Month: October 2018

Eileen Cook: Coaching Conflict BSW009_181030

Intro

“Welcome to Episode 9 – on Blood, Sweat and Words. Today, I’m interviewing Eileen Cook: a  writer and writing coach.

Eileen Cook’s12 novels appear in eight different languages and several have been optioned for film and TV.  Most of her work is in the YA category. She writes psychological thrillers.

Eileen is a popular speaker at conferences both in the US and in Canada. She provides writing and editorial coaching through the CCS Creative Academy in Vancouver, and is a mentor and instructor for the Simon Fraser University’s, The Writer’s Studio.”

 

Show Highlights

  • writing is a solitary activity, so authors can greatly benefit from becoming part of an on-line writing community
  • as you help others with their writing, you learn more about writing
  • when working with another writer you need to dig deep to give meaningful feedback
  • keep positive people around you and ignore the rest
  • don’t let your fear of rejections get in the way

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You Owe Me a Murder

YOU OWE ME A MURDER. It will be out in March.

Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Kim gets more than she bargained for when she is set up for murder. Perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying, E. Lockhart, and Gillian Flynn.

17-year-old Kim never expected to plot a murder. But that was before her boyfriend dumped her for another girl. Now, Kim’s stuck on a class trip to London with him and his new soulmate and she can’t help wishing he was a little bit dead, even if she’d never really do that.

But when Kim meets Nicki, a stranger on the plane who’s more than willing to listen to Kim’s woes, things start to look up. Nicki’s got a great sense of humor, and when she jokes about swapping murders, Kim plays along—that is, until Kim’s ex-boyfriend mysteriously dies.

Blackmailed by Nicki to fulfill her end of the deal, Kim will have to commit a murder or take the fall for one.


More About Eileen Cook

Eileen Cook grew up in a small town in Michigan, but would go on to live in Boston and Belgium before settling in Vancouver, Canada with her  two very naughty dogs.

In second grade Eileen’s teacher wrote on a homework assignment “I am sure someday you will be an author” which is a tribute to the psychic abilities of elementary school teachers, as well as Eileen penchant for making things up. While she would go on to fill endless notebooks with really bad poetry, short stories, and the occasional start to a novel, she would first pursue a career as a counsellor working with individuals with catastrophic injuries and illness.

Eileen quickly discovered that the challenge of working with real people is that they have real problems and she returned to writing where she could make her characters do what she wanted. Her first novel was published in 2008. Entertainment Weekly called her novel WITH MALICE  that came out in 2016 a “seriously creepy thriller” which pretty much made her entire year.

When not planning murder and mayhem on the computer, Eileen enjoys reading, knitting, yelling at her dogs to stop digging holes and watching hockey (which she is required to do as a new Canadian.)

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Next Week on Blood Sweat and Words:

Ann Janzer:  Brain Science and Writing and Book Marketing in a Sustainable Way


Eileen’s Favorite Drink – The Old Fashioned

Oh! Cocktails I know and love! I’m a huge fan of the Old Fashioned. 

1.5 bourbon
.5 Grand Marnier
.5 Giffords Vanille de Madagascar http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo/product/giffard-vanille-de-madagascar/496224#.W41ydy0ZNR0  (FYI- this stuff is also GREAT in a Diet Coke)
Dash of bitters either traditional or orange
Stir and serve on the rocks with an orange peel garnish

 

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William Nikkel: Homicide Detective to Author BSW055_date

William Nikkel is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of CAVE DWELLER. He’s a retired homicide investigator turned author, a member of the International Thriller Writers organization (ITW). He’s the author of 8 Jack Ferrell mystery- suspense novels, a Jack Ferrell novella, and two Max Traver steampunk westerns.

A former homicide detective and S.W.A.T. team member for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department in Bakersfield , California, William is an amateur scuba enthusiast, gold prospector and artist. He and his wife Karen divide their time between California and Maui, Hawaii.


