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Welcome, booklovers! On this last day of 2014, my guest is Barb Caffrey, a woman who wears many hats, but today we're talking about her writing and her book, An Elfy on the Loose.
Welcome, Barb. What may I fix you to drink?

BARB: 
When I drink coffee, I take it with three packets of Sweet and Low and two containers of creamer. (I mostly drink tea, and drink it much the same way!)

Ally: Then one cup of tea with Sweet & Low and creamer coming right up. While that's brewing, let's look at your bio.



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About the Author:

BARB CAFFREY
is a writer, editor, book reviewer and musician from the Midwest. She is the author of the humorous urban fantasy/romance AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE, and is the co-author of the Adventures of Joey Maverick series (with late husband Michael B. Caffrey). Other stories have appeared in HOW BEER SAVED THE WORLD, STARS OF DARKOVER, and BEDLAM'S EDGE. Barb is a huge baseball fan (Go, Brewers!), reviews books at Shiny Book Review, follows politics, is mystified by the Maury show, and wonders when her little dog will ever stop doing "the paw trick."
Something unique that isn't in the regular bio...hm.
I am carrying on my late husband Michael's military SF "Atlantean Union" universe. I've written two stories in his universe and finished two others; the latter two are called "The Adventures of Joey Maverick" and are available at Amazon as "A Dark and Stormy Night" and "On Westmount Station." (I'm listed for both as "author, editor," and Michael is listed first.)
I don't know how many people try to do that, especially when their gifts lie in the paranormal/funny fantasy range. But I didn't want my husband's work to die.


Find her at  Elfyverse, Facebook, or Twitter;
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2843982.Barb_Caffrey?from_search=true
Amazon author's page: http://www.amazon.com/Barb-Caffrey/e/B00H8EROC8



Ally: Let's begin by talking about what drew you to the paranormal genre.

BARB: As a reader, I liked stories with ghosts from early on. When I found out vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, etc., were also considered paranormal creatures, that just added to the fun...and as I grew a bit more, I discovered that people were writing stories about all of these different creatures in so many different and fascinating ways. Some were romances; some were straight-up comedic romps; some were suspenseful.

As a writer, I wanted to do a little of all of that. So in AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE, I have ghost characters who matter; I have a strong, yet age-appropriate romance (with the fantasy flair being that neither Bruno nor Sarah understands much about themselves, even to their proper ages), and I wanted to write a flat-out suspenseful, comedic romp.
To do that, I needed the paranormal aspect. As I said, the ghost characters in the ELFY duology (second book coming soon, as yet untitled) matter. They can and do affect the outcome, and without them, the story wouldn't be half as much fun.
In addition, the haunted house Bruno finds himself in (that's Sarah's family home) is also a paranormal character of sorts. (I mean, this house is something else. It doesn't talk, but considering the ghost that lives there, it may as well!)

So how could I possibly have accomplished all of that without a true love of the paranormal genre on the one hand, and the willingness to explore it in a completely different way on the other?

By the way, I also have a paranormal story in the Exquisite Quills Holiday Anthology 2014, which is absolutely free and available here (Barnes & Noble) -- it's called "Marja's Victory," and features a female shapeshifter and her Mountain Troll lover as they catch a notorious criminal on Yuletide Eve.

Ally: If you could have one supernatural power, what would it be?

BARB: I'd like to have the power of precognition. It would be nice to know what happens in advance...but then again, if I did, would I have enjoyed things so much as they happened? (One of those eternal questions, I suppose.)

Ally: Every writer has a unique story about their journey to publication. I'd love to hear yours.

BARB: The road to publication was long and torturous, at least with regards to novel publication. I managed to sell a couple of short stories here and there (my first being a co-written story with my late husband back in 2004, our only sale in his lifetime, though two other of our co-written stories eventually sold elsewhere or are up at Amazon), but my novel, ELFY, was just sitting there. I tried to interest publishers and agents in it for several year.
Originally, ELFY was billed as Barb Caffrey and Michael B. Caffrey. I wrote it, Michael edited it, we both hashed out the worldbuilding, and I wanted to keep Michael's name on it because I was and am grateful for his influence on me as a writer and person. The story would not have been the same without him, but in 2010 I had to take his name  completely off, as he died in 2004 and that was apparently confusing people. (Why, I don't know.) I did a comprehensive edit and acknowledged my husband's contribution in my "Author's Afterward" at the end of AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE.
It still took me two more years to find Lida Quillen at Twilight Times Books, who appreciated ELFY and thought of a way to split it into two books (as a 240,000-word novel is quite unwieldy, especially for an all-but-unknown author).
Finally, in 2014, AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE (book 1 of the ELFY duology) came out. So I'd say persistence did pay off.

