Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Meet the Fab Five from Victory Tales Press @MarkeeAnderson @StephBurkhart #giveaway #authors


KAREN: I'm thrilled to have the authors of the 2014 VTP Summer Collection here at KMN Books Blogspot. Meet the authors and check out the Five Fabulous stories to start your summer reading!
***Giveaway: eBook copy of the 2014 Summer Collection to one lucky commenter!  Read on to find out how you can win a copy. Can't wait? I've provided a link to where you can purchase the book in your favorite eBook format. Enjoy!



Now let's meet the Fab Five!!

Markee Anderson
Story: Meet Me In Seattle

KAREN: If you were a book, what would your blurb be?

Markee: “Crazy romance with twists, turns, and a happy every after ending.”

KAREN: Every writer has a distinctive ‘voice’- what would be your voice’s tagline?

Markee:Fast paced, lots of dialogue, and unobtrusive settings.”

KAREN: Tell us about your story in the anthology. What’s it about?

Markee: Meet Me In Seattle by Markee Anderson
Madysen Duke has been coerced to participate in a reality show with her teacher friends. But little does she know, her high school flame is also along for the ride, with intentions much different from hers. Even though she's out for the money, he's trying to thwart whatever crime is happening right before their eyes.

KAREN: What’s next? Any works in progress?
Markee: I’m working on another cupid story, to be the second in the series.

KAREN: Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?
Markee: Join me on twitter (@MarkeeAnderson) and on Facebook ( for updates.

I live in Wisconsin, with a husband, three kids over 18, and a few pets. Because my life is kind of boring, I live vicariously through my characters.

Wouldn't it be nice to go back in time and relive the wonder of new love and romance? My husband doesn't know the meaning of romance, so I'm trying to teach him what women like. I firmly believe men could have whatever they wanted if they only read romances and took notes. I also think every man should take a Romance 101 class, filled with wonderful romance novels. Their wife or girlfriend would have to rate them at the end of the class.

Wouldn't the world be a nicer place if that were true?

You can find Markee Anderson on the web at:
Facebook: (Markee Anderson, Author)
Twitter:  @MarkeeAnderson

Stephanie Burkhart
Story: Arrow Through The Heart

KAREN: If you were a book, what would your blurb be?

STEPH: Down on her luck, Stephanie hopes to find her way in the U.S. Army. Honor. Integrity. Courage. Duty. Responsibility. Stephanie embraces the best the Army has to offer. She evens find love and marries in Denmark.

Marriage offers its own unique challenges. She leaves the Army and joins the LAPD as a dispatcher. The job allows her to explore her childhood dream – writing. Can Stephanie build a successful life for herself after a tough childhood or will she struggle for the rest of her life?

KAREN: Every writer has a distinctive ‘voice’- what would be your voice’s tagline?
STEPH: In the face of never ending challenges, hope buds like a delicate flower.

KAREN: Tell us about your story in the anthology. What’s it about?

STEPH: "Arrow Through the Heart" is set on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Ella is a tennis pro set to play in a match during the 4th of July holiday. She meets the handsome Logan Donovan and is quite smitten, but a stalker tries to sabotage Ella's play. Will her stalker destroy her life?

I think there's nothing that sums up the ambiance of summer than the 4th of July holiday. There's BBQ, fireworks, water, sunshine, ice cream, and pie. With that in mind, I chose a lakeside setting for the holiday. I wanted my heroine to be sporty and athletic and have that in common with my hero. Ella and Logan grew from that.

KAREN: What’s next? Any works in progress?

STEPH: I'm working on a short story for the VTP Autumn Anthology. It's called "Young Witchcraft" and it's set in Salem, Massachusetts. Rachel is a witch who doesn't like to be touched and Joe is a young man with a sensory processing disorder. Can witchcraft bring them together or will it tear them apart?

Book 3 of The Windsor Diaries, my steampunk romance series out! It's called "A Lady Never Lies." Jocelyn Dunkirk prefers leather dresses to tight corsets. Men avoid her like a dirty rivet. Prince Richard doesn't care. He intends to win Jocelyn's heart, but is Jocelyn willing to her father and her world for Richard?

KAREN: Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?

