Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Review of Ghosts, Author's Revised Edition

GHOSTS, Author’s Revised Edition
By: Noel Hynd
Published by: Damnation Books, LLC
ISBN: Digital - 978-1-61572-065-1
ISBN: Print - 978-1-61572-064-4

This review is based on a review copy provided by Damnation Books in exchange for review, all reviews being my own opinion without guarantee or assumption of liking or disliking.

Noel Hynd is a master at crafting a spine tingling tale. In his book, Ghosts, he takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of hauntings, murder and mayhem.

Set in the sleepy little island town of Nantucket, Ghosts gives any paranormal enthusiast a tale worth reading. Tim Brooks is a detective who is known for sticking his nose into everything. He originally hails from a big city and knows his way around homicide cases better than his fellow team mates on the local police force.

When a young college girl is found brutally murdered, Tim becomes more enmeshed in a case than he ever has been before. The other two detectives, first on the scene, automatically charge the girl’s boyfriend. Tim, on the other hand, feels there’s something more going on and believes the boy is innocent.

Shortly thereafter, an award winning actress, Annie Carlson, reports seeing someone in her home. When Tim goes to investigate, he learns the “someone” Annie thought she saw was a ghost. Tim, at first, is convinced Annie is mistaken. He takes her to meet an older woman, Helen Ritter, who lives in a nearby nursing home. Helen had been known to take evening walks and enter people’s homes. Annie knows Helen isn’t her night-time visitor.

As the story progresses, another young person is killed. This time, it seems accidental - a drowning. But as the ME examines the x-rays, he is convinced the two deaths are similar. He brings his evidence to Tim who soon begins to wonder what’s really going on in their small community.

Meanwhile, events at Annie’s small cottage escalate. Finally, Tim is present when a large, heavy china cabinet, which is bolted to the wall, is pulled from its place and hurled violently to the ground. Now, both Tim and Annie are convinced her home is haunted. As Annie and Tim grow closer, a third horrendous murder occurs.

Tim turns to the local minister, George Osaro, a Japanese-American who is interested in the spiritual world. Together, the three of them band together to battle the evil, malevolent presence which has risen.

Ghosts is a book which will keep you riveted from start to finish. Who is the ghost haunting the island? Who holds the key to unlocking the mystery? Who is George Osaro and what is his involvement with the spiritual world? Will Tim and Annie find peace? I found this book fascinating and hope you will as well.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Interview with author Craig Gehring

Today my guest is MuseItUp author, Craig Gehring. Craig has offered to discuss his writing and his upcoming book, Norman, due to be released in early 2011.

1: When did you first begin writing?

I first began writing as a wee lad. My motive was revenge. My cousin had sent me the movie “The Land Before Time” as a Christmas gift, and it frightened me so badly that I wanted to scare him back. So my first story was a five-year-old-ish horror piece. I don’t think Grandma actually sent it for me, though. Even then, the hardest part of the business was getting published!

2: What inspired you to write?

I love to entertain. I love creating an effect on an audience. What keeps me going is that laugh or that tear or that occasional “WHAT THE HELL?” I get from someone reading my work.

3: What do you like the most and least about writing?

I like most the writing part, from that primary spark of inspiration to that rush at 3:00 a.m. as the pages keep churning to that empty dread that maybe the story slipped away to the I THINK I CAN I THINK I CAN final stretch to that rewarding churn of the printer as the words breathe their first breaths in this world.

I like least the part where…well…hmm…I love it all. Even when literary journals reject me and I have to bite back tears and be cranky with my wife all day. All part of the fun.

I guess the part my wife likes least is literary journals.

4: What do you for fun and relaxation when not writing?

For one, I’m a Frisbee fanatic.

But mostly I play with my little girl. She’s one year old and terribly fun. She’s happy and energetic and quite unstoppable and definitely the best thing my wife and I have going for us.

5: Which authors do you like to read?

