Everything seems to be going Iian’s way, he has a successful restaurant, a beautiful home, family, and friends. He’s even overcome the loss of his hearing, but why does he still feels like something is missing?

Allison has worked hard to make a name for herself in the art world; now all she wants is peace and quiet to work on her passion. But, with her mother overtaken by illness, she has less time than ever. When everything is stripped away in one tragic blow, and she’s being stalked by a mad-man,
she’ll need the help of her hometown and an old flame, to turn everything around and find what she’s been looking for.

Returning Pride is book three of the Pride Series Romance Novels, a sexy contemporary romance series by Jill Sanders.
Links:
Amazon:  http://amzn.to/10iOCme Paperback: http://amzn.to/11wAMrI Kobo: http://bit.ly/11t7vhB B&N: http://bit.ly/17gq8wT Smashwords: http://bit.ly/16buqkO Retruning Pride's Blog Tour: http://bit.ly/13AGThi
Jill Sanders survived 80's pop music, and life as an identical twin in a chaotic family of nine.  A feat by any standard!  She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, relocating to Colorado for college and a successful IT career at IBM in Boulder.

Narrowly escaping before all creativity was squashed, she jumped at the chance to trade the mundane world of computers for the sexy, exciting world of her own imagination.  She now lives in charming rural Texas writing wonderful novels such as the Pride series.

Her debut novel, Finding Pride, was short listed in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards 2013, and has received glowing industry and reader reviews from around the world.  Her latest release is Discovering Pride. Yet another novel, Returning Pride, is slated for July 2013.

To learn more about Jill, visit her website www.jillmsanders.com, where she blogs daily, or follow her on Twitter: @jillmsanders.

 

Bio: Lantern in the Mist is my debut novel.  It is a trilogy about a strong American woman in the late 1800s and her struggle to survive in a man’s world.  Books 2 and 3 will be launched soon.

Like many authors, I started writing and reading at an early age. My “mentors” stretched from Jack London, Margaret Mitchell, and Anne Golon to Tennessee Williams. They took me to unknown worlds, expanded my imagination, and shared their gift of emotion and empathy for humankind with me.

My writing background includes careers in both journalism and teaching, and I currently teach writing in an entertainment media and arts university in Central Florida.

When I’m not writing, I’m reading, watching classic movies, or laughing with my Rat Terrier, Miss Eadie.

Site Listing: At Amazon: http://goo.gl/MpJPG

Title of book: Lantern in the Mist

About Liliana: I’ve been a writer all my life. First as a journalist, then as a playwright and finally a novelist who never tried to be published the traditional way nor was “vain” enough to go through vanity press. I live my life trying to be faithful to myself, so when I perceived the independent writing niche was expanding and changing, I knew that was my way to go. All I want is to be read.

See our Review of Lantern in the Mist coming in May 2013!

 
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DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself.

Annette: I grew up in a very small town in Northern Ireland, quite near to where the Bronte sisters' father, Patrick grew up in fact and our small library was called The Bronte Library. Being so small, there were no bookshops and once I'd devoured everything I could get my hands on in the library, I started writing my own stories so that I would always have something to read later. I only ever write the things that I would like to read myself.

I've been married to John for coming up to twenty one years now (where does the time go?) We met through a lonely hearts ad, this was way before the advent of internet dating was on the scene and got engaged nine months after we met.

I love travelling and seeing new places, although I get quite travel sick. New Zealand is our favourite place and we both hope to get to go there again one day. I love reading, no surprises there, but I also enjoy computer games such as The Sims and Dragon Quest and Japanese anime. Black Butler is my favourite at the moment.

DWED: Have you always aspired to publish a novel?

Annette: I'm not so sure that I've always aspired to publish, but I've always wanted to write. It's just something I have to do. There are so many characters and plot scenarios in my head that if I didn't write them down I'd go mad. They're all clamouring for attention and it's difficult to pick just one to settle on, I usually have 3 or 4 projects on the go at once and it can get confusing at times!


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DWED: Would you say the journey was easy or hard? Why?

Annette: The writing journey, not so much, as I've always enjoyed doing that. But the publishing and promoting is a different game altogether. I've self-published some work, as well as had work with publishers, but nowadays nearly all of the promotion is down to the author, no matter what way you're published. It's a different mindset and I find it very difficult to write fiction and try and promote books on the same days. I do them separately, and leave days just for writing rather than promotion. I wish I could afford to hire a publicist and have them do all of the promotion, but I can't afford that so a lot of it is Do-It-Yourself. It takes time and effort, but if you get some sales out of it, it's worth it.

DWED: Who or what would you say inspired ‘Shadows of the Rose?

Annette: Since Shadows of the Rose is a collection of different genres and stories, I would have to say quite a few different things. But nearly all of my stories begin with the thought, What if? What if in the future that it was illegal to make love and the only way to have children was controlled by the state? That became the basis for the story Baby Blues. What if the man who was feared and hated as the most diligent witch hunter in the country was something else entirely? That became The Witch Hunter.

I get ideas from lots of things. Maybe a magazine or newspaper article sparks an idea, or perhaps something overheard in conversation. Or sometimes it's just something that's simmering away in the back of my mind for ages and needs an outlet.

