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Three-Ways Thursdays: Meet Author Jean Marie Bauhaus

Well, it’s that time again- time for another installment of Three Ways Thursday’s! So grab your poision (beer, wine, the hard-stuff- we don’t judge), slip into something more comfortable and prepare yourself for some rollicking good fun!

Today’s spotlight Author is the wickedly talented Jean Marie Bauhaus.  Her and I seem to have a lot in common, from our love of Spike to the desire to wander like nomads. Enjoy!

Part One: The Facts

Name: Jean Marie Bauhaus

Website: http://www.jeanmariebauhaus.com

Location: Tulsa, OK

Quirkiness Factor: Using Chuck as a rating system, on a scale of one to ten, with one being Ellie Bartowski and ten being Jeffster, probably fall somewhere in the vicinity of Morgan. And if you have no idea what that means, then let’s just say, about a seven.

(Here’s Jean Marie … Isn’t she adorable!)

1. What inspires you to write? How long have you been at it?  The voices in my head are pretty inspirational. Seriously, there are at least three stories floating around in there trying to tell themselves to me at any given time, and I’m never satisfied until I write them down. I’ve been telling stories since I was old enough to read and write. Possibly even before that. As a kid I had a pretty active imagination.

 

2. As a kid, were you a bookworm? Did you ever forgo the usual kid-stuff like playing outside with friends or frolicking at the beach, in favor of reading a good book?  Oh, yes. I was always trying to get my teachers to let me stay in and read during recess, and I usually had my nose buried in a book on the school bus. I still read every chance I get.

 

3. What book do you wish that you had written? Why?   Just about everything I’ve read by Neil Gaiman. I’d give my eye teeth for a fraction of that man’s imagination and talent. Or just his writing gazebo.

 

4.What have you got cooking now, as far as books go?  I’m currently writing Dominion of the Damned, in which vampires emerge as our new overlords in the wake of a zombie apocalypse.

 

5. Do you prefer to read ebooks or paper copies?  I have to confess that I still don’t have an ebook reader. I have Kindle for PC, but I don’t enjoy reading books on my laptop nearly as much as on paper.

 

6. Have you ever written something that made you question your sanity or that you hid away, for fear that relatives would look at you funny after reading?   Um, pretty much all of the fan fiction I wrote in college. But I’m pretty used to friends and relatives looking at me funny, so I generally don’t let that stop me from writing what I want.

 

Part 2: The Book

 

Restless Spirits

 

Veronica Wilson wakes up dead and discovers she’s in for the fight of her life. A paranormal investigator in life, Ron is setting up for a ghost hunt in the spookiest house in town when she finds herself the one being hunted.

Now she’s trapped in the house along with a bevy of other ghosts — including an axe-murderess and the family she killed, an old man who just wants to go be with his wife, and a handsome handyman whose past seems more haunted and mysterious than the house they’re imprisoned in — all of them victims of a malevolent, murderous spirit.

Refusing to accept this as her afterlife, Ron rallies the other ghosts to gang up on their captor and fight for their freedom. But how does a ghost fight a monster who can devour souls–especially when that monster has red pigtails and freckles and is cute as a button?

 

AVAILABLE AT:

Amazon  /  Barnes and Noble

 

Part Three: Nonsense!

Hmm. As much as I tend to feel like an oddball, it’s hard to think of concrete examples. I’m a giant nerd and a fangirl, and past fanatical obsessions have included Star Wars, Star Trek (I’m one of the rare nerds who loves both), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly/Serenity, The Phantom of the Opera, and Batman. My current loves are Chuck, Fringe and Doctor Who.

 

Speaking of Batman, I went through a phase where I was totally obsessed with the Joker. Enough so to create a fan site that won awards and was even listed in a book about comic book web sites. See? Giant nerd.

 

The best Joker is the animated/Mark Hammil version.

