Tuesday TalkAbouts

Hello everyone and welcome to Tuesday Talkabouts!! Every Tuesday I talk to an author about their current novel/novels, interviewing them about their writing life, and learning about what’s next in store for them. This will be a great chance to learn about new writers and new books coming out so don’t miss out on stopping in every Tuesday!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy Tuesday Everyone and Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is starting off to be a great year for everyone! Today I am interviewing Author Krysten Lindsay Hager.Today we will learn what inspires Author Hager to write and what’s next on the horizon for her. The book she is featuring today was published by Clean Reads Publishing and is called True Colors. True Colors is the first book in The Landry Series and is available for .99!! Please, give a warm welcome to Author Krysten Lindsay Hager!

Writing for Teen and Preteens by Krysten Lindsay Hager

I have always loved reading books that use humor and have realistic (and relatable) characters. I decided to write the book I wanted to read when I was reading YA and I’m overjoyed it’s now a series where people can follow along on Landry’s journey through dealing with friendships, the ups and downs of school, crushes, relationships, and insecurities. Sure, going back to that time in my own life was a little crazy, but lucky for me there weren’t camera phones to capture me dancing in the school talent show…while wearing jean shorts. If you’re not cringing yet, let’s just say I also had a moment of “genius” where I thought my super dark brown hair would look amazing with “Sun-In” highlights that actually turned my hair a lovely shade of copper. Sigh.

The Landry’s True Colors Series is a clean reads young adult series about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, modeling, crushes, values, and self-image. Best Friends…Forever? was ranked at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values & Virtues Fiction and #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. Landry in Like was ranked in the top 3 Amazon hot new releases. True Colors is an international bestselling book and won both the Readers Favorite Award and the Double Decker Book Award for best preteen book.

So far this series contains 3 books: True Colors (Landry’s True Colors Series #1), Best Friends… Forever? (Landry’s True Colors Series #2) and Landry in Like (Landry’s True Colors Series #3)

The first book in the series, True Colors, is on sale for 99 cents now!

 

Ms. Hager, at what age did you start writing and what inspired you to write this novel?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid and when I was a senior in high school my mom told me if I was serious about this then I had to prove it. She took me to a bookstore and bought me a stack of books on writing and she signed me up for a writing conference. Going to that conference was like being thrown into the deep end of the pool, but I got there and realized, oh, these are my people. I felt like I fit in there. 

I was inspired to write my Landry’s True Colors Series and my Star Series because I wanted to write from the point of view of a girl who thinks everyone else in her grade has their stuff together and it’s only her who is floundering and trying to figure it out. Landry, the main character in my Landry’s True Colors Series, deals with anxiety and she’s a sweet girl who has to learn to stand up for herself when she deals with frenemies. I wanted to make it realistic and include tips to help the readers who might be going through the same things. 

Hadley, from the Star Series, is the girl next door who happens to live next door to a former teen TV star. The inspiration for those books came from seeing all these teens becoming Instagram and YouTube famous and thinking how it would mess with your self-esteem if you were going to high school with someone who was famous.

Very neat ideas!!

What is your favorite genre?

To read, I love young adult and I also have a thing for biographies. To write I would say young adult, middle grade, new adult, and contemporary women’s fiction.

Sometimes as a writer, we find our characters actually teach us something about ourselves. Have any of your characters taught you anything and if so, which ones? 

My character Hadley, from my Star Series, taught me about how to deal with friends who aren’t there for you and are very fair weather. Years ago as I was writing Next Door to a Star, I was writing and thinking about myself in high school dealing with a friend of mine. That friend came back into my life and by the time I was writing the sequel, Competing with the Star, she had already dropped out of sight and that went into the storyline with Hadley and Simone. Years ago that would have devastated me, but now I was able to see it was the best thing for me. It’s always hard to lose a friend, but sometimes it’s best not to hang on and I saw this as I was writing what Hadley was going through with Simone not being a good friend to her.

 

What is your favorite quote?

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”― F. Scott Fitzgerald

That’s a great one!!

 

What are you working on now and what’s next for you?

