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Never under-estimate the positive power of romance authors. Or the laughs, when they get together. Romance author Ashlyn Chase interviews her friend and fellow romance author and writing partner Dalton Diaz:

AC: So, Dalton, what are you working on these days? I know we have a mutual project, but that’s nonfiction. I’ll bet you also have another bunch of characters in your head that are chattering away at you too.

DD: I have a new series called Hotel Rendezvous, that takes place at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, TX. It’s about a couple who go there to celebrate their anniversary. Um, in bed. <g> The first book, Makin’ It Right, was released on March 2, 2016.

AC: You were already a member of Romance Writers of America when I got there in 2002. When did you join and why?

DD: I joined the New England chapter in 2000, after taking a local adult-ed class taught by Suzanne Brockmann. Until then, I had no idea RWA existed!

AC: Many writers have a hard time balancing family and career, and I’ve admired the way you handle it with a sense of humor. What does your family think about what you do?

DD: They tease me mercilessly. To be fair, they tease me mercilessly about everything. I have no idea where they get it from.

AC: If you couldn’t write, what would you do? I know, that’s a terrible question. I hate it too. I’m just dying to see how you handle it. (Insert evil grin here.)

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DD: Read everything I could get my hands on and wish I could write! I seriously don’t know how to answer this question. I’ve been writing since middle school, and I can’t imagine not being able to do it anymore.

AC: What is your number one distraction?

DD: Real life. I can’t get out of my own way.

AC: I know you like to cook. Tell us how you write as if you’re dictating a recipe.

DD: LOL! I never thought of it this way, but they have a very similar process. An idea of what to cook comes to mind. I let it set for a bit, then research the main ingredients I want to combine until that gels. Then, I go for it!

All in the name of research! Dalton Diaz surrounded by a group of hunks at the Wild Wicked Weekend author and reader conference.

AC: I know the romance genre is important to you. Can you tell us why?

DD: It’s all I like to read. I’m in love with love.

AC: If you could correct one misconception about the romance genre, which one would it be?

DD: That if you write erotic romance, you can’t possibly be happily married and monogamous. It’s ridiculous. No one assumes someone who writes thrillers goes around stabbing people.

AC: Which is your favorite subgenre to write?

DD: M/F, M/M, Menage. It depends on my mood. For now, it all has to be contemporary, and it all has to contain humor.

AC: When readers ask you how long it takes to write a novel, what do you tell them? Truthfully.

DD: It takes me way longer than it should. Can’t get out of my own way, remember? How’s that for truth?

AC: Well this is been ten easy questions with my writing partner, Dalton Diaz. She’s probably going to kill me now. But before she does, I just want the world to know that she’s the reason those books we’ve written together have even seen the light of day. Each time I’ve asked for her contributions, it’s really been a cry for help. I’ve been stuck, or overwhelmed, or sometimes I just felt like I wasn’t up to the task. Not everyone is so lucky to have a person they can turn to, whose writing they love, and whose opinion they respect. I’m looking forward to writing together when I’m not desperate for help, and we can just have fun brainstorming, plotting, and perfecting a new book.

DD: Hah! Back atcha times 10!

You can connect with Dalton Diaz on facebook, twitter, google+ and via her website.  Dalton also blogs for the group blog: 69 Shades of Smut.

You can connect with Ashlyn Chase on facebook, twitter, and via her website. Ashlyn is the author of the light paranormal romance Love Spells Gone Wrong series for Lachesis Publishing.

Ashlyn Chase is also hosting a romance and reader weekend in October. It’s called the Fall In Love with New England conference. And it takes place October 14th and 15th in Manchester, New Hampshire.

 

 

 

Megan Cooke, book reviewer

Megan Cooke is a 20-something special education elementary school teacher based in southern Maryland. 

“The crazy wonderful shenanigans of my students keep me busy in the best way, and I love getting to work with each and every one of them.”  

A dog person Megan has a golden retriever named Cameron, who she says is “the best 65 pound lap dog a girl could ask for.” Megan also loves photography and travel and does a lot of both in her spare time. 

But Megan does something else in her spare time. She reads prolifically and writes about the books she reads, posting her reviews on her blog, on Facebook on Goodreads. She also has a Pinterest page. She used to post her reviews on Amazon, but that changed a few months back when Amazon banned her from its site. More on that later. 

Megan’s fan base is in the thousands. Fellow readers look to her to give an honest and informed opinion on a variety of books. Readers like Megan have something to say, not only that, they also have a lot of clout when it comes to impacting book sales.

Welcome Megan to the Lachesis Publishing Daily Blog.

LP: Tell us how you got started reviewing books and why?

MC: I have always been an avid reader, and have always loved talking about books, and one day on my way home from work I got to thinking about the possibility of starting a book blog to combine both of those loves. I had blogged a bit in college for school related things, so I was somewhat familiar with how to get started, so after talking to my best friend about it, I created my blog, The Never Ending Book Basket. My goal for my blog and reviewing was really just to spread the book love as much as I could, and to have recommendations and reviews for other readers like myself looking for that next great read. I truly believe books can bring us all together if we let them, and almost 3 years later, I still have the same goals for my blog: to connect to other readers and to spread the book love like crazy.

LP: How do you juggle work/family and your passion for reading and reviewing books – how much time do you spend per week reading and reviewing books? How many books do you, on average, review per week?

Diana Durbin can’t decide which book to read.

MC: I will admit when I first started my book blog, I really had no idea what I was doing and I was pretty terrible at balancing it all, but I’ve definitely gotten better about that over the past few years. Now I set aside time two nights a week to set up blog posts and social media posts for my blog’s Facebook page, so that way I can spend the rest of my nights reading and reviewing, as well as spending time with my family and friends. I typically read every night for at least a couple of hours, and I definitely read more on the weekends, so I’d say I read and review about 3-5 books in a typical week. Some weeks I read more, and some I read way less, it just depends on what’s going on. I also beta read for some authors, so if I’m doing that and beta notes, I definitely read a bit less during the week. For me reading has always been an escape, so it never really feels like work to run my blog or to read and review a book. I truly love every minute of it!

What genres do you review and why? How do you acquire the books? Do you buy them yourself or do authors send them to you or both?

