Archive for February, 2014

Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story by Marianne Kasica Sciucco an Interview

Friday, February 28th, 2014

An Interview of Marianne Kasica Sciucco a clean read.

Marianne, how has your family background affected your writing?

According to my mom, when I was in first grade I came home from school one day and announced I was quitting because I’d been going for three weeks and still could not read or write.  My parents valued books and reading and we always had books in our house.  Our living room had built in bookshelves stuffed with all kinds of books: novels, encyclopedias, and a huge dictionary.  My father was a big reader.  He always had a book at hand.  He used to bring me to the library and we’d check out a huge stack.  I liked his company, and reading was a way to share something special with him.  Sadly, (more…)

Fallen Angel by Lisa Swinton an Interview

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Fallen Angel blog tour and giveaway
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Lisa, what makes you passionate about writing?IMG_4223-001

I think it’s because you get to be in the heads of a lot of different people, give them a voice, breath life into them until they take on a life of their own. On the page you can be creative and say things you couldn’t or wouldn’t in real life but can through the characters.

That is the best part. 🙂 Do you have a writing routine?

I wrote the majority of my three books while my youngest was in preschool or nap time. Right now, I’m trying to construct a new routine now that all my kids are in school all day. You’d think that’d be easy with 7 hours of ‘me’ time each week day but it’s not.

I hear you…What is the title of your book? (more…)

Rachel L. Hamm Author of Twenty-Five

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Rachel is currently hosting a giveaway ($25.00 Amazon Gift Card ) on her Facebook page enter here: https://www.facebook.com/RachelLHammAuthor click link next to pictures… It will end on Feb. 28

Rachel, how has your family background affected your writing, if it has?

I’m the second of four children, my parents are still together, and you can definitely see that influence in Twenty-Five.  The MC is the third of four children, with loving parents who are still together.  I’ve been very lucky in my life to not experience a lot of family drama, I mean, we have our dysfunctions, but who doesn’t?  My characters don’t come from broken homes – they love their families and their families have enormous impact on who they are as adults.

Good for them… What gave you the nerve to attempt your first novel? (more…)

Sworn to Secrecy: A Time Travel Romance an Interview

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

 

Author Tammie Clarke Gibbs is visiting today

Thank you so much for interviewing me, Anna. 

Tammie, tell us what is your typical day like?

I’m pretty busy so my typical day could be most anything. I am a Real Estate Broker in Georgia so I often show property and I’m busy with the day-to-day tasks of the Real Estate Office which is a blend of marketing and management responsibilities. Because of the diversity of my jobs, I have to be pretty flexible when it comes to my writing time and online promotional obligations. I usually start the day off with paperwork and try to set weekly goals to help keep myself on track and organized.

 

• You are busy… Do you write with music or not?

Yes. I tend to listen to Celtic Instrumentals.

 

• Nice choice. Do you outline your manuscript first? (more…)

Lisa Poston Murphy and Interview

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Lisa, how has your family background affected your writing, if it has?

My Nana has always been my biggest fan in everything I’ve done. She introduced me to reading and shared with me the novels and poetry she loved. She encouraged my writing in high school, making me believe I was good at it. After high school, the only writing I dabbled in was journaling. I loved describing places, smells, tastes, and sights. When she became ill, writing was my escape. Lighthouse Point was published soon after she passed and I’m thankful I had that to keep me occupied as my heart shattered. The book has snippets of memories with her, so it will always be special to me in many ways.

What a  lovely thought. What gave you the nerve to attempt your first novel?

It was my version of (more…)

5 stars for Counting to D

Monday, February 17th, 2014

dyslexia and what it does to your life. YA  novel.

back cover blurb:

Counting to D, which tells the story of Sam, a teenage girl whose dyslexia makes fitting in a constant battle. When Sam’s mom gets a job in a different city, Sam seizes the chance to reinvent herself and vows not to tell anyone at her new school about her learning disability.

Free from her old reputation, she falls in with a group of academically competitive friends, and then, she meets Nate, her charming valedictorian lab partner. Sam’s new life seems perfect, but in order to keep it that way, she has to get the grades, get the guy, and get it straight, all without being able to read.

