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Thursday 29 April 2010

Welcome to Fiona Ingram

Here is a bit about Fiona Ingram

Although Fiona Ingram has been a journalist for the last fifteen years, writing a children’s book—The Secret of the Sacred Scarab—was an unexpected step, inspired by a recent trip to Egypt. The tale of the sacred scarab began life as a little anecdotal tale for her 2 nephews (then 10 and 12), who had accompanied her on the Egyptian trip. This short story grew into a children’s book, the first in the adventure series Chronicles of the Stone. The author is already immersed in the next book in the series—The Search for the Stone of Excalibur—a huge treat for young King Arthur fans. Although Fiona Ingram does not have children of her own, she has an adopted teenage foster child, from an underprivileged background who is just discovering the joys of reading for pleasure.
Naturally, Fiona is a voracious reader and has been from early childhood. Her interests include literature, art, theatre, collecting antiques, animals, music, and films. She loves travel and has been fortunate to have lived in Europe (while studying) and America (for work). She has travelled widely and fulfilled many of her travel goals.
After winning the Emma Smith Scholarship to finance her university studies, Fiona Ingram graduated from the University of Natal, Durban with a double first in her B.A. (French & Drama). She won a Human Sciences Research Council Bursary, which enabled her to do her Honours in Drama at Natal. Fiona then went to the University of the Witwatersrand to do her Masters in French-African literature (the impact of colonial language and culture upon the development of African theatre and literary forms), a subject which has interested her greatly. Fiona applied for and won the Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship for further study. She studied drama at The Drama Studio in London and mime at L’Ecole Jacques le Coq in Paris. Upon her return to South Africa, Fiona immersed herself in teaching drama at community centres, and became involved in producing community and grassroots theatre with local playwrights and performers in Natal for several years. A move to Johannesburg took her in a new direction—that of journalism. She has written freelance for the last fifteen years

Good morning Fiona. Pull up a chair, grab a coffee and tell me, what made you write your first novel?

I come from a journalism background, but only wrote my first children’s book after a family holiday to Egypt. I had intended to write a short story and ended up with a book and a projected book series. I am busy with the second book right now.
Good luck with your next book, I’ll look out for it. Over the years, many things have inspired me to write. Who or what inspires you?
Once I had started my first children’s book, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, I found I could not stop writing. I eventually gave up my full-time job to write. The story itself and the ideas for the series inspire me every day.

Wow, you really were brave to give up your job. So many writers wish they could do that. Me included lol What drew you to write your latest release?

Once my short story for my nephews turned into a book that was it for me—from then on I felt compelled to continue the saga of adventures.

I bet you never thought that would happen. Sometime things just gather momentum and carry us along, don’t they.

When you find yourself dreaming about your book, talking to your characters, and thinking about the plot most of the time, then you know the bug has bitten badly!

I’m dying to know about the book. While I sit back and relax, tell me a bit more about it.

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab is a thrilling adventure for two young boys, whose fun trip to Egypt turns into a dangerously exciting quest to uncover an ancient and mysterious secret. A scruffy peddler gives cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair an old Egyptian scarab on their very first day in Egypt. They are plunged into a whirlpool of hazardous and mysterious events. With just their wits, courage, and each other, the boys manage to survive … only to find that the end of one journey is the beginning of another!

Isn’t that just like real life. Did you base your characters on anyone you know?

Absolutely! The two heroes are based on my nephews; the boys’ aunt is (of course) me; the boys’ grandmother is their real grandmother (my mom). We also met some fascinating people on our real trip to Egypt and you’ll find flashes of them lurking between the pages.

So where do you hide nowadays?

You can find me on or the book site or my blog

In my books I always have a favourite character. I have been known to even dream about them lol Have you got a favourite? Why is that?

My first book has loads of lovely characters, and of them, I like Gran the best. Feisty, unconventional, she says what no one else dares to say, and she doesn’t care what people think. I am just about finished the second adventure in the series Chronicles of the Stone. It’s called The Search for the Stone of Excalibur. There are many very appealing characters but I think the funniest is quite a minor character called Sidney Parrott, a sergeant in a small Scottish village. He is very funny, but has no idea of it; he closely and perhaps unfortunately resembles a parrot, and considers himself to be a hero who is not yet recognized by his superiors.

Oh dear, poor thing. But parrots are good, right!!! LOL I really do believe that a writer’s life can be a lonely one. How do you do to overcome the loneliness?

I don’t feel lonely at all as a writer. I enjoy the solitude of wrestling with ideas and characters who want to do unplanned things that I never dreamed they’d do. I find myself becoming quite tetchy when friends and family try to lure me out to social events. However, all work and no play isn’t good, so I allow myself to be lured.
So, have you got any advice for new writers?

Three things: 1. don’t give up; 2. make sure your book meets the industry’s exacting standards, and 3. do something every day to market yourself or your work. You cannot just write. You have to market, market, market....

Now thats good advice. Going totally off topic, What did you want to be when you left school?

I always wanted to be a nurse until I did a stint at the local hospital during a school holidays. Then I graduated in theater and theater studies and performed and produced stage productions; finally I started writing and now I am where I want to be—a published author. I am still working on the rich and famous part.
Aren’t we all! Let me know when you get there, I’ll want tips!!!! Lol You may be a writer, but you’re human too! What actor/actress gets your pulses racing.
Hugh Jackman (Wolverine in X-Men), Clive Owen (King Arthur in Arthur), Colin Firth (of course as Mr. Darcy!), Gerard Butler (300).

That’s it from Fiona today. She’s giving away a copy of her new release to a lucky commenter today. So leave her a comment. You have to be in it to win it!

Wednesday 28 April 2010

welcome to Myrna Caudill

I’m really pleased to welcome Myrna today, here’s a bit about her.

After pursuing a career as an accountant, Girl Scout professional, and tax preparer I decided to try my dream – write a novel. Life’s experiences have provided ample material for writing.

Myrna R. Caudill, Author
"Cold Case Fallout"
"Love Triumphs!"

So Myrna, lets sit down with a good old fashioned English cup of tea, while you tell us why you decided to write a novel?

Quite frankly, I have no idea. I have always been an avid reader enjoying many genres. I would read extensively in one genre and then become absorbed in a different genre. I loved all of them fiction, history, biographies, mystery, suspense, science fiction, romance, and others.
I even have been known to read cereal boxes while eating my breakfast. I can’t remember when I started reading and fell in love with reading but I am glad I did.

What do you do for a career, or is wriitng your main job?

My professional career has included working as an Accountant for a management consulting firm, Membership Specialist for Girl Scouts,
Supervisor in a Call Center, Professional Tax Preparer and waitress while in High School. My most important career has been as a wife and mother.
The last career, obviously, taking most of my time.

Well no one can say your not diverse lol Have you always wanted to write?

I believe I had always wanted to write and thought about the process for many years. So, I finally just jumped in and started.
My first novel, “Cold Case Fallout” was published in 2009 and my second “Love Triumphs!” has been published in 2010.

I'd like to hear more about them. Come on, spill the beans.

Both, Cold Case Fallout and Love Triumphs! are romance/suspense novels. Strong male leads versus stubborn and strong female leads struggling with past issues find the love they long for while solving outside issues.

My style of writing is fast paced. I use active verbs and dialogue to establish traits of my characters and define these traits further as they drive the story along the major and minor plots. I work to create colorful and interesting characters with easily identifiable traits. I love to write more than I hoped I would. Inspiration for new books comes faster than I have time to write, unfortunately.

I think a lot of writers feel that time escapes them. Do you listen to anything while you write?

I don’t listen to music when I write. I prefer quiet. Usually, I have the next scene with description, dialogue, and action all planned in my mind before I sit down at my computer to write. The hard part then is finding the best words to paint the picture of what I have in my mind. However, I even enjoy that challenge.

