Interview Roulette: A.D. Ellis

Today’s player is A.D. Ellis!

  1. You’ve just met an alien from a planet where there’s no such thing as fiction writing. Explain to him/her/it/them why humans read made-up stories. I would have the alien describe to me all of the mundane, painful, and difficult things beings on his planet have to deal with on a daily basis. Then I would offer him the chance to escape, even if just for a few moments, from the negativity. I’d show him how disappearing into a different world can transport and free your heart and mind.
  2. Is there a New Year’s resolution you’ve made more than once? Did you keep it? Oh, the usual eat better, exercise more is always there. And I do keep it, but different years have varying results. I made a resolution to floss my teeth everyday about ten years ago, and I’ve stuck with it since then. That’s the only resolution I’ve been completely successful in maintaining.
  3. Pick any place in the world to spend the next 6 months. Where is it and why? A beach somewhere. I don’t even care where, as long as the weather is beautiful. Oh, and there needs to be built in staff to care for my children, cook, clean, and provide activities. Electricity and WiFi are a must so I can continue working on stories. Hubby and the kids can come, but I want my own “Me Hut” separate from them for when I need to write.
  4. You have just won a lifetime supply of Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat. Your response? Mmmm, gotta love the carbohydrate-laden, broth flavored goodness of the iconic San Francisco treat. I haven’t had that stuff forever, but I really do like it. I’d probably be sure to donate some to food pantries. I mean, there’s only so much Rice-A-Roni a person can eat, and I’m one to share the wealth.
  5. What is your favorite procrastination method? Facebook, naps, reading…I’m pretty good at it. But, in reality, I don’t like to procrastinate much. If something is due on Friday, I want it done last week.
  6. What is your most dreaded household chore? Your favorite? Um, all of them? I sort of suck at the whole domestic goddess role. I hate to cook, hate to clean bathrooms, hate to dust. You get the picture. I hate putting laundry away, but as far as washing and “folding” the laundry, I don’t mind that part.
  7. What was your favorite school subject? Least favorite? Favorite was always reading. Least favorite was always math.

Book buy links:

At this time, my books are available on all platforms. I do plan on going to Kindle Unlimited for a while with my Male/Male titles. I’m unsure of whether the MM titles will stay exclusive with KU.

Amazon http://author.to/ADEllisAmazon

iBooks http://bit.ly/ADEllisiBooks

Kobo http://bit.ly/ADEllisKobo

Nook http://bit.ly/ADEllisNook

 

Author bio:

A.D. Ellis spends the majority of her days loving and wrangling two school-aged children and a husband before heading to the inner city of Indiana to teach a challenging group of alternative education students in grades third through sixth. Most days she hits the gym after school in hopes of running and lifting away the stress and headaches of the day before picking up her children and squeezing a whole day’s worth of loving and living into the too-short hours before bed. It’s no wonder Ms. Ellis lives for the slower, easier days she gets to enjoy on breaks from school.

Growing up in a small farming town in southern Indiana, A.D. is grateful to her mother for passing along the love of reading. With her nose constantly stuck in a book, Ms. Ellis became accustomed to friends and acquaintances snickering and shaking their heads at her love of reading.

A.D. never dreamed of being anything but a teacher, although there are certain times of the year when she laments her career choice. Ms. Ellis had a story idea floating in her head for about a year. After persistent prodding from a friend, A.D. put pen to paper and began writing her first story in October 2013. From that moment on, she was hooked. Taking the people and stories from her head and sharing them with readers is a scary, exhausting, rewarding, and fulfilling experience which A.D. plans to continue until there are no more stories banging around in her mind.

A.D. Ellis’ work can be found on both iBooks and Amazon. Please contact her on Facebook, Twitter, or her website.

Author contacts:

Facebook www.facebook.com/adellisauthor Twitter www.twitter.com/ADEllisAuthor Website http://www.adellisauthor.com

One the road again

My older kid and I have just embarked on a road trip. You can follow it on Twitter and Instagram. Wyoming! Nebraska! South Dakota! Ten states in all.

And I have a new release. “Corruption” originally appeared in the Of Heaven and Hell anthology, but now you can buy it as a standalone. All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. I’m really fond of this story–it’s dark, with a bit of a Ray Bradbury vibe. If Ray Bradbury wrote m/m romance.

