Sunday Surprise


And it’s a guest! Another wonderful indie author! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Audrey Rich!

Where do you live and write from?

I live and write in Sunny South Florida in the USA but I’m originally from New York City.

Why do you write?

My soul calls me to write and my characters definitely beg for their stories to be written.

When did you start writing?

I’ve always loved to write and put together stories in my head but I earnestly began to write in 2011 after one late night I opened up Word and the words spilled from my fingers. There wasn’t even an inkling that I would choose to become a writer.

But it was an answer to a prayer for a career change that led me to embark on my writing adventure until the moment the characters came to life in my head and the words appeared on the screen and the writing bug burrowed itself into my heart.

What genre(s) do you write?

Currently I write YA, NA, and Dystopian Contemporary Romances as well as Fairytale retellings and I’m co-authoring a Sci-Fi story about aliens with a friend.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?

Definitely an improviser (pantser) but I can follow someone else’s outline. Depends on what is going on in my life. My debut novel was completed in three months so not too slow but there are times that it takes me forever to write a word.

Tell us about your latest book

My latest book, Queen of Mermaids, is the first of four books, which is Season 2 of the Kingdom of Fairytales series will be released on January 29th 2020.

It’s the after the happily-ever-after of The Little Mermaid. My character is Princess Blaise, daughter of The Little Mermaid and she’s a proud member of the Anti-Mermaid League. The irony of it all.

Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?

Indie publishing because despite having an acquiring editor who liked my writing and the plot of my first book, I decided that I wanted complete control of my publishing career. I wouldn’t mind working with a traditional publisher in the future when I would have more control but for now managing my own books and career works for me.

Any other projects in the pipeline?

Definitely many projects that need to be polished and written but I believe I will focus on the stories from my YA series that will lead to my NA/adult Contemporary Romances because these characters’ stories need to be written.

I working on the final edits of Igniting Our Love and finish writing Denying Our Love, which are both part of my A Stonehaven High Series.

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?

My goal is to continue improving how I tell my stories by writing every single day.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

The best piece of advice is to write what your heart and soul call you to write instead of trying to ride the trends that are popular at the moment.

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Sunday Surprise


And it’s another author of the Sci-fi July bundle! Yes, surprise! 🙂 I am honored to have an award-winning and bestselling author on this very humble blog. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Tracy Cooper-Posey!

Where do you live and write from?
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I haven’t always been here—I was born in Perth, Western Australia and grew up in the country, running wild and barefoot. I miss the ocean. The Canadian Rockies are nice compensation, though.

Why do you write?
The answer to this has changed over the years. Right now, I write because it’s my profession. This is a particularly satisfying answer to me. For years I struggled to pay bills, ditch the day job, and do what I really wanted to do. Now I’m doing all that. I was singularly unsuited to day job work—I wasn’t qualified for anything. Now, I’m a professional writer. I earned my degree the hard way and it took twenty years.

When did you start writing?
I started writing, as in mucking around with stories and characters, when I was 14. I wrote the unofficial sequel to Star Wars. They didn’t call it fanfic then. I didn’t even know people wrote fanfic. I thought it was just me, being weird and strange. My English teacher caught me at it, told me to write something original and he would submit it for publication. I did, and he did. It didn’t go anywhere, of course (I don’t have those nine exercise books anymore, but I cringe to think what the writing was like)—but the seed was planted.
Fifteen years later, I started writing for publication. It took another four years to get published, then I sold two books in one week

What genre(s) do you write?
Space opera science fiction
Science Fiction Romance
Paranormal Romance
Time Travel Romance
Historical Romance
Romantic Suspense
Urban Fantasy Romance
Epic Norse Urban Fantasy Romance
Plus several varieties of mash-ups and oddities that really don’t fit anywhere, except that I wrote them, so there you have it.

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?
To entertain readers for as long as my mental faculties hold together.
To pay the bills with my writing, which will let me entertain readers for as long as my mental faculties hold together.
What I’m doing to achieve it? I think I’m pretty much doing it already, by writing my knuckles off, every day I can. Reader reviews confirm I’m managing to entertain them, most of the time.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Perfect writing technique doesn’t exist and even if you get close, if your story sucks you’ve still failed. Story rules.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?
Oh, Outliner. To the max.
I’m considered kinda fast as a writer. I usuall do slightly more than one million words a year. Having said that, I know writers out there who have stockpiled 1.4M words for future publication. They make me feel very tortoise-like. It’s all subjective.

