Vi Carter Talks Saving Grace

Saving Grace iconWhat inspired you to write this book?

My life to be honest. All my books have a common thread and that is that they are inspired by my life events.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Saving Grace?

Grace is the main MC, and she’s private and hurting from a loss. Her way of coping is locking out the world. She only lets one person in who is Amber, she’s her best friend or like they call each other their soul sister. I loved writing Grace. She’s the type of person who’s funny with-out knowing it. She’s super kind and at times her own worst enemy. But when she meets Derek (Who is super-hot) she has to face her past.

Derek on the other hand is been blackmailed to take care of Grace, by her brother Emmett. Derek is tied to Grace’s past, but he takes the job without meeting her to clear a debt that his family owes to Emmett. Once he meets Grace things start to get complicated.
It’s a sad yet fun story that has some steamy sex scenes and in my opinion very laired characters.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

Everyone of them are based of real people. Amber is my sister and the relationship she has with Grace, is the relationship me and my sister have. So, I could pull on personal experience with that. I always watch people and I might take a trait or their looks and use that in the story and then add in the rest. So each person is based [off] of a real person but they do have lots of add-ons or changes.

Have you written any other books that are not published?

Yes, I have a few more.
Claiming Amber Part Two in this series. It’s about Emmett and Amber and will release on the 22nd of November.

Also Taking Laura Part Three in this series. It’s about Craig and Laura and will release on the 13th of December.
I also have two more books written and they will be released in 2019. Continue reading

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10 Things about James M Roberts

James M Roberts authorJames M. Roberts wanted to prove that you don’t need to be a college scholar or a perfect writer to put your heart on paper even when it is hurting the most.

James’s experiences have inspired him to tell his story in order to reach young readers suffering from insecurity, sadness, and addiction. Not only did James drop out of high school, but he also stumbled into deep depression early in his adolescent life.

Although he had been an all-star athlete, he was far from happy. He ended up making regrettable choices in order to feel a sense of belonging and worth, especially following his parents’ separation.

Through it all, James knew that one day he was going to share his “misery” with the world. He struggled through life’s lessons and finally put himself through college to earn a business degree and currently has a successful career in sales.

James finished his first rough draft at twenty-five while in college. Five years later he erased all 200,000 words and started from scratch. He currently resides in Woburn, Massachusetts, where he continues to thrive and develop his writing.

Why do you write? 

Writing to me allows me to represent my inner most thoughts when I struggle to explain them in person. Some thoughts can’t be explained as Cleary without writing down exactly how you feel. It’s more therapeutic than anything. Writing allows me to write down how I am feeling at the exact moment and hopefully people can relate to it.

What inspired you to write? 

Depression

Where is your favorite place to write?

In the library, by a window

What was your writing process? 

Put my fingers on the keyboard and let my mind be free.

What have you found most surprising about the publishing process?

Honestly? It can be a pain in the ass! The work’s never done and the writing is only the beginning.

Which character in your book was most challenging to write about?

My father.. I tried to capture how he felt but not sure how good of a job I did.

What is your favorite scene in The Crossroads of Logan Michaels?

My favorite scene is in chapter 9 I believe. When Logan wakes up miserably hung over and finds the note his mother wrote him. It brings me to tears almost every time.

What have you learned about yourself through writing this novel?

I’m a complicated yet simple man.

What is next for you? Are you working on another book?

Yes. The second volume of The Crossroads of Logan Michaels, where we see Logan work his way through the recovery process and rebuilding a life.

How would you like to be remembered?

Alive and when I truly smiled, if you ever captured that moment…

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About the Book

Cross Roads coverThe Crossroads of Logan Michaels by James M. Roberts
Genre: Coming of Age

Synopsis

“Thumbs-up for this debut!”—James Frey, best-selling author of A Million Little Pieces

After growing up heartbroken with an endless series of struggles, Maria Michaels creates a picture-perfect family of her own. But life changes too quickly, and she loses her grip on herself and her two troubled sons. In spite of her desire to give them a better life, they spiral downward on the paths they choose. They must fight through sadness, mistakes and tragedy to find redemption and the love that only a mother can give. Told from a dual perspective of mother and son, we follow the family’s battles with divorce, drugs and depression. You will laugh and cry, and probably want to call your mom to tell her you love her.

