I want your opinion….

on my blurb. Yeah, I know, exciting stuff, huh?

Anyway, here it is:

With Kateesha dead, there’s no one to hunt Katelina and Jorick. That means it’s time to face the consequences – in both worlds.

When Katelina accepted her new life of night and vampires, she left behind a worried mother and an abandoned apartment. However, instead of wrapping things up, a trip home starts a chain reaction. First, they meet Verchiel, a strange vampire who seems too eager to befriend them. Then the police arrest Jorick for kidnapping. Even worse, the vampire’s government may want to question Katelina concerning Kateesha’s death.

And they do. Despite Jorick’s best efforts, he and Katelina go from being prisoners of one world to prisoners of another and must go before Malick, the oldest of the vampires and head of The Guild. Does Malick want to punish Katelina for killing Kateesha, or is he after something else? And why does Verchiel keep popping up? What is he up to, and why can’t Jorick read his mind?

In the third installment of the Amaranthine series, events are set into motion that could change both Jorick and Katelina’s lives, if not the world.

That’s the longer version for the back of the book. I’ll have to tighten it up into 80 words or so for other places.

If you’re an Indy author with your first book there’s a tip: always have different length blurbs – have your long one, one that’s around 100 – 80, and one that’s around 50 or so because different people and sites want different things. The more you have ready, the faster you can advertise. I learned the hard way with my first book.

Anyway, let me know what you think. Good? Bad? Too melodramatic? Not melodramatic enough?

Interview with Matt Daly

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer. 

Today we have Matt Daly, the unequivocal hero of “Matt’s War” by Tony McFadden.

Matt's War

Katelina:  Thanks for stopping in today, Matt! Could you tell us a little about yourself?

Matt: I’m a Canadian Engineer living in Singapore, trying very hard to make a buck helping wireless operators clean up their networks.  I’d like to think my looks are average. Everyman. I’m just shy of 5’11”. Brown hair and eyes. I’m fit out of necessity. There’s no way I could survive the hours of flights I need to take to keep this business running if I didn’t hit the gym and jog on a regular basis.

K: Ah, the gym. You should try hanging out with vampires, you get a lot of exercise with all the running. *clears throat* okay, seriously, though, I imagine you have enough to deal with without adding vampires.

M: Yes. Prior to the start of this story my wife, twin kids and I were on vacation in Bali. They were killed in the bombing. I didn’t get a scratch. I am who I am because of that.

K: Oh. Yeah, that’s a lot worse, especially if you haven’t found someone new, yet.

M: No. Too busy. And I’m not really over the death of my wife, yet, so I think it’ll be some time.

K: I don’t blame you. Do you think that’s the hardest challenge you face in this story, or are there others?

M: Oh, that’s a toss up between staying alive and putting up with the terrible jokes tossed my way by my co-captor in the Malaysian jungle.  I was stuck in a bunker for an interminable time with a Brit who goes by the name Peter Stevenson. British humor (or should I say humour) is strange, at best. And it wasn’t at it’s best.

K: Heh-heh. So British Bunker Humour is something to be avoided, is that what you’re saying?

M: In a nutshell, yes.

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airport by Jo naylor

K: You said “staying alive”. Who’s after you?

M: A nebulous, difficult to pin down, loosely organized group of wing-nuts either intent on the destruction of the Western world, or so filled with sociopathic tendencies they just like blowing crap up. Either way, I’ve looked into their eyes, and I don’t like what I saw. I (and my buddy George) interrupted a hijacking they had planned on a flight from Singapore to Sydney. They were going to turn the flight around and torpedo a building on Orchard Road. I’m fit, George is huge, and we managed to stop it from happening. The planners of that exercise somehow found out who I was and, well, things went downhill from there.

K: Holy cow! Makes you wish you’d had a ticket to a different flight! Though, if you had I guess then no one would have stopped the hijacking and a lot of people would have gotten killed. That sort of makes you a hero, then! How does being all heroic change you?

M: Rapidly.

