Friday, May 22, 2015

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Author Lorraine Heath

It is Memorial Day weekend, here in the states, when we take a moment to remember friends or relatives who gave the ultimate sacrifice during times of war.

Lorraine Heath has taken a moment out of her busy life to answer intimate questions and tell us about her latest book. The Duke and the Lady in Red is an historical romance and was released on April 28. Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.  

Lorraine- My heroine, Rose, is a con artist, looking for one last swindle with a big pay off. Enter the Duke of Avendale, wealthy beyond measure and interested only in pleasure. Unfortunately for Rose, he figures her out and makes her a proposition: she can have all the money she needs for one week in his bed. There is a lot of sexual chemistry between these two, and Rose knows being with him will be no hardship—the hard part will be preventing herself from falling in love with a man who could never marry her.

But then Avendale discovers why Rose survives by swindling others, learns about her past and the family she has hobbled together, and the story takes an unexpected turn. I won’t give away any spoilers.

Nancy- Describe the genre of this particular title, and is it the only genre you write in?

Lorraine- I write Victorian-set romances. When I need a darker setting, I go to an earlier Victorian period (1850’s) and when I’m looking for something a little more modern, I’ll go to the later Victorian period (1880’s). This era lasted from 1837-1901 and heralded in the industrial age so there was so much change during these years that I can always find a year that will provide me with what I need for my story.

I also write young adult contemporary and paranormal as Rachel Hawthorne, and I wrote a vampire dystopian series with my son under the name J. A. London.

Nancy- When did you start writing toward publication?

Lorraine- I started writing seriously in 1990, after I read a romance novel—Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer. I fell in love with the genre. I’d always wanted to write and I felt as though I’d finally found a home for all the stories that circled around in my head. I sold my first book in 1993. Sweet Lullaby came out in 1994.

Nancy- Why have you become a published author?

Lorraine- I’ve always been a writer. Growing up I wrote long letters to any relative who gave me an address, kept a journal, and started stories I never finished. But I loved the writing process. I think part of my motivation to write was inspired by all the stories I heard growing up. My mother was British. She met my American father when she attended a USO dance. Their meeting always sounded so romantic. Although I grew up in Texas, I was always very much aware of World War II history. My mother was a young girl who grew up rushing to bomb shelters in the middle of the night. She made certain that we were always cognizant of sacrifices made by so many in wartime. She had so many stories, first-hand accounts that I now wish I had documented. I remember when we watched A Bridge Too Far, at one point during a scene with Anthony Hopkins on
Memorial Day memories
one of the bridges, she said, “Uncle Pete’s brother died on that bridge.” It changed the whole tone of watching the movie. It made it real. My dad survived WWII (he was a bit older than my mom) but his name is on a Panola County Texas memorial that was erected a few years back honoring all those from Panola County who served during the war. Memorial Day always makes me reflect on the many sacrifices made by so many in so many wars and the freedoms I enjoy because of those willing to give all.

Nancy- Shivers! I got the same feeling seeing my great-great+ Uncle's name on the New York monument at Gettysburg. He survived that battle, but not the war. Do you have any rejection stories to share?

Lorraine- When I was searching for an agent, I received a rejection from an agent who wrote: “You’re writing lacks a vivid touch.”

Another agent loved the same manuscript, took me on as a client, and sold it to the first editor she sent it to. It was a RITA finalist in the short historical category.

Nancy- Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing?    

Lorraine- Hearing from readers. They serve as my inspiration. It brings me such joy when my characters touch them in some way. I love sitting around with readers and talking books, not my books necessarily, but books in general, other authors’ books. Romance readers, especially, are so passionate about books, about reading. It’s infectious.

Nancy- I host authors, here, to help inspiring writers. Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?

Lorraine- Keep in mind that this is an extremely subjective business. (See my rejection story above.) If your story doesn’t appeal to one editor, it might appeal to another. Sometimes a publisher has just bought a story similar to ours. Sometimes they’ve just offered a contract to an author with a voice similar to ours. I believe getting any contract is a matter of having the right story on the right editor’s desk at the right time. If you don’t keep writing, you’ll never have the right story. If you don’t keep sending out, you’ll never hit the right editor at the right time.
 
Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know.
1) I love carousels. Never pass up a chance to ride one.
2) I have dual citizenship (British/American).
3) My dad was a sergeant in the air force.

