7 Minutes with an Author

WELCOME Erin grace!

So glad you could pop in and share a little about yourself and your writing.  

1. What is the theme of the book you are working on? 

I’m working on the Sequel to my Scottish time-travel romance Love in Ruins. THe new book, called ‘From the Ashes’, will features some of the favourite characters from the first story. From the Ashes is also a time-travel romance, but this time the hero is from the future. (I’m very excited about this book.)

2. What was/is one of the hardest things about writing one of your books/current manuscript?  (Did you or do you want to throw it into the fire like frodo?)

To answer your last question…every single day. The hardest part I found was trying to make the book stand alone from the first and not let the original ‘cast’ take control, as they are not the main characters this time. It’s harder than you think. Characters really do have a way of controlling the story if you let them. (You really have to slap them back in their place. Don’t you?) 

3. Because everyone always wants to know, panster or plotter?

Bit of both. For me, the story usually starts of as a type of synopsis (which I love doing, by the way!), and it doesn’t always start at the beginning. Quite often I get a ‘scene’ in my head and flesh it out from there. I use plotting like breadcrumbs, scattering them ahead through the book, as its a lot less scary than facing an empty page. Yet, I’m flexible enough to move or change ideas when I get to them (in the plotting) or delete them altogether.

4. How important are reviews to you? Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.)  

Reviews are important to me, especially if they contain good, constructive feedback – good or bad. Anyone can be a critic, but it takes a special kind of reader to give a ‘critique’. In any profession I believe you benefit from different points of view, but it’s also about the inner satisfaction of knowing how you made a reader feel and how they reacted to the characters you worked hard to evolve. (Makes what we do so worth while when a reader nails your story.)

5. How do you market your books? (Stand at the top of a building and shout buy my book?)

I probably don’t do as much marketing as a I should, but after 9 years I’ve found the best kind of ‘marketing’ is to keep producing books. As I once heard, you can’t stock a store with only one shirt. If your customer likes the shirt, they may want pants, etc. And, the best time to give them what they want is while your ‘goods’ are fresh in their mind. My initial advice is to always start off with at least one book ready to go and one waiting in the wings….and keep writing! 

6. Social Media – Love it or hate it?  Where do you hang out the most?  Any tips to share? 

Good in moderation. It can become a time-vampire (as I’m sure many would agree). I rarely tweet, as the lines are so saturated with people promoting one thing or another. I prefer to ‘hang out’ on Facebook as this gives me an open and direct contact with readers and fellow authors. I’m always happy to answer questions from readers and try to engage in many events. My only advice to anyone is to keep the tone pleasant, never make it personal.

7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying?

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”  ~ Anton Chekhov

If you want to know more about Erin you can find her here; 

http://www.eringrace.info/#!

 

Love In Ruins 

Buy at AMAZON

Eager to escape a disastrous relationship, archaeologist, Ellie Harper, jumps at the chance to travel to the remote Scottish Highlands, and excavate the ruins of Castle MacKinnon. However, no matter where she goes, the shadow of her ex follows her, promising she will never be free of her painful past. 
But, when a mysterious stranger turns up half-dead on her doorstep in the middle of a violent storm, Ellie is thrust into the realm of ancient secrets and impossible magic that challenges everything she holds dear. 

Faced with a heartbreaking decision, Ellie must put her emotions and logic aside to help Laird Ewan MacKinnon find a way home to the thirteenth century – if one exists. What she doesn’t expect is to journey to a past more astounding than history, find a love more precious than ancient treasure, and survive the deadly wrath of an evil man’s revenge. 

 

7 Minutes with an Author

WELCOME Ann b. Harrison!

So glad you could pop in and share a little about yourself and your writing.  

1. What is the theme of the book you are working on? (Note: this can be your current release too if you want to talk about that instead) 

Can someone in the present right the wrongs of the past when they little connection or knowledge of what happened? In The Summer House, Billie finds herself being catapulted back in time and she feels she’s finally lost her mind after the sudden death of her husband. The only person who can help her is a tweedy professor of psychology who she thinks wants to commit her. Her life unravels in front of her eyes as she tries to hang onto the final threads of her sanity.

2. What was/is one of the hardest things about writing one of your books/current manuscript?  (Did you or do you want to throw it into the fire like frodo?)

Making it all tie in together because it covers two different time lines. (I guess the more complex the plot the more you need to map it out eh?)

3. Because everyone wants to know, panster or plotter? 

Generally I’m a panster but with this story I plotted it out fairly well because I had a dream about it and I didn’t want to get it wrong. 

