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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's Author Tuesday!

Usually, I post an author interview on Tuesday but as my author hasn't gotten back to me, I will take the time to promote other authors' work I have been more than privileged to read and explore. I consider it the least I can do for the indie writer community. 

There are many of us out there who are so incredibly talented, I feel absolutely overwhelmed they would share their work with me, yet another indie writer. 

I never hear indie authors complain they have nothing to read as we have so many sources, often times free books are involved for a review (and no, it doesn't have to be favorable); I've had several okay reviews from other indie authors and believe me, it is about improving our craft so we can compete with the big 6, not giving each other high fives for a *mediocre* job well done. I would like to share some of the authors I have read and know. Will you appreciate all their work? No, but if you find one to like or love then that is worth this post in gold. Without further ado, here they are!

Libby Hellmann: She doesn't need an intro from me but she is amazingly talented and I have just started reading her work. I started off with Easy Innocence, a very gripping read, but I also have Toxicity and Set the Night on Fire to read as well. This woman knows her work and easily is one of the best female writers out there in the mystery/detective sleuths category. I would easily put her in the same category as J Carson Black. 
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Innocence-Georgia-Davis-ebook/dp/B001UE8J4Y
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Set-Night-Fire-ebook/dp/B004C43IFY/
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Toxicity-Georgia-Davis-Prequel-ebook/dp/B005KK9MM2
Tracie McBride: I can't say enough good things about this author. Not only does she have a wicked collection of haunting stories available on Amazon called Ghosts Can Bleed but she has helped me with my work several times. It is an honor to know her and I think myself a lucky person to have discovered her at all. She is talented and I am waiting for a full length novel by her which hopefully will be coming out soon. 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ghosts-Can-Bleed-ebook/dp/B004XTX056
Christine DeMaio-Rice: The women is not only an author but a very talented cover artist as well (Ms. DeMaio-Rice has also done several covers for me, including Forever 27). Did I mention she just released a new book called Dead Is the New Black? Perfect for a cold night in a warm house and just about anyone who liked Sex & The City for the fashion element alone. This woman knows a grip about the industry and she's just opened the doors for all to see!
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Fashion-Avenue-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B005MEG38C/
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Valley-World-Fantasy-Elementals-ebook/dp/B004QWZBMK

L.M. Pruitt: Okay, this is a shout out to one of my girls. I have a few others I will be promoting but her first novel, Shades of Gray, was a ride I just wasn't expecting. She is an excellent paranormal/urban fantasy author and I believe she will blow everyone's socks off when she releases her next novel titled Frankie. Sign me up, I am waiting with bated breath!
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Shades-Gray-Magdalyn-Novel-ebook/dp/B005HB1J1G
Laura Eno: Mmm, an author I can kindly mention Dean Koontz next to and not flinch. Her novel, Deadly Intent, is very gripping and I can't describe it any other way. It is one of those books which holds you close and doesn't want to let go. She has also dipped into fantasy with other works and romance too. This is definitely a renaissance woman we are talking about here and a Jill of all genre trades!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Intent-ebook/dp/B005CRGQ1S
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tempest-Child-ebook/dp/B0052Z93NS
Lizzy Ford: Another renaissance woman, here! She even does YA which is a plus because when my daughter comes to me begging for something more grown up, I know what to  download for her Kindle. Did I also mention Lizzy gives a lot of her books away for free? What can be better than that? Better start snapping them up before the door shuts and she starts charging for all her books (she should)!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Damians-Oracle-ebook/dp/B004JN0KHM
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Katies-Hellion-Rhyn-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B005347RCW
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Maddys-Oasis-ebook/dp/B0059JF6BU/
Sarah Woodbury: I have to give another shout out to my dear friend and YA author. I love her books set in ancient world of King Arthur's court. She is absolutely talented and although she needs no help from me in the sales department, she is a wonderful author who knows way too much about a more chivalrous period. Another I wouldn't have any problem downloading for my daughter's Kindle.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Good-Knight-Medieval-Mystery-ebook/dp/B005OLTU8I
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Last-Pendragon-Saga-Pendragons-ebook/dp/B005MGAOS0
Shea MacLeod: I have given this girl so many shout outs, I can only hope it helps her shift some copies of her work. The Sunwalker Saga is by far my favorite paranormal collection of work and she has a new series coming out next month. Can I just say triple wow? And we have another Morgan Bailey book on its way in December. She just made my Christmas!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kissed-Fire-Sunwalker-Saga-ebook/dp/B005I58P1S
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kissed-Darkness-Sunwalker-Saga-ebook/dp/B0058PIWJ8