Marilyn Monroe book love

MC: I am a true lover of love stories, so most of the books I read and review currently fall into the romance category. I read many subgenres of romance, and I am a huge fan of new adult and contemporary romance, but I also read many other genres of books too. I love young adult, some mystery and suspense, and memoirs too, but really I’ll read any kind of book that piques my interest. Many of the books I review I have purchased myself (my blog got its name from my real never ending book basket full of unread books), though I do sometimes read and review books that are sent to me by authors. I also sign up for blog tours for books, and have received ARC’s in exchange for posting an honest review of that book.

Do you review only new releases or do you review older titles – and why?

MC: I review both new releases and older titles, because I equally love finding those new must reads and getting the chance to tell people about them, while also discovering and loving older titles that other readers recommend to me. Most of the books from my real never ending book basket are older titles. I read and review newer releases, typically when I sign up for a blog tour. When I decide to read a book, it’s because I really want to read that particular book at that moment. I’m definitely a mood reader, and will shift my book choices depending on what mood I’m in and what kind of read I want. Sometimes I want a more emotional read that’ll make me want to throw my tablet or book across the room, and other times I want something lighter that’ll make me laugh and smile like crazy, so I choose my books, both newer and older, accordingly.

LP: Tell us about your blog and your various social media sites. Where can we access your reviews?

Sophia Loren lost in a book

MC: I like to think of my blog as a recommended reading list of sorts. In addition to review posts, I post cover and excerpt reveals for upcoming books, as well as random book related posts. Every book I read is reviewed on my Goodreads page, which is linked to my blog page. I don’t do a full review post on my blog for every book I read, but when I do write a review post, you can find that review on my blog, as well as on my blog’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

LP: What kind of audience reach do you have? And what kind of feedback do you get from YOUR readers about your reviews?

MC: I have about 4000 followers on my blog’s Facebook page, a couple hundred followers of my actual blog, and some followers through Goodreads While I do try my best to get my reviews out there to support the authors I read, and to spread the book love as much as I can, I really try to focus on building authentic connections with my followers. My goal for my audience reach is to have meaningful connections with the people who read my reviews and follow my blog’s various pages, and so far I think I’ve been pretty successful with that. My reviews are typically positive and detailed, so much of the feedback I get about them from other readers is that they can tell I really loved the book based on what I wrote, so that makes them want to read it too. I’ve also had readers tell me they really got a great sense of the book I was reviewing based on what I wrote in my review. A lot of readers also tell me how they felt the same way I did about the books that I’ve read and reviewed, and it’s always great to share the same feelings about books!

Rita Hayworth relaxing with a good book

LP: Do you ever get contacted by authors regarding a review you wrote about one of their books? And if so – have you had any negative/positive connections with authors?

MC: I have been contacted by authors regarding my reviews of their books, and that has led to some amazing connections with authors that have pretty much made my blogging life, haha. There’s been a few times when some of my all-time favorite authors have messaged me to thank me for my review of their book, and I’ve even had the chance to meet some of those authors who’ve messaged me, which has led to some unforgettable moments. I am a true fangirl at heart, so meeting and connecting with these different authors, even through a message or a comment about my reviews, truly means the world to me.

LP: You recently have gone through something quite negative with Amazon. Your blog post about it generated almost 2,000 comments (and counting). Tell us what happened and how you plan to move forward from this. 

Joan Collins’ alter ego Alexis Carrington invented bitch. Amazon, you are no Alexis Carrington.

Oh Amazon . . . About two months ago I received an email from Amazon notifying me that I was banned from reviewing anything on their website, and that all of my previously written reviews had been removed because I had “manipulated product reviews”. I’m still not even sure what that means exactly, and I’ve been given no further clarification from Amazon, despite my repeated efforts for answers. After I wrote about what happened, many people have said that I could’ve been banned for being a part of Amazon’s Affiliate Program and for reviewing books that I linked to, others have said it could be because I know authors or because I have too many 4 and 5 star ratings, and many have told me that Amazon just does what it wants, so that’s why I was banned. At this point I really have no idea why this happened. I have always been a huge supporter of Amazon in the past, using them as the only retailer I purchased e-books from, in addition to buying paperback books, and giving away e-books and gift cards to their website, so to say this whole thing was disheartening is putting it lightly. They removed hundreds of my reviews that I had worked hours on, and they were all gone in an instant and they won’t even tell me why. I’ve since found out that this has happened to countless other book bloggers, as well as other everyday product reviewers. That’s what led me to writing my post, Amazon, You Hit Like a Bitch. I was frustrated, but really I wanted to show that what Amazon did wasn’t okay at all, at least not in my book. I also wanted to show that despite Amazon doing all this to me, I wasn’t going to let that stop me from being the book blogger I wanted to be, and it wasn’t going to stop me one bit from spreading the book love as much as I could. Going forward, I plan to use other book retailers to purchase both paperbacks and e-books, as well as to review my purchases. I also plan to keep sharing what happened to me in hopes that one day maybe Amazon will get its act together with this, or that one day we’ll maybe get an answer as to why they keep doing this to consumers who consistently support them.

LP: I know it’s hard to pick your top three favourite authors (definitely a toughie for me LOL) – but tell us about three authors that consistently wow you.

MC: This is a seriously tough question! (I feel like I’m picking between my favorite tiny humans right now, haha!) I hate to pick just 3 because I could pick tons and tons of authors, since I’ve read some amazing ones in my reading career, but three authors that consistently wow me are Colleen Hoover, Mia Sheridan, and Kim Holden. Each of these seriously talented authors have written some of my all-time favorite books, and I will never forget reading and experiencing their books that have made me cry like a baby in public, on more than one occasion. I’m definitely a lover of emotionally charged stories, and each of these authors have thoughtfully crafted stories that have touched and pulled at every single emotion I have in ways that are distinctive to their specific writing style. They consistently write books that make you think and feel and question with all that you have, and they continue to give me some of the most utterly phenomenal reading experiences.

LP: Way back when, I was a movie critic for a morning radio news program. Over the years I had a few “favourite” moments on air. Tell us about some of YOUR favourite reviews where you felt that you really connected with the book and you were able to convey that in how you wrote about it.

