Author Interview with D.B. Kennison

Today on the blog we are featuring D.B. Kennison, author of Still Life.

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

Having published my debut novel only a year ago, I’m a total newbie at the author thing. I started writing in ‘08 when the economy tanked and I suddenly had time on my hands. Over the next six years I worked to develop a sense of what this writing thing was all about, taking classes along the way, and then putting what I learned into practice on my story. Now I’m addicted to story telling.

 

One reviewer for Still Life wrote, “I don’t usually read cop and private detective stories, but WOW this one really broke out of the mold for that genre.” How did you come up with the idea for Still Life?

I grew up in Denver and later moved to a small Midwest town. Life here is vastly different from the big city. Everyone knows everyone and your business is not your own. So I thought…what if a murder took place in a small town and the detective in charge is from the city. The ametuer slueth who gets caught up in the mystery is making headway faster than the cops because she’s got the scoop via her community grapevine. At every turn the detective and she butt heads and fight mutual attraction. Viola, the story began.

 

Can readers expect more books in the Randi Lassiter series? What are you working on now?

Yes, there will definitely be more books in the series!  In fact, I’m just finishing a re-write of book two called THE DARK SIDE. From there, I’m already penning book one in a separate series featuring the FBI  crime analyst that appears in STILL LIFE. She’s a bit more hard-boiled and the series will be stronger in the suspense/thriller arena. I am so excited with this first storyline in the Becca Howell Series and I can’t wait to start writing it!

 

What will you do differently when publishing your next book? What worked well the first time?

Back in February my publisher announced a winding down and impending closure. It was sad and sent numerous authors into a tail spin (me included). I asked for my rights back on #2 and will be Indie publishing the rest of the series. With the new spin-off series I’ll try querying agents to see if I can get a bigger publisher to pick up the books and just go from there.

While it was a hair plucking exercise to prepare queries, it worked well for me the first time and I have to start somewherel. Writing and publishing is such an adventure and I’ve learned to just go with the flow, take it a day at a time.

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What would you say is one of your biggest writing challenges? Biggest source of success?

The biggest writing challenge I have is finding a balance between writing and everything else. I have a family. I have a day job. It’s hard to make it all work effortlessly when I’m neck deep in a story and I have to give it up for something else. All though the story is never far from my thoughts It’s hard for me to pick up where I left off.

The biggest source of any success I’ve had is the encouragement and support of my husband, close friends, and my street team. Writing is a journey of ups and downs, a roller coaster ride of celebrations one minute and a plummet into self-doubt the next. I’ve been lucky to have superb cheerleaders to rally me back into action.

You mention in your bio that you live in Wisconsin. When you aren’t writing, what do you do for fun?

I love doing anything creative. I make jewelry, sculpt, paint, woodwork, quilt, garden, and just about anything else that inspires me. My creative mind is hard to shut off, which is why it’s better when I’m writing. The voices in my head are more at peace *wink.

 

What have you read lately that knocked your socks off? What’s coming up next on your TBR?

I recently finished reading THE GIRL IN THE MAZE by R.K. Jackson. It’s a psychological thriller set in a Southern coastal town. There was an unexpected twist in the middle that caught me off guard and made it a memorable read. My TBR list is massive so it’s always hard to choose a new read.  I’m tempted to start Katherine Ramsland’s CONFESSION OF A SERIAL KILLER. It’s the untold story of Dennis Rader–the BTK killer. The multi-published Ramsland has spent a lifetime learning about the psychopathy of a killer and this case study will be homework for my first book in the Becca Howell Series. But…I’m also toying with starting a Lisa Unger book–INK AND BONE.

 

Where can readers find out more about you or your work? On which sites are you most active?

I’m probably most active on Facebook. Here are my links:

blog: whispersintheair.com    website: dbkennison.com      

twitter: @dbkennison             Facebook: DBKennison

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Author Interview with Claudia Connor

Today on the blog we are featuring Claudia Conner, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of The McKinney Brothers series.

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

Hi there. Thank you so much for having me. I’m excited to be here.

Okay, my background as an author is that I have no background. Really. I’ve always been a big reader, but I was never interested in writing, never thought I was particular good at. In fact, before my first book, I’d never written so much as a short story. BUT, I’ve always made up stories in my head, I see them like movies, I just never considered writing them down because I didn’t see myself as a writer. I mentioned this to a friend, thinking everyone made up stories, not true I found out, and she encouraged me to try. That was four years before my first book was published.

