Friday, March 30, 2012

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jolene Perry

HEIDI'S PICK SIX



Jolene Perry


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Milk. I know. I'm boring.


4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
Since I usually finish a book in a day or two, I'll just give you the last book that blew my mind - The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.


6. Pop culture or academia?

7. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
From EVERYWHERE. I have a harder time blocking inspiration than finding it. It's very distracting when I'm trying to finish a project and not start a new one.


8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?

9. Food you could eat everyday.
Potato chips and chocolate almonds...


10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
All kinds. I could listen to classic rock and alternative all day, though. There's SO much good stuff out there!


12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I start with a VERY loose idea of where the story might go (it doesn't always go there) and then I just write the scenes that come to me, AS they come to me. I've never written a book in order, and I wouldn't have my writing process work any other way.


13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Thanks so much for having me!

~ Jolene

Jolene Perry grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.

After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.

She is also the author of The Next Door Boys and the upcoming Knee Deep.


Find Jolene online at these links:

WEBSITE - Jolene Perry - http://www.jolenebperry.com

WEBSITE - Night Sky - http://www.night-sky-book.com

WEBSITE - Tribute Books - http://www.tribute-books.com


- Jolene Perry - http://www.jolenesbeenwriting.blogspot.com


- Jolene Perry - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002038196677


- Tribute Books Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Archbald-PA/Tribute-Books/171628704176


- Tribute Books Blog Tours Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tribute-Books-Blog-Tours/242431245775186


- Jolene Perry's GoodReads - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4944599.Jolene_B_Perry


- Night Sky GoodReads - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12588673-night-sky


- Night Sky Twitter hashtag: #NightSky


- Jolene Perry - https://twitter.com/JoleneBPerry


- Tribute Books - http://www.twitter.com/TributeBooks


SUMMARY FOR Night Sky
After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.

As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums - she's way more than distraction. Jameson's falling for her fast.

But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year.

eBook
ISBN: 9780983741862
ISBN: 9781466052338
Pages: 247
Release: March 1, 2012

Buy Night Sky at these links:


- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007C5TMLE/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tributebooks-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B007C5TMLE


- http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=dcSBhG3Rj8w&subid=&offerid=239662.1&type=10&tmpid=8433&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.barnesandnoble.com%252Fw%252Fnight-sky-jolene-perry%252F1109102038


- https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/135310?ref=tributebooks



PDF - https://www.payloadz.com/go/sip?id=1567843

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Ash Krafton

HEIDI'S PICK SIX



Ash Krafton


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
I am a domestic wanderer, a day-tripper, an in-state vagabond. I love travelling with my husband and two kids throughout eastern PA; Philly is our second hometown and we spend a lot of time there. We're drawn to science and technology centers as well as natural history museums. We also like historic sites like Colonial Williamsburg and Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The best part about travelling, however, is the food—my kids are definitely foodies at heart and they love eating their way across the state as much as I do. I just wish I had their metabolism.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
I am a hot tea snob and proud of it. Loose teas only, preferably a first-flush Darjeeling. Tea bags, be damned. I am a lot more forgiving with iced tea and even drink it out of cans. (I know, right? It's so street.)


4. What else can you do besides write?
5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
A sex scene for a short story called "Kamikaze Blonde". I usually write sweet romance and all I kept thinking is "I hope my mom doesn't read this." Turns out, she later told me, she's read worse—and then proceeded to gross me out by telling me all about it. Hello, Mom, sounds like a sex talk and it's just as uncomfortable as the one you gave me twenty-five years ago.


8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
I can't pin it down to one style, but all my favorites have one thing in common: emotion. I love intellectual Rush, moody Lacuna Coil, battle-raging Blind Guardian, wistful Nanci Griffith, depressing Type O Negative, and maniacal My Chemical Romance. If the music can strike an emotional chord within me, draw me in, submerge me in the experience, then I'll listen. Otherwise, it's just noise.


12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?

13. Celebrity crush?
Rather than risk being alienated by my husband by answering that, I'll pose a counter question: celebrity sleepover!

I have a circle of imaginary BFFs…Cameron Diaz, Alison Sweeney, Milla Jojovich, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Recently I started hanging around with Mayim Bialik because she bumps up the hippie mom factor. We'd stay up all night doing Jello shots, playing the Wii, and crank calling my mother. My husband is still jealous but in a totally different way, now.


14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Heck, yeah. I have no choice, with two kids in the house (three if you count my husband). Anime in one room, Looney Tunes in another, and Family Guy when the kids finally go to bed. Animaniacs was the best—I still watch them on DVD. I'm proud to say I've watched The Simpsons from their early days on the Tracy Ullman show.

I collect comic books, too, in case you wondered. =)


Ash Krafton is a writer of all things spec fic. She believes spectacular endings make the best beginnings...