 

A few years ago I went to a Buffy convention and got to meet James Marsters (who played the vampire Spike), on whom I had an enormous crush. All I remember about that is standing in line feeling really nervous, and then this fog coming over me as I stared into his blue, blue eyes, and then walking out of the autograph room and bursting into tears. I never understood the girls who would have emotional breakdowns in footage of Beatles concerts, but all I can say is that I totally get it now.

 

Speaking of crushes, as a kid, for a time I had a crush on Launchpad McQuack.

 

A few years ago I took a pretty reputable online test that suggested I have a high probability of Asperger’s, but I never followed that up with an official screening, so who knows? It would definitely explain a lot.

 

My dream house is an Airstream trailer. I want nothing more than to sell my current house (and most of our belongings), buy an Airstream, and spend our lives roaming North America at leisure and keeping a travel blog. Now if I can just convince my husband that this is a good idea, or that it can be done with all five of our pets… 

 

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I do hope you’ve enjoyed this segment of THREE-WAYS THURSDAYS and I want to thank Jean Marie for being with us.  You should go check out her site and book right now. Go on, you know you want to.

Until next time peeps!

~Karen

Three-Ways Thursdays: Meet Author Jack Wallen

Well, it’s that time again- time for another installment of Three Ways Thursday’s! So grab your poision (the happy-times good stuff, not the kind you slip to your hubby concealed in his morning coffee! ), slip into something more comfortable and prepare yourself for some rollicking good fun!

Today’s spotlight Author is the handsome and wickedly talented Jack Wallen. I’m reading his book A Blade Away now and really digging it! Enjoy!

Part One: The Facts

Author: Jack Wallen

Website: http://www.getjackd.net

Location: Louisville, KY

Quirky Factor: (Self-rated) Good gravy, ask anyone around me and it’s probably 10 out of 10. I am a living, breathing testament to “quirk”. My quirkiness factor would probably hinge on what I was wearing at the moment. 😉

 

(Here’s Jack… Isn’t he adorable!)

 

1. How long have you been in the game, so to speak, as an author with published books? Why did you decide to indie publish?          It’s been a real on-again, off-again, roller coaster ride for me. I wrote my first book ten years ago and it sat around while I wrote my second and third books. I was absolutely clueless as to what I was doing with trying to get those books out. I submitted the first two over and over, but I was doing so without having the slightest idea what I was doing. Those first three books sat around until 2009 when I realized I could put them out on for the Kindle and maybe something would happen. That was another flight of ignorance as the books had not really gone through any sort of vetting or editing process.

 

Eventually I went shopping at Target, bought a baskart full of clues, and got my books to where they were actually ready for the reader. In the process I discovered I had a knack for writing about zombies (a subject I already loved), so I started on the I Zombie trilogy.

 

2. As a kid, were you a bookworm or did your love of books develop
later? Which came first, love of reading or writing?   This is going to sound odd, but I didn’t really start reading (as in “Oh my God I have to find a new book NOW” kind of reading) until I discovered Clive Barker. Once I started reading his magical words, I was transfixed. So I attribute my love for reading and writing to my idol, Mr. Barker (and Pinhead of course.)

 

3. What “classic” book do you wish you had written? Why?  “Classic”? As in dust off the bookshelf and break out the Earl Gray? Or “Classic” as in the “Classic Rock” definition of “Classic”? I’ll answer both. Dracula, by Bram Stoker and The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker. Although, had I written The Hellbound Heart, Hellraiser might never have been made and that would have been a shame.

 

4. Ever think about writing outside of your normal genres? Try your hand at something totally outside of your comfort zone?           I love writing outside my comfort zone — it really stretches me. At the moment I’m trying to focus on my zombie series (I have a new one starting soon) and my Fringe Killers series. Once those are done I have a vampire novel, a YA Paranormal, a religio-horror novel, and a whole host of strange beauties to write.

