Friday, November 28, 2014

Last Friday of the Month Recipe From Author Kaye Spencer



Recipe of the Month
Cherry Crumb Cake c. 1960













The recipe and why you love making it:
This recipe is quick to make, and it is a great breakfast/brunch dish that is just as tasty warmed up as it is served cold. The ingredients are standard pantry items, which makes it a trusty stand-by to whip-up in a pinch. Substituting different pie fillings adds variety, as well. If you’re pressed for time in the mornings, you can mix the dry ingredients together the night before, and leave the butter out to soften overnight. The next morning, add the eggs and butter to the dry ingredients, mix, and bake.
Ingredients:
2 cups sugar                                       
4 cups flour                                                 
4 tsp. baking powder                
½ tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup butter (or margarine), softened
1 can cherry pie filling (21 oz. or larger)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine & mix the dry ingredients
  3. Add eggs & work into the dry ingredients with your hands
  4. Add butter & mix with your hands until the mixture is crumbly & feels more dry than moist. You may need to add more flour a little at a time to reach this consistency.
  5. Spray oil a 9x11 baking pan (standard cake pan size) then put about half the dry mixture into the pan & even it out to the sides—Do Not Pat Down
  6. Spread the cherry pie filling over the dry mixture almost to the edges (or other pie filling flavor)
  7. Cover with the remainder of the dry mixture to the edges—again, do not pat down
  8. Sprinkle cinnamon & sugar or a pumpkin pie spice over the top (can be added after baking instead)
  9. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until the edges pull away slightly & appear golden brown & crispy
  10. Do not turn out onto a plate/serving platter – Cut & Serve directly from the baking pan
  11. Serve hot plain or with milk, whipped cream, or ice cream
  12. Store covered — Refrigeration is not necessary

Short Book Blurb:
Wild Texas Christmas – Anthology from Prairie Rose Publications. My short story in the anthology is: A GIFT OF CHRISTMAS HOPE

A shooting over a poker game, a family seeking revenge, a blizzard sweeping across the Texas Panhandle— it’s more than the world-weary gambler known as Lady Sapphire can handle without help. Determined to make it to her childhood home by Christmas Eve with her stagecoach full of treasure, she needs an escort, and there’s no time to be choosy.

Neal Behlen, a drifting gambler and occasional lady’s man—depending upon the size of the lady’s bank account—has his eye on the contents of Lady Sapphire’s mysterious steamer trunks. Taking on the job as her temporary bodyguard seems a lucrative venture and a pleasant diversion since he plans to work in bedroom benefits along the way.

The price of their business arrangement is steep—their hearts—and both are reluctant to pay. What they need is a gift of Christmas hope, but will it arrive before it’s too late for love?

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Bio:
Native Coloradoan, Kaye Spencer writes romances from her basement hovel in a small, rural town in the far southeastern corner of Colorado—no mountains in sight—just prairie dogs, buffalo grass, and glorious prairie sunsets. While drawn to cowboys and the Old West, all genres are within her story-crafting realm.

Reading Louis L’Amour’s westerns, listening to Marty Robbins’ gunfighter ballads, watching the *classic* television westerns, and growing up on a cattle ranch all inspired her love of the American Old West—truths and myths alike. Kaye's favorite movie line is from ‘Quigley Down Under’. At the end of the movie, Quigley outdraws Marston in a gunfight and, as Marston dies, Quigley looks down at him and says, "I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn’t know how to use it."

Retired from a long career in public education that included teaching through a community college outreach program, Kaye is enjoying being a full-time writer and spoiler of grandchildren. Kaye is also afflicted with ACD—Accumulative Cat Disorder—with no cure in sight.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Book Signing Saturday At Loveland Barnes & Noble

Special Holiday Book Signing

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Autographed books are always a favorite, and you may find just the right one for someone on your Christmas list this Saturday. Seven authors will be signing copies of everything from mystery and romance to romantic suspense and Chicken Soup for the Soul. You won't want to miss this event.
  • When: Saturday, November 29 from 1 to 3
  • Where: Loveland Barnes & Noble (Centerra Shopping Center)
  • Who: (in alphabetical order)

Amanda Cabot | Jane M. Choate |Audra Harders |Jill Haymaker   
Marilyn Leach | Dena Netherton | L.A. Sartor :)

The Promenade Shops at Centerra, 5835 Sky Pond Drive, Loveland, CO 80537, 
970-663-9473





Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Five Secrets From Author Jennifer Delamere



Today we learn five secrets from Jennifer Delamere whom I first met through Scriptscene, RWA's screenwriting chapter.  At about that same time Jennifer got a multibook contract and her screenwriting took a back seat...for the moment, she says, about ready to dive back into screenplay waters.

