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Fangtastic Fun with Halloween Fantasies by Katie Salidas

Join Katie Salidas, author of the erotic paranormal novella Halloween Pleasures as she virtually tours the blogosphere in October, 2010 on her third virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book.

About the Author

Author of the hot new Urban Fantasy series, Immortalis, Katie has always had a desire to entertain. Since, early childhood, she’s dreamed up fantastical characters and scribbled them into pages of various journals and notebooks. Taking an interest in vampires at an early age, she devoured every book, featuring those mysterious, blood sucking creatures, in any genre she could find. She claims that, of all the monsters out there, vampires had always been the most interesting.
It was only natural that a love of reading about vampires, and a love of writing, turned into a desire to write her own stories.
A Las Vegas native, having grown up in the famed City of Sin, Katie loves to feature it as a recurring setting for many of her stories.
Blog
http://myimmortalstories.blogspot.com/

Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/ksalidas?ref=profile

Facebook Author Fansite
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Katie-Salidas-Author/214780936916

Myspace
http://www.myspace.com/katelv

Rising Sign Books
www.risingsignbooks.com

About Halloween Fantasies

Touted as the sexiest party of the year, the annual Halloween Fantasy Ball is the one place a girl can let loose and succumb to her wildest fantasies.
Disguised as a sexy vampire huntress, Sasha captures the attention of Dante, a real life creature of the night. For Sasha, meeting bona-fide vampire is enough to fulfill one of her life long fantasies. She’s ready to go home a happy woman.
But Dante has other plans. It is after all, a night of fantasies, and he has a few of his own to share.

Halloween Fantasies Tour Schedule

Please stop by for some Fangtastic Fun
October 4
Contest at Hollywood Gossip
www.hilaryshepherd.com/rantsnraves/
October 5
Book Review at Hollywood Gossip
www.hilaryshepherd.com/rantsnraves/
October 6
Interviewed at Beyond the Books
http://beyondthebooks.wordpress.com
October 7
Interview at Paperback Writer
http://rebecca2007.wordpress.com
October 8
Guest Post at Fangtastic Books
http://www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com/
October 11
Book Reviewed at Fangtastic Books
http://www.fang-tasticbooks.blospot.com

October 12
Book Reviewed at You Have How Many Kids
http://the-winfields-7.blogspot.com/
October 15
Interviewed at Book Marketing Buzz
www.bookmarketingbuzz.com
October 18
Interviewed at Long Beach Examiner
www.examiner.com/x-32474-Long-Beach-Books-Examiner
Interviewed at Sinfully Tasty Reads
http://sinfullytastyreads.blogspot.com

October 19
Book Reviewed at Sinfully Tasty Reads
http://sinfullytastyreads.blogspot.com

October 20
Interviewed at Vampire Professor
http://www.examiner.com/x-12968-Lexington-Vampire-Examiner

October 21
Book Reviewed at Vampire Professor
http://www.examiner.com/x-12968-Lexington-Vampire-Examiner

October 22
Guest Post at Believing is Seeing
http://sandrasookoo.wordpress.com

October 25
Guest Post at Bitten By Paranormal Romance
http://www.bittenbyparanormalromance.com/

October 26
Book Reviewed at Book Bum

http://www.bookbum.org

Book Reviewed at Bitten By Paranormal Romance
http://www.bittenbyparanormalromance.com/

October 27
Book Reviewed at Chrissy’s World of Books
http://chrissysworldofbooks.blogspot.com/

October 28
Spotlight at Blog-A-Press
www.blogapress.com

October 29
Book Reviewed at WV Stitcher
http://kittycrochettwo.blogspot.com/

Thursday Thirteen – Thirteen Things Readers Should Know about The Golden Pathway

About The Golden Pathway

High-pitched screams echo each night. David’s cruel Pa always chooses the same victim. Despite the circumstances during slavery, David uncovers courage to defy his Pa.
Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold and befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa. Fighting against extraordinary times and beliefs, David leads Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences dealt out by his Pa.

Thirteen Things Readers Should Know About The Golden Pathway

1. The title The Golden Pathway was derived from the code word for the Underground Railroad, the golden path to freedom.

2. White folks that did not believe in slavery were called Quakers.

3. People who helped slaves along the Underground Railroad were called “conductors.”

4. Slaves were considered passengers or cargo and where called, “freight” or “packages.”

5. Children can make a difference.

6. Not all southerners believed in slavery.

7. Even if raised under abusive beliefs freedom can be found.

8. Through extraordinary and unusual circumstances unlikely friendships can develop.

9. Bravery can gain trust with a fellow human being.

10. Kindness has the ability to bridge the gap of racism.

11. Conviction of one’s beliefs can overcome unspeakable actions of others.

12. Without the assistance of people against slavery many may never have seen and felt freedom.

13. Both the writer and illustrator conducted intensive research to achieve the perfect blend of words and images to bring this particular story of the Underground Railroad to life.

Writing the 13 essential points was an interesting twist to my virtual book tour. Thank you for hosting me today.

About Donna McDine

Donna McDine is an award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Donna’s stories and features have been published in many print and online publications, and her first book, The Golden Pathway, will be published through Guardian Angel Publishing. Ms. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Musing Our Children, and The National Writing for Children Center. Learn more about Donna at http://www.donnamcdine.com if you sign the guestbook, you’ll receive a FREE e-Book Write What Inspires You: Author Interviews, and

 http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com

 and http://www.thegoldenpathway.blogspot.com

Read the Excerpt

He clamped his hands over his ears, but it didn’t block the high-pitched screams from the barn. He knew they would stop. They always did. Yet, the silence scared David even more, knowing Pa would seek a new victim.
Thud. Thud. Pa’s heavy footsteps echoed on the porch.
Clank. The buckle from Pa’s belt hit the floor.
Buzz saw. Pa’s loud snores shook the windowpane.
David grabbed his boots and with shaky hands slid them on. His small size made it easy to hoist himself out the bedroom window and shimmy down the trellis. David did his best not to leave any footprints in Ma’s tomato garden. He made sure each night to leave the straw broom on the front porch leaning against the railing by the garden. David reached over the railing for the broom. He carefully brushed the dirt to hide his footprints, all the while backing out of the garden. Satisfied that he’d covered his tracks, David shook the dirt off the broom and placed it back on the porch.
If Pa found out what he was doing, he’d skin his hide for sure. David loved Pa, but he had to make this stop.

