Author Interview + Book Review ‘ Why She Lied’ (Thriller/TRUE CRIME) by Julie Coons… 5 Stars! @JulieCoons1 @RRBookTours1 @Shanannigans81 #RRBookTours @juliecoonsauthor

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*Warning: This book has many extreme triggers including but not limited to, sexual assault, child abuse, violence, and various types of trauma.

Why She Lied

Publication Date: March 3rd, 2019

Genre: True Crime/ Memoir

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Will she have to lose her child to save her child?The day she tells her boyfriend she’s pregnant, is the same day he tells her he’s been accused of molestation. His trial is set to begin the following day.

She needs answers…

To get them, she tricks her boyfriend into signing a release form, giving her full access to all of his legal documents. She uncovers the truth, he’s guilty.

To save her unborn child from this monster, she gets an abortion.

FIVE YEARS LATER and still rebuilding her life, Julie finds out her ex-boyfriend has just become the most wanted man in America, involved in human trafficking. When detectives ask for her help locating him, she gets drawn into a baffling mystery. What began as a seemingly simple search soon turns into a much darker reality.

Someone from her past is watching…

Bit by bit, the tapestry of her own secret childhood begins to unravel. What she learns about her past will haunt her forever: family isn’t always what it seems.

Can she help bring this predator to justice, or will she die trying?

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Kim’s Review 5 Stars, For The Unexpected

Thank you to R and R Book Reviews for sending me a review copy, and for piquing my interest. You know, I never read all the blurb before I signed up, the alert popped up on my phone while I had one eye on the dinner cooking, and the other on my son in the garden.  I read half, looked at the genre and said ‘yes ma’am  I’ll read that!’ to the book review company. When I opened the book I expected this to be a true crime written in a different way, the author has written this more like a memoir and an account of what happened.  I even thought maybe she’d use the true aspects and spin a fictional kinda thriller. Yes, I was surprised and also really pulled in when I realised ‘this s*it’s REAL and it’s exactly what happened!”

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My five stars for this author’s work in not based on the usual ‘character development, craft in writing or even her skill as a writer or storytelling ‘  My five stars is based on the bravery of the author for putting her story out there, and of course in a well written way and a very real way, nothing is sugar coated and it’s very graphic. I really enjoyed reading it I read it quickly. This is one woman’s story, who was targeted, got caught up with a man who was very dangerous and she survived it with unexpected intuition and a great sense of bravery. I would say, if this author wrote a fictional piece of work in this genre I love to read and write myself, I would for sure spend money to read it.

I have interviewed so many writers and enjoyed every single one, I really enjoy being on the other side, but this interview I was so excited when she agreed to give her time up to answer some questions on her work.

Let’s get to know her….

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

I was born and raised in a small town in Oregon. I’m the fourth generation to live here.  I enjoy knitting, crocheting, and spoiling my granddaughter, Eva.

Please let readers know a bit more about James’ personality, in your book he came across as mainly just a ‘charmer’, there must have been more to him?

Unfortunately, he had a dark side. He could get extremely angry and he especially didn’t like being told no.  Especially the night I got pregnant, unfortunately.  In the end I was terrified of him.  I didn’t want to admit it, but I was being abused by him.  Even though we’d only dated a short time, he was sneaky and stealthy in his attempt to control me.  It was an experience I hope to never have again.  He hid it well and I know my intuition was desperately trying to save me.  Always listen to your intuition.  I call it my “gut.”  It’s saved me more times than I can remember.

Kim>  When I read the part about the night he would not take no for an answer is when I actually welled up a bit with tears. I was so angry.As  I read your work I really bonded with it, especially when you were talking about the intuition part. Me too, I am very much like this and have learned the value of it.

Did you purposely not disclose the exact years of events for confidentiality to yourself and others? The only hints we have are that mobile phones were not invented. Also, if you feel comfortable please confirm the years the story spans over.

