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Chandler County Begins

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There is a new world out there called Chandler County. Set in the horse country of Kentucky, the stories all revolve around fictional Chandlerville and Bourbonville. All the books have the word ‘missing’ in them.  Below is a list of the first ones that will be published in the next few weeks. Be sure to enter the rafflecopter contest to win a $200 gift card. http://www.pjfiala.com/blog/giveaways/200-gc-to-one-lucky-winner-50-to-three-lucky-winners-30-to-six-lucky-winners/?lucky=3993

My story, Missing My Heart is still in the works and is set to be released with the next group of books in November.

Today I want to highlight, Missing the Point by P.J. Fiala. I’m currently reading it, and am enjoying it tremendously. There’s mystery, romance, a hunk for a hero. What’s not to like?

Missing the Point

Blurb:  Sometimes, being on the opposite side of the track, gives you a better view.

Sam McKenzie has everything he needs in his professional life.  Bluegrass Security is going strong, he just purchased a home for the first time in his life, he even got himself a dog.  Personally, however, life was a bit unsettled. His growing crush on Stevie Jorgenson was unrequited – he just didn’t know why. She seemed to enjoy spending time with him, he’d caught her staring more than once, but yet, she seemed wary to take it to the next level.

Stevie Jorgenson had worked her entire life trying to step from the shadow of her wealthy family, including the family horse business. Excelling at the police academy and then making detective in Chandler County had been hard work. Now, her growing attraction to Sam McKenzie was beginning to shade her with its shadow. The trouble was his biggest client was her father’s rival in business and that could make things messy. The other issue was his client was also a dirty dealer and she had to uphold the law.  How can they make it on opposite sides of the track?

Here is where you can find Missing the Point:

Amazon :  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MtP-Amazon

Barnes & Noble: www.pjfiala.com/Books/MtP-B&N

iBooks:  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MtP-iBooks

Kobo:  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MtP-Kobo

Google Play:  www.pjfiala.com/Books/MtP-Google

Reader’s Club:  http://smarturl.it/ReaderClub

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/pj-fiala

Amazon Author: http://amzn.to/2j7bh06

About P.J.:  I am a wife of thirty years, a mother of fourpatti fiala grown children and the grandmother of four lovely grandchildren. When not writing a new story, I can be found riding my motorcycle and exploring this fabulous country of ours. My writing revolves around people anyone would love to spend time with. No self-absorbed billionaires for me.

Earning my Bachelor’s Degree later in life fulfilled a dream for me. Then, I found the courage to write and I haven’t looked back. Currently I have several published works and have collaborated on several box sets, Kindle Worlds and a project in which a fellow author and myself have created a world and are inviting authors to write in this world with us.  I have served as the VP of Communications for WisRWA and devote a large amount of my time helping other authors slog their way through this thing called publishing. I love to hear from fans, so look me up and touch base.

I come from a family of veterans.  My grandfather, father, brother, two of my sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans.  Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.

Author web links: (web, blog, twitter, facebook, goodreads, etc)

Website: www.pjfiala.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pjfiala1

Twitter: www.twitter.com/pfiala

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/pattifiala/designing-samanthas-love

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/patti_fiala/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7866768.P_J_Fiala

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/author/pjfiala

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/116973848613644291786/posts

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/pattifiala

LibraryThing: http://www.librarything.com/profile/PJFiala

You Tube http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0_BBjvOwu8akytlEN8VQNw

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Heat Flash by Taylor Anne

Heat Flash

Welcome, Taylor Anne, to my blog. She is visiting today with her Contemporary, Romantic Suspense Heat Flash. Doesn’t the cover just draw you in?

When Kendall’s life is threatened, he has no choice but to risk body and soul – and even his heart – to save her.

Buy link:  http://a.co/6czRpFX

Blurb:  When FBI agent Mason Black left Kendall Reed without warning, it devastated her, but she managed to bounce back. Now on the run from a maniacal stalker, she must learn to trust the man who betrayed her in the past. Dealing with his own insecurities and secrets, Mason will do anything to protect Kendall from the dangerous lunatic terrorizing her. But the bigger threat may be the one Kendall poses to his heart. Scared of Kendall’s reaction if she learns the truth about him, Mason puts his own problems and emotions on hold to find her stalker. But when Kendall’s life is threatened, he has no choice but to risk body and soul–and even his heart–to save her.

