November 16

#ThirteenforThursday with Amey Zeigler

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Welcome author Amey Zeigler for this week’s Thirteen for Thursday

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What is the best book to movie adaptation?

Princess Bride, of course. William Goldman wrote the book and the screenplay. If you haven’t read the book, do yourself the favor and read it. It’s one of the books I read every year. Best.Book.Ever. You’re welcome.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

We lived in Alaska in my days of yore. My dad loved to fish every summer during the salmon run. Nearly all summer long we camped on the Kenai peninsula, going to bed when the sun set at 11pm and rising early to go out and fish or play again the next day. We always tent camped. My mom cooked over a propane stove. I can smell the propane, the chill in the air in the morning as she made hot chocolate. I can smell pinecones and tree sap. Back then if we weren’t on the boat, we had to entertain ourselves. Often my mom would hide in the car and read. One time, she decided to take us to the beach. The beaches in Alaska are black with volcanic silt, are pebbley and cold. It was a warm day for an Alaskan summer, probably high 60’s and the tide was out and low, like we walked out fifty yards and it was still up to our knees. Mom let us run out pretty far. We found huge snake-like seaweed with tentacles like a squid. We wrapped it around us and eventually dragged it to shore. We were all soaked in salty sea water and once out of the water had to get warmed quickly so hyperthermia didn’t chatter our teeth out. So we rushed to the van and stripped to our skivvies and rode back to camp in our underwear!

What is your favorite smell and why?

I love the smell of rain, but it smells differently depending on where you live. I grew up all over the United States. In Arizona, the rain smells like wet dirt, hot pavement and desert plants like rosemary and desert sage. In Alaska, the rain smells wet like the bank of a river, like fishing bait and mosquito repellant. In Virginia, it smells like old wood, mildew, dampness that seeps through the cracks of your clothing and houses, wet on mossy rocks and trees.

How far away do you live from your birthplace?

I was born in Colorado, but only lived there a year because we moved to Alaska, Georgia, California, Arizona, Alaska again, Virginia, Utah and then back to Arizona.  Then I lived in Europe for a year and a half, then after marriage, moved to Missouri for grad school. Now we live in Texas and we drove through Colorado Springs for the first time since I left as a one year old to visit a friend who lives there on our way to Yellowstone for a family vacation. It’s a 13 hour drive, but it took a vacation of a lifetime to return.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Original Star Wars.

What is your favorite scent and why?

Cool Water cologne. Way back in my sophomore year of high school, the Secret Garden Broadway musical (original cast) was touring in our city. I had a guy friend who was “off-limits” to me. I think my best friend liked him, but I kinda liked him, too. He ended up with the seat next to mine when we all went as a drama class. He wore Cool Water cologne and we had such a great time, jumping to our feet together, enthusiastically clapping for two standing ovations for their best songs. Whenever I smell that cologne, I am back in the Capitol Theatre, experiencing the show with my guy friend again.

What is the one thing you covet?

A girl’s gotta have some secrets.

What is your favorite time of year and why?

Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter? When I lived in Alaska with a long and snowy winter, I loved and anticipated Spring and it was late coming, sometime in June! Now that I live in Texas with long and hot summers, oh, how I love fall! It’s November and it’s still in the 80’s!

What is the one thing you wanted, but never got, as a kid?

A My Little Pony Castle. Imagine me, a little second grader, finding a My Little Pony castle hidden in the back of the car a few weeks before Christmas. I thought to myself, “My parents knew I wanted something this cool without me even telling them! My parents sure love me.” Turned out that my parents were hiding it there for another family. I had one disappointing Christmas morning. I wonder which of my friends got that My Little Pony Castle for Christmas…

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?

My husband is planning a trip to Japan sometime in the next year. He used to live there, speaks Japanese and still has friends he’d like to see. I love Asian cultures and find them fascinating. I also have plans to set a book in Japan so I have to go for research, right? I wonder if I can take that out of my taxes…

Which famous person have you met, and what is the story behind it? 

I’ve met…

Alton Brown http://ameyzeigler.blogspot.com/2016/10/alton-brown-my-first-author-signed-cook.html

James Dashner  http://ameyzeigler.blogspot.com/2012/09/james-dashner.html

Eoin Coiffer http://ameyzeigler.blogspot.com/2012/08/artemis-fowl-by-eoin-colfer.html

Jody Piccolt http://ameyzeigler.blogspot.com/2012/07/jodi-picoult-comes-to-st-louis.html

Ally Condie http://ameyzeigler.blogspot.com/2011/11/ally-condie.html

and many, many more authors. http://ameyzeigler.blogspot.com/2016/09/signed-author-copies.html

You can read about how John Flannigan, called me a perky American girl. http://ameyzeigler.blogspot.com/2011/12/john-flanagan.html

If you had to dispose of a dead body, how would you do it?

