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Poaching the Immortal – Sample

This is a taste of the page turning goodness inside the front and back covers of Poaching the Immortal:

Donavon halted at the resonance of Ted’s challenge. Aaron ran into his backside and almost knocked them both to the ground.

“Will you watch where you’re going, jackass? You damn near knocked me down!” Donavon regained his footing and threw a dirty look back towards Aaron.

“Hey, I’m not the one who just stopped in the middle of the road here! Stupid fucker.”

Donavon ignored Aaron and said, “You heard that right? He’s changed. The werewolf is out of the bag now.”

“Of course I heard it. And it sounded fucking awesome. Can you see it? Because I can’t.” Aaron was bobbing his head back and forth and up and down while squinting his eyes.

“No, after he was hit and went down I saw dark fur and then just the bushes shaking. Maybe we killed him. They are supposed to be allergic to silver.” Donavon stared at the last spot he’d seen Ted.

Before either man could respond or raise their weapons Ted burst out from seemingly nowhere, catching them off guard. He caught Donavon first by bashing his full weight into him. Donavon fell to the ground with Ted’s snarling maw in his face. He could smell the hot animal breath and felt drops of saliva speckle him. He wasn’t prepared for the terror he was experiencing now. Nor was he prepared to be lying on the ground pinned beneath a ginormous monster.

Ted’s lips turned up a bit in a smile as he met eyes with Donavon. He was going to enjoy this. One ear swiveled backwards honing in on Aaron’s movements. His breathing was rapid and he was whimpering… it sounded like he was crawling away. He’d deal with him later. Ted turned his full attention back to Donavon and raised his right hand. He held his first finger up and waggled it back and forth before Donavon’s wide eyes.

Ted had his victim’s full attention now and lowered his clawed finger slowly to Donavon’s chest. Then he blinked his most innocent look at the man and balled his fist. Donavon didn’t have a chance to take his last breath. In a flash Ted jerked his hairy arm back and plunged his monstrous fist into his victim’s chest, shattering the breast bone and demolishing his heart.

Donavon gasped and his eyes darted wildly. His body was dead before his mind registered the trauma.

Ted continued to stare into Donavon’s eyes watching them dim while he raised his fist to his mouth and licked the gore from it. It tasted so good. He couldn’t believe he’d waited so long before feeding. His long tongue lapped at the final chunk of Donavon on his fist.

He looked down at Donavon’s corpse debating on whether to eat a bit or go after Aaron. Blood lust overruled the hunt. Ted used both clawed hands and tore the body cavity open. He buried his face in the warm flesh snapping at organs and lapping at blood. When the sweet viscera was gone, he rose to his feet and howled his joy at the sky.

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Meet Author Carolyn Rae

Howdy my lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Carolyn Rae

Carolyn Rae follows her passion, writing romantic suspense where bullets are flying, people are dying, and lovers are resisting attraction until they can escape the danger following them.

She taught home economics, family living, and English in Michigan, Illinois, and Texas. In Texas she taught and supervised ironwork, painting, and carpentry inmates at a federal prison, where she wrote and directed videos on nutrition and fair fighting for couples. She also worked as a paralegal in Dallas and Fort Worth.

Carolyn Rae is the author of Romancing the Gold, a romantic suspense novel and has a Witness Protection Series trilogy, Hiding from Love, Protected by Love, and Tempted by Love. Her latest e-book is Royal Wedding Cake, set in the fictitious world of the Royals of Monterra. She is also an author of There IS Life After Lettuce, a cookbook for heart patients and diabetics. Her profile and travel articles have appeared in the The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Romance Writer’s Report, and other newspapers and magazines. Her next book, to be released on July 13, is Searching for Love, from Wild Rose Press

Book blurb: SEARCHING FOR LOVE is a romantic suspense novel.

A search for her sister in Mexico leads to danger and love.

Tossed aside in favor of her sister, aSearchingforLove_w10774_750 large picture determined Valerie Trumbull reluctantly teams up with her ex-fiance’s brother, Matt Larson, to hunt her missing sister south of the Texas border.

If you use a Pen Name why did you choose it? My full name is Carolyn Rae Williamson. Williamson is a long name. Carolyn Rae is shorter, so the letters can be larger and show up better on a book.

