The Undead Must Die, Book Tour, Day Six: Giveaway, Character Casting, Interview & Snippets

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It’s the last day in THE UNDEAD MUST DIE Book Tour and our wonderful virtual journey is coming to an end!

On day Six of the Book Tour, I had the pleasure to stop on Deal Sharing Aunt with an interview which you can read here. Bound 2 Escape posted my Top Ten List along with a Snippet. Celtic Lady’s Review featured my book with an excerpt and Character Casting while Triple A posted on their Facebook page a wonderful presentation and an amazing review on Amazon.

As this event is coming to an end, I can’t thank enough Becca & Katie from Loving The Book  for setting up this amazing Book Tour along with the Facebook Event that helped you keep up with the Book Tour Schedule.

The winners of the Undead Must Die official book tour will be announced within the next few days.

Thank you all for putting time and effort in spreading the word about my book. I hope you enjoyed this event as much as I did.

Love and hugs!

#Romantic #romance or #Erotica, #Valentine’s Week celebration: Casey Sheridan #GuestBlog

#Romantic #romance or #Erotica, #Valentine’s Week celebration, Day 3 and today’s guest is Casey Sheridan, author of EPIC eBook Awards 2012 Finalist, Ruby Red Metallic.
 
Casey explains the differences between an erotic romance and an erotica novel.  
 
” Erotic romance by definition is a romance with erotic elements (according to RWA). The main theme of the story is a romance and it usually has to have a HEA or HFN (happy for now) ending.
 
Erotica doesn’t necessarily have to have any romance. There needs to be a well developed story, character development, etc. Erotica is not porn, so it’s not just about inserting tab A into slot B. Usually, erotica doesn’t have to have an HEA.
 
I think it depends on the author how much vivid and detailed sex scenes are in an erotic romance and an erotica, although erotica authors tend get very detailed.
 
Erotica usually uses language such as cock, pussy, etc. Erotic romance authors (some of them, anyway) use those words sparingly, substituting the sex for pussy, etc. 
Happily ever after in erotic romance and erotica? As I stated above, erotic romance usually has HEA or HFN. Those are not necessary for erotica. HFN is nice, but, again, not necessary.

Should erotic romance and erotica authors publish under a pen name? That’s a personal choice of the author. No one has the right to make that decision for them.”

ABOUT CASEY SHERIDAN

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Like most authors, Casey Sheridan began writing when she was very young. It was later in life when she read her first piece of erotica and it was on a dare that she wrote her first erotic story.Casey enjoys writing erotica and erotic romance that is sensual and fun with unique story lines.

You can find her books through Breathless Press, Amazon, Smashwords, and All Romance eBooks. Her short fiction is published on various erotic web­sites such as The Erotic Woman and Every night Erotica.

Her title, Ruby Red Metallic was an EPIC eBook Awards 2012 Finalist.

An introvert and lover of chocolate, Casey is happiest when writing. She enjoys spending time with close friends, watching movies, reading, and listening to music. She loves animals and volunteers to care for local feral/outdoor kitty pals.

You can find Casey on the Web at:


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LINK TO CASEY’S BOOKS
http://www.casey-sheridan.com/books.html

#Romantic #romance or #Erotica, #Valentine’s Week celebration: Georgia Le Carre #Interview

#Romantic #romance or #Erotica, #Valentine’s Week celebration, Day 3 and today’s guest Georgia Le Carre, author of the Amazon # 1 Bestseller series,  the Billionaire Banker series.
Here is what Georgia has to say…
– Could you explain the differences between an erotic romance and an erotica novel?
Georgia Le Carre: For real? 🙂
An erotic romance would wither away and die without a HEA and an erotica novel will be happy with another one night stand!
– How much vivid and detailed are sex scenes in an erotic romance and an erotica?
Georgia Le Carre: Sex scenes wear g-strings in erotic romances and go wonderfully nude in erotica.
– Should erotic romance and erotica authors publish under a pen name?
Georgia Le Carre: Not should, but may.
Georgia Le Carre:
‘The Billionaire Banker series. A five part contemporary erotic romance series. All books in the series are available in digital and print format from multiple retailers.

#Romantic #romance or #Erotica, #Valentine’s Week celebration: Kimberly Lewis #Guestblog

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
February is the month of love and this year I contribute to the celebrations by hosting a guest-post extravaganza on my “Penny Writes” blogs, on WordPress and on Blogger.
My first guest is bestselling author Kimberly Lewis.
Kimberly Lewis writes sweet, sexy contemporary romances filled with heart and humor.
Born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, this country girl caught the creative bug at an early age, doing everything from drawing to writing short stories. After dabbling in many genres, Kimberly rediscovered her love of romance stories and soon after published her first novel.

