Let’s Talk with Author TC Matson

Our next author to guest post on our segment, Can We Talk?, is TC Matson, author of Mistaken Identity.  She has chosen to answer a few questions.  Grab your coffee and lets get to know TC.     Welcome and Thank You for stopping by TC

 

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What inspired you to write your first book?

  • My characters approached me in the middle of the night and demanded me to write them. Really, I don’t have an awesome story about what and/or how I was inspired…it just was a smack across the face and I wrote.

Do you have a specific writing style?

  • Yep! TC Matson style.

How did you come up with the title?

  • Tanner actually did. He told Samantha it was Mistaken Identity and when I typed it, I jumped from my chair dancing. I knew that was it.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

  • At first I just wrote it. There wasn’t anything special about it, but when I went back and read it front to back, no interruptions, I realized Samantha wanted everyone to know her strength, her abilities to move forward and not be ‘the victim.’

How much of the book is realistic?

  • Well, honestly, I think this could happen to anyone. I believe that’s what makes Mistaken Identity stand out.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

  • Ah, the question I’ve been asked a ton of times…I’ll leave that to your imagination. 😉

What books have most influenced your life most?

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

  • Just one? Not going to happen. Lea Griffith, Harper Bentley, Alexa Keith.

What book are you reading now?

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

  • They aren’t technically “new” but they are new to me: Harper Bentley (the author of many amazing books including her newest series The Powers That Be) and Anne Mercier (author of the Rockstar series)

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

  • I have a friend that lives in 12 hours away. I’ve never met her, but she pushes me to write, keeps pushing me to be the best, and her amount of support is amazing!

Do you see writing as a career?

  • I would LOVE to write full time! Does anyone know of a good baby sitter?

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

  • There are a few things that I caught after I published Mistaken Identity that I wish I would have before, but nope! The learning experience is amazing!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

  • Ah!! I do not have a title for it yet, but it’s about a woman, Paige, who gets approached by a sexy, arrogant, cocky (did I mention sexy) MMA fighter, Levi. He wants Paige, but she refuses to be just another one night stand. The word “No,” drives Levi insane, but he learns that a friendship is better than nothing. But he has a hidden agenda. Ut oh!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

  • Sometimes my characters will talk and sometimes they take vacation without letting me know which leaves me staring at a blinking cursor.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

  • Ohh…not fair! Only one?! Esshh…it’s a tie between Emma Chase and RK Lilley. I love them both and I believe I could learn so much from them.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

  • Not yet, but soon I plan on doing many book signings.

Who designed the covers?

  • LJ Anderson from Mayhem Covers. Isn’t it amazing?!

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

  • Adverbs! Apparently, my writing style has many adverbs and my editor and I bumped heads about that damn LY!

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

  • DO NOT QUIT! KEEP GOING!

Do you have any advice for other writers?

  • DO NOT QUIT!! KEEP GOING! And get a beta reader that isn’t afraid to tell you the absolute, blunt truth. Trust me! Yes it may hurt your touchy feelys, but in the long run, it helps.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

  • Thank you is an understatement. I wish I could hug you all (even the ones who gave me a negative review but with constructive criticism). I am truly blessed to have these amazing readers and fans.

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

  • I had to research the consequences of Logan’s actions…good news though, I have a detective in my life that let me ask him questions…after I explained what I was doing. You should have seen the eyebrow raise.

 

Rapid Fire

 

Coffee – Tea

  • Coffee-addiction!

Boxer – Briefs

  • Boxers! I don’t like a man in panties.

Jeans – Sweats

  • For me or a man? For me…total sweats! For man…nekkid!

Silk – Cotton

  • Cotton

iPhone-Galaxy

  • Galaxy!!!

Rightie – Leftie

  • Why not switch it up?

Soda-Water

  • Depends on the day.

Cake-Pie

  • My homemade Cheesecake!

Rock n roll – Country

  • May your metal be heavy!!

Mountains – Beach

  • *hangs head* I’m going to get slammed for this. I hate sand so let’s go to the mountains!

Cat –Dog

  • Dogs!

 

Favorite Movie: Dirty Dancing or Grease. It’s a total tie.

Favorite TV Show: Uh…Hmmm…that one is hard because I don’t watch much TV. Handy Manny?

Favorite Car: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban! Oh wait…you said car…Volkswagon Jetta GLI

Favorite Color: Red…No! Black…No! Grey…No! I feel like I am in a Monty Python movie now.

Favorite Male Film Star: Only one? Geezzz, you all are mean. Matt Bomer, Channing Tatum, Patrick Dempsey, Paul Walker(RIP)  (say them all together at once and it sounds like you’ve said one)

Favorite Female Film Star: Debra Messing and Jennifer Aniston

Favorite Fast Food: McDonalds

Favorite Cocktail: Wine and/or Jack Daniels

Favorite Musical Band: Breaking Benjamins…No! Killswitch Engage…No!…I have a headache! LOL

Favorite Singer: The sexy ass, egotistical Adam Levine.

 

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Let’s Talk With Author Scott Hildreth

Our next author to guest post on our segment, Can We Talk?, is Scott Hildreth, author of Threefold, Selected Sinners MC Romance Series and many other books.  He has chosen to answer a few questions.  Grab your coffee and lets get to know Scott.     Welcome and Thank You for stopping by Scott

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What inspired you to write your first book?

A friend of a friend had explained she was contemplating suicide, and had also shown some indication of practicing self-harm and suffered from bulimia. I wrote the book Broken People in an effort to assist any and all teens with problems living life.

Do you have a specific writing style? My style isn’t something that can be explained or made sense of. It has been described by many as “in your face”. A literary agent once told me I “shoved my ideas down my reader’s throats”. I guess both of those descriptions would be accurate.

How did you come up with the title?

It was appropriate for the subject matter in the book. We’re all broken in some respect.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

All of my novels have a message or messages I want my readers to grasp. In my first novel, I suppose the message, above all others, would be to always Stay Human. That particular phrase is mentioned multiple times in the book.

How much of the book is realistic?

The book is 100% fiction, but as with all that I write, and all that I suspect others write, the pages of the book are a reflection of life, and my life more specifically. It’s been said we write about what we know, and I believe that to be true. Although my books are fiction, I believe they are written in a manner allowing the reader to relate to the characters, the scenes, and the story – because it could be true.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Suicide has been something I have had to deal with since childhood. I have had family members, a girlfriend, and a member of my MC commit suicide. Again, we write about what we know, and the pages of the book, and of all of my books are a reflection of the life I have lived to date.

What books have most influenced your life most?

“The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss remains the most influential book in my life. In many respects, the book (at least for me) defines life, love, and loss.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I hate to choose, but I guess I would have to say Nicole Krauss

What book are you reading now?

“Writing with Emotion, Tension, and Conflict” by Cheryl St. John

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

R.J. Lewis’ writing style is quite impressive, and seems to always keep me interested, which is an accomplishment in itself.

