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And the Song does it: Author Interview

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(Balefire Series, #2)
Tam DeRudder Jackson
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: August 26th

Blu My entire life is my music—and all the trappings that come with it. Sex, booze, and rock ’n’ roll is all I ever wanted. Touring the world as the lead singer of Balefire, I have it all. Until on hiatus, I meet the girl next door. Ashleigh Baker is nothing like the groupies and celebrities who usually have all my attention. In her cute floppy hat with her knees stained with dirt, she spends her days creating a flowering show piece from her rented yard. She’s the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever met, and she acts like she doesn’t want a damn thing to do with me. But from the moment I laid eyes on her, she’s all I can think about. Ashleigh Growing up the only child of an Air Force Colonel, all I wanted was to stay in one place for more than a minute. When I score a pretty little house with a long-term lease, I just want to grow my flowers and my freelancing gig as a music reviewer. Then a loud Harley wakes me from a sound sleep and I discover my neighbor is Blu Connolly. Yeah, that Blu Connolly, lead singer for my favorite band Balefire. With his killer good looks and panty-melting voice, he’s a walking temptation to sin. Though I do my best to avoid him, it seems Blu has other ideas. He’s on a mission to wear me down, let him in, but what happens when he stops wanting to sing for me? Sequel to: 58058430. SY475  - And the Song does it: Author Interview

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Our Author answers some questions about herself and the book.

Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

Writing about a rock band chose me. I was listening to “Second Chance” by Shinedown, and the idea for Play For Me, Book One in the Balefire Series, popped into my head. Once I wrote the drummer’s story, I knew I’d write the stories of the other members of the band. Because the first book was inspired by a song, I decided to listen to rock songs with the intention of finding the next book. When I heard “What Was I Thinking” by Theory of a Deadman, the idea for Sing For Me came together.

My “research” for this series was mainly listening to music and attending rock concerts, which is a hobby of mine, so the research was a blast. One of my other hobbies is playing the piano. The combination of my hobbies shows in the musicality of the book, which is something early readers have pointed out is a strength and what makes this series unique.

How easy is it to write a good sex scene? And do you have to have experienced these things do you think, to write about them successfully?

Writing sex scenes is one of the easiest parts of writing romance for me, which is probably why my readers tell me they look forward to them. I don’t think it’s at all necessary to have experienced the same sex as the characters in my books. Some of the scenes I’ve written I would never want to experience personally, but they’re exactly right for the characters. By the time my characters are ready for intimacy, I know them very well. What works for them is what goes on the page. For me, those scenes are as specific to the characters as intimacy is to real people, which is what makes those scenes strong elements of my stories.

Do you keep a timeline and character traits pinned up on your wall? On post-its? If not how do you remember important items about your characters like height, weight, colouring, likes and dislikes etc?

I’ve used post-it notes, but they tend to stick themselves in places where I can’t find them when I need them. A trick I learned from Alyssa Day during a workshop a while ago is if you’re writing a series, keep a series bible. Readers remember the traits writers give to our characters, so it’s important that we do too, which can be difficult when writing a series. Having everything in one notebook with tabs for each character makes it much easier to keep traits consistent.

Have you ever tried to imitate another author’s style? And if so, why?

Several schools of thought suggest imitating another author’s style when you’re in the process of finding your own voice. That wasn’t my path. I discovered my style in revisions. However, somewhere along the way, I read in a craft book about keeping a journal of lines you like in other people’s writing and why you like them. After I started this journal, I found that my style improved, probably more from determining why I liked the writing I wrote in it than from the other writers’ lines themselves.

Do you write at home or away from home? If at home, what does your space look like? Are you a tidy person? If away from home – where and why?

I’m so not a public writer. If I can’t have my writing space utterly silent, I can’t write. Coffee shops, libraries, cafés, parks, or any public places have too many distractions. At home, I have an office that I don’t write in very often. Usually, I carry my laptop and stack of resources to the couch in the living room if the weather is nasty or out to my patio when the weather is awesome.

Which of your books are you most proud of?

 So far, the published book I’m most proud of is Druid, Book Five in my paranormal Talisman Series. My experience with writing the previous books in the series coupled with the craft books I’d read along the way and workshops that I took around the time I started the book meant that I came to it with stronger skills. Readers of the entire series tell me this one is their favorite, which reiterates my feelings about it. The book I’m most proud of writing, though, will come out in January 2022 (it’s currently with my editor). Hot For Me, Book Four in the Balefire Series, is my most socially conscious book. It tackles a topic that is important to me while still maintaining the good-time vibe of a rock star romance. I’m proud of that.

