#ASI: Ellen Chauvet

Hi Ellen, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

 Discuss your newest book. My newest book is also my first book and is titled “When Darkness Falls”, The First Vampire Redemption Story. It is the first in a series of at least 3 books. It tells the story of Lexie, a vampire executioner who doesn’t know she is one. When her best friend is murdered by vampires, she is thrown into a five-hundred-year-old secret and meets her Amant de Sange or Blood Mate, Etienne Benoit. She chooses to step into her legacy as a ‘Chosen One’ and begins her journey into a dark and dangerous world. Lexie and Etienne fall in love and when he betrays her she vows revenge. Read it recently, loved it!

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 Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’ve always been an avid reader and thought that ‘someday’ I would write a book. I’ve loved all of the Anne Rice novels and when a friend introduced me to Buffy, The Vampire Slayer I became intrigued by the idea of ‘good’ and ‘bad vampires’. I started reading as many vampire books as I could get my hands on including Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, Christopher Pike and Stephanie Meyer. They were my research, and when my work commitments changed, I decided it was time to write. I wrote the first draft in 9 months, took a year off when my husband became terminally ill, and then pursued the dream when he died. I found a great writing coach and the next 4 years were spent in rewrites, editing, and polishing. A great publisher found me and we published the book in March of 2016 on Amazon’s Create Space and Kindle. I’m sorry for your loss.

What are your current projects? My current project is writing the second book in the series.

What books have most influenced your life most? When I was a teenager I read a lot of Hemingway and loved his style of writing, so definitely Hemingway. Probably most of all though would be Anne Rice.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? I have two main characters.

Lexie is a Southern Belle from Atlanta, Georgia and was brought up in a strict Southern Baptist household. She’s rebelled against the suppression of her Mother and lives in Paris working as a translator for the United Nations. She’s attractive, sassy, a bit promiscuous and wonders if this is all there is to life.

Etienne is a 500-year-old vampire who was turned against his will and has created an organization to fight against ‘dark’ vampires. He’s sophisticated, handsome, ruthless when he needs to be and resigned about ever finding his Amant de Sang (Blood Mate). He falls hard for Lexie and when he is forced to turn to the ‘dark’ side, vows he will find a way back to her.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?  The message is that there is good and evil in all of us and it’s ok. It’s part of being alive (or undead as the case may be). Every day we have a choice between good and evil.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? I’d like to see Olivier Martinez play Etienne and Jessica Chastain play Lexie.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I had the time and the dream.

Do you write full-time or part-time? I’m lucky enough to be able to write full-time. I don’t write every day full-time, but when the story or the characters are demanding my attention, I’m disciplined and write 3 to 5 hours every day.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? The rewrites. Then I realized they are the key to honing my craft and producing something that people want to read.

What is the easiest thing about writing?  Creating the story.

 What book are you reading now? I’m reading “Find Me When The Sun Goes Down by Lisa Olsen.

What is one random thing about you? I love horses and music

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? Tablet and computer

 What does your writing process look like? My writing coach trained me to do a lot of what she calls “laying on my bed writing”. In other words, really thinking about where I want to go in a particular paragraph or chapter and making sure my characters are always in character. Also doing the required research – I’ve learned to love research. When I’m on a roll, I’m always in my office by 9am anxious to discover what my characters have been up to overnight.

 Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? No

How important are names to you in your books?  Names are very important as they have meaning.

 Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I’m still in the marketing process and so far so good.

What is your favorite book and why? I gave this a lot of thought and I don’t really have a favorite book. I have favorite authors.

 Do you have any advice for other writers?

  1. Never give up – just keep writing.
  2. Don’t listen to the little voice in your head saying you can’t or you’re not good enough or no one wants to read what you want to write about.
  3. Don’t edit your work as you go – get that first draft done and then edit.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? See friends, listen to music, watch TV, travel – in many ways I’m never not writing. I’m always thinking about writing even when I’m not sitting at my computer.

