Guest Author Interview – Olivia Gaines

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Title: On A Rainy Night in Georgia (Modern Mail Order Bride Book 5)

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Synopsis: On a rainy night in Georgia, Ezekiel Neary lights a fire in the old hunting cabin in the mountains where he, his two brothers and father would come to get away from it. Healing from a gunshot wound, the post-traumatic stress has left him less than fit for human company. Company was more than he bargained for when a naked pregnant woman in labor shows up on his doorstep.

The roads are washed out and Aisha Miller has no choice, but to run from her captor or risk bringing her child into the world in a dark cabin. Praying, she runs wildly through the woods, ending on a washed out road. The only glimmer of hope is a blue mailbox, partially rusted, halfway sticking out under the sparse moonlight.

The lone cabin sits on a hill, with two large windows looking down on her as if to pity her circumstance. Half crawling, the contractions are one minute apart and she prays that the figure in the window will be a Godsend versus the nightmare she just escaped.

Olivia Gaines, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Olivia Gaines. She writes contemporary romance with heart and humor. Welcome back to my blog, Olivia.

CH: Please tell us why we should read this book on modern mail order brides.

OG: I played with the premise of what if what you always prayed for came to you, but via a different route?  I think the readers are going to enjoy this book and the opportunity to read something fresh from me.

I am taking a chance by writing something a tad bit different with a scale back on the humor, a bump up in suspense and an alternate route to the happily ever after.

CH: In the beginning Aisha is held captive and escapes, how did you come up with the premise for this book?

OG: There are times when I free write.  I sit down and allow the words to flow, which is what happened with this story. I am fascinated with the psychology of the bad guy meeting the unbreakable woman and that is where this story starts.  He can’t break her spirit and she escapes, running, in the throes of labor and winding up on the doorstep of a man who himself came to Georgia to heal, but through her he finds new meaning for his life.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book or is it all imagination?

OG: There wasn’t a great deal of research needed for the first book in this trilogy, but the other two brothers require some work.  We meet Gabriel, the middle brother in Blind Date.  Well, Gabriel is back, as well as, Nathaniel Mann, our hitman, who lives next door. The stories are all tied together with the brothers, so we get to experience Aisha’s healing process over a year’s time and evolution of their marriage in several books.

I didn’t see a way to wrap it all up with one happy bow for Aisha, so she is in a standalone novel, that interlaces with the other two stories. Her two friends, Cabrina and DeShondra, set out looking for her with a fresh clue, but for the sake of their safety, our main character, Zeke, intervenes for his brother. This creates the other two stories.

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

OG: I have a unique style of hard core word play, laced with humor at the most inopportune moments, having readers laughing out loud.  In one of my books, I take you through the gamut of anger, joy, laughter and tears.

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

OG: It was.  Halfway through the book I realized Zeke had delivered the baby, but didn’t cut the umbilical cord.  He was also giving the baby a bath a submersing her in water.  I had to go back and address that with quickness.  One other really relevant factor I had to take into consideration was that she’d had a baby and underwent a traumatic life event. There are no hot steamy sex scenes, but rather, caring intimate moments in the book.

I think it is tastefully done and appropriately addressed.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

OG: Zeke.  Here we have a character that has had a sole and single purpose for the past 12 years—to protect and serve.  After a terrible accident, his left leg is full of pins, he’s had a shoulder replacement and his hand has an unsteady tremble.  His primary mission and purpose in life has been taken away from him and Zeke has to find a reason to get up every morning. Viola, arrives this woman and child.

Aisha is not conscious for the first three chapters of the book.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

OG: I love Aisha’s character.  Life has handed her all of this ugly and in it, she finds beauty that she takes out, toys with and finds the happy in simply being alive. The other characters envy her ability to do this; yet, are concerned that she is “sugar coating a shit sandwich.”  The readers are going to connect with her, because she is a realist and a survivor.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

OG: Michelle, the baby.  Although, she has no words, she is an integral character in the story.  She is the one piece, which ties all of the sections of the story together.  She brings Nathaniel Mann to Zeke’s doorstep; heck, she brings Aisha to Zeke’s doorstep.  Zeke’s parents are pulled into the story because of the baby and she holds the main characters to task in the story.

Writing a silent character is tough.

CH: That is so true, Olivia. Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

OG: Yes.  How much of your life and freedom are you taking for granted?  Freedom isn’t free; yet, we have an abundance of it that we waste each day. Aisha understands this from having lost nearly a year of her life to her captor.  Each day she wakes, she is grateful, which is unnerving for those around her. Yet, she faces each day with an optimism, which is almost infectious.

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

OG: Pre-release threats from readers, who want it in their hands and they can’t wait until the day it releases. Note: The book has been released.

CH: Where did you get the idea for the series—modern mail order brides?

OG: It started as a joke between me and another author, but the more I worked with the concept, the more I loved the idea.  What if…we had all of these successful women, who have shattered the glass ceiling, made the money and found it all to be empty.  I pair them with very blue collar men, who live off the land and now, we have a story.

I get to write fresh stories, exploring a myriad of different jobs, a ways to live off the grid.

CH: This is book 5 in the series, how many more books are there in the series?

OG: I am doing all the states and even considered a couple of provinces, as well.

CH: What is the hardest part of writing for you? (outline, draft, edit, write, or rewrite)

OG: The outline is a snap.  I use a three-act model and jot it all down hitting the six major plot points.  I then make a loose outline of chapters and what happens in each.  My draft is a final version.  I don’t do multiple rewrites.  You lose something in the storytelling when you second guess yourself. The hard part for me is the emotion. I can feel it.  I have to layer the words, so that the person on the other end absorbs the words and holds onto the story—days after they have read it.  That is the hard part.

CH: Can you tell us about the awards you’ve won?

OG: Let’s see.  I am a two-time Georgia Author of the Year Nominee.  I won Best Contemporary Novel in 2015 for Thursdays in Savannah (Slivers of Love Book 3) and recently, the 2017 IRAE Award for Best Contemporary for Wyoming Nights.

CH: What is your next writing project?

OG: I am completing this trilogy, but I have an exciting new project debuting in June with Siera London.  I am totally stoked about the concept of this five-book series that readers will be able to get all in one read.  It is called, “The Men of Endurance.”  A small-town series set in California in the Endurance Capital of America.

People come from all over the world to test their mettle against time, distance, nature and very thin air.

CH:  How to Find Olivia Gaines: 

CH: Can you tell my audience where they can purchase your book?

OG: Amazon, Kindle, Kindle UK, Nook. iBooks, Kobo, and Universal.

CH: Any closing remarks?

OG: Thank you for giving me this opportunity to talk about my latest release. And for your followers, please enjoy the prologue to On the Rainy Night in Georgia. Due to space limitations, email authorCherylHolloway@gmail.com for your copy of the Prologue. I read the book and loved it!

CH: Thank you so much, Olivia Gaines, 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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A Sisterhood of Women Living Life is Available on Amazon

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A Sisterhood of Women Living Life: A Short Story Collection Book 1   

Print Book and eBook are Available on Amazon

Cheryl Holloway’s A Sisterhood of Women Living Life: A Short Story Collection Book 1 is inspired by real-life women and real-life events. These stories will make you laugh, cry and want to give them a hug. The power of love, loneliness, heartache, revenge, and lies… What would you do if your life changed in a second?

A wonderfully entertaining read that will fit in with a cozy chair and a glass of chilled wine or a cup of hot tea.

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The Proposal: A Leap of Faith by Cheryl Holloway is Available on Amazon

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The Proposal: A Leap of Faith  

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Cheryl Holloway’s The Proposal: A Leap of Faith is inspired by a real-life woman and real-life events. This contemporary romance is smart and sophisticated, with a plot twist that will give the reader a jolt!

Will Marvin ask Carol to marry him or does he have something else on the agenda?

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Guest Author Interview – Tina-Marie Miller

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Title: The Curious Miss Fortune (The Hamptons)

Genre: Romance/Mystery

Synopsis: There’s great excitement as the Hampton Players gather to begin rehearsals on their annual am dram. However, it’s not long before the cast begin to make a connection between the fictional storylines and coincidental occurrences in their villages leaving them fearful that a murder is about to take place. Tiggy Lawrence is devastated to learn her father is terminally ill. As she returns to the family home after a nine year absence she’s fearful of a run in not just with step monster Bobbie but also ex fiancé Patrick. Aster Maxwell is a successful maxillofacial surgeon who is hungry for success. Desperate to maximise his specialisation by opening his own private clinic, will he stop at nothing to get what he wants? Diana Fortune’s forgotten past could be her strength when she auditions for the Hampton Players. Only it’s a dark and stormy night as she makes her entrance. Has Miss Fortune finally arrived? Drama finds itself back in the Hamptons as Poppy and Richard Hambly-Jones make an appearance as they prepare to host the Autumn Ball. Expect the unexpected!

Tina-Marie Miller, Author

International Author on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog

CH: Today’s Guest International Author is Tina-Marie Miller. She enjoys curling up with a good book and losing herself in tales of love. Welcome to my blog, Tina-Marie.

CH: Can you sum up this mystery thriller in 20 words or less?

TMM: A series of curious incidents that leave residents fearful a murder is about to take place.

CH: Your book deals with a Hampton play rehearsal and coincidental occurrences in their villages. So, how did you come up with the premise for this book?

TMM: It was whilst I was writing the play for the Hampton Players that I came upon the idea of mirroring the events within the drama alongside coincidental occurrences in the Hamptons.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book or is it all imagination?

TMM: Whilst my work is written from my imagination, to make the story believable I undertake a lot of research. Specifically for this book I did a lot of medical research and considered a number of possible storylines before settling on the final scenes.

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

TMM: My writing offers a diverse perspective through a village environment.

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

TMM: I relish the challenge of creating believable situations and issues some of which I take from real life and elaborate and some are from my imagination.

CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write?

TMM: I’ve been blessed with a diverse career and I’ve lived in a number of different areas and met a plethora of amazing people from all walks of life. This has fed my imagination and inspires my writing.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

TMM: The wonderful Reverend Peter Fisher! He’s based on several people, with a bit of added eccentricity! He also reminds me of the Vicar who baptised me.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

TMM: Aster Maxwell. It was important to build up the character sufficiently to ensure the reader understands his ruthlessness.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

TMM: For me, each character I develop has to presented as believable to my readers. There isn’t any one character that stands out as being the hardest to write in this novel.

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

TMM: Yes, absolutely. It was always my intention and I took a long time planning it.

CH: Are there more books in this series?

TMM: Yes, I am hopeful that this series will continue for some time, yet.

When I began creating my debut novel, Everything Happens For A Reason, I undertook extensive research at that time. I carefully mapped out the villages of the Hamptons and created a number of characters. Therefore, when I moved onto writing book 2, The Curious Miss Fortune, most of the work had already been done.

This is the same for the next in the series, which I will commence writing shortly. I have created a number of characters that I have yet to use and several storylines yet to put in place.

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

TMM: I am absolutely thrilled with the feedback I have received so far. Almost everyone complimenting me on keeping them guessing until the very end, due to the many twists and turns within the storyline.

CH: Since this book is full of suspense, action and intrigue, do you prefer writing books with a lot of twists and turns and ups and downs?

TMM: Yes, I do! But they are not easy and I think this is why I prefer it—the challenge is greater. I am fortunate to have an office where I can carefully map everything out on the walls which enables me to keep a careful check on the plot twists and turns that I am trying to create.

CH: What is your next writing project?

TMM: I am planning on writing Book 3 in the Hamptons series.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

TMM: Of course. You can find out a lot more about me and my work by visiting www.tinamariemiller.co.uk

CH: How to Find Tina-Marie Miller:

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

TMM: My book is available to purchase through Amazon worldwide. Paperback copies can also be purchased directly from me via my website (above).

CH: Any closing remarks?

TMM: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be featured on your blog. I much appreciate this. I would like to invite your readers to view my first vlog at http://tiny.cc/gs2wqy

With my best wishes and grateful thanks Cheryl to you and your readers, Tina-Marie xoxox

CH: Thank you so much, Tina-Marie 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 – Margareth Stewart

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Title: Open – Pierre’s Journey after War

Genre: Psychological

Synopsis: Open – Pierre’s Journey after War is an intimate story of a man whose wife and children are killed during bombardments of France in WWII. Devastated and embittered, Pierre leaves everything behind and embarks on an odyssey to bury his past in the darkest recesses of his mind.

The journey, which lasts more than forty years, involves a sequence of events and coincidences that ultimately provide him new direction and a sense of purpose.

Pierre feels at home in moving from place to place. When his mission in a specific village or town is accomplished, he wanders once again, observing and savoring whatever life offers.