If you could choose to live in another country/town – which would you choose? And why?

I’m not a city girl, but if I had to choose a city to live in, it would be London. I love the how cosmopolitan it is while maintaining a village ambience depending on which part of the city you’re in. The way history and modernity blend seamlessly together makes this city both enduring and relevant. I’ve visited London often, but only for short times. I would love to spend half a year there at some point. Weirdly, as much as I love it, I’ve never set a book there, or even included it as part of a book. Something to consider for a future project…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Tam DeRudder Jackson is the author of the paranormal romance Talisman Series and the contemporary romance Balefire Series. Her favorite “room” in her house is her back patio where she dreams up stories of romance and risk. When she’s not writing her latest paranormal or contemporary romance, you can usually find her driving around with the top down in her convertible or carving turns on the slopes of the local ski hill. The mom of two grown sons, Tam likes to travel, attend rock concerts, watch football and soccer, and visit old car shows with her husband. She lives in the mountains of northwest Wyoming where she spends most of her free time trying to read all the books. Her TBR piles are threatening to take over her office, and she’s fine with that.

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Can you make up? Blog Tour/Author Interview

Amends 1 - Can you make up? Blog Tour/Author Interview Amends: A Psychic Mystery
(A Diana Hawthorne Supernatural Mystery, #2)
Carissa Andrews
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Urban Fantasy
Publication date: July 23rd 2021

For as psychic as she is, shit goes sideways far too often around Diana Hawthorne.  Diana now has everything she ever wanted–her memories, and the soul mate she didn’t realize she was missing. There’s just one problem… the old gods expect her to make amends for her absence. And her work starts now. But time lost at the oracle isn’t the only thing she has to atone for. Her friend Demetri was stripped of his powers–and it was all her fault. If she could just set things right, she’d feel a whole lot better about moving forward. Unfortunately, Demetri wants nothing to do with her and knows exactly how to keep her out of his head. To make matters worse, in the age of social media, Diana’s abilities have gone viral. People from all over the world are clambering to get on her books. One case, in particular, hits her radar and despite herself, she can’t shake it. A 14-year-old boy is wrapped up with a deadly governmental agency and he’s scared to death. And he should be–they want to weaponize his power. Torn between what was and what is, Diana struggles to fully embrace who she’s becoming. Will she be able to help Demitri and make things right? Or will her new role mean leaving the past behind?

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Calling fans of KF Breene, Shannon Mayer, and Shayne Silvers! If you like snarky-fun humor, gripping supernatural scenes, and twists that leave you spellbound — then you will LOVE Carissa Andrews’ world built especially for Diana Hawthorne.

Carissa Tells Us:

