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

Purchase:

Barnes & Nobles || Amazon || Kobo || iTunes || Smashwords

 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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Follow the Tour!

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)
September 23rd- Reviews By Molly (Review/Promo)
September 24th- A Bibliophile’s Thoughts on Books(Excerpt/Giveaway)
September 25th- Off the Page (Author Interview/Giveaway)
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)
October 1st- Redheads Review It Better (Review/Author Interview/Giveaway)
October 2nd- Tricia Kristufek (Review/Excerpt)

Who Art Thou Thursday: L.K. Rigel

My writing buddy, L.K. Rigel, author of the Ex Post Apocalypto series has returned to share the goods about herself. 🙂 Let’s see what she has to say. 🙂

Tell us about your most recent publication.

Bleeder is a romance set in a future fantasy world where human beings have nearly destroyed humanity so the gods return and impose a world order based on the old pre-Enlightenment Great Chain of Being. The story is female-centric in that, though there are major male characters, the women carry most of the action.

I wrote Bleeder partly as a reaction to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. In a world where female fertility was rare, what if the women called the shots and exploited the situation to their advantage? Frankly, I wanted to create a perfect female fantasy: a world where women are highly valued and rewarded for doing something that comes naturally – with no strings attached, no pain, no aging, no gaining weight.

I failed! There is plenty of pain in Bleeder. And, as with any kind of surrogacy, the issues of bondage, slavery, and free will were unavoidable. But then, those are fascinating to me. The series still needs to explore the proof of service children and their awakening desires for autonomy.

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

I once got the actor Peter Coyote’s wife pregnant. I must find a way to use that in something.

How much of you/your life do you put into your stories?

I named a character in Space Junque after an old boyfriend who broke my heart. I was quite satisfied with what happened to this character.

Which of your characters do you relate to most?

I want to be Mal, the heroine of Bleeder, and I think Char of Space Junque is the happiest (and the most satisfied, heh). But I relate most to Durga who shows up in Space Junque and shares heroine honors with Char in Spiderwork. She’s the character wearing the dress on Spiderwork’s fabulous cover.

Durga sees everything in black-or-white, right-or-wrong. She says things like “don’t cry” and wonders why people just don’t cry. It isn’t that she doesn’t feel things; it’s that she’s got so many problems, so many stupid little details to worry about so every one else can live their lives, that she doesn’t have time to play. Khai gives her the gift of enjoyment – to enjoy music, sex, love – and to her credit she accepts! I’m glad that Durga and Khai will show up again in Copperhead.

For you, what’s the hardest part of the writing process?

Finding big enough chunks of time to work in one sitting and let the juices flow. Writing in small time allotments kills the life in my writing.

With hindsight being 20/20, is there anything you would have changed with your publishing journey?

I would have decided to self-publish sooner. It’s the only way to go. I love it.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Tell the truth in your writing, even if – or especially when – it’s embarrassing or politically incorrect. Be nice. Be forgiving – of others and of yourself. Say yes when you can, no when you must, and learn to recognize the difference.

Anything special you’d like to say to readers?

Thank you! Thank you for reading my stories. Thank you for leaving reviews at Amazon and B&N and Goodreads. Thank you, AnnaM for your comment at Goodreads about Space Junque. I read it yesterday, when I felt like no one was ever going to read any of my books again, and it changed everything. I have no idea who AnnaM is, but I’m so grateful that she took the time to comment. Authors can’t exist without readers, even if we never “really” meet each other.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on a novella not in the Apocalypto universe called Give Me. It’s an erotic fairytale about lust, obsession, possession, and reincarnation. I’m having a blast with it.

How about some quickies!

Pencil or Pen: Pen

Print or Cursive: Cursive

Pantser or Plotter: Plotter

Favorite Candy: chocolate parfait Nips

Worst habit: chocolate parfait Nips

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About the L.K. Rigel

LK Rigel lives in California with her cat, Coleridge. She was once a singing waitress, scored the independent science fantasy karate movie Lucid Dreams, and was a reporter for the Sacramento Rock ‘N Roll News. Her BA is in humanities and religious studies. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama and Tattoo Highway. Her short story “Slurp” will appear in Anne Frasier’s 2011 Halloween anthology Deadly Treats published by Nodin Press.

Find L.K. Rigel online at her WebsiteAmazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Smashwords.

If you don’t already have the Ex Post Apacolypto series, you can find them at the following locations:

Space Junque is available at:

Barnes & Nobles

Smashwords

Amazon

Spiderwork is available at:

Barnes & Nobles

Smashwords

Amazon

Or get both Space Junque & Spiderwork in a 2-pack deal at:

Barnes & Nobles

Smashwords

Amazon

Bleeder is available at:

Barnes & Nobles

Smashwords

Amazon

Who Art Thou Thursday: Joleen Naylor

Today, we get a little insight on what goes on in the mind of Joleene Naylor.

Tell us about your most recent publication.

