Welcome Kat Holmes, Ending 31 Days of Blogging Into 2012

What better way to end January’s blogging party than with Kat Holmes! Kat Holmes, writer extraordinaire, is a Muse author who is not only prolific but when not writing on her own, partners in a mother/daughter team, Kat being the daughter part. Who is the mother? Anybody?? Win a copy of A Wedding to Die For if you know the answer to this one!Having read The Lighthouse, I know how well written and entertaining Kat’s work can be. The Lighthouse just drips of atmosphere! But first, let’s get to know Kat better with her answers to this interview: 1. What is your favorite book? I have two. The entire Tapestries series by N.J. Walters and Dark Needs At Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole. 2. Who is your favorite writer? N.J. Walters. That woman is my hero. 3. How old were you when you were first published? I was 33. 4. What writing style do you most abhor?I won’t read horror under any circumstances. 5. When and how do you write? (typewriter, Mac, in a café, for four hours each morning, etc?) I write on my desktop first thing in the morning when my mind is fresh and ready to go. 6. What is your greatest fear when you first turn in a manuscript?That while I like and love the story no one else will and it will be rejected. And it has happened. 7. In what era do you wish you’d been born? I’m in love with the medieval era. 8. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Had…I think many of us overuse that word especially when writing our first drafts. 9. Which talent would you most like to have? Hmm I’m not sure. But I think I’d like to be able to play a musical instrument. 10.…

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Welcome James Hartley, author of Teen Angel and Many Others

Well, hello, Jim! And welcome to This and That. This is a busy man, who is also an author of paranormal short stories, novellas and novels. Just zip on over to his page at MuseitUp Publishing at http://tinyurl.com/87w39nq for a sampling of his work. Good writing and magic abounds. There is not shortage of ghosts, either, but only of the most fascinating kind. Here’s a little bit about one of his offerings, Teen Angel: BLURB: Angie, a teen aged girl, was killed in a tragic accident. As a ghost she became convinced her boyfriend Dickie still loved her, so she decided to return to Earth and win him back. But her timing was a little off — thirty years off! — and she found him grown, married, and with teen aged daughters of his own. When she discovered she was stuck there and couldn’t return, she figured there was no choice but to break up Dickie’s marriage … EXCERPT: The roar of a motorcycle coming up the driveway and then the slamming of the front door finally broke the stasis. Two teen-aged girls entered the room. The older one, swinging a pink motorcycle helmet in her hand, called, “Hi, Mom! Hi, Dad!” then spotted Angel and added, “Hey, who’s your friend over there?” Rick and Lois looked at each other, each mentally willing the other to the chore of explaining this to the girls. Finally Rick sat up and muttered, “Here we go again.” Then in a louder voice, “Angel, I’d like you to meet Brenda,” he continued, pointing to the one with the helmet. “And Rosalie,” he said, indicating the younger girl. “They’re our daughters. Girls, this is Angel. She’s a ghost.” Brenda did a double take, while Rosalie, currently hooked on videotapes of Friday the 13th movies, gave…

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Welcome Susan A. Royal, Author of Not Long Ago

Let’s give a big welcome to Susan A. Royal! She’s a new author and we all know how exciting that can be. This an opportunity to get to know her better and, frankly, given her answers, she seems like quite a woman. Here’s Susan: First, let me thank Heather for allowing me to be here today. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions since I signed a contract with MuseItUp. I’m thrilled to be considered a part of something so exciting. Soon I’ll be knee deep in edits and finding out what my cover art is going to be. But I can’t wait. Until then, I’ve included an unedited excerpt and a little about the book. I hope you enjoy. Please, remember to look for it. Not Long Ago, is a time travel romance due out June, 2012. ———————-1. What is your favorite book? Three Hearts and Three Lions by Poul Anderson 2. Who is your favorite writer? My new favorite writers are husband and wife team, Ilona Andrews 3. If the answers to 1 & 2 are different, why? Three Hearts and Three Lions was one of the first time travel books I ever read, and it blew me away. I’ve read it over and over and never get tired of the story. I’ve just discovered Ilona Andrews. Their books are gritty, sexy, humorous and the characters jump off the page. 4. When and how do you write? (typewriter, Mac, in a café, for four hours each morning, etc?) At the computer, evenings weekends (I don’t watch much television and my “office” is in the laundry room, so I multi-task. I often work out dialogue or get an idea how to move the story forward while I’m taking a break folding clothes or cooking) 5. In what era do…

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Welcome Lin Holmes, Author of…A Lot!