Show Notes

  • life informs writing
  • strives to keep all his characters authentic and their interactions with the police believable
  • writes adventures not police procedurals
  • his main character Jack Ferrell grows through the series and the tales become grittier
  • believes readers want to escape real life and go through the door with the sign that reads, “No Admittance” – he takes them there

Sea of Heartbreak

In 1945, a B-17 bomber takes off from an airfield in the Philippines and disappears in a storm. The plane’s cargo, a gift to General Douglas MacArthur from the newly appointed president of the Philippine Commonwealth.

Nearly seventy-five years later, Jack Ferrell is sailing in the Kaiwi Channel between Molokai and Oahu when he rescues Allison Hunter who’d been pushed overboard by her husband and left to drown. He takes her ashore at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor in Waikiki, reluctant to get involved. She’s not his problem to fix. Or is she? When his boat explodes under suspicious circumstances and she’s killed, the situation turns personal.

He sets out to settle the score. An act of vengeance that reunites him with the beguiling and mysterious Cherise Venetta. Through her, he learns the surprising truth behind her reason for being on Oahu. Including the possible location of a gold-plated Thompson sub-machine gun that disappeared on a flight to Pearl Harbor. The stakes have been raised. Working together, he and Cherise become embroiled in a plot to bring down a major drug trafficker. A deadly trail that re-enforces what he already knows. When he’s on the edge, he’s completely alive.


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William Nikkel

William Nikkel is the author of eight Jack Ferrell novels, a Jack Ferrellnovella, and a steampunk western series featuring his latest hero, Max Traver. A former homicide detective and S.W.A.T. team member for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department in Bakersfield, California, William is an amateur scuba enthusiast, gold prospector and artist, who can be found just about anywhere. He and his wife Karen divide their time between California and Maui, Hawaii.

Contact info:

Website: www.williamnikkel.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/willienikkel

Twitter:@willienikkel

 


Favorite Drink – The Vesper Martini

Mock-tail recipe:A variation of James Bond’s famous “Vesper Martini” as featured in the movie Casino Royal.

2 parts premium Vodka

1 part premium Gin

A couple of drops of dry vermouth

Shaken and served with an olive


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Bonnie Edwards: Sex on the Page BSW007_18-10-16

 

Multi-published, award-winning, hybrid author Bonnie Edwards has been writing different heroines for years. Often pink collar, her heroines have done everything from driving tow trucks to being virtual assistants. Some are single mothers, others are struggling, divorced college students. Still others are older, with more experience; but all of them are confident in themselves and how they live.

Writing is her passion and writing romance her obsession. As she says, “There’s nothing quite like giving a woman her happy ending after she’s been through hell.”

Interview Show Notes

  • difference between erotica and erotic romance
  • how to write good sex
  • they honeymoon period
  • hero qualities in Romance
  • heroine qualities in Romance
  • importance of conflict
  • love is love is love
  • how one woman, a victim of sexual abuse, was helped by reading Bonnie’s love stories

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Diamond at Heart

Someone’s watching her…

…and Tawny James is sick of it.  The only person who’ll believe and help her is her ex-boss, the last man on earth she wants to see again. She’d walked out on the most fun job she’d ever had because in a fit of jealousy she’d revealed her embarrassing, secret, crush.

Private security consultant Stack Hamilton gets the call he’s wanted for months from ex-employee Tawny James. But it isn’t the “sorry I ran out on you” call he’s hoped for. Instead, the beauty who hides her assets under the ugliest clothes he’s ever seen is scared and needs his help. There’s nothing Stack won’t do for the woman he misses. Every. Single. Day.

They soon discover that Tawny’s current problem is connected to a mob murder from the past. Obsession and possessive violence can ruin generations of women and the James family has had more than its share. Tawny is determined not to make the same mistakes her mother and grandmother made.

If she can keep her hands off Stack Hamilton she might get through this stalking episode with her heart intact.

Stack will do anything to keep Tawny safe. Everything but let her go again.


