Guest Author Interview – Paul Hollis

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The Hollow Man Series

Title: The Hollow Man (Book 1)

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/True Crime/Espionage

 Synopsis: A terrorist’s plot, the assassination of a prime minister, holds the key to an apocalyptic plot to destroy Europe’s economy. It’s impossible to stop, but one man doesn’t know enough to think the world can’t be saved. He’s no hero; not clever or capable, talented or tested. The Hollow Man is just trying to survive in an uncertain climate where terrorism is changing the rules of how we live.

 

Title: London Bridge is Falling Down (Book 2)

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/True Crime/Espionage

 Synopsis: In an exhilarating blend of adventure and international intrigue, U.S. field analyst Doc and his partner, Zita, an MI6 agent, are drawn into the harrowing world of espionage where terrorism casts its ugly shadow over innocence. Doc and Zita are the most original characters to appear in years. London Bridge is Falling Down heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller – surprising at every twist, absorbing at every turn, and in the end, utterly unpredictable—right up to its astonishing conclusion.

Paul Hollis, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Paul Hollis. While Paul is an active member of International Thriller Writers and a world tourist, he brings his own unique viewpoint to his thriller series. Welcome to my blog, Paul.  

CH: Can you sum up The Hollow Man Series in two sentences?

PH: In over his head, a U.S. government analyst is no hero; not clever or capable, talented or tested. The Hollow Man is just trying to stay alive in an uncertain world where terrorism is changing the way we live.

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

PH: Finding ideas isn’t hard. Ideas come from our environment and personal experiences that bring them to life. Applying ideas to create believable characters that do what you tell them to do is much harder. And putting one word after another to construct sentences, paragraphs and finally chapters is the hardest thing a writer can do: making it interesting, making it new.

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

PH: I don’t have a particular plot formula. Since my books are based on true experiences, the stories came to me as a whole concept. I lived with the consequences of those times for forty years. With The Hollow Man Series, there was a bit of research to get the facts reset and memory searches to refresh the sequencing of events but the plots were always there.

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

PH: Based on true events during the early 1970’s, The Hollow Man Series traces some of my experiences as a young man traveling in Europe. At the time, terrorism was on the rise and I had been assigned to learn as much as I could about it. Most early acts of terror were specific, personal and damage was focused on a distinct, definable enemy. But terrorism was beginning to change its strategy to the familiar, senseless chaos we recognize today. The death of political figures no longer seemed to bother us, as much as these new, random attacks against our children. Targets of innocence became preferable, because they hit closer to our hearts and the fear inside us grew larger with each incident.

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

PH: The reader won’t find James Bond or Jason Bourne in these pages, but he/she will find a memorable read. I like to say 80 percent of my books are 90 percent true. In conjunction with flawed, yet, identifiable characters, vivid imagery, and nonstop action, The Hollow Man Series was made to be experienced with the senses. Smells and tastes are as important as sights and sounds. And if the reader comes away feeling something too, then I will be satisfied.

It’s important for me to completely immerse the reader, drawing him/her totally into each scene. I want the reader to see what’s going on around them, feel the excitement, and hear the voices. When readers tell me The Hollow Man Series should be on the big screen, I feel like I’ve made the story completely real.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

 PH: The Hollow Man Series is rooted in my personal experiences, so I’m sure you can guess the characters are derived from real people.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

PH: The terrorist, Chaban, was the most complex character. Though I knew him well, I didn’t know how he thought or what exactly drove him. Not being a stereotypical sociopath, I had to completely separate him from my own memories and feelings then look at him objectively. As I say at one point: ‘He (Chaban) was going to shoot me and go about his day. I peered into his steel-grey eyes and saw something I hadn’t expected. I wanted to see a total lack of empathy. I wanted to see the black bottom of fourth-world paranoia. I wanted to see swamp alligator crazy. Instead, the crystal-clear sanity of reason and right was staring back at me. I saw the calm intelligence he used to calculate and recalculate every brush stroke in his masterpiece. I saw the untroubled conscience allowing him to pull the trigger without another thought.’

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

PH: The main character was easiest to write. He is exactly like me when I was 24 years old. Doc is adventurous, more than a little impulsive, certainly headstrong, and probably reckless, as well.  He doesn’t know enough, to know what he doesn’t know. Doc is just a guy who asks more of himself, than the world believes he can do. But still, that’s not the kind of man we want responsible for protecting us.

Zita also easily came alive on the pages. As an MI6 agent, she is Doc’s counterbalance. She keeps him grounded and adds some sensibility to his lack of focus. She is smart, sensual, sexy, and a trained killer. These skills save their lives more than once in the dark, unfamiliar world of espionage. I left her a bit mysterious, since every woman should have her secrets.

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

PH: I intended to write one book and be done with it. But half way through The Hollow Man, I realized I was going to have a twelve hundred page War & Peace (or more precisely, War & War) epic or I needed to break it up into a series. There was a natural segmentation by country and assignment, so it became easy enough to separate the books into three full novels.

CH: Which book was harder to write Book 1 or Book 2?

PH: For me, The Hollow Man was more difficult than London Bridge is Falling Down. I was new to writing and needed to experiment with voice, characterizations, plot sequencing, phrasing—everything. Rewrites were difficult and plentiful, as I learned the finer points of the tradecraft. I finally found my voice and settled into a workable rhythm half way through the first book. Editing (all 26 versions!) was a struggle as I learned to rewrite and tweak my early experimentation.

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

PH: I’m a pantser—little to no outline preparation. I write from a very shallow sketch, partially on paper and the rest bouncing around my brain uncontrolled. Because my work is mostly character driven, I’ve talked myself into believing this is an advantage. The plot is laid out in chapter boxes using a few sentences to keep the action moving with the characters. As the characters come to life, change, grow, etc., the plot changes in the same way.

Although, I try to remain true to my superficial plot outline, occasionally it strays because of character development. So, my biggest struggle is keeping the characters within the bounds of the hollow storyline. It’s important to me that plot and character exist in sync like words and music. Otherwise, a fully plot driven novel is just a story told without the sound and passion of real life and a wholly character driven novel is at best, characters looking for something to do to give their lives meaning.

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

PH: My message is simple. Get out, see the world, and broaden your perspective. I’ve lived in some exotic places, such as London, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Anchorage, and many more. I’ve been fortunate enough to work in all fifty states and almost as many countries. If you’re thinking of your dream vacation spot right now, I have probably been there.

These experiences have allowed me to interact with people within their own cultures, experience their spiritual and political environments, and understand their hopes and dreams. Consumed with an overwhelming fascination to learn something from every person encountered along my journey, I was able to understand the world through their eyes; its animosities, ambitions, and motivations. As a result, The Hollow Man Series has a ring of realism that pulls the reader into the scene with the characters, whether it’s entering a dark alley in Madrid or sitting in a café on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

CH: What can we expect next, is there a book 3 in the making soon?

PH: My work in progress is Surviving Prague, the third installment of the series. A British MI6 agent and an American field analyst are running for their lives after being implicated in the murder of a high ranking government official. Trapped in a Communist country with no way out, the two are forced to find the killer to save their own lives. But the treacherous trail leading through the dark underworld of terrorism takes them right to the center of a plot to dominate Western Europe.

CH: What has been the best compliment you’ve received about your writing of this series?

PH: I have been lucky enough to enjoy many positive reviews and comments about The Hollow Man Series. Most reflect the following sentiments from one of my very first reviews:

“Paul Hollis is a very visual writer. I could see the countryside unfurling from the train window. I could picture the blood spurting from one of the many villains’ carotid arteries. I could picture the ghost, a murdered little girl forlornly gazing into a camera, or into the main character’s eyes.

“Speaking of cameras, The Hollow Man belongs on the big screen. I’m hoping the author ships this novel to either Indie filmmakers or perhaps to the titans in Hollywood. I predict that if this is adapted for film, it will be a mega hit.

