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Interview with Robin Rance

Hello Everyone!

Today, I’m pleased to have author Robin Rance here. She stopped by to talk about her newest book Street Hustle along with her upcoming projects.

So please give a warm welcome to Robin.

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Robin thank you so much for stopping by, if you could please introduce yourself and tell me how your writing career started?

I use the pen name, Robin Rance. I’m a retired letter carrier, and I spent my career in the post office walking the streets.

I’m the oldest child of eight, and we grew up poor. My father was always looking for work, and we spent a lot of time in hand me downs, but we were readers.

My first book came to me in a dream, that kept coming night after night. I wrote it down, and before it was finished, I had another dream. That’s how my books come to me, either in a dream, or in a song.

Congratulations on the release of Street Hustle, the third volume in the Street Smart series. Tell us more about the series and what readers can expect in the third book?

The Street Smart Series started as a tribute to my mother. She helped the homeless everywhere we went with her. She was always giving them her last dollar or buying them food. I wanted to write a book she would have wanted to read, and one that brought a little light to the homeless epidemic, and what they go through.

The first book, Introducing John Smith takes place in Seattle. We spent an entire day walking around the area by the Puget sound, and observing their misfortune. The second book, Street Surrender takes you to New York, and to the world of prostitution, and drugs. The third book, and the one coming out on the 11th, Street Hustle, takes you to Chicago. After spending time in Chicago visiting my daughter, I was surprised at how much crime happened on a daily basis. Street Hustle deals a little with sex trafficking and drugs.

There will be fourth book in the series, Street Harmony.

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Aside from Street Smart, you’ve also written three other series along, what are some of the benefits and challenges you found with writing a book series?

I love working on a series, but sometimes it’s hard to keep the story moving forward, and you don’t want to leave out any pertinent information from a previous book.

In my series, Never Forget, the first book started as a tribute to my grandmother. I was very close to her and I wanted to write down some of the fund things she used to say to me. However, while writing this story, my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, and it was reflected in the book. The second one was hard to write, because I worked on it while my sister was going through kemo, and surgery to remove her breasts.

The third book in the series was easy to write. It’s one of my favorite books. Aries Jones is a soldier who is dealing with PTSD. I have many family members who serve this country and I spoke with them to get some insights to this awful syndrome. I plan on doing a fourth book in the series next year.

You’ve also written a few standalone novels; do you have any plans to turn them into a series or will you leave them as they are?

I would love to do another book after Graysen Cooper, but nothing yet. Listen, on the other hand,  has many more stories to tell.

I understand you’re a multi-genre author, you’ve written everything from romance to fantasy, did you it difficult to switch from one genre to another?

I’m not as good in some of the genres as I am in others, but it was fun to try. I’m working on my first Vampire book, and I have a thriller scheduled after that. I have no control when I start on a book, my muse pushes me into it.

When you write a book do you plan everything out in advance or are you a go with the flow person?

I don’t plan anything. I’m as surprised at the turn of events as they happen as the reader is. My characters speak to me, and while I’m writing they are in my dreams, which can be quite entertaining when you are working on a wester, a gang book, and a vampire one all at the same time.

Last question, can you share with us any projects you have in the works?

Blood Red, the Vampire book comes out in May, and I’ve started a thriller scheduled to be released in September. I’m also working on the second book in my Bride4s Of Benson historical Western series. It’s title, Dead In The Dust

For fun:

Favorite movie? The Last Of The Mohicans

Favorite dessert? Raspberry cheesecake or carrot cake, I can’t choose.

Best time of day to write? As soon as I wake up.

Favorite color? Blue

Current book you’re reading? I have three I’m trying to finish, Trailer Trash, by Crystal Benson, From Brat To Bronco, by Hunter Marshall, and Angels and Outlaws, by Amber Daniels

Keep in Touch with Robin

Author page;
https://www.facebook.com/jerirobinrance/

Reader’s group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Robinators/

Newsletter:
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Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Robin-Rance/e/B01L2DRB3C/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/robin_rance

Bookbub:
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Instagram:
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Goodreads:
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Street Hustle

Street Hustle

I never imagined I’d be a part of the world that Michael Williams lived in. His family was one of the wealthiest in the country, and I’d met him by chance…

My dream was always to help those who were less fortunate; especially the ones who were living with addictions. I’d lost my brother because of those things.

Then Michael Williams entered my life, unexpectedly. His piercing blue eyes almost made me forget about my dreams. Almost.

I’d even considered giving up everything I’d worked for and just focusing on us, Michael had all the money in the world, he was the sexiest man I’d ever seen, and he was into me – me!

