Author of the Day – Lorelei Bell

Lorelei at my book signing 2013 AprilHi Lorelei, thanks for taking the time to answer a few of my questions. Not at all, this will be fun. Nice to visit you again, Lucy!

I know you have a job aside of the full time job that being an author is, would you ever want to leave that and dedicate all your time to writing or are you, like me, one of the lucky people to earn money loving doing what they love?  I would leave it in a heartbeat, are you kidding? Driving transit (bus) is no picnic!

If you were given the choice would you go visit the set of the original Dracula film, Nosferatu, or would you want to visit a place from True Blood, the series based on the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse novels? Probably the Nosteratu film, I’m a traditionalist.

And would you go there on your own, or in an organized group tour? No group tour. Ug! But I’d have to have my husband with me, he watches out for me. (:

Is there any food or beverage that is a constant factor in either your books or life?  Well, blood, of course in my books–that sort of goes hand-in-hand with vampires, of course. Me, I’m on a diet, right now, so let’s say lettuce, cellery, and hard boiled eggs.

What is your favourite dish and can you give me the recipe? Oh, my, that’s a tough one, since most of my favorites I am not allowed to have (in a few months I might be able to eat a little of my potato salad–everyone loves it!) But, yeah, I can give it to you. Now???

Yes, please if you don’t mind. 🙂

POTATO SALAD (serves about 10-14)

10-12 fist sized red potatoes (boil in skins, about 20 min, check with a fork, if skins begin to peel get them out of the hot water and chill in ice water)

2 hard-boiled eggs- diced

1 stalk of celery – chopped

1/4 c. onion (red or white) – chopped

1/2 c pickle relish

(about) 3/4 c. Miracle Whip (or your choice mayonnaise)

1 T. mustard (I use Dijon)

1/2-1 t. salt (to taste – I try to remember to salt the water I boil the potatoes in)

dash of pepper

sprinkle paprika over top

Peel skins off potatoes, cut up into bite-sized cubes, mix in all other ingredients. You may have to eye the mayonnaise to your own taste. I like it creamy!

Hope you like this! It’s a family favorite for picnics. I can’t get out of having to make it for gatherings!

BEST version of cave with eyes-4What is the title of the book you would like to talk about, and can you give us a small taster of it?  “Vampire Caprice” and below you can read a short excerpt of it.

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I paused, keeping three steps away. When I saw her apply bright pink lipstick, I knew she was either color blind or a demon. I was pretty sure this was a demon made up to look human, and my stomach roiled at the idea of what would happen if it came down to me against her—or him—whatever.

She had one of those faces that had a lot of years mapped on them and the jowls drooped. Dark red eyes flashed at me, and the slits for pupils, like a goat’s eyes, confirmed it. I didn’t think she realized her human facade was not quite perfected.

“Hello,” she said in a sort of crackly voice. I guessed she was a heavy smoker by the sound of things in there. Or, maybe the demon’s voice simply sounded this way.

“Hi,” I said cautiously. “Nice restaurant.”

“Yes. Yes, the food. Magnificent!”

Well, it wasn’t magnificent, but it was good.

Dagger of Delphi was jumping inside my bag, wanting to get out and do its job.

The demon-lady turned to me, and the brown eyes turned a demonic shade of red.

Everything went to hell. Literally.

The demon snarled. Hands turned into claws, it lunged, and I skittered away. My fingers fumbled with the zipper of my backpack. Shit! Shit-shit-shit! Finally, it unzipped. The dagger flew out of the backpack before I could get it open all the way. I stifled my need to scream, backed up into the wall, and knocked a small pedestal over with fake flowers on it. It tumbled to the floor making a racket. The scream that rent the woman’s rest room came not from me, but from the demon. It was a horrible scream, starting out like a roar, and then it went high as the dagger jammed into it’s chest. Instantaneously the thing that pretended to be a woman burst into blue and red flames. Flames engulfed it until there was nothing left but a sooty, charcoal mass in the general shape of a human, still standing, until it decomposed into a pile on the floor. It might have taken about two or three minutes from start to finish, but it felt like an hour to me.