Tell us more about your book in the bundle
Faring Soul was my first attempt at juggling science fiction and romance in the 50/50 melding that the new science fiction romance sub-genre calls for. I think I pulled it off – the Galaxy Award it won seems to say I do. But it’s a tricky balancing act and not for the faint-of-heart.
Of course, now I love the stuff. I finished the series with three books, will probably start a spin off series in the near future, and have completed eight stories (so far) in another SFR series.

Tell us about your latest book (add link if published)
The very latest book, Soul of Sin, came out yesterday (as I write this). It’s historical romance and is getting some great reviews.
My latest SF or SFR to be released was the SFR novelette, Evangeliya, which came out a couple of weeks ago. It’s part of the eight books (so far) series I mentioned above – The Endurance series – and is set on a generational ship heading for a new home 1,000 years away from Earth.

Any other projects in the pipeline?
Do you have a few hours?😊
All my current series will have new books added by the end of the year, (here, for series information) and I’ll be adding a couple more series in 2018. Readers who would like to keep up should join my newsletter list. They can get a four-book starter library to sample my work and figure out if I do, indeed, entertain them.

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Tracy Cooper-Posey is a #1 Best Selling Author.  She writes science fiction and romance.  She has published over 90 books since 1999, been nominated for five CAPAs including Favorite Author, and won the Emma Darcy Award.

She turned to indie publishing in 2011. Her indie titles have been nominated four times for Book Of The Year and Byzantine Heartbreak was a 2012 winner.  Faring Soul won a SFR Galaxy Award in 2016 for “Most Intriguing Philosophical/Social Science Questions in Galaxybuilding”  She has been a national magazine editor and for a decade she taught writing at MacEwan University.

She is addicted to Irish Breakfast tea and chocolate, sometimes taken together. In her spare time she enjoys history, Sherlock Holmes, reading science fiction and ignoring her treadmill. An Australian Canadian, she lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, a former professional wrestler, where she moved in 1996 after meeting him on-line.

Sunday Surprise


… and it’s another guest! Don’t worry, I’ve almost run out of them… 😉 Anyway, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Jill Sanders who gracefully answered all my writerly questions!

Jill321. Where do you live and write from?
I currently live in East Texas and usually write from anyplace in my home that isn’t under construction at the time.
 
2. When did you start writing?
I started wanting to write young adult or romance books when I was a teenager. I actually wrote a “novel” with my twin sister and best friend. Then, in High School I had a few teachers that encouraged me to write descriptive stories. I fell in love.
 
I started writing the Pride Series shortly after my mother died, when I started having vivid dreams. Taking my husbands advice, I started writing them down. 
3. What genre(s) do you write?
Contemporary Romance with some suspense and excitement.
 
4. Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?
I’ve always been a story teller in my head. Now, I just write them down and entertain others.

5. Do you have a specific writing routine?
No, just sit down when the story calls me.
 
6. Out liner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?
Both, I’m great at improvising an outline and outlining my improvised writings. Fast, I’m a speed reader and typer. 

DiscoveingPride_resize7. Tell us about your latest book
Discovering Pride tells the story of spit-fire Lacey Jordan. Lacey has a knack for knowing things before they happen. She helps run her families restaurant and has always had her life laid out, until she bumps into the new town doctor, Aaron Stevens. Aaron has just moved in to town to take over his Grandfather’s medical practice after coming out of a terrible relationship. All he wants to do is work on turning the old house he has just purchased into a place he can call home. But, he can’t stop thinking about the fairy creature he bumped into while swimming In his pond.
8. Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?
Indie for now. I would, as all writers, loved to get published.
 
