RG2E Featured Author Lexi Ryan on “The Guy We Want and The Guy We’re Supposed to Want”

Wavin’ atchya, RG2E Peeps!

Give a big ol’ RG2E First-Timer Welcome to Featured Author Lexi Ryan, who y’all are gonna luuuvvv…

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Love is complicated. You could argue that it shouldn’t be complicated, but it is. We all have an idea in our minds of who we’re supposed to love and when we’re supposed to meet him (or her). Our grand life plans might include love, but we always figure love is part of those plans, never an obstacle.

Me? I planned to fall in love with The One about the time I was wrapping up my PhD in literature in some college town on the east coast. Sure, there would have been boyfriends along the way, but nothing was going to distract me from my Big Important Plans. I wasn’t “one of those girls.” So, imagine my surprise when I fell in love with a boy in the summer between high school and college—a boy who was supposed to be a summer fling.

Now that I’ve been married to my “summer fling” for nearly nine years, I think it’s safe to say I adjusted ideas of when love was “supposed to” find me.

For Riley Carter in Text Appeal, she’s not opposed to love, but she thinks she knows what it looks like. She thinks her father has to approve. But her heart? It has other ideas.

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Charlie ‘The Devil’ Singleton is the face of professional poker. Notorious for playing cards and women, Charlie’s ready to change his ways, and the surprisingly sexy texts he’s getting from Riley are making him bet everything…on her.
Riley Carter is nothing like the hotel heiresses who make the news. A girl who’s determined to run her father’s hotel empire can’t share many traits with women who fill the gossip rags. But ‘The Devil’ has a way of tempting even the best behaved girls.

When Riley discovers the naughty messages on her cell have been coming from Charlie, not her would-be fiancé, she falls into a hot affair with the last man she expected. But consorting with the notorious bad boy puts her hard-won reputation on the line. Is Charlie worth more to her than a little TEXT APPEAL?

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“I had a fantastic time tonight,” Chaz said, brushing a lock of hair from Riley’s face.

She leaned against the stairwell wall outside her apartment, and his dark eyes met hers. Nice eyes—warm and comforting. But her mind drifted to a different set of eyes. Icy blue and dangerous eyes.

“It was nice,” she murmured.

Stop thinking about Charlie! Maybe she was thinking about him because they had the same name: Charles. Charles Singleton and Charles Spencer—if her brain linked them, that was perfectly understandable, nothing to feel guilty about.

Chaz also looked a little like Charlie. They were both tall with dark hair and nice builds. She smiled at Chaz and gave him an appraising look. His body was good. It was…fine. But he looked about as much like Charlie as a veggie burger looked like the real, juicy thing. Sure, there were similarities, and at a quick glance one could be mistaken for the other. But the truth was, each promised an entirely different kind of experience.

“You keep looking at me like that and I won’t make it home tonight,” Chaz said with a smile.

“I’m just thinking about how much I enjoy being with you.”

He leaned in for a kiss and she tilted her chin up and opened her mouth to him.

She wished his hint that he might stay over stirred something more in her. The truth was, Chaz wasn’t a very exciting lover. He was practical and didn’t stray off course. He was…efficient.

Charlie Singleton might make a girl wonder what he would do with his mouth, but this was Chaz. Chaz was kind. Honest. The kind of man you could be proud of. The kind of man you marry and want to father your children. He was successful and stable and . . .

He put his thumb under her chin and slipped his tongue into her mouth, tasting of mineral water and juicy fruit, and Riley thought, He’s lower in cholesterol.

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I’d love to give away two e-copies of Text Appeal, my hot contemporary romance about what happens when the good girl’s text messages start going to the bad boy her heart really wants. I’ll give copies to two randomly drawn commenters. Just tell me: when love came for you, was it what you expected?

Whether you’re one of the two winners of Text Appeal or not, I invite you to download my free novelette Just One Night from Amazon, B&N, Kobo, AllRomanceBooks, Smashwords, or iTunes.

