Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Upcoming events.

I'm the guest on Karenna's site. She'll be interviewing me about my books, my writing, and so much more. So come out and join us for the fun. I promise I'll try and get back to everyone!

Here's the link to her site - www.karennacolcroft.com/?page_id=18

New Year's Resolutions

Wow the countdown has begun. With only a little over a full day left in 2009, I've been doning some retrospective thinking over the passed year. It was one full of ups and downs, highs, lows, and some inbetween times. I managed to successfully meet some goals and missed the mark with others.

For the coming  new year, I've decided that I need new goals - are they set in stone? No. They'll probably be tweaked, twisted, turned, and otherwise tortured but its a start right? So here goes my top 5 goals.

1. Get my editing business up and running. I'm starting up one online that is specifically for historical writers.

2. Complete my current WIPes and submit them by this spring.

3. Aim for New York with a submission by the end of 2010.

4. Do more to promote my books and build my web identity.

5. Have fun - with my family, my writing, my work...and not sweat the small stuff. There's so much out there that I can't change so I'm going to focus on what I can. If it means turnign the other cheek when someone upsets me or I get a bad review - so be it. Life's too short to be miserable!

So come on, share those new years resolutions - stories of your own, thoughts, comments...all are welcome. Above all Have a great New Year's eve and a wonderful, rich 2010.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

An interview with Tami Winbush

Please welcome back, Tami who honors us with her presence at today's interview.

How did you get started as a reader for Champagne?

I had been a book reviewer for Simply Romance Reviews for a while and I was just dying to get 'more'! So I decided to go to the publishers websites and click on all of the job link pages and see what they had to offer. When I got to the Champagne website they were 'hiring' for readers. So, I got to pre-read manuscripts that were coming into Champagne. I felt privileged and honoured!


What, or who, inspired you to get involved in the publication industry?

I'm a horrible bookie. I have been since I was a child. I started writing a book almost 7 years ago and I've always had the dream of being a writer. So when I started reviewing I said to myself, "Self you can do this too you know. And the only way to get into any biz is from the bottom up." I am one of those people that wants to know how all the nuts and bolts work. So, I reviewed, I read, I talked to Ellen about how to get into the publishing world, and here I am.


For anyone looking to get their foot in the door, what would you suggest they do?

To get your foot in the door…well you put your left foot in…oh, sorry that wasn't what you were talking about. Well, what I suggest is basically what I did, start at the bottom. Check on publisher websites and see if they have any job openings. Become a reviewer so you have a writing sample available in case there is the need for one for the job you might get with the publishing house. And my favorite saying, "What's the worst thing that they can say? NO?" So just go for it.

What genres did you read and which is your favourite and why?

I honestly read EVERYTHING and anything. But I would have to say that my favorite genre is paranormal romance. I am addicted to vamps! I would lean my neck over right now and let one bite me. I am a huge fan of Richelle Mead and Anya Bast! **waves**


How did you make the jump from being a ‘reader’ to being the marketing/promotions person for Ellen and Champagne/Carnal Passions?

I actually stumbled into my Promotions Manager job quite accidentally! I had been a reader for Champagne books for quite a while when I asked the publisher Ellen a question.

"Ellen," I said "how do you get your foot in the door in the publishing industry? I've run a review site; I have a degree in Accounting with a strong background in Marketing. What do I do? Maybe I could be a review coordinator?"

Ellen then came back and told me of a job opening that Champagne had available. I was excited, and jumped at the opportunity. How often do things like this happen? Not often for me, so I took this as a sign and Ellen and I had a nice talk and here I am. Happy as a clam and wondering when the work starts. I tell Ellen (too often I think) that I don't feel that I am working. I enjoy my work way too much to be working.



What’s your biggest pet peeve about author’s, buyers, readers when it comes to e-books?

My biggest pet peeve is piracy. Our authors work hard, some most of their lives to come up with their novels. Then someone comes along with the notion that it's OK to go out there and put that work out on the net for everyone to take. They are stealing, and I don't care for thieves. I don't like anyone taking from my family. Champagne authors are my family, and hence all authors are my family. I've come to know some of the best people on the planet through the e-book publishing market. I hate for any of them to be taken advantage of. So I say to anyone out there who pirates, STOP! You're hurting my family, and I don't like it.


You have a busy life. How do you find time to do the work you love and keep up with all the things happening at the publishing house? Do you have a schedule?