What are your current projects?

I am currently finishing the third book of my MC Romance series, “Selected Sinners”

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

My Facebook and Goodreads followers.

Do you see writing as a career?

Writing is my career, and my only source of income, so yes would be the answer.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

“Threefold” is my latest book. Although I’ve received some scrutiny for writing an other than typical MFM erotic novel, the story is what the story is, so absolutely not. I never have regrets for what the characters do, and how the story unfolds. I’m simply the teller of the tale, not the characters involved. For me, wanting to change the story would be to change history. After it is written, it’s already happened.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I’ve been a story teller my entire life. As soon as I was old enough to write, I began writing. From stories to poetry, I have expressed myself for my lifetime.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

From THREEFOLD

“The three most valid points in our life are when we’re born, when we die, and when we fall in love. We don’t get to choose when we’re born, nor do we get to choose when we die. I don’t believe we get to choose when it is our heart decides to open up for another person, either. I certainly didn’t. If life were a book, being born would be the beginning, dying is without a doubt the ending, and falling in love the climax,” I said as I reached for the hair which had begun to obstruct her eyes.

I lifted the shiny strands high and released them onto her ear, allowing it to hold them from falling onto her face. As I became lost in her simple beauty, her lips parted slightly and she spoke softly in response.

“I don’t think falling in love is the climax. I think falling in love is everything in between,” she breathed.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Self-imposed deadlines.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I can’t say that I have a favorite author. Augusten Burroughs and Tom Robbins seem to always make me laugh, and I respect them for it.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Until last month, I refused to be involved with book signings. My first, the Hard Rock Author Event, was so successful; I have begun to rethink my position on the matter. I have been invited to attend many, including out of the country. I suspect I will begin to attend more, possibly two select events a year.

Who designed the covers?

My wife, Jessica Hildreth. She can be found at creativebookconcepts@gmail.com

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Walking away after it is over. Leaving the characters is, and will always remain difficult. It feels as if part of me dies when I walk away.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I always research whatever it is I’m writing about to make my books as realistic as possible. From geography to recipes a character follows when cooking, I make certain everything is accurate. In every book I learn something.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write often, and always consider the criticism of others.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you.

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

Forfeiting everything I owned and making the decision to make writing a career was the biggest risk and the biggest challenge. It took some time, but everything worked out.

Rapid Fire:

Coffee – Tea

Coffee.


Boxer – Briefs

Neither.


Jeans – Sweats

When writing, sweats. In public, Jeans.


Silk – Cotton

Cotton.
iPhone-Galaxy

Motorolla.


Rightie – Leftie

Rightie.


Soda-Water

Coffee.


Cake-Pie

Cake.


Rock n roll – Country

Rock.


Mountains – Beach

Beach.


Cat –Dog

Cat.

 

Favorite Movie:

Crash


Favorite TV Show:

I don’t watch television.


Favorite Car:

My Jeep.


Favorite Color:

Black.


Favorite Male Film Star:

Currently, it seems to be Bradley Cooper.


Favorite Female Film Star:

Charlize Theron


Favorite Fast Food:

Tacos


Favorite Cocktail:

Coffee


Favorite Musical Band:

Bob Dylan


Favorite Singer:

Bob Dylan


Favorite Song:

Tangled Up in Blue, Bob Dylan

Facebook:

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Amazon:

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Let’s Talk with Author JD Hawkins

Our next author to guest post on our segment, Can We Talk?, is JD Hawkins, author of Insatiable .  He has chosen to answer a few questions.  Grab your coffee and lets get to know JD.     Welcome and Thank You for stopping by JD.

 

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·        What inspired you to write your first book?

Many things. I think it’s a combination of internal factors such as my dissatisfaction with my career in the evil corporate world, and external factors such as the evolution of the publishing industry over the past decade and how much easier it became to publish a book. I think that looking for a way out of corporate life at the same time that publishing is so much easier is how many people who would have never considered writing as a “job” before, decide to become authors today.

·        Do you have a specific writing style?

I don’t think so, at least not yet. I think my first book is written in a certain way that came the most natural to me but I can’t say I have a particular style.

·        How did you come up with the title?

I like it when the title is one word and I was looking for something that would capture the essence of the main character. One of my friends/editors came up with it while we were brainstorming.

·        Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There are a few messages but I’m not going to say what because I think readers can figure it out for themselves. When I read books I like to come with an open mind (at least for the first read). That said, there isn’t any deep or mystical message in between the words or if you read it backwards or something. It’s pure entertainment, not Anna Karenina or something.

·        How much of the book is realistic?

It’s all made up. 100% pure fiction.

·        Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

I had sex (a few times) so I sort of based on the sex scenes on my experience. I also had quite a few serious relationships before I got married. And I had a long period as a bachelor living in New York City, so I am somewhat familiar with one night stands and trying to pick up girls in bars. But I had really good editors (women) who edited heavily, especially to get the female POV.

·        What books have most influenced your life most?

I’ve always loved reading and I’m sure dozens of books have influenced me subconsciously. That said, I thinks I’m mostly influenced by philosophy books. I have read “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” at least three times and being a software developer, it really influenced my take on technology. I’ve also done martial arts most of my life so I’m influenced by eastern philosophy books, especially Zen (“Shobogenzo” by Dogen), which led to my interest in stoicism (“Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius really influenced my life).

·        If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

It’s a very hard question. I’ve never thought about it. I’ll have to think and get back to you on my next interview. If I have to pick one author I love it’s Don DeLillo (White Noise, Underworld).

·        What book are you reading now?

–        Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon (her memoire about Sonic Youth and the NYC music scene in the 80’s)

–        Revolution by Russell Brand (I fucking love him)

–        The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller (a great book about books and reading classics)

·        Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

The three above authors are relatively new (though two are not really authors) but they are all great.

·        What are your current projects?

Currently finishing up edits on part two of Insatiable and planning my next book.

·        Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

I have a few really good friends (that would rather not be named) who are successful authors. They really encouraged me to write and supported my throughout the process of “becoming and author”. I also made some good friends thanks to Facebook, which made this part of “the biz” really fun.

·        Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, now I can see myself doing it full time. Of course it’s too early to tell and we’ll see how the book does.

·        If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. Right now I cannot think of any changes. It’s too early to tell.

·        Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I always knew I could write, I just enjoyed doing other things much more. I think I’m at a point in my life when I’ve relaxed a little bit and can enjoy writing.

