Thursday, August 29, 2013

SHADES OF GRAY narration is FINISHED!!!

The narration for SHADES OF GRAY is FINISHED!!! And the narrator did a FABULOUS JOB! JUST WAIT UNTIL YOU HEAR IT!!! The audio version will be available for purchase in 2-3 weeks!!! You'll want to get SHADES OF GRAY in audio. Yes you will!



Monday, August 26, 2013

Author: Keta Diablo


I would like to introduce Historical Romance author, Keta Diablo.

Welcome, Keta.  I'm so excited for you to share information about your latest book.

Carol, thanks so much for hosting me today. I so appreciate stopping by to tell your friends and followers about my books.


For new readers—what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
That depends on the day – lol. I write mostly historical with paranormal elements. The last two books I wrote, however, were ‘sweet’ historical romance. I don’t stick to one particular genre, but gravitate toward the Old West and the Civil War romance. I hope readers find the stories compelling no matter the genre. If they can escape to another reality, another time and place and enjoyed the journey, then I’ve accomplished my goal.


You have my attention.  The old west and the civil war are my "go to" genres.  Let me ask, how do you balance writing with the rest of your life?

Just this morning I said it seems I managed my writing time better when I was working. Now that I’m home every day, I spend too much time surfing the net and snooping around Pinterest (grrr, my pitfall). I do better staying on my writing schedule in the winter. In the summer months, I spend hours in my flower garden. I also try to read at least two chapters a night before turning out the lights. Then, of course, there are family events to attend. Family comes first around here. 




Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

I write mostly in the evening and on a good day, late into the night. I’m a night owl, always have been. I hear about authors who set the alarm and get up at 5:00 a.m to squeeze in a chapter or two of writing. I didn’t know 5:00 a.m. existed – at least, not in my world.  If I’m having a good writing day, I can crank out an entire chapter. Hmm – does that make me a slow writer? I can explain. I’m one who has to edit every sentence as I go. I can’t just pound away on the keys and say, “Oh, I’ll fix that later.” I’m too anal. I have to make sure the chapter is pretty tight before I move on.




Can you describe your writing space for us?

I have several writing spaces. Here’s one in the summer months. If you listen carefully, you can hear the loons (the winged version) and the soothing sound of waves lapping the shore. Writing outside and near water is a blessing for me. In the winter, I can’t sit outside and write, of course. You’ll find me in my Shabby Chic bedroom (think lace, pink roses and canopy bed, thank you.) I don’t listen to music as I write and if the TV is one, the volume is very low. I apparently need to concentrate on the writing and nothing else. Lol. My third writing space is at my dining room table with volumes of research books surrounding me. This is my least favorite writing space, but makes for a good change of scenery on occasion.



What are you most passionate about outside of writing.

My children and their lives. I like to know what’s happening with them, try to keep a finger on their ups and downs and be there for them even though they’re grown. I’m also passionate about ‘hungry children’. Don’t even get me going on that one. It’s unimaginable to me that five years ago 1 out of 8 children in the US went to bed hungry. Today, it’s 1 out of 4. That’s horrific and shocking.
We don’t live in a third world country, and yet so many children in our neighborhoods are hungry. I’m also passionate about animals and spend quite a bit of time at my local animal shelter.
My last three furry friends were rescued from shelters. It’s really heartbreaking when you see these animals abandoned by their owners. I adopted Emma LaPounce 5 years ago. Her family moved out of town, took their furniture and left her behind. What is wrong with some people?




How horrible.  I'm glad you found her.  Speaking of passion, do your characters come to you first, or the plot, or the world of the story?
The plot most of the time. Sometimes I dream about a story or read an interesting true life story on the Internet that triggers a story. This works well with historical novels and also satisfies my need for Internet surfing. For instance, I read about cousins who lived a mile apart yet fought on opposite sides in the Civil War. I started asking the usual ‘what-ifs’ and Land of Falling Stars was born. (More info about LOFS here: http://amzn.to/18xfwtb). It was not uncommon for close family members to have divided loyalties in this war. I didn’t write about cousins, but rather three childhood friends who grew up in the South. When the war came, one fought for the North, the other for the South. And they loved the same woman!


Uh-oh, that's trouble. What sets your books apart from other authors?
My name – lol. Just kidding. I don’t know that my books are set apart from others. I write the best book I’m capable of writing at the time and hope readers enjoy them. As we all know, competition is very stiff in the publishing world, especially now that so many writers are self-publishing. A great story is number one, and compelling cover art and intriguing blurb run a close second. Writers don’t have much time to garner interest in this new arena, so make sure you have one of the best stories out there.


That's good advice.  How do you go about developing your characters?