Ni’il the Awakening – author interview – Jame Boyle

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James Boyle has been writing fiction and poetry for most of his life. He was born in North Carolina, but lived in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Washington, before his family settled down in Oregon when he was fifteen. He graduated high school there and received a degree in literature and writing from the University of Oregon. In 2003 he returned to Gold Beach, where he now makes his home. For the past five years, he has been a volunteer organizer for the South Coast Writer’s Conference. His debut novel,Ni’il: The Awakening, was an award-winning finalist in both the 2010 Indie Excellence Book Awards and the 2010 International Book Awards, both for horror fiction.
You can find James at www.jamesboylewrites.com

Excerpt:

His mouth was very dry and he stepped into the short line at the student run concession stand. Th e line moved quickly, and within a minute or two, he stood at the counter.
“Hi,” A young girl smiled at him through a mouthful of braces. “What can I get for you?”
He ordered a soda and waited while the girl dispensed it from the fountain.
“You’re the Chief of Police, aren’t you?”
Dan nodded. “Guilty.”
The girl giggled and waited for the foam to subside on his drink. Dan watched her, smiling. Th e girl was probably sixteen, or seventeen. She could have been quite beautiful, and probably would once she got used to her own sexuality. Her hair was thick and curly, her body curved in all the right places and with the firmness of youth. Right now though, she wore too much make-up and her miniskirt and sweater were a touch too tight. With age would come subtlety. Maybe.
“Should I know you?”
“You gave a speech to my class last year,” the girl said and set the paper cup of soda on the counter. “On drugs.”
Dan gave her his money. “Was it any good?”
She shrugged and gave him his change. “It was okay. I already knew most of the stuff you talked about.”
“Oh well,” he said. “At least I didn’t put you to sleep.”
She giggled again.
He thanked her and stepped outside to take a quick look around the school. The night was calm and starless, absolutely quiet but for the muffled cheers from the gymnasium and the distant rumble of surf. He could smell sea salt and popcorn.
The sidewalk led around the side of the gymnasium and he followed it, walking casually, neither slow nor hurried. He sipped his cola and scanned the parked cars and dark buildings for anything unusual. He’d found through experience that the unusual was usually easiest to spot and unusual for a reason.
He rounded the back of the building. The sidewalk ended and he found himself walking across asphalt that was both the access road and parking lot for the teaching staff when school was in session. School, however, was not in session and the parking areas were empty.
The calm darkness was peaceful, if a little spooky. Even in adulthood, he had not outgrown the feeling that the school was supposed to be full of young voices. He had spent many hours among these buildings. Seeing it dark and empty felt like a Twilight Zone episode where everyone else on the planet had been killed.
As he passed between the main building and the dark mass of the shop building on his left, a furtive movement caught his eye. It was unusual. There was no legitimate reason for anyone to be back here.
His senses went on high alert, but he did not change his pace or attitude.
He continued past the spot where he’d seen the motion and used his peripheral vision to examine it more closely. Again, he saw motion, a shadowy silhouette ducking behind the back of the building. Someone was trying to hide from him.
He kept his pace even and nonchalant until the neighboring music building hid him from the suspect’s sight. Then, as quickly and quietly as possible, he slipped next to the wall of the music building and doubled back until he was almost at its edge. A security fence ran along the back side of the buildings. If the suspects wanted to escape, and they thought he had kept going, they would emerge from between the buildings. They had nowhere else to go.
He could probably reach out and grab them.
For a few moments, he heard and saw nothing. He waited. Then, came soft footsteps from around the corner. Approaching.
He readied himself. It was probably just some kids sneaking a beer, or a joint, but it could just as easily be a burglar or vandal.
The footsteps reached the edge of the music building and stopped just around the corner. They must want to double check that Dan had really kept going.
He stayed where he was, pressed flat against the wall. When in doubt, let the other guy make the first move.
Laughter. Deep bass laughter sounded from around the corner. They, he, was laughing! Something about it made his flesh crawl and the hairs stand up on the back of his neck.
“Ni’ilshanla,” A voice pronounced.
He knew he was there.
Dan fumbled for the small pistol he wore on his belt. With the pistol gripped in tight in both hands, he leaped away from the wall and around the corner. “Police! Hands where I can . . .”
No one was there.
He quickly scanned the area between the buildings, then carefully moved up to check behind both the Shop and the Music building. No one was there either. He was alone.
He lowered his pistol and leaned back against the wall of the music building. His hands were shaking and his heart pounding. Had he imagined the whole thing? Somehow, he found that hard to believe. He was not prone to hallucinations, at least he hadn’t been in the past. But how else could he explain what he’d seen and heard with what he’d found when he’d rounded the corner?

He had no idea.

Hi James,

Welcome to Paperback Writer.
Thanks for having me.
Q: Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?

A: I will do my best. I don’t remember having a specific idea so much as a character and a situation. I had created the character of Police Chief Dan Connor in an earlier sketch and thought he would be a good fit for the horror story I wanted to write. From there, I let the story take me where it would.

Q: Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very
long time?

A: It was a series of light bulb moments, one after the other over a period of months. I didn’t so much build the story as find it. Or that’s how it felt.

Q: How did you come up with the title?
A: The current title is not the original one. At first, I simply called it Ni’il, taken from a foreign phrase used in the book. However, several people (including my editor) observed that no one knew what that meant, and were therefore, less likely to give it a chance. After much thought, brainstorming, etc. I decided to add “the awakening.” It seems to have worked out.

