Cheryl Holloway on Copyright Basics for Writers

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Copyright Basics for Writers

On Friday, I taught a Creative Writing Class for 15 new writers.  Some of the information we discussed was copyrighting your work. Since most of them did not know the copyright basics, today I am going to discuss it with my blog readers and fans.

What Is A Copyright?

According to U.S. Code and the website www.copyright.gov, Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.

“Original works of ownership” include literary works—a written piece of art—such as a book, a poem, a short story, or an article, etc.

The Copyright should include the following:

  • The copyright symbol,
  • Followed by the copyright year,
  • Followed by the author who created the work and who is responsible for and who is the owner of the copyright,
  • Followed by the phrase, “All Rights Reserved”

Published Example: © 2017 Cheryl Holloway All Rights Reserved.

Unpublished Example: Unpublished Work © 2017 Jane Doe

It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of the copyright.

Copyright Theft

The reason you will copyright your writing is that you do not want anyone to copy your “work” without your permission and steal it. In this day and digital age, there are many possible ways to copy your work—both in the U.S. and in foreign countries.  So, protect your writing from plagiarism by using the copyright law.

Keep in mind, plagiarism occurs when a writer duplicates another writer’s language or ideas and then calls the work his or her own. Copyright laws protect writers’ words as their legal property.

There are two ways to copyright your literary work:

  1. Copyright Registration with the Copyright Office using Form TX (Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim.) There is a Filing Fee ($35). For general/updated information about copyright, call the Copyright Public Information Office at (202) 707-3000 or 1-877-476-0778 Toll Free.
  2. Poor Man’s Copyright is a method of using registered dating by the postal service, a notary public or other highly trusted source to date intellectual property, thereby helping to establish that the material has been in one’s possession since a particular time. (Email me and I can send specific instructions.) No Fee

I hope this short blog post helped you better understand the Copyright Basics.

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Guest Author Interview – Nicole Blanchard

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Title: Toxic

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Dark Romance

Synopsis: “John Doe” was just another patient. A criminal.
As a prison nurse, I knew the rules: do my job, don’t get involved, and never let a prisoner get under my skin. I broke all three.
My passion, my obsession, my addiction. I risked my entire life, so we could be together.

I thought helping him escape from prison would be the hard part.
It turns out when you fall in love with a villain, you also turn into one.

Nicole Blanchard, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Nicole Blanchard. Nicole survives on a diet of too many books and substantial amounts of root beer and slim jims. Welcome to my blog, Nicole.

CH: Can you sum up your book in a few words?

NB: Can a villain fall in a 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?

NB: My stories come from situations. What happens when I force two characters into dire circumstances? How they react and what drives the story and fuels my muse.

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

NB: Somewhat of both. In Toxic, I tried to make the prison as realistic as possible, drawing from my Mom’s experience as a correctional officer. Of course, I take creative license with all the details, so any mistakes are my own.

CH: Where did you get the idea for this standalone book?

NB: The inspiration for Toxic comes from the song Gangsta by Kehlani https://open.spotify.com/track/1W7zkKgRv9mrLbfdQ8XyH3

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

NB: Dark romance is a bit of a departure (I primarily write romantic suspense), but I like to think I can connect with readers on a human level, so they can empathize and even sympathize with some of the decisions my anti-hero make.

CH: Where do you get inspiration for your characters?

NB: The simple answer is everywhere—books, movies, music, and real life. While a story ferments in my mind, I’m constantly drawing inspiration from the world around me. When I come across something that reminds me of a character, I either pin it to the book’s board on Pinterest or save the song on Spotify to create the books “mood.” I often revisit the board and playlist as I’m writing to get myself in the mindset for whichever book I’m working on.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

NB: Gracin’s interactions with Tessa, especially in the beginning of the book are fascinating to me. I think, because he’s so intrigued by his response to her. No matter how heartless he is, he couldn’t let her go and that’s what drew me to the story. He’s a man who deals in death and then can’t shake his feelings for a woman.

CH: Who was the hardest character to write?

NB: At the same time, Gracin, because he’s not a hero in any sense. The decisions he makes are hard to rationalize, but that’s why I like it.

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

NB: More than a message, I hope readers are as intrigued by the dichotomy of love and villainy, as I am. Is it possible for the bad guy to fall in love? Is it even love? Is it obsession? The question still fascinates me.

CH: This book will be released in August. How do you advertise it for the pre-release?

NB: We just finished celebrating the cover reveal. Throughout July and August, I’ll be sharing teasers and counting down until the release on August 22nd. Advanced Readers and Bloggers will receive their ARC at the beginning of August. In addition, there will be giveaways galore!

CH: Is social media important in pre-release advertising?

NB: I think social media is more important to connect with readers than advertising. Sure, it’s useful, but readers want to know more about the author rather than being constantly sold to. With that in mind, I try to approach my social media as a way to grow friendships. What would I want to see from my favorite author? What do I love about my favorite authors’ social media accounts? I try to offer sneak peeks into upcoming books, behind the scenes shots like my office or pets, and the inspiration behind my books, such as my Pinterest boards or Spotify playlists.

CH: You are a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?

NB: I’ve always wanted to write. It’s never really been a question. I started writing more seriously around four years ago when I published a short Christmas story with a bit of a horror twist. Since then, I attacked publishing like I do most any of my other obsessions—with an insatiable appetite. I like knowing everything about the process from the first word to the finished project. This allowed me the opportunity to publish with a box set in the Summer of 2015, aptly titled Summer Fire. In it, I included the precursor novella to what would become Anchor (available for free everywhere). I learned so much from the wonderful women I was able to work with. I’ve never seen a group of people so dedicated and seriously fierce. Through a combined effort, Summer Fire debuted #13 on the NYT list and I think the feeling comes in second only to the birth of my daughter. 🙂 Since then, I’ve written several more books in the series (with 5 more to come) and with each one, I continue to learn and grow.

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

NB: The response to my first full-length novel, Warrior; it has gone unrivaled. It was the book of my heart, at the time. One I’ve started and stopped in several incarnations throughout the years. Publishing it was a cathartic and I experienced a level of joy surpassed only by the response from readers. I do think Toxic may top it, though. 🙂 But we’ll keep that between you and me.