“What audience will enjoy The Hollow Man? Fans of literary fiction will appreciate the craftsmanship. Male readers will love the pacing, the action, and the likable lead. History buffs will appreciate the early 1970’s time period, which almost amounts to a separate character in itself. Former intelligence officers will likely chuckle about the author’s take on the spy world. Anyone with a pulse will enjoy reading The Hollow Man.”

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

PH: My books can be found in both electronic and paperback formats on Amazon.com, Createspace.com, and Smashwords.com to name a few. Barnes & Noble also carries the paperbacks. If they are sold out when you ask, they will happily order copies through their regular channels.

 CH: How to find Paul Hollis:

CH: Any Closing Remarks?

PH: Thank you for the opportunity, Cheryl!

CH: Thank you so much, Paul Hollis, 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 – Tiffany Patterson

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****Warning: This is a BDSM romance. ****

Title: My Storm

Genre: Erotica/Romantic/Multicultural

Synopsis: Writing has always been Tasha Edwards’ means of escape. When the world around her was falling apart, and the adults she was supposed to depend on turned on her, it was her vivid imagination and storytelling that got her through the rough times. As an adult, it is this very passion for writing that has made her a New York Times’ bestselling author. She couldn’t ask for much more, with a thriving career and now being reunited with the older sister, who always looked out for her. Tasha’s on the cusp of writing the fourth book in her highly popular series. But what happens when the words stop coming? After months of writers’ block, Tasha looks to somewhat unconventional means to distract her from her inability to write; a distraction by the name of Jeremy Bennett, the very sexy cousin of her new brother-in-law.

Jeremy noticed Tasha the first time he laid eyes on her. He also told himself she was off limits. That look of sadness that always hid deep in those golden-colored orbs warned him that she had an ugly past. It takes one to know one. After one dance with Tasha at his cousin’s wedding, Jeremy promises himself he’ll keep away from the beautiful woman with skin the color of dark chocolate, killer curves, but a dark past. Now, if he can only keep her out of his dreams at night. He manages for a while, but when Tasha initiates the first move, can he turn her away? Is Tasha ready for everything that comes with being Jeremy Bennett; floggers, ball gags and nipple clamps included?

Tiffany Patterson, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Tiffany Patterson.  She writes diverse and interesting stories centering around women falling in love and being loved. Welcome to my blog, Tiffany.

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

TP: My Storm is the story of two people who’ve endured traumatic pasts to find love in one another, in an unconventional relationship.

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?

TP: My ideas come from everywhere. I can have a conversation with a friend and get an idea for a book. Songs are another big motivator of my work. I don’t have a standard formula. Typically, a character will reveal themselves to me and the story develops around who the characters are.

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

TP: I’ve wanted to write a BDSM story for a long time, but didn’t feel ready until now. When I first wrote about Tasha and Jeremy in This Is Where I Sleep, I knew it was time to write this story.

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

TP: Some aspects of the story I took from real life. I’ve read articles about young Black and Latina girls being sex trafficked and it being ignored by the mainstream media for a few years now. I often seek to bring issues that are happening in society into my work, so real life definitely impacts my writing.

CH: Was it hard dealing with the deeply rooted scars of abandonment for Tasha and Jeremy?

TP: It was hard to an extent. When I wrote about Tasha’s background or how Jeremy had to confront his mother, I could feel their pain, which is what I wanted to make it believable. But I was okay with writing the hard stuff because it is going through that, when the true healing can occur, which is what I hope I encapsulated in My Storm.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

TP: Everywhere: pictures, music, the gym, work, my family, friends, etc. I’m a people watcher by nature, so I can watch a random person and make up a whole story in my head about them. I’ve done that for years, long before I started writing.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

TP: Definitely Tasha’s character. She had been through so much as a child and teen and she was so vulnerable. I was also a bit fearful of doing victims of that type of trauma wrong, so I wanted to make sure I made her character believable and triumphant at the same time.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

 TP: This question is SO hard, but I think little Trudy is. She really has a wonderful spirit despite what she’s been through at such a young age. And I know she’s going to have a great life with Tasha and Jeremy.

CH: Since this is an erotica romance, where do you get inspiration for the passionate encounters in your writing and do you find them easier to write from the male or female perspective?

TP: I get inspiration from my interest in “the life,” as it’s called. I spent a lot of time researching and reading about what makes BDSM relationships work. The female perspective may be a little bit easier just because I am a woman.

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

TP: What I’m learning about my own self and my writing is that I am a teacher by nature. I love learning new things and sharing it with others. So, while you’ll always get a romantic love story from me, you’ll also learn some interesting facts about society along the way.

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

TP: One, I want to make it clear that people who engage in BDSM relationships are not “abnormal” or solely come from “broken” childhoods and backgrounds. Also, I want to make it clear that BDSM is ALL about consent, trust and communication. We all get our pleasure in different ways and what is good for one person, may not be fun for you and that’s okay. But everyone should have their boundaries and pleasures respected, as long as they are not harming anyone else.

CH: Did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

TP: Not particularly. It did make me more aware that people would actually be interested in what I wrote. LOL.

CH: What have been the key factors to your success as a bestselling author?

TP: Hmmm…Giving the readers a good, fun, and interesting story. That is always the goal.

CH: What can we expect next, is there a book 3 in the making soon?

TP: My next book is going to be my first African-American romance which I’m super excited about! We’ll see some characters from past books pop up in that one. Then, I have a couple of series I’m thinking about writing. Lots of ideas percolating, so stay tuned!

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

TP: Amazon. All books are free via Kindle Unlimited.

CH: How to Find Tiffany Patterson:

CH: Any closing remarks?

TP: I would like to thank you for the opportunity to share my books and writing process with your readers. Also, I can be found via my website, on FaceBook as Author Tiffany Patterson, or email at TiffanyPattersonWrites@gmail.com

CH: Thank you so much, Tiffany Patterson, 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 – Peter C. Bradbury

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Title: Burnt

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Synopsis: It was supposed to be a simple kidnapping with a quick exchange. They got the money, but then the kid recognized a tattoo.
It then turned into a multiple rape and murder, but one of the victims unexpectedly survived…Barely.

Horrendously burnt, Tiffany spends years recuperating, hoping to one day return home, and get justice for her family.

Peter C. Bradbury, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Peter C. Bradbury. Peter is an entertaining writer and he is a strong advocate against bullies, human traffickers and those who mistreat other people and animals. Welcome to my blog, Peter.

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

PCB: A kidnapping with tragic consequences, but moving and emotional.

CH: Since this book is about a kidnapping gone awry, where do your ideas come from?

PCB: Mostly from real life, especially, my earlier books. This one though, was because I wanted to do something around a severely burned person. I think they are sometimes forgotten about; yet, what they go through is horrendous and they then are subjected to ridicule from bullies.

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

PCB: No, I don’t have a standard formula or a whole concept. It’s basically just a beginning and then, I take it from there. I’m quite open to changing the end I may have envisaged, if research and the character warrant it.

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

PCB: I do like to use real issues and lives when possible. I’ve done that since my first book, Stonebridge Manor, and continued with that. When I was half way through this story, I came upon a real life event that was very similar in some aspects. What happened to that victim, actually inspired the ending to the book.

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

PCB: Quite a bit, yes. The medical issues that a burn victim develops were enlightening. You kind of think that when someone gets burned, that it’s mainly just skin issues. Most of the time, it is, but 3rd and 4th degree burns are something else and way more destructive to the internal body.

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

PCB: I write simply with very believable characters. My readers get hooked from the first page and read the books quickly. Even slow readers confess to reading my books in a record time for them.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

PCB: I always use real people, but change their names. I also change their descriptions a little, but not too much. It is the same with their characteristics. I usually have a certain person in my head, when I write about them.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

PCB: Tiffany. I’m so happy that a lot of my readers are women, and none of them so far, has said that I messed up with writing about a young girl.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

PCB: Again, Tiffany. I really enjoyed, if that’s the right word, getting into her head and understanding how it feels to be almost destroyed.