You have to love writing to be a writer lol So what would you be if you wasn't one?

What would I be if I couldn’t write? I hope that never happens. However, I do enjoy many different creative activities.

And you have the time! lol What are they?

I play the organ, I paint in oils, acrylics and pastels, I sew, I arrange flowers, I do cake decorating and various other craft items.
Due to time constraints I am focusing my time currently on writing and playing the organ. That, unfortunately, isn’t exactly true.
I find I am spending most of my time learning to market my books an activity I have not found to be my favorite. I hope that improves.

Ah, the book promoting bane! Thats the hardest part of all I think. It tkes time and a lot of energy.

Well thank you for visiting us today. Before you go, where can people find you.

You can find me at

Please leave Myrna a comment, she'll love to know your thoughts about writing a novel.

Monday 26 April 2010

Welcome to Diane Parkinson

Welcome Diana. Please tell us a bit about yourself.

Hello Margaret. Thanks for having me over. Originally I’m from California. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have written since a small child and published poems and short-stories in school magazines. In high school I had a short story submitted to a literary festival. I joined the Navy at nineteen and met my future husband while stationed in Greece. After living overseas and raising two boys, we settled in Virginia where I again pursued my love of writing. I joined a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club and work as a free-lance editor. As well as being published in, I edited their second anthology, Riverside Echoes. I designed and edit the chapter’s website. I’ve worked as an on-line historical editor and write book reviews for the Historical Novels Review

I don’t know about you, but I love to hear publishing stories. So how about telling me yours.

I’ve been working on this novel on and off for several years. I was rejected many times over ten years and re-worked it through my wonderful on-line critique group. One of the members suggested I try her publisher, Eternal Press. I sent in my query and full manuscript as per their guidelines and they read and loved the story. So I’m thrilled that they offered me a contract.

How great. It sounds like a bit of synchronicity was at work here. While I love to read Historicals, I write Romance or paranormals. What’s your favourite genre to write in?

Mainstream historical fiction.

So it looks like your book will be heading for my ‘to read’ list lol So tell me about your new book.

The False Light, a mainstream historical with romantic elements.
Fleeing the French Revolution, Bettina Jonquiere struggles to survive in a remote Cornish village, discover the secret behind her father's death, while attracted to a man who may have murdered his wife.
Adventure, murder and romance on the remote coast of North Cornwall, Bettina has no idea she’s being pursued by ruthless revolutionaries. Her love for the local squire, Everett Camborne, may put her life in even more danger.
My story takes a young aristocratic Frenchwoman and throws her into the hard scrabble life of the lower classes.

I continue the story in my sequel, Without Refuge.

It sounds very complex. How do you devise your plots/characters?

It can be a long process. Sometimes I just have the bare bones of a story and write it down. After a period of time, my characters develop and almost tell me where they want the story to go. I don’t use outlines, but envy the authors who do and can follow them. I might write my novels much faster if I outlined, but can’t make myself do it.

I don’t know many authors who do outline nowadays. Where do you get your ideas from.

I get many ideas from reading history. I love the What If questions I put to my interpretation of historical events.

So tell me, what are you working on now?

Another mainstream historical: RING OF STONE portrays three eighteenth-century women—in an era that denied rights to females—who defy custom and morality to achieve their desires. Rose Gwynn is always brash, but never more so than in her wish to become a physician. The problem is in 1796 women are barred from medical schools. Rose travels with her family from America to her father’s new job in Cornwall, England, determined to succeed. When she insists on helping the local doctor with his practice, Rose uncovers his secret. Dr. Nelson is a woman who masquerades as a man. Nelson has usurped her dead brother’s medical license and journeyed from London to assume his position. Nelson balks at helping Rose learn the trade, well aware of how isolating it is to flout society. But how can she deny someone who has the same passion for medicine?
Can you tell I copied this from my potential query letter?

No, never. You couldn’t tell. Honestly lol I think this is one of the most important questions if all. How can people keep up with your new releases?

They can check my website:,
Eternal Press:

I’ve been offered some excellent advice over the years. Can you give to authors who are struggling to be published?

Someone gave me two excellent pieces of advice which I’ve followed. Learn your craft: take classes, read, etc. And never give up. Here’s my advice: Try small epresses to start out and always grow as a writer. Find a critique group, they are invaluable.

I always advocate writing a short story first. If you master that, you’re ready for a novel. Now we’ve all had them. Cried over them, had a temper tantrum over them, tell me, what’s your response to rejection letters?

Sadness, sometimes anger, but neither of those help. You have to immediately send out more queries. If advice is offered, which is rare, consider it.

Finally, what are your favourite books and movies? What movie star gets your pulses racing?

I love historical fiction; The Blackstone Key, is a recent favourite. And historical movies, such as Emma, so I’m a big Public Television fan. My favourite stars are from TV and both British, Hugh Laurie from House and Phillip Glenister from Life on Mars and Island at War.

That’s it from Melody. It’s been a fun interview. Leave her a comment. She will be so pleased to hear from you.

Welcome to Myrna Caudill

I’m really pleased to welcome Myrna today, here’s a bit about her.

After pursuing a career as an accountant, Girl Scout professional, and tax preparer I decided to try my dream – write a novel. Life’s experiences have provided ample material for writing.

So Myrna, tell us why why you decided to write a novel?

Quite frankly, I have no idea. I have always been an avid reader enjoying many genres. I would read extensively in one genre and then become
absorbed in a different genre. I loved all of them fiction, history, biographies, mystery, suspense, science fiction, romance, and others.
I even have been known to read cereal boxes while eating my breakfast. I can’t remember when I started reading and fell in love with reading but I am glad I did.

My professional career has included working as an Accountant for a management consulting firm, Membership Specialist for Girl Scouts,
Supervisor in a Call Center, Professional Tax Preparer and waitress while in High School. My most important career has been as a wife and mother.
The last career, obviously, taking most of my time. .

I believe I had always wanted to write and thought about the process for many years. So, I finally just jumped in and started.
My first novel, “Cold Case Fallout” was published in 2009 and my second “Love Triumphs!” has been published in 2010.

Both, Cold Case Fallout and Love Triumphs! are romance/suspense novels. Strong male leads versus stubborn and strong female
leads struggling with past issues find the love they long for while solving outside issues.

My style of writing is fast paced. I use active verbs and dialogue to establish traits of my characters and define
these traits further as they drive the story along the major and minor plots. I work to create colorful and interesting characters with easily identifiable traits.

I love to write more than I hoped I would. Inspiration for new books comes faster than I have time to write, unfortunately.
I don’t listen to music when I write. I prefer quiet. Usually, I have the next scene with description, dialogue, and action all planned
in my mind before I sit down at my computer to write. The hard part then is finding the best words to paint the picture of what
I have in my mind. However, I even enjoy that challenge.

What would I be if I couldn’t write? I hope that never happens. However, I do enjoy many different creative activities.
I play the organ, I paint in oils, acrylics and pastels, I sew, I arrange flowers, I do cake decorating and various other craft items.
Due to time constraints I am focusing my time currently on writing and playing the organ. That, unfortunately, isn’t exactly true.
I find I am spending most of my time learning to market my books an activity I have not found to be my favorite. I hope that improves.

Myrna R. Caudill, Author
"Cold Case Fallout"
"Love Triumphs!"

You can find Myrna, here.

Please leave her a comment, she'll love to know your thoughts about writing a novel.

A warm welcome to Melody Dempsey.

Just to let everyone know Kelly Harmon was the lucky winner of David Fingerman best comment award. Well done , Kelly.

Good morning everyone. Here’s a bit about about Melody.

Hi Margaret. It’s lovely to be here.
I was born in Chelsea Massachusetts. My father was in the Military at that time. When I was four, we moved to my father’s home town in Lynchburg, Virginia. I was raised there until I left at age eighteen. I then moved to a town fifty miles away. I now live in Vinton Virginia, a small suburb near the Blue Ridge Mountains. I am married and have two beautiful daughters. I also have five “Furry babies.” Three dogs and two cats.

