AuThursday – Paul Lonardo

Paul_Lonardo_APlease welcome writer Paul Lonardo to the Clog Blog.  Paul can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I’ve been writing in various forms my entire adult life. I really began telling stories in the medium of film when I was a teen, making movies with my friends around the neighborhood. I attended a film school in California and came away with an interest in screenwriting. Gradually, I turned to other forms of writing, including short fiction, typically in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. My first novel was in that vein. Since then, I’ve been doing a lot of ghostwriting and collaborative nonfiction. As much as I enjoy creating my own characters and stories, I’ve found that the truth really is stranger than fiction, and have been fortunate to work on a number of very interesting and inspired projects with people who needed assistance telling their own amazing stories. Writing romance began as somewhat of an experimental phase for me, and also I believe as a way to get back into fiction writing again. Being more mature now, there is a whole new world of possibilities for me to examine and write about.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?coverEnchantedDesire_w10485_850

It was a big moment having had my first novel published close to twenty years ago by a small press, but a lot has changed since then, particularly in the publishing business. Having been working on nonfiction projects for so long, with the fortune of having several published by larger houses, I was unsure that I would have any success writing and placing my fiction. In 2015, with my first romance novella finding a home with a romance publisher, it gave me the confidence to continue writing, in the romance genre, which led to the publishing of my second romance, Enchanted Desire, published by Wild Rose Press last year. I know have several fiction projects and ideas I am currently working on along with my nonfiction.

 

What excites you most about your current WIP?

SoulAwakening.v5Early on in life I’ve had an interest in all things paranormal, and while that element is certainly present in Soul Awakening, my latest romance novella, due out in May 2017, is more of a pure paranormal story, only instead of involving horror and fear it is encapsulated in a romance, a love story with a bit a twist. I’m hoping this book, Soul Awakening, will jump-start a new stage of my fiction-writing.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

I would say a bit of both. The energy I feel when I get into a story that starts to develop ahead of me – which I have to keep up with so it doesn’t get away from me – is very invigorating. You can’t stop until it does, until you catch up with it, or until the story comes to an end. At the same time, once you get to that point, and you catch up with the story, you may have used so much energy in the process that no amount of coffee is going to offset that. The exhaustion sets in then. And that’s a good thing, because rest is really important. Whenever you can, you try to make up for all that lost sleep.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

Sometimes, such as when I mentioned above that the story is ahead of you and you’re trying to catch it. When that happens, the story may not be done, and it seems as if everything has stopped and you’re in the dark, not sure where the story should go from there. You try to figure out where to go, and just set off in one direction to continue the story toward its conclusion. If it doesn’t lead anywhere interesting, you can always just go out in another direction. I guess you can call that writer’s block, or just uninspired writing. But as long as you’re writing something, making an attempt, it will happen again where the story is leading you and you are following it.

Are you an Introvert or Extravert?  How does this affect your work?

I am very much an introvert. It’s probably one of the reasons why I turned to story-telling early in life, and became a writer. If I was any other way, I may not have found refuge in writing. I believe that being introverted allows me to express myself through my characters in ways that I could never imagine in real life. Writing provides an outlet for so many expressions, feelings and desires that are inhibited or restrained in some way. You hear about certain performers, actors and musicians, who are reserved and shy until they get on stage or in front of a camera. I think there are many writers who are the same way, me being one of them.

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

I don’t know if what I’m about to say would be considered a literary pilgrimage, but I have mentioned that I had an early interest in the paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy and horror genres. Literary influences ranged for me, but I always tended to gravitate more toward the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, as well as H.P. Lovecraft. So it was with a somewhat morbid fascination for the macabre that I was drawn to a New England college to earn a degree in mortuary science. Yes, an education for people who wanted to work as a mortician, funeral director or embalmer. I would say that this was more of an exploration than a pilgrimage, but it was very short-lived career. Writing romance now, I don’t know what pilgrimage I might embark on in order to get a more comprehensive understanding of this genre, but I am open to suggestions.

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

The only thing I would add is that my writing is fluid, and I enjoy writing no matter what the genre or topic. I find being open to change is a form of freedom. That’s why I do as much freelance writing as I can, regardless of how much time I put into my own fiction or collaborative nonfiction. Contributing to a local monthly magazine allows me to write personal profiles on interesting and inspiring people, and I feel fortunate for all the readers who find the topics I write about worthy of their time.

Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

https://www.amazon.com/Paul-Lonardo/e/B000APQ0Z4/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/734960.Paul_Lonardo

http://paullonardo.com/

http://smithfieldtimesri.com/

Join me next week when I interview Susan V. Vaughn.  ~Tina

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday Sexcerpt – Temporarily Insane by Vicki Batman

“Detective Allan Wellborn is a childhood friend of Hattie Cooks, but somehow, they can’t get together until…”~Vicki Batman

“I’m sorry. I-I…”

Resting my hands on his shoulders, I murmured against his mouth, “There’s nothing to be sorry for. You’re such a man.”

And his arms embraced me with a longing I’d wanted for many months.

His hands slipped under the hem of my athletic top. The shirt flipped over my head, dropping to the floor. His palm covered my breast, molding and manipulating the flesh.

“OhmyGod.” My head crooked to one side while his lips buzzed light kisses to my ear. My hands skated past his waistband and his underwear, grasping his bare firm bottom.

Abruptly, we stopped groping, grabbing, and kissing. We took a long solid look at each other. I wanted him no matter what and read the same

intent firing in his eyes. Seizing his hand, I yanked him into my bedroom and slammed the door shut.

We enveloped each other.

His forehead met mine. “God, Hattie, I can’t stop. I’ve wanted you for so long, ever since I can remember.”

My lips found the soft spot below his ear. I inhaled the light trace of scent which spelled all man. “I know.” My body screamed in delight as his male part nudged my female part. My mouth pulsed. Removing his shorts became my goal.

Join me on Wednesday this week over at the Nice Girls Writing Naughty Blog. And again, next Thursday to meet a new author. ~Tina

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AuThursday – Vicki Batman

03-26-15-vlmb-head-on-hand-in-pink-sweater-11Please welcome Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction, to the Clog Blog.  Vicki, tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I am the oldest of four girls and was raised in the suburbs. I have always been an avid reader. I love kitties. I married Handsome and have two sons and a daughter.

What are you working on at the minute?

I’m working on Temporarily Out of Luck and it is driving me crazy! But I made a few changes and am adding some stuff; so it should come along after a while. And another holiday story. And a super secret project.

What genre are your books?

Romantic comedy and mystery

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

Sorta. I’ve been in three-holiday anthologies, the third releases November, 1 and is entitled Season of Promises. I’ve had an essay in the Sisters Born, Sisters Found anthology which celebrates sisterhood of all kinds, and a story in Lavender Dreams, an anthology about how cancer touches lives.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?

I am a pantser. I DO have the hook, the black moment, and the end, but lots of stuff has to happen in the middle to make the book. Sigh, that’s the hard part.

Do you ever get writer’s Block?

I call it writer stuck. Like I explained in Temporarily Out of Luck, something was not working. I went over and over and thought it was the time line. Moved something and bingo! Was able to add bits and get the story moving again. I won’t be satisfied for a long while.

I see you’ve started a TEMPORARILY Series with Wild Rose Press, what are your thoughts on writing a book series?

It can be difficult to keep all the characters straight. I don’t want the second book to rehash the first book. And when I wrote Temporarily Employed, bits for Temporarily Insane began revealing itself. It’s fun and I love my characters.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write! Wright Tight! And take the criticism. Keep what you need and toss the rest. Don’t let anyone define you and your work, but you. Don’t live in fear. As the heroine in “Strictly Ballroom” says, a life lived in fear is a life half-lived. Live your life adventure.

Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

Website:http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html

Facebook: http://bit.ly/293iZIz

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VickiBatman/

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickibatman/

Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman/

Email: vlmbatman@hotmail.com/

Join me on Saturday when we read a Sexy Excerpt from Vicki’s book Temporarily Insane. ~Tina

 

AuThursday- Jana Richards

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Please welcome multi-genre author Jana Richards.  Jana, I have to ask with so many books, how do you make time to write?

Thank you for having me on your blog! Finding time to write is one of the most difficult things an author faces. I know many authors who work full-time at their day-job, or they have families, especially young children, who need their attention. Somehow they make it work. They get up early and write before work, or late after the kids go to bed. I’m no different. My kids are grown, but I work part-time. However, a staffing issue at work has meant that I’ve been working nearly full-time since October. I think our staff shortage has finally been solved (fingers crossed!) so I can soon go back to my regular part-time schedule. In the meantime, I’ve been writing on weekends, and during the week I try to write something. If I tell myself I only need to write 100 words, essentially a paragraph, it doesn’t seem so daunting. Usually I’ll be able to write more than 100 words, though sometimes even that small number is painful. But I’m moving forward and staying in the story, which is important.

