Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Interview with Pat Esden, Author of Beyond Your Touch, Dark Heart Series, Book Two

She wants more than he can promise.

His desires could lead to betrayal.

But without each other, neither can survive the dangers ahead.

Annie Freemont knows this isn’t the right time to get involved with a man like Chase. After years of distrust, she’s finally drawing close to her estranged family, and he’s an employee on their estate in Maine. Though she never intended to stay on the estate for long, her father’s illness and the mysteries surrounding her family made leaving impossible. And now with the newfound hope of rescuing her long-missing mother, Annie’s determined to be involved with the family’s plans one way or another.

If only she could keep her mind off Chase and focus on the impending rescue. But there’s something about the enigmatic Chase that she can’t resist. And she’s not the only woman. Annie fears a seductive stranger who is key to safely freeing her mother is also obsessed with him. As plans transform into action and time for a treacherous journey into a strange world draws near, every move Annie makes will test the one bond she’s trusted with her secrets, her desires—and her heart.


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PAT ESDEN is an antique-dealing florist by trade. She’s also a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.

Her new adult paranormal novel, A HOLD ON ME (book #1 in the Dark Heart series) is available from Kensington Books. BEYOND YOUR TOUCH (book #2 Dark Heart series) will be released August 30th.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Interview with Nancy Lee Badger, Author of Spark, Clan of Dragons, Book One


What made you decide to be an author? I was a voracious reader, and brought books along when working the midnight shift at New Hampshire 9-1-1 (not much happens, especially during a late night blizzard). I decided I could write a better story than most of the books I read, so I started doodling on a legal pad, then would race home and re-type them, once my shift ended. I’ve had stories inside my head, and they needed an outlet. Seeing my stories in print was a dream that came true.

What do you like best about being a writer? What do you like the least?
I love being my own boss. After my two publishers closed their doors, I ramped up my indie-publishing and turned my writing into a business. What I do not like is my solitary writing. Hubby heads to work, and I must get myself in the chair, and write. I joined my local chapter of Romance Writers of America as well as the Triangle Association of Freelancers. Monthly meetings get me out of my cave.

How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing? I volunteer every fall with my family at the New Hampshire Highland Games (check out https://nhscot.org/ )  I have been doing this for over 15 years, so in 2009, while working in the information tent, surrounded by kilts, bagpipes, and athletes turning the caber, I thought “I should write about this.” My job as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher, EMT, and volunteer firefighter, filled my head with several other story lines. My Scottish time travel romances and my romantic suspense novels were born.

Have you ever felt as if you were being dictated to while you wrote a book--as if the words came of their own accord? If yes, which book did that happen with? My characters scream at me, but the loudest usually start out as ‘secondary characters’. These are men, women, villains, horses, etc. who are a minor part of the story, but become an integral part, or turn up as the lead character in another book. In My Hunted Highlander, my last Scottish time travel novel, a little boy became a focal point, even though I did not plan any of it. My heroine was a pirate, and I wanted to show her softer feminine side. Where other characters screamed, Keegan whispered to me. I love that kid.

You’ve written 16 novels, SMOKE will be released October 7th, and are working on SMOLDER, the 18th novel. What’s your favorite time management tip? I wake up early, and instead of rolling over, I get up and go to work. I’ll check emails quickly, make sure any friends on Facebook who are having a birthday are remembered, then open my manuscript and write. I don’t edit or spell-check as I go. I don’t separate into chapters, either. After the first draft is finished, then I go back and clean it up. You cannot fix an empty page!

Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer? Well, I used to be a panster, writing whatever came into my head. I usually had the beginning and the end in mind, but I find that I cannot write fast enough. I now write a 3-4 page outline, and find that the story flows much faster. It might take a road less traveled at certain points, but what used to take 7-9 months now takes 3-5 months.

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be? Read lots of books, then write the best story you can, making sure you put your heart and soul on the page.

Did music help you find your muse with this book? If yes, which song did you find yourself going back to over and over again as you wrote? Even though I am a mature woman (i.e. older than most writers) the song that moved me to start writing is Love Story by Taylor Swift. She released the song in 2008, soon after I started writing a romance novel. I found her music video, and play it when I need inspiration. I was so impressed with the romance, setting, and costumes that I have started a series that is fitting for the Regency historical genre. I hope to bring that series out next year.
 
Nancy Lee Badger brings you another story filled with Scottish dragons and shape-shifters. Set on the Scottish Island of Skye, she again fills her paranormal fantasy with romance and danger, and with characters you will remember. Some will tug at your heart. Others will make you wish for their demise. SPARK is the first book in a brand new series, Clan of Dragons.

