Meet The Author: Misty Mount, Mystery & Suspense Author. @MistyAMount @AuthorMistyMountOfficial/

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Thank you to R&R Book Tours for sending this author’s book my way! I am so backed up with read and reviews, I could not fit into her tour date a review, but I’ve sneaked in an interview, let’s get to know Misty’s style.

Misty

Hello nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy? 

Hello! I’m from smack-dab in the middle of the USA. I’m a wife and mother to an eight-year-old son. I’m also a caregiver to my 33-year-old sister with special needs. Most days my home life is busy and deafeningly loud. If I’m not writing, in my free time I’m hanging out with my brother watching Doctor Who, Star Trek and anything sci-fi.

How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?

 It started in kindergarten. My teacher was reading this story to the class and I was enraptured until the ridiculous ending, which ruined the magic for me. At home I rewrote the ending the way I thought it should go and I’ve been writing ever since.

Kim: You know, I am glad I am not the only one who has read stories and thought ‘ damn, I could of ended that better!’

Who is your favourite author, is there anyone out there that inspires you? 

I love classic sci-fi authors like Arthur C. Clark, Philip K. Dick and Larry Niven. I also love old mystery and gothic romance authors like Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt.

What genre do you enjoy reading? 

I’ll read just about anything (including shampoo bottles) but my favorite genres are mystery and science fiction.

Kim: *Scratches her head* you remind me of  my co-author the mystery and Sci-Fi mixture. I have never actually read this genre I’m rather ashamed to say! I hope to one day dive into Sci-Fi.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing? 

I was first published in my very early teens and, honestly, it was a bit traumatic. I started worrying too much over how my writing would be received instead of enjoying the process. I was too young and sensitive to handle negative reviews and as a result refused to show anyone my writing for over a decade afterward. 

Kim: Really… oh my goodness! For decades? Girl the fact that you are doing this tour with R&R shows just how far you’ve come. Good for you!

Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration? 

This is quite the common occurrence! It happens at least once every project, usually around the halfway point when I’m beginning to question whether everything will come together.

Kim: Haha, been there. And I’m still there writing a romantic thriller that I started in about three years ago, or maybe even more. Since then I’ve completed two novels and a couple of novellas. I have made a promise to finish it this year, still working on it as we speak!

Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer? 

I’m 100% a “plotter!” I’m not good at improvising; it makes me anxious. I always go in with an outline and a plan.

Am I the only one who gets hung up on commas? Do they make you go blah! when you’re writing? 

This question is especially funny since commas are the bane of my existence! My editor will kindly but firmly attest to the fact that I can’t figure out what to do with them. 

Kim: I love the response I always get to this question, there is a common trend to all responses. ‘Ditto’ girl… ditto.

So…. where can we get your books? 

They’re available online through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and any major book retailer. 

What does “success” look like to you? When would you say “damn, I’ve made it baby!” 

For me, it was when my son asked for a copy of each of my books to place in his treasure chest. You can’t ask for a better feeling than that!

Kim: Oh how cute!!! Bless your boy.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones? 

I don’t anymore, or at least I try not to. My editor vets them for me and passes on ones she thinks I’ll enjoy. I’m very sensitive and don’t need any extra negativity in my life.

What would you like readers to know?

 I want my readers to know that I appreciate and value the support of every single one of you! Thanks for sharing in my inner world.

Twitter: Author Misty Mount @MistyAMount

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How cool is Misty, a mixture of mystery and Sci-Fi! Here’s some info on her latest book. I wish I had the time to read and review in time for her tour. Check it out

 

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The Keeper (The Underground Defenders Book 1)

Expected Publication Date:May 28th, 2019

Genre: Mystery/ Suspense

Page Count: 230 Pages

Publisher:  Liminal Books (Between the Lines Publishing)

When the Ericksons move home to care for their ailing grandmother, they’re told a stranger has taken up residence in the attic of the sprawling mansion. Upon investigation, the family isn’t sure the tenant is anything more than a figment of old Mrs. Erickson’s imagination—until a mysterious young woman begins to show herself to the family in fleeting, uncanny visits.

When unexplained things start happening under the mansion’s roof, suspicions arise as to just who—or what—she is. In the chaos that ensues, the family is forced to make a decision: trust the stranger or band together as a family against her—and their grandmother who’s protecting her.

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About the Author

“I read because my grandmother showed me how to immerse myself in books for recreation, relaxation or even as a coping skill.

I write because my head is filled with daydreams and I like to choose the endings.”

Misty Mount has written since age five and was first published at fourteen. By day she’s a caregiver, wife, and mother to a young son but during the quiet hours of night she becomes a novelist.

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Release Day Interview: With CS Johnson @C_S_Johnson13 #RRBookTours1

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Should I go to College? What About Student Loan Debt?

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publication Date: March 14th, 2019

If you’re a high school student, chances are you’ve been thinking about where you will go to college. Or if you will go to college at all.
I’ve been there. And as a former teacher, I’ve seen thousands of students there, too. So I wrote this book to help you.
This book offers sound advice about deciding whether or not you want to go to college, and, if you decide to go, how you can save time and money along the way.

“This is the book about college I wish I had read when I was younger.” – My 30-year-old self

SHOULD I GO TO COLLEGE? WHAT ABOUT STUDENT LOAN DEBT?
•Describes what college is
•Promotes thoughtful self-reflection
•Outlines your options post-high school
•Offers tragically hilarious truths about teaching
•Reaffirms the code of personal responsibility
•Likens student loans to dragons that need to be slain

ALL PROCEEDS OF THIS BOOK GO TOWARD 
HELPING STUDENTS PAY OFF THEIR 
STUDENT LOAN DEBT.

