Monday, February 20, 2017

45-AUTHOR HISTORICAL FICTION SWEEPSTAKES

HISTORICAL
 FICTION SWEEPSTAKES

I’ve teamed up with 45 fantastic Historical Fiction authors to give away a huge collection of novels, PLUS A Kindle Fire to one lucky winner! 

You can win my novel, "Dark Sky at Dawn", plus all these exciting books from authors like 
Rachelle J. Christenson 
and Joyce DiPastena.


Good luck, and enjoy!


Laurie L.C. Lewis

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Awards, and The Spellmaking of Being an Author


 When I was in fourth grade, we had a Witches and Warlocks Club. Members met in the corner of the school yard where we'd jot down spells and run around as if we could fly. We never really believed we were actually witches or warlocks, but it was fun pretending that we were.

Being an author often feels that way as well. We use our books to cast spells on readers--to take them to a new place, to set them in someone else's shoes, to allow them to feel something deeply, and then they return to their day, hopefully changed a little for the experience of having suspended their reality for a short time, to come and imagine with us. But we're often not really sure if we're authors, or if we're playing at it.

Today, I feel like an author. And it's AWESOME!!!

I found this in my inbox this morning:


"Your book 'The Dragons of Alsace Farm' was chosen as the solo "Medalist Winner" in the Inspirational category of our 2016 New Apple Annual Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing!"

My general fiction book with the terrible title that no one understands or can pronounce, won an award!

And an hour later, I found this in my other email inbox:

The 2016 Finalists have been announced (click HERE to see the list) and "The Dragons of Alsace Farm" popped up!
Check out the list of finalists and categories. it's truly an amazing assembly of great talent. People I admire. People I'm humbled to know, or know about, or whose books I've read. Besides being gifted, award-winning authors, many of whom top the NYTimes and USA Today Bestseller lists, these authors are among the most generous mentors and loudest cheerleaders for others.

So the cliche is true. It is an honor to simply be nominated. Or to be a finalist. Winners will be announced in May at the 2017 LDStorymakers Writing Conference in Provo, Utah.

Many thanks to the the New Apple Books Awards Judges, and to The Whitney Academy for these wonderful honors. Many thanks to those of you who've read and reviewed "Dragons," or who have held my hand, figuratively or otherwise.
Today is a happy day. I hope I write a chapter today that casts a spell on a reader someday.

Thank you!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!


I'm busier than a one-armed paper hanger over here, but it's all fun, terrific news. I just completed the second round of edits on "Sweet Water," a romance for The Destination Billionaires Series" published by Gelato Books, which will launch in March. We're "interviewing" cover models now. I'll post a pic as soon as we have the final cover.

SO MANY GREAT PROMOS!!!


Love is in the air, and my friends and I are firing up the romance! 

Choose from 52 CLEAN ROMANCE titles for only $0.99 each February 10-16.




Monday, February 13, 2017

Interview with Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Author LInda Weaver Clarke and I have connected several times over the years. She's a prolific clean-read author and a generous peer who supports her fellow writers. It's a pleasure to host this author interview with Linda today.


Q: What is the name of your new release and what is it about?

The Highwayman of Cordovia is the second book of The Rebel Series. Here is the blurb:

Centuries ago, valiant men and courageous women engaged in daring adventures as they helped their fellow man. In the country of Cordovia, the people enjoy their new-found liberty, but all is not well. A group of powerful men plan to take over the small country and replace the leader with a king.

With the help of a bold highwayman and a pastor’s daughter, they try to save their country from being taken over by a power-hungry leader. As they strive to stop the Kingmen and thwart their plans, Christine finds herself falling in love with Austin Knight. The only problem with their relationship is that she thinks he is her knight in shining armor instead of a highwayman. If she finds out his trade, what will her reaction be? As a pastor’s daughter, will love override her values?

Q: Nice! Tell us about your other works, books, stories, etc.

All my books are family friendly and clean for all ages. I have written a historical romance series, mystery/suspense series, a romantic cozy mystery series, a children's storybook, 3 non-fiction, and am now trying a new genre that I haven't done before. I call it a period romance because the time period is set in the 19th century but in a made up country. I thought it would be fun to create my own little country with its own little problems that a hero and heroine has to solve. After I wrote the first book, I received many comments about how fun it was and a request to make it a sequel. So I set out to do just that and had a lot of fun.