Q: How did you find an agent and publisher?

A: I decided to publish this on my own. I had submitted it to several publishers and one asked to see the full manuscript. After holding it for a year, they politely turned me down. At that rate, I decided, I could be dead before a commercial publisher actually got it into print.

Q: How long did it take you to complete the first draft?

A: About a year.

Q: What’s your favorite time of day to write?

A: Late at night/ early in the morning. There are fewer distractions. The phone never rings; no one comes to the door; everyone else in the house is asleep. I turn off all the lights but that at my desk and write in a cocoon of darkness.

Q: Do you have a writing routine? Daily goals (# of pages, word count) or a
specific ritual you do to jumpstart the writing muse?

A: Nothing that specific. As you can tell, I am something of an intuitive writer. I’ll often begin the session wanting to finish a particular scene, or group of scenes, but it isn’t a hard and fast rule. The only real strict rule I have is a piece of advice Hemingway gave to a young writer as a way of defeating writer’s block. That is to always stop writing for the day when you know what you’re going to say next. That way you’ll have something to start with next time. That rule has served me well.

Q: With all that you have encountered on the road to publication what advice
would you give to new authors?

A: Believe in yourself. Believe in your talent and craft. There will be times when writing can be a very discouraging avocation. Listen to your critics, glean from their words whatever can make you a better writer and ignore the rest. If this was easy everyone would be doing it, right?

Thank you, James, for stopping by Paperback Writer. I wish you continued success with your tour.

Alice I Have Been – author interview – Melanie Benjamin

www.melaniebenjamin.com

Melanie Benjamin, author of Alice I Have Been joins us today as our first author of the new year. Alice I Have Been is a love story and a literary mystery, that brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire.

About the Book:

Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole–and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.
But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful?

Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she’s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only “Alice.” Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year–the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories.

That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice–he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice’s childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war.
For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey.

Hi Melanie,

Welcome to Paperback Writer

PBW: Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?

MB: While visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, I happened upon a traveling exhibit called “Dreaming in Pictures: The Photography of Lewis Carroll.” I had little knowledge of Lewis Carroll – or Charles Dodgson, his real name – prior to that moment. I certainly had no idea he was a pioneer of early photography! In the exhibit was one image in particular that stood out; it was the very worldly, very wise face of 7-year-old Alice Liddell as a beggar girl. The caption said that she was the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland. I hadn’t known there ever was a real little girl named Alice; I wondered what happened to her after she grew up. I wondered what happened between the two of them, Dodgson and Alice, to result in such a startling photograph. I thought that it might make a good story; it took me a while to get around to researching it but when I did, I knew right away that I had to write it.

PBW: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?

MB: I generally have a good idea of the beginning and the end; the middle is a bit more unplanned. With ALICE I HAVE BEEN, however, I knew from the beginning that it would be in three distinct parts, touching on three distinct periods in Alice Liddell’s life – little girl, young woman, wife and mother – so that helped.

PBW: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?

MB: Yes, I do know. I will have composed the last page of the book long before I write it, and I make myself wait until I get there before I do write it down. It’s very satisfying.

PBW: Do you have a process for developing your characters?

MB: I gestate them. I get an idea in my head, and then I spend a fair amount of time – a month, maybe two – not doing any conscious work on the novel, but there’s something going on that I can’t really define. Some mysterious alchemy in my subconscious, I think. But at some point the characters just tell me they’re ready to go, and I get down to the business of writing.

PBW: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?

MB: I don’t know about that. I think that with historical fiction, there has to be less of this going on. I research my characters – with Alice, my research was mainly the photograph of her and of course, the voice of Alice in ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. So I’m not sure there’s room for much of me, in the end.

PBW: What is your most favorite part about this book?

MB: I think the third section, when Alice is married with three soldier sons, dealing with war and a marriage that, at first, appears not to be satisfying – that was the most poignant part of the book for me. It was the most difficult to get right, but ended up being my favorite. That’s often the way it goes.

PBW: When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?

MB: Only once it was done!

PBW: What struggles have you had on the road to being published?

MB: The usual struggles – for every stop forward, there have been several steps back. Lots of rejection, a couple of books previously published that led me down a path that, in the end, wasn’t right for me, so that basically, I had to start over. But I’m very glad I did; I’m glad for all the experiences, good and bad, for they have all made me the writer I am today.

PBW: What has been the best part about being published?

MB: I really think it’s the privilege of meeting and working with people who love books and writing as much as I do; people with such amazing experiences, such knowledge and talent.

PBW: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?

MB: That Alice Liddell’s real life story was every bit as amazing and fantastical as her fictional one; That behind some of the great stories of our time are even greater stories of human pain and human triumph; That there was a real Alice in Wonderland, after all.

PBW: Do you have plans to write another book?

MB: Yes! I’m at work on another historical novel, this time set during the Civil War.

PBW: Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?

MB: So far, so good; painless and fun! It’s a privilege to answer such interesting questions and talk about my book.

PBW: Where can readers find a copy of your book?

MB: Readers can find a copy at the usual places – independent bookstores, Borders, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, online outlets such as Amazon.

PBW: Do you have a website for readers to go to?

MB: There are two, actually; a discussion forum at www.aliceihavebeen.com, and then my personal website with more information about me, the book, and the world of Alice at www.melaniebenjamin.com.

Thank you, Melanie for sharing your book and characters with us today.

It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.

