Authors

"When it comes to authors,we may hide ourselves from others but within our pages, our true souls emerge." - Nicole Hill
"I want a Vampite of my very own. Until I find him, I'll just keep writing him into existence." -Nicole Hill
" I write like people talk. It may not be perfect but it's damn entertaining." - Nicole Hill

Monday, July 11, 2016

#IndieSpotlight of D.E. Haggerty Author of Never Trust A Skinny Cupcake Baker.

Name: 
D.E. Haggerty

The Title of Your Work or Group: 
Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker, Book 1 of the Death by Cupcake series

Where are you from? Does not have to be the name of the place exactly. You can say Hick-ville Florida, for example if you are more comfortable with that. 
I’m originally from Wisconsin, but I haven’t lived in the U.S. for more than two decades now. I’m a gypsy at heart.

In what genre do you write?
I write everything from military suspense to romantic comedies to cozy mysteries.

In your own words, what is your book about? If you were not the author and trying to explain this awesome book you just read to a friend, what would you say about it? 
Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker is so much fun! The mystery will keep you wondering whodunit until the very end. It’s a roller coaster adventure from pole dancing classes to police interrogations to stripper auditions. And there’s just enough romance to make your heart flutter.

What is your writing style? Do you follow all guides and rules? Synopsis, outline etc. or do you just sit down at the computer and type to see what happens?
I like to think I’m a total rebel, but since I mostly follow the rules of grammar, I guess that’s just a pipedream. When my muse hits me up with a new book idea, I grab my one of awesome journals and start taking notes. I usually have a synopsis and character outlines done before I start writing. With my latest cozy mystery, I did more outlining of the murder and clues before I started typing away. The hubby claims this was the best mystery yet so it looks like my days of thinking I’m a rebel are over. It’s outlining all the time from now on.

Have you ever written anything and thought; " The world has got to see this!" ? 
Totally. Then, the next day when the wine had worn off, I thought ‘maybe not’.

Do you have an editor and Cover Designer or do you do this yourself? 
The BIGGEST mistake I ever made was not using an editor for my first novels. I thought I have a post-graduate degree; I know how to write. Um no. I know how to write legal briefs. I do not know how to copyedit an 80,000-word novel without reading over silly mistakes. My cover designer is my husband. I always have a vague idea of what I want the cover to look like. I tell him and then he goes to town.

Who is your favorite author? Not just someone that you read allot. I wanna know whose book you read that made you suddenly know that if you didn't do this for the rest of your life then you would never be happy.
This is such a hard question. I have writers I love like Khaled Hosseini and Amitov Ghosh who, when I read their books, I think “Oh God, why did I think I could write?” Because their novels are just plain beautiful. But then I’ll read Janet Evanovich and think “Oh yeah, this is what I want to do. Make readers laugh and forget they’re stuck with dysentery in a hotel in Vietnam”. (true story) 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
There always comes a point in every novel where I wonder if I can pull the story off. Can I manage to find the murderer? Can the heroine find love? I solve these types of issues with copious amounts of wine. Beer works as well.

Do you write your characters or do they write themselves through you? 
I have these awesome ideas of what I think my characters should be like. Then, I start to write and the characters are like “What is she doing? That’s not what I’m like.” And I end up having to change everything.

Do you ever write yourself into the characters? 
Totally (anyone who says no is a big fat liar). In Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker, the main character, Callie, is a total nerd. I was having a hard time portraying that. Then, I remembered: “Hah! I’m a nerd.” So, I looked at the nerdy things I do and totally copied them.

Is writing your full time job or are you "Keeping your day job"? So to speak.
I write full-time, although I don’t make enough money to say I’m a ‘professional’ writer. Luckily, the hubby makes enough for the two of us.

If you could go back in time and meet one famous person or legend in history, who would it be? 
I’m going to have to go with Catherine the Great. I’m totally obsessed with Russian history (I even have a degree in history. Told you I was a nerd.) and I LOVE strong women. What’s stronger than a German woman taking over the Russian empire?

There are millions of new books released every year. What in your mind makes yours stand out from all those millions in your genre? 
I hope my books are more fun than your average cozy mystery. I’m talking strippers, pole dancing, and cross dressers as well as old ladies who think they are God’s gift to matchmaking and have no filters on what they say at all.

In the world of Indie, marketing is very difficult, especially if you don't have the funds to pay for it. Have you found a great free way to market your work that you think other Indies will benefit from? 
Blogging. Blogging. And then blog some more. It’s really time consuming but if you stick with blogging, you’ll gain followers to whom you can sell your books!