Ally: From first words, through editing and marketing, what is your favorite part of the process? And least favorite?

BARB: My favorite part is the actual writing, followed by the tightening, editing, and so forth.

The least favorite part of the whole process of being a small press/indie author is the aspect of promotion. Getting the word out about your book when there are so many other books out there being released at the same time, not to mention the books that have been out for years now, is very difficult. It's a long, uphill slog, but I believe the end result is worth it -- and the good part of all the promotional processes, difficult though I've found them to be, is that I've made a few friends along the way that I hadn't expected. (So there's good coming out of this, too.)

Ally: Let's finish up with a few quick answer questions.

1) Will you make New Years Resolutions? Yes, but I'll probably break 'em two weeks in.
2) One thing to accomplish in 2015 -- Bring my third novel, the transgendered romantic contemporary fantasy CHANGING FACES, to market.
3) Favorite veggie: Rutabagas. (Nothing quite like mashed rutabagas with plenty of butter and homemade dark gravy.)
4) Item on your bucket list: I'd like to play some concerts in Europe, especially France and Spain. (I was trained as a classical saxophonist, and they love classical saxophonists over there, I've been told.)
5) Favorite musician: Jazz saxophonist/clarinetist Art Pepper (favorite song being "Las Cuevas De Mario," composed by Pepper in 1950 -- a 5/4 blues)

Ally: Thanks so much for chatting with me today. I've loved having you. Now, please show us your book before you go...

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Blurb for AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE:

One Elfy for an entire planet?
He's supposed to be the Watcher for his people, the representative on Earth from his dimension, but the small being known to his enemies as "Jonny-Wonny" wakes up to big trouble -- trapped in a bizarre house in Knightsville, California with humans straight out of reality TV. Jon knows that something has gone dreadfully wrong -- he's starving, lonely and dressed in funny clothes.

Enter the couple's ten-year-old diminutive daughter, who is "Not Daisy!" but is brilliant, sweet...and using high level magic with ease. She's also desperately in need of a friend.

Insisting her name is really Sarah, and christening him Bruno, his new friend asks him how they're going to get out of there.
The only thing that comes to mind is for Bruno to ask his teacher, Roberto the Wise, for help. But Roberto's attempt at help only enmeshes all three of them further in a web of deceit and treachery. Bruno finds out that, unfortunately, most of what he thought he knew about himself was very wrong…and much of what Sarah knows about herself is also wrong, including her age.

Worst of all, a Dark Elf is on the scene and is intent on corrupting the local Humans, including Sarah's parents.

New names, new locations, a new mission--Bruno is going to get to the bottom of all the craziness, and Sarah will be there for him every step of the way.
Watch out, universe--an Elfy is on the loose!

Quotes from authors who've read AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE:

  • "Barb Caffrey's An Elfy on the Loose is a fresh and unexpected take on the urban fantasy genre with a charming and original protagonist. You'll want to read this one." – Rosemary Edghill, author of Dead Reckoning, Music To My Sorrow and the Bast Mysteries.
  • "You will never look at a little person again without wondering..." – Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, author of the popular Night Calls series
  • "It took me awhile to categorize this book. Yes, it’s a fantasy, but it’s also something more. Then it hit me: a fantasy/mystery/thriller—that’s what An Elfy on the Loose is! Filled with fascinating characters both good and evil, characters that, because of their strengths...and weaknesses...seem to come to life for the reader, and a riveting conundrum of a mystery with many facets. The further into An Elfy on the Loose I read, the deeper it drew me into the story. And I went eagerly!"– Stephanie Osborn, author of the popular Displaced Detective series.
  • “Quick and witty, Caffrey’s An Elfy on the Loose is one of those novels that grabs you and refuses to let go. Straddling a fine line between absurdity and suspense, it’s a story for the ages.” – Jason Cordova, author of Corruptor.

