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

Having Trouble Writing? Me Too

Good morning everyone. As you read this, I am just getting off of work and headed home to get kids up for school and then try to get some sleep.
Now that I’m working nights, the parts of the day are totally switched up. More than that, I’m totally falling behind on things that need done. Mainly my writing and my blogging. I’m still trying to figure out how to multi-task. But that’s one part of a life of an author.

First, I love being an author. I have always wanted to write. Ever since I was a child, that has been my dream. And now I am finally published. The problem? Trying to finish book two. It has taken waaaay too long and I am beginning to seriously doubt that I have the right stuff to, well write.

The reasons I’m behind? To name a few:

1. Family Time

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Everything above is an excuse. Logical and actual things but excuses all the same. In short, if I want to be an author, then I am going to have to do it.  For in my writing when and however I can. Stop doubting myself and realize that I can be whatever I want. Even if takes longer than I hope or want.

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Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy!

Introducing Dawn Ireland!!

Hi guys. Today I want to introduce you to a wonderfully talented author. Her name is Dawn Ireland and her new book is called Highland Yearning.

 

Hi Dawn! It is so nice to meet you. And I am so glad you are here today.

Thanks Amy. I am glad to be here too.

I love the cover for your new book. Can you tell me a little more about the story between the pages? 

Sure. Here’s the blurb.

Highland Yearning Blurb:

Caden Mackay would never bed a Sutherland, let alone marry one. Bloody hell, what had possessed his twin brother to propose to one of the she-devils? And what is Caden to do with the Sutherland beauty who appears, as if by magic, in his library? The defiant intruder is the enemy, but she is unlike any woman Caden’s ever known, and her tantalizing curves and wide green eyes could tempt a monk. He must devise a way to stop the wedding. But can he stop the desire that makes him long to make Ariel Sutherland his own?

Ariel’s life had never gone the way she’d hoped, but ending up in eighteenth century Scotland was a stretch, even for her. If not for her dog, Scruffy, she might have thought she’d walked into a romantic daydream. Especially since the object of her desire appears to be entirely too virile. But can she find her way back to her time, before her too-handsome Highlander makes her believe that love can conquer in any century?

Oh my. This sounds incredible. But it’s just enough to whet a reader’s appetite. Can you tell us a little more?

I can do better than that. How about an excerpt?

Highland Yearning Excerpt:

Caden turned to his cousin. “We’ll search the windows above. By now the coward has fled, but we may yet find something to unmask our would-be assassin. Then we’ll attend to your urgent matter.”

He drew Ariel aside far enough that Ian couldn’t hear them. His expression screamed, I’d rather fight a dozen well-armed warriors than be in debt to a Sutherland. “Thank you for . . .” He simply stared at her.

“Saving your life?” She waited. Nothing. “Kissing you?” She raised her eyebrows. “Just trying to fill in the blank here.”

He blanched, but then heat filled his eyes. “Aye.”

“Well, one of us had to take the bull by the horns.” Okay, best not to dwell on that image. “I mean, I was curious. I wanted to kiss you. No big deal. It was just a kiss.”

“Aye.”

“Will you stop agreeing with me.”

His smile was genuine and she felt it to the tips of her toes. Good heavens, the man had charisma.

“I’ve nae had a woman who wanted me to disagree with her.”

“Well, I’m not like most women.” That was true enough. She’d never done the ‘let’s talk about boys, clothes and makeup thing’ with a group of girls. Somehow, she’d never fit in.

He smiled down at her. “Aye.”

“There you go, agreeing again.”

“Perhaps it’s because you make yourself so agreeable.”

She couldn’t contain the laughter that burst from her lips. “Really?” The word came out between gasps. “Oh, I wish you could have been there to tell my teachers. Not that they’d believe you. They thought I questioned everything.”

“Then they didn’t ken you.” His brows drew together. “I believe the stone was meant for me, but just in case, I want you to take care.

Her laughter died. “Why would anyone want to kill me?”

“Have you offended anyone aside from Ranald, the Countess or Robertson since I met you?”

“I don’t-So, I speak my mind. Is there a law against that in this century?”

“No. And I prefer plain speaking, but I’m nae most men.”

“No, you’re not.”

