Meet The Author, M.A. Lorie

Hailing from the eclectic state of Pennsylvania, enjoy getting to know, M.A. Lorie:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.  

Original, gripping, and fresh.

Your book, Reawakening: The Blood Bound Series Book One, was released on March 31, 2017. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

Stephen watched her walk away, the wall closest to her exploding, sending debris flying around her. He tugged at the handcuffs hoping to break the metal, or the pole, but it was no use, he was helpless to stop her. In a blast of smoke, bright purple light illuminated the area around her. The floor cracked, the ceiling crumbled, and debris fell around him as he shielded his face. The dust began to settle, and his gaze followed the path she was on, but Brooke was nowhere in sight. He went to call out for her, but couldn’t find his voice.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?   

I’d write forever, but never have a bestseller. For me it’s not about being a best-selling author, it’s about bringing my world and the people in it to life. Creating something from nothing is all I need.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?   

I grew up in a small town and have also had the ability to travel whenever I could afford to, so the appeal of small towns is natural to me and I like having the ability to travel to bigger cities whenever I can without the commitment.

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?   

I think after a while both would become boring or monotonous. You can only do so much in both places before you’ve exhausted all your options. However, both seem to have their setbacks, crowded, loud, and expensive, but if I had to choose one, I’d probably choose an airport. The people watching alone would be great fodder for writing.

And how about Australia or Scotland?   

Australia. I’ve always wanted to go. Scotland has its appeal as well, so this was a really tough decision.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?  

In the 90’s I was only a little girl so I wasn’t listening to bands, mostly boy bands. My favorite of the time were BBMak and LFO.

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?   

I hope in 50 years they’re still talking about bands like Seether, Chevelle, Our Last Night, and Silverstein. Those are the bands I’m into right now. They’re underrated and deserve way more recognition than what they receive.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?   Unfortunately, I’m not a huge comedy watcher. I prefer to stay in the Sci/Fi, Fantasy, or Cartoon range when I watch television. It helps get the juices flowing for when I’m working on a story for my next book.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?   

I’m currently working on getting a short story edited for a contest and also my next book which I want to release early next year.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?   

I don’t have a favorite author but I’ve read a lot of Christopher Moore and Michael Crichton books. Both are brilliant authors, who write completely different things, which is why I love them. I guess what I would ask them both (if Michael Crichton were still alive) would be how do you handle it all? How do you come up with the motivation or the energy to sit and write consistently?

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Mountains

Yogurt or ice cream?  Ice Cream

M&M’s or Skittles?  M&M’s

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Jimmy Fallon

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Either

Beer or wine?  Wine

Flying or driving?  Driving

Hemingway or Twain?  Twain

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you, as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?   

Toilet paper and knitting supplies would be my two objects. Then I would take probably my sister and my best friend.

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house or meet at their place of royalty?  

Cleopatra. We’d talk about what it’s like being a woman with power in her generation and how she handles the pressure of such royalty. Plus, I’d inquire about her fashion sense. We’d definitely meet at her place; mine would be so minuscule compared to hers.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be?

I’d wish to go back in time to my early teens with all the knowledge I have now, so I could live my life over again and make different decisions to see where I would end up. I’d have to be able to keep my ideas too, because I wouldn’t be able to part with my characters lol.

Bio

M.A. Lorie resides in a small town in Western Pennsylvania with her two cats Lenore and Tater. She enjoys watching the latest movies, Sci-Fi/Fantasy television, knitting in her free time, and reading. She attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia for Interior Design before leaving and focusing on her writing, spending most of her free time working on the next installment in her Blood Bound Series.

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Meet The Author, Rhonda Jarvis

Straight out of the great state of Texas, please welcome, Rhonda Jarvis:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.    

Women, generational, love.