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4 Things In TA Beasley’s Writing Haven

TA Beasley guest postAuthor TA Beasley shares 4 things she needs to have in her writing haven.

When I sit down to write I like to be in a place of zen. A place to call my writing haven where I write and create. My haven is also where I research, explore my characters and become one with my book idea. I believe many writers create an office in their home, but for now I just have a space is in the corner of my living room by a window. It’s a quiet area that gets me motivated.

Before I start writing I need specific items in my writing haven. There are four items I always have with me and those are reference books, beverage and snacks, research materials and my laptop. Let’s discuss these below:

Item #1 Reference Books

Reference books are ones that help me with my craft. It may be with structure, plotting, character development or writing voice. The main ones I keep with me are Story Trumps Structure by Steven James, The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass, Creating Character Arcs by K. M. Weiland, The Emotion Thesaurus and The Negative Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi.

Item #2 Beverage and Snack

According to how many hours I’m in my writing haven, I always have a beverage and snack just in case I get hungry. I usually have some tea, coffee or water along with a plate of strawberries, grapes and cube cheese. It is important to feed the mind and body when trying to create.

Item #3 Research Materials

Research is a big part of putting my books together. It is making sure the body of my work is as authentic as it can be. If describing locations, professions or an illness a character may have in the story etc. I will interview individuals and keep all information in a folder whether physical or online. I also keep information I’ve found from books and google in that folder as well.

Item #4 Laptop

My laptop is the most important item in my writing haven. I usually write my first draft with pencil and in a journal or notebook. I can go back through it, make changes before transforming it to my computer. I found this was delaying my process and me getting my first draft completed for beta reading. I now outline only in my notebook but write my first draft directly on my laptop.

And these are the four items I keep in my writing haven. Each one helps me in different ways, but all are needed for me to complete a book. What reference books do you use when writing? What items would you have in your writing haven? I would love to know.

Until next time. Continue reading

Young Hollywood: Episode 11 – The Cover Up

In Young Hollywood, Episode 11 – The Cover Up, Adrian, Jayne and Robin, put together a plan to keep Adriana’s secret safe. Meanwhile, Robin struggles with the legality of it all.

The Recap

In Episode 3 – Doctor Uncle, revenge takes a backseat when a tragic accident, puts gifted surgeon, Adrian Banovic at a crossroad. His goal is to protect his niece’s reputation at any cost.

In Episode 9 – The Reveal, Adrian breaks the news to his brother, Robin about what really happened the night of Adriana’s accident.

Young Hollywood Episode 11

“What’s the matter, Daddy? Are you mad at me because I’m not getting better fast enough?” Adriana picked up on her father’s solemn mood the minute he walked in.

“No, baby.” Robin replied lovingly, “I’m not mad at you.”

“I’ll remember soon, I’m really trying.” Adriana’s pleading eyes melted him.

“Honey, don’t force yourself. Your memory will return when the time is right. I want to make everything perfect for you when you come home in a few days.”

“It’ll be fine, Dad. I’ll be fine.”

“How’s the patient doing?” Adrian entered and nodded at his brother. “Any headaches? Pain behind the eyes?”

He examined her.

“No.” Adriana answered.

“Did you hear? You’ll be going home soon. Think you can handle that?”

Adriana looked at her father, nodded and smiled.

“Your skin coloration is coming back nicely. Have you been using the special glasses I gave you when they take you out?”

“Yep.”

“You’ll have to keep wearing them anytime you go outside and if it is too bright around the house.”

“Okay.”

“I’ll come by the house and check on you.”

“You don’t have too, I’ll be fine.” Adriana put on a brave face.

The truth was that she was scared to go home. The people at the hospital were familiar to her but outside, except for her father and Warren, everyone else were strangers. Continue reading

Live on TV3: Palm Springs by Bill Evans

Live on Tv3 By Bill EvansLive on TV3: Palm Springs The Broadcast Murder Series Book 2 by Bill Evans
Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Synopsis

California’s Palm Springs was a hotbed for movie stars, big money and high crime, making it a great town to be a TV news reporter and police detective in the ’80s and ’90s. There, we see the explosive Sonny Bono rise to mayor before he becomes a US Congressman, we meet Frank Sinatra and his wife at exclusive dinner parties, and journey with a hard-nosed cast of police and newsroom personalities mingling among the stars while trying to solve a pyramid scheme and murders. Evans provides a candid insider’s view of newsroom operations and scheming TV personalities who will do anything to get ahead.

