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Author Spotlight: Michelle Rabe

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Author Spotlight: Michelle Rabe

 

About The Author

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A lifelong California girl, Michelle Rabe tried the Hollywood thing but decided she preferred an author’s den to the actor’s trailer. She now lives in the Phoenix Arizona area with her unhelpful author cat. If you can’t find her in a cemetery with her camera you can find her online at: http://www.facebook.com/authormichellerabe .

 

  • Writing since: I was in High School for fun. Seriously, aka trying to finish a novel, since 2000
  • Genre and why did you choose that genre: I have 2 books in my Morgan Blackstone series which are urban fantasy. My current work in progress Dragon’s Heart (coming early 2016) is a NA fantasy romance. I don’t choose the genres, the stories dictate the genre to me. I usually have an idea that I start with and I just start writing I let the rest fall into place as I go.
  • What usually inspires/motivates you to write? An interesting idea with a good question at it’s heart and characters that I enjoy writing about.
  • What were you before you became a writer? I was an actor working as an extra and stand-in in Hollywood.

    Top 5 Favorite Authors:

  • William Shakespeare
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Rissa Blakeley
  • Brenda Tetreault
  • Kristen Brittan

    Top 5 Favorite Books: 

  • On Writing (Stephen King)
  • Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice)
  • Broken Dreams (Rissa Blakeley)
  • Tempted (Brenda Tetreault)
  • The Green Rider (Kristen Brittan)

    Top 5 Favorite TVshow/ Movies

  • Once Upon A Time
  • Labyrinth
  • Castle
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 Top 5 Favorite Songs:  These are some of my favorites right now 🙂

  • Wanted Dead or Alive (Bon Jovi)
  • Come by Me (Harry Connick Jr)
  • Sally’s Song (Amy Lee)
  • Elenor Rigby (The Beatles)
  • Grim Grinning Ghosts (From the Haunted Mansion)

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Author Spotlight: Lady J

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Author Spotlight: Lady J

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Author name: Lady J

Story behind your pen name: My hubby bought me a plot of land in a nature reserve in Scotland. When they sent over all the necessary documents there was a magnet and bumper sticker that said Lady J on it and it stuck.

Genre & why: I write Romantic suspense. I love anything that gets your heart pumping. Romantic suspense does that, but for different reasons.

Writing since: 2013

What inspires / motivates you to write?
The characters demand my attention. Music usually inspired me and gets me in the writing mood.

What were you before you were a writer?:
I worked as a veterinary Assist. Shout out to my fav LVH crew.

Top 5 authors:
Robert MCammon
Steven King
Dean Koontz
J.K. Rowling
Suzanne Collins.

Top 5 favorite books:
Bible
Swan Song
The Stand
Harry Potter series
The Hunger Games series.

Top 5 TV shows/movies
Hmmmm tough one.
The Walking Dead
The Ultimate Fighter UFC
P.S. I love you
Braveheart
Tombstone
The Shawshank Redemption.

Top 5 Songs:

It changes all the time but at the moment it is
1.Lilly Wood & the Prick – Prayer (Robin Shulz remix),
2.Jasmine Thompson- Mad world cover,
3.The Sunday’s- Wild Horses
4.Oasis- Stop crying your heart out
5. Every Car you Chase remix

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I grew up in Upstate NY, but my heart belongs in Arizona. If given the chance, I’d gladly trade in frost burn, for sun burn! I speak in movie quotes ALL the time. Seriously, it might be considered a sickness by now 😉 I absolutely love the sound of others laughing. So I’ll try to get you to do just that!
I am married with three beautiful daughters and two fur babies. It’s a zoo here!

I love coffee, peanut butter cups, and OF COURSE reading!
I grew up causing all kinds of trouble with my twin sister/partner in crime.
My wild over-exaggerated story telling grew, along with my love for reading. With the support of my hubby and the encouragement of my womb mate, I put pen to paper, and let my imagination take over.

I am the author of the recently released, Forever Marked series. It is a romantic suspense, and the first book in a series. I enjoy reading all genres. Paranormal, thriller, romantic suspense, dystopian…. You name it!  (*from amazon page)

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Forever Marked

If you were a marked woman, how far would you run?

At only 23 years old, Ellora’s life is turned upside down. She captures the unwanted attention of a dangerously ruthless man, who’ll stop at nothing until he possesses her. Haunted by nightmares of the brutal attack she survived, Ellora flees the country desperate to hide. But, the longer she runs, the deeper his obsession grows.

