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Coffee With Characters: Amber Eckart

Thank you so much for joining us today!

“You’re welcome, and thank you for asking my author to send me over.”

Please introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do!

“My name is Amber Eckart. I’m thirty six and unmarried, although I do have a long-distance boyfriend who I don’t get to see nearly often enough. As to what I do, I own and operate a small private investigations firm out of south Seattle, and have for almost eight years now. A lot of firms like mine, most of them are highly specialized, but I’m a generalist. I’ll take almost any kind of case provided the work is legal. I do well enough at it to stay afloat, but I’ve had to tighten my belt a few times.”

Tell us about your story. What is it about?

“The series I star in concerns itself with the occasional ‘interesting’ case I’ve found myself working, and so far there have been two, a mortgage fraud and a suicide investigation. I’ll stick with the mortgage fraud. The suicide investigation was…well, let’s just say it’s not a favorite memory of mine.

“The case happened during the robo-foreclosure scandal that went down around 2012…you know, where a lot of innocent people lost their homes. My client was an elderly lady who had found herself in difficulty with her mortgage provider. Right away I could determine that the foreclosure was fishy, and it only grew fishier the more I dug. As far as what happened next, I’m afraid confidentiality rules prevent me from giving out any more details. It was interesting, though.”

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What role do you play?

“Catch-up ball. (laughs) In all honesty, it depends on how you look at it. The author chose to tell the story from my perspective, which makes me the star I guess, but in the grand scheme of things I was more like a fly in the ointment for a bunch of powerful people. Or maybe the pain in the ass they didn’t take seriously enough until it was too late for them. Again, confidentiality rules prevent me from handing out any juicy details, but I can tell you this. I mostly remember being worried about keeping my business intact and me and my employees out of prison.”

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

“Well, physically speaking I don’t really have any, which is good because so much of my job involves watching people or following people without them spotting me. In my business we call that ‘being made’, and it’s something I try hard to avoid.

“As to what people notice, I do have a scar under my right eye that people ask about. And I will admit that if I wear the right blouse-bra combo men sometimes have difficulty keeping their eyeballs out of my cleavage, but come on, that’s the plight of anyone with D cups.” (laughs)

“If I had to give a non-physical thing about me people have commented on, I’d have to go with how I notice stuff other people miss. I’m not Sherlock Holmes or anything, but I have creeped people out by picking up on something everyone else didn’t notice. It’s always baffling to me when that happens. Usually I’m like ‘how did you not see that, it was right there’. That’s all I can think of at the moment.”

Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

“I don’t have any birthmarks, but I have two tattoos. One is what’s called a ‘Tri-Ryche’ in yellow and black, which is the symbol that the metal band Queensryche uses on their album covers. You can easily find what it looks like online. It’s on my ankle. I got it done back when I was in college and going through my rocker-girl days. The other is on my arm, and believe it or not confidentiality rules prevent me from telling you about it. I know that sounds weird, but it’s true.”

Would you ever want to hang out with your author?

“Oh shit, that’s a tough one! Some days I wonder if that guy hates me or something. (laughs) But I guess yeah, on balance I wouldn’t mind meeting him. I’d even be nice about it, although I’d definitely have some pointed questions for him about why he gave me such a crappy love life!” (laughs)

What would you do together?

“I’d challenge him to a game. You know, poker or pool, something like that. Probably poker because I’m a pretty good player and so is he. Since he controls my actions and can see inside my head, I’m wondering if he’d cheat, or let me win, or whatever. I’m honestly not sure how that would go, but I’d be curious to find out.”

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

“I wouldn’t want a superpower. Hell, I’m glad superpowers don’t exist.”

Why?

“Under my right arm is a nine millimeter handgun. If I were to draw it, point it at you and apply about eight pounds of pressure to the trigger you’d die. As long somebody isn’t crazy, a felon or whatever they can walk into a store and buy what I carry or something like it, and in America there are plenty of stores who want to sell people guns. The ability to end life by twitching your finger is historically speaking pretty goddamn superpower-ish, it’s real and it exists. And you know what? People misuse it every day. Fuck, you can’t turn on the news without hearing about how somebody shot somebody else over something stupid. So no, I don’t think we’re ready for superpowers just yet. We can barely handle the powers we have already, and I know myself well enough to know that I’m part of the ‘we’. That’s one reason.

“The other is how I wouldn’t want to be that different. Sure, if everybody had a superpower, then maybe I’d be cool with having one. But I sure as hell wouldn’t want to be the person with some weird-ass ability no one else on the planet had. Working as an investigator I’ve dug into the reasons why people do bad stuff to each other, and a big one is how people are scared of anyone who isn’t them, and the difference is almost always something silly. I mean come on…people kill each other over skin color for Christ’s sake. Imagine how people would react if somebody could, like I don’t know, walk through a wall and they couldn’t. I don’t think it’d be pretty, and I sure as fuck wouldn’t want to be the wall-passer-througher. I get enough static for being a woman whose idea of happiness is something other than marriage and babies. Walking through walls or reading minds or whatever…Jesus, no thank you. I have zero wish to be that special. I’m weird enough already.”

