Sunday, September 23, 2012

R.T Wolfe with Rionna Morgan

R.T. Wolfe is a fellow Crimson Romance writer. She and I are sisters in crime so to speak; we both write romantic suspense. I am sure excited to spend the day with her. So please, come on in and stay awhile. We love these books!

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Yes, Rionna! Thank you for having me! I grew up in the midst of five crazy older brothers and sisters who I can’t help but love. I married young, had my three sons young and have been full speed ahead ever since. I’ve flipped houses, designed and planted landscaping projects and teach Pilates at our local Y. My new car already has more miles on it than I’d like to admit as I drive all over the Midwest cheering on my sons at their events. My trusty laptop is never far and it’s not uncommon to see me sitting in bleachers typing away.

How did you choose the genre you write in?
I didn’t. It absolutely chose me. I love mystery, sauce and a little crime mixed in with a growing relationship that develops along with the rest.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I work with an outline, yes, but an ever-changing one. The characters seem to have their own ideas where they’d like my books to go, and I often find myself adjusting the outline.

Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
Black Creek Burning is a romantic suspense about Brianna Chapman, the only witness to the murder of her parents…an arson that was meant for her. After several years, Brianna learns to cope by burying herself in her beloved teaching job by day and landscaping business by night. What she doesn’t count on is nationally renowned woodworking artist, Nathan Reed. He and his two adorable young nephews move into the run-down historical farmhouse behind her. Nathan pushes his way through Brianna’s hard shell and is determined to both win her heart and solve the murder.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or is it purely all imagination?
Black Creek Burning is completely fictional. However, I expect every author twines pieces of what they know or what interests them into their novels.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

Brianna has a dream that re-occurs a handful of times throughout the story. Not only does the dream give the reader the scene and emotion behind the night she watched her parents die, but it evolves… just enough to see how Brianna’s view changes and the case develops and as she learns to open her heart and to trust.

What project are you working on now?
Black Creek Burning is the first of a series, although it also stands alone—no cliffhangers at the end of this novel. Book two, Shadowed Flight, is finished and set to be released in July, 2013…which brings me to my current work in progress. Dark Vengeance is book three and right now I am heavy into the character’s secrets and twists, attractions and hopes.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
The common answer to that question is to keep writing. I agree with that advice wholeheartedly, but I also tell aspiring writers to keep researching, learning and growing their talent. Resources are not always easy to find, but they are out there and invaluable!

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Now for the clever-silly question, if you were a t-shirt, what would you say?
“You have the right to remain silent, because what you say and do may be used in one of my books.”

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I would definitely like to say that they are amazing and are my driving force. Nothing compares to the feeling of opening my website in the morning over a cup of coffee and finding a message left on my contact form from a reader who doesn’t want my book to end. Or they look forward to the time in their day when they can get back to Black Creek Burning. My favorite is the reader who made her frozen pizza for dinner because she couldn’t put it down long enough to fix anything better.

R.T. Wolfe
Author of the Romantic Suspense, Black Creek Burning which debuts September 24th in eBook form and in print later in the fall.
Twitter @ RT_Wolfe
Pinterest @ RTWolfe

R.T. Thank you so much for being here with me today!  Congratulations on your book!! It sounds amazing. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Novel Idea

 What is it?
A Novel Idea Live is a landing pad for readers and a launching pad for authors.  Our mission is to help authors further their career and for readers to discover new writers.  We have many creative ways of helping authors, whether through our live broadcast show, tips or blog posts we hope to give you something you can apply and find useful.
We hope to offer a cozy community where we all share and grow together.  So come on over and join in the conversation.  You won’t regret all the fun you will have gathering information with us.

