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Authors with Flair interview with…Angela Kay Austin

She’s done everything from songwriting to acting, not to mention she plays various musical instruments, fellow VHP author and resident superstar, Angela Kay Austin is definitely a writer you want to get to know more about.  Her books including her latest, Rumer, is out now on amazon and all other ebook devicesrumer_cvr_for_nt_book_club_extras

When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer professionally?

As a child, I dreamed about selling book, one day.  That it would become a super bestseller, and that I’d be able to do all kinds of great things for my parents and travel  But, in order for that to happen, I guess that you actually have to submit something, once in awhile.  I submitted a few stories to teen magazines and magazines for women over the years, but none of them were ever published.  It was not until Love’s Chance was published that I realized this dream could be realized!

In less than 30 words, tell us about “Rumer”

The story of a woman: wife, mother who forgot that she once felt and, still deserved, a passionate love, not just friendship from her man and love of her children.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

I would steal the cast from Addicted!  Rumer would be played by Sharon Leal, and William Levy would be an awesome Sebastian Ortiz.  I’d have to replace Boris Kodjoe (sadly) with Morris Chestnut (smiles.)

why did you write “Rumer”? or better yet where did the plot idea come from?  When the idea for this story came to me, there were a lot of stories in the news about Ministers and their sexual orientation.  I scrubbed the original idea for Rumer, and the resulting book, I think, is much more the story I wanted to tell verses feeding in to what was happening then.

If you could only pick two people, living or dead, famous or not, to read your book, who would they be and why?

Maya Angelou.  I have loved her my entire life.  Her books inspired me, and I would only hope that mine could one day touch a fraction of the people her work has.  Toni Morrison.  Who hasn’t read something by Toni Morrison, and when they finished it, didn’t think…wow.  Her work makes me think and feel.  To be such an expert in that ability is unimaginable for me.  Ahh… A girl can dream.

Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

I don’t really write racy.  I do write passion, and I think I write them pretty well Male emotion is hard for me.  I always have to tap my resident pool of men on the shoulder to ask them if or why or when would a man do or say certain things.  It’s the only way that I feel I can make my men more legitimate, and not just my watered down version.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Buy a home in Italy!  With a huge wine cellar

Are you on facebook or twitter?

I can be found at: @AngelaKayAustin or www.FaceBook/AngelaKayAustin

Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

Love’s Chance was my first, but it’s no longer available.  My first publisher no longer exists.  I plan to release it as a self-published work.  Currently, I have six pieces that are available.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Broken Dreams, True Fantasies

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Tackled by the Girl Next Door by Susan Scott Shelley and Veronica Forand

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When a retired NFL player returns home to sort out his life, he finds his future in the girl next door.

Jason Black is a newly retired professional football player. Forced off the playing field due to an injury, he returns to his hometown to contemplate his future and finds solace in his relationship with his best friend, Samantha O’Brien.

Jason Black is a newly retired professional football player. Forced off the playing field due to an injury, he returns to his hometown to contemplate his future and finds solace in his relationship with his best friend, Samantha O’Brien.

Sam has spent the past five years caring for her younger brother. Home from college for Thanksgiving break, he parties hard and bullies his sister. When Jason comes to her defense, protecting her from a crowd of drunken college kids, Sam begins seeing him as more than a friend. Yet, she fears acting on their attraction could ruin the friendship she’s grown to depend upon.

Just one kiss changes everything for Jason. Sam is no longer the girl next door but the woman of his dreams. Now, he just has to convince her that his feelings are real. But when the football world comes calling again and career decisions are on the line, both sacrifice all to put the other’s needs first. They must decide whether to follow their hearts and make the catch of a lifetime.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Release Date: October 15, 2014

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22710011-tackled-by-the-girl-next-door

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Susan Scott Shelley is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

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She currently resides outside Philadelphia with her very own Superhero and spends her days writing about tough heroes, smart heroines, and love being the strongest magic there is. In addition to writing romances, she is also a professional voiceover artist. Her favorite things include running, sports, hard rock and old Hollywood movies.

Susan is represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency.

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Author Veronica Forand

Veronica Forand is an attorney and an award-winning writer of romantic suspense.

She’s lived in Boston, London, Paris, Geneva, and Washington, DC and currently resides near Philadelphia. An avid traveler, she loves to roam across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate.

Veronica is represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency.

