Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hot Coco: Interview with Author Izi Vasileva




Q. What was it like for you writing The Prison of Oblivion?
A.
It was very challenging and slow, it took a lot of time to structure my ideas, but it was rewarding at the end when I saw the finished product.


Q. How do you believe The Prison of Oblivion is different then others?
A.
I think in many aspects is similar to other stories because it's a YA novel, it's telling the story of a teenage girl who has to battle life on a daily basis, but I think the difference is that in Storm's story the parents are the core of the problem and the girl is the solution, the story also explores the issue of drugs and I think this may be the main difference with other YA novels.


Q. If you could co-write with an author who would it be?
A.
I have two in mind and I can't decide which one I want more so I would say Veronica Roth because of her amazing ability to create new worlds and Sarah Morgan because of how good she when telling a love story


Q. Do you have an odd writing habits?
A.
I don't know if I would call it an odd habit but I sometimes like to draw the scene before I put it in writing. It helps me visualize the reaction of my characters.


Q. If your book was a song, what song would it be?
A.
Something melodic with a dramatic sad ending, I don't have an exact song in my head.


Q. You're a young writer, what would you tell other young writers?
A. To not be afraid to try, because even if you fail you can try again and do it better or even if keep reading negative reviews about your work make a note of them and use them as constructive criticism, and read a lot it certainly helps.


Q. Is there something you know now about writing, that you wish you know when you first started writing?
A. I wish I knew to write something even if it doesn't sound perfect and then re-write it again, rather than what I was doing spending ages on a single sentence until it sounded good in my head.


Q. Do you have a must have drink when writing?
A. Depends on what time of the day I am writing coffee during the day and tea in the evening.


Q. How do you write by hand or typing?
A.
 Both I scribble ideas on paper and then I construct my chapter by typing.


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Johnny’s was packed. Standing on line to place her order, Annie took in her surroundings. Just as the owner, Johnny, was coming over to take her order, something caught Annie’s eye. The guy near the window, he seemed familiar somehow. Where had she seen him before? He was eating dinner with a pretty brunette. He lifted his head to look at Annie as their eyes locked. On no! It was the guy from the mall, the one she bumped into. She quickly spun around, knocking right into the waitress who was carrying a tray of soft drinks.
Soda soaked her shirt and dripped onto the floor. The waitress was clearly annoyed and appeared like she would have loved to tell Annie off. Instead she rolled her eyes and ran to get a towel. If Annie thought she was embarrassed before, it was nothing compared to how she felt now. Every eye in the place was on her, including the guy from the mall. Helpless to do anything else, she grabbed some napkins and bent down to sop up some of the mess.
“It seems you have a knack for causing a scene everywhere you go.” It was his voice. The voice that filled her head with inappropriate thoughts, with longing. What was she thinking? Did she dare look up? His gaze was a magnet, forcing her to meet his eyes.
His eyes were a warmer brown than she had remembered, drawing her in.
“I...uh...”
“I’m joking. Here, let me help you with that.” He grabbed the napkins from her hand. The heat between them jolted her back. She moved quickly, surprised he could evoke such a reaction from her. Nobody had ever made her feel so exposed before. What was going on here? Annie felt foolish.
“I’m Shane. Shane Nicholls.” He extended his hand to her. They must have appeared to be quite the sight, bending over to clean up the mess while shaking hands.
“Annie.” Annie remembered her new rules of safety in the dating world. One of them was she would not reveal her last name or any other personal information until she was sure the guy wasn’t a stalker or anything.
“Annie. It suits you, I like it.” Annie had almost forgot about the woman waiting for Shane at the table near the window. She glanced over and took in a tight-lipped woman. It hit Annie that this woman was not the same stunning woman from the mall. Hmm, she had met his type before. This guy had “player” written all over him. She quickly brushed herself off and excused herself.

“Hey, Annie. Wait.” He reached for her hand. Annie forgot all about placing her order and made a beeline for the door. She didn’t look back. Well, Annie figured, it looked like it would be Chinese food tonight.





Q. What was the first book you have ever written?
A. I wrote short stories and poetry quite a bit as a child, but my first novel is Where There is Love, a story about a young teacher letting go of past obstacles and opening her heart to love.  


Q. How did the cover for 'At First Sight' come about?
A. I love that cover! I Astraea Press (who are actually now called Clean Reads) provided that cover for me- Cora Graphics designed it. I saw that cover and my first thought was, “perfect!”


Q. Out of all the books you've written was one do you feel the closest too?
A. That’s a hard one.  Where There is Love has a special place because it’s my first, but honestly, they’re all special to me in their own way, I don’t think I can really choose.


Q. Do you believe you’re like Annie Morgan, a romantic at heart?
A. I do believe that I’m a romantic at heart. I love romantic books and movies. I especially enjoy creating stories about romance and true love.