Hello nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?

Hi there! Thank you for having me! I always appreciate the time people take in getting to know me.

I am C. S. Johnson, and I write in a variety of genres, mostly fantasy or science fiction. I started writing largely as a way to cope with reality, and I found out that it really helped and I enjoyed it a lot. Since then, I’ve been working to keep at it. There are a lot of other benefits to writing I’ve noticed, and meeting new people and getting to talk about interesting ideas are just some of them.

For my own favorite types of books to read, I enjoy a variety, just as I enjoy writing. I think in a lot of my own books that there are several other books that lend their influence. I do have to laugh, because my favorite books are usually memoirs or biographies, but I write fantasy and speculative fiction.

Who is your favourite author, is there anyone out there that inspires you?

I have a large variety of favorite authors, and I am sure I haven’t read some of them yet. If I had one go-to author, I would pick C. S. Lewis; I have never read anything of his I haven’t loved, needed, or deeply appreciated in some way. As for inspiration, my mother is my first spark among the fires of my heart. She was the one who taught me to read, and she is the one who is still out-reading me every week. I love writing books I know she will enjoy, even if she is not as much of a fantasy reader.

So you’ve published a series, what is the series about?

I’ve published a couple of series now, and I’m working through the last book of one more. The first series I wrote was the Starlight Chronicles; it is my epic superhero fantasy adventure, about an egotistical teenager who, after finding out he is a fallen star with supernatural power, is reluctant to save his city from evil. It’s a very dry, sarcastic sort of series, alternatively cynical and poignant, as my protagonist faces off the trials and tribulations of high school life and growing up. So far, my other series are a little softer in tone and subtler at the satire.

What was it like creating back to back stories that link?

For me, it’s like watching a heartbeat on an EKG; book one sputters some, and then shoots up, fast and hard; book two dips down lower, almost in a needed recovery, before striking back; and then the rest of the series books’ start the entire process over again, offering a persistent rhythm that becomes the heart song of a story.

Kim: 🙂 I love that !! Haha, very good way to describe it.

What has been your most proud moment as an author?

My author career has been marked with a lot of proud moments—I’ve had a Hollywood producer tell me my series is wonderful and she’s rooting for it to be picked up by a studio (Please, Dear God, please, haha!), I’ve had a very famous movie star compare it to Harry Potter and Tolkien, and I’ve had a lot of great readers turn into friends as we’ve gotten to know each other. I have a whole list of people in that group that I’ve designated my “Almost Famous Readers,” since I jokingly say that as an author, I’ll be famous for being almost famous one day. I even had one of them make me an award plaque and send it to me, and I cherish it.

If I had to pick one moment, I’d say it has to be the day when my young son, who does not like to read that much, told me he wanted to write a book. I actually opened a document for him to work on my computer, and he wrote out a small book’s worth of a story. I was absolutely amazed and profoundly proud of him.

Kim: Ohhhhhh my  heart just melted, that is so sweet. I hope he continues. I love it when children get involved, especially boys who are less likely to read. My son thankful has learned to love to read, whether he’ll write is another story as he hates it, then again he’s only five. He would rather do colouring-in.

Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration?

Yes. It happens almost every week, like swirly, sporadic clockwork.

Am I the only one who gets hung up on commas? Do they make you go blah! when you’re writing?

I think every author has a punctuation thing they either love or hate. I am a huge semicolon lover; give me a long sentence where it will list detailed, specific things, offering up new insights while solidifying the foundational logic as it rambles on. It is glorious to watch such beauty grow and unfold.

If I have a thing to hate about commas, it is when people use them wrongfully. Uncoincidentally, this usually happens when the comma is actually supposed to be a semicolon.

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?

Since I have written a lot of books, I do get asked a lot of questions about how to write a better story. I actually wrote a book for them, and it just came out this year. The book is “Good Writing is Like Good Sex: Sort of Sexy Thoughts on Writing” and it’s a quick, provocative overview of what makes a “sexy” book. So to answer this question honestly, I’d say, “Buy my book, read my book, and then try to use what I say in the book.” But I feel like that might be a little too pushy, haha.

Kim: Girl… you just said it 🙂

What are you working on now? What will you release next?

Right now, I am juggling a few projects. I have two books I am working on this month. I mentioned it before, but I am finishing up The Order of the Crystal Daggers, my Cinderella meets Mission: Impossible historical fiction set in 1870s Prague. In this final book of the series, Eleanora, my protagonist, has to rescue a kidnapped prince and save the Emperor from assassination, all while working to repair her relationship with her brother and uncover the hidden truth about her mother’s past. Luckily, she’s got quite a few people to help her, although plenty of them are juggling their own problems and facing the consequences of their own secrets. The series has been so fun and wonderfully received, so I am sad to see it end, but I am also nervous about sending it off with the seriousness and the level of diligence it’s due.

The second novel I am working on my science fantasy story, Till Human Voices Wake Us. It’s toeing the literary fiction line, but it’s about a college student who finds out the hard way that his uncle’s stories about being held hostage by mermaids who don’t believe in humans are all true. It’s a book about questions of reality, insanity, hope, and meaning, and what it means to be human. I am hoping to have it out for summer.

