Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Lorin Grace – with a New Release

 

!cid_DCE40ACF-4338-41BB-9F95-BC6B45641BA9Today I’d like to introduce you to my fellow CIR author, Lorin Grace.

Lorin Grace was born in Colorado and has been moving around the country ever since, living in eight states and several imaginary worlds. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Graphic Design.  Currently, she lives in northern Utah with her husband, four children, and a dog who is insanely jealous of her laptop. When not writing Lorin enjoys creating graphics, visiting historical sites, museums, and reading.  Lorin is an active member of the League of Utah Writers and was awarded Honorable Mention in their 2016 creative writing contest short romance story category. Her debut novel, Waking Lucy, was awarded a 2017 Recommend Read award in the LUW Published book contest.

Welcome Lorin, and thanks for joining me today. Now, you’ve got a new book out, but before we learn about it, I’ve got three questions for you. Ready?

Absolutely!

Right. First, what inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?

I started writing in third grade, and it is what would be termed as Little House on the Prairie fan fiction.

That show has inspired many, I’m sure. Now, second question … Other than stomping your foot and having a hissy fit, what else do you do when you get a review that isn’t so good?

I try to figure out why they wrote the review the way they did and learn from it. Could I have done something different?

Great attitude. Next question, where are your books set? And have you been there, or spent significant time there?

My historical novels are set in Massachusetts, which happens to be where I lived when I met my Husband so, therefore, it is the most romantic place on the face of the earth.

How sweet! Now, normally I stop at three questions, but because your answers have been short and sweet (there’s that word again??) I’m going to ask one more, what makes you happiest as an author?

Getting a call or an email from some one who loves my book–especially if it’s someone whom I know is a critical reader.

Yes, that’s the best feeling! 

Now, you’ve got a brand new book – Healing Sarah – and I see it’s available on Amazon. I love the tag line:  The only thing colder than Summer 1816 is Sarah’s heart, and Dr. Timison Dawes is determined to melt it.

 

 

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Michelle Bolanger – with a New Release

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Today I’d like to introduce Michelle Bolanger, my fellow CIR author.

Michelle lives in Dayton Ohio with her husband and two dogs. When she isn’t writing, she is watching the Columbus Blue Jackets, floating on a cruise ship somewhere warm, or searching for new coffee houses.

Well, Michelle, I can recommend a cruise to Australia then, because Melbourne is known for its great coffee! And what a cruise that would be!

So, we’re going to learn all about Michelle’s new release in a moment, but first three quick questions. Where are your books set? And have you been there, or spent significant time there?

The Cotiere Chronicles is set in different places. Book one, The Kiss, is set mainly in Scottsdale, Arizona, but the college scenes are in Oxford, Ohio not far from where I live. Book two, The Touch, is set in Southern California and Scottsdale, Arizona, two of my favorite places to visit. Book three, The Light, is set in Indiana, but unlike the others, it is based on a completely fictional town called Canberry Ridge.

Well, you got me with California, my home state (although I’m originally from San Francisco Bay Area, I also like Southern California). Next question, what was the inspiration for your latest book?

My latest release is the third book in my Cotiere Chronicles series. “The Light” tells the story of the ‘bad guy’ from book one. He became a bit of a prodigal and his journey is one of redemption and realizing that who you were is not who you have to continue to be. He is also a single dad who has to fight for custody of his son. I knew from the beginning Stewart’s stay was going to be a difficult one, and that he was going to be a single dad. He’s truly a good guy who got caught up in something he didn’t know how to deal with, and made some dumb choices. He’s not a tough, alpha, over controlling kind of lead. Most guys aren’t, and I wanted to write about a man who is just trying to do the best he can for his son, and the woman he…well, the woman he’s meant to be with. Love might not be so easy for them. At least, not yet.

Sounds like you really needed to write this last book–so that your hero could find redemption! Awesome. Now, lastly, who are your favorite authors, and why?

