Thursday, July 31, 2014

Blogiversary Event Day 5: D. Kelly


Day #5 of my Blogiversary event is the turn of D. Kelly! I decided to do another interview for Dee's post. The interview was conducted about a week ago as Dee is currently recovering after having surgery. Dee is awesome enough to still take part. Dee has kindly offered one ecopy of each book in the giveaway, however I was asked to mention that it maybe a couple of weeks after the giveaway until she will be well enough to organize sending out the books.


Onto the interview...

Me: Hi Dee, Welcome to Relaxed Reads it’s awesome to have you here.
Please tell the readers a little about yourself? 
Dee: I’m a mom of two boys, I married my high school sweetheart, and I love margaritas. What else… I love reading, writing, chocolate, sarcasm, and I’m a pen whore. I have so many pens but I always buy more. My husband hates it! Other than that I’m pretty boring. 

Me: When you’re not writing what do you like to do? 
Dee: Spend time with my family and friends mostly. Watching my kids at their sporting events is a big part of our lives they are both multi-sport athletes. 

Me: When you were at school what did you want to be? 
Dee: I wanted to be a lawyer or a psychologist. 

Me: What is your earliest memory, that you’re comfortable sharing? 
Dee: Falling down an escalator. It’s a family joke it jilted my memory into gear. 

Me: What types of music/tv/film/books do you enjoy most? Do you have any all time favourites? 
Dee: I like a variety of everything. As far as movies I tend to stay away from horror films, music I’m not a very big hard rock fan, and books I’m not a huge fan of historical romance. Other than that I’m pretty open to anything. Favorite movie is Stealing Home. Favorite book I have tons but my top three are Autumn Street by Lois Lowry, Insomnia by Stephen King and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. 

Me: If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you like to go? 
Dee: It’s a tie between Greece and Australia. 

Me: If you could meet any person living or dead who would you like to meet and why? 
Dee: Can you tell I’m an indecisive person? It’s a tie between Maya Angelou and Warren Buffett. Either of them would be amazing to talk to and just learn from. 

Me: If you were stranded on a desert island and had food and drink, what 5 things would you want with you and why?
Dee: A cell phone with a satellite signal so that I wouldn’t be stranded for long. 
Tequila, because if I’m going to be stranded I better at least be having fun.
David Beckham, because he’s the one I’d like to be having fun with ;) 
My kindle 
A solar charger to keep my kindle and phone going

Me: Can you list 5 things (non-author) related that we may or may not already know about you?
Dee: I’m a pen whore, I love to have pens in all different colors.
I really miss One Tree Hill 
I love margaritas 
I graduated high school in the early 90’s 
I cry when happy things happen 

Me: Now for some quick fire questions
Sweet or Savoury?
Dee: Sweet

Me: Chocolate or Vanilla?
Dee: Chocolate

Me: Favourite Colour?
Dee: Black

Me: Favourite Animal?
Dee: Dog

Me: Favourite Food?
Dee: Enchiladas 

Me: Favourite Drink?
Dee: Margarita if we’re talking alcohol 
Water if not ;) 

Me: Good Guy or Bad Boy? ;)
Dee: Bad boy who is good on the inside. 

Me: Where and when did you get the idea for The Acceptance Series? 
Dee: I don’t even know to be honest with you. One day I just started writing and out came this story so I started plotting it out a bit. Now we’ve got The Acceptance Series. :) 

Me: Have you found any parts of writing particularly difficult? 
Dee: I think it’s paying attention to detail that’s the hardest. You want to be sure you don’t mix up your facts along the way. You would hate for Kate to have auburn hair all through the book and then at the end for me to goof and say she was a brunette. 

Me: What parts have you enjoyed writing the most? 
Dee: I love writing Connor and Kate together. Connor is my favorite character to write but Mike and Jake are both closely riding his tail. 