Why not? One billion black holes can't be wrong.

Her first novel BLEEDING HEARTS: Book One of the Demimonde was published in March 2012. The manuscript earned finalist distinction in several Romance Writers of America 2011 competitions and has been awarded several other awards.

In addition to novel-length fiction, Ash enjoys writing poetry and short prose, some of which earned big ups by CNW/FFWA in 2008 and 2011 as well as the Abilene Writers Guild in 2010. Ms. Krafton made her publishing debut in Spring 2009 when her poetry appeared in Poe Little Thing; her work has since appeared in several other journals including Niteblade, Ghostlight Magazine, The Skyline Review, and Silver Blade. One of her poems was selected as a Pushcart prize nominee. She's a Published Member of Pennwriters and is co-editor of her area's Wordpress blog. She also contributes to Query Tracker’s blog.

Ash resides with her family in a rural town in the heart of the Pennsylvania anthracite coal region.

She'll never leave, either, because coal is just another example of a spectacular ending waiting for a brilliant beginning. (It’s kinda fitting.) And because, like a black hole, once you’re in...

you can never get out...

Find Ash online at these links:

WEBSITE - www.ashkrafton.com


- www.ash-krafton.blogspot.com


- www.facebook.com/AshKraftonAuthor


- www.goodreads.com/ash_krafton


- www.twitter.com/ashkrafton


DESCRIPTION FOR Bleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde
Saving the world one damned person at a time—a shy advice columnist-turned-oracle must find a way to save her dangerous demivampire lover from the fate that threatens each of his race: evolution and the destruction of his soul.

When advice columnist Sophie meets dark and alluring Marek, she learns life-changing secrets about them both—he’s a demivampire struggling to avoid evolution and she’s an empathic oracle destined to save him. Sophie possesses the rare ability to reduce the spiritual damage that causes a demivamp to Fall, making her the only thing that stands between a DV and evolution. However, as Marek's dangerous past propels him toward his desperate fate, his enemies make darker plans for him: once vampire, powerful Marek would be second only to the Master himself. The vamps want to cause Marek's Fall and they intend to use Sophie to do it....

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW FOR BLEEDING HEARTS - http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-9829913-6-7

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: T.W. Fendley

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


T.W. Fendley


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
Over the years, I've had the good fortune to be able to travel to many places in Mexico and Peru. I visited the Maya ruins in Tulum, Uxmal and Chichen Itza. Some of the highlights of my trip to Peru were Caral, the Museo Cabrera in Ica, the Nazca Lines, Ollantaytambo and, of course, Machu Picchu. Seeing these amazing archeological treasures made me even more passionate about sharing the legacy of those ancient cultures.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
In 2009, I learned about remote viewing--a scientific protocol to apply precognition that was developed by the military during the Cold War. Since then, I've been active in Associative Remote Viewing and even host a website: www.ARV4fun.com. Yep, I do ARV for fun.


5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
I like to make connections, so putting together ideas in new and unusual ways is fun for me. I'm a big fan of cycles (sunspots, history, weather...you name it!) and metaphysics, which often bridges science and spirituality (without getting into religion). And, of course, I'm passionate about the ancient American cultures--particularly the Maya and Inca.


9. Food you could eat everyday.
I'm crazy about guacamole, salsa and chips. Not having chips in the house is a crisis!


10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
At the 1997 Clarion workshop, one of my favorite authors, Tim Powers, talked about using colored index cards to plan his wonderful, complex stories. I'd love to do something like that--or at least be able to outline BEFORE I start writing a story instead of after I finish it. I keep trying from time to time, but it hasn't worked yet. I'm definitely a pantser.


13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Watching cartoons is definitely one of the perks of being a grandmother. The kids have introduced me to Pokemon, Phineas & Ferb, Spongebob and Pinky & the Brain. And I've introduced them to a few, too, like Scooby Doo!


T.W. Fendley writes historical fantasy and science fiction with a Mesoamerican twist for adults and young adults. Her debut historical fantasy novel, ZERO TIME, was voted Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Novel in the 2011 P&E Readers Poll. Her short stories took second place in the 2011 Writers' Digest Horror Competition and won the 9th NASFiC 2007 contest. Teresa belongs to the St. Louis Writer's Guild, the Missouri Writers' Guild, SCBWI and Broad Universe.

Thanks, Heidi, for being a Party Host in my Virtual Book Tour Party!

SYNOPSIS FOR Zero Time
As Zero Time nears, only Keihla Benton can save two worlds from the powers of Darkness. But first she must unlock the secrets of Machu Picchu and her own past.

