5 Reasons To Get Your Book Featured on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog Today!

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5 Reasons To Get Your Book Featured on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog Today!

Book lovers, readers and fans of Cheryl Holloway’s Blog are already visiting the blog to check out new and recently released books, so make it easy for them to find and purchase your books! Thanks to all of the authors who have been previously featured on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog!

Here are five reasons to get your book featured on Cheryl Holloway’s Book Blog.

Affordable- The number 1 reason is that it is F-R-E-E for any author. I pay it forward to authors all over the world. We have featured hundreds of U. S. authors (celebrities and unknowns) and over 60 authors from other countries. Join us!

Great Visibility- Let Cheryl Holloway find new readers for your book. Over the last 3 ½ years, Cheryl Holloway has gained thousands of new readers. Your prospective reader is here on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog, so make it easy for them to discover your book. We provide links to your book on Amazon, your Amazon Author Page and your website. (We link to Amazon because Amazon.com reaches over 102 million US people monthly.)

Convenient- The Guest Author Interview is entirely by email. I send the author 12-18 questions, and a reasonable deadline date. The author provides a recent .Jpeg photo or avatar and answers the questions.  Once you submit the information, you’re done. Our team does the rest and if there is anything missing, we will contact you directly.

Guaranteed Exposure- Receive guaranteed exposure to Cheryl Holloway’s readers and fans; be featured on Cheryl Holloway’s Facebook page, and Cheryl Holloway’s Twitter page. Gain new book buyers, readers and reviewers.

Indie Authors Welcome- Cheryl Holloway is not backed by any traditional publisher. We independently focus on promoting books that our readers will enjoy. Our goal is and will always be to connect readers with potential books and great authors—whether traditionally published or self-published.

Cheryl Holloway Says- Yes, I’m currently open for many guest author requests and a few book review requests from authors, publishers, and fellow readers. Please understand that I receive a great deal of requests.  I cannot possibly accommodate every book or every author. (But I try!)  I can’t wait to spotlight the next bestseller!

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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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Cheryl Holloway Celebrates Women’s History Month 2017

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March is Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month began as a Women’s History Week, originally held the week of March 7, 1982. In 1987, Congress changed the week to a full month of commemoration.

Although many of the accomplishments and contributions of women have been lost from the history books, women have played a vital role in the course of human civilization. From raising families to leading armies, women have made untold contributions to history.

Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid.

International Women’s Day

Many countries, including the United States, also celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, which began in 1911. After the 1914 celebration and push for equality, the day has become an annual staple for global awareness around women’s issues.

Here is Her Story about just a few Women in History

Nancy Woodhull was a founding editor at USA TODAY and worked to redefine how women are covered in the news.

Helen Keller, blind and deaf, and Anne Sullivan, her teacher and life-long friend. Sullivan helped Keller become the first blind-deaf person to graduate from college, and the pair advocated for people with disabilities.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the six-time Olympic medalist, is considered one of the world’s greatest female athletes and holds the world record in the heptathlon.

Graciela Olivarez is the first woman and Latina graduate from Notre Dame Law School. She fought for Mexican-American rights and worked to decrease poverty.

Tammy Duckworth is the first disabled woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and the second Asian-American woman in the Senate.

Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast, winning four gold medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published and became the best-selling book of the 19th century.

Gloria Steinem became a leader of “second wave” feminism and remains one today.

Margaret Butler was the first female fellow at the American Nuclear Society and advocated for women in science and math fields.

Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe and Sojourner Truth, among others, organize The National Council of Women of the U.S., the oldest American non-sectarian women’s organization.

Compliments of USAToday.com and History.com

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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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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Seven Sentence Sunday

Once Upon a Time

 

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

I write a short story using only seven sentences. I also use this as a writing exercise in the writing workshops that I present. This writing prompt is from my writer’s group, Accokeek Womens Writing Group.

Title: Spring Greenery—Symbolic of New Beginnings

I love spring because it is a refreshing and revitalizing time after a long, cold winter.

The trees and the grass are fresh and green with all of the plants and flowers blossoming.

It starts with the Cherry Blossom season that spills over with warm sunlight, bright colors and delicate fragrances.

Ahh…the smell of spring greenery brings a new beginning for nature and me.

I’m ready to make some changes that are long overdue in my writing and in my life.

So, I’ve begun writing a new book and I’m trying to get myself ready to recycle all of the old stuff.

Yes, I’m ready for a new journey…California, here I come.

The End

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

Have a Great Writing Day!

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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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Black History – The “Real” McCoy

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We have lots of Canadian Blog Readers/Fans, so to Celebrate the annual month long celebration and highlighting of Black History and accomplishments in Canada, we also provide Canadian Black History.

