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Review–“Till Life Do Us Apart” by Carmen Stefanescu

16 Sep

Reading was my first love before writing, but since starting on this writing journey, my time to read is very limited. Because of that, I’m very selective with what I read, picking books carefully. If the books deliver entertainment and help me escape reality (which at the moment drives me crazy with all the political trash exchanged between the two candidates) that much better!

“Till Life Do Us Apart” by Carmen Stefanescu is such a book. At first the cover attracted me with its eerie and mysterious flair. I picked it up and refused to put it down, intriguing me until the very end. Carmen Stefanescu put her heart into this book and it shows. It’s the second book of hers that I read, and I hope that she has more stories to tell.  

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Blurb:

Barbara Heyer can hear voices of dead people. They whisper of their deaths, seek comfort for those left behind, and occasionally even warn her about future events. But when Barbara’s brother, Colin, is accused of murder, it will take more than her gift to prove his innocence.
Becoming smitten with the handsome investigator, Detective Patrick Fischer, is a serious complication given his assignment to her brother’s case. Barbara senses there is something far deeper—and perhaps much older—than the surface attraction between them. Could that be why she’s visited by a mysterious woman named Emma in her dreams? Could past life regression tie all the seemingly unconnected events together? Barbara and Patrick must overcome heartache to find the truth to save Colin, and perhaps themselves.

I always fear I give up too much in my reviews but, let me just say, “Till Life Do Us Apart” has an original twist on the controversial topic of reincarnation, past lives, rebirth. Aside from the main characters, I absolutely adored the dog–Jack who adds a special flavor to the story. I liked the combination of murder mystery with a bit of romance and supernatural elements. Overall this was an enjoyable read, just complicated enough, and fast moving. I wholeheartedly recommend it, you won’t be disappointed. I got my copy in electronic version but I believe the book is also offered in paperback, great for those of you who prefer it that way.

 

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

Goodreads.Susan_Squires

twitter.com/SusanSquires

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!

 

PSYCHED– Juli Caldwell’s newest release

10 Jun
We start this week with my dear friend and awesome critique partner Juli Caldwell presenting us her latest release, PSYCHED. I absolutely love the cover.
Here is the deal: When Juli introduced our group to her story I literally was in awe struck by her abilities to be such an incredible narrator, mystery builder, character creator and tension designer. I warned her that if I start sleeping with the lights on because of her book she’ll be in doodoo. Well, once I finished the book, I turned them off, but I now leave the hallway nightlight on and HATE to go potty middle of the night afraid some damn demon lurks out there. I hope she’s proud of herself.
If I’d have to choose one word and one word only to describe this novel I’d say: gripping. But I wouldn’t do it justice because Juli wrote a novel that was much more than that: it was fascinating, thrilling, scary, intriguing, mysterious, detailed. For those of you loving suspense, paranormal, thriller mixed with a hint of romance this novel is definitely for you. For my full review click here.
And now, without further ado, I give you PSYCHED.

 
Cover Art by Morteque

You can find it on Amazon, and look for it soon in paperback!

So far, great reviews for Psyched!

This is one of those books you just can’t put down. What I
love about Psyched in addition to a great, spooky story is strong characters
and narrative voice. Aisi is the most awesome chick, strong-willed, sassy, and
deals with some crazy stuff happening with a spunkiness that I loved…
Psyched is well-written, riveting,
surprising and genre-busting. Teens will love this book, but it definitely has
a more wide-ranging appeal
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and…
Aisi Turay is one awesome girl. She
has power to see the dead…as in their souls…This is a great read, filled
with suspense. I NEVER knew from one chapter to the next what was happening. It
is well written and a very enjoyable…and a bit scary!

Psyched is part ghost story, part suspense, part demon-hunting thriller, part budding romance, the story of a girl named Aisi who’s doing her best to keep it together for her wreck of a family. She is smart, sassy, and sarcastic enough to keep things interesting. When she meets Vance on the single worst day of her life, she finds a guy who just might be the first person ever to get her, to believe in her, and to out-random her with bizarre observations at the worst possible moment. There’s just something about him that she knows she can trust.

