Blog Tour Author Drop-In: B. Swangin Webster + 2 Raffles!

Hi! Thanks for stopping by for this, Day 7 of the LET ME JUST SAY THIS blog tour with B. Swangin Webster.  Webster invited me on her radio show on WLVS last year and we had a great time!  After I read her book I just knew I wanted to share it with others, especially women.

This powerful well-written tale of love gone wrong coupled with low self-esteem and Type A business men make this a page-turner.

**Hope you buy a copy of the book today!  Why?  Once you send proof of purchase, you’ll be entered into a $25 Amazon gift raffle ONLY on SuperBowl Sunday, Feb 7th, 2016. Winner will be announced on Mon, 2/8/16.  You must email me at noveldreams2007 (at) gmail (dot) com, to be entered into this ONE DAY only $25 Amazon gift card raffle!  Or, you can send me a tweet with the proof of purchase to: @NoteBkBlogairy. (1st Raffle!)

[If you want to check out the other stops on the tour, click here for the lineup.]

Without further ado, here is my interview with the author.

Tell us about yourself.

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I am a mother, grandmother (Nina) and author. I am a shoe addict and love reading. I have over 300 books that I have read at least twice, three times if I really liked it and I love to cook.

Where can readers find you?

Geez, where to begin. I’m all over social media. If you type in B. Swangin Webster into your Google search, you will find me. I’m the only one but to help you out, I’m on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/AuthorB.SwanginWebster/?ref=hl I am on Twitter; https://twitter.com/BSwanginWebster and https://twitter.com/webswanginshow Those are the two main ones that I use. Follow me and I will make sure to follow you back.

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Where can readers purchase your book?

I’m on Amazon; http://www.amazon.com/B.-Swangin-Webster/e/B0039NQEIW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_6?qid=1454079575&sr=8-6

Barnes and Noble; http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/b+swangin+webster?_requestid=167886

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Yes, I had a high school assignment and thought here is my chance to write a great story. Bad thing was it was only supposed to be one page. Mine was 8 pages and the teacher was NOT impressed. She loved the writing but failed the paper because “I didn’t follow directions.” But at the bottom she told me I had a great narrative and should finish the book and I did. But the book didn’t get published until now. More than 20+ years AFTER the initial paper was written.

What inspires you to write?  And, why?

I don’t think I could live if I couldn’t write. It’s an obsession. Some people smoke, I write. Same thing…if I stop writing, I’ll probably gain 50 pounds! SO I have to keep writing.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began?

E. Lynn Harris was a big influence. He wrote about things that people didn’t want to talk about. He wrote about things that people didn’t want to see in the main stream but the public loved it! And I figured I should be able to do.

 
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?

The most challenging this about writing for me; is not to let other characters take over. I have a really bad habit of writing one book when in walks someone from someplace else that says, “Look can you hurry up, you need to write my story.” Who am I to not do that? So as soon as there is a break or my ‘current’ character goes on vacation, I call up the new character and begin their story.

How did you come up with the title?

The title is something I always say and one day at my ‘regular’ job; I said it and the secretary said, “if you ever write a book, that has GOT to be the name.” Thanks Crystal Hall for that.

 
Can you tell us about your main character?

My main character is Cheryl. A woman who suffers from low self-worth who marries a man that was knight in shining armor until he took the armor off and she found out that he was the devil on earth. She allows her ‘dreams’ of happily ever after to take over her ability to leave behind what is NOT good for her.

 
How did you develop your plot and characters?

Honestly I didn’t really develop the characters or plot. They kind of grew organically. I sat down and just started writing and the story merged from that.

 
What do you look for in a cover?

I want the book cover to tell the story but not the main story. I want it to give a glimpse into what the story ‘could’ be about.

 

What genre of books do you read, or do you stick with the genre you write in?

I read everything from cozy mysteries to dark thrillers. I never want to be a one trick pony! Now remember this is only my opinion. If I only read what I write, my craft would suffer. But you can’t limit yourself in your writing because main stream is not limited in what they are reading; why should I limit myself in my writing.

 

Are you a pantser or plotter?

PANSTER all the way. I tried doing an outline once and I swear I was pulling out my hair trying to keep it on the line that I had created. When I just ‘free’ write, the story grows into itself and then I go back and fix what is needed when I’m done.

 
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I don’t HAVE to travel but I LOVE to travel. I will travel where ever a reader of mine wants me to. I have been to at least six cities while promoting my novels and can’t wait to travel more.

 
Have you ever considered anyone a mentor?

Yes, my mentor was E. Lynn Harris. I my book was first published; I wrote him an email and he answered it. I still have it to this day. The best thing he told me was , “Congrats and welcome to my world. You have been given the most precious gift and you should make sure to always use that gift. No matter what someone tells you; it is your gift.” And he gave me his phone number and we chatted for about three months, every Saturday morning. When I found out that he had died, it crushed me! I couldn’t function because it was like I had lost a best friend, even though we never met; we became friends via phone.