That depends on what I’m reading. One of my favorite authors is David Ives. He published a wonderfully hilarious book of one-acts called “All in the Timing”. Neil Simon and Steve Martin make the list. If I’m in a mainstream mood, it’s John Grisham, Stephen King…

Sometimes I go on a sci fi binge, though, in which case it’s John Varley, Isaac Asimov, L. Ron Hubbard, Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Orson Scott Card…

6: What’s the one thing you’d most like people to know about you?

I’d like for people to know that I have stories and that they can get them from various places and that when they get them they can then read them and hopefully enjoy them. I have quite a bit of short fiction that is available on various free ezines on the web – my homepage links to them:

7: Tell me about your current novel, where I can find it and your website/blog.

My current novella is Norman. It’s about an artificial intelligence with an enormous heart circuit. He encounters Clayton, a cutthroat journalism student who will do anything for a story. Norman risks becoming a news spectacle, himself, in order to teach Clayton what it means to be human…or at least, he tries to.

Norman is being published by MuseItUp early 2011. Right now you can learn more about Norman by going to:

8: Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?

One thing I LOVE is Heinlein’s five rules of writing. Hugo award winner Robert J. Sawyer has a great article on the rules on his site:

9: Do you base your characters on real-life people?

Absolutely. I don’t know how else I could write. It’s way easier and comes off way more genuine and alive if I just use the people I’ve known. Sometimes I synthesize my characters out of different people.

10: Where do you get your ideas and what inspired you to write this book?

I get my ideas from reading and from conversations, mostly. These spark up series of “what ifs” that become the basis of the characters and plot. I have a very good friend who is a computer programmer, and the thought struck me after one of our conversations that any computer program is just one gigantic number. I got the funny idea, “What if someone tried to make artificial intelligence by just randomly picking numbers using a supercomputer?” And then, “What if supercomputer made the artificial intelligence, but nobody actually knew it had happened, so the A.I. just sat there and played solitaire or something until one day someone typed ‘hello’ on his computer, and he said ‘hello’ back.” And then, “I think I’ll call him Norman. Norman is a good name for an artificial intelligence. Any A.I. named Norman would probably be quite pleasant.” And then I got another completely unrelated spark: “I really want to write a book with a TOTAL JERK as a main character/narrator!” And thus Clayton East was born. But I ended up making him a somewhat likable jerk. Norman tries to make him more likable and less jerk. Clayton tries to make Norman a news story. And there’s Norman in a nutshell!

11: What are you currently working on?

I have a novel-length thriller called Nirvana Effect that I’m wrapping in the next month or so. I’ve also got a few shorter pieces in the fire. My monthly column on American cultural figures appears in American Fiction (

12. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?

Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I really appreciate your readers for taking the time to meet me.

Craig, thank you for joining me and sharing your writing life.

No, here's an excerpt from Norman:

At this point in the story, Clayton East has just met Norman, the artificial intelligence, and conducted an all-night interview. Norman’s caring angle on life is definitely having an impact on Clayton. Now Clayton tries to undo some of the damage he’s done with his ex-girlfriend Raksha.

Reading the pages brought back the memory of the night in full. It had been like a sleepover with a best friend, where at some point near three in the morning you start talking about the girls you like and the fears you have and things you know you’ve never told anybody and never will tell anybody again. Norman, the computer, heard all of that from me, and I heard all of that from him.

Norman didn’t have a love life or a woman to worry about like I had Raksha, but he did have his relationships. Computers obviously can’t cry, but I could have sworn the monitor got a little foggy when he talked about losing Eisenberg.

Norman thanked me afterwards for listening. I didn’t thank him, but I noticed I felt better than I had in a long time when I finally left the lab.

“Where’d you go?” asked Raksha as I walked back into the living room.

“I was just…reading…” She wore her dark hair in a ponytail. A few wispy strands strayed around the frame of her forehead. Her eyes were dark brown, almost black, and yet they shone bright. She’d been my pathetic crush since middle school.
Raksha looked different after my long night with Norman. I’d never looked at her the way I did at that moment. She wasn’t my crush, or my love, or the girl I worried over at all hours of the night. She was Raksha without anything having to do with me attached to her.

