Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Hi Readers,

Recently, I had the opportunity of interviewing this fantastic author:  Katherine Smits.  Check out my interview with her and her latest book, just in time for Valentine’s Day!!

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

Wow! Starting right off with a hard question. This is kind of liking having to pick one child as a favorite. Right now, Water Desires is the story I’m most focused on because release day is March 4. However, Water Dreams was my debut novel, so that’s like my first born. And my other books and stories, both published and not yet published, are all special in their own ways, so really I could pick any of them to talk about. Since Water Dreams is the first book in the Love’s Siren Song series, I’ll tell you a little about it.

Water-phobic Nik discovers mermaids and mermen plan to make her a lab experiment. They can’t take no for an answer and will go to any lengths to get what they need.In the small Florida town of Tarpon Springs, Greek-American Nik Aronopulos avoids water. She never goes to the beach and shuns restaurants with views of the Gulf of Mexico. So, why would merfolk want to study her? When a gorgeous, dark-haired, infuriatingly arrogant merman tells her it’s her ability to stay out of water that interests his people, she’s stunned. There’s nothing special about her… or so she thinks. Bas is the merman tasked with obtaining Nik’s cooperation. He needs her to help his people overcome their greatest weakness—the need to rejuvenate in the Gulf so they won’t dehydrate and die. Although they can shapeshift to look like humans and have advantages over land dwellers, their dependence on water keeps them from freedom. There’s just one problem – the girl he’s meant to capture is hooking his heart.

When Bas is shot by a bullet meant for Nik, she must face her greatest fear to help him. Her decision plunges her into a desperate journey where her desire for self-preservation is weighed against her growing feelings for this merman who once meant her harm and what this might mean for all of them.If you like the mystery and suspense of the television series Siren, but you want more romance, Water Dreams will sweep you away.

** 2. Writing is a difficult endeavor.

What makes you continue to write?I wanted to write from the time I was old enough to read. However, I put it off while I raised a family and pursued my career as a clinical social worker. After I retired, I decided to try writing a novel. The experience was so amazing, I never wanted to stop, and I still don’t. Writing is difficult, but it’s the kind of hard work that provides immediate rewards. I see the results of my efforts right away. Unlike, say exercise.

** 3. What do you look forward to every day?

I look forward to sitting down to the computer and coming up with new characters and new plots. The best times are when the characters take over and the words flow. Hours pass in what feels like minutes and I’m as surprised as if I haven’t written those words. It’s exciting!

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

To me, success is finishing the project. Holding a physical book that I have created out of nothing is one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. Knowing that I’m leaving this legacy for my grandchildren and greats who may never know me in person, humbles me. I’ll be present in those books in a real and tangible way.

** 5. Any tips for a newbie writer?

Everyone says this, but it’s the only thing that really matters: read. Read novels in your genre. Read novels in other genres. Read nonfiction. Read books about writing. Read advertising on your morning cereal box. Read everything and use it all to help you hone your craft.

Katherine Smits Book Cover Image_WaterDesires_LRG

Water Desires is the second book in the Love’s Siren Song series. The books don’t have to be read in order, but book two contains some spoilers for the first book.

When an unknown Nerei (merman) carries an unconscious and badly injured Bas in from the Aegean Sea, Nik realizes she must get him to an island in the Atlantic where a hidden spring of healing water will restore her Nerei lover. At the same time, her adoptive father is dying from a boating accident in her home town of Tarpon Springs, and he’s asking for her. While battling a weird illness which antibiotics won’t cure, Nik must figure out a way to save Bas and get home to help her father.

When Bas follows Nik to Florida, he is forced to keep his distance from her. He has already escaped one death sentence for having a relationship with a human, and he can’t risk another one. Still, he’s furious when Nik turns to her old friend, a mage Bas dislikes, to help her unravel the hidden truth behind her father’s accident.

Water Desires is Book Two in the Love’s Siren Song Series. The thrilling sequel to the award-winning Water Dreams will drag you under and not let you up for air until the end. If you like mermen, mages and magical romance, you’ll love this book.