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

PCB: To understand that the person you may see, who’s face may have been deformed by fire, is not the monster. Don’t avert your eyes, give them a smile and offer your hand.

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

PCB: I’m getting nothing, but love. They adore how the story evolves and twists. Not to mention the supernatural element!

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

PCB: Just the feedback I get. Hearing how much enjoyment a reader gets from my books is intoxicating, even when they don’t like the ending. (Prospects)

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

PCB: Either P.G. Wodehouse, so that we could do a Jeeves book together. I’m a butler by trade. Or Dan Brown, who mixes fact with fiction and it’s hard to determine, which is which.

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

PCB: Yes. I have a lot of readers in the golf club where I work, and a few of them want me to kill them in a book. So, I’m doing a murder or two, at a golf community in a small town!

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

PCB: Amazon

CH: How to Find Peter C. Bradbury:

CH: Any closing remarks?

PCB: My books, according to my readers, are engrossing, fun, and very entertaining. I’m often asked why I’m not a best seller, or why they are not movies. That is the reaction I get all the time. For my part, I just want to entertain and make people aware of some issues that are important.

Cheryl, Thank you kindly for this interview.

CH: Thank you so much, Peter C. Bradbury, 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 – Malcolm Colley

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Title: Gideon: Boer Blood

Genre: Adventure/Historic Fiction

Synopsis: By 1902 the war was over. It has taken three years and 330,000 soldiers to hammer 30,000 Boer men and boys into submission. The British employed a scorched earth policy and removed the women and children on the farms to stop the Boer Commandoes from obtaining supplies. Also with ammunition in short supply the Boers signed the Treaty of Peace of Vereeniging on May31 1902. The Boers were forced to surrender their arms and sign a declaration of allegiance to the Queen. Paul Kruger, the Boer leader, left the country, but prior to him leaving, he attempted to negotiate a deal with Holland and Germany for arms and ammunition in exchange for gold. The arms and ammunition reached the port of Lorenco Marques, but the gold, sent by Kruger, went missing. It never reached the port, so the ships sailed for home.

Into this chaos of the aftermath of the war with men, woman and children trying to make it back to the farms, Gideon Barron, an Irishman born in South Africa is accused of helping to steal the gold and hunted by his fellow Boers for treason. With the help of what becomes his friends, he attempts to prove his innocence. Travelling across, what was then, the Transvaal Republic they follow the path of the robbers. Meanwhile, the true robbers manage to get away with most of the gold, some travelling into the Portuguese Protectorate of Mozambique and some beyond, but some gold is left behind due to a misunderstanding.

This is just one of the many stories about the disappearance of the gold. According to many stories, the gold never left South Africa. Some say the gold was worth £500,000 in the value of that time. Some say that there was no gold, and that the boxes were filled with ammunition destined for the Boer Commandoes fighting on the front.

Malcolm Colley, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is International Author Malcolm Colley. Malcolm’s love of his native South Africa is apparent in the descriptive writing of his fifth book, Gideon: Boer Blood. Welcome to my blog, Malcolm.

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

MC: Gideon Barron is accused of being involved in the robbery of Kruger’s gold. Wounded, but he finally proves his innocence.

CH: Since this book is about history, how much is fact and how much is fiction?

MC: The fiction is interwoven with fact, so approximately 30 percent fact.

CH: Where did you get the inspiration for this book?

MC: The disappearance of Kruger’s gold has always intrigued me. There are many stories, myths and legends about the whereabouts of this treasure. In this work of fiction adventure, I have put forward one possibility. I grew up in this area amongst these people, whose stories to their grandchildren in the lamplight around the kitchen table, tell of the gold that may have changed the course of the war, told with the bitterness against the English.

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

MC: All the locations were revisited by the author together with Google and book searches.

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

 MC: The whole concept of the story is thought of and the detail is filled in as the story unfolds.

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

MC: I try to keep the story fast flowing with not too much fine detail and short enough to hold attention from start to finish.

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

MC: Having grown up with the type of characters in the story and having spent my teenage years in the bush, the situations were taken from real life and elaborated.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

MC: Inspiration of the characters came from memories of people that I knew and from my own experiences.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

MC: It was most difficult to write about the females, to try to think as a young lady. I was helped by my female editor.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

 MC: My favorite character is the main character.

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

MC: I would like to work with any historian because of my interest in most history.

CH: Which writer do you admire most and why?

MC: It is difficult to say which writer I admire the most. For style, I would say Louis L’Amour, and for pure pleasure I would say Lee Child.

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

MC: There is no intended message in the story.

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

MC: My website is not yet set up, so I am not receiving much feedback, except from friends and family, which has been positive.

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

MC: I have started two new stories. The first one has the Battle of Blood River as the background. The second one, which seems to be progressing, has the South African history of the 1980’s about a young man struggling to save his marriage by choosing between his occupation and family life.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

MC: I am in the process of setting up my website.

CH: How to Find Malcolm Colley:

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

MC: The book is available on all the Amazon sites in paperback and kindle.

CH: Any closing remarks?

MC: My writing comes from my love of history and adventure, at present of the South African bush, but could take place anywhere. Cheryl, thank you for the interview.

CH: Thank you so much, Malcolm Colley, 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 – T. P. Miller

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Title: It Should Have Been You

Genre: African American/Romance

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

 

T. P. Miller, Author

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

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

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

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

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

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: What can we expect next from you?

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

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

TPM:  On Amazon

CH: How to Find T. P. Miller:

CH: Any closing remarks?

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

CH: Thank you so much, T. P. Miller, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book, I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – J. T. Hume

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

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Urban

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

J. T. Hume, Author

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

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

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

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

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

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

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

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

CH: Is this book considered a novella?

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

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

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

CH: Do you have a writing partner?

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

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

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

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

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

CH: What can we expect next from you?

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

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

JTH: Amazon Kindle.

CH: Where to Find J. T. Hume:

CH: Any closing remarks?

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

CH: Thank you so much, J. T. Hume, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book, I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Isabel James

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

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense

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

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

Isabel James, Author

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: What can we expect next from you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IJ: Shakespeare. Because he was a master wordsmith.

CH: Where else can you be found?

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/isabeljames_1

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

IJ: Our books are available on Amazon.

CH: How to Find Isabel James:

CH: Any closing remarks?

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

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

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Guest Author Interview – Jim McDonald, Jr.

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

Genre: Poetry

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

Jim McDonald, Jr., Author

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

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

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

CH: What inspires or motivates you to write poetry?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: Is this book of poetry considered a memoir?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook –  https://facebook.com/jimmcdonaldjr

Twitter –  https://twitter.com/hats_a_plenty

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

CH: What poets do you read?

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

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

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

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

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

CH: What can we expect next from you?

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

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

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

After that, probably another book of poetry.

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

JM: Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

CH: How to Find Jim McDonald, Jr.:

CH: Any closing remarks?

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

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

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Celebrity Guest Author Interview – Mary Crawford

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Title: Tough: A Hidden Hearts Novel Book 5

Genre: Romance/Inspirational

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

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

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

Mary Crawford, Author

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

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

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

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

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

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: What can we expect next from you? 

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

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

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

CH: How to Find Mary Crawford:

CH: Any closing remarks?

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

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

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Guest Author Interview – Robert Skuce

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Title: Kiss of Death

Genre: Suspense/Thriller

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

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

Robert Skuce, Author

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

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

CH: Which character was hardest to write? 

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

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: Which writer do you admire most and why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: How to Find Robert Skuce:

CH: Any closing remarks?

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

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

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Guest Author Interview – K. M. Jackson

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

Genre: African American Romance

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

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

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

K. M. Jackson, Author

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

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

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

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

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

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: Which writer do you admire most and why?

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

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

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

CH: What can we expect next from you?

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

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

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

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

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

CH: How to Find K. M. Jackson:

CH: Any closing remarks?

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

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

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Celebrity Guest Author Interview – A. C. Arthur

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

Genre: African American Romance

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

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

A. C. Arthur, Author

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: Who are some of your writing influences?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CH: Any closing remarks?

