Thursday, June 25, 2015

I HAVE A QUESTION, SO LET'S CHAT, SHALL WE?

Okay, who doesn't enjoy an awesome mystery or an edge of the seat thriller? I know that I do.  I have been a fan of mysteries since my first "Nancy Drew" novel decades ago.  I remember begging my mom and dad for more books for my tenth birthday.  As I got older, I moved on to Victoria Holt and Daphne du Maurier. For a while I got out of the mystery genre and went totally to Medieval romance. Not a bad change, but when I truly want something to take me away from everyday troubles, I will go for the serial killer on the loose type of book in a Georgia second!
So, when you find an author you love who writes suspense, do you want to read about the main characters in different scenarios in different books such as Eve and Roarke in J.D. Robb's "Death Series" or would you prefer to have secondary characters from the first book to take over in subsequent books, with a different hero and heroine every time, like Karen Rose?
I actually like both ways, but I'm curious as to what you like.  You can let me know by leaving a comment and if you would tell me why you prefer which method. Also, just click on the button for the poll at the top of this page!  
Hugs, God bless, and happy reading!



Saturday, June 20, 2015

JUST SO YOU KNOW...

To whom it may concern: I HAVE BEEN WRITING! I am so thrilled to actually have managed to work up a schedule that works.  What I mean is I can keep to it. As many of you know authors are a split group.  Some work from home and some have outside jobs.
There are some who would say working from home is easy, that it is a piece of cake compared to a job in a outside environment. However, I have author friends who do work from home and it is hard work! Balancing a family, obligations, and housework in order to be able to write is not always easy.
I work outside the home, and I can tell you finding the time to do anything when I'm home has been hard.  But with this new schedule I can take care of my full and part time jobs and still be able to write!  Now when school starts back I will have to revise that schedule, but I am firm in my commitment to keep writing! I owe it to my fans and to myself!
This is something I have prayed about and I feel that with God's guidance it will happen! I love to write, I have been making up stories in my head since I was a small child. In the sixth grade, the librarian at my school told me I could and should be a writer. It has always been my desire to write and be published. And now I have the best of one of my dreams. I can daydream and put it on paper without feeling guilty.
So, if you have been salivating for something new from me, just be patient a bit longer. 
Hugs and God's blessings on you all!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

PLEASE MAKE WELCOME THE INTRIGUING AND LOVELY KYANN WATERS!

Kyann is one of the most talented and kind authors I know. She always has time for her fans! I was totally thrilled to have her come on my blog!
First, please tell us a bit about yourself?
I live in Utah and have been married more than half my life, and have two sons. I hate to be idle so I have lots of hobbies.
How old were you when you first knew you wanted to write?
Young, elementary school, but what I wanted to write changes a lot over the years. At one point I wrote poetry and even had the opportunity to work on greeting cards.
You write a hot as heck erotic story, did you plan to write erotic as your primary genre?
No, in fact I wrote mainstream romance for years. It was Jan of 2006 when I first decided to publish one of the many novels I’d written. Friends and family had read them but I’d never believed the stories were good enough for publication. I went to my first small RWA chapter conference in February, met and signed with an agent in March and had my first contract in April of that same year. It wasn’t until I met an erotic romance writer, who shared with me her style, that I was tempted to the naughty side of writing.
What type of research do you have to do for this genre?
Um, well, not what some might think. I read several erotic books to find where I want to fit in with the heat scale. At the time, Ellora’s Cave was the place to be in erotic romance, so I wrote to the level that they were publishing.
If you decided to write something different, what would it be? 
I don’t have any limitations now. If a story develops for me, I write it. My current works in progress are a Contemporary BDSM and a sexy mainstream Scottish Historical.
What is the most favorite of the books you have written?  Characters?
Super easy for this one. I am in love with Theron, the master vampire from my Blood Slaves books. He’s in all three books. You’ll hate him in Ice Man, begin to like him in Iron Man, and fall in love with him in Dark Man. These stories are currently unavailable. They were with a publisher but I have since had my rights to publication returned. So look for them to be coming back out late this year.
What do you have coming down the road next?
Submitting to the Cowboy’s Command will be out later this year, and hopefully the Scottish Historical will also be out later this year. I have received rights back on about a dozen books, so those are getting a new cover, a few tweaks and will be out soon! 