Buy links:

Amazon (US): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JMSPR5Y/
Amazon (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Elfy-Loose-Barb-Caffrey-ebook/dp/B00JMSPR5Y
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-elfy-on-the-loose-barb-caffrey/1119190597
Twilight Times Books (sample chapters and links): http://www.twilighttimesbooks.com/ElfyontheLoose_ch1.html



Have a Happy New Year! See you in 2015!

 
 
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Good Morning, Booklovers!

I'm happy to welcome a new to me author this morning, Kathryn Jane, with her recent release, Voices, a
romantic paranormal suspense novel.

May I pour you a cup of coffee?

KATHRYN:  I used to love coffee ice cold with lots of milk and a dash of chocolate… Now, due to allergies, I drink water laced with Jell-O, (think Kool-Aid on steroids). Unique. Well there’s that allergy thing. I live on a bizarre diet of white. The only naturally colored food I can eat is Zucchini.


Ally: What a difficult allergy to have.  I don't think I've been asked for that particular drink before, but my magic pot can do anything. :) We'll have something conjured up in a second. In the meantime, please go ahead and show readers your bio.


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About the Author:

Award winning author Kathryn Jane loves to write about kickass women who laugh as hard as they cry, love good sweaty sex, don’t understand the appeal of perfection and can get themselves out of trouble, thank you very much. Then of course there’s the sexy, often baffled men who dare to love them.

Addicted to the ocean and the color turquoise, Kathryn lives on the west coast of Canada with two obnoxious cats, a faithful mutt, and the man of her dreams.

Contact links:

http://kathrynjane.com/    
https://www.facebook.com/authorKathrynJane
www.facebook.com/kathryn.jane.921
https://twitter.com/Author_Kat_Jane
http://www.amazon.com/Kathryn-Jane/e/B00A58PHKA/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1414356787&sr=8-1


Ally: I'd love to hear a little bit about your writing: genre, number of books.

KATHRYN: 
When I sat down to write my first book, it was going to be a mystery. But a romance showed up.  All my books since then have been mystery/romance/suspense/adventure. Or as I like to call them, Romantic Suspense with a side order of psychic abilities.
VOICES is the seventh book I’ve written, but the fourth to be published. The other three are still works in progress J

 Ally: Tell us about the protagonist of Voices. What are her best and worst qualities?

KATHRYN:  Rachel is extremely caring and will stick her neck out for other people and for animals, but growing up in a state of constant uncertainty she doesn’t trust anyone completely—not even the man she fell desperately in love with. After running out on her marriage and vanishing for what she thought were noble reasons, she’s forced to go back to Quinn when she becomes overwhelmed by the Voices.

Ally:  Do you believe that real supernatural events happen? Have you experienced any?

KATHRYN:  Yes, I believe. I've experienced lots of things, not that I'd call them events. One of my favorites was a visit from a friend who'd died in a plane crash. She came to me in a dream, gave me a huge hug, then said she couldn't stay. She had to leave, but she needed me to get on with publishing my book—she'd read the manuscript only days before her death and loved it. I haven't published that one yet, but I dedicated the first one I did publish to my friend Anne. 

Ally:  What makes your hero appealing?

KATHRYN: 
He's the glue that holds his family and his clients together. He can fix all the relationships but his own. He knows how to forgive.

Ally:  a few quick answer questions.
  • Do soul mates exist?   Yes
  • favorite type of jewelry:   anything with gold and diamonds or turquoise or aquamarine or…
  • favorite comfort food:  used to be tomato soup and grilled cheese in my head, now it’s toast :)
  • your last vacation destination: San Antonio, Texas
  • an item on your bucket list:  To visit my heritage, Scotland and the East Coast of Canada

Ally: Thank you for visiting the blog, Kathryn. Please come back again! Before you go, we'd love to know more about your book, especially where to find it! :)


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Book Blurb:

She’s desperate to stop a killer…. 