 

What projects can we expect from you in the future?

Currently I am working on a romanc and  a mystery. I love both of them and during the recent “Jonas” snowstorm, I began writing a book about an unconventional relationship. I am loving the way it is turning out.

 

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I WILL be a full time writer. Playing with my grandchildren and buying shoes! I will also have a full time radio show! Yep; that’s the plan.

 

How do you deal with rejection letters?

I neatly place them by date of rejection into a 3 ring binder and every time I get another sale; I look at them and smile. You know the saying…revenge is best served cold…or something like that.

 
What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out?

The best tools available are going to conferences. It amazes me the number of authors that don’t go to these conferences. They think that we just sit home and churn out books. Just like dentists, lawyers and doctors have to continue their education by staying on top of the latest technology; so do authors. We are doing ourselves a dis-service by sitting behind a computer and not getting out there and meeting the authors that are doing it well. You can learn a lot from a NY Times best seller but you won’t learn it if you never go out to meet them.

 
Your writing space: Neat, or messy?

My space is neat. I have turned a small closet; into a cute little reading/writing space. So it has to stay neat or something might get lost.

 

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She’s awesome, isn’t she?  Spunk, personality and a soulful engaging writer!

Now, for a great treat.  The Second Raffle: The author is giving away 5 copies of her book, and a $20 Amazon gift card just for visiting and checking out this interview today.  That’s what the rafflecopter giveaway below is for!  So, go ahead and enter!  (Please note: There is no purchase necessary for the raffle below.)

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Twitter Chat Time! Sat, 2/6 @ 4pm – Book: Let Me Just Say This

Hiya!

Quick post to remind everyone about the Live Twitter Chat on Saturday, Feb 6th at 4:00 pm EST/1:00 pm PST/9:00 pm GMT. Just use the #NBbookchat to participate in the conversation!

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Cheryl Goldman is a stay-at-home mother of two: a boy, and a girl.  Her husband, Kevin, is a successful businessman who owns his own marketing firm.  From the outside, all looks perfect.  Too perfect, perhaps.  When we scratch the surface, we find Cheryl wearing too much makeup on some days and rather overlarge shades that make her look every bit the fierce diva.  Yet, she’s not.

Cheryl allows the unthinkable to happen more and more in her life.  Her children watch her.  Her BFF watches her.  Her parents watch her.  Yet, no one steps in…not even Cheryl speaks up for herself.  Her daughter is disgusted.  Her son is angry at both of his parents.  Her father knows Cheryl’s not trying to make any waves.  Cheryl’s mother?  Thinks the world rises and sets on Kevin.

Will Cheryl wake up and realize she shouldn’t be the object of abuse because someone else is having a rough go of it?  Will her children forgive her?  Or, simply walk away from it all?

Go behind the scenes of this upper middle-class African-American successful family and see how the foundation of things was set and how it all slowly unraveled.

If you want more, check out my full book review on my author page.

Did I mention the $25 Amazon gift card raffle on SuperBowl Sunday?  For all who purchase a book, and send proof of purchase to this blog, or send a tweet to @NoteBkBlogairy with receipt attached, they will be entered into the raffle!  The winner will be announced on Monday, 2/8 before 12 noon EST!

In the meantime, we’ll look forward to *seeing* @BSwanginWebster tomorrow with a new pair of fab stiletos!  Maybe like these…

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Wonderfully Wicked Giveaway with C.J. Burright!

She’s an ordinary girl with a nightmare problem…or is she?
Wonderfully Wicked
by C.J. Burright
 
My rating: 5 stars
 
Series: The Dreamcaster Series – Book 1
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: C.J. Burright
Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Print Length: 268 pages
Available from: Amazon


 

 DREAMS CAN BE DEADLY

She’s an ordinary girl with a nightmare problem.

For as long as she can remember, Kalila Montgomery has been tormented by
creatures from her nightmares. Doomed to a solitary life with a herd of
cats, she’s determined to go down fighting. Until the man of her
dreams—literally—kidnaps her and claims to know a cure. If only she
believed him…

He’s not your average supernatural hero.

Lydon v’al Endrian will stop at nothing to be free of the V’alkara, a
dangerous brotherhood who feed on dreams. But the key to his freedom,
sassy dreamcaster Kalila, might be his toughest challenge yet. No matter
how much she protests, he intends to keep her safe from the
V’alkara…even if it requires the ultimate sacrifice.

Their love is forbidden.

Now on the run with a man she can’t quite trust or resist, Kalila must
decide—fight for her dream of a normal life? Or, embrace a power she
doesn’t want to save Lydon?

