MEET THE AUTHOR: J.M. Darhower

I am so happy today to introduce our author, J.M. Darhower of Sempre and Sempre Redemption, the creator my darling Carmine!

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JM Darhower is the author of the New Adult Sempre series (Sempre & Sempre: Redemption), andthe paranormal romance novella, Extinguish. She lives in a tiny town in the Carolinas with her family, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and human rights, and when she isn’t writing she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction.  Contact her: contact@JMDarhower.com

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Now, let’s go and meet J.M.Darhower. My interview below:

1. Congratulations on your upcoming release Sempre Redemption. Such a beautiful cover that was. What sparkled the idea for this series?

Thank you!! The art department at S&S is absolutely amazing. My interest in the subject of human trafficking was the starting point of it all. The plotline just sort of spiraled and built over time from there. I wanted to explore the concept of love and freedom, and these invisible people that live in our society. I’ve always been fascinated by organized crime so it just seemed natural to pair the subjects.

2. What is your writing routine? How did you get started writing?

I try to write every day, but usually it ends up being 4-5 times a week. I WC with a writer friend of mine named Sarah (WCs are word count sprints… we check in every hour and share what we’ve written). Outside of that, I kind of write anywhere, whenever inspiration strikes. I’m notorious for writing on my phone everywhere (waiting rooms, drive thrus, in bed when I’m supposed to be sleeping).

I’ve been writing since I was young but kept most of it to myself. I wrote a Greek mythology hip-hop play in seventh grade. The first time I shared anything really was at 14. I wrote a crossover NSYNC/Tales from the Crypt horror story that won a contest. Been writing my ass off ever since.

3. If you were making a movie, who would you cast as the characters? Haven? Carmine?

I don’t like to really say who I personally see. I like people envisioning who they want in the roles (I LOVE seeing people ‘cast’ it with their preferences). But I think it’s pretty well-known by now that actor Raoul Bova will forever be my Corrado. He’s always who I envisioned  while writing.

4. What is your absolute favourite book?

Ahhhhh how can I pick just one?! I’ll have to go with The Secret Garden or Memoirs of a Geisha if I’m forced to choose. I just love way too many books.

5. Do you have any book boyfriend that you are smitten too? I have such a long list 🙂

Me, too. Where do I start?! Adrian Ivashkov from Vampire Academy. Tobias (Four) from Divergent. Edward Cullen from Twilight. Warner from Shatter Me. Gus from The Fault in Our Stars. Can I have book girlfriends, too? Because I’m all about some Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy.

Oh, and Søren and Kingsley from Original Sinners are my book everythings. They’d not like being called “boyfriends”.

6. Favourite movie?

Godfather. Star Wars (Yes, I am one of *those* people who love the new ones). American Beauty. Menace II Society.

7. Favourite music?

I love most music. My iTunes is loaded with everything from Tupac to One Direction to Frank Sinatra to Kings of Leon to Beethoven.

8. Favourite actor?

Johnny Depp, probably. He amazes me with his talent and versatility.

9. Besides writing, how do you unwind yourself?

I watch mindless TV. Reality shows are sort of a guilty pleasure of mine. I also watch General Hospital every day and have my entire life. That’s my one hour a day of ‘me’ time.

10. Tea or coffee?

Iced coffee. The only tea I like is southern sweet tea.

11. Do you have a favourite treat?

I’m a chocolate junkie.

12. What’s next for you? What are you working on now?

I’m working on a new series now, already have the first book written (and the sequel now officially started), but it’s sort of on hold until after I get the Sempre series all out. Gotta focus on one series at a time. I’m excited about this new one, though. I think people will love it.

13. Writing cave, office, coffee shop, garden, what do you find to be most ideal place to write?

I can write anywhere. Seriously. Just as long as I have music playing. I need music to write (the louder, the better).

14. Is there anything that you would like to say to readers and fans?

Just that I’m so eternally grateful that out of all the books in the world, all the stories that have been written, they took a chance on mine. I truly have the best readers, so passionate and caring. Never let anyone burn out your light. Keep on rocking, hummingbirds.