Just One Night by Lexi Ryan

About Lexi:

Like most authors, I feel a little silly writing these. My life is one I love and there’s not much I’d change about it, but it’s not terribly exciting.

I live in mid-western Indiana, where I spend my days teaching English at a local college. In the evenings, I get to hang out with my husband and two kids–a five-year-old boy and a one-year-old hellion, er, girl. Not surprisingly, reading and writing remain my favorite activities, though both come in bits and pieces these days, not the big hunks of time I enjoyed before I had children. When I’m feeling virtuous, I like to go running (I use that word liberally. I’m really, really slow) or do yoga. Don’t worry, I’m always careful to balance out such activities with a hearty serving of ice cream or a chocolate martini.

I love hearing from readers, so I hope you’ll drop me a note at writerlexiryan@gmail.com

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Welcome to The RG2E, Lexi! We’re thrilled to add you to our Featured Author Family!!!

Thanks bunches for the fun scoop and for the Ebook Gift Copies and FREE Ebook too! U rock!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Lara Nance on “The Allure of Steampunk”

Happy Monday, RG2E Peeps!

I’m over the moon thrilled to bring the Steampunk Genre to The RG2E with RG2E First-Time Featured Author Lara Nance!

Take it away, Lara…

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Tomorrow, Jan. 29th, the first book in my steampunk trilogy will be free on Amazon Kindle. So, what is it about steampunk that is alluring?

Perhaps you’ve thought about writing a steampunk novel? Now may be the best time ever. Or maybe you’d like to try reading a book in that genre but don’t know where to start.

First of all, What is steampunk, anyway? There are as many definitions as there are people giving them. Here’s mine:

It’s a Victorian themed world, where steam is the power of the day, running everything from furnaces to automatons. There are iconic images that pop up in this world, such as: corsets (worn on the outside, of course), goggles, top hats, pocket watches, airships, an occasional octopus, and lots of gadgets made from clockwork parts.

People are flocking to steampunk. The last convention I attended, Steamcon IV in Seattle this past October, had around 3,000 attendants. And that’s only one of hundreds of other conventions and events around the world. You can check out information about conventions and local groups at www.airshipambassador.com

What’s the allure? Speaking for myself, I think it’s the romance of the era. There’s adventure on every corner with airship pirates, mad scientists and clockwork monsters. Fashion is at the forefront with everything from bustled satin ball-gowns, to bustiers and fishnet hose, to leather, chains and studs.

Some people say steampunk is when Goths discovered the color brown…But the beauty of steampunk is that you make of it what you want. You can go for a genteel Victorian flavor or a leather bristling with weapons look. Or, a combination of the two. If you don’t want to create your own outfit, there are shops on the internet with everything you need. My favorites are steampunkthreads.com and clockworkcouture.com. Etsy has a huge variety of folks selling their original steampunk jewelry.

Inventions are key. You can invent a steam powered computer or a clockwork robot. Weapons are only as limited as your imagination, as long as you stick to the clockwork/steam scenario.

This year I saw major fashion designers incorporate steampunk into their fall lines, Movies add steampunk elements that never existed in the original story (think Three Musketeers with its airships and corsets), TV shows focusing a segment on the steampunk culture (remember the Castle episode?). Take a look at women’s boots for this fall and winter – you’ll see lots of buckles and retro styling.

Now there are steampunk themed restaurants like this one: http://steamhausgastropub.com

How about a steampunk card game: http://growingupgamers.blogspot.com/2012/11/ruse-steampunk-murder-mystery.html

Want to play an online steampunk game? Try Steampunk Odyssey here: http://www.begamer.com/flash-game/242519/steampunk-odyssey

You can even get your steampunk Santa cards for Christmas here: http://www.mylespinkney.com/gallery/painting.html?painting=christmas-time

Okay, you get the picture. Steampunk is everywhere.