I’d call my friend Jewel. She would know what to do.

Would you rather wear combat boots or heels?

I actually own a pair of Danner boots. My father bought them for me at a military thrift shop. When he first gave them to me, I rolled my eyes and wondered when would I ever use them. Well, I wore them this fall to muck out houses in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. Heels may make my legs look great, but those boots have saved houses.

Bonus Round

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Live in a foreign country for a year and a half, talking to people about their deepest feelings all day. I wrote a book that fictionalizes some of the crazier things we did. Once we painted a bathroom for service when a guy came in to take a shower. He didn’t even care I was in there and starting, well, bathing. Another time, a guy answered the door in nothing but some skimpy underwear. He invited us in for a chat.

What film or book gave you an intense emotional reaction?

The strongest emotional reaction I had from a movie was Charade starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. I was in sixth grade, and Charade is a little intense. If you haven’t seen it, it opens with the murder of Audrey Hepburn’s husband who stole a quarter of a million dollars (it was the 60’s) from the US Government. All his friends he double-crossed are all after the money and think she has it. I couldn’t sleep that night. I loved it! It’s still one of my favorite movies because of all the suspense, twists and turns. And it doesn’t take itself too seriously–there’s some jokes and laughs. And it has a romance. I guess that’s why I like to write Romantic Suspense with some laughs.

Amey’s Online Playground

website: www.ameyzeigler.com

Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/author/ameyzeigler

blog: www.ameyzeigler.blogspot.com

Twitter: @ameyzeigler – https://twitter.com/ameyzeigler

Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17290110.Amey_Zeigler

Author Bio

I wrote my first mystery with my best friend in fourth grade. I wrote, she illustrated. It also had a cute boy in it with spiky hair (because that was the style back then). Not much has changed. I love mystery. I love romance. I love suspense. I love action, adventure and comedy. But I want it to have a happy ending.

I love writing about different places because I grew up moving all around the United States. In my books, I want to explore the whole world.

Growing up, my poor mom had to be so patient with me as I always wanted to try new things. I played violin, drums, flute, piano, all before I was sixteen. I also discovered I don’t have much talent for music.

When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I was afraid to tell them I wanted to write because I didn’t know how to write.

I am so grateful for my Sophomore year Honor’s English teacher who gave me a star and five points (highest marks!) on my personal essay in the category for Voice. I wouldn’t have hoped to have had enough talent to pursue writing otherwise.

I’d like to thank my college writing professor who gave me a C in Creative Writing: Short Story writing. I worked even harder on my own and published my first short story the next semester.

I adopt stray furniture left on the side of the road. I like to fix it up and give it a new home and look.

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October 12

#ThirteenForThursday with Sorchia Dubois

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Author Sorchia Dubois joins us for this week’s Thirteen for Thursday

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Who was your first book boyfriend/girlfriend?

Ivanhoe/Robin Hood. I read Ivanhoe when I was pretty young and Robin Hood about the same time. Then there were Robin Hood movies—Thank you, Disney—with nice looking, tight-wearing boys with British accents. It looked like so much fun to live in the forest and fight bad guys with swords and bows and arrows. Ivanhoe was just too cool—he’d been all over the world and everybody at home either loved him or was scared of him. I’d have married either one of those guys despite the age difference and the technical problem that both of them were fictional.

What is the most interesting topic you’ve researched?

Since I like to put hints and tastes of legends in my stories, I do a lot of reading about weird creatures—especially Celtic folktales. So the most interesting things I’ve found are the Blue Men of the Minsch—demonic water Smurfs with a creepy fondness for poetry; the Baobhan sith, a female Highland vampire who makes Dracula look like a –well, like one of those sparkly teenage vampires from a certain movie series which shall not be named; and enough long-legged beasties to fill nightmares for the rest of my life.  I pass these along to readers because if I’m going to be awake all night wondering how much truth is in the old stories—so is everyone else.

What is your favorite book, song, and/or movie guilty pleasure?

Guilty pleasure—driving –going somewhere with the radio blasting and the tach red-lined. This is not something I indulge in often. Seriously, I love to drive and to travel but I don’t get to do it nearly enough. I used to drive a lot to get to work—sometimes over an hour one way—and those were the best times of the day. Traveling alone is my preferred method—nobody but me so I can stop when I want, drive through when I want, and take all the detours my little heart desires without any gripes, criticisms, or drama.

