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Thankful For Books Giveaway Hop

7 Nov

What nourishes your soul or imagination? What makes you dream? For me books, movies and music are constant companions. The sun shining in a child’s eyes, the breeze rustling through leaves and the water cascading over rocks. It’s the love I offer and the love I receive.

And for all of that and more I’m grateful. And since today we celebrate books with the Thankful For Books Giveaway Hop organized by Kathy @ I’m A Reader Not A Writer, helped by Tristi @ Tristi Pinkston I decided what better way to show my appreciation than to give my own books some TLC.

On 11/14 I will announce three winners  (US ONLY) as following:

Two bookmarks and one autographed paperback of my debut novel Hidden Heart (click on the cover for blurb and Goodreads rating)

Two bookmarks and one autographed paperback of A World Apart (click on the cover for blurb and Goodreads rating)

 

The short story I Was Here—Before You Came, part of the summer anthology It’s A Love Thing will be gifted as an e-copy. (click on the cover for blurb and Goodreads rating)

Enter the form below for your chance to win. No liking, befriending or following necessary. Just your love for books is enough ❤

THANK YOU ALL FOR STOPPING BY!

Author In The House–Kris Tualla Interview and Giveaway

20 Aug

There are people you meet once and you know they’ll be here to stay. It’s a gut instinct, a voice in the back of your mind telling you, you’re in for a joyride because this new person’s impact and influence will add to your life something meaningful, something special.

One of these people is Kris Tualla. It’s hard to describe what Kris is, but to sum it all it comes down to a wonder woman. What Kris sets her mind to do gets done. And what Kris wants happens.

Aside from being a wonder woman Kris is an author. I met her during my first conference this year called Arizona Dreamin’, an event where readers interact with their favorite writers, one on one. The result? Friendships to last a lifetime.

Kris is here today for an interview. She also brought a paperback copy of her novel titled A Discreet Gentleman of Matrimony. For your chance to win it leave a comment and your email address at the end of this post.

Kris, thank you for stopping by my blog. Tell us what’s a day in the life of author Kris Tualla.

Authoring is my full time job. I spend 90% of my time when I am at home on my computers. My desktop is for non-fiction: email, Facebook, writing blog posts, teaching online classes for authors, designing book covers and other promo items, or planning Arizona Dreamin’~a reader event I created! http://arizonadreamin.wordpress.com/

The rest of my computer time is spent on my laptop where I write all of my fiction. The number of hours I spend on each thing depends on what deadlines are approaching. Funny part is, I can’t switch the computer I do these tasks on because my mind has been trained how to think on each one.

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 can write in the midst of chaos as long as the chaos doesn’t interest me. But things like songs with words (I’ll sing along), the Olympics (no explanation needed), or my husband’s channel surfing (what is that show/movie?) do pull my attention from my manuscript. Then I have to shut the office door and focus.

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?

Never at a loss for words, but sometimes unsure of the next scene. I write in a straight line, and sometimes I have to step back and ask, “What needs to happen next?” I put myself into my characters’ heads and feel what they are feeling at that point in the story. When I know it, I can write it.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

That’s an interesting question because I didn’t actually “sell” the first five! I self-published when my agent couldn’t convince traditional publishers to take a chance on my Norwegian heroes. After I fired her and proved myself, Desert Breeze Publishing asked for one of my heroes: Brander Hansen, my deaf “Discreet Gentleman.” They bought five books in his series so far.

What hobbies do you have?

Um… Uh… Does going out for coffee with friends count? Can I get back to you on that?

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?

Every single one of them. My sense of humor comes out, my logical approach to problems, my personal faith in God. They think like I do for the most part. And if they are thinking wrongly about someone or something, I give them a good, believable reason. Even the “bad” characters reflect some of those same qualities, but with devious motives ~ not pure ones!

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

The single most important thing every author must do (assuming they are actually producing a product, of course) is get feedback from other writing professionals on their work. I’ve seen so many horrific self-publishing examples and it’s clear as glass that those authors never had anyone look at their work. WE CANNOT JUDGE OUR OWN WRITING. Period.

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

The toughest criticism is a comment on Amazon (I know ~ I shouldn’t read them) where a reader gave my book a 1-Star rating because my 1819, logical-like-me, heroine briefly considered raising a child on her own, rather than enter into an uncomfortable marriage. That reader downgraded the entire book based on her five-paragraph inward thought process. REALLY?

The best component was RT Book Reviews 4-Star review of my self-published third novel, the last of my Nicolas & Sydney trilogy. WOOT!!!

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I prefer to read on my Kindle, no contest. But I do make certain that all of my books are available in print as well because there is definitely a time and place where print books make sense.

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

Are you ready? *deep breath*

“A Discreet Gentleman of Matrimony” (dead body behind a door locked from the inside) released on August 11 from Desert Breeze. http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-330/Discreet-Gentleman-Book-Two-cln-/Detail.bok

This is the second book in the series and the action immediately follows the first book, “A Discreet Gentleman of Discovery,” where I introduce Brander Hansen, my DEAF private investigator in 1720s Norway. It’s the he-and-she get together launch of the series.

