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Taste Me Deadly by Nikki Duncan, a book review by Lexi Flint


 

Taste Me Deadly, by Nikki Duncan , is book  five of the Sensory Op Series by the author. This is my first time reading a book by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. This book, being part of a series, had me feeling as if  I had missed something, although each book is supposed to stand alone. I could tell the author had prior knowledge of these characters and their relationship to each other but failed to let me in on the secret.  However, the action and heat  in this book started quickly and had me holding my breath until the very end.

Taste Me Deadly is the story of Greyson Craig and FBI agent Liam Burgess. Greyson has spent the last five years in witness protection while Liam has been saving himself for his lost love. Their relationship is as passionate as it is fragile. One wrong move on either of their parts could destroy not only their lives but the lives of everyone around them.  Taste Me Deadly has more than enough plot twists to keep you guessing who the real good and bad guys are.

Taste Me Deadly is a fast paced read that will leave you wanting more.  The story features a strong heroine and a sexy hero in a story I’d call romantic suspense. I do suggest that you read the Sensory Op books in order so that you have a better understanding of the supporting characters and their relationships to Greyson and Liam.  Taste Me Deadly jumps  right into the fire with scenes so hot you need to be careful you don’t get burned.  Taste Me Deadly is a a quick entertaining read . I wish it had  lasted just a few pages longer.  

 

 

Book Blurb

"Under the knife, under the gun…and under no illusion he’ll sacrifice everything for her.

Sensory Ops, Book 5

After five years in Witness Protection, Greycen Craig’s life of careful routine is upended when she learns her sister is the victim in a hit and run, hospitalized, unconscious, and needing a kidney only Grey can give.

Despite warnings that this “accident” is a ruse to draw her out into the open, Grey risks everything to race back to Miami—where she comes face to face with the one man she aches to trust.

FBI agent Liam Burgess thinks he’s prepared for the moment Grey walks into her sister’s hospital room. But the moment the woman who holds his heart appears, his tongue is almost too tied to remember to ask one burning question—why she disappeared in Las Vegas two years ago.

As Grey struggles with what to tell him—everything or nothing—the danger that drove her underground resurfaces, threatening everyone she loves. And the only safe place to run is the arms of the one man she can’t tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Warning: This title contains a hero who knows who he wants and isn’t afraid to fight for her and a heroine with secrets she fears hold the power to unravel all their dreams. "

You can learn more about Taste Me Deadly and Nikki Duncan on the following websites.

Twitter www.twitter.com/NDuncanWriter

Facebook  www.facebook.com/NDuncanWriter

Website : www.nikkiduncan.com

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Interview with romance author Yvette Monae. Author of Love’s Fire Burns Deep at www.LexiFlint.com #writing, #interview, #romance, #BlackAuthors


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Author Yvette Monae is a Georgia native who has written her first romance novel Love’s Fire Burns Deep.  It was released in February 2011 by Publish America. The book is available in e-book and paperback formats.  Her blog is insightful and often gives us a glimpse of her own personal life and struggles, such as her fear of blogging, as well as her writing… “It is important for me to create characters that women can relate, and believe me these women have some very interesting lives to share with you.”  Yvette is currently working on her second novel which will be released later this year.

I am pleased to introduce you to author Yvette Monae.

1.W hat inspires you to write?
I’m inspired to write by the pictures that I see in my mind.  An idea came to me to start writing down what I saw. Funny thing was, the pictures started to come to life, and characters were born, then stories were created.

2. What are your writing habits? Do you write a certain amount of pages per day? Do you write at a certain time of day?

I first determine how long I want the book to be, then I determine how many pages/word count I will do per day.  Sometime that works, sometimes it doesn’t.  But, I always try to write something everyday.  I do prefer to write late evening, to early morning when my home is quiet.

3. How do you combat writers block?

I keep writing, even if it makes no sense. I’ve tweeted about that on Twitter and a few of my followers have given me some helpful advice, to stop writing for a day or so and turn my attention to something else, then go back to writing with a fresh set of eyes. If that doesn’t work, then I will sit quietly in the dark with my eyes closed and replay different scenes in my mind. Doing that normally triggers something inside of me and helps me to see things more clearly.