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The jukebox song ended in a condemning silence. More than a
few customers watched her with suspicion and perhaps a hint of hostility. An
oily man in a dirty leather jacket muttered something to his companion,
glancing at her as if she might be the antichrist.
She pushed at a crumb on the table. “I’m not hungry
anymore.”
“Eat anyway.” Lydon bent his full concentration on devouring
his stew. “You’re too skinny. Whenever a strong gust comes up I expect you to
float away with the leaves.”
In other words, her boobs weren’t big enough. Kalila tore
off a chunk of bread. She stirred her soup in half-hearted interest, the
carrots, potatoes, and peas bobbing in crazy circles. How could she allow her
fascination for Lydon to take root, blossom, and ripen into fond feelings? For
a V’alkara? The man her night vision warned against?
The life of the restaurant resumed with a bright fiddle song
from the jukebox. Alun squeezed her shoulder. The concern filling his eyes made
her cringe. How did he always seem to know what she was feeling?
A low, ominous growl emerged from across the table.
Alun froze. The fine hair on the back of Kalila’s neck
lifted in warning.
Lydon towered above them both. In a snap, her nightmare had
come to life and murder hovered a second away. His voice seethed with
possessiveness. “We’re dancing.”
Before she could object, he shackled her wrist and towed her
onto the dance floor. He hauled her against him and noosed her back with one
arm. His free hand curled around her neck, controlling.
Her mouth went Death Valley dry. She was trapped, and not only
by the man caging her. Her feet had become leaden blocks, her legs wobbling
like wet noodles. What should she do with her hands? Resting them on his
marvelous chest again was a bad idea. Wrapping them around his back would be
the point of no return. She settled for placing her fists on his hips.
“I can’t bear to see anyone else touch you.” The velvet-soft
murmur drifted over her neck. He nuzzled the sensitive area beneath her ear and
inhaled.
Kalila swallowed hard, her skin two sizes too tight. She
wanted to surrender, to sink into him, if even for a moment. To know how it
felt. In ten minutes, an hour, tomorrow she could go back to reality.
His fingertips skimmed her throat and all outside noise
faded into the distance. He tightened his embrace, drawing her closer into his
solid form.
“You win, Lils. I thought I could endure any torture
imaginable, but I can’t take this anymore.” The unsteadiness of his voice drew
her gaze to his. He leaned near until their noses almost met and cupped her
chin. His large, warm hand caressed her spine in a slow path, driving shivers
up and down her body.
Screw it. With a small sigh of defeat, she slipped her arms
around his waist and relaxed into his strength.
Lydon took a sharp breath and his eyes flared, as if he was
surprised. Which made no sense. It shouldn’t shock him to know she wanted him
like every other woman in the world.
“Kalila.” He sounded strangely shaken. He grazed her mouth
with the pad of his thumb.
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I blame my love for reading and all things Medieval on my father, who plied me often with fantasy novels ranging from Sir Lloyd Alexander to Piers Anthony. My love for romance, however, lies completely at the feet of my best friend Michelle, who dared to give me a romance novel for my birthday. I smiled, politely said thank you, and tossed it in the corner, where it gathered dust. In a moment of desperation, when only the revolting romance remained in my almost-always toppling stack of awaiting books, I sucked it up and read the romance. Doomed. I started writing fantasy and paranormal romance for the cathartic experience, decided I liked it, and after two overlong, horribly written novels joined RWA and the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal special interest chapter. Best classes and critique groups ever. Double doomed. Now, writing is a necessity, not just a hobby.In my spare time when I’m not writing or reading or actually working, I might be found in the dojang (4th Dan Black Belt, baby), rooting on the Mariners (who will some day win the World Series), working out (P90X, anyone?), gardening (a little dirt never hurt anyone), or playing Music of the Night on the piano (without mask or cape). I live in Oregon with my fabulous husband and daughter. Not to mention my minions, a herd of cats.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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Tina Seskis’: One Step Too Far Book Giveaway

Emily has a secret…But is running away EVER the answer?
Enter to win one of TEN Paperback Copies
ONE STEP TOO FAR
by Tina Seskis
 
Publication Date: January 27, 2015 – (Original)
Publisher: William Morrow

 

ISBN-10: 0062340093
ISBN-13: 978-0062340092
Genre: Mystery | Suspense
Paperback: 304 pages
No one has ever guessed Emily’s secret.
Will you?
A happy marriage. A beautiful family. A lovely home. So what
makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life—to
start again as someone new?
Now, Emily has become Cat, working at
a hip advertising agency in London and living on the edge with her
inseparable new friend, Angel. Cat’s buried any trace of her old self so
well, no one knows how to find her. But she can’t bury the past—or her
own memories.
And soon, she’ll have to face the truth of what she’s done—a shocking revelation that may push her one step too far. . . .
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Tina Seskis has done a marvelous job of creating a compelling and
intense novel with One Step Too Far. Written using both the present
tense and flashbacks to the past, we live through the painful journey of
Emily Coleman, who escapes her life one morning, turning her back on
her family and her identity. Emily has decided its better for everyone
if she were to leave Ben and Charlie behind. She heads to London,
changes her identity, tries to recreate herself, forget the painful
memories of the past. As Cat Brown, she finds she is ill-equipped to
deal with life, everything is an uphill battle. With the help of a
slightly quirky new friend, she stumbles through life, becomes
moderately successful in her job, makes new friends, but her secret past
still haunts her, its always there. Through one of her many dubious
and self-destructive choices, Cat’s new life comes crashing down around
her.

