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Meet Author Alyse Nennig

Hello! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Alyse Nennig

Alyse Nennig is a full time health care professional living in rural Wisconsin with her farmer husband, five rambunctious children, and energetic black lab. She usually writes when the kiddos are sleeping but takes notes anytime an idea comes to mind. Her favorite genres are paranormal romance, crime, fictional history and mystery but if the story is interesting then genre doesn’t matter.

Book sample:  Never Again, Book of Origins Volume One

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Erotica

Synopsis:  All vampires were once human. Who says they can’t be again?

Carrying invisible wounds from a tragic childhood, Hannah Jacobs doesn’t allow herself to fall in love – until she meets John Trott. Sexy as hell, charming, and sensitive, she immediately finds herself drawn to him and, within days, giving him her heart. Twice broken, John effortlessly makes her heart whole again, except Hannah’s buried fear threatens to shatter it once more as dangerous circumstances reveal dark secrets.

One is a vampire and the other a vampire hunter, making a relationship impossible as they’ve been labeled natural enemies throughout history. A witch’s journal, however, tells a much different tale. Centuries old it holds a dark and troubled past with a cure and prophecy, giving Hannah and John a future.

But, it’s one they’ll never see…if she has a shattered heart.

Sample:  Ringing….ringing….ringing….”Hi John. Checking in are we?” asked Price.

“Good morning to you too, Price.” I answered halfheartedly.

“Uh oh, you don’t sound too enthused. Have you talked to Hannah yet like I advised?”

“Yes, I did. We met for coffee yesterday, but didn’t have the opportunity to buy any.”

“What happened?” Price asked with concern in his voice.

“Well…we, ah, linked hands and then something strange happened to both of us. I’d rather not get into detail right now, but, needless to say, we spent the entire day and night together. She only left a little while ago to get ready for work.”

“And now you have to suffer with a painful heart until you see her again, am I right?”

“Completely, and I can’t take anything to numb the pain because you know what happens.”

“Yes. I remember you tried that in the sixties and seventies. Not one medication or narcotic worked. Your blood just diluted everything; same for the alcohol. You tried so hard to get drunk during Woodstock but it barely affected you.” Price said, reminiscing to when he was a child and my secret was under the care of his father before being passed to him.

“And some would say that is an advantage, but not if you are drinking to numb the pain.” Sighing heavily, we both let brief silence linger before I continued. “Have you found anything in the books yet?”

“I haven’t translated much else but found a lead on another book. There’s just one problem. I called the college library in Virginia I traced it to and they haven’t been able to locate that book for over a decade. It was last checked out and returned by an Andrew Jacobs but, since it was technically returned, they couldn’t say he still had it. It was deemed lost in the system.”

“Price, did I really hear you say the words Virginia and Jacobs?” I asked skeptically.

“Why? Is there something I should know?” Price asked, sounding more hopeful than he did before.

“Hannah is from Virginia and when I researched her parents deaths the names that came up were….” I paused for a second, almost not believing what I was about to say. “They were Penelope and Andrew Jacobs.” And then dead silence ensued.

“Do you think she knows – ?” Price began.

Quickly interrupting his train of thought, I retorted “no….well, I don’t know. Maybe. She hasn’t given me any reason to believe she would.”

“Okay, let’s forget I asked. But if these two Andrews are one and the same then let’s say for arguments sake that somehow he still had the book. With him dead his belongings would resort to Hannah. Is there any chance she would still have it in her possession?”

Letting this hypothetical talk sink in I closed my eyes and pinched the bridge of my nose. Knowing that this missing book could hold the key to a future with Hannah I told Price where to

find her.

“Price, you will find Hannah at the Jefferson Memorial Library this morning. I think she is done at noon but you best leave now in case you do find it. Chances are she has the book or at the least knows its whereabouts. She may have had a hard life with her father but based on how she talked about him this morning she loved him and wouldn’t just let everything go. I am positive she has kept some things to remember her parents by.”

Stunned Price said, “Now I think I am hearing things, though it could be my getting older. Did you say Jefferson Memorial Library?”

“Yes. Why?”

“I know you don’t believe in coincidences but how about fate or destiny because I am already there,” he answered.

“You must be joking. Tell me you are joking, Price.” I snapped at him.

“Before you called I was already coming up to the library entrance. There is a reference for a student’s paper I need to crosscheck before entering a final grade. Like I said, maybe it’s fate or destiny. Maybe we are meant to look inside that book. Otherwise why would Hannah and I be in the same place at the same time?”

“You are probably right, as usual. Well, when you get inside look for a woman with deep chestnut hair, big sea blue eyes, and a heart shaped face. She will be the most beautiful one there,” I advised Price, smiling as I did so. Just the thought of her was making my heart go wild but at least it didn’t hurt.

“Alright, I will try to be tactful but depending on how much she knows I can’t promise anything. You know, if we are lucky she would have tucked the book away on a shelf that rarely sees visitors. A library this size would be the perfect hiding place for a book you don’t want found.”

“Yes, I suppose it would. Well you best get in there and be careful on approaching her. Her past is something she doesn’t openly share with others.”