“Oh, shit!” I said under my breath. The smell of burnt demon made me gag. I had to cover my mouth and pinch my nose. I needed the hell out of there.

The dagger had extracted itself and hovered before me. I swiped it out of the air and shoved it back into my backpack. The demon, and the clothes lay in a pile of smoldering black ashes on the old plank floor. There was a little scorch mark, but that was all. What could I do?

Did you have difficulty coming up with the title? At first I called it “A Gathering of Angels, Demons and Vampires”, sort of the sub-title now. And then, because I have been trying to keep with the musical words after the “Vampire” in the title, the word “Caprice” best described this piece because it’s all over the place with a lot of characters, and I’ve done a little experimental writing with 3rd person and first person chapters.

What do you do marketing wise and what do you think generates the most attention to your books? I try to get as many spots as I can on blogs, such as yours, and cross my fingers. I do have a fan base and they are just itching to get their fingers on this next one.

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! After last year when my publisher quit and dumped 3 titles on me to get out there on my own, and I had to edit the third one, because he did such a lousy job of it, meanwhile I was trying to get this one done, plus get another book out… I’ve been sort of burned out and have been taking days off. Plus, I’ve become adicted to crocheting!

And finally can you tell me something none has ever heard before from you? I just love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂   I’ve always wanted to take a bb gun and shoot the butts of men who let their trousers hang off their asses. I’m a lousy shot, however, I’d probably miss (^;

 

Haven by Celia Breslin

 

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San Francisco nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.

Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic, undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.

With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she thought she knew turned on its axis, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life… without getting killed in the process.

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I have read this book

If you are curious to my opinion click here to read my review

Coming Soon! IndieGoGo Campaign for The Power of Three by Lucy Pireel

It won’t be long before the Indiegogo campaign launches for

The Power of Three

(working title Origins Revealed)

cover campaign

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When a priest unleashes an evil that could wipe out all life on this side of the veil, werewolf Sakima Nutus and vampire Celeste Divinus must join forces to rid Earth of the demons released.

Sakima, the most successful vampire hunter in the history of all werewolves, must now work with Celeste, the last remaining pure blood who is more powerful than the strongest werewolves combined.

Both are born to lead, but only one can dominate.

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The funds raised will be used for

Editing

Cover art (original photography)

Cover Design

Marketing

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The campaign will launch January 27th and all donations will be appreciated, as well as any effort to help spread the word about it.

Featured Author – Stuart Land

Stuart-Land-Cambodia3-1Today Stuart Land, a very versatile author, visits my blog. I won’t fill the time we have with my words, but rather invite him to sit down and brace himself for some good, old-fashioned grilling. 🙂

Hi Stuart, Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions. I’d like to start with some personal stuff before we move on to talking shop. If that’s okay with you?

Well, I don’t have much of a choice since you have me chained to this chair.

I had to, you just kept running away and hiding!  You’ve had quite a ride through life, what do you think shaped you most?

That’s a hard one. My life has been like chapters in a book, so if I took out a chapter, I wouldn’t be complete. Each phase has helped shape me, both the good and the not so good. Each career I went into I fully immersed myself in, so each had a lasting effect on me. Also, I’ve been fortunate to have lived through a lot of American history, like the race riots in DC and Maryland, the anti-Vietnam riots in DC, the Haight-Ashbury experience, Martine Luther King’s March on Washington, and more. These things profoundly shaped my life.

What says more? A Picture, a thousand words, or a sculpture?

Ha! Tricky question, since I work with all three. For me, now, I’d have to say a 1000 words. That’s where I get the most pleasure. I love working with visual imagery, like making my own book covers. And of course, sculpture, which I’ve done for a very long time, and have my work all around the world. But telling stories is what I really love the most now.

If there’s one thing you are most proud of, what would that be?

Besides finishing each novel and screenplay I write, it would probably be helping other writers reach their potential.

Where would you rather live? Snowy mountains, or a hot, sunny beach?

Well, neither, since I live on the side of a mountain in northern Thailand, near Burma. I love snowy mountains, especial skiing on them, but I lived on or near the beach several times, in Venice, CA, Florida, and Thailand.

