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FEATURE FRIDAY WITH AUTHOR OF BE NOT AFRAID- K.R. MORRISON

19 Oct

FEATURE FRIDAY WITH AUTHOR OF BE NOT AFRAID- K.R. MORRISON

K. R. Morrison author of “Be Not Afraid”

 

What would you like everyone to know about you?

My book is inspired by my faith, not by any fascination with the creatures of the darkness.  In truth, the very idea of vampires petrifies me.  I can’t even re-read my own book!!

What would you like for everyone to know about your book “Be Not Afraid”?

Above all else, the vampires in my book do not sparkle.  They do not have angst.  They are demons, through and through.  And they are…horrifying.

What genre does “Be Not Afraid” fall under?

This book is really a hybrid.  I would call it paranormal suspense/horror, but it has a lot in it that would be considered “inspirational” as well.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I’ll bet you won’t get this answer too often:  This creation was spawned from a nightmare I had one night in April of 2010.  I dreamed I was being attacked by a vampire.  Yeesh—it still makes me squirm.  All of my senses were engaged; I could feel everything.  The weirdest sensation was feeling my veins collapse from the blood being drained from them.  Very painful.  When I woke up, although I was totally wide awake, my thoughts segued into what could be thought of as Part 2, and from there the story grew.  My mind was never without it for three weeks; every time the story came to an end, it would start over, adding more and more detail.  Finally I had to write it down.  As I did, those parts on paper went away from inside my head.

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like?

I write in the evenings usually, because I enjoy being outside or doing some sort of physical activity when it’s daylight.  I find it very hard to sit for long periods of time.  As I look around my “setting”, I have to laugh.  For someone who likes things tidy, this area is certainly a departure from normal.  I have my laptop and my manuscript (which I write out first before typing it in) on the dining room table, along with several quilt projects, a small ironing board, DVDs of “Dark Shadows” (both the new movie and the TV series), and sometimes my cat.

Your book is a good versus evil and how do you react day today with this?

There is a lot of evil out there, disguised as “good” or at the very least “harmless”.  We won’t see the forces of darkness for what they are, because they don’t want to show their true colors until they have their victims.  Faith is what helps us discern true good from evil, and keeps us safe through any turmoil as long as we follow the good.

If you were to have lunch with one of your characters from your book which would it be and why?

Saint Therese.  She is my patron saint, and I have always admired how she lived her life.  It is so simple and direct.  I would love to have her by my side to guide me.

How do you think the conversation would go?

I think we’d get along pretty well, although  I would probably embarrass her somewhat.  She was such a quiet, unassuming girl, and I’m, uh, not.  She’d be trying to get me to quiet down, and I would for a bit, but then I’d be “me” again.

Will there be a follow up to “Be Not Afraid”?

I have a prequel/sequel that I’m working on, entitled “Resurgence: The Rise of Judas”.  It already dwarfs the first book, with 655 handwritten pages so far.  In it, we start out in the time of Adam and Eve, hop to the end of the Gospels, then it’s off to 14th-century Carpathia, 17th-century Scotland, 19th-century New Orleans, and then to the present time.  The book takes in the characters of the first story and moves on to their next skirmish with the darkness.  It’s almost done….I think.

So what else is in the future for you?

I’m hoping to write a third book to round out the series. I hadn’t originally planned a third one, but the characters in my present manuscript had a meeting without inviting me, and they decided that little Toby would have some interesting powers that would lead into the final battle.  And I’ve discovered that short stories are a lot of fun to write, so will keep up with that.  I’ve met a lot of fellow writers on Facebook, and I hope to be able to stay in contact with them.

What author, alive or dead, would you like to collaborate on a book with?

I have always loved Robert Louis Stevenson’s work.  It would be terrific to write with him.

What would you like it to be about?

An adventure story, probably suited for kids.  I loved Stevenson’s poetry for children, and it would be great fun to write something like that. 

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Feature Friday with Author of Amy “Red” Riding’s Hood -Liz Adams.