Heart of Diamonds – Author Interview – Dave Donelson

heart-of-diamondsPaperback Writer would like to introduce our author for today, Dave Donelson, author of the romantic thriller, Heart of Diamonds as he virtually tours the blogosphere promoting his book with Pump Up Your Book. For those readers who leave a comment Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dave Donelson’s career as a broadcaster, entrepreneur, and writer has taken him from the jungles of Australia’s Cape York Peninsula to the minarets of Riyadh. He’s climbed the spire of the Empire State Building, floated the Usumacinta River to the Mayan ruins at Piedras Negras in Guatemala, and photographed the tree-climbing lions and mountain gorillas of Uganda.
Dave’s inquisitive, active lifestyle finds its way into freelance writing and photographic assignments for magazines like Disney’s FamilyFun, Woodworker’s Journal, and Las Vegas Magazine. Closer to home he writes features for Westchester Magazine as well as a regular column on golf. He is a member of the prestigious Metropolitan Golf Writers Association.
His first novel, Hunting Elf, began as an audio book at www.huntingelf.com and was published as a trade paperback in 2006. K9 Perspective called it “…a delicious romp through the suburbs of New York.”
Dave’s first book was Creative Selling (Entrepreneur Press, 2000), a non-fiction prescriptive described by Brian Tracy as “…a terrific book on selling.” As a business journalist, he writes for The Christian Science Monitor, Family Business Magazine, and dozens of trade publications serving industries from the automotive aftermarket to sporting goods retailing.
Dave has a BA in Rhetoric and Public Address from Missouri Western State University. He serves as a Trustee for the Westchester Library System, a consortium of 38 public libraries serving Westchester County, NY. He lives in West Harrison, NY, with his wife, Nora, and an ever-changing roster of dogs and cats.
Visit www.davedonelson.com for a selection of Dave’s work. You’ll also find him on MySpace, Facebook, Gather, and Amazon.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Heart of Diamonds implicates an American televangelist, the President of the Congo, and the American White House in a diamond smuggling scheme that leads to U.S. military involvement in the Congo’s civil war. TV journalist Valerie Grey uncovers the conspiracy and tries to expose it before America is drawn fully into the endless war. Powerful forces—a ruthless mercenary, the Congolese army, and cold-blooded agents sent by the White House—try to stop her in a magnificent chase along crocodile-infested rivers, overland through raging gun battles, and into the sky in armed helicopters. A big romantic love triangle propels the main characters and adds depth to the book.
The intricate story opens as, passed over for a promotion in New York, Valerie Grey takes an assignment in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the brutal civil war is escalating and rebel assaults are increasing. After surviving an artillery attack in the capital, Valerie meets an American doctor who operates a small clinic in a remote part of the country. She learns that an American televangelist has recently bought the local diamond mine, once nationalized by the Congolese government.

Intrigued by the notion of a church running a diamond mine, Valerie and her crew travel to the distant village to investigate, she is appalled by the conditions endured by the mine workers. There is evidence of torture. They are forced to live in a virtual prison, with no freedom to visit their families. The missionary who oversees the mine is strangely unsympathetic to the plight of the workers, and that of the many orphaned children who survive only because of the small clinic in the village.

Her suspicions deepen when she sees the women of the village making small dolls out of scraps of cloth and stuffing them with a special “American filling.” Armed guards watch over the women. Each doll must be logged twice as it is completed. The level of security surrounding such trinkets is beyond her understanding. That is, until she discovers what is in the “American filling,” and where the dolls are sent.

When the US president announces that thirty thousand American troops will go to the Congo to protect American interests, Valerie knows she must tell the world what “interests” the president means.

The novel comes to its tragic climax as Valerie and her crew, the American doctor and several children desperately flee rebel soldiers, the diamond mine’s mercenaries and US agents sent to kill Valerie. Heart of Diamonds is a fast-paced thriller and heartbreaking romantic adventure set in one of the world’s most unfortunate countries.

Hi Dave,

Welcome to Paperback Writer

Paperback Writer: PBW: Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?

Dave Donelson: DD: Heart of Diamonds is a romantic thriller that was inspired by a real story. It began when I read a Time Magazine article about the bizarre avaricious relationship between the famous televangelist Pat Robertson and Mobutu Sese-Seko, the dictator who raped the Congo for more than thirty years. When I read that Pat Robertson owned a diamond mine Africa—probably worked by near-slave labor—I just had to write a book.

PBW: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?

DD: I outline and plan my books in great detail, although they are revised extensively as I go along. I find I need a plan or I waste a lot of time day-dreaming.

PBW: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?

DD: I couldn’t have written Heart of Diamonds without knowing how it was going to end. There are too many interrelated elements: a high concept plot about a diamond smuggling scheme that stretches from the Congo to the White House via a televangelist in Atlanta; a big romantic love triangle that includes the heroine, TV reporter Valerie Grey, her mentor David Powell, and altruistic doctor Jaime Talon. Then there is the heartbreaking perpetual humanitarian crisis in the Congo. If I didn’t know where the story was going from the beginning, I would have gotten lost writing it.

PBW: Do you have a process for developing your characters?

DD: Fully-developed characters are very important to Heart of Diamonds. I wrote complete bios for all the major characters and most of the minor ones before I even started outlining. Most of that material never made it into the book, but it helped me understand the characters and served as a reality check when it came to deciding how they would act and interact.

PBW: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?

DD: There is very little of “me” in my characters—at least not intentionally. There are bits and pieces of lots of other people in Heart of Diamonds, though. I know many professionals in the news business from my previous career in television, for example. And I met some really interesting people when I went to Africa to research the book.

PBW: What is your most favorite part about this book?

DD: There is a scene just before the climax that I’m particularly proud of. It is where Valerie and Jaime discover a family that has just been massacred by rebels. It is not a pretty scene, but it is very realistic and reveals a lot about the characters and how they act in the world where they live.

PBW: When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?

DD: I didn’t begin looking for a publisher until Heart of Diamonds was completed. It is a debut novel, so it would have been impossible to sell it otherwise.

PBW: What struggles have you had on the road to being published?

DD: Getting published takes an immense amount of perseverance. I queried over 200 agents before I made a deal directly with the publisher, Kunati Books.

PBW: What has been the best part about being published?

