Monday, March 31, 2008

Adam from In the Arms of the Enemy

What's his name? Why did you pick that name?

Jonathan Adam Blakely was a joint name picked by his father and mother, a tribute to his grandfather Jonathan Blakely and his father’s brother, Adam. It was a good name choice because it enables Adam to use his middle name when he goes undercover.

Give us a brief description of how he looks. Is
there anything unusual about his appearance?

Adam has a medium build with good muscle tone. Adam has just gotten his PhD from Cornell in Veterinarian Science. He rides a lot so he’s tan He has dark hair and dark eyes which Maggie calls brooding eyes. His eyes are wary, and he doesn’t seem to miss a thing. A good judge of character. Maybe. I describe him this way, because he’s a bit of a chameleon throughout the story.

Who does he love? Why?

He was married to someone he thought he loved, but found out she didn’t love him. They divorced a year before the story took place. He falls in love with Maggie because of her feistiness, her passion for horses and her sensuality. It doesn’t hurt that she has red hair and eyes the color of the Caribbean. He just likes her and feels like a heel when he has to be deceptive toward her.

Does this person love him?

Maggie doesn’t trust him. She starts having feelings toward him and those feelings go back and forth. She’s attracted but ambivalent.

Tell us about his family. Are they important to
him?

Adam’s mother died when he was a child. He adored his father and wants to follow in his father’s footsteps to run Blakely Stables in Kentucky. When his father is framed for the murder of a racehorse and the horse’s trainer and he dies from a fatal heart attack, Adam is devastated. As law enforcement close the case, Adam goes undercover and find the person who murdered the horse, the trainer and indirectly, his father.

Where is he from? Does his hometown affect his
behavior, thoughts and attitude?

Adam grew up on a horse farm in Kentucky.

No. Although Adam loves his farm, it’s his family that affects his behavior, thoughts and attitudes.

What does he want out of life?

Adam wants to continue his father’s legacy and run a successful thoroughbred breeding operation and racing stable.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)

Adam goes to the McGregor Farm undercover as Adam Grant, playboy entrepreneur, novice horse owner. He’s not a great actor and his deception gets him into trouble.

Did you write more than one story about him?

No. I haven’t thought about a series with Adam and Maggie.

How would he describe you?

I think he and Maggie would describe me as the true villain, because I get them into so much trouble. .


Is there anything else about your hero that we need
to know? Feel free to share.

I wrote the answer to that question and deleted it. Why? Because I’d rather have you discover what Adam and Maggie learn. I don’t want to give it away.

Please provide your website link.

www.patriciaanneguthrie.com, www.paguthrie.blogspot.com, www.myspace.com/paguthrie


What is the link to buy your book?

www.lightswordpublishing.com, www.amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Waldenbooks, Borders, Half-books and other on-line vendors. This book may be ordered at any major bookstore.

Patricia A. Guthrie
"In the Arms of the Enemy." (Light Sword Publishing)
Dedicated to those horses lost to man's inhumanity and greed
and to those humanitarians who's mission is to save and protect them.

www.paguthrie.blogspot.com
,
www.patriciaanneguthrie.com

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sinbad's Last Voyage


1 - Tell us a bit about your book.

It's a story of a man who hates Terrans helping a Terran woman find her husband afer he's been accused of being a spy. It's set against the backdrop of an inerplanetary war.


2 - Tell us about the best friend - gender, age, appearance, how they came to be with the hero or heroine and anything else we need to know about them.

If there's a "Best Friend" in this book, it would have to be Jake the Bartender. He's around thirty, is a Terran. Jake Goldstein runs the Asteroid Cantina, Sinbad's base of operations when he's on Earth, and is one of the few Earthers whom Sinbad actually likes. The Cantina is located in Old Town in the Thieves Quarter and is off-limits to the authorities. The law in Old Town is that "Law Abiders coming into the Quarter can expect to be killed; Lawbreakers leaving the Quarter can expect to be arrested."


3 - Who does the "best friend" help in the book?

Jake arranges false identities for Andi when Sinbad has to help her escape the Federation, he's a master hacker, and he's also the one who handles for Sin's finances. He also brings in Sadie, one of his "girls" to disguise Andi as a hooker in order to help her get out of Old Town.


4 - Does the best friend have a specific purpose in the book?