I’m working on another YA book and a new adult book, too. I have a YA novel called, Dating the It Guy, coming out in March 2017. It’s about a teen girl named Emme who starts dating a popular guy from a very prominent political family and how it throws her life out of balance. It’s funny, sweet, romantic, and heartbreaking. Every one of my beta readers have told me that’s it’s moved them to where they laugh, cheer, and cry with (and for) Emme and I’m so excited for my readers to get this one.

That sounds so exciting, Krysten!! Can’t wait to read that one!!

If you’d like to connect with Krysten, you can find her at these sites:

WEBSITE: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/krystenlindsay/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/KrystenLindsay

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/KrystenLindsayHagerAuthor

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClIQCsRcKc97-25oXvabZ8A

PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.com/krystenlindsay/

 

And here are the beautiful covers of The Landry Series!!

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True Colors:

Landry Albright just wants to be one of the interesting girls at school who always have exciting things going on in their lives. She wants to stand out, but also wants to fit in, so she gives in when her two best friends, Ericka and Tori, push her into trying out for a teen reality show modeling competition with them. Landry goes in nervous, but impresses the judges enough to make it to the next round.

However, Ericka and Tori get cut and basically “unfriend” her on Monday at school. Landry tries to make new friends, but gets caught up between wanting to be herself and conforming to who her new friends want her to be. Along the way she learns that modeling is nowhere as glamorous as it seems, how to deal with frenemies, a new crush, and that true friends see you for who you really are and like you because of it.

 

Remember, True Colors is on sale for just .99!! You can find a copy of it here:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fiuY2L

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2ggXWRP

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2fXLbLG

Itunes: http://apple.co/1Ue5lNm

Well, we hate to say good-bye, but this wraps up another Tuesday Talkabouts. Thank you so much for joining us today, Author Krysten Lindsay Hager. It was great having you and I enjoyed our wonderful chat. Thank you, also, to all of our awesome readers for coming by to have a look as well!! I hope you enjoyed the nice chat and found a fascinating read here that you can’t do without!!

Join us again next week when Author Em Shotwell will be joining us.

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! Today I am interviewing Author E.A. West.Today we will learn what inspires Author West to write and what’s next on the horizon for her. The book she is featuring today was published by Clean Reads Publishing and is called Covered. Please, give a warm welcome to Author E.A.West!

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E.A. West, award-winning author of sweet and inspirational romance, is a lifelong lover of books and storytelling. In high school, she picked up her pen in a creative writing class and hasn’t laid it down yet. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, knitting, and crocheting. She lives in Indiana with her family and a small zoo of pets.

Let’s learn a little bit about E.A.!

Ms. West, at what age did you start writing and what inspired you to write this novel?

I started writing during my freshman year of high school, so much longer ago than I want to admit. Before that, I did everything I could to avoid writing. English class was a struggle for me because of dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Yet once I started putting my stories to paper, I fell in love with the process and haven’t stopped.

Covered was inspired by so many different things. The catalyst was a video about Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) and a girl they’d helped. It got me thinking, “What if a group of bikers protected an abused girl, but then she grew up and her abuser came back?” Covered grew from there.

 

What is your favorite genre?

Whatever strikes my fancy at the time. Seriously, I don’t have a favorite genre. I enjoy reading so many different types of books that it’s impossible to pick just one. I have a soft spot for suspense and thrillers, but I also love sweet romance, historical fiction, the occasional sci-fi and fantasy, and nonfiction on an ever changing variety of topics.

 

Sometimes as a writer, we find our characters actually teach us something about ourselves. Have any of your characters taught you anything and if so, which ones?

My characters always teach me something, often about how we as a society view others. So many of my characters have a disability of some form, usually an invisible disability, that they remind me not to judge based on appearance alone. That person who’s short with us in the grocery line or walks away when we approach may be dealing with something difficult we know nothing about. It’s important to always be kind because we never know when a kind word or a friendly smile will give someone the strength or courage to keep going.

 

What is your favorite quote?

My absolute favorite is a Douglas Adams quote. “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

 

What are you working on now and what’s next for you?

I have several manuscripts in various stages of completion at any given time, so I’m always working on something. I’m currently working through the editing process on an inspirational romance novel.

