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Welcome, Niecey Roy!

1 Feb

I’m brewing up an extra large pot of coffee this morning! Very good friend and fellow author, Niecey Roy, is stopping by to talk writing and share the fantastic news about her debut contemporary romance, FENDER BENDER BLUES. Like the fabulous characters she writes, Niecey is bursting with spunky, addictive energy. She makes me laugh, keeps me sane, and would totally sneak out in the middle of the night to TP entire neighborhoods with me!

ImageWelcome, Niecey! Congratulations on your brand new release!!

 Niecey: I’m so excited to be here today! Thanks so much for having me!

 Tell us a little bit about yourself. What are your passions?

 First, I’m a book lover…obviously 😉 I started reading at a really young age and that was the beginning of my ability to block out people around me. It annoys the hell out of my husband, but hey, when a book is good, distractions are evil!

 I also love to cook. I grew up with a Polish grandma who spent most of her time singing her face off in the kitchen, and I have a Filipino mother who loves to feed me whenever she comes to visit.  If you visit my blog, you’ll see some of the fun recipes I’ve shared. I promise there will be more to come.

When did you catch the writing bug?

 I realized about the third grade that I wanted to write my own books. I started writing short stories, I wrote poetry, and I kept reading anything I could get my hands on. I love the feeling that I get when I can put my thoughts on paper, and I don’t think that feeling or need to write will ever go away. Some people fix cars, some people make paper airplanes (fun!), and I write 😉

Your love of writing really shines through in the vibrant personalities you’ve crafted in Fender Bender Blues. Which character was your favorite to write?

 Of course, my very favorite character is Rachel, the female lead in Fender Bender Blues. But I really, really love Rach’s dad, Glen. There’s a bit of my own dad in him (ssshhh!!!), but it’s his love of his car that really makes him endearing. I grew up with a dad like that. After reading the book, write me a message on my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/NieceyRoyRomanceAuthor and let me know if you liked Glen, as well, or who your favorite character in Fender Bender Blues is.

 What are you reading right now?

 I’m reading How Hard Can It Be? by Robyn Peterman. I’m only a chapter into it and it’s hilarious!

What do you have planned next?

 I’m working on a humorous contemporary romance (I still prefer to say romantic comedy instead!), currently titled Woes of the Fabricated Relationship.

Come visit me at www.nieceyroy.com, find me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NieceyRoyRomanceAuthor, and I’m also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NieceyRoy

Thanks so much for having me, Donna! This was fun 😉 Here’s a blurb and excerpt of Fender Bender Blues. Hope you enjoy it!

ImageBLURB:

 Her life took a wrong turn. He’s driven by success. They didn’t count on crashing into love…

Rachel Bennett loved her job until the day she finds herself doubting her choices.  Now she’s hunting for a new career, but starting over isn’t easy.  Her plan is simple—no distractions until she finds her dream job.  She didn’t plan on fate throwing her a curveball in the form of a fender bender with a sexy guy in an expensive suit.

Craig Larsen is a wealthy, successful business owner with a plan of his own: survive his current PR nightmare and stay away from his overly determined ex-girlfriend.  His need for control and personal success is turned upside down when he meets Rach, a sassy redhead who can’t drive.

Soon they find themselves battling with Rach’s grumpy old neighbor, toilet-papering the trees of a high school nemesis, and fighting over the last slice of pizza.  Can two very different people plus one fender bender equal a chance at forever?

EXCERPT:

“Now what?”

“Nothing.” Rach sniffed.

Craig shifted to eye her warily. “Since when do you answer me with single words?”

“Since I decided I’m not talking to you,” she answered with a shrug, crumpling up the white paper wrapper from her sub.

Craig leaned his face in close to her neck and enjoyed the startled jerk of her shoulders. Her eyes opened wide in surprise. His breath shifted a few strands of hair at the nape of her neck as he whispered, “Why, because you want me?”

“You’re incorrigible,” she said, breathless, her cheeks flushed.

She’s enjoying this. The thought pleased him. Rach was on her back beside him now, her eyes closed. He glanced around the park to see if anyone was watching. No one was. He could swoop in for a kiss and no one would catch him. No one would care, he told himself. She won’t mind

“I can feel you staring.”

Craig smiled down at her. “So what.”

She peeked at him with one green eye. “So stop it.”

“And if I don’t?” Maybe she’d tackle him, push him down on the blanket and…

She didn’t. She promptly closed her eye and went back to pretending indifference. “I’ll hit you, that’s what.”

“Not if I do this, you won’t.”

He’d only meant it to be a short kiss, but the pleasure of touching his lips to hers kept him there longer. Her tongue was velvet soft and warm against his and the slow mating of their mouths quickened his heartbeat even as he told himself, It’s no big deal, just a kiss.

She nipped his bottom lip and sent heat sliding through his body. The woman could kiss.

She whispered soft against his lips, “Now why don’t you admit that it’s you who wants me.”

FENDER BENDER BLUES, now available at Amazon.

