Interview with April Hollingworth, Debut Author of Double Magick in the Falls (Candi Reynolds Series #1)

IMG-20130416-00354What made you decide to be an author?
It wasn’t really a matter of deciding more a matter of letting the stories in my head loose. I had previously started writing other stories, but the time was never right to tell them. I only got clips of them. But for this book my character was very insistent.
What do you like best about being a writer? What do you like the least?
What I like best is that I can go off into my own little world and it’s where I’m meant to be. Hardly any interruptions, just delving into the world my mind has created.

What I like least about it is, trying not to get distracted. I get distracted easily. Bubbles on Facebook is totally addictive. Checking my e-mails, anything and everything really. I’m still trying to be strict with myself and have set times, or word counts. A swift kick would also help keep me on track.

How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing?

I’m not sure really to be honest. My life, so far, has had a lot happen in it, not all good. I think writing and reading has always been an escape for me. I delve into words as if they take me on a journey where anything can happen. I love that feeling.

Have you ever felt as if you were being dictated to while you wrote a book–as if the words came of their own accord? If yes, which book did that happen with?

Yes, my characters tell me their story. There quite a feisty bunch. It happened with my first book my debut Double Magick in the Falls, and is happening again with the second book in the series I’m writing at the moment, The Prophecy.

You’ve written one novel and are working on a second novel. What’s your favorite time management tip?

That is something I’m still trying to work on. I really need to set a start time, and maybe even have a word count per day to achieve. I know that works well for other authors. I think to be honest; it’s still sinking in that I am an author.

Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer?

I write from beginning to end, I know what happens in the end and parts of what happens throughout the book, and the rest of the series too. But basically I fly by the seat of my pants.

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be?

Don’t give up. Follow your dreams and dream big. Your stories are given to you by your characters to tell, so tell them and have fun.

Did music help you find your muse with this book? If yes, which song did you find yourself going back to over and over again as you wrote?

Oh yes, I have to have music on when writing, it helps my words flow. Demons by Imagine Dragons is my main song for Double Magick in the Falls. It’s also helping with The Prophecy, but Hanging On by Ellie Goulding is my main song for The Prophecy.

Tell me more about Double Magick in the Falls. DoubleMagickintheFalls_w8561_300

After serving in the Army, Candi Reynolds has returned home to her Grandmother’s small town. She hopes for a quiet life but instead finds mystery, murder, and an oh-so-hot vampire who leaves her questioning her feelings.

Searching for answers to his own mystery, Victor Harlow finds himself drawn into Candi’s search for the murderer and finds himself attracted to the beautiful witch.
With the help of Candi’s best friend, and a werewolf detective they race against time to find the killers before they become the next victims. Can Candi harness all the powers she possess to save them and give their love a chance?

How about an excerpt from Double Magick in the Falls?

“Who are you?” I ask this time.

No point in demanding, as it obviously doesn’t get
me anywhere.

“I am Victor Harlow and owner of Vlad’s Bar.
Why were you spying on me and for whom?” he
demands while tracing a gentle circle on the velvet skin
of my wrist.

Pulling my wrist out of his grasp, as his fingers are
doing funny things to my stomach, I turn to look him
full in the face. My God, he is gorgeous.

Short, jet black thick hair, I want to run my fingers
through. Ebony black eyebrows arched over silvery
green eyes, which are unfairly surrounded by long,
thick, black eyelashes. Seriously, if a girl had those, she
would never need to buy mascara!

A long straight nose and full sensuous lips, which
look so kissable, high cheekbones and a strong square
jaw. He has a beautiful neck and an image of fangs
sinking into it flashes before my eyes making me gulp,
I drag my eyes lower to his broad shoulders and a large
ever so muscled body in a lean tall package. Wow, he is

Biting my lip, I suppress a moan at the thought of
exploring every inch of his delectable body and kissing
his sensual mouth. I suddenly realize he’d been saying
something, but I have no idea what.

Where can readers find more about your stories, books and you on the Internet?

Buy Links: Amazon   The Wild Rose Press

April, thank you so much for being with us here today. I know my readers will enjoy your work and your interview.

Thank you Sharon for having me. It’s been a pleasure doing this interview with you 

Interview with Maggi Craft, Author of The Price of Love

maggMaggi Craft grew up in a small town in Mississippi just south of Natchez. She attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where she graduated with a degree in Public Relations. She and her husband, Jon, now live outside Jackson, Mississippi, with her daughter, mother, and two dogs.

What made you decide to be an author?

Becoming an author was never anything I even thought that I would want to do. Growing up in a small MS town I daydreamed a lot, and always had these characters in my head. I thought everyone did this until my life long best friend assured me this was not the case. She urged me to tell her a story, then she wanted me to write it down and eleven books later she finally talked me into doing something with them.

What do you like best about being a writer?

I enjoy the story telling. They making up of a whole new person or life.

What do you like the least?

How harsh some critics can be. We don’t all like the same thing and that’s to be expected, but some are just mean. And one negative thing in a sea of numerous positives always ruins your day.

How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing?

I’m not really sure that they have other than learning to keep trying.

Have you ever felt as if you were being dictated to while you wrote a book–as if the words came of their own accord? If yes, which book did that happen with?

I never really feel like I know the direction of what I am sitting down to write is going to go. I feel like I am having a conversation sometimes when I am writing, and it feels just as new and fresh to me as it would anyone who picked it up after me.

You’ve written eleven novels and are working on a twelfth novel. What’s your favorite time management tip?

