Mine, Forever and Always by Tammy L. Bailey Book Tour

 

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Title:   Mine, Forever and Always
Author:  Tammy L. Bailey
Published:  March 17th, 2017
Genre:  Historical Romance
Content Warning:  Some kissing and intimate scenes but no sex.
Recommended Age:  18+

Synopsis:  Just shy of fifteen years old, and during a fake and impromptu wedding ceremony, Lily Scott married her best friend’s brother, Henry Dalton.

It seemed harmless enough until he leaned in and whispered to her his true feelings, amorous words she has been unable to forget: Now you’re mine, forever and always.

Unfortunately, growing up pulls them apart and transforms Henry into a pompous scoundrel. When they meet again at a house party hosted by Henry’s sister, will Henry remember his once faithful promise to Lily?
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About the Author:
I’m a LEO wife, mother, and third-generation veteran.

I have been writing for thirteen years. My debut novel, LORD BACHELOR, earned second place in The Heart of Excellence, Reader’s Choice Award in 2016. This novel was also featured in InD’tale Magazine for receiving a Crowned Heart Review (4.5 stars). Although I enjoy the contemporary romance genre, my first love is historical romance. There’s just something about a man in a pair of Hessian boots.

When I’m not writing, I’m spending time with my husband and two boys, ages 13 and 11. Without their sacrifice and understanding, I would have never been able to pursue my passion of writing or my accomplishment of becoming a published author.
No matter what I write and read, there ALWAYS has to be a happy ending.
Excerpt from Mine, Forever and Always by Tammy L. Bailey
“Did you write the letter?”
Lily jumped and spread her gloved hand over her chest. Her heart thumped against her palm as she rotated around to face her friend. “Yes,” she answered, leaving out the fact that it no longer remained in her possession. “It’s…written.”
Jane clapped her hands like a child. “I’m sure it’s perfect, but I’ll read it later when Aunt Sophia has fallen asleep,” she whispered.
Lily glanced over at the gray-haired woman, her head bobbing one way and then the next, against a red and gold striped mahogany-framed couch. Aunt Sophia remained the preferred relative above everyone else because she always fell asleep during her sole occupation as a chaperone.
“For now, I’m trying to discover what possessed my brother to ask me to invite Miss Appleton,” Jane said, all the while smiling in their direction. “They are not together, but I do believe he chooses to associate with the most disagreeable women on purpose, just to vex me.”
Lily tried to avoid glancing in Henry’s direction by instead sending her friend a sympathetic smile. She’d always remembered Jane as being outspoken and determined. With a much larger dowry than Lily, she attracted her fair share of suitors, all of whom she tried to deflect with her infamous “parlor games.” That is until Jane had suddenly and surprisingly realized her unrecoverable love for Mr. Waverley. 
“I cannot begin to speculate about Henry’s many cordial affairs,” Jane continued, fanning her face in disgust. “Do you know that Miss Appleton is rumored to have been engaged five months ago, but the wedding was called off because of something the groom discovered but did not disclose?”
Lily pressed her lips together. While her heart had remained steadfast and loyal to Jane’s brother, he’d veered off onto a path of open debauchery. Sometime between their quiet walks in the garden, a lovely pretend wedding day, and this moment, he’d become a man she hardly recognized. What had happened to the young boy who had reached for her hand when he thought her unhappy or hurt? Perhaps she might address him as Mr. Daltrey, next time.
“Oh, good. Look, Henry’s unlatched himself from Miss Appleton and is now speaking to Mr. Waverley. I shall introduce you to him.”
Lily shook her head. “But I had hoped to have some punch.” She needed something to steady her nerves, a place to think on how to retrieve the letter. Since seeing Henry again, her heart hadn’t slowed its pace, and her hands had yet to stop shaking. Of course, when she turned away, Jane grasped one of her trembling hands, hauling her toward where Mr. Waverley and Henry stood talking, a glass of brandy in their right hands.

Author Interview

 

What was the inspiration for your story?

My first love is historical romance, and I wanted to write something that was short and sweet. When I started writing: Mine Forever and Always, Henry was my main inspiration. I was drawn in by the idea of a ‘love’ letter gone astray and a woman (Henry’s sister) whose sole purpose in life is to play matchmaker.

 

What kept you going throughout the writing process?

