Author Spotlights

Author Spotlight – Constance Bretes

1) What is your writing schedule like?
Right now, I work four days a week, ten hours a day, and I'm an hour's drive to work and an hour's drive home, so by the time I get home, it's been twelve hours, and I'm too tired to write. So I write Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, providing there is no family function going on or life happening. Around the holidays, I usually take an extra day off to write as well. I hope to change this soon, when I can retire from my day job and concentrate more on my writing.

2) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
I'm more creative during the day when there is no one around me and I can concentrate better.

3) Where is your favorite place to write?
I like to sit out at the picnic table in the shade on a beautiful sunny day to write.

4) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
I need complete silence, but when it gets to the intimate part of my book, I usually have a song that fits the scene and will listen to it while I write it.

5) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That I can actually write the books

6) What is the most difficult or challenging thing for you as a writer?
Right now it's finding the time to actually do the writing.

7) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
Thriller suspense

8) What are you reading at the moment?
The Hero Spell by Josie Malone

9) What do you do to relax?
Digging through gravel searching for sapphires

10) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
I love vanilla. I'll drink two cups of coffee each morning, and don't like tea. I like Coke, and I have eight indoor cats and seven outdoor cats, and I love a sunrise.

11) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Bionic ears

12) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
Website: www.conniebretes.weebly.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ConstanceBretes
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ConnieBretes

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Delayed Justice
Can two former lovers set aside their differences and work together to bring a criminal to justice?

Five years ago, Sami Parker's life was changed forever when she was injured in a bombing incident which left another young woman dead—a woman who happened to be the fiancée of Sheriff Makeeta Robertson, Sami's former lover. Initially, Sami was a suspect in the crime, but the sheriff was forced to release her due to a lack of evidence. The town, convinced that she got away with murder, turned against her.

At last an arrest has been made and the sheriff needs Sami's help to get a conviction, but can she trust him? Although wary and cautious, she wants to see this man brought to justice and wants to clear her own name once and for all. But the awakening feelings she has for Makeeta bring yet another problem. Then there's the secret she's kept for the last five years—one she may not be able to keep any longer, and one that may change the outcome of the trial.

Content Warning: contains some sexual content

Author Spotlight – Larisa Anderson

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
I started writing at age fifteen but would say I got serious about it in my early twenties, so about five years ago. Of course I didn't get the courage to submit anything until about two years ago.

2) Where is your favorite place to write?
I actually find I write best at work which is quite naughty and my stories are often picked up by the firewall for naughty words. I just find that being stuck at a desk with no TV or the fridge to distract me is very motivating.

3) Are you plotter or a panser?
Panser for sure. I have tried to plot in the past and find it just leads to writer's block and the only way to get out of it is to go back and let the story write itself.

4) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
I'm a big fan of historical type books. I have attempted them in the past but never get past the first chapter. There are just too many little points that need to be accurate. I know the old saying 'write what you know'…well, I don't know history apparently.

5) What advice would you give to a new writer?
Accept others feedback. You may chose to ignore it but you will find that other people can often pick up your bad habits and going back a few months later you will realise it made your writing a lot better. I often read stories from years ago and cringe at the habits I have since fixed.

6) Have you ever had writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
I find that writer's block is caused by making a character do something out of character. Go back and find where you started the scene and rework it, I always find it flows much better. This has resulted in deleting pages of work but always makes it flow faster from my fingers.

7) Who are some of your favorite authors?
My favorite author by far is Tamora Pierce who writes young adults. I love how her books are uncomplicated yet layered so well that I can read them over again and pick up on different points I missed the first time. She also writes characters that you don't want to kill for being idiotic. They are smart and realistic, and I find that even though they are children their struggles translate well into the adult years. I also love MaryJanice Davidson. Her books are fast and funny and witty—great for summer beach reading.

8) What are you reading at the moment?
Nothing! I know that's horrible, but I haven't found anything that grabs me lately. Maybe it's time to branch out to other authors.

9) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
Vanilla, tea, Coke, cats, sunsets. If I'm up for a sunrise it's either been a really bad, or really good night. I am not a morning person!

