SPRING FLING INTO ROMANCE AND MORE

 

 

 

 

To celebrate the season, I’m participating in a romantic spring fling book event. Scroll down to see all the great books offered April 8-12 for 99 cents or FREE. Also by clicking the link above, you can enter daily to win $100 worth of goodies. Enjoy!

Warm Wishes,
P.C.

Love on the Wind

FREE April 8-12

Love on the Wind by P.C. Zick

Contemporary Romance – An uptight builder. A quirky travel show host. An explosive passion that surprises them both.

After six years of traveling, Kiley wants to settle down. While vacationing at the beach, she buys a house. She meets Jeff, a contractor, who can help if his stubbornness doesn’t interfere with the job and the attraction.

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Count The Roses by Jackie Weger

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Count the Roses by Jackie Weger

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Contemporary Romance – Travel with Jennifer DeWitt from New Orleans—that humid, high-stepping city of music and magic on the Mississippi River to the depths Louisiana swamps where real life happens. And where a sexy Cajun just happens to live.

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Creatus Talis by Carmen DeSousa

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Paranormal Romance – Vev, one of the first generations of creatus talis, finds herself torn between her younger family members and a forbidden love as she fights to save the young talis from being turned into a weapon — or worse, annihilation.

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Jaded MJKane

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jADED by M.J. Kane

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Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance – A devastating breakup leaves Yasmine Phillips in shambles. Unable to trust another man with her heart, she focuses on the one thing she can control — starting her own business.

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The Beast Within Jacquie Bigger

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The Beast Within by Jacquie Biggar

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Murder Mystery – Julie Crenshaw didn’t expect to land in the crosshairs of a serial killer. Connor O’Rourke has seen his share of human depravities during his years as a homicide detective, but is still sickened by the murderer terrorizing his island shores.
Can two people give love a second chance or will a killer become the winner?

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Time for Honesty - Mette Barfelt

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Time for Honesty by Mette Barfelt

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Sweet romance – Small-town romance with a dash of suspense, set in Norway! Misunderstandings and jealousy can ruin friendships – unless you face up to it and embrace new love!

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Meant for Me - Lyn Cote

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Meant for Me by Lyn Cote

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Historical Christian Romance – When a handsome stranger about to leave for World War I proposes elopement, Chloe, the perfect Southern lady, runs away to 1917 New York City. “

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A Flicker of Light - Roberta Kagan

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Flicker of Light by Roberta Kagan

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Historical Fiction – She’s trapped in Hitler’s home for the Lebensborn. In order to save her unborn child she must try to escape. But if she’s caught it will cost her dearly

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The Betrayal of Lies - Debra Burroughs

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The Betrayal of Lies by Debra Burroughs

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Police ask Lalla Bains why an elderly widowed piano teacher, who couldn’t see beyond the hood ornament, is found strapped in the driver’s seat in Lalla’s vintage Cadillac. Dead. Lalla is gonna find the answer.

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Into the Light -Darcia Helle

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Into the Light by Darcia Helle

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Paranormal Suspense – Joe Cavelli didn’t become a PI with the intent of providing customer service to disgruntled ghosts. Yet, somehow that’s exactly the turn his career has taken. Max is dead, and he refuses to leave until Joe helps solve his murder. This odd couple forms an unlikely friendship while uncovering the truth of Max’s life.

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Pirates of Blood Bay Island - Dianne Greenlay

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Pirates of Blood Bay Island by Dianne Greenlay

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Historical and YA Romance – West Indies 1717 – Yesterday Tess’s life shattered when, forced onboard a ship and unwillingly betrothed to a treacherous man, she lost her family in a pirate attack that he arranged. Today she is plotting how to save her own life and perhaps to take his in retribution. She must decide quickly. Tomorrow will be too late.

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All Tomorrow s Memories

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All Tomorrow’s Memories by Jackie Weger

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Police ask Lalla Bains why an elderly widowed piano teacher, who couldn’t see beyond the hood ornament, is found strapped in the driver’s seat in Lalla’s vintage Cadillac. Dead. Lalla is gonna find the answer.