Rachel Meyers has been on the run long enough—hiding from more than just death. But now the murders happening around her are forcing her to take a stand and the only person she can trust to help is the man she ran away from. Her husband.

He’s desperate to have his wife back….

Quinn Meyers has spent two years searching for Rachel. Now she’s back, scared and asking for help. But Quinn wants answers. Helping her is a given, he won’t say no, but he also won’t let her go again. Not without a fight.

Desperate love…

Quinn’s body still aches for Rachel, even though he’s guarded his heart since the day she left. Her continued secrecy is tearing apart any hope of saving their marriage. But more than love is at stake if Quinn and Rachel can’t find the killer.


Kindle Buy Link:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Voices-Intrepid-Women-Book-4-ebook/dp/B00Q06XLAY



Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon.

 
 
Good Morning, Booklovers! While I'm frantically writing the final draft of Eternal Fires (Guardian Witch #7), determined to get it submitted before Christmas, I've placed today's blog in the capable hands of author Angela Myers, who's going to tell you the intriguing story behind her novelette, The Will to Love. Take is away, Angela...

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First I have to tell you something about my mother and father. They met during World War II when my father, not quite 21, followed the oil from Texas to Illinois. My mother, just 17, worked in a restaurant where he sometimes ate. Two weeks after their first date, he asked her to marry him. Two weeks later, they were married. They were husband and wife for nearly 65 years before my father died.

About a year after my father passed away, my mother moved from Florida, where the two of them had settled after he retired, back to Illinois to live near me. Another year, and we learned she had Lewy body dementia. (You can read about that on my blog at http://www.angelaparsonmyers.blogspot.com. See the entry called My Mother’s Mirrors.) In another year, she was dead.

We spent a lot of time together during those last two years. One day I picked her up in my new black car to take her out to dinner. She looked it over and said, “(Man’s given name) always bought black cars. A new one every year. His parents were rich, you know.”

I’d heard about (Man’s given name) before—she dated him off and on before she met my father. But for some reason, maybe because she died not long after, it stuck with me this time. About a year after she died, I dreamed a good bit of the plot of this novelette—the will, the mansion, the paintings, the dogs, the love interest… I thought about it a couple of weeks. It seemed like a sign. After all, my novel, When the Moon Is Gibbous and Waxing, started with a dream. But it seemed like a romance, and I don’t write romance. I write urban fantasy. So I called my daughter, Katriena Knights.  She has a long string of romances to her credit, including an Amazon contemporary romance best-seller, Where There’s a Will.

She listened politely, but she was all wrapped up in hockey-playing vampire erotica, so she didn’t do anything with the story. Then, after about another year, I dreamed the title.

I had to write the story.

My novelette, The Will to Love, is now available from Amazon.com. The e-book can be purchased for only $2.99 at http://www.amazon.com/Will-Love-Angela-Parson-Myers-ebook/dp/B00KRQ3EG4/, and it’s also available as a paperback.

Amada Payne is a struggling artist in Central Illinois. When her family’s lawyer calls to tell her a man she knew only by name has left her a mansion, a ranch, and a fortune in Texas, she thinks it’s a mistake. She doesn’t know that her benefactor’s ghost and the spirit of her dead grandmother are conspiring to fulfill the destiny they set in motion nearly 50 years ago.

A modern-day Cinderella story with a fairy godmother who’s a dead Texas oilman, a handsome prince who’s very much alive, and rattlesnakes.



Thanks for visiting the blog today!

 
 

Exhausted from shopping? Put up your feet and read a good mystery with a touch of romance. With Wink of an Eye, author Lynn Chandler Willis is the first woman in ten years to win the St. Martin's Press/PWA Best 1st PI Novel competition.


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When twelve-year old Tatum McCallen finds his father, a deputy sheriff, hanging from a tree in their west Texas backyard, he sets out to restore his dad's honor and prove he didn't kill himself. Tatum and his disabled grandfather hire Private Investigator Gypsy Moran, who has his own set of problems--like a double-cross that sent him fleeing Vegas in the middle of the night.