[K.J. here – we could be twins. Seriously…]

What are your favorite and least favorite words? (in any language…)

Not fond of the C-word, but very few others offend me all by themselves. It’s more the way they are said than the word itself that can get under my skin. My favorite words at the moment are ensorcellment (a long-standing fav), scheisse (for intense moments only), and kennings—these are figures of speech dating back to Old English and Old Norse poetry—like wine-dark sea or spear-din to describe battle. We use these old devices everyday (ankle-biter, fender bender, and on and on.) I like to make them up or adapt them to give my stories an old-world feel—at least for me. These are from my current WIP, Zoraida Grey and the Pictish Runes: moon-blue sorcery, ocean-ice eyes, spell-casters, moon-pie eyes.

Aside from writing, what different types of jobs have you done?

Pharmacist assistant, housecleaner, editor, teacher—some of them interesting at times, but none of them made me feel useful or like I was on the right path.

If you had to be a human planter, and you had to hold a plant while naked, what kind of plant would you hold and why?

English Ivy. I’m not allergic and I could probably convince myself I looked like a Rubenesque statue—cherubic and festively plump—with ivy leaves hiding the stretch marks and folds.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A writer! It started because Mom read to me a lot and I could hardly wait until I could read by myself because she always read dull stories propaganda about good little girls. Once I could read, I chose science fiction and lurid murder mysteries and, of course, epic romance. I typed my own interplanetary times newsletter in grade school and wrote an angst-filled teenage novel which I subsequently burned. I got very bad advice from male high school and college counsellors and allowed myself to be steered away from writing as a career. So I’m coming back to writing and feeling miles behind, but much happier.

White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?

I like my chocolate the way I like my men—dark, wrapped in foil, and with handy perforations to make them easier to break.

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

Natural disasters are an interest but I’m not sure I would want to watch one knowing people were dying. If I could get past that, I’d like to see Krakatoa blow up, the Siberian whateveritwas, or the Tri-state tornado which actually passed not too far from where I live. Other than that, I’d like to see what Scotland and England looked like when the Caledonian Forest covered them. I have no interest in witnessing political events like the signing of the Declaration of Independence unless I could be there for the whole show from Pilgrim’s Rock on. It’s the whole story of these things that I find interesting—not just the event at the end.

What modern technology would you choose to not use and why?

TV though I love old movies—and some new ones. I waste so much time watching TV, I would gladly toss it out if it were not for the others in my house who use it as escape. And I admit, it keeps those others out of my hair so it is a necessary evil right now. Maybe I would just get rid of the news channels or even all the programs and just use it to watch movies. Then I would keep the TV and get rid of the microwave which is evil and just serves as a portal the NSA uses to watch me through.

What is the first movie you remember seeing?

True Grit—the first one I saw at a theater. My mom took me with a couple of friends and everybody was shocked when John Wayne said son of a bitch. Though my folks didn’t curse often in front of me, I was familiar with the concept and didn’t think much of it until the adults talked to me seriously about not using bad language—They seemed to single out me especially. I’m afraid their strategy backfired in a spectacular manner.

If you could speak a second language, what would it be and why?

I’m actually working on French and Gaelic. French, mainly because it’s easier and I may actually use it plus I studied it in college. Gaelic is difficult because most of the letters seem to be inserted just for fun or annoyance. I’m pretty sure Gaelic, like haggis, has its origins in a dare.

[K.J. here – mwahahaha on the haggis – I tried it when I was in Scotland. Super fantastic flavor, but I can’t get over knowing what’s in it…]

Favorite Olympic (Summer or Winter) sport and why?

Hard to choose but I am particularly fond of the Biathalon—This isn’t one of the flashy, popular events, but the history of it is intriguing. It involves cross-country skiing and shooting a rifle. In the individual event, the starts are staggered so you are essentially just doing your best without knowing for sure how you are measuring up against the others. It’s about a 12 mile ski race (about 10 miles for women) with twenty rifle targets along the way—sitting, standing, prone—several ways of shooting. The origin has to do with the Scandinavian god Ullr who was the god of skiing and hunting. The Norwegians developed military skiing contests in the 18th century, divided in four classes: shooting at mark while skiing at top speed, downhill race among trees, downhill race on big hills without falling, and a long race on flat ground while carrying rifle and military pack. I suspect this was adapted from an older tradition involving skiing, archery, and who knows what else. I just love the concentration and the need to be proficient in at least two things to succeed.  To me, it smacks of the epic and I could watch it all day long and make up stories about how it came to be and of battles and wars won because of the training.