28 Sep

Feature Friday with Author of Amy “Red” Riding’s Hood -Liz Adams.

 

 

Tell us about yourself?

Liz Adams

I was born a Chihuahua with a love for chasing other dogs in parks and playing chess and scrabble. Or else that was a dream I had last night. Whichever it is, I know that I discovered my passion for writing erotica in my late teens so I got a minor in Creative Writing along with my major in Music. Or I’m just a super-talented Chihuahua.

Tell us about your book?

My first book is a novella, an erotic version of Alice in Wonderland called Alice’s Sexual Discovery in a Wonderful Land. I’m pleased with how it turned out. Especially since it was a much more challenging task than I had anticipated. It’s hard to care about the characters if they only appear briefly and there’s no time to build a relationship with them. Yet that’s exactly what happens. In Alice in Wonderland, Alice goes from character to character without time to fully appreciate all the goals, motivations, and conflicts each character has. Trying to make the interactions between Alice and those she meets meaningful was very hard to do. But the book’s been getting four and five star reviews, so I couldn’t be happier. In fact, Amazon has paid the recording fees to turn it into an audio book! It should be up on Audible.com very soon now.

 

 

My favorite question that is mostly consistent is do you have to have it quiet or noisy when you are working on your story?

I prefer it noisy, like a café, but writing erotica in a café is not easy. Passers-by might look over my shoulder, for one thing. Which I suppose could lead to some interesting conversations. For another thing, I usually like to have one hand free when I’m writing erotica. In a café, I have to force myself to use both hands typing and I end up squirming in my seat.

What do you think has been the best thing to occur to you after starting to write for others to read?

I recently wrote a touchy blog post that briefly mentioned “rape fantasies” (and how actual rape is completely different from fantasies of non-consensual sex). Though I did get some heated responses from that post, a woman privately thanked me for writing it. She, herself, had fantasies of non-consensual sex and was ashamed for having such thoughts. Knowing it was a normal fantasy to have made her feel better about it. Anytime I can make someone feel better about their sexuality via is a treasure to me.

What book do you think has offered the most influence in your writing?

That’s a tough one. I hate to say it but I feel I learn most from bad writing. When I read bad writing, I ask myself “Why didn’t that work for me?” Answering that question has helped improve my writing tremendously.

If you were to be a character in your book, but not as a lead character, who would you like to be and why? I’d like to be the Cheshire Cat. Like us, he knows what happened in the past, and doesn’t know what will happen in the future. Unlike us, he travels backwards in time. He figures, since hindsight is 20-20, why not travel backwards in time and do everything perfectly.

If one of your books could be turned into a movie which would you prefer it to be and why?

I only have three stories out. The novella Alice’s Sexual Discovery in a Wonderful Land, a short erotic romance story called Amy “Red” Riding’s Hood (an erotic version of Red Riding Hood), and a short story about the most wild sexual experience I had in college called “Squirting Secrets” in the anthology  Campus Sexploits 3:Naughty Tales of Wild Girls in College. Though Amy “Red” Riding’s Hood got voted to be “Book of the Month” for a Goodreads group, I’d have to go with Alice as a movie. I’d love to see that steamy Mad Hatter scene performed in all its wet tea party glory!

Okay so if everyone in the book’s clothes were only one color what color would that be?

The same color as orgasm.

So here is one for you, what book would you like a poster on your wall and what would it show?

I’d love a poster of the cover for Amy “Red” Riding’s Hood. To me it’s sexy as all hell. You can see it here: http://amzn.to/EroticRedRidingHood.

Why did you pick this genre to write and what genres do you like to read?

