Interview with Ingrid St. John

Since her childhood, Ingrid has been in love with thriller, mysteries, and horror. She grew from reading Nancy Drew and Francine Pascal to reading Brandon Massey, Michael Romkey, and Tananarive Due. It was after watching A Nightmare on Elm Street that inspired her into writing her own stories. In addition to her love of writing, she is the founder of 1287 Pictures, a production company that will produce horror and thriller films.

Ingrid currently resides in Northern California, and is looking forward to thrilling, and scaring you with more to come…

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

In 6th Grade when I wrote my first soap opera. It was something for fun to have my friend’s read during recess. It was solidified the same year when I wrote a book of poetry for an art project and it won an award.

How long does it take you to write a book?

For my novella it took three months.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Mainly at night, sometimes between 2-4 hours per night.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I like building dialogue where physical altercations follow afterwards. 1980s’ Dynasty was excellent in that regard.

How do your books get published?

My debut novella HaUNTED is published independently through Southern Owl Publications.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Research for medical and police based dialogue, the news and scenarios that I concoct in my head.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

10 years old.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love watching horror movies. Cam and Pooka are on my watch list as a must see. Collecting vinyl, music is such a vital part of my life. Baking, hiking, playing really bad pool, collecting and reading graphic novels and comic books.

What does your family think of your writing?

When my mother threw away my soap operas when I was younger I did bother to share with her anymore. Fast forward to 2018 and she asked if she could read HaUNTED and she really liked it. My niece enjoyed the book as well, along with my boyfriend who promotes it every chance he gets.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That I can be as descriptive and intense as I want.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

HaUNTED is my first and my favorite, naturally.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Be yourself. Create characters and stories of your choosing. Every writers approach to drafting the story will be different. Some like to outline, others may work on the characters essence. Dedicate to write even if it is an hour a day. Make your area where you write a haven that you want to come to until the book is completed.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

Sometimes, most post their reviews online. One reader said they really enjoyed the story and did not put the book down until finished. Others want a sequel.

Do you like to create books for adults?

Yes. The subject matter in my books are adult themed.

What do you think makes a good story?

The plot, tone, characters, and the overall universe the story is in.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Become an actor, which I did.

Any books in the works?

Yes. It will be the second book to HaUNTED. Not necessarily a sequel however, it introduces a character that is mentioned in HaUNTED.

What are your plans for the future?

Staying focused on the present, one day at a time, as I have a lot planned.

HaUNTED: A Novella

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You never know who you can trust…

Camille Isaacs has all that Hollywood devours – likability, looks, talent, and mass appeal. Her career is on the verge of stardom until a savage attack leaves Camille scarred and uncertain of her future in Hollywood. Now on the mend and getting her life and career back on track, Camille finds herself prey to a predator as she is faced with another demented attacker. Camille has a choice to make. Take her life back, or succumb to the perils that have been thrust in front of her yet again. Is the attacker coming for revenge, or is it a copycat? It’s survival of the direst circumstance. Can she make it out a second time?

Amazon Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/HaUNTED-Ingrid-St-John/dp/1980873178/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Amazon Ebook: https://www.amazon.com/HaUNTED-Ingrid-St-John-ebook/dp/B07C7HBT4K/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Please visit Ingrid’s pages:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ingrid.stjohn.1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IngridStJohn

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ingrid-St.-John/e/B07C7ZZJVC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

 

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Blog Tour: Serene by Diana Nixon

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SERENE

by Diana Nixon

Shattered Series (Story, #3)

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Blurb:

I used to think that my life was a picture of perfection. I had everything a twenty-five-year-old woman could wish for: a loving family, friends, a dream job and a fiancé who thought the world of me.

Until the day I lost it all… Including my ability to see.

The car accident took away not just my vision, but also a part of me that I was sure I would never be able to get back.

And then I met him… Stanley Burke. A kind of a man I thought didn’t exist anymore: understanding, loving, supportive and generally too good to be true.

Without effort, he breathed life into my frozen heart, making it beat faster than ever before.

He became a light that my eyes would never see again. He made me feel things that were long lost and forgotten.

Only I couldn’t give him what he deserved.

Because in my pitch-dark world, there was no place for love…

“I’ve never been so scared of losing someone in my entire life… Then again, I’ve never had anyone as important as you are to lose…”

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About the author:

Diana Nixon is an International bestselling author of contemporary and fantasy romances. A Master of Law, she never thought she would betray the world of law and dive into fiction. But once her first book – Love Lines – was published, she realized that writing was her true passion. Since then, she has written 19 more books. She can’t imagine her life without her fictional characters and she never stops thinking about the new storylines that haunt her dreams. She’s married and has two daughters – her biggest source of inspiration. She loves music, traveling, coffee and chocolate. She believes that writing is the best cure for everything that can be healed with words. 