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AN AUTHOR AT A CROSSROADS

Jae'sScribble of meSince I started writing and editing fulltime in 2012, I’ve always had looming deadlines, either set by my clients, other authors or even by myself. While preparing to do a series of presentations on my great grandfather’s Civil War journal that I published several years ago, the most pressing deadline of the summer fell away when a group of us decided to disband a box set of paranormal romances. About the same time, I completed a large project for a client when his book was published successfully. The opening months of 2017 found me diligently working on the revisioning of the first three books in the Behind the Love series and writing the fourth book, Behind the Door. I finished all the revisions, editing, and promoting by the end of May.FacebookCoverNew

I finished the presentations by mid-June. I came home with all work pressures lifted. And now I scan my desktop, book shelves, and notebooks filled with notes for partially started novels. While working with the Civil War book, I decided to re-do it and add additional material that I discovered while preparing and then meeting Civil War buffs in Michigan. I probably will do a whole new book after I finish the research.IMG_0634

But which of these projects shout out to me? Which one is the over-eager student in the classroom, bouncing up and down and raising her hand to be noticed?

The truth? None of them. I have glimmers of interest in one or the other, but the glimmer fades before I have time to turn on the lamp above my computer. I wrote some in my novel notebooks while traveling as ideas came to me, but nothing leaped off the page and grabbed me by the fingers and pressed my hands to the keyboard.

I’m not panicked, and it’s not writer’s block. I’ve been writing steadily since I returned home. This post marks my fourth blog piece in three days.

I’m not even marketing this summer. People don’t buy books during good weather and vacations with family and friends. I’ve wasted more marketing dollars in June, July, and August than I’m willing to admit. This year, I decided to gear up for the fall with the publication of the second book in Rivals in Love series. I released the first book, Love on Trial, in May but didn’t do any marketing for the book since I wanted to release it when the second book was nearly done in September. Two chapters and lots of notes are all I have for Love on Board.

My first paranormal romance awaits creation. I have copious notes and had begun reading paranormal romances exclusively. I’m reading a book on writing the paranormal novel. Several chapters are written. This was going to be my summer project so I could meet an early September deadline for a multi-author box set. When we canceled that project, my enthusiasm for the project deflated. I can’t say why because the research and elements of the plot were coming together for me. And I love the setting in North Florida. The working title is Suwannee River Dreams. Spring Run in WinterMaybe if I go back to my notes and the opening chapters, I’ll be inspired once again.

Another novel rests in the back of my mind and in a journal notebook set aside specifically for this contemporary work of fiction. It’s a saga and will explore the lives of five people from college in the 1970s to the present day as they face empty nests, retirement, illness, and deaths. The working title is Four Women and a Man. All their lives are intertwined, but until one of them dies, they have no idea how much. Only two of them know everything, and one ends up dead, and the other is the man in the title. I’ve been taking notes on this one for a few years. I’ve developed character backgrounds and worked on how I might handle POV. It’s time to work on this one, but I find myself unable to sit down and devote the time necessary to develop what I believe will be a lengthy work covering four or five decades.

Perhaps I should start by writing a short story. I have made a commitment to other authors to write a time travel short for inclusion in a time travel anthology. This topic intrigues me. I’ve decided my heroine will travel back to the 1920s Chicago to the place where her grandmother found her first true love, but she had to leave him without explanation. A locket she inherits with her grandmother’s picture inside from that time sends her back to that place to help the man left behind find resolution.

I’m ready to explore other genres in my writing, and I believe I’ve come to the crossroads of where I want to venture next. It’s not a bad place to be, but it certainly is a departure from my usual modus operandi.

cropped-typewriter.jpgIf you made it this far in my ramblings around the corners of this junction, thank you. I’m writing this post in hopes it might make things clearer for me and give me focus. Perhaps it has done just that because what I’ve accomplished in the first half of this year might indicate I need a vacation. A real vacation where I don’t feel the pressure to constantly push and push to write and sell books. If you’re an Indie Author, you know the challenges to continue to sell. When I’m away from my desk, my sales trickle down to almost nothing. It’s the nature of this path I’ve chosen, but I’m burned out with it all.

It’s time to give myself permission to stop, look around me, and feel the spark of creativity once again. If I don’t sell books, I don’t sell books. And I will survive, and those notebooks and partially written chapters will be waiting for me when it’s time.