From where do you gain your inspiration? Everywhere – but particularly other authors who write about vampires.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? I don’t have an opinion about that – I’m traditionally published and I love my publisher.

How do you market your books? Facebook, Twitter, word of mouth, author interviews, pod casts

Would you or do you use a PR agency? I would and I don’t.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Authors need to also be entrepreneurs. Writing is not only creative it’s a business and I think many authors are not business people. I’m lucky in that regard as I was a business woman first and then became an author. Create a marketing plan and stick to it and keep talking about your book – to anyone who will listen.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?

Right now a lot. The book is newly published and it takes time to build an author platform and develop one’s readership. I’m willing to put in the time and energy to get my book known.

What do you do to get book reviews? How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? My publisher has been extremely helpful in that regard. She discovered a tool we’ve been using and it’s been extremely productive. We’re still working on attaining reviews and know that it takes time and energy on both our parts.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? Not really.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? No

Which social network worked best for you? At present Facebook seems to be working well. And I’m also creating a presence on Twitter.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

 

I did a press release for the Horror Writer’s Association – not sure how successful or productive that was. I did a book launch here in Vancouver and it was extremely successful. Sold out of books I had on hand and could have sold more. Launch was promoted through Facebook.

 

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? I’d like to meet Bram Stoker. Fascinating mind.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

 

Sit down and write – don’t critique – just write.

Everything I said above

 

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

 

I have a blog – ellenchauvet.wordpress.com

Website – ellenchauvet.com

Find me on Facebook

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#BookReview: Highland Repress by Riley Morano 3/5 Stars

Overview: Ashley and Tristan celebrate the arrival of their first child, but the day is soon turned dark when the clan tart appears to badger them about her child being his. She persists and later insists that Ashley’s father is the father of her child instead. A battle is stopped before it is begun and a second almost takes the life of brother and sister.

Opinion: Way too fast paced. You almost get whiplash from all the action. It is just go, go, go without a break in between one child being born, to a wedding, then almost death and sudden premature labor.

Recommend: Maybe.

#ASI: Julia Brannan

Hi Julia Brannan, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? Hi Courtney, thanks for asking me to answer these questions! I’m based in the UK, and am lucky enough to live in the beautiful countryside of Wales. I’m an only child, and was brought up in Manchester, England. I’ve had a variety of jobs, including office work, teaching, gilding, call centre work, and I now edit for a few very successful authors. I love travelling, and have been on extended trips to many countries. Well (if Google Translate can be trusted) Helo!

Discuss your newest book. My newest book will be published at the beginning of July, and is the third in a series of historical novels about the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. The series is set in England, Scotland and Europe, and deals with the lives of Beth Cunningham, her family and friends during the build-up to the rebellion, the actual rebellion itself, and the aftermath. There is a romance at its heart, but I’ve taken great pains to ensure the historical setting and events are accurate. Sounds great, and like you should have been my history advisor for a book I’m working on.

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 Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? My interest in writing originated with my mother, who taught me to read before I went to school, and who showed me just how magical and influential the written word is. I wrote little stories from the age of 5, and she encouraged me all the way. #MothersDay

What are your current projects? At the moment I’m editing book three – The Gathering Storm, and preparing it for publication, and spending all my free time doing background research for the next book.

What books have most influenced your life most? That’s a difficult one, because there are so many. I would say as a child that Heidi gave me my love of travelling, because I wanted to go to Switzerland. I also loved the Moomintroll series, and really identified with Snufkin, who goes off travelling alone for months at a time. The dark and brooding Wuthering Heights helped me through a very turbulent puberty, because it matched my dark and brooding moods!

What inspired you to write your first book? In honesty, the wish to make lots of money inspired me to write my first book, a long time ago when I was 18. I foolishly believed that it would be really easy to write Mills&Boon romances and make a fortune, even though I wasn’t really interested in the genre, and I spent a long hot summer slogging away at writing one, only to (quite rightly) have it promptly rejected.