Until fate forced my hand. I got a phone call from an old friend of my brother’s. I had to do the hardest thing that I’d ever done and break off the engagement, with the man I loved, or I would lose what I’d fought for my entire life.

I was crazy for Tempest Carson. When she was near me, all I could think about was what else I could do for her…

She was sexy, brash, and outspoken. Did I mention sexy? I asked her to marry me. My life couldn’t get better.

Then Tempest walked into my home and threw the engagement ring I’d given to her, in my face – without an explanation.

I had almost given up on us until I read a letter that she’d left for me.

This is the third book in the Street Smart series. Follow Tempest and Michael as they find themselves in the world of Sex trafficking, and drugs.

Blood Red

Blood Red

Natalia Darling was looking forward to spending her honeymoon in a modern-day castle with her new husband…

I needed to pee, so I waited for my maid of honor, to return from whatever she was doing, and help me find a larger bathroom stall. I wore my wedding dress, and my nervousness wasn’t going to let me wait until after my ceremony.

I could almost imagine my future husband standing in his finest suit waiting for me at the altar of one of the most prestigious churches in this city. And if Willow didn’t get here soon, I’d have to hunt for the restroom on my own or spend the entire ceremony dancing from side to side, in these heels.

That does it, I’ll find one myself, and Willow Jackson, you had better have a good explanation for not being here when I need you most…

And apparently she did, her hand was down the front of my husband to be’s dress pants, in the ladies room, in the back of the church, and once I stepped inside, they both tried to explain.

But how do you explain that kind of betrayal?

I’d scheduled the time off from work, I had the reservations for Castle Cozy in my purse, and I had a new outfit to wear every day of the week. Why shouldn’t I go ahead with our – correction my plans, and spend the time reflecting over what had gone wrong.

My plans were going great until I remembered that I hadn’t charged my phone earlier. So, after using the remainder of my charge on GPS, my cell died, and I got lost, in the middle of a blizzard, while searching for the castle.

Serhan Gorky…

I kept myself hidden in my small, modern-day castle in the Adirondacks. It was modern compared to my family’s castle in, Kaliningrad, and small was an understatement. However, it was mine and had been for nearly one hundred years.

I had to leave my home, and family behind. I was tired of being called a monster, and a bloodsucker. And the deciding factor had been when my wife betrayed me with my twin, and I couldn’t get past that.

The woods surrounding me were abundant with wildlife, and though I knew I’d occasionally miss the taste of human blood, I could survive on the blood the animals would provide.

I was comfortable here.

I had everything I needed.

Until her scent permeated the air.

     Follow Natalia as she discovers a world full of the monsters her father read to her about at night. But these monsters didn’t want to play nicely. 

 

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

 

 

Interview with Sylvia Stein

Welcome Everyone!

Today, I have a special guest visiting my blog. Sylvia Stein is here, she’s the author of Closure and Chasing Clarity. She stopped by to talk more about her books, her upcoming projects, and shares a few of her favorite things. 
So please give a warm welcome to Sylvia Stein. 


Sylvia, thank you so much for joining us today. To start off, tell us a little about yourself and how your writing journey started?

 
Thank you for having me Carol.  I really appreciate it.   Yes, well my name is Sylvia Stein and I am an indie author who resides in Fuquay Varina North Carolina with my amazing and supportive family.  My wonderful husband Jeremy and our three beautiful children Paul 11, Michael 9, and Consuelo (Connie) 6.    I have always wanted to write since I was a kid.  However, I began on my path back in 2011 when I joined a Writer’s Group on Linked in called the Writer’s 750 and then enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University Online in September 2012 and obtained my Masters of English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction in August of 2015.     It was then that I joined another Writer’s group while at SNHU that I began developing my own books after working on several anthologies.  

Your second book Chasing Clarity was just released, what was the inspiration behind the story?

Yes, my second book my first YA was published in October 8, 2015.   The inspiration behind the story happened when I woke up to the news that a beloved actor and character from a show I loved had died due to an accidental overdose.   I was so shocked and I could not believe it had happened.  I mean it was like I had lost someone I knew and very close to me.   I then began thinking about all the family and friends that loved him.  Then in November of 2013 during Nano Chasing Clarity was born.   I called it Clarity at first and it later changed to Chasing Clarity. 

Do you find that it easier writing the second book or do you feel pressure for it to live up to the first?

Yes, I felt more pressure on the second than the first one.  Since Closure was more of New Adult and Chasing Clarity was my first YA with the subject of Grief.   I also wrote in first person. 

Closure is your first book and like Chasing Clarity it’s an emotionally charged story, do you find it hard writing these types of stories?

