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THE SHEPHERD: Not your garden variety #paranormal #YA #thriller! #Dec Interview w/ #ASMSG author @TWLuedke!


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Title: The Shepherd

  Genre: YA Paranormal Thriller

  ASIN: B00FK37LZO

Book Length: 236 PAGES

Publisher: Travis Luedke

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Skate punks, kleptomaniacs, clairvoyant visions and reincarnation…

…THE SHEPHERD is unlike any other Young Adult novel you have ever read.

Mike Evans here. Sixteen year old skate punk squatting in a white-trash trailer park with my loser drunk Dad. Seems I lost most of my friends when Dad lost our home in foreclosure. Only Anita stuck by me. Worse, I keep having strange clairvoyant visions of things that always come true.

Then I almost ran over Nadia in my Geo. A passing truck finished the job – left a crumpled heap of skin and bone on the road. I fixed her. Me.

Now this fourteen year old girl won’t leave me alone. I sorta let her sneak in my window when she needs a place to crash.

I have a double life: daytime at school, Anita, skating, and then my nights with Nadia. She’s my secret friend, gives me money and listens to my problems when nobody else will.

My world is spinning out of control. Old friends have turned enemy, my grisly visions of death won’t quit, and Anita’s intentions make my head spin. Even with all that, I’ve got bigger stuff to worry about.

Nadia’s hiding something.

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Advanced reviews:

“I could not put this book down. All I keep thinking about is what could possibly happen next. I felt as if I was back in high school with them!”
“It’s almost a love triangle of epic proportions or so you think….Travis blew me away with this book, I never saw what was coming.”
“Amazing, I loved Mike and Anita. The characters that I didn’t feel could redeem themselves did in ways I never thought possible. I loved the ending and so not what I thought would happen. I love the element of surprise.”

Sharp, witty, dark and gritty, The Shepherd is the must read YA paranormal thriller of 2013.

Get your copy now!

Amazon

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Interview:

I’m happy to bring you another interview with Travis, though this one will be distinctly less naughty than the last time! Following our interview, you can read an excerpt from The Shepherd and get an opportunity to win one of five eBooks!

Gen: Thank you for coming back to my blog, Travis! Last time we were naughty, this time we will be pure as the driven snow…or at least snow before we let the pets out. Ready?

Travis: Well, I have been known to do a little snow writing on occasion.  Come what may, I’m ready for it, pure or otherwise.

Gen: Is The Shepherd your first foray into young adult literature or have you written other ones?

Travis: Honestly, I had entertained the idea that Nightlife New York could be a YA novel. I discarded that idea after writing the first sex scene, at about chapter five.  So, yes, The Shepherd is truly my first YA novel, and it was a little bit difficult trying to tone down the perverse side of my nature.  But I have excellent editors, and they walked that tightrope with me, the fine line between teen and adult fiction.

Gen: Before we go on, try to squeeze a description of the book into one line, ok, maybe two.

Travis: 16 yr old skatepunk Mike thought he had big problems with his ex-girl and ex-best-friend slashing his tires and perfume-bombing his locker.  Then along came Nadia, nailed by a passing car on the highway, and nothing would ever be the same again…

Gen: You know I have this quirk where I ask my author friends to describe their characters as a flavor of ice cream. Go!

Travis: Ahh, Nadia is like pralines and cream, sweet and smooth, deliciously decadent, but then there’s a crunch that lets you know there’s something else in this recipe, and suddenly you’re not quite sure of the ingredients in your ice cream.

Gen: Ummmm, not sure why I find that hot and creepy all at the same time. Ha! Way to get me off task already, Travis.

Travis: *smirk*

Gen: Back to the interview, why Paranormal versus coming of age or other young adult themes?

Travis: This novel is really a combination of many themes and genres.  Paranormal, YA, coming of age, jocks vs. skaters, antisocial memes, the difficulties of single parent upbringing, dysfunctional friendships, mutually obsessive relationships, and loads of denial.  The paranormal aspect is subtly drawn, building with gradual thriller intensity.

And, I suspect I will always be a “Paranormal” author, that’s what I read, what I write, what I prefer in films.  It’s kinda my thing.