If you could change anything about your work, what would it be?
That I would have more time for writing. It seems when the stories are running through my mind, I’m somewhere where I can’t write. And when I have the time to sit down and write, the motivation and muse aren’t with me. LoL. So I do what I can.
Do you feel like the erotic genre is here to stay?  And if so, why?
Absolutely. And I think mainstream romance and fiction are more accepting of hot sex and more edgy language in the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
Historical, New Adult, suspense. Doesn’t matter. Just give me a good book. And I love to read cookbooks.
Do you have any advice you would like to give to unpublished authors?
Writing is pleasure, publishing is work, so don’t forget why you started this writing journey. It’s about the story and feeding your author soul. Always write for yourself.
And is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
Thank you. Thank you for the wonderful emails, the reviews, and the support all these years.
To find a list of my books, just click here!
KyAnn Waters
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Friday, June 12, 2015

PLEASE MAKE WELCOME THE FABULOUS AND TALENTED AUTHOR, GINI RIFKIN!

I have long been a fan of this talented lady who is way more braver than I am when it comes to experiencing life!  Her books take you up close and personal to places I can only imagine!


Please tell us a bit about yourself!


Hi Faith, and thank you for inviting me to your blog today. I was born and raised in Illinois, but have lived in beautiful Colorado for over forty years. I live on a little patch of land, and I take in abandoned farm animals. Currently my Noah’s Ark is shared by two ducks, a goose, two rabbits, two goats, two donkeys and three cats. Having been raised with only a hamster and a small dog, it’s been quite an amazing learning experience.
How old were you when you knew you wanted to be an author? 
I think the desire was always there subconsciously, waiting to be born. I had diaries as a young girl and wrote poetry almost as soon as I knew what to do with a pencil and paper. I can’t imagine, or remember, not writing.
I noticed that the first books you have had published through The Wild Rose Press are historicals.  Has this been a genre you've always wanted to write?  And if so, why?
In Illinois, we lived near Blackhawk State Park, and I think my love for history started when my folks would take us there. Then as I grew older and began reading romance novels I went for the knights in shining armor. But I find many types of history interesting, so I guess it naturally followed I would begin my writing journey with historicals.
What type of research do you do when you write historical?
I do a lot of it, and I love it. It leads me down many interesting paths, often times offering a twist to my stories I didn’t see coming. I use the internet of course, a wonderful convenience compared to driving to the library, as we did in the old days! And I have a fairly large collection of research books on English history and the American West. My husband and I also did Mountain Man re-enacting for many years so I have hands-on experience for that era.  I was getting pretty good at the frying pan toss and the tomahawk throw.
Where do you come up with your plot lines and your characters?
Just about anything can trigger a storyline for me. The Dragon and the Rose came from a picture on a calendar, Iron Heart because I always wondered who wrote Beowulf, Lady Gallant because I was interested in Florence Nightingale and the Crimean war. And Special Delivery came about when I was asked to write a short story involving a letter. Ideas are lurking everywhere.
Do you have a favorite character from one of your books?
Well now, that’s like asking a mother who’s your favorite child, but I suppose it would be Josephine Posey from Lady Gallant. I hope I would be as brave and resourceful under the same circumstances. And as for heroes, I love them all for different reasons.
And have you ever based a character on a real life person?
My stories offer cameo appearances by William II, Florence Nightingale, Alfred the Great, and Samuel Colt, to name a few, but all main characters are fictional.  Of course, there is a bit of my husband in each hero.
You are now in the process of finalizing the last few details of a new book, that book is out of the norm for your historicals and westerns.  Care to tell us what prompted you to write a fantasy?