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Elijah McCoy, The “Real” McCoy

Born in Colchester, Ontario, to self-freed parents from Kentucky, Elijah McCoy received his higher education as a mechanical engineer in Scotland. After his training, he chose to live in Detroit, Michigan, where he became concerned about the injuries and deaths caused when workers attempted to lubricate moving machinery. Many of these workers were young Black boys employed in the position because they were small and agile. McCoy developed a self-lubricating device with a drip cup, which revolutionized industry. The device allowed the gradual and constant release of oil, which allowed machines to work continuously without having to be stopped to be lubricated—and without anyone having to risk life and limb to apply oil while machines remained in operation. The device had a range of applications, from locomotives to industry.

McCoy’s first drip cup invention was patented on July 12, 1872. The drip cup device was so effective and so highly regarded that other manufacturers copied it. However, none worked as well as McCoy’s invention. Canadian and American railroaders asked for it by name as the “real McCoy,” giving rise to the expression denoting authenticity. McCoy went on to own his own firm. He filed 57 other patents in Canada and the United States, including a folding ironing board and a lawn sprinkler.

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Guest Author Interview – Roger Sanderson

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Title: Across Difficult Ground

 Genre: Romance

 Synopsis: (Two Love Stories) French translator Jenny Hawkins has focused solely on bringing up her family, since her husband left them ten years ago. It takes a kiss in the back of a taxi from the equally family-conscious Adam Shaw to shake her out of her comfort zone and realize she can have a second chance at love.

Climbing instructor Fee Braithwaite has been let down too often to treat enigmatic Patrick Cord as anything other than her latest client. But with ruin threatening the family caravan site, she has to move past her prejudices to find, and then trust, the man within the protective shell.

Roger Sanderson, Author

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CH: Today’s Guest Author is Roger Sanderson. He is an international author, whose writing career started when he wrote Commando comics. Since then, he has written forty-four medical romance novels and now, he writes romantic comedy. Welcome to my blog, Roger.

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

RS: It has humour, mountains, families and two love stories

CH: You said that you write about love and laughter. So, why did you decide to write this book?

RS: I wanted to write about the Lake District, which I love, and I wanted my characters to be real people, surmounting their problems.

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: I don’t have a formula. I start with the characters and a setting and the book carries in my head as a whole concept from there.

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

RS: I never have trouble coming up with ideas or issues. The problem is finding the time to write them down. I’m a great exponent of ‘What if…?’

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

RS: My favourite character was Jenny, the older sister. The hardest, I think, was Edith, the French novelist, who couldn’t write any more. I find it difficult to imagine a time when I don’t want to write.

CH: How do you incorporate laughter into your books?

RS: I give the characters a sense of humour. The laughter comes from them.

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

RS: Only that sometimes a person’s internal journey is as difficult as a physical one.

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

RS: My Englishness, perhaps?

CH: Does your love for climbing enhance the writing of this book?

RS: It did, yes. I really enjoyed reliving the climbs in my mind.

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

RS: I always try to have interesting characters and challenging situations.

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

RS: Positive. In general, my readers seem to like my work.

CH: Which writer do you admire most and why?

RS: I really admire Jill Mansell. Not only does she write her first draft in longhand (legibly!), she always creates interesting, multi-stranded novels that make me laugh, as well as make me think.

CH: What’s your next writing project?

RS: I alternate between contemporary ‘Roger Sanderson’ books and medical romances written under the name of Gill Sanderson. Next up is another medical. As I’ve recently broken my arm, I’m thinking of inflicting the same injury on one of my characters!

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

RS: Undoubtedly, the most exciting thing was when I sold my first ‘Commando’ script. I had arrived as a writer!

CH: Can you give my audience your website address?

RS: I’m afraid I am so technically challenged, I don’t have one. Just wrestling with the computer in order to write the books and keep up with my emails is enough for me. Social media would be a distraction too far.

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

RS: If they look on Amazon for Roger Sanderson or Gill Sanderson, my books are all listed there.

CH: How to Find Roger Sanderson:

CH: Any closing remarks?

RS: Thank you very much for some interesting questions. I apologize if I haven’t done them justice in the answers. Cheryl, Thanks for the interview.

CH: Thank you so much, Roger Sanderson, 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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Author, Cheryl Holloway’s Birthday!

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Well, It’s my birthday and I’m going to celebrate! As quiet as it is kept, the best birthday gift you can give me is to buy one of my books on Amazon. The prices range from $0.99 to $4.99. And then, leave a book review. 🙂 I will appreciate it!

Well, I’m outta here, I don’t have to blog, if I don’t want to blog.

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Guest Author Interview – Leigh Greenwood

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 Title: No One But You

Genre: Romance/Western

Synopsis: Alone in the world and struggling to make ends meet, Texas war widow Sarah Winborne will do anything to keep her two small children safe and her hard-won ranch from going under. She hasn’t fought for so long to lose everything… and if that means marrying a stranger to protect her family’s future, then so be it.