Andi goes to Old Town to find Sinbad and ask him to discover where her husband, who's been arrested as an Alien National and a spy because of the war, has been taken. She goes to one bar and is sent to Jake, is told that if anyone knows where Sinbad is, it'll be Jake. The Asteroid is a focal point for most of the men who come to Old Town.


5 - How does your hero or heroine feel about the best friend?

Sinbad hates Terrans because of what they did to his parents and his planet. It's ironic that he makes his base of operations in a Terran establishment and that his best friend is Terran. At one point when he states how much he hates Earthers, Andi reminds him of this and he says, "There are a few individuals, like Jake. that I find...congenial," because he can't think of any other way to describe how he feels about the bartender.


6 - How would your hero or heroine handle their problems or difficulties with the best friend?

They don't really have any major problems. Sinbad comes to Jake's for R&R after each smuggling run. Jake takes his profits and converts them into Credits. He arranges sales and handles getting new identity cards, etc.


7 - Are there problems between the best friend and your main characters?

Jake protests when he learns Andi wants to find Sinbad because he knows how his friend hates humans, but at her insistence, he sends her to him. When the Federation soldiers come looking for her, he helps hide her, and makes new identity cards for her, as well as hacking into the main Federation Computer and finding out where her husband is being held. He doesn't really worry about any of it because he has faith in his own abilities--and in Sinbad's--in not being discovered.


8 - Do you see the best friend ever having their own story?

Jake's too sedentary and satisfied with his lot ever to have his own story although he's mentioned in several other of the Sinbad novels.

9 - Was the best friend inspired by anyone you know?

Unfortunately, no.


10 - Is there anything else about the best friend that we need to know? Feel free to share.


11 - Please provide your website link.

www.tonivsweeney.com


12 - What is the link to buy your book?

For paperbacks: www.lulu.com; for e-books:www.doubledragonbooks.com

Under Lock and Key by Rebecca Benston


Who causes friction in the story? In my Rona Shively Stories mystery series, my main character, Rona Shively causes a lot of her own friction. She just gets into things that spell trouble. Generally, though, I try to make the villain someone the reader would never suspect. As in the first book, many people were surprised to find that the bad guy was...well...I can't really say. That kind of gives it away for those who haven't read it. In Under Lock and Key, I pulled a major switch with one of the main characters as well.

Do you prefer bad guys or bad gals? I don't know why, but my villains tend to run in pairs. Usually, a man and a woman are the perpetrators of evil.

How do you use your bad guys? My bad guys are usually causing trouble for some poor, unsuspecting soul. Rona Shively is that equalizing force brought in to help the underdog out of some terrible circumstance.

Do you enjoy writing the bad guys or do you find it difficult? I like writing them, but I really like writing their demise. It makes me happy to see the bad guy get punched in the nose or something equally painful.

Whether you enjoy writing them or hate writing them, we'd like to know why you feel that way? I don't know, maybe it's because my bad guys tend to have some of the qualities that really cause me stress. Some are a composite of the people in my life who have caused me a significant level of grief. So, I guess it's my way of inflicting a harmless dose of revenge.

Who is your favorite bad guy in any of your books? Which bad guy and which book are they in? I enjoy my first villain the most because he was such a jerk. You really never saw it coming because you already hate him when you figure it out. He starts out as a creep, almost becomes likable and then you realize that your first instinct was the one you should have trusted.

Who is your favorite fictional bad guy -- that's not in your books? One of my favorites has been Kyle Craig in the James Patterson's Cross series. He just doesn't care who he kills. He's so sinister.

Is there anything else about your bad guys that we need to know? Sometimes, people are just bad. It's not likely that any of my bad guys are just having a bad day, they're usually significantly flawed and will deserve whatever Rona might do to them to bring them down. I hope you enjoy watching things unfold.

Please provide your website link. http://www.theronashivelystories.com

What is the link to buy your book? http://www.theronashivelystories.com

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Gisel from Wildcat Victory


Follow Gisel Matah and the thunder of hooves as she strikes back at the Imperial armies that threaten all she has worked for. She must defy every established world power to bring justice to common peasants and workers in societies now ruled by greedy aristocrats. Her covert activities require her to protect her fledgling Radical movement from both friends and enemies.


Risking her life and her love, Gisel negotiates even greater hazards in a wide ranging adventure. Her partner, Yohan Felger, becomes a problem when the Baron has him smuggle a steam engine to the Empire. Gisel knows of the subterfuge but cannot admit it, while Yohan is almost torn apart by the need to deceive her. Faced with removing the pressure on Yohan as he moves his contraband engine, she accepts the offer of General Lord Ricart, an ex-lover, to command a cavalry unit in battle. Her reckless courage is needed to carry out missions against two Imperial armies.


The fight finds her opposed by ever increasing odds until in the final confrontation she must outwit two enemies who vie to dominate Iskander. New friends, allies, and enemies as well as all the old ones fill the pages when Gisel Matah sets out to gain "The Wildcat's Victory".


Tell us about your heroine --- the female lead in your book.


What's her name?


Gisel Matah


Why did you pick that name?


I could say that's almost lost in the mists of time, I started writing stories in the series over ten years ago. I think the name Gisel has a strong but feminine sound to it - and I wanted both. The spelling Gisel rather than the French Giselle being responsible for making the name sound stronger.


I picked the family name as something sounding Indian - as in Zubin Mheta, the conductor. I was very concerned in writing about a group of people from the future that they should be multicultural.


Give us a brief description of how she looks.


She has a page on Facebook with a picture I bought from iStock. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=550780677


It's not exactly as I visualized her, of course, her arm should be more muscular reflecting her working out and swordfighting strength. Perhaps the girl who modeled for the picture is more beautiful than I originally intended - I wanted Gisel to be striking and to gain attractiveness through her vivacity, but I think this picture does justice to my concept.


My original conception -


She has long black hair, very dark “Gypsy” eyes, and olive skin reflecting her genetic heritage. She's 5'10” and weighs 145lbs.


Is there anything unusual about her appearance?


There is in the stories, because she is a modern young woman in an alternate 17th century world, and 5'10” is very tall for a man or woman of that culture. Her height enables her to convincingly disguise herself as a man in some of the action.


The hypnotic eyes came from a real young woman I once worked with (who later became my doctor for several years.) She did have Gypsy in her heritage and could give meaning to the myth of the Gypsy's eyes whenever challenged. I wanted Gisel to be able to transfix with a glance.


Who does she love? Why?


She's had more than one love affair but has come to love the rather fussy and serious Yohan Felger, the young man she had to escort to an enemy city in Deadly Enterprise. While other lovers, such as Lord Ricart the commanding general of her people's armed forces, might have been more exciting, Yohan is the steady and reliable man who she can trust when he says he loves her. In the latest novel I'm working on they're married.


Does this person love her?


He does, but he is also exasperated by her strong will and reckless plunging into danger. He knows of (at least one of) her earlier affairs and does his best to control his jealousy.


In working on an early draft of The Wildcat's Victory, where Gisel is called back to a combat command, I had another writer question whether they really loved one another. Then I had them meet after a month's separation when Yohan led an ammunition supply column to join her. In a love scene in the back of an ammunition wagon, almost everything conspires to break the romantic mood and spoil their lovemaking, but they rise above it. My critical reader was convinced.


Tell us about her family.


She was born on a future version of our Earth, near the end of the 23rd century - not the 17th century world where her adventures take place. Her father, Henrik, is an engineer from an Anglo-Indian family from Mumbai, her mother, Gina, a Greek medical doctor. The two met when Gina visited her parents in Mumbai, where her father was serving as a UN Trade Commissioner.


The marriage was always stormy and resulted in divorce before these stories start. Gisel was raised sometimes in her parents' home in Mumbai, partly by her Greek grandmother in Greece, and partly by her mother in London during a separation while she practiced at Guys Hospital. I attribute Gisel's stormcrow personality to the less than optimum childhood she experienced.


Where is she from?


I guess I've answered much of this as a preamble to the above. She is a woman of many cultures, and her honour and courage stem from the best of them - Western in her physical personality and Eastern in her spiritual.


Does her hometown affect her behavior, thoughts and attitude?


Her background, upbringing, and melding of cultures affect who she is. When she was returned from Greece to Mumbai as a girl of 8 the staff of the private school she entered pushed her into competition gymnastics in the hopes of channeling her tempestuous nature. When she later accompanied her mother (and elder brother) to London during yet another of her parents' marital storms she was entering into the growth spurt of puberty and could no longer compete in gymnastics. She went into fencing instead and learned the Akido way of the sword from her mentor as well as enough competition skills of the epee to rate as a junior Olympic team member. She fights courageously when she must, but looks for paths to peace when they become possible.


What does she want out of life?


