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14
Dec
09

Interview with Erotica Writer Rob Graham

Today, we welcome erotica writer Rob Graham. We hope you’ll enjoy hearing a male perspective on our world of romance–I know we did.

His most recent release is Breaking the Covenants, a tale about a vampire coupling that could lead to all-out vampire civil war.

Romantic Journey: Rob, thanks for joining us today. We’re excited to get to know a little more about you and your work. How did you first get published?

Rob Graham: That depends on how you describe ‘first’.

The first piece I signed, called Discovery, was what I call ‘a quick piece of smut’. It had been up at Literotica for a while when I heard that Phaze was publishing a set of what are known as HeatSheets. Discovery fit into the criteria they were looking for so I submitted it. And it was accepted. That made me smile big, let me tell you.

The first one that hit the market was In The Dark, a collection of short stories and novellas centered around a vampire by the name of Georges Belleveau. I was at a chat promoting Discovery when the publisher of Aspen Mountain Press, Sandra Hicks, mentioned she was looking for vampire stories. So I threw the stories together and sent them off. Sandra really liked them and sent me the contract the next day. That led to some more big smiles.

RJ: Do you have another job? If so, what is it?

RG: I’m on the disabled list I’m afraid, so my time is my own.

RJ: How does a typical work day unfold? How do you let your family know when you are in serious writing mode?

RG: My day is kind of backwards from most people’s. Morning is my slow time. I hang out on line, shower, have breakfast and play games in no particular order. I usually do my promoting in the morning. I’ve got a system where I can do ten Yahoo loops in as many minutes.

After lunch is when I usually write. Brainstorming and research falls under the writing category. I’ll usually take a walk as well.

After dinner will be a little more writing and then I spend a while on the phone with the woman I love.

I’ve got some roommates but we keep to ourselves so I don’t have to inform any one of what I’m up to.

RJ: What is the biggest blooper you’ve written?

RG: According to Mrs. Giggles it was a story I wrote called Buzz Me. *wink*

RJ: It definitely sounds as if there is a story there.

What are your five favorite books? What lessons have you applied from them to your own writing?

RG: Do I have to pick just five? Because I have quite a few authors I love to read again and again. An author is the main reason I’ll pick up a book.

These days my favorite author is Jim Butcher, the guy that wrote the Harry Dresden books. I love those stories. The world building is wonderful and there are so many good characters in them. That’s something I appreciate and try to put into my own writing.

I also love Alan Moore who wrote Watchmen and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. He showed that great stories aren’t limited to genre. So a lot of my work is hard to categorize.

RJ: I couldn’t help but notice that you are a little different than most of the writers we feature here—you are a dude. How did you get into the field? What joys and challenges have you experienced working in such a female-dominated genre?

RG: Well, I had been hanging around Literotica for a while, for just the reasons you suspect. I noticed one day that they had a forum there and I surfed over to it. I ended up in a place called The Author’s Hangout where, you guessed it, authors who had stories posted on Lit hung out. I ended up staying. They were all smart, articulate people that it was a lot of fun to spend time with.

But I wasn’t an author, and I felt a bit guilty about that. So I wrote a story I called Fatima, after the main character in it. I posted it on Lit and it was well received. Best of all my fellow writers on the AH had nice things to say about it.

I enjoyed the experience so much I continued writing. It was fun.

I hadn’t considered trying to be published until I entered a story into Literotica’s Halloween 2005 contest. That story was Abyss and the first of my Georges Belleveau stories. It won. A good trick considering that there were over 160 entries and some were by very good writers. That made up my mind for me and I started looking for publishers.

You can find Fatima in my anthology Gillian’s Place and Abyss in In The Dark, both available from Aspen Mountain Press.

As far as joys go, I’m glad this is a female-dominated genre. I like women better than my own gender. The biggest challenge is being taken seriously. A lot of people don’t think a man can write romance or erotica.

RJ: If they made a movie of your life, who would play you and the important people in your life?

RG: My life’s too boring to be made into a movie. *wink*

RJ: How about if Breaking the Covenants were filmed? Do you have any dream actors or actresses in mind?

RG: Hmmmm. I think Paul Newman, from forty years ago, would be great as Ritter Gunther von Wittershiem.

My choice for Lady Marguerite Giffard would be Vivien Leigh. That’s appropriate as she played Emma Hamilton and Lady Hamilton was my co-author, Celina Summers’, inspiration for Marguerite. The woman I love thinks that Anne Hathaway could play the part well.