She must face reality and her past, how it has
affected her and those around her. She must learn to forgive herself
for being human. Is she strong enough? Can she face her new future?
Can those around her accept her as she is?

There was
not one point in this brilliantly written story that I could clearly
know what would happen to Cat. The tangled twists and turns made the
answers illusive until the very end! The world building put me right
there, watching over Cat’s shoulder, living her story along with her.

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I grew up in Hampshire, England, where my father worked at Heathrow for British Airways and my mother was in sales. My parents bestowed upon me a certain degree of eccentricity: my dad amongst other things built a boat in the front garden on our commuter belt housing estate, moved us into a touring caravan when our new house wasn’t built, and took us all over the world with his free air travel and limited budget.  I think part of my story-telling is shaped by those experiences.
I studied business at the University of Bath and then worked for over
twenty years in marketing, advertising and online sales, with varying
degrees of success, before starting to write.
I originally wrote One Step Too Far for my mum, whilst attending a local writing class on a Thursday afternoon. I completed my second novel When We Were Friends (formerly called A Serpentine Affair) in 2011.  It took me way longer to finally get the books published, and One Step Too Far is now available in over 60 countries. I live in North London with my husband and son, and currently write full-time(ish).

Connect with Tina
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Tina is offering TEN Paperback Copies of ONE STEP TOO FAR
Enter to win!
US only
Ends December 20, 2015
Remember, books make great gifts, anytime!

The Kristy Brown Middlegrade Fantasy Giveaway!

Five Winners will each receive the first two books in the 
Kiera’s Quest Series!
Kiera is a Great Role Model for Tweens!
Book One
Kiera’s Quest: Awakenings
by Kristy Brown
 
 
Series: Kiera’s Quest – Book 1
Publication Date: October 17, 2011
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Genre: Fantasy – Middle Grade/YA
Print Length: 80 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Synopsis:
 
Meet Kiera, a pretty,
intelligent, and talented girl, brought up by her uncle, and abandoned
by her parents. Life is as normal as she believes it to be, apart from
the deep ache inside her,
telling her she’s different. For years,
Kiera had dreams where she ventures into a different reality. She’s not
alone; a presence is always there, keeping her safe, yet she feels
vulnerable,
and hunted.
Zakk, Prince of Zantar, is under the
Witch Queen’s spell as she tries to take over his world. He crosses
paths with Kiera, and their fates are entwined.

As their journey
unravels, she learns that she is not the only one affected by this
prince. Who is on her side? Will she find out why she has been chosen?
How can someone so young, defeat such evil? Will she find the strength
to save the ones closest to her? Will this be Kiera’s only Quest?

Great for MG-TEEN readers.( 9+)

Book Two
Kiera’s Quest: Sacrifices
by Kristy Brown
 
 
Series: Kiera’s Quest – Book 2
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Genre: Tween/YA Fantasy
Print Length: 89 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

Synopsis:
 
After almost beating the villainous Witch Queen, Kiera’s triumph is tainted with sadness for the loss of Joe and Daz.
When the handsome Prince Zakk asks Kiera to re-enter his world in order to save her friend, she does not hesitate.
On
their perilous journey Kiera realizes that she is there to save many
lives. As she comes face to face with her evil nemesis once again, Kiera
comes closer to finding out the truth to why she has been chosen.
Will she succeed? Will this be the end to Kiera’s quest?


The Rest of the Series
Book Three

Kiera’s Quest: Perceptions
by Kristy Brown

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Kiera’s Quest – Book 3
Publication Date: May 22, 2013
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Genre: Tween/YA Fantasy
Print Length: 153 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

The Witch Queen has reached a new level of evil.
Kiera is helplessly
stuck in Zakk’s realm. With the vortex destroyed, she is desperate to
find a way home. Her Uncle Tom, her friends and now the boy she loves,
are in danger. Will Kiera find the strength and the self-belief she
needs to save them?

On her lonely journey she meets new allies
from peculiar races. The Prophecy is all falling into place. Will Kiera
be able to forgive the people she trusted? Will she be able to save the
world from her twisted nemesis, the Witch Queen? Will she finally
believe that she is indeed the ‘chosen one’?

Book Four 

Kiera’s Quest: Choices #4
by Kristy Brown

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Kiera’s Quest – Book 4
Publication Date: April 16, 2014
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Genre: Tween/YA Fantasy
Print Length: 176 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Feeling desperately
confused and betrayed by the people she trusted the most, Kiera chooses
to jump through the disappearing vortex. Did she make it over to Zakk’s
kingdom or was she pushed back to Earth? Would she even survive this
time?
The next four years are long and heartbreaking for both
worlds. Some of Kiera’s allies will not know if she is dead or alive. As
the darkness spreads throughout the lands will Zakk’s army be able to
stop it reaching Earth? Will Tom’s small band of rebels stand a fighting
chance?
At the time of the final battle will the chosen one have the power to stop the oncoming evil or will it be too late?

