What’s the logline that describes your writing?
Thrilling, Magical, and Heroines of Steel.
If you use music while writing, name your favorite types.
What music I listen to depends on what I am writing. If I need to write action scenes or a fight, I listen to rock like 30 Seconds to Mars, All that Remains, and 10 Years. If I have to write romance, I go for 90's music -especially Savage Garden, Seal, and Toni Braxton. For parts that are neutral I listen to whatever I'm in the mood for at the time. Recently I’ve been listening to Imagine Dragons and Ellie Goulding.
Have you traveled to any locations that appear in your books?
I haven’t had the opportunity to travel great distances or overseas, but I do live in Florida, which is the setting for my current short story release, Hurricane Crimes.
Several years ago, I had a layover in the Cleveland airport on my way to Michigan. The air outside felt like ice and because of that brief experience, I set my next romantic-suspense eBook, 30 Seconds, in Cleveland. I expect it to be available on Amazon this summer.
Do you write in a genre other than the one of this release?
I write in many different genres than just romantic suspense. I started writing in the supernatural-thriller genre at a young age and even completed a series of four. I also dabble in young adult and science fiction. I hope to share all of these stories with my readers some day.
What’s your dream vacation destination?
Ireland. I fantasize about staying there for a month or two in a beautiful cottage surrounded by flowers.
What’s the story behind the release you’re promoting?
I’ve experienced countless hurricanes since my family moved to Florida when I was only two years old. I never thought I would write a book about one though, until I finished reading a book set during a blizzard. Since I’ve never been stuck in a blizzard I thought, what if I write a story about two people trapped together during a hurricane? Beth Kennedy and Donovan Goldwyn immediately came to mind.
After her car breaks down, Beth Kennedy is forced to stay in Florida, the target of Hurricane Sabrina. She stocks up supplies, boards up windows, and hunkers down to wait out the storm, but her plan unravels when she witnesses a car accident. Risking her life, she braves the winds to save the driver. Just when she believes they are safe, she finds out the man she saved could possibly be more dangerous than the severe weather.
Donovan Goldwyn only wanted to hide from the police, but the hurricane shoved his car into a tree. Now he's trapped with a beautiful woman while the evidence that can prove his innocence to a brutal crime is out there for anyone to find.
As Hurricane Sabrina wreaks havoc, Beth has no other choice but to trust Donovan to stay alive. But will she survive, or will she become another hurricane crime?
On the television set, which was fighting to stay alive, was breaking news. She caught bits and pieces of it as she emptied the bowl of blood-tainted water and threw out the cloth. It was about a high-speed chase that had occurred about a half-hour ago. Beth shook her head. Apparently, Donovan wasn’t the only idiot driving around during a hurricane.
She went back into the living room and began replacing all the medical supplies into the first-aid kit. Behind her, a reporter was explaining that the driver of the car was believed to be a murder suspect.
“The name of the—”
The lights flashed, prompting Beth to snatch up her flashlight.
Her fingers went cold around the plastic tube as ice frosted her veins. She straightened her spine and turned stiffly to the television, her heart wasn’t beating in her chest. On the screen was the picture of the man who was right now changing in her bedroom. Above it was a caption in bold letters that read—SUSPECT.
She gripped the flashlight in her frozen fingers. Her heart thudded fearfully. She stared into the immobilized violet eyes through the glass.
“Oh my god,” she gasped.
She had brought a murderer into her home!
Five Star Review:
“Chrys Fey does a magnificent job of starting her short story with the tension needed to hook and keep the reader reading. Her descriptive prose puts the reader with Beth as the dangerous winds escalate, the water rises, and darkness falls.” –Yoland Renee, author
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Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00GVK921G
Chrys Fey’s debut, Hurricane Crimes, was published by The Wild Rose Press. Mid 2014, she will be coming out with her second romantic-suspense eBook, 30 Seconds. She created the blog Write with Fey to offer aspiring writers advice and inspiration. She lives in Florida where she is ready to battle the next hurricane that comes her way.