When Philadelphia science writer Keihla Benton joins an archeological team at Machu Picchu, she learns the Andean prophesies about 2012 have special meaning for her. Only she can end the cycle of Darkness that endangers Earth at the end of the Mayan calendar. As she uncovers secrets from the past, which threaten her life and those she loves, Keihla struggles to keep the powerful Great Crystal from the Lord of Darkness and his consort.

Xmucane leads an expedition to Earth to overcome a genetic flaw that threatens the people of Omeyocan with extinction, but she soon finds herself involved in a very personal battle that pits mother against daughter and sister against sister. With the help of the time-traveling Great Serpent Quetzalcoatl, she leaves the Southern Temples to arrive in present-day Machu Picchu as the expedition’s time-window closes.

Xmucane and Keihla work together as Earth and Omeyocan near alignment with the galaxy’s dark heart for the first time in 26,000 years. They must seize the last chance to restore the cycle of Light to Earth and return to the Pleiades with a cure, no matter what the cost to their hearts.

GIVEAWAY!!
The ZERO TIME 2012 Virtual Book Tour Party is here!

To celebrate, T.W. Fendley is giving away a Maya-Aztec astrology report, a Mayan Winds CD, ZERO TIME tote bag and fun 13.0.0.0.0. buttons. Check out the prizes and other posts on the Party Page.

THREE WAYS TO ENTER (multiple entries are great!):

1) Leave a comment here or on any of the other PARTY POSTS listed on the Party Page.

2) Tweet about the Virtual Party or any of the PARTY POSTS (with tag #ZEROTIME2012)
EXAMPLE: Join the Virtual Party for historical #fantasy novel ZERO TIME by @twfendley for a chance to win prizes! #ZEROTIME2012 http://bit.ly/x91NgP

3) Facebook (tag @T.W. Fendley) about the Virtual Party. (NOTE: tag must have periods to work)
EXAMPLE: Join the Virtual Party for historical fantasy novel ZERO TIME by @T.W. Fendley for a chance to win prizes! http://twfendley.com/?page_id=510


You can find ZERO TIME at:
Ebook $4.99
Amazon
AllRomance/OmniLit
Fictionwise (multiformat)
Nook

Paperback $16.95
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Main Street Books (St. Charles, Mo.)
Garden District Book Shop (New Orleans)
Octavia Books (New Orleans)

Monday, March 26, 2012

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Joyce T. Strand

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Joyce T. Strand


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Unequivocally, without question -- I am a coffee drinker. But not just any coffee -- I prefer Peet's. And not just any Peet's - the best is Garuda. I grind the beans daily -- I'm so sure it tastes better. And no adulteration like cream or milk or sugar. I like it black - the way it was made to be. I love the aroma when it's brewing. I enjoy how the flavor blends with my oatmeal. Oh, I do restrict my intake - I don't allow me to have any coffee after 12:00 noon well, maybe 1:00 p.m. on some days. But I get in 3-4 cups in the morning.


4. What else can you do besides write?
5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
The endings of all my books are the most difficult scenes. I write mysteries. I need to solve the puzzle, put the Red Herrings to bed, and fill in the impact of the crime and its solution on all the main characters -- without sounding like a Clue Board game, i.e., Colonel Mustard in the library with the wrench. Since I write a series of mysteries, I also need to leave a few minor events dangling to entice the reader to want to learn more about what happens to the characters in the next book. I struggle mightily to write a compelling final scene and typically rewrite it many times.


8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
For me, writing is therapeutic. I become fulfilled when I look a page that I've filled with words. There's little that we can control in our lives -- but on that page with my words I'm in control. Well, OK. Sometimes my characters do get away from me.

Specifically with regard to where I get the inspiration for my mysteries -- each of the Jillian Hillcrest novels was inspired by a real California case. I fill in the background using my own experience as the head of corporate communications at several Silicon Valley biotech and high tech companies for more than 25 years. But I draw the crimes from the news and current cases.


9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
Music is a key part of our lives. Both my daughter and son-in-law are professional musicians - she plays French horn; he plays the viola -- and makes a decent living at it! I usually listen to specific types of music based on my mood. Classical music speaks to me any time, no matter what my mood - particularly Copland, Mahler, Beethoven, Prokoviev, and Tchaikovsky. However, I LOVE going to Broadway musicals - my favorites being Les Miserable and Wicked. So Broadway tunes are very high on my list. And I appreciate jazz most when I'm happy -- even the Blues.


12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I enjoy writing too much to be constrained with something so structural as an outline!

However, before I start writing I know the plot -- again, I pull from current California cases. Also, I have envisioned the opening scene, and I know where I want to end. Once I start writing, I let my characters lead me from the opening scene to the end. My problem is typically that I write too much. Therefore when I reach 90,000 words, I start to edit. When I am reasonably satisfied with a first draft, I turn it over to two family reviewers who cause me to write a second, and sometimes a third draft. Then I have 2-3 friends read it, and that causes another new draft. Once I believe I've met their requests, I turn it over to a professional editor -- and you know what happens then -- yet at least another draft. Perhaps if I did an outline, I wouldn't have such an arduous rewriting process!