I also have a few short stories I’m working on for publication later this year and early next year.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

I think pride is rightfully the most deadly of sins, and partially because it is something that must be closely monitored. Confidence as a writer will help; arrogance will only lead to harm.

If you have a lot of confidence as a writer, I think you also have to have a lot of humility to make it work. I think I am more likely to err on the side of hesitation as a writer just because I know my limitations as a writer very well. My husband works in healthcare and it is my apparently favorite joke ever to tell people he goes into work to save real lives, and I stay home and ruin fake ones.

My stories are icing on a cake, but in order to have the cake, we need people who know how to bake and people who can build things in which those things are baked. I offer stories to entertain, to get people to think, to reframe a perspective. They are part of my heart, but my heart was not made for everyone. Sometimes, it was not made for a particular person right now, either. I was utterly appalled the first time I read 1984 in high school. The second time I read it, after a few more years passed, I loved it. There is very little point in offering someone icing if they are looking for someone to give them bread.

I have had a few people recognize me off the street, and I am more dumbfounded than anything else when they do. I honestly never expect that reaction to change.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

 

I am tremendously thankful to my readers for the time they spend inside one of my books. I know, as a writer, and as a mother, there is so little time in the world when one is attempting to read. When I get a book review, I am always grateful; but I am considerably, and understandably much more happy when I find that the reviewer has either enjoyed my books, or they found my books to be good despite the unmet expectations in my characters, plot, or presentation.

I know there are plenty of talented writers who write books that are more fun, more fantastical, or just more of what is expected than I do. While I do try to make it fun, and keep it fun, I write books that make you smile, make you think, make you laugh. I tell people that I don’t write “Candy bar books,” but I don’t write “full-course meal books,” either. Maybe a good meal replacement bar would be a good analogy for my work, or we can get the icing analogy back out and put it on some carrots (which, thanks to some of my pregnancy moments, I know is better than it sounds.)

Either way, I rejoice with the good reviews, and I call my mom over the bad ones. She knows I have a soft heart, even if I have to hide it from the rest of the world.

What was your hardest scene to write?

I feel bad for admitting this one, but when you’ve had a lot of “last battles,” sometimes it’s hard to just write out the fight scenes and the “save-the-world” moments without feeling repetitive or a case of oncoming “writer-ex-machina,” where convivence and coincidence just collide too much for the writing to be good. As I was finishing up my steampunk book, One Flew Through the Dragon Heart, I told some of my readers I was ready just to nuke everything and be done with it.

I had one of my snarky reader friends tell me that nukes aren’t steampunk-approved, and we had a good laugh about that, and that made it easier to go back and try again.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

It always depends on the book, but six to eight weeks is my average lately. I have some novellas which are shorter, and seriously, those don’t take nearly as long. I have some longer books which don’t ever seem to take that long at all, but it depends on the size more than anything else. Life interrupts me a lot along the way, too. I am a wife and a stay at home mom with two young kids; I like making my house more of a home, and there are other things I love that require my attentions, and I have been trying to be better about making sure social media especially is more of a back-burner thing of late.

What’s your favourite book and why?

My most consistently favorite book is Till We Have Faces, by C. S. Lewis. I try to read it every year and every time I do, I get something different out of it. It was a book I first read during a tumultuous time in my life, and I have never forgotten the magic of the first readthrough. This past year I read it and felt more drawn than ever to Revidal, the main character Orual’s other sister, and I like books that make great use of their secondary characters like that. The sudden loss of her sister’s favouritism and their unity must have been devastating to her, and her growing loneliness and desperation as Orual took the throne seemed much more relatable to me as an adult.

 

Thank you for joining is this month, I wish the author well with her release, and you can connect with her below!

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About the Author

C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me

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New Release: ‘Sketch’ By Didi Oviatt ( YA Thriller Genre) @didi_oviatt #CreativiaPub

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Wow! Talk about cover love! I am so happy to reveal this unique cover of upcoming book by Didi Oviatt, Called Sketch. Today, I also have a sneak peek for you, so be sure to read on!

Sketch

Expected Publication Date: June 2019

Genre: YA Thriller/ Psychological Thriller

Publisher: Creativia

When the body of the local girl, Misty Crawl, is found dismembered in an underground bunker, the town is thrown into a whirlwind of panic and speculation. Times aren’t exactly smooth sailing with a depression in full swing. The spaced out community of farmers pull together as one, trying to uncover the guilty party.

Thrown smack in the middle of such chaos, is a group of teens. They’re known troublemakers, but have good hearts. Although they’re innocent, the local law enforcers believe otherwise, and the true killer is lurking far too close for comfort. Will the four be able to uncover the truth before one of them pays the price for Misty’s death? Or will the brutal killer strike again, attacking the heart of the four?

*Sketch is a young adult psychological thriller. It’s a quick easy read, appropriate and gripping for mid-teens and up, with no sexual content and some bloody gore. Parent’s be advised.

Excerpt

As soon as Steven’s dad, Robert Smith, pulls down the road, they look mischievously at one another and then take off in a sprint down the steps into his basement. Steven’s always wanted to know what’s locked away down here. His father told him years ago that it was just a room full of old newspapers. But, Steven’s always known there has to be more to this dingy looking door all locked away. It doesn’t take Chloe long to pick the lock. She’s getting better and faster at it with every lock she opens. The door creaks as it swings open, and there it is.

“Holy shit,” gasps John.

“This is the best day of my life,” says Michael.

