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A Request For Your Consideration

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No, the picture of the gorgeous Destin beaches in the Florida panhandle has nothing whatsoever to do with my request. It’s just there “for pretty.” 🙂 But I do have a request. For those of you who enjoy the Wednesday Author Interview feature (and I hope most of you do), would you consider tweeting the posts in order to help me spread the word? Many of my interviews feature new, independent authors who would be very grateful to have the extra publicity, and I would enjoy having more visitors stop by Bookin’ It, too. There is a Twitter button on the bottom of the Comments page. One click, and a window pops up, ready for you to okay the Tweet. It’s quick, and easy, and could really help new writers get discovered.

Thanks so much on their behalf and mine, for considering this. Now, as you were, folks. Enjoy your weekend! (Maybe you’ll be relaxing at a beach like this somewhere?)

Wednesday Author Interview: Jennifer Melzer

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Today, Bookin’ It would like to welcome Fantasy author, Jennifer Melzer. So nice to have you here with us, Jennifer. Can you tell us a bit about how you became a writer? When did you decide that’s what you wanted to be, and what steps did you take to prepare for a writing career?

JM: When I was ten, I got a Fisher Price typewriter for my birthday. Before that, I made up extravagant lies about everything under the sun. After, I started typing the lies out and hiding them in a shoebox I kept under my bed. I don’t know why I hid them. Probably because my mom taught me that lying was morally wrong, but as I got older I started to realize there was so much more to it than lying. I was making up stories, living out little fantasies through these elaborate falsehoods I would never get to live out in any other way. By the time I was sixteen, I had dozens upon dozens of full notebooks of handwritten short stories and novels and I was relatively sure the only thing I would ever know how to do is tell stories. Eventually, I went to university and majored in English and creative writing, and experience I highly recommend.

BI: Well, hiding stories in a shoebox under the bed is a new one. Thanks for sharing that. I love it! Were you inspired by any particular authors, past or present, and what is it about their work that impresses you, or moves you? 

JM: Neil Gaiman has been one of the greatest inspirations throughout the course of my life. As a teenager, I was enraptured by the Sandman comics and absolutely fell in love with Neverwhere when it came out. One of the things that inspires me about his work is that Gaiman has never been afraid to take risks. Sometimes the more fantastic the risk, the better and no matter what kind of stories we tell. 

BI: I’m a big Neil Gaiman fan, myself, though I only discovered him recently. Still catching up with him and Terry Pratchett, another late discovery. What genres do you read most often for pleasure today, Jennifer…those books you gravitate toward the minute you walk into a bookstore? 

JM: Fantasy is my go-to genre of choice, followed by historical fiction centered around the Dark Ages and Medieval Period. Epic fantasy, urban fantasy… Dragons, sorcery, fairytales. I might be a bit of an escapist, but I love stories that take me out of this world. Historical fiction has the same appeal for me because it is a world we’ve already been to, and yet it seems so alien to the world we live in now. 

BI: Good point, about historical fiction being alien to our world today. I can see that. Do you have a dedicated workspace, and are you consistent with the amount of time you spend writing each day? 

JM: At the moment, I work in my bedroom, tucked away from the rest of the household for several hours a day. Consistency, however, depends highly on where I am with what I’m working on. If I’m fully absorbed, I can spend anywhere from five to ten hours a day writing, forgetting there is a world beyond my keyboard. If I’m struggling with a plot point or a character is giving me a hard time, I am far more easily distracted. 

BI: Makes sense to me. Those characters can really run amok with our minds. Do you use visual aids, like Inspiration Boards/Photos or maps of your book’s setting? What reference books or other material do you consult most frequently as you write? 

JM: It’s funny, but as a fantasy writer I have to use a lot more resources than one might think. I find myself consulting maps quite a bit, especially when constructing my own maps of the fantastical worlds I create. Linguistic resources come into play quite a bit, and so do mythology texts. Even when you’re making up monsters or fantastic beings unlike any the world has ever seen before, inspiration is often found in other mythological beasties and stories. 

