Author Update

sai.jpgSo, I’ve decided which manuscript (never before released) will be sent off to Blushing Books
next. Here’s a preview….
(WIP Rough Draft, Author Edition)

“Mm,” I moaned which only served to heighten his need. Stripping the rest of my clothing off my body he grabbed a jar from the nightstand beside the bed, and pulled out a brightly colored neon package, which appeared to be a condom. He no longer held control of himself.

He wanted me, and he was going to have me. There was no escaping it. He shifted his body to place the condom in appropriate positioning before He quickly plunged the length of his throbbing shaft deep inside my aching warmth. I screamed in anguish as my maidenhead ripped apart in one sudden thrust, but as he moved within me the pain resided slowly working itself into a rhythm that I could just not get enough of, “You like that, don’t you? You whore. Yeah, I knew you were a slut.” He said, slamming his body into mine harder, and harder with each pounding movement. His words stung, and hurt, but as he started to come more to life so did I.

A strange sensation began to burn within the root of my gums, and I suddenly had the strong urge to bite him. Yes, I wanted to bite him, and sink my teeth completely into the veins of his protruding muscly neck. A power surged within my blood; I felt fire in my veins. My heart felt as if it were going to beat right out of my chest, and suddenly he lowered his eyes to peer into mine, “What the fuck?” he gasped, “Your eyes, what the hell is wrong with them?”

#ForbiddenFantasies by Sai Marie

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I also wanted to let everyone know that I officially signed the contract to sell The Softer Side of Texas, and I will be revealing the release date, teasers and setting up blog opportunities for the much anticipated cover reveal!

 

Don’t forget to pick up Simply Scarlet on just in time for Valentine’s Day next

Monday

February 13, 2017

From Blushing Books

and

Author Sai Marie!

Author Spotlight on Lara Bernhardt

 

