Monday, August 26, 2013

The Writing World Has Changed @barbbradley @KMNbooks @phazeromance #Sci-fi

KAREN: Barbara Donlon Bradley pens 'out-of-this-world' romances for Phaze. Her tales have received five-star reviews at the Romance Studio and The Romance Reviews! Sci-fi and paranormal fans are sure to enjoy the fantastic worlds and memorable characters.  Let's give Barbara a warm welcome! She's here to chat about how the writing world has changed over the years.

BARBARA: The writing world has changed so much since I started writing back in the 90’s. I penned my first book when e-publishing was just coming a reality. A lot of writers embraced the idea, others thought it would never last.

Personally I was clueless. I wanted to be published one of the big houses. Who didn’t? To see your book in a bookstore? I wanted that thrill. You wouldn’t get that with electronic would you? The first books were on floppies – do you remember those? And you were anchored to your computer to read them. It wasn’t too long before the electronic publishers also released books in print. They were the large trade size and more expensive than the mass paperback but it was something you could hold.
Hmm, but I still wanted it in a bookstore. So I started to submit to the large houses. It didn’t take me long to figure out that my books didn’t fit what most of the big publishers wanted. I was writing paranormal when paranormal wasn’t popular. So I took a deep breath and submitted my book to an e-publisher. I could still have a hard copy and do book signings right?

I jumped for joy when they accepted my book and I’m happy to say that’s where I’ve been ever since. I’ve tried to sell to the big publishers here and there, but honestly I’m very happy with the e-pubs. They’ve been good for me. They don’t care about what is popular they just want a good book.

Now-a-days being e-published isn’t a bad thing. The conglomerate publishers are selling e-books. With all our electronic devices you don’t have to leave your home to find a good story. Don’t get me wrong I still love the touch and feel of a book, but now I can download it and if I love it then I can buy the printed version. I was always the one who babied my books – never broke the spine, etc – so now I can have my pristine book and reread the electronic version as many times as I want without destroying my copy. The best of both worlds.

Book 5 of the Vespian Way Hesitant Desire
Available at Phaze

Heather swore she’d never go back to Aruka after a mission had gone bad. The planet had an archaic view of women and Heather fought against those views, angering one man to the point of whipping her. Now Earth has requested she rescue a missing woman on that planet. She wants to say no, but Storm has already accepted for her, as long as he accompanies her. They hoped it would be a quick in and out assignment but didn’t expect to run into the man carrying such hatred for her all these years. Now they have to try to finish their mission while evading the man who’s only goal is to make Heather pay for her crimes.

About Barbara Donlon Bradley

Writing for Barbara Donlon Bradley  started innocently enough, like most she kept diaries, journals, and wrote an occasional letter but she also had a vivid imagination and wrote scenes and short stories adding characters to her favorite shows and comic books. As time went on she found the passion for writing to be a strong drive for her. Humor is also very strong in her life. No matter how hard she tries to write something deep and dark, it will never happen. That humor bleeds into her writing. Since she can’t beat it she has learned to use it to her advantage. Now she lives in Tidewater Virginia with two cats, one mother in law – she’s 85 now, her husband and teenage son.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Fun Friday: Lynching in Ireland by Karen Michelle Nutt @KMNbooks @SandraSookoo

Join me at Believing is Seeing for Fun Friday for an interesting tidbit of history!

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James Lynch Fitzstephen, the mayor of Galway was received in Spain with open arms. He wanted to return the hospitality and offered to show his host’s son Galway.

Monday, August 19, 2013

What's in a Genre? @CeliaBreslin @champagnebooks @KMNbooks

KAREN: CELIA BRESLIN is an award-winning author with Champagne Books Publishing. Her  fascinating urban fantasy and paranormal tales have hunky vampires, the supernatural, and of course romance. Her new release, HAVEN, won Launching a Star contest and the Colorado Gold Contest. Let's give her a warm welcome!

Haven: What’s In a Genre?
By Celia Breslin

You have chocolate in my peanut butter, romance in my urban fantasy...

I’m a major urban fantasy fan. But I also love romance. So, when I sat down to write HAVEN, my urban fantasy featuring vampires (my other obsession), love had to play a major role in the narrative.

Urban fantasy, by definition, takes place in an urban setting, often occurs in present day, contains supernatural (fantasy) elements, of course, and is often written from the first person perspective.  Haven meets these criteria. The story is set in San Francisco in a world rife with preternatural creatures and the reader experiences the adventure from the heroine, Carina Tranquilli’s point of view.

