MEN ARE LIKE …

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No offense guys, but couldn’t resist posting this here.

— Men are like … Floor Tiles. If you lay them right the first time, you can walk all over them for years.

— Men are like … Bank Accounts. Without a lot of money, they don’t generate much interest.

— Men are like … Blenders. You need one, but you’re not quite sure why.

— Men are like … Coffee. The best ones are rich, warm, and can keep you up all night.

— Men are like … Copiers. You need them for reproduction, but that’s about it.

— Men are like … Government Bonds. They take so long to mature.

— Men are like … Horoscopes. They always tell you what to do and are usually wrong.

— Men are like … Mascara. They usually run at the first sign of emotion.

— Men are like … Bank Machines. Once they withdraw, they lose interest.

— Men are like … Bananas. The older they get, the less firm they are.

— Men are like … Crystal. Some look really good, but you can still see right through them.

Best of all,

— Men are like … Laxatives. They irritate the crap out of you…..

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INTERVIEW WITH E.M. HAVENS, AUTHOR OF FATE WAR: ALLIANCE

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Hello. Today’s interview is with Emily M. Havens, Author of Fate War: Alliance. Again, this took place last year and I apologize to Ms. Havens for not getting around to posting this sooner. But, as the saying goes, better late than never.

Okay, let’s start with getting to know Emily M. Havens:

Q. Tell me a bit about yourself.

A. First let me say thanks for having me on your blog. You’re such a great interviewer and I’m honored to be featured here. Me? I’m a stay at home, home schooling mom. I live on a little hobby farm with pigs, chickens, turkeys and many more animals. I love living the rural life.  I also just celebrated 15 years of marriage to my best friend and soul mate.

Q. No problem, glad you agreed to do this and congrats on the 15 year anniversary! I read the blurb about your book, Fate War: Alliance. It’s Steampunk which I think is really interesting. Describe the fantasy world of Perspicia.

A. Well, Perspicia is actually Princess Samantha’s Kingdom. The book doesn’t take place there, not this volume anyway. Just know Perspicia is technologically advanced but has decimated its resources for now. This book takes place in Arborea which is Prince Cole’s country. It’s loosely based on Victorian Era England with a few throwbacks to medieval times. It’s a lush land but they are not up to date with technology, i.e airships, weapons, communications, etc.

Q. What is the character, Prince Cole, like?

A. Prince Cole, is an angry, belligerent, selfish man and he may have reasons to be so. But he is loyal and determined. When Samantha comes into his life, he finds the challenge of her a distraction from is worries. She may have an effect on him he wasn’t counting on.

Q. The object of Prince Cole’s affection is Samantha. What is she like?

A. It’s hard to say without giving away surprises in the story as much of it revolves around finding out who she is. The story starts with eleven year old Sam. She’s a firecracker and trying to run away. She has a bit of a mouth on her. Then she gets caught. Ten years later we meet Samantha again and she is quite the opposite. She’s complacent, vapid, and cowed. Pretty much no one likes her to begin with. But she also has secrets and the true Sam will come back with force!

Q. What started the war in Fate War: Alliance?

A. Like any war, power. The leader of the Fate, the Fate Sovereign, has a vision of world unification under his rule. He started with just rhetoric, and then gained followers and an army, maybe some not so willing. They are slowly taking over the world a country at a time. Arborea is in his path.

Q. Fate War: Alliance is your debut novel. What made you choose steampunk as a theme?

A. I really don’t know! I’m not a hard core Steampunk person. I would like to be, but I just don’t have the time or energy. LOL! I love the aesthetic and how pretty much anything is possible. But I was reading another Steampunk book and a few ideas started coming to me. I started making an outline and bam! I had a novel to write.

Q. What about steampunk will attract readers to Fate War: Alliance?

A. If you’ve never read Steampunk before or don’t know much about it, it’s a fun genre. Normally it’s set in the Victorian or Wild West eras. Added to this, you have alternative technology, usually steam powered. Fate War, is what I would call Steampunk light. I haven’t gone overboard with the technological descriptions of devices or inner workings of machines. The technology is an accent to the main story, though I don’t think you could remove it from the story and it still make sense. Fate War is a good introduction to the genre if you’ve never read it before.

