Blog Hop How Does Your Writing Process Work?

I have been tagged for this blog hop. It’s not the kind of questions I am used to ask myself, or others, or that I’m comfortable answering, but here goes nothing.

What am I working on?

Ah, now that I can tell you. I’m working on the final once-over of The Power of Three, my new book. A novel this time. Paranormal, romance, crime with a splash of erotica, unless I take the full on sex scenes out and replace them with closed door sex, making the novel more main stream.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don’t even know if it does. I will let that one be answered by the readers.

Why do I write what I do?

To be honest, I have no idea. I just get an idea and get on with it. Sometimes it’s erotic, then fairy tales, horror, sci-fi, or paranormal, but whatever the genre, someone dies. So maybe I’m one sick puppy?
How does your writing process work?

Is there a method to this madness? I mean, I have no writing process. I get an idea and start to write, let the story tell itself. Only after the first draft I distill what is worth keeping from the sludge and maybe end up with something that could become a story worth working on.

That’s about all I can tell about my writing process. Now, it was the idea that I would tag other bloggers/authors with a blog, and I did, but none of them replied, or had the time, and to be honest, I got a bit very busy and forgot to try and et a few more, so I’m afraid the hop ends here.

Luna Sanguis Tour and Giveaway!

I have the good fortune of being one of the Bigfoot Babes and having Simon himself come over to answer a few questions of mine. 🙂

This tour is to celebrate the launch of his new book Luna Sanguis but he will reveal not only bits of the book but also show himself. The man behind the books, the person who is the author. 

Hi Simon, welcome, make yourself at home. Have a drink and some nibbles. 

Simon

What was your life like before a publisher took up your first novel?

More frustrating than threading a needle with a frayed piece of rope. Getting as far as a salmon up the Hoover Dam.

And how did you become an ASMSG member?

I got the attention of one, R Grey Hoover and one day there it was – an invite to join his select covey of authors.

Do you think being in the ASMSG helped your work getting widely known?

I have no doubt about it, Lucy. So many authors have shown me so much love and friendship, especially my Bigfoot Babes. Wink! Lucy blushes!

Oh, Simon! *Blushes even more*

Have you ever written anything else, or have you always only written novels?

I wrote screenplays for some time before novels, Lucy. I even had actors such as Gary Oldman and Gerard Butler read my scripts and accept lead roles. That was a real hoot, shame nothing came of it though, but one can never tell what’s around the corner – Old Indian Legend tells us man who always knows what’s around corner is one dull dude.

How long did it take you from first draft to getting a publishing contract?

7 long years! I felt like a Status Quo fan – banging my head with no hope of reprieve.

What is the title of the book that brought the change?

Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe – it’s a line from the chorus to our Bigfoot song. Wanna hear it? Okay, I don’t really have a good voice anyway.

Is Luna Sanguis also traditionally published?

I decided to go the self publish route with Luna Sanguis.

Oh, why did you self-publish this one?

I wanted more control of the content and the pricing of my book. I must admit I was quite a nervous Nelly at first, but the support of my wonderful friends has been so awesome and nurturing.

Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?

Sure did, Lucy. Let me see … it started off as Blood Bath then Bathed In Blood – Eternal – Eternally Yours – Eternally Yours Part 1 The Blood Hunt and then our friend Travis helped me out and we came up with Luna Sanguis – Blood Moon.

If you would have to change the genre in order to be able to publish it, what would it be then? i.e. would you conform to the market?

Oh my, you mean YA it up? That would be a terrible shame as none of the characters are YA. I guess it could go Romance, but that would ruin the suspense. I would probably shelve it rather than change it to fit someone else’s vision.

Right with that out of the way and to confuse you we’ll take the alternative route now. If you have a bit more time for me …?

Sure thing Lucy, just one small thing – a beer would be nice – thirsty with all this chitchat.

What! You’ve finished the other one all ready? Well, that was to be expected in this heat and chatting away like we are. 🙂 Here you go simon, a nice, cold one.

Can you tell me how you celebrate finally getting that tricky chapter (or para) right?

get up and do a Bigfoot Boogie.

Sounds like you know how to party. But how do you work around those moments when the muse has gone and done a runner on you?

I drop what I’m doing and go for a walk on the beach, let the sea breeze clear the crap from my brain. It usually works. If it doesn’t I work on something else.

Right, you might just have a winning formula there. Now, let’s first do a few of the yada yada questions before we move on to the fun. And by yada yada I do not mean boring, or in any other way stupid questions, but just the traditional ones. You know? The ones we secretly all want to know the answer to. 

What don’t you like about writing.

It keeps me from doing the fun stuff I used to do, but less TV = more productivity. It is an effort to juggle my life with writing schedules.

What do you do marketing wise and what do you think generates the most attention to your books?

