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Author Interview Framed

Have you been writing a long time?

No. I started working on my first novel about five years ago. I wish I had started sooner, but the thought of putting a whole novel together was very intimidating.

What inspired you to start a writing career?
A couple factors inspired my writing career. As a Christmas present for my daughter, I’d put onto paper a bedtime story I’d told her when she was a child. I quite enjoyed the process and started to believe I could write a longer version (this story eventually became my fourth novel ‘Dwelt – Guardian of the Realm’). Secondly, an operation had me couch-bound for three months and I thought if ever I’d have the time to try writing a novel that was it. ‘Monsters and Miracles’ a paranormal adventure for middle-grade readers came to life, based on an idea for a story I’d had twenty years earlier. That got me started on this path.

Is your book a stand alone?
No. It is the first in a series. I’m working on the second draft of book two and am half done the first draft of book three. The second Black Swann Investigation should come out sometime in 2018.

Why did you choose this genre?
My favorite books to read are murder mysteries. I’d had the Reggie Swann character floating around in the back of mind for a while, but I didn’t know what to do with her.  My previous book, ‘Ric-A-Dam-Doo’ was a thriller with bits of mystery thrown in to keep the protagonists on their toes. This gave me the confidence to tackle a murder mystery. It was challenging and at the same time a lot of fun to write.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Yes. First, you can do it. It just takes perseverance. It is best to set aside whatever amount of time you can spare on a daily basis, make it a routine and then write, write, write. Second, I recommend that you get the entire first draft finished before doing any major editing. Get the whole story on paper then go back and make the necessary changes. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner after you’ve rewritten and got your masterpiece ready, get a professional to edit it. This will make it so much better and can be a great learning experience.
I wish for you all to have the amazing experience of holding your first book in your hands. Good luck.

About the Book

Title: Framed – A Black Swann Investigation

Author: Wayne Kerr

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Toronto’s newest homicide detective, Reggie Swann, seemed to have it all: great career, handsome husband and plans to start a family, until she was framed for murder…

A cop has very few friends in prison.  After surviving ten brutal years behind bars, Reggie’s conviction is finally overturned thanks to her tenacious mother, a new forensic test and a very clever lawyer. She quickly discovers that getting her old life back won’t be as easy as she hoped. To many, she was still as the media had dubbed her: ‘Black Swann – murderer and cop-gone-bad’. The Toronto Police Department still considers her to be a suspect, Reggie’s husband has remarried and the real killer is still on the loose.

Before Reggie can return to Toronto and solve the crime that ruined her life, she reluctantly agrees to investigate a murder in her home town of Penticton, only to discover the two cases which are separated by ten years and five provinces might somehow be connected. Will anyone believe the wild theories of the disgraced detective?

The real murderer does. He framed her once, this time Reggie Swann must die!

 

 

Author Bio

Canadian author, Wayne Kerr, was born and raised in the small town of Biggar, Saskatchewan (New York is big, but this is Biggar).  He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene, thirty-nine years ago and has lived happily ever since.  They resided in the United States for the past twenty years, but recently returned to Canada and now call the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia home.  The writer honed his story-telling skills while keeping his five younger siblings and later his daughter entertained during long cold winters.  When not reading or writing thrillers, Wayne is probably hiking, biking or playing tennis.

For more information on the author and his books please visit: waynekerrnovels.com or follow him on twitter: @waynekerrnovels

 

 

 

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Author Interview Saved Book Tour

Have you been writing for a long time?

I wrote a lot in elementary school, but not so much after that until about ten years ago. I’ve been writing steadily for the last ten years.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

I really just started writing to escape reality—I didn’t think I’d ever be a published author or even pursue getting published. But, the writing bug infected me and I decided to be brave and let other people read what I was writing. Other writers are who have inspired me, writing groups and conferences get the fire burning.

Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series?

SAVED is a stand-alone.

Why did you choose this genre?

I typically write urban fantasy, but my sisters don’t really like the fantasy genre—though they’ve read all of my books and are some of my biggest cheerleaders. They both love to read romance-type books, so I wrote SAVED for them. And… I really enjoyed writing it and will definitely be writing more of this genre.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Keep writing. Tell the stories that are trying to get out. Join a writing group so you can bounce your ideas off of like-minded and not-so-like-minded people. Always strive to improve your craft. And… have fun!