That’s the extent of how personal I intend to get. Wasn’t that bad, right?

These handcuff are itchy.

You’ll get used to that so stop twitching. 🙂 But, like I said before, you are here to talk shop. So, what is the title of the book you would like to talk about, and can you give us a small taster of it?

You mean I have to choose just one of my babies? That’s hard because I write in so many genres. Okay, I won’t talk about my vampire series, ORIGINAL BLOOD, that now has two books out. Or my Science Fiction novel, ENDLESS SKY, that just got nominated for Best Read of 2012 by the Paranormal Romance Guild. Or the other four novels. Instead, I’ll talk about EPIPHANY, my only speculative fiction story. 

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About the book

Doctor Sam Enright and his geneticist wife, Dorinda, face turmoil in their small town when a dozen adolescent girls show up pregnant at Sam’s office—and they’re all virgins. When their own daughter falls victim to the same fate, the Enrights rush to Homeland Security for answers. As the questions multiply, they realize they’re at the vanguard of a worldwide epidemic. When events escalate, a disparate group of international doctors, scientists, and mothers-to-be are brought together at Dorinda’s genetics lab in Middle America. They race to find the cause and meaning of the mysterious pregnancies, but every discovery reveals a new, worse scenario, leaving humanity’s very existence in question.

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This story is very special to me because it seemed to have been given to me by the universe. I got the original plot idea after waking from a dream. I immediately wrote it down. I had the whole general story. However, I had no characters. There’s no story without characters. It took ten years for the characters to arrive. But they didn’t arrive through a dream. I just sat down and refused to get up until I wrote the first chapter. I’ve never has such a difficult beginning. Then, like a lightning bolt of inspiration, I had the first sentence. It was the most difficult first sentence I’ve ever written, and the most poignant.

The rest of the chapter came really fast, but when I t was finished. I was right back where I started. If you read the book, you will see what I mean. Still, since I can be pretty stubborn, I sat there until the words started flowing again. Once they did, I stayed up all night writing. The rest of the book wasn’t so easy because it required a huge amount of research, study, and interviews with experts in their fields. It’s the hardest book I’ve written to date. When it was done, I had some young girls read it to see if I captured their spirit, thoughts, and attitudes. I was much relieved when I got the thumbs up. Since then, I’m happy that mothers have also appeared to approve, even if the story freaks them out. It freaked me out too.

Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?

Actually, I did. I considered a longer title, but couldn’t think of one that wouldn’t give away the story. This title is great though, because when you’re finished the book, you’ll go, yeah, right.

Is there anything you don’t like about being an author?

Maniacal laugh that goes on for ten minutes. Probably what most authors dislike: taking time away from writing to do marketing, which I’m personally not so good at. The writing itself, including the research and even rewrites, I love!

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

That’s a giant conundrum for me. I have no idea what works. One time I gave away a book on Amazon to see what that was all about. It was free for one day. It got 2700 downloads and went inside the top ten. Not one person left a review. Does that mean my book sucked? Not according to the 5 stars reviews I have received. I think people just like getting stuff for free, but never get around to reading it. Personally, I do three things when I look for a book. I check the cover, read the blurb, and read at least the first page. I can tell in one page whether a person can write or not. I try to do the best I can on all three of those things. Also, I like doing interviews, because the food is usually good. But that spotlight you have shining in my eyes…

Yeah, well there are certain things an author has to endure. 😉 Is there any food or beverage that is a constant factor in either your books or life?

Well, blood figures a lot in my vampire books. Other than that, I don’t get into food and drink enough to make it stand out. I leave that to chefs and RR Martin. In real life, well, I live in Thailand, so that should say a lot. But since I get to travel to other countries, like China, Cambodia, Laos, Bali, etc, I pretty much like all Asian food. Luckily, where I live there’s a vast variety of international food of very high standards, so I get plenty of Italian, Japanese, Mid-Eastern, and other yummy edibles. I’m not much of a drinker. Never drink wine or beer, so need to rely on friends if it turns up in a story.