Today I’m interviewing co-authors Patricia Kiyono and Stephanie Michels of The Stitching Post series published by Astraea Press. Settle in to learn about this writing team and be sure to leave a comment for a chance at a prize.
What are your hobbies away from the computer?
Patricia – I have far too many hobbies! I love to sew and belong to two different groups that meet on alternating Tuesdays – one is a quilting group at my church, and the other makes fleece hats that we give to various charities. I also like to scrapbook, knit and crochet, and I play oboe, English horn, and clarinet in local bands and orchestras.
Do you start a new story with the plot or characters first?
Patricia – I tend to start with the plot first. Specifically, I start with the central conflict. For example, I might start with two opposing points of view on a particular issue, or two vastly different ways to solve a problem. From there, I develop characters whose backgrounds would lead them to see things this way. Once I have those pieces in place, the story tends to come more easily.
If you use music while writing, name your favorite types.
Stephanie - Some writers set up an entire playlist for each of their books; however, I don’t do that. I prefer to write in silence or with just some soft instrumental music playing in the background. My favorite is Stephen Halperin’s Creativity, which has some empowering you-can-do-this subliminal messages under the melodies. It really gets me going!
Have you traveled to any locations that appear in your books?
Stephanie – The Stitching Post series is set in a real town here in Michigan. I’ve visited there and all the other locations noted in the series, too. That isn’t true of one of my other books, which was set in an alternate universe.
Patricia – I spent a few weeks in Greece, which is the setting for Aegean Intrigue, and I’ve been to England twice, which is where my regencies The Partridge and the Peartree and Love’s Refrain are set. Also, I was born in Japan, and my grandmother is from the northern island of Hokkaido, the setting for my historical The Samurai’s Garden. Plus, as Stephanie said, The Stitching Post series is set in Michigan, where I’ve lived most of my life.
Do you write in a genre other than the one of this release?
Stephanie – My published works so far are all romances, but I was researching and working on a much darker psycho-thriller before Patty and I started The Stitching Post series. I’d also like to try my hand at a historical set in Michigan.
In what genre do you read?
Patricia – I read what I write – romance! I started reading romance when I was a young mom, working full time. When I ended the day reading romance, I slept better, knowing the conflict in the story had been solved and the main characters lived happily ever after.
Anne Brown loves her job at The Stitching Post Quilt Shop in Grandville, Michigan, but she keeps a suitcase packed so she can leave at a moment's notice. Living under the radar, she longs for a normal life, but settles for listening to family stories told by the friendly ladies of the quilting club who meet at the shop on Tuesday evenings. When she meets Brad, the handsome band director of an area high school and his adorable daughter, Anne begins to hope for a happily ever after of her own. But someone has far different plans.
Brad Carmichael is juggling the demands of his job as band director at Rivertown High School with trying to be a better father to his daughter. When Brad is late picking Jennie up from a birthday party, the pretty young clerk from the local quilt shop comes to his rescue. Kind-hearted and talented, Anne becomes a vital part of Brad and Jennie’s lives. But her past threatens to destroy their relationship.
“I think she’s coming around.”
“Can you hear me, ma’am? Can you tell us what happened? Who did this to you? Who left you here like this?”
The voices buzzed in Sophia’s ear like pesky mosquitos. The irritation threatened to drag her from the comforting blackness where she’d taken refuge from the pain. She’d been floating in a blissful state where she didn’t have to think or feel or be afraid any longer. Now, the voices cajoled and called, trying to lure her back into the nightmare.
Leave me alone! I don’t want to come with you.
But the voices persisted. They dragged her, inch by reluctant inch, from the sheltering darkness. She fought against them, clinging to the void’s comforting embrace. But eventually, her strength weakened, and they drew her toward them like iron to a magnet.
Light, intensely white even behind her closed eyelids, was the first sign of her return. With the brightness came wracking pain and an agony so intense it nearly hurtled her back into the waiting arms of the comforting darkness.
