Horror Author and Award Winning Book Blogger Toni Lesatz is taking over the Literary World!

When I was first beginning my Indie Author career, I knew that I needed someone to help me promote my book and myself. To be honest, I had no idea where to start. I mean, how did you promote yourself? Who did you turn to for such a task? I can’t remember where I’d read about, but someone, somewhere told met to utilize Book Bloggers.

I just started contacting bloggers, praying they’d be interested. It was amazing to me how many of them were willing to read a book from someone they’d never heard of! One of those amazing human beings was none other than UtopYA’s 2014 Best Blogger of the Year, Toni Lesatz.

Toni-profile

Toni Lesatz is a wife, mother, author, blogger, gamer and lover of the culinary arts. Her short stories, Ashes to Ashes and Dead World, are both being published in fall 2014. She is currently writing her debut dark fantasy novel, which she hopes to have in reader’s hands by spring 2015.

Toni’s book blog, My Book Addiction, won the UtopYA Blog of the Year award in 2014. She enjoys promoting authors, and has recently taken on the role of Editorial Director for the Book Hub side of Indie-Visible: Literary Justice For All. If she’s not curled up with a book and a cup of coffee, you’ll find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.

Toni UtopYA 2

Toni takes what she does seriously (for her serious face see above photo) and puts her heart into it. I can’t express how thankful that she is a true promoter of artists like me. Did I mention that Toni is also an author? Her first published works can be found in two upcoming anthologies.

Toni

Happy Little Horrors: Freak Show will be coming out October 4th and is published by MD 20/20 (Monique Happy and David Rueblin). Toni’s story is called Ashes to Ashes (Horror). The icing on the cake is that Toni plans to continue writing it into a full length novel very, very soon!

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After Tomorrow Anthology will be coming December 10th and is published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, edited by Author Samantha Ketteman. The cover reveal will be sometime in mid to late October. Toni’s story is called Dead World (Post-apoc). This will also be adapted into a full length novel!

Blogger Questions

What made you wake up and say, “I’m going to blog about books!”

- I’ve always been a blogger; I’ve just changed what I blog about throughout the years. I’m pretty certain this is my bloggy calling, though. J

What genre do you enjoy reviewing the most?

- Hmm, that’s a tough question. I’m not sure I have an answer for it. I love reading and reviewing all different genres, and I try to mix things up a lot so I don’t get burned out on one genre. One of my favorites is horror, so I’ll go with that for now.

Is there a genre you haven’t reviewed yet, but want to?

- Nope. Everything I enjoy reading, I’ve reviewed as well.

What hosting site do you use? Blogger, WordPress, other?

- My domain is my own, hosted through an actual hosting company. I have WordPress installed, which I use to publish my posts, but I don’t have a Blogger or WordPress blog.

Are their other Bloggers that you follow?

- Oh, for sure! I follow a lot of blogs on Bloglovin’. Book blogs are where I learn about books I haven’t heard about yet. There are so many books released into the literary wild every week, it’s impossible to keep up with all of them on your own.

How much time does it take you to get one blog post up? Tell us your process.

- It depends on the type of post. If it’s a book blast or another type of promo post, it takes me no more than 10 minutes. If it’s a review, it all depends on how long it takes me to get my feelings out. Some books are easier to review than others.

Do you listen to music while you’re blogging? If so, who do you listen to?

- Not usually. I sometimes have the TV on in the background, but just as when I am writing (books) I prefer silence.

When you’re not being an amazing Blogger, what do you for fun?

- I’m pretty boring on the fun front. I read, write, play with my kids, and play video games. My favorite video games generally involve killing zombies!

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your blog?

- Going to UtopYA! Not only was I on a blogging panel, but I also won Best Blog and Best Blogger of 2014!

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Who created your cute logo?

- Dooni Designs created my logo. My designer had to ask permission to use it in exchange for an ad for Dooni Designs on my sidebar. I love it because anyone can have items made with my little zombie girl on it!

When you first started your blog did you think it would become this big?

- I didn’t. I’ve had successful blogs before, but nothing close to this. I’m so grateful to all of book loving peers out there that have helped to make it a success.

When did you realize that your blog was a full-time job?

- It didn’t take long; maybe a few months.  

You’re also a writer; do you want to tell us what you’re working on?

- I’m working on about six different books. Some are still just ideas floating around in my head screaming to get out, and it’s getting difficult to keep them at bay. My current WIP is a YA dark fantasy novel about a teenage necromancer.

Will you be enlisting other Book Bloggers to help you market your book in the future?

For sure! I’m super grateful that I have such an awesome community of book blogging and authors friends that are willing to support each other.

I’m also the editorial director on the Book Hub side of an Indie author site called Indie-Visible: Literary Justice For All. We’re hoping to launch it on November 1st. I’ve assembled an awesome team of the most badass book bloggers to help promote Indie authors. There will also be a PubHub side, which will offer services from editing and formatting to premium book covers and educational services to help raise the standards and visibility of Indie authors.

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

- I fangirl over tons of authors. I spent a great deal of time fangirling at UtopYA.

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Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?

- There’s no way I could ever pick one book. I do make lists of my favorites every year, though. In fact this year I started a Pinterest board of my 2014 favorites.

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

- I would LOVE to see Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon turned into a movie.

What about a book turns you away?

- Awkward pacing, poor grammar, characters that I can’t relate to, and situations that are completely unbelievable.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it? How does this work if you’ve promised a review on your blog?

- First, I don’t guarantee reviews. That fact is stated in my review policy. If I can’t finish a book, I generally won’t write a review – unless I feel like it’s really important for other readers to know why I couldn’t finish it.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

- I’m a bonafide book whore ;)

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

- I prefer to read ebooks. I don’t like anyone (including myself) touching my paperbacks.

 

Random Questions

Favorite movie?

- Shaun of the Dead

Favorite TV show?