4. How important are reviews to you? Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.)  

Seriously, I rarely look at reviews. They’re for other readers, not me and what’s the point of getting upset. My story wont be for everyone, the same as I don’t like every book on the market. It pays to grow a thick skin and not let it get to you. (Wise words Ann.)

5. How do you market your books? (Stand at the top of a building and shout buy my book?)

I’ve tried all different types of promo when I first started writing and I doubt any of them really work that well. They cost you time and money that I feel is better spent writing the next book. (It’s so easy to fall into the promo trap and spend ridiculous hours trying to make a go of it. Like everything, nothing in excess.)

6. Social Media – Love it or hate it?  Where do you hang out the most?  Any tips to share? 

I love Facebook https://www.facebook.com/annb.harrison.7 and generally check in a few times a day.

7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying?

You cant edit a blank page. I think that was Nora Roberts and its true. Bad words on a page are far better than no words. (I have to agree with this one hundred percent.)

If you want to know more about Ann you can find her here; 

http://www.annbharrisonromance.com

 

Latest release – Outback Cafe

Buy from Here: Amazon

Blurb

Lena Hawkins has spent her every waking moment building her reputation as a top chef and when her money grubbing husband takes the credit and tosses her aside she calls it quits for the sake of her son and returns to the country town where she grew up thankful for the support of her close knit Italian family. Coerced by the local community she opens a restaurant in a disused dairy. 

Adam Chapman, one time Sydney lawyer now deer farmer, is more than happy to provide the premises and have an outlet for his produce. Little does he realize that they have unsavory connections that have nothing to do with the restaurant business. Old secrets are uncovered that rock the small town and drag them both into the world they thought they’d left behind them. 

When Lena discovers Adam was involved in her cousin’s court case, she sees red and tries to back out of the lease but her father convinces her to follow through. It wasn’t Adams fault – his father did a deal to keep him out of trouble. Now Adam feels responsible for Simon’s jail term and joins forces with the local police to set a trap for the people who were ultimately responsible for the money laundering. For it to work though, Simon has to die. 
Lena is rocked to the core when she discovers her ex-husband used her and love never was a part of their all too brief marriage. She was in the right place at the right time, nothing more. 
Can Lena be convinced to start again and conquer her demons?

7 Minutes with an Author

WELCOME SUSANNE BELLAMY!

So glad you could pop in and share a little about yourself and your writing.  

1. What is the theme of your new release?

Trust is integral to relationships and has to be earned. In Long Way Home (Hearts of the Outback bk 3), Sarah Tait will neither trust nor forgive Detective Caleb Richards. The first time they met he slapped handcuffs on her and now, he’s asking for her help to find a kidnapped thoroughbred stallion. But sometimes it’s easier to trust when you dislike a person because there are no rose coloured glasses to distort the picture. (Sounds like fun. Looking forward to this one.)

2. What was/is one of the hardest things about writing your current release?  (Did you or do you want to throw it into the fire like frodo?)

I needed to do quite a lot of research on horses, endurance riding, and plants of the outback. While I rode a few times as a teenager, I’m not a rider but I was fortunate to connect with Sandy Vaile, whose help with the equine elements was wonderful. The tricky part was to use her information and make it sound realistic. I actually enjoy research because I love to learn. (Same here Susanne. I love research.) 

3. Because everyone always wants to know. Are you a panster or plotter?

I’m an organic writer. Each story begins with seeing a ‘meeting’ between the protagonists followed by asking questions to get to know them and what they are doing in that place. The story grows as I get to know the characters and see them interacting with one another. I wish I could plot more than a brief outline, but after ten or so stories, I realise that I have to do what works for me. A story ‘grows’ in its own way and reveals itself when it’s ready. (I like the term ‘organic.’) 

4. How important are reviews to you? Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.)  

No writer likes to read bad reviews that offer nothing by way of constructive criticism. That said, I try not to pay too much attention to negative statements, although it’s brilliant when a reviewer absolutely ‘gets’ my story. Those reviews, I read again, just to remind myself that real people actually enjoy my book babies. 

5. How do you market your books? (Stand at the top of a building and shout buy my book?) Any events you want the reader to know about e.g. Coming appearances or signing?

I use social media, FB and Twitter, and my infrequent newsletter to let readers know. Friends and fellow authors often share these posts for me, which is greatly appreciated. My experience with blog tours is that they can be fun, but not to expect too much from them. 

