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Meet The Author: Interview with Sondra Hicks

Sondra Hicks is a paranormal/supernatural, romance/thriller and sci-fi author. She is known to be deeply immersed in helping new authors, also making book teasers, book covers or just giving helpful advice she loves what she does.

Currently living in the rainy state, Washington State, when not spending time with her family and friends, you can find her writing, or be contributing to the indie author community.

Q & A with Sondra Hicks

Tell us about your journey to become a published author.

I’ve always had a love writing. At first it was poetry where I expressed my feelings as a teenager then it moved into fiction to my love of vampires. I was a lover of paranormal creatures thanks to the others I read like R.L. Stines’s Fear Street and Christopher Pikes books.

What draws you to paranormal, fantasy and science fiction genres?

What attracted me is I love action, suspense, I love the thrill of a scene. I want to feel that moment when a vampire or werewolf is at their breaking point I guess.

What tips would give writers about world building?
As for world building I would say don’t forget in all fiction don’t forget to throw in some reality so you have the reader thinking wow I know that place or crud that could happen. It hooks the reader and brings them into the book.

What tips would you give to aspiring authors wanting to self-publish?
My two tips would be this: One editors may not be cheap, but they are everything don’t be cheap, two a book cover & blurb will also sell your book so save your pennies.

Tell us about your main characters, Kloe and Gavin.

I would love to tell you about Kloe Rice and Gavin Evans. Kloe is a vampire and Gavin is a werewolf and they of course are in love with each other. I find they are both strong, independent when needed and fierce. Kloe has a huge heart, considering all she has been through in her life she is amazing. Gavin is a protector and has had a longing to belong to a pack his whole life.

What new projects are you working on?

Currently I am working Kloe Rice: My Beginnings which is a standalone to the series where I will go back to when Kloe was human and take you through her life to when she is changed to a vampire.

What motivates you?

My biggest challenge is motivation to write because I have some medical problems I can’t always sit at the computer and write like I would like to. My greatest achievement was my vampire stories because I gave birth to stories that entertained so many. I’ve learned that you need to have the best editors, an amazing team behind you to make your vision a reality.

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Kloe and Gavin have decided to see the world and first stop is Paris, France. As they start their journey they find other vampires and werewolves are not as accepting of their relationship as their family was.

As a pack of wolves follows them around the city until they inadvertently cross paths. Both being suspicious of each other they finally find a way to break the ice. Although the Paris wolf pack isn’t totally convinced what Kloe and Gavin intentions are they allow then into their pack after others reject their relationship. Have they found a home on their journey when it’s only started?

There are others in Paris who see Kloe as a threat and will go to great lengths to remove her from the streets of this beautiful city. They are following Kloe everywhere she goes but who is it and why are they following her but most importantly why do they fear her?

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Interview with Charles W. Jones, Author of Darkness is Coming #giveaway

Charles W. Jones grew up in the small town Shoshoni, WY, and he managed to break free from its grasp with his soul intact. Growing up in a small town scared him to death most of the time. It’s very dark at night – really dark. To top it off, it is full of ghosts; well, that’s what Charles thought when he was kid. Turns out it was just the constant wind blowing dirt and tumbleweeds. Two of Charles’ novels are set in Shoshoni, Dreamwalker: The Second Plain and HOME A Novel.

There isn’t a part of the horror genre Charles doesn’t like. He likes it creepy, filled with suspense, or even brutal with intense torture scenes. His favorite horror movies have always been the slasher movies; give him the gore. Clive Barker is Charles’ greatest influence, but is also inspired by Lewis Carroll, Stephen King, and Frank Beddor. Real life is a large contributor to his writing, where he finds beauty in the most unexpected places.

Music has always been a great contributor to Charles’ life, by means of not only entertainment, but personal soundtrack. When he writes, he listens to different types of music to set the mood of the scene he is writing. Eurythmics will always be at the top of his playlist, but many other bands and genres occupy his mind.

Q & A with Charles W. Jones

Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I grew up in the small-town Shoshoni, WY, and couldn’t wait to get out. Actually, growing up there was OK, especially when I was younger. It wasn’t until my teenage years that I saw how limited it was. I currently live in the Denver, CO metro area, and work for a television provider, testing customer service applications. People are always surprised when they find out that I write horror.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like to go exploring in the mountains. There many ghost towns in Colorado, and I enjoy learning about who lived there and how they lived. I also watch way too much TV.