Nancy- We appreciate your Dad's service. My husband and I have ancestors that have fought in every war on American soil since the French & Indian war. Our son, Eric, served in Iraq. Getting back to books, What’s next for you?

Lorraine- Falling Into Bed With a Duke will be out in November. It’s the first book in the Hellions of Havisham series.

BOOK BLURB of The Duke and the Lady in Red
Book 3 in the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Series

When Rosalind Sharpe gains the attention of the deliciously wicked Duke of Avendale, she’s torn between her distracting attraction to the notorious rogue and the knowledge that he—rich as Croesus—is the perfect target for a deception that will put her swindling days behind her.

However Avendale is no fool. After he discovers the tantalizing lady packing up to leave London with his coins in tow, he confronts her with a scandalous proposition: she can have all the money she requires…for a week in his bed.

Desperate for the funds, Rose agrees, but on one condition: he must never question her motives. Avendale quickly sees beneath her mask and discovers she is more than passion and pleasure—she is everything he has ever desired. But claiming her requires he unveil her secrets and lose her forever. Unless he can put his own dark past aside and risk everything for a chance at love.

Excerpt Link HERE  

How can my readers buy your book?
Readers can go to the publisher’s home page HERE  

MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When Lorraine Heath received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Texas, she had no idea she had gained a foundation that would help her to create believable characters—characters that are often described as “real people.” She began her career writing training manuals and computer code for the IRS, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she became not only hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She's been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards including RWA's RITA®. Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today and the New York Times

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Author Laura Browning

Laura Browning stopped by to share a few intimate details of her life, as well as her latest release. Her book, Special Delivery is a small town contemporary romance from Kensington’s Lyrical imprint and was released on May12, 2015. Please tell my readers a little bit about your book. 

Laura- Special Delivery is the beginning of a series called Mountain Meadow Homecomings. The story is really two romances in one. The primary story is about Holly Morgan, an expectant mom fleeing from an abusive fiancé. She and her younger brother end up in the town of Mountain Meadow in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. From past experience she is mistrustful of police, yet it is one of the town’s cops who ends up coming to her rescue when she goes into labor in the midst of a winter ice storm. The other romance deals with the town’s prosecuting attorney and the local doctor. They are high school sweethearts who were torn apart by their parents. While both couples are trying to figure things out, Holly’s ex-fiancé takes off with her baby.

NancyDescribe the genre of this particular title, and is it the only genre you write in? 

Laura- A small town contemporary romance usually incorporates settings that function almost as characters. In this case, Mountain Meadow has a few characters to give it life, like gossipy church ladies and some mysterious thieves taking off with nativity scene pieces from the town’s two rival churches. I do write primarily contemporary stories, though my first two books were paranormals.  

NancyWhen did you start writing toward publication? 

Laura- My first book, The Silkie’s Call, came out in 2010. I had been seriously writing for about five years, but without the nerve to send anything out. My husband challenged me to take a chance. I did, and it’s worked out well.

NancyDo you have any rejection stories to share? 

Laura- I suppose the most important rejection story I should share is the one that stopped me writing fiction for more than a decade. I’m sure the editor, who looked at my manuscript as a favor because his mother knew my mother was probably just trying to be helpful—at least I hope that was the motivation—but he overwhelmed me with what was wrong with my manuscript, so I said “screw it” and returned solely to the journalistic writing that was my primary career. By the time I began writing fiction again, I had grown a thicker skin along with more confidence in my abilities. I had numerous awards, including a regional EMMY that backed up that confidence. While I had several completed manuscripts already, The Silkie’s Call was the first one I submitted. The Wild Rose Press picked it up.

Nancy- I happen to know you are a member of writing organizations. Do you feel they have helped? 

Laura- Like you, I am a member of Romance Writers of America and the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, a chapter of RWA.  Both have been a tremendous help to me. I am a loner at heart, so HCRW has really given me the opportunity to meet and network with other writers. Writing is such a solitary endeavor, I think the opportunity to socialize with other people who share your craft is essential.

Nancy- We sat next to each other during the last HCRW meeting, and listened to Virginia Kantra's presentation. We are multi-published authors, but are always open to learning more! Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract? 

Laura- In the words of Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up.” If you have stories you want to tell, keep working at your craft; keep trying to get better. I teach students how to write these days, and one of the things I stress to them is that writing is not something you learn and master. All writers continue learning, changing, and evolving. So even if you’re not ready to be published right now, it doesn’t mean you might not be next month or next year.

Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know. 
1) I have a pet lizard.
2) I can shoot golf balls with my rifle at 100 yards.
3) I make a carrot cake from scratch that’s so good, it’s now the only birthday cake my husband and son ever want.

Nancy- What’s next for you? 

Laura- I’m really excited to be able to say that Kensington has contracted for books two and three in my series. They’re tentatively scheduled to come out next year.

BOOK BLURB   All Holly Morgan wants is a safe place to have her baby. Nestled deep within the Blue Ridge Mountains, miles away from her abusive ex-fiancé, Spence, Mountain Meadow seems perfect. Holly can manage a few meddling church matrons if it means Spence can’t find her. Harder to handle is Jake Allred. He may be a dark-haired hunk, but he’s also someone Holly can’t trust: a cop.

Since his time in the military, Lieutenant Jake Allred has lived to protect and serve. And if anyone needs protection, it’s Holly. Having been let down by the law before, she’s wary of letting Jake into her life. But when an unexpected snow storm strands them together, their attraction is hot enough to melt the mounting ice. Just when Jake thinks he’s finally warmed Holly’s heart, Spence strikes. Now it’s up to Jake to save Holly’s baby and bring their fledgling family back together.

Excerpt link HERE  

Nancy- How can my readers buy your book? 

Laura- My book is available in digital and print on demand formats right now through all the usual places. This link will send you to all of them: http://www.laurabrowningbooks.com/my-books.html

MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR After graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Laura worked for more than two decades in television news, both on camera and behind the scenes. It's a fascinating, exciting business. However, she has always loved making up her own stories rather than reporting the stories of others. So, she changed gears and began teaching English. The altered pace allowed her to ramp up her love of writing fiction. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Journalism degree, Laura has a Master of Education degree as a reading specialist.
When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, baking, photography, and the menagerie of animals that help make North Carolina home.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Author Ashley York

Ashley York stopped by to share her latest book. The Gentle Knight is a historical romance set in Ireland and England and was released on March 24th. Tell us more!

Ashley- The Norman Conquest series begins with The Saxon Bride, 1075, with a loyal knight of King William's, John of Normandy, being given a Saxon princess, Rowena Godwinson, to wife. Throughout this love story, John's good friend, Peter of Normandy, is fiercely loyal and very helpful in reconciling husband and wife. He was such a great character, I decided he needed his own story. So The Gentle Knight was written.

Peter speaks of his lady love, Jeanette, in The Saxon Bride, but she was not all that he believed her to be. She died in childbirth before Peter returns to Normandy. He is devastated at the loss. The fact that his own mother died delivering him increases his guilt and vows to remain a solitary knight.
He is sent by King William to northern England where they have never accepted William as their king. Peter is accompanied by Mort (also a character from The Saxon Bride) but they come across a strange band of men claiming to be delivering a young woman, Brighit MacNaughton, to a Priory. Peter decides to step in to help the woman even though he's not completely sure of the situation. He learns she has a great sense of family honor and pride and he falls in love with her. She does not want to set aside her father's death bed decree that she become a nun despite her attraction to him.

Nancy- Wow! An awe-inspiring plot. When did you start writing toward publication?  

AshleyI've always wanted to be a writer and even quit my job to write full time. This was before computers, however, and the research and information wasn't readily available like it is now. I raised my family (devouring every historical romance I could find), got my BS in History and then my MA in history both of which exposed me to the plethora of information available online. I always felt like once I met my goal of completing my MA Thesis, I'd never be able to stop writing again. I was right.

I decided to give fiction writing another go and joined a local chapter of RWA (Romance Writers of America). The information I received there was that the traditional publishers wanted vampires and BDSM. I wasn't interested in writing either. However, the booming small press, e-book only and independent publishing caused vast changes at the traditional publishers. It also put a lot of highly respect editors, etc., out into the freelance business. I was able to find some online chapters that shared my interests with amazingly supportive members at all different levels of publication.

I decided to try indie publishing. I had a few setbacks with "editors" who promised one thing but never delivered. Despite what you may hear, not just anyone can be a good editor because it's not just about reading a story. It's also not just about learning proper English grammar. Also, where the editor is from will change their perspective on writing. Culture does affect what people want to read.

