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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Character Interview: Rayden Valkyrie Blog Tour by Stephen Zimmer @SGZimmer



 Please help me welcome author Stephen Zimmer to Full Moon Bites today for a character interview with Rayden Valkyrie! I am super excited as not only are we touring the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy, it is being made into a show! You can see some movie images below and the teaser trailer for the TV Pilot!



An Interview of Rayden Valkyrie

You have a very interesting fighting style, using both sword and axe.  Can you comment a little about it?

Growing up, I first learned use of the sword among the Gessa.  I remember swinging it every day, and how heavy it was for me at that age. 

I used to play with a small ax during that time, and learned to throw it on my own. I would try some of the strikes I learned with my sword using the axe. 

Then one day I tried using both of them, keeping the sword in my right hand, and the axe in my left, and it felt very comfortable to me.  I sought out warriors to teach me more about the uses of an axe and then began to train with both weapons. 

The axe gave me some additional skills to use. With the axe, I could throw it against enemies I could not reach, or I could use it to pull away a shield and open up an enemy for a strike with my blade. 

I do not use just my axe and sword. I train to use all of my body as a weapon.  My fists.  My knees.  My forehead.  My feet.  I have traveled far and I have learned much in the lands I have visited.  A warrior is always open to learning new skills.  But training is everything when it comes to being prepared for fighting.

What does it take to stand alone?

It is a matter of strength of mind and willpower.  You must be confident enough in what you stand for to realize that there may be times where everyone around you is wrong, and you are the only one who can stand for what is right.  That is not an easy situation to find yourself in, but if you know yourself, and what you stand for, you will find that you can take a stand, regardless of who stands at your side.

You have a love of animals.  What drives your compassion for them?

Animals are living beings who share the world we live in.  Those who are cruel to animals merely reveal the darkness that abides in them.  I have found that it is possible to find a bond with some animals, including more than one dog and cat that grew up with me.  In the world I live in, the furs of some are needed to keep warm, and some are needed for food, but I never hunt without true need. 

Why is it important to think independently?

It is of the greatest importance to think for yourself.  Great sorcerers, kings and emperors alike have used their power to corral multitudes, and make them fear to question the path they are set upon.  This is why the sons and daughters of those with riches live, and the sons and daughters of those without riches are sent to die in distant lands.  Many thousands have seen their homelands destroyed, and their families shattered, because they feared to think for themselves. If the majority of the people decided to think for themselves, they could pull the power away from tyrants in a single day. 

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

I would find my way home, which is a place that I fear I can never reach.  It is a place where the smile still shines on my mother's face, and where I can still hear the rumble of my father's laughter.  I go far and wide in this world, but I have found no path yet to that home.

What is your favorite food and drink?
Meat and mead of course!  A plate of roast boar and a cup filled to the brim with mead or good ale brings a smile to my face, and nothing tastes better at the end of a long day of travel.  

What is your favorite folklore? 
I have always enjoyed the stories where spirits of loved ones come back to visit those left behind.  Many times I have found this in the tales of the little ones who reside in the depths of the forests, the faeries and other creatures who embrace the things of magic.  As a child adopted by the Gessa, these tales pulled at my heart, as they kindled the flame of a hope I still continue to harbor deep inside me. 

What tends to be the last thing on your mind when you go to sleep at night?

I find myself thinking of a better world, one without the cruelties and brutality found all across the one I live in every day.  But to fall asleep, I empty my mind of cares and concerns, and I let myself drift into the realm of dreams.  There, I often find peace.


Thunder Horizon


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Book Synopsis:  A deadly menace stalks the shadows of the lands to the north, stirring the winds of war. Farther south, the power of the Teveren Empire spreads with every passing day, empowered by dark sorcery. Formidable legions bent on conquest are on the march, slavery and subjugation following in their wake.
Within the rising maelstrom, Rayden Valkyrie has returned to the Gessa, to stand with the tribe that once took her into their care as a child. No amount of jewels or coin can sway her, nor can the great power of her adversaries intimidate her.
With a sword blade in her right hand and axe in her left, Rayden confronts foes both supernatural and of flesh and blood. Horrific revelations and tremendous risks loom; some that will see Rayden's survival in the gravest of peril.
Even if Rayden and the Gessa survive the trials plaguing their lands, the thunder of an even darker storm booms across the far horizon.
Thunder Horizon is the second book in the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy.