 

5. Books that you loved, maybe re-read over the years?   I loved Imagica. It was the book that really launched my thousand ships. Books from my past that are on my deserted island bookshelf are:

The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker
Jennifer Government by Max Barry
Snowcrash by Neil Stephenson
Dracula by Bram Stoker

Books from my present that will be on my “re-read or die” list are:

Kissed by Darkness (by Shea MacLeod)
The Temple by Heather Adkins

 

 

I Zombie I

I Zombie I is the book that started my real zombie craze. One day I woke up with the question “What would it take to become a zombie?”  That question really begged me to be answered. After my brain insisted I figureout how to answer the question, I embarked on writing what became “I Zombie I”. During the middle of writing that book I realized it  hadto continue on beyond this one book so the idea behind both My Zombie My and Die Zombie Die was born.

 

Blurb:

“The virus has spread.”
In a moment of pure chaos, the majority of the Earth’s population has become the walking dead. One man promises to help bring the truth to light.
“The lies have spread.”
When journalist Jacob Plummer is infected, Jacob turns to the written word to not only ease the pain of change, but to bring to surface a truth far deeper and deadlier than anyone could have imagined.
“The truth must now be spread.”
With some new friends, Jacob helps to fight off the growing undead horde in hopes of saving himself and the planet from the rot growing within.

From Misty Baker of kindleobsessed.com:
“…as for “I Zombie I,” it’s completely ridiculous, BUT (and that is a really big but so pay attention) in a completely wonderful way. Incorporating the sarcastic humor of say… “Shaun of the Dead” and the desperation of “28 Days Later” Wallen managed to blaze a path that felt both original, and undeniably refreshing.”

“Opting for sarcasm over pure terror made this one of the funniest books I have read in a while, and in doing so, captured a (very highly coveted) place in my zombie hall of fame. No worries though… this book was NOT all about blood slushys and sound bombs, there WAS a deeper story intertwined, one of hope, love, and the recognization of loneliness, making this a well rounded and spectacularly written piece of literature.”

AVAILABLE AT:

Amazon  / Barnes & Noble  /  Smashwords  / Paperback

 

Part Three: Quirky Nonsense!

I could probably go on for days about quirks. Here are a few of my fun quirks:

When a bag of chips (or peanut butter) is opened for the first time around me I MUST have the first smell.

I dress for comfort. Sometimes that might mean a skirt of kilt.

If I ever met Larry David, I could probably go toe to toe with him.

My step-daughter just recently said “When did you start listening to the music of my generation?”

I believe the band “Journey” taught my generation how to love and live.

My podcast zombieradio.org  is 90% improvised on my part.

I almost ran away with a circus once. Seriously. I studied clown in grad school and I was damn good. I also wrote a stage play called “The Secret Life Of Clowns” which explained why so many people hate clowns.

 

I have a pair of shoes with soles made of soap box.

My favorite character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer was Willow. Go figure.

 

I firmly believe that Shea MacLeod is a closeted D&D player.

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I do hope you’ve enjoyed this segment of THREE-WAYS THURSDAYS and I want to thank Jack Wallen for being with us. I’m reading his novel, A Blade Away now, so you can expect a review soon!

On a side note, as a gi-normous fan of the quirky and off-beat, I have to share the cover of one more of Jack’s books – Shero – I love, love, love this, and I’ve already added it to my TBR pile 🙂

You should go check out Jack’s blog and books now. Go on now, nothing more to see here…

Until next time peeps!

~Karen

Three-Ways Thursdays: Meet Author G.R. Yeates

Well, it’s that time again- time for another installment of Three Ways Thursday’s! So grab your poision (beer, wine, the hard-stuff- we don’t judge), slip into something more comfortable and prepare yourself for some rollicking good fun!

Today’s spotlight Author is the talented G.R. Yeates. So settle in, check out his fabulous book and get to know the man behind the novel. Enjoy!

Part One: The Facts

Author Name: G.R. Yeates

Website: http//www.gryeates.co.uk

Quirky Factor: Dependent on alcohol levels

G.R. Yeates lives and works in London. He was born in Rochford, Essex and studied English Literature & Media Studies at university. He has taught English as a foreign language in China and trained for two years with a professional opera singer. He writes every day and sleeps very little.