Me: Do you have a current work in progress? If so would you like to give us a little taster? 
Dee: I have two works in progress right now. One of them is untitled as of yet and the other is Releasing Kate. 
Here’s a snippet from Releasing Kate but it’s un-edited right now so keep that in mind. 
“I was just so mad Connor, I’ve never felt that kind of anger and pain before and I finally understood.”“Understood what?” I’m officially lost now.“I understood why Mike did what he did. Why he left me all those years ago. And in that instant, tonight when I let all of that anger consume me, I couldn’t blame him anymore. Because I get it now.”I let out a low whistle as I try to wrap my head around this piece of information.“So what now?”She sits up and leans against me shoulder to shoulder with her head against mine.“Now I deal with the fallout. I’m not going any further down this rabbit hole. Mike did it for years and look where it got him. I did it for one night; I’m not equipped for this. I can’t cover pain with pleasure; it just hurts more in the end.”
Me: Do you have a certain place that you write? (Like a writing cave?) Or do you prefer a certain type of atmosphere? (like quiet or music in the background?)
Dee: I typically write in my bedroom from my husbands side of the bed. I’m more creative there for some reason. I like noise in the background but it has to be white noise. If I have music I really like on then I just start singing along and lose my thoughts. 

Me: Spotlight time. 
Please list your books and places they can be found also the places that people can find and connect with you too?
Dee: Breaking Kate and Catching Kate are the two books I have out right now. You can buy them at Amazon and B&N, (see below for the purchase links). 
You can find buy links and more on my website www.dkellyauthor.com 

Me: And finally is there anything else that you would like us to know?
Well I divulge secrets often to my amazing street team D’s Divine Divas if you’re ever looking for a super fun street team to join we’re always looking for a few more active members. All you have to do is PM me for info. 

Me: Dee thank you once again for taking the time to stop by and answer these questions, and for contributing to the giveaway. It’s been awesome having you here. Please drop by anytime, you’re always welcome. Good luck for everything! 
Thank you so much for having me! 

Dee has kindly contributed (Breaking Kate and Catching Kate to the giveaway for you chance to win keep reading and enter the giveaway below...

The Acceptance Series Book #1:




The Acceptance Series Book #1.5:





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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blogiversary Event Day 4: Ronnie Strong



Day 4 of my blogiversary event is my first ever author interview! Yep, that's right I've been blogging almost 12 months and up until now I've NEVER done an author interview. As part of this awesome blogiversary event I invited author Ronnie Strong to be my first ever interview!


Onto the Interview-

Hi Ronnie, Welcome to Relaxed Reads. It’s great to have you here.
Thank you for agreeing to be a part of the Blogiversary celebrations this week, and for contributing to the giveaway.
I’m hoping to introduce my readers to you and to help them get to know the man behind the author. So how about telling us a little bit about you?


Author Ronnie Strong.

Me: How have you found being a male author in this genre?
RS: I was uncertain about my identity as a male writer in a genre dominated by women, both as writers and readers, in the beginning. This felt like a particularly important issue given my writing gravitated towards telling a woman’s story in the first person. I began by leaving my gender ambiguous and unstated. I was hoping readers would appreciate my writing for its content rather than my physical makeup. After a while I realised I was being a little ridiculous and came out as a man. It feels much better to be more open about who I am. It is a fantastic feeling when readers compliment me on the strength and vitality of the women in my stories.  

Me: What are the most difficult parts of writing?
RS: My biggest struggle is finding the time to write and having this coincide with the necessary energy. I live in a busy household with young children and both my partner and I work full time. We have to get the domestics out of the way before we have time for each other and ourselves. I write on this theme a lot. I think it is silly for a writer to complain about writer’s block. If you are a writer, you write. A good friend and successful playwright helped me understand this. He remarked how you do not hear a carpenter complaining of having carpenter’s block. While writing is essentially a creative process, it is a craft first, requiring practice and skills. The creative side is no problem for me. I am constantly flooded with ideas and projects that I want to get down on paper. It is frustrating having to hold onto the idea and the enthusiasm for it while I go off to work to pay the bills. Writing is easier when I am in a routine and able to put enough hours in to it.    