  1. Which of your books are you most proud of? I’m very proud of all of the books. Each one came about at just the right time, helping me to next level my career and deal with things in the real word. Pendomus, though, will always have a special place in my heart because it was my “first” book. I have that in quotations because technically, I had written the first draft to Secret Legacy when I was fourteen, but it looks nothing like how that book came out now. Oracle is also special because Diana was the first character I created after spending 4+ years in the world of Pendomus. But most recently, the Windhaven Witches series is the most haunting and the one I’m most proud of based on how I’ve grown as an author. <3
  2. Do you have an unusual hobby? Is it related to the books you write? Or is it for relaxation? Is it dangerous/ adventurous/ requires travel? My biggest hobby is learning new age ways to enjoy this life we live. I am a Reiki Master and practice mindfulness, meditation, and I’m obsessed with the Law of Attraction and Manifestation. It probably comes out a lot when I write about magic! HA! I am currently learning about EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) also known as Tapping.
  3. What about turning your best seller into a film or TV series – would you want to write the script or be on the production team? Why? Why not? I’d love to be on both teams! Writing the script would be tons of fun, but being on the production team would be like watching magic unfold. My husband filmed a live-action trailer for Secret Legacy and it was TONS of fun, so I have a little idea of what that all would look like.
  4. What about ‘snark’? is it good or bad? Oh, I love me some snarkastic peeps! Diana Hawthorne is definitely snarky and I love every minute of writing in her world. She gets to say and do some of the stuff I could only DREAM of saying out loud. HA! She’s very upfront and is done dealing with anyone else’s shit. I guess being 2000+ years old will do that to a person.
  5. Is it easy to write humour? That all depends. If I’m not in a funny place, then I’d say yes. But if I am in a good place and things are going well, it’s pretty easy. Especially if the characters themselves are funny. They have their own personality and vibe, so when they go off on one, I feel like I’m just along for the ride. 😉
  6. How easy is it to write a good sex scene? And do you have to have experienced these things do you think, to write about them successfully? Sex scenes are a lot like humor. You have to be in a good place to write them well. Meaning, you need to be able to go along for the ride when the opportunity presents itself. In my books, sex is a secondary or tertiary thought after everything else going on. S,o it’s not typically planned out. But if the idea presents itself to the characters naturally, I’m able to go with the flow of it. But I don’t think you have to have experience in any of it to know how to write it. I mean, I’m not a psychic who’s lived 2000+ years old, but somehow manage to pull it off. So, sex scenes are no different. If you can visualize it and write about it, you’re good to go. Granted, a little base reference wouldn’t hurt.
  7. Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist? I’m an avid indie, so there’s zero effs given to getting a publisher. But I also teach other indies how to be successful, so it’s part of my job. As the CEO of Author Revolution (an online academy for authors), I am always finding ways to teach indies how to self-publish and design a deliberate, sustainable author career. It’s truly the heart of what I do. So, in that way, yes, self-publishing and building your audience is crucial to being a success later on. But I also know that once you start, you’re not going to want to give up the control (and royalties) you have when you are in business for yourself

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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“An author emerges from the depths of Minnesotan waters. Sci-fi/Fantasy is my pen of choice.” Carissa Andrews is a Minnesota-based genre-bending author who writes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia. When not writing her own books, she’s busy reading them. Carissa’s internationally bestselling trilogy, The Pendomus Chronicles, is now in digital, print, and audiobook formats. She has hit the scene as an up and coming speculative fiction author who uses a mix of scifi and fantasy, twisted in modern mythology and alternative history. Check out The Final Five, Oracle, Awakening, and Love is a Merciless God! Carissa has big plans for 2020. Check out her upcoming series, The Windhaven Witches. 

For more information on their release, visit Carissa Andrews’ author website: www.carissaandrews.com and sign up for her newsletter notifications. S

he lives in central Minnesota with her husband and brood of five kids. Not to mention, her insane husky puppies, Aztec and Pharaoh. Carissa is also a freelance graphic designer, writer and content creator, social media manager, and marketing professional. She writes consistently on topics of science, technology, art, writing, photography, graphic design, health, self-improvement, and more. Her articles can be found published across the interwebs.

Carissa is also a Top-Rated Freelancer on Upwork, and can be contacted for freelancing opportunities: http://bit.ly/UpworkCarissaAndrews

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Absolve me? Author Interview

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(Elohim Trilogy, #1)
Louis Corsair
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Publication date: September 15th 2020

At the end of the original Absolution, the Executor traveled back in Time and altered Reality. But by doing so, he set in motion a plan to end his existence and collapse Creation. Because of his actions, there is Absolution: REDUX…

In 1947, a gangster murders private investigator Raymond Adams. In 2011, he’s brought back to life for 24 hours to solve the supernatural murder of a Hollywood Adult film star.

When the son of a Pit Lord is murdered in Hollywood, the celestial beings in charge of the Realms ask Raymond Adams to figure who did it and find the victim’s missing soul. Without memories of his life, he accepts the case to gain eternal peace. But the job is daunting:

24 hours to nab a killer…
24 hours to find a missing soul…
24 hours to unravel the victim’s exotic private life…
24 hours to stop a plot to send the universe into chaos…

With only the help of a possessed cop and a medium, Adams must trek through a Hollywood underground filled with pornography, prostitutes, and sadists, along with supernatural monsters. But can he solve the case when his own haunting memories keep surfacing, telling him exactly what kind of man he was in life?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Louis Says.

  • How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?

That honestly depends on the topic. If I am familiar with the subject, then the research is just a trip down memory lane. Though I try to stay away from topics that are far out of my experience range, it is always a pleasure to learn something new.

The longest I have spent on research is more than five years (and going). It is for a sci-fi story that requires interstellar travel. I don’t want to go the route of other such sci-fi stories—faster than light travel without explanation, worm holes, warp speed, light speed, ludicrous speed, etc. So I decided to spend time researching a viable way to travel around the galaxy.

