Thursday, July 28, 2011

1. What drew you to writing, and why did you pick the genre you write i

I grew up in the pre-computer era. If you wanted factual information you found it in paper books and newspapers. The "Word" was powerful and depending on how you used the words, could influence peoples attitudes and behavior. I realized this before I was nine years old when I decided I wanted to pursue journalism.

By the time I was in 8th grade, I published a weekly newsletter of local and upcoming events. Since we didn't have copy machines, I mimeographed my newsletter. I had a readership of over a hundred subscribers paying a dime to me each week.  Big bucks in that era.

I continued to work pro-bono as an editor or journalist in high school, college, and in my professional organizations gaining experience in publishing.

During my federal career I was only writing non-fiction, but my desire was to become a mystery novelist by the time I reached age sixty. I enjoy writing romance and Young Adult if the opportunity presents.


2. Have ever taken a formal writing course and if so what would you tell someone looking to take one?


I have taken many writing workshops offered by my professional writing organizations, but realized the correct way was to earn a Master's degree in Writing. Once I completed the two and a half year program at Seton Hill University, my marketable thesis was under contract with a publisher within a few months. Studying writing in a structured environment forces you to think and behave like a professional writer. That opportunity also provides you with the interface to your published faculty as well as with editors the university invites to their writing programs.


3. How long do you take to write one of your books?

Because I still work and have family responsibilities as well as handling those unexpected crisis, I read about ten hours a week and write twenty-five hours a week. I conduct my research after I outline my book. It takes about six weeks for me to produce a readable draft (definitely not a final manuscript) and an additional six to eight weeks to be happy with all the critiques and line edits before I draft a final manuscript for submission to a publisher.


4. Do you do a lot of research for your books or do you use your own experiences to help you write.


I write about the things I have experienced. But since I include a science-based theme in every mystery, I conduct the research to be certain my facts are credible and thus, believable.


5. What would you tell a new author looking to break into the industry?


Write what you know and with quality. Refer to the Chicago Manual of Style to write quality. DO NOT Self-publish any of your books. Submit your "FINAL" manuscript to a reliable and established publisher whose web site shows they can provide you opportunities to market your book if they contract with you. If the publisher offers you a contract, make sure the fine print does not include losing all your rights to your characters and your lifetime electronic rights as some "traditional" publishers do to new authors.  If the publisher rejects your manuscript, don't take it personally. Just revise following the publisher's suggestions. Once your first book is under contract, immediately begin writing another novel. Usually the same publisher will take your subsequent books. Also, publish with other publishers. Oh yes, the new author has a much faster chance of being contracted with an ePublisher rather than a "traditional" publisher who usually requires you to have a literary agent to get your foot into their door. After publishing your first twenty eBooks, take six months and write your best-seller novel.


6. ePub or Traditional Print house and why?
As mentioned above, the credible established ePublishers have less overhead and can publish books at a faster rate than the "traditional" publisher who has been cutting corners for the past few years due to the declining economy. You don't need to go through the agonizing process of finding a Literary Agent when you submit to an ePublisher. Moreover, more readers are downloading eBooks because it is cheaper than buying a paperback from the non-existent book stores.

Ellen Spain's latest release is...

PROM NIGHT SUMMER ANTHOLOGY
Secrets in the Fog: Danny's First Love
Danny Fennchar is a short and somewhat pudgy teen prodigy wearing broken glasses who looks forward to attending his high school Prom in a few weeks, and to attending college. There is a problem, at least to Danny. He is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and thinks his future plans are totally messed up. He doesn't have a date and in fact, being home schooled most of his life, never had a date except for his mother.. Danny is a shy and insecure 12th grader, until he meets Christine Dillon from his senior class, who is quite mature for her young age. Their romance blossoms.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Todays special guest is...


Thanks so much for coming by Lorelie, glad to have you.

LC: Thanks for having me. 

Prepared to go through the wringer lol...

LC Sure fire way.


PB: Why did you pick or rather why did the genre pick you that you write in? 
LC: I write romantic suspense and that’s what I enjoy reading most of the time, but also enjoy authors such as Harlan Coban and Andrew Gross.




