Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Adele Downs during the BlogTour for "Lip Service"

This or That
LIP SERVICE by Adele Downs

• Sweet or savory – Sweet!
• Home make meal or take outs – Home made, definitely.
• Winter or summer – Summer! Love the beach.
• Night-owl or Early-Bird – Night Owl.
• Telephone or visits – Visits. I hate talking on the phone.
• Which social network do you prefer? Facebook.
• Blogger or website? Blog-- Adele Downs, Down To Earth Romance
• What does your family say about your career? Supportive or Clueless-- Super Supportive!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Rebekah L. Purdy during the BlogTour for "Daisy and the Front Man"



How to Prepare to Write a Book About Boy Bands:


Okay, so this whole book series started out as an idea on twitter. Basically throw in a few authors talking about their love for boy bands on the net and BOOM, a book series proposal is born. But before we could start writing our books, we had to discuss, how many guys we wanted in the band and who wanted to write what guy/girl combo.

And once we had a general idea of what kinds of storylines/tropes we each wanted to write, we had to pitch it to an editor. Which, lucky for us Stacy Abrams at Entangled Publishing loved our idea to take 5 authors and each write about a guy in this super famous (made up) boy band.

To prepare ourselves to write this series, we created a google group/google docs page where we had to update information on where we wanted our tours to be (dates/venues etc). But this was a place to also list our characters and their information (descriptions/likes-dislikes/friends/what part of the tour we wanted to write/names of fake songs/also backstories for some of our people).

We also had to depend on pictures of insides of tour buses, photos of famous people who reminded us of our characters to post and give everyone kind of a visual of how we saw our guys/girls. We shared playlists and numerous emails back and forth asking one another stuff like “Hey would your guy do something like this?” And sometimes we wouldn’t all agree on one thing, like our band name (LOL). We were glad to have some help naming our band from readers and our editor.

But for me, I started to watch a lot of boy band videos—as in the behind the scenes type stuff. Like what certain bands did while out on tour, backstage stuff (and yes I bought some 1D DVDs and also brought out some of my old New Kids on the Block VHS tapes I still had). I took lots of notes and I read online columns and such regarding tours etc. I tuned into TV shows/specials that had to do with boy bands. I wanted to know everything there was to know about how the different groups ticked and what some of their downfalls were. I wanted to make things realistic, even though this book is about a fictional band.

One of the most fun parts of writing this series with other authors was the emails back and forth, with hot guy pics and links to boy band music videos. And since my character, Trevin, who is Korean American is kind of based off some of the KPOP bands I discovered through my niece and daughter, it was awesome sharing some of those videos with the others. If I got the chance to work with these ladies again, I’d jump on it.

The only sad thing about this series is that this band doesn’t exist in real life (LOL). I LOVE Seconds to Juliet and all our fabulous guys we created: Miles, Ryder, Trevin, Will, and Nathan. 

Let’s Talk Boy Bands:

Okay, so it seems like every generation has its’ boy bands. For my generation, it was New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men. But over the years, whenever a new boy band comes out I find myself falling in love with them. When I was in the Army, I discovered the Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, and of course, N’Sync.  Then a few years after that O Town (LOL).

And now, I find myself listening to One Direction, The Vamps, and 5 Seconds of Summer. I don’t know what the draw is, but I love their poppy tunes and sweet love songs—making every girl feel like the guys are singing “just for her”.

My absolute first boy band love/crush was Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block. OMG—I had so many posters of him hanging up in my room. I’d buy magazines specifically with New Kids stuff in them so I could cut the pics out and plaster my walls with them. I owned blankets, pillow cases, books, dolls, pins, collector cards, stickers, cassettes, VHS tapes, you name it, if it was about New Kids on the Block I had to have it. I even remember our cheerleading squad doing a dance routine to Hangin’ Tough one year…

It’s so funny how no matter what types of music go in and out of popularity that there always seems to be a big named “boy band” out there. I think it’s awesome—I mean look at how fans are brought together by these bands. They start fan clubs and meet one another online to chat about the newest news or whatnot. It’s like a whole big community of people all over the world.