Gen: Oh, I totally get that as a fellow author. I’ve got a “thing” for cops and gangsters…don’t know if you’ve noticed…*wink* Ahem, speaking of, as an author what are your biggest pet peeves when writing in the young adult fantasy genre?

Travis: My focus is on realism of teen behavior and motivations.  Teens are a walking contradiction.  They are children in the bodies of adults, complete with raging hormones, newly emerging responsibilities, and a language and culture all their own.  Delving into the speech patterns and thought processes of teenagers is like visiting a foreign country, you can see what they are doing and saying, but you don’t really understand what it means to live there.

My own teen years were a wild ride of loose inhibitions, bad decisions and several hard lessons (definitely an adult novel–if I ever told that story).  But those were some of the best times of my life.  I think adult authors often get too absorbed in the idealistic portion of their YA writing and lose sight of the not-so-idealistic realities of teenagers today.

Gen: Fair enough, how about as a reader in the YA genre, name your biggest pet peeve and/or your favorite trope/authors/style.

Travis: Though I will surely create havoc with this: I really did enjoy the Twilight novels.  Despite enjoying them, I see the flaws.  Teens do drugs, get pregnant, skip school, lie and cheat and steal.  Where were those teens in Twilight?

For teenage paranormal fiction that really gets down to the gritty truth of that life, I think Holly Black and her Modern Fairie Tales series are phenomenal (Tithe, Valiant, Ironside).  Holly does a wonderful job of blending dark paranormal events with strong-willed teens trying to face challenges and make the right choices, often times making the wrong choices along the way.  Holly doesn’t sugar coat it.  She brings hard-hitting tales of teens coming-of-age while mired in the deadly underworld of the paranormal.  Gotta love it.  *grin*

Gen: Since it really has been ages since we’ve talked, what have you been up to these days? Writing, being a dad, menace to society, all of the above?

Travis: All of the above and then some.  I recently donated my body to science while writing another Nightlife Series novel, THE NIGHTLIFE LONDON.  I participated in a medical study, peed in their cups, gave them my blood, ate their almost-jail food, and caught a paycheck, all while writing intense scenes of sex and violence involving vampires, werewolves, Albanians, and Russians who drink way too much Vodka.

I live very vicariously through my writings, even when trapped in the bowels of a medical facility.

Gen: Travis…honestly! And here I was being all chaste and such in this interview, what with the “young adult” and whatnotness…*shakes head* Anyway, back on topic, I haven’t gotten a chance to read The Shepherd, my TBR list is embarrassingly long right now, but do you have plans to expand it into a series?

Travis: There have been some fans who asked for another book, and who knows, it could happen, but my plans for the next YA novel are taking me down a different road.  In 2014 I will write a YA paranormal thriller about a teenage girl who ends up in a tangled web of lies regarding the unintended consequences of identity theft.

So, I am definitely in the YA fiction genre to stay, and I plan to jump back and forth between YA and adult at my leisure, probably to the annoyance of my fans.

Gen: And I know you will rock the hell out of it, therefore, your legion of fans will forgive you anything. Thank you for coming by, Travis, if you’d like to take a second and grand stand for anything–seriously, anything at all–feel free to do so now:

Travis: If you’re looking for a gritty, witty, unusually realistic YA paranormal read, check out The Shepherd, it is not your mother’s YA novel.

If you’ve grown tired of the same old tropes in paranormal romance, and you yearn for the good ole days when vampires were violent, sexy, and violently sexy, then check out The Nightlife Series.  Can’t go wrong with vampires, escorts, pimps, cartel, and jello-wrestling…

Gen: HA! Outstanding! Ladies and gents, grab a copy of The Shepherd at Amazon . If for some reason you’re still not sure, read the excerpt that follows!

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Excerpt:

Chapter 1

Thursday, September 9th, 5:15 p.m.

Shit happens, life happens, but for some reason it happens to me a lot.

I was kinda hoping life would give me a break – maybe crap on somebody else for a while.

Yeah, right.

I mean, look at Justin Shelby.  I’m sitting here in my car, in the McDonald’s drive through, and what is he doing?  He’s climbing up the side of the damn playcenter.  Probably faded on prescription pills he stole from his mom.  This guy is begging for life to hit him upside the head.  But it never does.

And then there’s his buddy, Tommy Schroeder, goading him on.

“Do it man!  You’re almost there!”

