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GUESTPOST ….. Adele Downs Author of “Lip Service”

 
 
This or That
LIP SERVICE by Adele
Downs
 
 
• Coffee or Tea – COFFEE!
COFFEEEEEEEE!

• Sweet or savory – Sweet!
• Home make meal or take outs – Home made,
definitely.

• Winter or summer – Summer! Love the beach.
• Night-owl or Early-Bird – Night Owl.
• Telephone or visits – Visits. I hate talking
on the phone.

• Which social network do you prefer? Facebook.
• Blogger or website? Blog– Adele Downs, Down
To Earth Romance

• What does your family say about your career?
Supportive or Clueless– Super Supportive!

 

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GUESTPOST ….. Rebekah L. Purdy Author of “Daisy and the Front Man”


 

 

 

How to Prepare to Write a Book About Boy
Bands:

 

Okay, so this
whole book series started out as an idea on twitter. Basically throw in a few
authors talking about their love for boy bands on the net and BOOM, a book
series proposal is born. But before we could start writing our books, we had to
discuss, how many guys we wanted in the band and who wanted to write what
guy/girl combo.
 
And once we had
a general idea of what kinds of storylines/tropes we each wanted to write, we
had to pitch it to an editor. Which, lucky for us Stacy Abrams at Entangled Publishing
loved our idea to take 5 authors and each write about a guy in this super
famous (made up) boy band.
 
To prepare
ourselves to write this series, we created a google group/google docs page
where we had to update information on where we wanted our tours to be
(dates/venues etc). But this was a place to also list our characters and their
information (descriptions/likes-dislikes/friends/what part of the tour we
wanted to write/names of fake songs/also backstories for some of our people).
 
We also had to
depend on pictures of insides of tour buses, photos of famous people who
reminded us of our characters to post and give everyone kind of a visual of how
we saw our guys/girls. We shared playlists and numerous emails back and forth
asking one another stuff like “Hey would your guy do something like this?” And
sometimes we wouldn’t all agree on one thing, like our band name (LOL). We were
glad to have some help naming our band from readers and our editor.
 
But for me, I
started to watch a lot of boy band videos—as in the behind the scenes type
stuff. Like what certain bands did while out on tour, backstage stuff (and yes
I bought some 1D DVDs and also brought out some of my old New Kids on the Block
VHS tapes I still had). I took lots of notes and I read online columns and such
regarding tours etc. I tuned into TV shows/specials that had to do with boy
bands. I wanted to know everything there was to know about how the different
groups ticked and what some of their downfalls were. I wanted to make things
realistic, even though this book is about a fictional band.
 
One of the most
fun parts of writing this series with other authors was the emails back and
forth, with hot guy pics and links to boy band music videos. And since my
character, Trevin, who is Korean American is kind of based off some of the KPOP
bands I discovered through my niece and daughter, it was awesome sharing some
of those videos with the others. If I got the chance to work with these ladies
again, I’d jump on it.
 
The only sad
thing about this series is that this band doesn’t exist in real life (LOL). I
LOVE Seconds to Juliet and all our fabulous guys we created: Miles, Ryder,
Trevin, Will, and Nathan. 
 
 
 

 

Let’s Talk Boy
Bands:

 
Okay, so it
seems like every generation has its’ boy bands. For my generation, it was New
Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men. But over the years, whenever a new boy band
comes out I find myself falling in love with them. When I was in the Army, I
discovered the Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, and of course, N’Sync.  Then a few years after that O Town (LOL).
 
And now, I find
myself listening to One Direction, The Vamps, and 5 Seconds of Summer. I don’t
know what the draw is, but I love their poppy tunes and sweet love songs—making
every girl feel like the guys are singing “just for her”.
 
