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Blog Tour & Book Giveaway: Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small

Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small

Title: Dancing at the Shame Prom

Co-Editors: Hollye Dexter and Amy Ferris
Genre: Anthology

Synopsis:

Whether it was the one-night stand you always regretted, the family secret you never revealed, or the emotional abuse you endured in silence, there are some things you are so ashamed of you keep them hidden for a lifetime. Shame can hold you back from what you love, diminish your sense of self-worth, and prevent you from fully being who you are. But what happens when you finally relent and share that secret burden?

 In Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small (September 18, 2012, Seal Press), editors Amy Ferris and Hollye Dexter encourage readers to confront this powerful emotion head-on. They gather together 27 gifted and talented writers who reveal, explore, and embrace the root of their shame, in the process demonstrating the strength that comes from defeating their demons.

In a brilliant display of bravery, these writers share their darkest fears, offer up their most vulnerable moments, and reveal jaw-dropping secrets.  Journalist Nina Burleigh discusses the shame she felt at being coerced into posing for “artsy” naked photos in “Year of the Rat.” In “Playing Dead Under the Family Tree,” Monica Holloway shows how her husband’s infidelity initially isolates her with the shame of being alone. Meredith Resnick’s story “Original Bra” weaves together her complicated feelings about body image with her quest to buy her first bra. From spilling long forbidden secrets to revealing their innermost faults, these authors openly share poignant and life-changing moments of humiliation, embarrassment, and despair, along with the wisdom they learned from letting go of the shame that’s been weighing them down.

Freeing, provocative, and audacious, Dancing at the Shame Prom is about divulging the secrets that have made you feel small so that you can stand up straight, let the shame go, and finally—decisively—move on with your life.

About the Co-Editors:

Hollye Dexter recently completed a second memoir, What Doesn’t Kill You. Her essays have been published in anthologies (Chicken Soup For the Soul, Answered Prayers, and Character Consciousness) and in many online publications. She writes regularly for iPinion Syndicate and AOL Patch News. A singer/songwriter with four albums out, she also founded the award-winning nonprofit Art and Soul, running workshops for teenagers in the foster care system. In 2007 she received the Agape Spirit award from Dr. Michael Beckwith (from The Secret) for her work with at-risk youth. Together, with Amy Ferris she teaches writing workshops, helping others to find their authentic voices. She is on staff for the San Miguel Writer’s Conference and a visiting author at UCLA extension. She lives in Southern California with her husband and three children, where she hikes, plays music and blogs about living an authentic life at www.hollyedexter.blogspot.com

Amy Ferris is an author, editor, screenwriter and playwright. Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney, Confessions From a Midlife Crisis (Seal Press) is off-broadway bound, CAP21 Theater Company, March 2012. She has contributed to numerous anthologies, and has written everything from Young Adult novels to movies and films. She co-wrote Funny Valentines (Julie Dash, Director), and Mr. Wonderful (Anthony Minghella, Director). Funny Valentines was nominated for a Best Screenplay award, and numerous BET awards. She co-created and co-edited the first ever “all women’s issue” of Living Buddhism magazine. She serves on the Executive Board of Directors at The Pages & Places Literary Festival, Peters Valley Arts, Education and Craft Center, and is on the Advisory Board of The Women’s Media Center. She is on faculty at The San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference. She is a visiting teacher at the UCLA Writers Workshop (extension). She contributes regularly to iPinion Syndicate. Her number one goal, desire, dream: Is that all women awaken to their greatness. You can find her blogging in the middle of the night at www.marryinggeorgeclooney.com. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ken.

Interview with Book Contributor: Robyn Hatcher

1. When did you fall in love with books?
 
I’ve loved reading ever since I was a very young girl. My mother subscribed to the children’s book of the month club and it was always so exciting to get the new Dr. Suess or other equivalent in the mail. I can picture the school libraries in both my elementary school and my high school because I spent countless hours there. I was a REALLY shy child so reading was my way of escaping into other realities. Reading helped me feel as though I was connecting to people, characters and situations that in my real life, I was too shy to explore. This is probably dating me, but I remember my first serious love affair with books was the Little House on the Prairie books and Nancy Drew. I read everything in those series.
 