10) Are you a collector of anything?
Craft supplies. I'm a sucker for starting projects and not finishing them, and there is nothing more enjoyable than getting a new hobby and getting all the accessories for it at once.

11) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I think it would be a toss up between flight and healing. I have always wanted to be able to fly and feel that freedom, but I also think it would be incredible to lay your hands on someone and heal them.

12) What's your biggest pet peeve?
Stupid people. This may sound mean but I get super frustrated when people don't stop and think before acting or speaking then expect me to think for them. I'm at my ease when surrounded by intelligent people who keep me on my toes.

13) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
Website: www.larisaanderson.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/larisaofficial

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Taming The Hunted
Hunting just got hotter.

Marian is a hunter of night creatures. She stalks and stakes vampires, isn't afraid of the odd silver bullet if a werewolf turns rogue, and is perfectly content with her complete lack of social life.

When a staking goes wrong, a handsome, mesmerizing man comes to Marian's rescue. But Gabriel isn't what he seems to be. After Marian loses consciousness she awakes to find herself in a house filled with werewolves.

If she can survive the night she might discover that sometimes opposites attract in the best ways. Now if she could just silence that irritating little voice in the back of her mind that keeps reminding her that hunters are supposed to kill creatures of the night, not date them.

Content Warning: contains mature language and graphic sexual content

Author Spotlight – Tracey Rogers

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
In 2011 I entered a chapter into a writing competition and fell in love with writing all over again. In 2012 I wrote my first book.

2) What's the shortest and/or longest amount of time it's ever taken you to complete a book?
Three months was my shortest time and about nine months for my longest.

3) What is your writing schedule like?
I usually write when my three children are at school. Any weekend words are a bonus.

4) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
Although I mainly write during school hours, I'm more creative late at night. The notebook at the side of my bed is a good friend of mine.

5) Where is your favorite place to write?
I write in my living room on my sofa. Anywhere away from windows and people really, otherwise I'm easily distracted. Ooh, look at the pretty clouds…

6) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
I write in silence to avoid swaying to music instead of writing. Though I do listen to music first to get the creativity flowing. Supermassive Black Hole by Muse usually does the trick.

7) Are you plotter or a pantser?
I'm a failed plotter. I try to plot each book, but my inner pantser takes over and leads the way.

8) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I never expected to bond with my characters so much. Clicking submit is like saying goodbye.

9) Is there a genre you've never written, but you would like to try writing?
I love paranormal and hope to give it a try soon.

10) What advice would you give to a new writer?
If you love writing don't give up. A "no" isn't a "never", it's a "not right now". Use social media as a learning tool, because the writing community is hugely supportive and there is always useful advice shared.

11) What do you think makes a good story?
For me a good story is one that either makes me smile, cry, or both. And I love a good hook to keep me engrossed.

12) Have you ever had writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
I always know my beginning and ending, but writer's block sneaks in around the middle. I put my writing to one side and read until I've stopped trying to force the next scene. Then when I'm having a shower, not thinking about it at all, inspiration strikes when I have no paper and pen.

13) Who are some of your favorite authors?
There are many, but Beachwalk Babes and friends aside, I would have to say Kresley Cole, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and J.R. Ward.

14) What are you reading at the moment?
I've just finished reading Delayed Justice by Constance Bretes, and now I'm starting Blood Roses by Lindsay J. Pryor.

15) What do you do to relax?
I read. A lot! Books are a part of my bedtime routine.

16) What's your favorite way to procrastinate?
Although I call it research, the moment Pinterest has me in its grip I find it hard to leave. Or maybe I don't try hard enough!

17) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
Always chocolate! Tea, Pepsi, dogs and cats. And I love sunsets.

18) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Invisibility. I could do the school run still wrapped up in my writing blanket, and it would so annoy my teens.

19) What's your biggest pet peeve?
Rudeness. I hate when people are belittled.

20) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
You can find me here:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TraceRbookworm
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Tracey-Rogers-Author/197643867052117
Pinterest: http://gb.pinterest.com/tracerbooks/

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Daring to Wish
What happens when you dare to wish?

