Saturday, December 29, 2012

Writers Round Table

What are your goals for 2013?

Christine M. Fairchild

In the Spring of 2013 I plan to be publishing the follow-up to An Eye For Danger, book 2 in my Goliath Conspiracy Series. We are tentatively calling it An Ear For Lies. (Book 3 is called A Thirst For Vengence). I also hope to have 2 more Editor Devil Guides available for authors/editors. My sales goals are hard to gauge from here, as the indie book market is changing month to month. But I hope to be earning enough that my husband can take a break from his job. Or at least an extended vacation! My goal is to set him free so we can travel the world.

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Karen Michelle Nutt

Enjoy life! It’s too short not to.
My characters have been demanding attention so I plan on finishing my WIP! The next story in My Fallen Angels series; write Beau and Ella’s tale (characters from Wanted; and from Magic of the Loch, tell Hyatt’s story.                                                   

Mariposa Cruz

In 2013 I hope to finish two of my WIP (a women’s fiction novel and a contemporary romance on the Reno salsa scene). I’ve enjoyed doing the Writers Round Table this year and I want to continue with those discussions and expand interviews on my blog.   

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Kim Copel-Thin Veil Investigations

Tells us more about Thin Veil Investigators.
Thin Veil Investigators was established in 2005 and is based out of Carson City, NV.   All members have psychic and/or sensitive abilities.  We have conducted investigations from Virginia City, NV to Benton Hot Springs, CA and from Lake Tahoe to Dayton, NV.  Approximately 85% of our investigations are by request.  We are interested in acknowledging and communicating with spirits (people who have passed).  We don’t go in to “banish” or to send spirits to the “light”.  We are there to identify them and help put them at ease, if need be.

How did you get involved in this business?
I met 2 members of “Thin Veil Investigators” at the St. Charles Hotel in Carson City, NV when I was a docent for the Carson City Ghost Walk in 2010.  I kept Sandie LaNae’s card and contacted her to learn more about becoming a “Paranormal Investigator”.  She was very helpful in advising me how to get started and I even purchased her text book “A Ghost Hunter’s Guide”.  Eventually she invited me on a Paranormal Investigation at a public venue – The Historic Stewart Indian School in Carson City, NV.  I admired Thin Veil Investigators’ approach to communicating with the spirits, as well as their ethics and their “low tech” approach to investigating.  I wanted to model my techniques after theirs.  I was very comfortable with them.  Eventually I was asked to join Thin Veil Investigators after they got to know me and were comfortable with me, and when an opening came with a team member leaving the group.  Our group is small for 2 reasons.  Spirits do not like to be over-run with a large group of people trying to communicate with them.  Also, we are close-knit and like a family.  A large group is not needed on any investigation.  We like that we are different from other groups….primarily those that have fashioned themselves after popular reality ghost hunting T.V. shows..

Are certain locations more prone to psychic activity than others?
I would have to say “yes, to a certain degree”.  The obvious would be where great tragedy and/or loss of life has occurred.  Native American burial grounds and many western cemeteries seem to have allot of activity, as well.  There is also a theory that certain areas rich in minerals such as Granite, can be very paranormally active.  Then of course there are areas that have allot of history by way of many people coming and going and things changing and growing.  The gold fields of California to the silver mines of Virginia City, NV and everything in-between is a great example of this.

Tell us more about Genoa Historic Ghost Tours.
“Genoa Historic Ghost Tours” was founded in 2011 with the idea that this particular walking tour could be an activity that an entire group or family could enjoy.  There is so much rich and exciting history, and so much beautiful architecture in this historic town, that even if one does not believe in ghosts they will surely enjoy an eventful 2 hours of interesting history and scenery. That being said, it is a very haunted town with at least one or more hauntings to talk about at each location featured.  It is a year-round operation, Friday through Monday of each week – weather permitting in the winter months.  We can even put together a special tour for a group upon request.  I have a background in history and am on the advisory board of the Lake Tahoe Historical Society as well as the Douglas County Historical Society.  I am also the Secretary for the Nevada Division of the National Pony Express Association.  So, you can see that I am very much interested in the accuracy of the history we share.  And, as a paranormal investigator and one who believes in “ghosts”… I would like to learn more from the spirits that reside here in Genoa.  I am very grateful when they “speak up” and help me to fill in the blanks of lost history here in this Town.  I simply enjoy sharing what I have learned about the history of Genoa and the Carson Valley, and it is a bonus that I can do this as a business instead of sitting in an office and having someone else direct my life and tell me what I am going to do each week.