2. When did you realize you wanted to write?
Because I rarely spoke as a child, (I was that shy) I used to express myself through note writing. Probably from the time I first learned how to write. One of my aunts kept a collection of very funny and imaginative notes that I would leave in my grandmother’s mailbox after every visit. And believe it or not, I started writing my first book when I was about 8 years old. I filled numerous legal pads and notebooks with my “novel” about a set of blonde-haired twins that lived in a picture-perfect suburb. Being an African American girl who lived in Philadelphia, this was the opposite of writing what you know. It was a case of writing what you see in the media (which I partly refer to in my essay in The Shame Prom.) Writing my totally unrealistic book, however, was a way for me to explore my imagination and a great excuse to escape to my bedroom or our attic alone; something that made me very happy. I realized then that writing was always going to be a part of my life. At the time, I never even considered that it could be a career.
3. Tell us about yourself. 
I was born and raised in Philadelphia and moved to New York over 30 years ago. Even though my early reading and writing habits were a direct result of my intense shyness, I ironically ended up in a career that calls on me to be the polar opposite of shy. In order to overcome my shyness, I auditioned for a school play in high school and consequently decided to pursue a career as an actor. I went to college for theatre and have had a fairly successful career as a professional actress in NYC for the past 30 years. I have done a lot of television commercials, off-Broadway plays, voice-overs and have appeared in soap operas and episodic dramas like Law & Order and Criminal Intent. I also spent two years writing both scripts and breakdowns (story outlines) for the ABC soaps All My Children and One Life to Live. And for the past 16 years or so, I have been growing my own business of teaching public speaking, presentations and face-to-face communication skills. I help business professionals elevate the way they communicate and I love every minute of it because it combines all the facets of every career I’ve ever had.
On the personal side, I’ve been married to the same man for 27 years. We live in Manhattan and are two of the proudest parents in the world. Our only child, my 21 year-old son, not only went to Yale where he has excelled socially and academically, but last summer he was selected in the Major League Baseball draft by the Cincinnati Reds and is now a professional baseball pitcher in the minor leagues.
4. What are your favorite books?
I can’t say that I have a favorite author. I’ve been in a book club for the past 15 years or so and we have read everything from Edith Wharton to Jonathan Franzen. I love some of the classics like Anna Karenina. I found Wharton’s “The House of Mirth” absolutely delicious but was also incredibly entertained by first time author Amor Towles’, Rules of Civility. I also love contemporary fiction writers like Walter Mosley and Lee Child and I spend a lot of time reading non-fiction philosophy, psychology and science books about myth, communication and the brain because I am fascinated by the way people think and what makes them tick. I guess I always have been because I remember independently trying to tackle Freud as a high school freshman.
5. What would you like for readers to get out of Dancing At the Shame Prom?
Dancing at the Shame Prom is such an important book and I hope it sparks a series of anthologies about people speaking their shame. I would like readers to first, let go of their fear around the very word “shame” and open the book and begin to read. It is a powerful and ultimately positive anthology that shows that no matter how major or trivial our shame seems, human beings are all so courageous and creative in the ways in which we learn to cope with, acknowledge and heal ourselves. I want people to realize that by naming and addressing their shame, they can begin to kick it to the curb. When you name your shame and then shine a light on it, it ceases to have power over you. Many people are not aware that sometimes it is the tiny things that we feel shame around that are keeping us from being the incredible powerful beings that we are meant to be. I would like the readers of Dancing at the Shame Prom to unearth any secret shame they have been shoving into a corner and dance with it. Then politely sit it down and tell it to stop ruining your life.
6. What makes you unique as an author and what sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?
A quality that I believe, makes me somewhat unique as an author and very unique as a coach, is my ability to add humor, authenticity and blunt honesty in a simple and engaging way while sharing and revealing some pretty heavy and or serious information. I think all of us in the Shame Prom have been able to do that in one way or another which sets this book apart from other “woe is me” personal essay books which leaves the reader feeling more depressed than when they started. I believe Shame Prom will fill the reader with hope, courage and a sense of the universality of the human experience.
7. What is your writing process?
Honestly, I was a much more disciplined writer when I was working on my first novel at 8 years-old. Now, without a deadline, I’m pretty sadly undisciplined. My favorite and most natural process is to allow my mind to play around with what I think I might want to write about. I spend lots of time walking down the street or in the shower ruminating on what I need to write. I write whole sentences and paragraphs in my head and then keep repeating them over and over so that I will remember them. Then as a deadline approaches or when I start to fear that my mind is about to overflow, I will sit down and start putting ideas down on paper (actually in computer) Then hopefully I’ve left myself enough time to let the new material sit and marinate for awhile while I spend a couple more days in my head thinking about what I just wrote. My favorite part is re-writing and editing which I will do ad nausea until either I am satisfied or until it needs to be turned in. I’ve tried all sorts of other more disciplined processes but with very little success. Of course with a large project and/or a looming deadline, this process needs to be sped up and I am capable of doing that.
8. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?
I’m in the process of looking over the final edit to my business book about presentations called Standing Ovation Presentations. – Discover your Actor Type and let it Shine. It is being published by Motivational Press and in it I have combined all of my experience from acting, writing and coaching to help readers define their “Actor Type” (the specific communication style that they embody based on their body language, vocal tone and personality) Then I give extensive tips and techniques to help each type become more effective communicators and teach all readers how to create more powerful and engaging presentations. The book should be available in the early Spring of 2013.
 
9. How can readers connect with you?
Website: www. SpeakEtc.com
Twitter: @SpeakETC
Amazon Pages: For: Dancing at the Shame Prom
FOR: My SpeakEtc. Vocal Workout. CD
Giveaway:
Enter for your chance to win a copy Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing The Stories That Kept Us Small here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/NGJmNTE4OTM4ZGUwYzZmNjMwMjhlMzdhZTgwMmU4OjE=/. The contest ends on January 11, 2013
Good luck!

 

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Interview: Dr. A’ndrea Wilson

I have ranted and raved for almost all of 2012 about Wife 101 by A’ndrea Wilson. It was by far the best book that I read this year. And, when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Husband 101 was released a few weeks ago. Both of these books are works of fiction but can be very beneficial to both sexes, whether married or single. I am so excited that the author of Wife 101 and Husband 101, Dr. A’ndrea Wilson stopped by for a little chat!

Dr. A’ndrea J. Wilson

Thank you so much for agreeing to do this Q&A!

1. What message do you hope to convey through Wife 101 and Husband 101?
I hope to help men and women begin to perceive their relationships and marriages in a manner that is more conducive to lifetime commitments. I hope that readers will see themselves in the characters, causing them to re-evaluate their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and roles. And if nothing else, I hope that the message received is that love can still truly conquer all if we are willing to believe in God, ourselves, and each other.
                  2. Set the mood for us…when you’re writing, you have to…
Get off of Facebook! (LOL) No really, I need quiet. No music, no TV, no barking dogs outside. I need it completely quiet so that I can clearly hear the characters in my mind, telling me what to write next.
3. What is your main reason for writing: to educate, inspire, entertain, or all three?
Definitely all three. Inspiring is most important to me. I would love for readers to close the book feeling a greater sense of hope and faith. Education is second in importance. I want readers to not only feel encouraged, but have the tools to move forward and make the necessary changes in their own lives. And finally, I do want readers to be entertained. Laughing, cheering, crying, screaming, and every other reaction connected with enjoying the book is certainly welcomed.
4. What has been the most surprising and upsetting part about your literary journey?
Surprising? The reaction to Wife 101. I thought it was a good book, but I had no clue that it was going to be a life changing book for my readers. That was very surprising, but also very awesome.
                Upsetting? I wish I would have given into my gift/calling much earlier in                  life. I wouldn’t have had to endure so many jobs that I loathed just to get to the one thing I will always find peace in doing. 
                 5. When you’re not writing, what authors do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading?
I have several favorite authors, but to name a few, JD Mason, Bernice McFadden, and Francine Rivers. Right now I am reading Sly, Slick, & Wicked by Angela Henry which is a part of the Kendra Clayton Mystery Series.
6. If you had to write your life story, what would the title be? How does that title portray your story?
Crazy Faith. People have always told me that they could never take some of the risks that I’ve taken or gone some of the the places I have been. They think that I have courage. I tell them I have faith. I believe in myself and when myself isn’t enough, I believe that God is all that I am not.
7. What is a normal day like for you?
I hate structure so there isn’t a “typical day” for me. Some days I take a walk in the morning to exercise and think, other days I hop on Facebook and see what I’ve missed while sleeping. I teach college courses online so I usually check on my classes daily. If it is a good day, I get some writing done, and if it is a great day, I also get to read. If it is a weekend that I have a book event (which is about 2 weekends per month), I might be traveling to my destination or connecting with the public. Outside of that, I do what everyone else does: sleep, eat, social media, pray, spend time with loved ones, etc.
8. What are three things readers might be surprised to learn about you?  
 1. I am self-diagnosed ADHD. 2. I am very economical (basically, I’m cheap). 3. I don’t attend church on a regular basis (I know, I write Christian Fiction! I blame it on being a Preacher’s Kid.)
9. What can your fans look forward to next?
Couples 101 comes out in October 2013. The Wife 101 Series also has two more novels that are scheduled for release in 2014. I have a romance anthology titled Four Seasons of Love that comes out in April 2013. I also have begun writing Christian Thrillers under the pen name Janell. Right now, Janell has two short stories on ebook, Grave (Available Now) and Vanity (Available 1/1/13), and her first novel, Spell, comes out in June 2013.
10. Thank you again for allowing me to interview you on Read It All Book Reviews. Any last words for those who are reading this interview?
I feel so honored to have Wife 101 selected as your favorite read of the year. I would like to offer my gratitude for the interview and for supporting my work. For those reading this interview, I hope that you take a chance on Wife 101 and/or Husband 101. And if you do, please make sure to reach out to me and let me know your thoughts on the book. Happy Reading!
*** Please provide contact information:
Twitter: @drawilson