13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Absolutely I still watch cartoons. Who wouldn't enjoy "Up", "Lion King", "Despicable Me", "Entangled" or "The Princess and the Frog" (GREAT jazz score)? Admittedly I do have two young grandsons. I eagerly introduce them to the Warner Brothers' cartoons -- you remember -- Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and all the wonderful Looney Tunes characters. But even before my grandsons were born, both my husband and I would sneak into the theater to see cartoon movies, pretending we had a kid somewhere with us. Animation is a true art form, and it can be highly entertaining and memorable. To this day, every time I see a roadrunner scurrying across our front yard, I utter, "Beep! Beep!" And keep a close eye on the coyotes in the area to see them fall flat on their faces as they try to catch the wily birds.


Joyce Strand, much like her fictional character, Jillian Hillcrest, served as head of corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder. Rather, she focused on publicizing her companies and their products to the media, investors, and the community. Joyce received her Ph.D. from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and her B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.

Find Joyce online at these links:

E-mail - joyce@joycestrand.com

WEBSITE - http://joycestrand.com

JOYCE STRAND BLOG - Strand’s Simply Tips http://joycestrand.com/BLOG

JILLIAN HILLCREST FACEBOOK - http://www.facebook.com/JillianHillcrest

JILLIAN HILLCREST BLOG - http://jillianhillcrest.com/blog


- @joycetstrand

DESCRIPTION FOR On Message
Murder intrudes on Jillian Hillcrest’s routine as head communications executive at a small Silicon Valley biotechnology company. She is eagerly staying “on message” to inform investors, the media, and the community about her company, Harmonia Therapeutics, and its latest drug candidate in Phase 2 clinical trials for the difficult-to-diagnose and treat autoimmune disease, lupus.

When someone near to her is murdered, a determined San Francisco police inspector involves her in the investigation, convinced she is key to solving the crime. She co-operates fully only to find that solving a murder is more hazardous than writing press releases. On Message is the first of a series of Jillian Hillcrest mysteries.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Meme: The Lucky 7 Meme for Writers

MEMES

I just got tagged in The Lucky7 Meme by T.W. Fendley. Perfect, since it’s about writing, and St. Paddy’s Day is coming up!

THE RULES:
1. Go to page 77 of your current ms.
2. Go to sentence 7.
3. Copy and post the next 7 sentences as they’re written. No cheating.
4. Tag 7 other victims, er, authors.

Here's an excerpt from ATOMIC ZION, the thriller I'm revising:

"Yes, that's right," Nick said, poking a little fun at Detsoi's favorite phrase.

Together they wrenched the bed free of the stall, making as little noise as possible, and wheeled it over to the wall. Nick hoped no one had an odd shift change at this time of night or decided they needed a shower for lunch. He hoisted himself onto the collapsed bed while Evie pushed her hip into it to steady the casters.

Facing the horizontal window bank, he searched for handles. Small flip locks were at either side of the pane, meant for easy manipulation by a window hook from the floor. He pushed the locks up with his thumbs. The seal around the casement window popped open; street noise and night air rushed in.

TAGGING:
Jason Jack Miller
John Edward Lawson
T. K. Toppin
Deanna Lepsch
JC Cassels
Irene L. Pynn
Barbara Mountjoy

And here are some others who participated:
Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Diana Ilinca
Gayle Ramage
Laurel C. Kriegler
Pippa Jay Green
T. M. Hunter


HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Bruce Brown

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Bruce Brown


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Of all my characters, Howard Lovecraft and Spot are my favorites. They are adventurous, brave, sarcastic and funny. I love the dynamic between them. In many ways they fight like an old married couple.


2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
I am a diehard coffee drinker. I usually drink several double espressos a day.


4. What else can you do besides write?
I am a student of Shinkendo which is the martial arts study of Samurai sword fighting. There is something about the discipline of it that draws me to it. Besides, how cool is it to swing a sword around and sword fight!


5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?

9. Food you could eat everyday.
I honestly could eat sushi or sashimi every day. I love it. I am a total creature of habit with foods. I once ate hot dogs everyday for a month. Granted, not healthy, but I was younger then. I actually try to eat really healthy now, but I still eat in patterns.


10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
Honestly, you have to map out the story to fit it into the right amount of pages and panels in comics; that is an unavoidable part of comic writing. But, I will say that when the story just takes on a life of itself, it is the greatest feeling! When I wrote Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom, it just flowed out of me and seemed so natural.