“Look at the dust on all this stuff. I’ll bet this door hasn’t been open in years! No one will even notice if we take it!” adds Chloe.

Steven whispers in fear, “I don’t know guys, my dad will kill me if he finds out.”

“No he won’t, Red, I can take him,” jokes Michael.

Staring back at them from the wall to wall metal storage shelves are two small crossbows and an open chest of arrows. Along with old war paint, hatchets, a couple machetes, rope, and one box of newspapers setting on the floor.

“What the hell was my dad doing with this stuff?” Steven asks, more to himself than the others.

Steven’s dad isn’t an adventuress man, and aside from the yearly deer and occasional bear he shoots, he doesn’t even like to get out and do much.

“The bears are getting out of control around here,” and, “we gotta’ have meat to survive,” is his logic for hunting.

He doesn’t enjoy hunting as a sport like the majority of other men and even women in town. It’s more of a chore for him. Which is only one step away from insanity, in Steven’s point of view. Hunting is Steven’s favorite thing to do with his dad, aside from throwing a football.

“Who cares why he has this stuff!?” John says, always the planner of the group. “Let’s just take it now and hurry, in case he forgot something and has to come back home. We don’t want to get caught carrying it all out of your house.”

They grab as much as they can lift and head straight for the woods. Distracted by all the cool things, they don’t even bother to glance at the newspapers in the box on the floor.

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About the Author

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Didi Oviatt is an intuitive soul. She’s a wife and mother first, with one son and one daughter. Her thirst to write was developed at an early age, and she never looked back. After digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she’s writing mystery/thrillers like Sketch, Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, Justice for Belle, and New Age Lamians. Along with a six- piece short story collection called the Time Wasters. She’s also collaborated with Kim Knight in an ongoing interactive short story anthology The Suspenseful Collection. When Didi doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she can be found enjoying a laid back outdoorsy life. Time spent sleeping under the stars, hiking, fishing, and ATVing the back roads of beautiful mountain trails, sun-bathing in the desert heat, along with watching the relaxing dance of a campfire plays an important part of her day-to-day lifestyle.

Didi can be found on her Website/Blog, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and most importantly AMAZON!

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Book Review: 3 stars – Willow #2 (Romantic Comedy) by Daphne Hargrow

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Publication Date: February 27th, 2019

Genre: Women’s Fiction/ Romantic Comedy

Length: 256 Pages

Blurb

How does a woman enjoy the company of a man without committing to a long-term relationship? Easy, love him for ninety days and leave him.

Willow gave up on love a long time ago, but she hasn’t given up on sex. So, to keep her chakras aligned and life force flowing, she abides by her tried-and-true rule: love him for ninety days and leave him. Consequently, she can feed her body while protecting her heart.

Willow’s practice of purposeful detachment serves her well until she sets her sights on Kendall’s friend Josh. Even though Josh expresses interest in Willow, he wants a more traditional relationship than she’s willing to give.

Despite their apparent differences, the universe seems to have other plans for the couple as their lives become increasingly intertwined. When Willow finally decides to follow the universe’s lead, she’s betrayed by her ninety-day rule and must rethink her life plan or face the future alone.

 

Book Review – 3 stars

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Thank you to R&R Book tours for a free Author Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I recommend this book to those who genuinely like romantic comedies,  as I was reading through there were some moments that I found amusing, and at times did more than turn the corners of my lips into an amused smile. I don’t often read this genre,  but I do enjoy it. The last book I did read in this genre well over a year ago (written by a man too!) really made  me want to read more romantic comedies. I was drawn to the blurb of this book and genre as I thought, ‘this sounds funny’ and also it reminded me of the movie Act Like a Lady , Think Like a Man with the 90 day rules, in reverse!  Overall, it is well written, some areas are amusing, and the writing goes in many directions with the plot. That said it took me one month to read less than 250 pages, I struggled a tiny bit at times to connect…I closed the book, reflected for a few days and settled on 2.5 – 3 stars based on my reading experience, and the story itself. While it was an okay reading experience, some stories call you more than others, I kept reading as I did want to see how it ended up, by the end I had three main areas that I found a little difficult  1. the story line 2. reality 3. the main female character herself…. here goes! ( I do recommend this book to romantic comedy lovers to check out though).

Story line & Reality; Willow is thirty, and has sworn off love due to a bad experience maybe ten years ago with an ex, but is happy to have sex with guys for just 90 days. To cut a very long story short there is a family gathering coming  up a wedding.  This messes with her rules, her mother does not want her to attend alone, as her grandmother will nag her ( the mother) and Willow for being a ‘spinster’. To not rehash the story or give spoilers, basically Willow’s mother tells her grandmother she has a boyfriend, a man they both know to stop her nagging.  This puts Willow in a ‘situation’ as you can imagine. As she moves on from this guy, the mother tells the grandma she has a new man, which of course Willow does not. At the family gathering Willow is forced to ‘act’ with the guy for the sake of what her grandmother will think. The  guy has no idea about Willow’s rules either.

Hmmm I’m a mother and I tried to imagine telling my mum, (my son’s gran) that he has a girlfriend who she  knows, to shut her up and stop her nagging him and me about him being single. I also tried to imagine my mum telling my gran, that I have a boyfriend to shut her up too.  As I was reading I found it a little hard to imagine any mother including myself, putting their child in this situation for the sake of  trying to stop ‘nagging’ over their child being single. I had a few other areas of the story line that I found hard to connect with.