In an effort to regain her independence and break out of her shell, shy Eve Ward writes a daring wish list of all the things she wants to do before her thirtieth birthday. It's a good thing the list is for her eyes only, because some of the items are pretty risqué.

Adrenaline junkie Lucas Riley becomes Eve's "victim" in a kiss-a-stranger dare, and she thinks he's perfect for her one-night-with-a-stranger wish.

With Eve, Lucas thinks he's found the distraction he needs before he has to say goodbye to his bad boy image. When he finds Eve's sexy wish list, he can't keep himself from giving into temptation and sneaking a peek, and wish number eight is impossible for him to resist. Being good can wait.

Eve is thrilled when, out of the blue, Lucas offers to take her skydiving. Her sexy stranger has helped her tick so many wishes off her secret list. Her confidence has grown and now she's having fun both in and out of the bedroom. It seems too good to be true…is it? She can't shake the niggling suspicion that something's not quite right.

Content Warning: contains dizzying heights and sensual sex

Author Spotlight – Olivia Starke

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
I worked on my high school newspaper, does that count as publication? As far as romance, I got started in 2009 and got published that year.

2) What's the shortest and/or longest amount of time it's ever taken you to complete a book?
FOREVER. That's what it feels like with all of them. I've had some in my Works In Progress file for several years, including my Beachwalk Press story Project Terminal: Legacy. I'm in the process of cleaning it out and finding homes for my babies.

3) What is your writing schedule like?
I try to get writing in throughout the day, usually starting at 2 PM when my chores and errands are finished.

4) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
Afternoon into evening. Mornings. Ugh.

5) Where is your favorite place to write?
My bedroom at the moment.

6) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
I need a little bit of noise or I start drifting off into LaLa Land.

7) Are you plotter or a pantser?
I used to be a huge proponent of pantsing it, but now I'm a plotter. I've seen the error of my ways. I plot the entire story in my head, and if I get stuck I write it down on paper.

8) Is there a genre you've never written, but you would like to try writing?
I *heart* historicals, but I'm bad with history. I have a fun idea for a F/F paranormal set in western times so I may make the leap.

9) What advice would you give to a new writer?
Don't. Ever. Quit. I actually had a random person message me on Facebook last week asking for advice. This is something I told her, just don't give up! Stick to it and you're miles ahead of those who throw in the towel early on.

10) What do you think makes a good story?
A feisty heroine who honestly doesn't need to be saved by the hero, but it happens anyway. I also like a good anti-hero hero. The bad boys you really shouldn't like, but do because at heart you're a bad girl too ;)

11) Have you ever had writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
Scream and rage at the Muse and Writing Drones. Okay, not really. I take a break and find other creative outlets like drawing or I read to get the juices flowing. I learned quickly the more I stress the worse it gets.

12) Who are some of your favorite authors?
How do I pick? I'm friends with so many fabulous authors whose writing I love, it'd be hard to list them here :) Outside of them I love the classics. My favorite book of all time is The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. I also like Leo Tolstoy. I'm a book nerd.

13) What are you reading at the moment?
Let's check my Kindle…I'm in the middle of a book by Ashlynn Monroe and I'm also reading Pride and Prejudice.

14) What do you do to relax?
Walk the dogs.

15) What's your favorite way to procrastinate?
Stare off into space. I'm a pro.

16) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
Chocolate, coffee AND tea, yuck—neither Coke nor Pepsi, both dogs or cats! (but I'm a cat person tbh) sunsets because being up that early means I'm going to be grumpy later.

17) Are you a collector of anything?
Cats. I'd have to say cats. Not figurines, nor plush toys. I mean actual cats.

18) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Fly!

19) If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Horse, it'd be fun to see the world from my horses' perspective.

20) What's your biggest pet peeve?
There, their, they're confusion.