DD: I have been able to use Heart of Diamonds to draw attention to the humanitarian crisis in the Congo. In the process, I have made many new friends who share my strong feelings about the endless war there where nearly six million people have died.

PBW: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?

DD: Heart of Diamonds is fiction, but it reflects the reality of how unbridled greed feeds horrible brutality. The only way such evil can be defeated is when individuals like Valerie Grey stand up to it. I also hope my readers will become aware of the real effects of war on common people—the thousands of death from starvation, disease, and sheer despair of life without hope.

PBW: Do you have plans to write another book?

DD: Valerie Grey is the perfect protagonist for a series of romantic thrillers. In her next adventure, which I’ve already started, she takes on Central American drug lords and their gangs in the United States.

PBW: Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?

DD: The virtual book tour has been a lot of fun and Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been great to work with. Dorothy is very responsive and tends, I think, to under-promise and over-deliver.

PBW: Where can readers find a copy of your book?

DD: Heart of Diamonds is available at brick and mortar stores in the U.S. and Canada and at Amazon and other online retailers around the world.

PBW: Do you have a website for readers to go to?

DD: You can learn more about me, Heart of Diamonds, and the people of the Congo at www.heartofdiamonds.com. I also blog at many places including http://heartofdiamonds.blogspot.com.

Thank you, Dave, for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.

HEART OF DIAMONDS VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 officially began on November 3 and end on November 26. You can visit Dave’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktoursforauthors.wordpress.com in November to find out more about his latest book!

What’s Wrong With Mormons – Author Interview – B. Jay Gladwell

 

Paperback Writer invites you to join B. Jay Gladwell, author of the non-fiction/religious book, What’s Wrong With Mormons? (Cold Tree Press, June ’08), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in August on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion.  Jay is her to shine some light on the misinformation that people understand about the Mormon faith. Grab your cup of coffee and enjoy the interview.

 

 

 

About the Book:

What’s Wrong Wrong With Mormons?
was written as a result of the falsehoods and misinformation that continues to be perpetuated by those who are less than honest. The author, B. Jay Gladwell, invites the reader to come and reason together. Using a conversational style, he discusses the basic doctrines of the restored Gospel, based on the teachings found in the Holy Bible and latter-day scriptures.

 

 

 

 

Hi, Jay. Welcome to Paperback Writer.

 

Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book? 

 

Last year (2007) a Mormon, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was running for the Republican nomination for president. There were endless articles about that candidate and nearly each one, in one way or another, brought up the concern of “Mormons as Christians.” This concern was most prevalent among evangelical Christians. One such article spoke about a recent survey that showed many of these evangelicals were drawn to this candidate’s values but repelled by his Mormon faith. Can you see the irony in that statement? Isn’t that like saying, “I like apple pie, but I am repulsed by apples”? How can one accept the teachings of Jesus Christ but reject the Savior?

 

Think about it. How many times have you read or heard how people really admire Mormons for their family values, yet their teachings are abhorrent. Mormons are held in high regard on account of their work ethic, but the Prophet Joseph Smith was a scoundrel. Mormons are respected for their moral points of view on chastity, honesty, abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, yet their doctrines are of the devil. Mormons are appreciated for their humanitarian contributions and the goods and services provided in the wake of natural catastrophes around the world; nevertheless, they aren’t Christians. Have you ever seen a greater contradiction of thought?

 

It was my hope that those who read What’s Wrong With Mormons? will come away with an accurate understanding as to what it is Mormons truly believe, rather than having non-Mormons go to other non-Mormons in an effort to figure out what is it we believe. The reader will learn the truth about Mormons belief from a practicing Mormon—a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 

Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?

 

It was, more or less, a combination of the two. Yes, it was a light bulb moment, but I thought about for a month or more before I actually moved forward with the idea.

 

How did you come up with the title?

 

The title came about as part of the light bulb moment. The whole thing was set off one day as I read the news article mentioned above. After reading it, I asked myself “What’s wrong with Mormons?” As soon as I had that thought, I knew that would be the title of and driving force behind writing the book.

 

How did you find an agent and publisher?

 

There wasn’t an agent involved and the book is self-published.

Who reads you work in progress?

 

No one! That’s not allowed. Not even my wife. Once I have the first draft finished and to a point to where I’m somewhat satisfied, is she allowed to read it. The agonizing part is waiting to get it back from the editor. I know there are mistakes and things that need clarifying, but I simply hate that period of waiting. It takes every ounce of strength I have not to try to polish it again. That would be pointless. As a result, I’m forced to wait for the editor send back manuscript. I hate it.

 

Who made a difference in the book’s quality?

 

Since this book is a non-fiction piece, I would have to give that credit to Constance Angelo. She was responsible for doing the indexing of the book, and she did a remarkable job, in my estimation.

 

All other things being equal, the lack of an index or a poor index can sink a non-fiction book. The index is an invaluable tool for the reader. It identifies specific information in the book that might be of interest as well as enabling the reader to quickly and conveniently access the desired information at some later time.

 

How long did it take you to complete the first draft?

 

The first draft took about five months.

 

How long did it take from start to publication?

 

That took right at one year. That’s from the first word on the first page to having the proof copy in my hand.

 

Do you have any advice for new authors?

 

No two writers are exactly the same. Each of us has our own method, style and approach to writing. What works for one may not (probably will not) work for another. The biggest obstacle I see in most “wannabe” writers is a lack of discipline. I’m talking about the ability to simply plant their rear-ends in the chairs for X number of hours a day and write their books. Just do it!

 

Thank you, Jay, for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.

 

 

What’s Wrong With Mormons Virtual Book Tour ’08 officially began on August 4, 2008 and will continues all month. You can visit Jay Gladwell’s tour stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in August to find out more about his and (his/her) book.

 

As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author  with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comment on our authors blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they come available. The winners will be announced on www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com on August 31!

