Who Art Thou Thursday: Bella Roccaforte

It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity interview another author. Today, I have Bella Roccaforte. Let’s see what she’s up to!

Reena Jacobs:  Tell us about your upcoming release.

Ink by Bella RoccaforteBella Roccaforte: INK: Fine Lines is the story of Shay Baynes. She’s awkward, emotional and sometimes very irrational. She’s finally found her independence from the two boys that have fought over her since puberty hit! Things seem to be going really well for her, she’s got her first real comic publishing deal and the series is about to be a huge hit. But then her neighbors are murdered, and the crime scene and Shay’s comic are identical!

There’s mystery, danger, ghosts and ghouls and all kinds of scary things that go bump whenever they please.

RJ: I’m intrigued. Which of your characters do you relate to most?

BR: I’d have to say Shay, I remember being barely 20 and thinking I had everything under control, when in fact I just didn’t.

RJ: Ha ha. Yes. Definitely the joys of being a young adult. Rumor has it, you’re releasing this series very quickly. Six books! Wow! Are the other books already written? And when and what is your next release?

BR: Every book in the series will end with a cliffhanger. I don’t want to leave readers hanging too long so they will be released between 2 and 3 months apart. I’m most of the way through INK: Book 2 and as soon as it goes to the editor I will start Book 3!

Book 2 is expected to be released in early October, then Book 3 in early January. I figure the holiday season may slow me down so I want to set a realistic expectation.

RJ: How about a teaser?

BR: Hmmm, I think it’s best to say that nothing is what it seems so don’t jump to conclusions too fast when reading.

During the comic book signing in Tampa, pay very very close attention. You will meet most of these characters again! Also, you’ll be screaming at Shay to read the damn note!

RJ: Give us a brief description of a story you have hidden in your skeleton closet? And will it ever see the light of day.

BR: Oh yes, I actually started writing it like 20 years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest son. It’s a sci-fi story about finding an off-world utopia. We’ll see if I ever sit down to write it again. I’ll of course be starting from scratch.

RJ: Totally random, but you’re a travelled gal. What’s the most fascinating place you’ve visited?

BR: My teenage son’s closet – just kidding but man there’s a lot of crap in there. I’d have to say it would be the Galapagos Islands. We had permission from the government to be there, but we could only stay for six days. I could have stayed forever!

RJ: That sounds cool! First thing which came to my mind were the tortoises. Tell us about a trip from hell.

BR: There have been a couple, but I’ll leave out the business trips and the near death experiences and cut right to the hardest one to deal with. When my father died I lived in Colorado and he lived in Florida so I had to fly from Denver to Orlando. We took off from Denver in a blizzard and then I missed my connection in Atlanta because it was raining and the plane couldn’t land. That was just the beginning of the transportation nightmares. I nearly missed my Dad’s funeral. When I finally got to Orlando the rental car company had canceled my reservation because I was a day late and even though I called, they had no record of it. So I had to find someone to drive over and pick me up. I also lost the deposit on my rental car.

One of my dearest friends wasn’t at the funeral and it really hurt my feelings (Okay, it was the real-life Aiden). When I called and left the message with his mom that was I coming she didn’t tell him, because right after I called she had fallen off the roof of the house taking down the Christmas lights and ended up in the hospital in traction. (Of course I didn’t know that until I was a total b-word to him.)
He finally showed his sorry face the day I was leaving and we got into a huge argument on the way to the airport that ended in a very uncouth series of screaming F-U’s at Orlando International Airport.

I finally arrive in Atlanta to get my connecting flight to Denver to find out there is an ice storm and I’d be stuck for about three days so they flew me back to Orlando where the only rental cars available would have cost WAY more money than I had. The ONLY person who would answer the phone while I was stranded in Orlando was real-life Aiden. Who then came and got me and drove me to my mom’s house in silence. He remained completely silent even when he had to stop on SR 520 to shoot a wild boar. TRUE STORY. I can’t make this stuff up.

You’ll be happy to know that my luggage arrived safely in Denver 3 days before me. For some reason it was safe for my bags to go all the way to Denver but not me.

RJ: Sounds absolutely dreadful. Sounds like something straight out of a movie. As a fellow author, I can’t help but think it belongs in one of your books. Thank you for sharing with us, Bella.