Other than horror, what other things have been a major influence on your writing?
Music is a big part of my life and tends to influence the mood when I’m writing. Watching people and how they interact gives me ideas; yes, I’m a bit of a voyeur, but not a creepy stalker or peeper. And, places that make the hair on the back of neck stand-up.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Clive Barker and Edgar Allen Poe are the two who always come to mind first. Barker’s creations astound me, and Poe has been a staple for me since the first time my mother introduced me to the Raven; I think I was nine or ten.

What is your all-time favorite horror novel, and film?
Weaveworld by Clive Barker is at the top in the novel list. It’s strange, dark, and beautiful all at the same time. The people inside the carpet are wonderful and complex. It was an inspiration for the Circus Tarot Trilogy. At moment, The Conjuring makes the top film for me. The story is incredible. I’ve seen it (lost count) several times, and the exorcism scene in the basement gives me chills every time.

Can you tell us about your last book, and can you tell us about what you are working on next?
Darkness is coming is about a demon that has haunted the town of Ashcroft for two centuries, and the families who fight it. I’m working on a spin-off of sorts of HOME.

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When Jess buys the house on Scarlet Lane, she quickly learns there’s more inside the house than the walls. A strange clicking fills the house at night, terrifying her children, ghosts reveal themselves, and she discovers a dark entity frightened a young girl, causing her to fall down the stairs to her death.

After Mason is released from prison, he is lucky to find a job and a place to live in his hometown. When he meets Jess, he discovers she bought his childhood home on Scarlet Lane, but he doesn’t know anything about the dark things that reside there, and has been sent on a mission by his employer to find something, though he isn’t given any details of what he’s looking for.

Only a few know what happened in the old mining at the base of the mountain when the beast made itself known over two hundred years ago. Throughout the years it toys with the residents, possessing them, tormenting them, killing them. An unexpected hero tells Jess and Mason the town’s history, and about the beast trapped in the house on Scarlet Lane, sharing the plan to end its reign of terror before it takes more lives.

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Meet the Author: Interview with Phylicia G

Often called, The Princess of Street Lit, Phylicia G., incorporates a lot of real life events into her stories. Her writing style is versatile but growing up in different urban areas in the small-town of Walterboro, South Carolina, urban romance & street literature is the genre she gravitates towards and delivers her best work.

After graduating college, her best friend, continuously tried to persuade her to write a book about her life. Phylicia G. decided that she wasn’t ready to speak about her hardships of life, just yet.  However, in 2008, she read her first urban fiction novel, Wifey, written by one of  her favorite authors to date. She then read Kiki Swinson’s bio and discovered, she could become an urban fiction author as well.

Phylicia G. fell into a deep depression after giving birth to three children and realizing the wrong decisions she’d made in her past, brought her career in the medical field to a halt. During that time, she began to write in a black & white composition notebook. The story had no name, but she decided to mail multiple chapters at a time to her incarcerated brother to test read.  After her first manuscript was completed and getting the green light from her brother, family, & friends, in 2015, she gave the story a title & self-published Carolina Rich. She released her second series, The Street King’s Daughters with Supreme Works Presents in 2017.  She’s written eleven solo books, one collaboration, three anthologies, and she will be self-publishing solo book number thirteen this year. One anthology (Patron on Ice), one national best-selling author, and publisher that she will never forget is, Niyah Moore. February 2015, Niyah published the brand-new author’s first short story, ‘The Family Affair’ in the Patron On Ice anthology. (The Family Affair short story is now published in the back of Carolina Rich part three.)

Not only does Phylicia G. have a soft spot in her heart for writing. She enjoys being a mother to her three beautiful children, reading in her free-time, and helping other inspiring authors accomplish their dreams as well. Such as her older sister and her daughter, who both wrote children’s books, and Phylicia G will soon publish both books under her independent company, Carolina Publications, LLC.

Q and A with Phylicia G

Tell us about yourself. When you’re not writing, what are you doing?

I’m a mother of three, two boys and one girl. I grew up and still live, in a small town where everyone knows one another or at least someone within your family. The best joy I get from living here in South Carolina is the weather is decent. We may get some strong winds from hurricanes, some snow every blue moon, but it’s never anything that will make you relocate. When I’m not writing, I’m always reading. I’m lucky to get to sample and test read a lot of my pen sisters’ work before it’s released. So, that’s a plus for me being that I’m a fan of reading first, then, an author.

 

How long did it take you to write your first series?

It took me almost two years to complete my first novel, Carolina Rich. Then book dropped that year and back to back after that. To be honest, that series still isn’t completed. STILL Carolina Rich will be released sometime this year.