At the beginning of the book I was very much the ‘keep your head down and do your work’ kind of guy. Then, throughout the events that transpired after the attempted high jacking,  I became more aware of the events in the world that had direct impacts on me, and what I could do to influence them for the greater good.

K: So what is it that you want the want the most in the world, then?

M: I don’t think I’ve figured that out yet.

K: I know one of the things on my list is a new author! Speaking of authors, if you could say one thing to yours, what would it be?

Steering

photo by Howard Dickins via Flickr

M: Do you have a sequel planned? Because I really don’t want to be in it. You super-glued my hands to a steering wheel, then made me rip the skin off my palms to escape.

Tony Mcfadden:  I do. It’s more than a year away though, so you’ve got plenty of time to heal.

M: Really? I’ll pass.

TM: Too bad. The readers have spoken.

K: Look at it this way, at least you’re popular. But, it seems we’re running out of time, so one last question. If you could say anything to your readers, what would it be?

M: To quote Yogi Berra, ‘It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.’ You may think you have depleted all of your reserves, but trust me on this – there’s more. Dig a little deeper. It’s there.

K: Truer words have not been spoken! Thanks so much for taking the time to drop in and visit with us, matt!

And that’s all the time for today. You can find more of Matt in the novel Matt’s War by Tony McFadden, available at Smashwords ( http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/23682) and Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004SYKY7S)

And a special thanks to Tony McFadden for playing along!

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/


Interview with Eamonn Shute

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer. 

 Today we have Eamonn Shute, the main character from ‘Book ‘Em – An Eamonn Shute Mystery’ by Tony McFadden.

Book 'Em

Katelina: Thanks for being here, Eamonn! Could you tell us a little about yourself?

Eamonn: I’m a large – what some might charitably call ‘big-boned’  – Irishman recently moved to Miami. And I’d appreciate it if you could hold off on the ‘aim and shoot’ jokes until we’re finished, okay?

K: *looks innocent* Okay, I promise.

E: It’s too bad this is in print form, because I think you’d love my Donegal accent. I’m currently living in a penthouse apartment on the 72nd floor of a building overlooking Biscayne Bay and then on over the Atlantic. It’s a simply stunning view. At present I’m single, but who knows; Nicky might make an honest man of me yet. I’m fairly well off, having won one of the largest lotteries recorded in the United Kingdom. Almost $50 million American, just a few years back.

K: $50 million? And you’re single? Wait, who is this Nicky?

E: Ah, yes. Young Nicky Muniz. She’s actually a bit older than me, by about ten months, but she’s half my size and I can’t help but call her ‘young’ Nicky. In addition to her stunning Dominican beauty (exotic for a Celt like myself) she’s whippet smart, runs a successful business, and that business is a book store. I could read for days without sleep if the book is good enough. We’re a perfect match.

K: Wow. I see why you’d be attracted to her! So, why does she need to ‘make’ an honest man of you? Not the relationship type?

E: I had a terrible relationship problem a few years before I moved to Miami that scarred me deeply. Unfaithful is one thing; blatantly and openly unfaithful is something else altogether.  Naturally I was resistant to move the relationship Nicky and I had beyond the boyfriend/girlfriend stage.

K: Oh, I see. Do you move past that in the book? And how else do you change?

E: I change In a number of ways, some of them subtle. By the end of the book, after working my pasty-white ass off to clear Nicky first of embezzlement charges, and then murder charges, we’d become much, much closer. There’s also a bit of self-confidence building, a result of successfully negotiating the altercations I had with large, scary looking Russian mob types

K: I guess there’s no point in asking about enemies. Russian mob types are kind of obvious.

E: Yeah, The enemies were clear – the Russian mob heavies who held key information I needed to clear dear Nicky. At the beginning of this tale they’d never heard of me, but by the end, by God, they knew who Eamonn Shute was. Actually, I’m not sure of that’s a good thing or not. Another bloke, not an enemy but most definitely a nemesis, would be Detective Dan MacCready. As far as he was concerned he had a slam-dunk case against Nicky. Trying to convince him that he needed to dig deeper was like trying – excuse the French – to piss up a rope.