Somehow I’d always seen her as that girl in middle school. I’d seen her every day and yet missed the entire transition she’d made into womanhood. I had the awkward realization that I didn’t know very much about her.

I owed her something. The truth was, I’d never told her how I really felt about her. I’d worried that it would freak her out, that she would see me in a different light, that maybe she would take me for granted. Norman’s stupid essay echoed in my head. It shouldn’t be all about me. I owed it to her to tell her, even if it came to nothing.

“Raksha,” I croaked. I tried again. “Raksha, I need to tell you something.”

“What’s that?” she asked. She started to rise, concern tightening her face.
“No, stay there. I just want to tell you something, okay?”


I resisted the urge to say something lame like “I like your teeth.” I had to lay it all out. “Okay, here goes. I’ve never told you this because I’m basically a chicken, at least when it comes to you, probably because you’re the one person that can really get under my skin.”

She opened her mouth to say something but I kept talking. “I mean, you’re the one person that I let in, really. What you think…well, I care what you think about me. You’re very important to me. You’re my best friend and you’re more than that to me. So I’ll tell you this: I love you.”

“I love you, too,” said Raksha. Love is such a nonspecific word.

“No, I mean I love you love you,” I said. “Like I think about you all the time and really my secret desire is to spend the rest of my life with you.” Wow, I’m on a roll. “Like the only reason I’m still at this school is because you’re here. Like I wish every day that we were still together, I wish I could take back everything, I wish I could just have shut my ears and never overheard Maggie talking to you…” My body felt all mixed up, like my heart was doing my breathing for me. It was the cheesiest, most honest thing I’d ever done.

I stopped talking, though, because Raksha looked angry. It wasn’t the reaction I was expecting. I didn’t know what to expect but I certainly wasn’t expecting for her eye to tick.

“Well, take it back!” she shouted.

“I would if I could…”

Raksha stood up. “You can! Call her! Take it back!”

The thought overwhelmed me. Everything we’d been fighting over for the past year shot from her lips in a concentration of seven angry words. I couldn’t figure out what to say. I could tell she wanted me to just do it.

She gave me three seconds. I thought I saw a tear roll off her cheek.

“Fine!” she said. She grabbed her purse off the sofa and left.

I watched the front door glide to a halt in her wake. Had the ceiling become the floor? I wasn’t certain.

“Thanks, Norman,” I muttered to myself.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Eternal Press Call for Submissions

Eternal Press Call For Submissions:
The Holidays are just around the corner! They are currently seeking submissions that pertain to the holidays. Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Samhain, New Years, Valentines, St. Patrick’s Day…any holiday at all! This call for submissions will be open until the end of don’t delay…send in your sub now!

Eternal Press Submissions Guidelines

They are currently accepting:
Novellas, and full-length manuscripts from 20,000-140,000 words.
Genres: Romance, Erotica, GBLT and BDSM, Paranormal, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Thriller, Historical, Young Adult.
They are particularly interested in:
* Erotica
* Paranormal (vampire/shapeshifter/witch)
* Romance
* Young Adult
* Longer length novellas and novels
How to Submit to Eternal Press:
Submit a cover letter in the body of the email that contains the following:
* Genre
* Word Count
* Brief Synopsis
* A bit about you
* Your marketing plan should we accept your manuscript for publication.
* Although they like to encourage open, free and creative expression, do let them know whether the piece contains any questionable content. They do put disclaimers about content if it could potentially disturb our consumers, so do let them know in advance.

Attach the following to your cover letter in .doc or .rtf format (no .docx):
* For stories under 50k: The complete manuscript with your contact information, title, word count, and genre at the top.
* For novels 50k +, the first three chapters and the last chapter, with your contact information, title, word count, and genre at the top
* Your manuscript should contain either 1-1/2 or double spacing and one inch margins. Use a 12 pt. Book Antiqua font.

Send to Eternal Press with a subject line: SUBMISSIONS_your name_book title to...