Hello Melody, Tell me about your writing forte.

I write fiction because it is my favorite genre of reading whether it is Fictional Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thrillers, or Suspense. I find that writing Fiction has so many advantages to the many different plots that can be born from the imagination of the writer. The plots can range from fun to the bizarre because it does not need to stay within the realms of reality, although life itself can be very bizarre!
Don't get me wrong. I love real life stories. I especially enjoy Human Interest stories. I find that I am not a discriminate reader. I like books of any genre, but I prefer Fiction.

Can you tell me what age group is your work geared toward?

Right now, with my first publication, The Forest Portal is geared towards the older teen and young adult. I do, however, feel that any age group above the age of thirteen years old would enjoy this book. I say above the age of thirteen because of the rating I have placed on my book. PG-13.

First of all congratulations on your publication. Did you have an age for your book fixed in your mind before you started it?

No, not at first. I enjoy writing in the Sci/Fi/Fantasy and Mystery genre and I was writing for anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction, however; as the story continued, I started to think about putting my book out there as being geared towards teens and young adults. Actually, I was ask that in my TV interviews with two TV stations locally and I did say that The Forest Portal is geared towards the older teen/young adult, but anyone who enjoys Science Fiction/Fantasy books would most likely enjoy this book.

TV stations! Well, it sounds like your getting good publicity for your book. I'll have to interview you another day about that! So tell me, In general, which genre would you say your work falls into and why?

The only genre that I have written in so far is in the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre. I do know that I would probably not fair so well in the Action Genre as it would not be a subject that would interest me as a writer.

I love sci Fi and fantasy myself, although I’m a romance writer lol What other genre pulls you?

Well, I would have to say Mystery and Suspense. I am hoping to start on a suspense novel in the near future. I’m planning on writing a sequel to my current book first, which I’m hoping to co-write with my youngest daughter. That promises to have some very dark twist, but I don’t want to say too much. Lol!

I’ll certainly be looking out for that collaboration. So let’s get to the best part. Your book. Tell me about it.

This novel tells the story of 3 teens who embark on an amazing journey through time. They start in present day, June, 2008. They end up, quite by accident in the year 1908, in the month of June. While they have the ability to come back to their own time at will, they cannot resist the temptation of going back in time as they probe deeper and deeper into the past. Through their continued probing and interference, the teens not only create chaos in their own lives, but in the lives of those they touch in the past.

How fascinating. Did you have to do a lot of research concerning 1908?

No, not a whole lot, but the research I felt I had to do was a bit time consuming, but I had a great time doing it and I found the information very interesting and somewhat fascinating. You know, I tried to imagine, from what I read in my research, how it would feel to actually live in that time period. It really helped me to see how the buildings looked, the clothing, and the furniture. The rest, well, that was just pure imagination!

I’m like that too lol I always put myself in the time frame I’m writing in. It really does help. I always like to ask this question. It pins you down a little lol. Who is your favourite character in your book. Why is that?

I would have to say that Cameron Maine, the oldest of the three teens is my
favourite character. Cameron can be a little complex at times. He prefers honesty
to deceit, but because the three are trying to maintain their secret, they are
constantly deceiving their families by lying to them and they also deceive those
they touch in the past with their lies as well. Cameron tries to maintain the safety of the other two teens, his sister Collette and their friend Taden, but each of the three teens suffer consequences as the story unfolds.

I'm intrigued. Spill the beans. Did you base Cameron on anyone you know?

No. Cameron was strictly “born” from my very vivid imagination.

I believe you, thousands might not!!!! I had scriptwriters who influenced my early work. What writers would you say have influenced your work? Why? Have you got a favourite book in the genre?

I enjoy reading Mary Higgins Clark, Tine Wainscot and Stephen King.
I like the way these Authors breathe life into their characters, describe the
characters surroundings and feelings so that the reader can see these
surroundings and feel what the character is feeling. My first influence to write came from a sense of loneliness as a child, although I
had three sisters and two brothers, but they did not seem to have any intellectual
interest. I would often sit and write stories as a child, as they sent me to places and on adventures that filled some long afternoons. In my teenage years, since my
mother decided that I deserved to be grounded for a month at a time, (God forbid if I left a particle of dust on a coffee table), during my summer vacations, I would use the time to write. I remember one summer when I was around fifteen, I wrote an actual manuscript.

A writers life can be a lonely one at any age. Its seems at the moment horror and erotica are selling well. Do you think that you’ll be interested to write in either genre at some point?

No, I would not want to write actual horror. I like some of Stephen King’s writing because of the suspense element that he has in his work. I would enjoy writing suspense and Mystery novels, but not erotica.

My writing process borders on manic most of the time. Can you tell me what yours is like? I research things to death. Do you do a lot of background research? Do you plot every detail or do the characters move the story in new directions.

When I start to write, I find my writing process to flow pretty easily. I put together the idea of the story I want to create and it’s great how the words just seem to keep coming. Now, it isn’t like that throughout the entire story. I will either go back and change something with a new idea or there are times when I will work out an entire sequence before putting it on paper, or on the computer. lol!
I did some research on how life was in Florida, around 1908. The main reason for my research on 1908 Florida was for scenery purposes. I want my readers to be able to “see” my characters environment. I find that I like my characters to move the story along. In The Forest Portal, there are a lot of twist in the plot and my characters, of course, are the reason for these twist. The teens never know what is going to happen or how things are going to turn out until it actually happens. This, I feel, keeps the reader in suspense.

We are kindred souls,Melody lol I like to set the scene too. It’s nice to get a visual as you read. Do you have any advice for young or beginning writers?

First, find something you would actually enjoy writing about. Try to remember
that constructive criticism will make you a stronger, more successful writer. Don’t be afraid to take advice from professionals, i.e. teachers and other writers. Enlist the support of you family members and/or friends. Doing research for you’re your writing is important and it will help with the creative process as well.

I agree with the researching. You can never do too much of that! So now we need to know how we can get your book. Who is your publisher and where are your books available? Are there e-books and hard copies available?

My publisher is Publish America.
Information on my book can be found at the following website:
The Forest Portal can be purchased at the following websites:

My book is not available in e-book at this time

What is your website and/or blog where readers can learn more? Can they friend you on Facebook or other sites?

My website:

Here's an excerpt to whet your appetite.

Collette woke as the sun peeked through the mini blinds. After
dressing in a pair of faded jeans and a tank top with spaghetti straps, she
went to Cam’s room.
“Cam,” she said as she knocked on his bedroom door.
There was no answer. She knocked again. The door came slightly
open. She walked in. Cam was nowhere in sight. Collette closed the door
and went downstairs. She went into the kitchen.
“Cam?” No answer. She went over to the back door.
“The woods” she said out loud to herself.
There was a knock at the front door. Collette looked towards the
living room.
‘Who the hell is that at 8:00 in the morning,’ she thought to herself.
She opened the door.
“Taden, hi. Gosh, you’re here early this morning!” she said. He
“Yeah, well I left right after mom and dad left for work. I’m pissed off
at the both of them. Boy, were they ever mad at me when I got home. I
got balled out, then they grounded me for a damn week!” he replied,
looking frustrated.
Collette looked at him.
“Yeah, well you got off easier than us. We’re grounded for two weeks
and got balled out on top of that!”
Taden went over to sit on the sofa. He rubbed the side of his face.
“Well…I guess we pretty much worried our parents. Hell, if I were
them, I’d ground us too!” he said, with a slight grin.
Collette sighed…”Yeah, guess your right.”
Taden looked towards the stairs that led up to the second floor.
“Hey, is Cam still asleep?”
Collette shook her head.
“No, when I woke up he was gone. I was getting ready to go and try
to find him when you knocked on the door.”
“Were you going to the woods?” he asked.

