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Round 2 with Lachesis Publishing, author Patricia Grasso! Patricia is an award-winning, and national best-selling author, who has been writing for many years. Patricia has several historical romance titles at Lachesis Publishing, including the Scottish historical romance Pagan Bride about a psychic heroine in Queen Mary’s court, and the Regency romance series The Douglas series about three sisters in Regency England and her latest series the Lords of Stratford featuring Beauty and the Earl.

What was your favourite book as a child and why?

Well, I did enjoy Dick, Jane, and Spot. (“See Dick run. Run, Dick, run”) Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast were my favorite fairy tales. You’d know that if you read my books. My reading tastes changed as I grew older. When I was a junior in high school, I read Gone With the Wind and hid Rhett and Scarlett behind my history book in class. In English class, we read Tale of Two Cities. I loved the history and adventure. In my senior year, I fell in love with William Shakespeare and all the Greek gods and goddesses.

Who was your favourite teacher growing up and why?

I’ve sat in the classes of some great (and not-so-great) teachers. One stands out in my mind. I adored Miss Campanella, my kindergarten teacher. She made me and all her students feel special. I remember learning a song about a duck that goes “quack, quack, quack”. We walked around the room—singing that song, waddling like ducks, and saying “quack, quack, quack”.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I was thirteen, I told a friend that I wanted to be a teacher and a writer (in spite of the fact that I never wrote anything). Of course, I also wanted to travel to foreign countries and live in each for a whole year. Unfortunately for me, I don’t travel well so there went all those exotic lands. I did become a teacher and, much later, wrote my first novel, HIGHLAND BELLE.

Who in the writing/publishing world do you admire and why?

I admire the editors, especially the editors with whom I’ve worked. Tina Moskow, Monica Harris, Laura Cifelli, Maggie Crawford, John Scognamiglio, Joanna D’Angelo. I learned something about writing from each of them.

Tell us about your daily writing routine – what do you typically do every day?

I create best in the AM and revise in the PM. No matter the time of day or night, I stop everything when my characters start talking to each other inside my head. I need to write down their conversations so I won’t forget. I always carry a notebook and pens with me wherever I go. I think I had more discipline when I taught school. I knew I needed to write as soon as I got home, or I wouldn’t be able to sit down until the next afternoon.

What is your favourite snack or guilty pleasure food that you (may or many not 😉 indulge in when writing?

I don’t indulge in guilty pleasures when writing. But, I do have guilty pleasures. My favorite guilty pleasure is pepperoni pizza. (I’ve always been a cheap date.)  I was born with a monstrous sweet tooth. My favorite cake is white or gold with whipped cream frosting. I’ll share pizza and sweets, but no one touches my cake. I only buy one per year, but, if I must offer someone a slice, I need to buy another cake.

What does “writing voice” mean to you?

Regarding writer’s voice. Every person in the world is different. There’s no one like you or me. I suppose a writer’s voice is the person’s unique way of telling a story. Most newbie writers need to find their own distinctive voice, which I suspect, mirrors that person’s temperament and world view. I’m an optimistic realist. When things go wrong, I suffer like everyone else but bounce back relatively quickly. I know every cloud has a silver lining. In other words, life is not a tragedy. I think my unique writer’s voice reflects that. Humorous, light, witty, sarcastic at times.

What do you want to accomplish in the next five years in your writing career? 

Besides the obvious fame and fortune, I want to write two books a year and meet more writers and readers. I’ve met many fantastic writers who’ve become friends. I would never have known wonderful readers like Danielle DeBuono, Dorothy Poitra, and Kristi Ahlers. By the way, Kristi isn’t just a reader anymore. She’s an author. Check out her books.

Connect with Patricia Grasso online on her web site and on facebook

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Today’s Sneak Peek is Identity by Christine Mazurkone of four novellas in the lovely and lyrical Sisters of Spirit Anthology (Lachesis Publishing). The anthology features four stories about four very special friends. Written by four real life friends: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Annette Blair, Lynn Jenssen, Christine Mazurk (Lachesis Publishing author of Passion’s Race) and Jeanine Duval Spikes (also known as J.D. Spikes Lachesis Publishing author of The Possession).