One amazing writer even gave me the name of her own editor when she heard what I'd been going through. He is amazing: supportive, encouraging and sincerely good at his job. You can sign a contract with one of the Big Four and not get that kind of editor. I've also found tremendously talented and dedicated formatters, cover artists, and promotion teams to work with. I feel truly blessed.

Nancy- What is your writing routine like?

Ashley BEFORE coffee
Ashley- I'm a morning person so I love to get up with the sun and get going—after my coffee. I do not like winter because the sun takes so darn long to get up. I'm not sure I could live in Scotland during the winter. At the moment it's just me, my husband, two cats and one dog in the house. 

Callie
Once my husband leaves for work and I get everyone else set, I'm off on my own.


I try to limit the time on social media but promotion and marketing can easily morph into something very time consuming. After a new book release, I have a hard time finding any substantial amount of time for working on my manuscript. Once I have, though, I write for about two hours in the morning and then three to five more in the afternoon.
Seamus

When my husband goes to work in the afternoon, our time together is the morning. I struggle a little with shifting my writing time to later in the day but I'm not about to spend the few hours we have together to working...unless I absolutely must.

Nancy- Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing?

Ashley- The most rewarding thing is to get a letter or a review from a reader saying how much they enjoyed it, how it gave them an escape, how they didn't want it to end, how they wanted to be a part of the story, how they're going to re-read it...these are all the things I always enjoyed about the stories I read and I totally relate to them as readers. That I could actually be an author who gave someone else the same pleasure that I enjoyed, and still enjoy, just blows me away. I'm accomplishing my dream.    



Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know. 
1) I'm just learning to play the Irish whistle and I'm not very good yet which is why my heroine, Brighit, is so good at it ;)
2) I'm a terrible dog trainer and my two year old labrador still can't walk nicely around our neighborhood on a leash.
3) I'm a terrible chocoholic! If it's not chocolate, why bother? BUT I can't handle chocolate frosting on chocolate cake. That's too much. I love chocolate and peanut butter, chocolate and peppermint, chocolate and...well you get the idea.

Nancy- What’s next for you?

Ashley- I'm working on Tadhg MacNaughton's story. The Irish legend I grew up with was that the seventh son of the seventh son of the seventh son had magical powers. My father was the seventh son of the seventh son but he had three daughters. I was the youngest.

In my story Tadhg was the sixth son of the seventh son of the seventh son. If his sister, Brighit, had been a boy, Tadhg always believed she would have been the one with the special blessing. In my next story, you'll learn why that wouldn't be true.

BOOK BLURB: 
A medieval soldier returns home to find his lover died in childbirth just as his own mother had. Believing he is cursed, Peter of Normandy turns from love. When he must give escort to an Irish princess more noble than many knights, he struggles with his decision to live a solitary life. Can he take the chance that his love won't be a death sentence and possibly make them stronger?

Padraig MacNaughton's death bed decree rips his daughter, Brighit, from the shelter of her protective clan in Ireland. Forced to take vows at a Priory in England, she finds herself in the hands of lecherous mercenaries with their own agendas. Dare she trust the Norman knight to see her safely to her new life as a nun? Even when she finds in him the fulfillment of all she's ever wanted?
Or will honor and duty eclipse their one chance for happiness?

