Hanging with Author Jessica L Myers

Hanging with Author Jessica L Myers

What book do you think everyone should read?

Hands down, Game of Thrones. It is simply an epic masterpiece.

What kind of world ruler would you be?

Absolutely Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones. She is strong willed and powerful, honest, a fighter who has survived more than any person should, and above all she rules with a strong moral compass…though I must admit, now that I am watching the new season of Thrones, I am not so sure my support for her is as iron strong as it used to be. I guess only time will tell!

What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision? 

I have always loved reading and books. In school, I started writing dark short stories and poems to pass the time in classes, though my real need to write flourished when I first became a parent. Suffering postnatal depression, I rediscovered my love for reading and books, but I felt like I needed more than to read someone else’s words and live in their created landscapes. I needed a purpose and something that defined me. And many of you

I needed a purpose and something that defined me. And many of you may not understand this, especially with a beautiful new baby that I truly loved from the moment he arrived), but I needed an escape, a way to get out of my head and the emotions that seemed to have a hold of me.

Writing was my way to finding myself, to working through my own demons, past, and present, and to becoming a better person and parent. Many women feel that they lose themselves when they become mothers, and for me, writing was my way to rediscovering who I was and who I wanted to be. All that said, yes, becoming an author was the right decision for me, and I hope you will all agree when you get to know me and my characters!

What is your writing process? 

My writing process starts with my ideas for the plot and characters. Then I do an outline, detailing a single sentence for what happens in each scene from start to finish. This is not a definitive setup, and more often than not new ideas and twist and turns take shape as I write. I will even have whole new scenes come to light that are crucial to the telling of my story. I try not to get too perfectionistic (but hard as I’m a perfectionist!) with my first draft, as after that I have a step-by-step process for revision of the full book.

My revision usually takes me as long as the first draft did, and sometimes even twice as long or more. First draft is for me to have fun and get my ideas out, the revision process is for all of you, so that I am making sure that what I have written and what I later publish is worthy of your reading eyes and delivers a compelling and interesting story that, at the least, entertains you, but that hopefully leaves you with something so much more.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Nerve Damage?

Nerve Damage, despite my intentions to write a simpler book after my 4-book Blood Bound series, was quite complex. It is a psychological thriller that delves into the dark recesses of the mind in that of human action and intention.

Cassidy, the main character from which much of the story is told, is a newly created young adult orphan. After losing her parents in a terrible car wreck, her mind is not her friend. Her memories of the day of the accident paint an entirely different picture that day, leaving her believing that the ‘accident’ was not quite so accidental. After surviving and after what she thinks she saw, Cassidy isn’t sure what is real or not, but she can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched…and hunted.

The rest of the characters have their own pasts and their own problems, and with the events that have them trapped together, they will soon come to learn that they are somehow connected and that them being brought together is no accident at all.

Throughout the story, you get to meet and get to know another character—the killer. A number of scenes are shown from their perspective, and, fair warning, they are vivid in detail and actions. Plus you will also meet a character from a past, a child that is intricately weaved into this story in ways that will ripple throughout the story from start to end in irrevocable and haunting ways. Continue reading

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What Does Smart Mean Anyway? By Paul Casselle

Paul Casselle photoPaul Casselle in his own words

I live in Spain with 3 Labradors, 2 children & 1 girlfriend.

Moving to Spain gave me the impetus I needed to finish Conversations with Eric. The warm climate caused me to move the second half of the novel here as well.

I love telling a compelling story that will both intrigue and excite my readers. I want to take you to places that will exhilarate as well as entertain. I’m never shy about sailing near the edge. The unusual is my normal and jaw-dropping, surprising my stock-in-trade.

If you liked Conversations with Eric, watch out, If The Bed Falls In will knock your socks off!

Knowledge or Peace; it’s your choice

Is it better to flood our lives with light by striving to know as much as possible or is it sometimes better to retain a few shadows of ignorance in the pursuit of peace?

It has been reported that when Albert Einstein was asked, ‘How does it feel to be the smartest man alive?’, he responded, ‘I don’t know, you’ll have to ask Nikola Tesla.’ I don’t know if this quote is true, but I can’t help digging deeper.