What It’s About:

Four life-long friends face the biggest changes of their lives.

Four sisters—not related by blood—but by spirit, each embark on a quest

Four women find out what they’re truly made of, and what love really means.

In “Identity” by Christine Mazurk, a young woman embarks on a complete life-change after losing more than 100 pounds, and through a twist of fate finds herself training for a marathon under the guidance of a super sexy coach. But when she starts falling for the hunky trainer, can she trust her new-found confidence to take her to the finish line?

EXCERPT:

Bryce Evans and her three friends separated on the beach, their laughter dying on the breeze. A supportive silence descended as they each meandered to a different area among the sand and rocks. Bryce wandered toward the water, drawn as always by the solace of the ocean’s rhythmic swell.

She stood staring out, pensive, reflecting on her future, when out of the corner of her eye, she caught a flash of sunlight on a tiny buckle. She bent down, and noticing a small red leather strap, reached to dislodge it from the sand.

A luggage tag. She brushed off the sand, the texture of engraved words and a symbol rough against her fingertips. The symbol looked familiar, but she couldn’t remember where she’d seen it, and next to the symbol, the name John Connery.

A wave of sadness washed over her as she pressed the tag to her heart. A weight settled in her chest, and she wondered if the feeling connected to Mr. Connery, or to her own unrest?

She turned, eager to share her find with her friends, and noticed they each studied an item they held in their hands. Marina, a smile cresting, held a pair of sunglasses, small and red, probably belonged to a little girl. Anastasia fumbled with a crusty old camera, battered beyond use, but she opened the case and removed the chip, studying it with a dreamy expression on her face. And Clara, she cradled a small turtle shell on a rope, her fingers gentle as she tried to dislodge something from within.

The girls hiked back toward the car with thoughtful expressions playing across their faces. Bryce watched her footing on the rocky, rutted path, but once again smoothed her thumb over the silver luggage tag.

How odd that on their first visit to this particular beach, they each found something other than unique shells, cool rocks, or colored glass? A hidden cove, Marina called it, a beach protected by a reef and used only by the residents of the few houses standing yards away from the marsh grass and milkweed.

Privately owned, but closed for the winter, she said the owners would return to the island after the first of June.

Strange, too, that Bryce found an ID tag.

Just last night, she told her friends that though she’d lost close to one hundred pounds and had reshaped her body, her soul felt empty. Or lost. Her small boutique thrived. She even signed an exclusive with two new, young and talented designers, but that defined her as a business woman, not as an individual. Who was Bryce Evans? What would fulfill her?

Marina’s impromptu modeling of her treasure had the girls giggling. She still wore the heart-shaped sunglasses she found, the lenses smudged with sand and salt. Bryce laughed. “Can you even see through those things?”

“A bit blurry, but then that’s how my life’s been lately.” That brought on a fresh wave of laughter.

“You’ll be the fashion plate once they’re cleaned up,” Bryce added with a chuckle.

“Well, at least you guys have jobs,” Anastasia shrugged her shoulders, the beat-up waterproof camera hanging from her wrist.

“So, you’re the one who sent the SOS.” Clara turned to Anastasia. Her fingers stroked the turtle shell that held her artifact, carefully wrapped in weatherproof material, and cradled within the shell.

Anastasia shook her head, the sunlight highlighting the teal streaks in her curly blonde hair. “No, it wasn’t me. I’ve been too busy searching for work.”

Clara looked at Bryce. “Not me,” she replied. “But like I said last night, I needed this. Marina?”

“Nope, I’ve been suffering in silence, trying to figure out what to do.” Her eyes looked sad, though she smiled. “It’s like the Universe sent it, brought us together in our time of need. As connected as we are, it shouldn’t surprise us that we’re dealing with personal issues at the same time.”