Hi I’m Kristy and I live in
the U.K. I have always written short stories and poetry. I went to
university to study acting which I loved, but my real passion has always
been writing. So now I write the kind of stories I would have wanted to
read when I was a teen. “Kiera’s Quest-Awakenings” is my first ebook.
There will be four in the series. I have written the chapters like
scenes in a film, with the action cutting to different characters. It’s
fast paced! Book two-“Sacrifices” came out August 2012(Muse It Up
Publishing) Book three, “Perceptions,” was released in May. Book four,
the last, was out Feb 2014. I am now writing A YA book. My dream is to
have them in print someday! I love reading YA angels,vamps etc. I love
my kids and hopefully one day they will enjoy my crazy tales!
Connect with Kristy Brown
Only we can teach kids that:
Enter to Win the first two books in the Kiera’s Quest Series for a young reader in your life
 
Five Winners will EACH receive Kiera’s Quest: Awakenings AND Kiera’s Quest: Sacrifices
 
International where allowed
Ends December 13, 2015

Writer Wednesday’s: Q & A with Author Crystal Marcos

I met Crystal on Twitter.  She is a fab Twitterzen and chats with like-minded peeps.  She also happens to be an author…like moi! 🙂

Crystal graciously sat down with me for a bit and told us more about herself and her current work, and her work-in-progress.

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Author Crystal Marcos!

NB: Tell us about yourself.

Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. As the oldest of five children, she had to do a lot of entertaining. She lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband and daughter Kaylee, with another child on the way. Crystal is the author of BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE.  Novus, her third book and first Young Adult novel, is Book One of The Cresecren Chronicles.

NB: Where can readers find you?

Website: http://www.crystalmarcos.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrystalMarcos

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrystalMarcos

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/crystalmarcos/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/crystal-marcos/2a/979/b9b

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/CrystalMarcos

IAN: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/crystal-marcos.html

NB: Where can readers purchase your book?

Kindle edition: http://amzn.to/1IGbLDd

Amazon: Paperback: http://amzn.to/1NiIIbG

Barnes and Noble: Paperback and Nook: http://bit.ly/1KQXTqW

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/572717

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/novus-the-cresecren-chronicles-book-1

Oyster Books: https://www.oysterbooks.com/book/3Xm2dncioBHXWVmhyZ4KEZ/novus-the-cresecren-chronicles-book-1

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/novus-cresecren-chronicles/id1035993242?mt=11

Signed Copies: http://crystalmarcos.com/novus/locations.html

NB: How, if at all, has your upbringing influenced your writing?

My mom is always encouraging. Growing up, I would tell her I wanted to be a writer and she would tell me that I WAS a writer. She would draw pictures for me and I would make stories about them. I also have four younger brothers and sisters. I was always creating stories for them. One of my favorite activities when telling bedtime stories was to include their ideas in the story. Now, I do this with my daughter. I ask her what she wants to hear a story about. I pause during telling her the story to let her fill in the blanks. For example, a character’s name, what color hat they are wearing, or what a noise sounded like. We create the story together. This makes bedtime special.

NB: How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since I was very young. My mom saved some of my work from my elementary school years. I wrote my first full-length picture book when I was 12, my first monologue when I was 15, poems and songs in my teenage years, and my first full-length children’s book as an adult. My first book, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale has won honors and a silver Readers’ Favorite award.

NB: What first attracted you to this genre?

Books I read in my childhood like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Best Worst Christmas Pageant Ever. After reading books like these, I was inspired.

NB: What is your greatest strength as a writer?

I believe my greatest strength as a writer is my ability to transport the reader right into the world I have created.

NB: Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

Yes, during those times, I found making an outline of what I plan on writing next can help. I also found the best thing to do is to skip the area I am having trouble with and just GO ON. You can always go back and fill in the blanks later. If it is a simple name or item and I just can’t think of what I want, I will put XXXXXX in the spot and move on. It will come to me later and I don’t waste my writing time using the XXXXXX as an excuse not to move on.

NB: Tell us about your latest work. Can you share a little of it with us?

Ideal for Hunger Games and Divergent fans, Crystal Marcos delivers Novus, a riveting novel set in a dystopian future of action-adventure, suspense, and romance. Intriguing characters and a gripping storyline keep the reader turning page after page.

Novus Cover Kindle_Crystal Marcos

NOVUS Synopsis

Being a teenager is hard enough. And what if your life’s path is predetermined? On top of that, you aren’t even Human?  Cayden was given life as a Cresecren. He expected to live out his days with the dysfunctional Human family he was assigned to serve. One fateful night, however, landed him in Gavaron, the home of maimed, elderly, or defiant Cresecren.