In 2011, people said steampunk had peaked. But in my opinion, the culture is on the rise. On-line games and series are coming out everyday, new cons are popping up everywhere, and new books are coming out with interesting steampunk characters and environments.

So, if you’re interested in writing or reading steampunk, the time is now. You can choose between a variety of base genres in which to incorporate the steampunk theme. Sci-fi, fantasy, romance or mystery/thriller. Add some spunky, resourceful, characters and a splash of imaginative adventure and you’ve got a steampunk novel. Don’t forget to add a sprinkle of goggles, top hats, and corsets!

Don’t forget the father of steampunk (in my humble opinion), Jules Verne. His book, Around the World in Eighty Days inspired my own trilogy. Books like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, are great examples of an imaginative high-tech Victorian era.

If you’re looking for movies, check out The Golden Compass, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Wild Wild West, or Hugo. They’ll give you some great images of different steampunk worlds.

Some people argue whether steampunk is alternate universe or alternate history. To me, it’s both…or either. It’s what you want it to be. And that’s the beauty of this genre– freedom to create an imaginary world, or simply say “what if” within the real Victorian world. You can add magic, or paranormal creatures, or stick with plain old humans.

This is a chance to unleash your imagination and take a new look at the world through a pair of goggles. Steampunk folks are some of the most imaginative people I’ve ever met. And they definitely know their history. So if you plan on using real historical events in your novel, do your research and get it right.

Oh, by the way, you’ll have to learn the proper way to drink absinthe, too.

If you’d like to give the romance of steampunk a try, go to Amazon tomorrow or Wednesday and you can download Revenge of the Mad Scientist for free.

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Let me know if you like it. You can e-mail me from my website: www.laranance.com Plus, if you sign up for my newsletter you’ll get a free steampunk short story free.

Thanks for having me!  Lara

About Lara:

Entertaining Women’s Fiction

Novels with Thrills, Chills or a Shiver of delight

Winner of 2012 Beanpot Award from NEC for Best Paranormal Romance:

Memories of Murder!

Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cites throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres, but the basis of all of her stories is a great tale of entertaining women’s fiction that will take you on an adventure of imagination. Smart stories that make you wonder, and live the romances you dream about.

If you want to escape and lose yourself in a novel, you’ve come to the right place. Choose your genre and settle in to be entertained. From thrilling mysteries and steampunk tales to paranormal romance and adventure, she’s willing to explore a variety of compelling stories full of danger and suspense, along with a touch of romance.

Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn… However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies, thrills and adventures in her stories. Lara loves to weave interesting true historical tidbits into her fiction which invite the reader to explore further after the novel is finished.

Currently docked in Norfolk, Virginia (until the wind changes) Lara enjoys living on her sailboat and spends time reading, of course writing, indulging a variety of artistic endeavors, cooking and sailing with her husband, Joe and their Yorkie, Rio.

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This is just sooo cool, Lara! Your book will be my first Steampunk experience! Thanks bunches for bringing this genre to The RG2E!

Btw, how superfab fun that you and your hubby and little Rio too live on your sailboat! Luv it!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author PJ Sharon talks “On Thin Ice” (FREE this weekend on Amazon) and Life’s Embarrassing Moments

Thank you so much for having me back here at the RG2E. I’m sharing a story today that is near and dear to my heart.

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ON THIN ICE is the story of Penny Trudeau, a seventeen-year-old figure skater who deals with many challenges that teens face today—a parent with cancer, the pressures of competition that lead to an eating disorder, and a teen pregnancy that forces her to face her destructive choices head on. Add a handsome young hockey hunk and family secrets that will change her world forever, and you’ve got a complex and richly woven tale that shows the power of love and forgiveness, and how holding on to hope can get you through the darkest of times.

Although Penny’s story is different from my own in many ways, we have a few things in common. I was a figure skater, my mother did die of cancer when I was a teenager, and I became a mother at seventeen. My personal experiences definitely came through in the story, but one episode during my skating career that I didn’t write about was an embarrassing moment that made national television.

