Coming Out of the Networking Shell

I’m a creature of habit.

 

 

It’s no secret – I just like to figure something out and use it to the best of my ability before moving on to something new. Which is probably why I’ve relied on the same social networking sites over the last few years. It’s just…easy. Welp, no more easy – time to come out of my shell, so to speak, and find out what other networking avenues are out there. Take a walk down Google+ street, then pause at the corner of Twitter and WordPress before turning right down LinkedIn. Sure, Facebook will mostly be my home for now, but it’s time to refinance the house, or take out a second mortgage – heck, why not find a second home while I’m at it? I’ve always wanted a place on the water – near the beach or on a lake. I’m not picky.

 

 

So…now I will be found on as many networking platforms I can manage. Which means Hootesuite is my new best friend. If I wasn’t married – I’d propose.

 

 

Here’s to white picket fences, 2.5 kids and a dog for the social networking neighborhood I strive to live in.

 

 

Happy reading (and networking real estate hunting)!

WINNERS of the ‘LOST and FOUND’ Release Day Party SWAG!

First off, thank you to EVERYONE who participated in some shape or form in the

Release Day Party or Cover Reveal Party for ‘LOST and FOUND’.

I appreciate each and every one of you! Alas, there can only be ONE winner…or in this case…THREE! I did my best to pick winners of the Facebook party games as fairly as possible while following the guidelines set by Facebook. Once gathering up all the names that met the requirements for winning the ‘LOST and FOUND’ swag prizes, I added each entry (and some people had more than one as they won more than one game!) into Random.org and let it do the hard part – pick the winners! So…without any more babbling or long-winded explanations -here are the results for each drawing:

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The winner of the SIGNED, PRINT COPY of ‘LOST and FOUND’ is
Pereza Mulunax Thompson!

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The winner of the ‘LOST and FOUND’ TOTE BAG is
Jennifer Spell Wedmore!

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The winner of the ‘LOST and FOUND” COFFEE MUG is
Kristin Mckittrick!

Congrats to the winners! Please send me an email with your mailing address to AuthorTMDawson@gmail.com!

I hope everyone enjoyed the Release Day Party for ‘LOST and FOUND’!

Thank you so much for your support! 😀

Sunday Snippet of LOST and FOUND!

 

A little Sunday Snippet from the soon to be released, LOST and FOUND:

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Connor punched the closet door so hard three of his knuckle impressions were left in the painted particleboard. He flinched, staring at the caved-in spots with animosity, as if it was the doors fault his hand hurt, and not his own.

“Damn!” he cursed at the wood, rubbing over the raw parts of his hand with his other thumb.

She couldn’t go, not on a horse, not all the way to Los Angeles. What if she was thrown or the horses got spooked and left them stranded in the middle of nowhere? What if he was thrown, his neck broken and not able to take care of her? With a sigh, he ran a finger over the amygdaliform of one of the indents, tracing the almond shaped hole carefully. She did this to him, riled him up inside; tortured his heart and clouded his mind. It was all her fault that he was falling apart at the seams. But he didn’t mind, of course he didn’t, because he loved her. And love was…well, messy.

 

 

Don’t forget to join the Release Day Party over on Facebook! Hang out with some fun Find Me fans and win some LOST and FOUND swag!

Are you ready for ‘Hell’s Gift’?

The lovely Kristie Haigwood is here today! As one of my writer besties, I’m super excited to announce her upcoming release of ‘Hell’s Gift’!

 

Welcome to the blog today Kristie! Our readers are in for a treat. Yes, I know you have a new release this week – but we want to know more about you too. You’ve chosen an interesting genre to write in…can you tell us why you like it so much?

I’ve always been fascinated with paranormal and suspense. It was actually what I started out reading as a young teen. Christopher Pike was my role model back then. As I got older, I suppose I grew curious as to what all the buzz was about in Romance. Still a young teen, I snuck historical romance novels in with my teen reads at the library. I know now that the librarian didn’t give a rat’s behind what I was reading, but at the time I felt so embarrassed, like I was reading porn or something. LOL. Wow! I fell in love, literally, with every handsome rogue, rebel, knight in shining armor, prince, bad-boy next door and I wanted more! I eventually graduated to Nora Roberts and then on to J. R. Ward and Laurell K. Hamilton. There is just something about a love story that pulls at my heart-strings. So, I put my 3 favorite genres together and make stories how I want them to be.

 

So, is it safe to say you might have a bit of a hopeless romantic inside you?

I confess. I am completely hopeless.

 

LOL How do you think your feelings on love translate into your stories?

The way I feel about love is in every one of my novels. I guess that could be considered multiple personalities, because I have around 75 characters now, and I am apart of all of them.

 

That’s a lot of personalities to keep track of. 🙂 Since this is the month of love, it’s only fair I ask – do you believe in spending money on Valentine’s Day?