Welcome Lin Holmes, a woman I admire for her strength of will, sweetness of nature, and creative output. I first met Lin when we were both newcomers at MuseItUp and she had just had Santa is a Lady published. Since that time, Lin has had many other publications through Muse, too numerous to mention. Her latest, She’s Gone, is the focus of her guest blog today. But first, let’s get to know the secret, inner Lin a little better with her answers to an interview! 1. What is your favorite book?That’s easy. The Last Day by Glenn Kleier. I found Glenn’s book when I was fighting my second war against cancer. Glenn spun an amazing tale that holds up a mirror up to modern man, revealing what we would do if the Second Coming of Jesus happened today. Would modern man treat this miracle maker better? 2. Who is your favorite writer?It would be self-defeating if I claimed anyone but Glenn Kleier after the glowing praise I gave him and his debut book in answer of the last question. However, I have other authors/writers I eagerly await. With Glenn, his writing gave me the courage to live despite cancer. That is a huge gift I will always thank him and his ability to weave a story for. I also love Kat Holmes, my very talented author daughter. She has created a world so rich in detail and history I fell in love with it. I am of course speaking of her Artica Lights series. Frozen, book one, is out and available from Muse It Up Publishing’s Hot side. It tells the story of a land of perpetual winter and it’s lonely queen Awni. Kat just finished the manuscript for the second book in this series, Reflections Of Ice, and I…

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Welcome, Ingrid Ricks, author of Hippie Boy

I will be honest, I haven’t read Hippy Boy yet but plan to do so. After seeing the cover and reading 38 fantastic reviews on Amazon, it’s on my to buy list. But first, let’s get to know Ingrid a little better: 1. What is your favorite book? This changes on a monthly basis, but at the moment, I would have to say A Thousand Splendid Suns. I still get an ache in my gut when I think about that story. 2. Who is your favorite writer? Maya Angelou. 3. If the answers to 1 & 2 are different, why? Khaled Hosseini, who also wrote The Kite Runner, another favorite book of mine, is an amazing writer and he definitely comes in at a close second to Maya. But Maya Angelou will always be my favorite because she inspires me on so many levels. Her life is the stuff of movies and her ability to overcome such enormous life obstacles and then share her experiences through her series of gripping memoirs blows me away. I’ve learned so much from her stories and essays, primarily that regardless of the challenges you face, it’s up to you to create the life you want for yourself. 4. How old were you when you were first published? I was twenty-one. I landed a spot on my college newspaper. I still remember my first story. It was about a local movie theater. It was 500 words and took me about twelve hours to write. 5. What writing style do you most abhor? Dry, textbook-style biographies. 6. What is your favorite writing cliché? If you want to write, write. 7. What is your favorite word? Now. 8. When and how do you write? (typewriter, Mac, in a café, for four hours each morning, etc?) I do…

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Welcome J.Q. Rose, author of Sunshine Boulevard

Before we get to her interview, let me say that Janet – the name her comrades are allowed to call her – has so much warmth, humor and good will, it radiates from every word she writes. Get a load of her picture. This is a lady bubbling over with life! If you haven’t read Sunshine Boulevard yet, hie thee to the MuseItUp Bookstore http://tinyurl.com/7usad6m and get a copy. It’s a novella and absolutely mad fun. I mean, how and why is everybody getting offed in such a peculiar a way? You’ll have to buy the book to find out! But first, a little bit more about this imaginative author: 1. What is your favorite book? I think I am in good company with so many who fell in love with Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.” 2. Who is your favorite writer? My role model is Mark Twain. He is such a great storyteller and so witty. 3. How old were you when you were first published? Other than “published” in my school paper, the newspaper published a poem I wrote for the dedication of the city library, but I don’t remember what was dedicated!! It could have been a section for the area museum. I must have been in high school. 4. What writing style do you most abhor? I like beautiful, flowing descriptive paragraphs, but not when there are paragraphs and paragraphs to read that they stop the action in the story. So give me more action, and not all the description. 4. What is your favorite word? Today it is ‘transcends’. The choice will probably change tomorrow. 5. When and how do you write? (typewriter, Mac, in a café, for four hours each morning, etc?) Since I am trying to finish my WIP, I have dedicated…

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Welcoming Dianne Hartsock, Author of Trials of a Lonely Spectre

This is a intriguing cover and makes you want to read this paranormal short story. The blurb sounds fantastic! But first, a little bit about Dianne, who reveals a lot through her interview. 1. What is your favorite book? Out of all the questions I’m asked, that’s still the hardest one for me to answer. Which genre, is what I ask in return. But if I had to choose, it would be The Return of the King by Tolkien. I think of the trilogy as one book, but the ending in this one breaks my heart every time I read it. Frodo is the perfect hero. I wish I could have known him. 2. Who is your favorite writer? Again, which genre! I’m a veracious bookworm with lots of favorites. At the moment I have to say its C. J. Cherryh. I’ve been reading her books for the past thirty three years and have fallen in love with all of her heroes. I’ve only recently discovered her scifi stories (yea!) and have whole new worlds to explore through her. Her plots are intense, her characters believable and likable. 3. If the answers to 1 & 2 are different, why?That’s a very good question! I love the fantasy world Tolkien’s created and hide away in it now and again. And he’s definitely influenced my writing the most. Not style! I couldn’t dream of being that good. But when I read his books, my mind seems to expand with possibilities. Cherryh, on the other hand, writes in a more contemporary style, and they’re just darned good books! 4. How old were you when you were first published? I’m not telling! But besides a short story in the local paper when I was sixteen, my very first publication was last May. But what…