Heart of a Lion


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Book Synopsis: Rayden Valkyrie. She walks alone, serving no king, emperor, or master. Forged in the fires of tragedy, she has no place she truly calls home.

A deadly warrior wielding both blade and axe, Rayden is the bane of the wicked and corrupt. To many others, she is the most loyal and dedicated of friends, an ally who is unyielding in the most dangerous of circumstances.

The people of the far southern lands she has just aided claim that she has the heart of a lion. For Rayden, a long journey to the lands of the far northern tribes who adopted her as a child beckons, with an ocean lying in between.

Her path will lead her once more into the center of a maelstrom, one involving a rising empire that is said to be making use of the darkest kinds of sorcery to grow its power. Making new friends and discoveries amid tremendous peril, Rayden makes her way to the north.

Monstrous beasts, supernatural powers, and the bloody specter of war have been a part of her world for a long time and this journey will be no different. Rayden chooses the battles that she will fight, whether she takes up the cause of one individual or an entire people.

Both friends and enemies alike will swiftly learn that the people of the far southern lands spoke truly. Rayden Valkyrie has the heart of a lion.

Heart of a Lion is Book One of the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy.

Teaser Trailer Link for Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot:


About the author:  


Stephen Zimmer is an award-winning author and filmmaker based out of Lexington Kentucky. His works include the Rayden Valkyrie novels (Sword and Sorcery), the Rising Dawn Saga (Cross Genre), the Fires in Eden Series (Epic Fantasy), the Hellscapes short story collections (Horror), the Chronicles of Ave short story collections (Fantasy), and the Harvey and Solomon Tales (Steampunk).
Stephen’s visual work includes the feature film Shadows Light, shorts films such as The Sirens and Swordbearer, and the forthcoming Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot. 
Stephen is a proud Kentucky Colonel who also enjoys the realms of music, martial arts, good bourbons, and spending time with family.

Twitter:  @SGZimmer
Instagram: @stephenzimmer7

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Excerpt: Love Across the Universe Blog Tour @starsstonebooks



Love Across the Universe

Genre: Science Fiction Romance

Publisher: Stars and Stone Books

Date of Publication: August 1 2017

ISBN-10: 0-9977081-8-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-9977081-8-9
ASIN: B071JSHCGC

13 Stories of Science Fiction Romance Set on Intergalactic Shore 

#spacebeachlove
Summer love is summer love, no matter the planet. Climb aboard your spacecraft or time machine and travel across time and space with these thirteen tales of love on beaches in the future and among the stars.
Includes stories by USA Today Bestselling Author Traci Douglass, Cara McKinnon, Rhonda Jackson Joseph, A.E. Hayes, Sheri Queen, M.T. DeSantis, L.J. Longo, K.W. Taylor, Mary Rogers, Elsa M. Carruthers, Emmerite Sundberg, Serena Jayne, and Oriana Maret.
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The Greatest Gift
Rhonda Jackson Joseph

Book Description:

Tariq has chosen Jasmine and her family to rescue when the earth is destroyed. While her children and sister easily find their niches within their new society, based on their natural gifts and talents, Jasmine struggles to find her fit. Tariq’s patience and ability to see things within her that she doesn’t see in herself will help lead to Jasmine’s discovery of the greatest gift within herself.



About the Author:

Rhonda Jackson Joseph is a Texas based writer and professor who must exorcise the demons of her imagination so they don't haunt her being. A life-long horror fan and writer of many things, she has recently discovered the joys of writing in the academic arena about two important aspects of her life: horror and black femininity. She balances her natural darkness with the light and love of romance stories.

When Rhonda isn't writing, teaching, or reading voraciously, she can usually be found wrangling one of various sprouts or sproutlings from her blended family of 11...along with one husband and two furry babies.

Rhonda can be found lurking (and occasionally even peeking out) on social media:
Twitter: @rjacksonjoseph



Instagram: @rjacksonjoseph




Red Sand
Sheri Queen

Book Description:

If she can only save one thing, which will it be—the red beaches of Mars or a love she can’t imagine living without?