Behr is a hard working bachelor who’s life is stuck on repeat. Every single day is filled with the same people, and the same routine. That is, until a beautiful stranger stumbles into the local pub and into his heart. Even though he’s immediately drawn to her raven black hair and deep green eyes… he knows she’s hiding a secret. One he’s determined to uncover.

Can Ellora stay safe in this small harbor town?
Or
Has the twisted game of cat and mouse, just begun

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Tales of the Night (Anthalogy)

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Author Spotlight: Tish Thawer

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Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the Twilight phenomenon, myth, magic, and superpowers have always held a special place in her heart.

Tish is known for her detailed world-building and magic-laced stories. Her work has been compared to Nora Roberts, Same Cheever, and Charlaine Harris. She has received a RONE Award nomination (Reward of Novel Excellence), as well as nominations for Best Cover, and Author of the Year (Fantasy, Dystopian, Mystery) alongside New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors Denise Grover Swank and Amy Bartol.

Tish has worked as a computer consultant, photographer, and graphic designer. She resides in Arizona with her husband and three wonderful children.
A common FAQ: “How do you pronounce her last name?”
Answer: Think “Bower” or “Thow-er.” It’s Persian!

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BOOK LIST

Fairy Tale Confessions (Releasing Oct. 1)
The Witches of BlackBrook
Raven’s Breath
Scent of a White Rose (Rose Triogy 1)

Blood of a Red Rose (Rose Trilogy Book2)
Death of a Black Rose (Rose Trilogy Book3)
Aradia Awakens (Ovialell Book 1)

Behind the Veil
Rose and Thorns
Shay and the Box of Nye
Prophecy’s Child
The Rise of Rae

Losing It: A collection of VCards

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Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound.

Three sisters escape the Salem witch trials when the eldest casts a spell that hurtles their souls forward through time. After centuries separated, fate has finally reunited them in the present day.

One the healer, one the teacher, and one the deceiver.

Will their reunion return their full powers, or end their souls journey forever?

A Witches of BlackBrook novel.

Author Spotlight : Marian Tee Author of The Greek Billionaire Series

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I am proud to present today’s author on spotlight… Marian Tee. She’s a fellow Filipino who writes romance and is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

I had no idea that she was a Filipino when I first read her books a couple of years ago. I fell in love the most with her Greek Billionaire Series and recently got attached to her Heart Racers. When I found out, I was hell bent on doing this interview. It makes me proud to know that a writer who’s very good at touching emotions through her craft is a fellow countrymen.

So who’s Marian Tee?

Marian Tee is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of steamy romantic comedies. She is Filipino-Chinese, has lived all her life in the Philippines, and is a frustrated mangaka. She is addicted to horror flicks, misses hip hop dancing, and loves all things Japanese.

She currently have 28 books published in Amazon and other major platforms.

If you’ve read her books, you probably know this already. So let’s get to know Marian Tee a little more…

Getting to Know Marian Tee a Little Deeper

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All about being a writer …

  1. Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I discovered my love for writing around fourth or fifth grade, if I remember correctly. My friends and I had a notebook that we’d pass around and we’d write each of our character’s stories there. I had my first kiss in that notebook, haha! And my first breakup, too!

However, I only knew I wanted to write for a living when I was in my early twenties. It was that time I saw the chick lit books of Summit and PSICOM like Katrina Ramos Atienza’s Pink Shoes and Maya Calica’s Breakup Diaries.

You see, I thought here in the Philippines it was impossible for me to find a job as a writer or – more specifically – a romance author. Prior to those chick lit novellas, most of the romance novels published in PH were in Filipino, and I didn’t think I could write one as eloquently as I wanted to.

Anyway, seeing those books gave me hope and I haven’t stopped writing (and dreaming) since then.

  1. Who or what was your inspiration to write your first book?

My nonexistent love life (back then) of course! I was a first year student in CSB then and I’d spend most of my time in the computer lab writing my stories (Sorry, Professor!). That first completed manuscript of mine would eventually be published years later by PSICOM.

  1. I believe not many Filipino authors are into e-publishing, what encouraged you to go e-pubbing instead of going to publisher? Have you any doubts or regrets when you gave it a go?

After my book was published by PSICOM, I thought it would be smooth sailing after that. But nope. No one wanted my books. 😛 And I realized that the way I write doesn’t really jive well with what publishers seemed to like then. So I decided to write for an international audience.

