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Janice MacDonald: Genre Fiction the Poor Cousin, BSW011_181113

Intro

Janice MacDonald is the author of the Randy Craig Mysteries, set in Edmonton, Alberta. Randy is an amateur detective and academic manqué, who finds herself in a variety of dilemmas as she tries to worm her way into one niche or another of university life. Janice herself no longer teaches at the university level, although she used to lecture on English literature, communications and creative writing. Her MA was on Parody and Detective Fiction, one of the first studies of “subliterary fiction” allowed at the University of Alberta.

She and her husband live in Edmonton

Show Notes

  •  “genre fiction is the poor cousin at the table who actually pays for all the snooty poets to be at the party.”
  • the alignment of genre writing
  • levels and sub-genres of mysteries
  • what makes the mystery genre do compulsory readable
  • changing settings and aging characters
  • many readers are obsessively addicted to mystery fiction
  • Advice: shut the door and write
  • Crime pays

The Eye of the Beholder

The Eye of the Beholder takes reluctant sleuth and sessional university lecturer Miranda “Randy” Craig from Mexico’s Pacific coast to Edmonton’s vibrant visual art scene while retaining the trademark suspense and humour that have made the series so popular with lovers of academic mystery.

Randy and Steve have finally tied the knot. With the snow blowing and temperatures dipping well below zero they are looking for an escape from the frigid Edmonton winter. Like so many others, they head south to Puerto Vallarta, Jalísco, Mexico, along with a crush of University of Alberta students, looking for a good time during spring break. When a student is found dead in an elaborately staged scene, Randy’s romantic beach walks and candlelit dinners will have to wait. Instead Randy and Steve will have find meaning in the murder to catch the culprit. If they don’t, the honeymoon just might be over.


Meet Janice

“Janice MacDonald is a Canadian author of literary and mystery novels, textbooks, non-fiction titles, and stories for both children and adults. She is best known for writing seven novels featuring amateur sleuth Miranda “Randy” Craig. The Randy Craig Mysteries were the first detective series to be set in Edmonton, Alberta, where Janice lives and works. The latest installment, The Eye of the Beholder, was published in October 2018 by Ravenstone Books, an imprint of the highly respected Turnstone Press. In recent years Janice has also concentrated on literary short fiction, essays, and creative non-fiction. Confederation Drive, a passion project about her trip across Canada on the 50th anniversary of Expo ’67 in Montreal, was released by Edmonton-based Monto Books to coincide with the “Canada 150” sesquicentennial celebrations in 2017.

Janice is a lifelong fan of detective fiction and even wrote her master’s thesis on the subject. She was a long-time reviewer of mystery novels for the Edmonton Journal and an on-air “crime fiction expert” for the Canadian television series Booked. Her first Randy Craig mystery was published in 1994. She is not to be confused with the “small d” Janice Macdonald who writes romance novels. Capital-D Janice MacDonald always makes certain that her books have a much higher body count.

Janice is honoured and delighted by the enthusiastic response to her latest books, and she enjoys interacting with readers through social media on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter. To join the discussion, see the icon links at the top of this page.” (from her website)

Contact Info

Website: https://www.janicemacdonald.net


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Murder for Christmas

Agatha Christie meets The House of Usher

When code-breaker Madison Rathborne gets an all-expense paid trip to a remote island in the Pacific Northwest the week before Christmas, she expects a peaceful getaway from the fake Santas in the city and the drama of her family’s turkey feast, but Deadman’s Island offers no such sanctuary. Trapped in a maze of secrets, scandals and murder, with a side of ghost, Maddy struggles to make sense of it all. Macabre stories of gruesome deaths on the estate go back centuries. Her logical mind refuses to believe in legends, but there’s no reasonable explanation for what’s going on around her.

Twelve strangers invited to the gathering discover turkey is not the only thing on the menu, as one by one they meet their maker.

Will Mad Rath’s superior logician skills crack the mystery before the killer gets her? Or is there a supernatural force at work that cannot be conquered?

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Anne Janzer: Why Brain Science is Important to Writers and Marketing

Successful, non-fiction, hybrid author Anne Janzer calls herself an “armchair cognitive science geek.”  What does that mean? Anne loves reading and learning about the way our minds work. Her background in technology marketing, helps her with book marketing.

Seth Godin, one of my thought-gurus said this about her books:

“Research-based, hands-on, step-by-step wisdom that can help you wrestle with the lizard brain. Certain to help thousands of would-be writers write.” (Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception)”

Here’s a taste:

Show Notes:

  • an understanding of cognitive science helps us figure out how our brains work
  • two selves at work in our brain – different mental processes firing
  • you could call them: the creative and the productive
  • and we need them both to be successful
  • being creative is not enough, you need to be able to bring your creation to life
  • it’s useful to think about how to coral these different parts of our brain
  • there’s a universe of information on marketing. It’s overwhelming, but the thing is a lot of the advice might not fit you.
  • when someone is giving you book marketing advice they are doing so with the best of intentions but you have to think “…but it may not fit me.”
  • there is not one right answer to book marketing
  • we have to think of our objectives for the book, what our audience expects and what we are personally strong at doing
  • build for the long term
  • do things that are sustainable for you financially, physically and emotionally
  • have faith in yourself that your understanding of your books and your audience
  • trust yourself
  • Anne offers two courses: the revision process, managing the review and approval process in business

Bio:

Anne Janzer is an award-winning author on a mission to help people communicate more effectively through writing.