I believe I was about twelve at the time and the skating club I belonged to was honored with the task of providing skaters for the opening ceremony for the 1976 US National Figure Skating Championships. I was chosen to carry the Connecticut State flag and we were supposed to skate around the rink in formation—easy peasy for someone with my grace and considerable skill, right? Um…no. In my nervousness, I forgot to remove my skate guards and as I stepped onto the ice, my feet went in different directions and the flag went flying, taking out a few other skaters at the same time. I can laugh now, but you can imagine my embarrassment. In the true spirit of “the show must go on,” we picked ourselves up, regrouped and skated around the rink to cheers of support. As we stood center ice and the National Anthem played, the tears that ran down my cheeks had more to do with my wounded ego and sore butt than any sense I had of national pride. What it did teach me was humility and how to get up and keep going—a lesson that has served me well in my writing life.

I hope you’ll read Penny’s story and be reminded that we each have an internal strength that carries us through the most difficult of circumstances, and that through lessons of adversity we have opportunities for growth.

In honor of National Skating Month and the US Figure Skating Championships taking place in Omaha, Nebraska this week, I’m offering ON THIN ICE for FREE from AMAZON Saturday, January 26th to Monday, January 28th. Download it today, and feel free to spread the word to friends who might enjoy a “triumph over tragedy” kind of story. Readers of all ages will appreciate Penny’s struggle and root for her hopefully ever after end.

How about you? Any embarrassing moments you’d like to share? Lessons learned the hard way?

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Connect with PJ here:

E-Mail: pjsharon64@gmail.com

Website: http://www.pjsharon.com

Book Trailers: http://www.youtube.com/pjsharon64

Follow PJ on Twitter: @pjsharon

“Like” PJ on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pjsharonbooks

Find PJ on Amazon’s Author Central page: https://www.amazon.com/author/pjsharon

Follow PJ’s Promotional blog @ http://pjsharonyawriter.blogspot.com

Follow PJ’s Tuesday Scribes blog @ http://secretsof7scribes.wordpress.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5238865.P_J_Sharon

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pjsharon/

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What a story, PJ! Kudos to you for getting back up and moving on with your life! You are such an inspiration!!!

And thanks sooo much too for treating us all to ON THIN ICE for FREE! U rock!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Patrice Williams Marks on Screenwriting, Novel Writing and Tom Selleck

TGIF, RG2E Peeps!

How ’bout we kick-off the weekend with a Tom Selleck tale…

Here’s RG2E Featured Author Patrice Williams Marks to tell you all about it…

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Hi, I’m Patrice Williams Marks, the writer of THE UNFINISHED short story, and the soon to be released full novel, THE UNFINISHED 2..  I’ve always been a writer; loved it from infancy.  In the second grade I wrote the wildly successful (in my own mind) “The Day Snoopy Got Married.”  My teacher shared it with her fellow instructors.  Never got it back.

By third grade I was writing commercials for shaving cream after watching my grandpa wield a razor expertly.  I can still hear him, “drink buttermilk; it’ll put hair on your chest.”  Yuck.  Needless to say, I never drank buttermilk.

Right out of college I took a job at a bank in Portland Oregon.  It was a new branch, so we had few customers and time to kill.  I decided to write my first script.  It was an episode of Magnum P.I.  Not because I saw myself as a screenwriter or television writer,  but because I just HAD TO MEET TOM SELLECK! (No I didn’t this time in my life.  However,  several years later, I met him twice… see photo of the two of us).

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I went to the library (way before the internet) and checked out the only book on screenwriting.  It had cobwebs covering it, but it taught me the basics of formatting a script.  I hired a friend of the family to type up the script, ordered a list of agents from the Writer’s Guild of America, and sent off my mimeographed letters of inquiry.

Some agents actually wrote me back saying they could not take me on as a client, but they were impressed with my ability to have a bank pay for my postage!  However, one agent from Woodland Hills, CA did reply and wanted to read my script.  I shipped that sucker off the next day (of course with the bank’s postage).