Perhaps it’s that invisible muse telling me it’s all right to rest and recharge. If that is the case, I’ve been given a great gift. Time to sit on the porch and gaze at the mountains and hold hands with my husband who sometimes feels neglected when I push myself so hard.

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What are your thoughts? Does any of this sound familiar to you? And how do you handle it? I would love to know.

AUTHOR WEDNESDAY – EFFROSYNI MOSCHOUDI

cropped-cropped-typewriter.jpgIt’s my pleasure to welcome Effrosyni Moschoudi to Author Wednesday. Hailing from Greece, she offers up some intriguing stories combining Greek culture, myths, and romance. 

Her debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena, is an urban fantasy of Greek myths and time travel, a touching family story with a good measure of romance. In 2014, it made the shortlist for the “50 Best Self-Published Books Worth Reading” from Indie Author Land.NECKLACE OF ATHENA533x800

Her historical romance, The Lady of the Pier – The Ebb, is an ABNA quarter-finalist with a paranormal twist, and right now it’s only $0.99! The book is the first part of a trilogy. The remaining two volumes, The Flow and The Storm, will be published later this year. The Flow – book 2 in The Lady of the Pier trilogy is available on preorder for $0.99, but only for a limited time. 

Welcome, Effrosyni. You’ve been busy in the past two years since the publication of your first novel. I’m curious about the moment when you first could call yourself an author. 

I’ve been writing since childhood, but as it’s always been a hobby, I never thought of myself as a writer. Even when I published my first book on Amazon, that didn’t change. I knew I was still too wet behind the ears to call myself that. Of course, one and a half years later, being in the process of writing my fourth novel and having learned so much on the craft of writing, I have no problem seeing myself seriously as an author today.

I’m impressed with your prolific body of work in such a short time. It’s also impressive that you’ve managed to receive such positive recognition for that work. Do you have particular themes you try to express through your fiction? 

Looking at my two published novels, I certainly see a couple of themes that repeat themselves, such as the love between parents and children, faith in a better future, the importance of true friends, and the sweetness of first love. In my fantasy, I even approach the subject of bullying between schoolchildren, which is a menace of our time. I hope my books will give comfort and inspire people out there, especially the young, as they are way more vulnerable than adults and need all the right guidance they can get.

lady of the pier, ebb no strap 533x800How did you choose the title for The Lady of the Pier – The Ebb? Was it the title from the very beginning?

Yes, it’s been the same title from the start. I have a huge affinity for the West Pier, the landmark of the city of Brighton that sadly, is no more. In my mind, my devastation for its total destruction has taken on the shape of a haunting on it, The Lady of the Pier. It is a spirit of the past that mourns for a love lost and yearns for redemption.

What type of research did you do in the writing of this book?

I have done extensive research about The West Pier itself, i.e. its total history from its creation in 1866 till its final destruction in 2004. I also had to research heavily on life in England in the 1930s, as well as during WWII in the ’40s. The latter was necessary for the remaining two volumes of The Lady of the Pier trilogy, The Flow and The Storm. I’m publishing both of them later this year.west pier6

Who is the antagonist in The Lady of the Pier trilogy? I love creating my antagonist, so did you find some pleasure in creating yours? 

Charles is a psychopath, and he is ruthless. To get Laura to be his, he’ll do anything. But at the same time, as despicable as his acts are, I can’t help but feel sorry for him, and in a way, it is Laura’s fault too that things get to be so bad between them. Throughout the trilogy, I tell the story from the perspective of Charles quite often, providing tiny glimpses of his past that hint to the reader why he turned out to be that kind of man. This process has made for a baddie who is not all devil, but a bit of a fallen angel, too. As a character, Charles has been insupportable, talking in my head in the middle of the night or nagging at me as soon as I wake up in the morning to get writing. No other character has ever done that. It hasn’t been easy living with him in my head for a while, but now that I’ve completed writing his story, I do confess, I find I miss him a bit!

I understand that feeling. I’m sure that empathy with him is conveyed in the writing. What else do you want readers to know about The Lady of the Pier trilogy?

The trilogy has two different timelines:  there’s Laura, a British girl living in the 1930s in England, and Sofia, a Greek girl from the ’80s. As the story progresses, these seemingly irrelevant stories start to become more and more related to each other, and on the third and final book, they merge into one story.