Actually, yes I do find it hard to write these stories but the main motivation behind them is to bring out a message of hope when all is lost or as in Sara’s case with her father she is trying to pick up the pieces of what he put her through and finds new life with her Aunt and Uncle.  As with Mia in Chasing Clarity and her being a young woman who has lost her love and then trying to see if she can bounce back and move forward.    At times it has hard to write these stories but it is also very rewarding to be able to create hope and a message that in the end my characters are going to be okay. 
 

Out of all the characters in your books, which one do you connect with the most?

 I love them all but I connected so much with Mia.  I love her and Sara so much.  However, Mia challenged me by making me feel all the stages of grief and all that she lost.   I cried as I wrote almost all the book.  Not that I did not cry with Closure I did but Mia really drained my emotions and the scenes with her at the funeral and saying goodbye to Leo brought me to when my Dad passed away in 2005 and I sat in the hospital bed as he took his last breaths and then passed.   It was quite emotional as I am telling you this I can’t help but cry.

What has the responses been to your books, do you have a review that’s your favorite?

Oh the response to my books have been wonderful I have many reviews for Closure and I have a few for Chasing Clarity but I think for me all of the reviews are wonderful.  However, I do enjoy when a reader will specifically state how they loved both Sara and Mia and how they went through something similar as is the case for Sara in Closure and the abuse by her father and how reading the book really helped them.  For Mia I love how they rooted for all she went through and how her faith and family helped in the end.   I feel very fortunate and blessed because Faith is key for me as well and I always try to add that in my stories.

How supportive has your family been in your writing career?

My family has been the best.   I have the most amazing husband he is my rock and is always my biggest fan.   Also my children my mother in law and father in law as well as family back home in Texas and our family in Michigan.  

Can you tell us what projects you’re working on at the moment?

Yes, I can.   Well my next novel will be out in the summer June and it is the Prequel to Closure and this is taken from Garrison’s point of View.  

Also in 2017 late by October I will be releasing my first Thriller New Adult.   I will give more details on it later. 

Last question, what advice would you give new authors?

I would tell them not to give up.  To work hard and write everyday set up a schedule and outline and never stop.   No matter how hard it gets just push forward and work towards publishing whether it be self publishing which has worked out for me or they can also go the traditional route.    Never give up just do your research and make sure to write everyday.   

Just for fun:

Favorite Movie: Wow that is tough one I have many but my one favorite of all time is My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Favorite Food:  That’s easy Southern Fried Chicken

Favorite Book:   To Kill a Mockingbird   Harper Lee changed my life. 

Special Memento: Wow well the birth of my children, getting married and publishing my first books.   I know that is more than one.

Thank you Carol! 
Author Bio: 
Sylvia Stein is a published author with several anthologies with her Writer’s group 750 on linked

in.  Stein obtained a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New

Hampshire University this past July 2015.   She is a mother of three beautiful children Paul 10,

Michael 9 and Consuelo 6.   She resides in the city of Fuquay Varina with her amazing husband

Jeremy.  Stein has also published two solo books one was her first novella Closure which she

worked on while attending SNHU and published in July of 2014 and the other her first YA
Chasing Clarity was published this past October 2015 and it was created during National Novel

Month (Nano) in 2013.     She is currently working on her prequel to Closure which is due out in

April 2016.   When she is not writing she enjoys time with her children and husband.   Her latest
work will be out this summer 2016.   A Prequel to Closure entitled, “ The Diary of a Broken

Father.” 

Sylvia’s Links 
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Author Interview with Alisha Guenzel


Please give a warm welcome to my guest Alisha Guenzel. Today, Alisha’s stopped by to talk about her new book Jason’s Duty and what’s ahead in The McGregor Series.

1. Alisha, thank you so much for being here. To start off tell us a little about yourself and how you got into writing? 

Thank you so much for having me Carol. I always enjoy being on blogs. A little about me: well I’m a mother of five kids and married to the love of my life. I got into writing as a child. But never took it seriously until two years ago. I found an old manuscript of a story I wrote when I was fifteen called “Unspoken Dreams” I published it with Mountain Springs House. But I pulled it from Amazon when I became an Indie Author two years ago. My husband John was the one that made me make the first step to being published and through all the up and downs I have to say it’s been a wonderful experience.