21) If you could time travel where would you go and why/what would you do?
If I were time travelling I really really really hope it's with the Doctor. And I'd go see dinosaurs, because I'm a science nerd too. What 30-something woman WOULDN'T want to see a real live dinosaur? Okay, don't answer that…

22) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
Website: www.authoroliviastarke.com
Blog: http://romancingthepentoday.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/authoroliviastarke
Twitter: http://twitter.com/OliviaStarke

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Project Terminal: Legacy by Olivia Starke
Genre(s): Erotic Paranormal Romance
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Zombies and super soldiers? Laura is the one hope for a world gone Hollywood crazy.

In only a matter of hours Laura Swift has been bitten by a zombie, rescued by Mr. Tall, Dark, and Foreboding, and thrown into a world gone Hollywood crazy. She has no choice but to follow Damian into his underworld of manipulated viruses and genetically altered super soldiers. Even as her life hangs in the balance, she can't deny the attraction she feels for the incredibly sexy and thoroughly imposing Infantryman.

Damian Gonsalves believes he has a cure for the virus changing innocent people into bloodthirsty undead. Within Laura is the key to stopping the horrific plague. All he has to do is keep her alive and safe, and stay one step ahead of those pursuing them. Her stubbornness frustrates him to no end, while her body drives him to distraction.

When they discover the secret behind Project Terminal, will they survive long enough to help stop the unleashed horror? Or will they just be two more victims of a virus threatening all of humanity?

Content Warning: graphic sex, strong language, and violence

Author Spotlight – Kate Richards

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
Four years

2) What's the shortest and/or longest amount of time it's ever taken you to complete a book?
My first and very shortest was written in one day. It was just under 7k. The longest…I have a few that need finishing from a couple of years ago.

3) What is your writing schedule like?
Because I am also an editor and co-own an editing company, it's rough, but I try to write at least four days a week.

4) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
Early morning

5) Where is your favorite place to write?
My favorite place is up in Bishop at our place in the mountains. I like to sit at the kitchen counter with the view of the little pond. It's different every season but always lovely.

6) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
I like music that suits the mood of the scene.

7) Are you plotter or a panser?
I am a plotter whose stories always take on a life of their own and make me a pantser.

8) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
No, if I like the genre, I'd love to write in it.

9) Is there a genre you've never written, but you would like to try writing?
A mystery. And since my mother tells everyone that I will give up the naughty romance biz and write mysteries one day…I probably should give it a shot. Writing a mystery that is, not giving up my beloved naughty romances.

10) What advice would you give to a new writer?
If you love writing, just keep doing it. Don't let anyone or anything stop you!

11) What do you think makes a good story?
A good story takes the reader into a world that hangs on even when they have to pause for real life. A great story hangs on even when it's over and the reader waits and waits for the next opportunity to return there. Those are my favorites.

12) Who are some of your favorite authors?
Tiffany Reisz, Stephanie Beck, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Laurell K. Hamilton, Louisa May Alcott.

13) What are you reading at the moment?
I am reading The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz.

14) What do you do to relax?
Swim, cook, garden…read!

15) What's your favorite way to procrastinate?
I take my Kindle and go for a walk somewhere, that way I get to read and stretch my legs. I wish I could figure out a way to swim laps and read.

16) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
Chocolate, Diet Coke with Lime, dogs and cats, sunrises and sunsets.

17) If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Some kind of big jungle cat. Can I be a shifter and have the best of both worlds?

18) If you could time travel where would you go and why/what would you do?
So many choices! I'd like a look at Stonehenge being built. I wouldn't mind being one of Cleopatra's handmaidens and hanging out on the Nile in her barge.

19) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
katerichards09@gmail.com
Blog: http://katerichards.wordpress.com
Facebook Fan Page: http://on.fb.me/14Vqx48
Goodreads Page: http://bit.ly/19yVcWh
Twitter: https://twitter.com/katerichards09

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It's Just Love by Kate Richards
Genre(s): contemporary romance with paranormal elements
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Matchmakers sometimes need a little help with their own love lives.

Coral Nixie is living her dream. Her cottage is blocks from her beloved beach and a haven for those seeking answers for their relationship problems. And so what if her own love life is non-existent? Helping others and surfing should be enough for anyone, even a virgin, slightly lonely witch.