She never expected anything but a business arrangement, but something about Benton Wheeler’s broad shoulders and kind eyes awakens emotions she’d long since buried. He makes her feel beautiful. He makes her feel desired. He makes her feel like a woman again. And even though their marriage was never intended to be more than a matter of convenience, as Benton stands between her small family and the wild and dangerous West, Sarah may just realize that the cowboy she married is the love she never dreamed she would find…

Leigh Greenwood, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Leigh Greenwood. Years ago, his wife hooked him on romance novels and he later became a romance author. Welcome to my blog, Leigh.

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

LG: It’s the story of a woman who will risk everything, including herself, for her children.

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?

LG: The only formula I use is ‘boy-meets-girl’ with lots of conflict ensuing before they live happily ever after.

In doing a series, I always come up with the situation first.  In the Seven Brides, it was a dysfunctional family of seven men.  In The Cowboys, it was a group of orphans no one wanted.  In The Night Riders, it’s seven men who vowed to bring a traitor to justice.  The first book of any series is where it all comes together.  I have to come up with a plot that will launch the series.  More importantly, I have to create all the characters—at once.  That’s crucial because in the following books, I have to come up with plots and heroines that fit with characters my readers already know and hopefully love.  Readers often have very specific expectations for their favorite characters.  Several years ago I received an impassioned three-page letter explaining why Iris was the wrong bride for Monty Randolph.  The reader begged me (with triple underlining) to have them get divorced.  Salty (No One But You) was my readers’ favorite minor character in Rose, so I had to build a story around the character they already knew and loved.

Another difficulty is that the lead characters in a series have to be different enough for the reader to follow them when they’re all in one story without getting confused.  Yet, they have to share the qualities that will ultimately enable them to become the hero of their own book.  When it comes to the heroine, I look for a character who will cause the hero the most trouble.

In case you’re upset that I always seem to build my series around men, you should know that the Cactus Creek series was originally about five women who were cousins.  Editors reduced it to three and suggested that I add the three brothers.

CH: You pull the heartstrings of readers with this historical western romance. What made you decide to write this book?

LG: I had wanted to write a spin-off from the Seven Brides almost before I finished the series, but my editor wanted something new.  (She got The Cowboys).  Then she finally relented, I chose Salty because readers seemed to like him so much.  I don’t know where the details of the plot came from.  Once I have an overall plan, they just start to emerge.  For example, once I decided the widow needed children, I had no preconceived idea of what they would be like.  Elements like that come into being as I write the book.  I like to create characters who engage my emotions, who make me pull for them.  Once I’ve done that, everything seems to come together.

CH: Where do you get inspiration for your characters?

LG: I can’t tell you where my characters come from.  Four of the brothers in the Seven Brides came out of nowhere, full grown before I even realized they were in my head.  Most of the time my characters materialize as I begin to bring the overall plot into focus.  In the case of No One But You, I wanted a widow who needed someone to keep her and her children from starving.  I never have trouble with children.  They seem to come to me rather than the other way around.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

LG: I had no difficult characters in No One But You.  Once I figured everything out, they just seemed to do their job.  In my whole career, two gave me a lot of trouble.  Daisy from The Seven Brides because she changed her mind and Will from The Cowboys because there was nothing driving him to do anything.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

LG: I’m like a parent in that I don’t really have a favorite character.  My favorite villain is either Laveau diViere from The Night Riders or Oliver Carlisle from Sweet Temptation.  Laveau was evil.  Oliver was a truly nasty man.

CH: This book has plenty of family love. Are you from a loving family?

LG: Yes.  I’m one of four children, but my parents came from families of seven and twelve.  Though we’re all different, we manage to co-exist.  My siblings and I always gather at my mother’s for Christmas, and my larger family has a reunion each year.  In my experience, there are no stronger and longer-lasting relationships than those of family.  Often we bring our best friends into our families.  I’m very close to my children and grandchildren.

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

LG: I don’t know that there’s anything particularly different or exciting about my writing.  If there had been, I’d be on bestseller lists with Nora Roberts.  I do know that I try to tell stories that are believable with believable characters.  I try to make my characters likeable, not just by being honest and admirable, but by being basically good people.  I do my best to keep my history and my geographical facts accurate.  I don’t let my characters avoid the final conflict.  They have to have something important on the line and fight to keep it.  I do love children and seeing the humor in life which is why both keep cropping up so often.

CH: You’ve written several books, well over 50 books. What contributes to your success as a writer? 

LG: I try to write about interesting characters—and hopefully realistic ones—in a story that is logical enough that readers believe it could have happened.  I also have to like my characters.  I figure if I like them, then maybe the reader will, too.

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

LG: I never intended to be a writer.  I majored in music and was a working musician.  The first piece I ever wrote was about what it was like to become a father for the first time.  I never intended it for publication.  After that I wrote bits and pieces about things or situations that interested me.  You can read the rest of my story on my website.

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

LG: I don’t write a book with a conscious message.  If I want to say anything, it’s that even the least likely situations can have a happy ending with hard work and a good helping of luck.

CH: You seem to have quite a following. What type of feedback are you receiving from your readers?

