Guest Author Interview – Jan Romes

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Title: I’d Rather Be Growing Grapes

Genre: Romance/Contemporary

Synopsis: Sabrina Kerrigan is a sassy, independent woman who’s fiancé ditched her a week before they were to be married. Since then, she gives all her attention to a backyard filled with flowers and a spindly grape arbor. Her meddling twin, Lilith, thinks Sabrina’s had enough time to grieve the relationship that wasn’t meant to be. Lil registers her to be one of twenty-one

bachelorettes who will vie for one guy’s heart in an event called Pick Me. Sabrina is furious at Lil for immersing her in what is sure to be three weeks of nonstop chaos. The only reason she agreed to take part is because the entry fee goes to charity. The minute Sabrina arrives at the hotel a case of mistaken identity sets the chaos in motion. Millionaire winery owner, Beau Reinholt has had the worst luck with women. He seems to pick those interested in his money not him. His best friend, Marco Santaguida, the director for Pick Me, cons Beau into being this year’s bachelor. Beau agrees on one condition – the women aren’t to know his true identity until he either falls in love or finds extreme-like with one of the candidates. Everything goes smoothly until he meets Sabrina Kerrigan. She ticks him off right away. She also turns him on. The more Beau tries to focus on the twenty other women the more he’s drawn to the one who says she doesn’t want any part of him. Can two wounded people tune out the noise going on around them to listen to their hearts?

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Jan Romes, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Jan Romes. She is a hopeless romantic and writes witty contemporary romance. Welcome to my blog, Jan.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

JR: My books will ease the tension of your day by producing a few belly laughs and hopefully a few moments of ahhh.

CH: This book has plenty of chaos and conflict. How did you come up with the premise for the book?

JR: I’m a huge daydreamer, Cheryl, and that includes hours of laying awake at night imagining romance taking place. After watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette for several seasons I put together a story in my mind where a bachelor and a particular candidate do not hit it off, but he can’t send her away right off the bat. He was mandated to keep her on for a while. (I won’t say more than that because I don’t want to give too much of the plot away) I tossed this idea around in my head for a long time before I actually wrote the story.

CH: When you start a new story, do you have a title for it? Or does the story trigger the title?

JR: There are times I have the title before the actual story. Then, there are times I start with a tentative title, but by the time the manuscript is finished, I have something completely different; which is usually the result of something I didn’t see coming in the story until it happened.

CH: Many authors have written about the Bachelor Contest concept. Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

JR: Great question, Cheryl. For I’d Rather Be Growing Grapes the setting drove a lot of the particular situations I put my characters in. I staged the bachelor contest in Findlay, Ohio which is about an hour from my home. We visit Findlay a lot so I’m familiar with some of the cool places to go. I put my characters (including the other candidates in the contest) in these places and conflict arose without much prompting from me. (That may sound silly to some people, but there are times you have to let the characters take over)

CH: What are some of the emotional intricacies that are part of having been hurt in love and dealing with the possibility of a new love?

JR: Trust issues came to mind as soon as I read the question – ‘once bitten, twice shy’ fits perfectly here. Heroes and heroines who’ve been hurt by someone they gave their hearts to fear having it broken all over again, so they err on the side of safety by keeping people an arm’s length away. They also look for signs of being ditched or hurt, because they missed them with the former loves of their lives.

CH: Several of your books have a wine theme. Is there a special reason for the theme?

JR: I chose the wine theme because I prefer wine over most other adult beverages. And I think sharing a bottle of your favorite wine with friends or the one you favor is something very special. With friends, you sip and laugh. With your favored one, you sip and kiss.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

JR: In this particular book, the hero millionaire Beau Reinholt was the most difficult. He has money, great looks, and he can get just about any woman he wants. He agreed to take part in the contest because Marco Santaguida (the contest director and his best friend) coaxed him to do it for charity. There’s a clause in his contract that says he doesn’t have to pick any of the women, if none of them stir his heart. The biggest difficulty came when he’s being fawned over by all those women. I had to keep him grounded. Sometimes he came off as a jerk. When Beau remembers his humble beginnings is where I hope most readers are able to relate to him.

CH: Which character was your favorite?

JR: The heroine—Sabrina Kerrigan—was my favorite to write. She’s a nice person who’s been pushed around a lot. She’s an introvert who loves reading, growing flowers and veggies, and grape arbors. The grape arbor is a common interest for her and Beau since he owns wineries.

CH: Since Sabrina is a twin and there is some sibling conflict in this book, how did you come up with the premise for it?

JR: I grew up in a large family, so there was conflict on a daily basis, none of it was insurmountable. We fixed the issues because we loved each other (and because our mom wouldn’t stand for her kids being mad). That’s what I gave Sabrina and Lilith. Lilith caused trouble but at the heart of the things she did, was love for her sister.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

JR: I think my style is different in that I inject humor (sometimes it’s sarcastic humor, but humor nonetheless) in just about every scene. It can be a tense, heartbreaking situation but I can only let the drama go on for so long then I have to lighten it with something mildly funny. Let’s see…exciting…I hope my readers find excitement in the quest for the hero and heroine to resolve their conflicts so they can get their happily-ever-after. Since there’s always some underlying mystery in my stories, maybe it’s the answer to that they’ll find exciting.

CH: You’ve written several books. What contributes to your success as a writer?

JR: It’s a combination of many things:  emotional support from family and friends, uninterrupted time to write, determination, stubbornness, knowing that life happens in the midst of writing a book but getting back on track when things settle down, and taking the process seriously but also knowing there will be up times and down times (weathering the storms of sales and publishing, etc).

CH: You seem to have quite a following for your books. So, what kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book?

JR: I’ve gotten some great reviews and some not so flattering reviews online, but it’s the private messages I get via email and on Facebook and Twitter that touch my heart. Many readers think Sabrina is a peach. They loved her personality and kind heart. They also loved her vulnerability. They thought it made her real. Some readers didn’t like Beau from the get-go but the farther they got in the story they changed their opinion of him.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

JR: There are a few messages but the main one is that you have to let go of the past to enjoy the present. In other words, don’t let the pain of your past mistakes dictate your future.

CH: What has been the most exciting thing to happen on your publishing journey?

JR: The most exciting thing is something very simple. It had to do with my book, No Sweat Pants Allowed – Wine Club (which is humorous women’s fiction). The four characters are in their forties and find themselves suddenly single due to divorces, a broken engagement, and a death. They find each other at a cash-for-gold event and become good friends. Anyway, I had a reader send me a heartfelt email about how she was starting over due to a divorce and was dealing with a broken heart. She read my book and saw herself in one of the characters. My book touched her and she thanked me for it. Getting that kind of feedback was incredible. It made me cry (and I’m getting misty-eyed now at remembering it) but it also told me that I was doing something right. It was tender validation and it encouraged me to turn that book into a series.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

JR: I’d be happy to, Cheryl. They can find me and my books at:  www.authorjanromes.com

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

JR: I’d Rather Be Growing Grapes is currently exclusive to Amazon in the KDP program.

CH: How to find Jan Romes:

CH: Any closing remarks?

JR: I’d like to thank you for these amazing questions, Cheryl. They made me dig deep and reminded me how much I love what I’m doing. Writing stories and breathing life into characters is hard work, but it’s also brings me joy. It’s part of God’s plan for me. We all have stories to tell and I would encourage anyone who thinks they want to write their story to go for it. Don’t wait until you have the time, start it now. Even if you only get to write a paragraph or two a day, do it. You’ll amaze yourself, and who knows, your words may resonate with others. Learn from other writers, but always be true to your style and the stories you want to tell.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing your time and blog with me, Cheryl. God bless you.

CH: Thank you so much, Jan Romes, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience to enjoy. 

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Guest Author Interview – Wayne Jordan

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Title: Uncover Me

Genre: Contemporary Romance/African American Fiction

Synopsis: When Trey Martin meets Shannon Robinson, it’s instant attraction and she is totally on board with being seduced.  There is, however, one complication.  Trey is about to become Shannon’s boss and she doesn’t know it.  Trey is torn between telling Shannon the truth or making sure that she’s the right person

to take care of his sons. And when Shannon does uncover the truth, will it be too late for happily-ever-after.

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Wayne Jordan, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is Wayne Jordan. He’s a teacher who has always dreamed of being a published author. In 2003 he won the Heart & Soul Aspiring Authors’ Contest and the rest is history. Wayne is also an International Author who resides on the island of Barbados. Welcome to my blog Wayne.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

WJ: Shannon is the perfect nanny for Trey’s sons, but Shannon doesn’t know Trey is her boss.  Of course, complications arise!

CH: How did you come up with the premise for this book?

WJ: I was actually invited to take part in a box set with 11 other authors. Each story had to fit into the theme Undercover Boss.  Either the hero or heroine had to be the other’s boss, but only one person knew the other’s status as boss.

CH: What are some of the emotional intricacies that are part of dating and falling in love with someone who works for you?

WJ: Both the hero and heroine definitely had to deal with the emotion that came with falling in love.  Of course, the biggest was the conflict of interest.  Shannon wanted to focus on the job; and Trey didn’t want to feel as if he was taking advantage of his employee.  Of course, the initial issue of not telling her, his identity caused problems, at first.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

WJ: I actually took part of the story from a real life situation.  The hero’s twin sons are inspired by the twins of a former student of mine. She’s always posting their ‘misadventures’ on her FB page.  I find them hilarious—typical, mischievous boys.

CH: Not many men write romance novels. What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

WJ: I write strong, but vulnerable, male heroes.  I get into the psyche of the male hero and understand him, because of my personal insight. I’ve read stories by female authors, when I know immediately that a man would never act a specific way or say something that he’s given to say.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

WJ: I didn’t find any of them difficult which was really interesting, since usually one or the other is.  The story flowed so well, it was a really magical feeling.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

WJ: I actually enjoyed writing about the boys.  Coming up with their scenes, especially, their dialogue, was exciting.

CH: Who, in your opinion, is a great male romance author and why?

WJ: Keith Thomas Walker is the best there is.  He writes wonderful, realistic romance novels and he’s a relatively new author. I find his work fascinating.

CH: You’ve won various awards and it’s been 10 years since you won the EMMA Award for Favorite New Author. How did this award chance or enhance your writing opportunities?

WJ: A lot of authors discovered who I am and my readership definitely increased. I think, it also made me realize that every story I wrote had to be my best.

CH: You are the author of 10+ Harlequin romance novels. Do you ever run into a writing slump?

