#IndieAuthor Friday Genevieve Jordayne #Romance #History @GenJordayne

Today’s indie author’s story most likely developed from her ‘daytime job’ and the life experiences of her grandfathers.  Welcome, Genevieve Jordayne!

Frontline Angel takes its readers from 1940s Wisconsin to the Philippine Islands just prior to World War 2 and through the Japanese occupation and liberation. It tells the tale of Eliza-a small-town Midwestern girl with dreams of travel and adventure who enlists with the United States Army Nurse Corps despite her parents’ protests. Eliza will find the fun and adventure she desired as well as an unexpected romance with a handsome soldier. Yet all changes overnight as war destroys her tropical paradise. Our heroine must quickly adapt in order to survive the harsh, unforgiving jungle climate, and become a skilled combat nurse on the frontline. The story will take you from the fall of the islands through the terrible conditions endured by those placed in internment camps and their struggle for liberation. Can Eliza find the strength and courage needed to survive such horror and still emerge with her spirit unbroken?

Frontline Angel was recently named the Winner in the FIRST NOVEL (60,000-90,000 words) Category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA).

What do you wish you’d known before you were published?

I wish I would have had a list of great, reliable editors and would have understood that not all editors actually do the same type of editing. I didn’t realize there were content editors, line editors and probably more that I still don’t know about. Editing is so important but even when you cough up several hundred dollars it doesn’t mean the editor you chose is actually all that good.  There are so many of them when you do an online search!  So, from now on, I’m reaching out to other authors that I feel have well edited works and getting recommendations from them.

How did publishing your first book change your writing process?

With my first novel, I didn’t have much for structure or timeline in my writing. I was just so happy to finally get the story down on paper that had been running free in my mind for so many years.  Since then I’ve started to work on being more focused, creating outlines, and sticking more to a timeline for completing tasks.

What is something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?

What has been most memorable for me is when I meet a reader who has personally been alive and affected by events in my work (I write historical fiction) and shares with me the emotions that my stories brought out, the memories they evoked, and the gratitude they express in having someone share these stories with the world. That’s what it’s all about for me.

What’s your favorite kind of cookie and why?

Salted caramel stuffed chocolate chip cookies. My entire life my favorite cookie has been good old dependable, delicious chocolate chip cookies.  But now I discovered they come stuffed with this amazing sea salt concoction and after all these years I’ve had to upgrade my cookie choice.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?

I’m currently part way through the Breaking Bad series. It has a plot based around very illegal business happenings but it is so fascinating watching the character development throughout.

Book you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?

It would be so hard to only have one book with me so hopefully they rescue me soon. But if I had to have a book to read over and over for a while I think it would have to be The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. It’s long enough to help pass some time and has such fascinating historical references as well as a fast paced, intriguing plot.

Author Bio

Genevieve Jordayne has proudly worked in the field of nursing for nearly a decade.  In addition to writing her novels, she is a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner and nursing history aficionado. Genevieve lives in rural Minnesota with her husband, three little boys, and two rambunctious boxers.

Genevieve became interested in war history from her beloved grandfathers–Don who was an avid reader and Richard who served in WW2 in Pearl Harbor. In nursing school she was challenged by a professor to learn about the roots of the nursing profession.  Through this exploration Jordayne was able to gain a larger appreciation for the struggles and triumphs of nurses throughout time.

Jordayne is currently working on her second novel.

Social Media

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/GenJordayne
Website: http://genevieve-jordayne.com/

Buy Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Frontline-Angel-Genevieve-Jordayne-ebook/dp/B01MG0VZ50/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508344394&sr=8-1&keywords=frontline+angel

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/frontline-angel-genevieve-jordayne/1124751625

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#IndieAuthor Friday Allen Long #Memoirs

It’s Friday!!!!!  Today’s indie author is Allen Long, here with his memoir, Less Than Human.  It’s received positive reviews, with one Amazon reviewer stating the ‘….writing style is unique in that in draws the reader in, tells of sadness experienced by the author, but has an undertone of triumph and joy.’