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Website:  http://www.susanscottshelley.com/

Blog:  http://www.susanscottshelley.com/#!blog/c1cod

Social Links – Veronica Forand

Facebook Author Page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Veronica-Forand/309646382425740

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Tom calls December for the first time…Weekend Writing Warriors…#8sunday…10/12/2014

Hey All! I’m back again doing the #8sunday with the wonderful  Weekend Writing Warriors!  I really loved reading the other snippets! This week’s excerpt from my debut novella The Trouble with Playing Cupid shows the scene where Tom kinda sorta prank calls December…

“Hello?” December whispered into her phone, trying not to wake up Terrence, who
thankfully hadn’t stirred.
“What kind of name is December anyway?” Tom blurted out, cringing even
though he was all alone in his hotel room.
“Um, who is this?” She asked, warily, tiptoeing into the living room area.
“I am so sorry, I don’t know why I said that,Can we start again? “He said apologetically.

Tom could practically feel her eyes narrow.
“Is this a telemarketer?” She responded, suspiciously.
“No it’s Tom. Tom Elmswood.” Such a long bout of silence held the line that he
thought maybe she’d hung up on him.

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Authors with Flair: Lauren Shiro

Next up in my Author spotlight is the amazing Lauren Shiro, acclaimed author of the Loving Her Series. A collection of compelling stories of love that knows no bounds are an absolute must read. It was such an absolute pleasure to interview someone who writes such fascinating, inspiring contemporary LGBT fiction and romance novels.  I couldn’t wait to learn more about her and now you get to do so too! Consider it a gift :)
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When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer professionally?
As far back as I can remember. LOL. Writing has always been my dream. While most kids would run out and play or ride their bicycle, I was up in my room writing “novels.” It’s just who I am and what I do.

In less than 30 words, tell us about “The Loving Her series”?
Eeek! LOL. I hope I can do this. LOL. Ok: A series of interwoven stories about love, life, and friendship “starring” some extraordinary women.

What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?
That’s a toughie. I get teary-eyed all the time! LOL. One of my all-time tear-jerkers is Seven Pounds. I watch it from time to time, knowing it’s going to tear me apart. LOL. For me, it is easily one of the best written stories and a movie that has tremendous depth and emotion. So, I’ll go with that one. LOL.

Do you have a specific writing style?
Not a formal style, per se. I just go with what comes to me in words and images. My writing voice is my voice. I believe that all writers have their own unique voices and writing styles. So, mine is just my own.

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
Probably. I’m a bit of a talker. LOL.

If you could only pick two people, living or dead, famous or not, to read your book, who would they be and why?
First would be my grandfather. He was the most important person in my life. He always supported my writing. He passed away on April 3, 2013. I would love for him to see how well my writing has come along (and to see that I dedicated the entire Loving Her series to him).
Secondly, I would love to have Gabriel Garcia Marquez read my work. He is a literary giant, in my opinion. His work was very influential on me. I would love to see and hear what he would think of my work (he passed away earlier this year).

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Divide it up. I would take enough to give my family a comfortable life (maybe get a toy or two), but I’d also give some back to family and friends who have always been there for us. Most importantly, I would give a large portion of it to different charities and organizations that I believe in. I don’t need that much, and if I am given the opportunity to help others, I will absolutely take than opportunity and give.

Are you on facebook or twitter?
I am. My Facebook page is Facebook.com/laurenshiro77
My twitter is twitter.com/authorlshiro @authorlshiro

Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)
It is and it isn’t. The gang from the Loving Her series have been with me for ages. Their original stories were my first jump back into fiction writing (back in 2006). Since the original release, I’ve written other novels and short stories. I was just given the amazing opportunity to revisit them and to really write the stories that those women deserved.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?
I have a paranormal story called Piannissimo coming out this fall, which I am VERY excited about. I have also begun to work on a story called Life, Upside Down. Stay tuned for more details for both of those.


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December consoles her friend…Weekend WritingWarrior…#8sunday…10/5/2014

Hey All! I’m back again doing the #8sunday with the wonderful  Weekend Writing Warriors!  I really loved reading the other snippets! This week’s excerpt from my debut novella The Trouble with Playing Cupid shows the scene where December consoles her friend and stylist,Terrence on his very recent heartbreak.

