#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #QandA and #GiveAway : The Universe Chronicles – Claire Davon @ClaireDavon

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Today I’m on the ‘The Universe Chronicles’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information, a Q&A and a giveaway for you.

About the Author :

Claire Davon_262x400Claire can’t remember a time when writing wasn’t part of her life. Growing up, she used to write stories with her friends. As a teenager she started out reading fantasy and science fiction, but her diet quickly changed to romance and happily-ever-after’s. A native of Massachusetts and cold weather, she left all that behind to move to the sun and fun of California, but has always lived no more than twenty miles from the ocean.
In college she studied acting with a minor in creative writing. In hindsight she should have flipped course studies. Before she was published, she sold books on eBay and discovered some of her favorite authors by sampling the goods, which was the perfect solution. Claire has many book-irons in the fire, most notably her urban fantasy series, The Elementals’ Challenge series, but writes contemporary and shifter romances as well as.
While she’s not a movie mogul or actor, she does work in the film industry with her office firmly situated in the 90210 district of Hollywood. Prone to break out into song, she is quick on feet and just as quick with snappy dialogue. In addition to writing she does animal rescue, reads, and goes to movies. She loves to hear from fans, so feel free to drop her a line.

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Tracking Shadows #16 Final 1800x2700_400x600Title: Shifting Auras (The Universe Chronicles Book 1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Maya Wingfield was raised to trust no one—least of all the dueling U.S. and Russian paranormal agencies, Universe and Night Stars, who’d love to harness her mind-reading gift.
She thought Richmond a safe place to escape their influence and hide from a rising psychic malevolence that drove her out of San Diego. But when she gets yet another call to retrieve her drunken roommate, her mind shows her an amber-eyed Universe operative with an impenetrable net around his deepest secret—and a voice that sends shock waves of awareness down her nerve endings.
Maya’s curves and aquamarine eyes aren’t the only things that jolt Ian Sanderson’s mental shields, bringing sexual tension thrumming back to life. It’s a power his Universe-trained mind knows he shouldn’t trust. And a vulnerability that makes his telekinetic power burn in his palms to protect her.
But to Universe, she is just one of too many unanswered questions. A target for Whisper, a shadowy new group of paranormals with powers beyond anything Universe has ever seen. Once before, Ian failed to protect a sensitive from a brain-scrambling attack. He will not fail again . . . even if it means using his talent—or his body—to stop a bullet.

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Shifting Auras 1800 x 2700_400x600Title: Tracking Shadows (The Universe Chronicles Book 2)

Since the day Jiana Falco was forced to join the paranormal agency Night Stars, she’s been planning her escape. She uses her bodyguard’s split-second of distraction to vanish into the shadows, and burns the last bridge by saving Quillan Hardis.
But now, locked in Quillan’s muscular arms, pinned by his calculating amber gaze, his invisibility talent shielding them both, she’s in even deeper trouble. If that’s possible.
Quillan didn’t get to Universe Corps’ highest echelons by being a fool. The rare shadow manipulator in his grip is too easy a prize to be anything but a setup. A pretty lure he should send back to Night Stars. Instead, he holds on—and in changing her fate, he seals his own.
Under a secret order to unlock her untapped power—by any means necessary—Quillan takes Jiana on the run with only a precog’s vague direction, and a spark of desire that blooms into something warm and genuine. But her fear of being clawed back into Night Stars’ control could drive Jiana so deep into the shadows nothing will get her out. Not even the light of Quillan’s love.
But her fear of Night Stars could drives Jiana so deep into the shadows nothing can lead her out. Not even the light of Quillan’s love.

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Do you see writing as a career?
Well, it would be nice to actually be able to earn a living at writing but I am not sure if I’d want to give up the day job. Theoretically it sounds nice because my day job is pretty stressful and I get all that time if I was doing nothing but writing but…
1. I can totally see if I were doing nothing but writing becoming a total hermit. I could order food in and basically never leave the house. My day job forces me to interact with dozens of people every day, making sure I don’t turn into a recluse.
2. Frankly, my day job gives me great benefits and that is hard to replace working for yourself. I am nothing if not practical.
Now if I hit the NYT bestseller list and were making six/seven figures on my writing then I’d almost have to reconsider the above. But…let’s just say I’m not there yet.

What do you think about the current publishing market?
Like anything else, it has its good points and bad points.
I think that self-publishing is great in many ways as it allows anyone to have an even playing field in terms of putting out their books. Nobody has to wait and pray that one of the “big six” is going to pick them up so in that sense anyone with an ounce of creativity can get their vision out to the public.
With that comes tons of scammers. That more than anything else bothers me. While the proliferation of self-publishing does create a crowded market and make it hard to stand out, which is a downside, it’s the scammers that really fry me. It’s the people like #copypastecris who steal work and palm it off as their own. It’s the book stuffers who game the system for page reads to get Amazon bonuses. It’s the people who sell books to other people once they are “done” with them so that the new folks can change the names, slap a new cover on the book, and call it original. I work hard—very hard—at my craft and folks like this give self-publishing a bad name.
I’ve had two publishers I very much enjoyed working with fold, and I think it’s very easy for small press publishers to go under. To thrive in this market, you have to be nimble and flow with the tide.
The good news is that there are still big publishers out there if people want to go that route. I have friends who are very happily with Harlequin, St. Martin’s, etc. In many ways we have the best of both worlds.

Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
I do read, although these days it is mostly via audio books mainly due to time. I usually stick in the fantasy/paranormal genres, although I also dip into science fiction and very occasionally nonfiction. I think it’s important for a writer to be a reader as well. Not only do we then find out what is going on in our genre but I have been known to solve a problem area in my MS by reading other works. I can’t imagine not reading.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I write in the early morning hours, and at that hour there is only silence and the cheep of outside birds. I cannot write with music. Music distracts me because I love it so. So if I have music on I’m bopping along to that. Even classical I find myself lost in the beauty of the symphony. And if a TV is on I find myself straining to hear what is being said. So for me it is silence or nothing.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I usually have one story I am writing, although I have been known to juggle two and alternate between them, especially if I have hit a difficult spot with a story. I am almost always also editing another book at the same time. I write fast but the way I write I allow my books to have a lot of filler so the editing takes a bit of time.
Basically
writing – 1,000 words every day (or more), whether one or multiple stories
Editing – at least one chapter of one book, more if I am juggling multiple deadlines

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#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #QandA and #GiveAway : Courting Darkness – L.R. Braden

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Today I’m on the ‘Courting Darkness’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information, a Q&A and a giveaway for you.