WJ: I did.  My last book, a novella, was out in July 2016. It was my first indie book and the first book I’d written since my previous book in December 2013.  I really thought my tenth book was the beginning of my ‘grown up’ phase and then, I just couldn’t write.  My muse had literally left me. I couldn’t write because I was dealing with so much stuff in my personal life.  I had the last book in my contract for Harlequin, which was due out in 2014. I really have to thank my editor, Shannon Criss, for her patience.  In early 2016, I wrote the synopsis, submitted it and started working on the book, Promise Me Forever, and just couldn’t get it done.  When the opportunity to write the novella arose, I almost turned it down, but decided to do it.  The book flowed and as soon as it was done, I turned to Promise Me Forever and that flowed, too.  I finished it in a few months and submitted.  I was back!

CH: What has been the most exciting thing to happen on your publishing journey?

WJ: Winning the Emma Award.  I was thrilled.  It was confirmation that I was not only accepted by readers, but my colleagues.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

WJ: That love is real and awesome.  I see so many relationships on television and in real life, which are nothing like what I envision true love to be. I hope, I write the kind of stories that make readers know that true love is possible.

CH: You seem to have quite a following for your books. So, what kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book? 

WJ: Most of the feedback I get is very positive.  Readers seem to love and enjoy my writing.  I think that most are surprised that my books are actually very good romance novels.

CH: Will you continue to write in the romance genre?

WJ: Definitely, I will, but I do want to write romantic suspense and mystery. That’s my dream and my five-year plan.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

WJ: All of the online books stores—Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and  ibooks.

CH: How to find Wayne Jordan:

CH: Any closing remarks?

WJ: I love to thank my readers for their support. To aspiring authors, “Never Give Up.” Cheryl, Thanks so much for your kindness and support.

CH: Thank you so much, Wayne Jordan, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience to enjoy. 

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Guest Author Interview – Christopher Spinney

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Title: Heroin Addiction: The Addiction Guide for the Amateur

Synopsis: Heroin addiction is EVERYWHERE today. Not many people can honestly say that they have not been affected in some way by today’s HEROIN EPIDEMIC. The ins and outs of a Heroin addiction are a complicated mess. As a former addict, now an addict in active recovery, I share a certain personal insight into the realm of a Heroin addiction. I expose truths and realizations to the average layman of the how, why, and what to do with a Heroin addiction. I explain in depth what an addict faces, physically, emotionally and mentally while during active addiction. I also lay out the consequences both short and long term, as well as side effects which can be lifelong for both the addict and addicts loved ones.

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Title: Heroin Addict to Life (Heroin Recovery is Possible Book 1)

Synopsis: Heroin addiction is on the rise. Lives are being destroyed and relationships ended. This book is meant to be a guide if you or someone that you love is struggling with heroin addiction and looking to make a change

 

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Title: Buprenorphine and The Truth About Suboxone: My Personal Observations (Heroin Recovery is Possible Book 2)

Synopsis: This book takes the reader from the beginning steps of prescription pill addiction, through heavy heroin drug addiction and into recovery.

I am a brand new author here with one of three eBooks available. This particular Book is about a drug called “Suboxone,” which is used for HEROIN addicts to ween off the drug without experiencing the severe side effects of Detox. Detox or withdrawal from HEROIN can be, and usually is, very painful and uncomfortable.

Genre: Addiction & Recovery/Drug Dependency

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is Christopher J. Spinney, Sr. He is a former addict whose aim is to encourage and help addicts
with strength, hope, direction, and proof that recovery is possible! Welcome to my blog, Christopher.

CH: Can you sum up your books?

CS: Yes, I would love to. All of my books are written on the subject of Heroin and/or opioid addiction. I started with three books aimed at how to achieve recovery. The first three are very short and meant to be a suggested guide for someone seeking recovery. The last book in my series is more of an informative guide. Heroin Addiction: A Guide For The Amateur, is more like an addiction guide for dummies. I set out what an addict goes through during active addiction, recovery, and possible, everlasting, side effects. I also set out suggestions for someone seeking recovery. The latest book has lots of information for anybody, especially someone who may know nothing about addiction; yet, wants to know more.

CH: How did you come up with the premise for writing this deeply personal book about your heroin/drug use? And the follow-up series?

CS: The premise for my book series, “Heroin Addiction,” came to me very easily. I felt at the time of writing that addiction was everywhere. I have lost many friends and family members to drug abuse. Attending funerals for loved ones my age and sometimes even younger than I, made me bitter. It also made me feel lucky—almost indebted to God for saving me. Writing what I have learned to help others is my way of giving back. It is my way of helping with this epidemic.

The last book was written when I realized how many people are actually oblivious as to what an addict and an addicts loved ones go through. I hope to share an insight for those who have been lucky enough to avoid addiction in their lives. Once addiction enters someone’s life, it is changed forever.

CH: Was it painful to revisit some of the situations that changed your life? Could it be painful to revisit some past mistakes?

CS: Absolutely. Did I have a problem with some of that? Not really. Yes, it is uncomfortable to remember myself in that way, but fortunately I made peace with who I am now. I wouldn’t be the person that I am today without the path that I once walked, behind me. I also made peace with the important people in my life, those I feel that I may have crossed or wronged.

CH: Can you tell us a little about your background?

CS: I’d love to. I was born the second child to white Irish Catholic parents in Boston, MA in 1984. At that time, my parents just scraped by financially. My mom was in college, so my dad made the income. We moved to NH in the early 90’s after my mom finished school. I grew up in the same home my parents share today in Bartlett, NH. I am the oldest son with an older sister and a younger sister and brother. I enjoyed soccer, skiing, and hockey until early high school years. My parents are middle class, so there was very little I didn’t have as a child. Experimenting with drugs and alcohol started at about age 14.

CH: Was it difficult reliving some of the events that destroyed your life?

CS: I wouldn’t say it was difficult. A big part of the recovery process is diving into your psyche and trying to make sense of how and why you became addicted. I had to face those situations head on in therapy—during very early recovery. I made peace with a lot of that stuff a while ago. It happened. I’m still here though and trekking on. I am not going to let something that happened years ago discourage me or stop me, now.

CH: How is your recovery story unique from other recovery stories?

CS: What is unique about my story is that I am here. Unfortunately, these days a lot of people who become as addicted as much I was, do not make it back. The drugs are so powerful these days, especially when mixed with Fentanyl, that many addicts end up overdosing and dying. Also, I am not afraid to admit my past, my shortcomings, or my mistakes. A lot of recovering addicts have a problem revisiting, reliving, or simply talking about their addiction. To some, it triggers cravings, especially, those in early recovery. I feel that I must share what I have gone through to possibly help others, who are struggling right now.

CH: Is writing books part of your healing process?

CS: Absolutely YES!! Writing about my addiction and recovery helps me remember where I was, so I never end up back there again.

CH: Do you remember the first time you used drugs? How old were you?

CS: I do. I was six years old, the first time I had a sip beer. I grabbed it off the table when my uncle wasn’t looking. I wanted to be one of the guys. The first time I did drugs was marijuana at age 12. I smoked with some older kids from school. My first opioid was a Vicoden that I stole from a neighboring kid at age 14.

CH: At what age and situation was your drug use obviously increasing?

CS: Freshmen year of high school was DEFINATLY the time my drug use increased. I was sent to a boarding school, so I was away from home. I hated it. I also didn’t get along with a lot of the other students. My drug use skyrocketed.

CH: Was your family concerned? And were you concerned?

CS: Yes. My family was very concerned. They could see a big change in my behavior, as well as, my moods and who I had become. At that time, the only concern I had was how I could get more drugs.

CH: Can you quickly tell us the progression of your drug use that took over your life?

CS: Sure. At first, I used just fit in. Around 16 years old though, I realized that I enjoyed being “Elevated.” This was the beginning of the end for me. From then on, the progression of my drug use increased steadily, until it peaked out in my 20’s. I just used pills all through my teens, including suboxone to try and quit opioids. It wasn’t until I hit my 20’s that heroin became a main focus of mine. After using intravenously, my addiction took over my life, until I quit for good.

CH: How many years did you use drugs with an excessive problem?’

CS: Roughly, ten—through all of my 20’s I heavily battled addiction.

CH: Did your employers notice or mention anything?

CS: I would have to say no. Regrettably, I was very adept at hiding my addiction from anyone who I wanted to.

CH: Did your family and peers offer support?

CS: Yes, my family did; my peers, not so much. My family tried over and over to get me into a rehab facility.

CH: Did you experience any setbacks? How long has it been since you used heroin or any other drug?

CS: I absolutely experienced setbacks. Through the decade of my heavy drug use, I tried out-patient therapy twice with no success. It wasn’t until I was incarcerated for almost 90 days that I was able to find a program when I got out that worked once and for all. I have been clean from all drugs, since January of 2014. I used suboxone for six months having the last use of heroin date back to August 2013.

CH: Chris, if you could give one piece of advice to the drug user who is still suffering, what would be that advice?

CS: DO NOT GIVE UP. Keep trying. Addiction takes many, many failures before success is reached. They say a person has to attempt to quit smoking cigarettes three different times before they quit for good. I feel the same applies for addiction. Keep trying until you reach success.

CH: Who is your target audience?

CS: My target audience is men or women in either their 20’s or 30’s; and 40’s or 50’s.

CH: What type of feedback are you receiving from readers of the books?

CS: Mostly positive. People are happy that someone has put this out there. Also, I have opened some people’s eyes to the empathy, which an addict needs.

CH: How to find Christopher Spinney?

CH: Any closing remarks?

CS: Addiction is a lifelong battle. No one is ever “Cured” from an addiction. We need to also curb the stigma. Addicts are no longer a certain type of people. Anybody can become an addict. Cheryl, thanks for the interview!

CH: Thank you so much, Christopher Spinney, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience to enjoy. 

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Celebrity Guest Author Interview – Latrivia Welch

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Title: Gabriel’s Regret Book 2: The Medlov Men 3 Series

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Organized Crime

Synopsis: There is nothing redeeming in what we do. We are simply bad men.” Dmitry Medlov
Russian Billionaire bad-boy, Gabriel Medlov, is in serious mortal danger. Captured by a Neo-Nazis separatist group while trying to save his black girlfriend and business partner, Valeriya Nenya, during an ambush, he is relegated to being the prisoner of a man, who not only hates Gabriel’s family, but also hates everything that the handsome six-foot eight crime boss stands for. However, even though he is a captor, Gabriel refuses to be broken, either mentally or physically, by anyone so beneath him. Reaching down inside of himself, he discovers that his past experiences with his family were not crutches, but actual lessons designed to prepare him for this very moment in his life. Will what he has learned keep him alive?

The Medlov Crime Family is not taking the kidnapping of one of their council members lightly. While they are no strangers to abduction, they realize it will take drastic measures to get him back in one piece. The head of the organization, Dmitry Medlov, pulls his men together and wreaks havoc on an army completely unready for his unrelenting retribution. The message is clear. He wants his nephew back. But even with his vast resources, can he get him back alive?