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

NB: J. K. Rowling!!! Or Dean Koontz. They are my favorite authors.

CH: Are there any writing projects in progress? What can we expect next from you?

NB: So many. My next book is the 6th in my military romantic suspense series, entitled, Traitor. It will be released this fall, followed by a three book romantic fantasy series this winter.

CH: How to Find Nicole Blanchard:

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold and what date it will be released?

NB: Toxic is currently available for pre-order at iBooks and will be available for pre-order everywhere the beginning of August. It will be released on August 22.

New release alert: http://www.subscribepage.com/newreleasealert

Amazon Print: http://amzn.to/2rlae0w

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/toxic/id1244433496?ls=1&mt=11

CH: Any closing remarks?

NB: Cheryl, Thank you so much for having me!

CH: Thank you so much, Nicole Blanchard, 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 – Joyce Williams Graves

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Title: Jesus, I Don’t Understand: Rachel’s Doubts in God’s Holy Word Are Restored Through His Son, Jesus

Genre: Religion/Spirituality/Death & Grief

Synopsis: Facing tragedy in her life, seventeen-year-old Rachel McDonald goes on a spiritual journey as Christ Jesus answers her questions. Rachel knows that God loves her, but she still is unclear about why bad things have happened to her, her sister, and her best friend. This narrative study explains God’s love and compassion for Rachel and for everyone through the inspired Word of His Son, Christ Jesus.

Jesus, I Don’t Understand describes God’s endless love, mercy, and grace as Christ Jesus speaks to Rachel’s heart as only a Father could. Rachel, a young Christian girl, attends a Bible study class every Wednesday with her best friend, Matthew Lacy. When a terrible accident occurs, however, it changes her faith in the goodness of God and His promises. All the things she learned in her Bible study classes begin to unravel for her. She feels alone and confused, and she has three important questions for Christ Jesus: Why do children die so young? Why do young people get sick? Are we really going to heaven when we die?

Joyce Williams Graves, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Joyce Williams Graves. Joyce enjoys writing Christian/inspirational books and poetry. Welcome to my blog, Joyce.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book.

JWG: You should read my book, Jesus I Don’t Understand, if you would like to know more about the goodness of our Lord and Savior, and His love?

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

JWG: The idea for my recent book came from questions I used to ask about life’s mysteries.  But, there were no convincing answers to those questions. I was and still am a curious and inquisitive person. In my young life, I always had questions about why things happen the way they did?  I never understood why innocent children became so sick?  Why did children die at a young age? Or are we really going to heaven like the Bible states?  These are typical questions that most people have asked at one time or another in their lives.  I knew God loved us, but how could these types of things happen even today?  I wondered, if there was a way to show His love to the world. So, I was always saying silently, Jesus, I don’t understand this! Jesus, I don’t understand that! Well, those four words finally became the title for my book. After extensive research in the Holy Bible, I was able to understand with more clarity why God did the things He did for us?

CH: You take pride in crafting believable contemporary Christian stories. Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

JWG: Not a formula, but my stories are more of a personal one. I share my experiences most of the time. My faith made crafting my story an easy one. I believe in sharing how God loves us immensely and endlessly.  My stories are usually based on inspiration, thankfulness and gratefulness that we should have for our Lord and Savior.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

JWG: My research for my book came from several Bibles—King James Version, and New International Version—Jon Courson’s Application Commentary (3 volumes) and the book, Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young.

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

JWG: This is a good question!  I believe, I bring the genuine Word from an ancient book, the Bible, which has been around for over two thousand years. This book contains sacred texts and scriptures inspired by divine inspiration of the relationship between God and humans. People today are looking for hope and encouragement about their purpose in life. My book gives you hope in the Creator of the world and His love for everyone. It’s exciting to know the Bible is still the best-selling book of all time.

I love this quote, ‘Whatever you do, hold on to hope! The tiniest thread will twist into an unbreakable cord. Let Hope anchor you in the possibility that this is not the end of your story, that change will bring you to peaceful shores.’ Jesus is that hope.

CH: How did you start writing Christian stories?

JWG: My first book, Jesus, I Don’t Understand, came about after I retired five years ago. I wanted to share that we can learn how to live our life by reading God’s Holy Word.  The acronym for the Bible is ‘Biblical Instruction Before Leaving Earth.’ I have drenched myself into God’s Holy to live my life for years.  So, my goal is to share His goodness with everyone I meet or know—especially, if they have a willingness to listen and engage in a biblical conversation with me. I love sharing God’s Holy Word!

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

JWG: Yes, the main message I want people to know is God sent His only begotten son into the world to save us from our sinful nature. He proved His love for us through this action. Trusting and obeying His Holy Word is the key to a happier life.

CH: What type of feedback have you received from readers?

JWG: Orally, my feedback was very inspiring and uplifting from friends, family and strangers. The online feedback (Amazon.com) has been very encouraging and positive.

CH: What inspired you to write this book?

JWG: My inspiration is very simple.  God’s Holy Word inspired me to share in my book with others, that He is real, true and waiting for everyone to have a personal relationship with Him.  The Bible represents the inerrant Word spoken by God and written down in its perfect form by inspired humans. My inspiration was to share how He has affected and helped me in my life, and can help others in their lives.  Prayer is the key to unanswered questions and establishing a personal relationship with God. It should be as natural as breathing. Without air, we die. Without prayer, we are separated from God. We must pray to better understand God and His plan for us. I prayed before I wrote my book.  God answered the heart behind my prayers; so I moved forward.

CH: Are there any books that influenced you while writing this book?

JWG: Yes, there are many.  Here are a few of the books that influenced me in writing my book:

  • The Bible, King James Version
  • Max Lucado, 3:16: The Numbers of Hope
  • Bible Promises for You from the New international Version
  • Billy Graham, Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity and Our Life Beyond
  • Merrill F. Unger, The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
  • Charles Stanley, Teach us to Pray, In Touch Monthly Newsletters

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

JWG: My main characters were easily inspired from the Bible. They were God, Jesus and John of Patmos. The other characters inspiration was inspired by my personal life. I have a Pastor, and two loving families (Father, Mother and children) in my book.  These characters were all fictional.

CH: How long did it take you to write this book?