 

What’s your favorite book and why?   Difficult question but I would say that it is This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen by Tadeusz Borowski. It’s a fictionalized account of his experiences in the Auschwitz concentration camp. I read it during a phase of where I studied the Holocaust in my own time and it was very controversial when it was first published as it does not condemn the Nazis outright in a black-and-white fashion, as you would expect. It actually examines how those who survived collaborated and compromised in order not to be sent to the gas chambers and how this, in fact, mirrors the ways people behave in wider society. As you might imagine, it is an unsettling read for this reason and it has stuck with me ever since.

 

 

What is the first story you ever wrote?   I think it was a very crude prose poem about a ghoul breaking out of a town morgue and going on the rampage. I’m slightly more sophisticated now, but only slightly.

 

 

What is your ideal writing routine/ environment?  A quiet place where I am surrounded by books for easy reference. I can’t focus very well if there is music or noise and it needs to be a space in my home. My mindset doesn’t mesh right if I’m elsewhere, pretentious as that might sound.

 

 

Do you share your work with relatives/ friends or do you keep it to yourself?  I share it with my proofreaders and editor, no-one else before publication.

 

 

What genre (that you don’t currently write in) do you think would be a blast to try out?   I’ve considered thrillers and sword & sorcery so far but I’m most concerned with building a body of work as a horror writer first. Diversifying I may well do but I don’t want to split my readership just yet when my identity as a creative artist is still pretty early in its development.

 

What are you working on now?   I’m working on the last edits for my second release, Shapes in the Mist.

 


 

THE EYES OF THE DEAD

Blurb:    Vampires are loose in the trenches of the First World War.
Passchendaele, 1917. Private Reg Wilson is a man with a name but no memories. A soldier who remembers nothing of life before the fighting began. Until he comes to Black Wood, a tainted place that knows him intimately. There, he will discover a darkness buried long ago by time and dust. An appetite that has been awoken by war. A hunger that will feed upon his blood, his regrets and his worst fears. It will show him what he has forgotten. It will show him nightmare made flesh. And, before he dies, it will make him look deep into the eyes of the dead.

 

AVAILABLE AT:

Amazon  /  Barnes and Noble

 

Part Three: Nonsense!

As mentioned in my bio, I taught English in China for one year. During this time, I traveled around the country so I have walked along the Great Wall, been inside the Forbidden City and taken an illegal boat trip down the Li River, which is surrounded by limestone mountains that were formed under the earth’s crust before being thrown up by an eruption. Not one of the mountains is mountain-shape. One example being ‘apple mountain’, the name speaks for itself.

Following on from that, outside of the more traditional literary interests of a Western writer, I do enjoy Asian literature and poetry. One of the elements that I think it has that we often do not is a sense of capturing a mood, a moment, a transient atmosphere. Even in translation, I find reading the writing from that part of the world evokes beauty and dream-states in a way that we struggle to compete with as Western literature is more often concerned with plot, a set sequences of events and everything building to a climax and resolution. I think this is a structure that can sometimes feel like a cage I need to break out of. Whether one is better than the other is down to subjective preference but I enjoy the difference and find it refreshing to experience.

On a less literary note, I can report that Chinese booze is lethal shit. If you drink rice wine in sufficient quantities, your short-term memory will desert you, you may see glowing neon mouths appear out of thin air, experience being skull-fucked by Pinhead and his cenobites and then wake-up to the memory of watching the restaurant staff cleaning the tables with the same stuff you were knocking back. Yes, that stuff is very strong and kills 99% of, well, everything.

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I do hope you’ve enjoyed this segment of THREE-WAYS THURSDAYS and I want to thank author G.R. Yeates for stopping by. Vampires running a muck during WW 1 ! You should definitely go check out his book right now. Go on, you know you want to.

Until next time peeps!