“Sugar pie, you can’t lay there all night. You can sulk just as good on the bed.” Terrence turned his face to the side and stared at December with the saddest brown eyes she’d ever seen.

“It’s more pathetic this way, so just kill me now because I can never face him again.”

“He didn’t seem to mind too much, I think he’s known for some time.”

“That’s what makes it worse.” he opined, turning his head away from her so she couldn’t see his tears. Tossing his jacket on the chair a few feet from her, she laid down next to him on the carpeted hotel floor and cuddled him close.

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Elite Book Tours Interview with Chinese Walls author, David Clive Price

Hi All, I’m the author of The Trouble with Playing Cupid,Tamara Philip. When Elite Book Tours offered me the chance to interview David Clive Price as he introduces to the world his latest novel, the intensely gripping Chinese Walls, I jumped at the chance. David is nearly as fascinating as any of his worldly characters so it is with great pleasure that I share what I learned about him with all of you.

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In less than 30 words, tell us about The Chinese Walls?
The story of a corporate (married) high-flyer who risks all on a secret gay relationship in Hong Kong and almost loses everything by not being true to himself. 
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How long did it take you to write The Chinese Walls?
6 months but with many revisions afterwards as I widened the scope and theme.
3-why did you write it? or better yet where did the plot idea come from?
I worked as a speechwriter in Hong Kong and London for business and political leaders before I set out on my own. I wrote it in both London and Hong Kong. I was an ‘out’ gay man at work, and my Chinese partner came to the office to meet me sometimes. But what if I wasn’t out (many were and are not)? What would have happened? And what about all my women friends in the company? They were facing similar or related problems with the male hierarchy. A cross-cultural novel about there glass ceiling and the glass closet came to my mind – and I was the right one to write it.
4-If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Buy a traditional secluded house in a small rural suburb of Kyoto, within 20 mins of the city centre by bus, and get my partner to stop working at a  dead end job and live with me there.
5-When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer professionally
Strangely enough, more or else the same time I began struggling with the idea that I was gay – at about 12 years of age.
6- If money was not an issue, what one thing would you love to do?
Found an educational academy for aspiring young Asians that don’t have the money for college (and a scholarship for Asia-based writers at my Cambridge college)
7-When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
Hahah. No, rather the opposite. Lots of books, yes. But I’ve lived a thousand lives on the road as a writer and travel writer and cultural deep-diver (I love to go right on into news cultures – that’s my life and now my business too.
8-If you could only pick two people, living or dead, famous or not, to read your book, who would they be and why?
I would love John Kander, the composer half of Kander & Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago etc), to see I made good and can write the novels he always said I could write when I was his occasional house guest in NYC in the 1970s-1980s. The other one would be Charles Dickens, who wrote about all kinds of socially taboo subjects.
9- Do you think Life experiences, research or just your imagination makes you a better a writer?
Imagination no.1, closely followed by life experiences.
10-What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Diving Right In.

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Biography

David Clive Price has had a passion for Asia’s peoples and cultures ever since he went to Japan in the 1980s and wrote a book about his travels throughout the country. This passion developed further in Hong Kong, where he struggled to make ends meet as a writer in the 1990s, wrote economic reports about Asian countries, and travelled all over the region researching features for international magazines. Finding himself on his pin ends with his Chinese spouse in a walk-up one-room apartment above a nightclub in Hong Kong, he resolved to join the corporate world and became Chief Speechwriter for Asia for one of the world’s leading banks. It was 1995. Hong Kong was preparing to return to China. David spent the next few years writing speeches to be given all over Asia and the world. He also began publishing a series of books on South Korea, Hong Kong, China, India, and Buddhism in the daily life of Asia.

Freeing himself from corporate life, he set up his own consultancy advising Asian multinationals and Western companies with Asian operations on their strategic and intercultural communications. This experience, and the challenges he faced launching his own business, form the basis of his new book The Master Key to Asia: A 6-Step Guide to Unlocking New Markets and his innovative Master Key Series on the business cultures, etiquettes and customs of Asia’s high-growth markets. Check out his blog posts atwww.davidcliveprice.com and his daily posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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He has written books on the ‘lost civilization’ of rural Italy, music and Catholic conspiracies in Elizabeth I’s England, Buddhism in the daily life of Asia, the secret world of China’s Forbidden City, the intricacies of corporate life in London and Hong Kong, off-the-beaten track Seoul and South Korea, and the underworld of 1980s New York.
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Authors with Flair: Chelle Cordero

At Vanilla Heart Publishing, we have a dream team of 8 insanely talented writers and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the brilliant, Chelle Cordero, the award winning author of ‘A Chaunce of Riches‘ plus 9 more equally fantastic novels. She’s also a full-time freelance journalist for multiple publications;her articles appear regularly throughout North America and she writes a monthly column on NYS Emergency Medical Services issues as a NYS Emergency Medical Technician (First Responder News).