 

Please leave your comments along the tour stops and join us on August 31 to see if you are a winner.

 

 

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Life After College – Author Interview – ChaChanna Simpson

As a student you have been told what to do your entire life, first by your parents then your teachers, but what happens after the ink on the college diploma is dry? Our guest non-fiction author today, is ChaChanna Simpson and she is here to shed some light on life after college with her latest book, Life After College: What Your Parents and Professors Never Taught You.

 

 

About the Book:

Don’t know what your next step is now that college is over?
You’ve been in college for four years and finally it’s time for you to go out on your own into the real world. Now that you’ve graduated from college or are about to graduate, you are no doubt wondering:

“I’ve graduated from college, now what do I do?”
“How do I adjust to moving back home with my family?”
“Why is it taking so long for me to find a job?”
“How do I focus on what I want to do rather than what my parents want me to do?”
“How do I manage my finances?”
“What’s a 401k?”
“How do I get an apartment?”

And those questions are just the beginning. Life After College: What Your Parents and Professors Never Taught You answers these questions and provides solutions you can immediately use to help make your transition from college life into the real world easier. This informative no nonsense guide covers diverse topics from moving back home to money management to job etiquette to searching for your first apartment. Also included are stories and tips from recent college grads sharing their wisdom and experiences so you know you are not alone in trying to make it in the real world.

 

Hi ChaChanna

Welcome to Paperback Writer.

Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?

Sure, the book is based off of my website, Twentity.com, which is an Internet magazine for recent college grads on what to expect after college. I really collected articles I had already written, updated them and put them together in print form. I really wanted to reach this audience to prevent those just graduating from making costly mistakes.

Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?

It really was. I had always wanted to write a book. But I could never think of a topic. Then one day it came to me that I have these articles on my site already, so why don’t I just take the ones relevant to just graduating from college and work from there.

How did you come up with the title?

That was a long process. I’m not even going to share some potential titles I had. Looking back I don’t know what I was thinking. It was just one day, while I was brainstorming I thought about what this book was really about and it just came to me.

How did you find an agent and publisher?

I don’t have an agent. I used Booklocker.com, a print-on-demand company. The owner of the company also has a newsletter that I receive and that is how I found out about it. I compared the cost of using other P.O.D. companies and selected the one who would give me the best bang for my buck, and let me retain all rights to my work.

Who reads your work in progress?

I have a friend who is an editor and she gets the pleasure of reading my works in progress.

Who made a difference in the book’s quality?
Both my editor and my marketing coach. My editor was good enough to tell me that I had to cut the content down and really pick topics that were relevant. My marketing coach told me to add stories from recent college grads and I know both suggestions made it a much better book.

How long did it take you to complete the first draft?

It took six months to get it all down and in order.

How long did it take from start to publication?

From the time I wrote the first word to when I had the first copy in my hand was about a year and two months.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Yes, I have had plenty of people tell me that they want to write a book and ask me how do I did it. And to all those would-be authors, I want to say if you want to write a book, just start writing. You don’t have to write the whole book in one day. Commit to writing one sentence, paragraph or page a day. And after awhile you will have a manuscript. Take it one step at a time.

Thank you, ChaChanna for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.

Thank you for having me, it’s been stellar!

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Life After College: What Your Parents and Professors Never Taught You Virtual Book Tour ’08 officially began on August 4, 2008 and will continues all month. You can visit [name] tour stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in August to find out more about (his/her) and (his/her) book.

As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comment on our authors blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they come available. The winners will be announced on www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com on August 31!

Please leave your comments along the tour stops and join us on August 31 to see if you are a winner.

Copper Fire – Author Interview – Suzanne Woods Fisher

Paperback Writer is enjoying a visit from Suzanne Woods Fisher author of the historical fiction novel Copper Fire. Suzanne is sharing with us how she came up with the idea for her book and how she develops her characters.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
On a summer day in 1945, Louisa Gordon receives a telegram from the International Red Cross Tracing Service. Her young cousin, Elisabeth, has just been released from Dachau a concentration camp, and Louisa is her only remaining relative. Determined to go to war-torn Germany to retrieve her cousin, Louisa is also on a mission to discover the whereabouts of Friedrich Mueller, a Nazi sympathizer who fled Copper Springs, Arizona. What Louisa never expected was to meet the man she had once loved and now hated.

Hi Suzanne,

Welcome to Paperback Writer

Thanks for hosting me today!

Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?


Copper Fire is the sequel to Copper Star, picking right up at the very end of World War II. On a summer day in 1945, my main character, Louisa, receives a telegram from the International Red Cross Tracing Service. She discovers that her cousin, Elisabeth, has just been released from Dachau. Louisa is determined to go to Germany to get Elisabeth…and that’s where the story begins.

Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?

I have a basic idea of how the story will develop, but the beauty of a computer is that you can cut and paste, expand and contract. There is a point when the story takes on a life of its own.

Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?

It’s not always neat and tidy…but I do know that I want to have my characters to find some redemption at the end. So I try to steer them in that direction.

Do you have a process for developing your characters?

I try not to have too many characters; it can get confusing! Also, that way, each character becomes very distinct. They become so real to me that I can hear their voices! (Uh oh…that sounds like I’m on the brink of insanity, doesn’t it?

It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?


I wish I were more like my main character in Copper Star, Louisa, the young resistance worker smuggled out of Germany by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. She’s funny, determined, smart… and flawed. And she knows it! She has an ability not to take herself too seriously.

What is your most favorite part about this book?


The character of Elisabeth; she enters the story as a damaged survivor of a concentration camp…but she is a survivor! I love how she is learning to trust again, to open up, to try to become a normal junior high girl…and she just can’t! It’s Louisa (Robert, too) who help her to see how special she is, just as she is.

When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?

Since this was a sequel and the early reviews of Copper Star were so good, and then as it sold well, my editor was very open to a contract. I stayed with the same publishing house for that book, which probably made the entire process easier.