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Monday, May 30, 2016

#IndieSpotlight of Vinnie Sorce Author of Jersey Justice


Note: Anything in pink is were I decided to but in.

Name: 
Vinnie Sorce

The Title of Your Work or Group: 
Jersey Justice

 Where are you from? Does not have to be the name of the place exactly. You can say Hick-ville Florida, for example if you are more comfortable with that. 
I was born in the Bronx. Grew up in North Jersey and am currently misplaced in AZ.

In what genre do you write?
Jersey Justice is a thriller but I write in all kinds of genres. I don't like to be limited.

In your own words, what is your book about? If you were not the author and trying to explain this awesome book you just read to a friend, what would you say about it? 
In my own words? Hmmm, that's hard, because I'm not sure I have my own words. My words seem to owned by the voices in my head. I'm occasionally allowed to borrow the words but if I claim them as my own the voices throw things against my skull, it kind of hurts...

Here goes...

Jersey Justice is the story of Jimmy Vincent. (Ouch! Damn it, the voices are starting already, I think that one was a rock...)

Jimmy was a bullied child, who, one day in college, finally had enough. He snapped, and turned his life into Batman's with out the costume and the cool gadgets. (OUCH! GRRRRRRR, I think that was a frying pan...)

Of course he isn't fighting super villains either, hmmm, maybe he's really not like Batman, he's more like Superman without the cape and the powers. So, maybe he's more like Clark Kent with a gun and deep sarcasm. Yeah that's it.

Jimmy helps people who can't help themselves, and in the mean time is always getting himself in jams as well. Especially when his sister, Carmen, comes back to town. (OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!! They don't like it when I talk about Carmen, they're all in love with Carmen. I wrote her pretty hot... They're always fighting over her.)

Carmen brings trouble with her from Florida, in the form of ten million dollars, which is stolen, and a murder weapon. Jimmy's childhood friend, Marci gets in the mix and it turns into just another day in Jersey.

You need to buy the book, then the voices in my head will stop trying to escape by skull with heavy objects.

LOL. Love the answer!!!

What is your writing style? Do you follow all guides and rules? Synopsis, outline etc. or do you just sit down at the computer and type to see what happens. 
Rules? I don't need no stinking rules!

I just sit down and write, and whatever comes out, comes out. It drives my writer friends crazy. That's a big bonus.

My thoughts exactly. I literally write it as if I am reading it. From the first page to the last. I never do scenes or character  building. Don't have to. By the time I sit to type, they have already screamed at me about who they are for at least a year or more. I daydream and see what is happening before I ever write it down. It's like I'm telling my readers a story that someone else is telling me.

Have you ever written anything and thought; " The world has got to see this!" ? 
Hell yes, buy the book and you'll see! ;-)

Do you have an editor and Cover Designer or do you do this yourself? 
Well, the editor was paid for by a friend who believed in me more than I believed in my self. That fact is still true. I had a friend help me with the cover design. I had an idea of what I wanted but she did all the work.

That is awesome. It's always nice to see Indies being supported by their friends and family. Even if I am admittedly a little jealous. Mine seem to think that after eight years, I haven't given up on my "Hobby" yet. The reason mine is not edited perfectly yet. I have had a few readers help me out but that is about it. Not one person in my family has even bought any of my books and I have three English majors in my family. That's why I really respect family and friends who believe in a persons talent enough to help them instead of secretly waiting for them to fail. That's also why I support Indie Authors so much and advertise for them for free. I know how it feels to have zero help and no support system.

Who is your favorite author. Not just someone that you read allot. I wanna know whose book you read that made you suddenly know that if you didn't do this for the rest of your life then you would never be happy. 
I don't have a favorite author. Not just one. I don't have favorite anything. There are far too many choices i the world to narrow anything down to just one.

I can tell you this though, the author that made me feel like I could do this was Janet Evanovich. Her books, and Stephanie Plum character inspired my characters and story.

I freaking love Stephanie Plum!!! I was literally the first person in line the day One for The Money was released in theaters. I was positive they were going to do the whole series. That would have been awesome.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The marketing, it sucks.

Do you write your characters or do they write themselves through you? 
Oh, they absolutely write themselves. I have character voices in my head all day longing to get out and be heard, mostly at inappropriate times. I wish they didn't win so much. I'm not allowed in the grocery store, post office or church any more...

Same here. I have literally been caught having conversations with my characters when they were not cooperating. " Now, Ailis. You know if you go there, it won't be perceived well." She's all like: Have I ever listened to you before? Who is this book about? Me or you?

