Cheryl Holloway Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day on April 29, 2017

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                    Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 29, 2017

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.

A Special Thanks to www.indiebookstoreday.com.

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Cheryl Holloway on International Pay It Forward Day April 28, 2017

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International Pay It Forward Day

Today is International Pay It Forward Day and I pay it forward 365 days a year. I am Cheryl Holloway, author and writer, and I am always in the Pay-It-Forward spirit of gratitude,

As most of you know, I have been paying it forward to other authors for well over a decade. I began to pay it forward with the internet radio show, Just About Books Talk Show, where I provided a one-hour live interview with authors about their books. I started the show in 2005 because I had a hard time getting the information out about my book, A Forgotten Negro League Star: A Personal Look at Al Burrows.

Then, I started my blog in 2013 to promote my romance books: Cougar Tales: Father and Son; Cougar Tales: The Italian Basketball Player; Cougar Tales: Jamaican Love; The Proposal: A Leap of Faith; and A Sisterhood of Women Living Life: A Short Story Collection Book 1.  So, once again I decided to pay it forward with Guest Author Interviews for any author from unknown Indie authors to well-known celebrity authors.

Of course, I wanted to make sure that I interviewed the originator of Pay-It-Forward and asked Catherine Ryan Hyde to be a Celebrity Guest Author on my blog. She agreed and the rest is history.

You can read Catherine Ryan Hyde’s interview here: http://www.cherylholloway.net/blog/2014/07/25/celebrity-guest-author-interview-catherine-ryan-hyde/

Remember: Every act of kindness creates a ripple effect that spreads from person to person with no end in sight.

So, on my blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.

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Guest Author Interview – T. P. Miller

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Title: It Should Have Been You

Genre: African American/Romance

Synopsis: Joshua Coleman had it all—a good life, a good job and a great group of friends. The only thing that kept him up at night was the fact that he thought his girlfriend, Nycole, was using him for all she could. It wasn’t until he started looking in another direction when he realized that Nycole wasn’t her.

 

T. P. Miller, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is T. P. Miller. She decided to pick up her pen as a hobby and has been writing ever since. Welcome to my blog, T. P.

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

TPM: I spend a lot of time trying to create realistic characters that go through real life things.

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

TPM: Different places—some come from real life, some come from random ideas, and others come from people watching. It just depends on what strikes me and interests me; and how I can shape the story and the characters.

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

TPM: It depends on the book. Sometimes, I have the whole concept and I just outline and write. At other times, I have to write the beginning and I have to listen to the characters to see where the story goes.

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

TPM: It Should Have Been You was a book that I came up with when I was first starting out. It was very loosely based on my husband and I. We were best friends before we dated and I wanted to show how love could grow.

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

TPM: What I think is different about my writing style is I try to create strong women leads. Women that establish themselves and aren’t afraid to work for what they want. Honestly, most of the characters that I write are strong.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

 TPM: In It Should Have Been You, my favorite character to write would have to be Nycole. She had so many issues! So many false ideas of what love should be.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

TPM: Joshua. This was the first time that I’ve written a book in the male point of view. So, I wanted to try to be as authentic as possible. I asked my husband a lot of random questions to piece together what the character would do.

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

TPM: In this book, my message is love is everywhere—if you take a chance and look in the right places.

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

TPM: Readers ask if there’s going to be more from these characters and I can’t say that I won’t come back to their lives. Any standalone could have a sequel.

CH: You’ve written a few books in different genres. So, what has attributed to your success in your writing career?

TPM: I think being able to write in different genres makes it exciting for both me and the readers. I love coming up with different storylines and seeing how the readers react to them.

 CH: Are there any writers that you consider your mentor? If so, who and why?

 TPM: I do have a few people that I consider my mentor. There are so many to name; however, Leslie Esdaile and KR Bankston are two amazing authors that I can say took time out to answer some of my questions when I first started out. I was fortunate enough to work with KR, so that’s a major accomplishment for me.

CH: Do you have any writing tips for new authors?

TPM: Do what comes natural. Don’t follow the fad and just write what you know and like.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

TPM: I’m working on the sequel to my urban paranormal novel and a book with my husband that we hope to have out this year.

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

TPM:  On Amazon

CH: How to Find T. P. Miller:

CH: Any closing remarks?

 TPM: I hope that your audience will take a little time to live the world of Joshua and Cynthia and enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thank you so much for having me!

CH: Thank you so much, T. P. Miller, 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 – J. T. Hume

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Title: Saturday’s Child: An Emma Parks CPS Novel

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Urban

Synopsis: In her second book, CPS social worker Emma Parker is forced to face her turbulent past as she tries to solve a young girl’s kidnapping; yet, events are not as simple as they appear. Emma’s family is facing their own life and death struggles, but they won’t reach out to her because of their own dark secrets, plus the family’s powerful matriarch is in town demanding Emma’s attention and seeking answers. The worst revelation is the kidnapped girl’s neighbor may be the prime suspect, and he’s one of Emma’s bosses, the city mayor. Could Emma lose her job and her lover in the police department when the truth comes out?

J. T. Hume, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is J. T. Hume. His books are flavored with love and romance. Welcome to my blog, J. T.

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

JTH: Saturday’s Child was written to remind us that while we may be victims of other’s mistakes, we can find the strength and maturity not to be victims for the rest of our lives.

CH: This book is contemporary fiction/urban life. So, where do your ideas come from?

JTH: Like every writer, I draw on personal and professional experiences, as well as, a random imagination that doesn’t quite sync up with the real world. On long walks, I juggle ideas like a circus clown, trying to fit disparate pieces together in some sensible combination. For my first book, Duties Faithfully Executed, it started with two polar opposite concepts: a government employee and the out-of-the-blue idea of, ‘How can a broken person become better than he views himself?’

CH: This is the sequel to your favorite book. Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

JTH: Both books, Hope Knocks Twice and Saturday’s Child, revolve around a newbie worker in Child Protective Services. I was fortunate to be employed in a supporting role to CPS workers, whose great strength and endless empathy for their kids can only be admired. In fact, that first book is dedicated to my former colleagues in CPS. The situations described emulate real-life CPS cases—both local and found on the internet—but are not exact copies of real-life situations, as that would be invasive to the victims.

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

JTH: Not even. I’m still trying to find my writing strength, candidly, so my books are sort of all over the place. One day, someone demanded a sequel to Hope Knocks Twice as a Christmas present, which was a relief. I’m a terrible shopper, and in this instance, it was easier to write the book than spend hours at the mall finding that one perfect gift. So, boom, an unplanned sequel.

CH: How did you decide to make the prime suspect her boss? Wouldn’t that situation make it hard to investigate?

JTH: Without too much spoiling, the main character and the boss have a negative history and quite a bit of unresolved business. This history shaped the main character’s life for years, and sent her down paths best not taken. Does this book resolve those issues? The reader must decide for themselves.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

JTH: Loved ones, colleagues past and present, acquaintances, the usual suspects. People are complex and multi-dimensional, and they don’t live in books, though that’s where we meet them. They are living, breathing creatures with memories, experiences, and feelings that can be expressed and hurt. My hope is that readers feel the characters’ emotions as they travel alongside the characters.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

JTH: Any of the negative people, I suppose. My worldview is individuals are good people, down to their souls, and that there is something redemptive and positive about everyone we meet. There are those who do not or cannot hear their higher angels, and their actions are ultimately guided by avarice and anger. I cannot relate to these personalities, and sometimes find it difficult to make them believable characters.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

JTH: The main character’s grandmother and family matriarch. I’m not ashamed or embarrassed to admit I used my own grandmother as a guide, as she continues to this day to be a role model for my family. Women of strength and good character should be lauded in print, and emulated in real life, as often as possible.