In the dangerous occupation of Security Service officer, her wants at times are narrowed down to just staying alive. She is above all a warrior and a mentor to the local population hoping to rise above the authoritarian and monarchial regimes that rule every nation. Married in the next story of the series, she just wants to be able to blend her official duties with becoming a wife and mother. What's her biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)


Ah, I suspect her of keeping one, but I've never learned the details. In the next novel to be released, called Arrival, I take the story back to when her people become stranded in the 17th century world. Gisel is then 16 and has been wangled into the mission by her father as a personal trainer and minder of the starship's gymnasium. The story shows her developing in five hectic months from starship brat into a warrior.


In a desperate fight to prevent an enemy from taking over a shipyard and works they have set up, she acts with rather sinister man, a bodyguard/come trained assassin more than twice her age, to repel the assault. The two become attracted to one another - sexually during the sensory heightening of battle - and subsequently plan to elope. Her father gets wind of this and moves her out of the country. How far did their relationship go? She's never told me.


Did you write more than one story about her?


She's been the prime mover of most of my writing of the last ten years. Three novels published or under contract, two completely set aside (perhaps to be entirely re-written), and one in progress. But I do have another novel under contract and one in progress that she's not part of.


How would she describe you?


Interesting. I can't visualize her ever meeting me. I rather feel that there is a lot of me in her partner Yohan, so perhaps she'd think of me as a rather dull but reliable fellow.


Is there anything else about your heroine that we need to know? Feel free to share.


She shares the rebelliousness of my London forebears, and myself. None of us wants to bow down to arbitrary authority, or to the hierarchies of mere birth and social advantage. That's really why I write stories of a society even more mired in them, where she will deceive her friends - even Yohan - to protect her fledgling Workers' Brotherhood that one day may flower into a truly egalitarian social system where all might benefit from the Common Good.


Please provide your website link.


Http://www.christopherhoare.ca


What is the link to buy your book?


Deadly Enterprise is on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/yryhs7


The Wildcat's Victory is on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1554045398

Both are on my page at Double Dragon's site ---- http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/eAuthor.php?Name=Christopher%20Hoare

It was wonderful to meet her. Thank you for bringing her to meet us.


About Christopher Hoare -


Chris Hoare is a retired surveyor who has worked in all the oil provinces of Canada, the Canadian Arctic and the Libyan Desert. His post secondary education started as aeronautical engineering but he quickly headed out to learn from the world. As well as time in oil exploration, Chris has worked in oil refinery and gas plant operations and surveyed on a heavy construction project, a dam, where he was a member of the tunneling survey crew and then the check surveyor for the main dam construction.


His writing is generally some kind of speculative fiction. His Iskander series novels have a strong female protagonist, a modern young woman in an earlier society on an alternate Earth. The stories feature the struggle to produce technological and social advancement against the opposition of established rulers.


Chris lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada, with his wife of 37 years and two Humane Society shelter dogs.


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Rachel from Choice, My Secrets


Tell us about your heroine --- the female lead in your book.

She is the girl next door; she is out going and well mannered. She is liked by all; she excels at most things she takes on. She gets along very well with her parents and talks to them about everything except the relationship she has with Gary and her being pregnant. She knows that she has crossed the line.

What's her name?

Her name is Rachel, which means beautiful, innocence and gentility of a rose or lovely.

Why did you pick that name?

I felt it's the perfect name for her.

Give us a brief description of how she looks.

She has eyes of blue with mahogany colored long hair. She has cheeks that glow a natural blush color with a smile of confidence and beauty. She is tall and slender but with an athletic build.

Is there anything unusual about her appearance?

No; not really just the glow that she has about her.


Who does she love?

She falls for Gary.

Why?

He is a mystery to her; he is from a rival school and is very athletic good looking and smiles when he sees her. She feels that he is the one and wants to get to know him.

Does this person love her?

Oh yes; Gary fell for her as well, I guess you can call it love at first sight during one of the games they were at they both got a good look at each other from a distance and made eye contact for the first time. That got the mystery going as she was a mystery to him too. Then finally they spoke to each other for the first time at Down Towns pizza place on the first night of summer their love story began with a secret.


Tell us about her family.

She is an only child of two loving and caring parents. They have a solid relationship of trust, honor and respect for each other. They have conversations about most things, attend church weekly and are very involved with Rachel's life and friends. However when Rachel turned 16 they gave her room to explore her boundaries, believing they had instilled the right values in her and with the understanding of trust that she can talk to them about anything. But the most important conversation did not take place; the one that put her in the toughest situation and life changing struggle she has ever faced. Relationships and teen sex.