Alphonse de Brunel would be performed by Basil Rathbone. He always made a great villain.

Grigori Volkonsky would be best played by Gary Oldman. He’s done great vampires in the past and he does exceptional villains as well.

Augustin Calmet would be played by Werner Stocker. He had the part of an immortal holy man in the Highlander series and would make a great vampire monk.

The best actor for the role of Marcellin Dautin would Johnny Depp. Mr. Depp would bring just the right tone of debonair power to the role.

Cool questions. Thanks for this opportunity.

RJ: Thank you, Rob. We enjoyed having you.

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11
Dec
09

Interview and Giveaway with Erotica Writer Roxanne Rhoads

Today, we welcome erotic writer Roxanne Rhoads, who is supporting her new release Insatiable from Eternal Press.

Insatiable tells the story of Scarlett, a small town girl whose sexual appetites drive her to the big city where she will be more accepted. In her search for new sexual adventures, Scarlett finds Marcello, a man who could offer her more than just sexual pleasure.

And, Roxanne is giving away one copy to a lucky reader; contest details appear after the interview.

Romantic Journey: Thanks for joining us today, Roxanne. How did you first get published?

Roxanne Rhoads: My very first publication came before I even finished high school. Two poems I wrote were submitted to a local magazine by my writing teacher and they were published. Since then writing has been a part of my life.

My first professional erotica story was accepted by Playgirl Magazine and that gave me the courage and confidence to write in this genre. That was in 2005.

RJ: You mentioned that your first erotic story was published in Playgirl, which is now an online only publication that focuses mainly on pictorial spreads rather than editorial pieces. How have you handle the market shifts in erotic publishing? How do you find new markets?

RR: I just try to stay up to date with what magazines and sites close and which ones open. I am always on the look out for new markets, new publications to write for. I just go with the flow. If you can’t adapt you won’t make it.

RJ: Do you have another job? If so, what is it?

RR: Wife, mother, book keeper, house cleaner — all the jobs that come with being the woman and CEO of a household. Plus I own and operate a small family business, but everything is from home. Writing is the one business I focus most on these days.

RJ: How would a typical work day unfold? Do you clean first or write first? How do you let your family know when you are in serious writing mode?

RR: I get the older kids off for school, get the younger one fed and settled in then work for a bit, then shower, eat lunch, clean house, then go back to writing. That’s a basic day unless I have an appointment or something. I also usually go back to writing after dinner.

RJ: What are your five favorite books? What lessons have you applied from them to your own writing?

RR: I have way too many favorite books. Right now the whole Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost and the Southern Witch series by Kimberly Frost.

Jeaniene does fight scenes so well, and Cat is just so rough around the edges it is endearing and Bones…well I love Bones. I love the way those two characters interact.

In Kimberly Frost’s southern witch series, she injects so much Texas wit and charm along with humor that it is a very winning combo, completely magical. I wish I could make characters jump off the page like she can.

RJ: Are you a chest or buns woman?

RR: I’m actually an arms and abs woman. Though I love a nice set of buns on a guy, who doesn’t love a great butt?

RJ: Who’s your fantasy man?

RR: Tom Welling from Smallville. OMG. Tall, beautiful, dark hair, blue eyes…he’s so damn hawt.

RJ: Definitely a good choice! Now for the last question: If your ship were sinking and you could grab one thing on the way to the lifeboat, what would it be? Go on instinct here; don’t let common sense interfere with you as you grab your hairdryer or laptop instead of food to take to the desert island.

RR: My laptop and I’d pray for wifi. LOL.

RJ: Thanks, Roxanne. It was great getting to know about you and your work.

Readers, you can keep up with Roxanne’s new releases by following her on Twitter or checking her out on MySpace.

Okay, now for the details on our contest. Roxanne is giving away a PDF download of Insatiable to one lucky reader. Here’s how to enter the random drawing:

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The winner will be announced 18 December. Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. UTC on 17 December, 2009.

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07
Dec
09

Interview with Jerri Drennen


Today, The Romantic Journey welcomes contemporary romance and romantic suspense author Jerri Drennen. Her most recent release, Grace Under Fire, was released by Wild Rose Press.

Romantic Journey: Jerri, thanks for stopping by. Could you tell us how you first got published?