I have a life? Why didn't you tell me this sooner? I really don't have a schedule since I work from home. I have three kids at home, two dogs, four cats and a fiancĂ©. So I tend to work around them and the housework. I go through bursts and get things done in the morning, and as Ellen knows sometimes I’m up burning the midnight oils. (Quite literally actually!) Being able to set my own pace is actually a good thing, that way when inspiration hits, BOOM, I'm right there with it.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Meet Tami Winbush, Marketing/PR representative for Champagne Books

Tami Winbush: Marketing/PR rep for Champagne Books said:


I don't know how it's possible to hate talking to people and love talking to people at the same time. But somehow I end up doing it. I do not like to get up in front of a crowd. It makes me sweat, get all red in the face and my heart beats out of my chest. Textbook heart attack, I mean panic attack.

But once I get in front of said people, I can talk to them as if I have known them forever. I love to talk. I've been told that I have NEVER met a stranger, and it's true. The smaller the group of people I meet the better I am. So you would think that marketing Champagne and Carnal Passion Books to people online would make my life really easy since I don't actually have to get up in front of any people, right? WRONG!

There is 'something' to a face-to-face connection and being able to show someone something tangible. "Here my dear reader, look at this wonderful book. The cover art is exquisite, the story line intriguing, and the ending pops out of nowhere."

But that doesn't read nearly as well as if I were there with you. Don't get me wrong though; there are also great benefits to marketing online. The networking potential on the Internet is endless; with blogs, online magazines, review sites, your own website, and social networking sites!

I actually stumbled into my Promotions Manager job quite accidentally! I had been a reader for Champagne books for quite a while when I asked the publisher Ellen a question.

"Ellen," I said "how do you get your foot in the door in the publishing industry? I've run a review site; I have a degree in Accounting with a strong background in Marketing. What do I do? Maybe I could be a review coordinator?"

Ellen then came back and told me of a job opening that Champagne had available. I was excited, and jumped at the opportunity. How often do things like this happen? Not often for me, so I took this as a sign and Ellen and I had a nice talk and here I am. Happy as a clam and wondering when the work starts. I tell Ellen (too often I think) that I don't feel that I am working. I enjoy my work way too much to be working.

My suggestion to all authors is to make your presence known. Talk to all bloggers, all review sites, leave comments on all reviews of your book, talk to all book related sites! This is the way to promote, to market online. Get out there and push! As my favorite saying goes, "The worst they can says is no."

Monday, December 14, 2009

Revamping an old group

For those of you who know me I tend to be a bit of a procrastinator...and overly prolific. I'm always doing something and it shows. I'm currently going to be revamping my google group Of ink and quille. If anyone has any suggestions, comments, or thoughts on how to make it a better, more informative and fun group please, please feel free to drop me a note.

I'm going to be opening it for discussions, promotions, etc as well as to do a monthly fun feature so please come out and join me in launchin this "New" face of my group in January 2010.

A.C Mason has dropped by to share a bit of her time and stories

Please welcome author, A.C. Mason to the blog. She was kind enough to volunteer to do an interview. Feel free to post questions/comments.


What inspired you to begin writing?

I saw a biography of Mary Shelley on the history channel when I was about thirteen. If she could write Frankenstein by the age of eighteen what could I do by then? I didn’t know, but I sure wanted to find out.

For each writer their genre is the one they’re comfortable with. Why did you begin writing within yours?

I’ve had a fascination with American horror, thrillers, and sci-fi films since I was a very small child. In the eighties many interesting movies like The Shinning, Scanners, Angel Heart and The Lost Boys came out which further molded my young mind. Most kids thought I was disturbed but I couldn’t get enough of these dark places. Eventually I wrote my own scary places.

What was your initial reaction when you got that first contract?

Let me provide some context. Technically I don’t write romance but most of the writers I know do.


Do you have to do a lot of research to write the books you do or do you write within the fields you know?

I’m an information junky but with my writing I move away from weighing down my work with facts and details. So much so I have to make sure I’ve put enough in. I surround myself with writers who challenge me.

What would be your one piece of advice for anyone interested in getting a book published?

Learn the craft and don’t settle for good enough.

How did you family/friends react to your decision to become a writer?

Those that spoke up wondered what on earth I was thinking. Don’t you think you are a tad old to master English and become published in your second language? No and those comments just drove me to want the achievement even more.

What sort of goals do you set for yourself with each project?

To go deeper and write stronger each time.

What sort of music do you listen to while you’re writing?

Mostly, I don’t listen to music when creating new material. The only exception is when my mind seems to be racing. I sometimes use music distract the part of me that needs constant stimulation. I do listen to music when editing. Everything from Classical, Blues, Jazz, R&B to hip-hop. I like using trance music to set actions scenes too.


Thanks A.C. Mason, we've been glad to have you. Please come back again.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

On The First Day of Christmas...

Wow, only thirteen days left until the big day. I thought it would be fun to share some things about Christmas.

Today I'm including an excerpt from my Christmas Novella, Christmas for the Cowboy.
Happy Holidays - may they be blessed.

