Monday, May 23, 2016

Guest Post: Renee Cronin


Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Renee Cronin, author of Fistful of Love.

Hi Renee, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
 

 1)   How do you develop your plots and characters?


 My characters tend to be inspired by real world interactions I have or past interactions. The plots come to me in different ways. I take the train to work, so sometimes I find myself making up stories about folks I see making their way through the day.


 2)   Who doesn’t love a good hero? Tell us about your protagonist. Was there a real life inspiration behind them?


 Jeya is a social worker, who works with juveniles in the court system. She is trying to get out of an abusive relationship. She has a best friend, Roman. She’s very connected to his family, especially after the death of her parents at age twenty-three.


 3)   What real-life inspirations do you use when world building?


 I use past relationships, past experiences at work and in college. I use experiences of friends and family to inspire me. And sometimes, I just let me imagination run wild and create whatever.


 4)   Did you learn anything from this book and what was it?


 I learned that you can discover yourself in your writing. I learned that I hadn’t been honest with myself about my past experiences. It was a cathartic process.


 5)   It’s your last meal on earth. What do you choose?


 Oh, no fair! Macaroni & Cheese. I know boring, but it’s my absolute favorite.



Author Name:  Renee Cronin 
Book Name: Fistful of Love 
Release Date: April 4, 2016

Blurb: At the age of 23, social worker, Jeya Wellington was pretty much on her own. The devastating loss of her parents left her bereft and alone. Her best friend, Roman and his family have been like surrogates, but they could never replace what she lost. She needed a different connection. Shortly after losing her parents, she finds love and comfort in the arms of Rayne Watson, a correctional officer. 

Rayne was exactly what she needed at the time, but now, two years later, Jeya wants out. She never expected love to come with bruises. She didn't anticipate losing friends and living in fear. This was not her idea of true love. With the support of Roman, Jeya finds a way to leave. But Rayne isn’t letting go that easily. They made a commitment to each, and she has the tattoo to prove it - ‘Til Death Do Us Part

Torn between the love she has for Rayne and the instinct to protect herself, is Jeya’s will stronger than her vow?


 Pages or Words: 46,323 

Categories: Lesbian Fiction, Domestic Violence 

Excerpt:

It’s over.

Two simple words, intended to signify the end, were instead just the beginning. Jeya took a deep breath, and the pain that pierced her side served as the reminder she needed. She hit the send button. Unexpected relief instantly washed over her. “I did it. Step one. Now for step two.” Jeya placed her phone on the bed and stood up to double-check her suitcase. Going over the checklist in her mind, she felt confident that she had the essentials. A week away from home required more than she’d anticipated, but she had no intention of returning until the rainstorm had passed. Jeya took a second to acknowledge the double entendre of the word. Her girlfriend, Rayne, was definitely a hurricane. Her temper was unpredictable and left damage in its wake similar to that which Hurricane Gloria had. She knew she’d be safer at Roman’s house for the next several days.

 The lyrics to “Dangerously in Love” cursed the air. The perfect ringtone to describe her relationship. She braced herself as she walked to the bed and picked up the phone. Jeya anticipated nothing less than an explosive response from her short-tempered girlfriend.  


Buy the book: Amazon: http://amzn.to/2512nUS 

Meet the author:

Renee Cronin is a self-professed devour of knowledge, and a voracious reader. She began writing in earnest in 2005, when the characters in her head became so loud she was forced to tell their stories, or risk getting swept away into the abyss of her imagination. Renee has since used writing as a personal outlet to express her feelings, ideas, views, thoughts, and opinions about the world and the issues that impact her on a deep personal and societal level. (And of course writing also quiets the voices in her head of the many characters that are yearning to have their stories told.) Renee’s inspiration to publish is in large part due to the overwhelming display of encouragement, and support from family and friends, who believe she has a gift with words that need to be shared with world. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, she works in the social work field avidly advocating and supporting the varied needs of the people in her community. Renee is a bibliophile with a transcendent love for words. Her soul yearns for the acoustic stylings from a plethora of musical genres. As she continues on this journey of published author she hopes to keep her readers captivated and pining for more.
 