 

Meet M. Ann Ricks: Author of The Blood Done Signed My Name

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1. When did you fall in love with books?

I have always had a love for books. I loved romance novels and mysteries! I think I was born that way! J I love the way words transport you from the confines of your bedroom or living room to a place that is seen in only in your mind’s eye.

2. When did you realize you wanted to write?

I have always enjoyed and had an interest in the art of writing. It was a “hidden love” for many years. Not until the pregnancy of my eldest son did I feel a need to unearth my hidden love and write. I began to simply write about the way I felt about the child growing inside of me and the love that I felt for my husband. But thank God, only, when I resolved to reconnect with the Master and sought to draw nigh to Him, did the desire to write become stronger and strangely, to my surprise, an urgent need. My yearning to please Him with the stories that I created increased. I realized that this could be my way of bringing souls into the Kingdom of God. Writing is a way to reach people and impact the reader while leaving a lasting impression. Inserting the word of God in the stories that I write can in many cases transport you into the presence of God and that’s what my goal when I write!

3. Tell us about yourself.

I am M. Ann Ricks, a woman, redeemed and set free by the life-changing blood of Jesus Christ. I’m a wife, mother, author and “Godspirational” speaker living in Bear, Delaware endeavoring to live for Christ ON PURPOSE as I provide Christian literature that will not only entertain but encourage, enlighten and prayerfully restore!

4. Who are your favorite authors?

Some of my favorite authors, (but not all), are J. California Cooper, Michele Andrea Bowen, Frank Perreti and Stephen L. Carter.

5. What are your favorite books?

My all-time favorite book is The Wake of the Wind but I also love Church Folk, Piercing the Darkness and Palace New England White.

6. What would you like for readers to get out of The Blood Done Signed My Name?

The message that I would love for all to receive from THE BLOOD DONE SIGNED MY NAME is that regardless of who you are, what your family lineage looks like, whatever you’ve done, whatever has been done to you, the blood of Jesus can make you a new creature because of its power. God loves us so much and because He loves us, He sacrificed His only son Jesus. Jesus became the sacrifice for us and all that we have done and are going to do. We have been absolved and even justified. We can walk in freedom and liberty because of what Jesus did. A new life is available for those who believe!

7. What makes you unique as an author and what sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?

What separates me from other authors in this genre is that I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ! I recognize that it is the POWER of God unto Salvation to all who believe. I am not afraid to say what God says and stand on it. So many authors steer clear of subjects that may cause rumblings rather than standing on the word of God, not realizing that the good news and the “gospel” is POWER! Many are writing about generational curses, the importance of forgiveness and the wonderful love of Jesus but no author has fictionally penned a novel that clearly identifies what Jesus did when he died for us. This novel makes the significance of His blood truly comprehensible to even the lay person. THE BLOOD DONE SIGNED MY NAME is the first of its kind because it not only shares a story but it provides the liberating truth scripturally. This novel communicates and confirms that no longer does one need to label themselves as a “recovering” alcoholic, drug addict or even an inevitable beneficiary of the many generational tendencies and sicknesses that may be passed on from one generation to another. The message of Christ is to share the gospel with the oppressed; use His word to heal the brokenhearted, tell those that are bound that they are free in Jesus, open the eyes of those who can’t or those who are unable to see who Jesus is without apology.

8. What is your writing process?

I haven’t a process or a set routine. I do however set aside time to sit and hear from God. After all, it is His book. I am simply the vessel He is using to share! I sit, listen and allow Him to download His message using the gift of writing that He has given me.

9. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?

I am currently working on my 4th novel, The SHIFT! It will center itself on the power of praise, prayer and the awesome life- altering presence of God! I hope to have it completed by Autumn of 2013.

10. How can readers connect with you?

Please feel free to contact me via email: Godsauthor@mannricks.net. Additionally, should interested parties wish to contact me for literary dialogues, speaking engagements or interviews, they may contact me via my e-mail provided. They may also reach out to Ms. Shani Henderson @ May House Press and Publications @ maylodi@yahoo.com or 903.617.7308.

My novels may be purchased via my website, http://www.mannricks.net, http://www.Amazon , http://www.bn.com as well as all other literary establishments online or otherwise.

Website: http://www.mannricks.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/M-Ann-Ricks-Literary-Creations-Author-Melissa-Ann-Ricks/33259926513?sk=info
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/THE-BLOOD-DONE-SIGNED-NAME/dp/0615452736/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352952018&sr=8-1&keywords=the+blood+done+signed+my+name

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Blog Tour Review & Interview: Bud’s Christmas Wish by Ashley Nemer

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Blurb:

If a dream is a wish your heart makes, can it hear those things we want even if we don’t know what they are? When sorrow brings young Lucy home to a land full of mystery, steeped in tradition and colored with unspoken magic, she finds herself reevaluating her life and her own place in it. Things are never what they seem, and people are seldom what you THINK them to be if all you base it on is what your eyes see and not what your soul speaks. There’s a fine line between destiny and duty, but when both are blended with love, who knows what miracles can occur at Christmas?

