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Interview with Andrea Kane

Interview with Andrea Kane


What genre do you write and why?

I write psychological suspense thrillers.  They’re based on the workings of the characters’ minds and motivations, rather than a more blood-and-guts approach.  I find the human mind to be fascinating, whether I’m writing a strong protagonist or an equally strong (and often terrifying) antagonist.
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Tell us about your latest book.
A Face to Die For interweaves two overlapping cases and throws them into the laps of the Forensic Instincts’ team.  It’s the story of two lookalike women searching to find the truth behind their birth and about those who would do anything to keep them from finding out that truth.  It’s about family and loyalty and betrayal and about the lengths the guilty will go to to protect their secrets—including murder.  I loved creating the characters and relationships in this book, as well as building the escalating suspense.  And, as always, to bringing in Forensic Instincts to uncover the pieces of the puzzle and to fit them together so they can save the day!
What formats is the book available in?
A Face to Die For is available in hardcover, eBook, and audiobook formats.
What's your favorite quote about writing/for writers?
“There are three rules for writing a novel.  Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” – W. Somerset Maugham
What's the best thing about being a writer?
The ability to do what you love (most of the time) and, at the same time, to bring enjoyment to your readers.  For me, it’s also the sheer joy of creating equity in a real world where little exists.  It’s great to see the “bad guys” get theirs!
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
The best place to go is to my website at: www.andreakane.com.  The entire site has been revamped (the design is absolutely awesome!) and is being published simultaneously with the release of A Face to Die For.  So by visiting there you’ll be current on everything and able to keep up with me, my books, my blogs, and links to buying options.  Also, visit my Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/AuthorAndreaKane where I love to chat with my readers and always keep them up-to-date on all my book news.
Who is you favorite character in your book and why?

No matter how much I care about the new characters in a specific storyline, the Forensic Instincts team themselves are always my favorites.  I feel as if they’re longstanding friends, and I absolutely love writing and developing each member of the team.  I have some new favorites in A Face to Die For, but I can’t give explanations without ruining the revelations!

Interview with Andrea Kane
How long did it take you to write your book?

It always takes me at least a year to write a book.  Between my ongoing and intensive research, and my thorough character development (not to mention the unexpected twists and turns the book takes, together with the unexpected red herrings that pop up), I can’t seem to write a complex thriller any faster than that.

Who or what inspired you to become a writer?

Without a doubt, my parents.  Even though I’ve been telling stories in my head since I was about 4-years-old, they were the ones who told me how talented I was, who advised me to put my stories down on paper, and who were ultimately the ones who convinced me to take that first scary step into the world of getting my work published.  Having them behind me was a true blessing.

Does your family support you in your writing career? How?

My family is the front line in my writing process.  We brainstorm together throughout my intensive creative and research processes, discuss the main characters and plot as I’m developing them, and even toss title suggestions back and forth among us.  They read my book in chunks, probably a third at a time, so I don’t miss a crucial thread that has come undone or a red herring who needs to be better addressed.  Throughout my many years as a writer, they’ve attended conferences with me and visited cities and countries where my research took me.  Through good times and bad, they’ve cheered me on, never wavering in their belief in me (even during those times when I did).  In short, they are truly indispensable and I know that my writing is, and always has been, tremendously enhanced by their involvement.
                          
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I spend most of my non-writing time with my family.  The hours we all find to be together are few, given our crazy work schedules and outside commitments.  So I treasure those moments—things like watching a movie together, either laughing or getting into a deep discussion over it—those hours are my favorite.  When I’m on my own and not writing (which is infrequent), I love playing word games and doing crossword puzzles.  I’m also a Fitbit fanatic and faithfully walk an hour a day (even though I’m still trying to find the “zone” that others tell me they lose themselves in—I just plow my way through them and anticipate them being over!).  And I always love watching my New York Yankees games, cheering on the Bronx Bombers and hoping they’ll win!

Interview with Andrea Kane



Getting The Most Out Of Your Virtual Book Tour

Getting The Most Out Of Your Virtual Book Tour, Guest post by Eileen Colucci


So you’ve self-published your book and now are ready to attack the marketing part of your venture. Authors who go the traditional route are lucky in that their publishers usually arrange book tours for them. Of course, this involves traveling all over the country (if not the globe) to book signings with the related lodging and dining costs. As an independent author you can pay a modest amount ($75-300 average) to have your book go on a Virtual Book Tour without leaving the confines of your home.

