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Coming Up — Me Tarzan–You Jane — Virtual Book Tour+Giveaway

6 Feb

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It’s been a long time since I went on a virtual book tour for any of my books, mostly because I haven’t had a new release in two years. That doesn’t mean I haven’t written, quite the opposite. I finished 4 new stories since then, but I just can’t seem to find it in me to go again through the publishing and marketing phases which take time, effort, and energy, and I’d rather focus all of that toward the writing process rather than publishing (after all I’m a writer not a salesperson).

I love the flux of books published on a daily basis. Books in all genres, for old or young, everything for everyone’s taste, with the touch of a button. Wikipedia claims there were over 300,000 books published in 2013. That means there are over 800 books published daily. Add to that Amazon changing the  best-sellers list hourly, promotional adds, you can only imagine how easily books like mine get lost beneath the swelling tide of all other books.

Luckily for me there are people who organize book tours regardless of the publishing date. So I decided to re-invigorate my latest novel titled Me Tarzan–You Jane, by employing Giselle’s help at Xpresso Book Tours for a week long book tour.

https://www.amazon.com/Tarzan--You-Jane-Camelia-Miron-Skiba-ebook/dp/B00OPFMTDW/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

The tour starts next week on Monday Feb. 13 and runs until Friday Feb. 17. There will be reviews, excerpts, interviews and guest posts every day. The schedule is as following:

February 13th
Book Junkie Reviews >> Excerpt
Paradise of Pages >> Review
Dreamland Teenage Fantasy >> Top 10 List
The Book Sirens >> Review

February 14th
Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang >> Excerpt
Musings From An Addicted Reader  >> Review
Mythical Books >> Interview
Between Books  >> Review
Haddie’s Haven >> Review

February 15th
Rockin’ Book Reviews >> Guest post
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books! >> Review
The Bookworm Chronicles >> Excerpt
underneath the covers >> Excerpt
Thoughts in Progress >> Top 10 List

February 16th
Writers and Authors >> Guest post
Book Addict>> Review
Les Chroniques Aléatoires >> Review
Loves Great Reads >> Excerpt
Fire And Ice Book Reviews >> Review

February 17th
Happy Ever After Romance Book Reviews  >> Review
A British Bookworm’s Blog >> Review
blogs and coffee >> Guest post
Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess >> Review

This is a great opportunity for all of you to find new blogs (maybe fall in love with them?), find out what others think about my novel, read an excerpt and maybe who knows, you’ll decide to get it for yourself. I’m also going to have a giveaway at the end of the tour consisting of 1 (one)  7″ Fire Tablet (U.S only)  or a $50.00 Amazon gift card (international entry) for a participant who:

  1. Leaves a comment here or on any other blog hosting my tour letting me know where they’ve done it 
  2. Signs up to follow this blog (see the “Sign up” button on the upper right-hand corner)
  3. Follows me on Twitter @CamiSkiba
  4. Likes my Facebook Fan Page 

 See you all next week!

VBT–Spotlight and Excerpt Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined by Rachael Anderson

22 Dec

Rough Around the EdgesAround the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match #2) by Rachael Anderson

For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he’s finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor’s matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn’t have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls’ beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall.

Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It’s about learning that people aren’t always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go.

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The moment Kajsa saw Noah through the open door, she yelled out, “Daddy!” and came charging his way. Adelynn soon followed. As the girls barreled into him, Noah’s gaze caught Cassie’s briefly before she looked away. Another parent engaged her in a conversation as Kajsa grabbed Noah’s hand.

“C’mon, Dad, let’s go. I’m starving,” Kajsa said.

“Me too,” said Adelynn, grabbing his other hand.

Noah resisted, shooting Cassie another glance. “Why don’t you change out of your dance shoes first?”

“We can do that in the car. C’mon.” Adelynn continued to tug.

“But it’s wet outside, and you don’t want to ruin your new shoes, right? And besides, I need to ask your teacher something before we go.”

“What?” said Kajsa.

“Just a question,” he said. “So go take off your shoes and—”

“Miss Cassie!” Adelynn shouted across the room, interrupting the conversation between Cassie and another parent.

Cassie looked her way. “Yes, Adelynn?”

“My dad needs to ask you a question.”

The room became quiet, and all eyes came to rest on Noah.