His activities are circumstantial and unpredictable. Intuitively, he remains on the move to reconcile his past while his future stands still.

He returns to France an old man. On a day on a walk past vineyards near his former home, Pierre is offered a lift by a couple whose absurd, whimsical presence vividly contrasts with whatever solemn tranquility he’d found through his consequential journey and search for redemption.

Pierre for the first time is inspired to speak of his past.

Margareth Stewart, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest International Author is Margareth Stewart. She holds a PhD in Social Psychology and teaches Social Projects through Literature and local stories. Welcome to my blog, Margareth.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read Pierre’s story?

MS: Pierre is story about all of us. It’s a story about burying the past, making mends end with our last wishes. It’s about pain, healing, and the inner force to survive.

CH: Your book deals with the after effects of war. So, how did you come up with the premise for this book?

MS: When I was young, I heard a lot of stories about war from my grandfather, now I’m certain they had a great influence on me, more than I can ever think of. Besides that, I have a background in Social Psychology and Pierre reinforces all the post-traumatic narrative from someone who has faced war—someone who doesn’t sleep well, who can’t breathe properly, who avoids being too close to people, and who never speaks about his past!

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book or is it all imagination?

MS: Oh, yes, writing is a great combination of imagination, reality and research. I did check everything before launching the book—when I was in France, I talked to people about it, double checked dates, info and places—all to make sure it would be a well-crafted believable story. Even so, I have a feeling that I’ve already known Pierre.

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

MS: I guess the way I portray the characters. I don’t describe them. I guess I become them, and that’s an artefact that gets the story into very realistic grounds—and we (writer/reader) learn a lot this way. And there’s something else in the style I write, I just do not hand out the cheese, plate and knife to the reader—they have to work things out, too.

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

MS: No, not really—maybe because I’ve had so many years in the field of Social Psychology. So, I’m used to walking in other people’s shoes—maybe it’s because I have traveled and seen a lot, too.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

MS: Oh, all of them. Pierre, because he’s in my first novel, but then comes Mademoiselle-sur-Seine, and right now, I’m working with Lorraine in a thriller. I’ve learned so much with all of them, and I’m so grateful to having them and their stories.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

MS: The Book Shop Owner in Open,  he is a war fanatic, probably a general or war fugitive, he’s so bossy and arrogant, but even being so, he says many true things, and I wanted to point out that we can learn lots from people like him. It is hard because we usually despise such people, and that’s when we fall into traps and problems. It is what happened to Pierre, to know more about it just get the book (LOL).

CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write?

MS: I guess from all the things I’ve lived and have seen, I’m also an avid reader and that helps a lot. On top of that, I’d rather say novel writing for months and Writer’s Residencies are also very precious.

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

MS: People like it. They also learn a lot with Pierre. The funny thing is that each person says a different thing on what was important to them—so it seems the novel has many layers—some people see pain, others healing, others are impacted mostly by the Book Shop Owner, others by Chiamaka or Manoj, and so on.

CH: Are there any authors that provide inspiration for your writing?

MS: Oh, yes, so many: from Steinbeck to Chekov, James Joyce to João Guimarães Rosa, or Gabriel García Márquez.

CH: Since this is your debut novel, can you tell us a little about your writing journey?

MS: I’ve always written papers, and articles for the university, but in the past like 3 or 4 years, I felt this urge to write fiction. The stories kept popping up—the voices, the plot and everything—so, I had no other option, but to sit down and write fiction.

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

MS: Oh, Sir Theodore Zeldin, professor and historian at the Oxford University. He does not write like a historian. He writes like a fiction storyteller—he tells the story from a very singular perspective, and then, he explains, historically, why that is happening. It’s amazing! Carlo Ginzburg also does this kind of writing. There are many others, too.

CH: What is the hardest part of writing for you (outline, draft, edit, write)?

MS: Editing is extra, extra boring. All the rest is fine and flows like a river. But reading our own manuscript over and over again can be very exhausting.

CH: Yes, I agree with you on that. What is your next writing project?

MS: It is the one I’m taking now, Zero Chance, a thriller with best friends, a millionaire in Zurich, the upper-class watch industry, unauthorized fishery, corruption, and loads of unexplained issues.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

MS: For sure. Thanks so much for asking. It’s: www.Facebook.com/AuthorMargarthStewart

CH: How to Find Margareth Stewart:

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

MS: Open – Pierre’s Journey after War is available at web-e-books.com. Just look for Author Stewart, Margareth (it’s under my surname first), and for just US $4.95 you have an unforgettable novel. It’s easily readable on all devices, and they also accept paypal for payments.

CH: Any closing remarks?

MS: Follow your instincts in both livings. Thanks for the interview, Cheryl.

CH: Thank you so much, Margareth Stewart, 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 – Amie Denman and May Williams

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Title: Valentines at the Grand Hotel (White Pine Island Stories Book 5)

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Holidays

Synopsis: Hazel and Ian – Love requires just the right recipe.

When Hazel Weaver lands a dream internship as a pastry chef at the famous Grand Hotel on White Pine Island, she pours her heart into sweet desserts and stunning wedding cakes. Icing and confections fall under her spell, but the reclusive head chef at the hotel keeps her at a bittersweet distance.

Ian Dodd learned a painful lesson when a kitchen romance turned to disaster, and he vowed never to fall for someone in the restaurant business again. Especially, not a beautiful and sweet baker assigned to his kitchen as part of her training. He resists her as long as he can, believing he’s protecting both of them until a Valentine’s Day Ball provides some magic and a secret ingredient.

Francie and Christopher – Can two hearts heal in time for Valentine’s Day?

Francie Donati loves making fine wines in her family business on White Pine Island. Along with her brother and grandfather, she carries on the tradition even after a tragic sailing death takes the life of her father. A year after his loss, she can’t get her mind off the heroic Coast Guard Commander who tried to save him. Although, he seems unapproachable, Francie knows there is plenty of heart bubbling beneath his surface.

Lieutenant Commander Chris Sparks believes in honor and service at his island Coast Guard Station. Saving lives and keeping the ocean safe are beliefs that run through his veins. When a beautiful vintner tempts him with her sweetness, he relives his regret of the night he failed to save her father. More than that, Francie Donati believes in the power of family so strongly that she won’t look the other way when Chris gives up on his own parents. Is Francie’s love strong enough to make Chris stop bottling up his feelings and risk his heart?

Amie Denman, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest Authors are co-authors Amie Denman and May Williams. They write the popular Grand Hotel series. Welcome to my blog, Amie and May.

CH: Amie, can you tell us why we should read the story of Hazel and Ian?

AD: If you like beautiful hotels, amazing desserts, and falling in love, I hope you’ll enjoy this story. I think I gained five pounds writing it because talking about cakes and desserts made me want to bake and eat! Write about cake, bake a cake, eat the cake, and repeat.

CH: So, how did you come up with the premise for this story?

AD: May and I work together to create the characters for each book in our Grand Hotel series. We try to realistically think about who would be visiting or working at an island resort hotel, and that’s how we came up with a renowned chef and an apprentice pastry chef. The next step was to imagine what would keep them from falling in love with each other and then challenging that idea.

CH: Was it hard to intertwine the two stories into one book?

AD: May and I work together almost daily on our books, so intertwining them is an organic process. Lots of wine and conversation!

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

AD: This is my favorite question! May and I took the Amtrak from Ohio to Chicago (about a 5-hour trip) to attend BookCon in May, 2016. On the train on the way back, there was a crying baby in our car, so we escaped to the dining car and stayed up all night with our notebooks planning our White Pine Island series. When we got on the train, we knew we wanted to do a series of connected novellas together, and when we got off the train, we had our idea for a Grand Hotel on an island off the coast of Georgia. I’ll never forget that night on the train!

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

AD: I loved writing about Hazel because she’s sweet, but she’s not a push-over. And, wow, is she a fabulous baker!

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

AD: Ian was a little tougher to write because he’s an emotionally reclusive executive chef. So many chefs on television seem rude and callous, but I didn’t want to go with that stereotype for Ian. He has a good reason for guarding his heart, and that touch of vulnerability is what Hazel loves about him.

CH: Was a Valentine’s Ball imperative for the Grand Hotel series?

AD: A ball with beautiful gowns, delicious desserts, and the promise of romance is imperative for everything! But, yes, a resort hotel should host at least one formal ball a year—more if possible!

CH: What is your favorite romance book? And why?

AD: Pride and Prejudice is my favorite romance, and I enjoy reading it over and over again. It’s the model for a great romance with memorable characters who give their hearts away, but not until they’ve put up a fight.

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

AD: I have always loved reading and dreamed of being a writer. My first book was published in 2011 by a small press, and I have written over 20 books since then. I have seven books published by Harlequin, and many self-published or co-authored. There were times it seemed my dream would never come true, but I’m so glad I never gave up and kept working until I found my voice.

CH: What is your next writing project?

AD: May and I are hard at work on Weekend at the Grand Hotel (our next White Pine Island book), and our next book in the Coastal Cruise Line stories which takes place on a luxury cruise ship called the Grand Islander. I’m also working on a fun summer novel, The Mayfly Summer Resort, and a series set on the coast of Maine called Kenyon Cove. I think/hope/believe I will have 12 books released in 2018!

CH: May, please tell us in one sentence, why we should read the story of Francie and Christopher?

MW: Francie Donati has every reason not to fall in love with Coast Guard Officer Christopher Sparks so, of course, she does.

CH: So, how did you come up with the premise for this story?

MW: In Autumn at the Grand Hotel, Francie’s brother finds love in a second chance romance. When Amie and I decided to continue the series with Valentine’s Day, Francie was a natural choice. Readers had already been introduced to Christopher, the Coast Guard Officer. Francie and Christopher had a little history and plenty of reasons why they shouldn’t get together, which made them perfect for a Valentine’s couple.

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

MW: Amie and I planned the first four books (one for each season) on an Amtrak train between Chicago and our homes in northern Ohio. We sat in the club car and created the concepts of the Grand Hotel and the family who owned it. As the books gained a following, we decided to continue the series. And we love writing them. Readers get to escape to the Grand Hotel when reading the books, but Amie and I escape when writing them, as well. And who doesn’t want to visit the Grand Hotel?

CH: Are there any authors that provide inspiration for your writing?

MW: In terms of dedication to the craft and the business of writing, there’s no greater influence than Marie Force. I love her books and her attitude about making her own success.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

MW: Francie was my favorite from this book. On the surface, she’s lighthearted and caring, but underneath she’s struggling with her own problems. I think, she’s a true representation of many women’s experiences.

CH: Was a Valentine’s Ball imperative for the Grand Hotel series?

MW: Absolutely. Guests at the Grand Hotel love to celebrate and what better celebration is there than Valentine’s Day? Especially, when characters are looking for love.

CH: What is your favorite romance book? And why?

MW: I love Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Family series. I’ve read them all several times. The novels appeal to me because each is different in character and tone, giving them so many layers to enjoy.

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

MW: I started writing historical romances, because I enjoyed reading them. I wrote WWII era and Victorian novels to start. Amie convinced me to try writing contemporary romance, and I love it. It’s freeing when I don’t have to worry about historical accuracy of clothing or houses or anything else. I published my first contemporary trilogy, Animal Prints, Snow Prints, and Finger Prints, in 2015. I plan to remain a contemporary romance writer.

CH: What is your next writing project?

MW: Amie and I will continue to write the Grand Hotel series. We’ve started a connected series set aboard a luxury ship that cruises the southern waters from Charleston to Key West. We’ve published One Christmas aboard the Grand Islander and Two Weeks aboard the Grand Islander so far, with more to come in 2018.

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CH: Any closing remarks?

AD: Thank you for hosting Valentines at the Grand Hotel and promoting romance books in general. Reading and writing romance is good for the heart, and I’m so grateful I get to visit beautiful places like the Grand Hotel and the Grand Islander with my best friend and writing partner May Williams. I wish everyone a wonderful Valentine’s Day, no matter how you celebrate!

CH: Thank you so much, Amie Denman and May 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 – Ju Ephraime

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Title: A Knight’s Love: Medieval Time Travel Romance (Campbell Brothers Book 2)

Genre: Historical Romance

Synopsis: Fighting alongside his two brothers, Garvin Campbell of Clan Campbell is content to remain in the shadows. After all, he’s lived most of his adult life as a Knight Templar, and that requires him being in the shadows, not seen or heard. “Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed Nomini tuo da gloriam; (Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy Name, give glory). That was the rule of the Templars until they were forced to disband at the request of King Philip IV “the Fair” of France.