Palm Springs is the prequel to Evan’s first novel, Murder at Broadcast Park. Learn how Stewart, Lisa, and the ever unsuspecting Dugan built a broadcasting empire. Continue reading

Shadow’s Keep by Meghan O’Flynn

Shadows Keep book coverShadow’s Keep by Meghan O’Flynn
Genre: Crime Thriller

Synopsis

From the Bestselling Author Of Famished

Dark and intense, with an M. Night Shyamalan-level twist.”
~Kristen Mae, bestselling author of the Conch Garden series

OLD SINS. NEW BLOOD.

Deputy Sheriff William Shannahan doesn’t feel like a detective, at least not like the ones he admires on TV. Not that he needs to be; the small town of Graybel, Mississippi, is a peaceful place, with acres of farmland, neighbors who always take care of their own, and noise from the outside world muted by a hundred miles of forest.

That silence is about to be broken.

When a child is found dead in the woods, the medical examiner deems it a dog attack. But the paw prints belong to something far larger than any creature in the Mississippi forests, and what animal would remove the victim’s eyes? Though no one believes him, William can’t shake the feeling that a human killer lurks in the shadowed woods.

And his girlfriend, Cassie, has a son the same age as the victim.

Cassie Parker was raised amid horrors she’s long pushed from her mind, but her scars won’t let her forget. Nor do the hallucinations, dreams so vivid she can feel and smell and taste them. And no one is more terrified than Cassie when another victim is found mauled to death—because this body has been drained of blood. She knows exactly what type of person would sacrifice a child, and why they’re after hers. But how can she explain it to William?

This is William’s chance to act like a detective, to protect the woman and child he’s desperate to save. Pushing back against prejudice and presumption, he uncovers a trail of cruelty that spans decades, but each clue brings him closer to a truth more horrifying than killer beasts in the forest. For concealed beneath small-town politics is knowledge that will shatter everything he knows to be true about his town—and the people in it.

A compulsively readable thriller in the vein of CujoThe Girl on the Train, and M. Night Shyamalan’s The VillageShadow’s Keep is a mind-bending exploration of obsession, desperation, and how far we’ll go to protect those we love. Continue reading

Heather Van Fleet Presents, The Reckless Hearts Series

Recklessly Ever After coverRecklessly Ever After Reckless Hearts Book 3 by Heather Van Fleet
Genre: Contemporary Romance

“Sweet, funny, romantic and oh so very sexy! Prepare to swoon mightily.”—SAWYER BENNETTNew York Times bestselling author, for Reckless Hearts

Synopsis

Gavin St. James

After the hell I’ve been through in the Marines—in life—there’s nothing I crave more than routine, stability, peace. Until McKenna Brewer walks into my life.

She’s impulsive, fiery, tempting as hell, and everything I don’t need. But when she offers me a night of no-strings-attached passion, I can’t resist.

When our night together has unexpected consequences, I can’t help but think this might be the perfect opportunity to show McKenna just how much I want her.

The only problem? She doesn’t do forevers. But forever is exactly what I need with her. Continue reading

Cliff Protzman on Accepting The Writer’s Life

Cliff ProtzmanCliff Protzman on Accepting the life of a writer.

The only constant we face in life is change.

We begin life as toddlers moving on to elementary school, middle school, and high school. Then comes secondary education, careers, relationships, possibly marriage and parenthood. At each juncture, we are presented with new opportunities and challenges. Our life is upended and rebuilt. Yet we move forward with trepidation and determination, because that is what expected. As unsettling as these transitions may be, they are our comfort zone. However, what about our passion?

A recent commenter on my blog shared a quote from Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451, about creating the passionate life.

“If you have an impulse to try something, do it! Don’t think about things. Live your life. Explode! Do what you love and love what you do. That’s the rule. And the other thing I say to people is, go to the edge of the cliff, jump off and build your wings on the way down. Don’t build your wings up on the top of the cliff. Jump off and build them on the way down. That’s the way to live.”

Can change get any scarier than that? Bradbury said wings and not a parachute. He intends us to fly, not land.