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USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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Interview with author Susan Squires. Giveaway

11 Sep

Susan,

Thank you for accepting to be a guest on my blog. You and I can talk for hours about the same passion that brought us together in the first place—writing—but I’d be selfish keeping you just to myself. Can’t thank you enough for taking time out of your busy schedule and sitting down with me for a cup of . . . wisdom, writing and romance.

Last week I posted a review of your novel titled THE COMPANION which I absolutely loved for its raw emotions, heroes with more than just good looks and a storyline that kept me awake late in the night. This novel redeemed for me the entire vampire species, it truly did and I thank you for it. Along with the review I promised my fans an interview with you so, here I keep my promise. Shall we? 

Tell us a little about yourself and your writing journey.

I had always wanted to write. When I was 12 I started a novel written from the point of view of my dog and got 36 painfully typed pages done. When I was 16 I was sure I would be a writer. But I had other interests too. I was a theater major in college and did some acting, got a Masters Degree in English lit. And then life got in the way. Neither writing or theater seemed like a practical way to make a living. (I was right about that!) Nobody was getting work teaching. I went to work in the business world, had some luck, got to be an executive in a Fortune 500 company, but I always felt something was missing. In one of my many mid-life crises, I decided to write a book. That was difficult for me. I’d studied great literature. I knew I probably wouldn’t turn out to be the next Jane Austen. But I read a novel with an exciting premise on the back blurb. The actual book didn’t seem to deliver. I remember finishing and saying to myself, “I may not be Jane Austen, but I can do better than THAT.” So I wrote a book. It was awful. I had to decide whether I was going to put the effort in to get better at this thing. So I took classes, and got a critique group. I sold the second book I wrote, DANEGELD, about Vikings and Saxons in Dark Age Britain. It got some attention. I was on my way… 

When did you write THE COMPANION and what was the inspiration for it?

I had written five books and wanted to return to an idea I’d had some time earlier. During the early years of the AIDS epidemic, many people blamed the people who had the disease, as if it was a punishment for being bad. I didn’t believe that. I had just watched (again) the old movie of Dracula with Frank Langella, and I thought to myself, “What if vampires can’t help what they are? What if they just have a disease, and everyone just thinks they’re evil because of it?” So my vampires have a parasite in their blood that gives them eternal life, and strength, and the ability to influence weaker minds, but it also extracts a terrible toll. The world of the Companion was born. And, of course, some things we all believe about vampires are myths in my stories. I wrote some of my vampires as Italian—so of course their aversion to garlic was a myth. So was the stuff about crosses. Just superstitions! I also wanted my world to be a little kinky but with real people who experienced real emotions. I wanted readers to experience what it would really be like to be a vampire, or to be in love with one. 

Why did you pick the Regency Era for your novel? 

See above—all those references to Jane Austen? I loved the Regency period. I had read every Georgette Heyer book I could get my hands on. I thought they were pretty perfect, except they didn’t have enough sex (or any!) I had done an earlier vampire story called SACRAMENT that first laid out the world of the Companion and I wanted to revisit and expand that world. I had already accumulated a lot of research materials on the Regency, and I’d been to England several times. So I combined my two interests, and did Regency vampires. 

I know there are 6 novels in the series called COMPANION (can’t wait to read them all!). The second novel titled THE HUNGER follows Beatrix Lisse, who you introduce to your readers during THE COMPANION. Why out of all your secondary characters you chose her to become the main heroine in the second novel?

Cami, you are so perceptive! I had a special love for Beatrix. She was based on a character I loved from my first vampire novel. That novel was far, far too long, and in order to publish it I had to cut it in half. (It was still published and more than 120,000 words.) So my beloved character hit the cutting room floor. But when you are a writer, those characters can live again… and I brought her back as Beatrix Lisse.

Is it true that each novel in the series follows a character you introduce in the previous novel?

No. Some books follow characters you’ve never met. Sometimes characters from previous books show up. Sometimes a villain reappears. Each can be read as a standalone book. In some cases, all they share is the world construct. 

A series of 6 books must be hard to write. You need to remember when and where each story begins/ends, keep track of all heroes, etc. Can you tell us which book was the easiest to write and which the hardest? Were you stuck at any given time and if yes how did you overcome it? 

Because the Companion series doesn’t follow a single, overarching story arc, they were much easier to write than a series where each book follows the same character group and occurs immediately following the previous book. I had more freedom that way.