Beyond its borders is the Den, an area much more dangerous than he ever imagined. Now seventeen, Cayden unwittingly becomes involved in a conspiracy and is one of a handful of survivors fleeing a deadly attack. They set off on a perilous journey in search of refuge and the truth. Along the way, Cayden begins to comprehend the difference between fully living and merely surviving, while trying to balance his emotions and a forbidden love.

NB: Can you tell us about your main character?

Cayden is a teenager who was created by Humans in their likeness and given life as a Cresecren. Most teenagers have choices. However, Cayden’s life’s path was predetermined for him. Through a series of catastrophic events, Cayden explores new experiences and feelings he never had the chance to before.

NB: How do you come up with new novel ideas?

Many of my ideas come the same way as I developed my newest book. The idea for Novus came to me over three years ago in a dream that jolted me awake. I wanted to go back to sleep, hoping to pick up where I left off. I didn’t, and kept thinking about it. I wanted to know more about the people in my dream, more about the setting, more about what was going on and where the story was leading. I finally have the answers, and am delighted to share them. Sometimes, I get ideas from daydreams too. I also get ideas from books I think would be fun to write and I would want to read.

NB: What projects can we expect from you in the future?

I want to continue writing in the Children’s and Young Adult genres. Since I love saving money, party planning, and making cakes, I may write a book about it someday. I have several ideas for books and would love to see them come to print. I am always creating and imagining. I also want to make a game (board or card) someday, perhaps one that would go with one of my books.

NB: What are your current writing projects now?

I am currently working on a children’s picture book and writing the second book in The Cresecren Chronicles.

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Let’s thank Crystal for this great interview by checking out Novus!

Author Drop-In: Remembered (The Vistira Trilogy: Book 1) by E.D. Brady

Remembered (The Vistira Trilogy: Book 1)

remembered cover

How far would you travel for true love?

Emily’s past is a mystery. Left abandoned on the steps of a police precinct as a young girl, she is unaware of the love she left behind in another world. When she seeks hypnotherapy to deal with haunting dreams of a handsome stranger, she is thrown into memories of being kidnapped and almost murdered.

Kellus’s heart is torn apart by the strange and devastating disappearance of the only woman he would ever love. A secret kept from him as a child turns out to be the catalyst in a devious plot to control the world of Vistira. But first, the power-hungry Dinora, aided by the traitorous Lionel, needed to eliminate the one woman who could prevent them from bending Kellus to their will.

With the help of their family, the young couple must find a way back to one another and end the threat posed by their enemies, not only for their own sakes, but also for the safety of their entire world.

Goodreads Linkhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17695207-remembered

Amazon Buy Linkhttp://amzn.com/B00AP83YGO
About the Author: 

Originally from Queens, New York, E. D. Brady is a wife and mother of three (one adopted canine child), living in a small town outside Raleigh. Since childhood, she dreamt of writing stories and spent countless hours entertaining her friends by making up romantic tales for them. Giving up the Manhattan business world has allowed her the time to finally put pen to paper.

“I spend my days writing and reading while listening to classic rock music (occasionally with a glass of red wine). I published my first novel, Remembered, in December of 2012, and the two follow-ups of the trilogy shortly after.”
Goodreads Profile Link:  https://www.goodreads.com/EDBrady

Websitehttp://www.edbrady.net

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/EDBrady

Facebookhttps://facebook.com/edbradyvistira

The Fury From Hell’s Tome Tender Giveaway Winners are…

Dianne from Tome Tender has been an awesome supporter of my book FURY FROM HELL.  In addition to writing a review that any writer would drool over Dianne has been a great writer friend ensuring that I have ‘writing’ time. Thank you Dianne!!  Please follow Dianne on Twitter too for the most fun informative tweets about what next to read! @DiiBylo

Please visit Dianne’s great book review blog and find your next great read!

http://tometender.blogspot.com/

Okay!  The moment you’ve been waiting for!

The winner of the $25 Amazon gift card is…

Erin F.

 

The winner who will be able to add pins to the FURY FROM HELL Pinterest book board is…

Patrick S.

 

I want to thank all of the 687 other entrants to the FURY FROM HELL giveaway and hope that you will all purchase the book.  To help urge in you that direction, you can snag a copy of FFH for only 99 cents this Thursday, February 26th AND Friday, February, 27th, 2015!  Then, the price goes up over the weekend.  To get your copy of this ‘dark edgy’ thriller click here, or on the book’s image below.

If you prefer a print copy of FURY FROM HELL physical print books will become available by the end of March 2015.

Dark edgy thriller

Dark edgy thriller pitting good vs. evil!

 

A Rare Interview from Author @MisterSalesman

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I’d like to present a good Twitter friend of mine @MisterSalesman/Bobbi Dixon.  I’ve had the pleasure of being Twitter buds with @MisterSalesman for over 6 months now and we’ve shared a number of great tweets and had a blast roasting one another (occasionally) publicly.