Later I realized that it’s far more important to be passionate about your subject, and write for the sheer love of writing, which is what I do now. Dreams have to start somewhere.

 Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? There are two main characters. Beth is a fiercely independent woman who has to fight for her freedom against a family and society who believe women should live very restricted lives ruled by men.

Sir Anthony is an effeminate, foppish man of fashion, a flippant social butterfly, but there is clearly more to him than meets the eye.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I would like to inspire my readers to love history as I do, and to realize that although laws and customs may change, the dreams and desires of human beings remain constant. History is amazing in my opinion.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? I really have no idea at all. I’m sure my readers will have some thoughts on that, though!

When did you decide to become a writer? I always wanted to be a professional writer, but life got in the way for many years, as it has a habit of doing!

Why do you write? Because I have to. I can’t imagine not writing something. For many years I wrote for my own pleasure alone, keeping a diary, writing poetry, then experimenting with ideas for novels. But I’ve always written, since I learned how to form letters.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I went on a walk across Spain – the Camino de Santiago – and just for a joke, I sent emails to my boyfriend about my adventures, but wrote the whole thing in a Tolkienesque style. I became an elf going into the west, and meeting hobbits, orcs etc along the way. It was enormous fun, and every time something happened, I’d work out how to turn it into a Lord of the Rings type of event. He showed the first email to his friends, who loved it, and after that they were all waiting for the next episode. I really enjoyed having an avid audience, and it gave me confidence to start writing with a view to publishing once I got home. That’s sweet! and AWESOME!

Do you write full-time or part-time? Part-time at the moment. I have another job that pays the bills, but it’s my dream to write full-time.

What is the hardest thing about writing? Actually sitting down and starting.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Finding the time to do it. I have a very full life.

What is the easiest thing about writing? It’s fun! Once I start, it becomes an obsession, and I live in the period I’m writing about.

What book are you reading now? At the moment I’m only reading research books. My current one is about poverty in the eighteenth century.

 What is one random thing about you? I have trekked to Everest Base Camp, and once there, got to sing ‘Tom Dooley’ with guitar accompaniment, with the Swedish Climbing Expedition. Cool.

 What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? I use a computer for the actual writing, but I keep handwritten index cards with details of all the characters, and a hand-drawn timeline of historical events etc. I also carry a notebook with me everywhere to jot down ideas that might come to me at random times.

What does your writing process look like? I start by researching the historical period in general, reading anything and everything I can get hold of – biographies of historical characters, books about the period, military books about the battles, newspapers from the period, etc. Then I plot out the storyline and start to research in more depth the specific events etc. Once I start writing, I may change my ideas about certain things, or decide to include a specific skill etc, so then I research again. I write chronologically, unless I suddenly have a full scene from further along the book come into my head; then I’ll write that as a separate document and rework it later.

 Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? Not when I’m actually writing, but I did astonish the neighbours somewhat by teaching myself to throw knives at the door of the garden shed, because one of my characters has that skill, and teaches it to another character, and I wanted to know how it was done, and what mistakes you’d make when learning. So, readers, beware of flying knives while writing a review! Lol Jk.

 How important are names to you in your books? Some of the names of fictional characters just pop into my head. Some of them are names of actual ancestors of mine. But the surnames of MacGregor and MacDonald were chosen because the clan histories fitted what I wanted from my characters and plot.

 Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? I think the hardest thing with historical fiction is to keep the characters as true as possible to the time they’re living in, whilst still ensuring that a 21st century reader can identify and sympathise with them. This can be extremely difficult at times.

 Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I’m still relatively new to marketing, so am trying different promotional ideas and am open to suggestions!