I queried both agents and small press editors. I was lucky enough to have one YA paranormal romance published by an e-publisher based in Arizona and then after that I found myself an agent (which eventually didn’t work out). In 2012, my previous boss (I used to write articles for her) bought the rights to my works and I was so surprised when my books did well on Amazon. Mid 2013 I decided to self-publish and it’s been absolutely great since then.

If I have one regret, it’s that I spent so many years querying agents and editors alone. I wished I had tried self-publishing at the same time in those years.

  1. How did you feel when you made it to NYT and USA Today’s Best Selling author?

SURREAL. =D

My first self-pubbed book made its debut with The Billionaire Bad Boys of Romance Bundle, a “boxed set” that include works from other authors. Some of them already made it to NYT, but there were also a few of us who had never hit a bestselling list. We were hoping to hit both lists at Week 1. We made it to USA Today but not NYT. I think all of us bawled our eyes out after that. Even though the boxed set made it to Barnes & Noble’s Top 10 overall and Amazon’s Top 20 overall, not hitting NYT still made us feel really bad. Back then, I honestly thought my book was a piece of sh*t because of that.

But…we didn’t give up. We dusted our asses off and worked harder in promoting the boxed set. Week 2 came and went and we found out we didn’t just hit USA Today (for the second consecutive week). We also found out we made it to two bestselling lists of New York Times, the ebook bestselling list AND the combined list for ebook and print. That means our boxed set outsold even books in print! That realization was what made everything really, really surreal. I think I was so stunned that I couldn’t even cry. 😀

  1. How do you write your novels? Do you like plan everything or just go with the flow?

Outline. Like hell. I’ve often tried doing it the other way around, plotting as I write but nope – at the end of the day, I’d just erase everything I typed because I hated it. So, I’ve pretty much accepted the fact that I can’t write without my precious outlines.

  1. Any particular habit that you do before and after writing a manuscript?

I’m what you’d call a binge writer. So, I’d rest for a few days then write like crazy (sometimes up to 18 or 20 hours in a day) then rest again. I’ve also discovered a need to read books when taking breaks from writing. I like to drink coffee and sometimes, I drastically need a playlist when working on a manuscript.

Whenever I finish a story, I’d be really pumped up and my adrenaline level would be so high that I’d need to go out and celebrate with my family. We either eat out or just go to a café or watch a movie. J

  1. Have you ever had a ‘writer’s block’? If so, what do you do when you get stuck in a scene?

No. Not really. I never lack for anything to write but there are times when I hate what I write so I end up deleting pages and pages of stories. When that happens, it’s usually because I’m physically or mentally tired. So what I do is rest, read a book or watch a movie. When I go back to my laptop, I’m all good.

  1. Do you have someone you look up to and wish you can have a collaborated book with his or her?

Too many to mention, but I was recently in a boxed set with the lovely Sara Fawkes and that was pretty awesome. 😀 It’s not a collaboration per se but still. I also recently read the Hitman series of Jessica Clare (which I totally love) and I get to be a part of another series with her so that’s awesome, too.

But for future projects, I’d really love to be in a boxed set with Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lynne Graham, Sharon Kendrick, Nalini Singh, and Judith McNaught.

  1. If you can marry any of your heroes, who would you pick?

Paranormal – it would have to be Luka of Suit and Fangs – a really intelligent and aloof vampire-like prince. I kinda like my guys snobbish hehe.

 

Contemporary – It would have to be Damen Leventis of my Greek Billionaire serials because I grew up reading about, well, Greek billionaires. 😀 Oh, and Yuki Himura from Drawn – waaaah! He’s my first love (among all my book heroes). He’s the embodiment of all my favorite bishounen in manga!

  1. 10. What advice would you give to aspiring writers that you would like to have known before you went e-publishing?

Don’t undervalue your work. EVER.

 

OFF THE GRID

 

  1. What’s your favorite food, something that you won’t get tired of eating?

Crabstick / kani salad and salmon sashimi. (I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!)

  1. I know we don’t have much option here in the Philippines but what is your favorite season? Or the season you wish we have?

WINTER. I like dressing in layers, which I can only get away with in Baguio (summer capital of PH) or abroad. But here in the Philippines, I love it when it rains – I write better when I rain and especially when I’ve a cup of coffee to enjoy while at it.

  1. Do you like travelling? Any dream destination that you are yet to go to?

I love to travel! If it wasn’t plain irresponsible, I’d gladly spend all my money on travelling haha. Oh, wait – I actually did that in the past! I was very young back then. =P

My real-life bucket list for traveling: Japan (for the anime and manga), Vienna (for the opera), Africa (for the safari), Scotland (for Nessie and Highlands), Monte Carlo (coz it’s Monte Carlo), London (so I can see the places I’ve read about in Regency romances), and Venice (coz I want to attend a masquerade!).