6. Social Media – Love it or hate it? Where do you hang out the most?  Any tips to share? 

By nature I’m more of an introvert. I’m also a technogumby so you could say I have a love/hate relationship with electronic devices and the Web. Best tip: deal with people as you would like to be dealt with; and keep your posts positive! 

7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying?  

Don’t worry, be happy. To a fair degree, happiness is a choice for most of us so, as much as possible, I choose to be happy and look for the good.

As for my writing, Nelson Mandela said it best: It always seems impossible until it’s done. (Both are very good quotes and true.)

If you want to know more about Susanne, you can visit her here; 

http://www.susannebellamy.com 

 

Long Way Home 

Available 30 June. Pre-order on: Amazon

Blurb

The first time they met Detective Caleb Richards snapped handcuffs on Sarah Tait and she vowed never to forgive him. But when he seeks her help to find a kidnapped thoroughbred stallion she becomes his unwilling assistant. 

Sarah sets out on a marathon endurance ride. As Caleb tags along, he realises that the horse whisperer has deeper secrets than he’d ever suspected.

Can he uncover Sarah’s secrets and win her trust? 

 

 

Other books in the outback series,

Book 1
Book 2

 

 

7 Minutes with an Author

WELCOME Ebony McKenna!

So glad you could pop in and share a little about yourself and your writing.   

1. What is the theme of the book you are working on?

I wait until I’ve finished a draft to see what themes my subconscious has let through. It looks like my forthcoming novel, Robyn and the Hoodettes, has themes revolving around family bonds and good friends supporting each other, especially when Dad’s off fighting a war in the Middle East.

In 1916-Ish, I didn’t realise until I was done that the theme is about dealing with everyday conflict – between friends and between countries. And also that you can never escape your fears, you have to face them. (It’s rather universal isn’t it?) 

2. What was/is one of the hardest things about writing one of your books/current manuscript?  (Did you or do you want to throw it into the fire like frodo?)

I am easily distracted. In my current manuscript, Robyn and her mates keep having little adventures and side trips that delay the proper action. I let them play, but now I’ve had to slash and burn to get things back on track. It’s a stronger book for it – I know the characters much better and I’ve cut the waffle. 

3. Because everyone always wants to know. Are you a panster or plotter?

I love to plot. I’m a huge fan of structure. Before I write too much of a story, I like to know what the midpoint is, what the black moment is, and how they ‘storm the castle’ and get the result they need. (although not always the result they want). 

There’s something to be said for letting the characters off the leash to see where they end up. It helps me write my way into the story and get to know them. Then I edit it out later. (Very true and I agree. I think utopia is a mix of both.) 

4. How important are reviews to you? Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.)  

Reviews are incredibly important, and it’s wonderful when readers take my characters to their hearts. I’ve never had a particularly nasty review (thank goodness) but I’ve had careless ones, where the ‘reviewer’ has left a single word (‘boring’) and one star. I know nobody reading the rest of the reviews will change their purchasing opinion based on that, but it does stuff up my average.

What did I do about it? I started a fun facebook page called ‘My one-star review is better than your one-star review.’ It’s a place where authors can laugh and gently mock those utterly pointless reviews. (I need to visit. I was thinking along the same lines…the Darwin awards for reviews. Let’s face it, some of them are way off base. Truth be told we can giggle about it.) 

Catharsis is good. 

5. How do you market your books? (Stand at the top of a building and shout buy my book?)

I use a third party to send review copies out to readers – so I can get a few reviews up. I promote the title via my newsletter, which is growing steadily, and I will casually mention the book (but not too often) on social media.

I’ve also joined four awesome writers (Maree Anderson, Vanessa Barneveld, Robyn Grady and Sara Hantz) for our Dangerous Boys anthology. Teaming up is wonderful because I can recommend people buy the book for everyone else’s stories rather than mentioning mine.

Competitions are good for promotion, but the prize must be tied in to the books in some way, otherwise you’ll just get competition seagulls, who fly in, take the prize and fly off. For example, offering an Amazon voucher is no guarantee that the winner will be interested in you or your books. They’ll be very happy with the prize, but the value isn’t linked to the author’s ‘brand’.

I’ve given away copies of my books and not received a review afterwards. Some winners do read them and review them, but others are gone and never heard from again.

My four Ondine novels are about a girl whose ferret starts talking with a Scottish accent. They’re fun and full of swooning and magic. I’ve run competitions to win ferret pins, cards and jewellery. I might not get as many people entering the competition, but at least I know the entrants are interested.