One of the wrestling elite of Moses Lake High School, Tommy’s mere presence inspired Justin to new heights of idiocy.  Justin scaled the side of the outdoor playcenter like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible.

Justin skated religiously, a regular at the downtown Moses Lake skatepark across from the Aquatic Center.  Like most of us skaters, he was thin, moderately athletic, and had a strong sense of balance from endless hours busting his ass on the concrete.  Climbing the playcenter wasn’t any more dangerous than the skate tricks we recorded and posted to YouTube.

He quickly reached the apex, damn spider monkey.  He stood exalted atop the dome of the airplane-shaped plastic toy.  An elementary kid inside gawked up at him from the Plexiglas window.

“This is classic!”  Tommy whipped out his cell phone and started recording.

Looked like a good idea to me, so I did the same.  You never know what folly you might catch on video.  I mean, this was live action stuff.  I could be ten seconds away from a viral Youtube video, Gangnam Style.

Tommy encouraged Justin’s antics with loud catcalls.  Justin proclaimed his status as king of the hill, arms held high.

“Yeah bitches, hell yeah!”  Justin yelled and hooted at the top of his lungs, pumping his fists in the air.

I narrated to my potential audience of millions, “This is a flagrant violation of the rules.” I panned my cellphone camera over to the placard by the entry gate and zoomed in to catch a clear shot of the playcenter rules.  “There it is folks, rule number three:  No climbing outside the playcenter.  And we can’t forget rule number four:  No children over the age of fourteen allowed.  For the record, Justin is sixteen.”

Returning to the action, I caught Tommy’s upturned face lit with excitement, and then slid the view up the playcenter to Justin.  “There’s the big man, putting on a show for his new best friend.”

It kinda stung in a way I didn’t like to admit, that Justin was doing all this for Tommy.  A couple months ago, Justin was my best friend, my idiot.  Or so I had thought.

But Tommy was cool.  Popular and wealthy, he also happened to be one of the biggest arrogant pricks in my class, and Justin’s ticket into the ‘cool crowd.’

“Always trying to prove something.”  I shook my head.

Tommy and I don’t get along so well.  It’s a Rachelle thing.  One of those life things that happens to me so often.

I should just keep my mouth shut and catch some choice video, but you know what they say, the observer always affects the observed

“Hey ass munch, get down before you break your neck!”

Justin’s head whipped around to the sound of my voice, causing his body to sway with the sudden movement.  As soon as he spotted me parked in the drive-through a nasty smirk bloomed across his face.  In a moment of sublime inspiration, Justin dropped his pants with a show of lily-white butt cheeks.  He obviously hadn’t seen me recording with my cell phone.

Tommy noticed me too.  “How about a double McAss burger Mikey?”

He loves to call me Mikey.  He knows I hate it.  No one but Tommy calls me Mikey.

The girl delivering my cheeseburger held her hand over her mouth to cover her braces as she giggled and snarfed at the sight of Justin’s naked rump shaking back and forth while he taunted, “It’s a full moon tonight Mikey.  Hope you enjoy the view!”

Perfect.  Now Justin’s calling me Mikey.  God I hate that name.

“It’s Michael, asshole!  And thanks for the killer video.  Goin’ straight to Facebook.”  I held my cell phone out the window for him.

Justin looked back over his shoulder in surprise, attempting to pull up his pants at the same time.  The knee-jerk reaction caused him to lose his delicate balance atop the apex of the plastic airplane.  He fell onto his right side, and slithered down the side of the playcenter.  His hands shot out across the smooth surface, clawing, seeking a grip.  There was nothing to grab.

I watched him slide inexorably down the outside of the playcenter, pants and underwear still down around his thighs.  He tried rolling into position for a feet-first landing.  The maneuver would’ve worked if not for the fence being so close to the playcenter.  The bright yellow, powder-coated aluminum fence that had aided his climb to the top now blocked his landing on the way down.

Justin’s momentum came to an abrupt halt as he hit the top of the fence ass first.

I cringed and almost ruined the shot.  “That’s gotta hurt.”

Justin’s blood-curdling scream of agony made my skin crawl.  He sat there, squealing like a stuck pig.  The top section of fence tubing had impaled him where the sun don’t shine.  Pegged in the holiest of holies, he had two inches of aluminum post going in through the out door.