Bria has just been fired from her job as an ecologist at Trans Life Corp, the global leader in virtual reality living, and she’s devastated that her life’s work has ended with nothing more than a pink chip severance package. She’s been deemed obsolete in a world where every aspect of life has been automated, and even relationships are carried out in virtual environments. Then Bria’s sister, Samira, enters her in a singles sweepstakes to an exclusive Mars resort to force Bria to have a little fun for once, and Bria is one of the lucky winners.

Thayne is the owner of the exclusive Mars resort and has set his sights on expanding to a remote area on the other side of the planet. He is looking for the right person to lead his new venture when he comes across Bria. She’s exactly what he needs. His success is driven by his gift for acquiring rare talent, and he always gets what he wants—until now.

Bria refuses Thayne’s job offer. She’s not interested in helping destroy another ecosystem for corporate greed, and she’s definitely not interested in any kind of romantic entanglement—virtual or real. Yet despite her better judgment, she’s drawn to his zest for life and his creative nature. But finding a way to keep their clashing values from destroying their chance at love proves harder than Bria could have thought possible.



Excerpt Red Sand:

The strength of water pushing against sand captivated Bria. If only she had such power, she could change the world—or at least her little part of it.
But this was just a miniature version of the real thing. She flipped the rectangular, glass-enclosed frame over to watch the liquid bump the tiny particles into different shapes. Reds, browns, and tans jostled one another until the sand settled into wavy mounds at the base of the container. Bubbles rose to the top and burst. Bria turned the device again and again, repeating the process, absorbed with how different the formations appeared with each rotation. Life was like this crude imitation of a sandy beach, always changing when getting pushed around by a greater force.
Here she sat in her repurposed home on Boxcar Alley with no job, no more research, and no future at Trans Life Corp.
Earth was screwed. She knew it. Trans Life knew it.
Did the board members care that nature and all her beauty had been overrun by technology? Not a bit. They were already working on expanding to other planets.
To her shame, she had to admit her role in the virtual living that was taking root and growing weed-like over the planet. She had utilized all she’d learned as an ecologist and worked with other experts to engineer its equivalent in the realm of virtual habitats. She was as much to blame as Trans Life Corp for how the world had been altered into a state of disconnect from what was real—what you could truly feel, taste, and smell.
What she couldn’t have foreseen was the rapidity with which people embraced artificial environments, especially the Love Triangle, where all your pleasurable sensory needs could be met with the help of a CompuBot—available with or without interacting with another online user.

About the Author:

Sheri Queen received her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She grew up in the Hudson Valley region of New York—an area she loves to depict as a backdrop for her stories—and enjoys traveling to new places where she is constantly discovering inspirations for her writing. She especially loves visiting old graveyards.








A Dream to Build a Kiss On
Traci Douglass

Book Description:

A Dreamworld Short Novella

Can passion bloom between a bookish botanist and an analytical android?
Adam has served as a devoted assistant since the day he was created twenty-six years ago. His ordered world centers on logic and logistics, until a strong solar flare causes a glitch in his synthe-soul circuits and his normal routines are thrown into chaos. In a flash, his universe is filled with wild, dark desires that until now Adam has only imagined.

Jillian Lewis has spent her entire career in search of the rare, elusive Shadow Moondrop Orchid. She’s forsaken any semblance of a normal life in pursuit of her goal and now has the ultimate prize within her reach. By securing a coveted invitation to the fabled Dreamworld Resort, she has just three days in which to locate and record her once-a-century flower before it disappears again.

With the clock ticking, will they surrender to the unpredictability of love or will their chance at forever disappear like stardust on the summer wind?


Excerpt A Dream to Build a Kiss On:

2069 – Remote tropical island in the Atlantic Ocean

Adam desired Jillian Lewis, and not just for her beautiful brain.
The desire, of course, was completely unexpected and entirely new, especially for an analytical android such as himself. Add in the fact he’d


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Excerpt & #Giveaway: Ties That Bind by Carolyn Arnold @Carolyn_Arnold


Ties That Bind
by Carolyn Arnold


GENRE: Mystery, Police Procedural

Series Information

Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. Do you love trying to figure out whodunit? How about investigating alongside police detectives from the crime scene to the forensics lab and everywhere in between? Do you love a strong female lead? Then I invite you to meet Detective Madison Knight as she solves murders with her male partner, utilizing good old-fashioned investigative work aided by modern technology.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Law & Order, CSI, Blue Bloods, Rizzoli & Isles, Women’s Murder Club, and Hawaii Five-O.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning: Ties That Bind, Justified, Sacrifice, Found Innocent, Just Cause, Deadly Impulse, In the Line of Duty, Life Sentence (Bonus Prequel).