Is there anything you'd like to add?
Yes.  Paranormal Investigation and communicating with “spirits” (who are in actuality people who now exist on a different plain ) should always be conducted with respect.  Treat them as you would treat anyone you conduct business or an interview with.  Say “Please”, “Thank you” and ask “permission” to speak with them or take pictures.

I hope that I honor those that have gone before me and that they are pleased with  the venue In which I’ve chosen to share their stories.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Writers Round Table

What are you most thankful for as a writer?

Christine M. Fairchild:
Beside my parents encouraging me to be whatever I wanted and always supporting my writing endeavors, at least praise wise, I'm really grateful for my husband, who has made it financially possible for me to write and teach these past few years. Not having to work a "normal" day job is huge. Of course, I was producing lots of writing even when I worked day jobs, because it helped me release tension, but I was miserable. Now I can write and just be happy. I don't have to pretend to be someone I'm not or feel like a bird in a cage, which is what jobs felt like to me. So I'm grateful to my husband for giving me more freedom to be authentic.
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Karen Michelle Nutt:
What are you most thankful for as a writer? The readers! Without them my stories would gather dust on the shelves. J                                                   

Mariposa Cruz:
 I’m thrilled to be involved in the romance genre. Through the romance biz, I’ve met amazing people in-person and on-line and I’ve learned so much in the process both about the craft and the business. While getting to HEA isn’t always easy in writing or in life, I’ve had a wonderful time writing romance. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

On the Road Again

Did you know honey has been used in everything from throat soothers to beauty treatments? This natural sweetener contains concentrated antioxidants.  For 25 quick facts about Mariposa Cruz stop by Sarah Grimm's blog today  Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Author Interview-Sandie La Nae

How did you become involved in this line of work?
 I was blessed since birth with Psychic awareness. Throughout my life I have had visions of what was to come. I devised a fun method of giving intuitive Readings by using stones: jaspers, quartz, agates, etc. and have read publicly since 1984.
 One of my extra psychic gifts is the ability to see those who are deceased.  During my life I've been requested to communicate with those on the other side, but I started to publically advertise this ability just a few years ago.  Now, many clients are those who would like a communication Reading, or, Spirit Reading with a loved one on the other side.
 Because of being a psychic and spirit communicator, in 2005 I was asked to join a brand new Paranormal Investigative team, Thin Veil Investigators. Being able to see the spirits is a nice edge for our team as then we can communicate with a particular ghost in a certain building.
 Our team members are psychics and sensitives and so we all have our special ways of knowing where a spirit is. But it is fun for me to be able to see a ghost as they were while amongst the living. I see them just as if I were seeing a live person: clothing, hair styles, facial features, etc.

Is psychic ability a trait that is underdeveloped in most people or is it simply a rare trait?
I believe that each person has a psychic trait/ability within them. Some, like myself, hone the gift to the use in helping others. Some may be very aware of their gift, but don't want to or like to use it, as it may be an annoyance or is fearful for them. Some feel they don't have any ability at all.
But, I believe that at particular times in our lives we have all felt just what psychic ability is: we knew who was going to call on the phone, or sensed when Uncle George passed away, or had a hunch that we would win a prize.