The other girls nodded.

Last night, they shared their problems, and though no solutions appeared, their spiritual bond eased the loneliness of dealing with them. Maybe this SOS was the Universe speaking to them. Could their journey—the search for what they most wanted in life—have begun?

 

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Back at the house, after a few glasses of wine and an outstanding dinner, they sat around the large dining room table, studying the unique treasures set before them. Bryce picked up the tag and flipped it over. The business card inside was water-stained and illegible, except for a small logo and the words: John’s Gym.

“I felt such sadness when I touched it,” Bryce said. “And get this, it’s engraved: John Connery—my hero, and under that, the name Mike. Mike’s hero; such a sentiment, makes me want to return it to its rightful owner, but how did John Connery’s luggage tag end up on that beach?”

“Leave it to Bryce to feel her item,” Clara said.

“A true empath,” Anastasia added.

Marina nodded, the small sunglasses now worn like a headband, holding her blonde hair off her face.

“I’ve seen this symbol somewhere.” She passed the tag around to the girls. “But I can’t remember where or what it stands for.”

Both Clara and Marina shook their heads.

Anastasia studied it a second, and then said, “I’ve seen it on the back window of several SUVs. But what does a thick M with a dot over it mean?”

Clara burst out laughing, “Anastasia, you amaze me. You never miss a thing, do you? If it had an aura, you’d see that, too.”

That got a smug ‘that’s how I roll’ look from their friend.

“So, Marina, what are you going to do with those?” Bryce asked as she opened her iPad to search the symbol and the location of John’s Gym.

Marina plucked them off her head, and stared at them with intent. “There’s a story in these.”

Marina worked at a preschool, one she wasn’t too happy with at the moment, but because she loved the kids so much, she fought the urge to quit. Even though her dream was to write fulltime. She was a writer, not yet published, but trying, and though they all had active imaginations, Marina constantly searched for her next story. She was by far the most prolific of the group, and she also was the glue that cemented the Sisters.

Their bond ran deep, a universal connection they recognized the instant they met, and over the years, intensified.

“It’s an Ironman symbol,” she said when the link opened. “I watched one once. It’s an intense, all day triathlon. I remember thinking never in a million years. Why someone would choose to put their body through that is beyond me. Running a few miles a day is grueling enough.”

“Never say never,” Marina said. “Two years ago, could you fathom losing this much weight?”

“No,” she replied as she clicked the link for the gym. When it opened, she gasped. “Oh, good God, John’s Gym is three blocks from my boutique!”

 

*     *     *

 

Instead of eating breakfast, Bryce went for a run. She ran along the water’s edge, past Marina’s mom’s memorial rock, and up the steep road that led to the golf course and South Beach.

They were heading back to the mainland on the evening ferry, and as she ran, she decided to stop at the gym on her way home. She turned and sprinted back to the house.

After sipping a protein shake, she showered and put on her ‘skinny jeans’ and a bright purple polo, which enhanced the green of her eyes, then she took her backpack downstairs and set it by the door. She dropped her high-heeled sandals next to it, and went to help the girls close up the house.

The ferry ride, as usual, was filled with laughter and chatter as they highlighted moments from their weekend. After a flurry of hugs, and kisses, and goodbyes, Bryce headed for the Long Island ferry, anticipating a much quieter ride.

She used the time to once again reflect upon what she searched for. What was missing?

Bryce parked her Jeep behind the boutique and walked to John’s Gym. She hesitated for a split second before pushing open the door. The first thing she noticed was the hunk lifting weights with a petite blonde, a tall guy with broad shoulders and well developed, toned muscles, his dark hair clinging to his neck. He grabbed a towel, said something to the girl, then turned and walked in her direction. He gave her the once over, his gaze traveled from the top of her head, down to her toes, and back up again.

Her breath caught in her throat.

As he approached, she noticed his light-colored eyes and warm smile. He extended his hand. “Hi, I’m Mike Connery. How can I help you?”