What does ‘smart’ mean anyway?

Is it the accumulation of knowledge, or the speed with which one can recall information, or the freedom with which one can juxtapose such knowledge, or how well one can apply the ‘smarts’? And venturing yet another step down the rabbit hole, what’s so good about being ‘smart’ anyway?

It occurs to me that the more I learn, the more I appreciate just how vast is the amount of stuff that is out there to be learnt. Therefore, the more I know, the more aware I become of how proportionally little I know. Ironically, the more I learn, the less I know I know! Continue reading

Courtney Konstantin Shares Her Writing Strategy

Courtney Konstantin photoAbout Courtney Konstantin

As a child, Courtney always had aspirations of being a writer. She participated in journalism in school. At home, she wrote short stories, poetry and filled diary pages. Somewhere along the line becoming an adult took priority over her writing and she went to work in business operations.

Now as a mother to three beautiful children, she tells them all the time to follow their dreams, be whatever they want. Those lessons reminded her how much she loved writing. She finally opened the door to making writing a real priority in her life.

Living outside of Portland, Oregon she loves the green and beauty Oregon offers. When she’s not matching wits with her children, her crazy Siberian Husky or her bi-polar cats, she enjoys binge reading, hikes, and touring wineries. Courtney and her husband, the love of her life, enjoy traveling the world whenever they can get a free moment. And cruises….she loves cruising. She’s especially fond of life,

Courtney and her husband, the love of her life, enjoy traveling the world whenever they can get a free moment. And cruises….she loves cruising. She’s especially fond of life, laughter, and sarcasm – and she’s excited to share all of that and more with her readers!

Courtney on her writing process

As an author, I think everyone has their own personal writing process. What works for some, isn’t going to work for others. I have found that conventional processes don’t work for me. If I get too caught up in the planning of things, I will never actually get the writing done. So I

If I get too caught up in the planning of things, I will never actually get the writing done. So I stray [stay] away from outlines, or standard writing processes. Continue reading

Why Stephen King is a Literary Hero by Kelly Charron

Kelly CharronWho is Kelly Charron?

Kelly Charron is the author of YA and adult horror, psychological thrillers and urban fantasy novels. All with gritty, murderous inclinations and some moderate amounts of humor. She spends far too much time consuming true crime television (and chocolate) while trying to decide if yes, it was the husband, with the wrench, in the library. She lives with her husband and cat, Moo Moo, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Connect with Kelly: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads

Literary Heroes

Stephen King. Enough said right? Cause how can you not admire, respect and be incredibly envious of a person who is as talented and prolific as he is? The man has written over sixty books and countless short stories and while not all of them are homeruns, he has certainly amassed a brilliant number of award winning works. No

No other author has had more film and television adaptations of their work than King. This is because he writes with passion, humour, curiosity and a darkness that engages readers. We want to learn more about the characters, their towns, what is lurking around them, we want to turn the page, stay up for one more chapter and feel every bit of emotion that he manages to magically embed in the page.

King writes something for everyone: thrillers, suspense, horror, mystery and even heartfelt stories about friendship, finding one’s place in the world, and love (Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile are great examples). Continue reading

60 Seconds with Judy H

About Judy H

Judy H QAJudy H. is a romantic at heart, but she likes a little mystery and even a bit of danger in her books.  She wants her stories filled with hot, heavy passion, blistering sex and flawed characters you like to root for and sometimes hit upside the head!

Her heroines are smart, savvy, and self-sufficient.  Her heroes have to be strong, somewhat mysterious, and maybe even a tad dangerous.  When her hero and heroine meet, spontaneous combustion occurs.

She’s a southern girl who enjoys cooking and eating, reading, and of course writing. She keeps a digital recorder by her bedside and in her purse because she never knows when an idea will strike, and she has to be ready to answer the call whenever it comes.

Describe yourself in five words or less.

Tenacious, fun, grounded, creative and resilient.

Favorite writing place. 

My back porch.