You use stones and crystals in your readings, could you tell us more about how they're used?
 I have 117 stones (and a couple of earth's elements such as a sea shell, feather and Manzanita stick). They are "programmed" with their own, general, meaning. For example, if you chose my finance stone, I then intuit from your energies that you will be receiving a nice raise at work, or,  you might want to stop gambling because bills are over due. The stones give me an idea of what the client is asking about/looking for. I then speak of what is in their present time frame or future dates in regards to those concerns.
  I also listen to what messages their Spirit Guides want me to relay about other factors in their life.

For an intuitive Reading, I ask my client to choose a certain amount of stones. (4, for a Mini Reading. 9, for a Full Reading.) They pick the stones that appeal to them and lay them down in any manner on a mat before them. Stone placement is another factor in how I intuit the stones. For example, if a client puts the stones in a straight line, I know they are on a special life journey and speak to them of future happenings. If they form a square with the stones, I know they feel trapped or boxed in, and then offer guidance on how to break free of those barriers.
  I strive to give encouraging and helpful Readings. I don’t believe in scaring a client. If there is an unpleasant situation coming up, I speak of it in a way to make you aware, and also relay that if you so choose, you need not have it in your life. I feel if you know of a situation – good or bad -  you can embrace it or make sure it stays away. The options are up to you.

Are certain locations more prone to being haunted than others?
 The consensus believes that a particular older building which has more history than a newer structure, houses more spirits that can/usually 'live' within.
 But, I've been in brand new buildings and discovered many spirits residing already. Perhaps ghosts from a building that once stood on that spot move into their new digs. I've discovered accidental deaths happened at a site where a new structure was built which led to hauntings. I've seen spirits in a new office building due to a fatal accident that occurred on the street right outside the doors. Many scenarios can lead to new buildings being just as haunted as the older dwellings.
  Also, I believe that the land surrounding a building has a lot to do with hauntings. Many things: accidents, cruelty, deaths, war, etc., which happened around a building can lend to a structure, or land, being haunted.
  I have been asked to investigate several pieces of property that are reported to be haunted. Researching the land, it was discovered horrendous acts were taken place there. Atrocious attitudes or severe fear can also contribute to the hauntings of property. Those are negative energies, which, negative spirits like to thrive in.
   Mother earth herself with earthquakes and volcano's and such can create unbalanced energies at a particular place(s), where then, I believe, negative forces can reside, thus creating haunted pieces of land.

Tell us more about your "Thin Veil Investigations" Book
 I was co-host of an online radio show called "Notes From A Ghost Writer." My co-host and producer suggested that I write a book about Thin Veiler's paranormal investigations, as, we had talked about many of our team's experiences on the show.
  This is my first book, published in 2007, and I'm very proud to share with those interested twenty-seven stories of our team's first investigations together which we experienced in the northern Nevada area. These stories are our reports turned story form. Also scripted are many of our spirit communications with a particular spirit at a certain place, and pictures that we have captured of the ghosts we encountered.

Is there anything you'd like to add?
I co-authored a book with renowned and pioneer paranormal investigator Richard Senate. The book is titled "Silver Ghosts Haunted Places and Phantom Encounters in Northern Nevada."  Like the Thin Veil Investigation's book, this has forty-four stories of haunted places we have investigated around the northern Nevada region.

Our ghost hunting team presents "Back To Basics of Paranormal Investigations 101" classes, which I have written a text book entitled "A Ghost Hunter's Guide Book." Inside are lots of tips, how-to's and information for the beginner ghost hunter, as well as the experienced investigator.

I have a website where all my Reading stones can be viewed, and a stone or spirit Reading can be purchased. Also, the site has pages with information, articles, photos, EVP and videos about some of Thin Veil Investigators’ investigations.  My books can be purchased there and also items from my online metaphysical store: Sandie’s Psychic STUFF. The URL for the website is:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Author Interview-Sarah Grimm