Where to find the author: Facebook: www.facebook.com/reneecronin78
Twitter: @reneecronin78
Website: www.renee-cronin.com
 


Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29505751-fistful-of-love

Publisher: Renee Cronin

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Tour Dates & Stops:
4-Apr: Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews, Full Moon Dreaming
11-Apr: Molly Lolly, Charley Descoteaux
18-Apr: Unquietly Me, Velvet Panic, Bayou Book Junkie
25-Apr: Happily Ever Chapter, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
2-May: TTC Books and More, BFD Book Blog
9-May: Prism Book Alliance, Love Bytes
15-May: Inked Rainbow Reads, MM Good Book Reviews, My Fiction Nook
23-May: A.M. Leibowitz, Oh My Shelves, Rednecks and Romance, Dawn’s Reading Nook  

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Monday, May 16, 2016

What I'm Reading

What I’m reading right now? Just started And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie on audio and I’m reading The Tower by Simon Clark. :D

May 2016

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (on audio)

The Spiral Staircase by Ethel Lina White

Gaslight Villainy: True Tales of Victorian Murder by Grahame Farrell

Broader Revealed by Mark Stevens

April 2016 (total 15)

Melody’s Wolf by Mina Carter

Casey’s Warrior by Ann Mayburn

Dragon Claimed by Misha Paige

One and Only Rogue by Jade Lee

Bared by Stacey Kennedy

Lance by Eliza Gayle

Unexpectedly Expecting by Susan Mallery

Delicious by Susan Mallery

The Marquis and the Mistress by Dominique Eastwick

Sweet Irish Kiss by Joanne Kenrick

Insane Asylums by Alex Rice

Black Wolves by Kate Eliot

Life in the Victorian Asylums by Mark Stevens

Why the Victorians Saw Ghosts by Michael Gallagher

Mental Ward by Various Authors

March 2016 (total: 16)

Switch by Sean Michael — I’d missed this one

The Crawling Abattoir by Martin Mundt — utterly hilarious. I embarrassed my wife on the plane cackling.

Dollhouse by Anya Allyn — this was like watching a TV pilot. Not for me.

Taken by VM Black — fast paced, great heroine

Wicked for You by Erzabet Bishop — great worldbuilding

Toybox by Al Sarrantonio — very King-esque but nothing happens.

27 Action Writing Blunders by James Scott Bell — for beginners only

Black Butterflies by John Shirley — totally worth the read

Nuts About You by Kate Lowell — squirrel shifters O.o

Promises Part 1 by AE Via — bought the second book immediately after reading the first

Promises Part 2 by AE Via — loved these two boys

Two Men and a Virgin by Kate Richards — cute as hell

Fierce by Sabrina York — not bad at all. Love a strong heroine

Lay It Down by Mary Calmes — Mmm. I do miss Spain.

Bend Over by Brina Brady — a little too hard core for my tastes

The Centaur’s Solstice Wish by Siobhan Muir — sweet and dear

February 2016 (total: 7)

Challenge the Darkness by Dirk Greyson — I absolutely adored this. Bought the 2nd in the series already. Charming, warm, good world building.

The Curious Case of Winter King by Kiernan Kelly — a fab, fun homage to Stephen King. I loved it.

Tattered Loyalties by Carrie Ann Ryan — tons of world-building and I loved the heroine of this one.

Entwined by Colette Gale — this is hilarious. A retelling of Tarzan and Jane

Marked by SJD Peterson — I think I must have read this before. It’s very familiar.

Pornography and Seriality by Sarah Schaschek — fascinating theory. I’m not sure I agree 100%, but fascinating.

Krampus by Brom — the charm at the front didn’t hold up.

January 2016 (total: 5)

Dom of Las Vegas by Tricia Owens — On the good, the sex was hot, the main character was interesting. On the not so good, the main character had detailed on-screen sex with a number of other characters and, in a romance, that’s not for me. The writing style was fine and I quite liked the secondary characters. 

Nightmare House by Douglas Clegg — I’m usually a HUGE Clegg fan, but I did not enjoy this one. I found it neither scare nor atmospheric. I was disappointed.

A Fashionable Indulgence by KJ Charles — took me about 1/4 of the book to get into this one, but once I did, I found it clever and charming and I actually had a couple LOL moments.

Bazaar of Dreams by Stephen King — The best part (and I don’t mean this in a nasty way) was the notes before each story. Loved it.

Collected Short Stories by Andre Debus — I am madly in love with the way this man writes. One of his short stories changed how I saw life. 

Much love, y’all.

