Monday, January 11, 2010

This Week's Interview is with Rebecca J. Vickery

Rebecca J. Vickery is here today with us. She's the author of romantic tales with a twist. Let's give her a warm welcome. Leave her a comment and ask her questions. She'll be by today to answer them. *Don't forget to leave your email in the comments. There will be three drawings and a chance to win one download from Smashwords. Winner's choice of one of her three releases. Three lucky winners! Drawing will be on Sat. Jan. 16th.

Tell us a little about the author. (Bio, tidbits, likes, dislikes. If you use a pen name, why did you choose to do so?) Rebecca J. Vickery is my real name. I’ve been married longer than I like to remember to a man with the patience of Job. (It’s necessary to put up with me.) Our son has given us 3 beautiful grands, one who lives with us most of the time. I have a very full life and enjoy reading, of course, RVing at the beach, fishing, and long walks. I hate cooked greens, but love them in salads and I’m a Dr. Pepper and chocolate addict.

In Following Destiny, your heroine, Andrea Duncan inherits a special ring that can open portals. Can you tell us how you came up with interesting story plot?

I heard a bit about a serial killer on the news. Just after that I saw a beautiful mood ring advertisement. The idea just bloomed. I adore MOOD rings, but I wanted something really special and different to be attached to this particular ring. Andie and Mason’s story took off from there.

Tell us a little about the heroine and hero in Following Destiny.
Andrea Duncan is an average, modern young woman who has had a horrible year. She is shocked to find she has inherited a house and a “too weird” ring, but relishes the idea of finally having a home. By the way, she loves to cook. Mason Keeler is an easy-going, southern sheriff who really wants to be a rancher. He is burdened down by responsibility and his commitment to the town. And Mason really likes to eat. Can you see where this is going? (LOL)

Andrea’s ancestors speak to her through the portal the ring opens. Without giving too much away, are they there to protect her? Or warn her?
Well, there’s a serial killer in town and he is preying on women. So, maybe a bit of both. (Secretive smile)

I have to say the ring on the book cover is gorgeous. Can you tell the readers how they too can own this ring? (*Of course portals are not included or are they? lol)
Portals are up to the imagination of the wearer. (wink-wink) Tracy at http://TraceEllements.com handcrafts the most beautiful rings and jewelry imaginable. She offers the “Moody Blue Ring” (http://www.traceellements.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_28/products_id/832) at a very special price. She can also add stones in varying colors. Not nearly as expensive as you would think for handcrafted jewelry.

Tell the readers a little about Surviving With Love. How much research was involved in creating this adventure story?
I researched the location and weather in the Saddle Mountain area and the Bitterroot Wilderness as thoroughly as possible without actually going there. I read a lot about tracking and gleaned tidbits from law-enforcement officers for the hostage rescue information. As for the camping and hiking skills, they came from first-hand knowledge from my younger days.

Tell us a little about your mystery tale with a twist, Looking Through the Mist.
This story actually came to me in a dream sparked by the real abduction of a child. I dreamed I had a vision of where the child was and could help the police. Of course, that wasn’t real, but it made a great story. Jessie and Johnny, the lead characters, would not leave me alone until I got that one finished. And one of the secondary characters is still poking me to remind me he wants his own story told. I’m hoping to start on it in June.

I love Looking Through the Mist’s book cover. The eyes really grab you. Who was the cover artist? How about for your other wonderful covers? Did you help to design them?
Laura Shinn is an independent cover artist, and an author in her own right, who designs all my covers. I send her the descriptions of my main characters, a brief synopsis, and my favorite scene then she performs her “magic.” I guess you could say I help in that I send her positive thoughts and I recognize THE right cover immediately. We work really well together and her covers get better and better.