“I see. But, ah, she did with you?” Price softly asked, not sure if he should have in the first place.

“Yes, she did. But I will give you details after you get that book. I need to know what our options are,” I replied.

“Okay, I won’t press you further but don’t sit by the phone waiting. I will call you after I’m done here. Bye John.”

“Good bye.” Ending the phone call several emotions ran through me at once. I was elated at being so close to this book Price says could be the key to everything, but was also

apprehensive about what it will tell us. Most of all I feared that Hannah may know about the world I was born into, making me wonder if she would accept me for who I am no matter our

feelings for each other. I suppose we shall find out soon enough.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? Around Halloween of 2014 a co-worker asked me to read the short story she bought because she didn’t like its ending and wanted my opinion. Liking many of the same books as her I read it and completely agreed with her. It was a good story but not at all what we expected. In hearing us complain about it my second co-worker joked that if we didn’t like how it ended we should rewrite it. Thinking it would be fun to create my own world instead, soon after I began work on the prologue for Never Again. People I knew loved it so I kept writing and now I’m trying to see if others will love it too.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? Unless it’s something for kids I usually need relative silence. I’d become too distracted to think if it’s something I’d pick for myself.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I use a little of both. I at least have a plot decided on within my first chapter but for me a full outline is too restrictive. If I get an unexpected idea from life or from what I’ve already written I’d rather see where it takes the story than scratch it because it doesn’t fit the outline. After all, sometimes the best things in life are unexpected so why can’t that be true about writing.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? I use Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations. I love working with her. Visit her at www.okaycreations.com.

Where do your ideas come from? The book in the series, the characters and the back story all come from my likes and dislikes, my life experiences, my friends, and my family tree to make Hannah and John’s world feel real. Everything else in the series can be connected to anything, from music I love and books I’ve read to something someone said to me. Sometimes I even get an idea from my kids’ bad behavior!

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? I struggled with writing a book description. It sounds like a silly problem to have after completing 27 chapters but the happy medium between saying too much and saying too little eluded me. I had drafts upon drafts varying in length and approaches but my beta readers and I felt nothing worked, so I took a mental break. Upon revisiting my drafts I reworked the one with the most promise and wrote a fresh one. Then I let my beta readers go to work again and ended up combining the two. It was because of them that I was able to keep Never Again on track for publication.

What is the current book you are promoting? Never Again, Book of Origins Volume One

What is your next project? Family Again, Book of Origins Volume Two. As Hannah and John’s story continues they travel to Bohemia to find the cure’s last ingredient. An encounter with the original vampire, however, leaves Hannah in Bohemia and John back in New York. While separated Hannah decides to pick the brain of her captor and discovers a misunderstanding over 800 years old.

Many thanks Alyse for sharing! For more about Alyse, her work, and getting yourself a copy, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Brian Terenna

Halo, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Brian Terenna

Brian Terenna is a skilled badminton player, a shaper of reality, and a steady practitioner of meditation. He runs a relaxation and meditation YouTube channel called, “The Calm Life.” His first two novels are “Talent Storm” and “Kissing the Intern.”

Book sample:  TitleKissing the Intern: A Multicultural Romance

Synopsis – The path to true love is never easy… but it’s always worth it.
Nova Velez, a sassy Dominican, has a busy life, working two jobs, volunteering at the hospital, and finishing graduate school. It’s all necessary to fulfill her dream of helping troubled children. To graduate, she has to complete her school counseling internship, but it won’t be easy working with depressed, hormone-addled students. When she meets her distractedly handsome mentor, Bryce, a health conscious vegan, and the jealous, domineering principal, things become more complicated. When sparks begin to fly between her and Bryce, complicated takes on a completely new meaning.
Enjoy this and more in the enchanting love story, “Kissing the Intern.”

Why do you write? I have a passion to create worlds, characters, and stories. I’ve always been imaginative, but it’s nice to get things down on paper and make them permanent. I primarily enjoy writing science fiction and fantasy, but the love of my life inspired me to write, “Kissing the Intern.”

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? I can’t listen to music or watch TV while writing. I’m very easily distracted! Instead, I listen to a beta wave binaural beat video I made to aid in concentration. I’m likely the video’s number one fan, haha. Binaural Beats Focus Writing – Improve Concentration

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I’m a very structured writer. I’ve learned that the more outlined a novel is, the less editing that you will have to do. I do extensive planning on my characters and fully plot the entire novel before writing.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? I create my own covers since I’m good with Photoshop and have always been artistic. Many people might not know that I’m also featured on the covers of “Talent Storm” and “Kissing the Intern.”

Any advice for aspiring authors? I strongly advise learning everything you can about writing and the process before starting to write a novel. It’s important to know how to create realistic characters, how to create a plot, and how to write a descriptive well-written novel. Never stop learning and relearning about the writing process. Never.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he or she do that is so special? Nova Velez from “Kissing the Intern” is very caring and sweet, yet she has low self-esteem and a bit of a short temper. Bryce Marsh is a dedicated vegetable gardener and a very supportive guy. He does however get very stressed out at work.

