Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Meet Jack Durish


Today, I'd like to introduce you to Jack Durish, historical fiction author. Jack is the author of Rebels on the Mountain, a romantic adventure "that begins at sea and then follows the rattle of musketry to the revolution in Cuba."







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  1. What is the one book you want us to read (title, genre, and availability).
    Rebels on the Mountain: Historical Fiction available in all ebook formats on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

  2. Give us a one sentence synopsis.
    A childhood crush evolves into romance when Nick Andrews, a U.S. Army spy, reconnects with Lucia Comas, an American-educated mulata, in Cuba while he is there to unravel the diplomatic mess created by Fidel Castro's revolution.

  3. Who are the main characters and who would you like to see portray them in a movie?
    Fictional
    Nick Andrews: A U.S. Army Ranger and Korean War Veteran who has made a career of reconnaissance patrols behind the Iron Curtain – possibly portrayed by Stephen Amell
    Lucia Comas: An American-educated, island-born mulata, daughter of the second wife of don Carlos Comas, a Cuba sugar plantation owner, and love interest of Nick Andrews – possibly portrayed by Christina Milian
    Emma Regan: An American socialite whose husband, a retired pediatrician operates a free clinic on the sugar plantation she inherited, and sister to the don Carlos Comas' second wife Sigourney Weaver
    Real
    Fidel Castro: The charismatic leader of the revolution that overthrew the Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista – possibly portrayed by Jsu Garcia
    Che Guevara: The Argentinian doctor who became one of Castro's most notorious lieutenants and his executioner following Fidel's rise to power – possibly portrayed byGuillermo Diaz
    Ernest Hemingway: Nobel Prize winning author and Havana resident who mingled freely in the halls of power in Havana and purportedly supported Castro's revolution – possibly portrayed by William Hurt

  4. Tell us about the story, but please don't reveal too much.
    Nick Andrews uses the cover of a pleasure trip with friends, the Regans – a retired doctor and his socialite wife who own an estate in Cuba – to infiltrate the island from its halls of power in Havana to the rebel camp in the mountains at the eastern end of the island. Unexpectedly, he rekindles a childhood crush with the island-born niece of the Regans, and makes friends with a loyal Fidelista rebel. Romance, rum, rumba, and revolution layer themselves into a thrilling tale of intrigue, action, and suspense.

  5. What inspired you to write this book and how long did it take?
    I was slated to pilot a vessel from Galveston Bay to the Chesapeake, with a stop in Havana, when I was a young sailor, but the trip was canceled due to several factors including the fall of the Batista government in Cuba. I suppose that I never let go of the disappointment of missing that adventure. Thus, I followed events in Cuba closely and studied the history of the island and its people during the intervening fifty years. I spent another two years cataloging and studying my research, and another year and a half to write and edit the manuscript.

  6. What other books have you written?
    Dream Pirates – Fiction for young readers with impaired reading skills and new English speakers
    WordPerfect: Creative Applications – Technical manual
    Infantry School: A Soldier's Journal – Personal memoir
    Vietnam: A Soldier's Journal – Personal memoir
    Trifles: Literary Dessert – A collection of short stories to be published soon

  7. Which authors inspired you, your style?
    Many including...
    Ernest Hemingway: Voice
    Mark Twain: Irony
    Charles Dickens: Memorable characters

  8. Where can we learn more about you and your books?
    Http://www.jackdurish.com contains my personal blog as well as my biography, a synopsis of all my books and links to them, and recommended websites for anyone interested in reading

  9. How can we follow you? Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.
    Twitter 
    Google+ 

  10. Is there anything else you would like us to know?
    I am currently working on my second novel featuring Nick Andrews as a young soldier in the Korean War. Also, I have been posting to my blog a series of articles built from my research into Cuba with special emphasis on the love-hate relationship between the island and the United States. Most expect a change in US-Cuban relations when Fidel Castro dies, and Americans will begin looking forward to visiting this Caribbean paradise which has been off limits for so many years.

Thank you, Jack!
You can read an excerpt of Rebels on the Mountain here, and find it at Amazon, Barnes & NobleiTunes and directly from the publisher, Venture Galleries.
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Friday, December 21, 2012

"The End of All Things" Now Available for Pre-Order!



