Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Release Notes: "Last Way Station" Mega Virtual Book Tour and Giv...: Two Romance Authors Dish ... on Romance Writing What's this "romance" thing about, anyway? Sex or love? Vampires or Six-shooters? Bu...
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Write From the Heart: Romance Author Lynn Hubbard: For the Love of books: Books can take you anywhere you can imagine, and many places you never could. I find myself going thru phases; I tried out surfi...
Monday, January 16, 2012
Today I’m interviewing our local gal, Cindy Smith.
Not sure how to introduce her because she does everything!
She is an author, a singer, a song writer, an artist and much, much, more!
Welcome Cindy, tell us a about your books, The Time in Contention Trilogy:
I was fascinated with Contention City from the first time I heard it mentioned in (the original) "3:10 to Yuma" movie back in the 1960's. I knew then that one day I would write a book about Contention. I began writing a few years back and sent what I had to my gun coach, T. B. Burton. He read it, answered me back that I had told the story one sided. And since he was a man, he wrote what a man would have seen and felt standing on the sidewalk (from the first chapter) in the book. I immediately thought, this is what I want! A book telling both sides of the story from the prospective of a (fictional) man and woman. Overall, I did about 2 years of research on the history and T.B. and I filled it in with fictional characters to tell the events leading up to the gunfight at the OK Coral. We wanted to give life to Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp and the women you rarely hear about. The Earp wives and Big Nose Kate have an important role in TIME IN CONTENTION. It's written with the backdrop of a romance novel (for all the female readers!) but with all the action and gunfighting drama of a western (for all the males!). The books are available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com, both as paperbacks and e-books. They can also be purchased locally or via our websites.
Now tell us about your music, what inspired you to start singing?
I started singing late in life! I saw someone playing a mandolin in church a few years ago and said to myself.... I want one! I found a great music teacher, Gerry Hall. I would not be singing today if it was not for him. He literally 'made me sing' while I learned to play guitar and mandolin. From then on, he encouraged me. Once I started singing.... I never looked back!
Congratulations on winning the GCGMA 2011 Songwriter of the year award. What is your favorite song you have written?
Thank you! It's hard for me to choose my favorite song that I've written. I'd probably say that my favorite was the one I had just finished most recently. It's the one you're excited about writing music for, arranging where all the instruments will go, or going into the studio to record it. I just finished a western song called "The Bar Maid and the Dealer". So, right now, it's probably my favorite song. But this will change as soon as I write something else!
What do you like doing the best?
Writing in general. Whether it be books, stories, lyrics or music. I remember back in grade school and high school, my favorite subject was literature. I worked for a Houston, Texas area newspaper for 2 years and wrote a quarter page column every week. I met entertainers, politicians, local celebrities, sports heros and loved talking and writing about them all. But of course, there are times when you would ask me this same questions and I may answer I like doing "art" best. I love oil painting and drawing charcoal portraits. I am very honored to have had two pieces of my artwork displayed (for special events) in the Booth Western Art Museum! I have a theory, if you love to write, you probably love art as well.
What or who inspires you?
Many of the songs I have written were inspired by "Time In Contention". I grew up listening to all kinds of music from Dean Martin to Ernest Tubb, from Burt Bacharach to The Louvin Brothers. But I loved Marty Robbins! There was just something about him dressed in his black cowboy clothes playing that western music that never left me. I think most of my songs sound like a female version of Marty Robbins songs. I am inspired by everyday occurrences, something I might hear my friends or family say, or something I see on a billboard sign. Inspiration can come from anywhere! And one song, Lynn, was inspired by your novel, "RUN INTO THE WIND". I was honored that you asked me to write a song (by the same title). After reading the book, I wrote what I thought your character, Sabrina, would say if she wrote the song herself. I have received many compliments on the song, with some saying it is their favorite!
I always have a song in the back of my mind! I will soon be recording "The Bar Maid and the Dealer" and "Bring Back Hopalong". "Bring Back Hopalong" is a song I wrote to sing at the Hopalong Cassidy festival in May this year. I have always been a fan of western stars, such as Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Hopalong Cassidy. TV heros that taught values and morals to kids have long passed away, but fans continue to attend festivals each year in their honor. I am privileged to attend a few of these festivals each year and sing about their heros. I also have a children's book I want to write. It will be about my grandson, Gabe and his ghost friend Herman and their adventures in the haunted club house. I will do all the artwork of Herman and Gabe dressed as cowboys and pirates and anything else his imagination will come up with!