Gage Middleton is a successful author and relationship counselor. His "factors" can indicate the success of any relationship, and he's about to propose to his own perfect match. Until Ms. Perfect dumps him and he has to go on TV and defend his theories against a ridiculous hippy witch with the most beautiful eyes he's ever seen.

On a dare from the host, the two set out to follow another couple on their first three dates. Gage and Coral have nothing in common—and neither do the man and woman they follow—but they hadn't counted on their own attraction to each other. Can they let go of their stubborn beliefs and accept that there's nothing to prove? It's Just Love.

Content Warning: graphic sex

Author Spotlight – Imogene Nix

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
I've been writing for two and half years in earnest.

2) What's the shortest and/or longest amount of time it's ever taken you to complete a book?
The shortest is for a 3K piece and was achieved in about a week…by the time I had finished editing it, ready to go.
The longest is actually a piece I've not long finished… It was a stop-start story and took me two years.

3) What is your writing schedule like?
Schedule? Wow, no one told me I had to have a schedule :) But seriously, it does depend. When I'm starting I usually work from around 8 AM until 5-6 PM Monday to Friday. As I get close to the end, it's whatever hours it takes seven days a week.

4) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
Not really. For me it's just when the idea strikes :)

5) Where is your favorite place to write?
My office. I have the music of my choice, statues, and reference materials at hand. It's also the one place that when I close the door, no one enters.

6) Are you plotter or a panser?
I am such a pantster.

7) What advice would you give to a new writer?
Write. Get your ideas down on paper. If you don't get it down, you'll never get it finished! Join groups who will support your journey, and learn the basics, take classes, buy books on the craft. And read. Read some more. And then again!

8) Who are some of your favorite authors?
I have a few: JD Robb, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Cat Adams, Victoria Thompson, Chloe Neill, Kalayna Price… Yeah, there's a few!

9) What's your favorite way to procrastinate?
Facebook :) I get on and Jewel Epic, read posts, and before I know it, it's lunchtime.

10) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
Chocolate, Coffee, Coke, Dogs and Sunsets :)

11) Are you a collector of anything?
China, statues, and cool Luis Royo & Anne Stokes prints :)

12) What's your biggest pet peeve?
People who spam on Facebook, motorcycles that whine all day long, and dog hair!

13) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ImogeneNix
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ImogeneNix
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/ImogeneNix
Blog: http://www.imogenenix.blogspot.com/
Website: http://imogenenix.com/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/108633042092595324569/posts

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The Plan by Imogene Nix
Genre(s): Science Fiction/Futuristic Romance
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What happens when wrong and right collide amidst indescribable passion?

Jonah Fielding has been brought in to clean up the Department of Authority on Centauri. In the course of his work, he captures Kadie Frost, the young woman who managed to escape his sting operation. Kadie, an orphan, now almost destitute illegal parts runner, is shocked to find herself falling for the man who arrested her.

Jonah's world is one that Kadie doesn't understand and fears. When he offers her a deal, she agrees to help him with the investigation. Now they must fight an impossible attraction, find the bad guys, and along the way they'll even end up getting married…purely for the sake of the case, of course.

In the middle of upheaval they find themselves surprised by the scorching promise of passion while bewildered at how it all went awry. The clock is ticking and anything can happen next. Will they survive when work and pleasure collide?

Content Warning: This book contains a sexy, hot man in uniform and a wayward, hotheaded woman, as well as lots of adventure of the futuristic and bedroom variety.

Author Spotlight – Hazel Gower

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
About ten months. I'm one of those writers who would write even if no one bought or published my books.

2) What's the shortest and/or longest amount of time it's ever taken you to complete a book?
Almost six months and it was Ava's Mate, the third book in my series. I have only finished it now.

3) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
Night time is the best. When my kids are in bed, I can focus then.

4) Where is your favorite place to write?
On my lounge with my iPod on usually to 30 Seconds to Mars or Paramore.

5) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
It depends on what I'm writing. For fight scenes I listen to Seether, Limp Bizkit, Sick Puppies, The Used, and early Offspring. For inspiration I listen to 30 Seconds to Mars or Paramore.