 

If you’d like to stay in touch with E.A. you can find her at these sites:

Website: http://eawest.mcphitty.com

Blog: http://thewestcorner.wordpress.com

Amazon Author Central: http://amazon.com/author/eawest

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/EAWestAuthor

Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/TheWestCornerReaders

Twitter: http://twitter.com/eawest

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/authoreawest

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/eawest

 

And now, lets have a look at the awesome cover of Covered!!

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Sometimes your guardian angel rides a motorcycle.

 

Lacey Daniels wants a normal life where she can go to dinner or the mall without constantly looking over her shoulder. Unfortunately, her abusive father is out of prison and more dangerous than ever. The Hawthorne Guardians, a local motorcycle club that protected her as a child, is her only hope for normalcy. Some of the faces have changed, but the credo is the same: protect the innocent. One Guardian, Ratchet, takes an interest in more than her safety. He wants her heart.

Despite her growing feelings for Ratchet, Lacey can’t escape the threat her father poses. With him free and seeking revenge, she will never be safe. Her only chance for a normal life — and maybe true love — lies with Ratchet, a man who is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her father from hurting her again… even if it means risking his life to save her.

 

Excerpt:

I desperately needed to rest, but stopping even a short time was dangerous. An approaching car didn’t give me a choice. I leaned against a utility pole at the corner, my entire body hurting, and stared at the collection of motorcycles parked outside a bar a little farther down the street. Men wearing black leather vests stood around talking to each other and the few women scattered throughout the group. None of them looked familiar, but I had to hope the patches on their vests did. I needed to find the Hawthorne Guardians. I couldn’t trust anyone else, not even my own mother. She’d become part of the problem.

Tears blurred my vision, but I blinked them away as I forced myself to walk toward the bikers. Crying was a luxury I couldn’t afford at the moment. One man turned his back toward me, and I spotted the familiar stylized HG with a sword in the middle I was searching for. Maybe he could tell me where to find Bear.

Before I reached him, he hopped on a motorcycle and rode away with two others. My heart sank, but I couldn’t give up. I had to find someone who could put me in contact with Bear. I continued on to the bar and hoped for the presence of more Hawthorne Guardians.

I staggered into the dimly lit bar and paused long enough to steady myself. Staying upright was a challenge when it felt as if a spear lanced my skull. Too many people packed the place, and not enough wore the familiar patch. In fact, I couldn’t spot a single Guardian in the crowd. My anxiety shot through the roof, but I shoved it aside. I could deal with it later, after I was safe. If I was ever safe again.

 

You can own your own copy of Covered! Find it at these sites:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M9AMDJI

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M9AMDJI

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1125093296?ean=2940157109691

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/covered-5

iTunes: http://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/covered/id1161622028?mt=11

 

Well, we hate to say good-bye, but this wraps up another Tuesday Talkabouts. Thank you so much for joining us today, Author E.A. West. It was great having you and I enjoyed our wonderful chat. Thank you, also, to all of our awesome readers for coming by to have a look as well!! I hope you enjoyed the nice chat and found a fascinating read here that you can’t do without!!

Join us again next week when Author J.J. Nite will be joining us.

 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! Today I am interviewing Author L.E. Fred.Today we will learn what inspires Author Fred to write and what’s next on the horizon for her. The book she is featuring today was published by Clean Reads Publishing and is called Reverie. Please, give a warm welcome to Author L.E. Fred!

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L.E. Fred is a perpetual dreamer who writes about worlds both within and without this realm. With a degree in psychology, she tends to get lost in the mind, the greatest adventure of all. L. E. Fred just returned from a tour of Japan, and hopes to have many more adventures to inspire new tales of dreams and beyond. She currently lives in her hometown of New Orleans, fueled by coconut water and cuddle sessions with her ginger dog Ragu.

What inspired the creation of Lucid, the first book in the series?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve suffered from sleep paralysis. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s when your mind wakes up, but your body’s still frozen in a sleep state. Needless to say, it’s very frightening! I looked up ways to fight sleep paralysis and became interested in lucid dreaming. I started writing Lucid after experiencing my first lucid dream. It’s a very out-of-body and surreal experience. We’re used to dreaming every night, but being able to control your actions and fate in the dream world is almost a magical thing. After figuring out how to wake up (yes, you have to oftentimes find your way out of the dreams,) I started pondering the idea of a dream world actually existing, and before I knew it, I had Devon and the plot for Lucid.