Oh wow, good question.  I’d have to say no, I didn’t disclose the exact years of events for any reason other than I just didn’t think about it.  I thought it was a cool hint to include that mobile phones weren’t invented yet.  I can’t imagine life without my cell phone.  Anyway, I always remember dates based on the age of my daughter at the time.  She was four when I met him, so it was in 1990.  My daughter was born in 1986.  Our relationship only lasted about three months.  Then, five years later in 1995 is when he became a top ten most wanted fugitive.  I was watching television one night when the alert came across the TV.  I can’t even explain what that felt like.  His real name isn’t James by the way.  I changed his name.  It’s hard to imagine how such a short courtship managed to put me through so much.

Kim> Bingo! You know I did my maths and I guessed it was around the early 90’s or so just by that one hint of the mobile phones, but I was reading closely…I only asked so that it is clear for anyone who goes on to read  your work. It’s no biggie that the exact years are not there, if a reader is really into what you have to say, trust me they’ll work it out just like I did, or try to at least. I even tried to work out your age from the event that happened in 1975, yeah, I’m nosy like that.

Your mother really interested me as I read, why do you feel she wanted to be seen as ‘high society’ all the time, what fuelled this? 

This is an excellent question, and one I could write a book about. Just joking, I did write a book about her. It was my first book and I named it, “This Does Not Leave This House.”  The title is a quote from my father.  We heard it often, my brother and myself.  Mom was mentally ill, but I didn’t know until I was much older.  As a child she used to dress in the finest designer clothing, wore expensive jewellery from the most expensive jewellery store in town, even the car she drove had to be luxury.  She loved to throw fancy parties to impress the upper crest of our town.  My father worked very hard as a manager of a men’s clothing store to provide for all her desires.  I don’t know how he did it, but I suspect he had some connections with the mafia.  He used to go on a lot of buying trips for the store and he usually came back with a terrifying story about what happens when you cross the mafia.  All that mattered to my mother was how people saw her and how her children looked and behaved in public.  However, behind closed doors it was a very different story.  She used to tell me she wished I’d died at birth and that my father never wanted me.  If we weren’t constantly telling her how much we loved her and lavishing her with gifts, she would threaten to kill herself.  Often, before I left for school that day, she would pull me aside and whisper in my ear how I was going to find her dead when I returned home.  I used to beg her not to leave me, but when I was a teen, sometimes I just gave up.  Then I started thinking maybe I should kill myself to show her someone had the guts to do it.  It’s twisted thinking I know, but it was my normal.

Kim> Yep, I recall reading that about her and her threats as well. In all honesty, as I read and noticed her love for ‘fine things’ and ‘extravagance’ I wondered if she was Bipolar? I gravitated to this as myself I am finishing off a  thriller ( current one),  with a very seriously mentally ill lady and had to research different mental illnesses, this characteristic of ‘up and down’ and extravagance from what I understand is a Bipolar trait. I would be very interested in seeing the story you wrote about your Mum, as I read it felt like there was so much more to her…then there was! I won’t spoil it for the readers who wish to read your work.

What made you feel James was dead?

Easy, I have certain abilities you might say, and I could just feel he wasn’t on this earth anymore.

Kim> Say no more, I know exactly what you are referring to. Thanks for confirming what I was thinking!

Your relationship with religion and spirituality these days, has it changed, or do you still maintain Catholic views?

Today, I refer to myself as a “recovering Catholic.”  I have a strong faith in God, but I was abused in Catholic school for six years.  No love lost there, and I hated what they did to me, but I’m still very spiritual.

Kim> Good to hear you’ve not lost faith, in whatever form God resonates to you.

In 1975 aged 15 you had a very clear out of body experience, and then you encountered the red -haired nurse, who we know dd not work at the hospital. I found this so touching, would you mind telling us about any other out of body or even spiritual experiences you’ve had?