“In Less than Human,” Allen Long tells the story of his often nightmarish childhood in the wealthy suburbs of D.C., the wonders and mysteries of teenage love, his ill-advised journeys into corporate America and a hellish marriage, and ultimate breakdown. And yet, his story is mostly one of triumph. He draws strength from the joys of fatherhood, he finds true love in his second marriage, and through working with psychotherapists and leading a life rich in self-examination, he overcomes both child abuse and the resulting PTSD, finally learning that instead of being less than… he is, indeed… human.

“Less than Human” follows an unconventional path, arranged as much by theme and association as by chronology. These stories take many forms, from driving narrative to lyrical reverie, at times evoking mythic overtones, and this variety, along with an unflinching confrontation with the conditions and consequences of childhood abuse, creates its own form of suspense-in what direction will this book take us next?

What are your favorite books in your genre?

My favorite memoir books include:

  • This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff
  • Townie by Andre Dubus III
  • Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Wherever I Wind Up by R.A. Dickey
  • Fortunate Son by John Fogerty
  • A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
  • Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
  • Clapton by Eric Clapton

What is something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?

One reviewer said she enjoyed the high number of surprises in the book and not knowing what was going to happen next.  My book is about how I overcame child abuse, PTSD, and a nightmarish marriage before finally finding true love and happiness.  Several readers have commented that the narrator’s triumphant and joyful voice assures the reader that everything will turn out all right. I divorced my first wife because she cheated on me several times and was verbally abusive to our three sons and me. When my oldest son read my book, he thanked me for making his mom a well-rounded sympathetic character, despite her bad behavior. This is my favorite comment.

What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?

My book is populated by a number of villains, the three worst being my parents and my ex-wife.  While I’ve made peace with my parents, my ex-wife has been hostile toward me since we split up in 1992, despite the fact that I was the wronged party. My ex-wife’s family and I believe she has a chemical imbalance in her brain that she has never attempted to correct by working with a psychiatrist. I wish her good luck in fighting this affliction.

What’s your favorite kind of cookie and why?

Chocolate chip.  In general, I’m not crazy about cookies.  I find them too sweet without satisfying flavor, but chocolate chip cookies really hit the spot.

Any unusual talents or hobbies?

I’ve been swimming ever since I was five.  Swimming was a great comfort to me as I was growing up in an abusive household. I actually became addicted to swimming as an adult. My book contains the story of my swimming addiction and cure.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?

Current favorite TV shows include The Walking Dead, Black Sails, Game of Thrones, and The Magicians. Also, just watched the movie Arrival.

Author Bio

Allen Long was born in New York City and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. He holds a B.A. in journalism from Virginia Tech, an M.A. in fiction writing from Hollins University, and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Arizona. He has been an assistant editor at Narrative Magazine since 2007, and his fiction and memoirs have appeared in a wide variety of literary magazines. He lives with his wife near San Francisco.

Social Media

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Buy Links

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#IndieAuthor Friday Sean McDonough #horror

Today’s indie author is here with his new horror novel, Rock and Roll Death Trip, scheduled for release next week!

The Demons of the Four Points have been unleashed in the California desert. The roads run red as they rip a bloody path from Barstow to Primm. Ferocious. Merciless. Unstoppable.

Shock rocker Jackie Galindo was just looking to take a break from his life as the most beloved and reviled front man in all of rock and roll. He didn’t hit the road in search of car crashes, dismemberments, and a bloody fight to the finish but that’s exactly what’s in store for him on… the Rock and Roll Death Trip.

What’s the most constructive criticism you’ve been given in your writing career?

Know when to stop revising. When I was 21 I was interning for a production company and one of the Producers told me that you’re always going to feel like there’s something else you can tweak in your writing. You need to be able to recognize when a piece is the best it’s going to get.

What are your favorite books in your genre?

IT by Stephen King. It’s a perfect love letter to the horror genre and it’s scary as hell. I also love Stinger by Robert R McCammon (great popcorn horror/sci-fi) and Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons.

What do you love most about the writing process?

I love surprising myself with a story. I don’t stick to any kind of outline, but I usually have a rough idea where I think a story’s going to go and I love those moments where a character goes rogue and takes the story in a direction I wasn’t expecting.