Who was your favorite characters to write about and from what series? And why?

Tameka and Kurt were definitely my favorites. Why? Because Carolina Rich was my first baby. I got to birth them and watch them grow just as I do with my children.

What would be a challenging genre for you to write that you could see personal growth in your craft?

This is kind of tricky for me being that I would like to step out into it and explore. However, to answer that question, I’d say poetic urban fiction. I wrote my first erotic poem for my SEXROTICA DIARIES BLOG) this year. That explains my answer I hope. The not a strength of mine.

Do you ever experience writer’s block? And if so, how do you overcome it?

OMG! I knew nothing about this until I started giving myself deadlines. That’s when my mind would decide to go blink on me. it can be so frustrating, but you never want your work to be forced because that will definitely show to your readers. So I’ve learned to just step away, maybe read a book, and come back to what you’ve written.

What is one of the advantages and disadvantages of being in the literary industry?

There are so many but one that has always stuck with me is, staying true to myself. And what I mean by that is, create your own lane, and travel that path vs. you following that path of someone else whose lane was molded for you. Sometimes people run into more obstacles following the paths of others instead of finding their own way. I love genuine people and books that is fill with originality is a big plus for me.

Are you working on new projects? And if so, share the name and a snippet or brief description of the upcoming project.

Yes, I have a few things I’m working on. A couple projects are just getting started so I won’t mention those. But When A Thug’s Heart Bleeds Blue part two will be released soon and Tale of Two Hearts: A Book of 4 Love Stories. Neither projects have solid release dates but will be announced soon.

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About the Book

“I shoulda seen you was trouble right from the start, taught me so  many lessons. How not to mess with broken hearts, so many questions…” ~ 2Pac, Do for love

Alnessa “The Black Widow” Patterson has placed a deadly love spell on Agent James. His soft spot for saving people has placed him on a web of lies and deceit. Tangled in this poisonous web now includes his, Nana. Whose now in harms way. Continuing to fight his feelings, Agent James’s determination to keep his name as the toughest federal agent around grows stronger by during his attempt to save Alnessa, her son, and Nana. During this time, he continues to carry the guilt of things that happened in his past, that’s out of his control. Meanwhile, Alnessa, Agent James, and Alpo (Alnessa’s grandfather), who is apart of the Gonzalez Mexican Drug Organization, must learn how to coexist to make it out of Mexico alive. It’s all a matter of life or death at this point. Find out if Alnessa’s web of lies and deceit were with malicious intent or was it to protect her innocence.

Excerpt

The guards laughed as the man stood up, shaking his head and his hand. “Put her in
the cell with him. Let her see him once more before I get rid of him.”

“You’regoing to kill him?” One of the other armed men that walked into the room with him  asked.

POW!

Grabbing my mouth so my cries couldn’t be heard, I had seen enough. So, I scooted back
as far as I could in my cell and prayed.

“ANYBODYELSE WANT TO QUESTION ME?!” The man barked as he waited for the rest of  his men
to answer him. None of them spoke a word as they looked around at each other.

The man nodded his head, “Great!” He looked up, and I could tell that he was getting ready to head this way. Lowering my head, I began to pray harder.

“Lord, please watch over my soul and protect me from all harm. I need you, Lord!”

“He’s getting away! He’s running to his house. Back-up! Back-up! He’s getting away!”

Frantic yelling came across the men’s walked talkies and the man stopped in his tracks
and turned around.

Thank-You, Lord! I prayed as I exhaled deeply.

Stepping over the female on the floor as if she was a rock on the ground, he pointed back at her, “Handle that. I’ll be back as soon as I kill this idiot. Wake her up, too! I want her to see him before I take his life. How she reacts afterward will determine if she lives or dies.” He walked towards the door and placed his hand one of the men’s shoulders, “Stay here! I’m sure he’s trying to stall long as possible to get to her.”

The guard nodded as he stepped to the side and the other men followed the well-dressed man through the door. Once I heard the steel door close, I quickly scooted closer to the bars to see who the female was.

The guard that had been in the dungeon, keeping watch the entire time, placed her over his shoulder and easily laid her inside the cell. Then all of a sudden, the other guard grabbed an opened water bottle and dashed water in the girl’s face.

She sat straight up as she gasped for air and then looked around. The guards got into a scuffle because some of the water had been splashed on him. The both of them walked out of the steel door, exiting the dungeon. I waited a few seconds before I called out to the girl but once I got a better look, I couldn’t believe it. This meant that my Marlon was here.

“Alnessa, is that you?” I whispered loud enough for her to hear me.