The characters. My books are mainly character driven where there is a lot of dialog and quick banter. Once I have an idea of the story, my favorite part is putting the characters together and seeing how they react to each other. It’s sort of like playing Barbie’s…with the imagination.

 

Who is your most meaningful character and why?

I’d like to say Lily and Henry are the most meaningful characters; however, Henry’s sister, Jane, influences the direction of the story. Her planning and scheming really bring Lily and Henry together again. She does have some help, but I won’t divulge who her conspirator is…you’ll need to read the book.

 

Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?

I don’t usually write a second part to the book, but I’ve had some reviewers ask about the future of Jane and Henry’s best friend, Mr. Waverly. I’m certainly thinking of a way to bring them together, whether conventional or unconventional. For Jane, the man she meets/marries will need to be extraordinary. Her expectations are quite high, after all.

 

How has this story touched your life?

This is my first Independent project. I created the cover and had the final say on the blurb. I believe this has helped me understand the publishing process more. Although I’m not sure if I’ll publish more independent books, this was a great experience for me.

 

What motivated you to start writing?

I believe I’ve always wanted to create stories. From a very young age, I wanted to be part of creating movies and television shows. Of course, reality always has a way of intervening. I joined the military and started a family before I thought about ‘creating’ again. It wasn’t until I watched Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth that I wanted to set down and dive into writing a book. My first project was a historical romance called, In the Arms of a Gentleman. I’m not sure if I’ll ever publish it, but I had so much fun writing the story, I just kept going. The rest is…as they say…history.

 



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Incense and Peppermints Juniper Grove Book Tour

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Title:   Incense and Peppermints
Author:  Cathrina Constantine
Published:  March 10th, 2017
Publisher:  CHBB Publishing
Genre:  YA Fiction
Content Warning:  Smoking and drug use

Synopsis:  In 1969 it was an age of peace demonstrations, sit-ins, burning of the U.S. flag, an escalation of the Vietnam War. Including the catalyst—a music revolution, flower power, hippies, marijuana, and drugs, spurring a young generation into a new decade.
Sixteen-year-old Mary believes it’s time to cut the apron strings and fly. New experiences and new friends, Mary crosses the threshold of adolescence with a bang. When her brother offers her the solution in the form of a little pill, the rumba going on in her brain should’ve been a forewarning. 

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Author Interview

What was the inspiration for your story?

My daughter.

I don’t believe you have to write what you know, however, one day my daughter told me just that. So, the setting and historical times of Incense and Peppermints, is something I’m familiar with. Within the context of those pages there are a few factual happenings… and the paragraphs concerning the Vietnam War are true facts.

What kept you going throughout the writing process?

Coffee

And, my memories and trying to write an exciting and inspiring story that’s also entertaining.

Who is your most meaningful character and why?

I love Michael. He is a misunderstood bad boy. The poor kid had it rough and his bad boy reputation followed him. But, he also contributed to his rep in many ways. I can’t leave spoilers, but I can say, he’s extremely gorgeous in my mind…

Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?

At the present time, I don’t have plans on bringing Michael and Mary into a sequel. But sometimes the characters have the penchant to tickle my brain. So you never know.

How has this story touched your life?

Quite a bit actually. When I was writing Incense and Peppermints, I was relieving a wild and crazy time in my life: A time when the world is against you or you’re fighting an unseen battle. The teenage years are rough and kids can be bullies and nasty. It’s when your peers mold you into something that you don’t want or something that you’re not. From 13 until 18 years of age you’re testing the waters, experiencing new things and some of those new things can be deadly and unhealthy. I believe those years are the most dramatic times of a person’s life.

What motivated you to start writing?

To tell you the truth, I don’t know. I always wrote little stories when I was younger. I like to see my imagination come alive on paper, or in this instance on my laptop.

 



Excerpt from Incense and Peppermints:
September 1969


The corners of my bedroom had dulled to a muddy gray by the time my brother leaned on, or rather wobbled against, my door. His glassy eyes floated in their sockets. Stoned, again.
“Whatcha doing, Sis?” Stevie, my older brother slurred.

My gaze slipped over his pasty chest, sprinkled with wiry hair, and past his jockeys to his stick-like legs. Did he realize he was only wearing saggy underwear? Normally, I’d say gross and mock him, but only because he normally treated me like a speck of toe scum.

“Nothing much.” I slipped my diary into my sock drawer, away from prying eyes. Our parents weren’t home, and our little sister was asleep in her crib on the other side of my room.