Gypsy agrees to help the kid because he feels sorry for him. When Tatum shows Gypsy his dad's  private file, the PI knows the kid's father was on to something when he died. Eight missing girls, a cowardly sheriff, and undocumented workers are all connected to the K-Bar Ranch.

Gypsy is quite familiar with the K-Bar. He spent his summers as a teenager working there and romancing the owner's beautiful daughter Claire. Now married to a state senator, Claire is managing the ranch and is more involved with the case Tatum's father was investigating than Gypsy wants to admit.

Aided by adolescent Tatum and a sexy female reporter, Gypsy begins pulling the pieces of the puzzle together, but it could end up costing him his life. Or worse—Tatum's life.



Buy Links: 

Publisher: 
http://us.macmillan.com/winkofaneye/LynnWillis
Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Wink-Eye-Lynn-Chandler-Willis-ebook/dp/B00IQOJDQE/
B & N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wink-of-an-eye-lynn-chandler-willis/1118174098?ean=9781250053190

EXCERPT:

“My father didn’t kill himself.” The kid’s voice crackled with pubescent hormones. But other than the wavering voice, he had an unflinching determination. It was the third time he’d made the statement since showing up at my sister’s house this morning.

The kid was twelve, and staring at me through a clump of blond hair that fell over his right eye. He was in dire need of a haircut. But I’m not the fashion police so it didn’t matter to me if he got one or not.

“Look… Tatum, sometimes we don’t always understand why people do the things they do.” My own voice was scratchy from morning grogginess.

“He didn’t kill himself.” That was number four. Not that I was counting.

“Gypsy—can’t you just hear him out?” My sister, Rhonda, asked. She joined me and the kid at her kitchen table.

It was 8:00 A.M. I was functioning on two hours’ sleep after an eighteen-hour drive. Plus, I was still on my first cup of coffee.

“There’s a lot more to it than just Ryce’s death,” Rhonda said.

“Who’s Ryce?”

“My dad,” the kid said. “Ryce McCallen. And he didn’t kill himself.”

Five.

“I meant to call you a couple weeks ago when Tatum told me about everything that had happened,” Rhonda said. “And then when you showed up on my doorstep this morning at four-thirty, I thought, wow, divine intervention.” She gnawed on her bottom lip, a habit she’d picked up during our messed-up childhood. It meant she wasn’t sure. I’d think twice, too, before considering my presence divine intervention.

“Look, kid. I hate that your dad’s dead. But I don’t know what you want me to do about it.”

“You’re a private investigator. I want you to prove he was murdered.”

Sure. And after that, I’d look into something simple like JFK’s assassination. I scratched my chin, the morning stubble pricking my hand. Maybe I should have stayed in Vegas. There, people just wanted me dead. They didn’t want me to actually work. “Homicide investigations are complicated. They’re not easy to—”

“I have detailed notes.”

Of course he did.

“Plus, I have the files of the cases he was working when he died.”

I hated to ask but curiosity got the better of me. “What cases?”

“The eight missing girls.”

I scratched my chin again. “Why didn’t he just turn it over to the police?”

“He was the police.” He rolled his eyes, an annoying rite of passage at his age.

Rhonda jumped in to defend the eye-rolling action. “He told you all this. It was before the coffee.” She nodded quickly, like that made everything okay.

I was drawing a blank. “Refresh my memory so I’ll feel better about saying no.”

Tatum scooted his chair closer. “My dad was a deputy with the Winkler County Sheriff’s Department. Back in the spring, my friend told me about her sister and how she’d gone missing. I told my dad about it and he started his own investigation, outside the department.”

“Why didn’t he go through the proper channels?”

He and Rhonda glanced at one another like they were sharing a secret. “He didn’t trust them.”

A paranoid cop who commits suicide. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that unusual. “And you think this is related to your dad’s death?”

“My dad didn’t hang himself. He would never have left me like that.”

I never thought my dad would leave of his own accord, either, but he did. Packed a bag and walked out. Just like that. In that respect, I could relate to this kid. “Look, Tatum, we don’t always know what’s going on in someone’s head.” I tapped my finger against my temple for illustration purposes.

“If he wanted to kill himself, why didn’t he swallow a bullet like most cops would do? Why’d he hang himself?”