How does your immediate family feel about your writing life?

My British husband is very supportive, egging me on through my writing journey, as well as providing me with invaluable editing assistance on my finished manuscripts. Having said that, it took quite a few months for him to realize that what I’d been doing at my desk all day wasn’t just a way to pass the time since becoming unemployed. Once the second book was published and he got to share my experiences and to read the awesome feedback I receive from readers, he got to understand what I’m trying to do and be. He is my number one fan and critic (both equally valuable to me). My parents are also very supportive and keep reminding me I ought to translate my books into Greek so that they can read them!

Yes, you should definitely do that! It’s been a pleasure having you visit today. And I hope you’ll return when the third and final book in the trilogy is published.

frosso pic1About Effrosyni Moschoudi: Effrosyni was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She’s passionate about books and movies and simply couldn’t live without them. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a naughty cat called Felix. Effrosyni is a proud member of the writer’s group, eNovel Authors at Work.

 

 

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The Ebb

The Flow

The Necklace of Goddess Athena

Book trailer for The Flow

 

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Author Wednesday – Eva Gordon

cropped-typewriter.jpgWelcome to Author Wednesday. Eva Gordon stops by today for an interview about her novella series, Alpha Wolf’s Pet, which she describes as a “werewolf paranormal romance series.” The genre sounds intriguing and filled with something for many readers. 

 

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Hello, Eva. I’m happy you’re here today to talk about your novella series. First, let’s talk about your life as a writer. When did you first discover your voice?

While I was teaching high school biology and discovered my students enjoyed my ‘made-up’ stories.

I started my writing career while a high school English teacher, so I understand how that happens. What about writing rituals? Do you have any?

Walk the dog, make the coffee, turn on my laptop and choose my music for that particular book or scene.

You’re working on a series, so I’m curious if all your books have a common theme or thread.  

Hmm.  Good question. The enduring theme in all my books, no matter the setting, circumstances, and genre, the theme happens to be a strong romance and happily ever after.

Nothing wrong with that at all! Your genre spans several areas. Do you plan on writing in the same genre?

Yes. I write paranormal romance, but also steampunk, fantasy, historical, and in the near future, will venture into science fiction (not romance).

That will be a good challenge. I like to change things up as a writer. I think it’s good to explore. What’s the best thing said about one of your books by a reviewer?

The best thing a reviewer has said about all my books is their desire to read the next.

I like to hear that, too. We all get them at some point in our writing career, but the bad review is never easy to take, especially for writers new to the publishing experience. What advice can you give to other writers about receiving a bad review?

Don’t sweat it. Not everybody loves coffee, in fact, some people hate coffee. Do you give up making coffee? No, but you might make it stronger.

Good advice to remember. I’m going to use that! Tell us about your new series.

It’s part of a novella series, which follows Mia’s relationship with alpha werewolf Dominic.Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00065] Book 2, Alpha Wolf’s Pet, Kept was just released and Book 3, Alpha’s Pet, Hunted will be released Winter 2015. Then I plan a spinoff from the series. I love all things wolf and werewolf. This last summer I did a workshop on Wolf/Werewolf Lore and just love creating stories with werewolves. In this new series, the werewolves are born wolf and are turned into a human once bitten, by yes, a human.  A man bites dog book.

What type of research did you do in the writing of this series?

My background is in zoology, and I’ve always had a soft spot for real wolves. I even once volunteered at a wolf sanctuary and currently do workshops on wolf and werewolf lore. My werewolf myth bookshelf is huge.

I’d love to take one of your workshops, just for personal interest. Please share your blurb for the first two books in the series that are published.

fb reveal - Alpha Wolf Pet book 1Alpha Wolf’s Pet, Hidden Book 1 – Mia’s testimony against Russian mobsters forced her to enter the witness protection program. She is relocated to a quaint cottage in Wolf Woods, near Mt. Rainier, far from everyone and everything she loved and cared for. All is calm, until she meets Dominic, the gorgeous ruggedly handsome owner of the mysterious Wolfe Estate. He is all alpha male, domineering, and controlling. The last thing she needs is to get involved with a sexy control freak. Will hidden danger keep them from gratifying their burning passion?