For more info on their submissions guidelines please visit their website at

Monday, June 14, 2010

Bald Faced Liar or Creative Writer Blogger Award

The very talented fantasy author, Sandy Lender, nominated me for the Bald Faced Liar or Creative Writer Blogger Award. The rules are that I tell either six lies and one truth OR I tell six truths and one lie about myself. You get to figure out which I’ve done…and which statement is a lie OR which full, complete statement is a truth. Leave a cute little comment to tell me what you’ve decided!

I nominate the following bloggers for this high-society award:

Barbara Ehrentreu,

Joyce Anthony,

Chris Speakman,

Katie Hines,

Nancy Sharpe,

Lea Schizas,

Deb Hockenberry,

Here are my lies or are they truths? You decide and then let me know what you think.

1. When I was in my 20's, I managed to jump start my boyfriend's Harley Sportster and then rode it through town without a license.

2. Also when I was in my 20's I hitch-hiked up and down the State of California with another boyfriend.

3. During the summer of 1977, I lived in a haunted house with several of my friends.

4. When I was in my early 30's, I traveled from coast to coast with two friends in a VW van, stopping to sight-see along the way.

5. At the end of my cross-country trip, I met my husband and moved in with him the same day I met him.

6. I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Creative Writing when I was 21.

7. I taught Hatha Yoga and meditation techniques for a number of years.

So what do you think? Are they all but one a pack of lies? Or can you pick out only one that’s a lie? Let me know!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Interview with author, Rena Jones

Today, my guest is children’s author, Rena Jones. Ms. Jones’ book, A New Job for Dilly, is available through 4RV Publishing and I had the pleasure of reviewing it earlier this week. Rena is here today to share some of her thoughts about writing for children.

1. Please tell me how long you've been writing, and why you decided to become a writer.

I began writing in 2003 after visiting Glacier National Park in Montana. A little mountain goat inspired me to write a story about him, and my love for writing children’s stories began.

2. Are you a full-time writer or a part-time writer, and how do you organize your writing time?

I’m a part-time writer. My full-time job is homeschooling my two boys and being a stay-at-home mom to my four kids. I definitely write in spurts as inspiration hits. Once I’m on a roll … look out and be quiet! I have a hard time writing if there’s too much noise. That’s hard living in a house with 6 people.

3. What influences your writing?

I live in the mountains and there are lots of critters near my house. I see things like bears, raccoons, moose, deer, squirrels, all sorts of birds, rabbits, etc. A lot of my stories deal with animals because of what I see running around our yard. My family also loves seeing national parks, which are usually filled with animals. My boys, Nathan and Neil are a big influence on my writing. They’re always coming up with fun ideas for me.

4. Is this your first published work? What other types of writing have you done?

A New Job for Dilly was my first published picture book. I have another book out called Lemur Troops & Critter Groups. My third book, The Marshmallow Man, is due out shortly. All are published by 4RV Publishing, LLC. I am due to have four more out with the same publisher over 2010-2012. I loved picture books as a child and they’re my favorite to write. However, I have completed two middle grade novels and am currently working on a third one.

5. Why did you choose to write a children's story?

Since I homeschool my kids, I’m always doing something that relates to children and/or education. I’ve created a lot of lesson plans for my kids. Writing a children’s story seemed so natural for me. I don’t think I have what it takes to write for adults, but you never know.

6. What was the process of creating this book from the first idea to the final published book?

It’s funny because with this book, I originally set out to make the story about a rat on a pirate ship. His name was Scabby at first. The story just sort of went off in its own direction and Dilly was born. There are 2 more books coming out in the series – A New Friend for Dilly and A Dinner Date for Dilly.

7. What are your thoughts on traditional versus self-publishing?

I think they both work. I see a lot of people doing very well with self-publishing, so I don’t look upon it as a bad thing. With both ways, the author/illustrator still needs to work hard to get their work out there.