Oh, I have no advice there. I write when I can. Even if that means at four am when I woke up thinking about something. I grab my phone and get it down so I don’t forget. I’m horrible with time management, and will fill like a total fraud giving anyone advice on that subject.

Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer?

Organic for sure, and this is probably not a good thing. It sometimes means that I have to redo things numerous times before it is smooth.

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be?

Don’t give up.

Did music help you find your muse with this book? If yes, which song did you find yourself going back to over and over again as you wrote?

Oh my gosh, yes. I love music, and that’s funny you asked. Just a Kiss, by Lady Antebellum. I have no Idea why. But it’s my song to this book. I never hear it without thinking of writing this book.

Tell me more about The Price of Love. Cover Wrap

Arden Simms–an average twenty-five-year-old med student–is headstrong, independent, and spends most of her time consumed by her studies. The last thing she wants is a romantic relationship that could cause her life to veer off track.
Slayde Price is gorgeous, kind, and well on his way to fame and fortune.

But the shallow people he’s surrounded by in Paris have started to bore him, and he’s contemplating a way out of his contract so he can return home.
Their worlds collide when Arden flies to Paris to visit her sister–and finds that her selfish younger sister has struck again, leaving Arden alone in a strange city with no place to stay. When Slayde bumps into Arden, his ex-girlfriend’s sister, on a crowded street, he decides he may just want to stay in Paris a little longer.

Before long, Arden realizes that ignoring her feelings for Slayde isn’t as easy as she’d thought it would be.

How about an excerpt from The Price of Love? consizlation prize 1-1


I loved him with all of my heart, and I knew I didn’t want anyone in this world but him, but sometimes I wondered what our lives would have been like if he hadn’t become “Jake Brandon”, – if he hadn’t become famous. We weren’t dating anymore -we were on display.




Where can readers find more about your stories, books and you on the Internet?


Buy Link:  Amazon

Maggi, thank you so much for being with us here today. I know my readers will enjoy your work and your interview.

Interview with Nina Crespo, Author of NAUGHTY LITTLE WISHES

Headshot_NINA CRESPOWhat made you decide to be an author?
The desire to write stories about love and happily-ever-after was inspired the moment I read my first romance novel in my teens. As an adult, I started and stopped writing along the way. A couple of years ago, I built up the courage to finish a story and submit it to Entangled Publishing.
What do you like best about being a writer? What do you like the least?
Watching the story unfold on the page as I write is an exciting process, even when the words don’t flow easily. The working conditions—my home office—are also a great perk! The weeks prior to a book release is always a hard time for me. Release day is also a rollercoaster ride.

How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing?
Curiosity about people, taking time to listen and maintaining a sense of humor has helped me through the ups and downs of life. I bring all of that into my writing.

Have you ever felt as if you were being dictated to while you wrote a book–as if the words came of their own accord? If yes, which book did that happen with?

The answer to that is all of them. Yes, I’m one of those writers. I hear my characters voices in my mind, and I have conversations (and occasionally arguments) with them.

You’ve written five novels/novellas and are simultaneously working on the sixth and seventh. What’s your favorite time management tip?

Set aside time to write everyday but also pay attention to your creative energy. If you feel like putting in more hours and you have time—do it. If you’re feeling frustrated or can’t see your way through a story, don’t beat yourself up. Step away, read a book, go for a walk and give yourself time to recharge.

Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer?

I’m a pantser who is learning the value of plotting. I usually start writing organically for the first few pages to help me “see” the story. Then I write out a synopsis and an outline.

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be?

Write what you love but accept that not everyone will love what you write.

Did music help you find your muse with this book? If yes, which song did you find yourself going back to over and over again as you wrote?

For some reason, country music ended up on my playlist a lot with this book. Girl Crush by Little Big Town kept coming back as I wrote, probably because Tab, the heroine in my story, had to deal with the hero getting over his ex-fiancée.

Tell me more about Naughty Little Wishes. NLW_500 (1)_CRESPO

It’s a sexy, sassy “kiss or kill” novella. It’s also the second book in the Birthday Dare series.

Opposites attract. Enemies ignite…

There’s nothing personal stylist Tabitha Drake loves more than pissing off Andrew Bode. He’s uptight, he refuses to agree with her on anything, and she loathes the hideous brown suits and red power ties he wears. The man even hates ice cream. How can her best friend work for a man who hates ice cream? But the absolute worst thing about Drew? He’s sexy as hell, and she’s totally and ridiculously attracted to him.

Andrew Bode, CEO of the Bode-Wynn military contracting firm, is convinced he and Tab will never get along. Unfortunately, the infuriating—and sinfully tempting—stylist is his ticket to a major account. The only way to get what he wants is to agree to Tab’s terms: a style makeover. However, Drew has a few terms of his own, most of which involve her naked in his bed. But neither of them is prepared when their lust-fueled hostility turns into something altogether unexpected…

How about an excerpt from Naughty Little Wishes?

Tab yanked the sleeves of her extra-large sweatshirt and trudged downstairs. Coffee and Fruit Loops. The only sensible things in the midst of a week living in insanity. She’d expected her deal with Drew would place her in uncomfortable territory, but she hadn’t anticipated it dropping her into the hot zone. Not even Bode-Wynn’s golden connections had been able find a hotel not taken over by the convention or spring break. She should have waited until Drew’s assistant had confirmed everything before canceling her reservations.

Morning sun glared off highly polished marble and steel in Drew’s kitchen. Not staying in a hotel should have rated as an enjoyable experience, but his stick-up-the-butt tendencies stretched way beyond impossible. Like yesterday when she’d taken a towel from the linen closet to dry her hair, causing the weekly housekeeper to freak out. At first, she’d thought the woman inhaled too much pine cleaner until she’d explained. Only blue towels, not green ones, belonged in the upstairs guest room. Why? Because Drew wanted order.