BLURB:

The hunt for a serial killer begins…

Detective Madison Knight concluded the case of a strangled woman an isolated incident. But when another woman’s body is found in a park killed with the same brand of neckties, she realizes they’re dealing with something more serious.

Despite mounting pressure from the sergeant and the chief to close the case even if it means putting an innocent man behind bars, and a partner who is more interested in saving his marriage than stopping a potential serial killer, Madison may have to go it alone if the murderer is going to be stopped.

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Excerpt:


Excerpt from chapter 1 of Ties That Bind (Detective Madison Knight series)

SOMEONE DIED EVERY DAY. Detective Madison Knight was left to make sense of it.

She ducked under the yellow tape and surveyed the scene. The white, two-story house would be deemed average any other day, but today the dead body inside made it a place of interest to the Stiles PD and the curious onlookers who gathered in small clusters on the sidewalk.

She’d never before seen the officer who was securing the perimeter, but she knew his type. The way he stood there—his back straight, one hand resting on his holster, the other gripping a clipboard—he was an eager recruit.

He held up a hand as she approached. “This is a closed crime scene.”

She unclipped her badge from the waist of her pants and held it up in front of him. He studied it as if it were counterfeit. She usually respected those who took their jobs seriously but not when she was functioning on little sleep and the humidity level topped ninety-five percent at ten thirty in the morning.

“Detective K-N-I—”

Her name died on her lips as Sergeant Winston stepped out of the house. She would have groaned audibly if he weren’t closing the distance between them so quickly. She preferred her boss behind his desk.

Winston gestured toward the young officer to let him know she was permitted to be on the scene. The officer glared at her before leaving his post. She envied the fact that he could walk away while she was left to speak with the sarge.

“It’s about time you got here.” Winston fished a handkerchief out of a pocket and wiped at his receding hairline. The extra few inches of exposed forehead could have served as a solar panel. “I was just about to assign the lead to Grant.”

Terry Grant was her on-the-job partner of five years and three years younger than her thirty-four. She’d be damned if Terry was put in charge of this case.

“Where have you been?” Winston asked.

She jacked a thumb in the rookie’s direction. “Who’s the new guy?”

“Don’t change the subject, Knight.”

She needed to offer some sort of explanation for being late. “Well, boss, you know me. Up all night slinging back shooters.”

“Don’t get smart with me.”

She flashed him a cocky smile and pulled out a Hershey’s bar from one of her front pants pocket. The chocolate had already softened from the heat. Not that it mattered. She took a bite.

Heaven.

“What are you doing here, anyway?” she asked with her mouth partially full.

“The call came in, I was nearby, and thought someone should respond.” His leg caught the tape as he tried to step over it to the sidewalk and he hopped on the other leg to adjust his balance. He continued speaking as if he hadn’t noticed. “The body’s upstairs, main bedroom. She was strangled.” He pointed the tip of a key toward her. “Keep me updated.” He pressed a button on his key fob and the department-issued SUV’s lights flashed. “I’ll be waiting for your call.”

As if he needed to say that. Sometimes she wondered if he valued talking more than taking action.

She took a deep breath. She could feel the young officer watching her, and she flicked a glance at him, now that the sergeant was gone. What was his problem? She took another bite of her candy bar.

“Too bad you showed. I think I was about to get the lead.”

Madison turned toward her partner’s voice. Terry was padding across the lawn toward her.

“I’d have to be the one dead for that to happen.” She smiled as she brushed past him.

“You look like crap.”

Her smile faded. She stopped walking and turned around. Every one of his


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Interview & #Giveaway: Through Her Eyes by Deborah Camp @authordebcamp


Please help me welcome author Deborah Camp to Full Moon Bites! Read on below for our interview more about THROUGH HER EYES and a GIVEAWAY!