If readers want to learn more about you and/or your work, where can they find you?

BR: It has been my pleasure, even reliving the worst trip ever story. *Sigh* Thanks for having me as a guest!

Connect with Bella Roccaforte

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest || Amazon Author Page || Ink Goodreads Page || Bella Roccaforte on Goodreads

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Bella’s motto has always been that you can choose to watch life pass you by or your can be the one spinning the world. You have to get out and live, life won’t come to you!

Bella has always seen things in the world with a different view and has been an avid story-teller. She is enjoying putting her crazy musings into print for others to enjoy.

To her one of the most exciting parts of writing is getting a chance to interact with readers. It is truly her hope that readers will reach out and tell her what the like and even don’t like about her stories. She’s looking forward to a relationship with the readers to better write stories they will love.

Happy Release Day! INK: Fine Lines Available August 8th

Available at Amazon US || Amazon UK || Barnes & Nobles || Smashwords

Who Art Thou Thursday? Rachel Carrington

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a Who Art Thou Thursday? And I have to admit, I’m a little late on the ball with it. Today… tonight 🙂 We get to spend some time with Rachel Carrington, author of … well A LOT!

Reena Jacobs: I’m really excited to have you with us today, Rachel. Please tell us about your most recent publication.

Rachel Carrington: It’s actually an upcoming release, Waking Up Immortal, which is a paranormal/sci-fi romance, and it releases on October 20th. I’ve included the official book description below:

I could die today, and it wouldn’t matter. I’d still wake up tomorrow. Some people might consider that a good thing, and the time I took my first bullet, well, I can’t say I complained when I woke up, but that’s the middle of the story.

At first I didn’t want this “gift” which led me to a long search for my father. I thought he could help me. Turns out my father was in prison, and I just happened to get on the bad side of his warden—a huge, cyborg type of guy who could body double for Sylvester Stallone. He didn’t want me to see my father, and he was a pretty big obstacle for me to overcome. 

So here I am trying to convince this guy, Kier, to let me see my father when all hell breaks loose. Then I suddenly learn I really don’t want to see dear old Dad after all. My life isn’t in danger, but how I spend the rest of my immortal existence is. The only thing standing between me and certain torture is Kier. 

I don’t doubt he’ll protect me, but being so close to him makes me forget about things like safety. And the first time he kisses me turns into heat up the windows type of scene in the front seat of my car.

My immortal existence is safe with Kier. My heart is on shaky ground. Only I could fall in love with a cyborg while my life is going to hell in a handbasket.

RJ: I don’t know how you’ve managed to make a cyborg sound ultra sexy, but you have. 🙂 When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer?

RC: When I was sixteen. Prior to that, I was convinced I was going to be a school teacher.

RJ: You’ve been writing for quite a while. Give us a brief description of a story you have hidden in your skeleton closet? And will it ever see the light of day?

RC: I don’t really have any hidden stories because once I get the idea, I know I have to write the book. I don’t think I’ve ever left a book unfinished, although, my first novel, Not Her Romeo, will never see the light of day again. It was a contemporary romance with absolutely no plot, no conflict, and was really just a story about two people falling in love and having to overcome, well, nothing to do it. LOL

RJ: Ha ha. I’ve read books like that. Heck, I’ve written stories like that. I know exactly what you mean. 🙂 What are you working on now?

RC: The second installment of the Universal Security Series, Rising with the Heat. This delves a little deeper into Kier’s background and gives readers a better view of his history.

RJ: Where do you get your inspiration for your stories?

RC: I’m inspired by life. There is not once specific thing that inspires me. I can hear a song, see an elegant woman with a wide-brimmed hat, or touch a turtle’s shell and get an idea for a story. Now, granted, sometimes all those ideas might just be fleeting, but my imagination is always on the lookout for unique ideas to mold into a story.

RJ: It’s amazing how just about everything we encounter in life is a story waiting to happen. What’s your favorite part about the publishing process and why?

RC: I’d have to say writing the story. When I’m writing, I’m so engrossed in the storyline that it’s hard for me to stop. I don’t stop writing until the words are just no longer there for the evening, and the next day, I’m excited about jumping back into the world of my characters. Just the idea of creating something that others will enjoy motivates me every time.