Haven is also a romance. Carina meets her destined soul mate Alexander, and, thanks to Team Evil in hot pursuit, the two of them must fight hard for their relationship. Carina also struggles to trust her new and sudden feelings for this hot, undead musician Fate has deemed her forever mate. Will these two lovebirds overcome all obstacles and achieve their Happily Ever After? Sorry, no spoilers here. ;-)

Book Blurb:
San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.

Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.

With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its head, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life...without getting killed in the process.


Turn around.
Was it a voice or instinct urging me on? Either way, the desire proved irresistible. I pulled away from Mark, pivoted, and forgot how to breathe.

The electric energy pulled back. The dizziness abated. All extraneous noise and people drained out of my perception until there was only Him.

Tall, fit, and bad-boy handsome with skin like pale honey, his thick, walnut brown hair hung tousled in a sexy, I-just-got-out-of-bed way. A hip, black, button-down shirt accentuated a sculpted upper body before it tucked into slacks painted on long, lean legs. The whole package made my mouth water.

Hot. Yummy. Totally my type.

“Who are you?” I whispered.

His mouth twitched in a hint of a smile as if he heard me—impossible given the distance between us. Heat spread, loosening my muscles, and my pulse sped up. Nerves. What’s wrong with me? Guys never made me nervous, not even gorgeous ones.

I nibbled my lower lip, mind racing to make sense of my reaction. His gaze tracked the movement and then slid back up. The heat from his stare hit me full force, driving a shaft of need through me. Energy rocked me again, a warm, electric breeze bathing my skin. My eyes widened in comprehension. The energy came from him.

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About the Author:

Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Inspiration Starts at Home @champagnebooks @historicalAllie @KMNbooks

KAREN: Allison Knight is an award winning author at Champagne Books Group. She's traveled around the world gathering research, but there is nothing quite like family history to inspire a fantastic tale. Let's give Allison a warm welcome!

ALLISON KNIGHT: I love history. I always have. Which I guess is why I write Historical Romance - mostly. My poor husband has had to take me all over the country to view houses and places that date to the 1800's of before. I even convinced him we had to go to Alaska, and the Yukon territory because there was so much history there. (I think he enjoyed that trip as much as I did . He sure got some great pictures.)

This love of history started a long time ago. My dad and mother both talked a lot about those relative who lived years before. I can remember my mother talking about playing with her grandpa, a violinist who played for the Yankee officers during their meals, during the War between the States. Then of course there were the tales of how the farm my grandparents operated had been part of the underground railroad before that war. But this story telling didn't end with my parents. I seems the whole family liked to tell tales.
When I was barely into my teens, my grandfather, a great story teller, assembled all of his grandchildren present at the time and sat us down in a circle around his recliner, and told us all about how he was born in a log cabin, with snow coming in through the cracks between the logs. He also talked about his grandfather, a teacher, and how the man traveled from one house (yep, he went to people's houses) and the children from miles around would come to learn in that house.

 I love this part. He was paid $1.00 a week, a huge salary for a teacher at the time, given room and board and that was it. Imagine teaching five or fifteen children, all different ages and skills, living in someone else's house for a month or two for a dollar a week. I guess because I taught school for years, I just can't see how he did it. But according to Grandpa, he was in big demand.

This love of history must run in the family, because my sister is a genealogist. Due to her research, we discovered that most of one group of my dad's family was killed at Ruggles Station in Ohio in the 1800's by the Iroquois Indians. My great (not sure about how many greats) grandmother and her brother were taken hostage. My grandmother had a deformed right arm. Her hand was at her elbow. She had no forearm. Because of her condition, the Indians thought her blessed by the spirits and she wasn't touched, in fact she was revered and was able to save her brother. The Indians traded her and her brother in the Detroit trade after she was captured, both of them unharmed. Not so the other captives.

So, I guess I could say the 1800's have always fascinated me. The differences between the United States, a struggling country early in the century and the English, offer another kind of fascination. Imagine yourself, a young American girl, a teacher wouldn't you know, with her independent attitude, having to go to England, to meet a half brother she didn't know she had. And then to find out this half brother, who's not a bad sort, plans to marry her off. I just had to make that the basis of my latest historical romance "Lynbrook's Lady."

I've tried Contemporary romance and while I enjoy writing in the present, I miss the research. The hours I waste, well maybe waste is the wrong word, looking up a bit of this or that for a novel has occupied an awful lot of my writing time. But, I've found out so many interesting things... For example, did you know that plaster casts for broken bones were tried back during the Civil war? I didn't but I discovered that bit of trivia looking for something else one day. So you never know...