Oh wow, lots and lots.  I had a dream about my grandma after I was raped in college.  I was a mess and feeling a bit suicidal myself.  I was in a very bad state of mind.  I had just told my parents about the rape. With encouragement from my brother we went together to tell our parents.  All mom said was, you’re lying, that never happened.”  I was going through so much when one night my grandma appeared in my dream.  I know it was a visit because of how my father reacted when I told him about my dream.  When I shared my dream with my father, he turned a bit white when I described what she was wearing.  She was buried in the blue suit she wore when she married her second husband.  I had just described it perfectly down to the cameo brooch and black patent leather shoes.  Another time, I had a dream about my father-in-law running through a field of flower blooms that were bigger than his head, some were even taller than he was.  In my dream I was looking down at him watching him frolic happily through the meadow.  I’ve never seen him this giddy before.  He was even giggling.  After a while I said, “Joe, what are you doing down there.”  He replied, “isn’t this the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen?”  What really amazed me were the colours.  The flowers were incredibly colourful and the hill he was running toward was the greenest green I’d ever seen.  It was beautiful and the colours were incredibly vivid.  In the middle of my dream my husband woke me to say he’d just gotten a call to let us know his father had passed away.  I had the near-death out-of-body experience at the age of 15 from a kidney infection.  I floated up to the corner of the room and hovered there.  I felt like I was sitting on a cloud bouncing up and down.  It was awesome, I didn’t want to leave, and I certainly didn’t want to go back inside my body.  I was completely out of pain and I felt a serenity like I’d never experienced before.  I felt someone put two rather large hands on my back and push me back into my body.  It felt like I was hitting a brick wall at around 100 mph. It was excruciatingly painful as well.  What’s remarkable is the fact that when I left my body, so did my illness.  I was facing needing a kidney transplant someday and my kidneys were completely healed.  A year later, exactly to the day, I saw my first spirit.  He was a civil war soldier standing in my living room looking straight into my eyes.  He was very handsome, and I could see he was very proud to be a soldier.  I was frozen in place, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, yet I knew it was a spirit.  Life has never been the same since.

Kim>Wow, this stuff fascinates me I’m serious. A few years ago I read a book called ‘ The Other Side’ about people who experienced exchanges with the spirit world, and out of body experiences. I deeply believe in all of this and that we do have such things as Spirit Guides, I could talk about it forever! Thanks for sharing.

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

I’m going to write a sequel to Why She Lied.  This one is going to be about religious reform schools, and it will tell more about Detective Joe and myself working in Washington, D.C.  I’m going to write a series in this genre.  My favourite genre is paranormal and I’m writing in this genre now.

Kim> Noooo! Really I would really love to read them when they are released. Detective Joe seems like a cool guy too. I also enjoy paranormal, but I guess that is no surprise either based on the above.

What has been your most proud moment as an author?

Just this last Sunday I received a message.  It was from Readers’ Favourite International Book Awards contest.  I was informed that I won the bronze medal in the psychological thriller category for my book.  I’m still on cloud nine and very much in shock.  It blew me away and I couldn’t be prouder.

Kim> Whoop whoop! Go you, I don’t know about you when it comes to awards but just the nomination messes me up with excitement I’m happy to just be thought of, let alone win it. Good for you, this is a clear sign to keep writing in this genre. Well done. Hey… you better add ‘award winning author’ to your bio now… hurry up, have you done it? Good.

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 love your personality!  I would have to say my biggest word I struggle with is the word “than” or is it, “then?”  Forget it, I’m finding another word.  I love to turn to google, it helps me a lot.

Kim> Haha, yeah! ‘Than and then’. I can see why you’d pick this word. Oh wait here’s another one peak, piqued, or peek. I realised my errors of use with these words a couple years back, it was a pain in my ass! But now, after searching through 90,000 words to find my typos I will never miss use this word…or allow anyone else to!

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?

1. Write for yourself, by that I mean write what you enjoy reading.    Hire a professional book cover artist and a good editor.  3.  Don’t sweat the reviews as much as I do.  I swear I’ve considered re-writing my books over bad reviews more times than (there’s that word again) I would admit.  Reviews are subjective and not everyone is going to love your book just like not everyone is going to like you.  Take the constructive criticism to make yourself a better writer and move on.