“Oh my god this is insane!”

I saved the ninety-three second video clip of Justin on my smart phone and posted it directly to my Facebook timeline.  I had a momentary twinge of conscience.  I mean, he was still crying, and Tommy was trying to climb the fence to help him.  It looked really painful.

“I can always delete it later …”

I was gonna call for help, but Tommy already had his phone out as Justin yelled in his face, “Call 911!”

I only had a few minutes to get to work.  As I drove off, I thought about taking that video down.  I probably should have.  But it only took fifteen minutes for my video clip to find its way to over 200 students at Moses Lake High School, shared over and over to dozens of Facebook profiles.  My first ever viral video.

I guess life happens to Justin Shelby too.

–Copyright 2013, Travis Luedke.

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About the Author:

Favorite 4-facebk-twitt-1Travis Luedke is a husband, father, and author of Urban Fantasy Thriller, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction, and Sci-fi. He is currently catching a 3rd degree sunburn in San Antonio, Texas, and loving every minute of it.

As the author of the Nightlife Series novels, Travis lives very vicariously through his writings. He invites you to enjoy his macabre flights of fancy, but be warned: The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

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Blog     http://thenightlifeseries.blogspot.com/

Blog     http://twluedke.blogspot.com/

Website     http://www.twluedke.com/

Twitter   https://twitter.com/TWLuedke or @TWLuedke

Facebook    http://www.facebook.com/pages/TW-Luedke/231016383686967

Wattpad    http://www.wattpad.com/user/TWLuedke

Goodreads    http://www.goodreads.com/TWLuedke

Email    twluedke@gmail.com

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Guest Blog! BLUE COYOTE MOTEL by @DianneDHarman Dianne Harman #ASMSG |


Hulllooooo, my peeps! I have another treat for you, a guest blog from my author colleague Dianne Harman. She’s here to tell us a bit about how her book Blue Coyote Motel came to be.

 

BLUE COYOTE BACK STORY

by Dianne Harman

 

I’ve been a reader since before kindergarten and was an English Major in college, but I never felt I had the “necessary credentials” to become a writer. I’d never gone to numerous workshops, joined critique groups or anything else that I thought “real writers” needed to do. Nevertheless, whenever someone would ask me what my dream thing would be I always pictured myself at a computer with a large window looking outdoors next to it and me writing. And so I sit here today at the computer, the large window next to me and a hummingbird nest in my tree! So much for visualization!!!

My husband read a review of Stephen King’s ten-year old book, On Writing, and suggested I read it which I did. It changed my life. Stephen said I could write. I didn’t need to do all the things I thought an author had to do to write. But now what to write?

We were at a wedding in Palm Springs, California where our son was the best man. It was being held in an old renovated downtown hotel. The temperature outside was 106 degrees in October. The air-conditioner was silent, and for what reason I will never know, I turned to my husband as we were getting ready to go out to dinner and said, “Wouldn’t it be interesting if someone put a ‘feel-good’ drug in the air-conditioner and everyone felt good all the time?” He looked at me and said, “There’s your book.” That was the genesis of Blue Coyote Motel.

At dinner that evening a large priest with a huge cross was seated at the table next to us. It was about the time of the Penn State – Jerry Sandusky scandal. The priest became an alcoholic pedophile in my book. At the wedding dinner the next evening I was seated next to a couple who owned gold mines in Brazil. They became characters in the book. And so it went.

I wrote the book on my iPad as the California State Senate was in session and I was in Sacramento, California with my husband without a convenient computer. It went fast. The characters dictated what was going to happen and I simply wrote it down. I thought it would probably go in the bottom drawer of my nightstand and that would be it but I would have fulfilled my dream. My husband asked to read it. Three days later he told me it had to be published. I couldn’t have scripted the rest. I self-published it and a few months later Blue Coyote Motel was chosen as a quarter finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Then, unbeknownst to me, it was chosen as Goodreads Psychological Thriller of the Month. Who would have thunk? Not me. And it’s still selling well after all these months!

I never intended to write a sequel or a series, but the Beta readers and others kept asking me what happened to Maria. The next in the series, Coyote in Provence, is in the final editing stages and the third book has been written and should be out by the end of the year.