STEPH: You can find "The Windsor Diaries" series on Blog Tours all this summer with Goddess Fish Promotions. Victorian Scoundrel and A Gentleman and a Rogue are participating in review tours. A Lady Never Lies will have a book blast on 11 JUN. I'm giving out Amazon gift cards so I hope to see them on the tours.
About the Author:
 I was born in Manchester, NH but live in Castaic, California with my husband, Brent, and two sons, Andrew and Joseph. I have fond memories of Manchester, but have made California my home. I earned a BS in political science from California Baptist University in 1995.

I have been writing since I was 5, first making homemade comic books. Now, I work on creating short stories and novels. I spent 11 years in the US Army and over 7 years in Germany. Writing is a passion that still challenges me. 

You can find the author on the web at:

Gerald Costlow

Story: Taking Liberty

KAREN: If you were a book, what would your blurb be?

GERALD: Follow the life of Gerald Costlow as he searches for meaning in a world gone mad!  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cheer as our hero discovers that perhaps what he was searching for is inside him all along.

KAREN: Every writer has a distinctive ‘voice’- what would be your voice’s tagline?

GERALD: I like to get out of the way and tell the story from the characters’ point of view, using their words and thoughts and observations.

KAREN: Tell us about your story in the anthology. What’s it about?

GERALD: The theme in this story is how the struggles in life change people, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.  Our protagonist, Libby Bell, is faced with a violent ex-boyfriend who refuses to let her go.  She’s tried running away and discovered that doesn’t work.  We also are introduced to a man who has fallen in love with Libby and struggles to find a way to help.  What does she do now?           

KAREN: What’s next? Any works in progress?

GERALD:  This year I’ll be publishing the promised next novel in the Appalachia Romance series, and republishing a newly revised edition of my first novel, The Weaving. 

KAREN:Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers? 

GERALD: I hope everyone who reads my stories enjoys the characters and worlds I’ve created.  If Liberty “Libby” Bell comes alive and makes you care about her problems, I’ve done my job.  

About the Author
Over the past five years or so, has short stories published in magazines such as Shimmer and Flytrap, and several online webzines such as Silver Blade and Mytholog.

You can find Gerald Costlow on the web at:
Facebook:  Yes.  Feel free to send me a friend invite.

Larry Hammersley
Story: Marcy's Struggle

KAREN: If you were a book, what would your blurb be? 

LARRY: Marcy Mason is in her final year of graduate school pursuing a PhD in chemistry.  She has brains and she has looks but her struggle is in the romance department.  Can she convince Ross Franklin, the college’s star quarterback that she’s over a past flame and their vastly different backgrounds don’t make a difference?

KAREN: Every writer has a distinctive ‘voice’- what would be your voice’s tagline?   

 LARRY: Descriptive.

KAREN: Tell us about your story in the anthology. What’s it about? 

LARRY: Marcy Mason, a chemistry graduate student is pursuing her PhD.  She met Ross Franklin when they were in undergraduate school.  She was a senior and he was a freshman and second string quarterback.  At the time Marcy was hung up on Leroy Doyle but he only had eyes for Jody Stinson.  They moved away and got married.  Marcy can’t convince Ross that she’s over Leroy, but can she convince herself?   

When Leroy shows up on campus to give a lecture, Marcy must make all the arrangements.  Ross says it is her chance to prove she’s over Leroy.  After Leroy leaves Marcy knows she’s over him and wants Ross in her life.  Ross isn’t convinced and he also cannot get past their vastly different backgrounds.  He refers to himself as a dumb jock and her a very smart chemistry student.  Marcy tells him he’s not dumb and their different backgrounds makes no difference.  At one point Marcy is injured in a laboratory explosion.  Ross also takes Marcy to a party thrown by his coach.  Marcy barely prevents Ross from getting in a fight with the coach and one of the players because they gave him a hard time for bringing Marcy instead of Vonda the drum major.  Two days before their graduation Ross tells Marcy he’s joining a pro football team on the east coast.  Marcy has accepted a job at Berkley in California.  She despairs at their pending separation.   

The next day she rushes to the train station to say goodbye to Ross but she gets delayed by a snarl in traffic.  When she reaches the train station the train is already moving.  Fighting back tears she slowly walks away from the boarding platform when she hears her name spoken.  It’s Ross with his suitcases standing on the platform.  She runs to him and he accepts her into his arms.  He’s decided to take an assistant coaching job at the same college where she will be.  He’s convinced she’s over Leroy and their background differences don’t matter.