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First tell us a little bit about yourself, and who you are: My name is Lara Bernhardt and I live with my family in Oklahoma. I have 5 biological children, 3 step-children, and two doggies. I’m a life-long, avid reader and writer.
What are your ambitions for your writing career? Some day I would love for writing to be my full-time job.
Which writers inspire you? When I was younger, I read all the Stephen King and Dean Koontz books I could get my hands on. Their writing surely influenced me.
So, what have you written? During my college years, I wrote a number of papers published in science journals. My first award was for a short fiction piece, which took first place. Some of my poems have also won awards in writing contests. I contributed a novella to the Shine series (Cassandra). And now my full-length novel The Wantland Files has been published by Kindle Press.
(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Where can we buy or see them? Cassandra and The Wantland Files are available on amazon and in independent bookstores in the Oklahoma City area.
Who is your favorite character, and why? My favorite character to write was Kimberly Wantland – I had a rough year and found respite in writing about a celebrity with none of the issues I was dealing with. Plus, I enjoyed creating her abilities and imagining how she would interact with spirits.
What is your current project about, and when do you think it will be ready for the public? I am currently writing the second book in The Wantland Files series and I hope it will be ready in the next 6-9 months.
What genre do you write in? The Wantland Files is paranormal suspense. I also write women’s fiction but have not yet published those manuscripts.
How much research do you do? Writing paranormal suspense, I have the luxury of using my imagination a lot. But since Kimberly is a paranormal investigator, I research to insure that aspect of the books is believable.
Have you ever co-written any of your work? Though Cassandra belongs to a shared universe (Shine) I wrote the book entirely myself. I have not co-written anything.
When did you decide to become a writer? I have written stories as long as I can remember – even back in elementary school. And before that I made up bedtime stories for my little sister.
Why do you write? I love to read and immerse myself in a good story. Writing is similar, but I invent the story I immerse myself in. I write because I love it. I get grumpy if I go too long without writing.
Do you write full-time or part-time? Part-time, like most writers. I have lots of children and consequently lots of bills. Three of my children suffer from a chronic medical condition and that contributes to our stack of bills.
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when? How much I’m able to write depends on other demands on my time. I try to write something every day.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day? I don’t set a goal. When I have time to write, I make the most progress I can.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? I write longhand and then type it on my computer. Some days I simply write on the computer.
Where do you draw inspiration from? The Wantland Files is inspired some by The X-Files and Ghost Hunters. These stories also incorporate some interesting and unexplainable things I’ve experienced myself.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? I start with jotting down ideas, overall plot points, and character points. Then I outline. Then I start writing the story.
What do you think is the biggest challenge about writing, or that writers face? For me, the greatest challenge is finding time to write. And now that I’ve published, marketing the book.
How long on average does it take you to write a book? Including the initial preliminary work of researching and outlining, plus final work revising and editing, The Wantland Files took me a year and a half. I hope to cut that time some on subsequent manuscripts but it depends on time.
How do you handle Writer’s Block? I don’t much encounter writer’s block. I think outlining before writing helps combat this.
Do you have any techniques, or tips you would like to share on tackling Writer’s Block? The times I find myself needing help, I run a very hot bath and make a hot cup of tea. I think the lack of interruptions allows my imagination to take over. This technique has never failed me.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books? I will read books in any format. I just love a good story.
What book/s are you reading at present? Haunted by James Herbert and a book on marketing
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you? When I think I’m finished, I send my manuscripts to trusted readers for feedback. When I’ve revised as thoroughly as I possibly can, then I send it to an editor.
Tell us a little bit about your book covers: Did you design them, or have them designed? I used a cover designer but was very involved in the process.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process? “You can’t judge a book by its cover” is a nice saying but I think covers very much draw in readers (or don’t) and a good cover is vital to a book.
How are you publishing this book and why? Kindle Press accepted and published my eBook and I published the print edition myself.
(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
How do you market your books? I’m exploring a number of marketing options available. Primarily letting my publicist handle it for now, but taking notes for later as well.
Would you or do you use a PR agency? I am using a publicist’s services currently.
Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? Authors love to hear readers enjoyed their books, but not every book is for every person. Unfortunately, if people read your book, eventually someone will not care for it and leave a critical review.
Which social network works best for you? So far, Facebook has worked best for me.
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Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? I have a book release party coming up. I hope it will work.
Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
What do you think of “trailers” for books?
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s? One of my daughters offered to make a trailer for me, but she is a full time student and also works full time. So we will see if she’s able to do that.

Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days? Since I didn’t publish the book myself, promotional deals are out of my hands. But I do expect at some point to see a $.99 promo.
What is your favourite motivational phrase.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Plan ahead and be prepared to work hard for your book.
How can readers discover more about you and your work? My Facebook author page and my Amazon Author page will keep you updated on new releases.
Facebook:

Lara Bernhardt – Facebook
@Lara_Wells1
 Lara Bernhardt – Amazon Author Page
Wantland Files – US Amazon
Wantland Files – Amazon UK

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16308048.Lara_Bernhardt

Author Announcements

I am very excited to announce that Blushing Books Publications has now accepted my second manuscript and I will be releasing yet another new story to the public under their imprint very soon. Stay tuned to learn more as I am certain there will be plenty more development in my writing career. ❤

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I also wanted to announce that I will be at the Pieces of the Heart Release Party for an Author Takeover on February 16, 2017 at 10AM CST. This will be an online release party taking place at the following link:

Pieces of the Heart Release Party

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Also stay tuned because the cover reveal for my upcoming release from Blushing Books, Simply Scarlet, will be shown soon!

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day

Come meet your new book boyfriend, Jeremiah St. Clair.

He’s got class and he can kick some ass!

Watch for Simply Scarlet at Book Retailers Near You

February 13, 2017

Author Spotlight: Tabitha Black

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First tell us a little bit about yourself, and who you are:
My name is Tabitha Black. I’ve been writing ever since I could hold a pen, and had my first erotic romance novel published in 2005. I’ve never looked back.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Just to keep writing, and to keep making readers happy with what I put out there. Selling lots of books and making money is nice, but I started writing because I love it and because I love hearing from people that they enjoyed my stories.