I guess the whole lesson is to “bloom where you’re planted.”

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BLUE COYOTE MOTEL SYNOPSIS

 

You’ll never look at motel air conditioning the same way after you read Blue Coyote Motel.

Blue Coyote Motel is a suspense filled thriller about six travelers who stop and spend the night at a remote California desert motel. Each of them leaves the following morning “feeling good,” but unaware that they have inadvertently become addicted to a gaseous drug piped into their rooms.

Jeffrey, the owner of the motel, is a scientist who was recently fired by a prestigious Southern California drug manufacturer for giving an anti-aging hormone he discovered to his beautiful Latina wife. Spinning slowly into the depths of insanity, he decides to test the effectiveness of another of his drug discoveries on unsuspecting motel guests. He calls the drug Freedom because it frees people from depression, anger, stress, grief, and aggression. Jeffrey has grandiose plans to make Freedom available throughout the world in order to bring about peace and harmony, but instead it causes grief and chaos in the lives of the motel guests. The cast of characters includes a defrocked priest, a Native American pediatrician, a wealthy widow, a Brazilian couple who owns gold mines and a salesman intent on finding himself.

Blue Coyote Motel presents an engaging look at the human frailties present in all of us.

 

 

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ABOUT DIANNE HARMAN

Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, leaving that industry and opening two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors. Dianne has traveled extensively throughout the world, most recently dividing her time between Huntington Beach, California and Sacramento, California, where her husband is a Senator. A gourmet cook, she has entertained Governors, Congressmen and numerous other political figures in her homes. An avid reader, Dianne brings the richness of her life experiences to her novels, Blue Coyote Motel and Tea Party Teddy.

Amazon Book Pages http://amzn.to/SO8uIj & http://amzn.to/ZgKwIB

Goodreads Author Page http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6568284.Dianne_Harman

Facebook Author Page http://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorDianneHarman

Twitter Username http://www.twitter.com/@DianneDHarman

Website: www.dianneharman.com

Guest Blog with author @TinaTraverse1 on #Autism and her books! #ASMSG


 

Hey everyone I have another special treat, a Guest Blog Interview with Tina Traverse, author of “Forever, Christian” and “Destiny of the Vampire”. We’re going to talk a little about the subject of Autism dealt with in “Forever, Christian” and her Fantasy books.

 

Gen: Hello, Tina, thanks for visiting my blog and talking a bit about your book “Forever, Christian” and the subject of Autism; it’s a real honor to have you here!

 

Tina: You are welcome, but the honour is all mine!

 

Gen: First, can you tell everyone a little bit about the genre and premise of “Forever, Christian”?

 

Tina: Forever, Christian is of the Family and Relationships/Children with Special Needs genre.  Forever, Christian is about my then nine year old son who was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism in October 2009. This was after a nine year long frustrating and heart breaking journey of knowing deep down there was something ‘not quite right’ with our son but having a variety of medical professionals telling his father and I that there was nothing wrong, that it was a stage. Finally, it took one teacher to recognize the symptoms that lead us to the proper professionals and the diagnosis. Forever, Christian is the story of the journey.

 

Gen: What made you decide to write a book about your family’s experience with Autism?

 

Tina: As you probably imagine, nine years is a long time for a diagnosis when you know deep down there is something not quite right from infancy, my family and myself were feeling so many emotions after the diagnosis including the feeling of being alone before the diagnosis that I did what I normally do, and wrote it all down. My feelings, the journey itself, in the hopes that someday if I should publish my thoughts into a book, that my readers would walk away knowing that they are not alone, that there is someone out there who has been through something similar.

 

Gen: How long did it take you to write “Forever, Christian”?

 

Tina: Forever, Christian was a labour of love that took three years from start to finish.

 

Gen: Are you traditionally published or Indie? What made you decide to go that route?

 

Tina: I am an Indie, and proud of it. I decided to go Indie because I have spent years being rejected by the traditional publishers and with so many story ideas running around in my head screaming at me, I discovered that Indie publishing was the one thing to shut them up.

 

Gen: Did you know very much about the Autistic spectrum before you had your son?

 

Tina: To be honest, no, shamefully, I never heard of it until Christian was diagnosed.  I know it may seem mainstream now with so many books and other media featuring autism, but there is still a lot to learn about it and understand, I feel.