What can a young dragon do to prove to his older brothers that he is their clan’s best chance to save their species? In the Black Cuillin Hills, Evan heads to the village of Morhban to find a way to interact with humans. To learn their language and customs, and to get close enough to a red-haired beauty to mate with her, the brown-winged purple dragon shifts into a copper-colored horse. When his new hooves protect her from Lord Toal MacMorgan’s inappropriate demands with a well-placed kick, she thanks Evan by brushing his silky coat. Things are looking up.

When an unfamiliar horse kicks Toal into the creek, releasing Vika from his roaming hands, her appreciation turns to horror. A sputtering Toal demands that the animal die. Anger makes Vika agree to a wager. A three day hunt will determine the fate of the horse she names Spark. Failure will mean his death, and the loss of her freedom. Pirates, wolves, a wild boar, and a handsome stranger lead her on a wild ride. She discovers her heart is in as much danger as her life.



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Evan broke the kiss, and moved away, enough to make Vika’s hands fall away. He walked unsteadily to the bush, and stomped it until he had extinguished the fire. As he cooled his feet in the stream, he took a deep breath. He steeled his features, so as not to show her how bewildering her touch had felt. His chest hurt, which confused him. He wished to save his clan, so he would not allow his expression to show he was at war with himself.

Turning to face her, his shoulders stiffened. She had stopped crying, but her cheeks were damp with tears. Her skin was pale from fright, and she was shaking uncontrollably. His first concern was to let her know she was safe. The second was to keep his distance until he could discuss his new feelings with his brothers.

“Do you believe in dragons now?”

She nodded. “I thank you for saving us from that horrible demon!”

He laughed. “That was no demon. ‘Tis a dragon, one of a few that be said to live among the black rock peaks of the Cuillin Hills. Aye, they be large and dangerous, but when was the last time you heard of someone disappearing from your village? Wolves be much more dangerous.”

“Oh! I forgot about Orin and Spark!”

“Who?”

“Me brother Orin dealt with a wolf, today. Our horse, Spark, killed it by stomping on it.”

Evan grinned, and tightened the cloth around his waist. The air had grown chilly, and blew his hair across his face. Brushing it back, he watched her eyes widen.

“Your hair. ‘Tis the same shade as me horse.”

His laugh echoed through the trees, and he turned away in order to catch his breath.

Nancy Lee Badger loves chocolate-chip shortbread, wool plaids wrapped around the trim waist of a Scottish Highlander, the clang of broadswords, and the sound of bagpipes in the air. After growing up in Huntington, New York, and raising two handsome sons in New Hampshire, Nancy moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time.

Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Triangle Association of Freelancers, and the Celtic Heart Romance Writers. Nancy and her family volunteer each fall at the New Hampshire Highland Games surrounded by…kilts!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Interview with Kate Sermon, Author Dark Sleepers Dark Flows the River Trilogy Book 1

What made you decide to be an author? I’ve always written but was encouraged to finally take the plunge when I started getting really good grades for my creative writing on my undergrad degree which I took in my 30s.

What do you like best about being a writer? What do you like the least? I love the solitude best and it’s also what I like least! Some days it’s wonderful to be alone with my imagination and sometimes not.

How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing? They’ve prepared me hugely. My own dad died when I was a teen too, also suddenly so my experience of that kind of grief was very useful. I also played around with astral projection when I was younger and I’ve always been interested in the concept of the astral realms. It was the homesickness I felt when living in Canada for a year that got me writing, and of course, I wrote about home.

Have you ever felt as if you were being dictated to while you wrote a book--as if the words came of their own accord? If yes, which book did that happen with? Yes, this one. My process of 500 words a day first thing in the morning means that I often write just after waking up, I think my brain writes better when I’m still half connected to my subconscious. So, this tends to feel like the words are coming through me not from me.

You’ve written 2 novels and are working on my second novel. What’s your favorite time management tip? I do my first draft writing early in the morning before I get distracted by the day. So that way I can spend all day being lazy knowing that I’ve already hit my creative goal.

Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer? I free fall… No planning, no editing as I write!

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be? Just write everyday even if it’s only a haiku. Plus don’t underestimate promotion. It’s so important.

Did music help you find your muse with this book? If yes, which song did you find yourself going back to over and over again as you wrote? I did play various spotify lists as I was editing. I don’t play music when I write. But editing Dark Sleepers was all about a singer called Passenger. I’m rather sick of his songs now!
“You are astral travellers now. Able to project your spirit out of your body at will and enter the realms. You are not the only ones. Some people come here in their dreams without even knowing it. Some purposefully decide to travel here to find answers to questions they can’t find on earth... And some pass over... Die.”