JWG: It took me about five months to write my book.

CH: You wrote this book a few years ago, what do you think has allowed this book to remain relevant?

JWG: My book remains relevant because it speaks of things happening in everyone’s life today, such as, hope, peace, love, faith, gratefulness, thankfulness, anger and optimism. My book is for everyone!  You can find hopefulness in knowing that the Creator of the universe is on your side.

CH:  How to Find Joyce Williams Graves:

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

JWG: Yes, on the following websites: iUniverse, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

CH: Any closing remarks?

JWG: We all have a unique way of touching someone in their life through our actions or words.  I have chosen to leave in written form a way to touch the heart of people by speaking of the goodness of our Lord and Savior. Thank you for this opportunity to share my belief, faith, and love for God and life.

My next book will be a book of Poetry, and will be published in late fall of 2017.  This book will also share my experiences of the love of God, family, friends and life. Readers will love it! Thank you, Cheryl for this interview.

CH: Thank you so much, Joyce Williams Graves, 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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Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Review for The Proposal: A Leap of Faith

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Please read the wonderful 5 Star Review by Rosie Malezer at:

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-proposal

“This is my all-time favorite review of any of my books!”

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Guest Author Interview – Marcie R. Rendon

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Title: Murder On The Red River

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Native American

Synopsis: Cash and Sheriff Wheaton make for a strange partnership. He pulled her from her mother’s wrecked car when she was three. He’s kept an eye out for her ever since. It’s a tough place to live—northern Minnesota along the Red River. Cash navigated through foster homes, and at thirteen was working farms. She’s tough as nails—five feet two inches, blue jeans, blue jean jacket, smokes Marlboros, drinks Bud Longnecks. She makes her living driving trucks and playing pool on the side. Wheaton is big lawman type—maybe Scandinavian stock, but darker skin than most. He wants her to take hold of her life and get into Junior College. So there they are, staring at the dead Indian lying in the field. Soon, Cash was dreaming about the dead man’s cheap house on the Red Lake Reservation—mother and kids waiting. She has that kind of power. That’s the place to start looking. There’s a long and dangerous way to go to find the men who killed him. Plus, there’s Jim, the married white guy, and Longbraids, the Indian guy, headed for Minneapolis to join the American Indian Movement.

Marcie R. Rendon, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Marcie R. Rendon. Marcie is a writer, poet and playwright. She is a member of the White Earth Anishinabe Nation. Welcome to my blog, Marcie.

CH: Can you tell us why we should read your book?

MRR: Murder on the Red River is a fast read—a murdered man in a field and the Sheriff calls on Cash—an almost twenty something, tough, smart Indian woman with special seeing powers. Readers have said that the book made them laugh, cry, worry about the main character, Cash, and learn more about Native Americans than they knew before.

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

MRR: My ideas come from observing people, lived experiences, and the ever expanding question—what if?

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

MRR: I have no standard plot, at least not so far. I would say that the characters come to me as a whole concept, and the story they want to be told follows.

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

MRR: My friend, and fellow author, Mark Anthony Rolo, says, ‘We’re Indians, some of this shit, we can’t make up.’ The issues are real, very real —and the hardships of the foster care system have been some of the hardest pieces of the writing for readers of Murder on the Red River to believe actually happen/ed.

The characters and story are all figments of my imagination. They are fiction.  Was it hard? No. I had a wonderful time writing the book. It takes discipline and determination to sit down every day and write to the finish line. Reading the book for the umpteenth time going through for edits was hard and boring but again, it was necessary work to get to this finished product that I am very happy with.

CH: Since this is your debut novel, where did you get the idea for the book?

MRR: I was writing a book about a young woman who wrote poetry/songs who wanted to be a country western singer and Cash showed up and said ‘Nope, this is the story we’re doing.’

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

MRR: Neither of the characters was easier or harder to write than the other. My editor, bless her heart, Lee Byrd, asked me to write more about the Red River Valley as it seemed to be a ‘character’ in the story that meant a lot to Cash and who had helped shape Cash into who she is. So I had to go back in and figure out how to bring more detail about the Valley and River into the story. Lee Byrd was right, her suggestions improved the book.

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

MRR: In Indian country we are under a lot of pressure to be role models—to write the perfect book of Indian literature. To not be too frivolous and to write ‘meaningful’ stories.  I set out to write first, a story about a young native woman, who then said to me, ‘I don’t want to be a singer, I want to solve a murder mystery, that is way more fun’ And once I started to write that story—a  story for really, pure entertainment—it was exciting to me to write. I think the information about history and foster care, which all speaks to our current situation, gets told in a way that isn’t ‘preachy’ or ‘too educational’— folks learn while going along for the ride, as Cash helps Wheaton solve a murder.

CH: Since you are Native American, are any of your experiences included in the novel?

MRR: I am from the White Earth reservation, which borders the Red River Valley. I have done field work. I have spent time in foster homes. But the experiences in the novel are not mine, they are fiction.

CH: How much of your leading lady is based on you?

MRR: Cash is not me. I know how to shoot pool and when I drank beer I drank Budweiser, but really my drink of choice was straight whiskey. I have been sober for 40 years, thank the universe, or I would probably not be writing books.

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

MRR: I wrote the book for entertainment, which is why I read. I read books that entertain me; and my personal book list is heavy on murder mysteries. If people walk away from the book happy to have read it, to have spent some hours enjoying reading, then mission accomplished. If folks gain some understanding of Native life, that is an added bonus, I imagine.

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

MRR: After people tell me how much they enjoyed the book the number one question is, ‘What happens next? Are you working on a sequel?’ And the answer is yes.

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

MRR: The author I would like most to meet is Stephen King. I would also like to meet John Sanford of the ‘Prey’ series and ask him questions about his writing process. I have met my heroes/sheroes, who are Native writers—Joy Harjo, Sherman Alexie, N. Scott Momaday, Vine Deloria Jr., John Trudell—to name a few. And I am waiting for David Martinez’s book about Vine Deloria to come out.

CH: Can you tell us a little about your writing journey?