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

JTH: As I said, my imagination is not quite in sync with the world, and I try to push as much of that chaos into my books. The eternal struggle is to hold the noise down to a reasonable level. I’m a great believer in giving readers facts to believe the words in front of them, but adding enough seasoning so they can suspend their disbelief a tiny bit. I tend to err toward believability, a challenge I continue to work on in my current works in progress.

CH: Is this book considered a novella?

JTH: Technically, yes. The book rings in at a relatively short 202 pages. It’s a Christmas present, not the great American novel. But I caution folks about getting caught up in word counts and such. While I am not a Hemingway by any stretch, The Old Man and the Sea was a novella that changed the modern literary scene and won the Pulitzer. Whenever people start counting pages, they should start with The Old Man and the Sea  to shape the discussion.

CH: You’ve only written four books, so what has attributed to your success in your writing career so far?

JTH: Success is relative to each of us. If you count books and sales, my awesome daughter SM Reine is a far more successful writer than I’ll ever hope to be. My personal vision of success is getting my odd combination of words and phrases out into the public view where they may or may not make some kind of impact. Perhaps someday, I’ll make enough money to have to declare the dollars on my tax form, but for now, I’m content to write, publish, and move on to the next novel.

CH: Do you have a writing partner?

JTH: A partner, a muse, a lover, and a soulmate, all wrapped up in one person, Cassidy Carson, another would-be writer struggling to find her voice. We’ve been bouncing ideas off each other and building mutual memories for thirty-five years now. Saturday’s Child was written for her. Cassidy is stuck with me for the rest of my life, lucky for me.

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

JTH: A month. I’ll usually have most of the book outlined and written in my head before I touch a keyboard. On the other hand, the editing takes three to four months. Editing is far more stressful than writing, and I do employ professional editors. To me, this is the phase that separates the professionals from the amateurs. If readers are going spend time and money on my books, then I believe I must do my absolute best to polish the final product.

CH: What has been the most important thing that you’ve learned about writing?

JTH: There’s no rest for the wicked. Writing is a 24/7 experience, and plot lines and character development are never far from my thoughts, whether I am at work or play. I’ve lost sleep because of ideas pinging inside the old cranium, but I wouldn’t have my writing life any other way.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

JTH: Maggie is a small-town sheriff in eastern Nevada trying to find a balance between life and work, all while trying to solve murders and keep the peace in the lawless West. The drafts of the first chapters are on my web site.

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

JTH: Amazon Kindle.

CH: Where to Find J. T. Hume:

CH: Any closing remarks?

JTH: I’m deeply appreciative of your energy and efforts to give a voice to independent authors such as myself. This is a special service you’re providing, giving your followers a chance to see books and learn about authors who may otherwise be lost in the tidal wave of 21st Century publishing. Thank you and kudos!

CH: Thank you so much, J. T. Hume, 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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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Seven Sentence Sunday

Once Upon a Time

 

Most of my readers enjoy Seven Sentence Sunday and often request the short stories. 

I write a short story using only seven sentences. I also use this as a writing exercise in the writing workshops that I present. 

Title: A Closer Relationship With My Father

The young man had gotten into serious trouble and was afraid that his father would be mad at him.

His father saw him upset and crying uncontrollably.

The young man knew that his father would be angry with him—again.

But instead, his father forgave him, and comforted him with a firm hug; after all they had been through a lot.

He put his arms around the young man and told him that they would work it out together.

His dad told him how much he loved him and the young man realized that he and his father now had a better loving and understanding relationship than he had ever imagined.

The young man knew that his communication and relationship with his father was better than ever…his heavenly Father.

The End

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Thanks for reading this story. Please give me some feedback and tell me if you like it or what you think about the topic.

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Vote for Miracle’s Destiny By Author Georgette Littlejohn

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Title: Miracle’s Destiny

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Romance

Synopsis: Miracle had no clue that keeping her brother Joseph’s secret would blindside her marriage. She’s also holding back about Karma, her husband’s sister. Mychal isn’t without his own discretion when faced with Joseph’s reality Mychal is peering in the closet at his own skeletons. Miracle is the confidant of the family and is expected to hold it together, but her life is evaporating before her eyes. Will Miracle heal from her untruths and get her hectic life back that she often complained about?

Georgette Littlejohn, Debut Author

Vote for Miracle’s Destiny!

Readers preview an excerpt of the book and nominate the book for publication by Kindle Press. If Kindle Press publishes the book, the reader receives a copy of the book FREE. So, if Miracle’s Destiny wins the campaign, you receive a free copy…so go vote now at:
https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/3P5DKEVTXU454

Thanks for the support! 

The campaign runs from April 12th through May 12th. Please VOTE and share with your family and friends…so they can vote, too!

 CH: Good Luck to my author friend, Georgette Littlejohn.  It has been a real pleasure discussing the book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and you would enjoy this book, please get your vote in before May 12th. I voted on the first day! THANKS. 

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Guest Author Interview – Isabel James

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Title: The Crow’s Nest (The White Pearl Series Book 2)

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense

Synopsis: It’s a tapestry of self-discovery, woven together with mythological symbolism, raw emotional scars and unvarnished sexuality that surrounds the lives of Jack Cavallaro and Linzi Basset, who, by pure chance, come together to share their crippled lives, warts and all. It is a confessional treatise, a mutual acknowledgement of their own demons. And through the painful process of baring their souls to each other, they unburden their feelings in a story of death, sex and violence.

With their fate now sealed, they have no recourse but to follow the uncharted course that lies ahead. Their destiny was decided before they met when they opened their hearts to each other, resulting in an explosive, white-hot passion that detonated between them until Jack’s past caught up with them and threatened not just their newfound love, but their lives.

Isabel James, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Isabel James. Isabel is a confluence of two imaginative minds. Welcome to my blog, Isabel.

CH: Can you sum up your book for my audience?

IJ: The White Pearl is a journey over a number of books of self-discovery, woven together with mythological symbolism, raw emotional scars and unvarnished sexuality that surrounds the lives of two lovers, who by pure chance, come together to share their crippled lives, warts and all. It is a confessional treatise, a mutual acknowledgement of their own demons. And through the painful process of baring their souls to each other, they unburden their visceral feelings towards each other that unfolds into a tapestry of death, sex and violence.

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?

IJ: The ideas are drawn from a reservoir of personal life experiences. There are no standard plots other than that of the human condition and how it is affected by the evolution of real events. What is written is a composite of real characters who inhabit a particular time and place emotionally and physically.

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

IJ: It’s a combination of fiction and non-fiction embellished with the real and the imagined. The hard part is making it sing.

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

IJ: We wanted to wrap a trilogy into a package containing a series of emerging events, real and imagined, that surround a cast of characters who become engulfed by the powerful imprint of their own emotional past.

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

IJ: No. The first book was a short story to see if we would be able to write a book and once we did, it naturally developed into the next book.