Please welcome Jennifer.

Bio: A history fan, travel lover, and outdoor enthusiast, Jennifer Delamere writes sweet historical romance with plenty of joy and sizzle. Her debut novel An Heiress at Heart was a finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA® award. Her follow-up novel, A Lady Most Lovely, earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Jennifer loves reading histories, biographies, and travelogues, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the people and places in her books. For more information about Jennifer’s books, blog, and mailing list, visit www.jenniferdelamere.com.

Hi Jennifer, please tell us Five Secrets we may not know about A Bride for the Season or you, but will after today!

Leslie, thank you so much for having me on your blog! I’m ready to spill the beans on my latest literary adventure.

1) The hero, James Simpson, shares the same first name and birthday (the date is actually mentioned in the book) as my husband. However, his looks are modeled after one of my very first crushes. That’s because I’d already used my husband as the model for Geoffrey Somerville, the hero of my first novel, An Heiress at Heart!

2) When the heroine, Lucinda Cardington, made her first appearance as a minor character in An Heiress at Heart, it was supposed to be a brief, “walk-on” role only. But I ended up liking her so much, I decided to give her a starring part in her own romance.

3) My working title for this book was “Portrait of an Heiress.” That’s because James and Lucinda both have an interest in photography—which at the time the book is set (1853) was only about a decade old. But there is a deeper meaning as well—it’s also about how love can change the way you see a person. How you fall in love with their true, inner beauty, rather than merely the outward appearance.

4) The book’s current title also has two meanings: it refers to both the London “season” and the Christmas season. At one point, Lucinda finds herself in a critical situation where she must find a husband before Christmas.

5) This is the most lighthearted of my three books. I also included several humorous lines of dialogue that are actually private jokes among family or friends. I won’t tell you which ones, though. You’ll just have to read the book and try to guess for yourself! (Feel free to email your guesses to me via the contact form on my website. If you are right, I’ll send you a prize!)


Blurb :
London’s most amiable rogue has finally met his match.
Lucinda Cardington doesn’t care that she is close to being “on the shelf.” She has more serious pursuits in mind and is perfectly content to leave dreams of romance to silly young ladies like her sister. Yet when her sister places herself in a compromising situation with London’s most scandalous bachelor, the entire family’s reputation comes perilously close to ruin. Suddenly Lucinda is in the limelight…and in need of a husband.
James Simpson’s rakish ways have finally caught up with him. Snared in a scandal that for once is not his doing, he is forced to do the honorable thing and offer marriage to the lady. But her father won’t agree to a dowry unless James can also find a suitable husband for the lady’s elder sister—quiet, reserved Lucinda Cardington. As James gets to know the vibrant, charming, and passionate woman behind Lucinda’s shy exterior, he comes to the distressing realization that he doesn’t want her in anyone’s arms but his own…

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Winner of the International Digital Award for Contemporary Short Novel

It is with great excitement that I announce Be Mine This Christmas Night won the amazing IDA award for short contemporary novel.


From what I've heard the competition was stiff and the entries numerous.

Thank you International Digital Awards and the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America for this incredible honor.



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Five Secrets From Author Mary J. McCoy-Dressel



Today we learn Five Secrets from Mary J. McCoy-Dressel 
or as she calls them,"subtle secrets". 
Have to tell you, a tear came to my eye as I read them.
  Welcome Mary.

Bio: Mary writes sensual contemporary western romance with strong family ties, an occasional paranormal romance, and at times romantic fiction outside of the western genre.

She’s the author of four novels in the contemporary western romance genre with more books to come in each series. Two time-travel romance novels are now out of print. Some of her novels are emotional and compelling, and the characters don't have an easy time getting what they want, but their reward is sexy and sweet. In a lighter style she prefers to write more romantic and sensual love stories without all the conflict and drama.

Mary has two grown sons and an Australian Shepherd/ chow mix fur baby dog. She lives in the Great Lake state of Michigan, U.S.A. Her career job was in education working with children with learning disabilities—at elementary and middle school levels. She has taught creative writing for a college leisure program.