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

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

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Guest Author Interview – India T. Norfleet

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Title: Addicted to His Stroke

Genre: African American/Women’s Fiction

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

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

India T. Norfleet, Author

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: Where do you get inspiration for your characters?

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

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

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

CH: Who was the hardest character to write?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: What can we expect next from you?

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

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

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

CH: How to Find India T. Norfleet:

CH: Any closing remarks?

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

CH: Thank you so much, India T. Norfleet for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Guest Author Interview – Beth Jo Andersen

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

Genre: Erotica/Fantasy

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

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

Beth Jo Andersen, Author

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CH: What is your next writing project?

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

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

BJA: My books can be purchased on Amazon.

CH: How to Find Beth Jo Anderson:

CH: Any closing remarks?

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

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

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

Pepper Pace, Author and Beth Jo Andersen Brand

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

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

CH: Pepper, What is your next writing project?

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

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

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Guest Author Interview – Uvi Poznansky

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Title: Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath (The David Chronicles Book 4)

Genre: Art/Photography/Museums

Synopsis: Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath is a collection of art throughout the ages, around the story of David. This volume focuses on the epic battle with Goliath.

These amazing sculptures, paintings, etchings, and manuscript illustrations inspired the author to write The David Chronicles, a series of three volumes, the first of which is the novel Rise to Power, where she imagines the battle with Goliath.

Besides being an artist and having worked as an architect, she taught art history, and this collection served as the basis for a semester-long course analyzing the contrasts in viewpoints around the biblical story.

The book is arranged not by artist, nor by artistic style or era, but rather by moment-by-moment in the story, blow-by-blow, as imagined by various artists: Michelangelo, Bernini, Dali, Adrea del Verrocchio, Donatello, Titian, Rembrandt, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Rubens, Degas, and Barry Moser, to name but a few.

Uvi Poznansky, A Multi-Talented Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is the multi-talented Uvi Poznansky. She is a bestseller, award-winning author, poet and artist. Welcome to my blog, Uvi.

CH: Can you give us a brief summary of Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath Book 4 of the David Chronicles? 

UP: Yes, Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath includes the collections of art that inspired writing the novels, These collections depict every twist and turn in this story.

CH: Can you tell us about the David Chronicles?

UP: The series The David Chronicles includes the following novels about the youth, prime of life, and years of decline of an iconic figure: King David: I: Rise to Power; II: A Peek at Bathsheba; III: The Edge of Revolt; and IV: Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath.

In addition, it includes these collections of art, as well: V: Inspired by Art: Fall of a Giant; VI: Inspired by Art: Rise to Power; VII: Inspired by Art: A Peek at Bathsheba; VIII: Inspired by Art: The Edge of Revolt; and IX: Inspired by Art: The Last Concubine.

CH: You are an artist. So, what inspired you to write this book?

UP: The story has been a passion of mine for years, and when you see the paintings and sculptures included in Inspired by Art: Fighting Goliath, you will know just exactly what inspired writing Rise to Power.

CH: The story happened so long ago in real life. Was it hard to portray the situations and issues?

UP: The situations become real to me through extensive research, as well as the fact that this story happened in the place where I grew up, so I know the landscape and the seasons. I read the bible in its original language and am versed with its interpretations based on the Hebrew original.

With the places living in me, the characters are soon born in my mind to inhabit these places and see, hear, and smell every aspect of them.

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

UP: In this entire series, I did extensive research about each and every detail, both in the bible, interpretations of it by various scholars or different religions, and of course, artists.

The entire trilogy is greatly inspired by painting and sculpture throughout the history of art, depicting David. Over the ages, the view of the story has undergone amazing transformation. Take a look, for example, at the Painting ‘David and Bathsheba’ painted by Lucas Cranach, the elder, in 1526. He treated his subjects with awe and reverence, and the only naked skin visible is Bathsheba’s little foot, bathed by an adoring maid. David is presented as a psalmist, rather than a leering, dirty old man peeping on an unsuspecting, naked woman. There is not a hint of sin here!

Now, compare the way Picasso transformed this very painting. The composition is exactly the same (only mirrored left to right) but the brush stroke is modern, it is spontaneous and fresh, bringing a sizzle to the entire scene. He enlarged the proportions of all the figures, especially David, so it is easier to spot the king here, because he is the only one fleshed out among the men at the top. His musical instrument is barely sketched, because the important activity is not playing heavenly music, but rather gazing at the women, gazing at all the women, with keen, sexual interest. The water dripping from Bathsheba’s foot is clearly emphasized, with its juicy suggestion of a symbol of lust.

There is no right and wrong way to interpret the story.

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

UP: As an artist and writer, I believe that my mission is to let the characters speak to you through me. David is flesh and blood—he lives in my mind, and so does Bathsheba. This story is happening here and now. I invite you to step into the skin of the characters, and look yourself in the mirror.

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

UP: I stay away from formulas. It’s quite simple, really: The entire trilogy is greatly inspired by painting and sculpture throughout the history of art, depicting the story David, who is an exceptional historical figure with great gifts, facing great temptations in love and war. You can easily read each one of the three volumes as a standalone novel, yet the themes of power and love run through the entire trilogy, allowing you to witness the drastic change in the main character from youth to old age. I find this transformation fascinating and hope you will too.

CH: How do you see the development of the characters?

UP: The characters live in me and I can step into their skin anytime throughout their history. For example: Despite the fact that David has a full harem of woman…Here is the way he thinks of Bathsheba towards the end of his life, in volume 3, The Edge of Revolt:

Overhead, a cloud breaks off from the others and moves in a new direction. Its wooly, dim grays are drifting across. I squint, rub my eyes. Now, in a separate layer, another image starts floating past: the way she looked, right here on this roof, when we came out of these doors the very first time.

I remember: scattered petals flew off, swirling in the glow around her long, silky hair that started cascading under her, onto the tile floor. In the background, a vine of roses twisted over the wooden lattice and into it. Between its diagonal slats I saw a diamond here, a diamond there of the heavens. I wondered then about the black void that was gaping upon us, dotted by a magical glint of starlight.

Separated from her by the thought of a kiss I sensed her heat, and the gust of air, which was sweetly scented by roses and by her flesh—but I could not tell if the breath between us was hers or mine. Which is when I knew, for the first time in my life, that she would always be part of my essence. I would be part of hers.

Accidentally the goblet, which she had set down next to her, tipped over and some of the wine spilled over her hip. The crisp sound of breaking glass rang in my ear. It marked the moment, from which I could not turn back. Never would I be able to put it out of my mind.

Yes, this was my fault: taking a woman that belonged to another. Soon after came the blunder: bringing her husband, Uriah, back from the front, that he may sleep with her, which would have explained her pregnancy ever so conveniently.

And when that did not go as planned, then came another mistake, the worst of all: sending him back to the battlefield, with my sealed letter in hand, arranging for his death.

All the while, my boys were learning their own lessons—not from my psalms but from my deeds. One error begets another, each one bringing a new calamity over me, over my family, and over this entire land. Sin followed by execution, followed by revolt, escape, execution, revolt…

Had I known back then the results of the results of my mistake, the curse looming over my life ever since that time, would I still choose to do it?

Bathsheba tries to raise me to my feet. Her fragrance brings back to me the sunny, warm hues of spring. The fears, the doubts flee away when we are that close. I adore the way she calls my name, the way she sighs. With every sweet word I fall deeper into her eyes.

How can love be a mistake? In my passion for her—then as now—what choice do I have?

I want to tell her, “Let me close my eyes. Let me remember.”

CH: You write in a lot of box sets. Is there a reason for this?

UP: I knew that my characters might die on the page, pressed between the front and back covers–unless I find ways for them to rise from the page and spring into your mind. By far the best way is forging alliances with the best and brightest authors, authors whose work is of outstanding quality and whose audience appreciates creativity. Finding such authors is a great challenge, and it takes months of research on my part, especially because this time around I was looking for stories around a shared, overarching theme: Love in times of war.