BI: I can understand that, and I think good world-building would require a ton of research, to be sure it all works together like it should. Jennifer, when you have an idea for a new book, do you sit down and start typing, or do you start with an outline, and figure out all the major plot points first? In other words, is your working style structured and organized, or more organic and free flowing? 

JM: I am what is often referred to as a “pantser,” meaning I write from the seat of my pants. I struggle with outlines, their rigidity and structure making me feel like I’m suffocating. My first draft almost always turns out to be what others might consider their outline. I have tried being a good little plotter my whole life, but the more I plot and plan something, the less likely I am to finish it because I really do feel like I can’t breathe. 

BI: I’m a firm believer in “whatever works for you.” There’s more than one way to write, just like pretty much everything else in life. It’s good you’ve figured out your own approach. Let’s talk about reading again. Do you prefer eBooks, or print? Why? 

JM: I still prefer reading good old fashioned books. I love the way the smell, the way they feel in my hands and there’s no threat of your tablet or eReader battery dying just when you get to the really good parts. As much as I love traditional paper books, however, I tend to buy more eBooks these days because it’s easier and often less expensive. 

BI: I love both, myself, each for different reasons. Can you tell us about the books have you published, and where we can buy them? 

JM: My current project is The Serpent of Time series. The first book in the series, Edgelanders, came out in February, 2014, and is available in paperback and eBook formats. The audiobook, narrated by the incredibly talented Veronica Giguere, will be available by summer’s end. When Princess Lorelei of Leithe overhears her fiancé’s plot to murder her on the way to their wedding, she does the only smart thing: she runs.  Into the Edgelands, the savage, woodland home of the legendary U’lfer, a race of fierce wolves who walk as men, she knows she is as good as dead, but she would rather be torn apart by werewolves than die by Trystay’s hand.  A young U’lfer warrior named Finn catches her scent on the wind and finds himself possessed by an unnatural desire to shield and protect her from that which hunts her. From the moment he first sees her, Finn knows she is his. He feels her heartbeat, knows her soul, and he will do anything, even suffer exile from the Edgelands to be with her.  But there is more to Lorelei than meets the eye. She is like Finn; there is U’lfer blood in her veins, a beast beneath her skin she never knew was there. The answers she seeks lie south, in the frozen tundra of Rimian, where a village of people just like her have been waiting for Lorelei to come and save them since before she was even born. 

There is a page on my website with links to worldwide sales venues, as well as free samples of text and audio. 

BI: Great synopsis of the story line, and absolutely beautiful cover, too! Edgelanders sounds like something I’d enjoy. (Have added it to my TBR list). Are you currently working on a new book? When do you expect it to be available? 

JM: I am wrapping up edits on the second book in the Serpent of Time series: Sorrow’s Peak. It will be available in eBook and paperback formats by autumn 2014, but an exact release date has not been announced at this time. 

BI: You’ll have to keep us updated on that one. I’d like to know what you think is the best thing about being a writer? The worst? 

JM: I love everything about being a writer, and I always have. I love the stories and the characters, working through difficult plot points and coming out feeling as if I’ve only just returned from someplace incredible I can’t wait to share with others. As a storyteller, one has so much freedom and it’s a beautiful thing.   

One of the hardest things is often the amount of self-promotion one has to do in order to make noise in the void of competitive voices vying for reader attention. I love talking about my books, but I love writing them far more and often feel my attention would best be spent on that aspect. Sadly, I know that can’t always be the case. 

Thank you so much for being here with us today, Jennifer. I’m really looking forward to checking out Edgelanders, and I wish you the best of luck with the whole series. 

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 Fantasy author Jennifer Melzer enjoys spinning elements of the fantastic with strands plucked from the heart. She spent most of her life denying the romantic overtones sewn into her fiction, but awoke one morning and realized every single tales she’d spun somehow revolved around the heart. She has since given into the whim, spinning yarns woven from heartstrings. 

She currently resides in Northeast Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter and a houseful of dragons she must train regularly to keep them from setting fire to the curtains. Nightly she dreams she is laying on the beach watching stars burst over the Atlantic Ocean. 