Engaging a Virtual Book Tour means that your book will be featured on various blogs on the internet, hopefully ones that specialize in your book’s genre. These types of tours have become so popular that even traditionally published authors are using them. A book signing can be a very ego-boosting event but unless you are a bestselling author you are probably not going to draw enormous crowds. A blog however has the capacity to draw many, many readers, depending on its popularity and renown.

Getting The Most Out Of Your Virtual Book Tour, Guest post by Eileen Colucci
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By googling “virtual book tour” and your book’s genre you can find several places to promote your book. Not all the companies may be interested in your book but you will eventually find some that are willing to work with you. The tour organizers will provide you with detailed instructions on content you must provide them. This usually takes the form of a “guest post,” a short essay on a given topic, or an interview in which you’ll be asked to answer a list of questions, some more whimsical than others.

I have already taken my book on one blog tour and am in the midst of my second one, using two different companies. The organizers have been superb in their support and direction. I would like to share with you some tips I’ve gleaned from these tours so that you can get the most out of your experience.

REVIEWS

Reviews are important for a writer. Most tour organizers will try to have your book reviewed on a maximum number of blogs. The actual number however depends on the willingness of the individual bloggers to read and review your book. I found that even though some bloggers featuring my book on their site had not signed up to review my book, I was able to approach them by email and to convince them to do so. In both cases, the bloggers wanted an original copy of the book (one a Kindle, the other a paperback). They did not want to read the mobi, epub or pdf files that I had provided to the tour organizers. So go ahead and contact the bloggers directly to ask for a review.

COMMENTS

The tour organizers will encourage you to visit the blogs on the day that your book is being featured there and to respond to any comments that readers might leave. What they do not say, however, is that most blogs will leave your book on their Home page for several days, if not weeks. During this time, people may leave comments. I have seen authors miss the opportunity to engage with readers because they did not check back a day or two after their blog “date” to see if there were more comments. That said, just because people have not left comments does not mean people have not read the blog post.

REUSE YOUR CONTENT

One of the best things I got out of my first tour was a new image for the Home page of my website. One of the bloggers asked me for a Mood Board. I didn’t even know what that was so I had to google it. It turns out it is a collage of images and text that represents the main themes/aspects of your book. My husband and I worked an entire Sunday on this project and I was so pleased with the result that I incorporated it in my website when I updated it. Other content, such as responses to interview questions, was very useful in organizing my thoughts when preparing for subsequent presentations at Book Fairs and other venues. When people asked me for my inspiration for the book or about my favorite authors I had my response all ready.

You will probably find your own tips to pass on once you’ve taken your book on tour. It can be an exhilarating experience that might hopefully increase your readership. I highly recommend it. Happy travels!

Getting The Most Out Of Your Virtual Book Tour, Guest post by Eileen Colucci
A native New Yorker, Eileen Colucci has been living in Rabat with her Moroccan husband for the past thirty-plus years. She is a former teacher and recently retired after twenty-eight years as a translator with the U.S. Embassy, Rabat. Her articles and short stories have appeared in various publications and ezines including Fodor's Morocco, Parents' Press, The New Dominion and Expat Women. SHE'S LIKE A RAINBOW, which was recently published, is her second novel.

Colucci holds a BA in French and English from the University at Albany and an MA in Education from Framingham State University.

When not writing, Colucci enjoys practicing yoga, taking long walks and playing with her chocolate Labrador Retriever, Phoebo. Now that she and her husband have four grandchildren, they spend as much time as possible in Virginia with their two sons and their families.


  

Getting The Most Out Of Your Virtual Book Tour, Guest post by Eileen Colucci

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Book Showcase: Journey's End by Victoria Brewster & Julie Saeger Nierenberg

Book Showcase: Journey's End by Victoria Brewster & Julie Saeger Nierenberg


Title:  Journey's End: Death, Dying and the End of Life
Authors:  Victoria Brewster & Julie Saeger Nierenberg
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction; 558 pages
Genre:  Resource/Educational
Publisher:  Xlibris

Book Showcase: Journey's End by Victoria Brewster & Julie Saeger Nierenberg
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About the Book:

In Journey's End, we write about death, dying, and end of life issues. We attempt to define and describe these real-life circumstances, and we discuss ways to proactively deal with them. Multiple personal and professional perspectives provide valuable insights.

What is dying like for dying persons, for loved ones, and for those who lend support in the process? Each experience will have unique qualities. Everyone dies in his own way, on his own schedule. While we explore the dying process, we make no assumptions about how any particular death will unfold.