– Could you explain the differences between an erotic romance and an erotica novel?
Kimberly Lewis: “I would say that the biggest difference between the two is a ʺhappily ever afterʺ ending. With erotica novels we follow characters that are on a sexual journey, and that journey may or may not include romance. I think these novels focus more on the characters as individuals and how their sexual endeavors affect them. Now with erotic romance, a happy ending is a must. While there is a big focus on the characters sexual relations, we also get to see these characters developing an attraction to one another that goes beyond just sex. It may start out as just a quick romp or friends with benefits type of deal, but it always ends with a promise that our characters are together as a couple (whether they are just dating, engaged, married, etc.)”
– How much vivid and detailed are sex scenes in an erotic romance and an erotica?

Kimberly Lewis: “I’ve personally never read an erotica novel–love my happy endings!–but I will say that in the erotic romance novels I’ve read that the sex scenes are very detailed. You know second by second what is happening, what this body part looks like, how it feels when this character does that to the other character, etc. You also experience the characters inner thoughts during that time, which I think can make for an amazing scene and make us love our characters even more.”

– How much graphic and frank is the language in erotic romance and erotica?

Kimberly Lewis: “Shew! The language. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, I can tell you that. In the erotic romance novels I’ve read the F-bomb gets dropped like nobody’s business, which doesn’t really bother me because I’m just as bad (Yep, I’m admitting now that I have a bit of a potty mouth.) I do cringe on some words authors use to describe body parts. I won’t say what they are, but I hate those words just as much as some people hate the F-bomb. I think it’s sort of expected though to hear that kind of language in an erotic romance novel or an erotica novel.”

– Should erotic romance and erotica authors publish under a pen name?

Kimberly Lewis: “This one is just my personal opinion, but I would say that if an author has already established his or her self to a specific genre than it would be a good idea to write under a different pen name if they decided to make the switch to erotic romance or erotica. I say this because I know there are so many readers out there who–how should I put this?–tolerate love scenes in books. For some readers love scenes are a must and for others, well, they could do without the graphic details. With my own novels, I try to limit the love scenes to two or three max. My readers are comfortable with this and one of my goals as an author is to make my readers happy and provide them with stories they are going to enjoy. If I ever decided to write something a little edgier and delve into the world of erotic romance, I would write under a pen name but let my current readers know that it is me writing as that person.”

Kimberly’s Books
http://www.kimberlylewisnovels.com/bookshelf/
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Dave Einsenstart’s ‘Bleeding Kansas’ plus Top10

The second post of the day is about an author with great sense of humour. Why am I saying that? Just read his Bio!

Dave Einsenstart has been writing professionally and working in the film industry in various capacities for more years than he actually remembers. Nine of his feature film scripts have been produced, including the award-winning comedy Monkey Love (starring Jeremy Renner) and the horror classic Creepozoids.

Like film producer George Lucas, Dave graduated with a degree from USC Cinema; unlike Mr. Lucas, everything else.

Dave’s first novel, The Video Killer, is probably vile, tasteless trash, but possibly amusing, and currently available from Spanking Pulp Press.

Dave was born in Kansas, grew up in Kansas, and received his BA in English Literature from the University of Kansas. His interest in the Missouri/Kansas border war stems from that early exposure.

Dave now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, a production sound mixer on major motion pictures. His daughter resides in Beijing.

Yes, he has pets, who asked not to be mentioned.

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Not convinced yet? Then read the following Top 10 list Dave put down especially for my blog and readers!

1. Wife, daughter, friends, family, dog, America!—let’s get them right to the top of the list and out of the way, shall we?

2. A good book.

3. More good books.

4. Time to read.

5. Movies, movies, movies. Writing them, making them, watching them, discussing them.

6. I love to write (sometimes). I love to start writing something (usually). I love to finish writing something (always).

7. Great music. (Folk, rock, folk-rock, blues, jazz up to a point, anything authentic).

8. Big laughs.

9. Small moments of quiet and solitude.

10. History.

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Still not convinced? Read this snippet of his new book Bleeding Kansas:

“This is ridiculous!” Bloody Bill repeated and he drew his pistol to reinforce the point. He aimed at Zeke.

“No!” I screamed.

“We ain’t takin’ anybody don’t have all their parts,” Bloody Bill stated.

“Now wait a minute,” George Shepherd, the one-eyed guerilla leader replied, taking offense, pulling his pistol.

“Aw, Shepherd, I didn’t mean you,” Bloody Bill said, the closest to an apology anybody ever heard Bloody Bill utter.