However, the voices refused to let her slip from their grasp.
“Can you hear me, miss? I need you to tell me who did this to you,” a soft but insistent male voice urged.
She struggled to raise her eyelids, but they felt weighted down as if something tight and heavy lay across them. Gritting her teeth against the pain, she tried again and managed to raise them the tiniest bit. A blinding light speared through the slit, bringing tears to her eyes. With tears came remembrance.
He’d hit her. Not open-handed like in the past. This time, he’d used his fists, beating her until she’d been too weak to struggle and had fallen, broken, to the floor. He’d cursed at her, kicked her then dragged her to her feet so he could punch her some more. Finally, he’d tossed her in his fancy convertible and raced through the darkness, driving much too fast for the country roads. At least he’d stopped hitting her.
The squeal of the tires nearly drowned out his angry tirade. Maybe he’d realized how bad she was hurt. Maybe he was taking her somewhere for help. She cried out as the car reached a stretch of rutted, gravel road, and her lungs burned as she gasped for air. Where were they? This wasn’t the way to the hospital. She tried to ask but her lips were swollen, her mouth too dry to form the words. She sank against the seat as he raced through the night, still travelling way too fast.
The car swerved, and she felt a rush of air as the door opened beside her. “Now, die!” he screamed then shoved her from the moving car.
“Can you tell us what happened? Who did this to you?”
Shadowy figures leaned over her and blocked the brightness. A kindly face wavered into view. Another figure hovered on her opposite side.
Who are they, and where am I? Sophia heard the sound of distant traffic and crickets chirping somewhere nearby. So many questions flitted through her head. But her pain made it too hard to focus on them. She tried to look around to get her bearings, but something pressed against her forehead, preventing her from turning. She tensed, feeling more restraints on her arms and legs.
“It’s all right, miss,” the shadowy figure reassured in a soft voice. “We had to immobilize you, so we could lift you without risking any further injuries. We’re going to carry you up the hill and take you to the hospital now.”
Hospital? The word triggered a panicked reaction until one thought bubbled up through the confusion and pain.
What about my baby?
Stephanie Michels is offering a $5 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) to a random commenter! To win, please leave a question for either Stephanie or Patricia. Winner will be chosen at the end of the blog tour on April 19. For another chance to win, visit author Darcy Flynn’s blog on Friday!
Michelle Ziegler, author of Falling For You:
Bits and pieces are based on real life. My coworker helped supply some of the online dating material. Although, the opening scene is actually a guy I had the pleasure of meeting –not for a date. After that, it’s mostly fiction. I guess there was a guy in college that never did ask me out, even after several years of flirting. I figure in my case it was fate. I found my perfect match, although before I met my Mr. Right, I always wondered. Then again what woman isn’t constantly wondering “what if” when she’s single, or with the wrong guy?
London Saint James, author of The Shamrock Incident:
No. But I have had several klutz moments in my life where if wiping out was an Olympic event, I’d take home the gold. Like stumbling down a flight of stairs with a death grip on the handrail before my backside hits the bottom step with a whole lot of people watching me, to walking across a snow covered parking lot one moment then seeing my feet up over my head the next, to backing up to sit down in my office chair with rollers and missing the chair!
Let’s just say when I stumble or fall, I don’t do it with any style, finesse, or grace. It’s pretty much a total blow out. *Smiles*
Lisa Adams, author of No Wrong Turns:
No. I can honestly say that this story was completely not based on a real life EVENT. Though I must say that the journey is very real to life. It's the story of a woman down trodden and desperately trying to escape her life by starting a new one. That journey has a series of hiccups and bad luck along the way, but it ultimately leads her to her happily ever after. Now that journey was entirely real and something very personal for me. At one point the heroine of my story Jessica is driving for hours listening to "hate inspired girl band songs and wounded heart lyrics". Yeah, that happened for months.
