Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Guest Blogger: Sheila Gale



5 Things you didn't know about author Sheila Gale

1. When I was eleven, I foolishly tried to get my pony, Flash, to jump over a solid wooden gate. He stopped dead at the gate and I fell on top of it. I injured my back, but didn’t find out until many years later that I had damaged a kidney.

2. Me and my friend, Bev, ran away from home when we were eight. We started walking along the main road towards the city of Chester. Our local doctor was driving home and spotted us. That was the end of our adventure.

3. In my early teens, I dreamt of taking up fencing. I think I fancied myself leaping around with an epee, slaying my opponent.

4. I didn’t like the guy who had taken a shine to me at the local dance. Rather than tell him to stop following me around I climbed out of a washroom window and ran home.

5. I really did marry the guy next door. We’ve been married for thirty-three wonderful years!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Guest Blogger Debbie De Louise





5 Things You Don't know about Debbie De Louise

1. I'm a morning person. I usually get up at 5 a.m. to write each day.
2. My favorite snacks are dark chocolate, peanuts, and popcorn with raisins. I also chew a lot of Extra peppermint gum.
3. I have bookshelves in every room of my house and even keep books in my car, garage, and attic.
4. Before becoming a librarian, I worked as a secretary.
5. I like scented shower gels especially vanilla and lilac ones.



Interview with Debbie De Louise
Please tell us about your latest book.
Reason to Die is a standalone mystery featuring Detective Courtney Lang who is investigating a series of murders of handicapped people in the small town of Baxter, Connecticut. Previously, Courtney was involved in a case of muggings in the town that ended up with her partner and lover, Bill Thompson, being shot and crippled. Now, with a new partner who she has become romantically involved after Bill broke up with her, Courtney believes the muggings and murders are connected and sets out to prove it, putting herself in danger as well as the two men who are vying for her affections.

What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m finishing the fourth book of my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series and am also reprinting my first paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, with Solstice Publishing. I also have several other projects in the works.

How do we find out about you and your books? You can check my website at https://debbiedelouise.com and my Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/2bIHdaQ
You can also connect with me on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian Google+ google.com/+DebbieDeLouise Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbiedelouise/

Why did you decide to write mystery novels? I enjoy reading the various types of mysteries and writing plots that involve twists and character conflicts.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
I believe all authors put some of themselves and their experiences into their writing. In my Cobble Cove mysteries, my main character, like me, is a librarian and mystery author. In my new mystery, one of the main characters is handicapped like my husband.

When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?
I’ve been writing since I was young. I still have some notebooks full of handwritten manuscripts from my college days. My first submitted manuscript was a short mystery story for Cat Crimes Through Time, an anthology of mystery stories featuring cats. “Stitches Through Time” featured a time-travel theme involving a young girl and her cat who travel to the past and meet Betsy Ross. I submitted that manuscript because I was a fan of those annual anthologies and queried the editor with my story that I thought would fit into their current project. I had also been writing articles for pet journals at that time and submitted those pieces because I wanted to meet the requirements to join the Cat Writers Association, of which I am still a member and recently received a Certificate of Excellence from them for another short story, my “Path to Rainbow Bridge.”

Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?
I usually aim to write 1,000 words a day, so I can normally finish my first draft in two to three months. However, it usually takes another three months or so for me to edit and submit the manuscripts.

Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
I write each morning from about 6 to 7 a.m. (sometimes later on weekends or when I’m off from work). I aim for 1,000 words at each writing session.

What is your writing routine once you start a book? As I said above, I try to write 1,000 words per day in the morning until I finish the first draft. Then I give the book a rest for a month or so and then go back and edit with fresh eyes before I submit it.
What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there constant interruptions? My family is great. My daughter is usually still sleeping while I write, and my husband tries not to bother me.

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries? I watch Netflix shows with my husband at night, usually spy or mystery shows. I also read and take walks.
What truly motivates you in general? In your writing? In general, I’m motivated by praise and by my interest in something. In writing, I’m motivated by good reviews and positive reader feedback as well as my desire to write.