Q: I love that your books are clean and cozy. Great for families. What are you working on now?

After I finished The Highwayman of Cordovia, I realized that no one ever has 2 books in a series. It's usually 3 or more. So I decided to begin the 3rd book in The Rebel Series. That's what I'm working on right now.

Q: Do you write with music playing? If so, what was playing as you worked on this project?

    The only time I write with music is when there is a scene with dancing or something like that. In this story, I needed to feel the rhythm of the music while my characters were dancing a country jig. That helped me to create the scene I was trying to portray along with what kind of instrument was played for a jig. In fact, it did wonders for my scene. Haha.

Q: We might need video of you during the writing of that scene! LOL. What inspired this story?

After reading a historical fiction series about how our country got its freedom, it was so inspiring and I couldn't stop thinking about the importance of freedom. We enjoy this liberty because of the patriots who fought for it. Soon, I decided to create a country that wanted that same freedom and the young people were willing to fight for it. It's set in the early 19th century. This was my inspiration.

Q: Freedom is one of my favorite themes too. I love that your book explores that. How do you do research for your books?  What’s the most interesting bit of research you’ve come across?

When I wrote this book, I had to find out what dances were popular among the aristocrats versus the country folk. I wondered if the waltz was popular back then. When I did some research about the “waltz,” I was surprised by what I found out. The peasants were the first to dance the waltz. It was such fun that bored noblemen would sneak out and go to the country-dances.The Oxford English Dictionary back then called the waltz “riotous and indecent.”

In a 1771 German novel, someone complains about the “newly-introduced waltz” among the aristocrats. He wrote: “When he put his arm around her, pressed her to his breast, cavorted with her in the shameless, indecent whirling-dance of the Germans and engaged in a familiarity that broke all the bounds of good breeding—then my silent misery turned into burning rage.”

    Soon, it became fashionable in Great Britain in the 1800s when the wife of a Russian ambassador endorsed it. By 1813, they were dancing the waltz at all the balls. I found this to be so interesting. Haha.

Here is the book trailer for this book. 


Thursday, February 9, 2017

A New Destination Billionaries Novel Just Launched: HEARTS ON FIRE, by Jennifer Youngblood and Sandra Poole


Happy Valentine's Day


Dear Readers,
February is the month to celebrate love and romance and what better way to do that than with a new sweet romance novel? Hearts on Fire by Authors Jennifer Youngblood and Sandra Poole is a wonderful second-chances read. The main characters are expertly layered and the descriptions will put you right in the middle of the story. You can get your copy by clicking here. We hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day.


Rising star Peyton Kelly has her own remodeling show on HGTV. But when her mother dies suddenly, Peyton becomes a partial owner of the rundown bed and breakfast that’s been in the Kelly family for three generations. Located in the center of breath-taking wine country, the bed and breakfast could be a jewel. In a cruel twist of fate, Carter Webster her former fiancĂ© purchases the other half. Peyton wants to revitalize the bed and breakfast, but Carter’s determined to tear it down and build an exclusive resort in its place.


Sparks fly as Peyton and Carter square off. It doesn’t take long for the flame between them to reignite, and their hearts are drawn together, but their heads have other ideas. Can Peyton and Carter put aside old grudges and yield to the desires of their hearts, or will the secrets of the past consume them?



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Anna del C. Dye and her YA Medieval Romance, "A Golden Princess."

In general, I have to say that authors are among the most generous people you'll ever meet. My writing community is filled with talented writers who go out of their way to lift others, share knowledge, cheer, support, and handhold their peers. But they also are fiercely committed to their readers. Anna del C. Dye illustrates these qualities beautifully, as you will discover in her interview today.

Anna is launching a new YA Medieval romance titled, 
"A GOLDEN PRINCESS." It's my pleasure to introduce my readers to Anna del C. Dye and her newest novel.

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Back cover blurb:


Small for her age, Princess Nyala is determined to be noticed and someday rule with fairness and valor in Kaloma. All changes when she looks upon the stars and they predict her accident. After she awakens to a broken body, her father takes to his goblet and she steps into power in her kingdom at sixteen.

Her father said that no man would choose a half-broken princess. Is that how Prince Nicolao sees her after the accident? Her heart is unsure and out of fear she keeps him away to avoid a broken heart.