My Bullet.

photo by William Hook via Flickr

I happen to know, though, that the author is currently working on a book with Detective Dan as the protagonist [Family Matters – late 2011]. He pays for his stubbornness. I know for a fact that the good Detective gets shot about halfway through the book. Nothing fatal, of course, but it’ll hurt.

K: Ha! It’s nice to be vindicated! I wish my author was like that! If you could say something to your author what would it be?

E: Do you have a sequel planned? Because, despite all the fighting I had to do, this was fun.

Tony McFadden leans in – “Yes. Sort of. Same universe, some of the same characters. You’re not in it.”

K: Oh. Well, I guess at least it was an answer. You can always pester him for a cameo.  At least Dan gets shot.  So you said you won a lot of money ? Did that change your personality any?

E: Yes, prior to the start of this story I was lucky enough to win a substantial amount of money. That didn’t shape my personality, per se, but it allowed me to be me. 100% what you see is what you get. They say money can’t buy you happiness and that’s true, but it goes a long way to removing the things that make you unhappy.

K: yeah, I bet! I’m imagining hiring a maid and a decorator…. *snaps back* So after you won all the money you moved to Miami? Why move from Ireland to Miami?

E: Look, that’s just a dumb question. Donegal summers have weather that is colder than Miami winters. I was sick and thoroughly tired of the constant cold rain. I may have been born there, but my heart was in warmer climes. Sure, I need to spend a small fortune on sunscreen, but it’s worth it. And I know it’s not a causal relationship, but I wouldn’t have me Nicky if I hadn’t moved here.

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photo by Christina Rutz via Flickr

K: Makes perfect sense to me. I’m hoping for a tropical vacation soon, myself.  Not that it’s going to be easy to get with vampires. Speaking of challenges, what was your biggest challenge?

E: Aside from the constant battle against my weight? Trying to find a good defense lawyer for Nicky, attempting to dig up enough evidence to convince the coppers they had the wrong person.

K: If you could wish for anything in the world, what would it be?

E: Peace. Not necessarily world peace, as I think that’s an entirely unrealistic goal. Personal peace for me and my closest friends and family.

K: That’s a good one. I’m right with you, in fact! It looks like we’re running out of time, but before you have to go, do you have one thing you’d like to say to your readers?

E: When you know something to be true, even though everyone around you disputes it, fight for it. Fight to expose the lies and fabrications that prevent the truth from being evident. Stand on your principles. Don’t let others tell you you’re wrong when you know in your heart you are right. Is that more than one thing?

K: Sounds like one thing to me! *winks* Thanks so much for stopping in, Eamonn! It’s been great talking to you, and here’s hoping you can get that cameo!

You can find Eamonn Shute in the novel  ‘Book ‘Em – An Eamonn Shute Mystery’ , available at Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/40428) and Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004MYFSKM)

And a special thanks to Tony McFadden for playing along!

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

Target Identified by Lindsay Downs

Today’s excerpt comes from the Mystery/Thriller Target Identified by Lindsay Downs

The body count continues to rise. Unexplained stock transfers persist. Is there any connection between the two, or is it coincidence?

Ezra Swanson receives a mysterious note. Far more cryptic than the one he’d received the year before.

On the anniversary of her brothers funeral Alison Swanson observes a soldier place something by his headstone. Could this person hold a clue to what’s been going on, or is he the stranger she’d met twice before?

When she returns to Myrtle Beach, Sergeant Richard Bosch, the soldier from the funeral, is also staying there along with his collie.

Alison and Richard return to her parents’ home in DC only to find someone has kidnapped her father.

During their attempts to rescue her father, Alison and Richard confront a possible suspect, Shane Goodrich. Unfortunately, he has the perfect alibi.

Richard is captured when he sets out, with the help of several special ops friends, to rescue her father.

Now it falls on Alison, her feminine logic and planning to save not only her father but also Richard.

Identified and cornered will the perpetrator of the murders, kidnapping and stock thefts escape; or will they get what is coming to them?