RJ: Do you have any advice for other writers?

RC: Find a mentor. I think every writer needs someone they look up to, respect, and can turn to in times of triumph and trials. I can’t say this often enough. A mentor is someone who will give you that mental push when you need it or the metaphorical kick in the pants. They will pick you back up, dust you off, and tell you to get writing again, but they’ll also coach you on where to send your writing and how to make the most out of a query letter. A person like this can be invaluable, and it might take a while to find the right mentor, but it’s well worth the investment of time.

RJ: That’s the best advice I’ve heard in a long time. Anything special you’d like to say to readers?

RC: From the bottom of my heart, I thank each and every one of you for reading my stories. I’m living my dream because of readers, and my gratitude is endless.

RJ: Where can readers learn more about you and your work?

RC: My website is the most detailed place. It’s at www.dawnrachel.com. Thank you, Reena, for having me. I really appreciate the time and the space!

RJ: I’m glad you chose to share with my readers. 🙂

About the Author

Rachel Carrington began her career writing fantasy romances of powerful wizards and wicked witches. Since then, she has branched out into contemporary romance and romantic suspense and has had books published with Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Red Sage Publishing, and more.

Currently, a freelance editor/writer residing in historical Charleston, South Carolina, Rachel has written non-fiction articles for Absolute Write, The Writer’s Journal, Writing for Dollars, Writer’s Magazine, and Writer’s Weekly.

Because she likes staying busy, Rachel has also taught classes for Suite 101 and for author groups regarding promoting, writing, starting your own business, and editing.

When not writing, Rachel loves to read romantic suspense (Lisa Gardner and Roxanne St. Claire are two of her favorites), rework old furniture, cross-stitch, cook, and drink lots of coffee.

Find works by Rachel Carrington at Barnes & Nobles || Amazon || The Book Depository || Smashwords

For His Eyes Only Blog Tour + Interview

Earlier today, we had the opportunity to read an excerpt from For His Eyes Only. Definitely check it out! Now we get to learn a little about the authors. Join me in the interview. 🙂

Title: For His Eyes Only
Author: T. C. Archer
Genre: Action, Adventure, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
Publisher: Set
Ebook
Words: 79,000

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 T.C. Archer, Who Art Thou?

Reena Jacobs: Congratulations on your new release. Please tell us a little about For His Eyes Only. 

T.C. Archer: For His Eyes Only is a Daphne Du Maurier award winning book.

Jesse Evans is the most wanted woman in the world. She must prove she didn’t sell out the elite Special Ops team she sent into a Columbian village to rescue a little girl, or her sister dies. Only one man can save them both. But he isn’t who Jesse thinks he is.

This book is a romantic thriller, so is very high action. We loved writing this one. Keeping our characters on the move was a real challenge.

RJ: The kind of book that leaves me breathless! That’s my kind of read. I’m loving the cover. Tell us a little about the concept behind it.

TCA: The cover artist is Melissa Alvarez of Book Covers Galore. We told her that our heroine was a top secret agent and that much of the book took place in the jungles of Columbia. That info along with the title was enough to get her creative juices flowing. She put Jesse on the cover with that jungle background, and that gorgeous blue eye watching her. Perfect!

RJ: Definitely. I understand T.C. Archer represents two authors. How did you come up with the pseudonym?

TCA: T. C. Archer is Evan Trevane and Shawn M. Casey writing together. We started with T. C., and thought that Archer sounded really good with it.

RJ: Two authors… I imagine you have a host of stories ready to be written. Give us a brief description of a story you have hidden in your skeleton closet? And will it ever see the light of day?

TCA: Yes! We do have a host of stories to be written. Far too many for our short lives. A story we have peeking out from the corners of our minds is about a guy who decides to fake his own death. Only the insurance agent who investigates the claim for life insurance decides he wants the guy’s life. Lots of twists and turns here!

RJ: OMG! Sounds like the perfect murder. Well, if you’re not the victim. 🙂 With hindsight being 20/20, is there anything you would have changed with your publishing journey?

TCA: We would have parted company with our agent much sooner than we did.