That gorgeous new cover is by Reese Dante.

This story is the first in a new series The Bureau. Although each story will involve different characters and take place in a different time, all stories will have something to do with the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs.

“Corruption” is available now at Amazon.

 

Interview Roulette: Jamie Samms

Today’s player is Jamie Samms!

  1. What is your least favorite thing about California? Its distance from Northern Ontario. A few of my very favourite people live there, and I’d love to be closer to them, if I could.
  2. Describe a really bad decision you once made. A lot of bad choices I’ve made over the years center around the wrong shoes for the occasion. Like, “Oh! These are so cute! I won’t be standing too long” or “ There will definitely be chairs.” Or “the DJ will suck, so there won’t be any dancing.” Or, “we won’t be walking that far.”
  3. A tourist lands in your town. What should he or she see or do? Go see a car rental place, rent a car, and drive away. Seriously. This is a cultural black hole. Go. Find something interesting in some other city. If you really, really insist on seeing a sight here, drive by the giant Big Nickel on the outskirts of town. It’s about the most exciting thing here.
  4. Aside from writing, in what ways are you creative? Well, I did earn a Fine Arts Diploma from the local college. It says I can draw pictures and make things with string. I’m sort of decent at the later, but don’t practice the first enough to be as good as I’d like.
  5. If you could choose anyone on the planet to narrate an audio version of your latest book, who would it be? Quite honestly, I’d pick Greg Tremblay to narrate the entire Off Stage series, if that was an option. Why mess with a good thing?

Book blurb:

Kilmer and Jacko’s relationship has been foundering for a long time. With the end in sight and despairing that he might never find a Dom who suits him, Kilmer heads to a local bar to drown his sorrows—and meets country singer Tanner.

Tanner feels oddly protective of the broken man and eventually convinces Kilmer to hire him to help remodel the small, sad house Kilmer once shared with Jacko. As Tanner and Kilmer get to know each other, Kilmer regains his lost independence and Tanner’s dominant streak rises to the surface. But will it be a help or a hindrance to the trust they’re trying to build?

The answer might lie in the music Kilmer gave up not long after he met Jacko. Music always granted him solace, clarity, and an outlet for his emotions, and with Tanner’s encouragement, he picks up where he left off. Playing together eases them into honest communication, and though a happily ever after will still take patience and work, taking a chance on each other sounds sweeter with every note.

 

Book buy links:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/off-stage-beyond-the-footlights-by-jaime-samms-8563-b

Author bio:

Jaime has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she’s been writing for herself far longer. Often asked why men—what’s so fascinating about writing stories about men falling in love—she’s never come up with a clear answer. Just that these are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they would also be the stories she wrote.

These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for Various Publishers.

Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, is spent crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!), or watching movies. She has a day job, as well, which she loves, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and child-care responsibilities.

She graduated some time ago from college with a fine arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all . . .

 

Author contacts:

 

Website: http://jaime-samms.com

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000982219151&ref=tn_tnmn

Livejournal:http://dontkickmycane.livejournal.com/

Deviantart: http://dontkickmycane.deviantart.com/

Twitter:https://twitter.com/#!/JaimeSamms

Amazon Author page: amazon.com/author/jaimesamms

 

Interview Roulette: Tanya Chris

Please welcome Tanya Chris!