If everyone had a superpower, what would yours be?

“The ability to eat whatever I want and have my system treat it as health food. I know, I know, that sounds shallow but really, I spend so much time in situations where my only options are ‘eat junk food’ or ‘go hungry’ that having the ability to live on Taco Bell and gas station corn dogs without it killing me would be a godsend. Either that or the superpower of not having to pee. Anyone who’s ever sat through a stakeout will feel me on this one.” (laughs)

What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

“People have this stupid habit of making snap judgements after hearing like one or two pieces of information and then not wanting to change their minds when someone who knows better tells them they called it wrong. I run into this with clients an awful lot. Sometimes people hire me to find something out, like a wife wanting to know if her husband’s cheating because she thinks he is, so I dig and I find out he isn’t. She believes he is, so when I tell her he isn’t she thinks I didn’t do my job, that I must have missed something. I’d like to remind you that these are people who hired me because I’m better than they are at finding stuff out, but noooo, all of a sudden their vague suspicion is oh-so-superior to my investigative skills. It annoys the hell out of me, but when a client pulls that horseshit I can’t do much more than politely negotiate around it. Annoyance is annoying, but I still need to get paid.”

What would I love most about you? What would I hate the most about you?

“Honestly, those are both tough questions to answer because it really depends on who you are, and I don’t know you. If you’re the sort of chick who has a problem with women who want to do something other than the marriage-and-kids thing, I’m pretty sure what you’d hate the most is how I’m bad at ‘girly’ but I’m still making it anyway. Believe it or not, I run into that a lot. I don’t have too many female friends and that’s a big reason why.

“If you aren’t that type of person though, I’m guessing that’s what you’d like about me. I’ve also been told I curse too much for some people, which is something I’ll totally own. When I get upset, ‘fuck’ is my stress-ball. No joke, I’ve made Marines and street cops blush!” (laughs)

Do you think your author portrayed you accurately?

“If you’re talking about what I do, not quite but I forgive him. PI work is by and large a lot of paper-chasing and courtroom mechanics, and he shows me doing a lot of exciting stuff, high-drama stuff. Sure, he mentions the dull procedural parts but he focuses on the exciting bits. I forgive him for that though, because six hours of sorting through documents to find the one you need isn’t all that exciting unless you’re me and you’re living it. In my heart I wish he’d focus on the procedural elements more because that’s such a huge part of what I do, but in my head I know this is why he’s writing the novel and I’m living it, because that stuff doesn’t make for a good book. Or something. Damn, this meta shit will give you a headache if you think about it long enough.

“Anyway, as to who I am as a person, yeah I feel pretty well represented. There are some parts of my life I wish he’d get around to putting into a story already, but he’s a finicky artist-type and everything just has to be perfect. I’ve learned to be patient, but really, some of this stuff he just needs to either say or not say. ”

What is your idea of a perfect day?

“I don’t have those, but I do have perfect moments. You have to understand, I’m pretty grounded in reality so the idea of a ‘perfect day’ doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. But perfect moments do exist, I know this because I’ve felt them. I feel them when everything swings right at my business, when the phones are ringing, all my employees are busy, I know we’ll finish out the month in the black and all I see around me are smiles.

“Look…I’m the boss, and being the boss isn’t a bowl of punch, okay? I have three employees, and they depend on me. They look up to me and when times are bad, and that happens sometimes in my profession, I have to know what to do not for me but for them, because they’ll lose a lot if I don’t. They’ll suffer if I make a mistake, and call me crazy but I’m just not okay with that. Sure, it’s the job I took on when I opened up a firm and hired people, but it sure as hell isn’t easy. Especially when they look to me and I have no idea what needs to happen next but they depend on me to know anyway. In that moment, I have to give them something even if I have nothing.

“So yeah. A perfect day for me is when all is right with my business, ringing phones and everything I already said. When that happens, all I can do is smile and think about how none of it would exist if I hadn’t made it exist. If somebody could make that feeling into a drug, they’d be a millionaire. I’m not even kidding.”

What is your greatest fear?

“Take all that stuff I said about my perfect day and reverse it. I do a lot of work to make sure that never happens, but I know it can. All it would take is a bad decision on my part. Not going to lie, that keeps me up nights.”

Someone is secretly in love with you. Who is it and how do you feel about that?