8. What is your marketing strategy?

My publisher is a small independent one, so most of my marketing is done online. I’m also working on trying to get my books in local stores where I live. I send out media kits, hang up flyers, mail postcards, make book trailers, and rely on wonderful friends to spread the word about my books. I also use social media sites to help with marketing.

9. What are your thoughts about children's writers needing an agent or not needing one?

I definitely see the plus in an agent. When I first started submitting stories, I didn’t know anything about agents and whether or not I needed one. I don’t have an agent now, but am currently looking for one for my middle grade novels. Obviously, it is possible to be successful without one, but I think it opens more doors if you have one.

10. Where can people find out more about you and your writing?

I have a website @ I’m on Blogger, Facebook, and JacketFlap. I also have an Author’s Page on Amazon @

11. Do you have any tips for writers who are new to children's literature?

Read as much as you can about the business side. A lot of people come to me saying they have an “idea” for a children’s book, but don’t know how to take it to the next step. You have to understand the industry. Read lots of books in the genre you want to write in and study publishing company’s booklists. There are a lot of how-to books on writing for children, so I recommend getting a few of those as well. But whatever you do – write, write, write! The more you write, the better writer you will become.

Rena, thank you for being my guest today. It's always a pleasure learning how other writers approach their work.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Review A New Job for Dilly

By Rena Jones
Illustrated by Lisa Oakman
Published by: 4RV Publishing LLC

This review is based on a review copy provided by Rena Jones in exchange for review, all reviews being my own opinion without guarantee or assumption of liking or disliking.

Ms. Jones, along with illustrator Lisa Oakman, has created a delightful story for young children in her book, A New Job for Dilly. Dilly is a rat with a penchant for dill pickles. When he is caught running from a deli with a discarded half-eaten pickle, he decides he needs to get a job so he can purchase his own pickles.

Do you think you could think of a job for every letter of the alphabet? Well, Dilly can. He trys them all from A to Z. Unfortunately for poor Dilly, there is a problem with each of the jobs. He can’t be an airplane pilot for he’s afraid of heights. Clown shoes don’t fit him, and housekeeping makes him sneeze.

As the reader turns the pages, he not only learns the alphabet, but is exposed to different types of jobs. The clever child will notice one letter is missing as Dilly considers each job. The full color illustrations will make children laugh out loud and allow parent and child an opportunity for discussion.

At the end of the story, Dilly realizes which letter is missing. This is the one letter which corresponds to the job perfect for Dilly. Can you guess what type of job would make a rat’s day? Read A New Job for Dilly along with your child to find the answer. I know I plan to share this delightful tale with my granddaughter the next time she comes for a visit.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Interview with author Tisha Morris

Today, my guest is author Tisha Morris. She wrote the book, 27 Things to Feng Shui Your Home. I reviewed this book on May 20th, here on my blog. Today Ms. Morris has agreed to talk about her writing process.

Penny: Please tell us briefly about your book, 27 Things to Feng Shui Your

Tisha: 27 Things to Feng Shui Your Home was inspired by a Chinese proverb that says, “If you want to change your life, move 27 things in your home.” I love this proverb because it speaks to just how interrelated the energy is between our self and our home. As a feng shui consultant, I have witnessed with my clients and myself that when you make changes in your home, correlating changes will take place in your life. I wanted to give readers the opportunity to experience the benefits of making changes to their home, but without being overwhelmed. For that reason, the book is easy to read, understand, and apply.

Penny: How long have you been writing, and what made you decide to become a

Tisha: When I was in 8th grade, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I later decided that becoming an attorney would be the best way to give me writing credentials while making a decent living. What I didn’t plan on was not liking the practice of law.
So for the ten years following my first law job, I went on a self-discovery journey -- from interior design school to teaching yoga -- to figure out what I really wanted to do from my heart instead of my head.

Now those ten years have come full circle resulting in all aspects of myself – the attorney, the interior designer, the energy healer, and the author – coming together as part of my life purpose.

Penny: Are you a full-time or part-time writer, and how do you organize your
writing time?