Excerpt:  “Look,” Kendall said, irritation lacing her words. “I know you don’t want me here. You did your duty by protecting me. You saved my life tonight, and now you’re stuck here. The least I can do is keep you company.” She silently hoped that explanation would satisfy him. She was wrong.

Mason watched her. A flicker of some emotion flitted across his face before he rasped, “It was my job to watch after you. This,” he gestured to the bed and rumpled sheets pooled around his waist. “This is one of the drawbacks of my job. It’s something I’ve learned to get used to. And, it’s just that, my job, it’s nothing personal. You don’t need to babysit me.”

“I see.” She turned away from his cold stare so he wouldn’t see the hurt his words had caused. He dismissed her, just as he had done in the past. So much for thinking they could talk. So much for the flutter in her heart at knowing that Mason was back in town. She fought hard to hold back tears.

Fear of going home to an empty house turned her stomach. She lifted her hand to rub her throat. She had to get control of her emotions. She wasn’t afraid of much and didn’t want to allow herself to be scared now, even though the night’s events justified a little fear. With confidence she mustered up from somewhere, she took a deep breath, removed her hand from her throat, stubbornly set her jaw, and faced the man lying in the bed.

Her clipped words took them both by surprise. “Nothing personal. It never is with you, is it?”

About Taylor Anne: Taylor AnneI am a romance author, leaning more to the suspense side. I enjoy the challenge of getting my characters stories on paper. Sometimes they want to argue – and they usually win. It doesn’t matter who wins that battle as long as they help me write the best story for you! I bring you romance and life that is comfy, cozy, and always fun!

I live in Southwest Louisiana with my husband. Our combined family consists of two daughters and two sons – and growing with in-laws and grandbabies. I love spending time with family and friends, relaxing on the beach, cuddling with my cat (Oscar), sipping on a glass of wine, and bringing happiness and smiles to others.

Follow Taylor at:

Website ǁ Twitter ǁ Facebook ǁ GoodReads ǁ Amazon Author Page ǁ Taylor’s Tidbits

 

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Interview with, S.C. Mitchell: Science Fiction Romance Author

S C MitchellToday I have Steve Mitchell, writing as S.C. Mitchell. Steve’s ninth book, “Hearts in Orbit, Volume 2: Pirates of the Dark Nebula” was released on July 1, 2015. It’s a science fiction romance set in the far-flung space traveling future, continuing the series’ course across a galaxy filled with love and adventure.

Steve grew up an avid reader of comic books, science fiction and fantasy literature. He’s been writing stories for over thirty years. In 2010 he left his job as a computer desktop support specialist to pursue his passion for writing full time. He is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as the Wisconsin chapter.

As a writer of paranormal and sci-fi romance, fantasy, and science fiction, Steve crafts unique and wondrous worlds where his characters explore, romp, and fall in love. Whether traveling through dark, demon filled dimensions, the edge of wild space, or ancient mythological heavens, his heroes and heroines, guided by their adventurous hearts, discover hidden strengths on their pathway to enduring love.

Steve and I received our first contracts with Soul Mate Publishing at the same time. His first book with them, “Son of Thunder” was released in February 20, 2013, while mine, “Riding for Love” was released on April 30, 2013. Steve’s short story, “Valentine’s Day Canceled,” and mine, “The Valentine’s Day Proposal,” were both included in Soul Mate’s Valentine’s Anthology, “My Sexy Valentine,” this past February.

Son of ThunderI thoroughly enjoyed Steve’s story, which prompted me to purchase and read “Son of Thunder,” also an excellent story. Since we are both members of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Romance Writers of America, we get to visit at least once a year. This past February Steve and his wife traveled to my neck of the woods and participated in my Romance Author’s Valentine’s Day event. I hope he can join us again next year.

Welcome to my blog, Steve. I’m sure my readers will enjoy getting to know you today.