My absolute
first boy band love/crush was Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block. OMG—I
had so many posters of him hanging up in my room. I’d buy magazines
specifically with New Kids stuff in them so I could cut the pics out and
plaster my walls with them. I owned blankets, pillow cases, books, dolls, pins,
collector cards, stickers, cassettes, VHS tapes, you name it, if it was about
New Kids on the Block I had to have it. I even remember our cheerleading squad
doing a dance routine to Hangin’ Tough one year…
 
It’s so funny
how no matter what types of music go in and out of popularity that there always
seems to be a big named “boy band” out there. I think it’s awesome—I mean look
at how fans are brought together by these bands. They start fan clubs and meet
one another online to chat about the newest news or whatnot. It’s like a whole
big community of people all over the world.
 
And to prove my
point, this book series started out with a few of us authors chatting one day
on twitter about our love for boy bands—and that love turned into a “OMG, we
should write a series about a boy band.”
 
What about you?
Do you love boy bands? If so, who are some of your favorites?
 
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GUESTPOST ….. Barbara Monajem Author of “Lady of the Flames”

 

Barbara Monajem on the concept of “Believing in Fairies”

 
 
“Every time a child says, ‘I don’t believe
in fairies,’ another fairy dies.”
 
 
That’s a paraphrase of a quote from Peter
Pan, and as a child, I found it so upsetting that it has stuck with me all my
life. It’s a horrible thought and so unfair to the fairies. It is my personal
policy to never, ever say I don’t believe in this paranormal being or that:
fairies, vampires, shape shifters, whatever (although I have to say I would
prefer to know for sure that there are no zombies—shudder). As Lord Fen in Lady
of the Flames tells Andromeda, “Whether or not you see the fairies, they’re
still here.”
 
 
I don’t see the point in denying something
I can’t see. I mean, what’s the fun of visiting Ireland and not sensing the
Little People hovering just out of sight? Why not feel the presence of a
friendly brownie in an old English country house, or a buttery spirit (a
gluttonous fairy) who dwells in a pretentious mansion? To me, these creatures
just add to the magic of life, and there’s always the lingering hope that I
*will* see one, one of these days.
 
 
Sometimes I wonder if I have seen one. Several years ago while
visiting relatives in Germany, their elusive white cat told me he was the King
of the Fairies in disguise. OK, not in so many words, but I’ve never been able
to get him out of my mind, and it was after that encounter that I began to
seriously research folklore. 
 
 
Now, I bring these creatures to life in my
books whenever the spirit/muse/King of the Fairies moves me. Lady of the Flames
is one of my magical Regencies, and one of the secondary characters is a
hobgoblin named Cuff. I hope you enjoy reading about him as much as I did
writing him.
 
 
I won’t ask if you believe in fairies,
because if you don’t, I’d rather not know. But I will ask: which kind of
paranormal being would you like to meet?
 
 
By the way, I asked the same question in
another blog post. Guess what was the most popular answer!
 

 

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GUESTPOST ….. Alyssa Richards Author of “The Fine Art of Deception: Undoing Time”

 
GuestPost by Alyssa Richards 
for Jeri’s Book Attic

The Fine Art of Deception is my first novel and it took about a year to write.

The
day I decided to write fiction, I knew the main character would be
about a psychic who was caught with one foot in the psychic world, and
the other in the earth plane realm. I wanted to explore the challenges
that someone like that has, such as the struggle to find their place in
the world, and the difficulty in connecting with others — particularly
with those who may feel exposed by being around someone who sees so
much.

Too, there is the challenge of having such immediate
intimacy with strangers, you know everyone, but no one really knows you.

Addie Montgomery, the main character in The Fine Art of
Deception is just this character. I love her because she’s so flawed and
vulnerable and honest about how her life just isn’t working. What you
see is what you get with Addie, and it’s hard not to love that. When
the story begins, she’s standing at the epicenter of the smithereens of
her former life, trying to find a toehold to move forward in way where
she doesn’t repeat past mistakes. She thinks she has her plan under
control when in walks Mr Tall, Dark & Dangerous and nothing goes as
planned. She’s the kind of character you root for.

