Author Angela Aaron's Blog: February 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Katy Regnery is in the Attic Today!

Come on up, pull up a trunk and join me in greeting the latest guest to visit Angie's Attic, Katy Regnery. Katy is an award winning romance novelist from New England. Welcome Katy, I'm glad you could join me today. I'm excited to learn a bit about you and the books you've authored.

First can you tell us a little about your books?

Oooo! This trunk is so comfy! Hot tea and cookies, too? Don’t mind if I do! Thanks for having me up here today, Angie!

I love talking about my books so thanks for asking! I have two series that I am currently writing: Heart of Montana, published by Boroughs Publishing Group, is a sweet, contemporary, mostly-closed door series set in a small town in Montana. Enchanted Places, which I self-publish, is a much hotter contemporary series wherein love stories are linked by siblings who fall in love at castles, estates, and other “enchanted” places.

What awards you have won and for which of your books?

My first Heart of Montana novel, By Proxy, took first prize in the 2013 Maine RWA Everything but the Kitchen Sink contest, second prize in the 8th Annual Dixie Kane Memorial contest and third prize in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations contest. The second book in my Heart of Montana series, Midsummer Sweetheart, took second place in the 2013 RWA of Alaska Break-Up contest. The third book in my Heart of Montana series, See Jane Fall, took third place in the 2013 Heart of the West contest. My short story, “The Long Way Home,” was recently selected by Sylvia Day to appear in the first RWA Anthology – that was my first national “win.”

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

I wrote my first book in August 2012 and finished it two days before my 40th birthday.

Do you write an outline before every book you write?

Yes, or a synopsis. I am mostly a pantser after I write the outline or synopsis, but I need a little bit of planning to get the show on the road!

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

All of my research is done on-line. I stare at Google Maps for hours on end! LOL! Ideas come from all sorts of places…last summer I visited Boldt Castle in upstate New York and by the time I left, the idea for my Enchanted Places series was solid in my mind.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I LOVE writing text message banter, so all of my books are starting to have text-message scenes in them. What’s interesting is that many reviewers and bloggers are catching on to this now, and it’s becoming a sort of trademark that they look for!

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

My intended audience for Heart of Montana is anyone over the age of 16 who likes a love story: teenagers, adult women, older ladies. I have a surprising number of male readers, too!

My Enchanted Places books cook at a higher temperature, so I’d really only recommend them to readers over the age of 18. My stories are emotionally-driven and pretty intense, with a fair share of introspection. They move quickly, but I try to offer readers a thoughtful story.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

It’s imperative to have a thick skin if you’re going to try to make it as a writer, so join a critique group before you ever submit your work to an agent or publisher. Make sure you’re open to constructive criticism. Make sure you can “take it” when people dislike your writing and/or style. Reviews can be brutal and you can’t wallow – you have to be tough enough to take it, or it can sap all of the joy out of the profession.

Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?

Yes! I have a big presence on social media – over 9,000 Twitter followers and almost 2,500 Facebook fans. I LOVE talking to my readers! Mostly they get in touch with me to share that they enjoyed a story I’ve written and ask for more. They don’t actually ask me many other questions, but a lot of my readers like to share about their own lives with me!

Now for the quickie "get to know you better" questions…

What are your favorite TV shows?

Oh, my gosh! How much time do we have?! Nashville, Bitten, Downtown Abbey, Banshee, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, The Americans, Orange is the New Black, Parenthood, True Blood, Vikings, Ray Donovan, and Bunheads.

What music do you listen to?

It varies from book to book. Right now I’m listening to some Tracy Chapman, Lauryn Hill, and a lot of music from the cast of “Nashville.”

Quick…one look. What is under your bed right this moment?

Nothing! Wow! I’m neat!!

Thanks for playing along with the silly questions.

Of course – good times!

What is your current projects and/or future projects?

I am currently working on What Were You Expecting?, Heart of Montana #5. I have a contract deadline for June and a personal deadline for April. We’ll see how I do! After WWYE, I’ll be working on the next two books in my Enchanted Places series: Restoring Love at Bolton Castle and Risking Love at Moonstone Manor. I love my HoM books, but I must admit, I’m excited to get back to the heat of my EP series!
Is there anything else you'd like to say to our guests?
Please check out my books and I LOVE hearing from my readers, so be sure to stop by my blog, Twitter or Facebook and say HELLO!
Where can readers find more out about you and your books:

Webpage: www.katyregnery.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KatyRegnery

Twitter: www.twitter.com/KatyRegnery


Buy link for Playing for Love at Deep Haven, Enchanted Places #1: http://www.amazon.com/Playing-Love-Haven-Enchanted-Places-ebook/dp/B00HS6NJNO

Buy link for By Proxy, Heart of Montana #1: http://www.amazon.com/Proxy-Heart-Montana-Katy-Regnery-ebook/dp/B00FDXPUYU

Buy link for Midsummer Sweetheart, Heart of Montana #2: http://www.amazon.com/Midsummer-Sweetheart-Heart-Montana-Regnery-ebook/dp/B00ID0Y8OI


Thank you, Katy for joining me in the attic today. I enjoyed adding you to my collection of good things.
Thank you so much for hanging out with me today and HUGE THANKS to Angie for having me up to the attic! Happy to say it’s spider and web free and this trunk has been super cozy!
And now, before you climb down from the attic, how about a snippet from your latest book that will intrigue and tantalize us:
Sure! But remember, this is totally unedited so BE KIND!

Excerpt from What Were You Expecting? Heart of Montana #5:
Maggie’s heart felt brick-heavy sitting next to Beck by the bonfire. He was trying his best to make conversation with her, but it was no use. She could barely give him monosyllabic answers. To see Nils’s face—full of unguarded joy and hope to see her—slip into cold darkness on a dime had taken all of the fun out of the celebration and all she wanted to do was go home. She didn’t want to risk running into him again, that was for sure. She needed to go home and cry for hours and then get her head on straight before she saw him again.
Her eyes welled with frustration and sorrow. She swiped at them then pushed up from the blanket. “Beck, you mind if we get goin’?”
He stood up beside her, dusting off his hands on his pants. “Whenever you’re ready.”
The lump in her throat was so thick, she worried she’d cry when she said good-bye to Mr. Lindstrom and Lars, but she couldn’t very well leave such a nice party without saying “thank you.”
“I’m just goin’ to go inside and use the bathroom first,” she said.
I’ll splash some cold water on my face, give myself a firm talking-to, then come downstairs and say my good-byes. She looked over at the long table that sat mostly in darkness. Nils would still be eating his dinner. She took a deep breath and turned toward the house.
With every footstep, her mind pestered her with questions: Is that how friends look at each in greeting? Why’d he look so mad about Beck’s arm around you since he practically threw you at Beck on Thursday?
She stomped up the steps, opening the screen door too forcefully, then wincing as it slapped against the wall of the porch then flew back and slammed shut.
Calm down, Maggie.
Rubbing her burning eyes, she walked quietly through the living room and dining room, to the stairs beside the kitchen. As she headed upstairs, she looked at the pictures on the wall: Nils and Lars grinning in snowsuits with goggles perched on their blond heads, all four Lindstrom children sitting on a boulder somewhere in Yellowstone, Jenny on her wedding day, Erik on his. About two steps from the top, she reached out and gingerly touched a photo of Nils holding Erin against his chest as he sat in a recliner, his eyes closed as the tiny infant dozed.
“You came here with Beck.”

Sunday, February 16, 2014

In love with love.

I was a recent guest on "The Muse Charmer" blog on Valentine's Day. Here is what I had to say:

A very happy Valentines Day to you.

Some say music that is the universal language, but I’d argue that it is love. Every one of us from the beginning of time has felt the stirrings of love. Love crosses every culture and ethnic boundaries and has never changed in thousands of years. Love is a powerful thing. People have conquered countries, sacrificed and killed for love. When we feel love, we feel it deeply and this feeling moves us into action.

“Romance is being in love with love.” I adore this quote. Who can’t remember their first teenage crush and how it consumed every waking moment of life? That feeling that your whole world revolved around another person who made you feel something you’d never felt before was the most incredible feeling. The skin tingling sensation that totally consumes you when that person is near is so breathtaking. Hearing the proverbial fireworks upon your first kiss, only to realize it was probably the beating of your own heart. Wow. I love how that feels. I’d like to capture that feeling and bottle it. Oh wait…that’s what romance novels do. They in essence capture those very sensations and give us the chance to relive those romantic experiences. Romance makes us feel good.

Those addicting little endorphins that romance produces, the excitement and adrenaline rush are exactly the sensations I love to manifest with my writing.

I want to be swept off my feet as two unsuspecting or reluctant people find love against a variety of challenging backdrops. I love to watch them fall in love and overcome insurmountable obstacle to be together. I love to sigh, smile, cheer my characters on when I put fingers to keyboard, and create those moments repeatedly with each story I create. I love to fall in love over and over.

“Romance is being in love with love.” Oh yes it is and so much more. Romance makes the every day dole drums tolerable, it sweeps us away to distant worlds and allows us to escape or live an adventure we wouldn’t necessarily have. Romance allows us to be caught up in something universal, something that transcends time, and something that makes us feel hopeful.

And that my friends is a powerful thing and why I write romance. Celebrate Romance! Happy St.Valentine’s Day.

~Angie

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Elizabeth Morgan is in the Attic today!

Hi Elizabeth,

I'm so glad you were able to join me in the attic today. I can't wait to hear all about your new release but I have a few other questions for you, first.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Well, ignoring the fact that I have always enjoyed keeping scrap books where I would write down my fave poems, and parts of stories, and then draw pictures all the way around them . . . Every now and again – starting with Primary School – I’d get assignments to write little stories, which I kinda enjoyed.

I had a fan fiction website based on the British band Busted – what? They were good - when I was 14 where I would write serials for people to read, and that progressed when I got to college and as part of my course I would have to write scripts, which then lead to me attempting a book, and well . . . here I am. 

So, I guess you could say it was a slow growing interest since childhood.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

To be honest, the way things were last year it was simply finding the time to continue and finish this particular story, Truth or Dare? Life has a fun way of changing your plans.

Are your character's experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

No, I never base any of my characters on people I know, though I do on occasion pinch their names if I’m stuck and they fit the characters. As for events . . . sadly no. lol My life is not that . . . adventurous, or interesting I’m afraid.

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

I’m afraid this was one of those stories that didn’t require any form of research. It was just a fun and sexy idea that was inspired by an episode of The Big Bang Theory; the one where Penny and Lenard drink tequila. ;-P

What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?

I write what I can, when I can. I have no routine, but I do try to make as much progress as possible even if it is just adding another 100 words. It all adds up in the long run.

Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?

It sounds very cliché, but all I can say is never give up. Don’t give up on your story. Don’t give up if your book gets rejected. Everyone has different taste. Someone will love your story as much as you do.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Unwind? Relax? What on earth do you mean? Lol

I guess it’s just the usual stuff; curl up with a book, sit and watch a film, zone out in a bubble bath.

What question do you wish was on the list? Your answer?

I have no idea lol so if there is a question anyone would like me to answer, just post it in a comment and I will. 

What are your current/future projects?

I am currently going through the first two books in my Blood Series as I plan to self-publish them this summer. I did plan

to start on the untitled second book, but then I saw Decadent Publishing’s new submission call, Beyond Fairytales, and there

was no way I could ignore it. So, after I have read and tweaked book 1 in my Blood Series, I will be working on retelling an

assigned fairytale.

Is there anything else you'd like to say to your readers?

Thank you for your continual support. Thank you for buying my books, and taking the time to leave reviews, which are more helpful than you could possibly imagine. Just thank you. I do hope you enjoy my stories. 

Where can readers find more out about you and your book?

Website: www.e-morgan.com
Blog: www.xxxxmyworldxxxx.blogspot.com
Twitter: @EMorgan2010
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/ElizabethMorgan
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.morgan.944
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/elizabethm2012/boards/
Blog: (Shared with Dianna Hardy): http://notjustastiffupperlip.blogspot.co.uk/

Thank you, Elizabeth for joining me in the attic today. I enjoyed adding your book to my collection of good things.

Thanks for having me over, Angela. I like what you’ve done with the place. 

And now, before you climb down from the attic, how about a snippet from your book that will intrigue and tantalize us:
Sure. 

Truth or Dare? Excerpt:

“Fine, I will take a dare.” I glanced at Ben. “What do you want me to do?”
A wicked grin spread across his lips. It was almost as sexy as his brother’s. “I want you to lick salt off Cameron, and then take the lime from his mouth.”
He had to be fucking kidding. “What?”
“You heard the man.” The amusement ran clear in Cameron’s voice.
An idiotic bout of nerves skipped through me. “And do I dare ask where I will be drinking the tequila from?”
Ben’s gaze flicked to Cameron, who I couldn’t bring myself to look at. Holding up my hand, I cut Ben off before he suggested anything else.
“Never mind. I’ll do it.” Untangling my legs, I slid off the sofa, levelling a look at Cameron.
He pulled his T-shirt over his head, and my mouth dried at the way his six-pack rippled with each movement. He was solid, perfect. His skin was a healthy bronze. A fine dusting of dark hair ran from his navel and crept down into his jeans. I couldn’t help but follow the teasing path with my gaze….
“See something you like?”
Did I ever. I hated to admit it, but he was the kind of guy you just wanted to lick—well, anything off of.
“Nope. I’m just wondering why removing your top is necessary. Scared I’m going to spill my drink on your T-shirt?”
His lips turned upward. “Man told you to lick salt off me, but he didn’t say where you would be licking the salt from.”

~ * ~

Truth or Dare?

Blurb:

Do you dare tell the truth?

A tequila fuelled game of Truth or Dare is not Dani’s idea of fun, but when Cameron, the jerk who rejected her a year ago is the one provoking her into playing, how can she say no? Not that he’s giving her the option in the first place.

Bravado compels her forward, but when the dares get physical and their friends leave them alone, Cameron’s questions turn to her feelings for him, and unfortunately, lying is not part of the game.

Will a dare give Dani the courage she needs to tell Cameron the truth?

Buy Links:

Decadent Publishing: http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=897&osCsid=4dorlblt5srfk3oju2gi37lu05
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Truth-Dare-Elizabeth-Morgan-ebook/dp/B00I1MX3TE/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1390858734&sr=1-3&keywords=Elizabeth+Morgan
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Truth-Dare-Elizabeth-Morgan-ebook/dp/B00I1MX3TE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1390858888&sr=1-1&keywords=Elizabeth+Morgan
ARE: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-truthordare-1405682-149.html

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Great Review for Pleasure Island Audio Version on Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars A treat for your ears! February 1, 2014

Format:Audible Audio Edition
By L.E.
I’m new to audio books, and although I love being able to hold a story in my hand, I have to say I fully enjoyed the experience of having a story told to me.

I was a child who enjoyed being read bed time stories. There was something wonderful about being cosy and listening to my mother’s voice as she did the voices of the characters. Not that my mother ever read me anything like this, of course she didn’t, but there is something nice about listening to someone else get into a story, and kinda make it their own.

Firstly, the story itself was extremely hot and fun. Angela Aaron certainly has a way with words and boy, does she know how to write a sexy story. Her men were delicious, especially the main character, Ryan; sweet yet dominant, a gentleman and yet, well, a sex god, most definitely my cup of tea.

Cassie is a very realistic heroine. She is understandably hesitant when she first arrives to the Island, and I can’t say I’d blame her, not with her history, and certainly because taking a leap into something outside your comfort zone is a big deal, but she does, and I can assure you she doesn’t regret it.

The story is about tow people letting their guards down, opening their hearts, and having one hell of a sexy adventure.
Back to the audio side . . . well, take this fabulous story and hand it to a lady with such a captivating voice and man are you in for a treat. Elizabeth Powers has a fabulous voice. It’s smooth and steady, and she punctuates the words perfectly, capturing the mood of each scene and the characters, and the best part; she does the voices! She does accents. If a character yawns, she yawns . . . I loved that.

Yes, I imagine those of you who have listened to a lot of audio will be rolling your eyes right now because you probably know all this, but I just thought it made the story all the more fun.

All in all, Pleasure Island is a fabulous, sexy read that will have you hot under the collar. The characters are great, and believe me you will sooo be wishing this Island existed by the time you reach the end. I know I did.

As an audio story . . . Get cosy, get yourself a glass of wine or a mug of hot chocolate, and settle down for an evening that will make you forget all about this wet, windy, and freezing weather we are having.

A Class for New Writers

A writer friend is offering a must have class for new writers or anyone that is finding themselves without a publisher. Having personally gone through the legal battle of getting rights back, I wish I had this information in the beginning of the mess. Unfortunately, in the ebook publisjhing this is an all true reality. Thanks Mary for offering this.

Registration Open: You Have Your Rights Back. Now What? (A class)
One of the most anxiety-inducing things an author can go through is having a book go suddenly out of print. Even when an author requests and receives rights back, taking a book from "out of print" to "on sale" can be a hair-raising endeavor. Let an experienced author, one who has seen two publisher closures and taken control of numerous titles as contracts allowed, guide you through the process. During this week-long class the question, "You have your rights back. Now what?" will be answered with proven information that can help you keep control of your work. Because let's face it, with publishers closing and more authors deciding the hybrid career path is right for them, it pays to know what to do when you have your book back, regardless of circumstances.
This course will cover:
• DAY ONE: When rights fall. Dealing with publisher closures and release of rights. What do you need to know? Are you ready to self-publish? Why it's not a good idea to give the book to another publisher until you've done your research.
• DAY TWO: Options and opinions. The many ways you can utilize your book from serials to self-publishing and beyond. What is best for you and your book? How do you know you're on the right path?
• DAY THREE: Finals and Formatting. Does the technical aspects make your head spin? Ways to get around that? How to hire and how do you know if they're any good? Scheduling to save your sanity is also covered.
• DAY FOUR: Leveraging your newly re-released book for maximum sales. How to make everything old new again. And how to use it to increase visibility for your current works.
• DAY FIVE: Final frontiers. Where do you go from here?
Class Begins February 24, 2014 and the Cost is $10

More info:
http://musecharmer.com/musestore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=75&products_id=206

During this course, you'll have the opportunity to ask someone who has been there the questions you need to ask. Find support and the courage to take control of your work. Be prepared for when the unexpected happens. Or simply gain knowledge so you can go forward knowing what's best for you and your career.
About the instructor: Mary Caelsto has been published for over 10 years with some of the best and biggest digital-first publishers in the industry. She's narrowly escaped two publisher implosions with her work intact and works to help others avoid the same fate and take control of their books and their careers. Currently, she writes for a select handful of publishers (using a couple pen names) and self-publishes, crafting a hybrid career that gives her freedom and flexibility.