Kim> Don’t and I mean DON’T REWRITE, for what, for who? Don’t do it for them not people who want to leave reviews that are not that positive. Lady… you’re an award winner for the same thing they read! There are people who do like what you wrote,  I did too and your award shows it and that you must keep writing as you have been.

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

My next book is called Haunted.  It’s a long way from being finished but I try to work on it every day.  It’s about my abilities and what it’s like to live in a haunted house and is filled with my own personal experiences with the spirit world.

So… where can we get your books?

My books are exclusively sold on Amazon in the United States.

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

I read every single review.  I don’t cry anymore over the bad ones but I’m sure I still get sad when someone doesn’t like my book.  I had a bad review for my first book which was about my abusive childhood and it was titled, “poor you.”  I thought that was a bit much!  I think we live in a time where people can say the cruellest things behind the anonymity of the internet.  It’s hard to take some of the bad reviews but I try to find something positive in all of them.  If someone writes a comment that can help me improve then I appreciate them for it, even if it was negative.  I’ve received some of the best reviews as well.  I’ve had people say it’s the best book they’ve ever read and just rave about how brave I was to write it.  Want to hear a little secret?  It was never my idea to write a book.  I went to see a medium because I needed help with my abilities.  She is the one who told me I needed to write.  She told me I had some incredible stories to share and when she told me I could really help others, that’s when I decided to seriously think about writing.  I found out by accident I love to write.  I still get terrified to read a new review, but I won’t let it stop me.  I will just try to improve with each and every book.

Kim> *pulls Julie in close* I’ll say it again, you’re an award winner. Save the tears

Awww girl, forget them reviews okay! Be positive keep going.

What was your hardest scene to write?

Hands down, the part about my abortion.

How long on average does it take you to write a book? My first book took me two years, my second took a little over a year.

I think my third won’t even take a year.  I think I’m getting faster with each book.

Kim> You should participate in NANWMO ( National Novel Writing Month) Google it, starts November the next one.

What would you like readers to know?

I genuinely care. I write my books to lead a movement toward positive change.  I sincerely want to help others end the cycle of abuse in their own families.  I want to shine a light on human trafficking and put an end to it once and for all.  I hope I gave it a big enough voice so it can finally come to an end.  This is so disturbing, and most people are shocked when they learn how close it really is to home.  My son-in-law works in law enforcement and he deals with this every single day.  People don’t realize what an epidemic it truly is.

What’s your favourite movie?

Pretty Woman

What’s your favourite book and why?

That’s a tough one. I used to read a lot as a child because it helped me to escape my life.  Then I grew up, stopped reading and recently started up again.  I don’t really have a favourite book.  I love everything paranormal, so I read a lot of Stephen King.  I loved Nancy Drew when I was a child.

What music do you like?

Rock and Roll

Kim> aww there’s a surprise.

Where would you like to travel to and why?

England of course!  I’ve never been out of the US.

Kim> Haha! Okay, to my ‘Home Town’.

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

My first thought was yes, I’d give myself a loving mother. However, without her I wouldn’t have written a book or had the ability to share my story and possibly help others.  I believe if what I went through could help another person with a similar circumstance, it makes all the hell I went through worth it.

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

Longevity.

Kim>Amen to that.

Thank you, Kim for allowing me the chance to fill out this very thought- provoking interview.  The questions were wonderful, and I could tell you really spent a lot of time applying them toward my book.  For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I sincerely appreciate you!  Your friend from across the pond,

Julie

 Kim<You’re welcome Julie…

Connect with Julie here

JULIE COONS lives in a small town in Oregon. THIS DOES NOT LEAVE THIS HOUSE was her debut memoir. Amy’s bookshelf reviews awarded it the #1 position for top 10 books of 2018. Her second book WHY SHE LIED is based on a true story. Her books are written to lead a movement toward positive change. She tells the stories of her life with honesty and strength.

Julie Coons: https://juliecoons.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/juliecoonsauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JulieCoons1

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Throwback Thursday!> Who Remembers This One From 2002??