WOW. That sounds hot. I would really like to read this book and find out what happens next. Dawn, if you don’t mind, I would like to ask you a few questions that let the readers get to know you a little better.

That sounds great. And fun.

Okay awesome. Here is the first question. If you could have one mythical creature exist, what would it be? Why?

I’m going to expand your question to include mythological beings. I’m a bit like Samwise Gamgee from the Lord of the Rings, I’m fascinated by elves, at least the elves that Tolkien created. How can you not admire beings who are surrounded by mystery, embody beauty and elegance, and are connected to nature? Their magic, while not always straight forward, looks at what an individual needs. An example of this are the gifts given to Sam and his friends on their quest to destroy the ring. I think if the elves did exist we couldn’t ignore magic. And yes, I believe there is magic in everyday things. It’s all in how you look at the world.

I LOVE watching Lord of the Rings. So does my eldest daughter. The elves, especially Legolas is her favorite. I totally agree with you on the magic notion. Life is full of magical moments. We just have to allow ourselves to see them. 

Question #2: If you could live in another time, when would it be? Why? 

I set my books in the late 1700s because I’m fascinated with that era. So much was happening in the world: the industrial revolution, England’s King George was going mad, the American and French Revolutions. These things make exciting backdrops for books.

Now I realize some things about the past weren’t pleasant. Believe me, I’m very happy with all our modern conveniences and advanced medicine, but I feel we’ve lost something along the way. We no longer value elegance, or conversation, or have rules to live by. Anything goes. That’s why I don’t tend to write contemporary romance.

I have often wondered how it would be to live back in the older eras. I have only read a few historical books but they do make things sound incredibly different. I suppose they are. Which in a way, is really quite sad. 

I know you write historical books but have you ever considered venturing into genres? Which one?

I prefer a fast pace to stories I write, or read. All my books have elements of mystery/suspense to them, so I can see myself gravitating toward that genre. However, I think I’d be hard pressed not to include some romantic elements.

Yep. You have to have the romantic elements. I can’t really imagine a book without a little of romance in them. After all, love is extremely important . Speaking of love…What is one thing you would LOVE to do?

Spend my days writing in a cottage somewhere on a coast in the British Isles. Not that I’d ever give up my American citizenship, or spend all my time at the cottage, but it would be lovely to be surrounded by the people and history I use in my stories.

 That sounds wonderful. And peaceful. I imagine you could get some great ideas from a scene like that. It would also be an amazing place to read. 

 

What is the first book you remember reading?

Georgette Heyer’s Devil’s Cub when I was eleven or twelve. It made such a big impact on me that I can still tell you what happened in the story. (She shoots the hero. Who wouldn’t love a story like that?) I think my feet were firmly planted toward romance with that book. Although, at about the same age I discovered The Lord of the Rings and I’ve read the series at least four times, so fantasy/paranormal is a natural for me. I suspect that’s why all my Highlander stories have a touch of magic.

I’m sorry to say that I have not read that book but it sounds very interesting. I may have to check it out soon. 

Thank you so much for being with us today. Your book sounds amazing and I’m sure it will do wonderful with readers. Before you go, do you have a link where we can find your book?

Thank you for having me. To find my book, just click on the link below:

 

Book Link: https://amzn.com/B01FMX5KXG

 

 

 

 

Must Read Monday presents…Tracey!!

Hello all. Are you looking for a great book to read? Well I have one for you. Midnight Angel, Council Book 1. But first I want to introduce the talented author, Tracey Wood.

 

Hi Tracey. I am so glad you were able to join us today.

Hi Amy. Thanks for having me.

Now Tracey, what can you tell us about your book? (I love the title by the way.)

I can do better than that. How about I give you the blurb?

That would be great!

BLURB:   

After almost losing her life in a vicious, bloody attack. Kat Shaw, a thirty-something, divorcee, discovers that there are such things as monsters. And the predator who attacked her is not human. She starts to develop unusual skills which have murderous consequences. And is an unwilling witness to multiple, brutal murders, seen through the eyes a killer. Thrown into a battle of Good vs. Evil, she falls in love with two men who are not what they seem. While her attacker stalks her and continues to murder the innocent. She has to find the inner strength to take on and fight the demons from hell. To protect her family and friends while also trying to save her own life.