Her heartfelt, passionate novels will have you at the edge of your seat and it was such a treat to get to know the woman behind her work.

In less than 30 words, tell us about  “A Chaunce of Riches”?

How far would you go for love? Sam and Ben were meant to be together, but a car accident changed all that.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Actually I usually visualize the scenes as I’m writing them, just as if I was watching a movie, so in many cases I write the characters with the actors in mind.

Ben Johnson:  Galen Gehring

Samantha Chaunce: Liv Tyler

Do you have a specific writing style?

I am not a plotter, I’m a pantser. My characters come to life as I write and while there are times I rope them back in they pretty much “write” their own stories. I have to admit, sometimes they even surprise me.

If you could only pick two people, living or dead, famous or not, to read your book, who would they be and why?

Daisy Aldan, poet (deceased) – My Creative Writing teacher in high school. Ms. Aldan really encouraged all of her students to believe in themselves and use words to express the deepest feelings. I had always planned to send her my first published novel but unfortunately she passed away before I ever had the chance. I really believe that the woman, who was able to get me to write a passionate love letter to a guitar, would appreciate the fact that I LOVE writing about love.

Penny Marshall, actress and director – Well you did ask about that Hollywood casting. Actually I knew Penny when I was growing up. Her mother, Marjorie, was a dance teacher who owned her own dance studio in the neighborhood. All of the local moms sent their daughters to these classes – I was kind of the klutz with a bad back, but my sister was one of the star pupils. Penny used to help her mom out with classes. Of course I would appeal to the nostalgia and all and I wouldn’t hesitate to ask if she would consider the potential of a movie based on my book.

When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer professionally?

I always wanted to write, but actually doing it professionally was never a “realization” – the profession sort of “found me”. I knew that I wanted to do something in the arts  – although I also entertained the idea of being a police officer, a nurse, or a secret agent – I went to the High School of Art and Design, The New York Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Fordham University at Lincoln Center (Theatre major). I dabbled in low-paying and non-paying artistic endeavors, but I did join the “regular” work force for a steady paycheck. When we were expecting our first child I started writing from home hoping to build some kind of an at-home business. I was successful in finding some paying writing gigs for local newspapers and magazines (journalism, advertorial and copywriting). After a while I went back to my first writing love of creative writing. Eventually I connected with the fabulous Kimberlee Williams, managing editor and publisher extraordinaire of Vanilla Heart Publishing – the rest has been blissful history. (By the way, I still am a journalist.)

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Tithe, give to charity. I won’t deny that my family would benefit greatly from the funds, but the first thing I would want to do would be to express my gratitude and contribute to worthwhile charitable causes and hope that my good fortune could do some good in the world. Then I would start taking care of my family; money is not everything, there are many other kinds of riches, but I won’t deny that money would help towards making some yearned for plans and hopes come to be.

Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

Currently I have ten novels and I am working (slowly…) on number eleven; A Chaunce of Riches was my sixth book. I also have a short story collection, writing guides based on my long-time Amazon Kindle blog (Living, Breathing, Writing), and a freebie informational e-book What to Do Until the Ambulance Arrives. A Chaunce of Riches is a contemporary romantic suspense as are six other books (Bartlett’s Rule; His Lucky Charm; Within the Law; Courage of the Heart; Hostage Heart; and Common Bond, Tangled Hearts). I have two EMS-based (Emergency Medical Services, from my background as an EMT) novels, both murder mystery with a strong love connection, Final Sin and Hyphema. My most recent novel, Karma Visited is a contemporary paranormal romantic suspense – so is my current WIP (work-in-progress).

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

I Planned, God Laughed (and the cover would be a BIG smiley face)

Are you on facebook or twitter?

Of course, lol.  My Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/AuthorChelleCordero and my Twitter account is https://twitter.com/ChelleCordero   I adore the opportunity to “meet” readers and other writers through social media.

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