Friday, October 30, 2015

Spotlight on Author Patricia Scholes


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was a little girl, before I could read, my aunt gave me a sheet of newspaper that was all print without any pictures on it, maybe wants ads. She gave me a box of crayons and told me to draw something. I think she wanted me out of her hair. I drew a dog playing with a little girl.
Later, when shown the picture I had drawn, I realized that it was more than a dog and a girl. I had drawn a story, using pictures because I hadn’t any words I could write yet.
Later, during a Meyers-Briggs marriage seminar, I discovered that my personality type is always a writer. I can’t not write.
How long does it take you to write a book?
About a year. This year I tried to write three books in one year. They’re garbage. I need the full year to let the stories mull, ferment, combine and rearrange themselves into the stories they were meant to be.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I hate marketing, so I do it first thing in the morning. Then I spend as much of the afternoon as I can writing. I also come back to my book in the evenings.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I can’t listen to music. To me, music is also a story, so I can’t listen to the story while I write the one on my computer.
How do your books get published?

Until recently, I self-published everything. My friend published traditionally, but didn’t really have much more success than I did doing it all myself. Publishers seem to want the writer to learn a new skill—marketing, which is very hard for most writers, like me. So I figured if I had to learn this skill anyway, I would publish my books myself. 

I had limited success, however. I’m not a very good marketer. When people read my books, they tended to give me four- and five-star reviews, so I began to ask for reviews.
I went through a list of people, mostly writers, some bloggers, reviewers, and a few publishers. I wrote all of them, including the publishers, knowing full well that it was probably a wasted effort, but I did it anyway. I told the publishers that I knew that publishers didn’t usually review books, but that I was still asking, and gave them my pitch. One publisher responded. She asked to read more books in my series. Afterwards, satisfied, she offered to publish my series.
Just so that folks know, that never happens. Self-published authors don’t get picked up by traditional publishers. But this one did. She, by the way, was the only publisher who responded to my request for a review.
So, now I’m being re-published with Celestial Waters Publishing, and am delighted, both with the two ladies who run the company, as well as the process they use for editing and publishing. The first book in my series, Her Darkest Beauty, will come out in a few weeks. I’m thrilled!
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I used to be a foster parent. I also used to supervise foster homes to make sure the homes were compliant with state regulations. By the way, the horror stories people hear about foster parents are news because they’re rare. Most foster parents are heroes. They are far more trained than any parents out there, and they deeply care about children. Most kids tend to complain about foster parents because they want their own parents to be healthy. They don’t want to live with strangers, and I don’t blame them.
So, this first book is the story of a girl who could have used good foster parents, but she takes the protection of an evil entity instead. The day she decides to get rid of it, her whole life turns to chaos. It would kill her before it would let her go.
Most of my stories come from questions: How would a world look that depended on God instead of their own resources? They would certainly be peaceful. But what if warlike race of beings decided to invade them? How would that look?
By that time, I had a whole series.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
This first book was a long, evolving process. I was fifteen. That first book never got published. Instead, it grew, changed, and grew again. Then I won a short story contest, and used that story as the background for my books. Some of the characters survived, but their background story changed, which changed the story. It’s now over fifty years later, and the book has finally grown up.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I garden. I grow my own herbs and vegetables, and sell herbal preparations through a company called Willowbark Tea LLC. I also like to do needlecrafts and sewing. And I read a lot. That’s what good writers do. They read.
What does your family think of your writing?
My kids are all grown, and they live in two separates states, so I don’t get to see them or their children or grandchildren very often. I find that sad. But it does leave me time to write, because my husband gives me time to do both my herbal business and write my books. I have an amazing husband.
What do my kids think of my writing? They’re proud of me, but I don’t know if they read my stuff.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
The characters come alive! They all have their own stories to tell, and if I listen, they tell me the most incredible things.
The second most surprising thing is that people actually like what I write. I find that amazing.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written ten books so far, three of which are still flying in a holding pattern while I edit them. My favorite is Steps of the Dance, the story of a little girl who comes into her own at a very young age, too young, some may think. But she’s very unique, and will hopefully fulfill an amazing purpose, should her enemies allow her to live.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
First of all, read. Good writers read. They read everything they can get their hands on, including cereal boxes.
As you read, ask yourself how did this author do? How did he or she engage my interest? Are the characters real? Is the dialogue stilted, or does it both define the character as well as the scene? Is the author allowing me to experience the story, or is he or she telling me the story? How does the author use words? Can I smell the flowers and feel the rich, black soil in my hands? Is the sun shining on my face and can I feel its warmth? Do I ache for a resolution to this situation?
Finally, write. You can write about anything, but learn to use your words to answer the above questions, and any more that come to mind.
Did I say anything about spelling and grammar? No, because you’ll learn that as you go, or you’ll fail as a writer. Those are your necessary tools. Just as a carpenter needs more than a saw and a hammer, so you will need more than words and ideas. You must learn your craft, and learn it better than 90% of the rest of the writers out there. Sure, 80% better will probably get you published, and true, most readers pay little attention to the quality of your writing. But the better you are, the more successful you’ll become. In other words, you’ll either be professional, or a hack.
Don’t worry about an education. This is one profession where it doesn’t matter. Your best qualifications are your stories. Make them sing.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
This is going to sound egocentric. But I’ve had comments like, “I can’t put it down,” and “Surely, you’re going to write more. Just because it’s the end of the book doesn’t mean it’s the end of the series, does it?”
Do you like to create books for adults?
I create books about teens faced with difficult circumstances. What I write is not graphic, but it does have some adult content and concepts. I am unable to write children’s stories. By the same token, neither do I write “adult” materials. My books are for adults who enjoy reading PG13 stories.
What do you think makes a good story?
Tension. Your readers need to want to read further. You don’t want to solve your problems, at least most of your problems until the end. It also helps if your resolution has a bit of a twist.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to become a writer. My parents discouraged me. According to them, I needed to find a “real” profession, such as being a nurse or a secretary. My father wanted me to become a scientist because he was one. They never read my stories. It took me fifty years to overcome their destructive input. This is not quite fair, though. They grew up during the Depression. They valued practicality above all else. Writing for a living isn’t practical.
I also wanted to sing, and I do. For a very short time I sang professionally, but I would rather sing for enjoyment than money.
For an ever shorter time I illustrated my stories. I’m not a very good artist. I doubt I would show you any of my drawings.
Briefly, I considered becoming a botanist. I love working with plants. Then, I realized that a scientist needed to get the math right, or expect failure. I made Bs in math in school. That’s not good enough.
I have a Master of Divinity degree, meaning I could pastor a church, if the church would hire a short, fat old lady. So instead, I write Bible studies, but I’ve only published one. I write the studies to either solve a problem or to enlighten or educate members of my congregation. I love teaching Bible.
Looking back at what I’ve just written, I wonder if I’m ever going to grow up.