Wow, this sounds absolutely amazing. I  know I’m interested. Can you give us a little more? Like maybe an excerpt?

Sure, no problem. Here you go.

EXCERPT:

The park was empty at this time of night. All the children had gone home hours ago. The nights were getting colder and the evening air bit through my clothes, making me shiver. A light dew clung to my hair and skin as the darkness closed in around me, shrouding me from the main road.

After a long day at work, I made my way along the manmade path. It was a good shortcut taking fifteen minutes off my journey. I would soon be home, safe and warm.

What to have for dinner? Hmm. Pizza! Yeah, I’ll dial a pizza. Treat myself. Why not?

Happy with my decision, I carried on my way.

Pulling my jacket collar up around my neck, I tried to beat the cold and the shiver running up my spine.

A sharp pain shot through my head, stunning me, and suddenly I was flying across the path. My forehead hit the ground with an audible thump. Another powerful flash of pain. Black blotches blurred my vision as I tried to focus on my surroundings.

I attempted to get up but something struck my back, flattening me to the ground. The wind rushed from my lungs. I couldn’t move! A heavy weight sat on my back, holding me down. I struggled to draw enough air into my lungs. Something sharp penetrated my back, then my arms and the top of my leg. It was pure agony!

What’s happening? Have I been stabbed?

Tucking my flailing hands under my body, I attempted to get up, a silent scream trapped inside me, but the weight held me in place.

Snaking my body, I wriggled across the compact soil of the path, attempting to pull myself forward. It was no use. I couldn’t even get to my hands and knees.

My clothes were ripped from my back as the onslaught continued.

The pain slowly dulled, even though I was still at the mercy of my attacker. My heart pounded with fear as this predator snatched at my body. I was shaken violently from side to side. My gut told me my attacker was male. He was dominant, strong, and overpowering.

Oh God, this can’t be happening. No, please. I don’t want to die!

Glancing around frantically for a weapon, I realized I still had my keys in my hand. Without thinking, I slashed them behind my back with as much force as I could. They bit into something soft. Warm fluid flowed over me.

I had hurt him and possibly made him angrier. This unseen person was going to do the unthinkable. He was going to violate me, rob me of my life, or both. I desperately needed to get away from this monster. But how? I couldn’t fight back. Damn it, I couldn’t even move.

Nausea washed over me as my body weakened, my life draining away. A dark mist clouded my mind, consuming me, consuming my thoughts. I was going to die here in a lonely, dark park in the middle of London. I would never see my family and friends again.

Why? Why? I want to live. Help me, please help me, someone!

As if this monster had heard my silent plea, the shaking suddenly stopped. The weight lifted slightly and I could breathe. Relief washed over me.

Had the attack finished? Did he think I was dead?

I lay still, faking death, struggling not to take deep, gulping breaths. I fought the panic pumping through my body.

I became aware of a stroking sensation on my back, a light caress. Small strokes, followed by a sound I could not identify. The strokes became harder and the noise louder. A wet, squelching sound.

What is that?

My head spun with confusion and panic as I strained to locate my attacker. I saw a movement from the corner of my eye. I turned but couldn’t focus. It was too dark and I was in shock.

Warm liquid ran down my back, arms, and legs. Blood. My blood, but there was no pain, still no pain.

In a moment of clarity, I knew I had to move. To get away before my attacker struck again.

I don’t know about anyone else but I seriously got chills just from reading that. A good sign that a book is going to be an incredible read. Now that we know a little about your book, do you mind if I ask a few questions to find out more about you?

No problem. Fire away.

Okay great. First question. If you could pick another name for yourself, ANY name, what would it be?

I like names that go for a boy or girl like Charley, Danni, Mercedes. I think it would be something like Harley.

I love different names too. I always thought if I had another girl, I would name her Jemma. Okay, next question. If you had to pick one, what would be your pet peeve? The thing that drives you crazy?

I think it is more of a hate really. Its cruelty to animals. I can’t stand it.

I agree. I don’t understand how anyone could harm an innocent animal. It’s terrible. On a happier note, what is one thing you would LOVE to do?

I would love to be psychic so that I could help to solve crimes or murders.

Other than an author, I think that would be an awesome job. Speaking of authors, who is your favorite?