When she gripped it, electricity shot up her arm. She let go, her heart now beating twice as fast. She opened the front pocket of her backpack and extracted the tag. “I think this belongs to someone you know.”

His eyes welled and a look of devastation crossed his face, and her heart somersaulted in her chest. The muscle beneath his jaw pulsed as he reached out to take it from her.

“Where did you get this?”

Like what you’ve read? Check out “Identity” by Christine Mazurk in the Sisters of Spirit Anthology. You can purchase it at Lachesis Publishing and on Amazon.com.

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Good Morning! Our weekly draw winner of our Question of the Week is Arlene Galloway. Our Lachesis Publishing Question of the Week was: What is your favourite Dr. Seuss book? And Arlene’s reply was: Horton Hears a Who!

Arlene gets to choose an e-book of her choice from our Lachesis Publishing site for her prize. Remember to play again next Friday for your chance to win a free e-book! from Lachesis Publishing. Cheers! jojo

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Week 2 and counting in our Lachesis Publishing‘s QUESTION OF THE WEEK!

Every Friday we’re asking a question right here. You have until midnight tonight (EST) to leave a comment to get your name put in a draw to win a free e-book! The winner will get to choose one e-book from our site (winner’s choice!) and we will send it to him or her. On Saturday morning, I’ll post the winner’s name here and on our Lachesis Publishing facebook page and contact him/her on facebook as well.

This week’s question is:

What is your favourite Dr. Seuss Book?

Good luck and happy reading!

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Happy Birthday to us! But guess who gets the presents? You!

We’re celebrating Lachesis Publishing‘s 9th year with lots of great deals! In addition to our FREE BOOKS and our .99 CENT DEALS we are ALSO offering 50% off on every other e-book for the entire month of September.

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Today we chat with the wonderful and amazing Michelle Grajkowski who is the founder of the dynamic 3 Seas Literary Agency.

About Michelle:

From the moment Michelle Grajkowski first opened the doors to the 3 Seas Literary Agency in August of 2000, she has been living her dream. (What could be better than surrounding yourself with amazing authors and their exciting and imaginative books?)

Since then, she’s successfully sold more than 475 projects into all the major publishing houses. Her clients include New York Times Bestselling Authors Katie MacAlister, Cathy McDavid, Kerrelyn Sparks and C.L. Wilson. Michelle primarily represents romance, women’s fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction. She is currently looking for fantastic writers with a voice of their own.

When not curled up with a great manuscript, Michelle loves to spend time with her husband, children and her two crazy puppies, who refuse to grow up, Libby and Gizmo.

Tell us about 3 Seas Literary Agency and how you launched. (bad pun 😉

Well…  I really came into agenting in a round-about way!  When I was in high school, my aunt published 3 books with Harlequin.  She dedicated one of them to me, and I was hooked. I really thought I wanted to be a writer. So, I attended the UW Madison and majored in Journalism, all the time thinking I would write. But, while there, I was working as a student for the UW Hospital in the Purchasing Department and discovered my love for business. I knew I wanted to go into sales, so I changed my focus from writing to marketing and public relations.

Right out of college, my first job was selling computers to the education market in the state of Wisconsin. I loved selling – the networking, communication, problem solving – everything that came with the career, but I HATED computers.

Flash forward a year –  my aunt had suffered a health scare (and thankfully is OK!), but to get her back into writing, my mom, my grandma, my aunt and I all formed a critique group, and I started writing a romance. Let’s just say I got through one chapter . . . Anyway, I loved going to the meetings. I loved editing, brainstorming, critiquing – everything that goes into writing, but the writing itself! I told my family I would rather sell their stuff than to write my own.

And, thank God for my aunt – she told me people actually do that for a living.  I knew right then and there that agenting was the career for me.

So, I joined RWA, read the RWRs from cover to cover, learned who was buying romances, took a trip to New York and met with all the major houses while I was there. I asked them if being an agent in Madison, Wisconsin would be a problem, and thank goodness they all responded with a “no.”  They said with email, phone and FAXES (am I dating myself or what?!) that an agent could agent from anywhere – as long as they had an eye for talent and an understanding of the business.