Christmas For The Cowboy

Chapter One Excerpt



Beyond the window a blanket of white lay over the land as Holly Walker snapped the clasp on her bag shut. A sweeping glance around the room revealed her neatly made king-sized bed, two oak dressers, and armoire; each item lovingly cleaned in preparation of her week-long absence. She traced over the wedding ring quilt on the bed and tried to ignore the tremble in her fingers. Her stocking feet made no sound as she walked to the dresser and lifted the small envelope that rested there.

“All set,” she murmured to herself, tucking her cell phone into her purse, and starting down stairs. The Christmas lights flickered and danced off the rings on her hands. Holly paused in the doorway and looked around. A massive blue spruce sat decorated by the fireplace, a stack of wrapped packages beneath it. Angels hung from ribbons to float above the room. It looked like a perfect Christmas scene and she smiled slowly. Next Christmas would be different, maybe more luxurious, but it would have another miracle to celebrate. She inhaled and patted her still-flat abdomen. Oh yes, this year she’d gotten what she wanted for Christmas – but was it what he wanted?

Much the same as she’d done for the past six years, Holly meant to be away from home for the holidays. This was her escape, her last chance to see if her relationship with Ty could survive. Dressed warmly, she collected her bags and started for the car.

The newer Chevrolet was something she hadn’t originally wanted, until she got the call from the doctor’s office earlier. She giggled and peeked into the mirror to wink saucily at her reflection. Gone was the everyday woman she recognized. Instead, her artfully applied cosmetics gave her a sultry, seductive look. She reached up to pat at her plain brown hair that was curled and piled up to enhance her cheekbones. She rubbed at her small nose to warm it from the cold as a cloud of mist escaped her painted lips with each breath.

“Well, girl, I say you are looking good. Let’s see if anyone else notices.” She blew herself a kiss and turned the engine over. The sturdy car pulled out onto the highway and she turned west.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Book Signings the frustrations and the joys

With several books now available, I was honored when a local bookstore asked me in for a booksigning. Like any author, I ordered a few of each of my books in both print and ebook (CD's) and prepared to wow the crowds.

I got there an hour early - set up, got organized, made sure my pens worked and waited. Waited for friends, co-workers, family - who'd said they'd be there but didn't show up. By the time my signing was over, I'd become almost resigned to its failure. After all how can it be a success when I sold one book and talked to a few people - who asked questions but didn't make a purchase?

Yet it wasn't a complete frustrating failure. Oh no, by making one sale I have my book(s) in another persons hands. There was another lady there as well who gave me her card and said "call me". Is she a buyer? Yes, she is. She owns a book store several hours away from my hometown. And i will definitely be calling her.

As well, I learned a few other tidbits about selling my book. That wonderful amount on the back of the book is set in stone. If it says $5.00 the average reader will not be willing to pay more for it. Does that mean I'll take a loss for my books sold? No. But I have learned that if it said suggested retail price or in US Funds a reader/buyer is more likely to ask how much in Canadian.

So while on one hand I didn't have the sucess that I'd have loved to have ( a sold out afternoon) it was joyfully frustrating. An experience that I will most definitely be doing again - with a bit more planning, more exposure, and attention to getting readers through the doors, wallets in hand and opened to make a purchase.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Submission Call

Submissions Call:
Saddle Up
Length: 50,000 – 55,000
Who doesn’t love a Cowboy?
Our new line, Saddle Up, focuses on anything western. What we are looking for, for the series, are innovative well written stories that focus on strong, likeable, and appealing heroes and heroines.
The tone of the story can be upbeat, fun, and flirty, or dark, sensual, and erotic. We are always on the lookout for a story that pushes or exceeds the boundaries of characterization, plot, and explicit nature.
Saddle Up stories can be about an alpha cowboy fighting for his farm, a cowgirl fighting for her man, or a new widow who now finds herself doing something she never thought she would have to do … farm work. We want stories with real people; stories that pull the reader in till the very last page.
Saddle Up stories are set in both small town communities and large urban areas.
The first of the Saddle Up books will be released in 2010. Our goal is to release 2 books each month thereafter.
Please send your submissions to submissions@... with Saddle Up in the Subject line.
Don’t forget to read our submission guidelines before you submit.
*Permission to repost granted*

Monday, August 31, 2009

Word Search for My Contest

Hi everyone. I thought I'd do something a bit different with this so here goes. I've put together a word search featuring "Master's Mistress". Find all the words and let me know how many there are. All correct entries will be put in the bowl for the draw!

http://www.armoredpenguin.com/wordsearch/Data/2009.08/1420/14200849.389.html

Click on the link, you can select it as a pdf or html. Have fun and good luck.

