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October 12, 2014

Book 2 in The Mind's Eye Series will be published on November 1st, and is currently available for pre-order at Amazon for just 99c/77p!

The special price is just for the next couple of weeks to celebrate the launch, after that it will be priced at $2.99.



As many of you will know, the Mind's Eye Series began with Perspectives, which was a collection of short stories by me and Darcia Helle, inspired by Martin David Porter's photographs (Mart's Arts Photography).

There are 12 stories in Perspectives. Darcia and I had so much fun writing them that we decided to turn this into a series.

Reflections is the second book and includes stories by me and Darcia, as well as J. Michael Radcliffe, and Jason McIntyre. It also includes poems from Helle Gade, and Ben Ditmars.

The photos featured in Reflections are from Martin David Porter and Helle Gade (Helle Gade Photography).

You'll find three new short stories from me in there: Shadows, Escape, and The Great Flood.

We're very excited about this release and will be hosting a Facebook party on Wednesday 15th October. Come and join us for a day of fun. There will be chat from the various writers and photographers as well as giveaways, and teasers from the book!

Follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/58959...




The cover was designed by Jason McIntyre from a photo by Martin David Porter.

To pre-order the book at the special discounted price, please follow the links:

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October 2, 2014

I was recently interviewed by the lovely team at Indie Book Promo.

Check out the interview at the following link: http://indiebookpromo.com/2014/10/int...

As mentioned at the end of the interview, I'm currently working on lots of new writing, so watch this space for more news on that soon.

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September 14, 2014

I'm excited to be revealing the cover of Reflections today. Reflections is the second book in The Mind's Eye series. I have 3 new short stories featured in the book. There are also stories by Darcia Helle, Jason McIntyre, and J. Michael Radcliffe, as well as poems by Helle Gade and Ben Ditmars.

Photographs featured in Reflections come from Helle Gade and Martin David Porter.

Follow the link below to check out my blog at the UK Arts Directory where you can find out more about the book and the series, and see the fabulous cover!

http://ukartsdirectory.com/cover-reve...
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Published on September 14, 2014 23:48 • 314 views • Tags: ben-ditmars, darcia-helle, helle-gade, j-michael-radcliffe, jason-mcintyre, maria-savva, martin-david-porter, mind-s-eye-series, poetry, reflections, short-stories

September 7, 2014

Max Power has two books published, Larry Flynn, his latest novel, and Darkly Wood. Although I haven't read any of them yet, I am intending to do so as they sound intriguing. Max has only recently joined Goodreads, so I thought it would be nice to introduce him here.

I invited Max to write a guest post about his writing inspiration. He told me there's an interesting back story to where his latest book came from. So here's a guest post from Max all about how he was inspired to write Larry Flynn.





A writer’s voice

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is where do I get my ideas? I always find inspiration in the smallest of things. My latest book Larry Flynn is a great example and I would like to share with you the anatomy and evolution of a book from the Max Power perspective.

I was flicking through radio channels in my car some 10 years ago when I heard the back end of an interview with an old soldier who served in the Irish army in 1943. Now for those unfamiliar with Irish history, Ireland was a very new state barely twenty years old in 1943, so we had no significant military and stayed neutral (albeit one sided neutrality) during the second world war. Many Irish men died fighting in Europe but usually under a British flag.

The fascinating thing about the soldier was his story. Apparently his battalion were sent on a secretive mission to build an airstrip, literally in the middle of nowhere near a small country town in Tipperary. While he had no idea why they built it, the work was carried out quickly and furtively and as far as he knew no aircraft ever landed there.

So began Larry Flynn. I imagined an aeroplane landing there under a veil of secrecy, but who and what was on board I cannot tell for fear of spoiling the plot. However, I wanted my book to be set in present day Ireland so I shot forward to near present times and introduced Larry as a dying, horrible old man. He has few saving graces and his life it is clear, has been ruined by events that occurred as a result of the plane landing all those years ago.

I wanted Larry to be desperate for revenge, a desperate need unfulfilled throughout his life. But the real drive in the plot was to give him the opportunity to achieve this. So I introduced the son of the man that Larry believes to be responsible for the devastation in his life. That man happens to be the new U.S. ambassador to Ireland. This gave me depth in the plot as it complicated Larry’s need for revenge somewhat.