Monday, October 26, 2015

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Spotlight on L.T. Kelly

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 

I don’t think it was a case of actually ‘realizing’ it. It sort of just happened. I used to write short stories after studying fiction writing at a college level. I already had numerous English Literature and Language qualifications under my belt and I loved to write stories since I was small. I struggled to fit it with the women’s magazine scene in the UK. It’s notoriously difficult to get published in that industry, plus I don’t think my heart was in it. As I began to make more writer friends on social media, one was very honest and told me that my short stories seemed forced and suggested I write a novel. It freed me from the word count constraints and served me creative license on a plate. It’s a dish I can’t stop requesting now that I’ve taken a bite.

How long does it take you to write a book? 

I wrote my first book, Falling to Pieces in three months. My second took around seven months because I started working full-time. Kissing Cassie took me around ten months. I just laid down Kissing Katie in an amazing eight weeks. So, really it just depends what’s going on at the time. I’ve produced four full length novels in two and a half years. I don’t think I do so bad, though social media has a lot to answer for!

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I’m always writing or at the very least plotting. I just do my best to write as much as I can, when I can. I don’t really have a schedule because I think it has a negative impact on what I produce. Some people think it’s better to produce something rubbish than nothing at all. I used to think that until I was under the evil negativity of rejection after rejection. I ended up deleting Kissing Katie and starting over because it was so bad.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

All of my books involve a romance between a British and an American character. I dated an American Airman when I was serving in the Royal Air Force and found the language barrier hilarious. I still enjoy the differences so much. I think it’s hard to believe that two western and civilized countries sharing the same language can be so different both culturally and in the way which we utilize vocabulary. Plus, well, I just think Americans are hot. I love a good twist, something that no-one saw coming too.

How do your books get published?