Many of the Order’s members in France were arrested and tortured. However, Scotland did not get involved in the arrests and prosecution of the Knights. There was no recognized king of the Scots, and with the Bruce having already been excommunicated, the Roman Church had little say in Scottish politics, so Garvin returned to his clan to use his skills in the fight against the English for Scottish independence.

Having been told all her life to avoid the Campbells, the last thing Lady Helen is thinking about is falling in love with a Campbell, and a Knight Templar at that. She is aware the Templar Knight has taken a vow of abstinence, so when Garvin Campbell comes to her clan to deliver the decree from Robert the Bruce, Helen is unprepared for the connection she immediately feels for the knight. She dismisses it as butterflies at meeting a knight, but fate has other plans for her and Garvin, as he becomes her reason for living and he forgoes his training of remaining in the shadows as he surrenders to love.

Ju Ephraime, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Ju Ephraime. She loves to indulge her over-active imagination to write the high heat romances she enjoys reading. Welcome to my blog, Ju.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read this historical romance novel Valentine’s Day release.

JE: This story has many of the elements that make for a great romance:  A knight’s first love, a beautiful female, strong alphas, all set against one of Europe’s most romantic and fantasy filled locations—the Scottish Highlands.

CH: Finding love is pretty special, so how did you come up with the premise for this book?

JE: The premise for the book is about finding love when you least expect it.

CH: What made you decide to write an enchanting romance?

JE: Again, it was not planned that way, but all the stars were aligned to make this happen.

CH: Did you have to do a lot of historical research to write this book?

JE: Yes, lots and lots.

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

JE: Oh. I can’t answer this without sounding vain and egotistical, but I’ve been told, I can hold my own with some of the best in the industry—tongue in cheek.

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

JE: It was not hard at all. I did take a lot from real life and elaborated on it.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

JE: The opposing side.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

JE: The youngest brother of the main character.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

JE: The main character. As an ex-Templar Knight, I had to be very careful what I had him saying in the dialogue scenes.

CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write historical romance?

JE: From places I’ve visited or want to visit, with rich interesting historical backgrounds.

CH: Are there any historical romance authors that provide inspiration for your writing?

JE: No one in particular, I read quite a wide selection.

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

JE: Stephanie Laurens, a #1 New York Times bestselling author.

CH: What is your next writing project?

JE: My third and final installment in this highlander trilogy.

CH: How to Find Ju Ephraime:

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

JE: This book is sold wherever fine books are sold and online at Amazon.

CH: Any closing remarks?

JE: I enjoyed doing this interview and hope my answers will give your audience an insight into the mind of an unbelievable romantic.

CH: Thank you so much, Ju Ephraime, 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 – Eric Wilder

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Title: Sisters of The Mist (French Quarter Mystery Book 6)

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Paranormal

Synopsis: It’s Halloween in the French Quarter as P.I. Wyatt Thomas traces his missing girlfriend to a mysterious convent hidden deep in south Louisiana’s Honey Island Swamp. Even if he manages to find her and they both survive, will their relationship ever be the same?

Eric Wilder, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Eric Wilder. He is a master of Louisiana mystery writing. Welcome back to my blog, Eric.

CH: Can you sum up this New Orleans paranormal mystery in 20 words or less?

EW: It’s a diverse mixture of fantasy, reality, and the paranormal set in arguably the most haunting and exotic city on earth.

CH: Why did you decide to write this book on this topic?

EW: There is nothing normal about New Orleans. Its culture, religion, cuisine, etc., is a complex mixture of many people from all over the world. In New Orleans, voodoo and Catholicism are inextricably intertwined. In writing Sisters of the Mist, I wanted to explore this connection and do it by adding a dollop of fantasy to see what flavor I could achieve.

CH: Did you find anything challenging while writing about a convent?

EW: I once lived across the street from a Catholic convent where the nuns stayed cloistered for life. No one, neither friends nor family, ever visited them, and once they entered the compound, they never left it. Questions percolated in my brain for many years, until it became too much for a fiction writer not to probe the ether for answers.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues to mingle with New Orleans history?

EW: The complex cultural history of New Orleans is what makes the city so haunting and mysterious. Numerous plagues, slavery, killer hurricanes, and Civil War has shaped its history and made it unique. Because of this, I find it easy to use the Big Easy as the canvas upon which I apply the layers of color to create my stories.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

EW: Because of his intense family tragedy and the ensuing events leading to his spiritual development, Lando Impeke was the hardest character to develop. There’s a thin line between the complex, tragic character Lando is and the cartoon figure he could have become, if not portrayed correctly. I only hope I succeeded.

CH: Which characters experienced growth and change over the course of the story?

EW: Abba Gigoux experienced the most growth and change—her views on life, self-perception, and religious beliefs evolving dramatically.

CH: There were multiple themes in the book, how did they relate to each other and to the plot?

EW: I usually have two storylines intertwined throughout my books. Tony Nicosia, former N.O.P.D. homicide detective, turned P.I., is usually hot on the trail of a New Orleans’ mystery. This storyline is always related to a third person narrative and mostly lacks paranormal shadings. The primary storyline always involves Wyatt Thomas. It’s told in the first person, from his perspective and always involves fantasy, voodoo, and the paranormal.

CH: You have captured your readers when writing about New Orleans, and most of your readers come away from your books wanting to read more. How have you perfected this hook?

EW: I try to make the characters real, complete with warts including bigotry, racism, biases, and flaws. I also try to place the reader firmly in the Big Easy by using my knowledge of the city and its citizens to paint a vivid and very real picture of the place.

CH: Is there a special attachment that you have to New Orleans and this genre?

EW: New Orleans is one of the most interesting, complex, and mysterious cities on earth. I want my readers to feel as though they are actually there, and I always strive to make the city my main character.

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

EW: After reading The Exorcist many years ago, I didn’t sleep well for a month because it seemed so real to me. I do my best to bring my stories to life and make everything, no matter how unbelievable, believable.

CH: From a feedback perspective, and without a spoiler, did most readers find the ending to be satisfying and met their expectations of the plot?

EW: I wanted to leave a cliffhanger at the end of the book that no one was expecting. So far, everyone I’ve talked to that has read the book likes the ending.

CH: This is book 6 in the series, how many more books are there in the series?

EW: I honestly don’t know how many books this series will ultimately have. I love the characters and the setting, and I think I could go on forever. Guess I’ll stop when the readers stop asking for more.

CH: What is your next writing project?

EW: I’m working on French Quarter Mystery #7, which is tentatively titled, New Orleans Dangerous. It’s about an NBA player that gets traded to the New Orleans Pelicans and begins to learn he has a connection he didn’t know about that involves voodoo, incest, and murder.

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CH: Can you tell my audience where they can purchase your book?

EW: My books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, and Smashwords. Paperbacks can be ordered from your local bookstore.

CH: Any closing remarks?

EW: Thanks, Cheryl, for spotlighting my new book. You are a great author in your own right. Your blog is a wonderful platform for authors, and your interviews are astute, intelligent, and illuminating.

CH: Thank you so much, Eric Wilder, 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 – Patrick Parker

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Title: Six Minutes Early

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Espionage

Synopsis: Max Kenworth, a former Delta Force officer and nuclear weapons expert, is tasked with stopping a major attack on US soil in this thrilling adventure.

FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) has stolen a cache of man-portable nuclear devices from a secure American facility in Panama. The weapons end up in the hands of ex-special forces officer Bart Madison. With the help of ISIS, drug cartels, and a US senator, Bart is planning to use the devices to create an atrocity in the American heartland.

Max is briefed on the situation by SOCOM (Special Operations Command) and teams up with FBI agent Gail Summers and Mossad agent Danya Mayer to find the weapons before they can be used against American citizens. The three will face opposition from both foreign enemies and so-called allies as they follow Bart’s trail across the continental United States. Their foe is intelligent and well connected, but the three of them are determined to stop this terrorist before more lives are lost.

Patrick Parker, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Patrick Parker. He has spent several years working in the defense industry. Welcome to my blog, Patrick.

CH: Can you sum up this espionage thriller for my audience?

PP: With the help of a traitor, ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) plots to attack the American heartland with a weapon of mass destruction.

CH: Your book, a sociopolitical suspense novel, deals with the realities of today’s life and terrorism. So, how did you come up with the premise for this book?

PP: I am a retired Army officer with a background in nuclear weapons. After retiring from the military, I spent an additional fifteen years in the defense industry. In both army and corporate jobs, I was involved in numerous classified, as well as, unclassified projects that dealt with the security of our country. Knowing the terrorists want to attack the U.S. with a nuclear type device, I drew on my military and corporate experiences to come up with the relevant, timely, and realistic story.

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

PP: I always do research on my books. Even if I have done something in real life a hundred times, I will still do research on it when I put it in a story. I want the story to be realistic. I want my readers to walk away and ask themselves, “What was real, and what was fiction?”

From the feedback I have received, I have accomplished that.

CH: Since this book is about recovering stolen nuclear weapons, did you run into any challenges while writing this book?

PP: I think every author has challenges. I had to ensure nothing I wrote was classified and that it was close to reality. I was able to find through open sources those items I needed for the story.  Not too many years ago, I couldn’t make that statement. I probably couldn’t even write the story the way I did, as it would be classified. My background was an asset in writing this story. I have always heard, “write about what you know.” So, I did.

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

PP: I make my stories very realistic, and I write through the eyes of someone that has experienced many of the places, events, and situations. In Six Minutes Early, terrorists with the help of an ex-Special Forces Officer, steal man-packed nuclear weapons from a classified site in Panama. Man-packed nuclear weapons are real. Terrorists are real and want to attack the heartland. My writing is realistic and usually contains things that have actually happened. There are challenges and I fill in the pieces.

My stories are fast-paced and keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

PP: All of the characters are different and I have to keep them separate, then stay true to the character.  I would say that Danya Mayer was the hardest.  I’m a male and she is female. She had to be a believable female character, as well as, a professional from Mossad. It was a challenge to get her thoughts, actions, and what she might say to be believable.

FBI Special Agent Gail Summers was another, “tuffer ‘n woodpecker lips,” female. She is a professional that matured in the man-dominated world of the FBI. Gail was patterned after a real female FBI agent.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

PP: I enjoyed writing all of the characters, because they were all different. Probably, Max Kenworth was the most fun. He was quiet, resourceful, and skilled. He had to navigate through the politics of the different agencies and the personalities of the women he worked with to accomplish his mission.

I also had fun writing the terrorists. They were a different bunch. Aside from the Muslim terrorists, there were several Americans working for them.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

PP: In a way they were all hard to write because they were all different and had different agendas. Probably, the terrorist were the hardest.  They don’t think like Westerners. So, when one of those characters was in the scene, I had to think like I envisioned them to think. They spoke and used mannerisms the way I imagined them to do.  They were a challenge, but also fun.

CH: Since this book is full of suspense, action, and intrigue, do you prefer writing books with a lot of twists and turns and ups and downs?

PP: Yes, I think that adds to the suspense. This is especially true if it is realistic and contains real things or events. Real life is that way. The protagonist must overcome a situation to succeed. In Six Minutes Early, Max Kenworth, the protagonist, is facing an equally capable antagonist, Bart Madison. Max must draw on every bit of his experience, but Bart manages to stay one step ahead of him. Max is not only challenged by his adversary, but his allies, as well. As the clock ticks away, egos of those he must work with in the U.S. Government Agencies become hostile roadblocks to him completing his mission. All of the twists and turns, ups and downs, in this book keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat.

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

PP: They should feel satisfied that their time was well spent. I want a reader continue to ask, “What was real and what was fiction?” My goal is to entertain them. I want the reader to walk away knowing that I write a good book and that I have worked hard to eliminate errors. The next time they buy one of my books, they will know it will be a great ride!

I didn’t really plan to convey a message when I started Six Minutes Early, but one did emerge. The U.S. is vulnerable to an attack, much as I described. There are some people that do have a hand in our security that will do whatever is necessary to get a “gold star” on their report. Often, there are those in charge that don’t have the necessary skills to be in the position they are thrust into. Also, there are those that will readily prostitute themselves for a piece of the limelight. This is the real world we live in today. I hope the reader will ask: “What is real, how vulnerable are we, and what is the real motivation of those in charge?”

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

PP: It has all been great! Here are a few snippets: “…high tension, rapid-paced, edge-of-your-seat ride….” “A thriller with unmatched suspense!” “Six Minutes Early is full of suspense, action and intrigue.” “This book is the real deal.” “He’s pulled off an international thriller without leaving the sexy bits.” “I enjoyed every minute reading about the story and the characters…”  “I enjoyed Patrick Parker’s nail-biting adventure written from a vast store of military and weaponry experience. Six Minutes Early has an immensely authentic and frightening theme that one might fear could be read flashing across the screen as a FOX news Special Alert.”

CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write?

PP: From a lot of places: people, events, and history. Usually, something happens and that has a relationship to something else. I take a ‘what if’ approach. That gets me going.

I get my ideas from either history or something that has happened. A fiction writer could not make up what has been happening in the news over the last several years. Some of it is hard to believe. It is fantastic fodder for a writer and I take advantage of it. I have gleaned several ideas from what has been in the news, which makes my stories, although, fiction, more believable. I think my readers love it!

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

PP: Good question. Several authors inspired me. Ken Follett, Robert Ludlum, John Le Carré, and, of course, Tom Clancy. They are all great suspense storytellers and I like their style and topics. I’d probably have to say Ken Follett would be my top choice.

CH: What is your favorite espionage book? And why?

PP: Another good question. Each of my favorite authors have a lot of great books. My favorite would probably be, Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett. The story is set during the World War II era, just before the Normandy invasion. The master spy, code name, ‘Needle’ was the object of one of the most desperate manhunts in history. I like that era in our history and the way Follett writes the story kept me on the edge of my seat.

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

PP: My journey as a writer started out as a challenge. I was traveling a lot and I would usually pick up a book to read on the plane. After two books in a row, I complained to my wife how poorly the books were written with various errors. They were published by big name, traditional publishing houses. When I said I could write a better book, she said, “Well, do it.” I wrote Treasures of the Fourth Reich. I had fun writing it and achieved my goal.

With the success of my first book, I decided to write War Merchant. It turned out great, then next I wrote Six Minutes Early. All three have received four and five star reviews.

The first thing is the idea. If it’s something I’m interested in enough to work on for the time it takes to write a book, usually a year or so, I will go on to the next step. I proceed to explore it and then come up with an ending. With the idea (situation) and ending, I then work backwards to get a rough idea of how to get to the end. What must happen, what type of characters are needed to get to the ending. Everything along the way must be believable. Usually, I take something from history, something that really happened and go from there. For example, in Treasures of the Fourth Reich, that story was based on the true Nazi looting of Europe and what could have happened forty-five to fifty years later.

I don’t really plan everything out, but capture the points that will get to the end. Usually, the characters take control and write the story. I just get out of the way.

I do research before and while I’m writing. It could be about a character, place, or event. I try to write so that the reader is constantly asking, “What is real and what is fiction?”

CH: What is your next writing project?

PP: I’m working on a suspense book that has actually turned out to be a sequel to Six Minutes Early. I didn’t originally plan it that way; the characters did it. At the height of the 2016 Presidential election, an attempted coup d’état happened in Turkey. Chaos and turmoil was the norm in the U.S. The election was full of corruption, dirty tricks, and shenanigans. Internationally the U.S. and lame duck President were not respected. So, I took the situation and came up with the idea.

The story is full of suspense, corrupt politicians, murder, treason, terrorists, and all the other makings of a great story. Keep watching for it.

CH:  Can you tell my audience where your books are sold?

PP: My books are available in paperback and Kindle versions through Amazon.

CH: How to Find Patrick Parker:

CH: Any closing remarks?

PP: I can’t think of anything else to add. This has been thorough.

Thank you for interviewing me, Cheryl. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. I would love to hear from your readers and get their comments about my books.

CH: Thank you so much, Patrick Parker, 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 – Ken Stark

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Title: Arcadia Falls

Genre: Horror

Synopsis: Something is wrong in Arcadia Falls. The first boy vanished without a trace and with just as little fanfare. Even the second disappearance amounted to little more than a few passing remarks and another name skipped over in the classroom roll call. As far as Riverside High and the rest of Arcadia Falls were concerned, it seemed, it was as if nothing had happened at all. Tyler John was no different. He had barely given the matter a second thought, but then a wrong turn sent him on a path straight into the dark heart of the mystery, and the deeper he peered into the shadows, the more he realized that something was looking back. Now, the hunter has become the hunted and time is running out. With nowhere else to turn, it’s up to Tyler and his handful of friends to stop the evil thing that’s been preying on Arcadia Falls, and if they fail, they might just be the next ones to vanish. Yes, something is desperately wrong in Arcadia Falls, and it’s like nothing anyone has ever seen before.

Ken Stark, Author

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CH: Today’s International Guest Author is Ken Stark. He writes stories to chill the blood. Welcome to my blog, Ken.

CH: Can you sum up this young adult horror in 20 words or less?

KS: Something is preying on Arcadia Falls, and a small group of friends have to either stop it, or die trying.

CH: Why did you decide to write this book on this topic?

KS: I asked my best friend’s teenaged daughter one day what kind of book she’d most like to read, and her answer was, “Something scary, with a monster, and some kind of mystery.” Well, scary was right up my alley, and a mystery could only add depth to the story, but it was her insistence that the monster be something entirely new that really hooked me. I mean, what horror writer doesn’t want to unleash a whole new monster on the world? I started hashing out a story that very night, and the more developed the ‘monster’ became, the more I knew I had to let it loose.

CH: Did you find anything challenging while writing about kids disappearing and the townspeople not seeming to care?

KS: I tend to get caught up in the details, so the logistics of this story were a bit of a challenge. Without giving too much away, the ‘thing’ that’s been preying on Arcadia Falls has a way of hiding in plain sight, so it was a constant balancing act with different characters knowing a little more than the others and with how long each one might retain those memories.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues?

KS: It isn’t easy to keep a story grounded in reality when it’s specifically designed to scare the snot out of the reader, but if it’s going to be scary, it has to be believable—and to be believable, it first has to be imaginable. I can create any kind of monster I want, but if the reader can’t imagine such a thing existing or if the characters don’t act the way real people would in those situations, then the whole thing falls apart. It’s like capturing that single moment where we’re just waking up from a nightmare and everything is familiar; yet, anything is possible. That moment is fleeting at best, but I have to make it last through an entire book, so it can be tricky at times.

CH: There are several characters in the group of teens. Which character was hardest to develop?

KS: Niki is by far the most complex character I’ve ever created, so she was a handful to say the least! She’s sweet and she’s snarky and she’s vulnerable and she’s strong, and I was never really sure which side of her was going to show up at any given moment, so she demanded a lot of attention. But it was important to me that I get her right, so all of that work really was a labor of love.

CH: Which characters experienced growth and change over the course of the story?

KS: Certainly, everyone was affected by the experience, but where most of them were changed more was in how they perceived one another and the world around them, than in any physical sense. I think Roly underwent a real metamorphosis along the way. He showed his true colors, he proved his courage, and he might just have become the hero no one ever thought he could be.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

KS: Niki was my favorite character, but Sarah was my favorite character to write. She’s sarcastic and she’s a smart-ass, so it was a sheer joy to me every time she opened her mouth. Plus, she has a heart of gold underneath that tough exterior, so it was great letting her reveal her gooey center to the others, if only in tiny little glimpses.

CH: You have captured your readers, teens and adults alike, when writing horror stories, and most of your readers come away from your books wanting to read more. How have you perfected this hook? 

KS: Honestly, I have no idea! I simply write what I write and hope that someone out there likes it. When I first started out, I figured my stuff would appeal to a fairly tight demographic, but the feedback I get is from everywhere across the spectrum.

The best I can figure, it’s because I write from the heart. I try to screw words together in a way that will scare the crap out of people, yes, but there’s always within it a glimmer of hope. The world may be crashing down around your ears and every nightmare you’ve ever had might be coming to life, but as bad as things get, there might just be a way out, and maybe, just maybe, you don’t have to go through the nightmare alone. I guess that kind of story just resonates with people. Tell you what, though…if you can figure out for sure what makes one book successful, while another gathers dust, you tell me and we’ll patent that sucker.

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

KS: Well, I don’t feel particularly compelled to adhere to rules of grammar set out by some bespectacled professor centuries ago, so I write in a very natural way. When you’re talking to a friend, you don’t worry about dangling participles or splitting infinitives, so why should it be any different just because it’s in print?

Arcadia Falls was written with a younger reader in mind, but I didn’t do anything different to fit the story into the ‘YA’ genre. In fact, I don’t think that there should even be a specific genre based on age. Young people are every bit as smart as their elders, and quite often smarter, so they are perfectly capable of deciding what they want to read.

CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write horror?

KS: They can come from anywhere at all, and I mean that literally. Sitting in traffic? What if that kindly old gentleman one car over has a child’s body in the trunk. Or that sound that woke me up in the middle of the night? What if that was the last dying gasp of a neighbor? Literally anything and everything can be turned into a horror story if you look at it a certain way. A visit to an elderly aunt, a stray cat, a knock on the door, a siren in the night, sitting on a toilet, taking a shower…

Tell you what, the next time you’re about to pull back that shower curtain, take a second or two and let your mind wander. How many horrors can you imagine waiting for you on the other side?

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

KS: I admired so many authors growing up; Poe, Asimov, King, Conan Doyle, Wells… I’d love to meet them all, but I honestly don’t know if I’d want to work with any of them. Writers are a solitary bunch after all, and we all want the story to come out as we see it in our heads, so collaborations are tricky. If I worked with any one of those masters, I’m sure I’d be relegated to coffee-monkey, so I’d much rather just hang out and pick their brains and maybe steal a peek over their shoulder from time to time, as they went to work.

CH: What is your favorite horror book? And why?

KS: I have to go with a classic: Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Yes, scarier books have been written since, but for sheer creepiness, nothing beats the book that first introduced us to the modern vampire.

CH: From a feedback perspective, and without a spoiler, did most readers find the ending to be satisfying and met their expectations of the plot? 

KS: I’m happy to say that from what I’ve heard, the ending fits the story perfectly—scary, exciting, and with a surprise or two thrown in for good measure.

CH: What is your next writing project?

KS: I’m hard at work on the third book of the Stage 3 series, entitled Stage 3: Bravo, and I have a couple of short stories in the works as well, one of which will be part of an anthology due out for Halloween. Everything else is up in the air for now, right where I like to keep them.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

KS: Absolutely! I invite everyone to drop by and have a look. There’s no mailing list or newsletter to sign up for, so stop in, read a short story or two, and use the contact page to drop me a line. I can’t promise to answer every message, but I promise I’ll read them all.

CH: How to Find Ken Stark:

CH: Can you tell my audience where they can purchase your book?

KS: Arcadia Falls is on Amazon right now, with a special release price of 99 cents, but the sale will only last until mid-February, so act fast!

CH: Any closing remarks?

KS: This was a lot of fun! Thank you, Cheryl! I’m always grateful for the opportunity to share a little bit about myself and my books and the writing process, and if anyone wants to know more, they can find me on my website or on social media. Just search for my name or PennilessScribe, and you’ll find me.

Happy reading to you all!

CH: Thank you so much, Ken Stark, 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 – Nicole L. Turner

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Title: Detox Your Relationship: Know When to Stay and When to Let Go

Genre: Self Help/Relationships

Synopsis: People who have not addressed their individual toxins, take them into their relationships, and this can lead to dissension, chaos, drama, emotional abandonment, trust issues, and lack of communication. Some people stay in relationships they probably should leave, while others leave relationships that are worth trying to make it work. This book gives insight into both.

Nicole L. Turner, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Nicole L. Turner. Nicole is a Detox Strategist and she helps individuals to identify the toxicities in their lives. Welcome to my blog, Nicole.

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

NLT: You should read my book because everyone has had relationships they stayed in longer than they should, or had a relationship they walked away from when perhaps they should have stayed and tried to work it out.

CH: Your book deals with the realities of life and love—the good relationships and the bad relationships. So, how did you come up with the premise for this book?

NLT: The premise came to me from my own personal experiences, friends’ experiences, and trends I saw in relationships, in general. Our romantic relationships (good and bad) have a direct impact on other areas of our life (e.g., work, health, non-romantic relationships, etc.)

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

NLT: I am a lifelong learner, so I am always researching, studying people, and reading, but this book was really a brainchild of my personal observations. I am a regular guest on various local and national radio and TV outlets and speaker where I am discussing relationships, so writing a book on the subject was seamless.

CH: The topic of when to stay and when to go in a relationship is a real-life situation. At what point did you decide to share this information with other people?

NLT: I was already sharing this information as a speaker at various events, and on radio and TV, and I’ve been sharing it for years. So, sharing it in a book provided an opportunity for people who have not heard me at a speaking engagement or on radio or TV, to get the information.

CH: How do you identify a toxic relationship?

NLT: Is it filled with drama? Does your relationship constantly feel intense and is full of conflict? Do you feel like you are always on an emotional rollercoaster ride? Do you feel like you are the only one giving in the relationship? Are you lowering your standards to be in a relationship? Is the relationship bringing out the worst in you? Do you feel like you are in a competition instead of a relationship? Does it bring you more sadness than happiness? If the answer (or answers) is yes, you are in a toxic relationship.