Rapid Fire

Coffee – Tea: Coffee
Boxer – Briefs: Boxer-Briefs
Jeans – Sweats: Cargos
Silk – Cotton: Cotton
iPhone-Galaxy :Galaxy
Rightie – Leftie: Rightie
Soda-Water: Water

Cake-Pie Cake
Rock n roll – Country Rock n roll
Mountains – Beach Beach
Cat –Dog Dog

Favorite Movie: Pulp Fiction
Favorite TV Show: The Wire
Favorite Car: Motorcycle
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Male Film Star: Robert De Nero
Favorite Female Film Star: Natalie Portman
Favorite Fast Food: Cheeseburger
Favorite Cocktail: Whisky
Favorite Musical Band: Soundgarden
Favorite Singer: Chris Cornell

 

 

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Let’s Talk With Don Abdul!

Our next author to guest post on our segment, Can We Talk?, is Don Abdul, author of A Cougar’s Legacy, Rock My World and A Kinky New Beginning .  He has chosen to answer a few questions.  Grab your coffee and lets get to know Don.     Welcome !

 

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Q:        Where do you find your inspiration?

A:        I find my inspiration mostly in simple, even mundane everyday lives of normal people. I simply think, “What if there’s more to their lives than meet the eye?” My stories are therefore inspired by the wishes, aspirations and secret fantasies of these normal folks, and that is the basis of  the interesting back stories in the lives of my characters regardless of their public persona. The inspiration for my last book (Checkmate) is especially consistent with this idea. It exposes the unspoken racial tension in the social dynamics of a supposedly racially liberal workplace and the delicate balances that had to be maintained in order not to upset the applecart.

Q:        Do you have a specific writing style?

Q:        Yes I do, my writing style is what I love to call the fireside story telling style. It is an easy going unveiling of the story as though I am engaging the reader in a three way conversation in which I not only tell the reader what is happening, but also give voice to the characters so that they can tell their own stories directly to the reader as well

Q:        How do you come up with titles for your books?

A:        Well titles mostly come from the theme of the stories being told in each specific book. In the case of my poetry books it comes from either the title poem if there is one or, from the Objective of the book. This (the latter) is the case with my present poetry book Heated Desire.

Q:        Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

A:        The most important singular message in my books is that each individual should celebrate their individuality and be comfortable in their own skin. We are all unique in our own ways and we should never apologize for who we are regardless of our weight age or race.

Q:        How much of your books is realistic?

A:        Let’s just say all my books have a fair basis in reality…

Q:        Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

A:        Reality that is not necessarily mine or any particular individuals either, sort of a composite reality based on real life events involving aspects of different individuals brought together under my literary/creative license.

Q:        Are there any Authors that have grasped your interest recently and why?

A:        Cassandre Dayne, Kassanna Dwight and Nichelle Gregory are some of the many whose books have captured my interest with their imagery and the simplicity of their style of storytelling. “Wow! I wish I had written that…” is what I thought on more than a few occasions reading their work. Having said that, I’d say there are many wonderful authors whose work I enjoy so much.

 

 

Q:        Do you have any advice for other writers?

A:        The only advice I have especially for up and coming writers is that you’re only as good as your next book. So keep working your pen.

 

 

Q:        Do you write under a pen name?

A:        Yes I do write under a pen name. Aside from Don Abdul, I write under the name Tyrese Jordan

 

Q:        If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

A:        Now that’s a tough one, because there are quite a number of them in fact. James Patterson is one.

Q:        What are your current projects?

A:        I have a new book out on April 29th 2015. Besides that I’m working on a short D/s Erotic Romance story book. And then of course the big one, which is the concluding part of the most popular A Cougar’s Legacy Trilogy.

Q:        Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

A:        There are a few friends and fellow authors who have supported me over the years. The most important group of course is my loyal readers some of whom have been following my work since my first e-book (Taboo Sex Run Wild) was published in 2010.

Q:        Do you see writing as a career?

A: Yes I see writing as a potential career for me because while I still have a full time job to pay the bills, I believe writing is a potentially sustainable career, and I hope to write fulltime someday soon.

Q:        If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

A:        Mmm… That is a tough one; well I would have to say as an author my next book is always better than the last one. The best is yet to come and that is just th natural order of things as we constantly seek to improve ourselves. It has to be said though that the content and character of my current book is a step in the evolution of both the writer and the reader, so I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to be a part of history in the making.

Q:        Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

A:        It started when I was a kid growing up in a small town. Back in the day there was not much entertainment options available to a kid from a humble background, so to the local library I went. I read a lot and children’s story books and like Gulliver’s Travels, A Tale of Two cities and that firmed the notion in my mind that I would one day write my own books.

Q:        Can you share a little of your current work with us?

A:        My current work is a poetry book titled Heated Desire, and it features some of the steamiest poems I’ve ever written. Here is a snippet from the book for your reading pleasure.

Watching Her

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Her fingers, her most intimate places

Her eyes tightly shut; fantasies of sexy faces

My eyes feasting

My lust persisting

Across the void

Detection I must avoid

I’m reading her lips

Her finger strokes, slides and dips

Inside her honey pot

Pleasuring her special spot

Aghhh! I gasp

My hardness I grasp

The voyeur freak let loose

Sinful pleasure I can’t refuse

Before my distant eye

Her shudders, her big explosive high

Her calm after orgasmic storm

Triggers my own cum

Oh the pleasure; can you relate?