Tisha: Writing provides a great mix to my typical work day. I tend to get bored easily so my typical day usually involves a blend of seeing clients, blogging, graphic design, networking, and meditation. I wish I could say that I have a structured writing time, but being a moody Cancer, the weather seems to dictate my writing schedule more than anything else, unless, of course, there is a deadline looming!

Penny: What type of research did you do for your book?

Tisha: The information in my book came together through a hodgepodge of resources – from my experiences with clients to my background in interior design and knowledge of feng shui. I do reference several of my favorite feng shui authors as well. Like most people in service-related businesses, you learn more from your clients than anyone. I have therefore used several of my clients’ stories as examples in the book.

Penny: What is your process for writing a book from the first idea to the
final submission?

Tisha: Writing a book involves a delicate blend of the right and left brain. At times, you have to get out of your own way and just let the information flow through you. Other times, it takes some real analytical skills to bring it all together.
For me, the big concepts come intuitively. And then my left brain loves to step in and organize things logically. Having a clear, logical organization was of utmost importance for this book in order to convey such a seemingly vague concept as “energy.”

Once you have your idea or overall concept, then the next step is to create an outline or skeleton for the book. From there, it is a matter of filling in the skeleton. Because I am such a ‘completionist’, it is really important for me to set up bite-size goals to keep me going with the book. Similar to clearing clutter in your home, you want to work in baby steps. Instead of being overwhelmed with the whole house or whole book, you work one closet or chapter at a time.

Penny: How did you become involved in feng shui?

Tisha: I arrived at Feng Shui through the backdoor, so to speak. After not feeling fulfilled with practicing law for many years, I followed my passion and love for the home by obtaining a Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. Soon after that, I trained and then taught yoga and became interested in the healing arts. While it would seem that interior design would be the logical prelude to Feng Shui, it was actually through my experience as an energy healer. I wanted to heal spaces the same way we heal the mind and body. After all, it is all part of the same energy soup. And so my love affair with Feng Shui began. Over the last three years, I have witnessed some amazing transformations in people once the energy in their home is balanced through Feng Shui.

Penny: Is this a self-published book or traditional publishing, and how did
you choose this type of publishing?

Tisha: The publisher for 27 Things is Turner Publishing and my book is part of their Good Things To Know Series. As a new author, I was eager and grateful to have the assistance of a traditional publishing company with established connections. Just like entering any new profession, I am constantly learning with wide eyes and open ears as to how the publishing world works, although it seems to be ever-changing. With so many publishing options these days, everyone has a forum through which their voice and information can be heard and spread. It’s just a matter of finding the modality that best fits each person and/or project.

Penny: What is your marketing plan for your book?

Tisha: My marketing plan involves three circles: the closest circle which includes friends, family, and clients; the next circle being those folks who share an interest and passion in feng shui and the healing arts through the internet and social media; and then the widest circle being the mainstream population through traditional media sources.

Penny: Where can people learn more about you and your work?

Tisha: My website/blog – – has a wealth of information on feng shui, the healing arts, and my services, including links to purchase my book. I also have a feng shui iPhone app where you can interactively apply Feng Shui to your home, office, desk, or anywhere. Just search “Tisha” in the app store.

Penny: Do you have any tips for writers wanting to write non-fiction?

Tisha: Find something you are passionate about. Add your unique knowledge or perspective on it and start writing. You have to be in the vibration of writing before you can ever be published. I had been writing a different book related to feng shui for three years before this book ever came along. But this book would never have manifested but for the energy, passion, and intention I had already invested for the other book.

Tisha, thank you for being my guest today and sharing your thoughts about writing and your work.

Be sure to follow the rest of Tisha's blog tour at the following blogs:
June 4th
• Maxine Thompson
Book Review

June 5th
• Yvonne Perry,
Book Review

June 6th
• Riehl Life - Janet Riehl
A Writer’s Guide to Feng Shui Your Workspace

June 7th
• The Shift Guru - Barbara Joye

June 8th
• Real life Spirituality Article - Akemi Gaines
What Do Ascension and Clearing Clutter Have in Common

June 9th
• Angels Among Us - Leilani Schmidt-Graham
Live Web Radio!