I was very naive.  But sometimes naivety can work for you.  It lets nothing stop you.  I expected to get interest, and I did.  This agent actually got this poorly written, poorly executed script into the hands of the producers of Magnum P.I.  Negotiations were fast and furious for a month before they petered out without a sale.  I later found out that they were interested in the idea, and would have re-written it.  They would have paid $5,000 back in the early 80’s for the storyline.  Not bad for a teen just out of high school who only wanted to meet Tom.

I’ll continue the story in Part 2.

Be sure to visit my newly launched KICKSTARTER PROJECT where, as a supporter, will get access to the full novel before it is released, as well as my next novel, CLEAN KILLS AND OTHER TROPHIES,  (a screenplay that is being re-written as a novel).

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The UnFinished:  In a future where the Unfinished (murdered) are brought back to life for only 72 hours to testify against their killers before being “put down” for eternity… an Unfinished is resurrected to what he believes is his one chance to point the finger at his accused killer.

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BOOK TRAILER: The Unfinished and Unfinished 2 by Patrice Williams Marks from Patrice Williams Marks on Vimeo.

If you’d like an Ebook Gift Copy of THE UNFINISHED, it’s yours!

I’m giving away unlimited free downloads through Smashwords until January 28, 2013 

Promotional price: $0.00
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For those of you who haven’t used Smashwords Coupons yet for Free Ebooks…simply use the Smashwords link above for the book, add the book to your cart, and at checkout, enter the coupon code above, which will make the final price FREE! 🙂

Connect with Patrice Here:

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Kickstarter Project Preview Link

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Fabulous fun post, Patrice! Go, Girl, Go!

Thanks bunches for sharing your story with us today and for the Ebook Gift Copies too!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Angela Brown chats about “Embracing the Chase of Building Your Indie Ebook Library”

I’m thrilled to introduce all of you superfab RG2E Peeps to an author who has the most A-mazing energy around.

Give a big ol’ RG2E First-Timer Welcome to Featured Author Angela Brown, who’s all about “the creme de la chase” of Indie Ebooks…

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If you haven’t noticed yet (holding your head in the sand like an ostrich is not a good excuse lol!), the world of e-publishing is doing a bit of “busting at the seams”. Writers are scrambling to put their shiny, awesome, never-been-written-about-before story ideas into a manuscript format then share it with the world with all the other never-been-written-about-before stories. From self-publishing e-guides to spiritual guidance novels, stories are cropping up from Amazon, B&N, Smashwords and more by leaps and bounds.

What the dickens is a reader to do?

This is YOUR time, readers. If this were the housing market, it would be a buyer’s market. From the established old Victorian down the road (traditional publishing) to that cute, new beauty just built in the subdivision down the way (self-publishing), books are being written to satisfy every taste.

But let’s be honest, is it easy to find that crème de la crème? My first experience with an indie author was a dud. Plain whitewash boring cover, plain title and the writing left me, well, speechless. Not in a good way. The caveat here is that I got the book as part of a loosely formed book club that disbanded within a few months of forming lol! I was appalled the writer even chose to share the story with the world. I could very easily have let that color my opinion of all indie published books. But how could I when I could also find some pretty poorly written novels pushed out by a larger publishing company?

So I’ve learned to…

Embrace the chase 🙂

I’ve come to LURVE indie books because there really are a lot of different ways to tell a similar story. And I’ve found many stories are indie published, not because of rejection from the traditional route, but because the writers had their own vision for cover design and storytelling. It shines through their unique voices. It isn’t just the industry filling with great stories. So is my e-library. I am officially “winner” status and I get to do so without breaking the bank.

And I’d love to say that price is the perfect indicator, but I’ve found some bargain $.99 books that had me turning the pages like a mad woman and a $6.99 book leaving me wanting. I’m finding so many stories I wouldn’t have discovered if I let that first experience shadow my judgment.