Reality:  The romance genre is battered for having stories that are unrealistic, or ‘ insta-love’ between characters.  I don’t mind a bit of insta-love as a reader or as a writer either, but the reality of  it is important. The guy Willow’s drama surrounds is a man she met a year ago, at another wedding, slept with and never saw  or heard from him for a year- he never called her. Then, one year later they meet, have sex a few times,  circumstances throw them in each other’s circle, then all of a sudden (a matter of weeks maybe) ‘he loves her’,  she does not love him, but is pushed to tell him she does in order for the drama to settle.  I found the element of reality around their relationship as f*ck buddies vs love, and Willow being pushed a little hard to connect with too. Based on reality of not seeing someone for one year, having sex a few times and all of a sudden, it’s love.

Main character: ahhhh Willow…. she came across as a free spirited girl from a wealthy background, who smokes a lot of weed which gets her into trouble, and blames her need for sex on her ‘chakras’, she meditates to detach herself from men. I just could not connect with this chick or her motives.

This is just my experience as a reader, but I do recommend you check out this book and series if you really dig romantic comedy, don’t mind insta love, and Willow sounds like someone you’d find amusing. Final thoughts 2.5 -3 stars, there are areas that made me laugh, a little, the story has many different dynamics to it to keep you reading.  However, reality, time frame, and character development are areas that could be developed a tiny bit for me to of had a 4- 5 star reading experience. 

I do wish this author a lot of success with her series and hope she finds the perfect readership for her work. Romantic comedy lovers check her out!

Meet the Author

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Daphne Hargrow is a romance writer, avid reader, and novice yogi. She has also published a few young adult novels under a different name. When Daphne is not writing, thinking about writing, or reading about writing, she watches YouTube conspiracy videos and dreams of the day when she, too, can join the ranks of the Illuminati.

Author Website https://daphnehargrow.com/

New Release: ‘Justice for Belle’ by Didi Oviatt @Didi_Oviatt #CreativiaPub

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Blurb:

Ahnia, has a very dicey past, one that is scratching under the surface, just dying to get out. She’s hit rock bottom, broke and desperate to be on top again. When she finds herself partnering up with man she hardly knows, and who’s utterly untouchable, she’s forced out of her comfort zone and left to question her own sanity. Will Ahnia and Mac’s dangerous business move be a success? Or, will Ahnia find herself in the clutches of an unforgiving force, brought about by her childhood sin? In this nail biting thrill ride, no one is as they seem… and no one is truly safe with those they trust.

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 Read a excerpt from the book here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Didi Oviatt is an intuitive soul. She’s a wife and mother first, with one son and one daughter. Her  thirst to write was developed at an early age, and she never looked back. After digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she’s writing mystery/thrillers like Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, Justice for Belle, and New Age Lamians. Along with a six- piece short story collection called the Time Wasters. She’s also collaborated with Kim Knight in an ongoing interactive short story anthology The Suspenseful Collection. When Didi doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she can be found enjoying a laid back outdoorsy life. Time spent sleeping under the stars, hiking, fishing, and ATVing the back roads of beautiful mountain trails, sun-bathing in the desert heat, along with watching the relaxing dance of a campfire plays an important part of her day-to-day lifestyle.

Didi can be found on her Website/Blog, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and most importantly AMAZON

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 Read a excerpt from the book here.

New Release + Excerpt: ‘Justice for Belle’ by Didi Oviatt @Didi_Oviatt #CreativiaPub

It’s with great pleasure, I proudly share with you an excerpt from this talented writer. I’m currently reading the book, and enjoying it. I believe the release date is next month.

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Excerpt #1:

“You get lost?” Mac’s voice rings loudly at my side.

I jump, knocking a cold glass bottle of booze over with my arm. I grab it back up with trembling hands. I straighten myself to a stand and hand it over before grabbing two more for myself. Mac takes a step closer to me no sooner than the fridge door shuts completely.

The scent of him is just as fresh as the first day we met; only tonight there is a muskier underlining. The delicious smell of his natural skin, no doubt. My knees weaken, and I take a step back. The center of my back touches the counter causing me to reach back with my free hand and grab ahold of it for balance.

“What are you doing?” I ask desperately under my breath.

“You were taking a while, so I thought I’d check up on you.” His voice is wanting and raspy.

“I’m fine.”

I duck and spin, maneuvering my body around him. I’m careful not to brush our flesh together. He props himself against the exact spot of the counter that I just left by the hip, his gaze fixated on me. I look away, twist the top off of my first drink and guzzle the entire thing as if my life depends on it. He, too, takes a drink, but barely a sip. The serious clench of his jaw tells me that he means business. My chest tightens.

“Why are you really here?” I ask.

“A few reasons, actually.”

“Which are?”

“I’m trying to decide which one I wanna tell you first.”

He takes another sip and continues to stare. I toss my empty bottle into the trash can, and twist open the top of my next. It’s quiet enough to hear a pin drop. Aside from my own heavy breath, I hear only haunting silence.

“Start with whatever it is you’re so afraid to say.” I breathe, my heart quickening another pace.

Mac takes a few quick steps forward, again closing the gap between us. The wildness of his eyes and his hair reminds me of a lion, ready to pounce. Soon I’m backed against the wall, with our chests pressed together. I stare at his mouth. His lips are the perfect shade of pink. I want to lick them. I tuck my own in and bite the insides lowering my head…denying him access. He places his palms against the wall, beside my shoulders, and lowers his forehead to mine.

“You’re not who I thought you were,” he says, the hops in his breath mixing with my own.