You write from the P.O.V. of a 15 year-old boy in Lucid and from the P.OV. of Devon and 21 year-old Mitch in Reverie. Is there anyone who shaped Devon or Mitch’s characters as the protagonists?

 A wonderful counselor-in-training that I worked with actually inspired Devon’s character. Real-life Devon, who shall be nameless, was one of those campers that turned into a CIT when he outgrew the camp’s age groups. I never went to summer camp as a child, so working at one was a very interesting experience. I got to witness real-life Devon change from being a happy-go-lucky camper to a miserable CIT. As for Devon’s personality, that was shaped by my own sense of humor. I wrote Lucid through Devon’s eyes, and my own commentary sort of slipped through. It fit his sarcastic nature, though, and rereading some parts still makes me laugh.

No one in particular inspired Mitch’s P.O.V. I knew I wanted to give him more of a voice in Reverie, and I was honestly going to write it all from his view, but the groups split so naturally in the story that I knew I needed Devon’s voice. As for Mitch, I went to a private university, and many of the guys who were business majors inspired his internal conflicts with pleasing his parents and following his heart. I witnessed many a student who battled between changing to that philosophy major or sticking with finance, so Mitch is kind of a shout-out to those guys.

What about the villains? How did they come to be

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by mythological monsters. There seems to be a common thread of villainous snakes and lions. A chimera combines these two deadly creatures, along with a goat, into one evil creature. I liked the idea of having three diverse villains; the more you get to know a villain, the scarier they can become for the reader and the heroes. As I wrote, Serpentine, Gruff, and Leona, seemed to appear out of nowhere to fit the evil villain’s roles. The Nightmares were a little trickier. I thought long and hard about how they should be portrayed, and I eventually started combining features of animals and creatures that people feared the most into one character. That’s why they have shark teeth and devil horns.

Now that Reverie is finished, and there is clearly a third book on the way, are you planning other stories to write?

The next book in the Lucid series will most likely be the final one. I’m currently working on an Urban Fantasy series that takes place in my magical hometown of New Orleans. I’m also working on another Fantasy story that has a nautical theme. Both of those stories have female protagonists, so I’m really excited about writing for my own gender!

What inspired you to write YA fiction?

I’m a teacher, so I love working with young adults and teens. I’ve seen the power of books transform kids’ ways of thinking about the world and boost confidence. Never underestimate the power of reading. I know it played an important role in shaping my future, and I hope to reach out to as many young adults to inspire them to find their inner heroes and go change the world for the better.

 

If you’d like to stay in touch with Author L.E. Fred, you can find her at her social media sites:

http://facebook.com/only.but.a.dream

http://marsjaws.blogspot.com

http://lefredwrites.wix.com/marsjaws

      Instagram: marsjaws

      Twitter: @marsjaws

 

And now, let’s have a look at the awesome cover of Reverie!!

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When Nightmares became the rulers of night and day, the world was a black, bleak unknown, where everything was a threat and dark shapes move like monsters.

And such will be the case again, for both the dream and real world, if Devon and Mitch fail to complete their goal of defeating the slave captor Leona and Nightmare terror Phobio. The adventure takes an interesting turn as our heroes split into groups of two, taking on dark forests, a wall of blackness, and discovering new groups of Dreamers who have spent their lives hidden in the Dreamworld. Will Mitch and Devon find more allies to join their ranks and fight Leona and Phobio? Or will they discover even more threats lurking in the secrets of the Dreamworld?

 

Excerpt:

I was alone and feeling sick about what I was about to do. It didn`t change the fact that I still had to go through with it. This entire mountain was doomed. The least I could do now was get what I needed to help my friends and hope the Aquarii tribe forgave me.

            Iven was right about one thing. Reverie kicked into leader-mode as soon as I stepped out of the chasm. Without even thinking about it, I swung my sword in a high arc, shattering stones the mountain was hurling in my direction. Reverie hummed after the last attack, pulling my hand to the ground. I saw the wider, but still very narrow, path leading up to the platform at the top of the mountain. Even though the platform`s blinding light and dizzy feeling of being so high up were hindrances, I trusted my sword as it propelled my feet across the pathway.