Writing the
backstory to the Isabella Gardner Museum heist — which is still the
nation’s largest unsolved art crime — was my next focus. I’ve long been
fascinated with art, art history and museums. I would move in to a
museum if they would let me! I did quite a bit of research on this art
crime. It’s a mystery that seems like it ought to have been solved long
before now, but it stumps everyone.

I think the theft was
most likely done by the mob – not a very well planned out heist on a
soft target. When you look at how the thieves navigated the museum and
what they took, it’s easy to think that they didn’t plan it out ahead of
time and just took what looked interesting to them.

The Gardner
Museum, was not unlike many others, in that they did not maintain solid
security systems in an effort to cut costs. Terribly short sighted
decision at an extraordinary cost.

Book 2 in The Fine Art of Deception series is due out in September!

 
You can find me and news about new releases on my blog www.alyssarichards.com or
on these social media sites, and I love to hear from readers! 
 
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GUESTPOST ….. Terry Mixon Author of “Dirty Magick: New Orleans”

 

 
 
My Dirty Magick
by
Terry Mixon
 
When I think of New Orleans, I see past the pageantry and
into the way people live. Blood Debt is set just before the stock market crash
of 1929 and I wanted to imagine what a fantastical version of mob life would be
like in the roaring twenties.
 
In my universe, Voodoo is real, but I
didn’t want to go with the same kind of story that everyone writes about New Orleans. Instead, I
chose to return to the same character I wrote about in the first Dirty Magick
anthology and use blood magic.
 
My antihero, Al Blake, is an assassin, but
one with rules. First most, no women or children. When the people in his world
come into conflict with his limits, that’s when he gets mulish. This story puts
him in the unusual position of solving a murder rather carrying one out.
 
Al has to walk a line in giving the mob
what they want and being true to his honor. Some crime he sees as just the cost
of doing business. Other kinds require retribution. All of them need for him to
follow the deal to the letter.
 
It’s interesting  to me how little people change when I insert
magic into the mix. They still seem to have the same motivations and desires.
And that’s what makes writing stories like this fun. Creating people that fit
the world, in this case the city, and seeing what happens when you cause them
trouble.
 
I really enjoyed exploring how a paid killer
with some specific morals related to children. And how he chose to teach the
lessons that a debt must be paid and contracts will be honored. That someone’s
word means something. Even when you’re a killer. Especially when you’re a
killer.
 
There are a ton of great stories in this
anthology. They run the gamut in time while showcasing one of the greatest
American cities. Come on down and visit.
 

 

 
 
Blood
Debt
Terry
Mixon
 
Excerpt
Blood Debt:
“I see.
Your boss created this situation, but arguably, you caused the deaths of these
people.”
“That’s
bull!” He turned toward Al, bringing his gun up.
Ready
for his move, Al twisted the gun from the man’s grasp and jabbed him with the
pin he’d just cleaned. The man jumped back, swearing.
Al
smiled without humor. “There’s a lesson in this, Marie. I want you to pay close
attention. Actions have consequences, even when you think you’ve done something
for the best reasons. And someone always pays a price.”
He
focused his will into the man’s blood and cast the same kind of spell the girl
had used to kill the men she’d held responsible for her mother’s death. It took
every ounce of his skill and power to do so without using a ritual and
pre-charged implements. It amazed him that Marie had killed with her will
alone.
The man
screamed and clawed at his eyes. “No! Please! Mercy!”
“I have
no mercy for you. Have some justice instead.”
The man
spouted blood in every direction and collapsed into a twitching heap. Al wiped
his face. Small droplets of blood covered him from head to toe. Marie hadn’t
escaped the spatter either. It felt fitting.
 