I close my eyes tightly and breathe him in. The image I once had of his fists closing in around the neck of an unknown man as he shook the life from him is all I can think about. God, I wish I could stop enjoying the thought of death. I can feel his heartbeat through my shirt and my nipples harden. The heat from his body screams danger, and the pool of nerves between my legs wants it.

“Mac,” I whisper, our foreheads still together.

I try and lift my arms to push him away, but can’t. Like dead weight, they stay motionless at my sides. I shake my head against his. This is wrong.

“Ahnia, I know we can’t do this. I just… I…”

Mac slaps an open palm against the wall. It’s an angry, powerful blow a mere foot from my face. I jump, feeling the vibration of it against my entire body.

“F**k!” He shouts, and pulls himself away.

He runs a fist through his hair and storms off. After helping himself to another beer from my fridge, he disappears back into the living room, leaving me behind to gather myself. I take a couple deep breaths and run my shaking hands down the front of my shirt a few times.

I’m scared to death of him right now, but I don’t want him to leave either. I can’t kick him out, what if he comes at me? Or worse, what if I wind up throwing myself at him. I don’t trust me at this point, any more than I don’t trust him.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Didi Oviatt is an intuitive soul. She’s a wife and mother first, with one son and one daughter. Her  thirst to write was developed at an early age, and she never looked back. After digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she’s writing mystery/thrillers like Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, Justice for Belle, and New Age Lamians. Along with a six- piece short story collection called the Time Wasters. She’s also collaborated with Kim Knight in an ongoing interactive short story anthology The Suspenseful Collection. When Didi doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she can be found enjoying a laid back outdoorsy life. Time spent sleeping under the stars, hiking, fishing, and ATVing the back roads of beautiful mountain trails, sun-bathing in the desert heat, along with watching the relaxing dance of a campfire plays an important part of her day-to-day lifestyle.

Didi can be found on her Website/Blog, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and most importantly AMAZON

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Let’s Meet ‘New York’s Finest’,It’s Time For Meet The Author: James. J.Cudney ! + Giveaway #amreading @jamescudney4

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I can’t tell you the last time I saw a man in a pair of trouser braces! Let’s get to know James Cudney’s style! He’s  the author of Father Figure, it’s on my Kindle ready for me to tuck into reading I can’t wait… it’s time for Meet The Author.

Hello nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?

Although most of my family is from the New York area, my parents took a brief excursion to Florida for a few years where I was born. We lived there until I was three years old when they returned back to Long Island. I grew up there, went to college in Pennsylvania, and had a brief stint in California. For the last six years, I’ve lived in New York City. I have this battle of wills between living in the suburbs and living in a major metropolitan city. I’m already itching to go somewhere rural, but it will probably need to wait a few years.

I’m a quiet, stay-at-home, routine-oriented kinda guy. I do a fair amount of world traveling, watch a few favorite television series, working out, some gardening, reading and genealogy. I like researching and analysing things and puzzles, but for the most part I’m usually doing something relatively simple and calm. Every so often, I get a little crazy and go out to a few bars, get adventurous, and cause a ruckus. I try to keep that to a minimum cause it might make me suddenly get outta control! And I don’t want to have to explain any jailtime experience… although that might help me become a better writer… 😊

Kim: Haha, ‘jail time.’  And Long Island? New Yorkers from there have such a cool accent.

Who is your favourite author, is there anyone out there that inspires you?

I’ve got four favorites these days: Agatha Christie, Ken Follett, Henry James and Kate Morton. My inspiration would be a toss up between Follett and Christie because they are the most prolific story tellers I know. I hope to have dozens of books over the next thirty years.

What genre do you enjoy reading?

Although I read across almost all genres, my go to ones usually include mystery, historical fiction and thrillers.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I don’t think it changed my actual writing process, but it has given me an entirely new level of admiration for editors. I’m fairly strong at understanding 90% of all the grammar rules and styles, but I missed a lot. I never worried about the differences between “knew” and “had known” as it can be fairly minor when you speak; however, it’s a whole different ball game when you are telling a story in the past tense and need to refer to something that happened even further back. I’m much more careful of these things while I’m writing so that my editor doesn’t have to find the obvious problems – I get those fixed in my early drafts before passing it on to her.

Kim: Hmmm, I hear that or is it I heard you? 🙂 

So you’ve published a series, what is the series about?

I’m working on the sequel for my first novel right now. I knew it could and should be a series, but I wanted some security than readers would find it equally as compelling. I’ve heard them loud and clear about it, and so I’m in the outlining process now to deliver something within the next year. I’m also focused on looking at potential options to turn it into a film or television series down the line.

The books will follow the Glass family who live in Connecticut, USA. Ben, the patriarch, died in a car accident in the first book, leaving behind his wife and five adult sons. His will was the catalyst for the family to implode over all the buried—or not-so-buried—secrets that were on the cusp of staying hidden. I’m currently drafting several short stories to function as a prequel for everything that happened to each family member before the first book, then a sequel which will show us life three months after the huge family showdown near the end of the last one.

Kim: Did you say movie? *raises eyebrows* that would be amazing!

What was it like creating back to back stories that link?

It’s quite complex because there are 6 flashbacks that happen in the book where details about characters’ lives are revealed. Everything is so date driven, I keep a detailed list of facts and timelines showing all the integration points. It’s a good thing all my research, project management and genealogical skills stayed with me!