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LR Braden_400x400Born and raised in Colorado, L. R. BRADEN makes her home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her wonderful husband, precocious daughter, and psychotic cat. With degrees in both English literature and metalsmithing, she splits her time between writing and art.

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2- Courting DarknessTitle: Courting Darkness (The Magicsmith Book 2)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Deeper into the shadows …
The paranatural community isn’t done with Alex. She’s been summoned to the fae court, and she’s got her hands full trying to prepare. But her date with the fae will have to wait. There’s been a death at the gallery, and the man she hoped would be a part of her future is the prime suspect.
Bitter enemies pull her into the middle of a paranatural war for territory that has her dodging police, swords, teeth, and claws—not to mention the truth. The deeper she digs, the more secrets she uncovers, and the less certain she is about the innocence of the one man she wanted to trust.
She thought she was done with murder and monsters, but she’ll have to enter the belly of the beast if she hopes to save her friend.

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Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Oh yes. I learn a ton with every book I write, and every revision. Courting Darkness will be my second published title, but it’s actually the fourth book I’ve written, and I learn and grow with every attempt.
One of the biggest learning points for me with this series has been to make my protagonist take the reins of the action as often as possible. Yes, some things must happen to her, but anywhere I can give Alex the opportunity to decide her own fate, I try to give it to her.

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Emma Stone. I think she could pull off the right combination of sass and serious for Alex.

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I write for the same reason I read: for fun. I’m not trying to teach, or preach, or convince. I just want to share a story that entertained me when it played out in my head. Hopefully it will entertain you too.

What is your favorite part of this book and why?
I think my favorite part of this book is when Alex realizes that even the people she thinks of as “good” have as much capacity for darkness as the people she thinks of as “evil,” and that accepting a person means accepting all of them… something she’s not sure she can do.

Are your characters based on real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Alex is based loosely on me. Other than that, the characters all came from my imagination, but imagination is influenced by real life. Some characters share specific traits with people I know, many are a mish-mash of such traits, but none match enough characteristics to represent an actual person from my life.

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
For the most part I’ve got a pretty good handle on my stories. Sometimes scenes move around, and sometimes they take me in unexpected directions, but I always find my way back to somewhere near where I thought I’d be. The one place where my characters get free reign is in dialogue. Sometimes while I’m writing, I’ll find my characters have started chatting, or arguing, or they’ve gone off on some tangent, and I have trouble figuring out how to get them back on task.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : Pedalo Pandemonium – Amanda Paull @Apaullfiction

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Today I’m on the ‘Pedalo Pandemonium’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
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About the Author :

11fA1pvwMy name is Amanda Paull. Well, that’s my pen name, not my real one, which helps to keep my writing separate from my day job.
I grew up in the North East of England and couldn’t wait to move away. However, after studying and then living both in England and abroad, I returned to the North East and wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else now.
Going to Grammar school in the days when teachers wore black caps and gowns, and walloped at will, wasn’t much fun for a shy, quiet child like myself. So, I just kept my head down, did my homework and tried to stay invisible.
I used to love daydreaming and making up stories in my head, but I never thought about writing them down. In those days, writing wasn’t an enjoyable pursuit, it was more of a time to tow the line and avoid being hit by a flying blackboard rubber. I was the type of pupil who would have been mortified to have ‘made’ a teacher launch one at me, so I would have shown respect by not ducking.
A short career in teaching was a revelation, to put it mildly. After going back to University, I settled into my current post in the public sector, where I am very happy.
It was Jim, a work colleague, who suggested around 12 years ago that I write a book. Apparently, my contribution to coffee break conversations always seemed to be either tragic or hilarious. But to me it was just normal stuff. No-one would want to read about that.
Then, a couple of years later, while sunbathing in Mallorca with my boyfriend, who is now my husband, and a glass of Cava, the idea of writing a humorous fiction novel came to me. I didn’t need to make it all up though as I had a plentiful supply of funny real life snippets.
To get started, I studied creative writing through the Open University, which fitted nicely around my job and, to my delight, was absolutely nothing like school. The Scott Family Short Stories started out as an assignment for this course. A Christmas Day Kerfuffle was the result of the fictional account of the first Christmas brunch my husband spent with my family. Of all the short stories, this one has more true snippets in it than the others. The taxi driver and bike box scene in Pedalo Pandemonium was pretty true to life, too. The driver looked different, but the airport to hotel transfer only required slight embellishment.
I also write Women’s Fiction. Pictures in the Sky was my debut novel, and I am currently writing my second, Painting Bananas.

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TKHIqbZALaura and Ben are still together, against all the odds. Laura’s Family the Scotts are adorable – but they wreak havoc wherever they go. The couple have survived first date silicon dog poo, Christmas mayhem and even dodgy marshmallows.
Their future together may have looked doomed on more than one occasion, but here they are at the airport – eating bacon sandwiches and watching planes take off, as they wait to board their flight to Mallorca.
A whole week in an idyllic Spanish fishing village. Just the two of them. Away from their families and the usual chaos. Wonderful.
What could possibly go wrong…?

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Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
You’re welcome 😊

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I work and live in the North East of England. I am happily married to my (3rd) husband and identify with women who have had a few ups and downs in life. I thought about writing a novel while on holiday in Mallorca. I was reading a self-help book I’d picked up in the airport, which was supposed to help you work out what you would really like to do. I thought, ‘Write a book’. But I didn’t have a clue where to start, so signed up for an Open University course in creative writing. The Scott Family story A Christmas Day Kerfuffle started out as an assignment for that course.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
In school the only book I enjoyed reading was ‘Cider with Rosie’. In general, I didn’t like the books we read in English Literature lessons because you couldn’t enjoy them due to having to analyse everything. I liked to read my mother’s Catherine Cookson books. As I got older, I started reading Women’s fiction, probably because the characters are often a bit disillusioned with life and men, like so many middle-aged women in real life.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice?
Who would that be and why? Marian Keyes. I love her writing. She can make you laugh even when she is writing about a sad topic.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
From my books, it would be Freddie the Toy Poodle. I would like to know how he sees the rest of the family. He is based on my parents’ dog and I always wonder what he is thinking. Everyone but me thinks he thinks like a human. In fact, they get all offended on his behalf if I point out he is a dog. He has bitten me twice, but they won’t believe me, even though they were there and saw the blood!! I would also like to have tea with the mother of the Walsh family in Marian Keyes books. She is such a funny character.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
A cup of coffee or glass of Prosecco if it is sunny and I am off work. The Prosecco has to be in a small flute and have two large ice cubes in it – not because I am overly health-conscious or want to water it down, but because you get more flutes out of the bottle, so it lasts longer, lol!