Sebastian P. Breit: One of the first men on this list but he is talented and did I mention he's German? As in born and bred? Which makes Wolf Hunt, a novel set in both the future and past a gripping piece of work as it is written in English and not just "English to get by English" but actual, gripping and moving English which takes you right there in this bleak world of what could be and what might be if we continue on the world course we are now. I absolutely loved this novel from the first word. I can't wait until the next novel is released.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Hunt-Burning-Ages-ebook/product-reviews/B0056QJGN0
Allen Schatz: Can I just say wow? First I should preface this whole love letter by saying I don't like baseball but his Game 7: Dead Ball changed my mind about the whole sport. I still wouldn't watch it on television but I am more than happy to read about any baseball analogies he has in this gripping series. I am loving it!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Game-7-Dead-Ball-ebook/dp/B004R9QVFS
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Inning-Death-Marshall-Connors-ebook/dp/B0052XP9HE
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rally-Killer-Marshall-Connors-ebook/dp/B005H0XO42
Mike Cooley: My favorite prankster who happens to be a very talented writer. He won me over with his little indie publishing memoir, Traditional Publishing is My B*tch, and his lovely satirical short, How To Keep Sparkly Emo Vampires Off Your Lawn, a tirade from an eighty year old man who wants to be left alone but the vampires and zombies just won't go away! Did I mention he is a renaissance man and has a wonderful sci-fi novel by way of The Crystal Warrior and more novels in store? The man is a genius.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Warrior-Legend-Crystals-ebook/dp/B004RPZRMK
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Keep-Sparkly-Vampires-Your-ebook/dp/B0056KOMWG
M. Edward McNally: He has a fantastic YA collection that I would definitely trust my daughter to read in a few years when she is of age. He also has three short story collections he is giving away for free. The man sure knows how to reel 'em in and I am more than happy to help. Enjoy!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sable-City-Norothian-Cycle-ebook/dp/B004PLNNLS
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Eddies-Shorts-Volume-1-ebook/dp/B005ESFVV6
Athanasios: Another talented author who also happens to be a cover artist (see The Beautiful People series for an example of his fine art). He excels at both and can be found doodling over on his website when he isn't writing the follow up to his own curious take on the anti-Christ aptly titled Mad Gods.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mad-Gods-Revelation-Cancelled-ebook/dp/B004QOA768
Fellow bloggers, let's just say I don't ever want to hear from you I didn't give you anything. If you can't find a few books (or ten) from these authors to read then you are a tough crowd or I must have not covered the genre you like. No worries, I can wax poetic about indie authors all day. Look for an author Thursday. I left off a *lot* of talented people. Although on Thursday, it will be ladies' day. I suppose that will make next Tuesday mens' day but I'm hoping I will have an actual author interview to upload. Enjoy and happy reading!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Interview with Arshad Ahsanuddin

So, I am back on the Indie Writers Unite Blog Tour and this week, I am proud to announce I am hosting the talented Arshad Ahsanuddin, author of the Pact Arcanum series, or shall I say saga? These books are detailed works of art. I wanted to mix things up a bit though. Arshad seems so serious so I asked him some very fun and silly questions. He was only too happy to oblige. Without further ado, here is our interview:

1)      If you were an animal what kind of animal would you be?

2)      What is your favorite color?

3)      What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Lots of take-out.

4)   If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be?
Edmond Dantes, The Count of Monte Cristo.

