Archive for November, 2014

Tara Powelson Mayoros

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Tara Powelson Mayoros

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What makes you passionate about writing?
I am passionate about the experience of creating stories. I love meeting new friends in my characters and see how they react to one another. Writing is therapeutic for me.

Do you have a writing routine?
I used to write whenever the muse hit me. Now I stick to a schedule so that my writing doesn’t encroach to much on time away from family.

What is the title of your book?
“Broken Smiles”

What genre does your book fall under?
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Interview with Ritter Ames – Author of the Organized Mysteries series and the Bodies of Art Mysteries

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Ritter Ames is the author of the Organized Mysteries series and the Bodies of Art Mysteries. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in a town in the distance of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and after having lived in five states throughout my life I now reside on the Plains. Quite the contrast.

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What makes you passionate about writing?

Writing has been my full-time career for fifteen years, mostly nonfiction until late 2013. I love my job, but if I don’t write I don’t eat. That said, the actual motivation behind (more…)

How I healed bipolar disorder without drugs?

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

BOOK SYNOPSIS

MISSION IMPROBABLE: How I Healed Bipolar Disorder without Drugs

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Deborah Fryer, a native of Yorkshire, England, struggled with bipolar disorder for 49 years, and could never figure out what was wrong with her.

Abused severely as a child by her mentally ill mother, Deborah was depressed and lonely in her big family. She suffered paralyzing (more…)

Danette Hansen talks about ghost and genealogy

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
Danette, tell us where you were born and where do you live now?
I was born in Alamosa, Colorado. I have an older sister and a younger brother so I guess that means I’m the middle child.
I now live in Wellsville, Utah with my husband and four children. I’ve never cared for snow, ever. When I left Colorado I said I never wanted to live in an area with heavy snow again. Well let’s just say, I’ve learned to Never Say Never. I do love living in Cache Valley––except when it snows.
No really, the area is beautiful and it’s a great place to raise a family.
🙂 What makes you passionate writing about genealogy?
That is a funny one for me, I don’t know much about genealogy unlike my mother who is a family history consultant. That is why my main character, Annaliese, is portrayed the way she is.
She is more into Plant Research instead of Family Research. Her mother (more…)

What does THE CHICKEN CATCHERS and WRITING FOR REAL-WORLD REASON have in common?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
 the author…Mary-Ann Duke 🙂

Where are you from, Mary-Ann?

I am a native Floridian. I currently live in Sarasota, FL

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I  like Florida. If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

If I could time travel, I’d go to Jerusalem in Jesus’ time to meet him.

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would it be? What food would you serve?

If I could have dinner with any of my characters, it’d be Victoria Scarlett Jones and Jimbo Bean. I’d serve chicken and dumplings.

If you could travel anywhere on earth or off, where would you go?

I’d visit the Great Wall of China. (I’ve already visited the pyramids of Egypt.)

Describe your dream writing spot.

My dream writing spot would be high up (more…)

“Fog of Fortune” a book about pirates and gold

Monday, November 17th, 2014
  1. Fog of Fortune by Michael S. Glassford
  2. Michael, how has your family background affected your writing, if it has?

My family has always encouraged me to express myself creatively. My father is an art teacher and a talented artist. (He did my cover design) Stories are a large part of my life. My father had the power of the spoken word and would gather us kids together at night to spin fantastic tales of heroism and adventure. I am working on a project now that is based on one of his stories. My mother would tell us scripture stories and get us excited about (more…)

Aften Szymanski and her Lindly Brandt’s series are visiting

Friday, November 14th, 2014

After, what is your typical day like?

I’m a mom first, writer second, and part time educator third. Day starts with getting kids up and ready for school all except my youngest who gets to hang with me most days. Up at 6am, read scriptures as a family, breakfast, hair and out the door. I double check my list with things to get done and then drag around for another hour debating getting myself out of jammies. It generally takes me until 10am to think straight. I’ll sometimes get a workout in before 10am, but not always. At 10 I get to work going over any revisions or writing done the previous day and from there plunge into the new days work. I tend to my three year old the whole time so it’s a very broken day’s effort, but I love that. When kids get off the bus it’s homework, dinner, and reading time. We read every night. We recently finished reading Washington Irvine’s Legend of Sleepy Hallow which a yearly Halloween tradition at our house. November will begin the yearly reading of a Christmas Carol. I love traditions. All of our kids sit through the Hobbit when they start kindergarten. It’s like a rite of passage into the adventure of education. My kids are all still very young, the oldest is six, so they get ready for bed at 7pm. Then I finish any editing or writing I had to cut short and enjoy vegging in front of a Netflix program. We don’t have cable.