15. Any special insights on Sempre Redemption? I absolutely love Carmine ❤

Thank you!!! Uhhhhhh, let’s see… Redemption’s title is very fitting, I think, when it comes to all the characters. In Sempre it was mostly about Carmine and Haven’s growth and acceptance, about striving toward freedom… whereas Redemption finds them realizing that freedom isn’t as exactly what they thought it would be, and it’s more about making the best of what you’ve got. People will have to sacrifice. I think it’s a great conclusion, fitting for everyone involved. The epilogue is one of my favorite things I’ve written 🙂

 

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MEET THE AUTHOR: Carrie Elks

I am so happy today to introduce our upcoming author, Carrie Elks of Halfway Hidden, who is  my wonderfully talented mate. Halfway Hidden will be released on November 14, 2013! Mark your diary!

About Carrie:

Carrie Elks lives near London, England and loves to write sexy stories with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK.

Nowadays, she spends her days sorting out people’s problems at work and her evenings glued to a computer keyboard. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters.

When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.

Now, let’s go and meet Carrie Elks. My interview below:

1. Congratulations on your upcoming release Halfway Hidden. What sparked the idea for this series?

Back in March of 2013 I entered a competition, coming first in the public vote. As a result, one of the competition organizers contacted me and asked if I would be interested in submitting a short, original story for possible publication. I wrote 15000 words of one story before realizing it wasn’t working. A few days later I sat down at my computer in the morning and by the evening I’d written another 15,000 word story—which after a lot of re-writing (and an additional 15,000 words) became Halfway Hidden.

Halfway Hidden is about a heroine—Rachel—who has escaped from an abusive relationship and has been hiding in a small, mining town, working in a bar. That winter, a stranger comes into town, and over the course of a week they become closer, and he starts to break down her barriers. When they get snowed into the bar together—alone—everything Rachel thinks she knows becomes twisted and mangled until she doesn’t know what to think anymore. But overriding these feelings is the intense attraction between the two of them. It explodes into a night of passion which has the potential to burn them both.

I’ve always been interested in how attraction starts between two people. Being able to draw it out in an isolated bar in the middle of winter was particularly fun, and I loved being able to show how the desire between them grows because of their isolation.

2. What is your writing routine? How did you get started writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a child. In my early twenties I wrote a novel which I then mothballed and pretty much forgot about. It was only in the past couple of years that I’ve started writing seriously again. Since September 2012 I’ve written over 400,000 words, and about 10 stories in total (not all of them have been seen by eyes other than mine!)

I have a fairly easy routine. I work in an office on Mondays and Tuesdays, so only do light edits of my work on those evenings. Then I write solidly every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning. Afternoons are reserved for chores, unfortunately! At the weekend I’ll do some editing, and write my blogs for the week. I also do some beta-reading for other writer friends, so will often be making some comments on those on a Saturday and Sunday.

 3. How do prepare to write a sex scene?

I guess the first thing is to try and get inside the protagonist’s mind. Are they feeling horny, in love, maybe a little bit reticent? If it’s a first time with somebody do they have fears going through their mind? As much as possible I want to imagine how they must be feeling. I have taken some counselling courses in the past, where the emphasis has always been on gaining empathy and taking a walk in the other person’s shoes, so that’s what I try to do when I’m writing.

I also try and make sure I’m using words which build up the sexual tension as much as possible. It’s important to remember that the reader has probably been waiting for this for a long part of the story, and I don’t want to let them down.

 4. What is your absolute favourite book?

For pure beauty, plotline and perfect characterizations, it would probably be The Secret History by Donna Tartt. A murder-mystery which takes place in a college, it is so rich and brilliantly-written; I could happily re-read it for the rest of my life.

 5. Your current author- crush?

I have so many—I read a lot of books. But the two I really love, as much for their writing as for their wit on social media, are Cara McKenna and Ruthie Knox. I’d read their individual work for a while before I realized they were also friends, and for some reason this made me very happy. The thing I love about both their writing is the heroes are always flawed. They are sometimes alpha males, sometimes less bullish in their attitudes, but they always go on a journey of discovery, right alongside the female protagonists. And their heroines—they are ballsy and so realistic. If you haven’t read any of their stories, please go take a look. They’re truly excellent at what they do.

6. Favourite movie? 

It’s a bit clichéd, but probably Gone with the Wind. And whenever I see it, I always want to go back to the 1930s so I can be an extra on that movie. Because it must have been amazing to watch it being filmed.