  1. Do you like movies? If yes, what sort of movies are you into?

HORROR. But I also love watching action and high-budget adventure movies. Those are the types of movies I love watching in cinemas. I love watching romantic movies, too, but not in cinemas haha.

  1. What is the most mistaken (wrong) impression people usually have about you?

Back when I was in college, everyone thought I was, err, a bad girl. I don’t think there’s any other word for it haha. Because I always came to school late and I was always sleepy – most thought it was because I was always out partying and had lots of vices.

The truth is, I’ve never smoked and never will. I don’t drink – never did except for a sip of beer when I was twelve. I don’t even drink champagne or wine). My greatest vice would probably be eating high-cholesterol food haha. And as for always being sleepy in class – it was only because I hate waking up early and I hate going to school even more.

Nothing against those who drink or smoke, but I just really feel I already eat too much high-cholesterol food to further shorten my lifespan with other vices. 😀 It’s my plan to be alive and kicking even when I’m a hundred years old. =D

  1. For Filipino-Chinese, what made you fall in love with all things Japanese?

Once upon a time, there was an anime called Fushigi Yuugi or Curious Play. I loved it so much I self-studied Japanese – I mastered N4 of Nihongo in one week. I took a mock test online and passed the test. I also hired a private tutor (native Japanese speakers) also passed their tests, too. They couldn’t believe how fast I mastered the basics of Japanese. So, you know, that means something, right? Surely it’s destiny at work? Fate’s totally saying I’m going to be Japanese in my next life! =D

  1. Could you share one thing about you that not many people know about?

That I pray a lot. And that I’m a HUGE crybaby.

  1. What is your favorite quote or saying? Why?

Give a man a fish; you have fed him for a day. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime.

 

It’s very hard for me to say NO to people or to refuse them my help. But I’ve gradually come to realize that I’m only making it worse for others and making it more difficult for them to succeed on their own if I keep saying ‘yes’.

 

  1. If you were not a writer, what would you be?

An interpreter! 😀

THE LATEST FROM MARIAN TEE

The Art of Wedding A Greek Billionaire

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Once upon a time, there was an ordinary girl who grew up listening to bedtime stories where there were no knights in shining armor or Prince Charming. Instead, it had Greek billionaires and this little girl dreamt she’d one day have Her Own Greek Billionaire to live happily ever after with.
When this little girl grew up, she realized that not all fairytale weddings came with happy-ever-after endings. Sometimes, those who speak the words “I love you” don’t really mean it, and those who can’t utter the words end up being the ones who truly mean them.
This is my story.
I mean your story.
I mean, Mairi Tanner’s story.

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That’s all folks, I hope you had a great time getting to know Marian Tee a little more, because I did!

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*Author Spotlight* An Interview with K.L. Ruse Author of Found in You

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I really enjoyed reading Found in You that I was surprised when I learned afterwards that it was K.L. Ruse’ debut novel. The characters had me intrigue, excited, it made me see life in a whole new perspective, it made me want to fall in love too. K.L. Ruse did a great job with Cole and Camryn’s story. When I learned I could do an interview for a blog tour, I immediately grab the chance. I sure would love to know more about K.L. Ruse and her amazing characters that though fictional didn’t feel like they were.

 

So please join me in my quest to getting to know K.L. Ruse a little better and getting a glimpse of her world a little more…

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V.S. : What made you give up being a teacher and finally giving in to writing?

Author KL Ruse: It’s kind of funny, I feel like my desire to be a writer was such a big secret that I kept from my family and friends. They all knew I carried a journal in my purse and would constantly write down my thoughts. My mom even knew that I picked my major in college based on which included the most writing intensive classes because I was so much better at that than taking a standard test! But no one really knew becoming a writer was actually a dream of mine.

I spent seven years teaching History to middle school students and when I taught the lesson on the American Dream the students had to write their dream on paper and it was collected in a box and put away until the end of the school year. That’s when their American Dreams would be revealed. I, of course, had to write my own and about two years ago I wrote down to become an author on mine. At the end of that school year I received a gift from one of my eighth graders who was moving on to high school and it was a journal. She wrote, “Go get your American Dream.” inside the front cover of it and that began my plunge into this crazy world of writing.

V.S. : Who or what was your inspiration to write your first book?