Preorder Water Desires here: http://bit.ly/mermaidromance

 

Coming Soon! A Guardian Angel near you.

Hi Readers,

Get ready for the last Guardian Angel in the Guardian League series- Orion.  His long awaited book is almost here and it is different than the rest.  In this book there is not one- but two- guardian angels fighting for one woman!  Oh yeah.  This highly anticipated novel is on the way.  Get your Kindles, Nooks and ebook devices ready for this one, folks for it will burn up your device with its hotness!!

** Available for Pre-Order now! **

 

Blurb:

Why did life have to be so difficult at times?

Zoe never imagined she would find herself having to choose between two men—or should she say angels. As exciting as that sounds, the need to make a decision is tearing her apart. Does she choose the irresistible one who ignites her body with his passionate kisses, or the wild, untamed one?

Orion found his fated mate the second he saw her in the reflecting pool. He knows that Zoe wants him—but, he isn’t the only one that she wants. His nemesis, Mercury, is her co-guardian and is vying for her attention.

Mercury is a rebel—wild and untamed. As co-guardian to Zoe, he feels the need to protect the sexy human woman he has been assigned to. The trouble is he wants more, but he isn’t the only one.

Zoe wants both men, but not all angels will share. Torn between the two angels, she must choose only one. Who will capture her heart—and will the other accept her decision as final?

You will never know how much I love you_alternate teaser

Pre-order the final Guardian League Angel, today!

OMG, OMG, Yippee!!! Orion is available for pre-order!!! Release date is February 11th. Orion completes the Guardian League series and is a stand alone, scorching hot Angel paranormal romance. Grab your copy today!

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MY99PWS

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07MY99WS

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MY99WS

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07MY99WS

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/918843

 

 

orion- he would do anything for zoe

An Amazing Angel and a Giveaway!

Hi Readers,

Jasper, the first Guardian Angel in my near-complete Guardian League series is featured on a fellow blogger’s site.  Go check it out and enter the $50 Amazon Gift card giveaway too!!

**  Many thanks to Seth, the Giveaway guy for hosting me on his site!**

https://giveawayguy.blogspot.com/2019/01/50-amazon-gift-card-and-paranormal.html#.XEO3C1VKjIU

time for a giveaway

How about some horror for Halloween- part 1

Hi amazing readers,

Who loves Halloween and things that go bump in the night?  How about a thrilling Sci-Fi/Fantasy during this phenomenal month?  That’s what this stellar author’s new book is all about.

Check out my latest interview with author Steve Soderquist. His latest book The Mor is available now!

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

I have to say my most recent book ‘The Mor’ has hit many soft spots regarding favorite characters and moments. I’ve always loved the sci-fi genre but never felt compelled to write anything of it myself, preferring to stay in fan-boy status. However, when I was helping to remove some dead shrubs from our front yard area to keep from strangling the live ones, I kept running across these little pod-like red blisters on the dead branches. They looked almost alien to me, which isn’t saying anything mind-blowing as I have a zero green thumb. Still, it was the catalyst to the idea that eventually made its way to becoming a book.

I had many intimidating factors, such as: Will I need to write about spaceships? Will I need people to visit different planets? Will there be gooey aliens or things that are so far-fetched I’ll find myself sorely out-matched by a lack of imagination or ability to explain my vision of what I see?

I am very much a character author. Meaning, I write about people responding to circumstances, not circumstances dictating what people will do. If you take three different personalities and put them in a stressful scene, they will all respond differently. This is the meat and potatoes to my writing style. I enjoy writing real people in unreal, or dangerous, or strange situations, then having them realistically and depending on their own talents and abilities, find a way out. ‘The Mor’ was able to do that as even though the two opposing alien races in the book were as night and day as we are, they still had to coexist in the same dynamics of our world. It allowed for some great setups and situations.