DWED: Let’s delve into your writing. Can you tell us more in-depth about ‘Shadows of the Rose?

Annette: It's a collection of short stories and one novella. The book was first published in 2001 by Double Dragon Books. The novella in it, Leonae, is what would be termed nowadays as Urban Fantasy, but at the time I had never even heard of the term urban fantasy or knew that I'd written one, LOL! It's about a woman who discovers she is of an ancient race of beings called Leonae and she discovers she has powers such as mind-reading. She's also very sensitive to emotions, which has its downside when she goes to Pompeii and felt the emotions from the people who were about to die.

DWED: How does ‘Shadows of the Rose stand out? What does it offer and more importantly what can viewers find within it pages?

Annette: Short stories are enjoying a revival thanks to digital publishing, whereas before it tended to be only magazines where you could read them. My collection has lots of different genres within the pages, there is horror, romance, sci-fi, urban fantasy and more, so hopefully a bit of something for everyone. A lot of collections are themed or are only of one particular genre, but as I reader I read in various genres, so I hope there are some more people out there who like a bit of variety.

DWED: How was the concept of ‘Shadows of the Rose born?

Annette: I just wrote short stories and when I had quite a few gathering dust on the hard-drive, my husband suggested I see about getting them published as a collection. They probably would have stayed there if he hadn't nudged me in the right direction.

DWED: Is ‘Shadows of the Rose a part of a series or stand alone?

Annette: It's a standalone collection.

DWED: What can we look forward to seeing from you throughout 2013?

Annette: My romantic suspense, Drowning Rapunzel, was re-released in February by Pink Petal Books/Jupiter Gardens Press. Later this year I hope to have finished some more of my short stories or novellas, all of which are male/male romances.

DWED: What would you say to all aspiring authors like yourself?

Annette: Read and write, that's basically what you need to do. Good books will inspire you and even bad books will have you scratching your head and wondering if you could do better. Just keep writing and turn off the self-editor in your head. Just get your story down on paper or computer screen and once it's finished, then worry about spelling mistakes or typos; plot holes, or how one of your character's has suddenly got blue eyes instead of green. I read a professionally published novel years ago where in one paragraph the heroine was wearing trousers and in the next her boyfriend lifted her up and her skirt flared out ;)

DWED: Is there anything we haven’t covered that you would like your readers and potential readers to know about both your work and yourself?

Annette: I like to think I'm a storyteller, coming from Ireland that isn't unusual, it’s a land of tales, myths and legends. I'm not a very descriptive writer, I write in more of a narrative style, with just enough detail to set the scene and let the characters tell their story through their actions and dialogue. Sometimes I feel as if I'm just a conduit and they are channelling their stories through me. I usually let them, it is their story after all.

Thanks so much for hosting me on my book tour!

Author Bio:

Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, moving to London when she was seventeen. She writes in multiple genres and styles, anything from romance to thriller or erotica to horror, even both at the same time. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre and travelling the world despite getting travel sick on most forms of transport., even a bicycle. Sometimes you might find her playing Dragon Quest or The Sims computer games or watching Japanese Anime. She lives in Hampshire with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls, cuddly toys and enough books to fill a library. It's diminishing gradually since the advent of ebooks, but still has a long way to go.

Website: http://www.annettegisby.n3.net

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/252221.Annette_Gisby

Romance reviews: http://www.theromancereviews.com/annettegisby


 
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The young adult fantasy and paranormal romance author, Larissa Hinton, grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Chesapeake, Virginia. She now lives in northern Virginia, but she always looks forward to going back to the sweet smell of the salty ocean.

Larissa has always loved writing since the age of 12 and hasn't stopped since. After many years of writing whimsical tales of romance and fantasy, she is now proud to be a self-published author. When she's not writing, she's teaching English at a local middle school.

When seen out of the classroom, Larissa is shopping for the next great Wii game, searching for undiscovered treasure (a.k.a. sparkly jewelry) and plucking some fresh fruits (or vegetables, dependent on the year) out of her small garden.

Larissa Hinton is currently author of Everblossom: A Short Story and poetry Anthology. However, be on the lookout for Angel Diaries (a paranormal romance) and Everblossom 2: A Second Anthology of Short Stories and Poems!

If you want to know more about this author, then check out her blog at http://teacherwritebookaholicohmy.blogspot.com and click on FAQs.

 
DWED:You wear many hats! You are a writer as well as blogger: can you give us more insight to other talents you possess?
 
Larissa:UNO card playing. I can beat anybody at UNO. :) 


DWED:How do you manage to do it all?


Larissa:Since this is my first year of teaching, I'm still learning how to balance my writing career and teaching career. So far I've learned not to wait until the last minute to do so. I've had to break that bad college habit.
 
DWED:Tell us about some of your work.
 
Larissa:Well, I have two works out right now. The first one is a collection of short stories and poems called: Everblossom. Here's the blurb:


An anthology that will quench your thirst for more than the ordinary. 

Everblossom is a journey through poems and short stories that may seem ordinary on the surface but dig a little deeper and the world not only shifts . . . It changes. 