While protected by the Medlov Family from the outside world, Valeriya Nenya has to wage her own war inside the family, not only to get Dmitry to take her back with him when they extract the man she loves from the clutches of the Neo-Nazis, but also to fight the battle going on between herself and the pregnant ex-girlfriend of Gabriel, whose secrets will cost someone their life before the tale has ended. But who will die?

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Latrivia Welch, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Celebrity Latrivia Welch, the USA Today bestselling author of Interracial Romance novels. Welcome to my blog, Latrivia.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

LW: Gabriel’s Regret: Book Two is a book of transcendence for one man on a journey to find love and acceptance.

CH: This book involves so much—good, evil, war, rich, poor, family, black, white, US, Ukraine, and love. How did you come up with the premise for writing this book?

LW: With each book in the Medlov series, I try to take the readers into another facet of the men’s lives.  Gabriel was a man of decadence and privilege, so to me, it would have been boring to write a story where we continued that narrative.  Two things brought me to the story of Gabriel in Donetsk.  (1) I have been following Eastern Bloc relations for a while.  (2) I wanted to write something that wasn’t all about the glitz and glamour of weapons trafficking or about billionaire lifestyles.

Considering that the Medlov Crime Family is vertically integrated, I wanted to show how they have to get into the “muck” sometimes in order to be as completive globally as they are.  Many times organized crime syndicates thrive during war and thrive in war were there are undefined roles. Ukraine was the perfect setting.

It also made sense to shed light on a country that has continued to have “problems” with race relations.  I spoke with a few women from Ukraine and all of them had horrible experiences with the Neo-Nazis there; and all of them loved their country despite clear, abhorrent rejection.

Valeriya was representative of women who are told that they can’t be patriots in their countries because they are black.  This happens around the world.  This happens often.  I wanted to focus on her strength, and the internal conflict that Ukraine actually faces as they go to war internally and with Russia.

What amazed me was how many women of color didn’t believe that we exist in the Easter bloc.  I hope this story at least shines some light on that issue and what interracial children face in orphanages there. It’s a real problem and there are so many families looking for children to make a part of their families.  We need to get the world out and get those babies out of there.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

LW: In my stories, there is a little truth and a lot of fiction.  However, I base everything on facts.  I study a lot of reports by law enforcement agencies from all over the world, and I interview a lot of people from various backgrounds.

Creating believable situations is a little easier for me, because we’re all people.  Love is a bridge and if love is involved, no story is truly unbelievable.  People do just about anything to protect those that they love.

I was told when I first started to write Russian Mafia Romance back in 2010 that it was an implausible situation and that I’d never be able to grow a fan base.  We fast forward nearly seven years and it’s a sub-genre.   Some of my counterparts, quietly, still laugh about that.  I was proud to be the first African-American woman to write about Russian mafia and position them as sexy, anti-heroes in love with women of color.  Again, I was told this is implausible.  I recently wrote a book called Highness about an African-American woman falling for the Prince of England (again…I was told it was implausible a couple of years ago, and its current event news now).

I’m always looking for love. I’m always looking for sparks between two characters, and I want to take those sparks and turn them into flaming hot love.  I shrug as I write this, because that’s my intention when I sit down in front of a computer.  I’m a romance writer, first and always. I love and crave a good HEA (happily ever after) when possible. It doesn’t always happen that way, but for the most part, that’s what makes me happy.

CH: Since this book involves so many issues, did you have to do a lot of special research to write it?

LW: Tons of research.  Tons of documents.  Tons of books.  Tons of phone calls and Skype Calls.  Tons of nights with no sleep.  But I love that kind of research.  My Ph.D. studies are in criminology with a focus on organized crime and sexual deviancy.  So, this is right at home for me. I don’t mind the research; I revel in it. I want the reader to walk away feeling, as though I told a complete and awesome story.  I don’t always hit pay dirt with that, but I always aim for it.  I like to make my readers happy. I like to entertain them and explore their wildest fantasies and take them away from real life for just a moment.

CH: How long does it take you to write one of your books?

LW: Sometimes it takes 30 days, sometimes it takes 30 months. I never know.  I had to learn never to give deadlines, because if I’m not feeling the story and if I feel as though I’m going to let the reader down, I’ll start all over again. So, you’ll never see me give a drop date UNLESS the book is already written and the editors have it.  I enjoy ever part of writing, even rewrites.  This is why a lot of times, I have to just make myself stop writing.

CH: Where do you get inspiration for your characters?

LW: Male characters – Men in my life or have been in my life; Female characters – Women I know, women I admire, women I want to kill.smiley-face

CH: Which character was hardest to write? Which character was your favorite to write?

LW: The hardest character to write is always the new “guy.”  New guys have to earn loyalty from readers.  You have to make people like them, love them, or hate them.  When you are starting from scratch, it’s really hard because you are developing a foundation for future books.  The hardest new guy for me to write was probably, Gabriel.  I like Alphas, so it was hard to write a beta and try to make him redeemable.  I was so freaking happy to write his alpha transformation. Words don’t describe it.

My favorite character to write will always by my first love, Dmitry Medlov.  I always write about him from a place of both pain and love.  I always will.

CH: Since you have so many characters in this book, do you have anything to share about the main or supporting characters? (Here it is readers—the 411!)

LW: Here it is:

  •    Anatoly and Renee – Expect their own book
  •    Royal and Dmitry – Expect their own book
  •    Gabriel and Valeriya – Expect a small novella
  •    Nadei – Expect a small novella
  •    Boris and Marat – Expect a small novella
  •    Vasily and Lilly – Expect to see more of them in upcoming books
  •    All the bad guys die in the end…so, there’s that.

CH: Where did you get the idea for the series?

LW: I couldn’t find stories that were like The Godfather Epic that were centered around African-American women, who were precious and smart and beautiful.  So, I made a series that we could enjoy with our eyes and our minds.  The Medlov Crime Family Series was dropped in January of 2010.

CH: Which book in the series was hardest to write?

LW: Saving Anya was the hardest book to write, because I didn’t want to kill Davyd.  I loved his character, and I felt like Dmitry needed him in his life, but in organized crime there is loss (loss of life, love and happiness).  So, I had to write this story to the best of my ability, even if it meant killing off one of my favorite guys.  TRUE STORY: I cried during his murder scene.

CH: As far as accolades or achievements, what would you say has been your greatest achievement?

LW: The continual progression of women is one my truest endeavors.  We must be allowed to take our proper place in this world. We must have equal pay.  We must have equal respect.  We must be equally allowed opportunities to excel.    Being selected by some of the strongest, most powerful and most vocal women of Memphis to be the President of the Memphis Women’s Political Caucus is always going to be really high up there on my list.

My other greatest achievement was on my daughter’s ninth birthday, she said she wanted to meet Hillary Clinton and have her say happy birthday, and I was actually able to pull that off that day (Thank God).  She met her by 5:00 p.m. and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her a big hug and wished her happy birthday.  My daughter looked at me like I owned the entire world.  I have dined with many heads of state over the years or worked for them including: President Clinton, President Obama, President Mandela, Former President Lech Walesa of Poland, and President Mary Robinson of Ireland and on so.  But I never felt more important than November 20, 2015 when my daughter said that I had made her dreams come true.  Still gives me chills.

CH: You seem to have quite a following for your books. So, what kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book?

LW: My readers are loving Gabriel’s Regret and the entire Medlov Men Series.  We’re having fun.  We have many discussion both online and via email.  We enjoy sharing crazy memes, music and pictures on the Facebook Red Door Retreat, and we are ramping up for a Anatoly’s Retribution.

CH: Your book has a lot of ups and downs and potholes and high rises, so do you prefer writing a book with a lot of twists and turns?

LW: Not always.  Some books are easy and they flow without many peaks or valleys.  Others are very tumultuous.  It all depends on the character.  With any Medlov, I can tell you it’s going to be crazy town.  With Lonely Heart books, it could be very calm.  Sometimes, readers want sweet and sensual, and sometimes, after a long day, these ladies want Apocalyptic.

CH: You are a USA Today Best Selling Author. What has been the most exciting thing to happen on your publishing journey?

LW: I’ve been approached by some big, BIG hitters.  These producers and directors are giants in their industry, and they liked my work. I’m just glad to finally have Tracy Christian, my agent, helping me navigate the waters. I appreciate her expertise when dealing with Hollywood.

The other most exciting thing to me was making the USA Today list.    I remember when Yvette Hines called me.  I cried.  And then my editor, Karen Moss, called and I cried some more.  My then fiancé, now my hubby, was so concerned with the tears.  He was like, “who do I need to kill?”  I looked up at him with blood shot eyes and a snotty nose and sniffled.  “I made the USA TODAY bestsellers list.”  He and I both broke out in the loudest scream ever.  I thank Yvette Hines for her vision and her determination to get the boxset out there.  I thank the other authors in that boxset for their contributions to our body of work.  We were the first Multicultural boxset to EVER receive that honor. And I’m still very honored.

CH: You changed your name from Nelson to Welch. Has this caused a problem with readers and followers?

LW: We’ve been on a branding campaign for nearly two years now, so most people know that my name has changed. Many people wanted to know why.  And that’s a very reasonable question.  I just had to step out on Faith.  I entered into a marriage with a wonderful man and I asked God to bless that union—my work as an author was a part of that.  So, I know God. When He blesses you, He blesses all of you.  So, I’m happy to say, there have been no hiccups. We’ve seen a dramatic uptick in followers and readers.  So, it’s been great.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

LW: Your followers and fans can hang out with me in the Red Door Retreat on Facebook to talk more about my books or visit my website (below).

CH: How to find Latrivia Welch:

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

LW: Everywhere eBooks are sold—Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and PayHip.  Paperbacks are sold anywhere that there is a book store.  Simply walk-up or call to the front desk of your favorite bookstore and tell them the name of the book and they can order it and have it available in 48 hours.

CH: Any closing remarks?

LW: Writing for you all is an honor. I enjoy it, and I enjoy entertaining you.  If you’ve never read one of my books, please consider giving me a chance.  I’d love to become your next biggest fan and your next favorite author.  Thanks for reading my interview and God Bless. Thanks so much, Cheryl.

CH: Thank you so much, Latrivia Welch, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience to enjoy. 

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Guest Author Interview – Piper Huguley and Holly Bush

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Title: Christmas in America: Historical Romance Anthology

Genre: Romance/Collection and Anthology

Synopsis: From the American Revolution to Southern Virginia, to the Oklahoma Territory to Gilded Age New York City, the celebration of Christmas is a magical time for love. This new anthology is filled with America’s rich history and Christmas traditions from four of your favorite historical romance authors.

The Cowboy’s Christmas by Piper Huguley

Smithson, Oklahoma Territory, 1893 – Postponing her missionary trip to Africa, apprentice teacher Serena Newcomb must travel west to face the unrequited love of her past — rebel cowboy Baxter Smithson. Banished from his Georgia home for the crime of falling in love with the wrong woman, Baxter is surprised that his Christmas gift is a grown-up Serena, ready to confront him for ignoring his duty and to show him that the true meaning of Christmas is love.

Into the Evermore by Holly Bush

Virginia, 1842 – Eleanor McManus, upright daughter of a minister, is rescued from kidnappers somewhere in the deep forest wilderness by a rough and tumble fur trader, Beauregard Gentry. With his help, Eleanor makes her way back to her intended groom who declares her soiled, and she finds herself alone, pressured to make life decisions without benefit of family or others she can trust. Beauregard and Eleanor agree to begin a life together, build their legacy together, and their growing devotion to each other is witnessed one cold, crisp Christmas morning.

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Piper Huguley, Author

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CH: Christmas is Coming! Today’s Guest Authors are Piper Huguley, an International Author and Holly Bush, a U.S. author, who are authors in a Christmas Anthology. Piper’s books are inspirational historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters. Holly’s books are set during the turbulent and transformative years of the late 1800s. Welcome to my blog, Piper and Holly.

CH: Piper, can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

PH: Everyone loves cowboys and my story deals with an African American cowboy in Oklahoma.

CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

PH: My ideas come from history. This story emerged from a reader historical tour I went on in Oklahoma in May 2016.  I never knew that Oklahoma had the most “all-black” towns, a phenomenon that occurred around the turn of the twentieth century. It was a place where stories had to be told.

CH: This is a historical romance anthology. Do you always write historical books?

PH: So far, yes. That may change soon. There are so many aspects of history that our schoolbooks have neglected, so right now, I’m having a good time building stories around those circumstances.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

PH: I don’t know if my writing style has brought readers on board, but I think it’s more the history, they are looking to find out about.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

PH: It’s not hard for me. I think it’s so much fun to be able to take situations from real life and elaborate on them.  I wonder why people don’t do it more often!

CH: Is there a message in your book that you want the readers to grasp? 

PH: We are all God’s children on this earth and all African American history is not depressing and sad.

CH: What kind of feedback are you receiving from readers?

PH: People like to find out these untold historical stories.  They’ve been pleased, from what I have heard.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

PH: I just had a release on November 1, 2016 of a romance set across the backdrop of 1881 Atlanta and the Washerwoman’s strike, called ‘The Washerwomen’s War’. It’s a novella in a collection of novellas called Daughters of A Nation. It’s all about Black suffragettes.  On December 6, 2016, I’m releasing, A Champion’s Heart, which is book #1 in my new series, Born to Win Men.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

PH: All of my books are available on Amazon. Others are available at Barnes and Noble, Kobo, ibooks store and Google play.

CH: How to find Piper Huguley:

CH: Any closing remarks?

PH: History is not boring if you look at the people, instead of the events! Cheryl, thank you for this interview opportunity on your blog.

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Holly Bush, Author

CH: Holly, can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

HB: Christmas love is the best kind of love!

CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

HB: Stories, generally, come to me in the form of a character. I had a very clear visual of Eleanor as she was being held by her kidnapper, and of Beauregard, too, as he rescued her. Once I can visualize a character, I begin asking questions—Was there no one to help this young woman? Why did this man risk everything to rescue her? The story usually unfolds from there.

CH: This is a historical romance anthology. Do you always write historical books?

HB: I do. I have written some women’s fiction, but mostly I write historical romance set in the US.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real-life and elaborate?

HB: Research into the time-period, verifiable habits of people, the clothes, the food, and the pressures of life in the mid-1800s, help me make my characters believable and relatable—I think. I hope! I am not afraid to call historical societies or use other resources to try and make my readers feel that they are there, back in time.

CH: Is there a message in your book that you want the readers to grasp?

HB: Christmas is for forgiveness—for yourself and others.

CH: What kind of feedback are you receiving from readers?

HB: Very good, I’m happy to say.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

HB: Into the Evermore, which is my contribution to Christmas in America Anthology, is the prequel to a series of books about a Virginia family named Gentry, Post-Civil War. It is the story of the parents, Eleanor and Beauregard Gentry. The first full book, set to release in 2017, is the story of their youngest son, Matthew.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

HB: All of my books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ITunes, and KOBO in print and digital format.  Some of my books, including my most popular series, The Crawford Family, are available as audio books, as well.

CH: How to find Holly Bush:

  • Holly’s Website: http:\\piperhuguley.com
  • Holly’s Author Page: http://amzn.to/2fJNz7c
  • Holly’s Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2fANHei
  • Holly’s Facebook Page: facebook.com/hollybushbooks

CH: Any closing remarks?

HB: Have a wonderful holiday and thank you, Cheryl, for having me!

CH: Thank you so much, Piper Huguley and Holly Bush, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your Anthology book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience to enjoy for Christmas. 

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This article will help you to get your book out there and grab everyone’s attention.

If you thought writing and producing your book was difficult…actually, that was the easy part; however, once you’ve laid the groundwork for your author platform, it becomes easier with each book.

These days an author cannot just be an author. He or she has to be a product or a brand. Publishers are also more interested in someone who has more than just books to offer. Readers are greedy for information about the author, what inspires them, what new books are coming up, etc. Your marketing will incorporate your author platform. The author platform consists of: your book(s); your website; your author profile/bio; an e-zine or newsletter; a blog; a video interview (vlog); a podcast radio interview; a video preview on sites like YouTube; speaking engagements; articles you’ve written; and articles about you.

Your marketing steps will include a mixture of traditional and online marketing, but the basic idea is this: Tell everyone you know about your book, and ask them to spread the word!

  • Open Your Marketing Folder: Inserting plastic sleeves will protect your material. As you browse the web, save and print out anything to assist you. Divide your folder into sections, such as: General, Contacts, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Newsletters, Press and Press Releases, Book Competitions, Book Review Services, Book Signings and Speaking Engagements, Online Marketing, Invoices (for tax purposes), and Publisher Communication (emails/contracts/info, etc.). Start your research now and familiarize yourself with marketing possibilities. If you prefer working on the computer, just create folders and save all you need to know in these various sections
  • Press Kits and Releases: Once your book is ready for launching, your publisher should offer you a marketing program that includes creating press kits and releases, and sending these and review copies of your book to relevant media persons. I would advise purchasing a marketing program, preferably with your publisher, because most of the large self-publishing companies are knowledgeable regarding publicity, and the better their writers fare, the better they look. They can also usually get a (paid for) review with a top review journal, such as Foreword Literary Review or Kirkus Review. There are many book-marketing companies out there to choose from, but ask for exact details of what they offer. You can also send out your own online press releases. Your press kit can include swag, such as: bookmarks, postcards, business cards, bumper stickers, fridge magnets, and if you can afford it, T-shirts, caps, embossed pens, in fact anything you can blazon with a logo or picture to reinforce your message. Don’t blow your budget on too much stuff. Start with the basics, such as bookmarks and postcards, which will be included in a good marketing program from your publisher. You can get more creative later when you start earning money.
  • Give Away Books: You will get your own promo copies, and you can purchase more at a reduced rate, so make the most of them. Some marketing experts advise aspiring authors to send out not ten, not twenty, not one hundred, but at least five hundred (500) books. Sounds like a lot? It’s not. If you’re keen on finding a traditional publisher, then create your press kit and take the plunge. Send to all the publishing companies that specialize in your genre, not forgetting the smaller ones. Big houses already have enough people knocking at the door. You may have to get a foot in the traditional door by starting small. Then decide who will review the book among your local press and magazines and send to those people. Depending on your reader target market, contact libraries, schools, local bookstores, book clubs, and reading groups and offer them a book. They will also be happy to review it. If it’s a non-fiction title, find an expert in the field to review the book. Most people are flattered and honored to be asked for their opinion. All book reviews should be included on your web site. Be generous with copies. People almost never throw away books. Somehow, somewhere, the right people will find you.
  • Media Magic: If you have enrolled in a marketing program, while your publicist gets on with sending press releases out to large corporations, you can still help by tackling your local press, television, and radio stations. Many radio stations have a ‘book talk’ slot. Small regional or neighborhood presses are always looking for news, so make your story newsworthy by adapting it to local interests, issues or events, or local groups/clubs. Hook up with your old high school or college and ask them to do a piece in their newsletter. Speak at functions, or events organized by charities, churches, women’s or business networking and similar groups. Ask everyone you know to come up with a marketing idea.
  • Write Articles: Don’t say you have nothing to write about. You’re reading my article right now. If you think about your experiences, joys, lows, highs, rejections, and knowledge as a writer, that makes an article in itself. You can add these to your personal website, as well as your book website. Also, load them onto Google and sites that accept articles, such as Wikipedia, Digg, and other press sites.
  • Website Wonder: A good website is a wonderful tool. From this launching pad, you can include all the other elements, such as listing where you are on social websites, what inspired you to write your book(s), info on your book, perhaps a first chapter, a picture of the cover, radio or video interviews, a book video, a contact email, or even your blog. Once you’re in cyberspace you’ll find that people will find you, and when they find you, they find your book. From here, you can launch your blog or fan club, set up your Twitter account and other options, and link your social network sites back to this. You can also launch your website on many social sites, simultaneously. You can put your profile, book cover, and details on author sites to showcase your work. These create coverage and alert the industry of your presence.
  • Create An Online Press Room: Your website is your biggest asset in your author platform. You can put up information on your book and purchasing details, as well as your press release, your bio and a good pic, your reviews, and anything written about you and your book. When you reply to people, include your website in your signature, so interested parties can track you back to your site, thus creating a good stream of traffic. Been interviewed on the radio or a local television station? Ask for a copy and put these up on your site, as well. The more electronic information people have available for easy access, the better.
  • Get Googled: Google is a fantastic tool. You can load your articles, get a Google Alert to notify you every time something comes up about you and your book, link other sites back to your own to increase your ratings and give you credibility, set up a Blogger alert, join Google’s Library page, keep track of your site’s performance with Google Analytics, and much more. Make sure your book is listed in Google Books and create a Google Plus profile to share posts and news.
  • Amazing Amazon: This is the largest book site around and you need to be on it. A good self-publishing company will put you up anyway, but make sure you have the Read Inside option, so that readers can browse a few pages before buying. Amazon will also review your book, if you approach them; you can also put up other reviews on your book. A good tip is to buy and review books similar to your own, review them, post the review and then link back to your own site. Don’t mess about here—it must be a genuine review. Don’t forget to create your Amazon profile and add as much detail as possible (link your blog and put up images and videos). Amazon now offers so many options for self-published authors. Once you have set up your Amazon profile and claimed your books, browse the Author Central section and see what other services are available.
  • Online Book Tours: You can ‘chat’ to eager readers by going on a Virtual Book Tour. Virtual book tours are a promotional tool for authors to connect with readers via book blogs. Tours usually include a minimum number of tour stops over the course of one month on a variety of blogs. Authors on virtual tour can be featured on the company’s blog for an entire month. Some companies offer to feature on each tour stop a photo of the book, a review, links to the author’s website and blog, and will include your purchase information. Authors who interact with tour hosts and make themselves available for guest posting, interviews, Q & A sessions with blog commenters, and who respond to comments will have the greatest success from their tour. Many book tours have hosts with blogs that have a large number of daily hits, or a very specialized audience that relates well to the book on tour.
  • Subscribe: Many book publishing and author marketing companies offer free newsletters, which are an incredible source of information, as well as offering links to more sites. Check out their archived newsletters, as well as subscribe. From these you’ll learn everything you need about publishing, getting your books into bookstores, approaching book dealers, getting book reviews, upcoming book competitions, blogging, online marketing, keywords for internet listing…the list is endless. If I could recommend one, I’d choose Penny Sansivieri’s Author Marketing Experts. They have an extensive archive and loads of excellent information to share.
  • Podcasts and Online Interviews: Again, newsletters will provide you with links to radio interviews and teleseminars for ideas and information, or the opportunity to be interviewed. If you are not able to listen in at the specified time, most companies will kindly send you the link for later listening. You can make your own, as well for marketing purposes. Go to: www.bookmkr.audioacrobat.com.
  • Book Competitions: Why should you enter? It’s not so much about winning, as being seen. Competitions broaden your author profile because people in the industry will read your book. Even if you don’t win, you may get a Best Runner-Up mention, and that’s the kind of detail you will put in your press release. You don’t have to be in print yet to enter some competitions. Here is a list of top contests. You can also search for smaller, regional book contests which hold just as much weight. I found that winning or being nominated for awards made a huge difference to how people perceived me and my books. That’s also how I got my publishing contracts in Asia, so awards and mentions do count.
  • Say Thank You: It is important to thank people for their time and assistance, if they’ve done a review, or printed an article or some news about you and your book. Take the time to handwrite and post a letter or card, if you can. Otherwise, a polite email will be welcome. You’ll make a friend and cement the contact for your next book.

