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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The past few years have been full of high profile reads—50 Shades of Gray, Twilight, and more. Love them or hate them, you have to admit you have at least heard of them.
As Independent Authors we all dare to dream we will be next, and well let’s face it, you never know ... right? With some hard work and the right marketing any one of us could be the next most talked about Author.
With that thought I jumped on this Hop, what is a blog traffic hop? Well I didn’t know until I asked.
Basically, it’s an Independent Authors game of tag.
One author posts, and then tags five other authors, who each link back to them. Exponentially it is a marketing gold mine, and you my fair reader have hopefully just increased your to read list. Finding new and exciting authors you may never have found otherwise. Some of us are still writing, others are just being released.
Either way, for you Fiction Lovers, a treasure trove awaits and I’d like to thank fellow Author Marci Baun for tagging me to participate.
Click the links to find out about Marci Baun's books.
In this particular hop I and my fellow authors each in their perspective blogs have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current WIP (Works in Progress) as well as some goodies as to our process, from characters and inspirations to photographic / cinematic eye candy! I hope you enjoy it!
If this or any other items pique your interest, please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions.
HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS
1: What is the working title of your book?
Slave Trader – In the Name of Freedom.
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
I think my main character, Detective Billie McCoy came first before the actual idea for the book. Once I’d established her, I put together some villains and thought about where I could go with them and eventually ended up with slave traders.
3: What genre does your book fall under?
I would say action / adventure / crime.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Umm. I have been looking but haven’t yet found anyone suitable. I think I would like someone new and unknown so they could grow and build their own reputation with the movie, and then the next one :)
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Slave Trader – In the Name of Freedom is an action/adventure story which follows Detective Billie McCoy in her fight for freedom after she is caught up in a modern day slavery trade run by a corrupt cop.
6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My book is represented by Wild Child Publishing.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
My story flowed quite easily so I wrote my first draft probably within a couple of months. It’s all the editing that follows which takes up the time.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
To tell you the truth, I haven’t really seen any that I can compare mine to but I’m sure there must be some out there, somewhere, maybe.
9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
At the time I wrote Slave Trader (many years ago), there weren’t too many heroines around, in books or movies, so I decided to create my own. I wanted someone who wouldn’t crumble at the first sign of trouble, someone strong in character and genuine in personality, and someone able to look after herself … hence Detective Billie McCoy stepped into my world.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s fast moving with many twists and action scenes, and amidst it all is a building bond of friendship between certain unlikely characters.
Below you will find authors, who will be joining me by blog next Wednesday, November 14. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!
Chad Mcpherson: Author of Dangerous Waters
Twitter - https://twitter.com/UFAuthor
Children’s Chapter, The Curse of King Ramesses II: http://www.wildchildpublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=72&products_id=398&zenid=cd58e59d1e3ab1844861ef8061fd2b35
Molly Dean: Author of The Twilight Garden
Twitter: Molly Dean@mollydean1
Website - http://www.raelori.com
Blog - A Writer's Dream - http://raelori.blogspot.com
Sale sites - Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Rae-Lori/e/B002J4W09O
Buy Fatal Flaw at: http://clandestinepress.com.au/content/sandy-curtis
Thursday, November 1, 2012
I am very pleased to welcome Jenn Nixon, author of Lucky's Charm, as my guest. Lucky's Charm is her latest release from Wild Child Publishing.
I love a good mystery. It’s my first love in genre fiction. It started way back with Encyclopedia Brown. I eventually moved on to Nancy Drew and then graduated to adult mystery writers. It seems that whatever I write, there is always a mystery sub-plot of someone searching for something, someone, or seeking answers to a very old, sometimes painful question. In my latest Romantic Suspense, Lucky’s Charm, there are a few mysteries surrounding the main character Felicia aka “Lucky”. Not only is she searching for the people responsible for killing her mother, she and her family are all keeping secrets from each other.
I’ve been writing my whole life in one form or another. I’ve stayed away from writing a straight-up mystery because most of the time there’s a cop or PI involved, and I never felt comfortable writing the procedural aspect of solving crimes through the eyes of a trained professional. There are so many actual crime writers out there with the personal experience to make it authentic and I know I’m not quite there. However, I think mystery surrounds us every day and I never seem to tire of it. I love watching movies or TV shows that ask questions and strive to find the answers and books are no different. Having a mystery aspect to what I write keeps the story fresh and the characters engaging.
Do you enjoy a little mystery in your Romantic Suspense too?
To protect her family and find a killer, Felicia “Lucky” Fascino assumed her adoptive father’s identity and joined the network, an organization of moral assassins to finish the job he began. Eliminating the man responsible for murdering her mother has consumed her for the last five years. While keeping her Uncle Stephen and cousin Elizabeth at arm’s length, Lucky begins to feel the weight of her career choice and reclusive lifestyle. Then a chance encounter with an enigmatic hit man, during one of her jobs, turns into a provocative and dangerous affair. Distracted by the secret trysts with Kenji Zinn and mounting tension within her family, Lucky makes reckless mistakes that threaten her livelihood and almost claim her life.
Things get complicated for Lucky as her feelings for Kenji bubble to the surface...
“I’m not...good at this anymore.” Lucky puffed out a heavy breath and clutched the phone. “I can’t wrap my mind around it. I’ve really tried to forget you.”
“Because, I can’t want...this.”
“What do you mean?”
“Be with someone while doing what I do. Sharing my life... I haven’t for a long time. I don’t see how I can do it with—”
That stopped her cold. Lucky shut her eyes and banged her head against the wall. Not only was it the oddest conversation she’d ever have, it frightened her because he was dead on.
“Why add to the torment?” she snapped.
“Being with you was far from torture.” His reply was husky and saturated with innuendo. Lucky ignored the ripples of electricity on her skin.
“We’re not good people, Kenji. I’ve already accepted that, but I think you’ve still got blinders on.”
“No, I have a sense we are more alike than you realize. I know why you eliminated McKowen. He was a vile man.”
“Yeah... We might be the bad guys, but we’re never the villains.” Lucky softened her tone. “We’re not heroes either, just stuck in the middle somewhere.”
“This is what we do, not who we are. It does not change what happened between us. We should not ignore this.”
“I don’t know...” The contact with him did something to her, but finding the words to explain it seemed impossible. Lucky did want to see him again, though, not for all the right reasons.
“Where are you, right now?”
“Miami,” he said immediately. “Let me come to you, wherever you wish.”
“I....” The confusion twisted through her. He was determined without being forceful.
“The choice is yours. Call me after you complete your task,” he said without demand.
Author Bio: Jenn’s love of writing started the year she received her first diary and Nancy Drew novel. Throughout her teenage years, she kept a diary of her personal thoughts and feelings but graduated from Nancy Drew to other mystery suspense novels.
Jenn often adds a thriller and suspense element to anything she writes be it Romance, Science Fiction, or Fantasy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, observing pop culture, playing with her two dogs, and working on various charitable projects in her home state of New Jersey.
Here are Jenn's Links:
Facebook: facebook.com/JennNixonAuthorTwitter: @jennnixon