 

One reviewer wrote, “This debut mixes passion and compassion in a contemporary story that has emotional depth.” How did you come up with the idea for The McKinney Brothers series?

Matt and Abby and all the kids lived in my head for years! Like maybe seven years before I began trying to write down their story. It started small and grew with the emotional scenes coming first and the rest filling in. It grew until I spent almost more time with them in my head than I did in the real world. They got louder, the conversations more exact. There were many nights I cried myself to sleep so deep in Abby’s head, during that scene…I don’t to ruin it but…if you’ve read Worth The Fall you that scene.

 

The third book in the series released in April, 2016. Can we expect more from the McKinney Brothers? What are you working on now?

I’m almost finished with the first in a spin off series, The Walker Brothers. These were the super swoony men who raised the heroine in book two of the McKinney Brothers. The series will begin with Nick and Mia, whose story was originally included in Worth The Risk, but my editor and I decided they deserved their own book. I love them and I’m so glad their story is getting justice. Can’t wait for you to read it!

 

I love that you have a playlist to accompany Worth the Fall! Do you listen to music when you write?

Thank you! Music does aften spark a story line or at least a scene, but, no. I do not listen to music when I write. Ever. Chances are I know the words and if I know the words my brain can’t help but sing along and I can’t sing words and write other words at the same time. I’m amazed by people who can.

 

What would you say is one of your biggest writing challenges? Biggest source of success?

My biggest challenge is making decisions. I see scenes in so many different ways, different points of view, different settings, that I often create a mess of pieces to sort out. LOL My process is ugly. My greatest success is probably just finishing the book. The last book in particular was it was extremely difficult, so that was a huge win for me.

 

You mention in your bio that you went to Auburn University. Are you a big football fan? 🙂

Huge. HUGE. I grew up in Alabama and if you know anything about college football, you know that one of the biggest rivals, if not THE biggest rival, in the coutry is between Auburn and Alabama. Serious, serious business down here. You did not say R*LL   T*DE  in my house. My dad was dead serious. He once sent home one of my friends who thought he was joking. Both of my parents went to Auburn, my husband and I went to Auburn, and we have a daughter there now. :))) WAR EAGLE!

 

How did you end up in England for your studies? Will you ever draw on that time for one of your books?

One of my gradate professors had worked with the headmaster of a picturesque school in a little town in Sawbridgeworth. Highwych. Look it up if you’re interested in that kind of thing. The things they do there are INCREDIBLE. SO different than public school in America. I might draw from my travels for a book some day. I’ve traveled around Europe several times and there is a new adult story simmering in my mind right now.  🙂

 

Where can readers find out more about you or your work? On which sites are you most active?

I have a new website that I’m excited about. That’s a great place to find information. I’m most active on Facebook and Instagram. I love pictures. I have a Facebook Page and also a Facebook private group.

Oh! Almost fogot!! Beginning in January, Newsletter Subscribers will receive Matt and Abby short stories each and every month! REALLY excited about these. So please, go sign up. You can never have too much Matt in your life! You’ll also get deleted scenes and release news.

 

Are there any questions I haven’t asked you yet that you’d like to share with the Book Buddy readers?

Um…have you read The Bronze Horseman? Or seen Gladiator with Russel Crow? I encourage everyone I meet to do those two things. LOL I’m very bossy.

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Thank YOU so much for having me!!!

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INTERVIEW WITH MARY ANNE EDWARDS

 

Today on the blog we are featuring Mary Anne Edwards, author of the Charlie McClung series.

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To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background as an author?

I am honored and thrilled to be here. Thank you so much! I’m married, 35 years and counting, to a wonderful man. He is the reason I became an author. I would read a book and say, ‘I could have written this book but better.’ My husband finally told me to just do it. I started off writing short stories and had a few of them published. Yes, I got paid for my stories! That gave me the courage to write a novel.

 

You seem to be very active in the writing community. How did you get involved in the different organizations you participate in?

