Word-Slingers – Interviewing Holly Hunt

Welcome back for another fascinating interview with a paranormal/apocalyptic novel author, Holly Hunt.

1) How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I was 8, but I’ve only been seriously writing since I was 15. I’m 23 now, and I have 6 books released. I think I’ve done alright.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

Work, boyfriend, writing. Writing usually sits on the table out of the way while I juggle one ball at a time (I’m not a good juggler!).

3) What can you tell us about your release Blood Moon. What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not.

Blood Moon is a werewolf apocalypse. Specifically, it doesn’t actually end anywhere near the apocalypse – but it does give you a running start to imagine.

4) What is it about the genre that you like so much?

There’s always a lot of fun to be had with apocalyptic stories,

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

I move from one genre to another with each story. Horror, sci-fi, fantasy, romance and erotica, I’ve had my hand in. Others shall come…

6) Sweet or sour?

Sweet.

7) Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolaaaate…

AUTHOR INFO
An author living in Canberra, Australia, Holly Hunt writes a collection of works including Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror and Romance. Currently undergoing an apprenticeship in Butchery, Holly spends her days off writing and watching superhero cartoons.
Holly lives with her partner, Matthew, in a two-bedroom unit crammed with comics and movie memorabilia. She dreams of one day owning a big garden, three dogs and a cat, and can’t wait until that day gets here.
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BOOK INFO
Blurb
Upon a dark and blood-filled hour, humanity’s doom will rise to power.
Werewolves are real. They haunt the woods of North America, feeding on the bodies of humans stupid enough to blunder across their paths. Once rogue and uncoordinated, the rise of their goddess Alsvinth has brought them all together, with one goal: destroy as much of the species as necessary to enslave them within meat farms, to feed the werewolf army taking over the world.
Olivia, a werewolf from western Canada, and her brother Charlie set out to kill the goddess and save humanity. But can the werewolf and human destroy the goddess’s power, or will she prevail and turn the planet into a wasteland?
Excerpt
“Enough, Olivia,” a familiar voice hissed.
 I stopped, shocked and scared to stillness. I started to cry as the goddess stood in the grass, kicking Charlie’s body aside and sauntering over to me.
 “Thank you, children of the sky,” Alsvinth purred, resting a hand on the shoulder of each harpy. They let me go as she touched them. “My, Olivia. How you’ve grown.”
 I was still. I couldn’t even think.
 “Well, not really. You don’t age anymore, do you?” She grinned. “Like me, eternally beautiful.”
 The creature in a woman’s skin touched my forehead, and I couldn’t even flinch from her cold, dead fingertips.
 “No matter. You will become my second-in-charge. You have been so faithful as to convince the rogue to kill himself to strengthen me.” She kissed my forehead. “Dear Olivia,” she said as the obliviousness of her mind control took me, threw me to the wolves.
 “You are mine.”
Hope you enjoyed the insight into Holly Hunt!

Word-Slingers – Spotlight’s on Rebecca Royce!

Welcome back everyone. I hope you had an awesome weekend. Mine was okay, but considering hubby was down and out thanks to a muscle spasm, it could have been a lot better. Ah well.

On to the fun! Let’s hear it for Rebecca Royce’s release. It sounds fabulous!

AUTHOR INFO
As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.
Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They’ve just moved to Texas where Rebecca is discovering a new love for barbecue!

She’s in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She’s been told she’s a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.
In Rebecca Royce’s world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

BOOK INFO

Blurb
Devin Owen has come back from the Dragon Wars a changed Werewolf.  For one thing, he’s lost his wolf side as well as most of his desire to live.  He spends most of his life doped up to handle the pain from his injured leg.
Lena Knox knew the moment she met Devin that he was her mate.  But, she’d been a child at the time and he hadn’t noticed her at all. Now, all grown up she wants Devin to be the wolf she’s waited for.  Not that she has a lot of time for longing with life crumbling around her.

A couple of heated encounters draw them together but is it enough to overcome the war wounds they both carry?  Or will an outside enemy destroy them before they get the chance to know?