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Welcome Scarlett Valentine, author of Awakening

Join me now and meet the talented, award-winning author, Scarlett Valentine. She’s cornered the market on romance, love, and not just a little good, old fashioned lust. Don’t believe me? See the excerpt below of Awakening. This section is hot, hot, hot! But first, Scarlett’s interview, where we learn more about her and her delightful sense of humor. 1. What is your favorite book? If this is a question about what one book I’d take to a deserted island with me, the one book I’d read forever and ever, you’d still be waiting for me to board the boat. There are so many good books out there. I just couldn’t decide! If you were to ask me my favorite genre, then I’d have to say romance and most of its subgenres . . . historical, contemporary, erotica, suspense, etc. I love a good love story with a happily ever after. 2. Who is your favorite writer? Just as I couldn’t choose a favorite book, I couldn’t pick just one favorite writer. I love romance, but that’s not all I read. For example, I enjoy historical fiction by Elizabeth Chadwick. For romantic suspense, it would be Linda Howard. For thrillers/straight suspense, Dean Koontz. Literary fiction, John Steinbeck, etc . . . But I couldn’t pick just one author to cover all books. 3. If the answers to 1 & 2 are different, why?I have eclectic reading tastes, and I’m a very moody reader. I could have two or three books on the go at one time and read the one I’m in the mood for. This is probably why I really love digital books and ereaders. Load up my Kindle of all my favorite books and then I’ll get on the boat destined for a deserted island  (as long as…

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Meet Killarney Sheffield, author of Guilty Kisses, among others!

I love it when historical novelists visit. Such history! Such passion! Such writing! And another PG-13, so pass the fan. I need to cool off. Let’s have a round of applause for Killarney, who’s a real go-getter, personally and professionally. For example, Killarney spent months trying to get the rights to Lawrence Gowan’s song, ‘Love Makes You Believe’ for her Guilty Kisses book trailer, and finally succeeded where many others would have long given up (like me). Being the doll she is, she now offers all proceeds of Guilty Kisses – until Feb 15th – to MusiCounts.ca to help keep music in schools, done in honor of the Canadian singer/song writer. Visit her website at http://author-killarney-sheffield.spruz.com/ for more information on this. Guilty Kisses, Historical Romance – Released June 2011 from MuseItUp Publishing Ltd. Tagline:She almost wished it was a dream, for dreams returned and had no consequences or guilt. Blurb: When Lady Cassandra is visited by a thief in the dark of night, she finds her body awakened in a way that her husband’s touch has never stirred her desires. However there are consequences for even a brief stolen night of passion that leave Cassie in dire straights. She turns to the only one she thinks can help her…but will he come before it is too late? Comte Cohen Ashton’s mission is to retrieve a priceless artifact and return it to its former country of origin. He doesn’t expect to have his heart stolen by his sworn enemy’s lovely young wife or to discover a treasure of his own making that is more valuable than any other. In the midst of a war between England and France, Cohen must save them both from their folly and Cassie must forgive herself her own sins. Can they prevail or will their fates…

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Welcome Cyrus Keith, Author of The Nadia Project

Before I introduce Cyrus Keith, I would like to say I’m in the middle of reading Becoming Nadia, Book One of the Nadia Project, and relishing every word. What Cyrus has in common with Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, informally known as the “Big Three” of science fiction writers, is his ability to ask the deeper questions of life — such as who or what is God, why are we here, what does it mean to be human, and why is life worth living — while writing one helluva scifi story. He, like the three writers I previously mention, take the art of science fiction writing and catapult it into timeless literature, using the tools of a ‘what if’ future and remarkable talent. I am very proud to belong to the same publishing house as this fine writer. Without further adieu, Mr. Cyrus Keith. ——————Happy new year, everyone. I just got back from one of those things that make up what we call “life” around the Keith Household. One question I get quite often is something along the lines of, “How do you find time to write, with everything else going on?” Well, to tell the truth, sometimes I wonder myself. I work full time and serve as a musician on my church worship team. Somewhere in this eclectic mix, I have to be a dad and a husband, and up to last year, I was also an assistant scoutmaster for my younger son’s boy scout troop and children’s’ minister. In between all of that, I managed to write two novels, one of which has been selected as a finalist for Best Thriller at EPICon as well as a Preditors and Editors’ Top Ten Finisher for Best Thriller novel. The sacrifices a writer’s family make to help…

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