About
the Author:
 
Terry Mixon is a
former non-commissioned officer that served in the United States Army 101st
Airborne Division and also dedicated nearly two decades to providing direct
computer support to the flight controllers in the Mission Control Center at the
NASA Johnson Space Center supporting the Space Shuttle program, the
International Space Station, and other spaceflight projects. He lives in Texas
with his lovely wife and a pounce of cats.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dirty
Magick: New Orleans
Dirty
Magick Anthology
Book
Two
Editor
Charlie Brown
 
Genre: urban
fantasy/crime hybrid
 
Publisher: Lucky
Mojo Press
 
Date of
Publication: 5/8/2015
 
ISBN:
978-0-9911960-3-6
 
Number of pages:
309
Word Count: 85,000
 
Cover Artist:
Trent Oubre
 
Book Description:
 
“Dirty
Magick: New Orleans” continues the urban fantasy anthology series
exploring the crossroads between magic and crime. Set in “The City That
Care Forgot,” this book covers back alleys of the French Quarter, the
hidden corridors of Storyville, the weird voodoo in the backyards of Treme and
whatever those old Victorians are hiding. Featuring such established authors as
Rhonda Eudaly, Terry Mixon and Scott Roche, as well as the continuing editorial
hand of Charlie Brown, this book sweeps away the swampy myths for some
hardboiled partying.
 

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My Dirty Magick by Terry Mixon

 

My Dirty Magick
by
Terry Mixon
 
When I think of New Orleans, I see past the pageantry and
into the way people live. Blood Debt is set just before the stock market crash
of 1929 and I wanted to imagine what a fantastical version of mob life would be
like in the roaring twenties.
 
In my universe, Voodoo is real, but I
didn’t want to go with the same kind of story that everyone writes about New Orleans. Instead, I
chose to return to the same character I wrote about in the first Dirty Magick
anthology and use blood magic.
 
My antihero, Al Blake, is an assassin, but
one with rules. First most, no women or children. When the people in his world
come into conflict with his limits, that’s when he gets mulish. This story puts
him in the unusual position of solving a murder rather carrying one out.
 
Al has to walk a line in giving the mob
what they want and being true to his honor. Some crime he sees as just the cost
of doing business. Other kinds require retribution. All of them need for him to
follow the deal to the letter.
 
It’s interesting to me how little people change when I insert
magic into the mix. They still seem to have the same motivations and desires.
And that’s what makes writing stories like this fun. Creating people that fit
the world, in this case the city, and seeing what happens when you cause them
trouble.
 
I really enjoyed exploring how a paid killer
with some specific morals related to children. And how he chose to teach the
lessons that a debt must be paid and contracts will be honored. That someone’s
word means something. Even when you’re a killer. Especially when you’re a
killer.
 
There are a ton of great stories in this
anthology. They run the gamut in time while showcasing one of the greatest
American cities. Come on down and visit.
 

 

 
 
Blood
Debt
Terry
Mixon
 
Excerpt
Blood Debt:
“I see.
Your boss created this situation, but arguably, you caused the deaths of these
people.”
“That’s
bull!” He turned toward Al, bringing his gun up.
Ready
for his move, Al twisted the gun from the man’s grasp and jabbed him with the
pin he’d just cleaned. The man jumped back, swearing.
Al
smiled without humor. “There’s a lesson in this, Marie. I want you to pay close
attention. Actions have consequences, even when you think you’ve done something
for the best reasons. And someone always pays a price.”
He
focused his will into the man’s blood and cast the same kind of spell the girl
had used to kill the men she’d held responsible for her mother’s death. It took
every ounce of his skill and power to do so without using a ritual and
pre-charged implements. It amazed him that Marie had killed with her will
alone.
The man
screamed and clawed at his eyes. “No! Please! Mercy!”
“I have
no mercy for you. Have some justice instead.”
The man
spouted blood in every direction and collapsed into a twitching heap. Al wiped
his face. Small droplets of blood covered him from head to toe. Marie hadn’t
escaped the spatter either. It felt fitting.
 
About
the Author:
 
Terry Mixon is a
former non-commissioned officer that served in the United States Army 101st
Airborne Division and also dedicated nearly two decades to providing direct
computer support to the flight controllers in the Mission Control Center at the
NASA Johnson Space Center supporting the Space Shuttle program, the
International Space Station, and other spaceflight projects. He lives in Texas
with his lovely wife and a pounce of cats.
 
 
 
 
Merken