There are so many but Richelle Mead.

I’m sorry to say that I don’t know who that is. But I will definitely have to check her out. Last question. What is your greatest fear?

Spiders and Clowns

I can understand the spiders. They are so nasty. Ewwww. Thank you so much for being here Tracey. I hope that you will come back and visit again. Before you go, can you give us a quick bio and contact/buy links?

Thanks for having me. Here you go.

BIOGRAPHY:

Tracey A Wood has lived in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire in the United Kingdom, for all of her life. She has been married for over thirty years and has two children. One of her boy’s lives at home due to being disable the other has flown the coup. She has three cats that are her babies, and she talks to them all of the time. Funny thing is they don’t answer back.

She loves snowboarding, skiing, jumping out of aeroplanes and bungee jumping. Well, that is when other people are doing them. She prefers to have her nose in a book or writing one. She also loves to people watch which her husband is always telling her to stop doing. She has a job that she enjoys and works full time. Although if she won the lottery, that might change! She has also got a very good imagination.

In 2014, she decided to take the bull by the horns and send her manuscript to Soul Mate Publishing. She feels so privileged to have her book published, as this is the first one that she has written. It has made her dream of being a published author a reality. Life really is too short to wait, you’ve got to go for it. She is still working full time and is also working on another book in her limited spare time. Her favourite saying is ‘Everything happens for a reason’ which she also believes is true.

Her books are fast paced and centred on a female lead who finds an inner strength after being thrown into situations that are beyond her control.

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Angel-Council-Book-1-ebook/d

Website: http://traceywood.wix.com/tracey-a-wood

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TraceyAWood.Author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/traceya_wood

Google +: https://plus. google.com/+TraceyAWoodAuthor

Blog: http://tracey-a-wood.blogspot.com

WordPress: http://traceyawoodblog.wordpress.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/tracey_a_wood

 

 

Here to Tantalize Us…MJ!

Good morning everyone. Today on Tantalizing Tuesday, I have MJ Compton and her newest book, Omega Moon Rising.

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Hi MJ. It is always so exciting to have a new book release. What can you tell us about it?

I am so glad to be here. Thanks for hosting me. Here is the hook and the blurb for Omega Moon:

HOOK:

One desperate woman intent on escape.
One brash werewolf determined to deny his DNA.
Until his destiny becomes her deliverance.

BLURB:

Abigail Grant has a secret . . . and a plan to keep her younger sister from suffering the same fate. Her strategy would have worked if she hadn’t been seduced by sweet-talking musician Luke Omega. Suddenly she’s plucked from the life she wanted to escape, but her new circumstances only expose her to a different danger—or is it her salvation?
Luke has a secret, too. He believes he can change his destiny through willpower—and a little blue pill. When he inadvertently gets mixed up in the Grant sisters’ troubles and his pack alpha orders him to marry Abigail, his family insists he tell her he’s a werewolf. But Luke claims Abigail is not his life mate. She doesn’t need to know what happens to him on the full moon.
Until he accidentally stumbles across her secret. Then all bets are off.
Wow! This sounds incredible. Is there any way you can give us a taste of what is to come in your book? Like maybe a teeny excerpt?
Absolutely! Here you go:
Excerpt:

She, Abigail Grant, had a date with Luke Omega.
Gary was going to kill her. But Luke Omega would be worth the grief, with his dimples, blond curls, and the indent in his chin. Plus he was a celebrity. But most importantly, he said he would help her get her songs in front of Toke Lobo. After the concert was late, though, and if Gary ever found out, he would make her life miserable.
But she had a date with Luke Omega.
Abby thought about what the lateness might also mean—beyond being a better time to run into Toke Lobo. Luke had been kind to Libby, which meant he was either trying to impress her or he was genuinely a sweet guy. Since nice guys usually ignored her, he must be trying to score points with her by sucking up to her sister, who was difficult at best. Maybe he wanted sex.
Abby wasn’t much of a dreamer any more. When she’d been a little girl and her father was still alive, when she and Libby and Mama were the suns to Daddy’s moon, life had been full of possibilities. But a freak accident left Mama a widow with two girls to support. The last fantasy Abby allowed herself was that Gary and Mama got married because they loved each other. A whole week went by before reality betrayed her.
Nowadays, the closest she came to dreaming was wishing Mama would get better and divorce Gary. But Mama was dying and the family needed Gary’s paycheck and health insurance. Needed to keep paying the taxes on the little house on Silver Moon Terrace in order to keep a roof over their heads.
Abby couldn’t bring herself to tell Mama being homeless might be better. Safer.

