Thursday, September 29, 2011

Book Review--Emerine's Nightmare

Emerine's Nightmare by Anna del C. Dye. I found this middle grade book fascinating in a weird, strange way. It would definitely be someone's nightmare and the first few pages were twisted in a nightmarish way, but so beautifully written that it compelled me to read on. I thought the main character was a female at first, but it's not and I liked that in the end. I felt Emerine's sorrow and troubles and relief when things all began to make sense. It is one that anyone could read, but I wouldn't recommend for everyone, especially those who aren't particularly fond of events that border on the twisted side of things. It receives a :):):):) Here's an interview with the author, purchase info, and a blurb about the book. Let me know what you think!

What would you do if one night, life as you know it changes and you are left alone in despair? That is how Emerine’s nightmare starts and now all he does is run.
His family lived at the edge of the forest until dark shadows killed them all. Now they want him, and so does a magic tree. He has never seen dark shadows or enchanted trees before. Emerine has to get to the heart of Red Forest, to the fairy people. Only then he will be safe. Safe? He has never heard of fairies before and once he gets there what?

Thank you so much for bringing me to visit your blog, Bonnie. It is always a pleasure to be with your friends.

So, tell us about your new book.

It is called Emerine’s Nightmare and is for children. The protagonist is a boy that is persecuted by dark fairies. They have killed his parents and now it’s his turn.

What other characters are in this book?

Humans, fairy boys & girls and the son of the Sun God.

Why a fairy book?

It was a challenge I gave myself. I never read a book with fairies and wondered if I could write one. So I read one story on the internet and wrote Amerine - Fairy Princess. That is what this story was originally called.

Really how interesting. Why change?

I changed my mind when I went to a class and we were told that there was a shortage of boys’ books on the market. That gave me the idea to turn her into a boy. It was a lot of work but it turned out well.

Who should read Emerine’s Nightmare?

Children from 6-years-old up. Especially boys…I double dare you!!!

Since this is a book for children is there more than words on its pages?

Like always, you are so perceptive. Yes, it’ll have a few drawings made by me (with a lot of help from Photoshop.)

Lol. Is it true you received an award for this book already?

Yes. When it was “Amerine - Fairy Princess” it won second place in a short story contest. Then when I changed it to a boy protagonist and it became “Fairy Prince” it won first place in a first page contest.

So, it started as a short story and developed into what you now have?

Yes, from Amerine Fairy - Princess (2500 words) to Emerine’s Nightmare (12615 words.)

How is Emerine’s Nightmare different from your other published books?

It has a boy protagonist and the theme is darker than I am accustomed to.

Since all know me as the sweet young adult author who writes Elf series and Princess Romances, this Halloween-y tale really breaks the mold.

Since we are on that topic of broken molds, do you plan to break any other molds?

Yes. There is a shortage of boys’ books especially between 4th – 7th graders and I want to try my hand at helping fill that void.

Now I am curious. What else are you brewing?

I just finished the rough draft of the first of a new series for boys called “The Intergalactic PI.” Then it will come the title of that book “In the case of …”

Can you tell us more?

It is about an 11-year-old boy who is a genius and his parents don’t know it. He is so bored with the pretence of his normal life that he decides to have an alternate life. His genius helps him create an almost human robot and the two of them travel the galaxies investigating crime.

Wow! But what about your Elf series? Are you done with them?

No. My elf series is to close to my heart and, like I have said before, there are 7 books in that series. The next stand-alone book, the fifth in that series, is called “The Royal Elf of Abalon.”

When will we see it on the market?

It is in the editing process right now and will come out about April of next year.

How wonderful. Elfs books, fairy books and now intergalactic books there should be something for everyone’s taste.

I hope so. It is so fun to write that I can’t help it. And I do appreciate your time and that of your readers.

Where can we find Emerine’s Nightmare?

You can find Emerine’s Nightmare in the following formats:




The Kindle and Nook are only $3.99

and the e-book $2.00.

The first two are available at the normal sites, the e-book from my website.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Book Buzzin' Tuesday--Identity

Identity by Betsy Love. So excited about this book. Here's a blurb and book trailer!