Julia Knight Interview


Please welcome Julia Knight author of Ilfayne's Bane.
Me: What inspired you to begin writing?


Julia: Two things really. Firstly, CJ Cherryh. I adore her heroes. I always fall for them, hook line and sinker, and I wanted to be able to do that to readers too! Secondly it was all Johnny Depp’s fault lol. I watched a film of his ( The Brave, I don’t think it was released in the States) and it’s one of those films that really makes you think. What it made me think about was the nature of sacrifice, what people would do for their families. Not long after, Ilfayne popped up in my head and refused to shut up until I started to write about him. A daunting prospect – I’d written nothing more than a shopping list since I left school!

Me: For each writer their genre is the one they’re comfortable with. Why did you begin writing within yours?

Julia: Well I read so much fantasy, it only seemed fair to write it. I just love the escapism of it, the fact that anything can, and does, happen. And so it goes writing it – you can make anything happen as long as it has an inherent logic within your world, and you think about the consequences. Or as Terry Pratchett has it ‘You can have flying pigs, provided you make sure that those who live under heavy flown flight paths have very stout umbrellas’. For me it’s the consequences of the fantastical elements that really make the world come alive.

Me: What was your initial reaction when you got that first contract? Have you had anything else contracted and if so what was your reactions? Did you have the same emotions?

Julia: My initial reaction was complete disbelief! I’d only been writing for about 3 years. Surely it must be a spoof e-mail. Right? When it sank in though I was thrilled. I told everybody, even the postman. I’ve just signed a contract for the sequel to Ilfayne’s Bane, Love Is My Sin, and my first thought was ‘phew, it wasn’t a fluke then’ *laughs*

Me: What would be your one piece of advice for anyone interested in getting a book published?


Julia: Perseverance is the key, and never stop learning. Okay that’s two, I cheated. But really it does come down to that. Never think you’ve learnt everything there is to know, keep reading and learning. And never give up, never surrender! If there’s one thing that published writers have in common, it’s that they never gave up.

Me: What sort of goals do you set for yourself with each project?

I tend to have two sets of goals. Daily and long term. So I write every day, and try and get a set number of words in ( 1 thousand is doable for me) If I go over, great. And the long term goals. My current MS, the third in the series, I hope to have the first draft ready at the end of August, tidied up and sent to betas by the end of September and the final draft done by Christmas. I’ll let it rest periodically in between drafts, but I work on other projects then, so I’m always writing. If I miss a day, it’s all too easy to miss the next day, and the next and before you know it life takes over and I haven’t written anything for a month.


And before I go, I’d just like to say a big thanks for the opportunity to talk to you.
Me: Thank you so much Julia for stopping in. It was great chatting with you. For anyone whose interested you can find out more about Julia's book and her other writing project at http://samhainpublishing.com/romance/ilfaynes-bane or Julia's blog http://juliazknight.wordpress.com/home-page/blog/.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Start of my Contest/Giveaway

With the upcoming release of two of my full length western historical's I wanted to share with you, my readers my contest to help me celebrate. So here goes, in October, after the release of Love Thy Neighbor I'll be drawing three names.

The first prize winner will get the entire back library of my work, that's THREE full length Novels and one Novella.
Second Prize will be a choice of TWO of my books.
Third prize will be a free copy of my Christmas Novella released Dec. 08 as well as a mystery gift.

The rules are simple, read the excerpt and answer the trivia question correctly. Submit your name, email address, and the answer to me via my contact page and your name will be added to others for the draw. I'll also be posting some fun activities such as word searches and interviews with special hints. Good luck to everyone and I hope you all enjoy yourself.


