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Author Interview - Tessa Stokes

What's your book/current WIP about?
I will tell you about Stone Kisses the latest release.

It’s a genre blend romance, fantasy. Lots of real life meets fantasy. There’s this ordinary girl. She has her own graphic business but she has to work hard to pay her mortgage. She has no family and it’s been a long time since she had a man in her life.

It’s summer and she seems to be surrounded by couples. The sun and her loneliness makes her long for love or at least kisses. She looks at her house from her garden and knows it needs painting but she can’t afford that so she decides to visit the nearby garden store to buy flowers for her garden. There she meets Justin who is naturally gorgeous and enigmatic. He finds her attractive and decides to pursue her.

Down the road live two gods left over from ancient times and Stella our heroine gets caught up in a game they play. I saw something in a public garden which inspired the start of the book and then when I began to write it the characters …

It's Hammer, er, Cover Time!

Hot out of the oven, just for you on this fine sweltering Tuesday morning.

An heiress. An airship captain. A legend strong enough to destroy their love.

Author Interview - Jamie Friesen

Hey everyone! Today on the blog we have something super-special. A novelist writing about zombies! Oooo! Welcome Jamie Friesen. 

What's your book/current WIP about?
Zombie Night in Canada: First Period is about a zombie apocalypse in Edmonton, Canada. Because of its northerly location, weather plays a major factor in the story, as does the military and police, who are portrayed as professionals undertaking a difficult and dangerous task, instead of as sociopaths/opportunists as some other authors have written.
Care to share your favorite line(s) from your story?
“All of these theories on the internet are just that, theories. This pandemic is not an act of bio-terrorism, alien invasion or military experiment gone awry. The sheer number and breadth of Patient Zeroes across the planet is staggering,” the President of the United States said emphatically. “And finally, no, we did not consult with George Romero on how to deal with this crisis.”
What's your next project?
Besides a few shor…

Author Interview - Carly Fall

Today we have a special guest from GoddessFish Tours! Welcome Carly Fall and learn more about her new release, Finding My Faith and the giveaway she's doing!

What's your book/current WIP about?
Finding My Faith is the second book in the Six Savior Series focusing on the warrior Rayner. Over two hundred years ago, a group of vicious criminals escaped from their prison on the planet of SR44. They landed on Earth, and have become some of our worst criminals such as Jack the Ripper and Jeffrey Dahmer. The people of SR44 sent six warriors to destroy those criminals.

Rayner is the all work and no play guy who desperately wants to go home, but knows that won't be possible until their mission is complete. He also has a gift that he feels is a curse: he can see spirits caught in the ether between life and death. There's very little he can do for them, so he ignores them. Faith is a human who gets mixed up with one of the criminals, and almost dies. Rayner can see her, and when …

We Interrupt This Program . . .

This message is to inform you that the sole writer at Have Novel, Will Edit, will be taking a brief hiatus from blogging. Please refer to this this blog for explanation as to why I'm seriously stressed out right now. I apologize for the inconvenience (i.e. making you go somewhere else for awesome photos and humor), although the author interviews on Wednesdays will continue as normal because I had the foresight to schedule them.

I promise the next SIFWIW will be worth the wait. This is just like when you're watching TV and you get a crappy Hallmark movie instead of the show you really wanted to see. Only there will be no crappy Hallmark movie with the sappy happy ending.

At this time, I encourage you to work on your writing, take a walk, or read a book.

The Friday Five - Books That Disturb Me

Sometimes there are books that come into our lives that rock us to our cores. Lines in them that make us shiver with deliciousness. One such book I recently read was The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Here's the line that really stunned me because it was so powerful: Through the reins, I can somehow feel how powerful he is. They're spiderwebs anchoring a ship. (My husband said I said it was powerful because she used the word powerful, but that's not true.)

Oh, man. That is some strong writing there. If you like YA and myths, I 100% recommend The Scorpio Races. It was wonderfully done.

But sometimes, there are books that destroy your mind. They make you quake in fear or give you weird, vivid dreams that haunt you for days, if not years. These are the five that bug me most:

1) The Monster At The End of This Book - Jon Stone and Michael Smollin. As a child, when my mom brought this book to my bedside the first time, I had fits. Mom tells me I was terrified of the Hallow…

The Treasure Hunter's Lady in Print

This is a photo of my mom holding the first print copy of The Treasure Hunter's Lady. You should have seen her face when I pulled it out of my purse. It was like she'd won the lottery. Which is funny because I didn't even let her keep this copy. I feel kind of bad because it was my brother's birthday and here I whip out this print edition, upstaging him. I mean, being 39 is nothing to sneeze at, especially when the doctors told my parents he'd never make it out of his twenties. So big
I didn't get home until pretty late on Saturday, if you read yesterday's post, you'll remember it was a crazy busy weekend. But I was hoping and wishing and praying that my proof would come. I relentlessly checked the mail every day since it shipped. I opened the door and there it was! I wanted to tear the tape off of it the second the box was in my hands, but we were just down the hill from the house, so I made myself wait.

