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Everyone please welcome author Vicki-Ann Bush!

1. What’s the title of your latest release? Link?

The Fulfillment

http://www.amazon.com/Fulfillment­Vicki­Ann­Bush­ebook/dp/B00PSJ7DJO/ref=sr_1_1?

ie=UTF8&qid=1424887998&sr=8­1&keywords=vicki­ann+bush

2. Why do you like writing in this genre?

The possibilities of the imagination are endless.

3. What do you like to read?

I am a huge supernatural fan. My favorite author is Dean Koontz, but I’ve enjoyed several Ann Rice and Stephen King books as well.

4. Favorite movie?

Most of my faves involve time travel, but Somewhere in Time, is one of my favorites. Although I love Arsenic and Old Lace, which is neither time travel or supernatural.

5. What are your writing habits? Music or silence?  Daily regimen or spurts of creativity?

I’m all over the place. It depends on my mood. Most of the time, I have certain pieces of music for each book. On a rare occasion there is silence. I would like to say daily regimen, but I’m more of the spurts of creativity type. I aspire to the daily regimen though.

6. What was the most surreal moment you’ve had as a author?

When I received my first contract offer.

7. How can readers find you?

The following is a list of where readers can find me and my books:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_10?url=search-
alias%3Dstripbooks&field­keywords=vicki­ann+bush&sprefix=vicki­ann+%2Caps%2C227

Author FB page https://www.facebook.com/VickiAnn.Bush.Author

Author Blog http://vickiannbush.blogspot.com

Author Web page http://www.vickiannbush.com

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Vicki­Ann­Bush?

store=allproducts&keyword=Vicki­Ann+Bush

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2947321.Vicki_Ann_Bush

8. What do you know now about being published that you wish you’d known before submitting?

Editing can be grueling. I now spend more time with polishing than when I first began submitting.

9. Favorite snack/drink while writing?

Coffee, wine and dark chocolate.

10. Look at your writing area…what’s the item you keep to inspire you (piece of artwork, figurine)?

A tin can that my daughter gave me when she was in grade school. It’s filled with various pens , pencils and markers.

Thanks for stopping by, Vicki-Ann! Good luck with the books!

BB

Good morning!

Yep, I checked. It is still morning in my part of the world. Though my back’s lobbying for another few hours of sleep.

I was gone all weekend, camping. I have a lot of fun with the Society for Creative Anachronism, re-creating the Middle Ages as they should’ve been. Less plague, more sunscreen!

Okay, so I skimped on the sunscreen part this weekend.

I was in charge of the merchants on site, and had a small table set up with books. Sold two copies of ‘Daughter of Hauk’, and talked with several people. It amazes me how often someone will see books being sold at an event like this (craft fair, street fair, etc) and still ask if the person selling them is the author. And, when I said I was, they got all excited. I guess I’m still not used to the idea of someone seeing my job as glamorous.

Then again, they only see one side of it. The finished product. They don’t see how many hours a day we spend writing, editing, or working on blurbs. They don’t see us spending hours trying to decide on a title after discovering there’s hundreds on Amazon with the one you had in mind. Or digging through really worn copies of baby name books to find the ‘perfect’ name for a character.

Writing isn’t all book signings and movie deals. It’s spending hours in the sun, glad for a bit of shade, and waiting. Hoping. Because sales don’t happen by accident. Success is earned, not a given. And you’re going to end up with a sunburned nose every now and then.

On another note…Solstice is opening up to fan fiction! The Raven Chronicles is one of the worlds that’s available, too. I’ve already been told there’s a short story under contract for it. It’s truly humbling to find out something you wrote affected someone so much that they had to write a story associated with it.

If you want to know more about our fan fic line, check out this site: http://solsticepublishing.com/to-write-fan-fiction/

BB

Good morning!

I need more coffee. LOL. It’s one of those mornings where I’m trying to get so much done that I’m thinking I need some sort of i.v. pole hooked up with my coffee machine.

The road from the day you start writing until you hit the level of success you dream of is long. Longer than most of us want to traverse. Some of us have the patience for it, stick to it during the rocky parts. Find ways to swing over the pits and keep moving forward. Others don’t. They give up and go home, either convinced they’re a failure or blaming anyone else they can on their lack of overnight success.

What those authors don’t realize is the thing that keeps the rest of us going is remembering the small victories along the way. How it felt to get that first contract…holding your book in your hands as a printed copy for the first time….seeing someone’s face light up because they’re meeting a ‘real’ author and knowing it’s you they’re so excited to meet.

Reading a review from someone you don’t know, that loves your book. Getting emails or messages on Twitter/FaceBook from readers asking when the next book is coming out.

Being asked for your autograph or to pose for a photo with a reader. Signing the Wall of Fame at Powell’s Books in Portland, OR.

These small things matter. They’re not going to happen every day. Some only happen once, others will have months in between. We use the memories of these moments to get us through the bad times. The dry months when no one wants to buy a book or leave a review.

And we should never forget them.

BB

So, Solstice Shadows has another GREAT crop of books on countdown deals this week! There’s some awesome summer reading in here, so be sure to grab your copies while they’re on sale!

Mark of the Successor by KateMarie Collins – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HFF3SH0?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Fiery Arrow by Sheila Lamb – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N47LDTS?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Room 629 by Vicki-Ann Bush – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W80HU80?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Medallion of the Undead by Anthony Rudzki -http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00T3KNH7Q?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Tread Carefully on the Sea by David Bryant – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OJD7QGU?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Happy summer reading!

BB

Morning.

At least, I think it is. The sun is up. It’s going to be warm for us (Don’t laugh. Seattle-ites think anything over 80 is too warm, 85 and up is a heat wave and we hide in caves.), and there doesn’t seem to be enough coffee in my bloodstream. And that’s after two cups (one is my normal). Yep, it’s going to be a long day.

Something I’ve struggled with, and I know other authors have, is accepting credit for what we’ve created. I’m not talking about authors whose ego is bigger than a 747. I’m talking about those of us who are either operating under the assumption that somehow we got lucky and someone bought our book. Read it, reviewed it, and loved it.

Accepting that we created something that others enjoy is daunting. In my case, I grew up thinking nothing I did would be ‘good enough’. That someone else would be better, and I’d only get a shot because of some miracle from above.

It’s taken me a few years to accept that I’m a published author because I wrote books. GOOD books. Ones worth reading. And that I got my contracts because of that work. That my Goddess, your God, etc., had nothing to do with it.

You heard me. God doesn’t work on your behalf in publishing. YOU work on your behalf. YOU get out there and promote. You smile and do interview after interview. You make the cold calls at local book stores, share your work at the library, and contact book clubs.

You wrote the book. It was your idea, your inspiration, your words. Your pain while you edited and revised it. Your courage when you hit that send button time and time again. Your determination to see your work up for sale that kept you going as you got rejection letters.

Am I blessed by my Goddess? Yes. She gave me a talent. That’s it. What I do with that gift, and where it leads is up to me. She put my feet on the path, but I’m the one walking it.

BB

P.S. – the Solstice Shadows contest is still open for submissions! Don’t forget to check out what they’re looking for here: http://solsticepublishing.com/solsticeshadows

Morning, everyone!

Wow…it’s been a while since I’ve had THIS busy of a Monday morning! LOL But, this is publishing. Things happen over weekends that have to be dealt with on Monday. And it makes for a day that flies by!

One of the fun things going on is that Solstice Shadows has a contest that’s now open for entries! Seriously, you need to check it out and enter something! Great prizes, and an even better House for you and your book to thrive in!

http://solsticepublishing.com/solsticeshadows

On another bit of good news, I’ve taken a few steps forward to becoming a panelist at Geek Girl Con! The con is in Seattle, WA from October 10-11. It celebrates women in pop culture/geekdom, which is a great thing to spend two days talking about! Women are a big force in comics, pop culture, video games, books, etc. We write books and code, work on design and publishing, and do everything a guy can do. Plus, we usually smell better! LOL.

If you want a great weekend, check out the details on their website: http://geekgirlcon.com/

BB

The holiday threw me off a little. Should’ve posted this then, but was too busy with family stuff.

Everyone welcome V. M. Lopez!

1. What’s the title of your latest release? Link?

Journey to Tattva is my latest fantasy release. It can be found at: solsticepublishing.com/tattva-journey-to-tattva/

2. Why do you like writing in this genre?

I like writing fantasy and science fiction because there is more freedom of imagination. If something doesn’t make sense logically, you can just make up a reason why it does and people will usually accept that. I also like to imagine myself in my own books as I am writing them, and there is just something about the way the stories make me feel that compel me to keep writing them.

3. What do you like to read?

I love to read a lot of dark fantasy, mostly Anne Rice. I do adore the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich though as well.

4. Favorite movie?

This is a toss up between “Say Anything” with John Cusack and “Ever After” with Drew Barrymore. My movie selections are typically opposite of my books selections for some odd reason.

5. What are your writing habits? Music or silence? Daily regimen or spurts of creativity?

When I first sit down to write, I typically start out by staring at the wall for the first 10 minutes. I just sort of zone out and reach deep into my mind, putting myself into “the zone” where I can tune out everything else around me. For some reason, old Motown ballads help me to get the creative juices flowing. When it’s too quiet, I tend to get scatterbrain so I need the music to relax.

6. What was the most surreal moment you’ve had as a author?

My most surreal moment is when Journey to Tattva was picked up by Solstice Publishing. Although I think the book is wonderful, I was having a heck of a time getting even my own family to read it. I really began to doubt myself.

7. How can readers find you?

Readers can find me on my Facebook page at facebook.com/V.M.LopezBooks or on Twitter @VictoriaLopez84. I also have a page on Amazon, amazon.com/author/vmlopez, where you can find info on my other books, reviews and events.

8. What do you know now about being published that you wish you’d known before submitting?

I don’t think there is anything in particular I could say I wish I knew before submitting. I had contemplated submitting for a while and done my fair share of research, so I pretty much knew what to expect. If anything, I wish I had known how simple Solstice made the entire publishing process because I would have submitted things a lot sooner!

9. Favorite snack/drink while writing?

I always have a large cup of coffee close by when I’m writing. As the day progresses, I try to switch over to water, but that is easier said than done!

10. Look at your writing area…what’s the item you keep to inspire you (piece of artwork, figurine)?

My writing area itself is what inspires me. I sit at a very old, very beautiful dining room table that I inherited from my Great Great Grandmother. There is a certain energy that illuminates from it and it uplifts and motivates me. It is sort of like a pat on the back from beyond; encouragement to keep on going.

BB

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