The suspenseful D. Thomas Jerlo

Hi Readers,

I am here again with another fabulous author interview, just for you.  Enjoy while you learn more about D. Thomas Jerlo and be sure to one click your copy of Dark Prisoner.:The Kruthos Key.


Hello.  Welcome and thanks for joining me. 

Tell me a bit about one of your favorites that you wrote. 

Dark Prisoner: The Kruthos Key was written as an EPIC fantasy novel. I had started fifty plus odd novels throughout my lifetime, but it was after I joined a writing site that I finished writing one. This particular book came out at 170K words. Yikes! So I split the novel into two and am currently rewriting/editing the 2nd one, Dark Prisoner: Ebbing of Tides.

Writing is a difficult endeavor. What makes you continue to write? 

It’s certainly not for money or fame. In all reality it’s who I am. Since I was a little girl stories swirled in my head and my need to write them down either as poetry or in paragraph form became second nature to me. My twin sister was involved in sports, bug collecting, fighting, etc. A typical tom-boy. Me? I had my head buried in a book, or was coloring and drawing, or writing a tale or two. It kept me sane growing up and made me who I am today.

What do you look forward to every day? 

Waking up is a good thing. *chuckles* I look forward to seeing someone being kind to another person and/or animal; I look forward to seeing someone in their 80’s still holding hands; I look forward to seeing a world without so much hate and derision. Every day I try to give a little happiness to someone whether it be a compliment, holding the door open, a gift, etc. Small things like that can amount to something huge. That’s what I look forward to every day. Oh, and my grandson’s smile. Makes me melt every time!

How do you define success? What makes you successful? 

I define success by how happy one is with themselves. In this publishing world there are many authors vying for that spotlight of success. And as many know, it’s few and far between that the spotlight shines on them. For me as a writer, if I’ve written a book that people like and it stays with them long after the last page is read, then I’ve done what I set out to do. That to me is success.

Any tips for a newbie writer? 

I’ve been in this business since the inception of eBooks, and although I was an Amazon Best-Selling author for a couple of weeks, I’m nowhere near as successful as Stephen King, Nora Roberts or J.K. Rowlings. However, I would never have landed on that best-selling list if I’d given up. Another very important tip: Grow thicker skin because in this business you’ll need it. Not everyone is going to like what you write and that’s just the way it is. Unfortunately, some people can be extremely cruel with their review(s). When you get knocked down like that (and you will), dust yourself off and keep going. And try to remember that it’s merely one person’s opinion.


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The spectacular Elizabeth Guider

Hi Readers,

I am back with yet again another amazing author.  Check out novelist Elizabeth Guider, her interview and be sure to one click your copy of her featured book.

Author bio:

Elizabeth Guider is a longtime entertainment journalist who has worked in Rome, Paris and London as well as in New York and Los Angeles. Born in the South, she holds a doctorate in Renaissance Studies from New York University. Currently, she divides her time between Hollywood, where she does freelance writing about the entertainment business, and Vicksburg, MS, where she grew up and where she focuses on her fiction. Connections is her third novel. She is busy this summer completely a fourth.

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  1. Tell me a bit about one of your favorites that you wrote.

My third novel is called Connections and was inspired by two friends that I have known for several decades and their very divergent yet entangled lives. In the novel they have been transformed into sisters and they choose very different paths in life and in love. Plus, each gravitates to one of the two great cities that have shaped much of my own life, New York and Los Angeles. Specifically, the plot of Connections spans the last 50 years and is told chiefly from the alternating points of view of the two sisters. The story takes us from Princess phones and prom dresses to the Vietnam War, women’s lib, the lure of Hollywood, 9/11 in Manhattan—and a family emergency like no other. Throughout the years the sisters, with their contrasting personalities and attitudes, often misread their own hearts or are mistreated by those they care about, but finally are challenged to summons their better angels when a life -altering crisis arises.

2. Writing is a difficult endeavor. What makes you continue to write?


I don’t think of writing per se as difficult since I’ve been a journalist for thirty years and, well, I learned early on it’s not a good career move to leave the paper in the typewriter blank, as it were! What is hard—-and different from what I have always done in a newsroom or for a cranky editor at whatever remove—is carving out and submitting to a daily routine. A novelist simply has to write on a regular basis sufficient to get into the lives of the characters. When I wake up in the night and am thinking about one or another of my own characters, rather than, say, my real-life friends, I know that I’m into it, and that the juices will flow and the words will come.

3. What do you look forward to every day?

What I most look forward to each day of writing is losing track of the time and finding that three or four or even five hours have flown by and I’m still immersed in fleshing out some scene or perfecting a dialogue or struggling to create a mood or an atmosphere. That feeling doesn’t happen every day; sometimes I simply agonize over a scene, or struggle for the perfect verb, or go back to my outline to rejigger some element that’s not working. Whatever the case, I do try not to berate myself unduly. It’s best, I find, in those instances to take a restorative walk, or sit down at the piano and play Mozart, or just sip a glass of cold white wine and call a friend over.