“You need to grow up,” he said. “Here, it’s party time.” Pinched between his thumb and finger, he revealed an ordinary aspirin as if he’d procured the magic solution.

“Uh… I don’t have a headache.”

“Hey, turd. It’s not an aspirin. Stop the nerd act and get with the program. Grow up.”

Our sibling behavior toppled into the belittling and ridiculing stage. Though I figured it was his way of helping me. Yet, staring at the pill, I was interested, but a hootenanny of cymbals clashed inside my head and my sensible side screamed.

You’ll puke! I hate puking. Wasn’t it only last week Stevie was tripping and heaving guts like a water hose?

Shaking my head, I declined his kind and strange offer and tried using simple logic to get rid of him. “Not tonight. Mom and Dad will be home any minute. Go to bed. It’s late.”

 “They’ll be so-o plastered. I can’t stand them like that.” Dejected, his shoulders slouched, and his body seemed to deflate. Until he tossed the pill, saying, “Catch.”

Though he surprised me, my reflexes snapped into play, and I caught it.

“Just in case you change your mind,” he mumbled. “I guarantee a cosmic night.” His saggy underwear melted into the darkened hallway.

My inner geek gawked at the pill as if I was holding nitroglycerin.

A taste wouldn’t hurt and lapped it with my tongue. It stuck. The pill began to dissolve, tasting chalky. I panicked. Plucked it from my mouth and shoveled it under my pillow.


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About the Author:

Cathrina resides in Western New York with her husband, five children, two Labrador Retrievers and her cat, Bones. Author @chbbpublishing. Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. When not attached to her computer, she likes to take long walks in the woods with her dogs, drink way too much coffee, and is an avid movie watcher. She loves music and doesn’t need a dance floor to shake a leg.




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Saved by the Woodsman by Eddie Cleveland

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Blurb

I turned my back on society, walked off the grid and never looked back. So, why can’t I let her go?

Sawyer:

Ashley represents everything I hate in society.

A spoiled brat, a media princess, a woman who would rather record her life than live it. 

It’s people like her that are responsible for the bullshit on the internet, bullshit that cost the lives of everyone I’ve ever loved. 

But one taste of her makes me question how I could ever live in a world without her in it.

Ashley:

Sawyer offers me nothing more than a hard body and a warm bed.

He’s just an escape from my humiliation and betrayal. He can never provide me the lifestyle that I worked so hard to obtain. 

Then why am I considering throwing away my fame and fans to hide away from the world that embraced me when no one else would?

SAVED BY THE WOODSMAN is a stand-alone, full-length romance with no cliff-hangers and an HEA. This book deals with a very sexy couple who are snowed in a cabin together. With no tv, internet or distractions. The steamy scenes in this one is enough to melt the ice trapping them in that cabin! What else can they do? Intended for an 18+ audience.

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If you’re looking for billionaires or shifters, you won’t find them here. Eddie writes what he knows: bad boys, hot sex and crazy love.

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Blue Tide by Jenna-Lynn Duncan Book Tour

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Title:   Blue Tide
Author: Jenna-Lynne Duncan 
Published:  January 9th, 2017  
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: Action & Adventure/Pirates, Dystopian


Synopsis:

An award-winning YA adventure-packed romance steeped in Middle Eastern culture and set in the Asian Pacific amongst dangerous oceans and tropical islands.
Seventeen-year-old refugee Lux plots her escape from the island where her family is stranded, denying that her home was lost in the Floods. Lux is determined to get her old life back by any means possible. But before her feet even leave the sand, she’s taken hostage by a vengeance-driven pirate nearly as young as she is.

Her capture is the key to his freedom…

Captain Draven’s scarf veils more than his face. Underneath, he struggles between morality and survival. When Lux sees deeper into his motivations, she’s torn. She can commit mutiny to escape to a home that may no longer exist, or she can try to help Draven escape the clutches of the person responsible for the deaths of half the world. Staying would mean entrusting her life to a pirate. Helping Draven would mean losing her heart to one.


