Month: October 2014

Review – Beyond Midnight: Asunder

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This summer’s “Midnight Dynasty” left House of Crimson and Clover fans everywhere as broken as the Deschanel family of New Orleans. Like Tristan, we mulled over each word of Julianne and Ophelia’s diaries hoping to see something, anything that could help us figure out the curse. We witnessed Katja and Allain’s hopefulness turn to crippling despair. We fought – as Jacob did – to hold on to Amelia, the love of his life. And we listened to the summer rain with Nicholas as he held his little sister for the last time. But in true Cradit style, she tears you down – making you see and experience human emotion and raw pain – and then builds you back up again. Asunder is the mountaintop. Yes, you will be taken on another journey, but when you reach your destination… where two souls finally realize their destiny, it all will be worth it.

This is not a standalone book…you wouldn’t want it to be. Start at the beginning of this passion-filled series with St. Charles at Dusk, and don’t stop till you reach Beyond Midnight: Asunder. Then read it slow and often. 5 everlong stars.

***I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Beyond Midnight: Asunder is live today on all major retailers.

(Be sure and come back tomorrow as we feature Sarah for our Friday installment of author features.)

For Your Reading Pleasure…L.A. Remenicky

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Today’s feature is L.A. Remenicky, author of the Fairfield Corners Series and Invisible. I met L.A. a few months ago through our shared editor, and she’s always been willing to share her tidbits of wisdom about how to do this or that. This month she releases her second Fairfield Corners book, Ragan’s Song. We’re so happy she’s taken time to answer our questions.

Name: L.A. Remenicky

1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page)

I am a 40-something wife and mother to 3 furkids. I write Love Stories With A Twist. Writing wasn’t even on my radar until a friend introduced me to NaNoWriMo in 2012. I signed up, wrote 50,000 words that November, and I haven’t looked back.

Email: remenickywrites@yahoo.com

Blog: http://www.laremenicky.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/laremenicky

Google: www.google.com/+LARemenickyauthor

Twitter: www.twitter.com/remenickywrites

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7191202.L_A_Remenicky

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/indianagizmo/

Street Team ~ Remenicky’s Remenions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1425708337682216/

2.  How do you choose names for your characters?

Sometimes they come to me as part of the plot or story idea. Other times I ask friends. Next time I’m stuck I will probably ask on my Facebook page.

3.  Do you talk about your book/characters as though they are real?

Oh yeah! And I love taking about them. My husband looks at me like I’m nuts when I tell him “so and so” is talking to me.

4.  Do you listen to music when you write or edit? What kind?

Always. I have very eclectic taste when it comes to music. I can listen to anything from country to rock to pop to easy listening. It is not unusual for my music program to play a song by Blake Shelton followed by a song from Metallica and then one by Michael Buble.

5.  How long have you been writing?

Almost three years. I didn’t start writing until November 2012.

6.  Tell us about when you realized you were ‘meant to be’ a writer.

I think it really hit me when a couple of people read a very rough draft of Saving Cassie and loved it.

7.  Do you have a muse?

Just that little voice in my head that gives me story ideas

8.  How do you improve as a writer? (Workshops, conferences, reading)

I have learned a lot from my editor and if I’m not writing I’m reading. I am hoping to go to a writer’s retreat next summer.

9.  Writing quirks or superstitions?

Not really.

10. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.

Currently I am working on a story I started during NaNoWriMo last year. I didn’t make my 50,000 words but I did get about half of a decent story.

Love On The Double was inspired by the song “I Drive Your Truck” by Lee Brice. BJ and Jessie Lafayette are identical twins. After a falling out over a girl Jessie joined the Marines. BJ is the studious one, becoming a creative writing teacher and author. When BJ feels a white-hot pain in his leg he knows Jessie is in trouble so he hops on a plane to go find him. He doesn’t find Jessie but he finds Rina, who he thinks is Jessie’s girlfriend. I’m hoping to have it mostly written before November and another try at NaNoWriMo.

11.  What book are you reading now?

I am reading an anthology, Forever Heroes. Some great stories in there.

12.  What genre do you write in? What about POV?

I write romance – so far Paranormal and Contemporary Suspense. That is what I love about being an indie author, I can write whatever I choose. I don’t have a publishing house telling me what to write. Invisible is written in alternating POV but my Fairfield Corners series is written in 3rd person.