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You can get a copy of Edgelanders from Jennifer’s own website, Jennifer Melzer, Author

Or from amazon.com: 

Edgelanders: Serpent of Time Book 1 

 

 

Author Interview Opening

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Hey, you writers out there…especially you independent, self-published authors…how about joining us for an interview? It’s FREE. It’s extra exposure for your books. And it’s fun. Let new readers get to know you.

I have an opening Wednesday, August 20, if you’re interested. The next one after that is September 10. And I’m booking through December, so email me at mmeara@cfl.rr.com if you’d like to participate. Nothing to lose, and who knows what you might gain? Looking forward to hearing from you guys, so we can get to know you and your books.

Wednesday Author Interview: Nick Taylor & Alisha Payne

 

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The Regent’s Gamble
by Alisha Payne & Nick Taylor

Today, I’d like to welcome the writing team of Alisha Payne and Nick Taylor, two creative ladies who have joined forces to write some very intriguing Urban Fantasy. Welcome to Bookin’ It, Ladies!

BI: Nick & Alisha, can you tell us a bit about how you became a writer. When did you decide that’s what you wanted to be, and what steps did you take to prepare for a writing career?

N&A: Becoming writers wasn’t exactly planned. It just sort of happened. We both tended to write stories of the fan fiction variety when we were growing up and then met each other through an online roleplay chat room. Oh yes, we are total nerds by the way. We started to write our own little story lines then realized that, “Hey, we could make this a book.” So we did. It took lots of work, a miraculously successful Kickstarter campaign, and the support of good friends and family.

BI: It’s always great when things come together like that, and give new writers a chance to be successful at making their dream come true. Were either of you you inspired by any particular authors, past or present, and what is it about their work that impresses you, or moves you? Read more…

Author Interview Openings

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Have a couple of openings for my Wednesday Author Interview feature, coming up July 9 and one on July 23. If you’ve written a book (or several) and would like to be featured on either of those days, please drop me an email at mmeara@cfl.rr.com  and I’ll give you full details. It’s easy and fun, and best of all, FREE. Hope to hear from some of you.

Author Interviews

Wrote a Book? Let’s Talk!

Talking to Mishka about her triple releases made me realize I needed to post again about author interviews here on Bookin’ It. If you are a published author, and especially (but not limited to) an independently published author, you know how important looking for exposure is. I am currently scheduling interviews from now through December, so I’d love to hear from you if you are interested.

Remember, you need to email me privately at mmeara@cfl.rr.com in order to get all the information you need, and to set up a date. This blog is growing, and every single person who reads about you and your books is a potential reader/buyer who knows other potential reader/buyers. Let’s tell them what you are doing. Not only is it good press for your work, it’s fun! Most readers enjoy learning a bit about how authors work, and they certainly love hearing about new books. So…what are you waiting for? Email me! Let’s talk!

Wednesday Author Interview: Deborah Brown

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Today, I’d like to welcome cozy mystery author Deborah Brown to Bookin’ It. Deborah’s Paradise Mysteries are so much fun, and I especially love them because they are set in south Florida, and make me feel right at home as soon as I open the covers! Thank you for being here, Deborah. I appreciate your taking the time to talk to us today.

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1. Deborah, can you tell us a bit about how you became a writer. When did you decide that’s what you wanted to be, and what steps did you take to prepare for a writing career?  Read more…

Looking For Authors!

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If you are a published (or soon to be published) author, and would like to be featured in one of my Wednesday Author Interviews, please let me know. You can comment here, if you have questions, or email me privately (Contact Info at the top of the page). It’s quick, easy, and fun, and you can answer the list of questions at your convenience, and email them back to me. Come on…you know you wanna! 🙂 And we all want to get to know you and your work better!

Life is Back To Normal…Mostly.

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Daughter and Grandbaby headed back to Destin yesterday, and today seems awfully quiet. I guess it’s good for me to get back into my normal routine. It’s certainly less tiring than trips to the zoo and all the other fun stuff we did this week. But it’s pretty lonely, too. I miss those kids…both the 13-month-old one, and his mom, who will always be MY baby. 😦 However, I’ll be heading up to the panhandle myself in a few weeks to spend some beach time with them, so it’s all good.

