Thursday, March 26, 2020

Author Interview with Leeah Taylor

  Gina: Tell us a bit about yourself? 
 Leeah: I’m Leeah, a paranormal romance author and lover of all things vampires, witches and wolves. Writing has been my passion since I could remember and my *ahem* obsession for all things paranormal for just as long.
When I’m not playing master of my worlds, I’m a stay at home mommy to two perfect little devils *cough* I mean angels and wife of twenty years to an amazing man in the great Sunshine State. We also have five furry children- three cats and two dogs. 
       Gina: Have you always wanted to become an author?
Leeah: I’ve always had a very active and vivid imagination. Long before I started writing I was making up stories in my head but it never occurred to me that I wanted to be an author.
I was thirteen when I started writing short stories and fanfiction. And even later in my twenties when I began writing more original works. It wasn’t until I hit thirty that I realized I wanted to be an author and share my stories with others. Five years later I’m finally living that dream. 
Gina: What was your inspiration for your current book/series?
Leeah: I’ve always had a love for Paranormal Romance. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Interview with the Vampire both set a fire in me to love all things vampires.
But I found, more recently, what I wanted to read wasn’t out there. Or at least I wasn’t finding it. So with my love for the angsty love stories in The Vampire Diaries and sexier, darker storylines of The Originals, and a set of characters that needed a story- I finally started writing the Kings of Sterling.

Gina: What are you working on now?
Leeah: Kings of Sterling is my only project right now, though I have several waiting quite impatiently for me to finish. It began as one book, one love story. The now book two in the series was originally the first nd only bookd. But the deeper I went the more it exploded into an entire world, cast of characters, and a story I never saw coming.
As I mentioned above I have a love for The Vampire Diaries but really I didn’t even start watching it until I saw The Originals. The bond of family in that TV series paired with the rich history of New Orleans fueled my world building. I wanted to write the same family bond and even more, a bond beyond blood set in a fictional small town of Georgia rich with it’s own history and backstory.
Kings of Sterling isn’t just love stories but a story about a family the lengths they’ll go not to only protect each other but the town they love and hold dear. And with plenty of twists, turns and OMG moments along the way.
The series is planned to be 10 books long not including companion books and spin off series.

Gina: Do you have any quirks while working?
Leeah: While writing? Not really though my characters do “talk” to me and their temperament will decide how much work I can get done. It also makes for some interesting discoveries along the way too.

Gina: What are your hopes for the future?
Leeah: Short term, I hope to get the majority of Kings of Sterling published this year, so far I’m half way there. But long term I’d like to make this into a career while doing what I love. I know the road ahead of  me is long and will take a lot of work but I’m ready to do it.

Gina: Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
Leeah: Find your tribe. It makes all the difference when you surround yourself with fellow writers to cheer you on and mentor you.  The best decision I made was joining a small critique group of ladies in my genre and while our group isn’t very active now, I became amazing friends with one of them and we are like cheerleaders for each other. She makes a huge difference in not only writing  but everyday life. So, find that tribe. It’s out there.

Gina: Do you have anything to say to your followers?
Leeah: I have met so many great people along the way so far. Many of them readers that still, even today, blow my mind when they talk about my books. I think sometimes I’m still in this surreal state about it. But I can’t be more grateful, and truly blessed, to have found a great group of followers and readers! 
Gina: Thank you for joining us today, Leeah for this short interview. I know you are very busy with your upcoming release and I am so happy you took a moment to sit down with me. 
Leeah: Thank you, it a pleasure.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

New Author, New Book, New Review!

Capture the Crown: Rise of the Deema


 A new authors first release is always flawed. I don't think there is one out there who has ever been completely content with their first. I see this new author doing as many of us do and work on this again in the future. But let us get to the review.
There are many types of characters in this book. Many planets and worlds that can be discovered in this series. It takes a real creative mind to come up with the elements in this book and I think this book has huge potential. I see errors in the editing process that can make things less clearer for a reader but if worked on it can be so much more. A little bit of configuring in some parts but I think the plot of the story was still very strong. It was unique and captures the imagination.
Katie is a young woman who has just graduated from college. The Deema, Charles, is her secret love interest who she finally meets again. He was friends with her parents and has been looking over her for years but he hasn't seen her since growing up and when he does he is blown away. But he is the queen's consort and she is not going to give him up easy. I think this book might have focus a little too much on the queen and could have paid a little more attention to the love story.
Although this book has sexual content including masturbation, it does not go into any graphic scenes with sex. If you are looking for steam this book might not be right for you. Although it doesn't play into those roles it does have what I consider some graphic language. I think it would have played better with the two main characters coming together in the end. Just because of the language and masturbation I think the reader would like that in the end.
Overall, I would like to give this story another try. I give it four stars because of the plot and world-building but it does need work with editing. Still, I think it is a great start for a new author.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Book review by Gina Manis