What They Offer!
  • Author Database Listing, 1st book free and packages available for upgrade
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Sept 10 - Black Lion Tour Blog
Sept 12 - MK McClintock Blog

Sept 13 - Kimberly Lewis Novels
Sept 14 - Cait Lavender, Cowgirl Writer
Sept 17 - My Devotional Thoughts
Sept 18 - Chanting of Muses
Sept 19 - Makayla's Book Reviews

Sept 20 - Dishin' It Out
Sept 21 - Fire and Ice

Sept 24 - Bunny's Review
Sept 25 - General Adult Reviews
Sept 27 - Coffee Addicted Writer
Sept 28 - Black Lion Tour Blog/wrap-up

Monday, September 10, 2012

Rionna Morgan with Marian Lanouette

Who is Marian Lanouette??  

Marian's Author Page
Unbeknown to her parents, at the age of five she started reading the New York Daily News story about the murdered nurses in Chicago and the investigation. Marian followed the story every day as authorities rushed to solve the brutal crime. It had caught her attention and her imagination. To this day she stills checks her closet before going to sleep. Marian thinks it was on that day the mystery lover was created.

Interview with Marian Lanouette

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York but live in New England now.

Tell us your latest news?
My debut novel, If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery will be released on September 7, 2012

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes. That crimes, especially murder, leave behind more victims. Survivors are victims who have to live everyday with the consequences.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would they title it?
No Regrets, She Did It All

What is the ultimate dream vacation?
Anywhere in the Caribbean, on a beach with only my husband, for company.

What person in history would you most like to meet?
Eleanor Roosevelt. I actually did meet her, when I was seven, just before she die. What a great lady and she left quite an impression on me.

If you could design a refrigerator magnet, what would it say?
Are you supposed to eat that?

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Are rules really meant to be broken? Jake Carrington finds out the hard way and the answer is no! Dating Chloe Wagner was a huge mistake, and Jake should have known better—he’s investigating the murder of Chloe’s sister. Chloe is now the number one suspect in that murder. If she’s convicted, Jake could lose not only his rank, but his job. If that’s not bad enough, he’s got a stalker on his hands, someone who’s threatening his fledgling relationship with the lovely Mia. Things are getting just a little too personal for comfort!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

"Zombified" by Lyra McKen

Cassie is a typical teenager.  She’s crushing on a boy and trying to make it through high school. It’s a typical day of classes when all hell breaks loose. Forced to run and hide the situation just keeps getting worse. She makes a mistake and soon becomes infected. She meets others like her and together they sent out to find a cure. Is their fate already sealed? Can they find a cure before it’s too late? See what happens through the eyes of the infected when Cassie tells you how Zombies are people too.


When asked to discuss how I came up with the concept and story line for my novel Zombified, I had to think back. I had to think of where I was mentally when the idea formed. I had been annoying my family and boyfriend for weeks talking about the Zombie Apocalypse. My Dad would say something about, "If the economy doesn't do something then we are in for it." That isn't exactly what he said, my father doesn't speak like that, but for the sake of this article that is what he said. I would respond with, "The Zombies will take over!"

As annoyed as my family was, I was fascinated with Zombies and why they enthralled our culture so. I begin to think how would you feel if you knew you were going to start eating people and rotting away? Cassie started to form in my mind. She was a young girl with a bright future, derailed by a disease and the end of life as she knew it. I then started thinking, what if Zombies actually could communicate and had a purpose with their constant wondering around. Slopar was born, my idea of the Zombie language. I pictured Cassie talking to someone about her life as she snacked on him and wrote the beginning.

After this I started thinking, what if you bit your crush? I had to give Cassie a gorgeous guy, figure out how to get them alone, and let her ruin it with her soon-to-be-dead tendencies. I really enjoyed writing the novel. I wanted to explore the thoughts of the partially infected, and what would happen when they met up and tried to fight the desire to feed as the infection spread. I hope people enjoy reading Zombified as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thanks for taking a trip into my mind.
xx Lyra Mcken

Lyra McKen (aka, Emily Walker) resides in the mountains of North Carolina. She lives on top of a mountain quite literally with her other half of nine years and her fur baby, Rebel. After a couple of jobs ghost writing for other successful authors she embarked on her own journey to write a novel.


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