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

NLT: Unlike most books, I write in a conversational style. I’ve been told my books make the reader feel like I am talking to them specifically.  I don’t do a table of contents because I want the reader to be able to open the book to any page and receive good nuggets.

CH: What is your key piece of advice for detoxing a relationship?

NLT: If the relationship is one where you should stay and NOT go, do something to consistently show your appreciation. Saying and/or doing small, simple expressions of gratitude every day yields big rewards. We all want to feel valued and appreciated by our mate.

CH: You are a detox strategist. So, how do you help people detox their relationships?

NLT: I take them through a seven-step process that starts with them being honest with themselves about their own personal flaws and toxins that may have a negative impact on their relationship.  I start with the personal detox because if they are taking their own personal toxins into a relationship, it’s very difficult to have a happy, healthy, and loving relationship.

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

NLT: No, I didn’t. I had certain points I wanted to make, but there was no set order to it.

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

NLT: Yes. Self-love is the greatest of all love. If you have a healthy relationship with yourself first, you are more likely to have a healthy relationship with someone else.

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

NLT: Everyone is different. Many people already know what they should do, but it’s not so easy to just do it.  Fannie Lou Hammer said it best when she said, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” I know she was referring to Civil Rights, but it is so applicable to many areas of our life, including relationships.  When a person gets to a place where he/she is sick and tired of being in a toxic relationship, he/she will make the decision to love themselves enough to leave.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

NLT: I actually just released my fourth book on New Year’s Day, Live Now, Die Later. I’m really excited about this book and what’s to come as a result of this book. There’s a quote that reads, “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” Sad to say, but that’s the story for so many people. They are just existing in life—not actually living.

CH: How to Find Nicole L. Turner:

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

NLT: You can find my books on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Books-A-Million.

CH: Any closing remarks?

NLT: Everyone deserves a love that brings them joy. It’s not going to always be sunshine and roses, but it should not be the constant cause of your stress. We are imperfect people. If you are seeking perfection in your relationship, you will always be disappointed. The greatest of all love is self-love.

CH: Thank you so much, Nicole L. Turner, 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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Celebrating Black History Month 2018 with Cheryl Holloway

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Black History Month is throughout the month of February,

From February 1-28, I will spotlight various books, facts, information and quotes for Black History Month. I am planning some interesting blog posts.

Today’s Black History info is Six African American Movies that you should see to learn about some of our heroes and some of our history.

“Glory” (1989) – about a Union Army during the Civil War that was made up solely of African American soldiers.

“Malcolm X” (1992) – about Malcolm X and his role as a Black activist and the legacy he left behind after he was assassinated in 1965.

“Ali” (2001)about Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay), an American professional boxer and activist, who faced difficult circumstances.

“12 Years a Slave” (2013) –  about Solomon Northup, and his life as a free man who was sold into slavery in the South and the cruelty he endured from his owner.

“Selma” (2014) – about the 1965 march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

“Hidden Figures” (2016) – about three African American women who helped with the launch of astronaut John Glenn.

By the way, I’ve seen all of these movies. Have you?

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New Beginnings Start When You Find Yourself at A Dead End by Cheryl Holloway

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New Beginnings Start When You Find Yourself at A Dead End

Fact: Sooner or later, everyone hits a dead end.

Have you ever had a dream of becoming an author? Then, you realize that it’s just not going to happen. That is a dead end “writing” dream.

Usually in life, when we reach a dead end, we turn around to take another route.

One of the best times for figuring out what you truly want is right after you hit a dead end… you have to let go of what you can’t change.

Why? Because it is what it is.

Let’s discuss this in writing terms…After you’ve hit a dead end, you need to move on by turning the page. The dead end you’ve just experienced is not THE END. It’s time for your “writing” dream to begin again in a new and different way—new goals. You’re at a point in your story where one chapter makes a smooth transition into the next chapter. This allows you to re-write or edit your story and make progress to the final chapter.

When you reach a dead end, you have to do 3 things:

  1. Accept it.
  2. Learn from it. AND…
  3. Move on.

Fact: A dead end is really a new beginning.

You need to build and grow something new…now.

What matters is what you choose to do from this point on. Now, is the time to take your next step or to take some action.  There’s always room for a new idea, a new step…a new beginning (dah).One last thought…Are you stuck in a dead end? Can this dead end be turned into a new beginning?

We all have a choice to make…What will yours be?

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Guest Author Interview – Khaled Talib

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Title: Gun Kiss

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Synopsis: A stolen piece of history, an abducted actress and International intrigue…

When the Deringer pistol that shot Abraham Lincoln is stolen and ends up in the hands of a Russian military general, covert agent Blake Deco is tasked by the FBI to head to the Balkans to recover the historical weapon. Meanwhile, the United States media is abuzz with news of the mysterious disappearance of Hollywood movie star, Goldie St. Helen.

After Blake’s return from overseas, he receives a tip from a Mexican friend that a drug lord, obsessed with the beautiful actress, is holding her captive in Tijuana. With the help of a reluctant army friend, Blake mounts a daring rescue. What he doesn’t expect is to have feelings for Goldie—or that a killer is hunting them.

Khaled Talib, Author

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CH: Today’s International Guest Author is Khaled Talib. He is a member of the Crime Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers Organization. Welcome to my blog, Khaled.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence why we should read this thriller?

KT: Both, reviewers and authors who have endorsed the novel suggested that readers take a deep breath before reading it.

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

KT: It’s hard to miss the bits and pieces of scandalous news about Hollywood.  From sexual harassment, pedophilia, to stalking fans. So, I decided to work on these themes to give more depth to what is often described as paperback novel.  While this thriller is exciting and light-reading, it features important and current issues affecting the movie industry.

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

KT: I drew real-life inspiration based on the stories I have read about the lives of celebrities. To check, if my story didn’t sound over the top after I had finished writing it, I interviewed a celebrity bodyguard, who had worked with famous names. He confirmed the things—everything that takes place behind the scenes. I dare say, it’s life imitating art. For example, I was told some celebrity stalkers don’t just invade a movie star’s privacy, but they also send strange things in the mail…like gruesome things—we’re talking body parts!

CH: Since this book is about a stolen piece of history, an abducted actress and International intrigue, did you run into any challenges while writing this book?

KT: It was difficult to bind the plot.  I mean, what has a stolen piece of history (in this case, being the Deringer that shot Abraham Lincoln) and an International intrigue, got to do with an actress being abducted? In fact, when I first submitted it to a literary agent, he told me that the story was unfocused. I panicked!  Then, after calming down, I began to rework it and managed to tie in everything by creating a subplot. Even that didn’t resolve the story flow. The pages had to be seamlessly connected. I’m proud to say I managed to do it without awkwardness.

CH: The plot involves the FBI, so did you have to do any special research to write this book?

KT: During my research period, I learned about the FBI’s Form 302, which they use to summarize an interview. The thing is, they write down your replies, which means that they can rewrite it, the way they want it, which can trap you. That’s dangerous. Caution: if the FBI ever wants to talk to you, make sure you have a lawyer present.

CH: Since this book is a mystery/thriller with lots of suspense, do you enjoy writing a plot with a lot of ups and downs?

KT: All my novels have been described as intense and fast.  I’m not writing literary fiction here, it’s supposed to make you bite your fingernails and send shivers down your spine. In Gun Kiss, you’ll find the story having its ups and downs moments, as my intention is to play with your mind and emotions.

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

KT: Expect the unexpected. I let you assume what you think is going to happen, before pulling the carpet from under you. You’ve been warned.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

KT: Goldie St. Helen, the movie star and co-protagonist. In the story, she’s a big Hollywood name, so I couldn’t afford to let this A-list personality appear unimportant. Yet, at the same time, I couldn’t let her overshadow the protagonist, Blake Deco. Goldie had to stand out. She needed to appear shiny with a powerful personality. I feel, Gun Kiss is a story with two protagonists. There are many scenes in the novel where she stands alone. I think without her the story would have been flat. I’m fine with it.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

KT: Goldie St. Helen. In fact, if you go to my website, I hosted a Q & A interview with her.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

KT: Dai Lo, the drug lord. I tried imagining myself as evil. So, I indulged in method-writing, which is like method acting. I went into character. I think I should enter a decompression chamber because I keep saying ‘Amigo’ a lot nowadays.

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

KT: The novel is flamboyant and glittering, just like how Hollywood is. But there’s a dark side that one needs to know about. Not all that glitters is gold.

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

KT: So far, I’ve been enjoying raving reviews from readers, but I think one reviewer in the UK cursed the book for whatever her reasons. Personally, I’m happy with my work. The fact, I received praise from Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of The Rising and Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassins is a solid endorsement. Even Midwest Book Review gave me high marks.

CH: Are there any authors that provide inspiration for your writing?

KT: I read all kinds of novels, so I would say there’s a bit of everyone in me. However, that said, many have described my previous novels like Robert Ludlum’s novels. In his blurb, Jon Land described Gun Kiss as a novel that reminded him of Don Winslow’s The Force.

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

KT: I’ve been writing since I was a kid. They used to call me a day dreamer in school. I wasn’t day dreaming—I was in the world built by Enid Blyton, the British author, who wrote fantastical books for children.

CH: What is your next writing project?

KT: I’m writing a murder mystery set at a winery in South Australia. I used to handle the public relations account of the South Australian tourism office, so I’m familiar with the State.

CH: How to Find Khaled Talib:

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

KT: Gun Kiss is available on Amazon and on Kindle Unlimited, Nook, Kobo and various other online stores in paperback, epub and kindle.

CH: Any closing remarks?

KT: Wishing everyone a Happy and Peaceful 2018!

CH: Thank you so much, Khaled Talib, 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 by Cheryl Holloway

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Seven Sentence Sunday

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Most of my blog readers and followers 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. 

In the news recently were a couple of cases of childhood suicide—related to bullying. I sincerely hope that bullying can be stopped before it reaches the point of suicide.

Fact: Childhood and adolescent bullying is recognized as a major public health problem in the Western world, and it appears to be associated with suicidality.

Here is a short story of a smart student who won’t be bullied ever—again.

Title: End Bullying!

  1. The tall, overweight “dumb” guy in class began bullying his tiny, but smart female classmate.
  2. She wondered why he chose to pick on her, because she was quiet and kept to herself and her studies.
  3. He was BIG—boisterous, ignorant and gullible.
  4. She was SMART—studious, marvelous, articulate, resourceful, and technical.
  5. He made her cry in private, then she became depressed and finally, she vowed to never let him bully her again.
  6. So, she used her intellect and embarrassed him in front of all of his friends.
  7. The bullying ended when he cried like a big baby in public—in the school cafeteria.

The End…hopefully. 🙂

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Guest Author Interview – Allegra Huston

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Title: Say My Name

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary

Synopsis: Years ago, frightened by passion, Eve settled for less: marrying safely, building a solid, ordinary life. Now she longs for more.

One day, treasure hunting for a friend’s antiques shop, she finds a mysterious instrument, carved with twining vines. It sends her on a quest—and into a compelling connection with a young man, the son of an old flame. He is twenty years younger than she is, a musician, a seeker, a bohemian—and, to her amazement, he’s pursuing her.

Can this euphoric connection last? Eve finds herself defenseless against the force of her fantasies. But she cannot retreat back to safety; she is no longer the woman she was. And even now, she can hardly imagine the woman she will become.

Allegra Huston, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Allegra Huston. After an early career in UK publishing, Allegra has recently published her second book. Welcome to my blog, Allegra.

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

AH: It’s a love story between an older woman and a younger man, centered around music—short and sexy, which I hope are two good things.

CH: This book is about one woman’s journey to self-empowerment. What made you decide to write this book?

AH: It turned into that as I wrote it. I began simply writing a love story based on my own romantic fantasy, which is that one of the great rock songs would have been written about me.

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

AH: Many of the situations are taken from life. I split up with my son’s father, while I was writing the book. So, inevitably, much of that relationship made its way into the relationship of Eve and Larry (though the whole “inner wolf” thing does not come from him). All the characters are based, to some extent, on people I know. I wish I could say the events of the love story came from my life!

The houses, and Micajah’s apartment, are all based on houses I know.

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?

AH: I have no formula. Stories don’t come to me that frequently. Both Say My Name and my short film Good Luck, Mr. Gorski started with a situation that I wanted to follow, in order to see how it would play out. The starting point of my next novel is a disturbing episode in my own life, which I am still trying to make sense of.