Enjoy your crème de la chase and build an e-book library that will keep you reading for days and weeks on end.

Starting with my FREE for the day, YA Paranormal…

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Neverlove – For Abigail and Basil, there is a choice they both fear making.  Duty or love?  There can be only one.

For seventeen-year-old Abigail, one rash decision leads to an unexpected chance for redemption. At V’Salicus Academy, a unique institute where she trains to become an agent of heaven, she struggles with the pain of her past, the changes of the present and accepts a loveless future until her path – and heart – crosses with Basil’s.

Basil’s off-chance slip of the tongue binds him to a life of servitude to the Devourer, the master of hell. His existence has no upside until a chance meeting with Abigail brings new perspective.

Keeping the truth of their present lives from each other brings disaster when secrets are brought to light and the life of Abigail’s mentor is put on the line.

Can Abigail and Basil save her mentor and salvage their love amid the chaos? Or will they lose it all, destined forever to NEVERLOVE?

Buy links: Amazon.com, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon paperback, (tiny url for paperback – http://tiny.cc/9enfnw)

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15843604-neverlove

About Angela:

Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home.

Reading and writing have been lifelong passions. It was around the time she gave birth to her forever-love, nicknamed Chipmunk, that she really took writing seriously. After all, how could she teach her child to follow her dreams if she hadn’t tried herself?

As a YA fantasy/sci-fi reader and author, she favors the magical, mysterious, the darker side of life…even harbors a secret fright for things that go bump in the night.

NEVERLOVE is a special project spawned from a blog-challenge-turned-blog-opera, the Abby and Basil affair. It is the first in the Shadow Jumpers series.

Connect with Angela here:

Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6476148.Angela_Brown

Angela Brown in the Pursuit of Publishness blog: http://publishness.blogspot.com/

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Angela-Brown/e/B009JJEX60

Partners in ParanormYA (with Gwen Gardner): http://partnersinparanormya.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/neostateofmind

PIP Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Partners-in-ParanormYA/462052430493091

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I’m embracing the chase right along with ya, Angela! I’ve got almost 700 Ebooks on my Kindle, and still one-click-buying like a crazy chick!!! 🙂

Thanks bunches for your fab post today and for the terrific FREE Ebook too!!! U rock!!!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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RG2E Featured Author Barbara Silkstone on Chatting with her Granddaughter about “Grandma’s Book on Men”

TGIF, RG2E Peeps!

If you want to start out the weekend full of laughs, here’s one of my fave ways to do it…chat with my friend and fellow author Barbara Silkstone…and treat yourself to one of her Ebooks that’s FREE today only!!!

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You know you’ve passed a certain point in life, when your granddaughter asks to interview you for a school project, and the subject of the interview must be someone who has led an interesting life – that phrase alone can make you feel ancient.

I curled up in the bean bag chair in Ashley’s room. She was perched on her bed with a notebook on her lap and a pencil in her hand. My grandmotherly censors were alert to any answer that might get me in trouble with MOM.

Ashley is an avid reader, and so this interview would feature my writing adventures. “Where did you grow up and what were some of your earliest memories?” she asked me. A pretty sophisticated question from a ten-year old reporter.  🙂

“I was born in New Jersey where you are issued a peculiar sense of humor at birth.” I quipped.  “Some of my earliest memories were translating the UNTOUCHABLES radio show from English to Polish for my grandmother who wouldn’t own a television but adored her old Philco radio. She loved to listen, but did not speak English. I even translated the punches, gunshots, and groans.”

My granddaughter enjoyed the image of my translating old picture-less action sagas. She jotted her reporter notes at a rapid pace and then cleared her throat. “Who were your earliest influences and why?” I feel as if I’m being interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR.

I wondered if Ashley would recognize either of my childhood icons. “Lucille Ball and the Road Runner,” I answered.