Where do your ideas come from? Everywhere. Books I read, shows I watch, my past, my present, news events, happenings at work, my imagination, my dreams, combinations of everything.

Do you feel humour is important in mysteries and why? I think a bit of humor is important in any genre. Although mysteries are mostly serious, I try to add some humor from time to time to relieve the mounting tension of the story.

What are your thoughts on love scenes in romance novels, do you find them difficult to write? I always try to put some romance into my books. However, I don’t feel comfortable writing explicit sex scenes and that’s why most of my books are cozies or feature limited sex scenes.

What kind of research do you do? Most of my research is online or through the library where I work. I have spoken to experts in certain fields to lend authenticity to my books. For instance, in Between a Rock and a Hard Place, my second Cobble Cove mystery, I spoke with a pediatrician and mother of young babies, so I could get a better understanding of the development of the infants in this story.
Would you like to write a different genre than you do now, or sub-genre? I do write other genres. I’ve written a romantic comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace, and my paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, which will be reprinted soon. I’ve also written several science fiction, fantasy, and romance stories. I prefer writing mysteries, both cozies and general mysteries.
What does your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend think of your writing? My husband doesn’t read it, but he says he hears it when I edit it because I speak the words aloud to see how they sound. He’s a great support to me, though, and encourages me to keep at it even when I go through a slump.

Do you ever ask him/her for advice? Not related to writing, but I have asked for computer help related to my work on the book.

Please tell us about yourself (family, hobbies, education, etc.)
I’m a librarian, am married, and have a 13-year old daughter. I enjoy reading, cats, walking, and watching mystery and spy TV shows.

Fill in the blank favorites - Dessert. City. Season. Type of hero. Type of heroine.
Dessert – Black Forest Cake
City – New York
Season – autumn

Type of hero – Intelligent but sexy and very romantic

Type of heroine – Smart but with a few vulnerabilities, pretty but not gorgeous, curious and sometimes ruled by her heart over her head.

What are some of your favorite things to do? Read, walk, visit gardens, mansions, historic homes, museums, libraries.

Do you have a favorite author? Favorite book? I like to read a wide variety of authors and genres. Some of my favorite authors include Nora Roberts, Mary Higgins Clark, and Sandra Brown. My favorite books include The Eight by Katherine Neville, Winter People by Phyllis Whitney, and The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

Who are some of your other favorite authors to read? As listed above. I also like to read debut authors as well as popular authors.

What do you think of critique groups in general? They can be helpful, but it depends on the people involved.

Where do you see yourself in five years? I’d like to be published by a large publisher, and maybe be on a national bestseller list for one of my books.

How long have you been writing - have you always wanted to be a writer? I’ve been writing as a hobby since I was in second grade. My first professional publications were a short story for a mystery anthology and articles in cat magazines when I was in my early thirties. I also wrote for my college newspaper for which I won an award in my Sophomore year.

How many books have you written, how many have been published? I don’t have a figure for the number of books I’ve written because I haven’t had a chance to go through notebooks from earlier in my life, but I’ve currently had 5 books and a novella published. I also have two unpublished books that I’m querying to agents.

After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it? I always buy a copy, but I usually just glance through it to check for printing errors. I occasionally read bits and pieces, but I’m always afraid of finding typos or mistakes I’ve missed.

Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine? A Stone’s Throw, the first book in my Cobble Cove series, is one of my favorites because it’s the first book that was accepted by a publisher. I like the main character, Alicia, who is a librarian, but I especially like Sneaky, the Cobble Cove library cat, who is loosely based on my deceased Siamese, Oliver. Sneaky, while not playing major roles in any of the books, has some cute scenes and even “paws” his own blog at https://sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com.

What book for you has been the easiest to write? The hardest? The most fun? I wouldn’t say any of them are especially easy or hard. The editing is often the difficult part. As far as being fun, I enjoy writing all of them.

Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting? What are the elements of a great romance for you? I usually start with the main characters and add more as I go along, but the story or plot is pretty intertwined with the characters and setting. To be honest, I don’t read a lot of pure romance. I like romantic suspense books and romances that are sub-plots of mysteries. I believe the best elements of romance are attraction, ambiance, a lovely setting, and two people who are drawn together and sometimes apart by circumstances but end up happily ever after.

What is the hardest part of writing/the easiest for you? The hardest part is finding the time to write and the time to promote the book once it’s published. The easiest part is coming up with ideas and letting the characters lead me into their scenes.

Have you experienced writer's block---> If so, how did you work through it? I haven’t really experienced writer’s block, although I’ve had periods where I felt stuck in a certain scene but then realized that I was thinking too much. For me, I have to write without worrying about spelling, grammar, or other technical issues of the manuscript so that my creativity is free to take over.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer? The most rewarding thing I’ve found to being a writer is recognition from readers and finding fans who enjoy your work and ask for more. There’s also nothing that compares to seeing your words in print and your book on a bookstore or library shelf. It’s like seeing your child for the first time, a bit surrealistic.

If you weren't writing, what would you be doing? I’d still be involved with books because I’m a librarian, but I don’t think I’d ever stop writing even if I don’t publish another word because it’s too much of who I am.

Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers? I believe there are more opportunities than ever to be published today because of the Internet and the rise of eBooks. There are many wonderful small publishers such as Solstice Publishing who are committed to helping their authors achieve success. There are also many self-published authors who do well, and others who publish with large publishers. The important thing to remember is to write what you feel and not to take rejections personally. If you believe in your work and yourself, someone else will believe in you, too.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Guest blogger: K.A. Meng




Ivory Ames has caught the attention of four gorgeous guys. At Los Roshano University this isn’t normal, even when all the upperclassmen have perfect physiques, flawless complexions, and hypnotic looks. That’s not even the weirdest part. The town has a strict sunset curfew because of wild animals attacking.

To keep her friends and herself safe, Ivory must figure out the truth behind the town’s mysteries before it’s too late.








5 Things you don't know about author K.A. Meng

1. I graduated from college with a degree in Computer Science, and I only use it to build my website. 

2. I have a teenage son. 

3. My son and I can't share anything. We have our own cats and dogs, so two of each pet. Our dogs have two different colored eyes. 

4. Whenever I am nervous, I either talk fast or I giggle. 

5. My favorite sweets are s'mores and red velvet cake. I'm still trying to find a way to combine them. 


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Guest Blogger: Dina Rae


Book One Of Two When Maya Smock writes her first novel, everything seems to go her way. Her book practically writes itself. She marries her gorgeous agent. Her name is on all of the best seller lists. Billionaire author Jay McCallister takes an interest in her meteoric rise to fame and invites her into his world of alien-believing celebrities. Her life changes forever when he tells her that they were both created inside of a laboratory. These authors are embedding an alien genetic code within the pages of their novels that originated from Nazi Germany because... The time has come. They are here.



5 Things you don't know about author Dina Rae

1) I have been on over 100 radio shows as a conspiracy theorist.
2) I am a teacher and tennis coach.
3) I plan my vacations around conspiracy theory.  
4) I LOVE dogs.
5) One day I hope to have a prepper property to prepare for New World Order.

Monday, May 14, 2018

5 Fun Facts about author Lois Crockett

My guest blogger today is author Lois Crockett and we are having fun letting you all know 5 fun facts about her.





https://www.amazon.com/Tough-Luck-Lane-Lois-Crockett-ebook/dp/B01MSBLVZY


1. She's a Certfied Professional Bartender

2. First female club Disc Jockey in the state of Florida (1973 Big Daddy's/Flanigan's Fort Lauderdale)

3. Earned a 3rd, 2nd and 1st Class FCC license with radar endorsement. A 2nd class license certifies you can fix jets. Pratt & Whitney offered her a job

4. Favorite food is pizza and A Coke 

5. Best way to write is next to a great big barrel of toxic orange cheez balls

Hope you find these fun facts fun!! 🎈



Tough Luck Lane
Stacey Jennifer Longacre is a bartender who leaves her hard-bit existence in Okeechobee, Florida. She’s likeable, but with a touch of sand.