            There were a few times I doubted I could get to the top successfully, and those were the times I almost fell to my death. I thought back to those times Devon would seem to have control of his magic only to have it vanish in the next second. It was no secret the kid had self-confidence issues, which seemed key to doing what one needed to survive in the dream world. Reverie`s humming and my strong grip on the sword kept the self-doubt out of my head, but a shadow of doubt kept creeping into my mind. The people of Aquarii didn`t deserve to die. They had been sheltered for so long. They deserved to be in the sun one last time. If only another sacrifice could be made…

            I glanced down, now nearly to the top, and saw that the platform that held Fabrica was exactly across from the lake entrance. It would`ve been a pretty awesome zip line ride if the mountain hadn`t decided to go crazy. I looked down at Reverie, who seemed to grow oddly calm in my hand. It was as if the sword knew what I was planning and had no opinion on the matter.

            “Thanks, sword,” I muttered, realizing my other hand was now trembling. I looked up at the talisman as the mountain grew oddly still as well. It was as if the Mother of the mountain was taunting me. Daring me to do what I was struggling to.

            “It`s either me or them,” I muttered to myself, wondering what would happen after I carried out my act. I shut down thinking as I tore a strip from my long tunic. It would be enough to wrap Fabrica around Reverie. Would it be enough to send the two down to the lake?

            “It`s either me or them,” I repeated, forcing my feet up to the pedestal. I could now see Fabrica. It was a silver staff, probably as tall as Devon, with intricate sapphire twine spiraling around the shaft. At the top, a wolf`s head, similar to the one on Reverie`s hilt, was adorned with two aqua eyes. It was beautiful and kept me in a trance for a few moments. I shook my head. There was work to be done.

            “It`s either me or them,” I said a third time. I had never mastered meditation, but I realized I had my own mantra. Maybe I`d return to the waking world after jumping off of this platform. Did I want to, though? Did I want to return to a world where my parents, who barely seemed to care that I was missing, would expect me to get a boring job and marry a boring girl that I didn`t want? Would they expect me to continue studying business even though it would pale in comparison to my short time in the dream world? At least I was a hero, a Champion, in this world. Back home, I was just my parents` puppet.

            “And this decision is mine alone,” I finally said to myself, my feet dragging me to the staff. The mountain held its breath as it awaited my move. I looked down once at the still sleepy Aquarii village. I took one final breath and one look at Reverie before pulling the staff from its spot and having all hell break loose.

            Naturally, the mountain decided to put up yet another fight, and I only had mere seconds to do what needed to be done. Using Reverie to maintain a sense of balance, I knelt down and made my best alpine butterfly loop to secure the two talisman together. I thought it would be a fight, but it seemed the two talisman were happy to be reunited, like two old friends meeting after a very long time.

            “OK, you know where to go,” I muttered to the talismans. Though Reverie was the only one who hummed in response, I put my trust in the sword propelling itself and its friend along. I didn`t have much ground to stand on in order to aim properly, the platform was now crumbling at its ends as it continued to rock violently, but I knew it was now or never.

            “Safe flight,” I muttered, trying to keep my voice from breaking. Reverie grew still and its voice hummed in my head. You have chosen well before leaving my hands to sail across the mountain.

            Now, the mountain was pitching me violently but I didn`t need the platform any longer. I looked at the village one last time, hoping my sacrifice would be enough to save these people.

            Reverie approved of my decision and that was enough to cause me to leap over the edge into the darkness below.

If you would like to own a fine copy of Reverie for yourself, you can find it here:

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Reverie-L-E-Fred-ebook/dp/B01CRRS168/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1457627121&sr=1-1&keywords=reverie+l.+e.+fred

Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/621787

 

Kobo:

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/reverie-13

Well, we hate to say good-bye, but this wraps up another Tuesday Talkabouts. Thank you so much for joining us today, Author L.E. Fred. It was great having you and I enjoyed our wonderful chat. Thank you, also, to all of our awesome readers for coming by to have a look as well!! I hope you enjoyed the nice chat and found a fascinating read here that you can’t do without!!

Join us again next week when Author E.A.West will be joining us.