Holly: Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Deborah Camp: Deborah Camp here. I’m a fulltime writer and that’s been my only career since I graduated from college. When I’m not writing, I’m volunteering for an animal rescue group and fostering rescue dogs. I love to read almost as much as I love to write.
Holly: What do you do when you are not writing?
Deborah Camp: Aside from rescuing dogs from kill shelters, I like to watch TV, go to the movies, hang out with friends, and enjoy the company of my sexy guy.
Holly: Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Deborah Camp: I didn’t have trouble getting my first book published. I had done my homework – learning to be a fiction writer, taking my novel through a critique group, studying Publishers Weekly for information on who was buying what – and I sent it to Simon&Shuster. S&S was forming a romance line called Silhouette and my book was one of the first ones accepted for it. I’d say it was beginner’s luck, but I’d worked hard before I submitted that first manuscript.
Holly: I know authors get asked this a lot but do you have any advice that you would give to aspiring writers?
Deborah Camp: Learn your craft. Even if you have a college degree in English, that doesn’t mean you know how to write popular fiction. Study the top bestsellers as if they are your textbooks – because they are! – and learn what it is about them that made them climb to the top 50 or 100. If you’re focusing on writing in a certain genre, read the top 50 bestsellers in that genre. Don’t “copy” them. Learn from them how to construct your novel, pace it, format it, etc.
Holly: Can you tell us, in your own words not the book description, a little about your book?
Deborah Camp: “Through Her Eyes” is the fourth in a six-book series (Mind’s Eye). The first three focused a lot on Levi Wolfe and the next three will focus more on Trudy Tucker. Trudy has doubts about herself and her psychic gifts. She’s always been afraid of what she can do, but working with Levi is bringing her out of her shell and making her more confident. In “Through Her Eyes,” Trudy discovers new psychic powers and how to harness them. She also confronts the final obstacles that are keeping her from walking down the aisle with Levi.
Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2017?
Deborah Camp: I also write historical western romances and I hope to publish the next one in December. I’m writing it now. My most recent one is Solitary Horseman and it’s available on Amazon.
Holly: Are you reading anything interesting at the moment? If so, what is it?
Deborah Camp: I’m always reading something interesting! I am on Goodreads every day looking for new books and new authors. Some of my favorites are Roni Loren, Abigail Barnette, Mia Sheridan, and Meghan March. I love sexy romps, but they need to have a good plot or I get bored. If you haven’t read “Off the Clock,” “The Boss,” “Archer’s Voice,” or “Beneath This Ink,” you really are missing out on some fantastic books.
Holly: What is the hardest part of writing in your opinion?
Deborah Camp: Sitting your butt down and doing it every day. I think any writer will tell you that. Some days the words fly and some days they get stuck, but it’s important to write every day. Use it or lose it. The second hardest part is promoting your books. Indie writers have it tough. Yes, a few break out and zoom to the top of bestseller lists, but 98 percent of us have to keep beating the drums and looking for readers. With so many “free” books out there, it’s a real challenge. Even though readers complain that most of the freebies are poorly written, they don’t want to spend 99 cents or $2.99 or $3.99 for a quality read. So, promoting is very difficult. That’s why blogs like this are important to writers and readers.
Holly: What is the easiest part of writing in your opinion?
Deborah Camp: Writing The End.
Holly: If you could live in the world you have created, would you? If no, why not?
Deborah Camp: Yes, I would! I would love to live with sexy Levi Wolfe in his swanky penthouse. Wouldn’t mind it one bit!

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Deborah Camp: Hello, readers. I appreciate your interest in my books and I hope you join my Happy Campers Super Cool Readers Group on my website (www.deborah-camp.com). When you do, I’ll send you “Through His Eyes” (the first book in the Mind’s Eye series) FREE!

Random Quickies!