2. How long does it usually take you to write your books? 

LC: About 6-8 months roughly, with lots of time for research, revisions, edits and plotting.


PB: Where do you get your inspiration? 

LC: A lot of times from day dreaming.


PB: Name at least two things about writing that you love/hate (can be one of each) 
LC: I love getting edits back from the publisher. It’s another ‘take’ on my story. And I hate when my characters take over and keep changing the plot.


PB:  You're faced with someone whose looking to break into the industry - what would you tell them?  Be patient, it takes time to get your name out there and to get followers.


PB: Do you have any writing snacks to feed your ‘muse’? 
LC: Yes, who doesn’t love chocolate? I love the mini Milky Way bars.
PB: Now there's a snack I can relate to. Be great to have a large bowl next to my desk all the time lol.

PB:  I hear you have two nooks out. Can you tell me what they’re about? 

LC: DEADLY DECEPTION and DEADLY REVENGE are the first two in the ‘Deadly’ series. They are romantic suspense about human trafficking. I became interested in human trafficking when I read an article in the local newspaper explaining that the local task force (didn’t know we had one) had performed a successful sting operation. It was happening in my town or my own back yard so-to-speak and I never knew. It really hit close to home. Since then I have become an advocate to top human trafficking so all the books of this series carries a message. There is also lots of sexual tension between the hero and heroine and real sex that keeps you turning the pages to the happy ever after ending.

PB: What’s your favorite book of all time?
LC: Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I know it’s old but it is still the best. I’ve read it over and over again.

PB: What’s a good book you’ve read recently?
LC: HUSH by Cherry Adair.

PB: What’s next on your writing agenda?
LC: I’m currently working on Deadly Deliverance, the 3rd in the series and from an investigator’s pov.  So far it is exciting.

PB: Where can your followers find you? 

LC:My website: www.loreleiconfer.com or my blog: www.loreleiconfer.blogspot.com or email me at loreleiconfer@tampabay.rr.com

Friday, July 22, 2011

For the moment, I'm going to turn the mic over to Lillian - who was kind enough to bring a couple of guests...but don't go anywhere when the interview is over... there's plenty more to follow today!



Lillian smiles at Jacob and Jonathon Deveraux, the two Hollywood hunks currently sat on her sofa. The younger of the two winks at her as he slides his right foot up on to his left knee and relaxes back against the cushions. His equally delicious older brother checks his watch.

Trying to maintain some level of composure, Lillian reads her notes and clears her throat.

Lillian: Thank you both for coming.

Jonathon: The pleasure is all ours.

Lillian: I’ve read a bit about your background. Jacob, it seems you fell into acting but I get the impression it was more of a deliberate choice for you Jonathon.

Jacob chuckles: I didn’t know what I planned to do with my life and acting came along but Jonathon was born to perform. Although, we figured he was destined for the circus.

Jonathon frowns at him: Why don’t people take me seriously. I’m getting my shit together.

Lillian: I did read that after the unfortunate events in Rio you were looking to redefine yourself, Jonathon.

Jacob: You mean give up on women, amongst other things.

Jonathon: Hey I like girls and, fortunately, a lot of them like me. But, after seeing Jacob and Charlene acting like loves young dream I figured maybe I should give monogamy and true love a shot.

Lillian: And how is that going for you so far?

Jonathon: I’ve had a bit of a set back, but I’ve hired someone to take care of it for me.

Lillian: Take care of it?

Jacob: He’s hired a PI, Georgina Stanvers to look into an unfortunate incident.

Jonathon: Yeah, about that. You failed to mention George was a girl.

Jacob chuckles: I know.

Lillian: It’s nothing serious is it? I would hate for anything bad to happen to you.

Jonathon shrugs: Time will tell.

Lillian: I’ll keep my fingers crossed and watch this space then. So, Jacob, talking about true love, how is Charlene?

Jacob smiles enigmatically: Fine, perfect.

Lillian: But she couldn’t make it today. I hope she’s not ill.

Jonathon raises an eyebrow: Nothing that some time won’t fix, hey Jake.

Jacob glares at him: I prefer you don’t talk about my private life.

Jonathon grins: So, the whole wedding proposal story is out of bounds then?