“My boyfriend, Drake. He’s an old college friend of mine. I never knew he had a crush on me until I crossed paths with him again and well, one thing led to another. Like I said before, right now our relationship is a long-distance one, and it’s for reasons neither of us are happy about. It’s…complicated.”

“As to how I feel about it, jeez, I don’t know. I’ve never been good with the squishy stuff. Mostly, I wish he wasn’t so damn far away. When I’m around him I can relax, not have to act strong and fearless like I do around my employees. He’s really good at that, letting me know that I can be human. I didn’t know how much I needed that in my life until he showed me. I don’t know if that counts as love, but I like it.”

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

“A police officer, definitely. My dad was a cop, and his family has public servants in it going back almost to the Civil War, cops and soldiers and firefighters and stuff. I was an only child, and I really felt the need to follow in his footsteps. It didn’t work out for me. I’d rather not go into why.”

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

“I’d get my affairs in order. Again I have people who depend on me, and if I were about to check out there’s a bunch of stuff I’d need to do to make sure those people would be okay without me. If I had time, I’d travel to where Drake is and spend whatever hours I had left with him. If I knew I was about to die, I imagine I’d be pretty scared, and Drake’s somebody I can be scared around. Most everyone else in my life isn’t.”

What is the one food you can’t live without?

“Coffee, without a doubt. In my line of work it isn’t a food, it’s a food group. (laughs)”

If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you?

“Hmmm…I don’t know. As you can see I’m a size twelve, and there aren’t too many actresses in Hollywood who have that much junk in their trunk. (laughs) If I were to go on acting ability, I’d say Jennifer Lawrence. She’s snarky the way I’m snarky, and she’s mentioned in interviews that she’d love to gain weight for a role instead of always having to slim down. Either her, or Catherine McCormick. I’ve been told I look like her, but only by guys who were trying to get into my pants, so I don’t know how true that is. (laughs)”

Check out Eric Plumes Website to find out more about Amber and check out The Eckart Mystery Series! http://ericplume.com

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Flash Fiction Time! Click, click, Bang

Sorry I missed last week everyone! It was a tough week, but here is the next installment in Luke and Aurora’s story! Hope you enjoy it!!!

I’m not going anywhere. That was what he had said and now she was wondering whether she wanted him gone. She couldn’t help but wonder what was happening. What is he? Did I fall and hit my head and wake up in some crazy paranormal world?

She didn’t feel any different. Her apartment looked exactly the same. She felt her head for any kind of bump, but came up empty. Pinching herself, she winced. Nope, not a dream.

A noise startled her from her musings and she looked up. Luke was standing there in low slung jeans without a shirt. His chiseled abs were on full display and she couldn’t stop herself from running her eyes up and down his body appreciatively. He cleared his throat, it sounded more like a soft chuckle than anything else. Her eyes snapped to his and the smile on his face was almost feral.

“Like what you see, darlin’?” he chuckled.

The deep timber of his voice shot straight through her bones. This man, or whatever he is, is dangerous.

“I-I can’t,’ she stuttered. “I can’t do this. I have no idea what’s going on. You need to leave.”

The look on his face morphed into shock as he stepped closer to where she was sitting up in the bed.

“Well, that could be a problem for me,’ he said through clenched teeth. He looked as if he was warring with himself. Every minute in his presence was scaring her more and more. She didn’t know who this man was. She knew nothing about him or his mental state.

“You’re in danger. I can’t leave you here,” he grated and seemed to relax.

The crash that rent the air startled her and she jumped. Mason came barreling into her bedroom brandishing a gun with a savage look on his face.

“Mason? What the hell?” She said shocked cowering in the corner.

Luke shifted into a fighting stance and placed his big body between her and Mason. The low rumbling growl coming from his throat was terrifying.

“So I guess your dog finally showed you his true self,” Mason sneered.

“What? You knew?” Aurora asked, confused.

“Yes, of course I knew. Why do you think I was trying to get you to get rid of him? He’s going to ruin all my plans.”

“Just go Mason she made her choice,” Luke growled.

“Has she now? To me it looked like she was getting ready to give you the boot.” Mason’s laugh was grating and evil. She was wondering how she ever dated him in the first place.

Leave, Mason,” she said in a shaky whisper. She wished like hell it would have been strong and determined, but she couldn’t muster up the courage with two vicious looking creatures in such a small space.

Mason held up the gun and she flinched. She had never been that close to a gun before and she didn’t like it one bit. Closing her eyes she waited for something…anything, but nothing happened. She looked up and Luke was standing there fuming. She knew instinctively that he wouldn’t let Mason hurt her. She didn’t know how she knew she just did.

“Click, click, bang,” Mason said and pulled the trigger.