Which writers inspire you?

There are way too many to list. From George Orwell to Roald Dahl, from Jilly Cooper to Stephen King and probably hundreds in between – all for different reasons. In my genre, I’d have to say that Carolyn Faulkner and Maren Smith have been my biggest inspirations, but since then, that list has also grown.

So, what have you written?

(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
The Abbeyville Way
Taken In Hand
Estelana
Educating Eva: Silverlake Priory Book 1
Summer Camp
Little Tudor Rose
Conquering Cassia
Fulfilling Her Fantasy (A Masters of the Castle novella)
Sharing Silver (A Masters of the Castle novel, Golden Flogger award nominee and winner of the SRR best ménage 2015)
Restraint: His Empire Book 1
Sapphire’s Surrender (A Red Petticoat Novel)
One For Luck (Confessions of a Spanking Author anthology)
Taken By The Enemy (Hero To Obey Military Box set – USA Today bestseller)

Where can we buy or see them?

All of them are available on Blushing Books, with the exception of Restraint, which is currently exclusive to Amazon. The rest are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and, in some cases, Kobo and iBooks.

Who is your favorite character, and why?

Oh, this is tricky. I don’t think I have a favorite. I’m a little bit in love/lust with all my heroes.
What is your current project about, and when do you think it will be ready for the public?
I’m currently working on several projects simultaneously… the current current one is a novella which will be released in January 2017; part of a dark fairytales set I’m doing with six amazing authors.

What genre do you write in?

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Erotic romance. The sub-genres have varied; historical, age-play, contemporary BDSM, Western, post-apocalyptic, dark erotica… but the hero is always strong and the scenes are always explicit.

How much research do you do?

It depends entirely on the genre. If it’s something I already know a lot about (like contemporary BDSM), I don’t need to do as much research as I do when I’m writing a historical book, for example.

Have you ever co-written any of your work?

I’m currently co-authoring my first one… not sure when it will be finished, though.

When did you decide to become a writer?

It was never a conscious decision. I was reading when I was three and writing when I was four. I started my first novel when I was seven years old. I never wanted to be anything else (even though I did have several other jobs in the meantime).

Why do you write?

Because I can’t not. It’s my life, and I love it.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

It depends… I’m also a managing editor for a romance publisher, and that’s what I’d call my ‘day job’. But when I have a big deadline, I write more than I edit. So it varies.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
As and when my schedule allows it.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

Only if I have a deadline. Then I’ll set myself a daily target, like 3k words per day as a minimum.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I write on my laptop with an extra wireless keyboard I enjoy typing on.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Everywhere. My own experiences, my own fantasies, films, books, music… I’m always surrounded by inspiration and sometimes it can come from the oddest places.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I usually start with a seed of an idea, get writing, and see where the characters take me. I only resort to an outline if I get horribly stuck; then I brainstorm ideas of what could happen next.

What do you think is the biggest challenge about writing, or that writers face?

It takes a tremendous amount of self-discipline, and it’s all too easy to be discouraged by negative reviews or other unpleasant feedback.

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

I wrote Sharing Silver in two weeks; others have taken me a year because I set them aside after a chapter or two and resumed them much later. It depends entirely on what else I have going on in my life – and/or if I have a deadline. The most I wrote in a day was 17k words.

How do you handle Writer’s Block?

Not very well. If I can, I take a day or two off to let the ideas ‘ferment’ in my head. Or I go to my own personal romantic hero for inspiration.

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Do you have any techniques, or tips you would like to share on tackling Writer’s Block?

I think people all handle it differently. What works for some, may not work for others. Sometimes it helps to set whatever it is you’re working on aside and write something completely different… other times, you just need to take a break from writing and do something else. But never give up!