Where is she from?

She is from a small town somewhere in New York.

Does her hometown affect her behavior, thoughts and attitude?

Yes, it would have a pure and innocent affect on her and most kids from there too. It is a quiet, peaceful town with a strong culture and tradition. But the choices she makes take over her traditional and family values that really were never explained or given importance for her to have a better understanding of them.

What does she want out of life?

This she is not sure of. She is in the process of searching for her outlook on life and what it can become.

What's her biggest secret?

Rachel makes several choices that she did not clearly think through and one of them was to get involved with a nice boy her age from another school and not tell anyone about him. Then together they chose to have a relationship that left Rachel pregnant and Gary leaving for school. Rachel then chooses not to tell any one that she is pregnant and is on the run trying to figure out how to deal with it alone.

Did you write more than one story about her?

No; but I may in the future.

How would she describe you?

Loving, caring, thoughtful, talkative, a father that explains, informs, tells what he means and why. Listens

Is there anything else about your heroine that we need to know? Feel free to share.

Rachel wants teens and parents to learn what she has without having to live the roller coaster of a life that she has lived by being a pregnant teen and having to make excruciating choices because she made other choices without thinking them through carefully. She wants to help you have a better understand of choices and how to prevent choices that could cause life changing events.

Please provide your website link.

www.heritagevalues.com

What is the link to buy your book?

You may link at www.heritagevalues.com, click on the book cover and it will take you to amazon.com or you may go to www.xulonpress.com

It was wonderful to meet her. Thank you for bringing her to meet us.

You are so welcome. She and I enjoyed the tour with your readers. We both hope all readers will gain wisdom from her story; Choices, My Secrets.

In Christ,

Thomas Wade Bounds

Choices, My Secrets, tells the compelling story of Rachel, a teenager faced with confusing choices leading up to and during a summer romance that leaves her pregnant. Searching for hope, things spin out of control. Does a chance encounter help her think clearly? Does she find her true self and gain the faith, hope, and courage to consider the best choices to guide her through her incredible journey?

Learn Rachel’s experience without having to live it yourself.

A great book for teens, parents and churches, Choices, My Secrets brings back the art of conversation; an easy way to talk about teen choices together and help set expectations, family values and godly goals.

Author’s Bio: Thomas Wade Bounds is a businessman and the founder of Heritage Values. He lives with his wife Elsa and their two children, in Charlotte, North Carolina.



Saturday, March 15, 2008

Lightning Days by Colin Harvey


Tell us about your heroine --- the female lead in your book.

What's her name?
Belapharus Kazansdottir, but she’s now known as Sophia.

Why did you pick that name?
Sophia means wisdom, and I liked that. She got that name from dreaming of a mysterious stranger who called her that, and when her life changed almost beyond recognition, she felt that a new name would be appropriate.
She was born Belapharus, however. I picked such a strange name because she’s a Neanderthal, and they’re not going to have names like Sara Smith. I worked on the idea of them taking their father’s first name and adding ‘son’ or ‘dottir’ (daughter) to it as Icelanders do.

Give us a brief description of how she looks. Is there anything unusual about her appearance?
She’s about five foot plus, but immensely strong, though graceful with it – I wanted to get away from this idea of the Neanderthals being shambling hulks – and has a slightly egg-shaped skull with protruding eyebrow ridges. She also has piebald skin (almost like a Neapolitan ice cream) that’s mottled white, brown and strawberry.
Her appearance is a shock to strangers, but after a while, you forget about it – particularly because she has such enormous presence, even when we first see her at fifteen. You must have met people like that? They’re plain, even ugly, but their personality is absolutely overwhelming.

Who does she love? Why?
She’s loved Josh Cassidy since she was fifteen, when she first dreamed of him. He was as strange to her at first as she would appear to us, but she soon grew used to it, and let’s be honest, if you’re a slightly awkward teenager and this strange (but attractive) older person keeps coming to you in dreams and prophesizing that you’re going to meet, wouldn’t you get a bit of a crush on them?
So in some ways she’s almost programmed by fate and her psionic abilities to love him, but that’s a cold, mechanical way of looking at it. And he has no such excuse.