This sounds like an incredible book. Now I know sometimes music inspires creativity and ideas. Do you happen to have a soundtrack to this book? Music that gets your creative juices flowing?
Definitely! I can’t write a book without a soundtrack.

Here’s the one for Omega Moon Rising:
1) “Monster” (Steppenwolf)
2) “Nature Boy” (Great Society)
3) “Bad Things” (Jace Everett)
4) “What Was I Thinking?” (Dierks Bentley)
5) “I Wish I Was the Moon” (Neko Case)
6) “It Ain’t Me Babe” (Bob Dylan)
7) “Whaddya Want From Me?” (Adam Lambert)
8) “Take Me to Church” (Hozier)
9) “I Guess He’d Rather Be in Colorado” (Mary Travers)
10) “Centerfold” (J. Geils Band)
11) “When Boy Meets Girl” (Terri Clark)
12) “Reflecting Light” (Sam Phillips)
13) “Leaving” (Indigo Girls)
14) “Someday Soon” (Judy Collins)
15) “Strongest Suit (Reprise)” (Aida Original Cast)
16) “Light As the Breeze” (Billy Joel)
17) “My Last Name” (Dierks Bentley)
18) “Yes, I Am” (Melissa Etheridge)
19) “Sometime in the Morning” (The Monkees)

Great songs and great artists! Musicians are such wonderful inspirations. Speaking of musicians, what was your VERY first concert? And who would you love to see now?
My very first concert was a summer event at Ralph Wilson Stadium—Jesse Colin Young, Santana, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

These days I would love to see . . . I wish I’d seen the Beatles and the Monkees when those groups were together. As far as current acts—my husband and I are trying to see as many of the musical icons of our youth as we can—I’m bummed I missed Janis Ian a couple of years ago when she played in a nearby town. Others I would love to see include Eric Clapton and Van Morrison.

Eric Clapton would definitely be a good one to see. That would make a nice date. Dinner and a concert. Oh hey, do you cook? If so, what is your specialty?

I love to cook. My specialty is experiments. I love to experiment with new recipes and new ingredients. 

New recipes are a lot of fun. Especially pasta ones. And sometimes nothing goes better with pasta than a nice wine. Do you ever drink? If so, what’s your poison?

My favorite alcoholic beverage is red wine. Preferably a Cabernet Sauvignon, but I like Malbec, Tempranillos, and Zinfandels.
On a hot summer day, though, there is nothing like cold sparkling wine. My favorite is Dr. Frank’s Blanc de Noirs, but there are lots of affordable bubblies out there.

Sounds like you know your wines. I’m just beginning to learn LOL. One more question. If you could be anything but an author and your current job, what would it be?

If I weren’t an author and could name my dream job, I would be a caterer for small events—such as dinner parties in someone’s home. Or cooking Friday meals for my Catholic friends during Lent. Or vegetarian kosher meals for Passover. I have a running joke with my critique group about starting my own business: Kosher for Lent.

Well it definitely sounds like you would be a great caterer. Especially with your love of cooking and trying new things.

I want to thank you for being here today and sharing details about your new book and about you. Before you go, can you tell us where we can find you and your books?

Absolutely!

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Must Read Monday Presents…Ryan Jo!

Hello everyone! Well it’s Monday again. Back to work again. Yay! Yeah right, who am I kidding. But I do have something that might make your work week a little better. Ryan Jo Summers and her book Upon the Tide.
 Hi Ryan! I am so glad you could be here today. I just love the cover of your book. How would you sum up your book in one sentence?
Sure, here’s the hook:
Tossed together by happenstance, fleeing for their lives and falling in love under the Caribbean sun as paradise turns deadly.

 

That sure grabbed my attention. Got any more for us?