Grief and bereavement support, training tools, and educational resources are included.

Book Showcase: Journey's End by Victoria Brewster & Julie Saeger Nierenberg
Book Showcase: Journey's End by Victoria Brewster & Julie Saeger NierenbergAbout the Authors:

Victoria has a master of social work degree. She has worked as a case manager with older adults for the past seventeen years and as a group facilitator. Her past work experience was as a therapist with children and families, and as a case manager for adults with mental health issues. She just launched a consulting business, NorthernMSW to focus on end of life issues, planning, training, and advocacy, along with memoir writing and life legacy writing.

Julie was inspired equally by her professional backgrounds as a biomedical researcher and long time educator. Julie values open and lively discussions based on interview and research findings, trends in health and wellness, and exciting new modalities of treatment and professional education. She believes it will be through such discussions that we will create new and more satisfying cultural paradigms within which we may live all the days of our lives with dignity and quality of care.





Book Showcase: Into The Web (Shadowzone Book 2) by Simon Rose

Book Showcase: Into The Web (Shadowzone Book 2) by Simon Rose

Title: Into The Web (Shadowzone Book 2)
Author: Simon Rose

Book Showcase: Into The Web (Shadowzone Book 2) by Simon Rose
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About the book:
Book Two of the Shadowzone series
On a doomed version of Earth, the sinister schemes of the Ministry are moving ever closer to completion, with dire consequences for the inhabitants of two worlds.
For Ben and Charlie, an unlikely alliance, unexpected reunions, and the mysterious prophecy of the Chosen One offer a glimmer of hope, with the ever-present prospect of betrayal, as they embark on an unpredictable journey into the unknown.
Release Date: August 2017
ISBN: 978-0995940345 (Paperback)
ISBN: 978-0995940352 (Ebook)

Book Showcase: Into The Web (Shadowzone Book 2) by Simon Rose
About the Author:
Simon Rose is the author of The Alchemist's Portrait, The Sorcerer's Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic's Tomb, The Doomsday Mask, The Time Camera, The Sphere of Septimus, Flashback, Future Imperfect, Twisted Fate, and the Shadowzone series. He is also the author of The Children's Writer's Guide, The Time Traveler's Guide, a contributor to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction and has written many non-fiction books. Simon offers a wide variety of presentations, workshops and author in residence programs for schools, along with virtual author visits by video. He is an instructor for adults with the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University and offers a variety of online workshops for both children and adults. Simon offers a number of services for writers, including coaching, consulting, editing, and writing workshops. Full details can be found at his website simon-rose.com. You may also visit his channel on YouTube, follow him on Twitter, or connect on Facebook.


Excerpt: A Particular Darkness by Robert E.Dunn


Excerpt: A Particular Darkness by Robert E.Dunn


Title: A Particular Darkness
Author: Robert E.Dunn


Excerpt: A Particular Darkness by Robert E.Dunn
About the book:
From the author of A Living Grave comes a gripping police procedural featuring sheriff's detective Katrina Williams as she exposes the dark underbelly of Appalachia . . .

Dredging up the Truth

Still recovering from tragedy and grieving a devastating loss, Iraq war veteran and sheriff's detective Katrina Williams copes the only way she knows how—by immersing herself in work. A body's just been pulled from the lake with a fish haul, but what seems like a straight-forward murder case over the poaching of paddlefish for domestic caviar quickly becomes murkier than the depths of the lake.

Soon a second body is found—an illegal Peruvian refugee woman linked to a charismatic tent revival preacher. But as Katrina tries to investigate the enigmatic evangelist, she is blocked by antagonistic FBI agents and Army CID personnel. When more young female refu-gees disappear, she must partner with deputy Billy Blevins, who stirs mixed feelings in her, to connect the lake murder to the refugees. Katrina is no stranger to darkness, but cold-blooded conspirators plan to make sure she'll never again see the light of day . . .