“Yeah,” she answered, as look of concern swept over her face.
Taden smiled. “Let’s go!”
The two raced towards the woods. Taden looked at Collette.
“I’ll just bet you that he’s stepped through those trees.”
She smiled. “That’s exactly what he did.”
The two looked questioningly at each other.
Taden asked, “Are you going through?”
Collette looked hesitant, feeling the very edge of her nerves quiver.
“I…I don’t know,” she answered, her voice laced with uncertainty.
Taden glanced at the trees. “I’ll go then.”
Collette grabbed his arm. “No Taden, you’re in enough trouble as it
is. You had better go home,” she demanded, giving him a sharp look.
Taden jerked his arm away from her, anger filling his eyes.
“Look, you and Cam are in deep crap too. Deeper than what I am!
Now I want to help you find him,” he snapped, a look of frustration
etched on his face.
Collette snapped back.
“NO, I’ll take care of this! We’ve gotten you into enough trouble! I
mean it Taden,” she growled, shooting a him a determined look.
Taden grabbed Collette and held her tight to him, her face only an inch
from his. She looked surprised. He looked intently into her eyes, his still
filled with anger.
“Look, I’m not gong to let you go through by yourself!! We’ll just get
in trouble together, ok?”
“Ok” Collette answered softly, a look of surprise filled her face.
Taden loosened his grip a little, still looking into her eyes; the anger
quickly leaving them as a look of warmth and desire flooded in. He gently
touched her face.
“I couldn’t take it if something happened to you Collette,” he said
softly, then he gently kissed her, pressing her closer to him.
Collette put her arms around his neck. She started to run her fingers
through his hair. She felt herself liquidate as he pressed her body closer
to his; kissing her with more passion. Collette could feel his strong body
getting more intense. She started to try to loosen his hold on her, afraid
she may completely let her guard down. Taden pulled her closer to him.

“Taden, no!” she cried, as she pulled away from him. The sultry look
on Taden’s face was quickly replaced with a look of embarrassment.
“Collette, God, I’m sorry. I don’t know…” He wished the ground
would open up and swallow him.
Collette gazed at him, still feeling the heat of his kiss on her lips.
Taden was tall and well built from doing work on his aunt’s farm from
time to time. He was an excellent horseback rider.
“It’s ok Taden. I got carried away too,” she said, trying to avoid
looking at him too hard.
She noticed that he was aroused, but she didn’t want him to know that
she knew. Taden sighed and sat on the ground. He rubbed his hands
through his thick dark brown hair. Collette sat down opposite him.
Taden found himself melting back into the memory of Collette’s soft,
sweet tasting lips; the feel of her sensuous slender curves under his hands
as he caressed her delicate body. Collette reveled in the memory of
Taden’s sensuous, strong arms holding her; his kisses gently smothering
her lips. After a few moments of silence, Taden spoke up. “Well, we had
better go and find Cam.”
Collette agreed. They both got up and stood in front of the two trees.
Taden took Collette’s hand. “Ready,” he asked, giving her a slight smile.
“Yeah,” she replied

Well, thats it from melody. Please leave her a comment, she'll be so glad to hear from you.

Monday 19 April 2010

Welcome Nedyne Shorts Nettles

Today I’d like to welcome, Nedyne Shorts. Here is a bit about her.

HI Margaret. Thank you for having me today.

I grew up in Sunny Los Angeles California and loved to go to the beach. I would sit for hours reading books like Treasure Island and Great Expectations.I watch movies and love a good saga. Finally anyone who knows me realizes I am a die hard Young and the Restless fan even though I feel the story line isn’t desirable at this time. I am a psychology major who loves to write in my spare time. I find writing is escapism. Poison Reality: a symphony of bittersweet.

A bittersweet symphony, Huh! I think your book will be very interesting, Nedyne. So tell me, what drew you to write in your current genre?

I decided to write suspense novels because I love the intrigue. I want to be wowed and not bored when I read. The content of a story has to grab me in the first few pages to be of interest. And the same with a movie and this is why I like this particular genre.

And it's so diverse. You're not bound by limits.

Although I have only written one novel, I have written many psychological papers for school. School doesn’t afford me a lot of time to venture outside of school work so when I am able to do so it’s enough with the facts and on to fiction. Fiction is an escape, a way to relax.

I also feel it's a way to escape from reality. Make your own world, so to speak.

Writing is a development. I like to let the characters come into their own. I analyze the lives of my friends. Like a creator or a mad scientist I give my characters life.

And thats what makes you a good writer. To make a character three dimensional is no easy feat. So what's your latest release about?

My latest release is Poison Reality:a symphony of bittersweet and it delve into the heart of several characters exposing their flaws and weakness in a way of letting the reader identify with them.

I'm always proud when a reader tells me they felt something for one of my characters. It shows I've done my job! I'm sure you'll be getting letters saying the same thing. So where can everyone find you?

Readers can follow me on the website at Http:// or look me up on Face book and I will add them as a friend. Also they can go to BK Walker books for our virtual book tour.

I feel so lucky to be a host for Authors Promoting Authors. Fans can get all the information they need from BK Walker Books
I know your new to writing, but how do you deal with rejection letters?

I don’t. I just keep my eyes on the prize and forge on because “nothing beats a failure, but a try.”

Let me grab my coffee and tell me more about Poison reality. I'm intrigued.

I sat down and tried to picture poison Reality: a symphony of Bittersweet in terms of actors and actresses. After careful thought I found that Vierna Bates would be Vanessa Williams. Vierna who found herself facing divorce couldn’t understand why her husband Greg wanted to leave her. Greg would be played by Shamar Moore. He was a very handsome gentleman who found a young girl Melissa whom he wanted to marry.

Melissa was a smart girl who worked at Spree’s Pharmaceutical Company. Greg wined and dined her and found that she was the love of his life. Melissa would be played by Lisa Rae. Melissa missed all the signs that he was married. He only called her and told her not to call him. He picked her up early made sure she was home early no matter what. They never went to popular places always somewhere remote. Greg had a very handsome cousin Anthony. Anthony would be played by Cuba Gooding Jr. Anthony had a lover named Jimmy. Anthony was a fitness instructor at a hotel where he lived. His boyfriend Jimmy played by Brad Pitt was a psychologist. Anthony contracted the new disease Aids and breaks it off with Jimmy. He meets Terry Trainor in the hospital. She also has the new disease and she is a comfort to him. She would read the bible to him and became someone he cared about. Terry Trainor would be played by Jennifer Hudson. Terry has two friends that come together for her sake. Betty played by “Jacqui ,Rose played by Jennifer Lewis or Melba Moore . Rose is married to the main character Ned played by Daniel Sanjai (AtRisk)or Vin Diesel. Ned is an alcoholic and psychopath. Rose is very introverted and abused. He is in and out of the live of many and commits several crimes that are investigated by a handsome detective played by Denzel Washington. His girlfriend Desiree played by Kerry Washington is the aunt of a teen who becomes involved in a street gang the blue eagles. Skeets, the nephew is played by Zane Copeland Jr or Sean Patrick Thomas. He has no one to take care of him because Desiree has two jobs and on the weekends likes to go out. The story is surrounded by the realities of life. The detective has his hands full trying to solve two murder cases that are worlds apart or are they? What is the thread that ties all these characters together? This story has so many twists and turns it will keep you on the edge of your seat. I promise.

What a great synopsis. I know everyone will be as fascinated as I am, Nedyne. Where can we buy a copy?

Poison Reality: a symphony of bittersweet. You can buy it from or

Thank you Nedyne. It's been a pleasure!

Please leave a comment. She'll be thrilled to hear from you.

Thursday 15 April 2010

Welcome David Fingerman

Today we welcome David Fingerman.
He is giving a copy of his book of short stories, 'Edging Past Reality' to a lucky commenter today. I’ll post who wins tomorrow.