Me: What are the most enjoyable parts of writing?
RS: Writing something good is a joy. When you have the idea and start to put it down on paper the people you are writing about mess with your idea. They soon begin to their own life and agenda. They become real people in your mind who say and do things in certain ways of their own. One major reason they become so real for me is that they embody(?) characteristics of people that I have encountered over the years. To some extent, they are people I know. They start out as a re-imagining of a friend or acquaintance, or a composite of a multitude of people, whom then take on an independent and individual life of their own. My writing starts with my inner world of thought and imagination and becomes something else on the page. For me, writing is a very exciting and wonderful feeling of discovery. 

Me: Do you have a current work in progress? If so, would you like to give us a little teaser?
RS: I am currently writing the sequel to Kate Gets Marks. I am a little bit behind schedule but hope to publish in the next few months.  Here is a 600-word extract, spoiler free I hope, from near the middle of my current draft:
My husband, still dressed like I had left him this morning in only his robe, looked embarrassed. We both hesitated for a second and then melted into one another’s arms for a big loving hug. Thank goodness! It was going to be okay between us. Soon we were sitting at the table with our kids, eating the meal prepared by Mark, as if nothing untoward had happened this morning.This wasn’t only a show of harmony for our kids. I sensed the worst of it was over; although of course, we still had a fair bit to work out. Mark had come to terms with his fears enough for us to resume becoming close again in a new way of being together. Mark Two might not be a part of my life ever again, but our relationship had been changed for good. Mark smiled at me. He knew what I was thinking, at least he seemed to know, and he was letting me know it was okay. I relaxed some more. We loved each other. No one was taking that away from us.When we finally got in bed I was a little bit anxious again despite the good indications. Mark had been charming, helping the kids with their homework and getting them into bed. The kids were a little bit cranky and needed a fair bit of wrangling but Mark managed it by himself without needing help from me. Then it was good night kisses all round. It was another hot night and I was wide-awake, waiting to be certain that the kids were asleep. Our cooling made it okay for sleeping inside but the soft glow and warmth outside gave me an idea.I began to wonder if I might have developed a little bit of a compulsion. My fantasies used to be purely fictional creations of my mind intended only for my entertainment or to pass the time. Now it seemed when I had a fantasy that before too long I would end up acting out some of its key elements. I hoped this wasn’t being disrespectful, but the two Marks had become a little interchangeable for me too as I swapped between imagination and reality. Yesterday I had fantasised about making love with Mark Two in a park. Some of what transpired between my husband and I last night had been a little inspired by those earlier musings. Now I was seriously thinking about making love outdoors, and my husband was going to be the beneficiary again. Well, if Mark Two ever came to his senses then it might work the other way around for him too.We chatted about a few matters happening later in the week for the children, not because we were avoiding anything. We needed to organise the parenting responsibilities so we could move onto our couple issues. Once we cleared up the arrangements for dance classes and so on Mark swept me up into his arms.I liked it. I always had, as long as he didn’t grab my breasts as his first move. The number of times I had to push his groping hands away was beyond count. Not tonight though, he was on best behaviour.He kissed me how I like to be kissed. My neck. Behind my ear. Each eyelid. My forehead. Everywhere his lips brushed and painted my skin sent another part of me fluttering with desire. I parted my legs, for once hoping he would ever so gently cup me there with his hand, his finger lightly pressing at my …
I shall look forward to reading the rest of this when it comes out!

Me: Do you have a preferred place or atmosphere that you like to write in? 
RS: We live in a small house and although we have bungalow out the back where I could write more privately I prefer being closer to my wonderful coffee machine. It has made over 16000 cups of great coffee over the past six years, most of them drunk by me. I have done most of my writing on my notebook sitting on the couch in my living room with music blaring. Lately I tried writing on my bed, but that is bad for my neck and shoulders. Lately I have been writing at the kitchen table. I also write wherever I am, at public pools, holiday resorts and outside kid’s music lessons. It does not really matter where I am, as long as I can get good coffee regularly and focus on my writing, which usually is not too hard for me.

