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I know, it’s not a Monday…but this is so awesome it couldn’t wait!

Today, international best selling author Lizzy Stevens came by to say hi!

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Her book’s got a new cover, new edits, and is perfect for a lazy afternoon!

 

 
2nd Edition

Revised 8-14-13

Amazon Best Seller

#35  in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Anthologies

Rachel Connors loved her life, and her job as a manager at a ski resort in Aspen Colorado, but after learning she was ill, she decided to take a long needed vacation to her parent’s home. This was when she met Kyle Landers, who in her absence had moved into her parent’s lives, and before he’d even met Rachel, Kyle had decided not to like her. Kyle had been alone in the world when Rachel’s parents had taken him in; and he couldn’t understand why their ungrateful daughter had chosen to distance herself from them. 

Rachel and Kyle grew closer, and she knew she was falling for him. Everything changed when  Rachel was scheduled to meet Kyle, but a call from her doctor summoned her back to Aspen, telling her parents there was a problem at work. When Kyle hears of this, he boards a plane to find her, learning the truth of her condition. Their love blossomed but it was to be short lived when on their flight back to the ranch the plane crashed. Despite an extensive search, Kyle was never found, and Rachel was forced to go on without him.

Four years had passed, and Rachel’s relationship with Marcus, her new boyfriend, was moving to a different level, but at the same time, the thought dead Kyle had come out of his coma; his mind lost in the events four years earlier. After Rachel accepted Marcus’ proposal, Kyle returns, leaving Rachel with a dilemma. For four years Marcus had been by her side, but now Kyle was back, wanting her just as much as he had the day of the crash. She needed to get away to make her decision, so she left for Aspen, only Kyle followed her to try to convince her that they belonged together. 

Who will Rachel Chose? Is Kyle’s love enough to bring her back to him?

 
 
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Good Morning!

And welcome to a new thing I’ll be doing each month. On the last Monday, I’m going to feature another author! Going to strive to keep it within the sci-fi/fantasy genres for now.

Today, we get to meet a Solstice Shadows author and all around amazing author, Margo Bond Collins! Her latest release, “Fairy, Texas” is a great read!

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

Fairy, Texas (http://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Texas-Margo-Bond-Collins-ebook/dp/B00I7BTMJ4/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1393254186&sr=8-1&keywords=Fairy%2C+Texas )

2, Why do you like writing in this genre?

I love writing paranormal mysteries because they allow me to examine our mundane, everyday existence through the lens of the unusual.  I get to play “what if” all day long.

3.What do you like to read?

A little bit of everything! I have favorites in almost all categories of books. I’m a college English professor in my other life, so I read fiction and non-fiction. But I’m particularly fond of fantasy in all its incarnations. I love books by Neil Gaiman, Robin McKinley, Carrie Vaughn, Janny Wurts, Rachel Vincent, China Mieville, and Holly Black.

4. Favorite movie?

I like storytelling of all kinds and I watch movies almost as much as I read, so I doubt I could come up with a favorite. I am a huge sci-fi fan, though—the cheesier, the better! Right now, I’m eagerly awaiting the Veronica Mars movie, due out in March.

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

Generally, I prefer silence. I’ve tried both a daily regimen and just going with the flow of creativity, and I have ended up combining them. I force myself to write for at least an hour a day, no matter how I’m feeling; but if I have a burst of creativity, I go with it!  I have a home office dedicated to work; I write best when I’m sitting at my desk. But when I get stuck, I go for a walk or a drive to shake out the cobwebs.

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

Getting fan mail. I had a lovely email message from a writer who loved my first novel, Waking Up Dead, and told me it had encouraged her to keep writing. I was incredibly excited!

7. How can readers find you?

Connect with Margo

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/margobondcollins

Email: MargoBondCollins@gmail.com

Website: http://www.MargoBondCollins.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoBondCollin  @MargoBondCollin

Google+: https://plus.google.com/116484555448104519902

Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/vampirarchy

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MargoBondCollins

Facebook Novel Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Waking-Up-Dead/502076076537575

Tumblr: http://vampirarchybooks.tumblr.com/

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

Manic Readers: http://www.manicreaders.com/MargoBondCollins/

 

Be sure to add Fairy, Texas to your Goodreads bookshelves: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19502285-fairy-texas

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

Honestly, I only wish that I’d had the courage to submit to indie publishers sooner—I’m loving the experience of being a published fiction author!

9. Favorite snack/drink while writing?

Coffee until noon. Tea in the afternoon. Decaf coffee and/or tea in the evening.

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

I actually have copies of the first pages of my publishing contracts thumb-tacked to the wall in front of my desk! Having them in view helps keep me focused on my goals.