Excerpt:
The barrenness of the countryside would take Brighit some time to get used to. Perhaps it was only this area, but it seemed nothing like her home which was so lush and green. She missed her family. A tightness began to build in her throat but Brighit refused to acknowledge it. A splashing sound came to her from just beyond the tree stand.
She glanced back the way she'd come. The need to return immediately or confront Ivan's wrath had her clenching her teeth. That splash sounded very much like the lake Lachlann had mentioned. A chance to clean her face and hands in a refreshing body of water rather than with a soaked cloth? The heat in that confined carriage was making her wilt. She sniffed and confirmed her stench was overwhelming. Before even thinking it through, she headed in the direction of the sound.
Brighit paused on the barely discernible path. Sure she heard rustling, she glanced behind at the open field she'd come from. It was empty. Nothing behind her that could make such a sound. Was it a deer perhaps? Taking a few steps farther, the small rise gave way to the breathtaking sight of a small lake. The top glistened like glass without a ripple to disturb its surface.
The slight breeze carried the pungent aroma of honeysuckle and lavender. The plants would be a wonderful thing to find and put in with her few belongings. Each night she would be surrounded by the smell of flowers. Without another thought she headed through the bushes to her right, careful to not make a sound in case the deer were still nearby. Movement along the banks drew her attention and she froze.
A man stood there dripping wet and naked. He pushed his hair away from his face. A handsome face with a strong jaw and a thick brow. She followed the movement of his hands, sloshing the water off his chiseled body. Blond hair spanned his broad chest and across his rippled torso, leading down his muscular legs, glistening in the fading light. His tarse was visible even from this distance. She looked long and hard. Her breathing became labored. Magnificent.
He turned in her direction. She ducked. She held her breath and shivered in the bush, willing her heart to stop pounding so loudly. When she ventured another peek, he was gone. Disappointment welled up inside her gut. She'd wanted nothing more than to sit and watch him, imagine how it would feel to run her hands down his expansive chest and firm body as he had done, to appreciate the rippled strength there. She blew out the breath she'd been holding and licked her dry lips. That certainly wasn't going to happen, not in this lifetime—as a nun. A small bush of purple flowers brushed her hand and she snatched it. Lavender. The sun was dropping below the hills in the west and she needed to get back. Enough of these wasted desires.
Desire made things happen. It was her grandfather's favorite saying. As the seventh son, he had been a man of some notoriety among Irish nobility. He was given the Celtic Princess, Faighrah, to wed. When he sired his own seventh son, the other leaders turned to him for guidance, for wisdom, in return for unfailing loyalty. The belief always that the seventh son of the seventh son of the seventh son had a special anointing from God. No evil could befall him.
Brighit was no son and evil seemed a little too close. Ivan had told her he would not hesitate to make up a lie about who she was. Even saying she was his wife. Others would believe him because he was a man. Perhaps a little more protection from the same God who made her a female was not asking too much.

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More About Ashley York
I have wanted to be a writer since the sixth grade. My first story was a mystery and I discovered that my classmates loved it and it kept them guessing. I was a voracious reader, even at a young age, and loved the history in the novels I picked up. I was so enthralled with that history that I decided to get my MA in History. The early medieval period is my favorite, as you can tell from the novels I write.

Although my works are fiction, I often like to incorporate authentic places, events, and people to increase the reader’s enjoyment. One of the more valuable lessons I have learned as a writer is the importance of using real history with the flair of artistic license. You’ll discover a world of fiction wrapped around historical people and events! I hope you enjoy reading my stories as much as I delight in writing them. I live in New England with my husband, two cats and a yellow Labrador named Caledonia.

You can find more information 
about Ashley York here:

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Author Jessica Kong

Nancy- Today I’m interviewing Jessica Kong. Her  book, A Seacat’s Love is a Science Fiction Romance and was released on May 1, 2014. Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.  

Jessica- A Seacat’s Love takes readers back in time to planet Earth, where Rick McCall is committed to living the lonely life of a government spy after losing his wife and unborn daughter due to his own arrogance and poor decisions. Leonora, one of the top scientists on the planet of Oceana and a high-ranking Seacat Warrior, is a humanoid feline who has come to Earth to study human evolution and find similarities between earthlings and oceanans. But her expedition’s camp is stormed by the human army. Now committed to helping Leonora remain safely out of the clutches of a wrongful government and find a way back to her home planet, Rick faces many difficult choices—but he doesn’t want to repeat the past and make another devastatingly wrong decision.

NancyDescribe the genre of this particular title, and is this the only genre you write in?  

Jessica- A Seacat’s Love and all of my other books fall under Science Fiction Romances. Some of my titles will have my version of a paranormal twist added in for extra pizzazz.

NancyDid you have several manuscripts finished before you sold?  

Jessica- Yes I did.  

Nancy- Did you send them out yourself?  

Jessica- I will have to admit, I only sent out several inquiries to publishing houses.  I was not in the position to give my full attention to pursuing my writing career at that time. Now that my kids are older, I am able to take my love of writing to the next level and self-publish my stories.

NancyWhat is your writing routine like?  

Jessica- I have a crazy routine.  Since I have three active kids, my writing routine is sitting in my car and typing my stories into my laptop. When I’m at home, I will either be hiding in my office typing away on my laptop, or if I’m tired of sitting, I will be in bed clicking away on the keys until 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning, then I start again the next day. I will never complain because I love my kids and writing.

NancyWhat sort of promo do you do? Do you have help?  

Jessica- I do all of my promotions since hiring help cost money and I have a limited budget.  I try to use the social networks, but I feel that I’m not using them to the fullest. I am trying to squeeze in time to set up interviews like this one with you.  I am now looking into participating in public book signing events. And I try to host online author sale events.  My problem is finding the time to do the research on where to participate.