 If you have relatives who like to talk about the good ole' days, or the really old days, listen up. You never know what you might find out. Like my poor great, great (a question mark on how many greats) grandfather got a whole dollar a week for teaching how many subjects to how many kids, with what kind of skills. Just a fascinating tidbit. Listen up for you may learn one even better than mine.


Betrayed and distrustful,beautiful Philadelphian, Abby Moore sails to England, marriage the last thing on her mind. A decent match is not for her, not with her secret. Waiting for her half brother, the Earl of Carrington, she finds herself in a compromising situation. Despite the attraction she feels for the Earl of Lynbrook, she discovers herself with a marriage proposal she can’t accept. In fact, she’ll do about anything to get out of the match and she says so.

Bradford St. James, the Earl of Lynbrook, doesn’t want this marriage. Even when he hears Abby denounce him, honor says he must marry. Although she tempts him like no other woman he’s met, he’ll say his vows then hide her away at his northern estate. But when accidents threaten his life, he begins to wonder just what Abby is willing to do to get rid of him.

Purchase your copy today at Champagne Books Group


Award winning author, Allison Knight claims she's married to the world's best husband because he works promotes and edits all her projects. The mother of four children and a retired  high school teacher, she moved from the frigid north to warmer climes. She has published twenty romances for both NY and digital  publishers. Her first contemporary romance from Champagne Books, Inc. is now available.  She is currently working on a medieval romance set in England, the fourth in a series about a Welsh family caught up in those times of turmoil.

Because she can never quite step out of teaching mode, she blogs often sharing the knowledge she gained writing and publishing in the romance genre.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

LinkedIn For Authors @KMNbooks @LinkedIn @WildRosePress @rebeccajvickery

Stop by Karen's Shenanigan's for just a few reasons why Linkedin is a great tool for authors... 

LinkedIn For Authors @KMNbooks @LinkedIn @WildRosePress @rebeccajvickery

Trying Something New @PatriciaKiyono @KMNbooks @AstraeaPress

KAREN: Multi-published author at Astraea Press, Patricia Kiyono took a chance and it paid off, putting her books in the Amazon top 100 Regency Romances. She's here today to tell her story.

Trying Something New
Patricia Kiyono
 Last Christmas Astraea Press, my publisher, put out a call for short romance stories set in London during the Regency Period. There were to be part of a special series called The Twelve Dukes of Christmas, and there were two stipulations: each story had to include a Duke as one of the main characters, and one of the scenes had to include a ball held at the home of Lord and Lady Kringle on Christmas Eve, 1812.

Though I enjoy writing historical romance, I'd never written a regency romance, and I wasn't sure I could do it. I've read lots of regencies, but writing one seemed quite daunting. After all, I'm from the wrong side of the pond, so to speak, and though I've visited England twice, I'm no expert. As Americans we're unfamiliar with the concept of a nobility class and correct forms of address for the different titles. Nevertheless, I accepted the challenge and came up with a story called The Partridge and the Peartree. It became my best selling book to date, putting me in the Amazon top 100 for Regency Romance.

I learned something from the experience. A good story transcends its setting. So many times I got bogged down, wondering how someone would say something to someone else and whether or not something would have happened in that time period. I nearly gave up several times, but a good friend told me to "Just write the story – you can fix the historical and cultural glitches, but you can't fix what you haven't written."

So this spring, when Astraea Press put out another call for summer regencies, I again accepted the challenge. This time I included my love of music and used that as the common interest bringing my hero and heroine together. A response to a plea on Facebook helped me choose the title Love's Refrain.

Here's the blurb:

Lady Laura Montgomery would much rather spend her summer at the family estate, but instead she must act as her stepsister's chaperone for the London season. She takes solace in her poetry books and in her love of music. They're all she has to comfort her as she once again faces the one man who stole her heart ten years ago.
Andrew Bradford, Earl of Covington, needs an heir, but he's not looking for love. His mother has made her selection, but he can't help being drawn to the girl's chaperone. Can he hope to make a match based on more than beauty and suitability?

Love's Refrain is Patricia Kiyono's seventh release with Astraea Press. During her first career, she taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies.

She now teaches music education at the university level.

She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her children and grandchildren. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures.

Love's Refrain can be purchased at Astraea Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other ebook outlets.

Author links: Patricia Kiyono can be found at her website, blog, facebook, and twitter @PatriciaKiyono