 

Gen: What has been the single most difficult thing in your journey as a family?

 

Tina: The single most difficult thing in our journey is how long it took before we knew what was going on with Christian, the reason for the screams, the self punishment, self injury and the unknown silent pain that he was going through that we did not understand, what others did not understand.

 

Gen: What would you say has been the most rewarding thing?

 

Tina: Now that we do know, we have the proper supports in place and watching Christian thrive, discovering his talent, his gift and self confidence.

 

Gen: What advice would you give to families struggling to help their Autistic child deal with the overwhelming nature of our world?

 

Tina: Wow, that is a hard one. First thing is to remember that each child, no matter what their abilities, are different from one another. Second, what we do with our son is we treat him like any normal boy as we can, within his limits. He has chores, he gets disciplined when he has done or said something inappropriate with an explanation to what he did and why it was wrong and why the punishment. He socializes with a variety of children, some “normal” and some who are Autistic like him so he is familiar with different types of social situations. Christian thrives on routine, so I make sure that his routine stays the same when possible. Christian knows he has Autism and is learning how the outside world works day by day.

 

Gen: Do you plan on writing any more books on this topic?

 

Tina: No, at not in the foreseeable future.

 

Gen: You’ve also written “Destiny of the Vampire”, would you tell us a little bit about that and any other books you have written, or are planning to write?

 

Tina: Sure. Destiny of the Vampire is my first Indie published novel, inspired by an interview I saw on a talk show with the actor, Paul Wesley who plays Stefan Salvatore on my favourite show The Vampire Diaries. He gave the general synopsis of The Vampire Diaries, stating that it was about two vampire brothers who were in love with this one teenage girl. A thought came to my mind, I wanted to take the vampire out of the romantic setting and put the vampire in a different setting, in a different situation. Where vampire brothers would not be in a love triangle, but will find themselves in a situation in which they would use human resources, rather than the supernatural to get out of it.  My vampire brothers, Declan and Sebastian St.Clair (who were inspired by Damon and Stefan Salvatore of The Vampire Diaries written by L. J. Smith) start out on an ordinary fishing trip with their father. When their boat gets capsized by a sudden storm, their father perishes and they end up on a deserted island. For five months they fight to survive and find a way to escape on the island, but die in their attempt. They are brought back to life by the island’s leader and turned into vampires; but when Declan is caught having an affair with the leader’s wife, Declan and Sebastian are forced from the island. The brothers travel the world, enjoying their freedom but when Sebastian and Declan experience a devastating event, they both turn to human, destructive methods to cope. Declan turns to alcohol and sleeping with a variety of anonymous women, while Sebastian turns to a highly addictive drug I called blood wine, which is a combination of three powerful street drugs. During a party both brothers find themselves in a dangerous situation in which they are arrested and sentenced to rehab where they meet their counselor, Hope, who happens to be a past love for one of the brothers. While Hope struggles to help Declan and Sebastian to recover and uncover their dark secret, an ancient evil from their mutual past resurfaces and threatens to destroy them. The ending will be gut wrenching.

I also want to say that beyond making my vampires more human as my own personal twist on the genre, I also addressed two types of vampires that I feel that are not represented in this popular genre too often, one a drug addicted vampire, and the other… well, I cannot say, I’ll just let your readers find out for themselves!

Destiny of the Vampire started out as a stand alone novel, but after it was finished and published, I had several requests from local fans of the story to continue the Sebastian/Declan/Hope story line and now I have a trilogy planned, with part 2’s first draft already finishing and in the editing process.

 

Gen: Wow! Sounds interesting! I know what you mean about a group of characters and a story that take hold and turn into more than one story. And thank you again for sharing your experience with Christian with me, Tina!

 

That’s it for today, folks! You can find Tina’s books here:

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and at her blog: http://www.tinasdestiny.com/

Grab a spoon everyone! Cupcake interviews @Penelope_Prose (Bad Penny) #ASMSG


Ok I have an exciting treat today! A guest interview with my dear friend Penelope Jones, aka Bad Penny, aka Sweet P. You can find her blog here: The very Bad Penny   I invited her here to talk a bit about her upcoming release Iniquitous Solace, a book she co-wrote with Max of Cherish Desire. You can find him here: Very Dirty Stories by Max

Hi Penny! Thank you for taking the time tell us about your new “piece of work”.