What is the current book you are promoting? “Kissing the Intern: A Multicultural Romance” is my latest novel. It can also be considered a Light Romantic Comedy or a Sweet Romance.

Do you have any formal education in creative writing? If not are you planning to go to school? I have no formal writing education. I have a master’s in school counseling, which was my previous profession. I don’t think that it’s necessary to get a formal education. There is great information on writing novels all over the internet and on YouTube. If you are a dedicated person, you can learn how to write on your own and save a ton of money.

What is your next project? I’m going to start Young Adult Apocalyptic Science Fiction trilogy. I have a ton of notes and am excited to start plotting. I’m probably going to write in first person and possibly in the present tense. The main character will be a sixteen-year-old, Dominican girl, computer hacker/gamer, who finds out that things can be even worse than her foster home experiences. I’m extremely excited to get started on this project.

Who is your favorite fictional character and why? It’s too hard to pick one. Kvothe from “The King Killer Chronical” is someone that I would want to be. He’s brilliant, creative, and witty. He’s extremely talented and achieves amazing things. Another favorite is, Karsa Orlong from the “Malazan Book of the Fallen” fantasy series. He’s larger than life, has no fear, and always wins no matter the odds. I even named a stuffed animal after Karsa. MF: I have both of these on my shelf to be read.

If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be? I would remove greed from the world. So many problems arise from people’s greed.

What are some of your favorite books and why? My three favorite series are the “Red Rising Trilogy,” “The King Killer Chronical,” and “The Stormlight Archive.” All three are super imaginative fantasy novel series with superb main characters. I strongly recommend these series to anyone who likes fantasy. You won’t be disappointed.

Tell us something unique about you. I once went 63-0 in foosball when I was in Suzhou, China. There was a time that I considered going professional, but I like writing too much.

There ya have it folks! For more about Brian, his work, and to get your own copy, follow the links below:

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Meet Author Monica Owens

Hola, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Monica Owens

Monica was born and raised in Wisconsin. She moved to Texas over 15 years ago and misses all the cold weather! When she’s not at her 9-5 job, she’s reading or writing or spending time with the menagerie of animals she and her husband have added to their lives. Monica has been married more than 20 years to the love of her life. She’s short, bossy, and stubborn.

Enjoy this sample:  Fallen Hunters: Bacchus. While this book is in the paranormal romance Fallen series, all the Hunters books will be entirely stand alone.

The time is the Roaring Twenties, right after the stock market crash. Bacchus, now using the name Arcangelo de Bacchio, is trying to help the people of Chicago. He picks up the used, the broken, and puts them to work…maybe not honest work, but work nonetheless. As the former God of Wine, Bacchus runs a speakeasy that rivals those of the best mobs in Chicago. For that reason alone he’s on their hit list. But then he saves Charlotte, a new hire at a seedy speakeasy owned by Al Capone. Charlotte’s in over her head as she tries to make money and save the family farm. Throwing her lot in with Bacchus, Charlotte and her new champion make an enemy of epic proportions. Bacchus has no intention of handing Charlotte over to his enemy, a man more feared than any demon or devil Chicago has ever seen. Will Bacchus lose his long life for the love of one woman?

Why do you write? I write to keep my sanity. Writing is an escape, where the world might not be a good one, but I can make good things happen.

When did you decide to become a writer? I never decided. I wrote my first full book in the 5th grade, but I wrote tons of (bad) stories before that. Writing is ingrained in me. There was never any doubt that I would be a writer.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book? Because I’m a procrastinator, it takes me too long. 🙂 The fastest I’ve ever written a book was a month. The longest? A year or more. It depends on the book, it depends on the characters.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I’ve always written stories that have a romantic element to them. Not always romance (my entire 4 years of high school were spent writing about the mafia). About 12 years ago, I read an interview of an author I really really liked. She said her first two books were in a bidding war. I thought, dang I need to read those books! They must be good! They were meh. And I told my husband I could write a better book than those. So he said, do it. So I did.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I have a hard time writing during the work week. Not that I can’t, but I don’t feel like I’m in the right frame of mind. I like to write at night, though, on the weekends.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? From the 5th grade, I’ve evolved TREMENDOUSLY. 🙂 But really, I think each book gives me just that much more confidence to keep going and to be better.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? No. Tried and can’t.

What have you written? I have written the Jillian Christie series—4 books about an accountant in a funeral home that stumbles upon the mobsters in her life. I’m currently working on the Fallen Series, a world where fallen angels have come back to earth to fulfill the original reason they came, protection of humanity.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? I generally have an idea of where I want to go. I let the characters take the lead and steer the ship, though. I’m just there to keep them on track.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? Red Sage Publishing does all my covers for the Fallen Series. I muddled through the Jillian books. Red Sage covers are way better than anything I can come up with.

Any advice for aspiring authors? Do it. Just do it. Sit down and write. Even if you think your story isn’t any good. Write it down. I learn something about myself and about writing in every book I write. Each one (I think) is better than the last because I’m maturing as a writer. You can’t mature if you don’t write. Just do it.