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Stories often start off as something I have experienced, or something someone said in the staff room at work. I always ask if I can use what was said if I use it fictionally and people usually say I can. My own family often warn me not to put things in stories because they know I write about silly shenanigans and don’t want people to think they are daft enough to have done whatever it is I am writing about – even though they are…

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I am a plotter in every area of my life to the point of irritating myself to high heaven. However, every now and again, I will do something completely spontaneous without thinking about it at all – it doesn’t always work out to well. I would like to be more balances, but I think Scorpions struggle with balance. We can be a bit all of nothing, or Jekyll and Hyde as my mother used to say when I was a teenager.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
I think you need to be brave. Braver than I am. I had a Tarot reading earlier this year and was told that I am ‘too British’ about my writing and marketing. For example, I have a reader email list but don’t send out newsletters very often because I don’t like to ‘bother’ people or clog up their inboxes. I would also say, try not to worry if you get a terrible review. My first one was from a reader who downloaded my book by mistake and gave me 2 stars because of that. Even though there was nothing I could have done, I felt responsible for the reader’s disappointing experience. Also, try not to censor your writing too much. I am working on not deleting material because of ‘What people will say’. It comes from going to a strict Grammar school in the 70’s where we all got walloped with wooden board rubbers for the slightest thing.

What are your future plans as an author?
I am currently writing my second Women’s Fiction novel, Painting Bananas, which I hope to publish later this year. I had intended to make Pedalo Pandemonium the final short story in the Scott Family series, but I am thinking about writing a novel to complete Laura and Ben’s love story.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Ben and Laura are sitting in the airport, waiting for their flight to be called. They’ve had a bit of hassle with Ben’s bike box, and Laura asks him if he is going to complain to the manager of the shop he hired it from because the problem was caused by the young assistant there. The fish incident might have been inspired by my husband and his first Saturday job in a pet shop. 😉

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Ben fiddled with a sachet of sugar. ‘When I was fifteen, I had a Saturday job in the local pet shop.’ He shuffled awkwardly in his chair. ‘One time, not long after I started, I was cleaning out a tropical fish tank and removed the thermostat from the water – not realising the heating element was still in there.’ He dragged his hand through his hair and exhaled heavily. ‘I had to go out to help some customers and totally forgot about the tank.’ Ben looked down into his coffee, crestfallen. ‘I poached the fish alive,’ he said in almost a whisper.
Laura gasped.
‘I know.’
Looking at Ben’s flushed cheeks and dipped head, Laura realised she loved him more than life itself. She touched his hand. ‘As you said, just a young lad and an innocent mistake.’
‘Anyway. I won’t be complaining about that massive, ancient bike box.’
Laura giggled. ‘It looks more like it was made for a penny farthing.’
‘Or a small car,’ Ben said, laughing.
Apart from the issue of the Scott-Family-related bike box, there was a general absence of chaos. Laura watched a plane taxi down the runway and marvelled at how pleasant travelling could be. The experience was new to her.
Ben checked his watch. ‘I suppose I’d better give Mother a call before we board. She’ll know we’ve checked in by now.’
Laura looked at Ben sideways, as an image of Fenella popped into her mind – complete with the tiara that had become a permanent fixture in all her mental pictures. Even though Fenella seemed a little less regal in real life these days, she still induced an inferiority complex in Laura. She’d never let on to Ben though.
She said, mustering up her best easy-going tone, ‘I’ve had an idea. How about I set up a group chat so we can send holiday pics to our families?’
Ben’s head shot around to look directly at her, a perplexed expression on his face.
Laura giggled and held up her hands. ‘Don’t panic. I mean, what could they possibly do to spoil our holiday through a group conversation? And, think about it, it’ll save worrying about phone calls every day. A quick message here and there, and a photo now and again. And they can chat amongst themselves too.’
‘But what if they say stuff?’
A series of possible scenarios ran through Laura’s mind – Maureen asking Fenella how her therapy was going… Her father, Bob, posting pictures of Freddie to cheer up Ben’s father, Wilfred, as he recovers from the surgery the poodle inadvertently caused. ‘How about two groups? One for my family and one for yours?’
Ben suddenly cheered up and tapped the air with his index finger. ‘We’ll tell them the signal is poor. Due to the mountains.’ He grinned. ‘We could get away with at least a couple of days without speaking to either family, and only sending the briefest of messages.’
‘Great idea. Of course, I’ll keep in touch with Debbie separately, just to make sure she’s okay. I know she’s eighteen now, but she’s still my little girl, and I worry when I leave her, even though she’s with her grandparents and has her uncle Colin nearby.’
‘Absolutely. I’m the same with Ryan. I’ll feel happier when he’s finished university and settled somewhere nearer home.’ Ben tilted his head and squinted sideways as he spoke. ‘And, maybe we could get them to promise not to mention that we actually have good Wifi?’
‘Yes, all right. Don’t worry. It’ll be fine. And it will make your mother feel better too. You know how she frets when you’re away.’
‘Hmm. I might even get away without having to spend so long on the phone when I do call.’
‘And I can probably avoid having to phone my parents at all. So, there’ll be zero interference from the Scotts for once.’
Laura smiled in satisfaction at her own craftiness.
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Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Amanda Paull.

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#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #QandA and #GiveAway : Angela’s Epistles – Rita Kruger @RitaKrugerWrite

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Today I’m on the ‘Angela’s Epistles’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
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Rita Kruger_400x272Rita Kruger lives in Vereeniging, South Africa. She is wife, granddaughter, daughter, mother, and grandmother. Most of childhood happened within the pages of books. Stories conspired to carry her away from the world she knew. The places and people books introduced her to were much more exciting than her boring existence.
Currently married to her personal MacGyver, she surrounds herself with what enriches her body, mind and soul. Family. Friends. Nature. Great food. Good wine. Mountains of books. She writes novels challenging major themes of her life in the genres of fantasy and gothic horror, which she loves.