Thank you, Tina.

Who or what inspired you to write? I’ve always been a storyteller, but have atrocious handwriting. A typewriter, and lately a computer, offer me a way to write and actually read what I write. My early influences are J.R.R. Tolkein and Anne McCaffrey. I spent many summers reading and re-reading “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.”

Steve's writing space

Steve’s writing space

How long have you been writing? Did you stop and start, or write continuously during this time? About 35 years ago, after finishing Tolkien’s Lord of the Ring I was inspired to write an epic fantasy. I dusted off my old manual typewriter and dug in, finishing a completely wretched novel in about five years. Over the next few decades I continued to work on it and started numerous other literary efforts. Real life, of course, intruded and I gave up and restarted multiple times. Then five years ago I decided it was time to get serious about this “writing thing.” I quit my job and started writing seriously. I started out self-publishing four novellas. When I finished my first true novel, Son of Thunder, I submitted it to a number of publishing houses. In 2011 I received an offer from soul Mate Publishing. I’ve been with them ever since, and have published two additional novels and contributed to a short story collection.

How do you handle rejections? Horribly at first. In my early floundering years I received rejections from some of the best publishers in the world. But I’ve developed a thicker skin. You have to in this industry. Rejection is just part of the journey. I remember having a student at a talk I was giving how I handle rejections. I actually had my rejection folder with me (before the days of e-mail rejections). I showed the class the folder and told them I was proud of each and every one. They showed I was writing and working at my craft. This always surprises people.

What do you do to keep yourself from giving up? This is not a problem I experience. The stories keep bubbling up in my head and I have to get them down or I lose them. I think I would keep writing even if I never published another story.

How did you choose the genre you write? I came into romance writing from a love of comic books/science fiction/fantasy. It’s where I started out writing, so staying within that genre is easier and more fun. I’ve played around with some contemporary erotic romance as well under a pen name and self-published a few short stories, but it’s the strange and fantastic that seems to pull me most.

MySexyValentine1800 PRINT (LARGE)Are there any genres you wouldn’t write in? I have a great love of and respect for historical romance writers, but I don’t think I would ever venture into that genre. There’s just too much research needed to stay in whatever century the story is set. Finding out when the zipper was invented or how to phrase things within the vernacular of the era would drive me nuts. I prefer to just make things up. I’m not sure how you can make up all those worlds and make them seem real. A true talent.

Do you enter contests? Do you find them helpful? Have you won any? I enter a few, but not many. Son of Thunder did come in 2nd in the WisRWA Write Touch Contest, and I’ve entered Pirates of the Dark Nebula in some currently running contests. I think wins help authors a bit and are definitely encouraging. Especially if the judges give advice.

Do you have a critique partner or group? Are they helpful? How? I have worked with a number of wonderful critique partners over the years. It’s always valuable to get someone else’s view of my work before I present it to the public (or even my editor). I’m currently working with two wonderful critique partners, Helen Johannes and Sarah Hegger, both amazing authors in their own right and not shy about telling me that what I’ve written is pure crap. We all need those kind of people in our lives.

Do you have a day job? I used to work as a computer desktop support specialist. Five years ago it became financially viable for me to give it up to pursue a writing career. Money gets a bit tight sometimes, but I’ve never regretted the decision. I have a two-year technical degree in electronics that I have never used.The Blarmling Dilemma 805

Tell me about your family and friends reactions to writing romance. I have a wonderfully supportive family. Thank goodness. I dabbled in erotica for a bit under a pen name and kept it secret for a while, but I’m not very good at keeping a secret. Most of my family and friends know. As a guy I get a real range of reactions, most of them disbelief when people find out I write romance.

Does your family read your love scenes? My wife admits to skipping through some of the love scenes, though she does that in most romances. I know other family members have read my books, but the love scenes have never come up in our discussions of the book with the exception of cautioning others listening that they have to read it and not think about who wrote it.