The author who brought youIwishacana/Acanawishi, now brings you a dash of everything from dark fantasy to the paranormal to romance. So prepare yourself to delve into the three stages of the flower from bud to blossom then back to seed; you'll go through them all with a whole new perspective on what it all truly means.



A second collection of short stories and poems will be released soon called Everblossom 2: A New Breed. 


My most recent release is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance book called Angel Diaries: Volume One. Here's the blurb:


He was forbidden. Uncontrollable. Never to be seen, mentioned, or otherwise talked about. Until the nightmares began. Searing the screams, carnage and death into her skull. Forever.


Before this, Lindsey had a normal life. Somewhat. She had a boyfriend who was acting strange, an ex-boyfriend who has been too flirtatious and a best friend who turned psychic. 


Once upon a time, the hardest decision Lindsey had to make was who she would take to the upcoming Winter Dance: her boyfriend, Philip, or her ex, Luke. Now, she's not even human. She's an Angel. 


This book is recommended for 16 years or older due to adult scenes and situations.


 
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About the Author


Deidra D. S. Green has frequently been quoted as saying, "Writing is like breathing. Without it, I'd die..." Deidra continues to be fascinated by the power of the written word. She has always written, and most recently decided to share her craft with the rest of the world. Deidra has authored several highly praised public works including "The Twisted Sister Series", "Exiting Gracefully", “Woman at the Top of the Stairs, "Here Comes Katrina", and "From the Outside In". Deidra has also penned a number of novellas and short stories including “Trent”, The “A Letter to My Mother” series, “The Candy Man”, “My Own Mister”, “Bearing Witness”, “16 Doors”, “48 Hours”, “Insatiable” and “Cornered”.

Deidra has continued her literary prowess as a freelance writer, literary coach, ghostwriter and professional editor, as well as authoring several books for all age groups. In 2009, she founded The Mahogany Writers Exchange (MWE), a writing group for adults interested in honing their writing craft. MWE became a virtual literary writing group in 2012.

Deidra continues to move in her passion and embrace all her writing journey has to offer. She has several projects slated for release in 2013 including The Suddenly Single Series, “Sick, Sicker, Sickest”, “Dark”, and “Interstate 64”, another in the thriller genre. 



DWED: First, Tell us a little about yourself.

Deidra: Wow, where do I start? I am a mother of two wonderful children, VcToryann C’Mone and Kamerron DeAnthony Alexander. I am the founder of my company Reflected Gifts, Inc. where I provide a variety of literary services. Prior to striking out on my own, I retired with 18 years of service in child welfare. And last but certainly not least, I am a published author!

DWED: I was very touched by the background story on how you started writing, can you tell our readers about that?

Deidra:
 I think most writers say they have always written and for me that is also true to some degree. I have always written privately; maintaining journals, scribbling down ideas, writing in diaries. I never wrote for anyone other than me. What prompted me to start writing for others to read was a poignant word from my brother Patrick Muhammad. I had written a poem for him as a birthday present a few years ago that he dared to read out loud, much to my dismay. I was mortified and hid my face in shame as he spoke the words I intended remain private. Midway through the piece, I heard my brother’s voice crack. I peered through the fingers shielding my face and noticed he had gotten choked up. Then I paid attention to the fact that it was absolutely quiet in the room of 60 plus people with the exception of a few others I noticed were tearing up and crying as well. I was mortified feeling like I had ruined the previously happy mood of the party. He finished the piece and thankfully moved on to opening the remainder of his gifts. Later on that evening, he pulled me to the side and said to me, “You have a story to tell and no one can tell that story but you.” Now mind you, he is my younger brother and my first thought was, “what does he know?” But something about what he said stuck with me.

I pondered his words over the next couple of days and decided I would make a public declaration into the atmosphere. I spoke to the Creator and said, ‘if there is something I am supposed to do with this writing thing then I need a clear, unquestionable sign from you. I have to admit it was more like a challenge; a way to prove that my brother really didn’t know what he was talking about. That very night I sat straight up in my bed. It was 3:30 in the morning and my mind was flooded with words, thoughts and ideas. I brushed it off and reasoned that it must have been something that I ate. The second and third night it happened again. Between 3:30 and 4:00 in the morning I sat straight up. Ideas, thoughts, words, story plots, one-liners flooded my mind. I tried to ignore it and found it hard to sleep. By the fourth night, I physically got up out of the bed, went to my desk and wrote down everything I was thinking and finally was able to go back to bed. By the seventh night, I thought it a bit weird but still got up wrote everything down and was able to sleep. By the ninth night I had moved the notebook closer to my bed so when I awoke, I rolled over, turned out the lamp next to my bed and jotted down the flood of ideas that plagued my thoughts. By the 13th night, I had pulled the notebook in my bed and was scribbling in the dark hoping that what I wrote I would be able to read the next day. My brother spoke life to my gift and the Creator gave me a clear sign. That was two years ago. Needless to say, I have been writing every since.

 

DWED: What are some things that inspire your stories?