Of course, a feeble, half bewildered sick old man has little chance of doing much to exact revenge on such a powerful nemesis, so I needed a way to allow this to happen. The method I chose was for Larry to be so inept in exacting his revenge that all he manages to do is set himself up as a target, for Larry indeed holds a deep dark secret from the ambassador’s past.

Enter into the plot a dangerous local Dublin crime lord and Larry Flynn exploded into action. I wanted my book to be about how things can spiral out of control with the smallest of interventions by others. What Larry sets out with, is a half-baked plan and the nearer he gets to achieve his goal, the more he realises the effect his actions have on other people. This resonates strongly with the origin of Larry’s hatred and as he recounts his history during the story. It becomes clear that while the events of 1943 that sparked off a chain of disastrous events in Larry’s life were horrific, Larry’s quest for revenge looks like causing even more damage.

I can say no more without ruining the many surprises, but I wanted to share plot development that in my case is very character driven. I literally changed my attitude to one of my main characters halfway through my first draft as his actions led me down a different path and this is frequently how I evolve my story-lines. They all begin with an idea but are fundamentally driven by the characters. While I always have a beginning, middle and an end in mind, I allow the characters that I introduce to organically affect others around them.

In a way it allows me to work outside genre constraints. Darkly Wood and Larry Flynn couldn't be more different for example, but what they have in common is me, my style of writing, my voice. If I was to give one piece of advice to any aspiring writer, I think it would be as simple as this, find your voice.



You can add Max as a friend here on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

You can also find him online at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maxpowerbooks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/maxpowerbooks1

Buy his books on Amazon worldwide:

Darkly Wood: http://www.amazon.com/Darkly-Wood-Max...

Larry Flynn: http://www.amazon.com/Larry-Flynn-Max...

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August 25, 2014


New Adult Contemporary/Sports Romance

Releasing October 21, 2014

College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. Hijole. Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

If you would like to participate in the Release Event and/or Request to Review BLOCKED, you can find out more information HERE.

GIVEAWAY

Jennifer Lane is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card and an Advanced Reader Copy of BLOCKED on her Facebook page! You can enter HERE.

About the Author

Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can’t decide which is more fun.
 
A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline—a military mystery about swimmers. And readers can dip their toes into Jen’s world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.
 
College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen’s newest release, launching 10-21-14. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.
 
Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry.

In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, hanging out with her plus-size, “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned” Izzie cat, and visiting her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.

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August 22, 2014

Today, I'm excited to be introducing you to one of the friendliest and most supportive authors I've met online. Tara Ford not only writes great fiction, she also helps support her fellow indie authors with promotion on her blog.

After reading the wonderful Calling All Dentists I was keen to interview Tara about the book and her writing life in general.








So, without further ado, here's the interview:






In Calling All Dentists you have two female characters who are best friends, but have totally opposite personalities. Which one of the two girls would you say is more like you?

I think that I am more like Emma than Ruby. Ruby is a very sweet girl but far too nice to be considered anything like me. She is somewhat naive too and hopefully I have a little more grounding and experience than she does.

I can empathize with Emma and her fears but I'm not sure I would be as brave as her when it comes to the bottom line.


Emma has a terrible fear of dentists. Is that taken from your own experience or someone you know?

Oh, that would most definitely be taken from my own experiences of dentists over the years - I was terrified of them. I really could never understand why though. After all, a dentist is hardly ever going to tell you some terrible news about your health, like a doctor could!

While I was writing 'Calling All Dentists' it became apparent to me that there were so many people I knew who hated dentists and had real fears about them. I was relieved to find that I wasn't the only one.

I'm also terrified of dentists!

The book is the second in a series although it reads well as a stand alone book. I enjoyed it very much even though I haven't read the first one yet. Are you planning more books in the series?





Yes, there are two more books in the series, 'Calling All Customers' (due out at the end of this year) and then the last book is 'Calling All Neighbours'.

The series of Calling All... books are based around the lives of one family (the Frey family) but the stories are not always directly related to the Frey's and their lives. 'Calling All Customers', in particular, is related to the Frey family in an indirect way, i.e. the book isn't actually about them but they are there somewhere.... The other exception is that the first book, 'Calling All Services' is set ten years before the other three books. Are you confused yet? I am!