4. Congratulation on the publication of your new book Love’s Fire Burns Deep. Can you tell us a little about it?

Thank you, Lexi! I’m thrilled to share a little bit about, Love’s Fire Burns Deep. It’s a sweet and simple love story based out of Atlanta. It’s about a girl, Jade, who sees a guy, Sy, for the very first time, and she can’t believe that she fell in love with him at first sight. At the present time, she’s in a relationship with Mike, who she loves very much and has dated since high school. Lately, she feels neglected because he constantly puts his career before her, and she complains that their love life is becoming nonexistent. Several years later she has a steamy encounter with Sy, that in one night lit her body afire. It was like nothing she had ever felt with Mike. She ultimately has to make the most important decision of her life, which is to stay with Mike, who can provide her with a secure future, or to leave him, for a man she hardly knows, for a future that is not known with Sy. Jade is not alone in her quest to find love; she has three best friends, Jennifer, Sierra, and Alicia. Together these girls deal with love and relationships in their own ways, while constantly trying to be there for each other through their close and very special friendships.

5. I have to say that from what I have read of your debut novel Love’s Fire Burns Deep is hot, hot, hot! Were the love scenes difficult to write?

Yes! I didn’t intend to write Erotic Romance, it just happened. When I came to my first love scene in the novel, I wrote it leaving out a lot of the details. After I read it back to myself, it sounded dull. So, I rewrote the scene and put in the descriptive language. It was exciting! Before the book was published, I started to panic. I was way out of my comfort zone. Then I realized that being out of my comfort zone was a good thing, if I wanted to continue to grow as a person.

6. The relationship between Sy and Jade is intriguing. Both are in relationships but you can’t help but want them to get together. Will this couple have a happily ever after?

Yes! I don’t want to spoil the ending for those of you who have not had a chance to read the book. But, Jade and Sy, will have a happily ever after.

7. Your novel introduces to a group of female friends each with a different view of love and relationships. Do you plan on writing a series of novels featuring each of these women and their quest for romance?

At this point, I haven’t considered branching off each character into their own series, but I believe that each of these ladies have such strong personalities that I could easily do that.  But, I do intend to do a sequel to Love’s Fire Burns Deep.

8. What lessons have you learned on your journey to publication that you can pass on to other aspiring authors?

It’s not easy to get published. Have faith in yourself, believe in your ideas, and try to create the best work that you can possibly create. Seek out the best people to help you in your quest. Most importantly, NEVER GIVE UP!

9. Who are your favorite authors and what are you reading now?

My favorite authors are, Maya Angelou, Marianne Williamson, Robert Kiyosaki, Kevin Trudeau, Zane, and Nicholas Sparks. I’m reading The Notebook, right now.

10. You published your novel with Publish America, a company that has received mixed reviews. People either love them or hate them. Can you tell us about your experience?

I know that Publish America is a very controversial publisher. I’ve only had one concern with them, I didn’t like the first selection for my cover art. I addressed the issue with them, and they took care of it to my satisfaction. I now love the cover of Love’s Fire Burns Deep. My experience has been pleasant and I would publish another book with them.

11. Which is harder for you, writing or promoting your work?

Promoting my book is the hardest thing that I have ever had to do. I thought that I would write a book, sign a contract, and my publisher would do the promoting. What I found out is that the publisher is limited in their promotional efforts; they mainly want to focus their attention on selling your book. So to become successful as an author, you either have to become a great salesperson, or seek out someone to help you, such as agents, or publicists. To my surprise, writing the book was the easiest part of this whole process.

12. What are you working on now?

I’m working on my second Erotic Romance novel, which I haven’t given a title. This book is about a love/hate relationship between my heroine and my hero. Also, I will venture off into a world of sex games in this book. I can’t wait to get it finished.

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Author Yvette Monae

You can learn more about Yvette at the following web addresses:

Website http://www.yvettemonae.com

Blog http://yvettemonae.wordpress.com

Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/yvettemonae

Myspace http://www.myspace.com/yvettemonae

Freado http://www.freado.com/users/28680/yvette-monae

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Author Alyssa Fox will leave you breathless with her debut novel Road to Recovery. #Romance #interview, #PinkPetalBooks @AlyssaFox99


 

 

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Author Alyssa Fox  juggles being a full time wife and mother of four with being a full time author. She creates tantalizing romances from her home in the mountains of West Virginia. Her debut novel ROAD TO RECOVERY was published  May  5, 2011 and is available in e-book format from Pink Petal Books. Ms. Fox  has also recently sold her second book Bound to Protect to her publisher.  This is an exciting time for Ms. Fox and I am pleased to introduce you to this inspiring new author who promises "sizzling romance to leave you breathless."