Any upcoming Events you would like to share with us?
Yes. March 10th, I will be at the Bartow County Library doing a book event. I will be at the World Congress Center (in Atlanta) on March 17th and 18th during the Atlanta Auto Show. There is Wild West section and I will be singing and doing a book signing as well. You will also meet my good friend "Fuzzy Q. Jones", side kick to western heros. Robert Brooks portrays "Fuzzy" and he's always a "hoot' to be around! T.B. Burton will be there, besides being my co-writer for "Time In Contention" he is also the 2005 World Champion Fast Draw. Then the following weekend, March 24, I will be at the Jim R Miller Park (Cobb) Fairgrounds in Marietta for the 2nd Annual Wild West Festival. This promises to be a wagon load of family fun with shoot-outs, cowboy music, kids coral, roping demonstrations and so much more! All my cowboy and cowgirl friends will be there with something special to offer in entertainment.
How can we contact you?
You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit my websites for more information and listen to my music.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Write From the Heart: Romance Author Lynn Hubbard: Tracing the Past: Tracing the Past One of my resolutions for the year was to do new things. So when I spotted the DAR (Daughters of American Revolutio...
Monday, January 9, 2012
Kay Dee Royal: Ciara Knight's The Curse of Gremdon ~ a Fantasy Ro...: Hello Ciara, welcome to my place for the day. You’ve written five novels over the past five years…no easy task. Congratulations for it! A f...
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Meet Julian Christian - the man, the myth,
the hot guy on Chase the Moon
Hi Julian, it is such a pleasure to work with you again!
The pleasure is all mine Lynn.
How does it feel to be lusted after?
Lol. I don't think I am lusted after. Maybe liked after.
RockyWho gets more fan mail you or Rocky?
My little French Bulldog is the ladies man alright.
Right now we are dead even but I see him pulling away from me real soon.
What do you think is the hardest part about being in the beauty and fashion industry?
Well it's not really that hard because I have other ventures going on in my life. I run 2 clinics for special needs children and I am starting to venture into big wave surfing.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a short film called "Hostile Foreclosure" as well as a TV commercial.
How is life on the beach?
Do you really have to ask, lol. It's my favorite place to be.
Wake up at 5 am, go for a few sets of surfing with the sun rise.
Then off to work, and the gym, and rehearsals in the evening.
What is the happiest you have ever been?
I always try to stay happy and live in the moment.
What was the most difficult decision you have ever had to make?
Paper or plastic.
Who are your role models or mentors? Why?
The Reverend Martin Luther King. That man was a leader and my personal hero. To stay so focused in the face of such adversity, wow.
What kind of people do you enjoy being around the most?
Positive, accepting people who are progressive and intelligent.
What is one of your favorite songs?
In a Big Country by the Scottish band Big Country.
What are the 5 things you can’t live without?
Oxygen, H2O, Vitamins, Minerals and sushi.
It's all good.
How can your fans keep in touch?
Facebook is the best way to reach me.
I have a fan page and a personal page.
Julian Christian Fantechi has graced the cover of two of my books. The first was Desperado and the latest Chase the Moon. For more info please visit my website.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Interview with Author Julia Crane:
I am thrilled to have fantasy
Author Julia Crane with us today!
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Honestly, it still surprises me. It’s something I always dreamed of as a child.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My family has strong Irish roots, and my grandmother often told tales that involved elves. I also took a lot of inspiration from my teen daughter and her friends.
Tell me about your book series.
Coexist is a tale of elves and destiny, the struggle between light and dark, and the consequences of war. The sequel, Conflicted, is Keegan's battle to recover her lost identity after the events of the first book, while Rourk struggles to survive without her.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on Consumed the third book in Keegan’s Chronicles. I’m also working on a short story for a Christmas anthology. I have many projects in mind it’s just finding the time to get to them.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I’m lucky living in Dubai it’s pretty cheap to travel. We have visited many countries and I love to incorporate the locations into my books.
Who designed the covers?
I got extremely lucky with the covers. I found Kadri Umbleja on deviantart.com. I can't speak highly enough about her skills. I told her about the book and in minutes she came up with the idea for the design. I had as much say as I wanted, but I didn't need it because what she came up with was perfect. Christine DeMaio-Rice found the perfect font to pull it all together.
What is your favorite scene in the book?
I really enjoyed the scenes in Conflicted between Thaddeus and Anna. It was fun to see their personalities come out more.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank You!! I know there are countless books out there. I am honored that you would take your time to read mine.
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