Actually, I have written in the horror genre before. But I love writing erotica. It’s the only genre where you get to have so much fun editing your book over and over and…yum…over again. I read erotica, of course, but I also like to read thrillers and mysteries.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a few things. One is an erotic version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I’m really excited by this one because in it, Goldie is a thief with the capability of self-defense. So when the three bearish men return, she uses more than just her seductive ways to wiggle in and out of their grasp. I’m also working on a quickie. A short short based off of a fantasy I had at the airport. I’m really loving writing this one, too, because it’s the first time I will have written a story completely from a male perspective. The airport fantasy will attempt to conquer the question of why being dominated by a man is so sexy.

Any tips to other authors on writing?

Just write. Don’t worry about how good or how bad it is. Finish what you’re writing and let the amazing beta-readers (like Xavier) guide you on how to fix it. Also, if you get bored writing a scene, introduce something that would make the scene more interesting for you. If you’re bored writing it, the reader will be bored reading it. If you are super-excited writing it, you’re going in the right direction.

 

Links to the Books:

Campus Sexploits 3: Naughty Tales of Wild Girls in College
http://amzn.to/WildGirlsinCollege

 

Amy Red Riding’s Hood
http://amzn.to.EroticRedRidingHood

Alice’s Sexual Discovery in a Wonderful Land
http://amzn.to/AlicesSexualDiscovery

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Who am I Wednesday with Jacqueline Driggers.

26 Sep

Who am I Wednesday with Jacqueline Driggers.

Editing Services by Jacqueline Driggers.

 

A great author resource, Jacqueline Driggers is providing editing services to all authors. Contact her today for all your editing needs. Let her know that Hotlit Books referred you! Thanks.

So with my first question is Who Am I – Jacqueline Driggers?

I’m a girl from a  small town in Kentucky, with a population of about 3000-5000, who has always loved books; and later on developed a love for writing.  It’s how I express myself best, in writing.  Writing has been with me throughout my life, from high school on up.  I’m a business college graduate with work experience as a legal secretary and a bookkeeper.  And now, at the age of 51, I have started my first fictional novel.  I am also starting into doing freelance editing work as well, plus I do book reviews.  And I am in the process of putting together a cookbook, which will hopefully be out by Christmas.

What would you like people to know about you?

Some of the things that make up me:  a homemaker and wife, a writer, an amateur photographer, love reading books, love the internet and facebook, have a 2nd degree brown belt in tae kwon do and a blue belt in shotokan karate, had a father who built black-powder rifles as a hobby and who taught me how to shoot, had a mother who taught me about being a homemaker and who pushed me to get my driver’s license.  But most importantly I would like them to know about what I am doing now in my writing, and editing, and book review endeavors.

What made you want to start JD’s Place?

When I graduated from high school, I wanted to be a professional writer, and for that to be my career.  But back in 1979, things were very different than they are now.  Home or personal computers were in their infancy.  The internet was non-existent pretty much.  And becoming a writer involved a college degree, and a lot of luck with a writing job.  So after two years at home, I headed off to business college, and a more practical career choice.  But now, with the internet and facebook and everything, I am pursuing my  high school writing dreams.

 

Even though JD’s Place is still in its infancy, where do you want to take this being that you are a writer also?

Right now, it is just a facebook page, but I would like it to become a website as well.  And I would like it to become the hub for all my writing, editing, and review projects.

Everybody knows the 5 year question so where would you like Jacqueline Driggers to be in 5 years?

An established author who has fans eagerly awaiting her next book.  A career as a respected editor.  A book reviewer who has authors lining up to get me to review their latest book.

As many people are not aware that you are offering this, how much time will you be able to devote to it?

All my time.  I am at a point in my life where all my time is my own, and every day is devoted to this.  I don’t have a ‘day job’ that takes hours out of my day.  Nor do I have children either.  This has been my dream since high school, and now I am chasing it in earnest.

Do you find it hard to balance everything?

No, I don’t.  I’ve always been good at organizing, and I have only gotten better at it through the years.  I take full advantage of my computer and use it in the organizational techniques I have developed through the years.  And my desk may look like a mess to some, but it is my organized mess.   As the old saying goes, there is a method to my madness.

Tell everyone what book you have just released and what will be your next one?