1.First I would like to congratulate you on the publication of your first book Road to Recovery.  How has your life changed since becoming a published author?

It really hasn’t changed too much. Unless you count that it’s gotten busier with deadlines in between taking care of the family and writing.

2.You describe your writing as “sizzling romance that leaves you breathless” and “on the edge of erotic.” What is the difference between traditional romance novels and erotica?  Where do your novels fit between the two?

The biggest difference between what I’d call regular romance and erotic is there’s more sex in erotic novels. There is no such thing as a closed door when it comes to sex and explicit love scenes with graphic or strong language. It’s not just writing sex into the book that makes it erotic, as there is still a hero and heroine developing a relationship, but, the sex is part of the plot. You could remove the sex, and the story could still stand on its own.  I never thought I’d be writing erotic, but it just flows as I write. I’ve tried to tame down my love scenes, but it just doesn’t happen.

3.In the past romance novel seemed to follow a simple formula, boy meets girl, they fall in love have a disagreement, make up and live happily ever after. They were feel good books. Now the stories are a little more complicated containing more mystery, murder, fantasy ect… Have our taste changed as readers or is it a reflection of the world around us?

I think it’s a little bit of both; of course things happening in the world change us. I know for me even my taste in books has changed over the years.

4.Who are your favorite authors and what are you reading now?

My favorite authors right now would be Shayla Black, Maya Banks, Leah Braemel, Chloe Cole, Delaney Diamond, just to name a few. I have tons; my Kindle is loaded with books from authors I love. What I’m reading now is Leah Braemel’s book Deliberate Deceptions.

5.What are your goals as a writer?

To write stories that my readers will love as much I did writing them.

6.What was the best writing or publishing advice you have received?

The best I got was never give up because once you do then you’ll never find a home for your book. I’ve not received any bad advice yet.

7.You didn’t initially plan on having a writing career. How did you become a romance writer? 

That’s right; it wasn’t even something I thought of. It happened a year and half ago when I was stuck home with all four kids during a snow storm. They were driving me nuts as we were snowed in. I also was home schooling them at the time, so I needed an outlet before I went crazy. I tried my hand at a YA book first, but that took a bad turn, so I started writing a romance novel next. I always had stories running through my head, but never thought to write them down. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else.

8.How did you feel when your novel Road to Recovery was picked up by Pink Petal Press?

Totally freaking excited, and wasn’t sure I had read the email correctly or not. It was after midnight when I checked my mail once more, and there it sat. I screamed, and nearly scared the crap out of my husband. I asked him if it said what I thought it said and I was shaking so freaking bad. It’s safe to say I didn’t sleep at all that night.

9.Please tell us about your book Road To Recovery.

Dr. Erin Miller and Dr. Kyle Reynolds are competing for a coveted mentoring position at Maple Forge Memorial Hospital. They plan on pulling out all the stops. But their careers and their desires collide, tangling their past with their future and giving them a chance for love.

10.What are you working on now?

Well, I just turned in another book to my editor with characters from Road to Recovery. Now I’m working on a single title erotic suspense.

11.  Will your book be available in paperback in the future? Yes.

12.   Do you plot or pants?

I plot out everything before writing. Now sometimes my first chapter isn’t plotted because the characters are being a pain, but everything else after that is. I used to go by the seat of my pants, and would get stuck a lot and plotting has helped that.

13.    How long does it take you to write and edit your books?

 It depends on the book how long it takes me. I can get a first draft done in 6 weeks, then I take sometimes a month to do my editing. So from the start to finish 2-3 months before a book is finished and polished.

Lexi’s note : You need to teach me how to do that. It takes me forever to write my first draft. I’m easily distracted by shiny things like the internet. lol

14.    Do you write to a specific word count or write until the story is complete?

I write to a specific word count that I want for that book. I even have a certain word count I want per chapter depending on what my total word count needs to be.

Alyssa can be found around the web at. www.alyssa-fox.com. She can also be found at her blog http://alyssafoxauthor.blogspot.com/, Facebook   and Twitter.

Thank you Alyssa for being my guest today. I wish you much success  in your writing career and cannot wait to read ROAD TO RECOVERY available now from Pink Petal Books .