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

IJ: I think the one that will be the hardest to write is book 3, which is now in the beginning stages. It’s a prequel—based on reality—that shines a light on the chaos and it’s after effects.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write? Who was the hardest character to write?

IJ: The two protagonists in the first two books are based on the authors. The hardest part was to re-open and expose emotional wounds from the past to my co-writer and the reader. But the spiritual journey was worth it.

CH: Is this story more about one person than the other?

IJ: This is a story about both authors—warts and all.

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

IJ: Yes. Socrates spoke it and lived by it and it is that the unexamined life is not worth living. Never be afraid to face your inner demons and be open to emotional growth and spiritual enlightenment.

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

IJ: To put the reader into the scene as a spectator using the  power of the written word as a device for them to see and feel the raw, unvarnished and unexpurgated thoughts and behavior of the characters that inhabit the pages of the books.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

IJ: We’re in the process of writing a novella—a paranormal series involving vampires, werewolves, etc.—in the modern world, The Rogue Chronicles and book 3 of The White Pearl is in the beginning stages, as well.

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

IJ: We’ve been able to connect with readers with a writing style that is descriptive, intensely intimate and unashamedly provocative. We openly explore the powerfully sensual and erotic emotions that rule human nature.

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

IJ: This is one five-star review that said it all:

“The narrative is rich and thought-provoking. I think the writers are each other’s Yin and Yang. To really get the essence of this book, you need to dig deep and find that spiritual lilt of mind. The description of the bike ride and how it unfolds is very riveting. The handful of characters are well developed. Written from the POV of both the lead characters, the story is indeed an emotional unravelling of feelings.”

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

IJ: Shakespeare. Because he was a master wordsmith.

CH: Where else can you be found?

IJ: Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012476927575

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/isabeljames_1

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

IJ: Our books are available on Amazon.

CH: How to Find Isabel James:

CH: Any closing remarks?

IJ: Cheryl, Thank you for the opportunity to share our book with your audience.  To really get the essence of this book, you have to love the written word and want to feel and taste them as they are brought together and used to construct these stories. Readers, be brave and read our story. It is guaranteed to take you on an emotional journey of your own.

CH: Thank you so much, Isabel James, 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 – Jim McDonald, Jr.

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Title: Twilight to Son Shine: The 1st poems (Thoughts Into Poetry) (Volume 1)

Genre: Poetry

Synopsis: This is a book of poetry, describing different times in my life. Ranging from my parents, then through an era of drinking and drugging, while raising my two sons (without their mother), into depression and subsequently, quitting the drink and drugs and surrendering to the blood of Christ Jesus.

Jim McDonald, Jr., Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Jim McDonald, Jr. He recently published his debut book of poetry. Welcome to my Blog, Jim.

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

JM: In a sense, this book of poetry is my memoir and each poem describes an everyday life situation that you might be able to relate to.

CH: What inspires or motivates you to write poetry?

JM: My life has been filled with drinking, drugging and depression, while raising my two sons (Jamie and Billy) without their mother. The three of us made it through all of that with the help of my mom and God.

To answer your question more concisely though: God, mom, my sons and my grandkids inspire me.

CH: How do you begin writing a book of poetry?

JM: I started writing poems to get recurring thoughts out of my head and heart. It became very therapeutic, so I continued to write them. I maintain a running total of new poems for the next book of poems in the series entitled, Thoughts Into Poetry.

A friend read a couple of them and said, “We need to get these published.”

CH: How do you chose which poems will be included in your book?

JM: This particular set of poems are set in a chronological order: early on thoughts of family, the hole that depression pitted me in, some everyday issues, then Twilight to Son Shine ends with the spiritual up lifting, that only God can provide.

CH: Is this book of poetry considered a memoir?

JM: Yes, it is. As you might have gathered from the above questions, my first wife left Jamie, Billy and myself, when they were four and two. I raised them with help from my mom and whatever woman was in my life at the time. I drank and drugged for the next twelve years, until Jesus and Bill Wilson led me out of the fracas and into sobriety.

I lost my home, when I got sick and became a disabled carpenter. Having no desire to become a burden to my family or friends, I bought an old beat-up houseboat and started writing about my life as I floated up and down with the tide and this memoir is what became of it.

CH: Why did you decide to write this book of poems?

JM: The book actually started with doodles on napkins, backs of receipts and on scraps of paper. At some point, I gathered all these up and started putting them on my computer.

More importantly, now it’s a book that my grandkids might read, when I’m not around anymore.

CH: What do most poorly-written poems have in common?

JM: I can’t really say, because I’m new at this, but I think that poetry should make sense and not an abstract set of words—just my opinion.

CH: What do most well-written poems have in common?

JM: Again, this is my opinion, but I would think good poems have a meaningful message in them and pull the reader along with it.

CH: Has your idea of what poetry is changed since you began writing poems?

JM: Yes. In the past, I didn’t know how to read poetry. So, it was difficult to understand. In 2012, I attended the local college, College of Southern Maryland, to learn how to write. I have a lifetime of hard luck stories, but learning how to write them in a clear and coherent manner took some time and I’m still learning.

CH: Do you use social media—facebook and twitter—to help get the word out about your poetry?

JM: I try, but who knows how well it works. The following are my sites.

Facebook –  https://facebook.com/jimmcdonaldjr

Twitter –  https://twitter.com/hats_a_plenty

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-mcdonald-8119b256

CH: What poets do you read?

JM: Langston Hughes, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman….

CH: What genre of books do you read? What book are you currently reading?

JM: Normally, human interest stories. Right now though, I’m writing more than reading. However, I do have a book mark in Brother Against Brother (Civil War) by William C. Davis.

CH: How long did it take you to write your book of poems?

JM: Six months, after I started compiling the notes, but it took sixty-two years to live it.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

JM: I used to play a game with my sons; I would give them three unrelated words and they were supposed to tell me a story using them.

However, now on my blog,  From My Head to Yours, which I’m in the process of upgrading to become my Website, https://jfmcdonaldjr.com/your-three-words-my-little-story, I ask people to give me the words, then I write little stories using them. It’s called, ‘Your three words, my little story.’

I will probably compile that book next. Each story will be accompanied by a picture that I have personally taken. The pictures might not have anything to do with the stories though.

After that, probably another book of poetry.

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

JM: Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

CH: How to Find Jim McDonald, Jr.:

CH: Any closing remarks?

JM: Cheryl, thank you so much for taking the time and interest in my life and book. Also, each poem has a corresponding photo that is meaningful to that particular poem.

CH: Thank you so much, Jim McDonald, Jr., 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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Celebrity Guest Author Interview – Mary Crawford

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Title: Tough: A Hidden Hearts Novel Book 5

Genre: Romance/Inspirational

Synopsis: Savannah Lyons has her secrets. She buried them in the past long ago, and she’d like to leave them there. She never talks about her past with anyone—especially wickedly handsome restaurant owners like the guy next door.

Casey Moore has met women with moves and instincts like hers before but not since he was a teenage runaway. He lost his best friend to the streets, and for once, he hopes his razor-sharp intuition is dead wrong, because there’s just something about Savannah that turns him from a tough guy to a tender heart.

Authors note: This book contains descriptive memories of sexual abuse. It may be disturbing to some.