Jacob gets to his feet and drags Jonathon off the couch: We really need to be going now. Thanks for having us.

The two men shake her hand and Jacob shoves Jonathon toward the exit grumbling, “I should never have told you about the proposal.”

Jonathon shrugs him off. “Charlene said don’t mention it on Letterman. Does this look like Letterman to you? Letterman has no feminine charm what so ever.”

Jacob shoves him again. “Feminine charm is what got you into this mess. Just keep moving.”

Lillian fans her flushed face with her sheet of notes.

You can find out what happened in Rio in Speak to Me of Abduction out now and why Jonathon needs a PI in Keep it Under Wraps due out on 19th July with SirenBookstrand.

Lillian Grant - Siren Author

Please welcome our guests today for our coffee and biscuit chat. Allow me to introduce everyone, first we have Lillian Grant - Siren Author. Welcome

He maintained eye contact as she dragged the shirt over her head, but when she pulled her face free, she caught him admiring what had been hidden underneath.
Jacob’s focus traveled up to her face. Her cheeks flushed as his face lit up with a slow, sensual smile that started with his mouth and ended with his eyes. He ran his tongue slowly over his lips, his gaze roaming her exposed body, and Charlene shivered.
The look of desire in Jacob’s face as he stepped towards her made her pulse race with anticipation. Would he pull her into his arms and kiss her? Would she get to press her naked breasts against his chest?
Her stomach lurched with disappointment when he broke eye contact and wrapped the towel around her shoulders. Once she had covered up, he looked back into her eyes and chewed on his bottom lip.
Charlene met his gaze, goose pimples covered her skin. A pain started to throb deep in her gut, and she breathed more deeply.
Jacob’s damp hair fell in front of his eyes, and she lifted a hand to push it out of the way. The towel slid off her shoulder exposing her left breast. His gaze dropped from her face to her chest, and he reached out and brushed his fingertips lightly over her nipple. Charlene closed her eyes as her nipple hardened and a pulse of desire flowed through her. She fought back a moan, desperate for him to explore further.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Have another coffee the good stuff is here!

Welcome back Pembroke, Margaret, hope those chairs are comfy. Your readers have put together some questions for you...

 What made you pick your genre?
PS:  I write in several different genres, including western,science fiction, fantasy, horror and nonfiction, and really, I just write whatI feel likeSometimes a story will be more insistent than others, so I writethat and get it out of the way.

MK:  I am deeply interested in various paranormal and mystical subjects and 
have been for years.  My interests include reincarnation, out of body 
experiences, out of body travel, near death experiences, ghosts, after 
death contact, UFOs, alien abduction, ESP and more.  It is natural for 
me to think in these terms, so often my writing includes those 
subjects.  Both of my novels have been about reincarnation and my 
short stories are often SF, magic realism or mystical.

Replacing Fiona

Imagine being sixteen again without losing the worldly knowledge gained from age. In Replacing Fiona, a "dead" ninety-four year old woman accepts such an assignment, finds herself in the body of a teenage suicide and attends the girl's senior year of high school. Only now, it is 2004 instead of 1928 and she is acutely aware that her spiritual growth and possibly the fate of the world depend upon her success.

Sincerely,

Life after the Undead

Life after the Undead


The world has come to an end.  It doesn’t go out with a bang, or even a whimper.  It goes out in an orgy of blood and the dead rising from their graves to feast on living flesh.  As democracy crumples and the world melts into anarchy, five families in the U.S. rise to protect the survivors.  The undead hate a humid environment, so they are migrating westward to escape its deteriorating effects.  The survivors are constructing a wall in North Platte to keep the zombie threat to the west, while tyranny rules among the humans to the east.  Capable but na├»ve Krista is 15 when the first attacks occur, and she loses her family and barely escapes with her life.  She makes her way to the wall and begins a new life.  But, as the undead threat grows and dictators brainwash those she cares about, Krista must fight not only to survive but also to defend everything she holds dear—her country, her freedom, and ultimately those she loves.