Of course the first book in a series is often the easiest. It seems to just flow out, because the idea is shiny and new and you just want to live the story. But in ONE WITH THE DARKNESS, I had an experience that was very hard, and that turned into something very easy. It’s the sixth book in the series. I had submitted an idea my editor didn’t like. I was crushed. She started trying to suggest what I should write. I not only didn’t like her ideas, I got angry (though she probably never knew that. I was nice—she was my boss after all.) I told her I’d go away and think about it. I was in Philadelphia for the day job at the time, trying to get home on a Friday night. The plane broke. I had to stay over night. And while I was having a very lonely dinner at the Ramada Inn coffee shop, I had the idea that would become ONE WITH THE DARKNESS. I thought to myself that I really needed to come up with a character I cared about. Immediately I thought about ONE WITH THE SHADOWS, my last Companion book. The hero’s mother, the Italian Contessa who was also a vampire, stole almost every scene she was in. She had a great tragedy in her past. During the Roman Empire, she had let the love of her life, a barbarian slave, age and die rather than make him a vampire. She lives with horrible regret. Why not, I thought, allow her to go back in time and try to change that? The idea of Leonardo DaVinci’s time machine was born. (I liked it so much I wrote three more books using that device called the DaVinci Time Travel series. The first one even has a vampire heroine.) Who, after all, was better to invent a time machine than Leonardo? Of course, it’s not as easy to change history as one would think. J I won’t say more than that. But I got to research Caligula’s Rome, and barbarian slaves, and…. And I love that book. Once I got going, it was easy to write.  

Ah, I love the Starz’s series called DaVinci’s Demons! So amazing you were able to incorporate his history into your novels. As much as I’d love to continue talking about the COMPANION series, I’m also interested in what you’re working on now, what genre and when should we expect its publishing? 

I’m currently working on the MAGIC series. There are seven books planned. It’s about a big modern family, the Tremaines, who have inherited Merlin’s DNA. When each sibling finds their destined mate, another with the Merlin gene, they are instantly attracted, and their gene is activated. They get a magic power. You’d think that would be just great, right? But the bad boy brother is an outsider who doesn’t want to believe it will happen to him. The oldest sister is sure of her destiny, until the man who raises her power is an alcoholic still in love with his dead wife. And I won’t even talk about the middle sister, poor thing. Then, of course, there are those who got their magic from Morgan Le Fay. They don’t have quite the same goals as our heroes. The family is as much a character in these stories as any individual. I’ve fallen in love with all of them as I’ve been writing it. My writer friends say it reads as much like a contemporary romance as a paranormal. One friend says it’s a paranormal romance for readers who don’t like paranormal romances (that would be her.) This is a series that should be read in order. It’s also the complicated kind of series. Everything is intertwined, and all the characters appear in all the books. I plotted out six books before I ever started writing. The first book (about that bad boy brother) is DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?, followed by HE’S A MAGIC MAN and WAITING FOR MAGIC. NIGHT MAGIC, the 4th in the series, is out starting September 8th. There’s also a novella that tells the Tremaine parents’ story, YOUR MAGIC TOUCH, available only in digital formats (but at least it’s only $.99!) I’m currently working on THE MAGIC’S IN THE MUSIC, which will be out next year. By the way, I planned only six books in the series, but a new character just showed up, and he won’t be denied. So the series is seven. 

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A lot of my readers are aspiring writers. What is the one piece of advice you have for them? 

Hmmm. One piece of advice? That’s really hard. How about two pieces? The first is to learn the craft. My first book was not good. But writing is something you can learn. I put in the work, and two of my books were named Best Books of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly, and I have Reviewer’s Choice awards, Rita nominations and other contest wins now that were a direct result of doing the work to get better. People may read you once based on a blurb or a cover, but they keep coming back if the books are good. 

The second piece of advice is a direct corollary of the first. Stick with it. Most people who want to write don’t finish a book. Most people who finish a book don’t really polish the whole thing. Most people who get a finished product don’t keep at it until they sell to the buyer who can really get them the distribution they need. So decide on what you want for your book? Supermarket shelves everywhere? Or do you just want to see your title available on Amazon? Know what you want for that book. Then pursue that goal and don’t stop. 