~Karen

Three-Ways Thursdays: Meet Author Gabriel Beyers

Well, it’s that time again- time for another installment of Three Ways Thursday’s! So grab your poision (beer, wine, the hard-stuff- we don’t judge), slip into something more comfortable and prepare yourself for some rollicking good fun!

Today’s spotlight Author is the wickedly talented Gabriel Beyers.  So read on, get to know him a little better, and check out his new novel. Oh, and enjoy the Three-Ways!

Part One: The Facts

Author: Gabriel Beyers

Website: http://gabrielbeyers.blogspot.com/

Quirky Factor: Moderate

 My name is Gabriel Beyers. I live in Bloomington, Indiana. I worked in commercial construction pouring concrete for close to ten years. I think I poured more concrete in one month than most people walk across in their lifetime. It was somewhere around year four that I realized this was a poor career choice and that I would like to be a writer.

I also teach Sunday School for teenagers. I’m not sure, but I may be the only horror writer that can say that.

 

 PART 2: THE BOOK —- >    Guarding the Healer

   When Silas Walker is endowed with the power to heal, he discovers that no gift comes without a price.
   When he finds himself the obsession of a murderous man possessed by an ancient evil, Silas is plagued with photos of the Creature’s victims, each marked with a crude image of an angel. After being given an ominous warning, “I have no need of martyrs”, Silas embarks on a journey to discover the true purpose of his gift and draw his enemy away from those he loves.
   Fleeing from not just his Stalker, but a whole army of demons, Silas must rely on his friendship with a troubled young drifter named Tommy, and a guardian angel he doesn’t even know exists.
   Silas’s guardian angel is doing all he can to protect his charge, but he is certain that Silas is heading into an ambush. He also knows that there is no turning back.
   For even an angel can’t alter a man’s destiny.

(95,000 words)

AVAILABLE AT:

Amazon  /  Barnes and Noble  Smashwords

 

Part Three: Nonsense!

I’ve always had a strange imagination. When I was younger I started taking martial arts, not because I wanted to learn to defend myself, not because I wanted to exercise, but because I wanted to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Yeah, I know. I never said I was normal. But it was this desire for fun and adventure that, in a round about way, led me to writing. I may not be able to fight super villains, visit strange new worlds, or navigate the seedy underworld of organized crime, but I can write about people who can. In my opinion, that’s just as good.

 

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I do hope you’ve enjoyed this segment of THREE-WAYS THURSDAYS and I want to thank Gabriel Beyers for being with us. Stop by his site or check out his work. Go on, you know you want to.

Until next time peeps!

~Karen

Three-Ways Thursdays: Meet Author Heather Marie Adkins

Well, it’s that time again- time for another installment of Three Ways Thursday’s! So grab your poison (beer, wine, the hard-stuff- we don’t judge), slip into something more comfortable and prepare yourself for some rollicking good fun!

Today’s spotlight Author is the Quirky & Talented Heather Marie Adkins. Enjoy!

Part One: The Facts

Author: Heather Marie Adkins

Website:  http://heather.bishoffs.com

Quirky Factor: Severe

 My name is Heather Marie Adkins and I’m from North Central Kentucky. I’m a Witch who listens to country music and wears hippie dresses to the Rodeo 🙂

 

 Part 2: The Book  —-> THE TEMPLE

Vale Avari has a mysterious past and a laundry list of super-powers, but that’s nothing compared to what she finds upon moving from small town U.S.A to jolly-good England.

 

 A chance dart throw lands her in Quicksilver, an off-the-map place with a big problem – people are dying, and word is, it’s supernatural.

 

At her new place of employment, a temple dedicated to the ancient Mother Goddess, Vale learns something even more shocking – women guards are disappearing at an alarmingly patterned rate; women who possess special gifts like her own.

 

 Supernatural powers aside, Vale isn’t ready to believe in the Wild Hunt as the culprit, and she’s determined to prove the deaths are acts of human violence.