 

 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! Today I am interviewing Author A.R. Conti Fulwell. Today we will learn what inspires Author Fulwell to write and what’s next on the horizon for her. The book she is featuring today was published by Clean Reads Publishing and is called An Angel in the Distance. Please, give a warm welcome to Author A.R. Conti Fulwell!

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A. R. Conti Fulwell holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English, and a Minor in Music, from Malone University, but her story-telling journey began long before her college years.  Long ago, immersed in the Medici chapel, surrounded by the paintings of Gentileschi, the writings of Castiglione and Machiavelli, and the architecture of Brunelleschi, she found herself fascinated by the art of historical fiction, she began fashioning her own tales after the greats – Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, T.S. Eliot, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Amanda resides in Hartville, Ohio, and often shoots short-films within her hometown.

Let’s learn a little bit about A.R.!

Ms. Fulwell, at what age did you start writing and what inspired you to write this novel?

I’ve always been writing, actually.  I starting putting together story books as a kid, but started writing seriously at about 16.  As an avid movie buff, one of my go-to favorites is the Andy Tennant film, “Ever After.”  In the transition from high school to college, I did some research on the real Prince Henry and learned of a prominent Italian family from Florence known as the Medicis.  The Medici dynasty are the real people that I would later write into my book “An Angel in the Distance.”

Sounds very interesting! I love history intertwined in books!!

 

What is your favorite genre?

While it is tough to pin me down, my book shelf says it all – historical romance novels fill just about every shelf – but I do read mysteries, contemporaries, and of course the classics.

Sometimes as a writer, we find our characters actually teach us something about ourselves. Have any of your characters taught you anything and if so, which ones?

Yes, as a matter of fact.  I’ve learned over the years that it is just about impossible to take yourself out of the characters – no matter how hard you try, there will always be a little bit of the author in the character.  As I wrote “An Angel in the Distance,” I saw a lot of myself in Lina.  Now, I don’t consider myself a very brave person; in fact, I’m the quiet one in the back of the room.  As the writing and editing process continued for the book, I began to see our similarities, and realized that I had more of her spunk than I imagined.

That’s neat. I believe this too. I also believe like Salman Rushdie says that “books choose their authors.”

What is your favorite quote?

“What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

A.R., what are you working on now and what’s next for you?

Right now I have the sequel to “An Angel in the Distance” in the works, and I’m in the editing stage of a Post-World War I Christian Historical Romance novel that takes place in New Castle, PA.  The “Angel” sequel is quite unexpected, and it is unlike anything I have ever written before.  I’m excited to see where it goes.

This sounds very exciting!! I bet your readers are just as anxious as you to see where it leads! It sounds like you have plenty to keep you busy.

If you would like to stay in touch with A.R. here are her social media links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ARContiFulwell

Twitter – @AR_ContiFulwell

Instagram – arcontifulwell

Pinterest – https://pinterest.com/ARContiFulwell

Blog – https://arcontifulwell.wordpress.com

 

And now let’s have a look at the beautiful novel, An Angel in the Distance!!

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On Lina’s eighteenth birthday, she finds herself spinning in a ballroom, abandoning the ghosts of a complicated childhood. When asked to paint the King of Florence’s majestic courtyard, she jumps at the chance to use her skills.  As she embraces her chance, a man from her past threatens to destroy everything she holds dear.  With mischief lurking just outside the palace walls, will Lina be able to do the painting justice, and escape a past she has tried so hard to forget?

 

Excerpt:

 I cannot believe I am doing this! Lina thought as she cast a glance at this persistent nobleman. I had no choice, she told herself.

Pierro spotted me, and he knows I am here. Fear bubbled through her veins like hot oil. She felt her face flush but hoped that no one else had noticed. She glanced up at Lore.

“Are you all right?” he whispered.

Lina gazed into his eyes. “Why do you ask?” She glanced down, trying to hide her gaze for fear he could read it.

“My Lady, you’re letting me lead you. You don’t seem like someone who is easily led.”

Now is not the time for nonsense! Lina thought to herself. “I’m afraid, Lore, that the problems that you sense are too grave and incessant in nature for me to explain in the course of one dance.”

He beamed. “This is the longest dance of the evening, and who says we must part at the end?”

Lina could not help but smile. Lore was charming. That was something she could openly admit, but his ability to read her emotions better than she could was almost alarming.