LG: I have gotten quite a bit of fan mail over the years, all of which has been positive. My favorite letters were those that told me something I’d written had made a difference in the life of the reader or someone in their family. I got a lot of positive response when my editor put my picture in my books. Many readers were glad to learn that a man could write romance. My favorite response was that they couldn’t tell from my writing that I was a man. 

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

LG: I retired last summer just before I turned seventy-four. Writing was my second career.  I call it my mid-life crisis career. I was a music teacher, organist and choir director for thirty-two years.  While I have no new books coming out, Sourcebooks is bringing out some of my backlist. Last year they brought out No One But You. The Night Rider series will follow.  I’ll have a Christmas novella, Father Christmas, coming out for Christmas 2018.

CH: Since you’ve been quite successful, do you have any advice for new writers?

LG: Love what you do because you can’t do anything else.  All too often you have to write for your own satisfaction.

CH: Can you tell my audience about your website address?

LG: Yes, readers can visit my website, but I must warn you that I neglect it disgracefully.

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

LG: As far as I know, online and in bookstores everywhere.

CH: How to Find Leigh Greenwood:

CH: Any closing remarks?

LG: Writing was my second career, but it has given me as much pleasure as my first.  A large part of that has come from the letters I’ve received from readers.  It’s a wonderful feeling to know my stories have given pleasure to so many people.  The best part is to learn that on occasion my stories have made someone’s life better.  Thanks, Cheryl, for having me on your blog.

CH: Thank you so much, Leigh Greenwood, 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 – Sara Prater

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Title: Daggers, Diplomacy, and Deceit

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Synopsis: On the run from a death sentence. Forced to hide among violent barbarians. Vacen Horsetrader is hounded by enemies that want his head. Raised in the nonviolent Consortium Lands, he faces Daggers, Diplomacy, and Deceit both at home and in exile. His crime? Determination to uphold the Oath that the mages of the Consortium hold sacred. Now, he must rely on his friends to survive, in the hopes of eventually returning home again.

Sara Prater, Author

 

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Sara Prater. Sara Prater is a longtime fan of fantasy literature, currently pursuing her dream of publishing her own stories. Welcome to my blog, Sara.

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

SP: My book is clean fantasy, full of exciting characters and interesting
adventures.

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?

SP: My stories usually come from a scene that gets stuck in my head. For
example, I started out with the image of Vacen and Anne facing down a
magical ghost in a setting where they weren’t supposed to use their own
magic.

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

SP: I prefer to write a story that I’d want to read over and over again.

CH: What made you decide to write this book?

SP: I started writing short scenes with Vacen and Anne in a creative writing
class in college, and the story just expanded into a novel over the course
of a decade.

CH: Where do you get inspiration for your characters?

SP: They usually just show up in my imagination, starting with a strong female character, whose more forceful in certain aspects than I am in real life. In the case of Daggers, Diplomacy, and Deceit, Anne was the central
character until I started expanding the story and realized I needed
someone else to introduce the story.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

SP: Vacen was a difficult character, trying to put his reactions in the
perspective of his upbringing and not in the perspective of the writer.

CH: Which character was your favorite to write?

SP: Old Looney, without a doubt. I really like the ‘mysterious mentor’ type of character.

CH: Since you’re a debut author, what other genre that you haven’t
written in would you like to write a book?

SP: I have plans to write several books for children.

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

SP: Words should not get in the way of telling the story. I prefer to describe
things simply, but without restricting vocabulary or resorting to vulgarity.

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

SP: The continuity was challenging. In a book this length, there are many
details that I created to explain this world and its magic that had to stay the same from beginning to end.

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

SP: Not really. My novel is pure escapist fiction intended to entertain.

CH: Did your position as a former teacher enhance the writing of this
book?

SP: In the first part, certainly. I always admired the students who could pull
off a prank that surprised me, so I enjoyed having Vacen and his friends
get away with pranks.

CH: Who would you consider a great author in your genre?

SP: My favorite author during my formative years was Mercedes Lackey. I
enjoyed tracking down all of her published writing and seeing how her
style evolved over the years. Her story of her first novel going through
numerous rewrites and being rejected multiple times was also encouraging.

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

SP: I’m currently working on a sequel to Daggers, Diplomacy, and Deceit, as well as a serial novel format to be published in a magazine.

CH: Can you tell my audience where they can find you on social media?

SP: I can be found on my website. You can also find me on Facebook at Consortium Lands—Sara Prater.

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

SP: Daggers, Diplomacy, and Deceit is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions or by request from your local bookstore.

CH: How to Find Sara Prater:

CH: Any closing remarks?

SP: Many thanks to you, Cheryl Holloway for your invitation to be featured on your blog. For the readers, whether you’re a longtime fantasy fan or never read fantasy, today is a good day to try something new!

CH: Thank you so much, Sara Prater, 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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Black History Fact – Mathieu DaCosta Canadian Stamp Issued

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We have lots of Canadian Blog Readers/Fans, so to Celebrate the annual month long celebration and highlighting of Black History and accomplishments in Canada, we provide Canadian Black History.

