Monday, October 16, 2017

Author James M. Corkill

A funny thing happened while working on the same story for the past four years. Each time I got back to it, it morphed into a different adventure for the Alex Cave series. That’s how I came up with Gravity. At this rate, I may never finish that original novel. I’m not super-stitious, but I’m a little-stitious. I’m afraid if I do finish it, I’ll run out of new adventures for the series. Lucky for me I’m only up to six chapters in that old story.
The series began with Alex Cave, a retired CIA operative turned geophysics instructor. By chance, he learns about some advanced alien technology, abandoned by the first race of humans to occupy the Earth 180 million years ago.
Gravity by James M. Corkill
In Gravity, Alex locates an alien spacecraft buried in an unknown island in the Aleutian chain of Alaska. He and his team manage to get the ship operational and take it to Groom Lake, Nevada, (Area 51). They discover the alien craft also controls a device that defies the laws of physics, and threatens to drag the International Space Station from the sky. Things go from bad to worse when the device begins pulling the moon from orbit and dragging a massive gold asteroid on a collision course with Earth.
The inspiration for the story was a documentary on how the force of gravity is different at various locations on Earth, and I decided to invent a way to explain how that’s possible. Of course, an artificial gravity device is purely science fiction. At least for now. Just like the Star Trek communicators became our smart-phones, perhaps one day we will be able to control gravity.
Gravity’s newest award from Reader’s Favorite also came with an invitation to attend the awards ceremony in Miami on Nov. 17, where I’ll be introduced to movie producers and prominent people in the publishing industry. My bags are packed, my flight and hotel room are booked, and I’m ready to go. Now I just need to curve my excitement for a month until the ceremony.
Pandora's Eyes by James M. Corkill
The thing is, I forgot that I had entered the competition and almost deleted the email announcing the winners. At the last second, I decided to see who they were and my jaw dropped when I saw my cover. I’m a retired Federal Firefighter and I write as a hobby, and I never expected this kind of notoriety, especially since I didn’t take writing stories seriously until the age of 61. (Four years ago)
Gravity is the fourth book in the series, followed by book 5, Pandora’s Eyes, published last year, and book 6, DNA, which I’ll release on 3 November 2017.
I’m halfway through the first draft of the next Alex Cave adventure. This time, Alex finds an ancient alien laboratory with some interesting experiments. I don’t know all the various ways this new discovery can raise havoc with us here on Earth, so I guess I’ll find out with the rest of you when I finish the story.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Not all tall, dark and dangerous men are bad boys…

Author Livia Quinn
Not all tall, dark and dangerous men are bad boys…
I listened to a workshop extolling the virtues of tortured heroes and bad boys. But I've had a troubled man or two in my life and they're not all they're cracked up to be. They're a lot of work and then you never know how they're going to turn out, 'ya know?
Why not start from scratch with a good man, like my hero, Luc. He's plenty sexy, handsome and ooh-boy is he built, but most importantly, he's easy to love. Luc is a former Naval officer whose easy-going nature, integrity and honor are deeply engrained because of his family's influence, especially his mother. He's one of my favorite heroes.
The first time Delilah Burke saw him was at the crime scene, and she assumed he was a certain type¾tall, dark, dangerous, and a criminal—because he looked the part. She was wrong. But since he was dressed like a mercenary and was aiming his gun at another man, how was she to know? Under the circumstances a careful cop doesn't presume or assume. Del had followed protocol.
Luc had relaxed when the lady cop's boot pressed him flat against the grimy floor of the small grocery. But then her cornflower blue eyes peered upside down into his and his stomach lurched. She'd eventually figure out he wasn't the perp but had actually thwarted the robbery. As he watched the intriguing beauty command those around her, he decided she was just what he'd been looking for. But Luc's part-time job required some unusual costumes and equipment. When she found out he was neither hero or con, would she even listen to his proposition?
With each day that passes, Del finds the easy-going former Naval officer just too good to be true. Then trouble arrives from Luc's past and Del faces a choice¾believe the evidence against him, or trust her heart.
What's next for me?
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Author Bio
Livia Quinn grew up in D.C. going to Redskins and University of Maryland games with her daddy. She was transplanted to the south and has written her fictional Storm Lake books on the bayou where she gets substantial fodder from the Louisiana culture and weather. She is protected from the bears, alligators and snakes by her husband and their feisty Pomeranian aka Dusty the Cajun Husky.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

How One Author Overcame Vision Problems to Continue to Write Romance

Author Livia Quinn
Whew! After almost a year and a half of vision problems and a heavy day work load, it feels great to be back at what I Iovedocumenting my characters' lives that's how writing romance is for me. When I go to the tub with my notebook and gel pen, my characters followand the things they tell me! It's exciting, surprising and rewarding to see their stories come alive under a beautiful cover like my two latest releases Blood Moon and Ridge. Often I'm blown away by their revelations when I least expect it.

RIDGE COVER Will he sacrifice everything for his mission, even love? 
Ridge by Livia Quinn

Ridge is the first book in my rebranded Men of Honor series about men and women in uniform who serve their country and their communities. Ridge's passion is for veterans, and it takes a special woman to make him realize he doesn't have to sacrifice love to achieve his goal. But that doesn't mean the road is smooth, oh no. 