What inspired you to become a writer?
My overactive imagination? The voices in my head? Honestly, I’m not certain I can pin down exactly what got me interested in writing, as it seems like I’ve been writing since I was in utero. Okay, so maybe that’s a stretch, but I know I’ve been reading and writing since the age of five, when my older sister taught me to read and write.
If I were to hazard a guess, I would have to say my love of reading is what got me interested in writing. I’ve never been able to read a book without picking out parts that I would have written differently, or without rewriting the ending in my head.
Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)
The hero and heroine of whatever I’m currently reading.  I get sucked into the story – falling a little bit in love with the hero along the way – and up until I close the book on their happily-ever-after, they are my favorite romance characters.
Tell me what inspired this story.
Teenage fantasies about meeting and marrying a rock star, combined with the maturity to know that a twenty-something musician is not happily-ever-after material. Add to that the picture in my mind of a woman alone in a bar, playing the piano. That picture spawned a series of 'what if' questions which led to After Midnight.
How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?
Balance? What’s that? LOL  Lately, I've been putting in 55+ hour weeks at the day job, and then coming home to help with bookkeeping and invoicing for my husband's business, so balance is not something I’m very familiar with. However, both my husband's business and my day job are seasonal, so once the snow flies, which in Michigan can be as early as October, I'll have a lot more time to write.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? 
She wants to forget her past. 
He wants to reclaim his
Sometimes the moment that changes everything comes After Midnight.
AFTER MIDNIGHT is a story that is near and dear to me. The story of Isabeau, owner of Izzy’s Bar, child prodigy, piano phenom—a woman who is hiding behind a lie of her own making. Here is the official blurb:
Thirteen years—that's how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother's life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar...
Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal—one that doesn't include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won't be easy, but he can't get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.

Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wicked Haunt-O-Ween

Today, I'm visiting Karen Michelle Nutt's Wicked Haunt-O-Ween celebration.  I'm chatting about goblins and how  James Whitcomb Riley's poem inspired my love of scary, shadowy things.  Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Howl.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Author Interview-Kathryn Knight

What inspired you to become a writer?
Thanks for having me, Mariposa!  My passion for the written word was the biggest factor.  I’ve been an avid reader since I was very young, and eventually I got into the habit of imagining my own characters and plots.  I always wanted to write a novel, and by the time I found the motivation to sit down and begin Silver Lake, I had almost the entire story worked out in my head!
Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)
Oh I love this question – there are so many!  Claire and Jamie of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, Whitney and Clayton from Judith McNaught’s Whitney, My Love, and although not technically a romance in terms of Happily Ever After, Scarlett and Rhett from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind.

Tell me what inspired this story.
That’s a tough question for me, because it’s hard to remember exactly how I came up with the idea.  As I mentioned, I actually had Silver Lake almost completely written in my head for years before I even typed a single word.  My inspiration was really my genuine love for ghost stories mixed with romance.  For me, a mysterious and spooky paranormal element combined with a tension-filled romantic relationship is the perfect recipe for an exciting read.  Basically, I created my favorite type of novel!

How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?
I’m an excellent multi-tasker.  Usually my mind is working, turning over potential scenes, while I’m taking care of responsibilities around the house.  I carry pads of paper everywhere I go in case inspiration strikes.  And thankfully my kids and husband are very understanding when I’m “in the zone” and can’t focus on anything but writing.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
My second paranormal romance, Gull Harbor, was recently contracted by The Wild Rose Press.  We’ve just approved the blurb and I’m excited to begin edits soon.  And I love to hear from readers, so drop me a line anytime via my website or FB!

Rain Anderson can't decide which is more unsettling—encountering the ghost of her missing friend, or reuniting with the man whose love she foolishly rejected. But one thing is certain: the past has come back to haunt her, quite literally.

Rain Anderson can't decide which is more unsettling—encountering the ghost of her missing friend, or reuniting with the man whose love she foolishly rejected. But one thing is certain: the past has come back to haunt her, quite literally.

Five years ago, Rain's tight-knit group of high school friends unraveled when one vanished during their senior year. Now, a parent's deathbed request has reunited the friends at Silver Lake, including Jason Lansing, the man Rain discarded. Rain and Jason discover the powerful attraction between them has survived, but though Jason is willing to forgive, he can't let himself forget. The possibility of falling for Rain again is too risky.