Mary loves photography, reading, going to the opera and dinner with friends, and also likes to travel. Loving books as a child, and growing up an avid reader, she is still inspired by other writers who have taught her to keep her eyes on the goal. Now she writes full-time—her dream come true.
  
Hi Mary, please tell us Five Secrets we may not know about Cowboy Boss and his Destiny or you, but will after today!

Hi, Leslie. Thanks for having me today. I have no major secrets to give away in this book. In fact, it was hard to come up with these five. Let’s call them subtle secrets. :)

1) Nora, Destiny, and Tristan star in Cowboy Boss and his Destiny. When this book was planned, Destiny’s original age wasn’t what you see in the book. She’s four, but turns five shortly after the story begins. When I began planning, Destiny was sixteen-months old. She remained sixteen-months-old until about page two when she told me she wasn’t a baby. Our characters are almost always right. (I love it!) Why did I change her age? I wanted her to interact in her world, with her dad, and with the rest of the family. To have her own opinions. No doubt she has opinions, and she also has her own fun personality. Destiny adds to the story and it was a great decision to make her older. In the “bonus book” #1.5, a short novel I wrote as an addition to Cowboy Boss, I noticed a change in her attitude.

2) Tristan calls Destiny Baby Cakes. I’m a widow now, but when I met my husband his daughter had just turned eight. He called her Baby Cakes. I didn’t call her that, because it was special between her and her dad. In Cowboy Boss and his Destiny, Nora won’t call Destiny “Baby Cakes” for the same reason. In fact, no one else in Destiny’s family calls her by that nickname.

3) This one surprised me in the beginning. Nora uses the color teal or turquoise at times for her carpet, bedroom colors, or clothes. Most of my heroines mention something in this color. This goes all the way back to the first book I wrote. Teal is my favorite color. It wasn’t planned in the beginning, but once I realized some of my heroines liked the color, I went with it.

4) The reason Tristan drives a Dodge Ram pickup in this book? I had my very own Ram pickup and I loved that truck. I guess that was my adult Tomboy stage. :-0 This type of truck fits my hero. If it brings me good memories, heck, why not give one to a hero? Mine was red and your basic pickup. His isn’t basic in any way. He’s a rancher and his truck fits the need, plus he has fun with the built-up engine. Tristan’s isn’t red.
  
5) The original idea that I can contribute to Cowboy Boss and his Destiny is a post office box I used to have. Once, years ago, I’d often see the same guy picking up his mail when I picked up mine. My mind automatically saw this as a way for my characters to meet. Is this how Nora and Tristan meet? No, not exactly. But through the years I kept going back to that idea. When Tristan came to me, he also came to me with the same predicament he’s found in, in the beginning of the book. It happens to be at the post office in a roundabout way. They would have met inside like my imagination showed me, but the scenario changed when I realized Tristan was a single dad.

These are my Five Secrets about Cowboy Boss and his Destiny, the first book in the Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight. It can be read as a standalone. Heartbreak’s Reward, book two is available. The “bonus book” #1.5 I mentioned above is coming late 2014. More books will follow.

Blurb :
Tristan Carlson does the best he can to raise his four-year-old daughter on his own. His mother remains on the Double Dutch to lend a hand—giving him the ability to maintain the ranch, tend to his horses, and keep up his small-time ranching magazine. His pretty, new assistant is everything he wants in a woman, including her ginger-red hair. But from his experience with women lately, he’s learned that some don’t want a ready-made family. This one seems different, and he’s falling hard. But, there’s his little blue-eyed girl, and he’ll protect Destiny’s heart with everything within him. Until he knows for sure…

Living the good life in a big city for many years, Nora Trinity ends up a statistic after the magazine she works for makes cutbacks. Despite a family betrayal from her past that still needs mending, she moves back home to the small town of Canyon Junction, Arizona, with forgiveness on her mind. When she is hired by a local rancher to help with his ranching magazine, she finds herself profoundly attracted to him. The thing is, her sexy boss comes as a package deal, and his little girl is immediately drawn to her. It’s not just about two hearts taking a chance now—or two people falling in love. 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Screenwriter Robert Gosnell on What It's Really All About - Part Two