  1. Paper or plastic? I have reusable bags, but if I’m only buying a couple of items, I’ll get a plastic bag because I use them for scooping kitty poop into when I clean the litter box.
  2.  What is your favorite insect? Spiders get a bad rap. They eat flies and mosquitos and other pests and their webs are works of art. They’re industrious and mind their own business.
  3. What is your worst phobia? I have an irrational fear of dropping my keys down a sewer grate. If there’s a sewer grate anywhere near my car when I park, I panic.
  4.  Warm weather or cold? Warm, definitely. Warm weather might make me lazy but cold weather makes me miserable.
  5.  One of your characters has signed up to teach a 1-day workshop. What’s it on? Adam Summers will teach a workshop on investment diversification for financial institutions. Adam is the CIO of Palladium Enterprises, and before Will came into his life, he was a workaholic with a mild case of depression due to isolation. He’s better now, but he still loves his job.
  6.  Describe one of your weird or quirky habits. I’m a quota writer. When I hit my word count for the day, I shut down, sometimes even mid-sentence.
  7.  Aside from writing, in what ways are you creative? I’m a lighting designer for a local community theater. A lighting designer decides which lights will be on at which times, what color they’ll be and how bright they’ll be, in an attempt to add to the sense of space and time and enhance the director’s vision of the show.
  8.  If you were magically transported into one of your own books, which one would you choose and why? Most of my books take place in the real world, except for Omega Reclaimed which is an omegaverse story. Omegaverse is fun to read and write about, but I wouldn’t want to live there!
  9.  Pick any place in the world to spend the next 6 months. Where is it and why? I like to travel, but two weeks is plenty before I’m glad to be going home again. I always say that if your home isn’t your favorite place on earth, you should take steps to change that.
  10.  Write a haiku poem about your favorite beverage

Will be sewage tomorrow

 

If we acquiesce 

What is life today

Book blurb:

Merge Ahead: Will doesn’t know that his safe but unfulfilling life as a Call Center Supervisor is about to be turned upside down. Or that the man responsible is sitting next to him waiting for the same delayed flight. Adam Summers is confident, successful, gorgeous, and about to sign the contract that will cost Will his job. Corporate policy says they should keep their hands off each other, but they can’t. Is their growing affection worth the risk to Adam’s career? And what will Will’s future look like when their companies, and their lives, have merged?

Omega Reclaimed: Angel, an alpha who’s left the violent, strictly hierarchical rules of his pack to find success in the big city, and Leo, an omega on the run from his abusive alpha, are thrust together to satisfy Leo’s urgent heat-lust. But can a once-hurt omega ever trust an alpha to care for and protect him again? And can an alpha sensitive to social injustice learn to enjoy his naturally dominant nature? Angel and Leo must both face the pasts they ran away from before the two can build a new future together. They may not be able to change the laws of nature, but they can change the language of love.

Book buy links:

Merge Ahead: https://www.amazon.com/Merge-Ahead-Tanya-Chris-ebook/dp/B01GN7W7ZE

Omega Reclaimed: https://www.amazon.com/Omega-Reclaimed-Tanya-Chris-ebook/dp/B01MQ2KDMM

Author bio:

Tanya writes in a variety of romantic and erotic genres, being an avid follower of many of these genres herself. Some of her favorites are M/M romance, MFM threesomes, and BDSM with male submissives. Tanya lives in New England with her boyfriend and her cat and has participated in many of the activities about which she writes, but not all of them. It’s left to the reader to decide which are which.

Author contacts:

  • Website: http://www.tanyachris.com
  • Blog: http://tanyachris.com/wp/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tanyachrispublishing/
  • Twitter: @tanyachrs
  • Email: tanya@tanyachris.com
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Interview Roulette: Pat Henshaw

Please welcome Pat Henshaw, today’s player!

  1. You can eat only one ice cream flavor for the rest of your life. Which is it? Chocolate chip Cherries Garcia. And, yes, I know I made that up. But it’s for the rest of my life, so I’m calling special priviledges.
  2. You have just won a lifetime supply of Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat. Your response? Huh. I remember when I was in grade school and became friends with a girl who lived on the nearby Army base. Her mother would fix Rice-A-Roni as a special treat whenever I spent the night. Thanks for the time warp moment.
  3. One of your characters has a guilty favorite TV show. Tell us about it. Fredi, from Redesigning Max, loves RuPaul’s Drag Race and can sit in front of the TV for hours yelling at the contestants. Or rather, ahem, he can sit for hours giving the contestants his valuable input about their wardrobes and looks.
  4. What’s one thing that inspired your latest book? Frank McCord, who tells the story, is a reflection of a lot of men I’ve known who are quiet-spoken and genuinely want to help people. He’s been living too many years in the reflection of what the people of Stone Acres, California, tell him they see. The book gives him a chance to break free of their vision and become himself. This is a butterfly story.
  5. Pick any place in the world to spend the next 6 months. Where is it and why? Pacific Grove, California. I like the small town atmosphere and the beach. The sound of the waves lapping the shore clears my head of the clutter and makes my imagination soar. I find it much easier to write there than anywhere else I’ve ever been.
  6. Pick a politician and give him or her one piece of really good advice. President Trump: resign.
  7. If you were to write fanfic (or maybe you already have!) which fandom(s) would it be? I once wrote two short pieces of Anita Blake fanfic and sent them to a friend. But it occurred to me after I wrote them that I really don’t want to parrot anyone else’s writing style or universe. I’m too independent. Besides, I like my own style and ideas.