It is such a joy to forge a team and to facilitate the creativity of all members, aiming for a common goal. We invite you to our party, to celebrate the release of this amazing collection.

CH: What is unique about writing/mingling with other authors in a box set?

UP: I don’t write with other authors. Writing is intensely private for me. I become one with my characters. For boxed sets, I find the best and the brightest writers though my ongoing search. I love collaboration.

CH: I’ve heard that you often help other authors by creating various box sets. Can you tell us a little about creating boxed sets?

UP: I think that all the members of a boxed set, including me, benefit from collaboration. Each one of us has achieved success in a different way, so since we’re dealing with uncharted territory, we learn from each other and support each other.

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

UP: One important thing that happened to me on this journey, which I find delightful, is working with talented audio narrators to produce the audio editions of my books. I am currently starting to work with a new narrator, Bob Sterry, to breathe life into my novel, The Edge of Revolt.

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

UP: I am thrilled with every review—it never gets old! Here, for example, is one of the latest ones, for my novel, Dancing with Air by Thea on January 27, 2017:

What a wonderful, beautifully written series these books were. I started out with book 3 that came in a boxed set. I had no idea it was part of a series. I could not get enough, and of course was delighted to find there were books one, two, and four. These books stirred within me very deep feelings for the fragile and fleeting life we all live. The dreams, hopes, promises, regrets, and a beautiful love within a marriage that lasts through sickness, divorce, and death. The credit goes to the author. I have rated books, but never written a review. This series is well worth reading and well worth the highest review.

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

UP: I am writing Volume 5 of my series Still Live with Memories, taking my characters, Lenny and Natasha, to France during WWII.

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

UP: Sure! There is something new every day on my blog, so come and visit me there. And you might want to see my art on my website.

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

UP: Sure! You can find my books— all 25 of them—in these booksellers: Amazon, Audible, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo.

CH: How to find Uvi Poznansky:

  • Uvi’s Website: http://uviart.com 
  • Uvi’s Blog; http://uviart.blogspot.com
  • Uvi’s Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2nrR0XM
  • Uvi’s Author Page: http://amzn.to/2nbo848

CH: Any closing remarks?

UP: Thank you, Cheryl. I enjoyed it.

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

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Guest Author Interview – B. L. Wilson

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Title: Deaths By Unnatural Causes: Life By Any Means Necessary

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/African American

Synopsis: At first, Chief Investigator, Roberta Crawford, thinks the attempted murder of Karen Morris links to several other arson deaths in her precinct. Upon further investigation and interviews with Karen’s friends and co-workers, Roberta begins to suspect this case is unrelated to the other arson deaths. She thinks Karen knows who is trying to kill her. She’s certain something in Karen’s past is the key to breaking the case wide open. The only problem with her assumptions is that Karen won’t confirm them. Despite the lack of cooperation from her main witness, Roberta finds herself increasingly attracted to her and is afraid to tell her brother, Lieutenant Mark Crawford, that Karen is staying at her place. She knows he’ll decide she’s too personally involved and pass the case to other detectives in the unit. He’ll demand Karen leave the safety of her place. If Karen leaves, Roberta is afraid she’ll never discover the secrets in Karen’s past. Can Roberta get through to her witness or will Karen’s silence set off more Deaths by Unnatural Causes?

B. L. Wilson, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is B. L. Wilson. She felt she had a story to tell…maybe a few of them, so she started writing. Welcome to my blog, B. L.

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

BLW: Ever imagine waking up to whispering conversations between emergency medical personnel and the police declaring you’re dead?

CH: This book is a mystery/thriller. Where did you get the idea for this book?

BLW: I usually dream my books first. I actually keep a notebook and pen by my bedside to capture my dreams. They are the source of this book and most of my other books, as well. I usually write the first twenty pages of my dream, then I add in things to flesh out the story and the backstory.

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

BLW: No, it’s not difficult to create believable situations and issues. Watch a few hours of court TV or go to any playground, public park or shopping mall. Walk around the city; take a taxi; ride a train or bus. All of those things give me ideas about people and the things they do and say.

CH: Was there a special reason that you decided to write this book?

BLW: Other than imagining how it must feel to be declared dead and not actually be dead, there was no special reason I wrote this book. I just like examining unusual situations for my mysteries and suspense novels. For my romance novels, I usually use everyday situations.

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

BLW: Yes, I did some research on arsonists, smoke inhalation, the Ohio prison system, abusive spouses, domestic violence, NYC educators, NYPD and East Harlem locations.

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

BLW: I think readers enjoy my books because the main characters in my novels are different. Years ago, I wanted to read books with black lesbians over thirty as main characters. When I couldn’t find any, I decided to write my own novels.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

BLW: Tanya Young, Karen’s boss and good friend was my favorite character to write. I liked her because she was funny, bossy, empathetic and very observant when it came to understanding her students and her staff.

CH: Who was the hardest character to write?

BLW: The most difficult character was Karen’s abusive ex-husband, Philip Sweet. I tried to get inside his head to understand why he would track her down and stalk her, so he could kill her this time.

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

BLW: Yes. It’s never okay to be abusive or stalk someone. And even when you think you’re safe from your abuser/stalker, because you’ve done everything right—reporting it; pressing criminal charges; testifying against him in court, then putting him in jail; moving away and changing your identity—you still may not be safe. I know it’s a scary message but sometimes bad things happen to good people.

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

BLW: I believe I found a niche that I could fill. I write about black women, as main characters, who also happen to be gay. Most of my characters work in city government as tow truck drivers, commissioners, doctors, police officers, lawyers, trash collectors, artists, educators, maintenance workers, accountants, paralegals, small business owners, security guards, electrical workers, construction workers, flag persons, coaches and taxi-drivers.

CH: You had a bad experience when traditionally publishing. So, what has been the most exciting thing to happen on your self-publishing journey?

BLW: I love taking an idea from the initial dream state, to the manuscript, and to publishing an actual book I can hold in my hand.

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

BLW: Maya Angelou

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

BLW: Yes, my inspirations have come from a variety of authors, such as Walter Mosely, Maya Angelou, Zora Hurston, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Charles Chesnutt, June Jordan, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Michelle Alexander, Karin Kallmaker, James Patterson and Sherwood Anderson just to name a few.

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

BLW: It’s been mainly positive feedback. Readers seem to love my characters, which is always good to hear. I’m also getting suggestions for sequels that I never thought about writing before, but I am considering them.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

BLW: In response to reader requests, I wrote a 7-book series called Forever Women. Forever Woman (Vol. 1), and Sweet Sarah’s Bluez (Vol. 2) are already available on Amazon.

Look for Two Moons Bakery (Vol. 3) and Get Reckless with the Truth, But Don’t Lie (Vol. 4). They will available before June.

CH: How to Find B. L. Wilson:

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

BLW: My books are sold on Amazon, Smashwords and Kindle.

CH: Any closing remarks?

BLW: Yes. Cheryl, Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to appear and talk about my books on your blog. I feel honored that you invited me here today.

CH: Thank you so much, B. L. Wilson 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 – D. B. Corey

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Title: The Lesser Sin

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Crime

Synopsis: She calls it justice…CIA sniper Hanna Braver never missed an enemy target, nor did she miss Confession after pulling the trigger. But when word comes that the courts acquitted her sister’s killer, she leaves Afghanistan for home with a new mission, and a new target.

But her return finds her Catholic Faith standing in her way. Now, she must choose. Does she dismiss God for the vengeance she seeks? Or does she keep to the path she’s walked her entire life. The wrong choice will damn her immortal soul to burn … for all eternity.

D. B. Corey, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is D. B. Corey.  He has written two books and enjoys writing so much that he wants to retire to write full-time. Welcome to my blog D. B.

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

DBC: Given the rampant crime in this country, committed by repeat offenders released to the streets, The Lesser Sin strives to illustrate the total failure of our judicial system through the story of Hanna Braver, a devout Catholic woman who is compelled to take justice into her own hands after the courts free her sister’s killer.

