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Welcome… Author, Kori D. Miller

Good Morning Everyone,

Please help me give a warm welcome to author Kori D. Miller, who kindly agreed to participate in an interview.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Welcome Kori! Thanks for participating in this interview. Could you please tell the followers here a little bit about yourself and your work?

Thank you for inviting me!

My writing has appeared in Fine Lines Literary Journal since 2007. In 2011, My Life in Black and White: A book of experiences was published. The revised, second edition was released in January 2014. Deadly Sins: A Dezeray Jackson Mini-Series is my most recent book. I host a weekly radio program called Back Porch Writer: The show for writers, about writers, and writing on Blog Talk Radio. I’m the editor of Kori Miller Writes: The site for creative writers and newbie podcasters. (I love helping other creative people share their work.) My husband and I own two other businesses. When I’m not writing, I hang out with my family, and a few close friends. I’d be remiss if I also didn’t mention that I’m a Hapkidoist — practicing and describing fight scenes are a lot of fun! (My husband doesn’t always feel the same way.)

Which authors inspired your desire to write?

This may seem strange, but I can’t think of a single writer who inspired me to write. Not because I don’t have favorite writers, but more because I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. The first story I remember writing and illustrating was while I was in early elementary school. The person who inspires me the most is my father.  As a general rule, I look to my family for inspiration in most areas of my life. They’ve been my greatest role models.  I’m very fortunate in this regard.

 At what point in your life did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I think the minute I picked up a pen and started pretending to write cursive words, I knew I always would write. I never gave much thought to publishing until much later, and I didn’t begin to take my writing seriously until about 2010. Writing and public speaking have been a part of my career for many years.

 If you could have lunch with any author or character, who would it be and why?

Theodor Seuss Geisel is one of my favorite writers. He was willing to tackle tough topics and he did it in a non-threatening way.

If your book Deadly Sins was turned into a movie, who would you want to play the main characters?

I have no idea. Dezeray Jackson is tough as nails. She’s the type of person who simply has no patience for stupidity. She’s also fairly short, and I can’t think of many actresses who could play “short.”

What can readers expect from you in the year 2014?

I’m planning a May release of Deadly Sins II, and a 2015 release of the full-length novel starring Dezeray Jackson. Readers can get sneak peeks, of the first chapters of the novel, at the end of both Deadly Sins books. In addition to this, I’m revising two middle grade novels: Archer Jaxson and the Compass Wars and The Coyote Wars. And, I can’t forget NaNoWriMo! I’ve got my project title: North Downing, and am fleshing out the story. Readers may see bits of my NaNo project, and the others, on WattPad for reader feedback.
Where can readers find you?

Tweet with me @kmillerwrites and @backporchwriter. I also have Facebook pages with those names. And, readers can check out my author site: www.koridmiller.com

 

Thank you for the opportunity to share a little about my work with your readers.

Kori

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Welcome… Author, Laura Oliva!

Good Morning Everyone,

Today I am pleased to welcome romance author, Laura Oliva, to the blog. She kindly agreed to participate in an interview today. I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing her book, All That Glitters. You can read the review here.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Hi Laura! Thanks for participating in this short interview. Can you please tell the followers here a little bit about yourself and your work?

Hey Nicole! Thanks so much for having me over.  So, about me: I’m a wife and mom.  I have a garden.  I love to cook.  I also write romance novels starring people who would were probably voted “least likely to fall in love” back in high school.

 

I have always dreamed of living in Alaska. Your book, All that Glitters, takes place in Alaska. Have you ever been there? If not, what made you want to use that beautiful setting as the background of the story?

While I have never been to Nome, Alaska (which is where All That Glitters took place), I was lucky enough to cruise through the interior when I was younger. Granted, it was a cruise, so my exposure to Alaska proper was limited at best, but I still fell in love with the harsh beauty and absolute big-ness of the place.  It struck me as the perfect place for a love story.

 

Valentine’s Day was just a few days ago. As a romance writer, do you have any special Valentine’s Day traditions?

As a romance writer, I would love to.  However, as the mother of a toddler, reality often interferes.  I usually make something yummy for dinner, followed by chocolate (for me), and an early bedtime.  Let me say, though, I am lucky enough to be married to an amazing man who spoils and loves me every day of the year.  So Valentine’s Day is really just another day in our life together.

 

Who are some of the authors that helped inspire your desire to write?

I have been influenced by a lot of different writers.  I love Janet Evanovitch for her use of humor.  I love Sue Grafton for the way she spins a character and writes a mystery.  Lately, though, I’ve been exploring more “noir-ish” themes in my work, so I’ve been reading a lot of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.  I know: weird list of mentors for a romance novelist.  But then, I pride myself on not writing “typical” romance novels.

