The Amazing A.S. Crowder

Hello, Hello fans!

 

I am here with another fabulous author, A.S. Crowder, who recently took the time to answer a few questions.  Check out my interview with her and be sure to pick up her book Evin.

1. Tell me a bit about one of your favorites that you wrote.
Evin is a story about a girl who discovers that she’s one of several people chosen to save a magic place called the Forest of Evin. She has to find the other three people who share her destiny and put a stop to whatever power is tearing the Forest apart.
I started writing it when I was finishing up college. I was going through a lot of life changes, and felt a little unmoored. Writing Eva’s journey helped me figure out what was important to me and what I wanted. It also helped me rediscover the love of writing I’d lost in the tumult. It was the first door that opened to other opportunities to grow as a writer.
2. Writing is a difficult endeavor. What makes you continue to write?
Honestly, I don’t know how not to. But also, there are moments in the process that make it worthwhile.
I definitely get discouraged and have to deal with imposter system. I just finished reading through a first draft of my latest WIP.  It’s definitely a hot mess, but there were moments when I was reading it that I thought, “hey, this maybe doesn’t suck too bad”–even moments that I genuinely liked. Those moments keep me going.
Also, my 13-year-old niece said Evin was good. That’s enough to keep me writing for a while.
3. What do you look forward to every day?
I love sitting down with an idea and figuring out what makes it tick. Writing first drafts is fine–it’s a little like entering a fugue state; I get it all out without keeping track. But going back, sifting through the bits and pieces and reshaping them into a story, piecing together who the characters are and what they want–that’s the fun part. Outside of writing, I look forward to things like finding the next book I love, or losing myself in a video game, or snuggling with my cat and dog.
4. How do you define success? What makes you successful?
Success is a moving target for me. I’m always thinking about the next thing I want. First it was finish a draft, then polish, then find a publisher. Now, I’m working on finding representation and working on some projects that are more ambitious than what I’ve written in the past. I guess I’d define success as always driving to get better. A person who’s successful knows what they want, and they work to achieve it.
5. Any tips for a newbie writer?
You have to be bad at something first in order to be good at it. When you first start getting serious about writing, you’re going to have moments when you look at other people’s work and feel inadequate. That’s a normal thing to feel. You can’t compare your early stages to other people’s final product. Keep pressing. Take your time. Writing isn’t a race. You learn and grow on your own time.  It’s like any skill: it takes practice to get better.

Buy link for Evin :

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The best thing about losing weight

As I reflect upon my weight loss journey, I have to mention one of the best things I’ve found along the way with my weight loss experience.

I have had plenty of days I am so sick I can’t eat.  I’ve lost weight, as a result, but that is not fun…   I have had a few people comment on how much thinner I look.  I am thankful for their sweet praise, but that’s not the fun I’m talking about.

What has been fun for me through this brief journey are the new stores I am able to venture into that had nothing in my size before.  Changing departments from Women’s to Ladies was also an incredible difference I had to get used to.  I don’t think people who have never been a plus-size understand how Amazing it is to walk past a Lane Bryant or Avenue store (sadly all the brick and mortar Avenue stores closed in my area) and, instead, walk right into a Victoria’s Secret or Old Navy.  These stores never had anything to offer me before.  Granted, since the last time I walked into Old Navy, they apparently added a Plus size section but I was never able to enter this store before without feeling out of place.  Happily, this is no more!

It still floors me that not only can I walk into a Victoria’s Secret store but they actually have stuff, even lingerie, that fits me now!  WOW.  This is a big step for someone who was once a 22W+!!!  No one can truly understand how humbling this experience is for me.  It is so incredibly shocking to me that I almost want to cry every time I am able to fit into something smaller and able to go into a store without someone telling me I am in the wrong section (yes, a floor associate told this to me and my mom a while back at a major retailer).  People also look at you differently when you enter a store that does not have your size.  I don’t think they mean to but it still hurts for the woman who feels self-conscious about her size, to begin with.

There are some stores that I still can’t venture into yet but one day I will and that, too, will be a triumph for me!  Right now, though, I am relishing my mini-triumphs and having fun buying bathing suits (yes- bathing suits that are actually sexy and not tarps!!!) and evening dresses.

This is one small step for me and it has been a long, hard road but I am so very happy to be here now.  Thank you for joining me in this journey.  xoxo

New Release! Check it out.

This one is a bit late, I know, but who doesn’t like Holiday stories all year long?  I know I do!  Check out this too hot tale sure to thrill you and warm up those cold nights!

Jennifer Denys presents~

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This is a tale of unrequited love . . . but will it be requited by the end? Of course, it will — this is a Christmas story after all!

The question is, how will Gren, a troll and bartender at Pogue’s Bar, prove to the beautiful blonde Siren, Ligia, that he is the man for her? When unexpected circumstances bring them together, he jumps at the chance to give her a special Christmas present and show her that he is everything she needs. Will his present — a session in his personal S&M playroom – be enough? Or could her Siren song cause his death in the process?

Excerpt:

The troll leaned in, placing hands either side of Ligia’s shoulders, holding her in place. “Why not try being the submissive for once?”

“Me? Ha! In your dreams.”

Her hands pounded his arms but he wasn’t letting her go. Instead, he bent his head to nuzzle her neck. “I think you’ve always fantasized of a Dom taking charge and keeping control, not letting you seduce them into doing what you want.”

Gren could feel Ligia trembling as he kissed her skin moving closer to her luscious mouth. “Never!” The Siren’s verbal response was at odds with her body.

He held himself a hairsbreadth from her lips. “You let Dante order you around.”

She huffed. “It’s a game we play. I always let him pretend for a few minutes.” Then she remembered the demon was dead and her attitude changed as she pushed at his chest. “Let me go. I’ve had enough Doms for one night.”

He was surprised by the sudden change in her demeanor and made a swift decision. “No.” He wasn’t going to let her go in this mood. She needed something to get over what had happened earlier.

The Siren frowned. “What do you mean, ‘no’?” She tried pushing him again with more determination this time.

Gren chuckled when she failed to move him. “Oh. And who exactly is in charge here?”

Ligia’s jaw dropped in astonishment. “There is no way I am letting you dominate me.”

The troll moved quickly, grabbing her hair tightly in one hand, pulling her head back. He encircled her waist with his other arm dragging her away from the wall. It was like taking an animal by the scruff. Ligia froze in his arms, her eyes widening in amazement.

“That’s more like it. What you don’t know, sweetheart, is that when I’m in here I’m the Dom! I was just letting you have a bit of fun before. It’s my turn now and I want you to kneel down.”

Buy links:

Amazon.com – https://www.amazon.com/Naughty-Christmas-Present-Xmas-Book-ebook/dp/B081MYD6GC/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=jennifer+denys&qid=1575986524&sr=8-1

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Naughty-Christmas-Present-Xmas-Book-ebook/dp/B081MYD6GC/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=jennifer+denys&qid=1575986268&sr=8-1

Bookstrand – https://www.bookstrand.com/book/naughty-christmas-present-mf-mfm

Luminosity Publishing – https://luminositypublishing.com/book/naughty-christmas-present/

Barnes and Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/naughty-christmas-present-jennifer-denys/1134981443?ean=2940163392643

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:

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00M9C7UUK

 

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:
https://www.amazon.com/author/elizabeth.guider
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