Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Countdown Blitz Day 5





"Debra ""DJ"" Erfert, a winner of a 2017 Kindle Scout campaign, has authored five published novels, three novellas, and one Kindle World’s novella, and several short stories. She writes what her alter-ego dictates. Maybe it’s her super-ego. In her Window of Time series, Lucy is fearless and strong and has a secret power—all qualities Debra envies. In real life, spiders terrify her, which is why they appear on a regular basis in her books. “Confront your fears, and have your characters squish them!” 

Debra uses the pen name DJ Erfert for her paranormal suspense/thriller books, and Debra Erfert for her romantic suspense/mystery books. She is an award-winning fine artist who lives in a southwest desert city in Arizona with her husband, Mike, a retired police lieutenant, where the average summer temperatures are well above 100 degrees—truly hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. After raising two Eagle Scouts, she now spends her time writing and shooing her polydactyl cats away from her keyboard."

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Artist Abigail Carson crashes off the deserted highway during a Wyoming blizzard while driving to reach her dying mother. Carbon County Sheriff Jackson Reynolds rescues her, leaving her Jeep in the snowdrift as the storm becomes a whiteout. They’re trapped at his ranch for the week leading up to Christmas, along with his two young daughters, a protective mother-in-law, and a bitter memory of his dead wife. 

Tensions rise as Abby’s attraction grows for the tough sheriff. She must crack through his emotional wall before the storm breaks or lose her only chance for real love. But if the storm doesn't stop soon enough, Abby may lose her opportunity to ask her mother's forgiveness for running away almost ten years before.

Snowdrift is a story about love, faith, and forgiveness."


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Q&A With The Author: 

1) 50 words or less about myself: 
If I had to describe myself I'd say that I'm not merely shy, but very sincerely shy. I dislike being in a crowd and having to talk to people. I'm afraid of making a fool of myself. This is why I love to read and to write. I only have to talk to my characters.

2) What I love most in the world is my family. I'd be happy without anything and everything as long as I am able to have my family.

3) I wrote my first story because I wanted to "see" a sequel to a movie that left the theater. 
Although it's not something that can ever be published (copyright infringement). 

4) My largest, unfulfilled dream is to be on the New York Times Best Seller list with a single title and not with a group boxed set. I want my writing to be the reason it makes the list, and not a group using a cut-rate 99¢ deal. I'm continually writing more books, and hopefully, my dream may come true. And to go to Scotland. 

5) Writer's block? I don't believe in it. Sorry--no offense.

6) This is a little glimpse into who I am. 

Several years ago I wrote a short story for the compilation book Value Stories for the Young Woman, published by Walnut Springs Press that has over 50 uplifting stories for young women. My title was Faith Epiphany. Not long before I wrote it, I was writing Changes of the Heart, a romance. The main character had a heartbreaking childhood where her mother had brain cancer. As a little girl, she had prayed and prayed asking God to heal her mother. The mother died 13 years after she was first diagnosed. The character believed the answer to her prayer had been a resounding no, or it was totally ignored. The experience left my character seriously doubting the power of prayer. After all, her mother hadn't been healed and had died from complications of her cancer. While I was writing a particular scene, I had my character have an epiphany that her mother had lived, she had lived long enough to see her daughter (my character) grow into an adult who could take care of herself. 

I modeled the character after me. 


As I wrote the words that flowed into my mind, I had my own epiphany about my own mother. My mother was first diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor when I was only 6, and I remember kneeling in front of the waiting room chair with my little hands folded tightly and my face down on the blue plastic seat, praying to God with all my heart for her to be healed. My mother battled her illness for 17 years before dying of a complication. I just looked at it as my prayer wasn't answered. Except... she had lived--she'd lived long enough to see all her children grow up and move away, and that God had, indeed, answered my prayers.



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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Countdown Blitz Day 4






JR Simmons lives in Northern Utah with his wife and 4 boys. He loves spending time with his family and coaching his kids in all of their different sports. He is an avid gamer and is very excited that his boys are picking up on his hobby. 

JR was recently introduced to triathlons and has since found that he loves the sport. Most nights he can be found either sitting down with a good game or hunched over his laptop writing.




Connect with the Author here: 
~ Facebook ~ Website




An ancient prophet, witness to unspeakable sorrow, is called to deliver a message of hope.

A barren couple learns they will have a child in their old age, a child who will prepare the way for the coming Lord.

A virgin conceives a miracle.

As Zacharias goes about his duties in the temple, a visit from an angel brings unexpected but welcome news. The same angel appears to newly betrothed Mary, and his words will change more than her life. His message will change the world. From Hebron to Bethlehem to Nazareth, travel with the mother of the Savior of the world and the people she knew. Become part of the miracle and see the world where Jesus Christ was born. We all know how the story ends, but in Lo, How a Rose, see how it all began."