RJ: Do you have any advice for other writers?

TCA: Write–a lot. Find a few people you trust to read your work and really listen to their feedback. Then write a lot more.

RJ: Anything special you’d like to say to readers?

TCA: Feel free to drop us a line and let us know what you thought of our books. We love hearing from readers.

RJ: What are you working on now?

TCA: We’re currently working on two books. The first is another romantic suspense entitled In the Company of Kate. This is a mainstream romantic suspense cougar story. Our heroine is a top executive in a design company and our hero is a Texas Ranger. The other book we’re working on is the next book in our Phenom League series. The book is set in France, with a hero who was a WWI pilot who was shot down and killed, but he never passed over. Very cool stuff here. You might even see a space ship in this one!

RJ: Now you’ve got my imagination running wild. If readers want to learn more about you and/or your work, where can they find you?

TCA: Website | Facebook | TwitterBlog | Goodreads | email

About the Authors

T. C. Archer is comprised of award winning authors Evan Trevane and Shawn M. Casey. They live in the Northeast.

Evan puts his Ph.D. to good use by writing about alternate realities, and Shawn channels the mythology and philosophy she studied during her wasted youth into writing about exotic places and times.

Find the Authors: Website | Facebook | Twitter| Blog | Goodreads

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September 18th- Simply Infatuated (Giveaway/Excerpt)
September 19th- A Diary Of A Book Addict (Review/Giveaway)
September 19th- Reading on the Wild Side (Promo/Giveaway)
September 20th- My Escape (Excerpt/Giveaway)
September 21st- The Jeep Diva (Excerpt/Giveaway)
September 22nd- For The Love Of Film And Novels(Review/Excerpt)
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September 24th- A Bibliophile’s Thoughts on Books(Excerpt/Giveaway)
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September 26th- Simply Ali (Author Interview/Excerpt/Giveaway)
September 27th- Ramblings of an Amateur Writer (Author Interview/Promo)
September 28th- Proserpine Craving Books(Review/Giveaway/Excerpt)
September 29th- The Bunny’s Review (Book Review/Giveaway)
September 30th- Erotic Romance With a Bite…Leigh Savage(Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt)
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October 2nd- Tricia Kristufek (Review/Excerpt)

Halo of the Damned Blog Tour

Have you been following the Halo of the Damned Blog Tour? Whatever your answer, you’ve come to the right place. 🙂 Today we have Author Dina Rae to share with us about conspiracies and more!

Book Title: Halo of the Damned
Author: Dina Rae
Series: Book 1
Genre: Dark, Horror, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
Publisher: Eternal Press
Paperback/Ebook
Pages: 291
Words: 89,000

“A chain of advertising agencies, a new breed of humans, and a fallen angel to worship…

Andel Talistokov is known for his slick advertising agencies across the globe. He is a fallen angel that uses advertising as a weapon for Satan’s work. His growing power emboldens him to break several of Hell’s Commandments. Furious with his arrogance, Satan commands him to return to Hell after finding his own replacement. Yezidism, an ancient angel worshiping religion, quietly expands throughout the West. Armaros appears as a guest of honor during their ceremonies. He mates with young women to produce nephilim, a mixed race of humans and angels. They are alone and unprepared for their supernatural power. Joanna Easterhouse, a recovering drug addict, steps out of prison shortly after her mother’s fatal accident. She and her sister, Kim, unravel their mother’s secretive past. Intrigued, they learn their bloodline is part of a celestial legacy. Both worlds collide. Halo of the Damned is a horrifying tale that weaves research together with suspenseful twists and turns.”

Available at Barnes & Nobles || The Book Depository || Amazon || Eternal Press

Reena Jacobs: After reading the blurb of Halo of the Damned, I was beyond intrigued. How did you come up with the idea?

Dina Rae: I always found the Biblical story about Satan’s fall fascinating. I also found various advertising campaigns equally fascinating. The two components seemed to go together. Back in the early ’90s when Saddam Hussein was killing the Kurds I read an article about a tiny sect that worshiped the devil. Upon further research, there really was one, the Yezidis. Had to write about it.