- A lot! The Walking Dead, Supernatural, and Hemlock Grove to name a few.

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

- Shrimp and pasta

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

- Crème Brulee

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

- Ben Lee, Coldplay, Incubus, Dashboard Confessional, Paul Oakenfold, Matthew West

What’s your hidden talent?

- Procrastinating

What is your dream vacation?

- I would love to hop in a decked-out RV with my husband and travel everywhere the road leads us.

Toni UtopYA

 

Contact Information:

Blog: My Book Addiction http://mybookaddiction.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonibookaddict

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Toni_BookAddict

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/13706669-toni-my-book-addiction

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mybookaddiction/

 

 

 

Adult Paranormal Romance Author, K.J. Coakley and her Otherworldly Enmortals Series

I first met K.J. Coakley at the TNVAE in Knoxville this past summer. If you were unable to attend that event then you truly missed out on a lot fun! I was walking around, trying to meet all of my fellow authors before the doors opened and the first thing I noticed was the cover for Kairos. It is absolutely beautiful!

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I had to know more about this book and the author who wrote it! That is why I am so glad that K.J. decided to join me on my blog today.

Kellie

Author K. J. Coakley lives a life where she plays many roles…as most women do when they are a wife, mother, and caretaker of two rowdy dogs. But when she’s not working her nine to five gig, or spending time with her family, she can be found glued to her laptop where she loves to create worlds with sexy alpha males and brazen heroines. She is also an avid fan of heavy metal and rock music, and regularly attends music festivals.

Coakley received an Associate degree in Business Administration from Walters State Community College, and a Bachelor of Business Management degree from East Tennessee State University. Her debut novel Kairos is the inaugural installment of a new paranormal romance series.

Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I have been writing since I was a small child. My mother has so many poems and short stories stock piled in her attic that I’m sure it’s a fire hazard. So, if I had to put a number on it, I would say that I decided to seriously write when I was 25. I was a sophomore in college at the time and taking a creative writing course that sparked my old imagination to life again. That was when I began writing the Enmortals Series.

 In what genre do you write?

Adult Paranormal Romance

 Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

I’m tinkering with a Contemporary Romance novel, but haven’t finished it yet.

 What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

I am what most refer to as a “quilter”. I write my stories in sections and then piece them together when I’m about 70% into it. I never outline. I never write on paper. But, I use WriteWay to section out my books into Chapters, Acts, and Scenes. This keeps me organized.

 Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?

I love Sherrilyn Kenyon, Karen Marie Moning, and Diana Gabaldon.

 How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

I have to research heavily for my books. There is Norse mythology in my books, Finnish translations, Gaelic translations, and overall Scottish historical data research. Not to mention, I had to study the Templar Knights and Joan of Arc extensively. I also watch Ancient Aliens for ideas on how to intertwine myth and reality into my series.

Back cover of Kairos

Back cover of Kairos

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

I usually need silence to write, but if I’m writing a steamy scene…Nine In Nails and Deftones are my go to bands. I also listen to different types of heavy metal for fight scenes and overall mood setting.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

I love to travel and go to music concerts. My husband and I are heavy metal junkies and you can find us traveling throughout the summer to music festivals. As a family, we like to take our boys to amusement parks and we go to the beach several times a year since my parents live in Florida.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

Signings and conventions. I love meeting my fans and it never gets old listening to them talk about my characters.

Who created your amazing cover art?

Kari Ayasha from Cover to Cover Design is re-doing the cover for Kairos. We’ll be re-launching that in mid September. She is also designing the cover for Metanoia.

Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to?

Jenny Sims from Editing For Indies

The ladies form Smexy Fab Four: For managing my street team and just being wonderful women to work with.

Iris: For being an amazing VA.

And mad props to my fantabulous street team ladies at Coakley’s Angels. Sarah, Vanessa, Reagan, Melissa, and Bambi…you ladies are awesome.

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

I just finished Metanoia, An Enmortals Series Novel (Book 2). It’s the second installment to The Enmortals Series and picks up exactly where Kairos ended. In this book all of your questions from Kairos will be answered and new questions will arise.

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?

I can’t name just one so I’ll name series instead.

Fae Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

Outlander was just made into a series, so I’m pretty good right now on that subject.

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

Bad editing

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

I always finish them unless the editing is so bad that I feel like launching my kindle across the room. That’s happened a couple of times…but it’s rare.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I read anything with a romance undertone.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

Ebooks

Random Questions

Favorite movie?

Lord Of The Rings

Favorite TV show?

Outlander

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chicken Fried Rice

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Alpine chocolates

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Avenged Sevenfold, Apocalyptica, Metallica, Seether, Chevelle, Tool, A Perfect Circle, The Black Keys…the list goes on and on. When it comes to music I have a great love affair with anything rock and heavy metal. But, if I had to pick one band…TOOL.

What’s your hidden talent?

I’m wicked with a compound bow.

What is your dream vacation?

Scotland and Ireland

Contact Information:

Author Name: K. J. Coakley

Blog: www.kjcoakley.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorkjcoakley

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@authorkjcoakley

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/authorkjcoakley

Book Links:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kairos-an-enmortals-series-novel-k-j-coakley/1119726422?ean=2940149689101

http://www.amazon.com/Kairos-An-Enmortals-Series-Novel/dp/1496039874

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kairos-enmortals-series-novel/id889338542?mt=11

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/447750

 

 

Author Janae Mitchell brings Southern Charm to the YA Paranormal World

I found my best friend at the Tennessee Valley Author Event in Knoxville. From the moment I walked over to her wonderfully decorated table I knew this tall, beautiful girl, with a purple streak in her hair, was going to be my BFF for the rest of the day. You know what, she was. We had breakfast together and traded books at the end of the event.

Janae and I at the TNVAE in Knoxville, TN.

Janae and I at the TNVAE in Knoxville, TN.

The friendship soon spilled over into Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. It didn’t take me long to figure out I was a good judge of character and I had chosen my best friend wisely. For example, she’s a huge Harry Potter fan, she was obviously a fan of purple (hence the highlight in her hair) and loved YA Paranormal. To me, that solidified the friendship and I knew that I wanted Janae Mitchell on my blog. 

 

Janae Mitchell

Janae Mitchell

Janae has been a writer since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Her genre of choice was poetry and short stories—until now. After falling in love with so many books over the past decade, she decided that she wanted to write a novel of her own and bring life to the characters that haunt her mind. It wasn’t until 2012 that she pursued that passion and started on her first YA novel. 115,000 words later, For Always was born.

Having grown up in an historical Dandridge home that was used as slave quarters during the Civil War, she experienced several things that couldn’t be explained. Due to these events, she sought out and joined an investigative team called Eyewitness Paranormal. Her interest in ghosts and the unexplained, combined with her love for telling a story, made writing the For Always series inevitable.

Janae was born and raised in East Tennessee, where she currently resides with her husband, two children, and their hairless dog, Slick. In her spare time, she likes to read, play tennis, and spend time with her family on the lake.

For Always

For Always

Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?
Well, I used to write short stories as a kid just for fun. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I actually took that desire to tell a story and ran with it, which led me to my first book series, For Always.

In what genre do you write?
Young Adult, mainly of the paranormal variety. I’ve got a bit of a fascination with ghosts.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?
I’ve been asked to write fantasy, which might be cool.

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?
Since I don’t even like writing a grocery list out, I only freehand important notes that I don’t want to forget. I don’t outline, either, but keep telling myself that I need to. I tend to play out scenes in my head while doing random things and then sit down and write them out later… while listening to SiriusXM; I can’t write in silence.

Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?
Hmm… that’s a tough one. I tend to pull stories and characters from thin air. Sometimes I’ll let my characters have certain characteristics of those around me, even myself on occasion, or I’ll incorporate some random memory into the story. But for the most part, music is my inspiration. Certain songs set the mood and help build the characters and storyline in my head.

For Now

For Now

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?
The For Always series involves a character (Beau Brogan) who lived in the late 1800’s early 1900’s, as well as some Latin, all of which I know nothing about. So, for that story, I had to do a bit of research to make sure I was getting it right and not letting Beau eat popcorn before it was invented or saying phrases that weren’t relevant to his time.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?
Most definitely. As I mentioned before, music is a big inspiration and I’m listening to it right at this very moment, actually—my all-time fav, Prince. When I’m forming stories in my head, I usually listen to my iPod. Crossfade is a band that’s usually on my most-played list. Certain songs inspire certain scenes and I’ll focus on those when I need to. I’ve even mentioned a few those songs in my books that they helped to inspire.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?
When it’s not too hot and humid in this southern heat, I love to play tennis. And when it is too hot and humid for that, we’re on the lake. I also love to read, of course, which is my winter sport.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?
Oh, my… there seems to be so many. I’m trying to think of when I actually busted out in my happy dance. I guess when I signed my first publishing contract, which is always a big deal. I also get extremely excited when people like my books; the fact that there are people who call themselves my fans and say they fangirl over me is amazing. (But I can’t bring myself to call them that… to me, they’ll always be my readers.)

Who created your amazing cover art?
Eden Crane Designs

Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to?
There are SO many bloggers I could mention that I hate mentioning just one. Bloggers and reviewers are the ones who put our books out there in the public eye, and usually without getting anything in return. I love bloggers!

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.
The final installment in the For Always series, “For Eternity”, is my next book that’s coming out, but I don’t have a release date yet. Until then, I’m working on a bit of a spin-off novel from that series, which will incorporate a character that isn’t mentioned until the epilogue of the last book… and that’s all I can say about that. *insert evil grin here*

For Eternity

For Eternity

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?
Oh, mylanta… just letting all the possibilities dance through my mind made me shiver. I’d have to say, without a doubt, that I’d completely geek out over J.K. Rowling. I might even drool just a bit. It would be embarrassing.

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?
Harry Potter—all of them. The way the story unfolds from beginning to end is absolutely genius, in my opinion. I’m so glad to be a part of the HP generation.

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?
Books are always better, however, I really enjoy watching film adaptations of them… unless they royally screw them up and they’re nothing like the book—then I just get pissy. I’d love to see Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux series be made into a movie, which if I’m not mistaken, is in the works.

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?
If the book doesn’t play out like a movie in my mind or just doesn’t make sense, I can’t do it. I also don’t like over-writing, which sometimes inhibits the flow instead of adding to it. Being a southerner, I also don’t like bad southern dialect from authors who obviously aren’t southern.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?
I’m not a trooper lol. I’d have to be bored to the point of doing something stupid and dangerous to finish a book I didn’t like—reading a bad book is better than going to jail.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?
I’m partial to YA paranormal, but tend to like all paranormal, as well as contemporary.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?
Both. If the e-book is awesome, I want the hardback.

Random Questions

Favorite movie?
Of course I love the Twilight and Harry Potter movies, but if we don’t count those, I’d have to say it’s a tie between Labrinth and The Goonies.

Favorite TV show?
Ghost Hunters & Ghost Adventures

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A Blondie from Applebees

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?
I’m not big on candy. (For dessert, see above answer.)

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.
Crossfade, SafetySuit, Hinder, and Prince.

What’s your hidden talent?
If I expose it, it will no longer be hidden.

What is your dream vacation?
Spending a week with fellow author/adventurer Josh Gates (with my family in tow, of course) exploring some of his favorite locations.

Contact Information:

Author Name: Janae Mitchell

Blog: www.JanaeisWriting.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JanaeMitchellAuthor

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Janaeiswriting

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/JanaeMitchell

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/Janaeiswriting

Book Links: http://www.amazon.com/Janae-Mitchell/e/B00GSG0XES/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

 

 

What Could’ve Been

I try to forget about moments, you saw me at home;

Forget about the fights and the nights you claimed my soul. 

All of those moments, I ran out of breath;

Now I see you running, out on the rest. 

You drove me wild, from the very first day;

You sent me flying high, now you throw me away. 

Do you think it mattered that you decided to call? 

Why not come face me, where you scared of the fall?

We could’ve had forever, we could’ve chased down our dreams;

But time is lost, along with me. 

I hope you’re happy with tasting my tears;

Wishing you could find a way back through wasted years. 

I hope you feel my hands dance upon your skin;

I hope they feel like fire and you never feel again. 

I want you burning, from the inside out.

The way I’ve felt since your winds threw me about. 

Let it take over and settle in your spine. 

I hope you remember, you could’ve been mine. 

Author Kyra Dune; Dragons, Elves and an Original Hero

There are books that just get you right from the start. It takes you on an adventure that you never want to end. That is how I felt when I read DragonStar by Kyra Dune. I was lucky enough to meet Kyra through Facebook. As Indie Authors, we try to stick together and support one another. She has invited me to be a guest in her online book release, interviewed me as well and is really a friend to all Indie Authors. He blog is fully of reviews, giveaways and interviews! With her charming personality and amazing book I knew that I had to have her on my blog in return. 

DragonStar 

DragonStar

            DragonStar

Dagen is a thief and a good one, at least in his humble opinion. But he has more in mind for his future than picking pockets, and when he comes across the haul of a lifetime, he finally sees a way to impress the boss of his crew, maybe even enough to be made partner.
But things don’t go the way Dagen had planned and soon he finds himself on the run with a sack full of stolen jewels, and more, for unknown to him, one of those jewels is the fabled Dragonstar, created in times long past by a powerful sorcerer.
The plan is to head for the port city of Braack, but the Dragonstar has other ideas. From the secret city of thieves, to the ruins of a castle, to the last stronghold of the elves, Dagen’s whole life is flipped upside down by visions, haunts, strange beasts, and the looming possibility that one day he just might have to kill a god.

My Review

More people should read this book! How do you take your Fantasy? Do you like mystery, fearsome creatures and dark overlords? If so then you will love DragonStar. Dagen, the main character, is a thief with a heart of gold, though he doesn’t know it, and in search of acceptance in a tough world. From a young age he in thrust into the life of thief so that is all he knows. That is until his biggest heist puts him on a journey toward his destiny. Once the DragonStar is in his hands then there is no turning back. He and his best friend, if a thief can have a best friend, Halbert, are joined by the Elf, Shadel, the wise Marsida, the young Jes and the tough, beautiful girl, Cassia as they make their way to the Black Mountain to stop an evil so ancient and so powerful that he might not come back alive.
There is action, magic, past lives and love worthy dying for. It was an excellent read and I can’t wait to read the follow up to this great series. I would suggest 16 and old as there is a bit of language, but it doesn’t overtake the book. There seems to be a lot of back story to these characters, especially Jes, that needs to be explored and I can’t wait to learn more about them. Kyra Dune has amazed me with this book; I’m officially a fan!

 

Kyra’s Interview

Author Kyra Dune

                     Author Kyra Dune

 

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

When I was nine years old, my schoolteacher would give us an allotted time to finish our assignments. If we finished early, we could sit quietly at our desks and do something else. I usually had no trouble finishing early (unless the subject was math) so I would read. One day, I finished my book and didn’t have another, so I got out my notebook and started scribbling down a daydream of mine. From that moment forward I knew I was born to write.

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

No outlines. I tried that once, but it didn’t work for me. I do better just writing the story down and then worrying about cleaning it up in rewrites. I prefer to write on the computer, it’s quicker and my handwriting isn’t that great, hahha.  

Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?

Stephen King. Though my books are not quite like his, I admire the honesty and fearlessness of his writing, and also his characters are great. They leap right off the page. Dean Koontz. Hardly anybody can pull you into a scene and make you feel you’re really there the way he can. Margaret Weis and Tracey Hickman. They wrote fabulous quest type fantasy. Also, I blame them for my obsession with dragons. :)   J.K. Rowling. She did such an amazing job in creating a wonderfully diverse set of characters and showing that love can conquer anything.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

Yes, I actually can’t write in silence. I like a wide range of music, based on a song by song basis. Everything from classic rock to modern country.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

Read, play X-box, exercise, take walks, watch music videos on youtube, watch movies, bowl (occasionally), play mini golf. And I recently tried laser tag for the first time and I love it. It’s like being inside a video game.

Who created your amazing cover art?

The artwork for my traditionally published novels was taken care of by the publishers, but I did the covers for my self-published works myself. I like to make cover art almost as much as I like to write. I’ve even done covers for other authors.

Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to?

I have worked with a couple of great editors. Nikki Andrews and Ashley O’Neil. These ladies are wonderful to work with.

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Stephen King. My favorite writer since I was twelve. J.K. Rowling would be a close second.

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

Good characters are the cornerstone for any novel. I don’t have to like them, but I do have feel something for them. Flat, uninteresting characters are the number one thing to turn me away from a book.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

It depends. I hate to put a book down without finishing it, but I have come across a couple I just couldn’t see wasting the time on.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I read mostly fantasy, just about any subgenre. But I also occasionally read some light science fiction or horror.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

To me, there is nothing like holding an actual book in your hands. I love everything about them. The way they look, the way they feel, the way the smell. Okay, that didn’t sound so weird in my head. Anyway, I finally gave in and got a Kindle. It’s not the same kind of experience, but I must admit it’s nice to have hundreds of books packed away in one neat little device which fits so easily into my purse. I still read print books too, though.

Favorite movie?

Labyrinth

Favorite TV show?

 Buffy The Vampire Slayer

 If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

 Pepperoni pizza. Yum.

 Have a sweet tooth?

Doesn’t everybody? :) I love Oreos. I love them by themselves, and when they’re tucked away in other sweets like ice cream or cake. And since I love Oreos, I also love and anything cookies n’ cream, which is basically Oreos turned into other things like candy bars.

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

 Breaking Benjamin. Rascal Flatts. Pink. Hinder. Carrie Underwood. Kelly Clarkson. Bon Jovi. Rihanna. Evanescence. Linkin Park. Three Days Grace. Imagine Dragons. Pentatonix. Pat Benatar. I’ll stop now, because this list could get ridiculously long otherwise.

What is your dream vacation?

I would love to tour Europe and see all the old castles.

Contact Information:

Blog: http://theshadowportal.blogspot.com/

DragStar: http://www.amazon.com/Dragonstar-Kyra-Dune-ebook/dp/B00EPQT0DI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1409278291&sr=1-1&keywords=Dragonstar+Kyra+Dune 

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kyra-Dune/e/B00A5WOHGQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

TDT August Newsletter

If you’ve signed up for mailing list then you’ve already been privy to my recent announcements. However, for those of you who are inundated with emails (I understand) you can see what’s happening here on my blog. 

TDT Newsletter Aug 2014

TDT Newsletter Aug 2014

Eden’s Scarecrow; Angels, Demons and Hired Killers

Do you ever have those days where you randomly snoop around Facebook seeing what you’re friends have been Liking? Yeah…me neither… Well, I have many author and reader friends and always look up books and authors they are either reading or talking about. That’s how I stumbled across a page titled Eden’s Scarecrow. The cover picture looked interesting enough for me to want to know more about this author and his book. I mean, who was this guy that wrote about a ruthless murderer who, after being struck by lightening and horribly burned, can now see angels and demons? What was goes on inside the mind of a man who also threw in a terrible, violence-inducing virus in the mix? I had to know more! So, sit back, relax and get to know Jeremiah Sanchez.

Jeremiah Sanchez

Jeremiah Sanchez

 

Jeremiah Sanchez is a small town author who grew up in Berthoud, Colorado. Being raised in an artistic family that surrounded him with painters, writers, actors and singers, he’s always been encouraged to express his creativity and enjoy the beauty in all things around him. Also being raised in open minded Christianity, all things God related and philosophically challenging have been familiar topics. Ever since he was little, he was obsessed with writing and expressing his thoughts through poetry, short stories and songs. Between them and his drawings, angels and demons have been ever constant themes. Then, at the age of nineteen, the entire ‘Eden’s Scarecrow’ story hit him during a night shift at Walmart. Ever since then, aside from his day job as a personal trainer, his entire life has been dedicated to bringing the series to life!

Eden's Scarecrow

Eden’s Scarecrow

 

Paul is a heinous murderer. Hired by a local drug lord, he kills in cold blood, exacting lethal retribution on indebted narcotics scum. Any innocence in his path, he considers collateral damage. One night, after an exceptionally ruthless bloodbath, Paul gets struck by lightning. In addition to being burnt so badly that he’s left unrecognizable, he’s suddenly forced the terrifying ability to be able to physically see the angels and demons influencing humanity. They’re not ghosts or hallucinations. They’re vivid and real…very real. With the unbearable truth and horror of reality staring him in the face, he has no choice but to deal with the wretched evil that has consumed and controlled him his entire life, and maybe…maybe save his soul from eternal damnation. With the help of his newly acquainted guardian angel, Barney, he will face the trials of hungry demons. Paul must deal with the consequences for his past and try to become someone, not only worth forgiving, but worth saving. In addition to his own inner tribulations, Paul must also uncover the truth behind a growing epidemic. The city of Eden is falling ill to what is being dismissed as simply a bad virus. The eyes of the infected are glazing over. Violent outbursts with animalistic growling are plaguing the populous. Authorities and doctors are baffled. The uninfected are terrified. But as the virus grows and the conditions worsen, only Paul can see the infection for what it really is. Real Eyes, the first installment of the Eden’s Scarecrow trilogy, brings readers along for a gruesomely supernatural ride. It will make you question what lurking shadows surround you, and ultimately, what unseen angels or demons might be whispering in your ear right now.

 

Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I’ve been writing ever since I was a little kid. I’d doodle some art and then write short stories to accompany them, so, honestly, it’s been a lifelong passion.

In what genre do you write? Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

My first trilogy is a blend of spiritual and horror. I already have my next series mapped out, and it’s going to be a combination of philosophy and science fiction.

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

My process always begins with a brainstorming session with a close group of friends, who I’ve titled “the parachute minds”. Then, I’ll just plunge into the book on my laptop.

Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?

I have obvious respect and admiration for the heavy hitters like Stephen King and Dean Koontz but my favorite author since childhood is Frank E. Peretti.

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

For my ‘Eden’s Scarecrow’ trilogy, I’ve researched as many religions, beliefs and superstitions as I can get my hands on. It’s intriguing to see the different deities and things people invest faith into. My primary topic of study has been possession.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

There are times when music fuels my words, and times when I prefer to submerge myself in silence to allow the purity of the art. When I do listen to music, I don’t have a genre or artist that I’m loyal to. I simply require whatever song it is to be hypnotic and help distract me from any and all surroundings.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

I spend most of my free time in the gym training myself and others. Otherwise, I dabble in many facets of life. I’ve modeled for a few years and am working on breaking into acting as well.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

Aside from the bizarre phenomena that non-writers will never experience, which is becoming emotionally close to fictional characters you pull out of your head, I’d say the most exciting experience has been noticing the differences in my everyday life that reflect the story. My dreams are filled with parts of my books, which only concretes my relation to them. I’ll catch myself asking myself how so and so would deal with day to day issues or circumstances, constantly putting my own characters in my real life shoes.

Who created your amazing cover art?

The cover art is of my own design. I’ve been an avid artist as long as I’ve been writing and I want to be in control of as much of the process as I can.

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

I just finished the second installment of the ‘Eden’s Scarecrow’ trilogy, ‘Realize’, which I’ll be releasing soon!

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

I’m going to have to go with a repeat offender here and say Frank E. Peretti. He’s my writing idol.

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?

I have to go with top two, and they’re both very far apart. First is ‘The Oath’ by Frank E. Peretti. It scared the Hell out of me as a kid and then caught my interest as I grew. I love the story and the message that it delivers with a hammer. Secondly, I thoroughly enjoy ‘Fight Club’ by Chuck Palahniuk. Any story that can challenge beliefs and open minds to new possibilities resonates with me.

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

I’m going to have to go selfish here and say mine. I truly think my books would make incredible movies!

As a reader, what about a book turns you away? If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

Any book that takes forever to get interesting or is obviously forced I’ll put down and find something better to invest my time into.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

Once again, if it’s well written and an interesting topic, I’ll read any genre.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

I’m a fan of the old fashioned book-in-hand. I like the physical copy.

Random Questions

Favorite movie?

My favorite movie is a tough toss up between Gladiator, Braveheart and 300. I’m a big action buff.

Favorite TV show?

My favorite TV shows are Game of Thrones, Dexter and I have an enormous soft spot for cartoons.

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My ideal meal to eat for the rest of my life would have to be honey glazed salmon, mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus.

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

My favorite dessert is homemade protein cheesecake.

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again?

I’ve been a die hard Blue October fan for most of my life. They purge my soul, and have the most poetic lyrics I’ve ever heard.

What’s your hidden talent?

Writing has actually been my hidden talent. Most everyone who knows me well thinks I’m primarily a gym junky, but now that the writing passion has fully emerged, it’s been surprising to many.

What is your dream vacation?

I’d like to spend a week in an underwater hotel, watching sharks swim by my window. That’d be exciting!

Contact Information

Author Name:

Jeremiah Sanchez

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/miahhighclub
https://www.facebook.com/edensscarecrowtrilogy

Book Links:

Amazon Print:  http://www.amazon.com/Edens-Scarecrow-Real-Jeremiah-Sanchez/dp/1611023459/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408122625&sr=8-1&keywords=eden%27s+scarecrow
Amazon Kindel: http://www.amazon.com/Edens-Scarecrow-Real-Sanchez-Jeremiah-ebook/dp/B00JPPKYXY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1408668215&sr=1-1&keywords=eden%27s+scarecrow

Sometimes

Sometimes there’s rain,
At times it’ll pour.
Sometimes there’s pain,
I can hear the sounds of war.

Sometimes there’s thunder,
It fills me up inside.
Sometimes there’s a struggle,
Between humbleness and pride.

I can’t tell who’s winning,
Maybe I’ll never know.
I can feel my heart thinning,
And the emptiness grow.

Sometimes there’s fire,
It’s eating me alive.
Sometimes there’s desire,
But the kind that kills with a lie.

Sometimes there’s hunger,
It gnaws at my flesh.
Sometimes there’s surrender,
The kind that steals your last breath.

And I can’t tell if you’re with me,
There’s a loneliness in my soul.
I yearn to be free,
But the darkness tells me no.

I feel like I’m losing,
Like my soul is ice.
I feel like I’m choosing,
To run away with the night.

Yet despite my weakness,
Of giving in to this world;
I feel your hands upon me,
And I’m not so scared anymore.

Sometimes there’s light,
I taste it on my tongue.
Sometimes there’s home,
When there’s no place left to run.

Sometimes there’s quiet,
When the storm rages in my mind.
Sometimes there’s a riot,
But the kind that brings new life.

Author, Dancer, Choreographer…Is There Anything That John Robert Mack Can’t Do?

I met Author John Robert Mack on…wait for it…Facebook! You know that part of the Internet that’s pretty much a black-hole for a creative person. Why? Well because it just sucks you in and before you know it you’ve traveled in time and it’s time to either go to bed, work or you know…feed your kids.

Meeting John was one of the pleasant experiences of that dark and dangerous land of The Web. He’s a true sweetheart and after interviewing him I found that I was smiling. You’ll see why!

John Robert Mack

John Robert Mack

John studied writing in college, published the short story “Jonny Hates Jazz” in a literary journal, wrote a column “Dancing The Rainbow” for two years in the regional Texas dance periodical The Dancer’s Guide and has written and produced five plays (one on commission). His play Talking with Jacob won statewide recognition in Wisconsin and landed John’s face on the cover of three magazines. He produced an adaptation of the Ray Bradbury story, “The Better Part of Wisdom” with the author’s input and blessing. He also self-published (before it was cool and edgy) a book called KEEP BREATHING: Zen and the Art of Social Dance.  Choreographer

For the past twenty years, John as worked as a dance teacher. He has choreographed musicals like West Side Story and Jesus Christ Superstar and helped create and coach the original Radio Disney dance team in San Antonio, TX.

Now, John has moved to Virginia in semi-retirement to focus on his writing. He has taught workshops for the Hampton Roads Writers and is on staff at the Muse writing center in Norfolk, VA. He has a total of twelve completed novel manuscripts, six plays, and ten screenplays. As a dance teacher, he has been featured twice in the international education periodical Quality in Action.

Books by JRM

Books by JRM

Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author? When I was about nine years old and first read The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s descriptive writing enthralled me. To me, writing novels was how adults played games of make believe. Then in high school I discovered Kurt Vonnegut, who taught me that “literature” (which you have to say with a snooty accent) could also be vulgar. I was hooked.

 

In what genre do you write? I like the broad term “speculative fiction.” I’ve written sci fi, fantasy, supernatural, horror, paranormal, steampunk, thriller, mystery, adventure, super hero, Arthurian. I love crossing genres and trying to find a fresh spin on genre clichés. I wrote several episodes for an indie sci fi/paranormal internet series that died before it was born. I have written a number of plays actually set in the real world, and a bunch of “inspirational” stuff for dancers, including a column for a Texas dance magazine and several operational manuals for dance studios and teacher training programs.

 

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to? You know, I’ve tried to write romance a couple of times. I have a friend who edits for a romance press who wanted to publish me, but I just couldn’t get it to work. On the business side, there’s a bit of money to be made in romance and all its various permutations. Maybe I need a writing partner for that?

 

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen? Gonna work backward on this one. I use both paper and computer. I have a tablet for when I need to get away from the house, but there are times I just need to grab a notebook and sit under a tree. To be honest, the more I try to create a professional routine, the less I use notebook and pen. Transcribing always takes longer than cutting and pasting. As for process, I don’t trust outlines for novels. I paid for college as a debate judge and graduated with an English/philosophy major. In an outline, for me, every A needs a B and a C, and that can lead to very predictable stories. I use what I call “sketches.” I brainstorm into the computer with bits of story and snippets of dialog. With all the playwriting I’ve done, scenes often find their shape in dialog. I let myself freestyle the novel this way, following the advice of Alma Katsu: whenever I find myself stuck for the next plot point, I ask myself, “What’s the worst thing that could happen to my character?” I reject that and ask, “What’s even worse?” I reject that, too. When I figure out what’s even worse than that, then I start sketching again. On a side note, a lot of my writing is done in my head on long walks or staring at a tree. Once I have a scene sketched out, I play it over and over in my head until I know exactly how I want it to run, dialog included. Of course, once I actually start writing I often surprise myself.

 

Who are you(r) writing inspirations, famous or not? My friends inspire me. I have been amazingly fortunate to have some of the most amazing friends on the planet, far more than anyone else I know. I consider them my family. These are people for I’d take a bullet for (and end a sentence with a preposition for). My main goal as a writer is to share these amazing relationships with the world. So, when it comes down to it, I guess I’m still playing make believe games with my besties. They just don’t always know it. Bwa ha ha.

 

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)? Ha. Ha ha ha. Bwa ha ha ha ha ha. Oh dear gods. TONS! I’m revising an apocalyptic sci fi novel about the return of Jesus (it’s not what you think). I realized I was doing too much research when I decided to take my King James Bible with me to the coffee shop to study because it was by far the smallest book I had. I’m also working on a steampunk novel set in an alternate history where the Civil War lasted twenty years and the industrial revolution never happened. I took my nephews to the library yesterday and was browsing DVD’s. “Holy crap!” I exclaimed. “This is awesome!” Of course they wanted to know what amazing movie I’d found for us to watch. “It’s a biography of Nicolai Tesla! Oh my God, they have two!!” Sigh. The challenge is taking all that intense research and then rendering it invisible. No one cares but the author, but I like to think that it creates an authenticity the readers sense, even if they don’t know it. Also, I want to make sure I know my crap when I’m interviewed by Jon Stewart. Ha ha.

 

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to? Writing and revising always. Editing not so much. Every novel has a different sound track. A Consequence of Folly favors Mumford and Sons. Third Testament likes Sneaker Pimps. Tango with a Twist worked well with Korean Pop artists like Boa.

 

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun? That’s a funny question. I moved out to Virginia Beach two years ago on a sort of sabbatical from teaching dance to work on my novels. I have an amazing opportunity to live out here rent free, so I’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible writing so as not to waste the generosity of the friends who invited me. I’ve gained fifty pounds as a result! So now I’m trying to find more of a balance, getting outside more, hitting the beach, running, swimming and dancing.

 

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career? The phone call I received from Ray Bradbury! I’d adapted his short story “The Better Part of Wisdom” into a stage play and had written to him for permission to produce it. I corresponded with his agent a few times and sent a copy of the play. A few weeks later, the phone rang and this deep voice said, “Hello. This is Ray Bradbury.” He sounded exactly the way he’d introduced his TV show and I looked up at the row of his books lining the shelf in front of me. He liked the adaptation and offered a few suggestions, as well as asking if I’d consider a production with one of his own plays, since the script was a fairly short one. Best. day. ever. Unfortunately, the night of auditions was the worst snowstorm of the decade, so no one showed up. Then my personal life interrupted everything and the production never happened. I’ll always think of it as “the one that got away,” but that phone call was exhilarating.

 

Who created your amazing cover art? Me. Thanks! I do all my own design work, and most of my own photography.

 

Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to? I always need to thank Ryan and Hope Rooyakkers, who let me live here for free and make all this possible. I should also mention my editor Lauran Strait. Woot! Oh, and Rhea Gropper Petit just painted a wonderful portrait for the cover of “Consequence.” Google her and check out her stuff!

Tango with a Twist by John Robert Mack

Tango with a Twist by John Robert Mack

 

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel. Okay. Brief. Well, the series I’ve just started publishing is the Tango Triptych. The first novel is Tango with a Twist (available for FREE on my website ( http://johnrobertmack.com/?page_id=16) It has dancing, romance, bromance, a gay single dad, witchcraft and a devil bunny rabbit. Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Glee. No. Really. Two other projects are racing to be the next published. Third Testament: The Book of John is affectionately known as the “Jesus Clone book” and is being considered by a publisher!!! (So stoked.) It’s an apocalyptic sci fi/paranormal novel set in a future where Jesus makes a comeback, but isn’t what anyone expected. A Consequence of Folly is a steampunk novel where aliens invade Earth to enslave the human race and the only ones who can save the planet are a gay pirate and the First Lady. Hold onto your goggles and pack a clockwork monkey, the dirigible leaves at dawn!