Book blurb:

Everything about thirty-five-year-old Stone Acres hardware store owner Frank McCord is old-fashioned—from his bow tie and overalls to the way he happily makes house calls to his dreams of lasting romance, true love, and marriage. Frank’s predecessors have run the store and been mainstays in the small California town for over a century. While genial Frank upholds tradition and earns the respect of friends and neighbors, he fears he’s too dull and old to attract a husband.

Into his life comes handsome thirty-six-year-old electronic games designer Christopher Darling and his fifteen-year-old son, Henry. Christopher has everything Frank could want in a potential partner: charm, kindness, and compatibility. Also, he’s a terrific father to Henry. When their Stone Acres home turns out to be uninhabitable, Frank offers the Darlings temporary lodging in his ancestral farmhouse, where he and his tenant Emil reside. Since Emil thinks Frank is his, sparks fly. Suddenly, Frank’s monotonous life promises to explode with love and threatens to change him forever.

Book buy links:

Dreamspinner: : https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/frank-at-heart-by-pat-henshaw-8521-b Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072HWHXNV/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494550778&sr=8-1&keywords=frank+at+heart+by+pat+henshaw

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B072HWHXNV/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1494550828&sr=8-3&keywords=frank+at+heart

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/frank-at-heart

Barnes& Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/frank-at-heart-pat-henshaw/1126380977?ean=2940157367909

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Pat_Henshaw_Frank_at_Heart?id=FU65DgAAQBAJ

Author bio:

Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, has spent her life surrounded by words: Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.

Pat was born and raised in Nebraska where she promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California.  Pat enjoys travel, having visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and Europe, including a cruise down the Danube.

Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion. Fortunately, her incredibly supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away while writing fiction.

Author contacts:

What’s new

It’s been a busy few weeks.

The end of May is always crazy for me anyway because it’s the end of the semester, which means exams and papers to grade and panicky students to deal with. But this year has been extra nuts.

My older daughter graduated high school. Yay! Now we need to get her ready to move to Oregon, where she’ll be attending college.

The very next day, my younger daughter finished junior high school. It’s hard to believe she’ll be in high school in the Fall.

Meanwhile, I’ve been in edits with two novels and am trying really hard to finish a third. And this week I’m getting ready for a 10-state road trip through the northwestern part of the United States, with the older kid accompanying me. There will be photos, so make sure you’re following me on Facebook and Twitter.

Last week, I released one of my stories, “The Clockwork Heart,” as a freebie, complete with a beautiful cover by Lex Chase. You can download it here. If all goes well, the audiobook of Bone Dry should come out in June.

My quarterly newsletter will be going out soon. If you’re not already a subscriber, you can sign up here.

And one more thing! Together with several other authors, I’ll be attending Sacramento Pride Fest on June 3. Other authors planning to attend include J. Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane, Pat Henshaw, LE Franks, Jennifer Baxter, Michael C. Schutz, and Davin L Kent. We’ll have books for sale and prizes and swag to give away, so if you’re in the Sac area, I hope to see you there.

 

 

Interview Roulette: Tia Fielding

Please welcome today’s player, Tia Fielding!