And to prove my point, this book series started out with a few of us authors chatting one day on twitter about our love for boy bands—and that love turned into a “OMG, we should write a series about a boy band.”

What about you? Do you love boy bands? If so, who are some of your favorites?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Barbara Monajem during the BlogTour for "Lady of the Flames"

Barbara Monajem on the concept of "Believing in Fairies"

“Every time a child says, ‘I don’t believe in fairies,’ another fairy dies.”

That’s a paraphrase of a quote from Peter Pan, and as a child, I found it so upsetting that it has stuck with me all my life. It’s a horrible thought and so unfair to the fairies. It is my personal policy to never, ever say I don’t believe in this paranormal being or that: fairies, vampires, shape shifters, whatever (although I have to say I would prefer to know for sure that there are no zombies—shudder). As Lord Fen in Lady of the Flames tells Andromeda, “Whether or not you see the fairies, they’re still here.”

I don’t see the point in denying something I can’t see. I mean, what’s the fun of visiting Ireland and not sensing the Little People hovering just out of sight? Why not feel the presence of a friendly brownie in an old English country house, or a buttery spirit (a gluttonous fairy) who dwells in a pretentious mansion? To me, these creatures just add to the magic of life, and there’s always the lingering hope that I *will* see one, one of these days.

Sometimes I wonder if I have seen one. Several years ago while visiting relatives in Germany, their elusive white cat told me he was the King of the Fairies in disguise. OK, not in so many words, but I’ve never been able to get him out of my mind, and it was after that encounter that I began to seriously research folklore. 

Now, I bring these creatures to life in my books whenever the spirit/muse/King of the Fairies moves me. Lady of the Flames is one of my magical Regencies, and one of the secondary characters is a hobgoblin named Cuff. I hope you enjoy reading about him as much as I did writing him.

I won’t ask if you believe in fairies, because if you don’t, I’d rather not know. But I will ask: which kind of paranormal being would you like to meet?

By the way, I asked the same question in another blog post. Guess what was the most popular answer!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Alyssa Richards during the BlogTour for "The Fine Art of Deception: Undoing Time"

GuestPost by Alyssa Richards 
for Jeri's Book Attic

The Fine Art of Deception is my first novel and it took about a year to write.

The day I decided to write fiction, I knew the main character would be about a psychic who was caught with one foot in the psychic world, and the other in the earth plane realm. I wanted to explore the challenges that someone like that has, such as the struggle to find their place in the world, and the difficulty in connecting with others — particularly with those who may feel exposed by being around someone who sees so much.

Too, there is the challenge of having such immediate intimacy with strangers, you know everyone, but no one really knows you.

Addie Montgomery, the main character in The Fine Art of Deception is just this character. I love her because she’s so flawed and vulnerable and honest about how her life just isn’t working. What you see is what you get with Addie, and it’s hard not to love that. When the story begins, she’s standing at the epicenter of the smithereens of her former life, trying to find a toehold to move forward in way where she doesn’t repeat past mistakes. She thinks she has her plan under control when in walks Mr Tall, Dark & Dangerous and nothing goes as planned. She’s the kind of character you root for.

Writing the backstory to the Isabella Gardner Museum heist — which is still the nation’s largest unsolved art crime — was my next focus. I’ve long been fascinated with art, art history and museums. I would move in to a museum if they would let me! I did quite a bit of research on this art crime. It’s a mystery that seems like it ought to have been solved long before now, but it stumps everyone.

I think the theft was most likely done by the mob - not a very well planned out heist on a soft target. When you look at how the thieves navigated the museum and what they took, it’s easy to think that they didn’t plan it out ahead of time and just took what looked interesting to them.

The Gardner Museum, was not unlike many others, in that they did not maintain solid security systems in an effort to cut costs. Terribly short sighted decision at an extraordinary cost.