I guess I’m the same as everyone else, Lucy, tweeting, facebooking, joining events, helping other authors, voting on Goodreads lists and at the top getting great reviews. Without great reviews there’s little chance of success.

Tell me, when you’re on a roll, the muse is in the house and happily guiding your pen, what would seriously drive her/him away?

My Bigfoot Babe with a bowl of cherries. Sorry Lucy, couldn’t resist that one. Sleep is the one thing that screws with my muse.

For a moment I thought you were going to say “my Bifgoot Babes IN a bowl of cherries.

What does your muse look like and does he/she ever play tricks on you?

My muse is my wife and she is such a little cutie, offering all kinds of help, ideas, starting next projects for me to catch up on. And bless her, she never plays tricks.

Do you ever speak to your characters and do you get along all the time?

I am Phantom Bigfoot therefore I am my characters, I know what they’re up to, most of the time, but every now and then they can get out of hand. Best to let them get on with it.

Is there any food or beverage that is a constant factor in either your books or life?

In Bigfoot the beverage, apart from coffee, is tequila or strong beer, the micro brew kind. At home it’s tea, herbal tea, red wine and nuts followed by veggie salads or our fave – broccoli bake – layers of broccoli, garlic, toasted tomatoes and cheese baked with Italian bread. Yummy!

Would you be able to come up with a credible excuse why you haven’t written a whole day? Remember, I have to believe it! 

Most days are spent marketing at least 3 hours answering messages, another 4 hours helping my mother in law who is seriously disabled, I do managed 1k words a day, sometimes a lot more, but when life gets me down, say prolonged hospital visits (a common occurrence) or my PTSD kicks in (also a common occurrence) I give up and take it easy. No good writing when the demons are screaming in my brain.

And finally why would you ever want to live life behind a keyboard slaving over a manuscript?

It’s better than slaving for a pittance with a big uncaring company that doesn’t give a crap about your health, safety and only cares about their shareholders. At least I am my own boss, well apart from my muse.

Okay now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂

Phantom Bigfoot along with his lovely muse attended the very last Great British Beer Festival at Alexandra Palace, London. It was an all day event so we had to pace ourselves on half pints of such delights as Marston’s Pedigree and Wadworth’s 6X. About half way through a gang of us sat in the central rose gardens for a break from sampling. My muse turned and not more than two inches away from her face was this guy unzipping himself. He was so drunk he pissed into the roses as my muse scurried away. To everyone’s joy and hysterical laughter ensued, the dirty pisser fell face first into the rose beds with his dick still in hand. He remained there all day and into the night as no one dared drag him out for he would surely have been torn to ribbons. Heheheheheh! I used that scene in my screenplay Flip Side.

Hahahahaha, that is without doubt one of the funniest stories I’ve heard in a while! Thanks Simon. *wipes tears of laughter from her cheeks* 

Well, sad to say it looks like we’re all done Lucy. Thanks for the beer and the chat. Until we meet again. Mwah!

Yeah, Simon, I’m sad to see the back of you, but I know you have to move on, there are more stops on the tour and you have commitments elsewhere. I’m glad you came and until we meet again. 🙂 (I’ll keep the beer cold)

I’ll just let the folks know where to find you before we move on to what this tour is all about.

Simon’s new novel Luna Sanguis is released July 15th and the sequel to Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Likea Bigfoot Babe is being penned as you read this. If you like to follow Simon, these are the places he hangs around.

http://facebook.com/simondokillwriter

http://twitter.com/simonokill/

http://tassyoneill.wix.com/the-phantom-bigfoot

http://goodreads.com/tassyoneill

https://www.amazon.com/author/simondokillwriter

And now without further ado. *Drumroll*

LUNA SANGUIS

Available at Amazon US, UK, and Smashwords.

I bet you are curious about the book. So let me give you a peek of it, before we move on to the Rafflecopter.

Paris 1925

A young woman is nearing her Eternal Vampire state as her birthday approaches. She is held captive by the hybrid vampire she created and slowly drained of her pure blood to keep his addiction in check. She outwits him and escapes to a chateau in the hope of reaching maturity. But he follows her unmistakable scent and massacres all that dare protect his supply of Eternal blood.

She awakens in a tiny room trapped and defenseless with amnesia, but something deep in her subconscious yearns to be set free by the next full moon – the date of her Eternal Birthday.

Her true self, Eternal, emerges in brief flashes of awareness to protect her from the horrors of this terrifying prison. Desperate, she forges an alliance with her true love, a gorgeous young doctor treating her.

But her nemesis is out there somewhere, relishing the hunt for her blood – and nothing will stop him from becoming Eternal.

With 234 pages it is a nice length to take along on your upcoming holiday if you like Paranormal Romance.