 

Plagued by a brute with a history of domestic violence and lusting after a dark-eyed man with a secret, Vale has a limited amount of time to discover the killer before he strikes again. In the process, she’ll learn things aren’t always what they seem and the supernatural might not be so extraordinary after all.

 

The Hunt could ride for her.

 

 

AVAILABLE AT:

Amazon  /  Barnes and Noble  / Smashwords

 

Part Three: Nonsense!

I think I’m pretty unique, but when it comes down to putting examples to paper, it’s pretty difficult. 3 unique and quirky things about me:

  • My boyfriend and I live in a suburban neighborhood but we own 4 dogs, 5 cats, 2 chinchillas, 5 chickens, and a betta fish. I also grow vegetables and herbs. We call our “farm” Le Maison Fou–the crazy house 🙂 I wrote a “Meet the Family” blog here where I gave all the animals their own “author” bio.
  • A year ago, I shattered my pinkie finger in Karate (I’m a black belt). After three surgeries, my pinkie no longer bends because it’s Fused. I type faster with nine fingers than most people can with all ten 🙂
  • My entire family works in public safety–police officers, sheriff’s deputies, Parole officers, EMTs, military, and a bunch of firefighters. I followed in the same suit–I’m a police dispatcher. Our last name is well-known in town.

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I do hope you’ve enjoyed this segment of THREE-WAYS THURSDAYS and I want to thank Heather Marie Adkins for being with us. Until next time peeps!

~Karen

Three-Ways Thursdays: Meet Author Jennifer Rainey

Well, it’s that time again- time for another installment of Three Ways Thursday’s! So grab your poision (beer, wine, the hard-stuff- we don’t judge), slip into something more comfortable and prepare yourself for some rollicking good fun!

Today’s spotlight Author is the devilishly talented Jennifer Rainey.  I read somewhere that she was raised by Wolves. It’s probably not true, but how cool would that be! Enjoy!

Part One: The Facts

Author: Jennifer Rainey

Website: http://www.jenniferrainey.com/

Also: http://independentparanormal.blogspot.com/

Quirky Factor: High

Greetings! My name is Jennifer Rainey, but I prefer Jenny. I use Jennifer for professional reasons, but I still sometimes cringe when an associate calls me Jennifer, because while growing up, that meant I was going to be yelled at. I’m from Ohio, and I’ve never lived anywhere else.

(Here’s Jennifer… Isn’t she adorable!)

Besides being a writer, I’m an amateur paranormal investigator or ghost hunter, if you prefer. What that means is I like to catch ghosts and mount their heads on my wall. I have a lovely poltergeist mounted above my china cabinet, for example. … Or not, but wouldn’t it be cool if I did? I’m also a musician and singer in a folk band. People tell me I sing like Linda Ronstadt. Personally, I think I sing like Jennifer Rainey, but that’s just me.

 

THESE HELLISH HAPPENINGS:

Blurb: In 1707, hapless vampire Jack Bentley made a pact with the Devil in order to escape a vampire hunt. Dealing with Satan seemed better than your standard angry mob at the time. But three centuries later, Satan is ready to collect His dues, whether the vampire likes it or not. He’s taking Jack down to Hell, and He’s even got a job picked out for him down below: an eternal position at the Registration Office of the Damned.

Jack attempts to adjust to life on the Administrative Level of Hell where fire and brimstone have been replaced by board meetings and the occasional broken copier. But the whiny complaints of the recently-deceased and the legions of suited, cookie-cutter demons are the least of his problems. Try adding to the equation a dead ex-lover, a dangerous attraction to his high-ranking demon companion, Alexander Ridner, and the sticky and distorted anti-vampire politics of a Hell that is surprisingly like our own world.

AVAILABLE AT:

Amazon  /  Barnes and Noble

 

Part Three: Nonsense!

I live in the middle of nowhere. My high school was literally in a corn field. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are good things and bad things about living in a place like this, out here in the middle of Ohio. The food is great, but you have to drive for at least thirty minutes to get to a movie theater. There’s a great small town sense of community, but farm animals do tend to outnumber people. A neighboring town has a festival completely dedicated to the pumpkin (and what a magnificent gourd it is!).