The new stamp, released to start off 2017 Black History Month, shows an artistic interpretation of Mathieu DaCosta the first known black man to set foot in Canada.

Mathieu DaCosta was an African from the Benin Empire of West Africa hired as a translator for French explorers to the New World.  Although he may have arrived earlier, the first actual record of his presence in Canada was with voyages of  Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons, and Samuel de Champlain in the 1600’s.

The first official record shows him under contract to sail with Dugua in 1608 acting as interpreter for three years. It is thought that he could speak Dutch, English, French, Portuguese and a pidgin Basque.

As no image exists of DaCosta, designer Andrew Perro and illustrator Ron Dollekamp worked closely with Canadian historical illustrator and storyboard artist Francis Back to ensure the period clothing and sailing ship reflect DaCosta’s time and socio-economic milieu.

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Happy Presidents’ Day 2017 from Author Cheryl Holloway

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Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. Presidents past and present. Washington and Lincoln still remain the two most recognized leaders, but Presidents’ Day is now popularly seen as a day to recognize the lives and achievements of all of America’s chief executives.

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Guest Author Interview – Joy Avery

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Title: Cupid’s Error: A Novella

 Genre: Romance/Holidays

 Synopsis: Staffing agency owner Danica James is determined not to spend another Valentine’s Day alone. But purchasing a man for the evening? Out of the question. Then her best friend intervenes—gifting her a night of dinner and dancing with a Cupid’s Arrow escort. What could be the harm? Though Cupid’s Arrow is known for matches made in heaven, she’s not looking for a love connection. Then she meets her Cupid’s Fellow and everything changes.

Business mogul Weston Henshaw doesn’t need Cupid’s Arrow to get a Valentine’s Day companion, but Cupid’s Arrow needs him. Seems his sister’s charity event has done far better than anticipated. Only problem…a shortage of eligible bachelors to pamper all of the lonely hearts. When he agrees to be bait for an evening, he never imagines meeting the one woman who makes him wish the night would never end.

An error by Cupid’s places Danica and Weston on a road to destiny, but will they maintain the course?

Joy Avery, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Joy Avery, who writes contemporary romance with real characters, real journeys and real good love. Welcome to my blog, Joy.

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

 JA: Cupid’s Error places Danica James and Weston Henshaw on the road to destiny, but can they maintain the course?

CH: This book is a romantic novella for Valentine’s Day. Why did you decide to write this book?

JA: For a romance writer—at least, for this romance writer—Valentine’s Day is an extremely exciting holiday crammed pack with love. I wanted to write about someone not necessarily looking for love, but finding it in the most unlikely situation and…during Valentines.

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?

JA: My story ideas come from all around me—music, television, movies, conversation, and people. Anything can spark an idea, and I build it from there. No, I don’t have a standard formula for plots, and my stories definitely do not come to me as a whole concept. I do a lot of brainstorming on how I want the story to develop. I used to be a notorious pantser, but have discovered the beauty of plotting, if only loosely. While my stories rarely travel exactly along their plotted paths, it’s a helpful roadmap.

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

JA: No, I don’t find it hard creating believable situations. With all of my books, I like taking real life situations and/or issues and putting a spin on them.

CH: I see you’ve written Holiday Romance before. Do holidays remind you of love?

JA: Yes, holidays do remind me of love—a love of self, a love of life, and a love of family. I believe holidays bring individuals closer. They can spark new relationships or renew old ones. In addition to Valentine’s Day, I’ve written books highlighting Thanksgiving and Christmas.

CH: What’s the best gift you’ve received on Valentine’s Day?

JA: The best gift I’ve received on Valentine’s Day is a marriage proposal.

CH: A marriage proposal is definitely a great gift on Valentine’s Day. So, where do you get inspiration for your characters?

JA: The inspiration for my characters comes from a range of places: strangers I’ve encountered, people who’ve inspired me, characters I’ve liked or loathed on television/movies. Like situations in my books, I add my own twists to the characters, either to tame them or make them more endearing.

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

JA: I can’t say either character was difficult to write. Before I start a story, I spend at least a week getting into the characters’ heads and learning all I can about them. I find this makes the story believable and flow easier. Danica was my favorite to write because I got to show how she chose love one more time and even after heartbreak.

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

JA: The message I’d like for the reader to walk away with is to always take a chance, especially on love.

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

JA: The things I bring to my readers through my writing are real characters, real journeys, and real good love told in my voice and the way I see love developing.

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

JA: The feedback I’m receiving from readers is letting me know that I’m touching hearts, warming souls, and rousing emotions. I do occasionally get yelled at for not writing fast enough. LOL.

CH: You are a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers. Does being a member of these groups help you to write better romance novels?

JA: Through the resources provided by these two organizations, I am continuously improving my craft.

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

JA: The most exciting thing to happen to me on my publishing journey is being contacted by a Harlequin Kimani Romance editor concerning writing for the line.