“Stop it, all of you!” Quantrill ordered. “Help the boy on his horse.”

A couple of guerillas saddled Zeke’s horse and pushed him on. He sat there, one foot in the stirrup, ready to ride.

“But if you fall off,” Quantrill said to Zeke, “we ain’t stopping to put you back on. You understand that?”

“Let’s ride to Lawrence,” Zeke replied and everyone went “shhh” again.

“Okay, let’s ride!” Quantrill ordered.

So we rode out, Quantrill in the lead, me right behind with that guerilla flag like it was a parade. Behind were the other guerilla leaders and their men. Bolten and Frank James flanked Zeke and when he started to slide off his saddle, they pushed him back on without Quantrill seeing it.

The Hansen dogs caught up with us after awhile and to my chagrin, they carried Zeke’s leg in their teeth.

“What’s that your dogs have got?” Quantrill inquired.

“Looks like a bone,” Jesse James said.

“Looks like a leg!” Bloody Bill shouted out. “Hey, Zeke! Ain’t that your leg?”

Zeke looked puzzled at the leg. Frank James and Bolten looked puzzled at me.

“You give Zeke’s leg to your dogs, Smith?” Frank asked, a little shocked.

“No! I buried it!” I shot back. “And said a little prayer and marked the grave.”
“Must of dug it up,” Bloody Bill said and started chuckling. In fact, everybody started laughing right then at my expense. I looked at Zeke, knowing he was hurt by his leg showing up like that because I hadn’t buried it deep enough. But Zeke was laughing too! Despite the fact he was pale as a sheet and looked ready to die, he thought the whole thing mighty funny. In fact, he laughed so hard, he fell right off his horse.”

About Bleeding Kansas

When they came for him, he knew what he had to do…run!

Quaker farm-boy James Deeter escapes west ahead of Union Army recruiters, “aiming to look manly aboard my Appaloosa horse, long hair flying free from under a wide-brimmed, rawhide sombrero, a couple of six-shooters on my hips and a plains rifle dangling from a brass-tacked saddle.”

Instead, Deeter lands smack in the middle of the bloody guerilla war along the Kansas-Missouri border, an even greater affront to human decency than the Civil War itself, and a shock to Deeter’s pacifist upbringing.

To save his life, Deeter rides with rebel leaders William Quantrill, “Bloody Bill” Anderson, and the teen-aged James and Younger brothers.

To save his soul, he tries not to hurt anybody…

Which works for about a minute.

Can Deeter reconcile his peace-loving faith with his participation in some of the most violent episodes in American history?

Can he even survive?

His horse doesn’t think so.

Dave past books

For all things “Dave,” go here:

http://DaveEisenstark.com

http://www.facebook.com/dave.eisenstark

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dave-eisenstark/39/b5a/460

https://twitter.com/DaveEisenstark

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BLEEDING KANSAS AVAILABLE AT:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NU7GLIA

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/479091

 

Legends and Lore Athnology: Charon’s Obol #Review #Interview

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When I signed up for the Legends and Lore Anthology Blog Tour I asked Becca & Sarah from Loving the Book Launch Party, who are the Tour organisers, to review Charon’s Obol by. R. M. Ridley. I didn’t know what the story was about, or I should say that what I only knew was what the short description says: “Jonathan Alvey didn’t believe in gods, until he helps a lost child find her all-powerful parents.”

But a word was what intrigued me: Charon.

In Greek mythology, Charon (Greek: Χάρων) is the ferryman of Hades who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead.

So, it was a pleasant surprise to find out that this story, part of the Legends and Lore Anthology, is inspired by Greek Mythology.

As much as I felt a proud Greek, I was even more delighted because what I read was a fast paced, well constructed and beautifully written story. R. M. Ridley’s writing style has many to do with this because the author knows how to engage the audience.

I haven’t read yet the rest of the book, but if tit has the quality Charon’s Obol has, I’m sure it’ll be a great success.

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Q&A with R.M.Ridley

How did the idea for this story come to you?

As for every story I write, it starts with an image, or moment of dialogue, that my Muse slaps into my head and I just let it unfurl from there. In this case, it was the image of a little girl standing in door to Alvey’s office.

What makes your main character unique?

He’s almost an anti-hero. He wants nothing more than to sit in his office smoking, drinking, and reading but the universe keeps throwing things in life which he’s just can leave alone because he’s driven by a sense of duty and of guilt.

Is this part of a series?