The rest, as they say is history! I officially opened my doors to the 3 Seas Literary Agency in August of 2000. Seven years later, my amazing Aunt Cori joined my agency as an Agent.

My business truly is a family affair!  My grandma helps with office work, my mom with my computer needs, and in January, I hired my husband as my full-time business manager. He has his MBA and retired the beginning of this year after 24 years in the military. It’s been a remarkable journey, and I’m so blessed to have built a successful business that my family is such a huge part of!

Who are some of the authors that you represent?

3 Seas represents about 60 authors, including Lachesis’ own JoMarie DeGioia. Personally, I also represent NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors Katie MacAlister, Cathy McDavid, Alexis MorganKerrelyn Sparks and C.L. Wilson. The agency also represents award-winning YA authors Jennifer Brown and Natalie Richards. And, recently, I just sold an amazing non-fiction project, PENGUIN’S CAN’T FLY, to St. Martin’s Press by nationally renowned motivational speaker Jason Kotecki. As a whole, we mainly represent romance, women’s fiction and children’s books (YA and Middle Grade), but we also represent mysteries and thrillers as well as select non-fiction titles. Our client list can be found on our website, www.threeseasagency.com. We are also active on Facebook and Twitter.

What can a literary agent do for authors that they can’t do for themselves?

This is such a great question because our role ever-changing.

As an agent, I handle each one of my author’s careers individually, and I try to cater to their individual needs. Some of my clients call with a nibble of an idea which we brainstorm. I love, love, love to brainstorm! From that point, my authors will send me their proposals and full manuscripts, which I edit and critique.

It’s an agent’s job to know the market, to know the key players and to help our authors make the best deal possible for their individual career. So, I spend a lot of time developing relationships on all levels.

An agent also needs to understand publishing contracts. It’s our job to make sure our clients are signing the best contracts possible. I send my contracts to my attorney who reads over all the fine print and together we negotiate boilerplate contracts so the terms tip to favor my authors.

We also help with marketing and publicity ideas, and use social media to get the word out about new releases, etc . . .

The most important value that an agent brings to the table, though, is advocacy. I love each and every one of my clients and am there to fight for them however they need me. If they have an icky copyedit, I call the editor to discuss it so they don’t have to have that conversation first. If there is an issue with the cover, I try to smooth it over and fix it with the editor. If royalties don’t reconcile, we are there to work with the accounting department to fix the errors.  And, if an author receives a rejection or a not-so-happy review, we are there in their corner, lifting them back up and making sure everything will be all right.

I love my job – I love advocating for my clients and helping them reach all their goals and dreams.  It’s a blessing, and I feel so lucky to be able to work in such a fun, creative business.

What do you think the role of the author is, once his or her book is released?

That’s when all the fun begins!!  Social media has changed the game face of publishing forever.  Readers are reaching out to authors in so many more ways than was possible even five years ago. It used to be that readers would send paper fan letters by the bundle! Now, with social media, a reader can interact with her favorite authors in real time! As an author, it’s so important to make those connections – through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and blogs. It can be really time consuming, but building that relationship is so important. As we continue to see the number of books published continue to rise, it’s so important to have a presence on the internet so when an author has a new release, they have fans ready and engaged to purchase the book. Even more importantly, their fans will have a platform themselves to tell their friends about the book! Word of mouth is the best way to be discovered!

In your opinion what does it take to become a bestselling author?

First and foremost, an author must have a compelling voice! Readers all want the same thing – to be carried away to a new world. To feel like the characters in the book are alive, are their best friends, are people they can relate to, even in a different place or time. They want to feel – to be emotionally invested, whether it’s through humor or pain, they want to feel.