What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
This is an industry in which “no one is looking for you.” Behind every published piece, a writer has a fat file of rejection letters. But, ah, there’s just something about that published piece that makes up for that rejection file!
What has been the best part about being published?
Most favorite part? All of life is material. It’s all grit for the oyster. Least favorite? I still only make a dime an hour. And I still get plenty of rude rejection letters!
What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?

There is always an underlying theme in my stories about the grace of God and how it plays out in our daily lives.

Do you have plans to write another book?
Oh yes! Many!
In late August, Grit from the Oyster: 250 Pearls of Wisdom for Aspiring Writers, will be released from Vintage Spirit. I wrote Grit with three other very talented authors. For the Love of Dogs, a fun novel set in 1969, will release in February 2009. And more exciting news! I am working on three novels for Revell/Baker, as well as a non-fiction book called Amish Peace in an English Life (also with Revell/Baker).

Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?

 It’s been fantastic! Very well organized, good communication, very helpful. Thank you!

Where can readers find a copy of your book? Amazon, BN.com, or it can ordered from your favorite bookstore, and also at my website: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

Do you have a website for readers to go to?
Find me on-line at Suzanne at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

Thank you, Suzanne, for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.

Thank you, for letting me visit!

Copper Fire Virtual Book Tour ’08 officially began on August 4, 2008 and will continues all month. You can visit [name] tour stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in August to find out more about (his/her) and (his/her) book.

As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comment on our authors blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they come available. The winners will be announced on www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com on August 31!

Please leave your comments along the tour stops and join us on August 31 to see if you are a winner.

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Read Well Think Well – Author Interview – Hal W. Lanse, Ph.D.

Paperback Writer is pleased to introduce author of the parenting and educational book Hal W. Lanse, Ph.D., Dr. Hal is a premiere teacher trainer in New York City, specializing in middle-grade and young-adult literacy. He is the winner of the 1997 Frank W. Dilley Award, Walden University’s annual prize for outstanding doctoral dissertation.

About the Book:

Millions of children struggle with reading-and even more struggle to understand exactly what they’re reading. Read Well, Think Well will help you to teach your children to build the essential reading and comprehension skills they need to succeed in today’s demanding school system. Teacher trainer and literacy specialist Hal W. Lanse, Ph.D., provides the necessary knowledge, strategies, and exercises that will turn your kids into first-rate readers and thinkers.
Learn how to:
Choose the best, age-appropriate reading material
Boost your child’s memory and retention skills through verbal and visual exercises
Utilize technology aids to help your child understand the comprehension process
Understand the “Big Six” of reading comprehension through analysis and summary of the text
Promote values for everyday life through reading
Read Well, Think Well-the ultimate guide to secure your child’s academic success.

Hi Dr. Hal

Welcome to Paperback Writer.

It’s a pleasure.

Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?

I’m a longtime reading specialist and teacher trainer. I’ve given many
workshops over the years for teachers and parents. Parents have told me time
and again that they appreciate the information I share with them. In the
back of my head, I always thought, “I should turn this into a book,
someday.” Finally, after writing two children’s books I decided it was time
to write my book on reading.

Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very
long time?

I’ve been thinking about it for years; but it’s a big leap from writing
informational packets and children’s books to writing a full length
informational book. I wasn’t sure the work would flow as smoothly as writing
fiction—which I do stream-of-consciousness style. Nonfiction has to be
outlined in advance. It turns out that the writing went very well. I was
dying to get this information out on paper and into the hands of parents, so
it all came pouring out.

How did you come up with the title?

I didn’t. I originally called the book The Reading Revolution. It turns out
that a tutoring service in California already owned the name; so the
publisher selected a new title. I love the title, by the way. I love the
cover too. It blew me away when the publisher first emailed it to me.

How did you find an agent and publisher?
The publisher who brought out my children’s books strictly focuses on fantasy
literature. When I was ready to move away from writing children’s fantasies
she hooked me up with my current (and very talented) agent, Irene Goodman.
My children’s books were sold without an agent. It’s the old story: I knew
someone who knew someone. For this book, I needed and agent and Irene did an excellent job.

Who reads you work in progress?

Irene is very hands-on. She read and critiqued my book proposal which
included the first chapter. After that, no one saw it until the editor had
it in her hands. I’m not much into sharing when I’m in the middle of writing
a book. I don’t want anyone’s critique to disrupt the flow of my work.
Irene was a different story because it’s her job to make sure I’m a success.
Her suggestions were always right on the money.

Who made a difference in the book’s quality?

My agent and the editor both had some impact on the book; though given the
brief turnaround time the editing was minimal.

How long did it take you to complete the first draft?

Two months! I still can’t believe I finished it. Thank heavens for summer
vacation. I signed the contract in June and THEN the editor asked for the
final draft on September first. For two months I felt like the protagonist
in The Stranger. My whole world narrowed to one room in my home. I lived at
my desk and dined on nothing but Chinese take-out. A lot of pigs sacrificed
their ribs for this book.

How long did it take from start to publication?

All together, about sixteen months. Irene and I actually spent more time on
the proposal than it took to write the book.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

When it comes to writing informational books, compile your research before
your start peddling your proposal. As a reading specialist, I belong to
several professional organizations that publish peer-reviewed journals. I
also attend lots of professional conferences where I take copious notes.
Without these materials at my fingertips, meeting the editor’s deadline would
have been impossible, summer vacation notwithstanding.

Thank you, Dr. Hal, for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book
tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.

Thanks. Please let your readers know that they can sign up for my free,
monthly education newsletter at www.readwellthinkwell.com.

 

 

Read Well Think Well Virtual Book Tour ’08 officially began on August 4, 2008 and will continues all month. You can visit [name] tour stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in August to find out more about (his/her) and (his/her) book.

As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comment on our authors blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they come available. The winners will be announced on www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com on August 31!