13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Absolutely! I am a huge fan of the show Phineas and Ferb. I honestly think it is the smartest all-ages show that has come out in a long time. I know many adults who watch it regularly. Plus as an all-ages creator/writer I think it is important to stay in touch with that “little kid” inside you.


Bruce Brown is a comic book writer from the land of Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. His work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune and Rue Morgue magazine as well as countless other comic sites. He is the creator/writer of Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom and his other works include Mwumba, Jack & The Zombie Box, Clay County, Howard Lovecraft & The Undersea Kingdom, Interagents and M-theory.


SYNOPSIS OF Howard Lovecraft & The Undersea Kingdom

An all-ages H.P. Lovecraft story!

Howard Lovecraft's family has been imprisoned on a far-flung alien planet. Spot has been captured and is slowly becoming a mindless Fishman. Howard, accompanied by his insane father, a pistol-packing constable, and his hungry cat, must face the all-powerful ruler of the Outer Gods, a revengeful old enemy, an army of deadly monsters, and a lethal world called Yuggoth, to save the day.

All Howard has to do is surrender his father's Book. But that would mean certain doom for all of mankind!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Tate Hallaway

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Tate Hallaway


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Does anyone actually answer milk? For me, it’s coffee all the way, ever since I was a tween. I used to get up early, before anyone else in the house, and start the coffee. I’d listen to music, read, take a walk, or daydream before getting ready to go to school.


4. What else can you do besides write?
I can draw. In fact, when I was in college no one believed I WASN’T a Fine Arts major. I dropped drawing for a long time because I hit a plateau. I can draw something I can see respectably well, which means that, for me, who loves to draw superheroes and Anime characters, I can draw from someone else’s drawing. I haven’t been able to break past that point very well… so I stopped. I picked the pencil up again recently.


5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
Every sex scene… I still sometimes have to close my eyes and look away from embarrassment.


8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
Martial arts. I currently hold a yellow belt (2nd level) in a mixed Korean Martial Art called Kuk Sool Wan. My son and I participate together and we have a lot of fun. I like the yelling, mostly, and the games. I’m also taking a hula hooping class right now…which is actually kind of tough. Hula hooping is HARD.


11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Do you count Anime? If so, yes, definitely, and I’m not even embarrassed by it. I’m currently watching BLEACH, which causes a lot of people roll their eyes when they hear I’m into it. It’s a show very much targeted to teenage boys. There’s a lot of crude humor (farts and boobs) and over-the-top antics/broad physical humor, but, what I really like about it is the awesome swordplay and the themes of honor and justice. These are two really powerful concepts, and I find myself captivated by how they’re dealt with here and in FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, another Anime I’ve been watching. Both BLEACH and FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST deal a lot with death/the afterlife and consequences of messing with either. Surprisingly heady stuff.


Tate Hallaway leads a double-life. By day, she’s a mild-mannered, award winning science fiction author, Lyda Morehouse. At night, she dons a skin-tight cat suit and prowls the night as Tate Hallaway, best selling romance author. Tate’s books include the adult paranormal Garnet Lacey series, the YA Vampire Princess of St. Paul series, and a new adult series that begins with Precinct 13 (forthcoming in August 2012). You can read about Lyda (and check out her art) at http://lyda222.livejournal.com. Tate blogs at http://www.tatehallaway.blogspot.com and both contribute to the Wyrdsmith’s group blog http://wyrdsmiths.blogspot.com. Tate lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Lyda’s whereabouts are currently unknown….


DESCRIPTION OF Almost Everything
The Lambright family's eldest daughter, Abby, runs her own sewing shop. There, she mends the town's clothes and their torn relationships. But the town maidel has sworn off any suitors of her own because of her unrequited love for James Graber, who is about to marry her younger sister, Zanna...

On the wedding day, Zanna is nowhere to be found, breaking James' heart. Zanna has brought shame to her family, but there's more in store for them when they discover how far she has fallen. Long-buried secrets come to light, and they test the bonds of the Cedar Creek community. Abby is at the center of it all, trying to maintain everyone's happiness. But will she ever find her own?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Kim Messinger

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Kim Messinger (middle) with co-authors Janine Boyer and Shirley Brosius


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
My husband and I love to travel. We have cruised to popular sites like Bermuda, the Caribbean, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Mission work and family have taken us to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Africa and Japan.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee with Truvia and Almond Joy creamer. Every morning at 4:55. It is the only reason I get out of bed!


4. What else can you do besides write?
5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
My family, friends and my classroom! I could and should have written all my adventures with six year olds over the years!


9. Food you could eat everyday.
Avacados


10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
Training for a 5K right now. I hit the gym every morning at 5:30!