4. How do you define success? What makes you successful?

Like no doubt many others, I’d like to sell more books and not have to spend undue amounts of time trying to promote them. Famous last words, huh? However, the market is competitive and fragmented and reading novels is just one of many leisure activities people nowadays engage in. So, we all have to do what we can to get our literary efforts in front of the people most likely to be interested in them. I do feel successful though whenever a reader, known or unknown to me, searches me out to say they enjoyed one of my books, or that one of my characters resonated with them, or that — even better — they can’t wait to see what I come up with next. So, there’s that. And it’s invigorating.

5. Any tips for a newbie writer?


There’s so much good advice out there for anyone thinking of writing a novel, but here’s one general thing and one very specific thing, both of which continue to help me. To begin with, make sure that you as the creator of the story are passionate about it — the subject matter and the journey the main character will take. If you as the writer are not excited, it’s hard to imagine the reader will be. Secondly, at the end of every day of writing, stop your typing in mid-sentence, as it were, so that the next day you can pick up and get back into the swing of it without any trouble revving up.
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Incredible Apollo~New book cover!

Hi Readers!

I am happy to announce the new Cover for Apollo, The Guardian League, Bk 3.

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*Lauren was an assignment. He didn’t expect to fall in love.*

Unfortunately, life’s trials have become too much for her. Will she open her heart to love, with Apollo, when too many before him have failed?

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The incredible Emily Bex

Hi Readers,

I have another wonderful author to share with you, today.  Check out my author interview with Emily Bex and then check out her book, Blood Covenant and- oh by the way- doesn’t her cover look great?!?

  1. Tell me a bit about one of your favorites that you wrote.

I didn’t start small. My first effort at writing fiction was to tackle a massive, six book multi-genre series. While I would classify the genre as paranormal romance, there are also elements of historical fiction and urban fantasy in the series. I read all genres, but I love the element of pure escapism that exists in fantasy fiction. It does require that the reader drop all pretense of reality, and be willing to take this journey with you. In The Medici Warrior Series, I created a new interpretation of the vampire culture, and built an entire world around them. I hope that the readers become as enthralled with the overarching story as they do with the romance between the two main characters, Shade and Kate.

2. Writing is a difficult endeavor. What makes you continue to write?

I fall in love with my own characters… all of them. The good, the bad and the ugly! If your characters are well developed they come to life in your head and they will lead you through the story. There were notes for my storyline that were completely ignored because the characters had a different idea in mind. I would wake up in the middle of the night with an idea, and have to grab a pen and scramble through the nightstand drawer for some scrap of paper to write on. If I couldn’t find a piece of paper I would have to get out of bed and go to the computer and write it down.

But with that said, there were also days when I stared at the screen, fingers poised over the keyboard, and the characters were silent. I could see the ending. I knew how I wanted this series to end and it became an exercise of connecting the dots, working backwards until I found the thread. When I was on the right track, the characters cooperated. When I lost the thread, they disappeared. Ultimately, writing is a discipline. It is establishing a routine, and having a space to write. It is sitting down every day and writing, even when everything you write that day ends up in the trash bin. It is a desire to do right by the characters you have created, and wanting to set them free in the world, and hope others love them as much as you do.

3. What do you look forward to every day?

Writing is as much an art form as painting, photography, or creating music. It is making something from nothing. It is tapping into your imagination, and escaping or reshaping reality. This is my outlet for channeling my creativity. And like all art, it is subjective. I think all writers must come to terms with this. Your work will not appeal to everyone, but hopefully you can find your audience and they will enjoy your work.

4. How do you define success? What makes you successful?

Anyone who pursues writing (or acting, or singing, or painting) with the objective of getting rich has missed the point. We can all hope for commercial success, but it should not be your motivator. Writers write because they have a story in their head that wants to be told. Success for me is having a reader who is excited by the story and eager to read the next book in the series. Success is a fan base that wants more.

5. Any tips for a newbie writer?

My advice for any new writer is patience. Find an editor who likes your genre, so they can give honest feedback, and ask them to be brutal. You don’t have to accept everything they say, but listen and give it consideration. Your friends and family may not be objective judges of your work. They may tell you what you want to hear, but not what you need to hear. Be prepared to edit, then edit, then edit again. If a word doesn’t work, get rid of it. If the sentence doesn’t flow, rewrite it, or get rid of it. Toss out whole paragraphs, and even whole chapters.

When your book is published, be prepared to work as hard marketing the book as you did writing the book. Your publisher can help direct you, or if you are an indie author, at least find someone who can help advise you on marketing. LaYou are an unknown in a sea of a billion writers, and this is the hardest part of all. Waiting for people to find you, and spread the word… “hey, I just read this book you might be interested in.”