  1. One of your characters comes to you for advice. Who is it, what does he ask, and what do you tell him? I think it might actually be Joshua from One Step Forward and the conversation would be about depression in general. After all it’s a subject we’re both well versed on.
  2. What is your favorite mythological creature? The reflex is to say Unicorn, of course. But I quite like Thestrals from the Harry Potter universe. They’re sort of the “anti-unicorns,” aren’t they? Dragons can be cool, too, if we’re looking at less modern mythologies.
  3.  What is your least favorite thing about California? I’ve never been, but I would say—and this is based on friends’ experiences—how expensive state it is to live in. Oh and the draught, probably?
  4.  Which Disney character most closely resembles you? Eeyore. Hands down.
  5.  Which holiday is your favorite and why? Midsummer or Christmas. I’m a non-believer, so Christmas has never been about religion to me. It’s more about the atmosphere and family getting together. Midsummer, on the other hand, is a very Finnish thing and it’s just lovely, especially if the weather favors us.
  6. What’s your writing style—slow and steady or full speed ahead? My depression kind of makes me write in bits and pieces, but I tend to prefer to write in chronological order so I won’t confuse my other friend, ADHD. Lately though, I’ve been having easier time writing one particular story, and when I’ve written it’s been full speed ahead for sure. But normally it’s pretty slow.
  7. One of your characters buys flowers for another. What kind? Depends on the character. I would say either something ridiculously colorful like a gerbera or something fragrant, like my favorite flowers Lily of the Valleys.
  8. Pick one of your characters. What are the last three tweets he or she sent? This is from the WIP I mentioned earlier. It’s basically going to be M/M/M story, and these tweets are from Devin, the youngest of the MCs. DevilChild is a family nickname, btw, in case you were wondering….@DevilChild: When there’s no bread in the house, what do you do? You bake!  @DevilChild: I might’ve accidentally acquired a puppy. At least one of my boyfriends is a dog trainer, eh? @ DevilChild: Oooh, this game is gonna be so good, guys! Can’t wait for the release!

 

Blurb:

Sam Becker, a horse whisperer, agrees to take one last job before retiring to his Texas ranch. It’s clear as soon as he meets the Taylor family in Kentucky that he’s in for a challenge. What he doesn’t expect is the way his own wounds reopen. He’s never really dealt with the suicide of his mentally ill wife, and he won’t be able to ignore that hurt forever.

Joshua Taylor and his horse, Calla, were a force to be reckoned with on the eventing circuit until an accident ended their careers. Most of the pain is on the inside, however, and Sam knows those injuries are the slowest to mend. Sam’s unique methods help Calla and, surprisingly, Josh, but he’s still lost without riding. Their feelings for each other come hard and fast, and Josh starts his first steps of recovery, but Sam needs to return to Texas eventually. Even if Josh is able to move past the accident, they’ll still have a long and difficult journey to make before they can be together.

 

Book buy links:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/one-step-forward-by-tia-fielding-7342-b

https://www.amazon.com/One-Step-Forward-Tia-Fielding-ebook/dp/B01ITRPP3W

 

Author bio:

Tia Fielding is a thirtysomething Scandinavian who is a lover of witty people, words, cats, sarcasm, autumn, and the tiny beautiful things in life. Tia struggles with stubborn muses and depression, but both are things she has learned to live with.

Tia identifies as genderqueer, but isn’t strict about pronouns. Why? Because luckily, in her native language there aren’t gender-specific pronouns. Being a reclusive author living with her fur-babies is another fact of life for Tia, among the need to write that seems to be a part of her psyche by now.

In 2013 one of Tia’s novels was recognized by the industry’s Rainbow Awards in the Best LGBT Erotic Romance (Bobby Michaels Award) category.

 

Author contacts:

  • Website http://www.tiafielding.com
  • Facebook http://www.facebook.com/authortiafielding
  • Other NSFW “inspiration archive” http://www.tiafieldingwrites.tumblr.com

Interview Roulette: Jenna Kendrick

Please welcome Jenna Kendrick!