What happens when you get a story idea? It really depends on where I am in my current work-in-progress. I like to at least get something down so I don’t lose the idea and can come back to it. My computer file system is full of half-baked ideas. Have you ever had a “plot bunny” where you get an idea and you can’t stop thinking about it until you write it out? Far too often an idea will hijack me from my current work-in-progress. It’s frustrating sometimes, but I hate to let them go. I have a zombie romance pulling at me right now. I wouldn’t even know where to begin writing one of those.

Another view of Steve's creative corner.

Another view of Steve’s creative corner.

Who are your favorite authors? What do you like to read? My earliest influences would have to be Anne McCaffrey, J.R.R. Tolkien, and R. A. Salvatore. Sherrilyn Kenyon and Nora Roberts were my introduction to romance. Current favorites include Sarah Hegger, Collette Cameron, Amy Sandas, and (of course) Tina Susedik. Aww, you’re so sweet!

What is your Work In Progress? I’m currently working on the long-put-off sequel to Son of Thunder entitled Daughter of Darkness. I’m happy to be back in the world of my Norse gods and hope to have the novel out before the end of the year. I have to say that science fiction is not on the top of my list to read, but since reading you books, I’ve changed my mind. I’d be in line to read that one.

I was happy to have you here today.

Thanks, Tina.

You can find Steve at:
Blog: http://scmitchell.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSCMitchell
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorSMitchell
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007D0Z1MW

PiratesofthedarknebulaKeep reading for the blurb and excerpt of “Pirates of the Dark Nebula.”

“Protecting the most dangerous secret in the galaxy means taking it, and the woman who holds it, into the deadliest cesspit in the galaxy’s outer rim.”

Blurb: It can’t fall into the wrong hands.

Luna Callista holds the key to a galaxy changing new technology. Captured by a ruthless band of deep-space pirates, she’s rescued by a man filled with dark secrets of his own. Who is Rik Mazar?
Galactic protector or rogue pirate?

After three years undercover among the Brotherhood of the Dark Nebula, Rik Mazar isn’t sure what side of the law he’s walking. In a world of murder and betrayal, his life goes on the line every day. But, protecting Luna Callista means putting his heart in as much danger as his hide.

A rusting service droid, a Ferang fortuneteller, and a ship full of back-water refugees are their only allies, as two hearts go into orbit to save a galaxy in peril.

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Pirates-Dark-Nebula-Hearts-Orbit-ebook/dp/B0109O7VMQ/

Excerpt:
“Harvey, run a check of all ship’s systems. We’re moving in the wrong frackin’ direction.” What the hell is going on?
The droid shuffled toward the maintenance control, his metal feet clanking on the titanium deck. Humanoid in design, her mechanical companion was more than just a computerized machine, programmed to serve. Harvey was her friend. Could his memory banks even register how much he meant to her?
While Harvey checked out the ship’s systems, Luna scanned the area around the ship, looking for anything that could be causing the issue. This deep space sector, a warp hub, should be empty. It charted between systems.
There’s nothing here.
She’d come out of warp and was lining up her next hyper-jump when the problems started. If she couldn’t get to that next jump point, she couldn’t safely leave the sector. A warp starting at the wrong point could thrust her ship through a star or space debris. Dangerous at the least, and probably suicidal.
She pushed once again on the thruster control, but it wouldn’t budge. It was already maxed.
Behind her ship, sensors picked up an anomaly. Polar fluctuations without a gravitational field.
What the hell?
She threw the rear visual up on monitor. There was something wrong . . . different in the space behind her ship. Like a shimmering deeper ebony against the blackness of space.
Her heart skipped a beat as a Vega class starship appeared out of the nothingness. No warp signature. No jump claxon. As if the ship had been there all along, but she just hadn’t been able to see it.
Cloaking shields? Tractor beams? This was science fiction stuff.
Gooseflesh crawled up the back of her neck.

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Author Interview – Joanne Guidoccio – Countdown to her New Release

ONE MORE DAY: Today I’m happy to have Joanne Guidoccio on my blog for her countdown to her new release, A Season for Killing Blondes. This cozy mystery will be released tomorrow, June 12 with The Wild Rose Press. I will definitely be ordering it and look forward to reading it. Make sure to click on the link for her trailer, then the link for her Rafflecopter for chances to win a $25.00 Amazon gift card.