While vacationing in Mexico, two similar-looking young women find themselves caught in a chain reaction of mistaken identities. Amelia is a wealthy heiress and business owner, and Savannah is a sweet Mormon girl deciding whether or not to serve a mission. When they end up on the same flight to Phoenix, Savannah and Amelia unravel the sequence of events that wreaked havoc on their trips, and they make plans to resolve the subsequent misunderstandings. But their flight is cut short when the plane crashes, killing one of the young women and plunging the other into a world of intrigue and deceit where identity means everything.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

And the winner is . . . has spoken and the winner is . . . Mandi Slack! Thanks so all who entered. I hope you all come back for lots more fun! :)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Why I Didn't Sing Lullabies to My Children

By Bonnie Harris

My mom recently shared this article with me and my sisters. It came about because I was feeling like I wasn't doing enough in any aspect of my life, more especially for my little one. It sure made me feel better about what I have been doing and helped me realize that I'm doing OK. I figured it might help others also. I hope you enjoy it! :)

Why I Didn’t Sing Lullabies to My Children

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At a baby shower recently the guests, who were “experienced” mothers, were invited to offer advice about rearing children to the mother-to-be. Each of the twenty-four of us present shared helpful tips, but it was Ginny’s suggestion, particularly, that triggered a lively discussion among the group.

She offered, “Don’t try to be all things to your children. Just do what you do best and don’t worry if your neighbor spends days designing and sewing Halloween costumes for her children and you just grab something out of the dress-up box for your kids.”

Her comment caught my interest and caused me to reflect on my singing— I can change keys four times during “Happy Birthday”, so I’ve done my children a favor over the years by not singing to them. But I have read lots of stories to them.

Sue must have also felt some vindication because she jumped in and laughed as she said, “I’ve never made a thing from scratch. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a recipe in my house. But between Rob and me, we’ve taught our children how to paint and lay tile and how to fix about anything that breaks.”

“Speaking of husbands,” JoAnn added, “Larry isn’t one to play ‘rough and tumble’ with the children, but almost every evening he spends at least twenty minutes reading to each of our four children individually.”

Brittany, relieved by these disclosures, admitted, “I’m not the athletic type so I don’t take my children swimming and hiking, but I love to have my children cook with me. We have lots of fun in the kitchen.”

Allison was the next one to comment, “My friend, Lindsay, who is the practical rather than the artistic type, has put lots of time and effort into compiling a binder filled with emergency information and recipes using food storage items. She recently presented copies to her married daughters with the comment, ‘These are in lieu of the scrapbooks I didn’t make for you.’”

Linda, a single, working mom, added, “I can’t afford to take my children on vacations and trips but we do enjoy local events together such as parades, firework displays, festivals, and rodeos. Once we sat on the sidewalk and watched as the Olympic torch passed by. My boys still talk about that.”

The ideas poured in. It was evident that the notion of building upon our strengths was winning the day. Mothers need not worry about, and waste their energy on, what they cannot do with their children. Rather, it is better for mothers to spend time doing what they can to nurture them and connect with them.

So now you know why I never sang lullabies to my children.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September Blog Hop

Welcome to the September Blog Hop! Celebrate the beginning of fall with me and my blogger friends by hopping around, visiting our sites, and entering our contests! There are no limits - you can enter the contest on every blog. With over 40 blogs participating, that's over 40 prizes you could win. Just click on the links below to move on to the next blog.

On my blog, you can win …

A Peach Satin Hands Hand Cream (or if you don't like smelly lotion a Fragrance Free Satin Hands Hand Cream). Good for hands, feet, you, or a friend! US only please, until I can figure out a cheaper way to ship. :) Although I'd still love international followers.

Would you like to win this prize? You just need to do two things.

1. Become a follower of this blog.

2. Leave me a comment in the trail and tell me what book I just reviewed. Hint, it's the next post.

That's it! You are now entered. The contest ends on Saturday night, September 24th, at midnight MST, and the winner will be contacted shortly thereafter. Please either leave your e-mail address in the comment trail or make sure it's visible through your profile so I can contact you to tell you that you're the lucky winner.

Now go visit my other friends ...