Review:

Bud’s Christmas Wish by Ashley Nemer is a sweet and short holiday story. It is based around Lucy who has moved from America to Ireland to be with her aging grandmother. Lucy meets Bud, Bud falls in love with her, and after their first date, she falls in love with him too. The story was a little far-fetched to me but it was cute and a quick read. 3 Stars

Meet Ashley Nemer

1. When did you fall in love with books?

Probably easiest to pin point would be in high school, I read VC Andrews and a few other young adult authors until my friend introduced me to Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag that’s when reading became a real true hobby.

2. When did you realize you wanted to write?

Writing is something I’ve enjoyed for a long time. I was on the Journalism team in 8th grade then the debate team all through high school. All we did was writing. In college I loved researching and writing papers and even had a poem or two published in a book.

3. Tell us about yourself.

I am a very social person and enjoy sharing laughs and life with everyone. Obviously reading and writing are my hobbies. I have two dogs and a wonderful Husband. Coming home to the three of them every night is perfect. I’m the oldest of 3 and I was born in Kansas and moved to Texas when I was 11. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Political Science. I’m also a 2nd degree decided Black Belt in the American Taekwondo Association.

4. Who are your favorite authors?

So many! #1 hands down is Tami Hoag and Catherine Counter comes in a close second. Kay Hooper, Linda Howard, J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Richelle Mead, Kim Harrison, Angela Knight, the list goes on and on….

5. What are your favorite books?

My favorite Book is Dark Paradise by Tami Hoag and my favorite series is the FBI Thriller series by Catherine Coulter staring Dillon Savich and his wife Sherlock, then Kay Hooper’s Bishop/SCU Series.

6. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?

I have the sequel to Blood Purple, my Debut Novel coming soon, Blood Yellow. It’s currently in the editing process. Zayn and Nikole have to tackle more than just the physical enemies hounding their family. They have to battle and overcome their internal struggles and demands. I’ve started the third book in the Blood Series, Blood Green. I also have a Young Adult series I just started writing called Maverick’s Touch staring Nadia Maverick who is a reporter in Cedar Rapids. She constantly ends up getting into random bouts of trouble. I also have a Poetry book that’s currently under review with my publisher that I co-authored with two girlfriends of mine.

7. What makes you unique as an author?

I have been told my writing style is unique and different than the typical author. I try hard to not do what the reader expects and to keep everyone guessing. I like to be different and I think the way I go about it is refreshing.

8. Why should readers pick up your books?

Because when you read my books, you will be taken away on an adventure. You will feel my characters; you will identify and root for them. I also write a killer bad guy. I think those are my best characters. I make you want to have the bad guy come out on top.

9. How can readers connect with you?

Website: http://www.ashleynemer.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ashleynemerauthor
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ashleynemer
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Nemer/e/B009GGWMYQ

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Meet Veronica Tower: Author of Rock Idol

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Thanks for having me on your website today. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to talk with readers and celebrate my book, Rock Idol.

When did you first fall in love with books?

Some of my earliest memories are reading Dr. Seuss books with my mother. I think that was even before I started attending kindergarten. Once I could read on my own there was no stopping me. I’ve been reading voraciously ever since.

When did you realize you wanted to write?

I started creating stories just about the same time I started reading them for myself (maybe even earlier, my memories of my early childhood are rather vague). I’ve been putting pen to paper ever since and don’t plan to stop until I’m dead and in my grave.

What authors do you read?

This changes over time because I read more broadly than I’ve written thus far. I’m currently loving a lot of the paranormal literature—authors like Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks and Charlaine Harris. Their heroines are strong females who attract equally strong and capable men. These couples struggle with their relationships, trying to figure out how to communicate and when to compromise while remaining true to themselves. It’s both exciting and beautiful and it may be the subconscious reason I wrote my own paranormal romance, Healing, which is coming out from Red Rose Publishing in February 2013.

Why should readers pick up your books?

If you’re interested in exploring how relationships are born and how they develop, I’m the author for you. I’ll take you from those initial pulse pounding moments of boy meets girls through the excitement of falling in love. And in my series books, I’ll take you farther, showing how love can stay strong as relationships evolve and mature.

In my new book, Rock Idol, my heroine, Ember Blaze, was a teen idol who fell from grace over sex and drugs. She’s rebuilt her life and career as the judge on the popular reality show, Rock Idol. She’s not looking for love and she’s not interested in risking her rebuilt career, but as the contest advances week by week she has more and more difficulty fighting her attraction to hot young contestant, Rick Rogers. If you’re interested in a romance where the attraction is broader than great sexual chemistry, you should give Rock Idol a try.

How can readers connect with you?

Website: veronicatower.com

Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Veronica-Tower/e/B002ZXI8IQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

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Meet Susan Berliner: Author of The Disappearance

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1. When did you fall in love with books?

I fell in love with books when I was a young child listening to my parents read to me. I remember especially enjoying fairy tales. Then, once I learned how to read, I continued my love of fiction—reading about intriguing characters in stories that transported me to wondrous imaginary places.

2. When did you realize you wanted to write?

I’ve always been a writer. In elementary school, I wrote plays. At least I started to write them. I’d list the cast of characters and maybe write the first scene, but I never finished any play. As an adult, I thought I wanted to be a teacher. When that didn’t work out (I only taught for a year), I switched to newspaper reporting and I’ve been a professional writer ever since. However, I only became a novelist a few years ago.

3. Tell us about yourself.

I was born in London, but moved to New York as a young girl, grew up in the Bronx, New York and graduated from Queens College. My first writing job was covering men’s retailing for Daily New Record, then the “brother” newspaper of Women’s Wear Daily.
After my children were born, I switched to freelance writing—mainly in education—publishing several book series dealing with editing skills, language arts, and standardized testing. I also created teachers’ guides, student activity sheets, and test passages and served as project editor for a national science magazine for elementary school students. Later I worked as a freelance reporter for the North County News, a weekly newspaper in Yorktown Heights, New York, covering board meetings.
When I returned to work full-time, I became the promotion manager of the Yorktown PennySaver, a position I held for 20 years. I live in Yorktown Heights with my husband, Larry. We still do freelance educational writing, creating reading passages for standardized tests.