Jerri Drennen: I was first published with the now defunct Triskelion Publishing, followed shortly after by Loose-Id, which was a completely different experience for me. I have nothing but great things to say about Loose-id.

RJ: Do you have another job? If so, what is it?

JD: I’m a mother, chauffeur, chef, laundry service and accountant. I could go on and on.

RJ: How would a typical work day unfold? Do you clean first or write first? How do you let your family know when you are in serious writing mode?

JD: I usually check e-mail, then get my kids up for school and off, then I’ll write in between loads of laundry and doing dishes. I don’t think I’m a very disciplined writer. I write when I feel like it. My family are pretty good about letting me write, too. I’m thankful for that.

RJ: What is the biggest blooper you’ve written?

JD: A name that I had changed was left as the old name toward the end of one of my books. I was so embarrassed. Thank God we were able to catch it before it went to print.

RJ: Yeah, a good editor can save your bacon every time! And what line that you’ve written continues to amaze you?

JD: Would it sound conceited if I said there were too many to pick one? I’ve written about 18 books.

RJ: What are your five favorite books? What lessons have you applied from them to your own writing?

JD: I can think of three. A craft book would have to be The Complete Guide to Heroes & Heroines by Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever, and Sue Viders, because it has helped me build better three-dimensional characters.

Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught because it was the book that drew me to my love of romance. I adored her alpha hero Clay even though nowadays the book would be considered a bodice-ripper.

Summerland by T.L. Schaefer because her book started me on my path to writing romance suspense.

RJ: Those all sound great. I’ll definitely need to add The Complete Guide to Heroes and Heroines to me TBR list. Now on to the fun stuff.  Are you a chest or buns woman?

JD: I’d have to say chest, and, frankly, I like a little hair on it.

RJ: Who’s your fantasy man?

JD: Well, that changes with every book I write. Right now it’s Matt Bomer from White Collar, who I’m using as the image of my hero in my latest WIP. I’m so fickle.

RJ: You’ll have to let us know when that one comes out so we can all picture Matt Bomer as we read it! Finally, If your ship were sinking and you could grab one thing on the way to the lifeboat, what would it be? Go on instinct here; don’t let common sense interfere with you as you grab your hairdryer or laptop instead of food to take to the desert island.

JD: Is Matt Bomer on the ship? No. Then I’d have to grab my computer because it has all my books on it.

RJ: Thanks again, Jerri.

Readers, I know Jerri would love to hear your feedback on this interview and her work. Let her know what you think in the comments.

01
Dec
09

Interview and Contest with Young Adult Writer Amanda Ashby

Amanda AshbyToday, we welcome young adult and mid-grades writer Amanda Ashby. Amanda’s books You Had Me At Halo and Zombie Queen of Newbury High are available for purchase. Of course, if you stick around for the interview, you’ll find a chance to win a copy of Zombie Queen at the end.

Romantic Journey: Hi Amanda, thanks for taking the time to talk to Romantic Journey. My twelve-year-old daughter loved Zombie Queen Of Newbury High. Can you give a brief synopsis and tell us what inspired you to write it?

Amanda Ashby: Yay, I’m so pleased that your daughter loved Zombie Queen of Newbury High – that’s so cool!!!

Anyway, my book is about what happens when Mia Everett does a love spell in order to stop her prom date from dumping her. However, instead of doing a love spell, she unleashes a zombie virus on her entire senior year (teachers included). She then has to work with a by-the-book zombie hunter in order to find a cure before she ends up first course on everyone’s new flesh-only diet.

As for the idea, well I used to always threaten my critique partners that if they weren’t careful I would write a book called I WAS A KILLER ZOMBIE BRIDE and make them read it. Of course the more I said it, the funnier it became until I suddenly thought perhaps I should write a zombie book.

This was over two years ago when it was all about vampires so I really wasn’t sure if there would even be a market for it, however the minute I pitched it to my agent she was very keen and she managed to sell the book two weeks after she submitted it. Then, by the time it came out, zombies had become the new big thing so it was all a case of right place at the right time!!!!

RJ: Can you tell us the names of any other books you have published?

AA: My debut book was called You Had Me at Halo and was the story of a dead girl who got kicked out of heaven and forced to go back to earth and sort out her issues. Only hitch is that she has to do it in a guy’s body – while the guy is still in there (body stealing dead girls – ring any bells, Michelle??!!!!!)