I got involved with the special needs years ago. My heart has been with the community since I was in grammar school. Those who have read Brilliant Disguise will get a glimpse of how I got involved with the special needs. Yes, the school bus incident is loosely based on a true story. In high school, I was a teacher’s aide in a special needs class and I was a Sunday school teacher in the special needs class. Because of my work and my love for them, I was asked to be on the board of Rockdale Cares. I became member of Sisters in Crime about four years ago after we moved from my hometown and I retired early to write full time. I read a little blurb about Sisters in Crime in the local paper and decided to check them out. They welcomed me like a long lost sister. Great group of ladies and men!

 

I love the covers for your books. Who does your cover art? Do you design the general concept or give the cover artist free reign?

Thank you! The first two covers were designed by Jasmin Woodworth. The first and only covers designed by her. Brilliant Disguise won an Honorable Mention in the InD’tale Magazine Rone Cover Awards. Criminal Kind was designed by Michael James Canales and Sins of My Youth was designed by Theo Wasserberg. I give the designers a general concept, but with permission to go wild.

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You wrote on your website that your first manuscript was tabled so you could work on the Charlie McClung series. How did you come up with the idea for Charlie’s story?  

The storyline for Brilliant Disguise is based loosely on a true family situation. I got my inspiration for the other books from Tom Petty songs. The characters are my Frankenstein-like creations. They are based on people I know. I take a little bit of this person and a little bit of that person, and then stitch them together with my warped imagination.

 

You’ve now written and published four books in the series. What have you learned along the way? What advice would you give someone just starting out as an author?

I learned that I should have been marketing my books BEFORE I published the first one. I didn’t even have a website when the first one was released. So my advice would be, get a website and all your social media platforms in place, network with bloggers, readers, and reviewers before you release your book. You need to hit the ground running with your first release.

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What can you tell us about your next book in the series? How will it carry the storyline forward?

The timeline for the next book, Flirting With Time, picks up two weeks after Sins of My Youth ends. Flirting With Time will reveal who is the paper heart stalker.

 

What have you read lately that really wowed you? What’s coming up next on your TBR?

I love The Davis Way Crime Capers by Gretchen Archer. They wow me and I’m looking forward to the next one in the series. I have so many books on my TBR list. This past year has been difficult and has left me with little time to read. The next one up is a book one of my readers sent to me, The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron.

 

Where can readers find out more about you or your work? On which sites are you most active?

I have a website, http://www.MaryAnneEdwards.com and an Amazon Author’s Page. I’m most active on Facebook and Twitter.

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Is there anything I didn’t ask you that you’d like to share with our readers?

I love hearing from my readers and getting to know them. Drop me a line. I will answer your email. Also, I have a street team, Charlie’s Angels. My Angels are the best, very hard workers. They are my extended family, a tremendous support system.

 

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Thank you for having me! It’s been a pleasure.

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Falling Forever Blog Tour Sign-Up

We’ve got a steamy one for you!

Book Buddy Author Services is excited to announce the blog tour for the contemporary erotic romance, Falling Forever, by Victoria Monroe. The book tour lasts from January 30 – February 12, 2017.

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Promo materials for the blog tour will include a blog post and corresponding html, and ready-made Facebook post and Tweets.

Review copies are available in Mobi format.

Tour materials will also include a giveaway for a signed paperback copy of the book.

Blurb:

Ashe and Emerson crashed into one another like two falling stars destined to collide . . .
Sexy as hell, Ashe Bennett doesn’t tie himself to anything or anyone.
Emerson Parker is beautiful, strong, and determined to keep Ashe away from her heart.
When determination is strong, but flesh is weak, Emerson may be the one chain Ashe refuses to break.
. . . but will their fire explode and burn out? Or will they become one star burning brighter together than they ever did apart?

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Teaser Tuesday – Unexpected Reality

Unexpected Reality by Kaylee Ryan

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Expect the unexpected. That’s what they say, but it’s easier said than done.

How do you expect a change so huge it rocks you to your core?

How do you prepare yourself for an event that will alter your life forever?

One breath
One second
One minute
One hour
One day at a time, you learn to live with your unexpected reality.

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Teaser Tuesday – …Or Something

…Or Something
by Debra Kayn

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He took her away from the carnival.

She was sixteen years old.

Thrust into an unfamiliar way of life with the president of the Ronacks Motorcycle Club; Bree Walsh manifests an unusual connection to the older, sexy, powerful biker until every neglected emotion from her childhood resurfaces.

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