A penguin walks through the door wearing a sombrero.  What does he say and why is he here?

He says, “Listen to me, GET OUT! The chicken tacos aren’t really chicken!”  and he’s there to be the main course.

Book you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?

Length and variety are your friends in a situation like that.

How would your best friend describe you?

“If your sense of humor were personified, it would look like the magister from True Blood.”

Author Bio

Sean McDonough is the writer of three horror novels and one season of mediocre “guided reality” TV. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter. “Rock and Roll Death Trip” is partially inspired by his love of rambling road trips through the California Desert.

 

Social Media

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Buy Links

Terror at Turtleshell Mountain- https://www.amazon.com/Terror-At-Turtleshell-Mountain/dp/1943932387/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1505780529&sr=8-3&keywords=sean+mcdonough

Beverly Kills- https://www.amazon.com/Beverly-Kills-Sean-McDonough-ebook/dp/B00POGV5IG/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1505780529&sr=8-6&keywords=sean+mcdonough

Rock and Roll Death Trip – https://www.amazon.com/Rock-Roll-Death-Trip-McDonough-ebook/dp/B075KMWJJL/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1506382643&sr=8-1

#IndieAuthor Friday Lex Ramsay #history #CivilWar

Today’s indie author shares her love of bad horror movies, strong opinions regarding a Batman vs. Spiderman throwdown, and presents a thought-provoking premise in her book Southern Republic – ‘What would our world look like if the South had won the Civil War?’

In a world where the South has won the Civil War…

It’s 1982. A hundred years have passed since the South emerged victorious in the War of Northern Aggression. From the ashes of the aftermath, the industrial North has evolved into the technical center of the modern world, while the agrarian South, now broken up into Protectorate territories overseen by Protectors, props up its culture with vicious oppression. But now the South is in dire economic straits. Their refusal to allow slaves to use technology in their work has made their system obsolete and unable to compete with the global economy. Something must be done.

Patrick Edgerton is the leader of the Railway Association, an underground network devoted to freeing slaves. When Patrick learns of the horrifying “final solution” to the South’s economic predicament, he teams up with Olivia Askew, a Southern Protector’s daughter. Now, it’s up to them to prevent the mass genocide the South is proposing.

Southern Republic brings to life vivid details about the dual nations created when the South succeeded in defending its way of life, and asks the question, ‘What would our world look like if the South had won the Civil War?’

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

I’d tell her to write, write and write some more.  Don’t wait until you think you have the time in your busy, overscheduled life to have the luxury of writing – just write.  Get in the habit of writing your thoughts, your fantasies and your aspirations to make them real.  Get used to turning inward and entering into the land of your own creation.  Write whether you feel like it, or even whether you think you have something profound to say.  Just write.  And keep writing.

What do you love most about the writing process?

Escape.  Becoming so entranced with the reality unspooling with my words that I hear my characters talking to me (or arguing with me when I get it wrong).  Writing on outline only to depart from it when the flow of the tale becomes flesh and creates its own journey.  Subconsciously weaving paths in the story that I later realize fold seamlessly into the larger narrative.  In other words, I love the process itself — far more than the finished product, in fact.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I’ve learned to trust my instincts and write what I believe.  The more I write the less I fixate on being all things to all people.  I definitely enjoy when my readers follow along with me on the trek, but I’ve learned to walk the road my stories lay before me more concerned with the authenticity of the characters than with the opinions of skeptics.

Any unusual talents or hobbies?

More a curse than a talent.  Since childhood I’ve been called “Cassandra” by my family for the Greek myth about the woman whom the gods gifted with the sight of prophesy and cursed so that nobody would believe her.  Not that this minor talent has lead me to win the lottery or even avoid some of the pitfalls I’ve stumbled into in my own life, but invariably I’m able to predict the course fate will take with others if they take one action or another – only to be ignored and have the very outcome I predicted manifest.  I’d rather be a gifted musician.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?