Q. Do you believe at of love at first sight? Why or why not?
I definitely feel that there can be that sense of instant attraction between two people. I think that it is possible, I guess that’s the romantic in me.


Q. Has there ever been a part of a book you had to write more than once to get right?
A. Oh, absolutely. During writing and during the editing process this has happened. There’s always room for improvement. I like to bounce ideas off of others, too, while I’m writing and sometimes go back to tweak things a bit.


Q. What is your favorite word?
A. I don’t know that I have a favorite word per say, but I like to use adjectives that are really descriptive, that pull the reader in.


Q. If you could have written any book from the past five years, what book would it be and why?
A. I love the work of Jojo Moyes, she has a talent in telling separate stories that are intriguing on their own and have a way of coming together at the end of the story.  She also has a knack for weaving romance into her intricate plots.


Q. Did you read a lot when you were a kid? If so what was your favorite book?
A. Yes, I was constantly reading. As an adult, I still read a lot. I had many favorite books, some of which include S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford.


Q. Favorite quote by an author?


A. Here are two of my favorites:


“There is a prospect greater than the sea, and that is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul.”


“To love another person is to see the face of God.” – Victor Hugo, Les Miserables






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Monday, March 30, 2015

A Cup of Coffee with Izi Vasileva


















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Q. Who is your favorite character you have written?
A. McKenna from Unbalanced. She's an erotica author who's not exactly sane. Love her.


Q. When did you start writing?
A.
I've scribbled for as long as I can remember, but I didn't get serious about it until my mid-twenties.


Q. If you could meet any one of your character who would it be and why?
A. Killian from Sated. He's dirty and sexy. A perfect combination.


Q. Do you have a must have 'drink' while writing?
A. Coffee. It's for everyone's safety.


Q. What is your favorite scene from you've written?
A. In A Dash of Desire, I laughed like a crazy woman while writing the scene where Riley tells the story about her aunt beating a chicken to death.


Q. Are you working on a new writing project?
A. I am. Like always, I'm cutting it close on my deadline, but I'm book 6 of my "No Rival" series with Ellora's Cave,


Q. What is your favorite quote?
A. Mine: "My life was like cupping water in my hands. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't hold onto it forever."-- Wicked Sinners
Someone else's: “Sometimes I’m terrified of my heart; of its constant hunger for whatever it is it wants. The way it stops and starts.” – Edgar Allan Poe


Q. What kind of writer are you a 'planer' or 'free'?
A. I'm a bit of both. Normally, I hand write my first draft and it doubles as my timeline. As I'm typing it, I add to it until I have my second draft.


Q. Can you use three works to tell us about Spiced Life Series?
A. Hope spring eternal.


Q. If you could co-write with any author who would it be and why?
A. J.R. Ward. She's amazing.






Saturday, March 28, 2015

Cup of Coffee with Author Charity Parkerson









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Johnny’s was packed. Standing on line to place her order, Annie took in her surroundings. Just as the owner, Johnny, was coming over to take her order, something caught Annie’s eye. The guy near the window, he seemed familiar somehow. Where had she seen him before? He was eating dinner with a pretty brunette. He lifted his head to look at Annie as their eyes locked. On no! It was the guy from the mall, the one she bumped into. She quickly spun around, knocking right into the waitress who was carrying a tray of soft drinks.
Soda soaked her shirt and dripped onto the floor. The waitress was clearly annoyed and appeared like she would have loved to tell Annie off. Instead she rolled her eyes and ran to get a towel. If Annie thought she was embarrassed before, it was nothing compared to how she felt now. Every eye in the place was on her, including the guy from the mall. Helpless to do anything else, she grabbed some napkins and bent down to sop up some of the mess.
“It seems you have a knack for causing a scene everywhere you go.” It was his voice. The voice that filled her head with inappropriate thoughts, with longing. What was she thinking? Did she dare look up? His gaze was a magnet, forcing her to meet his eyes.
His eyes were a warmer brown than she had remembered, drawing her in.
“I...uh...”
“I’m joking. Here, let me help you with that.” He grabbed the napkins from her hand. The heat between them jolted her back. She moved quickly, surprised he could evoke such a reaction from her. Nobody had ever made her feel so exposed before. What was going on here? Annie felt foolish.
“I’m Shane. Shane Nicholls.” He extended his hand to her. They must have appeared to be quite the sight, bending over to clean up the mess while shaking hands.
“Annie.” Annie remembered her new rules of safety in the dating world. One of them was she would not reveal her last name or any other personal information until she was sure the guy wasn’t a stalker or anything.
“Annie. It suits you, I like it.” Annie had almost forgot about the woman waiting for Shane at the table near the window. She glanced over and took in a tight-lipped woman. It hit Annie that this woman was not the same stunning woman from the mall. Hmm, she had met his type before. This guy had “player” written all over him. She quickly brushed herself off and excused herself.