What It's Really All About - Part Two
 "If there were only one truth, you couldn't paint a hundred canvases on the same theme." - Pablo Picasso
How about that? I share something in common with Pablo Picasso! Who'd have thunk it?
If you read my previous column on the Master Theme, you've already gathered that I, too am an advocate of theme, not as it applies to painting, but as it applies to story telling.
Every story has a theme at it's core. Sometimes, the theme is simple to identify, such as "love" in a romantic comedy, or "survival" in a disaster film. Other times, in a story of more complexity, it can be tricky to nail down. But, it's there, and everything relies on it.
If a story is not relevant, in some way, to the human condition, then there is no story. It's that simple.
However, the Master Theme, once identified, is only the first piece in the theme puzzle. It's fine, to know what the overall theme of our story is, but we now must determine what we're going to do with that information.
That's where the Active Theme comes in. This gets us down to the nitty-gritty of telling our story, because we now must take a position, and reflect that position in the story we want to tell.
That is the subject of the following excerpt from my book, "The Blue Collar Screenwriter and The Elements of Screenplay." It is the second of three excerpts dealing with the exploration and application of theme. Next time, we'll get into the "Characters Take on the Theme," to demonstrate how our Active Theme is reflected by the characters in our story. 
The Active Theme
Once you've determined your Master Theme, the human value that will be explored, you now must decide what your story will say  about that value.
What is your story's position on "love," for instance? Love is blind? Love conquers all? Love makes the world go 'round?
Simple stuff, but it can go much deeper. There is physical love, dysfunctional love, obsessive love, family love, destructive love, love of self, love of home, love of country, love of ideals, and on and on. So many ways to go. And, any of those variations can provide your Active Theme.
Let's take a common genre that does double-duty as a Master Theme: War.
Now, you might not consider War to be a value, since it also doubles as a genre, but there is a human value inherent to it, and that is conflict. Since the act of war is the highest level of human conflict, it is rife with thematic possibilities.
Within the War theme can be many common Active Themes. As we've seen in the examples of "Gone With The Wind" and "Saving Private Ryan," Active Themes within the Master Theme of War can be as varied as love and sacrifice.
Let's look at some classic war films, and the thematic choices made by the writers and filmmakers.
Most war movies made in the 40's and 50's were basically propaganda films. John Wayne, Audie Murphy and stars of that ilk were always the "good guys" while the enemy, be they Nazis, Japanese or whoever were not only "bad guys," but they were portrayed as less than human. Evil for evils sake. Beyond redemption. Unfortunately, this level of blatant bias reflected the morals and politics of the time.
Our leads, the "good guys," were always heroic, righteous and victorious in a just cause. The message they sent was that War is noble. War brings honor.
War makes heroes of men.
Now, enter the 70's, when attitudes began to change, thanks in large part to that nasty Vietnam conflict. Movies like "Apocalypse Now," "Platoon," and later "Full Metal Jacket" delivered just the opposite message of the earlier rah-rah war stories. They showed us the "dirty" side of war, and what it does to those immersed in the conflict; how it hardens them and brings out the worst in human nature. They told us that...
War makes monsters of men.
Same Master Theme, but completely different Active Themes.
Here's yet another take. "Catch 22" and "MASH" told us that war is ironic, even laughable; worthy of ridicule. Insanity forced upon the average man against his will. In other words...
War is absurd.
Some genres have obvious Master Themes, and a good example is Romantic Comedy. In this genre, "love" is always the Master Theme, otherwise, it isn't a romantic comedy. It isn't a romantic anything. The Active Theme, however, is more flexible.
In "The Graduate," the story faithfully hit all of the required Rom Com beats: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. The ending, however, was a far cry from the warm, fuzzy, "happily-ever-after" endings we had grown used to in the earlier films of the genre, from the 40's and 50's.
The ending of "The Graduate," in fact the entire film, was bittersweet; a struggle, emotionally, physically and morally for our leads. The ending didn't tell us that Ben and Elaine would live happily ever after in wedded bliss. It told us they were taking a huge chance, throwing caution to the wind. Don't believe it? Watch the film and look at the uncertainty creep over their faces as they ride away on that bus.