Where do your ideas come from? Everywhere. Sometimes I’ll have a vivid dream and right when I wake up I’m like, “That was so awesome!” and I’ll write it down. It gets less awesome during the day, the more I think about it, but if it still gives me a kernel of idea, I can make it work. I’ve heard songs and imagined a storyline to go with it. Heck, I had storylines for my dolls when I was little. There are stories everywhere.     

What is the hardest thing about writing? Doing it. Clearing my head and doing it.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? The characters. They wanted to go in one direction and I wanted them to go in another. Don’t fight them. Just go. We all ended up in the same place in the end.

Which writers inspire you? I LOVE Agatha Christie, the Bronte sisters, Daphne Du Maurier, Elizabeth Peters. A little bit of romance, a little bit of suspense, a little bit of horror. That’ll do me.

Do you have any formal education in creative writing? If not are you planning to go to school? No. I’ve taken several creative writing classes, but my style is not conducive to school. I don’t follow rules. I don’t plot. I don’t make lists. I’ll write down what color hair someone has so I don’t forget, but I don’t outline or anything like that. Drove instructors crazy.

If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast? Every one of my books has a movie star/famous person as the lead (in my head). I’ve cast Bradley Cooper, Pitbull, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Wirth…the list is endless.

What is your next project? Fallen City, the story of Senciner, better known as Spike, and Mallow.

Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Ooh, this is tough. But I’ll have to go with Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. Brooding, handsome, mysterious. Love him.

Do you have any fur babies to brag about? Oh my gosh, YES! We have two dogs: Sheba, a German Shepherd mix, and Emma, a blind Golden Retriever mix. We also have five cats: Havok and Lark, who are litter mates, Hunter, Dax (yes, she’s named after the Star Trek character), and Violet. There’s also a snake in here, a ball python who we creatively named Py.

Who is your favorite author and which of their books is your favorite? Agatha Christie all the way. Sad Cypress is my favorite of her books, but trust me, I’ve read them all and I love them all.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer? That while this can be a challenging hobby and/or job, it’s worth it. The characters are worth it, the plots are worth it, the words are worth it. If you believe in yourself and what you do, you’ll never be disappointed a day in your life. If I can have people read my books and see what I see in my head, then I’ve made the right choice in putting pen to paper and putting myself out there.

What are some of your favorite books and why? I love mysteries and obviously Agatha Christie is near and dear to my heart. But I also love Elizabeth Peters and Tess Gerritsen. I will literally read anything, but suspense and mystery with a twist of romance are always my faves.

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing? I used to think I had to be traditionally published to be successful. I no longer think that. What’s more important to me is being published, period. Having people read and live in my world for a while. If that means being self-published, then that’s what it means. Success shouldn’t be determined by people sitting in offices in New York or Chicago. It should be determined by the people who read the books.

What book are you currently reading or just finished? Right now I’m reading The Ice Twins and I love it! I heard there was going to be a movie and I’m super excited.

What do your readers mean to you? Everything. I like to share what I write and if they weren’t there, I couldn’t share the people in my head. They all mean the world to me.

Is there a book you love you’d like to recommend to others? Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill. Reaper’s Property by Joanna Wylde. The Rainbow Season by Lisa Gregory.

Tell us something unique about you. I’m a firm believer that William Shakespeare did not write all of his plays. I believe Christopher Marlowe was the true author. I even belong to the Shakespearean Authorship Trust, which promotes that while Shakespeare exists, he was not the true author. (Everyone needs a conspiracy theory.)

There ya have it folks! For more about Monica and to get copy of her work, follow the links below:

 

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Meet Author Lana Campbell

Hola lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Lana Campbell

Lana Campbell is author of the vampire series Forever and a Night. She lives in Avoca AR with her oldest daughter, Jessica, husband Bobby and the ruler of the roost, cat Felix. Her passion is writing paranormal romance. Currently she is working on book five in her vampire series.

Check out this sample:  Forever and a Night Dark Experiments. Paranormal Romance.

Tiffany Jane Peebles is in lust with a vampire.  Not an ordinary, everyday vampire, but gorgeous, sexy Doctor Christian La Mond, an OB/GYN for vampires.

Due to Christian’s friendship with her vampire mother and step father, he’s been a part of Tiffany’s family and friends circle for twelve years.  Tiffany’s always been afraid to allow anything serious to come of the crush she has for Christian.  Not merely because he’s vampire and she’s human, but because she has serious, deep-seeded trust issues.  Her father cheated on her mother with Tiffany’s BFF from high school and she despises him for his betrayal.  She sees all men through a cloudy gray lens of suspicion, because in her opinion all men have the capability of cheating.

Christian has been her friend for many years and has proven to be a good person.  For a very long time Tiffany has lusted after Christian and of late she can’t help but wonder what it might be like to have a one time fling with him.  The opportunity to explore her secret fantasy appears in the form of Christian offering her a job as the IT person for his practice, the V clinic.

Tiffany has never been certain about Christian’s view of her.  Oh he flirts a lot, but she doesn’t know if his flirtations are serious or just his way with women.  The day she starts her new job at the V clinic, she quickly finds out Christian has a thing for her too.

One evening Christian invites Tiffany out on a date.  They have mind numbing vampire sex, meaning mental penetration, not physical. A psychic connection occurs when he bites her, allowing each to feel the other’s pleasure entwined with their own.