MRR: I have been writing since I learned how to write, but I seriously started writing for publication in 1990. I have four non-fiction children’s books published; four plays published and countless poems floating out there in anthologies. I would encourage Native and other people of color to follow their passion to write, if that is what is driving them—go for it! Don’t wait, as long as I did.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

MRR: Another Cash book, a teen novel about a girl in the ICWA system (Indian Child Welfare), more poetry and hopefully a full-length play.

CH: How to Find Marcie R. Rendon:

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

MRR: I think the best place to find the book in the Twin Cities area is at the Once Upon a Crime Bookstore, 604 W. 26th St., Minneapolis, MN 55405. Online, it is on Amazon.

CH: Any closing remarks?

MRR: Cheryl, Thank you so much for asking about the book and my writing life.

CH: Thank you so much, Marcie R. Rendon, 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 – B. J. Williams

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Title: Bell Bottom High: Book 3 Junior Jewels

Genre: Teen/Young Adult Fiction

Synopsis: Another drama unfolds at Bell Bottom High as Reecy Jones turns sixteen years old during the 1975-76 school year and is allowed to start dating. However, her life gets turned upside down after going out on a group date with her classmates. What happens next could change her life forever. Reecy is struggling to maintain her dignity with a little help from her friends.

Always known as a good girl, can Reecy save her tainted reputation and finish up the school year with her head held high?

B. J. Williams, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is B. J. Williams. B. J. writes in a variety of genres. Welcome to my blog, B. J.

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

BJW: Yes, this is Book 3: Junior Jewels in the Bell Bottom High series, which is set in the seventies.

CH: Where do your ideas come from? 

BJW: My ideas have come from just living and observing everyday life. However, this particular series is loosely based on my teenage years during the seventies.

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

BJW: No, I don’t have a standard formula for plots. Stories normally come to me in pieces and eventually, those pieces become a whole manuscript.

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

 BJW: No, it wasn’t hard coming up with believable situations because some of the events in this book actually happened. I’m just not at liberty to say which ones. But yes, I elaborated on the real-life issues that occurred during that time.

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

BJW: The idea came years ago when I first thought about writing a young adult series. I knew that I didn’t want to write anything set in modern times, because it wouldn’t be authentic. So, a friend suggested that I focus on my teenage era, and it sounded good to me.

CH: Where do you get inspiration for your teenage characters? 

BJW: I got the inspiration from these teenage characters from my childhood friends and relatives. Although, some of the real people are combined into one sensationalized character.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

BJW: Well, my favorite character to write has to be the main character, Reecy Jones. She’s a lot like me, but we do have our differences.

CH: Who was the hardest character to write?

BJW: The hardest character to write was probably the grandmother, because she was a special person in the book.

CH: How much of your leading character is based on you? 

BJW: Well, some of the main character, Reecy, is definitely based on me. I would say that it could be fifty-one percent or maybe more.

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

BJW: Yes, I, basically, want the young readers to experience how life and situations were handled back then, compared to now. And I want mature readers to enjoy reliving what they experienced in the seventies.

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

 BJW: I think my series is different because it is set in the seventies which is a time that hasn’t been highlighted a lot in the young adult genre. I also think it’s exciting for that same reason, because my writing style is very descriptive. The books are written in first-person, so readers feel the experiences as they’re reading.

CH: When you wrote the first book in the series, did you realize it would be a series then? Which book in the series was hardest to write? 

BJW: Yes, I knew it would be a series before I started writing the first book. I wanted each one to focus on a different year of high school and unique situations. The last book was probably the hardest to write, because I had to remember what was in the previous books and not make it too repetitive.

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

 BJW: I believe writing what’s in my heart is one thing that makes me successful as an author. Everything that I’ve written has been based on my experiences or those around me, so they are believable and well-written. I also have a dynamic team of editors and beta readers, which contributes to my success.

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

BJW: The most exciting thing to happen to me on my publishing journey has been the honor of attending conferences across the nation and meeting some of my all-time favorite authors.

CH: You’ve written in a lot of genres, what is your favorite genre to write? 

BJW: My favorite genre to write in is still contemporary romance. I just wanted to see if I could step outside the box and be successful at something else.

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

BJW: So far, the feedback has been phenomenal. My faithful readers are loving the walk down memory lane. One happy reader has even made up a playlist on each book and placed it on YouTube…That just blew me away.

CH: Are there any writing projects in progress? What can we expect next from you? 

BJW: Right now, I don’t have any writing projects in progress, but I have lots of ideas for more romance and young adult books. So, I can’t say what to expect from me next, because I haven’t decided yet. But if you follow me on Facebook, you’ll be one of the first people to know.

 CH: How to Find B. J. Williams:

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

 BJW: All of my published books are available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble, but they can be requested from any bookstore.

CH: Any closing remarks?

BJW: I just want to thank the readers who have supported me over the years, as well as, my new readers with this series. I love reading reviews and hearing from them (readers). They can contact me anytime, especially on social media or email at: amanipublishing@aol.com Thanks for the interview, Cheryl.

CH: Thank you so much, B. J. Williams, 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 – Mary Grand

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Title: Catching the Light: Four Women, Four Compelling Short Stories

Genre: Fiction/Short Stories

Synopsis: Four Short Stories-

The New Arrival
Rachel has moved to the Isle of Wight determined to become invisible. Hiding a shameful secret, she cultivates a ‘cold polite smile as effective as an electric fence.’ However, unexpectedly, into her life comes a loving, crazy, individual: Lottie the cocker spaniel. Everything is about to change.
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Megan works in a Theatre for the Deaf. She is Deaf. Her language is British Sign Language. One evening she meets John, who is hearing, and two worlds collide. This is the story of the struggles, joys and tears of their remarkable relationship.
Catching the Light
Erin thinks she has found her fairytale prince. However, the honeymoon in a remote cottage in Wales shatters the dream. For the first time in her life Erin discovers the mystical world of fairies.
The Outing
This was to be the most important day of Kay’s life. However her mission to be free from years of guilt reveals so much more than she could possibly imagine.

Mary Grand, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is International Author, Mary Grand. Mary writes women’s fiction and the main character is usually a woman at a decisive point in her life. Welcome to my blog, Mary.

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

MG: Four women at a crisis point in their lives; four compelling short stories.

CH: Since this is a book of short stories, how did you decide which stories would blend and complement each other to be included in this book?