The second step is to find a strong publishing house that can help promote your book – to get it into the hands of readers through strategic placement, marketing and pricing promotions. A strong publisher who can help create an amazing package – from the editing to the cover to the cover copy.  A strong publisher who utilizes the media and their readers to help bolster the discoverability of their authors.

And, finally, it all circles back to marketing – an author needs to put themselves out there, to really reach out to the fans, and to discover new readers through blog tours, Facebook posts, book signings, events, conferences, writing groups, book clubs, etc.  There is no one-size-fits-all marketing plan – and you don’t have to do everything.  But, you need to figure out what works for you and for your fans and to reach out in the best way that you can.

What are the top five things that every author should do when submitting a manuscript to an agency or a publisher?

1)    Be Professional! 2)    Adhere to the individual submission guidelines. 3)    Address the e-query to the specific person you are querying to. 4)    If this is your first manuscript, don’t query until it’s complete. 5)    Put in your query any important information, like contest wins, published books and other credentials.

You attend many conferences and take pitches all the time. What are some definite Dos and dreadful Don’ts when pitching?

My favorite pitch goes something like this:

“Hi, I’m Aretha Author and I write historical romances. I love to write American set historicals, and am a huge fan of Gone With the Wind. Today I would love to tell you about my latest project, Scarlett’s Revenge, a 100,000-word Civil War set historical romance where, even though Scarlett goes hungry again, with perseverance and a sexy little red curtain dress, she rebuilds her childhood home of Tara, and reclaims her lost love – Rhett, who frankly, my dear, does give a damn.”  (OK, that’s a huge run on sentence, but you get the point!)

From there, I love it when the author takes a break and we start to converse.  I get to ask questions about the story and the characters, and she jumps in with concise answers, leaving us with time at the end to discuss other things, like career plans, successes, etc.

Here’s the thing —  you have 8-10 minutes to “pitch” your book to an agent or editor at a conference.  And, honestly, most of the recent authors I have added to my list I have met at conferences. Not because their pitch was perfect. But, because during that pitch I had time to ask questions and to get to know them. For me, my relationship with my authors is crucial. I want to feel a connection to my clients, to really get to know them and to develop trust and a solid foundation. This pitch appointment is the first step.

I know it feels like everything is riding on this quick little appointment, but it’s not. Most agents that I know request everything they are pitched because honestly, some of the worst pitches are the best books! We can’t tell what your writing is like until we read it.

Another way to look at this is to put the power back into your court. As much as you want to find an agent, we want to find an author to add to our list. Try to think of this as an interview. YOU are interviewing US. Can you work with the person you are pitching to? Do they make you feel comfortable? Do they have the type of personality that matches yours? Take the time to get to know the agent. Pitch them the book, tell them about your career goals and successes. But, leave time to ask questions – about anything. The business, what they are looking for, if they are enjoying the conference . . . just anything pertinent. After a couple of hours of straight pitches, I promise, the conversation will be super appreciated – on both sides!

Does chocolate go with every book?

Doesn’t chocolate go with everything?  J

OK, one of the downfalls (or I guess huge benefits) of my husband being my business manager is that he feels like one of his duties is to keep my candy dish on my desk full!  It’s truly a double-edged sword. My heart loves him for it, my hips are another story. 😉

Favourite spot to read a manuscript: office, couch or bed?

My favorite spot is my front porch!  It’s so relaxing hearing the birds singing while I’m reading and sipping tea. I almost feel guilty doing my job – almost!  J

Where’s the strangest place you’ve been pitched?

Luckily I haven’t been approached in many strange places.  But, the strangest query I ever received was an email query that was written in a very pale pink script font which I couldn’t read at all on my screen. So I had to copy the entire email into Word, change the font color and the font in order to read it.  I don’t recommend that as an attention grabber when trying to find an agent or an editor!

Thank you so much for sharing your insight with us today!

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Today we chat with JoMarie DeGioia and find out more about her writing. JoMarie writes historical romances with a touch of mystery for Lachesis Publishing. And her books are always on the steamy side. Her Dashing Nobles series follows the love lives of four male friends in Regency London.