11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Kim Messinger, married to Matthew, is the mother of two active boys, Micah, a college freshman, and Caleb, a high school senior. She holds degrees from Lancaster Bible College and Millersville University and has earned a master’s degree in special education at Nova Southeastern University. A first grade teacher, Kim has served in a variety of ministries and positions including singing groups, Christian education director, youth director and worship leader. Her hobbies include caring for her Newfoundland dog, Indy, herb gardening and cheering on her sons at sporting events. Kim hopes to use the events of her life to encourage women to pursue a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Kim Messinger, Janine Boyer and Shirley Brosius had a common bond of Christian service when Christ drew them together for their first small group meeting in January, 1998. Since then they have drawn closer through life’s joys and struggles and found God to be sufficient for their every need. As a speaking team, they call themselves “Friends of the Heart” because their passion is to help women open their hearts and find joy in Christ. Kim and Janine supported Shirley in writing Sisterhood of Faith: 365 Life-Changing Stories About Women Who Made a Difference. More recently the three women worked together to write another devotional book, Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides. They have spoken at women’s retreats and events in five states. All three women live in Millersburg, Pennsylvania.

Find Janine, Kim, and Shirley at www.friendsoftheheart.us.

Monday, March 12, 2012

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Gary Cummings

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Gary Cummings


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
My favorite character is Kyle Roach, the protagonist of my book Breaking In. I have to say that because if I don't, he may not say or do anything interesting in the sequel. Knowing Kyle only reads the first couple of sentences, and the last sentence of a paragraph, I can confidently say my favorite character is Kyle's ex-wife, Molly. Molly is the smartest and most creative person in the book. When she drops back into Kyle's life after years of being gone, things happen. And that is why Kyle is my favorite character.


2. Tell me about your travels.
My wife and I absolutely love Glacier National Park. It's a three day drive or a convoluted, multi-connection flight from our home in the Midwest, so we can't visit as often as we would like. We go after Labor Day and, many times, seemingly have the huge park to ourselves.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
I try to keep two books going when I read for pleasure: one novel in a genre close to what I write, and one non-fiction so as to keep up with my history-loving protagonist. Currently I'm reading Knight's Ransom, an action-adventure novel by Gordon Kessler and Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg, a biography of Charles Lindbergh.


6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
The action scenes in general are tough to write. My novel is peppered with humor so as I dial up the threat level, I have to tamp down my protagonist's tendency to comment or internalize on each difficulty he faces. When a deadly confrontation occurs I allow him a brief comment near the beginning of the struggle and maybe an ironic thought in the middle. When he survives, he's allowed to vent. He's earned it. By the way, every time I write a scene fraught with danger I end up with a headache!


8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I've learned to allow my characters to go their own way-within the arena I've set for them. I believe a writer's inner Muse is like a child and the writer's inner Editor is like the child's guardian. My Editor wants Kyle to go to a safe part of the playground and bounce a ball against a wall while thinking clever thoughts, in complete sentences. My Muse allows Kyle to rush to the monkey bars and hang upside down by his knees, do a flip to the ground and run behind the school and pick a fight with the playground bully. I decide on the playground for the characters, the Muse allows the characters to get bloodied and their clothes torn and the Editor patches them up and makes things right with the other parents.


13. Celebrity crush.
I would love to talk about my celebrity crush, but there's that darn restraining order.


14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Gary Cummings retired from his job as a machinist in 2008 to full begin his dream life as a writer. His wife and he joined with a small group of writers who love to write and enjoy helping each other write well. Breaking In is his first novel. He's entered contests and has won awards in the short story, humor, poetry and screenplay categories. You can contact Gary at GaryLCummings.com.

DESCRIPTION OF Breaking In
As private detective Kyle Roach flees the scene of a house explosion, his tattered shirt resembling Miss Kentucky’s sash, he suspects his beautiful client has been less than truthful. During the next four days, Kyle will use a licorice rope to drive off a would-be assassin, crash his beloved pickup into a motel room and steal four vehicles. His unorthodox tactics prompt his rich, spoiled client, Stella, to fire him. In turn, Kyle kidnaps her “for her own good”. And this is Kyle’s first case.

It’s not as if Kyle’s life needs turmoil. His week ended with the employer at his day job announcing Kyle’s pension had become a victim of cost cutting. He struggles daily with the loneliness of being divorced. The memory of his late father’s suicide lingers, and he wrestles with his own fleeting suicidal thoughts. Kyle fights on, surrounding himself with friends and immersing himself in sports, alcohol and a study of great thinkers from the past.

Stella and Kyle settle into an uneasy alliance as they hurtle across the Midwest, running from hired killers as well as the police. The clash of wealthy versus middle class, East Coast versus Middle America and cool sex appeal versus wanton wanting punctuate their flight. Stella’s demands and arrogance drive Kyle to the point of abandoning her but his conscience demands that he fulfill his obligation to protect his high maintenance client.