Mary Crawford, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Celebrity Mary Crawford. She writes because love matters and differences don’t. Welcome to my blog, Mary.

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

MC: You should read my book because it is a fascinating look into the psychology of overcoming.

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

MC: My ideas come from everywhere. It could be a conversation I overhear in the line at the grocery store, from a story-line I see on the news, or a song I like.

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

MC: I am a dyed in the wool pantser. I basically start with characters and a blank sheet of paper—or, in my case, a computer screen—and start from there. Sometimes, I don’t know where my characters are going to take me.

CH: This book is about sexual abuse in Savannah’s past. How did you come up with the premise for writing this book?

MC: The character of Savanna came into being in Love is More Than Skin Deep. In that book, she was more of a minor character with a mysterious past. I started thinking about what would make her be so secretive. Given the set of circumstances under which Shelby and Savannah were brought up, it seems likely to me that she would be naïve enough to fall victim to a predator.

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

MC: My tagline is ‘Because love matters, differences don’t.’ My books celebrate inclusion and diversity. I want to make different more acceptable. Differences between us are more than just race or gender. It’s a disability, body type, age, economic background and life experience. I want my characters to seem like normal people you could meet on the street in your town.

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

MC: How you view yourself is not necessarily how others view you and you are not the sum of your past.

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

MC: To the extent that Savannah is a tough survivor who tends to take blame for things that are not her fault, probably a great deal. However, I am less like Savannah than some of my other characters.

CH: Over the years, you’ve written several books. So, what has attributed to your success in your writing career?

MC: I am persistent. What I don’t know, I try to figure out. I am naturally curious. I write almost every day, seven days a week.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

MC: In the Hidden Hearts Series, Ketki is my favorite character to write just because her response to the world is so unique and different from my other characters.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

MC: It was a little difficult for me to write Savannah’s father. I just don’t share his worldview.

CH: Since this book this is part of a series, do readers need to read the previous books in the series? 

MC: All of my books can be read as standalone novels. It is fun to read the whole series because you can see how characters grow and change, but you don’t need to do so to be able to understand a new book in either series.

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

MC: Generally, the vast majority of the feedback is positive. If someone has a negative review, I try to take any usable information out of the review and apply it to future works.

CH: Are there any writers that you consider your mentor? If so, who and why?

MC: Linda Kage was the inspiration for my career. I started as a beta reader for her and she encouraged me to write my own stories. She held my hand a lot during the first book. She was a phenomenal cheerleader and tough coach.

CH: Do you have any writing tips for new authors?

MC: Yes, write every day and be accountable to someone. Sprints are magic, and start a Story Bible from your first book.

CH: What can we expect next from you? 

MC: Tayanita’s story is next in a book entitled Rectify. It will be released May 16, 2017. Right now, I am working on two novellas for charity anthologies. However after I’m done, I will be telling Katie’s story in a novel entitled Pieces. I expect to publish Pieces sometime in the middle of July.

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

MC: My books are currently available on Amazon, Kindle iBooks, Nook, and kobo. They are also available in paperback. You can find out more by going to MaryCrawfordAuthor.com/books

CH: How to Find Mary Crawford:

CH: Any closing remarks?

MC: It is my practice to name a charity in conjunction with each book to receive 15% of my net profits. If you have a charity which has national or international reach, and you would like to see me highlight it, please let me know at mary@marycrawfordauthor.com. Thanks, Cheryl.

CH: Thank you so much, Mary Crawford, 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 – Robert Skuce

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Title: Kiss of Death

Genre: Suspense/Thriller

Synopsis: Homicide detective, Bruno Norcross, is called to investigate the brutal murder of a college call girl. This isn’t just any other crime scene. Bruno has seen this scene before, only the last time, the killer got away leaving Bruno feeling as though his career is incomplete. Nobody escapes Bruno’s grasp twice and when his nemesis arises again, it’s time to bring him in. A serial killer, only known as the Kiss of Death, is back, only this time he made a mistake. A witness, like no other, was left behind and this witness knows the victim better than anyone.

Rosie’s stalker, Ashley Truelove knows everything about her, from what she wears to who she sees. The question isn’t can Ashley help Bruno catch the killer, but will he? With meager and confusing clues, two known victims and time running out, Bruno realizes that the cost of bringing the murderer to justice will be paid in blood. With the police Sergeant on his back to catch this killer and provide justice for the death of his daughter, Bruno is racing against time. Kiss of Death only hunts occasionally and time is running out before he vanishes again. Can Bruno find the evidence to stop him or will he escape his clutches once again?

Robert Skuce, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is Canadian writer, Robert Skuce. After dabbling in different genres, he found himself at home as a thriller/crime writer. Welcome to my blog, Robert.

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

RS: It’s a great mystery that has me challenging anyone to figure out who did it in the end.

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

RS: Honestly, it was just a discussion I was having with my wife. She mentioned I would be good at this kind of story and in the end, I wrote Kiss of Death from an idea that I had that would stump people.

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?

RS: No standard formula or any real structure to my writing. I get an idea in my head, either watching television or in a dream and it develops as I start putting the idea on paper.

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

RS: It was tough to make it realistic. Mainly because of the research that came with it. It was a difficult process, but eventually the story just came together.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

RS: I get inspiration from the people around me. I take those I meet in real life or see on television and it helps me to put my characters together. I get an idea of what I want and I add real people to the mix and this is the result.

CH: Which character was hardest to write? 

RS: Bruno was the hardest to write. I needed him to be very knowledgeable, very deceptive and he was a difficult character to write. He turned out exactly like I wanted.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

RS: I loved writing Ashley. He is the stalker with true love fantasies and quirky ideals. I really enjoyed developing him.

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

RS: I try to create stories that are believable with endings that are unpredictable. It’s like taking a roller coaster ride and I try to keep that thrill going from beginning to end.

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?

RS: Absolutely. I love taking my readers on a ride that will keep them wanting to turn the pages. I watch my wife read and when she is hooked on a book, she can’t put it down. It was my desire to do that for my readers.

CH: Are any of your personal experiences reflected in your writing?

RS: A lot actually. Not in the sense that you can read something and say that it’s me, but more like the concept of things. I like to take things that I have either experienced personally, or experienced through others and put it into my books. It helps make the book more personal and relatable.

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

RS: Stephen King, for sure. I love how twisted his mind must be to write the books he does and to me that is a mind I would love to pick. It would be a fantastic opportunity to work with him. I have a lot to learn and I know he can teach it to me.

CH: Which writer do you admire most and why?

RS: Once again, Stephen King. I love how detailed his books are and his style. It is what I hope to strive to be or at least come close to.

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

RS: Many are telling me how they didn’t guess what would happen at the end. I like that as it was what I was aiming for.

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

RS: Yes, I am currently working on another book.

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

RS: You can find my book online in most online retail stores, such as Amazon and Smashwords, etc.

CH: How to Find Robert Skuce:

CH: Any closing remarks?

RS: Cheryl, Thank you very much for this opportunity. I hope those who read my books will enjoy them and I look forward to future projects.

CH: Thank you so much, Robert Skuce, 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 – K. M. Jackson

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Title: To Me I Wed (Unconventional Brides Romance series)

Genre: African American Romance

Synopsis: Have your cake—and true love too…Nightmare bridesmaids’ dresses, tasteless fondant icing, budget-busting wedding expenses—some women just aren’t about it. They’ll laugh off tradition, make their own rules—and find the most outrageous ways possible to flip wedding day lockstep into true love.