The Hired Hand (Hands On Book 1)



 Although I really liked this story there were some issues that drove me little nuts. I didn't really like how it started out with Marlow and Joey. I would never have told my friend I paid for mans services for her. I would have just introduced him to her and let him do the work from there. I would have wanted to make sure my friend was okay, not just leave her.
The story rode smoothly after that for the most part. He shows up three months later, they pretend not to know each other at first. Things start to heat up. All good.
I would have like to have seen Marlow make an effort with her appearance, for her to have met his parents like he did hers. I thought Liam may have been a little childish in his jealousy at times but it was entertaining. One of the biggest issues I saw in the story was how Marlow's dad treated her. I know she quits in the end but she never truly told him how he made her feel. I think it was such an important issue and I didn't get closure with it.
This is all me nick picking at the plot. It was a good read, I did very much enjoy it. I did see a few editing issues and the major one was Chapters 9 and 10. They were the same. One of them needs to be deleted.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Newest release for March

Monday, March 16, 2020

Author Interview with Patty Wiseman

Let us all welcome Patty Wiseman for her author interview. She likes a little mystery in her books and I bet she is a little of a mystery herself. So let's find out some of her secrets and get started. 

Gina: What is your favorite thing about being an Author?

Patty: Getting to put on paper what rattles around in my head and share with my followers! I’m not typical, probably because of life experiences. Love creating characters.
Gina: What genre of books are you inspired most to write about?
Patty: Romance, for sure, but combined with mystery.
Gina: Do you plot you’re books or let them lead you?
Patty: I plot, but that doesn’t mean my character or plot theme doesn’t take a surprising twist at times!
Gina: What is something you do when writing that keeps you going?
Patty: Guilty pleasure. Get up, stretch, head for the frig and dig out a Dr. Pepper. Chips? Of course. Napkins are at the ready. I’ve always been a Dr. Pepper freak, so I use it only to reward myself or shift my mind set so I can continue writing. It does the trick. I don’t know why. I’m a health nut otherwise.
Gina: What is your inspiration for the current book or series you are writing?
Patty: I’m writing the 5th book in my series, The Velvet Shoe Collection. It’s a series set in the Roaring Twenties and is based on my grandmother’s experiences as a young lady in Detroit, MI. and her brush with the mob. Ruth and Peter are the main characters in the 1st three books (my grandmother & grandfather), but my readers started pleading for me to feature some secondary characters of those books. So, in the 4th book I set the scene with Best Friends, Hattie & Cal. Ruth & Peter are still in the book, but not the main characters. Now, on the 5th, I am focusing on reformed gun moll Fanny. With Ruth and Hattie’s help, she’s become a successful businesswoman, but an old rival comes back to haunt her. I’m still incorporating all the other characters.
Gina: What would you say to someone who wants to become a writer?
Patty: My favorite quote is from Dolly Parton: Find out who you are, then do it on purpose. 1st of all just do it. 2nd of all, study. Take online courses, join a writers club, read, read, read. Learn the rhythm of writing.
Gina: Do you have another author who has given you advice or encouragement?
Patty: Yes, an East Texas author, Caleb Pirtle III. He’s been such a mentor to me. Always encouraging, always supportive.
Gina: What goals have you set for yourself for the next year?
Patty: To keep writing. I was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration, both wet & dry. I must get a shot in my eye every few months. My husband & son have helped set me up with screens & software that help my vision. I’m 71 and refuse to quit. This is what I love, this is what I will do until I can’t. Technology is such that there is great help out there now, so onward I go!
Gina: What do you want readers to see or feel most when it comes to your stories?
Patty: I write about strong women. Women who have influenced my life. I really do take true incidents in my life & the lives of the strong women in my family and use them in my stories. I use parts of my own life, as well. I want my readers to feel triumph in my character’s lives. I want them to see the depth of these women.
Gina: Is there any juicy tidbits you can give us about your next book release?
Patty: Well, Silver’s Redemption is newly released. Just last month. She is 56 years old and is replaced in her twenty-five-year career as a PR executive by a twenty-something blonde with forty inch ta ta’s. Suddenly Silver no longer fits the image her company requires. She is devastated & retreats to West Texas and her late father’s ranch. Evil finds her, but so does love. Ash Ericcson is six years younger but is taken in by her ageless beauty. Together they fight against a corrupt sheriff and navigate through the attraction each feels for the other. This is a seasoned romance because so many of my readers want to see love for the older women.
 Gina: What would you like to say to your reader’s and anyone interested in reading your books?
Patty: You’ll find mystery & intrigue in my stories, strong women, handsome hero’s, evil bad guys, & lots of entertainment.
Gina: When will your next book be coming out?
Patty: Silver’s Redemption was so much fun to write. It felt right and comfortable to write about an older woman who faces the discrimination of age. At my age, I think I am over writing about twenty-something’s. Going forward, I’ll probably keep my characters older and let the world know we’re not done yet!!
Gina: Thank you for your interview today.Please everyone check out some of Patty Wiseman books and her newest release now. Thank you for joining us and until next time, keep reading.