Your book, Antique Dreams, was released on January 30, 2017. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

I ran, well let’s face it, I can’t call it run; I jogged past green grass, palms trees, kids playing in their swim suits and other common things that normally helped me have a better perspective about my day.  Dr. Cohen had been out of the office for the day.  Though the office was only open until 1:00, the day had been full of little disturbances.  A five year old boy refused to let his teeth be cleaned while his mother sat back while playing on her phone instead of discouraging his biting, scratching, fighting and screaming.  A teenage girl threw up while I was cleaning her teeth, an elderly woman sneezed in my face, and the printer stopped working in the front office.  None of these things were earth shattering; but the combination of the happenings along with my mood left me feeling quite full of angst.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?  

Write forever, would love the money of best-selling but writing things down calms me.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?  

Small town and travel.  Optimum!

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?  

Airport, I love to people watch.

And how about Australia or Scotland?  

Scotland

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?  

Hootie & the Blowfish, or Bryan Adams, though he was also in the 80s.  

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?  

Not to my knowledge, though some modern music is fun.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?  

Big Bang Theory

Is there anything you’re currently working on?  

Not specifically, only ideas.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?  

CS Lewis.  How?  How did he explain beautiful things so well?

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Ocean

Yogurt or ice cream?  Ice cream

M&M’s or Skittles?  M&M’s

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert?  Jimmy

Happy or sad ending to a novel?  Happy

Beer or wine?  Beer

Flying or driving?  Driving

Hemingway or Twain?  Tough, Hemingway

You’re stranded on a desert island, and you can take two things with you, as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?  

A water container, and a knife with my husband and my dad.

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house or meet at their place of royalty?  

Eisenhower, I would like to meet him at his house.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be?  

People stop being so self-centered.

Bio

I am and have been an elementary teacher/stay at home mom/real estate agent/emerging writer. I taught third grade before our oldest was born. I was a domestic engineer as we moved from Oklahoma, to Maryland, to Puerto Rico. Upon moving to League City, Texas, we felt we were finally in a place where we would stay for a while. I began substituting and eventually taught first grade. We were wrong about staying for a while. After teaching one year in League City we moved to Abilene, Texas. I substituted and worked as a part time teacher but due to many things in my life, including the health of my parents in Oklahoma, I wanted something with a more flexible schedule so I became licensed to sell.  Real Estate was not as flexible as I had hoped and not my cup of tea. I stepped out of the sales position after five years and when I was half way through with this book. I’m proud to say I have completed a book, I look forward to more writing and challenging myself.

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I didn’t know exactly what to expect heading into this novel, but I was pleasantly surprised. Donoghue tells the story through the eyes of 5-year-old, Jack, and that is what truly makes this novel good. It’s the perfect mixture of heartache and redemption, with just enough twists to keep it unpredictable. I found myself constantly wanting to know what would happen next, even until the end. It’s not quite a 5-star novel, but a solid 4-stars, for sure. 7937843

Meet The Author, Abu Bilaal Yakub

All the way from Ontario, Canada, enjoy getting to know, Abu Bilaal Yakub:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.

Appealing, Beguilling and Captivating.

Your book, Amulets of Sihr, is set to release in early 2018. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

“Stare at the stars and allow your thoughts to disperse among them. Across any realm, beyond any horizon, in a complex paradox, limitless iterations of an infinite population strive to achieve the illusion that has been created for them and very few of them ever realize that they are nothing but pawns in a much larger game of chance.”

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Write forever. I may not be a bestseller but that does not mean my writing can never be and that is something I will always strive to achieve.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Small town. The world is bigger than a campus dorm. Everyone knows that!

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?

That’s a tough one because I hate them both!

And how about Australia or Scotland?

Australia. I don’t fancy running into the Loch Ness.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

Linkin Park

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

I doubt that. I doubt that very much.

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?

Oooooo…. The Office! Michael Scott! Are you kidding me??

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Amulets of Sihr is the first part of a series and I’m currently working on its sequel.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

Dan Brown. How did he concieve the idea of Da Vinci’s Code, Angels and Demons and Inferno…. Just HOW?