 

If you could live in one of your books, which one would it be and why?

I would probably live in the book I just finished (and the next six I have planned, since it is part of a serialized romance series).  It is set in present-day San Francisco, but not the San Francisco you’ll see as a tourist.  My San Francisco is a steamy maze of burlesque clubs, back alleys, and crime-ridden neighborhoods.  I love it so!

 

Where can readers find you?

God, I’m everywhere.  But if you’re looking for me, you might start here:

On my Website

On my Blog

On Facebook

On Twitter (@writermama)

 

 What can readers expect from you this year?

I have quite a line-up, well, lined up.  I’m publishing the second book in my serialized noir romance series this summer.  The series is called The Devil’s Playthings, the book is called The Devil’s Kitchen.  I am planning to publish Book Three before Thanksgiving, and I also have a holiday anthology starring the series’ minor characters planned for around that same time.  So I basically will be living in San Francisco, even if it’s just in my head.  Anyone who wants to join me is welcome!

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Welcome… Author, Shannon A. Thompson!

Good Morning Everyone,

Please help me give a warm welcome to author, Shannon A. Thompson, who has kindly participated in an interview to discuss her writing influences and current work.

I hope you all have a fabulous Friday!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Hi Shannon! How are you? Could you please tell everyone here a little bit about yourself and your work?

Hi, Nicole. I am good – currently, drinking some morning coffee. I am glad to be here, so hello to everyone!

I’m a young-adult author and poet, but I’ve also had military fiction published. I was 16 when my first novel was printed, and I haven’t stopped since. My passion is writing, but I ultimately hope to open an affordable art school where artists can meet professionals in their field.

 

You write YA and Fantasy stories. Do you think that there is more opportunities to write in this genre, due to its recent growing popularity?

As much as there are more opportunities, there are also more writers competing in these categories, so I think it can go both ways. That being said, if writing young-adult fantasy is your genre, keep at it!

 

What books/authors have you enjoyed reading over the years?

I love all kinds of books, which is probably why I write in so many genres. Memoirs are my current favorite to read, but I always make time for the young-adult genre. In fact, I’m currently reading a novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, author of “Speak.” Some of my favorite authors include Meg Cabot, Lauren Oliver, and Cassandra Clare, but that’s only the beginning of an always-growing list.

Is there a particular author and/or character that you would love to join for lunch, one day?

I would love to speak with Meg Cabot. I’ve always admired her style. She isn’t afraid to push the boundaries, especially with female characters. I think that’s why two of her paranormal series were my favorite as a teen. (1-800-Where-R-You and The Mediator)

If you could be any one of your characters, who would you choose and why?

That’s a difficult question to answer, because the character I choose is in a story that isn’t published yet (but might be soon.) I would pick her simply due to the world she is in. It’s a fascinating place to discover.

Do you have any new books being released?

I do! Seconds Before Sunrise, book 2 in The Timely Death Trilogy, releases on March 27, 2014. While the first novel, Minutes Before Sunset, focused on what is was like to be a part of the Dark in dire times, the second book will showcase the struggles of being a human in a paranormal world. It will also redefine fate, so expect a lot of action, some struggling romance, and a climax that will change everything.

 

Where can readers find you?

I have a website where I divulge my writing, editing, and publishing tips. http://shannonathompson.com

But I am also on

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shannon-A-Thompson/495467393833780?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShanAshleeT23

And more: http://shannonathompson.com/contact/

You can find my novels through all major retailers, but here’s the link to Minutes Before Sunset on Amazon to get you started: http://www.amazon.com/Minutes-Before-Sunset-Shannon-Thompson/dp/098931281X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

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Welcome… Isobel Irons, Author!

Hi Everyone,

Please help me give a warm welcome to Isobel Irons. She kindly participated in an interview and is offering a giveaway for  a chance to win a free copy of her book!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

1.       Hi Isobel! Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Can you please tell the followers here a bit about yourself and your work?

 

Absolutely! I’m something of a jack of all trades in the marketing and media realm. In college, I studied broadcasting and got really into independent film-making, then after I got married I traveled all over the world, working on various projects, collecting all these stories. It was only a matter of time before I started writing them down, first as spec scripts, then as novels.

 

I guess that’s what sets me apart in the publishing industry, because unlike most writers who outline and draft, I visualize and cast and storyboard my ideas before ever typing out the first words on the page. My first book WAKE FOR ME, was incepted (hehe) while watching Inception and chatting with my husband about how awesome it would be to stay in the dream world for long periods of time, until it started to become reality. My second book, which is an unrelated “mature YA” / New Adult contemporary retelling of Cinderella (but with way darker issues than housekeeping), is called PROMISCUOUS, and is kind of like Easy A meets Girls. (Not for the faint of heart, I promise.) I adapted that one from a set of journals I’d kept for a documentary on sexual abuse in America.