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He knew when he met her how it would end.

The six book Medici Warrior Series follows the exploits of a vampire dynasty that spans four generations in a multi-genre novel with elements of the paranormal, romance, and historical fiction. The saga explores the roots of the Medici vampire dynasty in Renaissance era Florence, Italy as told through the eyes of the novel’s main protagonist, Shade Medici.

Book one begins in current times with Shade, a warrior king who is the sole male heir to the dynasty, and is expected to mate and produce an heir to secure the continuation of the coven.

He has waited over 500 years for the right mate when he falls in love with Kate Reese, a mortal girl. Kate is fresh off a broken engagement, and reluctant to open her heart to this stranger. His pursuit is unrelenting, and her curiosity gets the best of her as she lets down her guard, letting him into her life. Their passion for each other is searing, and he ignores the anger of the ruling Council when he pursues a mortal as his future mate. Shade is a complex character, who struggles to control his darker impulses as a vampire, and chooses instead to embrace his more human emotions.

He must draw Kate into his world, and prepare her for all the changes that will be demanded of her should she choose to bind herself to him through the blood covenant. Their path is filled with personal conflict, as well as with deceit, as others try hard to destroy their union, and Kate sorts through her discovery of the vampire sub-culture, learning what is fact, and what is myth.

She can have everything she ever wanted, but it comes at a price.

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A peek into the world of Justice K Chambers

Hello readers!

I had the chance to catch up with a fellow author, Justice K Chambers, recently and asked her my five author questions.  **Check out her interview here and be sure to one click your copy of her book, today! **


*Tell me a bit about one of your favorites that you wrote.

“Shattered Living” is the first book I wrote. It took a lot of courage to write. I wrote “Shattered Living” in hopes that it not only brings awareness to mental illness but that it also will help others by knowing they are not alone in this battle.

*Writing is a difficult endeavor. What makes you continue to write?

The words live inside me. I would describe it as an itch you have to scratch. I have to set the words free or they haunt me. Each idea I have I must turn it into something because it seems to have a life of it’s own.

*What do you look forward to every day?

Spending time with my family and of course any chance to write.

*How do you define success?

Success is accomplishing your dream. Weather you make money or not. Money does not make someone successful. It is living your dream and taking it all in.

What makes you successful?

Never giving up and believing in myself even on doubtful days.

*Any tips for a newbie writer?

I am a bit of newbie myself so I am still learning along the way. The most important thing I have learned is to never stop writing.

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Have a project that needs editing? Don’t panic. Read this first..

A big thanks to author and editor, Steve Soderquist for his time in sharing several invaluable tips for writers of every kind.  Read his answers to the five questions I posed to him and then check out his book to help you with even more invaluable advice for your own manuscripts.

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  1. For most authors, the word ‘editing’ elicits a fight or flight pattern, most preferring to flee. Why did you bravely decide to tackle this field?

I believe everyone–not just writers–carry the burden of uncertainty when it comes to the English language. Writers tend to feel this more intensely as the pressure is high to produce written work that hopefully, folks will like. It’s important to note a well-written manuscript isn’t the same as a well-told story. The difference is, when the work is ‘clean’ and is as free of grammatical and punctuation errors as possible, it allows the reader and/or acquisition editor to see the story that much clearer. Average stories still sell, and at times very well, however, badly written stories are much rarer.

The reason I got into editing was my love of the language. I found I had an almost idiot savants understanding for the rules that govern English and for me, the hardest part was understanding why I understood what I did. I say ‘almost,’ as no one is born with the ability to know what a dangling participle means or why two of them shouldn’t be back-to-back, but when I look at it, (and many other rules) they seem to jump out at me, and my fingers do the rest when correcting. This didn’t come to me when I attended school, but much later in life. In my high school years, I got below-average marks in English, but loved to read. As a fact, the first few times I even attempted to write short stories were a complete mess. The actual ‘when’ it all came together is a bit fuzzy, but I remember having an urge to learn what made English tick, and soon found myself devouring every rule and grammar book from William Strunk and E.B. White’s ‘The Elements of Style’ to Stephen King’s ‘On Writing.’ I was fascinated with the way words, in certain positions in a sentence, could change the very tone and inflection of the meaning of that sentence, and thus, the story itself. Most writers tackle manuscripts in a linear time-frame, and I spent a large part of my learning time studying the nuances of reflection in the prose and tense as the feature. I began to understand that while we live in a linear world, our minds are forever moving either backward in reflection or forward in expectation. This enables me to help a writer greatly in rounding out their characters in situations when things get perhaps wooden, or boring, or lost, or a combination of those and many others. The bottom line is, I edit because every manuscript to me is a puzzle, and helping a writer achieve the best of their story is extremely pleasurable.