MG: Each story stands alone, but in each a woman is at a decisive point in their lives. The title of the book, Catching the Light, captures the theme of all the stories, that the light of love, of belief in yourself can conquer darkness, guilt and past hurt.

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?

MG: The exciting thing about short stories is the freedom to explore a range of story types. In Catching the Light, a modern fairy tale sits next to a story about a woman trying to escape her past. I tend to start with a character in a particular dilemma and the stories grow from there.

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

MG: The issues I write about tend to be those that I have experienced or I care deeply about. They say that when taking on a new character as an actor you start with the shoes. Well in writing I take an aspect of the issue that I can relate to and build on that by talking to people, researching the subject matter extensively and then creating a character and setting in which to explore that subject matter.

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

MG: When I started writing I wanted to see if it was possible to write about difficult issues within the context of a story that had other elements of mystery and romance. Although not unique, I do think it is a slightly unusual way to write.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

MG: Kay in The Outing was a difficult character to write because she is a character trapped in her past. She is far more complex than she initially appears and it took me a lot of writing and re-writing to really get to know her.

CH:  Which character was your favorite to write?

MG: I loved the character Rachel in The New Arrival. She is not a particularly glamorous person; in fact, she has gone out of her way not to be noticed. She has escaped to the Isle of Wight and hiding a shameful secret, she cultivates a ‘cold polite smile as effective as an electric fence.’ I love the way her life is turned about by a loving, crazy, individual: Lottie, the cocker spaniel. I have a dog named Pepper and through this story and particularly through Rachel, I was able to write about the wonderful things he has brought to my life.

CH: Since you received great reviews for Free to Be Tegan, how has this molded your publishing journey?

MG: Free to Be Tegan is the story of a woman recovering from her upbringing in a psychologically abusive cult was my debut novel. It was partly based on my experience being raised in a strict religious sect.

To be honest, when I wrote Free to Be Tegan, I wasn’t sure if anyone would want to read it!  Well, fortunately they did and I have got to know so many people since. I feel very fortunate to be a writer in the age of self publishing, and have learned so much through the process. In particular, I have had the opportunity to get to know a number of my readers and other writers on social media, an extraordinarily generous and supportive group of people.

CH: Which short story in this book was hardest to write?

MG: I think that would be Catching the Light. I am fascinated by the stories around the Welsh fairies, the Twyleth Teg, who are not the Tinkerbelle image of a fairy, but something a lot more complex and sometimes sinister.  I wanted to write a kind of modern fairy tale using them and this developed into a story about domestic violence. While a difficult story to write, I think it probably is the darkest of the stories and became very important to me.

CH: Which short story was your favorite to write?

 MG: This would be Belonging. Before writing full-time I was a teacher of Deaf children. There are many difficult and complex issues facing the Deaf community and in my novel Hidden Chapters, I had the space to explore them more widely. In this short story, I focus on the meeting of two worlds through the relationship between a Deaf woman, Megan, and a hearing man, John. The real crisis point in their relationship comes when Megan is pregnant, and their expectations of whether their baby will be hearing or Deaf.  I found the story very emotional to write and it is probably the one I have had the most feedback on.

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

MG: I think for me, some of the most profound lessons can be learned through nature: there is a circle of life, there is suffering and there is growth.  Life can be very hard, and my characters go through a lot of heartache and stress. However, ultimately, the stories resolve and bring hope. They aim to show that we can all find the courage within ourselves to heal in some way from our past and take control of the next chapter of our lives.

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

MG: I am fortunate through social media, as well as family and friends, to have a lot of support and positive feedback. On Amazon, I have received a lot of reviews, most of them enthusiastic. I read all the comments, appreciate the time people take to leave them and always try to take something constructive from them.

CH: Do you have any author that you consider to be your mentor and if so, why?

MG: I love the work of Joanna Trollope, Maeve Binchy, Adele Parks, Jodi Picoult. They have a way of showing that life and people are complex, funny, sad, make mistakes, and are capable of making good and bad choices. I also love Agatha Christie, which I think is the reason I always have elements of mystery in my stories.

CH: Can you tell us a little about your writing journey?

MG: I came to writing late and only started seriously about six years ago. After attending a writing course, I started to write daily. Initially, I was very nervous and worried about what people would think. It was finding something I was passionate about that was the turning point. I wanted to write a novel that explored the effects of psychological abuse on children.

I published my first novel, Free to Be Tegan, on Amazon in March 2015.  It has been a very steep learning curve, but I was fortunate to have great support from family, friends and a whole community of readers and writers.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

MG: I am very excited that Catching the Light has just been released as an audiobook, professionally narrated by Petrina Kingham.

I am just completing the final draft of my next novel. The working title is ‘The Image of You.’ The central character is Lowri, who has been badly scarred in an accident, and moves to the Isle of Wight with her husband to start a new life. The village superficially seems idyllic, but she soon finds that appearances can be deceptive and things are far from what they seem.

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

MG: Amazon, Amazon.UK, iTunes, Nook, Kobo, and Audiobook.

CH: How to Find Mary Grand:

CH: Any closing remarks?

MG: Thank you very much for the opportunity to share these thoughts about my writing, Cheryl. I wish you and all of your readers well.

CH: Thank you so much, Mary Grand, 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 – Tamara Neal

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Title: Venomous Relationships: Learn How to Avoid Common Relationship Bloopers

Genre: Counseling & Psychology /Emotions & Feelings/Abuse

Synopsis: Are you trapped in a venomous, abusive relationship? Does your partner verbally belittle you, making you feel worthless and alone? Are you isolated from your friends, told you’re unlovable, or living under a constant barrage of verbal abuse?

Venomous Relationships exposes the most common, but often unrecognized, abusive relationships—those where one partner emotionally manipulates and verbally abuses the other. Through solid, all-too-real examples, author and emotional abuse survivor, Tamara Neal, helps you identify emotional abuse and makes practical suggestions for moving on, healing, and entering into new, loving relationships.

Tamara Neal, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Tamara Neal. She is a veteran Baltimore County 911 Operator and a Certified Relationship Counselor. Welcome to my blog, Tamara.

CH: Can you tell us why we should read your book?