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Created with GIMPTitle: The Gap Year (Angela’s Epistles Book 1)
Genre: SciFi LGBT Romance

Angela Wright might have everything her father’s money can buy, but that meant nothing to her on the night of her twenty-eight birthday. She is angry and a little bit drunk as she flees the scene of a fight with her mother.
All her life she has done the right thing. But she is tired of living under her mother’s shadow. How can she ever compete with Margaret Wright, the first Human judge on the Intergalactic High Court?
Within the space of a few days, Angela drops out in the last semester at Intergalactic Bureau of Investigation Academy, signs a bounty hunting contract to find the top ten criminals in the galaxy, and kisses Brenda, her best friend since childhood.
She might be late, but at last she is blooming.

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Created with GIMPTitle: Sins of the Fathers (Angela’s Epistles Book 2)

Angela Wright is new to bounty hunting, and on her way to find Nuremburg, a cop-killer. She is also new to Uranus. And to loving a woman. She thinks she’s doing rather well, for a late bloomer.
She learns that Uranus’ has a nickname. “Black widow.” Interesting Creatures. An underground where the resistance live in squalor. And a box with journals and pictures from her father, Winston James Wright.
Only, he died when she was six years old.
Meanwhile on Earth, a stalker rears his head. His has his eyes and mind Angela’s girlfriend, Bren.
Maybe blooming isn’t really what she thought it would be. Or maybe it is just that everyone else had a head start.

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3- Dancing in the Dark_400x600Title: Dancing in the Dark (Angela’s Epistles Book 3)

This is book three of Angela’s Epistles Series.
Finally Angela tastes success in as a bounty hunting. The Top Ten list of worst criminals was changing because of what she did. Having conquered her new career, she now turned her mind to new endeavours.
Bren, her girlfriend, was still plagued by a stalker, and the police was not helping much.
Angela starts to read her father’s journals, at last. He speaks about a betrayal. They are also filled with concern for the atrocities that was happening on Uranus. Therefore she sets forth to rescue her brother from the Black Widow (Uranus). She has a brilliant scheme, a map, and just in case, a Plan B.
But can she leave Uranus untouched? Will its darkness touch her? Will she, and the team of people who are gathering, be able to get to the stalker before he gets to Bren?

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Created with GIMPTitle: Dark Eclipse (Angela’s Epistles Book 4)

This is book four in Angela’s story.
The attack on Bren unleashes all kinds of trouble in Angela’s life. With Bren and Angelo both in hospital, she is almost living there. Heading for a nervous breakdown, she is able to get them both in one room, with a guard outside. And an extra bed for herself.
In the middle of this she needs to find answers. What really happened on the night Bren was attacked? Where did she go? And why did she make those calls to Bren?
No, WHO made those calls to Bren?
Prof Linden and the top students go through Bren’s case file and find some irregularities. Evidence is missing. The police investigation is going nowhere. All fingers point to the stalker being a policeman. Soon the Intergalactic Bureau of Investigation takes over. Can they find the truth?
And Margaret wants the journals her father wrote for her. She is willing to take Angela to court.
Adulthood has a fierce bite. Can Angela hold on amidst all the twists and turns life is throwing at her?

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Created with GIMPTitle: Masquerade (Angela’s Epistles Book 5)

This is book five in the ANGELA’S EPISTLES series.
Life after the attack on Bren is hard on our relationship. Her walls are up so high I cannot reach her. But I know it’s not only the attack. I lied to her. Everything between us is tainted.
Angelo has found love! I’m happy to have my brother here. Only, he isn’t my brother, is he?
The board members of Search International is having a party. Only, it turns into the worst idea ever. I should have expected that for them. Anyway. The new target on the International Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten list is Identity Thief. Which means I have to go to the bank right after the party to ensure my money is protected properly.
And then the hunt starts.
Can I find a way to reach Bren in her tower of pain? How deep does the investigation into the mining atrocities in her father’s journals go? And what other secrets will he share with her? Will Margaret change her mind about wanting the journals? And can Angela find the Identity Thief before he finds her?

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6- Close Cuts_400x600Title: Close Cuts (Angela’s Epistles Book 6)

This is book six in the series Angela’s Epistles.
Follow the escapades of Angela, Bren and the people they love. This time Angela has to face enemies from within and without. But can she do this without the support of her lover, Bren, who had always been the rock on which she could stand?
Margaret, her mother, is still fighting her around every corner. Added to this is a trusted friend that turns into an enemy.
The Identity Thief seems like a walk in the park in the middle of Angela’s storms. But will she ever find this elusive criminal?
What new secrets will her father’s journal reveal? Can she heal the damage to her relationship with Bren before it is too late? Can she survive in a world filled with people that want to kill her?

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Q&A :

How do you select the names of your characters?
I usually start writing a story with MC1 and MC2. MC refers to Main Character. MV would be Main Villain. I allow the characters to tell me their names as I go along. I was writing one day and when I got to MC2 I heard “Bren” in my head and typed it in automatically. But Angela whispered her name to me in a dream one night when the first book was almost completed.

If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
Read palms?

What was your hardest scene to write?
I have a dark epic fantasy series coming in 2020. Three of those stories are completed and have several scenes that were emotionally difficult to write. Killing off a young girl’s mother. Having that girl kill a monster returning that looks like her mother later in the book.
In Angela’s Epistles, there were several hard scenes between Angela and Bren that were emotionally challenging for me.

Do you Google yourself?
No. But I am told authors need to do so in order to see if their social media platforms are effectively reaching people. It seems weird to me.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Procrastination. I have to fight my urge to leave everything to the last minute.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
My mother does indeed. I have a paranormal romance that is on the edge of horror. Once she read that, she looked at me and asked: “what did I do wrong to make you turn into the person that can write this?”
So, she’s not reading anything I write more, but she tells me to go on and supports me in my career.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It depends on the books. Most of Angela’s Epistles were done in two to three weeks. But the dark epic fantasies centres around mythology and required a lot of research. For most of them I spend about a month in research before I even started to put pen to paper.