But let me tell you something that’s really great about living out here in the middle of nowhere:The woolly worms. You think I’m mad. You’re probably right, but I’ll explain. In the late summer around these parts, woolly worms are born in the fields. These are fuzzy caterpillars, if you don’t know what I’m blathering on about. Now, these woolly worms have a taste for danger. They like to live on the wild side. These bugs would hop on a Harley and do wheelies if they could.

Now, I’m not the Worm Whisperer; they didn’t tell me all this, but I’ll tell you how I know. It’s August. You’re taking a country road out to your grandmother’s, you’ve got the windows down and your blaring what is, if you live out here, probably Lynyrd Skynyrd. And before you, crossing the toasty, dusty road, are dozens and dozens of woolly worms.

Forget bulls! This is the Running of the Worms! Zillions of little fuzzy darlings attempt to share the road with motor vehicles so they can suck up the sweet, sweet heat of the asphalt! You know, I can’t tell if they’re really brave or really stupid. Maybe a little of both. But it’s ridiculous little things like this that make me actually like living in lands uncharted. You don’t see that downtown, do ya, city-slickers?

And, by the way, there’s a game that comes with this two-month-ish long event, and there are two ways to play it. One way is to see how many woolly worms you can dodge as you drive…I imagine you can figure out the other.

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I do hope you’ve enjoyed this segment of THREE-WAYS THURSDAYS and I want to thank Jennifer Rainey for being with us. I have read her novel, THESE HELLISH HAPPENINGS, and I adored it’s quirky wit and inventive premise. You should go check it out right now. Go on, you know you want to.

Until next time peeps!

~Karen

Three-Ways Thurdays: Meet Author Shéa MacLeod

 

 

 

 

 

I’m super -excited to bring this new feature to the website, and I hope it develops into a weekly Quirky-fest. And I can think of no-better person to start the Three-Ways than today’s spotlight author– a Quirky, fascinating chic. I love her blog, and if you do one thing, check it out and subscribe to her posts. You won’t regret it!

 

PART 1: 

 

 

Super Secret Writer Identity:   Shéa MacLeod
Blog: http://sheamacleod.wordpress.com/
Even Super Secreter Location: London
Quirky Factor: SEVERE
Random Deets: I love Fluffernutter sandwiches, Brazilian dancing, and Spock.

 Best book/Worst book Picks:  Best book I’ve ever read… There are three that come to mind. My all-time fave is Stephen King’s The Stand. I’ve read the unabridged ridiculously long version more than once. I love it with all my heart. The Passage by Justin Cronin was incredibly amazing. It had all the horror and great story telling of King, but with more beautiful language (As Cronin is a literary writer.). Sometimes the literary-ness of it all did get in the way of the story telling, which is why I think King is better. Keep it simple. And now here’s one out of the ballpark: Dara Joy’s Ritual of Proof. Talk about controversy! A planet where women rule and men are treated much like the women of Edwardian England? Huzzah! I won’t say it was the best written book ever, but it was audacious.

 

Being an Indie Writer in London vs. an Indie Writer in America:   I think that being indie is LESS respected in the UK, if you can imagine. But I have a lot of chutzpah, so I pull it off. lol I do find the surroundings very inspiring. There’s so much history and it’s so OLD.

 

Are you working on a new book? A sequel (to the one featured below)? When can we expect to see more?   YES! The second book in the Sunwalker Saga, Kissed by Fire, is off to the editor. You’ll be able to read the further adventures of Morgan Bailey (This time in London. With DRAGONS!) sometime in August 2011. I’ve got three WIPs in the works. One’s the third Sunwalker book, and the other two are unrelated series.

 Addicted to any TV shows?   Totally. I’m a major TV addict. I’m addicted to all the CSIs, NCISs, Criminal Minds. And Bones! I’m peeved beyond imagining that Stargate Universe was cancelled, though I’m keen to try out this new show, Falling Skies. Everything’s better with aliens.