She’s done, finished, had it. Between her family’s expectations and being always-a-bridesmaid, Lily Perry is fed up with being nagged to find a husband. She’s happy with her life—and tired of being burned by “nice guys” who demand she fit their dreams. So she’s going to settle the issue once and for all: by marrying herself. And celebrated chef Vincent Caro’s fabulous restaurant is the perfect place for a big-time, blow-out, not-hearing-it-any-more wedding. Lily doesn’t care if everyone—including Vincent—thinks she’s crazy. Especially when his mouth-watering talent and no-commitments style ignites one sizzling, no-strings fling, or two…or more.

But no matter how hard they try to keep things light, their relationship keeps getting hotter. The more Vincent helps Lily tackle unexpected trouble, the more he finds she might be everything he’s ever wanted. Can she afford to forget caution and finally let go? And can they both take a risk to discover if what they have is meant to last long after the dessert course?

K. M. Jackson, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is K. M. Jackson. A few years ago, She took the leap of faith and decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer because she felt that we needed diverse romance. Welcome to my blog, K. M.

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

KM J: First thank you so much for having me here and thank you to your readers for joining us. Now, wow, 20 words or less… here goes… Lily Perry is fed up with being nagged to find a husband. So she’s settling the issue by marrying herself.

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

 KM J: My story ideas come from anywhere and everywhere. I can listen to a song on the radio and it can spark a story idea or a news story can bring on an idea. The funny way I got the idea for Insert Groom Here, book 1 in my Unconventional Bride Series is that I first heard my then pastor say those words during a sermon and I thought it would be a great book title, so I developed a story around it.

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

 KM J: For me no story is standard. They all have lives of their own. If they were standard they would be pretty dull. I don’t always get the whole concept but a grain of an idea and then I build off that. Ultimately though, the characters take the story where it wants to go.

CH: This idea is different—marrying yourself. How did you come up with the premise for writing this book?

KM J: For To Me I Wed, book 2, I got the idea from an internet article I read about a woman who threw a wedding for herself and I was intrigued. With a bit of research I found out she wasn’t the only one.

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

 KM J: Both. Sometimes the title comes first, as it did with Insert Groom Here and sometimes the story comes first. With traditional publishing, you don’t get to always keep your working title, so you do have to be flexible.

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

KM J: I like to think my voice is what sets me apart. I tend to let my characters go and say pretty much exactly what they are thinking on the page. I also don’t go for heroines who are perfect, because I’ve yet to meet those type of women in real life, so I like to show women who are us as we are or like the friends we’d like to hang out with.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

KM J: Now, this is so hard. It’s like picking your favorite child and as a mother of twins I don’t like to choose favorites. I will say I loved writing Lily Perry in To Me I Wed. She’s so take charge but also vulnerable and shows it. I like that about her. But mostly my favorite character to write is the one I just finished writing. LOL

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

KM J: That’s easy. The hardest is always the one I’m currently writing.

CH: Since this book this is part of a series, do readers need to read the first book in the series?

KM J: It’s always nice if readers do read the books that came before because I have other characters who make cameo appearances, but it’s not necessary because the stories are of new couples falling in love, so they can stand alone.

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

KM J: Yes, love can come at you in unexpected ways when you least expect it. Just be open.

CH: What other genre that you haven’t written in would you like to write a book?

KM J: That would probably be historical or mystery. I enjoy reading those genres.

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

KM J: Gosh this is so hard. There are so many authors I admire. I was lucky enough to be in a holiday anthology called Holiday Temptation with Farrah Rochon and Donna Hill and that was such a thrill for me. I’d love to work with either of these women again.

CH: Which writer do you admire most and why?

KM J: For me, I admire any writer that sits in the chair and gets the work done. Writing is a tough job and you don’t know how hard until you make the commitment to sit down and actually do it. I tip my hat to those that persevere and don’t give up because it’s truly not for the faint of heart.

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

KM J: My journey is quite a long one. But the short story is I started writing seriously when I left my job as a fashion designer to be home with my twins after losing our sitter. It took many years and more rejections than I cared to count to finally get picked up by a small digital and POD publisher. I, ultimately, parted ways with that publisher and self-published my work and one of my self-pubbed books, Bounce won a Golden Leaf Award from the New Jersey chapter of Romance Writers of America, which helped me get my foot in the door with my traditional publisher Kensington Books. My story is definitely not one of overnight success.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

KM J: At this time, To Me I Wed Book 2 in the Unconventional Brides series is coming out on April 25th and up for pre-orders now! Yay! The third book in that series The Betting Vow will be released in September.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

KMJ: I can be found on the web and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KmJacksonAuthor/

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

KM J: My Unconventional Brides Series is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Kensington or wherever books are sold.

CH: How to Find K. M. Jackson:

CH: Any closing remarks?

KM J: Once again thank you so much for having me. It has been an honor to be here and meet your readers. Happy Reading everyone!

CH: Thank you so much, K. M. Jackson, 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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Celebrity Guest Author Interview – A. C. Arthur

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Title: Falling For A Donovan (The Donovans Book 14)

Genre: African American Romance

Synopsis: When all hell breaks loose…
Bailey Donovan’s family has been dealt a serious blow. While her cousin’s wife fights for her life, a manhunt has ensued for Roslyn Ausby. Bailey’s twin brother’s wedding plans have been halted by his fiancé’s problematic pregnancy. Her father is still recovering from his heart attack and another cousin is on sabbatical for reasons nobody in the family knows. Now is definitely not the time for Bailey to have urges she’s never before experienced. And it’s certainly not the time for her to fall for a man’s hot kisses and tender caresses—especially, not this man.

It’s good to have someone to hold onto.
Navy SEAL Devlin Bonner’s dark past races to catch up with him, just in time to throw a monkey wrench in the steamy romance he has going with Bailey. While the word “romance” has never been in his vocabulary, the thought of losing Bailey either in this war her family has going or through a secret threatened to be revealed by someone Dev once called a friend, is not acceptable. And for Dev, the unacceptable must always be eliminated.
Will the chances he’s taken to be with Bailey withstand the storm brewing around them, or will Devlin ultimately regret falling for a Donovan?

A. C. Arthur, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is A. C. Arthur. She is determined to bring a new edge to romance. Welcome to my blog, A. C.

CH: Since your book involves many family members, was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and mesh them together?

ACA: I like to use real life situations in each of my books. Whether it’s giving a character some current event to deal with, or a medical condition, or simply having the entire story center around a current topic. It’s important to me to add that touch of reality to all of my stories.

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

ACA: I would say Linc and Jade’s story, Love Me Like No Other. The first book in a series is always tough for me, because I’m trying to lay the groundwork for every book that will follow and create a story that’s captivating enough to keep the reader engaged long enough to wait for the next book. In addition to the first book, the last book to this series was hard for me to write. This time it was nostalgia and a sense of leaving these people that I’ve created behind.

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

ACA: When I was younger I loved watching Dynasty. I wanted to create a black family that embodied that same type of prestige.

CH: When you wrote the first book in the series, did you realize it would be a series then? Did you realize the series would last this long?