 

These days, I’m taking a break from standing behind the camera to write full time and do a podcast with my bestselling author friend, Elle Lothlorien, which is called the S&M (Self-Publishing and Marketing) Podcast with Maven & Minx (I’m Minx.) We also have a website, book and consultation firm where we teach people the attitudes and tools of successful self-publishing. You can read all about it at TheBookEscorts.com. *Shameless plug, sorry about that. The podcast is pretty funny, though, so if you’re an aspiring author you should definitely check it out.*

 

2.       Your book, Wake for Me, is about a young woman who finds the man of her dreams, while being in a coma. What inspired you to write this story?

 

Like I mentioned briefly above, the first seed was planted by Christopher Nolan’s Inception (he’s something of a hero of mine.) I loved the idea of lucid dreaming—of dreams you could learn to control, or at least be completely aware of—and thought it would be awesome to write a contemporary, non-paranormal retelling of Sleeping Beauty where the heroine was in a coma and forced to run around in a dream until she couldn’t tell the difference between that world and reality anymore. And of course, because I’ve always had a bit of a girly side, I had to make it a romance.

 

3.       The main character, Viola Bellerose, has a very unique name. How did you pick that name for her?

 

The main character’s name was a cross between my favorite character in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night(BTW in case you’re not familiar, Viola is the sassy and badass girl who dresses up like a dude and accidentally falls for her boss—such a kick ass story, especially for that time period) and yet another cheeky nod to the fact that WAKE FOR ME is loosely, loosely based on Sleeping Beauty. Bellerose…Briar Rose. Get it? There’s a couple of other sneaky references in there, which I won’t spoil for you here. But I LOVE it when readers message me on Facebook and tell me they’ve found them, my little Fairy Tale Easter Eggs. Hmmm, that gives me an idea: I might have to do a contest at some point in the future, centered around those little tidbits. (Psst. Friend me on Facebook if you want to be in the loop for such contests in the future.)

 

4.       Did you read a lot of romantic suspense novels growing up? What books/authors do you like to re-read often?

 

Oh, God, yes. When I was in college, I went through a huge phase where I just devoured everything I could get my hands on by Tami Hoag, Linda Howard, Suzanne Brockmann, Allison Brennan, Lisa Jackson…the list goes on, but I don’t want to bore you guys. Suffice it to say, I had a very unhealthy obsession with ‘Oh no, we almost died just then, let’s have sex’ scenes for a while, there.

 

Nowadays, though, I read pretty much everything. I beta read a lot for my fellow authors, too, which means on any given week I’ll be blitzing through some chick lit, some paranormal YA, some edgy NA books like the ones I write, and even a novel in verse (which is surprisingly easy to read, once you get the hang of it, and soooo beautifully written.)

 

Yeah, I love me some books.

 

5.       What are your writing plans for 2014? Will you be releasing any books this year?

 

My fellow authors like to laugh at me for my grand ambitions, but so far I’ve been averaging a book release a month. Can I keep this going? Probably not. But until the caffeine runs out of my system and my mind no longer buzzes with ideas for the next story, and the next, I’ll keep writing…until it kills me, probably.

 

*Ahem* And the non-crazed sounding answer to your question is, “Why yes. Thank you for asking. My next book, SAY ANYTHING (the ‘sequel’ to WAKE FOR ME, kind of) comes out in April 2014. Keep an eye on my website, isobelirons.com for updates!

 

6.       Where can everyone find you?

 

Website: http://isobelirons.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isobel-Irons/187776254741611?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IsobelIrons

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/isobelirons/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7389142.Isobel_Irons

 

7.       Do you have anything that you would like to ask me or the followers here?

Absolutely! Here goes. *Clears throat, straightens ironic hipster glasses, dons look of attempted seriousness, fails* Would you like to win a FREE copy of WAKE FOR ME? If so, click here:

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/429fdb5/

 

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Welcome… Author, Stacy Juba!!!

Good Morning Everyone,

I would like for you all to help me welcome author Stacy Juba. She is a very talented author of several different genres that I have had the pleasure of reading. To read my reviews click on the title of the book: Face-Off, Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, Sink or Swim, Dark Before Dawn, Teddy Bear Town Bundle.

I hope you all enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

1. Hi Stacy, thanks for hanging out on the blog today. Could you please tell the followers here a little bit about yourself?