One reviewer said of Ridge, "I have to say this is one of the best written stories I've read in a while. I loved the way this was written and the story it tells…I cannot give this book enough praise."  " If you’re looking for a good romance with dashes of humor, military and living out your dreams, pick up this book! There’s one surprise that will endear you to Buffy, as it did me. Another gem by Livia Quinn!"

Luc, Nick and All I Want for Christmas. This series will all be available by the first week of November 

Blood Moon by Livia Quinn
BLOOD MOON COVER  She can destroy his world or save it. 

Blood Moon is the sixth book in my Destiny Paramortals series and I love how my cover artist brought River and Cinder to life. River is the brother of the main character in my series and he's been through a lot. Now he has to deal with a troublesome redheaded warrior. 

Blood Moon is only available for now in a multi-author collection called Moonlight Magic, and for a limited time you can preorder it for only $0.99. That's twenty novels, over 200,000 words for 99cents.  And if you purchase it and send me an email at or message me on Facebook, I'll enter you in my giveaway for a Kindle Fire on release day, October 31st.

Destiny series readers say,  " What can I say it's a mini vacation away from the real world."   
"Oh my God I just loved this book. Do yourself a favor and run don't walk to your one click button and buy this book. You want regret it, I didn't."     

"Once you enter the world of Destiny, with all its interesting Paramortal characters, you will never want to leave."

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Writing in a different genre

Author Evonne Wareham

My name is Evonne Wareham, I’m a UK author of romantic suspense, set in the UK and Europe. I’m proud to be able to say that my books have won awards and nominations on both sides of the Atlantic.  I particularly enjoy setting scenes in my native Wales, which is a beautiful country, full of history, myth and dare I say it – romance – but I also like to make the most of the sunshine and beauty of cities in Europe, particularly Italy, which is a favourite vacation destination.

Except – my latest book is not a romantic suspense. While I’m definitely not giving up writing on the dark side, I enjoy creating scary and adrenalin fuelled situations and really nasty villains too much for that, and there’s nothing like running from a killer to bring a hero and heroine together, it’s also good to experiment and to sample different writing experiences.

Summer in San Remo 
My new e-book, Summer in San Remo, is a romantic comedy with a light dusting of crime. Re-united lovers, some missing money and a mysterious stranger, all set on the Italian Riviera. It’s a shorter, lighter vacation read, and was so much fun to write.

There are common threads – the sunshine location for one, and Summer in San Remo quickly moves from rain-soaked Bath (one of my favourite British cities) to the warmth of the Riviera. Not being chased by killers, my hero and heroine have a little more time to enjoy the location and the scenery, swimming pools and luxury villas, cocktail parties and food – especially food. This is Italy, after all! 

There is a crime – heroine Cassie has been defrauded out of a lot of money by a former business partner, and there is also a mystery, concerning a stranger who might not be all he seems, but there are no dead bodies. And Cassie and Jake have issues they need to resolve. As teenage sweethearts, reunited after twelve years apart, there is plenty of baggage there, and their sparring over the past and the present was a blast to write.

I really enjoyed working on the book, and I hope reader will enjoy it too. I’m hoping that it will become the first of a series, which I’m calling The Riviera Rogues, and that there will be more opportunities to meet up with Cassie and Jake and their friends in glamorous locations.

But the next book will be a romantic suspense. I can’t stay away from the dark side for too long.  

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Music: “Nurturer and Savior of My Soul”

Author Evy Journey

Music plays a starring role in Hello, Agnieszka. At eight years old, Agnieszka hears her grandaunt give a recital at her home. Years later, here’s a part of what she says about that experience:

“The music began its drawn-out end slowly, mounting into a frantic rush. My muscles clenched, my heart beat faster and faster, and heat coursed through my body. When I thought I could get more and more excited, the notes slowed until the music stopped.

When my aunt lifted her fingers off the piano keys, it seemed everyone, but me, let out one gigantic breath. Me? I was panting.”

Agnieszka’s passion for music is kindled. 

She studies piano with her grandaunt who nurtures her dreams of becoming a concert pianist. But those dreams are shattered and for a short while, Agnieszka abandons her piano lessons and regrets what might have been. Eventually, though, she ends up taking solace in music, the very source of her first devastating loss. She’s sixteen when she realizes she must give up her dream, and she pours her frustration into her music:

“For the first time, I was conscious I played for myself alone, that I did not have to do so in service of a dream. I played for me. For how the music I could make with the piano intensified and then soothed my pain. For how it blotted out everything and became my whole world while it lasted. For how it promised to be the nurturer and savior of my soul.”

Classical music is also a major force in my life, not because I play an instrument but because I feel I must listen to it constantly. We have no classical radio stations in our area, but our audio system uses the magic of the internet. We have programmed rooms in our house to broadcast from other parts of the world with great classical radio stations: Paris at nine and noon, and Switzerland in the evening. 

Those hours add up to at least six in which music plays either for serious listening or as a soothing background for more involved activities. Add to those hours the rendezvous I have with my earphones when I exercise.