As a professional writer, she has worked with more than one hundred technology companies, writing in the voice of countless brands and corporate executives. She is author of the books Writing to Be Understood,  The Writer’s ProcessThe Workplace Writer’s ProcessandSubscription Marketing.

Her books and online courses help writers improve their processes and communication skills, so they can share their thoughts and ideas with the world. Find her writing at annejanzer.com.

Contact:

anne@annejanzer – or find me on my website annejanzer.com

 


My most recent book is Writing to Be Understood: What Works and Why. It’s about the craft and science of nonfiction – how to not be boring, why story and metaphor works, etc.
Another book that might interest you, is The Writer’s Process: Getting Your Brain in Gear. This is about the “inner game” of writing, and applies to all kinds of writing – fiction, nonfiction, academic, everything.

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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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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)


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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/



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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)

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Suzan’s Favorite Cocktail

Lemondrop Martini’s are freaking awesome!  Link

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Abigail Owen – An Author Helping Authors BSW04_180925

“…writing is a calling, a passion. Don’t let the industry take that away from you …. It can be tough to hear all the “no’s”. To get back edits where all your manuscript is red. It’s tough to deal with professional jealousy …[But] … the folks who hang on the longest tend to be the most successful.” Abigail Owen


Intro

“Welcome to episode 4, on Blood, Sweat and Words. Today I’m thrilled to be talking with Abigail Owen. A multi-award-winning paranormal romance author, she grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in Technical Writing, but discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it. No matter the genre, she loves to write feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them. Abigail currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero who she married and their two children.

Abigail also writes contemporary romance as Kadie Scott and manages a service for authors through her company, Authors On a Dime.

…which brings me to the topic of our episode today:

Abigail Owen, An Author Helping Authors

I love the intro you have on your Authors on a Dime website. It says: ‘Need more time for writing? Authors on a Dime offers a la carte serves at prices authors can afford’ Is sure pulled me in …”

Show Highlights:

  • Abigail is a multi-published hybrid author helping others
  • her business “Authors on a Dime” offer all the services writers need to get their work published as separate items, so the writer can purchase what they need.
  • articles about writing can be found on her website
  • her business idea came from being a writer, and seeing what writers need
  • she loves to talk about multi-tasking
  • loves the freedom of her writing and business life

Abigail Owen is the founder of Authors on a Dime, a business that helps other authors.


Abigail Owen

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it. No matter the genre, she loves to write feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories).

10+ years since finishing her first book, Abigail is now a multi-award-winning author who has published 22 novels/novellas/short stories under two pen names with more to come. She is also the owner/operator of Authors On A Dime, a company which provides a la carte services to help authors like herself. Abigail loves every part of the publishing journey and considers herself freaking lucky to be living out her dream every day.

Abigail currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero (who she totally married!) and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

The Boss

Finn Conleth leads his team of enforcer dragon shifters with an iron fist and a cold heart. Every dragon seeks his destined mate, but the process to turn the woman he once thought was his killed her and devastated him. He will never risk his heart again. His team is his family now. When his body eventually gives out, he’ll leave, living his last days alone.
Delaney Hamilton moved across the country to escape the freak fires that plague her. But when another suspicious fire erupts and rapidly escalates around her, her hopes for a new life go up in smoke. She has no choice but to turn to the mysterious men who come to her aid.
Finn knows the fire is dragon-caused, which puts Delaney’s problems directly in his jurisdiction. No matter how her wounded grey eyes call to every part of him, he refuses to risk her life in the mating process.
Until another dragon threatens to claim Delaney for his own, and Finn has to sacrifice everything to keep her alive…
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Favorite Drinks
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Viognier
  • Riesling
  • White Sangria with any of the above and summer fruits (peaches, strawberries, etc.)
  • Ciders (Apple, Pear, Pineapple)

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J.C. McKenzie: Science Geek Turns Author BSW003_180918

“Do you ever wonder where writers get their ideas?

Today I’m talking with J.C. McKenzie, who is a High school, math and science teacher by day and an urban fantasy and paranormal romance author by night. She’s the creator of the Amazon, best-selling dark fantasy, saga, The Carus Series, set in post apolcalyptic Vancouver. She’s the author of 9 books, soon to be 10 and is an unapologetic science geek.

Which brings me to today’s topic: Science Geek to Author.


