Archive | April 2013

This Mother’s Day, give the special mom in your life something she’ll really love — Scentsy Fragrance!!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner!

Charming Sensations

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• Baked Apple Pie Scentsy Bar
• Garden of Love Scentsy Bar
• Just Breathe Scentsy Bar
• White gift box
• Scentsy gift ribbon
Only available from April 10-May 10, 2013.
Contents may be subject to change as inventory permits. 
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Coffee and Discussion with Briana Vedsted

My dear friend, Ionia Martin, had me as a guest on her wonderful blog today! She’s such a sweet lady! If you haven’t already, you should really go check out her blog…and following her wouldn’t hurt either!

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picture  Today, I have the immense pleasure of sitting down with Briana Vedsted and talking with her about life, the books she writes and how the journey of publishing her work has been for her so far. Briana is one of my absolute favourite bloggers. She is witty, fun and a very talented young author with a bright future ahead of her.

Without further ado, please welcome Briana:)

You can find Briana at https://whenibecameanauthor.wordpress.com/
Do you have a favourite book genre and do you write in that same genre?

My favorite genres are western and fantasy. I write books from both genre, I love to write fantasy books because every world is better with magic, but have been told my westerns are much more enjoyable.

Do you plan to write series books or will there be stand-alones as well?

I’ve written several unpublished series, as well as half a dozen…

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Meet the Character: Desiree Hayes

It has been a few days since my last character interview, and that was because the 25th was the full moon and most of the pack was out hunting and they just got back this morning. And luckily, I’ve been directed to a Slayer who, other than being a top-notch wolf hunter, is a genuinely polite person. Let me introduce you to Ms. Desiree Hayes, daughter of the esteemed Louise (Meyer) Hayes and the deceased Roland Hayes.

Birthday: December 12th

Favorite Movie: Mirror Mirror

Favorite Food: Chicken enchiladas    

 

Me: Hello Desiree, how was the hunt?

Desiree: Uneventful, actually.

Me: Oh I’m sorry. I’m sure the next one will go better. Now, I wanted to talk to you about your mother. Ness calls you two the dynamic duo. How do you work so well together?

Desiree: We only have each other. My father was killed by wolves when I was just a little girl, and my mother has not remarried.

Me: But you have four brothers.

Desiree: Half-brothers! They are the children of a lowly human and they deserted our pack. I have not seen or heard from any of them since they ran away after their initiation ceremonies.

Me: I see. That’s too bad they left you and your mother all alone. I’m very sorry.

Desiree: Do not waste your breath: there is no love lost between me and those boys. Besides, Mother never speaks of them. She, too, feels like they deserted us in our time of need.

Me: Uh, well, tell us about your mother. She is Viviana’s trainer, correct?

Desiree: Yes. Mother has thus far trained six Slayers. Viviana is her newest, and she is one of the quickest learners. Viviana is a talented girl and a very sweet person.  

Me: Then I take it the two of you are good friends?

Desiree: Yes, but unfortunately, my trainee is not nearly as smart or likable. He spends too much of his time arguing with me.

Me: That’s too bad. But I’m sure you’ll whip him into shape. Ness says you’re just as good as your mother.

Desiree: Thanks, but let’s agree to disagree. My mother has always been better than me, and will always be better than me. I think this concludes out interview.

Me: Yeah, I suppose it does.

 

Good grief! Will I ever find a Slayer to talk to who is nice to me and doesn’t try to bite my head off? What happened to her manners? Anyway, anybody got a question for Desiree?

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Author Interview Program: Lucky #13!

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Ionia Anatolia Mariah Florescu-Martin (Ionia for short!). If you haven’t already met her, you should stop by her blog for a laugh or two. Without further ado, here she is! *Applause* 

 

Where can we find you?

 Other than with my nose in a book? Okay. 🙂 You can find me at http://readfulthingsblog.com, or on Twitter @readfulthings

 

What is your author name? Or do you use a penname instead?

 I do use a pen name, in fact I use a couple of them. I like to keep my writing separate from the other things I do in daily life, it helps me stay in “writer mode” when I need to get there. I may have multiple personality disorder but at least I have two other people to blame for my mistakes. 

 

What is the title of the book you’re currently writing?

 I am nearly finished with a book that will be traditionally published this Fall, appropriately entitled Autumn’s Arrival.”

 

What is the genre of your book?

 Literary fiction/speculative fiction

 

What is a 3-4 sentence synopsis of your book?

 Every life has seasons. We start out as seeds, change from color to color as life progresses and eventually wither with age. If you could relive but one day of your life again would you choose a happy one or one you would like to change? If you did things differently, would your life end up the same way?

 

What inspires you to write?

 Insanity. I have a voice in my head that will begin screaming at me and taking over all other areas of my life until the need is attended to. If I published everything I wrote I may not have any followers, so it is a process of elimination. The better stuff gets published, the rest clutters my desk eternally. 

 

Self-publish or traditional publishing, and why?

 I have done both. Currently, it is traditional publishing. I may at some point in  the future return to self publishing full time. I do like the freedom of choice you have with self publishing, and also the support networks out there (such as your lovely blog) are amazing. The indie author movement shows no signs of slowing down, and I am so happy to see it.