Holly: Pepsi or coke?
Deborah Camp: Dr Pepper
Holly: Favorite kind of chocolate?
Deborah Camp: White chocolate
Holly: Cats or dogs?
Deborah Camp: Dogs
Holly: Do you read more than you write?
Deborah Camp: No. I write more than I read.
Holly: Hardback/Paperback or eReader?
Deborah Camp: eReader
Holly: Why do you like eReaders more?
Deborah Camp: They’re convenient, easier on the eyes, and I can carry around hundreds of books all at once.
Holly: Favorite color?
Deborah Camp: Orange
Holly: Do you own a laptop or desktop computer?
Deborah Camp: Laptop
Holly: If a laptop, what kind do you own, and would you recommend it to other authors?
Deborah Camp: Dell.
Holly: What book are you reading today?
Deborah Camp: I’m reading Wicked Grind by J Kenner
Holly: Have you ever been out of the state where you live?
Deborah Camp: Oh, sure. I’ve traveled through most of the United States.


Through Her Eyes
The Mind’s Eye Series
Book Four
Deborah Camp

Genre: Romantic Suspense/Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: July 24, 2017
ASIN: B071KC41NB
Number of pages: 415
Word Count: 92418
Cover Artist: Patricia Schmitt
Tagline: She can see evil and evil can see her

Book Description:

Psychic detectives Levi Wolfe and Trudy Tucker comb the streets of New Orleans in search of a serial killer who has claimed 19 lives and counting.

The suspect was in an accident almost two years ago that left him paralyzed in a wheel chair, but the murders continue. Is he faking it or has he enlisted a protégé to continue his reign of terror?

As Levi and Trudy draw closer to the truth, Trudy discovers new and unsettling psychic abilities in herself.

Excerpt:

“So, tell me about your experience,” Trudy said, sitting next to Levi.
“It was strange. Very strange. I was contacted – during a business meeting, mind you – by the dead son of the new contractor I was speaking with in my office. This kid – a salvage yard murder victim – popped into my head and started yelling at me. I tried to shut him out, but I couldn’t. I had to actually stop the damned meeting and tell the man that his deceased son was demanding an audience. Gonzo thought I’d lost my noodle.”
“Good Lord!” She covered her parted lips with her hand. “I’d say that was a heck of a coincidence, but . . .it seems to be so much more than that.”
“Yeah, right.” He sat back and drummed his fingers on the table for a few seconds. “Anyway, the kid – Clayton Nelson – was hitchhiking in New Orleans when a guy in a pickup stopped for him. He couldn’t see much of the man’s face because he wore a ball cap and sunglasses. He had a mustache that looked fake to me. He used the ploy of something being wrong with his truck to get the kid to look under the hood and then he knocked him out with a blow to the head. Clay came to in a basement, his wrists and ankles bound with plastic ties and chains.” He shuttered his gaze from her. “That’s where he was murdered.” A few seconds ticked by before his lashes lifted to reveal his dark blue eyes that never missed much. “You’ve been in contact with the murderer already, haven’t you?”
Her heart jolted. He was uncanny. “I was in contact with someone who’s warped. I don’t know if it was the salvage yard killer.”
“Was he murdering someone?”
“Something. A cat.”
Levi’s upper lip lifted in disgust. “Jesus.”
“Yeah. He was practicing, I think.” She shuddered and blocked out the memory.
“The kid in my head showed me a compass and pointed to the N on it.”
She gasped at the reference. “Your true north?”
“Bingo. His way of telling me that you were already part of this.”
She reached for her glass of juice. They must be destined to examine this case. How else could she explain what happened to Levi and what she’d already experienced?



About the Author:

Deborah Camp is the author of more than 50 romances, both contemporary and historical. She received the first Janet Dailey Award (given to a romance novel that best addressed a social problem). "My Wild Rose" dealt with battered women and children.

A bestselling author, Deborah's books have been praised by reviewers, bloggers, and readers who love complex characters and clever plotting. She always mixes in a bit of humor, even in her romantic suspense novels.
Communicating with readers and other writers is something she enjoys, so don't be shy about visiting her online. If you post a review of her books, you'll probably receive a personal "thanks" even if the review isn't entirely favorable!

Deborah lives in Tulsa, OK where she is continually inspired by real cowboys, real Indians, and real heroes and heroines.








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Monday, August 14, 2017

Interview & #Giveaway: Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats by Carla Rehse



Holly: Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Carla Rehse: Thanks for having me on your blog! I’m an Army brat, who’s traveled the world. I’m currently living in Central Texas. Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats is the first book I’ve published.