Ahhh, I just love old school music, and it features a lot in the stories I write.  I can’t even remember the last time I posted a musical throwback Thursday. So, I’m kicking off with the late, great MJ. This song I have always loved, however it’s meant more to me these last few months, when it came on the radio my heart flipped. I dedicate it to a’certain man’ who has managed to capture my heart!!  I feel like I am 18 all over again LOL. The courus is for  you!

Let’s all two step dance, and think about that special person in your heart this Thursday, as we step back to 2002 with MJ’s beautiful song ‘butterflies.’

Anyone wanna BETA read three chapters?

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Do you like romantic suspense, do you like being transported to different locations around the word? What about historical settings? Check?… okay that’s good I am looking for BETA readers who would be interested in reading say just the first three chapters of my novel I wrote ,( before my most recent one now) for general feedback.  I’m not looking for editing, I made some revisions on request and just want to see what the general feel is now I have made them and wish to return the manuscript back out to the world.

Interested send me a message right here>  Yep, I’m up for that Kim send the pages over.

Serious Question For All Writers> What’s Your View /Experience on Paid Submissions?

 

Morning all… just looked at the time it’s like 12.45 a.m my time! Got a little engrossed this evening in work. I have a serious question for anyone who classes themselves as a writer. Have you ever paid for a submission? Be it to a publisher, contest, agent whatever does not matter. I have never done it, and really never considered it, but I have one work in progress I am thinking of taking a chance on paid submission.  What’s your view or experience with this? Drop a comment with your personal view and experience, or vote I’d really love to know what the general feel is about this.

I’ll be honest,  have said before today that ‘I think that we (writers) should never pay to have work read, after all if we get a deal they ( publisher /agent/ whoever) get their pockets lined from us anyway! And us sending out work to a certain person, they should feel pretty lucky, not charge us a reading or contest fee etc!’…. BUT now I am wondering if I had it all wrong??… The mind boggles, someone enlighten me on your view or experience.

 

 

Non Fiction Book Review> ‘Every Love’ by Jann Doe 5 stars @JannDoe1 @Shalini_G26 #beautiful

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Kim’s Review 5 Heart Felt Stars

I don’t often get a chance to dive into non-fiction, but I do enjoy this genre a lot to read.  I really enjoyed stumbling across this poet’s blog, and honoured  she allowed me to read her work! And to be part of her book tour for her new release.  I found her poetry to be very diverse, honest, blunt, some of them a little steamy too. It is hard to review poetry according to the same criteria as genre fiction work, in-fact it’s impossible! But this anthology of poetry receives 5 full stars from me, there  are just over fifty I read and I very much enjoyed reading all of them. I felt like Jann Doe bared her soul to the world and look forward to reading more. Well done Jann Doe.

 

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Love can be wholesome,

Healthy and pure.

It can also be deadly,

Of this I am sure.

I’ve experienced many,

I’ve opened my door.

Of all the love that I’ve held

There’s one thing I know,

Ain’t no one has loved

Quite like me… Jann Doe.

 

EVERY LOVE is a collection of poetry covering my own experiences in love. From abuse, to affair, to healthy commitment, I’ve experienced the dynamics of love… even suicide has played a part. The name ‘Jann Doe’ is to protect myself and my family from my own mistakes and history, given the parts of me that love has touched.

 

SAMPLE POEM FROM EVERY LOVE

 

*See You*

 

What is this burn,

This terrible stab,

My heart stuck,

It steps back,

Too shocked to beat,

I shrink when I see you,

My first heavy blow,

Of life, and of men,

But how could I know,

Should’ve listened,

Could’ve ran,

But for you I stood ground,

And for what,

To see you and her, hand in hand?

Author Bio:

Jann Doe is a poet who recognizes and accepts her authenticity as a woman, and encourages other women to do the same. Everyone has their burdens to carry, their flaws to accept, and their strengths to pride themselves on. Jann’s goal as a poet is to speak out on behalf of other women across the globe to love themselves for who they truly are. No one is perfect, nor should we be. It’s imperative that we as women accept ourselves, and live for tomorrow… not by ignoring our past but by learning from it, and growing because of it.