She looked at me, trying to determine whether I was serious or teasing.  “Yes, really, Sweetie. I thank them both for my can-do attitude. I developed a belief that no matter how tough things were, if you kept your sense of humor you would get to dance the final rumba with Ricky or if the anvil fell on your noggin, you would recover.”

Ashley chuckled. I was surprised my little Pulitzer-winner-to-be got the humor, but she did.

Encouraged by her laughter, I kept on talking.  “Most of my fourth year was spent in our hall closet attempting to turn into a black panther. I was unsuccessful. Devastated, when a kindergarten classmate told me that the panther plan would not work, I ran away from home. Upon my return, I set about a new career as a professional majorette.”

“Wait. Wait!” Ashley laughed as she slipped off the bed.

Grandchildren make the greatest audiences, whether they are reporters or just looking for one more childhood tale from the olden days. And what grandparent can resist letting their progeny know about the innocent pranks they pulled in the times when practical jokes were not in violation of someone’s civil rights and a good laugh might be the only consequence?

I sat forward in the bean bag and crossed my jeaned legs. “One of my fondest memories took place in kindergarten.” Ashley’s eyes glisten with excitement. She stops writing.

“I would sneak down to the older girls locker room, while they were in outdoor gym class. I would scramble their shoes and then triple-tie the laces of the miss-matched shoes. I would then return to my class with a sense of a trick-well-played, savoring the panic I imagined took place when the bell rang. I did this repeatedly throughout my first school year and went undetected.”

The idea of such an outrage being pulled off without discovery was amazing to a child raised with surveillance cameras as an everyday fixture. The pure joy of working a prank undetected was butterfly-freedom! She laughed and laughed.

“I credit my can-do attitude to the success of that early escapade,” I tell her. “I figured as long as I didn’t hurt anybody, it was okay to make people laugh. I imagined they all got some fun memories out of that adventure.”

Ashley scoots onto the floor and sits facing me. “Do you have a really funny memory you can share with my readers?” She asks in a professional tone.

“One of my funniest memories was in the seventh grade; when I published an unauthorized class newspaper. Our nun was very strict and would not have given her approval if I had asked, so I didn’t. I wrote and published – underground. My devoted girlfriends diligently hand copied my original newsletter and circulated the copies. We didn’t have copy machines in those days.” Ashley looked at me, surprised. I felt my covered wagon circling.

“My newsletter contained an advice column based on Dear Abby, school news, and a cartoon. THE ST. STAN’S NEWS survived six issues, at which time Sister Irma discovered my newspaper and sat on it. She literally sat on it in all her black robed splendor. I was forced to stand at her desk and beg for my news to be returned to me.”

Ashley gasped at the thought of facing down a real live nun. She had seen them in old movies, and could only imagine the power they possessed.

“I detected a slight smile as Sister Irma whacked me with her ruler. That was my first review and it wasn’t that painful. Not like three stars or less.”

“What was the first book you published?”

I was waiting for her to sneak in that question.“You know I am not allowed to tell you about that book until you are twenty-one.”

“But, I’m a reporter. Besides, Mom says I can know about your book when I am sixteen,” she said, importantly.

“But your Dad says, twenty-one, and you are still ten.”

“Just tell me what it’s about? For my readers.”

“It’s all about men and love and honor.”

“Yuck. Mushy stuff.” Ashley said. “Never mind. Thank you for this interview, Babci.”

I hug the reporter and she hugs me back. Someday, perhaps my story will be part of her portfolio. Perhaps.

Meantime, you can download my “forbidden” book (It’s FREE on Amazon today only!!!):

The Adventures of a Love Investigator, 527 Naked Men and One Woman

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With love and laughter,

Barbara Silkstone

About Barbara:

Barbara Silkstone is the best-selling author of Criminally Funny Fables series that currently includes: The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters; Wendy and the Lost Boys; Zo White and the Seven Morphs; Cold Case Morphs; and London Broil.

For further giggles and a touch of true fiction try: The Adventures of a Love Investigator, 527 Naked Men and One Woman.