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

AH: I researched flower clocks (which I learned about because I am part of the editorial team of the art magazine Garage, and a few years ago, we featured a painting of one), and looked through 18th-century stringed instruments, until I found the viola d’amore. Other than those, only small things, such as the vaporetto schedule in Venice. I have close friends, who play the instruments and the kind of music Micajah plays, so that was already familiar to me.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

AH: I probably enjoyed writing Micajah most of all, because he kept surprising me. I loved writing Barbara, because when I let her speak, I gained wisdom from her. And the auction house expert, because I have fun writing pompous speech.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

AH: Eve, the central character, is based on me—and it’s hard to know if you’re creating a believable character, when they are so close to you, but not actually you. Deborah is based, to an extent, on my stepmother, and I’ve always found it difficult to capture my stepmother’s vividly unique manner of speech.

CH: It was released in UK/Australia/Ireland in July 2017 and US/Canada in January 2018. What made you decide on two different release dates? And two different covers?

AH: Not my choice! The publishers set their own dates, and designed their own covers.

CH: Publishers do tend to do that. Is there a message about self-empowerment in your book that you want readers to grasp?

AH: Yes, absolutely, though as I said previously, I didn’t write the book with a message in mind. It emerged because I wanted to write a love story, but as I worked on it I realized that I didn’t want to imply that a woman can only be happy with a man. A ‘happily ever after’ ending felt fake to me—but I wanted a positive ending. I hope we’ve left behind the days when a wedding was like the finishing post of a race, and if a woman didn’t reach it, she’d failed. A true happy ending, for me, is to leave my character in conscious charge of her life.

Eve’s flowers were not part of my original idea—they just started happening one day, as I wrote. That turn in the storyline is very important to me. Women do not need men to make them happy, in bed or anywhere else. (Which isn’t to say that you can’t have a great time in bed with a man! Just that the lack of a man in your bed does not mean a lack in your life.) Women can be sufficient unto themselves, can follow their own agendas, craft their own lives. Particularly, now, when we’re becoming more aware of how men continue to control the lives of working women, I think it’s important to tell stories in which women take charge of their lives.

I’m certainly not anti-men, or anti-romantic. Say My Name began as a love story and the love affair between Eve and Micajah is the emotional heart of the book. It’s through this love affair, with a man 20 years younger, that Eve discovers her sense of self.

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

AH: That’s not for me to say. I don’t compare myself to other writers. What I hope readers take from my writing is a sense of honesty: that even though I’m telling a fictional story, I’m conveying true experiences, true emotions, true desires, and true demons. I believe we read and write books, because we’re constantly fascinated by ourselves: Why do we humans do the things we do? How do we negotiate the circumstances that fate throws in our path?

I like to write stories in which things turn out well—though not in the way you’d expect. There’s enough sorrow and anguish in the world, and I want to add weight to the positive side of the scales.

CH: Readers continually say that you are a great storyteller. Did this come naturally?

AH: I’ve been an avid reader, since I was 3, and I’ve been editing other people’s books, since I was 20. I’ve absorbed a great deal of storytelling in my life, so I have a sense of story that I don’t always have to think consciously about. I wouldn’t say it’s genetic.

Also, being a screenwriter, as well as, a novelist and memoirist, I have studied story structure. The classic three-act movie structure is often my starting point, though I will depart from it.

CH: What type of feedback have you received so far?

AH: I’ve been very touched by how strongly people react to this book, as shown in the reviews on Amazon.co.uk and on Goodreads.com. People seem to really, really love it. Candace Bushnell, who wrote Sex and the City, read it as a favor to a mutual friend and gave me a wonderful blurb—and then saw our mutual friend at a party a month later and said something like, “That book is just wonderful!” I was thrilled that it had stayed with her.

CH: Who are some of your writing influences?

AH I don’t think I have any in particular—just all the good writers I’ve ever read.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

AH: I’m working on my second novel, which I hope will be published within the next two years. It’s a sort of psychological thriller (at least it is at this point, though it may take a turn that surprises me, as Say My Name did).

I also have a couple of screenplays, including the screenplay of Say My Name, in development, so I hope at least one of them will soon be showing on a screen near you.

CH: How to Find Allegra Huston:

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

AH: Say My Name is sold at all good bookshops (if it’s not in stock, you can order it), and all online book retailers.

CH: Any closing remarks?

AH: Thank you for not using the word “cougar” in relation to this story! That word drives me insane. It suggests predatory, hard, desperate, and unloving. The use of that word is demeaning to women. Beyond that, in my experience of such relationships, when they’re affairs of the heart, it’s almost always the man who did the chasing.

I say in my book that a relationship between an older woman and a younger man is, in its way, the perfect relationship—as long as you live in the present. And since we are all happier and healthier when we live in the present, such relationships should be celebrated.

CH: Thank you so much, Allegra Huston, 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 Gately

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Title: South of Main Street

Genre: Fiction/New Adult

Synopsis: Henry Wolff regularly climbs out of his upstairs bedroom window. The neighbors think it strange that a grown man enjoys a Tarzan like swing from the roof, but then again, they all think Henry is a little strange. Recently widowed, Henry is an emotionally challenged father being sued by his daughter for financial control of the estate. Henry must prove he is normal—not an easy thing to do when you are not. Henry is different, not quite normal, and not quite special. Rumors explaining his behavior run from PTSD in Vietnam, to losing his son to SIDS. But Henry has a special gift. In a town divided by the haves and have-nots, Henry alone can inspire and touch even the most jaded lost soul. But when tragedy strikes…Can he unite his own family?

Robert Gately, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Robert Gately. He is inspired by many to study his own character with all its strengths and defects. Welcome to my blog, Robert.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read this book about an emotionally challenged man and his complex life.

RG: Because, I believe, we are all challenged in some way, and even though Henry’s actions are sometimes bizarre; we can all learn from him.

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

RG: About 30 years ago, I watched a movie titled, Being There, based on Jerzy Kosinki’s book. The main character was portrayed in the movie by Peter Sellers. He appears to be emotionally unstable, but was never flushed out as a truly wise person. So, I wrote a book about someone who could be considered wise and helpful to humanity, but emotionally … not there.

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

RG: The believable situations came from Henry, not me. Although, I may have been a ‘smart Aleck’ growing up, I come nowhere near Henry’s uninhibited force of nature. I felt compelled to write about a character (not real), who was unshackled with the emotional filters we don for the roles we follow in life. Today, I’m a husband, and tomorrow I’m a father—that kind of thing. I wanted to show bizarre situations fitting of Henry’s disposition; yet, at the same time, he was in search of forgiveness for an act he committed ages ago. As far as devising some situations with Henry, based on what happened to me in life? Well, we all have ghosts in the closet, don’t we?

CH: Since this book is about an emotionally challenged adult with lots of suspense, did you run into any challenges while writing this book?

RG: Yes, following a believable path with Henry. After all, Henry’s ID (in the Ego, Super-ego, ID tradition) was a challenge. Getting into Henry’s mind and staying there, while I imagined the behavioral effects he had on other people was wonderful, but hard to keep honest.

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

RG: Not really. All of the characters, including Henry, came from inspiration and creativity. No character was born from knowledge of real-life characters, except for Henry, maybe, who is mostly Peter Sellers from the movie, Being There, and a little bit of me, and a whole lot of inspiration attained during my trips to and from work, and conversations with my wife on the believability of the situations Henry created for himself. I take that back—even Henry is fictitious.

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

RG: Hopefully, as a writer, I can help people enjoy and concentrate on ‘character based stories.’ To drive the story through characters is not easy. It takes time, and that’s why creating character-driven screenplays is hard, in my purview. How one person, any person, can make a huge difference in this world? It takes time. That’s why I had Dixie, probably the most vulnerable character in the book, stand up and give her best rendition of Henry. She said,Over time, the people will forget Henry. A boy or a girl might grow up and become President, and will tell stories to historians about where they came from. One of them might say, ‘I’m a native son or daughter born on the south side of Main Street in an obscure town in Pennsylvania called Coalsville.’ And no one will ever know that embedded in the statement is a story of how one person made a difference to so many; of how his goodness spread far and wide like the ubiquitous wind; and how life for so many improved immeasurably, for his constituents and for all generations to come, not because this good Samaritan had money or status or political influence, but because he saw life through the eyes of a child.”

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

RG: Sharon and Robin—Henry’s two daughters. I have three daughters and I tried my best not to embed any character traits of my daughters in Henry’s daughters—hard…very hard.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

RG: Of course, Henry.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

RG: Dixie. It’s not easy trying to understand how the mind is altered with booze—showing how the clarity of thinking and the speech process, are compromised in an addict.

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

RG: Yes, the power of forgiveness.

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

RG: Great. It has been rated 4.7 for 29 reviews. The only bad ones came from the edition where there were tons of syntax issues, which I didn’t catch, which a couple of reviews didn’t like at all. I don’t blame them either. It inspired me to correct those faux-pas.

CH: Are there any authors that provide inspiration for your writing?

RG: Yes. Joseph Conrad, Joseph Heller, Philip Roth and the one-and-only, Charles Dickens.

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

RG: Wonderful. I feel ‘alive’ when I write. I’ve experienced no greater journey, except for a few minutes on the ‘cyclone’ at Coney Island, decades ago.

CH: What is your next writing project?

RG:  Actually, one non-fiction book I wrote, Fillossofee: Messages from a Grandfather, needs a follow-up.  I’m thinking on writing Volume II. Volume I came from the desire to inspire my progeny with the disciplines that inspired me (math, sciences, computer, philosophy, etc.) The title says it all.

Half of my children, including my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren, are terribly invested in social networking. One was actually billed for 13,000 text messages one month, while another can’t respond to the query, ‘Who is Copernicus?’ I type 120 words a minute at the keyboard. Both of these children put me to shame with just two thumbs. Go ahead and stand by the Sears or Macy entrances and look at the next 20 people who enter and who are under the age of 30 years. I’ll bet you half of them, who are walking into the store, are doing something on their cell phones…talking, texting…something. Social media is dictating how our progeny see the world. I believe, it’s not good.

CH: How to Find Robert Gately:

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

RG: You can order the book on Amazon.

CH: Any closing remarks?

RG:  I guess I’ll just say don’t think you’re going to be a success because you wrote something that is good. If the motivating force behind your writing is money or fame, then I hope you’re a ‘Truman Capote’ kind of writer. I don’t know if this is true, but I once heard him say, “I never wrote anything I didn’t get published.” I wish that were true of my writing, but it’s not. Just beware: few people make money in writing, unless you’re a journalist.

I must hang on to what Derek Jeter, the famous baseball player, once said. There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”

Also, I’m reminded, occasionally, what Michael Jordon once said. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed 26 times. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

So take encouragement in learning from the best. That is, heed the rejection slips—take what you need and throw out the rest. Learn from them. You’ll need that process to grow as a writer.

And take heed from Sheldon Cooper’s mother, whose wisdom can always be measured in her statement, “…and that’s your opinion.”

Thanks, Cheryl, for having me on your blog.

CH: Thank you so much, Robert Gately, 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 – Hugh O. Smith

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Title: Candyland

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Synopsis: Writer Shaun Harmon should be the happiest man alive. His novels are best-sellers, Hollywood just made one of his books a hit movie, and he and his daughter recently left the Bronx and moved into a huge home in the New Jersey suburb of Willows.

But, all of Shaun’s success comes at a price. His wife dies, just as he achieves his dreams. The words that used to come so easily to him, won’t come anymore and the affluent new town he’s moved to is not quite what it seems. Soon, Shaun finds that the town harbors dark secrets, secrets that it would do anything to hide—even kill.

Hugh O. Smith, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Hugh O. Smith. He has written for as long as he can remember and enjoys writing across diverse genres. Welcome to my blog, Hugh.

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

HOS: Candyland is about a writer who achieves success, only to find that wealth can corrupt, as much as poverty can.

CH: Your book deals with a writer at the peak of his dreams and life happens. How did you come up with the premise for this book? Is it partially your life?

HOS: Partially. Shaun and I have a lot in common. We’re both authors, we’re both from the Bronx and we both moved to a New Jersey suburb only to find out that there is a lot going on behind the scenes that most people will never know about. The difference is Shaun moved into a very wealthy suburb and mine isn’t.

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

HOS: No, it wasn’t too hard to create the situations. As authors, these crazy things run through our heads 24/7. The hard part is writing them down well and making them entertaining and enthralling for the reader. As far as real life, I’ll just say that the situations in real life weren’t as…intense as in Candyland, thank goodness.

CH: Since this book is a mystery/thriller with lots of suspense, did you run into any challenges while writing this book?