I’ve used book promo places like E-Reader News Today and seen my book rocket right up into the bestseller lists. It’s an amazing feeling, and I’m happy to use them again. I’d love to get into BookBub, but I might have an easier time catching a unicorn. (All good advice here, thanks Ebony.)

6. Social Media – Love it or hate it?  Where do you hang out the most?  Any tips to share? 

I adore social media, it’s where I am very sociable. I hang out the most on facebook and twitter. I keep the ‘buy my book’ talk to an absolute minimum. I hate being spammed, so I don’t like doing it to other people. But I love facebook for chatting and sharing funny pictures, and I love twitter for the witty hashtags – they are so much fun. I also love to join in the organised chats – when the time zones are kind. I love #UKYAChat but now that the UK is in daylight savings and we’re out of it, I have to get up at 5am on a Saturday.

7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying?

“Keep going.” (Simple yet wise words Ebony!)

If you want to know more about Ebony, you can find her here;

Website: www.ebonymckenna.com

 

1916-ish by Ebony McKenna

“Romance, time travel and daring adventure await Australian exchange student Ingrid Calloway as she journeys to France. When she joins in a war-games re-enactment with Luc and Marianne Durand, it turns into the real thing. Real guns, real dangers and real bullets put them in mortal peril in the midst of the First World War. Suddenly Ingrid’s fighting two battles at once; one for her personal safety and another against her growing attraction to Luc, who looks super-hot in uniform.

Life in 1916 France soon takes a nasty turn – because the Eiffel Tower isn’t even there. They’re not just stuck in the past; they’re in a parallel world. How can they dodge the dangers of history when history won’t follow the script?

1916-Ish. History, with a twist.”

 

Links for books

iBooks : https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/ebony-mckenna/id429033242?mt=11

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ebony-McKenna/e/B0057PRSL2

7 Minutes with an Author

WELCOME Faye Hall!

So glad you could pop in and share a little about yourself and your writing.   

1. What is the theme of the book you are working on? 

I write Steamy Historical Romance set in Australia during the 19th century.  There’s also a good dash of mystery, suspense and murder.

2. What was/is one of the hardest things about writing one of your books/current manuscript?  (Did you or do you want to throw it into the fire like frodo?)

Hardest thing is using Australian slang terms that can be internationally recognised and understood. (We do have some doozies, don’t we?)

3. Because everyone always wants to know. Are you a panster or plotter?

I am both. I always have a rough plan written down but it is ‘subject to change’ constantly. (Hey, what ever works best, right?)

4. How important are reviews to you? Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.)

Used to get very upset over un-favourable reviews but have learnt that we can’t write to please everybody and that’s alright.  And yes reviews are important to me as they let me know what my readers enjoyed/disliked.

5. How do you market your books? (Stand at the top of a building and shout buy my book?) 

I rely on online promo for my marketing, though I have done a few local appearances in my hometown.

6. Social Media – Love it or hate it?  Where do you hang out the most?  Any tips to share?

I have a love/hate relationship with all types of social media, especially twitter. That said I try to be one there at least once a day.

7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying?  

Not sure who wrote it but I’ve always liked “Any writing is good writing and better than no writing.”

If you want to know more about Faye you can find her here at http://www.faye-hall.com

 

Blurb for latest release

Shrouded Passions by Faye Hall

Murder, lies, deception, and love set in the outback under the Australian sun.

A past of stolen gold, lies, and murder joined their families together. It was a past that Devon Munroy and Lotte Higgins knew nothing about. All they knew was the passion they felt for each other. When Lotte is shot and dies in Devon’s arms, his world is destroyed.

Four years later Devon has married the person his father handpicked for him, but he’s still grieving for the woman he lost. He’s a mere shell of the man he once was, his life having become a drunken haze without meaning. Then he meets a woman who reminds him so much of his lost love it makes his heart ache.

Lotte has been in hiding for years, but when more bodies began turning up around town, all brutally murdered, she knows it’s time to bring down the person who tried to kill her. And Lotte knows who is was—the woman Devon is now married to. Changing her looks in order to keep her true identity hidden, Lotte takes a job in their home, hoping to find some proof of the woman’s crimes. But can she resist Devon when she’s so close to him? And when the truth comes out will Devon be able to forgive her deception?