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G.M. Barlean, author of Casting Stones

8 Feb

Today is a very special day for me! A dear friend of mine, G.M. Barlean, author of Casting Stones, has graciously agreed to drop in for a visit and share her journey to publication. As fearless in her writing as she is in real life, G.M. paints her world with words so rich in texture and meaning that as you read you feel as though you have slipped inside the pages and become one with her story.

G.M. Barlean: Donna, thank you so much for having me as your guest. Your support is truly appreciated.

Although I have written for years, my concentrated effort to write fiction began in 2009. I completed my first novel, Dead Blow, (with Donna’s help if I remember correctly!) in the summer of 2010. I became a member of the Nebraska Writers Guild, participated in National Novel Writer’s Month (NaNoWriMo), and joined the Prairieland Romance Writers of Nebraska that fall. When participating in NaNoWriMo, I began writing the novel, Casting Stones, which I just published. I reached the goal of writing 50,000 words of this novel during NaNoWriMo, and then went on to finish the book by February of 2011.

I spent the remainder of 2011 working to fine-tune the book, and I also took two different online writing courses. The process of finishing my book included many friends reading and helping me make it the best product it could be. In the spring of 2011, I attended an event called, Write Across Nebraska. At this event I met C. K. Volnek. Later that year, C. K. (Charlie) invited me to join the Seward Writer’s Group. C.K., I, and three other writers (Victorine Lieske, Kathy Gillmore, and Sabrina Sumsion) have also created another writing support group we call, The Local Muse. This support has turned out to be the most important link in my chain to publishing. By November of 2011, the book was ready for professional editing, and then it was off to be published and printed.

It should be noted, as said above, I could never have written this book without the help of many friends, one of which was you, Donna. Another friend of note, Victorine Lieske, created the book cover for Casting Stones. She also guided me along the way and answered so many questions regarding how to publish. I also firmly believe that God has led me to all of the people who have helped me along the way, from my first reader, Donna Sturgeon (author of Millie’s Rose) to my most recent relationship with my new editor, Carol Weber of carolscorrections.weebly.com/. Of course, my husband, family, and friends played an essential role as well (specifically the hubs!).

Casting Stones is a dramatic fiction, set in Missouri and Nebraska during the years 1926 through 1945. It is a story about struggle and survival, retribution and redemption. If you wish to meet the characters, please visit my blog Moments of Clarity. Want a little free reading? I’ve written a short story prelude to the novel. The prelude gives a glimpse into the main characters and sets the stage for the trouble that will come. You can get a free copy of this short story either from my website: GMBarlean.com, or from Smashwords.com. Do you like movies? I have created a book trailer and posted it on Youtube.com. I think you will really enjoy watching this. A friend of mine, Rae Welch, created the original music for this short film, and it is perfect. The e-book for Casting Stones is available on Amazon, and Barnes and Nobel. Both of these sites offer a sample of the novel.

Thank you so much for allowing me to let your readers learn about my book. I hope some of you will consider buying, Casting Stones. In the mean time, I would like to give away a free E-book to a randomly selected person who comments on this blog! Comment away from now thru Saturday, and at the end I’ll let you all know who won!

From the cover: 1926 – A simple error in judgment leaves James Raven a broken man – his wife dead, and his infant son, motherless. He goes back home seeking solace, only to find more sorrow – and Esther Barton, his father’s hired girl – a woman he holds in contempt.

Missteps seal James’s fate. The penance? His child, now in the care of the one he had scorned, suffers abuse and neglect. The woman James judged unacceptable, now judges him. Trapped and helpless, he can only watch in horror.

Who will save the Ravens when they cannot save themselves…and at what cost?

Their salvation ends with blood on their hands, and they must bury their sins, deep in the Loess Hills of Missouri.

In the Spotlight ~ Lora Incardona

22 Dec

Lora Incardona is a retired teacher who has never lost the love of learning nor the energy of school children of all ages. As a way to get others to find pleasure in learning, she compiled her favorite and most effective studying activities into a small book. Now that Lora is no longer in a school classroom, she has transformed her couch into a comfy place to learn, where she is studying how the brain works and why, and enjoys the Internet as her new textbook.

Requests for her book, The Study Coach’s Easy Study Manual, can be made by writing to Lora@LoraTheStudyCoach.com.

Website: http://LoraTheStudyCoach.com

Blog: http://LoraTheStudyCoach.blogspot.com

In the Spotlight ~ Bailey Bristol

9 Dec

This week in “In the Spotlight,” it is my pleasure to introduce you to Bailey Bristol.

Bailey Bristol is author of both historical and contemporary suspense. Family bonds, enduring love, menacing villains and unforgettable characters are prominent in her stories set in unlikely places. Visit Bailey’s web site at www.baileybristol.com Bailey Bristol is the pen name of Mary Schwaner, an accomplished coloratura soprano, graphic artist, and IT geek. Bailey tells her readers, “O! the places I will take you!”.

You can find Bailey’s newest release, “The Devil’s Dime,” in both e-book and paperback at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.