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00065]Alpha Wolf’s Pet, Kept, Book 2 – In the sequel to Alpha Wolf’s Pet, Hidden, Mia has two choices: remain hidden, frightened by the Russian mob determined to murder her, or become a sworn member and under the protection of Dominic’s werewolf pack. Dominic is torn.He loves her, but his pack rules will never allow him to claim a human as his mate. Worse, he’s drawn to Mia’s addictive blood. Was one taste too much?

What else do you want readers to know about your series?

I plan to continue the series with characters introduced in Book 3, Alpha Wolf’s Pet, Hunted.

Tell us about your other books.

I have two in the After the Bane series, Apocalyptic Moon (selected as one of Best Kindle Books for 2014.) and book 2 Raven Moon. A paranormal historical, Lycan Gladiator in the Wolf Maiden Saga and Book 1 in my steampunk series, Hand of Miriam, A Bayla and the Golem Novel. My agent is working on getting my historical and steampunk series sold. I’m also getting ready to re-release my epic fantasy, The Stone of the Tenth Realm.

If a movie was made about your success as a writer, who would play you?

Minnie Driver, but without the British accent.

Good choice! I’m so glad you stopped by today, Eva. You are prolific, and I wish the great success with the new series.

Eva at StonehengeAbout Eva: Eva Gordon writes genre bending paranormal/fantasy/steampunk and historical novels with a strong romantic element. She loves to create stories that combine her passion for mythology, steamy romance, and action/suspense. Her imagination takes her from one universe to the next. Thus far, she has several series lined up as well as single titles waiting in line for production.

Eva has a BS in Zoology and graduate studies in Biology. When not in her den writing, she can be found teaching animal lore at writing conventions, at work at the raptor rehabilitation center, wolf sanctuaries, or to satisfy her inner Hemingway, on some global eco adventure.

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Book 1 Buy Links: Amazon US  Amazon UK  Barnes and Noble (Nook) Smashwords All Romance Apple  Kobo

Book 2 Buy links: Amazon US    Amazon UK      Nook     Smashwords  Apple

 

 

 

#Cover Reveal – Heroes to Swoon For


Heroes To Swoon For Boxed Set
11 Sizzling Contemporary Romances

Multi-author boxed set
Genre: Contemporary Romance Anthology
Release Date: December 8, 2014

New Release Sale Price: $0.99 Limited Time.
Purchased separately, the books in this set would cost over $30. Nine
Full-Length Novels, 1 Novella, and 1 Short Story from NY Times, USA Today,
National and International Bestselling Authors.



We all need a hero! Preferably a hot, muscled, romantic one who’s not afraid to fight for the woman he loves. From firefighters to athletes, and artists to rockers, these swoon-worthy heroes will keep you on your toes and weak in your knees. Slip into a reading adventure that will have you panting for more: fun, steam, and thrills.



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Prizes Galore, Q&A, Authors, Readers, Books, and FUN! So what are you
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ArousedJade Kerrion
Can falling in love with a gorgeous male escort lead to anything
except inevitable heartbreak?
Blazing LoveChantel Rhondeau
An emotionally injured veterinarian
assistant struggles to resist the heat of a blazing hot firefighter, but she
can’t avoid the flames of his passion.
Roaring Hot!Rachelle Ayala
A playboy motorcycle racer hires an aspiring actress when he is
challenged by his grandmother to bring a real girlfriend to her birthday party.
The Right Pitch Lyssa Layne
Colie Adger is torn between the lavish
attention from a big shot pitcher and the common sense of a solid friend. Can
Colie figure out her own heart and hit a homerun off the right pitch?
The Art of LoveMichele Shriver
After watching her parents’ marriage crumble, jewelry artist
Chelsea Matthews doesn’t believe in love, but a sexy painter sets out to win
her heart and prove that good guys do exist.
Behind the AltarP.C. Zick
All seems perfect in Leah’s life until tattoo artist Dean rides
his Harley into her heart in this story of forbidden love.
Lost AvalonK.S. Thomas
Blaise Nolan has it all – brooding good looks, a haunting voice
and troubled lyrics of a soul gone lost. Only he didn’t wind up brooding,
haunted and lost by accident…
Second Shield – Stacy Eaton
Agent Drew Bradley goes undercover to find an officer gone rogue,
but what he finds in Detective Sergeant Mackenzie McAllister is nothing he ever
expected.
Amber Rules – Melinda Curtis
One of the first assignments of life coach to the rich and famous,
Amber Rule, is to improve the game of Evan Oliver, one of the biggest bad-asses
in the NBA. Will Amber up Evan’s game? Or will he teach her a new set of rules?
Wild Irish RideJennifer Saints
Sexy, Southern Suspense. Jesse was Alexi’s forbidden fruit, the
one man she couldn’t forget and can’t resist. After twelve years he’s back for
her—so is a killer.
How You Remind
Me
– Julie Leto
Can a former party girl take a chance on a sexy guitarist who knows her deepest, darkest secrets?