Books available from http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00DPIMSMW 

Past and current titles: http://www.eredsage.com/store/FAYE_HALL.html

Current and upcoming titles: http://beachwalkpress.com/faye-hall/

Greek Gods and the Olympics: From Myth to Reality

When we explore the birth of the Olympic games we come across several foundational legends that are embedded in myth, naturally Zeus sits in the epicenter of it all, but on the outer rims we are introduced to the heroes that contributed to the Olympic spirit and formation. Having said all this we cannot however, form one general assumption on the mythological beginning and history of the games, because evidence stems from more than one stratum. It is wise to commence with the early myths and work our way forward in order to establish how the Gods might have contributed to the very fundamentals that constituted the onset of the Olympic games. Bear in mind that the Greek myths were a shifting paradigm, one that moved fluidly with the ideologies of the Ancient Greeks.  

GREECE – CIRCA 1960: A stamp printed in Greece from the “Olympic Games, Rome” issue shows sprinting, circa 1960. (Image purchased from Shutterstock)

In the 13th Century BCE on the hill of Kronus, the early immigrants made sacrifices at the altar of Gaia and preformed rituals in honour of the goddess. Festivals were held in honor of the fertility goddess because the people believed that land its self was connected to the gods and goddesses and everything around them arose directly from the gods.

In the 12th Century BCE, the Achaeans arrived from the north and laid claim to the area then the worship of the goddesses disappeared and in their place the great Olympian father, Zeus was instituted. One myth tells the story of how Zeus cast a thunderbolt and it landed at Olympia, and there where the bolt scorched the earth, a temple was erected to honor him.

The Ancient authors that have gifted us with their literary works wrote their accounts many centuries after the commencement of the Olympic games.  One of the Western Canonical poets Pindar, attributes the foundation of the games to the legend of Hercules. The myth goes a little something like this; one of Heracles labors was to clean the stables of Augeas which where never cleaned and several feet deep in animal dung.  So Hercules bargained with Augeas that if he should clean the stables in a day he would receive a tenth of Augeas cattle. Augeas agreed, believing that it would be unmanageable. Hercules accomplished his task by diverting a near by river through the stables. Augeas refused to pay Hercules, so he killed Augeas and his sons and took all the spoils to Pisa. There he carved a sacred precedent in honour of his father Zeus. The best items from the picking were offered as dedications to Zeus and hence the birth of the Olympic games commenced. Whilst this is not the only version of a foundational myth, it does claim more popularity than some of the more gruesome myths. 

Athletics were an integral part of Greek society and all that it encompassed because it was an act of worship, by participating the athletes were honoring the gods. Religion was the focus of the games and the most important part was the sacrifice, which took place on day three of the festival.  A procession would walk through Olympia and to the temple of Zeus where a multitude of oxen would be sacrificed. In the evening they would burn the oxen as offerings to the god Zeus, this was followed by a banquet for all the attendees. The games ran for five days and included; boxing, wrestling, discuss and running.  These games were a competition of greatness. There was no second or third status, only the position of one victor. To succeed meant that brutality was a given in the process but not without structure and rules. Winning was everything because the victor received more than the olive wreath upon his head. The winner would be seen as a demi-god. The victor’s home city would bestow on the winner honours fit for a king, a life time pension, olive oil supplies, seats at the theater and many other privileges including that of a priesthood if the victor desired it.

The olive wreath also known as kotinos was the prize for the winner at the ancient Olympic Games. (Image purchased from Shutterstock)

To illuminate how the Ancient Greeks saw and participated in the Olympic games we must understand that they were an extremely competitive society, who were driven by excellence and there was no room for second best. The Olympic games were one of the oldest Greek festivals, people travelled from every corner of the Ancient world to participate in a five-day event that showcased sporting brilliance.

The modern day Olympics also brings together Athletes and people from all over the globe. For the duration of the games people cheer each other on in good spirit and support. The Ancient and modern athlete share one thing in common; they are both worshiped as something divine, with the distinction being the ancient athlete was given a wreath and material provisions and the modern is awarded with a gold medal and sponsorship. There is an un-doubtable echo that the victors today are also seen as sporting demi-gods.

7 Minutes with an Author

WELCOME Joanne Dannon!

So glad you could pop in and share a little about yourself and your writing. 

1. What is the theme of the book you are working on? 

I am currently writing a Christmas book to be launched in November 2016. I’m really excited about my story as it’s very different to what I’ve previously written. (I love Christmas stories.)

2. What was/is one of the hardest things about writing one of your books/current manuscript?  

My current release, Wanting Mr Right, was a pleasure to write. The words just flowed and it was one of the best books I’ve ever written.

There were two contributing factors to me enjoying this book so much. First, the heroine, Daisy, is outrageous and outspoken, and I just adore her. Having been my heroine’s BFF in Book 1 of the Alex Jackson series, I already knew and loved her. Second, the book is set in Hong Kong and I wrote it soon after visiting there. 