Deidra:
I am still writing from that notebook from two years ago. There were so many wonderful ideas that came out in my time of awakening that I still have yet to pen. I am always inspired by that time in my life. Of course I have had other ideas and inspirations since that time. It doesn’t take God writing in the sky all the time for me to get an idea. It can be the simplest thing – something spoken or not spoken; things I’ve seen, people. I love to watch people so much of my inspiration is drawn from human interaction.

 

DWED: Who would you say has been a major influence in your life?

Deidra:
Life has been a major influence in my life. I have learned so much about who I really am as a person because of the things I have experienced. My family is also a major influence. They keep me grounded. To them I am just mom, daughter, sister, cousin, niece, granddaughter. My relationship with the Creator is everything. He is at the center of all that I am and all that I do.

 

DWED: What are some of your favorite genres?

Deidra:
I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers, suspense and true crime.



 
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About:

"Greenwoman Magazine celebrates garden writing in all its forms: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, commentary, biography, art, and comics! 

Daring and fun, Greenwoman is for the hip gardener who loves digging into the world of art and environmental thought that underlies gardening."

Greenwoman Magazine is a completely independent, one-woman-owned-and-run publication.  (Well, two-women, when Sandra’s daughter Zora, who is the Deputy Editor, has time from her full-time college work).

Links:

Greenwoman Magazine - http://www.greenwomanmagazine.com/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greenwoman-Magazine/157003514356450

Reviews:

"I think this magazine will be one of the best gifts 2011 has given humanity and I’m absolutely serious about this. I hope you will check it out. When I did that, I clicked immediately on the subscription button and signed myself up. Now for those of you who know me, you will know this is significant because I have a very strict rule about not purchasing anything over the internet." —TammiHartung, author of Homegrown Herbs

“. . . I realized that this was a periodical loathe to box itself in or stoop to cliché. The topics would be familiar but the twists and turns would be unique because the human experience is unique."—Grace Peterson, "Gardening with Grace" blog                                                                                      

"Greenwoman is a fresh and hip magazine bringing the spirit of gardening to the forefront . . . It is unlike any other magazine I have read."—Elise Bowan                                                                                                             

“Greenwoman filled the gap in my life that I didn't know existed: a magazine that connected all my interests: the earth, gardening, and a feminine perspective. I couldn't believe my luck upon discovering it! Greenwoman will now replace some of my subscriptions that were only gardening, that ignored earth issues...Viva Greenwoman. —Elisabeth Kinsey, Greenwoman's Sex in the Garden columnist.


REVIEW
Rating *****5 stars

My Thoughts:
Green Woman Magazine is the epitome of creative craftsmanship. The magazine eplores the world of gardening with tips, tricks, and articles that gives even a newbie like me a guide as well as a stimulating read. What intrigued me is; it isnt just about gardening per say. It incorporates Poetry, short stories, as well as interviews. And I have to say for a one woman show, Sandra has done an amazing job.

I have to be honest, I do not have a green thumb, in fact i killed a cactus once. I am very ashamed of that but I felt empowered to try a hand at getting deep within the soil. to replenish a beautiful life force. Its simplistcally sweet and endearing to me, to have been asked to review this magazine. Its different, its stimulating, its relatable. I really enjoyed it and I will make it a point to feature this work once again on this blog. Its a creative vise that is both theraputic, relaxing, and cultivative for what we strive for here on DWED.

Great job Sandra, this is an amazing Magazine. I wish you all the best.


DWED Interviews the Editor of Green Woman Magazine

DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself.

 

Thank you for having this interview! Well, I’m the editor and publisher of Greenwoman Magazine, I live in Colorado, I’m married (I met my husband when I was 17 and we’re celebrating our 30th anniversary this May), we have two beautiful and brilliant daughters (ages 18 and 21). I write, I garden, I love art, and I love what I’m doing, publishing this garden writing magazine.

 

 DWED: Have you always aspired publish a Magazine?

 

No. It’s been in my mind for nearly twenty years, that publishing a magazine would be such a cool thing to do, but I never thought about it seriously until a few years ago! I published a zine for a couple of years,really enjoyed it, and I had many years of experience writing fiction and nonfiction. I’d had some things published, I’d been a guest columnist for The Denver Post one year, and I’d even read my essays on the local NPR affiliate radio station, but my work was not moving forward. Three years ago, after I sent a novel I’d been working on for years out to agents (with no takers), I thought: now what? I had loved publishing my zine (also named Greenwoman) and I loved publishing garden-related stories, both mine and others’.That was the most fulfilling work I’d done so far, so I decided to create a garden writing magazine.

 

DWED: Would you say the journey was easy or hard? Why?

 

It has actually been more difficult than I ever imagined. I knew nothing about publishing—and I naively thought that it couldn’t possibly be THAT hard. I was very wrong. The complexity is astonishing; there are hundreds of details to attend to as an editor, and when you add on the publishing part, and the art design part, and the marketing part—well, it’s ahuge undertaking. And it has just been me and my daughter Zora doing all of the work these last three years. Luckily, I had no idea what I was getting into. And I haveno regrets. It’s been the hardest job of my life AND it’s also been the most personally rewarding.

 

DWED: Who or what would you say inspired Greenwoman Magazine?