ACA: In the beginning, there were only meant to be three books. The Triple Threat Donovans. I featured one of the Triple Threat’s (Trent) in a standalone book, Guarding His Body, and then my editor suggested that since we were getting such a good reader response, that I consider expanding the family. I had no idea it would span 10+ years. I kept stopping to write other series, even another genre, but I kept coming right back to The Donovans.

CH: Who in the Donovan family was your favorite character to write?

ACA: Adam Donovan will always be my favorite. He was such an easy going and loving guy that writing him was a breeze.

CH: How do you intertwine the events in each family member’s life into the family as a whole?

ACA: I think of them as a real family first and foremost. They’re a loyal bunch and a tight-knit group, so they’re together often enough to know what’s going on with each other. It helped, in the last five books, to create one plot that would touch every family member. Then I had the space of each book to really delve into how they all reacted to the situation and to bring the family together to ultimately handle the situation.

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

ACA: In Falling For A Donovan, not much. I can be candid and stubborn like Bailey, but that’s about it. She’s more extroverted than I am, which makes her the perfect partner for Devlin.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of the book and the series?

ACA: Readers have been waiting for Devlin and Bailey’s story for a long time, so overall they’re happy that the couple is finally together. I think my readers really want the series to continue, but I’m not committed to that at the moment.

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

ACA: This book was really about trust. Devlin had been involved with this family for years, but still didn’t trust any of them to really be there for him. Bailey proves him wrong, even though she didn’t trust herself after making mistakes where men were concerned in her past.

CH: Who are some of your writing influences?

ACA: Nora Roberts has always been a favorite of mine and not just for her stories. She’s a professional and writing is her career. I strive for those same things.

CH: What are some of your aspirations as far as the writing profession?

ACA: I’d like to spread my wings a little more, pushing the limits of my writing. I’m pretty comfortable in romance now and I’ve dipped my feet into paranormal and young adult, so I’m ready to see what comes next.

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

ACA: Writing the next book. I don’t take for granted the success of my last book or my first, for that matter. I’m always working to write another great story, so with each book I finish, I count that as my greatest achievement.

CH: What authors do you read? And who are some of your favorites?

ACA: Nora Roberts, Harlan Coben, Sandra Brown, Bernice McFadden, and James Patterson. There are more, but I’ll keep it brief.

CH: Is there a reason why this series has so many books? Since this book ends in a cliffhanger, will there be a Book 15 in this series?

ACA: There are 15 books in this series, the last one will be released on April 6, 2017 and is titled Destiny of a Donovan.

I did not plan to write 15 books until I was on book #10. The first ten books were standalones, connected only by the family members. Books#10-15 are connected by the Secret Son plot that covers the family being taunted, then learning of the Secret Son, establishing who the father is and now dealing with the fall-out from it all. All the cliffhanger questions will be answered in book #15.

There are also Donovan Friends books that feature some of the Donovan Series characters.

CH: For my audience, where is your book sold?

ACA: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. It is only in ebook format right now, but at the end of April, I will be releasing a print book, The Donovans Vol. 4 and it will contain the following stories: In The Arms of A Donovan, Falling For A Donovan and Destiny of A Donovan.

CH: How to Find A. C. Arthur:

CH: Any closing remarks?

ACA: Thank you for this opportunity to talk about a family that I have come to love. Big hugs and thanks to my readers for making this series as popular as it is today. And to new readers who decide to take the chance on starting The Donovans Series, thank you and happy reading!

CH: Thank you so much, A. C. Arthur, 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: The Proposal: A Leap of Faith

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Short Story

Synopsis: If you love contemporary romance with real-life events…

Carol and Marvin love each other and have dated off and on for over ten years; however…Carol becomes jaded about the relationship when Marvin won’t ask her to marry him. Marvin’s commitment to the relationship never wavers despite being afraid to commit to marriage. Finally, he wants to move their relationship to the next level—on Valentine’s Day. After a heartbreaking event and crying for days, Carol is ready and at last she thinks he is, too. Will he ask her to marry him or does he have something else on the agenda? Will commitment-phobic Marvin take the plunge…

Smart and sophisticated, with a plot twist that will give the reader a jolt!

Similar to books written by Shirley Wine and Becky Wade.

Cheryl Holloway’s The Proposal: A Leap of Faith is inspired by a real-life women and real-life events.

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

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

 

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Guest Author Interview – India T. Norfleet

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Title: Addicted to His Stroke

Genre: African American/Women’s Fiction

Synopsis: After discovering that her ex-lover impregnated another woman while they were still together and marries the woman next day in front of her, the dam of the dozens of failed relationships that lingerie shop owner, Danyella Wimbledon has been carrying around finally breaks. This not only leaves her mentally and physically broken, but it left her with the hopeless feeling that love just isn’t for her. And as a result, she succumbs to quick rolls in the hay to satisfy her needs. But when she and her very handsome, though, seemingly cruel next door neighbor, Ethan Black, share a few unexpected encounters and end up on a week-long cruise together, Danyella begins to see him in a different light, as things suddenly heat up between them in a way she never would’ve expected. Before she realizes it, she becomes addicted to everything about him, especially his stroke. Will her past become her present yet again or will Ethan’s stroke be enough to make Danyella forget that her ex or any other man ever even existed…

Firefighter Ethan Black has been infatuated with Danyella from the first moment she moved into her new home and became his next-door neighbor. But thanks to a grave mistake on his part, she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. Though he does everything in his power to try to make it up to her, nothing seems to works. Frustrated, Ethan counts it as a loss and just decides to move on. But when Ethan finds himself all alone with Danyella one night and she is suddenly willing to open up to him more ways than one, he makes it his mission to ignite the blazes of passion that dances seductively in her eyes every time their together and make her his for as long as she’ll have him. But when havoc reigns supreme, when jealousy, secrets, and misery, swirl around them like a deadly hurricane and the good times dwindle down the drain, will Ethan’s heart?

India T. Norfleet, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is India T. Norfleet, the naughty novelist. Welcome to my blog, India.

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

ITN: This book is the love story of a lifetime.

CH: This story has a shocking beginning. So, where did you get the idea for this book? Was there a special reason that you decided to write this book?

ITN: No special reason. The idea book just came to me while I was listening to late night radio one night. It was one of Chris Brown’s songs. LOL. Anyway, while listening to the lyrics, something said pick up a pen and start writing. Next time I knew it, I’d outlined an entire story. And that’s how Addicted to His Stroke was born!

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

ITN: No, it wasn’t hard at all. I always take them from real life and use my imagination. The more real, the better. The more the reader can relate, the better the story. I like to get as real as possible. Sometimes, I worry that I’m too real, because I’ll put them in such horrible situations. But I do that to show the reader that no matter what kind of pain you’ve endured in love, you can still find a worth believing in.

CH: The heroine was mentally and physically broken and rightfully assured that love wasn’t going to find her. So, why did you decide to bring her neighbor into the love light?

ITN: I did that because Danyella needed it, she deserved it after all the pain and sadness she’d endured from past relationships. I needed to give her a love. An uncontrollable, steamy, powerful, strong-willed, unpredictable,  all-consuming,  cross your heart and hope to die, pinky-promise type love. She had already experienced love at its worst. It was finally time to show her love at its very best. It was time to give her hope, so she could believe again.