Excerpt:


I will never understand peoples’ fascination with the apocalypse.  Why would you waste so much time and energy worrying about something you can’t change?  Besides, most of the time, it never comes to fruition anyway.  Remember Y2K?  What a hullabaloo that was.  People were so afraid computers were going to fail and throw society back into the Dark Ages that they were stockpiling supplies and moving into the wilderness so they could get away from technology.  Why would they move to the wilderness?  If technology was going to fail, wouldn’t they be just as safe in a city?  I guess they were afraid when technology failed, everyone would go crazy and start killing each other.  Either way, it didn’t happen.  I wonder how those people felt afterward.  Then, there was the whole 2012 scare.  This one was supposedly based on ancient prediction, so you know it was reliable.  Are you kidding?  Even the Mayans didn’t believe their own ancestors’ “vision.”  What happened was there had been a tablet that had the Mayan calendar carved into it.  The end was broken and faded, so no one knew what it said.  Our culture, being the pessimistic lot that we are, automatically assumed it was an end-of-the-world warning.  But, again, nothing happened on December 21, 2012.  Christmas came and went, and I think everyone, everywhere, even the skeptics, had a little something more to be thankful for.  Life went on as usual, and all those doomsayers faded into obscurity.

            The day the world did end was pretty nondescript.  By that I mean there was no nuclear explosion or asteroid or monumental natural disaster.  There weren’t even any horseman or plagues to announce the end was coming.  The world ended fairly quietly.  I couldn’t even give you a date because it happened at different times depending on where you were.  It was never predicted, and I’m sure a scenario that no one even considered.  Who really thinks the dead are going to rise from the grave and destroy the majority of the population?  No one but Hollywood, and we all know those are just movies.  But that is exactly what happened.  Those of us that survived were left wide-eyed, mouth agape, trying to figure out what to do next.

            There were a few who were able to pull their heads out and organize those left behind.  They made sure the populace had food, shelter, and protection.  They were saviors, the United States’ heroes.  Life wouldn’t have gone on without them, and it was pretty difficult those first few years after the zompocalypse.

Today's Coffee Chat will feature Pembroke and Margaret,

Please welcome both authors to the blog and feel free to ask questions - they love talking about their work lol.

Both Pembroke and Margaret write for eTreasures Publishing, a small press that's growing. To read their books you can check the out here.

Friday, July 15, 2011

What is your next big project?

HH-A I am currently in the final revisions of a darker mystery that takes place during WW II. Then I have a 3-act play to revise, plus several short stories calling to me. I tend to have 4 or 5 things going at one time. This way I never have writer’s block. I just move on to something else that seems to be more compelling. But I always finish what I start. It’s a blessing, it’s a curse. I can’t think of one writing project I haven’t followed through.

PB-A Currently, I'm working toward finishing the first book in a series that features immortal characters with a spin. Instead of working with the traditional characters, we selected afew that were different, trolls, centaurs, merpeople, demons, angels, elves, and more and gave them life. The series is planned for 10 books but we're marketing the first four to a prospective publisher at the moment.
If you could be any character, who would you be and why?

HH-A A: Well, for the sake of argument, we’re going to make it a character from the Alvarez Family Murder Mystery Series. In that case, I would say Lee Alvarez. I knew I wanted to write a mystery series with a human and likable protagonist, who had a few things going for her. Not perfect, but striving. I didn't want yet another protagonist who learned nothing, who was ostracized from those she loved, who owned one crummy black skirt and life was one, long penance. Lee Alvarez loves life. She’s funny and though she makes mistakes, she learns from them. Like most of us, she grows as she goes along. After all, life is what happens while you’re making other plans. Lee’s lucky to have strong familial support to see her through it all, even though they are often a pain in her jazzercised derriere.
If you mean any character from any book, that’s a lot tougher. Maybe Mame in Auntie Mame, by Patrick Dennis. She was a lady even the crash of ’29 couldn’t keep down. And she was always dying her hair a different color. I like that.

PB-A Hmm, I'd have to say Marie Logan from Bordering on Love. She's tough, self-reliant, with more than her share of flaws but she works hard to overcome obsticles and isn't afraid to be true to who she is. She's the kind of protaganist that makes you laugh, cry, get angry, feel sad  - because she's so willing to stay true to herself even if it means walking away from what she really wants.