KAREN: What’s next? Any works in progress? 

LARRY: I am writing a new science fiction story and am 50,000 words into it.  I have planned to write a novel or novella based on a Bible character in the Old Testament but must do some research for that time period.

KAREN: Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers? 

LARRY: I have two novels out from two different publishers.  One is a sweet romance (mine are always sweet) about the characters Leroy and Jody which I mentioned above.  Marcy appears in that novel and I wanted to give her closure in the short story.  My other novel is science fiction and also a sweet romance is involved.  My various short romance stories at various sites are also with links at my website and blog.  I have a couple of free reads as well on the internet.

My website is still under construction but most of the links work.

About the author:
I am age 76, married to Sue for 51 years, have two children and five grandchildren. I have a BS in chemistry from Purdue University and MS in chemistry from Indiana University.  I enjoy jogging, amateur radio, occasional woodworking, am active in our church and I’ve been writing for 39 years.   

I have several short romance stories at various sites on the internet.  I started out writing short science fiction stories and more recently sweet romance stories.  My first accepted novel is a contemporary romance and my second novel is science fiction.  Both novels released in 2013.

You can find Larry Hammersley on the web at:

Jory Sherman
Story: The Garden
Summer brings forth fresh vegetables in the garden and with them, the ultimate fight against insects and wild critters to protect those vegetables. Harvey enjoys his garden, especially the corn – watching it grow, providing food for his beloved wife Ruth. Then, something unusual happens in the garden and his corn begins to disappear.

About the Author
Jory Sherman has been a full-time writer for over fifty years, began his writing career as a poet in San Francisco. He has had four books of poetry published, all of which went through multiple printings. A Professor of Literature (University of Florida) Warren French, noted: "Jory Sherman has a strange and powerful knowledge of language and an almost perfect ear."

Sherman began writing at age 8, when he was grief-stricken over the death of his puppy, Doopers. He read James Joyce's Ulysses at the age of 10 and fell in love with language and mythology.

Sherman has published more than 1000 articles and 500 short stories for various magazines and anthologies as well as over 300 books with Doubleday, Zebra, Avon, Berkley, Walker and Co., Tor, Forge, Bantam, Major Books, Pinnacle, The First Ozark Press, White Oak Press, and others. He has created and packaged series for Avon, Harlequin Gold Eagle, Pinnacle, Paperjacks, Zebra, Bantam, and others. His works have won numerous awards including the Western Writers of America Spur, Missouri Writer’s Guild “Best Book”, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination in Literature. His memoir, Bukowski and Me, is available from Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery.

He lives in Pittsburg, Texas, on Lake Bob Sandlin where he continues to write and paint. You can find out more about his books on Facebook.

***Giveaway: eBook copy of the 2014 Summer Collection to one lucky commenter!  All you have to do is answer this question: What's your favorite summer holiday spot and why? Don't forget to leave your email.


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so happy to have you all here! Your stories sound fantastic. Can't wait to read them!!

Where is my favorite holiday spot? I loved Tahoe when I was kid. We camped there every year. Lots of good memories.

Larry Hammersley said... Best Blogger Tips

Karen: Thanks so much for having us and giving us exposure. I've read all the stories in the anthology and enjoyed them. I'm impressed and humbled by my fellow authors and their publishing credits.

Gerald Costlow said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm always delighted in the company of the outstanding authors in these anthologies. Thanks to Karen for showcasing this anthology.

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

I really love the authors in this anthology, which just says to me this is a must read book. I really liked the unique interview questions. The answers gave me some real insight into the authors and the way they craft their stories.
I know this anthology is going to be a wonderful summer read. I wish you all the very best.

Stephanie Burkhart said... Best Blogger Tips

Karen, thanks for the spotlight on your blog. I've got the anthology que'd up on my Kindle and it's next in TBR pile. Looking forward to it. I've always enjoyed Gerald's stories - can't wait to see what he's done. :) I'm also looking forward to the other stories. It's a great collection of authors!

My favorite vacation spot? I really like Catalina Island. It's a great away.


bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

any beach for the views

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Nice! Love the beach!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


I haven't been to Catalina Island since I was a kid. I'll have to check it out again. :)

Markee Anderson said... Best Blogger Tips

I can't believe I forgot to come over here to comment! Sorry about that! Thank you to everyone who commented and thank you, Karen, for having us here!