Q. When writing steampunk, what it the most important thing to remember about this genre?

A. Anything is possible, but suspend your belief in the probable.

Q. If you had the chance live in a steampunk environment, would you take it? If so, why?

A. I don’t know. It seems pretty dangerous…and chauvinistic. But steampunk is about pushing the norms so maybe I’d live there and cause some trouble.

Q. If your book were to be made into a movie, who would you want to play the lead roles of Prince Cole and Princess Samantha?

A. This is such a hard question!  I’m really not up on the latest greatest celebs so I went to my Facebook page and asked my followers. I had some ideas of my own, but through heated discussion we determined that Chris Pine would be the perfect Prince Cole and Amanda Seyfried would play Princess Samantha.

Q. Will there be a sequel to Fate War: Alliance?

A. YES! There will be at least one sequel. This next book will wrap up Sam and Cole’s story, but I will leave things open for another book to revolve around another main character who most readers seem to love, Captain Jensen. I also have little pieces of a fourth story, but that’s not solid yet in my mind.

Q. Fate War: Alliance published in February, 2013 and has received several great reviews. When writing Fate War, did you have any idea how readers would react to it?

A. Well, my sisters loved it. They read each chapter as I finished it and begged for more. But that’s family. I also work shopped Fate War on the website www.thenextbigwriter.com. They helped me learn to write. LOL! Even there though, reviewers loved the story. Still, I was nervous about what “real” people would have to say. So far, the majority have loved it and are itching for the sequel.

Q. Fate War: Alliance is a self-published work. Why did you decide to do that?

A. I considered my options very carefully. Through much research and questioning of other authors I came to the conclusion that traditional publishing was not for me right now. Firstly, I have all the control. Secondly, I have all the profits. LOL! But seriously, to get Fate War complete and ready for sale, I either had the knowledge myself, could gain the knowledge or had close friends that do. I called in a lot of favors, but I think in the end I came out with an exceptional product.

Q. Do you have any advice for writers wanting to get published but are struggling with whether to go forward or not?

A. My advice is to join a critique group first. You will learn so much, hone your writing skills and really polish your manuscript. Another advantage is seeing how the market will respond to your work before putting it out there for everyone. Once you have a final product, self-publish. Why not? You can wait years and years for a publisher to pick you with your manuscript sitting on the shelf, or you can pick one of the really, REALLY simple ways of getting your story out to the public and make a few bucks while you wait for the Big Guys to notice you.

Author Bio:

Who is E.M. Havens? I’m a lot of things. The word that seems to define me most at the moment is mom. It can be all consuming. Not only am I a mom of three (one of them is a teenager…pity me), but I also home-school (pity me more). I share this awesome responsibility with the love of my life, best friend, and soul-mate husband.

Add to that, the twenty-five chickens, twelve turkeys, ten guineas, nine pigs, three barn cats, two Great Pyrenees guardian dogs, a Chihuahua, a house cat, and a goose, it makes for one crazy, full, and certainly entertaining life.

Somewhere in there I find the time to write.  I started out young writing poems, then moved on to songs. I actually have a Bachelor in Music with a secondary in Science because I can’t stand English. Yes, the writer hates English.  I like to read the story for the experience of reading the story, not to nitpick each letter and comma. But I digress.

I eventually found blogging and really enjoyed sharing my life that way. When an unfortunate turn of events separated me from my music equipment, I decided to use my overactive imagination, my love of reading, and my new found hobby, prose writing, to release some of my creative energy.  I wrote my first novel and loved the experience. Fate War: Alliance is actually the second novel I wrote and the first to be published.  Now I’m working on my third and several sequels to Fate War!

So that’s pretty much me, sitting in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma, reading, writing, collecting eggs from the coop, and being a schoolmarm. It’s a pretty great life.