CH: Hanna’s job as a CIA Sniper is in conflict with her faith. Where did you get the premise for this story?

DBC: I like to write my novels around conflicted characters that I create. What’s more conflicted than a woman of faith that kills for a living? True, Hanna is a Catholic woman and a sniper for the CIA, but she does her job within the confines of war. Before a solider steps on the battlefield, does he not pray to God to see another day? Hanna is no different—until she steps outside of the permissions of war to exact her vengeance, which conflicts her even more.

CH: Do you have any background experience that helped in writing this book?

DBC: Nothing more than a vivid imagination. But my wife is a devout Catholic. Sometimes, I think she’d like to kill me.

CH: This is your second well-written novel. What a way to begin as a debut author.  How long have you been writing? How did you begin your writing career?

DBC: I started writing in 2005 on a challenge from my wife, then girlfriend. We emailed back and forth early on and she said I was good enough to write a book. My first attempt did not see the light of day.

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

DBC: I find, as I always do, placing the reader in a Time and a Place a very challenging and necessary element; so much so that I note the time and place of the scene at the beginning and end of the rough drafts so I know where and when I am. Noting bothers me more than not remembering, “Was it day? Was it night? Hot? Cold? Raining?” On and on.

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?

DBC: I do. I see the storyline as peaks and valleys. Twists and turns are the easiest way for me to maintain the momentum.

CH: Reviews have said that you have great character development.  Readers tend to love or hate your characters. How do you develop the characters – beforehand or as you write the story?

DBC: Generally, I have a concept of what I want insofar as psyche. What is it that makes ‘em tick? The protagonist and the antagonist—these guys (or gals as the case may be) drive the story, so I have to get them right. Then as the story progresses, I see them more clearly in my mind’s eye. I add the things they need to make them lovable or despicable, and more importantly, memorable.

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

DBC: So far, there has been an underlying message in all my novels. That’s part of what inspires me to write them in the first place. Defining them here would defeat the purpose, and I’d prefer that the reader draw their own conclusions.

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

DBC: I think I write the outcomes readers don’t expect, but totally agree with when they get there. The good guy might not win the way the script suggests he should, the bad guy might get his comeuppance in a most satisfying, yet unorthodox way, or the characters may be something or someone other than they seem to be.

CH: This book is definitely a page turner. So, what is the hardest part of writing for you?

DBC: I discussed this with a colleague not long ago. I think getting it off the ground is the hardest part—the first five or six chapters. After that, I’d say resisting the urge to constantly re-write.

CH: Have you taken any writing classes to hone your craft?

DBC: I was not a good student in high school. English and grammar were my worst subjects. So when I got the writing bug, I took advantage of several college courses on writing fiction, and read as many books on the subject as I could. One does not just sit down with a pen and write without a little technique. Well…not me, anyway.

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

DBC: I can say it’s just beginning. There were (and still are) rejections. This is a tough business. That’s why most writers have day jobs. Some get lucky and find themselves at the right place at the right time, but most struggle. But if I were to offer a bit of advice, I’d say never quit.

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

DBC: I often get the chance to chat with folks who have read my work. I find them excited and enthusiastic when we sit down to talk. And I totally enjoy them. They almost always say they didn’t see the end coming and I just love that. It’s the best kind of acknowledgement for a writer.

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

DBC: Not experiences, so much as idiosyncrasies and personal “ticks,” if you will. I borrow things like gestures, nervous habits, things like that. In Chain of Evidence, the protagonist runs his fingertips across is shaved head when he’s deep in thought. So, do I.

CH: I understand Harlequin picked up Chain of Evidence and you gained a lot of readers and fans. Most of your readers can hardly wait on your next book. So, what is your next writing project?

DBC: I am working on the second book in Hanna’s Lesser Sin series. I hope to finish the first draft in a few months.

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

DBC: Amazon and Books-A-Million.

CH: How to find D. B.:

CH: Any closing remarks?

DBC: A review is the best feedback a writer can get, so please write one, and thanks, Cheryl. (DB)

CH: Thank you so much, D. B. Corey 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 – Pepper Pace

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Title: True’s Love

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: When Trulane stepped off the bus landing smack dab in the middle of a small mountain town with no prospects or no money, she does what anyone would—finds a job and a place to sleep that won’t cost her any money. The only thing is that there is no such thing as being secretive in Estill County Kentucky—not when you’re about the only black person in the entire town.

With no knowledge that she is about to cross the only person in town that doesn’t gossip about her, True hopes that Clay, the big grumpy and very sexy mountain man won’t turn out like so many others that treat her as if she is beneath them.

Pepper Pace, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Pepper Pace. Pepper’s unique stories deal with taboo topics, such as mental illness and homelessness. Welcome to my blog, Pepper.

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

PP: My stories are unconventional and don’t follow the formula that many publishing houses force writers to adhere to.

CH: Where did you get the idea for this book? Was there a special reason that you decided to write this book?

PP: True’s Love takes place in the hometown of one of my most popular heroes, Lt. Christopher Jameson of Beast. I realized that I wanted to showcase more stories about the men from the mountain of Cobb Hill in Estill County. True’s Love is the second short story in Estill County Mountain Men Romance series.

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

PP: It wasn’t difficult to draw on real life when writing this story. I believe that often times we all want to run away and leave it all behind. True did just that, and ended up in a place where she was one of a very few black people. How she was treated is not a stretch considering history and current events.

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

PP: Estill County and Cobb Hill Mountain is a real place and I’ve been there several times with my boyfriend, who was born there. I got to meet the people, fell in love with the quiet and nature and it was a perfect backdrop for my Interracial series. The research I did was basically about the ‘Furnace,’ which is described in my book Beast.

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

PP: I don’t follow a conventional ‘formula.’ I write stories that aren’t predictable, because I enjoy reading stories that will take me through unexpected twists and turns. In my stories, you will find that romance is not just limited to billionaires, who have perfect bodies. My heroes have disabilities, face homelessness, or are survivors of assault. I write about what intrigues me and have found that my topics also intrigue others.

CH: Where do you get inspiration for your characters?

PP: I used to see people, maybe while riding the bus on my way to work, and I would wonder about their lives. I would then create a story as I explore their lives. I’m inspired by the people and events that I see around me.

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

PP: I’ve written over thirty stories and typically the story that I’m writing has my favorite characters. But I enjoy writing Jason from the Wheels of Steel series. He is young, volatile, sweet, and romantic; yet, dangerous. Writing him makes me live vicariously through him…because I’m fairly boring. The hardest character to write was also from Wheels of Steel. It was one of the supporting characters, Belinda. She lived a hard life, which I patterned after a very dear friend of mine, who passed as a young adult. At one point it was time for the character to die and it surprised me how hard it hit me. It was like I was killing my friend. I cried for two days as I tried to write the scene and eventually I just couldn’t do it. Belinda will just have to continue to live for both me and for my friend.

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

PP: Always. Writers think about character arcs, but I really want to create reader arcs. I want my readers to see things in a different light and to hopefully grow right along with the characters in a book. People don’t always see those in wheel chairs as romantic interests. I’m trying to change that. I’m creating characters that have terrible facial deformities, who becomes the fantasy man for many of my readers. I hope my readers see how ugly prejudice is and how beautiful it is to open yourself up for a beautiful love that is based on what’s inside and not what’s on the outside.

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

PP: I have some of the best followers ever. They encourage my quirks and give me great feedback. Beast might have brought them but they stay around for the sexy mountain men. My fans want more mountain men romances.

CH: Is Pepper Pace your pen name?

PP: Pepper Pace is the brand for my Interracial stories. If the name Pepper Pace appears on it then you know that regardless of whether it’s a romance, sci-fi or horror, there will be an element of interracial romance. My true name is Kim Chambers and with that name I’ve written The Purple World, which is a youth story. I also write under the name Beth Jo Andersen which is for my monster erotica series.

CH: Do you write in any other genres?

PP: Yes, I love writing romance, but I also enjoy writing sci-fi, horror, YA, erotica, youth, and urban.