Depends. I think that it’s the thought that counts. I would much rather have a bundle of wildflowers picked from the side of the road than a dozen costly roses sent to me from a florist or bought from a store. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice gesture, but not what I have to have, or even want for that matter. Valentine’s Day is not my favorite day of the year. To me, it’s just another day. I don’t believe people should show each other they care on national holidays. I think they should show it every day. So, I guess the answer to your question is no.

 

Totally agree! I love me some wildflowers. Just for fun – if you took any male character from your first book and any female character from your last – who would you pair up for some romance, and why?

Wow! That’s a tough one. I’m not personally a jealous person, but thinking about pairing up a girl and guy character that already have mates makes me nervous. I fear my characters might choke me in my sleep. Oh no! Oh, all right, I’ll pick two. Hmm… let’s see; my first novel was Eternal Island, even though it wasn’t my first published. I guess I will pick Jonah, because he is footloose and care-free. He loves women; all women, and he often speaks before he thinks, but he has such a big heart. The idea of love scares the crap out of him, but he loves anyway. The girl I would pick from Hell’s Gift is Josselyn. I can’t imagine she would be able to put up with Jonah and his flirting, but she has a soft spot for rowdy boys and I think they would make a cute couple.

 

They sound fabulous together! Are they your favorite characters?

I don’t have favorite characters. I couldn’t pick a favorite character any easier than I could pick a favorite child of mine. They are all my favorite, but each of them have very unique personalities. They are all my babies.

 

Awwww. I applaud you! If you could turn any of your books into a movie, which would it be?

I will have to say my Eternal Series needs to be a movie or TV series, because it is original and there is not really anything else like it out there. BUT…I can see Hell’s Gift totally blowing up the box office, too. It’s my favorite so far.

 

I would love to see your name in the credits of a movie. Would you play an extra? LOL

NO! I have stage fright, but I would totally love to help pick the cast!=D

 

Who is your favorite Author, Kristie? Yes, this is a tough question to ask, but your readers want to know who inspires you!

Not a tough question at all. J. R. Ward is my favorite author, but I have too many to count that inspire me; they are all Indie authors.

 

I love my Indies too. So, Kristie. What can we look forward to from you for the rest of 2013…tease us a little with your writing schedule!

Ewww weee, I will be busy this year. ‘Hell’s Gift’ is coming out this week, 02/15/13. ‘Eternal Immortality’, co-authored with Ella Medler, will be out late April, with the 3rd in that series, ‘Eternal Inception’, coming out in August. I have a young adult novel in the works, titled ‘The Last Assignment’, and it will be out in October. Then Book 3 in the ‘Save My Soul’ series, ‘Good Side of Sin’ will follow in December. Whew!

 

That is one full year! What will you be reading in your downtime?

My TBR list is embarrassingly large, because last year was so busy as well, but I have about 20 on my kindle just waiting to be read and reviewed, all authors are Indie.

 

Sounds an awful lot like my Kindle. Before we leave, if someone approached you on the street and asked what the most challenging thing about being an Indie Publisher has been – what you would you tell them?

Marketing – getting my name out there. It’s extremely difficult to fight your way to the top when so many other great writers are trying to do the same thing. I almost want to do something to make national news so I can shout to the cameras, ‘I write awesome books! Go buy them!’ LOL

 

LOL If you do, please promise me you will tell me ahead of time so I can DVR that! It’s been lovely to have you here today, Kristie – I wish you the best of luck with your new release!

Thank you so much for having me, Trish. You know I will be shouting the names of your books, too.

 

So, yes, we love Kristie, but enough about HER – what about Hell’s Gift?!

Hell's Gift coverDepression consumes the guardian angel, Rhyan, after his human charge chooses her soulmate over him. Filled with anger and despair, he lashes out. And when his hate-filled words land him neck-deep in Hell, he realizes he’s gone too far. He expects trouble, but not to discover his own soulmate in the fiery depths. Abigail is there with good reason, but she’s done her time, and in order to save them both, Rhyan must strike a deal with the Devil. The stakes are higher than ever before, with his soul, his friends and even the fate of Heaven and Earth in jeopardy. If he fails, Rhyan stands to lose more than he ever feared. Will true love be denied? It will take everything he’s got to break down the traps Lucifer puts in his way. New lines are drawn and old scores are settled, and Rhyan is in for the fight of his life. With Abigail as the prize, and humanity in the balance, he will stop at nothing to claim…Hell’s Gift.

 

Seriously – I can’t wait! Be SURE to keep an eye out on Kristie’s Amazon page later this week and grab up your copy of Hell’s Gift! Thank you so much for being here today Kristie!

Interview with Author Hunter S. Jones!

Meet the Author…

 

HUNTER S. JONES
ATLANTA, GEORGIA

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Hunter S. Jones is a lifelong writer. Hunter regularly contributes articles to fashion and rock and roll publications, both in print and online. However, you will often find her writing articles for newspapers and quarterly professional publications. Her interests are varied… travel, wines, history, the occult, and psychology. Her passions are rock and roll and history, especially the history of sex.