4. Who are your favorite authors?

I love Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and most of Stephen King’s work. They write in the same genre as I do—supernatural thrillers—and have the wonderful knack of creating real characters whom readers can empathize with, something I try to do. And of course, these authors are great storytellers.

5. What are your favorite books?

From the above authors: Watchers by Koontz, Swan Song by McCammon, and The Stand by King—all good versus evil sagas. Some of my other favorite novels are Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons (a horror classic about mind vampires); Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, and The Source by James Michener.

6. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?

I will soon be editing my fourth novel, Corsonia, which deals with mind control, one of my favorite fictional subjects. In this book, two New York teen girls on a cross-country vacation stumble across a very strange town in the remote hills of northeastern Nevada. I’m targeting a publication date of late next year.

I’m also writing my fifth novel, The Touchers, a doomsday story, another of my favorite topics. It’s told in the first person by Erin, a teenage girl. My version of the world’s demise isn’t one of the typical forms of annihilation—alien attack, meteor, nuclear explosion, or deadly disease. I won’t give away my method of mass destruction, but I will tell you that it starts with bubbles.

I thought I had finished the first draft, but my characters are insisting they’re not done so I may have to write a sequel, or at least a second part. The Touchers probably won’t be available until 2014.

7. What makes you unique as an author?

Readers have told me that my books appeal to a wider spectrum of people and age groups than most novels. Women, men, and teens all seem to enjoy DUST, Peachwood Lake, and The Disappearance so my readers’ ages span a huge gamut—from 11 to 100. A few months ago, I sold a copy of DUST, which is about an evil miniature tornado, to a 100-year-old lady named Dorothy (as in The Wizard of Oz)—during a tornado warning!

8. Why should readers pick up your books?

I think I tell a good story. And the themes of my novels are atypical. DUST and Peachwood Lake, both supernatural thrillers, are nevertheless based on real phenomena: dust devils and a jumping fish (the gulf sturgeon) while my new novel, The Disappearance, offers a different take on time traveling.

My novels are fun—fast-paced, easy reading—and most readers say they “couldn’t put the book down.” Isn’t that what we want from the novels we read—for them to intrigue us, entertain us, and hold our attention?

9. How can readers connect with you?

Website: http://www.susanberliner.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susan.berliner.7
https://www.facebook.com/groups/96392594143/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Disappearance-by-Susan-Berliner/467514786615660
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peachwood-Lake-by-Susan-Berliner/239389866123117
https://www.facebook.com/pages/DUST-by-Susan-Berliner-A-Supernatural-Thriller/221513797862521

Twitter: n/a

Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Berliner/e/B006VYYCU8/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Meet Cynthia Gail: Author of Winter’s Magic

I recently had the pleasure of hosting a tour stop for Winter’s Magic by Cynthia Gail. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and you can read my review which was posted on November 30, 2012. Cynthia also stopped by for a little chat, so here we go!

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1. When did you fall in love with books?

I read Nancy Drew and Beverly Cleary in grade school, a few teen romances in middle school, but then I really stopped reading until the age of thirty. I was working in the magazine/book industry and found audiobooks were a great way to relax during a long commute to work. I read mysteries for several years.

Then a book publisher gave me an autographed copy of Lisa Kleypas’ Sugar Daddy and promised I would love it. I sat it on my office bookshelf for a year until I saw a marketing sheet on Blue Eyed Devil. I was hooked and quickly found her Wallflower series, then went through all of her other historicals. I haven’t read many mysteries since.

2. When did you realize you wanted to write?

A few years ago, my husband worked the early morning shift and went to bed at eight. I’m a night owl and would stay up late reading. One day I woke up with a storyline in my head. After a few days of the story growing, one night instead of reading I decided to write. I didn’t tell anyone I was writing for a year and by then I had 2 1/2 manuscripts finished. I told my best friend, who happens to know Trish Milburn, an award-winning author, and hooked me up. Trish edited my first book (what is now the second in the series) and connected me with RWA and the Nashville chapter.

3. Tell us about yourself.

My husband and I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our eighteen-year-old son and three dogs. When I’m not working or writing, I can be found with family and friends. I love to bake in the winter, grill in the summer, and on occasion, I sneak away from everyone and curl up with a good book.

4. Who are your favorite authors?

I follow Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, J.R. Ward, Susan Mallery, Karen Marie Moning, Suzanne Brockmann, Jennifer Ashley, Emma Wildes, Anne Stuart, Sabrina Jeffries, and Victoria Dahl. And that’s just a start… Darcy Flynn, Rebecca Heflin and Meggan Connors are brand new authors recently added to my list.

5. What are your favorite books?

My all time favorite is Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella. I also love Intensity by Dean Koontz. I’ve read the Twilight series at least four times. Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflowers and Travis series and J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood would also have to be at the top of my list.

6. What would you like for readers to get out of Winter’s Magic?

Winter’s Magic is a fun, fast read. There are parts that will make you laugh, while others make your heart squeeze. A few surprises. Steamy love scenes. Each one touches on modern day issues, fears, and challenges that women face every day. And each one illustrates that love is within reach if you let down those walls and allow your heart to open. Our lives and experiences are so much more meaningful when we have someone to share them with.

7. What makes you unique as an author and what sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?

I try to be myself when I write, let my own voice carry the story. I had a judge from the Heart of Denver Molly contest leave this comment, “Her style is magic, so much so that it sneaks up and the beauty of her gift is she makes you forget you’re a voyeur peeking in on someone’s lives.”

I couldn’t have asked for better feedback. Reading is supposed to take us away from the stress of our lives and treat us to a few moments of escape and happy endings. I hope all of my books succeed in providing this.

8. What is your writing process?

I have to have complete silence and plenty of light to write. My creative side requires total concentration and absolutely no multitasking. I have a lounger in the family room and a recliner in the bonus room, depending on where the family is—both allow me to put my feet up and relax with my laptop. Once I’m finished with a manuscript and start the editing process, I can simultaneously watch a football game, sitcom, and handle music and noise. I guess it’s just a different part of my brain.

9. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?

Spring’s Surprise is under contract and expected to release in March or April of 2013. Summer’s Family Affair and Fall’s Redeeming Grace will conclude the Music City Hearts series.

I also have a stand-alone book called Sweet Tooth that I’m working on. Angela Preston is a single mother, struggling to make ends-meet with a bakery and catering business. When her car is totaled by a local delivery truck, she meets Lance Stone, whom she assumes is the driver’s regional manager. He eats lunch at her diner several days in a row before she finally agrees to a date. Only after she’s given him her heart does she realize he’s the CEO of the company who’s planning to tear down the blind school her son attends.