Kim: that’s what also throws me in writing too, the timeline of events, you can guarantee one reader will be paying such close attention they’ll notice if you are even a day out! Lists work in my experience.

Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could what genre would you like to dabble in?

Yes! I am planning to write a cozy mystery book and/or series next year. I’ve also been convinced to write a romance novel, but I’ve never really read any before. So, I need to brush up on some good ones in that genre, then take a crack at it. Hey… you’re familiar with that… and a pretty popular author… maybe I need some pointers from you?

Kim: *blushes*  * clears throat* well, ya know… maybe I could help, anyways back to you a new male author in the romance genre sounds good to me. I interviewed two other guys who want to do it, I wonder who has the biggest balls and will go for it!  I’d love to read it.

What has been your most proud moment as an author?

Being able to say I published a novel and have an ISBN registered in libraries and bookstores. I accomplished my goal, and if I didn’t get to publish any additional after these first few, I will still be proud of what I achieved.

Was there ever a time you wanted to pick up your laptop, and then launch it out the window with frustration?

Nope, not my laptop. People, yes. Random pieces of junk mail sitting on the desk needing to be thrown out, definitely. My frustration usually comes if there’s a negative review that’s from someone who’s just being rude. I like constructive criticism as it drives you to do better. But the meanies make you occasionally ask yourself ‘why do I do this to myself’ and then I want to throw things. Just not my laptop – too much saved on it!

Kim: Never mind the haters, do they know what it takes to knock out 90,000 words? Your book is 400 pages ,so at a guess from experience I’d say that’s about the word count if not more. If they don’t like your work… well, at least they bought the book and your pockets are lined either way, LMFAO.

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Sorry, sorry no I meant never mind the haters, for every one person who hates or dislikes what they read there are ten that did love it! Chin up.

Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?

Definitely a plotter. I map everything out in a 30 to 40-page outline before I ever start to write. I assign chapters to weeks, detailed descriptions to characters and settings to scenes. From there, I am a pantser. I start with parameters and knowing what I need to accomplish in each scene, but whether the character is happy or sad, truthful or deceitful, funny or mean… that just flows as I’m writing.

Kim: sounds good to me.

Am I the only one who gets hung up on commas? Do they make you go blah! when you’re writing?

Oh – insert your favorite explicative – you are not! I am comma heavy. I tend to insert them whenever I hear that pause in the words in my head. My editor totally called me out on it in a nice way. I’ve cut the usage by 75%, but she still catches several per page. I give up at some point and think… ‘this isn’t my area of expertise, let the person who knows how to do it fix it!’ If I didn’t, I might just lose my mind permanently.

Kim: ha, I think I over inset too if I’m honest.

Every writer has a word(s) that they always slip up on when they write, then slap their forehead when they notice their typo. For me it’s further and farther exit or exists-  but hey I’m over it now.  Do you have a word (s) that make you go blah! Go away not another damn typo.

I do, but it’s not that I confuse two words in spelling. I think faster than I type sometimes, so I end up reversing the order of words such as “to” or “the.” I can’t tell you the number of times I end up with something along the lines of “I am going the to store.” Then when I am re-reading or editing, I totally skip over it and the editor or beta readers find it. I’m like ‘Yo, writer, how does this happen???’

Kim: ‘Yo! Writer! *smiles* when I want a really good laugh, I pull out my first draft of my first ever romantic suspense.

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What are you working on now? What will you release next?

I’m writing some of the prequel Glass short stories. I’m outlining the Glass sequel. I’m outlining the intro to the cozy mystery series. But… I’ve suddenly become obsessed with a very emotional love story that I can’t get out of my head. But there’s no way I can write all 4 by December, so I need to push two until next year. What do you think I should do?

Kim: hmmm, when this creativity overload happens to me, I go with what I can’t get out of my head as that’s where the passion and heat is. Personally, I’d go with what drives you most, as you’ll write it with heart. Keep the outlines going but write what’s calling you… But whatever you do, write them all no matter how long it takes. Myself and Didi are working on The Suspenseful Collection Volume #2  and  have outlined #3. Technically, she has been waiting for me to finish two stories since Christmas! Other things have called us both, we focused on this, but we both know when we go back to those stories they are going to be totally badass, because it will be the right time the calling is there. Never write under duress the result won’t be your best work.

So… where can we get your books?

Right now, from Amazon. Both are available on my author page @ https://www.amazon.com/James-J.-Cudney/e/B076B6PB3M/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

A big ego hurts writers. A tiny ego also hurts. This is the case of Goldilocks and the three bears. Find the happy medium and stick with it. There is a time to self-promote and share why you are a great writer and there’s a time to sit back and let other people take the lead.

Kim: *Nods head* nice, agreed.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

Interesting question… I’ve made the conscious decision not to worry about research in my first two books. I chose story lines where I knew the settings and time periods so well, it wasn’t necessary to research. I had a couple of plot points to work out, for instance exactly when did using hair for DNA research become common practice and what happened with college acceptance forms in the 1980s. Both were easy, but my focus was on writing and making a name for myself. The plan is to spend more time researching for future books now that I’ve built up a readership and interest in my style and voice.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Yes, I’ve read everything on Goodreads and Amazon, and if I stumble upon it anywhere else, I read it. I can’t help it. I want to learn what readers like and dislike, so I can grow. I am overwhelmed and speechless by all the good ones. On a few negatives ones, readers have chosen to be unnecessarily cruel and silly. I’m all for constructive criticism, but when someone is downright nasty, it hurts. I have a thick skin, but it still causes you to feel awful. It’s not unlike life though. People say things to hurt you, then move on. I wallow for a day or two, then I am good again.