“I suppose it would be best if we did not part. I will have no one to disagree with otherwise,” Lina said, smiling.

“Well then,” he said, “let us continue.”

As the song played, Lina noticed the mass of people surrounding them. Blending in became rather easy in a room full of people. Lina sighed with relief, knowing she was practically invisible.

“May I ask,” Lore began, “if your troubles have anything to do with that gentleman?”

Lina stiffened. “Which gentleman?”

“The one in the balcony who has been glaring at you for the last three dances,” Lore explained. “He seems almost jealous.”

Lina glanced up at the balcony and quickly averted her eyes to the ground. Fear washed over her like a waterfall. “Yes, you may be correct.”

“Why does he glare at you so?”

“He wishes for something that he can never have,” Lina said, staring at the floor. “I fear I may pay the price upon my return.”

“Has he made any offers?” Lore asked cautiously.

“Not exactly offers.”

“You make it sound like he has some sort of leverage over you,” Lore said, looking at her.

“You might be surprised. I see him as a brother, and he sees me as much, much more than a sister.”

“Tell me.”

“Lore, while a handful of Florentines have adopted the new way of thinking, most of the population is still living in the past.”

Lina sighed and tried not to look at him.

“Well, I would love to hear more of this theory,” Lore said, smiling.

“Well, unless you insist upon a private conference on some other occasion, I’m afraid that is all you will get out of me tonight,” Lina said, knowing how angry Pierro would be to see her with another man. “Is there another way out of here?”

“You mean an escape route?” Lore laughed.

“Precisely.”

“Follow me.” Lore took her hand and led her away.

 

If you would like to own a copy of An Angel in the Distance for yourself, you can find it here:

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Angel-Distance-R-Conti-Fulwell-ebook/dp/B013Q627QE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480988055&sr=8-1&keywords=an+angel+in+the+distance

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-angel-in-the-distance-ar-conti-fulwell/1122495755?

Well, we hate to say good-bye, but this wraps up another Tuesday Talkabouts. Thank you so much for joining us today, Author A.R. Conti Fulwell. It was great having you and I enjoyed our wonderful chat. Thank you, also, to all of our awesome readers for coming by to have a look as well!! I hope you enjoyed the nice chat and found a fascinating read here that you can’t do without!!

Join us again next week when Author L.E. Fred will be joining us.

Thanks for having me!

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! Today I am interviewing Author Bethany Swafford. Today we will learn what inspires Author Swafford to write and what’s next on the horizon for her. The book she is featuring today is called A Chaotic Courtship and was published by Clean Reads Publishing. Please, give a warm welcome to Author Bethany Swafford!

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For as long as she can remember, Bethany Swafford has loved reading books. That love of words extended to writing as she grew older and when it became more difficult to find a ‘clean’ book, she determined to write her own. Among her favorite authors is Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Georgette Heyer. 

When she doesn’t have pen to paper (or fingertips to laptop keyboard), she can generally be found with a book in hand. In her spare time, Bethany reviews books for a book site called More Than A Review.

Let’s learn a little bit about Bethany!

Ms. Swafford, at what age did you start writing and what inspired you to write this novel?

I was 13 yrs old when I wrote my first short story, which was truly cringe worthy. My main inspiration comes from my family, and classic literature, such as Jane Austen’s novels. In this particular novel I wanted to show how family bonds can affect new relationships.

Sounds very interesting!

 

What is your favorite genre?

Though I love pretty much all kinds of clean stories in most genre, I always return to Historical Fiction, specifically from the Regency Era. I just love the manners and the clothes and pretty much everything about this time period!

 

Sometimes as a writer, we find our characters actually teach us something about ourselves. Have any of your characters taught you anything and if so, which ones?

My main character of A Chaotic Courtship, Diana, turned out to be a close reflection of myself. I realized her insecurities about making decisions about her future were the same uncertainties I was feeling. Writing from her POV was actually therapeutic.

I’ve heard this a lot from writers. It’s almost as though we somehow “fix” ourselves through our characters.

 

What is your favorite quote?

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”—Jane Austen

Love this!

 

Bethany, what are you working on now and what’s next for you?