5)      What was the last movie you went to see?
Green Lantern

6)      If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? 
Rapid Cycling

7)      If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be?

8)  If you were a car, what kind would you be?

9)  What kind of people do you dislike?
Self-righteous, arrogant jerks.

10)  How many close friends do you have?
Currently, six.

Arshad's Contact Info:

Arshad's Pact Arcanum Saga

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/61128
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sunset-Pact-Arcanum-ebook/dp/B004TTWMNG
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sunset-arshad-ahsanuddin/1102946111
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/61241
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sunrise-Pact-Arcanum-ebook/dp/B004SC9PVG
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sunrise-arshad-ahsanuddin/1102511376
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/62966
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Moonlight-Pact-Arcanum-ebook/dp/B00584OITW
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/moonlight-arshad-ahsanuddin/1103802280

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Write What You Know?

This post will be quite light-hearted and I admit, it peaked my interest based upon a thread running on Indie Writer's Unite. There is an old adage that we as authors should write what we know. Why, you ask, well, apparently if we tax our brains too much on subjects we don't know, suspension of disbelief will be lost and all we will produce is a bunch of drivel.

Say what?

I'm assuming Frank Herbert, James Patterson, Dean Koontz and Stephen King are writing what they know.

Mr. Herbert had the opportunity of exploring different galaxies and created a whole series behind it. You might have heard of the first novel in the series as it was a highly successful 80s film with a young Kyle MacLachlan, Sting (aka real name Gordon Sumner) et al called Dune.

We just know James Patterson writes what he knows. Not only has been been a black cop/former FBI agent who resides in Washington D.C. but he has also been an Irish Catholic police officer on the force in NY City, and a female police officer in San Francisco; in all three of his previous lives, he's dealt with more than his fair share of crazies, serial killers, et cetera.

Dean Koontz must be totally off his rocker, poor thing. I don't blame him for turning to religion; I would have too if I'd lived his life. Not only has he been haunted by the government (yep, it's always the "Man" trying to hold us down, y'all!) but he has been chased by aliens and seen demons hiding in people's bodies not to mention he has toyed around with some very disturbing serial killers who like to kill for sport, including his sex-change operation stint as a young Hollywood actress who was hunted by not one but two serial killing identical brothers from the wine country in California.

Poor Stephen King, the man must be mad as a hatter. Not only has he dealt with crazies and vampires but he has written of giant rats, a red-neck town taken over by aliens and he has met one of the Devil's minions himself and lived to tell about it. Then there are just all those wacky short stories he writes and we all remember how he suffered at the hands of his "number one" fan. It's nice to know medicine has really come far and he was able to make full use of his legs after what that crazy woman did to him. Do any of you people remember Misery? Everyone knows that was based upon his life as a number-one best-selling author!

Okay, you all get my point. I just find it a bit too hard to write what I know. I actually like doing research, believe it or not. I like exploring the deep secrets of Hollywood but the paranormal world is just as exciting. No, I have never been any of the characters I have written but I have faked them all quite well.

If I wrote only what I knew, all my stories would be sappy poetry the queens of Country music would froth at the mouth to turn into those heartbreaking songs we all know too well. My life, in the best possible way for me to phrase this, is a bit of a Lifetime movie and as I have lived it, well, I don't particularily want to go down memory lane again, you know what I mean?

So, I'll stick to what I am good at: making stuff up. It's easy and with countless research and a good plot, suspension of disbelief takes care of itself. The joys of being a writer: really, when you write, there are no hard and fast rules, and to me, that is just pure poetry!