Time to get things going here on Bookin’ It, now. Tomorrow is Monday Giveaway Day, so be sure to tune in to see what you might be able to win. And Wednesday is the first of my Author Interviews. I’ll be posting them every Wednesday, for as long as I can find writers who’d like to participate. This week, my guest will be Aimee Easterling, author of the Shiftless YA paranormal werewolf series. On Friday, I have a bonus Author Interview with Anna Celeste Burke, author of A Dead Husband, the first of the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mysteries. Friday is What Are You Reading Day, as usual. Your chance to tell us what books are on your bedside table each week, and how you are liking them. Sunday, I plan to start a new feature: Blogger of the Week. It will be a chance for me to give a shout out to someone whose blog I really enjoy.

And of course, I’ll be fitting in my book reviews here and there, as well. So, hope you’ll stop by often and see what’s happening! Have a great week, everyone!

Coming Up on Bookin’ It

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One of the best things about wrapping up Swamp Ghosts is knowing I’ll have more time for my blogs. I’ve really missed being able to post here daily, or at least several times a week, and I’m hoping I never find myself in that position again. (Which means, of course, I’ll have to be a lot better about managing my time while I’m writing the sequel to Wake-Robin Ridge. I’ll be starting that in the next day or two, so we’ll see how fast I can learn to juggle.)

I have some fun things in store for Bookin’ It, and I hope you’ll enjoy them all. On Mondays I plan to run giveaways.  On Wednesdays, Author Interviews. (I have five lined up already.) Fridays will remain What Are You Reading days, and I’m hoping to do a Blogger of the Week thing on Sundays. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be flexible, and every day is Review Day, when I have them ready to go.

Since I’m just getting this started, this week will be a little bit off the planned schedule, but that’s okay, because there are still going to be some fun things happening. Be SURE to check in on Friday of this week, when I’ll be participating in the #mywritingprocess Blog Tour. Not only will you learn a bit about my own writing process, but you’ll meet three authors who will be doing the tour next week. This was a really fun thing to take part in, and I hope you’ll enjoy my post on Friday.

I’m also going to be posting excerpts from Swamp Ghosts throughout the week, just to whet your appetites. Stay tuned for those, as well.  Let’s get things going around here, again, whaddya say? FUN…that’s what we want, right?

Have a great day, everyone.

RE-views, INTER-views, and Giveaways!

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Life Is Good, Right?

Just an update on things coming up in the weeks ahead. Now that I’ve done my best with Swamp Ghosts and turned it loose on an unsuspecting public, I can get back to the things in life that REALLY matter…my BLOGS! 😀

I have some ideas for a lot of fun stuff in the weeks ahead, so I hope you will all stay tuned. I have a few reviews to get posted, for one thing. I’m also planning to do some Author Interviews with good folks I have met online in recent weeks. I’ll be starting with author Anna Celeste Burke, who writes cozy mysteries. Evelyn Cullet, Deborah Brown, and Aimee Easterling will be joining us, as well. I will be focusing on independently published writers, but will happily do an interview for any author who would like to join in. If you, or anyone you know, would like to be featured here, please contact me (Contact Info at the top of the page). I’m looking forward to asking these writers about themselves, their writing process, their books, and a few off the wall questions, just for fun. Hope you will all enjoy this new feature.

My first Author Interview with Anna Celeste Burke will be on Monday, May 5. Be sure to join us. You will be able to ask questions, too, in the Comments section.

I also plan to do some fun Giveaways over the months ahead. (I’m already running one, as a matter of fact, in case you missed it. Aimee Easterling is giving away a signed copy of her latest book, Shiftless). Be on the look out for Rafflecopter links to various things you can win, and for things you can email me to win. Expect the Unexpected! 😀

That’s the latest news from Bookin’ It, and I do hope it sounds like fun to you. I’m going to have a good time with it all, myself, and can’t wait to get started. And that would be Monday, May 5, with Anna Celeste Burke.