Kezia's world implodes after her dad dies. She can't cope any more, and then she discovers the ability to leave her body. She drags her best friend, Ben, with her into other worlds to find her dad, but what she finds along the way, she could never be prepared for...

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Excerpt

Kezia was struggling even more. The memories that threatened to overwhelm her had waned, dispersing like vapour from a boiling kettle. But they had been replaced by a fear that she guessed was not her own, even if it was hard to tell for sure.

She lay down on the dirty sand and closed her eyes. It was an instinctive action and at once she knew that it was a good one. She breathed, as her mum had taught her when she was stressed or worried. She could hear very clearly her mum’s soothing voice say “Darling, just breathe. That’s all you need to do.”

It helped. Her heart rate slowed and a sense of herself began to emerge from the jumble inside her. As she concentrated on her breathing, she began to hear a tiny whispering sound like mice behind skirting boards. It came from deep inside her head. And it definitely wasn’t her own thoughts. It must be the girl’s.

Then it occurred to her – maybe she could talk to this child. Maybe find out something that could help. Just like the day her dad died, she found that words weren’t needed. Her thoughts traced patterns of light through the blackness.

“Who are you?” She asked.

Almost immediately she got a reply. A quivering voice, barely audible, said: “I don’t know. I’m… I’m scared.” It sounded desperate.

“Please don’t worry. I’ve been to this place before, it’s not so bad. I can help you.” She hoped this was true. “What’s your name?”

“I don’t remember… wait, I think it may be Rose. Can you really help me?” The voice brightened. “But he was chasing me. I needed to get away. It all happened too fast.”

“I’m sorry Rose. I don’t understand.”

Confused for a moment… but then a light bulb pinged on. It drenched all the confusion in bright, white light. She suddenly realised she knew what was going on – what this place was and why the children were here.
Kate Sermon lives with her family and other animals in Devon halfway between Dartmoor and the
sea.  She's done a bit of journalism; writes a bit of poetry; has published some short stories, teaches creative writing, and is currently ensconced in a MA Creative Writing. Alongside, she's writing the second book in the series.  As a teenager Kate traipsed the moor imagining herself in some version of Wuthering Heights. Nothing much has changed.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Interview with M.L. Sparrrow, Author of Player, What Happens on Campus, Book One



What made you decide to be an author? I’ve always wanted to be an author, even when I was really young, so I don’t really know what made me want to be one! I can only assume that it stemmed from my love of reading and a vivid imagination.
What do you like best about being a writer? What do you like the least? What I like the least is easy: Proofreading. It drives me nuts because no matter how many times I go over things, I always seem to miss something!
What I like most is a bit harder to answer… I just love writing in general, creating worlds and stories, but probably what I enjoy most is creating the characters, deciding what they will look like, what they like doing, how they handle situations etc.
How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing? I’ve done a lot of travelling in the last few years and I’m constant inspired by the places I go and the people I meet. The novella I’m currently working on is set in Japan and has definitely been shaped by my experiences when spending time there. 
Have you ever felt as if you were being dictated to while you wrote a book--as if the words came of their own accord? If yes, which book did that happen with? I can’t say that’s ever happened actually! To be honest, I barely get time to think something before my fingers are typing it up most of the time!
You’ve written four novels and are working on a 5th novel. What’s your favorite time management tip? Hmm… I don’t think I’ve got time management down yet! I just try to fit in writing around my 9-5! However, I’ve recently decided to scale back on the hours I’m working so that I can dedicate more time to writing.
Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer? I’m ashamed to say I very rarely plan my novels – which is actually quite strange, since I plan most other things! I prefer to let the writing flow and, if I do plan out a story, I usually find that I don’t stick to it anyway.
If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be? Read, a lot. Look at the style of other writers and use that to help you define your own writing.
Did music help you find your muse with this book? If yes, which song did you find yourself going back to over and over again as you wrote? I always have background noise when writing, but it’s normally the TV rather than music, so no there was no specific song I listened to while writing Player. However, I will be compiling a playlist for the book to share with you at some point during the book tour so keep your eyes peeled!
Let the game begin…

After a tragic accident which leaves her tormented by guilt, Chloe Newman accepts a scholarship to study a St. Joseph’s University. Traveling from England to Texas, the last thing she expects is to meet the schools charming quarterback on her first night. However, Parker Mitchell is a player both on and off the field. 

Parker is immediately fascinated by Chloe and, after a rocky start, they manage to find a way to make their relationship work despite interference from others on campus, including Parkers jealous ex, and the ghosts that haunt Chloe’s conscience.