Not exactly, but the main character in my story, Anne Montgomery is modeled after my sister, Chris, who we affectionately called Stumblelina growing up. My sister is easiest the luckiest, unlucky person I know. She is one of those people who ALWAYS wins the turkey raffle at the ELKS, or wins scratch-off booty like crazy. She is the one person who I feel should play the Lottery EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Chris is that lucky when it comes to those sorts of things. But, every reward has a price, and she pays for her good luck through her unlucky "accidents".
She has been run over by a truck and a 4 wheeler, broken a vertebrae diving into a lake in water too shallow, burned her hand in a backyard firepit, sunk a boat in a lake and lost her car keys, wallet and purse at the bottom. The list goes on, but I think you get the picture. She is the true inspiration for A Slippery Slope.
Annabelle Blume, author of Coffee and Cufflinks:
Coffee and Cufflinks is a completely made up story. Though some elements are taken from real life, there was no single event that inspired the mishap that leads to Olivia’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. The challenge Olivia has in figuring out how to value her true self is something many of us can relate to. That’s really what inspired her story.
Capturing The Marshal’s Heart is a nominee for the 2014 RONÉ Awards in the historical novella category sponsored by InD’Tale Magazine. Public voting for week five occurs from April 7-13 and is accessible here. Simple registration required to vote.
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For today’s interview, author Babette James shared details about Christopher Gordon from Summertime Dream
How about you introduce yourself by providing the basics?
Hi all, I’m Christopher Gordon. I came to Falk’s Bend to unload a house I didn’t need and didn’t want. I was curious about my unknown relatives, but I only had a week to spare from my hectic schedule as a business consultant. The first complication was Margie Olsson. I took one look at her and I didn’t know what hit me. Then there was the house! What a mess. Margie’s brother was an arrogant pain in the ass, too. My schedule was sent into shambles, I found myself falling for this woman and this town and the people. I told myself getting attached to any of it was a big mistake. What did I know? If someone had told me I’d meet the love of my life in a place like Falk’s Bend I would have said they were nuts.
It’s just Mom and me these days since Dad passed. She and I are close and talk often, and I visit her as often as I can. Dad was career Army and we traveled often, and while it made slipping into a rootless life too easy, it bonded us as a family. I miss him, but I’m thankful for the values he instilled in me and the freedom he gave me to make my own path in life. He understood when I chose against following in his footsteps and family tradition into the military.
What’s your favorite sport to watch?
I like baseball, which works out well here in Falk’s Bend. The folks here are pretty intense about the game.
What do you like most about a business consultant?
The challenge of coaching and helping a business grow. There are brilliant, creative business with great ideas and awesome products but who need better planning and direction. I help get them on track.
Did you always want to be a business consultant?
I started out in accounting. I was always good with numbers. They make sense to me. I like the order of it all, the planning, making them balance. The practicality of accounting appealed to me over academic mathematics. (Laughs) Is it sad I’d had to agree when my college advisor pronounced me more dogged than brilliant? But, it’s been a good trait in my work, if not so helpful in my personal life.
Are you a pet person?
I like animals, but never had a pet of my own. I’ve always traveled too much. I enjoy Margie’s dog, Penny, who’s a cute spaniel mix and loves sneaking up close for ear scratches.
Do you have any hobbies?
I fish whenever I can. I bike. Listen to music. My friend Dave got me hooked on jazz when we were in college. With all my business travel, I try to mix in a little sightseeing each trip. I like golf, too. I try to visit my mom and friends whenever I’m in their neck of the woods. I take a vacation every July with friends for two weeks of camping at Lake Mohave.
What are your reading tastes?
I like reading mysteries and suspense. I prefer ebooks so I can read on the run.
What attracts you first to a woman?
I appreciate a smart woman. Let’s see, a woman’s eyes, her smile. I used to think I wanted a cosmopolitan woman in tune with my face-paced business world. I thought I could settle for like. I was wrong. I learned I needed a woman who’d be my home and ground my life. I needed love. I needed Margie.