Please leave your comments along the tour stops and join us on August 31 to see if you are a winner.

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I’m Watching You – Author Interview – Mary Burton

 

Romantic suspense novelist, Mary Burton stops at Paperback Writer today to share with us how she came up with the idea for her latest book, I’m Watching You.  Mary is on a virtual book with Pump Up Your Book Promotion throughout the month of August. As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author  with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comment on our authors blog stops.

 

About the Book:

A killer is on the loose. Lindsay O’Neil discovers the first victim in the yard at Sanctuary, the shelter for battered women that she runs in Richmond, Virginia. If that’s not bad enough, the detective who arrives on the scene is recovering alcoholic Zack Kier, her ex-husband. That brings his partner and her long-time friend, Jacob Warwick, into the picture as well.

It could have been a one time reunion, except for some reason Lindsay keeps being thrust into the middle of the investigation. That means Zack is way too involved in her life and he and Jacob are way too interested in her personal business. She also can’t get TV news reporter Kendall Shaw off of her trail, which is a problem because Lindsay has her own secrets—including that she’s providing shelter at her own home for Nicole Piper, a friend on the run from her abusive husband. As the killing continues it becomes shockingly clear that Lindsay is being stalked by an enraged murderer—and that she and those she loves are targets.

 

Hi Mary Burton,

 

Welcome to Paperback Writer

 

 

Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?

 

I’m Watching You started with the character Lindsay O’Neil.  She came to me almost fully formed.  I could picture her clearly and new all her strengths and weakness.  Then the challenge was to design a book that would play to her character.

 

Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as you write it? 

 

It depends on the book.  I’m Watching You came to me in layers.  First, I pictured my heroine Lindsay and then after I had her figured out, the hero Zack Kier started to form in my mind.  I had a good idea where the book would go when I started writing, but there were a lot of great surprises along the way.  No matter how much I plot, sometimes my books just don’t reveal themselves until I start to write.

 

Do you know the end of the story at the beginning? 

 

I have a good idea about the ending, but all the stuff between the beginning and the end can be a real mystery. 

 

Do you have a process for developing your characters? 

 

I begin with an “emotional hook”—the number one flaw/strength that drives my character.  I believe what can make a character great can also destroy them.  Once I have that figured out the rest usually falls into place.

 

It is said that authors write themselves into the characters.  Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be? 

 

Lindsay O’Neil in I’m Watching You has a thing about being punctual.  That’s me.  Lindsay loves coffee.  Guilty.  Her ponytail is either too tight or she’s searching for a rubber band to pull up her hair which is driving her nuts.  Yep, that’s me too.  But Lindsay has endured some very dark moments that thankfully I never have.  I can only hope to try and understand her darker side and then convey her feelings and emotions to the reader.

 

What is your most favorite part of this book?

 

Lindsay, like her late mother, loves to garden.  She misses her mother terribly and is still traumatized by the woman’s death over a dozen years ago.  There is a scene in the book when Homicide Detective Zack Kier, Lindsay’s estranged husband, is investigating a string of murders that might be linked to Lindsay’s past.  Zack and his partner Jacob Warwick travel to the old farmhouse that had been Lindsay’s home when she was growing up.  Zack discovers the greenhouse that had been a favorite spot of Lindsay’s and her mother.  He finds several clay pots in the greenhouse and he collects them knowing that they’d mean a great deal to Lindsay.  This scene is a turning point for Zack.  He finally realizes the traumas Lindsay has endured and why she is so driven.  For the first time he sees the person she really is and despite all her flaws and scares, he still loves her and wants her back in his life.

 

When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher? 

 

I’d been writing historical westerns and Silhouette Romantic Suspense novels for five or six years.  I’d wanted to write a long suspense novel for a few years and had been kicking around ideas.  When all the pieces of I’m Watching You finally came to me I wrote the synopsis and first few chapters and sent them off to my agent.  She was able to sell it fairly quickly to Kensington. 

 

What struggles have you had on the road to being published?

 

LOL.  More than a few.  Back in the day, I wrote three full manuscripts that were rejected outright over a five-year period.  I lost count of the rejection letters.  But I’m stubborn and I kept at it.  My fourth manuscript, A Bride for McCain, sold to Harlequin Historical in 1999 and was released in March 2000. 

 

What has been the best part of being published?

 

I make stories up for a living.  What could be better?

 

What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?

 

I don’t know if they need to carry away anything.  I just want them to be able to kick back, leave the real world behind for a few hours and enjoy the story.

 

Do you have plans to write another book?

 

Always!  Dead Ringer is the sequel to I’m Watching You and it will be released in November 2008.  Also in the Silver Bells anthology with Fern Michaels, JoAnn Ross and Judy Duarte, I have a novella that wraps up the story line for Nicole another character from I’m Watching You.  I’m also writing another suspense novel that will be released in 2009.

 

Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your book Promotion has been for you? 

 

It’s been great!  I honestly couldn’t have done it without them. 

 

Where can readers find your book? 

 

Any major bookstore, independent bookstore or Amazon.

 

Do you have a website for readers to go to?

 

I sure do!  www.maryburton.com

 

Thank you, Mary for sharing your book and characters with us today.  It is been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.

 

 

Mary Burton is the author of the Zebra Romantic Suspense novels I’M WATCHING YOU and the upcoming DEAD RINGER (November 2008) and Christmas Past in the SILVER BELLS anthology (November 2008).  She has also written twelve historical western romances for Harlequin Historical and four novels for Silhouette Romantic Suspense.  For more information stop by her website at www.maryburton.com.

 

 

 

I’m Watching You Virtual Book Tour ’08 officially began on August 4, 2008 and will continues all month. You can visit [name] tour stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in August to find out more about (his/her) and (his/her) book.

 

As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author  with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comment on our authors blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they come available. The winners will be announced on www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com on August 31!

 

Please leave your comments along the tour stops and join us on August 31 to see if you are a winner.

 

 

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