 

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Do you write with music or not?

I sometimes write while (more…)

Official Book Tour: Fortune For Fools by Cindy Christiansen

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Fortune For Fools A Merchant Street Mystery by Cindy Christiansen
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“Honestly,” Aunt Adele said. “Lavinia has dealt with paintings worth millions. What makes you think she would steal your painting?”

 

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Synopsis
Risk-taker Zeke Abberley knows how to be bold when it comes to his antique shop on Merchant Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. He successfully bid on a collection of 1800s antiques in Nauvoo, Illinois that may contain a valuable Hayez painting. However, love is another matter. Afraid that all women are users, he’s always injuring his dates, particularly Lavinia Vega, who works at her father’s art gallery.

Studious Lavinia Vega is tired of proving to Zeke that she has no ulterior motives. When Zeke brings her a damaged painting to restore and authenticate, she is eager to help but not get involved. When she uncovers a hidden map behind the painting that leads to valuable buried coins, the game plan changes. Or so Zeke thinks. (more…)

How to interview and be interviewed. 

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

It is simple, be a guest on someone else’s blog or have a guest on your blog. Especially when your book is coming out. You can always find an author or someone extraordinary to swap interviews with. You want to choose those with many followers, but a little is exposure too.

Follow other’s blog before you ask them for an interview. It is good form. Follow people relevant to what you want to promote, i.e. if you promote books befriend some authors and a lot of readers.

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Where to follow them? Facebook, twitter, Linkedin, goodreads, shelfari, but mostly on their blogs. Why follow them? Do unto others what you would like done to you. Help them and they will help you. (more…)

Christy Monson’s Family Talk, blog tour is up and running

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Christy, tell us where you were born and where do you live now?

I was born in Medford, Oregon, but I now live in Ogden, Utah.

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Hi neighbor! What makes you passionate about writing?

I love writing. It’s my way to relax, escape from the stresses of daily life, and put the things I’m passionate about down on paper.

Amen to that… How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I finished the first draft of the manuscript in about 8 months.

Good job. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
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Wendy Knight and her series, Feudlings are visiting today

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Wendy, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?

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When I was little teeny, I used to write stories using those fat crayons made for chubby little hands. I didn’t know what an author was, then, but I knew I wanted to tell stories. It’s been with me ever since.

Cute…What makes you passionate about writing?

My characters! I have this weird thing in my head—if I don’t write their story, I’m killing them, which is a completely different and much more real killing than killing them off in the story. If I don’t tell their story, I’m killing them before they have a chance to live. And I can’t do that. I want them all to live…so I can torture them.

I know exactly what you mean. What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published? Were you ever discouraged along the way? If so, how did you deal with it?

I lumped these three questions together because it’s sort of impossible to answer them all separately. I queried the first novel I ever finished. It took me two years to write it, and then two more to finally find a home for it. There was a ton of rejection and criticim. It hurt so much at first, and although everyone says it gets easier over time, I’m not sure it ever did for me. To be honest, I really struggled. But my adorable husband made me a deal. I had to query for one year. If, after one year, I hadn’t found a home for my story, I could quit and he wouldn’t pester me about it for the rest of my life. And since he’s adorable, I agreed. To deal with the discouragement, I wrote some more. I wrote the sequel to the book I was querying. I also wrote for the local paper. I kept myself busy. And I revised my first story so, so much. And then, the week before my year date was up, I got offered a contract. That same week, I got offered two more contracts, but I went with the first one because I felt like that was the right place for me. And that’s how Feudlings found its way into the world.

So happy it work for you. What books have most influenced your life? (more…)

Christmas in Snow Valley an Anthology just in time for giving

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

 

Christmas in Snow Valley is only $.99 until November 8th.
 
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Snow Valley, Montana, is a small community with the tradition of doing Christmas big. Festivities begin with tree lighting in the town square the day after Thanksgiving and continue until the culminating romantic Christmas Ball. From the Polar Express to a Winter Carnival, there’s something for every wonder-filled  child—and every couple who’s in love—or about to be.

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An Unexpected Kiss by Cindy Roland Anderson

Lucy Phillips doesn’t want to spend her Christmas vacation dodging her ex-boyfriend, so when he turns up at the airport (more…)