Buy Breaking In


- http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-In-ebook/dp/B00748NT1S

Saturday, March 10, 2012

SFFS: Snippet #3 from Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light

AMBASADORA Book 1: Marked By Light

DESCRIPTION: If everyone told you love wasn't real, would you still be willing to die for it?

Sara Mendoza is captured, tortured, and falsely accused of treason by the Embassy, but she is given a chance to win back her freedom. She only needs to charm information from one of the fragger leaders, then kill him. But by the time she figures out the Embassy's intel is flawed and that Sean Cryer is her true mark, she's already in love with him.

Sean knows why Sara is on his ship from the start, but as a lonely, anti-social doser, he doesn't value his life, only his ideology within the fragger organization. Against his better judgment, he becomes her protector, each day caring more about a future he was always afraid to hope for.

SNIPPET #1
SNIPPET #2

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SNIPPET #3:
Here Sara, David, and the others are trying to escape from Palomin during a battle. Sara is succumbing to her pain...

"This is faster acting." Yadira handed David an injector. He held it against Sara's neck. Its air-forced needle jabbed into her skin, delivering the entire dose at once. David helped her onto Yadira's board. Sara wrapped her arms around the tiny woman's waist. The boards moved out, and though the pace was excruciatingly slow due to their overload of cargo, Sara still had to close her eyes from time to time to quell her sickness.

Blasts of music alternated with the gunfire until they became part of the same composition. Exploding rockets echoed off the canyon walls and the hulls of burning ships. It was a cacophony of death, but also the birth scream of a new system, conceived in discontent and born naturally into the raw, naked glory of war.

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Friday, March 09, 2012

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Greta van der Rol

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Greta van der Rol


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
I have three strong characters in my new novel, Starheart. I like them all, as a matter of fact. Admiral Hudson is a strong, very attractive man who can have a tender side. Santh Dekstra, gay first officer of the Saintly Maid, is a really nice guy, a girl's best friend but with problems of his own. But if I have to pick, it will be Jess. She's a widow with a slightly shady past, trying to make a place for herself and those she loves in the galaxy. She's smart, tough, a bit inclined to go off without thinking too hard, intensely loyal and basically honest.


2. Tell me about your travels.
I've been a few places. Last trip was a jaunt around the world (literally) on trains and boats and planes. We flew to Europe, spent some time in Holland then went on a Baltic cruise taking in Copenhagen, Warnemunde, Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. Then we flew over to America, where we spent a few days in New York, then caught a train to Washington for a few more days there. From there we flew to San Francisco, and then on home via Brisbane. We were away about a month.


3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
I'm a strictly amateur photographer, although a few of my wildlife pictures have been accepted for sale on Dreamstime. I snap the world around me – birds, whales, bees, flowers and nice landscapes of the beach. And my husband tells me I'm not a bad cook.


5. Who are you reading right now?
I'm re-reading a few Jack McDevitt novels. They're hard science fiction mixed with mystery. I love his stuff because he manages to combine science with history in an utterly plausible way.


6. Pop culture or academia?

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
Actually, there are quite a few scenes in my historical novel, To Die a Dry Death, which might qualify – the book is based on true events, where the survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of Australia in 1629 came under the sway of a psychopath. He and his henchmen (there are always henchmen) murdered as many as one hundred people. In contrast, only around seventy died when the ship sank. Men, women and children were murdered, some were forced to murder others to save their own hides. But the hardest one to write was when a man and his eldest daughter were invited to dine with the psychopath. While they were at dinner, the man's wife and his six other children and their maid were killed. The man and the eldest daughter must have heard what was happening. It took me a while to get that down on paper.


8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
In a word, Baroque. I love the complexity of the music. I lie down and let it wash over me, particularly Bach's organ music. Pachelbel's 'Canon', Vivaldi and all those composers you'll find on a Baroque sampler. I also love Beethoven. When I'm walking I listen to pop, bopping along with songs from a variety of popular artists.


12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?


Greta van der Rol loves writing science fiction with a large dollop of good old, healthy romance. She lives not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoys photography and cooking when she isn't bent over the computer. She has a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping her in her writing endeavours.

You can find out more about Greta's latest release, Starheart on Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Starheart-ebook/dp/B007B1W37O

GIVEAWAY!!
To celebrate the release of Starheart she'll be giving a $25 Amazon gift voucher to one person who leaves a comment on any of the blogs she visits until 10th March. So leave a comment here and you'll be in the draw.


Find Greta online at these links:

WEBSITE - http://gretavanderrol.net


- http://www.facebook.com/Author.Greta.vanderRol



- @GretavdR - http://twitter.com/GretavdR

Thursday, March 08, 2012

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Janine Boyer

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Janine Boyer with co-authors Kim Messinger and Shirley Brosius


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee


4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
Radical by David Platt


6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?