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Carla Rehse: I’d love to chat on twitter @CRehse

Holly: What do you do when you are not writing?

Carla Rehse: I enjoy crafts and spend more time on Pinterest than I should.

Holly: Do you write an outline before starting a book or just write?

Carla Rehse: I always have the first and last chapter in my head before I start a book. Then I complete a rough outline on a chalkboard in my office.


Holly: Can you tell us, in your own words not the book description, a little about your book?

Carla Rehse: I describe it as Clueless meets Ocean’s Eleven—with witches.

Holly: Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?

Carla Rehse: Gracie, my main character, came first. Her personality and voice stayed with me and influenced the plot.

Holly: Where can we purchase this book?

Carla Rehse: It’s available on Amazon, starting 7-24-17. I also am giving away 3 signed copies at Goodreads. The contest ends 8-16-17.

Holly: Do you think you will have a follow up book to this novel or is it just a stand-alone novel?

Carla Rehse: I’m currently working on the sequel, Pink Duct Tape and Glittery Broomsticks.

Holly: What is the hardest part of writing in your opinion?

Carla Rehse: Time is usually a challenge for me.

Holly: Can you tell us a few do’s and don’ts for aspiring authors?

Carla Rehse: Do find a supportive writing group. Critique partners are essential.
Do expect it to take time to learn the craft.
Do expect to get discouraged.

Don’t give up.
Don’t lock yourself into unrealistic expectations.
Don’t focus on negativity.

Holly: What is your favorite part of writing?

Carla Rehse: I love editing. Pounding out the first draft takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Editing gives me the chance to add the little details that bring a story alive.

Holly: Can you tell us about your main character?

Carla Rehse: Gracie is complicated. On one hand, she’s just another fashionista more worried about her manicure than life after high school. On the other hand, she wants to be more than that, but isn’t sure what that is. She’s also the person you want in a foxhole with you as her morals are a bit grey and she’d do whatever was needed to get everyone out alive.

Random Quickies!


Holly: Pepsi or coke?
Carla Rehse: Sweet tea. Half and half, actually. And no lemon.

Holly: Favorite kind of chocolate?
Carla Rehse: Man, that’s like picking a favorite kid. Lindt chocolates?

Holly: Cats or dogs?
Carla Rehse: Cats rule and dogs drool!!

Holly: Favorite book to movie?
Carla Rehse: Hunger Games

Holly: Favorite book or author? Yeah we know it can be hard to choose! ;)
Carla Rehse: JK Rowling, hands down.


Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats
Carla Rehse

Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy
Date of Publication: 7-24-17
ISBN: 978-1546514534
Number of pages:  286
Word Count:  78k

Fashion. Dead bodies. And magic.

In this fantastical and mysterious tale, seventeen-year-old lock pick Gracie Mason finds herself inadvertently caught up in a world involving witches, bizarre rituals, romance—and murder.

Book Description:

Witches must bond with humans in order to produce children—and once the bond is made, it cannot easily be unmade.

Imagine seventeen-year-old Gracie Mason’s surprise when she accidently bonds with a witch named Asher. Sure, he’s cute, but that’s beside the point. She’s not going to settle for a guy just because she’s magically bound to him.

To dissolve the bond, Gracie must seek out another witch to perform a magical rite. However, matters become considerably more complicated when witches begin turning up dead. Wanting nothing more than to get on with her life, Gracie must now team up with her enchanter and wade deeper into a complex world of enchantment and intrigue.

Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats is an enthralling story of magic, mystery, and murder—and each new twist will draw you further under its spell.