Coffee and Biscuits Chat

Grab a cup of Jo, some of these wonderful chocolate chip cookies, and join us as we grill our guests Heather and Patricia...who gets the nice big comfy hot seat err chairs lol.

Welcome Heather, I hope you're doing well.

Thank you for having me.

So our readers have posed some questions for you.

  1. Why this genre? What was it about mystery writing that drew your attention?

HH-A: I love mysteries, always have. The first book I can remember reading as a kid, aside from Uncle Remus, was Nancy Drew’s The Secret of the Old Clock. I was nine at the time and it changed my life. I absolutely loved it! So when I decided to write a novel, I knew that would be the type. You know, a writer lives in her or his head 24/7 on a project. You’d better like what’s going on in there.

PB-A What could be better than romance. I write what strikes my fancy, be they historicals or even some paranormals. As a reader I'm well rounded, I think writing what I read makes sense. And what could be more romantic then writing about the time of knights and vikings, of cowboys and Cortesans.

Heather Haven visits

Not That I Write Literature

“Not that I write literature” was a phrase uttered by a well-known author at the book signing I attended for his recently released book, Perfect Alibi. Sheldon Siegel is an established, New York Times best selling author. More importantly, he writes books that are beautifully crafted, with flawed, well-rounded characters, intricate plots, easy, clear dialogue and superb pacing. In short, Mr. Siegel is a writer of such that he gives credit to the writing profession. His sincere, self-deprecating comment surprised me.

Webster Dictionary describes the word literature as “creative writing of recognized artistic value.” Hello there, Mr. Siegel.

Possibly all fine writers have the element of self-doubt as this author, the need to perfect their craft in each succeeding book, the looking back on preceding books as slightly lacking.

It made me wonder. Did Fitzgerald ever say at any of his book signings, it’s just a love story about a girl named Daisy? Could Hemmingway have said, what’s the fuss? I only wrote about an old guy and a fish? Did James Joyce ever comment that he was merely writing about Dublin society? It’s very possible.

Mr. Siegel’s proclamation could have been made because he writes genre, i.e. mystery. There is often a stigma attached to the writing of genre, something that often tells the author, if only in self-inflicted whispers, that his or her work is slightly less.

I sincerely hope this is not the case. For if the job of a book is to entertain, enlighten, or expand the experience of the reader -- and that’s what writers are taught to aim for in every writing workshop I’ve attended -- Mr. Siegel’s books deliver all three.

His latest novel, Perfect Alibi, is a compelling read. It deals with the human condition, imperfect relationships and the desire to make the world a better place. And, oh yes, it is a mystery. In my humble opinion, it is also literature.

The lesson I took away from this experience was to continue to strive for the quality of writing and depth of humility given to Sheldon Siegel. And, Mr. Siegel, thank you for a great read.

to be continued....
If you were faced with a new author, what is one thing you would tell them is a must to do and what would you tell them to avoid?

HH -A: First of all, avoid nothing. It’s all grist for the mill. Read authors whose work you like. Don’t be afraid to take the best of what they have to offer, whether it be plot, characterization, location, phraseology, or descriptions, whatever. I don’t mean plagiarism but try to emulate what makes the story sing for you. Everyone “borrows” and there’s no sin in it. We all learn from one another. Then, write, write, write. You can’t be a writer unless you write. Join a writing group. Take classes. Learn, grow, experiment, and discover yourself and what you excel in, your strengths and weaknesses. Lastly, never let anyone tell you, you can’t write. Scoff them, sneer them, expunge them. They don’t know what they’re talking about. They are projecting their own feelings of inadequacy upon you. Got it? Now, get out there and write. And revel in it. You belong to a wonderful club, the Writers of the World.
PB-A What Heather said. The only thing I'd add, would be to familiarize yourself with every aspect of the industry. Things like copyright, publishers and editors 'button's to avoid making any errors, and listen to them. If you get a rejection that explains why - read it, absorb it, learn from it and rewrite and submit elsewhere. Your job is to write and you'll not find success without getting out there and trying.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Please welcome Elaine Howe

Please join me in welcoming Elaine Lowe and her special guest today.