El Rey Network’s marathon of really bad horror movies.  It’s a guilty pleasure.  The worse the better.  Anything having to do with vampires (old school ones not the newer teen romance variety), ghouls, demons, specters or werewolves.  Love old Stephen King, love Ann Rice, love Dean Koontz, love Clive Barker and all that.

Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?

Spiderman would kick the crap out of Batman.  First of all, Batman has no hint of the supernatural about him.  He just has really cool toys and with every iteration gets bigger and bigger muscles.   He can’t swing from buildings nor does he have the proportionate strength of a spider (which is pretty impressive when you consider all the larger insects they routinely carry around after snaring them in their webs).  Stripped of his costume and hi-tech contraptions, he’s just a spoiled rich vigilante with a depressing childhood.

Social Media

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LexRamsayAuthor/
Website: https://www.lexramsayauthor.com/
Blog (Updated weekly!):  https://www.lexramsayauthor.com/blog

Buy Link

getBook.at/SouthernRepublic

#IndieAuthor Friday: Mary Elizabeth Jackson #childrensbooks

I had the pleasure of meeting and working with this author last weekend at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville.  I also met the amazingly talented Alice Antimie, illustrator of Perfectly Precious Poohlicious.  Welcome Mary Elizabeth Jackson to Indie Author Friday!

Precious Poohlicious is made perfect in the eyes of Mommy. Everything about him from his chubby cheeks, to his bright eyes, to his twinkle toes and smiles make him who he is—Perfectly Precious Poohlicious.

The adorable, lifelike illustrations will dazzle you and warm your heart. The ten cute, and catchy, easy-to-sing songs will make you feel the love of Mommy and bring joy to anyone who sings them.

The story is written through the eyes of Poohlicious, who knows he is perfect just the way he is.

What do you wish you’d known before you were published?

How much work it really is. That being published does not mean you sit around and do nothing after your book comes out. It is only the beginning of the journey. The writing is the easy part.

What is something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?

They loved how Poohlicious reads like a love letter from a mother to a child and how they got goose bumps when they read it. They loved the sweetness and tenderness about it.

What do you love most about the writing process?

I love being able to be creative and expressive and see my thoughts, feelings and visions come to life. It is very empowering and having the opportunity to contribute words in the world is such an honor. I also love watching characters come to life and when I have to dig deep to feel them so I can portray this to others.

Any unusual talents or hobbies?

Unusual talent might be my ability for smelling, hearing, tasting and seeing. If someone smells something and is not sure what it is they call me. I can hear songs in the back ground at loud restaurants and can totally taste if a food is spoiled or something is wrong with it. Even if it’s at the beginning of turning bad.  I joke and say if I was younger and could do it again knowing this ability I would be a spy or investigator of hard to solve crimes.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?

The last thing I finished up on Netflix is the last season of Once Upon A Time. It is a series I get to watch with my daughters. Great bonding time. Otherwise Netflix is on the preschool shows for my little guy every day.

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

I would be a character that used all her senses to heal the earth and others allowing everyone to remember who they are and why they are here. Go back to the beginning of time and see the truth of how it all happened and change things to be as they were intended.

Author Bio

Mary Elizabeth Jackson is the award-winning author of Poohlicious and is carrying on the adventures in the next book Look at Me. Jackson, Cline and Antimie will continue working on this series as well as other projects.  Jackson is also working on a middle grade reader with Cline as well as writing the movie screen play.  She is a wife, mother of three inspirations, advocate for special needs and disabilities and a  live streamer. She lives in the Nashville area.

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Black Rose Writing

The second book in this series will be released December 21, 2017 – just in time for Christmas!

In the second book of the award- winning series, Poohlicious , journeys  through the wonders and adventures of Toddlerhood. As you read this delightful story of curiosity seen through the eyes of Poohlicious you will experience a world full of “can dos” and “not sure of’s.” Always on the move, Look at Me, discovers all that a toddler is capable of doing and trying, and that Mommy believes he is perfectly made no matter what may come. Recommended for ages zero through four. No matter where you are or where you live, every child is Poohlicious.