I have three authors I would call favorites. The first is Cassandra Clare. I am in awe of the way she is able to build relationships between her characters. Her Infernal Devices Series has one of the strongest friendships I have ever read in a book series.

Next is an author I recently fell in love with, Sarah J Maas. The world building in her books is what drew me in. The way she created a world that is both familiar and yet so different from reality is amazing. She’s also incredible as foreshadowing and twisty plot lines. Just when you think you know where the story is going, she blindsides you!

The third is an Indie author I admire and aspire to be. Quinn Loftis is the author who truly inspired me to take the leap and publish my first book. It sounds critical, but what impressed me most about her is the way her writing has improved from the first book to her current writing. That journey of always improving and not being afraid to put your story out there inspires me constantly.

Yes, it’s an incredible journey being an indie author, and it is inspiring to see the progress. Now, speaking of progress, you’ve completed the third book in your series, The Light. Tell us a bit about it, and where we can  find it.

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Synopsis:

The Nachhaltig are adjusting to their new found freedom, but an old enemy is still forcing them apart and lives are being lost in the process. ​

Stewart’s choices drove him away and left him as one of the Cotiere’s outcast males. After losing his wife in a tragic accident, he is trying to hold life together as a single dad.

But when his intended, Megan, falls victim to the same scheme that nearly destroyed his life, he is drawn into a race against time to save her.

The Cotiere Chronicles are clean, Urban Fantasy stories with a strong romantic theme. It is a series, and would be best read in order, but the first two books can be read as stand alones. The third and fourth – you’ll have to read them to find out.

You can find my books on Amazon, or iTunes or on Barnes & Noble.

A Chance for Snow has been awarded a coveted indieBRAG medallion!

Have I told you about indieBRAG? Brag stands for Book Readers Appreciation Group – and indieBRAG is a group that reviews indie books and awards medallions to those books that meet the high standards of the traditional publishing industry.

I’m fortunate to have now received my fifth medallion, and will be submitting another book to them soon.

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Be sure to check out the books on offer there if you’re looking for quality indie books. You can visit them here.

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Danielle Thorne – with a New Release

20369789_10155653858318184_1989254358358916171_o.jpgToday I’d like to introduce Danielle Thorne, my fellow CIR author. Danielle sent me a traditional photo to post here, however I kinda liked this one better given the theme of her new book!

Danielle has this to say about herself:

Danielle Thorne is the author of classic romance and adventure in several genres. She loves Jane Austen, travel, pirates, beaches, cookies, antiques, cats, dogs, and long naps. She does not like phone calls or sushi. A graduate of Ricks College and BYU-Idaho, Danielle saw early work published by Every Day Fiction, Arts and Prose Magazine, Mississippi Crow, The Nantahala Review, StorySouth, and… you get the idea. Besides writing, she’s edited for both Solstice and Desert Breeze Publishing. Her growing blog, The Balanced Writer, focuses on writing, life, and the pursuit of peace and happiness.

Currently, Danielle freelances as a non-fiction author and copywriter, while waiting to hear from readers like you through her website. During free time, which means when Netflix is down, she combs through feedback and offers virtual hugs for reviews.

Netflix? … ah, yeah, I get it {duh}. Now, I’m going to get you to tell us about your new release, but before that, three quick questions. Firstly, what three things would you say are the most important for an aspiring author to keep in mind as they being their writing journey?

I think the most important thing an aspiring author needs to understand is that it’s easy to become bogged down by all the information out there. The three most important habits to practice, in my opinion, are scheduling writing hours with no interference, finding a peer group (online groups are accessible and fun), and reading. Read, read, read, read. Read your target genre, study the classics, read non-fiction, and study articles about writing, editing, and publishing. A writer today must wear several different hats, so it’s important to immerse yourself in the culture. Don’t try to do everything at once though. Just take writing like life—one day at a time.