I spoke about this the other day in an interview. If writers say their characters are not a reflection of them, I’d take issue with that. I think there’s a little of me in all my characters. And if not me, then people I’ve met over the years. We collect bits and pieces in our minds and store them in our memory banks. When you start writing about another person, you have to draw from somewhere. I think we hit up that memory bank without realizing it. Sometimes I sit in malls and people watch. Soo fascinating! They have the most unusual body language and expressions. If  you sit and watch, you learn a lot about people.




That can be scary.  Out of all the characters you've written, who is your favorite and why?

I think Ethan Gray (aka Meko) from Where The Rain Is Made. Here’s a dual personality, polar opposites. In the modern world, he’s Ethan, a mild-mannered musuem curator. When he travels to the past to help his People get through the most tragic and difficult times of their lives, Ethan becomes Meko, the brutal leader of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers. The concept fascinates me. Even as Meko, he’s torn and tormented, and I imagine one would be. In this life, he lives in a world shielded from violence and savagery and yet returns time and again to a world steeped in blood and slaughter. Talk about conflict within conflict. I loved writing Where The Rain Is Made and have promised to get to that sequel soon. (More information about the book here: http://amzn.to/13tR4Ha)


Can you share a little of your current work?
Make that works. Let’s see, The Lone Star series – three western novellas about the sexy Bannister brothers. Breath of Light, a novel set in Ireland/Scotland featuring an evil necromancer (romance here, kids), the sequel to Cradle of Dreams (an erotic time travel) and on and on. My list is so long, I don’t think I’ll ever crawl my way out from under this pile.

Where can readers find more information on you?
Thank you so much for asking. Here’s my bio!
Keta Diablo lives in the Midwest part of the country on six acres of woodland. When she isn't writing or gardening she loves to commune with nature.

Keta is a multi-published author in both erotic romance and gay fiction. Her paranormal novel, Where The Rain Is Made, was nominated for a Bookie Award by Authors After Dark. Keta's books have received numerous Top Pick, Book of the Month, and Recommended Read awards from the top professional review sites.

You can find her on the net at the following places:
Keta's Keep, http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com
The Stuff of Myth and Men, http://thestuffofmythandmen.blogspot.com

Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
What!
Just kidding.
Here’s my Amazon page – how’s that? http://amzn.to/11NsXSf


That's great!  Keta, thanks so much for sharing with us today.  Your books sound fascinating, and I love that you offer something for everyone.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Audio on its way!!!!


SHADES OF GRAY is under contract for AUDIO!!!  The narrator blew me away with her audition.  Just wait until you hear how she brings Kat and Gray to life.  No pressure, Val. ;)



Monday, August 19, 2013

Author: Peggy L. Henderson



I would like to introduce Historical, Time-Travel, Western Romance author, and my great friend, Peggy L. Henderson.

Welcome, Peggy.  I'm so excited for you to share information about your latest book.


Thank you, Carol, for hosting me on your blog today. I am offering a giveaway of one signed paperback copy of my first novel, Yellowstone Heart Song, to one commenter. Please leave your email contact in your comment so I can get in touch with the winner.


That's fantastic!  Please tell us a little about yourself.
I never thought I'd be a writer, much less publish a book some day. I always wanted to be a veterinarian. I guess life just had other plans for me. When my husband and I decided to start a family, vet school pretty much went out the window. I used to work with a vet who had three children while going through vet school. To this day, she is my hero. 

I live with my husband and two teenage sons in southern California. I have a Welsh pony and a miniature horse (down-sized from a barn of six horses). A crazy Labrador retriever who is a food vacuum, three cats, two parakeets, four bearded dragons (my compromise with my sons when they wanted a snake), and a small flock of chickens complete our menagerie of critters. I can’t imagine my life without my animals. My dream is to live in Montana some day.

Four years ago, I began writing a story that, for whatever reason, was stuck in my head for almost a year. I have been an avid romance reader for a long time, and the idea took hold to - why not? - write my own! What a simple idea, right?

It has been a long and difficult journey from my first sentence to a completed, and hopefully polished, manuscript. Today, I have a completed series of 5 books and a novella in what I called The Yellowstone Romance Series, a first book in my new Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series, and I am currently working on the final book in a trilogy set in the Grand Tetons.

You are a busy lady.  For new readers—what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
I write love stories. You can expect to get swept away in a sweet romance that is filled with adventure, twists, and turns, as you follow along with two people falling in love.

That sounds good to me.  How do you balance writing with the rest of your life?

Well, it’s a real juggling act. I work fulltime, at something that has absolutely nothing to do with writing. I am a laboratoy technologist by night, and a wife, mother, and writer during the day. Not all these things fit on my plate every day.

I can imagine.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

A typical day would usually start around 10am, and I usually stare at the computer (with a blank mind and a blank screen) for a while. Some days are easier than others to get words and thoughts in my head down on screen.

Can you describe your writing space? Do you have a picture?

Sorry, no picture. My writing space is either the couch in my living room or on my bed.

What are you most passionate about outside of writing?

My husband and family, and my animals. I enjoy nature – going camping and hiking. I’ve always been a passionate equestrian. I used to ride a lot when I had dressage horses, but we’ve had to move from our large home with horse property back to the city, and I’ve had to “down size” to just my Welsh pony and miniaure horse.


What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
I write historical, time travel, and western romance. I’ve always been intrigued by the American west, and I’m a romantic at heart, so the two mesh quite nicely for me.

I'll say they do.  Do your characters come to you first, or the plot, or the world of the story?
The characters come to me first. Usually, I have just a blip of an idea for a story, then the characters take shape in my head. I’m a seat-of-my-pants writer. I rarely plot anything.



What sets your books apart from other authors?
I’m not going to compare myself to other authors. Each author brings something special, something uniquely their own to their writing, and how can I compare myself to that?


How do you go about developing your characters?

My characters usually come to me as I write. As the story develops, I get to know them better. I have a basic idea for who a certain character will be and what makes them tick, but they really start to develop when I simply give them full rein at the keyboard.

That sounds exciting.  Out of all the characters that you've written, who is your favorite and why?

Chase Russell from Yellowstone Redemption is my favorite character to date. When I first came up with the concept for the book, I knew I wanted to send a man to the past, something that isn’t done too often in time travels. It’s usually the heroine who gets sent back. I knew right away that, in order for Chase to even have a small chance to survive in the time and location the book is set in, he’d have to be athletic, and have that something special in him in order to succeed. He was such a flawed character at the beginning of the book, but that’s great, because those characters are the most fun to develop. I’ve had reviewers absolutely loathe him to the point that they wouldn’t give the book a chance and finish it. I do think that those readers stopped reading before Chase started his transformation, and he turned out to be a really great guy. He was also just a really fun character to write.

Can you share a little of your current work?
My current works in progress are Teton Sunset, the final book in the Teton Romance Trilogy, and Ain’t No Angel, the second book in the Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series.

Here’s an exclusive short teaser from Teton Sunrise.

“Dammit,” she whispered, and swiped the back of her hand across her eyes. He’d be back any moment, and she couldn’t allow him to see her weak. She shoved the knife under her pillow, and waited. The door creaked open not a moment later, and Lucas tossed her britches into the cabin. They landed on the ground in front of her, and without so much as a glance her way, he pulled the door shut again.
Tori grabbed for her clothes. She instantly regretted her quick move as pain ripped through her chest. She ignored it, and pushed her legs into the pants. The leather was stiff and frozen, and she hastily pulled the britches off again.
“Damn him,” she mumbled under her breath and glared at the door, as if he could see her angry face. Tori stood, and moved to the hearth. She laid the britches out in front of the fire, and hoped they would dry fast, then darted a quick glance over her shoulder. If she hurried, she could find something to wear before Walker returned.


That sounds great!  I can't wait to read more.  Where can readers find more information on you?

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Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

Teton Romance Trilogy:
Teton Sunrise
Teton Splendor
Teton Sunset (Fall/Winter 2013)

Yellowstone Romance Series:
Yellowstone Heart Song
Yellowstone Redemption
Yellowstone Awakening
Yellowstone Dawn
Yellowstone Deception
A Yellowstone Christmas (novella)

Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series
Come Home to Me
Ain’t No Angel (Fall 2013)



Peggy, thank you so much for being with us today, and for sharing your love of Montana with us in your books.  For those who have been to Yellowstone, you remind them of the beauty of the area.  For those who have yet to go, you make them anxious to see an area of the country you write so passionately about.







And don't forget Peggy's giveaway of one signed paperback copy of her first novel, Yellowstone Heart Song to one commenter.  Leave your email contact in your comment so she can get in touch with the winner.  You don't want to miss this book!

Monday, August 12, 2013

New Feature

I am so excited to announce a new feature on my blog. Starting next Monday, I will add an Author Interview feature.  Each Monday, I will introduce you to a wonderful author who has much to share about themselves and their work.  Genres will be as random as the authors themselves.  I hope you will join me in welcoming and making feel comfortable each and every author.  

If you are an author and would like to join in the fun, I would be honored to host your interview. Email me at CarolASpradling@gmail.com, and I will reserve a date for you.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Audio: REDCOATS AND SLEIGH BELLS

The audio version of REDCOATS AND SLEIGH BELLS (narrated by Stacey Tisdall) is now available!!! To celebrate, I am offering the kindle version of REDCOATS AND SLEIGH BELLS for 99 cents today and tomorrow only!!!





Kindle version            Audio version

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Faithfully Yours in AUDIO!!!


The audio version of FAITHFULLY YOURS (narrated by Denise van Venrooy) is now available!!!  To celebrate, I am offering the kindle version of FAITHFULLY YOURS for 99 cents today and tomorrow only!!!