MC: I definitely have had a few reviews stick with me over the past few years. When I wrote my review for Bright Side by Kim Holden, I was an emotional wreck, but in a good way. I was so moved by that book, the meaning of its story, the literal goodness of its main character Kate, and Kim Holden’s writing, and I think I literally poured all of that into that book review. To this day it’s one of my favorite reviews, and I like to think it really captured what it’s like to read that book. (And a fun fact about that review is, 3 days after I wrote it, I got a tattoo of a quote from that book.) Another more recent review was this past January when I read Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros, which is hands down one of the most breathtakingly emotional books I’ve ever read. I was so swept up by the emotions of that book and all that those characters went through, that I started full on crying while writing my review. I was still that consumed and affected by everything with that book, even though I’d finished it days earlier. I worked hours on that review, trying to get it just right, so that I could accurately convey how phenomenal that book and Rebecca Yarros’s writing are. I personally think it’s one of my strongest reviews that truly showed how connected I was to the powerful and emotional journey of the characters in that story.

LP: In your opinion what is the purpose of a book review and what should a well-constructed book review contain?

Marilyn Monroe would have made a fine novelist

MC: I think the purpose of a book review is to show one person’s thoughts and feelings on a book that they read, as well as to show other readers what it might be like to read and experience that particular book. I think it’s important to remember that a review is one person’s opinion, so I think as readers it’s important for us to know what we do and don’t like in the books we read. That way when we read a book review, we can make connections to the review to see if that book is something we might like, or if we might feel the same way as that reviewer. I think a well-constructed book review should really be about what it was like to read that particular book. It should be specific enough to give an idea and a sense of what the book is like to read and what it’s about, but not too specific to where any spoilers or major plot points are revealed. Reviews should also be honest, and whether they contain praise or criticism, or a combination of both, it should always be done in a constructive way with some elaboration. Maybe it’s just the teacher in me needing support for an answer, but I personally want to know why a reader felt a certain way about a book, which is why I make it a point to include that kind of reasoning in my own reviews.

LP: Have you ever considered becoming an author? Why/why not?

MC: I have considered becoming an author, and it’s definitely something I aspire to be. One day I hope to get my act together by actually consistently writing and working on one of the many story ideas floating around in my head. I definitely have a few stories and characters that I’ve been working on for a bit now, and often times my long work commute comes in quite handy for plotting more on those ideas. My phone and various notebooks are filled with these characters and their stories that I’ve come to know and love, and hopefully one day I’ll be able to get it all out on paper.

LP: Bonus: What’s one of your favourite books from your childhood or teen years?

MC: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is hands down my favorite book from my teen years. While I could NEVER pick a favorite book, if I had to make a list of my all-time favorite books, this book would definitely be on that list. That book is amazing, and it means so much to me.

Thank you Megan Cooke for joining us today! 🙂

Connect with reviewer Megan Cooke via her blog: THE NEVER ENDING BOOK BASKET, on Facebook on Goodreads and on Twitter

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Continuing our ongoing series featuring bestselling authors we chat with the talented and prolific New York Times, USA Today and Amazon bestselling author S.E. Smith. In case you didn’t know – S.E Smith is an indie author -which means she is self-published –  and she hit the bestseller lists as an indie author.

How many of your books have been bestsellers and what lists have you hit? How did you celebrate your first big bestseller?

SES: Wow! That is a loaded question. Off the top of my head, I’ve had as many as twelve at one time on a Bestseller list. I’ve had eight of my stories make the USA TODAY and three make the New York Times to date. I celebrated my first New York Times with four nights of hot fudge yogurt for dinner. My hubby twisted my arm, what can I say? I totally adore the guy.

You’re an indie author so hitting a bestseller list might be more of a challenge because you don’t have a publisher or agent backing you. How did you overcome that challenge and become a bestseller?

SES: Hard work . . . Lots of it! I work approximately 80+ hours a week. I also write unique stories that pull the readers, and myself, into the worlds of the characters. I care about my readers and spend time chatting with them. I always answer my emails, comments posted to my website, and FB posts. I enjoy communicating with my readers and find our conversations relaxing and invigorating.

Tell us why you write science fiction and paranormal romance? Why are you passionate about these genres?

SES: I’ve always had a fascination with things that were different. I would lay out on the driveway when I was a child, gaze up at the stars, and wish that I could travel there. I’m also a sucker for any type of books that held a moment of magic in them. My favorites are The Secret Garden, The Black Stallion, The Forgotten Door, and Escape to Witch Mountain. I am totally a kid at heart. My favorite movies include The Princess Bride, Beauty and the Beast, Stardust, Guardians of the Galaxy, the original Star Wars, and the recent movie, The Age of Adeline.

Promotion is an important part of every author’s work routine. What do you think every author should do regardless of whether they are indie or traditionally published?

SES: I believe it is important to stay in touch with your readers. I care about them as an individual. I send out birthday wishes every day, see who has something going on, share pictures and ask them to share, and take the time to listen to what they want. Promotion comes from the heart and it should show that you care about the readers who are supporting you. After all, without them, I wouldn’t have a reason to share my wonderful worlds.

You’re a prolific author – what does a typical workday for you consist of?

SES: Is crazy a good answer? LOL. Each day varies. Some days I’ll spend twelve hours in front of a computer with minor breaks and type thousands of words. Other days, I might not type a single one. If I feel like I need time out, I take it. I have to in order to be able to write. I usually get up around six in the morning, do paperwork until around eight-thirty, work out, then come back and do more work. I do some of my best writing in the late afternoon, early evening. I think it was because that was the only time I had to write when I was working full time.

You have a special jewelry collection that you offer to your readers on your website. Tell us about it and why you put it together?

S.E. Smith custom bookmark

S.E. Smith custom keychain

SES: I enjoy being artistic. If you look at my book covers, you’ll see that. The jewelry emerged when I thought about what it would be like to make smaller versions of my books. I used to do things like this all the time when I was working. It is a natural extension of being in business, having merchandise to go along with the books. S.E. Smith Etsy Page.

What are some pros and cons to being an indie author?

SES: The Cons are the amount of work involved that takes away from writing. As an Indie Author you are the publishing company and every aspect of it. That means everything from the mail clerk to the graphic designer, accountant, marketing expert, fire handler, coffee maker, housekeeper, etc. The writing could easily get lost in all of that if you aren’t careful. You also have to remember to find balance. Without balance, it all comes crashing down. You have to have a family/life outside of everything you are doing and make sure you take care of yourself which is easy to push aside.

The Pros are being the boss of me. I make all of the decisions and can go as far as I want. I also like having the flexibility to branch out into other venues, including other genres, Audiobooks, and movies. Success is in the eye of the beholder, some only feel successful if they achieve a certain criteria, while others might be just happy paying the bills or seeing their name in print. I enjoy the challenge and have to admit, I am learning a tremendous amount.