Thanks for hosting me! I’m a wife, mom, and former journalist for a daily newspaper. I have always loved to read books and write stories, and was writing my own “mystery series” in fifth grade. I have published books for adults, teenagers and children, and the one theme all the stories have in common is that the characters are at a crossroads in their lives. They are at a fork in the road where they can either stay on the safe and predictable path, which hasn’t been serving them too well, or take a new and riskier path toward a more fulfilling future. On my blog from time to time, the “reporter” in me likes to highlight resources that can help my readers to build their own characters, featuring topics such as meditation, parenting and self improvement. I have written a lot of health articles over the years for various publications, as health and wellness are personal interests of mine.

2. I read all sorts of genres, depending on my mood or what is on The List. What is it like for you, as a writer, to write various tales directed at different audiences?

I basically come up with book ideas based on the mood I’m in at the time. My upcoming novel, Fooling Around With Cinderella, is a light and sparkly romantic comedy/sweet romance. I just felt like writing something light and fun, and I see myself going more in that direction down the line. For Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, I wanted to write something more introspective with a “Wow” ending. I felt like surprising readers. With my reality TV mystery Sink or Swim, I wanted to write an entertaining and suspenseful beach read that was lighter than Twenty-Five Years Ago Today. The adult books come more naturally to me than the books for younger readers, but the teen and children’s books are a nice change of pace once in awhile. Writing about different characters and for different audiences keeps me from being bored. And if I’m having fun writing the story, I hope readers will have fun reading it.

3. What was the first children’s book you remember re-reading as a child?

I remember reading a Bobbsey Twins book called The Dune Buggy Mystery and thinking that I had to reread it as soon as I finished. Then I realized it was a series. I read all the series books I could find, such as The Bobbsey Twins, Happy Hollisters, Dana Girls, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Judy Bolton, and Trixie Belden books as I could keep revisiting the same characters again and again. I also had a fondness for Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books and read those more than once.

4. Who are on your top list of must-read mystery authors?

I always look for new books by Lisa Gardner, Iris Johansen and Heather Graham. They fall more along the lines of romantic suspense. I also like Joann Fluke’s Hannah Swenson mysteries as they are light and quick reads (and they inspire me to bake!) and I’ve read most of Denise Swanson’s Scumble River Mysteries and Donna Andrews’ Meg Langslow series .

5. What can readers expect to see from you in the future?

They can look for my romantic comedy/sweet romance novel Fooling Around With Cinderella in 2014, and I plan to write spinoff stories featuring minor characters from the book. I also plan to work on my Face-Off sequel, Offsides, which I wrote when I was a teenager and need to rewrite, as well as finish a mystery novel that was a recipient of the William F. Deeck Malice Domestic Grant which was presented at the Agatha Awards. I have a lot of ideas to keep me busy!

Bonus Questions:

1. Top Teenage Detective?

a. Nancy Drew

b. The Hardy Boys

c. Trizie Belden

d. Other

2. If you could have any one/two of the sixth senses, which would it be?

Links:
Website: http://stacyjuba.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stacy-Juba/100155471301

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stacyjuba

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2988212.Stacy_Juba

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/stacyjuba/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stacy-Juba/e/B002OXLSDE/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/stacy-juba

Giveaway Time:
For your chance to win a copy of Sink or Swim or Dark Before Dawn, just leave a comment below between now and November 26, 2013 @ 11:00pm EST. Each comment will count as one entry, if you decide to answer the bonus questions, any correct answers will count as 2 entries. Winner will be selected using Random.org and announced on November 27, 2013. Good luck everyone!

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Welcome… Author Julia McDermott!

Good Morning Everyone,

Please help me give a warm welcome to author, Julia McDermott. She is here today to answer a few questions about her latest book, Underwater. Plus she has a few questions for everyone here.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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1. Hi Julia. Could you please tell my followers a little bit about yourself and your book Underwater?

Hi, Nicole! Thanks for having me! I was born in Dallas, grew up in Atlanta, and went to UNC-Chapel Hill, spending my junior year abroad in the South of France. I’m married with four almost-grown children, and my family has lived in Dallas, Detroit, Wichita, and Atlanta, where we’ve been since 2000. I write full-time, belong to the Atlanta Writers Club and a wonderful writers’ group, and am always looking for people with whom to practice my French. I love writing, reading, the beach, autumn, football, the holidays, most kinds of art, and all things French.

Underwater is my second novel and was released in August 2013. It’s the story of a super-wealthy Atlanta businesswoman, Candace Morgan, whose ne’er-do-well brother, Monty Carawan, guilts her into funding a luxury home for him to renovate and flip just before the real estate market takes a dive. Candace believes that by “helping” Monty, she’s fulfilled a decades-old promise and righted a wrong turn in her past. But when the housing market plunges even further, the tension between her and Monty rises to a boiling point, and she finds herself roped into a desperate, downward spiral of deceit. Monty’s wife Helen strives to keep their marriage afloat as rough seas threaten their young family, and her own demons rise to the surface.