Excerpt
“You’re my mate, Devin. I’ve known it since the first time I was in your company when I was seven years old.”
Devin gripped the side of the table he stood next to like she’d struck him. “No.”
“No?” She hadn’t expected the pain of his rejection. She’d known he might not believe her at first. Tears she refused to shed clogged her throat. “It’s not ‘no.’ I’m your mate, such that I am.”
Lena knew she wasn’t an ideal Female specimen. Her skin frequently broke out in horrible bouts of acne, although she looked pretty clear at the moment, her chin jutted out too far, her hands were not dainty, and when she shifted, her Wolf form frequently had trouble coming to a stop at high speeds. More than once she’d collided into trees, bushes, and other Wolves.
But she knew she was a nice person. She could work hard, and she never asked anyone for anything but common decency. She’d be a good mate to him, and he shouldn’t be rejecting her outright.
Unless he found her absolutely repulsive to look at…
“You’ve made a mistake. Whatever you thought you smelled when you were a child was the wild fantasy of a young girl. You should be over it by now.”
She sighed. “Devin, I can still smell it. I promise when you get to know me you’ll find out I’m not wildly fanciful. I live in the real world.”
“I can’t smell it on you. Not at all. I’m sorry, Lena. You seem like a nice kid, but if you can really smell mating from me, then it’s one of those rare occasions where one Wolf feels something the other doesn’t.”
Lena had heard about those situations. It was every young Wolf’s deepest fear. Something went askew with the chemistry. One Wolf felt mated and the other one didn’t. They could even mate with someone else.
“I think you should go home and work on getting over whatever this is because, at least for my part, it is not a mating.”
Lena’s heart might explode from her chest. She turned on her heel. What else was there to say, really? He’d said no. He didn’t feel it. She’d waited fifteen years for him to come home, and it had been for nothing.
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Two Years Plus

Two years and one day ago (as of the time I’m typing this up), my angels came into my world. Above are some good pictures in days of yore. And below…are the Shrimpettes this week. God, they’ve grown. Jackie (blonde) is now 27 pounds and 32 inches. Sammie (brunette) is undetermined and once we get her 2 year check-up, will update on that.

I wouldn’t trade them for all the world (but I would trade their temper tantrums…Terrible Twos, they are here).

Word-Slingers – Interview of Jennifer Harlow

1) How long have you been writing?

I’ve always been a storyteller in some shape or form. I used to fake being sick to stay home from school and play with my dolls. When I got too old for that around age thirteen I moved onto putting pen to paper. I started with really terrible novellas, then since I was living in Southern California, I thought I’d try my hand at screenplays. Most of them were pretty crap too, think Lifetime movie bad. With that more or less mastered, I woke up one day and was like, “Huh. Maybe I’ll try writing a book.” And I did. Nine and counting. 

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)?

I’m such a miser that when I was working full time I squirreled away a sizable nest egg that I’m living off now so I can write full time.  I’m also unattached with no children (and no desire for either) so I can focus solely on my writing. I still go out with friends and play video games with my brothers but they all know I’m a workaholic. Balance has never been my strength.

 3) What can you tell us about your release What’s a Witch To Do? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. 

It’s entitled, What’s A Witch To Do? and it’s the first in a new series called Midnight Magic. It’s an offshoot of my other series, the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad. This one follows the most powerful witch in America who, on the busiest week of her life, finds out someone wants to kill her and take over her coven.  There’s romance, humor, Southern hospitality, and plenty of suspense. Sales pitch over. I wanted to try my hand at a romance, and a sex scene!, but since I’m still more fighter than lover I wanted to include horror and mystery elements. Hope I combined them well.

4) What is it about the combination of paranormal romance & mystery that you like so much? 

I don’t know where it comes from but I’ve always been drawn to horror and the paranormal. My grandmother was worried I’d go over to the “dark side” but they’ve always fascinated me. I like horror because it’s so dramatic like riding a roller coaster. You get to touch that darkness, that danger, but it can’t touch you back or hurt you. The paranormal is the unexplained, and we fear what we don’t understand.  Plus with the paranormal you get to have a little magic in your life, even if it’s only in a book.

 5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when? 

I started out writing a plain old serial killer novel. I’d like to return to the more mundane world but lately I’ve been writing about superheroes so I still have my head in the clouds and magic.

6) Sweet or sour? Sweet. 

I have a sweet tooth to beat the band. My dentist loves me.