About the Book

Title: Saved

Author: H.L. Anderson

Genre: Romantic Thriller

Theresa Kent is a wife, mom, and hardworking nurse living in rural Colorado. Life is good until her increasingly despondent, unemployed husband suddenly snaps—his vicious attack leaves Theresa fighting for her life as she tries to escape the insane version of the man she loves.

Ryan Tucker appears to have it all, except he’s been merely existing, not living, for the the last three years. His emotions get a much needed jump start when he rescues Theresa from the torment her life has become in just a matter of days. Ryan feels an instant and fierce desire to protect this stranger that fell into his life.

Hanging over their heads is the knowledge that Theresa’s husband is still out there, hunting for her.

Can two broken souls be repaired, or will the demons of the past and present come between the repressed love that grows between them?

 

 

Author Bio

Holli Anderson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing—which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury and vomit scenes to her books. She discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her. She enjoys reading any book she gets her hands on, but has a particular love for anything fantasy.

Along with her husband, Steve, and their four sons, she lives in Grantsville, Utah—the same small town in which she grew up.

 

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Website:  www.holli-anderson.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/HaAuthor

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Promo The Visitor and Ernie and the Evils of Insurance

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About the Books

Title: The Visitor

Genre: Science Fiction

Tasked by the Federation of Planets to determine if Earthlings present a threat as they venture into space, Tak, an alien anthropologist, leaves her starship orbiting Earth and takes a shuttle to Kansas. Intending to study humans in the United States—as she has learned no Earth language but English—she is detected while descending through the atmosphere and only evades capture by fleeing to Europe, where she lands in Poland. There, she meets an international arms merchant, Baron Von Limbach, who becomes her guide. She studies “typical” human behavior by accompanying the baron as he fulfills his latest assignment—to get the Dalai Lama back into Tibet. His method of halting the communist takeover of Tibet is to create a race-specific Ebola that will only attack Han Chinese, giving Tak a prime example of how barbaric humans can be. However, the CIA and US military are aware of Tak’s presence on Earth and are determined to capture her. And if she is unable to complete her mission and return to her starship—her captain will destroy every living thing on Earth.

Title: Ernie and the Evils of Insurance

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Ernie, an experienced logger from rural Washington State, loses his job when the logging operation he works for is shut down due to the spotted owl. When he goes in to apply for unemployment, Ernie is persuaded to take a job out of state as a temporary insurance adjuster in Los Angeles. While he knows that Los Angeles will be a lot different than Sedro Woolley, Washington, and insurance adjusting a lot different than logging, really, how hard can it be? And there are lots of downed trees in Southern California after the recent earthquake and storms they had there. So packing up his trusty chainsaw in his saddlebags, Ernie hops on his motorcycle and heads south. But to his dismay, Ernie discovers that LA is a lot farther from Washington in more than just miles. Unprepared for the corruption and callousness rampant in the insurance industry, Ernie soon finds himself not only in trouble with his job, but on the top of an assassin’s hit list. Still, although Ernie might be a hick from the sticks, he’s far from stupid. Blessed with an innate intelligence, an abundance of common sense, and a redneck sense of humor, Ernie will give his enemies a hilarious run for their money…if he can just survive long enough.

Author Bio

Brent Ayscough or Ace, as he is known to friends, retired from the practice of law and lives in a house overlooking the sea in Southern California. He has always loved machines, from airplanes to motorcycles, structural design, and other interests. He has enjoyed the acquaintance of diverse and interesting people, and is widely traveled. Bits and pieces of characters he has known, places he has been, seasoned with the spice of his imagination, help him create unusual stories and characters. Extensive collaboration with experts and sources, hopefully, make his stories credible and interesting.

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Guest Post The Convenient Escape

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Please welcome author Robert Downs to my blog. Robert is the author of thriller “The Convenient Escape”, and he’s here to talk about his editing process today. I’ll leave the word to Robert now.

MY EDITING PROCESS

My editing process begins after the first draft. Before the time of my first edits, my goal is to write as fast as I can and keep my inner-editor at bay. It’s not always as easy it sounds, because that inner-critic likes to rear his ugly little head, and during that first draft, I go through periods of euphoria along with other times where I believe that what I’m writing is a big pile of crap. But the secret is to push the inner-critic down, focus on the positives, and keep on writing. Knowing that I have finished other novels certainly helps, but I wouldn’t say it makes the process any easier, because each novel is different, and creativity is a phenomenon I still don’t completely understand.