September Blog Hop Participants

1. Tristi Pinkston, LDS Author

2. Joyce DiPastena

3. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

4. Mandi Slack

5. Michael D. Young

6. Six Mixed Reviews

7. Pam Williams

8. Laurie Lewis

9. Kristy Tate

10. Marilyn Yarbrough

11. Stacy Coles

12. Kristie Ballard

13. Lynn Parsons

14. Pushing Past the Pounds

15. Sheila Staley

16. cindy Hogan
17. Jamie Thompson

18. Jaclyn Weist

19. Cathy Witbeck

20. Secret Sisters Mysteries

21. Tamera Westhoff

22. Tina Scott

23. Lynnea Mortensen

24. Danyelle Ferguson aka Queen of the Clan

25. Jeanette A. Fratto

26. Bonnie Harris

27. Melissa Lemon

28. Mary Ann Dennis

29. Stephanie Black

30. Jane Still

31. Janice

32. Laura Bastian
33. Tamara Bordon

34. Betsy Love

35. Maria Hoagland

36. Amber Robertson

37. Debbie Davis


39. Christy Monson

40. Carolyn Frank

41. Rebecca Birkin

42. Melissa Cunningham

43. Emily L. Moir

44. Ronda Hinrichsen

45. Lisa Asanuma

46. Joan Sowards

47. Jordan McCollum

48. Diane Stringam Tolley

Book Review--Kill Alex Cross

Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson. I got the opportunity to join the Once Upon a Twilight book tour for James Patterson's upcoming release (November) of Kill Alex Cross. I've been curious about James Patterson for quite some time. I've read and reviewed his Maximum Ride series, but I got the feeling that his adult books were on a different level. The book tour provided me the chance to give Patterson a try.

To be completely honest, had I not joined the book tour, I would not have continued past the first few chapters because of the language. However, I have to say that once I got past that I loved the book. The characters were fun and easy to relate to. The mystery was intriguing and interesting, but most of all, I loved the pace. Chapters were short which to me makes the book easier to read. I don't feel like I'm locked into ten pages worth of stuff. I can read a chapter or two, do the dishes and read another chapter or two. Even running to do something in between, I still felt involved in the story and was able to pick right back up. Not all books I'm able to do that with.

I can't recommend this book for everyone because of the language, but for those of you who love a good, fast paced mystery, this book is for you. It receives a :):):):) Here's a link for a Sample Chapter, where you can Pre-order the book, and a blurb. Let me what you think!

The President's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high-up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark.

A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced.

As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes—one that may alter the fate of the entire country. KILL ALEX CROSS is faster, more exciting, and more tightly wound than any Alex Cross thriller James Patterson has ever written!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Book Buzzin' Tuesday--Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll by Josi Kilpack. I know I've buzzed this one before, but I'm really excited about it. And . . . she has an amazing IPad contest going on right now. Click here for more details on the contest (there are several easy ways to enter) and take a look at the blurb about Josi's new book!

Sadie Hoffmiller is looking forward to spending her favorite baking season of the year making delicious New England recipes in Boston, Massachusetts, with her favorite leading man, Pete Cunningham, as they babysit his three young grandsons. But when the boys insist that Mrs. Wapple, the woman who lives across the street, is a witch, Sadie and Pete are anxious to distract the boys from such Halloween-induced ideas. However, it gets harder and harder to explain the strange things that keep happening, particularly after Sadie learns the eccentric Mrs. Wapple has been attacked in her home.

As the unexplained occurrences escalate, Sadie finds herself embroiled in yet another mystery with life-or-death consequences. Can Sadie discover whoever—or whatever—is behind the mystery before anyone else gets hurt? Or will this be Sadie’s last case?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Book Review--Armor of Light

The Armor of Light by Karen Hoover is the second book in The Wolfchild Saga. I have to say that I enjoyed this one much more than the first book. Making a statement like that, I feel like I need to have a sure reason but I can't pinpoint one thing in particular. I loved the new characters introduced and found myself cheering for Ember and Kayla more than ever. The character development made me more attached to everyone. I could feel the heartache and the joy of each character. There were lots of twists and turns, some I expected, others I didn't but I'm sure excited to see where it goes from here. This is a book I can recommend to any and everyone who loves a new world full of intrigue, love, betrayal, and much more. It receives a :):):):):)

Here is a blurb taken from Amazon, a link to Karen's website and a sample chapter (if this isn't enough to get you hooked, I don't know what will!) from the book, as well as where you can get it (Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble). Let me know what you think!