Together, Aisi and Vance wander through the memories of others to unlock the secrets of her past while battling a demon who wants to ensure she never finds what she’s looking for. Aisi vanquishes demons all the time, but Malus Indolus is too strong. And he has plans for her…and her family.

Psyched is Juli’s second novel, the first as an indie writer,
and her first experiment with her true love as a reader: paranormal
fiction. Her debut novel Beyond Perfection is also available.

You can find Juli on her webpage, Twitter, Facebook,  and blog.

Kick-Butt Characters Giveaway

22 Mar
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2nd Annual Kick Butt Characters Hop
March 23rd – 28th
This hop features the best Kick-Butt Characters in Young Adult Books


My giveaway is an e-copy of Monica Enderle Pierce’s GIRL UNDER GLASS.  Open Internationally.

For your chance to win become a FaceBook Fan of Author Camelia Miron Skiba and leave your name in a comment for verification.

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2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semi-finalist
Post-apocalyptic science fiction with romantic elements

BLURB:

What do you do when you’re trapped between death and the devil? To protect her young daughter from a madman and a tyrant, Rachel Pryne must trust an enemy—one of the alien warriors who conquered Earth.

It is 2032, the Ohnenrai—Earth’s humanoid alien conquerors—orbit the planet, and Terran reproduction is failing. Rachel, a trained medic, is struggling to protect her seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, from the sexual predation of their penal colony’s leader. Having fathered the girl by rape, he now intends to take her on her eighth birthday, only six weeks away.

Then Rachel finds her unlikely champion—an injured Ohnenrai soldier who appears in her yard one stormy evening. She knows she may be choosing death over the devil in trusting this warrior, but she doesn’t know that her trust, and her DNA, will make her one of the most important and endangered people to ever set foot aboard an Ohnenrai starship.

Equal parts science fiction, suspense, and romance, Girl Under Glass moves from a post-apocalyptic wilderness in the American Pacific Northwest to a high-tech world aboard an alien starship furnished with all the stolen comforts of Earth. Readers meet Rachel Pryne, whose parents’ lifelong and life-ending connection to the Ohnenrai has set her upon a path she never wanted to travel. And they’re introduced to Ehtishem, an Ohnenrai soldier who exists to save his dying people, but who faces enemies from within and without his own military. 

The only possible solution to the Ohnenrai’s extinction lies within Rachel, but all she wants to do is protect her daughter and see Earth’s alien conquerors go straight to hell.

Guest Post and Author In The House–Jon Thomason with Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud

21 Mar

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Today I have author Jon Thomason stopping by with his newest release Max Zylander and the Island of Zumurrud. Aside from the book presentation, a short bio of Jon’s and a guest post regarding self-publishing there is a $50 gift card rafflecopter associated with his book tour. For your chance to win it please click here.

Blurb:
Max has anger management issues. But she has a secret, too. She can make things happen. Like magic. She almost killed a loser skate punk and nearly used it on her stuck up older sister. The question is, can she do anything other than blow things up? Can she learn to control it? And is it really possible that an obscure teenage girl is the key to keeping all of humanity safe?
Philip just got his ring back. He got it taken away for messing with his teacher’s mind so he can cheat on a test. Now that he has his ring, he thinks he should be able to use his power to make his life better. A lot better. The problem is that people want him to be responsible. But if you could do magic, wouldn’t you use it to escape work in any way possible?
Aaron wants to be a soldier. He knows there are lots of people who would try to take over, and he’s determined to stop them. The problem is that there’s this new girl. And she might be not be on the right side of things. She’s really talented and pretty, but she might be able to destroy everything he believes in. Whatever the case, he knows he needs to learn to be world class with the magic sword while he figures out what to do.
Brynn never gets out. Her grandfather won’t permit it. Her only access to the outside world are high fashion magazines, so she has an unusual idea what she should wear. She’s dying to get out and travel. And adopt animals. Any kind of animal. Is she a lonely future granny with cats or are her ridiculous clothes actually the next fashion craze? What possible role could she play in the destiny of the world?
Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud is a fast-paced fantasy adventure for all ages (10 and up)  and is the first of a planned trilogy. Fans of magic, swordplay, secret agents, and conspiracies set in a modern everyday world will not be able to put the book down. Jon Thomason is a debut author and paints a vivid world of magic right under our noses and delivers rapid-fire action that keeps the pages turning.