 

Indie Author Friday: Caroline Clemens #IndieAuthor #romance #contemporary

Today’s author brings with her several selections to include romance, poetry, and holiday novellas.  Welcome, Caroline Clemens!

Kiss Ride     The first book/novella I ever wrote. I went back and changed the names to protect the innocent. Ha ha, actually I just was nervous and had no idea what I was getting into. This sweet little story is about my sister meeting her future husband on the train in Atlanta.

Into the Vines   This second book is three novels in one, a trilogy titled the Vintage Blue Trilogy. I wrote it over three years and it has around 177K words. I received nice reviews from family and friends but couldn’t market it further. Believe me I tried. It’s a coming of age story, a contemporary family drama, and bits of magical realism entwined. For me it’s a classic novel and it travels across continents. It has a happily ever after with heroism from a pilot and two of his adopted children. When my daughter told me she was reading Lord of the Flies I told her I wrote a book for her generation, the females of the world. I believed it was time for a female book. I couldn’t fathom that they only had princess tales for the very young or books about boys being boys. No wonder women are behind men in equality.

Brie’s Story   This was previously titled “French Bleu.” The first book from Into the Vines is about two women meeting on a vineyard in France in the Loire Valley. Each has a different reason for this vacation at a cooking school. The drama continues quickly and love interests mingle with the pilot who saves stranded souls from around the world. The story is a continuous saga into book two and three. They can be read together in order or separately.

Someday   This was previously titled Bleu Moon. I received two honorable mentions for this middle segment of Into the Vines. That made me extremely happy. I think my writing really took off during this novel. It’s a page turner and I wrote about Paris, a place I’ve never been to. I will be re titling this and giving it a print and digital venue on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. As a self-pubbed author I cannot put it out everywhere-this is more than a job for two or three people, let alone one person.

This story is about Francis and Hawa joining the family that inhabits the vineyard and has the lifesaving company that goes global. Angie is the name of this new age idea that we can encompass the globe without interfering into the rights of countries, that we can save lives through the use of private and government assistance, by employing some of our extraordinary individuals such as navy seals or national guard type persons. I would classify this story as Utopian and heroism at its finest. The secondary plot in here is the adoption of two distinct characters who join the family.

Sapphire Souls   This is the 3rd novel and soon to be titled “____ .“  As you can see I don’t have the title as yet. This follows the ongoing story and steps right into the Congo and other areas of Africa. I did the best I could to describe another place I’ve never been. I believe my nursing background precluded how I could write about other people from far away. You see we are all human with unique individual traits, yet quite a like in numerous aspects. I was extremely creative in this third novel and am proud of what I wrote. After this I was able to accelerate my process by way of the outline.

Hawa gets her wings and the story is set. She is the heroine and ready for action!

String the Cranberries   This novella was a NaNoWriMo from 2013. I love this story. I combined many things from my own life in here and made a unique story that is grim and yet is a happily ever after. Brandon leaves the army and doesn’t know what to do with his life. He works in his uncles barber shop, sees an ad, and goes out west to become a ranch hand, or cowboy. He meets Leia, which is a good thing, but doesn’t last long. This ironic tale is heartfelt and filled with goodness. I received a one star review for this tale and realized some people want to see you fail. The review tore a hole through me which I mended. We must fight evil in this world-that’s what that taught me! I would love to find readers for this or see this as a Hallmark movie. Smiles.

Autumn Quotes    This is my poetry collection I never intended to write. But I did and I’m good with that. Poetry is painful and can come quite easily once you start. It was a good introduction for me to begin writing. For that I am grateful. A few of my poems I truly love and would like to see them out there more. I entered a few contests, so we shall see. When you don’t have a MFA in writing I don’t think you get seen or heard. Pity that because many who have walked on the other side don’t get noticed. My aim is to change that. I have applied to mainstream high end contests. Maybe they laugh, maybe they don’t, or maybe I’ll have to open my own literary voice online magazine. I don’t have enough time for everything. So I’ll pour a wine or whiskey and write more poetry. I have the title for my next project. Smoked and Spiced.