I love to watch her masturbate

~~~

  • Original poetry from Heated Desire by Don Abdul © 2015

 

Q:        Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

A:        There are many distractions competing for time, this is the bane of being a part time writer with a fulltime day job.

Q:        Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

A:        That would be James Patterson. His plots are very solid and the premise of his stories are so realistic and believable the reader becomes one with his characters.

Q:        Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

A:        I definitely would love to, someday. Not at the moment though.

Q         Who designed the covers?

A:        I have put out quite a number of books and the covers were designed by a number of covert artists, including my humble self.

Q:        What was the hardest part of writing your book?

A:        Getting hot and bothered while writing the steamy sex scenes. That took a lot of cold shower breaks *winks*

Q:        Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

A:        A solid plot and a credible premise puts the reader in a ringside seat and makes them feel like a part of the story. That is what makes a book very easy to read.

Q:        Do you have any advice for other writers?

A:        Keep on improving your craft and stay connected with the reader.

Q:        Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

A:        Thanks for your support and patronage. Please encourage this writer by writing reviews to my books and remember to recommend my books to your friends as well. I truly appreciate you all.

Q:      What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

A:     The stress of combining my demanding day job with the research and logistics of writing and still getting the continuity right is quite challenging.

Rapid Fire

Coffee – Tea: Tea

Boxer – Briefs: Boxers

Jeans – Sweats: Jeans

Silk – Cotton: Cotton

iPhone-Galaxy: Galaxy

Rightie – Leftie: Rightie

Soda-Water: Water

Cake-Pie: Pie

Rock n roll – Country: Country

Mountains – Beach: Beach

Cat –Dog: Dog

Favorite Movie: Fast and Furious 7

Favorite TV Show: Scandal

Favorite Car: BMW X6

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Male Film Star: Tatum Channing

Favorite Female Film Star: Helen Mirren

Favorite Fast Food:

Favorite Cocktail: Sex on the beach

Favorite Musical Band:

Favorite Singer:    Alicia Keys

 

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Let’s Talk With Author Jonathan Taylor!

Our next author to guest post on our segment, Can We Talk?, is Jonathan Taylor, author of The Forgotten Mission, The Return.  He has chosen to answer a few questions.  Grab your coffee and lets get to know Jonathan.     Welcome !

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What inspired you to write your first book?

 

I’ve always wanted to write a book, it’s been festering away inside me for as long as I can remember. The inspiration came from a family holiday to Florida in 2010. I had this idea whilst walking around the Kennedy Space Centre where it started to develop and evolve in my mind. I told it to my wife and kids and they said that I had to write it down. So I started when we got home.

So really the it was a mixture of the holiday and my family that inspired me to write my first book. I only wrote about 2-3 thousand words at first then it sat there for a year or so until one day I was diagnosed with cancer and couldn’t continue with my current career as a builder, this gave me the chance to start writing again. I had to dig the deepest I’d ever dug in my life to fight and find the positivity to take the bull by the horns or in my case the drip stand by the wheels and finish what I’d set out to write. It turns out that writing is a great form of therapy.

 

Do you have a specific writing style?

 

No, not particularly. Well I don’t think so. I do like to make the characters as believable as possible though.

 

How did you come up with the title?

 

The title was the first thing that came to me with this book, it sums the whole book up.

The Forgotten Mission, The Return.

This popped into my head the second I had the idea.

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 

Yes, kind of. It has a message that we are not alone in this infinite universe and we should be thankful of what we have. Other planets will be far more advanced than us and have learned to live with each other. They didn’t put us here to spoil their plans, they placed us on this world to evolve it.

 

How much of the book is realistic?

 

The book touches on lots of past factual events through history, pulling them together in a realistic down to earth Sci-Fi novel. Something that could have or might have happened. There are lots of conspiracy theories and well known places that don’t really exist incorporated within this story.

 

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

 

No! That said if you read between the lines there are parts of this book that might point towards what I’ve gone through in life over the last few years.

 

What books have most influenced your life most?

 

Catcher in the Rye. Such a fascinating journey.

 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

 

Stephen King. He is an amazing inspiration and someone who is dedicated to his profession.

 

What book are you reading now?

 

The Martian, by Andy Weir.

 

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

 

Yes Andy Weir and Hugh Howey.  (not that new now)

 

What are your current projects?

 

My current project that I’m working on is the sequel to my novel. I’m planning on it been 3-4 books longs. We’ll have to see how it pans out.

 

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

 

Coffee 😉

 

Do you see writing as a career?

 

Yes most defiantly, I’ve loved every second of writing this book.

 

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

 

No not a thing, well maybe edit it better but I wouldn’t change anything else.

 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

 

I have a wild imagination and have made up stories for my children since they were born, I think this have fuelled my desire and interest to write.

 

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

 

Year : 2067

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Date : July 3rd

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Day : Sunday

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Time : 16:16

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The year was 2067.  In a dusty, dark and gloomy room, where nobody had been for quite some time, there stood an old control panel.  It had been made at the beginning of the technology race for space supremacy, with big flashing lights and reels of memory tape that spun round whenever there was information to record.  The lights and reels had seen better days.  This state of the art computer was still switched on, but never monitored.  Hardwired into the old mainframe computer system, along with a few other machines by it’s side.  The system had never been connected to the new interface which had been established in the early Two Thousands.  They’d lain dormant in the museum they called the Kennedy Space Centre, concealed and hidden away for decades.  A distant reminder of the early missions into space.  This control panel had a very special job on a mission that was never made public, just mothballed and forgotten, after years of no contact.

 

 

UNTIL NOW…

 

 

Beep…Beep…Beep…Beep…Beep…Beep…

 

 

 

The reels of memory tape spun into action once more, throwing over seventy years of dust particles, that had settled on the top of the vintage machine, into the air, before falling lazily back down in the stillness of the storage room.  Finally coming to rest on top of some already dusty large coloured lights, which suddenly burst into life on the old control panel. They started to blink in unison with the piercing sound of…

 

 

 

Beep…Beep…Beep…Beep…Beep…Beep…

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 

Not so much in the writing it’s self, more in the editing and promoting process. I found that once the book was written that was the easy part, the formatting and the promoting is where the hard work starts, especially if your totally self published like myself.

 

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

 

Stephen King, his work speaks for itself. A book comes to life in the mind of the reader. Your not just reading a book your imagining the story which is how I’ve tried to write mine.

 

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

 

I’ve done some but not much, I’m hoping that will change if I can find an agent and get published though. I’d love to do more Radio shows and maybe some TV work but who knows. Fingers Crossed.

 

Who designed the covers?

 