What is your favorite motivational phrase? I’m not really a fan of motivational phrases. Sometimes I hear one that strikes a chord, but having worked in several office-based jobs over the years, I have realized that the worst employers are usually the ones whose walls are littered with motivational posters, such as ‘Every great journey starts with the first step’, when all the employees longed to do was take that last step out of their appalling job asap. I am, however, a fan of the sarcastic demotivational poster…

What is your favorite book and why? My all-time favourite book is Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s mastery of language and description blew me away, and decided me on studying English Literature at university. The world he creates is totally believable, and you just live there for the duration of the book.

 Do you have any advice for other writers? Don’t be discouraged if you get a one-star review, and never, ever respond to it. On the other hand, if ALL your reviews are one-star, then it’s worth having a look at why. Often it’s not because you’re a bad writer, but because your book needs editing or proofreading. That can make all the difference in the world!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I love fitness training, reading, gardening, walking, travelling, and photography, although I’m not very good at it!

 From where do you gain your inspiration? The inspiration for the Jacobite Chronicles came from family history research, when I discovered that one branch of my family were almost certainly Jacobites. I started reading a little background history to see how they would have lived, and became completely absorbed in the period. I had no idea the mid-eighteenth century was such a fascinating period of history until then.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? I think the advantages of self-publishing are that you have total control over your book – the content, the cover, the blurb, the marketing, and when you publish. Also you get a larger percentage of the royalties. The disadvantages are that some people still think of independent publishing as somehow inferior, something you only do if your book isn’t good enough to be traditionally published. This view is slowly changing, though. Also, having all that control means a lot more work for the author, which is hard when you’re also trying to actually write the books!

How do you market your books? At the moment through social media, promotions, etc.

Why did you choose this route? As I said, it’s still early days for me, so I’m using media I’m already familiar with. I now intend to branch out into new avenues, though.

Would you or do you use a PR agency? I don’t at the moment, and don’t know enough about what’s involved to answer this, really.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? I wouldn’t like to give advice yet – I’m still learning myself.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? Probably not enough! But I want to actually WRITE! And as I also have another job, I market as and when I see an opportunity, and am experimenting to see what might work!

What do you do to get book reviews? I periodically post on media just asking people, if they read my book and like it, to post a review. If someone contacts me directly to say they’ve enjoyed my book, I ask if they’d be kind enough to review it. That’s all.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? Not as successful as I’d like it to be!

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? No.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? As long as they’re constructive, or an honest opinion, I really don’t mind. Of course I love getting five-star reviews! I put an enormous amount of work into writing my books and it’s wonderful to get praise. But if someone gives me a bad review, then I try to look at it objectively, and take any comments on board.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? Not as yet, but I’m sure there will be.

What’s your views on social media for marketing?  I like it. I like the fact that your readers can contact you directly to ask questions and give feedback. It makes it more personal than just doing promotions en masse.

Which social network worked best for you? Facebook, possibly because I’m very familiar with it, but you have a huge prospective readership on there.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do? Set up an author page. Don’t pester people too much to read your book, or drown their newsfeed with your promotions. If you do, they’ll unfollow you.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? I do a Facebook launch party and hire an excellent person to help me with it. That has been a very successful strategy.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? There are so many…but I would love to meet William Wallace, because he must have had enormous charisma to unite Scotland as he did, and incredible courage and dedication to his country never to waver for a moment in his loyalty.

 If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Lord of the Rings. I would love to be able to invent a whole language, and write so beautifully.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Stop wanting to do it, and start writing. Write a journal, poetry, short stories, anything. It’s all practice, and it’s only by writing that you will improve, and find your style. Don’t write with the sole intent to make money; write about something you’re passionate about, and you’re more likely to do it well. #WriteOn

How can readers discover more about you and you work? (links – FB, Pinterest, Twitter, Goodreads. Web site coming…

Facebook: https://facebook.com/pages/Julia-Brannan/727743920650760

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrannanJulia

Pinterest: http:/www.pinterest.com/juliabrannan

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14060028.Julia_Brannan

 

#ASI: Eve Rabi

Hi Eve. Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? Hi, Courtney. Thank you for having me on your lovely site. A little about me: I am an author of 26 romantic crime and suspense-filled novels. I live in Sydney Australia, but I was born in South Africa. If you enjoy high drama with exciting twists and turns, contemporary romances with elements of a crime thriller, stories of revenge and suspense, then you will enjoy my books. But be prepared to gasp, to laugh and to cry while you fall in love. As one reader put it “Eve Rabi goes there. I love that in an author.”
I am living a dream – I am a full-time writer.