Hunter has a Master’s Level Degree in Classic Studies. Because of this she has a reading range which varies from ’Beowulf’ to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ to all points in between. Her favorite authors are Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Rice and Alison Weir. However, ask tomorrow and the list will change.

Hunter has wanted to write a book her entire life. A recent change in fortune has made this dream a reality. Her first book, ‘Fables of the Reconstruction’ is scheduled for publication in October 2012. You can find her online at http://www.thehuntersjones.blogspot.com or at http://www.facebook.com/Fablesofthe Reconstruction.com.

Hunter currently lives in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia with her current partner. They have no children or pets, just books, wine and a million dollar view.

Hi Hunter! Very excited to have you on the blog today, thanks for joining us! Let’s start with an easy question – When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

Some people play an instrument, some dance, some paint and I write. It’s the way I express myselfand that is how it’s always been.

Great answer. Can you tell us more about your latest book?

My latest release is called Fables of the Reconstruction. It’s the story of a Belgian pimp, Pierre von Minzle, and the book is set in Victorian London, in the notorious Whitechapel District. Pierre has a ‘magic’ powder and practices Creole voodoo. The book explains the start of today’s modern zombie story.

Can you share with us where the inspiration behind your writing comes from?

Something subconsciously triggers a thought, feeling or an emotion. Maybe a mood needs to be remembered and you have to record your recollection – it has to be written.

If you could make one of your characters real for a day, who would you choose and why?

My little monster, Pierre von Minzle is sexy, undead and wonderful. He’s a zombie, but he manifests in different time dimensions so that he can survive. I would love to spend a day with him just to find out what mischief he’s going to get into, or where he is going to go next.

Can you share with us a short story about something that has happened to you that would make a great book?

The story of the love of my life will make a beautiful romance novel someday. In the meantime, my life has been more like a series of short stories, both comedy and tragedy. String the stories together and they could make a book until the romance novel is written.

I want to read this romance – hurry up and write it! What has been the most rewarding part of your writing career & what has been the hardest?

The most rewarding part of writing is working with other artists – finding out what makes them create, how they think, hearing their stories. The hardest part of writing is getting my exact feelings into words.

What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

I’m very social – being around people is my favorite thing especially when having great conversations and listening to great music.

I got a mental image of you as a butterfly on the wall at a party – fluttering from one person to the next! Do you have any advice for budding writers looking to self-publish?

Do what you want to do and follow your dreams – writing is your art form. Get advice from people that have published a book, but do your own homework before taking anyone’s advice.

“Writing is your art form”…bumper sticker that, really. So, what can we expect to see from you in the future and where can we find your work?

Thank you for asking Trish. I have a couple of anthologies in the works and will be able to tell you about them soon. I am developing a series of short stories-short, sexy vignettes-which is called Tales from a New Amsterdam. The first story will be available in December 2012. The stories will be available on Amazon.com.

You can find Fables of the Reconstruction on Amazon

Yay! Looking forward to your new releases! If you could shadow your favorite Author for a year (living or dead) who would you choose, and why?

Oh Trish. This is such a great question. So many writers had such exciting lives – Poe, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson…it would be amazing to spend time with them. On the other side, you have the more reclusive authors such as Anne Rice, Lovecraft, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Flannery O’Connor – it would be interesting to see into their lives for a while. However, if I had to choose to spend a year with an author, it would be Margaret Mitchell. I would love to spend one year with her as she recuperated from an ankle injury and created Gone With The Wind. Can you imagine the conversations? She didn’t have much communication from the outside world during that phase in her life, so the time was spent writing. She was left mainly to create from her imagination – combining the pain she suffered, her own life experiences and stories from her family about the past; all which worked together to shape her great work. What an amazing artist.

 

Wow, fabulous answer!!!

It’s time for our Rapid Fire Questions!!

 

Wine – Red or White? Red

Roses or Wildflowers? Wildflowers

eReader or Paperback? eReader

Bra or No Bra? Bra

Shower or Bath? Sure

Beach or Pool? Beach

Heels or Flats? Heels

Sweet or Sour? Spicy

Cats or Dogs? Cats

 

What a fun interview – thank you for joining us Hunter! I wish you nothing but the best with your writing! If you’d like to know more about Hunter, follow her BLOG or FACEBOOK page today!

 

 

Fables

 

Now, for a taste of Fables of the Reconstruction

Pomba Gira Mysticism. Creole Voodoo. The zombie apocalypse. Sex, drugs, magick.
Paranormal erotica.
 

Meet Pierre von Minzle and Mary Moore. They are the Adam and Lilith, definitely not Adam and Eve, of today’s zombie apocalypse. Fables of the Reconstruction is a playful yet graphic sexual adventure consisting of what might have been, combined with what possibly might be happening now. It contains Pomba Gira mysticism, Creole voodoo and the seeds of the zombie apocalypse set in Victorian London’s notorious Whitechapel District. Sex, magick , zombies. This ain’t your daddy’s shotgun zombie story. Mature content warning.