Wednesday, March 3, 2021

 

  • What is your writing process?

I like to have the theme of the story in my head, the question I am exploring, maybe a few incidents mapped out, and where I want the book to end. Everything else that happens in between the beginning and the end is where creativity happens for me. I tried to do one of those, “outline your book in 30 days!” things and all it did was extinguish any joy I had in the process. Blah! Now, I know to leave myself enough freedom for the characters themselves to come to life, and to help write it.

 

  • Do you believe in writer’s block?

I tend to let stories simmer if they aren’t coming to me and I’ll work on something else. As I let the idea simmer and settle into itself, I will compile a playlist that will be the book’s “soundtrack.” Building the soundtrack helps me think about the different elements I will want to explore when I’m writing the story.

 

  • If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?

It would be called, “Essence of Salt Sea,” as the scent of the salt sea is what entices Greenbeard to leave his garden of lettuce and carrots and take to the seven seas.


Greenbeard the Pirate Pig
by Andrea Torrey Balsara
Genre: Children's Adventure



Ahoy, my Piggywinkles! Sail with GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG as he sails the Seven Seas in search of ADVENTURE! With his ratty first mate, Snug Rumkin, Greenbeard sets sail on THE GOLDEN LETTUCE, determined to become a proper pirate!


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Andrea Torrey Balsara is a Canadian children’s author and illustrator who writes and illustrates for ages 3 and up. She is involved with children’s empowerment, and works to create stories that not only make children laugh, but makes them think. Her latest illustrated book, GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG , is a whimsical adventure about a guinea pig with a dream.


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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Sylvie Denied by Deborah Clark Vance Genre: Women's Fiction

 

If you could spend time with a character from your book who would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I’d like to spend time with Janis and just make fun of everything.

 

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

My characters are more clueless than I am. They’re just entering adulthood and I’ve been here quite a while. Some of them do horrible things and I wouldn’t want to invite them over, but they generally have enough redeeming qualities I should be able to socialize with them at least for a little while.

 

How did you come up with the name of this book?

It was an inspiration. Denied is the perfect word because it’s both active and passive here – Sylvie is blocked, rejected, without, blocked, disallowed, etc., and she’s the one doing the blocking and rejecting. It speaks to the experiences of many of us.

 

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in “Sylvie Denied”?

You’ll meet diverse characters in different social spaces – tenants, farmworkers, hippies, college students, middle-class women, young parents, various ethnicities, and nationalities as Sylvie travels from place to place.

 

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?

I believe that our true self is our inner spirit – what we think of as our conscience. As we go through life, we accumulate ideas, values, personalities, identities from the culture around us as our spirit seeks its purpose in life in its journey and as we accumulate experience and knowledge, we might lose touch with that inner spirit. We might think our personality is our true self but what we need to do is bring that inner spirit into our consciousness. This is the basic concept underneath it all.

 

 

How long have you been writing?

In one way or another, since I was in second grade, and wrote a ballad called “The Lonely Easter Bunny.” I was irked when my teacher read it aloud to the class because she didn’t understand the rhythm at the end. It’s funny to say, given that I’m big on media literacy, but the poem ends with the line: This bunny was good, he  / was like all bunnies should be.   The teacher, though, just said it all together like “This bunny was good. He was like all bunnies should be.” So it bothered me that the class wouldn’t hear the rhyme. Anyway, I got lots of attention for the ballad from my teacher, but especially my mother who said she knew my grandfather would really like it. She also said that about the little biography I wrote about Thomas Edison in third grade. She saved them both and when I looked at them later, I could see why. I wrote several short stories – one about pollution, one was, let’s say, based on both “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and the Daphne DuMaurier story “The Blue Lenses.”

 

Do you read yourself and if so, what is your favorite genre?

Yes, I read voraciously – literary fiction and non-fiction social science, history, nature, books with spiritual insight.

 


Sylvie Denied
by Deborah Clark Vance
Genre: Women's Fiction


As she enters adulthood in the turbulent 1970s, Sylvie thinks the way to change a violent world is to become a peaceful person. Yet she slowly sees how a childhood trauma thwarts her peaceful intentions and leads her to men with a dark side – including Enzo, the man she marries. Even as his behavior becomes increasingly volatile, she believes she can make things better with love and understanding. But finally living in terror. Sylvie must find a way to escape with her daughter and a way to claim her place in the world.








Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Deborah Clark Vance has lived throughout the US and in Italy. While raising her children, she earned a living by teaching piano lessons, selling her original artwork, editing a health journal, translating Italian, writing freelance articles and textbook chapters, working on a children's educational TV series, teaching in a day treatment program for adults with mental and emotional illnesses, creating garden designs and teaching as a college adjunct. After completing a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture at Howard University, she taught and served as Chair of the Department of Communication & Cinema at McDaniel College in Maryland. Although she also contributed articles and chapters to academic publications, those only earned her a modicum of prestige rather than income. She's keenly interested in the natural world as well as in social justice, spirituality and women's issues. "Sylvie Denied" is her debut novel.





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Monday, March 1, 2021

Blood Hunt Vampire Huntress Chronicles Book 1 by Jessica Wayne Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

So there I was. Standing on the curb in front of a bakery waiting for a man who--according to his profile picture--had luxurious facial hair. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait long, but when he approached I was horrified to discover that--you guessed it--he’d SHAVED IT ALL OFF. Now, I’m not petty enough to walk away (you know, except for the fact that I felt LIED TO), so we went inside and had what I can only describe as one of the WORST deli sandwiches I have ever had. He was nice, funny, straight-forward, so I let him take me over to Starbucks for a coffee where we proceeded to sit and talk until three in the morning. (In the parking lot for most of it). By this point, I’m pretty glad I didn't walk away, especially when he tells me he shaved it off because of a Halloween costume he went all out for.

Sparks fly, and as each moment passes, I’m even happier I didn’t duck down and disappear back into my car.

I’m even more glad now because we’ve been married for a decade, have three kids, and he has the most luxurious beard I’ve ever seen. 

What would you have done? Are you a fan of beard-iful men? 

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Blood Hunt
Vampire Huntress Chronicles Book 1
by Jessica Wayne
Genre: Paranormal Romance


A Top 300 Bestseller★

Hunting vampires is her legacy.

Detective Rainey Astor walks a dangerous line between the human and supernatural worlds.  As a vampire hunter, she’s a formidable opponent, having killed hundreds of their kind.  Yet, when her latest foray into the supernatural world goes terribly wrong, she finds herself rescued by the very creature she’s vowed to kill.

Elijah Hawthorne is unlike any vampire Rainey has ever met.  His sexy as hell exterior hides a tortured soul seeking redemption.  Rainey knows she should avoid him at all costs, but fate has other plans. 
 Together, they’re forced down a twisted path of ancient revenge and tainted love.

With Elijah guarding her back, Rainey must protect her heart, because giving in could mean a death sentence for them both. But if they don’t discover the hidden identity of their enemy before the clock runs out, she’s as good as dead anyway. 

Fans of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lynsay Sands Argeneau Novels, Linsey Hall’s Shadow Guild, L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries, or the TV show The Originals, will devour this brand new trilogy.

Grab your copy of Blood Hunt and start this addicting Vampire Paranormal Romance today!
 But be warned, this romance comes with a bite.


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Blood Captive
Vampire Huntress Chronicles Book 2


She was the hunter. Now, she's the prey.

Detective Rainey Astor has run headfirst into danger for as long as she can remember. Her trip to Salem was no different, and although she and Elijah are back in Billings, nothing could have prepared them for the repercussions they will face upon their return home.

Determined to get back to normal despite the fact that everything's changed, Rainey dives back into work at the same time bodies of dead witches start popping up all over town. Their ritualistic style murders scream sacrifice, but there's something darker at work, something far more sinister than Rainey or Elijah could have anticipated.

As someone begins beckoning to Rainey from the shadows, drawing her closer and closer into their web, she unearths a horrible truth that will alter her irrevocably. And soon she will discover, not even Elijah can shield her from what's to come.

Picking up from Blood Hunt's explosive cliffhanger ending, Blood Captive turns the tables for Rainey and Elijah as they go from being the hunters to the hunted.

This series is perfect for fans of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lynsay Sands Argeneau Novels, Linsey Hall’s Shadow Guild, L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries, or the TV show The Originals.

Grab your copy of Blood Captive, and pick up right where you left off with this bestselling Vampire Paranormal Romance series!




Blood Cure
Vampire Huntress Chronicles Book 3


She is in hell.

Trapped in the shadows, Rainey is unable to do much more than watch while her entire life is destroyed.

While the Original Witch's plan continues to fall perfectly in place, it's up to Elijah to put it all on the line and save his hunter.

Or die trying.

Picking up from Blood Captive's heartbreaking cliffhanger, Blood Cure tests Rainey and Elijah in ways they never saw coming.

This series is perfect for fans of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lynsay Sands Argeneau Novels, Linsey Hall’s Shadow Guild, L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries, or the TV show The Originals.

Grab your copy of Blood Cure and pick up right where you left off with this bestselling Vampire Paranormal Romance series!