9. Food you could eat everyday.
If I could...Oreos, chips and ice cream


10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
I enjoy all kinds of sports, my favorite being basketball. I also enjoy physical activities such as running and trying new things like sky diving, jet skiing, parasailing, zip lines and roller coasters. There are lots more things I'd like to try.


11. What kind of music speaks to you?
I am so moved by Christian worship music. It helps to make me more aware of God in my day to day living and draws me closer to Him.


12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

15. Do you still watch cartoons?
I don't watch much TV but if I see Scooby Doo on, I will take a break and watch for a while!


Janine Boyer shares life with husband Dave and college students Ryan and Megan. Janine holds a degree from Millersville University and works in a family business. She keeps busy with her children’s sports and school/community activities. She developed a Pioneer Club program for her church and has volunteered in children, youth and adult ministries. In her spare time Janine enjoys sports (playing and watching), reading and spending time with her family. While serving in women’s ministry, she has developed a desire to help people find peace and contentment in their identity in Christ as they develop a close friendship with Him.


Kim Messinger, Janine Boyer and Shirley Brosius had a common bond of Christian service when Christ drew them together for their first small group meeting in January, 1998. Since then they have drawn closer through life’s joys and struggles and found God to be sufficient for their every need. As a speaking team, they call themselves “Friends of the Heart” because their passion is to help women open their hearts and find joy in Christ. Kim and Janine supported Shirley in writing Sisterhood of Faith: 365 Life-Changing Stories About Women Who Made a Difference. More recently the three women worked together to write another devotional book, Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides. They have spoken at women’s retreats and events in five states. All three women live in Millersburg, Pennsylvania.

Find Janine, Kim, and Shirley at www.friendsoftheheart.us.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Heather Massey

HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Heather Massey


1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
I can blink both of my eyes at the same time!


5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?

9. Food you could eat everyday.
Indian food is to die for. I love samosas, vegetable pakoras, palak paneer, basmati rice, tandoori chicken—heck, I adore it all. Hmm, now I know what I’m having for dinner tonight!


10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
Like I mentioned earlier, I can blink both of my eyes at the same time (but now I only do it on Thursdays).


11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I do an outline, a flow chart, a PowerPoint presentation, a pie graph, index cards, a Schrödinger equation, and a histogram. Believe it…or not.


13. Celebrity crush.
Peter Dinklage. He’s a perfect fit as Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones, but the film of his that got me seriously crushing is The Station Agent. He had the sexiest scowl in that.


14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Oh, yes, yes, yes! Some of them are shows I watch with my daughter, like Miss Spider or Clifford the Big Red Dog, but others are adult fare I watch with my husband, like Frisky Dingo. I’ve been an anime fan since childhood (hello, Uchū Senkan Yamato!). The most recent animated film I watched was Satoshi Kon’s Paprika (2006).


Heather Massey is a lifelong fan of science fiction romance. She searches for science fiction romance adventures aboard her blog, The Galaxy Express.

When she’s not reading, she’s watching cult films and enjoying time with her husband and daughter.

Visit Heather online at these links (and please bring her some Indian food):

WEBSITE - heathermassey.com


- The Galaxy Express - thegalaxyexpress.net



- Heather Massey – Science Fiction Romance Author


- @thgalaxyexpress - http://twitter.com/thgalaxyexpress


Pssst…check out her new erotic clockpunk romance, The Watchmaker’s Lady (Clockpunk Trilogy #1). There’s like, a Victorian sex doll in it. Seriously. And her watchmaker lover. And a super secret twist. In fact, the only thing missing from this story is Indian food. But that’s okay.

SUMMARY FOR The Watchmaker's Lady
Matthew Goddard is a lonely watchmaker in 1840 New England. One fateful day, he discovers the lover of his dreams in a dusty corner of the local general store—Isabel, a bisque porcelain mannequin head with mesmerizing, smoky blue eyes. When Matthew invites her to come live with him, she eagerly “accepts.”

The couple embarks on a lust-filled affair, one fueled by Matthew’s wild imagination. In order to provide Isabel with a brass body and pretty clothes, he begins a secret side business selling clockwork sex toys to his wealthy female customers.

Danger, however, threatens their idyllic romance when a disgruntled customer exposes Matthew’s forbidden business to the townspeople. Despite the growing menace, Matthew will stop at nothing in order to save his soul mate—and protect their love.

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Want to know more? Visit Red Sage Publishing.

Buy Heather's other books at these links:


- Once Upon a Time in Space - http://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Time-Space-ebook/dp/B004QOAVF0


- Queenie's Brigade - http://www.amazon.com/Queenies-Brigade-ebook/dp/B005RR1ZVY