This is unequivocally the best sexual encounter Tiffany’s ever had, yet so powerful she’s afraid that a repeat performance might leave her head over heals in love with him.  She tells Christian the experience was amazing, but they could never have a forever thing because she’s human.  Deeper reasons drive her decision.  She’s afraid of getting her heart broken.  Even if she were to overcome her fears of abandonment, she knows vampires are wired to life mate once.  It doesn’t even occur to Tiffany she might be Christian’s life mate.  No, she’s too caught up in her fear Christian will break her heart one day.

Christian discovers Tiffany is his life mate the night they shared that intimate psychic connection when their thoughts and feelings entwine and become an amazing unified sexual experience. He’s determined to pursue her, but gets sidetracked when patients at his clinic begin having mysterious stillbirths. Christian and his partner Noah realize they may have an angel of death in their ranks because all three patients’ tox screens test positive for high levels of arsenic and cyanide.

Christian and his partner Noah, can’t make sense of why the victims spontaneously abort, but the mothers don’t die.  They suspect another drug, unidentifiable by an ordinary toxicology screen, is a part of this cocktail of poisons.  They send their patients blood samples to the Vampire Center of Disease Control.  Eventually they get the VCDC’s findings back which indicates an unspecified substance is contributing to the affect of the arsenic and cyanide and is causing the affected patients to abort.  Unfortunately, the VCDC has never seen a drug like this which gives Christian and his partner little to work with regarding treatment for these patients.

Christian’s contribution to the investigation ceases when Tiffany suddenly comes down sick. A toxicology screening reveals she too has been poisoned with arsenic and cyanide.  The levels Christian finds in her system are beyond what any human could survive.  Tiffany codes and nearly dies.  Time is running out for Tiffany and Christian is terrified.  He wracks his brain for a way to save her life.  Genius occurs in the thought of turning her vampire.

His decision stems from the fact vampire antigens attack every cell in the human body turning them into vampire cells, altering DNA. This course of treatment should also kill off her damaged, poisoned cells Christian thinks.  Having no time or other options, Christian makes a life or death decision for Tiffany and gives her his blood, praying it will save her life.

Several days later Christian brings her out of a medically induced coma and tells Tiffany the whole truth.  Tiffany’s shocked to find out she’s been poisoned, but when she learns Christian turned her into a vampire she explodes.

Tiffany feels betrayed by Christian for turning her.  But she’s not thinking clearly and won’t listen to Christian when he tries to explain turning her was the only option he had to save her life.   At this point Tiffany is in a place of extreme emotional turmoil.  She’s dealing with being a new vampire and the fact someone tried to kill her.  It all seems so unfair and scary to think the person who tried to kill her and those pregnant women’s unborn babies likely worked along side of her at the V clinic.

Unfortunately, more catastrophe occurs at the V clinic when Tiffany is kidnapped by the killer, Charla an RN who works at the V clinic.  Charla takes Tiffany to a lab facility hidden deep in bayou country.  She keeps her in an drug induced stupor for several days, while injecting her with a dangerous serum designed to turn fledgling vampires into humans.  In conjunction with Charla’s brother, Terry, sister Katie and some accomplices, they also kidnap three pregnant near term vampires staying at a mother’s retreat belonging to the clinic.  The three villains’ goal is to use the serum on these pregnant vampires in hopes to make their babies human by the time they are born.

Charla tells Tiffany the whole story behind these V clinic poisonings.  The serum, which Charla calls HTS, or human turning serum, was never meant to kill the unborn fetuses, rather turn them human.  Charla explains to Tiffany she was working out the bugs in the serum and the infant deaths were merely casualties of her great cause to rid the world of vampires.

Charla confides to Tiffany she isn’t actually an RN, but a scientist who once worked for the CDC on a special project involving the eradication of the vampire species.  The reason Charla has created the serum is to cure her twin sister Katie from vampirism.  Katie was attacked and repeatedly raped by a feral vampire.  The vampire turned Katie and because of his tainted blood and heinous abuse, she too became a feral vampire.

Charla tells Tiffany she needs test subjects for her serum before she can feel safe giving it to Katie, which is the reason she’s been testing the drug on V clinic patients and several fledgling vampires she’s kidnapped including Tiffany.

Trouble is, Tiffany isn’t so sure she’ll survive these repeated HTS injections.  She’s having terrible side effects.  Her skin color is an awful grayish hue and she’s experiencing a great deal of stomach pains and extreme fatigue.  Tiffany prays Christian will somehow find her and rescue her from this maniacal woman before it’s too late.  Unfortunately she has no idea where she’s being held so it’s impossible for her to communicate her location to Christian via their mental blood bond connection which was established when he first fed from her.

Luckily, the three siblings drop clues to where Tiffany is being held. She communicates this to Christian and finally he finds her and rescues her.

Charla, Katie and their brother Terry are all taken into the custody of the vampires to await trial in a vampire court of law for their crimes.  Christian’s three abducted patients all survive and have healthy baby vampires.  The families of the slain must deal with their loss, so not all is a happy ending, but Christian and Tiffany finally find their long awaited one.