Why do you write? I like to tell stories.

When did you decide to become a writer? I worked as a teacher in a federal prison and thought their stories needed to be told, but first I had to learn how to write. Then I fell in love with romance novels, which I had read since I was a child and decided to write those instead.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? Six months, but I have written some in three months, which makes me feel pushed. I like to have time for my critique partners to read them and find mistakes or possible holes in my plots.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I attended a small writer’s conference, given by a group that has become the DFW Writer’s Workshop, a large group of dedicated writers who meet weekly to read chapters from their books on the way to becoming published. Authors in the group have had over 310 books published.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I ride my exercise bike and talk a walk five days a week. First thing in the morning is the only time I have enough energy and ambition to do that. Then I write until noon, when I fix lunch for my husband and myself. In the afternoon, I may write a little more, but I spend most of my time reading e-mail, facebook, and trying to promote my books. When I worked full time as a paralegal, I got up early and wrote for an hour before getting ready to leave for work. I’d write two hours on Saturday and Sunday. That way I wrote a book a year.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? When I write now, I remember to add visceral responses to show emotion and to slip in description of the setting unobtrusively, instead of writing a whole paragraph about it, which would slow the action of the story.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? Occasionally, but I generally prefer quiet. Luckily, the TV is in another room, so I can ignore it while my husband watches it.

What have you written? My first book was There IS Life After Lettuce, a cookbook for heart patients and diabetics, written because my husband has heart trouble, and my two co-authors were diabetics. As a home economics major in college, I knew how to reduce sugar and fat in recipes and how to calculate the nutrients.

My first romantic suspense novel, Romancing the Gold, was set at an archaeological dig in Peru. My Witness Protection Series, Hiding from Love, Protected by Love, and Tempted by Love, feature two women and a man, who needed to be in the program. I also wrote Royal Wedding Cake for the Kindle World featuring The Royals of Monterra. My latest book, Searching for Love, follows the hero and heroine through Mexico and Texas as they hunt her missing sister.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I’m definitely a plotter. I divide a large poster board into squares to represent chapters and then use Post-it Notes to write scenes on. I use pink for the heroine, blue for the hero, lavender for romance, and orange for danger or the villain. My current book has a villain and a villainess.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? For my traditionally published books, I use whoever the publisher chooses. For my self-published books, I use Charlene Raddon, who designs beautiful covers and is flexible about changing things to come up with something I like. Her website is charraddon@pobox.com.

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures? I put the first book in my Witness Protection Series up for free. Lots of people downloaded it, but I didn’t get many sales for the others.

Any advice for aspiring authors? Learn your craft. Join a writer’s group. When you have a book to sell, go to conferences. Editors and agents will usually ask to see all or part of your work. While they may later reject it, they usually tell you something about why they didn’t choose your novel, which can help you improve it.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special? Matt Larson is a resourceful lawyer. When he and Valerie are arrested and put in a Mexican jail, he checks the internet for laws. When he has to get his brother exonerated for a murder charge in another city, he asks a friend to let him work out of his friend’s San Antonio office.

Where do your ideas come from? Newspaper and magazine stories.

What is the hardest thing about writing? Rewriting and promoting. I hate to rewrite and begrudge the time I spend promoting when I want to be writing instead.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? The one I’m working on now requires a lot of research on Coast Guard rescue. I usually write romantic suspense, but this is more of a mystery, which I have never written.

What is your favorite movie or TV show? Outlander.

Which writers inspire you? Roxanne St. Claire, Brenda Novak, Sandra Brown, and Angi Morgan, a friend who wrote for a long time before being published.

What is the current book you are promoting? Searching for Love

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. When a friend pulls Justin Sherrod from his family jewelry store business to investigate jewelry thefts in the idyllic Barefoot Bay resort town, he resists falling in love with Lisa, who is one of the main suspects, and works there as a craft teacher.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why? Justin Sherrod, because he’s torn between working in the family business and going out on his own. Does he want to be a jeweler or a PI?

Who is your least favorite character and why? Stevie, because he’s trying to give his stepbrother trouble.