No one was more surprised than I. My two medieval romances have a touch of fantasy, however, and the Tarot is featured in A Cowboy’s Fate, so these elements are not unfamiliar to me. It really wasn’t as huge leap as it may seem. I believe faeries and dragons and magic must have commonly existed at some time, or I don’t think we would have all the wonderful tales, myths, and legends to which we cling to today. 
Now, please tell us how you came up with the concept for your Fae Warriors series featuring " Solace" the first of a triplet of female warriors and the character analysis for Solace herself.
It all started when I purchased a statue by Nene Thomas. It features a faerie dressed in armor, carrying a spear, riding a horse, a sleek snow leopard at their feet. She looked the epitome of beauty and strength. Because she was on a horse I pictured her as six feet tall and nobody's flower faerie. Other than the color of their hair, their weapon of choice, and the type of man their looking for, the sisters are identical. I think Solace, the middle sister, is the most in-tune with modern day Earth, so I started with her.
Can your fans expect you to go back to your roots of writing historicals?
Yes, I have one western near completion, and outlines for more.
What type of advice would you give a wannabe published author?
The best advice I received was “as soon as you finish one book start the next.” I’m a learn by doing type of person, each manuscript has taught me something about the craft of writing. Read what you’d like to write, take classes whether in person, on-line, or self-taught. And most of all, believe in yourself—never let age or other people’s opinions determine your dreams.
Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
Yes, THANK YOU. Fans are a beautiful gift, much sought after and greatly appreciated. Knowing you are out there inspires me to keep writing. 


Friday, May 29, 2015

NOW FOR SOME EXCITING NEWS FOR THOSE WHO...


Do not have a copy of "Kensington's Soul" the first book in my "Bound By Blood, The Legends" series, here is your chance to add it to your Kindle library.  It is set in Savannah, Georgia, and has quite a collection of vamps and human characters.  And for those who are familiar with Mark Johnson, a dynamite cover model and most talented singer and musician, it is his handsome face on the cover!

 

From May 29th, yes that is today, through June 12th Kensington's Soul is on sale, ARE YOU READY? for $.99 cents! 
So, don't walk but run to your nearest iPad, iPhone, Computer, Kindle, and even your Android phone, and download your copy today! 

And as always, drop me a line at faithvsmith@aol.com and let me know what you think!   


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

TODAY'S THE DAY! YOU CAN NOW PURCHASE YOUR COPY OF SOUL OF A WARRIOR!

EXCERPT

VIKING, GO HOME

“If ye do not quit thrashing around, woman, I will not be responsible for taking you.”
“Taking me where?”
“Thor’s hammer, I meant as a man takes a woman.”
Raven didn’t have to see the blush on her face—she could feel it. The man must think her bonkers to not know what he meant. She could only blame it on an overprotected childhood and a desire to start and keep her career moving.
Mortified beyond belief, she tried again to escape. Her hand brushed something hard against her thigh. Her gaze caught and then fell into dark silver spheres staring back at her.
Before she could open her mouth, his lips locked on hers, the covers disappeared, and a firm but gentle hand found and then slid under her gown. Her breath caught, held, and then released into his warm mouth as his fingers climbed higher. His tongue swirled deeper and taunted her until she reciprocated.
Wulf’s foray to find and tease all her trigger points made Raven burn with need. Her hips rose off the mattress when his hand found her breast.
His mouth released hers. “Easy, Raven. There is so much more I want to do to you. I do not want to hurry and your need is reaching out to me too fast and too hot.”
“Too bad, Viking. You started this, so don’t complain to me if you can’t keep up.”  

SEMPER FI MAGICK

“Derek, I assume there’s a reason you ruined my song, and treated me like you were from the caveman era.”
“Why? You have to ask why?” Derek glared down at her. What was his problem?
“Are you dense as well as rude?” Cat slung back at him.
“Lady, you were this close to being booed off the stage for sounding like a scalded cat. Then you start acting like a stripper with an itch to scratch. This is a family restaurant. You can’t act that way in public.” The last of his tirade came out on a sigh. Cat looked, really looked, at his face. The lines around his eyes were deeper; he looked like he didn’t sleep enough.
Instead of the tongue-lashing she wanted to give him, she found herself reaching up and touching his face. “You need more sleep.”
As she watched, his green eyes turned darker. His previously stiff lips thinned into somewhat of a smile.
“Princess, you pull out all the stops.” He slid his arm around her and sat her on the back of the car. She liked it. This way she could look in his face without craning her neck.
“In what way?” She asked her question, curious as to what he meant by stops.
“You blow hot and then cold and then you look like a spitting cat and turn into a kitten who needs to be petted.” Derek just stared at her while she tried to figure out his words. For some reason she didn’t think he meant them derogatively. It seemed he was as confused by her as she was by him. Maybe her first estimate that he was just a snobby mortal was off base.
“I wouldn’t mind being petted by you.”




Sunday, April 19, 2015

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SOUL OF A WARRIOR OUT ON APRIL 29TH!