Show Highlights

  • the life of an unapologetic, science geek
  • her fascination with the “weird stuff” in the world
  • how her love of science transfers into her writing; into world building and creating dynamic characters
  • how all life experiences translate onto the page (with a touch of espresso)
  • form rejections and how not to be crippled by them

Book Mentioned:    The Hot Zone by Richard Preston


J. C. McKenzie

JC. McKenzie is a book-loving, gumboot-wearing, unapologetic science geek. She’s the author of the Carus Series, an urban fantasy five-book saga published by the Wild Rose Press. Born and raised on the West Coast, J. C. sets the majority of her books in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance with sassy heroines and brutish, alpha-type men.

 

J.C.’s Latest Release – The Good Griffin

  •                It’s more than hex appeal

He’s a good griffin, with a bad temper…
Detective Damian Charming yearns to sweep a certain feisty lynx shifter off her feet. Every time he tries to talk to her, however, he sticks his foot in his mouth. He doesn’t mean to sound condescending. Life would be easier if Lucy admitted he knows best, especially now that someone in town has threatened her. He’s a good griffin (mostly) until someone messes with what is his.

She’s an unlucky lynx with no time for trouble…
Lucy May hates Stillwater detective Damian Charming. Sure, he helped her with a horrible situation and has looks to rival the gods, but he also views lynx shifters as inferior supernatural beings. When someone targets the business she worked hard to create, though, Lucy turns to the one man she knows will mercilessly unearth the culprit.

It’s more than just hex appeal…
When a hex sends the town in a storm of sexual shenanigans in the middle of the investigation, Lucy realizes just how bad she has it for the griffin. Now she needs to convince Damian her feelings are true and reel him in before his need for vengeance destroys the entire town.

The books in That Old Black Magic world and Heart’s Desired Mate Series can be read as stand-alone stories and in any order.

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amzn.com/B07GJBVXS3

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-good-griffin

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940155664208

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1429028596

 


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Next week’s podcast is an interview with Abigail Owen, An Author Helping Other Authors.


J.C.’s Favorite Cocktail:

Mojito
– white rum
– fresh mint
– lime juice
– sugar
– soda water
– ice
smush the sugar, mint and lime together, add a shot (or two) of rum, add ice, top off with soda water. You can replace the lime with any smushable fruit, like raspberries or blueberries, and taste the yum.
great and refreshing for hot summer days


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Stephanie Spicer, A Voice Actor Talks About Audiobooks BSW002_180911

The audiobook market is exploding and narrating stories is an exciting

and rewarding career. 


Intro

“Welcome to Episode 2 on Blood, Sweat and Words. Today, I’m interviewing Stephanie Spicer, an extraordinary voice actor. And I mean extraordinary. I know this because I’ve worked with her through ACX. She narrated my latest audiobook, Midnight Magic.

It’s a goosebump experience to hear someone else read your work, and when she’s as talented as Steph … oh my goodness … it’s absolutely mind blowing. She nailed my main character completely.

Anyway … enough about that let’s get on with the show.

Stephanie Spicer, A Voice Actor Talks About Audiobooks

Steph grew up in sunny Florida, and spent a good deal of time as a wide-eyed child in theme parks … where she learned a lot about the power of stories. Since then, Steph has dedicated herself to telling stories as a historian, writer, and performer. Steph received her Masters in History from the University of Virginia, focusing on the history of Vaudeville and Burlesque theaters in America, while also acting, singing, and working backstage on numerous theatrical productions. She has dedicated herself to bringing her skills as a storyteller and performer to all her voiceover work. Steph lives in Brooklyn. In her time off, she enjoys long walks with her dogs, baking, knitting and watching British television. ”

Show Highlights

  • working on voice-overs for two years
  • set up a sound studio in her Brooklyn apartment
  • the physicality of reading stories – getting into characters
  • the freedom and independence of her creative lifestyle
  • she’s completed a number of audio books and working on several more
  • everyone is talking about the explosion on the audiobook market

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Award winning author J.C. McKenzie: Science Geek to Writer


Stephanie’s Favorite Drink

“I tend to drink bourbon neat …I do occasionally have a Manhattan with a twist instead of a cherry and Grand Marnier instead of vermouth, and I have great memories of drinking Sazeracs in New Orleans, which is one of my favorite places.”


The Audiobook

Midnight Magic is the audiobook Steph narrrated for me:

As the janitor in a haunted house, single mom Abby Jenkins has many contacts with the living and the dead in the small Pacific Northwest town of Sunset Cove, which puts her in a perfect position to solve local mysteries. Or so she thinks. Hired to find diamonds hidden in a haunted manor she gets help from a Viking ghost with existential issues. Will she survive? This book contains bad-boy ghosts, mischievous magic, and a woman who knows what she wants in a Viking hayloft.

You can purchase it from Audible, ACX or Amazon

OR

You can contact me for a free copy in exchange for an hones review (bloodsweatandwords@gmail.com). Please, note it only works if you have a membership with Audible.com


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The human voice is the organ of the soul.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow