Archive for January, 2012

Holly Bush

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Holly Bush was born in western Pennsylvania to two avid readers. There was not a room in her home that did not hold a full bookcase. She worked in the hospitality industry, owning a restaurant for twenty years and recently worked as the sales and marketing director in the hospitality/tourism industry and is credited with building traffic to capacity for a local farm tour, bringing guests from twenty-two states, booked two years out.  Holly has been a marketing consultant to start-up businesses and has done public speaking on the subject. Holly has been writing all of her life and is a voracious reader of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, particularly political and historical works. She has written four romance novels, all set in the U.S. West in the mid 1800’s. She frequently attends writing conferences, and has always been a member of a writer’s group. Holly is a gardener, a news junkie, and vice-president of her local library board and loves to spend time near the ocean. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the wife of a man more than a few years her junior.

You can find her books on Amazon  and Barnes & Noble.

Interview with Billy Purgatory author, Jesse James Freeman

Thursday, January 12th, 2012
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Hey friends! It's my favorite day of the week, and yes, I like it even better than Friday. You want to know why? Because I get to talk to my favorite authors right here in my own little pub. I am super excited to have one of my favorite Twitter pals join me at the bar, the totally badass, Jesse James Freeman! What are you drinking, Jesse?

JJF: Whiskey with a Whiskey chaser with one ice cube which I have smuggled in from Hoth.

blinks ... Ooooooooookay. ahem Well, friends, grab yourself a quick drink, pass the peanuts and settle in for a lesson on badassery from the man himself, Jesse. Just let me grab my scotch and away we go. :)

KD: I think I fell in love in Billy Purgatory. Where did inspiration for his character, and his story, come from? 

JJF: Wow, thanks so much for saying that about Billy.  At his core, he’s kind of a knuckle-head – but I think he has some qualities that manifest themselves as the story goes along that catches people off-guard.  A lot of it, actually, caught me off-guard as I was writing him. (more…)

GUEST POST: Indie e-books: A Fantastic Opportunity or a Disaster Waiting to Happen? by Rachel Abbott

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
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It's Wednesday, friends! Today is the day that I open my blog to the author I featured last week. Rachel wanted to share her thoughts on the self-published movement and I think you're going to find a lot of what she has to say interesting. Just please remember that everyone is entitled to their opinions and if you find yourself disagreeing with Rachel, myself or anyone in the comments that you express your differing opinion with respect. So without further ado, here is Rachel Abbott's post.

Indie e-books: A Fantastic Opportunity or a Disaster Waiting to Happen

I must start by saying that I am a huge fan of indie e-books – but I needed to get your attention!

I love the fact that writers everywhere are now able not only to publish books, but to take the vast majority of the revenue too. Unlike in a traditional bookstore, each book is given the same prominence – the same amount of “shelf space” – so even though most indie publishers, myself included, are working to a tight budget for publicity and have to rely on their own hard marketing efforts, I think it’s a great step in the right direction.

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Review of Billy Purgatory: I am the Devil Bird by Jesse James Freeman

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
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Classifying Billy Purgatory: I am the Devil Bird into a genre is like putting its main character, Billy Purgatory into a clean-cut character profile; not only can it not be done, but it shouldn’t. I could easily say that with the zombies, mythological creatures, the conflicts between the supernatural and humans, a hero with an unconventional upbringing with some romantic tension throughout the book that it could be considered urban fantasy. However, it’s not in the first person, as many urban fantasies are, and it takes place in the back woods, New York, Vietnam and beyond so people could argue its placement in that genre.

What Billy Purgatory is is too big to be categorized into the confines of just one genre. Simply put, its a story about a ten year old skateboarder who could care less about the world around him. However, when he’s faced with vampires and a monster he nicknamed the Time Zombie, Billy realizes that there is more out there that he wants to care less about. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how many times he turns his back to it, he soon learns that the gods have bigger plans for him. Ok, so maybe not so simple. (more…)

Jesse James Freeman

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Billy Purgatory is Jesse James Freeman’s first novel. He’s also studied psychology and film and scripted comics. When he’s not writing books, Jesse James trains falcons to kill Leprechaun Robots, and will continue to do so until the world is relatively safe. You can find Billy Purgatory: I am the Devil Bird at Amazon  and Barnes & Noble.

 

Interview with Rachel Abbott, author of Only the Innocent

Thursday, January 5th, 2012
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Hello friends! I have a special treat today, Rachel Abbott has traveled all the way from Italy to sit at our bar and discuss her thriller Only the Innocent. Not only is she giving us an inside look at her favorite characters, what makes a thriller thrilling and tricks of the trade... she brought us WINE! Really, folks, she truly is a good friend. ;) So, sit back and relax and enjoy the chat. Cheers!

KD: Not many thrillers deal with a woman killer, what was the inspiration behind Only the Innocent?

RA: I think it started with a programme on television about the percentage of criminals by gender. Whilst the number of female murderers is quite low, it does actually happen from time to time. So I started to wonder what would be so bad that a woman would actually have no option available other than to commit murder. For it to be a cold-blooded murder, it would also have to be a very clever plot with precision planning. So what combination of circumstances would make it impossible to just walk away from a problem? I explored lots of theories, and then tested them on myself. Would I commit murder for that? If the answer was ‘no’ then it wasn’t good enough. I should just point out, here, that I have never committed a murder – and have no plans to do so!

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You Can Call Me Al by Jeff Davis

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Happy Wednesday, friends! Last week’s featured author, Jeff Davis, stopped by the bar the other day and shared a little story with me that is inspiring, heartwarming and share-worthy. So I asked him if he wouldn’t mind putting his words down and posting the little story on my blog. Here it is friends, sit back and relax and meet a man called Al. 

You Can Call Me Al

 

Looking back on the past year, I can see how much my life has been a whirlwind of random events: from a serious car accident, doing disaster recovery work for the victims of the Mississippi River flood late spring and most of the summer, to finally finishing and publishing Preying Angels and meeting a lot of great people along the way. All in all, I won’t say the year was a success, but I can testify that it was never predictable.

I would have never imagined that during the year I would become better friends with a local contractor named Al. Al and I hit it off when we first met, but when I returned from nine months in Nashville, we really became close. During my roughest times he would encourage me and help me get through them. I don’t remember ever telling him about Preying Angels and my desire to write and publish but it came out sometime last spring when I was still trying to polish, edit, and get everything together. (more…)

Review of Only the Innocent by Rachel Abbott

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

 

Rachel Abbott’s Only the Innocent is not your average “who dunnit” murder mystery. The question that drives this thriller is not “who” did it, but “why”. Abbott carefully constructed a world of mystery, depravity, sex, violence, manipulation and intrigue on so many different levels that I can honestly say you truly have to read until the last page to understand and appreciate the complexity of the story.

 

Philanthropist Hugo Fletcher is known world wide for his charitable works rescuing Eastern-European prostitutes from their dark world and giving them a second chance with a new job and foster family. However, there is a darkness to him that the flashing bulbs of the cameras hide. When he is found dead in the middle of sexual act, it is up to Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas to uncover the truth behind Hugo’s all too perfect public persona and unmask the vileness that was known to only those closest to him. It seems everyone who comes in contact with Hugo has a secret and it’s Douglas’ job to weave through the tangled web of deception and perversion to find the killer. (more…)

E. A. West

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Elizabeth Ann West is a jane-of-all-trades, mistress to none. For the last three years, she has sold her nonfiction articles to websites and marketing firms. Before choosing a career in writing, she made magic at Walt Disney World and performed as a Quality Technician for Alcoa. Fiction is her next mountain to conquer. Originally from southeastern Virginia, her family now moves wherever the Navy sends them. CANCELLED, her debut novel, can be found on Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble.

Janelle Jensen

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

After taking years off of writing, Janelle Jensen’s self imposed hiatus has now ended.  She is currently getting back into the rhythm of writing by working on flash fiction pieces, which can be found at her website.  She finds inspiration in the imagery of words, as well as through the camera she often has stuck to her face.  When she is not playing with words, she can often be found volunteering at a wolf research and education park, where she works with her real-life muses.