The list didn’t end there. No dishes left in the sink. Pillows properly spaced on the couch. The thermostat set at precisely frigid-a** cold. Throw in his other quirks about no TVs in the bedroom and the evils of junk food, and she existed in the equivalent of Siberia. Alone. He left early. Came home late. When he was there, he kept to himself and barely spoke. The beautifully decorated house felt unlived in and unloved. More than ever she needed the homey touches she used to make long trips bearable. Her Cinderella blanket, Dallas Cowboys sweatshirt, and comfort food. Two more weeks and then she would head for Virginia and a hotel room. She couldn’t wait.

Tab opened the top cabinet. Beans, brown rice, organic peanut butter. Where was it? She searched through other cabinets, top and bottom. Sadist! He wouldn’t.

“What’s wrong with you?”

Keeping her back turned from him, she gripped marble. “Where are my Fruit Loops?”

“You’re joking.”

Spoon, bowl, those words matched. Joking didn’t fit anywhere in the scenario. She’d endured his house rules, but messing with her cereal went too far.

“No. I’m not.” She whirled around to face him, and her breath hitched.

Drops of water slid into the divide of his pecs, traveled over the ridges of his abdomen, melted into the soft, downy looking hairs leading like a silken arrow into his short, square-cut swim trunks.

“I want my treat.” Prickles surged into her scalp. “I mean cereal. It was here yesterday.”

Damn, she sounded mental.

He took the towel from his shoulder and wrapped it around his waist. “I put it where it belonged.”

“And where’s that exactly?”

He walked in and opened the cabinet near her head. His closeness tempted her to touch, stroke, follow the drops of water with her tongue to the bulge under his towel. She should look away, but only a blind nun could stare and not lose every scrap of sense.

Where can readers find more about your stories, books and you on the Internet?


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Nina, thank you so much for being with us here today. I know my readers will enjoy your work and your interview.

Interview with Cher’ley Grogg Author of “The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk”

GROGGCher’ley writes different genres. The Journey Back–One Joy at a Time is a devotional book. Stamp Out Murder is a cozy mystery, The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk is a YA novel, Boys Will Be Boys is an anthology, Four Moons and Fair Ladies is a Christian Western Romance.

She has stories in Cowboys, Creatures & Calico and The C3 Anthology. Cher’ley is featured in “Small Town America” and “West Virginia Memories”. She has won contests and awards and is published internationally. Her poems, short stories and articles are published online and in print books. She drives an eighteen-wheeler, and enjoys photography, painting, fishing, reading, walking, dancing, and long, long baths. She loves the Lord, her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandson, and her Cairn terrier, Tootsie.

What made you decide to be an author?

It’s a funny story. When my husband was in college, he was struggling with his English writing assignments, so I helped him. Each time I helped him, his instructors and another teacher would say, “You should be a writer.” He’d come home and say, “You should be a writer.” I was so busy at that time with my visual art that I put it off for years before I decided to give it a try, and I found that I enjoyed writing.

What do you like best about being a writer?

I love to create and to do research. I find a whole new world in the research I do for each book.

How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing YA Mysteries?

I was young once. LOL. I raised children and was around my grandchildren a lot. I know what young people like. This book reaches from Tweens-to Seniors. The two lead characters are 13 and 88 years old.

Have you ever felt as if you were being dictated to while you wrote a book–as if the words came of their own accord? If yes, which book did that happen with?

I think all of them to a certain degree. My next book which doesn’t have a title yet, it’s a Christian Western Romance, I say Christian because it’s void of sex and low language, but it has lots of adventure, most of it came to me in the wee hours of the morning before I got out of bed. Not exactly a dream, but in that dreamy time right before you stretch. I anxiously jumped up and started typing.

You’ve written 5 novels and are working on 3 more right now. What’s your favorite time management tip?

I’m not a good one for time management. If I were I wouldn’t be up after 10:30 at night answering these questions. I write in chunks. I may not write anything for weeks or even months, then I work fast and furious, getting up early and staying up late until I get the novel completed. I don’t always get the novel completed in one session. Right now I am almost finished with 2 of the novels, but I haven’t finished either yet.

Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer?

I am both. I prefer a loose complete outline. It makes it easier to write if I know where I’m going, but it usually changes several times before I get to the end. In “Stamp Out Murder” the killer changed three times before I finally settled on one guy and wrote “The End.”

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be?

Don’t shortchange yourself. I kept hearing write what you know, well I didn’t feel that would take me very far, but I had a lot of interests or even things I may be interested in somewhere in the future, so that’s why research is my friend. If I had only wrote what I felt I knew, what would it have been about—changing diapers? I’m being silly, but sometimes you hear certain things over and over and they may not apply to you, or you may be misinterpreting the meaning.

Do you listen to music when you write?

Sometimes yes and sometimes no. I like to watch Dancing with the Stars, or The Voice, or any show like those when I first set out to write, but within a short time I’ve shut everything out, so it really doesn’t matter what music is playing or what show is on, I don’t hear them.

Tell me more about The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk.

Brandon is not a quiet young man. He’s very outgoing and loud. He’s a leader and his boisterous personality works well for him, but not listening also gets him into a lot of trouble. Jordan his cousin is a female version of Brandon, but Jacob his brother is the opposite. He’s a quiet listener, a thinker. The 13 year olds get in a passel of trouble because of not listening, and Jacob quietly follows them. Here’s the Blurb: A teen’s life disrupts when his Great-Grandmother, a stranger comes to live with him and his family. She upsets his life so much that he stoops pretty low to get rid of her, including trying to find a way to get into the oversized trunk she has stored in his garage. Spunky Grandma keeps the key in a special place. The kids expect treasure, but discover a terrible secret instead, which puts Grandma in danger’s way.