“-Let’s put it this way, she’s suppose to be mine and was,” Richard stared daggers at Alison, “until she came along. Now I can barely get her to do anything. Like swimming. Before her, she’d never go near the water even at Aunt Maddie’s, now, she loves it. Either that or she does it to annoy the hell out of me.”

Janice didn’t have to think on how to answer that particular question. Since she’d done it so many times in the past. “Alison,” she beamed a loving motherly smile to her daughter. “has always been like that. Even as a child. For some reason, dogs, in particular collies, seem to respond to her. For example, several years ago we, Ezra, Alison and I were down at ‘Mother Rucker’. We saw a guard dog, leashed. Course you know how they behave, all bark and threatening. Well, Alison looked down at the dog and said, ‘why don’t you sit down and stop talking’ in that calming tone she has. Well, wouldn’t you know it, the guard dog did just that, much to the consternation, anger, frustration and embarrassment of the MP. She then walked right up to the dog, gave him a pat on the head.”

Richard shook his head, first looking at Janice then her daughter in total disbelief.

Alison could tell from the look Richard flashed at her that he didn’t believe a word her mother had said. She did her best to suppress the urge to bite his head off, but she pushed her chair back almost knocking it over. “Fine if you think it’s bull shit, sorry Mom, then I’ll prove it.” Intentionally she left out ‘I hope.’ “Go stand in front of the pool,” In anger, some at herself, but mostly at him she growled the words.

With a smug, ‘yeah, good luck’ expression in his eyes he followed her direction but made sure he grabbed his beer. “I’m waiting, for what I don’t know, probably nothing, is my guess.”

Alison, fought to keep her anger down which would only be counterproductive and walked over to Kebi. Getting down on her hands and knees she whispered in her ear, “Kebi, push daddy in the pool.”

Before Richard had a chance to blink, he went flying backwards into the pool.

Kebi, overly pleased with herself, lay down at the pool edge, ears perked up and cocked her head side to side. She watched as Richard struggled to the surface. A distinctly unhappy look on his face, which pleased Kebi so much she looked back at Alison for a reward. Food, which she got.

Alison watched the water glisten off his deeply tanned, lovely muscled chest. Her gaze slipped down to his damp stomach. The muscles now more pronounced from the mix of water and sun. She felt a dampness form between her thighs. She could feel her nipples pebble with the want of his chest pressed against her. His mouth suckling them. A desire to feel his naked skin on hers was growing. But, a cough from behind her quickly deflated any and all ideas of they could do if left alone. And in the dark, or light for that matter. She wasn’t particular.

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About Lindsay Downs:

I live in Connecticut and am the product of a dysfunctional family. Dad was Navy. Mom Army. If you know anything about the military that’s almost as bad as having one parent in the Army, the other a Marine. Since I never really took to the water, when I started writing my stories tended to have Army slant to them. But that wasn’t enough. I knew that the best stories, don’t forget I write mystery/thriller and suspense, had to have a little humor in them and since I have a collie I thought that including one in the story would be the perfect foil. So that’s how, in this case, Dakota, a tri-color rough collie, and Emily ended up together. One smart. One smarter. Some of Dakota’s personality comes from the collie that owns me.

You can get your own copy of Target Identified from:

Smashwords- http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/61903

Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/Target-Identified-ebook/dp/B0052LG84E/

Chance to win a free copy of Target Identified by Lindsay Downs

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Target Identified by Lindsay Downs

I’m late posting this, but if you hurry there is still time to enter Lindsay Down’s contest to win a free ebook copy of Target Identified, her new Thriller/Mystery novel.

To enter, follow this link to her blog, read the blurb and answer the question in a comment.  The first ten correct answers win a free ebook. SImple as that.

Go. Enter.

http://murdersandmysteries.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/contest-to-win-an-ecopy-of-target-identified/

Interview with Rebecka Saberhagen

Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why, Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer. 

 

Today we have Rebecka Saberhagen (I love her name!), the vampire heroine from Fledgling, the first book in the Coiree Guardian series by Mari Miniatt.  