I tried to build my wings at the top, the prudent way to write I thought. Building wings would be the easy part, actually jumping would be difficult. Writing a novel could be accomplished within my comfort zone. Perched in front of a keyboard, I began typing away, in the solitude of my home. The resulting manuscript evaluations were disappointing at best.

Bradbury was right. The wings I had built were inadequate. I jumped off and started new wings. I joined a writing group. We shared our work, inviting comments and suggestions. I read a short story that I planned to enter in a contest. The group ripped it apart. Instead of retreating, I adopted their suggestions, submitted it and was accepted for publication. Continue reading

Get to know Author, Melissa Woods

Melissa Woods AliveMelissa Woods is the author of Alive?, a young adult zombie adventure story, set for release on October 30th 2018.

Can you describe your book in one sentence?

It’s the story of a seventeen year old called Violet, who makes the unfortunate mistake of getting bitten by a zombie, and discovers that while she’s lucky enough not to die, she now has a couple of interesting quirks, making her an unwanted guest at most dinner parties!

How long on average, does it take you to write a book?

Averages are hard, because I wrote the first draft of Alive? when I was sixteen years old, which would suggest it takes me twelve years to go from first draft to publication! But if I look at when I went back to the book and made the major changes, and how long it’s taken me to draft the sequel, I’d say it’s about nine months to a year to go from a blank page, to something I’m ready to send to the editor for fresh eyes.

What is the first book that made you cry?

I think it was probably Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. You probably already know the part, but spoiler alert; Cedric Diggory dies! It was the first time I’d felt actually angry and upset about the death of a character; not angry at JK for writing it, of course, but angry with Pettigrew for killing him. I was angry at one fictional character for killing another, which is ridiculous really, but just shows how touched you can be by the written word.

Have you ever had reader’s block?

Absolutely. There have been times where I’ve picked up and put down six books in a row, because my mood changes. One minute I want to read a thriller, then I want sci-fi, then I get a craving for young adult diary-style humour. It drives my husband crazy, because he’s someone who picks up a book and doesn’t read anything else until it’s finished. I suppose that’s part of the reason that Alive? has a bit of horror, a bit of suspense, and a bit of humor, because I’m trying to keep myself happy as well as anything else!

Have you ever considered writing under a pseudonym? Continue reading

Young Hollywood: Episode 10 – Bromance

In Young Hollywood, Episode 10 – Bromance, Frankie’s strange behavior continues, this time its landed him in serious trouble. He may have gone too far with this one… but then again, it’s Frankie Malone we’re talking about.

The Recap

We first learned of Frankie’s strange behavior in Young Hollywood, Episode 6 – Crotch Rocket, when he shows up with a flashy new toy.

Young Hollywood Episode 10

 

Think the Songbird is a virgin? She spent most of her life on a tour bus, I’m sure there were some messing around going on.” Frankie mused, as he eyed Joel and Leighann.

“Don’t talk about LD like that.” Zax snapped and Frankie threw up his hands in surrender.

“Whether or not he’s getting some, he looks happy.”

“It’s not always about sex, Frankie.” Zax retorted.

“At our age, it should be. We’re at the prime in our lives. A gentle breeze in that area… and up it goes. You have any idea how lucky we are Zax? We need to leverage that. When we turn 60, we’ll wish we could get and keep a hard-on.”

Zax shook his head disapprovingly, “I think there’s too much testosterone in your house.”

Zax noticed Frankie’s pre-occupation when Rebecca Foster entered the dining hall.

“What’s going on there? You guys broke up again?”

“More like a hiatus.”

“Why don’t you just end it for good?”

“Because one day I’m gonna marry her.” Frankie confessed and Zax knew he was serious. “I love her, Z. I just can’t commit right now. It’s my calling to fuck around… get it out of my system and when it’s all done, I’ll chose her.”

“She’s not just gonna sit around and wait for you.”

“We have an understanding.”

Joel joined them at the table. “If you want Bex, you’re gonna have to do better at holding on to her.” He pointed out.

“Does she hate me?” Frankie asked.

“No, but a girl like her is a rear gem.” Joel answered.

“Like I said, we have an understanding, she can date whomever she wants and when the time is right, we’ll make it permanent.” Frankie stated proudly and Joel and Zax exchanged looks. “Fine, I’ll prove it.” He left the table and headed toward Bex and her friends. Continue reading