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Author Wednesday – J.J. DiBenedetto

???????????????????????????????I welcome J.J. (James) DiBenedetto to Author Wednesday. James is the author of the paranormal romance Dream Series. The seven books in this series are James’ first published work, but it’s a prolific batch of fiction. The titles: Dream Student, Dream Doctor, Dream Child, Dream Family, Waking Dream, Dream Reunion, and Dream Home.EbookDreamStudentCoverSmallerDreamDoctorCoverSmaller

 

 

 

 

Hello, James. It’s nice to have you here today. You’ve written seven books in your Dream Series, which is very impressive. I wonder if you convey the same messages or themes in all of your books. 

I didn’t really set out to preach or to convey any particular message, but as the books have gone on, I see my beliefs coming through. I think the books emphasize the importance of compassion, and empathy, and a healthy respect for the power you have (whatever kind of power that is) and the importance of taking responsibility for your actions, no matter the cost.

That’s interesting. I do that with my own work, and before I know it a message emerges, which conveys my own belief system. Do you have a favorite character that you created?

Sara, the heroine of the Dream Series – I couldn’t have written seven (and counting!) books about her if I didn’t love her. What I like best about her is that while she is the heroine, and she does save the day, she’s definitely flawed and very human. She gets jealous and angry and has very irrational moments. And while she always tries to do the right thing, she sometimes has a lot of trouble figuring out what that actually is.

I bet you have fun putting her in new situations and deciding how she will react. What’s the best thing said about one of your books by a reviewer?

I really loved one review of Dream Doctor, which takes place during Sara’s first month of medical school, where the reviewer wondered if I was a doctor or otherwise involved in medicine, because the book rang so true. That was high praise for the research I did, because other than going to the doctor myself when I’m sick, I’m about as far as you can get from that!

What’s your one sentence pitch for the series?

“What if you could see everyone else’s dreams?” – that’s the pitch for the entire series, really.

That’s an intriguing concept. No wonder you’ve written seven books with a character you love and a great idea. How long do you estimate it took you to take the series from an idea to a finished, published?

Fifteen years or so! I had the first idea in 1997 or so, and I wrote a (pretty bad) novel-length first draft. Then, I rewrote that to a slightly better second draft. And then it just sat there on my computer for a really long time, until, in 2012, a friend sold her first novel to a publisher, and I said to myself, “Hey, if she can do it, so can I!” I dusted off the old draft, rewrote it again–changing the whole thing from third person POV to first person, which was what the story needed all along, only I hadn’t realized it for such a long time–and then the next three books followed, one right after the other.

Without giving us a spoiler, tell us a little bit about your favorite scene in one of the books

My favorite scene in Dream Student is a quiet and touching scene between Sara and her father, where she admits to him how much she loves her new boyfriend.

Let’s talk about your writing life. If you listen to music while you’re writing, what is it?

Usually classical music, and always something I’m very familiar with. If it’s music with lyrics, or something new, I get distracted too easily – it has to be something that’s just “there” so that it provides some comfort but I can still keep focused on what I’m doing.

I’m the same way. No lyrics allowed while writing. How about setting. Do you set your books in the place you live?

Places I live, places I used to live, places I visited, all of that! Sara’s college in Dream Student is my college with the names changed; the apartment building she lives in in Dream Family is the building I lived in when I first moved to Washington, D.C.; her mother-in-law’s house is modeled on my cousin’s old house. “Write what you know,” right?

Thanks for stopping by today, James. It’s been a pleasure to learn a bit more about you and your work. Happy writing.

IMG_1771About J.J. – J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then.