Slamming doors, crashing objects, flaring fires—clearly the ghost has a message to share. As Rain and Jason struggle to unravel the truth, they must face a desperate spirit in need of help…and a burning passion that refuses to die.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Little Shop of Horrors

The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
  At what point does ambition become an insatiable monster?  Poor Seymour Krelboyne—his carnivorous hybrid becomes his ticket to fame and ultimately his undoing.   Much like a teenager, the plant Audrey Junior comes alive at night demanding food.  Seymour accidently discovers his plant’s desire for human blood and through a series unfortunate events provides victims for Audrey Jr.  Seymour’s boss is horrified at the plant’s diet, but is reluctant to relinquish the steady stream of customers drawn to his flower shop by the monster plant.
The 1960 film is populated with quirky characters and incorporates elements of black comedy and farce.   It features an early glimpse of young Jack Nicholson’s killer smile in a cameo role as a masochistic dental patient.  The film gained cult status as a double feature and later became an off-Broadway musical  which became the basis for the 1986 remake.  Even with its unique style of humor, the 1960 film is not light-hearted romp and is much darker than the 1986 musical version.
Fast facts:
Screenwriter Charles B. Griffith also provided the voice of Audrey Junior as well portraying some of the minor roles including a flower shop burglar.
Most of the photography for the film was shot in two days and one night.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Writers Round Table

When you’ve had crisis in your life, how do you get your writing back on track?
Karen Michelle Nutt
Writing is an escape for me. So when a crisis hits, disappearing into my characters’ lives gives me a break from reality. And if that doesn’t work, sometimes just chatting on the yahoo groups or Facebook gives me a break from pressing matters. J It’s a step back, relax and recharge.
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Christine Fairchild
Daydreaming. Seriously, I need a couple days with no agenda when I can lie in bed and stare at the ceiling for hours, just letting my mind drift and think of characters. If I can't get that, then my walks with my dog are "drift" time.
Often when life is stressful--and with so many family ailments and injuries and hospitalizations this past year, life has been a doozy!-- I hold tight to the hands of many of my characters. When I'm in bed at night, they are the ones I visit for imagination time, playing out different scenes in my book to help me sleep. Jules and Sam in my Romantic Suspense, An Eye For Danger, really distracted me when I was dealing with negative elder care issues and the case of PTSD I got as a result.
Physically I have to go spend time in my art studio. That's my creative space. I don't typically do editing or marketing or teaching or any business there. Just writing. I share the space with 2 painters, so I also get lots of color and visual stimulation that takes me into a creative space. We all honor our studio as sacred, so that helps keep the energy in the right direction, but sometimes I just need to be there alone. Fortunately, painters tend to only work in 3-4 hour spells. Me, I'll go 8-12 hours if I don't have to deal with the dog!
So my advice to fellow authors is 1) find no agenda time for your brain and body and 2) find a clear space and/or others you can be around that encourage creative time.
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 Mariposa Cruz:
 Unfortunately most high stress situations are a drain on both time and energy.  During times of crisis, I focus on smaller writing projects that are easier to manage and consciously refrain from getting worked up over what I think I should be accomplishing.  A huge personal storm hit my life on several fronts a couple of years ago.  I shelved my novel-in-process and focused on edits to Howl.  Shortly after the storm subsided, I landed a contract for Howl.  It is important to keep moving forward, even if you have to take smaller steps.

Friday, August 31, 2012

On the Road Again

Today, I'm chatting about the inspiration for Roar! at Cate Masters' TBR blog.  Be sure to leave a comment for the chance to win a copy of Howl.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sat Shifters-Karen Michelle Nutt

Tell me about yourself. 
Author Bio: As a multi-published author, I spin tales for The Wild Rose Press, Highland Press, Published By RJV, Victory Tales Press, Western Trail Blazers and Tease Publishing LLC. My book, Lost in the Mist of Time, was nominated for New Books Review Spotlight Best Fantasy Book of the Year Award. A Twist of Fate was a nominee for Best Time Travel P.E.A.R.L. Award for 2008 and Creighton Manor won Honorable Mention P.E.A.R.L. Award 2009. Eli: Warriors for the Light received 2011 Best Sci-fi/Fantasy short story.