7) Chocolate or vanilla? 

I used to adore chocolate but think I got sick of it. Now I’m vanilla all the way.

AUTHOR INFO
Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virginia home but that restless itch is ever present. In her free time, she continues to scare the beejepers out of herself watching scary movies and opening her credit card bills.
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BOOK INFO 
BLURB
Mona McGregor’s To Do List:
• Make 20 13 potions/spells/charms
• Put girls to bed
• Help with Debbie’s wedding
• Lose 30 pounds before bachelorette auction
• Deal with the bleeding werewolf on doorstep
• Find out who wants me dead
• Prepare for supernatural summit
• Have a nervous breakdown
• Slay a damn demon
• Fall in love
With her to-do lists growing longer each day, the last thing Mona McGregor—High Priestess and owner of the Midnight Magic shop in Goodnight, Virginia—needs is a bleeding werewolf at her front door. Between raising her two nieces and leading a large coven of witches, Mona barely has time for anything else. Not even Guy, the handsome doctor who’s taken an interest in her.
But now there’s Adam Blue, the sexy beta werewolf of the Eastern Pack who’s been badly hurt, warning Mona that someone wants her dead. Hell’s bells! A demon is stalking her, and Mona starts to suspect her coven members and even her own family could be responsible for it. With two attractive men and a determined demon after her, Mona teams up with Adam to find out who really wants her dead.

.. . and who really wants her.

Word-Slingers – Interview with DT Dyllin

1) How long have you been writing?

I used to always make up stories and write from the time I was a little kid but I never thought about being a writer. I mean, I was in advanced placement writing classes and my teachers suggested that I should consider studying something in the writing field in college, but then again my AP chemistry teacher thought I should go into the sciences too. *shrugs Enemy through the Gates was my first real attempt at a novel, which was picked up and turned into Hidden Gates. I had the urge to write a novel when songwriting was no longer creatively satisfying. So basically I’ve been writing for most of my life, and yet I’m still new to the whole author thing.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

I have two furry faced kids (german sheperds, Loki & Kira), and a Hubby. Without even considering all the rest those three are a handful! I basically don’t sleep. People think I’m joking but I’m seriously not. I guess I’ll sleep when I’m dead. Ha! (TM – Trust me, I totally get that. Late at night/early in the AM is the only way I get any peace and quiet)

3) What can you tell us about your release Hidden Gates? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J

Oh ugh…it’s going to sound so clique’ but I had a dream about it. (TM – Nah, not cliche. That’s an awesome way to get ideas) In fact most of my big ideas come from my dreams. I just think it’s a way for my subconscious to hash out the details to some of the things swirling around in my imagination. Anywho…I dreamt about P.J. and her world and it stuck with me so strongly that it just had to be written down. Some of the other bits came in randomly, for instance the character Khol was inspired by my dragon tattoo. I have some craaazy dreams! My serial novel that I’m doing on my blog was inspired by a nightmare I had. I don’t think a lot of people could handle the stuff that goes on in my brain. I might be a tad disturbed. lol

4) What is it about the paranormal romance genre  that you like so much?

I just love romance in general. I’m a romance junkie. The paranormal romance genre simply gives me the freedom to color outside the lines more than a contemporary would. I do plan on doing some contemporary romance eventually, basically whatever I write; it’s going to be heavy in the romance department. I just can’t seem to help myself.

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

Like I mentioned in the latter question, I do plan on doing some contemporary romance. I’ve actually started a novel, but I haven’t had time to really work on it with everything else I have going on. Sorry to say I will probably never step outside of the romance genre though. Well actually I’m not sorry…I love romance!

6) Sweet or sour?

Sour

7) Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate 

 AUTHOR INFO
Cynical-Optimist. Chocolate-holic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Self-Imposed Insomniac. Sci-Fi Geek. Animal Lover. Writer…are just a few words to describe D.T. Dyllin. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two very spoiled GSDs.

BOOK INFO


For P.J. Stone, being a “Seer” who has never seen anything is less than fun. And P.J. isn’t known for her patience.
To make matters worse, she must choose a suitable mate to continue the Seer bloodline. Duty always comes before her heart…at least that’s what her parents taught her. When she finds herself wanting someone who is considered off-limits, P.J. is forced to question everything she believes.
As if navigating her love life isn’t complicated enough, P.J. finally receives a vision—of a threat to her world that only she can perceive. But no one will believe a fledgling Seer’s warnings. With nowhere else to turn, she may decide to trust a stranger with her life, her world, and maybe even her heart.