I have done everything for this book. I’ve written, formatted, designed the cover and done all the websites, social media etc. It’s been hard work but well worth it, and very rewarding to see it finished.

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

 

The hardest part was midway through. With this being my first novel I think there will always be that doubt in your mind as to whether it will work or not! I tried not to listen to those thoughts and just cracked on. Then I found it hard to draw this first book to an end, leaving it at a place right for the next one to start from. I think I got it right, the book is left on a major cliff hanger.

 

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

 

Yes, you have to believe in yourself. If you don’t then this comes across in your writing and then the reader will pick up on this and that wouldn’t be good for a first novel.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

 

Stay positive and keep going, you never know what will happen. There is a whole new world out there for indie authors. You don’t have to go down the traditional route of being published anymore, it’s hard work but you can do it yourself. Believe in what you are doing and most of all Believe in Yourself.

 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

 

If you have a dream, Live it. As nobody else can live it for you. We are only here once so make the most of it, theres no trial runs.

 

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

 

The challenges in bringing this book to life was to make it as plausible as possible and as a bit of a perfectionist, I researched everything and anything to get this as right as possible.

 

Rapid Fire

 

Coffee – Tea

COFFEE

 

Boxer – Briefs

BOXERS

 

Jeans – Sweats

JEANS

 

Silk – Cotton

COTTON

 

iPhone-Galaxy

IPHONE 6+ (COME ON A GALAXY? REALLY)

 

Rightie – Leftie

RIGHTIE (left at some things though, weird I know)

 

Soda-Water

WATER

 

Cake-Pie

PIE

 

Rock n roll – Country

COUNTRY

 

Mountains – Beach

BOTH

 

Cat -Dog

DOG

 

Favorite Movie:

SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

 

Favorite Car:

LAMBORGHINI

 

Favorite Color:

DEEP BLUE OR BLACK

 

Favorite Male Film Star:

MORGAN FREEMAN

 

Favorite Female Film Star:

CATE BLANCHETT

 

Favorite Fast Food:

PIZZA

 

Favorite Cocktail:

MOJITO

 

Favorite Musical Band:

U2

 

Favorite Singer:

EMINEM

 

 

 

 

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Let’s Talk With LB Dunbar!

Our next author to guest post on our segment, Can We Talk?, is LB Dunbar, author of The Sensations Collection 1-4 and The Legend of Arturo King.  She has chosen to answer a few questions.  Grab your coffee and lets get to know LB.     Welcome LB!

 

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What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book was inspired by seeing a man in a small town with his daughter. He was brooding and concentrating, and there was just something about the way he was staring out without looking at something. Then his daughter walked up to him and he picked her up. It was evident that he loved her and she wrapped herself around him. It was sweet and I was struck with my first character, Jess Carter, and his daughter, Katie. I saw him the next day (never met him). He was an audio system installer and I wondered what would it be like to restore or install sound systems when your own child did not speak. Bam! Idea sparked for Sound Advice.

 

How did you come up with the title?

My current works are based around a modernization of the legend of King Arthur and his nights. The Legendary Rock Stars were born from the concept of taking these classic tales and turning the heroes into rock gods of today. The Legend of Arturo King and the upcoming, The Story of Lansing Lotte, play off that idea.

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

In all my novels, I want people to see that love conquers all. It crosses barriers that seem impossible. It changes lives forever, for the good. It tackles trouble and solves it. I believe in happily ever afters in whatever form they come in.

 

 

What are your current projects?

I’m working on finishing The Sensations Collection: Sound Advice, Taste Test, Fragrance Free, and Touch Screen are all published with Sight Words, the final story, coming in June. I’m also working on completing the Legendary Rock Star Series.

 

 

Do you see writing as a career?

I would absolutely love for it to be a career, but for now motherhood and my day job monopolize that dream.

 

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

For new authors, just do it. But have beta readers and a good editor. Then figure out what a blog is and do takeovers (figure out what those are too). I didn’t know to do any of this when I pushed publish and I’ve been swimming upstream ever since. But don’t be afraid, that’s what I’d say.

 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for being a reader. Thank you for taking a chance on an indie author. It means the world to me that you read and liked my work, and I hope to keep stories coming that will touch you the same as the Carter and Scott families, and The Nights rock band.

 

 

Rapid Fire

 

Coffee – Tea — tea

Boxer – Briefs – combination – boxer/briefs

Jeans – Sweats — jeans

Silk – Cotton  — silk

iPhone-Galaxy — iphone

Rightie – Leftie — rightie

Soda-Water — Coca-Cola!!

Cake-Pie — wedding cake / pumpkin pie – it’s a tie

Rock n roll – Country – rock n roll

Mountains – Beach – beach!!

Cat –Dog — uhm…don’t hate me…neither

Favorite Movie: Leap Year

Favorite Car: Mustang 1950 style

Favorite Color: lilac

Favorite Male Film Star: currently Eddie Redmayne

Favorite Female Film Star: currently Amanda Seifert

Favorite Fast Food: McDonald’s French Fries

Favorite Cocktail: Margarita on the rocks with salt

 

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Let’s Talk With Ray Sostre

Our next author to guest post on our segment, Can We Talk?, is Ray Sostre, author of A Thrill Seeking Relationship and many more books..  He has chosen to answer a few questions.  Grab your coffee and lets get to know Ray.     Welcome Ray!

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What inspired you to write your first book?

 

When I wrote my very first book, it was called Their First Night Together in 2011. I was away from writing for a number of years, and I wanted to show the world what I can write; both an erotic story with purely a romantic twist. Although, the story is no longer in publication, but you can find this story in Gratis: Transformations, in a more updated version.

 

I was always intrigued with writing erotica since 2010. I read a few short stories, a year prior, but I never thought of myself writing them, which made me fall in love with it. Plus, it’s therapeutic compared to where I live; in the middle of the desert where people have nothing better to do than drink and gamble.

 

Do you have a specific writing style?

 

My writing style is very simple. I love to add lots of sex, drama, comedy, and enjoyment to the story. While I have read other author’s works and found some to over-explain their scenes and characters, I wanted to be different; totally different from their style.

 

How did you come up with the title?

 

My current one: A Thrill Seeking Relationship came pretty easy. I wanted to write a story about a happy interracial couple that want to get into some naughty trouble together, and if there was naughtiness involve why not have two threesomes?

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 

My intent may not have a message, but to escape the reality, and have fun reading good fantasies.

 

How much of the book is realistic?

 

Oh no, I want to avoid the use of those dirty words ‘realism’ or realistic.’ Of course, I want my stories to be believable, filled with a plot and twist, along with a purpose in the story, but realism, no way! I prefer to keep it fantasy. My characters in the story, for example, engage in unprotected sex. I do that intentionally to keep it on the fantasy side. In the real world, we’re not immune to STI’s. (sexually transmitted infections), but I don’t need to incorporate that in my erotic fiction. I’m sorry if I sound blunt about it, but if the reader feels they can’t get along with my work, I’m not offended, but I learned throughout my years of writing, I have to be me, and being fiction in my work is one of them.

 

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

 

Not really. I like to keep my personal experiences out of it, because I don’t feel to comfortable about it. I did write something that was related to my personal experience (Forgetting About What Happened – a holiday erotic in 2012), and it was hard for me to write, because some events were painful, and I don’t want to experience it again.

 

What books have most influenced your life most?

 