Does this person love her?
He’s knocked senseless by her from the very first moment, but he spends most of the novel in denial. He’s a loner who’s been trained to mistrust anything and everything, and to be fair to him, she and tens of thousands of other Neanderthals have just appeared from nowhere in one of the most volatile regions of the world – South East Afghanistan. So he has an excuse. J
Tell us about her family.
She’s the only child of and Kazan, two ordinary – if wealthy – modern Neanderthals. He’s a councilor, she’s a working housewife. If they were Homo Sapiens, you would say that they were an ordinary middle-class couple from one of the wealthier suburbs of any of our cities.

Where is she from?
She was born on the six thousand eight hundred and twentieth alternate version of Earth that her people have colonized. The Thals think nothing of crossing between the worlds of the Multiplicium as they call their commonwealth (for want of a better word).

Does her hometown affect her behavior, thoughts and attitude?

What does she want out of life?
Peace and safety. She’s been running since she was fifteen years of age. That last day, her world was blown apart;
“When we Shifted to the next world, it seemed like the very sky was alight with fire. We got out of there so fast we barely had time to draw breath. The next world, we emerged next to a Portal; everyone was screaming, and pounding on the doors to be let in. The next world was little better. Every world we Shifted to was under attack.
We rattled through worlds as fast as if we were flicking through the pages of a book but it took us weeks to get to a world not under World Number Thirty-one ten. But it fell eleven months later.” She paused, and looked at him. She took a breath and stared into space, taking shallow breaths. “I’ve been running ever since,” she said.
Is there anything else about your heroine that we need to know? Feel free to share.
She has more common sense in her little finger than Cassidy has in his entire body, and realizes that the best way to catch him is to work things out in his own slow way (like many supposedly bright men, he can be remarkably dumb about the important things). That’s not to say that she doesn’t sometimes get exasperated with him, but she’s the real rock of the story.
Please provide your website link.

What is the link to buy your book?
As well as the link above, you can get an electronic version at fictionwise:
Novels from Swimming Kangaroo Books:
Lightning Days -- SF, Finalist for the USA Book News Awards
The Silk Palace -- "compelling" Library Journal
"Intrigues, betrayals, murders, love affairs, transformations, and
revelations," Bruce Boston, author of The Guardener's Tale

Monday, March 10, 2008

In the Arms of the Enemy by Patricia A. Guthrie



In the Arms of the Enemy

WANTED: ASSASSIN TO KILL RACE HORSES ON DEMAND

FLEXIBLE HOURS-GOOD BENEFITS

Light Sword Publishing announces the release of Patricia A. Guthrie’s first published novel “In the Arms of the Enemy.”

When the death of a racing stable’s prize horse and his trainer is blamed on the stable’s owner; his son, Adam Blakely, goes undercover convinced that the trainer’s partner, Maggie McGregor, is the killer.

Determined to leave the tumultuous world of horse racing, Maggie returns home to try and find peace. When a handsome horse owner moves his horse into her father’s boarding stable and asks Maggie to train his horse, family finances dictate that Maggie accept--and that’s when the accidents begin.

Drowning in deception and lies, Maggie and Adam search for a killer and uncover an insurance scam so insidious, it threatens to rock a horse racing empire and bring the killer to their doorstep.

They need to learn to:

Keep your friends close; but your enemies closer.



Heroine interview

Tell us about your heroine --- the female lead in your book. What's her name? Maggie McGregor (Margaret, but nobody calls her that Why did you pick that name? I didn't. Maggie picked it for herself. Nothing else fit. She was a Maggie. Give us a brief description of how she looks. Maggie's about five foot three-four inches. She has red hair, light skin that sunburns and freckles if she isn't careful, blue eyes like the Caribbean, fit from riding horses and doing barn chores. Wears mainly jeans, tank tops and over shirts, but "cleans up well."

Is there anything unusual about her appearance? Her hair. Curly, shoulder length and the color, as described by Adam, of a fire framing her face. (well, maybe he didn't exactly say that, but I'm in a poetic mood.) Who does she love? She was engaged to Ricki Lane the owner of Lane Training Stables because he taught her to be a successful trainer. She was young and fell in love with not only his looks and manners, but what she thought he stood for. (Boy was she wrong) Through the course of the story she falls in love with Adam Blakely a horse owner who brings his horse into her father's barn. Something about him moves her, he's there when he needs her, and something about his is like a Greek tragedy."

Does this person love her? Ricky Lane was more involved with himself and promoting himself and didn't mind screwing Maggie at the right opportunity. So, I'd say no to him. But he's not important, because he's murdered in the beginning.