Bookin’ It News!

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My Dancing Ladies orchid is blooming! No, that’s not really the news I want to talk about, but I’d figured I’d share it, too, just because it’s so beautiful this year. I couldn’t resist.

But what I really want to talk about is the direction this blog it about to take. Yes, I am still going to do book reviews, but due to the fact that writing has taken over such a large portion of my life, I don’t get to read quite as many books as I used to. So I’m planning to branch out a bit, just to give you guys some new and interesting things to look forward to, when I don’t have reviews to offer.

For instance, tomorrow, I will be doing a review combined with a week-long give-away. Those of you who enjoy YA urban fantasy will be interested to know that Aimee Easterling, author of Shiftless, will be giving away a signed copy of her book. We will be having a drawing, and you can enter all week long. I’ve read the book, and enjoyed it very much. Read more about my take on it tomorrow.

I also plan to do some author interviews. I really enjoy reading them, myself, and hope you will, as well.  My first one will feature Anna Celeste Burke, author of A Dead Husband. You mystery lovers will enjoy the book, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading Anna Celeste’s interview. You will be able to ask questions in the comments section, too.

And finally, I plan to take part in as many blog tours as I can, both for my own books and writing, and those of others that I can promote. On Friday, May 9, I will be taking part in the My Writing Process blog tour, and I’m looking forward to it very much. Not only will I have a chance to answer some questions on how I write, but I’ll be posting links and bios on three authors who will also be taking part in the tour. Please be sure to join us for that. I know you will learn about some authors you will really enjoy.

If you know anyone who would like to give me an author interview for a future post, please let me know. I’ll be happy to do what I can to set it up. And if you are running a blog tour, yourself, I’d love to join it, if I may.

So…interesting things afoot at Bookin’ It. Hope you’ll have fun checking out all the upcoming events.

Author Interview Wednesday!

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Don’t forget to tune in to Writer’s Kaboodle this Wednesday evening at 8:00p.m.  I’m having my very first author interview with Sezoni Whitfield, and I hope you’ll stop by. She’ll be asking me questions about my first novel, Wake-Robin Ridge, and a couple about my upcoming one, Swamp Ghosts. The interview will last thirty minutes, and you can ask me questions, too, if you like. Or just enjoy reading the chat as it takes place. I hope you’ll all join us! (Don’t make me sit there by myself…gleeep! 😯 ) Check out the rest of Sezoni’s page while you’re there, too. Lots of other good stuff going on.

One more time:

Where: Writers Kaboodle

When: Wednesday, April 23, 8:00PM

Update & Author Interview

 

ALMOST done! The final chapter of Swamp Ghosts is in my editor’s capable hands, and I’ll be working with my graphic designer Saturday to finish up the cover. Things are looking good for my projected release date of May 1. I’m so excited, I can hardly stand it!

For one thing, this book is exciting, if I do say so myself. And I do. 🙂 Lots of drama, including, but not limited to, alligators, snakes, and sociopathic killers. Yikes! And I think the love story part has come together pretty well, too. At least, I hope so. That all depends on the readers, of course, but I’ve worked hard to give Romantic Suspense fans a fun adventure with romance and danger in almost equal portions. I’ll have to wait for the verdict to see if I succeeded.

And my second exciting bit of news is that I’m doing my first Author Interview next Wednesday, April 23, at 8:00PM, on Sezoni Whitfield’s Writer’s Kaboodle Facebook Page. Yep, a virtual interview, live, as it happens. (Link Below) Please stop by and say hello. I’ll be answering Sezoni’s questions, of course, but I’ll also try to answer yours, as well. The interview will be 30 minutes long, so don’t be late! 🙂 It should be interesting and fun.

I’m counting on all my friends and followers to come on by, and hopefully, you’ll have a good time. You can ask questions about Wake-Robin Ridge, Swamp Ghosts, or writing in general, from my perspective. Here’s the link: Writer’s Kaboodle

I’m really looking forward to this event, and hope to do several more over the weeks ahead. See you then!

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