It’s nice to have you visit today, David, so tell me, drew you to write in your current genre?

Hi Margaret. First off, thank you for letting me be a visitor on your site. I really appreciate being your guest. As to my current genre, I've always loved horror for as far back as I can remember. And this is going to date me ~ I remember when my folks bought their first color TV. I had a tantrum (yes, I was that young) because they wanted to watch golf (which was in color) at the same time the Outer Limits was on.

Stephan king is a well known horror author. Has he inspired you? Who else do you feel has?

Stephen King is most definitely one, but more than any other would have to be Harlan Ellison. I can't say I agree with everything he writes, but he always makes me think. What higher compliment can one give a writer?

I don't think there is one, david!

I know I’m always multitasking when it comes to writing, but what about you! How many novels have you written to date and are they all in the same genre?

"Silent Kill" is my first novel and I'm guessing it will be released within a month or so. I like to think of it as horror, but it's categorized as a Suspense/Thriller ~ which it certainly is that, also. "Spyder" (which I'm hoping will be released later this year) is more of an urban adventure. I just finished writing "Playing the Hand She's Dealt" which is a sequel to "Silent Kill." I just sent it in and am keeping my fingers crossed that it will be accepted. I've also got two unfinished horror novels that I'm playing with.

You sound like a busy man. Do you find time for hobbies?

I love to read, but I also watch way too much television. I used to play piano, and I'm trying to relearn that again. There's also a couple of small, but very nice bird sanctuaries that, when weather permits, is wonderful for walking through and freeing my mind.

I'm sitting here thinking what question to ask you I think I'm just a natural plotter!! Some writers feel the need to plan out their plots to the last detail. How much time do you spent on plotting before you start writing?

Initially, very little. I get an idea in my head and quick start writing. Once I see it on the computer screen, then I start flushing it out and spending more time with details. When I start a novel, I usually know how it's going to end. The trick is connecting the beginning and end with around 200-300 pages, while still keeping the reader compelled to keep reading. Then I have to spend a lot more concentration on plotting.

I hear you there. I find it more of a task making each page/chapter a page turner than the plotting task. I have a ‘handbag’ size laptop. So in the summer I go to the beach/park and write. Where do you do most of your writing?

I converted a room in my home into an office. The vast majority of my writing is done there. On rare occasion, when the weather is perfect, I'll take my laptop outside, but I get easily distracted.

I have to share this with you. Last year found an old novel I wrote in 2001. It really is cringe worthy!!! Looking back, what’s the worst thing you’ve ever written?

Oh my. Dare I say? I was going through some old boxes of stuff and found one of the first stories I ever wrote - before I got a computer. Complete with dozens of typos it was about an obese, sadistic kid. The story was incredibly stereotyped and predictable, not to mention horribly written. But I'm sure as it was with your old novel, wasn't it great to see how far you've come, and what a better writer you are now?

Most definitely. In those days I knew so little about 'how' to write.

So with my coffee in hand and sitting comfortably, we come to the best part. Tell me about your book.

(big smile) "Silent Kill" involves Louise Miller, a Minneapolis policewoman, and her brother, Andrew, who is a rookie Deputy Sheriff. One of Louise's (did I mention she's a lesbian?) friends on the force is missing. Without too big of a spoiler alert, a manhunt begins as she and her brother follow a trail of missing persons and bodies to track down her fellow officer's killer. The clues all seem to involve a certain rottweiler.

A Rottweiler!!! Now I’m really intrigued! Did you find writing from a gay woman’s pov hard?

I'm so glad you're intrigued! (devilish smile) As far as writing from a gay woman's pov, I was very self-conscious when I started, but once I got to know the character, it was just like writing any other character. I did show parts of the novel to a couple of gay friends of mine (one male and one female) for critique. They both really liked Louise and thought she sounded very credible. They also appreciated the fact that it wasn't "in your face preachy gay" (their words). She's just a human being that happens to be a lesbian.

Now I’m sure there'll be a lot of people wanting to know you, David. How can your readers keep up with your news?

I'm so glad you asked. My website is That's where I keep my blog, list of events, a link to order my books, and other incredibly fascinating stuff about me (excuse me, I just choked on my tongue). You can also follow me on twitter at

I’ll wait a few seconds for you to get your tongue back! How well do you think these networking sites work for you?

Lol. Thank you. Some have worked very well ~ others, not so much. I tried placing ads on a couple of sites and other than maybe a few extra hits on my website, they did nothing. But I have made a number of friends and word of mouth more than anything has helped sales. That being said, I still have so much more to learn!!!

I’ve had enough rejections to paper my entire house. Have you had any, if so, how do you deal with them?

LOL. Yup, I can paper my house too. I've gotten numb to them a long time ago. Special rejects go in a separate file – those are the ones where the editor wrote a very nice personal note. And then there's the other extreme. One reject was the first page of my story with a small post it note attached saying "no." The rest of them go in a drawer and I resend the story or manuscript. It's all part of the game. I justify it by telling myself that the publisher who rejected it is an idiot (except for the ones who send a very polite note as to why they rejected it – I respect them). Then I get over it and move on.

I always say one publishers rejection is anothers acceptance.

It irks me sometimes when we, writers, struggle to get a bite, yet celebrities write a book and it’s snapped up. What do you think about celebrities writing books?

(gnashing teeth) Don't to get me started?

WOW, big teeth.....LOL I take it your with me on that score then!

Irked is putting it very nicely. I'm getting more irritated thinking about it. I might have to do a rant on my own blog now. I'm guessing you don't want an entire rant here.

As writers we all know it’s always better when someone is representing you. What's your advice about getting an agent?

LOL. Good luck. I did search for an agent for a while but wasn't all that successful. I think if you're set on going with a major publisher, they're a must. I switched to concentrating on mid-size and smaller publishers. Being a bit on the impatient side, I preferred going straight to the publisher. That also bypassed a step which sped things up considerably. And besides, there's no guarantee an agent is going to sell your book. I found L & L Dreamspell, the publisher I'm now signed with, without an agent. I'm extremely happy with them.

Most authors rely on critique partners for an extra eye on when they are writing. Who do you rely on and why?

I belong to two writers' groups, and I find them both invaluable. Both of them catch things that I miss (and catch things the other group may miss), they tell me what works and what doesn't. It's also a wonderful support system. Plus, it's a great way to meet other writers around town and to network.

I know exactly what you mean. I belong to and have made so many friends over the years from this site, as well as gained valuable input for my novels.

I'm not familiar with critiquecircle. I'll have to check them out. Thanks.

You're very welcome.

My favourite part of writing a book is when I write 'The End' and I breathe a sigh of relief. What would you say is your favourite part ?

I certainly share that sigh of relief at the end too, but I really enjoy the beginning. I read that first chapter just after completing it, and I know that if I'm hooked, the reader will be too. That really gets me enthused to keep going. But writing as a whole, sitting alone in my room and letting my imagination soar ~ not having to answer to anyone is my favorite part. And on those occasions when the words flow, it's quite a natural high.

Over the years I’ve swung from stamping my feet, hair pulling tantrums and crying when things go horribly wrong with plots, and dare I say, with my computer!! So how do you get past all the frustrations that come with trying to be a successful writer?

Oh, the memories you just brought back. In between typewriter and computer I bought a word processor. The story I was writing flowed. I wasn't going to stop until I finished, which I did at about 3am. I thought it was the best story that I'd ever written. Tired and not being able to see straight, I pressed delete instead of save. Because I wasn't saving anything while I was writing, it was gone. There was absolutely nothing I could do to bring it back. The happy ending to that story ~ when I got over the shock and mourning, I rewrote it. It was the first story that I ever got published.
But I digress. Back to your question ~ It's still quite a learning experience to me. When "Edging Past Reality" came out last year (my book of speculative fiction short stories ~ and an incredible book you should buy if you don't already own a copy) I was very frustrated with the marketing and promoting end. I'm basically shy and an introvert so it was very difficult getting out and setting up readings, signings, approaching the independent bookstores to carry my book, etc. I was way out of my element and comfort zone. I got past it by the desire of wanting people to read my work. Now that I've done it, it's not as hard, but given my choice, I'd much rather stay locked in my room and write.