The dynamic between Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara was amazingly written and portrayed. Particularly since legend has it Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable couldn’t stand each other. To have to put that aside enough to be able to make the scenes so realistic must have been very difficult, though perhaps it added to the love-hate relationship between the two main characters. Either way, I am always happy to while away a few hours in the American Deep South, whenever the movie is on.

 7. Favourite music?

I have so many favorites, but at the moment I find myself listening to the Arctic Monkeys a lot.

 8. Besides writing, how do you unwind yourself?

I go to the gym, spend time with my family and I LOVE baths. Not necessarily in that order!

 9. Tea or coffee?

Both. Especially if somebody else is making it.

 10. Do you have a favourite treat?

Chocolate. And wine.

 11. Favourite pick-up line?

The first night I met my now-husband, he said goodnight to me in a very un-sweet way. It went something like ‘it was lovely to meet you, but I’m so drunk please don’t be offended if I don’t remember you after tonight.’ Needless to say, it took him a year to persuade me to go out with him. After 20 years together, that’s now my favourite unpick-up line.

*awwww*

 12. Any of characters in Halfway Hidden or your future ones reflect you, any family members or old flame that have inspired the dialogues or a scene?

No, the story is totally from my imagination. The characters have taken on a life of their own, separate from me, which I really like. I guess dialogue is always influenced by things I see or read, but whenever I write it I ask myself if that’s really what a character would say.

 13. What’s next for you? What are you working on now?

I’m halfway through writing a new adult novel which I am really excited about. I’ve only shared it with a couple of people so far, but they are enjoying it (or at least they’re being very nice about lying to me). I’m hoping to finish the first draft in November, and have it ready for publication in spring of 2014. After that I’m toying with writing a sequel to Halfway Hidden. Although the story ends in a good place, the characters keep talking to me. I’m inclined to listen!

 14. Writing cave, office, coffee shop, garden, what do you find to be most ideal place to write?

I like to mix it up. If I ever get writer’s block the first thing I do is move location. The beauty of laptops is they can go wherever I go. At the moment I’m sitting in the lounge with the computer on my lap, but later I may go to the office or to my bedroom, depending on my mood. As long as I have some space to think and a keyboard in front of me, I’m good to go.

 15. Is there anything that you would like to say to readers and fans?

Thank you. Without readers, bloggers and those who support me I wouldn’t have had the guts to try publishing. I love writing, and I love sharing what I have written with others. I like to hear readers’ responses to what happens, and to see how similar / different they are to my own. It’s so great that writing can be a two-way process, and through social media we can all share thoughts and responses to things. It makes writing and publishing so much more fun.

Connect with the Author:

Website: http://carrieelks.com

Am already so excited for Halfway Hidden and all future books from Carrie Elks! If you have read her FF, you will definitely be addicted to her writing! I would like to wish all the best to Carrie and cheers for your upcoming book.

xoxo

Daisy

Interview with Laëtitia Fresier, an upcoming French poet

Title : ”Au cœur d’une vie”

Author : Laëtitia Fresier
Language : French
Genre : Poems
Number of pages : 48
Links to buy it :
Edilivre : http://www.edilivre.com/doc/512120
Amazon : http://www.amazon.fr/Au-C-Ur-dune-Vie/dp/233260166X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379508458&sr=8-1&keywords=laetitia+fresier
Fnac : http://livre.fnac.com/a6415162/Laetitia-Fresier-Au-coeur-d-une-vie
Chapitre.com : http://www.chapitre.com/CHAPITRE/fr/BOOK/laetitia-fresier/au-c-ur-d-une-vie,59794642.aspx

Conctacting Author
Twitter : http://twitter.com/LaetitiaFresier
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/LaetitiaFresier
Official Site : http://maybedreamscancometrue.blogspot.fr/

My Interview with the Author

1. Congratulations to you on your first poem book publication. How are you feeling ?
It’s difficult to realise I made MY book. I’ve never been self-confident maybe it’s that’s why I waited so long to send my poems to an editor. Now, I’m a little bit more self-confident, but just a little bit. The hardest part is coming : sell my books.

2. Can you tell me briefly what is this book about ?
It’s a book of poems. I think it’s on commonplace things : love, friendship, pain, doubts… Nothing extraordinary, just the things everybody could live in their life.