NancyHaving achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing?  

Jessica- Hands down, the most rewarding thing for me is all the positive reviews my books are receiving. I am so happy that readers are enjoying the crazy things that are in my head. 

Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know. 
1)  I love to attend Anime Conventions with my daughter
2)  I love to dress up in costumes with my daughter
3)  I love to play video games with my kids

What’s next for you? 

Jessica- My goal is to attend book fairs and publish the second installment in the Oceanan Saga entitled A Seacat’s Challenge

BOOK BLURB  

In the first book of the Sea-anan Saga, A Lost Kitten, readers meet John McCall. The second book, A Forgotten Kitten, features Areo McCall. Both of these intriguing protagonists are children of an intergalactic marriage. Now, fans of the saga will be thrilled to learn the story of how their parents get together. 

A Seacat’s Love takes readers back in time to planet Earth, where Rick McCall is committed to living the lonely life of a government spy after losing his wife and unborn daughter due to his own arrogance and poor decisions.
 

Leonora, one of the top scientists on the planet of Oceana and a high-ranking Seacat Warrior, is a humanoid feline who has come to Earth to study human evolution and find similarities between earthlings and oceanans. But her expedition’s camp is stormed by the human army.
 

Rick and Leonora first encounter each other at a secret military lab during the cat woman’s attempt to escape her captors. When she collides with Rick in a corridor, Leonora begs for his help, claiming that the government has been experimenting on her, and one look into the frightened feline’s pale-blue eyes is enough to stir the hardened spy’s heart. For Leonora, the spark ignites in her chest after Rick dares to defy his government and his own commanding officer to aid her and her colleague Tigif. She recognizes the nobility in this selfless act of helping strangers—aliens from another world, no less!
 

Now committed to helping Leonora and Tigif remain safely out of the clutches of a wrongful government and find a way back to their home planet, Rick faces many difficult choices—but he doesn’t want to repeat the past and make another devastatingly wrong decision. His relationship with Leonora grows in fits and starts, constantly undermined by Tigif’s devious plots, and Leonora is threatened by Tigif’s increasingly forceful advances. As they avoid a massive government dragnet, fight off dangerous feline fevers, and try to retrieve the aliens’ ship, heated emotions of jealousy, distrust, and resentment that arise in the confusion put their very lives in jeopardy.
 

Author Jessica Kong seamlessly blends multiple themes into her Sea-anan Saga and Oceanan Trilogy books, including loyalty, racism, family, and love. In A Seacat’s Love, the theme of multiracial relationships is particularly prominent, where the difference in race between the two protagonists is exaggerated to galactic proportions. As in all of the volumes in the series, this book shows how fundamentally similar we all really are when it comes to our basic needs, desires, and even cultures.
 

But readers don’t have to be fans of the saga to enjoy A Seacat’s Love. The
novel stands on its own as an exciting and exotic science-fiction action-romance. Though it is an adult-content book, it is written in simple language that is easy to read—and even easier to get caught up in. Its cross appeal to science-fiction enthusiasts, romance lovers, action-adventure fans, and anyone who enjoys exploring human nature through the lens of creative imagination makes it attractive to a wide audience.



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Jessica Kong is the author of A Lost Kitten and A Forgotten Kitten, books one and two of the Sea-anan Saga. The major theme in each series of interracial families is inspired by her own experiences in a multicultural marriage as well as the experiences of her triplets. She addresses the issue through the lens of science-fiction characters whose heritage is of both planet Earth and planet Oceana. Through this literary device, she can convey the message that society should not judge people without knowing anything about them, as well as showing how, underneath it all, we are really all the same. 

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

UPDATE-My Interview of FIRST BLOOD Author David Morrell

Nancy Lee Badger & David Morrell 
The annual WRITE NOW Conference in Raleigh North Carolina is over, and I raced home to get some ideas onto my computer. I am looking forward to writing more and more. David Morell was our Keynote Speaker, and taught several workshops. The photo is him and me! In case you missed it, here is the interview, posted April 30th.





Nancy- a big welcome to David Morrell. He stopped by to share a little bit about himself, and his writing. Please tell my readers a little bit about your books.  