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Today I’m on the ‘The Celebration Series’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
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About the Author :

Stacy Eaton_400x400Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Bestselling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016 due to a second serious concusion. Her last three years on the job were in investigations and crime scene investigation. She now writes full-time.
Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, who works in law enforcement, and her teen daughter. Stacy also has a son who is currently serving in the United States Navy. She is also very involved in Domestic Violence Awareness and served on the Board of Directors for her local Domestic Violence Center for three years.
Stacy writes a variety of genre’s, but mostly romance. She enjoys writing real-life stories that people can relate too with real-life problems, emotions, and solutions.
Her favorites: Classic cars, photography, Disney, music, coffee and her favorite sweatshirt that says, “You are dangerously close to getting killed in my next novel.”

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1- Tangled in Tinsel_400x600Title: Tangled in Tinsel – The Celebration Series Book 1 (Christmas)
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Casey Lowe is new in town and hiding from her past. Her next-door neighbor, Thad Wagner, is a sexy police officer who is good with hands, and his lips. But Casey refuses to get involved with a married man, and Thad can’t seem to understand why she keeps pushing him away.
No matter how they try to stay apart, something keeps drawing them together. When an unexpected visitor shows up at Casey’s house the week before Christmas, her future is on the line. Will Thad figure it out in time to save her or will Casey become a co-conspirator to a murderer.

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2- Tears to Cheers_400x600Title: Tears to Cheers – The Celebration Series Book 2 (New Year’s)

Linda Maxim is a woman who learned early on how to work hard and succeed. Her only regret is that the man she loved disappeared just days after she got pregnant at the tender age of sixteen.
Ian Dugan was whisked away by his parents and unable to contact anyone from his previous life. Fourteen years later, Ian needs to get away from his life and ends up crashing his car and waking up in the hospital where Linda watches over him.
Can Linda forgive Ian for leaving her alone as a pregnant teen? Will Ian be able to forgive Linda and himself when he learns of the daughter he never knew about? Find out on New Year’s Night if Ian can erase the tears and find something to celebrate.

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3- Heatherns to Hearts_400x600Title: Heathens to Hearts – The Celebration Series Book 3 (Valentine’s Day)

Jason Hayes is a man who hides from his past, not because he did anything wrong, but because he is ashamed of the things that he had to do to make it through nursing school.
Riayn Simmers is new to Celebration Township and unexpectedly runs into Jason Hayes, the first man she ever loved, but walked away from because of how he was living his life.
Can Riayn see Jason as more than the heathen she previously thought he was, or will she leave behind her dreams of owning a small-town bakery?

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4- Rainbows Bring Riches_400x600Title: Rainbows Bring Riches – The Celebration Series Book 4 (St. Patrick’s Day)

Dabby Finnegan got roped into being auctioned off for the annual Valentine’s Party, and nothing could have prepared him to face the vibrant and determined Paige Brogan. From the moment she jumps into his arms to collect her prize, his life will change.
Paige Brogan has had a crush on Dabby for a long time, and this auction is exactly what she’s been waiting for to finally catch his eye. When Paige wins a date with Dabby, the only thing she wants to do is spend the day with him working at his tavern.
As Paige and Dabby get to know one another, Dabby has a hard time understanding why this incredible woman would be interested in him. It’s when the rainbows are overhead, and green beer is flowing that Dabby finally realizes what he has and vows to never lose it.

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5- Sweet As Sugar_400x600Title: Sweet as Sugar – The Celebration Series Book 5 (Easter)

Missy Moresco might be Celebration Police Department’s police dispatcher, but she’s also got her thumb on the pulse of the township. When FBI Agent Casper Princeton shows up in town on a case, Missy and Casper go undercover to protect the real reason he’s there by pretending they are a couple.
With Missy’s snarky comments and Casper’s quick comebacks, these two find it hard to keep a professional distance. When Casper needs to rush home to a family emergency, Missy is torn on whether it’s a good thing or a bad one. Just when she decides it doesn’t matter, Casper shows up on her doorstep with his five-year-old daughter.
Can Missy and Casper keep the fake relationship going while they wait for his case to come to a head, or will his daughter and his job come between them before Easter arrives?

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6- Making Mom Mad_400x600Title: Making Mom Mad – The Celebration Series Book 6 (Mother’s Day)

Corrine Wagner is determined to make a good life for herself and her son while hunting for the perfect man to complete her family. Unfortunately, with her crazy schedule of school and work, her patience begins to run thin with her constantly-in-trouble, five-year-old son, Tommy.
Nolan Tigues has lived across the street from Corrine his whole life—and carried a torch for her almost as long. When Nolan tries to help Corrine with Tommy, she takes it all the wrong way. She can’t believe Nolan thinks she’s a bad mom.
Can Nolan find a way to prove to Corrine that he cares about her—and about Tommy—as more than just a friend, or will Corrine push away the man who could give her everything she’s dreamed of her whole life?

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7- Sparklers or Spankings_400x600Title: Sparklers or Spankings – The Celebration Series Book 7 (Memorial Day)

Harper Reed has run her family owned Bed & Breakfast for three years, and recently turned it into a place for couples to spice up their relationships. Harper has a dream for her business and her future, but recent events might upend those romantic dreams.
When Mason Tidewater arrives at her Inn, Harper believes its fate that has brought them together. While Mason doesn’t believe in fate, things start to happen in Celebration Township that could change his mind. Unfortunately, the reason he’s here in the first place, might destroy any chance he has with Harper.
During the Memorial Day celebration Mason must decide if he’s ready for sparklers or spankings, or perhaps if fate is good, he could have both.

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8- Raffles to Rattles_400x600Title: Raffles to Rattles – The Celebration Series Book 8 (Father’s Day)

When Sophia Thayer realized that she’d squandered her savings, she decided to take on a second job. She didn’t particularly want to dust off her four-inch dancing shoes and get back into that line of work, but she knew the money would be good, especially if she got the job at Pleasure Your Fantasies.
Scott Allen has had a thing for Sophia since he’d met her, and it wasn’t until she won him at the Valentine’s Day Bachelor Auction that he realized the feeling might be mutual. Although a relationship didn’t initially work out, Scott didn’t give up on a future with her—not until he saw her dancing on stage at a gentlemen’s club and noticed that the owner was staking a claim on her.
When Sophia realizes she’s pregnant with Scott’s child, can the two of them figure out how to move forward and raise the child together—or will her past and present career choices keep Scott from her side?