Who can endure music that lasts for minutes on end? What can I say? I may be an anachronism in an information-overloaded, gig-saturated high-tech world competing for flitting attention spans. The long, rich lingering works of long-dead masters touch me, thrill me, move me to tears.

The scenes quoted above are based on my own reactions to classical music, and what it does to me when I listen to it. Such is also true for other scenes in early chapters where music is featured.

Actually, my music tastes are eclectic. For this music-oriented novel set in the seventies, I bring in a musical icon of that period: American Pie by Don McLean. In one scene, her first love opens up Agnieszka’s constricted world when he plays the song on a jukebox.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

From Paper to Rock

Author Peter Darley

Very often, we find what we set out to accomplish can take the most unexpected twists and turns – the kind one would never have expected in a lifetime.  My journey into the writing world has been one of the more extreme examples.

I began writing my first novel, Hold On! – Season 1, in early 2010. Basing the tempo on some of my favorite thriller TV shows and movies (Prison Break and 24, in particular) and driven on by my ever-growing collection of rock CDs, I completed the first draft in early 2011. After spending several months editing it, the nightmares began.

It took me almost two years to get Hold On! signed. The rejections were extreme. Nevertheless, it was eventually taken on by an agent, and was quickly picked up by a publisher. One year later, a week before Hold On! was due to go to press, my publisher folded, and then my agent retired. I was back to square one. However, soon afterward, Writer’s Coffee Shop, the original publisher of Fifty Shades of Grey, took an interest in Hold On!, and we worked on it for four months – until they decided to completely ignore me.

Finally, in December 2013, Hold On! was signed to – let’s just say – ‘a publisher in New York’. And it was a total nightmare. I realized that by spending two years searching for a publisher, I had been leading myself off a cliff. In February, 2015, I bought the rights to Hold On! back from my publisher, and set up my own self-publishing outfit. I took it from almost #1,000,000 on Amazon’s rakings – to #1, all within six weeks.

Over the next four months, I released the sequels, Go! and Run!. Sales were flying, but 

I’d decided to call it quits.

And then something mind-blowing occurred.
Hold On by Peter Darley

Italian rock god, Pierpaolo Monti, found one of his songs, “Highway of Love” by Shining Line, in my faux Hold On! soundtrack video on Youtube. He contacted me on Facebook with a unique proposal. He wanted to write and produce the official theme song for my ‘next book’. (A soundtrack to a novel, in the same way you’d have a theme song to a movie.) This had never been done before.

I wrote the spin-off novel, Hold On! – Tomorrow, which came out on October 1st, 2016 to coincide with the release of its theme song, “Gotta Get Away” by Charming Grace. Pierpaolo had drafted in Nick Workman, the lead singer of international rock band, VEGA, to sing duet on the track, and the song was featured on an album entitled “We Still Rock”.  VEGA released their new single, “White Flag”, a song about my hellish journey in the writing world. Newspaper and radio interviews followed, and suddenly, my heroes had become my mates.

All of this led to a new career prospect for me, and I am now preparing to become a rock album producer.

The Hold On! series is founded on cliffhangers, suspense, bombshell turns, and shock-twist endings. Ironically, the story behind the scenes seems to have mirrored the dynamics of the series.

Gotta Get Away by Charming Grace –

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Habit of Writing

Author Yoleen Valai
It’s hard for me to recall time when I wasn’t writing. It seems that as soon as I could hold a pen, I was constantly scribbling something.
By the age of 10, that habit developed into a much bigger passion: Storytelling.
As na├»ve as it was, my first (handwritten) novel became very popular among my friends and their parents, and their grandparents alike. Five thick, 96-page composition books, filled with my crude at the time calligraphy and color illustrations, changed hands so many times, that when the volumes were returned to me they looked as if they had traveled to Saturn and back. People kept asking me every day when I would write more… That, probably, was the turning point when I realized that writing was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
It’s not my profession. It’s not what I do because I have to. Writing is what keeps me alive, what keeps me going. I write because I can’t survive otherwise. It’s my air, my nourishment, my passion and my true love.

The Rebirth of Francesca by Yoleen Valai
The idea for The Rebirth of Francesca (and, therefore, for the entire Francesca trilogy) was the result of a small argument with my best friend, who’s also an aspiring author. We started some projects together, but could never complete them for the simple reason that we couldn’t build anything whole. We created wonderful characters, we knew the settings, we wrote bits and pieces for the plots, but we were unable to make it work. During one of our on-line conversations regarding why it was so difficult to create a solid story, I told my friend, “Look, do you want to bet that I can come up with a hundred ideas right here, right now? However, ideas are just that- they don’t have any completeness to them, they simply float in the air!” And then I started telling her what I had in my mind at the moment, listing every tiny concept which could be used in a book plot. As I revealed the story that would become the source for my trilogy, we both paused for a moment and then had to agree that it was, indeed, a great idea.

Currently, I’m working on the second book of the trilogy, and can’t wait to share it with everyone.

Dare to dream. Dare to believe.

Yours truly,

Yoleen Valai   

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