 

LINKS:

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45682047-every-love?from_search=true

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/EVERY-LOVE-Poetically-Journey-Through-ebook/dp/B07QWPWX74/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Every+Love+Jann+Doe&qid=1560619140&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Author Blog:

https://iamjanndoe.wordpress.com/

Twitter Handle:

@JannDoe1

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Meet The Author + giveaway!: Charlie Laidlaw @claidlawauthor @RRBookTours1 @AccentPress

With pleasure, let’s get to know Charlie, I am reading his work at the moment so far, very different from what I expected but I am enjoying it! It’s rather nice to connect with a fellow British author….. he’s from Scotland, but you know what I mean he’s from my neck of the woods.

Thank  you to R and R Book Tours for my review copy and the chance to interview Charlie.

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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, Kim, and nice to meet you too.  I’m from the west of Scotland, although I now live in the east of Scotland.  In between, I worked as a journalist in London.  Away from writing, I teach creative writing.

Kim: Oh cool, London my home town that’s interesting. Scotland though? It’s a bit chilly for me up north. 

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

I don’t think there was any inspiration behind it.  It was just something I realised I could do.  If I realised I could work with wood, I would have become a carpenter.

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

Too many to mention, living and dead.  Paul Gallico probably inspired me as a child, the likes of Hemingway and Fay Weldon came later.  Since then, many, many writers.  The important thing is to keep reading and discovering new voices.

What genre do you enjoy reading?

Literary fiction.

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

It didn’t really.  I think you have to learn to be true to what you’re writing, and that shouldn’t change whether you’ve written one or a hundred books.

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

No, no series.  I’ve written three stand-alone books that all just happen to be set in my part of Scotland.

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

I thought about linking them in subtle ways, but decided against.  Anne Tyler is a good example, with her books set in the same part of the USA, but completely unrelated to one another.

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

I’m writing a children’s book and a friend of mine is doing the illustrations.  So, who knows where that might lead?

Kim: Wonderful, that’s a totally different talent all together capturing a very  young reader. All the best.

What has been your most proud moment as an author?

I think just being published.  It was an ambition for a long time, so it was an ambition fulfilled.

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

Every day – still.  But I’ve just bought an Apple Mac so it would be a very expensive bout of frustration.

Kim:*giggles* yeah, I’d think twice about that one.

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

Plotter.  I can let the story unfold in strange ways, but I have plot and storylines mapped.

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

I love creative writing, and the unusual ways that an author can express themself.  But I hate bad grammar.

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 hate my new Apple Mac keyboard with a vengeance – every second word has a typo in.  Can’t get the hang of it at all.  So, basically, virtually every word.

What three tips would you give any aspiring writer?

Learn your trade.  It’s like becoming a lawyer or a plumber.  You have to understand things like plot and character, the nuances of time and place, the use of adjectives and adverbs.  Then, take advice, show your stuff to people whose opinions matter to you.  Don’t try to do the journey on your own.

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

A third book set in rural Scotland, entitled Love Potions and Other Calamities.  Out on November 6th.

So… where can we get your books?

That depends where you are, but always on Amazon.

What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?

I must confess I don’t know the answer to that!

Kim: Me neither, my confession is that’s why I always ask!

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

Good question, and I don’t know!  I suppose I would like to be able to write full time on the back of what I can make financially.  But, what’s nice is to have my books critically well received – so that’s a realistic notion of success.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

Probably hurts them, because big egos get in the way of humility which, I believe, all good writers have.  Good writers don’t have false ideas of their own talent.  Bad writers with big egos have  unreasonable ideas of their worth.

Kim: Awww it’s a fine line we tread Charlie. You’ve got to have confidence though.

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

I probably do spend a lot of time on research, but that’s just a reflection of the books I’ve written up to now.  Other projects I’m working on are taking very little research.

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

I don’t mind bad reviews because not everyone will like my books.  But what I don’t like are reviews, good or bad, where the reviewer has obviously skimmed through my book, and didn’t “get” the main themes.