3. Because everyone always wants to know. Are you a panster or plotter?

A definite plotter. I spend quite a bit of time, before I start to write, developing my hero and heroine. I determine the GMC (Goal, Motivation and Conflict) for each and ensure it’s strong. I usually have an idea of the plot however, I do allow my characters to guide the storyline :)

4. How important are reviews to you? Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.)  

I think most writers would prefer to have only good reviews. However, not everyone will love your book. You have to take the good with the bad! 

I focus on the favourable ones and am thrilled that my readers enjoy my books. (The best way to be Joanne.)

5. How do you market your books? (Stand at the top of a building and shout buy my book?) Any events you want the reader to know about e.g. Coming appearances or signing? 

I let my readers know of my new releases via emailed newsletters and via Facebook. I occasionally will do a paid promotion with a marketing company.

6. Social Meda – Love it or hate it?  Where do you hang out the most?  Any tips to share? 

Whether you love it or hate it, in my opinion, you must be seen on social media. If it’s too overwhelming to be everywhere, just pick two and focus your energies on them.

I happen to love hanging out on Facebook and Instagram so you will find me there :) 

7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying?  

Real women help each other up, not put each other down. (True.) 

If you want to know more about Joanne you can find her here;

Website: http://joannedannon.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joannedannon/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joannedannonwrites/

Current Release – Out Now 

Wanting Mr Right – Book 2 The Alex Jackson Series (Daisy’s story)

The plan was not to fall in love 

Logan Wentworth’s career means everything to him. To win a promotion and upstage his colleagues, he needs to get himself a fiancée —fast.

He asks his friend, supermodel, Daisy Roberts, the outrageous task of becoming his fake fiancée to advance his career.

Daisy’s career has plummeted—she wants to say no, but she’s in a tight spot. Logan’s request to pretend to be his fiancée has some perks. After all, he’s a hard-nosed lawyer with a body built for passion and can strike a deal with the devil and win if he chooses. And this silver-tongued devil can talk her into anything.

Logan’s strategy backfires when the promotion requires he keep his “fiancée” for real. But Daisy doesn’t want a Mr Right for now and will only settle for a Mr Right for forever.

Can Daisy prove to Logan that love is far more important than a career?

Note to Readers: Wanting Mr Right is the second book in the Alex Jackson series. Although the books in the series are stand alones, I recommend readers enjoy them in order.  

Buy links for each book are listed on their pages – http://joannedannon.com/books/

7 Minutes with an Author

WELCOME Louisa Loder!

So glad you could pop in and share a little about yourself and your writing.   

1. What is the theme of the book you are working on? 

I’m working on my first contemporary romance novel. It’s a story about a girl from Perth who gets the chance to go to Los Angeles to work with her celebrity crush, and deals with themes of self-acceptance, personal growth, and love – of course!

2. What is one of the hardest things about writing one of your books/current manuscript? (Did you or do you want to throw it in the fire like Frodo?)

Finding the time to write, honestly. Between work, parenting, studying, and trying to have some semblance of an actual life, I have to squeeze writing time into the gaps. It’s not unusual for me to scribble in a notebook on my lunch break, or be up between the hours of midnight and 4am tapping madly away trying to make progress. (Writers have the craziest schedules!)

3. Because everyone always wants to know. Are you a panster or plotter?

I’m an obsessive plotter. I have flow charts, brainstorm pages, tables, and spreadsheets. I like to try and have every little detail nutted out before I start – but that said, I definitely embellish along the way during the writing process. Maybe there’s a little bit of pantser in me, after all! (Sounds like you’re an obsessive plotter, but it’s a good thing.)

4. How important are reviews to you? Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.)  

Reviews are good, because without that feedback a writer really has no way of gauging their work. I appreciate all reviews of my work, because these days it’s a huge thing for people to take time out of their schedule to actually write one. That said, I try not to take ‘bad’ reviews to heart, and always attempt to look at the bottom line of what the reviewer has said. That way, I might get something I can work on in order to improve. 

5. How do you market your books? Any events you want the reader to know about e.g. Coming appearances or signing? 

I generally do my marketing through my website – having all the information people might need in one place is invaluable, as again they’re trying to get what they want in the shortest possible time frame. But I love getting out and talking to people in person, too! I have recently appeared at the Katharine Susannah Pritchard Writing Centre in Perth on 24 April as part of their ‘Sunday Sessions’ program (http://www.kspwriterscentre.com/) and have chatted to 107.3 Heritage FM in Perth on 15 May (http://www.heritagefm.net/live-stream).