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Author Seleste deLaney writes romance, passion and stories with bite. #authorinterview, #writing, #Bandlands, #CarinaPress


I was suppose to post this interview several weeks ago, but when I realized that Author Seleste deLaney latest book Badlands was going to be released today I thought it would be great to post the interview on the same day! I am so excited to introduce this prolific writer and fellow Michigander to you. I am eager to add Badlands to my ever expanding book collection.

You can purchase Ms. deLaney’s work at www.CarinaPress.com or www.Decadentpublishing.com. I want to thank Seleste for granting this interview and I wish her much writing success in the future.

First I’d like to say congratulation on the release of Badlands today. How are you feeling today?

This release has been kind of overwhelming, it’s getting so much more attention than any of my other stories that it’s kind of crazy. Plus, I found out that the audiobook also released today. My first audio! So it’s all been crazy and exciting. I just hope people like it 🙂

1. When did you first begin writing?

The muse first bit me in elementary school where we became fast friends. Then as childhood friends often do, we drifted apart for several years. After my son was born in 2001, we reconnected, and I began writing toward publication in earnest in 2007.

2. Who are you inspirations?

Considering I write erotic stories, this is going to sound bad, but let me explain… my kids are my biggest inspiration. Not in that they inspire stories per se…that would be squicky, but they are both at an age where they embrace the worlds of their imagination and anything is possible. That is so freeing and wonderful. It’s something I strive to emulate in my working life.

3. Congratulations on the contract with Carina Press and Decadent Publishing. Can you tell us a little about your forthcoming titles?

I have several projects in the works but only one coming soon. My steampunk romance, Badlands, releases from Carina Press on February 28.

About Badlands: After a brutal Civil War, America is a land divided. As commander of her nation’s border guards, Ever is a warrior sworn to protect her country and her queen. When an airship attacks and kills the monarch, Ever must infiltrate enemy territory to bring home the heir to the throne, and the dirigible Dark Hawk is her fastest way to the Union.

Captain Spencer Pierce just wants to pay off the debt he owes on the Dark Hawk and make a life for himself trading across the border. When the queen’s assassination puts the shipping routes at risk, he finds himself Ever’s reluctant ally.

As they fly into danger, Ever and Spencer must battle not only the enemy but also their growing attraction. She refuses to place her heart before duty, and he has always put the needs of his ship and crew above his own desires. Once the princess is rescued, perhaps they can find love in the Badlands—if death doesn’t find them first…

4. As a romance author what ingredients do you feel makes a good romance novel?

First and foremost a believable love story. It doesn’t have to be roses and rainbows (I prefer they aren’t, in fact). I just want them believable, and for me that means the romance can’t be the whole story. Stuff needs to happen that pushes the hero and heroine together in order for me to believe. Sparks can fly on first meeting, but then what? Why do they keep winding up together? That’s the glue that keeps a story real for me–I need something more than just “Oh, he’s hot and a great kisser/great in bed/whatever.” It’s one reason people sometimes argue the romance label on what I write…because there’s too much other stuff. To me though, trimming down the other stuff to focus on just the romance makes the story much less believable and its harder for me to root for anyone to actually fall in love. So that’s it for me, love story between great characters within a bigger story that drives them together. (Oh, kissing is a big plus too…and sex–though it’s not as big a requirement. However, if there’s going to be non-closed-door/non-fade-to-black sex, I want it hot.)

5. Does a romance novel always have to have a happily ever after like fairy tales or are alternative endings being more accepted now?

I hope they are more accepted now because far too many of mine aren’t fairy tale endings. LOL. I’m an author from the cross-over camp. I was an urban fantasy fan prior to becoming a paranormal romance fan. Because of that, I don’t expect a happily ever after. I certainly want someone happy at the end, or at least “happy enough”. What I mean by that is a lot of my stories have really bad things happening during them (war, murder, etc) and I want to leave my main character at a place of “Okay, I have a grip on all this.” That doesn’t necessarily mean the romance plotline is complete, just that it’s at a point where the heroine has found a level of contentment (mainly true in series). Even Badlands isn’t a typical HEA, but anything more than how it ended wouldn’t have been true to the characters, and that (to me) trumps everything else.