Word-Slingers – Interviewing Kinley Baker

Happy Monday everyone! In my case, I’m very glad the weekend’s over and I can go back to work. The Demon Twins got a bit…troublesome, and the Shrimp, well, let’s just say he’s almost 7 and he’s been acting out a lot lately. Thank goodness for work where it’s peaceful and (relatively) quiet. 

Now let’s meet our guest for today, Kinley Baker!


1) How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since 2008.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

I work full time, write, spend time with my family, and appease an attention loving dog. There’s a lot to juggle, but it’s worth it.

3) What can you tell us about your release Excuse My Fairy? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J

The story is supposed to be funny, scandalous, and a little bit wicked. It came to be by pushing myself outside my comfort zone. It’s also supposed to have a lot of heart. Relationships fascinate me and with every story I hope to explore something different. Draybeth is a grumpy fairy who finds the perfect sexy Lawman to soothe her roughest edges.

4) What is it about the paranormal romance genre that you like so much?

I love the magic and that the rules of our world can be challenged. Ever since I read Harry Potter I’ve been waiting for my letter to Hogwarts. Each day it doesn’t come, I’m forced to create a new world to escape to instead.

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

I think I’ll always stay with romance. But you never know. I recently wrote my first contemporary, so we’ll see how that goes. I’m not afraid to take risks and chances. This ride will always be an adventure.

6) Sweet or sour?

Sour.

7) Chocolate or vanilla?

It used to be vanilla. I recently changed to chocolate.

AUTHOR INFO
Kinley Baker has a terminally tender heart and an inconvenient sense of humor. She loves puppies and cries at celebrity weddings. Kinley believes that romance novels are the keys to world peace, because if you’re holding a book, you can’t be holding a gun. Kinley supports all supernatural lifestyles and believes “happy ever after” isn’t only for the normal. Her books Ruined, Denied and Freed are available now from Crescent Moon Press. Excuse My Fairy is available now from Etopia Press. Look for more in the Misbehaving Magics series and the final book in the Shadowed Love trilogy in 2013.

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BOOK INFO

Her magic breaks all the rules. He breaks all of hers.

Draybeth is broken. Her fairy powers don’t work, her magic is completely dysfunctional, and not even her bad attitude and soft heart can win her back into Fairy favor. Exiled from their land, she struggles to make a life for herself in the human world. But when her bar burns to the ground and she meets one of the Impassables–the devastating Lawman Barrett–things become even more of a struggle. An arrest, murder, and abduction challenge everything she’s worked for, and worse, the Impassable Lawman appears to be her destined mate. But darkness stirs deep within Dray’s heart, and she’s not about to drag the gorgeous lawman down with her.

Barrett never expected to find himself mated to a fairy, let alone one with such a wicked temper and a short fuse. Being an Impassable, he should be immune to fairy magic, but Dray’s magic burns through him like lightning, just as everything else about her ignites him, body and soul. The fairy’s power over Impassables threatens everything this new realm was built upon, and as a Lawman, Barrett’s job is to make sure those threats are eliminated. But his feelings for Dray make him question just where his duty lies.


And there you have it. Hope you have a great day, everyone!

Word-Slingers – Guest Spotlight Jeffe Kennedy

I’m quite excited to bring Jeffe Kennedy back for another visit. I love this woman’s writing and she’s just plain awesome!

AUTHOR INFO


Jeffe Kennedy took the crooked road to writing, stopping off at neurobiology, religious studies and environmental consulting before her creative writing began appearing in places like Redbook, Puerto del Sol, Wyoming Wildlife, Under the Sun and Aeon. An erotic novella, Petals and Thorns, came out under her pen name of Jennifer Paris in 2010, heralding yet another branch of her path, into erotica and romantic fantasy fiction. Since then, an erotic short, Feeding the Vampire, and another erotic novella, Sapphire, have hit the shelves. 

Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and frequently serves as a guinea pig for an acupuncturist-in-training. Find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeffe.Kennedyand Twitter (@jeffekennedy) or visit her at her website http://jeffekennedy.com/.

BOOK INFO
Blurb
Althea Grant is doing fine. Sure, her Charleston gallery is suffering from the bad economy, and her artistic aspirations have gone nowhere. But she’s happy enough. When rugged metal sculptor Steel rides up on his motorcycle looking to rent studio space, his infusion of cash is more than welcome. But his art is raw, visceral, sexual—and completely inappropriate for her pastel world of watercolor landscapes.
Steel, fascinated by Althea’s rare albino coloring, sees in her the key to his next piece: a metal satyr that can be used for bondage games. Moving into her gallery basement is the first step; seducing the coolly polite lady into modeling for him is the second.

As Steel peels away her careful manners and tasteful outfits, Althea begins to realize her life isn’t just fine at all—it’s as pale and washed-out as the watercolor paintings she’s failing to sell. Can she transform her life and accept her most secret desires?


Excerpt
In the morning, Althea dressed carefully in a pretty pale lemon chiffon dress with tiny pearl buttons all down the front. She curled her hair and left it down, thinking it complemented the neckline of the gown better and looked nice with the wide-brimmed matching hat. She looked forward to seeing Brandon for a lovely Sunday outing.
Never mind that she’d spent a nearly feverish night thinking of Steel’s lurid promises. She had no intention of breaking up with Brandon. Steel could hang himself from his own sculpture for all she cared.
She clipped through the gallery as a quick check that all was well, then let herself out through the front and rearmed the alarm. Brandon hadn’t arrived yet, so she busied herself with deadheading the impatiens and lobelia in the window boxes.
“Don’t you look a picture.” Steel leaned against the wall nearby, decked out in his motorcycle leathers. He wore mirrored sunglasses, so she couldn’t see his eyes, but his intrusive gaze consumed her nevertheless.
“What are you doing out here?”
“Taking in the sun, seeing the sights.” He grinned at her. “Gallery’s closed today, I see. Wanna go for a ride on my bike? You’d have to change, though—that skirt would be up over your head in no time. Not that I would mind. In fact the image of you offers some interesting—”
“I have a date,” she snapped.
He raised his eyebrows. “Let me guess—Sunday brunch. How…sweet.”
“I happen to like brunch.”
“And did you like staying home alone on Saturday night?”
“I had a long day, working,” she emphasized. “I preferred some time to unwind.”
He chuckled at that. “Princess, I have no doubt that you could use some unwinding, but I could suggest a dozen more interesting ways to do it. For example, we could start with—”
“I’m not interested.” She cut him off again and turned back to picking off the dried and wilted blossoms.
“You don’t act like a woman who’s not interested.”
“I’ve decided to stick with Brandon. I’m declining your…offer. Not that I seriously considered it. At all.”
“Brandon?” He drew the name out, baaing on the “a” sound like a sheep.
“Oh stop. It’s a perfectly fine name.”
“You think so? Brandon? Sounds like a Momma’s boy to me.”
“Not every guy has a noun for a name.”
“Not unless he’s bold and manly like me.” He winked and she laughed before she caught herself, but with her face still turned down to the window box, he might not have heard. “I notice you never say my name.”
“Sure I do. Steel refinery. Stainless steel silverware. Calphalon steel pans. I say it all the time.”
“I want to hear you gasping it out while I’m riding you,” he spoke from just behind her, in a quiet, intense voice.
She whirled around and had to take a step back, he was so close. “I don’t want you talking to me that way.”
“I think you like it.”
“I don’t.” But her voice faltered.
“I think Brandon treats you like a lady. I bet, when he bothers to pay attention to you, that he ‘makes love’ to you. All clean and polite-like. Sunday brunch sex. Am I right?”
She focused on the prominent Adam’s apple in his tanned throat. He was all over stubble again. She wondered how the scratchiness would feel.
“There’s nothing wrong with love-making.”
“No,” he agreed, and he smiled when she glanced up in surprise. “There’s a place for that too. Long afternoons, lace curtains and taking each other in long, luxurious, slow licks of pleasure.” He stroked her cheek. “I can be into that too. But I’m offering something the Brandons of the world won’t. I think there’s a very dirty girl under all that lovely lady exterior. The one who gets juiced just looking at my art. Who wants it hard and hot and maybe just a little rough. Tell me, has any man dared to tie you up with your legs spread wide, so he could have his way with you?”
She gaped at him and he leaned in. Whispered in her ear.
“I would. One word from you, princess, and I will.”
“Is this your idea of luring me?” She tried to sound indignant, but it came out breathless.
“Absolutely.” He flashed her his wicked grin. “And it’s working too.”