Bonus Round

If you ruled your own country, what would you call it, and what would it be known for?

Whiskyland and our battle cry would be garbled and unintelligible—just a lot of yelling. Well, I guess we have Scotland for that. Ok. My country would be called The Woods and we would be famous for minding our own business and for a soothing magical spell we cast on everyone who enters.

Spiders, friends or foes?

Friends, though they have faulty memories and sometimes forget. I have about a million pictures of spider webs on my phone and I try not to kill spiders unless they are openly hostile. Even then, unless it is standing on my bed or in front of the refrigerator, I’ll either take it to a safer location or walk away rather than hurt it.

Sorchia’s Online Playground

Blog/Website: www.SorchiaDubois.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SorchiaDubois

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/SorchiaDubois/

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/SorchiaD

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/SorchiaDuBois/e/B00B60NOUQ/

Goodreads  author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6879978.Sorchia_DuBois

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SorchiaDuBois

Author Bio

Sorchia Dubois lives in the piney forest of the Missouri Ozarks with seven cats, three fish, one dog, and one husband. Her two kids are grown and out in the world, but they come home to do laundry and for fried catfish dinner. She edits technical writing part time, but she spends a number of hours each day tapping out paranormal romance, Gothic murder, and Scottish thrillers.

A proud member of the Ross clan, Sorchia incorporates all things Celtic (especially Scottish) into her works. She can often be found swilling Scotch at Scottish festivals and watching kilted men toss large objects for no apparent reason.

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October 5

#ThirteenforThursday with C.B. Clark

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Welcome author C.B. Clark for this week’s Thirteen for Thursday

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Who was your first book boyfriend?

Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I loved that book and loved that man. The novel is 1,037 pages long, but I couldn’t put it down. Rhett was such a dashing hero, handsome, sexy, and a real bad boy.

What is your favorite music guilty pleasure?

Old time Country/Western music. I love all the old country songs, the twang, the heartbreak, the whiskey-roughened voices.

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done while sober?

Canyoneering in Costa Rica down a 400-foot waterfall. My heart was thundering and my knees were weak. All I could think of was what if the rope breaks? It didn’t and I was pretty proud of myself for taking on that challenge.

[K.J. here – I. Would. Have. Died.]

Aside from writing, what different types of jobs have you done?

I worked as an archaeologist and conducted archaeological surveys and digs throughout Northern British Columbia. I’ve also taught a variety of subjects at the college, high school, and elementary levels.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

My Grandmother gave me a book about Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tut’s tomb when I was nine. Ever since then, I wanted to be an archaeologist.

White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?

Any chocolate, anytime, any way, all the time.

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

The day in 1922 when Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s tomb. I can only imagine the thrill of entering that musty tomb and seeing all those treasures that hadn’t been seen in thousands of years.

What is the first movie you remember seeing?

One Million BC starring Raquel Welch in all her fur bikini splendor. My family and I watched it at the drive-in movie theatre. I huddled in the back of our family station wagon in my pajamas terrified at all the man-eating dinosaurs.

Favorite Olympic sport?

I competed in Track in high school, so I enjoy watching Track & Field events. I especially love the decathlon. What superior athletes.

Spiders, friends or foes?

I don’t like spiders. Not. One. Bit.

What is the most interesting topic you’ve researched?

I write romantic suspense so I’ve researched many quirky topics for my novels. The most interesting one was poisons. There are so many deadly poisons, many untraceable.

You’re trying to find a brand-new author to read. What’s your decision process?

I read all genres, but my sweet spot is romantic suspense. After that, I look at the cover and read the blurb on the back of the book. I’m tall, so it helps if the book is on the top two shelves in a bookstore.

You have to move somewhere you’ve never been. Where would you choose to go?

Norway. It’s the world’s happiest country.

Bonus Round

What is your non-writing super power?

Making lists. I have lists all over the house. In fact, I made a list when I was preparing this Blog. There’s nothing better than crossing items off a long list as they’re completed.

What is your favorite movie quote?

“After all, tomorrow is another day.” Scarlet says this in Gone with the Wind. This quote shows the Southern belle’s fighting spirit. She’s beaten, but not destroyed. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll win Rhett back.

C.B.’s Online Playground

Blog https://cbclarkauthor.wordpress.com

Twitter https://twitter.com/cbclarkauthor

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cbclarkauthor/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15029617.C_B_Clark

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/C.-B.-Clark/e/B01BK61TQG/

Author Bio

Broken Trust is C.B. Clark’s fourth romantic suspense novel published by The Wild Rose Press. My Brother’s Sins and Cherished Secrets were released in 2016, and Bitter Legacy in 2017. C.B. has always loved reading, especially romances, but it wasn’t until she lost her voice for a year that she considered writing her own romantic suspense stories. She grew up in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Yukon. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology, she has worked as an archaeologist and an educator. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.