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 Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Some time ago, my ex-husband and I ran a magazine in Sydney’s North Shore. It was a success but hard work. Since I worked for a newspaper before, I wrote all the articles for our magazine. I did everything for the magazine, in fact. It was around then, that I realized how much I enjoyed writing. Especially humorous articles. I began to work secretly on CAPTURED – My Sworn Enemy, My Secret Lover, but with two little kids there was never any time to do the things I liked. I was extremely frustrated that I couldn’t write to my heart’s content, so I woke up every day at 3 a.m., crept downstairs to my study and wrote till 7 a.m.
I stopped watching TV for two years and used every spare minute to dream and write. I only published my first book in 2012, though.

What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on two more books due in December 2016.

Discuss your newest book.


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As the picture above indicates, THE OTHER WOMAN is a story about a betrayed wife who suddenly finds that she has lost everything – her husband, her children, her home, her friends and her life. With nothing to lose, she decides not to turn the other cheek. Instead she decides to dig up dirt on the other woman and uses it to sabotage her ex-husband’s life. This book has an overall 5-star rating on Amazon UK. Sounds interesting.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? Scarlett Smyth in The Other Woman – she is a seductress and rather good at it. She believes that she can seduce any male, taken or single and she does.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? In the words of Jack Nicholson (the unloading of a husband) in The Witches of Eastwick: “…death, desertion, divorce – the three Ds; when that happens, a woman blooms.”
Jack’s right, you know. I bloomed after my marriage ended. After I reached rock bottom, of course. THE OTHER WOMAN is not my story, however, having experienced the pain of betrayal in my marriage, I can say that all the pain the wronged wife felt in THE OTHER WOMAN was all mine. But I have to point out that I am currently really happy in my life right now. In fact, ending my marriage was the best thing that could have happened to me. I have a spring in my step. Congratulations on your divorce…in the best way. 🙂

 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? Jennifer Lawrence would make a fabulous Scarlett.

What books have most influenced your life most? The Valley of the Dolls and most of Sydney Sheldon’s books. I hear that is good, but never picked it up.

What inspired you to write your first book? An article in the newspaper about the war in Iraq inspired me to write the romantic suspense book called CAPTURED.

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When did you decide to become a writer? In 2003 I started penning my first novel. It took me five years to finish it.

Why do you write? I write because I have to. If I had more time in the day, I would churn out about three books a year.

Do you write full-time or part-time? I am a full-time writer. As I said earlier on, I used to dream about being a full-time writer and now, I can hardly believe, I am living my dream. I never take it for granted.

What is the hardest thing about writing? I juggle kids, a home, a social life and work (writing). I’ve learned that it’s important to achieve balance in one’s life, so I have to force myself not to spend all my time doing what I love and that is writing books.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Although it was cathartic, it was extremely painful to write THE OTHER WOMAN. The raw hurt, the unpleasant memories swarmed and overwhelmed me at times. However, it was a good thing in the end.

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What is the easiest thing about writing? I never suffer writer’s block and I never run short of ideas. In fact, I have books scheduled for 2019!

What book are you reading now? I’m reading a book on body language, can you believe it?

What is one random thing about you? I dance. Ceroc, salsa, ballroom, modern jive – I dance all the time. I started dancing when I was fifteen and have never stopped.

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? Laptop. I have two state-of-the-art laptops that I use.

What does your writing process look like? Oh, it’s such a mess in the beginning, I often amaze myself when I manage to piece together the story in the end.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? No. But I do tend to eat a lot while I am writing a book. Like a lot!