I know you had a lot of fun doing that interview with Travis Luedke (Author of the fabulous Nightlife Series) full of BDSM-ery which people of the 18 and older variety can find here: A Spanking Good Time w/ erotica authors Penelope Jones and Max

Butt, (haha)

Today’s interview is going to be entirely cupcake-ery.

*passes Penny her own pint of Ben and Jerry’s*

*Penny takes the Chunky Monkey, and looks orgasmic after that first bite*

Q: You ready to soft rock, Sweet P?

A: *winks* I’m the girl that likes to cuddle after raunchy sex. I’m totally down for soft rock with you, Cupcake! *giggles*

Q: So this new book of yours, Iniquitous Solace, can you tell us a little bit about the premise?

A: Max sorta started the idea by replying to poems on my blog, and soon it became Iniquitous Solace… Our wicked peace comes across each page and tangles into your heart, and your imaginations take hold.  It’s notes and letters back and forth between strangers at first, and then each poem begins to strip layer for layer away from the walls they have built to protect themselves, and it takes you on a journey of love and lust in Rhythmic words.

Q: What genre would you place it in? On a scale of naughty to cupcake how would you rate it?

A: I’d say definitely moments of Cupcakery, romance as well, but absolutely hands down there’s naughty to go with it all. I wouldn’t be Bad Penny if there wasn’t naughty, right?

Q: What made you decide to write it?

A: I sorta covered this question above…however there’s more to the story. *chuckles* Max felt sorry for me. I wrote a poem, and no one commented, so he wrote me an “I feel sorry for you” poem and left it in my comment section..  I thought he just wanted advertising on my blog. *giggles* It wasn’t until the 3rd or 4th poem he finally said something along these lines. “You realize I’m not really writing poems to your blog right?”  He was stalking me, and I was on the down-low stalking him. The rest is history, and now we have a collaboration partnership.

Q: How long did it take you guys to write it?

A: We started right before Thanksgiving, and I’ve been mostly done writing poetry for a week now. We are waiting on busy, busy, busy Max to catch up.  There will be about 50 poems in total taking the reader along the path of lusty desires and needs of these lovers. *grins*

Q: Approximately when can we expect to see its release and where can we get a copy?

A:  It will be in the first two weeks in February.  The exact date hasn’t been set, but it will definitely be available before Valentine’s Day, and it will be available on Amazon in like 6 or more different countries I believe.

Q: Do you and Max have any plans for a series?

A:  I have lots of ideas, dreams, and wishes in this department, however Max has his own business plan going on, as well I do… so fitting these ideas in might not work out so well. *giggles*  We do plan to extend the Alice and Tabbi story… and what happens after the New Year’s Eve part. That’s the only confirmed collaboration we have at this time.

Q: What are you, individually, writing right now?

A: Max is working on extending his “The Lioness” storyline.  Heather and Erik have more to say and do before that story is complete. *grins* I’m working on my Chat Box Dominant Series, The Diary of a Broken Me being the first installment, I’m hoping to have it available for sale by Spring. I’m also editing my novel The Beautiful Catastrophe.

Q: What genre would you place it in and on a scale of naughty to cupcake how would you rate it?

A:  The Lioness Storyline is SUPER Naughty, so off the scale. *winks and snickers*  Diary of a Broken Me is Naughty with many Cupcake moments.  And last but not lease… The Beautiful Catastrophe I would say is Cupcakery with naughty moments.  It’s probably my sweetest storyline I’ve ever written, and it has moments that simply make you cry, laugh, and hopefully get wet. *giggles*

Ooohh I totally can’t wait, Sweet P! I mean, I do love your naughty stories but you *know* how much I love your sweet stuff too. Ok, now we got all that dry boring author to author Q&A out of the way.

*Gen gets out the whipped cream and sprinkles*

Q: How old were you when you first started writing #naughty fiction?

A: Legally I can’t tell you that.  There are perverts out there that would use it against me. *snickers* Let’s just say I’ve been naughty since I can remember, and writing about it almost as long.

Q: Haha! And yeesh! You joke, but there are some creepy people out there! Have you always wanted to be a writer/author?