Excerpt from Christmas For the Cowboy

“Excellent.” Holly hung up the phone and pushed the curtain aside. She stepped into the warm spray and sighed. The heat of the water washed away the makeup, the hairspray, everything that she’d plastered on to be someone other than herself. Holly rolled her neck under the shower, her hand already scrubbing at the streaks of black mascara that trailed along her body. The familiar smell of rosemary filled the room as she used the hotel’s shower gel to cleanse away the painted lady.
After washing out her long hair, she turned off the water and stepped out of the shower stall to smile at the man who held a bath sheet open for her. “I didn’t mean to wake you.”
“You didn’t,” he replied, and pulled her closer to him.
She responded to his gentle kiss before she tucked her head under his chin. “I’ve ordered something for us to eat.” The explanation came easily as she pressed heated kisses along the tanned flesh before her.
“Good, you’re gonna need the energy,” he teased, and swatted her on the rump as she scurried out of the bathroom. “Did you get coffee?”
“It’s on its way, along with your luggage,” Holly called back, and opened her suitcase. She pulled out the red silk nightie she’d made and slipped it on. The familiar comforting sounds of the shower filled the room as she moved the wine off the table and made room for the room service order.
When it arrived, she paid the tab, tossed in a tip and set it down as the bathroom door opened and her lover stepped out. He leaned against the doorjamb and watched her. “Does your husband know where you are?”
Holly rolled her eyes thoughtfully. “Does your wife?”
Tyson chuckled and moved to hold her close. “You know what time it is?” he whispered, his attention on the digital clock.
Holly turned in his embrace and shrugged. “So? I’m usually just going to bed at this time. I have a good excuse for being up this late.”
“Food, woman, you need the calories.”
Holly laughed warmly and sat down on the edge of the bed. She took the plate from his hands and set it in her lap. “So cowboy, tell me about yourself.” Her gaze was steady, unyielding, but not unkind.
“I ride rough stock. Broncs, bulls in the CPRA.” He paused and looked at her. “You know what that is?”
Holly shrugged, fully at ease with this particular word game in their annual ritual. “Figure it’s something to do with rodeo. Go on.”
Tyson spoke clearly, detailing his exploits of the past year until the accident. “That bull’s a prize-winner. Never been ridden and I thought I could beat him. I wanted to finish the year in grand style, to be top ranked for the Finals and it didn’t work out that way.”
“So what are you going to do if you can’t go back?” Holly tossed her napkin onto the empty plate and sat it aside. His answer was worth so much and she waited impatiently to hear it. Despite their role-playing, this conversation had far reaching consequences that could alter her future drastically. She shifted to hide the tremble in her body, the fear that raced along her nerves.
“I don’t know. I’ve never done anything but rodeo so not being able to do it is kinda hard.”
Holly nodded. “What about ranching? Why can’t you do that?”
Tyson stared at her, a multitude of emotions on his face. “It’s not the same. We run a small ranch when I’m not on the circuit.”
“What does your wife say about this? Doesn’t she resent having you only a few nights a year? I mean, you’re my lover and I could do with more than a few weekends. Is it enough to keep your relationship together?” She pointed at the pale band of skin around his ring finger.
“She wants me to stay home, to ranch. Sure I’d like to be able to be home every night but the road has some real perks to it. There’s a wildness, an untamed quality to it. When we’re together it’s great, the sex is great, the laughter, the conversations but,” Tyson shrugged uncomfortably, “I just don’t think I can ever stay put. Moving from place to place is something I’ve always done. I can’t stop being me.”
Holly nodded carefully, her eyes dropped to her lap. It was a familiar refrain, one she’d heard before and she felt her heart break a little. Sometimes it was an uphill battle to be the strong one, to be the one that waited. Now was one of those times. “So you’ll continue chasing the circuit then?”
“I’m not sure. I’m headed home in a few days and after that I’ll see.”
Holly smiled and shrugged. These few days weren’t about choices that affected them in real life. This was her time, time to be a woman. Her chance to be sexual, to explore the dangerous side of her desires without worry or concern for the consequences. She pushed her disappointment aside and smirked at him. The bed shifted beneath her as she got on her knees and reached for the plate in his hands. “Well, let’s see if we can fit a few more hours of excitement in, shall we?” she whispered, and leaned forward to kiss him.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS: What's the significance about this weekend with Ty for Holly?
The answer will be revealed Friday, August 28th, 2009.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Interview with Suzannah Safi




For each writer their genre is the one they’re comfortable with. Why did you begin writing within yours?

I am a romantic person by nature. So, whatever I write: paranormal, contemporary, horror, and suspense, I mix it all with romance. The thing with my writing is that I don’t know what I will write next, it could be any mix of the romance genre, so it is not one writing style I stick with, but several.

What was your initial reaction when you got that first contract? Have you had anything else contracted and if so what was your reactions? Did you have the same emotions?

My first contract was with The Wild Rose Press for my contemporary romance novel ‘Worth Every Breath”, which is coming out in e-book and paperback in September 2, 2009. When I received the email from the publisher congratulating me, and offering a contract, at first, I blinked few times before it hit me ‘I’ll be a published author!’ After the first dance around the living room, and calling all the people I know to tell them about the news, I sat quietly savoring the moment. After that I received another contract with Champagne Books for my paranormal romance novel ‘This Time You Are Mine’. The feeling was the same as the first time I received my first contract definitely. The joy of knowing that my babies are going to see the world, and they will be enjoyed by readers is indescribable.

Do you have to do a lot of research to write the books you do or do you write within the fields you know?
Oh my, research is not only time consuming but also exhausting, but I love every minute of it. As an author you have to do lots of research, and that’s why most authors are knowledgeable about many subjects. I don’t necessarily write about what I know, only because I’ll be limiting my creativity, and I have a wild one when it comes to writing romance LOL. Talking about myself as an author who likes to write about all types of romance genres, I tend to research lots of subjects, you never know what you will find. I consider knowledge a precious jewel, without it you can’t be complete. When you have knowledge the sky is your limit.