I couldn’t agree more, Susan. Being so experienced, my next question is: what is your take on traditional publishing versus self-publishing?

This is a publishing world where everything is possible. Isn’t that an improvement for writers? We’re in the driver’s seat. We can self-publish, publish with an e press, a small press, or go for an agent and a New York house. I published 17 books with New York houses, and got all the benefit of that. I am self-publishing my new series and it’s given me both a wonderful freedom and more control over the end product, though it also has brought more responsibility. Bad cover? I approved that, and I can’t blame my publisher. I will say, that while we can all point to instances of lightning striking for self-published authors, most authors build their audience over multiple books. It makes it easier to sell self-published books if you already have an audience built with a publishing house. That said, NY publishing is harder to get into these days, and traditional publishers are pretty clueless about how to promote digital sales. If you need proof, just look at the price of digital copies for traditionally published books. Digital copies of THE COMPANION are only 50 cents cheaper than a paperback copy was. I can hardly wait to get my rights back! So in the end, the awful truth is that the choice is yours. And that’s both frightening and empowering. The only obligation you have is to yourself and your readers to write the best book you can. 

Susan, thank you so much for your time. I had a tremendous time interviewing you. Good luck with your upcoming release (love the cover, by the way!) and can’t wait to see you again. For those interested where to find Susan please visit:

http://susansquires.com

Facebook/AuthorSusanSquires

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And now to the much promised giveaway: I decided to offer one e-copy of Susan’s upcoming novel titled NIGHT MAGIC to one lucky winner. What do you have to do for it?

Add NIGHT MAGIC to your to-be-read list on Goodreads and leave a comment with the link you did so. I’ll have the giveaway running until September 24th with the winner announcement on September 25th. 

Good luck everyone!

 

VBT– Sparks The Matchmaker by Russell Elkins. Interview

16 Dec
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Russell, thank you for stopping by my blog. Tell us what’s a day in the life of author Russell Elkins.
Being an author doesn’t make enough to pay the mortgage, so, like most authors, I have a day job. I own a dental lab, which means that I make teeth (veneers, gold crowns, etc.). I usually wake up about an hour before the rest of the family and get busy as fast as I can. I’ve found that I work most productively if I have an incentive, and the incentive that works best for me is time writing. I love to write. So, the faster I work on teeth, the more time I get to write. It works perfectly. On a normal day, I’m home by 5:30. Time with my two kids (2 and 3 years old) until they go to bed. Then some one-on-one time with my beautiful wife to finish the day.
I get easily distracted therefore when I write I need complete silence, door closed. The only person allowed in my office is Bella, my dog. When you write do you need complete silence around you or noise?
You and I are exactly the same. I need it quiet. Music is the biggest creativity killer for me. I’m a musician as well as a writer, so as soon as a note is played, my mind gets taken over. The only ones allowed with me are my two dogs- my boxer, Bogey, at my side, and my dachshund, Mulligan, at my feet. I have two locations for where I make teeth- a workshop at home, and one at a dental office. I do almost all of my writing in one of those two locations, depending on where I can have it quiet.
 
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
My wife made herself a t-shirt that said “My man is an author” and one for my little son that said “My Daddy is an author” and they showed up to my softball game with them on the day the book was scheduled to come out (my daughter wasn’t born yet). After the game, I came home to find my house full of friends. It was a fun surprise party my wife put together. The kicker was that there was a problem with the printing company and the release got delayed a week, so it ended up being a pre-release party. It was still a lot of fun.
 
What hobbies do you have?
Softball. Disc golf. But most of all I love to play guitar and sing. That’s my favorite hobby. I have three brothers, and we have a band together. We play in restaurants and bars two or three times a month. That’s my weekend alter ego. It’s funny, because I’m such a showoff ham up on stage, but in real life I’m pretty reserved and mellow.
 
I‘m not identifying myself with any of my characters, yet each one of them has a part of me. Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Which one and why?
Not all of my characters have some of me in them, but they all are based on people I know. Crazy roommate, Richie, is the spitting image of a roommate I had in college. Greg and Marie (the two mentally handicapped people in the story) are two people I worked with in college. The main character is mostly me. That’s my chance to make fun of myself and drag myself through the mud with all the drama I put him through. I guess that makes me a masochist.
 