Ember has been accepted into the mage academy, but not without cost. She has gained a new enemy, ancient and dark, whose entire purpose is to destroy all white magic and her along with it. After nearly losing her life in a brutal attack, DeMunth is assigned her guardian, and the keystone he wears, The Armor of Light, begins the transition that will make it a true power.

Kayla has lost most everything of importance to her—the people, the prestige, and all she fought for the past ten years. With nothing left to lose, she continues her search for the birthplace of The Sapphire Flute and the Wolfchild she believes to be its player. Her journey will take her to strange, foreign, and often dangerous places, and everything she had thought to be true will be proven wrong.

In a showdown full of betrayal and heroic loss, Ember and Kayla finally meet on the battlefield, fighting a war on two fronts—against C'Tan and her people, and the mysterious enemy bent on destroying all magic—the shadow weavers.

The story is full of power, betrayal, hope, and love. The elements of the universe are coming together, and none can know who will stand in the end.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Book Buzzin' Tuesday--A Promise To Keep

A Promise To Keep by L C Lang is an ebook by a fellow member of ANWA. It's looks pretty interesting. Here's a blurb about it and where to get it. Let me know what you think!

Marcie Jackson is a new state police detective. At her first crime scene, she finds a gold link bracelet, the same bracelet she had found near her late fiancĂ©‘s body. At first, she figures it is just a coincidence, but there are more murders. And more bracelets. Marcie is sure she knows who is behind it, but has to prove it. During her investigation, she finds a major drug organization. When she finds the real force behind the organization, she is in a race for her life.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Remember When . . .

By Bonnie Harris

To quote a song by Alan Jackson, "Where were you when the world stopped turning. . ." Where were you 10 years ago on September 11th? That question brings back a flood of memories, pictures, and feelings. Many stories are resurrected and shared again around this time of year. I've heard all over the radio that we have not forgotten the events of 9-11 and I believe that's true to some extent.
My sister has been working with the Boys Scouts of America and one of the things they talked about this week was what was happened during their birth month and the boys in September struggled with it. They had a hard time remembering what happened beyond saying that 9-11
thing. To me, the best way to remember is to share. So . . .

Ten years ago on September 11th, I had just gotten back from Europe. A bug came back with me and I ended up extremely sick with some type of respiratory thing. On that morning, my mom woke me up to make sure I was still breathing. She helped me to the chair I spent way too long in and the handle to the TV. I was pretty out of it and don't remember my parents and siblings leaving. I vaguely remember pictures and news reports of planes hitting the Twin Towers, but it didn't sink in. I thought it was a movie, a movie that felt very surreal.

Honestly I can't say when it hit me that I wasn't watching a movie. I look back and can still see the Towers collapsing, how unreal it seemed. I remember the sky being very quiet, eerie quiet.Most of my clear memories came from conversations with my parents after the fact. I found out that one of the planes hit the wing of the Pentagon that my uncle worked in. I had a cousin evacuated from the Pentagon at the same time. A friend had been vacationing in New York and we didn't hear from her for a few days. It just seemed . . . the only word I keep coming back to is unreal.

Then in looking up pictures for this post my stomach tightened and I felt a void. But I am thankful for the sacrifice of those many, many people. I feel for the loss of life, I am grateful for a nation that pulled together, and I will remember forever. (Here is the link for the National 9/11 Memorial.) Where were you on that September Day?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Book Review Thursday--Queen In Exile

Queen In Exile by Donna Hatch. I have been in love with this book since I saw the cover. (You can tell covers really intrigue me.) The book was even better. I couldn't put it down once I picked it up. The characters were wonderful and easy to fall in love with. The plot captivated me all the way to the end. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It receives a :):):):):)

Here's a blurb and a link to buy.

Rumors of war hang over Princess Jeniah's peaceful country of Arden, a land that shuns both magic and warfare. Following a lifelong dream, Jeniah forms a telepathic bond with a revered creature called a chayim, who is prophesied to save her kingdom. But when a Darborian knight, Kai, comes upon Jeniah with her chayim, he sees only a vicious monster about to devour a maiden, and he slays the beast.
Devastated by the loss of her chayim, and fearing that her own magic is evil, Jeniah doubts her destiny. When an enemy invades Arden City, they slaughter the people, storm the castle, and execute the entire royal family except the princess. Rescued by the knight who slew her chayim, Jeniah is now heir to the throne of Arden and the only hope for freeing her people.