How about an excerpt from The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk?

The fog lifted from the Ohio River. Two brothers sat on the dock behind their house. Brandon Dickens tossed a rock into the water and watched it sink. “I’m going to hate her.”

“Maybe, maybe not.” Jacob said. He crooked his head sideways to look up at his older brother.

“She’s not taking your room.” Brandon tossed another rock. The ripples spread across the water. A cool breeze morphed the circles into an oblong shape. “She’s really, really old. She probably stinks, you know, like old people do. Why does she have to come here?”

Jacob said, “Mom said if she doesn’t come to stay with us, she’ll have to go to a home. I don’t know what’s so bad about that. We live in a home.”

Brandon slowly released his big-brother-knows-more-than-little-brother sigh. “A home is not a house. It’s a big place where a bunch of old people live. By the time I get done with her, she’ll beg to go to a home.” Brandon seethed. He tried to get control of his emotions, but dread mixed with fear filled his very being. During the whole school year, he’d planned his summer vacation and now it was all going to change just because this old woman was coming to live with him and his family.

Jacob said, “What are you going to do? She is our grandma, you know.”

“She’s our great-grandmother. There’s a difference. We don’t know her.” Brandon looked across the river at the island he loved. His stomach churned. He wished he was out there right now. He didn’t want to deal with all this stuff. He had enough going on in his life.

Just then, the biggest moving van, the boys had ever seen, drove slowly down the street. They watched as it passed their house.

Where can readers find more about your stories, books and you on the Internet?
Buy Link: The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk

Thank you so much for being with us here today. I know my readers will enjoy your work and your interview.

Interview with Pavarti K Tyler, Author of The Sugar House Novellas

PavartiWhat made you decide to be an author?
It wasn’t really a choice. If you want to know the truth of it, I was one of those twi-moms :) I read all the Twilight books and got increasingly angry the more I read. By Breaking Dawn I was fuming. When Jacob imprinted on Bella’s baby I actually threw my book across the room (much to my dog’s dismay!). After finishing them, I started reading fanfiction but couldn’t quite get the closure I wanted. Talk about loving and hating a book! So I wrote my own fanfiction. Over 500,000 words later, my readers convinced me to try my hand at creating my own world and characters. Since then I haven’t looked back.

What do you like best about being a writer? What do you like the least? How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing?
My college degree was in dramaturgy (it’s a real word – I promise!). Even though the focus is different with a degree in theatre, the primary discipline I studied was research. I love research. I love to world build. It’s one of my favorite parts of writing actually. Other than school, my life experiences have very much influenced my writing. I traveled a lot in my twenties and have always been interested in multi-culturalism. Even though I don’t write in one genre, I think there’s a throughline in all my work about the things that separate us (race, religion, politics) vs. the things that bind us together (love, compassion, curiosity).

Have you ever felt as if you were being dictated to while you wrote a book–as if the words came of their own accord? If yes, which book did that happen with?
All my books are this way. I really only write to keep the voices in my head from becoming a diagnosable condition instead of a career :)

You’ve written three novels, three novellas and two shorts. Right now you’re getting ready for the release of your third short and are working on a fourth novel. What’s your favorite time management tip?
Sending my kids to school! I’m the only person I know who longs for the end of Winter Break and dreads summer vacation. Sign me up for summer camps and school! I love my kids, but trying to do this when they were younger and still home with me was a nightmare. Now that they’re in school, I’m ecstatic over all my blessed free time :) To keep me on task, I have a dedicated writing space and a progress tracking calendar that I use to keep track of my daily word count. It’s ridiculous, but extremely satisfying to put little glitter stickers on the day to show what I accomplished.

Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer?
I do what I call “beat” outlines. Basically, I know the full arc of the story, Beginning Middle and End, but I don’t always know how I’m going to get from point A to point B. I then write a supper detailed outline of the next 3 chapters or so. Writing is just filling in the blanks between beats. When I get through, I outline the next chunk and so on and so forth. This allows me to plot as I go but also have an overriding structure holding everything together.

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be?
Writing a book only has 2 steps
1 – Shut Up
2 – Write

Most of us only get in our own way by making it more complicated than that. Myself included!

Did music help you find your muse with this book? If yes, which song did you find yourself going back to over and over again as you wrote?
I create playlists for all my books :) You can listen to the Playlist for The Sugar House Novellas here:

It was a lot of fun to make and I listen to it a lot. When my kids aren’t home of course!

Tell me more about The Sugar House Novellas. TYLER_Sugarhouse Novellas
The Omnibus Edition of “The Sugar House Novellas,” includes novellas 1-3 and a bonus short story focused on one of the minor characters who turned out to be a fan favorite.

Enter the world of The Sugar House. Here you’ll meet the illustrious Madam Janice Cane and her brood of men and women who will fulfill your every fantasy. But can they find a way to fulfill their own?

Sugar & Salt
After over a decade working in the sex industry, Janice Cane retains no illusions about the nature of relationships. Everyone lies and everyone wants something. Still, a part of her longs for a connection.

Speed-dating becomes her addiction, a place to find a man for the night when she needs a quick fix, and her last hope that true love may still be waiting around the next corner. When a mysterious man entices both her intellect and her lust, she becomes entangled in an affair more complicated than she’d expected.