A bit! LOL :)

Incidentally, I now have the firm base for my fifth book which is very exciting. I can't write the others quick enough to get on to the fifth one!

That's great!

Apart from the 'Calling All...' series, are you working on any other projects?

Oops - think I just answered that one in the previous question. Well I'm not actually working on it (apart from in my head).

I have also been asked to write a biography for someone which really surprised me. I felt quite honoured to be asked actually and I'm in the early stages of talks about this exciting venture.

Intriguing... I look forward to finding out more about that.

How long have you been writing?

Er... I learnt to write when I was about 4, so I guess it's been for ** years. On a serious note, I've dabbled in writing, bits and pieces, for years. I always wanted to write a novel but could never think of what to write. Now I have come to realise that I was looking too hard all of those years and actually, the subjects/genre/style were right under my nose all of the time.

What would you say is the best thing about being a writer?

The best thing about being a writer is letting my overloaded brain explode out through my fingers and in to a Word document, in the form of words. I am quite a shy person, contrary to popular belief, and have always found it so much easier to communicate through word, rather than speech. I sometimes think that the internet, or more specifically social networks, were created for me and others like me who are able to express themselves easier through written words.

And the worst?

The worst thing about being a writer is doubt. I hear or read a lot about 'writer's block' and yet (touch wood), I haven't experienced it yet. The worst thing for me is wondering and worrying about whether people will like my writing. I am well aware that there will always be those who don't like it but in general we all want it to be liked - right? I suppose that I worry too much about it and possibly have a slight insecurity about what I'm writing sometimes. Perhaps all writers do?

Or am I just a wimp?

I think all writers have that :)

Have you read any books recently that you would recommend? What was it about that particular book or books that you most enjoyed?

I've stepped back almost 40 years just recently. I've been reading some of my childhood favourites, like 'Charlotte's Web' (which incidentally, has now helped me to overcome my fear of spiders... well up to a certain size of spider anyway... I'm working on the bigger ones). I've also just re-read 'The Secret Garden' which I didn't enjoy so much this time around and almost wish I could have left it in my memory dump from years ago and not read it.



I now have a long list of books that I want to read and they are all staring at me from my Kindle - Help! I don't know where to start...

A familiar feeling!

When choosing a book to read do you have a favourite genre, or are you open to trying any genre?

My usual choice of genre is chicklit/romantic comedy. I am open to trying other genres (except maybe horror, due to my 'wimpish' nature) and have read some true and sometimes really inspirational stories in the past too. So, as long as you're not scaring me, I'll have a go at anything.

Put these influencing factors in order from the most important to the least important when you're looking for a new book to read: Characters, Genre, Writing style, Cover, Blurb, Author, Price.

Genre, Author, Cover, Blurb, Characters, Writing style, Price.

What do you think of the current trend of writers giving books away free?

I used to think that this was a cheap and tacky, almost desperate thing to do. I couldn't understand why an author would work so hard to write a novel over a long period of time (whether it be 9 months or 9 years), just to give it away for free.

However, now I do understand this concept as I have done it myself. I read somewhere, some while ago, about the power of free promotions to gain a fan base from where to start working and marketing from. It worked for me in the sense that my free book was downloaded over 3,000 times, in just a few days. What was more exciting and unexpected was the fact that my other book started selling at a daily rate, tenfold to previous sales figures. This has now happened twice for me and I will do it again in the future.

I must stress that these free promotions are only temporary promotions, lasting no more than 5 days and I'm happy with that set up each quarter, throughout the year. I do wonder though, what is the purpose of permanently free books to the authors who wrote them?

I know some authors who have one book permanently free as a sample of their work. I suppose that would work where the author always writes in the same genre, or where the freebie is the first book in a series.

What's your favourite genre to write?

Definitely comedy with some romance thrown in... or is it romance with some comedy thrown in? Not sure which way round but I hope you get the gist of it.

Do you do your best writing in the day or night?



I'm a day person, more specifically, a morning person. It all goes downhill at around 10am. By 7pm I'm an internet zombie, stunned in to a death-like state of immobility as I stare at other people's conversations on Facebook, watch numerous, sometimes pointless, video clips that jump out at me from the newsfeed, about all sorts of weird and wonderful things and then I trawl through the mountains of notifications, messages and general mayhem on Twitter. The internet is the bane of my life and the modern form of procrastination.