Landing in a quirky Key West-style compound in south Florida, she and her new-found crew head off a ring of dangerous bed guys who keep her off-balance while perpetrating their deadly game.

Stacey is no stranger to danger yet she always strives to do the next right thing in spite of her "tough luck" attitude. An “ordinary” woman thrown into extraordinary circumstances, she’s someone with whom you will relate to and cheer on.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Guest Blogger: M.R. Rutter





A sinkhole is the perfect place to hide a body. Or is it?

While standing over the skeletons of young women discovered deep beneath the earth, Deputy Sheriff Ingrid Olaffsen knew she was facing the challenge of her career. One she thought she’d never see working in rural Minnesota.

She was wrong.

Soon there’s the disappearance of yet another girl and Ingrid realizes that she’s on the trail of a killer. One she has to stop, before the unthinkable happens.

When Michael Wilson appears in Ingrid’s life and investigation, Ingrid is torn. She is attracted to the handsome, enigmatic former marine with sad eyes, a slow drawl and a killer smile. More so than she has ever been in her life, but she doesn’t fully trust his motives.

Ingrid doesn’t know whether to cuff him or kiss him. But she does know that the only place she feels strong, safe and whole is in his arms.

How can Ingrid believe in love when she can’t even trust the ground beneath her feet?

"Rutter gets it right in this debut novel. With a keen eye for gritty

detail, she's crafted a compelling page-turner that will especially appeal

to readers seeking edgy, realistic romantic suspense. Dangerous Ground

launches a promising career!"

--* New York Times* Bestselling Author Wendy Corsi Staub

M.R. Rutter fills her prose with evocative details that make her settings

come to life in all their wonderful creepiness, such as describing a

tree branch, "its bark peeling off like decaying skin," or a T-shirt "the

color of wilted buttercups."

Anyone who enjoys the cool-as-hell forensics of *Bones* or *CSI *will

love *Dangerous Ground. *M.R. Rutter uses the lingo with authority and makes you feel like you're inside the investigation. Maybe it's the science nerd in me, but

reading about the effects of rodent predation on remains was fascinating.

Not many procedurals manage to pull off that sort of thing, but this

author makes it feel organic, like the reader is learning right next to

no-nonsense lady cop Ingrid Olaffsen.

The romance between main characters Ingrid and Michael is satisfying, and

not at all formulaic. Ingrid sees something she likes and she goes for it.

I like that in a woman. Tension builds for the reader because we know

Michael has an ulterior motive for charming her. His internal conflict

makes him an absorbing character.

If you like for strong female protagonists, you'll find one here. Ingrid is

the rock of her family, and that's saying a lot because she's the oldest of

eight sisters. Eight! That's some serious estrogen power. Ingrid's

relationship with her sisters is one of my favorites parts of the book. She

shares easy humor and good-natured ribbing with the older ones. To the

youngest, only 17, she struggles to fill the shoes of their dead mother.

You have to respect a woman handling the difficulty of raising a teenager

while she works to solve a series of horrific murders.

* Libby Doyle, author of The Covalent Series and member of Romance Writers of America



Reviews:
“Dangerous Ground” is one brilliantly written first novel. To me personally the first few chapters are very important in the story, and I must say M.R. Rutter pulled me right into her story and held my attention until the very last page was turned. It’s not an easy task for any writer, but she pulled the intrigue off admirably – till the very end I couldn’t guess who the main perpetrator was.
Ingrid Olaffsen is a sheriff’s deputy, who prefers to work in a quiet little town where she grew up with her sisters and where she knows everyone, until one day human remains are found in a sinkhole and soon it becomes evident that a serial killer is hiding among the familiar town folk, smart, dangerous and ready to pounce on a new unsuspecting victim. Ingrid’s investigation becomes even more complicated once she meets a mysterious new man in town, Michael, a former marine, who seems to be a little too interested in her investigation and not only in her personally…
I absolutely loved how real Ingrid’s character is and how easy it was for me to connect with her from the very first pages and root for her along the way. All the characters were true to life and multi-dimensional, it felt like I was actually there, in a small rural town walking amongst them, getting to know them, and that’s another thing that makes this novel so compelling, aside from the riveting plot. Highly recommended!

Ellie Midwood, Author of The Austrian and Emilia





Deftly balances a three-way tightrope between police procedural, family
dramedy, and a truly sick torture killer. Don’t read if you’re alone in the
house!Megan Rutter brings the reader alongside a female cop dealing with
workplace misogyny amid a case worthy of headlines. She also takes us
inside the mind of one of the sickest torture-killers I’ve ever read. Amid
the chaos, we’re treated to some of the most authentic family dramedy I’ve
read--plus a potential love story. Rutter balances it all with skill and
ease: I opened this book every time I had a few minutes to spare, and I
wasn’t disappointed. Don’t read if you’re alone in the house!

Alice Loweecey, author of the Giulia Driscoll Mystery Series

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Guest blogger: Tim Yingling




Please tell us about your latest book.
My latest book is called Certain Darkening. It is about a small group of people who were kidnapped by a family that must find a way to fight their way out only to find out they have no idea what is really going on.

What can we expect from you in the future?
I have about five other stories and one novella that have started working on. There is also series planned for two of my other books that are already written two more series that I haven’t started the first book on yet.

How do we find out about you and your books?
As the saying goes, I am an open book. Readers can find me on Facebook, Twitter, or even Goodreads if they have questions for me. There is also my blog that I write in, not as much as I want to, but they can follow and reach me there as well.

Why did you decide to write action/thriller/horror novels?
I grew up watching action movies and horror movies. Now, that’s not to say that I am getting all of my ideas from there. That is farthest from what is happening. All of the ideas I have are my own ideas.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
There is a lot of me in my writing. I would have to say like a lot of writer’s out there, I put myself in the characters I write. My first novel, A Family Affair, is about a family man who has to stop someone from his past, but the family in that book is almost entirely based on my family with exception to a few aspects of them.

When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?
I first started thinking seriously about writing during my first deployment in 2005. I didn’t finish the first draft of my first book until 2011. I thought A Family Affair was a different type of action/thriller even though it still had a lot of aspects in it that people have read before.
Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?

I wish I could say that it takes me a couple of months to do the first draft, but it definitely doesn’t. My career with the military really takes up some of my time, I try to spend a lot of time with my family, and whatever I have left is dedicated to writing. I would say that it takes me about nine to twelve months to finish a first draft.

Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
No real schedule, I just try to write at least two thousand words a day.
What is your writing routine once you start a book?
No routine. When I get time to write, I will put words to paper.
What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there constant interruptions?

My family could never be considered an interruption to me. They do give me the time to write when they see that I am writing.

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
I run. Starting to turn into running a lot. But I have never really needed the recharge aspect yet.

What truly motivates you in general? In your writing?
My family is my motivation. I don’t use them in all of my writing, but when I write I think of trying to do things better for them.

Where do your ideas come from?
Most of my ideas are from when I was growing up. Just a lot thoughts of “oh, that would make an interesting story.”

Do you feel humour is important in action/thriller/horror and why?
With everything in life, I believe there should be humor there somewhere. If you take life too seriously, you’ll never live a true life.

What kind of research do you do?
I don’t do any research right off the bat. If I get stuck with something I’ll look it up, but I won’t research anything of my books beforehand. There is no reason to.

Would you like to write a different genre than you do now, or sub-genre?
If I try, I think I’ll just destroy that genre and make people distance themselves from me.

What does your wife think of your writing?
My wife is not much of a reader, but she supports me all the same. She read a little of my first novel, and the only thing she doesn’t like is that I am using real locations in my books. I am trying to change that as best I can.

Do you ever ask her for advice?
The only thing I ever ask my wife to do when it comes to my writing is to write the last line. It gives the feel that she helped me.

Please tell us about yourself (family, hobbies, education, etc.)
Well, I am married. I have four beautiful daughters. Currently we are separated due to the military. I am going to be going to another country hear soon, so my wife and three of my daughters are living in Indiana right now. My hobbies are reading, running, and getting into the gym. As far as education goes, I’m just a high school grad with a lot of life experience from the military.

Fill in the blank favorites - Dessert. City. Season. Type of hero. Type of heroine.
Dessert – I try to stay away from desserts, but I would have to give it to zebra cakes and Oreo’s.
Season – Easily the fall.

When it comes to the hero and heroine type, I like the normal type of person. Think of John McClain.
What are some of your favorite things to do?
I am big movie collector. With everyone else going to all of the digital stuff for movies, I still buy discs. But there is also running and hitting gym along with reading that I thoroughly enjoy to do.

Do you have a favorite author? Favorite book?
I don’t necessarily have a favorite author, but if I had to pick it would be Lee Child. I just love the Jack Reacher books. But my favorite book is by Stephen King. It’s not his best book by leaps and bounds, and definitely not the best book ever written, but I just love Desperation for some reason. It has to be the story.

Who are some of your other favorite authors to read?
In May of 2009, I started reading every Stephen King book ever written, chronologically. I’m still not finished. I have eight books left to go. But of course I read Lee Child, James Patterson, the Harry Potter books, Dean Koontz, Robert Ludlum, W.E.B. Griffin, Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, and Michael Crichton.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’ll still be in the military. And I will definitely still be writing. There is nothing that is going to stop me from doing that.
How long have you been writing - have you always wanted to be a writer?
I
 would say, yes I have always wanted to be a writer. The first story I wrote (and I wish I still had a copy of it because I would love to fix it up) was a bit of fanfiction for the Halloween movies. I wrote it back in 1998. But there was a bit of hiatus there since I didn’t start on A Family Affair until 2011.

How many books have you written, how many have been published?
I am currently completely rewriting the fourth book I wrote. I just didn’t like the feel of it while I was going through the first rounds of edits. The third book I wrote is going to be published in the next couple of months. I also have two books that are available through Solstice Publishing and one short story. I have finished a fifth book that I am keeping under wraps for the time being. I have started a sixth and seventh book and one novella. While I spend the next year away, I am hoping that I can at least get the sixth seventh and novella completely.

After you've written your book and it's been published, do you ever buy it and/or read it?
No. No I don’t. I leave that for the fans to do.

Among your own books, have you a favorite book? Favorite hero or heroine?
With most all of my books they are all connected. So, essentially they could all be part of one big story. As for hero or heroine, most all of them have connections to each other, so there is no way of picking a favorite.

What book for you has been the easiest to write? The hardest? The most fun?
The easiest was the one about to come out, Certain Darkening. The hardest is most definitely the one I am currently working on, The First Door. The most fun was A Family Affair. The dream that got to write it was about my family, so that’s what I used as the basis.

Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting?
The story definitely comes first. If there is no story how can you have characters or a setting?

What is the hardest part of writing/the easiest for you?
The hardest part is finding time to write. But once I do, the easiest thing is just to put the words to page. I have a basic story that I start with for the day and it comes out.

Have you experienced writer's block---> If so, how did you work through it?
I had writer’s block on The First Door, I think that’s why it was so hard to write it and why it turned out the way it did. The way I got over it was by starting another story. After working on the other story for a week or two I went back to The First Door.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
Just getting your story out there for people to read. If some people get gratification from reading my books, I have done my job.

If you weren't writing, what would you be doing?
Still being in the military. Nothing is going to change that for at least another seven years.

Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
Keep writing. That’s the best advice any unpublished writer can get. It’s what I got.