Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Take Five and Meet Author Aileen Harkwood

Today I have the pleasure of introducing Aileen Harkwood. 
Who can resist a wedding with a bit of magic?  Not me.
And wait until you read her advice to writers.  Spot on!

Welcome to An Indie Adventure, Aileen.  Tell us, what inspired you to write your book, The Last Wedding at Drayhome?

It started with a box set I organized, MagicalWeddings: 15 Enchanting Romances, which was released this June. Here I was, spending the first half of the year coordinating stories from 14 other writers, each centered around a wedding that was either magical or felt like magic to the bride and groom, when I realized if I didn’t get cracking and write, I’d be the only one without a story in the set!

I’d recently finished the first novel in a series of five about Breens Mist, Oregon, a fictional town filled with witches and warlocks, whom the human inhabitants don’t know live amongst them. Breens is an odd place governed by something known as “place magic,” which determines what witches and warlocks can and can’t do. It gives them their gifts, but at the same time exerts near total control over their lives.

For instance, instead of a witch and a warlock falling in love and deciding to wed, the place magic creates a spell announcing a wedding will take place within the week. Just one catch, no one knows until the very moment the wedding starts who will marry, not even the bride and groom themselves.
I loved the idea and wanted to play with it, and that was the inspiration behind The Last Wedding at Drayhome.

Have you been a lifelong reader of (fill in your genre)?  What are some the first books you remember reading?

Life long. My mother tells me I learned to read at either three or four and that my earliest books were probably Dr. Seuss, though the first one I remember loving was Three Little Horses, about three horses who go from living in a meadow to living in a castle as princesses. By the time I was in kindergarten I was reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and in first grade I became fixated on the history of the Salem Witch Trials. Whenever we had a chance to go to the school library I searched for anything I could find about them.

What do you do to rev your creative juices?

Like a lot of writers, I use music. Whenever I begin a new story, I’ll find one special piece, or maybe two, on YouTube. I wrote The Last Wedding at Drayhome listening to a continuous loop of Aniron by Enya.

What would be your advice to people who are considering a writing career?

Don’t. Don’t make it a career. Write because you want to write and can’t imagine not writing. Write what you want to write. Don’t try to guess at the market because it changes lightning quick. You will never catch it, only follow. If you’re writing what you want, and you’re lucky—not everyone is, I don’t fall into that category yet—the career part will find you.

You’re having a dinner party.  What character from your novel do you hope doesn’t show up?   Why?

The High Priest from Drayhome. Horrible person. Imagine the worst politician you can think of and now give him magic. Not someone you’d relish spending an evening chatting up.

Give us a brief summary of The Last Wedding at Drayhome:
Every witch and warlock in Breens Mist, Oregon has one main talent that guides their destiny. Colleen McColly’s gift is to be caretaker and voice for Drayhome, a magical estate with a mind of its own. Sent under the guise of helping to prepare for a wedding, warlock Terry “Ax” Paxton has orders to evict Colleen, and end Drayhome’s century-plus-reign as the heart and soul of Breens Mist. It’s a duty against which Ax rebels, not just because it’s wrong, but because he and Colleen have a connection of their own, raw, passionate and too many years denied.

Buy Links:

(The set is currently at all major retailers, but as of August 27th will be available on Amazon only. We are enrolling it in Kindle Unlimited, so readers who belong to that program have the option of borrowing or purchasing the set.)

Aileen Harkwood is a Readers’ Crown finalist for Paranormal Romance and recent Top 100 Most Popular Paranormal Author on Amazon. The Last Wedding at Drayhome is the prequel to Spell Touched and Wedding Spell, first of the Breens Mist Witches series, due out this fall and early next spring. Her other books include Dangerous Dreams, Sapphire Ridge and Wolf’s Den. Sign up for her newsletter to receive sneak peaks of upcoming releases.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Five Secrets from Author Beverly Ovalle

I'm pleased to bring you Five Secrets From Beverly Ovalle! I think these posts are so fun and a great way to learn about a new author or a bit more about 
an already favorite author.

Bio: Beverly Ovalle dabbled with writing on and off for years when her best friend finally dared her to submit a story to a writing contest. Beverly decided she had nothing to lose and since she’d always wanted to be an author sent it in and agonized for months waiting to hear back. Contract in hand she has never looked back.

Beverly has been obsessed with dragons and romance since she was a young girl, collecting dragon books and reading everything she could find on them even down to the care of real life dragons. She’s always been slightly panicked that the world as we know it will end, so has prepped for it, haunting survivalist pages and prepper projects she felt she needed in the event SHTF.

An avid fan of all romance, Beverly’s goal is to share her love of the written word and write the hot and erotic romances that she enjoys. She writes what she loves to read and it was only a matter of time before her obsessions crept into her writing for her to share. She hopes you enjoy her tales as much as she loves writing them.

A Navy Veteran, Beverly has traveled around the world and the United States enabling her to bring her settings to life, meeting and marrying her husband of twenty-five years along the way for her own romance. Reading romances since the fourth grade she’s followed as the genre changed and spread into the vast cornucopia of romance offered today.

Hi Beverly, please tell us Five Secrets we may not know about No Heart Left Behind or you, but will after today!

1) 80% of the royalties are being donated to Operation Troop Aid.

2) The authors involved in the box set are from different countries around the world.

3) We couldn’t decide on a title so had to toss it out to the readers in a poll to decide what it would be.

4) I was in the Navy as was my husband and my son is in the Marines so I’m familiar with the jargon and services available which is why I write about them.

5) All branches of heroes are represented from the United States, plus other countries also.

Tag Line for Box Set:
War is hell, but a heart under siege is worth the battle.

Blurb for Love Me Forever:
Staff Sergeant Liam McGregor doesn’t know what hit him. Sent home to recuperate from an IED blast, Liam is stuck in a wheelchair and is sentenced to surgery and physical therapy before he can walk again.

A physical therapist, Abby Worth has loved Liam McGregor since she first noticed boys. It’s too bad he’s her brother’s best friend. She has always been firmly put in the baby sister zone no matter how hard she tried to catch his eye.
Liam sees Abby and when she goes home with him doesn’t know how he can keep his hands off of her. She’s now old enough to touch and the fire in his blood and the combination of pain killers make him lose control. Abby can’t help but take what she’s always wanted.

Together they have to overcome their fear of being left behind to grab what they have always wanted-each other.

Buy Links:
None yet available but it will be available at Secret Cravings Publishing September 19 

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