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Here is my review:

This is a becoming of age story, full of growing pains and later happiness. I enjoyed the telling and the tale of this young adult book. Counting to D doesn’t make a lot of sense until you figure that is about a very intelligent girl who can’t read or right. The story is riveting, interesting and enjoyable.  Kate did a very good job with her first book in a subject that is close to her heart.

Dyslexia has (more…)

Rita Chapman author of Lost in Egypt a Interview

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Rita, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in North London and moved to Australia in my early twenties.  I live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland – a beautiful area.

Sound beautiful. What makes you passionate about writing?

What makes anyone passionate about anything?  I think it’s in your blood.
You are right… How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It took nearly a year – I would write when it was raining and leave it for weeks at a time.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Taking to heart the advice you should write about things you know, (more…)

Eva Pohler author of The Gatekeeper’s Sons an Interview

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Welcome, Eva Pohler to my blog.

Eva, what is your typical day like?

I help my three teens get to school, then get myself ready and go teach writing and literature at The University of Texas at San Antonio on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I stay in my PJ’s as long as possible and write. I try to avoid cooking and cleaning as much as possible, but I end up having to do it nearly every day. I enjoy catching up with friends and readers on Facebook and Goodreads, and then I write some more. Some evenings, I watch Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, and Once Upon a Time with my family.

Wow that is a lot. Do you write with music or not?

I don’t play any music, but one of my sons is usually on his piano or guitar while I’m writing. It’s nice, actually. (more…)

Interview, Jo Grafford, author of Breaking Ties

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

I don’t remember being hit by lightening exactly, but I’ve been writing as far back as I can remember. By the fifth grade, I was writing short stories and poems and entering writing contests.

A great way to start. What makes you passionate about writing?

It’s my gift. It defines who I am. To be happy, I have to write. Like at addict needing a fix, I get all twitchy when too many hours pass without finding time to write.

Interesting… What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published?

After years of drafting partial manuscripts, it was nine months of self-imposed (more…)

HUNTING FOR HAPPENSTANCE a review

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

HUNTING FOR HAPPENSTANCE by Cindy A. Christiansen is a mystery romance, well done and interesting. I enjoyed the rugged feeling to the tale and the candid love story.

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Daniela Strada’s uncle disappears and she gets Duston Cooper, the gun shop owner, to take her in a trip that will have both out of breath and frustrated by the end. Dustin believes that he is like his brother who almost killed his ex-wife in a rage, and that thought keeps him away from her. Can she survive the cold treatment she receives from Duston and the thugs who have her uncle? Will Daniela and Duston find a way to become that which both are meant to be, or will their dreams never come to pass?

Once again Cindy A. Christiansen has included dogs in her book, and once again they have a heroes’ part in this great tale. It is fun to learn more about different races of four-legged companions and the love their human companions have for them. HUNTING FOR HAPPENSTANCE is a very clean romance that will keep you turning the pages to the end.

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Hunting-Happenstance-Merchant-Street-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00HUESN6M/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390526770&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=HUNTING+FOR+HAPPENSTANCE+by+Cindy+Christianse

Biography

Cindy A. Christiansen writes sweet romance with humor, suspense…and dogs! With over thirty health issues and two autistic children, she struggles to write but finds it cathartic. She loves going where only her characters can take her. She loves dogs and always includes them in her books and features them on her covers. She donates time and money to organizations that help abused and abandoned dogs.

Patchwork Reality; Happily Married to a Schizophrenic an interview

Saturday, February 1st, 2014
Pauline Hansen is visiting our blog this week.
Pauline, tell us where you were born.
Panguitch, Utah (get out your map, folks!) Hint: It’s in Garfield county 🙂
I been through there… What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
Maintaining my confidence. I have times when I’m super confident and feel like I can accomplish anything! Then, occasionally I get a nervous rumble in my belly and wonder if I’ve really got what it takes. It’s quite the roller coaster ride! (more…)