Question of the Blog Day: Should authors only write what they know?
***All those who answer automatically qualify for a copy of my new novelette, Forever 27 (The 27 Club series) on an ebook format of your choice***

 What I am Reading: Morgan Bailey is in a world of trouble and this time, if she doesn't solve an earth-shattering mystery, a race of creatures thought to be extinct will be in very real trouble of the myth becoming a reality. Great reading and impossible for me to put down. Yeah, I'm drawing it out but it's like that with Shea MacLeod's novels. I don't *quite* like them to end.
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/82621
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kissed-Fire-Sunwalker-Saga-ebook/dp/B005I58P1S
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kissed-by-fire-shea-macleod/1105160405

Added to my TBR List:
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/87158
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Fashion-Avenue-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B005MEG38C
Exclusively on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Life-But-Dream-Grace-ebook/dp/B004JU21YU

Note: I mistakenly attributed Dune to L. Ron Hubbard when it was in fact Frank Herbert. I thank Mr. Ahsanuddin for noticing the error.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Politics of an Artist

I began thinking about this certain subject after I unfollowed someone on Twitter for talk I thought was just inflammatory and unfair. It reminds me of a particular episode which happened almost twelve years ago when one of my favorite artists, Marilyn Manson, said in an interview he would be voting for George W. Bush in the upcoming elections. Bush's camp responded that they had no wish to be associated with such an artist and thus, he could keep his "vote". 

All the people who read my blog tend to notice I stay out of politics and with good reason. It is like religion for me. You never know how another person feels and instead of insulting someone, I would rather insult no one at all. I don't know whether half my friends are Republicans, Democrats or Anarchists and I don't much care either because I feel everyone has the given right to think any way they wish. As long as we are friends, I consider there to be a mutual respect there; you respect the way I feel about certain issues and I will respect yours as long as the way you feel isn't defamatory or out and out racist in concept. I still take each individual as they come and never make blanket statements about any ethnic group of people. I tend to think of a lot of the problems we have in society nowadays as being class rather than race-ethnic issues. Poverty has touched people across the color scope and as long as those wealthy corporate industrialists realize they can continue to use the Proletariat's prejudices against them, they will.

So, what is this post really about? Well, I was discussing with a group of my friends about Stephenie Meyer and Twilight series. I didn't realize many of her fans didn't know she was a Mormon. There isn't much wrong with her choosing to be a Mormon but as they have some pretty inflammatory opinions about non-white people, I am a bit weary of anyone who chooses this sect of Christianity for themselves. It's a bit like asking a Jewish person to be friends with a neo-Nazi and hope their views about people of the Jewish persuasion don't get in the way. 

Ms. Meyer is an artist but she is also a person and we as people have free will to believe in what ever we want to believe in; what we might want to keep in mind is the public will find out and there might come a time when someone decides not to buy your work because of your personal views. I realize this all too well (I sometimes think I should have gone into Marketing had I not had a knack for writing). Once you become famous, your views no longer belong to you and what ever you think, you have the ability to influence, especially if you are an artist.

Has Mr. Manson turned me into a hardcore Republican? I'm afraid not; then again, he isn't one of those hardcore Republicans but a more moderate one who's more concerned with the bottom line. Republicans have always been, generally, the low-tax party and Democrats, the high-tax party. If you were a millionaire superstar, which party would you choose (unless you were disgustingly Warren Buffet-Bill Gates-Oprah Winfrey rich and don't much care about paying your share of the taxes)? I don't know about you but I'm not that wealthy yet and probably never will be. I don't mind paying taxes but I would like to bring some money home too. These are the values of the Republican party I have always found to be sensible. The morality issues, well, I won't open up that can of worms because that's what this whole post is about, offending people without really knowing it.

Yes, there are some people out there who are easily offended and it doesn't really matter what you say or do because they would look for an excuse not to buy your work anyway. But when you are talking about issues of ethnicity, sexuality (ie: areas of life people don't decide as there isn't a line you settle into before you are born to choose whether you want to be strictly hetero or strictly homo, Polish or Italian, Somalian or Lebanese, Japanese or Korean ... that's kind of outside any of our control, know what I mean?), it is always best to err on the side of caution.

Question(s) of the Blog Day: Do you think your political outlook influences your work as an artist? Do you feel you should be able to express yourself as artist regardless whether anyone is offended by your views or not, or do you believe it is okay to self-censor and tone it down a bit?