Love is risky.
It was risky throughout the entire story, and it was still risky at the end.
Now, take a look at "There's Something About Mary." Everyone loved Mary in some warped, dysfunctional way. Not your mother's romantic comedy. The Active Theme, here, was...
Love is obsessive.
But, the Master Theme is still love.
"Slasher" films also embrace simple, basic Master Themes. In a slasher film, it's either about survival or revenge, depending on who we're rooting for; the killer or his victims. Therefore, the Active Theme isn't likely to vary much in this genre, either.
Perhaps a character learns that only by enlisting the help of others can she defeat a crazed killer, telling us that...
Survival is achieved through unity.
Another approach might have our hero fighting back to stay alive, concluding that...
Survival is achieved through conflict.
The messages remain pretty simplistic and familiar in slasher films, but there is always a message.
Hollywood studio pioneer Samuel Goldwyn once quipped:
"If you want to send a message, call Western Union."
I suppose, today, it would be "send a tweet." With all due respect to Mr. Goldwyn, every story has a message, whether we intend it to, or not. It's part of the package. Even Jerry Seinfeld's "show about nothing" was always about something. The Active Theme, what your story has to say about your Master Theme, is your message.
There is usually more than one Active Theme being played out, within a story. "Rocky," while primarily a story of redemption, also contained a Love theme in the subplot between Rocky and Adrian."The Wrestler" explored the same two themes, Redemption and Love, except as a tragedy. In both films, our central protagonist was attempting to overcome long odds to make a comeback, and in both films, love was a sub-theme. In "Rocky," our hero succeeded in achieving redemption and winning love. In "The Wrestler," Randy "The Ram" failed at both.
Believe it or not, the same two themes were explored in the classic 40's noir film "Casablanca." In this case, Love was the dominant theme, while Redemption the sub-theme. In "Casablanca," Rick won redemption, but lost at love. Once you start playing with those combinations, you unlock a Rubik's Cube of possibilities.
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Robert's book, "The Blue Collar Screenwriter and The Elements of Screenplay" is currently available at:
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A professional screenwriter for more than thirty years, Robert Gosnell has produced credits in feature films, network television, syndicated television, basic cable and pay cable, and is a member of the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of Canada.
Robert began his career writing situation comedy as a staff writer for the ABC series Baby Makes Five. As a freelance writer, he wrote episodes for Too Close for Comfort and the TBS comedies Safe at Home and Rocky Road. In cable, he has scripted numerous projects for the Disney Channel, including Just Perfect, a Disney Channel movie featuring Jennie Garth. 
In 1998, he wrote the Showtime original movie, Escape from Wildcat Canyon, which starred Dennis Weaver and won the national "Parents Choice Award." Robert's feature credits include the Chuck Norris/Louis Gosset Jr. film Firewalker, an uncredited rewrite on the motion picture Number One With A Bullet starring Robert Carradine and Billy Dee Williams, and the sale of his original screenplay Kick And Kick Back to Cannon Films. Robert was also selected as a judge for the 1990 Cable Ace awards, in the Comedy Special category.
In 1990, Robert left Hollywood for Denver, where he became active in the local independent film community. His screenplay Tiger Street was produced by the Pagoda Group of Denver, and premiered on Showtime Extreme in August of 2003. In 1999, Denver’s Inferno Films produced the action film Dragon and the Hawk from his script. In 2001, Robert co-wrote the screenplay for the independent feature Siren for Las Vegas company Stage Left Productions. His feature script Juncture was produced by Front Range Films in March of 2006.
Robert is a principal member of the Denver production company "Conspiracy Films." He is frequently an invited speaker for local writers organizations, served on the faculty of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference in 2002, and in 2007 was chosen to participate as a panelist for the Aspen Film Festival Short Screenplay Contest. Robert regularly presents his screenwriting class "The Elements of Screenplay," along with advanced classes and workshops, in the Denver area. 