Underwater looks at the powers of jealousy, greed, and shame, and tests the limits of generosity, in a long-held family pattern of enabling, as stakes rise to a crescendo.

2. What inspired you to dive into writing?

My dream to become a writer was born in the 7th grade, when my class was assigned to write a novel, and my classmates liked my story the best. However, I put that dream on the back burner, and after college, I worked in the banking and software industries before staying home to raise my children. As they grew, I read everything from classics to commercial fiction, often wondering how my favorite authors came up with their characters and plots, and what it was about their stories that made me sad to arrive at the last page.

When my youngest child was twelve, I considered my dream to become a writer, and at the start of the school year, I sat down to a blank computer screen and began. I finished the draft in the spring and began revisions, joined a writers’ group, attended workshops and revised some more. I kept reading a variety of fiction and began writing Underwater about a year before my first novel, Make that deux was released.

3. Underwater focuses on sibling dynamics. Do you have siblings and if so, are there any characters/characteristics based on your family?

I have a sister who is five years older, and a brother six years younger, but the siblings in Underwater are not based on them. I’ve known siblings close in age who are very competitive, and whose relationships are sometimes tense. I drew on these observations to create the relationships between Candace and Monty, and to a lesser extent, Helen and Dawn. Sibling rivalries have been written about since the story of Cain and Abel and the plays of Shakespeare, and I find the dynamics of siblings fascinating.

4. (Question from a follower) How important are your characters’ names and how do you name them?

My characters’ names are very important. I chose an unusual, strong but feminine name for the main character, Candace. I wanted many other characters’ names to suggest something about them: Helen, Dawn, Frank, Rob, Jack, Deirdre, Beau, Rich, Chip and Sonny. I chose Monty for two reasons: I wanted a name that ends in a long “e” sound, and if you change one letter, “Monty” becomes “money.” I decided on several other names only because I like them: Adele, Lucy, Darlene, Ginger, Wendy, Elena, and Julia.

5. Do you have any other books available or plans for future books?

My “New Adult” Romance/French Travel novel, Make that deux was published in October 2012. I am writing a work of creative nonfiction, which I plan to release next summer or fall, and I’m in the planning stages of my next project, another Suspense novel.

6. Where can readers find you and your books?

Find me on my:

Website: http://makethatjulie.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JuliaC.mcdermott

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MakeThatJulie

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/julia-mcdermott/18/95a/b45

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6557107.Julia_McDermott

Find my books on Amazon, Kindle and other e-readers, and order them at any bookstore! Here are the links for Amazon:

Underwater
Make That Deux

7. Is there anything you would like to ask the followers or me?

How do you find your next book to read? If you read a book you enjoy, do you tell friends and acquaintances about it, what you liked about it, and where to buy it? When you delve into a book, are you curious about the author, and how the story came to be written? Or do you prefer just to escape into the world created by a story?

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To answer Julia’s questions, I read any and everything. I am grateful to have several sources for finding my next read, but I like to follow authors’ websites, in order to stay up to date on new releases. There is nothing better than discussing a great book with friends. I like “finding” new to me authors and learning more about them and their work. What about all of you?

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Welcome…Authors Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey!!!

Hi Everyone,

Please help me give a warm welcome to two amazing authors, Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. They are here to answer a few questions about their Countermeasure Series. (To read my reviews of their books, click on each of the titles: Uncharted, Countermeasure, Bytes of Life Anthology, To Russia with Love, Blindsided, Lost to Rapture.)

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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1. Hi Chris and Ceci! Thanks for hanging out here today. Could you tell the followers here a little bit about yourselves and your books?

Chris: Hi, Nicole! Very happy to be here. I guess we should give your readers a little back story. I’m a Brazilian expatriate living in Canada and a total geek. My background prior to writing was in web development and design but through life’s twists I now find myself writing romance. Cecilia and I began writing together a bit over three years ago. We met at a role playing group and played a mated couple for a while before we decided to write our own stories. I’ve lived in Canada for 15 years and although I suffer through the low temps each year, I’m rewarded each season with the change of colors and the magnificent views so I guess mother nature and I are even.

Cecilia: Hi, thank you for having us. To follow Chris’s lead, I’m a mutt—mix of Irish and Spanish—and an Air Force brat currently living and working in Northern California. Life’s curveballs always lead you one way or another, mine led me to meeting Chris, this adventure we’ve embarked, and into writing our stories.

2. Your books cover a multitude of genres exquisitely well and they seem to be current/ahead of their time. How did you come up with the idea for this series and where do you look for inspiration?

Chris: The original idea for the series came from a dream I had which also became Countermeasure’s prologue in its entirety. The development of the series from the core idea to now has been done in partnership with Cecilia. Inspiration is all around us. We both bring our own lives and experiences to the table and that gives the series the dynamic and diversity it carries out.