On the run and hunted by enemy soldiers, Jeniah must place her life and the fate of her kingdom in the hands of this trained killer. Torn between embracing her destiny as queen of Arden, and her love for a mere knight, she must ultimately rely on her magic to save herself and her people from death and tyranny.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Book Buzzin' Tuesday--Donna Hatch

Here are three wonderful books by Donna Hatch. I've always liked her covers and finally read Queen In Exile, which I will be reviewing that this Thursday. Otherwise, here are blurbs and such for each below. Let me know what you think!

Rumors of war hang over Princess Jeniah's peaceful country of Arden, a land that shuns both magic and warfare. Following a lifelong dream, Jeniah forms a telepathic bond with a revered creature called a chayim, who is prophesied to save her kingdom. But when a Darborian knight, Kai, comes upon Jeniah with her chayim, he sees only a vicious monster about to devour a maiden, and he slays the beast.
Devastated by the loss of her chayim, and fearing that her own magic is evil, Jeniah doubts her destiny. When an enemy invades Arden City, they slaughter the people, storm the castle, and execute the entire royal family except the princess. Rescued by the knight who slew her chayim, Jeniah is now heir to the throne of Arden and the only hope for freeing her people.

On the run and hunted by enemy soldiers, Jeniah must place her life and the fate of her kingdom in the hands of this trained killer. Torn between embracing her destiny as queen of Arden, and her love for a mere knight, she must ultimately rely on her magic to save herself and her people from death and tyranny.

The widowed Elise is a perfect English lady living within the confines of society for the sake of her impressionable young son. Her quiet world is shattered when she meets the impulsive and scandalous Jared Amesbury. His roguish charm awakens her yearning for freedom and adventure. But his irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a secret.

A gentleman by day, a pirate by night, Jared accepts one last assignment before he can be truly free. Elise gives him hope that he, too, can find love and belonging. His hopes are crushed when his best laid plans go awry and Elise is dragged into his world of violence and deceit. She may not survive the revelation of Jared’s past…or still love him when the truth is revealed.

When her parents and only brother die within weeks of each other, Alicia and her younger sister are left in the hands of an uncle who has brought them all to financial and social ruin. Desperate to save her family from debtor's prison, Alicia vows to marry the first wealthy man to propose. She meets the dashing Lord Amesbury, and her heart whispers that this is the man she is destined to love, but his tainted past may forever stand in their way. Her choices in potential husbands narrow to either a scarred cripple with the heart of a poet, or a handsome rake with a deadly secret.

Cole Amesbury is tormented by his own ghosts, and believes he is beyond redemption, yet he cannot deny his attraction for the girl whose genuine goodness touches the heart he'd thought long dead. He fears the scars in his soul cut so deeply that he may never be able to offer Alicia a love that is true. When yet another bizarre mishap threatens her life, Alicia suspects the seemingly unrelated accidents that have plagued her loved ones are actually a killer's attempt to exterminate every member of her family. Despite the threat looming over her, learning to love the stranger she married may pose the greatest danger to her heart.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

And the winner is . . .

Thank you everyone for participating in the Awesome August Blog Hop. And the winner of the Satin Hands and Lips set is . . . Chris!

Book Review--Hazzardous Universe, eyes Like Mine, Loved Like That by Julie Wright

Today's a threefer brought to you by Julie Wright, Hazzardous Universe, eyes Like Mine, and Loved Like That, in no particular order. Plus, Julie agreed to answer some questions for us. Those will be posted at the end. Exciting stuff!

Hazzardous Universe surprised me in a good way. I knew it was more for middle grade and sometimes I don't really get into those, but I loved this story. I loved the pictures too. Kevin Wasden (who has some incredible work himself. Take a look!) teamed up with (or the other way around) to work on the illustrations. They really added to the story. I loved the personalities of the characters, aliens included. It really made for fun reading. The plot was wonderful and I was surprised to see that it should be the first in a
series. I'm looking forward to the rest of the books. I would recommend this to any and everyone who has an imagination--and even if you don't think you do. :) It receives a :):):):):) Here's a sample chapter and a blurb about it.