Yes, I agree. I’m not one for book signs but isn’t it great seeing your books on the shelves.

Isn't it though. I saw my book at the library once and took it to the librarian and asked if she could see how many times it had been checked out. It had been checked out eleven times in the six months it had been there. That definitely felt good. Things like that make it well worth the effort.

I've done that too

Although I write romance and paranormals, I love to read historical. What do you like to read?

It depends on my mood, and I do go through phases. My fave is probably suspense. I also read a lot of mysteries and horror, then read biographies and history for a bit.

So you won’t be reading my romances then lol

Well, I am trying to expand my horizons. Paranormal fascinates me. So yes, I'll give your writing a try. Now I did try reading a Jackie Collins book once and couldn't get past the first chapter ~ just not my thing. So if you write in her style, I'm not going to get too far. ; )

No, I’m more heart throbbing, fighting, with a bit of spice, romance

Now here’s a question that’ll make you blush!!
What actor/actress gets your pulses racing?

Hmmm, I guess it depends on the movie I'm watching. If it's a great movie, there are a lot of actors/actresses that will get my pulse racing (of course that has to do with the writing). Those same actors and actresses can be in a piece of crap and they'll do nothing for me. Okay, now that I've totally copped out ~ I think Julianne Moore is an amazing actress and I'd love her to play Louise in the movie version of "Silent Kill."

Well, that’s it from David. It's been a pleasure. Please leave a comment. He’ll love to hear from you.

Wednesday 14 April 2010

Good morning and today I am so proud to welcome Cissy Hunt. Here is something about her.

My husband and I live in the beautiful Ozark Mountains with our two small dogs and two cats, where we love to fish and work in our yard.
I have been an ordained minister since August of 2007. I am called to minister to hurting women who carry the emotional scars of domestic abuse.
For as long as I can remember I have always loved to write. When I couldn't express myself verbally, one only had to hand me a pen and paper and out would flow my thoughts.
I have written poetry most of my life and now my life-long dream has come true. I have written a book.
My book, A Rose Blooms Among the Thorns, is the story of a woman's journey from domestic abuse, through healing, to forgiveness.

So tell me Cissy. What inspires you to write?

I write because... I love it. It is the way I could always express myself. I have always had a problem being able to put into spoken word what I am feeling or what I need to say without tripping all over the words or getting "tongue-tied" as the old saying goes. Yet when I would pick up a pen and paper, the words would seem to flow out of my mind and heart onto the paper. Writing became my escape. I didn't need to speak what I was feeling I could write it down and so I did over and over again. No matter what I was feeling be it happiness, sadness, love, hate, pain, joy, it all went on paper and was never spoken.
Because of the life I lived most of my earlier writing was full of sadness, pain, and abuse. ( I have thrown most of all of those away). Then it turned to learning how to trust and should I take the chance one more time. I can tell my writing has changed over the years, of course it has matured with age but also it has more joy in it. I still write poetry mainly, because it is my first love. Poetry is the words that are the depth of my soul. Poetry makes me look deep within myself and examine what I find there.

When did you first realize you wanted to write?

I have loved writing since I was very young. Words I could not seem to speak came easy when I picked up a pen and paper

That’s very interesting because children seem to ‘talk’ a lot in their drawings. Can you remember the first thing you wrote story wise.

I called it poetry... I just wrote what I was feeling. I didn't have a great childhood so I wrote. I didn't write stories I wrote from a child's & a young woman's broken heart

It takes me months to write a full book. It just can’t be rushed. Tell me, how long did it take you to write your book?

I started it in Feb. And turned it to the publisher in June or July.

Wow, that is quick. What’s your secret?

I fasted for a month and a half before starting...I wanted to make sure it was right and I knew this book was going to take me on a journey I didn't want to go on, back into my past.

Goodness me, fasting! Kudos to you for doing that! I have so many quirks when it comes to writing, I can’t list them all. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I don't know if I have one since this is my 1st book. I fasted for a month & a half before starting the book if that is a quirk. I wanted my head clear and wanted to make sure I heard from God. I had to get it right.

Do you mean you ate NOTHING at all?

I consumed only liquids, water, tea, soup broth, etc

Putting your writing aside, what other things do you like to do?

I love to read, sew, work in my yard, but most of all I love to go night fishing with my husband.

I’m not sure I could stay awake all night fishing LOL So what are you reading now?

I just finished Lori Wick's Cassidy

My family NEVER read my books. I’m not sure they even know I write lol Do any of your friends or family comment on your books?

Yes, they all like the book and my writing style and they all want to know when the next book is coming out.

It’s nice when the family gets involved. It makes them see how hard you work. Have any of your friends NOT liked what your writing?

Not that I know of...if they have they haven't told me (LOL)

I’ve learned so much in the 15 years that I’ve been writing. Tell me, what’s one of the most surprising things you’ve learnt in creating your books?

That I could write a book. Up until now I had only written poetry

That’s really interesting. What pushed you to go down such a different avenue?

I had a story that need to be told. There is so much domestic violence in this world today and women believe that they are to blame or they come out of the relationship believing that they are less than "DIRT" that they have no value, because that is how they were treated!

I hear you with that Cissy. People find it hard to fathom why a battered woman stays. Only one who has been in that position really understands I suppose.

I feel a good critique partner is worth their weight in gold. Do you use one?

No, not really unless my best friend helping me edit is one.

I have a blog site and web page where readers can chat to me. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

They said that I made them cry, made them angry, made them laugh, and most of all - made them think

So you bring out a lot of emotion in people. How does that make you feel?

Good, especially on this subject.

How do you promote your work?

Through my website, on Facebook, with bookmarkers, business cards, word of mouth and I hope soon to have my 1st book signing

Good luck with the book sign. Come back and let us know when and where it will be.
So what do you think makes a compelling story?

Something that touches the heart of the reader all the way through the book. It has to grab their attention from page one and propel them all the way through to the very last page. My book, even though it was in a fictional setting, was based on my life (domestic abuse). Only people that have known me for a long time know that though.

So really you’re now baring your soul to the world. That’s very brave. Does it make you feel empowered?

No, but this is a subject very close to my heart. I know the physical and emotional scars that domestic violence leaves a woman with and how long it can take for her to heal from them.

Here is a small excerpt from A Rose blooms amongst the thorns to finish with.

LaRae's hands trembled as she slowly hung up the phone. She rose from her chair—the caller’s mysterious words still fresh in her thoughts. Gazing out her apartment window she pondered over the conversation. The familiar scenery spread out before her as the autumn colored leaves danced about in the breeze. LaRae watched as a slender woman who appeared to be in her middle twenties carefully took the hand of the young girl standing beside her. Before crossing the street below, she waited for traffic to clear and then headed for the same apartment building LaRae has lived in for the past year and three months. She recognized them as the mother and daughter who occupied the apartment below her. Though she kept her own identity concealed from others, not allowing anyone too close, she made it a point to know as much as she could about the people living around her.
Watching the mother and young child brought back memories—memories of when she first left James. Memories that left her frightened and unmistakably void of all emotions except fear. He had treated her like a small child, making her believe she didn’t even know how to cross the street by herself without written directions. In time James had totally dominated her life to the point of telling her what to do, when to do, what to wear and whom she could speak with. She was allowed no friends and no contact with anyone outside of James.
In the beginning of the marriage he would give little excuses for why she could not visit with her family or friends. At first, her visits would always coincide with important business functions or he would claim he forgot and made dinner reservations, therefore canceling out any plans she may have had. He started demanding she be home when he called or wanted her home when he was home. Each day he took away a little bit more of her freedom until one morning she woke up to find she had no freedom; she was a prisoner in her own home. That’s when she knew she had to escape, no matter the cost she had to get away and find her independence. She had to try and find herself.