3. Now I know you enjoy listening to music, while you write, but is there one particular song that comes to mind for each book?

Chris: Although Ceci and I have the same basic taste in music, we have personal preferences in how to use it in our writing. I personally associate a set of songs to a specific character and when I need to write in that character’s POV, I play the playlist for him. Scenes, romantic or otherwise, also have their own playlist. I associate songs with the couples, with the action sequence, but I don’t have one specific song I can associate with each book.

Cecilia: I do something similar but I tend to pick a song either from a characters’ or couples playlist that feels like the moment in time that I am working in. I guess you could say a theme song for the scene or emotional situation. We have selected a songs that we feel best represent the beat, speed and rhythm of each book for the trailers but our view of the energy within the books is not limited to them.

4. If you could live in any one of the places that is mentioned in your books, where would it be and why?

Chris: I had the pleasure of living in Ireland for a while and if I could pick a place it would be somewhere there, most likely outside Sligo Town. Although Dublin is a wonderful city, I’d still pick Sligo as my home.

Cecilia: I have traveled to many countries and have walked the streets of Monte Carlo. The one place I’ve never been yet is Ireland. My father’s family hails from County Cork, however, having listened to Chris’s reminiscing of adventures in Sligo and researching the area, I feel as if I too have been there. It has become a bucket list item for us to go there in the near future. I have a feeling Sligo will steal my heart.

5. Your characters are very relatable and seem very real to your obsessed followers. Which qualities/characteristics do you share with your characters? Which qualities/characteristics do you wish you shared with them?

Chris: Trevor and I share the love for technology and loyalty to family and friends. I just wish I was as young as he is and could roam the world the way they do but I guess I can do that through their adventures.

Cecilia: Cassandra’s no nonsense approach to situations, love of having a set plan, and of course, very protective of family and friends are some things Cassandra and I have in common. I would love to be that young again with the world and adventure always on the horizon. It will be fun to one day walk some of the steps they have taken.

6. What can readers expect to see from you two in the future?

Chris: We have a lot on our TBW pile and we wish we had more hours in a day to explore all of the stories we want to write. But for certain, we will finish the Countermeasure Series novels and a few more Bytes of Life novellas telling the stories of the secondary characters in the stories. We will also branch out Countermeasure onto the spin-off series The AWE Crew. As for the other stories, we’ll update the list as we go.

7. Where can readers find you?
Is there anything that you would like to ask me or the readers?

Chris: We are all over social media and we welcome new friends on Facebook anytime. We are not even close to reaching the Facebook friend limit so friend away. As for the question, what makes you take interest in a specific book/series? What pulls you in?

Cecilia: Question: As a reviewer/reader, you read books across several genres. Is there a specific genre that holds your special attention?

As Chris mentioned, we are everywhere and anywhere. Here are some direct links to our social media presence:

Authors’ Website: http://chrisalmeida-ceciliaaubrey.com/
Countermeasure Series: http://countermeasureseries.com/
Authors’ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Authors.ChrisAlmeida.CeciliaAubrey
Countermeasure Series Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Counter.Measure.Series
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CAlmeidaCAubrey

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To answer Chris’s question, for me, I like to read a story/series that I can get lost in. I prefer to be able to relate on some level with the characters or their story. However, if it is totally impossible to relate to a character, but the plotline is engaging, I find myself anxious to find out what happens next. As a reader, I love a story that pulls me into it and allows for my reality to fade away. ;)

To answer Ceci’s question, I have found that I go through reading phases. As a child, I loved a good mystery or any animal themed book, whereas in my teens I enjoyed more of the psychological thrillers. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I found the Happily Ever Afters in romance books. I am grateful to have such a broad taste in genres, when I am desperate for a book vacation, I tend choose a YA book, since they are normally fast, easy read and offer a hint of both mystery/romance. But nothing beats a great book that leaves you emotionally wrecked for a few days/weeks. :)

So what about all of you? How would you answer Chris’s and Ceci’s questions?

Fun tidbits:

Chris and Ceci are currently working towards 4,000 Likes on their Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/Authors.ChrisAlmeida.CeciliaAubrey) Once they reach this significant milestone, they will be giving away a paperback copy of Countermeasure.

Uncharted is the first Byte (short story) and it is the official start of this whole series. It is available for FREE at all retailers!!! So if you want to get a feel for this series and love a great deal, go pick up your copy today.

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Thanks again to Chris and Ceci for stopping by today and I hope you all enjoyed this interview.

Have a wonderful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Welcome… Sage Ardman, Author!

Good Morning, Sage. Thank you for being here today. Can you please tell everyone here a little bit about yourself?