3. What first got you into writing poetry ?
The first time I wrote a poem, I was in school. I was 10. In a french class, our teacher asked us to write a poem starting with the same sentence at the beginning of each verse. I remember it because this poem is in my book too. My teacher congratulated me on this poem and advised me to continue because for her, I was talented. So I kept on writing poems, songs, fan-fictions and now novels.

4. How has writing poetry influenced your life since you began writing ?
Writing is my way to escape reality , I need to write to express my feelings, my doubts, my pain… I’m a little bit shy, so I prefer writing than speaking of my feelings. It’s my outlet.

5. Besides writing poems, tell us something about yourself ?
Hum… I’m french, I’m 28 and I love life, maybe it’s because I have a rare disease, I don’t know, but life for me is really precious and I live my life at 1000%.

6. Who is your favourite poet ?
I don’t really have a favorite poet to be honest. I like Voltaire, Beaudelaire, Rimbaud, Shakespeare but also lesser-known poets like Robert Bruce or the ones I could read on the internet.

7. What is your writing process ?
I don’t really have one, I write when the inspiration comes to me. It can be anytime, anywhere, anyplace, so I always have a notebook with me.

8. Tell us something you hate doing ?
Hum… I don’t know, maybe I hate to stand idly. I hate being bored.

 9. What do you do when you are not writing ? I love to walk outdoors , read, listen to music, watch TV, go shopping and take pictures.

10. What’s next for you? What are you working on ?
I’m working on three books : another book of poems and two novels.


11. Is there anything you want to tell your fans ?
I don’t know if I have ones but if it’s the case, I just want to say thank you for supporting me. And for the people who don’t know me yet, don’t hesitate to buy my first book, it’s really simple to read and maybe it could help you to dream a little bit.

Author’s Favourite

Actors / Actress : Robert Pattinson, Ian Somerhalder, Jackson Rathbone, Kristen Stewart, Channing Tatum, Liza Minelli, Chris Hemsworth…
Singers : Grégory Lemarchal, Emmanuel Moire, Florent Mothe, Katy Perry, Rihanna, M. Pokora, Elton John…
Band : Backstreet Boys, Black Eyed Peas, Bee Gees, Beatles, Abba, BB Brunes…
Music : Pop, R’N’B, Rock, Dance…
Movies : ”Cabaret”, ”Red Dawn”, ” Final Destination”, ”Cosmopolis”, ”Water for Elephants”, ”Remember Me”, ”Speak”…
Countries : USA, UK, Spain, Canada, Australia.
Colors : Blue, Black and White.

This poet is very close to me….Wishing all the best in all her future undertakings. Good luck dear  Laëtitia Fresier, my darling talented sister.

MEET THE AUTHOR: E.M. Abel

G’Day everyone.

Today I’m over the moon.  I  have the opportunity to introduce my favourite author  E.M. Abel of Freeing Asia.  CONGRATULATIONS E.M. ABEL for first wicked publication!

Here is E.M. Abel’s bio:

E.M. Abel is the author of Freeing Asia.  She is happily married to the love of her life and the mother of two amazingly crazy kids who like to keep her on her toes.

She has been passionate about her writing ever since she wrote  her first poem in the 3rd grade.

The one rule that she uses everyday is the Golden Rule — “Treat others the way you’d like to be treated.” She believes karma is very real and sometimes she can be a bitch if you make her that way.

Connect with Author:

Website: http://www.freeingasia.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/e.m.abelbooks?fref=ts

Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6930056.E_M_Abel

Below is the interview I had with E.M. Abel: 
1. What sparked the idea for your first book?
 
Well, I always loved writing and had just recently started reading romance novels. The more I read them, the more I loved them. After reading a book that I didn’t really enjoy, the idea hit me to write a book that I would love, with characters I could relate to. So, I did.
2. What was your writing routine?
Since I’m a stay-at-home mom I wrote whenever I got a chance- during nap times, after the kids went to bed, early in the morning before they woke up. I would sit at my dining room table, listen to music and type away.
3. How did you pick locations for your book?

I currently live on the coast of Virginia and I’ve always lived near the ocean. Since my characters all surf, Virginia Beach seemed like a great place to have my story take place.