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I read a mixture of both. I love both my Kindle and my Kobo for the convenience, but I still have hundreds of paperbacks in my apartment and I could never part with any of them. I also go back and re-read them, if they’re good.

What book are you reading at present?

Empress of the Seven Hills by Kate Quinn. I love her writing style.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
As I’m traditionally published, all my books are professionally edited, although I do edit and proofread them thoroughly before I submit, so they’re generally pretty clean.
Tell us a little bit about your book covers: Did you design them, or have them designed?
Again, they’re done by the publisher, although I do get to give lots of input. The cover for Restraint, for example, features a picture by my partner, who’s a photographer.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

I think it depends. I know some people buy books based on the cover, but I’m always far more interested in the blurb, especially if it’s an author I haven’t read before. I also have some go-to authors whose new books I buy automatically with barely a glance at the cover or the blurb.

How are you publishing this book and why?

I like traditional publishing, and have been with the same company for eleven years now. I can see the pros and cons of both traditional and self-publishing but for me it’s mostly a question of time now; my publisher has far more reach than I do and I like being able to send my book off and not have to worry about the editing, cover, marketing and so on. I do some marketing myself but all the other details are taken care of. And getting an advance is always a bonus.

How do you market your books?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, my blog and via my publisher’s channels, mostly.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Reviews are a mixed bag. The good ones are fantastic; inspirational, I copy the best ones down and re-read them whenever I’m feeling disheartened. When it comes to the bad ones, it depends. If they’re just unnecessarily mean, I ignore them. If they’re offering constructive criticism, I try to take it on board despite the initial sting.

Which social network works best for you?

I’m most active on Facebook.

Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days?

Absolutely. I like to take part in Facebook parties and blog hops, and often give away free copies of my books or audio books, as well as other prizes, like naming a character after the winner.

What is your favorite motivational phrase?

“When I want to read a good book, I write a good book. I’ve never not been writing.” ~ Gore Vidal

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Read. A lot. Both in your chosen genre and out of it. Learn your craft, and don’t give up.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Tabitha Black Official Website
Tabitha Black on Facebook
@BlushingTabitha
Tabitha Black Amazon Author Page
Tabitha Black on Smashwords
Tabitha Black on Goodreads

Author Spotlight: Tiffany Apan

 

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Photo credit: Andrew Dantzler

First tell us a little bit about yourself, and who you are:

Thank you for having me here!

I am a dark fiction author, along with a singer/songwriter/musician/actor, and also have a new product line of therapeutic candles and other products inspired by my written works, particularly The Birthrite. In addition, I also am involved in the world of Living History. You can say I have a very overactive imagination and always have. And I don’t think it’s going away any time soon.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

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To write stories that captivate the reader and take them into another world. That is always my goal when I write.

Which writers inspire you?

It’s a toss up between Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Bronte. While there are contemporary authors that I do enjoy, I am quite taken by our writers of yore. Poe is just brilliant to me.
With Emily Bronte, the fact that her work, Wuthering Heights, is often so misunderstood and misinterpreted fascinates me alone. I’ve also been reading a lot on her life, those of her sisters Anne and Charlotte, her brother Branwell, and her father Patrick. It is quite interesting finding out what inspired them to write as they did.
Also Tolkien. Because Tolkien reigns supreme.
I also enjoy H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Bram Stoker, Zane Grey, Rod Serling, Washington Irving, Oscar Wilde, Clive Barker, Mary Shelly, Anne Rice, Shirley Jackson, Charlotte Bronte, William Shakespeare, George Orwell, L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, CS Lewis, Emily Dickinson, Kate Chopin, among others. Any author or writer that can tell a good story with vivid characters and a plot that makes you think (possibly even questioning your own sanity and the world around you) is more than okay by me!

So, what have you written?