My latest novel is now available for pre-order through TWCS!

After a terrible virus ravages the planet, Carly, one of the few survivors, hides in her apartment in Juneau trying to survive the best she can with only occasional forays to gather food. She is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier intent on making his way to Florida before winter sets in. This is the story of their journey to find a place to begin a new life, and a home in each other.

You can read the first chapter here, and its reviews on GoodReads. I also gave an interview about it recently on Romance Writers of the Apocalypse.

As an added bonus, if you pre-order the book, I'll send you a signed bookplate for it.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Greetings From Author to Author, Part 2



With this post, Author to Author comes to a close. It has been a delightful experience, getting to know my fellow authors better and introducing them to you. My thanks to the authors, and to you, the readers, both of whom have made this so enjoyable.

The Rafflecopter drawing for an ebook from each of the participants will remain open for one more day, so you still have another chance to enter. The widget is at the bottom of the post.

And now, a few words from our authors....


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My first book, Hidden Threat, was released on December 31, 2010. A lot has changed for me in the last two years. I’ve learned a lot, and have met some amazing people along the way. I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday, and thank you for your support.

Sherri Hayes




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As I look back at 2012, I have to say thank you to my readers for the support they have shown me. Their encouragement gave me the confidence to publish in the first place, so thank you for continuing to support my writing! I'm also grateful to the author friends I've made. I've learned, and continue to learn, so much from all of you. Have a blessed and joyous Christmas! 

Peace and Love, 


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Every year my family and I send out letters that detail those very things that went wrong during the year. (Don't you just hate those holiday letters where everyone and everything are perfect?!? -- please see www.allredgreetings.blogspot.com and you will feel much better about yourself!) Ahh. But the truth is, we are blessed. Every time I open the newspaper, we are reminded of this. As we head into the new year, it is my fondest wish that dreams come true but even better ... you discover what your dream is and GO FOR IT! I hope that you all end this year on a safe, healthy, happy note and ring in the new year with great ambition! Thank you to everyone for your support, love and laughter. 



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Happy Holidays! Thanks for making 2012 the year I decided to push the envelope. I couldn't have done it without my Village. 






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May this year pass us by with a smile on our faces and heads held high. May the New Year bring you joy, happiness, and a world full of adventure. May you keep your loved ones close, and your enemies in your prayers. Now is a time to be joyful and full of love. Let's show the world that we too can stand up and say with a full heart, may He be present in our lives now...tomorrow...and forever. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! God Bless, 



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Holidays can mean different thing to all of us. Recent events have taught us how precious our time is on this planet. Never take for granted a single day to tell those people closest to you how much you love and care about them. I was estranged from my mother for years, due to stubbornness on both of our parts. I was lucky. One nondescript Sunday morning, something told me to put aside whatever had come between us, and go visit her. We spent just an hour together, and I'll admit it was tense and we didn't really speak. I gave her an awkward hug and told her I loved her before I left her house that chilly September morning. I got the call around 5pm, that night, that she had passed away sometime in the afternoon. We spend so much of our holidays rushing around looking for gifts, and attending mundane parties, that we lose sight of how important the holidays are supposed to be. Take time to hug a loved one, sing Christmas Carols, read 'Twas The Night Before Christmas, or The Christmas Story, reflect on the past year, exchange gifts, but do it with the ones you love and mean the most to you. We only get one turn on this merry-go-round, so cherish the ride. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to every one of our family, friends, and fans. 


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Author to Author Giveaway!
Second prize package added if we get 2,000 entries!



Prize pack of ebooks:
Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean (16+)
Lessons Learned by Sydney Logan (16+)
Ghostwriter by Lissa Bryan (16+)
Behind Closed Doors by Sherri Hayes (16+)
Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever by L.V. Lewis (18+)
Riverbend by Andrea Goodson
Serial Summer by Angel Lawson (18+)
MORE by T.M. Franklin
Valerie, Daughter of the Dragon by Robert S. Fuller, Jr.
Ghosts of our Pasts by N.K. Smith
My Only by N.K. Smith
The Six by K.B. Hoyle
Damaged Goods by Alexandra Allred


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday Greetings from Author to Author, Part 1


It's been wonderful hosting all of the writers in Author to Author. All of us had a great experience working together, and it was nice to get to know some of my fellow authors better through their interviews. I hope you enjoyed it as well. 