What was your favourite book as a child and why?

Ramona The Pest! She’s spunky and eternally optimistic. I never really thought about it, but that’s how I try to live my life.

Who was your favourite teacher growing up and why?

My third-grade teacher Mrs. Bayas. She was one of the few lay teachers at my Catholic elementary school, so it might have something to do with the fact that she dressed like my mom and not in a habit, lol. And even though I blamed her for noticing I needed glasses, she gave me a love of reading.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Why?

I was always writing, even as a child. I didn’t know it would be my chosen career, though. That came when the story for More Than Passion was in my head when I woke up one morning. It was when my second daughter went into kindergarten, which apparently gave my mind the freedom to imagine again.

Who in the writing/publishing world do you admire and why?

I admire J.K. Rowling for persevering and giving us the incredible world she created. She’s a legend in her own time, along the lines of Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. She’s classy and positive, and what’s not to admire?

Tell us about your daily writing routine – what do you typically do every day?

I try to produce between 2-3,000 words per day. Weekdays, usually. With a weekly total of at least 10,000. I usually write after doing my social media stuff in the morning, emails, Facebook, etc., then dive into my current project after reading through the last session’s work.

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What is your favourite snack or guilty pleasure food that you (may or many not 😉 indulge in when writing?

Begins and ends with chocolate for me. That’s why I try not to have it in the house very often!

What does “writing voice” mean to you? Describe your own writing voice.

I’ve been told my voice is spunky and sassy and, at times, humorous. Deep point-of-view is my goal, so if the scene calls for passion or danger, I like to think I convey that as well.

What do you want to accomplish in the next five years in your writing career?

I would love to have a body of work people enjoy in several genres. I’ve been fortunate enough to have readers contact me about my books and that’s the most rewarding! I hope to be an author people can count on to entertain and excite, no matter the genre.

Connect with JoMarie DeGioia online on her web site and on facebook and on twitter.

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Today’s Sneak Peek is from the mystery/suspense Weekends by Lindy S. Hudis.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

An innocent-sounding family reunion at an exclusive California beach resort turns into a weekend of murder, deceit, exposed secrets and unexpected intimate encounters.

John Peterson has it all: He’s a respected, successful Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer with a loving wife and grown son, the strikingly handsome young film director Joe Peterson. John also has a secret and he decides to gather his disparate family members at the elegant Hotel Del Moor in picturesque Linda Bella, California for some luxurious fun, togetherness and re-connecting before revealing his secret. Unbeknownst to the family, a brutal serial killer is lurking in the midst of all the wondrous festivities.

EXCERPT:

The man woke up next to victim number twenty. He had tied her firmly to the bedpost by her wrists and ankles, then passed out. She was nude, her eyes red from crying, her face had a petrified look on it. Her nose was also swollen and bloody from the repeated blows to the face.

He met her at a local watering hole. She said her name was Lisa, and she was beautiful – just the type. The man smiled, nodded, and feigned interest in her pathetic little life. As she was babbling on and on about how she was an aspiring actress, he reached in his front, right pocket and pulled out his trusty pills. He plopped them into her drink when she wasn’t looking. He sat back counting the minutes until the drug took effect.

Getting her out to a taxicab was so easy, the cab driver just figured she was some drunk bar slut, and she was. The man ordered the cab to take them a sleazy, roach infested motel in Alphabet City, a seedy neighborhood on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Once there, he took the young woman, tied her up, and raped her until the sun came up. As she started to come to, and realize what was going on, she started to cry out for help. In New York, a woman can scream and scream until her face turns blue – nobody would ever come. That was the beauty of all this, the man thought. Just in case she did holler, he duct-taped her mouth shut.

Now it was morning, and the man was bored. He got up, showered, and dressed. The woman looked at him, frightened and confused, as he pulled his jeans on. He checked his watch and realized he needed to move quickly. “See ya.” He sneered at her, and promptly walked out the door, leaving her tied and helpless. The man had a plane to catch.

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