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About the Author:
Jenna-Lynne Duncan likes to write heart-stopping, page-turning, haunting romance in all YA genres. With a love for travel and special connection to the Middle East, she explores different cultures and different languages. Her current Young Adult releases are titled Hurricane, Tempest, and Aftermath (Divertir Publishing) and Blue Tide. Jenna graduated with degrees in Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, and International Studies. Blue Tide was the recent winner of RWA’s Romancing the Lake contest. She welcomes those to contact her on Twitter, @JennaLynneD, or her website: www.Jenna-Lynne.com
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The Adventures of Fawn Juniper Grove Book Tour

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Title:  ‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls
Series:  The Adventures of Fawn
Author:  Al E. Boy
Published:  2014
Genre:  Children’s Fiction/Fantasy

The trilogy, The Adventures of Fawn is an entertaining, imaginative, heartwarming excursion into the magical, mythical world of the North Pole, Santa, his friends and reindeer. Through Fawn’s many exploits you’ll watch her grow and mature as she learns about life and the world she lives in. And…you’ll also learn the answers to many questions and mysteries surrounding the North Pole and Santa himself.


Synopsis:
Legendary reindeer,Comet and Vixen, have a daughter named Fawn. Fawn yearns to explore the world outside Santa’s Village, but her parents tell her she’s much too young to go off by herself.
“I want some fun and excitement! I don’t care how dangerous it is!”
When the young reindeer utters these words, and begins sneaking out each day…she has no idea what’s in store for her!
Along the way, Fawn does make friends with a snow bunny and a short snowman…Snowboy. But all is not so rosy, as she comes to realize the dangers her parents warned her about, are actually very, very real!
Hungry, wild animals, a deadly North Pole blizzard, and dangerous strangers capturing animals to sell to a New York City zoo are just some of the situations she’s going to have to face.
It’s going to be an incredible, exciting, and unforgettable week!


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Author Interview

 

What was the inspiration for your story?

I’ve been a department store/shopping mall Santa since Christmas 1976. Over the decades, I’ve developed quite a repertoire of stories to answer children’s queries about Santa, the North Pole, his elves, reindeer, the Toy Shop, Christmas candies, et al. I’d always wanted to find an entertaining way to put them down on paper.

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What kept you going throughout the writing process?

Writing this series of books was kind of like an obsession. It was constantly on my mind. It wa never a problem to get into doing it. Rather…it was always a struggle to pull myself away and take care of other matters.

 

Who is your most meaningful character and why?

I’d have to say it’s my main character, Fawn. Through her, I think I was able to show a determined youngster, sort of a reindeer suffering ‘teen angst’….who decides to take matters into her own hands and through her many adventures and experiences, learns there’s a price for the things one does and the choices one makes in this life. Words and deeds once done…cannot be unsaid or undone. I think she is typical of many young people…but, she’s a reindeer…not human. I was hopeful, that even male readers…due to the fact she is indeed a reindeer…could identify with her problems, even though the hero of the books isn’t male.

 

Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?

The three books take the reader from late September through to mid-December, 1849. At the end of the third installment, there are still two weeks left before Christmas. In my mind I have this burning question: “What happened then?”

I am presently toying with ideas for a fourth book in The Adventures of Fawn. I have a few things on paper….but nothing concrete yet.

 

How has this story touched your life?

I had often thought about writing…but any attempt I’d previously made was rather half-hearted, and without any clear inspiration. This experience took me totally by surprise. It was alwys surprising to me how I could settle down behind my keyboard and the stories would pretty much write themselves. I found myself with an ability I wasn’t aware I had. And..when I decided to try my hand at my own illustrations…because I ‘knew’ what my characters “look like”…and didn’t want an artist coming in with something that I’d have to ‘settle with’…I chose to do them myself. It surprised me it would turn out to be something a number of reviewers have praised and noted quite favorably.

 

What motivated you to start writing?

I wanted to write something that might have the potential to be a Christmas classic…something positive, and enjoyable for readers of all ages. As I stated before, I’ve been a department store/shopping mall Santa since Christmas 1976. Over the decades, I had developed a large repertoire of creative/imaginative stories to answer children’s queries about Santa, the North Pole, his elves, reindeer, the Toy Shop, Christmas candies, etc. An idea came to me one day about a young reindeer, I wrote a short story…about 4,500 words in length. I thought that was that.I didn’t really do too much with it. But…it was succeeded about a half year later by a second much longer story. At first I thought I had two stories on my hands…but then I decided to combine them…and things took off from there. A small bit of chapter 2 and good part of chapter 4 in ‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls (the first book) were the original short story.