RJ: I know you’re into conspiracy theories. Halo of the Damned sounds a lot like a religious conspiracy. And know what? I totally buy into it. I’ve been trying to convince my husband for years that various agencies were the tools of the devil! Share with us your favorite conspiracy theory.

DR: New World Order! As you probably know, it’s a theory that an inner circle of the elite are positioning the world for a global takeover. People argue all the time about how “they” are going to do it. With the economic collapse of our country and Europe, all of the blunders our politicians have made, decisions about bail outs and wars, etc., one cannot help but wonder…

RJ: The New World Order and Illuminati! My husband is all over that one. For his safety, I won’t mention which world leaders he thinks are part of it. Give us a brief description of a story you have hidden in your skeleton closet? And will it ever see the light of day?

DR: I am querying publishers and agents for my third novel, Bad Juju. It’s about an old Voodoo bokor who mentors two teens in the dark arts. Again, lots of research on Voodoo-truly a fascinating religion. I am also in the middle of a sequel to Halo of the Damned.

RJ: Now you’ve got me curious about the cover that’ll land on Bad Juju. Who is your favorite author and why?

DR: Hard question, so many. I guess I got to go with consistency over brilliance. Stephen King has had several moments of brilliance and is always good. I know that I will always enjoy one of his novels. I also love Dan Brown, Preston & Childs, Joel Rosenburg, Brad Thor, Nelson DeMille, Tom Harris, and Kitty Kelly.

RJ: Do you have any advice for other writers?

DR: I’m very new myself. Not really filled with advice, but I will say that reading is a must. I always loved to read, but now, I look at how the author transitions, switches scenes, POV, sets up characters and back stories, etc. My mind records the parts that I like and also the parts that I don’t like (and try not to fall into the same trap).

RJ: I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes it seems I learn more from reading the works of other authors than I do from critiques! Anything special you’d like to say to readers?

DR: Buy my book! You’ll love it!

RJ: Hearing you loud and clear. haha What are you working on now?

DR: The sequel to Halo of the Damned. I’m halfway through.
Thanks for having me!

Now for an Excerpt

Andel Talistokov watched Marcus, his assistant (among other titles) scrub his office cleaner than an ICU room. He carried Catalina’s fresh head into the custom-made panic room he had built before occupying the building.

The room was twenty feet below the basement, and he and Marcus were the only ones who knew about it. Inside the room were a toilet, table, and kitchenette equipped with basic appliances.

The refrigerator acted as a personal trophy case, displaying an array of severed heads from previous victims. He enjoyed looking at them. There were currently three other heads in the freezer. Andel bagged them up to make room for Catalina’s head.

He didn’t want her face to compete with his other victims. She was special. She was his daughter.

About the Author

Dina Rae is a new author here to stay.  As a former teacher, she brings an academic element to her work.  Her two novels, Halo of the Damned and The Last Degree, weave research and suspense throughout the plots.

Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago.  She is a Christian, an avid tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories.  When she is not writing, she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Brad Thor, Jim Marrs, Alex Jones, C.C. Finlay, and Preston & Childs.

Find Dina Rae Online!

Website: www.dinarae.co
Blog: www.dinaraeswritestuff.blogspot.com
Twitter: @HalooftheDamned

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July 9th- Redheads Review It Better (Book Review/Giveaway)
July 10th- Proserpine Craving Book Blog (Author Interview/Giveaway)
July 11th- Nilsa’s Book Blog (Book Review/Author Interview)
July 12th- The Jeep Diva (Book Excerpt/Giveaway)
July 13th- Erotic Romance With a Bite…Leigh Savage (Author Interview/Giveaway)
July 14th- Heart Of A Wolf (Book Review/Guest Post)
July 15th- Fangs For The Fantasy (Book Review/Author Interview)
July 16th- Abbey Ann’s Bookland (Guest Post/Book Excerpt)
July 17th- A Diary Of A Book Addict (Book Review/Book Play List)
July 18th- Tricia Kristufek (Book Excerpt/Promo Post)
July 19th- Book Review Club (Guest Post/Giveaway)
July 20th- Keeping Up With The Rheinlander’s (Book Play List Post/Book Review)
July 21st- Ramblings of an Amateur Writer (Author Interview/Promo Post)
July 22nd- What’s Hot? (Book Review/Giveaway)