10. How can readers connect with you?

Website: http://www.CynthiaGail.com

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/SmoQo5

Twitter: CynthiaGailRomance

Amazon Page: http://amzn.to/ReE8fG

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About the Book:

Beth Sergeant and Nick Chester come from opposite ends of the social food chain. While he sees a beautiful woman without an agenda, she sees a wealthy playboy. Can he convince her to let go of her insecurities and take a chance on love, when challenges from his past force her to reveal her most guarded secret?

Owner of La Bella Vita, a five-star day spa nestled in the affluent suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, Beth Sergeant knows her elite clientele first hand. She attended their private schools. She was even engaged, although briefly, to one of their most recognized bachelors. But she never fit in to their social-elite world.

After losing his parents to a car accident at a young age, Nick Chester was raised by his grandfather, the wealthiest man in Nashville. When he chooses to socialize, he has a never-ending list of exclusive events and beautiful women vying for his attention. Yet he never lets himself forget that everyone has an agenda.

Beth can’t resist Nick’s charm and accepts an invitation to dinner, despite her deep-seated insecurities. She proves she’s nothing like other women Nick’s dated and learns to trust him in return. But just as the last of their resistance crumbles and true love is within reach, challenges from Nick’s past threaten to destroy everything and force Beth to reveal her most guarded secret.

Meet Tracy Sands, Author of The Christian Alphabet Book: Teaching Children About Jesus, Prayer, and The Bible

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1.      When did you fall in love with books?  When I was in Middle school I fell in love with Art books.  I would receive beautiful Art books from my parents for Christmas. I could sit for hours just looking at the masterpieces in museums around the world. I have a huge collection of the most magnificent Art books.  Then after college, when I was able to read whatever I wanted to read, I fell in love with novels.  I also began my deeper love for Jesus in college and started studying Sacred Scripture.

2.      When did you realize you wanted to write?  I have been an artist since High School, however, I never really considered myself good with words, more good with sketching/designing/drawing/sculpting/photography etc.  When God gave me The Christian Alphabet about 13 years ago, he also gave me the desire to write this book… but like Moses, I feel inadequate with my words, so he sent Moses his brother Aaron, and for me, he had to send about 10 special people to help me write this book.

3.       What inspired you to write the book? I created TCA over 10 years ago. During that time, we have created many personalized prints. We make both first names and last name prints – spelled out in the Christian Alphabet which are very popular for Baptisms, Christmas gifts, weddings, First Communions, etc. Our customers are inspired by seeing their names in the TCA. But many of our customers wanted to know more about the Christian Alphabet. There are so many different levels of meaning when you want to go deeper into each letter. The book contains ALL 26 letters, explains the symbology, and then goes into deeper levels of each letter by the Bible verse, letter lesson, and prayer.

4.      Tell us about yourself. I am a spoiled stay-at-home wife and a mother of three boys, ages 8, 10 and 12.  This keeps me very busy.  BC, Before Children, I was an Art Teacher for 10 years and earned my Masters in Art Education.  I love Jesus, Teaching kids about Jesus, and Art that has to do with Jesus.  This book has everything to do with ALL these“Loves of my life.”

5.      Who are your favorite authors?  St Paul, St Luke, St. John (The Holy Bible, New Testament)

6.      What are your favorite books? The Gospel of John and any Christian Romance/Suspense novels.

7.      What would you like for readers to get out of The Christian Alphabet?

Spiritual growth and knowledge of God/Jesus/the Holy Spirit.  Knowledge leads to Love, and the book is 26 lessons of God/Love.  “God is love.”1 John 4:16  “The more one knows of God the more one loves Him.” ~St. Catherine of Siena 1300s

8.       What makes you unique as an author and what sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?  My book is a Family book.  The book combines art with something that everyone can easily relate to – the Alphabet.  Using the alphabet, the book covers all the basics of Christianity,-even the deep answers like…,Why did God create you? and What is your purpose in life? And  What is Heaven? And How do you prepare for it?

9.  What is your writing process?  Mainly my book is the 26 special artworks (containing about 100 Christian symbols) =the letters of the alphabet, and each letter has a Bible verse and basic Christian lesson that goes with it.  Each of the 26 lessons has a connecting activity that “Love”~the dove from above presents, along with a prayer written at a child’s level.

*Because God inspired me with the artwork of The Christian Alphabet I want to share it with everyone in the world.  Because I am an Art Teacher, I know how to write lesson plans and teach.  Because I am a mother of 3 I know a little about kids.  Because I love God, and prayed very hard for Him to help me write this for Him, I feel the His Holy Spirit guided me through this tough process.

10. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?  The Christian Alphabet Book just came out 3 weeks ago, so I am working on book signings right now, but where ever God takes me I will go.  I am looking for a new dream since this one has just been realized!  God has taken The Christian Alphabet to new heights…making it something I had never dreamed of!

11.  How can readers connect with you?

Website: www.TheChristainAlphabet.com

Email: tsands@thechristianalphabet.com

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

Amazon Page:  www.amazon.com/The-Christian-Alphabet-Book-Teaching/dp/0985792809/

Meet Karen Fisher-Alaniz and Enter to Win a Book!

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1.When did you fall in love with books?

I was in my 30’s. I guess you could say I’m a really late bloomer. But the truth is, I was so busy with life until then, that books other than Dr. Seuss just weren’t on my radar. I remember reading a comment from someone in a magazine article or something; the woman said that she loved to visit bookstores when she traveled. She went on to speak about reading as if it was something really cool to do. And I thought, I want that. So, I made a conscious effort to become that kind of person.

2. When did you realize you wanted to write?

I liked writing when I was young. I wrote in journals, and I wrote poetry. When I was in High School, I was so excited when I got a babysitting job for a little boy who was disabled. He was four years old, but had a syndrome that stunted his growth and his mental abilities. He was like a baby just a few months old. When he died suddenly, I wrote about the experience, and the comfort I took in imagining him in heaven running, playing, and smiling. I entered the story in the Guideposts Youth Writing Contest and won a college scholarship for it. That was the first time I realized that I could write. But it was also the beginning of my love for working with kids with disabilities. I used my scholarship to get a degree in special education and taught for 14-years, before health issues forced me to finish that chapter of my life, and begin a new one. And when that happened, my love of writing moved up the list.