Well, I haven’t released one yet.  But I hope to before the year is up.  I am working on getting a cookbook published of my mother’s recipes that she had collected.  It will be called Kitchen Drawer Recipes No. 1, and I am working on that now.  Plus I am working on my first fictional novel, which I hope to have completed sometime next year.

At Hotlit Books, we do not do a preference, but know that there are some controversial books Do you do all genres?  Is there some subjects that you will not do?

Yes, I do all genres.  For every book written, there is a reader out there who will love it.  And I will edit and review all genres.  Even the controversial books need an editor.  As I recently told someone, I’m not a wilting violet.

What genre do you prefer to read?

My favorites are science fiction, mysteries, and romance.

What genre do you prefer to write and yes, I do want to mention that you do have a cookbook coming out?

In non-fiction, I prefer to write about recipes and cooking and food.  It comes from where I grew up.  Here in Kentucky, almost everything we do involves food; even funerals.  We love food, and revel in it.  As for fiction, I prefer to write science fiction.  I love that I can take stories that would fit in a mystery or romance novel, and set them out in the cosmos somewhere, and just make everything up.  The kind of fictional novels I am writing involve very little research and lots of imagination, which I have plenty of.  Besides the fictional novel I am writing, I have ideas for 23 other novels at this time.  Those are what I call story starts.  They consist of a word file of about 1-3 pages long, with the kernel of a story idea that I can easily pick up on later.

What do you feel will be the hardest thing to do for JD’s Place?

Getting started, getting known, and getting my name out there.  For example, I have great editing skills, and have a natural instinct for it.  My work experience plays into this, because I worked as a legal secretary for an attorney and then as a bookkeeper for 6 Dairy Queens during the 1980s.  Both these jobs required excellent proofreading and error-catching skills.  I have skills that I would put up against any professional editor.  Plus I have something that you can’t teach, and that is a natural gift for it.  But getting people to know this and to use me as an editor?  That is going to be the hardest thing.  Especially since that, right now, I have no money to spend on websites or advertising.  That just pushes me to get very creative.  And I’m good at creative.  I’ve have been throughout my life.

Is there anything you would like to add?

Yes, thanks.

If anyone is interested in contacting me about editing, they can reach me via my author’s page on facebook:

JD’s place, & other stuff

http://www.facebook.com/jdswrpg

And here are some more of my links:

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My food and cooking blog, page, and twitter:

Recipes, cooking, and food

— facebook page —

http://www.facebook.com/rcandfood

— blog —

http://rcandfood.blogspot.com/

 

— twitter account —

http://twitter.com/#!/Rcandfood

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My about the home blog, page, and twitter:

J’s Home-time Zone

— facebook page —

http://www.facebook.com/jshmtz

— blog —

http://jshtz.blogspot.com/

— twitter account —

http://twitter.com/#!/JsHometimeZone

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My leisure time blog, page, and twitter:

JD’s Leisure Zone

covering ebooks, movies, games, apps, and more

— facebook page —

http://www.facebook.com/jdspg3

— blog —

http://jdslzone.blogspot.com/

— twitter account —

http://twitter.com/#!/Jsaandgr

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To Pay or not to Pay-Book Reviews.

18 Sep

The internet is full of them. I am sure that you have thought about it.Haven’t you ever wondered how some authors get those countless reviews in one day right after they have published their book? They have purchased reviews.

Well we have thought about this and where we stand is that this is just wrong.

Reviews should be earned! It is really that simple.

We understand that the market is difficult but how do you get the feeling of accomplishment with a paid review? The simple answer is-you don’t!

Reviews tell you something about your writing. Rather it be good or bad one way or the other it helps you as a writer grow. You cannot achieve this growth with a paid review.

Paid reviews do not give you any satisfaction from your peers. There is something to be said about knowing that your peers have purchased and reviewed your book. You do not receive this with a paid review. Your peers tell you what they are looking for from you as a writer. 

