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Meet H.N. Sieverding!!!

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Today on my blog I have someone on who is near and dear to my heart – H.N. Sieverding!  She’s a great friend (even though we have never met face to face – and we live an hour away!).  She is also my co-host of our WON Radio show, Freshly Booked and she designed the cover to my new release. 

And she didn’t come alone.  She brought Caleb Mason with her, the hero of her Nightwalkers Series!  Yum….*fans self**swoons*

Better get started with the interviews…

1.       Tell me a bit about yourself. 

I’m a writer and freelance graphic designer.  I’ve written a HUGE amount of books and am partial to horror and paranormal romance (most are also contemporary as well).  I have a degree in art and though most people know me for my graphic design, my specialty is sculpture.  I’m also a mom and have a four year old son.  Oh, yeah!  And I host this radio show with you 😉

2.       How did you start writing?

When I was in grade school, I couldn’t really write yet, so I made comic books.  When we got our first computer, I vowed to write my first book.  And I did.  I sat at the computer in my parent’s crowded kitchen and wrote it.   After that, writing books became an obsession for me. I call it my “obsession” because I can’t get away from it.  I don’t think I could stop writing if I wanted to.

In college, I would spend every minute of my free time writing.  I didn’t have a computer, so I would hand-write all of my stories.  Some of my favorite memories of being a writer is sitting in the library working on my books.

3.       Who are your favorite authors?

Besides myself?  Hmm…this one is hard.  I’d have to say my favorite authors are my author friends, because their books are the only I really read.  I’ve always had a hard time settling my mind down enough to concentrate and loose myself in a book.  I always seem to get distracted or can’t remember what I had been reading.  I blame it on my concentration issues (I have ADD) or my anxious personality.  So, when I do read, it’s usually when I’m waiting for something or can’t get to my laptop and I only read short bits at a time.  If my laptop is there, it’s a too much of a tease and I won’t read anything.  I’ll be working on a book-or messing around with a design in photoshop.

4.       Where do you find inspiration for your books?

I don’t have a certain place or thing that inspires me.  If you need an “answer”, it’s an idle mind.  The best times are when I’m on a road trip, gazing out the window or doing a mindless task at work or home.

5.       Tell me about your muse.

I don’t have one.

6.       Do you carefully plot out what you are about to write or do you just go for it?

I don’t write outlines and sometimes I can’t predict where a book it going to end up.  Sure, at first I think I know, but my characters always change everything on me.  That’s okay though, because I love them.  The closest thing I do to outlining is taking notes as I’m going along to keep things straight, but that’s about it.  I don’t even do that much.  To me, outlining takes all the fun out of the story.

7.       How do you get prepared to write?  (Do you put on music?  Make a pot of coffee?)

This is weird.  In every other aspect of my life, I have a hard time concentrating on anything.  But when I’m writing or working on a piece of art, I can actually zone out and get into it.  Nothing distracts me when I’m in the writing mood, so because of that I don’t have any rituals besides opening my laptop.  But if I’m trying to write an email or something un-novelish?  You better shut up because I can’t concentrate when you’re talking.

8.       How have your real life experiences influenced your writing?

I don’t want that awkward moment where someone asks, “Is that based on me?”, so I try not to write about anything real.  The closest I’ve come is using names.  Besides, my life is rather boring, my stories aren’t.

9.       Tell me about your main characters.

Ooo….I like this question.  How did you know I like to talk about my books?

My Nightwalkers series currently has three books; Blood Kisses, Forever Black and Blood War.

Ashleigh:  She’s a horror/romance writer, who is known for her bestselling vampire series, Nightwalkers (hence the name of the series).  She uses the pen name, Victoria Allure, and there is a huge cult following for her books.  After her father’s death, she was raised by her grandparents.  She has a mother, but you don’t met her until Book 2.  Her grandfather hints that her mother has vampire tendencies, but not much else is mentioned about her other than Ashleigh hates her.

Ashleigh has a huge crush Caleb, a celebrity, who she mirrored the hero in her books after.  You don’t meet the man she bases her villain on until the second book, but Ashleigh mentions that he killed her father.

Caleb:  He’s the lead singer of the hard rock band, Armageddon, that he formed with his two childhood friends.  He’s a dare devil and has a very bold personality that often gets him in trouble.  But he’s friendly, generous and outgoing.  Though he doesn’t seem like the “reading” type, he’s actually a huge fan of the Nightwalkers series.

Natalie:  Ashleigh’s best friend and roommate.  She and Ashleigh work in a bookstore that their grandfathers opened together.

Spencer:  He’s the first vampire Ashleigh meets.  He tries to seduce her throughout the book, but I won’t tell you if he succeeds or not.  He’s a hunter, and brings home the dinner for the vampire Elders.  His master hired Nathan and him to find Ashleigh.  He also becomes one of
Ashleigh’s good friends, though for the most part he seems like a stalker.