Bonnie Edwards

Multi-published author Bonnie Edwards lives with her husband and pets on the rainy coast of British Columbia. Her earthy, irreverent, love stories sometimes have a paranormal twist like curses and ghosts but other times not. Her books always entertain and guarantee a happy ending.

With four ongoing romance series (Tales of Perdition, The Brantons, andThe Christmas Collection) and contemporary family novels in her newest series, Return to Welcome, she rarely spends a day without writing. She has written novels, novellas and short stories for Kensington Books, Harlequin Books, Carina Press, and Robinson (UK) although now she publishes her work herself. Look for more exciting releases throughout 2018…

For more info and sample chapters:

Find her here: https://www.bonnieedwards.com/

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Bonnie-Edwards/e/B001IO9UTO

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BonnieEdwards

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bonnie.Edwards.Author

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/bedwards1342/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/283636.Bonnie_Edwards

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Bonnie’s Favourite Cocktail

Here’s my favourite cocktail…don’t know if it counts as a cocktail…but here goes:
1.5 oz of Crown Royal Whiskey over ice THEN add 6 oz. of cola and a twist of lime. In that order.

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C.J. Hunt: Helping Authors – BSW006_181009

Welcome to Episode 6  on Blood, Sweat and Words. Today, I’m interviewing C.J. Hunt. She writes contemporary hometown romance set in the fictional Vancouver Island town of Rivers End. Her stories, which are mostly novella in length, have intrigue with a touch of magic.

C.J. is the founding president of the Greater Vancouver Writer’s Association and co-founder of The Creative Academy a business created by authors to help other authors.


Show Highlights

  • created the business Creative Academy with Donna Barker and Eileen Cook to help other authors
  • their on-line community helps writers at any stage of their writing project
  • C.J. loves working with other authors – calls them her tribe
  • there are lots of free resources available on their website www.ccscreativeacademy.com
  • C.J. has offered a special deal for you below (in red)

C.J. Hunt

CJ Hunt a passionate reader and writer of romance. Her body is living happily-ever-after with her lovely game designer of a husband in Vancouver, BC, while her mind spends most of its time with her invisible friends in the fictional Vancouver Island town of Rivers End.

She can often be found sipping some sort of handcrafted cocktail while contemplating how to complicate everyone’s lives just enough that when they get their happy endings, you really feel like they’ve earned it.

CJ is a member of the Vancouver Island Romance Authors and current President of the Greater Vancouver Writers Association: Romance and Beyond. She also sits on the board of directors for the Surrey International Writers’ Conference.

Visit www.cjhuntromance.com/freereads for instant access to your Rivers End romance starter library—including a free subscriber exclusive audiobook!


C.J.’s Contact Info:

website: http://www.cjhuntromance.com
email: crystal@cjhuntroman.com

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C.J.’s Christmas Book

Reindeer Games by CJ Hunt

The MacAllisters of Rivers End #3

“CJ Hunt delivers everything I love in small town romance—sexy heroes, sparky heroines and a warm, vibrant community you want to settle into.” ~Dani Collins, USA Today Bestselling Author 

GINGER LEWIS knows from personal experience that the world is full of bad and dangerous people. She’s been lucky enough to escape her rough past and cherishes her stable work family and lovable bulldog, Max. And she knows better than to try to rescue a stranger in a snowstorm. Especially one with a chiselled jaw, perfect stubble, and 1001 secrets behind those icy blue eyes.

ELI MURPHY, on the run and temporarily homeless, should be glad to spend the holidays stuck in the woods with no cell reception and no one who knows him. The isolation will allow him to regroup and plan his next move. But between the festive atmosphere, cozy cabin, and tempting fake girlfriend, Eli finds himself fantasizing about a future he doesn’t deserve. As the Reindeer Games draw to a close, he will have to come to terms with his mistakes or risk losing Ginger—and the chance to make a real home in Rivers End.