Diana Nixon’s books are being translated into Spanish, German, Russian, French, Portuguese, Italian and Greek. 

Diana Nixon is the founder of Inks and Scratches, a literary magazine  intended to help authors of all genres find readers and spread the news about their writing all over the world. 

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Website: www.diana-nixon.com

Twitter: @DianaNixon9 https://twitter.com/DianaNixon9

Instagram: @authordiananixon https://www.instagram.com/authordiananixon/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authordiananixon/?ref=settings

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/diananixon96/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5814368.Diana_Nixon

Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Diana-Nixon/e/B007PY0IMO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1519224711&sr=8-1

 

 

Peter Blade Cover Reveal

Greetings Everyone!

Today, I’m pleased to be hosting the Cover Reveal for my good friend and author Y. Correa. Her newest book Peter Blade will be released on Halloween and she stopped by to share the a little bit about the horror story.

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Title: Peter Blade
Author: Y. Correa
Genre: Psychological Drama
Release: October 31st, 2018
Available: All major book retailers
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Blurb:

Autumn 1970, Manhattan, New York

“♫ Life gives you surprises but Surprises give you life, oh Lord … ♪”

A single night can carry both contempt and horror.

The notorious Peter Blade is on the hunt … just like many nights before. Adhering to his father’s words, “You’ve got to get deep into the gut, that’s how you’ll be able to bleed the animal. It’s the only way to get him clean …” Peter ensures that every hooker he kills is bled to pristine flawlessness.

Dancing with the phantasms of a murky past and the reality of an ominous present, Peter Blade trades places with his victims for the foreboding remembrances which cometh after dark. This night is entrenched in the unexpected and Peter finds himself contending with life and death. From dusk to dawn, Peter Blade is inescapably haunted but to what end? Which could be worse, living the terror or dying by its hands?

Update

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It’s been 6 months since I last posted on this blog, but a lot’s going in my life so I decided to give a quick update about everything that’s happened.

Earlier this year, my grandmother passed away. It was sad for our family, but she lived a long life at 91 years-old and we have lots of cherished memories of her.

After her death, I had to step up and take care of things. My mom and I moved into my grandmother’s house three months ago. I’m still trying to unpack all our stuff, and I’ve been going through the boxes in the basement, and sorting out what needs to be kept and what needs to go. I’ve also had to take on a lot more chores now that we’re living in a house. I take care of the yard work, laundry, and take care of the pets.

It’s been a little bit stressful the past few months, but there were some good moments.

As you may be aware, I had a huge fear of driving, which kept me from getting behind the wheel. But I decided it was time to overcome my fear and I enlisted the help of our family friend Teresa. She took me out for driving lessons and within a matter of weeks, I’d gotten over my fear. I do admit sometimes I still get nervous, but now I’m a road warrior and you can’t keep me out of the car.

Aside from driving, I’m also getting back into my work routine. I’ve been working on some new stories, plus I got a new job as a writer for a soap opera site.

Well, that’s all I have to share for now. I promise I’ll do a better job of keeping the blog updated in the future. I’ve got a couple of blog posts in mind, so stay tuned for the new posts.

Reality Ever After Release Tour

 
HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO
REALITY EVER AFTER!
Reality Ever After
Virtual Match #3
By Sharon Hughson
Release Date: Jan. 22, 2018
 
Keywords: Contemporary, Romance, Novella, Sweet, Virtual Dating, Series
 
Happily ever after collides with reality to make or break their love.

Systems architect Marcus Jordan proclaims his love for career girl Veronica Shay, but life keeps hurling obstacles into their relationship. When Ronnie’s niece is born prematurely, Ronnie rushes to be the big sister Tony needs, knowing she is to blame for his fear of failing at fatherhood.

Marcus decides to help put their daddy issues to rest, but his discovery sends Ronnie into a tailspin. Ronnie already knows trusting men risks her heart and stability. Why would she want to meet the first man who rejected her?

An even bigger secret about Ronnie’s father convinces Ronnie to give him one chance to explain, never knowing it will bring her face to face with the true source of her trust issues.  Will the revelation come too late to restore the happiness she’d found with Marcus?
 
 
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EXCERPT:

Marcus pulled Ronnie against his side, and she nestled under his arm like a kitten seeking warmth. His hand squeezed her waist while his chin tapped the top of her head.

“Thanks for coming.” Her voice was hushed, as if a normal tone might wake the babies.

“Stop thanking me. I wouldn’t have let you come alone.”

An independent part of her raised its back at what sounded like overbearing words. Ronnie shoved the ire away. Marcus wanted to take care of her in the same way she wanted to take care of her brother.