In 2011, there were books written by Dawne Prochilo, which I’m sure she had written more stories presently. Her stories were exactly like my tempo, where I could fall into her stories and feel satisfied, from sweet to heat, and her books had inspired me to write more; develop my own style. Then, there were books written by Summer Daniels, along with Nichelle Gregory, Breanne Erickson, Michael Alexander, JS Morbius, and Lucy Felthouse. I remembered Author Don Abdul’s books before he was with a publisher, and his books were easy to read (This was in 2011-2013).  In 2014, there were two books that really influenced me to step up my game more – Sarah Michelle Lynch and Symone Craven. I was reviewing both their books, and then I thought to myself how I want to make my stories very cinematic, very erotic, and very fiction, and I felt the rest was history. I wanted to make my work both entertaining and erotic.

 

 

 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

 

If Dawne Prochilo is reading it. She was the mentor, and I find her always to be one. Although, it’s been a couple years since we kept in touch, but Dawne will always be an influence to me.

 

What book are you reading now?

 

I just finished reading a book by Lacey Silks, which won’t release until Tuesday, April 21st. 2015. I’m reviewing it for my online magazine AfterDark Online.

 

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

 

Lately, I’ve gotten into reading books by Felicity Brandon, Ethan Radcliff, Suzzana C. Ryan, and Michael Dalton. These authors are a different genre than me, since I’m strictly erotic romance, but I had always been intrigued to write dark erotic romance, because there’s more to it than just ordinary erotic romance. While Felicity, respectively, writes BDSM, and Michael Dalton, respectively, writes sci-fi erotica, I’ve been taking an interest in their work more. I didn’t start reading Ethan Radcliff’s work until the end of 2014, and he’s a very versatile author; same for Suzzana C. Ryan, respectively. I remembered her work back in the days, but she’s a very versatile author. Both of them are my colleagues with the publisher I’m under, and they write many genres from paranormal to erotic romance, to BDSM, and even I want to get versatile myself, but in my own way.

 

What are your current projects?

 

Okay, I had just finished writing a May/December erotic romance called Love Type Situation, and it’s still pending, as far as I know. I also finished writing a short ménage story (MFM) called The Indecisions Of Kendra, and that is for an anthology, in a tribute to a PA that had recently passed – Nancy Orcutt Seyboth.

 

In addition, I’m working on my indie series Love Out Of Lust Part Five, & Part Six, and a polyamory novella called The Weekend.

 

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

 

Other than my Pops from back east, my woman of ten years and over – Mary. She’s the love of my life, and she has put up with a lot of my shit through the years, and in the last five years, since I’ve been trying to find myself. I want to say thank you, and boo, I have true love for you.

 

I also have to give a gracious thanks to my faithful fans in my town, and outside – the internet world. They are what keeps me inspired to write more.

 

 

Do you see writing as a career?

 

Yes I do. I love it! I live in a town, where people just drink and gamble their lives away, and I know if writing erotica didn’t happen I would fall into that same category. It saved me from my depression and sanity.

 

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

 

Add more adventure. I did enjoy the book – A Thrill Seeking Relationship.

 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

 

I was serving detention in 1990, and I got bored and started writing. I didn’t take further interest into it until I was in my junior and senior years in high school, but by the late 90s, I lost the interest and pursued another interest called the night club scene. I worked the night club circuit for eight years, until I retired and moved to Nevada. After living in the desert town for such a long time, and had a period of bad luck, it was then when I picked up writing and wrote my first erotic story. Although, it was never published, and truly rough around the edges with the punctuation, and grammatical errors, I felt proud that I could do it, and I was inspired to go on and write more.

 

I had said numerous of times that writing erotica has happened to me by accident. When I say by accident, I wasn’t looking to get back into writing at that time. In 2009 and 2010, I was going through some troubling periods in my life. I lost my job twice, and while I was at home, I thought about putting myself into business by creating a site (AfterDark Online) that was specifically for adult entertainment, selling adult toys and pornographic DVDs, but I was also intrigued at a site I visited frequently – Lush Stories. It was then when I read a story, written by a guy and found it that he wrote a story that was all porn and no plot, using derogatory words that made me say WTF? I rated his story, and told him in nice words it sucked. He later sent me a private message and challenged me to write a story. I accepted, but I didn’t submit my first one until late December, but the rest became history after I wrote my first story. Although, it was rough around the edges and I had been away from it for so long. I forgot the use of punctuations and my grammatical uses was always a challenge, until I got better.

 

I am so glad this accident happen, but that’s my reference to ‘writing erotica happened by accident.’

 

 

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

 

A Thrill Seeking Relationship is a story about an interracial couple, Josh Trevelyan and Isabel Tavares, are in search of keeping their relationship exciting by fulfilling their ultimate fantasies. When Josh satisfies Isabel’s fantasy with a threesome, Isabel switches the tables on Josh by inviting a friend of hers – Lourdes Rivera. When the three share a threesome together, Josh and Isabel developed feeling for her, but to convince Lourdes in a relationship with them was a challenge that wouldn’t succeed, until an unexpected moment happens.

 

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 

The most challenging part of my writing, other than writer’s block, is avoiding clichés and keeping my story from being too boring. I read books, and I review books. I will be honest, I have a short attention span on books that I read. If the books don’t interest me, I don’t always complete the read; basically, I get turned off. When I write books, I want to avoid the most common mistakes I’ve learned from writers. I want my readers to understand the characters and the scenes, but I don’t like to over-explain it to the point where another reader gets impatient and close out their app. I’ve been there, and that’s always the challenging part for me in writing a story.

 

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

 

I have a number of favorite authors. There are so many names to go through, but what I like about their work to be my favorite is that they get straight to the point with their scenes. I mean the first 3 pages I read is very critical for me to decide if their story is interesting or not, and that’s what makes me find them as my favorite.

 

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

 

I wish I could do more traveling. My inspirations of scenes relate to my hometown – New York City, but I’m also inspired by my second hometown – San Francisco, or the Bay Area.

 

Who designed the covers?

 

Before Bitten Press, I did the designs as an indie, but since I’m currently with a publisher, the staff at Bitten. I believe Suzzana C. Ryan. I hear she is a good cover designer.

 

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

 

It’s the price you pay to write a good book; re-writing your scenes over and over, because a new idea sparked in your mind, or you story sounds too boring or unbelievable.

 

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

 

I learned more about being myself and stay comfortable in my own skin. I love writing erotica; it’s what I live and breath everyday. I learned that your mind is the most powerful weapon in the world, and if used wisely you can accomplish anything.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

 

One, keep it fantasy, always! Two, don’t take too heart about the criticism about your work. There are mean people, who like to say mean things, nip-pick, and then there are haters. Don’t let them bring you down, because you are creative in your own way, and you’ll always have an audience, so as long as you learn and pursue. Also stay true to your passion. Enjoy what you write.

 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

 

Yes, to the readers from day one, thank you for your love and support. I truly appreciate your patience and love. And when you want me to come up with the next one, I couldn’t wait to show you. Also to the potential readers, I won’t beat around the bush when I say this, I’m strictly fantasy; it’s who I am. If realism in a story is what you want, then I’m sorry to disappoint you. Everything I write may not be factually true in the real world, but my purpose is to arouse and entertain; to help you escape from the real world.

 