Not every book can be a bestseller. Heck, some authors only sell a handful of copies – tell us about one book (or author) that you’ve read recently that is a true gem waiting to be discovered.

SES: I could name a dozen in a dozen different genres: Geri Foster, Sylvia McDaniel, Evelyn Lederman, H.D. Smith (no relation), Paula Gruber, Michelle Howard, and M.K. Eidem . . . the list goes on and on! All of these authors write great books and work hard at providing a story that will captivate readers.

What is the coolest/nicest thing a fan/reader has done for you or said to you?

SES: There are so many it is hard to pick just one. The copy of The Secret Garden that I received had me bawling like a baby, the special handmade birthday card that came from the Netherlands was magnificent, the young girl that asked me to include her beloved dog in one of my books was heartwarming, and the fan that reached out to let me know that my stories gave her the strength to fight back after a devastating injury are just a handful of emails, notes, and gifts that I have received. They are the ones I reach for when I get a negative review or am so tired I wonder what I’m doing. I am definitely a giver and for someone to give me a beautiful gift, including an email that says your stories touched me, is something that I hold dear to my heart.

Tell us about your latest release. And what do you have coming down the road?

SES: My newest release is called Voyage of the Defiance. It is a young adult story with heart. The story had been pushing at me to write it for the last five years. I’ve had many readers asking me to write a story they can share with their children/grandchildren and I listened. I love writing, whether it is adult romance, young adult action/adventure, or children’s fantasy. A great story is not limited to age or genre, but to the imagination of the reader. It would be a travesty if I were to ignore the other stories I have to share because they did not fit into a certain category. I hope those that read my stories understand and respect that I am a storyteller who has many stories to share – across all genres/ages.

I have quite a few stories I am working on at the moment. Challenging Saber: The Alliance Book 4; Jaguin’s Love: The Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 8; The Dark Prince’s Prize: Curizan Warriors Book 2; Roarrk’s Revenge: Zion Warriors Book 3; Core’s Attack: Cosmos’ Gateway Book 6; and my Gliese 581g Science Fiction series to name just a few. Yes, I have a few others, but out of respect for the list and my sanity, I’ll just name a few.

Bestselling author S.E. Smith

BONUS: What do you do to “de-stress” or relax and re-energize yourself?

SES: I love going to the movies and camping. I’m also beginning to get back into my drawing and I want to work with clay and do some sculpting. Also, every Friday night I go out on a date with my hero who helps me find the balance I need to continue living whatever new dream I might have.

Find out more about S.E. Smith and connect with her online: Website facebook twitter @sesmithfl pinterest tumblr

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Author Sara Humphreys

We continue our entertaining and enlightening on-going series here at the Lachesis Publishing Daily Blog called The Book That Hooked You. Today’s Q and A features award-winning romance author Sara Humphreys. Sara writes dark and sensual paranormal romance and emotional and sizzling contemporary romance. Welcome Sara!

Take us back to when you first discovered romance novels. When did you become a reader? How old were you? And what was the first book that hooked you? Why? How many times have you read that book?

SH: The first books that I remember falling in love with were the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. But as far as romance goes, it was Christine Feehan’s Dark Prince that hooked me. I remember thinking . . . Where have you been all my life? I went on to devour everything she’s written and then hunted down other authors in the paranormal romance genre.

Who is/are the book(s) that inspired you when you took those first baby steps in your writing career? The books that made you think “Wow, I want to write books like that!”

SH: Pretty much anything by Christine Feehan and Lori Handeland. Lori’s Nightcreature Series is one of my all time favorites! I adore her heroes and her heroines are sassy. Hot sex too!

Tell us about the kind of romance you write and why you love to write it.

SH: I’m best known for my paranormal romance but I’ve recently branched out into contemporary. I promise that readers who love my paranormals will find similarities in my contemporaries! You’ll get a hot protective hero who always puts his woman’s well-being and happiness first. There will be suspense and my signature twists at the end, along with a Happily Ever After. Oh, and hot sex. Did I mention that?

What is one of your favourite Sara Humphreys books and why?

SH: That’s like picking my fave kid. Lol. But usually it’s the book that is completely finished and waiting to be released. Right now it’s The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire. This the fourth installment of the Dead in the City series and the hero is one of my all time favorites. Dakota Shelton is a vampire cowboy with a penchant for cinnamon lollipops and courting a woman the old-fashioned way. Dakota and Trixie’s love story comes out January 5, 2016.

Tell us about a book that you’ve read recently (past year) that you love love love.

Jill Shalvis’ One in a Million. Oh. My. God. It was sexy and laugh out loud funny. Just plain awesome!

Name three of your all-time favourite romance authors and why.

SH: Christine Feehan—Her world building is off the hook and she made me fall in love with the paranormal romance genre.

Lori Handeland—Her heroes are super sexy and totally alpha and she writes some wicked love scenes.

Nora Roberts—Do I really need to say more?

List three qualities that make a “keeper” romance novel and why.

Sizzle between the hero and heroine that burns up the pages.

A bit of suspense to keep me on my toes.

A satisfying happily ever after because the world needs more happy feel good moments and romance novels are full of those!

What is the sweetest/coolest thing a reader has said to you/done for you?

SH: I’m really lucky because my readers are freaking awesome! A few Christmas’ ago, my street team gals (Sara’s Angels) put together a box of ornaments for me. They each gave me an ornament that represented them or their hometown. It brought me to tears! I absolutely loved it and I think of them every time I see the ornaments dangling from the branches of my Christmas tree.

Tell us about your latest release.

SH: BRAVE THE HEAT is the first book in my contemporary romance series, The McGuire Brothers. These five hot guys are all men in uniform and they’ll each get their own HEA. BRAVE THE HEAT is Gavin’s story. He’s the oldest of the five brothers and the fire chief in their hometown. The love of his life left town fifteen years ago without a word. She comes back to Old Brookfield, divorced and with two little girls in tow, to start over. Gavin hopes they can do that together but a series of suspicious fires break out around the time of Jordan’s return. Let’s just say that sparks fly—literally and figuratively.

What’s coming down the road?

SH: The fourth novel in my vampire series will be out in January of 2016 and then in July 2016 the second McGuire Brothers book will be released. Beyond that I have two more Amoveo Legend novels coming, another Dead in the City book. I also have a new paranormal series coming out late 2016—Dragon Heat. This is a spin off of my shifter series, the Amoveo Legend, and I can’t wait for readers to meet my dragons.