Excerpt:
We had lights on our helmets and a flashlight each, but our progress was really because of Billy’s familiarity with the path. Three turns and one crawl-through and we came out into a chamber. At one end water dripped and trickled, seeming to bleed right out of the stone and filled a small basin. At the other end, the basin emptied into a silent steam that disappeared into a fissure the size of my fist. In between was a flat space on which we sat. Billy pointed out shapes and features in the walls and ceiling.
“Are there bats?” I asked.
“Not all caves have bats,” he answered without laughing or making me feel bad for asking. “But this one has something better. Something special.”
He slipped down to his knees and put his face low. For a second I thought he was going to put his head under the pool of water. Instead, he shined his flashlight around until he found what he wanted.
“Come look at this.” His voice had become a whisper.
I joined him staring into the light beam within the water. What, at first, I thought were reflections, moved away from the light. Fish. They were tiny, like minnows, but the color of bleached bone. Their eyes were small and dead looking. It was as if I was looking into a ghost world.
“Down here.” Billy pointed with the flashlight then poked a finger into the beam.
There, along the line of his finger was a white rock.
“A pebble?” I asked.
“Wait.”
The rock moved and the strange shape resolved into what appeared to be a tiny lobster.
“Crayfish,” I said excited. It was so colorless it was practically transparent at the edges. “So pale.”
“They don’t need color in the darkness. They don’t need eyes either.”
I sat up, stunned and elated by the place I was in. “Thank you,” I said looking around. “For sharing this with me.”
“This isn’t what I wanted to share,” Billy said.
He reached to the lamp on my hard hat and killed the light. After a moment, he turned off my flashlight. Again he waited a few seconds to turn off his flashlight. Finally, after a longer pause, he turned off his own headlamp.
We were in the kind of complete darkness I don’t think I’d ever experienced. It was thrilling and jarring at the same time. I reached and took his hand without even thinking. The black we were in was like distance and I wanted to be close.
“Why?” I asked.
“Look around,” he answered, softly.
“It’s dark,” I said. “Nothing but black.”
“There’s no light. But absence isn’t exactly black.”
“I don’t understand.” I shook my head then wondered why.
“Some of the guys I know . . .” Billy said then stopped.
I knew he was talking about something different then, but still the same. A change in subject not in meaning. I waited, like waiting for a suspect. He had to be the one to fill the silence.
“Veterans,” he continued. “Guys who were over there. We talk sometimes. They talk a lot about the things they see when they close their eyes. It’s always personal. No one ever has the same experience or the same . . . vision on events. Look around. Do you still see nothing?”
I did as he asked and noticed for the first time that blackness wasn’t exactly, only blackness. There were patterns of light, vague shimmers, not entirely seen, but not simply imagined, I was sure.
“Something . . .” I admitted.
“Our eyes don’t like complete darkness. When there’s no light to be seen, the optic nerves still fire, populating the void with specters. The thing is, your eyes won’t see what mine do and I won’t see what you experience. Darkness is singular. What you see, is your particular darkness, no one else’s. No matter how well you describe it, no one will see it the way you do.”
“You’re not talking about darkness.” I actually thought I heard fear in my voice.
“You’re holding my hand.”
“Yes,” I answered, squeezing.
“Is it real?”
“What do you mean?”
“My hand. Me. Am I real”
“Of course,” I said. “Why would you not be?”
“That’s what I tell the other guys. We all have our own darkness within us and sometimes it gets out, it shadows our lives, the entire world we see. Those times we get so wrapped up in seeing our own thing, our own darkness, we forget the real out there beyond it.”
He let go of my hand and I was suddenly untethered. I was adrift in my own darkness. It was a familiar feeling. In a way, comforting. The same way what is familiar and expected is always somehow a comfort. But I didn’t want the darkness anymore. I realized I wanted his hand.
“Billy . . .”
He touched my face. Then the touch became a hold as he placed his hands to each side with his fingers in my hair. His thumb rested on the scar that framed my eye and I didn’t mind.
“I don’t want to live in the dark anymore,” I confessed.
Then Billy Blevins kissed me.
When we walked out of the crevasse and entered the cave’s mouth, the world was a circle of light to be walked into. It spread and opened as we approached. When I stepped through, I understood what Billy had said about breathing sunshine.



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Excerpt: A Particular Darkness by Robert E.Dunn
About the Author:

I wasn't born in a log cabin but the station wagon did have wood on the side. It was broken down on the approach road into Ft. Rucker, Alabama in the kind of rain that would have made a Biblical author jealous. You never saw a tornado in the Old Testament did you? As omens of a coming life go, mine was full of portent if not exactly glad tidings.


From there things got interesting. Life on a series of Army bases encouraged my retreat into a fantasy world. Life in a series of public school environments provided ample nourishment to my developing love of violence. Often heard in my home was the singular phrase, "I blame the schools." We all blamed the schools.