What are your current projects and works in progress?
I’ve just helped start a new Yahoo Group for authors and readers called Romance and More Promotions. It’s growing by leaps and bounds. Seeking Shelter, a contemporary semi-Inspirational romance, should be released the end of this month. I’m also working on Finding Treasure, a paranormal contemporary, set in Seattle and Healing Rain, a novel about a touch healer. You can see I try to stay occupied. My hubby says it keeps me out of trouble. (LOL)

Tell us about Operation Ebook Drop.
The book give-away I'm part of is Operation EBook Drop for deployed military personnel. It was started by Ed Patterson, a military veteran, who is also an author. We have over 200 authors and publishers participating now and I personally have 75 (plus) troops on my list. I joined before Christmas as a special project and I've enjoyed it so much I hope to stay involved as long as I can be of help. For more information email Ed Patterson at: (edwpat at att dot net)

Most important question, tell the readers where they can find you:
Home website: http://www.romancewithatwist.com
Blog: http://www.rebeccajvickery.blogspot.com
EBookpage: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rebeccajvickery
All of my other sites and pages are listed on my website. There are too many to list.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?
I just want to say I am so thankful to everyone who reads my work, be-friends me in this crazy world, or follows me at one of my sites. I appreciate each and every one of you. And when you have a chance, “pay it forward.” It really does work.

Would you like to share a video, blurb or excerpt?
My videos and blurbs are easy to find on my home website.
I’d like to share an excerpt about the “ring” from Following Destiny:

“You commented on the ring when you saw me wearing it. Somehow it… Well, it opens a channel or something for these voices. The stone glows then there are lights from it sometimes.” Andie held her hand up between them to draw his attention to the age-tarnished silver ring with the odd blue stone.

“Rose’s antique mood ring?” Mason shook his head. He loosened his hold on her arms, but didn’t turn loose. “Andie, it’s just a ring with a stone that changes depending on your body temperature.”

She emphatically shook her head causing her thick cloud of blond hair to brush his hands. “It’s more than that. When I take it off, it draws me back to it. At first, I couldn’t understand the voices. They were all jumbled up, mostly just whispers. They sounded like bees in a swarm or the way a distant crowd sounds talking all at once. You were there the second time it happened. When we shook hands, I understood what they said to me. I was so surprised I almost fainted. I thought surely you could hear them, too. You caught hold of me, remember? You told me it must be the wind?” Andie desperately wanted him to accept what she said. Her eyes pleaded with him to believe her.

“I remember,” he agreed softly. Mason could see she was very serious about this. He felt torn between believing her outright and his duty to get to the bottom of what was going on. Mason knew she could see the uncertainty in his face. It probably ruined whatever chances he might have to get closer to her.

Andie let him steer her back to sit on the sofa before she went on. “That night, after we met, the voices told me he was watching her. But I didn’t know who she was until the next morning. I swear I would have told you, if I knew it was real or who it meant. The voices said he had his large, strong hands on her neck and that it was too late.” A tear ran down Andie’s left cheek, but she seemed totally unaware of it. “When I heard the news that a woman died, that she’d been strangled, I almost lost it. I didn’t know what to do, Mason. I almost called. I had the phone in my hand.” She looked down at the ring she twisted round on her finger. “I decided you wouldn’t believe me. I hid the ring in a drawer not wanting anything else to do with it. Then at your office, I connected those dates to the ones I saw on Grandmother Rose’s notes and I—I put the ring back on.” Andie reached up to swipe at the tears.

“These voices from the ring told you he’s chosen his next victim?”

“Yes. He’s watching her. I’m so afraid that—I’ll know he’s going to kill her but I won’t be able to do anything about it.” Her tears fell faster. She was thankful when Mason pulled her close. He rubbed her back then she felt him push her hair away from her face.

Rebecca's Ebooks can be purchased at:
Smashwords - http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rebeccajvickery
Barnes & Noble -
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/results.asp?ATH=Rebecca+J.+Vickery
Amazon - http://tinyurl.com/ygcl6p9
Rebecca's Print Books are available at:
Amazon - http://tinyurl.com/yk2c779
CreateSpace –
Following Destiny - https://www.createspace.com/Customer/EStore.do?id=3409102
Looking Through The Mist -
https://www.createspace.com/Customer/EStore.do?id=3409095
Surviving With Love –
https://www.createspace.com/Customer/EStore.do?id=3409112

Thank you for your time, Rebecca. It's been wonderful having you here today.
Thank you so much for having me. I enjoyed being here.