How important are names to you in your books? Very. I start off with a name for my characters, but by the time I finish the book, I’ve changed the names at least 4 or more times.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? The legal facets, police procedural and courtroom aspects. Luckily my sister is an attorney and she guides and corrects me.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?
Yes, I failed to mention sexual violence in my book called GRINGA, and I got blasted for it. Turns out the reader who kicked my butt for my omission is another author, not a reader.

What is your favorite motivational phrase? This too shall pass.

What is your favorite book and why? Currently, I would say Gone Girl. I love the author’s style of writing and I find her prose lyrical.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Keep writing. Never stop.

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What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I am a person who loves life and when I’m not writing, I’m usually dancing and socializing. Or pretending to clean my house.

From where do you gain your inspiration? From everywhere, mainly music.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? I have been approached by publishers, but I did not like their conditions. I love the feeling of being able to craft without restraint and restriction. Don’t fence me in.

How do you market your books? I use mainly social media, Facebook. I also use Amazon, Smashwords, etc.  Fiverr.com also helps.

Why did you choose this route?
Self-publishing is the route most writers chose these days. No longer do we need agents telling us how to write and controlling our every move. Amazon has made that possible.

Would you or do you use a PR agency?
I’m not sure. Maybe in the future.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
Take your books to the readers. Facebook is a good medium – make use of it.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?
I have two assistants who help me market. Of course, they do it under supervision and that does take up half my day.

What do you do to get book reviews? I still find it hard to get enough reviews. It’s something all authors complain of.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? It’s been a while since I solicited reviews. So I guess I’m lucky there.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? No. Luckily I have a great number of faithful readers who post reviews without me having to ask.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? Most of my really bad reviews comes from other authors. It’s clear to see that. I take the good with the bad. You cannot escape that.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? Nothing amusing, however, I had some pretty bad experiences where I got kicked out of some Facebook groups for not adhering to the rules. I wasn’t rebelling or anything – I just messed up.

What’s your views on social media for marketing? Facebook works for me. I haven’t had much luck with Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram, even though I promote my books on them.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do? Be focused on what you want to achieve as an author. Also, be nice to other authors. It will serve you well in the end.

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Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? No, I’ve never done any of that. I did advertise on Goodreads once, but the response was weak. I promoted via book tours but there again, the response wasn’t anything to get excited about.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
I would love to go on holiday with Madonna. She’s not only gifted, she’s fun. Amy Schumer would be my next choice.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Gone Girl. I think it’s a great book. I love Gillian Flynn’s sense of humor and I find her prose lyrical.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Keep writing. Never stop. Cut out all distractions. I gave up television for two years when I was writing. I also hibernated for more than a year while I wrote more books. I wanted it that bad.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Website/blog: http://everabi.wordpress.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eve.rabi
Twitter – https://twitter.com/EveRabi1
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/everabiauthor/
Google + – https://plus.google.com/111560859015561071911
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/everabiauthor
Instagram: https://instagram.com/everabiauthor/
Amazon U.K.: http://amzn.to/14vFE8r
Email:everabi2012@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Legend Series: #Innocence

Innocence follows Alexa-Jordyn on a journey to Ireland as an exchange student in her Senior year of high school. All is well on the flight to the Emerald isle but then her whole world changes, and everything she knows to be true is wrong. The people who raised her are not her real family. Legendary creatures are real and her teacher is one. The family she is staying with are Legend Hunters for a facility that likes to kidnap and test on the Legends. Sneak Peak:

“The seven levels are where you crawled out of. I’ll see you tomorrow Professor.” I turned to walk out, but he grabbed my hand before I could open the office door.

“You will see me tonight. We still need to talk.” His mood suddenly changed from playful to dark and almost sinister.

I looked at him questioningly, “sure. Later.” He kissed my hand, I tugged it away and left.