BONUS: Sweet tooth or salty snack lover? What do you love to nosh on when writing?

Sara Humphreys at a book signing looking Fit and Fabulous!

SH: Both. It depends on my mood. If I’m really being good about my nutrition, I’ll snack on almonds, cashews, or olives. If I’m on deadline, then all bets are off and no donut is safe. Thank you for having me here today!

The fab Sara Humphreys has also started a Romance Fit Club for romance readers/authors to share info about health, well-being and fitness.

Connect with Sara Humphreys on her website, facebook, twitter, on YouTube, and on pinterest.

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Shana Galen

We’re beginning a great new on-going series here at the Lachesis Publishing Daily Blog. The Book That Hooked You features Q and As with authors, reflecting on the books that first made them fall in love with the genre they write, along with exploring other books and authors they love, as well as telling us about their own work. Today we feature the talented Shana Galen. Shana writes historical romance set in the Regency era. Her books are fan favourites for many readers. Welcome Shana . . . 

Take us back to when you first discovered romance novels. How old were you? And what was the first book that hooked you? Why? How many times have you read that book?

SG: I came to romance novels a little later. I read my first romance as a sophomore in college, and it was The Velvet Promise by Jude Devereaux. I loved the interaction between the hero and heroine—the sexual tension, the repartee, the romance of falling in love. I only read that book once because I was so busy buying more and devouring them. I remember that as soon as I read The Velvet Promise I had the feeling that I’d found what I was looking for. I knew I could write a romance—not in an anyone-can-do-that way, but in a this-is-my-calling way.

List three qualities that make a “keeper” romance novel.

Wouldn’t you love to hang out with Mr. Darcy and Miss Bennett for a while?

SG: The hero is swoony-worthy, I want to move to the setting, the characters become like friends.

Tell us about the kind of romance you write and why you love to write it.

SG: I write historical romance with a lot of action and adventure. I love it because it’s an escape from the everyday. I get to leave this world and go to a place with no cell phones, no TV, and beautiful dresses. Of course, there’s no running water, either, but I try not to think about that! I’ve always loved the past. There’s romance in gloves and hats, manners and introductions. I enjoy writing stories that use those strictures as a foundation and as a springboard.

What is one of your favourite Shana Galen books and why?

SG: The one I just released is definitely one of my favorites. The Rogue You Know is based on the Disney movie Tangled. I love that movie and the hero Flynn Rider. I knew as soon as I saw it that I had to write a book with a Flynn hero and a story was as fun as that movie.

What is your process before you sit down and write?

SG: Um, I get a cup of coffee? I don’t plot or brainstorm, so I just sit down and see what happens when I start typing.

Tell us about a book you’ve read recently (past year) that you absolutely love – and why.

SG: I adored, and I mean adored, the entire Until the End of the World series by Sarah Lyons Fleming. If I had more time, I would stalk her. It was such a tense, gripping story but funny too. The characters have really stayed with me. I think about them often and wonder what they’re up to. Every single book in the series was good too. Sometimes in a series the first book is great but the second book or last book is a letdown. All of these books were top-notch.

Name three of your all-time favourite romance authors and why.

SG: Julie Garwood—her heroines are so funny and sweet and she knows how to hook a reader

Susan Elizabeth Phillips—her books are so funny

Joanna Bourne—I love her storytelling

What is the sweetest/coolest thing a reader has said to you?

SG: Recently a reader told me she was having a rough time and one of my books made her laugh and forget her troubles for a little while. That’s the reason I write.

Tell us about your latest release and what you have coming down the road.

SG: My latest release is The Rogue You Know, and it’s about a thief from the slums of London who wants to get out and start a new life for himself. In the process, he accidentally involves the daughter of an earl, and the two go on a crazy adventure and, of course, fall in love.

Coming soon (Oct. 15)  is the anthology  – Christmas in Duke Street. It features heartwarming holiday stories by Shana Galen, Grace Burrows, Miranda Neville, Carolyn Jewel.

Could cookies ‘n cream popcorn be the ultimate snack for Shana Galen?

Sweet tooth or salty snack lover? What do you love to nosh on when writing?

SG: Sweet tooth! I love cookies. I like to eat popcorn when I’m writing because it’s bite-sized.

Connect with Shana Galen on her website, facebook, twitter, and via the group blog Jaunty Quills.

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Vivienne Lorret

Continuing our ongoing series featuring bestselling authors we chat with the dynamic and delightful USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret. Vivienne writes delicious Regency romance for Avon Impulse Harper Collins. She is the author of two popular series called The Wallflower Wedding Series and the Rakes of Fallow Hall Series

What was your first book that hit a bestseller list? What was the list, where did the book rank when it first hit, and how high did your book get?

VL: Winning Miss Wakefield (Wallflower Weddings, book 2) hit the USA TODAY Bestsellers List at #120. I was so surprised that I didn’t really believe my editor when she called. I started to hyperventilate and I think I might have asked her “Are you kidding me?” about three or four times. The great thing was, she wasn’t kidding. WMW stayed on the list for one glorious week of ear-to-ear grins and random squeals of delight. Then, poof it went away. Shortly thereafter, Finding Miss McFarland hit the list at the same number, for one week, and then poof. Coincidence or magic fairy dust?

When something awesome happens in your career do you celebrate with food, flowers, or fun? Details please. 

Happiness in a cup

VL: Life is short, so I celebrate as often as I can. When I begin a new book, I shop for office supplies—there’s just something about a new pack of Post-it’s, pens, and pencils that adds to the excitement. And since I’m out anyway, I might stop by Starbucks for a grande chai with whip.

When I finish a particularly tough chapter, or write a scene that makes me happy, I’ll do a little victory dance—though I try to steer clear of the windows so I don’t scare the neighbors. And since I’m already in motion, I might slip on my shoes, go for a drive, and grab a grande chai with whip.

When something BIG happens, like a book release or signing a contract for a new series, I usually buy myself flowers (roses or daisies), and maybe . . .  just maybe . . . stop by Starbucks.

What advice can you give authors who really want to hit a bestseller list but haven’t yet?

VL: I don’t think there’s a secret formula for hitting a bestseller list. If there were, I would have figured out how to stay on one, or how to hit the top 100. But I think having a support-team helps. I’ve been blessed with an incredibly supportive editor and publishing house, not to mention the amazing art department. In addition, it helps to write the book you want to read. After all, if you believe in your book, chances are that other people will too. From there, good things will happen. At the very least, you’ll be proud of the pages between the covers. That means a lot.