Silkstone’s writing has been described as “perfectly paced and pitched – shades of Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiaasen – without seeming remotely derivative. Fast moving action that shoots from the hip with bullet-proof characterization.”

Barbara Silkstone loves to hear from her readers.

You can write to her at: barbara_silkstone@yahoo.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/barbsilkstone

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Barbara-Silkstone

Blog:  Barbara Silkstone   http://bit.ly/M2Cs7Q

Barbara Silkstone’s Amazon Author’s page

http://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Silkstone/e/B0047L8A8W

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I just luuuvvv your stories and anecdotes, Barb! Thanks sooo much for sharing and for the FREE Ebook too! U LMAO Rock, my friend!!! 🙂

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RG2E Featured Author Christy Hayes on Writing a Series for the First Time

Welcome or Welcome Back to The RG2E, Peeps!!!

We know y’all luuuvvv Ebook Series, and here’s one of our fabulous RG2E Featured Authors who’s writing one for the first time…

Take it away, Christy Hayes…

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Happy New Year, RG2E! It’s hard to believe it’s 2013. The dawning of a new year is like standing in front of a squeaky clean black board with a fresh pack of chalk in my hands. The new calendar year brings new goals and many months to complete them.

After the whirlwind of the holidays, it feels great to settle back into a routine. For me, that means getting back to work on book two in my Golden Rule Outfitters series. Book one, Mending the Line, released in late November and introduced readers to the cast of characters who will carry this series through it’s planned three books.

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Here’s a short description of Mending the Line:

Jill Jennings’ dream of becoming an elite runner turns into a nightmare when she breaks her leg less than a year before the Olympic trials. After two surgeries and a lengthy rehabilitation, she’s ready to pursue her goal again. Or is she… 

Jill’s healing and ready to hit the pavement, but her passion for the sport she’d planned to make her career unexpectedly wanes. On a whim, she changes course and runs right into tall, blonde, and gorgeous Tyler Bloodworth. Fly fisherman come and go in south central Colorado, but Ty’s back for a second summer, minus his girlfriend and hotter than ever. 

Tyler Bloodworth’s life plan to start a fly-fishing business with his dad back home in North Carolina is suddenly snagged when Jill Jennings runs circles around his heart during a summer stint as a fishing guide in Colorado. Back for a second summer, he sets his bait and casts his line, but Jill’s not so easy to catch. 

A catch and release fisherman breaks Golden Rule #1: he hooks a girl he can’t let go. A distance runner with big dreams and an uncertain future falls hard for a summer fling. Can Jill risk losing her career and her heart to Tyler when he’ll be gone in a few months, or will Ty reel in the biggest catch of his life?

Book two features Jill’s best friend, Olivia Golden, and her quest to discover herself aside from her outward beauty. Nothing beats getting fired and falling for the one guy who can’t appreciate her gorgeousness to knock some sense into a girl! All three books take place in south central Colorado, the same area as my perma-free book, Dodge the Bullet.

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This is my first attempt at writing a series and I’m enjoying the flow and world building that this endeavor entails. The start of 2013 for me means white water rafting, learning to read, and figuring out what really matters in life—at least as far as my characters are concerned. That’s a far more exciting prospect than my real life filled with carpool, cooking, and daily outings to the gym.

I’m looking forward to spending the first few months of this year on a grand adventure.

I hope you’ll pick up book one and come along for the ride…and I will be Ebook Gifting a few copies today 🙂 …in the meantime, load up your Ereaders with Dodge the Bullet for FREE!

About Christy:

Christy Hayes writes romance and romantic women’s fiction. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Romance Writers of America Women’s Fiction chapter. She lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

Please visit her website at www.christyhayes.com for more information.

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This is just terrific news, Christy! I’ll definitely be checking out your new series! I luuuvvv series! In fact, that’s just about all I read now!!!

Thanks sooo much for the Ebook Gift Copies and for your FREE Ebook too! U rock!!!

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