Book 2 in The Fine Art of Deception series is due out in September!

You can find me and news about new releases on my blog or on these social media sites, and I love to hear from readers! 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Terry Mixon during the BlogTour for "Dirty Magick: New Orleans"

My Dirty Magick
by Terry Mixon

When I think of New Orleans, I see past the pageantry and into the way people live. Blood Debt is set just before the stock market crash of 1929 and I wanted to imagine what a fantastical version of mob life would be like in the roaring twenties.

In my universe, Voodoo is real, but I didn’t want to go with the same kind of story that everyone writes about New Orleans. Instead, I chose to return to the same character I wrote about in the first Dirty Magick anthology and use blood magic.

My antihero, Al Blake, is an assassin, but one with rules. First most, no women or children. When the people in his world come into conflict with his limits, that’s when he gets mulish. This story puts him in the unusual position of solving a murder rather carrying one out.

Al has to walk a line in giving the mob what they want and being true to his honor. Some crime he sees as just the cost of doing business. Other kinds require retribution. All of them need for him to follow the deal to the letter.

It’s interesting  to me how little people change when I insert magic into the mix. They still seem to have the same motivations and desires. And that’s what makes writing stories like this fun. Creating people that fit the world, in this case the city, and seeing what happens when you cause them trouble.

I really enjoyed exploring how a paid killer with some specific morals related to children. And how he chose to teach the lessons that a debt must be paid and contracts will be honored. That someone’s word means something. Even when you’re a killer. Especially when you’re a killer.

There are a ton of great stories in this anthology. They run the gamut in time while showcasing one of the greatest American cities. Come on down and visit.


Blood Debt
Terry Mixon

Excerpt Blood Debt:
“I see. Your boss created this situation, but arguably, you caused the deaths of these people.”
“That’s bull!” He turned toward Al, bringing his gun up.
Ready for his move, Al twisted the gun from the man’s grasp and jabbed him with the pin he’d just cleaned. The man jumped back, swearing.
Al smiled without humor. “There’s a lesson in this, Marie. I want you to pay close attention. Actions have consequences, even when you think you’ve done something for the best reasons. And someone always pays a price.”
He focused his will into the man’s blood and cast the same kind of spell the girl had used to kill the men she’d held responsible for her mother’s death. It took every ounce of his skill and power to do so without using a ritual and pre-charged implements. It amazed him that Marie had killed with her will alone.
The man screamed and clawed at his eyes. “No! Please! Mercy!”
“I have no mercy for you. Have some justice instead.”
The man spouted blood in every direction and collapsed into a twitching heap. Al wiped his face. Small droplets of blood covered him from head to toe. Marie hadn’t escaped the spatter either. It felt fitting.

About the Author:

Terry Mixon is a former non-commissioned officer that served in the United States Army 101st Airborne Division and also dedicated nearly two decades to providing direct computer support to the flight controllers in the Mission Control Center at the NASA Johnson Space Center supporting the Space Shuttle program, the International Space Station, and other spaceflight projects. He lives in Texas with his lovely wife and a pounce of cats.

Dirty Magick: New Orleans
Dirty Magick Anthology
Book Two
Editor Charlie Brown

Genre: urban fantasy/crime hybrid

Publisher: Lucky Mojo Press

Date of Publication: 5/8/2015

ISBN: 978-0-9911960-3-6

Number of pages: 309
Word Count: 85,000

Cover Artist: Trent Oubre

Book Description:

"Dirty Magick: New Orleans" continues the urban fantasy anthology series exploring the crossroads between magic and crime. Set in "The City That Care Forgot," this book covers back alleys of the French Quarter, the hidden corridors of Storyville, the weird voodoo in the backyards of Treme and whatever those old Victorians are hiding. Featuring such established authors as Rhonda Eudaly, Terry Mixon and Scott Roche, as well as the continuing editorial hand of Charlie Brown, this book sweeps away the swampy myths for some hardboiled partying.