13.  Tell us about writing preparation. Character Profiles? Outlines?

I am a total pantser. No outlines, other than a general idea in my head of where I think the story will go.

14.  Do you know how your stories will end?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. For Saving Cassie I wrote the ending when I was about half way through the story. The ending to Invisible didn’t come to me until I was almost finished with the story.

15.  Do you books have a message or theme? Or are they purely for entertainment?

Purely entertainment.

16.  Do you have any favorite snacks or drinks that you eat/drink while writing?

Dr. Pepper or iced tea. I try not to snack while I’m writing.

17.  Tell us about your other passions.

My other passions… hmmm. That would be my family and my furkids. We have 2 dogs, a german shepherd/black lab mix named Bella and an english mastiff named Rainy. And then there is the black cat named Curious George.

18.  What’s something interesting about you?

My real job is to give people money. I’m serious! I process payroll for a university.

19.  Share a small sample(limit to one paragraph, please) of your writing… can be a WIP or already published.

This is from the next Fairfield Corners book tentatively title Fate Stepped In.

Oblivious to the pounding on the door, Robbie rubbed the sandpaper over the wood, enjoying the rhythm of the song and the satiny smoothness of the wood under his hands. Creating the handmade memory boxes out of blocks of wood soothed his soul better than the oblivion he had tried to find at the bottom of a whiskey bottle. The music blasting through his workshop and its open windows was his way of shutting out the world that no longer had her in it.

20.  Anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?

Indie authors work hard at writing great stories and putting out great books. Just keep reading!

Thanks, L.A.! Good luck with Ragan’s Song.

E&M

From the nineties….

So the picture that’s on our blog is NOT a current one, it’s actually circa 1998/99, and one of our favorites.  I’d just started college at Louisiana Tech, and Marie was still in high school. Y’all can’t tell it, but I (Elizabeth) was sporting some pretty bright red hair. 🙂

Just wanted to remind everyone about the Rafflecopter giveaway going on at Through the Booking Glass. Here’s a link to their Facebook page. Go give them a LIKE to stay up to date on great books to read.

https://www.facebook.com/throughthebookingglass?hc_location=timeline

Happy Sunday!

Elizabeth and Marie

For Your Reading Pleasure…Privy Trifles

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For our first interview, we’re featuring Namrata a.k.a. Privy Trifles. We’re excited to welcome her and discover a bit of her writing process. I will tell you that I’ve checked out her blog… if you’re ever feeling down and need a pick-me-up, that’s the place to go. Enjoy and remember to share!!

1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page)

Hi! I am Namrata. Having been investment banker for close to a decade I recently gave it up to pursue my childhood dream of being a writer. I am a prolific blogger and ardent reviewer since past 3 years under the name Privy Trifles. I have been a contributing author to various anthologies with my short stories and have recently released my debut book called Metro Diaries – Seventeen LOVE classics. I believe in making a difference one word at a time. I would love to connect with you through social media.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wingstomywords
Twitter: @Privytrifles
Website: http://www.privytrifles.com
Blog: http://www.privytrifles.in
Reviews Blog: http://www.privytrifles.co.in

2. How do you choose names for your characters?

I choose names for them depending upon the story. A particular quality I am highlighting in the story or a special connect with the name, there has to be some connection with the story as a whole for a character to be named. Having said that I have many times kept them nameless not because I wanted to give them a more universal appeal to the reader by saying this could be you or me.

3. Do you talk about your book/characters as though they are real?

Yes absolutely for that is what makes them connectable for a reader as well. My characters are usually your next door people, ones whom you would bump into while walking down or someone you know closely… at times it could be you too. They are confused, good at heart and vulnerable people just like you and me who only desire to be loved.

4. Do you listen to music when you write or edit? What kind?

When I edit yes I do listen to music. It depends on the time of the day and also the feel of the story. Like if it some light fun story then some loud dance numbers and if its romance then soft romantic numbers it is.

While writing I prefer complete silence around me, though noise doesn’t bother me. As when I begin to write everything else goes on a mute.

5. How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since the age of 11. My first poem was published in a school magazine from where I went on to get my poetry published in the London Society of Poets when I was 17. I never realized when I forayed into writing fiction and earned a tag of The Yash Chopra of blogging world ( Yash Chopra is the father of romance for Indian cinema). And today I cannot imagine a day without writing.