For Absolution: Redux, I spent a good month researching. But, I do write as I research and adjust in revisions.

  • How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police, medics etc when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience?

In my experience, whenever you approach someone and make them aware that they may be the inspiration behind a story, they are willing to help. That is an opportunity that is out of the ordinary; it flatters most. A few get too attached and want to make sure you write something that isn’t BS. About them. One or two won’t go for the idea at all.

  • If you need specialist knowledge to write a book, how do you obtain it? For instance, do you interview people? Go to the location? Use Google Earth? Apps?

Early on, I wrote a murder mystery that took place in the military barracks where I lived. I was a soldier, so the specific military knowledge, terminology, etc. were all available to me. These days, there is a plethora of information out there on the internet.

There are videos and printed interviews with just about every kind of man and woman in the world. That is also true of locations. Google Earth is fantastic. Youtube is a library of the human condition. The only app I really use is a map app. 

  • What do you read when you are ill in bed?

Hahaha. I mostly read comic books in bed. My ipad pro is big enough so I get all the comic book experience without the bulk. I borrow digital comic books from libraries. I’m living the dream.

  • If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?

Nnedi Okorafor. She writes some outstanding scifi. I have not read a story from her that I did not like. She’s alive and still writing.

A dead author? Raymond Carver. He was a literary short story writer. “Cathedral” is fantastic.

  • Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?

I think there were unique influences in my writing at different periods. When I was young, it was Steinbeck (style, genre). Later, it was Cormac McCarthy.

In my 30s, I decided to write genre fiction, specifically speculative fiction (fantasy, urban fantasy). The biggest influences then were Neil Gaiman and Ursula Leguin. I know many writers name Tolkien as an influence, but (though I appreciate his extensive world-building and characters) he didn’t influence my style.

Leguin’s Wizard of Earthsea and the Earthsea cycle are astonishingly grounded for a high fantasy setting. There are scenes of domestic situations in that first book that have stuck with me all this time.

As for Gaiman… The way his stories develop and pay-off (particularly Sandman) showed me how to plant seeds that grow into a forest.

And who can forget George R.R. Martin? He will likely influence the writers of high fantasy for the next century.

  • In your opinion who is the funniest author now writing?

In my humble opinion, that would be Mr. Christopher Moore. I enjoy reading comedy. And Moore’s comedic style is right down my alley. When I do read any of his books (or any other comedy books for that matter) I make sure they’re in audiobook format. There’s no greater joy than to hear a voice actor drop a well-placed F-bomb. Har!

  • What music – if any – do you think inspires you to write? Is it different for each novel or the same?

Music sometimes plays a very influential role in my work. Each story has its own theme song—so to speak. When I can find a song or a sound for a story, it helps me visualize the events of the plot—the genre is irrelevant.

I play the music and the events appear in my mind like a movie trailer. For Absolution: Redux it is a song called “Waking up Beside You” by Stabbing Westward.

  • Do you keep a timeline and character traits pinned up on your wall? On post-its? If not how do you remember important items about your characters like height, weight, colouring, likes and dislikes etc?

You know…it got to a point where I had too many details to remember. Technology has helped me here. Google docs has helped me keep track of characters: I have a document with character names and descriptions. I use an Office calendar if I need to see where events fall.

For my upcoming novel, The Wizards Collide, I needed to carefully map all the events; there are 11 stories, which take place in November and December of 2020. Characters pop up in multiple stories and the events of one story influence the others.

For Absolution: Redux, I used pen and paper to keep track of the important events.

  • Should monsters /criminals be given a second chance? Can they be reformed? What is the best type of prison for them?

This question is at the heart of Absolution: Redux. The victim of the murder and several other supporting characters are criminals and have done horrible things. Many of them will end up in the Pit (the story’s version of Hell).

That’s not the whole story, though. The victim of the murder wanted forgiveness, a second chance, for himself, his girlfriend, and the world; he tried to perform a miracle that would accomplish this, but failed.

So, the reader will either sympathize with him and his actions or be repulsed. The dead detective trying to solve the murder has to grapple with this question, especially when someone close to him ends up in the Pit.

  1. Has the pandemic inspired you with any new stories to write? If so, what is the story premise?

The pandemic inspired me to change the ending of a story that takes place in the Los Angeles International airport. I was working there during the start of the pandemic and saw, first hand, how that place became a ghost town.