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~ Amazon PaperbackAudible ~


  • The Audio Books are read by two brilliant Narrators; Mark Deakins (reader of the Maze Runner series) and Emily Rankin (reader of Before We Were Yours)

The Audiobooks are well worth listening to!


  • Also the e-copy is on sale this christmas season for $1.99 so pick up your copy today!



Q&A With The Author: 

1.  Describe myself in 50 words or less.
I like to think myself as a devoted husband, a fun-loving dad, and an enthusiastic performer.  When I am not working, coaching, or doing the family thing, I love to write, watch movies, play video games, and participate in triathlons and other races.

2.  What do you love most in the world?
It may sound like a clich├ęd answer, but God and my family.  Out of everything that I have, those are the two things I would never give up.

3.  What inspired you to become an author?
The need to perform.  I've always loved singing and acting, but I wanted another outlet.  At the time, I did not feel like I was receiving enough opportunities to artistically express myself.  Writing allowed me to tell stories on a great big stage.  After becoming an author, I have found that I love communicating with my readers.  So if you dig chatting up authors (and especially if you have read my stuff and enjoyed it), hit me up on Facebook!  I'm pretty easy to find.

4.  What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
This seems to shift with me quite often.  Of course I want to write a book that readers never want to put down.  One that I see readers carrying around with them through town.  At this particular moment, however?  I want to look like an actual triathlete.  I am what they call a Clydesdale in the triathlon world.  I would like to look like I actually belong in a triathlon.  I hate to put it like this, but right now I part of what I consider the sitcom family.  You know the type: hot wife with the big husband that has 'personality'.  My goal is to quit being the big husband (I’ll keep the personality).  Right now, I am fitting in lots of exercise, but I am going to start lifting more...and most important: watch what I eat.  Yeah, I know that probably wasn't the answer you were expecting, but hey, you asked :D.

5.  What is your trick for getting past writer's block?  And what advice do you have for other authors who are struggling to tell their story?
For me, it is all about writing.  When I get writer's block, I just write through it.  I may throw away what I've written, but I just need to power through.  As far as advice?  Same principle.  Just write!  Even if you hate what you have written, it is more than having written nothing.  A writer friend once told me that the hardest part of publishing a book is just finishing the story.  I have found that to be 100% true. The cool thing about this is that finishing the story is, perhaps, the only part that is completely under the writer's control.

6.  Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?
About seven years ago, I played basketball with a couple of adults and a few young men.  We were helping a particular young man lose enough weight so he could submit his papers to go on an LDS mission.  One of my best friends at the time was also playing...and he was lousy.  Horrible at basketball, flattest shot you ever saw.  I loved razzing him about it.  He would just smile and tell me that he was better suited to triathlons.  I would tease him, telling him that triathlons were not real sports. With a knowing grin he would simply shake my head and invite me to try one.
A year or two after, I decided to get into good enough shape to run a 5K.  It took a lot of work, because I have never been a runner, but eventually I got there.  After that, I decided I might as well up my mileage and try a half-marathon, but I still wasn't a huge fan of running.  Again, my buddy suggested I try a triathlon and even offered to let me borrow his bike.  I decided to take him up on it, and I competed in a small triathlon in Northern Utah.  Since then, I have never looked back.  I love doing them, and although my level of fitness fluctuates, I always keep myself in good enough shape to participate in the Spudman Tri.  I've been doing it for 5 years and I am now looking forward to #6.

Although I love the sport itself, it was difficult to eat that helping of crow.  My friend had a pretty good laugh at my expense when I went back to tell him I was wrong.  Triathlons are definitely real sports and they are a great deal of fun!




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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Countdown Blitz Day 3





"Sarah-with-an-H Richardson is an introverted people person who likes to make people laugh. She is the youngest daughter in a large family and loves being an aunt to 50 children.
  
She grew up running, exploring, and adventuring in the wild forests of Missouri, that will always hold a special place in her heart.

Sarah-with-an-H is a multi-faceted human being, who has as much dark side as she has light (pun intended), and is nerdy, ridiculous, but a sincere, real human. One of her favorite quotes is: ""To be human is to be beautifully flawed"".


She is married, and she and her husband live in the country in North-West Missouri with three fur babies."


Connect with the Author here: 
~ Facebook





A handsome but perplexing stranger. A charming and attractive gentleman. Vyetta Redd must learn to navigate the unknown terrain of love and heartbreak before finding her fantasy of happily ever after.