6) Are you plotter or a panser?
I try to be a plotter but it never works and I end up being a panser

7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That my character bugs me until their story is written, some will talk even when I've finished their story. Faith, Kane, and Jamie are the worst.

8) What is the most difficult or challenging thing for you as a writer?
Getting my character voices down exactly how they want them to be.

9) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
This is hard, as I love historical and said I could never write one, but what do I know as I'm currently working on a time travel romance set in the fifteen hundreds. So never say never.

10) What advice would you give to a new writer?
Don't give up. Join writing groups.

11) Have you ever had writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
Oh yes, I get writer's block but I call it more getting stuck. What do I do to get out of it? Well, many things…read a good book, watch anything with Jared Leto or Joe Manganiello.

12) Who are some of your favorite authors?
Oh, so many to choose from, J.R Ward, Lara Adrian, Christine Feehan, Patricia Briggs. But the reason I choose Beachwalk Press was because of Pepper Anthony, I loved her work and she talked about how good Beachwalk is.

13) What are you reading at the moment?
I just finished reading Given by Ashlynn Monroe.

14) What do you do to relax?
I write. With four kids under seven it truly is my salivation.

15) What's your favorite way to procrastinate?
That's easy—Facebook.

16) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
Chocolate. Hot chocolate. Dogs. Sunsets.

17) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To be able to heal anything. A healer

18) If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Easy one—a wolf.

19) What is your favorite body part of your characters?
Their eyes. I feel they are a window to the soul. So I have to get their eyes right in all my books. I myself have a weakness for bright sky blue eyes.

20) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
www.hazelgower.com
https://www.facebook.com/HazelGowerAuthor

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Author Spotlight – E. Jamie

1) What is your writing schedule like?
It depends. I have a part time evil day job…that's actually during the evening so on days I work, I work from later morning/early afternoon until I have to head out. On days "off" (HA!) I usually start at the same time, late morning and just go later into the night.

2) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
I'm useless in the mornings. I hear about writers who will get up at 4 AM to get some hours of writing in before work and I just shudder. I've done the full time day job thing for years and have always despised mornings with a lethal passion! My brain usually doesn't engage until 9 or 10 and even then, caffeine is a must. I'm most definitely a night owl. I will usually have no problem staying up until 1 or 2 AM writing, but getting up before Jesus and the Easter Bunny? No.

3) Where is your favorite place to write?
At my desk is ideal. My family got me this huge two piece desk with a shelf on top that I adore, but I have been known to write during breaks at work…though I will leave little boxes to indicate love scenes that I'm not brave enough to write in public view!

4) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
I definitely need music to write or some kind of background noise. I can't write if it's quiet! My mind wanders and can't focus in quiet for some bizarre reason. Movie soundtracks, classical music, the TV. Many of my books have been written with either Supernatural, Friends, or soaps in the background.

5) What is the most difficult or challenging thing for you as a writer?
Setting! My editor for Strawberry Wine can attest to this. I have a tendency to write talking heads because dialogue is one of my strengths so I always have to go back and flesh scenes out but then I overcompensate by describing the color of every piece of furniture in the room.

6) Is there a genre you've never written, but you would like to try writing?
Just today I got an idea for a ménage romance which I've never done. It's the second idea I've gotten for a ménage so maybe the muse is trying to tell me something!

7) What are you reading at the moment?
J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Oh my goodness but those are delicious! My best friend has raved about them for years, but I've never been too much into paranormals. When a coworker insisted I read them, I thought I'd give them a try. She's been supplying me with each book in the series so I guess we could call her my 'dealer'. That would be an example of a genre that I'm reading that I would probably never write in. Vampires. The amount of world building required for that…and me and setting….right, we don't need to go there again. But never say never!

8) What's your favorite way to procrastinate?
The internet is evil! Evil and wonderful all at the same time. I'm convinced YouTube is as successful as it is thanks to procrastinating writers everywhere.

9) Are you a collector of anything?
Books!

10) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
My website is www.authorejamie.wordpress.com
My blog is http://www.ejamiesmuse.blogspot.com
And you can find me on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/authorejamie and www.twitter.com/authorejamie

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Author Spotlight – Tara Mills

1) What is your writing schedule like?
I'm seasonally employed so I do almost all of my creative writing during the winter months.

2) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
I'm best in the morning, and unfortunately, in the middle of the night. That's when words and ideas seem to flow easiest for me.

3) Where is your favorite place to write?
My writing space is in our master bedroom upstairs right by the big dormer windows facing west.

4) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
I need absolute silence, preferably an empty house. I don't know why. If I could get rid of the dog when I need to work, I'd happily do that too. He seems to think I'm home simply to let him in and out all day long.

5) Are you plotter or a panser?
I've always said I'm a pantser but that's not entirely accurate. I've generally got a loose skeleton of a story in my mind, but my scenes come as they will, fleshing out the structure and characters as I go. There are some scenes I know in great detail, most simply develop organically.

6) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
The biggest revelation for me is that these aren't my stories. Because they come organically, for the most part, I reach a point where I'm discovering the story as it unfolds, one sentence at a time. I can't tell you how often I've paused to reread something I just typed, absolutely startled, delighted, or perplexed. Where do these things come from? I wish I could answer that.

7) What is the most difficult or challenging thing for you as a writer?
I'm struggling to manage the various forms of writing right now. It's not always easy to shift from editing, blogging, and general correspondence back to creative writing. It's like switching gears in your brain. Sometimes the clutch sticks if you've been focused on one more than the other too long.

8) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
Mysteries. I enjoy them but they take too much organizing and planning. Not my writing style.

9) Is there a genre you've never written, but you would like to try writing?
I'd like to write a paranormal. Magic has always appealed to me.

10) What advice would you give to a new writer?
My advice is always the same. Read. Read everything you can; both fiction and nonfiction. Don't simply enjoy your favorite authors—study them. Take the time to appreciate beautiful, elegant sentences, wherever you find them. Some of my favorites actually describe rather horrible scenes, but the poetry of the language shines through despite the content.

11) What are you reading at the moment?
At the moment I'm reading Emma: The Wild and Wanton Edition, Secrets of the Sky, and I'm just about to start Stardust for a book club. I rarely read one book at a time.

12) What's your favorite way to procrastinate?
Social media. That swallows a lot of time.

13) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I've always wanted to fly.

14) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
Website: http://www.taramillsromance.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taramillsromance
Twitter: https://twitter.com/taramills16
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6243370.Tara_Mills
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/taramillsromanc/

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Author Spotlight – Sidda Lee Tate

1) How long have you been writing for the purpose of publication?
I've always wanted to write for publication, as long as I can remember actually. But four years ago when my husband gave me a laptop for my birthday, I decided to go for it and write a book. It took several tries, but eventually I completed something I thought was worth submitting. After that, I began to look into the publishing process.

2) What's the shortest and/or longest amount of time it's ever taken you to complete a book?
I finished a three hundred page novel in a little under a year. The editing (self-editing) took another three months. It's still not complete, not really. I go back to it once in a while and make changes. The shortest amount of time it took me to write a book is around two months, which was Hijacked, and it comes out in March 2013.

3) What is your writing schedule like?
I work three twelve hour shifts at my full-time job, which ideally would give me four days a week to write but I'm called in a lot and shifts change so, yeah, my writing schedule is pretty sporadic.

4) Is there a certain time of the day that you tend to be more creative?
I am definitely most creative in the mornings, which is strange because I'm not a morning person at all. Especially before my coffee.

5) Where is your favorite place to write?
My living room. On my sofa. I've turned into quite the couch potato.

6) What type of environment do you prefer when you write? (ie complete silence, background music, etc)
I like to be alone with my laptop and my earphones. I can't seem to think without my music. Like right now, I'm listening to Strange Condition by Pete Yorn.

7) Are you plotter or a panser?
Hmm…that's a tough one. I try really hard to be a plotter, but my characters always take their own way. I've discovered I'm merely an outlet for the people in my head to tell their story. Yes, I may be a little crazy. I accept that whole-heartedly. Ha!

8) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
No matter how hard I try, I can't force a scene. It's either there or it isn't.