RJ: How did you first get published?

AA: I tried to get published for many years and while I often got close, nothing quite seemed to work. Then in 2005, my dad died. I was living in England at the time and I flew back to Australia for the funeral. It was a pretty awful but throughout the day I kept imagining that he was doing a sort of commentary of the funeral, from up in heaven – and let’s just say he wasn’t best pleased with some of the details!

Anyway, three weeks after I got back to England I had an idea for a girl who was looking down on her own funeral. From that moment I was hooked and I wrote the book in about three weeks. Not long after that I signed with my fabulous agent, Jenny Bent in New York and she went and sold it to NAL who are part of Penguin in the US.

Zombie Queen of Newbury HighRJ: If you weren’t a writer what would be your ideal occupation?

AA: Honestly, I’ve never found a job that I love as much as writing so I’m going to just ignore this question since I don’t want to give the universe any nasty ideas!

RJ: Do you have another job? If so, what is it?

AA: I work every weekend at the Napier library at the children/teen desk, which is ideal for me. Firstly because it’s not full time so it gives me plenty of time to write during the week and be with my kids when they finish school etc, plus I get first dibs on all the new books that come through get to help kids choose some really great books to read!!!

RJ: What’s the worst/weirdest job you’ve ever had?

AA: I once had a part time job sitting in a room filled with cut up foam and we had to stuff it into these meter long brown faux leather tubes that were going to go on a giant echidna for part of a big procession. We did it for a week before the designer decided that the quills looked to limp and they would make them out of fiberglass instead!

RJ: How would a typical work day unfold?

AA: I check my emails while I’m eating breakfast and then I take the kids to school (notice I’m glossing over the dramas of getting the kids ready ‘to’ take them to school).

Then I go for a walk along the beach and back home to write. I do tend to muck around on the Internet too much as well but I try and give myself a word count so that by the time I go and collect the kids, I don’t feel like a complete slacker.

RJ: How do you let your family know when you are in serious writing mode?

AA: It’s a very subtle process that I’ve developed over the years and it normally involves shouting, swearing, burning their dinner and generally behaving like a demented person so that they then try and avoid me at all costs. It’s been surprisingly effective!!!!!

RJ: What is the biggest blooper you’ve ever written?

AA: I’m an impatient Aries with absolute no eye for detail At All so I have a huge number of bloopers to choose from, though my absolute favorite is from You Had Me at Halo when Holly, the heroine, passed Vince, the hero, a drink. Unfortunately, as my critique partner pointed out, since they were actually in the same body, all that happened was that the drink was passed from one hand to the other!!!!!

Thankfully that was caught before the book was sold, but it still makes me smile!!!!

RJ: And what line that you’ve written continues to amaze you? This can be in a bad or good way – we really don’t mind.

AA: I’ve got a very bad habit of laughing at my own jokes so I’m constantly writing lines that I think are thigh-slapping hilarious and everyone else thinks are just ‘eh, okay’. Still, I suppose as long as I amuse myself, that’s all that matters.

One of my favorite lines from Zombie is when Candice and Samantha are on the verge of turning into zombies:

“Well, that’s not fair.” Samantha pouted. “First I can’t eat any more cobb salads and now I can’t eat Mia Everett?”

“Of course you can’t eat Mia Everett,” Candice retorted in a disgusted voice. “You don’t even like Mia. You tried to steal her prom date. Besides, I’m her best friend, so if anyone gets to eat her, it will be me.”

RJ: What are your five favorite books? What lessons have you applied from them to your own writing?

AA:

  • The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula Le Guin
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Arabella by Georgette Heyer
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Magician by Raymond E Feist

Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer have taught me to look for the humor in everyday situations and build it through characterization, while Ursula Le Guin, Suzanne Collins and Raymond E Feist are a constant reminder to me of how much I love fantasy and books that have complex world building (something that I’m very bad at unfortunately).

RJ: Can you give readers the links to any social networks you have?

AA: I tweet as @amandaashby. I talk books at goodreads.  I also spend time on Facebook – just visit my website to get the link.

RJ: Are you a chest or buns woman? Please give examples of an ideal chest or set of buns and marks out of ten.

AA: What? I have to choose? Because really I don’t think that’s fair!