Falling to Pieces and Falling into You, is a self-published two-part paranormal romance series. Kissing Cassie was published by Resplendence Publishing in August 2015. Kissing Katie has also been selected for publication by them too, that’s expected to release in December 2015.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

My first two books were based heavily on my own experiences of human nature, action and reaction. Kissing Cassie was born of a dream, and Kissing Katie just sort of came from no-where.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I was thirty-one when I wrote my first book. However, I’ve been penning stories for at least twenty years.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? 

What do you mean not writing? Just kidding, I love to read, how can a writer be a writer without first being an avid reader? I love reading, reviewing and promoting other authors work. 

What does your family think of your writing?

My mother doesn’t understand the concept of ploughing your heart and soul into something and not getting much in return. Now I’ve explained it’s just like how she enjoys watching trashy soap operas she seems to understand a smidgeon better. Everyone else is completely amazed at how well I’m doing and how committed I am to my art. I can’t imagine ever stopping.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

How entirely lost I am to it. How my moods fall in line with my characters moods. I live and breathe my characters and stories. It never fails to amaze me.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I honestly couldn’t pick a single book myself. My PNR books are so different to my contemporary romances. However, Falling into You has received the most praise so far and contains the most twists and turns. 

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Don’t think you can do it alone. You need to make friends within the community. Find someone who has your back, provides a shoulder to cry on, offers you the strength and encouragement to continue and gives you honest feedback. Even if it’s several people to provide those things, you do need it. Also, be ready to provide it in return.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

Not enough is the answer! Most the time I get really nervous discussing my books with readers, but I’m just so happy that no-one has ever contacted me to say how awful it was!

Do you like to create books for adults? 

The feeling or being able to produce raw emotions and sensations by the written word alone is both exquisite and empowering. I can’t think of anything better than writing books for adults to savor and enjoy.

What do you think makes a good story?

Great main characters that people can relate to in some way. A wonderful pace which keeps the reader constantly engaged. A spine-tingling surprise to shock. A beautiful romance with the chase and the capture.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? 

I wanted to be a singer. I can’t sing to save my life

For all information and links to L.T. Kelly’s books please visit her website:

About the author:

L.T. Kelly lives in rural Lincolnshire with her husband, two children and
a mentally unstable Cockapoo named Mylo.

She enjoyed a successful eleven-year career in the Royal Air Force which
put plenty of stories in her writing cap.

L.T. now divides her time between writing, being a wife, mother and an
Emergency Medical Dispatcher for the ambulance service. It’s the writing
that keeps her sane.


Twitter: @ltkelly2

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

In The Spotlight - S C Clarke

May I introduce you to Author S C Clarke.  Here is an author of epic genious! The Halcyon series books are sure to touch your, mind, body and soul. Fanstasy at its very best.

Peace No More
Mass chaos has broken out in the land of Aldenna, what started out as a simple war between good and evil, has turned into a battle of bloodshed. Neighbors who were once friends began to fight each other, this was not normal, there had to be an evil force that was making the people of Aldenna turn against one another. Those who were not affected by this rallied together, seeking out victory against this evil, which no one knows where it had come from.
Every year on the day the Halcyon was discovered, everyone in the land would gather around Lake Erewhon, this of course included the royal families as well, they all had a day of feasting and festivities to celebrate their ancestors that came from destruction and had the courage to venture to an unknown land, relinquish their magic and rebuilding everything.
All this now leads to where Halcyon is over one hundred years later. The now King of Indigo, Dominick Randolffe, great-grandson of Benjamin, and his wife Sarah, now ruled the land of Indigo on Halcyon Island. Halcyon is a beautiful and serene island, it is never too hot or too cold, and most days are a pleasant spring day with the occasion of rainfall. There was no fighting or war, they had no enemies, at least until now.

Review: Fascinating fantasy, reminds me of an alien race of Vikings the television show. I could not stop reading it, all through the night, I followed the happiness of the residents of Halcyon then shared in what was coming. So excited to read book # 2.