Once Tiffany’s health improves they waste no time rekindling their romance, which Tiffany now has no problem with.  Christian has proven his love and devotion for her by saving her life not once, but twice, risking his own the second time when he came against Charla and her accomplices.

A traditional wedding follows a few months later.  Tiffany invites her estranged father to the wedding.  Her two brushes with death along with Christian’s unwavering love teaches Tiffany forgiveness is necessary in order to do justice to the business of life and truly rejoice in her and Christian’s happily ever after.

Why do you write?  I love to write. It’s a passion is all I can say. When I’m not working I’m writing. My yard work suffers when I really get into a story.

When did you decide to become a writer?  1994. I’d been an avid romance reader all my life and decided I wanted to try my hand at writing. I didn’t get serious about it until 2014. I published my first book, book one in my Forever and a Night series 4/26/16.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  There is no pat answer to that. Free time and the difficulty of the book result in how long a particular book takes. The book I’m featuring here Forever and a Night Dark Experiments took me over a year to write, but the next book in my series, book three only took four months.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  I loved reading romance so much I thought surely I could write one, but that wasn’t the case. Off and on for twenty years I played with writing until one day I said, I’m just going to do it and so I wrote my first complete book, edited the heck out of it and sent it off to be published.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I write when it’s the most quiet. When no one is around. It’s usually early in the morning or early afternoon when I get off work.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  Never. It’s too distracting.

What have you written?  Five books in a vampire series, Forever and a Night. Each book is stand alone, but each story is about one of the children of Mia Peebles Davenport who is the heroine in book one. She has three grown human children who through dark circumstances becomes vampire in their own book. Her two youngest children are born vampires and each have their own love story.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?  I have a mental outline, but I do prefer to write seeing where my characters will take me. They haven’t let me down yet.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?  My publishers design my book covers. I did do the cover for Forever and a Night Dark Experiments, but it’s a temporary cover. This book just got purchased by Bella Tulip Publishing and they will create a cover for the book which will be available as an ebook or paperback.

Is there any marketing technique you used that had an immediate impact on your sales figures?  I set up as many book signings as possible. I’m a great salesperson so I sell a lot of books at book signings.

Any advice for aspiring authors?  Develop a passion for writing and don’t make excuses for why you can’t write. Make the time. That’s the only way to become a published writer.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?  In Forever and a Night Dark Experiments I have two main characters. Tiffany Peebles who is a human in love with a vampire. She has commitment issues which keep her from her one true love, sexy Dr. Christian La Mond who is a vampire OB/GYN. Tiffany is independent to a fault, quirky and has a very sarcastic sense of humor. Christian is the epitome of patience. As he’s falling in love with Tiffany he has to put up with a lot from her. Everything from her pushing him away because of her commitment issues to her racking him when he turns her into a vampire to save her life. However they are a perfect balance for each other.

What is the hardest thing about writing?  Getting over a temporary writer’s block. If I’m not writing I feel guilty, but I’ve learned that sometimes I just have to back away for awhile. Eventually, it all comes to me, but I can’t force it. That just doesn’t work.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?  The Big Bang Theory. My heroine Tiffany Peebles is a computer geek. Sheldon Cooper is one of her favorite characters.

What is the current book you are promoting? Forever and a Night Dark Experiments.

Tiffany Jane Peebles takes a job as an IT for a gorgeous, sexy vampire, Doctor Christian La Mond’s OB/GYN vampire practice the V clinic. Passion sparks quickly between them until she falls victim to an angel of death poisoning V clinic staff and pregnant vampire patients.

Christian is the exception to Tiffany’s rule all males are louses. For years Tiffany has lusted after Christian and of late she can’t help wonder what it might be like to have a brief fling with him. The opportunity to explore her secret fantasy appears when Christian offers her a job as the IT person for his practice, the V clinic. She knows if he gives her the green light, she’s going to have a romp with her sexy vampire. When the night finally arrives and she and Christian have sex, the experience is so overwhelmingly powerful, Tiffany backpedals and tries to turn down the heat between them. She’s human. He’s a vampire. She can’t afford to fall in love with him.

Christian has other ideas. During their sexual encounter he discovers Tiffany is his life mate and he vows to change her thinking. His intentions are put on hold when he gets caught up in an angel of death’s vicious plan to chemically terminate V clinic patients’ pregnancies. Tiffany herself falls victim to a lethal dose of arsenic and Christian can only save her by turning her into a vampire. She’s furious when she wakes from her turning and discovers what Christian has done. She wants nothing to do with him ever again, but when she’s kidnapped by this angel of death and used as a guinea pig for deadly experiments she only has Christian to turn to save her life.

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser?  I’m writing book five in my Forever and a Night series. It’s about Alabama Rain Holden, a young female vampire who steals and deals drugs for her evil feral drug lord father. She meets billionaire Nate Davenport one night on one of her drug stings and he’s immediately intrigued with the beautiful, silver haired Alabama Rain, but when he finds out she’s involved in drug theft and dealing, he’s determined to put a stop to her nefarious ways and make her pay for her crimes. That is until he learns she’s an abused woman by her father’s hand and he’s forcing her to deal for him. His obsession from there is to free her from her father’s evil hold over her.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?  Tiffany Jane Peebles. She was so much fun to write because she has no filter for her thoughts and she’s very funny. She always knows the wrong thing to say at the wrong time. She’s spunky, quirky and just an overall enjoyable character to write. She plays a role in almost every one of my stories.