Hope you enjoyed! Make Jeffe feel loved and welcomed, pretty please?

Update on Life

Hi there everyone! As I promised yesterday, I wanted to do a quick update post on what’s going on in Tory Land!

My life, overall, is kind of dull, but that’s actually a good thing really. That means, other than your typical toddler cold, my children are healthy, my husband’s awesome (he really is ladies, and no, I won’t ever share him…EVER), and I’ve got a good job (even if I mutter dark comments about my boss for half the day, even though I think she’s probably the best boss I’ve ever had). The Mio drinks are trying to take over my desk though. I think they might breed at night.

On a good note, my writing seems to have settled into a fairly good pattern. As mentioned here, I’m working on a new project. The series title currently is Hearts of Stone, but even though I’m 30k in, I have no idea, not even a working title for it yet. Normally by this point, I have something. At best, it’s either Hearts of Stone 1 or Rory’s Story. Neither exactly inspires paroxysms of delight. Still, it’s kicked into higher gear. By the time you (the few, the loyal, the wonderful) read this, hopefully I’ll have my StoryToolz link up so you can see my progress (along with some nifty graphs if you click on the link). I write in 15-25 minute sprints. By far, the best seems to be the 20 minute sprint. I use Write or Die (the desktop version) because it forces me to focus focus focus. And I usually average between 1000 and 1400 words in a 20 minute sprint.

I decided to try to write 2000 words every day this year (starting in late January). I didn’t really make it initially, but as I’ve now settled into something of a book in progress, getting the 2k seems to be working well.

Along with the WIP (yay, it’s so awesome, and the beta readers who saw the first 3-4 chapters, which is spectacularly messy at the moment, LOVED it), I’m also working on changing me. As you may/may not remember, one of my goals this year is to become healthier (lose 100+ pounds). I finally settled in and got serious about it at the beginning of February. My starting weight 2/4 was 292.6. I’m aiming for about 1600 calories a day. Yes, I have screw ups and deliberate days where I go over, but for the most part I’ve been able to stay close to 1600 (plus or minus 150) with minimal trouble. As of this morning, I’m 278.8. 14 pounds in a month. So, I’ve got a long road ahead of me, but I can do it.

I love MyFitnessPal because it’s got such a huge database of foods in it already. You can enter homemade recipes with the specific amounts of ingredients you put in and it’ll calculate the calorie total for you. Enter your weight and how fast you want to lose, it’ll give you a calorie count.

So, here’s a picture of me as I was a couple of weeks ago. Yes, I’m wearing pink believe it or not, though I make it palatable by saying it’s rose, not pink.

Hopefully by year’s end, I’ll have a much nicer one to show. I was grumbling to my husband about it being so slow (12.5 pounds in 4 weeks, yes, I know that’s ‘great’ progress). What did he say, being the font of awesomeness that he is? “You’re just seeing it’s a small number. Lose another 12.5 next month and you’ll be 25 pounds down. Keep that up and you’ll be a size 12 by Christmas”. Put like that, it’s certainly motivating! I haven’t been a size 12 since before I hit the teen years. I don’t hold expectations of it being that fast, but it’d be nice if I were nearing 200 by Christmas.

And finally, to wrap up the blog, some cute pictures of the Shrimpettes (no Shrimp picture because I rarely can get him shot without him mugging for the camera – I prefer unposed shots). Suffice to say, the girls were not happy with the dresses I put them in.

Have a great week, everyone.

Word-Slingers – Interview with Zoe Forward

Morning everyone! After a brief break (which came about because I got distracted and had a couple of empty days as far as author interviews/spotlights), we’re back! So, let’s make Zoe Forward feel welcome and learn a little bit more about her!

1) How long have you been writing?