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

I love the challenge of figuring out how to get from point A to point B and beyond. If a writer can tell the story in a way that’s interesting and that clicks with the reader – so they’re along for the ride – so much the better. For me, writing is only difficult if nothing in the story is going on. I always need to remind myself to slow down at times and get a little back-story, in the story. If I don’t, I tend to 90-to-Nothing the whole book.

A good book should be like a roller coaster ride with building tension, followed by stomach-rolling drops and turns. It’s a writing process that can takes years (if ever) for a writer to get. I don’t know how many times I had to slow down ‘The Mor.’ Too many to count. Often it was like a car with no brakes on a steep hill. But, thanks to careful editing, re-writes, and beta-readers who are about as subtle as surgeons operating with baseball bats, I found a happy balance.

3. What do you look forward to every day?

As I edit, format, review submissions, and handle other day to day operations for Foundations, I’ve been incredibly blessed that I still love what I do. I can work 12 or 14 hours in a day,

unplug, then sit up and read in bed for an hour…lol. I’m really in love with the written word that much. The more I read, the more I learn—both the good and the bad. I’ve learned just as much from a badly written book as I have from a great one. What I MOST look forward to, however, is spending some quiet time with Laura, my fiancé, business partner, and best friend. Not many people can take my level of intensity except in small doses, but she has a way of winding through those roads without needing any headlights. Catch us late at night, and you’ll most likely find us vegging and binge watching a Netflix or Hulu original. We have the same tastes in entertainment, so that’s one of our mutual happy places.

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

There was a time when success for me circled around monetary wealth and possessions. After being humbled time and again, I now gauge success by how much you enrich the lives of those you encounter. It’s the basis of how I live my life and how I treat others. The smallest pebble thrown in water makes ripples that spread all around it. I am a pebble.

5.  Any tips for a newbie writer?

Read and write, write and read. Do both every day. Push yourself to learn the mechanics. A mediocre story that’s well-written will sell, and often sell very well… a great story that’s badly written won’t. Proper English isn’t something anyone is born with. It’s a learned subject that needs to turn into a habit as natural as breathing. Take courses, go to classes, and study. Most of all, don’t let anyone tell you that you’re wasting your time. No one can write like you. Not the trillions of people who lived before you or the trillions after. Just you.

And have fun!

Social Links:

Facebook:                                         https://www.facebook.com/steve.soderquist.3

Facebook Author Page:               https://www.facebook.com/SteveSoderquistAuthor/

Amazon Author Page:                  https://www.amazon.com/author/stevesoderquist

Goodreads:                                      https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6626657.Steve_Soderquist

Google+:                                           https://plus.google.com/116546158818053309346

Twitter:                                            https://twitter.com/skirascal – @skirascal

Linkedin:                                         https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevesoderquist/

Email:                                              https://steves@foundationsbooks.net

Website:                                         http://www.SteveSoderquist.com/

YouTube Channel:                     https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV55b1YWTrqw5ihuBMBfcnw

Foundations:                               https://www.FoundationsBooks.net

The amazing Judith Barrett

Hi Readers,

Recently I had the chance to interview a sweet, kind soul who also writes fabulous books.

Take a look at my interview with Judith A. Barrett:

 

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

“The Girl Who Saw Clouds” is my favorite of my published books. It’s a compilation of all my interests-children with autism, farming, self-sufficiency, Florida weather, dogs, running, chickens, ham radio, baking brownies, offbeat humor, unicorns, pizza, and adventure.  I just gave you a synopsis of the entire book!

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

I have stories inside my head and heart, and I would explode if I didn’t let them out. I’ve always been a great storyteller, and I love learning. It’s been a struggle and a joy to learn how to transform those stories into words that invite the reader into the story on the page. I certainly agree it’s difficult and a lot of work.

“The Girl Who Saw Clouds” underwent 108 revisions before it was published. One of the things that kept me going was the encouragement of my beta readers who helped me see the improvements from one version to the next.