This New Release is still needing reviews

Amanda Gulledge is a new author and this is her first release. She could use some reviews for her new book. I have it on my list but can anyone else help her out?
Planet Celph has been traveling the galaxy and mining planets for centuries all while playing their ancient game of "Capture the Crown." More than a century ago, Celph stumbled across Earth, and attached their interplanetary portal smack dab in the middle of a college campus in Midland, Florida. The Celph Royals have captured the hearts and wallets of Planet Earth.
This paranormal romance features a drug-addicted Feema Queen, a romance she'll do anything to destroy and a sexy Deema species she's determined to beat.
Adventure and romance await. Who will capture the crown?

Sunday, March 15, 2020

How many of you are building followers through Amazon?

A question, I don't think enough authors are asking themselves. Is Amazon the right place to build followers? How can it benefit me as a writer?

If you are an author, you have your books on Amazon. A key reason why you should have an author's page with them. An author's page shows all your books, not just one, so if someone reads your work and likes it, they can easily find another one of your books. But what else may they find out about you?

 Well, it gives a biography of you where you can share anything. Another thing it offers is your blog feeds if you have a blog. Something that makes it easy for people to keep up to date with your latest news. 

Still, is that enough to build followers? Amazon doesn't give you a way to track how many people may check out your page. That doesn't mean that you have to be blind.

The one feature Amazon offers is the blog feeds. If you have a blog, you track where your traffic comes from. Now, I am not a well-known author; I don't have huge sales from my books. That is my goal one day, but until then, I will deal with what I got. And what I got is a blog, and from my blogging feed that I have on Amazon, I get about 20 viewers to my blog in a month. 

Now that might not sound like a considerable number, and it isn't. You have to think in percentage to what you do get, and for me, those 20 views to my blog say people are watching me. 

Let's talk about the people who follow us on amazon. These people are readers, and for some reason, they like your work. That book they read entertain and they want to read another. They might become an even greater fan, and though they might not have followed you with the first book, they did with second, and they are looking forward to your next release.

That is an important market that shouldn't be abused. Amazon reaches out to these people, your consumers. They send them an email for your next release when it goes live. They send out an exclusive email for promotions when you put your book on sale or for free. These key emails are important to you, and if you don't have a base of followers for your amazon, then consumers don't get them. You are then missing out. 

People are three times as likely to open an email and read from amazon than any other promotional email because Amazon has a platform that monitors consumer's needs and recommends items to their consumers, which we are more likely to buy than just browsing alone. 

Sure their emails may be scarce for your work and not come often, but you have the potential to market to readers who you don't even know reads your books. 

Still, it a question you should always ask yourself in building a follower base. There are a lot of unknowns of how an author page may help you and how amazon works in all their algorithms, but one thing is. If it is as big as amazon and you have your books there, you want to utilize all their tools, and being followed as an author by them is important. 

I encourage you all to spend a little time doing that this week and getting people to follow you on Amazon. 

To break this down and for you to see, let's do a little experiment. Below, post a link to your amazon author pages. For those of you who want to see, go through and like all the authors or just a few of them. For next month or two (it is kind of long process as I mention), watch your emails and see what comes to you from those authors in the coming months. 

When you do see them those authors, their new release of book promotion or free book in your email, you will know others see yours as well.

I hope you enjoy the read and please comment your opinions below.
Thank you, Gina

New Release getting Great Reviews

Necromancer Rising by Ashton Abbott.
 Its release was March 5th and if you haven't check it out yet now is the time. 
 What an amazing paranormal romance! There's epic battles and magic! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down! Will was drawn to Addy from the moment she crawled out of the ground. Putting the pack first he had a priestess bound her powers. He hadn't expected her to be his mate. The two not only have to battle a powerful Goddess and her allies but they also have to fight the feelings for the other. This book ends with an amazing HEA.

Monday, March 09, 2020

Author Interview with Tina Hogan Grant

Hello and thank you for joining us for this interview. Author Tina Hogan Grant. She has been writing for a few years now and she has amazing reviews for her books on Amazon. So let's get started.

Gina: What is your favorite thing about being an Author?

Tina: I love that I can escape the real world and create my own world, my own people and pretty much add whatever I feel to it.

