Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Meet Paranormal Romance Author, Tish Thawer! **An Interview & Exclusive Excerpt*



Meet our lovely guest author, Tish Thawer

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Missouri, currently live in Arizona, but my heart resides in the mountains of Colorado, where I lived for 15 years.
http://www.tishthawer.com/index.html

Why do you write? To share all the stories that have churned in my head and heart for so long, that I can't possibly keep them contained for another single moment. LOL
What inspired you to write your first book? After a dream, I woke up with the title of the first book in my head and literally, moments later, I knew it was going to be a unique story about a human girl named Rose with secrets, and Christian, the vampire who loved her. Within minutes, I had the other two titles as well.
 What genre do you typically write? Paranormal Romance
Do you feel like you have a specific writing style? I'm not sure, really. I know I'm a pantster, but write in a linear fashion; from point A to Z, straight through from beginning to end. Then I go back and push, pull, cut, twist, dissect, destroy, and then re-create.
How long does it usually take you to write a book? About four to five months if I put my nose to the grindstone. Which usually doesn't happen since I have a husband, five kids (three of my own, plus my niece and nephew that I take care of), and seven animals. O.o So.... with that being said, let's say a solid year-and-a-half.
What do you do to conquer writer’s block? Walk away. Read. Watch movies. Anything but worry myself into a tizzy. I know my muse will spark when it's the right time. I just try not to stress about it.
What can you tell us about your favorite character from your book? Oh man... this is hard. I love all my main characters, but quite a few of the secondary ones have my heart as well. Rose and Christian (The Rose Trilogy) are by far the most romantic and "meant for each other" of the couples, while Aryiah and Damarius (The Ovialell Series) are definitely the hottest!! Raven and Michael (The Women of Purgatory) are just settling into each other at the end of Raven's Breath, and I think they are the most dynamic to me at the moment.
What actor or actress would you like to see play your character in the movie adaptation? Oh gosh, that's a hard one. Off the top of my head, for Raven, I guess I'd say Megan Fox.
Who is your favorite author and what is it about them that inspires you? Gena Showalter! I love that she can cross categories so seamlessly, young adult to adult, and still stay true to her genre. That's what inspires me to write YA, NA, and adult, because each of those is truly a part of who I am as a person and a writer.
 What book are you reading now? None. I simply don't have time, but next on my list is The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness, when I can catch a break.
What are your current projects? Dark Abigail (The Women of Purgatory Book #2) and Queen of The Witches (Ovialell Book #2).
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Um...I don't think so. Only because it ended up twisting in on itself and becoming something I could have never imagined. That to me it pretty damn wicked.
Do you have any advice for other writers? Don't stop. If writing is your passion, keep working hard. Do your research, hire reliable professionals, and tell your story.
 Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you! As generic of an answer as it is... it's truly how I feel. A humble thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking a chance on my books. Your support means the world to me.

http://www.amazon.com/Ravens-Breath-Women-Purgatory-Thawer-ebook/dp/B00JOGMXZ6/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1404661586

Will she be your Grim Reaper or your Saving Grace?
Raven can breathe life into you, or siphon the life from you...the choice is yours. 

They say your life flashes before your eyes when you die. But what you didn't know...your last thoughts determine whether Raven becomes your grim reaper or your saving grace.

Death has a sinister plan, but his favorite female reaper has been given a new power that will combat his secret mission. The only issue...she hasn't discovered it yet.

Will Raven put the pieces together in time, or will Purgatory be destroyed forever?


Exclusive Excerpt From Tish Thawer's 

Raven's Breath

http://www.amazon.com/Ravens-Breath-Women-Purgatory-Thawer-ebook/dp/B00JOGMXZ6/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1404661586
 


"Raven, when was the last time you were sent to Heaven during a retrieval?" His voice was strained and taut.

I pulled from his grasp and took a quick step back, contemplating the odd question. It wasn't unusual for me to visit Heaven, or Hell for that matter; it was part of my job.

"Earlier today, why?"

His jaw clenched, then he and Holli disappeared. Wow. Guess I won't be getting an answer.

I shook my head and took to the sky, finally heading home for the night. As I neared my apartment, I saw Garrett rushing up to the main door of my building. I adjusted my trajectory and touched down gently behind him.

"Hey! Fancy meeting you here."

"Actually, it's not fancy at all.” His intensity shook me. “I need to talk to you."

"What's wrong?"

"Let's get inside." He ushered me into the building and up the stairs to my apartment with the urgency of an undercover spy on a mission.

I flipped the lock. He unceremoniously pushed me inside, slammed the door, spun me around, and pressed my back against it.

"What are you doing?" I demanded.

“I need to check for something." He brushed the hair away from my ears then turned my head from side to side. This is awkward. "Garrett, seriously, what the hell is this about?"

"Not Hell."

"What?"

"Hold still." The edge of panic in his voice had my heart racing. He continued to run his thumb over the smooth skin behind my ears and down each side of my neck. "Oh my God, he was right," Garrett breathed.

I'd had enough. I shoved him off with enough force to push him away from me. "What are you talking about?"

"You've been marked, Raven."

I stared at Garrett like he was an idiot, but it was I who was completely clueless. "Marked? By what? What do you mean?"

"I mean..." He grabbed my arm and pulled me to the mirror hanging next to the front door.

"...Heaven has marked you.”


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Pixie Dust is LIVE!!

Pixie Dust is now LIVE!!!

 

Book Description

July 19, 2014
Pixie Dust
Thirst
And lust
How can they stop the two of us?
Our hearts are one
Our souls combined
How can they stop the love they find?

Poetic tales of fantasy, love, and heartbreak.
 
http://www.amazon.com/Pixie-Dust-Poetic-K-N-Lee-ebook/dp/B00LZ4CYDQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405963897&sr=8-1&keywords=pixie+dust+K.N.+Lee

More Than a Job! SALE


2014-07-15 Author Lynette Endicott wants you to fall in love with her Starting Over Series, so she has decided to put book #1, MORE THAN A JOB, on sale for $0.99 for ONE WEEK ONLY! Get your copy and the rest of the Starting Over Series before July 21st so you can be all caught up for the new release of OUT OF AGONY, book #4 in the Starting Over Series releasing on July 21st. MorethanaJobCoverArtPaige Hamilton is forced to seek a new life when her consuming, 24/7 job ends at the hands of a new company owner. But Paige is a survivor, and begins to build a new life, one that may even have room for romance. A handsome stranger helps her through the transition, and soon she falls fast and hard for Joshua Robinson. Then she discovers he is the cruel owner, and that the company she loved -- the company that cared so much about the adults with disabilities who lived in their homes -- is in a downward spiral that puts the life of one of her friends at risk. Romance, job loss, life coaching, hidden family treasures, and a secret about an uncle she'd never met -- Paige learns that life is More Than A Job.  

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ABOUT Lynette Endicott

Lynette EndicottLynette Endicott grew up in Illinois, met her husband in Western Nebraska, lived 25 years in Kansas where their daughter was born, and has been in Fresno, California since 2000. She has a son-in-law (who lives with her daughter nearby), and has rescued a dog, a bird and three cats. She and Ollie, her terrier mix, volunteer as a team at the local library, where children read to the dog. At a youth camp when she was 14 the editor and teacher of a writing class challenged her to submit something to his youth magazine. She did and it was the first of 10 articles and stories accepted by the publication over the next few years. Nothing like front end success to keep her writing! Lynette enjoys reading contemporary romance and speculative fiction and writes both. Her debut book, Starting Over Book One: More Than A Job, and two more books in that series, The Return of Joy and Finding Her Voice are available now. The first three of the Time After Time Saga with Tami Dee are available now, including Animal Instinct, Survival Instinct and Pioneer Instinct. The fourth in the series of six, Protective Instinct, will release in August 2014. Because she didn't have pets until after her 50th birthday the animals she enjoys find their way into all her books. Usually you will also find a character with a disability as part of the day-to-day fabric of the story. In More Than A Job, Paige works in services to people with disabilities until she loses her job and starts over. In The Return of Joy, Atlas, the yellow lab, becomes a Therapy Dog. In the Time After Time series animal helpers assist the hero and heroine in all six of the books in the series.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

An Interview With Western-Romance Author, Lynda Cox




Where are you from?  
 I was born in Chicago, and grew up in the south suburbs of that city. By the time I was thirteen, I couldn’t wait to get out of Dodge, so to speak.

What inspired you to write The Devil’s Own Desperado? 
I was eye-ball deep in the critical introduction to the creative piece for my masters in English when Colt walked into my head, fully formed. It’s rather hard to argue with him, so I made a deal with him and my Muse. If they would leave me alone to finish that critical introduction, I would tell Colt’s story.

How did you come up with the title? 
 My editor at The Wild Rose Press actually came up with the title. This was a case where the title had to be changed. She pulled the title from a fictional book mentioned in The Devil’s Own Desperado. It was a fictional dime novel that I created just for this novel and was the “true account” of the life and times of Colt Evans, “the devil’s own desperado.”

Who is your favorite character?
  Jenny. She’s the most innocent of all the characters in TheDevil’s Own Desperado, and she’s also the wisest. She was also the most difficult to write, because for 90% of the book, she refuses to speak. She had to communicate in other manners.

Do you write full-time or part-time? How do you balance your writing life with your family/work life?
I’d like to say that I write full time, but I don’t. However, when I get an idea for a book and it all gels, I will write continuously for days on end. Fortunately, I have a very understanding family (it may have something to do with the sign on my door that says unless the house is on fire I’m not to be disturbed) and my other job of professional dog handler allows me time to write in the evenings when I’m at shows.

What books have most influenced your life most? 
 Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth and The Hero with a Thousand Faces immediately come to mind. So do Raiine Eisler’s The Chalice and the Blade and Caitlin Matthews’ King Arthur and The Goddess of the Land. All of these books have had a profound impact on me, my world view, and my writing. 

What book are you reading now?
 
I’m actually reading several. I’m getting re-acquainted with an old friend, if you will, in Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s books of the “life” of her vampire hero, St. Germain; I’m reading Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Born of Silence and because I’m such a history geek, I’m also reading John Bakeless’s Spies of the Confederacy.
 
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
 
I am such a voracious reader that I can’t say there is one author or authors who’ve really grabbed my attention. Honestly, they all do—which is the beauty of Kindle. I can buy an e-book for a few dollars and discover new authors all the time. Some new favorites are Jessica Lemmon (her “Billionaire” series is very good, BTW), and Jessica James’s historical novels are fantastic. 

What are your current projects?
 
I’m reworking a romance I wrote a long time ago. Marshal Harrison Taylor and the love of his life, Rachel, finally have their moment in the sun.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
 
Two of my instructors at Indiana State University have always been very supportive of me and one of them pushed me as hard as he could to get published. Maggie Wheeler was an instructor I had as an undergrad (and I wasn’t the traditional student in that I started working on my degree late in my 30s) and she strongly encouraged me, and Aaron Morales was on my master’s committee. Aaron pushed me to go in directions I had never gone before in his creative writing classes and pushed me very hard toward publication.
 
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 
The title…My second book is being published by The Wild Rose Press (as was The Devil’s Own Desperado) and I had the working title of Smolder on a Slow Burn on the second book.  We never changed the title and I wish I had changed it.

Can you share a little The Devil’s OwnDesperado with us? (Excerpt)
http://www.amazon.com/Devils-Own-Desperado-Lynda-Cox-ebook/dp/B009KA3ORW/ref=sr_sp-atf_image_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403704385&sr=8-1&keywords=the+devils+own+desperado


She cleared the plates from the table. “I’ll start some water heating for your shave, Mr.—”

“Colt. My name is Colt,” he interrupted.