6. Social Media – Love it or hate it?  Where do you hang out the most?  Any tips to share? 

Social media makes my world go ’round! The thing to remember is to keep it social – no one wants to have adverts for books constantly appear in their feed. Choose one or two platforms, connect with like-minded people, offer support to other writers, and be yourself. Use your social media networks to distribute your marketing materials from your website or blog. You can find me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/louisaloderauthor) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/louisaloder). 

7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying?  

“Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.” While it’s not strictly a ‘motivational’ saying, these wonderful words from Jane Austen remind me that as long as I am entertained by what I’m working on and feel happy with where I’m at with my writing, the rest is purely incidental. (No, this is a great quote and from only the best!)

If you want to know more about Louisa you can find her here at  http://www.louisaloder.com

 

Blurb for latest release

Rocky Romance (Serenity Press)

This collection includes heartfelt stories of healing and simply not wanting to be lonely, as well as temptation, the butterflies of early love, and, of course, the inevitable romantic conflict. The stories explore romance as a possibility and as a ‘happy ever after’, giving readers a variety of warm, touching and funny moments to ponder. Monique Hall, Monique Mulligan, Teena Raffa, Louisa Loder, Karen Weaver and Mike Murphy are all authors in this collection.

Book links – http://www.louisaloder.com/books-2/ 

 

7 Minutes with an Author

Welcome Kerrie Paterson!

So glad you could pop in and share a little about yourself and your writing.  

1. What is the theme of the book you are working on?  

The theme of both my latest release, Chasing Dreams, and my next release, Return to Jacaranda Avenue, is second chance at love. My couples, Bel and Marc (Chasing Dreams), and Polly and Matt (Return to Jacaranda Avenue) were teenage sweethearts split apart by tragic circumstances, who are reunited around twenty years later.

2. What was/is one of the hardest things about writing one of your books/current manuscript?  (Did you or do you want to throw it into the fire like frodo?)

The hardest thing for me with every book so far is finishing! Each book I get to around the ¾ mark and am so appalled by the stinking pile of excrement I’m writing that I want to give up. Pushing through is the hardest thing.

3. Because everyone always wants to know. Are you a panster or plotter?

Um, I think I’m a planster – or is that a potter? My characters always come to mind first and so I have to write 5-10K words until they start to reveal a bit about themselves, their backstory and their hang-ups. That lets me come up with the major turning points. I write a bit more and plot a bit more. Scrivener makes it easy for me to write like this! (Ha ha ha. I have to agree with Planster and love Scrivener!)

4. How important are reviews to you? Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.)  

I really wish I could say I pay absolutely no attention to reviews, but I’d be lying! Now that I’ve had a few one-star reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads, I’m a bit more blasé about them, but the first one ripped my heart to shreds! I do love a positive review though – the validation of a good review from someone who I don’t know who “gets” my work certainly helps when the doubt dragon breathes his fire down my neck! (We grow that thick skin fast, don’t we?)

5. How do you market your books? (Stand at the top of a building and shout buy my book?) Any events you want the reader to know about e.g. Coming appearances or signing? 

Ugh yuck. I really struggle to market my books. I’m kind of the “excuse me, I don’t want to interrupt your day but I have a new book out, and if you’re not doing anything, maybe you’d like to buy my book. Sorry to be a bother!” *tiptoes away* type. At this stage I do the odd promo post on Facebook and twitter and then get stuck into writing the next book.

6.Social Meda – Love it or hate it?  Where do you hang out the most?  Any tips to share? 

I love it – too much! You can mostly find me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kerrie.paterson.3), although I am slowly finding my feet with Twitter (https://twitter.com/KerriePaterson1). My tip is to be genuine but don’t overshare too much personal stuff. (Good point!)

7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying?  

I’m a sucker for a motivational quote so choosing one is difficult! But I’ll choose this one – I don’t know who it is attributed to. (Agreed. I love quotes all types of quotes!)

I want to remember that no one is going to make my dreams come true for me….it is my job to get up every day and work towards things that are deepest in my heart….and to enjoy every step of the journey, rather than wishing I was already where I wanted to end up.

If you want to know more about Kerrie you can find her here at  http://www.kerriepaterson.com And keep a look out for her new release which is out on the 15th of May 2017

 

Return to Jacaranda Avenue

A pastry chef returns to her roots and discovers that the flavour of first love improves with age.