Movement beyond the second nursery caught her eye. A dark-haired man stood up, his face covered by a mask and body engulfed in a yellow paper gown: her brother. He spoke with a nurse before walking out of sight.

Ronnie scanned for an exit, shuffling toward the nurse’s station visible through the nursery’s glass wall. She drew slightly away from Marcus, preparing to be strong for Tony.

Her brother was discarding the paper robe and mask when she rounded the corner. He swiveled toward her with military precision and wrapped her in his arms.

“How is Jen?” Ronnie pulled away slightly and watched his face for tells. Dark circles smudged his eyes and wrinkles drew his mouth into a firm line.

“Stable. She lost a lot of blood, but they saved her uterus.”

Ronnie had been reading about placenta previa and the related side effects during the flight. About five percent of women needed a hysterectomy to staunch the blood flow associated with the misplaced placenta. As much as Tony wanted to father a son, it would have been heartbreaking for them if this was their only child.

“The baby?”

“She’s plugged into a breathing machine and hooked to a dozen different monitors. Most of her vitals are good, but she didn’t breathe on her own at delivery.”

A girl. This tiny one didn’t know how lucky she was to have a loving, protective father watching over her. A tug in her chest distracted. Was she wishing for a father? The one who sired her had walked away, and the replacement her mother chose had done unspeakable things.

She shook her head, tucking a strand straying from her upswept hair behind her ear. That was old news. This was the future.

Ronnie squeezed her brother’s fingers. “What can I do for you?”

Tony shrugged.

“Are you ready to sleep?” Ronnie peered into the tired lines of his drawn face. The adrenaline she imagined fueling him all day had run out, but behind the hazel eyes like hers, she saw anxiety, and she’d been reading those eyes for three decades. “How about a walk?” Ronnie wasn’t sure if it would help him, but anything had to be better than sitting in a hospital room.

Marcus squeezed her waist. Ronnie glanced up at him, breath catching at the tender look in his cobalt eyes.

“I’ll book a nearby hotel.” It was the one thing he hadn’t done in advance since they might have stayed at the hospital with her brother. Marcus wouldn’t expect to share a room with her and understood she wanted to pay her own way.

Ronnie rose on her toes and nearly touched his ear with her lips. His indrawn breath made her heart vault against her chest.

“One room.”

His eyes widened. She pressed her lips to his in a perfunctory kiss then turned to thread her arm through Tony’s.

“There’s a waiting room down that hall.” Tony gestured to the opposite side of the nurse’s station.

As he navigated the maze of halls to another bank of elevators, Ronnie fell into step with her brother. On the ground floor, he led her into a walled-in garden. Their shoes thumped against the paved path around the edge. Minutes passed in silence, and she drew a deep breath of temperate air, so different than the chill moist air near her apartment.

“Greg and Angie will be down tomorrow.”

Tony grunted.

“When’s Mom going to be here?”

“Dennis wanted to drive over and stay through the holidays.”

The holidays? It was nearly three weeks until Christmas. Ronnie shook her head and drew a breath to comment.

Tony continued. “She doesn’t want to fly in case she has an episode. It embarrasses her to lose control of her limbs.” He sighed. “While Dennis relayed their plans, she never stopped blathering about this being the only grandchild she’ll ever meet.”

Ronnie hugged his arm. The firm bicep bulged beneath her fingers, reminding her of Marcus’s very un-engineer-like arms. She pushed thoughts of him away. He was a distraction, and she needed to focus on her family. Hadn’t she told him as much on Sunday?

If she could shake her mother right now, Ronnie would do it. Couldn’t she see that Tony needed encouragement? Obviously, this terminal illness was going to exacerbate her mother’s self-centered tendencies.

“How can I help?” Please don’t say handle, Mom. But, she would do it if that’s what he needed.

Tony stopped walking and faced her. A desolate look stared back at her. “I don’t know how to be a good father. How could I? I never had one.”

Ronnie’s stomach nosedived into her feet. The truth was too much of a burden for her brother, which is why she had kept her secret for so long.

“Stop.” Her voice broke. She stiffened her spine and squinted at him. “You are three times the man of anyone who ever claimed to be your father.”

His ragged breaths did nothing to cool Ronnie’s flaming cheeks. If she could go back, she wouldn’t tell him anything.

 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
 
Since adventuring in Narnia as a trouble youth, Sharon Hughson has embraced the magical portal of reading. As a child, she wrote her first story and discovered a passion for creating new worlds. These days, with help from three cats, Sharon pens romance, young adult fantasy, women’s fiction, and nonfiction (too many story ideas for a single genre).
 