“Hey, Annie. Wait.” He reached for her hand. Annie forgot all about placing her order and made a beeline for the door. She didn’t look back. Well, Annie figured, it looked like it would be Chinese food tonight
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Friday, March 27, 2015

A Cup of Tea with Author Izi Vasileva



















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Once they got to the park, Devon unhooked his leash.  The dog ran in the snow and stopping abruptly, he turned, tongue out and ears perked.  Brandon reached down and patted snow into a ball and threw it far beyond Bubby, who took off after it.  After a few more throws, they left the dog to himself and walked along the brick path to a bench.  Brandon brushed the snow off with his gloved hand and they sat down.  Bubby played some more, then lay with his head up and ears alert.
     “I’m curious,” Brandon said, leaning forward with his elbows on his knees.  “I may be out of line to ask you, but what kind of relationship do you have with this Michael guy?”  He looked sideways to see her worrying her bottom lip and hoped he was going to get a truthful statement.
     “It’s pretty shallow, really.  We’ve never discussed being an exclusive couple. He travels a lot with his company and I figure he probably goes out with other women, and not just for business if you know what I mean.  Once he practically admitted to it.”
     “What kind of job does he have?”    
     Devon, who’d been watching the dog, turned to look at him.  “He’s the Executive Vice President for Turner Construction.  His father owns the company.”    
     Brandon drew himself back.  “Turner Construction!  That’s the largest construction company in the Midwest.”    
     “So, you’ve heard of it?”    
     “Yes, my dad had some experience with them.”       
     “So was it a good experience?”    
     Brandon shrugged.  “I really couldn’t say.”  Then, hoping to refocus her attention, he asked,  “How’d you ever meet him anyway?” 
     “He hit my car in a parking lot.  Not very romantic.”
     Brandon looked over at her neutral expression.  Whatever kind of relationship she had with Michael Turner didn’t seem to be making her happy.  At that moment, all he wanted to do was to make her forget all about the jerk.
     As if sensing him watching her, Devon turned her head enough to make eye contact with him.  The faint, milky glow from the streetlight showed enough of her features for him to see a soft blush warm her cheeks.  Under her dark lashes, he watched her sea green eyes glint invitingly as her soft lips turned up at the corners.  In that moment, his resolve to keep the date on a friendly level came crashing down.





Q. When did you start writing?
A. I started writing poems and short stories when I was in elementary school (I would draw the illustrations too). In High School, I fell in love with authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and did a lot of creative writing. A few decades later, I wrote “The Trouble With Charlie” (a Romantic Suspense). My second book, “Devon’s Choice” was released in January. Both are published by Clean Reads/Astraea Press.

Q. What was the hardest part of writing 'Devon's Choice'?
A. Actually getting started is the hardest part (I’m a terrible procrastinator). Knowing the entire process (especially edits) I have to psych myself up!

Q. What was your favorite scene in 'Devon's Choice'?
A. The scene that stands out is the one that was the most emotional for me to write since it was so personal. It was also the turning point in Devon’s life when she realizes that the person she’d depended on her entire life was gone.

Q. What's your favorite quote?
I love quotes, but here are a couple of my favorites…

A. “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11

A. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” 
Charles Schulz

Q. Do you have a writing snack?

A.  Pizza, potato chips and Hershey Bars.



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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cup of Tea with Author Charity Parkerson












Interview with Catherine Bennett





Q. When did you start writing?
A. I started writing poems and short stories when I was in elementary school (I would draw the illustrations too). In High School, I fell in love with authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and did a lot of creative writing. A few decades later, I wrote “The Trouble With Charlie” (a Romantic Suspense). My second book, “Devon’s Choice” was released in January. Both are published by Clean Reads/Astraea Press.

Q. What was the hardest part of writing 'Devon's Choice'?
A. Actually getting started is the hardest part (I’m a terrible procrastinator). Knowing the entire process (especially edits) I have to psych myself up!

Q. What was your favorite scene in 'Devon's Choice'?
A. The scene that stands out is the one that was the most emotional for me to write since it was so personal. It was also the turning point in Devon’s life when she realizes that the person she’d depended on her entire life was gone.

Q. What's your favorite quote?
I love quotes, but here are a couple of my favorites…

A. “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11

A. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” 
Charles Schulz

Q. Do you have a writing snack?

A.  Pizza, potato chips and Hershey Bars.




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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hot Coco - The Sanctuary Character Interview




Part I: Let's Start at the Beginning...

1. What's your name? 

Kalare Tarachand

2. Give me your full name... 

Kalare Chael Tarachand

3. Do you have a nickname? If yes, what is it and how did you come to have it? 

Kay is my nickname by those closest to me. Those I help raise often call me Aunt Kay. It is

just a short form of my name and is much easier for a child to say than Kalare.