2. Congratulations are in order, your book Jason’s Duty was recently released, what inspired you to write the story?

The McGregor Saga is actually a spin-off of an old short story I wrote when I was eight years old. Back then it was called “A Cowboy’s Tango”. And there was only one story. But after learning how serials are so popular I decided to separate the personality of the “original” Jason.  It’s actually quiet more than the original thought process of a cowboy falling in love with a city slicker. As you know there are also horses that are main characters and Runner, Lexi, and Star are real horses. I based them off of my horses I had at one time. But Runner’s real name is Ranger, Lexi is really Lilly, and Star was my paint Peanut. One of the reason’s I will hold this story dear to my heart is because they are in it.

3. Jason and Haley’s relationship proves the adage that opposites attract is true, do you find it easy to write an opposites attract love story and why do you think they’re popular.

It was so much fun writing Jason and Haley’s love story. JI really grew to love the dynamic of the traditional cowboy falling for the modern day damsel in distress. Every story has its challenges but with Haley and Jason it was how they were going to meet in the middle. Because their love was always there. They just had to find a way to be in each other’s worlds without being lost in the others way of life.

As far as popularity, I think it’s because opposites still have the love they just have to find a way to show it. Even in book 2 Jesse’s Choice. Haley is pulling tricks to get Jason off the ranch as they get ready for their wedding. Jason knows why she’s doing it but unlike in the Jason’s Duty he doesn’t complain because he wants the same thing.

4.  Jason’s Duty is the first book in The McGregor Saga; can you give us a hint at what’s to come in the series?

Hmm. . .Let’s see what can I say without spoiling the series? Well as you know there are two more books. Jesse’s Choice and Jude’s Dream. In book two it’s about Jesse of course. The middle son, the numbers nerd and how he deals with life as being different from his brothers. Each book has a purpose really. Jason’s Duty was kind of like a sample of a cake. To get the my readers appetites ready for book 2 and 3. Every story needs a happy ending in my book but I leave a lot of things open in Jason’s Duty that leaves the McGregor brothers scrambling to get Jason married and still take care of Jonas in Book 2 Jesse’s Choice. Which in the mix some new characters come in as Jesse gets himself in a pickle with two girls and Jude finding love interests at Twister that goes into his story Jude’s Dream.

5.  When can we expect the next book in The McGregor Saga to be released?

Jesse’s Choice will hopefully be released Winter of 2015. It all depends on him really. To be honest out of all three books Jesse’s Choice has been the hardest to write because he is so different from the country boy image that his brothers are. But as I write his story I fall in love with him and his love story of life and how to be more part of his family’s life. I think once Jason’s Duty is popular people will want to read about Jesse and his story.

6. Aside from The McGregor Saga do you have any other books you’re working on?

Yes I do. I am working on another serial. It’s called the Unspoken Series. I plan on re-releasing my first novel and renaming it Unspoken Promises. It’s about two friends that grew up next store to each other and they lose contact after Samantha Sharp (MC) tells Jonathan Carson (LI) that she is pregnant with his baby her senior year of college. It takes eight years of separation and eight years of Samantha raising an autistic child to make them realize their love was still within their hearts. It will be different than the McGregor Saga because although it’s going to be a serial a reader could pick up book four before reading book one and get into the story. It will be interesting because I plan to write a love story for each child that the Samantha and Jonathan have. Oops Spoiler alert. But it will still be a good collection of mine to put on a reading list. I also have this sci-fi romance cooking in my head but I’ll leave that one for another interview. It’s still a working progress in my head.  

7. What does your family think of your writing career?

My family thinks it’s cool. They all have a part of my success.

My eldest daughter is my onsite beta reader. I let her read scenes to tell me if they are good. And when I make teasers she actually helps me with colors. My other four kids just brag that I’m an author.

My husband helps me with ideas and when I need to confirm on info he’s my go to guy. The only thing he won’t do is read my books. He told me when I was trying to improve Unspoken Dreams once that “I would rather gauge my eyes out. I’m proud of you honey, but please don’t’ make me read another page.”  

8. I heard you’ve had a lot of positive feedback about your books, is there a special fan encounter or story you’d like to share?

Wow that’s a hard one. Because for a new author (I’m still considered new), I’ve had a lot of good feed back. Because I have learned you are considered new until you are in the industry at least three years and a lot of books later. But back to the question feed back and stories…Hmm well there is this one review I received just the other day.

Jim Goodman: Great read, Alicia Guenzel!! Can’t wait to see what happens to Jason in the next one.

Granted he spelt my name wrong..Lol..but it was still awesome because a guy wrote it. As far as experiences with my fans. There was this time with a guy from Tractor Supply I won’t ever forget. I was walking around with my husband getting horse feed, because at the time I still had my horses. And he came up to me and said: “You’re that new Author from the flyer from the bank. I got your book for my daughter and she loved it. When will your next one coming out.”