 

What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

 Write what you love, and write for yourself. The audiences are smart. They know when you are trying to hard to fit your work somewhere just to make a nickel. The best payment there is, in my opinion, is to have fans that return to you because they truly appreciate your writing. This is not the easiest business to be in. There are joys and disappointments just as there is with anything else worth doing in life. Make it your own, publish it the way you want it to be published and remember that free advice is free for a reason (yes, mine included.)

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Author Interview Program #12

Its been awhile since my last author interview, but at long last, I got the chance to talk to a fellow author about her book. Please welcome Ms. Angie Skelhorn!

And for any other authors who would like to be interviewed and featured on my blog, just let me know! I’m interested in all types of Middle Grade, Young Adult, or New Adult fiction writing, and I don’t care if you’re a well known author or just starting out.  

1. Where can we find you?
  
 2. What is your author name? Or do you use a penname instead?
 My name is Angie Skelhorn.
 
 3. What is the title of the book you’re currently writing?
 An author submits their novella or novel they wrote to reviewers to be reviewed to attract potential readers.  When submitting an anonymous person decides to read the story the writer wanted told and then offer their opinion.
 Reviews can be helpful or hurtful.
 I’m the type of person who can take criticisms.  Good or bad I respect the review.  A reviewer is only using the review to express their opinion about the story.
 The reviewers that take the effort to discuss the actual book and what more they wished had been written inspire me.
 After I read some reviews for my book No Reins, a coming of age story I decided to expand the story to express more horse racing and submit to a new publisher.  The book will contain all of the story from the original book, as well as never work written.
  
4. What is the genre of your book
 The genre of my book No Reins is YA, teen, romance.
 
 
5. What inspires you to write?
There is nothing better on a summer’s night than the sound of horse’s hooves as they hit the track surface, the wings fold, and then the horses race.
I became involved with harness racing through my father’s side of the family.  My grandfather could be found at the ticket window making his bet.  My father and my two older brothers owned and trained standard-bred horses.  They have been active in standard-bred racing business their entire lives.
 I began grooming horses at fourteen years old when I found employment at Greenwood Raceway a horse facility in Toronto.  Then it was off to work in the Ottawa area when I was fifteen.
  When I left home I was too young to be afraid.  I wanted some fun and I really enjoyed working with the horses.  Living on the track grounds in my past I faced a few challenges.  My experiences with the harness world in my teens is the more fictional than fact romance story No Reins.
 
 
6. Self-publish or traditional publishing, and why?
 I published three ebooks with a small ebook publisher that have typos which were never corrected.  As I waited for the contracts to come due I polished the stories and submitted to publishers who employ editors.  To bring a manuscript to fruition the author writes the story and submits. The editor considers the manuscript beyond the first sale. It is an on going relationship of give and take. Never underestimate the power of a great editor to help improve your story. When it comes time to promote most book bloggers will not consider a self published book to review because of the grammatical errors.
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Authorgraph

I’m trying out all kinds of new things today! I just created an Authorgraph account, and now, when people buy either one of my eBooks, they can send me a request at: http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/BrianaBvedsted and I can virtually autograph their eBook!

And I have to thank the wonderful Ionia Martin at http://readfulthingsblog.com/ for telling me about this awesome tool for authors and readers alike!

Meet the Charater: Kate Young

Today I’m talking with Margery Rose’s best friend, Kate Young. Kate, along with Margery, are the same age as Ness, and Ness has always been intimidated by them, since she feels like one of them would have made a better alpha than herself.

Birthday: April 27th

Favorite Movie: The Princess Diaries

Favorite food: Lasagna

Me: Hello Kate, thank you for making the time to come and visit with me!

Kate: You’re very welcome Briana. But I must admit, Margery tried to talk me out of coming. She said you were a bit snobby.

Me: Uh, well, I’m just glad you decided you come anyway.

Kate: I think I made the right decision. You seem pretty nice to me.

Me: Thanks Kate. Well, since we only have so much time here on the show, let’s get down to business. How many hunts have you participated in?

Kate: I’ve lost count, there’s been so many. But I’d guess ten or eleven hunts, not counting my practice hunts or the times Kenneth had me tag along with the pack just to get a feel for what a hunt is like.

Me: And in those hunts you’ve been on, how many wolves have you killed?

Kate: A dozen, maybe more.

Me: Doesn’t it disturb you, knowing that you’re taking lives?

Kate: I cannot allow myself to think that way. If I did, I’d be just like Ness. Have you ever gone deer hunting?

Me: Well, yes, but I’ve never shot anything.

Kate: Couldn’t get close enough?

Me: No, I just couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger.

Kate: *frowns* You and Ness are kindred spirits. Well, I’ll put it this way: when I go on a hunt, I have to imagine that I’m stalking dangerous animals that won’t hesitate to kill me if given the chance. It is a kill or be killed world I live in.

Me: I see. And do most Slayers feel that way?

Kate: About half of them do, the other half reject their birthrights and run away, the cowards.

Me: Um, okay. Well, that’s all the time we have, so thank you Kate! 

 

Okay then! Any questions for the cold, I mean, lovely Kate Young?