What would be your one piece of advice for anyone interested in getting a book published?

Don’t ever give up; it takes time to get published. Be wise when you search for a publisher, don’t just go with anyone. It’s important to know if the publisher you are seeking is suitable for the genre you are writing in. Also is the publisher selling or not? Do your research on any publisher you are submitting too, it will save you time and effort in the long run.

What sort of goals do you set for yourself with each project?

My goal always is to enjoy what I write, if I am not enjoying the story no one will. When I get an idea for a story, I write it first as an outline, then I research all the materials for the story, save them, then start my journey. And what a journey it is, I live in my stories, experience what my characters are experiencing, live their lives, feel what they feel. It’s a world I create, people I meet, and experiences I go through.

What promotional avenues would you recommend to those who are newly published?

Use every avenue: bookmarks, brochure, internet ads, contests, book trailers, even talk to anyone about your books. You never know when you will make a sale.

For authors who are interested in having a professional book trailer created for their books to market, please visit my Book Trailer Design Company at www.design.suzannahsafi.com

Upcoming Contest



Its HUGE!!!!


Wow! With two full length historical novels due out in Sept. and October I'm holding a massive contest.



Starting August 25th I'm going to be posting clues and excerpts on my blogs and website. Along with each clue there will be a single question about the clue/hint you'll have to answer.


Collect all the clues/hints for a chance to win the entire back library of all my books in e-book format. This includes, Christmas For the Cowboy, Master's Mistress, and my upcoming releases Borderline Sin, and Love Thy Neighbor.


That's FOUR books in all plus a special 'freebie'. On October 5th I'll be doing the draw.

The prize break down will be as follows:






1st. Place the entire back library - including the 'freebie'.

2nd. Place one full length e-book of the winner's chosing from the library and special freebie

3rd. Copy of my novella on CD as a PDF Christmas for the Cowboy as well as a mystery gift.


The rules are simple: Leave a comment answering the days trivia with the correct clue.
Feel free to back link your sites/blogs with mine (I'm shamelessly trying to drive people to mine)
Have fun! And yes that's a rule. hehe.

Come out and have a great time - and learn a bit more about my characters and books!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

An Interview With Mike Davies

For each writer their genre is the one they’re comfortable with. Why did you begin writing within yours? First, my primary genre is a hybrid between suspense and romance. There’s two reasons that a big alpha male would even try to do anything with romance: First, I think in modern society love and relationships have been maligned by the media. You see signs everywhere, especially in youth that treat relationships as a throw away commodity. Why not do something to convey that there is a reason God made men and women bonded at their heart. It’s how I feel on the inside, its what I believe in. Second reason, I’m a Wussy when it comes to love, always have been, always will. No, I don’t write pure romance, rather I create stories that deal with how the bond between a Man and woman can give them the strength to overcome adversary. In other words, I write about relationships from the male POV. Why add suspense? Because I have so many images and scenes of an intriguing nature floating around in my warped mind, why not write about ‘em.

What was your initial reaction when you got that first contract? Have you had anything else contracted and if so what was your reactions? Did you have the same emotions? After two years of climbing that steep mountain, I finally got my first novel (TAINTED HERO) published in 2007. Hard journey, but there's something special about seeing your story released by a publisher and appearing on amazon and BN.com. Then the real work begins. Writing the second (FORGOTTEN CHILDREN), and the third (BLIND CONSENT), and the fourth (VEIL OF DECEPTION), etc. I’m now working on my sixth novel. Here’s what is the same across all of ‘em: The thrill of seeing the book covers the artist comes up with, the high of holding the first copy of the paperback in your hand for each release, the excitement each time I get a five star review. What’s different? My energy level is decreasing. I find I have to force myself to sit down for the first 3 or 4 chapters. Yet, once my muse starts stroking me in just that right way, I’m good to go for 90000 words. The promotional effort consumes so much more time than I ever imagined and wears on my creativity more and more.

Do you have to do a lot of research to write the books you do or do you write within the fields you know? I do a lot of research on places, environment, and the way things work. If there’s any science involved, I make sure it’s realistic. When I reference objects, houses, tress, animals, everything that exists in the world, I try to make sure I describe it with words and imagery that makes the story real to the reader. There’s a happy balance between too much and too little detail and I use my wife as my barometer (she reads about a book every two days). I’ve gone so far as to take a trip to a new area just to absorb the environment of the story. Fort example, my seventh novel will be a romantic thriller partially based in the Outer Banks of NC.