 

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The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Hello people, once again The Next Big Thing blog hop makes a stop at my blog. Thanks to Sallie Lundy Frommer, author of the great novel Yesterday’s Daughter.

Oh, you have forgotten what this blog hop is about? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to two other authors you can explore!

In this blog hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our book or work-in–progress (giving you a sneak peek). We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the title of your book?

My latest addition to what I hope will be a long list of books is Bound.

Cover bound bare back red small new

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

It was a story that had been playing through my mind for a long time, but I never thought I was the right person to write erotica. As it turned out I am, because I enjoyed writing it very much and reading it back I have no regrets whatsoever.

3. What genre does your book come under?

Like I said, it’s erotica with a kink. As you can see on the cover it’s about bondage, but it’s also a romance. And there’s a happy ending. 🙂

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh, tough one. The female lead would have to be … (Eeeps! Can’t think of any suitable female celeb, nor a man I’d see playing the part of any of the male parts. Suggestions? Anyone?)

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

(William was friendly enough to point out how I missed answering this question)

Anyway, here goes nothing, because I absolutely suck at synopsis.

Young, successful woman who’s into BDSM crosses path with a man she’d like to play with, but where will there games end?

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

This one is, Like Red Gone Bad and Heaven’s Closed again self-published. I’m working with a very good editor who makes sure there’s no SPaG left and all is how it should be. Neat and tight.

cover_image_600x800 

Cover Heavens Closed

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Not long at all. I think it took me no more than a month from first word to last period, or full stop.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Some might say Fifty Shades, but I like to think it’s better. If anything it’s way hotter! 🙂

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

That is a difficult question, since it wasn’t any one person, or occasion. Let’s just say life inspired it. Life and the way of the world as it is now. You know people openly talking about their kinks and whatnot.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Today I can proudly repeat after a reader, “It had me believing it was a real story.”

Below you should have found links to authors joining me by blogging next Wednesday. Alas, I could find none able to free up some time. I do hope you enjoyed reading my post and don’t forget to check out Sallie’s blog and keep your eyes out for those indie writers and their work. 🙂

 

A Celtic Tapestry Blog Tour – Hunter S. Jones an author

Moon Rose Publishing has just released their newest book, A CELTIC TAPESTRY! An anthology between eight authors, each one has taken their own twist on one of the Celtic festivals of the year. From sunny spring to chilly winter, everyone’s favourite season is given a fresh and enticing take in this wonderful collection. To celebrate, Moon Rose Publishing is also hosting a fabulous giveaway as part of the release!

And today Hunter S. Jones is here to talk about it.

Hi Hunter, glad to see you here today. Before we get a move on with the blog tour and book promo can you give me your best Whoop? Or Wheeeheee? Because somehow I know you’re not one of those silent types, right?

How about a Wooohooo!  ?

Okay, sounds like a winner that one, but does it work all the time, even those times when the muse has gone and done a runner on you? And when did you first start using it?

No, I really need to use it. It’s only used for special occasions.

Right, you are on the right track there. Let’s do a few of the yada yada questions before we move on to the real fun.

What is the title of the book you would like to talk about? Is it another one of those zombie erotica stories I enjoyed reading so much? Fables of the Reconstruction, who could forget about that one. The first ever zombie erotica which actually worked how erotica should.

Why, thank you Lucy. That’s so nice of you to say. I’m glad you enjoyed Fables. That really means a lot.

Today, let’s chat about A Celtic Tapestry. It’s the highly anticipated new anthology from Moon Rose Publishing.

A Celtic Tapestry cover

The wheel of the year turns, bringing the joy of spring, the warmth of summer, the richness of autumn, and the merriment of winter. But eight Celtic festivals link these seasons together, bringing with them romance, lust, danger, and even magic. From a city under threat from night-time creatures at Ostara, to a selkie caught by the light of the Lughnasadh moon, to a writer caught in the flames of a fiery goddess at Imbolc.

Eight authors have come together to give their own twist on these festivals, weaving each story with a blend of myth, magic, and contemporary telling…to create A Celtic Tapestry. The authors involved in this anthology are Livia Ellis, Hunter S. Jones, Laura DeLuca, Elodie Parkes, Elle J Rossi, Miranda Stork, Carolyn Wolfe and Tara Stogner Wood.

Did you have difficulty coming up with the title of this one? Dumb question, it’s an anthology, you wouldn’t have to come up with a title. Let’s change it then. Would you have chosen another one?

A Celtic Tapestry is an anthology available through Moon Rose Publishing. The publisher, Miranda Stork, was thoughtful enough to allow the eight authors to vote on the title. How great is that?

That is wonderful and I guess most satisfying to you authors knowing you had a say in the whole coming together of the book and whatnot?

But just to confuse you we’ll take the alternative route now.

What don’t you like about writing, or whatever you need to do marketing wise?