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Coffee With Characters: Kitty from The Constellations by Kay MacLeod

I had an amazing time talking to Kitty even though we had a bit of an uninvited guest. Asher decided to crash our little party and his arrogance knows no bounds! But, I love arrogant heroes and I am sure you will all love him too!

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Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do! Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role? What do you do for a living? How old are you?

Kitty: Hi everyone, my name is Kitty Fairlow and I’m the main character from The Constellation Saga. I’m twenty-three and I’m a custodian, kind of a forest guide that tracks criminals and helps the small settlements within a huge woodland.

 

  1. Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?

Kitty: I come from a world called Lucidia, and I recently found out that there are other worlds too. One of them has creatures called Tenebri that live there, they use life energy as a fuel for their magic and have nearly destroyed their own home, so they are trying to take over mine.

My dad fought against them in the past and I’ve inherited a spirit that shared its power with him, my senses are all heightened, I have enhanced dexterity and I can bulls-eye any shot with a bow and arrow. I’ve got a magic bow called Venethos that generates his own arrows too. I’m making it sound like I’m invincible but there are others with spirits like mine, most of them are way more experienced and stronger than me. We’re called Constellations and I’m known as The Archer.

 

  1. Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

Kitty: I’m really tall, which makes all of me quite distinguishable… I feel like I stand out a lot sometimes.

 

  1. Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

Kitty: No, a few scars from my work but nothing… Asher what are you doing here?

Asher: Come on, love. We both know who people really wanna hear about.

Kitty: But I’m the main character! Not everything is about you, you know?

Asher: Yeah, but ninety percent of stuff is, figured this would be too.

Kitty: *Sighs* This is Asher, he’s one of the other Constellations. Just make sure you behave, okay?

 

  1. Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?

Asher: Teach her to write nicer backstories for her bloody characters.

Kitty: I’d love to hang out with Kay, I think we’d just sit and chat and drink lots of tea together. I’d probably do most of the talking, I don’t like long silences and she’s a good listener so we’d definitely be friends.

 

  1. If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?

Kitty: To heal people with a touch, it would be so amazing to be able to take care of the people that I protect. I always seem to be getting injured too, so fast recovery would be very handy!

Asher: Pick kill with a touch, then no-one else gets hurt.

Kitty: How about we keep it light for the interview and discuss your destructive nature another day?

 

  1. What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

Kitty: *Looking at Asher* When people are rude and barge in uninvited. Haha, no really, I think because I hate conflict or falling out, I don’t like when people are argumentative or unaccommodating.

Asher: So, you still mean me?

Kitty: It’s okay, you make up for it in other ways. You did make me a cup of tea earlier!

 

  1. What would I love the most about you?

Kitty: Err… I’m quite a nice person.

Asher: Self-sacrificing. Bloody irritating, but you’d do anything for anyone.

Kitty: *blushing* Thank you…

 

  1. What would I hate the most about you?

Asher: She never stops talking, asks nosy questions, has to be involved with everything, constantly complains that you aren’t nice, makes you stop killing people-

Kitty: I’m butting in, he won’t stop until I do. Let’s just say, I have my flaws. But they are very much overshadowed by those of my friend here.

 

  1. Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Kitty: I think so, I’m sometimes a bit shy and I like to see others put first and cared for, so I appreciated getting to have the story told from my view. I know I’m not in your face like a lot of leads, but I think us nurturing types deserve to get a main role sometimes.

Asher: Can tell by the comments she did a good job with me. *smirks*

Kitty: Yes, I’ve seen all the ‘AAAGGGHHH Asher is amazing!!!!’ messages. Think they’d still say that if they met you in real life?

Asher: And got to look at me too?

Kitty: *Shakes head* Next question, please.

 

  1. What is your idea of a perfect day?

Kitty: Go ahead, insert the ‘any day she gets to look at me’ stupid comment…

Asher: Most people say their ideal day would be relaxing or fun. I wanna fight. Be in the middle of as many Tenebri loyalists as I can and cut them down, I spent my life learning how and I’m really good at it. I need a sword in my hand for it to be perfect.

 

  1. What is your greatest fear?

Kitty: I think I’m speaking for us both when I say ‘failure,’ the whole world’s counting on us to stop this invasion. We’ll do it though, we won’t fail.

 

  1. Someone is secretly in love with you. Who is it and how do you feel about that?

Kitty: Oh, I’m not really the secretly desirable type, and I don’t get to meet many eligible bachelors while I’m sneaking across the kingdom. Except the ones that are helping the Tenebri and trying to kill me. Asher?

Asher: Don’t flatter yourself, love.

Kitty: I was handing over the question, but thanks for the ego boost.

Asher: Most people that’ve read this book love me, feels pretty good.

 

  1. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Kitty: I always knew I’d be a custodian, just like my dad. I remember being in the forest more than my house when I was a child, learning how to navigate and hunt and survive. I get claustrophobic if I’m inside too long or it’s crowded, give me open woodland and birdsong any day.