TN: According to the statistics on the National Domestic Violence Hotline, nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively).  I believe that people should read Venomous Relationships to break the silence of common, less talked about toxic relationships that many women find themselves in everyday, but refuse to acknowledge.

CH: What inspired you to write an inspirational book for others to read?

TN: I was told many years ago that I would write a book that would help women around the world. I knew in my heart that this was true, because I had been writing since I was old enough to pick up a pen. So, this prophecy set over my life, started my mission to find a way to help women, around the world!

CH: The topic of venomous relationships is a real-life situation. At what point did you decide to share this information with other women?

TN: Being a Baltimore County 911 Operator for many years, I found myself the only help available on the other end of the line, while people did some of the most horrendous things to spouses, girlfriends and significant others, all while in the privacy of their homes. I knew long before the infamous elevator, knock down drag out, that there were many Ike and Tina Turners out there that suffered from emotional abuse, at the very least, in silence. I, too, suffered in silence in my own toxic relationship, because being a 911 operator and living in the jurisdiction in which I worked, to call 911, would be to call my co-workers!

I always knew in my heart that I had a women’s relationship book in me; however, it was not until many years later, after coming full circle and reuniting with my first boyfriend and high school prom date, in a loving, healthy, happy marriage, that I was able to write such a book.

What I have come to know now is, to truly I identify a bad apple, you must have first have experienced a good one!

CH: Did you have to do a lot of research for the book?

TN: Being a 911 Operator, afforded me rare opportunity, to be the only help available on the other end of the phone, while people did the unthinkable, in the privacy of their homes, until the police arrived. Therefore, I could study many different types of toxic relationships first hand and I became well informed of how people, of every age, social status and ethnic group, suffered abuse in silence on a daily basis, while in the privacy of their homes.

Having first-hand experience of my own toxic relationships, I guess one could say, that I have been there, done that and wrote the book!

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

TN: Many relationship books are filled with jargon and psychology. My writing style is like having a girlfriend chat in a coffee shop. Many women who suffer from abuse don’t have girlfriends, because they have been isolated from the world by design.

CH: What is your key piece of advice that you have for women in venomous relationships?

TN: My key piece of advice is you will never be able to change anything that you refuse to acknowledge.  So, each chapter includes a Scenario of a venomous relationship filled will all the trauma and drama, some parts of which are hard to swallow—but a reality check always is. Immediately following the scenario there’s the Let’s Talk section, which is like a coffee-shop chat about the scenario. I skip the jargon and the traditional language of psychology, I prefer a personal approach, encouraging the reader to just recognize and reclaim a lot of what she might already know, but will now be able to feel. Next, I have the Conclusion section which is a review of the venomous relationship from the chapter, identifying its tell-tale traits and discussing the red flags in the abusive person that his partner missed when she first met him, so that she can avoid repeating the pattern. Finally, I have the most important page in each chapter, a Today I will Release and Let Go of page has been provided at the end of each chapter. This page is for the reader to document some of what they may already know, but have refused to acknowledge.

CH: Do you find that most women take your advice or do they continue to stay in a venomous relationship?

TN: I find that most women when looking through the chapters in the book at the very least acknowledge that they are, or have been in a venomous relationship and that is a start and a seed for change.

CH: Did you have an outline for your book to include all of the information that you wanted to provide?

TN: Yes, I had ten common less talked about toxic relationships that women find themselves in all the time. and I wanted the reader to be able to identify the tell-tale traits of a toxic person or relationship, even if the toxic person was them.

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

TN: I really want the reader to know that they are not alone and to be able to identify the tell-tale traits of a toxic relationship or person.

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

TN: Many people feel that Venomous Relationships is a relationship primer for all ages and a good book for anyone that is new to the dating world or having problems identifying toxic people.

CH: Do you speak to women’s groups?

TN: Yes, I speak to a variety of groups. You may go to my website to schedule or call 888-503-1575.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

TN: I am working on Baltimore 911 Operator Breaks the Silence. I plan to reveal what it was like for me being a 911 operator during that time in my life, expose the unsung heroes that continue to take emergency calls even while sitting in a building that people are running out of, and break the code of silence that exists among 911 operators that I think the public should know, all while giving some brief 911 real call stories, that people love to hear, including the good, the bad and the ugly!

I plan to self-publish Baltimore 911 Operator; however, I am very open to a traditional publishing company.

CH: How to Find Tamara Neal:

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

TN: My books are available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and most online bookstores. You may obtain a signed copy of any of my books only from my website.

CH: I am so happy to be able to discuss this topic with my audience. Any closing remarks?

TN: Remember, for those people in venomous relationships: You are not alone; your problem is very common. On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States—more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year, according to statistics provided by the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

No man is perfect, so if you think that you have found a man that is, stay tuned. More will be revealed. Learn to trust your intuition, and never ignore something that troubles you so much that you feel it in your gut. When you have a gut feeling, it is your body’s natural way of telling you something. It could be that something is not right about the situation. Take time to get to know a person in every season before you conclude that he is God’s gift to women.

Cheryl, Thank you for having me on your blog.

CH: Thank you so much, Tamara Neal, 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 – Sharon C. Cooper

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Title: Love Under Contract

Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Multicultural

Synopsis: Timing is everything. Sumeera Robinson refuses to settle for less than she desires, even if what she craves is the sexy, smart, and charming Nicolas Jenkins-Moore. At her age, she wants marriage and a family, not the empty promises Nick offers. Yet, there is just something about the man that makes moving on nearly impossible. As the new senior manager of Jenkins & Sons Construction, Nick’s five-year plan is on track with marriage and starting a family at the bottom of the list. Sumeera is as beautiful inside as she is on the outside, but not even she can entice him to abandon his carefully plotted road to success. That is until she walks away without looking back, leaving him yearning for her presence in his life. Nick is determined to convince Sumeera that he wants the same things she wants. But will an unexpected development keep them from the life they desire? Or will fate bring them closer than they’ve ever been before?

Sharon C. Cooper, Author

    

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Sharon C. Cooper. Sharon is a romance-a-holic who writes passionate stories for the true romantic. Welcome to my blog, Sharon.

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

SCC:  Nick let Sumeera go once, but he’s willing to fight to keep her this time.

 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?