Who is your least favorite character and why?  That would be the villain in my book five. The evil feral vampire father of Alabama Rain Holden. He’s a drug dealer and a nasty one. You can’t help but hate him and I have him doing a lot of nasty things.

Do you have any formal education in creative writing? If not are you planning to go to school?  No. I learned through trial and error. I spent many years in writers groups which really helped me to learn creative writing. I highly recommend to any aspiring writer to join a local writer’s group. Other writers seem to always be eager to help and I can’t say enough about that.

Do you have any fur babies to brag about? My cat Felix. He loves to sleep in sinks. Go figure.

Do you or have you sat down and read your book fresh off the presses as if it wasn’t yours? And if you did, what was it like?  Yes I have. My first book Forever and a Night. All I can say is it was surreal to read a print book of a story I’d spent years writing and polishing.

What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer?  You have to have a deep passion for writing in order to be a good writer. Making time daily is also critical.

Do have a favorite car or truck model?  Ford F150 truck. Bright red.

Do you ever feel self-conscious when writing love/sex scenes?  Yes. Sex scenes are very hard for me to write. I want them to be passionate and seamless and most of all not cliche. That’s not always very easy.

What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing?  If I could be traditionally published I would always choose that over self-publishing.

There ya have it folks! For more about Lana and her work follow the links below:

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Meet Author Alyson Larrabee

Hola my lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat with guest author Alyson Larrabee

In addition to being an armchair ghost hunter and proud resident of the Bridgewater Triangle, Alyson is the author of Enter If You Dare and Her Evil Ways, both YA paranormal romances. She’s still seeking representation for her third novel, Hidden in the Dark, a mystery about a psychotic serial killer who’s obsessed with his first victim’s teenage daughter. A graduate of Oliver Ames High School, Emerson College and Bridgewater State University, Alyson has three grown children and lives with her husband in Easton, MA. She enjoys long walks through old cemeteries, small children and large dogs.

Enjoy this sample:  My first novel, Enter If You Dare, published in 2014, is a YA Paranormal Romance with an unusual love triangle. It’s about possession and explores the question, what would happen if a girl fell in love with two boys at the same time and these two boys shared the same body?

Why do you write?  I’m part control freak and part voyeur; I dream up a character and then watch what happens each time I place her in a complex and difficult situation. I keep throwing problems at her to see what she’ll do. My characters often surprise me and that’s the best part. I like surprises, even bad ones, as long as they’re fictional. I’m one of those “pantsers” as opposed to a “plotter”. “Pantsers” means you choose to “fly by the seat of your pants”, a concept that creates a very interesting visual, like you could buy jeans with large, white, feathery wings attached to the butt. That’s me; my mom jeans have wings. It’s like a super power.

When did you decide to become a writer?  When I was a little girl it seemed natural to read books (tons of them) and then pick up my notebook and pen and write my own stories. I began to actively pursue publication around 2007, when I took a graduate level short story writing class and the teacher made us send our stories into magazines. Up until then, I had only shared my writing with friends, family and my students. A story that I sent to Listen Magazine was chosen for publication and they paid me eighty dollars for it. I loved the whole experience: writing the story, getting the “congratulations” email and making money, so I decided to attempt to repeat it.

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?  I’d like to take forever because I’m never satisfied with what I’ve written, but eventually I have to put an end to revisions and send my hopes and dreams out there to be shattered by multiple literary agents and publishers. Then I do it again. It’s a very Sisyphean process.

The first book took me five years from first word to publication. The second book maybe two years. My third book, Hidden in the Dark, about four years. I spill the book out pretty fast and then, as I reread it, the flaws emerge, but the solutions to the problems I discover get stuck in my head. I know there’s something wrong, but I’m not sure how to fix it. That’s where my literary friends come in. I have one close friend who’s written tons of mystery stories for Alfred Hitchcock Magazine and Ellery Queen Magazine and she’s full of advice about information dumping and head jumping and some of the things I wasn’t aware I was doing.