Lost Kingdom
Patrick and Rebecca Randolffe have met the fate of his father Dominick, Peter, Evan and William now have to find a way to complete the tasks which the four had started. Indigo is without a king or queen. There however seems to be peace once again amongst Halcyon, the remaining royal families are doing everything they can to to ensure the safety of the people of Indigo as well as Halcyon. Even though there is peace, there is still much going on. What has happened to Patrick and Rebecca? Was Dominick gone for good or will he once again return? William, Peter, and Evan all begin to become restless, none of them waking though, and as the storm continued they all began to have the same dream....They were all separately heading towards Indigo's castle just as they were suppose to in the morning. The storm had since let up during the night and the sun was beginning to rise higher into the sky and was almost directly over Lake Erewhon. There were a few wisps of clouds that would pass over in front of the sun, but not enough to block out its light or warmth. As they were approaching Indigo's castle they could see visions of Patrick and Rebecca, although they were not very clear. Then things started to become strange, for some reason when they met, rather than going into Indigo's castle they decided to go to Woodstream and to see Roter. So off the three went and when they finally arrived at the great redwood, Peter saying the words, the door opening and the three of them entered and climbed down the spiral staircase. Neither one of them could see anything all to clearly now, it was like things were popping in and out, and not staying long enough to make a clear impression. There was the table in the room under the redwood, there was something on the table that was not there before, and how could there be, only the four of them knew how to enter and one of them was missing or even gone. Then the room started to spin slowly as images were still blinking in and out. There stood one man, then another, then another, and another, four all together, although they could not clearly see who they were for their faces were a blur. Everything else started to get hazy all around them, then in a blink they were at Lake Erewhon, the haze around them lifted and they could now clearly see the four men who were in the redwood with them more clearly, although they still did not know who they were. William, Peter, and Evan all tried to speak at once, however their mouths opening but no sound coming out. Not sure what was going on and as they looked around Halcyon did not appear to look as it does today. Confused the three kings did not know what to think, there was an almost eerily frightening feeling with also calmness, something told them that all will be alright. One by one the four strange men began to approach them, the last one more slowly than the others. The first man speaks to them, “Do you know why you are here?” Peter tried to speak but still could not, and shook his head to say no. William then looked at the four men and with his head movement and gestures was trying to ask then who are you? The fourth man goes closer to them, “Do you not know who we are? Do you not recognize us?” he asks them, they all shake their heads no, although they should have clearly known who these four men were. “I am Benjamin Randolffe, the others are Charles Sterling, Thomas Lyman, and Jacob Konzak.” said Benjamin as he pointed to the other three men. Peter, Evan, and William stood there motionless, Evan tried to speak, why couldn't they speak, there were many questions going on through their heads. Thomas then speaks, “We have much to tell you, but not right now, you will see us again.” And with that William, Peter, and Evan were back in their castles sleeping.

What a fantabulous, majestic read, these books are keepers. They keep you riveted to the page for the who length of the book. You fall in love with the characters and root for their survival. Love it when they find one another again.

Return From Kiadoz 
What felt like only three long months since Peter and the other kings of Halcyon were trapped in Kiadoz after Dominick had cast a spell as he was being banished by the Kiadonians, in reality was over three years. No one there had realized how much time had actually passed and that time was almost at a stand still. Their wives and the people in Halcyon could not get to their kings and even though they presumed the worst everyday they continued to search for them. In the hopes that one day they would once again return back home. For the past three years, Helena, Rachel, and Marie led their countries, all of the countries had a ruler except Indigo, Jayson took over the duties as king, with Ava assisting him. Jayson never actually took the throne, he refused no matter how many times he was asked. Jayson would not unless he knew his son Jasper to be gone to him and he had the body to prove so. During these three years Ava and her brother Seth came to live in Indigo's castle after their father passed away. Almost seven months after Jasper and the other kings disappeared Ava gave birth to a beautiful baby girl she named Viviana Elizabeth, Viviana to define life and that although all seemed hopeless and bleak, life still went on. Elizabeth after her mother who passed away from complications after Ava's brother was born. Ava was almost five at this time, she still remembers her mother clearly to this day. Viviana was almost three years old now, her birthday only a little over a month away. Jayson and the house maids did everything to make Ava feel welcome them there in Indigo's castle, her brother Seth was being trained to be a knight by Jayson himself. Halcyon became peaceful and quiet again, the kingdoms and the people went on with their lives. Daniel and Mitchell were now in their teen years, Maxwell and Daisy had just turned ten and little Johnathan was almost five now. Despite not having their fathers there, their mothers did everything to assure them that all would be alright. 


Another wonderful fantasy, sci-fi. The author took me into the newly quiet world of Halcyon.

I hope you all will take a look at these books. A very different kind of read but well worth it.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Rheanon's Heart

Rheanon's Heart is a time travel, 
paranormal, historical romance. 
Take a look today!