Do you ever write yourself into the characters? 
All the time! It's very real that way, and easy to get feelings across.

Is writing your full time job or are you "Keeping your day job"? So to speak.
Writing has cost me more than I've made from it. Since I don't live in a cave, and eat bugs, I am still employed full time by the "man/women/person/whatever-appropriate-politically-correct-word-is-right"

If you could go back in time and meet one famous person or legend in history, who would it be? 
Me! but that would mean going forward in time. Seriously though, it would be god, so I could tell her what's she's doing wrong.

LOL. I have tried that. Usually, my car breaks or something the next day. I'd say, She does not like to be told she is doing anything wrong.
 

In the world of Indie, marketing is very difficult, especially if you don't have the funds to pay for it. Have you found a great free way to market your work that you think other Indies will benefit from? 
Not yet. I have found a tom of free things but so have thousands of other authors.  We're all doing the same things. I'm still trying to figure out how to stand out. I've given up several times but something gets me started again. I guess my stupidity runs as deep as my sarcasm. ;-)


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Friday, May 27, 2016

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What Are The Avalon Legacies?


  Ever heard of Camelot? What about Avalon? Do you believe they were real? What if I told you they were? What if I told you that King Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, Morgan Le fey and the lady of the lake were nothing more than a very powerful, very dysfunctional family? At this point, you are probably imagining every version of Arthur and his famed sword you have ever seen, read or heard. You are wondering which version this one is based on. Anyone who is familiar with the various Arthur/Merlin based legends Will have their own views on who they think was good and who they think was evil. They will have their own beliefs on what they think actually happened.

  To those people I say; Forget everything you think you know right now. I'm serious. Whatever you have seen, heard or read is probably way off base. The Avalon Legacies is the story of one infamously powerful family that made one devastating mistake after another. A family that fell so epicly from grace with The Goddess that she cursed their entire race, cast them out of their magical home in Avalon and slammed it's gates closed to earth until the day that they are able to redeem themselves. With no one left to continue the Fey teachings and the Christian Crusades spreading across Europe, mankind's ability to wield magic on this planet slowly disappeared. The histories of a once great King, noble family and wondrously magical race were slowly reduced to nothing more than legends and fairy tales. So much so, that most of the descendants of this great family don't even know who they are or that they are supposed to be redeeming themselves and the ones who do know have either hidden it, faked their death or have been on this fruitless quest for so long that they have lost the ability to think rationally.

  The Avalon Legacies is not your everyday tale of good and evil. There is no straight black and white but instead, an everlasting gray area. Those you think are evil, may not be. Those you think are good, may not be and those who started off good may change due to their experience and vice versa. There are five legacies. Each one follows this family as they are tasked with each step toward redemption. With every step forward, they see only more steps. Behind every door, there always seems to be another and don't think that this path to redemption only leads back to Arthur and his family. Each legacy goes deeper and deeper into the past. Every creation was the direct result of something that happened to the creator. ( God or Goddess)  Whatever creator that may be.

  The events that lead up to earth's first and forgotten Apocalypse, were set into motion long before God ever created earth. This family discovers that not only are they tasked with fixing the mistakes of their forefathers that lead to the death of magic on this planet but that some of those mistakes may have been manipulated by other creators. They discover that the creation of their race was directly related to a many century old feud between two of what the family finds out are many, many, many creators. The secrets that this family unearths during their quest will one day re write all that ever was and all that ever will be. If they can survive standing up to even the most stubborn and pigheaded creators in existence. That is.


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Ailis has spent her life pretending she didn't have powers and that things did not go bump in the night. Ailis is now a homicide detective. She is very good at her job and she's pretty sure the serial murders her unit is investigating aren't being committed by a human. In walks the most gorgeous man she's ever seen. What’s wrong with that? Ailis not only knows he's a vampire. she also knows he's the one draining child molesters and murderers and leaving an empty carcass for her to find. Her investigation unearths secrets about her ancestors that take her back to Camelot and the time of King Arthur and Merlin so she can right a wrong committed by her family hundreds of years ago. Can she trust this strange, lonely vampire to help her solve a mystery that could very well end up with her being life challenged herself?


Dangerously attractive vampire, Kenneth has been around long enough to know there are no such things as coincidences. When he meets the undeniably strong willed homicide detective Ailis, he knows there's a good explanation as to why she looks identical to his long dead fiance. He just has to figure out what that might be. When his one hundred year nemesis shows up in Miami and tries to force Ailis to join him, Kenneth realizes her powers are worth something to even the worst of his kind. He pledges to protect her as long as he is still breathing. If those trying to keep her from fulfilling her destiny have anything to do about it, that won’t be long at all.