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How did you choose the genre you write? When I started writing short stories and novels, I found it difficult to classify my work. I knew I wasn’t writing traditional science fiction, thrillers, or romance. Instead, my work was a blend of several genres that later morphed into a form of contemporary women’s fiction. But even that classification didn’t fully satisfy me. It wasn’t until late 2012 that I found a more appropriate moniker – boomer lit.

What is boomer lit? It is a sub-genre that features older protagonists and addresses such themes as dating after divorce or widowhood, giving birth after age forty, dealing with multiple generations living in the same house, and launching second (third or fourth) careers. As I get older, I find I enjoy identifying, reading, and writing about older characters. Love and romance spans all ages.

What are your outside interests? When I retired in 2008, I was determined to carve out a very different life for myself, a more balanced life with yin/yang balance. While writing occupies the lion’s share of my time, I also enjoy reading, yoga, scrapbooking, blogging, movies, Toastmasters, artist dates, and meeting friends for leisurely brunches and lunches.

What is on your desk right now? My work has spilled over onto two desks in two separate rooms. In my writing space, I have WIP files, a Pocket Oxford Dictionary, a calendar, a notepad, and my phone. The desk in my den has a potpourri of items: Toastmaster manuals, promotion binders, Writer’s Digest and RWA magazines, scattered business cards and receipts, and an abacus.

Are you a morning, afternoon or night person? Having experimented with different schedules, I have come to the conclusion that I am a hybrid: late morning/early afternoon. I like to be at my writing space by 9:00 a.m. but usually spend thirty to forty-five minutes on Social Media. I get my “best” creative writing done in two separate spurts: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 2:30 a.m. When I’m in the flow, I can write 1,000 words in the morning and have the afternoon free for meeting friends and planning other outings. When I’m in the editing and promotion caves, I work in longer blocks (usually in the morning and evening). Sounds like me.

Have you ever had a “plot bunny” where you get an idea and you can’t stop thinking about it until you write it out? All my articles and novels start off as plot bunnies. (BTW…First time I’ve heard the expression and I love it!) I don’t put pen to paper right away. Instead, I let the ideas percolate and contemplate possible characters and storylines. Once I have a protagonist, I give her a name and then come up with title for the manuscript. For my latest WIP, I came up with a complete list and short description of all the characters and then wrote the synopsis.

Do you set goals? As a teacher, I was very diligent about goal setting and tended to over-plan each day. In retirement, I’m much more flexible. While I would like to write 1000 words a day, I don’t beat myself up if life intervenes (as it often does). Looking ahead, I would like to write and release one book a year.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Explain. I would classify myself as a linear pantser. Before starting any manuscript, I like to have a quasi-structure in place: protagonist and main characters, major plot, outline of the first ten chapters, and a title. I also have a rough idea of the last chapter. But the middle is more flexible. I’m not afraid to let secondary characters take over or introduce another sub-plot.

Do you write long-hand or use a computer or both? I have excellent keyboarding skills and feel more comfortable working on the computer. And I must confess that my writing has become illegible.

ASeasonforKillingBlondes_w9101_750 (2)Blurb
Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the dead body of golden girl Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside her office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation.

When three more dead blondes turn up all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders. Frustrated by Carlo’s chilly detective persona and the mean girl antics of Carrie Ann’s meddling relatives, Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management training, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends.

As the puzzle pieces fall into place, shocking revelations emerge, forcing Gilda to confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/QURgFbybQVw

Buy Links:
Amazon (Canada) – http://is.gd/t0g1KZ
Amazon (United States) – http://is.gd/jADjPp
Amazon (United Kingdom) – http://is.gd/8mknFJ
Amazon (Australia) – http://is.gd/r843iX
Kobo – http://is.gd/BpO9gY

Rafflecopter:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/628069201/?

Bio:
In high school, Joanne dabbled in poetry, but it would be over three decades before she entertained the idea Guidoccio 001 of writing as a career. She listened to her practical Italian side and earned degrees in mathematics and education. She experienced many fulfilling moments as she watched her students develop an appreciation (and sometimes, love) of mathematics. Later, she obtained a post-graduate diploma as a career development practitioner and put that skill set to use in the co-operative education classroom. She welcomed this opportunity to help her students experience personal growth and acquire career direction through their placements.