HOS: Oh yes. I love writing about suspense and relationships at the same time. The relationship part, I think I am okay with, but the suspense part comes harder for me. I want to write stories that make the reader gasp out loud, or write situations they never saw coming and to do that is a challenge for me.

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

HOS: Not too much. I had to look up certain towns in New Jersey to get a better idea of their history and how they evolved over time, but that was about it.

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

HOS: I really love to write about people, who are good people, but sometimes don’t do the right thing. I think most people are good people with good intentions, or at least we try hard to be, but we don’t always do the right thing, or make the best choice. We make mistakes, I know I sure do, and my characters do, as well, but I want to make the reader still root for them and still like them, despite their imperfections.

Also, I bring an appreciation of plus-size women that you don’t see too much in books. At least I don’t. I don’t hit the reader over the head with it, but I make sure you know what most of my female characters look like. Look around, not too many real women you see every day are a ‘perfect’ size 2, so why should they be ‘perfect’ in books? They shouldn’t and they won’t be in my books, I guarantee you that!

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

HOS: I had two, Shaun and Jake. Female characters are easier to write because women can be an open book. Women are not afraid to tell you what they think and what’s on their minds. Men, on the other hand are more challenging to write, because as men, we sometimes are reluctant to express much (to say the least), so to have a man say or do something in a book, you must really think about it, because if you don’t it might not ring true. So, Shaun was challenging because he’s essentially a good man, but because he’s in pain because of the loss of his wife, he sometimes makes bad choices. He sleeps with women, hoping to recapture even a second of what he had with his wife, not realizing that it’s not fair to the women he’s with. He’s also at a point in his life where his dreams have come true, but they weren’t only his dreams, they were his wife’s, as well and without her there, he can’t fully enjoy the journey. To make you like Shaun, while you might not like the things he does or the decisions he makes was fun to write. Jake was also fun because he’s a bad guy, but for a different reason—he lost someone he loves. That happened a long time ago, but he just can’t get past it, and that rage and loss turns him into a monster.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

HOS: Chloe, Shaun’s love interest, is a woman with a past. I still feel like I don’t know her full story, and I think there might be books in the future that explore more about her. She also lost someone she loved at a time in her life when she was young and vulnerable. I don’t want to give away too much about Candyland,  but people Chloe loved and trusted helped to make that loss possible. Also, Chloe is caught between two worlds, but truly belongs to neither. It will be interesting to see where she goes in the future.

CH: Is this book part of a series or a stand alone?

HOS: All my books can stand alone, but most of them take place in the fictional town of Willows, NJ, a town that looks perfect from the outside but has many, many secrets. So, if you read my other books like Soccer Mom and Willows you might see characters or places you’ve known from Candyland.

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?

HOS: I really do, but that part is challenging for me. I guess for some people it’s easy, but man, I agonize over that part of the process. The romantic parts are much easier (and much more fun).

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

HOS: Candyland explores themes about race and class and the rich taking advantage of the poor, but those themes are part of the plot and I insert no message at all. I’m not one of those writers that inserts a lesson in his books, I won’t hit you over the head with one philosophy or another. I leave it to the readers to glean their own message. If all you get is an entertaining read, then I’m 100% fine with that.

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

HOS: The thing I get most is questions about how I came up with the story and is it based on anything real. It isn’t based on actual real-life events that I experienced, just my imagination taking over and building on the drama that occurs just below the surface of a town.

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

HOS: Sure. I’m Jamaican, I came to the US when I was younger, but during my childhood there, I noticed that Jamaican people are born storytellers. I loved that my cousins and I could see a movie, then the next day we would tell each other the story of the movie and each person had a totally different perspective on it. My father was a big reader and he introduced me to many different types of books and I loved to read, so as I got older I tried my hand at writing and here I am.

CH: Are there any authors that provide inspiration for your writing?

HOS: So many! I love fiction, so Walter Mosley, Lee Child, Attica Locke, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Mat Johnson, Marlon James (another Jamaican author), Barbara Neely, Larry McMurtry, Alex Haley, and Elmore Leonard, just to name a few.

CH: What is your next writing project?

HOS: I’m working on a few things, I have a project about three-quarters done about a group of women that come together for a passion party and things go horribly wrong. Readers have been asking me to write a sequel to my book Green Eyes and Good Hair and that should be out early in 2018. I’m thinking about making chapters available on my website for free.  Also, I’m writing a paranormal series about a plus-size woman, who discovers that she is really a witch. That one is challenging, but really fun to write.

CH: How to Find Hugh O. Smith:

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

HOS: Sure, you can find it on Amazon along with my other books.

CH: Any closing remarks?

HOS: Thank you so much for interviewing me, Cheryl. It really was a pleasure. I really love to interact with readers, so please feel free to communicate with me at my website, on Facebook or Twitter. I’d love to hear from you!

CH: Thank you so much, Hugh O. Smith, 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: Vineyard Prey: A Shakespeare in the Vineyard Mystery (Shakespeare in the Vineyard Mysteries Book 3)

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Synopsis: Cait Pepper, owner of the Bening Estate vineyards, and navy SEAL Royal Tanner return to help friends who recently acquired a vineyard in Livermore, California. Sadie, an Amish girl, and her husband, Danny Lord, are excited about their new adventure of owning their own vineyard until agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency knock on their door. When Danny bought the property, he neglected to check the previous owners’ background and didn’t know about their drug connections. Desperate to save her friends from danger and embarrassment, Cait is torn between helping the Lords or the actors in her Shakespeare Festival. Will Cait’s cop skills be enough to save the Lords from the drug dealer—and the DEA—while avoiding another tragedy that could put her Shakespeare Festival in peril?

Carole Price, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Carole Price. Carole is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Welcome to my blog, Carole.

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

CP: Cait Pepper and Royal Tanner help friends from drug dealers at the same time that Cait’s Shakespeare Festival is running.

CH: Your book deals with the realities of life, such as vineyards, Navy Seals, Amish, DEA, and Drug Dealers—usually not all mixed together. So, how did you come up with the premise for this book?

CP: I’m from Ohio, and although vaguely familiar with the Amish, I researched their lifestyles, homes, and habits. Cait is also from Ohio. I like to draw from my background, as well and bring that into my writing and my characters, but I started from scratch with the SEALs and the DEA, when I began this series. Learning something new is part of the fun of writing.

CH: With that in mind, was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

CP: As a police volunteer for almost fifteen years in Livermore, California, where I live, I have access to officers to ask about police procedures, drugs, ride-alongs, and role play in various situations.

CH: Since this book is a mystery/thriller with lots of suspense, did you run into any challenges while writing this book?

CP: Working without an outline is a challenge, but I keep a binder that covers the background on every character. I know their likes and dislikes, their schooling, religion, and love interests. This is critical when writing a series. I have tried using an extended synopsis to keep me in line, but that too didn’t work because ideas would come to me while writing and before I knew it, I’d wandered off and occasionally written myself into a corner.

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

CP: My series takes place in Livermore where I live. After I settled on the design and floor plan for the estate, I added a vineyard, and created two Shakespeare theaters. In creating the indoor and outdoor theaters, I referred to my experience at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, where I’d visited many times, toured their theaters, and spoke with theater personnel about costumes.

CH: I, too, enjoy the Shakespeare Festivals. What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

CP: It’s been fun and exciting for my readers who live in Livermore. They’ve even driven around looking for the estate. I had to get permission from the police chief and city attorney to use an interview room in the station to make scenes appear authentic.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?                            

CP: Probably, Cait Pepper, my protagonist. She inherited the Benning Estate from an aunt she’d never heard of, gave up her job as a cop in Columbus, Ohio, and moved to California to manage the estate and her Shakespeare Festival.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

CP: Fumié Ondo, by far, who is a recent college graduate, and she works part-time at the Bening Estate helping Cait. She sings like an angel for visitors, while they wait for the plays to begin. Soon she’ll head off to Park Ranger school, leaving behind her recent romantic interest.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

CP: Marcus Singer, an ex-con, who doted on Cait’s aunt, while she was alive, but was reluctant to approve of Cait.

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

CP: Not until I fell in love with the characters and couldn’t let them go.

CH: Are there any additional books in this series?

CP: Twisted Vines is Book 1, Sour Grapes is Book 2, and Vineyard Prey is Book 3. I’m hoping Cait and RT will resolve their problems in Book 4.

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

CP: Mostly very good and readers are eager for the next book in the series. Unfortunately, I’m not a prolific writer. I tell myself that it’s because I didn’t start writing seriously until after I retired.

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

CP: My husband and I attended an author book signing event where I met an author who inspired me to start my own book. That was twenty years ago. Today, we are still in the same critique group.

CH: How wonderful. Are there any authors that provide inspiration for your writing?

CP: The author I previously mentioned is Penny Warner, who has over sixty books published. Without Penny or my critique group, I wouldn’t be published, today.

CH: What is your next writing project?

CP: Many. I still want to publish the first book I’d written. Still unnamed, it’s a mystery and takes place on Martha’s Vineyard, a place I love and have visited several times. I’ve also started a cozy series about a girl and her stained-glass shop, something I know about. I’ve written one short story and am eager to write more.

CH: How to Find Carole Price:

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

CP: It is sold on Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, and Kobo

CH: Any closing remarks?

CP: My thanks to you, Cheryl Holloway, for this opportunity to discuss my Shakespeare in the Vineyard series. Exposure like this is a real blessing for authors and one I appreciate. I also hope readers enjoy my books, as much as I love writing them.

CH: Thank you so much, Carole Price, 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 – Carolyn Killion

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Title: The Alchemist’s Children

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal

Synopsis: After their mother disappears, fourteen-year-old Gabriella and eleven-year-old Holden decide to search for her. The problem is, she’s a human-sized leprechaun and has traveled to the leprechaun world, which they have never seen. With the help of their Uncle Robert, they journey to this mysterious realm, where they encounter goblins and dragons and unexpected surprises. What they find is both more enchanting and more dangerous than they ever could have imagined. A leprechaun king is determined to invade Earth through a magical portal. To save their mother, Gabriella and Holden must find a way to stop a war between leprechauns and humans.

Carolyn Killion, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Carolyn Killion. She has her head in the clouds, but her feet are firmly planted on the ground. Welcome to my blog, Carolyn.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read this Sci-Fi/Fantasy. 

CK: It opens up a new world of fantasy, where Leprechauns have the power of alchemy and they control other fantasy creatures such as dragons, gargoyles and sea monsters.

CH: This book is about children looking for their mother in a world that they’ve never seen. How did you come up with the premise for this book?

CK: This book started as short story that was a mixture of elements to entertain my daughter. It was blend of fantasy, but also rooted in reality, as it was based on a child that had physical scars. I’ve watched my child struggle with fitting into the fabric of society, with facial scars from a rare disease. I wanted to create a story where the character had these flaws, and show how—even though different—you can possess strength and overcome obstacles.

CH: Since the children have to stop a war between leprechauns and humans, did you have to do any special research to write this fantasy book or is it all imagination?

CK: Most of it was imagination, as I was re-imagining the mythology of Leprechauns.

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

CK: I strive for simplicity and to keep the pace flowing. My daughter has always struggled to read and my biggest goal with this book was to create a story that was fast paced, and not mired in details and items that would lose a young adult reader.

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

CK: I thought about how children would react to situations, and the way I viewed life when I was that age. This is how I created the situations and solved the issues.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

CK: The character that was the hardest to write is one that makes a minor appearance at the end. The father of the two children returns, and will play a major role in the next two books. It was difficult to write a small amount about him, when he has such an explosive story to tell.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

CK: The two main characters were my favorite and it is hard to choose between these two. It was fun putting them into situations and sending them along an adventure that would change their lives in fantastical realms they barely knew existed before their journey began.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

CK: The character of Gabriella was hardest to develop. I wanted to include so much more about her, and her personality and why she reacted to situations the way she did. Yet, I did not want to lengthen the book or get too involved where a young reader, that struggled to read, would have difficulty. I wrote a lot more that I have reserved for the second book.

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

CK: The message in this novel is that people are not necessarily good or bad, and that adversity can be overcome.

CH: Does your fantasy audience consist of adults and children?

CK: My audience does consist of both adults and children.

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

CK: The main feedback is that it was quick, enjoyable, and ‘When is the next one coming out?’

CH: Are there any Sci-Fi authors that provide inspiration for your writing?

CK: Neil Gaiman, Phillip Pullman, C.S. Lewis, Rick Riordan are all a few of my favorite authors. They create amazing worlds, and I love how easy it is to escape into them.

CH: What motivates you to have the imagination to create fantasy worlds?

CK: It is an escape from the reality of life, and a way to entertain others. Also, as an avid reader, I tear through many books. Sometimes, I yearn to read more than what I can find about some fantasy/sci-fi worlds, so I create my own.