 

I fell in love with the genre of garden writing over twenty years ago when I picked up a book in a used bookstore, American Garden Writing, edited by Bonnie Marranca. I read these amazing essays from a varied group of famous writers: Thomas Jefferson, Alice Morse Earle, J. I. Rodale, Wendell Berry, Allen Lacy, Elizabeth Lawrence and many others. I was hooked, fascinated, enthralled. Garden writing was about far more than gardening—it was about science, philosophy, fashion, art, politics—gardening really touched on every aspect of the human experience. More than that, it made me want to garden, to get my hands in the soil. That was powerful for me. From that point on I knew I wanted to be involved in getting these kinds of stories out there in the world. At first I wrote about my own experiences, and later, many years later, I decided to trypublishing a magazine.

 

DWED: Are you a part of a book club or organization?

 

Not right now. I’m not much on joining organizations, mostly because I don’t have the time to participate.

 

DWED: Let’s delve into your writing. Can you tell us more in-depth about Greenwoman Magazine?

 

Greenwoman features all kinds of garden writing. We publish short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, interviews with artists who garden, biographies (of famous people in the plant sciences and culture), comics, essays—you name it. I wanted it to be a showcase of the diversity of the genre, and it is. We also feature art—drawings, photography, collage.

 

DWED: How does Greenwoman stand out? What does it offer and more importantly what can viewers find within it pages?

 

It stands out because it’s really the only publication of its kind. What I think it offers most is diversity, inspiration,a call to care deeply about the environment; it’s a unique place to  connect, through literature, to nature and to the art of gardening.

 

DWED: are there specific topics that Greenwoman covers?

The interviews, biographies, fiction, poetry, etc. are all a part of the magazine, but they vary as to exactly what is published in each issue. For example, we might skip having a biography in one issue or we’ll have three short fiction stories in one issue and one fiction story in another.We do have four regular columns, with their own columnists, in each issue. The columns are: “Slow Ride” (on slow living, contemplating life, and taking care of the earth, by Dan Murphy); “Hungry Chicken Homestead” (written by urban homesteader Bonnie Simon, who raises chickens, cans food, and does other fun things); “Sex in the Garden” (Elisabeth Kinsey’s exploration of a sexy aspect of gardening—for example, she’s written on the “dirtiness” of dirt, the voluptuousness of roses, and the erotic aspect of bulbs); and finally we have DB Rudin’s “The Creature Feature,” in which he explores the history and life of an insect or animal.

 

DWED: Does the magazine advertise?

 

We do have some advertisers. They have to be in an industry that is “green” and/or connected to some aspect of natural health, the arts, gardening, ecology, or nature.

 

DWED: How was the concept of Greenwoman born?

 

The name Greenwoman comes from a female version of the “Green Man.” The Green Man, as you probably know, is an ancient figure, known to most of us as a man’s face that is made of leaves. I became interested in this archetype years ago and learned that The Green Man was symbolic of mankind’s connection to Nature. I thought there should be a Green Woman and I couldn’t find an equivalent so I created my own. (Others have done the same thing in recent years, imagined a “green woman”, so I’m not the only one who was in tune to this idea.)

DWED: What can we look forward to seeing from you throughout 2013?

To me, quality of content is the #1 most important aspect of my magazine, so I look forward to keep working to make this the best publication I can. I want to keep an open mind, listen to readers, try new things, discover exciting new writers and artists. I am also going to be self-publishing that novel I mentioned before, this summer. It’s a YA sci-fi/fantasy book about genetic engineering. The protagonist is a 15-year-old girl named Zera Green—it’s called Zera and the Green Man.

 

DWED: What other avenues are you using to promote your work and yourself?

I’m doing one big print ad in a publication I have a lot of respect for, I’ve tried out a few blog ads this year, I’ve had a lot of fun doing this tour, and I’m currently giving away a free sample issue of the magazine (PDF version) on my website to readers who sign up for my mailing list.Last year I attended a lot of local events. I want to find time to do as many guest posts on blogs as possible. I try a lot of things and am open to everything. My advertising budget is pretty non-existent, so I do what I can by just working as hard as I can to get the word out.

 

DWED: What would you say to all aspiring authors like yourself?

 

I’d say that if you really love writing, and you have a passion for it, just hang in there and work hard. Stick with it, don’t give up. Art matters.

 

DWED: Is there anything we haven’t covered that you would like your readers and potential readers to know about both your work and yourself?

Yes. I truly love and respect and value all the writers and artists who are helping me in this project. This is a new venture, totally self-funded, a publication that is created mostly in the spare bedroom of my three-bedroom, one-bath home. (You do not get any more cottage-industry than that!) We’re still working on growing this magazine and trying to find our audience. I have a lot of gratitude for those who are sharing their talent with the magazine and its readers—and this includes my oldest daughter Zora, who has donated a lot of time to helping me with this publication. I could not have done it, I could not continue to do it, without them.