Adam Blakely, despite a huge amount of misgivings falls in love with Maggie. He's smitten with her caring and fun-loving nature, her love of horses his attraction to her. But Adam has a secret. (see hero interview) and his secret makes it dangerous for him to fall in love with whom he thinks Maggie is. Tell us about her family. The only family Maggie has left is her father Cullum McGreggor. He's very protective about his daughter especially with what happened before the story began. The community has also taken an interest and everyone interacts, has gone to school together and will protect "their own." They're like extended family. what happens to one of them, happens to all of them. Where is she from? Michigan

Does her hometown affect her behavior, thoughts and attitude?
Yes they do. they've always come together in friendship and trouble. You can see that with the keen interest the sheriff has in stranger, when an elderly horsewoman cross-examinated Adams intent toward Maggie on the trails and the threatening way the farmer questioned Adam at the hospital. Asking him if he was her boyfriend trainer and if he'd beaten her up. Fortunately, Adam was able to say no on both counts (Maggie fell off an intentionally broken ladder at the barn)

What does she want out of life? Maggie wants a career as a horse trainer. She's a loving woman who needs to be loved in return, and she won't settle for being second best.

What's her biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.) Maggie thinks Ricky Lane killed Black Autumn and whoever killed Ricky might be after her too. There are forces at work who would destroy her.

Did you write more than one story about her?
No.

How would she describe you?
I think she'd like to put me in a straight jacket and deposit me someplace where I can't take over her life and give her all those problems. She sees me coming and wants to run and hide.

Is there anything else about your heroine that we need to know? Feel free to share. Maggie is naive about a lot of things, but she's had to grown up fast between the prologue and the first chapter. She's wary of people and, although basically being outgoing, now she wants to shrink away. She feels guilty about leaving Black Autumn, a horse she'd loved and trained, to a man (Ricky Lane) she thinks might have killed him. Now, she's scared that someone might be after her. Please provide your website link.
www.patriciaanneguthrie.com www.paguthrie.blogspot.com

What is the link to buy your book?
www.lightswordpublishing.com www.patriciaanneguthrie.com www.amazon.com, www.borders.com


It was wonderful to meet her. Thank you for bringing her to meet us. Maggie says as soon as things are back to normal, she would love to go out for lunch. Her treat. And--she'll even invite her author-mommy. (that's me.) That is if I haven't put her in the middle of another murder.

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Friday, March 7, 2008

Lightning Days by Colin Harvey

Okay -- its time to tell us about that hunky hero in your book.

What's his name? Why did you pick that name?
His name is Josh Cassidy. I wanted an absolutely ordinary name, for an absolutely ordinary, unmemorable person. And if he heard you refer to him as hunky, he would be leaving by the nearest fire exit before you had finished reading this page….

Give us a brief description of how he looks.
About six feet tall, he’s actually very well-muscled but wears slightly oversized clothing to hide his physique. He’s blonde, slightly thin-lipped, and absolutely nondescript.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?
He’s notable only for a slightly over-sized nose that’s been broken. Otherwise if you saw him in a crowd, you’d never notice him. That’s the way he likes it…
Who does he love? Why?
No one: He split up with the fiery Caitlin just before the novel started because he interrupted a holiday to return to work. She didn’t realize that the phone call came from the (British) Prime Minister’s Personal Secretary. One doesn’t turn down a summons from the PM – but he couldn’t tell her it was the PM.

Does this person love him?
Yes, but it’s irrelevant – at least until the end of the book, and if I told you any more it would be a spoiler, so I can’t. J

Tell us about his family. Are they important to him?
He has no family; mother was a junkie (she never knew who his father was – it could have been any one of several young men) who by some miracle managed to stay clean most of the time that she was carrying him. He lived with a succession of foster-parents until his teens. The one person who he came to care for as a mother died just as he was about to go to University.

Where is he from?
He was born in a squat in North London . Mother died from an overdose soon after giving him up for adoption.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?
Probably. He’s deeply, deeply cynical, yet serves his country. When I read Stella Rimington’s autobiography (she’s the former head of the British secret service) I read how she considered people who believed in their country to be the ideal employee. Yet it seems to me that working for MI5 must inevitably embitter one, because of what one sees, and what one has to do in the name of patriotism.