What I am Reading:
What is Morgan Bailey up to now? Buy Kissed By Fire and read for yourself!
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/82621
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1105160405
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kissed-Fire-Sunwalker-Saga-ebook/dp/B005I58P1S

Added to My TBR List:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/HALLOWEEN-COLLECTION-INDIE-ECLECTIVE-ebook/dp/B005LPGG0C
Available Free on Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/86993

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Change of a Dress... ;-)

I want to thank Athanasios for the work he has done on all my covers. This isn't a full post, just one thanking my new cover artist.

Here is a link to his website: http://www.mad-gods.com/
And his blog: http://mad-gods.com/blog/

He doesn't just work for me. He'll work for an author (indie/published/Big 6/whatever) who needs a little cover action so give 'em some love!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Done & Dusted...

So, it's no surprise to most of the people who know me I'm finally finished with Death Wish: Book I from The Vamp Saga. It was a lot of hard work but I was very disciplined and not to toot my own horn but it is some of my best work to date. It's been a long time since I have been truly proud of myself and this is one of those rare times where I can look back and say "wow, mission accomplished". 

It's not all fun and games yet. I still have to proofread and then it goes off to my editor, the awesome author and Permuted Press' newest star, Jessica Meigs. The Zombie Queen herself has decided to edit my book, how cool is that? I'm also working with the fabulous Sarah Billington for my entertainment-themed novels and all I can tell you is she is a sweetheart and both editors are worth every *single* penny they charge.

There was a huge blowup in Indie Writers Unite, a group for indies on Facebook, and it all amounted to whether or not indie authors need editors. It was kicked off by a talented and outspoken writer, Albert Benson, who claimed to not need the help of "leeches". I took offense but I will actually go into my reasoning here on my blog (isn't that why you have one?)... I love editors. They are the unsung heroes of the publishing industry and the ones who have lost the most during this whole upheaval during the big 6's "reconstruction efforts to make themselves lean, fighting machines".

Indie writers out there, you need an editor, there I said it. I know everyone can't afford one and you're free to do what worked for Cheryl Shireman and I, amongst other indie writers. We released our books (with the help of proofreading and beta-readers and writer's groups), let your first novel pay for its own editing and then re-release the clean, edited version.

I am doing this with The Beautiful People series but every other novel going forward, I will be using an editor. I will also offer every person who has purchased any of the books from The Beautiful People series the edited copies for free. I have my email address, Twitter name and Facebook info in all my books. Just write me and let me know you have a "jacked up copy" and I will gladly give you the new edited version (these will be out early winter of 2012 so I will definitely keep you posted).

Question(s) of the Blog Day: Do you believe, as an indie author, an editor is a necessity or a luxury? Why or why not?

What I am Reading: 

I can't tell you what it is about as I have just begun but it is an explosive story with lots of twists and turns. RJ Palmer is a genius in the making and Birthright is one of the best novels I have read in the past few years.
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/37466
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Birthright-ebook/dp/B0040GJGQO

Death Wish: Book I: yeah, unfortunately, it's not gonna proofread itself. I wish I could tell you what it is about but I'd have to kill you. It's very good, juicy, has a lot of heart and is one of the best books I have ever written. I am very proud of my baby. 
Amazon: Available 25/11/11
Smashwords: Available 25/11/11

Added to my TBR List: 
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/I-Zombie-ebook/dp/B004LGTRX0
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/36790 (Free!)
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Desert-Waits-ebook/dp/B005JEDRE8
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/85223 (Free!)
Amazon: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/84643
Smashwords: http://www.amazon.com/December-Moon-Raven-Saga-ebook/dp/B005JOXSZ6
Amazon: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/8169
Smashwords: http://www.amazon.com/Full-Wolf-Moon-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B004NNUZLE
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fall-Leaves-Black-Dragon-ebook/dp/B004NIFPBO
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/42410 
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Justice-ebook/dp/B005GCELB6
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/79731

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Are you Ready for the New Season of SOA?