Author KL Ruse: Personally, my family really inspired me to take this leap. My husband’s support was endless and I really wanted to doe this to prove to my two young daughters that in life anything is possible if you believe in yourself.

In the book world, I was reading A.L. Jackson’s Take this Regret and I was so inspired by the emotion in the story that I wanted to write my own story and maybe touch someone in the same way.

V.S. : How did you feel when published your first book?

Author KL Ruse:  So many emotions ran through me the day I hit the publish button – excitement, disbelief, pride, but mostly panic. It’s terrifying to put yourself out to the world knowing that you are now up for speculation. I just remember that on release day I had an extremely clean house because that’s what I do when I’m nervous – I clean.

V.S. :  Any particular habit that you do before and/or after writing a manuscript?

Author KL Ruse:  Before and while I write, I usually listen to songs that inspire that particular story and I listen to them over and over again. When I was writing Found in You I listened to the Imagine Dragons album more times than I could ever count!

V.S. :  Have you ever had a ‘writer’s block’? If so, what do you do when you get stuck in a scene?

Author KL Ruse:  Absolutely! I definitely have felt the pain of writer’s block while writing the second book. I usually take a break when it happens. I’ll play games with my kids or read to clear my mind again. Sometimes a simple shower brings back the ideas!

V.S. : I’ve been really curious about Camryn’s mom. Is she in any way inspired by a real person?

Author KL Ruse: About 9 years ago, my father-in-law passed away after he suffered for a year with bladder cancer. It was my first year of marriage and to say my husband was close to his dad is an understatement. I watched my husband suffer from this great loss of a man who really was everything to him. As I watched a part of him essentially die along with his dad, I always would think what it could do for him if he had another chance to hear from him, to have his dad’s words as a written legacy that would live forever in my husband.

So when I started writing Found in You and knew that a dead parent would be central to Camryn’s grief and anxiety, I wanted to live out that wish I had for my husband. I wanted to convey that parents’ words of advice can live on forever.

V.S. :  If you would be given a chance to do collaboration with another writer, who will it be?

Author KL Ruse: Tough question because there are so many amazing writers in this genre. But if I had to choose it would be A.L. Jackson. I really strive to reach the same emotional depth of her writing in my own one day.

V.S. :  If you can be any of the characters in your book, who will it be?

Author KL Ruse: While I respect Camryn in so many ways, I really think it would be Lila. She is a true party-girl but the most dedicated friend you could ever have.

V.S. : What advice will you give to all the aspiring writers out there?

Author KL Ruse: Don’t get discouraged. No matter the negative that this particular field can bring have faith in your talent and know that there will always be people that have faith in you. There are always rooms for more authors. Really can you ever have too many books?

V.S. :  What are you currently working on that your fans should look forward to?

Author KL Ruse: I always intended that Found in You would be two books – one from Camryn’s point of view and the second would tell Cole’s story. So I am currently writing Saved by You in Cole’s point of view and it will continue from where Found in You left off. However, it also flashes back to the past so we get a glimpse of the darkness that Cole seems to be running from in the first story.

However, as I was writing Found in You I felt that many of the secondary characters had such strong voices and that they deserved to be heard as well. So I decided to also write a third and fourth book in this series. The third will be about Heidi and Dusty who are introduced in the first one and then the fourth will be Lila’s and Carter’s story. So Cole, Camryn and Gavin aren’t done after the second book. We will be able to see glimpses of them in the final two books as well!!

 

 

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V.S. : What’s your favorite food, something that you won’t get tired of eating?

Author KL Ruse: Baked macaroni and cheese, but it has to be my grandmom’s recipe!

V.S. : Books or movies? What genre?

Author KL Ruse: Books and contemporary romance, of course!

V.S. :  Aside from teaching, if you were not a writer, what would you have been?

Author KL Ruse: I would have owned a small book store at the beach

V.S. : What is the one thing you cannot live without

Author KL Ruse: My writing journal and chocolate chip cookies

V.S. :  Could you share something about you that not many people know about?

Author KL Ruse: I am terrified of snakes. I once saw one on the road I was driving on and when I got home I called my husband from the garage to come out and make sure it didn’t attach itself beneath my car.

 

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That’s all folks. I hope you enjoyed reading about K.L. and getting to know her a little better like I did. If you haven’t read Found in You, I strongly suggest you do. It’s a read worthy of every penny.

For more information about the book, you can read about it along with my review here: FOUND IN YOU BY K.L. RUSE

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