  1. Somebody gives you $10,000 with the proviso that you can’t save it and you can’t spend it on anything altruistic or practical. What do you do? If I couldn’t use it on anything charitable or practical, I’d buy a plane ticket to Australia. I’ve always wanted to visit, and that might be my only opportunity.
  2. Should he stay or should he go? He should most definitely stay. My husband and I just celebrated our 25th anniversary, and he’s my true-life romance hero.
  3. You’ve just met an alien from a planet where there’s no such thing as fiction writing. Explain to him/her/it/them why humans read made-up stories. I’d explain that our society is filled with imperfection, and storytelling is our way of processing those problems. Whether the storyteller tries to create a good outcome, like in my romances, or takes an issue to its worst extreme, or finds a middle ground—all of it is a way to come to terms with the world around us.
  4. One of the characters in your latest book buys a birthday present for another. What is it? In On and Off (coming out June 22), Mitchell is a retired figure skater with a notorious bad boy reputation. Jackson, his partner, would buy Mitchell a Dr. Who Sonic Screwdriver because he’s one of the few people who’ve taken the time to get to know Mitchell well enough to know he’s secretly a geek.
  5. Write a haiku poem about your favorite beverage. Coffee, sustainer Late night writing, two-three cups Without you, I sleep.
  6. What is your most dreaded household chore? Your favorite? I detest mopping. White kitchen tile plus four pets (one dog, three cats) equals a floor that gets dirty within minutes of mopping, so it seems like a thankless task. My favorite is folding laundry. Clean clothes tend to just pile up in the laundry basket, but when I actually decide to catch up, it becomes a big experience, complete with loud music and dancing around the bedroom.
  7. If one of your characters sent something in to PostSecret, what would it be? I tell everyone I’ve forgiven you. I’m lying.
  8. What are you wearing right now? Gray sweats, black t-shirt that saying Read with Pride, and purple socks because I was breaking in my hiking boots earlier. But I’m usually barefoot at this time of year. I’m not leaving the house today even for the $10,000 in question 1!

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The Assignment: Discover if forced proximity leads to increased intimacy by being handcuffed to a partner for five days.

Jamie O’Connor’s closet is tightly closed and full of secrets. Attending college on a baseball scholarship, he’s hiding an injury along with his sexuality. A college degree is the key to escaping his family’s oppressive expectations. Until he graduates, he needs to play ball, both on the field and off. Being partnered with an openly gay classmate for a sociology project threatens to put more than just his free college ride at risk.

Seth Lerner’s closet is empty, but that’s because his baggage is always right by his side. Managing his severe ADHD while trying to overcome an earlier setback leaves him little time for any kind of social life, much less a relationship. He certainly can’t afford the distraction of falling for his closeted project partner.

Neither Jamie nor Seth plan on letting this assignment get in the way of their objectives. But secrets come out and goals change when you’re stuck together.

 

Book buy links:

http://amzn.to/2f5p1bJ — Available for Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Author bio:

Jenna Kendrick is the author of the Hawaiian Haven and Reinvented series, contemporary and new adult romances about smart guys with a propensity for snark. Jenna went to a small college in the woods of Western Massachusetts, where she alternated between bare feet and hiking boots and used dining hall trays as a mode of transportation in the winter. She fell in love with creative writing after writing a satirical essay to get out of yet another literary analysis assignment. Unable to choose a coast or climate zone, she bounced around the country before settling in Upstate New York, where she lives with her husband and several furry creatives.

 

Author contacts:

  • Website – http://www.jennakendrick.com
  • Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jennakendrickauthor
  • Twitter – https://twitter.com/jennakendauth
  • Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jennakendrickauthor

Interview Roulette: Kelly Jensen

Welcome this week’s player, Kelly Jensen!

If you were forced at gunpoint to sing Karaoke, what song would you choose?

I’m going to begin my answer with a story which should serve as a warning. My family LOVES playing Guitar Hero. Even after everyone else packed their dusty guitars away, we kept playing. Daughter on bass, me on guitar and Hubs on vocals. I sang once. After I mutilated “Beat It” by Michael Jackson (I really thought there were more words, and another chorus, like maybe before the actual one?), I was asked to never sing again. I kinda took that to heart.

I do actually love to sing, and I sing in the car all the time. Daughter hates it. But as a fifteen-year-old, she’s pretty much obligated to hate everything I do at this point. So, if I had to choose a song, at gunpoint, would I reprise “Beat It” and hopefully disturb my abductor so much they quietly left the building? Nope. I’d sing “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith because that’s the song Hubs and I danced to at our wedding. We always sing it when it comes on in the car (whether Daughter is scowling or not), I know all the words, and I just kinda love it. I don’t think I could ruin a song like that. (Maybe.)

Which of your characters should run for US President?