I’m 60 years old, married, and have two sons in their twenties, both of whom have left the nest. I live in California, but spend every summer in Ontario, canoeing and enjoying the beautiful waters.
I have always been a huge reader of fiction, but I never knew about romance novels until last year when I wrote “Executive Sweet”. At first, I started reading romance novels because it helped me write my book. But I soon fell in love with romances (well, most of them, anyway) and so far I’ve gobbled up 70 of them. I prefer contemporary adult, but I’ve read a few historical, paranormal, young adult, urban fantasy, etc.
So what was I doing with myself for the 59 years before romance grabbed me by the throat? I’ve been a computer programmer! These days, computers seem less and less interesting, and I spend all my time reading and writing romance.

Executive Sweet is a romance novel. What inspired you to take the leap into writing in the romance genre?

“Executive Sweet” was the result of a huge “what if” question. What if (I asked myself) a CEO intentionally tried to distract his adversaries by bringing a beautiful woman with him whose job was to tilt the negotiation in their favor? Besides being sexy, the woman would have to be business savvy, and also quite adept at playing such a “con game.” At first, I wrote some vignettes about these sorts of business deals. But then, I realized that the love interest would be compelling, and so the vignettes got woven into a romance novel. Although this seems to have a pretty standard “CEO and beautiful woman” formula, it is nothing like the other romances in that category (I know, I’ve searched in vain). In my case, the two of them start off as friendly colleagues, and the hero is much more modest (the usual attitude such men have is that they’re more powerful than everything else that walks the earth).

Your main character, Kay Samson, has found herself in an interesting business situation. Would you have the same confidence as her, if faced in a similar scenario?

One of the things that I did to prepare myself to write “Executive Sweet” was to learn about con games. I’ve read books, watched TV shows, and seen a number of movies. It takes some serious nerve to be able to pull that stuff off, and as much as I wish I could do it, I doubt I’d be able to.

What is your perfect reading/writing day?

I prefer writing to reading, so my perfect day is when I get to work on new material. The characters seem to live in my head, and I can sit for hours, typing dialog that I hear them saying. Later on, I go back over the dialog and add inner thoughts, emotions, and physical actions.

When I’m not writing, I read and read. I can sit for hours reading. And ever since EBook readers came on the market, I’m in love with them. In fact, when I’m forced to read a paper book, I hate it, and can’t wait to finish it.

Besides Executive Sweet, are there other books that you have written or books that you plan on writing soon?

It turns out that “Executive Sweet” is the first of a 3-book series that I’m now calling the “Westerley” series. Book two is nearly done and I expect it in a few months. Book three is already taking shape in my head. All three books share the same characters, but stand on their own as romances. The nice part is that they fill-in for each other, providing further character development, and sometimes even replaying a scene from a different point of view.

One thing that I’m doing (that I hope doesn’t alienate my readers) is that I’m switching genres with each book in the series. “Executive Sweet” is mostly a suspense story. Book two (tentatively titled “A Good Little Girl Like You”, a line from The Wizard of Oz) is a comedy. Book three (no working title yet) will be a paranormal romance.

Now if you want to go backwards in time, before “Executive Sweet,” you will find that I’ve written two other books. But they’re computer books, and believe me, you don’t want to read them. I know I don’t.

Bonus Questions for Giveaway:
1. What is the first romance book you ever read?
a. Sonia Singh – “Goddess for Hire”
b. Susan Elizabeth Phillips – “What I Did For Love.”
c. Joelle Charbonneau – “Skating Around the Law”

2. Out of the books list above, is there one that you wish you could “live in”?
a. Sonia Singh – “Goddess for Hire”
b. Susan Elizabeth Phillips – “What I Did For Love.”
c. Joelle Charbonneau – “Skating Around the Law”
d. None of the above, because your life has the best romance of all.

I would like to thank Sage Ardman for stopping by here today. She is offering one lucky commenter a paperback copy of her book, Executive Sweet. For your chance to win, just leave a comment below between now and Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 11:00pm EDT. Each comment will count as one entry, however, if you choose to answer either (or both) of the bonus questions and each correct answer will count as another entry. Winner will be selected using Random.org, and will be announced Wednesday, October 2, 2013. You can find my review of Executive Sweet here. Good Luck to you all!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Welcome… Leanora Moore, Author!

Hi Leanora, thank you for joining us today. Could you please tell the followers here a little bit about yourself and your books?

Thank you for having me! As you may know my name is Leanora Moore, and I’m a romance author. I have four romance novels out in stores now. My first novel is titled The Caress of a Younger Man, which I released in 2009. Then you have my second novel, Heavenly Kingdom, which was released in 2012. Then in 2013, I started my Voluptuously Curvy and Loving It Series, and in February is released Smooth As Silk, to be followed by Finding Love Within in August.

