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Month: April 2015

BLOG TOUR – The Australian

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The Australian

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Australian (#2 Crime Royalty Romance)

  • Fall in love with an unforgettable female heroine!
  • Lose yourself in multiple plot twists!
  • Take a trip down under for only $2.99!

Charlie Sykes takes everything and everyone at face value, and believes life would be a lot easier if everyone else did, too. Jace Knight, international Aussie hotelier and purported playboy, has never met anyone like the absurdly literal and obliviously beautiful American who applies to his personal assistant position. The trouble is, how do you seduce a woman whose definition of flirting comes straight out of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary? That, and he’s not the only one after Charlie. Seems Mr. Knight may not be a reformed criminal after all. Charlie soon finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of dangerous international espionage that takes her from the hip streets of Sydney to the majestic Great Barrier Reef and the wild, desolate outback. A terrible trap’s being laid, but how will Charlie protect herself and prevent a devastating betrayal when she can’t even sort out what her heart’s telling her?

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

Lesley Young’s take on becoming a published romance author

It’s been a wild ride and no worse than I expected

 

Thanks for hosting me on the tour for The Australian, book two in my standalone Crime Royalty Romance series!

 

What initially got you interested in writing?

Well I’m a journalist so my first interest was always in storytelling. You have to write in order to tell a story. As for fiction, a fire lit in me after reading The Hunger Games. I thought, I could write something like this. Not YA, but fast-paced, and super intense. A year or so later, bored, I decided, I’m going to give this a whirl. Sky’s End, a sci-fi romance that was published by SoulMate in 2013, is my first fiction effort.

 

How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?

There was never a question of writing a book and not wanting it to be published. But actually doing it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. It is so personal. Someone once said to be a great actor you have to learn to be vulnerable. I think the same is true of novelists. Being a happy author requires courage.

 

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

A thrill they won’t soon forget. Heroines they adore. My plots are unique, and varied. And every love story is very different, steeped in rich character development. So simply, a great read!

 

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

The experience itself. I am integrated with the lives of my characters, thinking and being, living and loving. There’s nothing like it. Better than the movies.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Marketing. Publishing. Getting in front of readers. I landed myself a pretty big agent with  this series and still ended up self-publishing. I’ve had to teach myself to be a book publicist as well as a writer. Not a lot of fun, especially when you’re emotionally attached to the outcome.

 

What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?

As my agent told me: there is no science to what sells and what doesn’t sell. Squirting out your first book is not unlike getting off the bus in Hollywood and hoping to become a famous actress. So, my advice, is focus on your art. If you write with passion, and work really hard, the results will shine.

 

Connect with me at lesleyyoungbooks.com, facebook.com/lesleyyoungbooks and @lesleyyoungbks!

 

Lesley Young

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lesley Young is a genre-defying author of unforgettable heroines who experience thrilling life- and love-altering journeys. Her debut novel was Sky’s End; her most recent stand-alone series, Crime Royalty Romance, includes The Frenchman and The Australian. She loves to hear from readers. Follow her at Facebook.com/LesleyYoungBooks, @LesleyYoungBks and lesleyyoungbooks.com/blog.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW – Greg Weisman

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RAIN OF THE GHOSTS (PARANORMAL YA) 

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR GREG WEISMAN

 

What initially got you interested in writing?

 

Spelling words.  Seriously.  My second grade teacher assigned us spelling words and our homework was to put each word in a sentence.  I then put the sentences together to create a story for each assignment.

 

 

How did you decide to make the move into becoming an author of novels, after working in animation and comics?

 

I’ve always wanted to write a novel – and had started a few without finishing them.  It was very intimidating.  But with Rain of the Ghosts, I felt that I had such a good handle on the story, that I felt I had a good chance of going the distance.

 

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

 

Mostly, I just want them to be entertained.  To feel they’ve come away from a great yarn.  But the secondary goals are, of course, to say something about the human condition, to create memorable characters, to reveal something new that they’ve never seen before.

 

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

 

Not the money, that’s for sure.  😉

 

But I love connecting with characters on a level where they seem to be telling me what they’re going to do next.

 

What do you find most challenging about writing?

 

I’ve spent so many years in collaborative media, where I often literally had artists painting the worlds I created.  Now, in writing a prose novel, I have to paint all those pictures on my own, with words.

 

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

 

Follow your passion.  You’ll need it to get through.

 

You decided to take your novel RAIN OF THE GHOSTS and do a Kickstarter to release it in audio format. What prompted you to do that, and can you talk about the current status of the project?

 

The initial “prompt” was as simple as this: I wanted to hear it.  But what I didn’t want was a typical audio book with one narrator reading both the narration and every character’s voice, male and female, old and young.  So I conceived the idea of doing Rain of the Ghosts as an unabridged full-cast AudioPlay, complete with 20 amazing actors, a full musical score, sound effects, the works!  We’ve recorded and paid for all the voice work.  But we launched a Kickstarter on March 30th, 2015, in order to pay for the post-production.  The campaign runs until April 29th, 2015, and we hope your readers will check it out at RainoftheGhosts.com.

UPDATE: The Kickstarter SUCCEEDED. Follow the progress of the audio play at RainOfTheGhosts.com.

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

 

I’m on Twitter at @Greg_Weisman.  You can also get updates on RainoftheGhosts.com and at my website AskGregWeisman.com.

 

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