None of them. Seriously. My guys are ridiculous. They’re barely making sense of their own lives and you want one of them to run the country? Wait, they couldn’t do a worse job than… Okay, hmm. You know, I’m tempted to nominate Jake’s sister, Willa. She GETS THINGS DONE. But I have other plans for her. So… maybe Marc? He’s the most capable guy I know and not afraid of a challenge. He’s also able to admit when he’s made a mistake.

What is the most useless or frivolous thing you’ve ever bought?

You want me to choose just one? Okay, how about this octopus tea infuser. It’s ridiculously hard to use because the opening where you load the tea is too small for a spoon. You literally have to stuff tea leaves in there with a finger. I love it, though. It’s orange. And it has tentacles.

If you could instantly learn another language, which would you choose and why?

Japanese so I could read manga in its original language.

What’s something you—or one of your characters—got in trouble for while in school?

Skipping class(es).

  • In first grade, I had most of the staff out looking for me and my friend when we got so involved in our game of make believe that we didn’t hear the bell. It took them so long to find us that parents and the authorities had been notified. We were in a narrow alleyway behind the cafeteria pretending we were escaping from a castle.
  • In fourth grade I was hauled out of a tree house, back over the fence and straight to the headmaster’s office. The back of my legs stung for days.
  • The song “Manic Monday” by the Bangles always conjures the image of me and Karen in her dad’s convertible (top down) driving down to Great Falls National Park on a perfect spring day, instead of, you know, going to school. Jumping off the rocks into the river was much more fun.
  • Likewise, any day with good light would find me on the hill behind the art room painting rather than learning about the U.S. presidents.
  • Senior year of high school I had to write a letter to my history teacher apologizing for my many absences and listing the reasons why he should let me graduate.
  • College—when I got my first boyfriend, I missed so many classes in one subject, I had to retake it the next semester.

I could go on, but I think you’re getting the idea. 😉

Which of your characters is going to Vegas with you and why?

Henry. He can probably count cards. He counts everything else.

What is your favorite insect?

Cicadas. The sound of them always makes me think of hot and lazy afternoons, and long summer evenings.

Book blurb:

Counting Down (Counting #2)

It’s been a week since a Christmas Eve blizzard changed the course of Marcus Winnamore’s life. Plan A is now Plan B, and the first item on his new agenda is taking Henry Auttenberg on a date. They’ve been invited to a New Year’s Eve party, and Marc is counting down the hours until midnight… until he can kiss Henry in front of his colleagues and friends.

Things don’t quite work out to plan. Finding the elevator out of service, Marc and Henry check the stairs, only to choose the wrong door, and become locked in the basement. Close quarters once again make for close conversation, and as they explore every avenue of escape, they also explore the deepening attraction between them. For Marc, this isn’t an experiment. Will he still feel that way when he has to admit to someone other than Henry that he’s gay?

 

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Author bio:

If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories of the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.

Kelly is the author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories, including the Chaos Station series, co-written with Jenn Burke. Some of what she writes is speculative in nature, but mostly it’s just about a guy losing his socks and/or burning dinner. Because life isn’t all conquering aliens and mountain peaks. Sometimes finding a happy ever after is all the adventure we need.

 

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Interview Roulette: Hunter Frost

Please welcome our newest player, Hunter Frost!

  • What is the most useless or frivolous thing you’ve ever bought?

Can I admit I already love these questions?

Okay, I’ve probably bought tons of frivolous things in my nearly 40 years on this earth, but I believe if it makes you happy, why not? Within reason, of course. I wouldn’t blow my life savings on something shiny and pretty if I knew it wasn’t a sound investment for the future, or that I wouldn’t have enough money to eat the next day.

So, in that vein, I’m going to go with extravagant meals. I’m not a foodie by any means, but when I’m in the mood for something, I want it. And I want the good quality stuff. And if you’re with me and don’t have the money to spend, it’s on me, bro. Since it’s my craving I’ll pick up the tab. This got me into some trouble in college when I wasn’t working full-time, but I don’t regret any of those experiences. Not one.

  • What advice would you give your 17-year-old self?