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

 

From 2010 – 2013, I was a tadpole in the industry. I didn’t start getting comfortable with my own skin until late 2013, while I was working on my Love out Of Lust Series. Plus, I had to balance out my time in 2014 as a bar/restaurant manager, a writer, and a publisher, also a boyfriend/husband. I have a personal life, and I sacrificed a lot last year and the year before. 2015 has given me a blessed opportunity.

 

Rapid Fire

 

Coffee – Tea:  Tea

Jeans – Sweats: Jeans

Silk – Cotton: Cotton

iPhone-Galaxy: Galaxy

Rightie – Leftie: Rightie

Soda-Water: Water

Cake-Pie: Cake

Rock n roll – Country: Rock

Mountains – Beach: Beach

Cat –Dog: Cat

Favorite Movie: Fast & Furious Series

Favorite Car: Monte Carlo or Camaro

Favorite Color:  Silver

Favorite Male Film Star: Pierce Brosnan

Favorite Female Film Star: Famke Jensen

Favorite Fast Food: Carl’s Jr/Hardees

Favorite Cocktail: Gin n’ Juice

Favorite Musical Band: I have favorite DJ’s. Armand Van Halden, DJ Mustard, DJ Diamonds, Johnny Vicioius, Sander Kleinenburg, DJ Icey, DJ Roni Size, Benassi Bros., Sander Von Doorn, Peter Rauhofer, Funkmaster Flex, DJ Clue, DJ Tony Touch, and Robbie Rivera. LOL! (that’s a lot)

Favorite Singer: I don’t have an actual favorite. There’s so many of them.

 

Thank you so much for having me on here. It’s been a real pleasure.

 

Author Page:

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Amazon Links to Ray’s Books:

 

 

Love Out Of Lust Series has 4 books

 

 

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Upstairs-Ray-Sostre-ebook/dp/B007RQMIVY/ref=la_B00U5NXFMM_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1428419425&sr=1-10

 

 

 

Let’s Talk with Aden Lowe

Our next author to guest post on our segment, Can We Talk?, is Aden Lowe, author of The Hunted Love Series.  He has chosen to answer a few questions.  Grab your coffee and lets get to know Aden.     Welcome Aden!

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What inspired you to write your first book? … I’ve always been a writer, I guess, and played around with short stories throughout my teens and during my editing career. About a year ago, I became tired of cleaning up after others and decided to try my own hand at it.

Do you have a specific writing style? … If I had to describe my style, I guess I’d call it realistic. I strive to create real characters in real situations with real feelings. I want my readers to step right into the character’s head the same way I do, see what they see, feel what they feel. Hopefully, I achieve that at least part of the time.

How did you come up with the title? … I’m really, REALLY bad with names. When I started writing Big Game, I named the file biggame.doc, and that sort of stuck. By the time I tried to think of a title, I drew a blank. Bounty was the same. For Captured, however, I had a little help from Ashley Wheels, my PA.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? … I didn’t set out to write about some higher message like some do, but if there’s a common thread through all my books, it’s that everyone is capable of, and deserving of, the kind of loves my characters find. (*And a little note for the “insta-love” naysayers… I knew within five minutes of meeting Elyse that she was The One. Yes, that kind of connection is rare, but it definitely exists. Yes, it will hit some of my characters 😉 )

How much of the book is realistic?… A few of the characters’ experiences are based on things from my own life, or those of people I’ve known.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?… Some of both, but the vast majority of the events in the books are purely fictional.

What books have most influenced your life most? … That’s a hard one, lol. My favorite as a little kid was “Smokey The Cowhorse”. The school librarian held my report card for not returning it, thinking I’d lost it. I hadn’t. I just kept it and read it over and over. I learned about descriptive prose from Zane Grey’s novels, and action from Louis L’Amour. Stephen King scared me into a whole summer of keeping my window closed and sweating with my head under the covers. It was addictive, and by the time I was in eighth grade, I read anything and everything I could get my hands on.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? LOL, all the above.

What book are you reading now? Right now, I’m re-reading an old issue of “The Horse” magazine, full of behavioral and veterinary science articles related to horses. I saw a picture a few weeks ago that seemed familiar, and had to search until I found it, lol. It was an article that drew parallels between complications in delivery with horses and a syndrome that seems remarkably similar to the autismn spectrum in humans.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? There are. The Indie book world is full of talent. However, I hesitate to name names, because I don’t want to slight anyone or cause hurt feelings.

What are your current projects?  The next project I release will be “Kellen’s Redemption”. The President of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club, Hell Raiders, and his debutante/illegal arms dealer girlfriend, Vicky, face a lot of obstacles. Starting with keeping each other alive. I’m also doing the preliminary work for several other projects.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Kellen could think of nothing closer to paradise than sending his stretched out chopper flying down the highway while Vicky’s thighs hugged his and her hands clutched at his waist. Just fifteen minutes ago, he picked her up from a formal thing, and she came to the door in designer silk and diamonds and heels. She just ripped the side of her gown up to allow her to swing her leg over his fender, and climbed on.

He pointed the bike toward nowhere in particular and leaned on the throttle, relishing the way she clung to him. Before he knew it, he’d taken them back across the River and toward Stags Leap. What the hell was he thinking? He couldn’t very well take a woman like Vicky back to the Hell Raiders’ clubhouse. Besides, he didn’t want anyone interrupting their first time, or listening in, either.

The feeling unsettled him. Normally, he didn’t give a damn who heard, or saw, and sharing was an option unless he needed to assert dominance. The realization that he might seriously hurt any other man who looked at Vicky surprised him. Yeah, he really needed to do whatever it took to get her out of his system. In a week he’d be over her and back to normal.

 But he still wouldn’t take her back to the clubhouse. That left the old home place, his dad’s family home. Kellen was the only one left now, so it was his, and he kept it up, but he’d never brought anyone there before. The thought made him a little nervous. She’d walked out of a mansion. What would she think when he took her to a primitive little four-room farmhouse? The only other option was a motel, and just…no.

He barely slowed the bike in consideration of the narrow crooked road, but when he turned into the week-choked dirt lane, he cut it way back. At the back of the little shingle-sided house, he rolled his bike into the shelter of the low concrete porch and shut it off.

Vicky swung off, a little unsteady on her heels. The deep twilight couldn’t help matters any, since the footing was practically invisible.

Kellen palmed his keychain knife, a little oval shaped lock-blade with a one-inch blade and an LED light at one end. The thing came in handy at times, and provided just enough illumination for him to unlock the door. The hinges squealed like a hog in pain, but the door swung easily.

“Where are we?” Vicky’s breath tickled the back of his neck and his balls tightened in reaction.

“My dad’s home place. Give me a minute, I’ll get some light going.” The old oil lamp sat on the table by the door like always, with the old tin container for the matches beside it. The wick caught on the first try and he lowered the chimney and adjusted the flame to flood the old kitchen with the soft glow. The urge to hold his breath surprised him as he waited for her reaction.

She gave a little gasp and moved to the middle of the room, heels clacking on the bare wood planks of the floor. “Wow, this place is an antique lover’s dream. How was it kept so original?”

Not exactly the reaction he’d expected.

Nearly everything in the kitchen received her attention. She stopped by the old soapstone sink. “This is incredible.”

He laughed a little. “No, little girl, you’re incredible. All this is just an old house we could never afford to update.”