In 2008, she took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

Where to find Joanne:
Website: http://joanneguidoccio.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/joanneguidoccio
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjoanneguidoccio
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joanneguidoccio
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jguidoccio/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7277706.Joanne_Guidoccio

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Interview with Joyce Holmes

Joyce HolmesToday I have the pleasure of interviewing Joyce Holmes. Joyce is one of our neighbors to the north, living in the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia with her husband and small dog, Roxy. This multi-published, award-winning author is living her dream of being a stay-at-home writer. Photography and blogging about her travels are two of

Lake Okanagan from Kelowna Mountain

Lake Okanagan from Kelowna Mountain

her passions, along with visiting her kids and grandkids. The pictures below of the area she lives in, were taken by Joyce. Dare to Risk it All is published with The Wild Rose Press. Show No Weakness and It’s Complicated are with Secret Cravings Publishing.

Welcome to my blog, Joyce. I love the pictures you took and sent me.

Thank you for having me here today, Tina.

How long have you been writing? Did you stop and start, or write continuously? I started writing about seventeen years ago and wrote six stories (and then rewrote several of them). After several years, with none of the big publishing houses showing interest in them, I gave up. With the emergence of small press publishers, I decided to give writing a go again in 2011. I rewrote one of my favorite stories and it was published in 2012. I’ve since written a sequel to that one and rewritten two of my original stories. Two of them have been published, and one is currently in the submission process.

Kayaking at Sutherland Bay

Kayaking at Sutherland Bay

How do you handle rejections? What do you do to keep yourself from giving up? I’ve come to expect them, so after a brief flash of disappointment, I don’t give them much thought. In the early days, I got what were deemed ‘good’ rejection letters. They gave detailed explanations of what worked and what didn’t, and often included an offer to read more of my work. So they were helpful and encouraging. Nowadays, they’re mostly form letters, which give no insight into why they rejected the story, so those ones are more disappointing. I did give up for about five years. Mostly because my life got too busy and I felt writing for publication was a waste of time. Now that I’ve been published three times, I have more confidence in my work. I also put no pressure or expectations on myself. I keep it fun. That’s why I started writing in the first place. It’s nice when rejections come with constructive

Rock Owens at Scenic Canyon

Rock Owens at Scenic Canyon

criticism.

Do you enter contests? Do you find them helpful? Have you won any? I used to enter a lot of contests for unpublished writers years ago when I first started writing. I never won any, but did place well in most of them and often the comments were insightful. I entered my first published book, Show No Weakness, into two contests: the EPIC Book Competition and the Chanticleer Book Reviews’ 2013 Chatelaine Blue Ribbon Writing Competition, which it finaled in. It also won 1st place in the 2012 RONE awards, which a book is automatically entered into if it receives a 4 star or better review from InD’Tale Magazine. My second book, It’s Complicated, is currently in the voting round for this year’s RONE award. I haven’t entered it or my newest release, Dare to Risk All, in any contests so far. Winning a RONE is pretty impressive!

Lake Okanagan Waterfront

Lake Okanagan Waterfront

Do you go to conferences? I’ve only gone to two conferences. The Surrey International Writer’s Conference in 2003, where I had the pleasure of meeting Diana Gabaldon. And the Sweet & Spicy Conference in Ottawa in 2006, where I attended a workshop by then president of the RWA, Gayle Wilson. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a conference, partly because there aren’t any big ones in my neck of the woods and it can be difficult to get away to the distant ones. It’d be nice, one day, to attend a conference as a published author. Maybe someday we’ll meet at one, but I can imagine getting to one from where you live is difficult.

joyce holmes officeWhere do you write and what does you space look like? Now that my boys have all left home, I’ve converted our smallest bedroom (and it is small) into an office. I work on a laptop with an attached keyboard, and I have two overflowing bookshelves and a filing cabinet in there as well.
There is an old desk with a laptop on it. It’s not the most ergonomic space, that’s for sure. But I’ve done what I can by raising the laptop to eyelevel; I’ve positioned a book across the opened right-hand drawer to use as a mousepad, and the keyboard rests at an angle on the open middle drawer. Really high-tech, I know, but it works amazingly well. The desk also has reference books, a stack of paper for quick notes, a clock, calendar (to track my storyline) and penholder. And most important, pics of my grandkids.