June 10th
• Wicked Thorn and Press - Wendy Ely

June 11th
• Your Book Your Self - Laurel Marshfield
Writer's Guide to Feng Shui Your Workspace

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Interview with author Rie McGaha

Today, my guest is author, Rie McGaha. Rie's latest fantasy book is Ancient Blood. This is due to be released by Noble Romance Publishing on May 31, 2010.

1) Tell me a little about your book.

Ancient Blood is the sequel to Blood Line and tells Ganda’s story. This shape shifter adventure takes the reader to ancient Egypt, back to where it all began.

Book Blurb: When Ganda decides it’s time to live again, she must travel to Ireland to say a final good-bye to her long, lost love Colin, and then to Egypt where she lost him. But when a mysterious man approaches her with a message, Ganda must call on her uncle, Garan, and friends Josh and Jessie Kaine to help her unravel a two thousand year old mystery she may not want the answers to.

2) What gave you the idea for this particular story?

When I wrote Blood Line I had no plans for a sequel, but readers fell in love with Ganda’s character and she wanted everyone to know her story, so Ancient Blood was born.

3) Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?

Organize? I’m sorry, I don’t understand the question. Lol I am a full-time writer, editor, review editor/coordinator, and it just all kind of works.

4) When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I get asked this question a lot, so I’m sorry if my answer sounds clich├ęd…being a writer is who I am, it’s not what I do. I’ve told stories since before I could write, and I’ve written stories since I could make letters.

5) What do you hope readers will take from your writing?

Pure enjoyment and a little titillation. I don’t write to make a statement or for any PC reason, there’s too much of that all ready. When I pick up a book, I wan to be entertained, so when I write, I write to give readers a little break from the real world. My biggest statement is use a condom!

6) Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why?

That’s a funny question! I write erotic, romance, adventure, shape shifter, suspense, humor, time travel, historical, contemporary….and sometimes it’s all in the same book!

7) What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?

The toughest part is edits. I am a freelance editor, but when it comes to my own work, I’m the worst editor in the world! I do love edits though, and I love tough editors.

8) Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it.

Well, if you listen to my daughter, Lisa, she will tell you she skips the sex parts because it’s like “eeewww, my parents did that!” My response is if we were doing all that, I wouldn’t have time to write!

9) How much is your protagonist like you? How different?

Oh yeah, ask anyone, I’m the sweet, understanding type….NOT. No, they’re very little like me, maybe what I want to be, but definitely not me.

10) What kind of research did you do for this type of story?

A good portion of Ancient Blood is set in ancient Egypt, so I couldn’t exactly go there for research, but Discovery has an awesome on line library full of videos, stills, and virtual pyramids I was able to use.

11) Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not?

The violent scenes aren’t difficult at all. I watch ID all day, CSI, Criminal Minds, etc. so there’s lots to inspire me, plus I worked in the prison system for many years and have lots to draw on. The sex scenes are ubber difficult for me. I’m old and just don’t remember that much! LOL

12) What about your book makes it special?

I hope it’s the fact that what I write isn’t the normal things you read in books today. I’ve lived quite a life and have lots of experience, and I hope that gives my books a bit of a different twist.

13) Where can people learn more about you and your work?

Just Google me and I’m everywhere! Or go to my website

14) Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book?

Learn your craft, polish your work, and above all, get a really thick skin. Rejections hurt, but they are a very real part of writing. Also, learn how to promote yourself. That was the hardest part for me, but as you can see, I’ve over come that fear!

Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Penny. And I’d also like to remind everyone that I have a contest to celebrate the release of Ancient Blood. There are a couple of ways to enter: First, go to and scroll down below the excerpt, after reading it of course! Lol Or go to enter by leaving a comment. I’m giving away free reads, an Ancient Blood T-shirt and poster!

Rie, thanks for being my guest today. It was a pleasure getting to know you and more about your work.