3. Tell us about yourself.

I have three adult children – no grandchildren yet (I hope my kids read this!). For the time being, I’ve replaced my future grandchildren with a dog – my first ever. Togo is a husky-retriever mix and I’ve become one of those crazy dog owners, who spends more time talking about her dog, than about her husband. (sorry, honey)

But on the serious side, I wanted nothing more in life than to be a mom and a teacher. I achieved both. I taught special education at the elementary school level for years. It was a career I loved. I would still be teaching, if I was able.

After leaving my beloved special kids, I floundered for a bit before going back to what my first grade teacher taught me – a love of writing. I started to write about the pain of losing my job, and about living with Multiple Sclerosis. My essays were published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and in Voices of Multiple Sclerosis. It was about that time that the subject for a book, landed in my lap, literally. My father, a WWII veteran began having symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder at the age of 81, and a few months later put two notebooks full of letters he wrote during the war, in my lap. Slowly, he began telling me his story, and that story would become the basis for my first book, a memoir.

4. Who are your favorite authors?

It’s a long and varied list. I have loved memoir since I knew there was such a thing. The only memoirs I’ve yet to develop a love for are celebrity memoirs. Other than that, I just love reading about other people’s life experiences. It’s such a unique genre; a combination of following the author’s unique journey, and at the same time having those, “Oh, that’s just like me” experiences.

5. What are your favorite books?

Laura Hillenbrand’s, Unbroken, is amazing. She takes the life of an ordinary man, Louie Zamporini, and leads us through the making of a true hero.

The Color of Water, by James McBride is a fascinating look at a biracial man who seeks to find himself in his history.

I enjoy Anne Lamott’s nonfiction books because she’s just so real. I love that.

Brenda Ueland was fairly unknown when I discovered her book in a quaint bookstore on the Oregon Coast. First published in 1938, her book, If You Want to Write, is my favorite writing book. She was ahead of her time in so many ways. Her advice to aspiring creative is both timely and timeless.

My guilty pleasure is anything by crime novelist, James Patterson. The subject is so far from what I write that his books are just fun to read. But on the reader-writer connection, he is a master at ending his chapters in a way that makes you want to keep reading. What’s even more amazing about it is that his chapters are very short. I try to emulate that in my writing.

6. What would you like for readers to get out of Breaking the Code?

Everyone has a story. We all have someone in our life who has a story. Maybe it’s a family member or a close friend. Maybe it’s the guy who sits on the park bench every afternoon, or a neighbor. Maybe it’s someone we sit next to in our place of worship.

I could never have imagined the story my father had to tell. I knew he had been in the war. But he’d said so many times that he simply sat behind a desk during the war. So, when he started having nightmares and flashbacks, I knew it didn’t fit with that picture. It was only through time and lots of patience, that the true story was finally revealed.

We all have that “someone” in our lives. But people tell themselves that there will be a perfect time to get those stories written down, sometime in the future. We’ll wait until things aren’t so crazy at work, or until the kids are just a little older. Truth is – many of us will run out of time, while waiting for the perfect time. And when our loved one is gone, so are their stories. When you take the time to listen to someone’s story, you honor them in a way that is unique. It’s the most important thing you’ll ever do. I want my readers to catch the vision of a Story Sharing Revolution. My challenge: find the story in your life – and then tell that story.

7. What makes you unique as an author and what sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?

My book has two story lines. There is the story of a daughter trying to find the truth. There is also the story of a young man during the 1940’s who leaves his tiny hometown to serve in WWII. Somehow Naval Intelligence becomes aware that he has the skills to be a top secret code breaker. Unbeknownst to him, a plan is set in motion – one that will have devastating consequences.

A very unique aspect of Breaking the Code: a Father’s Secret, a Daughter’s Journey, and the Question That Changed Everything, is that the letters my father wrote to his “folks” during the war are included. Very few changes were made to those letters, and there are a couple in most chapters. The letters serve to anchor the story in a time and place that most of us have only read about in history books. It’s a mini-history lesson of its own.

8. What is your writing process?

I am a project writer. What that means is that once I get going on a subject, whether it’s a freelance article, an essay, or a book, I just keep going. I guess you could say I’m a bit obsessed. That’s only for the first draft though. After that, it’s just hard work. Real writers are successful because they write when they don’t feel like it.

I write in three-hour chunks of time. I find that it’s just enough time to get in the zone, but not so much that my brain is fatigued. Then I take a break, and usually do something physical like go for a walk. Some days that’s all I write; other times I might write two or three more three-hour periods.

Two of my kids are grown and on their own, so a bedroom was freed up. I made it into a writing room (office). But even though I have that dream space I always wanted, I find that if I really need to concentrate, I have to leave the house. At home, I run the risk of distracting myself with piles of laundry, scrubbing floors, or alphabetizing my spice rack. So, most days I spend at least part of my writing day at the library, a local university, or my favorite coffee shop.

9. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?

Running in Circles is a memoir about raising a child who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). My son is now 18, and it’s only in looking back, that I can laugh about all we went through. A mother will do some crazy things, when she has absolutely no idea how to be the mother her child needs. If I’d stopped at two children, I would have thought of myself as a pretty darned great mother. And then there was Caleb. I had a lot to learn. I’ve recently started a blog that is solely for the subject of raising an ADHD child: http://www.onadhd.blogspot.com . Tentative publication date is fall, 2013.

Drawing Me Home is a narrative nonfiction book about an incredible man. He is a talented artist in the Seattle, Washington area. He is also a Vietnam Veteran, who fought long and hard to carve out a life for himself after returning from the war. He was the official artist for the University of Washington, a talented artist who drew portraits of everyone from actors to presidents, from Playboy bunnies to Popes. His donations of artwork raised more than $10 million for charity. But in 2003, because of a desperate widow’s request, he gave it all up. He has dedicated his life to drawing portraits of fallen soldiers. He’s drawn more than 3,000 to date. Tentative publication date is fall 2014.