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9- Flirting With Fireworks_400x600Title: Flirting with Fireworks – The Celebration Series Book 9 (Fourth of July)

Brandy Nottingham has known Casey Lowe since high school and can’t wait to see firsthand how wonderful Casey’s life is with Thad Wagner in Celebration Township. As Brandy is introduced to some of Casey’s friends, she literally collides with a man from her past.
It’s been fourteen years since Chase Stevens held Brandy in his arms, and while the two of them clean the tray of paint they spilled on themselves, Chase is painfully reminded of how he’d been left on the pier all alone all those years ago.
As Chase and Brandy try to find a way to deal with the painful and embarrassing past, Brandy needs to decide what her future is going to be. If she were to stay in Celebration, she could lose everything she’s ever known—including her family and their money.
Could Chase be enough for her, or will he realize that he could never offer her the life to which she is accustomed?

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10- Working With Wheels_400x600Title: Working with Wheels – The Celebration Series Book 10 (Labor Day)

Levi Rivers is one of the most protective men in Celebration Township, so when his neighbor passes away, he feels responsible for not having noticed her absence for ten days. His guilt only increases when he finds out that it was possibly suicide, and he had been too wrapped up in his own life to catch any signs of her withdrawal.
Alesandra Findley moved away from Celebration when she was four years old and was told that her mother had died when she was young. She’s shocked to learn from her brother that he knew their mother had been alive the past twenty-five years and neither he nor her father had shared the information with her.
When Alesandra returns to Celebration to learn about the mother she lost years ago, Levi is there to lend his guidance, support, and encouragement. The two of them immediately connect in ways neither of them expected.
Levi will need to learn to live with his guilt while Alesandra learns the truth about her mother. When it’s time for Alesandra to return to her life in New York City, she’s not sure she wants to leave Levi and all she has discovered in the town to return to the cold world of fashion. But can life with Levi working with chrome and wheels instead of glamour and glitz be enough for her?

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11- Masquerading at Midnight_400x600Title: Masquerading at Midnight – The Celebration Series Book 11 (Halloween)

Deklan Kelly comes from a family of well-known attorneys, and growing up his parents told him that’s what he wanted to be, too. Privately, he wished he could spend his days sketching and painting the beauty of life instead of wheeling and dealing with dregs of humanity.
Sky Clarke hides behind the walls of her families’ home protecting women and children from abusive partners. She is devoted and passionate to her cause, and will do anything for her clients, even break the law to protect them. What she won’t do is put up with annoying attorneys.
When Sky finds Deklan innocently sketching on her property, the two of them get thrown together into a spiral of events that will keep them both on their toes.
Will Deklan finally be able to remove the mask and be the man he truly wants to be for Sky, or will she run from the passion he wants to give her because she’s afraid to remove her own mask?

Masquerading at Midnight is the eleventh book in the thirteen-book Celebration Series.

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12- Blessings and Beans_400x600Title: Blessings and Beans – The Celebration Series Book 12 (Thanksgiving)

Hope Wells is a lifetime resident of Celebration Township, and lives on coffee fumes and loves stories at her downtown store, Beans and Books. As each one of her friends has found love, she’s been excited but secretly envious. As much as she wants to find a man, she knows that the odds are stacked against her, not with the medical issue she has kept hidden from everyone.
Aaron Findley was born in Celebration but left when he was a boy. A few months back, he returned after his mother passed away, and even the race cars he drives couldn’t get him out of town fast enough. His sister, Alesandra might enjoy the little po-dunk town, but he prefers bright lights and beautiful women hanging off of his arms after he finishes a race.
Six weeks before Thanksgiving, Aaron crashes his racecar and lands in the hospital in serious condition. When he is discharged three weeks later, he finds that he has fewer friends than he originally thought, and a career that went up in flames like his car. His only choice is to convalesce at his sister’s house in Celebration. Grumpy and bored, Aaron finds himself hiding at the small coffee shop for hours as he comes to terms with his new life.

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13- Velvet & Vows_400x600Title: Velvet & Vows – The Celebration Series Book 13 (Finale – Christmas)

The epic finale of the Celebration Series is finally here. Celebrate Christmas once again with the couple that started it all: Casey Lowe and Thad Wagner.
Velvet & Vows starts out twenty days before the wedding and there is a lot to be done. With wedding showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, the final dress fittings, holiday preparations and the last of the details for the ceremony and reception, Celebration is crackling with energy–but it’s not all good.
With a few misunderstandings, many secrets and a serial arsonist running rampant in the town, the days leading up to the wedding are far more stressful than Casey and Thad ever planned for it to be. It will take the entire town to tell this story as we pass from one leading character to another.
Prepare yourself for this one-of-a-kind novel that will bring insight into every character you’ve fallen in love with during the series, and even a few characters you’ve never heard from firsthand.

NOTE: While Velvet & Vows can be a standalone novel, there have been twelve other books in this series before it. This book incorporates all twelve of those couples into one story and might be slightly hard to follow if you have not read the other books.

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Q&A :

What are you passionate about these days?
My family. My friends. Writing stories that others enjoy. I’m also an advocate of Domestic Violence awareness as I’m a survivor, and I love to meet new people!

Do you have a favorite movie?
My favorite all time movie is Patch Adams. It was instrumental in me becoming a police officer in the last 90’s. It was after I watched that movie that I wanted to have a passion for something that I did. I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, and shortly after I saw that movie, I joined the police academy. That movie has stayed forefront in mind for many years.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters in the Celebration series?
Actually, I do. A few of the characters have minor parts in two other series. The Pleasure your Fantasies series has a cameo of Sophia Thayer from Raffles to Rattles. And the Heart of the family series has several cameos from other characters in The Celebration Series, especially the last book, Carnations and Hot Toddy Kisses. That book actually takes place back in Celebration Township where this entire series is located.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the series?
Several years ago, I wrote Tangled in Tinsel for a Christmas boxset. After I wrote that, several of my readers told me that it would made a great series. At first, I was like, no, but then I started thinking about it and decided to make it a holiday celebration series. Each book, and there are 13, would revolve around a US holiday. We started with Christmas, then moved on to New Years, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and then the following Christmas. One year in the life of this small town.