Enjoy a book video of Seeking Shelter:
http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p=a29e4873766e1c75fe761d&skin_id=701

26 comments:

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Rebecca for coming by today and sharing your wonderful tales with us.

lastnerve said... Best Blogger Tips

Just wanted to stop by and give Rebecca a huge hug! I love love love your books and can't wait to read Seeking Shelter. I highly recommend all of her books! Don't enter me in the contest as I have them all already. Loved the blog today!

Val

Sarah Simas said... Best Blogger Tips

HI Rebecca and Karen!

Great interview from two great ladies!! I enjoyed learning more about such a wonderful lady. :)

I don't want to sound like Donkey on Shrek, but, "Pick me, pick, me, pick me!" LOL
thelovestrucknovice@gmail.com

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Karen, it is a real honor to be with you on your blog. And you know I love talking about my stories.

Hi Val, I needed a hug this morning. Thanks so much for coming by to give me one. I am so glad you enjoyed my books. I'll be sure you know the exact moment SS is published. LOL

Hi Sarah, You sound like my granddaughter Taylor. LOL I love it!!! Thanks for dropping in so early. You guys almost caught me before I had my coffee.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Forward Message from(SARA SEYMOUR) Paranormal Monday


Ms Vickerty; My question for you is this: How did you become a published author?
I mean, what exact steps did you take on the way to becoming published?

Thanks alot, Sara Seymour (dsayless@yahoo. com)

Redameter said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Rebecca,
I know I've read "Looking Through the Mist" and it was a great read. Can't wait to read the
others. I'm also on Operation Ebook Drop, love participating. Mark Coker who runs Smashwords is
really working hard to make Smashwords a #1 publisher. But taking part in this is so uplifting. You go Rebecca!!!

Laurean Brooks said... Best Blogger Tips

Great interview, Karen and Rebecca! Sounds like an exciting read. Y9u go, girlfriend!

If Val recommends your books, you KNOW you've got talent.

Hugs,
Laurie

Miss Mae said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Becca,

Congrats on being so prolific with your books, and for all the high quality reviews too. I think the Seeking Shelter cover is so awesome, and your new video showcasing it is absolutely beautiful. You are a talented woman in so many other ways besides being able to "string together a couple of sentences". :)

My question: Why does self-publishing work better for you? And do you have to purchase your own ISBN's? (Okay, that's a couple of questions. Still...LOL)

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Sara,
Sorry to be so long before posting your answer. The first thing I did was lots of research. Then using what I learned about the process (through sites like Writers Write, Preditors and Editors, etc)I perfected my manuscript as much as possible and began to send out Query Letters. It was a long, time consuming process with lots of rejections. Then finally a 'Yes.' I'm sad to say that traditional publishing was not a good experience for me for a number of reasons and I quickly made the change to self-publishing. Again, I had to do my research and find the best options for my work. Once I decided on where I wanted to publish, I had to re-edit and reformat my books and follow the guidelines from the publishers. And here I am. If you need a more detailed answer, please feel free to email me privately. Thanks for asking.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Rita and Laurie,
Two of my favorite cheerleaders. LOL Thanks so much for coming by and the super nice words and encouragement. It means so much.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Miss Mae,
Always a pleasure to see you. Thanks so much for the boost to my ego. Hubby says I'm not going to be able to get my head through the door soon. LOL

As to your questions, self-publishing works for me because I enjoy controlling the process. I also appreciate the higher percentage of royalties. When I finish writing a book, I choose the editor and how extensive I want those edits to be. I pick my cover artist (Laura Shinn for as long as she will have me as a client) and I decide if I want to publish in ebook, print, or both. Ebooks do not at present require an ISBN and I have found a few print publishers who will provide an ISBN at little or no cost as long as I follow certain rules. And since I was doing the primary promotions and marketing, even when I was with a more traditional publisher, that hasn't been a big change. There are things I miss about traditional publishing (the support system and "being accepted" but so far self-publishing is a much better choice for me. Thanks so much for asking.