I love the creative process…taking random thoughts and placing them into a finished written story. As for marketing…that’s an entirely different beast, isn’t it?

Tell me, when your muse is visiting and you’re on a roll, what would seriously drive her/him away?

Having a drink.

What does your muse look like?

I’m superstitious, so I can’t tell you Lucy.

Oh, okay 🙂 But that does make me curious if he/she might be a bit jealous or possessive. Anyway, do you ever speak to your characters and do you get along all the time?

The characters tend to ‘speak’ to me and give me clues. It’s up to me to find out how all the puzzle pieces fit together and make it into a story.

Can you name the food and drink that will surely get you started?

Everyday starts with a coup of English tea. Sugar only, no cream.

Would you be able to come up with an excuse on why you haven’t written a whole day, and have me believe it too?

I’ve been researching today and…

Hahaha, now that sounds really plausible. And finally why would you ever want to live life behind a keyboard slaving over a manuscript?

Because I ruptured my Achilles tendon last year and can’t do anything else right now!

Okay now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please no cat’s, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂

Love one another, do no harm and support independent artists whether it’s music, acting, the written word or art.

Thank you Lucy! Everybody loves Lucy and I appreciate you taking the time to speak with me today.

Thank you for bringing the Tour to my blog. 🙂 The only things I’m curious about are how it all came to be for you, bio time! And where can we get that anthology?

What? There’s a trailer for the book?

Trailer!

And the book can be bought at

MRP Website link: http://www.moonrosepublishing.com/#!a-celtic-tapestry/cayu

Amazon

But now I’d like to read that bio of yours, please? 🙂

The art form I create when writing is much more interesting than anything you will ever know or learn about me. However, since you ask, I have lived in Tennessee and Georgia my entire life, except for one “lost summer” spent in Los Angeles. I was always a complex kid. My first published stories were for a local underground rock publication in Nashville. I have published articles on music, fashion, art, travel and history. Currently, I have a music blog and published my debut novella, Fables of the Reconstruction, in 2012. I have a fascination with Edgar Allan Poe and Anne Rice, although I love history and like any Southern girl, I will always idolize Margaret Mitchell for writing Gone With The Wind. I live in Atlanta, Georgia with my partner, my books and a million dollar view.

Blog: http://www.thehuntersjones.blogspot.co.uk/?zx=a9e9844e0b749459

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004109944440&fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HunterSJones101

MRP Website Author Page: http://www.moonrosepublishing.com/#!hunter-s-jones/c1fbk

And now for the giveaway! Well, what IS the free stuff? Moon Rose Publishing, as part of the A CELTIC TAPESTRY tour, is giving away a ton of good stuff. You could win a print copy of A CELTIC TAPESTRY, a sticker pack, bookmarks, a beautiful necklace and jewelled bookmark from Tara S Wood, or an e-book of the anthology!

https://www.facebook.com/ACelticTapestry/app_228910107186452

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Hello people, once again The Next Big Thing blog hop makes a stop at my blog. Thanks to Ruby Kiddell, author of amongst others Normal an erotic  novel.

Oh, you have forgotten what this blog hop is about? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to two other authors you can explore!

In this blog hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our book or work-in–progress (giving you a sneak peek). We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the title of your book?

My latest addition to what I hope will be a long list of books is Bound.

Cover bound bare back red small new

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

It was a story that had been playing through my mind for a long time, but I never thought I was the right person to write erotica. As it turned out I am, because I enjoyed writing it very much and reading it back I have no regrets whatsoever.

3. What genre does your book come under?

Like I said, it’s erotica with a kink. As you can see on the cover it’s about bondage, but it’s also a romance. And there’s a happy ending. 🙂

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh, tough one. The female lead would have to be … (Eeeps! Can’t think of any suitable female celeb, nor a man I’d see playing the part of any of the male parts. Suggestions? Anyone?)

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

(William was friendly enough to point out how I missed answering this question)

Anyway, here goes nothing, because I absolutely suck at synopsis.

Young, successful woman who’s into BDSM crosses path with a man she’d like to play with, but where will there games end?

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

This one is, Like Red Gone Bad and Heaven’s Closed again self-published. I’m working with a very good editor who makes sure there’s no SPaG left and all is how it should be. Neat and tight.

cover_image_600x800 

         Cover Heavens Closed

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Not long at all. I think it took me no more than a month from first word to last period, or full stop.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Some might say Fifty Shades, but I like to think it’s better. If anything it’s way hotter! 🙂

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

That is a difficult question, since it wasn’t any one person, or occasion. Let’s just say life inspired it. Life and the way of the world as it is now. You know people openly talking about their kinks and whatnot.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blogging, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!

The talented Jo Robinson, author of Shadow People

And the equally great Patrick Jones, author of The Wolf’s Moon