The beautiful world of Gina Ferguson

Hi Readers,

I am here again with another fantastic author.  Check out my interview with the lovely Gina and take a look at her hot books, too!

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Thank you, Gina, for joining us.

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

Honestly, I do not have a favorite; (it’s like your children you can’t play favorites) but I enjoyed writing each one with there unique characters and situations. My suggestion is to start with my stand-alone books, or the sequel sets which ever you prefer. (Rachel or Love Hot/ Lie Royally)

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

I haven’t found the writing part to be difficult, it is finding time to write. I am a 40 hour a week working mom, uber mom and sports mom, so on Saturdays and Sundays I may have some free time, but it isn’t a lot.

3.      What do you look forward to every day?

I prefer to get some sleep at night, but new storylines or characters wake me from my slumber most of the time.

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

Success is the finale to the end of writing a book, cover and all. Successful is when I see four to five-star ratings on Amazon.com for one of my books and when I get to see readers faces at book signing events eager to read the next book.

5.      Any tips for a newbie writer?

Never give up. Don’t let anyone diminish your dreams, writing is an art form and it should be shared, expressed and admired.

 

Follow Gina on Amazon and one click your favorite in her collection:

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The stellar C.D. Melley

Hi Readers,

I am back with another incredible author.  Check out my interview with Douglas J. McLeod who writes under the pen names:  C. D. Melley, and Crimson Nuage and then one click his featured book “The Prairie Fire Within.”

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Thank you so much for joining me!

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

I guess my favorite book to write was my first foray into the romance genre, The Prairie Fire Within. Before then, most of the stories I wrote were of the detective genre; whether it was private eye stories in elementary school, or the paranormal detective tales I write now. However, I wanted to try something different. Since most of the authors I had befriended on social media at the time wrote romance, I decided to give that a go. Only one problem: how to distinguish myself from my detective books? At the time, my great aunt was losing her battle with Stage IV lung cancer, so I made a vow to myself and to her: I would create a new author persona to pay homage to her. Taking the initials of one of my middle names, and my real first name, as well as, her maiden name, the name “C. D. Melley” was born. I released “TPFW” in February 2014, and was the first book of an intended trilogy. Admittedly, with three personas, and a plethora of plot bunnies to chase, the rest of the trilogy has been slow coming. I released the second book, The Prairie Fire Rekindled, in November 2017, and the final tome, The Prairie Fire Ablaze, has a goal of an August 2020 release. Whether or not I make that deadline is yet to be seen.

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The Prairie Fire Within is available on Amazon and other fine eBook retailers: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IGGNT30

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

It is quite a difficult endeavor; even more so when you have a full-time job and are also studying part-time towards a university degree. That being said, I enjoy writing. I feel there are some compelling stories within me, and some interesting ideas that have popped into my head over the years. Granted, some of them have not been seen through to completion. I guess you could argue I have a bit of ADD in that regard. Regardless, I believe everyone has a creative side. For example, my wife makes homemade crafts for herself and the dog rescue she volunteers with. My case, it’s writing. I find it very cathartic to get my thoughts and feelings down on paper, or in a document, after a stressful day or week at work. It helps calm and relax me in the process.

 

3. What do you look forward to every day?

It’s funny you ask that. For years, I would dread getting out of bed every day because I felt like I didn’t have any real purpose or drive. I was constantly depressed and suffered from anxiety. This was due to a negative upbringing where I was made to believe I wouldn’t amount to anything. But thanks to writing and other positive cognitive practices, I am grateful for what the day brings me. Before, I didn’t have much to look forward to; whether it was in life, work, or romantic relationships. Now, I have a wonderful wife who supports me every step of the way, a day job that, while it can be stressful and aggravating at times, helps put food on the table, and a whole new life I didn’t think was possible years ago.

Part of that was moving away from a Toronto neighborhood where I lived the majority of my life (37 years) to start this aforementioned new life in Florida over three years ago. My anxiety was through the roof because I was not ready to step out of my comfort zone. But thanks to my now wife, she helped me break down those psychological walls, and show me that, in the famous words of basketball all-star Kevin Garnett, “Anything is possible.”

 

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

One would think success as an author is measured by sales, having a devout following of readers, or having a lucrative publishing deal. I don’t see that to be the case for me. As someone who is as eclectic and varied as myself between my three personas and the three genres I write (paranormal detective/mystery, romance with various levels of steam, and reflective poetry), it’s tough to garner a following. While I do enjoy it when I go to an event and sell a paperback copy of one of my titles, or I log into one of my online publishing accounts and see an e-copy has been purchased, I know that there are others who sell a considerable amount more. I think it’s because they have the time and energy to write on a regular basis. Alas, with my schedule, I try to write when I can. I guess, in short, my success is measured in the small victories I’m able to make along the way.

 

5. Any tips for a newbie writer?

My number one piece of advice for a new writer is not to get discouraged. The road to success has the odd pothole in it, and if you’re not careful, it will mess you up. You might not get the sales you hope for right away, or you might feel like you’re a small fish in a big pond. That’s perfectly alright. Just continue to write what you enjoy. To paraphrase the famous quote from the movie, Field of Dreams, “If you write it, they will read.”

Also, don’t get too intimidated when it comes to marketing yourself and your books. As a self-published author, the promotional aspects fall squarely upon our shoulders, and I’ll be perfectly honest, I can’t market myself worth a crap, so it can be quite daunting when you don’t know what you’re doing. However, getting to know fellow, supportive authors and others in the book community will help you on your journey.

You might hear the horror stories of cliques in the community, and yes, in some aspects, there is a “high school mentality” amongst some individuals. Those are the type of people you want to avoid and not get wrapped up in the drama. But if you do your research, there are some absolutely supportive people out there who will actually help you along the way. Just be prepared to return their generosity in kind because it is truly a “do unto others as they do unto you” mindset and courtesy to them. Just be careful if you intend to turn a hated rival into a dead body in a future work of fiction. Litigation can be an awful bitch.

 

** Follow Douglas McLeod and his writing endeavors at**

https://www.facebook.com/DouglasJMcleodAuthor

 

 

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.

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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.

 

Follow the author on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/D-Thomas-Jerlo/e/B00N57OJWU?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1559597214&sr=8-1

 

One click your copy of Dark Prisoner here:

https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Prisoner-Kruthos-Key-Book-ebook/dp/B071CSM33G

https://www.foundationsbooks.net/book/dark-prisoner-the-kruthos-key/

 

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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.

Follow the author:  https://www.ElizabethGuider.com

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7080392.Elizabeth_Guider

 

  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.
One click your copy of Connections:
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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?

One click this Amazing Angel’s book, today:

 

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Amazon:

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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.

Follow Justice K Chambers here:

https://www.instagram.com/justicekchambers_author

https://twitter.com/JusticeKChambe1

https://www.facebook.com/justicek.chambers

 

Justice K Chambers book cover_Shattered Living

One click her book today~ Shattered Living:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LB6RLJL

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