 

Thanks so much for having me here, Kate! 

 

BB

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I love storms. Wind, rain…all of it.

As long as I’m home, cozy, warm, and not driving in it anyway. LOL We aren’t discussing how much I still dislike snow after my last real encounter kept me from my event.

Right now, it’s the kind I love. Rain is coming down in sheets, echoing throughout the house as it hits the skylight in the kitchen. The ambient light in the house has dimmed from the heavy clouds blocking what sun we had even thirty minutes ago. There’s been enough of a drop in temperature that I’m thinking I should find a shawl.

This is the kind of weather that makes me want to disappear into my writing. Find the muse, delve into a scene, close my eyes and let my fingers find the words.

There’s an electricity to the air right now. It both energizes me and has me thinking of possibilities. What if…..

Two of the best words I know of 🙂

Besides, when it’s storming like this, I’m not distracted as easily. The focus is there. I may love storms, but I’m not going to go chase a butterfly in one!

My characters might, though!

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So, last week. After all the anticipation and preparation, the book club visit got cancelled. Not because of me. The weather was far from co-operative!

Here in the Pacific NW, we don’t see snow often. Let me correct that a little. The east side of Washington and Oregon do. Us west coast residents are used to a drippy kind of precipitation over a white, fluffy kind.

Now, I grew up with snow. Not a big one to me. I know how to drive in it, and I know how to avoid those who don’t. But when the local area is getting so inundated that higher ups decide to send all non-essential personnel home, cancel visitors and volunteers, and hunker down for the night…there’s not much I can do.

So, I turned around and headed home. Managed to become intimately acquainted with a ditch in the process. I’m fine, van is fine, and a very nice gentleman who helped me get out may see himself as having a cameo in a future book. 

Maybe me being fine was the wrong thing to say. I was disappointed that the event was cancelled, even though we’re already trying to reschedule. This was the first time I’d been invited to come to a group and discuss one of my books. This was huge for me. And more than one or two angry tears fell on the long drive home.

The next day, I felt the aftermath of spending almost 10 hours driving my van non stop. Okay, it was mostly riding my brake as I waited for traffic to move, but you understand the concept. What should be, at most, a 6 hour round trip was almost double due to the traffic and accidents from those unfortunate people who don’t know how to drive in snow. As bad as I felt like my day had been, it wasn’t as bad as theirs. I saw the twisted metal, overturned vans, and camper trailers sitting in the back of a pick up truck. I was sore, and my brain was in a fog most of Friday, but I wasn’t in the hospital. And my car wasn’t dented.

There was some good news to come home to. I ran a five day free promo on Amazon for “Mark of the Successor”. When I got home, it was sitting at #8 for free books>science fiction and fantasy>fantasy>coming of age! Overall, the promotion went very well. 1447 copies were downloaded, the vast majority in the U.S. But there were downloads in eight other countries! I know I hit best seller lists for free books in three of those countries, and I’m thrilled. Now to see if reviews come in, or these readers are intrigued enough by my writing to buy other books.

BB

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It was a good week. Especially for fans of the Seattle Seahawks.

Yeah, I’m a football fan. I’m not one of those who plays in a fantasy league, knows the stats for certain players, or plays armchair quarterback. In my opinion, the coach knows more about the game than I do and I won’t second guess him.

And, to be honest, I don’t know WHO would second guess Pete Carroll after yesterday’s Super Bowl.

That may have been the perfect end to a great week, but it wasn’t the only good thing. 

“Mark of the Successor” is now under contention for the 2013 Kafka Prize. There’s no way anyone can put in a vote, so I’m not asking for help with the outcome. Well wishes, crossed fingers, lit candles, and prayers to the deity of your choosing are most welcome, however. I’m sure the results won’t be announced for months yet.

As you all know, I released two short story anthologies as ebooks in December. Well, in order to get a print version, we’re going to combine them into a single book. You’ll still be able to get them separately as ebooks, but you only have to buy one print version!

The cover came back to me for final approval over the weekend. What do you all think?

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It should be going live soon…stay in touch for a link!

My book club visit is this week. Nerves are going nuts! I re-read “Mark of the Successor” and have resisted the urge thus far of tweaking it any further. That’s a toughie for authors. Learning to stop writing a book once it’s released.

I’m going to start something new this month, here on my blog. I’m going to do a Last Monday with (insert name of author here) feature post on the last Monday of each month. My focus will be on sci-fi/fantasy authors for the first year or so, and I’ve already lined up guests through the summer! I hope you like reading about these great authors and how they get going!

BB

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