LOST and FOUND is finally here!!

 

LOST and FOUND, book 2 of the Find Me Series hits the Amazon eBook shelves on Friday, March 15th! Are you ready to find out what happens next?

 

She survived Earth’s worst global pandemic. In the city she learned how to cope with the roaming dead. Tucked away in the mountains she struck down the living who tried to kill her. Now Riley fights a new battle – the one within herself. Wracked with survivor’s guilt and an almost crazed sense of duty that takes her out of the solitude of the Southern California mountains and into the heart of Orange County, she makes a series of choices that can lead to the destruction of everything she’s managed to save.

In the end, will it all be worth it? What will be lost? What will be found? And which questions will be left unanswered?

 

 

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You can buy your ebook copy on Amazon today!

Author Traci Hilton is here today!

Traci Hilton is here today to talk with us about housecleaning, murder, husbands and whether she’d take Lottery winnings in monthly payments or a lump sum! So get yourself comfortable with your coffee or wine (hey, it’s 4pm somewhere) and enjoy today’s awesome interview!


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Traci Tyne Hilton is the author of The Mitzy Neuhaus Mystery Series, and one of the authors in the The Tangle Saga series of science fiction novellas. She was the Mystery/Suspense Category winner for the 2012 Christian Writers of the West Phoenix Rattler Contest, a finalist for Speculative Fiction in the same contest, and has a Drammy from the Portland Civic Theatre Guild. Traci serves as the Vice President of the Portland chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association.

Traci earned a degree in History from Portland State University and still lives in the rainiest part of the Pacific Northwest with her husband the mandolin playing funeral director, their two daughters, and their dog, Dr. Watson.

 

Welcome to the blog today, Traci!! Thanks so much for being here!

Thanks for having me!

 

I’m more than a little excited to have you on the blog today! I know you’ve been busy with your next release, can you tell us a little about it?

Thanks. I’m excited to be here too. I’ll try to keep my use of smiley’s to a minimum, to maintain a professional image, but it will be hard.

My new release is Good, Clean, Murder: A Plain Jane Mystery. Jane is a housecleaner by day, Bible School student by night, who is counting the seconds until she can leave for the foreign missions field. All at once things go really south for her, and the dead bodies in the master bedroom are almost the least of her worries.

 

I can’t wait for this book, it sounds interesting and different! How did you get the idea to use a housecleaner?

Housecleaners are supposed to be invisible, silently fixing things for their employers, which puts them in the perfect position to see and hear things they shouldn’t have. It’s also perfect for a series, since you can introduce a new set of clients in every book.

 

That’s genius. Have you had any experiences with this that found its way into your plot?

…I dream of getting a housecleaner, does that count?;) I spent the summer after I graduated high school cleaning houses with my mom who ran her own business at the time. And then, that September I flew away to Bible School. So this book comes from life, at least a little bit.

 

What would YOU hide from a housecleaner?

The snacks! I remember what I was like as a babysitter…I can’t afford to feed my kids and a housecleaner!

 

That’s funny! My Mom also used to clean homes and it’s not an easy job. Oh, the stories a housecleaner can tell! Which is so great about this idea of yours! If you could pull one of the characters out of your book and become best friends with him/her, who would you choose and why?

Ooh, that’s hard because I love them all for different reasons.

My main characters are pretty young, in their early twenties, so I would have to go back in time, I think. But if I did, I’d chose Jake. He’s the perfect guy for the friend-zone. He’s impulsive, has connections for free hamburgers, and impossible to take seriously. If I were picking from their future, 35-year-old selves, I’d pick Jane. She’ll have some great stories to tell in he future, and after all the troubles I intend to put her through she will have a great sense of perspective.

 

Awwww, Jane sounds like she has her work cut out for her in your books! LOL And I can’t wait to ‘meet’ Jake! Are your characters based off of people you know?

In this book the love interest has shades of my husband. One day he mentioned that the love interest in my last series is about as different from him as can be. In the Mitzy Neuhaus Mystery series, Mitzy falls for a stocky, handsome, forty-year old Italian man who has recently become a Christian.