Kris:  Caleb’s best friend.  He’s Armageddon’s guitarist.  He lives the classic rock star lifestyle and it’s hinted that he’s an alcoholic.  Otherwise, he’s a lot like Caleb and is very outgoing.  He’s also like Caleb’s shadow and spends the majority of his free time at Caleb’s house playing video games.

Robert:  He’s been Caleb’s guardian since he was a child.  Caleb regards him as a father figure and the pair is usually always together.   Like Nathan and Spencer, he’s a hunter and serves an Elder vampire.

Aiden:  An Elder vampire.  He has a bet going with another Elder to see who can seduce Victoria Allure first.  He falls in love with Ashleigh from her books, and is extremely wealthy.  He’s a huge snob, and philanthropist.  He tries to buy Ashleigh’s publishing company to find out the identity of New Castle’s mystery author, Victoria Allure.

Nathan:  He’s not exactly a main character in this the first book, but he’s in the rest of the series.  He becomes Ashleigh’s guardian in the second book, Forever Black and Blood War.  In Blood Kisses, he works for the same man as Spencer.  Natalie is in love with him, but Nathan doesn’t return her affections.

The Count:  He’s the villain of the series and knows the secret behind the storyline in Ashleigh’s Nightwalkers series (he calls her out viciously in Forever Black).  He’s also the first vampire and is immortal, unlike the other vampires.  He’s known for his poetic lines and is very princely in nature, unlike Caleb, who is childish and immature in a lot of ways.

Zander:  Ashleigh’s son.  Caleb and Kris nicknamed him, “Wolf Boy” because he likes to bite people.  He’s usually seen chewing on his grandmother’s “homemade” suckers to curb the urge.  He’s makes an appearance briefly in Forever Black, but is a main character in Blood War.

10.   Describe you favorite place to write.

On my laptop

11.   What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Graphic design, playing video games and traveling.  I’m a huge Fallout fan.  The game.  Not the band.

12.   Does your main hero/heroine have an interesting quirk?

Not that I can think of.

13.   What advice do you have for other writers starting on this path?

Get an editor.   It’s amazing how much you don’t know about writing and can learn from an editor.  It’ll improve your writing immensely.

14.   What celebrity would you chose to play the main character(s) in the movie rendition of your book?

This one’s easy.  Jared Leto would be Caleb 😀

15.   How do you feel about your character (the one you are being interviewed with)?

I love him!  He’s one of my favorite characters.

Now for some hot and naughty questions… 

1.       Which of your characters would you like wrapped in a bow and nothing else?

Ha!  I love this one.  But it’s hard to pick just one.  So, I’m picking two.   First, would be Caleb from Nightwalkers.  If he’s naked, then I can see ALL his tattoos, but his guitar would have to be an accessory he came with.  Second, would be Levi from The Doll Shoppe Murders.  Except he’d have to strip for me first.  Why?  Because I’d love to see him peal that uniform off his sexy self.  In the book, he poses for a beefcake calendar with some of his fellow police officers.

 2.       What kind of man/woman makes you purr?  Do you have any examples (celebrities?)

I think thick, muscular guys with tattoos are super hot. One who can pick me up and play rough. And if they have a devilish grin?  That has me sold.  I love bad boys.

3.       What part of a man/woman’s body makes you drool?

Eyes.  It’s the first thing I look at on a guy.

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Hmmm…I’d have to agree.  Now, onto our sexy guest.  Caleb…

1.       Tell me a bit about yourself. 

I’m in a band called Armageddon.  Maybe you heard of us? (laughs)

2.       Who is the most important person in your life?  Tell me about them.

My fiancé and my son.  I don’t think I could live without either of them.

3.       When you have five minutes of free time, what do you like to do?

Well, with my hectic schedule, I don’t get much of that.  But if I do, I unwind by playing my guitar.

4.       What do you do for a living?

I’m livin’ the dream.  But seriously, I’m really lucky.  So, I’d like to send a shout out to my fans.  (waves)  You guys are awesome and thanks for supporting my music.

5.       What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Feed Wolf Boy, so he doesn’t eat the first thing he sees.

6.       What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?

Cuddle my girl

7.       Tell us about your author.  What do you think of him/her?

Who?

8.       What makes you happy?

My fans, coming home to my family and….something I can’t mention.

9.       Do you have any regrets?

No

10.   Are you afraid of anything?

Me?  Naw….

11.   What kind of music do you listen to?

Mine

12.   If you could convince your author to write a superpower for you, what would it be?

Mind reading, that’d be awesome.