  • If you were asked to write a family saga which century would you place it in? why? What would be the main premise?

I am working on a family saga. It takes place in an alternate history version of Latin American during the 19th century. During that period in Latin America, there were many wars of independence, which led to bloody civil wars.

And I remember G.R.R. Martin was inspired by the War of the Roses to write his Song of Ice and Fire. So, why not write something similar that has Latin America as a background? Like A Song of Ice and Fire, my story follows an affluential family.

It is a fantasy story, so there will be a magic system and mythological locations, like the Fountain of Youth, and of course, an overarching magical struggle. It also incorporates the cruel story of the conquistadores. It doesn’t have a name right now, but I refer to it as the coffee bean war story.

What about ‘snark’? is it good or bad?

Snark always has a home in a story…in moderation. A character can have a moment of snark or you can include a snarky character. Sometimes, when it’s overdone, snark can lead to an off-putting story.

  • Is it easy to write humour?

Humor (humour) has to be part of your voice. Comedians don’t train like basketball players; they observe and put together material and try it on others.

If they are talented, humor comes easy to them. If they’re mediocre…crickets, man. For them, it’s tough since the audience is right there—and usually well-armed with tomatoes.

I tend to find humor in most situations, so I fall into the comedian crowd. Writing comedic scenes and events is a challenge because you don’t get to hear a reaction. You revise and edit to improve the timing.

Sometimes you delete a joke if you change your mind or if the scene didn’t need one (unless it’s a comedy book, then, yes, it needs one or two or three… Go nuts!).

At the end of the day, you hope someone laughs. There is always an audience for different types of humor, so there is no real limit to it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Louis Corsair is an eight-year veteran of the United States Army. Currently living in Los Angeles, California, he spends his time reading books, going on walks, writing, and enjoying the occasional visit to the beach–while trying to earn an honest buck. As a Los Angeles writer, he feels the weight of famous Los Angeles novelists, like Raymond Chandler, John Fante, Nina Revoyr, among others. 

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Pirate Treasure: Author Post

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(Lost Souls’ Treasure, #1)
Tricia Leedom
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Romance
Published by: Firefly Hill Press
Publication date: July 13th 2021
From the author who whisked you away on a wild escapade in The Key West Escape Series comes a sexy, adventure-packed spin off. Follow Mitch Thompson and his team of misfits as they find danger, intrigue, and romance on the hunt for the legendary Lost Souls’ Treasure…

Former special ops aviator Griffin Dodge spent two years working on a marine salvage crew based out of Key West after his military career abruptly ended.
The only person he let himself get close to on the Salty Dog Crew was a woman called “Bug.” They couldn’t have been more different – the former all-star golden boy from the Midwest and the scrappy French circus performer turned salvage diver – but she became his best friend. Griff was happier than he’d been in a long time, but when his first love called to say she wanted him back, he caught the next flight out of town.

A year later, Bug still resents Griff for ghosting her and the crew after he left. She’s furious when he shows up out of the blue to do a favor for her boss. It doesn’t matter that Griff is single again or that he’s sorry, she hates that she’s stuck flying shotgun to Martinique beside the guy who abandoned their friendship and betrayed her trust.

The trip was supposed to take two days tops. Just enough time to meet with an artifact collector who claims to have the missing pages of a diary that could lead them to The Lost Souls’ Treasure. But when the deal goes south, and Griff and Bug are caught breaking and entering, they’re forced to escape up the side of a volcano where the lava isn’t the only thing about to bubble over. The tension between them erupts into an unexpected night of passion that leaves them both uncertain about what comes next.

While Griff starts to question if settling down in the suburbs still fits the man he’s become, Bug isn’t so sure she’s willing to open her guarded-heart to the only man who’s ever broke it.

When a rival treasure hunter hellbent on beating the Salty Dog Crew to the treasure takes Bug hostage, Griff realizes his future plans won’t matter, if he can’t bring his best friend home alive.