She froze for a moment near the stove. “I would feel very forward to address you by your given name, Mr. Evans.”
His laughter boomed through the room. Amelia whirled. His head was tilted back and the strong cording of his throat stood out in relief. “Amelia, you didn’t have a problem taking care of me while I was unconscious and naked as the day I was born, but you think it would be forward to use my given name. There is something that doesn’t add up there.”
She twisted her apron between her hands, staring at the floor. A moment later, Colt caught her chin in his palm and tilted her head to him. She hadn’t heard him cross the floor. Her breath caught in a mingling of fear and some nameless anticipation.
“My name is Colt. Try it, Amelia. Colt.”
Amelia’s skin burned with the light touch of his fingers and her heart hammered against her breastbone. She wet her parched lips.
“It’s a simple name, really. Four little letters. Colt.”
Her throat was frozen. She was falling into the depths of his gray eyes. The pad of his thumb brushed along her lower lip. The butterflies returned to her stomach and that curious ache renewed. She shook her head, freeing herself of his gentle hold. She staggered a step away and broke the spell.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The most challenging part of writing for me is not getting lost in the research. I am a total history geek and I love research. I’ll spend weeks tracking down the most arcane, obscure fact or tidbit of information and forget to write. It’s an occupational hazard of being three credit hours short of a history major, holding a masters in English (a lot of research there), and being a research assistant for two years at Indiana State.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
 
I honestly don’t have a favorite author. I do have a few that I don’t even bother to read the back cover if their name is on the front, I’ll just buy the book. One of those authors I’ve already mentioned and that’s Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Another, when the series wasn’t complete were J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books (and for the record, I always believed in Snape). I think what draws me to these books is the depth of detail.

Who designed the covers?
 
The incredible Deb Taylor, of Dca Graphics. She has a Facebook page for Dca Graphics and her work is magnificent. She’s wonderful to work with, takes into account (within reason and limitations) what the author wants for a cover, and will tweak it, again within reason.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
 
Letting them go…I got very attached to Colt and Amy and her siblings, Saul and Jenny…And, I had to let them be “real”. I do have visual reference for the characters—meaning I have pictures from the internet of what I envisioned Colt and Amy and Saul and Jenny to look like. Unfortunately, with those visual references came some attempt to make them fit the mold of the subject of those photos. I had to let go of the preconceived personalities. 

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
 
NEVER assume that book is perfect. That’s what an editor is for. The first time I opened the edits for The Devil’s OwnDesperado, I would have sworn an oath that my editor bled all over the page. I saw all that red and thought there had to be some mistake—with all that was wrong with the manuscript, there was no way I could have been offered a contract for that book and any second, I was going to get an e-mail or phone call stating such. I learned I had to trust my editor.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
 READ. READ. READ. WRITE. WRITE. WRITE. And never give up. I started writing when I was sixteen. I was 40-something when my first novel was published.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
 
 I love you guys! I love sharing the people who live in my head with you.

Do you have an agent or publisher? How did you go about finding one?
 
 I don’t have an agent. I gave up trying to find one a long time ago and concentrated on smaller publishing houses that are still RWA (Romance Writers of America) recognized. I polished my manuscript until I thought it was a shining diamond and submitted it to The Wild Rose Press. After researching TWRP, I felt they would be a good fit for me and vice-versa. For several years in a row, they have been recognized by Preditors and Editors as the top small publishing house to work with/for.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be? 
Within sight of the Medicine Bow Range of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming. I have said for almost three decades, that area of Wyoming is my soul’s lodestone. I love that area so much and feel so at home there, all of my historical western romances are set in the area between Laramie and Cheyenne, always in sight of the Medicine Bow.
If you could have any super power, what would it be? Would finding a way to meet Henry Cavill and make him fall in love with me count as a super-power, or does that fall more into the “stalker” category?


Lynda J. Cox will tell anyone who will listen that she was born at least one hundred and fifty years too late, and most definitely in the wrong part of the country. She holds a master’s degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from Indiana State University after earning her BA from the same university as a non-traditional student. (Think being old enough to be mom to 90% of the students in her freshman cadre.) She’s kept busy with two spoiled rotten house cats, a 30 plus year old Arabian gelding who has been nicknamed “Lazarus” for his ability in the later years of his life to escape death, and quite a few champion collies. When she isn’t writing, she can be found on the road, travelling to the next dog show. She loves to chat about books, the writing life, and the insanity which is called a “dog show” and can be reached through her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LyndaJCox.



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