However, today we have a bonafide interview to share in Twitter form.  The tweets below were taken directly from the feed and edited for reading clarity.  But, the essence of the interview can easily be distilled.  Both @MisterSalesman and I felt that this would be excellent information to share with our broader fan base and readers.

Please feel free to join the conversation and comment below.  And please — TWEET US!

 

Friday, 1/23/15

@MisterSalesman Hiya! #HappyFriday! Hope all is well with you & yours. Here’s my latest post on my website –http://thenotebookblogairy.com/?p=78  #The4400

@notebkblogairy That’s a very good post that everyone should read. The path least traveled is always filled with adventure; scary,…

@MisterSalesman Thanks Bobbi! How the heck are ya?

@notebkblogairy Working on a blockbuster book based on same principle as your post. Don’t Write To Be Famous, Write Like You’re Already Famous

bobbi_write like famous

@MisterSalesman Amazingly #Awesome! #Congrats on the new book!

@notebkblogairy Oh no, congrats to you…you wrote the post! But, I am writing one hell of a book that everyone should read.

@notebkblogairy favorite this and keep it near because the new book is going to show you how to think.

@MisterSalesman You are always #writing! I love that about u. I have to pick myself up and make myself write. So tired after working all day

@MisterSalesman How so?

@notebkblogairy the path of least traveled is exciting and disappointing, it’s where u will discover new things and fortunes are made

@MisterSalesman Preach!

. @notebkblogairy I know everyone thinks they know how to think but they’re thinking like everyone else and that’s the problem.

@MisterSalesman Continue the thought…

. @notebkblogairy And as more e-books are published every day it will be harder to succeed unless you think different from the rest, #TDC

@MisterSalesman Very very true. Soberingly true. #writingtips

. @notebkblogairy A new wave of thinking #TDC Think Different Crowd. Don’t Write To Be Famous, Write Like You’re Already Famous

@MisterSalesman When will your new book be released?

. @notebkblogairy This is a different book and some folks will be offended by the content language, designed to tear down the barriers

@MisterSalesman Thanks is always a great way to start – make them want it more because it’s #taboo. Smart.

@notebkblogairy ….and get your ass moving!

@MisterSalesman Moving!! Already have the page for the new book up on my website where readers can download the docs that come w/book.

Single_Mamas_Guide_to_Being_the_Best_Mom_Ever

To be released Feb 2015

 

@notebkblogairy Taboo and true and I don’t care what people think about the book or me I tell you that it all starts with your thinking.

@notebkblogairy You wanted an exclusive…. you just got one. Two things I don’t like: interviews and deadlines..

@MisterSalesman Thanks for doing both Bobbi! Was literally pulling all of the tweets together in the order in which they happened. It’s ready!

…perks who said anything about perks.  AHA Author Interview with Rochelle Campbell host M LeMont @NotebkBlogairy http://mistersalesman.com/AHA_Live_with_M_LeMont.php …

Post Script…

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hi @bookclubgirl! Giving you advance notice of a new book coming out next month – http://thenotebookblogairy.com/?p=78  #NonFiction pic.twitter.com/0bSb9iQB0s

@NotebkBlogairy happy for you. diversification @bookclubgirl

@MisterSalesman @bookclubgirl Thx! It’s a new year. Time for new thoughts!

@notebkblogairy how do you write a book to be different than the rest? It’s not what you say but how you say it that makes it different

@MisterSalesman It’s also ur perspective & body of experience that adds value as well. #TDC #amlistening & getting onboard

. @notebkblogairy A new wave of writers #TDC Think Different Crowd and leaves them standing in the dust. @bookclubgirl

 

Books by @MisterSalesman:

Shh! Kiss Me Baby: The Untold Story: Mary Jane Meets the Millionaire Playboy

Caught Up What’s Done in the Dark Comes to Light

Holy Shit! I Bet You Didn’t Know This

 

Books by @NoteBkBlogairy:

Fury From Hell

Leaping Out on Faith

The Magic Seeds: A Modern Day Fairy Tale (softcover book for children)

#Giveaway: Seed: Keepers of Genesis Book 1, (Keepers of Genesis Series) by DB Nielsen