Although reviews of any type look good against your book, your conscious knows. Do you really just want sales? Wouldn’t you rather know that people enjoy your writing, your craft? You will not receive this either with a paid book review. 

Reviews are part of being a writer in fact they are necessary but receiving them dishonestly is not morally or ethically right. Part of being a writer is being honest with yourself and your readers. You make yourself vulnerable every time you sit down and write so do not waste your time and all that effort by deceiving your readers. 

Earn your reviews-you will feel extremely satisfied, accomplished. 

Writer BEWARE!!!

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Review-Sin Incarnate by T.C. Archer

13 Sep

Sin Incarnate by T.C. Archer

Sin Incarnate by T. C. Archer

About the Book – From the Book Description)

Forged in the fires of hell beauty becomes sin incarnate.

 

Something malevolent grows in Lorna’s soul. When she calls forth a lord of the underworld and begs for irresistible beauty, he asks one simple thing in return; she must serve him as one of the underworld females who tests mortal men…then torture them with her beauty when they fail.

 

Good

This story has a good premise to it in my opinion.  It has a good flow to the story and you will find yourself following the storyline and you may try and figure what will happen next.   The author(s) were creative with the story and great character development. 

 

Okay well I have to put this in here.  I liked this story as it had brought in Safe Sex, so it gets high on my list of authors who understand that just because it is a story it should be written the way life should be. 

 

Bad

The following is my opinions and should be taken with a grain of salt.  The bad of this was really nothing other than a couple of typo errors nothing that took away from the story.  I liked the story

 

 

Review Rating 

I use three ratings

Read Now: Pick it up now and read.

Put it in the stack: This represents the stack of books you have that are not a priority.

Put on the bookshelf: Every story should be read.  These sit on your bookshelf and sometimes you have nothing in the stack, so you go to the bookshelf and pull it out.  A bad book is better than good tv.

This book receives a READ NOW, which would be the equivalent to 5 star for those who are wondering.  There were too many of the short stories that I thought were very good and needed to be read than to give it a Put it in the Stack. 

 

Enjoy your day and read as you will have a new story to live in. X

Reviewed by: Xavier Zyta

Top 10 Tips for Writers

5 Sep

Do you need help? We have answers! Read below for the top 10 tips for writers.

1. Write what you love. If you love romance then write it. Don’t write about something that you think will sell. This will not sell books people will read your passion.

2. Read out loud. When writing after you have finished for the day read out loud the chapter or the words you have just finished you will find your errors easier.

3. Take breaks. If you feel you are struggling or finding it difficult to finish a paragraph take a break, get outside for some fresh air. Also take breaks from your work it will give you a new look, a new perspective on what you have written.

4. Write, write, write…Write till you can not write any longer then edit. We have found that the most successful writers have written their best selling novels by just writing and not editing themselves automatically. Just continue to write and let the words flow onto the page until you can no longer write.

5. Stay focused. Distractions these days are easy to find. Get rid of your distractions. If you feel your computer is your distraction kick it “old school” and write on paper. 

6. Do your research. Nothing is worse than reading a book about a person or an area and the book is wrong. Research, research and more research. If you don’t know it, don’t write it.

7. Do not listen to anyone. Many writers listen to the fodder of others. Write what is in your heart and write how you know how to write. Write with confidence and vigor. People want to read your voice not someone else.

8. Know your market. After you have finally finished your book and not before figure out who the market really is. There are a lot of great sites out there that can help you with marketing your book and of course Hotlit Books can always help you.

9. Connect with your readers. This is the most simplest form of marketing. They want to know you the person, not just the author. Tell them something about you personally. Be vulnerable. Make yourself available to your readers.

10. Plan. Plan your novel. Do you have a plan? After you have finished writing this novel have you thought about what is next for your characters, if so have you let your readers know?  What type of social media are you using to let readers in on the idea? How long is it going to take? If you are not continuing with the novel what is next? How are you going to let your readers know? Planning is essential for sales also for your sanity.

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