 

 

Excerpt from Book #1-‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls:
Today was going to be the day!
     Fawn had it all planned out. The young reindeer would wait until her dad and mum, Comet and Vixen, came home to the stable, and she was going to calmly explain how unhappy she was.
     Sure…she’d mentioned it before, (more like every other day), but each time her bad mood had gotten the better of her and she’d wound up arguing with her parents. Each time they had told her she wasn’t old enough…not mature enough…to be going out on her own.
     Fawn had often pondered over their words.
     Not mature enough?!
     She wasn’t exactly sure what that meant…but just the same she didn’t like the sound of it!
     I think it’s like saying I’m still a baby! Darnit! I’m four and a half months old!!
     Fawn was convinced fun…excitement….maybe even friends could be hers to enjoy if she was free to explore the world outside Santa’s Village.
     I blew it those other times by getting too excited. If I can plainly and calmly explain to mum and dad how bored and lonely I am…how I need some friends…surely they’ll see how much I’ve changed…how much more ‘mature’ I am now…whatever that means! I’ll wait for them to come home…and then I’ll show them.
     Yes, indeed! She had it all planned out!
     But sometimes even the best laid plans can fall apart.
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Synopsis:
The Adventures of Fawn continue as an evil former elf Princess is trying to destroy The Ona Pendulum…a device that enables Santa, Wajic, his elves and reindeer to live for hundreds of years. So Fawn and her friends are off to the rescue to save Santa and company…Christmas 1849….and every other future Christmas, as well! In the process they’ll learn how a young toymaker named Kristoff Kringle became Santa Claus, how he met the elves, and where his famous, “Ho-Ho-Ho” comes from. They’ll also learn about the Rua Ondos…wonderful, magical shooting stars which fell to Earth on the very first Christmas. The Ona Pendulum is an adventure the whole family will enjoy!!


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Synopsis:
The Adventures of Fawn continue in “Far and Yet So Near’, as the young reindeer, Bunny, Doctor Weather and friends find themselves trailing Santa’s reindeer after they come under the control of a mysterious stranger, and suddenly, mindlessly march off together. Set in the year 1849, “Far And Yet So Near” sees the group led to an underground cavern where they learn the mystery man intends to steal the team of reindeer. Santa and his wizard friend, Wajic turn up in the nick of time…and it looks like everyone is rescued. But the stranger has a few tricks up his sleeve, and explosions unexpectedly rock the cavern as he makes good his escape.
But not before he ‘reindeer-naps’ Fawn and carries her off to a waiting ship. She soon finds herself a pet in an English manor house near London. Will Fawn ever return to the North Pole? Will she ever see her parents again? Will anyone ever be able to find her? Did Santa, Wajic, Doctor Weather and the reindeer perish in the explosions? Read “Far And Yet So Near” to find out!


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About the Author:
Al E. Boy is an English teacher, originally from Canada, but currently residing in Seoul, South Korea.
Through almost 40 years as a Santa Claus, Al E. Boy developed quite a repertoire of tales to explain and answer the many questions children ask about Santa, the North Pole, his reindeer, and his friends, the elves.
It was this collection of tales which prompted him to begin writing The Adventures of Fawn. Through the young daughter of legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen, he’s been able to weave an exciting, colorful, imaginative world which will delight readers of all ages!




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Catalyst by Kristin Smith Book Tour

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Title:  Catalyst
Series:  The Deception Game, Book 1
Author:   Kristin Smith
Published:  November 21, 2016  
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre:  Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Dystopian, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Synopsis:  Too pretty. Too smart. Too perfect.
In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose genetic modification for their children, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn’t fit in. As the only “normal” girl, everyone around her is a little too pretty, a little too smart, and a little too perfect. But when her father dies suddenly, her world changes in an instant.
With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of a stolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she’s falling for as bait.
In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who’s too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.
Catalyst is a thrilling adventure of danger, romance, intrigue, and deception.


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Author Interview

 

What was the inspiration for your story?

The initial idea was the result of a dream I had. A very vivid dream about a society where everyone is matched to the perfect person for them. That led to some “what if” questions. What if they were matched according to their genetics? What if the wealthy chose genetic modification for their children? What if there was a genetically modified poster boy—the son of the creator of this matchmaking company—who had been matched since birth to the perfect girl for him, but he was in love with someone else? What would a society like this look like?

What kept you going throughout the writing process?