Do you have any formal education in creative writing? If not are you planning to go to school? I took a course in journalism in high school. I have taken writing courses at Tarrant County College and the University of Oklahoma.

Do you have any “how to write” type books/instructional you’d like to recommend? Writing and Selling Your Novel, and Scene and Structure, by Jack Bickham, Beginnings, Middles, and Ends, by Nancy Kress, The Power of Point of View by Alicia Rasley, and Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutcheon.

If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast? I’d like to see Kathleen Turner as Megan McKinley and Pierce Brosnan as Josh in Romancing the Gold, which is set at an archaeological dig in Peru and includes a chase through the jungle.

What is your next project? Just the Two of Us, a Kindle World book as part of Roxanne St. Claire’s Barefoot Bay Series.

Who is your favorite fictional character and why? The Scarlet Pimpernel. He was the first superhero with a secret identity.

What one person from history would you like to meet and why? Abraham Lincoln. When he was furious at someone, he’d write a letter spelling out how mad he was and how he felt, but he’d set it aside while he cooled down. Then he’d mark it, ‘never signed, never sent.’

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be? Persuade people to settle their differences by peaceful protests, arguments, compromise, and voting to remove rulers they dislike.

Who inspires your writing? Other romance writers who pull me into their settings and stir my emotions.

Where do you come up with your stories? I get an idea of a situation and choose characters whose personalities would clash.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Gone with the Wind. It was a grand panorama of the civil war times and the personalities who lived it.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? How choosing a viewpoint character and staying in his or her viewpoint brings the reader into the story. I have given talks on that subject at writer’s groups and conferences.

Do have a favorite car or truck model? I’d like a Corvette, but can’t afford one.

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing? I prefer to sell to traditional publishers, but I feel I have written some good stories and want others to read them. While I have sold to traditional publishers, I have also self-published some of my novels. However, there is a lot of competition, as well as some poorly written books, and some people hesitate to buy an unknown author because of that.

Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published? There still is in the minds of some readers.

What book are you currently reading or just finished? Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin.

What do your fans mean to you? I want to write stories they will enjoy.

Tell us something unique about you. I worked in a federal prison as a supervisor of inmates studying ironwork, carpentry, and painting. When they gave fellow inmates the test answers for the carpentry tests, I had to write a whole new test.

Thanks very much Carolyn for chatting! For more about the fabulous Carolyn and her work follow the links below:

 

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Meet Author Shantelle

Halo squeezas! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Shantelle

Shantelle enjoys traveling & has traveled to 14 countries & 4 continents so far! She has a passion for travel and experiencing new cultures as well as meeting new people along the way. Her enthusiasm for travel has inspired others via her photographs as well as the stories she tells. Shantelle’s books have an inspirational/motivational theme to bring out the best from the reader within.

She enjoys living by the beach in sunny Southern California, as she’s a true beach lover. Shantelle believes in living life to the fullest as well as inspiring others to take action & follow their dreams!

Book blurb: A closet full of dresses with an extraordinary life, anxiously waiting for their voices to be heard and ready to delight your senses with colorful adventures. Hold onto your seats as 15 Dress Adventures & One Skirt Tale reveals where they’ve been, what they’ve seen and the thrill of each experience.

Enjoy a collection of unique, often humorous dress tales that are destined to take you for an adventurous journey into the mind of a writer who brings warmth, energy and amusement to each story and character.

I invite you to flip on the switch and take a walk through my closet as the crystal chandelier illuminates each unique dress story, one twirl at a time.

Why do you write? I write because it’s my passion, it’s what I love to do. Sometimes the pen seems to take over and I start writing super fast, which surprises me at times. Other times, I’m typing and suddenly inspiration takes over and before you know it, I’ve been writing quickly for hours. Inspiration can be quite the magical experience!

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I am easily inspired and I just really love to write. 15 Dress Adventures & One Skirt Tale was inspired one day when I walked into my closet and looked around at the many dresses surrounding me; I sat down in my closet with a pen and journal and started to write an outline and titles for each story. Every dress had a story to tell and my imagination started to run wild!

