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Meet the Author: Interview with Debbie K. Lum

​Debbie Lum is a native of Tampa, Florida and earned her baccalaureate degree in Mass Communications at the University of South Florida. She was an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, serving that organization as Sunshine District chairman and president of the Tampa chapter. Always a competitor, the enticing games of Greek week and fraternity derbies attracted her to her college sorority, Chi Omega. Following graduation she was an alumnae volunteer and worked over ten years to help build Greek housing at the university.

She enjoyed a 28-year career in marketing, working in banking, tourism and higher education.

She splits her time between Florida and Texas. She is married and has two sons, one in law school and the other a recent college graduate.

Q&A with Debbie Lum

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

For me it was more of what did I NOT want to be, and that was a doctor, nurse or anything medical. I get dizzy even thinking of medical questions and even fainted at one of my kid’s doctor’s appointments. Interesting though, when I write medical scenes, it doesn’t bother me at all!

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Or what first inspired you to write?

Writing was something I had only done for work, writing speeches or press releases, so I never imagined writing anything like a novel. It happened by accident as a way to get a story idea out of my head. After much research (and work), I’m now the author of five novels!

Where/When do you best like to write?

I’ve written three books in Virginia, and two in Texas, and those two in Texas were written in two different locations. So apparently it doesn’t matter to me where I write!

Do you have any interesting writing habits or superstitions?

After I get a story idea in my head, I begin a “scribble book.” My scribble books are simple spiral-bound notebooks where I capture all of my ideas. The scribble books are so handy when you need to go back to check on something you researched or want to change a character’s name and need to remember the first names that had come to mind.

When you are struggling to write/have writer’s block, what are some ways that help you find your creative muse again?

Flying on an airplane! That is where I do most of my story conceptualizing.

What do you think makes a good story?

Characters that make you wish you were them (and characters that make you thankful you are NOT them too!)

What inspired your story?

I wanted to write a story about two best friends at a turning point in their lives and the decisions they make.

How does a new story idea come to you? Is it an event that sparks the plot or a character speaking to you?

Story ideas come to me when I am flying, or when I’m on the treadmill listening to music. I let my mind wander and there is a sweet-spot in daydreams where stories are born.

Is there a message/theme in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Believe in your friends, even when others around you are wanting you to question your friendship. Make your own decisions.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

How fun the research part would be! You begin by researching “X” but during that research you uncover “Y and Z”

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

Talk to my kids! I have been fortunate to have raised two young men who are big communicators. They love to tell me about their days (in law school and college) and I love to listen.

What person(s) has/have helped you the most in your career?

When I first began writing, I had kept it a secret. But one friend, Jill, pulled it out of me. She’s one of those friends who probes a little deeper, and then follows up with support and questions. She’s turned into my number one beta reader and is the first one I’ll tell when I am writing a new novel. She also sees the first draft. I appreciate her enthusiasm…it helps me through the not-so-enthusiastic times!

What’s the best writing advice you have ever received?

Put your best foot forward. That was good advice from another friend and beta reader, Keri.

Learn more about Debbie and her work by visiting https://www.debbielum.com/

 

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Book Blast: Bad Intentions by Charleigh Rose

Title: Bad Intentions
Series: Bad Love #2
Author: Charleigh Rose
Genre: NA/Contemporary Romance
Release: April 30, 2018
Cover Design: Leticia at RBA Designs

Lo

Moving to River’s Edge was supposed to be a fresh start.

Away from chaos.

Away from bad influences and worse relationships.

All I wanted was to give my little brother more of a chance than I ever had.

It should’ve been simple.

I didn’t count on my transgressions following me.

And I definitely didn’t count on meeting Dare.

Tall, tortured, and tattooed.

A Lost Boy through and through.

Falling for someone like him was asking for heartache.

But I was a sucker for punishment.

Dare

I had a routine.

Eat, work, sleep, repeat, only ever doing the bare minimum to keep up appearances.

I kept my circle small and my guard high.

I spent years making sure I didn’t repeat the mistakes of my past, forming an
impenetrable layer of ice around my heart.

Then Logan showed up in my town, in my tattoo shop, testing my patience along with my self-control.

She was fire and I was ice.

I should’ve stayed away.

But I had been cold for far too long.

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Happy Release Day! Dare to Live by S. B. Alexander #giveaway

Dare to Live

The Maxwell Series, Book 5
by S.B. Alexander
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult Romance
Publication Date: December 12, 2017

Maybe opposites do attract.

Kody Maxwell’s life has been rooted in grief and death. He tasted love briefly until the girl he loved died suddenly. Determined not to experience that kind of pain again, Kody prefers being alone and writing music. His life goal is to sign with a big-name producer who will take his music to the next level. But lately, he’s been struggling with writer’s block until he encounters a beautiful nurse with the voice of an angel. She brings out feelings he hasn’t experienced in a long time, and that scares the crap out of him. Still, he knows he can’t let her get away. She may have just what he needs to get his juices flowing.