What time of day do you write? Are you a morning or afternoon person? I write mostly in the afternoon. I’m on my desktop computer first thing in the morning for an hour or so, doing emails and social media, then depending on my day, I try to write after lunch. When I’m lucky I can get three or four solid hours in, but usually it’s about half that much. If I’m on deadline, I might work all day. As much as I wish I was, I’m definitely not a morning person. Energy levels are low and the brain doesn’t fully function when I first get up. And as I get older I’m not so great in the evenings either, tending to gravitate to the TV or a book. Creatively, I function best between 10 and 6.

Layercake Mountain

Layercake Mountain

Does your family support of understand your writing? My hubby and sons aren’t readers and think writing is rather torturous so they don’t understand how I could possibly enjoy either activity, but they’re all very supportive. My mom and my many siblings are my biggest fans, most of whom read and love my books. I’m lucky that way.

What are the reactions to people when they find out you write romance? When someone finds out I’m an author, they seem impressed and almost always ask what type of stories I write. As soon as I say romance, the conversation usually dwindles. It’s rather sad that people still look down their noses at romance, but I don’t try to defend the genre. If a person isn’t interested, it’s their loss. I agree wholeheartedly.

What happens when you get a story idea? I can’t focus on more than one story at a time, so if I’m not at the point where I can start on that new idea, I make lots of notes, either on paper or the computer. Sometimes I even write out entire scenes if I think it’s important not to forget. Unfortunately what can happen is by the time I get around to working on those ideas, I might have a real mess of notes to sort through. But I guess that’s better than losing the thought completely. If you’re like me and make notes long-hand, you probably can’t read them later. I’m terrible at that.

Lake Okanagan

Lake Okanagan

Are you a plotter or a pantser? I plot by the seat of my pants. Basically I have to have at least the main plot points figured out before I start writing. I know my beginning and ending and usually a few scenes in between, but as I write, things take the occasional turns so I have to adjust for that. Some stories, like the one I just finished, take on a life of their own and never want to end. Others are a little skinny on subplots and I have to work harder to make sure there’s enough substance, so I’m pantsing as I go along. Once the story is complete, I go back and make sure all loose plot strings are tied up to my satisfaction. This can sometimes mean adding more scenes or even a subplot I hadn’t originally thought of. Sounds like the way I write.

What is your WIP? I’m barely 2000 words into a new story. It’s a sequel to my first two books, set in Vancouver. Ryan Porter made an appearance in my second book and he’s getting his own story, where he’s decided to keep a pretty important aspect of his life secret.

Roxy is 12 years old, weighs 3.5 pounds, is blind, and has no teeth. But she has to play ball every day.

Roxy is 12 years old, weighs 3.5 pounds, is blind, and has no teeth. But she has to play ball every day.

Thank you for being with me today, Joyce.

I enjoyed it. Thank you for having me.

Show No Weakness: Can a forever kind of girl and a for-the-moment kind of guy take a risk on love?

Blurb: Tessa Caldwell’s carefully structured world is thrown into chaos when the handsome stranger she had an uncharacteristic fling with reappears in her life. Ben not only gets the promotion she thought was hers, but is also intent on resuming their physical relationship. Although Tessa’s rational mind insists on a professional association, both her heart and her traitorous body have other ideas. Can her sensible nature possibly win against such temptation?
Memories of the petite blonde with large, blue eyes have haunted Ben Dunham for months. When he transfers to her branch, he anticipates picking up where they left off. Reality doesn’t match memory when the cool and collected lady wants no part of him. If he intends to pursue Tessa, he has to earn her trust. The problem is, Ben carries a dark and dangerous secret. How does he get Tessa to trust him when he can’t trust himself?

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