First welcome to JBR!
We are so happy to be visiting with you today.
We are so happy to be visiting with you today.
We are having a give away going on for Sept. What item are you giving away? (Anyone can win the item by going to the rafflecopter on the right hand side of the pg.)
I can give away an ebook copy of Wolf Spell
First why don't you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a wife to a very supportive husband, and a mom to four amazing kiddos. We live in Nevada and love to have adventures together.
My newest release is Wolf Dream. It releases Sept 1st, 2013, and is the second book in the Wolf Trilogy, the first being Wolf Spell.
What can we expect from your stories, action, drama, romance,sex, blood and guts?
Action, lots of it lol. Adventure for sure, romance, but nothing erotica. You can always expect that if I write a romance whether it be adult, new adult or young adult, I only do fade to black sex scenes. Closed doors so to speak lol. I think I have a bit of everything.
Do you have a favorite character in your stories? Who? and Why?
I have many favorites and for many different reasons, but I will pick one for right now. Esmerelda, from the Wolf Trilogy, is a fun eighteen year old who has grown into a wonderful young woman. She deals with anything that is thrown at her in stride.
How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
Least appealing character is Cica from Mark of the Dragon – the first book in the Mysts of Santerrian Series – He is hard to write because he is so filled with greed and anger that it becomes a dark emotion while portraying his character on paper.
Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
In Wolf Dream, the devil is actually a character whom you can’t help but like. He is very different from what we know him to be in reality.
Has there been any other authors who have inspired your work or helped you out with your stories?
I would say that even though I had been writing since I was very young, I wasn’t sure how to go about publishing. The first self published book that I read was one of H.P. Mallory’s (which I freaking loved lol) and in the back she had a link to find her online. I followed it and found writing groups and other amazing authors. Eventually I submitted to publishers and made my first traditional deal about a year after that. I went to UtopYa down in Nashville for the first year (and all others after that lol because it is awesome) and learned soooo much that. I would have to say that opened more doors and inspiration to me than any other. Now, I am a proud Indie Author (or self published)
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
If you like it, or even love it, tell everyone! Tell anyone that you know who loves reading about it. Word of mouth is the best thing I hope for. Second, if you have two minutes to spare after reading one of my books write a review. It doesn’t have to be anything special, just honest words about what you think about the book(s). It can be one sentence that said you ‘really really loved this book, and the witches rocked!’ or a full review in detail lol. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Slice…. They all are AMAZING places to rate and review books so others know what other readers liked or hated about the books.
Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
To anyone trying to live their dreams, NEVER GIVE UP. You can do it, just keep trying.
Do you have a favorite author? If yes, what draws you to that person’s work?
I have a couple: Roseanne F. Bittner – because she was the author of the first series I fell in love with. I still read them over and over to this day. Her characters are like people I feel I have met and connected with. Chelsea Fine, Nichole Chase, Amy Bartol, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t love Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling and Twilight, Stephanie Meyers. I also loved Anne McCaffrey and Cassie Edwards.
Can you remember one of the first things you wrote? What makes it memorable?
I remember in the fifth grade my teacher, Mrs. Presley, told me my writing was incredible and that I could write, like really write. She told me that I should enter the school Halloween writing contest, I did, and I won. That was pretty memorable. I still have the story that was printed in the school newspaper as a memory. It was about two kids who got lost on their way home from school and found a haunted house. I don’t remember everything, but I remember there was a head that flew down the stairs at them hahahaha.
Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your works?
Dreams, music, everyday life. I find inspiration everywhere.
Do you have any other interesting hobbies, pets or stories you would like to share?
I can draw, well kind of lol. Maybe I should say when I really want to hahaha. I love animals and even went to school for wildlife and forestry – I also volunteered as an assistant for a veterinarian.
Favorite places to travel or visit?
I haven’t really been privileged enough to travel too much, but I love getting to go to Nashville once a year. When I was very small, I remember seeing the geysers in Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore. One day I want to go to Hawaii, New York, Italy, Rome, and Australia (in no particular order).
And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:( Include links to were we can find your work)
This is from Wolf Dream (book 2 in the Wolf Trilogy) Esmerelda’s POV
I slipped on my boots and zipped up my hoodie. I didn’t know where Nicholas was hiding, but I was going to find him. No more playing around. No more dreams. I wanted my friends back. I needed my life back.
Ian slammed the door shut as I opened it. Crud. I thought he was sleeping. “Where do you think you’re going?”
I hesitated and glanced away, unable to look into his eyes.
“Princess, you think after what we’ve shared you can just leave me behind?”
“That's why I am leaving. I can’t lose anyone else. Especially not you.”
He put his fingers under my chin and moved my head so I had to look at him. “And you think I could stand to lose you?”
“I, uh, I need to do this. It’s my destiny, not yours.”
“My destiny is the same as yours. As soon as we, you know, that sealed the deal. I can’t lose you, Es. I love you.”
I bit the inside of my cheek to keep from crying. “I love you too.”
“If you think you need to go, then fine, we’ll leave right now, just the two of us, but you can’t get rid of me. I gave my heart to you and a guardian can only give it to one person, one time.”
“I know, and you have mine.”
He pulled me in and kissed me deeply. It ended all too soon with a clearing of the throat. Ugh, so not what I wanted. I didn’t want to say goodbye to anyone.
My mom stood with her arms folded by the hotel bed that my dad and Hela slept on. “You would leave without saying goodbye?”
“Mom, I just wanted to…” How was I supposed to tell her I wanted to leave?
“I know, but a goodbye would be nice. You’re an adult now. I can’t stop you, though I want to. Just know that within three days, Moriah will be here, along with Gabriella. She’s getting in touch with Valis and Tamlynn. They found something on the Reaping Spell and want to fill us in anyway. We will find you.”
I nodded. “Thanks.”
She raised her brow. “Ian, take care of her. Don’t leave her.”
“Never,” was his reply.
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