Protecting Portia
Jackson Grady met the love of his life. Unfortunately, he was running drugs for a pimp named Sasha at the time, who asked him to keep an eye on their new acquisition from Russia, the bedraggled beauty named Portia. She touched his heart and forced him to confront the kind of man he’d become.

Now, Portia and Jackson both work at The Sugar House. He continuously looks out for her, and longs for her with his every breath, but knows he is unworthy of such an angel. What will Portia do to win not only the heart, but also the body, of the man she loves?

Dual Domination
Caitrin’s a Dominatrix at the high class brothel The Sugar House, and an elegant burlesque performer with leagues of men and women falling at her feet. The Sugar House is her home, her hunting ground, but she’s never felt like she belonged. Only with her childhood friends and fellow deviants, Donovan and Raef, has she found her place.

Donovan prefers his women on the submissive side, and likes to create erotic art out of rope and the female form. When a crisis at The Sugar House puts a friend in trouble, he must confront his deeper feelings for the one woman he’s told himself he can’t have – Caitrin.

With their friendship in turmoil and The Sugar House on the verge of collapse, can these two friends find their way to each other?

Where can readers find more about your stories, books and you on the Internet?

Twitter: @PavartiKTyler

Buy Links:
The Sugar House Novellas Omnibus:
Sugar & Salt, The Sugar House Novellas Book 1:
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Pavarti, thank you so much for being with us here today. I know my readers will enjoy your work and your interview.

New Anthology Release: Call Me Valentino

Call me Valentine

Fall in love this Valentine’s Day as USA Today and Amazon Best Selling authors come together to bring you one sexy hero written in five different genres. Call Me Valentino uses the same hero set in five different worlds. Your new book boyfriend is a cowboy, an FBI agent, A Highland Laird, a real estate developer and even a vampire. Which Valentino will be your favorite?


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Interview with Mary Eleanor Wilson , Author of Somewhere Down the Road

Calvin and mommyWhat made you decide to be an author?

I didn’t really have any choice. Writing is the only thing I can really do. When I was a little kid, I used to listen to my parents read and then tell them what would have made it more interesting. As a bigger kid, I used to entertain my best friend with endless sagas and ongoing stories. I’ve done the same thing with my children.

What do you like best about being a writer?

I like the free use of my creativity. Being able to make something out of nothing is the best example of freedom I’ve ever experienced. Being a writer makes me real – not some fake daily desk jockey that I’ve always had to be before.

What do you like the least?

The not knowing. In the six days since my book was released, I’ve spent about half that time wondering how it’s doing and worrying if it’s being read.

How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing?

As a southern woman, born and bred in Kentucky, I have seen, heard, and experienced a lot of things that would be entertaining and even downright shocking to the outside world. I believe there is a little bit of us in all of our stories. It just so happens that I have a huge cache having grown up in an odd family in a part of the country most people overlook.

Have you ever felt as if you were being dictated to while you wrote a book–as if the words came of their own accord? If yes, which book did that happen with?

I generally begin by writing the book in my head. I start putting it down, just moving the story from my mind through my fingers and out to the keyboard. However, it never fails that I find my characters coming to life and demanding they get their say. I let them have it. They’re smart; they know what they’re doing.

You’ve published one novel and are working on a fourth novel to submit. What’s your favorite time management tip?

I have to block out time to write. Living on a farm and raising hunting dogs takes a lot of time. I try to write every day, but in planting/harvesting times I don’t always get to do that.

Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer?

I figure them out in my head and then put them on paper, but I allow the story to take its own path. I’m always open to changes in direction.

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be?

Be patient. It takes time. Things are much better now than they were 20 years ago. Believe in yourself, even if no one else does.

Did music help you find your muse with this book? If yes, which song did you find yourself going back to over and over again as you wrote?
There is a spiritual quoted in the book as Tassie, the main character, travels with a wagonload of slave children. The driver is singing about following the dipper gourd, meaning the Big Dipper. I hit upon that quite by accident one day as I was researching spirituals, and it stuck with me.

Tell me more about Somewhere Down the Road. sdr final cover

When the Civil War tears her family apart, Tassie Folden must journey from her Tennessee home to a new life with her aunt in Cincinnati. When she runs into trouble in dangerous territory, she is aided by a handsome Union officer. When their paths cross again, Tassie begins to wonder if her future might include him. But Major Micah Corchoran is the most secretive man she’s ever met. What is he hiding? And how can they have a future together if he won’t trust her?

Micah Corchoran uses his position in the Union Army to aid in a dangerous and secretive cause. Returning home from the war, he again encounters the lovely Southern belle he aided on the road. He’s already fallen for Tassie, but loving her could put his family at risk. Can he trust her with his secret?

When his secret comes to light and the schemes of a blackmailer are exposed, Tassie hopes her journey is complete. Does her future lie here or somewhere down the road?

How about an excerpt from Somewhere Down the Road?
Footsteps falling heavily behind her in the wet ground distracted her. Micah approached, his fair hair gleaming in the moonlight.

“What has you so fascinated, Belle?”

Tassie folded her arms across her chest. “I’ve told you before, I’m not a southern belle. I’m just a girl from Tennessee.”

“Oh, yes, our fugitive from Tennessee. I’m still waiting to hear how you ventured from Piney Gap to Elizabethtown, Kentucky, all while heading for Cincinnati, Ohio.”

“I suppose you’ll have to go on waiting,” she said airily. “Although, you may know more about my journey than you’re admitting.”

“Why do you say that?”