9. Any other projects in the pipeline?
Yes, I have the last two books in this series. 
 
Returning Pride Release date – July 2013

Returning Pride is the story of Iian Jordan. After losing his hearing at eighteen in a boating accident that claimed his father’s life, he wrote off trying to have a real relationship. Especially, with the one woman he’s had his eyes on since grade school. Communicating is hard enough while trying to run your own restaurant, but now the one woman he has a hard time speaking in front of has just walked back into his life. Allison Adams has been away from her home town for over two years. Living in LA helped jump start her art career, but now, coming home was supposed to be a sweet break. But, upon arriving, her life is consumed with her mother’s illness. With the help of her town and her one and only love, she might just have returned home for something more.
 
Lasting Pride Release date – Early 2014

Lasting Pride is the story of Ric Derby and Detective Roberta Stanton. When one of Ric’s art galleries is broken into and his assistant is brutally killed, he must work side by side with the police to find the millions in art that has gone missing. What he didn’t expect is that the petite brunette with the bedroom eyes is the best detective in Portland. But then, when Ric starts getting threats and someone has even tried to kill him, Roberta takes matters into her own hands. Moving him down the coast to his friends in the small town of Pride, is her idea of witness protection. But, then she learns a lesson that years on her own had never prepared her for. How to trust someone with not only your life, but your heart.
 
 
FindingPrideFront_resize10. What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?
I would love to finish this four part series by later next year, then I have a dozen or so more books in various stages of completion. My dream is to be able to make writing a full time career and maybe have it actually pay the bills.
 
 
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Whoot! Best of luck to you, Jill! There you have it, folks… Go check her books! Have a great Sunday!
 

Story Wednesday


Sooo… it’s Story Wednesday again, at least until Modern Fairy Tales ends… I’ll have to find something else for Wednesdays in February, haha! 😀

Like I said, I don’t think I can put more novellas on Serial Central after this one. I have to write an historical novel, which might take me longer than the fantasy ones because I’ll have to check my facts before I write them down (it’s so much better to improvise and invent… now I remember why I decided to write fantasy, haha! But having become a history buff in the meantime, I’m NOT backing up from this project!). Plus I want to write that sci-fi romance and get back to Silvery Earth with another series later in the year.

So my writing slate is pretty full (add a graphic novel to draw), I don’t think I can slip in something shorter. If I do, you’ll be the first to know – actually, I’ll tell my fellow authors at Serial Central, first, and then you, my dear readers, because I’ll have to check with them which day of the week is available when I’m ready. So it might be Story Another Day Of The Week by then.

In the meantime enjoy more of Modern Fairy Tales – Ugly Duckling, an old story of mine freshly translated, but I don’t think I can write that kind of stories anymore! 😉 Happy reading!

WOW x 10!!!


I remember I did a Quickly Pressed for reaching 1000 hits… the past weekend I reached 10.000!! 😀 Thank you thank you thank you all you precious readers and subscribers and passers-by!

Sunday morning I had already 10.005 – before the Six Sentence Sunday visitors hit. As I can’t pinpoint who that 10.000th hit is, I will have a general giveaway for you all. You can choose between Happiness is… in print (signed copy) or free download of the novella Jessamine. All you have to do to enter this awesome giveaway is leave a comment. Like I did on Blog Jog Day, I’ll pick up a random winner in the comments and s/he can choose one of the prizes.

The Six Sentence Sunday was fun. Apparently 90% of the authors are romance authors, so they enjoyed my six sentences. Except Air is a multi-POV adventure which does have romance, but it’s not the central point. But there is the happy ending, while in Jessamine there is not (it’s been labeled Fantasy Romance by a male reader, he obviously doesn’t know that romance MUST have a happy ending for the couple).

So I’ll have to decide if I should do more… and check back some of those authors (there were a couple of fantasy or sci-fi authors, and some historical, not all “romance”). I also discovered there is science-fiction romance, which is what my first sci-fi novel will be.

BUT, as I said, the historical comes first! I’ve dived back into my screenplays and research and downloaded a few more things, just in case. I hope to start writing soon.

I won’t answer your comments to this post, so I won’t ruin the chance for winning to anyone! 10.000 thank you for visiting!

UPDATE: I would also like to thank the WordPress guys as suddenly this morning I see I have 32 subscribers instead of the 17 shown so far. They obviously updated something in my dashboard… Thank you, WordPress, for making blogging such a great experience!

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