Gina: What genre of books are you inspired most to write about?
Tina: I’m currently writing two series. One is women’s fiction based on true events and the other is a steamy suspense romance. I enjoy writing both but leaning more to romance novels.
Gina: Do you plot you’re books or let them lead you?
 Tina: I’ve tried to plot a book and it didn’t work. The characters will always take over and tell me where the story is going. I love it because I have no idea how the story is going to end. Sometimes it’s totally different than I had imagined.
Gina: What is something you do when writing that keeps you going?
Tina: I treat my writing like a job and I set goals every day. I also set deadlines and a strict calendar of tasks to accomplish every day.
Gina: What is your inspiration for the current book or series you are writing?
Tina: As mentioned before I have two ongoing series. The Tammy Mellows series is based on my life and I wrote the first one that shows the flip side of addiction and how it affects loved ones of addicts because I couldn’t find a book about the subject when I was looking. The second one in the series, Better Endings, shows how someone can overcome anything if they face up to the challenge and give it their all.  I was a commercial fisherman for ten years. An industry dominated by men where I had to prove myself when the rest of the fleet believed I wouldn’t make it through the first season. This book tells that story.
The second series is a steamy suspense romance and no it’s not based on my life LOL but a lot of it takes place on the beach which I do enjoy.
Gina: Have you had any trial or errors that has cost you in becoming an author?
 Tina: Yes going with a publisher for my first book. I will get the rights back next year and will then self-publish it.  The rest of my books are self-published which means I’m in control and the royalties are much better.
Gina: What would you say to someone who wants to become a writer?
Tina: Be prepared for a lot of hard work. Discipline yourself to not only write everyday but also read. Learn everything you can about the steps on publishing a book before you even decide to publish and get a good editor.
Gina: Do you have another author who has given you advice or encouragement?
Tina: I have a great circle of author friends and we all support each other and have long chats about what we are doing. We all know we can ask any one anything when we need help. My dad was also an author and he defiantly inspired me to take this journey.
Gina: What goals have you set for yourself for the next year?
Tina: My goal is to finish the last book in the Tammy Mellows series and have two more books written in the Steamy Romance series (The Sabela Series)
Gina: What do you want readers to see or feel most when it comes to your stories?
Tina: I want them to be lost in my stories. I want them to connect with the characters and relate in some way. My characters are everyday people that we all probably have in our lives. Most of all I want them to feel satisfied when they have finished the book.
Gina: Is there any juicy tidbits you can give us about your next book release?
Tina: The last book of the Tammy Mellows series will reveal why I quit the fishery.
 Gina: What would you like to say to your readers and anyone interested in reading your books?
Tina: The one thing I would like to say is if you’ve read any of my books and enjoyed it, Please leave a review. They are so important not only to authors but readers too and also support an author by recommending a book and not loaning a book.
Gina: With your newest release, what is something you learned from writing it?
Tina: The third book in the Sabela series titled Claire should be out by the middle of June if all goes to plan. The Reunions which is the third and final book in The Tammy Mellows series is due to be out by the end of the year.
Gina: Thank you for your interview today. Please check out Tina Hogan Grant's Newest release below and some of her other books. 

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Sunday, March 08, 2020

New Releases to Share.

Into Darkness
 Creatures of evil roam the shadows - the Drakhyn. They may look like humans, but their taloned hands and razor-sharp teeth serve one purpose only; killing.

A Sentinel's purpose is to patrol and protect. They are highly trained soldiers with superior skills and abilities. Whether they be Vampyres, Lycan, Castors or gifted Akrhyn, their purpose is the same; hunt the Drakhyn and rid the world of their evil presence.

Tegan has been training all of her life in seclusion to be an Elite Sentinel. Having now passed her final Trial, she is selected by the Great Council to become a member of the Elite Guard. Tegan is the youngest Sentinel to be granted such an honour and she accepts, nervous and anxious to finally be with her family. A family who never even knew she existed… until now.

Soon, fitting in with her family are the least of her worries. The Drakhyn are rising, even as unrest between the Akrhyn grows. What's more, Tegan finds herself bonded to the most arrogant Castor she has ever met.

War is coming.

Tegan needs to be ready. She must fight to keep her world - and her place in it - free from the destruction that threatens it.

All the Teachers Prisoners
 I investigate a murder at a paranormal prison and end up behind bars with four psycho inmates.

Native American, half vampire, half lion shifter, in prison for double homicide (and my student)

Black, silver hair, violet eyes, treacherous fae, in prison for identity theft and possible murder

Dangerously sexy, bisexual Italian demon, and one of the devil's bastards, in prison for armed robbery

HUGE Irish golden dragon, in prison for arson

They will use me in ways I never thought possible. But they don't know who I really am. What I really am.
My family has danced with the devil, and I inherited the darkness.
When in danger, when my family is in danger, I don't just bite, I don't just kill, I'm more psycho than all of you, and I won't hesitate to bring the world upside down.

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