Me: Can you list 5 facts about yourself that we don’t already know?
RS: 
i)  I drink tea if the only alternative is instant coffee
ii) I have a great therapeutic spa in my backyard, which I sit in as much as possible to treat my sore neck and shoulder.
iii) I like taking photos and would like to learn more about getting the most out of my DSLR.
iv) I spend far too much time on Facebook. Now I and getting hooked into Twitter too.
v)  Hopefully, I am about to undertake another major change in life and go into the bread-baking business via a franchise with my beautiful and amazing wife and wonderful elder daughter.
I love freshly baked bread!

Me: What do you like to do to relax and unwind?
RS: I drink a lot of coffee, which I find reassuring and soothing. I really enjoy yoga and serious gym-junkie exercise. I used to do a lot of running but now I am glad if I can do a few group class exercises at my gym where I am a member. I have struggled with reading for a long while and tend to watch good TV or a movie instead. I think I have a commitment problem with reading lately. I quickly get the feeling I should be writing instead.

Me: Which genres of music do you like listening to? Any favourites?
RS: I am a huge David Bowie fan. Music is fundamental to my life and I have always listened to music whenever I can. Some of my best experiences in recent years have been at concerts by Steely Dan, Leonard Cohen, Ringo Starr and Gary Numan.

Me: What is the earliest memory that you have, that you don’t mind sharing?
RS: My earliest memories are of a different world fifty years ago where young boys were dressed in ties to visit their grandparents on a Sunday. I have vague recollections of being little and looking up at adults while holding their hand. My grandparents were very important to me when I was young. As the eldest child, I spent a lot of time with them while my mother was having more babies. I have very strong fond memories of being in their house. My grandmother gave me my lifelong interest in gardening while my grandfather exercised my mind with gadgets and questions.

Me: If you could meet any person living or dead, who would you like to meet and why?
RS: There are so many people that I admire. I would really like to meet John Lennon because his song Imagine says it all for me.

Me: What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
RS: It is funny that nothing jumps out to me in answer to this question. Much of my youth was misspent and many very funny things happened while I was under the influence of different substances, but that feels like a world away now. I nearly ended up in a river after rolling down its steep bank while being amorous and intimate with my wife-to-be. That was thrilling and funny. I have a lot of a different kind of fun bantering with long-term and recent friends.

Me: If you were stranded on a desert island (with food and water), what 3 things would you want with you?
RS: 
i) My wife (who is not a thing, but I hope she is allowable)
ii) My notebook
iii) Wifi
As its you I'll let you have your wife there, just because I'm that nice ;)

Me: Time for some quick fire questions. :)
Sweet or Savoury?
RS: Sweet

Me: Chocolate or Vanilla?
RS: Vanilla

Me: Favourite Colour?
RS: Red

Me: Favourite Animal?
RS: Dog

Me: Favourite Food?
RS: Rhubarb crumble

Me: That concludes the interview section of this post, now it’s time for the spotlight section. Would you like to list your books and the places people can find them?
RS: 


Kate Gets Marks
Amazon UK
Amazon US
Amazon CA
iTunes
Smashwords
B&N 






The Laundromat
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
iTunes
Smashwords
B&N






Dolphin Heat (free)
Smashwords
iTunes
B&N
Kobo






To find out more or follow Ronnie Strong visit http://ronniestrong.com/

Once again Ronnie thank you very much for taking the time to come and chat with me, and for giving us the opportunity to get you know you some more.

Thank you for contributing Kate Gets Marks and The Laundromat to the giveaway(s). Details can be found below on how to enter.
It has been fantastic having you here today, and I look forward to our next encounter. Please don’t be a stranger! :)
RS: Do not worry, I will not be


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Blast: Benjamin McTish Series by June M. Pace


Benjamin McTish and the Door Through the Grandfather Tree
Benjamin McTish Book  #1
By- June M. Pace
Genre-  YA/Fantasy

It’s Harry Potter meets the Celestine Prophecy in this magical and thrilling ride! The McTish Series is an explosive adventure through a dimensional Gateway into another world, a world of beauty and magic, Coranim...a land of insight, thought and possibilities, that sits beneath the enchanted Gilley Forest.

There is local legend in the small town of Grandlochcheshire that has been passed down for a 100 years about the mysterious disappearance of the Chickering family, that trails on the coat tails of the equally shocking  abduction of the Skeffington Union Rails heirs, Connor and Shelbe. The circumstances that follow this notorious tale enter into the modern world of Benjamin and his two best mates.  