Author Jon Thomason

Jon Thomason lives with his family in San Diego, after many years living in the beautiful Seattle area. He has a successful career in high tech where he’s been fortunate enough to participate in many big-name industry releases.

Storytelling permeates everything he does. In the moments when Jon is not helping build the story of the tech world, he can almost always be found working on a project: writing, photography, videography, graphics design, or 3D art.

And he’s always careful to conceal his jinni magic abilities, though perhaps might slip one day and be discovered…

And now to the guest post regarding the self-publishing process.

Jon, the stage is your!

Hello Readers, my name is Jon Thomason and I’m the author of Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud.

Once upon a time (not that long ago!), a budding novelist toiled away on a manuscript, and when it was finished, sent query letters in the postal mail to agents and publishers, dreaming of someone not saying no and who wanted to read your manuscript. Once in awhile, often after much perseverance, it worked. An agent took you own or a publisher decided they had to have it. A deal was signed, and after a year or sometimes two or three, the book would show up on store shelves, and hopefully sold.
 
Self-publishing and particularly electronic books turned this process for many people on its head. The writer still toils over the manuscript, but instead of sending off query letters and the manuscript, the writer decides to publish it themselves. Nirvana, right? As you’ve already deduced, not exactly. Sure, there are some advantages: no one will tell you that you can’t publish it, but if you think that the second you push the publish button on Amazon.com that suddenly the world will flock to your book, you might be in for a rude awakening from that pleasant fantasy.
 
Let’s back up a few steps, though. Unlike working with a publisher, when you self-publish, you are responsible for several things: a camera-ready book, cover art, and your own marketing.
 
Producing a camera-ready book is more difficult than you might think. First, editing and proofreading are virtually impossible to do by yourself. Trust me, you really need someone else to criticize your book. It will hurt your feelings and you may even hate your editor (briefly, hopefully), but it will improve your book. And I guarantee that you cannot proofread your own book. You will not find all the typos in your own work. Depending on your available resources, you should consider hiring an editor and a proofreader. Remember: there’s no publisher and editor backstopping you. What you push publish on will go up, spelling errors, bad grammar, and all!
 
Designing covers can be very difficult. Some people have the graphics arts experience to do their own covers. If you do, kudos, and get to work! But even for them, it’s a time consuming piece of artwork. It does matter what your cover looks like. Again, you may need to pay for an artist to do a cover for you. Do your homework and know what aspect ratio (mine is 6″x9″) your cover is. You’re best off if you have a concept to pitch to the artist. But even if you don’t, you can hire someone to help come up with concepts. Remember that people do judge books by their covers, no matter what the aphorism says.
 
Finally, marketing. You’ve come up with the ultimate concept, have edited and proofread and have the perfectly crafted novel. You even have the best cover known to man. You upload your book, Amazon says, “congratulations!” And then you let it go a day or a week, and you’re surprised that there are no sales. Or maybe your Aunt Mabel took pity on you and you have one sale. I believe that a self-published author has to spend even more time promoting than they do writing. There are a dozens of things you can do, but mostly be creative, and try things nearly every day to get the word out there.
 
Selling on Amazon itself is a bit of a catch-22. You won’t sell until you have lots of sales. User reviews are key. Give away books to everyone you know and beg them to write a review. Do a giveaway on Goodreads.com. Approach every blogger who will answer you. Do ads on facebook and promoted posts. Do giveaways, give prizes for hitting milestones like numbers of reviews posted or referrals. Give the book to local book clubs. Talk to librarians. In short, do anything you can think of to get your book out there! Your free giveaway days on Amazon.com are valuable tools to getting your book out there.
 
And don’t forget to keep writing. The only way to make money self-publishing is to have an entire catalog of books. When someone reads one of your books, if they like it, they might read all of yours. With this model, whatever marketing you did to get them to read one book essentially sells all your books at once!
 