    New York Fashion designer, Piper Kincaid, just wanted a pleasant visit with her cousin down in Florida. That was before she and handsome beach bum, Kade Wyatt, become the targets of a gang of robbers and killers.
     Kade simply wanted some fish for his pet seagull. Now he and the lovely exec from out of town are caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse. He’s busy concentrating on Piper when he should be focusing on keeping them alive. 
     Fleeing for their lives aboard Kade’s houseboat, ‘The Hightide’, they experience risk, surprises, mystery and romance during the Great Caribbean Boat Chase. However, the biggest surprises are waiting for them back at port.
Wow! I can’t wait to read this.
Well, here’s a taste of what you’ll be reading…
“Thanks. So, tell me, have you ever taken this thing out into the ocean before?”
“Sure, lots of times. Usually I just take the Ebbtide, but Hightide’s been out into the Straits and further before. These trawlers are made to go clear to Europe if we wanted to.”
“Is that where we’re headed to?”
“No, just to the Bahamas and the Bermuda Triangle.”
She frowned. “Wait. Isn’t that where all those planes and boats have disappeared before?”
“There have been a few rumors of that happening,” he agreed slowly.
“Well, aren’t you concerned it could happen to us? That we could disappear?”
He cracked a grin. “If we do, the guys chasing us won’t be able to find us then.”
I found myself grinning just by reading this excerpt. I’m sure the rest of the book is just as good.
I’ve got some questions for you that will help your readers get to know you a little better. Ready?
Sure, let’s go.
Do you have any tattoos? What are they? If not, what would you want?
No, I don’t have any tattoos. However, if I were ever to get one, it would be a phoenix. The mythological bird that burned itself on a funeral pyre every so many years (500 I think) to rise from the ashes renewed and beautiful again. Why? When I left Michigan in 2004, to begin a new life in the south, I envisioned myself burning my old life to rise again someday. No there was no real fire, it was all symbolic. That is why I use phoenix in my email. At the time, it seemed fitting.

I’m sure that would look awesome! Okay, question number two. If you could live in another time, when would it be? Why?

The late 1880’s. I have read and watched westerns since I was a kid and fell in love with that period of history. Yes, it was hard and had some serious drawbacks, especially for women. (But to be honest, today isn’t perfect either) They were poised a few years from the dawning of a new decade, with new advancements and inventions constantly coming along. The country was still fairly new, honest and innocent. A person could make their mark based on their own efforts, good or bad, fair or honest. I really want to write more stories based in this time era. Why? It’s so much fun to mentally go back there!

What about a place? If you could move to a different state, what state would it be? Why?

Oregon, or the Pacific Northwest because of the climate. And it’s beautiful along the coast. I miss being near the water when I lived up north and suffer through the endless sun and heat of southern summers. I treasure cool, cloudy rainy days like gold. They are rare here in the south and common place in Oregon.

Are you a coffee drinker? How do you take it?

I love, love my coffee. I take it in a thick mug. With much raw, natural sugar and lots of whole milk. Sweet!! I do the same thing with my tea. Hot and I add a teaspoon of honey. Yum!

That sounds so good right now. I love coffee. It really gets me going in the morning. Okay, last question. What is one thing most people would be surprised to learn about you?

I have no sense of smell. Never have. It’s called anosmia. Totally true. My sense of taste is kind of wonky too but it’s all I’ve known. Can’t do heat and can’t get enough sweet.

Wow, I’ve never heard of that.  I can’t imagine not being able to smell. But then again, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad at times. Like when someone forgets to take the trash out. LOL!

Now that you’ve answered some in depth questions, can you tell us anything else about yourself?

Well, I am a North Carolina author who specializes in writing romances with a twist. Love stories blended with inspirational, paranormal, suspense or time travel–or several at once. I also writes non-fiction for regional periodicals. My dad is a songwriter and his aunt wrote poetry so I’m positive I came by my writing skill honestly. Apparently it’s in the genes.
My hobbies include bird-watching, houseplants (50 ish and growing), poetry and yard work. I love to gather with friends, hike in the forest with her dog, paint ceramics and canvas and work on wiggly word find puzzles. I live in a 1920 cottage with a menagerie of pets. Living in the mountains, I dream of the shore and frequently uses the water as scenes for my stories.
Ryan, thank you again for letting me host you today. Please come back anytime.
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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