So true–the information overload can be mind-boggling sometimes and we need to take a step back and remember to simply read and write! Next question, what was the inspiration for your latest book?

My new release, A Pirate at Pembroke, is a historical romance with a Jane Austen-inspired pirate theme–a reflection of some of my favorite interests and hobbies. It’s about a young woman who’s embraced the expectations of her age, but with a few misgivings.

In a nutshell:  Sophie Crestwood is never going to catch a husband, and she isn’t even sure she wants one. Her father is a gossip, her mother always has her nose in a book, and little Jack has shamefully been dismissed from boarding school. Worst of all, a pirate moves next door into Pembroke Hall.  When Sophie’s sent to a matchmaking party at a neighboring estate, the pirate from Pembroke arrives and distracts everyone from the summer festivities. Unguarded, her feelings about the mysterious Captain Murdock bloom into a trusted friendship that Sophie fears may come to mean more than anyone would ever suspect.  Keeping company with a reputed pirate is one thing but falling in love with him could ruin the eccentric Crestwood family for good.

I started thinking about this storyline after watching the BBC’s latest version of Jane Eyre some years ago. I never grew particularly fond of Mr. Rochester, and I wondered if a mysterious, dark stranger living in a dilapidated old manor couldn’t be a little more charming and selfless. Thus, the pirate from Pembroke was born.

Oh, I’ve always liked pirates! Must check this one out myself! Now, last question, where are your books set? And have you been there, or spent significant time there?

Most of my books are set in Regency England and the West Indies, with a few stories set in my own stomping grounds, the American deep South. I’ve had the opportunity to travel all through the Caribbean and learn about the islands, history, and Age of Sail. Studying British history for my line of non-fiction young adults has impacted my writing and experience, too. Life is exciting when we’re always learning. It’s been a wonderful adventure.

That it is! So … where can we find you and this new book of yours?

Readers can find me on my website, and from there they’ll find all the usual links to social media. Or they can go directly to Amazon.

 

 

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Keith Guernsey

KeithToday I’d like to introduce Keith Guernsey, my fellow CIR author.

Keith Guernsey is retired after a forty year career in sales and sales management with several fortune 500 companies. He currently lives on Lake Lanier with his wife Susan and four-footed son Harley. Mr Guernsey spent a good portion of his youth playing sports, active in both football and hockey. In 1995 Keith was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor (called an Acoustic Neuroma) and he underwent a ten hour operation at the world-renowned Brigham and Women’s hospital where it was successfully removed. While recovering, he met and married Susan. Together they faced his next challenge. In 1997 his neuroma returned. He was to undergo yet another, more complex, operation which resulted in a complete cure, however side effects of this second more invasive procedure caused prolonged inactivity and led to severe weight gain of over 100 lbs. Today Mr. Guernsey is very proud of the fact that he has been able to overcome his physical challenges, losing over one hundred and thirty five pounds, and has found the time to write two successful books (“Confessions of a Beantown Sports Junkie and “Fathers and Sons-Sports and Life”). 

Wow, Keith, how wonderful is it that you’ve been able to reinvent yourself! So, before you tell us about your books, I’ve got three quick questions for you. What inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?

My late father was the inspiration … I was 44 at the time.

Parents are often our inspiration, aren’t they? Next question, what three things would you say are the most important for an aspiring author to keep in mind as they being their writing journey?

Be persistent, consistent and don’t get discouraged!

Do you read the reviews that others leave for your books?

Yes but just the good ones! Just kidding –I feel very fortunate that both my books have all 4’s and 5’s!

That’s a bonus! Four and five star reviews are worth their weight in … well, stars I suppose! Now, how about we learn a bit about your books.

“Fathers & Sons…” is a story of an uncommon love and devotion between fathers and sons. It is a story of my recovery from two rounds of life-threatening brain surgeries to play on three championship softball teams in two states. It is also an ode to my late, great father Gordon who was always the best sports parent ever! It includes a chapter on the most controversial sports topic of our time; Deflategate. “Fathers…” is also a sequel to “Confessions of a Beantown Sports Junkie.”