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

JA: I’m currently finishing my second Kimani Romance title. My debut novel with Kimani Romance will release in August of this year. You can expect book 2 of my Lassiter novella series to release within the next few months.

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

JA: You can find this title on Amazon..

CH: How to Find Joy Avery:

CH: Any closing remarks?

JA: Thank you very much for welcoming me today. I’ve enjoyed my time here. I hope your readers will give Cupid’s Error—or any #joyaveryromance—a try.

Connect with me on social media: www.facebook.com/authorjoyaverywww.twitter.com/authorjoyavery;  www.instagram.com/authorjoyavery  Cheryl, Have a beautiful day!

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

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Cheryl Holloway’s Special Valentine’s Week Book Video Feature

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Guest Author Interview – Mimi Barbour

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Title: A Tuch of Passion Boxed Set (Romance Bundle): Love Me Tender

Genre: Romance Anthologies

Synopsis: How could Anne return to Texas knowing that her son would be meeting a father who didn’t know he existed? And how could she go back to face the only man she’d ever truly loved?

 

Mimi Barbour, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Mimi Barbour. Mimi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. Welcome to my blog, Mimi

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

MB: Well, according to most of my reviews, I tell a good story. I know I work very hard to make sure that readers are attracted to my characters and care about their conflicts and what happens to them.

CH: First and foremost, you are extremely successful as a romance author. NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author who has sold over 500,000 copies of your books. What do you attribute your success to as an author?

MB: I can tell you indisputably that it takes a huge amount of hard work, long hours and total commitment. And…having a good imagination helps, too.

CH: Can you tell me a little about how Love Me Tender became a book?

MB: The book I submitted to the box collection is called Love Me Tender. I started writing my Elvis series when I heard a song and it wouldn’t stop playing in my head—She’s Not You. I adored Elvis and the words to this song began forming into a story. (And it’s breaking my heart, cause she’s not you.) I had to write it.

Then I decided to run a contest for the readers to choose the next song for me to turn into a book. They overwhelmingly chose Love Me Tender.

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?

MB: Oh, man, that’s a hard one. When I know I need to start a new book and it has to be—say for my romantic suspense series called Undercover FBI—I start thinking of a core plot. Maybe hijacking young women for the sex trade (Special Agent Maximilian) or killers who’ve convinced the police that each murder they investigate is suicide (Special Agent Finnegan). Next, I try and decide what kind of people I want to spend the next 6 – 8 weeks with. Soon, I can almost see them in my head, interacting, falling in love and having to overcome constant conflicts—sometimes against each other and many times together.

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

MB: Many times I’ve taken real-life situations and interwoven them in my stories. It gives me a kick to see these funny and oft times ridiculous experiences end up re-happening to my characters. I use nicknames that belong to my family—for instance in Special Agent Finnegan: Fin refers to his impudent Irish father as the Joker. That was what my husband called his father for as long as he was alive. I fell so in love with Fin’s Joker that I must have entrenched a lot of that emotion in the man because he ended up being mentioned in most of the reviews—seems the readers fell for him, too.

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

MB: My favorite character “Marcus Chapman” is in my favorite book called Together for Christmas book #6 of the Vicarage Bench Series. This is a paranormal/spirit-travel novel where magic forces Abagail Taylor’s spirit into Marcus’s body so they have to deal with this craziness together and try to discover a way to separate. I was totally invested and having fun and I think the readers feel the same.

The hardest character to writeTruthfully, I never find it hard to write a character. I tried to think of one but honestly—I don’t seem to struggle over that part of the writing process. Now if you asked me about social media, you wouldn’t have enough time to read everything that’s gone wrong for me in that area. LOL!

CH: You write in a lot of box sets and you have written 5+ series. Is there a secret to writing so many books?

MB: In some of my series (the first one called the Vicarage Bench), I just couldn’t let go of Mrs. Doyle and Dr. Andrews. They were so interesting and hilarious that stories kept coming to me where they would be perfect. They show up in each of the 7 stand-alone stories.

Then I had a chance to be involved in a multi-author set with a woman I admired but she only wanted suspense. So…the Vegas Series began and I found my niche. Turns out, I love writing romances that are fast-paced and filled with conflicts that keep the readers turning the pages. I get that in a lot of my reviews and it tickles me when someone writes that she/he sat up half the night because they couldn’t put the book down.

I guess my secret is that I love what I do. I have to actually turn off my imagination because plots flood into my head and I’d never have enough time to write them all. For a writer, that’s a problem we all love to have.

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

MB: It’s a journey we all go on together and that makes it much more interesting— sharing jobs, each of us taking turns to promote a set we’re all very proud of and celebrating together when we hit pinnacles like the winning the Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice award. You can get pretty close to the others and it’s nice.