September 28

#ThirteenforThursday with Rachel Brimble

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Welcome author Rachel Brimble for this week’s #ThirteenforThursday

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What is the best book to movie adaptation?

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom – it is one of my favourite all time movies, starring one of my all time favourite actors, Tom Hanks. I have lost count how many times I’ve watched this movie – I absolutely love it.

What is one fun fact about yourself very few people know?

I haven’t had my hair professionally cut since my wedding day in 1998 – my hair is so curly, I can get away with my daughter giving it a quick trim with the kitchen scissors every now and then, lol!

[KJ here – color me jealous! I’ve always wanted curly hair! Yours is *gorgeous*!]

If you could be the opposite sex for the day, what would you do?

Bask in the ability to not get so emotionally caught up in day to day life! I am a real worrier and because I write, I’m sure I see the most dramatic possible outcome in every situation. Based on the men I know and love, most have a way of taking a step back and analyzing a situation logically. I am terribly irrational sometimes.

What is your favorite smell and why?

Mulberry – I have an endless supply of candles in this scent because it reminds me of cold winter nights, lounging in front of the fire with a good TV show or movie or a great book. I find mulberry very relaxing.

What is the best thing that is also the worst thing?

Writing! I absolutely love my job, it’s my joy, my happiness, my spirit BUT it can also be painful. The waiting for publisher responses can be a killer, sometimes taking months at a time and, even then, a rejection could be received. No matter how many times I think I’m giving it up…it pulls me back in. Writing, for me, is a compulsion!

What was your favorite toy as a kid?

It wasn’t a toy as such, but the best gift I ever received – my dad brought me an electric typewriter when I was around twelve or thirteen. I absolutely adored it and that’s when I started to believe I would one day be a writer.

What is the one skill you don’t have, but wish you did?

I wish I could paint! I admire art so much and would love to spend hours in the countryside painting landscapes. Maybe when I have more time, I’ll join a class but for now it’s just fantasy. I can write and knit, but that is about it for my creative output, unfortunately.

If you won the lottery, what would you do?

First, I’d take my family, my husband’s family and our closest friends on an extended cruise around the Mediterranean or Caribbean and then I’d start house-hunting for a place in the country…oh, and pay off the mortgages of all the people I love.

How far away do you live from your birthplace?

Not far at all! I was born on the outskirts of Bristol, England and now live near the famous city of Bath. It is a forty-minute drive from my childhood home where my parents still live to where I live with my husband and two teenage daughters today.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Neither – I am not a sci-fi type of person AT ALL!

What is your favorite time of year and why? Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter?

I’m a summer girl through and through – which probably comes from living in the UK where hot, sunny days often feel like a rarity. I love nothing more than taking my laptop into the garden and writing with my beloved chocolate Lab at my feet. Bliss!

[KJ here – I know what you mean! I spent a year in Scotland doing my masters and I swear there was exactly 1 week of summer weather! I miss the UK, though, dreadfully!]

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why?

I really want to see more of Italy – I’ve been to Venice and Verona which I loved, but would also like to visit Florence, Rome and Lake Como. I find Italy intensely romantic and peaceful. I would really like to ‘research’ a possible book series there – the ideas are most definitely brewing.

Which famous person have you met, and what is the story behind it?

I met Nora Roberts when she hosted a special, ticket only afternoon tea in the beautiful Ashford Castle in Ireland. She is my favourite romance author and I was desperate to go, but couldn’t justify the cost of the flight/hotel to my husband…and then he surprised me by booking it behind my back. Lord, I love my man! It was an amazing overnight stay and I had a short and sweet conversation with my writing idol. It was a time I’ll never forget.

Bonus Round

Would you rather wear combat boots or heels?

Heels – but I do love my flat, knee-high suede boots too. I have a LOT.

What film or book gave you an intense emotional reaction?

I think the only book to ever make me cry was The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – as a mother of two young girls, this book really hit me hard and the tears were flowing. I couldn’t stop hugging my kids after finishing this book. A really emotional read.

Rachel’s Online Playground

Website

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

Facebook Street Team – Rachel’s Readers

Amazon Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Brimble/e/B007829ZRM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490948101&sr=8-1

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1806411.Rachel_Brimble

Author Bio

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eighth coming in Feb 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

September 21

#ThirteenforThursday with K.J. Pierce aka Your Host :-)

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I figured I should probably join the fun, so here’s my very first Thirteen for Thursday. 🙂

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What is your favorite book, song, and/or movie guilty pleasure?