What is your favorite part of this series and why?
My favorite part of the series was the final book, Velvet and Vows. It had been one year in the life of this town, and this final book was a unique creation. During this book, you get to see and hear from all twelve couples, plus several children, that were the main stars of the books. The book centers around the first couple’s wedding and an arsonist that is running around the town. It was an incredible undertaking to make sure each character had a chapter and they all flowed into the next. It came out wonderful and is one of my favorite books!

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
Set in a small town, it’s more than just romance. It’s about family values, friends and overcoming odds. It’s about new starts and finding yourself while celebrating life. So many of my readers have told me that they wish they could live in Celebration Township and hated to see the series finish.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Normally, I figure out my main characters pretty fast. In this series, I needed to come up with twelve characters and a host of minor characters. I had a very in-dept spreadsheet that tracked them all. From names to characteristics to special traits. It was pretty incredible to see it at the end and how many people I had created for this series.

What is your writing process? For instance, do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
The only series that I have ever outlined is the Twisted Love Series, and that is only because I am co-writing it with another author. We outline a couple chapters at a time and then proceed so we stay on track.
I’m a true punster. I have an idea for a book, sit down to start it and begin to flesh out the character. By the fifth or sixth chapter the characters have pretty much taken over the story and I am only the outlet for their words and actions.
There are many times that I will even write the final scene of the book. This helps me to go from point A to point B.

Have you written any other books that are not published?
I have several that I am currently working on:
Carnations and Hot Toddy Kisses is part of my Heart of the Family series. The fourth and final book for that series is coming out soon.
I’m am also still working on the Twisted Love Series with co-author Amy Manemann. The fifth book, Love Carved is slated to come out hopefully in December. There are nine books total in this series
The Pleasure Your Fantasies Series has a new book, Secret Fantasies that releases very soon, and will have at least four more books in the series.
The final book of the My Blood Runs Blue Series, Blue Bloods Final Destiny will release in 2020.
Plus, I have a brand new series that I will be working on intently called Rise Again Warrior series which will focus on military personnel coming back to civilian life and all that they have to do to try and deal with normal life after all they have seen and done.

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Today I’m on the ‘Him Improvement’ blogtour, organised by Gay Book Promotions.
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About the Author :

Tanya Chris BigTanya Chris writes feminist-friendly romance in a variety of sub-genres and pairings–most especially M/M. Born on the West Coast and raised on the East Coast, she’s fact-based but thirsty for justice, and her books often include an examination of a current social issue, even when they’re set in the past. As a lifelong genre-hopping reader herself, she admires character-driven work with a message, regardless of the form it takes.
Tanya is an avid rock climber, a long-distance runner, and a participant in her local community theater where she has tackled most roles, including playwright, actor, director, producer, and stage manager. Her travels, both for climbing trips and for cultural exploration, have brought her to places as fascinating as Egypt and as beautiful as the Dolomites, though there’s no place like home.
Tanya is best known to readers for having written Aftercare and to writers for the quote “Writer culture is researching what degree is needed to be a paleontologist so your shapeshifting vampire dinosaur erotica will be authentic.” Her website features dozens of free stories, including the aforementioned (and highly authentic) shapeshifting vampire dinosaur erotica.

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Book Title: Him Improvement
Author: Tanya Chris
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza
Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance
Trope/s: enemies to lovers, opposites attract, millionaire, age gap
Themes: gentrification, compromise
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 60 000 words / 161 pages

perf4.250x7.000.inddThe course of true love runs through every neighborhood….

Only one thing stands between Gregory MacPherson II and his dream revitalization project for the gritty neighborhood of Ball’s End: a rinky-dink, run-down used bookstore called Hailey’s Comic. But when master negotiator Mac shows up to make a deal with the owner, he comes face-to-face with quirky, colorful Hailey—unexpectedly good-humored about Mac’s attempted eviction and, also unexpectedly, a hot guy.
Hailey won’t give up his lease, no matter how much money Mac offers. When it comes to consummating their mutual attraction, though, he’s a lot more flexible. Soon Mac has as hard a time prying himself out of Hailey’s bed as he does prying Hailey out of the building. But Hailey doubts Mac’s plans serve Ball’s End’s best interests, and he insists Mac give him a chance to prove his case. If they’re going to build a happy ever after, one of them will have to be remade….

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Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I live in the United States, in Connecticut. When I travel outside of the US, I usually say I live in New York because no one’s ever heard of Connecticut, but it’s pretty nice here. I was born on the west coast in the Seattle area and most of my family still live there, but I’ve mostly lived here since I was 8.
I always knew I wanted to be an author but I had a problem with the part where you put your butt in the chair and actually write. It was NaNoWriMo that changed things for me. NaNoWriMo is an annual event where you challenge yourself to write 50,000 words in the month of November, and in order to do that, you have to write fast. No wallowing in self-loathing. So I discovered that the trick for me is to write in haste and edit at leisure. Once I have a first draft, I can work from there.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I was a huge Nancy Drew fan. We didn’t have a lot of money for books, and the library didn’t carry them for some reason, so a new Nancy Drew book was a rare treat. As soon as I got one, it’d be finished already. Maybe that’s how I developed my habit of re-reading favorites.
As an adult, I’ve gone through phases. For a couple of years I read nothing but True Crime. Then it was non-fiction. For a while I was trying to read everything on the Modern Library’s 100 Best list. Nowadays, it’s mostly M/M Romance.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I really admire Nora Phoenix’s marketing genius, but I have to admit that even if I had direct access to all her knowledge, I probably wouldn’t apply it. My marketing skills are poor at least in part because I don’t want to sharpen them.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
The characters in my My Guys series (My Guys, Mine, and You, Me & Her) are like real people to me. They’re theater people and rock climbers, and so am I. I used my own climbing gym and local amateur theater as models for the ones in the books, and I keep expecting to run into my fictional friends there.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I prefer silence to music. I write better if someone is writing along with me—either next to me, in person, or doing a word sprint online. I’m not really a morning person, so I try to edit in the morning and draft in the afternoon, but if someone’s willing to meet me to write in the morning, then I’ll draft in the morning. Right now I’m sitting on my deck. 🙂

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
It usually starts with “If I were going to write a book about x, what would it be?” For Him Improvement, it was “what’s an issue that there are legitimately two sides to?” I came up with the answer of gentrification, so I put my two characters on opposite sides of that issue.
I don’t really base characters off of real life people, and I don’t kill my characters, so I don’t think anyone needs to be worried.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m definitely a pantser. I can’t plot at all. That’s why the NaNoWriMo free-for-all method works so well for me. It does sometimes mean heavier editing for the start of the book, but more often than not I’m surprised by how the plot works itself out as I go.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
I worry about a lot of the tips I see passed around because they’re so finicky and black-and-white, as if you can write well by compiling a list of words you shouldn’t use and somehow eliminating them. I think your best bet is to write and then read what you wrote. Repeatedly.