Coming soon.    I have three titles I hope to release before Christmas! They are a historical fiction titled, “Chocolate for Lilly,” a thriller/suspense titled, “Three King Mackerel and a Mahi Mahi,” and a little short story titled, “Maiden Voyage-A Lighthouse Tale.”  These are either entered in contests or queried out to agents/publishers. I’ll give that some time and then self-publish. I have the covers already purchased but, of course, would relinquish if someone wanted to help me. This may be a do it yourself writing life.

What are your favorite books in your genre?

I’ve done a couple genres now, contemporary YA, historical fiction and the latest is thriller/suspense. Funny thing is I don’t like to be scared and writing a thriller seems so uncharacteristic of myself. But I did it and the 2nd draft is in the works. Grisham’s 1997 The Partner was my re-entry into reading after parenting three kids close in age. (I found for a while I could only read magazine articles for many years). I picked up this book in 2010 after buying it at a garage sale. The book was an eye opener for me into spying, surveillance, and the mob. Misery by Stephen King is right up my alley, she’s a nurse (me too) while he’s a writer (I’ve written eight or nine books) who ends up in a wheelchair (my grandmother). I have a soft spot for those unable to walk. The Shining, Silence of the Lambs, and The Exorcist scared me to death! The last two I had to hold up my hands in the movie theatre to block the screen while I trembled in fear. Why on earth have I written a thriller?

How did publishing your first book change your writing process?

I had much to learn writing the first book, including word usage, proper English, longer sentences, comma usage, etc. As a nurse we used precise language for description, nothing extra as that takes time away from patient care. Now I had to make things colorful and display feelings. I asked my teacher-sister to edit the novella and she wouldn’t do it. I was in bad shape; what now? I tried my best. Maybe she wouldn’t because the story was about her. After that I took a big leap. I wrote my first big story not about anyone. Of course, I used things I know but it was so much fun. Truly, it excited me. I wrote the story out in a notebook by hand-read as many writing tips as I could about plot, rising action, characters, blurbs, genres, etc. Then I typed and had it edited. That’s a trying process. Editors tell you all sorts of things that they would change, and since you are a newbie you want to take their ideas but some things you want to keep. This process can make you go mad!

My first real book Into the Vines I wrote out in notebooks by hand, after this book I researched taking notes, made an outline, and wrote by typing. This is the single biggest step I took and it worked. Therefore, I now write an outline including characters, places, and put the chapters down, word count I want and start typing. I feel I could write two or three books a year by doing this. We shall see.

What do you do to get book reviews?

I have tried and tried to get reviews through social media and online venues. I have not succeeded in this while I saw others matriculate to great outcomes. This was very difficult and discouraging-a true heart break. It’s not that I thought so highly of myself; it’s that I thought why not, why can’t I write or get noticed by someone? I thought my endeavors were more worthy. Maybe this has kept me going. Most likely I was in the wrong hands, hands that didn’t want to help but maybe actually harm me. Trolls come to mind. However, this gal persisted. I’m not sure why. Here I am and now where do I go? I kept trying, kept writing, and now I have three more stories to publish. I’ve sent off queries with many rejections. I may have to self-publish again. I’ve just discovered another site for book reviews. Alas, I will repeat, and try, try again. Why? Because I’d like to obtain readers, even if it’s a small group. Why does a performer keep trying? Because they enjoy the giving and just maybe someone will offer their review, critique, or applause.

What’s your favorite kind of cookie and why?

Gingerbread! Christmas gingerbread men to be exact. My mother introduced me to this ritual and I kept it up for many years. A couple years I missed (three kids close in age) due to not enough time, and yes, a lack of enthusiasm. I look forward to re introducing this timeless holiday tradition of mine.

Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?

Batman. Bruce Wayne is such a great story. I mean the bat cave, a butler, books, and then a side kick named Robin, not to mention the bat mobile. Oh yea, he gets to be in disguise. That’s cool.

How would your best friend describe you?

Best friend-not sure what she would say (lots of lovely things w a smile). But a friend’s dad told her that, “Your friend Kim is regal.” And my dad’s best friend said to me, “You’re very diplomatic!” I consider regal and diplomatic to be the two best things ever said about me. I never would have come up with words like these to describe my nice personality and hardworking nature.