One day Benjamin watches from behind the Rhododendron as a mysterious little woman steps out of a taxi in front of the cream colored house with the forest green trim next door and in one synchronistic moment their eyes lock and a series of visual snippets of unfamiliar events unfold in his mind’s vision. His razor sharp sixth sense allows him the freedom to explore the extrasensory messages coming at him in a frenzied speed, like a derailed freight train.
And when Benjamin finds a peculiar old relic of a key in his grandmother’s garden shed, he could never know his world was about to change forever.

Annabel and Mathilda, two sisters who have moved to Grandlochcheshire from America, have become more than mere friends to Benjamin, they have all become the three Muskydeers (Mathilda’s mispronounced version of Musketeers, which was a huge laugh and of course it stuck), as they are plunged head first into this curious journey.  

In the Gilley Forest they discover that the path they have chosen is inundated with many obstacles as well as intrigue.  Alliances are made with the Forest clan of Gnomes known as the Set, and with the aid of the Vila sisters, Sethina and Morel, as well as some surprising and unexpected allegiances, the three friends take on the test that is the Grandfather Tree.  They must stay on the pre ordained Path of prophecy, portended by the ancient seer Pajah Set, whose ancestry comes from the home of the oldest living beings on the planet, the Elves of the Darmon    However, this is no easy task for the Muskydeers as they have the foulest of sorcery hunting their every move, the powerful dark beauty known to all as Tar Vigorn.

This ruthless Queen is not without humor however, and loves a good game of cat and mouse, as long as she’s the cat. With her biting sense of sarcasm and calculated taunting, she knows just how to unnerve the young Benjamin. Her phantom army known as the Blunt are searching for a way into the Grand Tree and will stop at nothing to infiltrate the pristine world beneath his giant roots.

Once in Coranim the children make the acquaintance of the greatest Medicine Elder alive, Esmerelda Fet.  A most powerful Light Sorceress with a brazen in your face attitude and a thick Irish brogue, who guides the trio on their Path of destiny.  “All tings be possible ya wee chil’ren, if’en ya put yer mind to it!  Thar be nothin ya can’t accomplish.  Ya just need ta be placin all yer carage inta tha middle of yer core whar yer Spirit shines...an ya can do anythin! Ha!”

Filled with many wonders, and home to the Fet clan of Gnomes, Coranim is a magical world of art, sound, thought, invention and discovery....and home to the World Library of Identity, with none other than Dunston Tibbitts at the helm.  
Every being on the planet has a book dedicated to the entirety of their lives.  Dunston reports to Benjamin, “according to what I see here now, this very minute, whatever it is that you are seeking will show itself today and change your Path immediately.  It will put you into a whole new dynamic as they say.”

What could alter the overpowering trajectory Benjamin has followed to Coranim?  How will it change his life?

Find out as our three heroes delve into the mystic, as well as their own inner character, as you watch from the edge of your seat.

  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blogiversary Event Day 3: Jess Haines



Day 3 of my Blogiversary celebration, sees Jess Haines in the spotlight. Jess has kindly given me an excerpt from her latest book Enslaved by the Others, which is book #6 in The H&W Investigations Series. Read on for the excerpt followed by links to all of the books in this series.


About Enlaved by the Others-

Vampires, werewolves, magi and worse—the Others have joined the mortal world, and there's no turning back now…

As a New York P.I. and Other specialist, Shiarra Waynest has been in plenty of trouble before. But waking up in a windowless room the prisoner of a vampire slave trader is a shock for anyone. Shia has her wits, her bravado, and a couple of used staples, so maybe she can take on a mansion full of serious evil.