Both my fantasy and my academic worlds left marks and the amalgam proved useful the three times in my life I had guns pointed in my face. Despite those loving encounters the only real scars left on my body were inflicted by a six foot, seven inch tall drag queen. She didn't like the way I was admiring the play of three a.m. Waffle House fluorescent light over the high spandex sheen of her stockings.

After a series of low paying jobs that took me places no one dreams of going. I learned one thing. Nothing vomits quite so brutally as jail food. That's not the one thing I learned; it's an important thing to know, though. The one thing I learned is a secret. My secret. A terrible and dark thing I nurture in my nightmares. You learn your own lessons.

Eventually I began writing stories. Mostly I was just spilling out the, basically, true narratives of the creatures that lounge about my brain, laughing and whispering sweet, sweet things to say to women. Women see through me but enjoy the monsters in my head. They say, sometimes, that the things I say and write are lies or, "damn, filthy lies, slander of the worst kind, and the demented, perverted, wishful stories of a wasted mind." To which I always answer, I tell only the truth. I just tell a livelier truth than most people. 



Excerpt: A Particular Darkness by Robert E.Dunn



Interview with Bella Andre

Interview with Bella Andre



What genre do you write and why?

I’ve always been a huge romance reader! When I was a teenager I would read until two in the morning with the lights under the covers. Romance has always been my genre, and now I love offering my own stories for readers to enjoy.
Interview with Bella Andre
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Tell us about your latest book.
You Do Something To Me will be my next New York Sullivan release on October 11th. Alec Sullivan has quickly become a fan favorite and as I’m head over heels for him too, I can’t wait for everyone to read his incredibly romantic book! 
What advice do you have for other writers?

Conferences are an amazing opportunity to stay abreast of what’s happening in the business. I get incredible value out of hearing what people are up to and sharing ideas. The thing is, I truly love this business and everyone I’ve met had been wonderful, so it’s really not work at all for me. In fact, going to a conference and meeting with people is always such fun—we all have a love of books in common, after all.

It’s really important to have a good team behind you. I have an amazing team of beta readers, editors, proofers and digital file producers. I work with great bloggers and marketing professionals and I also have the love and support of my family. Everyone thinks “indie publishing” means being independent, but it’s not the case at all. While you get to be in charge of your own career and your own vision, you also work with lots of great people to put your book out there!

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
The best place to start is on my website, www.bellaandre.com. There you can read my blog, sign up for my new release newsletter (and learn more about the secrets behind the Sullivans once you do!), and click to connect with me on all my favorite social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads. I also have a fantastic street team at www.facebook.com/groups/bella.andre. Hope to see you there!
                                                      
What are you doing to market the book? 

I have always taken a really personal approach. Because I had started digital publishing in response to my loyal readers who had emailed asking me for books, whenever I released a book, I individually emailed each and every single reader to let them know about it. Now, thanks to Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, etc--I can interact with my readers in other ways that let me spend more time on actually writing. I recommend doing anything that puts you in touch with your readers.

I truly believe that my fans want me to spend more time writing and less time gabbing.  So I always err on the side of writing…and then once I’ve met my page count goals for the day, I go onto twitter and Facebook and answer emails.

Who inspires you?

Inspiration is everywhere! My friends, my family, my pets, and—of course—my readers all inspire me on a daily basis.

What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing?

I’ve so enjoyed self-publishing and I’ve been lucky to have the most wonderful fans with me every step of the way. There are so many things that go into success, but I think my focus and determination to write the books I love writing and that my fans want to read – along with the best readers in the world – have been the biggest pros of self-publishing for me.

Interview with Bella Andre
Who or what inspired you to become a writer?

I began as a songwriter and musician — I wrote songs and played shows from when I was a little girl up until my late twenties. And then, one day I got an idea for a book and pulled out a notebook to start writing it down. Three months later, I had written my first book (which is now published as SPARKS FLY under my pen name Lucy Kevin). I first got the idea for the Sullivan series in 2009. I absolutely love what I do, and haven’t looked back since! <3 font="">

What books or authors have most influenced your life?

Growing up, I was a huge fan of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton family books and I thought it would be so fun to write a series about a big modern day family. I decided to set the first eight books in the series in San Francisco, because that it where I live.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I love to spend time with my husband and kids. I also have the sweetest little dog named Gus, and he and I both love interacting with readers on Instagram these days. I also love traveling whenever I get the chance and meeting readers all over the world, and I will always have a very special place in my heart for music.



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