Yes. This is a short story set in the White Dragon Black series. The first story to see print from this world was in last years paranormal anthology, ‘Shades and Shadows’ and then the full length novel ‘Tomorrow Wendell’ came out in June of this year.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have written stories for as long as I can remember. I didn’t want to devote the majority of life to it until about fifteen years ago, however. It wasn’t until the character of Jonathan Alvey came along, four years ago, that I said I need to get this published.

What have you written?

I write urban fantasy / paranormal and horror. I have completed four novels that have never even been submitted anywhere and a stack of short stories. I have had a few of my short stories published, both the paranormal and the horror.

What are you working on?

Currently I am working on the edits of the second White Dragon Black novel, ‘Bindings & Spines, as well as writing the fifth novel in the series. I am also working with Xchyler on a secret project for fans of the White Dragon Black series.

How do you write? Longhand, typewriter, laptop, tablet?

My hand writing is atrocious, I can’t even read it half the time, so I use a laptop. A lap top also makes it easier for me to write in the style that I do, which is non-chronological. I flit from beginning, to end, to middle— all over the place– where ever the inspiration hits, I write that scene and eventually it all gets woven together.

What is your writing zone and how do you get there?

If my Muse is with me, I’m writing. If she steps out for coffee, I’m useless – I can’t write a thing. I’m just a conduit for her idea’s.

What’s the hardest thing about writing?

Not writing. Every moment you are not working with the words, for whatever reason, is the hardest part of writing.

What’s the easiest thing about writing?

When it all suddenly clicks – when the whole picture snaps into place and you understand everyone’s motives, reasons, and, minds, then it just flows out like and open tap.

What are you currently reading?

I’m working my way through the entire collection of Raymond Chandler’s short stories.

Do you prefer reading eBook or paperback?

I have never even tried reading from an eBook, so that probably says something.

What advice do you have for fellow writers?

Learn to love editing. See edits as the flips side of writing – still creative, still full of possibilities – and every aspect, from the first word written, to the first word printed, will be a joy.

Author’s Bio

R.M. Ridley lives in rural Ontario on a small homestead, raising a menagerie of animals, including a flock of sheep and a swarm of foul. He has been writing stories, both long and short, for three decades, the themes of which range from the gruesome to the fantastical. As an individual who suffers from severe bipolar disorder, R.M. Ridley is a strong believer in being open about mental health issues because myths should be kept to stories.

Email: ravennotathome@gmail.com

Website: http://ravennotathome.wix.com/rmridley

Blog: http://creativityfromchaos.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @RavenMRIdley

Link to the Publisher’s page: http://www.xchylerpublishing.com/site.cfm/Our-Books/Legends-and-Lore.cfm

Joann H. Buchanan Shine(s)

Joann H. Buchanan is a mother of five children, and has a wonderful husband who supports her passion for the written word. She owns a small audiobook company named Empire voices that creates audiobooks.

Her book #4 called Shine just got published. Her upcoming releases include After Dark book 3 in The Children of Nox series, and Empires Lost book 1 Keleigh. She is also in two anthologies, Horror in Bloom and Hidden in Your World.

She’s a pretty busy and creative woman, isn’t she? So I couldn’t resist asking her how she does it!

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– With five children – and a husband – in the house is there any free time for writing?

“The kids are in school all day long and there are times I am burning the midnight oil all night. I make time to write no matter what.”

– Children’s imagination can be wild. Do your children help you to plot your stories?

“No, I keep them separate from what I write because my stuff tends to be dark sometimes.”

– How long did it take you to publish your first book, after you started trying?

“Six months into my writing career, I met Karen from World Castle publishing and have been going since.”

– Who is your favourite author? Is your writing style similar to theirs?

“I have a lot of favorite authors. Stephen King, Frank Herbert, Anne Rice, Cassandra Clare, Veronica Roth and so many more.”

– Does a book need to be only one genre?

“In my own personal opinion no, I think it makes it more interesting to write cross genre.”

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– Tell me about your published books…

“The latest one is SHINE, it’s the story about a girl who falls in love with an angel and what that means for her life. There is a major twist at the end that I think lifts it to a higher level.”

– What are your current projects?

After Dark, book 3 in The Children of Nox series. If you haven’t read the first book in the series you won’t understand what’s going on because this is a continuation story not three standalone books.”

– You own an audiobook company named Empire Voices. Is working with other authors such difficult as it sounds?

“I have not had a single problem working with authors, it’s all about the creative process.”

– Do you have any advice for other writers?

“Read and write every day. It’s like being an athlete or a doctor, you have to always develop what you have.”

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Read more about Shine in my related article.

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NEW blog website: https://authorjoannhbuchanan.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoannHBuchanan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoannHBuchanan

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