Are you talking about a particular woman? Margie has these sparkling, happy hazel eyes and she could read me a spreadsheet with that shy sweet voice of hers and I’d be rapt. Margie’s beautiful, sweet, optimistic, energetic, brave and smart. She writes these great cozy mysteries and makes an awesome apple pie. She’s definitely made my life worth living.
The Fourth of July is over, but for these summer lovers the fireworks have just begun.
An unexpected inheritance brings business consultant Christopher Gordon from Los Angeles to quaint Falk’s Bend. He’s carved a week from his demanding schedule to list his great-grandparents’ house for sale and explore his roots. However, disturbing family secrets and the sweet temptation of writer Margie Olsson derail his plans, challenging him to seize the elusive dream missing from his hectic life— love.
A recent brush with death shook Margie’s life, but not her dreams and she’s ready to move forward. Only, standing up to her loving, over-protective family isn’t easy. Helping Christopher explore the derelict mansion and unravel his grandmother’s mysterious past should be a harmless fun taste of independence. But when her experimental summer fling ignites into unexpected love, how can her small town dreams work with his big city life?
Available at Amazon now and coming to Nook on April 4, 2014
He stared at the laptop. Only one day left. The house. The mess. Grandma Loretta’s mysterious split from her family. He hadn’t even begun to seek answers about her. The ruined pictures and clothing. Maybe he didn’t want to know. His flight on Sunday. Margie.
The numbers on the screen blurred. His stomach grumbled, despite the sandwich half, and a dull headache stomped over his eyes.
How was Margie’s evening going? Saying go ahead, no problem, had been the right thing to do. She deserved a relaxing break after all her hard work.
And how about you? Another Friday night, and you’re working. Again.
Dave’s voice filtered through his brain. “You gotta get a life outside of work, man. Two weeks out of the year aren’t going to cut it.”
Dave, you just might be right.
He threw on some clothes and headed out, meaning to walk off some stress and get some air to clear his head, but he ended up on Main Street. The liquor store across from the Olsson’s restaurant also had a small bar in the rear. Baseball games filled the two flat screen televisions, and the place was standing room only, with rowdy, cheerful folks debating calls and rooting for both teams, loud enough he could barely hear himself think. Perfect.
He lucked out and grabbed a stool at the bar as a couple left.
Too much remained unresolved. He hadn’t even sat down with a real estate agent to list the place. He’d have to squeeze that in tomorrow on top of everything else, losing more time with Margie. So much for his usual efficiency.
He pulled out his phone and studied his lengthy to-do list. Way too much left to leave undone. He needed more time, but with the Mohave trip bearing down on him he couldn’t stay.
Do you absolutely have to leave? Think about it. Be honest.
He opened his calendar. The only critical items were the meetings with Everett in New York on the twenty-ninth and Arthur in Atlanta on August sixth.
Your schedule is your own. Is Mohave really unmovable?
Being with his friends was the best part of his year. He’d been camping with Lloyd, Dave, and Nate every summer since their freshman year in college. He couldn’t cancel his vacation.
But…if he changed his flight to the twentieth, he’d gain the additional time needed here, still catch a week at Mohave with his friends, and leave time to pack and prep at his apartment for New York as planned. Even so, with the work remaining, taking just one week more was still cutting it tight.
A week ago, he never would have considered his other option: completely give up his one true vacation of the year to finish mucking out the old house. Choose dust, sweat, and frustration over fishing and fun with his friends?
No, admit the truth. That’s not why you’d give up your vacation. Not even close.
He’d never been this indecisive. Or, depending how you viewed the situation, so impetuous.
Available at Amazon now and coming to Nook on April 4, 2014
About the Author:
Babette James writes sweetly scorching contemporary romance and loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints. As a teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! Born in New Jersey and raised in Southern California, she’s had a life-long love of the desert and going down the shore. Babette now lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband and extremely spoiled cats.
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