Welcome to Rivers End, where you can forget your troubles—for a little while…

While all the Rivers End stories can be read as standalones, you may want to read each mini-series in order to preserve any plot surprises and get the full picture of how the characters lives weave together! This is the suggested reading order:

The MacAllisters of Rivers End
#1 – Silver Bells (Isaac + Jenna, Beginnings) available for FREE!
#2 – Tipsy (Shannon + Lucas)
#3 – Reindeer Games (Ginger + Eli)
#4 – Wedding Bells (Isaac + Jenna, Happily Ever After)


A Special Offer from C.J. Hunt

and the Creative Academy

If you’re looking for great resources to help you through all stages of the writing, editing, pitching and publishing stages of your writerly journey, head over to https://www.ccscreativeacademy.com and sign up for our free resource room. 
We want to reward go-getters like yourself who are out there doing the research, and listening to great podcasts like this one. If you sign up for annual membership and use the coupon code PODCAST25 you’ll save 25% off your first year of membership to The Creative Academy which gets you access to all kinds of additional coaching and support including moderated writing sprints, blue pencil writing evaluations, query/synopsis feedback, office hours, Q+A interviews with industry experts and more! 

Next Week on Blood Sweat and Words:

Bonnie Edwards, Sex on the Page


C.J.’s Favorite Drink

Aperol Spritz

  • Fill a wine glass with ice
  • Combine Prosecco and Aperol in equal parts
  • Add a dash of soda water
  • Garnish with an orange slice

More recipes from the books on my website – cocktails, cookies + more Jhttps://cjhuntromance.com/rivers-end-recipes/



Jo-Ann’s Cover Reveal


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Suzan Tisdale – #GetLoud #StayLoud BSW005181002

Six figure, USA Today Bestselling author, storyteller and self described, “Cheeky” Wench, Suzan Tisdale, is not only famous for her well-written Scottish Historical Romance novels, but also for being a leader of the  Indie Resistance.

Show Highlights

  • Cockygate – Susan describes the history of the “cocky” scandal and how it still affects us today
  • Book Stuffing
  • Tiffanygate
  • “Surround and Suffocate” marketing strategies
  • “Also Bought” scams
  • KU (i.e., Kindle Unlimited) issues
  • Going Wide
  • FB Live episodes
  • Recommendations for writers.
  • How Suzan fell in love with Scottish Historical Romance
  • A “Lustful Thrusting” story that will make you giggle
  • How her first book accidentally skyrocketed
  • Using life themes in novels (e.g., alcoholism and rape)
  • What stories do for readers
  • Male readers
  • InD’Scribe Conference in October


Suzan Tisdale

USA Today Bestselling Author, storyteller and cheeky wench, SUZAN TISDALE lives in the Midwest with her verra handsome carpenter husband. All but one of her children have left the nest. Her pets consist of dust bunnies and a dozen poodle-sized, backyard-dwelling groundhogs – all of which run as free and unrestrained as the voices in her head. And she doesn’t own a single pair of yoga pants, much to the shock and horror of her fellow authors. She prefers to write in her pajamas.

Suzan writes Scottish historical romance/fiction, with honorable and perfectly imperfect heroes and strong, feisty heroines. And bad guys she kills off in delightfully wicked ways.

She published her first novel, Laiden’s Daughter, in December, 2011, as a gift for her mother. That one book started a journey which has led to twenty published titles. To date, she has sold more than 500,000 copies of her books around the world. They have been translated into four foreign languages (Italian, French, German, and Spanish.)

You will find her books in digital, paperback, and audiobook formats.

WEBSITE: www.suzantisdale.com


What is Suzan Reading Right Now?

Judith McNaught’s, A Kingdom of Dreams (The WestmorelanDynasty Saga Book 2)

 

 

 


Read Between the Vines (Suzan’s Wine and Book Club)

(with Tanya Anne Crosby and Kathryn Leveque)

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Suzan’s Favorite Cocktail

Lemondrop Martini’s are freaking awesome!  Link

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