The only advice I would give to book bloggers is not to get bogged down with huge reading challenges.  Simply take the time to enjoy a book, and to enjoy reading at a reasonable pace.

What was your hardest scene to write?

I don’t write anything graphic or violent, and I would have trouble writing that kind of thing.

Do you Google yourself?

Surprisingly not!

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

I’m friends with a number of authors, and we are all supportive of one another.  I’m not sure that we help each other become better writers, because we’re all writing in different genres.  But it’s nice having writery semi-colleagues.

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

From one to five years.

What would you like readers to know?

About me?  I’m a very nice person who likes paella, Greece, whisky (obviously), and white wine.

Kim: Haha haha…. okay, noted.

What’s your favourite movie?

I have no idea…but I watched Splash for the first time in years recently, and really enjoyed it.

What’s your favourite book and why?

I can’t really answer that but the book that probably had the greatest influence was Paul Gallico’s Jenny.  It’s a children’s book that doesn’t shy away from death…I found it wonderful and sad, and was my portal from children’s books to more adult books.

What music do you like?

Virtually anything!

Where would you like to travel to and why?

I took a year off some time ago and travelled round the world, visiting countries such as Syria and the Lebanon – the latter of which was still in the throes of civil war.  I’ve therefore seen places in pain and in poverty.

My favourite overseas country is Greece and, maybe, I’d like to visit every Greek island and then, like Lawrence Durrell, write about them.

Tell us about how you develop your characters?

They really develop themselves.  I talk to them, listen to them, flesh them out bit by bit.  I hope my characters come across as real because, first, they must be absolutely real to me.

Which one of your characters is your favourite and why?

Whoever I’m writing about!

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

Probably a good imagination is more important!

Kim: *giggles* ya know, just last week I was talking to my co-author, we were talking about  ‘girly’ stuff nothing major but in response to something I said about a guy I know, she said to me ‘Kim, OMG you’ve got a dirty mind!! S*ht.’ What I said was nothing ( in my mind) bad.   I cracked up, my response was ‘ yeah, I’m a romance writer don’t forget’…. maybe a ‘dirty mind’ helps too 🙂

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

I would have taken my own advice and learned my trade sooner.  A lot of blind alleys could have been avoided!

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

Both, equally.

Thank you Charlie! It was wonderful to connect with you. I will keep making my way through your book and review as soon as I can…. I don’t want to ‘skim’ I want to enjoy!

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The Space Between Time

Expected Publication Date: June 20th, 2019

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Dark Comedy

There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth…

Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist.

But as her seemingly charmed life begins to unravel, and Emma experiences love and tragedy, she ultimately finds solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe.

The Space Between Time is humorous and poignant and offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.

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Timescale for a Closed Universe

It wasn’t an afternoon that I like to remember, and not just because of my shrieking tantrum. Once I’d calmed down, Mum told me I’d been very silly, because it was all make-believe on a cinema screen. I reminded her that she’d cried when Bambi’s mum died, and that was a film and a cartoon. Mum said that it wasn’t the same thing at all. But I wasn’t being silly because I wasn’t old enough to know the difference between pretence and reality.

Dad had looked pretty dead on the screen. The blood on his chest had looked pretty real. If it had been a different dead person, I would have been OK. Children don’t really know where make-believe ends and the real world begins and, partly because of who I am, it’s remained pretty hazy ever since. I also don’t like to remember that film because it was the moment when I realised that our lives were about to change, and I didn’t know if that would be a good thing.

Sounds strange, yes? Here’s something stranger: I am a child of the sea, I sometimes think, and have done ever since we first moved to live beside it. I feel subject to its vagaries and tempers, with its foaming margins framed against a towering sky. I am familiar with its unchanging mood swings. That’s how I like things; I find the familiar comforting. I find change threatening.

I am the daughter of someone who, not long after that ghastly cinema outing, became one of the most famous actors of his generation and, importantly for me, the granddaughter of a rather brilliant but obscure physics professor. But despite their overachievements, I have inherited no aptitude for mathematics and my father positively hated the idea of his only offspring following in his thespian footsteps. He knew how cruel and badly paid the profession could be. But I still look up to my grandfather, and think of his ludicrous moustache with affection.