 
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Jolee Bellissa
is a 21 year old English major graduate living with her soon-to-be penniless
inventor father, Moe, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. All that's waiting for her
in this 'bubble' of a town is a relentless suitor, Gage Aristade (son of a rich
accounting CEO and notable playboy), and a part-time job at the local Tattered
Cover. When  she sees a job listing for a literature and poetry tutor for a
shut-in adult student in Aspen, room and board paid with a $1000 a month
stipend, she figures she has nothing left to really lose.
 
  Adam Emile
is a 33 year old eccentric artist, whose paintings' beauty is only matched by
their disturbing choice of focus. Scarred by a horrific childhood and holed up
in the mountains to keep from embarassing his wealthy and famous father, he is
beginning to lose all sense of reality. As a last resort, his personal nurse
Chip has put out an ad on Craigslist, under the guise of tutoring, for a new
friend for his patient. Will the beautiful young woman who answers the ad change
Adam and break the curse of his mental depravity? Or will the secrets he harbors
drag them both into madness?

About the Author
Elizabeth Rose is a twenty-something college
student in Denver, Colorado, double majoring in Religious Studies and English.
Though "'Till the Last Petal Falls" is her first full-length novel, she has been
published in poetry since her junior year of high school. To date, she had
appeared under her real name in over twelve journals, both in print and online. 

Site: thesingingroses.com

DWED Interview....

DWED: First, tell us a little about
yourself.

ER:  Thank you for hosting me. In my fiction writing I go by Elizabeth Rose, and I'm currently twenty years old. I'm the
middle child of six siblings, and I have five nieces and nephews. (Can you tell
we're Irish Catholic?). I've been writing poetry under my birth name
professionally since I was in high school. I am graduating from Regis University
with a double major in English and Religious Studies. My favorite color is
purple. I love to line-dance. I also enjoy watching movies, a lot. Usually ones
in foreign languages. I run on coffee. I'm a very reckless person. My life is
very interesting- sometimes tragic, but never boring. I love to write. 
 
DWED: Have
you always aspired publish a novel?


ER: Not until recently. I've always been more of a poet than a fiction-ist,
and so it used to actually be this kind of 'oh, that would be nice' kind of idea
in my head. When I got into college, I began to branch out and challenge myself
with how far I wanted to take my writing- both in medium and in purpose. Poetry
has been good about portraying my own experiences in a way that is relateable to
my reader, but I wanted to make something that would have more of an impact on
not just my reader, but on the mainstream as well. And so I set off to write the
'Once Upon a Reality' series- where I modernize the fairy-tales that are
commonly told to young girls and apply them to woman's social justice issues,
such as domestic violence, childbirth and child-rearing, women with
disabilities, sexuality and gender identity. 
  
DWED: Would
you say the journey was easy or hard? Why?

 ER:
Depends on the point of the journey. Conceptualizing and planning out the story
was easy, and it was fun to write the action-packed scenes. It was hard to write
the character development scenes, and it was hard getting the manuscript typed
up and then edited for submission. The submitting to small publishing houses was
both fun and hard- I got rejected a bit before being accepted for publication,
but the process was all so exhilarating that I don't begrudge
it.

 DWED: Who or
what would you say inspired
‘Till the Last Petal
Falls
?

ER:
Personal experience is what spurred on the narrative, but the idea for the
book came from reading a Tumblr post about critiquing Disney princess movies
through a feminist lens. I found myself agreeing with the poster on some point
and disagreeing on others- I was so involved with the idea of it that I drafted
several response posts. But in seeing other responses, I found that most people
in the conversation were having a really hard time relating to each other
(usually between those who had been very violently affected by sexism versus
those who had not), even though they were using the same stories as starting
points to talk about. So I set out to write a series in which I would explain
certain injustices or phenomenon using the very same fairy-tales that had
directly or indirectly led to their perpetuation- in this case, domestic
violence and the story of Beauty and the Beast.
  
DWED: Are
you a part of a book club or organization?
ER:

Does my University count? I'm a member of Regis' poetry club, and I also do
most of my 'writing' talk with the English department here. 

DWED: Let’s
delve into your writing. Can you tell us more in-depth about
‘Till the Last
Petal Falls
?
 ER:
The novel is a psychologically driven woman's fiction story that plays
on our collective memories of the Beauty & the Beast story in order to bring
forth new meaning from an old classic. A lot of the meaning comes from not
knowing what the characters will do next, so I can't give away too much, but
here goes:
 It follows the story of our heroine, Jolee, who has become exceedingly jaded with
her life in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. When she gets the opportunity to become a live-in tutor for a mentally deranged shut-in in Aspen, she jumps at the chance.
While living in mountain isolation, Jolee will be faced with many difficult
choices: love or her own safety, logic or romance, her old home or her new one;
her dignity or her beloved's salvation. 
  
DWED: How
does ‘Till the Last Petal Falls stand out? What does it offer and more
importantly what can viewers find within it pages?
 ER:
I've read a lot of Beauty & the Beast re-tellings, and it surprises
me how few of them will even venture out of the 'magical transformation' device
in the plot. My version is entirely modernized, with no magic whatsoever. I
think that's one of the things that helps convey how a situation like the one in
Beauty and the Beast tends to play out in reality, and to show how much our
childhood imagination relies on the idea of magic to search for one kind of
ending without honestly looking at the way that the world is. I promise, it's a
lot less depressing than it sounds- another point of the novel is to recognize
that, sometimes, things can end up more 'magical' or miraculous than not, even
without all of the sparkly FX. 
  