4. What species are you? I know you have some special gifts that aren’t entirely human.

I am a guardian angel. I was created to protect those who need it most, children.

5. Where/when were you born? 

I was created in Heaven a very long time ago. My earliest memories are of people talking

about what it was like to be around the Jesus as he grew up.

6. Okay, now...do you believe that you are good or bad or are those terms not definable? 

I believe I am good. My Father created me to help mankind and protect those who need

extra protection. I am by no means perfect but I try to do the best I can.

Part II: Tell Us More About Yourself...

8. How would you describe your personality? 

I am easy to get along with and just want to help those who cannot otherwise help those

in need. I have a bit of a temper at times and I'm very protective of those I care about.

9. Would you say you're someone who can handle pressure? What’s a good example? 

I believe so. I am not human. Nor are many of the people I help so I have to keep a cool

head when helping a being who does not want the general population to know that their kind

exists. The world knows of the shape shifters. I'm not saying I help fairies or anything so out of

this world, but there may be more than shape shifters who need to come see me from time to

time.

10.. Do you get along with others? 

Of course. I love to meet new people.

13. Who are your main enemies, people you would like to see stopped from whatever they are 

doing? 

Well, of course there is Lucifer. He used to be one of my kind until he turned his back on

all of us and our Creator. Anyone who follows him and harms others, they are the ones who

need to be stopped.

14. How about allies? 

My friends are my allies. I have a few I trust implicitly but most of those I help I consider

allies, even if we do not necessarily get along because of different personalities.

15. What is one things that you would like to see happen in the immediate future?

I would really love to see the treaty pushed through without a hitch. The shape shifters

are trying to prove to the world that they are not monsters. The treaty will benefit everyone and

help the rest of the world understand the same, hopefully.

Part III: Hypothetically...

16. Suppose that you could become any creature you know of. What would you pick, and why? 

I am actually very happy being what I am. I would be happier without this pesky curse,

but I love who and what I am.

17. One of your enemies in question 13 just complimented you. What is your response? 

I would thank them and make sure they weren't saying such a thing to distract me from

whatever was going on.

18. One of your allies in Question 14 just insulted you. What is your response?

I would simply tell them that it was rude and they should think before they speak. There

is no reason to put a rift between the two of us over a phrase they may not have intended to be

insulting. If it was intended, I'd like to know where it came from and how we can fix it.

19. If you could change anything about yourself... 

I'd like to be more understanding with those who cursed me. I have a hard time trusting

any of them even though it was one person a very long time ago and they no longer exist.

20. Tell me about where you grew up… 

I grew up in Heaven. I was created as you see me now though, it is not as though I was a

child. My attitudes and ideals were much more childlike back then, however. It was so beautiful.

There was a brilliant ambient light that came from above. The grass grew soft under our feet

and trees grew large to offer shade from the light. Music could be heard from up high or on the

ground. There was very rarely any pain or sorrow, save when one of our charges fell. We were

there to protect but we could not force them to do things. The angels flew and walked as we so

chose and we enjoyed our time with one another, learning and laughing. There were times of

quiet solitude and those were just as wonderful. Think of your favorite place in the world, doing

your favorite activity. Even if it is just for a moment, you can feel that sense of peace and

overwhelming joy. That is just a glimpse of what my home is like.

Part IV: Now We Get Personal

21. What're your parents like? 

I don't have parents in the traditional sense. I was created by my Father as you see me

now, though with less scars. He is a very good Father and I love Him dearly.

22. Do you have any siblings? 

Yes and no. Because we are all created, we are brethren. We may call one another

brother or sister but we are also not related. If that makes any sense.

23. What's your occupation? Do you like it? 

I was a guardian angel, before I came to live here. Now I am a music tutor and I run the

Sanctuary.

24. Are you seeing/dating anyone? 

*smiles a bit sadly* There is another angel who has my heart. I do not know if he has

moved on after a little more than two centuries though. I cannot return home and my brethren

do not know that I am still alive most likely. That is the way of things.

26. If not, did you ever think about getting engaged or married and to whom?

I have not. Nor will I until I know my Velarian is happy once more.

27. Tell us your biggest secret. 

If I told you, it wouldn't be a secret now, would it?

28. Your worst fear? You don't have to answer this one if you don't want to. 

I don't know of any worse fear than to fall. Not trip and stumble, but actually turn my

ideas and my heart away from my Creator. To join Lucifer and his.....minions. I do not believe

that it can be forced upon me but I fear every day that the choices I make take me farther from

my desire to return home.

29.  Tell us one thing you're the most proud of and why?

I am most proud of those I consider my children. From Sophie all the way down to my

godson Patrick. They are my everything and I do what I can to protect them from harm. They

know what I am and they keep my secret. I hope the next in line does the same. They are my

reason to keep going when I feel like I cannot.


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