 

  1. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

Kitty: We face that prospect every day. I don’t know that I’ll die tomorrow, but there’s certainly a chance that it’ll happen. I’ll keep fighting until the end, I wouldn’t change anything.

Asher: Me either, love.

 

  1. What is the one food you can’t live without?

Both: Roast duck and plum sauce!

Kitty: See, we do agree on one thing.

 

  1. If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you?

Asher: I don’t watch movies. Whoever’s the best looking and funniest.

Kitty: I’ve been told that Daisy Ridley would be a good match! Thank you so much for having us, Ember. Even though one of us was technically uninvited.

Asher: Yeah, it was fun. Might let you come to all my interviews, Archer.

Go check out their book Heirs of Power  on Amazon here!

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Heirs-Power-Constellation-Saga-Book-ebook/dp/B01M3QI7SE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490081179&sr=8-1&keywords=Kay+MacLeod

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Coffee With Characters: Alexa Kramer Lives Colide

Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do! Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role? What do you do for a living? How old are you?

1. Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?

Hi. I’m Alexa Kramer and I’m from New Jersey. Yes, I’m a Jersey girl. I’m a supporting role in Lives Collide. James is my older brother and I help him get through a traumatic time in his life.

I’m 29 years old and a successful pharmaceutical representative in the tri-state area.

2. Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

I love red and people notice that right away. Red fingernails, red clothes, red car, red apartment. You get the point. I don’t take crap (I’ll be nice) from anyone. I’ll be your best friend or your worst enemy. I might be all bubbly and happy but I have a hard exterior. I love life and do what I want. I have guys falling at my feet but no one catches my interest. I need a challenge mentally and physically (or should I say sexually).

3. Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

Nope. My skin is as clear and radiant as can be. I take after my beautiful mother. I always where sun protection.

4. Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?

Hell yes. She’s a Jersey girl just like me. We lived not too far from each other while growing up. We love to swear, socialize and be goof balls. A perfect day for us is to go shopping and people watch as we sit outside at a café or bar or stay at home and watch “The Sound of Music” in our pajamas (I’m not kidding).

5. If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?

To be invisible. I would love to know what goes on behind closed doors or sneak around. Also, being bubbly and everyone’s cheerleader is quite exhausting. If I was invisible, I could hide and take a breather.

6. What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

I hate when people smell like they ate a huge clove of garlic. I like garlic like any other person but to smell it on someone makes me sick. Actually, not only sick…it angers me. I’m a pharmaceutical rep and I deal with medical professionals all day. I can’t tell you how many of them smell like garlic. I know it has health benefits but come on now!

7. What would I love the most about you?

I’m the most loyal friend/family member you could have. I’ll have your back when you are in need. I’m very protective of the ones that I love. But I will also call you out on your shit. But I will be your biggest cheerleader also.

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8. What would I hate the most about you?

My confidence and peppy personality. People think I act like this because I’m a sales rep. They think it’s all an act. Little do they know this is my true personality. I don’t let anyone tell me how to behave or tell me what kind of image I should have. This is me…take it or leave it.

9. Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Completely. I was James’s rock. When he was at his worst I was there every second to help him, especially when his friends stopped coming around. I was also there when he needed a little kick in the ass. With his issues, I was always his cheerleader (my parents were as well). However, I look forward to the next books in the series so you can see me a little bit more.

10. What is your idea of a perfect day?

Being with my family and friends. I don’t care what we do because we always end up having fun. During the summer I like to go down the Jersey shore.

11. What is your greatest fear?

Losing someone I love. I saw it happen with James. I can’t imagine that horrible empty hopeless feeling and I don’t want to. However, this is life. At one time or another, I will lose someone that I love. I just hope it is a long time from now.

1. Someone is secretly in love with you. Who is it and how do you feel about that?

There’s this proctologist in a small hospital that I have appts at once in a while. I ran into him a couple of times and he has asked me out each time. He talks to me like we have dated before. It annoys and freaks me out a bit. Oh, I forgot to tell you he is at least 20 years older than me.

1. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A dentist. I love nice teeth. I would give me dolls exams and brush their teeth. And when I finished I would put my Mom’s red lipstick on them. As I got older, I found out how gross it can be to be a dentist. Far different from examining a doll’s mouth.

2. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

Embrace my family and make sure they know how much I love them and appreciate all that they have done for me. I would thank God for the awesome life I was able to have.

3. What is the one food you can’t live without?

Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie. I could eat it any time of the day no matter what type of mood I’m in. Another reason I need to workout a couple days a week.

4. If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you?

For some reason a young Cameron Diaz comes to mind. I’ve seen her act like me in some of her movies as well as kick some ass.