Thank you Patricia, for letting William and I come visit your blog today. Will is the hero of my fun summer read, Magic Eights, available at Ellora’s Cave, and I’m sure you’ll welcome him with open arms.

First, a quick blurb for Magic Eights:
A casual wish by a frustratingly horny wife results in a most unexpected bit of magic…


Susanna walks into her kitchen to see two copies of her husband of eight years, William. When they both seduce her, she’s helpless to resist. Who would want to? When another copy walks in and makes love to her, and another, she ceases to ask why, only, how much can she take?

Seven copies, one original, and all of them want to push her to the very brink. Can she handle them all? Sinful satisfaction is the best anniversary present, and eight is Susanna’s lucky number.

Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? You know you want to sample a taste of it. An excerpt can be found here: http://www.jasminejade.com/productspecs/9781419934971.htm


Now, what you’ve all been waiting for, talking to William Wong, the basis for each and every luscious copy in Magic Eights.


Hi William, how does it feel to be the star of your own adventure into magic?

(laughs) I’m still not quite sure what the hell happened actually. I think Esme managed to sneak some quality “magic” mushroom dust or something into that gift she sent to Susie, and both of us were hallucinating in the heat. But, I have to say, I’ve got no problem with the results of that particular trip. Anything that makes Susanna that happy has got to be a good thing. And hell, it’s San Francisco, we’ve got a pretty broadminded stance about that sort of thing around here.



Still in denial. How charming. How did it feel to be in multiple bodies at the same time?

Well, that was a unique experience. I felt like I should have woken up with the worst hangover headache of all time, trying to parse through eight different sets of thoughts, but somehow everything snapped together. And it’s not like I was trying to solve math equations or run a marathon in each different body…we all had the same goal, making Susanna very very happy. As she had a tough time walking the next day and has been incredibly bubbly and nice the past few days, I think we…I mean I….succeeded pretty damn well.



Do you think this experience, real or imagined, will have any impact on your relationship with your wife in the future?

You know, you think that after eight years of marriage that you know someone inside and out, but I’m constantly being surprised and intrigued by Susie. She’s an amazing woman. I think this whole thing simply brought out some of her erotic depths, made her have to tell me things she’s always wanted and was afraid I’d be scared off or something. Nothing could make me run from my woman. I love everything little thing about her, and all her wants and needs are incredibly arousing to me. I love pleasing her. I think we’re both more open now about what we want and need. I really do need to send Esme some kind of thank you gift!



Don’t worry, I promise that Esme will be having a fun time of her own very very soon. So, of all the trouble Susanna and your many selves got up to, which was your favorite adventure?

Oh man, you make a grown man blush. Do I really have to answer that?



Unless you want to disappoint all these intrepid readers?

Fine, fine. I really liked the dressing up part, ok. Susanna all naked and willing and me in all that starched getup was pretty hot, I have to say. I wouldn’t mind repeating the experience. Maybe with better boots. And more props. Susie would definitely get a kick out of that and it’s something we’ve never done.



Any other last words of advice for couples wanting to spice up their love lives?

Never be afraid to share what you really want, what you need. If you love each other, you want to please each other.



Woo, he’s one hot geek! He and Susanna are scorching hot and sweet in Magic Eights. Please check them out as well as my other books at my website:



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Have fun and keep reading!

Elaine Lowe




Monday, July 11, 2011

Welcome to Our chat

Pull up a chair, grab that cup of jo and have some of these wondeful cookies. Today we're talking to Cindy Cromer, our guest for the round table.

Welcome Cindy, glad you could stop by.

So, what motivated you to write in the genre you write in?

CC: Ever since I was little I have loved to read.  In elementary school, I'd rather read Nancy Drew mysteries than play in the playground.  Nerd right?  In eighth grade for an assignment I wrote a descriptive essay and was placed in the honors Literature and English classes in High School. At that time I had visions of becoming a best selling author but my favorite subjects were science and math.  Nerd again!  I majored in Chemistry and Biology in college, went on to become the president of a laboratory network, and wrote numerous research and technical documents, but in all of my spare time continued to read any mystery/suspense novel I could.  I always jokingly said one day I would write a book.  My family teased me mercilessly to write a novel since I had read so many.  One day while reading a fiction book by a well known author, I won't mention the name, I counted four characters with the same name.  That did it!  I threw the book down and did what I claimed I'd always wanted to do.  I sat down at my computer and contemplated a plot I'd like to read.  I created the main character, Caitlin Martel, and utilized my scientific and executive background and brought her to life.  Once I got going, the second book, Desperate Deceptions started to form.