Granted that experience was from after I wrote Unspoken Dreams but I feel that The McGregor has equal great reviews because the reviews it has had have been great. For example:

Great read, great price, what’s to lose?

By Badger on February 19, 2015

I bought this book for my wife and she really enjoyed it! So much so that she had me read it too, I must say it was a great read. I really look forward to the next book in this saga.

Or even this review by Brenda Perlin:

5.0 out of 5 stars Jason’s Duty!, March 18, 2015
By Brenda
This review is from: Jason’s Duty (The McGregor Saga) (Volume 1) (Paperback)
Jason’s Duty by Alisha Guenzel is a smooth read and a great start to the first book in The McGregor Saga. A down-home story that read clear and inviting. This is an touching tale that both touched me and captured my interest. The characters are interesting and quirky in their own ways. Easy to get involved in the drama and emotional turns that were entertaining and unpredictable.

The love of horses and family is quite evident as the author writes with great passion.

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“The day had been great, but as soon as Andrew called her guard was up again. Jason wanted the Haley that laughed and smiled. Not the one that was prickly and icy. Even when he stole a look at her he noticed her chin a bit higher and more rigid. Like she was trying to hide behind the glare of those blue laser-like eyes.”

But there are also my fans that I see every day; like a friend from the local laundry mat has been so involved in Jason’s Duty that she went down to our local library and she recommended me for the annual Literacy Reading Convention that the Library has. I was so surprised it touched my heart.

You see I have a theory: It’s not about the numbers at first it’s how you reach your audience. Now I know my numbers aren’t where they need to be but they will be with the right exposure and word of mouth. Because with every person who has picked up my book Jason’s Duty they fall in love with not just the story but the family. That was my goal.I want my readers satisfied enough but coming back for more. And so far with the help of my street team “Cowboy Up” and my wonderful friends and fans I think my goal is being reached.  

9. What do you find challenging about the writing/publishing industry?

Hmm…I would say getting the right exposure. Don’t get me wrong I love promoting and I think that is part of the business if you want your book to survive the rat race of popularity. But to find people who can help you with that and get your book out to the public is hard. I’ve been out of publication so long since my first book was published it’s taking time to get noticed again. But with all the good things that have happened with The McGregor Saga, I think it will put me on the map per say. 

10. When you’re not writing what do you like to do in your downtime?

Spend time with my family and work as a cashier. I have a day job at a grocery store that I love. I cashier and bag and it’s so much fun. But when I’m wanting down time. I love spending time with my kids and watching movies or T.V. shows with my husband.

11. Do you see yourself writing other genres or is romance your main focus?

I want to venture out but slowly. I like to challenge myself so I’m thinking sci-fi or super heroes. I have two boys and I want write something that they would read.

12. Out of all the McGregor boys, which one is your favorite?

I would say Jude. Because out of all three brothers I feel he’s the one that grew the most. In Jason’s Duty he is in his late teens and fighting to be himself and by the end of the saga in Jude’s Dream he is a man of integrity.  You start to see how he’s grown up in Jesse’s Choice but in his story Jude’s Dream you see his thoughts and dreams and how he achieves them is a breath taking. Because he deals with his own issues with the family but learns how to adjust what he wants and helps his family deal with the cruelty of what happens with the McGregor’s. 

Just for fun:

Last book you read? Divergent
Favorite meal? Susi
Favorite dessert? Coffee Ice Cream
Favorite type of romance? Historical
Favorite cowboy? Traditional Cowboy like Tom Selleck
Celebrity Crush: Nathan Fillion, Theo James, Frank Sinatra
Which is better books or movies? Books


Alisha Guenzel The Author

She is a native to New England although she was raised on the plains of West Texas. She has always loved to write stories. But it wasn’t until she married her husband did she take a chance on her dream to become a published author. Although writing is her passion, she also loves to spend time with her kids and husband on their five acre ranch.

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Author Web Page:  http://alishaguenzel.wix.com/authorwebpage


FB Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/RomanceNovelistAlishaGuenzel 


The McGregor Saga Book Page: http://www.facebook.com/TheMcGregorSaga


Jason’s Duty Book Page: http://www.facebook.com/TheMcGregorSagaJD


Trailer for Jason’s Duty:  http://youtu.be/PqxEkZ7ZTnU

Synopsis
A Cowboy and his Duty

Jason McGregor was a country boy raised on a horse ranch. His daddy taught him the meaning of family responsibility but that didn’t teach him anything about the rules of love. In Jason’s eyes it was all about the horses and keeping the McGregor Ranch going. When Haley Sheridan came to visit, Jason’s world gets turned upside down. He could no longer see black and white anymore.