When summer turns to autumn, she picks up her substitute teacher satchel and ventures into the real world for new inspiration. She and her high school sweetheart (and husband) live near the Columbia River in Oregon, not too far from their adult sons. When she isn’t writing or reading, Sharon enjoys walking, hiking, crocheting, playing the piano and scrapbooking family memories.
 
Sharon has multiple short stories and three novellas published with Roane. She gladly credits them for launching her fiction writing career. For more information about any of her books visit sharonleehughson.com.
 
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Noelle by Greg Kincaid

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Title: Noelle

Author: Greg Kincaid

Genre: Fiction, Holidays, Family Life

Publisher: Convergent Books

Rating: 4 stars

 

Blurb:

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas comes this heartwarming Christmas story about the power of family and the strength and love that comes from our pets.

In this fourth installment of the poignant stories of the McCray family and their lovable canines in rural Kansas, matriarch Mary Ann McCray is determined to shake up Christmas by accepting the role as Crossing Trail’s first woman Santa Claus. Mary Ann, always a bit of a rebel, is looking to offer a more progressive voice in the staunchly conservative town at Christmastime and has a few ideas up her red velvet sleeves.

Review:

This is the first time I read one of Greg Kincaid’s books and I wasn’t familiar with the story of the McCray family. Although, after reading this book I’m interested in reading more of Kincaid’s story.

I’m an animal lover, especially with dogs so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. Even though the book’s titled Noelle and features the lovable dog, she tends to take a backseat to the other characters in the story. Mostly, the story revolves around the McCray family and their neighbors The Robinsons.

Mary Ann McCray, the beloved matriarch of the family has to deal with a lot of stuff going on during the holidays. Not only is she trying to bring a new Christmas tradition to her home town, but she also has to deal with her son Todd moving back to town and helping her good friends, The Robinsons.

As for the Robinson family, they’re dealing with their own problems. Abbey and her husband Link divorce after experiencing marital strife. As Link tries to clean up his life, he finds it’s a struggle trying to get a job and be a good father to his children.

Overall, this is a good holiday book to get you in the Christmas spirit. There are some humorous points, especially with Noelle, but the book does have some heartwarming moments as the author teaches readers an important lesson in love and family.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.”

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

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2017 is soon drawing to a close and we’ll be welcoming 2018 with open arms. So now comes my annual post where I discuss my year and set goals for the New Year.

 

First up, let’s discuss 2017.

 

It was a so-so year filled with some good and bad times.

 

One of the saddest moments came in October when my beloved Dee Dee passed away. Her death was unexpected and she was perfectly fine, but she passed away peacefully in her sleep. Dee Dee’s death hit me hard and there are times where I still miss her. But I have 13 years worth of memories with her and they’re a huge comfort whenever I think of her.

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Despite the sad moments, there were also some good ones as well.

Professionally, 2017 was good to me. The year started off with a bang when my short story Exiled was featured in the new All Authors anthology, Concordant Vibrancy 3: Lustrate.

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Speaking of All Authors, I did continue to work as an executive assistant for the publishing house. I also did add another title for my resume when I became a columnist for their magazine.

Unfortunately in May 2017, the publication house closed down. Even though my time with them was short, I’ll always be grateful for Y. Correa, Queen of Spades, and the rest of the All Authors family for all their help.

 

Moving on. 2017 continued to be good when it came to writing. I had a short story Second Chance at Nineteen featured in the Rock and Roll Saved My Soul anthology Everyday Miracles. Every proceed from the sale of the anthology goes to the Cherubs foundation.

My biggest moment came when I finally published Westmore: Second Chances, the seventh volume in the series. Anyone whose followed me, knows it took a long time to get this baby published.

Aside from my stories, I also excelled in my freelance writing career by scoring jobs at Blasting News, The Sportster, and The Talko.

Whether I was creating a new story or dishing out the gossip in the sports and entertainment world, I was busy in 2017.

2018

Now that I finished reviewing 2017, let’s move on to my plans for 2018.

One of the things I want to work on this year is staying calm. I’m the type of person, who easily gets nervous and stressed. I constantly worry about situations that I can’t control. So this year, I want to take a new approach to curbing my nervousness. Maybe meditation and yoga will help.

Another goal of mine in 2018 is to finish what I started. I have a bad habit of starting projects, but never finishing them. I have stories stored on my hard drive that are just crying for me to finish them. I think I have about four stories total, so if I can finish just one of them this year, I’ll be happy.

As for my other writing projects, I’ve already finished volume 8 of Westmore and I’m in the midst of editing it. I hope to have it published around summertime, so wish my luck. Also, if I have time I may get started on volume 9 in the series.

I’ve got a lot planned in 2018 in terms of writing, so I hope I can stay on track and accomplish all my goals this year.

With that, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hopefully 2018 will bring you lots of happiness.

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