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  It's been over twenty years since Ailis began her tedious quest to right the terrible wrongs her ancestors mistakes caused to not just earth but Avalon. Just when she and Kenneth are back in Avalon and it's gates are once again open to their people, they get wind of a Legacy. It seems there is to be a final test from their goddess. It seems she will need proof that they have learned from the terrible mistakes of Merlin, King Arthur and Morgaine. If the test is failed, they will lose their home forever. Only this time, it is their children that will be tested. Ailis and Kenneth can only prepare them and then stand by, knowing they cannot interfere while their home, people's lives and the lives of one or both of their children are at stake. Will Ailis and her family finally make up for the atrocities of her ancestors or will they lose it all and be forced out of their home with no hope of ever being one with their maker again? 

  Karma has a very important job. A job that comes with the gift of Excalibur. A job she never wanted. Karma is the Assassin of the Goddess and is charged with hunting supernatural being that don't follow the rules. She is becoming more and more convinced that Excalibur has powers of his own. Karma and X, as she calls him, are a team. Together, they are invincible. 
She also has a family legacy that consumes her every waking thought. Karma is supposed to be watching for a deceiver. Someone she will want to trust but shouldn't and is in a constant state of confusion. She does not know what the right choice is and is terrified of failing her entire species. Her parent's risked everything to save Avalon and if she makes one false move according to her legacy, she will undue all that they have accomplished. This time however; it will be permanent. The goddess has given her family one last chance to right their wrongs. 

  Can Karma control her infamous temper or will she succumb to the same fate as her ancestor, Morgaine?

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Monday, May 23, 2016

#IndieSpotlight of Jamie White Author of Lightworker Trilogy

Name: 
Jamie White

The Title of Your Work or Group: 
Learning Me (Lightworker Trilogy, Book 1)

Where are you from? Does not have to be the name of the place exactly. You can say Hick-ville Florida, for example if you are more comfortable with that.
South Florida

In what genre do you write? 
Mostly New Adult Paranormal, although I do have a Pagan Contemporary story out, and two contemporary works (one based on Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” and a New Year’s Eve story)

In your own words, what is your book about? If you were not the author and trying to explain this awesome book you just read to a friend, what would you say about it? 
This book is about a young woman whose opportunity to audition for a part in an independent movie (against her parents’ wishes) brings up a lot of hard questions that lead to some surprising answers. What she learns changes the way she sees the people she trusts most.

What is your writing style? Do you follow all guides and rules? Synopsis, outline etc. or do you just sit down at the computer and type to see what happens. 
I’m mostly a pantser. I did an outline for this book, but a rude character decided to exercise their free will, making my outline useless from there on. Stupid free will…. (Seriously, though? I can’t get too mad at the character. I think the whole story ended up better as a result.)
As far as my process, I also am a huge music fan and I sing. Because of that, my writing sessions are usually fueled by music, and I sometimes lead up to a session by singing along with the playlist for my WIP to get myself in the mindset of the characters. Also, I have a crystal kit I made for inspiration. All the stones I chose are designed to help inspire me, keep my focus, and bring abundance. When I am really struggling, it helps.

Have you ever written anything and thought; " The world has got to see this!" ? 
I haven’t exactly thought that, but I definitely hope that my books touch someone, or just entertain them.   

Do you have an editor and Cover Designer or do you do this yourself? 
I have an editor that I have been working with since I put out some pieces through a small press, and usually get someone else to do the cover, or buy one from twitter friends who do pre-made covers.

Who is your favorite author. Not just someone that you read allot. I wanna know whose book you read that made you suddenly know that if you didn't do this for the rest of your life then you would never be happy.
 My absolute favorite author ever is Christopher Pike. His Remember Me books not only spoke to me spiritually, but creatively as well. I love the way he works spiritual, mythological, and historic events into his work.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 
Usually, it’s just getting the time to get the words in. LOL. Although, I definitely have those days where I have the time, but can’t seem to get anything to come out.

Do you write your characters or do they write themselves through you?
I think they write themselves, definitely. A great example of that is the character I mentioned above. That one little moment really threw me, because I did not see it coming.

Do you ever write yourself into the characters? 
Definitely, as well as my husband. In fact, he usually reads over my work, and he demanded royalties after he saw several what I call “CPisms” in Learning Me. LOL.