I write fiction, along with some non-fiction/editorial pieces. My short stories, The Cemetery by the Lake, Dusk to Dawn, and Romancing Elena are currently available. In 2012, my screenplay, Driving Nowhere, won for Best Horror Short Script in the 2012 International Indie Gathering Film Festival, which was an amazing honor. I also write most of the lyrics to my released songs and I am currently in the process of writing a novel series titled The Birthrite (the first novel and novelette are currently available).
These can all be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble NOOK, iTunes, Smashwords, and other retailers.

What genre do you write in?

My overall genre is dark, gothic fiction. However, some of the subgenres include paranormal, romance, horror, occult, and historical. A lot of the Gothic Fiction I’ve read has shown some of the best depictions of the human experience. And that is the journey I enjoy going on when I write.
How much research do you do?

It depends on the story, as some require more research than others. For my series, The Birthrite, I did about three years of research before the story actually started taking shape. And I’m still researching as I write different installments.

Have you ever co-written any of your work?

I have been on a couple anthologies and I’ve edited some works for other writers, but I still have yet to be a ‘co-author.’ 

When did you decide to become a writer?15328386_10210449610090718_506329641_n

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to write stories, lyrics, and poetry. But it wasn’t until my fifth grade writing class that I and others realized just how vivid my imagination could be. At that time, we got to learning of and studying the principles of poetry, so naturally writing a poem was one of the assignments in the class. Because I had an obsession with Norway and Vikings (and still kind of do), I wrote of a Viking sea adventure (when everyone else chose to write of a family member or pet…are there any other ten-year-olds out there obsessed with Vikings or was I the only one?). My English teacher said that I had a great talent for writing and encouraged me to continue from there.

Why do you write?

I get great thrill out of exploring worlds outside of my own and putting them down for others to see.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

I do try to write a little everyday, usually early in the morning or late at night (both of those times are when my creative juices are really going).

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

How much I write a day depends on what all I’m working on. If I have multiple projects or a deadline to meet, I will definitely increase the word/page count.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I usually type on a computer, but if there is a section that really needs fleshing out, I find I have an easier time with that in writing longhand.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the Appalachian Mountains, and it had a HUGE impact on my writing. In fact, that setting serves as a backdrop for most of my stories. It is just so beautiful and peaceful up there. It’s almost like another world in itself. Which can lead to the imagination wandering to all sorts of places. I also draw a lot of inspiration from historical events, stories on the paranormal and paranormal events, and sometimes an idea just hits me out of nowhere.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I’m a very organic writer, so I normally just start with an idea in mind and see where it takes me. However, when the story starts taking shape and the plot becomes more intricate, that is when I tend to outline as a way of keeping everything in order.

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

A short story usually takes about a month or two, from rough draft to finished product. A novel can take up to about a year or year and a half. Sometimes less, though.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

Though I have a soft spot for traditional paper/hard back books, I also don’t mind e-books. I do find the latter to be a great way of trying a new author.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

A little of both.
Tell us a little bit about your book covers: Did you design them, or have them designed?
When I go to design the cover for my books, I of course think of the story and what I would like to highlight from it. I then construct and sketch potential covers until I’m happy with the design. Then, with the help of graphics design extraordinaire, Rowen Poole, we bring it to life. 🙂
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
I do. We humans tend to be visual creatures and an attractive cover tends to draw a potential reader’s attention before they will look into what the story is about.

How are you publishing this book and why?

Indie for now, as I do want the creative freedom.

What do you think of “trailers” for books?

I think they are a great advertising tool, especially with the now wide use of the internet.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
I do. Here is the trailer for

The Birthrite:
The Birth Rite Trailer

Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days?

I do. Keep checking my website and blog or follow me on social media if you would like to keep up to date on when I have a giveaway. I also have a newsletter at my website. 

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Thank you for checking out my work. I am at the following links:

Tiffany Apan Offical Author Site
Tiffany Apan Writing Project Blog
Tiffany Apan FB Author Page
@tiffanyapan
Tiffany Apan Pinterest
Tiffany Apan Amazon Author Page
Tiffany Apan on Smashwords
Tiffany Apan Music
Tiffany Apan on Goodreads