Since Jane is a lot more like me than Mitzy is, I thought I could humor my love by making the love interest in this book a tall, athletic, smart guy from a nice protestant home. But I didn’t want to make it too easy, so there are a few road blocks in the way of the young people.

 

Hopefully that makes your hubby feel loved! How long have you been married?

It will be 12 years this year! Time flies when you are having fun!

 

How did you two meet?

Short story is we met at college. Long story is he was the devastatingly handsome man who played the harmonica during our Wednesday lunch time Baptist Student Ministries worship hour. I say Man because I was 19 and he was fully 22 and had serious five o’clock shadow…*swoon* One day I was leaving the room we met at, turned around and bumped right into him! He said hi, I said hi. I asked him a few pertinent questions, like his name and what he was studying.

He said he was studying funeral directing and my first thought was “Ah, what a bummer! He is so cute!” I was not at all interested in being married to a guy who worked with dead bodies.

 

LOL!!!! OMG I can see that as being the PERFECT hubby for a writer! Were you writing at the time?

Yes and no. Like Jane, I was fully intending to head overseas as a missionary. I loved writing, and writing update letters to supporters back home (blogs weren’t much of a thing yet) is a bit part of being a missionary, so I knew I’d get to do plenty of it. My dual ambitions as a kid had always been to be a missionary or an author, but I had set aside my fiction writing ambitions for the time.

If I couldn’t be a missionary I was planning on being a journalist or an anthropologist. Don’t you just love young people? Nothing is impossible when you are twenty! Except of course, writing fiction. That was usually presented by loving teachers, as something impossible to make a living at, so I didn’t even plan on trying.

 

I used to want to be a journalist and anthropologist at one time! How coincidental! So, when you aren’t writing or thinking about writing (a full-time job, I know) what do you like to do?

Great minds think alike. : )

I just like to create. I go a little stir crazy if I don’t have some kind of project going on. Right now I’m a little obsessed with knitting and quilting. I’ve got a project going that is made up of the scraps from all of the baby quilts I made while my friends were having babies. I found a really swirly fabric for the back and I’m hand stitching every line. I’ve been at it since late summer and it will probably take me more than a year to complete, but I don’t mind. It’s so soothing to sit in the evening stitching while I watch TV. Plus it’s nice to have something to do with my hands while I play dance mom.

 

Awwww, that quilt sounds lovely! I want to learn how to quilt, I can crochet, but that’s about it! LOL Do any of the dance mom’s know you are a writer? When I sat in my daughter’s dance classes, it was hard not to overhear some funny stuff.

They do know, and likely censor themselves accordingly!

 

HAHAHAHAHA! So, what can we expect to see from you after this upcoming release? Please tell me there will be more Tracy Hilton books coming out soon!

Yes! Definitely! The Plain Jane series has three more books on the docket, and there is a fairly strong chance for a Christmas theme Mitzy book in 2013.

 

Squeee! Before we leave today, what advice would you give to someone if they were interested in publishing their first book?

Read my blog! Or should I say, “Read Russel Blake’s blog!”

But the point is the same, before you publish learn as much as you possibly can about how to make your book perfect.Doing due diligence will protect your reputation as a writer and set you up for a long, fruitful career.

 

Ohhhh excellent name dropping you did there! LOL Ok – it’s time for our Rapid Fire Questions, strap yourself in, Traci!

Wine or Beer? Wine
Sweet or Sour? Sweet
Beach or Pool? Beach
Heels or Flats? Heels
Sexy Lingerie or a Man’s Shirt? Shirt
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Paperback or eBook? eBook
Payback or Forgiveness? Forgiveness
Monthly Lotto Payments or Lump Sum? Lump Sum

 

Yay!! Thank you for joining us today! I can’t wait for your new release party!

Thanks so much! It was super fun yakking with you.

 

Check out the cover for Tracy’s  next release, Good, Clean, Murder! You can join the FREE Facebook Online Party for the book launch HERE! Want a copy before the official release? Check it out on Amazon!

 

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Traci Tyne Hilton’s newest story, “Cupid’s Cappucino” is available just in time for Valentine’s Day! Find it in the romance collection. Heart Bouquets at amazon.com! More of Traci’s work can be found at http://www.tracihilton.com – happy reading!!

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.