What would be your one piece of advice for anyone interested in getting a book published? I post the lessons I’ve learned about what works and what doesn’t with 24 other authors at TheWritersVineyard.com, and also post a series of articles every 3 months in the Brass Spectacle magazine. In terms of the best advice I can give to someone aspiring to write, here are a few of the axioms I’ve learned across almost four years struggling to become a published author and trying to improve my skills with each story:
a. Find someone, hopefully two or three, that will read your scripts and be brutally honest, I mean brutal. Then listen to their comments with an open mine, and don't make excuses why they aren't reading it right. Be prepared to learn and grow with each story. Listen to all pre-reviewers, editors, and the publisher. You'll learn a lot.

b. The big five and agents are interested in established commodities where their risk is minimal. A newbie doesn't fit that category, unless you're a politician, actor, or have major connections. The small publishing houses are more open and can provide a higher probability entrance into the field, but it is still hard.

c. The query letter and synopsis really means the difference between success and failure. One small house said they received 23000 submissions a year. How are you going to float to the surface of that queue if you don't grab them on the query letter before they even get to the manuscript?

d. Get accustom to rejection. I received over one hundred rejection letters before I got my first contract. And from what I’ve read at the writer’s forums, I was lucky

How did you family/friends react to your decision to become a writer? My wife is unbelievable. Never complains about the time I spend in the backroom. My two sons (both who write fiction) have contributed so many great insights. I have about half a dozen friends/family that bug me about my next script so they can read it and help catch typos and offer ideas.

Places that I contribute/post articles about writing – TheWritersVineyard.com, RomancesSuspesneNovels.com, Brass Spectacle magazine

My website – Davisstories.com

Five star reviews – See the review page of my website

Excerpts – See the excerpt page of my website.
Book trailers – I have two videos that discuss the origin behind where the stories come from and their connection to me on a personal level. You can find both on my website.

Please Welcome Candace Morehouse, author of Golden Enchantment



Good morning everyone, welcome to Candace's moment in the spotlight. I hope you'll find some useful and entertaining insight into her writing and being an author.




She was kind enough to answer all the questions rather than the five I asked for. Without further ado, here she is:





What writing style do you use and why? I write by the seat of my pants. A story is never fully developed until it’s done because the characters tend to take it in new directions.

When did you begin writing? When I was about 7 years old – my first book was entitled “Mr. Fathead Goes to the Moon”, about a character who looked suspiciously like Mr. Potato Head.

For each writer their genre is the one they’re comfortable with. Why did you begin writing within yours? I’ve always been a sucker for romance. When I was a teenager, it was away to go somewhere other than reality – a place I could imagine I was beautiful and popular and my knight in shining armor was just a coincidence away.

What was your initial reaction when you got that first contract? Have you had anything else contracted and if so what was your reactions? Did you have the same emotions? When I got my first contract, I was excited beyond belief. I whopped and hollered, sending my son running out to the back patio to see what was going on. After five contracts, the thrill isn’t there in quite the same intensity anymore.

Do you have to do a lot of research to write the books you do or do you write within the fields you know? Both – I tend to write about things I know, but I also do very intensive research for historical because I want them to be as authentic as possible. Suspicion of Love is the one book I’ve written that really stretched my abilities in both ways – the location was a place I’ve never been and the Edwardian era was one that required a lot of research.

What would be your one piece of advice for anyone interested in getting a book published? Have a lot of patience. The publishing industry moves at a snail’s pace compared to the rest of the world.

How did you family/friends react to your decision to become a writer? They were supportive, to some extent. The family liked the idea but didn’t like the fact that I spent so much time on the computer. Friends still think it’s neat.

What sort of goals do you set for yourself with each project? To finish and to sell it – that’s it. Finishing is the most difficult for me. I tend to start at least a handful of projects at once, then get stumped and move on. Eventually I go back to all those others manuscripts waiting to be finished, but it can take a good long while.

What sort of music do you listen to while you’re writing? I love country western, which really puts me in the mood for writing contemporaries and westerns. When I am writing a historical, I go for classical music. Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is a favorite.

What promotional avenues would you recommend to those who are newly published? That’s a tough one. Out of all the promotion I’ve done online, I’d have to say the most effective is still face-to-face interaction. Some will disagree, but readers rarely select a book from all the millions out there by an author they’ve never heard of – so it is important to establish relationships.

How do you feel about the difference in e-book and print publishing? Have you noticed a difference in how readers respond to your work? I love e-book publishing for its ability to offer my books throughout the world. E-publishers are also more daring; more willing to try new authors and break away from the tried and true plot lines New York publishers are so insistent upon. Since I’ve only been published in small press, I can’t speak to anything else, but I do love my publisher, her vision, and her ability to grow her company when others are failing.