Promotion is an important part of every author’s work routine. Tell us one promotional approach that has worked well for you.

VL: Facebook is a wonderful way to keep in touch with your fan base—a quick note about the writing process, a picture of your latest hero or heroine, motivational phrases that inspire you, and random/whacky posts all work to make a personal connection to the people who support your career. Hosting rafflecopter contests on your page also helps. It’s important to give back and spread the love whenever possible.

What is one thing you absolutely LOVE about being an author and one thing that makes you BONKERS?

VL: I love writing. The act of touching the keyboard and watching the pictures in my head transform into words is pretty cool. Of course, there are days when that doesn’t happen easily and/or the words don’t quite match the pictures in my head. But those are the days when it’s time to fill up the writer’s well, and usually that’s a fun process.

Interruptions drive me bonkers. When I’m writing a scene, and my mind is traveling back to the Regency period, it’s difficult to tune out the lawn mowers, barking dogs, and the daily screaming contests in the neighborhood. Over the years, I’ve used different methods, from wearing gun-range earmuffs to buying a noise-cancelling machine. Then, there are the interruptions that happen within the walls of my writing domain. It’s harder to ignore “I don’t mean to interrupt, but . . .” The questions could be anything from “Have you seen my glasses?” to “Can you do me a favor and . . .” For years, I would stop what I was doing, help find the glasses, fix dinner, or run errands for anyone who asked. But then, I learned to say no. Not just a hem hawing no, either. A definite I’m-working-and-my-time-is-valuable no. It’s liberating. I highly recommend it.

Who are some of your favourite authors and why?

VL: Kristan Higgins because her books make me laugh so hard that I cry. Lisa Kleypas because her books touch my soul. Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, and Candis Terry because their books are simply fabulous (and they are super nice women, too).

What is the coolest/nicest thing a fan/reader has done for you or said to you?

VL: I received a personal email from a reader one day. She’d written me after spending a night in the hospital with her child. And while reassuring me that her son was fine, she also took a moment out of her life to tell me that my book had helped her through the night. I cried instantly, amazed and awed by this woman. With everything going on in her life, she chose to reach out to me. And I’m thankful each and every day that, in some small way, my book provided the distraction she needed.

Tell us about your latest release and what do you have coming down the road?

VL: My latest release, The Maddening Lord Montwood, came out in paperback on August 18th. Yay! I’m so excited about this book! TMLM is the third and final book in The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series. In the beginning, Lucan Montwood pulled his friends into a high-stakes wager, each of them vowing to be the last bachelor standing. Then one after the other, they started to find love. To me, it seemed fitting that the charming, manipulative Lucan would ultimately fall for a strong-willed woman who could see through his tricks. I loved writing Lucan and Frances’ story.

Coming down the road… I recently finished writing a novella for Avon’s Christmas anthology, All I Want for Christmas is a Duke. The Regency anthology will be out this year on December 1st.

My novella takes place during a Christmas house party. To the Duke of Vale, science is everything. He has invited all the right people in order to reveal a formula designed to generate a suitable marriage partner without engaging in the messy procedure of courting . . . (think of it as a Match.com in the Regency era). North’s method is clean and flawless. That is, until the impulsive Ivy Sutherland crosses his path. She makes him question all of his data, forcing him to admit that he failed to catalog one vital element for a perfect match . . . love.

In your daily work routine what do you do first and why? A. write/plot/creative B. social media/promotion C. email/admin

VL: Most of the time, a. I like to start writing with a fresh brain. Umm . . . that sort of makes me sound like a zombie. Mmm . . . fresh brains! Then again, that’s usually how I feel until I’ve had my first cup of tea.

So this is where all the Post-its went.

What would I find on your desk at this very moment?

VL: A lot of Post-its, pens, and papers. I’m in new-series-mode right now, so it’s kind of a mess. I have family trees, character sketches, and a calendar that serves as a ticking clock for each deadline. Beside my desk hangs a huge whiteboard full of story notes. Above my desk, I also keep a slew of notes, reminding myself to focus and to write the book I want to read, among other things. My office can be described as organized chaos.

BONUS: Finish this sentence: I’m a writer because . . .

VL: I’m a writer because that’s the line I stood in when they were handing out souls.

Thanks for having me here today! This was fun and I loved your questions!

USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Vivienne Lorret loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order … but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is proud to be an Avon Impulse author of works including: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, The Wallflower Wedding Series, and The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series.

Connect with Vivienne Lorret on her website, on facebook, on twitter, and on pinterest. 

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So how do you get a bunch of readers to help you promote and sell your books? By starting your own Street Team! Street Teams have become a dynamic and important way for authors to connect with fans and build readership. Street Teams are able to reach out to potential readers to help boost sales of new releases and help generate sales for older releases as well. And they are lots of fun! Bestselling authors Ashlyn ChaseMichelle Pillow and Zoe York  all have their own Street Teams. They join us today for a special Q and A:

How did you start your Street Team?

Ashlyn Chase: I put out a call on my facebook fan page as well as my yahoo fan group. My original intention was to have 50 members, one in each state. Well, I have 50 members and about 45 states represented. A few states have 2 members. I just couldn’t find a fan in the Dakotas, Montana, Minnesota, or New Mexico.

Michelle Pillow: I think of it more as a reader group rather than a street team because first and foremost they are my readers. I started it because I wanted a place where my readers could gather and ask/answer questions, as well as get access to my latest news and coverart, and help spread the word on social media.

Zoe York: I’m a big believer in the maxim, “build it and they will come”, so I started a so-called “street team” on Facebook soon after I published my first book, long before I had any fans. It’s grown passively from there. One of my favourite things to tell new authors is that for six months, my FB reader group only had six people in it: me, my critique partner, my sister, two early fans from Goodreads, and my Uncle Matt.

What is your Street Team called?

Ashlyn Chase: Ashlyn Chase Champions 

Michelle Pillow: The Pillow Fighters

Zoe York: The Wardham Ambassadors, after my first series.

What do you do for your Street Team?

Ashlyn Chase’s Sweet Swag for her Street Team members.

Ashlyn Chase: I send them physical promos to hand out and books to review (if they’re willing.) I hold a contest during promo heavy months on the 15th of that month for a $15 gift card. I also send each member a holiday card and gift each year.