Two kids, mob bosses, aliens, a secret society of magicians, and the missing books of the nine unknown scientists. Hap Hazzard and Tara Jordan are accidentally abducted by aliens and discover that the universe really is a big place-a place only Hap Hazzard can save.

eyes Like Mine was a fun tale about a gal her great-grandmother who came forward in time. They learned a lot about both times and how to cope with life. I enjoyed both characters and the concept. It showed me how you can take a family history tale and weave it into a story. Anyone would love this book. It also receives a :):):):):) Here's a sample chapter and a blurb.

Modern day teenagers, Pioneers and of course Time Travel. Where are the lost jewels of Constance Miles Brown? Are these women from different times so different afterall?

Loved Like That is one of Julie's first books. I enjoyed this one, but the writing isn't as strong. That's OK though because I love to see the growth of authors. I liked the idea and am glad I have found someone to love me like that. You'll have to read it to find out what I'm talking about! It receives a :):):):)

Love had simply escaped him-at least that's what James-a 32-year-old police officer-had decided. He would have given up on dating altogether were it not for the fact that friends and family kept setting him up. Then he meets Katherine, and he immediately is smitten. James is certain he will spend the rest of his life with her. Convincing her of that, however, proves to be a monumental task.

When he finds out she is already engaged, he must struggle with his personal code of honor. Is it fair for him to pursue Katherine when she apparently loves someone else? Or is it his only chance to be Loved Like That?

Now for the fun interview part. :)

What made you decide to become a writer?

Mrs. Brown in Seventh grade. One day she asked me to stay after class. I was terrified. I thought I’d done something wrong and was now in huge trouble. I trudged to the front of the classroom and said, “You wanted to see me?” She pulled out my writing journal and told me I was a beautiful writer and that I had talent. No one had ever told me I had talent, of any kind, in my entire life. It was a big moment for me.
Later, in tenth grade, another teacher told me I wasn’t much of anything special. He told me I’d never be a writer. He called my writing trivial. I started writing my first book out of spite toward him. That book went on to be published and won the best fiction award with my first publisher. So I guess you could say I got started because of others: one who told me I could and another who told me I couldn’t.

Who inspires you?

There are lots of people who’ve inspired me, people I couldn’t do this without, authors who write books I admire, but the person who is my greatest inspiration would be my husband. He balances me when I get too out of control. He keeps me grounded when things are going great, holds me when I feel worthless, yet never lets me give up when it gets too hard. He listens while I read my manuscripts to him, and he laughs and cries at all the right places

What would you like your readers to get out of your writing?

It depends on the book. With Cross My Heart, I hope the readers laugh, and feel a sense of fun and new love. For Hazzardous Universe, I hope the reader feels a sense of wonder. I guess I really hope the reader feels *hope* in whatever they’re reading. Hope in love, hope in life, hope in humanity.

Where did this idea come from?

The Hazzardous Universe came from the artist Kevin Wasden. He took me to lunch and pitched me the idea of a kid named Hap Hazzard who gets abducted by aliens and saves the universe. I loved it immediately. Only an idiot doesn't love the idea of a character named Hap Hazzard--so much potential!

Who was your favorite character to develop?

This question inevitably changes with what I'm currently writing. Right now, I am irrevocably in love with Hap Hazzard. He's playful, yet has good moral grounding. He's curious and gets into trouble, but he's quick to make it right. He's smart, but not irritating. He makes me laugh and because Hazzardous Universe is a series, I've been allowed to spend more time with him than I have with other characters. It's allowed me the chance to get to know him better than anyone else. Hap is twenty shades of totally awesome!

Any advice for aspiring authors?

Don’t give up. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Giving up is easy; not giving up is hard. Some days you might have to make the decision to not give up several times. Write one book, work on getting it published, and then while you’re waiting for responses from publishing houses, get busy and write another book. A rejection really isn’t personal. It feels personal, but it isn’t. Of course it hurts. Cry yourself to sleep if you have to, eat your favorite comfort food, and get over yourself so you can get back to what’s important—the writing.

What can we expect next from you?

Hazzardous Universe 2 will be out in March. I also have a women's fiction releasing some time next year-ish called Olivia. It's a book in the Newport Ladies Book Club series I am writing with Heather Moore, Annette Lyon, and Josi Kilpack.

Where can we purchase your book?

It's least expensive to buy at Seagull Book and Tape, but for those who hate to go out to shop:
It's available on Kindle too.