BA

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Guest Post: Avon Gale


Avon Gale, what literary character is most like you? 

The character most like me is probably Avery Hextall, from Let the Wrong In. Avery and I both are extroverted, talkative and friendly – but I also have the same problem of acting impulsively, using humor as a defense mechanism, and needing to shut up and listen on occasion ;)  Avery is a lot more of a morning person than I am and way tidier, and I definitely am not organized or good enough at math to be an architect. I see a lot more of myself as-I-was when I wrote that book, as I’ve calmed down and grown up a bit since then (as, I hope, has Avery). But that’s definitely the character I connect with the most, and when I read it now I can see exactly what I was working through when I wrote it. In some ways I had a lot of issues similar to Malin’s, and I think sometimes that book was my way of reconciling two parts of myself. Which sounds sort of cheesy, and I don’t think I was aware of it at the time, but hey…again, that’s why I’m a lot like Avery!    

Author Name: Avon Gale 
Book Name: Power Play 
Series: Scoring ChancesBook: Three 
This book can be read as a standalone 
Release Date: May 9, 2016 

Blurb: A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.

After spending guilt-ridden years for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.

Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime to forget, but also a sleazy GM determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets the team, Misha revisits his darkest days, which might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.


Pages or Words: 240 pages 
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction 

Excerpt: 

 “I’d never watched this, you know.” 

 “The YouTube video?” Misha had seen that too. It was filed with angry commenters yelling that he should be deported back to Russia. 

 “The hit.” 

 Misha blinked. “You’ve seen the commercial, though. Yes?” 

 “Yeah, I wish I could say I haven’t seen that. But I meant, I didn’t watch this until a few months ago. They played that game on the NHL channel, so I watched it.” 

It never occurred to Misha that Max wouldn’t have seen it, but then he remembered that Max was the hero, not the villain of the story. Misha watched the hit play out on the screen. What must that feel like, to watch the moment it all ended? When Max hit the ice, did he know that game was his last? Did Misha know it was his? How had he felt? He couldn’t remember. 

The scene switched to the replay. Misha watched dispassionately, retreated into the blinding pain of his migraine, and told himself that it was all right to suffer, that he should, that he deserved it. 

Max paused the video. “Look. See what I have there?” 

Misha blinked. He had not expected questions. “I—what?” 

“The puck, Misha. The puck. Your hit wasn’t late.” 

Oh. “Yes. I know.” 

Max stared at him. On the television screen, their younger selves were suspended at the moment everything changed. 

Buy the book:

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Meet the author:

Avon Gale was once the mayor on Foursquare of Jazzercise and Lollicup, which should tell you all you need to know about her as a person. She likes road trips, rock concerts, drinking Kentucky bourbon and yelling at hockey. She’s a displaced southerner living in a liberal midwestern college town, and when she’s not writing you can find her at the salon, making her clients look and feel fabulous. She never gets tired of people and their stories -- either real or the ones she makes up in her head. 



Where to find the author: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avongalewrites 
 acebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authoravongale 
Twitter: @avongalewrites 
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/avongalewrites/ 
Join my mailing list http://eepurl.com/bGLSrD 
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29361143 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press 

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson 

Tour Dates & Stops:

9-May:

My Fiction Nook, Open Skye Book Reviews, Inked Rainbow Reads, Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings,

Oh My Shelves

10-May:

Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy, Joyfully Jay, Jessie G. Books, Rednecks and Romance,

Anna Butler Fiction

11-May:

MM Good Book Reviews, Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews, Posy Roberts, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

12-May:

Love Bytes, The Novel Approach, Unquietly Me, Happily Ever Chapter

13-May

BFD Book Blog, The Hat Party, MM Book Escape

16-May

Havan Fellows, Divine Magazine, Outrageous Heroes, Prism Book Alliance, Boys on the Brink Reviews

17-May

3 Chicks After Dark, Full Moon Dreaming, Butterfly-O-Meter

18-May

Foxylutely Book Reviews, Three Books Over The Rainbow, V's Reads

19-May

Book Lovers 4Ever, Charley Descoteaux, Mikky's World of Books, Carly’s Book Reviews

20-May

Making It Happen, Kirsty Loves Books, Bayou Book Junkie

21-May

A.M. Leibowitz, Alpha Book Club, Molly Lolly, Man2ManTastic

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