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Ocean

Yogurt or ice cream?  Ice Cream

M&M’s or Skittles?  M&M’s

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Jimmy Fallon

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Sad

Beer or wine?  Neither

Flying or driving?  Driving

Hemingway or Twain?  Twain

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you, as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

Ah, great. This question! Okay. A knife, another knife, and my brothers. Together, we can survive anything.

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house or meet at their place of royalty?

Donald Trump. I would ask him how it felt to be the devil’s advocate, whether he was paid by the hour and if he had health benefits because he certainly does not seem to be representing humanity. Then I’d invite him for dinner! I’m not kidding.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be?

Wish I had a magic lamp… that’d give me three wishes right?

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Meet The Author, Jay Crowley

All the way from the silver state, please welcome, Jay Crowley.

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing. 

Crisp, interesting and suspenseful.

Your book, Opal,was released in December 2016. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

“Hi, Whiskers. How you doing since I saw you last?” As Opal got out of the cab and reached into the truck bed for his supplies and a package of clean clothes. Pickles also jumped out and was at her side.

“Same, nothing changed, mine is still killing me,” he grumbled. Whiskers walked up to the dog and scratched his ears. “How you doing? Pickles.” as the dog wagged his tail and gave the man a lick.

“Brought you some grub, two five-gallon containers of gasoline, and clean overalls. You want it in the same place. Opal asked.

“Yep. Did you bring me a couple bottles of whiskey?” Inquired Whiskers.

“Sure did,” as she walked into the shack. The smelling of rotting garbage, sweat, and urine from Whiskers pee pot was overwhelming. Whiskers was a slob. She looked around the cabin and hollered out to him, “What the heck happened in here?” as she noticed quite a few holes in the cabin roof.

“Darn flies were driving me crazy, so I shot them with the shotgun.” Replied the old man. “Didn’t get them all, though,” he laughs.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Writing forever, don’t get me wrong I would love a best seller, but I enjoy writing.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

I live now in a small town.

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?

That is a hard one, I am a people watcher, I guess the amusement park to see the faces when they get off rides.

And how about Australia or Scotland? 

I have family in Australia.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

Whitney Houston

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

AC/DC

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is still The Office)?

The Big Bang Theory

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

Two novels; one about Indian schools and the other is a murder in Elko.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

Hemingway.  Please teach me.

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Mountains

Yogurt or ice cream?  Chocolate Ice Cream

M&M’s or Skittles?  Neither, but I guess M&M’s

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert?  Neither

Happy or sad ending to a novel?  Depends on the story

Beer or wine?  Wine

Flying or driving?  Driving. I am a hot rodder.

Hemingway or Twain?  Hemingway

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you, as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

Food and friends

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house or meet at their place of royalty? 

My hero is Joh Wayne. I would have a beer with him at a bar.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace, and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be? 

Cure for Cancer.

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Jay Crowley lives in Jacks Valley near the base of beautiful Lake Tahoe, Nevada. All of the stories originate in Nevada, which offers a interesting background, and provides lots of story opportunities. She has three dogs, three cats, and quite often uses a dog in her stories.

Meet The Author, Mercedes Siler

There’s nothing like a little romance to get the heart beating. Please welcome, Mercedes Siler:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing.

Edgy, honest, thoughtfully rebellious.

Your short story, “The Girl in the Front of the Room” is set to release on 9/28/2017. Share a passage that you’d like for us to enjoy.

The guy stands in front of me, watching me as I sign onto the register. “I went to school with you,” he says, cool and sure. “You’re River Stevens.”

“Yeah?” I look him in the eye before scanning his items. Most everyone is nice and forgiving of the girl I was. Some people smirk at me, seeing me as just a slightly overweight grocery store supervisor, a big step down from queen bee. Maybe they expected me to marry well and stay on top. Maybe they love to see me serving them. But in the end, I don’t really care about them anyway. All I care about is paying bills and saving money to buy my own house where I don’t have to worry about my mama filling my little girl’s head with nonsense about what it means to be a girl.