Book: The Harry Potter series (I’ve read the series at least 15 times, and each time I read it, I always pick up something I missed all the times before)

Song: Tarzan Boy by Baltimora

Movie: Mel Brooks’ History of the World Part I

You’re trying to find a brand-new author to read. No recommendations allowed. What’s your decision process?

The first thing that typically catches my eye is the spine (assuming I’m in a book store and not shopping online, in which case I typically work from recommendations). If it’s interesting enough, I’ll pick it up and look at the actual cover before reading the synopsis. If that’s piques my interest, then I’ll read the first page of Chapter One. If I want to turn the page (or actually do so), I’ll usually buy the book (or make note of it to buy at a later time).

The one thing that’ll make me not buy a book? If I hate the font/typeset. Particularly if the font is too small and there’s too much crammed onto a page.

You have to move somewhere you’ve never been. Where would you choose to go and why?

I’m going to sort of fudge on this one and say Augsburg, Germany. It’s a fudge because I’ve technically been there – it’s where I was born. We left when I was less than a year old and I’ve never been back. I have zero knowledge about my birthplace, what it’s about, what it’s known for, and I want to go and spend some time, explore it, and validate the connection I feel to it.

What is your non-writing superpower?

I have the distinct ability to make the most mundane comments into something pervy, say the most inappropriate things and an even more inappropriate time, and to crack myself up.

What are your favorite and least favorite words? (in any language…)

Hands down, my favorite word is “Schwanzkaese”. It’s not really a word, that I know of – I smushed two German words together back in the day. I won’t tell you what it means, but Google translate works reasonably well. *snort*

In English, my favorite word is hyperbole – I’m a big fan. 🙂

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done while sober?

Since I’m mostly a teetotaler, with the occasional toe-dipping into beer, everything crazy I’ve done has been while sober. Two instances come immediately to mind – The first – I quit my job and flew out to Germany to go marry a GI. The marriage never happened and I flew back 3 weeks later. He’s the one person I dated who I still want to punch in the face, all these years later, and on account of who I have a great line I haven’t yet found a novel to put it in.

The second instance was the move I made to the west coast on account of a man – long story,  and one I won’t relate here. I did write an essay about it called, “Ten Steps for Befriending a Rockstar or the Gentle Art of Stalking.” He’s still a man I adore beyond measure.

What is your favorite movie quote and why?

I have a couple – “Don’t be saucy with me, Bernaise!” from History of the World Part I and “Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, “I drank what?” from Real Genius

Would you ever jump out of a perfectly good airplane?

Not only no, but hell no. My dad and my brother both did, but not me. Nope. Not ever. I’m hard pressed to even get on an airplane – the last time I flew was in 1994 or 1995. The older I get the less appealing it is to be crammed onto metal tube.

Aside from writing, what different types of jobs have you done?

I’ve worked in any number of fields – real estate, summer camp, nuclear, to name a few – mostly in an administrative capacity. I’ve also worked in retail. My first job was as a Summer Hire when I lived in Germany – I got hired on to work as an admin in the same building my dad worked in. I think I was 14.

My favorite job was working for an import music distributor in the mid-1990s – I ran the shipping department and generally had the best time. The distributor is no longer in business, but I still keep in touch with one of the former owners. He’s awesome!

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I have a distinct memory from when I was maybe around 8 of lying on the grass, looking up at the sky filled with puffy clouds, and day-dreaming about being an Air Force pilot. Where that came from, I have no idea – I was an Army Brat! Obviously, it wasn’t a daydream that stuck with me for very long. Ha!

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

I’d say the Jack the Ripper murders – I’d love to be able to know with certainty who he was, even though I know that most of the appeal of JtR lies in the mystery of not knowing.

If you could speak a second language, what would it be and why?

German. I was fluent at one time, but have lost it to disuse. I also wanted to learn Russian, for some reason, but never got around to it.

Favorite Olympic (Summer or Winter) sport and why?

Gymnastics, hands down, followed by diving. I’m a former competitive gymnast (in high school) and remember watching MaryLou Retton in the 80s and going to see a number of top male gymnasts do an exhibition somewhere in Germany (Brian Babcock and Tim Daggett among them). Diving because it’s kind of close to gymnastics with all the flipping around. J I remember seeing Greg Louganis crack his head on the diving board in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

As far as the Winter games, the only thing I ever watch is the ice skating.

Bonus Round

What is the most unusual conversation you’ve ever had?