But, the real test comes when they visit Parker’s family over Christmas break and he finds himself being pulled back into their lifestyle...   
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While they ate, the twins chatted between themselves. They tried to include her, but Chloe was content just to listen, as was Jet, who kept sneaking glances at Riley every time she laughed, a smile tipping his own lips. When they were finished, they all got up and headed towards the doors, only to find their way blocked as the entire football team trooped in, talking loudly.

Out of the crowd, Parker suddenly appeared standing right in front of her. “Hey guys, what up to?” he asked the group in general, but his hazel eyes were fixed on her.

“We’re just going to the bookstore,” Terri answered, hands in her shorts pockets, looking a little bored.

“Mind if I tag along, I gotta get some books too.”

“Really? I’m surprised you can even read.”

“You got a mean streak, Terri,” Parker drawled in that thick accent of his, which she couldn’t place. “What’s got you all bent outta shape today?”

“Nothing,” she snapped back. “You can come if you have to, makes no difference to me.” And with that she stomped off out of the canteen.

“Ummm, we better go…” Riley winced, pointing after her sister.

Parker flashed Chloe a smile, saying, “You guys go, I’ll catch up in a sec.”

They were just passing the building where she now lived, when he came jogging up behind them, a slice of toast between his teeth, another in his right hand and several slices of crispy bacon in his left.

“Breakfast,” he explained around a mouthful, “I’m starvin’.”

As they walked, he kept pace with her, silently eating his food, the red baseball cap on his head shading his face from view whenever she tried to sneak a look.

Once he’d finished, he wiped his hands on his jeans and pushed his cap back so that he could look down at her. “So, what year you in?”

“First,” she answered, twisting a stand of hair around her finger. She hoped he didn’t think she was flirting; it was just a nervous habit.

“Really?” he cocked his head at her. “So you’re only eighteen?”

“No, I’m twenty. I worked for a couple of years to save some money.” Not the whole truth, but nor a complete lie either. 

“Aahhh, that makes sense. You don’t look like a typical, clueless freshman.”

“Um, okay. I’m not sure if I should be offended or not.”

Flashing her a grin, which she was sure had gotten more than a few girls to climb straight into bed with him, Parker explained, “It was a compliment, no need to be offended. It’s a rule of mine not to mess with freshman, but since we’re the same age I don’t think that matters.”

Chloe was certain she felt her jaw drop open. The nerve of him! One eyebrow lifted challengingly as she asked, “Oh, and what if I don’t want to be messed with?”

Obviously realizing his mistake, his eyes widened and his lips parted. “That’s not what I meant, I just… er…” He whipped his hat off and scrubbed a hand through his blond hair, still wet from his shower. “What I meant was… Well…” Returning his hat to his head, he chuckled self-consciously.

A few steps in front, Terri snorted derisively, muttering, “Very smooth.”

Parker shot her a glare before turning his attention back to Chloe. “Let’s start over. Hi, I’m Parker Mitchell. Would you like to have dinner with me tonight?”

As soon as the words were out of his mouth, he looked as stunned as she felt. Out of the corner of her eye, she could see Jet and Terri gaping at them.

“Okay,” she blurted.

Nodding curtly, he backed away several steps, pushing his hands deep into his jean pockets. “I’ll pick you up at six then. I just remembered, I have to be somewhere.” With that he turned and walked off – she’d never seen anyone look so much like they were running away.

“You work quick.” Riley grinned, appearing at her side, “Your first day on campus and you’ve already got a date with the hottest guy here.”

“Hey, I thought I was the hottest guy here,” Jet feigned indignation and received a withering look from Terri, however, Chloe had noticed the way the other girl looked at him when he wasn’t paying attention.

“Just be careful, okay?” Terri advised, “He doesn’t treat girls particularly well.”

“He’s not a bad guy,” Jet defended.

“No, he’s a good guy. He’s great to have as a friend, but he doesn’t date girls. He’s more of a friends with benefits kind of guy.”

“Well,” Chloe shrugged, “I’m not a friends with benefits kind of girl, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

“Good,” Terri nodded, approval in her eyes, “you stick to that.”
M L Sparrow is currently the author of four books: two YA Sci-fi’s, The Demon Inside and Ghetto, an Adult Fantasy called No Rest for the Wicked.

Player will be her first foray into the world of Contemporary Romance. She will write pretty much anything that pops into her head, no matter the genre, and enjoys keeping her readers guessing as to what she will write next, though you can pretty much guarantee that there will be some degree of romance!

As well as writing, M L Sparrow enjoys travelling and has been to some amazing countries in the past few years, her favourite of which was Japan. She never fails to gather inspiration from her travels and has an endless supply of ideas for future novels…

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