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author, but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

Write forever. Otherwise I’d probably go completely bananas.

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or live in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

Small town and travel. 

Okay, how about in an amusement park or in an airport?

Amusement park.

And how about Australia or Scotland?

Australia seems amazing. But maybe not in Summer.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

Sublime. With Cake as a very close second.

Are there any good bands out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

I really like Kings of Leon. But I think the bands with the best staying power are the ones with songs you can blast in the car and get everyone to sing along to.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I am just publishing the first in a short story serial. And getting my first novel polished to publish at the beginning of the year.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

It’s super hard to pick a favorite author, because I read for the stories, not the author. But Jane Yolen has never failed me and her books are so diverse that if I had to only read her work I would probably not get bored.

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Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Ocean.

Yogurt or ice cream?  Frozen Yogurt, otherwise ice cream.

M&M’s or Skittles?  Skittles. Unless I can choose peanut M&M’s.

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert? Jimmy Fallon.

Happy or sad ending to a novel? Happily ever afters. Always. That’s why I like romance.

Beer or wine?  Wine if it’s sweet, otherwise beer.

Flying or driving?  Driving.

Hemingway or Twain?  Twain.

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you, as well as two people. What and who are you bringing? 

Can I take two of my kids and bring my husband and the other kid? If not, I would probably bring a tennis ball, a lighter, my sister, and bff.

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him/her over to your house or meet at their place of royalty?

Does Mr. Rogers count? I would love to sit and talk with him about little things. And definitely on the Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood set.

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be?

Money. Lots and lots of money.

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Meet The Author of Supernatural World, Different Kind Of Hell Series, Charlotte Summers

There’s nothing like a little supernatural to get your imagination going. All the way from the UK, please welcome, Charlotte Summers:

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Thank you for joining me today. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your writing. 

Adventurous, thrilling, daring!

You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author but can never write again, or write forever, but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?

I would pass on having a best seller as I’m not writing purely for my fans. I’m doing it for me as well! I would have to say I’d write forever and not have a best seller!

If you could live on a college campus and never leave, or in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?

I would choose to live in a small town so I could travel around anywhere I wanted!

Okay, how about in an amusement park or an airport?

I would have to say amusement park is better, I could ride around all day long.

And how about Australia or Scotland?

Scotland for sure, no creepy things that bite me.

Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?

I don’t really have any, I’ll listen to anything!

Is there any good band out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?

Twenty one pilots, Hollywood Undead, and also the top 40s (uk).

And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is The Office)?

I don’t really watch any on tv. I’m normally writing and listening to music.

Is there anything you’re currently working on?

I’m working on a few things, my second book in the different kind of hell series, a book about monsters, and also a book about Christmas.

Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?

Cheree Alsop is my favourite author and luckily I can ask her anything, but if I could ask her just me question, I would ask her how does she make her books have so much feeling that I feel like I’m part of her story!

 

Lightning round:

Ocean or mountains?  Mountains

Yogurt or ice cream?   Ice Cream

M&M’s or Skittles?   Skittles

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert?  Neither!

Happy or sad ending to a novel?  Both, because if every novel had the same ending, I would read it and already know how it would end.

Beer or wine?  Beer

Flying or driving?  Flying. I’m doing my driving lessons and it’s scary as hell!

Hemingway or Twain?  None. 

You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?

I would take a book about surviving, a book from Cheree Alsop, and my best friends! (Only have two)

You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him over to your house, or meet at their place of royalty?

I wouldn’t, the past is the past. I would rather meet the future leaders and ask them what they are going to do to make the world a better place!

You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be? 🙂

That all the animals in the world would get a great home.

Charlotte’s debut novel, “Supernatural World,” is available for purchase. Click on the cover below:

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