10. How can readers connect with you?

Website: http://www.storymatters2.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/breakingthecode
Twitter: @karenlalaniz
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Karen-Fisher-Alaniz/e/B0052UMUOW

Enter to Win a Double-Signed Copy of: Breaking the Code: A Father’s Journey And The Question That Changed Everything by visiting: www.storymatters2.com

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Meet Meg Lacey

1. When did you fall in love with books?

When I was a little girl.  I have always loved the written word.  My mother loved to read and I must have been influenced by her.  I remember bringing home books from the school library, as many as I could.  One summer when I was in the fourth grade, I was inside reading a book when my father came in and told me to go outside and play because it was a beautiful day.  I told him I was reading a book about the great baseball player, Babe Ruth.  The minute my Dad heard that he said—“Oh, that’s all right then!”  (We were a big baseball family, with my father playing, and an uncle in the major leagues, etc.)  Books take you to unseen worlds.  They are the way I explored new places and ideas, and the way I added to my knowledge of people.

2. When did you realize you wanted to write?

I’ve been writing since the fourth grade.  I started writing seriously in book length fiction in 1990.  I sent to Harlequin in London and they asked me to revise it.  I did and they rejected it, but I’d gotten the bug.

I never really thought about being an author, although I’ve always written.  My goal, education and training was focused on acting and directing.  It wasn’t until my husband and I left some major metropolitan areas that I changed my direction, focusing on producing and writing for television, video, and interactive websites, and on children’s literature.  
3. Tell us about yourself. 

I live in Ohio.  My husband and I have three daughters who are all married and causing chaos in someone else’s life now.  After years of having dogs and cats, and one psychotic love bird who kept having false pregnancies, I now have only one little cat named, Piglet.  He was a rescue. My daughters are always rescuing something and pawning pets off on us.  I am now writing full time; so after years of starting and owning businesses, it is a thrill to be able to look out a window in the middle of the day and know I can reorder my priorities if I need to do so.

4. Who are your favorite authors?

For Romance:  Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I love her combination of humor and emotion.  I also like the big plots in areas that supposedly didn’t sell to a romance readership, like pro sports and acting.  Her characterization is dense and her dialogue is sharp. I also like Nora Roberts, Karen Robards, Lori Foster to name a few.

For Thrillers:  Preston and Childs, Tami Hogue, Jeffrey Devers.

Fantasy: Laura Resnick, George Martin, JD Robb.

Overall Favorite:  James Herriot

5. What are your favorite books?

I read everything from non-fiction to fiction, from suspense and thrillers to romance to fantasy to historical sagas. I’m currently reading Book Two of the Century Series by Ken Follett.  I just finished Discovery of Witches and the Sequel, as well as Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

However, one my all time favorite authors is James Herriot. His books about a vet in the late 1930’s Yorkshire are some of my favorites.  His skill with characterization and observation are breathtaking.  He makes me laugh and cry and see everything he is talking about so vividly that I am awed by the artistry of his writing.

6. What would you like for readers to get out of “Million Dollar Mistake?”

Life is a time of continual learning, so embrace it.  Learn to accept yourself for who you are, but never close your mind to possibilities. Also, be able to ask for help when you need it.  That’s hard for independent women to do, but it is a lesson we all must learn.  This book is about personal growth, and discovering that a person can change course in life if they want to do so.

When the book starts Raven Rutledge is the ultimate tabloid bad girl.  Nicholas Demetrious is the very distant family connection who has always been the one designated to get her out of trouble, while trying to avoid falling into trouble with her.  After all, a bad girl is just as appealing as a bad boy when she looks and acts like Raven.  She’s impulsive, wild to a fault, and secretly hoping someone will stop her before she destroys herself.  Nicholas on the other hand is forced to rescue her because she is messing up a very lucrative business deal that his family is counting on him bringing to fruition.  I agree that it’s not the most noble reason for him to be involved. But, when you consider he’s always been half-way in love with Raven, it is understandable.

Anyway, the two of them spar, fight and use witty humor to get through the situation.  AND, this book actually offers two romantic stories in one.  Did I mention there is another man and woman involved when they are all snowed in by a blizzard in the Adirondacks?  If not, well I hope you will all want to find out more about it by yourselves.

7. What makes you unique as an author and what sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?

My writer’s ‘voice.’  Voice is one of those things you can’t describe.  It just is.  It’s a result of the way I see a situation, develop a character, and hear them speak.  It’s also a result of my phrasing and structure. I write fast paced novels with a lot of humor, and a great deal of dialogue. People have told me they always know it’s my novel when they start reading it.

When it comes right down to it though, I’m still learning.  I learn from each character I develop, from each situation I create.  I learn from reading others and from living life.  My goal is to keep on improving, telling each story in a unique way, in a way that readers will enjoy.

8. What is your writing process?

I don’t really have a process other than put my ‘bum in the chair’ and write.  I write every day, generally setting a number of pages I must accomplish.  Sometimes that is easy to accomplish and sometimes it’s a lot more.  I generally write a book from beginning to end.  I know a number of writers who will do episodic scenes and then find a place to put them.  I don’t do that, or if I do have an idea of a scene for later, I’ll jot notes about it, but I won’t write the scene.  Generally by the time I get there, my characters will have decided something else anyway.  I do rely on a three act based system, with plot points that lead to a climax.  I generally plot these out. I always know where a book starts and the end scene.  It might change as I write, but the intent is always very similar.

The great thing about the way I approach writing is the unexpected developments, the time when the characters come to life and do their own thing, create their own action regardless of my initial intention.  That’s frustrating some times, but it’s also thrilling.

9. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?

Yes, I’m currently working on two projects under contract.  “Something’s Cooking” is a romantic comedy, due in August, 2013, from Entangled Publishing.  It’s about a lifestyle maven, ala Martha Stewart, who can’t cook and a reporter who intends to reveal her secret to his readers.

“The Sparrow and The Vixen’s Three” is due during the summer also.  It’s Book Two in the Tales of the Sparrow paranormal romance series.  Book One, “The Sparrow and The Hawk,” came out in Sept. 2012.  “Sparrow and the Vixens” is a continuation, with the Sparrow, an agent for the NAS Agency, (Normal, Abnormal and Strange) still looking for the choker that has the ability to destroy the world. She’s helped by The Hawk, a shapeshifter with his agenda, and they are foiled by Three Kitsune (Japanese Werefoxes) who turn into beautiful women and try to seduce The Hawk from good to evil.

10. How can readers connect with you?

I am holding a giveaway to celebrate Million Dollar Mistake with terrific prizes including, books, products from “For Every Home,” and “Jamberry Nails.”  I hope all of your readers will register on my website or facebook page.

Website:  www.meglacey.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/meglaceybooks

Amazon Page:  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Meg%20Lacey&search-alias=books

 

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