You mention in your bio that you used to write your dreams and fantasies down in a notebook, when you were little? Do you still have your notebooks? Were they filled with fairytales and princes?

Yes, I do still have those notebooks, and I still write in them to this day. They are filled with romance of all kinds, such as plus size heroine love stories, Damsel in distress love stories. I just love all kinds of happy endings.

If you could meet up with your younger self, what advice would give her, or what part of her would she help you reconnect with?

If I could meet up with my younger self, I would tell myself not to listen to all the negative people in my life that held me back from reaching my dreams for so many years. Also live each day like it’s your last!

You have a series, called “Voluptuously Curvy and Loving It.” As a woman who has always had more curves than most of her friends, I find stories with a fuller figured heroine enticing. What was the motive behind writing a series that women could not only relate to, but also (hopefully) learn to accept their own body shape?

As a plus size woman myself, I know how hard it can be to accept yourself, and be accepted by others. I also know how we can let self-doubt and low self-esteem keep us from finding true happiness and love. So when I created this series, I wanted to write about women that everyone can relate to, and to show women that you can find love no matter what size, shape, or color you are.

You have recently released book number 2 in the Voluptuously Curvy and Loving it Series. Are there any more works lined up in your future?

Yes there is, right now I’m working on Volume Three, Her Forgotten Lover. Which will be released in January 2014, so be on the lookout for it.

Where can readers find you?

Website: http://www.leanoramoore.net/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/leanoramoore78

Twitter: www.twitter.com/leanora_moore

LinkedIn: http: //www.linkedin.com/pub/leanora-moore/64/a48/771/

Goodreads: http: //www.goodreads.com/author/show/6059867.Leanora_Moore?from_search=true

Bonus Questions for the Giveaway
1. What was your favorite book growing up?
a. Danielle Steel – Heartbeat
b. Debbie Macomber – First Comes Marriage
c. Nora Roberts – Public Secrets

2. What is your favorite go-to book for relaxation/inspiration?
a. The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
b. Meant to Be by Rita Coburn Whack
c. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Thank you once again for joining us here today. I would also like to thank you for your generosity and giving one lucky commenter a chance to win an ecopy of one of your books.

If you would like to be entered to win an ecopy of one of Leanora Moore’s books, please leave a comment below, between now and 11pm EDT on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Each comment will count as one entry, however if you decide to answer the Bonus Questions you will receive an extra entry for each correct answer. Winner will be selected using Random.org on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Good luck to you all and I would like to thank Leanora Moore for stopping by today.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Welcome… Ali Berlinski, Author!

Hi Ali, could you please tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

Explaining my background is difficult, hence the book. Culturally speaking, my family is like a mini United Nations. My mother’s Filipino and my father’s Polish, making me biracial. Through my mother and father I have older and younger siblings who are also part Italian and Puerto Rican. Since my parents divorced when I was only a year old, I grew up in two distinct households on two coasts. Needless to say, I had a very unconventional upbringing and it has in every way shaped who I am as a person and a writer. If Carrie Bradshaw and David Sedaris had a literary lovechild, it’d be me.
I wrote the book during a very challenging period in my life. I had just gone through two intense breakups. The first was with my ex-boyfriend who also happens to be a celebrity, a situation that truly warrants the facebook status—it’s complicated. The second and even more crushing breakup was with my mother. It was that crucial moment in life when you realize you’re in a bad situation and something needs to change. Hoping to gain some clarity through distance, I quit my job and moved to Spain where I began writing. Nine months later a beautiful mess was born. It was the most therapeutic thing I’ve ever done.

If you could summarize A Beautiful Mess in one sentence, what would it be?

My book is collection of personal essays that use humor to talk about some of the messes we all face in life-family problems, growing up, illness, breakups, and loss.

What was your inspiration behind A Beautiful Mess?

One of the reasons we read is to experience something. The experience I hope to provide is empathy. Perhaps your situation isn’t exactly like mine, but I’m sure that you’ll find a part of your story in the book. If I can laugh at my life then surely you can at yours too. That’s why I created #mymess. The #mymess movement is all about embracing life’s crazy moments though humor. Let me help you say yes to your mess.

What are your plans for future books?

I’d love to write another book. Since I draw inspiration from my own life the next book will probably be about my time in Spain.

Anything you would like the followers here, to know about you or your book?

It’s not always easy but I think it’s important to be able to laugh at life. If you enjoy sarcastic, off color, or dark humor, then you should definitely read my book. Also, for every book you buy, a book is donated to a charity that promotes literacy. So if you like helping kids read and dark comedies, buy my book.

To see my review of A Beautiful Mess, click here. I would like to thank Ali Berlinski and her publisher for participating in this interview.

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