4. Who is your character from your book and why? (I am so Team Marcus and Shaun)

(My favorite character?) Asia would most definitely be my favorite character. Mostly because I can relate to her on so many levels. We are a lot alike and I almost feel like we’re sisters and we’ve taken this journey together.

5. What was your favourite part of the book?

Oh man, this is hard. I have a lot of favorite moments and I’m not sure I can pick just one, but one of my favorite parts to write was the scene where Asia got “intoxicated” and thought the cops were at her door.

6.Who is you favourite author and what is it that really strikes about their work?

 Another hard question. There’s no way I could name just one favorite author. I like all different authors for different reasons. I enjoy variety. Although, one writer I’ve definitely become a BIG fan of lately is Karina Halle. Her style of storytelling is just amazing.

7. What do you do when you are not writing? Your favourite ways to unwind?

Well of course, I love to read. I also like to paint for fun (I’m really not that good) and my favorite past time is spending time with my family and friends. There’s never a dull moment when they’re around.

8. Tea or coffee?

Coffee

9. Favourite movie?

Just one!? Dazed and Confused… no, Date Night… no… oh man, this is too hard! I love anything that’ll make me laugh.

10. Favourite music?

You’re killing me! I love all kinds of music. My favorite artists would be P!nk, Eminem, Ellie Goulding, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon… I should probably stop there.

11. Do you have a favourite treat?

A brownie with ice cream… yum!

12. Do you have plans for a book tour in United Kingdom in future?

I have no plans for any book tours. This is my debut novel and I’m just a small fish in a VERY LARGE pond. lol But I’d LOVE to be able to travel and meet my readers. Maybe one day.

13. What’s next for you? What are you working on now? (Shaun, I hope)

I’m working on Shaun’s book now. (Breaking Shaun) Which I hope to publish around March of 2014 and I’m also working on a little bonus chapter for Freeing Asia. It’ll either be in Jay’s or Marcus’s POV. I’m not telling who’s.

14. Writing cave, office, coffee shop, what do you find to be most ideal place to write?

I have a big leather chair and ottoman in my den that I love to write in. I like to be alone with no distractions when I write.

15. And now, before you go, is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

I‘m not sure any of you will truly understand how much your support and nice words mean to me. When I started all of this I had very little confidence in my writing ability and my sister has to practically bully me into publishing. So every book I sell, every review I read is like a small miracle to me. I’m so grateful to all of you for giving my book a chance and I hope you will continue to read my work. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Finally, from me Don’t miss out on reading E.M. Abel’s Freeing Asia, a 5 STELLAR STAR. Ooo  I can’t wait to read Breaking Shaun, since her first book is one of my favorites. I expect no less with this one. And we sure have a surprise waiting either from Marcus or Jay! I am always gonna root for Marcus!

Thanks E.M. Abel for sharing your time with us.

My Review of Freeing Asia below:

Freeing Asia (Breaking Free #1) by E.M. Abel (readingmyescape.wordpress.com)

Purchase Your Copy Here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Freeing-Asia-ebook/dp/B00EH41JFA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379673313&sr=8-1&keywords=freeing+asia

Blurb: 

How does a tomboy raised in a house full of men find the sensual woman inside of her? Growing up with a widowed, retired Marine as a father and two older brothers taught Asia to be tough. But how does she stop being one of the guys and learn to find the right one?

Finding herself won’t be easy, finding love will be even harder.

Meeting Jay opens Asia’s eyes to the possibility of love and unbelievable sex but can his country club world accept the woman more comfortable in torn jeans and flip flops? Or will she find the love she yearns for in the tattooed arms of her first love, a pro skater who has come back into her life?

With the possibility of new love or closure from a painful first love, finding her path is riddled with uncertainty and discoveries but before she can follow her heart she must first set it free.

**Not recommended for younger readers due to sexual content, recreational use of marijuana and language.**

Talk tomorrow,

Daisy

Happy Birthday to Author Elyssa Patrick

Happy Birthday to Author Elyssa Patrick

 

 

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Elyssa Patrick is a former high school English teacher who left the classroom to write sexy, emotional contemporary romances and New Adult.

She is currently hard at work on her next novel.

My absolute all-time favourite book of hers is Stay With Me!

 

Connect with Author:

Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6469665.Elyssa_Patrick

Website: http://elyssapatrick.blogspot.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElyssaPatrick