#Blog Tour Stop With Author Leigh Michaels – Right or Wrong, I #Write for Me

In keeping with my theme of who we write for, I created this post specifically for Leigh’s blog.

Please hop on over and check it out and when you’re done, stay a bit and check out what she has to say as well!

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Please welcome guest author P.S. Bartlett to my blog; I am thrilled to be a part of her blog tour to promote her newest work.  The Blue Diamond: The Razor’s Edge will be released in two days!  She is an excellent writer who spins a fascinating tale with believable and enjoyable characters.  Check out her work; you won’t be sorry!

Right or Wrong, I Write for Me

by P.S. Bartlett

I’ve been wondering lately about why writers choose to write in a particular genre and tell the kinds of stories they do.

I wonder this because for a long time, I’ve heard, as well as believed, that we write what we want to read and I hope that’s true for all of us. Speaking for myself, that is the absolute truth. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t write YA or contemporary romance or anything else for that matter at some point—if I live long enough. I definitely think it makes writing a whole lot easier when we’re writing about things we care about, dream of or enjoy.

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Please Welcome Author Shannon A. Thompson to My Blog Tonight

I asked Shannon to answer four questions for us and here’s what she had to say:

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on the content edit for Death Before Daylight, book 3 of The Timely Death Trilogy. AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. is expecting to release the final installment of the award-winning paranormal romance in January of 2015, but I’m also hoping to re-release my very first publication, November Snow, in November of 2015.

How does your work differ from others of its genre?

The Timely Death Trilogy is told from two perspectives – Eric and Jessica – so the trilogy gives a voice to the usually mysterious boy. I (generally) avoid love triangles, but trust me when I say you can still have a tense romance without one. And I create different creatures than the norm. My books won’t have vampires or werewolves. Although I do love a good traditional story like that, I strive to bring new creatures out of the literature depths. The Timely Death Trilogy revolves around shades and lights, creatures that will soon be explained, Take Me Tomorrow exposes a clairvoyant drug, and November Snow shows a world filled with bad bloods.

Why do you write what you do?

I’ve always been passionate about writing, but I started writing stories to cope with my night terrors and nightmares. I know that might sound ridiculous, but mine were very extreme in the sense that they almost looked like visions. Even after I woke up, I could see them. As a child, this made it really difficult to differentiate between reality and my dreams, so my mother taught me to deal with it by writing. When she suddenly died, I knew I wanted to write for the rest of my life, and I knew I wanted to help other writers follow the dream. So I do that now.

How does your writing process work?

I talk about this all of the time – how complicated and different a writing process can be, especially from book to book or author to author. Strangely enough, I generally define my writing process as writing a screenplay first, and then, moving into prose overtime, but I got into more detail on my website here: http://shannonathompson.com/2014/06/26/the-beginning-of-my-writing-process/ 

All about Shannon:

Shannon A. Thompson

Shannon A. Thompson is a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox. She was merely 16 when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, including a Norwegian magazine, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy, Minutes Before Sunset, became Goodreads Book of the Month. The sequel, Seconds Before Sunrise, has released, and AEC Stellar Publishing released her latest novel, Take Me Tomorrow, on July 17, 2014.

She graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing.

Shannon spends her free time writing, but she loves spending time with her father and brother. She also has one black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart.

Connect with Shannon here:

Shannon has also graciously offered a  free eBook of either Minutes Before Sunset or Take Me Tomorrow for the first three people who reblog this post or share it on their blog. If you share, please post the link in the comments so Shannon can contact you.

Thank you for being with us on my blog tonight Shannon! I wish you all the best!

 

Meet Jax Jillian, the Author of “Larkin’s Letters!”

Last September, I had the honor of being a part of the Baltimore Book Festival. Seated to my right was a lovely young woman from Pennsylvania, who’d traveled down for the day to take part in the author’s tent as well, meeting, greeting and signing books. Her pen name is Jax Jillian and she is the author of “Larkin’s Letters.”

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Book Synopsis:
As Ryan Boone struggles to come to grips with not being able to keep a promise he made to his dying wife, Larkin’s Letters propels readers into the mind of Ryan as he struggles with frequent visits from her ghost and a series of letters she left behind. Ryan worked hard to become one of Hollywood’s most sought after actors, but no matter how busy or famous he became, he always remained loyal to his childhood best friend, Larkin James. When Larkin is diagnosed with leukemia, Ryan sacrifices his career to be by her side and in turn realizes how much he had always loved her. Throughout Larkin’s sickness, Ryan promised her he wouldn’t let her die alone. But we learn that not all of our promises are within our control.

JillAbout the author: Jax Jillian released her first novel, Larkin’s Letters, in June 2013, via Tate Publishing Enterprises.  The book was inspired by her love for modern day love stories, especially those written by Nicholas Sparks and James Patterson.   When she read Patterson’s Suzanne’s Diary to Nicholas, she got the urge to write her own love story.  She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and son and is currently writing her second and third novels.  Jillian also dreams to one day adapt one of her novels into a screenplay.

Excerpt:
     Ryan Boone sat on top of the lightning-white sand dune underneath the darkening sky as the sun was starting to set over the New Jersey Shoreline.  This was the first time he came to this spot since…since…well, he still couldn’t believe what had happened.  It was late March 2013, and there was a crisp, chilly breeze in the air.  He should have brought a sweatshirt with him, he thought to himself.  Wearing only khaki shorts, flip-flops, and a gray Harley Davidson T-shirt adorning his 6’2” muscular frame, he was still used to those warm and sunny California springs.  The storm clouds were getting closer and closer.  It’s going to be a big one, he thought.
     There were about a half-dozen shrieking seagulls circling overhead, but there was something refreshing about the sounds of their screams.  It was a familiar sound, one that he grown accustomed to over the past year living here.  Ryan threw out some pieces of bread for his old friends.  “Sorry, I haven’t been here in a while,” he said.
     He looked out into the surrounding unsettled Great Egg Harbor Bay and noticed it was empty.  All the boats had docked due to the impending storm. But it was fitting.  He didn’t really want anyone around right now.  All he wanted was just him and these letters he held in his pocket.  As he grasped the envelope and pulled it out, he felt his hands shaking.  Why was it so hard?  Why couldn’t he just open it?  For the past year, he had been as strong of a man as any man could possibly be.  But now, this envelope, this piece of paper, was breaking him down.
     He started at the sealed envelope for a moment before placing it back in his pocket.  He noticed the corners had slightly folded over and the blue ink that read “Ryan” on the front had faded a little bit.  It had been two months since he got the letters, and it looked like they had been through a war, just like he had been for the past year and a half.  They had constantly been in and out of his pocket every day with his every intention of opening them, but he had yet to.  Every time he looked at them, he felt sick to his stomach.  He began to think about how he got to this place in his life.  The last two years had been the best years of his thirty-six-year-old life, but now he was in the darkest place he could ever imagine.  He was in hell, he thought, and he couldn’t imagine that a heaven even existed.
Links:
Website: jaxjillian.tateauthor.com
Twitter: @jaxjillian
Google+: Jax Jillian