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Author Spotlight RL Jackson

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Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?
Usually, Im catching up on TV, that I missed due to writing, lol
When did you start writing?
 
When I was around 12, i started making short stories and it evolved from there.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
Making sure I treat my writing as a business and micro manage it in a way that I know all the projects I want to come out in the next year, and creating a schedule I can follow to hit those goals.
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
 
Hawaii. Therese just something about being in a quiet cabana looking at the ocean and mountains, that id love to experience.
If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
Id take a nap most likely. Sleep has been pretty elusive the last month or so
Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
In the 50’s or 60’s era. Something about poodle skirts and classic Chevrolets…
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Back to your present book, Crashing Into Me, how did you publish it?
I self published it. It was a labor of love and I made sure to do all my hard work justice by getting an editor which is pivitol. I’d advised anyone not to consider putting anything out there without a decent editor.
In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
No I didn’t have to. I’ve visited Georgia and other mountain states in the past, so the fictional town is a mashup of places I’ve visited before. As for Florida, which is also mentioned, I actually live here, so need to travel there either, lol
Why was writing Crashing Into Me so important to you?
 
I wanted to tell a different story, one with realistic high-stakes and one i wanted to read. Also with the lead Male and Female being multicultural , I think it’s something our country needs more of. Who cares who you love? Just love.
Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
 
I get my ideas from examples of people around me, music I listen to, dreams I have. And sometimes, every once in a while, a story hits me out of the blue and it dumps in my brain. I dont care where I am, I stop and write it down so I can go back over it later and add to it. When that happens it always a little freaky but it makes the first draft go by in a whiz lol
What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects released in the coming months? If so,
 
The sequel to Crashing is underway as well as some other exciting developments I cant mention yet, but stay tuned.
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This or That?
Q: Alpha male or Rockstar? Alpha Male
Q: Winter or Summer? Winter
Q: Salad or Soup? Soup
Q: Swimming in a lake or the ocean?? Ocean shore
Q: Earthquake or Tornado? Neither! Hurricane, I at least know how to handles these
Q: Bath or Shower? Shower. Bath depends on what kind of tub is involved lol
Q: Coffee or Soda? Coffee mornings, Soda through the day
Q: Sausage or Bacon? Ugh, why do I have to choose? Sausage lol
Q: Football or Baseball? Football
Q: Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise? Brad Pitt baby. “The Legends of the Fall”, if you dont know it, Google it asap!
Q: One long vacation or several short mini vacations? Hmmmm I think several mini might be a good pressure valve sort of solution lol
Q: Exercise in a gym or at home? I’d rather pass out and look like a hot mess at home.
Q: Rock or Country music? I like Island Rock and Shania Twain. Cant make me choose
Q: Cruise or Resort? Resort
Q: Receive Chocolate or Flowers for a gift? Chocolate
Q: Your life is a movie would you rather be cast for an Action movie or a Comedy? Acton movie
Part III
Posted in Dystopian Reviews, Original Short Stories

Flash Fiction Time! I know you love it! Prompt: Who knew tears could burn?

Hi guys! My flash is a bit short this week cuz I have been super busy and stuff. Please don’t hate me! Here is your weekly dose of whatever the heck pours from my deranged mind! I hope you enjoy it! Couldn’t resist adding this bad boy here in honor of Luke!alpha-shirt

Who knew tears could burn? He asked himself a thousand times as he carried her sleeping body across the house. He was lucky that he had super human reflexes or she would have ended up on the ground. Her tears burned like fire searing his skin. He hated that he made her cry. He hated the disbelief in her eyes as she looked at him. The doubt he saw there nearly killed him. His wolf was in his mind howling his rage and Luke pulled her tighter against him. Even though her tears burned him straight to his tortured soul.
If she was scared of him now, what would she think about him after finding out the things he had done for the safety of his pack? Would she ever be able to love him? Would she ever forgive him for his trickery? It was all to protect her, but she didn’t know that. She didn’t know anything about him.
He was expecting her to love him and trust him, but she couldn’t do that until she got to know him. The bond wouldn’t do everything for him. He brushed a stray lock of hair from her face and gently laid her on the bed. Turning to leave he felt a small hand grab his wrist and looked back at her.
Her eyes were filled with those damned boiling tears but they were filled with relief as well.
“You are still here,” she whispered with a soft smile gracing her beautiful plump kissable lips. He looked at her in confusion but sat next to her on the bed. Her flesh was burning the skin of his wrist and he realized that her tears weren’t the only thing that burned.
“I’m not going anywhere.”

Posted in Author Spotlights

Author Spotlight Alex R. Carver

So sorry! I got a late start this week. The author spotlights are a bit out of whack, but here is my interview with Alex R. Carver the author of the Inspector Stone Series!

Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

I like to play games on my computer and puzzles from the paper, that’s how I spend most of my spare time, but I used to be a golfer, and would like to take it up again.

When did you start writing?

The first time I wrote anything was when I was ten, it was a creative writing assignment for English class, I wrote a children’s adventure story that was reminiscent of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series; I’ve been writing off and on ever since.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

Amazon’s introduction of the KDP platform, hands down. When KDP was established it gave an avenue for authors like me, who either couldn’t or wouldn’t publish through the established publishing houses, to get their books into the hands of the reading public.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I would love to go back to Egypt and write there, I’ve been in a boat that went past the hotel where Agatha Christie wrote Death On The Nile; it would be wonderful to take the same room and write a book where she did.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

Sleep, I have difficulty sleeping and often only get 4 or 5 hours, if there was an extra 4 hours in the day I could get a solid 6 to 8 hours, who knows what I could accomplish then.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

Just as I’d like to go back to Egypt to write a book there, I’d like to set a book in Egypt, perhaps even an historical story to take advantage of my love of mythology.

Back to your present book, Where There’s A Will, how did you publish it?

After many hours of hard work I released the 1st book in my Inspector Stone series through KDP, I chose to make it exclusive for the time being to take advantage of the marketing opportunities through Select, and I also published my paperback through Createspace.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

Fortunately, I didn’t have to travel anywhere, I was able to do all of my research online. I say fortunately, but it might have been nice to have to go somewhere to do some research.

Why was writing Where There’s A Will so important to you?

The idea got into my head and wouldn’t leave me alone, the same as all my stories; the only way to get it out of my head was to sit down and write it. Of course, once I did that, another story took its place and insisted on being written.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

I don’t think I have anywhere that produces my best ideas, they come at me from all directions, and at all times of the day and night.

What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects released in the coming months? If so, tell us about them.

I have a serial killer thriller, Written In Blood, currently available for pre-order, the official release date is April 1st, it’s about a small English village being terrorised by a series of rapes and murders – it’s not for the easily upset, though I have shied away from depicting any of the actual murders, they occur off-screen, so to speak.

These are the super fun get to know the author questions. This? or That?
Q: Winter or Summer?
Summer
Q: Salad or Soup?
Soup
Q: Bath or Shower?
Shower
Q: Coffee or Soda?
Coffee
Q: Receive Chocolate or Flowers for a gift?
Chocolate

Twitter link – https://twitter.com/arcarver87
Goodreads link – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15944488.Alex_R_Carver
Amazon link to your book or author’s page. – https://www.amazon.com/Alex-R-Carver/e/B01MATQCGL/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

Posted in Dystopian Reviews

Coffee With Characters with Tessa Micah Bell

Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do! Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role? What do you do for a living? How old are you?

Hi, I’m Tessa Micah Bell. I come from a messed up family that set me on the road to a messed up childhood and adolescence, so in adulthood I’m kind of messed up. When you meet me in my first book, A Secret to the Grave, I’m twenty-five and I meet the man who I end up marrying. Unfortunately we’re both kind of messed up so by the time our story ends two and a half years later in Forgotten we have really managed to make a mess of our lives. Sorry if my answers are a little short, I don’t really like talking about myself so I don’t know why Jane signed me up for this thing.

1. Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?

A Secret to the Grave is about one of the many mistakes that I’ve made in the past that got other people hurt. I try to fix things on my own and for some reason people seem to think that’s not a good idea. I don’t know why, I’m perfectly capable of taking care of my own messes. I did get to meet Parker though, so one good thing came out of that book. The rest of our books are about us trying to make our lives work. I’m stubborn, keep secrets, and don’t want anyone to take care of me, and Parker has white knight syndrome, so sometimes our relationship gets kind of crazy.

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2. Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

*shrugs uncomfortably* My eyes I guess. People seem to like them. They’re kind of blue and kind of green with some specs of yellow in the middle. And my hair because its naturally white blonde and a huge curly mess. Although its not a physical feature the thing most people would probably say is the most distinguishable thing about me is my IQ is 178.

3. Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos?

No, I don’t have either.

4. Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together?

We might hang out, I guess. I don’t really have a lot of friends because I tend to wind up getting people hurt, but if we did hang out we would go horse riding, I love to ride, and Jane does too, so that could be fun.

5. If you could have a super power what would it be, and why?

The ability to see the future, because then I could see what bad things are going to happen to people and stop them before they happen.

6. What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others?

When they think they know better than me about what’s best for me.

7. What would I love the most about you?

I am very loyal to the people I love and would do anything for them, including risk my life.