Some writers like music in the background when writing, others (me included) prefer silence. What is your preference?

I go for silence for 2 reasons. Firstly, I don't often get it in my busy household, therefore it's the ideal excuse not to write and to further my career in procrastination. Secondly, when it is silent and I do have to write, I can hear the characters in my head clearer. They may be talking to me or having conversations amongst themselves but at least I can hear what they're saying. Weird or what?

Hahahaha!

If you could meet one of the characters from your books and spend a day with him/her, who would you choose and what would you do?

I really liked Ruby from 'Calling All Dentists' and would love to spend a day with her. I would take her shopping to buy some outlandish clothing, sunbathe on a nudist beach (purely for the shock factor - both the shockingly, horrified looks of passers by [I'm not as sleek as I used to be] and to shock Ruby), encourage her to play 'Knock door run' with me, make some crank phone-calls, get extremely drunk in a local nightclub and 'pull' a one-night-stand. Hopefully after all of that, Ruby would be a little more worldly-wise and 'up for a laugh'.

Many authors write much of their fiction inspired by their own life experiences. How much of your own life goes into your fiction?

Quite a bit actually. I think of something that may have happened to me, or someone I know, but usually me. Then I twist it and turn it, take bits out, put other bits in (usually funny bits) and then scramble it all back together and throw it at a wall, just to splatter it a little further. I then scoop it all up and chuck it into a word document. I hope that's not reflected too much in my books, lol.

If you could invite 3 authors to dinner (can include authors from the past) who would you choose and what would you cook?

For a start I am the world's worst cook - I can burn a jelly! So I would hope that the 3 authors would be kind and forgiving. I would probably cheat due to my culinary inadequacies and either ask Mr Fordie (who is a wonderful cook) to pretend to be a hired cook for the evening (I'm sure he'd be up for that) or nip to the local take-away.

My 3 authors would be, Sophie Kinsella - I adore her and love her books. She seems to be a shy-ish person (like me) and I'm sure we would connect. Carole Matthews would be my next choice, she appears to be very outgoing, lively and fun and her books are fabutastic. She could bring me out of my little coconut shell. My final choice would be Roald Dahl, purely because I am so intrigued by his lifestyle, his shed (I would quite like one too) and his writing, I would love to know where his ideas came from. He would probably be the centre of attention actually, thus deflecting from the take-away or the fact that I had to get someone else to cook for me!

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Write, write, write... and keep writing. Don't give up on those 'bad days'. Keep at it and believe in yourself. I am completely sure that if I can do it, then anyone can. Another thing that I would say is, get your name known, well before your first book comes out. Social networking is an absolute must, particularly if you are going to be an independently published author.

It's a very good idea to set up a website/blog for yourself too. This is a window for interested readers/fans to go and take a peep through. I believe that the readers want to get to know you a little more, if they like your work.

I'm a great believer in 'what goes around, comes around', hence I do a lot of promotional work to help other authors too. I think this helps me as well.

How much research did you have to do for Calling All Dentists?



I did a little research for 'Calling All Dentists'. Luckily, I like my dentist, who I've been with for 3 years now and I used my experiences with her in either a negative or positive way (back to the 'chucking ideas at the wall' again). I've had some terrible experiences in the past and also my fair share of toothy problems so again, it all went up the wall.

Do you have any news for your readers?

Er... I think I've probably blown this question by waffling in previous questions. I'm looking forward to the release of my third book, 'Calling All Customers' at the end of this year. I'm hoping that it will be the best one yet. A fun read!

I will be going part time when I go back to school in September - yay! All thanks to Mr Fordie's kindly supportive role as husband-type-thing. So I hope to be able to write a lot more and procrastinate a lot less. I may well be banning myself from the internet for a certain amount of time each day, just so that I don't waste any more time. I can also catch up with the ironing!

Sounds wonderful, and I'm looking forward to reading more of your books!


Keep up with Tara Ford's news at the following links:

Author Website: http://taraford.weebly.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rata2e

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/Tara.Ford...