DWED: How
was the concept of ‘Till the Last Petal Falls
born?
 ER:
Like I said, this novel was born out of a sense that a lot of the issues
that women face today are talked around in such an aggressive manner that hardly
anyone is listening. I've always been fascinated with different version of
popular fairy-tales (Gregory Macguire, Terry Pratchett, The Looking Glass Wars
series, Briar Rose) and the power of fairy-tales to open up to multiple,
powerful interpretations is something I've always believed in. So
'Till the
Last Petal Falls
was born out of the marriage of those two ideas- wanting
to say something important in a way that has been proven to make people
listen.

 DWED: What
can we look forward to seeing from you throughout 2013?  
ER:
I'm
currently working on the second installment of the 'Once Upon a Reality' series,
tentatively titled
To Dwell in Dreams.
This second
installment will delve into the questions of post-partum depression, the
baby-boomer mentality, and prescription-drug withdrawal through the lens of
Sleeping Beauty. 
  
DWED:
What other avenues are you using to promote your work and
yourself?

ER: I have my own website (
thesingingroses.com),
and of course I'm participating in this Book Blog Tour.  I also have a LinkedIn,
a Facebook (
facebook.com/thesingingroses), Twitter
(@thesingingroses) and Tumblr (
singingroses.tumblr.com). It's
not just for promotion, though. I really enjoy being able to connect with
readers and other authors to see what kinds of things can be accomplished
through fiction. 
 
DWED: What
would you say to all aspiring authors like yourself?
ER:
In your journey to being a
writer, resist the urge to make yourself into an island. Put your work out there
for criticism. Even if you don't think you'll be taken up by the bigger
'traditional' printing houses, submit your manuscript to a couple of agents and
small presses. Learn from their rejections. Be surprised by their acceptance!
Talk to other authors, and don't forget to network genuinely. No one helps
someone who isn't willing to help others. Be prepared to pay your dues to the
industry if you want to make it a living. Treat this like a vocation, not a
hobby, and you'll be halfway there. 
  
DWED: Is
there anything we haven’t covered that you would like your readers and potential
readers to know about both your work and yourself?

 
ER: Feel free to e-mail me at any time. I really do enjoy talking to my
readers, whether that be about my writing specifically or about topics that they
think might fit well in the series and whatnot. I'm very approachable, I
promise. Also, 10% of all of my author royalties from
'Till
the Last Petal Falls
will be donated to local battered women's shelters in
Colorado. So, read for a good cause! Get yourself a copy. 





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DWED:

First, tell us a little about yourself.

  
As a little girl I have always had a notebook,
where I could write my dreams and fantasies down. Growing into adulthood I would read other authors work and say to myself that I can do the same thing. At the age of 31 I decided to write my first novel titled “The Caress Of A Younger Man”.
Since then I have written another romance novel titled “Heavenly Kingdom”, which I plan to introduce more plus size heroines into romance novels.
Though out the whole process I have learned that to write a great novel you have to be willing to learn and apply the information. I thank all the authors that
offered me advise and knowledge

DWED: Have you always aspired to
be a published author?


Yes I have, since I was in grade school I have
always dreamed of being the next Danielle Steele.

DWED: Would you say the journey
was easy or hard? Why?

 
It been a little of both, because the writing part
came easy to me. Once I got to the marketing, is when the hard part came, because some bookstores don't cover Indie Authors.

DWED: Who would you say inspired
you to write?

 
My moms Doris Wilson and Doris Harris, and my
Mother-in-law Doris Moore. They set the bar for me to follow my dreams and see thing though to the end and.

DWED: Are you a part of a book
club or organization?

 
I'm a member of the National Association of Women
on the Rise, which empowers women to be the best and not give up on their dreams. I'm also a member of The Raleigh Write to Publish Meet-up Group, and this group help any one that is aspiring to write or have written a novel to make it a reality.

DWED: Let’s delve into your
writing. Can you tell us about your published work?

 
Smooth As Silk is my third romance novel I have published and it was released February
1, 2013. It's also volume one in my Voluptuously Curvy and Loving It Series, where I introduce a series featuring plus size heroines.
 

It tells the story of Angela Patterson, who has had a hard life from being put in foster  care at ten years old when her mother was killed and also being
separated from  her only living relative, her older brother. Now Angela is living her life to  the fullest and making a living doing the one thing that
makes her happy and  that's singing. Angela sings at a nightclub called Olivia's, where she is  offered the deal of a life time to boost her singing career with McNeil  Records.

Gary McNeil is the oldest of six children by five minutes. Gary  runs his record label with his twin brother Barry, and their other siblings.  Gary has
always focused on work and his family till he laid eyes on Angela  Patterson across the room in a crowed restaurant and he couldn't stop thinking  about her. Fate steps in when his cousin, Mitch tells him about an amazing  singer at his club and when Gary and his sibling check out this new singer, it  turns out to be his mystery lady from the restaurant.