The scissors came out, the…

The Really Long Crazy Weekend + Some Awesome News!

You have to wade through all the other stuff to get to the awesome news. Mwahahahahaha. I don't have any pictures for you today from my weekend. I didn't take a nature walk. There was a lot going on this weekend, so there just wasn't time.

First, it was the monthly meeting at Ozarks Romance Authors. Where the library so thoughtlessly didn't have a room for us for critique. I may or may not have showed my temper just a lot. Okay, I did. I was already ticked because there were about 40 or 50 bicyclists between my house and the next town that thought pulling out in front of me (while I was running 55 mph) was a really great idea and then riding in packs rather than single file so it's impossible to get around them. I'm all for fitness, but I personally believe that if you're going to be on the road, you should really obey stop signs and traffic laws. Just sayin'.

We managed to squeeze into a room at 1:00 so our speaker had a place to speak. She was great. …

The Friday Five - Reasons I'm A Slacker

You probably think you already read this post, don't you? When I was sick in March and I didn't feel like doing anything. But you'd be wrong, because this time I'm not sick (at least I hope I'm not). This time I have something other than germs weighing on my mind for why I'm slacking.

Let's discuss what I'm slacking at. As you know, The Sky Pirate's Wife has been finished since early March. I've been goofing off pretty much every day since it finished. Well, maybe goofing off is too hard a judgement. I've been trying to design a cover, working on The Turncoat's Temptress, and my sooper sekrit prajekt. Here's what stopping me from moving forward:

1) I hate editing. For me there is nothing as dull as sitting there reading and re-reading every word you've written with a critical eye. I know it's a necessary evil, but I hate it. I don't mind updating after someone's critiqued it, but I don't want to do line by line.


Book Feature - Dance Me to the Stars

At first glance twenty-eight-year-old Claire Chatfield has everything a girl could possibly wish for: she looks gorgeous, has a promising career at one of New York’s top architectural firms, and she carries an engagement ring on her finger from one of New York’s most eligible heir-bachelors! Life should be a dream, but deep down Claire is haunted by an insecurity that has plagued her since her childhood days. When Alec Brunell, a sexy tango dancer, moves into the apartment one floor above from Claire’s, he unwittingly awakens Claire’s old fears, making her rebuff his attempts at neighborly friendship. Will Claire brave her inhibitions and allow herself to take a chance on Alec, or will she continue to play it safe?

For the entirety of his thirty-three-year-long existence, David Lawson has been groomed as the heir to the Lawson Enterprises real-estate empire. But spending eighty hour weeks at the office is not sufficient proof of company loyalty for the Lawson patriarch – in order to …

Author Interview - Leah Petersen

Hey y'all, please welcome Leah Petersen to the blog today! She's touring with Goddessfish Promotions. So let's jump right in!

What's your book/current WIP about?

FIGHTING GRAVITY is a sci-fi story about a young man who comes from poverty and is thrust into the political and social center of a world where money and power are the only measure of a person’s worth. It’s also a love story.

Care to share your favorite line(s) from your story?

My favorite bits are more about the emotions they evoke than the order of the words, and most of that’s meaningless out of context. I’m thinking of my favorite lines from others’ books and it’s the same thing. One that I acquired just recently, from Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, is simply “I remember.” The line gives me chills when I read the book, but it hardly stands out as anything remarkable by itself.

So I guess when I think of a particular sentence from FIGHTING GRAVITY, I always come back to the first one: “I was eight year…

This Little Piggie Went to the Market . . . to Market

Hey y'all.

As you probably know, the 2012 Ozarks Romance Authors Conference is coming up. We're in our 25th year, how awesome is that?

This is my 4th year of attending. Each one is better than the next. It's the first year that I have a book to peddle. I think (fingers crossed) that The Treasure Hunter's Lady will be ready for print by then. I also think that I probably won't have time to sit down at an actual table to sell print copies. In the past, as a member of the conference committee I've been positioned at the registration table to help people get signed in, pass out goody bags and be the official name list holder for people pitching to the agents.

This year, I'm not pitching. I have plenty of things on my plate and I'm not interested in pitching anything I have. I'm not dedicated enough to a certain historical romance file on my flash drive to try to spruce it up for an agent. I thought I might be, but in the end, I wasn't.

This year I f…