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? I love listening to music while I write: Reggae, Hip-Hop & R&B, Soundscapes or pure silence works as well! MF: When I’m in need of a fast paced scene I do some of my best writing to Snoop Dogg LOL

What have you written? Confessions of an Internet Model: How I Succeeded on the World Wide Web, Jet Set Dreams: A Girl’s Guide To Flying High and 15 Dress Adventures & One Skirt Tale.      

What is the hardest thing about writing? I absolutely love living by the beach; sometimes I have to force myself to sit down and write when I’ve set a deadline for something I’m working on. The beach seems to always call out my name to go for a walk or to go lay out on the beach and read a book!

Do you design your own book covers or has someone else? If you use someone else, would you tell us who/website? http://www.PrintcessPublishing.com

What is your favorite movie or TV show? I love movies! My favorite movies include: Talladega Nights, The Holiday, Scarface and the list goes on! Silicon Valley, Pretty Little Liars and The Good Witch on The Hallmark Channel are a few of my favorite TV shows.

Who inspires your writing? My writing is inspired by the people I know and have known, people in everyday life, my travels and pure imagination!

Who is your favorite author and which of their books is your favorite? Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen as well as The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald are two of my favorite books.

Do you have a favorite car or truck model? Black Rolls-Royce Phantom!

Thanks very much Shantelle for stopping by! For more about Shantelle and her work, follow the links below:

 

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Meet Author Michael Poeltl

Halo me lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Michael Poeltl

Poeltl has published eight books since 2009 covering multiple genre’s, his most recent a collection of short stories and flash fiction entitled: Waining Metaphorically.

Book blurb: The Judas Syndrome – Post-Apocalyptic Trilogy – In a world devastated by an apocalyptic event, the bonds of friendship are tested in the haze of unrelenting depression, and paranoia. Will you know who your friends are? Joel and his high school friends are on the verge of graduation and excited and optimistic about their futures. But when they return from a camping trip in the remote woodlands to find themselves faced with a post-apocalyptic world, their daily lives acquire burdens and terrors hitherto unexperienced.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? Evolution in any craft is guarenteed when you continue to practice that craft. I know I have seen many evolutions in my creative writing and even revisited each of my books to improve them as I continue to grow as a story-teller. This is most apparent in my recently published book of short stories, many of which began their literary lives as a thought, a quote, a supposition; and sat in my slush pile until I realized these were never meant to be part of something bigger, but rather stand-alone stories.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? Ideally, I listen to music while I write, but often times will write whenever and wherever inspiration strikes, and tend to block out the rest of the world while a scene pours out of me.

What have you written? I’ve written a Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Trilogy, A Young Readers Fantasy, a book of Short Stories, two Children’s Educational books, and a General Fiction/Women’s Lit book.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? Often times I will write for the sheer joy of writing. Inspirational prose develops in my minds eye and I jot it down. When building a novel or short story, I can refer back to these and continue the journey until a real plot becomes apparent and if not, they are filed away to be referenced at a later date.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? I am a graphic designer as well and have always enjoyed creating my own covers. I like to place images that offer my audience just enough information to draw their attention, but never enough to affect their own imagination when reading the book.

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures? With my trilogy completed, I began offering ebook two for free and saw substantial growth in my first and third ebook sales over the course of a few months.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special? In The Judas Syndrome, Book One, Joel is the lead character and the book is told through his first-person accounts. What makes Joel special is that he is in no way special. He is filled with anxiety over the threat that sets the stage for the apocalypse, and when it hits, somehow manages to lead his friends while the reality of the situation slowly plays on his mind and actions.

What is the current book you are promoting? Currently Waning Metaphorically, a series of short stories and flash fiction is my latest marketing venture.

Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published? The biggest stigma would be editing concerns. Readers want a polished book. It is in every self-published author’s best interests to have their book read by at least three people who can give honest feedback and hopefully one of them has some experience in the editing process. I’d say this has improved a lot since the first self-published books hit Amazon.

What book are you currently reading or just finished? Reading A Million Little Peices. Half way through. Quiet riviting.

What do your fans mean to you? Everything. I’ve even seen fan-fiction arise from The Judas Syndrome Trilogy. Fans pass on your books or recommend their friends and family buy them. A fan is an author’s number one salesman. I cherish each of them.

Many thanks Michael for sharing! For more about the fabulous Michael follow the links below:

 

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