My new passion is creating book covers for Western Trail Blazers and Published by Rebecca J. Vickery. In my spare time, I review books for PNR-Paranormal Romance Reviews.

Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all my stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.

How long have you been writing?
I’ve always had a passion for writing. I used to fill notebooks with my tales of adventures. I wrote anything from short stories to plays. Westerns, paranormal and magic were the themes of these tales. Not much has changed. J
Where did the inspiration for this story come from?
I’m fascinated with the folklore about the Loch Ness Monster and the legend of the Great Glen. I combined the two and added my own twist to create my story.
Did you know the Loch Ness Monster isn’t considered a mystical creature, but one of the most famous cryptid in the world. For those who don’t know what that means— For a beast to be qualified as a cryptid there must be some sort of evidence either in folklore or actual sightings. The first sighting of the Loch Ness Monster dates back to 565 AD by St. Columba and was actually on the River Ness. The next reference to the monster was in 1933 when Mr. and Mrs. Spicer reported spotting a large animal crossing the road in front of their car.
We know the creature that inhabits the loch as Nessie, but the name didn’t come about until 1975 when the beast was give a more scientific name: Nessiteras Rhombopteryx. It was the public who shortened the named to Nessie. The Loch Ness Monster was not always thought of as female and this gave me an idea. What if the Loch Ness Monster was actually male?
The Loch Ness Monster isn’t the only legend. Another legend of Loch Ness is recorded that the loch was once a Great Glen of rich pasture, plenty of corn, fish, deer and game. In the Glen there was a well that was blessed by the Druid Daly, who stated whoever drew water from the well must always replace its cover. A woman drawing the water from the well was told her child had fallen into the fire. She rushed home, forgetting to cover the well. The water from the well overflowed and flooded the whole glen. The people named the lake “The loch nis ann”, which means there is a lake now. I took this legend and ran with it, adding my own twist with a curse, and a wee bit of magic.
Who is your favorite shifter character from TV or the movies?
Oh, I would have to go with Alcide Herveaux of True Blood. He’s a Mississippi werewolf with no ties to a pack, though he’d make an excellent leader. He’s 6’5 with the poise and beauty of a Greek god—tanned, muscled and beautiful. And don’t get me started on his gorgeous brown eyes.  Yeah, he’s my kind of shifter hero.
 What is your writing space like?
Messy right now and I can’t stand clutter! Books of all kinds litter the counter top, anything from a reference book to a book I’m dying to read next.  I tend to take my laptop and lounge on the couch with my three little dogs around me for company. They’re all Chihuahua mixes and they love to cuddle. (Preferably on my lap, but well…the laptop is there.) lol
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? 
I want to thank the readers for their continued support and for their lovely comments about how they liked the stories. Without you, my tales would sit and collect dust on my bookshelves.
Mariposa, thank you so much for having me on your lovely site.

Michaela Grant travels to Scotland for a holiday, knowing this vacation is her last. A medical condition threatens her life and any chance of a future—until she meets Alan MacLachlin, a man forced to exist between two worlds.
Alan is the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Once every fifty years he returns to human form in search of his soul mate, the one woman who can break his curse. He believes he has found forever with Michaela, but to claim it he must figure out how to save her life. Michaela and Alan vow to take what time has to offer, but another threat looms. A sinister shape shifter with a vendetta against Alan is making Loch Ness his personal hunting ground. Now he's threatening Michaela. Alan must discover who the shifter is and stop him before it's too late.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

On the Road Again

Did you know Grizzlies can run up to 35 miles per hour? Today I'm visiting fellow Nevada writer, C.R. Moss.    Stop by and find out how a family camping trip inspired my fascination with Ursus Arctos Horribilis.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Roaring at KMN Books