Kim: the best amour writers can wear is thick skin, to be honest James I’ve come to the conclusion there is a reader for every writer’s style, even when you break the rules of the norm for the gene. So just keep pushin’ and really don’t let the mean comments hurt you, I promise there will come a time where you just don’t care for the straight up mean rubbish.

What was your hardest scene to write?

In one of my novels, there is a scene where someone is violently attacked. I made a conscious decision to stop at a specific point and leave the rest to the reader’s imagination. I knew exactly what point that was but leading up to it was quite impacting. I’m lucky and privileged to never have gone through something so painful. Just living it through my words and imagination was hard enough, I cannot understand how someone could ever hurt another person or how the survivor finds the strength to persevere. It was important for the scene to be full of emotion and fear, but not be vulgar or vicious in the choice of words. I needed to create imagery without crossing a line. I’m very happy with where it ended up from a word perspective, but I sometimes struggle even in re-reading it myself.

Do you Google yourself?

Yes, and it’s funny. I’ve done it for the last few years, and the things it finds as time goes by… wow! My last name isn’t very common, but I am the fourth with this name as it’s been handed down, so occasionally, I have to check if it’s me or my dad!

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

Wow! I’m privileged to know and chat with at least another 50 published authors that I’ve met through my blog and my publisher. I also find a way to reach out to an author I don’t know if I read their book and give them a 4 or a 5. I’ve been able to connect with most of them, too. I learn something new and good from each of these wonderful writers. Sometimes just having a colleague who has been through a situation you’re going through, or a novel handling a topic you need information on, is an amazing source of comfort.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

With two under my belt, each took 6 months from start to finish, including editing. Once they went to the publisher, it was another 2 months, plus a prep month for outlining… so we’re looking at 9 months per book. Some of that time I can be working on two books, so my goal is to deliver two books every year to year and a half.

What’s your favourite movie?

Defending Your Life. Who doesn’t love Meryl Streep?

What music do you like?

I’m a radio guy – top 40s pop make me happy!

Where would you like to travel to and why?

I’m keen on Australia and Patagonia as my next big trip. I’m hitting Italy and England for 3 weeks this spring, but then I’ll be planning the big one!

Which one of your characters is your favourite and why?

Olivia Glass… she’s vivid and ruthless at first, then finds a tender moment. She’s torn between love and power, support and pain. She’s every person in life just on a much larger scale.

Do you need a lot of sexual experience to be a good erotica author?

What an interesting question given I haven’t yet written erotica. I do have 3 scenes in my first book and 5 or 6 in my second book that are quite intimate. Both cover discussion of body parts, physical acts, and imagination. I’m almost afraid to answer this question. It may reveal way more than I intend, but I’m usually an open book, so I’ll give it a try. I think you need to have a fairly extensive amount of experience to be able to write erotica – BUT… that experience could come from many places. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something you’ve done yourself. Sometimes reading about it or watching it happen gives you enough details to understand a human being’s reaction to physical intimacy. Combining what knowledge you do have, talking about it with other people, and experiencing varying degrees of it yourself, you find the right balance of being able to write about it. Consider an author writing a scene in which a character of different sexuality is engaging in something erotic. You may never have done that yourself, but you can imagine what it’s like based on all the other things you’ve seen and done. There’s an emotional reaction we all have to a release. There’s a powerful connection we have at the initial touch. There’s expressions we make when we have little to no control over something happening to / inside us. It can’t often be controlled in the same exact way, but there’s enough to get a clear picture you can augment with your creativity. At least that’s how it works for me! Can I go hide now?

Kim: LMFAO! You’re just too cute you skirted around actually answering!! You answered that like a true politician James. This question was for an erotica author I interviewed, glad you never overlooked it. Well, what can I say? Imagination is a good friend as well as reality, as a romance writer, writing erotically can come naturally ( I don’t write sweet romance) so… yeah, I hear ya! My hardest challenge in this area was co-writing, again, with my co-author a lesbian serial killer! In present tense  and first person point of view!  Now when I started the story my co-author totally rolled with the whole girl-on- girl scene, and finished up really good! She shocked the hell out of me. When readers demanded part #2   we had to finish up as readers demanded it,  a challenge like none other as it was pretty steamy s*hit, even if I say so myself!

If you could do it all again would you change anything?

I’d have started sooner… I wasn’t ready, and I needed to develop more confidence. Sometimes trial by fire is the best path.

Pick one a one time “Bestselling author” or an author with longevity what would you rather?

Follett… he’s been writing for 3 decades and continuously impresses people of all ages.

Thanks for a great interview James! isn’t he a cutie? How he answered the erotic writing question really made me smile. Anyway guys, check back later for excerpts  ( posted later today) and a book review of Father Figure in the very near future. Yours truly will do a read and review, I can’t wait.

About The Author:

James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I spent 15 years working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I left in 2016 to focus on my passion: telling stories and connecting people through words. My debut novel is ‘Watching Glass Shatter,’ a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website: https://jamesjcudney.com

What do I do outside of writing: I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, I have over 500 book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I started the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real and show how I live every day.

A bit of humor: Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write. Ryder, my 10-year old shiba inu, usually lays on my feet, growling when I shift positions too many times or when I forget to share my food! Although he’s only 20 pounds, he’s quite strong and pushy. But how else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?

 

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