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Kayelle Allen's ~ A Romance For Christmas

A Romance for Christmas

A sweet holiday romance showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.


A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift.

It's Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.






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Video: http://youtu.be/Dzr6lv5DzgsMusic: O Christmas Tree, piano performed by Vladimir Sterzer, licensed by Jamendo.com. Images courtesy of PhotoXpress.com and RGBstock.com

GiveawayPeek inside the book for background on the story, the reason for the names, excerpts, buy links, and more: http://is.gd/rom4cmaspeek

About the Author:
Kayelle Allen is a multi-published, award-winning author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Take Five With Paranormal-Romance Author Guy Ogan




Welcome to An Indie Adventure, Guy.  Tell us, what inspired you to write your book Immortal Relations?  
The event that inspired me to write my first Paranormal-Romance was finding a photograph of my late father taken at the end of World War Two, when he was assigned to help the Czechs form a new government, hopefully a Constitutional Government somewhat similar to that of the United States (a lofty goal considering Soviet troops were all over the area).  The photograph showed my father standing in front of an extremely old building with a large clock on it's wall. It wasn't so much the photo itself, but what was written on the back. In a very feminine hand was, "I'll always be waiting here." 

I had heard my mother saying things like, "He is over there with that woman" when I was very young, but didn't know of whom she spoke, nor would she say anything further when asked. However, at one point she did ask me what I would do if she divorced my father. So finding that statement on the back of his picture, taken in Prague, brought back all those memories of what she had said when I was so young. That night, unable to sleep, I felt compelled to go to the keyboard and that is the "back-story" to where "Immortal Relations" came from (call it "channeling," that my Muse was guiding me, or a psychotic-break and I'll agree). I've always been a fast typist, but I'd never typed THAT fast before or since. I won't say how long it took to  type the book, you wouldn't believe me anyway.  LOL

Have you been a lifelong reader of paranormal books?  What are some the first books you remember reading? 
Not just a lifelong reader but a writer as well. In my youth I ran marathons and wrote about the races and these were published in running magazines like "The Long-Distance Log". I was also "into" automobiles and wrote about events attended (races and car-shows), these were published in such magazines as "Cruisin' Style" out of Florida. 

While I wrote mostly non-fiction, I enjoyed reading both that and fiction, specifically histories of warfare (World War Two and what caused it) as well as fictional works such as the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings (I've always been a fan of stories where good triumphs over evil). I had paperback copies of the "Hobbit" and the "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy and literally wore them out reading and re-reading them over and over and over again...then I'd buy a new set and read them until THEY fell apart as well. 

Now, I'm an avid (or is that rabid) fan of the vampire genre', but not the "Horror" type stories (although I have read Bram Stoker's Dracula and can appreciate it for what it is). In my books, vampires are like humans, both good and evil. My  good vampires try to safeguard humans and animals from evil be it other vampires, human criminals or evil politicians. I'm honored to be doing some Beta reading for Michele Drier on her eighth novel in the Kandesky Vampire Chronicles, "SNAP: All That Jazz" which should be released by the time you read this. I love trying to help other authors, even if they are far better known than myself and I totally love her stories of good and very passionate vampires "living" in the human world. While her stories are different than mine, the fact that her vamps are trying to co-exist with humans is a big plus in my eyes.

What do you do to rev your creative juices? 
I have an overactive imagination, "writers block" is a concept totally foreign to me. My mind is operating at 78 rpm in a 33 1/3 rpm world (an example from the old vinyl record days...young people probably won't understand). Given the chance, I can sit down at any point in-time and write (the problem is getting the time to do so).

What would be your advice to people who are considering a writing career? 
If you want to write short articles about a specific topic (such as I did with my running and interest in "cars") just get a good grounding in that subject. It might be "making cupcakes" if so learn to make the most sinfully delicious and unique cupcakes, then write about it and send it off to "Cupcake World" magazine. In other words, start small and learn your craft but have a grounding in another type of work. As they say, "Don't quit your day-job"(even J.K. Rowling took a little while to be discovered). 

If you are planning on writing "The Great American Novel" and submitting it to "Publishing Houses" prepare for disappointment - rejection is the name of their game (they just SAY they are looking for something new and fresh). When I wrote my first novel they said I couldn't write that type of book as it violated the norms of the genre' (good vampires that protected humans from evil and owned funeral homes from which to obtain what little blood they required). I'm told I was the first to come up with that method of obtaining blood without attacking humans, having willing donors or attacking animals (my vampires are animal friendly). All of my "unique" concepts were panned by the editing staff, they even challenged the fact that my vampires had sex, evidently never having read Twilight, Vampire Diaries or dozens of other works that had sex between vampires long before my book.