SCC:  My story ideas come from all over, and most times they come in bits and pieces. I could be sitting in the airport and a story idea will spark. A concept can come from something I see or hear. Other times it’s an experience that ignites an idea. Sometimes, thoughts of a character and their career come to mind first. Other times, it might be a story theme that pops into my head. And no, I can’t say I have a formula for plots. No two stories are the same or even similar.

CH: The topic of not realizing what you have until it is gone is a real-life situation. How did you come up with the premise for writing this book?

SCC:  Hmm…good question. I think the premise of not appreciating something until its gone is something all of us can relate to. I know, I can. But like my other books, the majority of the ideas for this story came in bits and pieces before I started writing. That particular premise came when I was brainstorming Nick’s (the hero in Love Under Contract), backstory. Though I’m a fan of second chance stories (and have written many of them), this was one topic I hadn’t considered/used before.

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

SCC:  Occasionally, I’ll start a story with a working title before I settle on a title. But normally, when I start a new project, I begin with a title and my book cover. Then I build my stories around those items.

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

SCC:  I try to make my characters feel real. I always want them to seem like people a reader might know or be related to. I also blend humor, sexiness, and everyday situations into my tales.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

SCC: I don’t know that I have a favorite character (in this story or in any of my other stories). I guess if I had to pick one from this story, it would have to be Nick. I loved that he was preparing himself (financially) for marriage. Unfortunately, I don’t think too many people consciously do that these days.

CH: Who was the hardest character to write?

SCC:  I think the hardest character to write was Mona. She’d stayed in what seemed like a loveless relationship for over thirty-plus years. I had to explain (a little) why she’d done it. NOTE: Many readers have asked for a story for Mona and I’m seriously considering it. *Stay Tuned*

CH: Since this is the first book in a series, what is in store for the reader in future books?

SCC:  I’m already enjoying brainstorming the stories for the Jenkins men! There will be more falling in love for them; there’ll be some very nice surprises; and the Jenkins family is growing! Next up is Nate (Nick’s twin brother). He’ll be reunited with a past fling from college. Her name is Liberty and she has recently moved to Cincinnati (where the Jenkins family resides). Unfortunately, she works for one of Jenkins & Sons Construction’s competitors. Needless to say it will be very interesting when she and Nate come face-to-face again! 🙂

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

SCC:  The most noticeable message/theme in my Jenkins & Sons Construction series, as well as my Jenkins Family series is that family comes first. And that even though everyone in the family might be different, it’s important to love the person they are.

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

SCC: The feedback for Love Under Contract has been outstanding! Here’s what some readers are saying:

“Sumeera and Nick are so good together, their love was palpable. I can’t wait to see who is up next.  I fall more in love with these Jenkins with each book.”

“This book gave the warm fuzzy family feel that just makes the reader feel good and want more!”

“This book kept me up until one a.m. I had to finish it. Great story, believable characters, great detail, satisfying ending, a couple I was rooting for the entire time. We all wish we could be a part of the Jenkins family.”

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

SCC: Brenda Jackson, Delaney Diamond, Candace Shaw, Iris Bolling and Kaylea Cross to name a few. I think they are all unique in their own way and I think our writing styles and creative minds would mesh well together. I’ve already done a project with Delaney and Candace; and I had a blast!

CH: Which writer do you admire most and why?

SCC: I think, I admire Brenda Jackson the most for her staying power. After penning over a hundred books, she’s still going strong and continues to entertain her readers.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

SCC: I have a number of projects going on. My next release will be as a contributing author in the Breaking Bad: 14 Tales of Lawless Love Box Set coming July 11th.  NOTE: This box set is currently available for pre-order and is on sale for only $0.99 for a limited time!

Also, Proposal for Love, Book 2 of the Jenkins & Sons Construction series (Nate’s story) is coming soon. And at the end of the year, I’ll be releasing Book 1 in my new Atlanta’s Finest Series. I’m also hoping to drop another Reunited Story (romantic suspense) story before the year ends. *Fingers Crossed*

CH: How to Find Sharon C. Cooper:

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

SCC:  Love Under Contract is sold at Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Createspace, Smashwords, Kobo and iTunes.

CH: Any closing remarks?

SCC: Cheryl, thanks for this opportunity! I appreciate the interview. By the way, if your readers enjoy romantic suspense, now is a great time to check out the first three books in my Reunited Series! They can get my Reunited Series Box Set (Books 1-3), which is a limited edition, for only $1.99! That’s for three full-length stories! NOTE: the box set will only be around for a couple of more weeks. Thanks again!

CH: Thank you so much, Sharon C. Cooper, 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: Blaze Ignites (Scourge Survivor Series Book 1

Genre: Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy

Synopsis: Blaze Ignites blends strong, clever women and tough, sexy men in a fast paced, volatile cocktail of action, seduction and wicked humour.

“Destiny my ass.” Jade Glaster refuses to believe the Fates rule her life. Orphaned after an attack by Scourge soldiers, a young Jade vows never to be powerless again. Once grown and strong, wielding the affinities of fire and healing, Jade protects innocents as an enforcer for her world’s elite policing agency—The Talon.

When an emissary mission to reinstate a race of exiled Elves brings Galan into her life, Jade finds herself overwhelmed by new passions, some welcome, some not. Although Galan’s antiquated views on women offend her to her heated core, when the Scourge attack his family, she helps him navigate the outside worlds he knows nothing about—the magical Realm of the Fair and, stranger still . . . the modern streets of Toronto.

Through their sensually charged pursuit of justice, Jade discovers that when dealing with the Fates—destiny is never random.

 Title: Ursa Unearthed Book 2

Synopsis: Mika’s life has never been normal, but it’s hers.
After being told by the Great Spirit that her destiny is to stand up for the Earth Mother’s children and “save the great species from extinction,” she buries herself in an investigative journalism career hunting down poachers and exposing illegal trade in wildlife exotics. A survivor by nature, she would rather fight injustice than maneuver the hassles and heartache of relationships anyway.

When danger suddenly finds her unprepared, Mika’s perception of her life is shattered and she’s hurled into a realm of magic and murder she does not understand. Seduced by Bruin, the powerful and sexy warrior who saves her life, Mika is catapulted into a world where Were-creatures and Scourge assassins threaten not only her life but her heart as well.