PB: Sounds like you've got things worked out and are motivated to put together the next book in the series.  I hope you'll share more of Desperate Deceptions when it comes out.

CC: How long does it take for you to write a novel - and why?  That is a loaded question.  The first book, 404 pages, didn't take very long to write, a month or two.  Now that I have been through the editing process and have gained invaluable experience, the second is taking me longer.  I know what the evaluation team and editors are looking for and it scares me and I don't want to have any errors.  Then there is writer's block.  It is a real phenomena.  I'd like to take a moment to share some tricks I have to get past the frustrating points when words and creativity just wouldn’t come.   First I re-read the last three scenes that I had written to build my confidence and boost my self-esteem, convince myself I could do it.   When that doesn’t work, I read.   At this juncture, I deliberately choose books I wouldn’t typically or a book that I have  read before but didn’t enjoy.   Sounds a little strange, but this method works well for me.   For one thing, at this point I’m not enjoying the material and it motivates me to get going, knowing that I can create a much better book. Also, I can never predict when inspiration will hit.   Writing is 24/7, I can’t just say, “oops quitting time”, there’s no such thing for a writer.     

 PB: With so many publishers out there, new authors are always wanting to get into the industry. As a published author, what would you suggest to a new author? 

CC: Be prepared for rejection, sometimes it’s brutal.   If you believe in your work, don’t give up.   Be persistent, if you were rejected by an agent or publisher before, don’t be shy and try again.   Grow thick skin and don’t be offended, embrace each criticism and rejection as an opportunity to edit and polish your work.   Most importantly, always carry a notepad when a computer is not readily available. As I said above, you never know when inspiration will hit. 
 
 I have a funny story, about that burst of inspiration, coming at a time when you just can’t get to a computer.   I actually have several but I’ll limit it to one if you want to include.
 
One time we were on a cruise and perfect scene came to me.   I had nothing to write on but a bunch of receipts from on board charges.   So there I was, jotting down note after note on these little pieces of paper with the sea winds whipping all around.
  It’s taken some time, but my family has gotten used to me when I go into writer mode and drop everything to get down what I need to in writing, before the thought is lost.

 
PB: If you could talk to any author in history who would you choose? 

CC:James Patterson of course!  I'd love to meet him, dazzle him with my writing, and be selected to co-author a book with him.  Talk about dollars and royalties coming in!  Honestly, I'd prefer to make it on my own but would like to meet James, his diverse writing style is brilliant.  I'd also like to meet John J. Nance.  He has an incredible and interesting bio.
 
PB: What's your next book about? 

  I am currently putting the finishing touches and edits to my second book, DESPERATE DECEPTIONS, and it involves more family drama and suspense.  It is focused on the newly formed but strained relationship between Caitlin and her biological grandfather.   It could be considered a sequel, but I have written it as a stand-alone and the reader won’t be lost if they haven’t read DESPERATE MEASURES.   Of course, my goal is to propel the sales of my first book and make the reader want to read both.   I have a third and fourth book in rough draft format, and are completely different from the first two.   They are mysteries, but totally different characters and plots.  

Once I finish those two I would like to get back to a few of the characters I created in DESPERATE MEASURES, especially Tomas.   I created him as a minor role to provide a bit of comic relief to the reader, but he took on a life of his own and I want to create his own story line.   Barry Solerno also needs to be the main focus of a book.   I have no idea where I came up with him, but he became my favorite character.  Also, I a have children's book I have been dabbling with, no title yet, but this one shouldn't take me long to finish.

PB: Wow, sounds to me like you're a very busy woman and that you've got a game plan for your writing career.

If our audience has any questions please take a moment to ask them... next up Cindy's got some questions of her own for us!