Really too many to count – I have a knack for completely off-the-wall convos – but I remember having a random conversation about BDSM with customers who came into the lingerie department of the store I worked at in California.

What is one motto or philosophy you consistently live by?

There are three:

  1. Don’t ever hate anyone over something they can’t control. Hate someone because they’re an asshole.
  2. Don’t ever pit your wits against someone who is not on your same level. In other words, don’t bully or otherwise demean anyone who isn’t your intellectual or physical equal or who isn’t on the same level of social status as you, especially for reasons of making yourself feel superior or better about yourself.
  3. Someone else has the right to be offended. By the same token, I have the right not to give a shit.

Author Bio

K.J. Pierce is a jack of all trades. Her interests are varied enough to make this a requirement for a happy existence. Her main goal in life is to understand the human condition, which she explores through various mediums, including fiction, creative nonfiction, and scriptwriting. She sometimes succumbs to itchy-feet syndrome, a holdover from her Army Brat days. As a result, she can sometimes be found bouncing from locale to locale. She earned a BA in English Literature/Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College and a MLitt in The Gothic Imagination from the University of Stirling, Scotland. She puts them to good use by crafting stories that run the gamut in terms of genres, but which always include an exploration of the societal misfit and the darkness which pervades all facets of life, even in the most comic of circumstances.

K.J. currently lives on the east coast of Central Florida with her cat Dorian Gray, who lives up to his name by striving to be the state’s most prolific lizard serial killer. Yours Truly is her first novel.

If you want more random stuff about yours truly, go to the About the Misfit page.

My Online Playground

You’re at the website, but here’s where else you can find me online

Facebook Author Page: facebook.com/themisplacedmisfit

Twitter: @MisfitKJPierce

Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/kjpierce

September 14

#ThirteenforThursday with Jean M. Grant

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Welcome author Jean M. Grant for this week’s Thirteen for Thursday

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Who was your first book boyfriend/girlfriend?

Wow, well my book husband is Jamie Fraser from Outlander. But since he is shared by many lovely ladies, I would say my first would be Iain from The Secret (Julie Garwood). Garwood’s books drew me into the world of Scots and kilts. ‘Nuff said. Added bonus: I married a man with Scots blood and he wore a kilt at our wedding.

What is the most interesting topic you’ve researched?

For my current work-in-progress, a contemporary women’s fiction set against a natural disaster, I had to research volcanic eruptions. Even though my background is in science, I didn’t study that much geology. My son loves volcanoes, so I already had plenty of books on hand but researching (and traveling to the Yellowstone super volcano region) was quite the adventure! A close second: for my historical romances I had the pleasure of traveling to Scotland a few years back. Also amazing.

[K.J. here – Scotland is one of the most amazing places on the planet!]

What is your favorite book, song, and/or movie guilty pleasure?

I’ll confess that even though I am happily married, I have lots of music boyfriends. I love Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, and Shawn Mendes. Current favorite song though is “The Fighter” by Gym Class Heroes.

You’re trying to find a brand-new author to read. No recommendations allowed. What’s your decision process?

Are their books available on audiobook (from the library), b) Do they contain some sort of romantic element, c) Do the stories sound interesting (currently I’m reading romance, women’s fiction, mainstream fiction, historical), d) Have I heard of this author, and e) Does the cover art impress me?

What is your non-writing superpower?

Juggling IEPs & fighting the red tape of health insurance (without totally losing my mind), while also brewing a wicked good cup of Joe.

What are your favorite and least favorite words? (in any language…)

Resplendent…and asinine. J Both favorites.

What is your favorite movie quote and why?

“As you wish…” from The Princess Bride. Why? Well, because I am a sucker for true love. Followed by, “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”(Pretty much all quotes from that movie are golden)

[K.J. here – I feel the same way about Mel Brook’s History of the World Part I]

Aside from writing, what different types of jobs have you done?

Grocery store clerk (seafood counter, cashier, and trainer), waitress, research scientist, church education director

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

That depended on my age. In elementary school I loved art, like my mother, and I would follow my art teacher around and help her whenever I could. Then I longed to be a travel photographer and writer. My interests in the tween years expanded to the world of science (sharks at first…oh yes, I wanted to be an Ichthyologist and swim with those magnificent predators), and writing. Ultimately I went to college and grad school and got a handful of –ology degrees, while still writing poems and dabbling in novels. The writing has now come full-circle and is my full-time profession alongside parenting.

White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?

White! And the rare peanut butter chocolate if you can find it.

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

Despite the trauma associated with it, the sinking of the Titanic.