Once I have that first draft completed, I let it sit for a period of weeks or months to gain a certain distance and help change my perspective. The time away allows me to remove my creative hat and put on my editor cap. During this time, I’ve found that writing or editing another manuscript helps me pass the time and keeps my writing or my editing skills fresh. My first editing pass is with a hardcopy and either a red or blue pen, so the changes I make easily stand out against the black font. I hack away at my manuscript as much as necessary, often cutting paragraphs, pages, or even entire scenes. During this process, and sometimes not until I complete it, I often find that I have holes in my manuscript that I need to fill. So while I’m hacking away, I’m also looking for places to add description, internal monologue, and dialogue and action tags.

Once I have this pass completed, I’ll input the changes into my computer, and I often find that there are more deletions or additions I need to make. Sometimes I make the additions in my computer, but often it’s marking the places where I believe I can beef it up, and I mark these places with an ampersand, so I can expand upon them later.

Once my manuscript is more streamlined, the addition begins, and I’m adding characters or description or scenes or even chapters, as the manuscript and situation warrant. I’ll do as many passes as I need, and this varies from manuscript to manuscript alternating between editing the hardcopy and what’s on my computer. I’ve found that I don’t always catch the same things on my hardcopy that I do on my computer, so alternating between the two helps aid whatever project I’m currently working on. Boiling this process down in the simplest of terms, the editing process is subtraction followed by addition. This process doesn’t work for everyone, but I do know it works rather well for me.

When he’s not writing, Robert can be found reading, reviewing, blogging, or smiling. THE CONVENIENT ESCAPE is his fourth novel. To find out more about the author, please visit his website or Facebook Page.

About the Book

the-convenient-escape-front-coverTitle: The Convenient Escape

Author: Robert Downs

Genre: Thriller

To Veronica Baird, escaping from an underground dungeon and racing through the woods, is anything but convenient, even as her captor in rubber mask attire proves rather persistent in his continued pursuit. Despite her apparent independence, she considers a partnership, albeit reluctantly, with a former classmate who may still have feelings for her.

Pete Nealey still has flashbacks to Iraq and, with the bottle as his eternal companion, tends to fall off of barstools at the most inopportune moments or pass out face down in the tavern parking lot. But what he may lack in cheerfulness, he more than makes up for with his steadfast loyalty to the cause, even when he ends up handcuffed to an air conditioner in a shoddy motel.

But unless Veronica can learn to trust Pete for more than just intermittent intervals, the slipshod relationship, and her freedom, won’t last…

Author Bio

robert-downsRobert aspired to be a writer before he realized how difficult the writing process was. Fortunately, he’d already fallen in love with the craft, otherwise his stories might never have seen print. Originally from West Virginia, he has lived in Virginia, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and now resides in California. To find out more about what’s next on his list, visit the author’s website: http://www.RobertDowns.net.

When he’s not writing, Robert can be found reviewing, blogging, or smiling. Falling Immortality and Graceful Immortality helped him discover his true love: hard-boiled mysteries. LaCour’s Destiny helped him enter the mind of a female amateur sleuth with OCD tendencies. His fourth and fifth novels will come out this year with Black Opal Books.

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Book Review War Town

wartowncover-finalTitle: War Town

Author: Mitch Goth

Genre: New Adult Thriller

For Olly Rourke, War Town’s opening day is a joyous occasion. He is one of a thousand people selected to be the first players in the world’s largest paintball arena. But as he soon finds out, the game he enters into is far more sinister. Two equal teams, locked in the massive arena together, and presented with an armory of real ammunition and a time bomb powerful enough to kill them all. The only way out is to eliminate the other team, by any means necessary.

What is supposed to be a regular paintball game, except played in the world’s largest arena, turns out to be much more deadly. Olly Rourke, the protagonist, has to decide what he’s willing to do to survive, if the only way to get out of that arena alive is to eliminate the other team, by any means necessary. The game turns deadly and the stakes are extremely high in this fast-paced thriller.

 

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Author Interview War Town

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Have you been writing for a long time? 