Unfortunately, all this marketing costs money. This is the price of entry to self-publishing. Note that it’s self-publishing, meaning that you need to do the same things the publisher would do for you. You need to sell, sell, sell, and write, write, write!
 
Thanks for listening, and I wish you all the best in your writing and reading, and I’d like to introduce my novel, Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud to you.
 
Jon Thomason 

Links

Facebook * Amazon * Goodreads * Twitter

Author In The House- Virginia S. Nelson

14 Mar

I am so thrilled to have as a guest today my wonderful friend and incredible author Virginia Nelson. We met last year at the AZ Dreamin’ Conference and we hit it off immediately. We became fast friends, sharing the same love for writing.

Virginia, before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?

Oh boy, where to start? Let’s see I’m Native American, a Scorpio and a retired teacher who spent close to twelve years teaching in the Middle East. What an experience that was! As you know, I now live in sunny Arizona where I spend most of my time on the computer hammering out my novels.

Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I’m a pretty active hands-on type of woman so when I’m not writing or reading I’m usually creating some type of historical costume – another passion of mine. If I’m not sewing, you’ll find me crocheting, beading or embroidering. Sadly, these days I don’t have enough time to do everything I want to do. 

What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?

Did I mention I live by schedules… I’m up around 5am, pour myself a cup of coffee and hit the computer. After checking messages and Face book I go to work on whatever book I’m working on. I remain on the computer doing thirty minute sprints. On my short fifteen minute breaks, I pour another cup of coffee and check messages again. I’m on the computer till about 2 at which time I take a well deserved break and eat some lunch. Afternoons are usually dedicated to edits and rewrites. Dinner around 6pm with my soul mate then we usually review what I worked on that morning. Bed comes early around this house – usually after an hour or two of television. While my other half gets his first two hours sleep I usually have a book in my hand and read for another couple of hours before drifting off to sleep. Sunday is the only day I actually take off and I tend to spend it with family or at the theater. (I love good movies)

Where do you get your ideas from?

I can honestly say most of my fiction stories come from my dreams. (I’m a very avid and active dreamer).

Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?

I would have to say Eternal Blades – Sekhmet’s Guardians – Book 3 has to be my favorite so far. It’s not just the love story between characters but the sub-plots are so intriguing and complicated. Jennifer, the heroine from book one of the series is kidnapped by her “now” husband’s identical twin brother and is convinced she can help him see the light and change his evil ways.

Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?

Up until a couple of months ago I would have to say my personal relationship with my high school sweetheart. In 1966 Tom and I, both young teenagers ran away to get married. Sadly we didn’t go through with it and as fate would have it we ended up getting married to someone else and loosing touch with one another. Thirty years later we were reunited and are now planning on formally tying the not at the http://www.romancenovelconvention.com .The famous cover model Jimmy Thomas will be performing the ceremony. What better place to get married than a romance convention?

Does any of the stories you’ve written stem from real life experiences or basically just from imagination?

I think all authors use real life experiences in their work. Although my series was dreamed I know that some of my personal experiences as a young Native American woman come through Jennifer’s personification.  Sins of a Man, the story of a Mafia hit man, another novel not related to the series, I am currently working on is based on an individual I met in 1969.

Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?

I wouldn’t call him my “muse” – more like a pain in the rear, but Gabriel, the leader of Sekhmet’s Guardians is my biggest pain. He is the one who refused to let me sleep until I wrote their story.

What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?

I actually wrote non-fiction for twenty years before venturing into to paranormal and urban fantasies. I think after I manage to complete all current projects I would like to try my hand at suspense and a screenplay.

Who are your favorite authors?

That’s a tough one, since I am an avid reader, who loves series; I would have to say I love J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed novels. As a young adult I read everything Wells and similar authors wrote in addition to the classics.

Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?

My series is multi-plotted with several characters. Each has their own uniqueness and special place in my heart so again that is a tough question. Where Gabriel is cold and heartless in the beginning of Eternal Lovers, he is soon transformed into the kind of man every woman would like to fall in love with. Still I think Raphael captured my heart from the very beginning. (He’s Gabriel’s best friend and the hero in book two, Eternal Nights). He’s the kind of hunk who is easy to talk to and has a love for animals similar to my own.  As far as female characters, hands down, I would have to say Alice, who is Jennifer’s best friend. She is crazy and wild, has a reputation as a die-hard shopper who is hooked up with a rock star.