What is the first movie you remember seeing?

E.T. in the theater; at home: the original Star Wars trilogies.

What is one motto or philosophy you consistently live by?

God doesn’t give you more than you can handle…I just wish he didn’t trust me so much. (Mother Teresa)

Also

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. (Ben Franklin)

Bonus Round

What modern technology would you choose to not use and why?

Two – smart phone and GPS. I was reluctant to get a smart phone nearly 2 years ago. I was actually firmly against it. I did just fine without it. I mourned the loss of my little flip phone that made calls, sent texts, and took photos, that’s it. Refused to touch that new shiny smart phone for a few days. (no joke!) I like simplicity. Sure, a smart phone is fancy and the world is at your fingertips, but I am an old-school gal. I also don’t like GPS and prefer using maps. I love maps and will print them or write directions if I can! So GPS would be the other modern tech I could easily do without!

You have to move somewhere you’ve never been. Where would you choose to go and why?

Australia. Never been there but would love to visit the land down under. And its rugged beauty intrigues me. It’s also not too far from New Zealand, my favorite place on earth.

Jean’s Online Playground

Website: http://www.jeanmgrant.com

Twitter: @JeanGrant05

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeanmgrantauthor/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Jean-M.-Grant/e/B0728KFXP9/

Author Bio

Jean M. Grant is an author, former scientist, and mom. Her niche in fiction is romance and women’s fiction. She also enjoys writing non-fiction articles for family-oriented and travel magazines and is seeking publication of an autism-angle children’s picture book series. Jean spends her free time tending to her flower gardens, tackling the biggest mountains in New England, and advocating for autism awareness when not daydreaming about the next protagonist to write about…

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September 7

#ThirteenForThursday with DeeDee Lane

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Author DeeDee Lane joins us for the inaugural Thirteen for Thursday

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Who was your first book boyfriend/girlfriend?

The Witch of Blackbird Pond – I was in love with every single character in the book and read it dozens of times.

What is the most interesting topic you’ve researched?

The Oregon Trail and all the things that killed the people traveling along the journey

What is your favorite book, song, and/or movie guilty pleasure?

This changes constantly but right now it’s any book by Liane Moriarty

You’re trying to find a brand-new author to read. No recommendations allowed. What’s your decision process?

Getting ready to do this!  I’m going to the RWA website to see who got a Rita award – find out if there’s anyone new to me and give them a try.

What is your non-writing superpower?

Heal the Sick – da da da dahhhhhhhhh!

What are your favorite and least favorite words? (in any language…)

In German there’s a word for that song or rhyme that sticks in your head and you can’t get it out. It translates to something like “worm in your brain” – if I knew the German word that would be least favorite and most favorite.

[K.J. here – I believe the German word you’re looking for is Ohrwurm. 🙂 The German language has the best (and wurst…hahahaha – sorry about that) words!]

If you had to be a human planter, and you had to hold a plant while naked, what kind of plant would you hold and why?

I would hold star gazer lilies – they don’t bloom very often but when they do I would be transported.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A kindergarten teacher

White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?

Milk Chocolate

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

One day I would like to witness a NASA rocket or space shuttle launch that will explore worlds unknown to us at this time.

(K.J. here – I’m hoping the shuttle program gets going again – I’ve always wanted to see a night launch!)

If you could speak a second language, what would it be and why?

Spanish – and I’m working on it. I think it’s important to know a second language to keep a global perspective.

Favorite Olympic (Summer or Winter) sport and why?

Winter – I am hooked on the figure skating competitions

If you ruled your own country, what would you call it, and what would it be known for?

Relaxatheria known for the best beaches in the world.

Bonus Round

What is the most unusual conversation you’ve ever had?

When my husband first told me he loved me…never will forget it.

Spiders, friends or foes?

Both when they stay in my garden and I am not in the jungle

DeeDee’s Online Playground

Website: www.deedeelane.com

Amazon Author Page

Author Bio

DeeDee Lane is a Seattle author and a member of Romance Writers of America. Her mystery scenarios and characters turn up on boat cruises and many corporate and private events around Puget Sound. She and her husband love to go on road trips, especially if there’s time to check out a tinfoil rooster or the largest truck stop in the world. Originally from central Wisconsin, DeeDee was raised on a farm and surrounded with book shelves filled with Louis L’Amour tales and other stories of the West. DeeDee is author of the Slip in Time series including My Mountain Man, My Gambling Man, My Law Man, and My Traveling Man. Also check out an interactive blog DeeDee just started with a group of eight other Wild Rose Press authors: http://novelconcepts1.blogspot.com/.

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