Motorcycle-riding Jessie Ryan loves the thrill of danger and the exhilarating desire for speed. She plays by her own set of rules. But when she discovers she carries the breast cancer gene on the same day she meets the most gorgeous man she’s ever laid eyes on, she isn’t prepared to face what the future may hold.

As Jessie and Kody begin to form a bond, they learn things about each other and themselves they didn’t see coming. Will they dare to live when fear threatens to stop them?

This book can read as a stand alone.

Intended for audiences 18+ Strong language and sexual content.

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Dare to Kiss (#1) | Dare to Dream (#2) | Dare to Love (#3) | Dare to Dance (#4)

About S.B. Alexander

S.B. Alexander is a bestselling romance author. Her books are filled with stories that tug at your heart, and are filled with romance, drama, action and suspense. As much as she loves to write, she also loves to read. Some of her favorite authors growing up were Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe. She stills enjoy reading Stephen King. In fact, she loves most genres, although in the past three years she has gravitated toward the romance genre, which is when she started her journey to write her first book. Her motto: write what you love to read.

Aside from writing, she’s a huge sports fan, in particular, baseball. Since she hails from New England, she is a diehard Red Sox fan. She’s also a navy veteran and former math teacher, loves white powdered donuts, and handbags. Her husband calls her the bag lady. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing golf and hanging out with friends and family.

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Spotlight Wednesday with The Scarred Bullet Series by Serena Kearney #giveaway

 

Dazed Bullet
Scarred Bullet Series #1
by Serena Kearney
Genre: New Adult Romance

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*This contains mature content, explicit language, and sensitive subjects dealing with abuse.*

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I have a temper. I’m angry. That’s a given.
How I take it out? At my job in the boxing room of our gym.
I’ve spent over a year trying to harness it, but I wasn’t by myself.
Almost every night, like clockwork, he’s there on one side and I’m at the other.
He is big, rugged, but handsome.
He’s also scary. Silent. Deadly.
When I hear the name Bullet, you would think I would have gone running in the other direction.
I didn’t. I should.
He has a past.
He has secrets. Danger. Pain. Sorrow.
Little did I know that it would just bring us closer together.

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Scarred Bullet Series #2

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He’s been there to help through it all.
Every touch, every sound, and every breath.
I was starting to get better. I was starting to live again the way a normal girl should. That is until we graduated college and life got in the way.
I didn’t think I would see Dem Dabbs again, at least I hoped I would soon, because now I’m falling back. I’m back into my habits. I don’t think I’m strong enough, but somehow, I have.
I’m living on autopilot… until I get that hope back.
I can see him.
Will it be the same? Will we pick up where we left off?
Will his touch bring me back to normal?
Or does he need me more than I need him?

Define Us
Scarred Bullet Series #3

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I’m supposed to be strong.
Until I found I was in a relationship I swore I would never be in.
I didn’t know how trapped I was until Dean Sailer walked into the diner, making me question who I turned into.
Dean reeked of overconfidence.
He’s sarcastic and thinks he’s funny.
The worst part is I find myself smiling when I don’t feel like it. He brought out something inside me that I locked away a long time ago.
I wanted nothing to do with him.
I wanted to stay contained in my world.
When tragedy threatens the life of me and my best friend, he’s the one I find myself relying on.
He’s there for me when no one else is.
No matter how much I try to resist Dean Sailer, he seems to delve deeper into a place I thought was gone.
Can I change?
Or will I be the definition of what I’ve made myself out to be?

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Tenderly Toxic
Scarred Bullet Series #4

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He showed me what love is really like.
They showed me how happiness affects the heart.
They showed me that I still have one.
And then my violent past comes to rip it out of my chest.
Fine, let it.
Happiness. Love.
I have to leave it behind.
Violence. Hate.
I have to accept it all over again.
Because I will do anything to keep the ones I love safe.
Including going back to the cold, toxic soul I once had.

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I am a Leo. Born August 10, living on the east coast. I self-published my first novel, PNEUMA, November 2014, and it’s hasn’t stopped since.
One of my biggest problems was having too much to read. Now my newfound problem; having too much to write and not enough hands to type it out. Not enough brains to put the stories together fast enough. Not enough tea or coffee to keep me awake 24/7.

So, like every normal person, I have to take it one day at a time.

My cravings for sweets keep me going, any sort of cakes (especially red velvet), pies, cookies, and ice cream.
I have a cat named Bongo-Bongo, who loves to get in my way when I’m trying to work, but is too cute for me to fight him off.
And then I have my family, specifically my husband, who puts up with my endless nights, my tapping of the keyboard, my ridiculous imagination, and yet, he always encourages me to believe in myself and follow my dreams.

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