What is your favourite dish and can you give me the recipe?

My favorite dish needs no recipe…it’s sushi.

NOM! Mine too! 

Okay, now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want to blab about. But please no cats, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something no one has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂

Well, let’s see…I’ve been in three military coups. One in Greece, and two in Thailand. While bad things happened to others, mostly the protestors or those fighting the soldiers, for me and other foreigners caught in the middle, the soldiers and the demonstrators alike, were all very nice. In all three situations, it was like a giant party. Of course the tanks in the streets and live bayonets were a little disconcerting. But the eerie thing was that all the soldiers were smiling. In Greece, I was on a boat when the coup started. One soldier threw his beer over the side of the ship, and it hit the rail and then my head. He and his friends came to my aid, making sure I was all right. Then they bought me a beer (the only beer I ever had) and we sat around talking for an hour, though no one knew what the others were saying. I’m pretty sure coups aren’t generally so heartwarming.

Usually, my best stories come when I’ve had a few cups of saki…or I zone out and write a novel for three to six months.

So, about these handcuffs…

Yeah, yeah, I’ll let you go, for now. 🙂 But you have to promise to come back and bring me a Spicy Tuna Roll! 🙂

Let me end by telling the readers they can find you online at:

Web site * Blog * Facebook * Linkedin * Twitter * Goodreads * Pinterest * About me

Tell me dear readers, do you like it when an author writes in more than one genre?

Featured Author – Sallie Lundy-Frommer

Author Photo_edited-1Hi Sallie, after a long lasting blogging relationship between us, I’m happy to finally have the author Sallie featuring on my blog. Welcome and let’s start with introducing you to the readers by answering a few personal questions. If you don’t mind?

(Sallie shakes her head and motions for me to get on with it. She can’t speak, because I persuaded ehr to take a bite of my home-made chocolade truffels 🙂 )

Great! Right, would you say you’re a farm girl or a city slicker?

I’d have to say, I’m a little bit of both. I was born on a farm at home. I know right…{{smile}}, it sounds like something from Little House on the Prairie.
Nevertheless it’s true; my six brothers and three sisters where all born at home. We were poor as dirt and didn’t know it. It wasn’t until we moved to New York that I experienced what it was to be seen as poor and to feel poor. Anyway, as for the city slicker part, it’s a small part. So small, I don’t think it worth mentioning. My family thinks I’m a little slick because I was the first to attend college or go on for a masters, but that’s not slick. But I do enjoy shopping till I drop. Does that count as being a city slicker? {{grin}}

Just a tiny, little bit, but I wouldn’t worry about it. 🙂 Do you like huge family get togethers or do you celebrate happy occasions on a small scale?

Huge, tiny, ginormous or big, you name it. We do them all. Do I like them? Yes, to all, no matter the size. It’s so easy for families to drift apart nowadays. Our lives are so busy. We’re all plugged in and over scheduled in general, so if we don’t make the effort to see each other, it won’t happen. In fact, my family has been having bi-monthly meetings for more years than I’m willing to admit. We hang out, eat, joke, catch up, eat again (wink) discuss family trips and concerns. Sometimes it’s a large group, other times not. But we stay in touch!

I know you went to college and you are the person to go to when in need of a Master (or Bachelor) in Human Resource Management, but was there ever a time in your life when you wanted to be a …? 🙂 Tell me your secret career wish.

OMG, when I was young and full of ginger as they say, I wanted to be an actress. I loved to sing and act (can’t dance particularly well. That gene skipped me… :-). I even tried out for what was called at the time, the High School of Preforming Arts. Yeah, you might have seen the movie about the school, Fame. I didn’t get into the school and I learned very quickly, I don’t have skin thick enough for show business. In addition, I had obligations so I took the more practical route of going to college.

What came first, blogging, or fiction writing?

Fiction writing came first…:-) I carried the story of Yesterday’s Daughter around in my head for years. But, I finally listened to the voices and began to write. The story pretty much was effortless in terms of writing. I didn’t know anything about the publishing industry and learned and continue to learn as I go. After the book, came the blog, Facebook, twitter and the other accoutrements needed for the world of self-publishing.