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. That list is a mile long, but at the very top is my PA, Ashley Wheels. Her first question as my new PA was whether writing was a career for me, or a hobby. The moment I answered career, she took it as seriously as I did. She’s entirely dedicated and puts in as many, and sometimes more, hours as I do. If something needs doing, she learns how to do it. But she’s my baby sister, and although we didn’t grow up together, she supports everything I do.

Do you see writing as a career? I do. I left an editing career to write full time. This is what I do now.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? The only thing I’d change is to get it finished faster, LOL.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I suppose in school, when I found out I could write down the little imaginary things that played out in my head, LOL.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Staying focused. I have a ton of other things going on, and the attention span of a squirrel, so it’s very easy for me to become distracted. Ash and I are trying out a new ‘system’ that seems to work for that.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? I’m working my way slowly through JR Wards Black Dagger Brotherhood series because it came highly recommended. I can see why, with the astonishingly detailed world she sets up.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I’ve traveled and seen a lot in the past, so I have no shortage of things to write about.

Who designed the covers?  I actually did, with Ashley’s help.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Staying on track, lol.

Do you have any advice for other writers?  Read anything and everything, good, bad or in between, and dissect it all, find out what works and what doesn’t. Read non-fic as well to increase your knowledge base and lend realism to your work. Don’t be afraid to cut shitty passages. The words are not gold plated. Take the time to expand your vocabularly and take care to use words in the correct context.
Rapid Fire
Coffee – Tea: coffee with chocolate and sweet tea
Boxer – Briefs: ummm, yeah
Silk Lingerie – Flannel: yep, lol
iPhone-Galaxy: no iPhones
Rightie – Leftie: depends which part you’re asking about, lol
Soda-Water: Mtn Dew addict here, but water too
Cake-Pie: Both, as long as it’s chocolate
Rock n roll – Country: Metal, and old country
Mountains – Beach: Mountains, definitely
Cat -Dog: Dog. Cats are evil incarnate. Especially when one little one chases another right up your leg.
Favorite Movie: don’t really have one
Favorite Car: chevy truck
Favorite Color: ummm blues, grays
Favorite Male Film Star: lol i don’t know one from another
Favorite Female Film Star: also don’t know their real names. never bothered to pay attention.
Favorite Fast Food: Chinese take out
Favorite Cocktail: don’t drink any more, but back in the day, it was all Jack and Coke
Favorite Musical Band: AC/DC

Favorite Singer: Brian Johnson from AC/DC, and Bon Scott kicked ass too

Let’s Talk with Alexandra I

 Our next author to guest post on our segment, Can We Talk?, is Alexandra I, author of The Collar of Freedom, The Collar of Sacrifice and the Flash Burn Box Set.  She has chosen to answer a few questions.  Grab your coffee and lets get to know Alexandra.     Welcome Alexandra!

 

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What inspired you to write your first book?

My very first book was inspired by, of course, the one and only Fifty Shades of Grey.

 

Do you have a specific writing style?

Nope. I just write and hope things will connect at a later stage.

 

How did you come up with the title?

Well, there are many flash burns that the reader will experience while reading the book (FLASH BURN Box Set) so I thought that title was most appropriate.

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Not in this one. This novel is about fun and spontaneity. My other novel, THE COLLAR OF FREEDOM, that’s a different story.

 

How much of the book is realistic?

Most of it is.

 

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Yes. It’s based loosely on someone I know.

 

What books have most influenced your life most?

There are way too many to mention, but in general, I used to drown myself in self-help books. I’ve read enough to last me a lifetime.

 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Oh! That’s an interesting question. Without sounding ungrateful, I think we all have our unique style so I wouldn’t necessarily ask anyone to be my mentor, but I would ask (and actually I do ask often) many authors the odd question I have about writing, publishing, formatting, etc. Those are the author – friends I made while writing fanfiction.

 

What book are you reading now?

MORE THAN JUST A PAIR OF PUMPS – actually writing / editing it all the time!

 

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Yes, Isobelle Cate, I was pleasantly surprised when I read her book, Rapture at Midnight (hot!). I can’t wait to read more of her as soon as I finish with the project at hand.

 

What are your current projects?

MORE THAN JUST A PAIR OF PUMPS should be out by 20th May

A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER should be out by 16th July

 

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Oh, there are so many! EVERYONE I met on fanfiction, many of whom I remained good friends with. I must mention Kelly because not only is she my PA but a hard core fan since the moment she read my first story (April, 30th, 2013). This was her reaction:

Oh my god, what a cliff hanger. I can’t believe I only found your story a few days ago but now I’ve read all your chapters so far, I really hope you’ve thought about changing the characters names and publishing it cause I’d definitely buy the book and I’m sure there’d be hundreds of other women who would too. Your story is like the fifty shades of grey, crossfire and gabriel books, now I’ve read it, I want to read it again.

 

Also, everyone on my street team who give copious amounts of their time to spread the words of joy (and me) throughout the world!

 

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes! Definitely!

 

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Oh that’s not a question you should ask an author! Of course I’d change it! There are so many things that bug me. However, I’ve managed to remain above it all (only in moments of weakness I allow them to bug me properly).

 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I knew I was good at writing because each time my friends would get a parking ticket and they’d like to dispute it, they’d ask me to write the letter. Needless to say, they never paid any penalty. But it wasn’t until I read Fifty Shades of Grey when I had a eureka moment, which sounded something like: “Huh.”

 

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Well, hmm….not yet. But hoping to have more info for you in a months’ time. I can only reveal the title, which is MORE THAN JUST A PAIR OF PUMPS. (A mouthful, I know!)

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Editing. Reading and re-reading it over and over again.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

If you want to write, just write. Don’t ask for advice on ‘how to’.

Once you publish, don’t leave your book to rot. Market it.

Be nice to everyone. You don’t know their life story.

Life is beautiful. Live.

 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Only to humbly say thank you to everyone who read my books, who commented, posted, discussed my stories, your actions made me a confident author. Without the feedback I got on fanfiction (which I still keep, btw more than 1000 reviews) I would have still struggled and thought I’m not good.

If you think you can boost someone else’s confidence, even for a second, do it.

 

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

Funnily enough, there weren’t that many challenges when writing FLASH BURN. The story is about hot emails going back and forth. That’s easy to source, right? RIGHT? Yeah. Don’t answer that.

 

Rapid Fire

 

Coffee – Tea

Coffee

 

Boxer – Briefs

Briefs

 

Jeans – Sweats

Skirts

 

Silk – Cotton

Cotton (you can actually see cellulite through the silk – that is if you have any J)

 

iPhone-Galaxy

iPhone

 

Rightie – Leftie

Leftie (of course!)

 

Soda-Water

Prosecco

 

Cake-Pie

Gateaux

 

Rock n roll – Country

Rock n roll

 

Mountains – Beach

Mountains

 

Cat –Dog

Both

 

Favorite Movie:

Can’t choose between Grease & Avatar

 

Favorite Car:

Range Rover Sports

 

Favorite Color:

Red

 

Favorite Male Film Star:

Robert Downey Jr & Leonardo DiCaprio (my Alexander Reeves)

 

Favorite Female Film Star:

Can’t think of any specific, there are many.

 

Favorite Fast Food:

Since I’m trying to avoid it, I’d say none.

 

Favorite Cocktail:

Watermelon Martini

 

Favorite Musical Band:

Maroon 5

 

Favorite Singer:

Madonna (hard core fan)

You forgot one thing so I’m gonna have to add:

Flats of pumps:

Pumps all the way, baby! J

 

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