David- This is my 43rd year as a published author. I started with First Blood in 1972, the novel in which the character of Rambo was introduced. Since then, I explored various ways of writing action and suspense, especially in The Brotherhood of the Rose (1984), which was one of the first novels to combine the British and American espionage-novel traditions (authentic spy-craft blended with action). It was adapted into the only television miniseries to be broadcast after a Super Bowl. 

Another personal favorite is Creepers (2005), which mixed the thriller and horror genres so that it was difficult to decide what kind of novel it was, and recently a Victorian 
mystery/thriller Murder as a Fine Art (2013) in which my fascination with the weirdness of the Victorian world made me want to make readers believe they are truly on those fogbound streets. The main character is an actual historical person, Thomas De Quincey, who invented the word “subconscious” and anticipated Freud’s psychoanalytic theories by 70 years.

Nancy- Wow! So many genres! And First Blood was your very first novel?

David- Yes, First Blood was my first novel. Through my Penn State writing instructor, Philip Klass, I was introduced to an agent who agreed to represent the manuscript. He sold it within six weeks. That’s very unusual. Most beginning authors struggle to make that first sale. Hemingway put a lot of value in luck, and with First Blood, I was indeed lucky. But it took me three years to write the book, and the manuscript didn’t leave my hands until I had done everything I could to make it professional. So discipline and determination are also part of the mix.

Nancy- Why have you become a published author?    

David- In my writing book, The Successful Novelist: A Lifetime of Lessons and Writing and Publishing, my first chapter is devoted to reasons for people to want to be writers. The worst reasons are fame and wealth. Not that anybody should turn down a big advance from a publisher. But usually the motives of fame and wealth simple mean that someone wants to win the literary lottery, and most of the time, that means imitating another author who is famous and wealthy (for the record, very few writers earn huge dollars). When I teach writing, I emphasize two mantras. 1. Be a first rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of another writer. 2. Don’t chase the market. You’ll always see its backside. The reason to want to be a writer is that there’s a pressure inside us, a story, a secret, that demands to be told, and we’ll do everything that’s necessary to get it onto the page.

Nancy- Exactly why I will listen to your wisdom at the WRITE NOW 2015 Conference. What is your writing routine like?

David- There’s no correct routine. Some people write early in the morning before they go to work or before the kids get up. Some people wait until it’s late at night. The main thing is to be steady about it—to do it every day. A page a day is 365 pages a year—in other words, a novel.  I work on a computer, but some people prefer to write a manuscript by hand. Whatever feels good. I’m blessed to be able to write full time, so I start around 8 in the morning and work until late afternoon, with an hour of exercise in the middle. (All that sitting can be brutal on my body unless I exercise.) I think it’s important to understand “introvert” and “extrovert” as the Myers-Briggs psychological profile defines those terms. An introvert gets renewal and refreshment from being alone. I can spend 10 hours a day alone—every day if necessary. I find it refreshing. If I need to do a lot of socializing, I’m exhausted, and I don’t like talking on the phone. In contrast, a Myers-Briggs extrovert loves being with people and can’t bear isolation. I know many great storytellers who never had a writing career because their personality was such that they couldn’t sit alone in a room.

Nancy- I love working in an empty house. Not much writing gets done when hubby is home! Are you a member of any writing organizations and, if so, have they helped?

David- I co-founded (with Gayle Lynds) the International Thriller Writers organization, which helped tons of writers get a start. I belong to the Mystery Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, and the Western Writers of America. The professional friendships I formed there have been immensely helpful. One of my recommendations to beginning writers is to attend conferences for the type of writing that they do. Make contacts. Learn the business side of things.

Nancy- Conferences are fun, too! Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract? 

David- Write the book you feel you were meant to write rather than an imitation of a book that’s on the bestseller list. You might not sell the book, but at least you fulfilled yourself, and that’s what writing’s supposed to be about. The WRITING page of my website, www.davidmorrell.net has several free essays about writing.

“David Morrell is the finest thriller writer living today, bar none.” Steve Berry

How can readers buy your book?

Murder as a Fine Art - HERE

Inspector of the Dead  - HERE

MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Morrell is the author of First Blood, the award-winning novel in which Rambo was created. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose, the basis for the only television mini-series to be broadcast after a Super Bowl. An Edgar and Anthony finalist, a Nero and Macavity winner, Morrell is a recipient of three Bram Stoker awards and the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. His latest novel is the acclaimed Victorian mystery/thriller, Inspector of the Dead.

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