What are you reading right now? I’m reviewing a book for Reading New Mexico called “Woman Who Glows in the Dark”. It is a New Mexico curandera and curaderismo in general, which I find fascinating. After that, I am ready to delve into New Mexico author Sabra Brown Steinsiek’s romance novels, Annie’s Song and her Time trilogy.


For more information you can contact Candace at her website: http://www.candacemorehouse.com/

Thursday, August 13, 2009

An Announcement

Hi everyone,

Wow its already into August so quickly. Where does the time fly? This Saturday I'll be hosting three very talented authors from Champagne. They'll be talking about their books, their personal choices and other tidbits. Come out and join us for the day.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Summer is really heating up

While I realize that this post has little to do with writing, I wanted to share it with you. We're currently going through a record breaking heat wave here at home. This past weekend we had a huge, huge lightening storm. Over 12,000 strikes were recorded. Today on the way home we saw the smoke plumes from three fires and heard about another three that have sprouted up within the past two days.

Temperatures are up there as well, 40 degrees Celcius (105 degrees fareinheit) and aren't helping the fire situation. In the past two weeks thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes due to the fires.

Its a terrible time and one that is reminiscent of 2003 when those here watched an entire town die with the carelessness of one person. Friends, family, people I'd grown up knowing lost their homes, their livelihoods in a firestorm that wiped out a small town and destroyed a multi-million dollar mill.

The town has begun to heal - although its no where near the way it was six years ago but the mill is gone. Jobs were lost, lives destroyed and millions of dollars spent fighting a fire that could easily have been prevented.

Now we're in the middle of another summer that's shaping up to be more destructive. Out of 340 fires at least 197 were caused by man...that's not a very good statistic. It's makes me wonder why and how we've gotten to this point.

If I may ask, please keep a postive thought to those of us in British Columbia Canada. We're walking with dragons and hopefully we'll come out unscathed, wiser but unharmed.

Take care and we'll talk to you soon.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Some news to share

Wow, its been a while since my last post. I have to admit without internet its been beyond difficult to access the internet long enough to update my sites...but I've got it back and I'm going to be posting on a regular basis.

Today I thought I'd update everyone on what's been happening in my crazy, whirlwind life. Its been mostly good stuff - I've gotten numerous books in contract with two coming out within the next three months.

Master's Mistress made the #1 bestseller list for Champagne Books in May, and has been selling quite well. I ordered books from the publisher and sold out within hours of their arrival!!! I was amazed - especially considering the economy and everything. Alas, everyone loves a good book to curl up with.

Borderline Sin is coming out September 7, 2009 and I'm super excited about it. It's my first foray into multiple nations. She's Canadian and he's a US Marshal in the late 1880's. I'm hoping all goes well and it sells steadily.

Love thy Neighbor is coming out in October 2009 from Champagne and I've already got people waiting for a copy!

I've started back to work and am working full time 40 hours a week. A rather daunting task since I'm also writing three novels at the same time - two full length and one anthology. I've found that the amount of research has increased expentially - in fact I'm bogged down with researching PTSD for one of the novels.

Keep you eyes out for upcoming details of contests and special freebies that will be making an appearance in the coming weeks...

Happy reading and good writing. Until next time.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Wow! Here's an update for everyone.

Once again Michael Davis has done it! He's got another of his top-notch thrillers available. Check it out on his site at http://davisstories.com/.

"Michael W. Davis has once again written a top-notch thriller. He starts out with a bang, then steps back and slowly reels the reader into a story both believable and otherworldly. As the truth unfolds, the horror of what happened to the town and its inhabitants many years before leads the way to a stunning conclusion. Blind Consent is a necessary read for thriller lovers everywhere. Michael W. Davis fans can only hope he is hard at work on his next novel.", 5/5 stars, Reviewers top choice. Here's the link if you want it:


http://www.nightowlromance.com/nightowlromance/reviews/Review.asp?ReviewId=3407

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Taking a Moment

My how real life seems to have gotten away from me lately. I've got so much on the go its hard to know where to start. I am however, super excited about my upcoming plans. I've got several new projects on the go including the second of "Master's" Trilogy featuring Ninth century Ireland.

I've begun working on a new book as well (I'm writing two at once if you can believe it) that's set in 18th century France during the Seven years war. Its also an erotic novel **Gasp** so I'm going to be holding a contest for a pen name. The winner will be gifted with a special collection of my work and I'm looking forward to it.

Gotta run but feel free to post a comment or question and I'll try to get back to you asap. Have a great week and happy Spring.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Upcoming releases


Yippee! Finally it has arrived. Master's Mistress will be out in March of this year. I'll be holding a contest the last week of february to see who gets a free copy! Come out and join me.