Michelle Pillow: I host exclusive contests. Sometimes they get access to the ARC of a book that has yet to release.

Zoe York: I give them sneak peeks into upcoming books, often sharing excerpts as I write and exclusive inspiration pictures. I also give them first dibs on Advance Review Copies (ARCs) of my upcoming releases.

Michelle Pillow’s Street Team has a sexy logo and a sassy name.

What does your Street Team do for you?

Ashlyn Chase: I ask for tweets, facebook and other social media shares when I have something new to promote. Some members review my books and post those reviews on their blogs or review sites. They all hand out my promos and talk up my books.

Michelle Pillow: They spread the word about my books on social media. They can answer questions for other readers regarding series orders, or about something I posted that another reader might have missed. They also like to give me feedback about which stories they want me working on. But, most of all, their enthusiasm and support is what makes my job awesome.

Zoe York: The ones who get review copies are great about leaving honest reviews on release day, and the whole group is an amazing cheerleading support as I write.

What are the pros of having a Street Team?

Ashlyn Chase: Besides the (hopefully) increased sales, I like knowing my die-hard fans. I give them a little more personal glimpse into my life and career and let them know me a little better too. Some of us have become dear friends.

Some of Zoe York’s offerings to her Street Team members.

Michelle Pillow: Exposure to your author brand.

Zoe York: Direct access to my best readers – I can poll them for future book ideas, run giveaways, and share review copies, all in one place.

What are the cons to having a Street Team?

 

Ashlyn Chase regularly sends her Street Team members gifts and goodies.

Ashlyn Chase: Other than the cost of postage, I can’t think of much. I guess there are risks, although I haven’t experienced any (that I know of.) There’s always the chance of piracy with any advanced review copy, or being taken advantage of in other ways. But I can’t imagine why anyone would join a street team if they didn’t want to help the author.

Michelle Pillow: The time involved. If you have an active group, it’s a lot of catching up on posts if you are gone for a day.

Zoe York: I worry about over-eager marketing pushes, but so far that’s a hypothetical con. It seems like all of my Wardham Ambassadors get the chill vibe I project and keep the action at the review level.

Zoe York’s Giveaway Goodies

What was your most successful Street Team event or promotion?

Ashlyn Chase: It’s hard to say. One of my street teamers has a regular booth at a swap meet and her local Comicon and offers my promos to thousands of attendees.

Michelle Pillow: Driving reviews to vendor sites.

Zoe York: I did a giveaway within the group in November that was a big hit—they got an entry for every review they left. I gave away paperbacks and mini swag packs, which they loved, and I got a bunch of new reviews from the people who’d fallen behind on their review posting. I’ll definitely do that again in the spring.

How much time out of your day does it take to manage your Street Team?

Ashlyn Chase runs regular contests for her Street Team members.

Ashlyn Chase: Very little “management” happens in my life. LOL During release months I post to our secret facebook group, asking for social media shares. I have the whole 50 in a group email list and send out news of a galley for them to review or new promos just in. I don’t assume everyone has time to do everything, so the biggest part of my ‘management’ is keeping track of who wants to do what at any given time.

Michelle Pillow: An active group is a good thing. It also is a time consuming thing. I peek in all day long if I can. I also have a couple of moderators in there to help and who can give me a heads up if I miss anything.

Zoe York: Not much at all, because it’s more of a reader group, so it’s no different than responding to emails or liking posts on my FB page. It’s part of my Facebook routine. I don’t have to create any content for the group, either – I share bits when it occurs to me, not at a regular interval.

How has your Street Team impacted your sales?

Ashlyn Chase: It’s really hard to say. I wish I knew.

Michelle PIllow’s Street Team members show their support and love in many ways.

Michelle Pillow: Any time you have people out there talking positively about your books and spreading the word, it’s a good thing. Mine is still new, but so far the reader group has been great for exposure

Zoe York: Hard to say . . . their biggest impact has really been the moral support they give me when I’m writing. They cheer me on and motivate me to put in a full day’s work to get the book to them faster.

For an author, just getting started – what advice can you give her/him about starting a Street Team?

Ashlyn Chase: I’d say decide on the number of members you can handle and start small. At some point you may lose one or two who become too busy, but you’ll gain ten times more every time you put out the call for new members. Say you have ‘openings’. I keep a waiting list when I put out the call and get more volunteers than I have openings.

Michelle Pillow: Know going in that there can be a lot of administrative work. Facebook groups can be very active, and that’s a good thing. However, when you’re on deadline it can also be a very hard thing to keep up with. Think about asking a few dedicated readers that you trust to act like moderators. Or hire a Virtual Assistant.

Zoe York: Create the placeholder group right away. Your very first reader might be a superfan. Or you might be like me and wait six months until it starts to grow. But no one is going to judge you for having a quiet group! No one will even notice. So set it up, and be ready for that first superfan. They’ll probably bring a few friends.

Ashlyn Chase is a best selling author who writes funny and sexy, light paranormal romances and erotic romances. 

 

 

Michelle Pillow is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of futuristic shape shifter romances and dark paranormal romances

 

 

 

Zoe York is a New York Times and USA Today best selling author who writes sexy, small town, contemporary romances

 

 

 

 

 

barbaravey.com

Our special guest today at the Lachesis Publishing Daily Blog – is Barbara Vey. For seven years, Barbara wrote a regular column for Publisher’s Weekly about women’s fiction. It was called BEYOND HER BOOK and it was required reading if you wanted to know what was what in romance fiction and other women’s fiction. Last year, Barbara moved BEYOND HER BOOK to her website where she carries on writing about women’s fiction and sharing her love of books. She continues to speak at conferences and other publishing events. Her achievements include being honoured with the 2012 Romance Writers of America’s Vivian Stephen’s Industry Award and the 2013 RT Magazine Melinda Helfer Award.  Barbara also organizes a wonderful annual event called the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon which will take place on April 25. 

Author Victoria Holt

What was the first book that hooked you as a fan/reader of women’s fiction and what do you remember about that book that really stood out? 

I know most readers remember the name of the first book, but, for me, it was an author, Victoria Holt.  Her books were dark, mysterious and oh, so romantic to a young girl.

Tell us how you came to write the Beyond Her Book column for Publisher’s Weekly? 