What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?

Balancing everything from writing to editing to promoting – especially time. Years ago, when I first started writing non-fiction the rules were much different than they are now.  A writer’s job was to write. Editors edited and promotion was left up to the experts. Nowadays it doesn’t matter who your publisher is, a writer is expected to do it all.

What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?

Learn as much as you can about the craft you are entering but remember to stay true to yourself. Personally, I have watched a lot of talented authors pay way to much attention to all the rules they have learned and in doing so lost some of their voice and muse. It’s OK to follow the rules, it’s also OK to break a few along the way. I know I did.

If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?

Running my creative costume business.

Tell us about your latest story.

Ancient Legends – New Worlds – Humans weren’t the only ones to migrate to America

SEKHMET’S GUARDIANS – BOOK ONE – ETERNAL LOVERS

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When two hidden worlds collide near modern day Lake Michigan, Jennifer, a young Native American, is confronted with the reality, not everything is as it seems and things do go bump in the night. The questions she has long since asked are answered in this epic tale of self-discovery when she meets Gabriel, the director of Guardians Incorporated.

Born in New Tuat, Netchkhet, now known as Gabriel came to Earth some five thousand years ago to protect the human race.

Disillusioned by an unfulfilled prophecy, he has become cold and distant – even from those of his kind. He secretly waits for his enemy to take his head so he may leave this world for good.

Can a tiny Selkie melt his hardened heart and restore his faith in a power far greater than himself? When history repeats itself, can he save her from death’s embrace or will they be robbed of a future again?

 EXCERPT –

“Raphael, where the hell are you and why isn’t your phone turned on? Did she get the flowers? What did she think of them? Did you tell her I was drunk like we discussed? Am I forgiven? Do you think it would be alright if I see her now?”

God, what was with this guy? “Gabe, slow down, my man. First things, first. This morning Jennifer asked if she could go for a ride again so I figured it would be a good time to talk to her about last night. She didn’t remember much except she was scared. She actually thought maybe she was coming down with some bug and between that and the alcohol, she figured she overreacted. So I didn’t have to come up with the bull shit story that you were drunk… Do you hear what I’m saying? Gabe, it’s all good.”

He could hear Gabriel breathe a sigh of relief into the phone. “Great! I’ve been wondering how that was going down and what excuses you were going to have to come up with for my stupid behavior… thanks buddy… Raphael, where are you, it sounds like you’re in a well?”

 “Actually, I’m at the lake.”

“Again? Why the hell are you back there?”

“Not again–still. We rode out here this morning, like I already told you. Brought a lunch with us, so during lunch, we had our talk. She seemed pretty relaxed and was really tired. Guess she didn’t get enough sleep last night so I gave her a sleep enhancement, if you get my drift. Then, before I knew it, I closed my eyes and zoned. I woke up 10 minutes ago and before I started packing up to head back, I realized my phone was off. Man, I’m sorry, I had no idea.”

Dead silence…

“So you’re headed back now?” Gabe finally asked.

“Actually, no.”

He could hear Gabe grind his teeth.

“Pardon me?”

“I was packing up and she said she wanted to stay and watch the sunset over the lake…  She said she wasn’t in the mood to be around a bunch of people back at the house. Hell, what was I suppose to say? I told her I’d call the house and let her friend know so they wouldn’t send a search party. They all know she is safe with me.”

More silence…

“So is she?”

“Is she what?”

“Safe with you?”

“Oh, fuck me!  No fuck you, Gabriel! Didn’t we go through all this last night?”

Silence…

“Gabriel, I’ll have her back at the compound safe and sound before too long. I’m just indulging her. I’ll report in when I get her back to the house. Goodbye.”

The call ended shortly after Raphael heard Gabriel mumble a few choice cuss words before he threw his phone across the wall. Raphael wasn’t sure if he hung up or Gabriel’s phone ended the call when it shattered. It really didn’t matter, both men were pissed off. Raphael put the cell phone back in his pocket and walked back toward the cove.