You still have two days left to enter Rafflecopter drawing for the 13 ebooks, which means two more chances to win! The Rafflecopter widget is at the bottom of the post.

And now, we'd all like to take a moment to send some holiday greetings to you.




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I wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a happy holiday season. I hope it’s full of joy, peace, and love for you and your family.

I’m most grateful this year for the wonderful new friends I’ve made. Though I may never meet some of you in person, you’ve touched my heart. It’s a wonderful gift I’ll always cherish.

Best wishes for a happy New Year,

Lissa


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Happy holidays. Thank you for reading and supporting the publishing industry (be it self publishing, Indie publishing, or traditional publishing) this year.

Namaste,

NKSmith






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To all my readers, especially those who count themselves among my new fans, here's wishing you a Joyous Happy Holidays.

My gift to you are the words of one of my favorite traditional Christmas Songs, I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day:

"Then pealed the bells more loud and deep. God is not dead, nor does He sleep. The wrong shall fail, the right prevail. With peace on earth, goodwill to men."

Peace and Blessings,

L. V. Lewis


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Wishing all of my readers, fans, and fellow authors a joyous and wonderful New Year. This season, give the gift of yourself to the world. Encourage others, make a difference, help when you can, and most importantly, believe in yourself! As I like to say, "Be The Light"!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all!

Andrea Goodson


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As 2012 ends and we reflect on the year that has gone just before, I think with joy on my blessings and hope such joy pervades your holiday season, too. From me and mine to you and yours, sincere wishes for the very best in 2013 and always. Remember that you are of great worth and are the center of someone's world.

~Sandi Layne

"God bless us, every one!" - Tiny Tim in Dickens' A Christmas Carol



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Looking back on 2012, I'm so grateful to you who are readers - thank you for your support and encouragement. To you who are fellow authors - it's been a blast taking this journey with you. And to both who've also become friends - I can't imagine my life without you! :-)

Wishing you joy and peace this holiday season,

T.M. Franklin


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Author to Author: Sydney Logan

Today, I'm happy to host one of my favorite authors, Sydney Logan. Her novel, Lessons Learned, is a delightful read, and Sydney herself is a lovely person.

Don't forget about our drawing for an e-book from each of the Author to Author participants! You can enter every day. And, if we reach 2,000 entries, a second prize pack will be awarded. The Rafflecopter is at the bottom of the post.


Sydney Logan holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and makes her home in the hills of East Tennessee. With the 2012 release of her first novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. She has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem. When she isn't reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat. She recently released a Christmas short story titled “Mistletoe Magic” and is currently completing her second novel, which will be released in 2013.




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Ten Questions


1. Who's your favorite author, and why?

This is impossible to answer, but I can list some favorites. I love Judy Blume, Shel Silverstein, S.E. Hinton, Nicholas Sparks, Stephenie Meyer, John Grisham, and Madeline L’Engle. Of this list, my favorite is probably Nicholas Sparks. The man never fails to touch my heart and bring me to tears.


2. If you could have a conversation with one of the characters in your most-recently released novel, which one would it be and why?

Matt. I’d love to see how he’s doing now. Is he still living in Tennessee? Teaching? In love? Most importantly, is he happy? Those are the questions I’d ask.


3. Where do you get the ideas and inspiration for your characters personalities?

Their personalities come from the people I encounter in my real life. With Lessons Learned, Sarah is very much me. Lucas is loosely based on my husband (the man really is a saint). The others characters are just blends of other people I know or have met in my life.


4. What is the best thing (in your opinion) about being a writer?

Editing. (Ha! Made you laugh, didn’t I?) Honestly, the best thing about being a writer is hearing that your words touched someone’s heart. That’s my goal, always.


5. How did you find your agent/publisher?

My story isn’t a traditional one. I was actually contacted by my publisher. One of their copy editors was a reader of my online stories, and she passed my name along to her submissions department. They contacted me to ask if I’d ever considered writing original fiction. The rest is history!