And where can we find your books, Keith?

Both of my books are available as eBooks or in paperback format, and can be found on Amazon.

 

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author William David Ellis – with a New Release

 

david's author photoToday I’d like to introduce William David Ellis, my fellow CIR author. David, would you like to tell us a bit about yourself?

I am 59 years old, married to an English Teacher which helps a lot, until it doesn’t. My name is David Ellis, apparently my pen name is William David Ellis, I live on a farm in East Texas, and raise honeybees and blackberries, have two German Shepherds and belong to an interesting ethnicity called redneck. For those of you in the underland?, downunder? Big island continent that has kangaroos?, well a redneck is Crocodile Dundee from Texas.  He carries a larger knife, and we don’t have crocs here we have pineywoods rooters, large feral pigs that will destroy a crop in a single night.

Well, I always did like those movies, especially that line, “you call that a knife?”  Ha ha ha. So, give us an idea about the content of your books, because as you know, this is Clean Indie Reads we’re talking about.

Do my books have fowl language, ahh hmm, well I don’t recall any poultry listings, or any references too ducks or geese or any of that sort. However.. if it was mentioned in the Bible, ( you guys read that in underland right?) it is fair game.. like when my roman soldier finds out the demonized high priest of Carthage is planning on sacrificing the children of Carthage to conjure a huge flesh-eating dragon, well he does not say, oh my, or isn’t that awful, or goodness gracious, he says the D word. And when his troops are being burnt by the same fire breathing dragon he says it again.. other than the D word used extremely sparingly, no there is no foul or fowl language. Sex scenes, hardly my wife reads and edits my writing and would laugh at any attempt I made to write something provocative… I am not a soft porn person either conjuring emotions that are not meet in existing relationships, so no to sex scenes or even emotional foreplay that would substitute for sex scenes, as to violence.. this is a book about battles, and fiery dragons, and suffering, but it does not glorify violence. They do work hard at trying to kill the dragon, and the dragon does eat a few folks so… take that into consideration.

Sounds like it’s a good thing your wife is your beta reader. As is my husband 🙂 Now before we learn about this new release of yours, we’ve got three questions to get through. What inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time? 

My mother read Edgar Rice Burroughs to my brother and me when we were in kindergarten, I cut my teeth on Walt Whitman books, the classics of Jules Verne, etc,, so I was a reader before I could talk, and my first word was ,”book” I actually attempted to write a book in the third grade, then skipped several years and published in the sixth grade, school publication, then started writing again in college, and over the last 30 years wrote several short stories, a few newspaper columns, and started seven or eight different books that are in various stages of remission.

Ha ha ha, I do like your sense of humour, David! next question–If you could tell your younger self something you know now, with respect to your writing career, what would it be?

Learn grammar, be prepared to work, it is very very hard especially the first novel, kinda like your first child, there is an extremely steep learning curve!   

Yes, that hill is a steep one alrighty! One last question for you. What three things would you say are the most important for an aspiring author to keep in mind as they being their writing journey?

Learn the craft–read books about writing.

Write, write write, a writers block is in your head, not in your fingers, type when you do not feel like, even if you have nothing to say. You have to jump start some manuscripts some mornings, but if you start writing, even if it is not very good, you will slip into the flow and then you can come back and delete the first few sentences, but if you do not absolutely force yourself to put something on the screen you will wait for a flow that never comes, you have to drill a hole before you hit water.

Don’t worry about being a planner of a pantser, most writers are a bit of both.

Now, about this new book of yours … what was the inspiration for your latest book?

I was reading about the possibility of some dinosaurs having survived till the present day, and came across a little quote by the Roman Historian Livy, who said a roman legion was attacked by a fire breathing dragon.. and then one thing lead to another..pow a book is born!

Sounds very interesting, indeed! So, here’s the link to the listing on Amazon (oh, and I love the cover by the way!).

And if you want to follow David on Amazon, here’s the link to his author profile.

Meet fellow Clean Indie Reads author Rachael Eliker – with a New Release

1Today I’d like to introduce Rachael Eliker, my fellow CIR author.

Rachael Eliker is an avid reader and author with eclectic tastes, a life-long horse fanatic, and self-taught home renovator (a skill which has been tested on every home she’s ever owned). She forces herself to nurture her love/hate relationship with running by jogging along lonely stretches of country road with her cowardly dog who would leave her for dead should anything ever happen. Married to her very own absentminded rocket scientist, together they have more kids than most people can comprehend. When she’s not writing, she enjoys mucking stalls, riding her geriatric horse, milking their ornery Jersey cow, and wondering what life would be like as a celebrity if she wasn’t content being an introvert.

We may be on different continents Rachael, but we are kindred souls … well, perhaps I should say that my “kids” are all “fur-kids” but the rest rings true!  Now, Rachael has a brand new book out, but before I tell you about it, let’s have Rachael answer three questions for us.

First question, what three things would you say are the most important for an aspiring author to keep in mind as they begin their writing journey?

Seek and gracefully accept critiques from peers because who else knows the growing pains of writing better than fellow authors? Secondly, know when to say ‘thanks’ to a critique but leave it because it would change your story in a way that doesn’t speak to you as the creator…every time I beta read for another author, I try to make it abundantly clear that my notes are merely suggestions, so take ‘em or leave ‘em. For me, especially as a newer author, it’s sometimes hard to turn down suggestions. In the end, it’s your work and your story to be told! And, READ, READ, READ. I feel like I have grown exponentially as an author, not only as I’ve spent time writing but that I’ve studied my craft by reading what other authors have put out there.

Words of wisdom there folks … listen up! Second question, what was the inspiration for your latest book?

As with all of my writing, a touch of the fiction story is rooted in truth. Though I am not a world-famous singer/songwriter like Ruby (except when driving in the car…), I do happen to be married to a brilliant-yet-absentminded rocket scientist who some days seems to barely have a shred of common sense. The inspiration for the story stemmed from there, wondering what life would be like if I were someone capable of performing on stage. Of course, it’s always fun to imagine from behind the comfort of a computer screen without risk of stage fright.

I’m always amazed watching television talent shows … there are a lot of talented people out there. Now, for one last question, how much time per week would you spend writing? Or are you a full-time author?

At the moment, I am often found in the middle of a flurry of young children who like to have attention and be fed once in a while (weird, huh?). So, if I had the time to be a full-time author, I guarantee I’d be able to fill forty hours a week without a hint of writer’s block (Agatha Christy always said the best time to write a book is when you’re doing the dishes and I have TONS of practice with dishes), at the moment, writing is more of a creative release I enjoy. As I’ve progressed as a writer, I have found that if I schedule the time, the time is there. On average, I write for about an hour to two every day, outside of keeping up with a personal blog. Does writing silly Facebook posts count, too?

I’m impressed! The energy of youth … ahhhh …  Now, tell us about your books.

I write the way I read: there isn’t much that I don’t enjoy! So far, I’ve dabbled in Young Adult with a competitive horse-riding/fantasy (that was a fun one to write!) series and another suspenseful dystopian series. The latest release is a fun romantic comedy. No matter what I write (there are so many ideas bouncing around in my head that I have to keep a list so I don’t forget), all of my books are clean. You could recommend them to anyone from your middle-school niece to your grandma without fear of making anyone blush.

You can find all of Rachael’s book on her Amazon author page. And here’s a link to the newest book.

And here’s Rachael’s newest book – which looks fantastic!

Thanks for joining me here today Rachael — it’s been a pleasure having you.