 

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life? Terry Pratchett. You have no idea. He is the only author I can read again and again. I actually wrote the entire steampunk novel (A Consequence of Folly) just to enter an alternative history contest he sponsored, only to find out I can only enter if I’m a British citizen. Always read the fine print!

 

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why? How about series? The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. I’ve read all of them at least 3 or 4 times, and I’m not one to do that sort of thing. His language is so interesting that each and every sentence is a joy to read. Many editors claim that the goal of a writer is to keep the narrator/narration as invisible as possible, but Mr. Pratchett proves (to me anyway) that’s just silly. Why write all those words just to keep them inconspicuous? Also, he manages to write fun, fanciful tales while also creating brilliant satire. (By the way, don’t start with book 1 in the series. It took him a couple of novels to really figure out his style. I recommend Equal Rites as a good entry point. Another good place is The Wee Free Men, a recent YA novel in the same universe, but it exists as a standalone.)

 

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone? Books should never be left alone. They get lonely. They deserve all the attention they can get. I like the new trend (especially since The Lord of the Rings) to remain as faithful as possible to the original. Other than my own books (all of which I’d love to see on the big screen or the small) I’d have to say Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling. Forrest Gump the movie should NEVER have been made. The book was brilliant, the movie appalling. Don’t even get me started.

 

As a reader, what about a book turns you away? Bad grammar. Get an editor people! Oh, also getting twenty pages into a novel and A) nothing has happened or B) I already know how it’s going to end.

 

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it? Oh good Lord, put it down and don’t look back. There are too many novels out there who deserve our time and attention to waste it on books that need revision and editing. If you can’t grab me in 20 pages, it’s not worth my time. Isn’t that what we’re all told as writers? Novels by friends are a different story. Those I will trudge through. I often go to the library and grab ten books from the new arrivals section to keep up with what’s getting published. (There’s that research thing again.)  Most of it is crap, and I can’t get through it. Mind you, there are a number of amazingly successful books (Twilight and 50 Shades come to mind) that I forced myself to finish (while cutting myself with razor blades) in my ongoing effort to understand what sells. If you ever figure it out, please tell me. No. Really.

 

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around? I’m a whore. I’ll read any style of writing. I look for characters and relationships. Give me a group of friends battling together (or against one another) to overcome adversity and I’m hooked. Doesn’t matter if “adversity” means an alien horde or paying the rent on time.

 

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both? Both. I’m old enough to love the smell and feel of a good book, but I’ve moved around a lot in the past several years and understand that 1,000 novels are much easier to transport across the country on my e-reader.

 

Random Questions

Favorite movie? Room with a View. Go figure.

 

Favorite TV show? Okay, massive guilty pleasure. Beastmaster. New Zealand scenery, constant eye candy in a loincloth, and the best bromance in TV history. I can’t help myself.

 

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be? Anything with curry.

 

What’s your favorite candy/dessert? Carrot cake with way too much cream cheese frosting.

 

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sneaker Pimps, Peter Gabriel, Debussy, Danny Elfman, Bitter:Sweet, Pink Martini, oh hell, I could go on and on.

What’s your hidden talent? If I tell you, it’s no longer hidden is it?

 

What is your dream vacation? Me and a few close friends on our own private island in the tropics. Naked.

 

Thank you  John for taking the time to join me here on my little ‘ol blog! I really hope all of you enjoyed this funny and fantastic interview! Also, remember to get in contact with John!

 

Do you want to get in contact with John? Well here’s how!

 

Contact Information:

Author Name: John Robert Mack

Blog: http://johnrobertmack.com/?cat=2

Facebook:www.facebook.com/johnrobertmack

Twitter: Twitter shall be the downfall of the American Empire.

Goodreads: I suck. Still making this happen.

Book Links: http://johnrobertmack.com/?page_id=16 FREE!!

Email: john@johnrobertmack.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tennessee Valley Author Event

This past weekend, I had the privilege to attend the Tennessee Valley Author event in Knoxville. I had so much fun. When we arrived in Knoxville Friday, Katja and I were so hungry. So we decided to eat at the Cheesecake Factory again, just like we did in Birmingham. After we ate we ended up going to the mall just next door and walked around for a while. We found out that there was a movie theater in the mall so we stopped by it and took a look. There was a giant camera in there, it was so cool. I loved the theme of the Theater!

Giant Camera in the theater in the mall in knoxvilleIMG_43032759895223 After we got back to the Hotel room we decided to check out the gym downstairs. We worked out for about an hour and worked off the food from the Cheesecake Factory. Took showers and we were ready for bed.

The next morning we woke up ready for the day. When we got to the event, there were already people sitting in chairs outside the door to get in. There were going to be a lot of people there especially since it was only nine o’clock in the morning and it opened at twelve. After Katja and I set up the table we were ready. I walked around and met some of the other authors there and talked with them for a while. At twelve o’clock the doors opened and people swarmed in. We were the very first table when you walked in so we saw everyone. So many people stopped and we sold lots of books.

me sitting at the set up in knoxville for the Tennessee valley author event

For some people this was their first Author Event and they were so excited. One woman walked in, her name was Traci, and she just had the biggest smile on her face. You could tell she was so happy, and luckily I was the first table she came to.
IMG_42999468546223 Later that night we went to the after party and ran into Traci and Liz and ended up sitting with them at a table along with a couple of other people. We had a ball. I was laughing so hard my cheeks started hurting. I am so glad I got to meet these ladies.

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Overall the Weekend was so amazing, that night  we ate at Crackle Barrel and headed back to the hotel room. The next morning we ate at The Cheesecake Factory again and actually tried the cheesecake. Then sadly started back to Alabama. I want to thank Kathy Womack for letting us come this year and I hope we will get to come back next year. You did an amazing job putting everything together and you were so nice and perfect for being the host of this event. Awesome Job Kathy! Also I couldn’t have done it without my amazing assistant Katja.