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
 Just write it! Don’t worry about that first draft. Just get the whole story down, then you can worry about how much work it needs AFTER you get that first draft done. And don’t be afraid to completely overhaul that first draft.
What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? What has been the best component?
Toughest criticism has come with my non-fiction stuff. I write a lot of books about our journey with adoption, and people aren’t always nice when they respond. 99% of people are supportive of those books, but the people who aren’t (believe it or not, there are a lot of people who are anti-adoption) don’t attack my writing style, they attack my character. I’d be lying if I said that stuff doesn’t hurt. Criticism about my fiction stuff usually rolls off my back. The way I see it, there are all kinds of writing styles, and not everyone is going to like the same authors. It’s that way with all art forms. If someone doesn’t like my writing style, that’s okay. Some people like Country, others like Heavy Metal.
The best boost has been the awards I’ve gotten for both my adoption books and fiction, including Sparks the Matchmaker being selected as one of the top ten fiction books written in my home state (Idaho) in 2013.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
 ebooks ebooks ebooks. I read too many books at one time and I like to have them with me at all times. I read according to my mood, always having something fiction, spiritual, educational, and whatever else I feel like.
What projects are you working on and when should we expect another release?
My job is such that some months are super-busy, and others slow. October was slower, so I wrote a whole novel just in October. That book should come out probably early summer. If I had to compare that one to something, I’d say it fits along with books like the Hunger Games, which is very different from the book on this tour, which is a romantic comedy.
I also have a short book on adoption that should be out in January and another adoption. And I’ve recently started laying out the framework for the follow up book to the one on this tour, the running title right now is Sparks’ Dating Game. I’d hope for lat next summer with that one.
 
In a few words what is this story about.
Ollie is the kind of guy that you laugh at and root for at the same time. His girlfriend waits till he’s down on one knee with a ring before she dumps him. He wants to get his life back on track, which is where Sparks comes in. Sparks has a special ability, which could help Ollie get the girl, but he’s so much of a pest that Ollie can never really tell if Sparks is helping him or just jerking him around.
Thank you Russell and good luck with your novels!

Author Russell Elkins

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Russell Elkins has become a leading expert on open adoption through first-hand experience that he now shares in Open Adoption, Open Heart. Russell regularly contributes to Adoption.com. He also writes his own blog at russellelkins.com to educate others in the struggles and beauties of open adoption.

Russell has always been a family man at heart, looking forward to the day when he could be a husband and a father. It took him a little while, but eventually his eyes locked onto a beautiful blonde, and he has never looked away. Russell and Jammie were married in 2004. They had the same goals for their home and didn’t want to wait too long before starting their family. However, filling their home quickly with children wasn’t in the cards, and they found themselves weighing their options to overcome problems with infertility. Their lives changed dramatically the day they decided to adopt.

Russell and Jammie have adopted two beautiful children, Ira and Hazel, and have embraced their role as parents through open adoption. Both are actively engaged in the adoption community by communicating through social media, taking part in discussion panels, and writing songs about adoption.

Russell was born on Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., in the fall of 1977. Along with his five siblings, he and his military family moved around a lot, living in eight different houses by the time he left for college at age 17. Although his family moved away from Fallon, Nevada, just a few months after he moved out, he still considers that little oasis in the desert to be his childhood hometown.

Even after leaving home, Russell always stayed close to his family. He shared an apartment with each of his three brothers at different times during his college career. They formed a band together back in the 1990s and still perform on a regular basis under the name of the Invisible Swordsmen.

After nearly a decade of college and changing his major a few times, Russell received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He later graduated from Ameritech College where he learned the trade of being a dental lab technician. Russell now owns and operates Elkins Dental Lab located in Meridian, Idaho.

In the Spotlight!

27 Sep

Since beginning of September two incredible and talented authors–Rosie Amber and Stephanie Hurt have created a bridge between the UK and US by promoting each day one author from across the globe. I’ve followed ROMANCING SEPTEMBER ACROSS THE WORLD TOUR on a daily basis, interested in learning about other writers, their craft, novels and writing journeys. And each day I learned something new, added books to my TBR list and chose to follow and befriend quite a large number of these authors.

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Today is my turn to be their guest and I thank them both for giving me the opportunity to meet their readers. @ Rosie’s I talk about myself and my novels. Want to know how a born and raised Romanian made it to the US and when writing became my second skin? Stop by at Rosie’s blog and find out. @ Stephanie’s we talk about the challenges of writing romance in todays’ society. Curious how I face those challenges? Stop by at Stephanie’s blog and find out more.