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From the author who whisked you away on a wild escapade in The Key West Escape Series comes a sexy, adventure-packed spin off. Follow Mitch Thompson and his team of misfits as they find danger, intrigue, and romance on the hunt for the legendary Lost Souls’ Treasure…

Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

          My first book series “The Key West Escape Series” was a planned trilogy. As I was writing book three, readers started asking me if there would be more books in the series. I had a lot of fun writing in this world and wasn’t quite ready to leave it yet either, so I considered doing a spin off series. In Rum Runner (The Key West Escape Series Book One) the heroine’s father Mitch Thompson is a retired Navy SEAL turned treasure hunter. He was a quirky character, as many of the secondary characters in the series were, and I thought how fun would it be to write a story about Mitch putting together crew to go on a big treasure hunt?

          In Rum Runner, you learn that Mitch knows a lot of people and has made some enemies along the way. He was the perfect character to bring the spin off series together. And I thought, Mitch is ex-military, so his crew could be all or mostly ex-military as well. Maybe a bunch of outcasts and misfits who come together and realize after a rough start they actually work really well as a team.

          One of the things that appealed to me about this idea was coming up with ways to link this new series with my first series. As I started mapping out the overall plot and characters to feature in each book of the planned six-book series, I had some fun bringing back a few secondary characters who appeared in The Key West Escape Series. My challenge: turning characters who may not have been likable when readers first met them into “heroes” who are featured in their own books.

          Both The Lost Souls’ Treasure Series and The Key West Escape Series fall under the umbrella of Romantic Suspense. My approach to writing these stories is different, because I consider them to fall into a subgenre blend of Adventure and Romance fiction I call Romantic Adventure. These stories will take you away someone where exotic, and usually tropical, and they’re not as dark, or scarily realistic as your typical Romantic Suspense novel, but they still have elements of danger and suspense.

          Romantic Adventure to me is lighter and often humorous. The characters are relatable, but the situations they find themselves in may be out of the ordinary. The adventure stories are centered around a romance. In most cases, the romance wouldn’t have happened without the adventure, but the romance is the story. To use movies for comparison, think Six Days Seven Nights, Knight and Day, or the classic 80s movie that actually inspired my first book Rum Runner, Romancing the Stone. If you haven’t seen any of these movies, I highly recommend them.

Thanks for having me. 🙂

Tricia Leedom

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TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men… even if it’s only in her own mind. When she’s not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series. Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey. She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs. Follow Tricia on Twitter and Instagram @tricialeedom

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No Waves: Guest post

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(Grave Talker, #3)
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Publication date: June 29th 2021

There’s not enough coffee or tacos in the world to deal with Darby Adler’s family. If it’s not her death-dealing father, her back-from-the-dead mother, or her ghost grandfather, it’s her long-lost siblings and their bid for power. With the ABI radio silent and her siblings to find, Darby’s got a major problem on her hands–especially when the local coven figures out that her father is no longer bound. Can Haunted Peak, TN handle this family reunion?  

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Meet Darby. Coffee addict. Homicide detective. Oh, and she can see ghosts, too.

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣The second book in the Grave Talker series is here! Dead Calm by @annieande is available NOW ➞

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Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about?

The Grave Talker Series is about a ghost-seeing homicide detective in a Tennessee mountain town. While writing the start to this series, I’d been living in coastal Virginia on an old battleground. Places like these are full of Revolutionary War memorials and cemeteries.

And ghosts. Lots of them.

You couldn’t throw a rock around there without someone asking if the place was haunted. (It is.) Or asking if they were living on a battleground. (They so totally were.)

a.       What appealed to you about it?

I began to wonder what it would be like to talk to those ghosts or maybe find out how and why they died. And there Darby Adler was born. I loved the thought of a homicide detective who could solve those murders, help those who couldn’t help themselves, and if she just so happened to be a super sassy, take no shit kind of woman, well, then all the better. Plus, if she could see ghosts, maybe there was a whole other world out there with all the other beasties… All of that spawned a world that I just couldn’t wait to write.

b.       Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

I always struggle with this question. I have a sassy heroine with a give no effs attitude, a loveable BFF, a hot love interest, and a magical problem of epic proportions—all pretty standard for the genre. What makes Darby different is probably the way she approaches problems. She thinks three to four steps ahead and usually takes emotion out of her decisions… until she doesn’t. Those times when she is so overwhelmed that she turns into a cold, calculating beast really gives me life. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Annie Anderson is a military wife and United States Air Force veteran. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she is a southern girl at heart, but has lived all over the US and abroad. As soon as the military stops moving her family around, she’ll settle on a state, but for now she enjoys being a nomad with her husband, two daughters, an old man of a dog, and a young pup that makes life… interesting.

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