Well, that’s all from Cissy. What a great lady she is. You but her book here
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Please leave a comment for her. She’ll be so happy to hear from you.

Tuesday 13 April 2010

Welcome to Lily Oak

Hi Lily. It’s so nice to have you here today. So tell me, what drew you to write in your current genre?

The book I'm writing at the minute is my 1st full length fiction project, its paranormal fiction. The reason I write at all is because I love the idea of painting an image in someones head, making them feel emotions without anything other than my words and their own imaginations.

Thats so interesting. To actually paint an image into someone else’s mind is no easy feat.
I’m terrible when it comes to writing. I usually have two novels on the go at one time. How many novels have you written to date and are they all in the same genre?

This is my first novel. I have published some of my notes from when I first began learning about witchcraft and of course there's 'Hope Moon' which is the reason I'm on the VBT.

I know a few Wiccans and as a Spiritualist, I find that we think along the same path. We both work with Mother Nature and the powers of the universe. Anyway, enough procrastinating. >G< I usually plot to death and then change my mind half way through a story lol So how much time do you spent on plotting etc before you start writing?

In short.. . a lot! I spend ages turning scenes over and over in my head until I can see all the details, the tiny little things that don't even get mentioned.

You sound very methodical. I like that in a person. It’s the little things that make the bigger picture work, right! In the summer I’m always down the beach writing, when I’m not working. So tell me, where do you do most of your writing?

In bed, or by the river... I live right next to a National Park.

How lovely. Again you are communing with Mother Nature. The energy around you must be phenomenal.

I should have communed more with nature a few years ago when I was writing!!! Recently, I found a book I’d written 20 years ago, it was sooo bad, I cringed. Looking back, What’s the worst thing you’ve ever written? Come on, tell us. Don’t be shy lol

Oooooh that's a tough question... probably my diary ha ha ha

Now to the part everyone is dying to know about. Tell me about your latest release.

'Hope Moon' is a book that was put together and published in just 3 days to raise money for the Haiti earthquake appeal. I can't really call it 'my' release, there were a lot of people involved and it just wouldn't have happened without them.

THREE DAYS!!! Goodness me. Well done on that feat. What a wonderful legacy you're leaving. I really hope this sells well for you. So how can your readers keep up with your news?

There's my website, my personal blog , Hedge Witchery Books blog and twitter @LilyOak.

Most authors rely on critique partners for an extra eye on when they are writing. Who do you rely on and why?

My boyfriend Morgan is the most well read person I know, and at times a fairly harsh critic, but I can really rely on his opinion. A lot of my poetry and articles are online and I can usually rely on the online community to give me feedback.

You can always rely on family for a good critique lol I love it when I get to the end of my novel and I can breathe again! What’s your favourite part of writing?

Building scenes, describing details, turning a picture into words and wondering what picture the reader will build with them.

How do you get past all the frustrations that come with trying to be a successful writer?

I don't get frustrated. I remember why I love writing.

I’m a romance/paranormal writer, but I love to read historical. What do you like to read?

Paranormal fiction and fantasy.

Well that’s all from Lily. What a fascinating lady.Please leave her comment and remember, this book is for a tremendous good cause. Dig deep into your soul and buy it. I know I will.

Sunday 11 April 2010

Things that go bump!!!

What scares you about the paranormal? I've just watched Paranormal Activity. Did it scare me? No! It's not real. My type of work allows me inside information!!
There are writers who live and breathe all things paranormal. Does it make you wonder what inspires them to write in that genre? As a working medium I’ve seen a lot of strange things. Growing up I became used to seeing the strange, round lights that glowed in my room at night. On my blog I’ve got a great picture of one of the orb lights I’ve seen recently.
So the question is....what have you seen that can’t be explained away? What scared/fascinated you about the paranormal?

Thursday 8 April 2010

Welcome to C.R. Moss

Good morning.
On the virtual book tour today is C.R.Moss. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Muse. It is so nice to get to know you all as people, rather than faceless writers on the net. Candace was the winner of my meditation CD. It was a good job she liked nature and not rock and roll!!!

So lets hear a bit about this fabulous author

C.R. Moss, resident of the hot, high desert in the southwest, knew she wanted to write at a young age, as early as she learned to read, cooking up stories to entertain herself in the rural, non-kid-laden area she had lived in. But she took a round about way to settle down as a fiction writer, having worked in the corporate pharmaceutical and real estate realms writing newspaper articles, press releases, corporate newsletters, etc. Now that she's settled into the alternative health care industry, she has returned to her first love: creative writing. When she isn't working at her practice or at her computer cooking up another tale, she can be found hanging out with her husband and cat, reading a book, chillin' in front of the TV, or working on a craft project. She has also been known to play WOW.
Visit her at:

What drew you to write in your current genre?

I started off writing in the horror genre. Then in the early 90’s a friend of mine gave me Jude Deveraux’s ‘A Knight in Shining Armor’ and I started writing romance. Now I find myself to be a bit of an eclectic romance writer with bits of paranormal, horror, sci-fi, etc. thrown into the mix.

How many novels have you written to date and are they all in the same genre?

From short stories to full length novels, my diverse works range from 4500 words up to 80K and I have 19 published to date.

How much time do you spent on plotting etc before you start writing?

This depends. Sometimes the story just flows right out of me and when that happens there’s little time devoted to plotting. Other times call for a few days of contemplating, deciding what will work and what won’t, as I’m sketching the bones of the story.

Where do you do most of your writing?

Living room and office.

Looking back, What is the worst thing you have ever written?

The worst? The stories I’ve written early in my writing career that haven’t seen the light of day and are sequestered at the bottom of my closet.

Tell us about your latest release.

Out April 1 from Devine Destinies, is ‘Look What the Cat Dragged In for Evelyn.’ The first in what I call my ‘Cat’ series. I currently have three books planned for this series. There might be a fourth revolving around the ladies of the ‘Bridge Club,’ but I’ll see how the first three go. The series is based on a frisky feline, Myrddin, who fancies himself a matchmaker. ‘For Evelyn’ follows Raritan Manor’s ghost Quinn and his living love Evelyn. The second and third books follow cousins Julie and Cassandra as they fall in love. Julie’s story will have time travel in it – a Native American gets brought forward during a ritual. Cassandra’s story will have a blast from the past turn her world upside down and readers will see how her familiar, Myrddin, came into her life. Books 2 & 3 follow for release on June 1 and August 1. For a peek at Evelyn’s story, visit:

How can your readers keep up with your news?

Readers can check my website. I put recent news and releases up on the front page on a regular basis and I have a links page with a listing of where people can find me around the web.

How do you deal with rejection letters?

Throw a pity party, talk it out with my author friends, put the letter in a rejection book and move on to the next, while reminding myself that not everyone will like every story and when it’s time the story will find it’s proper home.

What do you think about celebrities writing books?

Good for them. That is, if they aren’t using a ghost writer…

What do you advise about getting an agent?

Do your research and make sure they’re legit and that they don’t expect you to pay for any of the services. Also, make sure they’re looking for what you’ve written.

What is your favourite part of writing?

Creating new worlds and seeing where my characters will take me next.

How do you get past all the frustrations that come with trying to be a successful writer?

Commiserate with other author friends, remember where I’ve been and keep my eye on my goals. Remind myself that ‘this too shall pass.’

What do you like to read?

Like with my writing I’m a pretty eclectic reader too…paranormal, sci-fi, romance, mystery/suspense…

What actor/actress gets your pulses racing?

