Sunday, April 21, 2013

@ShewandaP discusses character redemption with @AngelaKayAustin

This week Shewanda Pugh joins me to discuss her second installment in the "Crimson Footprints" series. Book two, "Crimson Footprints II" is the story of a secondary character that many of her readers didn't necessarily like in the first book.

I think this is something that many authors deal with.  You have a character that intrigues you, but you don't think readers will like that character, or you know they won't.  How do you treat that story?  Do you write it?

Join me and Shewanda Pugh at Romancing the Pen, to find out more about how she tackled  this situation.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

#BookReview - A Perfect Darkness by @JamieRush

Yes, I've discovered a new series! Love it when I don't have to wait for the next book to release :-)

This book made me think of some of my favorite scifi TV shows and movies as I read it.

Amy Shane and Lucas Vanderwyck our heroine and hero in "A Perfect Darkness," are twenty-somethings and the offspring of parents who were part of an American CIA psychic program gone horribly wrong.

Amy Shane is the "typical" twenty-something loner type.  She makes her living working on computers hidden away from the world, until Lucas.

Lucas Vanderwyck stumbled on a secret because of his best friend/brother.  None of them knew what they were in for, but now that they're in it, they have to fight or die.

What I think I enjoyed most about this book was the way the love grew between Amy and Lucas.  She loved him through his art, his friends, and her dreams.  Awesome!

Lucas broke his promise to himself.  Trying to save her, he involved her in something he only partially understood.

Together with their friends, they begin to put together the puzzle pieces of their pasts.

Jaime did a great job with pulling me in and keeping me interested.  The characters were probably a little young for me.  (I'm not a super YA fan, and although this was not YA, the characters are young.)  But, I will read Eric and Petra's stories!

Monday, April 15, 2013

@authorvwj joins @AngelaKayAustin with a message for all writers

This week on Romancing the Pen, author Victoria Warren Jackson shares a message for authors everywhere!

Desiree and Shanna are sisters. They both lived similar lives, but Desiree becomes infected with HIV. With two children, a caring sister, a supportive mother, and a new boyfriend, Desiree’s world could be perfect. The fear of dying from AIDS stands in the way of Desiree’s happiness. For Shanna, life will never be the same.

Join us this week at Romancing the Pen!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Did you miss my @MFRW_ORG @blogtalkradio interview with @ChantaRand?

It was such a pleasure to interview Chanta Rand!  It was interesting to talk with a woman who writes historical and contemporary fiction with excitement and passion.

I kick myself for not asking Chanta what it feels like to be part of a creative husband/wife team.  She writes and her husband is a photographer.  Obviously, from the beautiful covers he's done for her, a great one.  And he has to be an incredibly secure and strong man.  If you want to know why, take a look at some of the covers he's done for her:

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Monday, April 1, 2013