I saw a reader/author cruise advertised in a paperback I was reading.  Before I left, I read a book by every author attending and emailed them to thank them for writing their book and I’d be seeing them on the cruise.  I attended almost every event and won nearly all the trivia contests I entered, so by the end I knew all the authors quite well.  One morning I was eating on deck and a young woman walked by and I asked her if she’d like to join us (I was with author, Marjorie Liu).  She was Karen Holt, deputy director of Publishers Weekly.  Being a reader, I thought that was a publisher, so I told her to sit down and I would tell her everything wrong with publishing from a reader’s point of view.  She wrote an article about me and about 3 months later offered me a job writing a blog for their new online magazine.  I turned her down (several times) telling her I was a reader, not a writer, but she talked me into trying.  The rest, as they say, is history.

What changed in the industry over the seven years you wrote your column for PW.com?

The biggest change has been the rise of ebooks and self-publishing.  When I saw my first klunky Sony reader, I thought it was cool, but wouldn’t catch on because I would want it back-lit and it didn’t come that way.  I did meet a number of authors who used a vanity press to print their own books and even reviewed a few.  None were very good.  I didn’t know about Amazon and have been horrified seeing all the book stores closing.  It’s like a stake in my heart every time I hear about another one.

It’s been a year since you moved your Beyond Her Book column from the Publisher’s Weekly site to your own website BarbaraVey.com. Why did you decide to make that transition and how has it turned out for you?

Publishers Weekly has always been great to me.  I learned so much, met amazing people and got to travel.  I’ve won awards from RWA and RT Magazine and was even asked to speak at Oxford.  But, time changes things.  A new owner brought new ideas and I think because when I started all women were in charge and when I left it was all men, they never really got the idea of how popular and important the romance industry is.  Besides, I wanted to try new things and say what I wanted.  What better way than with your own platform?

What do you offer on your site for authors in terms of promotion?

Barbara Vey’s interview with author Kate Hardy on her YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/barbaravey

Every Tuesday I publish a list of new releases.  Anyone can send them in.  I write about the books I read and occasionally have readers send me some.  I love promoting books that are used for charity.  Many times authors will write anthologies with the proceeds for different charities.  I work with publishers to let authors know when special events are going on to get their books published.  I offer the authors the opportunity to write about conferences I don’t/can’t attend by letting them be my Cub Reporters.  They tell readers about the event and I add their bio and book cover to the story.  When I’m at conferences I’ll do interviews, both written and video.  My YouTube channel has over 130 interviews.  I allow ads on my page, but I don’t do blog hops or book tours.  My readers love to hear about things from the authors no one else knows about, not just rambling about their new books.  I was doing 365 days of free books and I may go back to that next year where a different author gives one of their books away a day.  I love trying new things.

In A Nutshell: Book Marketing, Book Trailers and Author Etiquette

You’ve co-authored a book (with Sheila Clover English of Circle of Seven) about marketing – called In A Nutshell – Book Marketing, Book Trailers and Author Etiquette. What are some key points that you address in the book that you believe that authors really need to “get”?

Because my part of the book was from the reader’s point of view, I really wanted to get across how the authors are perceived in public. Whether it was at conferences, conventions, booksignings, library events or even on social media. Many don’t use much common sense that I’ve noticed. Simple things like smiling, thanking readers, paying attention when with readers and not distracted by their author friends around them. I tried to put out helpful hints on how to answer awkward questions I’ve heard from readers that seem to stop authors dead in their tracks. It’s really a book for newbies who have no clue how to act at conferences or what is and isn’t considered proper behavior. When one wants to become a public figure, they must be prepared to be “on” all the time. I think it’s a fan’s expectation and if an author is rude to a reader, the reader has lost all respect for them and will not only stop buying their books, but also tell everyone they know about the experience.  That’s for both public and online interactions.

Do you think the best authors are also smart business people and why?

I’m not sure what you mean by best. Best selling or best writing, because they can be two different things. I think, on the whole, the smart ones come out ahead. They make a plan. They sit down and write the best book they can, follow the people they’d most like to be like, talk to the best in the industry and listen to them. Pay attention to what’s going on around you.  Smart writers know their audiences and will write for them and market to them.  You don’t want to do a blog tour stop on a paranormal blog if you write inspirational.

Who are some of your favourite authors and why?

My favorite go-to authors that I read more than once are Jennifer Crusie (Bet Me) for her humor and great characters, Linda Howard for her Mackenzie series and suspense, Amanda Quick, Shana Galen, Elizabeth Hoyt, Joanna Bourne for their historicals, Suzanne Brockmann for her Navy Seals, Sherrilyn Kenyon for her Dark Hunters, Christine Feehan for her Ghost Walkers, J.D. Robb’s In Death series, Josie Brown’s Housewife Assassin series, Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and obviously a million more that would take up pages. Let’s just say I read almost everything.  I’ve learned that each author has their own unique characteristics that draw me in and to pick favorites is comparing apples to oranges. Depending on my mood lots of times steers my reading.

Barbara Vey’s mobile desk.

What would I find on your desk at this very moment? 

Here’s the thing, my lap is my desk. I sit in a recliner with an afghan over my legs (it is Wisconsin) and a cup of coffee. Pen’s, paper, stickies are all a thing of the past. I keep all my notes on a note app, I have a stickies app and I communicate through my computer through emails, social media, messaging and Skype. And yes, I am one of those people who take my laptop to bed with me. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and work.

You have a special Reader Appreciation luncheon coming up on April 25th. Tell us about that.

I always was dismayed that authors never seemed to come to Milwaukee. My mom was an avid reader and we shared the love of books. After she passed away, I wanted to do something to honor her memory, so I invited some of my closest author friends to come up for a luncheon.  We ended up with 240 readers at a community center and my sister baked 300 cupcakes for dessert. Four years later, we are hosting the event in a hotel and it sold out last July in 12 hours (500 readers and 61 authors). We now offer a Friday night Q&A open to the public with a meet and greet after, Saturday Luncheon and booksigning. This year we added a Saturday night Pizza Party and authors, Cherry Adair and Tina DeSalvo, are doing a Reader Party later.  Our hotel sold out and we have an overflow hotel.  Readers come from all over the US and Canada and we’ve even seen some from England and Australia.  Readers are already asking about tickets for the 2016 event, but they won’t go on sale until August 1st.  Anyone can sign up for the reminder newsletter at my website.

You can connect with the wonderful Barbara Vey on her website, and on facebook, on twitter and on YouTube.

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