8. What would I hate the most about you?

I’m stubborn, I actually don’t think this is a bad thing, but apparently everyone else does. I can be bossy. I’m a bit of a control freak. I value my privacy so sometimes I keep secrets. I like people to think I’m strong so I’m constant telling people that I’m fine even when we both know it’s a lie, I’ve been told that’s annoying. I don’t like to let people know what is going on inside my head which I know can be annoying but I’ve been hurt and let down a lot so its hard for me to trust people, so I prefer to do things myself. I don’t know why I told you that, so lets just keep it between us, okay?

9. Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Well she kind of portrayed my stubbornness as a bad thing, and really I don’t think I’m as crazy stubborn as she made me out to be, I just like to do things my way because my way is usually best.

10. What is your idea of a perfect day?

Being able to relax and not worry about anything at all. Parker and I would go horse riding up on my estate and then maybe have a picnic, and just enjoy hanging out and being together.

11. What is your greatest fear?

Being alone.

12. Someone is secretly in love with you. Who is it and how do you feel about that?

Before Parker I didn’t date. Ever. So that kind of freaks me out.

13. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Happy. Wait that’s kind of a depressing answer, well when I was really young I wanted to do a million things, ride horses, be a doctor, a sculptor, an artist, an inventor, an astronaut, and a hot air balloon pilot.

14. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

I’ve faced death before and the one thing I wished I had done was tell the people I love just how much I love them and how important they are to me.

15. What is the one food you can’t live without?

Lasagne, its not my favorite food but it is Parker’s and he loves it when I make it for him.

16. If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you?

Uh . . . umm . . . hmm . . . is it wrong if I said I hoped no one ever turned my book into a movie? Because that would be way embarrassing.

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Posted in Original Short Stories

Flash Fiction Time! Stay

It had been a horrible day. Aurora had run into Mason. Well actually, she wasn’t certain it was an accident. One minute she was leaving the hospital and the next he was in front of her, blocking her path. She had tried to walk around him but he had grabbed her arm in a vice like grip. It wasn’t until she winced that he loosened his hold.
“What do you want, Mason?”
“I want to talk. I’m sorry I freaked out. If you would just get rid of that wo- dog then we could be together.”
“I’m not discussing this again. I’m not getting rid of Luke,” she exclaimed and walked around him.
“You’ll be sorry you ever let that mangy mutt into your house. Mark my words,” he had growled and stormed off.
She fought back a chill remembering his words and the venom in his voice as he spit them at her. Unlocking the front door, she slipped inside exhausted by the events of the day. The house was eerily quiet and she went on a search for Luke.
Walking into the kitchen she stifled a scream and her breathing became erratic. The man standing at the counter in nothing but a pair of low cut jeans was something to behold. What was a man doing rifling through her refrigerator? She had no idea but she knew it wasn’t right. She attempted to back out of the room slowly and backed into the counter. She wasn’t able to stop the small whimper from leaving her throat. The man turned and the look he gave her was akin to shock. It morphed quickly into guilt. She wasn’t paying much attention to that though. All she could see was the exceptionally bizarre color of his eyes. She had seen those eyes before, but her mind couldn’t or wouldn’t process how the man standing in her kitchen had the exact same eyes as Luke.
She attempted to back out of the kitchen slowly. Is this a dream? Did I fall and whack my head on something? No this is absolutely real.
“No, stay,” he pleaded.
She couldn’t explain why she stayed. His honey voice spoke right to her soul and she was physically unable to move away from the impossibly sexy man.
“I can explain everything,” he said moving closer.
That simple movement brought her out of shock and she moved away. Looking around wildly for a weapon, she readied herself to make a grab for the knives she kept on the counter.
“Who are you? What are you doing here?” She was thankful her voice was firm and strong.
“You know who I am,” he said with confidence.
She shook her head back and forth. There was no way it could be who she thought. Luke was a dog, damnit. He couldn’t be the sexy man standing in front of her.
Ok, stop checking out his amazing abs and make a run for it.
She ran to the stove and pulled out a huge butcher knife holding it out in front of her with both hands. She had no idea what the proper way to brandish a knife was but that didn’t matter. Like put his hands in the air and took a hesitant step forward.
“Don’t,” she shrieked. “Don’t come near me. Get out of my house.”
She was shaking. She knew he could see it but she hoped he didn’t know how scared she was.
“It’s okay, I’m not here to hurt you. Please just put the knife down so I can explain,” he said as if speaking to a frightened animal. She relaxed marginally and he stepped closer.
Instinct took over and she slashed at him. She heard the knife tear through the flesh of his shoulder and blood spattered across her face. She whimpered her eyes closed tight so she wouldn’t have to see what she had done.
He scooped her up and took the knife from her hands. That alone confused her. She looked at his shoulder where the knife wound was already closing. Looking into his eyes, a final thought passed through her head before everything faded to black.
Oh my god. He really is Luke.