“Perhaps you could tell me why a man in a dark blue cape with red embroidered piping, an exact replica of your own, was seen stealing my horse several weeks ago?” Tassie leaned toward him in the moonlight, relishing the fact she had caught him off guard.

“My cape? How would you know anything about my cape?”

“The night Bill and I came through your checkpoint I looked back and saw you put it on. So, I figure whatever group of bloodthirsty Yanks you belong to is also the membership of the man I saw steal my horse. His cape was identical to yours.”

Micah raised his eyebrows. “The war ended, Tassie. I don’t know where any of those men are now. I’m sorry.”

“I think you know who he is, Major. And I think you’re covering up for whoever he is.”

Where can readers find more about your stories, books and you on the Internet?
Somewhere Down the Road is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and, of course, on The Wild Rose Press.

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Thank you so much for being with us here today. I know my readers will enjoy your work and your interview.

Character Interview: Dafydd Smith from The Case of the Reincarnated Lover

Reincarnated CVWhere are you from? Did you have a happy childhood?

I was born in sunny California, Monterey to be exact. I’m the last of nine kids, with six older brothers and two sisters. It was a happy enough childhood. Like most kids, I didn’t think about it at the time, but I love all my family, and I’ve got no complaints. I was home-schooled, and sometimes wish I’d gone to school like all the other kids, but when you can do magic, it’s tough to fit in.

Where do you live now and what do you do for a living? Is there something you’d rather be doing?

I moved to Washington D.C. just after I turned 21, and I guess you’d say I have two jobs. To pay the bills, I sell nutritional supplements. My mom sold Mary Kay, so network marketing runs in the family. However, I also use my magic to help people by getting rid of ghosts, finding lost objects, that sort of thing. No love potions, though. Those are just bad news. I love both my jobs, and, no, right now I wouldn’t change anything about them. Well, if a few more people signed up as my downline, I wouldn’t object.

What’s going on in your life right now?

At the moment, I’m helping out a fellow warlock whose having problems with an odd spirit. It’s vexing me and my partner because we’re not sure what’s up with this dude. Just that he’s bad news. Before that, we were stopping this master vampire who was trying to kill several of my friends. It’s all in a day’s work for a young urban warlock.

Is there someone special in your life?

Oh, yes! My partner, Paul, just became my lover, and well, you know what new love is like, right? Exciting. Scary. Sexy. But when he’s a vampire too, that just takes all the emotion and ramps it up to 11. Dating an older man is one thing. Dating someone who’s more than a century older than you and is a predator? That’s something else entirely!

How did you meet? What’s his/her family like?

I met him in a dark alley with his fangs sunk deep into a dude. (Could it have been more of a cliché if we’d tried?) He actually killed the guy right in front of me. Wouldn’t think it was the best beginning to a relationship, but it worked for us. Turned out the guy was a killer and probably deserved what he got. And Paul’s not nearly as scary, if you’re his friend, as it looked at first.

As to his family, I’ve never met them since he was turned into a vampire during the Civil War. He says he hasn’t kept up with his descendants, but I’m not sure I believe him. I’ve met some of his “vampire family,” and they range from mostly okay to completely homicidal killers. He’s promised not to invite me for a family dinner, which is good because, to that family, I’m barely an appetizer.

What’s keeping you two apart?

Nothing at the moment. Oh, he tried the inevitable “I must leave you to save you” crap, but I didn’t let him get away with it. The relationship is still pretty new, and we’re feeling it out. Warlocks and vampires do associate with each other, but you’d rarely call it a love match, unlike what he and I have, so yeah, we both screw up and do the wrong thing every so often. So far, we’ve been able to work it out. Assuming our chronicler doesn’t decide to hand one of us the “idiot ball,” we should do okay.

What one thing could you do that would make you feel like the relationship will work out?

That’s a good question. I guess it would be keeping good boundaries. As a warlock, part of my job is to keep people safe from supernatural monsters. Arguably, Paul’s one of those monsters. It helps that he’s in control of the predator part of him, but yeah, it’s caused problems in the past and probably always will. As long as we keep that in mind, we should be okay. Well, that, and the sex had better stay awesome. ;)

Any last comments?

This interview has been great, and I really appreciate it. I want people to remember, though, that it’s not just me and Paul. We’ve got some great friends who help us out, keep us sane and don’t hesitate to smack either of us around when we need it. In fact the next book is going to be about one of our new friends, and he’s way cool. Hope everyone likes him almost as much as they like me.


The Case of the Reincarnated Lover, Book 3 in the Warlock Case Files.


My name is Dafydd Smith, and I’m a warlock. If you’ve been following along with our story, you know that I, along with my hot vampire partner, Paul, spend our nights (and sometimes my days) dealing with trouble in the supernatural world of Washington, D.C.

We’ve dealt with ghosts and werewolves, but now it’s another vampire who’s causing trouble. He’s killing others of his kind and upsetting the delicate balance of power in the local vampire community. To make it worse, the rogue seems to have some connection to Paul’s past. As if that weren’t enough, an old lover of Paul’s returns, but not in a way anyone could have anticipated.

And to top things off, I think I’m falling in love! Never a dull moment in my life. You want to find out more. You know you do.


Chapter 1

Saturday, May 1, 2010. Not Quite Midnight

Do the words “vampire” and “camping” go together for you?

Yeah, not for me either, so I was surprised when Paul suggested we go down to Prince William Forest State Park for an overnight trip. He said there was something he wanted to show me, and who was I to turn him down when he was so excited?