What are 5 things you must have with you when you write?

My laptop, a little background noise, something to drink (not the hard stuff, lol; just something to wet my whistle), my cell phone nearby, and a digital recorder (because sometimes my mind thinks faster than I can type).

Can you tell us a little about your book?

Hot, Deadly Desire is what I like to call an erotic romantic suspense.  It’s about a tough, haunted police detective, Cinnamon, tracking a sadistic serial killer who’s just killed her best friend, and the too-good-to-be-true man (Dane), she picks up in a bar.  They both agreed to a one-night stand; however, they quickly become entangled in hot steamy desire and heart-pounding danger.

Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

My phone.

Name three things on your desk right now. Continue reading

A Quick Chat with Kailee Reese Samuels

Kailee Reece SamuelsWho is Kailee Reese Samuels?

Embracing diversity. Coffee addict. Mango lover. Blueberry fetishist. Sweet peach tea crazy. Red wine devout. Whiskey deviant. Tattooed & pierced. Loves shoes. Collects rosaries. Fanatical organizer/cleaner/list-maker. Never sleeps. Hermit and recluse.

Storyteller.

Kailee Reese Samuels has been spinning tales since she can remember. Her books are contemporary fiction with a no-holds-barred attitude. She adores listening to her characters ramble and putting them into situations that push the boundaries.

Creativity is the way to change.

I see from your bio that you collect rosaries. Why rosaries? 

*smiles* That is such an awesome question! I started collecting rosaries years ago when I was confirmed. This is not to say I am a strict Catholic, I am not. I embrace many forms of spirituality, I have studied Buddhism and Wiccan extensively. I am rather bohemian and try to walk in grace at all times.

Back in 2013, I almost died and I was very incoherent and out of it. I ended would clutch my rosary and japa mala— one in each hand. It was during that time that I decided if I came out of it I would write with the intent of publishing.

Six months later, I eventually recovered and I just started carrying the rosary and my laptop with me, they went hand-in-hand. The one I have used the most is one of those that you give children – My first rosary – it’s broken and a mess, but that is also why John bought it for me. So I didn’t ruin any of my precious collection. I have many antique ones and even one made from rose petals from Italy.

Let’s talk mangoes for a bit. I am originally from the Caribbean and mangoes were a staple. Which variety is your favorite? Do you make any special dishes with them or do you eat it raw?

I am not well versed in the variety of mangoes, sadly. Living in Texas, they are usually always available in the markets. I love them raw, but I have also been known to cook with them. In the summertime I always make fresh preserves to can  – strawberry, cherry, blueberry, apricot, peach – last time I did it, I made a batch of mango. Oh my, it was tasty! We have used it on everything from toast to chicken and fish dishes. I can never have too much mango. I adore the mango!

Since you enjoy making lists… share the top 5 things you like doing when you are not writing. Continue reading

Get to know the characters from North to You

About the Book

Tif Marcelo novelTitle: North to You (Journey to the Heart #1) by Tif Marcelo
Release date: June 5, 2017
Published by: Pocket Star

Synopsis

In this warm-hearted and charming debut from Tif Marcelo, a food truck chef and her long lost Army love clash when they cross paths in San Francisco.

Camille Marino has got a full plate. As the sole guardian of her eighteen-year-old sister and the head chef and owner of a food truck, she’s used to life being a juggling act. With food to cook, social media accounts to manage, and a little sister to look after, she doesn’t have time for much else.

That is until Drew Bautista walks back into her life.

Drew is Camille’s former high school crush and he returns to San Francisco to repair his relationship with his father before he ships out for deployment. By helping his father renovate his failing Filipino restaurant, he hopes to win back his respect. But when sparks fly between Drew and Camille—his father’s major competition and sworn enemy—Drew is conflicted. Should he join his father in the war against her food truck? Or surrender to the woman who’s given him a second chance at love? Continue reading

Q&A with Ann Marie Walker

Ann Marie Walker authorAnn Marie Walker writes steamy books about sexy boys. She’s a fan of fancy cocktails, anything chocolate, and 80s rom-coms. Her super power is connecting any situation to an episode of Friends and she thinks all coffee cups should be the size of a bowl.