What does he want out of life?
That’s a good question, and it’s something he wouldn’t tell me. He’s joked a few times ‘to survive long enough to collect a pension.’ I think he was joking, but I’m not sure.

What's his biggest secret?
I can only talk generally because to tell more would be to give spoilers, but to be honest, Cassidy’s biggest problem is Cassidy. He’s got so used to disbelieving everything and everyone that he doesn’t even believe in himself any more, and it almost derails him at one point.

How would he describe you?
Probably as someone who chatters a little too freely, and should keep his nose out of what doesn’t concern him.

Is there anything else about your hero that we need to know? Feel free to share.
He’s very intelligent, and his worst weakness is that at times he’s probably more of a thinker than a doer, and has seen too much for a man in his late-thirties. He served in the last days of the Northern Ireland conflict with the IRA and in various other operations, most of which are governed by the Official Secrets Act. He realizes that in order not to have a breakdown -as many in his profession do through living a false life- he needs a confidante to keep his sanity. But he always seems to pick someone who won’t be around too long, and won’t be talking too much beyond the immediate future. He is a very dangerous man to know…

http://www.geocities.com/colin_harvey

What is the link to buy your book?
As well as the link above, you can get an electronic version at fictionwise:
It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us. By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share?
Don’t be silly! Cassidy is very adept at sliding out of the scene when it comes to photos being taken…


Novels from Swimming Kangaroo Books:
Lightning Days -- SF, Finalist for the USA Book News Awards
The Silk Palace -- "compelling" Library Journal
"Intrigues, betrayals, murders, love affairs, transformations, and
revelations," Bruce Boston, author of The Guardener's Tale

Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Picker by With Terry White

What's his name? Why did you pick that name?
Paul Bowen is the main character in The Picker. The
name sounded strong, one you could remember,
a good name for a man who wants to be a star.

Give us a brief description of how he looks. Is
there anything unusual about his appearance?

Paul is not a tall man, but he has heavily muscled
hands and arms from playing music since his
childhood. He has green eyes, red hair and is very
attractive to the female sex, he has a lot of
charisma or magnetism.


Who does he love? Why?
Paul has a passion for his music not people. He is a grass-roots
player of country music, unschooled, but completely
possessed by his love for the music. He loves various
women, but stays with none until he meets Sarah, a kindred
spirit who also loves country music. She turns his life around.
Paul also loves his father, some old people he met in the
hill country of the South, and the members of his last band,
but first and foremost he loves his music.

Does this person love him?
Many people love, or think they love Paul, but he is
very self-absorbed and he only realizes how much
others love him when he looses everything.

Tell us about his family. Are they important to
him?

Paul’s mother is a nag, she is never happy with her
son because she lost her two older boys to war. She would
keep him in the yard if she could. Paul’s father loves his
son and is proud of his abilities, but over the years he grows tired
over Paul’s irresponsible attitudes and tendency to run away
rather than face his problems.

Where is he from? Does his hometown affect his
behavior, thoughts and attitude?

Paul comes from a small town, which could be located
any where in the country. The small-town ideals seem
too confining to a boy with the nature of a dreamer. He runs
away, but always comes home.


What does he want out of life?
Paul wants to be recognized as the best singer
and songwriter in the world. Nothing else will satisfy
and his frustration drives the tale.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't
a spoiler in the story.)

Paul can never access his deepest feelings except
through song. He keeps the world at arm’s length because
his mother abused him as a child.


Did you write more than one story about him?
I believe there are many stories about musicians and dreamers
to be told. Paul Bowen’s story in The Picker is complete.

How would he describe you?
I think Paul would see me a kindred spirit since I have been
a musician most of my life. I think he would want to be around
for a while and then he would move on.


Is there anything else about your hero that we need
to know? Feel free to share.

I think there are a lot of musicians out there who are like
Paul Bowen, I’ve met more than a few. They are driven by
their dreams, and while this is not the easiest life – what
artist’s life is? I think we have to follow our dreams, even
if the path is hard and there are many lessons that must
be learned.

Please provide your website link.
www.terrylwhite.com
Provide some links where your book is available.
The book will also be on Fictionwise soon.

You can find Terry L. White's books at www.ebooksonthe.net and amazon.com by typing her name in the search engines. Look for Runaway Hearts, Mystick Moon, Ancient Memories, The Last Priestess, Mustard Seed, Crazy Quilt, Hang Your Head Over, Imagine, Hell or High Water and more. Terry is also a bead artist and musician.