Pets, real or make-believe?    Does a Guardian Angel named Bob count?

 What’s the view from your window?    A leafy street lined with Edwardian period houses.

Do you write on a schedule? When the mood strikes?   I admit to not being terribly good with schedules. I write much better if I’m in the mood. That said, I make a point of sitting down and writing at least five times per week. Even if I only slog out a few words.

Did you celebrate the publication of your first novel? How? Hells yes! I drank port and ate Charbonnel et Walker Pink Champagne Truffles from Selfridges. Holy moly. Then I called/emailed anyone and everyone I ever met. Then I had a BBQ at a friend’s house. And drinks at the pub. Um, yeah, I celebrated! lol

 (And just so you can put a face to the name, here’s Shea, looking all Mysterious and Writerly.)

 

 PART 2:

 

Kissed by Darkness, Book One in the Sunwalker Saga

AVAILABLE AT:

SMASHWORDS

AMAZON US / AMAZON UK

THE BLURB:  Danger is always on the menu for Morgan Bailey, a sexy and street-smart bounty hunter, who prowls the dark underworld of Portland, Oregon hunting creatures of the night. Morgan’s never met a vampire she couldn’t dust or a demon she couldn’t kill until she’s hired to destroy a new kind of mystical threat: the Sunwalker.

 A powerful immortal once believed myth, the Sunwalker carries with him an ancient secret which, if left unchecked, will destroy Morgan’s world. Pursued by a passionate Templar Knight and the target of the local vampire clans, an ancient power is awakened within her, unlike anything she’s ever known. Morgan must uncover the truth behind her mission and about herself, before the Darkness lurking inside swallows her whole.

PART 3: 

 

 

Random Thoughts of Awesome from Shea:

Yeah, don’t have any. But there are a few things I’ve learned in life. Important stuff I think you all should know. Probably your life will be incomplete if you don’t know these things.

1. Never say “fanny” in the UK. Trust me on this. It does NOT mean butt.

2. Photographs of Paris look way cooler if you use the grayscale setting on your camera. Even if you’re a crap photographer.

3. Richard Hatch made a better Apollo than Jamie Bamber. I should know. I was in love with Apollo. I was six. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, shame on you. You are out of the geek club.)

4. Even numbered Trek films don’t suck.

 

 

 

5. Agatha Christie was a flipping genius. Every author should have to study her in depth before ever putting pen to paper.

6. Not all food in Rome is good. However the wine makes everything go down easier.

7. Never, ever wish your life was more exciting. You might just get what you wished for.

8. Everything’s better with dragons.

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Thanks for checking out THREE-WAYS THURSDAYS! I hope you’ll come back next week for our next victim, er, I mean Author.

And thanks to the Fabulous Shéa MacLeod for stopping by!

~Karen

Weekend Wrap Up

So, STILL LIFE PAINTINGS is live! Well, mostly. The smashwords version and the Barnes & Noble, and Amazon versions are all live now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On another note, I will be starting a weekly feature that I’m calling Three- Ways Thursdays. (Get your minds out of the gutter, I don’t mean it like that. Mostly) For this weekly segment, I’m going to do a post spotlighting an Indie Author. In three separate ways, we’ll get to know them a little better.

  1. AUTHOR- I’ll find out a little about them personally, what makes them tick, what their life is like, and also what, exactly, makes them Quirky.
  2. BOOK – I’ll feature one of the Indie Author’s books, and maybe a little commentary.
  3. RANDOMNESS – I’ll let the Indie Author speak for themselves.

It should be tons of fun, and I can’t wait to start with the first post this coming week. I even made a banner:

 

 

 

 

Other than that, it’s late. I’m watching Twister for the ump-teenth time, and I purposely stayed sober all through a pool party today just so I could work on the business side of publishing without gibberish working its way into my hard work later. See, dedication is my middle name.

Well, actually its Victoria, but nobody needs to know that. 🙂