Excerpt:
Daddy told me years ago that to succeed in life I need a strong plan, the right tools, and the gumption to follow through. His words of wisdom helped me get elected homecoming queen, become co-captain of the cheerleading squad, and voted on the student council. Now I plan to use them to help me pull off my first burglary.
My plan is solid. I’ve also never backed down from a challenge, not even last year when Brittany Thomas became overly friendly with the entire football team in a sad attempt to deprive me of my crown. People say I started the rumor about the rash of STD cases spreading through the boys’ locker room faster than a brush fire. I didn’t, of course. Why start gossip when the squad of doctors from the local Health Department did it for me?
I take a deep breath as I enter the Trinity Building. At almost four o’clock on a Friday before a three-day weekend, the place is deader than a PTA meeting. It helps that today is the hottest July first on record for Central Texas and the air conditioning in this building is dismally subpar. The Trinity Corporation may claim to have the most upscale rental space in town, but one look at the gold leopard granite floor paired with peach-painted walls shows that’s a downright fib.
The only guard on duty leans back in his chair and sucks down a Sonic Route 44 Coke like his life depends on it. I wave as I pass the security desk, wearing a megawatt smile and fully confident in the strength of my lavender-scented Lavanila deodorant—vegan, of course. Deputy Dawg gives me his usual perv stare before returning to the comic book balanced on his knee.
Centex Therapy, LPC occupies most of the first floor office space. A small bell tinkles when I open the frosted glass door. What decorum the overall building lacks, the waiting room has in spades. Brown leather chairs sit on a bamboo rug and pastel paintings from local artists brighten the walls. A tall grandfather clock in the corner softly chimes four times. This late on a Friday means the room is empty of other patients. Perfect.
Jane, the receptionist, fans herself with a copy of Country Living. “Cutting it awfully close, Gracie. Go on in.”
Dr. McDozzle gives me a pained smile as I enter the room.
“Good afternoon, Miss Mason. Have a seat.” For a head shrinker, he’s incredibly formal. And a non-Texan, who hates football and sweet tea. I haven’t learned much more about him in the last month, but that’s enough to get him tarred and feathered if word got out.
The leather recliner squeaks when I sit down. “Thanks for seeing me on a Friday, Doc.” I twirl a strand of newly highlighted platinum hair around my finger. It goes wonderful with my bubblegum pink manicure. “Mr. Anderson, Daddy’s new lawyer, is now insisting I have two sessions a month with you. Of course, Mama’s lawyer says once a month is just fine, seeing how I’m such a well-adjusted high school senior and all. Almost a senior, I guess, since school’s not started.”    
Dr. McDozzle straightens his glasses. “Yes, well, your parents do seem to have quite the barrage of attorneys involved in their divorce. Have you worked on the homework I gave you during our last session?”
This is such a waste of time. My parents have spent the last five years embroiled in a divorce dirtier than a greased pig-wrestling contest. Both sides of the family have more money than sense, much to the delight of every lawyer in the tri-county area. Not that I want my parents to get back together. Anytime they’re within spitting distance of each other, the tension between them gives me a migraine. Besides, if they hadn’t split up, I never would’ve met Ben.
Ben’s the son of Daddy’s ex-girlfriend. Until four months ago, they all lived together in Daddy’s condo. Ben is a sophomore at the local college and is truly hot, in a geeky, stud muffin, save-the-world, kinda way. Crushing on my almost stepbrother might seem a bit sketchy, but it’s legal—I Googled it twice.
Which means it’s time to start step one in my Get Ben Plan.
I toss my hair over my shoulder before pulling out a pink glitter notebook from my Eiffel Tower-shaped mini-purse.
“You wanted me to write down my feelings about my parents’ shared custody thing. Honestly, I don’t understand why the lawyers are so panty-twisted about me spending a week with Mama and the next with Daddy. It means I get double the wardrobe. Hello? What girl would say no to that? It’s way better than Heather’s situation. I told you about her last time, I think. The girl with the hideous frizzed-out curls but drives a cute BMW Z4 roadster? Anyway, her parents are insane.” I continue a steady stream of babble until Dr. McDozzle’s eyes glaze over.   

There’s no clocks in the room, but Dr. McDozzle keeps checking his watch. I’m sure the poor man created a nice therapy plan for me, but I’ve completely derailed it. Mama always says a girl has many tools to choose from in her arsenal—perfectly curled hair, well-placed boobs, and endless chatter are my faves. Besides, Daddy’s been paying therapists a fortune for years to show the divorce court how concerned he is about me. Dr. McDozzle’s earning his car payment today.

About the Author:

Although not a native Texan, Carla prides herself on having mastered the correct usage of  “y’all” and “bless your heart.”

Carla is owned by a persnickety kitty, who rules the computer keyboard and only allows Carla to write when demands for cat treats are met.





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