Will they be able to  keep it strictly business or will the passion building between them bring them  together?

DWED: What
can we look forward to seeing from you throughout 2013?


I will be releasing volume two of the Voluptuously Curvy and Loving It Series called Finding Love Within in June 2013.
 

DWED: What other avenues are you
using to promote your work and yourself?


I have been doing a lot of interviews on blogs, radio and newspapers. I plan to start doing some book
signings for book clubs and bookstores.
 

DWED: What would you say to all
aspiring authors like yourself?

 To keep an open mind and continue to learn about your craft as a writer. Most importantly never give up, or let nay sayers make you second guess yourself.

DWED: Is there anything we
haven’t covered that you would like your readers and potential readers to know
about both your work and yourself?


I want my readers to know that I plan to bring new and passionate stories to the romance genre, so be on the look out
for them.


Connect with the Author
Website: leanoramoore.net
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Leanora-Moore/e/B004TTJF0O/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1361938452&sr=1-2-ent
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=leanora+moore&search_&search%5Bfield%5D=author
Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/leanoramoore
Pinterest:
http://pinterest.com/leanoramoore

 
DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself.

Milton: My Name is Milton Kelly and I am an author of three books. My first two inspirational books “Walking In God’s Path Toward Your Destination Volume 1” To Change Your Mindset and “Walking In God’s Path Toward Your Destination Volume 2” Building A Personal Relationship With Him. I recently published my third book “The Real Purpose of Networking.” The most important thing about me is that I am a Christian who loves the Lord. 

 
DWED: Have you always aspired to be a published author?

Milton: Not Always! I didn’t even have plan on being a published author. I didn’t think I could ever be an author because I had thought I wouldn’t be good at it. People had told me that you have a book in you and you need to share your story. I had recently become a published author after dealing with depression in my life. I had thought my life was over but God had a better plan for me by helping me to create a new chapter in my life. 

 
DWED: Would you say the journey was easy or hard? Why?

Milton: The journey wasn’t easy because there were some people didn’t want me to become an author. They had wanted me to grow and tried to keep me down but I was determined to write my book every day regardless how I had felt. I had to push hard with the faith in God to make my journey of writing to become a reality. Reverend James Cleveland had mention in his song “I don’t Feel No Ways Tired” that the road wasn’t going to be easy but I came to far to give up now.

DWED: Who would you say inspired you to write?

Milton: First the Lord had inspired me to write. Georgia Woodbine of GW Network and Andrew Morrison of Small Business Camp both had inspired and encourage me to write my book.

DWED: Are you a part of a book club or organization?

Milton: I am part of Amazon Book Club, Amazon Author Central, Author Connections and Black Authors Connect. I also belong to EBook Publishing Group on Facebook.

DWED: Let’s delve into your writing. Can you tell us about your published work?

Milton: My book “Walking In God’s Path Toward Your Destination Volume 1” To Change Your Mindset and “Walking In God’s Path Toward Your Destination Volume 2” Building A Personal Relationship With Him are both Inspirational books. These Inspirational books will help you to have a healthy spiritual walk with God and have a personal relationship with God. For you to have a personal relationship with Him you must first get to know God for yourself. Also this book will help you to change your attitude about life.

In my new book “The Real Purpose of Networking”  I am showing my reading the importance of networking. A lot of people don’t know what their purpose of networking. In today’s world you need to network to establish opportunity in the business world and in the job market. This book will help individuals with the understanding of the process to have a successful networking experience.

DWED: What can we look forward to seeing from you throughout 2013?

Milton: In 2013 I am going to be publishing several books. I am also going to start my own publishing company. I want to give back to the community by sharing resources about how they can write their own books if they put their mind to. I also want to start to have a book fair for independent authors.

DWED: What other avenues are you using to promote your work and yourself?

Milton: I am using social media like Facebook, Linkedin, Google Plus and others. I am writing blogs daily to promote my books. I am volunteer my time by writing article for newsletter and magazine. Also I doing interview on radios and blogs to promote my books. But the best avenues that I had used are word by mouth. I let people that I know about my book daily.

DWED: What would you say to all aspiring authors like yourself?

Milton: To all aspiring author don’t let anyone or any obstacles stop you from writing your story. Everybody have a story to tell. Even when you don’t feel like writing please just keep on writing. Writing is the easy part of creating your book. Get advice from experience author who have success in publishing their books. 

DWED: Is there anything we haven’t covered that you would like your readers and potential readers to know about both your work and yourself?

Milton: I want my work and my life to be a blessing in somebody life right now. We need to encourage each other right now because you will never know who are hurting at this moment.

You can get access to my books online from Amazon and CreateSpace. Here is the link for all of my books on Amazon:     http://www.amazon.com/author/miltonkelly92

For CreateSpace Link:

Walking In God’s Path Toward Your Destination Volume 1 “To Change Your Mindset”

https://www.createspace.com/4045672

Walking In God’s Path Toward Your Destination Volume 2 “Building A Personal Relationship With Him”

https://www.createspace.com/4048708

The Real Purpose of Networking

https://www.createspace.com/4159805

 
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