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

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/rata2e2/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/tara-for...
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August 16, 2014

I’m excited to announce an exhibition that is taking place at Saffron Walden Library from the 18th August 2014 for a month! It’s an exhibition of photography by Martin David Porter of Mart’s Arts Photography.







A few months ago Perspectives was released. It’s a short story collection featuring stories by me and another author Darcia Helle. All the stories in that book were inspired by photographs taken by Martin.

Martin’s photos will be on display at the library, including photos that inspired the stories in Perspectives. There will be canvas prints available to purchase at the event.

You can find out more about Perspectives, the book, in this article I wrote on my Goodreads blog when it was first published: https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog...

The exhibition has a Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/15171...

The library address: 2 King Street, CB10 1ES Saffron Walden



You can buy Perspectives at Amazon:

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Perspectives-...

US: http://www.amazon.com/Perspectives-Mi...

Find out all about Martin’s photography at the following links:

Website: http://www.martsartsphotography.com/s...

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MartsArtsPho...
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August 9, 2014

I've just heard about this innovative new app that is being launched by an author friend of mine and her husband.

Andrea Howarth Salazar, is the author of the wonderful novel, Splintered, a heartwarming tale about letting go of the past and the all-encompassing power of love.



You can read more about it and buy the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Splintered-An...

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This new app for children has been developed by Andrea's husband with Andrea's help on character design and story boarding, and they've launched a new social media campaign to help with the launch. The Thunderclap campaign doesn't request donations, just clicks.


The app is designed to encourage children aged 4 - 10 to walk outdoors with their parents to earn more points to unlock characters and stories in the game. Andrea says, "It's for the good cause of preventing child obesity and promoting fitness, fun and family time! Supporting this does not cost anything - and the more support clicks we receive, the more advertising tweets we will get when the app is launched on September 1st."

To help promote via the Thunderclap campaign, please follow this link: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/1...



You can follow the Ed Eggs Team on twitter: https://twitter.com/AIDATechnology
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August 6, 2014

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to the talented Eden Baylee, a prolific author with many books to her name. She has just released her first full length novel, Stranger at Sunset. It's an atmospheric, engrossing mystery that will keep you hooked to the very last page. Luckily, it's the first in a series, so we will be treated to more stories featuring the enigmatic main character Kate Hampton.






Vacation can be a killer.

Dr. Kate Hampton, a respected psychiatrist, gathers with a group of strangers at her favorite travel spot, Sunset Villa in Jamaica. Included in the mix are friends of the owners, a businessman with dubious credentials, and a couple who won the trip from a TV game show. 

It is January 2013, following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The luxury resort is struggling, not from the storm, but due to a scathing review from caustic travel writer, Matthew Kane. The owners have invited him back with hopes he will pen a more favorable review to restore their reputation. 

Even though she is haunted by her own demons, Kate feels compelled to help. She sets out to discover the motivation behind Kane’s vitriol. Used to getting what he wants, has the reviewer met his match in Kate? Or has she met hers? 

Stranger at Sunset is a slow-burning mystery/thriller as seen through the eyes of different narrators, each with their own murky sense of justice. As Kate's own psychological past begins to unravel, a mysterious stranger at Sunset may be the only one who can save her.



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After reading this wonderful book, I was keen to interview Eden about her writing and current plans:



How long have you been writing, and was there a defining moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

EB: Informally, I’ve been writing since my mid-teens, but I took the leap to writing full-time January 2010. As for any defining moment, I can’t say there was. I know many authors say they’ve known all their lives they wanted to write. I’ve only ever known I had a rich fantasy life, and I’ve always loved to read.

I believe the combination of these two things pushed me toward writing.


How many books have you published? Which was the hardest to write and why?

EB: I have 13 books published. The first twelve are erotica – anthologies and short stories. My latest, Stranger at Sunset is a psychological mystery/thriller.

This last book was the hardest to write because it’s my first novel. I’ve never written anything this long before, so the structure was completely new for me. As a ‘pantser,’ I found it challenging, which is not a bad thing.


Stranger at Sunset is the first in a series, have you written the rest of the series yet, or is that something that you're still working at?

EB: Definitely still planning and writing them! It’s such a fine balance daily of researching, writing, promoting, and reading. I need 72 hours in a day if not more.

Wow! That's definitely a challenge!