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

That’s an interesting question. Hmmmmmmmm, I’d have to say there’s no beverage or food that shows up in my book. As for life, they’re not constant foods, but they are my favorite foods, pizza and lasagna….

What is your favourite dish and can you give me the recipe?

Okay, so I jumped the gun and named my favorite dishes… 🙂 . But I make a pretty good sweet potato pie. Here’s the recipe:

1 Unbaked pie crust

image from wikipedia

4 medium sweet potatoes
Mix 1/2 stick of butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
pinch of salt
1//2 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/8 tablespoon of all spice
1/8 teaspoon of ginger
1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
3/4 cup evaporated milk
Boil sweet potatoes whole in skin for 40 to 50 minutes, or until done. Run cold water over the sweet potatoes, and remove the skin.

Mash apart the sweet potatoes in a bowl. Add butter, sugar, milk, salt, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, ginger, nutmeg, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract…….then mix well. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked piecrust.

Bake at 350 degrees 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Enjoy!!!!!

I think I will! But it’s not why you are here, I’ve dragged you in to talk shop! So, what is the title of the book you would like to talk about, and can you give us a small taster of it?

My book is Yesterday’s Daughter

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and you can read an excerpt below:

Malachi had gone very still as cold panic ran through his veins like a locomotive. Trigon started to speak when he noticed that Malachi had paled and was holding his breath. “Malachi, what is it?” he asked. The Guardians stared at him and then he let out a howl, in so much anguish that it burst all the glass in the room, exploding the windows as he fell to his knees. The Guardians spun around believing they were under some new kind of attack but saw nothing to explain Malachi’s condition. Stunned silence then filled the room, no one breathed unsure of what was happening or what to do.
The nerves of the Guardians were drawn tight like bows about to be launched. Their eyes were glowing, sweeping the room, searching the shadows, listening with focused intensity, searching for threats. Maybe the Harvesters had a new weapon.
Trigon carefully stepped closer to Malachi and tentatively placed one hand on his shoulder. He whispered the question quietly; afraid of what he might hear to bring such a reaction from Malachi. “What is it, friend?”
Malachi looked up and Trigon recoiled at the grief and horror in his eyes. He said one word, “Sapphira.” They all looked at each other, their unease growing. They all knew his life mate had been killed in the maturing chambers long ago. Why was he calling her name now? Why this murderous rage? Had he lost his mind?
“What about Sapphira?” Trigon asked unsure of what Malachi was trying to say. Malachi’s breathing had returned but he sounded like a wounded animal, his breath ragged and uneven. Unable to find the words, he thrust his mind out to share information with Trigon. Trigon stilled and the Guardians knew that Malachi was giving him information directly. Trigon’s face tightened in concentration from the onslaught of information. As the seconds passed, the Guardians grew tenser.

Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?

Nope, the title, like the story came to me in my dreams.

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 your work to suit the market?

No, the story is the story is the story. I didn’t choose the genre, it chose me. I have no idea how I would change it nor would I want to alter a story that was “born” the way it is.

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

For marketing, I blog, facebook, tweet and run promotions. I’m so open to suggestions…

Ah, yes, so am I, hence my question. I’ll let you know when I’ve found the answer. Okay, now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want t0 blab about. But please no cats, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something no one has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe.

You may want my dirty secrets, but I won’t share any….:-) What I will share with you is I’m finishing a romance thriller, Strong Chance of Showers. I’d expected the sequel to Yesterday’s Daughter to come first, but inspiration didn’t take that path. Stay tuned for its release date.

I most certainly will, Sallie! Thanks for being a guest today and answering all my questions. Feel free to come back when the new release is eminent.

For now all I want to tell the readers they can find you online at:

Sallie’s BlogWebsiteher facebook fanpageSallie’s Personal facebook page, on Google+TwitterPinterestGoodReadsShelfari, and she has a video on Youtube 

I would like to ask the readers if they could see themselves blogging, writing, editing, and maintaining a social life with their family without going nuts?