6. What's the best piece of writing advice you've been given?

Sandi Layne gave me a piece of advice about dealing with reviews. “You wrote for a certain ideal reader. That ideal reader is going to love your words. If someone doesn’t like your work? They aren’t your ideal reader. Do you really need to invest yourself in what they say?” Profound words. I printed it out, and it hangs on the wall behind my computer.


7. Biggest mistake you've made as an author?

I don’t know that it’s a “mistake,” but an obstacle of mine is being brave enough to actually promote my book in my hometown. I’m not quite there yet. Maybe with Book #2 . . .


8. What would the lead character of your latest novel want for Christmas?

Sarah would want to cook a big dinner for her friends and family and just spend quality time with them.


9. Favorite Christmas music?

I love Christmas instrumentals (Celtic, Appalachian), and I love the classics (O Holy Night & What Child is This?) I also love Trans-Siberian Orchestra!


10. What was the best gift you ever received?

I had a December wedding. We will be married ten years on December 7. Best present ever. :)


Thank you, Sydney!

Sydney Logan's books can be found at Amazon, TWCS Publishing House, iTunes, and Kobo


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Second prize package added if we get 2,000 entries!



Prize pack of ebooks:
Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean (16+)
Lessons Learned by Sydney Logan (16+)
Ghostwriter by Lissa Bryan (16+)
Behind Closed Doors by Sherri Hayes (16+)
Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever by L.V. Lewis (18+)
Riverbend by Andrea Goodson
Serial Summer by Angel Lawson (18+)
MORE by T.M. Franklin
Valerie, Daughter of the Dragon by Robert S. Fuller, Jr.
Ghosts of our Pasts by N.K. Smith
My Only by N.K. Smith
The Six by K.B. Hoyle
Damaged Goods by Alexandra Allred


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Monday, December 17, 2012

Author to Author: Allie Jean



Today, Author to Author is featuring Allie Jean, author of the Dreamer series. Our giveaway is still ongoing and we're getting closer to that 2,000 entries point where a second prize package will be awarded. Remember, you can enter every day. The Rafflecopter is at the bottom of the post.



Allie Jean was born with an overactive imagination. At a very early age, a child, her days were spent inventing stories, directing her sisters in made-up plays or telling elaborate ghost stories. Her mind never took breaks, or shutdown, even when she slept. When her eyes shut at night, she would have vivid dreams complete with extensive, elaborate plot lines, and good overcoming evil villains.

Now, living in California with her husband of ten years, her love of storytelling had taken a back seat with the arrival of their four children. As a busy wife, mother and working full-time outside the home, somehow she has been able to write down her relentless character’s story. Her once secret hobby and private world, is now released for other’s to enjoy.

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Ten Questions

1. Who's your favorite author, and why?

I love this question and here’s why. I am a HUGE fan of authors who can create their own worlds, something original and clever, which has its own set of rules the characters living it have to go by that cannot be broken or bent. This is incredibly hard to do, for I’m attempting to do that with my own series. There are some people, however, who have mastered it. J.R. Tolkien for example, but I’d say my favorite author right now is J.K. Rowling. The world she created for Harry and the others is so intricate, inspirational, and complex that it will be hard for anyone in the literary world to match that scale, and for that, she is amazing to me.


2. If you could have a conversation with one of the characters in your most-recently released novel, which one would it be and why?

Oh, hands down, it would be Mathias. First off, we don’t learn exactly how old he is, so that would be my first question. And second, I’d want to know more about the history of his race, stories about the hunt for more females like Chantal, and exactly when he knew he was falling for her. I’d also want to know why his brother is so up-tight. He he . . .


3. Where do you get the ideas and inspiration for your characters personalities?

Oddly enough, the entire idea for this series came from nightmares I used to have frequently when I was young. I don’t know why − I never had a horrible past or anything like that − but I’d have violent, twisted dreams that would play out as if it were a story, where I was the main character. During these times, I’d wake up at night, and if I wasn’t screaming my head off, I’d be sitting in my bed terrified. One day, I saw a shadow in my room that resembled a figure of a man. At first, I was terrified, but when I realized it was just a shadow, he became an imaginary friend.

As I became older, I wondered what would happen if that shadow hadn’t been just a shadow . . .