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

ITN: I would say, ‘The way I weave the emotion into the story to make it feel as though you’re the main character going through their experiences. I like to give you the real deal. I don’t like to soften the blow. I want you all…fully invested in my book until the very last page.’

CH: Where do you get inspiration for your characters?

ITN: From all over. Anywhere from sitting in the kitchen at the table talking to my mom, to watching people argue at the grocery store, to washing my car. For me, inspiration is everywhere.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

ITN: Ethan! He was so in love with Danyella, even though he tried to deny it at first. He was all about proving his love to her.  He just wanted her happy, but only with him. He wanted to give her the whole world.

CH: Who was the hardest character to write?

ITN: Danyella! She was a struggle for me because she’d been hurt before. And it was a deep hurt. She struggles with her emotions from loving the wrong men. And she didn’t want to fail again. She didn’t want to give anyone else a chance. She was broken. And I had to figure out how to describe the depth of her hurt and then try to put her together again with love acting as the glue that held her together. She left me emotionally exhausted.

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?

ITN: Absolutely! I like to take my readers on this wild journey—this unpredictable roller coaster ride. I want the readers to think they know what’s coming, but then they get the shock of a lifetime. Plus, I feel the ups and downs show how strong they are for overcoming the pain, if in fact they can overcome it, at all.

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

ITN: Yes! Love is real and it’s beautiful and amazing and all consuming. But you have to be willing to fight your way through the storms to get to that love. To appreciate that genuine, I love you to the moon and back type of love.

CH: If you could collaborate with any author living or dead, who would you choose?

ITN: Erotic Author Zane all day! I love her.

CH: Are there any authors who you would consider to be your mentor?

ITN: No, I don’t have any authors that I would consider my mentor.

CH: You seem to have quite a few followers. What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of your books?

ITN: I get so much positive feedback until it’s almost unreal. I have so many of my readers that love my work so much, until they check my social media pages daily looking for me to release my next book. Their support is wholehearted.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

ITN: Next, you can expect my new erotic romance, Let Me Do You All Night Long, and Part 2 of my book of short story erotica, Days of Desire 2.

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

ITN: My books are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble or readers can get in touch with me directly for autographed copies.

CH: How to Find India T. Norfleet:

CH: Any closing remarks?

ITN: Cheryl, thank you for this amazing opportunity to give you and your audience insight into my latest novel. It’s truly been a pleasure giving you all a closer look into Ethan and Danyella’s love story. If anyone hasn’t had the pleasure, please get your copy today, drop me a line and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you.

CH: Thank you so much, India T. Norfleet 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 Character Interview – Carol from The Proposal: A Leap of Faith

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Title: The Proposal: A Leap of Faith

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Short Story

 Synopsis: If you love contemporary romance with real-life events…

Carol and Marvin love each other and have dated off and on for over ten years; however…Carol becomes jaded about the relationship when Marvin won’t ask her to marry him. Marvin’s commitment to the relationship never wavers despite being afraid to commit to marriage. Finally, he wants to move their relationship to the next level—on Valentine’s Day. After a heartbreaking event and crying for days, Carol is ready and at last she thinks he is, too. Will he ask her to marry him or does he have something else on the agenda? Will commitment-phobic Marvin take the plunge…

Smart and sophisticated, with a plot twist that will give the reader a jolt!

Similar to books written by Shirley Wine and Becky Wade.

Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nyl2J3

Cheryl Holloway, Author

Note: This interview was prior to Leap Year Day 2016.

CH: Welcome, Carol Anderson. She is the main character in The Proposal: A Leap of Faith. My readers and followers would like to find out a little about your life as a character. Let’s begin, since you are in a contemporary romance book tell us about your love life, are you in love and with whom? And how long have you been in a relationship?

CA: Yes, I’m in love with Marvin Brewster. We’ve dated, on and off, for about ten years.

CH: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

CA: Finding a man that I love and who loves me in return, and ultimately, getting married. I’m half way there. I’m so excited. I think, he’s going to propose to me on Leap Year Day. (Carol laughs with joy in her heart and a smile on her face.)

CH: Do you have any secrets?

CA: I just have one secret that I hold near and dear to my heart. It is that I want to get married—sooner, than later.

CH: Wow, that’s a big one. So, do you have any fears?

CA: My only fear is my significant other doesn’t seem to think it’s important.

CH: When and where are you the happiest?

CA: When I’m with Marvin. He makes me smile and makes my heart beat fast. We can be anywhere. He always holds my hand when we are walking. And he gives me the best hugs—ever.

CH: What is your favorite memory?

CA: When me and Marvin were walking in a light rain, holding hands, while laughing and talking. It was a beautiful moment.

CH: What is your favorite flower?

CA: Marvin gave me a single red rose for Valentine’s Day.

CH: What is your favorite possession?

CA: A Tiffany & Co. Heart Tag bracelet engraved with “Will you marry me?”

CH: What is your favorite pastime?

CA: I would say going to dinner with Marvin.

CH: Wow, every question I ask, you refer to your life with Marvin. I take it, he’s very important to you.

CA: Yes, indeed. I love him with all of my heart and I can hardly wait until we get married and start a family.

CH: Let’s change the subject a moment and talk about your author. What is Cheryl like?

CA: Cheryl is a nice person and a talented writer, but sometimes I have to make sure she doesn’t diss my man. I think Cheryl doesn’t like Marvin.

CH: Oh, really. Well, since you seem to have a one-tract mind, this interview is almost over. Do you have any closing comments?

CA: Yes, love is often the fruit of marriage. So, I just want Cheryl to write about our June wedding with 250 guests, a made to order chocolate wedding cake and hundreds of pale pink roses—everywhere. I think that would be absolutely stunning. Don’t you?

CH: Yes…Well, thank you, Carol, for giving this interview. And one thing is for sure. You are definitely in love with Marvin. And readers, if you would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Beth Jo Andersen

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Title: The Primal Urges Series: Books 1-3 Book 1 Snatched By Big Foot; Book 2 Big Foot’s Side Piece; and Book 3 Mated to the Bif Foot

Genre: Erotica/Fantasy

Synopsis: Book 1, Candace has moved to a secluded house in the ‘hollers’ of Kentucky. She is snatched by a Big Foot creature who takes her back to his cave home for a day of some of the most mind blowing sex that Candace had ever experienced.
Book 2, Candace discovers that she is not the only female vying for ‘Big’s’ attention.
Book 3, ‘Big’ has to convince the other Big Foot that the little human is his and that nothing they do or say will change that. And then he must make Candace understand that she now belongs to him just as he belongs to her.

WARNING: This series is intended for adult readers only. It should be read in order. Graphic content includes monster fantasy sex and adult language. All characters are 18 years +.

Beth Jo Andersen, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Beth Jo Andersen. This is Beth’s debut series. Welcome to my blog, Beth Jo.

*Note: This is a P-G Rated Interview about an Erotica Book.*

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

BJA: An erotic series that explores the relationship between fantasy beasts (a human-thinking Big Foot creature) and a human female.

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

BJA: In this series the scenarios are tongue-in-cheek. It is meant to be sexy fun reading, so I didn’t attempt to write a story that is dramatic. For instance Big (The name of my Big Foot character) is rumored to have a human girl on the side and his Big Foot girlfriend decides to deliver a ‘beat down’ on the human. I basically wrote about human relationships and turned one of them into a fantasy creature.