Curse of the Witch
Vampire Huntress Chronicles Book 4


Her death was just the beginning.

Two years trapped between the living and the dead would make anyone jumpy. But soon Delaney realizes the shadows surrounding her are more than  light casting shapes upon the wall. Someone is hunting her, and they won't stop until she's back in the ground.

Cole left his heart in an alley two years ago when he walked out covered in the blood of a hunter he would have died to protect. Now that she's back from the dead, he's determined to keep his distance.
 After all, if he lost control once it could happen again.

When Delaney's life is threatened, Cole knows he can't ignore the call. Even if answering it could mean death for them both.

Shifter meets witch in this epic battle for the soul of Delaney Astor. Perfect for fans of Lynsay Sands, Kelly St. Clare, McKenzie Hunter, and Jennifer Ashley, Curse Of The Witch will take you on a brand new adventure with characters you know and love.










Bestselling author Jessica Wayne writes paranormal and fantasy romance. She lives in Texas with her husband, three kids, and their two dogs.

She is skittle obsessed, enjoys the occasional whiskey, and is an ambassador for the mix-matched socks movement.

A believer in true love, Jessica also believes that good things are worth fighting for, and sometimes you have to risk it all to find your place in the world.






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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Loving a Young Series, by Stacy Eaton Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

 



Wesley
Loving a Young Series, Book 1
by Stacy Eaton
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Traumatized by events of her past, Charlotte Bennett is not a fan of strangers. When she sees a man touching her daughter at the park, she reacts without listening. It’s only later when her daughter is rushed to the hospital that she realizes how wrong she had been.

Doctor Wesley Young only wanted to help the tender-aged girl he witnessed fall, but when her mother attacks him at the park, he’s left stunned. When the little girl arrives later in the emergency department, he comes face to face with the mother makes more of an impression on him than the cut she left on his face.

Things heat up quick when Marisol is no longer his patient, but when things from the past are revealed, Wes isn’t sure that Charlotte is the woman for him. Can Charlotte find a way to explain it all so that Wes will accept both her and her daughter before it’s too late?


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Henley
Loving a Young Series, Book 2


Being a wedding planner is hard, especially when someone is always trying to steal your business, and your family doesn’t support you. However, Roxanne Novak is determined to keep her business afloat. When Roxy’s in a car accident hurrying to meet a potential bride, she’s injured and scared, but paramedic Henley Young takes good care of her.

Henley loves his job and thrives on the adrenaline of helping people in need. Maybe that’s why when he meets Roxy, he’s inclined to help her with more than just medical care. Hooking her up with his older brother Wesley and his bride-to-be could be just what she needs. It might also be the start of something between the Lee and the spunky little wedding planner.

When a position at a country club is offered to Roxy, she finds herself rethinking her entire business plan. Excited to start someplace new, Roxy and Henley begin making plans for the future. Just after she starts her new job, Roxy learns of Lee’s past relationship, and everything she knew about him is questioned.

Can Roxy and Henley put the past to bed and move forward to something that might be more than what both of them had ever hoped for?


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Huntley
Loving a Young Series Book 3


Daniella Knight works hard to create suspenseful and romantic tales, but after a violent interaction with a fan, she wants to hide from the world. When her house catches on fire, her and her protection dog, Tigger, are forced to rely on the help of strangers.

Huntley Young loves being in the thick of the action. Well, as long as that action has something to do with his job as a firefighter. When Huntley stops the homeowner from going back into the house, he has no clue, that he just placed himself firmly in the hero department.

As they two get to know each other, Daniella’s creative mind is always building on what is around her, and before she knows it, reality and fiction are hard to tell apart.

When danger strikes again, will Daniella be able to see what is right in front of her, or while her past trauma keep her safely inside her romantic fictional world?





Riley
Loving a Young Series Book 4


Riley is always the life of the party, and it's Ethan that is there to pick her up and keep her together. He knows her almost as well as she knows herself, and he knows she will never love him as he does her.

Now Ethan wants more out of life and love, but Riley denies her feelings and insists they are just friends with benefits. When a training opportunity comes up that will get Ethan out of town for months, he jumps on it. It's the only way to get over Riley and move on.

With Ethan gone and a new guy in her life, Riley finds herself dealing with several emotional issues without the help of her best friend. A family emergency has Ethan feeling lost without Riley there to lean on, but he refuses to go to her and seeks solace with another. Will Riley make the right choices, and finally, admit how she feels, or will she find herself alone and falling further down the rabbit hole.





Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Bestselling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took an early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016, with her last three years in investigations and crime scene investigation to write full time.

Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, who works in law enforcement, and her teen daughter. She also has a son who is currently serving in the United States Navy, and two grandchildren.

When Stacy is not writing, she enjoys photography and relaxing on the beach.






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Friday, February 26, 2021

Reaching Hope Dog Talk Book 1 by Joanne Jaytanie Genre: Psychic, Military Romantic Suspense

 



Reaching Hope
Dog Talk Book 1
by Joanne Jaytanie
Genre: Psychic, Military Romantic Suspense



The Baker Corp. has recruited Blair Sellick, a nationally known dog trainer with truly phenomenal skills, to provide exceptional training for service dogs. The project would provide highly intelligent animals as partners for victims of PTSD and other disabilities. Or would it?

The answer has disappeared along with Blair, her fellow dog trainers, and all the dogs.

Ex-SEAL and canine handler Zane Kelly is done with war, with dogs, and with Bolton’s Soldiers. Coerced, cajoled, and eventually intrigued, Zane finally capitulates to Bolton’s Soldiers recruiters for just one project, to find Blair Sellick. The mission is clear, the dog trainers are dying, and nobody has heard from Blair for weeks. Zane has failed only one mission, and that failure cost his canine partner Axel his life.

This time Zane has no intention of leaving anyone behind.


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USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author Joanne Jaytanie writes mystery/thriller/suspense, romantic suspense, and paranormal. A transplant from upstate New York, Joanne lives with her husband and Doberman in their home located on the Olympic Peninsula with a panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains.
When she's not writing, she loves to travel and enjoys time with her family and friends. Joanne has recently returned to dog training. Mazie, their newest addition to the family loves to work. The duo is training for Scent Work and plans to start trialing in 2021.
In her previous life, Joanne showed and titled dogs in conformation, obedience, agility, and rally. She has worked in personnel, finance and managed her husband's forensic engineering firm.
Joanne is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death, Greater Seattle Romance Writers Chapter, Rose City Romance Writers, Sisters In Crime, Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal, and Pacific NW Writers Association. She served as President of Peninsula Romance Writers, which was Debbie Macomber's home chapter.





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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Black Willows Trapnell Thriller Book 2 by Jill Hand Genre: Thriller

 

The Trapnells, whose hijinks are related in White Oaks and Black Willows, aren’t likable characters. Except for Marsh, who is an international arms dealer, and Benjamin, a teenage recovering addict, they’re awful, awful people. Nevertheless, they’re fun. Their greed, hubris, and general silliness make for entertaining reading. Nice people can be boring. The Trapnells are far from boring. You never know what they’ll do next. That’s why I love writing about them.

Black Willows
Trapnell Thriller Book 2
by Jill Hand
Genre: Thriller


A mysterious cowboy is stalking the eccentric Trapnell siblings. Is he a supernatural entity or a hired killer? To complicate things, the will making them heirs to their billionaire father’s estate is missing and a relative has returned from a watery grave.
Last time, the Trapnells saved the world from destruction. This time they may not be able to save themselves. Black Willows is a darkly funny Southern-fried adventure, complete with Voodoo, arson, and alligators.




White Oaks
Trapnell Thriller Book 1


An ingeniously dark comic thriller about greed, gluttony and murder that is destined for the big screen.” –Best Thrillers

Aimee Trapnell reluctantly leaves her apartment on Manhattan’s Central Park West to return to her childhood home in Georgia for her father’s ninetieth birthday. Also on hand are her two brothers, wily Marsh and ne’er-do-well Trainor. With a forty-billion-dollar inheritance at stake, they’re willing to do whatever it takes to make the old man happy.
To their shock they learn that what their father wants for his birthday is to kill someone. He doesn’t care who it is. He just wants to know what it’s like to commit murder.
Betrayal, double-dealing, and fast-paced action set the Trapnells on a collision course with an unexpected villain. Their journey takes them from the swamps of Georgia, to Italy’s glittering Amalfi coast, to rugged Yellowstone National Park.





Jill Hand is a member of International Thriller Writers. Her Southern Gothic novels, White Oaks, and Black Willows, are available on Amazon and from the publisher, Black Rose Writing.
Advance readers called White Oaks a fast-paced, hilarious account of three siblings who are competing for their father's forty-billion-dollar fortune while trying to prevent the destruction of Planet Earth.
Diane Donovan, senior reviewer from Midwest Book Review praised White Oaks, calling it, "an unusually multifaceted tale that holds the ability to prompt laughter from thriller-style tension."
A sequel to White Oaks, Black Willows, follows the adventures of the squabbling, dysfunctional Trapnell family.






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