What are your future plans as an author?
Write. Read what I wrote. Repeatedly.  🙂
More seriously, I’ve got some great books in the works, including a Regency, a new BDSM series, a climbing book set at the Olympics, and more omegaverse books. I enjoy mixing it up and can’t bring myself to settle on one genre. Maybe I’ll even end up back in M/F someday.

Last, but not least, can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?

“You know what I like about you?” Hailey asked.
Mac straightened up with a shake of his head. He knew what people usually liked about him. He was a handsome man with strong features and thick hair. He came from money, had turned that into more money of his own, had the manners and confidence to comport himself anywhere. He made decisions quickly but logically, took action when others froze, and played a good game of hockey. But he expected to hear something different from Hailey—maybe that he had a bright aura or had been some form of cuddly animal in a previous life.
“Your shoulders. I’m a sucker for a guy with good posture. You had that suit on in the store, but I could still tell. Is that not okay to say?”
“I was expecting something more… well, less superficial.” He’d wanted Hailey to see something in him, something he maybe hadn’t even known was there himself, a goodness of some kind.
“Like that you have a beautiful soul? We all do, don’t we? Your beautiful soul happens to be topped by an impressive pair of shoulders. But all right, I’ll tell you what I meant to say before I got distracted by them. I like how transparent you are.”
“I’m not transparent.” He was a consummate businessman, a master of impassivity.
“But you are.”

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Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Tanya Chris.

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Today I’m on the ‘Ring Fenced’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

ppC1b-agHaving the background of a successful career in commerce and finance, Zach Abrams has spent many years writing reports, letters and presentations and it’s only fairly recently he started writing novels. “It’s a more honourable type of fiction,” he declares.
Writer of the Alex Warren Murder Mystery series, set in Scotland, Zach has also written the psychological thriller ‘Ring Fenced’ and the financial thriller ‘Source’, as well as collaborating with Elly Grant on a book of short stories.
Zach is currently producing a non-fiction series to help small businesses -using the collective title ‘Mind Your Own Business’. The first, ‘So, You Think You Want to be a Landlord’ is already available.

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Synopsis :

7J2HKf1QSex. Money. Power. Control. Benjamin wants it all.
He is Bennie, a loving husband and father; Benjie, a beloved son. He climbs the ladder as Ben, a corporate banker, and rakes in money as a bestselling author. And when he wants to escape it all, Benjamin styles himself as Jamie — the lover of a beautiful musician.
His life, in a word, is perfect. But after years of keeping his separate personae a secret, cracks begin to appear in the façade.
When an unexpected series of events topples Benjamin’s carefully crafted world, his separate lives collide with dire consequences.

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Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about my writing on your blog.

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I became an author almost by accident. I have been involved in business and finance throughout my working life which often required me to produce reports and presentations. I had no experience of creative writing (although that could be argued if you read my reports and presentations). However some time ago, I realised how much pleasure my wife (author Elly Grant) was getting from her writing and I thought I’d like to try. I started by writing some flash fiction and then had the idea for a character I wanted to write about. When I started I didn’t know where it was going but it ended as the novel, Ring Fenced.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
As a child I mainly read non-fiction and I only became enthusiastic about fiction when I was in my twenties. Since then I have developed an eclectic taste although I have a particular liking for crime. I ought to rephrase – I have a particular liking for reading crime fiction.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
If I’m to be mercenary, then my answer has to be James Patterson purely because of his business acumen as an author. However from a more aesthetic point of view I’d choose Ernest Hemingway.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
This is difficult because there are so many likely candidates to choose from. However I’m going to be greedy and select Benjamin Short from my novel Ring Fenced. Because of Benjamin’s multiple character transitions it means I get to meet five people for the price of one.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Not really. If I’ve made up my mind to write then I can do it anywhere, anytime, even in my sitting room while my family are watching television. I often write having two (or more) windows open on my computer, one being for word processing and the other a search engine so I can research or check details on what I’m typing at the same time as I’m writing.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Sometimes, I’ll wake up with an idea without knowing where it’s come from. Often I’ll observe or take note of a situation or an expression and think I must find a place to use it. My novels are not based on fact so I don’t write about people I know although I may use a fictional version of an experience they have.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Ring Fenced was not plotted. When I started I was writing about the life and experiences of my main character without knowing where it was going or even that it would end up as a novel. The plot came into my head as I was writing it and it amazed me at times when a plot twist worked because of something I’d written earlier without realising it would become significant at a later stage.
My Alex Warren Murder Mystery series was different in that I had a plan of what was going to occur although I wouldn’t go as far as to say they were fully plotted.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Different things work for different people, so I can only suggest what works for me. 1) Try to write something every day, ideally a good section but even a sentence will do so you always feel that you’re making progress. 2) Keep writing to make progress and don’t go back to edit what’s already written (other than necessary plot corrections) until you’ve finished. I know many excellent writers who can’t write a book because they keep going back to correct their first chapter(s) and end up giving up because they can’t see themselves making progress. 3) Write chapter notes and character descriptions as you’re going along as it will save considerable time and effort later on if/when you need to check what you’ve written about an event or character once you’re further into your story/series.

What are your futureplans as an author?
I’m currently writing a claustrophobic, psychological thriller. I’m trying to stretch my boundaries as this is the first time for me writing a novel in the first person and I’m finding it a very different way of writing.
I keep promising to go back to write more non-fiction to add to what I’d planned as my ‘Mind Your Own Business’ series (only one complete, so far). However I’m struggling to find the motivation as it’s so much more fun writing fiction.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
When most folk struggle to cope with one life, how does Benjamin juggle FIVE? Can he manage to hold his lives together without being found out?

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Zach Abrams.

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