9) What is the most difficult or challenging thing for you as a writer?
Editing my own work. I find mistakes in nearly everything else I read, but for some reason, and I guess it's because I've looked at my story a million times and I know how it's supposed to read and/or sound in my head, I just don't see certain things until they are pointed out to me. I love editors.

10) Is there a genre you enjoy reading, but would not write?
Nothing comes to mind. I write what I like to read.

11) Is there a genre you've never written, but you would like to try writing?
Right now, I like where I am. Though one never knows what the future holds.

12) What advice would you give to a new writer?
Quoting the famous Nike slogan, I say, "Just do it." Seriously, if you don't try, it will never happen. Also, push yourself to become better and don't give up. Find a genre that suits your writing style and your comfort level and go for it. Then submit, submit, submit. Before long, you'll find a perfect fit for your work. Take me for example, it took me several years to get published and here I am writing for Beachwalk Press, which in my opinion is one of the greatest publishing companies in the business.

13) What do you think makes a good story?
I enjoy a good love story that takes your breath away. A story that sucks you into the characters lives and is filled with such intensity that you can't help but feel their emotion at the major turning point of their relationship. One that weighs on your mind long after you've read the last page and you have no choice but to go back and read your favorite scenes again and again.

14) Have you ever had writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
Writer's block is evil. Yes, it happens to me with every story I write. Everything is going well, the story is flowing and then…BAM! The single-minded characters want to do their own thing and I want them to do another. It's a battle of wills really. So, I have to step back for a few days, sometimes weeks until things settle. They always win. Why I don't just go ahead and let them have their way to begin with, I don't know. It would make things much easier on me.

15) Who are some of your favorite authors?
That's an extremely tough question for me. There are so many I love, and from all genres. Romance authors though, there's something about their wild imaginations and their ability to tell stories about love and loss and how to conquer it all that truly hold a special place in my heart.

16) What are you reading at the moment?
There are three. I read like I write…several books at a time. Right now, I'm trying to catch up on my Kindle purchases. Teaching Officer Lonesome by Kaylie Newell, Hollowland by Amanda Hocking, and Making Her Nights by Keri Ford. They're all good.

17) What do you do to relax?
The best way for me to relax is watching movies with my husband and son and a giant bowl of popcorn.

18) What's your favorite way to procrastinate?
Anything really. There is nothing specific. I am the biggest procrastinator ever. Plain and simple.

19) Chocolate or vanilla, coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, dogs or cats, sunrises or sunsets?
Chocolate all the way. I survive on coffee. I don't drink sodas. I have four dogs, sizes four pounds to one hundred sixty and no cats aside from the stray that shows up in my yard every once in a while, plus I'm allergic. Sunsets. I like to be asleep for the sunrise.

20) Are you a collector of anything?
This question made me immediately turn to my bookshelf. It's crammed full. The sides may burst at any moment, and there are plenty of books stacked on and around it, so books. I collect books.

21) If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Ah, easy breezy. Mind reading for sure. I love to people watch and knowing what's going through their heads while they do their everyday, mundane things would be pretty fun. Well, most of the time anyway. I wouldn't want to know everything. That seems a tad bit intrusive. And scary.

22) If you could be any animal, what would you be?
I'm not sure, I really like being human.

23) What's your biggest pet peeve?
When people use "seen" incorrectly, such as "I seen that before you did." Oh my Lord, it makes my skin crawl.

24) If you could time travel where would you go and why/what would you do?
Funny. Honestly, I would like to go back and relive the eighties. I know, I know, the music wasn't that great but I like it and the fashion was horrible (I would love to tear through those years with a pair of scissors and cut out all shoulder pads in women's clothing before they hit the shelves), not to mention the hair styles but still, it was a blast. Also, I would take my teenage son with me to prove to him there was actually civilization "way back then" (his words, not mine) even though cell phones were basically non-existent and the ones that you did see were in the movies and the size of large bricks.

25) Give us some links where we can find you, please.
www.siddaleetate.blogspot.com I'm also on twitter: @siddaleewrites and Facebook: Sidda Lee Tate

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