2. What is the hardest part about editing a manuscript?

I would have to say the tedious act of correcting easy-to-know punctuation rules. Every writer should have a strong grasp of basic English 101, and if not, take the time to study and learn. As I mentioned, proper English isn’t something anyone is born with, it’s a skill that needs to be honed. The basic elements need to be in place if a writer ever hopes to be published by a traditional publishing company, and if independently publishing, I always hope the author did their due diligence before uploading their files. I won’t go into all, or even a few of the basics, but do note that when they aren’t there, they stick out like a sore thumb to the reader. One doesn’t have to hold a degree in English to know when something is off. We spent our whole lives reading as we grow up, and most of what we’ve read has been properly proofed and edited, especially if it was for sale. We get used to reading correctly, so when it isn’t, even though a reader may not know that comma should be there in that compound sentence, you can bet a paycheck it will still read wrong to him or her.

3. Most publishers require authors to ‘tighten up their manuscript’ by doing their own self-editing.  With this in mind, what would you recommend a new author do first?

Read it out loud. Nothing will help a writer catch their own mistakes in a more clear and definitive way than simply doing this. Check for inconsistencies in time-lines, plot-holes, names, dates; avoid the deus ex machina whenever possible, and research, research, research! We live in a world that has Google now, so there is never a reason for the alerion of an airplane to ever be called, ‘that flappy-thingy.’
I’ve told many writers and still do, “Edit until you just about hate the thing.” Also, ironically, don’t fully trust an editor to catch every mistake. I mean that, too. We’re human, just like you, and we make mistakes. The difference is, that’s your name on the cover…not the editor. So when you get that final copy back to read over, actually read it, don’t just blow through it. Once it’s in print or ebook, whether you pull it back to make corrections or not, (which looks very unprofessional) those initial copies are still out there. Be diligent, patient and get the job done right the first time.

4. What is one ‘rule of thumb’ to always remember when editing?

Never assume you’re right if you feel that little tickle in the back of your mind that something is off. Double-check it for accuracy and correctness.

5. What is the most common editing blunder you’ve found when editing an author’s work?

That’s a good question but hard to pin down, as every writer has their own unique style and flow of writing. Each manuscript I’ve worked on is as individual as the writer themselves. No two have ever been alike. All that being said, the most common error I run into is punctuation, such as putting a period at the end of a terminal sentence in dialog that proceeds an incomplete past participle, as in:
“We have to leave now.” Jane said.

I won’t go into a lesson, but if you read that sentence and don’t see a problem, please go over the basics of English.

Thanks for the opportunity to share! My email is always open, and I hope to see all of you out there in print. Stay upbeat and focused!


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Sensational Scarlette Rayne

Are you itching for a new book to add to your Kindle?  How about one from Author Scarlette Rayne?  But first, check out my author interview with her.


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  1. Tell me a bit about one of your favorites that you wrote.

I enjoyed writing ‘Sinister Little Overture: Book I’ of my Symphony Noir Collection. It was fun to write because I explored situations that are considered taboo, and I got to let my imagination run wild in regards to how far I can push the envelope with some of the scenes. Creating the sexual tension between the main characters made it thrilling and exciting because, come on…. some of us have been in those types of circumstances before!


  1. Writing is a difficult endeavor. What makes you continue to write?

I don’t make lots of money, so it’s not that. I’m barely a blip on the radar in regards to my author brand and name, so it’s not the fame. The answer is simple: The love of writing is what makes me continue on.


  1. What do you look forward to every day?

Waking up nearly every morning before everyone else, making some coffee and doing my edits and writing. It sets the tone for the day, although I try not to let a missed session dictate how my day is going to be.



  1. How do you define success? What makes you successful?

Sure, success would be making a six-figure salary off of one’s books, doing tours and signings around the world, meeting millions of adoring fans. But that’s someone else’s success and would be mine one day. But for now, success is getting up in the morning and writing. And what makes me successful is not only committing to my sessions on paper by scheduling, but mentally preparing for them as well. Having that discipline takes practice and time. When I tell people, I have four books published, they’re like, ‘wow, that’s awesome!’ And to me, that’s success.



  1. Any tips for a newbie writer?

I’ve been a published author for nearly three years, so it’s safe to say I’ve been there done that. So, for anyone looking to join this endeavor, just start writing! Get it out of your head and onto paper! This was the advice given to me back in 2010 from a great friend of mine (who still is), and I did just that: I started to write. Therefore, my current books were years in the making.


It doesn’t have to be perfect, just get it down on paper. If you don’t like it, delete it then start over. You can always change things later. Even if the writing is just a bunch of notes, start with that. You can build upon it later. In the words of Ernest Hemingway, my favorite author, “There is nothing to writing. All you have to do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”


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