A nice black cover 🙂

Katelina:  Hello, Rebecka and thanks for being here! Though I’ve had fun with my mortal guests the last couple of weeks, I have to say it’s great to get back to some vampires! (That is, vampires who don’t want to eat me!)

 Rebecka: You’re safe. I don’t plan on attacking you, or anything.

 K: *laughs* Always best to check. So tell me a little about yourself!

 R: Well, I live (ha!) in Deerbow City. You can see I’m a heavy girl, and I hate my hair. Although not as much as I used to.

 K: So when Fledgling opens you’re a mortal, right? And then you get turned into a vampire?

R: That’s right. Steopa bites me.  It was horrible, scary, and painful. But if he hadn’t, I would still be the “drama queen” as a friend put it.

K: “Drama Queen”?

 R: Yes. During the story I learn to be myself. I had a point in my life where people took care of me, and I expected it from everyone. Looking back, I was a real horrible person. But then I learned I was strong. I didn’t need people to look after me.

 K: Oh, I see! Would you say that’s your biggest challenge in the story?

R: No, the biggest challenge would be learning to be a vampire. It was a challenge in that there was so much to learn. But a fun challenge.

Pam (True Blood)

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K: Hmmm. I dunno. I mean it’s such a commitment, isn’t it? Once you’re a vampire, you’re a vampire with no going back. Though, I guess it helps if you’re romantically involved with your vampire, huh? *wink*

R: Actually, it’s not romance. Hard to explain to non vampires. But Steopa and I are linked. I suppose it’s like that bond that couples develop after a few decades. It happened when he bit me. But luckily my friend stepped in and explained to me that Steopa wasn’t the monster I thought he was. He taught me a lot in the first few days. I know he is good looking. He could have been ravishing village women on horseback, if you know what I mean. But that is not what I… like about him. I like how he let me learn on my own, too. He never tried to control me, or tell me when or what I should do. He showed me and let me decide. Not since my real father, had someone done that.

K: Speaking of family, how did they take the vampire transformation, or do you see much of them now?

R: I see my brother John, yes. But then I found out before Steopa bit me that he had been feeding our friend Vincent. I had been living with a vampire in the same building and didn’t know it (I told you I was self-centered!). Anyway, Johnny didn’t seem to be too freaked out. So I can still see him. As for my mother, I am staying away. Too much temptation to harm her.

K: If she’s as annoying as my mother I understand – *cough* – erm, I mean, anyway, so, being a vampire has really changed your life. I have to admit it would be kind of nice to be super strong and not be scared of anything, anymore. Or, is there something that scares you still?

R: Ghouls. Humans don’t understand when they see those things. I think that sightings of them inspired zombies. But they are vampires that could not or would not drink human blood. Now they “live” in cemeteries digging up corpses to eat. And sometimes go after fresh meat. They don’t care what or who they eat. Steopa had a chunk of his arm taken out by one. But I knock it away. First time I realized how strong I had gotten. They are nasty vile, parasites. I hate running into them.

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Photo by Mark Hill

K: Wow! I was thinking something like rejection – holy crap those sound scary! *shivers* You don’t have any other enemies, do you?

R: Enemy by proxy. This short vampire by the name of Jalmari. He locked horns a few times with Steopa. And during the story was threatening my friends and family. We had to stop him. He was up to some real nasty things.

K: What is it with authors writing us into books full of nasty things? Is yours as bad as mine?

R: My author did a good job. She could have made me thin, pretty, and strong from the beginning. I thank her for not doing that. Though, I’m sorry the readers had to meet me when I was difficult to deal with.

K: Well, if you don’t change and evolve then what’s the point? Who wants to read a book about someone who is already perfect? It takes all the fun out! Sadly, I think we’re almost out of time, but before you have to go back to your universe, what is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?

R: Before I met Steopa. Something to settle my head. That’s why I had so many pills. Now, I want to spend the rest of my time with him. I can’t see me going anywhere else.