The kid had a point. I needed more coffee. I pulled myself up and slowly moved to the coffeepot on the counter. After pouring a fresh cup, I stood there a moment staring out the window of the house I grew up in. The house, and the care of our eighty-year-old grandmother, now belonged to Rhonda and her husband, Rodney. My mother lived a maintenance-free life in a condo in Kermit when she wasn’t working at the hospital; my father was who knows where. We weren’t so unusual. Still, I left Wink, Texas twenty years ago with no intention of ever coming back. And yesterday, or was it the day before—hell, I’d lost track of time—I left Vegas and probably shouldn’t go back. Not if I enjoyed living.

“Gypsy?” Rhonda’s voice reminded me I wasn’t alone in the kitchen. At thirty-six, she was two years younger than me and as far as kid sisters go, she was a keeper. She avoided trouble like the plague, volunteered at the adult enrichment center, and taught math to hardheaded know-it-all sixth graders like Tatum at Wink Elementary as a career choice. And some called me stupid for going into the private investigation field.

I took my coffee to the table and resumed my position of avoidance. “Look, Tatum, I don’t know how long I’m going to be here. I’m kind of on vacation,” I lied.

“We’ll pay you.” He obviously didn’t understand the concept of a vacation.

“Tatum lives with his grandfather. It’s just the two of them now,” Rhonda said, giving me that look that said there was more to this story and she’d explain later.

I didn’t care if the kid lived with a tribe of pygmies. I had my own problems. I didn’t know if I was even going to be alive tomorrow. I had issues with committing to anything other than lunch plans.



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About the Author:

In addition to 
Wink of an Eye, Lynn Chandler Willis is the author of the bestselling True Crime, Unholy Covenant, and the Grace Award-winning inspirational mystery, The Rising. She lives in North Carolina.

Author contacts:

website: http://lynnchandlerwillis.com/
email: lynn@lynnchandlerwillis.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lynn.chandlerwillis
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LynnCWillis



 
 
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It's time for our weekly book talk!
DL Richardson is with us today and has brought her brand new boxed set, Curious, and is offering a Giveaway!

Welcome, Debbie, can I pour you some coffee?

DL:  Absolutely!
Single shot, black, with one sugar.

Ally: Although you've visited with us before, please remind us and introduce new readers to your biography.


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Brief bio:

Music first captured the creative interest of D L Richardson. She got her first acoustic guitar at age ten, and in high school she sang with the school band. When she left school she helped form her own rock band where she sang lead vocals, played bass guitar, and wrote all the lyrics. At age 26 she realized she wanted to write novels for the rest of her life, or die trying, so she sold her equipment, quit pursuing a music career and began writing instead. She’s had two young adult novels published and is currently pitching a third and writing a fourth. She lives in Australia on the NSW South Coast with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing or reading she can be found practicing her piano, playing the guitar or walking the dog.

Author contact links:

website:  www.dlrichardson.com
email:  dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com  
blog: dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com  
facebook:  facebook.com/dlrichardsonbooks
twitter:   twitter.com/DLRichardson1


Ally: Now that we have our coffee, let's move straight to the questions.  Why did you decide to do a three book boxed set?

DL: 
The first two novels The Bird with The Broken Wing and Feedback were published through a small-press publisher. I’ve always liked the idea of having a publisher because a) it’s what I’ve worked towards for so many years, and b) they can provides avenues otherwise closed to self-published authors. However, if that publisher is unwilling to do anything with the books other than slapping the covers onto the online sites, then they’re not doing me any favors. My third book, Little Red Gem, was self-published. Suddenly I had all the control. I could do so much more – discount the price, change the blurb, change the category/tags/metadata. The rights to my first two novels reverted to me a few months ago. It was both a sad and happy occasion. Sad in that I’m no longer published with a publisher. Happy in that I can take what I’ve learned and do what I do best – grab that ball and run for the goal. The books needed new covers, new blurbs, new categories in Amazon. And because these were effectively re-hashes i.e not new, I decided to do something altogether “new” and bundle them together. It’s also a great way to showcase my work for the same price as buying one book.

Ally: I admire how you bounced back and tried something new.  How did you choose the name Curious?