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

PP: I self-published my first story in 2009 but not because I wanted to. I didn’t think anyone would want to buy my stories because they were being read for free on a site called Literotica. But then one day someone contacted me and told me that one of my stories had been stolen from Literotica and was on Amazon and Smashwords. I was outdone—especially when I saw that I was getting good reviews! So I had the book removed and I put it out myself. From there, I slowly began self-publishing my backlog of stories and I’m so happy to see that my Literotica fan base followed me to the self-publishing world.

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

PP: J. J. Murray. Hands down. He was the first IR/Multicultural writer that I had read and is still an inspiration to me.

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

PP: Yes! There were so many authors that reached out to help me before I ever even published my first story. Violette Dubrinsky, Sienna Mynx, Jacki Kelly, Erosa Knowles, Renee Wynn and many more. Without these wonderful ladies, I would be lost.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

PP: I’m writing several stories at once, so it’s a toss up which is going to come first. A Bubble in Time is a story about a woman in her fifties who finds herself sent back in time to the seventies. Adaptation book II is also in the works and the final book of Urban Vampire has been a work in progress for three years. This year, I hope to finish it.

CH: How to Find Pepper Pace:

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

PP: True’s Love can be found on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and in paperback at Createspace.

CH: Any closing remarks?

PP: Cheryl, Thanks for the interview, it was great meeting you!

CH: Thank you so much, Pepper Pace 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 – Ashley Borodin

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Title: The Jealous Flock

Genre: LGBT/Political/Contemporary Fiction

Synopsis: The Abridged Jealous Flock – A novella that dares to peek behind the curtain of 2017. Forced from their collective comfort zone, all three members of Martin’s family come face to face with the realities that underpin their urbane way of life. Each is faced with a paradox that will test their belief in themselves and their image of the tolerant, liberal society they believe they inhabit. A Literary Epic in Miniature, The Jealous Flock takes readers from the cloistered air of Professional London through the harsh realities of the Middle East and on to the culture war simmering beneath the surface in Australia. Through their interwoven narratives each character tries to grapple with change as they question their authenticity and value as individuals amidst The Jealous Flock.

Ashley Borodin, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is Ashley Borodin, an author of poetry, novellas and short stories from Australia. Welcome to my blog, Ashley.

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

AB: The one that no-one wants to read.

CH: This book deals with political issues. Where did you get the idea for this book?

AB: These are ideas I’ve had bumping around in my head for a long time. World events over the last 4–5 years gave me some context for articulating them. The increase in terrorism, but more so, the insidious grooming by terrorists of Westerners and empathetic people through the internet.

The rising racial and religious fracturing going on around the world as left and right fly to the extreme ends of the spectrum.

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

AB: (Spoiler Alert) Funny story about that. The start of the book has a story about a Public Relations guy who meets with some small-time terrorists/tribal warriors in Afghanistan to discuss their advertising campaign. That sounds quite funny to me, and it is, but I try not to play up the absurdity of it because I wanted it to feel entirely normal.

My wife, when she first read it, said no-one is going to buy into this scenario, it’s completely unrealistic.

Three years later a Canadian journalist returned from Syria and began to relate a story eerily similar to my own. Her name was Vanessa Beeley, and you can find her speech with Q & A to the United Nations on YouTube.

CH: Was there a special reason that you decided to write this book?

AB: Well, I had these disparate stories inside me, and as I started to write them down a web of connections was forming between them. So I just joined the dots. But also in part, I wanted to finish something. And in a sense this book is incomplete—it needs more character development and I can accept that criticism, but it is finished.

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

AB: I’ve always watched a lot of documentaries and had a keen interest in foreign cultures and perspectives in the world. As I write this I’m wondering what the reader will make of it. I’m really no good at selling or relating to people, but I feel like this is a book that could appeal broadly, though so far feedback has proven me wrong.

I did internet research and based a lot of the book on direct experience. Also, as with docos, a lot of it was passive research—watching films and interviews from the regions and demographics I cover in the book.

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

AB: Hmmm…Did I mention I’m not good at selling or relating to people? But to try to answer your question, I hope I bring intellect and poetry.

CH: How do you develop the characters – beforehand or as you write the story?

AB: A bit of both. Part of it is putting myself in their shoes, dimming the lights and recording—literally recording my voice—what I experience. I put myself in Afghanistan, and I feel what it’s like to be there, what I’m afraid of, what I’d hope to achieve if I were this person. Method acting, I suppose.

Over time the character emerges through interaction with the environment, the same way yours and my own character has been shaped by our interactions and experiences.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

AB: Martin, the PR man, because he’s the hero out there in the world effecting change. And Randall, because he’s just like me, so it was really easy.

CH: Who was the hardest character to write?

AB: John, the son of Martin and Doris, and Doris, and Martin. So, all of the successful middle-class characters basically. I can’t relate to that at all. I wish I’d never tried to aim for characters so remote from my own experience.

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

AB: It’s a kind of nuanced response to Ayn Rand. I’ve never read a decent response to her work, so I tried to write it to some degree. The message is varied but it’s about the need for new ways of bringing people together across social, racial, political—across all divides. About empathy and what I’ve called Gelato Centrism—the many-flavoured middle ground where black, white, Muslim, gay, conservative, whatever can all agree to discuss, collaborate without sacrificing what we hold most dear—our sense of self.

Ayn Rand spoke of ‘selfishness’ as a positive, but she really meant Identity.

Identitarians and Social Justice Warriors talk of Identity, but they really mean Collectivism—fitting in with the group.

I preach a middle path, a constant flux between the two. The flux matters, just like conversation matters. We are all amorphous—shifting, cloudlike. Trying to pin yourself down doesn’t just limit you, it ruins you.

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

AB: Love/hate. Getting people to read it in the first place has proved pretty difficult.

CH: Since this is your debut novel, what inspired you to write it?

AB: Wanting to give voice to all these stories that no-one else was.

CH: What is your next writing project?

AB: Not sure. I’ve started a novel from a child’s perspective about a boy who escapes a farm-school in the 1930’s. But I’m not sure where it’s going yet.

I also wanted an excuse to buy a camera I can’t afford, and that excuse is a coffee-table book of the poems that I post on Twitter.

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

AB: Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Also, for your readers/fans, I can do one better, it’s free here: http://books.noisetrade.com/ashleyborodin/the-jealous-flock

CH: How to Find Ashley Borodin:

 CH: Any closing remarks?

AB: Well, Cheryl, thanks for the opportunity, it’s probably not your reader’s cup of tea, but then I get that a lot.

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

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Celebrity Guest Author Interview – Pat Simmons

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Title: Love by Delivery

Genre: African American/Christian Romance

Synopsis: Senior Accounts Manager Dominique Hayes has it all—money, a car and a condo. Well, almost. She’s starting to believe love has passed her by.
One thing for sure, she can’t hurry God, so she continues to wait while losing hope that a special Godly man will ever make his appearance.
Package Courier Ashton Taylor knows a man who finds a wife finds a good thing. The only thing standing in his way of finding the right woman is his long work hours. Or maybe, not.

A chance meeting changes everything. When love finally comes knocking, will Dominique open the door and accept Ashton’s special delivery?

Pat Simmons, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Celebrity Pat Simmons. Pat is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors and then casting them in starring roles in her novels. Welcome to my blog, Pat.

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

PS: For Christian inspiration

CH: Where do your ideas come from?

PS: Anyway and everywhere—church, strangers, news, movies, and real life situations. There are no limits when it comes to listening for God’s direction.

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

PS: That depends. As a Christian author, it is important for me to defer to the Lord for the message in a story. Case in point, I have readers waiting and I was eagerly ready to pen book nine in the Guilty series when I realized that I had no spiritual message for the readers. Concerned, I prayed and asked God what should I do? That had never happened before in all my works. The Lord Jesus had me resurrect an outline from 2011. He told me it was time to tell the story and He had a message in it for someone, so that is my current project. As for other plots, I have a news background, so I like to write stories that are issue-driven.