When I first began Death Wish: Book I, my only goal was for it to be finished in time for the editing process. I have thirty-five hundred words to go and I find myself constructing the end as slowly as possible. Part of the reason is because I want to make sure it is something worth waiting for in terms of the reader. Another small part of me doesn't want to finish the novel but then again, I do want to finish. My deadline is now the 6th of September, 2011. What's so special about that date you ask? Nothing much unless you are a SAMCRO/SOA fan (that would be Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original/Sons of Anarchy to the unaffiliated).

You have to understand one thing about me. I am not a huge television person. In fact, I avoid it at all costs to be honest due to the sheer number of mind-numbing reality TV programs. Television has become a plague, a cancer which kills off people's brain cells and causes them not to read as much as they should unless it's entertainment mags or guides about television shows.

A French friend, Jordane, introduced me to both True Blood and Sons of Anarchy (although True Blood is divided between Manon and Jordane as they are both huge fans of the show). I had to catch up with both from the beginning. I'm all caught up now on TB and am actually watching the shows as they premiere every Sunday night on HBO. SOA has taken a bit longer but I am definitely a hard-core fanatic now and I haven't even finished the 3rd season yet.

So, what is it about this show which makes it so damned irresistible? A fine English hottie playing the lead character, Jackson "Jax" Teller (Charlie Hunnam but I've known him from way back... he was on the original British version of Queer as Folk not to mention a remarkable performance in Green Street Hooligans alongside Elijah Wood). The guy just has talent oozing out of his pores. Add strong female characters (Gemma Teller Morrow, portrayed by Katey Sagal and Tara Knowles portrayed by an outstanding Maggie Siff), Ron Perlman (Clarence "Clay" Morrow), Kim Coates (Alex "Tig" Trager), Tommy Flanagan (one of my fave Scot actors who portrays Filip "Chibs" Telford brilliantly), and Theo Rossi (Juan-Carlos "Juice" Ortiz), well you have a show made in heaven with excellent writing and a creator (Kurt Sutter) who definitely knew what he wanted the show to portray and the firm vision he imagined. 

I realize now shows are a lot like writing, if not identical. If the plot isn't thought out, the characters undeveloped and the story-line's weak, it all falls apart. That is what I am witnessing in the 4th season of my other favorite show, True Blood. Then again, the books leave a lot to be desired and the characters weren't all that greatly developed in the novels so what do you expect? Alan Ball is a genius but a polished turd is still a turd (sorry to all the Charlaine Harris fans out there . . . I tried to read the Sookie Stackhouse books and couldn't get past the first page).

Everyone has a different writing style and this is portrayed vividly whether it is for television, movies or books. I've learned the hard way that if a main character isn't strong enough (personality-wise, developed, complex), the whole story arc falls apart. I hope I have made a strong enough character out of Manon Mourey (her first name is homage to my very good French friend who introduced me to TB) and people feel like she can carry a series, let alone a novel. She has to be because if she isn't then The Vamp Saga is dead in the water before it ever began.

Now you know my motivation, well, let's just say I know I will be done in time for the season premiere of my new fave show, Sons of Anarchy. Long live SOA and long live SAMCRO. You've made me a believer in great, entertaining television programs again. ;-)

Question(s) of the Blog Day: How do you decide, as a writer, to construct your main character(s)? Do you write out a whole background or just wing it? How important is it for you to be able to identify with your main character and flesh them out in terms of suspension of disbelief?

What I am Reading: 
Belfast Girls tells the tale of three childhood friends who grow up during the time of the brokered peace deal in modern day Northern Ireland. They live, love, and grow but most important, it is a story of friendship in a place that has had its fair share of war.
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/31233
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Belfast-Girls-ebook/dp/B004DNWS3W

Easy Innocence is not a cut and dry story. There are so many plot lines and it is the type of edge-of-your-seat thriller which could teach Hollywood a thing or two about suspension of disbelief. This novel is not to be missed!
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/8485
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Innocence-ebook/dp/B001UE8J4Y

Added to my TBR List:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/85658
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Toxicity-ebook/dp/B005KK9MM2
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/38743
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Uncertainty-Death-Four-Horsemen-ebook/dp/B004KZOTM6
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/64965
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