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

MB: I insist on making my characters human and not ridiculously way-out.  I try and stay away from the clichés, like for instance when the heroine sees the hero’s pecs and muscles and they go on and on about how they are ravenous for his body. That just doesn’t ring true to me and so, I don’t go there. My heroines are a bit kick-ass but they always have kind hearts and that shines through. The heroes aren’t the he-man type but they are handsome in their own way, strong enough to be very protective and always with a sense of humor. I want people to fall for my heroes because they are sincerely nice guys under all their bluster. And in most cases, I like to stick humor in there whenever I can—if I can make the reader break out into an unexpected laugh, then I’m happy. The reviews say I do that also.

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

MB: Yes, that people aren’t always what you think. That villains have backstories and that two people alone cannot make a good story. They need secondary people so that they are true to life and not total fantasy.

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

 MB: I love my fans. They are delightful and fill me with so much joy that when I’m writing, I’m often thinking of how they will like the plot or the conflict that’s just been written. I actually grin and even chuckle because I can see a reader getting a surprise and it delights me when I can make that happen. I tend to get wonderful reviews and almost all of my books have rating of 4.3 – 4.7 on Amazon.

CH: Do you have any advice for writers who would like to reach your volume of success?

MB: Yes. Don’t ever think it’s easy. Don’t ever think it’s cheap. Don’t ever try and copy another—be true to yourself. And Don’t stop…

CH: How did you begin writing romance? How long have you been writing romance books?

MB: In 2007, I started writing romance after I began reading a book I had just bought and it was so bad—whiny heroine and a boring hero—that I threw it across the room in frustration and thought—what a waste! Hell, I can write better than that.

Whoa – lightbulb moment!

Years before I had bought a book called How to Write Romances on a whim and I ran to the bookcase and in my mind I thought—if the book is there, it’s meant to be. It was there…

I spent the rest of the night with a yellow highlighter to color everything I knew I needed to research and absorb in order to write a love story.

In the next few weeks, I read through books like a crazed person and again highlighting words that I wouldn’t normally use in my day-to-day vocabulary. I wanted my work to come across as if an educated writer had created it. I ended up with a three-ring-binder about 3 inches thick of pages of those words I’d listed on a spreadsheet for the just-in-case moments when I needed to upgrade the words I had originally written. For me, it was a good experiment and while I was doing this, it taught me a lot of how words are used to spotlight emotion and sadness; and to drive the dialogue.

I finally wrote the first book and some years later when I reviewed it for revision; I was stunned that I hadn’t missed one of the newbie errors. I’d hit them all. Ha! That book was finally published last year. (I’m No Angel)

CH: Love and Valentine’s Day seem to go together. What inspires you to write happily ever after stories?

MB: That’s what romance is all about, happy ever after endings. I love knowing that my characters might go through hell to be together, but they’re worth the effort and being together at the end is what life is really all about.

CH: What’s your next writing project?

MB: I started another series (yeah, I know – #6) 🙂 called the Mob Tracker with the first book being released some time during this month—called Sweet Retaliation. I’m crazy about the heroine. In the beginning, this naïve librarian witnesses her twin brother being killed by the gang he belonged to. The police have no leads and so she decides she needs to go after each of the four people that were there that night and make sure they pay. I’ve had a blast changing her personality from the sweet role her father and brother forced her to live by to a woman that can hold her own in any fight. She toughens up, but that sweet core is still there and it makes her a delight to write about. Her hero is a cop, a man I wished I knew. He’s scrumptious.

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

MB: When we hit the NY Times list with Summer Heat. I sure enjoyed the Baileys I drank that night.

CH: Can you tell my audience about your website?

MB: Love to. If you come to visit my website, please sign on to my newsletter. I usually only send them when I have great news—mostly a new release—and I truly appreciate every person who follows me.

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

MB: A Touch of Passion is sold on Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Kobo and iReads.

CH: How to Find Mimi Barbour:

CH: Any closing remarks?

MB: Thank you for reading this far. I can’t believe I rambled on so much but it’s fun answering questions about things that make me remember the past. I want to thank Cheryl for letting me be a guest on her blog. It’s always wonderful to have the opportunity to meet new people. Sending Hugs, Mimi.

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

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Cheryl Holloway’s Special Valentine’s Day Book Feature

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Title: The Proposal: A Leap of Faith

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Short Story

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

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

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

Similar to books written by Shirley Wine and Becky Wade.

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Guest Author Interview – Tamara Ferguson

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Title: A Tuch of Passion Boxed Set (Romance Bundle): The Unforgettable Kiss

Genre: Romance Anthologies

Synopsis: Since Kate Callahan will be running the family construction business someday, she doesn’t have time for love. Until fate steps in by way of an unforgettable kiss from architectural intern Michael Murphy.

Tamara Ferguson, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is Tamara Ferguson. Tamara is a Bestselling Author and Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Award Winner for New Adult romance. Welcome to my blog, Tamara.

CH: This is a romance anthology with various genres and authors. Can you sum up your story in 20 words or less?

TF: That Unforgettable Kiss is a second chance romance about two people “kissed by fate,” and destined to fall in love.