Haley Sheridan was far from home and lost without her father. Her emotions were all over the place. She only came to Montana out of duty to her mother. She didn’t understand how Mrs. McGregor took care of all the house hold chores from cooking, cleaning, and making sure her husband and sons were taken care. But when she looked at Jason there was something in his eyes that made her want to understand.

Could a cowboy love a city slicker? Or a city slicker love a cowboy? Neither one knew how to communicate what they really wanted. Come follow Jason and Haley in Book 1 of The McGregor Saga. See how two hearts can become one with enough faith.  

Buy Links  

 Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Jason%27s+Duty+by+Alisha+Guenzel 

http://www.amazon.com/Jasons-Duty-McGregor-Saga-1/dp/1507810725/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424113333&sr=8-1&keywords=Jason%27s+Duty+By+Alisha+Guenzel 


Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/520290

 

Author Interview with Alisha Guenzel


Please give a warm welcome to my guest Alisha Guenzel. Today, Alisha’s stopped by to talk about her new book Jason’s Duty and what’s ahead in The McGregor Series.

1. Alisha, thank you so much for being here. To start off tell us a little about yourself and how you got into writing? 

Thank you so much for having me Carol. I always enjoy being on blogs. A little about me: well I’m a mother of five kids and married to the love of my life. I got into writing as a child. But never took it seriously until two years ago. I found an old manuscript of a story I wrote when I was fifteen called “Unspoken Dreams” I published it with Mountain Springs House. But I pulled it from Amazon when I became an Indie Author two years ago. My husband John was the one that made me make the first step to being published and through all the up and downs I have to say it’s been a wonderful experience.

2. Congratulations are in order, your book Jason’s Duty was recently released, what inspired you to write the story?

The McGregor Saga is actually a spin-off of an old short story I wrote when I was eight years old. Back then it was called “A Cowboy’s Tango”. And there was only one story. But after learning how serials are so popular I decided to separate the personality of the “original” Jason.  It’s actually quiet more than the original thought process of a cowboy falling in love with a city slicker. As you know there are also horses that are main characters and Runner, Lexi, and Star are real horses. I based them off of my horses I had at one time. But Runner’s real name is Ranger, Lexi is really Lilly, and Star was my paint Peanut. One of the reason’s I will hold this story dear to my heart is because they are in it.

3. Jason and Haley’s relationship proves the adage that opposites attract is true, do you find it easy to write an opposites attract love story and why do you think they’re popular.

It was so much fun writing Jason and Haley’s love story. JI really grew to love the dynamic of the traditional cowboy falling for the modern day damsel in distress. Every story has its challenges but with Haley and Jason it was how they were going to meet in the middle. Because their love was always there. They just had to find a way to be in each other’s worlds without being lost in the others way of life.

As far as popularity, I think it’s because opposites still have the love they just have to find a way to show it. Even in book 2 Jesse’s Choice. Haley is pulling tricks to get Jason off the ranch as they get ready for their wedding. Jason knows why she’s doing it but unlike in the Jason’s Duty he doesn’t complain because he wants the same thing.

4.  Jason’s Duty is the first book in The McGregor Saga; can you give us a hint at what’s to come in the series?

Hmm. . .Let’s see what can I say without spoiling the series? Well as you know there are two more books. Jesse’s Choice and Jude’s Dream. In book two it’s about Jesse of course. The middle son, the numbers nerd and how he deals with life as being different from his brothers. Each book has a purpose really. Jason’s Duty was kind of like a sample of a cake. To get the my readers appetites ready for book 2 and 3. Every story needs a happy ending in my book but I leave a lot of things open in Jason’s Duty that leaves the McGregor brothers scrambling to get Jason married and still take care of Jonas in Book 2 Jesse’s Choice. Which in the mix some new characters come in as Jesse gets himself in a pickle with two girls and Jude finding love interests at Twister that goes into his story Jude’s Dream.

5.  When can we expect the next book in The McGregor Saga to be released?

Jesse’s Choice will hopefully be released Winter of 2015. It all depends on him really. To be honest out of all three books Jesse’s Choice has been the hardest to write because he is so different from the country boy image that his brothers are. But as I write his story I fall in love with him and his love story of life and how to be more part of his family’s life. I think once Jason’s Duty is popular people will want to read about Jesse and his story.