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

PS: No. I want my stories to hit home with readers. I want to be sensitive to people who are hurting. That’s real life.

CH: Was there a special reason that you decided to write this book?

PS: Yes, I had a conversation with a young woman who asked why do all my characters have to be well-off, especially the men. She asked, “What about the plain everyday guy?” First, I chuckled, because I thought some of my characters were down to earth heroes. Also, I entered the industry at a time when Arabesque/BET had the market cornered for Black romances. One requirement to write for them was the hero had to be almost wealthy to create the fantasy escape for their readers. Although, I never wrote for them, I followed their lead.

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

PS: Always, sometimes the research will create scenes in the story that I might not have ever thought about before. Digging deeper is part of my personality to a fault sometimes. I got it honestly with a degree in broadcast journalism. I call them field trips when I have to go interview someone or go on location. I did so much research for The Acquittal that took place in Ghana, Africa that I felt I lived there.

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

PS: I would like to think as Christian authors, there would be more similarity than differences between us. That’s not always the case. I don’t have sex scenes, use profanity, and have a woman or child violated. I believe in using scriptures rather than paraphrasing a quote. If people don’t read their Bibles, and my work is their only exposure to scriptures, it’s important for me to be accurate and list the references where they can go and study for themselves. I also like my Christian characters to be consistent. In other words, my writing mission statement is Jude 1:24. God can keep anyone from falling into sin. He gives us warning signs. There are Christians who are sincere with their walk with Christ and those are the type of people I like to feature in my stories.

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

PS: My favorite is Grandma BB who is a hoot in my Guilty series/Jamieson Legacy. The woman writes her own scenes. I wouldn’t say some characters are hard to write, rather my focus is on convincing the reader that a dislikeable character can be redeemed and are worthy of a second chance. I liked Karyn Wallace in Crowning Glory (My favorite book). I have to be true to their past, but show their baby steps to salvation: Jet (Restore My Soul series); Landon Thomas (Redeeming Heart); Michael Bishop (The Keepsake)

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

PS: I thought, emphasis on ‘thought,’ it was because I wanted a clean and inspirational romance to read free of sex/profanity/infidelity. But God had other plans after a couple of years into my writing. The Lord Jesus let me know I had a writing ministry to help hurting people by giving Him the glory.

CH: As a Christian writer, is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

PS: Absolutely, Jude 1:24: Now unto him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy… 

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

PS: From outline to release, a novel takes about four months and for a novella, six weeks to two months.

CH: You’ve been writing for ten years and you have published over thirty books. Can you tell us a little about your writing journey?

PS: I’m so happy to share the testimony about my first book deal. Guilty of Love was actually the third novel I wrote, but the first one that was published. The amazing thing is I didn’t want to write the story because of the subject matter: abortion. After I gave it some thought, I realized that I could write ten novels and none of them would be successful until I wrote the one God told me to. Let me tell you what Jesus did. That book broke sales records for the imprint that year. It also established my writing career. The Guilty series now called the Jamieson Legacy will probably go to twelve books. Look at Jesus. What would have happened if I didn’t say, yes Lord?

Prior to starting that book, I became interested in my family’s genealogy. I decided to incorporate some of my family names for characters in the stories in hopes of tracking now distant relatives who might pick up the book and recognize names.

I chose Charlotte for my main character’s mother. Charlotte was my maternal grandmother and my maternal great-great grandmother. Then on to the last name. I needed something that had a distinguished ring. Somehow Jamiesons stuck, thus creating Parke K. Jamieson VI. He and his brothers became the strong, successful and confident black men who were the tenth generation descendants of a royal African tribe.

Okay, back to my family history. My maternal grandmother’s last name was Wilkerson. I located Charlotte Wilkerson along with her two sons: William (my great-grandfather b. 1866) and his brother Samuel (b. 1868), on the 1880 census. I hit a wall when I went back to the 1870 census. I couldn’t locate them. I turned to other genealogy enthusiasts to help in the hunt for Charlotte Wilkerson and her two sons who would have been four and two. It’s amazing how savvy some of these sleuths are. A few days later, they came back with information that made me hold my breath.

It appears that Charlotte’s last name was actually Jamieson. Eerie, huh?  I had no idea I was giving my character the exact FIRST and LAST name of an ancestor.

Since 1870, was the first year blacks were counted as free, I searched the 1860 slaveholders’ schedule. Sure enough, Robert Jamieson was the slaveholder over my great-great-grandmother. In his household, there was a guest and teacher in the academy, John Wilkerson (my white great-grandfather).  The Guilty series renamed the Jamieson Legacy has captivated black and white readers alike with its positive strong black family and historical facts that are weaved into contemporary storylines. Currently, the series is eight books strong with plans for four more to complete the series.

Throughout my publishing career, I have learned that I work for the Lord, and any recognition is God’s.

CH: Can you tell my audience about some of your series?

PS: Restore My Soul Series: Wounded spirits, troubled pasts, and a God who can restore souls for His glory. (John 8:36) “He who the Son sets free, is free indeed.” Karyn Wallace has issues with forgiving herself. Jet Hutchens refuses to forgive others. And the man of God who stands between them, Minister Rossi Tolliver, knows the power of prayer and deliverance.

Love at the Crossroads Series: When relationships are tested, love covers a multitude of faults and conquers all for Candace Clark, who has to start over after the death of her husband. She will learn faith and fear aren’t friends; Solae Wyatt’s inability to have children has been a deal breaker when it comes to relationships. Will Hershel Kavnaugh let her walk away?; Next, it’s going to take Desi’ forgiveness, and Michael’s repentance, and redemption to give their marriage a second chance after infidelity; In hindsight, unwed mother Halcyone Holland admits that God didn’t handpick the father of her children. Yet, that doesn’t stop God from sending her the man who has been standing on the sidelines for a long time; Finally, Monica thought she knew what she wanted in a man until she suffers health challenges, then God sends her what she needs most, a praying man.

The Andersen Brothers Series: There is nothing sexier than a man who loves God and family. Christian kicks off the holiday series by showing how he celebrates Christ’s birth, resurrection, and the biggest of all, Father’s Day to a single mother; It takes a pure heart to capture God’s attention, and David is looking for that one woman who can pull at his heartstrings; Nathan finds a kindred spirit in Noelle who has a heart for the helpless, hungry, and homeless. Together they try to make a difference during Christmas.

The Jamieson Legacy Series: If you love history? You won’t be disappointed as American Black history and genealogy are weaved into the romances. The series tackles cultural issues with godly intervention, whether it’s abortion, single parenting, or our angry youth. The Jamieson men are tenth and eleventh generation descendants of a royal African tribe. They carry strength and determination in their DNA when it comes to family ties. The only ones who can penetrate their armor are strong-willed women that God puts in their paths.

The Carmen Sister Series: Sisters who pray together, stay together, and Stacy, Shari, Shae, and Sabrece (Brecee) hold one another accountable when it comes to dating God’s way. Shae has to choose between her career and true love; Shari has to believe God when He sends her a man with a tormented past; and Brecee has to be convinced of a match made in heaven when it doesn’t make sense on paper.

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

PS: Great reviews are this being a sweet inspirational romance. I have faithful fans, but I’m always looking for new readers and that’s where reviews come in. In addition to a great back blurb, only a reader can sway another reader to give my book a try.

CH: Most reader/fans can hardly wait. So, what is your next writing project?

PS: I’m working on book one of a new series called THE CAREGIVERS. I’m still tweaking the title, so amazingly, I don’t have one to share, yet. Also, I’m not sure if this story will be a novella (35,000 words), or a novel (65,000 words). The most important thing about this story is that I get God’s message out.

CH: How to Find Pat Simmons:

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

PS: There may be some of my older titles in book stores, but all are sold online and some are available in libraries.

CH: Any closing remarks?

PS: Cheryl, Thank you for the invitation to share my story, and God bless you.

CH: Thank you so much, Pat Simmons, 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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