I love critical advice (not criticism…that’s different). I lap up advice like it’s a magical energy potion and then run with it. I’m willing to cut passages up or out completely and rewrite massive amounts of prose. I’ve changed the point of view of a 100,000-page novel and the verb tense, also. I’ve cut 10,000 words from a manuscript. I don’t like rejection but I’ve learned so much from the rejecters who’ve given me specific advice that I can act on.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  Ghosts and people who’ve seen them have always fascinated me and I’d always wanted to write a novel. Two of my kids were away at college and the third, Annie, was a junior in high school, so I had a partially empty nest. Annie chose the topic of Local Supernatural Legends for an important assignment and she snuck into a couple of abandoned psychiatric hospitals at night and skulked through a few graveyards after dark and the slide show she created was fascinating, not just to me, but to her teacher and classmates as well. I watched her work on the project and she shared her ideas and experiences with me and the character of Annabelle Blake was born. She crept into the fictional Wildwood Psychiatric Hospital and found the legendary ghost of the Lonesome Boy. She met a handsome young medium. He channeled the ghost. Their whole supernatural experiment exploded out of control and everyone’s paradigms shifted. I lived in a world where two boys (one living, one dead) shared the same body and loved the same girl. I wrote about these three people constantly for about five years straight. They became very real to me.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I’m a morning person and I try to start every day with writing, even if it’s just a book review for Goodreads or a blog entry or the answers to the questions in this interview.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?  If anyone tells me a story about an interesting experience, I immediately begin to make it my own, imagining dramatic scenarios and characters interacting and I want to write about it or weave it into something I’ve already begun writing. I wasn’t always like this but it’s not recent either. This creative way of interacting with people keeps evolving organically. It happens with places, too. Everywhere I go, I see settings for scenes in novels. I can’t pinpoint exactly when this way of looking at the world and its inhabitants began. It’s all happened gradually and naturally.

Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write?  I listen to music with lyrics before I write or during breaks. While I write I sometimes listen to classical music. I like Handel and Mozart and some others, too.

Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website?  Start Media has artists and they designed the covers for Enter If You Dare (cover by Gemini Judson) and Her Evil Ways (cover by Nancy Donahue). My friend, Shaun Melendy took the cover photo for Hidden in the Dark, which hasn’t been picked up by a publisher yet. I told him what I wanted and he hiked out into the Hockomock Swamp at night and took tons of great photos for me to choose from.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?  The hardest thing has been writing taglines to promote Hidden in the Dark and writing the blurb. I also hate writing synopses.

Also, writing when I’m not hotly inspired to pour it all out is tough but I have to do it. I don’t live in a constant state of passionate enthusiasm and water-falling ideas. Sometimes it’s drudgery but I prefer it to any other activity or work.

What is the current book you are promoting?  I recently finished a Kindlescout campaign for Hidden in the Dark, which has been an anxiety producing experience. I don’t know yet if Amazon will publish my book or if I’ll have to go back to querying and pimping it out.  During your book’s thirty day campaign, it’s posted on the Kindlescout website and people can nominate it for publication. There are about 200 books at a time in the competition, I think. Every day of the campaign, the top twenty books (the ones with the most nominations for that 24 hour period) are displayed at the top of the web page with an orange “hot” label pasted in the corner. Every morning, during my campaign, I’d wake up and check to see if Hidden in the Dark was “hot”. Then I’d look at the other books on Kindlescout and compare mine to them. Then I’d look at the books that had been chosen for publication already and compare mine to them. My campaign is over, but I haven’t received the email that announces acceptance or rejection yet. The whole thing is a long shot for me but I wanted to try it. The nail biting isn’t over and it’s making me a little crazy.

You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser?  This is a teaser for my book that’s finished but not published yet.

I hate writing blurbs, but here goes:

Harper Flagg was two years old and the only witness the night that Gabriel kidnapped and murdered her mother. She’s all grown up now, and a dangerous opponent. She drives too fast, punches too hard and is training to become a detective, like her father. She’s obsessed with capturing the famous criminal who murdered the woman they both loved. And he’s obsessed with capturing her, too.

I’m much more comfortable sharing the first few paragraphs of Hidden in the Dark:

Chapter 1 — Gabriel

Sixteen Years Ago

She needed to die quickly with as little pain and mess as possible. So poison was out, as was strangulation, manual or otherwise. After all, he wasn’t a sadistic psycho, just an ordinary guy on an extraordinary mission. Absent mindedly, he fiddled with the knife in his pocket, then picked up the binoculars and scanned the upscale neighborhood again. All the yards were precisely landscaped. Not a blade of grass out of place. Shrubs trimmed. Leaves raked. Quiet. Tidy. Perfect. After the excitement died down, maybe he’d buy a house like one of these. Become a typical suburban dad. Wear a Red Sox cap backwards and shop at those huge home improvement stores, examining paint chips for hours, comparing one shade of yellow to another. Like the owners of the colonial across the street must’ve done. He wondered how many days or even weeks it had taken that couple to make their final decision. The clapboards were dandelion yellow. The dark green shutters matched the well-hydrated grass. And the six-paneled front door was an artfully faded, rusty shade of red. This family’s proud home had what people called curb appeal. Tons of it.

Would the privileged young wife he’d chosen for his first victim be thinking about opposite sides of the color wheel when he held the knife to her throat? Not likely. Her last thoughts would be about family, friends, love. Things he didn’t quite understand because he’d never had them.

Do you have any “how to write” type books/instructional you’d like to recommend?  I’m constantly reading articles about writing online. My go-to book is On Writing by Stephen King. I like some of his novels, but I’m not exactly a diehard fan. I admire his commercial success and he’s so interesting as a person and a writer. Every writer should read On Writing and take his advice about the craft to heart. Even if you don’t apply all of his advice (impossible), seriously think about everything he says in this book.  

Many thanks Alyson! For more about Alyson and her work, follow the links below:

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