As soon the other kingdoms in the land determine the predicament of the Royal House of Kaloma, they too will prey on her vulnerability to steal her kingdom. She will have to confront new foes or lose it all.


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Q: Anna, what is your favorite thing about being an author?

All the stories I get to write and the many people I get to meet, be they authors or readers. They are all awesome. 

Q: What has surprised you most about being a published author?

How much it means to others what I have to say. It is powerful yet humbling at the same time. On one hand is the responsibility they place on me, and on the other is my responsibility toward them to say something that will help or teach them something great.


Q: You're a busy lady. What do you like to do when you aren't writing?

Spend time with my kids and grandkids, watch movies, Zumba, shop in thrift stores, camp, canoe and read.

Q: Tell our guests one thing do you like most about writing? Least?

I love all the stories that come in my mind. In a way, it is like being a creator and you have the responsibility of the life of your characters.
Least: the time I spend promoting my books. All that time takes away from my writing and enjoying myself creating.

Q: What is your all time favorite book?
Lord of the Rings and second Harry Potter.
  
Q: What advice would you give aspiring writers today?

Take time to edit, join a writer's group and never give up and don't pollute the market with tons of mediocre books a year.

 Q: Writers come up with some crazy scenarios, so tell us, what's the craziest, bravest, or stupidest thing you've ever done?

Left my country at age twenty-one, to marry my husband of thirty-nine years, without ever dating him first. I didn't even speak his language (English), though my husband did speak Spanish. We are blessed with three princes and a princess. Craziest and bravest thing I ever did and I have never looked back.  

That sounds like a book that needs to be written!


And the "Getting to know you" power round:

Favorite food? Spaghettis
Favorite dessert? Cheese Cake
Jeans and T-shirt, or designer clothes? Jeans & T-shirt
Guilty pleasure? Caramels
One word that describes you? Talented
Favorite flower? African Violets
Favorite sport? Broad Sword fights. (WHOA!)

Q: What will your next project be?

"Twin Legend" Is the next book in my Royal Romance series.

Q: Thank you for the Interview, Anna. I want readers to know they can purchase a copy  of "A Golden Princess" at AMAZON, or on SMASHWORDS

My pleasure, Laurie. Thank you for your time and helping promote my YA, Medieval Romance book "A Golden Princess"

Saturday, February 4, 2017

RRBC AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Author S. BURKE and her new release, "ACTS BEYOND REDEMPTION"

It's my pleasure to host author S. Burke today. She is a fellow member of the RRBC, or Rave Reviews Book Club, an international Association of Indie Authors. 

Mystery and suspense lovers are in for a treat, as S. Burke's most recent novel, "Acts Beyond Redemption," takes readers behind the walls of the FBI and into the investigations of eighteen serial murders.

With that lead in, I'm passing the mic to our guest, S. Burke!

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Hi, and welcome to my Rave Reviews Book Club “SPOTLIGHT” Tour!
Please join me in thanking my awesome host.
Today I’m sharing with you a brief extract from Chapter 1 of Acts Beyond Redemption.  

Blurb:

Acts Beyond Redemption takes you on a twisted, deadly, journey.

Mike Matheson is head of a Special Task Force set up by the F.B.I to track down and apprehend the serial killers responsible for 18 brutal murders.

The team are exhausted, frustrated, and ready to burn out after almost five years and no leads.
Their nightmares are stripping them to the bone.

Nothing has prepared them for this.
Someone on the inside is deflecting their weary eyes away from an incomprehensible and terrifying truth.

Who will be buried in the shattered remains of a country where freedom and honor are treasured above all things?

Just how far will those elected to protect and defend go, to keep the American dream alive?

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The setting is the FBI New York H.Q of the ‘Countdown Murders’ Task Force.
Doctor Nigel Cantrell, considered one of the best Forensic Psychologists in the country has been flown in to profile a suspect and interview her.
We Begin ...Part way through the chapter.

An excerpt from Acts Beyond Redemption.

The doctor entered the room quietly, noticing as he did that the lone occupant didn’t bother looking up. Her bowed head remained on her folded arms, although he was certain she was aware of his presence.
“Hello?” he said softly.
The woman raised herself into a sitting position and stretched, flexing her long arms and yawning as she did so.
“Hello, Eileen, my name is Nigel Cantrell. May I sit?”
He was ignored.
“I was hoping that you and I might talk awhile. Would that be okay?”
“Would it not be more correct to introduce yourself as Doctor Nigel Cantrell?” she asked in a warm lilting voice. “I’ve read much of your work, Doctor. I found it, shall we say, inspiring.”
She stood, a tall woman, confident of her beauty. She walked over to him, assessing him much as you would an insect under a microscope, she sniffed at him, leaning into his space; she was a predator, scenting its prey.
The woman circled him twice, moving closer, slowly closer. Then, with a well-manicured fingernail, she reached out and gently traced the jagged scar on his face, making deep moaning sounds as she did.
Giving a throaty laugh, she moved back, just a little.
The hairs on his neck stood on end, and he felt a cold, gut-wrenching recognition of something inhuman and unholy. He chose to disregard her presence; if he were correct, she would react to that.
He focused instead on the nagging thought he was missing something vital on that list. Sitting, without her consent, and ignoring her presence, he focused on his notes.
In spite of herself, she appeared intrigued. She perched on the table next to where he sat, crossed her long slim legs, and leant forward to read what he wrote.
Abruptly he looked up, and said, “Yes! Yes, of course!”
He felt, rather than saw, her body tremble. His brain recognized it - not as fear as one might expect - but as excitement.
Finally, he looked up at her, noting her dilated pupils. “Sheila?” he asked. “It is Sheila, isn’t it? There will be no more bodies. Will there, Sheila?” He repeated the name, allowing his voice to raise a fraction “Sheila?”
“Oh, what a clever little man.” The woman clapped her hands together slowly, mocking him. “Clever, clever, little man!”
The doctor did not react. He stood, carefully avoiding eye contact, crossed to the door and left the room.
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“What the hell are you doing, Cantrell?” stormed Mike Matheson as the doctor re-entered.
Cantrell was too preoccupied to respond; instead, he hurried over to the list of names.
He wrote on the board in large letters. A, E, H, I, L, M, N, O, P, S, W.
“Sheila didn’t slip up, gentleman. That’s her correct name, by the way. Sheila allowed you to catch her.”
“What? Why in the name of God would she do that? We hadn’t even come close to finding our killer. She’s much too clever! She made a mistake, pure and simple,” Mike stated in a voice reserved thus far for errant underlings.
“No, Mike. She made no mistakes. She decided the when, the where, and the how; then, well, then, she sat back and waited for your people to arrive.”
“What are you talking about, man?”
Doctor Nigel Cantrell tapped the letters with his pen …A, E, H, I, L, M, N, P, O, S, W.
“Remove P and M for the Paul and Martin she mentioned earlier in her ‘tirade’, and rearrange the letters just so, and what are we left with? Ah, yes, I thought as much.”
A, E, H, I, L, N, O, S, W.
“She had finished, gentleman,” he said firmly. “All she wanted then was for everyone to acknowledge how brilliant she is.” He stood back to allow the startled agents to see what was written there.
SHEILA WON.                                         
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I’m mean aren’t I? But anything more would be a spoiler.
Isn’t Sheila just delightful?
I had so much fun creating my monster.
I look forward to catching up with you again on the tour. I'll be sharing much more with you about the book and the folks that hide between the covers. Thanks so much for stopping by. And a huge thank you to my wonderful host.

 

Suzanne Burke lives, laughs, writes and enjoys her life in the beautiful harbor-side city of Sydney Australia.

She is a mother and grandmother, now in her sixties, and considers every moment of every day as a precious treasure to be valued and explored, and not simply endured.

Her non-fiction works are written under the pen-name of Stacey Danson. They are both challenging and thought provoking works covering the earliest years of her life, the topic of child abuse and the PTSD that accompanied her into her later years  are not, by virtue of their subject matter an easy or comfortable read, yet so many have read them. She will be forever grateful that her readers have assisted in raising the awareness into this painful and enduring evil. An awareness that is vital in any efforts to stem this tide of inhuman acts perpetrated on the most innocent of us all … the children.

She escapes into the world of fiction in her thriller and suspense novels, continually exploring other genres such as paranormal and dystopian, and always delighting in the magical escapism offered in the written word.

She is an avid reader and reviewer who enjoys sharing the works she explores.

Follow Suzanne online:
Twitter handle - @pursoot