That’s one of the sweetest answers I’ve gotten so far! Thanks so much for stopping by, Rebecka! I have to say you’re one of the nicest vampires I’ve ever met! It’s been a real change not to have to fear for my life for a few minutes!

You can find Rebecka in Fledgling, the first book in the Coriee Guardians series by Mari Miniatt. The book is available in soft cover or Kindle from Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0982666004?ie=UTF8&tag=thecoi02-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0982666004

Or from Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/13210

And a special thanks to Mari for playing along! Be sure to check out her website at http://mariminiatt.com

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

Interview with Ellie Bourke


Hello! My name is Katelina, and welcome to Weekend Character Interviews. Using state of the art-mumbo-jumbo author magic, Jo has temporarily bent the laws of fictional space and time to allow various literary universes to converge long enough for me to ask different characters a few questions. Since I spend a lot of time in the Amaranthine series quizzing vampires on what they’re doing, where they’re going and why,  Jo thought I would be the perfect interviewer. 

 

Today we have Ellie Bourke, the blonde 23 year old main character – heroine, even – of G’Day L.A., a suspense/thriller by Tony McFadden.  This promises to be fun, so let’s get started!

Katelina:  Hello, Ellie and thanks for being here! Wow, if you don’t mind my saying so, you’re tall! 

Check out that cool cover!

Ellie: I’m almost six foot.

 K: And is that an Australian accent?

 E: As a matter of fact, I’m Australian, but acting moved me to L.A. a year ago.

K: Oh wow! An actress! You must be really confident.

E: Actually, I start out pretty insecure about myself and my acting abilities. Self-doubt is a constant companion for those of us in creative work. Actors, painters, even, I’ve been told by the author, writers. With some really good advice from a couple of good friends, plus having to fight for my life on more than one occasion I’ve come to believe in myself a lot more.

K: Fighting for your life will do that to a person. Though I have to ask why did you move from Australia to L.A.?

E: I was in a schlocky B-Grade Horror movie called Beast of Bondi filmed around Sydney, Australia, where I’m from. I was one of the few that lasted to almost the end before I was killed off. Bart Sweeney was the director and he thought I did a great job in the movie. It was he who suggested I move to LA. I’m living in his guest house in the San Fernando Valley while I’m trying to make it as an actress.

K: Well I bet you won’t have too much trouble! (whispers to audience, Take a look at that cover! Yeah, that is what she looks like! Some people have all the luck, huh?) *clears throat* I bet you have to beat off the men with a stick! That is if your boyfriend doesn’t do it for you!

E: No, no boyfriend right now. Way too busy. I’m lousy at relationships anyway. The thing I find most appealing about guys is their ability to make me laugh, though.

K: Fun guys are – erm… fun. *glances at Jorick, who is hovering in the background* Change of topic! What would you say is the most life changing event that happens to you in G’Day L.A.?

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 E: That would be discovering that my roommate and best friend died in the bathtub. Totally rocked me to my roots.

K: OMG! I bet! I hope there’s not too many more horrible surprises for you!

E: Oh, there are.  I definitely have an enemy. No names though; I don’t want to spoil the book. I can tell you it comes out of left field at me. Completely shocked me.

K: Oh wow! Well, at least you don’t have a nemesis, too!

E: As for a nemesis I guess Constable Larry ‘Life-Time’ Perkins would qualify. It took almost forever to convince him that my best friend Joel didn’t commit suicide and was actually killed.

K: Your author sounds as mean as mine! Hopefully he takes it easy on you after that!

E: Not really. I spend a lot of the book trying to stay alive. Once the killer knew that I knew he was a killer he did everything in his power to kill me. I had to avoid that while I attempted to Nancy Drew up enough evidence to convince Constable Perkins that I was right.

K: Are you these authors don’t know one another? That sounds familiar… *eyes Jo*. Speaking of authors, if you could say something to Mr. McFadden right now, what would it be?

E: Do you have a sequel planned? Because, despite all the fighting I had to do, this was fun.

Tony McFadden: *whispers from off stage*  Yes. Early next year.