Do Not Stop Marketing: Even when your book is out there and you’ve sent off your press releases, don’t stop spreading the word! Do something every day (either online or physical) to continue your marketing thrust. Remember—marketing doesn’t sell books …marketing gives you exposure and exposure sells books.Although there is a wealth of information and options out there, don’t try to do everything. Choose the few options that work for you and stick with them. Spreading yourself too thin will only cause frustration and a lot of wasted time. Be choosy and only pick what you feel comfortable with.     Copyright copyright2016 Fiona Ingram
Fiona’s Website: www.chroniclesofthestone.com

CH: Thank you so much, Fiona Ingram, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to be a Guest Blogger on my blog.  It has been a real pleasure discussing self-marketing information with my audience.  

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Buy Cheryl Holloway Books on Black Friday

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You know on Black Friday…

I wouldn’t condone the mindless consumerism—it’s a crime: My readers are brainy, honest people.

I wouldn’t condone the frenzied deal-hunting hordes—My readers can sit at home alone and order my books in their pajama’s.

I wouldn’t condone the manufactured scarcity—My readers can buy my books from Amazon and download them immediately.

BUT if you are going to buy something anyway on Black Friday, you might as well get the best contemporary romance books by Cheryl Holloway, right?

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Enjoy one of Cheryl Holloway’s eBooks.

 

 

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Guest Author Interview – Gail Crowder

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Title: Keep Your Legs Open: A Wives’ Guide to Sexual Satisfaction 

Genre: Marriage & Adult Relationships/Women’s Issue

Synopsis: Simple Solutions to Bring Passion, Creativity and Better Sex into Your Marriage “When I first said “Keep Your Legs Open” as final advice to wives on a show about love and relationships, I didn’t think the response would be so big. Husbands were cheering me on, while wives had mixed emotions—from a little excitement to disappointment, even anger. I knew then that wives needed guidance on the importance of sexual satisfaction, not just for the health of their marriage, but for their overall fullness of life. That’s why I wrote this guide!”

Gail Crowder, marriage expert and founder of Bringing Sexy Back to the Marriage, has empowered hundreds of women through training, live and virtual events, and coaching to become a One Sexy Wife. Important topics that are often considered taboo or private are outlined in simple steps that are immediately useable to create the sex life that all wives deserve to have.

Here, in Keep Your Legs Open, you will: • Rate Your Sex Drive, so that you can know where you are and how to rev it up. • Learn what happens to the body during orgasm and how YOU can achieve them, even multiple ones. • Ways to get in touch with your body to better share your desires with your husband. • Discover when to introduce sex toys, position pillows and other fun tools to enhance sexual pleasure. • Identify problems or issues that are preventing sexual satisfaction, like painful intercourse, and how to resolve those matters.

Keep Your Legs Open is a simple guide to take wives to another level in pleasure and satisfaction without the feelings of judgment and shame.

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is Gail Crowder.  Gail is the author of several books. Welcome to my blog, Gail.

CH: Your title is unique, so can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

 

 

GC: It is a wise guide for wives to really explore their sexuality; it really puts you in contact with things we really don’t think about, or we’ve thought about, but don’t know where to get answers. We cover everything in the book from how to achieve orgasms, erogenous zones, sexual positions and the benefits of trying them. It also talks about the different types of orgasms you can have. It talks about how to use a position pillow, if you have weak stomach muscles. It talks about how to rate your sex drive and how to rev it up, if it’s low; and how to minimize it, if it’s out of control. It talks about so many different things that I didn’t have, when I first got married; and it’s done in a very simplistic way of talking; and I come from the stand point of just really not having the knowledge, when I first got married.

CH: What inspired you to write this educational and informative book for wives?

GC: Because, again I did not have this type of information available to me at all. I didn’t know where to get this information, so I suffered a lot in my marriage when it came to really being able to describe what I wanted sexually from my husband.

CH: You have said that sexual satisfaction is not just for the health of a marriage, but for the overall fullness of life. What are some of the emotional intricacies that are part of having sexual satisfaction for both partners?

GC: Well, for both partners, we can eliminate a lot of arguments in a marriage. It is very healthy for women to have a healthy sexual life, because when you have orgasms, you release endorphins, which make you happy and  bring you out of depression. It has been medically documented that having a healthy sex life, can prolong your life and cause you to have so many health benefits for a woman. A lot of us don’t realize that over 70% of women have never achieved or experienced an orgasm; and I believe the medical profession thinks it’s because we don’t really know what we want, when it comes to sex and sexuality.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your straight-forward writing style?

GC: I bring a lot of graphics and simplicity, and I offer a book that is a lot of fun to read. There are definitely “Ah-Ha moments” in the book.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

GC: Yes. The message is that it’s okay to explore, and it’s okay not to know, but this book will help them gain the knowledge they need to explore, and also have fun while doing it.

CH: Other than sex, what are some of the other areas a wife should focus on to keep her marriage healthy?

GC: I believe the wife needs to focus on herself, her view, her self-worth, and her image that she has in the mirror, because so many of us tear ourselves down. So, I believe you should have a healthy body image, I believe you should have goals, visions and dreams outside of your marriage, because when you are doing what God is calling you to do and you’re happy with yourself that carries over into your marriage.

CH: What kind of research did you have to do with couples, and how long did you spend researching before beginning this book?

 GC: It took me two years to really get the information together and I surveyed probably about 175 wives and couples.  Mostly wives, because again in order to write from the stand point of helping a woman, I had to know outside of my needs. I had to know what they were struggling with and a lot of them were struggling with how to communicate what their needs are, without making their husbands feel inadequate. Most women wanted to know about exploring the side effects of bringing a sex toy into the bedroom and more spontaneous events that could happen. So, I would say 150-175 people were surveyed and most were wives, but some were husbands.

CH: Sex is usually a hard topic to discuss. How do you make sex interesting and engaging while still being informative? 

 GC: I think, it is a hard subject to discuss and we, as people, are not taught to talk about it in an open forum. With me being a life coach and hosting live events, I tried to make it as comfortable, as possible. I believe coming straight forward and letting the woman know it’s okay to talk about these things and that they’re not going to be judged when they do talk about their short comings when it comes to sex, has made me be very successful in public forums and different outlets that God has provided me to talk about sex and intimacy.

C:You seem to have quite a following for your books. So, what kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book?

 GC: The number of readers and the feedback has been phenomenal. A lot of woman said, “I’ve read this book cover to cover and it’s an easy read. I was immediately able to implement a lot of the suggestions within my martial bed.” They’re pacing themselves to explore some of the ideas. So, the feedback has been absolutely phenomenal.

CH: How did you establish yourself as an authority in this field?

 GC: I don’t think I’ve established myself as an authority in this field. I went to school for marriage counseling and coaching. I’ve educated myself, I’ve spoken to GYNs and plenty of urologist. I just surrounded myself with the knowledge and paid for knowledge, as well. I would say people are making me an authority on this subject, but I’m just a catalyst to get the information out and to let people know it’s not a dirty thing to talk about sex.

CH: Are there any specific fears that wives have about sex in the marriage?

 GC: Well, I would say that a lot of the fears that I have spoken to women about is the religious background or conservative background that they’ve come from, and that they had the fear of asking themselves: “If I introduce a sex toy in the bedroom, is that biblically correct? Is that biblically sound?  Is that going to cause problems in my marriage?”

I always tell them, “Everything begins with a conversation. You never introduce anything—I don’t care what it is, into your bedroom without having a conversation outside of the bedroom or outside of the bed with your husband. So, communication has been the biggest challenge for most women. It’s given them a space to explore, or talk about it, and given them the words to be able to talk to their spouse.

CH: Do most wives have fears about foreplay?

GC: Not a lot of them. A lot of them are experiencing not enough foreplay. So, it’s making their sex life not as fulfilling as they’d like it to be.

CH: Given everything we discussed today, what are the top three strategies you suggest wives to focus on?

GC: I believe they should focus on a healthy body image. I believe they should know what they want and know what sexually pleases them before they try to explain it to their husbands, because a lot of times we think we know, when in reality, we don’t know. The only thing they know is what they read and what they’ve experienced with another sexual partner, I think we need to have a healthy body image because a lot of times that could hinder you from pleasure; and then the second thing is knowing what you want, and the third thing is being able to communicate it effectively to your spouse.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

GC: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and major online book stores.  You can also find them at on my website.

CH: How to find Gail Crowder:

CH: Any closing remarks?

Sex can be oh, so good. God created it and we should be satisfied sexually, because it’s a good thing and a healthy thing. Thanks, Cheryl, for having me on your blog, today.

CH: Thank you so much, Gail Crowder, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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I give thanks for you for your loyalty to the blog.

I give a special thanks for our military men and women.

I give thanks for all of my fellow writers and fantastic readers.

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I give thanks for all of the subscribers.

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Guest Author Interview – Fiona Ingram

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Title: The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

Genre: Children

Synopsis: In this exciting Middle Grade adventure set in Egypt, a 5000-year-old mystery comes to life. A scruffy peddler gives Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. Only when the evil Dr. Faisal Khalid shows a particular interest in the cousins and their scarab, do the boys realize they are in terrible danger. Dr. Khalid wants the relic at all costs. Justin and Adam embark upon the adventure of a lifetime, taking them down the Nile and across the harsh desert in their search for the legendary tomb of the Scarab King, an ancient Egyptian ruler. They are plunged into a whirlpool of hazardous and mysterious events when Dr. Khalid kidnaps them. They learn more about the ancient Seven Stones of Power and the mysterious Shemsu-Hor. They must translate the hieroglyphic clues on the underside of the scarab, as well as rescue the missing archaeologist James Kinnaird, and their friend, the Egyptologist Ebrahim Faza, before time runs out!

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CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

FI: A thrilling adventure for two young cousins, whose family trip to Egypt turns into a dangerous quest to uncover an ancient secret.

CH: What inspired you to write this educational children’s book?

FI: Interestingly enough, I went to Egypt with my mom and my two young nephews (aged 10 and 12 at the time). We had the most incredible and fascinating time, and when we got back home, I thought I’d write a short story for the boys, with them as the heroes, as a different kind of memento. The short story turned into a multi award-wining book; the book turned into a 7-adventure book series!

CH: How did you find an illustrator?

FI: I found someone to design my book website and happened to mention I was looking for someone to do some maps and inside illustrations. He said, “My sister can draw.” He then pointed to the most amazing poster of Clint Eastwood as the outlaw Josey Wales. It was hanging on the wall in his office. I said, “Can you give me her number?” The rest is history.

CH: Does being an adult give you a different perspective on writing children’s literature? If so, how?

FI: As an adult writer, one is able to do the research required and structure a children’s story well. However, I think it is very important to remember how one felt at the age group one is writing for. I remember the magical Middle Grade years very, very well. That sense of adventure, jumping into anything exciting because who knew where it would end up. I hope I have conveyed that in my adventures when Adam and Justin hurtle headlong into an exciting quest.

CH: What do you find is the hardest part of writing for children?

FI: I don’t have any hard parts in writing for children. I just love the action and adventure so much, the sense of uncovering amazing mysteries and solving puzzles. I think, I am fortunate in just really enjoying myself writing in this genre.

CH: Adults and children like this book. Do you write books for different age levels of children or just the young at heart?

FI: I have stuck with Middle Grade because that is where my heart is and I think, it’s the same for so many adult readers, the ones who are young at heart and still have memories of wanting to save the world.

CH: This book has a little bit of everything—history, geography, action, adventure—for the older child. What inspired you to begin writing for children?

FI: As a child, I had three younger brothers and in those days all the technological gadgetry kids now have to entertain them was just a twinkle in some inventors’ eyes. We had to entertain ourselves. I started writing stories for my brothers and their friends, and then we’d act out the tales (always dangerous and involving near death, close shaves and usually a few monsters) for my very long suffering and patient parents—they were a very supportive and enthusiastic audience.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

FI: My beloved mother, my greatest fan and the mainstay of my career, has a character based on her. Mom has passed away now, but her spirit lives on in Gran, the young heroes’ grandmother, who manages to enlist the aid of the Egyptian army to save her daughter and her grandsons from the clutches of the evil Dr. Khalid. Gran has some memorable and hilarious lines and kind of gets away with things, because she is so quirky and charming.

CH: Can you tell us a little about some of the other characters in the book?

FI: The young cousins, Adam and Justin, are based almost entirely on my nephews and some of the lines of dialogue come straight from them. Their enthusiasm and excitement at being in Egypt rubbed off on me and really inspired me. Several other characters are based on people we met on our trip: Laila, our tour guide; Rita and her mum, Elsie; the brigadier and his bossy wife …the list goes on. Dr. Khalid is quite an uber-baddy, but one whose character changes over the book series. In fact, he surprises me and I’m the writer!

CH: This book was written a few years ago, but has stood the test of time. What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of the book?

FI: This book never seems to date itself. People are fascinated with Egypt, for a start, and it’s on just about every school syllabus, as a great ancient civilization to be studied, so I hope it never becomes dated. I get lots of feedback from kids, who write me the most hilarious letters, and pick up on some interesting angles. Adults just love being taken back to when they could have maybe saved the world…

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

FI: I think, I am able to reach kids through my young characters and their adventures and the exciting discoveries they make, and I reach adults because there is always a bit of sly humor that parents will appreciate, or as a scene plays out and parents can have a good laugh, as well. Somehow, I am also able to incorporate facts seamlessly, so kids learn while enjoying the adventure.

CH: What inspired you to begin writing?

FI: From the telling of the stories to my brothers and their pals, to writing these into plays for my parents to watch, I think that’s when the writing bug bit me. I went to university and travelled overseas a lot, but only later, did I start to write for fun, and the trip to Egypt was definitely the jump start for my writing career.

CH: Which writer do you admire most and why?

FI: There’s quite a long list, but I could say that the late Terry Pratchett is my favourite writer. His Discworld books are quirky, full of dry wit and fun; and he reaches all levels of readers. He takes risks, he says a lot of what we all think deep down inside about life, he has a wonderful way of expressing philosophical ideas quite simply, and I often reread his books to have a good laugh.

CH: What’s next for you as an author? Can we expect another children’s book?

FI: Absolutely! Book 2: The Search for the Stone of Excalibur is available already. Young heroes Adam and Justin are joined on their quest for King Arthur’s sword, Excalibur, by a young African girl and she shakes things up a lot. They are a bit annoyed that she has such good ideas. Book 3: The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper is nearly ready for publication and in it the quest takes the trio to the jungles of Mexico, where they encounter an uncontacted tribe. Very exciting!

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

FI: Please visit www.chroniclesofthestone.com for loads of information about the books, plus a free read of the first chapter in each book, so far. There is also a lovely free Young Readers’ Companion Guide to download for kids to learn more about the history, geography, and mythology surrounding each book.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

FI: Amazon and all book sites. You can find them under my author name or the book titles.

CH: How to find Fiona Ingram:

CH: Any closing remarks?

FI: I will shortly be releasing a great free eBook for parents, teachers and librarians on getting kids to love reading, so keep an eye out for it. Thanks, Cheryl, for this opportunity.

CH: Thank you so much, Fiona Ingram, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Title: An English Rose: A Mother’s Love, A Love Inspired

Genre: Contemporary ChickLit/Hen Lit

Synopsis: A compelling and humorous insight of past years and present dilemma’s as Rose reflects on her usefulness in later life. Just as she acknowledges and accepts her sell-by-date is approaching, life suddenly becomes interesting again, in more ways than one.

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is Allyson R. Abbott, one of our International authors. She writes stories about mature relationships with mature people. Welcome to my blog, Allyson.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

ARA: Rose, a quintessential retired English woman, rediscovers her family role and that there’s life left in the old girl, yet.

CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

ARA: I am a punster, when it comes to writing, and I develop the stories and the characters as I write. An English Rose was written for an anthology to celebrate mothers, so who better to base my story on but my own mother. So, while the story is complete fiction, a lot of the traits and quirks of Rose come from my observations of my mum (spelled the British way).

Sometimes, if I know I am writing a short story, I try to write a brief outline for each chapter to keep the story short, as I am prone to waffling.

CH: When you start a new story, do you have a title for it? Or does the story trigger the title?

ARA: The title usually comes to me when I am writing the story. An English Rose was an easy pick as my mums name is Rose.

CH: How did you come up with the premise for writing this book?

ARA: After deciding that my short story for the anthology was going to be about my mother, I just had to sit and think about her life. She is a great inspiration for me, her energy and love of life. She is also very quirky and stuck in her ways, especially as she was brought up during the war, with a ‘waste-not-want-not’ and ‘make do’ attitude.

CH: The main character is an 85-year old woman. Did you model this character after a real person?

ARA: My Mum loves to cook and her whole day is built on what she is going to have for her next meal. Plus she really does love a ‘tipple’ of brandy or whisky in her tea or coffee, and Baileys is a regular in her morning coffee and in the evenings there will always be a little glass of something sitting next to her chair.   As in the story, she also is losing her eye sight and hearing, which makes her the fun person she is. Laughing about it and accepts her fate in life.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

ARA: I try to bring reality. I look for everyday situations that hopefully readers can relate to and I tell the story, as if I am talking to a friend. Most of my tales are written in the first person, which helps the reader to see life from a personal point-of-view and creates a connection with the main character.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

ARA: When I write I put myself into that person’s situation and think, what would I say? How would I cope? What would I do next? And then depending on the situation or if it is something that has actually happened, then I decide whether I will elaborate or not. In An English Rose, I was aware that it was a depressing situation, so I added a little humour to lift the tale.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

ARA: In An English Rose, I really like Bill. He suddenly appeared. I had no idea what would happen when Rose stepped off the step. Bill arrived and he was so jolly and cheerful, that I enjoyed developing his character and he helped Rose to lift her spirits.

CH: Who was the hardest character to write?

ARA: Rose has two daughters and Debbie is the out-spoken, snarky one. I didn’t like the way she spoke to her mother, but I needed a contrast between the daughters, so, Debbie drew the short straw. I generally like to keep my characters nice.  Although, I did enjoy being very bitchy about one of Ed’s ex-girlfriends in Touching Ed, I could feel my claws sharpening, as I wrote.

CH: What makes a great book with humor?

ARA: I love natural humor—funny things every day. I am not sure about everyone else, but I am sure I laugh at something each day. My mum loves to laugh, and laughs at stuff that I do not find at all funny, so I know humour and laughter is an individual trait. I do not like forced humour, jokes or situations that are written with the aim of trying to be funny. So, for me, ‘humor’ (spelled the American way) are things that happen that I can relate to, or see how it can happen. In An English Rose a lot of the humor was developed from situations I have observed from my mum. She laughs at herself all the time and very often tells of situations that she gets herself into.

CH: What different skills does it take to write a book with some humor?

ARA: I have no idea. I try to be funny and add humor, but I am not writing a funny book and I have not had a lot of feedback on the humor in my books, so I would hate to comment. I am writing a Christmas book for release in November and that is written with the aim of making readers laugh. So, fingers crossed on that one. There is nothing I like more than to laugh out loud, when I am reading a book, or at least chuckle.