Now you should know that I am a city boy all the way. Bugs and dirt are not my idea of a good time. I’m more inclined to spend my weekends dancing the night away at gay dance clubs with Stephen, my boyfriend. And today was Beltane, traditionally celebrated with…well, let’s just say it’s a fertility rite, and I’m more than willing to continue the tradition, even though I’m not intending to be a father anytime soon.

I stumbled over yet another root and swore softly. “Why did I let you talk me into this again?”

Paul turned to look at me. His eyes gleamed in reflected moonlight. “Because we’re friends?”

I paused to take a drink from my water bottle. “Yeah, I guess that’s a good reason. How much farther are we anyway?”

“Almost there. It’ll be worth it. Trust me.”

I grumbled wordlessly under my breath but followed him. Yeah, the funny thing is I did trust him. I’m not sure my parents raised me to have a vampire as one of my closest friends, but they got over it when I told them.

We walked for maybe another ten minutes, and I tripped over yet another root just as Paul reached out a hand to stop me. “Quiet. We’re almost there. We’ll have to crawl from here.”

I shook my head, sure he was kidding. Crawl? As in along the ground? Putting me in contact with even more bugs and dirt?

He dropped easily to the ground and started slithering along, making absolutely no noise. I sighed and got down on my hands and knees and followed him, with considerably less grace and somewhat more noise. He looked back at me over his shoulder, the reproof evident in his eyes, and I tried to move more quietly.

After a few moments, he stopped me again and turned to whisper in my ear. “Just another foot or two. Very quietly now.”

I slid forward, barely breathing. I had no idea what I was supposed to see, but I heard the suppressed excitement in his voice, and I was pretty sure it would be good. As long as it wasn’t some weird kind of bug.

Nope, not a bug, although at first I wasn’t sure. As I slowly lifted my head, the clouds parted, and the moon, just a few days past full, shone silver on a small ring of stones in the exact center of a tiny clearing. Small forms danced in the air over the circle. There must have been close to a dozen of them, and they darted here and there. Their movements looked random at first. As I watched, however, I noticed some pattern to their dance, though the meaning eluded me.

“What do you think?” Paul’s whisper was barely audible.

I tore my eyes from the marvel in front of me to look at him. His eyes gleamed a shade just slightly darker than the stones in the clearing. His expression was a mixture of hope and awe.

“A fairy ring?”

About the Author: juli01

I’ve been writing fiction almost as long as I can remember, starting with fan fiction at 13 (before I even knew there was a term for it). In my late teens, I tackled my first novel: a thriller from the most sedentary kid you’d ever known. It was every bit as bad as you’re thinking.

A few years ago, I decided it was time to finally make my dream a reality. Inspiration for the characters in my Warlock Case Files series hit, and I started writing. Three published so far, and I’m loving it!

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Confessions of a Literary Slut by Melodie Campbell

Melodie Campbell’s Land’s End Trilogy is currently in the Top 50 ALL Books on Amazon!  “Outlander meets Sex and the City ” or Why I Write Wacky Time Travel in addition to respectable crime!

Here’s why she writes that series:Lands End Trilogy

I am best known as a writer of comic crime capers, and in particular The Goddaughter series (Orca Books). However, I also have a second life as an author of racy fantasy…the sort of thing that has been called “The Princess Bride with Sex.”

Why? Why would a moderately respectable crime author swap genres and write a wacky time travel series, set in Arizona and Alternate-world Great Britain?

1. I like Arizona. Especially in winter. You can fly nonstop there from Toronto.
(Whoops – delete, delete. Of course, the real reason for using Arizona is I believe in accuracy of setting and doing research, which I take great pains to do once each year in February.)

2. I like Great Britain. And I like to be accurate. But you can’t travel to medieval Great Britain right now, at least not on WestJet. (WHY doesn’t someone invent a cheap time travel airline?) So I can’t be accurate, which bugs me a lot. But I can be silly, which is almost as good. Hence, Alt-world.

3. My cousin Tony’s family, the Clegg-Hills, used to own a Norman castle in Shropshire. Unfortunately it burned down in 1556. Damned careless of them. I had to make up what it would look like from family stories, which are probably dubious at best, and vaguely criminal, on reflection. Also, I hate being sued. Hence, Alt-world.

4. Fessing up, here. I actually didn’t mean to write funny time travel. I meant to write a serious whodunit that would get the respect of the Can-Lit crowd, and the more erudite members of Crime Writers of Canada. This ‘veering from plan’ is becoming a nuisance. Next book, for sure, will be a serious whodunit. Okay, maybe a whodunit. Okay, maybe a book.

5. Okay, I lied. The serious whodunit turned into a wacky mob comedy series that has won a Derringer and an Arthur. Still no respect from the Can-Lit crowd. So I might as well go back to writing wacky time travel.

Why? ‘Cause it’s a hell of a lot of fun.

Melodie’s bestselling Land’s End Trilogy (“OUTLANDER meets SEX AND THE CITY” Vine review) is on sale this week! If you were ever curious about her ‘other life’…’nuf said.

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Billed as Canada’s “Queen of Comedy” by the Toronto Sun (Jan. 5, 2014), Melodie Campbell has won 9 awards, including the 2014 Derringer and the 2014 Arthur Ellis (Canada) for The Goddaughter’s Revenge (Orca Books). Melodie’s timetravel fantasy series, The Land’s End Trilogy, is a Top 100 Bestseller (all books.) Melodie has over 200 publications, including 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories, and seven novels. She is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada.

Interview with Daniel Saunders from Dearest Darling by Andrea Downing

DearestDarling_w8647_300Hey there, Sharon. Thanks so much for having me here today, though I have to say it was difficult to get off the ranch.