Q:  You’ve written for multiple publishers, what are the benefits and challenges of writing for different publishing houses?

Different publishers can offer different things. For instance, one of my publishers, Carina Press, has name recognition through the Harlequin brand. Another publisher only retains e-publishing rights, so I’m free to self-publish the print books if I wish. The third publisher prints books and novellas over 100 pages, making both print in e-versions available, and saving me the expense and work of doing it myself. And I have the opportunity to meet numerous authors and take part in various promotional opportunities.

Honestly, I can’t see a downside. It’s great to have the opportunity to work with different editors, and I definitely will submit new stories to these publishers, and perhaps new ones in the future!

Q:  Which one of your covers is your favorite and why?

That’s a tough one, like asking which daughter is my favorite! I’m quite fond of the cover for CHILL OUT, my Valentine story. I love the fun, cartoon feel of it, and especially the cute dog on the cover. An English Mastiff named Spike is featured prominently in the story, so I’m pleased to have him on the cover.

Q:  What are you doing to promote your book(s)?

Lots of things – guest blogs, Facebook parties, Twitter blasts, Book Blog tours and paid advertising, among other things. You have to get your name into as many places as you can think of because no one is really sure what sells a book.

Q:  What support are you receiving from your publisher(s)?

CHILL OUT came out January 4, 2016 from The Wild Rose Press. They came up with the concept of the Candy Hearts Romances for Valentine’s Day – each novella’s title in the multi-author series comes from one of the sayings on candy heart candy. Something like 39 novellas in the series will be published right up to Valentine’s Day. The Wild Rose Press is helping us out with promotion by setting up a Rafflecopter draw for a Kindle Fire. The draw will be made on February 14.

Q: How did you deal with rejection letters, if you received any?

Oh yes, I’ve received rejection letters, more than I care to remember. When I received the most recent rejection, I wallowed, whined, and generally gave myself a pity party for a few days. And then I pick myself up and tried to figure out what to do next. Do I revise, submit somewhere else, or write something new? The important thing is keep writing and not let a rejection defeat you.

Q: What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

They’ll need something of a thick skin to weather comments from critique partners, editors, and eventually reviewers/readers. They should also know that perseverance is needed in this business. So many people have told me they’ve tried to write a book, but it was just too hard. A published author is simply one who wouldn’t give up. If you want it, don’t give up.

Q: What books can we expect to see in the near future?

Like I said, CHILL OUT just released on Jan.4. Aside from that, I’ve designated 2016 as my year for finishing things; I currently have three romance series in various stages of incompleteness! At the moment I’m working on a series I call “Love in the North Woods”. It’s about three sisters who inherit a fishing lodge in Minnesota from their grandfather and try to bring it back to life, while at the same time trying to solve the mystery of their parents’ deaths.

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

Website:  http://www.janarichards.com

Blog:  http://janarichards.blogspot.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/JanaRichardsAuthor

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/JanaRichards_

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/author/janarichards

Newsletter Signup: http://www.eepurl.com/m3UnT

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2892274Jana_Richards

Google+ Profile:  https://plus.google.com/100820406211390323245

 

Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Jana’s latest release, CHILL OUT. ~Tina

 

 

Sunday Submissions-Southern Heat Writing Contest

The East Texas Chapter of Romance Writers of America is proud to announce that Southern Heat Writing Contest is back. One of the best contests to enter has returned. We have secured some of the best final round judges possible and kept entry fees low. Southern Heat Writing Contest has always had numerous entries requested full or partial ms’s from the judges. Don’t miss this one.
The contest opened on Feb. 14 with the entry deadline March 31, 2012. For complete contest rules, score sheet, paypal and/or address information visit our website at www.easttexasrwa.com or contact cbraswell2@netzero.net
 
ELECTRONIC ENTRIES ONLY
Entries include the FIRST 15 PAGES plus a 5-page max double-spaced SYNOPSIS.
Entry Fee:
Members of RWA-ETC $20
Members of RWA $25
Non-Members $30
 
Final Round Judges
Paranormal – Ethan Ellenberg  –  Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Ann Leslie Tuttle – Senior Editor, Harlequin Paranormal
Historical- Courtney Miller-Callihan – Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
Laura Bradford – Bradford Literary Agency
Contemporary Single Title – Rebecca Strause – McIntosh & Otis, Inc.
Rhonda Penders – The Wild Rose Press
Inspirational – Mary Sue Seymour – The Seymour Agency
Melissa Endlich – Senior Editor, Harlequin Inspirational
Contemporary Series – Nicole Resciniti– The Seymour Agency
Alicia Condon – Kensington Books
Romantic Suspense – Aubrey Poole – Sourcebook
Maria Carvainis – Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc.
Young Adult – Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency
Leticia Gomez, Sawy Literary Services
 
Questions?
Contact Carol Braswell, Contest Coordinator: cbraswell2@netzero.net
 

Double Trouble Tuesday!

Dr. Jordan Scott is banking everything, including her life, that she can simply disappear into thin air, forget the nightmare she left behind in New York, and never be found again by her ex- fiance Caesar Santiago or his powerful family.

Detective Riley Donavan believes the pretty doctor knows more than she’s telling him. Can they work together to solve the murder of her brother, or will they end up the next victims of the crime lord?

Welcome to the future! The year is 3025, and humans are fast becoming extinct. Nizhoni of Mojave Earth Clan knows her spirit guide will protect by giving her the power of the wolf. When she unwittingly bites another human, she flees.

Michael of the Air Clan has searched for the woman he calls Beauty; the one who turned him into a creature of the moon. When he finds her living among the Mojave, he believes he can finally claim her. There’s only one problem. She’s already married.

Together Nizhoni and Michael must battle her former lover, the Yee Naaldlooshi, or feared skin-walker. The fate of their love and humankind hang in the balance. If Beauty can’t have her mate and save the world, she’s going to be a real Beast.

Do you have a Double Trouble?  Comment below and I’ll track you down for the Details

Tina

Saturday Sexcerpt – Leap of Faith by JL Wilson

Leap of Faith by JL Wilson

Dru Delaney, a planetary Leader on Delmorna, has her work cut out for her: save a hidden race of humans from a deadly virus, stabilize her shaky government, thwart a merciless woman’s scheme to take over the leadership, and avoid Jak Exo–her lover, her enemy, and a man-machine “blend.” Along the way she may have to fight a war, adopt a small child, be kidnapped, and escape…and discover her own humanity among the cloned humans she’s vowed to help.
 
 
 

Here’s a snippet where Dru decides she might forgive Jak.

 “I haven’t slept with anyone,” she whispered. When she raised her eyes and met his, he saw tears making her eyes glisten. “Not since the night we slept together.”

“Neither have I.” He lowered his head. “I was afraid if I did…”

Their lips touched. I was afraid to lose the memory, she whispered in his mind.

The touch of her lips ignited something in him. Jak tightened his hold, her body melding against his. He was consumed by her nearness, her taste, her scent. Everything about Dru seemed to fill him until he was drowning in her.

“I can’t.” She drew back with a gasp. “Jak, I can’t. You lied to me. I don’t know—”

Jak pulled her gently toward the bed. “Please, Dru. Please.” He moved his hand under her shirt and touched her breast, so warm and soft in his palm. She moaned with pleasure and Jak remembered the feeling of his hands on her body. He leaned back and she went with him, falling back on the bed and staring at him with a look that reflected his own hunger and desire

Jak, she murmured, her voice like a whisper touch on his psyche.

He stared into her eyes and for a heartbeat he felt as if he’d lost track of himself. Something was happening to him as he touched her. He knew with a certainty that if they made love, his life would be forever changed. Her mind, her body, and her spirit would be meshed with his and his with hers. This would change them forever. Jak started to pull away then he saw the love and wanting in her eyes.

All rational thought flew out the window as a burning heat ignited in his belly. Hands fumbled with clothing and soon Dru was lying next to him on the bed, his hands caressing her now naked body, her hands caressing him. The need to experience her was overwhelming. He’d thought about this all during the long, cold season past. Jak started to prop himself up on his elbows to cover her when she moved down his body, tasting his chest, his stomach, his thighs. Her soft hair brushed against his chest then his stomach as her tongue and lips nipped at him.