13.   Describe yourself to our readers.  If you looked like a celebrity, who would it be?

I’m Caleb Mason from Armageddon and I am a celebrity.

14.   What was the most significant moment of your life?

Almost losing everything, then taking it back.

15.   Where do you want to be in five years?

Still on the top ten

Very nice!  It’s so great talking to both of you!  If you would like to get more of Caleb, you can find him here:

Blood Kisses (Nightwalkers Book #1)

And catch up with H.N. Sieverding on Facebook or her Blog!

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Meet Sandy Sullivan, Author of Healing A Cowboy’s Heart!

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Today I am hosting the first guest on my blog and I am hosting none other than the incredible Sandy Sullivan!   We will be talking about her new release, Healing a Cowboy’s Heart.  And one lucky winner today will win a copy of Healing a Cowboy’s Heart!  Just leave a comment below for your chance to win a copy!

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Jeffery Young is tired of women and their games. His son’s mother did enough damage to his heart to last a lifetime. Now, he had to deal with the architect helping the land developers tear up the local ranches for their houses. Not on his watch. Terri Kennedy had her own plans. As the architect for a large land development in Bandera Texas, the deal would put her business on the map, but dealing with the stubborn, bullheaded male from the local ranch didn’t come with her job description. Maybe staying on their guest ranch would give her some clues as how to handle Mr. Stubborn Jackass. Will the secrets she’s harboring keep him from getting close? Can he learn to trust women again or should be play the game to find out what’s she’s up to?

My Review:

Wow!  I started reading Healing a Cowboy’s Heart and could not put it down until I was finished.  I loved the complexity of the characters.  Watching Jeff and Terri go from enemies to lovers was incredible (and their time as lovers was hot!!).  The descriptions of the life around the ranch was so vivid – I could see and feel everything going on.  I fell in love with Ben.  I am normally not a cowboy romance fan but after reading Healing a Cowboy’s Heart I am going to have to read the rest of the series – and recommend it to everyone!!

My rating (out of five shamrocks): shamrock rating 5

Where you can buy Healing A Cowboy’s Heart:

Secret Cravings Publishing

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

All Romance Ebooks

Bookstrand

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Sandy Sullivan is a romance author, who, when not writing, spends her time with her husband Shaun on their farm in middle Tennessee. She loves to ride her horses, play with their dogs and relax on the porch, enjoying the rolling hills of her home south of Nashville. County music is a passion of hers and she loves to listen to it while she writes.

She is an avid reader of romance novels and enjoys reading Nora Roberts, Jude Deveraux and Susan Wiggs. Finding new authors and delving into something different helps feed the need for literature. A registered nurse by education, she loves to help people and spread the enjoyment of romance to those around her with her novels. She loves cowboys so you’ll find many of her novels have sexy men in tight jeans and cowboy boots.

Stop by and Tell Sandy Hi at:

http://romancestorytime.com/

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Thanks for stopping by my blog today, Sandy!  And for more chances to win a e-book copy of Healing a Cowboy’s Heart, make sure you check out the other remaining spots on the tour!

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Find me at SSLY’s Blog Today!

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I’m visiting SSLY’s Blog Today – Click Here to stop by and say Hi!!

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Come visit me at Roxy Wilson’s blog today and meet Cassandra, Queen of Savon!  Click here to stop by and say “Hi!”

Cassandra, Queen of Savon, is Blogging Today!!

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Cassandra, Queen of Savon, will be on Sarah Cass’s blog today.  Click here to see what she has to say!

 

I’m on Karen Michelle Nutt’s Blog today!

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Come visit me at Karen Michelle Nutt’s blogs as I talk about my muses!  Click here to Visit!

Blog Interview!

I am on Laurie’s blog today…but she doesn’t interview me. Check out to see which of my characters she sat down and had a talk with!  Click the picture below to find out!

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Adventures in Authorland

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I was interviewed at Adventures in Authorland.  Come check it out!

Adventures in Authorland

 

A Real Life Heroine Fitting of Any Novel – And You Can Send Her On Another Wild Adventure!

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I’ve wanted to start interviewing on my blog along (along with my excerpts of course).  And I am very excited that my first interview is with Leslie Carter.  Leslie is one of the first people I followed on WordPress and I don’t think I could write the adventures that she has been on!  And for the record last November Leslie asked her readers what their bucket list would be.  I put one thing on mine.   It was the only thing I could possibly dream of wanting on my bucket list – to be a published author.  The best part?   A month later my bucket list wish was a reality!

Even better, she has the opportunity to keep fulfilling her Bucket List – and she needs your help.  She needs votes to win the Biggest Baddest Bucket List Contest so please stop by The Biggest Baddest Bucket List and lend Leslie your support!  