Your latest book is a deviation for you as you usually write erotica. Why did you decide to venture into a different type of genre? 

EB: When I set out to write full-time, I started with erotica as it was a genre I knew well. I’ve been reading it since I was eleven, but … I also knew I would not write it forever. I have always considered erotica as a short story/novella-length genre. I never intended to write novels of it. 

I enjoy reading the mystery and thriller genres. There are many nuances contained in them and different ways to tell a story. I’m not a ‘blood and guts’ storyteller, so I don’t have the stomach to write police procedurals or crime novels. Where my interest lies is in the motivations of people. That is why I classify my book as a psychological mystery/thriller, because much of it is based on intellectual mind games.

The novel starts with a murder, but you don’t know who the killer is or who is killed. That is revealed only much later in the book through the interplay of the characters.

I think you got the balance just right. I often get put off by gratuitous violence in books. Yours was perfectly crafted.

I really enjoyed Stranger at Sunset. There are references in the book to James Bond, and in fact the setting is supposed to be where a James Bond film was made. Are you a James Bond fan, and if so do you prefer the books or movies and what is your favourite James Bond film/book?

EB: Thank you for your lovely compliment, Maria! Sunset Villa, the name of the resort in the book, is based on an actual place I stayed in Jamaica. The name is fictitious, but it was located next to where Ian Fleming lived and wrote his James Bond novels.

I love spy thrillers and James Bond, of course. My favorites are the old films with Sean Connery. I also liked Casino Royale. As for the books, I haven’t read all of them, but I remember being totally engrossed with From Russia with Love. I was a teenager when I read it, and it seemed magical and sexy. I loved the “foreign-ness” of it, both in the language Fleming used and in the story itself.

I saw the films on TV as a child as my dad was a fan, so I have a few memories of them, but quite distant memories LOL.

I understand that Stranger at Sunset was inspired by a trip you took to Jamaica. Tell us a bit about that trip and what you'd recommend people see if they go there?

EB: Jamaica has many attractions and I was close to Ocho Rios. The small villa I stayed at was near Dunn’s River Falls and James Bond Beach. I’d recommend snorkeling and swimming if you love the water. There is also the Oracabessa Bay Fish Sanctuary, which was established to protect the underwater sea life. I’m not a deep-sea diver, but I’ve been told you can see spectacular species of marine life in certain areas.

It sounds lovely :)

Your main character, Kate Hampton, is a psychiatrist. This involves knowledge about various mental health issues. How did you go about doing your research for this element of the book?

EB: I’ve always had an interest in psychology, and at one time wanted to get into it as a profession. Given that, I still read texts from the field, and one of my go-to books is the seminal work of Dr. Hervey M. Cleckley’s The Mask of Sanity. A professional in the field recommended it to me.

Cleckley was an American psychiatrist, and the book describes his interviews with patients in a locked institution. His detailed clinical description of psychopathy is still relevant today even though the book was written back in the forties.

I was also a student of Freud’s writings, but many of his observations are no longer studied. It all makes for good fiction though.

Are any of your characters based on real people?

EB: I’ve borrowed bits and parts of people, but no character is 100% true to anyone I know. Part of writing fiction is the fun of expanding on certain traits, but there were a couple of characters I had to tone down from real world people I knew. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!

LOL, I know what you mean.

Apart from the series, are you working on any other projects?

EB: I don’t write a novel fast enough yet to work on too many writing projects at once. I keep an active blog, promote myself and other writers I respect, and try to do a couple of charity events each year. It keeps me out of trouble.


Do you write every day?

EB: Yes. I think it’s important, even if it’s only a short blog or an entry into a journal. The process of putting words together on paper (on screen) exercises the brain in a way only writing can.

What was the last book you read and would you recommend it?

EB: It was Hellgoing by Lynn Coady, a former Canadian journalist. It’s a book of nine short stories. I’d recommend it because she’s a visual writer, and her stories are unique.






I love short stories, so I'll add that to my list!

Which authors have inspired your writing?

EB: Many. In erotica—Miller, Nin, Nabakov. In literary fiction, Bukowski, Fowles, Murakami, Steinbeck, and others. I tend toward the classics though I read a lot of indie authors too, and many have inspired me as well.


Do you have any tips for writers who may be thinking about self-publishing a book?