DL:  I have to confess that my writing distraction is the online character quizzes. You know the ones: Which mythological character are you?; Which city should you actually live in?; What is your ideal career? If you haven’t done one of these quizzes yet you might like to try one. Here’s the link. http://www.buzzfeed.com/quizzes Be warned, you might become addicted like me.

Anyway, my “ideal career” happened to be Writer. I breathed a sigh of relief. Nothing worse than putting years into something that, according to an online quiz, I’m not suited to. The quiz answers give you fun profile snippets, and one of those fun facts for a writer was “you are curious”. I totally agree that a writer needs to be curious. I also totally believe that a reader needs to be equally as curious. So I chose Curious as the title.

This book is like a bridge between myself as a curious writer and those curious readers out there. Two lines from the first review captured my attention: “My favorite book was …” “The only reason this wasn’t my favorite was…” As an author, having a reader/reviewer wrestling to choose which of these stories are their favorite, is like me holding out my hand for a reader to cross the bridge into my world and they’ve taken it. I hope readers are curious enough to pick up this book and give it a go.  

ALly: Are the characters in the three stories related or are these standalones?

DL: All three stories in Curious are standalones and none of the characters cross over into other books. There is a common theme, though. I write speculative fiction, and much of what I write features a supernatural element, predominantly the afterlife. When I look at these three books in this bundle that theme is really noticeable. I’m not sure what it says about me. Am I curious about what happens after we die? Or am I wishing for a second chance to do life over again?

Ally:  What are you working on next?

DL:  I’m working on my first series. It’s an apocalyptic story combining virtual reality and video games. The three main characters are Jack and Kelly who are brother and sister, and Ben who is Kelly’s boyfriend and Jack’s best friend. There’s friction as well as closeness as they work together to survive inside this apocalyptic environment. Book One is with a publisher on their To Read pile. I have to check back in the new year to hear if they will take this project on or not. In the meantime I’m writing Book Two. I’ve written the overview for the entire series and all up there will be four or five books. Thankfully I’ve gotten faster and better at writing and I can now complete each 120k book in about four months. That’s my 2015 writing calendar filled.

Quick answer questions:

  • a. favorite Christmas song:  All I Want For Christmas Is You
  • b. last Christmas movie you watched:  Probably Santa Claus 3. At the moment they’re playing cartoon animation Christmas movies and I’m not so much into them.  What I do watch every Christmas is the stop-motion movies made my Rankin/Bass Productions. I happily own Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Santa Claus is Coming To Town, and Little Drummer Boy. For years they weren’t available to own and they stopped playing them on TV in favor of Disney/Pixar productions. Finally they released them on DVD and I had a very merry Christmas that year. Sorry that not a quick answer.
  • c. Do you make New Year's resolutions? Always. Never. As in I always make them and never keep them. haha
  • d. If you could spend the holidays anywhere, where would that be?   I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. No joke, we have blazing-hot, melt-your-makeup weather in Australia on Christmas day. The Richardson’s Christmas lunch is shrimp and champagne on the river in our little boat. Yet we watch all the Christmas movies with snow, turkey, roaring fires. I’d like to experience that one year.
  • e. One thing Santa always puts in your stocking.  A book. This year it’s Marian Keyes’ latest novel The Woman Who Stole My Life.
Ally:  Now I'd love to have a look at your first boxed set...
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Book blurb:

Three full length novels in one supernatural collection. 

In THE BIRD WITH THE BROKEN WING, a guardian angel finds herself trapped in Purgatory with a young soldier she was assigned to watch over. She knows the terrible secret that's keeping him trapped in limbo, but can't understand why she's stuck with him. 

In FEEDBACK, three teenagers receive the organs of a deceased CIA agent and take on the task of completing the mission the spy died midway through, that of deactivating bacteria bombs threatening millions of lives. 

In LITTLE RED GEM, bad advice from a ghost, magic courtesy of an unsuspecting half-sister, and a televised music talent show see this teen make more of a mess in death than she ever made in life. 

That's over 500 pages of action, drama, adventure, teen issues, and romance in one unputdownable book.


Buy Link (Amazon only):

Amazon UShttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O7GQRLY

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