Is writing your full time job or are you "Keeping your day job"? So to speak. 
I write, blog, and sometimes edit for others. I also do some stuff on Fiverr.

If you could go back in time and meet one famous person or legend in history, who would it be? 
I’ve always been interested in meeting the late Sylvia Browne. The spiritual concepts she put out there during her life really resonated with me, and I think it would have been interesting to get a chance to speak with her in person.

There are millions of new books released every year. What in your mind makes yours stand out from all those millions in your genre?
I guess, for me, it’s the passion. I’m sporadic sometimes in my writing (mostly due to time constraints), so when I write something, it’s because it is speaking to me. The story resonates in my soul, and forces me to get it out.

In the world of Indie, marketing is very difficult, especially if you don't have the funds to pay for it. Have you found a great free way to market your work that you think other Indies will benefit from? 
I co-host an indie-focused blog talk radio show, as well as hosting my own segment where authors read from their work. Shows like this are great ways to get out there. I also make use of online author challenges (like #authorlifemonth and #30DaysOfAuthors) to get myself in front of more people. Another really popular option is doing takeovers of FB events. And of course, social media (I really like Twitter and Instagram). There are also cheap (seriously…. Five bucks!) options on Fiverr.


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Monday, May 16, 2016

#IndieSpotlight of P. Vincent Horta Author of A King For Ravens

Name: 
P. Vincent Horta

The Title of Your Work or Group: 
A King for Ravens

Where are you from? Does not have to be the name of the place exactly. You can say Hick-ville Florida, for example if you are more comfortable with that. 
The Emerald City! That is, the DC suburbs, on the Virginia side.

Okay. That's just Awesome!

In what genre do you write? 
Fantasy and sci-fi

In your own words, what is your book about? If you were not the author and trying to explain this awesome book you just read to a friend, what would you say about it? 
Start with Tolkien, spice up the action, toss out the elves, and throw in a little romance, politics, and intrigue. 

 I'm curious.

What is your writing style? Do you follow all guides and rules? Synopsis, outline etc. or do you just sit down at the computer and type to see what happens.
 I usually start with characters. Something makes me think of an interesting character in an interesting setting, and over a few months I scribble down fragments of scenes, dialogue, backstory and whatnot. Eventually there are enough bits that I want to write the first scene, and after I get a few chapters in, I outline the rest. Then I write more or less faithfully to my outline and go back and rejigger the whole thing after a break.

Have you ever written anything and thought; " The world has got to see this!" ? 
Yes! And, of course, I've written the exact opposite--"How quick can I format my hard drive?"

Do you have an editor and Cover Designer or do you do this yourself? 


I definitely have professional help! I like tapping friends and acquaintances who are trying to build their own brand.

Who is your favorite author. Not just someone that you read allot. I wanna know whose book you read that made you suddenly know that if you didn't do this for the rest of your life then you would never be happy.
Orson Scott Card probably rises to the top, mostly for his novel Songmaster. I remember finishing that book in my grandmother's living room about a decade ago--not sure where the rest of the family had gotten to, but that's not uncommon when I'm reading--and just sitting and thinking about it for maybe half an hour or more.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Editing can be a slog sometimes, probably because it's a kissing cousin to my day job.

Do you write your characters or do they write themselves through you?
 Pretty sure it's the latter.

Yeah. Mine never do anything I tell them to.

Do you ever write yourself into the characters?
Each character usually has one or two traits I think are mine or wish I had, though it's not always at first that I notice. Most also pick up one or two bad habits. Naturally, I bear no resemblance to the villains. Whatsoever.

Is writing your full time job or are you "Keeping your day job"? So to speak.
Definitely keeping my day job. I like to hope that writing will one day pay for my vacations, and one day I'll have a job where I can take them more regularly.

If you could go back in time and meet one famous person or legend in history, who would it be?
 I've been an English nerd in the most classical and stereotypical sense for too long not to say Shakespeare--I'm of the camp that thinks he was a real person who wrote what they say he did.


There are millions of new books released every year. What in your mind makes yours stand out from all those millions in your genre?
I want you to think what my characters are thinking, feel what they are feeling, and see new worlds through their eyes--and while lots of writers want the same thing, I'd like to think that I pull it off.


In the world of Indie, marketing is very difficult, especially if you don't have the funds to pay for it. Have you found a great free way to market your work that you think other Indies will benefit from?
 I don't have a silver bullet, but I've found that patience and monitoring the Twittersphere open up good opportunities. I found Lady N's blog on Twitter, for example.


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