6. Aside from The McGregor Saga do you have any other books you’re working on?

Yes I do. I am working on another serial. It’s called the Unspoken Series. I plan on re-releasing my first novel and renaming it Unspoken Promises. It’s about two friends that grew up next store to each other and they lose contact after Samantha Sharp (MC) tells Jonathan Carson (LI) that she is pregnant with his baby her senior year of college. It takes eight years of separation and eight years of Samantha raising an autistic child to make them realize their love was still within their hearts. It will be different than the McGregor Saga because although it’s going to be a serial a reader could pick up book four before reading book one and get into the story. It will be interesting because I plan to write a love story for each child that the Samantha and Jonathan have. Oops Spoiler alert. But it will still be a good collection of mine to put on a reading list. I also have this sci-fi romance cooking in my head but I’ll leave that one for another interview. It’s still a working progress in my head.  

7. What does your family think of your writing career?

My family thinks it’s cool. They all have a part of my success.

My eldest daughter is my onsite beta reader. I let her read scenes to tell me if they are good. And when I make teasers she actually helps me with colors. My other four kids just brag that I’m an author.

My husband helps me with ideas and when I need to confirm on info he’s my go to guy. The only thing he won’t do is read my books. He told me when I was trying to improve Unspoken Dreams once that “I would rather gauge my eyes out. I’m proud of you honey, but please don’t’ make me read another page.”  

8. I heard you’ve had a lot of positive feedback about your books, is there a special fan encounter or story you’d like to share?

Wow that’s a hard one. Because for a new author (I’m still considered new), I’ve had a lot of good feed back. Because I have learned you are considered new until you are in the industry at least three years and a lot of books later. But back to the question feed back and stories…Hmm well there is this one review I received just the other day.

Jim Goodman: Great read, Alicia Guenzel!! Can’t wait to see what happens to Jason in the next one.

Granted he spelt my name wrong..Lol..but it was still awesome because a guy wrote it. As far as experiences with my fans. There was this time with a guy from Tractor Supply I won’t ever forget. I was walking around with my husband getting horse feed, because at the time I still had my horses. And he came up to me and said: “You’re that new Author from the flyer from the bank. I got your book for my daughter and she loved it. When will your next one coming out.”

Granted that experience was from after I wrote Unspoken Dreams but I feel that The McGregor has equal great reviews because the reviews it has had have been great. For example:

Great read, great price, what’s to lose?

By Badger on February 19, 2015

I bought this book for my wife and she really enjoyed it! So much so that she had me read it too, I must say it was a great read. I really look forward to the next book in this saga.

Or even this review by Brenda Perlin:

5.0 out of 5 stars Jason’s Duty!, March 18, 2015
By Brenda
This review is from: Jason’s Duty (The McGregor Saga) (Volume 1) (Paperback)
Jason’s Duty by Alisha Guenzel is a smooth read and a great start to the first book in The McGregor Saga. A down-home story that read clear and inviting. This is an touching tale that both touched me and captured my interest. The characters are interesting and quirky in their own ways. Easy to get involved in the drama and emotional turns that were entertaining and unpredictable.

The love of horses and family is quite evident as the author writes with great passion.

Quote ~

“The day had been great, but as soon as Andrew called her guard was up again. Jason wanted the Haley that laughed and smiled. Not the one that was prickly and icy. Even when he stole a look at her he noticed her chin a bit higher and more rigid. Like she was trying to hide behind the glare of those blue laser-like eyes.”

But there are also my fans that I see every day; like a friend from the local laundry mat has been so involved in Jason’s Duty that she went down to our local library and she recommended me for the annual Literacy Reading Convention that the Library has. I was so surprised it touched my heart.

You see I have a theory: It’s not about the numbers at first it’s how you reach your audience. Now I know my numbers aren’t where they need to be but they will be with the right exposure and word of mouth. Because with every person who has picked up my book Jason’s Duty they fall in love with not just the story but the family. That was my goal.I want my readers satisfied enough but coming back for more. And so far with the help of my street team “Cowboy Up” and my wonderful friends and fans I think my goal is being reached.  

9. What do you find challenging about the writing/publishing industry?

Hmm…I would say getting the right exposure. Don’t get me wrong I love promoting and I think that is part of the business if you want your book to survive the rat race of popularity. But to find people who can help you with that and get your book out to the public is hard. I’ve been out of publication so long since my first book was published it’s taking time to get noticed again. But with all the good things that have happened with The McGregor Saga, I think it will put me on the map per say. 

10. When you’re not writing what do you like to do in your downtime?

Spend time with my family and work as a cashier. I have a day job at a grocery store that I love. I cashier and bag and it’s so much fun. But when I’m wanting down time. I love spending time with my kids and watching movies or T.V. shows with my husband.