Enjoy the shit out of everything! Try anything at least once. Taste, touch, smell, listen, and look… It doesn’t matter what we look like doing it or what others think. We have a finite time in this world – explore and experience as much as you can, before you can’t.

  • Write a haiku poem about your favorite beverage.

Coffee is soul juice

Smooth dark roasted beans of love

Death to decaf, blech!

  • Which (living) celebrity would you most want to have dinner with?

Tom Hiddleston, for sure. I love British men. My god, the accents! But I’d be so nervous, I don’t know how I could eat. However, just staring at him might freak him out a little.

  • What’s something you—or one of your characters—got in trouble for while in school?

One of my earliest memories is being punished for smacking a girl on the back when she was choking. I was in pre-school and the teachers thought I hit her for no reason. I guess I couldn’t explain properly that she was choking and my parents had always hit me on the back when I was choking to help dislodge whatever it was. I had to sit in the corner for a while. It must have sucked because I still remember it to this day.

  • Describe a memorable dream—or nightmare!

I don’t have a specific dream or nightmare that I can recall, but I often have a common type of dream. Apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic. Yeah, it’s intense. Typically, I dream that something horrific is happening or has happened, like a zombie breakout, or a huge earthquake, and then I’m running for my life, or trying to survive. I’ve been trapped on an ocean-liner with serial killers, hiding in burnt out buildings from zombies, and stuck in my parents’ house when a huge flood hits. Sometimes I’m alone, but most of the time I am with a vast array of old friends and family that change as the dream moves on. I tell myself this is my writer’s brain defragging, and not a cause for concern. Sounds legit, right? Right?

  • Warm weather or cold?

Warm all the way! Though I can’t stand the dry, blistering heat of Las Vegas, I’m definitely made for warm weather. My husband says I only have a five degree range in which I’m truly comfortable. I think it’s more like ten. 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m from Southern California originally – what can I say?

Book blurb: Cemeteries by Moonlight

When a serious bout of writer’s block threatens to delay mystery author Drew Daniels’s newest book, his aunt offers her New Orleans apartment in the heart of the French Quarter as a writing retreat. She neglects to mention that it’s occupied by the enigmatic and sexy Finn Murphy, a cemetery tour guide with a penchant for Victorian attire and a Cajun accent.

A body discovered in an open crypt forces reclusive Drew to deal with Finn’s eccentric group of friends and his underlying attraction to the hot Cajun—despite warnings about Finn’s violent past. Drew might write this stuff, but he’s never had to solve a real-life murder. With a deadline looming and a killer on the loose, this retreat is proving to be anything but helpful for Drew’s novel. Drew can only hope he won’t end up a tragic tale for the Ghostly Legends & Lore, Inc. haunted tour.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

Book buy links:

Dreamspinner: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/cemeteries-by-moonlight-by-hunter-frost-8046-b

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cemeteries-Moonlight-States-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B01N7NLYY0/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1483326375&sr=1-2

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cemeteries-by-moonlight-hunter-frost/1125413990?ean=2940157463328

 

Author bio:

Hunter’s early addiction to the smell of printed books led her to spend most of her childhood in libraries and bookstores. There she fell in love with stories featuring medieval castles, ghosts, and handsome heroes. Though writing has always been a part of her life, after college she went on to explore careers in graphic design, the culinary arts, and dog grooming before returning to graduate school to get her MA in British history. To pay the bills, she spends her days working for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, but to appease her overactive muse, she writes the kind of fiction that keeps her sane. She adores romance in all forms, but prefers her stories with two heroes that find their happily-ever-after with each other.

Hunter would rather watch Spaceballs (or any Mel Brooks movies really), despite being born in the same year as Star Wars. She loves Monty Python, MST3K, and cheesy rom-coms from the eighties and nineties. Her wacky sense of humor is only paralleled by her hopeless romanticism. She’s a goth at heart and a sucker for men with long hair. She adores everything British, but insists tea be drunk without milk. She’s a pescetarian with vegan tendencies and has two fat little cats named after her favorite beverage—Latte and Java. She dreams of coastal living, marshmallows, and Matt Bomer.

Feel free to connect with her through any of her social media accounts or send her an e-mail. She welcomes messages from readers and/or Brits looking to adopt.

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