The third book, “A Discreet Gentleman of Consequence,” (international money scheme) releases in December 2012.

I am currently finishing up Nicolas Hansen’s grandfather’s story: in 1749 his grandfather met his grandmother on the ship from Norway. When the ship docked in Boston his father, Reidar, was a month past conception. That book is called “Leaving Norway.”

The next book is Reidar’s story. As a Revolutionary soldier, his life is saved by a beautiful woman ~ whose life he saves a year later. Princess Kirsten Sven is the granddaughter of King Christian VI of Denmark and Norway, and her parents are none to pleased with her attraction to a soldier, even if he is Norse. This book is titled “Finding Sovereignty.”

I hope to have both of these books out by February 1, 2013.

After that come two more for Desert Breeze in 2013: October’s “A Discreet Gentleman of Intrigue” (a spy story) and December’s “A Discreet Gentleman of Mystery” (dead body in a wall). At that point there will TWELVE books in the Hansen saga.

*whew*

For more info about Kris visits:

http://www.kristualla.com/

https://www.facebook.com/KrisTualla

http://arizonadreamin.wordpress.com/

Kris_Tualla_on_Amazon

 

Author In The House–Interview and Giveaway with Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

10 Jun

I met Lee Ann during my virtual book tour for my second novel and was really excited to find out she’s a fellow author. I take advantage of her stopping by with her latest release, a war romance titled In The Shadow Of War to interview her. Lee Ann has brought a copy of her novel for a lucky winner. All you have to do is leave your email address in the next 7 days in the comments section.

Now to the actual interview.

Lee Ann, I’m so happy to introduce you and your work to my followers. With so many published novels under your belt, how do you react to a bad review?

I try to ignore them – sure, they sting a little but I do my best to just move forward. You can’t dwell on them.  If there’s constructive criticism, I try to learn from it.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

I bought a bottle of good champagne (a weakness of mine) and toasted the accomplishment with my husband.

Where do you get your inspiration for your stories?

I grew up on stories.  I was the child who sat at the feet of the elders and listened.  So many of my ideas come from those years but others come from the world around me.  The idea for my just finished and submitted novel, “Devlin’s Grace” came from seeing a man on a motorcycle.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Which one and why?

I think there’s a little of me in every character but the one most like me is probably Angel in my upcoming release (June 3) Guy’s Angel.

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

Never give up. Try to develop patience (an area I’m still working on myself) and always be willing to improve and learn.

What are your interests outside of writing?

Reading, gardening, family history and travel.

What do you do to promote your books?

I utilize every possible place, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedN, Yahoo groups, blogging (my blogs as well as guest blogs), virtual book tours, interviews, local appearances, and I even print up flyers to post on bulletin boards in my area.

What can you tell us about your latest release In The Shadow of War?

It’s a World War II era romance set in the small town where I now live.  In the 1940’s there was an Army training facility just outside town, Camp Crowder, which also happens to be the “real” Camp Swampy from the “Beetle Bailey” comic strip.  A lot of real life romances came from the soldiers and the local girls.  This is the love story I imagined with a recruit from Brooklyn, New York and a local first year teacher.

Thanks, Lee Ann for stopping by! For more info about Lee Ann please visit:

A Page In The Life: http://leeannsontheimermurphywriterauthor.blogspot.com

Rebel Writer: http://leeannsontheimermurphy.blogspot.com

Facebook: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Twitter: @leeannwriter

My books – out and coming soon:

Wolfe’s Lady, eBook, December 2010, Evernight Publishing

Love Tattoo, eBook, March 2011, Evernight Publishing (Love Covenant Series)

Love Never Fails, eBook and paperback, May 2011, April 2011, Rebel Ink Press

Love Scars, eBook, June 2011, Evernight Publishing (Love Covenant Series)

The Marriage Cure, eBook, July 2011, Astraea Press

Kinfolk, eBook and paperback, July 2011, Champagne Books

Love Knots, eBook, August 2011, Evernight Publishing (Love Covenant series)

Witness Protection Program, eBook, October 2011, Rebel Ink Press

A Time To Love, eBook and paperback, October 2011, Champagne Books

Sing We Now of Christmas eBook, December 2011, Rebel Ink Press

A Patient Heart, eBook, February 3, 2012, Rebel Ink Press

Love Shadows, eBook, February 2012, Evernight Publishing,

In Love’s Own Time, eBook, February 17, 2012 Rebel Ink Press

Miss Good Samaritan, eBook, April 2012, Rebel Ink Press

In The Shadow of War, eBook, May 2012, Rebel Ink Press

Long Live The King, eBook, May 2012, Champagne Books

What Fills The Heart, eBook, May 2012, Astraea Press

Guy’s Angel, eBook, June 2012, Rebel Ink Press

Heart of the Ozarks, eBook, August 2012, Rebel Ink Press

Dust Bowl Dreams, eBook, September 17, Rebel Ink Press

Kosovo Tales: Two Hearts, One Love, October 2012, Rebel Ink Press