Gramps once told me that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on Earth. Just think of all those sandpits, beaches and deserts! That’s an awful lot of stars. He then told me, his only grandchild, that I was his shining star, which was a nice thing to say and why I remember him talking about sand and stars. On clear nights, with stars twinkling, I often think about him.

I still believe in my grandfather, and admire his stoic acceptance in the face of professional disdain, because I believe in the unique power of ideas, right or wrong, and that it’s our thoughts that shape our existence. We are who we believe ourselves to be.

I gave up believing in my father long ago, because speaking other people’s words and ideas seemed like a lame excuse for a job, even if he was paid millions, and met the Queen on several occasions. She must have liked him because she awarded him an OBE for services to film, theatre and charity. Charity! Who the hell told the Queen that?

I stopped believing in him one Christmas Day, a long time ago, when he simply didn’t turn up. It wasn’t his presents that I missed, or even his presence, but the warm, fuzzy feeling of being important to him. During that day of absence and loss I concluded that his wife and daughter couldn’t much matter to him, otherwise he’d have made a bigger effort to get home. That Christmas Day, my father was simply somewhere else, probably in a bar, immaculately dressed, his hair slicked back, the object of male envy and the centre of every woman’s attention for miles around.

In that respect, Dad was more tomcat than father, except that by then his territory, his fame, stretched around the globe. I know this: by then he had a Golden Globe to prove it. He gushed pheromones from every pore, squirting attraction in every direction, and even women with a poor sense of smell could sniff him out.

I feel mostly Scottish, but am a little bit Italian. It explains my name, Emma Maria Rossini; my dark complexion, black hair, the slightly long nose, and thin and lanky body. Obese I am not, and will never be, however much pasta I eat, and I eat lots. It also explains my temper, according to some people, although I don’t agree with them, and my brown cow’s eyes, as an almost-boyfriend once described them, thinking he was paying me a compliment, before realising that he had just become an ex-almost-boyfriend.

But mostly I am a child of the sea. That’s what happens if you live for long enough by its margins: it becomes a part of you; its mood echoing your mood, until you know what it’s thinking, and it knows everything about you. That’s what it feels like when I contemplate its tensile strength and infinite capacity for change. On calm flat days in North Berwick, with small dinghies marooned on the glassy water, and loud children squealing in its shallows, it can make me anxious and cranky.

The sea, on those days, seems soulless and tired, bereft of spirit. But on wilder days, the beach deserted, or with only a hardy dog-walker venturing across the sand, with large waves thundering in, broaching and breaking, then greedily sucking back pebbles into the foam, I feel energised: this is what the sea enjoys, a roaring irresponsibility, and I share in its pleasure. We are all children of the sea, I sometimes think, or we should be – even those who have never seen an ocean or tasted its saltiness; I can stand for hours and contemplate its far horizons, lost within myself, sharing its passion. In the Firth of Forth is the ebb and flow of my past and my existence, wrapped tight against the west wind. It is what I am, placid and calm, or loud and brash.

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I was born in Paisley, central Scotland, which wasn’t my fault. That week, Eddie Calvert with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra were Top of the Pops, with Oh, Mein Papa, as sung by a young German woman remembering her once-famous clown father. That gives a clue to my age, not my musical taste.

I was brought up in the west of Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. I still have the scroll, but it’s in Latin, so it could say anything.

I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist. I started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics. I interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened me with legal action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, I was ordered out of Greece.

I then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19 countries. Highlights included being threatened by a man with a gun in Dubai, being given an armed bodyguard by the PLO in Beirut (not the same person with a gun), and visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave in Samoa. What I did for the rest of the year I can’t quite remember

Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was back then. However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like vodka martini.

Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize, and I’ve still to listen to Oh, Mein Papa.

I am married with two grown-up children and live in central Scotland. And that’s about it.

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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.

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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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