Author Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fate-War-Alliance-ebook/dp/B00BKQ5UVC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364144581&sr=8-1&keywords=fate+war

Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/4192120

Book Blurb:

“No!” Sam screamed. A  Fate boot slammed into her stomach. It pinned her, leaving her breathless. She tried desperately to push his foot off as the soldier unsheathed his sword. He raised it two handed, the razor sharp point above her throat. He would kill her. She could see it in his black, soulless eyes.

“Sam!” Cole’s voice was distant.

The Fate would end her life if she didn’t end his first.

Prince Cole’s first glimpse of his bride-to-be takes place as she walks down the aisle on their wedding day. Though he is reluctant to form this union, the future king knows how much the Arboreal Lands need her dowry that promises air ships and mech defenses.

Samantha appears to be the polished woman expected in a princess. However, Cole soon discovers his new wife has secrets that even she has yet to unlock. Can what’s hidden in the recesses of her mind be the key to defeating the plans of the Fate Sovereign?

If you’re looking for a steamy romance, a strong, smart heroine and interesting gadgets, this is the book for you! Fate War is a swords and guns, love and war, Steampunk inspired story that is sure to get your pistons pumping.

E.M. Havens has been a fan of Steampunk for many years and decided to plunge into that genre for her debut novel. She lives in Oklahoma’s Arbuckle Mountains and spends her time with her husband, children, and menagerie of animals while not creating the worlds so many readers have already fallen in love with. Follow her at www.emhavenswrites.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/thefatewar

INTERVIEW WITH JENNY HILBORNE, AUTHOR OF STONE COLD

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Hello, this is L.M. David. Today’s interview is with Jenny Hilborne, Author of Stone Cold. This interview took place last year. Jenny, forgive the delay. I totally apologize for this. And, as before, there will be no gripe session concerning my favorite, misunderstood vampyre Preston.

Okay, here is the interview.

Q. Tell me a bit about yourself.

A. I’m a native Brit, dividing my time between the UK and the US, plotting, researching and writing mysteries and thrillers. My background is in real estate and finance, a competitive field that provides numerous ideas.

Q. What inspired you to write Stone Cold?

A. Stone Cold is fiction, though the idea for some parts of the story came from real life tragedy. It nagged me for several years before I wrote it.

 Q. Charles Dean is described as a ruthless boss. What makes him such a cruel individual?

A. Charles Dean is driven purely by results. He has no interest in how those results are achieved or the personal price to his staff. He sets impossible standards and views ailments or illness as character weakness.

 Q. Another character in Stone Cold is Reid Dalton who has a dark past. What is his character like?

A. Reid Dalton is an enigma. He is single, a brilliant and successful sales professional, yet a sadistic individual who shares past history with Charles Dean.

 Q. Now we get to Mara Mann. What role does she play in Stone Cold?

A. Mara Mann brings all the pieces together. She is the main character in Stone Cold and Charles Dean’s personal assistant, privy to more information than most. She’s spirited and determined. Her fortitude puts her in danger when she gets too close to the truth about her boss, and it’s the only thing that might save her when things don’t go quite the way she planned.

 Q. You set Stone Cold in English Cotswolds. Why?

A. I grew up close to the Cotswolds in England. It’s a place of pure beauty and tranquility, which makes murder far more unexpected and shocking.

Q. Did you have to do a lot of research to write Stone Cold?

A. I do a lot of research for every book I write. With Stone Cold, I did most of it out in the field, and drove every route my characters take. I visited the office where they work, the cemetery with the broken gate and the forgotten grave, and spent hours inside the police station, a little of it locked inside a cell, to get the correct flavors for the book.

 Q. Stone Cold is not your first novel. What are the titles of your other books?

A. Madness and Murder is my first, a psychological thriller. No Alibi is a suspense, and Hide and Seek is a whodunit. These first three books are all set in San Francisco.

Q. Is it difficult to write a psychological thriller?

A. The psychology is what fascinates me the most, far more interesting than the crime itself. I believe everyone has the ability to kill, but most don’t. Getting into the dark, twisted corners to write a psychological thriller is always a challenge, and that’s what makes it fascinating.