A: No.  My sister, as much as I love her, crushed that dream at age 11. I read every romance novel my granny had back then, and thought I can do that… I know it’s laughable now, that an 11 year old would want to write a novel, but having your genius older sister tell you it was a dumb idea, let that dream climb under a rock, until recently. I seriously just started writing for real in May of 2012. I’m a geek, so for 10 years I wrote storylines and role-played with friends. I’m making my dream finally come true, and loving every damn moment of it. *grins*

Q: Tuh! How wrong your sister was! So happy you’re embracing your passion!  Where do you get your best ideas?

A:  My lifestyle. I live the lifestyle I write about. BDSM is a special genre that has become quite popular by “Fifty Shades of Grey” .  Bless that woman’s heart for allowing those that write the REAL: BDSM lifestyle in our books into the mainstream, too bad her book was just a beginners guide if that.

Q: Yes I believe I’ve made my thoughts on the 50 Shades fad clear. *snicker* But if there’s one thing I’ve learned since meeting you Sweet P, it’s that you always look at the bright side of everything and I am happy that you and other talented writers in that niche can share your feelings and culture with the rest of us!

If you could collaborate with any author (dead or alive) to write a book, who would it be and what would it be about?

A: Sadey Quinn! She’s a BDSM erotica author, that wrote the amazing storyline about “Rock Creek” A kinky BDSM housing community that you had to be on a waiting list to get in, and have interviews and references, but it was all kink friendly. You were free to be you on your lawn, or in the neighbor’s yard. No one judged you for walking around naked, or on a leash. It was awesome. Sorry… very un-cupcake of me! *giggles* Under Order and Social Services are my favorites of hers.

Q: No, but I *do* feel like having a little extra chocolate sauce and maybe another cherry on my ice cream now. *winks* What is your biggest writing pet peeve within the erotica genre?

*pokes Penny with her spoon* (Now I know you’re going to try and get out of answering this because you’re borderline pathologically nice, but be honest! Everyone has their own likes and dislikes and we are all entitled to them, it’s not a bash it’s… let’s call it a non-fetish. Ha!)

A: I’m only delaying my answer, hoping you’ll go get a bigger wooden spoon, and really hit me. *winks*

I’m kidding. No…actually I have an answer for this! People who try and write about BDSM/Domestic Discipline and have NO idea what the hell it means.  Don’t just do Internet research. You need to find people that LIVE this life, that know this LIFE… ask us we are more than willing to share because we want our lifestyle portrayed in the best light.

Q: *still snickering* What do you love most about the erotica genre?

A:  All the different view points, and ideas that come through in erotica.  Plus… in all honest I’ve learned a lot of new ways to enjoy sex with my partners. I’m super-duper naughty, but I’m not above learning new things. *giggles* You might not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but you can teach a sexy kitty. *winks* Meow.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve in cupcake’s contemporary romance genre?

A:  Gen… you sure you want me to answer that? *snickers* I’m kidding… I love happily ever after, but some of the stories are pretty far fetched. Just my opinion.

Q: Actually I agree  with you! Sometimes you just groan and roll your eyes with the dialogue and sudden reversal of feelings. I like to write as much realism as I can in with my schmoopy hearts and flowers. heehee! What do you love most about it?

A:  The happy endings. I’m a sucker for the lovers finding their way to being together.

Q: Ohh me too! Totally addicted to the HEA! So about you in particular, what is one thing you simply can’t do without in a day?

A:  I can’t do without my writing. I’ve written every day pretty much for over 15 years.  I don’t know if I know what to do without it. I feel naked and not in a sexy, come get me naked way. *giggles*

Well, Sweet P, thank you for answering my questions!

Thank you for having me, Cupcake. I’ve had a blast, now let’s get shaking our groove thangs. * giggles*

*Gen puts in John Hughes film*

That’s it everyone! Remember :

Max can be found here: Cherish Desire’s Very Dirty Stories <http://catalog.cherishdesire.com/>

Penelope Jones a.k.a. Bad Penny can be found here: The Bad Penny <http://thepenelopejones.wordpress.com/>

Time to dance around and sing with our spoon-phones.

My next interview will be with Tina Traverse about her novel Forever, Christian and we will discuss the serious topic of how families deal with and embrace Autism.

See you then!