Desperate Measures

by Cindy Cromer
The secret is out AGAIN…! This time lives are in jeopardy.
What should have been the perfect vacation soon became a nightmare. Caitlin Martel made a stop before meeting her family at Miami International Airport. A cryptic message waited for her. She dismissed the threat and assumed it was directed toward the brilliant scientist that she recently hired. Caitlin has no idea that a forgotten secret was about to explode and put her life in jeopardy.
When Caitlin and her family arrive on the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts, they find their dream home vandalized. In the kitchen, another message has been left. In blood, leaving no doubt that Caitlin personally is the target.
In a flashback Caitlin recalls the secret that her father, Jack Spencer, revealed to her sixteen years ago. He didn’t tell her everything. Will Jack be able to confront the truth and reconstruct the past in time to save his daughter? 
Caitlin’s husband Scott, FBI Assistant Director, also believes the threats are related to Caitlin’s professional life. Once Caitlin points out the significance of what was left in their home, Scott unofficially brings his top FBI agent, Tomas Medina, to St. Kitts.
When Tomas arrives, his status is quickly upgraded and the investigation becomes official. The third threat creates a direct link to multi-billionaire Lukas Bucklin.
eTreasures where every book is a treasure
The suspense escalates through twists, turns, and family secrets yet to be revealed. A powerful climax unveils an unlikely alliance between two deadly and dangerous enemies.

Coffee and Biscuits

Allow me to introduce today's victims er guests with some amazing books out. I hope you'll have plenty of questions for our guests.

Today we're featuring Cindy Cromer - author of Desperate Measures, a writer who is driven to succeed. Welcome Cindy, come on in and have a seat in one of the big comfy leather chairs.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Countdown has begun...

Join me as I celebrate the Twelve days of Christmas until my reprint Cowgirl's Christmas comes out. Today is day one... so see if you can find on my blog a wonderful, delightful picture of a horse... collect all 12 and you're entered into a draw for copy of my latest print release Bordering on Love and a copy of Cowgirl's Christmas.

HINT: The horse is brown.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Please welcome Pamela from Beachwalk



Please join me in welcoming Pamela from Beachwalk Press for today. This new publishing house, is the new home for my reprint, The Cowgirl's Christmas.

Welcome Pamela, thanks so much for joining us.

First, I’d like to thank Patricia for giving me the opportunity to visit here today.
A little about myself: I started in this business as a romance author, several years later I moved into editing, and eventually became the managing editor for Lyrical Press. Now with the opening of Beachwalk Press, I’ve stepped into the publisher position.
Beachwalk Press is strictly a romance publisher. We publish all sub-genres of romance. Our books range in length from 15,000 words to 75,000 words. All of them have a rating of “sensual” or higher. We are currently publishing only eBooks, although we may eventually move into print publication.
At this time our books are available in five different formats: pdf (for Adobe Reader), lit (for Microsoft Reader), mobi (for Mobi and Kindle), epub (for Nook), and htlm. When you purchase a book at our website, you will be sent a zip file which contains each of these formats. In doing that we avoid any “I ordered X format by mistake and really need Y format” issues. In addition, if our customers later change the way in which they read eBooks (ie: they purchase a new/different reader) and need a different file type, they will have that different file type available.
Opening an epublishing company has been a dream of mine for years, and I’m incredibly excited about our grand opening. Our first books will be available for purchase on July 18th, and I hope you’ll visit our website at www.beachwalkpress.com and check out what we have to offer. You’ll find some great books by some very talented authors.

I’d also like to invite everyone to join us for our grand opening celebration. All throughout the month of July readers will be given chances to win prizes. The grand prize will be a new eReader.
How to be entered in the drawings?

1)   Subscribe to our monthly newsletter. Once a month you’ll receive a newsletter in your email informing you of our new releases, special events, contests we may be hosting, etc. Every subscriber will automatically be entered to win prizes in our contests.

2)  Join our Yahoo group and your name will be entered a second time. Then each week during the month of July we will be posting a reader question at the Yahoo group—answer the questions to receive more entries into the contest.

You can subscribe to our newsletter HERE and you can join our Yahoo Group HERE
We hope to see you there!

Pamela Tyner
Publisher, Beachwalk Press, Inc.