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

TF: My stories all take place in the same fictional town of Crystal Rock, Wisconsin, which closely resembles a town where I spent every summer with my grandparents while I was growing up. All my stories have emerged from the place and the time in my life that I remember as being the happiest.

I have four different series now: mystery suspense, Tales of the Dragonfly series, new adult romance, Kissed by Fate series, military romance, Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance series, and the latest is sweet romance, Daydreams & Dragonflies series. The first story in each series usually determines the next; although, many have overlapping storylines and characters, I build up the plot and subplots, adding details during the writing process.

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

TF: Although, I do have to do some research, especially for my wounded warrior stories, most of what I write about is based on real-life experience.

CH: Where did the idea for the box set come from—a publisher or an author?

TF: The hardest thing for any author to do is to get noticed! Box sets are a terrific way for readers to sample authors. A Touch of Passion was created by Uvi Poznansky as a promotional tool to connect readers with ALL of our books that are available.

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

TF: In That Unforgettable Kiss, it was pretty much equal as far as having a favorite to write about. Although, they are probably the most difficult to write about, my most enjoyable characters are those with redeeming qualities who are unlikeable on the outside, because of what they have suffered in the past; like abuse or an assault. I love revealing layers a little at a time, so that by the end of my story, my readers might actually grow to like and sympathize with them.

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

TF: There’s a little bit of me in every lead female character I invent.

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

TF: The primary message I try to convey in every romance I write is HOPE. I’ll never write an ending other than happily-ever-after.

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

TF: Telling stories with my writing that are unique and outside of the box. I try to create stories that are appealing to every age group.

CH: You’ve won many awards and are a best-selling author. What attributes to your success as an author?

TF: Spending way too much time on social media and having the privilege to work with a bunch of talented authors who have experience and great results with promoting. I used to be in sales, so I think that helps me out a lot too. But a lot of what’s happened with me is because I’m writing outside of the box, and my stories relate directly to what I know or have experienced, such as being the mom and full time caregiver of a severely autistic son with diabetes.

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

TF: I began writing after I realized my autistic son would not be able to enter the vocational program he was supposed to when he graduated school, and I would have to be home with him 24/7. Since I hadn’t written in twenty years, it took four or five years to have confidence in what I was writing, as well as discovering my own particular style.

I didn’t know any authors back then, so everything I did, like formatting, I taught myself. I’ve used an editor too. Truthfully…I think it was good that I learned how to do tasks like formatting and copywriting myself, because having someone do these things can be costly, and sometimes difficult to find someone who will do a good job for you.

At first, I was focused on finding a publisher, but now, not so much. Having a publisher could mean years before you’re published, changes to your story that you don’t like, a cover you don’t like, and it goes on and on, the more I read about it. The worst part is, you sign over your rights to the story, and have little control over what will happen with it once you do.

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

TF: Linda Howard, Nora Roberts or Mary Balogh—I would collaborate with one and/or all.

CH: Can you tell us about contributing to various box sets? Is there a special process?

TF: Every boxed set I’ve contributed to has been different. But after being invited in, the group doesn’t normally get together too often, except to discuss deadlines and duties, such as handling promotions, events, facebook and twitter shares and so on. Sometimes you buy in and other times one person handles the accounting and each author is assigned paid promos to set up. After your stories, blurbs and covers are turned in, there is usually a facebook party event.

CH: Since you’ve been quite successful, do you have any advice for new writers?

TF: Don’t give up. I’d been writing for about three years and was seriously considering giving up because of all the time involved before I won my first award. Success came to me when I least expected it.

But I’m still always looking for ways to grow, and I try to accept criticism gracefully. Remember not everyone will like what you write, no matter how good of a writer you are.

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

TF: Love In Times of War has been released. This is another great boxed set put together by Uvi Poznansky. We’ve also become a #1 Best Seller!

I have several stories in the works, Cheryl. Two new box sets (1) Wedding Pets & Kisses featuring the first book in Daydreams & Dragonflies, A Kiss Upon A Star  (2) Kissed by Fate That Unexpected Kiss will be featured in Hunks to the Rescue. These sets will be released in April and May. At the end of the summer I’ll release Emergence, from my romance suspense Tales of the Dragonfly series and sometime in November I’ll be releasing an independent novella in the Chandler County Series featuring bestselling authors P. J. Fiala, Anna Celeste Burke and others.

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

TF: A Touch of Passion is sold on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, kobo and itunes.

CH: Any closing remarks?

TF: Thanks for inviting me as a guest at your blog, Cheryl!

CH: Thank you so much, Tamara Ferguson, 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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What: The Gospel Truth Internet Talk Show

When: Sunday, February 12, 2017 

Time: 2-4 pm (Eastern Time)

Where: www.eLifeMedia.net

Cheryl’s Topic: Valentine’s Day, Romance and Romance Books

Call in Number:  (240) 455-5934 

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Show Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4BSzVs1h-I