Have you seen this bumper sticker? "Real teddy bears are naked!"
I'm chatting about Roar! at KMN Books today.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sat Shifters-Terry Spear

Savage Hunger
Kathleen McKnight is on a dangerous mission to help her army team take down a drug lord. She's a tough as nails recruit, but when she's caught in the crossfire, she has to rely on a mysterious man to save her. She has no idea that he has big plans for her...
Connor Anderson is a jaguar shifter who is looking for his mate. When he rescues Kathleen in the jungle-twice—he can't help but be intrigued. Will a bite or a scratch turn Kathleen into the perfect jaguar mate?

USA Today bestselling author, Terry Spear has written numerous paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. An award-winning author, Terry’s Heart of the Wolf  was named a Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year in 2008. A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear spends every spare moment writing paranormal romance as well as historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on new paranormal romances!
What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always created oral stories and then later wrote them in journals and took two English classes in a year of high school, including Creative Writing. At least for me, I was born telling tales. *smile* This always sounds to me as though I made up lots of fibs. :) One of my girlfriends, who I’ve stayed in touch with over the years, remembers me telling spooky stories during a Halloween sleepover we had one year after we ran around the neighborhood in used ballroom gowns as fairy princesses and handing out candy. My father also made up stories to tell us and I’m sure he influenced my love of storytelling. He had so many true life stories to share that since bears are on the menu, I’d mention one here. He and his boyhood friend were hiking into the mountains in Washington State and had stopped to camp overnight in their well-worn sleeping bags. It was cold and they were snuggled tight when they heard a bear making snuffling noises as it poked around at them and both boys knew they were dead meat. He pawed at them and finally ambled off. My dad had nightmares about that experience the rest of his life. :) I always loved bears, maybe because I’m from California and the grizzly is the state animal and is pictured on the state flag.
Who are your favorite shifter characters (besides your own?) The first shifter story that I read was East of the Sun and West of the Moon, a Norwegian tale about a prince cursed to be a polar bear and the girl who he wed. I loved Ladyhawke also, where a lady and a captain love one another and are cursed to spend their time apart as a hawk and a wolf.
Tell me what inspired this story. In Legend of the White Wolf, two of the hero’s friends and P.I. partners are hunting bear, but the wolves become much more of a problem. Wolves don’t attack humans, normally, so it’s not exactly what you might think. In Heart of the Wolf, the hero and heroine come across a bear as they’re trying to make their way through a forest in Oregon. In my latest release, A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing, there are no bears, though it’s set on the Oregon Coast. In that story, it’s strictly wolves, and a few SEAL wolves…as in Navy SEAL wolves. My next coming release, Oct 2, is Savage Hunger, first of the jaguar shifter stories. No bears in that one either. They’re running around in the Amazon jungle dealing with a different kind of predator—man!
How did you start crafting bears? My parents were going to doll and teddy bear shows where they displayed carriages they’d built for doll collectors. They wanted me to make an old-fashioned teddy bear for them to display with their creations. I was making cloth dolls and did a lot of other hand embroidery work, rug hooking, quilts, etc, at the time. So I created Wilde and Woolly Bears. They ended up winning first place ribbons for best dressed bears, most unique bear (pirate with a peg leg), and best of show! They were also featured in Teddy Bear Review, Texas Monthly, and other magazines and newspapers. They’ve found homes all over the world!
What was one of your favorite orders for one of your bears? The MacLeod Clan bear—one lady ordered one at a Highland show I attended, then came back to order seven more for the whole family. :)
How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life? I was working full time as of July 31, but finally decided working full time at the library and working an additional 40-45 hours on writing was getting to be too much. I have four books in various stages in process for Sourcebooks now with four releases scheduled for next year. So I intend to write more and have even more fun doing it!
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Get ready for cat and dog fights on Discover a New Love! And hope you check out the next release coming up, Savage Hunger, where the jaguars rule the day.