Looking around he saw the horses grazing on the grass near by. The horses weren’t tied up but they were well trained and wouldn’t venture far. He looked at the spot were the blanket had been, the grass still laying flat against the ground. That was when he realized Jen wasn’t standing there. Where is she? 

He looked down both directions of the shore line, then his eyes focused on a large boulder near the water’s edge. What the Hell?   There laid her clothes, her boots leaning up against the rock. 

A good fifty yards from the shore, he spotted a little head bobbing in the water. Her arm reached for the sky as she waved to him. He threw his head back letting out a sigh, and prayed she’d worn a bathing suit under her clothes. Something told him she hadn’t. He waved back as she started swimming closer to the shore.

When she got within about 15 feet from him she stopped and motioned for him to come in. “Come on in, the water’s great!”

“Jen, I don’t think that’s a good idea, the fish in the lake are bigger than you are. Come on out. I’ll build a fire so you can warm yourself and not get a chill.”

“Nope, having too much fun… you’ll have to come in to get me.” She giggled, turned, and swam off, showing him a glimpse of her naked backside as she did.

He watched her as she swam farther and farther away from him and the shore. The sun was setting and even with his perfect vision he was having trouble seeing her against glare on the water and the high waves. Suddenly, he saw her go under. He waited and waited some more. She didn’t come up. Searching the water, he still couldn’t see her.

ALL HELLS BELLS!  He stripped out of his clothes. Leaving his boxers on, he plunged in head first. Swimming as fast as he could, he neared the spot he’d seen her last. Diving deep he looked for her. No Jennifer. He resurfaced, and then dove again. On his third trip to the surface, he felt a tap on his right shoulder.

“BOO!”

He turned to face her while treading water. “Shit girl, you gave me one hell of a scare. Are you out of your mind?”

“Nope, not at all… It got you just were I wanted you.” Jennifer giggled again before tapping him on the back. “Tag, you’re it!”  She turned and kicked off, skimming across the water in another direction.

What the Hell?   Her arms didn’t move like most swimmers, but her body wiggled up and down as she soared across the surface of the water. He had to use his super speed to catch her. God, she was as fast in the water as a water moccasin. 

Available worldwide in books stores and on Amazon

Eternal Lovers – Paperback –  http://tinyurl.com/b8ll29b

Eternal Lovers – Large Print – http://tinyurl.com/ae3u6lv

Eternal Lovers – Kindle –          http://tinyurl.com/amvlphl

Also available Cupid and Penelope – A Different Kind of Love Story

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Cupid and Penelope – Paperback – http://tinyurl.com/ayn33ud

Cupid and Penelope –  Kindle –        http://tinyurl.com/bfyue39

Eternal Nights – Sekhmet’s Guardians – Book Two is scheduled for release in May, 2013 followed by Eternal Blades – Sekhmet’s Guardians – Book Three in December, 2013.

Additional links to author’s website: http://www.authorvsnelson.com

 

 

Young Adult Paranormal Giveaway Hop

20 Feb
yaparanormalhop
 
February 21st – 27th
 
Featuring Young Adult Books with Paranormal elements.

MY GIVEAWAY (US ONLY) the first DVD in Twilight series.

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What you have to do to win this? Well, I was up to 2,998 likes on my author account on Facebook, but they did some voodoo to that number and dropped it overnight to 2,308. Not happy about it since the only reason I have a personal account AND an author account on FB is to connect with readers. So, I will kindly ask for your thumbs-up again for Camelia Miron Skiba Author Site on Facebook.

And since Twilight is my pick for this giveaway, how many of you saw all Twilight movies and which one was your favorite/ less favorite?

 My fav was Breaking Down-Part II (except the animated girl). Finally Bella showed some backbone. My least favorite was New Moon. Edward seemed so pathetic with all that pity me poor guy and Bella being so lost without him, and reckless only to force him to come back to her. I almost asked for my money back but then again, I went to the dollar theater to watch this one so the waste or dent in my wallet wasn’t too big.

How about you?