schuler Books

 

 

 

 

Here to tantalize us…Linda!

Good morning everyone!! Today I am happy to have author Linda Bradley and her book, Maggie’s Way. Be sure to leave a comment with your email address at the bottom for a chance to win a free E-book from Linda. 2 books will be chosen at random and Linda will personally contact you. Enjoy!

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Hi Linda. It’s great to have you here. Please, tell us about your book.

Middle-aged, Maggie Abernathy just wants to recuperate from cancer during the solitude of summer vacation after a tiresome year of teaching second grade. 
Maggie’s plans are foiled when precocious seven-year-old Chloe McIntyre moves in next door with her dad, John.
Maggie’s life changes in a way she could never imagine when the pesky new neighbors steal her heart. With Maggie’s grown son away, her ex-husband in the shadows, her meddling mother’s unannounced visits, and Chloe McIntyre on her heels, somehow Maggie’s empty house becomes home again. 

This sounds like a wonderful, heart warming novel. What are some of the things people are saying about it so far?

I am thrilled by some of the reviews I have gotten. Here, let me share a couple with you:

“Linda Bradley’s fresh voice will keep readers riveted from beginning to end. Bradley delivers a heart-warming story full of disarming honesty and beautiful drama…This one stands out!” Jane Porter, New York Times and USA Today Best Seller, Author of Flirting With Forty and It’s You

“Maggie’s Way is a heart-warming tale of love and loss, fear and friendship. With charming characters and a moving plot, Linda Bradley’s lovely debut gently reminds us that it’s never too late for second chances.” Lori Nelson Spielman, International Best Seller, Author of The Love List and Sweet Forgiveness

Wow, those reviews are great! You should be very proud. They definitely are a good part of being a writer. Tell me, what is your absolute favorite thing about being an author?

I love writing stories that connect with readers and inspiring others.

I love reading those type of stories. The ones that lift you up and make you feel good. No d of like listening to a good song. Speaking of music, do you remember your first concert?

Of course. I saw Chicago. I went with my girlfriends and we were teenagers. We were right in front of the stage and had the best time ever. 😄

I used to love Chicago! I remember putting their cd in my radioand blaring it, singing along with every song 😌 Good times. Hey, what about a favorite drink?

My favorite would have to be Kir Royal.

Kir Royal?

Yeah. It’s champagne with a shot of Crème de cassiss with a lemon twist. I learned about these on a trip to France with my mom and sister in my younger years.

That sounds delicious! 😋 What else can you make? Do you cook?

I’d consider myself a baker rather than a cook.

A few of my specialties include: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Bread, Blueberry Buckle

Oh man, my mouth is watering just thinking about all of those sweets. I’m going to have hit the grocery store now. LOL. I do have one more question before you go. Do you have a favorite animal?

My dog Maisey. We adopted her from a rescue shelter, but my husband and I really think she did more of the rescuing than we did.
 
I have a rescue pet too. His name’s Tucker and he’s a shih tzu. And I know what you mean about the pet rescuing  you instead. 😌

Linda, I’m so glad you took the time to stop by and visit with me today. Can you tell the readers where they can find you and your book?

Absolutely. I can be found by clicking one of the following links:

CONTACT LINKS:

Twitter

Facebook

Website

BUY LINKS:

Barnes and Noble

Amazon

Schuler Books

 

 

 

 

Here to tantalize us…Roni!

Good morning everyone. Today on my blog I have author Roni Hall and her newest book, Montana Wild.

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Hi there Roni. I am so excited to have you here today. I love the title of your book. Can you tell us about it?

Sure. Here’s the blurb.
Spiraling downward after losing two loved ones within one week, Jamie’s world was closing in…until she grabs an unexpected lifeline and escapes. Knowing only New York City, Montana is another world and she is unprepared by how the land, the people and even the animals touch her.
After risking her life to save a child, Jamie shares an undeniable bond and the beginning ripples of deep emotions with her co-rescuer, Kevin. However, her past follows her to Montana and threatens all that she loves there.
Jamie has no choice but to hurt Kevin in order to save his life and returns to New York with her ex, Derrick.
Broken, Kevin refuses to believe she doesn’t love him and searches for Jamie, only to find her in Derrick’s lair. Once again Jamie tries to protect Kevin but this time gets caught in the cross fire.

Wow. This sounds super exciting and like a definite page turner. One question I like to ask authors iswhat first inspired you to write?

As a nurse, I encountered numerous memorable patients but there were a few that forever settled into my heart. Montana Wild is fiction, but Jacob, the patient in the story was real. In the span of a human lifetime, I knew him a very short time, but his spirit had a lasting effect on me.

I’m so sorry to hear about Jacob but he sounds like an amazing person. Its wonderful that you continue to carry him with you and keep his memory alive through your writing.

Jacob died decades ago but he stays with me and inspired me to write.

That in itself is truely inspirational. I know that being an author carries with it a set of challenges but despite it all, what is the best thing about being an author? 

I can’t tell you how many people have told me that writing a book is on their bucket list. I am proud to say I did it!

LOL. I know it is something I have always wanted to do since I was a child. To be a published author is a dream come true. That and wanting to be able to be able to tell the future. That one hasn’t come true yet though.  😄 What about you? If you could have one super power,  what would you choose?

Fly, I would definitely fly. It would be the ultimate freedom to soar above the earth and tour the world!

I’ve heard that flying is wonderful but I am so scared of heights. Absolutely terrified. What is one thing that scares you the most?

Bears. I am deathly afraid of being mauled by a bear…started with a childhood dream.

Really? It’s crazy how much one single moment in time can affect us for the rest of our lives. And sometimes it’s really hard to overcome those obstacles. Speaking of which, what is one thing that aggravates you no matter how much you fight against it? What’s your pet peeve?

I have to say it is passivity. Be passionate. There is nothing worse than being passive.

I totally agree. Passion is what makes us strive for everything we want in life. Roni, I want to thank you for stopping by my blog today. I really enjoyed talking to you. But before you go, can you tell us where we can find you and your book, Montana Wild?

No problem. Readers can find me and my novel at one of the links below:

Facebook:      

Web site:        
http://ronihall.com

Email:              
roni@ronihall.com

Amazon buy link:      
http://amzn.to/1UZZb4V

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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ROMANCE REVIEWS:
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GOODREADS:
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HAPPY V-DAY!!!

Good morning everyone. Today is Valentine’s Day!

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The OFFICIAL Day of love.

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First, I want to say: Why only show love ONE day a year? It SHOULD be everyday.  Come on people, life is too short to tell those you love how you feel.  Tell them NOW!!

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There, now that I got that out of my system, I will move on. 😌

I know a lot of people go all out all out buying gifts

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For women, gifts tend to be:

FLOWERS

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CHOCOLATE

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JEWELRY

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OR A ROMANTIC DINNER

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For men, the gifts usually include things like:

TIES

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WATCHES

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OR SPORTS TICKETS

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But whether the gifts are super expensive

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Or maybe not so expensive

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They are given with love.

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So for this Valentine’s Day, spend it with the ones you love

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and take a moment and give them a hug

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Because after all, it’s Valentine’s Day

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!! Enjoy!!

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