You’re having a dinner party.  What character from your novel do you hope doesn’t show up?     Why? 
Lieutenant Semenov, he was a psychotic butcher when still "human" and took great pleasure in eviscerating men , women and children, as well as their animals and destroying villages in Afghanistan during the Soviet Invasion.  Now changed, he has attempted to destroy the Residency group of Guardian Vampires so he and his evil group can feast on the people of Europe and the world unhindered. If he showed up, there would be a war between vampires destroying the decorum of the dinner party to say the least! LOL


Give us a brief summary of  Immortal Relations:

"Immortal Relations" starts with a true story causing the book (and later the series to be written). It contains "explicit togetherness" (sex), not meant to be salacious but to show the good vampires don't have human hang-ups about intimacy (frankly some of what Gary gets drawn into is rather humorous). Gary's military past is of great help in protecting the coven from evil vampires seeking revenge, especially when Gary's vampire son gains his father's knowledge and helps the Czechs as well as the British Army and Royal Marines deal with “terrorist” seeking to gain access to nuclear weapons. Later, he is one who helps the Russian Federation's defend old Soviet Era stores of Biological Weapons from the same group.

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Bio:

Born in Washington D.C. during the early stages of WW-II, mother and child moved to Texas while father went off to war as a member of the Office of Strategic Services (which later became the C.I.A.). After the war, mother and child returned to Arlington, VA to be joined by father now working back in Washington and on "temporary duty" in spots around the world. Guy was interested and involved in long-distance running, which he continued when the family moved to Northern California in the late 50s. He graduated from Los Altos High School, obtained an Associate of Arts from Foothill Junior College and Transferred to Texas Christian University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission in the U.S.A.F. while in the military he obtained a Master of Arts from the European Campus of Ball State and upon his retirement from the service completed a second graduate degree, Master of Education, from Hardin-Simmons. While in this program he taught undergraduate Psychology, Sociology and Counseling at local colleges as well as writing a book on the assessment and treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder. He was then employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TX Prison System) to write treatment programs for inmates with addictions and later as a Psychologist, retiring early to care for his disabled mother upon the passing of his father. He and his wife have two grown children and four grandchildren as well as three Pomeranians.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Monthly News From My Guests ~ Keep Informed


~L.A. Sartor New Release: Forever Yours This New Year's Night, Book Two in the Star Light ~ Star Bright series. This book features Jennifer Malone (Annie's BFF from Be Mine This Christmas Night) and Major Brice Young Amazon

~L.A. Sartor Award Winner: 1st Place in the International Digital Awards for Be Mine This Christmas Night. Amazon

~Audra Harders New Release: Her Christmas Cowboy, a novella in the Hope For The Holidays Contemporary Collection. Preorder now; available Nov 10th on Amazon.

~B.A. Ovalle Join us Veterans Day Event - Read, Write and Remember Read, Write and Remember

~Beverley Bateman New Release: Don’t Go. A dark romantic suspense with a Washoe Sheriff detective who catches sexual predators in chatrooms and a Reno cop. Together they must resolve personal issues and work together to catch a serial killer. Amazon

~Lauren Linwood Award Winner: InD’Tale Magazine 5 stars & Crowned Heart for excellence: Written in the Cards Amazon

~Sophia Knightly New Release: Heart Hunter (A Heartthrob Series Novella, Book 4) What happens when a young widow decides to live it up a little? Mayhem, that's what! Amazon

~Kayelle Allen New Release: a new sweet holiday story, A Romance for Christmas. A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift. Amazon and other formats

~Audra Harders New Release: Seekerville authors have two holiday collections available Nov 10th, taking preorders now! Hope For the Holidays Contemporary Collection and Hope For the Holidays Historical Collection.

~Terri Osburn New Release: More To Give, book four in the Anchor Island Series. The fourth and final installment brings us Sam Edwards, the hunky hotelier, and a woman from his past who knows all this deepest secrets. Available November 11 in Kindle, print, and audio. Amazon

~Jane Choate New Release: Keeping Watch A Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense. Amazon

~Margaret Daley New Release: Mistletoe Kisses (8 author novella collection) with Janet Tronstad, Lenora Worth, Lisa Mondello, Margaret Daley, Pamela Tracy, Lacy Williams and Cheryl Wyatt. Pre-order 99¢ this month only at Amazon. Release date November 25th.

~Jill Hughey New Release: 8 Love Historicals authors  New Boxed Set Love Historicals presents Lost in a Kiss: 8 Sensual and Sweet Novellas. 5 of 5-stars average reviews!  Amazon

~Polly Iyer New Release: Backlash, the third book in the Diana Racine Psychic Suspense series, joins Mind Games and Goddess of the Moon in the top 50 of Amazon's Psychic category. Amazon



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