      I had a lot of characters and stories bouncing around in my head for years.  About five years ago I took a leap of faith and penned some of those characters into words.  Now that the floodgate has been opened, there are stories and characters screaming to be heard.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

    A whole bunch, and I’ve become a decent juggler.  Not perfect, that’s for sure.  I’m a full-time veterinarian by day, a mom after work and a writer late at night.  My life is about schedules and taking it one day at a time. 

3) What can you tell us about your release Dawn of a Dark Knight? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J

I’ve been a paranormal romance and mainstream fiction addict for decades. And I grew up a fan of Indiana Jones and Ann Rice. So, writing paranormals was a no brainer.  For Dawn of a Dark Knight everything came together at the right creative moment — my love of Egyptian mythology, my long-time passion for archaeology, my ideas about a new type of paranormal hero and more. It all just gelled.

For the Scimitar Magi series I created a new hero.  As a passionate reader of paranormal romance I’ve read my fair share of vampires, weres, fae, shape shifters and demons. And loved them all. But I wanted something new. In Dawn of a Dark Knight the Scimitar Magi are ten pseudo-immortals that live within our world, but struggle to remain incognito. The guys are not exactly thrilled to discover they vowed their eternal soul eons ago to serve the Egyptian gods, and now must execute daemons for the rest of their life.  With no past-life memory, they’ve got no clue how to wield the powers gifted to them by the gods.  Man to super warrior in five minutes with no instruction manual.  So it takes a long time for each Scimitar to work it out. At first losing control at random is the norm, and irritates the bejesus out of the more experienced guys. Incidents happen like blowing up a gas station, which is misinterpreted by the government as a terrorist act.  And then there are the women. The Scimitars each get matched to one woman for all-time, and she is also reincarnated.  But when…and if this woman shows up is entirely up to the gods, who love to muck things up for their entertainment.

4) What is it about the paranormal romance genre that you like so much?

    I’ve always been a voracious reader who gravitated towards the stories about characters that were a little bit beyond normal.  I find not-exactly-human main characters fascinating.  And what a joy to pen characters with superpowers that certainly come with rules, but there is a certain freedom the reader allows for a writer to bend reality so the story can move forward.

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

   I love writing paranormals – it just fits me so well. However, the future is uncharted territory. I love Sci-Fi and fantasy.  And, someday, there may be a story to tell in those genres.

6) Sweet or sour?

Sweet

7) Chocolate or vanilla?  

Chocolate

AUTHOR INFO 

Zoe Forward lives in North Carolina with her family and an assortment of pets. A graduate of Duke University she majored in biological anthropology, but always had a special love for archaeology, especially anything Egyptian. Although a deep part of her wishes she had pursued a career that would have her at a dig site in a hot, sandy country, she’s spent the past ten years as a small animal veterinarian, caring for everything from chinchillas to dogs…and there was even one hermit crab in there. Great fodder for fiction. When she’s not being a vet, a mom or sneaking out to a movie with her husband, she’s at her laptop writing paranormal romance.

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BOOK INFO
In the shadows of our world, a secret band of warriors fights to protect us. They are the last line of defense against an evil no human can stop.
An ancient nemesis has resurfaced. Duty demands that Ashor Vlahos, Scimitar Magi commander, recruit a magical healer to fortify the remaining eight magi. The gods’ choice is the woman who helped him escape torture a decade ago. Ashor couldn’t have imagined a better punishment for his vow-breaker homicidal incidents than for the gods to bind him irrevocably to the only woman in the universe he cannot have. The soul-searing desire she ignites in him is strictly forbidden.
Kira Hardy, M.D. is a brilliant, hardworking internal med resident with big secrets. But when Ashor asks for aid after a brutal daemon attack, she is sucked into his dangerous, secret world. Enslavement to the magi, no matter how hot they are, may be an unattractive life plan, but being targeted for death by their enemies is less tolerable.
She must trust the sexy, tormented Ashor to keep her safe while he must deny his ultimate desire and keep Kira at arm’s length lest he bring destruction down on them both. As a centuries-old evil catches up to them, they face a crucial decision—follow the gods’ rules or follow their hearts.

And there you have her! Hope you like the look into Zoe that you got today. I’ll try to have an update post on what’s going on with my current WIP in the next day or two. It’s kind of cool!