Twenty-five years ago, Polly and Matt were in love—but their relationship came to a traumatic end following the death of her best friend.

Now Polly Chappell has moved back to her home town to open a patisserie and care for her elderly parents, and the last person she wants to see is Matt Enright. Until she actually sees him, that is…

Their attraction turns out to be stronger than ever, but both have their reasons to resist rekindling their romance—until someone attempts to run Polly out of town with escalating threats and vandalism, and Matt’s protective instincts surface.

Will the secret she keeps bring them together—or get them killed?

Release date: 15th May, 2016

Preorder – https://www.amazon.com.au/Return-Jacaranda-Avenue-Kerrie-Paterson-ebook/dp/B01D85ABNY/

 

7 Minutes with an Author

WELCOME Suzy shearer!

So glad you could pop in and share a little about yourself and your writing. 

1. What is the theme of the book you are working on? 

My current WIP is about an artist and his nude model. As I write erotic romances I think you could imagine what happens. ;)
It’s the 4th book in a series called Dark Desires which explores the kinky practises that happen behind closed doors.

2. What was/is one of the hardest things about writing one of your books/current manuscript?  (Did you or do you want to throw it into the fire like frodo?) 

One of my books featured a hero who used the Cree language so I had to try to find someone who could translate the phrases I wanted into Cree.

3. Because everyone always wants to know. Are you a panster or plotter?

Definitely a panster. I tend to write all over the place. I may start at chapter 1 but then move to chapter 20 then back to 15 then 2. I flit about like a butterfly.
I could be writing a chapter then have an idea for something further in the book so I write that chapter. Amazingly it all comes together in the end. I’m sure a lot of other writers would be horrified but it works for me. (What ever works. We are all hardwired differently) 
I use a program called Scrivener because it allows me to wander about with all my chapters showing as tabs. It also has my characters, my research and any pics included in tabs as well. (Love Scrivener. I’m also a fan.)

4. How important are reviews to you? Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.)   

When my first book came out I read them avidly. I’d be in tears over the bad reviews. I wanted to write to those people and tell them how mean they were but I didn’t.
Then one day I was looking at a very well-known bestselling author’s latest book and reading his reviews. Imagine my surprise when I read some horrid ones. Made me realise no matter what you write or how good it is, you just can’t satisfy everyone. That’s when I understood you have to write for yourself and believe in it.
Now I rarely read reviews unless they are from reviewers I requested. If theirs aren’t as good as I hope I’ve found that most offer suggestions as to why they felt sections didn’t work and I always take that on board.
If you’re an author you have to grow a thick skin and learn to ignore the bad. (Or laugh it off.)

5. How do you market your books? (Stand at the top of a building and shout buy my book?) Any events you want the reader to know about e.g. Coming appearances or signing? 

I use social media – Facebook, Twitter, Tsu, Linkedin, etc. I also run a blog and a website. When I have a new book release I usually run a few competitions to give copies away. On top of that I have a quarterly newsletter that I send out and with each newsletter I give away something to one of my subscribers. (Tsu…never heard of it, will have to investigate.)

6. Social Media – Love it or hate it?  Where do you hang out the most?  Any tips to share? 

Social media – not overly fond of it but it is a real necessity these days. I hang out on Facebook – have an author page that I try and post to each day.

7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying?  

Yoda – “Try not. Do or do not, there is no try” (My hubby likes this one. He is often saying it to the kids.)

If you want to know more about Suzy you can find her here;

Website : http://suzyshearer.wix.com/suzy

Blog : http://suzyshearer.blogspot.com.au/

BUY LINKS –

Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/author/suzyshearer

Publisher : http://www.bookstrand.com/suzy-shearer

 

Current release :

Melting Her Dom’s Heart by Suzy Shearer  

Book 3 Dark Desires.

When Kallista Robins, 49, meets Alex Harrison, 51, she is instantly attracted to him but his obnoxious behaviour leaves her cold. Alex has quite a reputation–he is a great Dom but he is cold and emotionless, never letting anyone get close to him. Nicknamed Alexander the Great by subs, he has locked his heart away and intends to keep it that way. Alex refuses to ever collar a sub or get emotionally involved and always warns the woman before he begins any relationship, even going so far to have it written into their Dom/sub contract. But when he meets Kallie Robins his world is turned upside down. Having never been in love before, the new feelings he experiences send Alex into a tailspin. How will Kallie be able to stay in a cold, emotionless relationship? If he can’t return her love will she decide to give up on ever Melting Her Dom’s Heart?

 

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