Q. What elements are needed to write psychological thrillers versus a suspense thriller?

A. Psychological thrillers are far more deceptive. Both the killers and the detectives play mind games. Psychological is more closely related to horror than suspense, so you have to be willing to venture into much darker places to write them.

Q. What is your favorite part of Stone Cold?

A. Mara Mann is my favorite part. She’s flawed and has secrets of her own, but she’s basically good. I like her grit and stamina.

Q. What is your lease favorite part of Stone Cold?

A. Charles Dean is my least favorite part. His character represents the type of arrogant and egotistical boss who tramples on everyone he meets to elevate his own status. He exists somewhere, not just in my mind.

Q. When not writing, what do you enjoy doing?

A. I love reading, movies, and traveling. New places give me ideas.

Q. Do you have any words of encouragement for new writers out there seeking publication?

A. That’s a tough one. All I can say is, it’s rough, challenging, and an uphill climb. You have to love writing to stick with it. Believe in yourself and develop a thick skin. You will need both.

And that concludes this interview.

Author’s Bio:

Bio for Jenny Hilborne

Jenny Hilborne is a native Brit, currently dividing her time between Southern California and her hometown of Swindon, in the UK. After deciding against a career in the police force, as suggested by the local recruitment office, Jenny worked in the real estate and finance industry and is the author of four published thrillers.

Her journey into professional writing began in 2007 following the encouragement and advice of her English professor. MADNESS AND MURDER, her first psychological thriller, was published by Echelon Press in 2010, followed in 2011 by her second thriller, NO ALIBI. Her third thriller, HIDE AND SEEK, is also set in San Francisco, while the latest release, STONE COLD, takes place in the idyllic English Cotswolds.

Jenny is an enthusiastic reader, of mostly thrillers and mysteries, and enjoys writing reviews on a regular basis for the New York Journal of Books and Suspense Magazine. She is working on her 5th novel, a paranormal thriller set in San Francisco.

When she is not writing, Jenny enjoys a good movie, meeting up with friends, attending book festivals, and the occasional trip to the beach. Jenny has been a regular attendee at the Southern California Writers Conference, learning new tips and tricks and sharing experiences and stories with a network of authors.

Other Works by Jenny Hilborne:

Madness and Murder, No Alibi, Hide and Seek, Stone Cold 

It’s a twisted world we live in….

Author Links:

http://JFHilborne.com

http://jfhilborne.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/jenny.hilborne.5

https://twitter.com/JFHilborne

A New Poll!!

AUTHOR INTERVIEW, TRINA M. LEE, AUTHOR OF DARKER, ALEXA O’BRIEN HUNTRESS

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Hello, this is L.M. David. It’s been a while since this interview, and the ones that follow, were initially done. Of note, this was done with Trina in June, 2013 but never posted on my blog. Those who read prior author interview may recall each opened with a complaint about Preston, the main character of my book, Touched: The Hunter Legacy. Since I am still wrapping my head around getting back into this, these will be straightforward for a while. Be patient.

This interview is with Trina Lee, author of Darker, Alexa O’Brien Huntress.

Welcome Trina. Let’s get started:

Q.  Tell me about yourself.

A. I’m a Canadian author, a huge animal lover and believer in dreams coming true. I have a fiancé and a teen daughter who make my world complete.

Q. What is your book, entitled Darker, Alexa O’Brien Huntress about?

A. It’s about a powerful werewolf named Alexa who possesses a unique power due to her connection to a vampire. In this book Alexa is trying to find a way to stop a demon who is threatening to kill the wolves in her pack.

Q.  What is the character Alexa O’Brien like?

A. She’s feisty and takes no crap from anyone but she’s also emotional and thoughtful, wanting to do what is right.

Q.  You describe Lilah as a demon queen. What has made this character so angry toward Alexa and her pack of wolves?

A. Lilah is cursed. The only thing that will break her curse is something that Alexa has.

Q.  I see there are also vampires in this book. With the character Kale Sinclaire missing, does that mean there is a war between the vampires and werewolves?