Lots of chocolate! Lol. On a more serious note, I have great writer friends and wonderful critique partners who helped me so much with this novel. There are so many layers to this book, and part of this process was making sure I knew and understood the backstory of my characters, even though this isn’t revealed to the reader until much later. And figuring out how much information to give, and how much to save for future books. My writer friends were invaluable in this process.

Who is your most meaningful character and why?

I’d have to say my main character, Sienna. She’s faced with a lot of obstacles, but she manages to overcome. She’s strong, protective of the ones she loves, and resourceful—which is how she’s able to find and restore an antique motorcycle. Yet, despite all those characteristics, she’s inexperienced when it comes to boys, which makes for an interesting dynamic when two different boys from two different walks of life take an interest in her.

Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?

Absolutely! The sequel to Catalyst releases May 2017, and I’m working on the third book now.

 

How has this story touched your life?

When you spend so much time creating book characters and putting them through their paces, you grow rather fond of them. I’m especially fond of Sienna. Even though as an author, I’m extremely mean to her and make terrible things happen to her, I want to see her succeed. She’s such a strong character—a fighter—and I admire that about her. Lately, when I find myself faced with something hard or challenging, I tell myself that I have a little bit of Sienna in me. I think we all do.

What motivated you to start writing?

I’ve always enjoyed writing poems and short stories, even as a small child. But it wasn’t until I was an adult and read the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer that I decided to attempt writing a novel. I had four small kids at the time (all boys), and I guess I thought if she can do it with three boys, why can’t I? My first novel became my outlet, something to do when my husband worked late and my kids were sound asleep in their beds.

 

Excerpt from Calalyst by Kristin Smith:


Once Ive made it past the gun-toting guard in the courtyard—with the aid of a few well-thrown, barrel-rattling rocks—I sprint soundlessly until I reach the keyless entry, the exact door I saw in the hologram. As I dial Chaz, I insert a tiny earbud into my right ear and wait until his face pops up on the screen.
“Im here,” I say, trying to catch my breath.  “What do you have for me?”
The clack, clack, clack of his fingers rapidly typing on the keyboard is his only response. I glance around.
What if theres another guard Im not aware of?
“Got it,” he declares in triumph.
A lock clicks, and the door falls open. A good thing considering there isnt a handle on this side.
Thanks, Chaz. Youre the best.”
I ease through and leave a small card in the doorjamb to keep it from completely closing. Before I take a step, I eye my surroundings.
“Do you see any lasers?” Chaz asks.
“Shh. I need to concentrate.”
I dont see any lasers, but thats what makes them so dangerous. You dont see them. Not until its too late.
I pull a container of baby powder from my backpack and dump some into my hand. When I fling it out onto the floor in front of me, I see them then.
Intersecting lines of lasers positioned every foot or so.
I exhale in a slow rush. I can do this. I can beat this.

And as long as I dont think about what these lasers can do to my skin—to my body—I can make it past.



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About the Author:
Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels with enough kissing to make her mother blush. She’s a beach lover and a Just Dance guru who enjoys belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). As a self-professed chocoholic, Kristin is a firm believer that if a dessert doesn’t have chocolate in it, then it’s not considered a dessert. (Except for crème brûlée. She can always make an exception for crème brûlée.) Kristin currently resides in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina with her husband and five incredibly loud but extremely cute boys. To read more about her obsession with YA novels or her addiction to scarves, you can visit her at kristinsmithbooks.com.



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 photo George Bailey.pngTitle:  George Bailey Gets Saved in the End