K: Wow, instant answers. I’m impressed! Talk about a well-organized machine!  Well, while we’re doing shout outs, would you like to say anything to your readers?

E: Something I was told. “Every time self-doubt crawls into your skull, grab it by the throat and kick it’s head in.” Seriously.

Moore Hotel ninja kick

Hi-yah! “Every time self-doubt crawls into your skull, grab it by the throat and kick it’s head in.” (image by Seth Sawyers)

K: That is fantastic advice. Do you mind if I write that down? *digs randomly through pockets for a pen*. Okay, well, maybe not. I’ll just have to remember it, I guess. Though I think we’re almost out of time. Before you have to go, though, what is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?

E: World peace? Ha. Just kidding. No, really, world peace would be great, but it’s not achievable. What I really want the most in the whole world is to be able to be financially comfortable while I pursue acting. Financially comfortable means I can choose what I want to do and not have to show for auditions for roles that are so not like me that I want to head back to Australia.

K: That seems pretty reasonable to me! Ellie, thanks so much for stopping in! You’ve been a great interviewee (Unlike some vampires I know!) and I wish you the greatest of luck in your sequel and hope that someday I’ll turn on the TV and see you there! (Not like I ever get to go to the movies…)

You can find Ellie Bourke in G’Day L.A., available at Smashwords ( http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/55698) and Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004XWC0AO)

Also a special thanks to Tony McFadden for playing along!

If you’re an author and would like your character(s) to be interviewed by me, then check out this very cool page that has all the details:

https://joleenenaylor.wordpress.com/character-interviews/

Do you…..

Like polls? Yeah, I do, too. There’s something about voicing my opinion that just makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. If you like it too, then read on, as there are not one but three chances for you to chime in!

I’ve been trying to decide whether to publish my short Vampire Morsels on Amazon or not.  So, I thought I’d get the opinion of the world at large about short stories and prices in general!

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Thanks for stopping in and – hopefully – leaving your vote 🙂

Ashton Now on Smashwords

Now on Snashwords: Part of the Vampire Morsels Collection. Each short story is about a different vampire from the Amaranthine universe. After Ashton’s parents die it’s up to him to take care of his younger brother, Loren. he tries to escape the pressure by befriending the new guy in town, Jessie, and his dangerous friends. But drugs and alcohol are only the beginning and he quickly discovers that his new reality is far worse than the one he tried to escape.

Read Ashton for free on Smashwords!

Book review: Legacy by LC Cooper

Genres: Adventure/Thriller/Mystery

Blurb: What happens to a restoration mechanic when he stumbles upon an insidious secret left hidden within the shadows of an evolutionary nightmare? “Legacy,” a fast-paced adventure novel is the tale of one man’s quest to realign the natural course of history. Events rooted in the final frantic days of World War II follow a carefully orchestrated plan that heralds in a new era for humanity.

My Review: It is World War II. A group of American pilots do a routine bombing on a train loading with German weapons, never knowing what it is they’re really bombing, or the Reich’s true plans.

Fast forward to the 1990’s. Collin Roggero works as a restoration mechanic, though his current task doesn’t interest him at all. As luck would have it, while looking through the warehouse he stumbles upon something that does; a group of world war II era crates. Inside he finds the parts to a German plane and something else. A mysterious cylinder and a bunch of random parts that he knows don;t belong to the airplane.

And that’s when the dreams begin.

Led to his fate by a mysterious “feeling” – call it destiny – Collin has to abandon his current life, and even his identity to unravel an age old mystery and stop a plot that’s been over fifty years in the making.

Legacy was a book that was full of twists and turns. LC Cooper does a good job of giving the reader the right information at the right time and maintains a good sense of suspense as well as a conveying a sense of urgency. You want Collin to succeed. You want him to be careful. You want him to watch out behind him…

I don’t want to spoil anything, but this book has one of the creepiest “monsters” (though I hesitate to use that word, as it doesn’t quite fit) that I’ve run into in a long time! It will definitely stick with me for a long time to come!

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