If it’s December she can be found watching Love Actually but the rest of the year you can find her at AnnMarieWalker.com where she would be happy to talk to you about alpha males, lemon drop martinis or supermodel David Gandy. Ann Marie attended the University of Notre Dame and currently lives in Chicago.

Connect: Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Favorite writing place.

Honestly, it varies from book to book, but Black Tie Optional was written almost exclusively at the corner table of my local Starbucks and I have the gold star rewards to prove it haha.

If they could sit and write in a different country where would it be? 

I’ve had the chance to visit the UK recently and as a result am thinking of basing my next series there. Maybe it’s my love of Hugh Grant rom-coms, but after a few days in Notting Hill, the ideas were flying!

Co-writing have you done it with another author, if not, would you?

The first series I wrote, Chasing Fire, was co-authored with Amy K. Rogers. It was a wonderfully collaborative process but we always knew I would write solo as well (hence publishing under both our names versus one pen name) due to Amy’s demanding “day job”.

Name three things on your desk right now.

Coffee mug (a necessity), cell phone (a distraction), and a frame with a print of the first fan art someone ever made based on one of my books (a reminder).

What are you favorite types of stories to read? Continue reading

My thoughts on Home Chef Food Delivery Service

I’ve tried Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and now Home Chef. If you missed my thoughts on Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, you can view it here.

Hello Fresh won out Blue Apron for me, but I was looking for something more. I wanted to incorporate more veggies into my diet. An ideal mix for me would be more veggies and seafood and much less meat.

With Hello Fresh you either got all veggies or all meat and seafood. I didn’t like their choice of veggie meals; most were sandwiches at the time I was looking (keep in mind they change their recipes all the time).

Enter Home Chef. I checked out their menu for the month. I was highly impressed with the selections. You could mix and match which sold me, so I signed up for the special (they always offer a special to get you started).

First off Fedex dropped my box straight to my door! The others usually leave the heavy box at the office, and I go get it when the office remember to call me or leave a note.

The box was much smaller than the others and I got worried. It was in excellent condition though.

When I opened the box, the first thing that greeted me was the menu binder. That simply warmed my heart, it was so thoughtful of them to take the time to put together something like that. Continue reading

What Hollywood has in common with Washington DC by Taylor Marsh

Taylor Marsh photoTaylor Marsh writes smart, arousing romance while deciphering world events. She lives in the Beltway area of Washington D.C.

Beltway Betrayers, Book 2 of The Beltway Series, will be out in May 2017 and Book 3 of this series will be out in the fall.

She is a former Broadway performer and beauty queen who was the Relationship Consultant for LA Weekly, then the nation’s top alternative newsweekly. Taylor is the author of two traditionally published non-fiction books, The Hillary Effect, and her memoir, The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen.

Taylor was profiled in The Washington Post and The New Republic for her coverage of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic primary season. She became a contributor to The Huffington Post in 2006 and has written for Washington, D.C.’s The Hill, as well as for U.S. News & World Report and for Zócalo Public Square in Los Angeles, among others.

As a seasoned entertainer, communicator and speaker, Taylor have also been interviewed by The Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera Media NetworkThe New York Times, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, among other outlets.

Why did you set your book in Washington, D.C., & Los Angeles?

The people who reside in or nearby these metropolises absorb the ego accumulated by the history made in them over decades.

The glamour and power that is Hollywood is unparalleled, and it remains one of the last bastions of male dominance.

It’s just one thing Hollywood has in common with Washington, D.C.

The pageantry and anointed royalty of Hollywood was born many decades ago in the Golden Age of cinema.

It wasn’t until the era of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy that Washington became the center of the world, with beautiful people commanding the ultimate power.

Hollywood had moved east. The world revolved around a swamp area populated by some of the most gorgeous creatures living off the lushest land imaginable, none of them human.

These two cities lend themselves to a psychological thriller (romance) because the continual competition can make for fragile egos, short-lived romances, and lethal battles of will. Continue reading