Stuart Townsend as Lestat or Dorian Gray…

Wednesday 7 April 2010

What inspires your muse??

The virtual book tour is going a treat, with tons of authors participating and hosting. If you would like to join in the fun, drop me an email and I'll direct you to the hosting/guest co-ordinator.

Right now, I'd like to talk about your muse!!

I don’t know about you, but I hate listening to music as I write. It distracts me and I end up listening to the track rather than writing. But I do know someone who plays rock and roll, full pitch, while she sits at her computer tapping away, totally immune to the racket around her.

I also hate being spoken to when I'm writing lol seriously, I do! My husband calls it the ‘dead hour’ when I'm locked away in my office. He says anything could happen and I’d be oblivious to it all. My ears automatically switch off if it's not to do with what I'm writing about.

What I’d like to know is, what do you like around you when you write? A picture of something calm in front of you, or something busier. Loud music, calm and classical, or regular chart music. What inspires your muse?

At the end of the day all the people who comment, will go into a draw to win one of my Meditation CD's. Let’s hope it’s not someone who likes rock and roll!!!!!!

Monday 5 April 2010

Welcome to the Virtual Book Tour

Hello, I'm Omegia Keeys and my new release is called I've been in the military for 12 years and in 2006 I wanted to try my hand at something different. I decided to write my first novel and get it published. I've a BA in Criminology because at one point I actually thought about becoming a lawyer. I've always been a writer, normally focusing on poems and short stories that went in my journal, so actually stepping away from that was a big task. Funny, I can carry an M16 but the thought of being published terrified me. is the follow up to Passionate Playmates and so far I've heard nothing but great things about it. I think I've finally found my nitch.

Hi Omegia, it’s so nice to have you here today to launch the Virtual Book Tour of 2010. Today Omeigia giving away an autographed copy of SEDUCTION COM to the first person who comments. Now thats a bargain!!

So tell us Omeigia, what inspires you to write?

I am inspired to write because I love to communicate with an audience and get their feedback, but this has not always been the case. Growing up I used to write and keep it to myself, because where I came from it was not cool to be smart and definitely a no no to write things that were not homework.
In high school I was given an assignment by my English teacher. It was my time to shine and I knew what I turned in was my best work to date. The teacher handed me back a C. After class I questioned the teacher because there was nothing marked wrong on the essay. Her answer "a C is good and she was helping me out." In my world, and how I was raised, and even on the school grading system, a C is average - not good. For the next year every time I turned something in I agonized over it and even had other teachers critique it, yet I still got a C. It was not until my last week of school that I found out she gave all the minority students C's without ever reading our work. In her mind she was helping. For me she actually did. She taught me how to perfect my work, so in a way she was my first inspiration.

Wow, Omegia. How amazing you can turn something so negative around and make it such a brillient positive in your life.

So tell us what age group is your work geared towards?

18 and older. I get very detailed in my scenes.

Ahh, that means a little raunchy, huh!

Can you tell us which genre would you say your work falls into. Why is that?

Erotic Fiction is my focus. I am talking about the adult industry, but more of the sensual aspect of it. Nothing at all like porn.

I’m glad you’ve mentioned that. So often Erotic writing is lumped together with porn. As a writer of erotica, do you feel you need to explain this to friend and family a lot?

Not at all, I have huge support from my number one fan, my mother, and my friends have always known me to go against the grain. I normally have to explain this to hard core romance readers. One thing about my character Erika, she is a one man kind of girl. She just saw an opportunity to have a taste of the billion dollar industry and went for it, but it does not define the woman she is or me.

Come on, spill the beans. Now we’re dying to know. What’s your book about. finds my character, Erika aka Ecstasy as she is thriving on her adult website. She has grown and matured from, just being a sex kitten at a lingerie modelling shop, to actually being in charge and providing her girls a safe environment to entertain men. As the story progresses she tries to open up an elite club and hits some stumbling blocks because of someone from her past and the city frowning out the industry itself. This novel gives you an up, close and personal view of the industry.

Your book sounds hot and risky. My kind of book >G< Where on earth did you do all your research for it.

I went to a few local strip clubs with a few of my guy friends and had a ball. Once I told the women in there what I was doing they just opened right up to me. They even convinced me to get up on stage…clothes on. My hats off to the ladies that can climb that pole, I sure couldn't.

I think I’d have a problem doing that as well LOL
A lot of authors bond with their characters, I know I do. So who is your favourite character and tell us why why?

Erika is my favourite because she is a mother, business woman, and even though she is dealing with the adult industry, she has strong morals and a no nonsense attitude with a bit of humour.

Erika sounds like a strong woman. Do you always make your women characters “Alpha” women?

Not at all. My next character, Monica, in Can You Keep a Secret has been run over her entire life. However, I am an Alpha woman.

I's like to think that part of me is an Alpha woman too. Us women need to be strong nowadays. It’s not just a man’s world anymore!!

I know I’m influenced greatly by other writers. Who would you say have influenced your work. Why is that? Have you got a favourite books in any genre?

Zane influenced me a lot because she was the first author I read that was erotic. I used to read plenty of romance, but most of those stories seemed so unrealistic to me and I knew they could never truly happen to me. Her writing, outside of the sex, seemed more like things I was dealing with in my life at the time.
I also love John Grissom and horror novels.

Not that we’re implying that romance writers aren’t great, of course. Being one myself >G< Do you mean you like a dose of reality in your reading? Maybe more true to life for you personally?

Yes. When I say that I do mean MY Life and the things I have been through. I love the romance; it's just not something that has ever happened to me. So far I have still been kissing a lot of frogs. I know some friends that have had the same experience. I had to find something to make another group pick up a novel and read it. I still have my old copies of Beula Land Romance novels in a box somewhere and no, they will not end up in a garage sale, no matter how many times I move.

I hear you with the frog kissing. Although my experiences were more with toads lol

Knowing my writing process is manic, what’s yours like? I’m obsessive about background work, do you do a lot research? Do you plot every detail or do you prefer the characters to move the story in new directions? Do you belong to a critique group and do you find this helpful?

For my erotic books I took a few trips to the strip club and did some online research. I really wanted to get into how these ladies work and thought and their mannerisms. Overall I have a general idea of the beginning and end, but my characters tend to move the middle. Because of my genre I really don't belong to a critique group, but I do post some of my work online for comments and that has been very helpful.

Oh good. So their is a critique niche for erotic writers to. I belong to a fabulous critique Not that I’m plugging!! But some of their feedback has been invaluable to me over the years.

I know you probably get asked this question a lot. But I’m going to ask again anyway, do you have any advice for young or beginning writers?

Keep writing and get your story out. Not everyone is going to praise your work so take whatever people say and grow from it.

That’s so true. I always say one publisher’s rejection is another’s acceptance.
So we’re all dying to know, who is your publisher?

My publisher is Passionate Writer Publishing

Are there e-books and hard copies available and where are your books available?

Paperback at the moment. The E-books will be out soon.
You can find both Passionate Playmates and here
You can buy both my book here

What’s your website and/or blog where readers can learn more? Can they friend you on Facebook or other sites?

My website is or
You can find me on Facebook and Twitter

know that people are going to want to meet you. So are there any upcoming signings or appearances you'd like to mention?

At the time of this interview I am at the Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock and am currently on the Domestic Seduction Book Tour with fellow author Jo Davis.

Well, that’s it from Omegia. What a fascinating lady.Thanks a lot for taking the time to be with us today. I wish you great sales with you new release.

Thank's for having me, Margaret.

Saturday 3 April 2010


How many of you like blogging? I know I do. I love meeting new readers and Authors from all over ther world. You get to read excerpts, learn about authors as people, rather than faceless internet beings!!! What's the funniest comment you've ever recieved from one one of your blogs.

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Go on, have some fun today and cheer me up. it's raining yet again in sunny England!!!!

Thursday 1 April 2010

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