CH: Is there a message in your book that you want the readers to grasp?

ARA: Yes. Love your mother and make her feel important, until the day she dies. The book was written to help celebrate the strength of mothers. My mum at 86-years old, is still a great inspiration to me, she is full of life and laughter and never gives up.

We all have a history that molds us into the person we are today and I think everyone should just take some time out and listen to the tales of the older generation. Once, they are gone, we are the older generation and we can only pass on the history that we know.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

ARA: I am writing a sweet/funny (hopefully)/magical Christmas tale, which is actually aimed at a younger audience than my normal 45 yr+ group.  The story entitled, The Prickly Christmas Kiss, will be published in a dual box set along with Tamara Ferguson’s new Christmas Book, Two Hearts’ Christmas Wish. I am very excited about this collaboration. Tamara is an awarding-winning best-selling author and also a great friend; even though we have never met. We hit it off immediately when we both were writing our stories for the Mother’s Day Magic Anthology. She is such a hard worker and deserves all the accolades she gets.

I also have another Christmas book being published. This book I wrote last year it is called Slaving Over Christmas, and although, classed as erotica, it tells the tale of Jill and Tom, who after twenty years of marriage are struggling with their sex life. After a very lean streak, due to redundancy, they find themselves swapping small $5 Christmas presents. These small insignificant gifts to each other, help to rekindle their love life and bond; and sets them on a new path of discovery.

I have to admit that I much prefer to write sweet, than sexy. It is a drain on my emotions to write in-depth love scenes, especially, as I try to be the characters. Luckily, I wrote Slaving Over Christmas in the third person, so I did feel so involved.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

ARA: I certainly can. My website is http://www.AllysonRAbbott.com.  If any of your audience is interested in learning how to write a review for a book, I have written a nonfiction book called How to Write a Simple Book Review and if they contact me through my webpage I will send them a free copy in a format of their choice.  Or if they prefer an ARC of one of my Christmas books for a possible review opportunities, then please feel free to contact me the same way.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

ARA: I am actually in the process of recovering all my books. I have been told that they are old-fashioned and do not attract people to read them. Once all the new covers are completed, then I will only be selling them through Amazon and CreateSpace. On saying that, I am always happy to send out direct copies in other formats to very nice people, if they do not have a kindle or a kindle app.

CH: How to find Allyson R. Abbott:

CH: Any closing remarks?

ARA: Thank you, Cheryl, for the invitation to waffle and talk about An English Rose, my other books and writing. I very much appreciate your time.

CH: Thank you so much, Allyson R. Abbott, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Paulette Harper

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Title: Secret Places Revealed

Genre: Christian/Inspirational Romance

Synopsis: A broken man, a woman on the run, a love that won’t be denied. Single—and very content—real estate developer Aaron Blackman is determined not to become involved in another relationship. He’s experienced enough drama to last a lifetime. The only thing garnering his attention now is his growing business. And he plans to keep it that way. Then Simone Herron waltzes into his life, beautiful and confident. Fighting to keep his promise to himself—to remain single—he soon discovers that when it comes to love, some promises must be broken. After losing her fiancé in an untimely death, Simone Herron relocates. She desperately needs to put the past behind her and start a new chapter in her life. While love is the farthest thing from her mind, she experiences an attraction to the handsome Aaron Blackman that frightens her. She’s built a wall around her heart, but can she find the strength and courage she needs to welcome love again? To do so, she must conquer her fears and allow God to put all of her broken pieces back together.

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Paulette Harper, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Paulette Harper. She is a writing workshop instructor, as well as an author. Welcome to my blog, Paulette.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

PH: Secret Places Revealed will keep you on the edge of your seat.

CH: How did you come up with the premise for this Christian love story?

PH: I love reading romance books! I wanted to write my own story, using my own creativity and imagination.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

PH: The idea behind Secret Places Revealed came from real life situations. My book is centered on two people who have scars from previous relationships and don’t quite know how to maneuver through the pain.  They are not looking to fall in love, but as we all know, that’s when love comes knocking at your door.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

PH: I didn’t have any particular character that was hard to write.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

PH: Aaron, the hero was my favorite. I had the opportunity to meet the male model on the cover of my book, which made it quite interesting. I was able to ask him questions regarding his character in which I intertwined some of his own personal traits into Aaron’s character.

CH: Your characters are God-driven. Is this what makes them easy for your readers to relate to them? 

PH: I think that’s one of several reasons. I think what makes it easy for my readers to relate to the characters in my book comes from the fact that they can be assured that its clean reading, my book will entertain them and it has a story line that they can relate to.

CH: When most people are faced with challenging changes in their life, do they often turn away from God?

PH: I can only speak for myself and I would say no. I find that in my most difficult times in life, my faith is what keeps me grounded. My relationship with Christ keeps me sane when everything else around me is chaotic.  I often say, “I don’t know how people live without God.”

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your Christian writing?

PH: I believe I bring something fresh and exciting to read. One reviewer wrote, “OMG, this is my first time reading a book by this author and it will not be my last. I really enjoyed this story. If you are looking for a 5 star read, this is the book for you.”

CH: Why did you decide to write an inspirational book for others to read?

PH: As an inspirational and fiction writer, I write to inspire and empower readers. I write because I feel I have a message to share with readers, not only to entertain readers, but to help them grow spiritually. I love to mix real-life stories into my fiction. Although each story is unique, we experience some of the same feelings, situations and challenges in life in which the reader can identity. With the ability to craft fiction books, it gives me the opportunity to live through each character.

CH: Who, in your opinion, is a great Christian author and why?

PH: In my opinion, T. D. Jakes is a great author, who happens to be a Christian. He has written so many books to help me in my spiritual growth.  His motivational books are ideal for anyone who desires to learn, grow and develop in their relationship with Christ.

CH: If you could work with any author, living or dead, who would that be and why?

PH: If I could work with any author, it would have been Maya Angelou. She wrote books on poetry, essays and autobiographies. Maya was not only a gifted writer, but she contributed in many other ways, including a list of plays, movies and television shows. She most definitely could teach me a lot about writing.

CH: What has been the most exciting thing to happen on your publishing journey?

PH: Just recently I posted an infographic of my book on Twitter and tagged actress Edwina Findley and she responded with a like.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

PH: Hmmm. Is there a message in Secret Places Revealed that I want reader to grasp? I would say yes. There are several bullet points I like to mention. First, Secret Places Revealed is a love story about second chances. Second, it is a book about coming face-to-face with hurts and disappointments from the past. I believe, as readers dive into Aaron and Simone’s story, they will see that love triumphs over all.

CH: You seem to have quite a following for your books. So, what kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this book?

PH: I’m getting great feedback. Those that have read it have only good things to say about the story.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

PH: My books can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

CH: How to find Paulette Harper:

CH: Any closing remarks?

PH: Thank you, Cheryl, for the opportunity to be on your blog and for your readers to one click, read and review my book!

CH: Thank you so much, Paulette Harper, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Larry Ivan Vass

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Title: Running for the Cross: A Heart Deceived

Genre: Christian

Synopsis: Has your search for love and fulfillment not ended? Mary Magdalene has misunderstood the kind of love Jesus offers. After becoming Jesus’s disciple, she follows him wherever He goes. Over and over she tries to get Jesus’s attention and time, but to no avail. Finally Mary curses Jesus and abandons Him to his true followers. After Jesus is arrested, tried, and condemned, He passes Mary on the street. She rushes up to Him and screams into His face, “Why? I warned you this would happen! But no! You couldn’t just go away with me! Don’t you understand, Jesus? I loved you!” At that moment, blood falls from the corner of Jesus’s eye onto the top of Mary’s foot. With all His strength, Jesus manages to whisper, “Mary, this blood is for you.” Tears that were stinging and clouding her eyes now washed the confusion away. Mary discovers that she has no choice. She has to run for the cross.

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Dr. Larry Ivan Vass, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Larry Ivan Vass. He enjoys competitive writing and is an active author. Welcome to my blog, Larry.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

LIV: After following Jesus for three years, Mary Magdalene abandons him until she realizes He is God. Then, she runs for the cross.

CH: What inspired you to write a Christian book?

LIV: Jesus Christ is my passion. I love writing books about Him and books to help people understand more about the sovereignty of God.

CH: What is different that you bring to your readers through your Christian writing?

LIV: I take the short stories and parables of the Bible and turn them into easy to read novels. I expand the stories, but never change the message God is giving us through his Word.

CH: People often say that they want love and fulfillment; yet, they have a misunderstanding of God’s love, just like Mary Magdalene. So, what inspired you to write a book to explain this biblical story?

LIV: Dan Brown wrote a book, The DaVinci Code, that was turned into a movie. Even though his story was purely fictional about Jesus’ and Mary’s relationship, the readers and movie goers believed what they read and saw it as truth. I present Mary as a person that does fall in love with Jesus, but in spite of her advances Jesus shows her the love of the Father. God’s love is all consuming, it is pure, it is an agape love, which is sacrificial. His love is so great. He gave his only begotten son to die for the sins of the people He would save. Unless our sins are paid for by someone who is sinless there is no salvation, no one-way trip to heaven. Mary finally realizes after screaming at Jesus and abandoning him, who He really is and runs for the cross.

CH: Was it difficult explaining all the aspects of Mary Magdalene’s story in layman’s terms?

LIV: No. Mary Magdalene’s story is our story. We all seek after love we don’t understand. We all have that emptiness and void we desire to have someone fill. So many of our love relationships are shallow and artificial, because we look for that love in all the wrong places. It’s only after we realize that Jesus Christ, as our God, is the only one who can fill that emptiness—that void. Are we able to realize a right love relationship with people? It’s then, we can find true contentment in human love.

CH: Other than the Bible, what are your top three favorite Christian books?

LIV:  The Gagging of God by D.A. Carson; The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul; and Jesus: A Theography by Leonard Sweet

CH: If someone is brand new to your writing, which book do you think they should start with?

LIV: Probably, Hell’s Too Good for Some People. It’s a memoir that is light, funny, and relational. Events in many chapters seem impossible, but every word is true.

CH: When you wrote this book, were you trying to provide spiritual growth for the readers?

LIV: Yes! So many people who do not go to church or who never read a Bible have no concept of who Jesus is or what manner of love God has for us. Mary Magdalene’s story reads as a novel to help people understand just how God loves us and how far He will go to save our very souls.

CH: Do most people have an understanding of what they read in the Bible? 

LIV: I don’t think so. What makes the Scriptures come to life, so much of the time, is knowing the setting and the time period in which it was written, and to whom (besides us today) it was addressed. Knowing why a certain section of Scripture was written helps the reader understand the message. Regardless, without the Holy Spirit opening up to us the meaning of what we read in the Bible, our understanding will be limited.