But although she's desperate to escape, Shia needs some answers too. Her friends are in danger. There are betrayers and spies among them. And even if she can figure out what's going on and somehow get a message out, she's still a captive of the worst kind…


Enslaved by the Others Excerpt-
If I hadn’t already been so stunned by the contents of the room, I quite possibly would’ve been shocked immobile by the palpable interest of over a dozen—old—no, ancient—vampires locked on me. This included Max, whose steely grey eyes had widened as he sat up in the oxblood leather chair he had been lounging upon, clearly taken aback by my spectacular entrance. The weight of age in this tiny room was crushing; a football stadium would be too small to contain the power they were unconsciously radiating. It only took a few seconds for me to figure out that, whatever the hell they were doing here, obviously they now considered me part of the menu. I hastily backed up, using my arms to cover as much of myself as I could, while Max schooled his own features into a passably blank expression. 
“Of course,” Max said, his smooth voice carrying only the tiniest hint of irritation as he eased back in his seat and nodded in my direction, “I had not intended to showcase her so soon, though I don’t suppose there’s any harm in it. She is newly arrived, and has not been groomed properly for servitude yet. I doubt you would be interested in one so fresh, Kyle.”  
I skittered back, but a guard who had been standing to one side of the door barred my escape and I backed right into him. He laughed at how I jumped at the unexpected contact before giving me a little shove in Max’s direction. I pivoted and darted to the side so I could press against the wall instead.  
No weapons, no way out, and surrounded by vampires. I was on the verge of hyperventilating, and Max didn’t seem keen on stopping the guy he’d addressed as Kyle from approaching me.  
This new vampire was well dressed in a tailored “I make a thousand dollar suit look like cheap trash” way. He set aside a cane with a freaky demon-looking thing crouching on top with what I would swear were real diamonds for eyes before approaching me. The power of his mien paled to the invasive metaphysical touch that brushed over my skin, tasting some intangible part of me and making me want a piece of sandpaper, a pumice stone, and the world’s hottest shower to scrub the feel of it off of me. His manicured nails were blunt, shining as brightly as that whiter-than-white smile when he ran a smooth fingertip over my cheek, the other hand lifting to toy with one of my bra straps. I flinched and batted his hands away before twisting aside and putting some much-needed distance between us.  
“Mm, perhaps you’re right. Aside from being fresh, she’s got facial scars. I do hope you weren’t intending on offering damaged goods.” 
Though I wasn’t often hung up about my looks, his comment sent my hand flying to my lower lip in reflex. I often did my best to forget about the scar left behind when Peter bit me, nearly tearing my lip in half in the process of assaulting me.  
Another vampire spoke up, his tone dripping disdain. “Look how scrawny she is. No meat on her where there should be. And that skin of hers is a wreck—the mark on her face is not the only one I see.” 
And another. “This one is disappointing, Euphron. Very disappointing.”  
Scowling, I dropped my hand away and balled my fingers into tight fists of rage at my side, finding the condescending laughter of the others in the room too much to bear. Max started speaking but I cut him off, shouting loudly enough for most everyone to flinch.  
“I’m not a fucking pet, I’m not your fucking plaything, and who gives a flying fuck if I’m scarred? Ask Max how it happened. I got it while I was busy killing one of your own, you fucking leeches.”  
Stunned silence followed my pronouncement, and I took advantage of the moment to dive for the door again, shoving the surprised guard out of my way.  
 “Stop.”  
The word was quiet but forceful. Every muscle in my body went rigid and I found I couldn’t move.  
“Come here.”  
The other vampires watched with interest as I turned around, breaking out in a cold sweat as I fought the command. I managed to hold out until I made the mistake of meeting Max’s eyes. Though I didn’t want to do it, one foot lifted, then the other, bringing me closer to him. After three steps, I was back in the room—and found at that point that I could stop, though I couldn’t withstand the power of his spell enough to run again.  
“Extraordinary,” commented another vampire that had been quiet up until now, his fangs glinting as he favored me with a wolfish grin. “I do believe this one doesn’t care for you, Euphron.” 
A few of the others seemed to find this funny, smirking or making wry comments of their own. Catty bastards. 

Books by Jess-

Click the pictures for links to Goodreads.