I am actually in the middle of two projects. The first is a trilogy of stories set in Regency London about a young woman searching to discover the truth behind the death of her family. I just finished the first draft of the second novel for that. My second is something completely different from my other works: a YA novel set in the ‘Old West’ with a protagonist who is deaf. I’m excited about both of these projects and cannot wait until I have them ready to share with my readers.

Amazing! They sound wonderful! Can’t wait to read them as I’m sure your faithful reader fans can’t either.

If you’d like to stay in touch with Ms. Swafford, you can find her at these social media sites:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bethanyswafford/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bethany-Swafford-Author-303302543339828/

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6420812.Bethany_Swafford

 

And now, let’s take a look at the beautiful cover of A Chaotic Courtship!!

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Twenty year old Diana Forester, a country bred young woman fears that her inexperience and uncertainties has driven Mr. John Richfield away. On arriving back home from London, she learns that he is already there, ready to continue their acquaintance. If Diana thought that it was difficult in London, courting takes on a whole new aspect when Diana’s younger siblings become involved. She finds herself dealing with her own feelings, her sister, her younger brother, jealous members of a house party, a jilted suitor, and a highwayman as she falls in love with the charming Mr. Richfield.

 

Excerpt: 

“I thought you’d never get here!” Sarah said, ignoring my question completely as she spun to face me. I frowned at her as I put my outside garments away. She seemed highly agitated, a state which I had seldom seen her in. “Diana, I must speak with you!”

“About what?” I asked calmly.

Sarah took up pacing, and for a moment I believed she wasn’t going to continue with whatever she wanted to say. “You must listen to me for once in your life!” she finally said, as though I had been disagreeable.

Sinking onto our bed, I tried to hide a smile. “Then come out and tell me what has you in such a state.”

“I think Mr. Richfield is the highwayman!”

My smile faded instantly as I stared at her. How had she come up with this ridiculous idea? “You what?” I asked in astonishment.

“There, I’ve said it!” Sarah collapsed into the chair at the dressing table. “I’ve considered the matter carefully, Diana, and as your sister, I could not let you become attached to such a black-hearted criminal!” 

I couldn’t help but laugh in response to that absurd notion. “Blackhearted criminal? You cannot be serious, Sarah. I have never heard anything so outlandish. Have you been reading my novels?”

“Diana, I am being completely serious! Stop laughing!”

“How can I take you seriously when everything you say is utter nonsense? Why would you possibly think Mr. Richfield, a true gentleman if I’ve ever met one, is a common criminal?”

Sarah leaned forward, her eyes wide. “Don’t you remember what Aunt Forester said at dinner yesterday?” she asked, lowering her voice for some reason. She acted like she was about to disclose some deep secret to me, and I found myself leaning closer. “About the highwayman being around the Bath area?”

Thinking back, I did in fact remember the conversation and our aunt’s comment. “Yes, of course I remember. What about it?”

“Mr. Richfield was there!”

I failed to follow her line of reasoning. “I’m sure a great many people were in Bath at the same time, Sarah. Aunt and Uncle Forester, for example, were there for two months, I believe.”

Shaking her head, Sarah groaned. “Don’t be obtuse, Diana! You have to see the connection here. Mr. Richfield was in Bath when a highwayman terrorized innocent people. And now, he’s here, where a highwayman has mysteriously appeared to threaten our peaceful home!”

This sounds like an amazing story!! If you would like to own a copy for yourself, you can find it here:

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Chaotic-Courtship-Bethany-Swafford-ebook/dp/B01KKMZ2VY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1473984456&sr=1-1&keywords=a+chaotic+courtship

  Barnes and Nobles:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chaotic-courtship-bethany-swafford/1124476569?ean=2940156806980

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Well, we hate to say good-bye, but this wraps up another Tuesday Talkabouts. Thank you so much for joining us today, Author Bethany Swafford. It was great having you and I enjoyed our wonderful chat. Thank you, also, to all of our awesome readers for coming by to have a look as well!! I hope you enjoyed the nice chat and found a fascinating read here that you can’t do without!!

Join us again next week when Author A.R. Conti Fulwell will be joining us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  2. Enjoyed getting to know Lucie more!
    I am thrilled that she started writing in her 40’s just shows that if you stick to it then The Lord will Bless it!

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