Okay, if pushed I do like a nice chest! Some of the most drool-worthy ones I’ve seen in the movies/tv belong to:

  • my first true love, David Boreanaz who took his shirt off numerous times in Buffy and Angel – thank you Joss Whedon for your vision!
  • Ryan Reynolds in Blade 3 (seriously, my jaw fell open when he got his shirt off. Of course it helps that he’s so pretty to look at as well)
  • and absolutely no chest list would be complete without Gerard Butler in 300 – I mean seriously did you see that twenty-four pack? It was insane.

RJ: Who’s your fantasy man?

AA: David Boreanaz.

RJ: If your life were ever made into a movie, which actress would you like to play you? Why? To play your husband? Gross miscasting is acceptable.

AA: Well obviously my husband would be David Boreanaz and since I’m not exactly a sharer, there is no way I would cast anyone else to play me because that would just be crazy!!!!!!

RJ: If Zombie Queen of Newbury High were ever made into a movie who would you want to play Mia? And Chase?

AA: Chace Crawford from Gossip Girls is pretty cute – and no, my Chase isn’t named after him since I wrote the book long before I saw the show! As for Mia, it’s a toughie because the actresses I like are probably a bit too old to play her now so how about I just let some unknown girl get the role!

RJ: If your ship was sinking and you could grab one thing on the way to the lifeboat, what would it be? Go on instinct here; don’t let common sense interfere as you grab your hairdryer or laptop instead of food to take to the desert island.

AA: Books. I couldn’t survive without books to read

RJ: And last, spill the beans about what you’re writing at the moment and when it will be released.

AA: I’m working on book two in my new mid-grade series about an eleven year old who gets turned into a djinn (genie) the day before she starts sixth grade.

It’s lots of fun – well it’s fun for me, not so much fun for my poor heroine Sophie, who despite being a very positive person is struggling with getting her powers under control, none of which is helped by her ridiculously annoying ghostly djinn guide, who looks like Zac Efron’s older brother and has an unhealthy addiction to junk food and American Idol. The first book is out in Summer 2011.

I also have another young adult book called Fairy Bad Day, which will be out in Spring 2011.

RJ: Thanks, Amanda, that was great. I know my daughter will be keeping a close watch for when your next book hits the shelves.

 


Amanda is giving away a copy of Zombie Queen to one of our lucky readers. Enter the random drawing by:

 

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The winner will be announced 8 December. Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. UTC on 7 December, 2009.

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27
Nov
09

Interview and Giveaway with Erotic Paranormal Writer Kiki Howell

Today we welcome Kiki Howell, whose book A Modern Day Witch Hunt was released last month.

Kamillia is an author of paranormal romances living in an upscale suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Accused of being an actual witch herself by an ambitious group of businessmen with a dark agenda, she is surprised to find a man who resembles one of her fictional, alpha male heroes at her door offering her protection.

Luca is an immortal Watcher from the River of Light. Sent to Earth to help Kamillia, whose true heritage has yet to be revealed to her, Luca is caught off guard by the fighting spirit of the woman and the way his human body betrays him in her presence.

When research for her next novel requires Kamillia to travel to Italy, she and Luca are forced to join together despite numerous obstacles to overcome the evil of many centuries blocking a portal there. Only then, can she return to the problems awaiting her in her own city, with or without this stranger who has captured her heart but cannot share her future.

Watch the trailer or read more about the book. Find out more about Kiki at her website. And read more about the contest after the interview.


Romantic Journey: Thanks for joining us here today, Kiki. I’ll dig right into the interview and ask our first question. How did you first get published?

 

Kiki Howell: That is a story! After two high-risk pregnancies, I stopped teaching and writing for almost a decade when I had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mother two my two little miracles.

When I did try to get back into it, it was really hard. My husband bought me a book of writing exercises hoping it would get the creative juices flowing again. About the same time, I learned of a local publisher one city away from me called Ellora’s Cave, and read my first erotic romances.

Also, my husband went on a trip to Israel for two weeks. During one of his first phone calls home I heard an explosion in the background, and thus had trouble sleeping for the remainder of the time he was gone.

So, I started the writing exercises, and came across one that said write in a genre you are not comfortable writing in, one you are unfamiliar with. I had also been reading calls for submissions and seen that Whiskey Creek Press Torrid had a Celtic Love Knots line that released monthly two stories.