CH: Is monster erotica a new genre of erotica writing?

BJA: Monster erotica has been around for several years and has garnered a huge following. It’s also referred to as cryptozoological erotica and reached the height of popularity in 2013 and 2014 by mostly self-published authors, who wrote quick reads meant to titillate shock and amuse. It’s still popular and lucrative.

CH: Each book is a short story and about 40 pages, were you testing the waters with this genre?

BJA: These stories are generally always short and in a series format. Once I decided to write my own stories, I knew that they wouldn’t take time away from my serious writings because monster erotica is fast paced. I fully expected to become a huge author in this genre, since writing erotica is something I’m known for, and I love to make people laugh. But most of my monster erotica only sold to the few friends that knew I’d written them so I had to put away my pen as a cryptozoological erotic author and focus on being me. People may think that I created the alternate because I didn’t want others to know that I wrote in this genre, but I wanted to see if Beth Jo could break out the way I did. So, in a way it was testing the waters. There was some interest, once I added the stories to Kindle Unlimited because you didn’t have to pay to try them out, but there wasn’t enough to justify taking my focus from my author brand.

CH: Where did you get the idea for these fantasy stories?

BJA: I read about author Virginia Wade who wrote fast-paced monster fantasy erotica and it was very lucrative for her. There had to be something interesting in it, so I read a monster fantasy story almost fearfully and realized that it was funny satire. I checked out a few different ones by other authors. While their stories were entertaining, I knew that I could bring my own unique twist.  Since Big Foot was what I’d read, Big Foot was what I wrote.

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

BJA: The monster erotic stories that I enjoyed reading were humorous and so I knew that I wanted it to be outlandish; and yet, heartfelt. I figured that the ‘hollers’ of Kentucky would be the perfect setting. I took a lonely girl ostracized by other humans, due to a terrible facial deformity and I placed her in a solitary house in the woods. What happened next just unfolded naturally between the characters.

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

BJA: The first book was hardest, because I was still trying to get my footing—not with the erotic writing or the storyline—but with keeping it short. I needed to tell a complete story in 40 pages, so that each book in the series had a distinct beginning and an end. Although, it is a continuous story I felt that I achieved the goal.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

BJA: I loved writing Big, especially when it became apparent that he was the warrior of his tribe. He was articulate (could probably speak better than the humans), and protective, not allowing anyone to disrespect his ‘little human.’ My twist to these stories is that the Big Foot creatures are a sophisticated tribe with leaders and warriors, as well as jealous females.

CH: Does your leading lady, Candace, have any of your characteristics?  

BJA: No. Candace has lived in the woods too long and she doesn’t mind being funky and she likes the way Big smells, especially when he’s funky. (I found this to be a rather strange trait of Monster-Fantasy erotica.) A lot of readers like funk. But I don’t. Candace can drop everything and just go. But I would have a hard time leaving behind a cup of hot tea in the morning, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and a nice thick steak every blue moon.

CH: What are some of your aspirations as far as the erotica writing profession?

BJA: My hope was to skyrocket into popularity with my Big Foot series and then delve into another sub-genre, possibly Dark Fantasy. But Beth Jo Andersen is not well known enough to break through and my author brand is just for my multicultural stories. Besides, my fans are not ready to see me penning Big Foot erotica. So, for now I am hanging up my hat and focusing on just erotic romance between humans.

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

BJA: I began as an erotic writer on Literotica.com about ten years ago. I’m still best known for my erotic stories. My heat levels vary, but you would be hard pressed to read any of my stories that don’t open the bedroom door to allow my readers to take a peek. I’ve won several awards on the Literotica.com site but my biggest achievement is my fan base. That’s where they found me and they have followed me as a self-published author and then spread the word to other people who might be interested in my type of stories. I set out to be different—hence, why it was so easy to transition into cryptozoological erotica.

CH: What erotica authors do you read? And who are some of your favorites?

BJA: Romance is the biggest erotica for me. I find eroticism in so many things that a book doesn’t have to be explicit or overtly sexual for me to find it erotic. Some of my favorites are Anne Rice and A. N. Roquelaure. I also like Tara Sue Me, Rob Colton, Yvette Hines, Tiana Laveen, Sienna Mynx and Charlaine Harris. Some notable stories that I’ve enjoyed are John Rebell’s Mia’s Journey and Evangeline Anderson’s Born to Darkness series.

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

BJA: I get verbal feedback very often. People enjoy the series, but feel that it’s taboo and don’t always leave reviews or want others to know that they read this kind of story. I will get a private message telling me that they were surprised how much they enjoyed them and asking if I will continue the series. Some of my author friends act like they are interested in testing their hand in that genre—but I won’t say who.

CH: Will Book 3 be the last book in this series?

BJA: There actually is one more book in the series, but unless I get more interest in Primal Urges, I won’t bother to write the last story. But as each book completes its’ story, no one will be left hanging. However, if more people show interest in it, I would be more than happy to continue the saga of Big and Ca.

CH: What is your next writing project?

BJA: I am at the tail end of a book entitled A Bubble of Time. It is about a fifty year old woman who finds herself back in 1982 as a sixteen year old. Unless she can find her way back she will be stuck in the 80’s—and actually we all like the 80s in theory, but no one wants to relive them. It’s the first book that I’m writing exclusively for Kinfolk Publishing, which was created by Author J. J. Murray. It should be released the first of April.

CH: For my audience, where are your books sold?

BJA: My books can be purchased on Amazon.

CH: How to Find Beth Jo Anderson:

CH: Any closing remarks?

BJA: Thanks, Cheryl, for having me. I enjoyed the interview and having an opportunity to talk about Beth Jo Andersen, the erotica author. I just want to encourage people to read what interests them. Be well read, read what interests you, like or dislike them after you read them, but don’t allow others to judge you by the books that you choose for yourself. Thanks everyone, for taking the time to read this interview.

CH: Thank you so much, Beth Jo Andersen 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. 

CH: Did anyone guess that Beth Jo Andersen is the brand for another author? Yes. No. Well, the author behind this erotica brand is none other than Pepper Pace, a multi-talented writer. 

Pepper Pace, Author and Beth Jo Andersen Brand

PP: Most of my monster erotica only sold to the few friends that knew I’d written them so I had to put away my pen as a cryptozoological erotic author and focus on being Pepper Pace. People may think that I created the alt because I didn’t want others to know that I wrote in this genre but I wanted to see if Beth Jo could break out the way Pepper did. So in a way it was testing the waters. There was some interest once I added the stories to Kindle Unlimited because you didn’t have to pay to try them out, but there wasn’t enough to justify taking my focus from my Pepper Pace brand.

Pepper’s Blogspot: http://pepperpacefeedback.blogspot.com/

CH: Pepper, What is your next writing project?

PP: I am at the tail end of a book entitled A Bubble of Time. It is about a fifty year old woman who finds herself back in 1982 as a sixteen year old. Unless she can find her way back she will be stuck in the 80’s—and actually we all like the 80s in theory but no one wants to relive them. It’s the first book that I’m writing exclusively for Kinfolk Publishing, which was created by Author J.J. Murray. It should be released the first of April.

CH: Thank you so much, Pepper Pace/Beth Jo Andersen for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. This was a new and exciting adventure today!

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