~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK
~ Amazon CA
~ Amazon AU ~




Q&A With The Author:  

1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less. 
I am a selfish person. I am greedy when it comes to sleeping and naps. I love classical music. I crave interactions with toddlers and elders. I'm super awkward and a comical mess. I thrive on solitude, meditation, the smell of old books, and honeyed tea in over-sized mugs!

2. What do you love most in the world?
I love my husband most in the world. Sappy, sure, but it's true!

3. What inspired you to become an Author?
I began reading when I was very young, and I began writing when I was 9. What inspired me to start the publishing process was a young vocal soloist. She wanted to share her gift with the world, and she didn't stop until she could. That motivated me to stop being afraid, and to push myself to share my stories.

4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
My largest unfulfilled dream is to be a mother. To reach that dream I'm trying to keep my body healthy and in good shape.

5. What is your trick for getting past writer's block? And what advice do you have for other authors who are struggling to tell their story?
My trick to get past writer's block would be, take a break. When I write, I work for about 30 minutes to an hour and then take a 10 or 15 minute break where I stretch, get a snack, walk around my house outside, do laundry or wash dishes. Something where I can stop thinking for a minute and then I can re-focus. Sometimes, with writer's block, I will take a longer break, sometimes a week or more. In those times, I free write. I open up a blank document, and write absolutely whatever starts spilling from my mind to my fingers. Don't give up!

6. Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?
When I was about 10 or 11, my mother had an enormous wooden box that we stored folded blankets in. I used to take books and climb under a few blankets, hiding myself, and I would read until I fell asleep. I went "missing" several times until my mom and siblings got used to looking for me there. I quite miss that old blanket box.




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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Countdown Blitz Day 2






Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally

Connect with the Author here: 
Facebook ~ Website ~ Amazon ~ Goodreads ~





Marie never expected to wake up in North Pole City, let alone become Santa’s Emergency Replacement. It was a job she never wanted but couldn’t turn down, thanks to Clarence, Santa’s right hand man. Now, Marie has to work with Clarence, who believes she is some kind of criminal who will cause the destruction of everything he holds dear. 

Trying to prove that he’s wrong, Marie keeps making mistakes that push them even further apart. It doesn’t help that she has a past she’d rather keep hidden. However, trying to keep her past where it should belong isn’t easy. 

Just when Marie starts to feel like things are coming together, a madman with a bone to pick, and Christmas to ruin, threatens the whole of the North Pole Organization. Marie must rely on Clarence and her new friends to help her face her past before Christmas is gone forever. But does she have the courage to truly be herself when it could mean losing everything?




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Q&A With The Author: 


1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less.
I am a dreamer of fantasy and adventure. I like to spend time with my hubby and kitty, but will forever be a writer. I can't get the stories to stop, be they original or fan fiction, there is always at least one going on in my head. I believe stories make us whole and give us hope, which is why I will never stop writing.

2. What do you love most in the world?
I would have to say I love my family the most in the world. Without them, I wouldn't be who they are, be they related by blood or ties of friendship. They mean everything to me.

3. What inspired you to become an Author?
I have always wanted to write, from a very young age. I love a good story and love to be able to convey them even more. It's a joy to see the looks on peoples faces when they read my work and love it. It's even more wonderful when I learn it somehow changed their lives for the better.

4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
My largest unfilled dream, aside from having children, is to bring my publishing company into a place where I can help other authors bring their works out into the open, to give them a chance at being published, even if their books aren't the typical fair.

5. What is your trick for getting past writer's block? And what advice do you have for other authors who are struggling to tell their story?
I like to have several irons in the fire, as it were. If I get stuck on one project, I start working on another until I get stuck with that, or an idea for the original project comes to mind. Sometimes I try to work on different scenes until I can figure out how to connect them with the rest of the story. As to advice to other authors, just keep writing. You never know when something you think is trash will either lead you to an amazing scene or a completely different story that's even better than the one you're working on. Never stop writing.

6. Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?

Living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I come across all kinds of crazy things, mostly crazy drivers. One day, while on my way to work at the preschool, I had a driver decide to be completely mental. I had stopped for a red light and was behind several cars from the intersection on the far inside lane. There was a car behind me that wanted to get into the turn lane, which I, unfortunately, had blocked because I couldn't move forward. 
Well, this car decided I wasn't giving them enough room to get into the turning lane so they started just honking. I inched up as far as I could, but that still didn't get them anywhere near enough room. They kept honking. The car in front of me moved up a few more inches so I did the same. There still wasn't enough room.
The car kept honking like an angry, barking little yappy dog. I put my hands up in the air to illustrate there was nothing I could do but they kept honking. Finally, the light turned green and we slowly inched forward as the car at the front of the line got into gear. The car behind me shot into the turn lane as soon as he had enough room, still honking. And then, without looking, he boomeranged into his left-hand turn, narrowly avoiding getting hit by the cars coming from the other direction.