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

CK: I started writing when I was a young child, and have always done it on the side. I was never serious about publishing until recently. I have so many stories that I’ve created and set aside, and it was finally time to focus more seriously on what I have always been passionate about in my life.

CH: What is your next writing project?

CK: I am finishing up the next novel in the Alchemist’s Children series and also working on an adult urban fantasy.

CH: How to Find Carolyn Killion:

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

CK: The book may be found at Barnes and Noble online and Amazon. It is available also as an eBook. There are also links on my website to where to purchase the book.

CH: Any closing remarks?

CK: Thank you for featuring me on your blog. I hope that you enjoyed the book. I always am welcome to feedback, and a link to contact me is also available on my website.

CH: Thank you so much, Carolyn Killion, 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 – Marissa Campbell

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Title: Hot in Aruba: An Unabashedly Sexy Contemporary Romance

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: Vulnerability is Samantha Mackay’s kryptonite, and she keeps her emotions—and her men—at arm’s length. But when her good friend, Carlos Naldini, invites her on an all-expense-paid trip to Aruba, her resolve waivers.

Tired of being relegated to the friend zone, Carlos enacts his foolproof plan, inviting Samantha to join him in Aruba, hoping the trip to paradise will soften her reluctant heart.

Samantha agrees to Carlos’ proposal, giving him exactly ten days to prove he’s boyfriend material. After some wild Aruba nights and hot, sexy days, things appear to be progressing swimmingly, until Carlos’ ex-girlfriend arrives, exposing an intricate web of deception and betrayal. When news from home shatters Samantha’s hopes further, she leaves Aruba, giving up on her dreams of happily ever after. Devastated, Carlos is determined to do whatever it takes to bring Samantha back to Aruba and into his arms.

Secrets, lies, and heartbreak lurk in the shadows behind sunshiny days of sex on the beach, cocktails by the pool, laughter, and friends. It’s getting hot in Aruba—but the sparks might just consume them.

Marissa Campbell, Author

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CH: Today’s International Guest Author is Marissa Campbell. She is a proud member of the Historical Novel Society and Romance Writers of America. Welcome to my blog, Marissa.

CH: Please tell us in two sentences why we should read this book.

MC: I tend to blend genres together in my writing, so if you think you might enjoy an unabashedly sexy contemporary romance with the depth and resonance of a memorable women’s fiction, then Hot in Aruba might be for you. I even managed to say all that in one sentence, lol.

CH: Your sexy book deals with the realities of life and love. So, how did you come up with the premise for this book?

MC: Hot in Aruba was inspired by a short story I wrote, called Italian Delicacy. I fell in love with these two characters and decided they had a bigger story to tell. I had just finished writing the second book in my historical romance series and knew I wanted to try my hand at a contemporary novel. I also wanted a location I knew and loved. Aruba was a great fit. It gave me a timeline to work with and an exotic location to set the story in.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this hot and sexy novel?

MC: For the first time writing a book, I didn’t have to do any extensive research. That was the captivating draw of writing a contemporary romance. While I wrote Avelynn and Avelynn: The Edge of Faith, book one and two in my historical fiction series set in 869 England and Wales, I was immersed in research. For my next book, I wanted a refreshing change. Fortunately, I had been to Aruba, so I could give a reasonable account of some of its features. For parts where I wanted to branch out beyond what I had experienced, I interviewed friends who had also been to the island to get an idea of where they stayed and what they did while on holiday there.

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

MC: As mentioned, I like to blend genres, specifically looking to add or tweak elements I discover when reading. For example, I tend to gloss over some of the internal thoughts that are typical of the romance genre. Readers, of course, will know what Samantha and Carlos are thinking, but for me, in a typical romance there’s just too much repetition of why the two protagonists can’t be together. My style of writing doesn’t fit with that.

The other thing that I need when reading a book is some seriously sensuous heat. I love the depth of women’s fiction, or chick-lit if you will, but I find they typically shy away from sexy scenes. Most sex scenes are off the page, behind closed doors, or are short and sweet. I wanted to bring readers a truly memorable and emotionally resonant love story, with lots of character development, but I wanted to titillate with enough heat to satisfy the most discerning romance or erotica reader.

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

MC: I think emotions are universal. In order to write a compelling love story, an author needs to tap into the feelings we’ve all experienced and bring them to life on the page. Even if the situations I’m creating are new, I remember what it felt like to fall in love, to feel betrayed, to feel lost or alone. I bring that reflection to the scenes I create for my characters. Though, I will say the story of Catharine and Mr. Lewiston was based on my own grandparents and the love and life they shared together for 60 years.

CH: Which character was the hardest to write?

MC: I always find my lead protagonist, in this case, Samantha, the hardest to write. I tend to be a very deep methodical thinker, and my main characters are not prone to fantasy. They are practical, down to earth, and typically stubborn. This makes them a little closed when it comes to trying to understand what’s going on in their heads. They don’t make it easy for me. I have to remove a layer of insight one scene at a time until I know them like the back of my hand. Carlos and Mr. Lewiston for example were a breeze to write in comparison, lol.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

MC: I enjoyed spending time with Mr. Lewiston, Samantha’s mentor and only real father figure in her life. Because I based the love story of Mr. Lewiston and his wife, Catharine, on my own grandparents, it was like they were with me, as I wrote the novel. I cherished that.

CH: With secrets, lies, and heartbreak, is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

MC: They always say your personal style reflects themes and guiding principles. I never really thought about it until I finished writing Avelynn. It was only after reading a craft book about theme that I realized the novel had a strong theme, though I had interwoven it subconsciously. I’ve since come to realize that I do have key messages in my books and in a way, they guide my entire life: Follow your dreams; If you are passionate about something, it’s worth fighting for; Everyone deserves happiness; and Always know your worth.

CH: How long have you been writing? What attracted you to writing in the first place?

MC: According to my kindergarten reflection sheet, I was always going to grow up and be a writer. Who knew? Lol. I find it fascinating that at 5 years old, I had a sense of who I was. Of course, it took me another thirty years to truly embrace it, but I’ve spent my entire life writing in some capacity, whether penning articles for newspapers and local magazines, writing blog posts, or tinkering with stories that will never see the light of day. It took me a long time to own the title, Author, and to actually take a chance on writing novels.

As for what attracted me to writing in the first place, that’s a good question. I think I needed an outlet for a hyperactive mind. Most writers I know have minds that just won’t shut down, and at some point, you need to do something with all that clamor banging around in your head. I used to write poetry to help make sense of my emotions and feelings, but writing a novel allows you to experience someone else’s feelings, and someone else’s life. It lets you channel and focus your thoughts into something new, rather than constantly rehashing the same internal melodrama of your own life. It’s like an escape, like travelling to Aruba for a blissful vacation.

CH: What is your favorite romance book? And Why?

 MC: I’m a huge Outlander fan, an amazing historical romance series by Diana Gabaldon. I’m pretty sure everyone on the planet has read the books, but just in case you haven’t, you really should read the books. 😉  I fell in love with the main characters, Jamie and Claire, in the first book and continued to follow their adventures, savoring every moment they were on the page together. Not only does Diana do an incredible job of creating and then sustaining that romance through each book in the series, but she also writes wonderfully sensual love scenes. A trait I admire greatly.

In fact, I’d say Diana is my greatest inspiration as an author. It was because of my love for Outlander that I found the courage to write Avelynn, and I continue to be captivated by her words. I’ve had many authors move me with their stories, and each one has helped shape who I am as a writer. I learn something new with each book I read.

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

MC: When I was very young, I wrote wild tales of strange lands and knights and damsels. Then as a teenager, my thoughts turned dark and existential, and I explored my emotions and feelings through poetry. After that, I found myself starting a family, and in my spare time would write articles for parenting newspapers and local magazines. It wasn’t until I became a yoga instructor that I co-wrote my first book, exploring how to live life to the fullest. Life: Living in Fulfillment Every Day was a labor of love, taking five years to complete, but when it was done, I had something meaningful to give to the world, and the satisfaction I took away from that, as well as the knowledge that I could in fact complete a book, despite the countless false starts sitting on floppy disks (yes, I’m dating myself, lol), was intoxicating. I wanted to do it again. Then, after one cold Outlanderless night, having just finished reading An Echo in the Bone, I decided to write my own historical romance to fill the void. Thus, the Avelynn series was born. My debut novel, Avelynn was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2015. The sequel, Avelynn: The Edge of Faith, I indie published in 2016. And, this year, 2017, I tried my hand at contemporary romance with Hot in Aruba. It’s certainly been a journey.

CH: What is your next writing project?

MC: Fans of Avelynn would want me to say book three in the series, and while that’s somewhere on the horizon, I have been toying with an LGBTQ romance story, which may be my next venture. However, this past September I returned to college full-time. So, my writing has taken a bit of a hiatus, and studying has taken over.

CH: How to Find Marissa Campbell:

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

MC: Hot in Aruba is available through all the regular channels: Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Chapters, etc. The eBook will be available strictly through Amazon for the time being. I may expand the distribution down the road, but I’m giving Kindle exclusivity a try.

CH: Any Closing Remarks?

MC: I’m incredibly proud of Hot in Aruba. I took a chance and blurred the genre lines, but I think readers will appreciate the effort. I’m excited to see what everyone thinks! Thanks, Cheryl.

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

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Cheryl Holloway is Guest Blogger in Australia on March 11th

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I will be visiting my down under friends at ARRA on Sunday, March 11, 2018. More information to come. Please join me.

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Guest Author Interview – Erin Trejo

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Title: A Love Like War

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Romantic Suspense/Contemporary

Synopsis: Nash Lamont Kingston: I knew what I wanted from a young age. Born a piece of trailer trash, I had bigger dreams. I wanted it all. I wanted to run the drugs that keep Miami hot. I would become the King one way or another. Sadie was the girl that I loved. I couldn’t commit to her though. I was far too gone for that, but when her life is put in the line of fire, I’m forced to choose between her and the empire I’ve built. The choice wasn’t any easy one to make and when I do, I may be shoving her into the arms of one of my best friends.

Erin Trejo, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Erin Trejo. She loves being able to create different characters and spin a web that makes them come together in the end. Welcome to my blog, Erin.

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

ET: A Love Like War is a raw gritty glimpse into the life of some lifelong friends that want more out of there life than what they started with.

CH: Your book deals with love, drugs and thugs. So, how did you come up with the premise for this book?

ET: These are things that we have all dealt with in some way, shape or form. I think it brings a lot of things to light that some readers have been exposed to. I wanted my book to be as real as possible.

CH: With that in mind, was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

ET: A little of both. I’ve had a lot of crazy experiences in life that I like to use in my books. I think it creates a much more real setting for my characters.

CH: Since this book is a mystery/thriller with lots of suspense, did you run into any challenges while writing this book?

ET: I did! Creating a plot that I could toss, twist and what it turns into was a challenge. The basic storyline just wouldn’t have been enough to draw attention. It needed more.

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

ET: I did research on some of the mafia aspects in the book, since they are my weakness.

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

ET: I think that my background and the way I twist in some real situations is different. Not every single book will have purely fiction. I think tossing in some real is what makes the books come alive.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

ET: Tristan, for sure. He was a bad boy with a good heart. I think trying to make that presentable was the hardest part.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

ET: Nash. He has no filter when it comes to something he wants. He doesn’t take no for an answer, at any time.

CH: Which character was hardest to develop?

ET: Nash again. I had to find a way to make his “not so nice” persona have a heart, later on in the book. He was for sure my biggest challenge.

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

ET: Never give up on your dreams. When you find something to love, love it with all you have.

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

ET: The feedback has been positive. They feel the connection to the readers and it really helps them feel like part of the story.

CH: Are there any authors that provide inspiration for your writing? 

ET: No. I don’t tend to read much, as strange as that sounds!

CH: Since you’re a stay-at-home mom, was writing your outlet to real life?

ET: It can be, yes. I always have a lot going on and mainly in my head. When my kids are at school, that’s when I can really get things out!

CH: Have you received any awards for your writing?

ET: I’ve been International Best Seller on Amazon more than once. That’s a huge thing for me!

CH: What is your next writing project?

ET: I’m finishing up a new MC series for next year, Soulless Bastards.

CH: How to Find Erin Trejo:

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

ET: This one is on Amazon only for the time being. Eventually I will have it on multiple platforms.

CH: Any closing remarks?

ET: Thank you so much for inviting me for this interview. Cheryl, it’s bloggers like you that keep us Indie writers going. I don’t think you guys truly get the recognition you deserve. Without you we wouldn’t get anywhere so you guys mean the world to me!

CH: Thank you so much, Erin Trejo, 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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