Where are you from? Did you have a happy childhood?

Originally, I was from New York. I live in Wyoming now, out near Kelly and Jackson. Beautiful area but sort of isolated—not a lot of chance to meet women, you know. Anyway, I did have a happy childhood until my parents insisted I go to private school. Had to get a scholarship, you understand, as we couldn’t afford those fees, and as a scholarship student, well, you can imagine the way I was treated by the wealthier children. Especially one…

Where do you live now and what do you do for a living? Is there something you’d rather be doing?

As I said, I live now out near Kelly, Wyoming—I homesteaded land and also got more acreage under the Desert Land Act—which meant I had to irrigate it. I raise cattle and I also take easterners out on hunting trips—it supplements the income from the ranch quite well. I have to tell you straight out, though I was originally going to go to university and on to study law or finance, there really isn’t anything I’d rather be doing now. I’m out all day in the fresh air and, while it isn’t a luxurious existence, it’s a dang good one—with the bonus of being in the most beautiful spot in the country.

What’s going on in your life right now?

(laughs) Well…if I told you that straight out, I’d be giving away my story. Let me just say life is pretty dang complicated. I’ve been writing to this beautiful woman back east, and I’m hoping she’ll be my bride. Hoping might be the important word here.

Is there someone special in your life?

Well, that’s just it. See, this woman, I was expecting her to come; sent her tickets and all. Then this other woman showed up having received those dang tickets by mistake, and now my life is totally complicated ‘cos, of course, this other woman, Emily Darling, had to stay with me—I mean, where else could she go? She didn’t have two bits to her name. She’s pretty dang good-looking and she’s here, while the other lady, Ethel Darton, is back east, so now I’m totally confused. It’s a real difficult situation.

How did you meet? What’s her family like?

Guess I just told y’all how we met: she arrived on the stage when I was expectin’ the other woman. Just stepped off and stood there, that simple. As for her family, well, see, if I tell you ’bout that, I might be givin’ too much away. Lemme jus’ say she’s from a very upper crust fam’ly, the sort who had the money to go to my school—and I…well, I won’t say more. It’s lettin’ the cat outta the bag, so to speak….

What’s keeping you two apart?

You see, I can’t decide what’s the right thing to do. I asked this other lady to be my wife, after we’d been corresponding for so long—a year—and then this other lady—Emily—shows up and I have to decide what the heck is the right thing to do! It’s dang confusin’. First there’s no woman at all in my life, and now there are two! What’s a fella to do?

What one thing could you do that would make you feel like the relationship will work out?

(Laughs) Well, there’s the difficulty, Sharon! What can I do? Do I go back on my word to Miss Darton, the woman I proposed to and with whom I been correspondin’ this past year? Or do I say, heck, well, Emily is right here and I have feelin’s for her so, sorry Miss Darton, but… What the heck should I do? You tell me.

Any last comments?

Just I’m real glad to have this opportunity to air my worries with y’all and speak to folks about this. And I want to thank you for having me here today and hope y’all will read my story and find out how things worked out. Gotta get back to the ranch now. Thanks again, Sharon, for having me here!

About Dearest Darling: Stuck in a life of servitude to her penny-pinching brother, Emily Darling longs for a more exciting existence. When a packet with travel tickets, meant for one Ethel Darton, accidentally lands on her doormat, Emily sees a chance for escape. Having turned down the dreary suitors that have come her way, is it possible a new existence also offers a different kind of man?

Daniel Saunders has carved out a life for himself in Wyoming—a life missing one thing: a wife. Having scrimped and saved to bring his mail-order bride from New York, he is outraged to find in her stead a runaway fraud. Even worse, the impostor is the sister of his old enemy.

But people are not always as they seem, and sometimes the heart knows more than the head.

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About the Author: Born in New York, Andrea Downing returned in 2008 from the UK ©nathandehartphotography-andreadowning copywhere she lived for most of her life. Having traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa and Latin America, she now divides her time between NYC and the east end of Long Is., punctuated by frequent journeys out west—the area of the USA she loves best. Her first book, Loveland, was a finalist for the 2012 RONE Award for Best American Historical. Her 2013 short story, Lawless Love, was also a finalist for the RONE Award as well as the International Digital Awards. Dearest Darling, part of The Wild Rose Press Love Letters series, came out Oct., 2014. Also forthcoming Feb. 2015 is Dances of the Heart, a women’s fiction novel. All are published by The Wild Rose Press..

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“Who the hell are you?” he blurted out.

The woman took a step back. “My name is Emily Darling—”

“Darling?” His eyes narrowed as his hands went instinctively to his hips.

“I received your letter,” she continued somewhat breathlessly. “I know…”

“Stop. Just tell me where Ethel is.” The blood rushed through his veins, pulling anger and uneasiness with it. “What’s happened to Ethel?”

“I know it wasn’t meant for me,” the blonde continued, “but—”

“But? But. Lady, are you telling me you received a dang letter meant for someone else, and you went and hightailed it out here with a train ticket and stage ticket meant for that someone else?”

This impostor’s eyes widened. Emily’s eyes, not Ethel’s…

“You know how the hell long it took me to save for that trip? You have any idea of the cost of all that?”

“I…I thought—”

“I don’t give a good gosh damn what the heck you thought. That money was meant for…” Total disbelief swallowed his tongue. Daniel took some paces and struggled to control his temper before he shot off his gun. “Damn!” he said at last. “Damn!” He stomped back to her. “Well, what the hell do you expect to do now— now that you’re here, may I ask?”

“Well…” Emily visibly gathered herself and straightened up. “Marry you, of course.”

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