Legacy of Ghosts is the second book in the Amaranthine vampire series and picks up where Shades of Gray left off. Katelina and Jorick, her vampire boyfriend, plan to get some rest and recover from all the fighting and bloodshed they’ve endured, but it isn’t long before trouble finds them. Plagued by conflicts both at home (Just what *is* behind the locked door Jorick keeps disappearing into?) and from outside (Oren’s cryptic warning that the vampiress Kateesha is after them), will they ever get a chance to sort out their relationship and get some peace?

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

My “skeleton closet” book is Wednesday’s Child, which I wrote when I was 17/18. It’s a long, miserable story about a girl who runs away from home with a “bad boy” and gets into lots of trouble. I posted it on my MySpace blog a couple years ago, but I never intend to seriously publish it. It needs too much work and frankly it has too many “true” parts hidden in it.

How much of you/your life do you put into your stories?

I think most characters have to be part of you or else you couldn’t understand or empathize with them. I think when an author writes characters that don’t have any of themselves in them that they turn out “wooden”.  There’s not really a lot of my life carbon copied into the vampire books (and here you thought I spent my nights fighting coven wars 😉 ) but for instance Katelina is quitting smoking in the first book because when I wrote it I was, and her terminal diet of microwave food is something else I’ve been through, as well as the isolation thing she has started to experience when being surrounded by only Jorick, or Jorick’s friends and having none of her own. The one I need to try for research is to really go a month without seeing any daylight to see what it’s really like. I’ve gone a week or so, but never that long.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Edit. Edit. Edit. Poorly edited books give all self published authors a bad name. They’re the examples that the naysayers point to as proof that self published authors are all “quacks”.

What are you working on now?

The third book, Ties of Blood, is being edited, and I am working on a short story compilation called Vampire Morsels. Each one is a short story about a different side character from the series that didn’t get enough “face time”. I’m posting them one at a time to Smashwords as free reads (each is around 3,000 words) and when I’m done I’ll put them all together into one collection.

Who would you say is your biggest fan in your writing career?

I have four who are tied: Carolyn Cason is the president of the unofficial “leave Oren alone” fan club (and also my wonderful editor!), and Sharon Stogner is at the top of the “I love Jorick” group followed closely by  my mom – which came as a huge surprise and then Jonathan Harvey who painstakingly reads everything I post – even the aforementioned Wednesday’s Child.

Which author has inspired you the most?

I aspire to that creepy level of VC Andrews (She’s the only author I’ve ever read who could make a shelf of stuffed animals seem somehow dark and menacing.) and of course Ann Rice’s vampires were a huge inspiration. I remember when I watched “Interview with the Vampire” for the first time when I was a kid and there were all these “new ideas” in it about vampires that just made so much sense to me and hooked me right away.

Why did you decide to publish independently?

Because I wanted to do my own cover. Okay, no that’s not the only reason, but it was a factor. The only reason I wanted a contract is because I am lousy at promotion, and when I found out that most traditional authors have to do their own, I didn’t see the point anymore. I’d been doing research on self publishing and I liked all of the control factors, but that just sealed it for me.

Where do you get inspirations for your stories?

Anime is a big one. Random images I run across, things I notice in other books that someone should have done, ideas other people spring at me. Just all over, really.

How do you come up with your cover art?

I went with a white book because when I first started I expected to do a lot of paperback sales, and if a white book is stacked with a lot of black ones then that white book will stand out more. Different is really what I was going for all the way around (hence there’s no blood and it doesn’t look very vampire at a glance). I don’t know if that has hurt or helped, though. On one hand, a lot of people who’ve picked the book up have said “I don’t normally read vampire books, but I liked this one”, so it is attracting non-traditional readers for the genre, but at the same time I think some paranormal fans are turned off because it doesn’t follow the traditional pattern.

How about some quickies!

Pencil or Pen: Pen

Print or Cursive: Cursive

Pantser or Plotter: Pantser

Favorite Candy: the old style mint chocolate Hershey’s kisses

Worst habit: chewing on things.

 

 

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About the Joleene Naylor

Joleene Naylor grew up in southwest Iowa surrounded by corn and very little entertainment – so she made her own. She’s been writing and drawing since she was a child, with a leaning towards fantasy, horror and paranormal. It’s this love of all that goes bump in the night that lead her to write the Amaranthine vampire series. In her spare time she’s a freelance artist and photographer. Joleene does freelance book cover art, maintains blogs full of odd ramblings, illustrates a webcomic and hopes to win the lottery. However, unless she starts buying tickets she may never actually win anything.

Stalk Joleene Naylor on her Website: http://joleenenaylor.com

 

 

Find works by Joleene Naylor at the following locations:

Barnes & Nobles
Amazon US (paperback)
Amazon US (kindle)
Amazon UK (kindle)
Kobo e-book Store
Smashwords
Sony Reader Store
Borders

Amazon US (paperback)
Amazon US (kindle)
Amazon UK (paperback)
Amazon UK (kindle)
B&N NOOKbook
Kobo e-book Store
Smashwords
Sony Reader Store
Borders

Amazon US (kindle)
Amazon UK – (kindle)
B&N NOOKbook
Kobo e-book Store
Smashwords
Sony Reader Store
Borders

 

B&N NOOKbook
Kobo e-store
Smashwords.com
Borders

Author Interview: India Drummond

For those of you who don’t remember, India Drummond had her debut release, Ordinary Angels, last week. Well today, she’s offered to do an interview for us. 🙂 Enjoy!

Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Fiction Author


First off, tell us about your most recent publication.

Ordinary Angels is an urban fantasy / paranormal romance novel in which Zoe Pendergraft falls in love with an angel, frees a soul from necromancers, releases a ghost trapped in the Void, and saves his living grandson from demons.

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

My first novel will probably never be published. I still love it, but it’s in the way one still holds affection for their first boyfriend. Ill-fated, but a nice memory. I may, however, end up picking over its bones and salvaging some good characters and plot points for something later.

How much of you/your life do you put into your stories?

The first book (the aforementioned ‘skeleton book’, too much, perhaps. Nowadays, not a lot. Zoe, my main character in Ordinary Angels, isn’t like me. She doesn’t have a sat nav, her own computer, or really get into anything gadgety, where I’m a total freak for all the latest tech. I think it’s natural for writers to write about themselves in the beginning, but as we learn our craft, we start to create characters for a specific purpose to act out a role for the best dramatic effect. That being said, Zoe does have my alarm clock and my kitchen.

Which of your characters do you relate to most?

In this book, Zoe, definitely. She’s just so human. Being surrounded by angels, that makes her somewhat insecure about her flaws. She wants to be stronger, tougher, and always do the smart thing, and she laughs at herself when she falls short of the Tomb Raider ideal for “kick ass heroines.”

For you, what’s the hardest part of the writing process?

Seeing my own mistakes. I can polish something within an inch of its life, and my beta readers or editor will still come back to me with so much red-lining that I’m shocked. Every. Time. Just when I think I’ve got it nailed, they set me straight.

For you, what’s the easiest part of the writing process?

Writing that initial outline. I love creating the characters and plotting out their ups and downs and the conflicts that will get in their way.

With hindsight being 20/20, is there anything you would have changed with your publishing journey?

I would have written more books instead of torturing that one poor, first effort for so many years, querying, rewriting, querying again. Back then I didn’t know that to gain more experience, I needed to move on to other stories. Only by doing that can you illicit the experimentation that brings discovery for a writer.

Any advice you have for writers?

Never give up. I know it might sound trite. But really. Do NOT give up. It’s an exciting time for publishing, and so many options are open to authors. Check them out. There is no longer any reason to spend years “aspiring” when you could be writing.

Anything special you’d like to say to readers?

Just thank you! I’ve been so overwhelmed at the wonderful reviews, comments, and letters that I’ve already started getting about Ordinary Angels. It’s been an unexpected surprise. I suppose I knew people would buy my book, theoretically, but the reality of seeing the ranking climb or getting a note saying “I just bought your book, and I’m loving it,” well, I have honestly been moved to tears more than once this week because of the generosity of readers.

A Few Quickies

Pen or pencil: Keyboard—I have a condition that makes writing with a hand-tool very painful if it’s anything longer than a grocery list or a note jotted on a calendar. So I use voice activation software for most things.

Print or cursive: Same answer, I’m afraid. I used to have lovely handwriting! It was a point of pride, even!

Favorite candy: Butterfingers! But we can’t get those in the UK, so I rely on my mum to bring me a couple when she visits.

Favorite food: Chocolate covered cherries are food, right?

Worst habit: I’m sure my hubby could give you a long list, but I’m sure I don’t have any! Oh, except maybe giving two-sentence replies when someone asked for ‘a quickie’ answer!

Thanks for stopping by and interviewing with me. If readers want to learn more about you and/or your work, where can they find you?

Thanks so much for having me. Really great, fun questions! I’m all over the web (bit of a social networking junkie)…

I have a blog at http://www.indiadrummond.com/

I’m on Facebook, where I do like to hang out and socialise sometimes, or you can visit my Facebook Author Page for more book-related updates.

I’m a pretty regular Twitterer too!

About Drummond’s Books:

ORDINARY ANGELS
Lyrical Press, Inc
ISBN-10: (TBD)
ISBN-13: (TBD)
ASIN: (TBD)
Price: $5.50
Publication Date: April 4, 2011

An urban fantasy / paranormal novel in which Zoë Pendergraft falls in love with an angel, frees a soul from necromancers, releases a ghost trapped in the Void, and saves his living grandson from demons.

An angel is about to fall…

Although most of Zoe Pendergraft’s friends are dead, that means nothing to her. After all, they died long before she met them. What does matter is the angel who took her dancing and turned her world upside down. But grim reality intrudes when she finds a body, and the Higher Angels accuse her friend of the murder.

Knowing she’s the only one who can stand against the Higher Angels, Zoe uses any means necessary to save her friend…all the while, wondering if the tempestuous love she’s feeling is real. The blood on her hands forces Zoe to question herself, and her angel to question her.

Contains strong language and supernatural sizzle.

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