Author In The House- Interview with Donna Hatch, Historical Romance and Fantasy, Award-Winning Author

6 Nov

Author of Historical Romance and Fantasy, award-winning author Donna Hatch is a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter. Her writing awards include the Golden Rose and the prestigious Golden Quill. Her passion for writing began at age 8 she wrote her first short story, and she wrote her first full-length novel during her sophomore year in high school, a fantasy which was later published. All of her heroes are patterned after her husband of over 20 years, who continues to prove that there really is a happily ever after.

I invited Donna here @ LOVE. WITHOUT YOU for an interview, and she graciously accepted. Her short regency story titled The Reluctant Bride is free for download here.

Donna, thank you so much for taking time to chat.

Personally, I get easily distracted therefore when I write I need complete silence, door closed. The only person allowed in my office is Bella, my dog. When you write do you need complete silence around you or noise?

I prefer either silence or music, but only instrumental like new age or light classical. Lyrics or a drumbeat are too distracting. That being said, I’ve gotten pretty good at tuning out the usual noises of my family like conversation, TV, etc.

I have all these ideas and voices in my head, but for some reason I struggle sometimes to put them on the paper. Do you find yourself at one point or another at a loss for words?

I seldom get writer’s block. In the rare times that I do find myself at a loss for words, I either take a break and read something, or do things to reduce stress. Then, when I return to writing, I am usually okay to write again. Sometimes, I really don’t know what happens next in the plot so I have to skip ahead to the next part of the book where I do know what’s going to happen. And sometimes I turn to a critique partner for help, and we brainstorm a solution.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

When I got “the call” which was actually an email from a publisher telling me they wanted to publish my book, I skipped around the house singing and terrifying my children. My oldest son told my hubby that he should take me out to dinner to celebrate. I don’t know if he was being thoughtful or just afraid and needed me to go away for a while J

What hobbies do you have?

I enjoy singing, playing the harp, and ballroom dancing.

I’m not identifying myself with any of my characters, yet each one of them has a part of me. Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Which one and why?

I’m sure there is a little of me in all of my characters, too. I often try to think of what I experienced physically and emotionally when I felt whatever emotion my character is going through and to put that into words. The hard part is making sure the characters do what their personality type would do and not what I would do.

My characters are all braver and stronger than I am, so that part of them is all fiction and wishful thinking. I suppose Emma, a character in my tongue-in-cheek novella Emma’s Dilemma is most like me overall—overly dramatic and with an imagination that gets her into trouble—only she’s nicer than I am.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 

Strive for excellence. Don’t be happy with ‘good enough.’ Continue stretching and learning and growing so everything you write is your newest best work.

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? What has been the best component?

I’ve been criticized for not putting sex in my books which was hard to take at first, although not unexpected. It doesn’t bother me any more. I don’t like reading hot sex scenes and I won’t write about them. I think sex should be enjoyed privately, not written in graphic detail. I frequently receive emails from fans saying how much they appreciate emotionally satisfying stories without graphic sex and thanking me for giving them the kind of books they crave. That makes it all worth it.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I prefer paperbacks; hardcovers are too big and heavy. And expensive. But there are some definite advantages to ebooks such as storage, price, and instant access. I do own an ebook reader and am using it more and more.

What projects are you working on and when should we expect another release? In a few words what is this story about.

I’m working on book 3 of the Rogue Hearts Series, entitled A Perfect Secret. It’s sort of a Regency version of Sleeping with the Enemy but the hero is a bigger part of the plot. I hope to have it out within the next few months, but I don’t have a release date yet.

In the meantime, I was invited to participate in an anthology with five other authors, all of whom are really awesome. The anthology is called A Timeless Romance Anthology, Winter Collection. It contains six sweet historical romances, all taking place during winter, some during Christmas. The stories are all varied in style, plot, and era, but have one thing in common; romance. A Timeless Romance Anthology was just released a couple of weeks ago, and has already gotten fabulous reviews. I hope you check it out.

Thank you Donna for stopping by and good luck!

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Winner Announcement for Kris Tualla’s Book

28 Aug

Congrats to Judy @ comment # 9 winning the giveaway from last week’s post featuring Kris Tualla’s interview.