Author Bio

I’m an Indie Author and delighted to introduce myself to you! I’m on Amazon.com under the pen name of Caroline Clemens where I have a couple novels, and a poetry collection. I blog at carolineclemens.com and theivorytide.com. I’ve written eighty journalism styled articles for The Guardian Liberty Voice and received two honorable mention awards for “Bleu Moon,” which is the middle segment of my contemporary novel “Into the Vines.” I find this creative process to be a work of art. Presently my thriller for young adult or adults has a completed first draft. Both my historical fiction & thriller titles could be a series.

Social Media

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Buy Link

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#IndieAuthor Friday: Connie Chappell #LiteraryFiction #CozyMysteries

This week seemed to fly by – but here we are again at Indie Author Friday with Connie Chappell!  Connie is my kind of people – Harry Potter fan, loves chocolate chip cookies, and I’d totally re-watch The Crown.  Read on for the wonderful compliment she received from a reader.

Proper Goodbye

Beebe Walker returns to Larkspur, Michigan, to reveal to her estranged father the truth about the homeless woman recently buried in his cemetery. Her father doesn’t want to hear the truth when the woman in the grave he’s been tending for months turns out to be his long-missing wife.

Wild Raspberries 

Callie MacCallum was Jack Sebring’s lover for twenty years. After his death, she’s drawn into a Sebring family battle between wife and daughter-in-law.

Deadly Homecoming at Rosemont

A budding historian must solve a locked-room murder to vindicate the town’s former police chief who is suspected of the crime. While her instincts are sharp, her stubborn one-woman approach places her directly in the killer’s path.

What’s the most constructive criticism you’ve been given in your writing career?

Of course, the most constructive criticism can also be termed outstanding advice. I sat one-on-one with bestselling author Larry Beinhart (Wag the Dog) for an hour discussing my manuscript, Deadly Homecoming at Rosemont, A Wrenn Grayson Mystery. He told me to write in a straight line. The timeline within my narrative summaries moved around, making it difficult to follow. Whenever I find myself struggling with a section of a novel, I take a look at the timeline. Often all that is needed is to drag Larry’s advice out again, straightened out the timeline, and then watch the section drop neatly into place.

What is something memorable you heard from your readers/fans?

A woman bought my first release, Wild Raspberries, at a book signing. I saw her the next week. She rushed by me, obviously in a hurry or late for an appointment, but on the way past she said, “I loved the book. It made me late for work twice last week.”

What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?

My novel, Proper Goodbye, includes a character named Mona Gabriel. She has position as a doctor’s wife, but she’s a gossiper, troublemaker, and always wants to push herself in if doing so associates her with success of an undertaking. It’s hard to image she walks around accident free, what with her nose up in the air the way it is.

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix?

I watched the series, The Crown. It was fabulous. So much so, I turned right around and watched it again. Very well done. It exposed the private lives of the royal family, along with a great deal of history. A young Queen Elizabeth II faced many decisions to weigh and struggle with. The order of succession and the passing on of the crown was particularly fascinating to understand from the royal family’s point of view.

If you were a character in fiction, who would you be?

I would want to be any character in the Harry Potter series if it meant I got to see the castle, Hogwarts, and the grounds surrounding the castle. I love castles and large old stone structures. They are amazing feats of construction for their time.

What is your favorite kind of cookie and why?

My favorite kind of cookie is chocolate chip, right out of the oven. Warm. Melt in your mouth chocolate. Yum! I consider chocolate one of the four basic food groups.

Author Bio

Connie Chappell is the author of three novels. Wild Raspberries and Proper Goodbye are companion novels. They are written around unique and stunning premises. Her Wrenn Grayson Mysteries series was launched in 2016 with Deadly Homecoming at Rosemont. The construction of a mystery holds her values as a writer to the centerline. It is her job to keep the reader focused, on track, and riveted to solving the mystery. The series’ second installment, Designs on Ivy’s Locket, is set for an October, 2017, release by publisher, Black Rose Writing.

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