So, for the exercise I mixed my love of the paranormal with erotic romance. Once my husband got home safely and read the stories, he encouraged me to send them out to see what the publisher would say. They sent me a contract for both stories!

RJ: Do you have another job? If so, what is it?

KH: I am still that stay-at-home mom, yet the kids are in school all day, and I have a really dirty house.

RJ: How would a typical workday unfold? Do you clean first or write first?

KH: Based on the last question, I write first. Per my husband’s suggestion and constant support, I treat the time my kids are at school like a workday and write the whole time. Well, most of the time!

RJ: How do you let your family know when you are in serious writing mode?

KH: They are great in supporting me and knowing what story I am working on, etc. So, all I have to say is I need to get this done, and they help me find the extra time to work.

RJ: What is the biggest blooper you’ve written?

KH: I guess no one has pointed out any bloopers yet, crossing my fingers here now!

But, long story short, I was accused of actually being a witch once I had my first stories about witches published! A few short-sighted men couldn’t separate me from my fantasy characters. It was one of those life bloopers that made living in the neighborhood fun for a while!

RJ: That is so funny. It sounds as if that experience might have inspired the premise behind Witch Hunt?

KH: Ah, you caught me! During the experience, my husband said the phrase that became the title and noted that at least I should get a book idea out of it. That is all it took for my imagination to take off!

I did get the chance to spout off a bit in the novel through Kamillia, as well! I enjoyed more than I should have choosing the image for the Mastema (bad guys) in my youtube video, too!

RJ: And what line that you’ve written continues to amaze you?

KH: Sorry, this is longer than a line, but what comes to mind is the beginning lines in a story I wrote called, “The Stone Hex” in my Mystic Stones anthology.

Having come to the end of the trail she followed, Rachael paused where the full green of the tree line gave way to an open expanse of land. The remains of a field, long unattended, rolled out before her until the sun-drenched colors of the landscape took on the blackness of shadow. From where she stood it seemed as if the long-abandoned house had burned the earth with its mere presence. The symmetry of the two-story square made it appear intimidating, despite it’s aged wood and cracking paint, as if the house was smirking at her in a domineering stance. Furthermore, the large fallen tree whose weight the house now sustained seemed an elaboration of contorted fingers grappling for possession of the sky itself. Dead twigs of brown held onto its foundation as if paying homage to their master. Once she left the protection of the trees, the house, black with the soot of neglect, chilled her even as the sun burned upon her shoulders. Nevertheless, this was how the house had greeted her for years. As a few clouds rolled in muting the sun, the light-play of shadows gave the illusion of specters in the windows.

RJ: What are your five favorite books?

KH: Again, I think I am cheating here, but I have a couple that are series.

  • Teresa Medeiros, Cabot Series: After Midnight and The Vampire Who Loved Me
  • Denise Lynn, Dragon’s Lair
  • Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
  • Nora Roberts, Three Sisters Island Trilogy: Dance Upon the Air, Heaven and Earth, and Face the Fire
  • Linda Winstead Jones, Fyne Witches Series: The Sun Witch, The Moon Witch, and The Star Witch

RJ: What lessons have you applied from them to your own writing?

KH: I just aspire to someday write a book that will sweep away a reader as those ones did me.

RJ: If your ship were sinking and you could grab one thing on the way to the lifeboat, what would it be? Go on instinct here; don’t let common sense interfere with you as you grab your hairdryer or laptop instead of food to take to the desert island.

KH: Oh, definitely my laptop! I could read ebooks, write stories and email everyone I love! Of course, what are the odds that island would be connected? Should have thought that one out better! LOL! Now, I am starving with a dead battery in my computer!

RJ: You’d be surprised how many of us would grab our laptops! Again, Kiki, thanks for stopping by today.


Kiki is giving away a very cool book bracelet with a witches hat for one of our lucky readers. Enter the random drawing by:

 

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Upcoming Guest Interviews

We’ve got quite a few visitors coming by in the next few weeks.

Next Friday, we will be hosting Kiki Howell and finding out a little more about her recent release A Modern Day Witch Hunt. Kiki is also holding a fun giveaway, so check back on 27 November.

On 4 December, Gail Roarke is stopping by to tell us about her book, Bound by Convention.

Finally, mark your calendar for 11 December, when Roxanne Rhoads visits to tell us about her upcoming release Insatiable. Insatiable is due out 7 December, and Roxanne will be giving away a free PDF copy as part of her interview.




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