So to answer your question, I have been writing since the time I can remember!

6. Tell us about when you realized you were ‘meant to be’ a writer.

It was when I received an email from a reader who had read my entire blog till wee hours of the morning. The things she mentioned, the way some of the things written by me touched her that moment was out of this world. I could have never imagined I could do this. She through her email indirectly told me that day that I was meant to write.

I still keep getting such reminders from many people who read my work and take out the time to let me know how it made them feel.

7. Do you have a muse?

Life is my biggest muse. It inspires me to keep writing by showing different facets of its own every time.

8. How do you improve as a writer? (Workshops, conferences, reading)

I have attended a couple of writing workshops and I believe it has helped me a lot in terms of my thought-process. But the two things that help the most are reading and the feedback you get on your work. Good and bad both feedback are actually to be worked upon and it that which helps you improve as a writer.

9. Writing quirks or superstitions?

It isn’t a quirk or a superstition but it is a habit which has not become indispensable. I have a diary which I carry with myself all the time and whatever it is I have to write it down there. Small or big, anything before entering it into a word document on my laptop it has to be there.

10. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.

My current work in progress is a romantic novel about two lovers who have met after a decade of parting ways only to realize that things weren’t what they were. The story is all about will the truth now change what they felt for each other then.

11. What book are you reading now?

Currently am reading The Book Thief.

12. What genre do you write in? What about POV?

I usually prefer romance and drama as a genre for that is something that comes naturally to me.

When write a story the first thing I do is get it out of my system completely. The way it is with its spelling mistakes, tenses, grammatical errors, typos, everything. For me that is a skeletal. Post that I take a break of a day and then start working on it again.

Now the work is to polish this skeletal. Rearrange the sequences to ensure a gripping read, make it more descriptive in terms of places and peoples, add more emotions, bring out the pathos etc. This helps in beautifying the whole work and this is when the POV is also considered; like I have had an instance where I wrote a story from a character’s point of view and just 2 days after that I had this sudden desire in the night to change it to the other character’s POV. And that instinct paid off, people loved that story for through that POV it brought out its rawness very aptly.

13. Tell us about writing preparation. Character Profiles? Outlines?

My writing preparation usually involves outlines after which I proceed to characters. My outlines are mostly gibberish, very difficult to decipher for anyone else. I very strongly believe you don’t choose a story, a story chooses you. So I wait to be chosen before beginning my work on that story.

14. Do you know how your stories will end?

Most of the times, no I don’t! I just start writing whatever has formed in my mind and then go with the flow.

15. Do your books have a message or theme? Or are they purely for entertainment?

I usually write on love and relationships. Through them I want to tell my readers that despite all ugliness around us life is still beautiful because there is love. Just because someone didn’t love us the way we wanted them to doesn’t mean we question the very existence of love as whole.

16. Do you have any favorite snacks or drinks that you eat/drink while writing?

Might sound weird but when I am writing am completely lost to even think of my thirst or hunger 🙂

17. Tell us about your other passions.

I am very passionate about reading, music, dancing and sketching. These all things help me stay connected to my creative side. There have been instances where I have got some amazing ideas while sketching or dancing. And then it is further developed as a story.

18. What’s something interesting about you?

There is always something cooking in my mind and that is the reason why people call me observant. I gather a lot of things in one outing at a coffee shop with a friend, like what is happening at the other table, how are they dressed, the way they speak etc. These things help me describe my characters in detail. I use their behavioral attributes or clothing habits to make one of my characters come to life.

19. Share a small sample (limit to one paragraph, please) of your writing… can be a WIP or already published.

These are few lines from one of the stories in my book called Metro Diaries:

He was a born dreamer and his dreams always came true. As if the Universe was by his side always. He never had to ask for anything, was that why he never asked her to stay back? Off late his mind had started asking questions for which he had no answers. This is what happens when you reach your destination as suddenly you have nothing to do. Everything seems lost, for a moment. But then his heart knew this was not his destination. He had taken a break in between the journey as he was tired and he would begin soon with a renewed vigor to reach where his heart was. Amidst the plethora of unknown identities his eyes were lost like that of a stranded sailor in the sea. He kept walking looking at them with a deranged look when all of sudden his eyes met hers. ~ A thing called Love

20. Anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers? All I would like to say is a huge THANK YOU! – You are, and therefore I am. Thanks for all your faith in my abilities and so much love that it resonates from within.