Author:  Ken O’Neill
Published:  October 17th, 2016
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Recommended Age:  18+
Synopsis:
George Bailey, who has made a fortune selling Christmas ornaments, is having a rough few days. He’s thrown his back out lifting the Thanksgiving turkey; his father has died and his wife has left him. He’d turn to his best friend for support, but said BFF is having an affair with his wife.
Let the holiday season begin!
On the heels of all this misery George meets a new woman, and he also meets Jesus (or perhaps just an awfully nice guy named Jesus). As he scrambles to hold together his floundering family, he must figure out if these strange and wondrous events are miracles or symptoms of a nervous breakdown.
Excerpt from George Bailey Gets Saved in the End:
All the usual invitations had been extended. Yet oddly, not a single friend—The Strays, they always called them—joined the Baileys for dinner this year. The lack of guests in no way altered the quantity of food the family prepared. It mattered not whether thirty people attended, or just the eight of them. As far as George’s mother, Claire, and his wife, Tara, were concerned, you could not call the day Thanksgiving unless the turkey weighed more than twenty-five pounds. Theirs weighed in at record-breaking twenty-nine point four. Add the stuffing, all the pan drippings, and the cast iron Le Creuset roasting pan to that number, and George was hoisting a weight just shy of forty pounds when his back went out.
Considering George’s relative level of fitness, which was extremely high by American standards, though only average when compared to other Manhattanites, he did not believe it was the weight per se that precipitated his injury. Rather he suspected his troubles were brought on because he had been forced to crouch down when removing the turkey because his wife, for reasons still unknown to him, insisted that the bird go in the lower oven. Not that George blamed her for his mishap. Just at the moment George was taking the pan out of the oven, he remembered being told something about bending with his knees. But by then it was too late. Something deep within his core seized up. As his knees buckled, he lurched forward to the sound of Tara shouting, “Don’t you dare drop that bird, George!”
He didn’t.
George spent most of the day alternating between ice packs and a heating pad, because his wife said cold but his mother said hot, and he figured it was easier just to keep them both happy.
Author Interview

 

What was the inspiration for your story?

A couple of things: My grandmother. But also, unusually for me, I just wrote a scene one day where a man and a woman meet in a bar and talk about It’s A Wonderful Life (among other things.) I really don’t know where the idea came from. It felt more like channeling than writing.  Even as it was pouring out, I knew I liked these two people. I wrote for four or five hours. On that first day I was calling George Bailey, Jimmy Stewart. And a lot of details were fuzzy, especially about him.

When I finished work that day, I knew I had a book. But I still didn’t know what it was really about. For those of you reading GEORGE BAILEY GETS SAVED in the END, that days work (after many, many rewrites) is chapter nine of the novel, which begins on page 97. So there was  a great deal of figuring out and writing to get George to meet Carolyn and another 250 pages to tell and resolve their story.

 

What kept you going throughout the writing process?

Coffee, of course. And my genuine love for these characters. Also, I didn’t let myself eat chocolate until I’d finished work for the day—that’ll keep you going.

 

Who is your most meaningful character and why?

This is impossible for me to answer, but I’ll answer it anyway. J I have to pick Nan, the grandmother. She is essentially my actual grandmother. (I was very lucky to have her.) I placed her into a fictitious family, the Baileys.  What’s interesting to me about Nan-the-character is the positive impact she’s had on so many of the others in the book. She’s not even really a character in the story as she’s already dead before the book begins, and yet her presence is so often felt.

 

Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?

Sadly, no. This is a stand-alone novel, and I don’t have a plan for a sequel. But, I do love these characters and would love to revisit them at some point. Perhaps tell someone’s story other than George’s like Finn or Tara. Though right now, I’m working on something entirely different.

 

How has this story touched your life?

When I’m working on a book I think about story and I think about character. Also, because I write humor I obsess about whether a situation is funny, while also still being truthful. (For me the humor part is the biggest challenge, but it’s also the most rewarding when it works.)

What I don’t think about while writing are the themes. And yet, when I read finished drafts of a story I’ve written those bigger themes or arcs become apparent to me. So much of George Bailey Gets Saved in the End is about people (George, but the other characters, too) trying to become kinder, gentler, more forgiving human beings. It’s such a basic lesson, though the behavior can be so challenging to achieve. The book has reminded me of the importance of forgiving yourself and others.

 

What motivated you to start writing?

Once upon a time I was an actor who hated auditioning, so I quit the business. But as time went by I realized I missed doing creative work. I can’t paint or play an instrument. Turns out I can write. And unlike acting, I get to play every single role!

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About the Author:
Ken O’Neill is the author of The Marrying Kind, which won the 2012 Rainbow Award for best debut, and the 2013 Independent Publisher Award Silver Medal for LGBT fiction. The Marrying Kind was also a finalist for the 2013 International Book Award in the Gay and Lesbian fiction category. The book was included on Smart Bitches Trashy Books list of top three favorite novels of 2012.
Ken lives in NYC with his husband and their two cats who think they’re dogs or, perhaps, people. When Ken is not checking his Amazon rating to see if anyone has purchased his books, he enjoys reading, dancing (though usually only when no one is watching) and eating dark chocolate, purely for medicinal reasons. He is at work on his third novel. Visit him at: kenoneillauthor.com


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