H&W Investigations Book #1-



H&W Investigations Book #2-



H&W Investigations Book #3-



H&W Investigations Book #4-



H&W Investigations Book #5-



H&W Investigations Book #6-



Silent Cravings (with E. Blix)-




About Jess-

Jess Haines writes about furred and fanged things that go bump in the night. Best known for the H&W Investigations urban fantasy series, she's been writing since she was a teenager and was first published in 2010. Visit her at www.JessHaines.com for the latest news and updates.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Blogiversary Event Day 2: Karen-Anne Stewart


Day 2 of this Blogiversary event see's author Karen-Anne Stewart spotlighted with a guest post on the research that is needed for her to write her books.  I invited Karen-Anne to join in as I connected with this lovely lady on facebook, when I asked if the other two books from the Rain Trilogy were available to buy; as I was loving Saving Rain so much; that she very kindly offered me books #2 and #3 to review for free!! (I was still a very new blogger at this point and I was thrilled that an author would be that generous, especially when all I was hoping for was a link to be able to purchase them)!

On to Karen-Anne's Guest Post:

When Novel Research Makes You Paranoid the FBI is Going to Show Up at Your Door. 

   Writing novels involves many different tasks before the actual act of creating the story begins; research is one of them.  I was always one of those students who loved researching topics for term papers, so when I knew putting my nose to the grind would be involved after deciding to follow my longtime dream of becoming an author, I was thrilled!  With Saving Rain, my debut novel, learning more about martial arts, psychology, and the beautiful scenery of Washington D.C. was amazing.  That enthusiasm quickly transformed into deep sorrow and rage when my research turned to human trafficking.   I was horrified by what I read.  I had to take turns between researching the depraving subject of trafficking and the intricate workings of computers to keep me balanced emotionally.  
  The areas of research that I enjoyed did make me a wee bit paranoid that I would get a close, personal lesson on how the FBI works, beginning with them cuffing me and hauling me to a federal prison because of my topics of study.  In one day, I googled how to hack into bank accounts, how to build a bomb, and the various types of heavy artillery.  Yep, a part of me really was expecting a knock on my front door.  I even had my speech prepared, which started something like… ‘Hello Special Agent, I swear I’m completely benevolent and am not in any way, what-so-ever, a terrorist.  Really, I’m just an author and only researching the derelict deeds of villains for my book….honest!’  Thankfully, the dreaded knock of the law never rapped on my door, which caused me much relief and infinite gratitude.  I do jokingly wonder if I’m on someone’s ‘watch list’ somewhere.  That thought is both terrifying and a little enticingly exciting, bringing out the impish, deeply reserved, bad girl side of me that has been dubbed ‘Roxanne’ when that rare alter-ego of mine peeps her head out from my usually extremely shy, well-behaved self.  That fleeting feeling quickly dissipates when I realize that I always want to be on the good side of the law; I guess my bad girl side really isn’t so naughty after all ;).   
   When I focused on the trafficking part of The Rain Trilogy, I whispered a prayer for the FBI and all of the victims and survivors of sex trafficking out there.  To say I was outraged is putting it mildly.  The hell these women, children, and even men go through is beyond inhumane.  I strongly recommend for readers to check out organizations like the Polaris Project and Shared Hope International to see how they fight daily to end this form of modern day slavery.  The statistics are daunting and growing.  I’m happy that I decided to follow my dream of becoming an author, not only because I feel more like me when I write than I ever have before, but also because it brought me to the research that has touched my life in so many ways.  Due to what I learned, I’ve taken online classes regarding human trafficking and will be taking more soon so I can be better equipped in the fight against trafficking.   
   Research for recently released novel, Ash to Steele, was much more enjoyable (for the most part), and the research I’m currently digging into for my upcoming paranormal romance novel, Feel, is extremely interesting!  I now entertain myself musing if those people monitoring my figment ‘watch list’ are amused or further concerned with my studies of psychic abilities.  Either way, the myriad of topics authors research must provide endless entertainment for those around them.  
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About Karen-Anne Stewart-



Author of New Adult Romance who doesn't shy away from writing about sensitive issues and hot heroes.



Karen-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain, and the newly released stand alone novel, Ash to Steele. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards, and Saving Rain and After the Rain were nominees for the 2014 RONE Awards. 


When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, three dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity.

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