He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he’s not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera, photography and the New York Giants, among other interests.

Links to books and social media sites

http://viewAuthor.at/JJDiBenedetto (Amazon Author page)

http://getBook.at/DreamStudent (book #1 on Amazon)

http://getBook.at/DreamStudentAudio (book #1 on audiobook)

http://getBook.at/DreamDoctor (book #2 on Amazon)

http://getBook.at/DreamHome (latest book – #7 – on Amazon)

http://www.writingdreams.net (blog)

http://www.writingdreams.net/audio (audiobook samples of all books available on audiobook)

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Author Wednesday – Elaine White

Welcome to Author Wednesday. Today Elaine White visits my blog for an interview about her writing life and her book Runaway Girl. Elaine writes paranormal romances featuring vampires. She uses the genre to teach some very important lessons about life. Runaway Girl is the first book in the Secrets of Avelina Chronicles series, which contains six books in total. The other books in the series also delve into the lives of witches, seers, magical lands and lycanthropes (werewolves).

Final Cover - RG - Front

It took me quite some time before I could call myself a writer so it fascinates me to learn when other authors were able to make the public pronouncement. When were you first able to call yourself a “writer” or “author?”

Probably around five years ago, when I first started sending my books to publishers and agents. The positive feedback, even through rejections, gave me confidence in what I was doing.

That’s great that you saw beyond the negative to concentrate on the positive. Congratulations, Elaine. What messages or themes do you try to convey to your readers?

I try to put something positive in my stories. Even when I’m writing paranormal or crime stories, I try to have something inspiring and helpful that my readers can connect to. I want to give them the self confidence to step out of their shells the way I never could. And, of course, I try to inspire my readers to help make the world a better place. Even if it’s just one person at a time, a reader who smiles after a bad day or feels better because of my words, then that’s enough for me.

That’s a very worthy goal. Whats the best thing said about one of your books by a reviewer?

It was a very nice comment about how my use of various POVs [point of view] nspired him to use the same technique in his own writing. I’ve never inspired anyone before. And I’d recently been getting a few comments about how some people didn’t like that there were so many different POVs in my story. But to me, every character is important. They wouldn’t be in the book otherwise and some of them so important that the reader just has to see things their way.

Your experience is a valuable lesson to learn as a writer – reviews often contradict one another pointing out to the subjective nature of the review. What advice can you give to other writers about receiving a bad review?

Don’t let it get to you. You can’t please everyone. Just remember that J.K. Rowling spent years having Harry Potter rejected and still gets bad reviews. The Twilight series still has people debating over the love/hate aspect of the story. Everyone is different, and everyone will have an opinion. Read every review and don’t just assume that a low rating is a bad review. Just soak it in and accept that it’s a fact of life.

That’s the best possible advice. I like to say I don’t believe either my excellent reviews or my poor reviews. Whats your one sentence pitch for Runaway Girl?

Runaway Girl is a paranormal romance that sees vampire soldier Damian finally facing the demons vampire princess Amelia left him with when she sent her soul into the netherworld, fracturing it between five young human girls.

What is the message conveyed in Runaway Girl?

That love and loyalty are the most important things in the world. Power is enticing, lust can be consuming, and money can be corrupting. But over all of those things, love and loyalty shine through and show the right path any one soul should take. When people stray from that path, the trouble starts.

That’s an excellent message to convey. Thank you for sharing today, Elaine. Best wishes as you continue to share your words with the world.

Elaine White_EditedAbout Elaine White: Elaine White was born and raised in the small town of Haddington, Scotland. She began writing from an early age when she thought that she would have written differently passages from the books she was reading. Elaine currently lives at home in Scotland with her parents and boisterous poodle. She is a full time student and full time writer.

Where to buy Runaway Girl:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Runaway-Secrets-Avelina-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00B3OERUG/ref=sr_1_24?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358885563&sr=1-24

http://www.amazon.com/Runaway-Secrets-Avelina-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00B3OERUG/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1359378449&sr=1-77

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17255023-runaway-girl

How to connect with Elaine White:

Twitter – https://twitter.com/ElleLainey

Facebook Author page – https://www.facebook.com/elainewhite.author?ref=stream

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ellelainey

Blog – http://ellelainey.wordpress.com/

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6895396.Elaine_White