Scuffling to her feet, she ran to the bars and grabbed them tight. “Yes ma’am, are you okay?”

Ignoring her concern for me, “Where’s Marlon?” I questioned as the knot in my stomach grew tighter, from the fear I thought of losing another child. Marlon was my grandson, but I considered him as my son.

Alnessa didn’t answer me. Her eyes were fixated on the little boy on the floor. The rhythm of her breathing went from rapid to long deep breaths as if she was trying to catch her breath. Slowly she started to move her way over to the fragile boy and scooped him into her arms as she cradled him in her lap.

“Ohhhh Goddddd!” Alnessa cried out as she rocked him back and forth, kissing his dirty and boney face repeatedly.

I didn’t know what to think, she’d told me that she didn’t have any children. Did she lie to me? Of course, she did. This woman had been on trial for attempting to kill her husband. The world knew her for her beauty, charm, and death of her prey. Lowering my head, I began to shake it. How could Marlon be so stupid? Now, she had him and me as well, tangled in her deadly web. She’d lived up to her name, “The Black Widow.”

Snapping myself out of my thought, the color red began to take over my mind. “WHERE’S MY BABY?!”

Maybe, my emotions were getting the best of me. I wasn’t perfect, but I tried to live by God’s rules. Raised my
children the best way I knew how, still they seemed to slip through my fingers and strayed away into the streets. Never once, if somebody needed me was I not there for them. And last but not least, I hated judging people. That’s why I decided to open up and let Alnessa in. That all changed when that detective showed up at my house looking for her. I warned Marlon to let that man take her, but no he had to save her too.

Alnessa didn’t answer me, she continued to cry and rock the weak child. He became so weak that he couldn’t open
his eyes. It was then, I realized that I was still a mother and I knew how it felt to hold your child in your arms, watching them die.

I opened my mouth to question her again, but nothing came out. Deciding not to question her again, I just went
back to my corner, and took my seat again. My mind and heart wanted more answers but it obvious I wasn’t going to get any information out of Alnessa right now. Saying a silent prayer, I closed my eyes and relived her pain.

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Meet The Author: Interview with Peaceful Rose

“Coming Through the Storm” By Author Peaceful Rose

This Dynamic story of Jessica is inspired by true events that will leave you speechless She lost her father at the age of 5, which was the start of an disastrous life for her. She experienced many life changing events including the loss of her grandmother, godmother, battling depression, raising 5 children, and going through a divorce. BUT somehow she still managed to make it through.
I believe a part of me left when he passed away. My mom had always said he died trying to defend his brother Rodney, who was trying to leave a restaurant without paying. The owner started hitting my uncle Rod with a bat and my father pulled out a knife to scare off the owner. The police arrived around the same time and the female officer yelled “Drop your weapon”, my father did not drop it so she shot him three times in the stomach. My father died at the hospital.
Peaceful Rose is a freelance writer and a member of the group critique circle. She is aspiring to assist in the empowerment and uprising of women all over the country. Peaceful Rose is originally from Landover, Maryland and currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina.
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What inspired you to write this book?
Watching my daughter grow up and many other young ladies and women encounter some of the same situations I had been through and I thought why not share my experiences and mistakes to hopefully help someone else understand they are not alone in this and maybe help avoid or find comfort in knowing they too can overcome.
How long did it take to complete your book?
about 2yrs.
What has been your best experience since publishing your book?
Receiving the feedback and feeling like I was able to reach someone that could actually relate.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
I like to tell people to “strive to be better than  you were yesterday” and if I am having a bad day I tell myself “This too shall pass”
What is your favorite movie and why?
I have two actually “Point of Know Return” its an old movie but I loved it because it took a woman who was down and out and made her over to become a strong beautiful woman who could kick A**. and my other is “Love and Basketball” because I love romance, and I am mushy like that “Double or nothing” (tear).
What do you do on your free time?
Mommy duties take up most of my free time but if I get away I may catch a movie or go to the comedy house for a good laugh or two.
Where there any doubt in releasing your book?
Yes I was scared about being judged for some of the decisions I had made, But I prayed about it and I had to let that go and say it’s not for me it’s for somebody else that is right at that breaking point and to help them see “This too shall pass”.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers?
I want to say “Thank You” to all that have been there for me when I was going through some of the most challenging moments in my life. To anyone that is or have read my book “Thank You” for supporting me in my journey to help bring change and togetherness to us all. Our differences make us unique, and our journey helps to tell our story to inspire, encourage, and motivate.
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