I’m no expert, and I’ve learned by observing and doing. And making tons of mistakes along the way! The indie community is extremely supportive, and there is a lot of information out there to help a new author. There are more knowledgeable people than me who can talk to the ‘publishing’ side of writing.

My main tip is to keep writing. It’s amazing how much I’ve learned by writing continuously. The fact that I cringe a little by reading some of my older works is a good thing. It means I’ve moved on from there. I feel the mark of any writer, no matter how they are published, should be to improve with each book they write.

I totally agree, Eden

Stranger at Sunset is extremely well edited. Who edits/proofreads your work?

EB: Thank you, Maria, and I’m sure my amazing editor, Annetta Ribken would thank you too. What she does very well is look at the big picture of a manuscript—plot holes, inconsistencies, and problems with story structure. As the author, I can tend to get engrossed in the minutiae of the book because I know it intimately. Annetta has the ability to pull me back, which is tremendously helpful.

We work well together because neither of us engages our egos in the process of editing. Ultimately, we both want what is best for the book.


Who designs your book covers?

EB: JB Graphics in Toronto designs all my book covers and media. His work is clean, spare, and appeals to my sense of aesthetics. I don’t like overly “busy” covers, and he has a way of ensuring the cover sets a mood for the book. I’m a visual person, and I love color, images, and fonts. They all need to blend together well to create a good cover.




You have great book covers!

Do you have any other news for your fans?

EB: One exciting piece of news was the partnership of Stranger at Sunset with iTunes, which I’m unaware another author has done. My book has a soundtrack!

Before the book came out, I used certain songs leading up to its release as clues for the story. It seemed only natural to pair my two loves—music and words. You can sample and buy the play list here:

iTunes Playlist

For now though, I’m working hard to promote Stranger at Sunset while drafting the next two books in the series. I will also be doing some free giveaways of my backlist. Announcements will be made on my monthly newsletter, so I encourage readers to add their names to my mailing list.

Many thanks for the interview Maria. I really appreciate all you to do. It’s been a pleasure to chat with you.

Thank you for being a guest here, Eden!
I love that iTunes idea, and I'm not aware of other authors having done that, either! :)



Author Bio

Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to become a full-time writer. She incorporates many of her favorite things into her writing such as: travel; humor; music; poetry; art; and much more.

Stranger at Sunset is her first mystery novel, on the heels of several books of erotic anthologies and short stories. She writes in multiple genres.

An introvert by nature and an extrovert by design, Eden is most comfortable at home with her laptop surrounded by books. She is an online Scrabble junkie and a social media enthusiast, but she really needs to get out more often!

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August 5, 2014

I've heard about a few free book promotions that some of my author friends are doing at the moment. I think all of these will be worth a read, so you should grab them while they're free.

One free promo that is going on only for the next couple of days is: Nine Lives, a wonderful collection of short stories by the brilliant author Terry Tyler.

If you've never read any of her books, this short story collection is a fabulous way to sample her style. She writes contemporary fiction and creates very real characters. She's one of my favourite authors. When I pick up one of her books I always know I'll enjoy it.

Get your free copy of Nine Lives on Amazon worldwide between 5th - 7th August 2014.

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nine-Lives-Te...
US: http://www.amazon.com/Nine-Lives-Terr...



Michael Pugh is giving away pdf copies of all of his books at the moment. I'm not sure how long this offer will go on for, so grab yours now :)

Here's a link to his website where you can read about and download the books:

http://theprojectsofmichaelpugh.com/a...



I haven't read any of his books yet, but they sound great!

Last but not least, Effrosyni Moschoudi is giving away both of her books on Amazon between 7th - 11th August 2014.



I'll be downloading both books. I haven't read her books, but they sound fascinating.

The Lady of the Pier is an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist!

Amazon:

UK: The Necklace of Goddess Athena: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Necklace-Godd...

The Lady of the Pier: The Ebb: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lady-Pier-Ebb...

US: The Necklace of Goddess Athena: http://www.amazon.com/Necklace-Goddes...

The Lady of the Pier: The Ebb: http://www.amazon.com/Lady-Pier-Ebb-E...

I hope you'll find some great stories to love, and if you enjoy these books, please think about leaving a nice review on Amazon.

Happy Reading!