 

I like to say I’ve been writing since I was five, since that was when I first development my interest in storytelling as well as my imagination. I’ve been writing seriously for seven years and have written over twenty novels and novellas in that time.

What inspired you to start a writing career? 

 

I’ve always had an over-active imagination and I needed a way to express it, and writing is that way. My mind is constantly coming up with stories and characters and I feel like I have to do something constructive with all that. I like to say that I didn’t really choose to be a writer, I’ve always kind of been one.

Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series? 

 

This is a stand-alone novel. I have a few novel series’ in my backlist, but War Town was a story that could be told successfully in one book, and I really hate to stretch anything out too long. Every good story has to come to an end.

Why did you choose this genre? 

 

It’s a genre I have a lot of experience writing in. Thrillers have been my main focus in writing for several years now, and I feel with War Town I delve deeper into the genre and better both my writing and my expression of the thriller genre simultaneously.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Don’t quit, that’s the only way you’ll fail. And don’t expect instant success, because that’s just not going to happen. Often, that’s the reason why people fail. Have reasonable expectations, but always remember to dream big, you wouldn’t get too far if you didn’t do that.

About the Book

WarTowncover finalTitle: War Town

Author: Mitch Goth

Genre: New Adult Thriller

For Olly Rourke, War Town’s opening day is a joyous occasion. He is one of a thousand people selected to be the first players in the world’s largest paintball arena. But as he soon finds out, the game he enters into is far more sinister. Two equal teams, locked in the massive arena together, and presented with an armory of real ammunition and a time bomb powerful enough to kill them all. The only way out is to eliminate the other team, by any means necessary.

Author Bio

Mitch Goth currently resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he attends Antioch College. When not writing, he spends his time investigating the paranormal and indulging in a good book or movie.

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Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MitchellGothAuthor

Blog: http://mitchgoth.blogspot.com

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Author Interview with S.P. Aruna

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Have you been writing for a long time?

In terms of commercial writing, Girl Within Girl is my first work, although I have worked for several years as an editor for a local magazine.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

Inspiration came from my husband, who is also an author, and whose books I edit, but the idea to write this book came from the true story of Candy Jones, a popular pinup girl of the 1940’s, who, a decade later, ended up as a hypno-programmed spy for the CIA. I read a book, The CIA’s Control of Candy Jones, by Donald Bain, and I thought this would make a good novel. Candy went on missions under an alter-ego called Arlene Grant, but Candy was unaware of what Arlene did. In other words she was a real life Manchurian Candidate.

Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?  

Yes it is. Book 1: Unraveling, is a rather light, entertaining treatment of this subject, but during the course of my research into the government’s mind control program, MKULTRA, I began to see that the experiments, which were carried out on unwitting people in reputable hospitals, formed a more serious topic, especially after I read books by those who claim to have been victims.  In Book 2: Healing, I will try to go into more detail on what exactly had been done to these people, but it will have a positive ending.

Why did you choose this genre?

I enjoy thrillers, both in books and on film, and I like sexy. So when those two elements are together it doubles my fun. So naturally, when I decided I would write fiction, my first inclination was to write an erotic thriller.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

In terms of writing, I can only describe how I myself approach writing a novel. I’m very cinematic, so I imagine the story as a film, and this helps me break down the story into scenes. When one is finished, I go onto the next scene. Also, dialogue is important. It should sound crisp and natural. Look at what you’ve written and even say it aloud. Does it sound corny or stilted?

The other advice I have is if you want to sell what you write you have to market and promote, promote, and promote again!

About the Book

girl-cover finalTitle: Girl Within Girl

Author: S.P. Aruna

Genre: Erotic Thriller

Katrina is never alone. She is bound to others inside her, tighter than any Siamese twins could ever be: Cherry, the freewheeling photojournalist, Anisa, the covert spy-assassin, and others as yet unknown, all sharing her body and mind as she goes about her work in a psychiatric hospital. But she is starting to unravel, and her sole hope is the handsome Dr. Sean Paisley, the only one who can make her whole again.

Girl Within Girl is a dark erotic thriller that wanders through a sensual maze of mind control and torture.

 

Author Bio

ML-Roberts-2Half French, half Khmer (Cambodian), I’m a woman whose head is filled with fantasies and intriguing stories, and who wants to share them with others.

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