With the boundary between worlds crumbling, Mika realizes that committing to save the great species will draw her deeper into a reality more terrifying to her than anything she’s faced before. Trusting in love.

Title: Torrent of Tears Book 3

Synopsis: With her birthday approaching and her adoptive family angry with her, Lexi doubts her place in her own life. Where had she come from? Where did she truly belong? When her identical twin emerges from the surface of a frozen pond to reclaim her, Lexi abandons the security of Haven to go find out.

Unfamiliar with the customs, laws, and obligations of life in Attalos, Lexi’s warrior habits and acerbic wit clash with everything in her oppressed homeland. At odds with her mother, the royal guards, and her arranged betrothed, Lexi finds a reluctant ally in Rowan, shunned Noble of the Fifth House.

Through their sexually charged pursuit of freedom, Lexi learns that family and love are two very different things.

J. L. Madore, Author

International Author on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog

CH: Today’s Guest Author is International Author J. L. Madore from Canada, who found her muse and began writing. Welcome to my blog, J. L.

CH: Can you sum up the Scourge Survivor Series, and tell us why we should read these books?

JLM: The Scourge Survivor Series is a Fantasy Romance series of 5 (possibly 6) books about rising beyond your circumstances and finding the place you truly belong. The parallels are applicable in everyday life and highlight that family is the group of people who choose you and who you choose to be with, who love you unconditionally, and who will always have your back.

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

JLM: My ideas come from everywhere: travel, books, movies, comments on the radio, song lyrics…anything I hear that sparks an idea or image that resonates.

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

JLM: Usually, I have a character and a situation in mind and scenes start forming. Often, I wake up in the morning and my sub-conscious mind has planned the next scene or figured out a plot twist I have been struggling with. When I hit a block or things aren’t flowing, my husband will often tell me to ‘sleep on it’ because solutions often come to me in my dreams.

CH: When you wrote the first book in the series, did you know it would be a series then?

JLM: Yes, I’ve always planned this series around the five natural elements: fire, earth, water, wind, and spirit. It’s the possibility of the sixth book which has taken me by surprise. I haven’t written the fifth yet, but the scenes and characters seem to have more to say. We’ll see what happens.

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

JLM: Most often people comment on my voice and my characters. I truly do see the scenes as movies playing in my head and try to convey the details of that worldbuilding to my readers. Also, my characters are often a bit insouciant and strong-willed.

CH: You’ve been writing this series for a while. Is there a reason?

JLM: A reason it has taken me a while and I’m still writing it. Just over two years ago, I became the President of a 300-member writing organization—The Writers’ Community of Durham Region. It has taken up most of my time and derailed my own writing, unfortunately. But the story must be told, so I keep at it and will make sure readers get the answers to all their questions.

CH: You recently changed the covers. Was this a suggestion from the readers?

JLM: No, it was a marketing decision. I’m actually using two sets of covers. There are the beautiful Fantasy art covers by David Wysotski I’m using for the print copies, and the more contemporary, sexy abs and skin Romance covers by Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations for the eBooks. I did this for two reasons. First, the books are steamy romance and that doesn’t always come across for genre identification on the fantasy covers. And second, the sexy body-shot covers are only for the eBook format, so no one needs to feel self-conscious about people checking out what they’re reading.

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

JLM: I think I’ve had the most trouble with book 4, Blind Spirit. Lia is a meek, innocent girl in the beginning of her story and for me, that’s a challenge. I’m very comfortable writing strong, outspoken characters and had to pay close attention to what she would say and how she would react to things. It’s also more difficult (for me) to project strength and growth in a character, who is reserved and quite quiet…while still holding reader interest. That book is almost complete now, and I think it was worth the struggles.

CH: Which character in the series was your favorite to write?

JLM: I have several. Lexi is so much fun. She says what she thinks and is a stab first, think later kinda girl. No filter. No restraint. She’s always making me laugh. Kobi, Bruin, and Cowboy are much the same. But it’s Aust, who tugs at my heart. Of all the characters, I need him to find his love and where he belongs most. He’s the anchor character for the overarching series plot and he will take us to the finish line of the series in the end.

CH: Is there a message in this series that you want the readers to grasp?

JLM: Sure. It’s about unconditional love and belonging. About finding your place with people who accept you for who you are making them your family. You love who you love, after all.

CH: How did you come up with the premise for writing your fantasy novels?

JLM: This one came to me, while my husband and I took a year and lived in a Panamanian rainforest with our kids. We only had 1 novel, my daughter’s copy of Twilight, and I read it about a hundred times and started thinking…my hero would do this, and my heroine would say that…so, I started writing it down.

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

JLM: In this genre, definitely J. R. Ward. I’m addicted to her novels, love her male characters, love her plot twists, love, love, love her voice. (Readers will notice that it’s very similar to mine.)

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of this series?

JLM: I’ve had great feedback and amazing reviews. I’ve been very blessed that the series has been so well received. From characters, to worldbuilding, to plot, to villains, to love twists and turns, the readers seem happy. It’s an author’s greatest thrill to read reviews of how readers connect with the story and I’ve been so pleased.

CH: What is the most rewarding aspect of writing in this genre?

JLM: In the writing itself, I’d have to say I love making up crazy scenarios, quirky, witty characters, and entertaining people. It’s incredibly fulfilling to be able to create something that alters the mood of a reader. If I can help them escape reality for a bit and let them laugh and fall in love, it’s a great day. Of course, reader feedback, as I mentioned, is my absolute favorite thing.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

JLM: Well, I’m finishing this series. Book 3 Torrent of Tears is on pre-order on Amazon and Book 4 Blind Spirit is almost ready for edits. While that’s in process, I have an angels and demons trilogy coming out, and I’m also working on a couple other outlines for a new series.

CH: How to Find J. L. Madore:

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

JLM: I’m exclusive with Amazon, so my books are there and available for Kindle Unlimited download.

CH: Any closing remarks?

JLM: Thanks so much for having me, Cheryl. It’s readers and bloggers, who make it possible for me to do what I love and love what I do. I wish everyone the same happiness with whatever their bliss might be and wherever it might take them. Much love, JL.

CH: Thank you so much, J. L. Madore, 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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