Erotic Horizon said... Best Blogger Tips

Waves to Rebecca...

I have been blessed to find your work last year and I still maintain Surviving With Love is just the bomb...

Stunning book for a whole lot of reasons...

I was lucky enough to read your other two book as well and I wanted to ask

1. [b]Surviving With Love[/b] is such a different book from the last two, they have a more psychic feel to them.. Which I enjoyed.

Is there a reason for going that root...

2. You have really strong female lead, the heros have to man up - (be men, act like men) to keep pace with them - Was this the intent or did these women take over your pen....

Thank for the interview
You are without a doubt my best find of 2009...

E.H>

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi EH, (waving back wildly)
So glad you had time to stop by. I'm really glad you found me too.
To answer your questions, my characters do seem to take over my pen and write their own stories. With Surviving, I intended to go a different way (and I think you even commented on the "change" in the middle) but Stacey (the heroine) would have it her way or no way. LOL Until I gave into her, the story wouldn't go forward. And the psychic leanings weren't planned, but just sort of happened. I'm fascinated by psychic gifts and love books about them. Guess that interest manifested itself in my work.
Next question:
I really don't enjoy books about weak women being used by men. I don't think anyone has to worry about that in my stories. I have had to be a strong woman for most of my life and I'm married to a strong man who has to be very much a man to put up with me. Guess that comes through to my books too.

Becky said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great interview! I enjoyed learning more about Rebecca and her stories. Seeking Shelter sounds real good and I can't wait to read it.

beckyqward(at)gmail(dot)com

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Becky,
Thanks for dropping by. You were one of my very first fans. LOL I remember you contacting me even before Surviving was released. Thanks for hanging in there with me.

ParaNovelGirl said... Best Blogger Tips

What a suspenseful, exiting storyline. I love it!

The ring is awesome too. I just have to get one. Thank you for providing the URL so I can order one.

Hugs
Franny

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Franny,
Thanks for coming by. I hope you love the ring as much as I do. And check out the great earrings while you're there too. Gorgeous!!!

EA said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful interview. Always a treat to get into the mind of the lovely Ms. Vickery.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi EA,
Thanks for coming by and the kind compliment. It's always a pleasure to see you.

Clover Autrey said... Best Blogger Tips

I really love how you have connected the mood ring with her ancestors. Very nice. You never know what will spark the idea for a great story.

Cheryl said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Rebecca,

Well, better late than never, I say! LOL I enjoyed reading your interview--Karen asks some great questions! I know your books are doing well, and just wanted to say "BOO-YAH!" and congratulations! Cyber hugs coming your way--I will e-mail you soon.
Cheryl

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Clover and thanks for coming by. You are so right. The strangest things seem to set off my Muse and I have to write it down.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

HI Cheryl, Cyber hugs right back at ya! Thanks for dropping in, I know you are super busy. Don't see how you do it all. Catch ya later.

Diane Craver said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, your books sound awesome. I'm sorry to say that I haven't read any of your books yet, but definitely will.

Thanks for a great interview!

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Diane,
So glad you dropped by. Thanks for your support during the past few months. It means a lot to me.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Sarah, Diane, and Becky,

Congratulations! You are the winners of Rebecca J. Vickery's drawing! Please contact Rebecca on your choice and preference from one of the three books listed below. She will send the coupon code to you ASAP for your free download from Smashwords. There are 10 different formats, including reading right from the site, so hopefully one of them will fit your needs.

The books and links for a preview are:

Following Destiny
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/5145

Looking Through The Mist
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/4283

Surviving With Love
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/4865