“Looks like your guy isn’t coming tonight.” Kevin said as my shift ended. “Who was he anyway? He seemed more interested in you to just be a guy who you met on the airplane.”

“Honestly I just met him on the plane. He must be busy tonight or something.” I said clearing my last table for the night. Maybe he saw my point and thought I was right. “I’ll see you guys back at the house.” I put the dishes in the kitchen and started my walk home.

Once I was out of sight of the bar, someone started walking next to me. “Good evening Alexa-Jordyn. I thought it would be better if I didn’t show up as I saw your cousin Mary working tonight.” I looked over at him and J.P. was really trying to hide whom he was, wearing a long black trench coat and an awesome looking fedora. The fedora was black with a black and grey diagonally striped band around the bottom rim and a silver Gothic cross laying on top of the band.

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Touchdown Interruption #TDI

Touchdown Interruption is about a sheltered girl who wants to break out and do her own thing. When Jezebel breaks her arm and the arm of her enemy, her father decides to let her spend the rest of summer and fall home alone, with the enemy sleeping down the hall. Can the two live together and survive? Sneak Peak:

That night I tried to sleep but could not stop thinking about Xavier and what my friend thought I should do. I got up, and went to the kitchen for a cup of warm apple cider and chocolate covered raisins. Maybe they will help me sleep. I hadn’t been in there five minutes when I started to hear Xavier coming down the hall. When he entered the kitchen in his pajama bottoms, and bed head I couldn’t help but chuckle. He looked so sexy standing there rubbing the sleep from his eyes. “What are you doing up?”

“Fox and Scully kept whimpering at the window. I don’t know if they saw something or what, but they wouldn’t stop crying.”

“That sucks. Are they still in there? Would you like a cup of cider?”

“Sure. Yea they wouldn’t come out here, I wonder if they saw another dog or a cat. What are you doing up?” He asked taking the cup I offered him.

“I just couldn’t sleep. My brain seems to be in over drive tonight.”

CRASH! “What was that?” Xavier asked setting his cup on the counter and rushing towards the master bedroom where we heard the sound of breaking glass come from.

As we ran down the hallway, Fox and Scully joined us growling and barking trying to get ahead of us and see what happened. Once in my dad’s room we found the patio door had been smashed in with a brick thrown through it. “Well this is nice. My dad is going to go crazy. Who the hell would throw a brick through a glass door?”

“I don’t know, surprisingly there isn’t a note. Have you made anyone mad recently?” He asked as he carefully examined the brick.

“Not really…Miranda, but that’s been awhile if she wanted revenge she would of done it by now and not with a brick through the window. She would go straight for me or you since I humiliated her in front of you.”

“Oh that sounds like fun. You sure it wasn’t her?”

“Positive, her ways are different and more personal. I would say pissed off fan, but usually they don’t attack the house personally.” The dogs perked up their ears and headed towards the living room.

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Book Goals for 2016

As of midnight on December 31st, I am no longer buying (or grabbing freebies) books for at least one year. I started this year off with a goal to read at least 65 books on my TBR list. I accomplished that and more, but also went from 2000ish to over 4000 books on that list. So my goal to put a small dent in it failed.

Next year my reading goal will be at least 100 and no more new purchases. Which is going to be hard because I have a small addiction to all the free ones I can find. Just before writing this, I thought I would go to Amazon and stock up on the freebies, and probably will again before the end of the year, and probably got close to 50 if not more. All free because I am a poor writer who can’t even afford a $0.99 book. Mind you this list does not include the hundred or so paper/hardback books that I own sitting on my shelves that I have also yet to read.

This means that I’m going to miss out on a lot of great books in the coming year. 😦 But I need to do something that is actually going to help shrink my never ending TBR list.

So if anyone knows of any good freebies that I should look into, speak now or forever hold your piece.

I AM FORBIDDING MYSELF FROM BUYING MORE BOOKS AFTER DEC. 31ST FOR A WHOLE YEAR!