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What was your favorite scene (landscape) on your travels.  Where was it?  What did it look like?  Why was it your favorite?

Big Sur, California.  With the majestic mountains in the background, the pristine ocean in the foreground, and the bright sun shining down from above, it was like a dream world.   I’ve never witnessed something more beautiful.

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Tell us about the most interesting character(s) you’ve encountered. Where did you meet them?  What did they look like?  How did they interact with you?

The people of Fiji are the most unbelievably friendly people in the world.  I wrote a post called The Faces of Fiji that really explains the Fijian people and what makes them so unique.  You can check it out here: http://www.bucketlistpublications.com/2013/01/17/faces-of-fiji/2/.

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What was your most exciting adventure?  Where was it?  What did you do?  Why was it the most exciting?

My most exciting adventure was performing aerobatics in a biplane in southern California.  Flipping, spinning, and spiraling seemingly out of control over the Californian coast was like something you’d see in a James Bond movie.

Who has been your biggest supporter?

My husband shows me daily that we can live a life without restrictions.  He encourages even my most unrealistic dreams and aspirations.  He is, by far, my biggest supporter.

What would you tell someone who has a dream they want to chase but are afraid to try?

In The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, my favorite author, he says, “The true value of time is that you’ve got to make your decisions in each day count, otherwise you could live forever and it won’t make much difference.”  I try to reflect on that quote or at least that philosophy daily.  We are only given one shot at this life, as far as I know, so it’s important to live life to the fullest.  If you dream of visiting Italy, go!  If you dream of skydiving, get up there and do it.  Make this life count.  Don’t ever wake up and say, “I wish I would have….”  Your older, happier self will thank you.

Bucket List Publications

Thanks for stopping by, Leslie!  And please remember to stop by and vote for Leslie at The Biggest Baddest Bucket List!  And you can read more of Leslie’s adventures at http://www.bucketlistpublications.com/http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/ and https://twitter.com/#!/LesleyMCarter!

A Real Life Heroine Fitting of Any Novel – And You Can Send Her On Another Wild Adventure!

20110219_LasVegas_0877

I’ve wanted to start interviewing on my blog along (along with my excerpts of course).  And I am very excited that my first interview is with Leslie Carter.  Leslie is one of the first people I followed on WordPress and I don’t think I could write the adventures that she has been on!  And for the record last November Leslie asked her readers what their bucket list would be.  I put one thing on mine.   It was the only thing I could possibly dream of wanting on my bucket list – to be a published author.  The best part?   A month later my bucket list wish was a reality!

Even better, she has the opportunity to keep fulfilling her Bucket List – and she needs your help.  She needs votes to win the Biggest Baddest Bucket List Contest so please stop by The Biggest Baddest Bucket List and lend Leslie your support!  

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What was your favorite scene (landscape) on your travels.  Where was it?  What did it look like?  Why was it your favorite?

Big Sur, California.  With the majestic mountains in the background, the pristine ocean in the foreground, and the bright sun shining down from above, it was like a dream world.   I’ve never witnessed something more beautiful.

222259_10151285181854375_133165155_n

Tell us about the most interesting character(s) you’ve encountered. Where did you meet them?  What did they look like?  How did they interact with you?

The people of Fiji are the most unbelievably friendly people in the world.  I wrote a post called The Faces of Fiji that really explains the Fijian people and what makes them so unique.  You can check it out here: http://www.bucketlistpublications.com/2013/01/17/faces-of-fiji/2/.

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What was your most exciting adventure?  Where was it?  What did you do?  Why was it the most exciting?

My most exciting adventure was performing aerobatics in a biplane in southern California.  Flipping, spinning, and spiraling seemingly out of control over the Californian coast was like something you’d see in a James Bond movie.

Who has been your biggest supporter?

My husband shows me daily that we can live a life without restrictions.  He encourages even my most unrealistic dreams and aspirations.  He is, by far, my biggest supporter.

What would you tell someone who has a dream they want to chase but are afraid to try?

In The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, my favorite author, he says, “The true value of time is that you’ve got to make your decisions in each day count, otherwise you could live forever and it won’t make much difference.”  I try to reflect on that quote or at least that philosophy daily.  We are only given one shot at this life, as far as I know, so it’s important to live life to the fullest.  If you dream of visiting Italy, go!  If you dream of skydiving, get up there and do it.  Make this life count.  Don’t ever wake up and say, “I wish I would have….”  Your older, happier self will thank you.

Bucket List Publications

Thanks for stopping by, Leslie!  And please remember to stop by and vote for Leslie at The Biggest Baddest Bucket List!  And you can read more of Leslie’s adventures at http://www.bucketlistpublications.com/http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/ and https://twitter.com/#!/LesleyMCarter!