And Legacy of a Dreamer picks up from there.

Chantal is a mixture of myself, a bit of each of my sisters, and a big part of the kick-ass girl, Miss Buffy Summers. In fact, one of my sisters is on the cover of the book! In all seriousness, Chantal has been a part of me since I was very young. Since the idea came to me for this world many moons ago, Mathias has also been a slow work-in-progress, but I’m extremely happy with how he’s turning out, especially in the second book, which I’m writing now.


4. What is the best thing (in your opinion) about being a writer?

The ability to tell my stories is the best thing about being a writer. I have always been a storyteller. I’d make up ghost stories or write countless tales in my journals at home. Even when I became older, writing became a way of coping with whatever crap life had dealt me. The ability to have my stories out there for people to enjoy means a lot to me. It’s almost cathartic in a way. Kind of like “here, have a dish of this craziness” to the world.

*sigh*

Makes me feel so much better.


5. How did you find your agent/publisher?

I actually entered a competition through The Writer’s Coffee Shop at the GREAT encouragement of some friends of mine. It happened to be a Romance competition, and I thought my story based on my nightmares kind of fit, so I entered the first eleven chapters, not thinking I’d win a darn thing. But as it turns out, the folks over there loved it and offered me a contract. And here I am!


6. What's the best piece of writing advice you've been given?

“Write how you see it.”

In this series, there are a ton of fight scenes and creatures that are only visible in my head – basically things that haven’t been adapted in Hollywood or anything. The person I actually asked this advice from was Cassandra Clare, the author of the Mortal Instruments series. She’d read something I’d written at one time and said she loved it. I asked her advice and that’s what she said: “Write how you see it.”

For me it’s huge from her because she writes in the same kind of action packed, alternate universe type genre, and I’ve never wavered from it. I picture the scene in my head like a movie, slow it down, and describe it. So far, it’s helped a ton.


7. Biggest mistake you've made as an author?

In this book, probably naming the villain Damon. I didn’t realize the guy in Vampire Diaries was named Damon, but what the heck! Oh well . . .

Other than that, I’m sure I’ve made mistakes with my research when I reference things. I try to be a good investigator, but the internet can be very tricky and point you to false information. I’ve done that in the past, but not with anything I’ve published.


8. What would the lead character of your latest novel want for Christmas?

She’d probably want some new clothes. The poor girl has been an orphan most of her life, and what she did have was kind of destroyed, so I’m thinking she’d want something to wear that didn’t look like army digs worn by a seven-foot muscled man. (she needs some pretty shit-kickers)


9. Favorite Christmas music?

Anything off the White Christmas album. That movie was a family tradition of mine growing up, so those songs bring out my holiday spirit. My kids don’t get it, especially when I play “Sisters” for them. It has nothing to do with Christmas, but I sit there singing away, decorating my tree, while my kids argue with me over my song choice. Those are the moments worth living, I think.

10. What was the best gift you ever received?

I could say my kids, which is a given. But I won’t go sappy on you. I think the best gift I received was back in 2005, my in-laws bought me an IPod. Just a little Shuffle 2GB, but I was stoked. And why was I so happy? Because I had four kids, three of them still in diapers, and I had ZERO time to read. With the IPod, I could download audiobooks and listen while I cleaned up poop. That’s actually how I “read” the first Twilight book, I believe. That tiny box of miracles got me through night shifts at the hospital, late night feedings, and a mountain of laundry a day. I could pretty much say it was priceless.

Thank you, Allie!
You can find Allie Jean's Legacy of a Dreamer series at TWCS.


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Author to Author Giveaway!
Second prize package added if we get 2,000 entries!



Prize pack of ebooks:
Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean (16+)
Lessons Learned by Sydney Logan (16+)
Ghostwriter by Lissa Bryan (16+)
Behind Closed Doors by Sherri Hayes (16+)
Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever by L.V. Lewis (18+)
Riverbend by Andrea Goodson
Serial Summer by Angel Lawson (18+)
MORE by T.M. Franklin
Valerie, Daughter of the Dragon by Robert S. Fuller, Jr.
Ghosts of our Pasts by N.K. Smith
My Only by N.K. Smith
The Six by K.B. Hoyle
Damaged Goods by Alexandra Allred


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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Author to Author: Sandi Layne



Today, I'm introducing you to Sandi Layne, author of the upcoming Éire’s Captive Moon (which I loved!) Don't forget about our drawing for 13 ebooks ... And if we get 2,000 entries, there will be a second drawing for another prize package! You can enter every day. The Rafflecopter is at the bottom of the post.



Having been a voracious reader all her life, Sandi never expected to want to write until the idea was presented in a backhanded manner. Once the notion occurred to her, though, she had to dive in the deep end (as is her wont) and began by writing historical fiction. She has since written more than twenty novels—most of which will never see the light of day.

Sandi has degrees in English and Ministry, has studied theology, spent years as an educator, has worked in escrow and sundry other careers, but research is her passion. She won an award for Celtic Fiction in 2003, but as well as history, she is also fascinated with contemporary research and has self-published several novels in the Inspirational Romance genre.

She has been married for twenty years to a man tolerant enough to let her go giddy when she discovers new words in Old Norse. Her two sons find her amusing and have enjoyed listening to her read aloud—especially when she uses funny voices. A woman of deep faith, she still finds a great deal to laugh at in the small moments of the everyday and hopes that she can help others find these moments, too.


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Ten Questions



1. Who's your favorite author, and why?

I don't have just one favorite, alas. Jane Austen is a favorite because her stories are wonderful character studies about a few unique women and the men who love them. Stephen King is a favorite because he also does rich characters and wonderful plots that involve multiple perspectives. Francine Rivers is a favorite because her inspirational historical fiction novels are well researched and communicative.


2. If you could have a conversation with one of the characters in your most recently released novel, which one would it be and why?

I'm going to go with the book that is up for release next month, okay? I would enjoy having a conversation with Tuirgeis from Éire's Captive Moon. First, he was a real person and could help me with my research. I'd love to pick his brain. Also, he's the key player in the third book of the series and he might like to have some input in how I intend to portray him. I'd be very interested in knowing his true motivations as well as his feelings regarding the Irish people of the day.


3. Where do you get the ideas and inspiration for your characters' personalities?

From all over. I've written a lot of books and each one requires different handling. I never use a real person as primary inspiration for a protagonist's character. (Occupation, sure, but not characteristics.) Sometimes, the personality grows on me as I flesh out their backstory in my private "seminars" that I hold in my living room. Yep, that's how I get characters to make sense. I give seminars on them to my furniture. Often, it's about how characters should fit together, and then I make them do that, using different traits to complement or antagonize one another. Or both.


4. What is the best thing (in your opinion) about being a writer?

This is going to sound really, really egocentric, but okay. Best thing about being a writer is creating stories that people will read - knowing that your words are going out there and perfect strangers will be paying attention to them. At least for a few minutes.


5. How did you find your agent/publisher?

I self-published for many years before I was approached by my publisher. A few times. One of their editors had read one of my novels and liked it. I am extremely grateful to her.


6. What's the best piece of writing advice you've been given?

That a writer is competing for the entertainment dollar against other forms of interactive media. Therefore, one should write in such a way as to engage the senses and attention of the audience. You might write for yourself, but if you want to make money, you have to remember who is paying you. They want to be entertained.


7. Biggest mistake you've made as an author?

Editing a proof galley while I was on cold medication. Stupidest. Thing. Ever.


8. What would the lead character of your latest novel want for Christmas?

A new mortar and pestle set.


9. Favorite Christmas music?

I love the classic hymns. Adeste Fideles (of course, in the Latin) is lovely. But I also have a fondness for Straight No Chaser's 12 Days of Christmas.


10. What was the best gift you ever received?

I really have no idea. I have had memorable gifts and memorable holidays, but what I remember most is the last time my siblings and their families and me and mine converged at my mom's house for Christmas. It was crowded and fun and exuberant and magical. I felt richly blessed to be there. That was the best gift, really.


Thank you, Sandi!

Éire’s Captive Moon will be released January 10, 2013. It's available for pre-order through TWCS.


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Author to Author Giveaway!
Second prize package added if we get 2,000 entries!



Prize pack of ebooks:
Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean (16+)
Lessons Learned by Sydney Logan (16+)
Ghostwriter by Lissa Bryan (16+)
Behind Closed Doors by Sherri Hayes (16+)
Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever by L.V. Lewis (18+)
Riverbend by Andrea Goodson
Serial Summer by Angel Lawson (18+)
MORE by T.M. Franklin
Valerie, Daughter of the Dragon by Robert S. Fuller, Jr.
Ghosts of our Pasts by N.K. Smith
My Only by N.K. Smith
The Six by K.B. Hoyle
Damaged Goods by Alexandra Allred


Please note, the 18+ titles will only be awarded to a winner eighteen years or older.

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Friday, December 14, 2012


Author to Author is suspending today's post out of respect for the victims of yesterday's tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.


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Author to Author: Angel Lawson


We're featuring Angel Lawson today on Author to Author. She's the author of the Wraith series. And we have exciting news about the drawing! If we reach 2,000 entries, there will be a second prize package awarded! The Rafflecopter is at the bottom of the post.



Angel Lawson lives with her family in Atlanta and has a lifelong obsession with creating fiction from reality, either with paint or words. On a typical day you can find her writing, reading, plotting her escape from the zombie apocalypse and trying to get the glitter out from under her nails.

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Ten Questions

1. Who's your favorite author, and why? Impossible to answer question.

I've always been a fan of Stephen King and Barbara Kingsolver. I love Harry Potter and the world building and I'm currently rereading The Hunger Games for the third time and even though I know the outcome I'm still on the edge of my seat.


2. If you could have a conversation with one of the characters in your most-recently released novel, which one would it be and why? 

Ruby, because we could talk about zombies and going to Comic Con.


3. Where do you get the ideas and inspiration for your characters personalities? 

I try to think about what I know or what I want to learn about. This summer a trip to the beach my family has always visited (since my mother was a child) prompted a story I never realized was in my head. Right now I'm drawing on my past as a caseworker and some of the grittier details from that period of my life. But I also love researching new things. Airstream trailers, Parkour, palmistry.


4. What is the best thing (in your opinion) about being a writer? 

Permission to get lost in your mind. I've always been a daydreamer. Now I have an excuse.


5. How did you find your agent/publisher? 

I queried for about 6 months and got either form letter rejections, a couple of requests and very little feedback. During that time I started looking more and more into Self-publishing and it really seemed like the best fit for me and my personality.


6. What's the best piece of writing advice you've been given? 

Always write. Keep writing. And then write some more.


7. Biggest mistake you've made as an author? 

I wish I'd done a bit better editing job on my first book. It had some mistakes that I've gone back and fixed. I hate reading reviews where it comments them. I was overwhelmed though and had read it so many times. At some point you have to trust those working with you. I think at this point I've set up a pretty good system to catch errors. I hope.

8. What would the lead character of your latest novel want for Christmas? 

 Have yourself a zombie little Christmas.
Probably the assurance of a ghost free Christmas. Oh, and to make out with Connor.


9. Favorite Christmas music? 

Feed the World-BandAid. I loved Duran Duran. My best friend and I had a whole dance to the song with hand movements. Very Napoleon Dynamite.


10. What was the best gift you ever received?

Ugh. I have no idea. I remember getting Barbie Townhouse one year. Oh and a doll that you could put in the bathtub. My mom told me it was too expensive and I couldn't have one. Santa to the rescue!


Thank you, Angel!
You can find her books at CreateSpace, and Amazon.


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Author to Author Giveaway!
Second prize package added if we get 2,000 entries!


Prize pack of ebooks:
Legacy of a Dreamer by Allie Jean (16+)
Lessons Learned by Sydney Logan (16+)
Ghostwriter by Lissa Bryan (16+)
Behind Closed Doors by Sherri Hayes (16+)
Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever by L.V. Lewis (18+)
Riverbend by Andrea Goodson
Serial Summer by Angel Lawson (18+)
MORE by T.M. Franklin
Valerie, Daughter of the Dragon by Robert S. Fuller, Jr.
Ghosts of our Pasts by N.K. Smith
My Only by N.K. Smith
The Six by K.B. Hoyle
Damaged Goods by Alexandra Allred


Please note, the 18+ titles will only be awarded to a winner eighteen years or older.


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