A. No there is no animosity between vampires and werewolves in this series. For the most part they co-exist rather well.

Q.  Who is Arys Knight and what is he like?

A.  He is the vampire Alexa shares power with. He’s an arrogant vampire with the ability to get what he wants and make others enjoy giving it to him. He is the perfect mix of monster and man.

Q.  Shya is yet another individual in Darker with a grudge. What is this character about?

A.  Shya is a demon. He doesn’t really have any grudges, he just has plans that he won’t let anyone get in the way of.

Q. What inspired you to write Darker?

A.  I am enjoying writing this whole series. Each book is just as exciting as the last. It keeps me going.

Q.  This is the sixth book in the series in the Alexa O’Brien Huntress series. Which is your favorite to date and why?

A.  I don’t think I have a favorite. I love all of them.

Q.  Which do you find more fascinating to write about? Werewolves? Or Vampires? And why?

A.  I love them both. They are both featured quite prominently in the series considering Alexa is a wolf with power that comes from her link to a vampire. The vampire and the werewolf are easily my top two favorite supernatural creatures.

Q. In Darker, which character was the hardest for you to write?

A. Nobody really. The story is told in first person which keeps me linked closest to Alexa. It allows me to see the others through her eyes which makes it feel very natural for me.

Q. What was your favorite part when writing Darker?

A. Writing the scenes that will surprise readers is the best part.

Q.  Will there be another installment in the Alexa O’Brien series?

A. Yes there will be more books in the series. I’m not sure how many in total yet.

Q.  You self-published, as so many other authors within recent years have opted to do. Why did you prefer that over traditional publishing?

A. Actually I was traditionally published first and I still do have a traditional publisher for some erotic romance stories. I chose later to move the Alexa series from a traditional publisher and re-release it myself. It was the best business decision for me at the time and I’ve enjoyed it.

Q. What advice do you have for other writers who are just starting in the publishing world?

A. Never give up and don’t stop writing. It takes time to get your name out there but with hard work it does happen. Learn all that you can and if you self-publish, hire a good editor. It’s a must.

Q. Also, I visited your blog site. Does Dark Mountain Books (which I believe is a self-publishing group of writers which you are part of) still producing books? I noted you changed from it to Createspace for your later novels. If the question is too nosey, it’s okay if you don’t answer the question.

A. Dark Mountain Books is an independent imprint I started with fellow author Alanna Coca. I didn’t switch anything away from it. My Alexa books are still Dark Mountain releases. I only use CreateSpace to distribute print copies.

L.M. David: Well, that’s all the questions I have for you. Thanks for doing this interview and I wish you the best of luck with your writing projects.

Author’s Bio:

Trina M. Lee was born in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Writing fiction since childhood, a fascination with the supernatural developed in her early teen years and an immersion in paranormal fiction began. Trina enjoys hearing from readers and has an active social media presence.

Author’s Links:

Website: TrinaMLee.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/AuthorTrinaMLee

Twitter: Twitter.com/TrinaMLee

Excerpt from Darker: Alexa O’Brien Huntress

Alexa O’Brien is fighting a losing battle with the dark power growing inside her as she struggles to cope with the absence of her wolf mate, Shaz. There’s no time to feel sorry for herself. She must find a way to stop Lilah, a demon queen hell bent on forcing Alexa to willingly surrender her blood to break a centuries old curse. With her power bound, Lilah is ready to play dirty. Even if it means killing Alexa’s wolves, one by one.

It isn’t easy to stay a step ahead of the demon, especially with the FPA on her case. The government organization is to blame for the disappearance of vampire, Kale Sinclair. When she looks into his whereabouts, the discovery of some shady secrets paints the FPA in a whole new light.

Alexa’s vampire lover and twin flame, Arys Knight, doesn’t quite see the demon situation her way. The conflict between Arys and Alexa grows hot when Arys wants to ally with Shya, a demon with his own sinister agenda. But Alexa can only deal with one demon at a time. Nothing else matters when Lilah targets someone deeply important to her. Alexa will do anything to make it right, including walking straight into the demon’s clutches.