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Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Countdown Blitz Day 1






Ann lives in Texas with her husband and rescue pets. She taught reading and other subjects for a number of years before leaving to devote more time to her first love—writing. Reading with children was always her favorite part of teaching.

Cool Well Press published her ghostly series for the young at heart, Stevie-girl and the Phantom Pilot, Stevie-girl and The Phantom Student, and Stevie-girl and The Phantom of Crybaby Bridge.

Her adult novels—All For Love, women’s fiction, and the suspense trilogy Stutter Creek, Lilac Lane, and Copper Lake, are all published by 5 Prince Publishing.

Takers, Ann’s foray into speculative fiction, was released earlier this year.

She has won several awards for fiction since her college days and has had short stories and essays published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, The Binnacle, Timeless, an anthology, Seasonal Sweet, and Suspenseful, an anthology, Jitter Press, Fictionterrifica, The Rusty Nail, The Sandstorm, Reflections, an anthology, and Blue Mountain Review.  




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Senior prom is the happiest night of Gabi’s life. Her crush has just revealed that he is every bit as infatuated with her as she is with him. When he has a car wreck and is transported to the hospital in a coma, Gabi feels as if she’s taken a knife to the heart. But his jealous cousin, Rose, sees her chance to give the knife an even harder twist. She convinces Gabi to meet her at a local parking spot outside town. It's a night that will change several lives forever. One of the girls will return, and one will become known as the remains in the pond.









~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK
~ Amazon CA





Q&A With The Author:         

1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less.

I’m a reader, writer, wife, mom, grandma, and pet mom. I'm short-tempered and sometimes stupidly cruel. My love of reading probably came from my father whose only gifts to me were books. It’s all he could afford on the 12¢ per hour they paid him in the prison plate shop.

2. What do you love most in the world?

My greatest love in the world is my family.

3. What inspired you to become an Author?

I write to make sense of my world.

4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?

My largest unfulfilled dream is to to have a major NYT bestseller. One that makes people talk, one that becomes a bookclub must read. I'm working on it. Everyday. Like Ray Bradbury said, "Just get out of the way. Your subconscious knows what to write." Oddly enough, it's easier said than done.
5. What is your trick for getting past writer's block? And what advice do you have for other authors who are struggling to tell their story?
I don't believe in writer's block. I have the beginnings of hundreds of stories and novels in my computer. If I write myself into a corner on one book, I simply put it aside and pull out another one. Eventually, the story will resolve itself, or it won't. Not everything should be told, you know.
6. Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?

This is a story I wrote about an incident that happened when I was a young mother throwing newspapers to make extra money while I wrote stories and took a few college classes during the daylight hours.

Winter
by
Ann Swann
            Even as the new flakes drift down, the old woman sweeps them away.
            Her thin white hair stands out against the early morning blackness like a frothy halo. I want to get out of my car and take her by the hand, lead her inside, tuck her into bed where she belongs.
            But it’s three a.m.  I’m afraid she will scream or run away.  
            Like before.
            It’s been so long the black door wreath has faded to gray, but I think for her it hasn’t been that long. I slow the car and toss the newspaper gently into her periphery.
            Her broom halts in mid-arc.
            I smile, wave, and goose the accelerator with the toe of my boot.
            In the mirror, she resumes sweeping, but her eyes follow my car.
            If she’s still out when I make the block, I will call someone. 
            I throw the other low-rents hurriedly, parking to hand-deliver the disabled units.  In number fifty-six, someone is playing the piano in the darkness. I stand until my own fingers are frozen, listening to the melancholic opening of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. The notes hang on the cold air. When the pianist stops, I hurry back to my still-warm car.  
            The image of a person sitting alone at a piano in the dark stays with me until I glimpse the 7-Eleven in the distance. It beckons like a snow-globe of light behind the tumbling flakes. It is always my last stop. Especially on cold winter nights.
            But first . . .
            I turn the corner and breathe a sigh of relief.
            She is gone. Perhaps someone is staying with her now. Maybe they woke and found her bed empty.
            Wait.
            Is that a slipper in the road?
            Yes.
            And there’s her broom.
            I press 9 -1-1 on my phone and cruise the curb, watching for a bare footprint in the snow. Should I go to the door and ring the bell? I don’t want to scare her even worse. I think if someone were there, they would have felt the draft of an open door.
            Maybe I’d better just chill until the cops arrive. I’m sure it won’t be long. Last time they were here in minutes.
            I make a careful U-turn and park a few houses down, holding my numb fingers in front of the heater vents.
            The thought of hot coffee is so strong I can smell it.




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