Seed: Keepers of Genesis I

Keepers of Genesis Series
Volume I
DB Nielsen
Genre: YA PNR/ Urban Fantasy
Publisher: LBLA Digital
Cover Artist: XLintellect PTY LTD
Book Description:
A powerful, hidden artefact is unearthed and, with its discovery, an ancient conflict is reignited. Seventeen-year-old Sage Woods, the daughter of an eminent archaeologist, uncovers the artefact’s disturbing secret and is placed in terrible danger.
Unwittingly, she has stumbled into an invisible war between two primordial dynasties of a supernatural order – a war in which she has a fateful role to play in a race to control the power of the SEED.
Embroiled in a quest that takes her from the British Museum to the Louvre to the Vatican Secret Archives, Sage realises that her blossoming romance with the mysterious, alluring St. John Rivers is inextricably tied to the artefact.
Up until now, St. John has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Sage is determined to delve deeper to uncover his dark secret and his connection to the SEED.
It is a decision that will have a devastating effect on humankind…
Available at Amazon
One thrilling quest, twin sisters and their sweeping and adventurous romances, a perilous rivalry, intriguing exploration of some of Western culture’s greatest mysteries, a magical tale of angels and demons throughout the ages. Incorporating historical facts intertwined with myth, fantasy, fascinating esoterica and love story, SEED is a captivating read which marks the arrival of a wonderful new voice in YA and crossover escapist literature.
Excerpt:
I had no idea where to begin in my quest, so I decided to simply follow the path of least resistance, working my way around the exhibition. It was like a jigsaw puzzle; reconstructing pieces of the past and trying to find the bigger picture. I didn’t really know what I was looking for, I only hoped that there would be something, some tablet or bas relief, that would be able to shed some light on the artefact and, more importantly, on what I’d seen. I would have sworn that I saw it transform before my eyes in Dad’s office but I didn’t know whether I should doubt myself now. I’d only seen the artefact for a few moments and yet it had felt like it was speaking to me, imparting some ancient knowledge. Of course, I didn’t understand any of it, but I hoped to.
Because I was in a reverie, I almost missed the piece altogether. It was a tablet not much more than ten centimetres in length, containing a cuneiform inscription and a unique map of the Mesopotamian world. The symbols on the tablet were an exact copy of some of the symbols I’d seen on the artefact though a little more crudely formed.
The cuneiform inscription composed the top section of the tablet whilst, underneath it, was a diagram featuring two concentric circles. The outer circle was surrounded by triangles at what seemed to be random distances. The inner circle held more geometric symbols and cuneiforms. A rectangle in the top half of the inner circle in the centre of the tablet represented Babylon. Assyria, Elam and other cities were also depicted. The tablet and its inscription were by no means complete as it had been reassembled from the broken pieces found by archaeologists. Information was obviously missing but I was elated at finding anything that could tell me more about the artefact.
It was because I was so transfixed with my find that I initially failed to notice that I was being scrutinized from across the room. The first I became aware of it was a prickling sensation down my back, the hairs on my neck and arms raised giving me goose bumps. I turned my head round nervously, looking back over my shoulder.
He stood at a distance, a young man in his mid-twenties perhaps, taller than average. No mere accident of lighting, his slightly curly locks, the colour of polished brass, formed a halo around a face that was much too beautiful to be called handsome. The only way to describe him was golden. His skin was golden, his hair, which he wore slightly longer than was fashionable, curling into the nape of his neck, was golden and I suspected his eye colour was, if not golden, amber like mine.
When I caught him staring at me intently, he neither looked away in embarrassment nor did he pretend to know me. Instead, he continued to assess me with an unblinking, hypnotic gaze. It was I who broke contact first; flushing with embarrassment, I dropped my eyes at once.
This can’t be happening! I thought, feeling panicky. Dragging in a deep breath, my eyes skittered back to his. He was still staring at me, his indescribably beautiful face unmoved.
My heart fluttered in my chest. I didn’t know what to think – was this some random stalker or had he seen me before around the museum and couldn’t place my face, seeming familiar to him? No serial killer looked the way he did. He was dressed immaculately all in black; a pair of black trousers was topped by a fine woollen black turtleneck. He wore the sleeves rolled up, exposing his sun-kissed skin. And the black only accentuated the perfection of his face. Of course, I had no idea what a serial killer looked like, but I was fairly certain it wasn’t this golden god.
As curious as I was, I did the only thing that made sense; I ignored him – or pretended to. Deliberately turning my back on him, I tried to refocus on the tablet in front of me. But I was merely staring blankly, nothing was registering. It was all so unreal.
‘It’s not real.’ A low, attractive voice remarked by my side.
I almost jumped out of my skin, whirling to face the owner of that voice.
‘Sorry if I startled you.’ He smiled, apologetically. ‘I saw you looking at the map of ancient Mesopotamia.’ He nodded in the direction of the display case.
I blinked. He was even more stunningly golden up close. He belonged in a museum – he had the kind of face and figure that artists used as a model. Statues should have been made of this man, posing as Apollo, Phaenon or David. I almost envied him his looks; such beauty on a guy wasn’t fair.
I had been wrong about the eyes though; they were an impossible jade green flecked with gold and framed by the longest eyelashes on any guy I’d seen. He was also taller than I imagined; a good few inches above six feet. All in all, he was quite a package and way out of my league.
I somehow regained my scattered wits to stutter, ‘S-s-sorry?’
Great! Now he was going to think I was an idiot! An idiot with a stutter!
I almost groaned aloud.
About the Author:
db nielsen was born in British Hong Kong and immigrated to Australia in childhood. db likes to travel the world with family; dividing time between residing in Sydney and visits to the cathedrals, crypts and museums the world over, doing research for new projects. The author is a university lecturer in Linguistics and Semiotics, and continues to teach English Literature and Language whilst writing fiction.