  1. What do you look forward to every day?

Every day I wake up ready for the day’s adventure with my husband and dogs. I’m a retired project manager, and I plan. I have a list for everything I’m going to do that day, that week, and that month. I have a five–year plan. I am thrilled every time I mark something completed. God, of course, knows how much I love to plan and frequently flips my plans to the side and says, “Nice plan. We’re going to do this instead.” His plans are always much more interesting than mine.

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

I’ve always had two criteria for success: 1. Am I learning? 2. Am I having fun? If it’s not fun and I’m not learning, then it’s time to move on to something else. Maybe there’s one more thing-Did I get to check something off my list?

  1. Any tips for a newbie writer?

Consider any feedback as a gift, even negative feedback. Join a critique group. I like the online groups because I don’t have to show up anywhere at a certain time wearing shoes. Learn from everybody. Develop an eye for what’s good and what’s not. Read blogs and articles. Join a writers’ association. Attend workshops and seminars. Never publish a book before you hire an editor to review your manuscript. (Don’t be that guy.) Learn, learn, learn. And have fun!

Check out Judith A. Barrett’s book, available on Amazon!

https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Who-Saw-Clouds-ebook/dp/B07DH12YS

and learn more about Judith on her Author page:

https://www.amazon.com/Judith-A.-Barrett/e/B074NCLYC2

 

 

 

Twelve Nights of Christmas Cover Reveal!

***COVER REVEAL*** Available for preorder now! Releasing next month. Twelve bestselling and award-winning authors each bring you a sexy night of romance, fun and a little magic. ‘Tis the season for falling for the right guy! Can a magical fruitcake be the special ingredient for falling in love?

**‘Tis the season for giving, too!**
20% of the proceeds will be donated to the hunger relief organization Feeding America

Preorder your copy here today! https://amzn.to/2xbrr1f

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2xbrr1f

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/12-nights-of-christmas-a-holiday-anthology/id1436019136?mt=11

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/12-nights-of-christmas-a-holiday-anthology-kristi-rose/1129518478?ean=2940156133215

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/12-nights-of-christmas-a-holiday-anthology

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41541269-12-nights-of-christmas

Twelve nights of Christmas Book Cover

Twelve bestselling and award-winning authors each bring you a sexy night of romance, fun and a little magic. ‘Tis the season for falling for the right guy! Can a magical fruitcake be the special ingredient for falling in love?

**’Tis the season for giving, too!**

20% of the proceeds will be donated to the hunger relief organization Feeding America

December 25: “Scrooge You” by MK Schiller

Christmas is nothing but a reminder of Eva’s tragic past. So she goes into Scrooge mode including visits from hree ghosts.

December 26: “Unexpected Daddy” by Gemma Brocato

Is she ready to introduce him to the son he didn’t know he had?

December 27: “The Meant to Be Girl” by Tawdra Kandle

Ashley is so busy matchmaking that she might miss out on her own happily-ever-after

December 28: “For One Night Only” by Carrie Elks

Stranded with a gorgeous stranger for the night – what’s a girl to do?

December 29: “Best Friends for the Night” by Alice Gaines

Will a little holiday magic make Steve and Hannah more than friends?

December 30: “Entwined” by Kristi Rose

Bailey’s waited forever for one night to show Donovan they’re meant to be.

December 31: “Rekindled” by Stacy Finz

Branna and Drex are over…or at least they thought they were. But a little time trapped in an enclosed space with a magical fruitcake might just change that. 

January 1: “New Year’s Negotiation” by Kate Allenton

When Detective Elizabeth Cross takes a trip down memory lane, she’ll have to decide if this is a second chance at happily-ever-after or the start of another broken heart

January 2: “Playing House” by Kim Golden

The last thing Cassie Delk expects is for a second chance at love to turn up on her doorstep.

January 3: “Book of Love” by Cd Brennan

Opposite attract while stranded by a blizzard. 

January 4: “A Winter Wonderland” by Rebecca Hunter

Coming face-to-face with Jace after ten years is a reminder of everything Selena left behind, and it’s even more dangerous when mixed with a little magic…. 

January 5: “Wild Honey” by Sarah Hegger

Two wrongs can make the best kind of right

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