Thank you so much for featuring with us today! We wish you continued success with your blog and your books.
E&M

Observations…

So here are a few observations I’ve had…

– Since I am down to the last two chapters in “The Watching,” I am easily distracted. As in… I will do ANYTHING to prevent from writing them. Case in point: random blog post.

– I am ABSOLUTELY 100% THRILLED about the features beginning this Friday. It’s WIN-WIN for us all. PLEASE tell your author friends to email me (email on the ‘For Your Reading Pleasure’ page) and we’ll get them a date. We are booked every Monday and Friday through January 19th, but would love to continue this indefinitely. If everyone enjoys this, I may re-vamp the questions and start it all over again.

– The most popular post on this blog other than the “About Elizabeth and Marie,” is… Bob and Millie? WTH? Seriously? Those of you that have read the book know of Bob and Millie’s… ummm, ‘special’ relationship. Let me tell you… we have a few more of their “encounters” to come in “The Watching.” If my editor doesn’t find out, I might post a small excerpt (unedited of course – so not as amazing as it could be) later on.

– On the subject of Bob… so nearly all authors have a playlist of songs for their books. I am no exception. But I do wonder if other authors listen to hymns and spiritual songs for their main antagonist? Yep, Bob O’Malley’s theme song is “Wayfaring Stranger” followed closely by “Nothing but the Blood.” Go figure. I do love his story though. It’s been so much fun finding out what made him the sadistic madman that he’s become.

– Fall is one of my favorite seasons and our weather in Northeast Louisiana has been grand!! We’ve even slept with the windows open a few nights.

– THE FUNERAL: BOOK 1.5 comes out (fingers crossed) on Halloween. YEAH!!! The timeframe of this novella will be directly after the end of the book through the day after the epilogue. For those of you that had questions about what ‘really happened’… this book will answer a few of them and hopefully bring some semblance of closure to “The Waiting.”

Y’all have a great afternoon!
Elizabeth

“Saving Cassie” Re-Release Blitz!!

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In celebration of her upcoming Fairfield Corners Book 2 (Ragan’s Song), L.A. Remenicky is re-releasing Book 1, “Saving Cassie,” with a beautiful, new cover and professional editing (by our shared editor extraordinaire, Kathy Lapeyre). ❤❤❤

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Everyone has secrets. Sometimes secrets can get you killed.

After ten years in the big city, Cassie Holt is moving back to her hometown to take over the bookstore left to her by her beloved Gram, vowing to live her life alone. To her best friend, Sheriff James Marsten, Cassie seems to be the same girl that left Fairfield Corners to go to college but Cassie has secrets and one of those secrets could get her killed. When one of her secrets becomes a threat to her life, James turns to his new deputy to help him keep Cassie safe.
Deputy Logan Miller has been burned by love and is not looking to get involved with anyone anytime soon. When he is thrown into close quarters with Cassie, the sparks begin to fly and he begins to see through the walls Cassie has built around her heart. As the threat gets closer, can Logan protect Cassie and protect his heart?

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Author bio:
L.A. Remenicky is a forty-something wife and mother of three fur kids. She has been an avid reader as long as she can remember, often disappearing with a book when it was time to do dishes or clear the table.
She reads all genres, but her favorites are romance and horror. She started out reading Nancy Drew and quickly graduated to adult romances. Her favorite romance is “Moonraker’s Bride” by Madeline Brent.
Her favorite author is Stephen King – She loves how he can weave a story and characters together.
She only started writing recently after thinking about it for years, signing up for NANOWRIMO in 2012 and winning.

Email: remenickywrites@yahoo.com
Blog: http://www.laremenicky.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/laremenicky
Google: http://www.google.com/+LARemenickyauthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/remenickywrites
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7191202.L_A_Remenicky
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/indianagizmo/
Street Team ~ Remenicky’s Remenions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1425708337682216/

We’ll be giving away 2 ebooks of The Waiting: Book 1 in L.A.’s Rafflecoptor. Go check her links out and let’s help her celebrate!!! -Elizabeth

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