11. Do you see yourself writing other genres or is romance your main focus?

I want to venture out but slowly. I like to challenge myself so I’m thinking sci-fi or super heroes. I have two boys and I want write something that they would read.

12. Out of all the McGregor boys, which one is your favorite?

I would say Jude. Because out of all three brothers I feel he’s the one that grew the most. In Jason’s Duty he is in his late teens and fighting to be himself and by the end of the saga in Jude’s Dream he is a man of integrity.  You start to see how he’s grown up in Jesse’s Choice but in his story Jude’s Dream you see his thoughts and dreams and how he achieves them is a breath taking. Because he deals with his own issues with the family but learns how to adjust what he wants and helps his family deal with the cruelty of what happens with the McGregor’s. 

Just for fun:

Last book you read? Divergent
Favorite meal? Susi
Favorite dessert? Coffee Ice Cream
Favorite type of romance? Historical
Favorite cowboy? Traditional Cowboy like Tom Selleck
Celebrity Crush: Nathan Fillion, Theo James, Frank Sinatra
Which is better books or movies? Books


Alisha Guenzel The Author

She is a native to New England although she was raised on the plains of West Texas. She has always loved to write stories. But it wasn’t until she married her husband did she take a chance on her dream to become a published author. Although writing is her passion, she also loves to spend time with her kids and husband on their five acre ranch.

Author Links  


Author Web Page:  http://alishaguenzel.wix.com/authorwebpage


FB Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/RomanceNovelistAlishaGuenzel 


The McGregor Saga Book Page: http://www.facebook.com/TheMcGregorSaga


Jason’s Duty Book Page: http://www.facebook.com/TheMcGregorSagaJD


Trailer for Jason’s Duty:  http://youtu.be/PqxEkZ7ZTnU

Synopsis
A Cowboy and his Duty

Jason McGregor was a country boy raised on a horse ranch. His daddy taught him the meaning of family responsibility but that didn’t teach him anything about the rules of love. In Jason’s eyes it was all about the horses and keeping the McGregor Ranch going. When Haley Sheridan came to visit, Jason’s world gets turned upside down. He could no longer see black and white anymore.

Haley Sheridan was far from home and lost without her father. Her emotions were all over the place. She only came to Montana out of duty to her mother. She didn’t understand how Mrs. McGregor took care of all the house hold chores from cooking, cleaning, and making sure her husband and sons were taken care. But when she looked at Jason there was something in his eyes that made her want to understand.

Could a cowboy love a city slicker? Or a city slicker love a cowboy? Neither one knew how to communicate what they really wanted. Come follow Jason and Haley in Book 1 of The McGregor Saga. See how two hearts can become one with enough faith.  

Buy Links  

 Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Jason%27s+Duty+by+Alisha+Guenzel 

http://www.amazon.com/Jasons-Duty-McGregor-Saga-1/dp/1507810725/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424113333&sr=8-1&keywords=Jason%27s+Duty+By+Alisha+Guenzel 


Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/520290

 

The Importance of Author Interviews

As a writer, promotion is an important part of your career. Promotion gains exposure for your books and garner sales. There are many types of promotion including: book reviews, social media, guest posts, and my personal favorite, interviews. All these methods play a major role in book promotion, but today I’ll be discussing the importance of interviews and how they help authors.

Describe your book. Sure social media is a great way to promote our books, but we don’t really have a chance to thoroughly discuss our work. With social networking all we have to do is write a catchy sentence and post a purchase link. In an interview, you can discuss your book as much as you want. Talk about the plot, the characters, inspiration, and what sets your book apart from the rest in the genre. This is your time to engage readers and get them invested in your book.

Share your publishing journey. Readers love hearing an author’s story of how they worked hard to get their book released. Whether traditional or indie, writers have a tough time in the publishing world and face many challenges. Traditional authors talk about searching for an agent or publisher, sending out queries, and rejection letters. Indie authors talk about why you chose self-publishing and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of going indie. Not only will you give readers a glimpse into the publishing world, but you’ll also provide helpful tips for new writers.

Give readers a glimpse into your life. Fans are always curious about the lives of their favorite celebrities; including authors. Some people are shy and don’t like to discuss their private life, that’s okay, feel free to share as much or as little as you want. Just cover the basics such as your home town, if you attended college, and your family. I come from a crazy family and I don’t mind talking about them in interviews. 

Show your personality. We all have an uninhibited side to use that people may not know about. For example my favorite show is Duck Dynasty, I love to read books about UFOs, and I have a tattoo. Judging by my picture, you never would have guessed that about me, but that’s the kind of person I am. Interviews offer questions about a person’s hobbies or their favorite things, so don’t be afraid to cut loose and show your fun side.