Rheanon Donatesu taught at a prestigious girls school in London. She prided her self in being able to take a young woman under her wing to teach her about science and mostly how to be a leader of women. Clearly an independent woman. Rheanon had always been wild and impetuous. She could turn stone into dust and best anyone at whist, even play cards with the finest gentleman in England and win. What she couldn’t do is wait any longer for the man she loved to come back to her. She tried her hardest to find out where he was, writing letters and talking to his dear mother who was her aunt by marriage.

Rheanon tried even hard to keep her special abilities a secret. Their were only a few who knew about her sorcery Those were the Five Stars.

Her arch nemesis went missing one night during one of the card games. No one could find out who took Miss Lisbeth Ashley. That is until a Bow Street Runner comes knocking on Rheanon’s door asking too many questions. Then another pulls her right off of the street for questioning. This one vowed he would have her in his bed. He would have a hard time convincing her.

Why on earth would they suspect Rheanon? Only one person knows and that person is closer to Rheanon than anybody suspected. 

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Spotlight on Children's Author Gail Truax


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When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’m a story teller more than a writer, but I have kept diaries, written stories and poems, and made up songs my entire life. What I never thought I would be is a published writer.

How long does it take you to write a book?

Months. I start with a story I have told and then transfer it to written form.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

Long hours. I need quiet to write effectively. No television. No music. Just me, a pen, and paper. Although I can write with “people” background, i.e. restaurants.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I write the way I speak. This actually works out very well for me because when I read my stories to the children, it’s a very natural flow.

How do your books get published?

I self-publish via Create Space.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

The stories are all made up as I go. Often, something happens while telling the story that is then incorporated into the story. They are made up as I go. An example: Greymalkin began one day when my granddaughter was grumpy, a rare occurrence, and I asked, “Would you like Nana to tell you a story?” She said, “Yes.” Greymalkin was born that day and continues to this day. A couple of years later a little sister entered the picture. One day the little one announced she wanted to be Greymalkin. , her older sister stopped and said, “You are not Greymalkin! I am Greymalkin!” (Approximately 4 years between grumpy episodes!) As of that day, a new kitten entered the stories and is being incorporated. This kitten’s name is “Ginger-Kitty” and will be in the third book, Greymalkin, the Queen’s Cat, and the Heroic Rescue, which is due out late 2015.

When I need technical information, I go to the library or the internet and research for information. The process is very similar to writing a paper for a class in high school or college.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

60+ for the first book.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Spending time with my husband, children, grandchildren, relatives, and friends is at the top of my list. I also dabble with painting and drawing. Listen to music. Spend too much time on Facebook.

What does your family think of your writing?

My family and friends are very supportive of my writing. They are my cheerleaders.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

How difficult it is to edit a book and then quit.

I have a tendency to edit again and again and again. Learning to quit editing is a skill on which I am still working. When you are editing, read backwards. For some reason, this really does work.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

Two books have been published and a third one should be available before Christmas 2015. They are Greymalkin, the Queen’s Cat, and the Baby Dragon, Greymalkin, the Queen’s Cat, and the Birthday Surprise, and the third one will be Greymalkin, the Queen’s Cat, and …… ! I do not have a favorite. Each is a continuation of each other, so it is more like chapters in a book instead of separate books.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Keep a diary. It does not have to be all inclusive. It does not even have to be in complete sentences. Make lists. Jot down your thoughts on a subject. See something funny? Jot it down. Something that makes your blood boil? Write it down. The event and how it made you feel. Your reaction to it.Record your feelings about an event. Let your imagination run amuck. Write a letter to your mother, your best friend, or your spouse. The more you write, the more you will be able to express your feelings and thoughts in writing.

When you are finished with a story, or a chapter, put it down for a day or two, then pick it up and read it out loud. Make changes as needed. Share with a trusted friend. Have at least two, three is better, friends read and edit it also. They will see things you missed.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

“Your illustrations are beautiful!” … “I wish I had stories like this when I was teaching.” ... “My granddaughter loves for me to read this to her.” … These are the things I hear from my readers.

Do you like to create books for adults?

I write for children because I have always told stories to children. I don’t tell stories to adults, so I don’t write for adults.

What do you think makes a good story?

A story plot with a twist, that makes you think, one with inferences to keep the reader interested, and one that makes you feel good about life.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

An artist. A reporter. A teacher. A movie star. A singer. Those were all dreams as a child. I was a very typical kid.

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