CH: Are you a minister? How did you come to understand the biblical stories, so well? 

LIV: I am an ordained minister. Besides being a full time dentist, I have my Masters of Divinity and my PhD in Theology, both earned at Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary in Indiana. My dad was a minister and my brother is a minister in Virginia. I actually preached every Sunday for almost five years, but now teach adult Sunday School and write Christian books. Having grown up in the church gives me ‘a certain background knowledge’ that I can draw from, but it’s my love for Jesus and the fact that He died to pay the penalty for my sins that pushes me to do research and rewrite biblical stories, so that anyone can understand the message.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from your readers for this book?

LIV: Most comments I get from Christian readers are along the line of, Running for the Cross is certainly clear and concise in its presentation;  and enjoyable.  A retired minister told me he saw how clearly the gospel message came through, so that non-Christians would not only be thoroughly entertained, but would get the gospel presentation without being pressured or feeling hit over the head to start believing in Jesus, as Lord and Savior. Non-believers who have read the book say they really enjoyed the writing and the story. Some told me that they understood the gospel message for the first time, and that they had something to consider.

CH: What can we expect next, is there another book in the making?

LIV: There are four books in the works now: Skin for Skin, which is the Book of Job of the Bible explained in the form of a novel; An Issue of Blood, which are short stories using different stories and parables from the Bible; Teufestadt, a purely fictional allegorical novel about a small town in the Midwest that comes under attack by evil forces and their attempts to take back their once beautiful town; and the fourth is entitled Dethroning God, a look at how post-modernism, secularism, and post-secularism are affecting the ways churches are having to change the way they present the gospel message to counteract relativism in the world.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

LIV: Unfortunately, it is under construction right now.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

LIV: My books are available on Amazon, and Barnes and Nobel.

CH: How to find Larry Ivan Vass:

CH: Any closing remarks?

LIV: Don’t let the fact that my books are Christian in nature (no foul language, no sex scenes, no gory murder scenes) fool you. They are written primarily to entertain, and if one gets a lesson or moral message when finished, the better. Cheryl, Thank you for the interview.

CH: Thank you so much, Larry Ivan Vass, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – DeMia Centoria

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Title: Twenty Milestones

Genre: Christian/Motivational/Women

Synopsis: This book is for my sisters of gold who are in pain mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially. You are not alone. As for me, I was. I experienced a few things just like you and I am here to show you how I healed from it. I am not here to bash anyone or throw anyone under the bus. This book is my truth. This book is my life and honestly, I spilled all the beans. I am raw, uncensored, and unashamed. You will be too. Enjoy!

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DeMia Centoria, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is DeMia Centoria. She is a debut author with a passion for writing. Welcome to my blog, DeMia.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

DC: Twenty Milestones is a book by a woman for women.

CH: How did you come up with the premise for writing this deeply personal book?

DC: Honestly, I began with a very different concept and it merged into something magical. I knew from that point, I was too passionate about my baby, Twenty Milestones, not to put it out there for grabs.

CH: You said that this book is for your sisters of gold who are in pain mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially. Why did you decide to write an inspirational book for others to read?

DC: I decided to write an inspirational book for others to read because I would prefer a life where women guide other women and we do not have that yet; however, I am choosing differently. I am building that life for us—brick by brick.

CH: What time period does the book span? Did you leave out any stories that you wanted to include?

DC: Twenty Milestones does not necessarily have a time span. It is more so about growth throughout life from a baby to adulthood. Let us just say, it has its own twist.

CH: So many memoir writers work on their book for years and years. What made you decide to write your story now and how long did it take you to write it?

DC: Trust me this is not my entire story. It is ours and we have a list of stories to tell. How long did it take me to write? Six months tops—with an addition of passion, sweat, and a few tears.

CH: Did you find anything challenging while writing this book?

DC: The one thing that tickled my nerves the most was which direction to take. Whether, I should be subtle with names or should I be full on raw with everything and I believe most writers struggle with this. But that is okay.

CH: Since you are a debut author, what is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your Christian writing?

DC: Rawness.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from your readers for this book?

DC: As of now, feedback is what I need. Do you have any?

CH: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

DC: Actually, it has not. I have always been a writer. I would write little notes to my mom when I did not know how to say things. I could write a children’s book for an elementary school homework assignment without any worries. When I say, “writing is what I am,” I mean just that.

CH: Will you continue to write in this Christian genre?

DC: I have not decided on a genre for myself and I do not want to—yet. I want to try everything and maybe even collaborate. I do not want to be labeled.

CH: What can we expect next, is there another book in the making?

DC: All I can say is, yes, expect another book.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

DC: I do not have a website; however, I am building one.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

DC: Of course. Twenty Milestones is found on the Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Kindle.

CH: How to find DeMia Centoria:

CH:  Any closing remarks?

DC: If you are not passionate about it, it is not for you. Thank you, Cheryl for this opportunity.

CH: Thank you so much, DeMia Centoria, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Cheryl Holloway Explains How to Go from Writer to Author

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Question: Have you ever wanted to write a book?

Fact: 82% of Americans say they want to write a book, but only 2% actually write one!

The Truth: Most people believe they have a book in them just waiting to emerge; however, they fail to ever write it. They only dream of writing a book. For most people, that dream never becomes a reality and a written word never reaches the page.

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Getting Started: What people don’t realize is getting started is easier than you think. And…I can show you how.

Fact: I know how good writing makes me feel, and I do believe that most people will benefit from writing their book…and seeing a completed product.

Learn how you can go from Writer to Author and from Dream to Reality!

I can show the writer how to produce written pages and how to begin book building.

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Cheryl Holloway Celebrates Veterans Day 2016

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Veterans Day Celebrates the Service of All U.S. Military Veterans

On Veterans Day, put out your flags, cheer the marchers at parades, and go to tributes. But when you wake up the next day, Nov. 12, remember that it’s still Veterans Day for our veterans — and it will be every day of their lives.                                                 — Gen. Colin L. Powell, (Ret.)

 

If you know me, then you know that I am from a military family (several generations), and that I support the military all year long.  I am a firm believer…“Supporting Veterans Shouldn’t Only Happen on Veterans Day.”

Be reminded of the sacrifices military men and women in our country make and that for a combat veteran, the fight doesn’t end when the war does.

I think it’s critical that we’re giving back to our veterans. And remember that they need our help and recognition all year long, not just on Veterans Day.

So, there is no better way to appreciate veterans than to give back. If you can’t give back to them personally, give to an organization that supports veterans. Some organizations that help military vets and military families are Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, The American Legion, Vietnam Vets of America and Wounded Warriors. A new organization seems to appear with each new generation of military vets. So, I’m asking that you do your best to support at least one organization.

Thanks Vets

On this Veterans Day I ask, “What have you been doing to support our troops?”

God Bless our men and women in service—their dedication will never be forgotten.                                                                   ~Cheryl Holloway

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Guest Author Interview – Dane Cobain

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Title: No Rest for The Wicked

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Synopsis: When the Angels attack, there’s No Rest For The Wicked. Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack. With the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels.

The Angels are naked and androgynous. They speak in a dreadful harmony with no clear leader. These aren’t biblical cherubs tasked with the protection of the righteous – these are deadly creatures of light that have the power to completely eradicate.

When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. Will the final showdown force him to make the ultimate sacrifice?

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Dane Cobain, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is Dane Cobain. He is a storyteller and author from the UK. Welcome to my blog, Dane.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

DC: It’s a fun, addictive read, and reviewers often praise it for being ‘different,’ but in a good way.

CH: How did you come up with the premise for this book?

DC: The overall concept of the evil Angels that go around judging sin and destroying the unworthy was based on a nightmare that I had. I jotted a few notes down when I first woke up, and then continued to develop them over time.

CH: Why did you decide to write this book?

DC: I never stop writing! I liked the idea and wanted to play on it, and so I wrote it up and started to approach publishers. There was actually a gap of five years between when I wrote it and when it was eventually accepted by Booktrope Publishers (now, unfortunately, defunct).

CH: When you are coming up with a new idea for a book, do you look at the market for trends? Or do you just write your own story?

DC: I just write my own story, but that said, everything is influenced by the time that I live in. I suppose my fiction is a reflection of the way that I see the world. When No Rest for the Wicked was first conceived, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider was in the news a lot and so, it was incorporated into the story. My second novel, Former.ly, is about the rise and fall of a fictitious social network, and social networking is becoming more and more ingrained in our daily lives.

CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

DC: I usually start with a concept (in this case, the evil Angels) and then develop it chapter-by-chapter until I have a full outline.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

DC: My work has been described as ‘quirky’ by a few reviewers, and I take that as a compliment. It’s fun, but it’s also different.

CH: Since this genre is dark fantasy, did you have to do any special research to write this book?

DC: I usually describe it as a supernatural thriller. I didn’t have to do too much research; although, I had to put some time into looking up information on the Large Hadron Collider.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

DC: Tough one! I suppose that it’s mostly from real life, and the ones that I did create were ironed out during the editing stage.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

DC: Father Montgomery, for sure. He was my favourite character in general, and lots of fun to write about.

CH: Who was the hardest character to write?

DC: I’m not sure whether any of them were particularly difficult. I guess the bits with Klaus Boerman, the scientist, were more difficult than most of the others, though.

CH: Since you’ve told us about the main characters, do you have anything to share about the supporting characters?

DC: Nothing that I can think of. Although, I do quite like the idea of giving my characters cameos in other books, and so, I’ve been thinking about bringing a minor character and working it into a minor role in another release. That way, it’s like all of the books are interlinked and set in the same world.

CH: You seem to have quite a group of followers. So, what kind of feedback are you getting from readers of the book?

DC: I try! It’s hard with social networking because there’s so much noise to cut through, but I try to keep them entertained. With No Rest for the Wicked, there have been around a hundred reviews, and so there’s been plenty of feedback for me to feast on. Overall, the feedback has been pretty good, and any criticism that it’s received has been constructive. A few people have even read it in one sitting!

CH: Is there a message in your book that you want the readers to grasp?

DC: I don’t know if there’s a message, as such, but I do hope it makes people think.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

DC: I’m working on a number of projects at the moment! Right now, the next thing is Come On Up to the House, a horror novella and screenplay. I made an announcement about that on Halloween. After that, it’ll be the anthology project that I’m working on, due out in early 2017. I’m also writing a detective novel.

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

DC: You can order it in at most bookstores and it’s available online as a paperback or an eBook from all major retailers, including Amazon.

CH: How to find Dane Cobain:

CH: Any closing remarks?

DC: Thanks for having me!

CH: Thank you so much, Dane Cobain, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Cheryl Holloway Says, “Exercise Your Right to Vote!”

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Cheryl Holloway says, “Exercise Your Right to Vote!”

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