6. Some of your writing is very erotic. As a former teacher would you allow your students to read your work?

LOL thankfully all my students are adults now, so why not? I taught high school (the youngest group was Class of 2004), so I’m fairly certain several of them read books like mine even when I was teaching, but if I ran into any of them on the street today and they asked what I was doing, I’d tell them. No question about it. I will say finding out my second grade teacher knew about my work was another story entirely. One that involved mild panic attacks.

7. Who are your favorite authors and what are you reading now?

My absolute favorite is Kelley Armstrong, hands down. I’m also a fan of Richelle Mead, Jacqueline Carey, Mark Henry, and many others. My favorite new author is Allison Pang. Anyone who likes UF/PNR cross-over stuff (and snark, must love snark) should read her book. Right now I’m on a bit of a YA kick. I’m in the middle of reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver and loving it.

8. If you had one wish for your writing career what would it be?

To have my readership grow with me. That would ultimately mean a lot of things, but before I was a writer I was a reader (still am). And I would love a really loyal fan base who encouraged their friends to try my stuff like I do for authors whose work I adore.

9. What advice would you give other aspiring writers?

Keep reading and keep writing. Be willing to experiment and try new things, even if it scares you. Grow a thick skin because hearing “no” stings, even if you don’t think it will. Embrace the revision process because if you want this as a career, you will have to revise (sometimes a lot). And with that in mind, find a good writing group, critique partner(s), and beta readers who aren’t afraid to kick your butt.

10. 2010 was a very good year for your writing career. What do you have planned for 2011?

I would really love to sign with an agent this year and get some of my work with a NYC publisher. Why aim low, right? Honestly, I have so many things in the works right now that my less ambitious goal is to have a minimum of four new contracts this year, with at least one a full-length.

11. A lot of the writing blogs are saying zombies are the next big thing? Do you think Vampires have run their course? How can one have a romance with a zombie? Flesh falling off during love making would be a real turn off as well as the smell? LOL

LOL I don’t think vampires have run their course (I hope not since I write vampires), but I do think people want other options and right now vamps are a major portion of the paranormal romance market. As for zombies…I have a tough time with them as love interests for the same reasons you mentioned. However, I can definitely see love blossoming in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The tension in a novel where your loved one is in danger of not just dying but dying and then turning on you? Super high. I can see that working fantastically.

12. Have you ever won any awards for your writing?

‘Twas a Dark and Delicious Christmas won Book of the Week at Long and Short Reviews last month. But other than that, not since elementary school. Then again, I haven’t entered any of my pieces anywhere either. So…it could be my own damn fault, huh?

13. Where can someone purchase your books?

Of Course I Try and The Ghost of Vampire Present can be purchased at www.decadentpublishing.com, ‘Twas a Dark and Delicious Christmas is in both print and ebook at www.evernightpublishing.com, and Badlands is at www.carinapress.com. In addition, all of them are available at Amazon, AllRomanceEbooks, Diesel-eBooks, and other online retailers.

14. How do you promote your books?

I am such a newbie at promotion. (Seriously, any advice from people in the know would be hugely appreciated.) I’m attending and signing at both the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention and Authors After Dark this year. I am all over the internet and try to interact with readers as much as I can on both Facebook and Twitter . I also participate in a couple group blogs Paraposse and Herebemagic . And lastly I participate in #FridayFlash on Twitter where I post a piece of flash fiction on my blog most weeks as free reads. In addition to all that, I jump into other opportunities as I find them, but like I said, promo is not my forte…at all.

15. What are you working on now?

I am (still) working on the first full-length novel for my Blood Kissed (vampire) series. In addition, I have another (sweeter) paranormal romance about half-written, a sci-fi (light BDSM) romance started, the follow-up to Badlands plotted, and notes for more stories than I can count littering my desk.

I want to thank Lexi for having me here and thank all of you for reading.

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British author, Lynne Morrison talks about her journey to publication of her new book ‘Where the crickets Sings’ #writing, #publication, #romance


 

British author Lynne Morrison hails from Bedford England near Cambridge, yes home of the famous university. This delightful mother and grandmother shared with me that before she had children she use to be a Can-Can Dancer. Isn’t that cool? While raising her family she also taught exercise dance classes. For her debut novel Lynn wrote about a topic she was familiar with, dance. Her novel Where the Crickets Sings is about two people, albeit a rock guitarist and a ballerina, who’ve been married for years and ,via an incident, realize that their values have changed and finally discover what’s important to them.  Ms. Morrison has promised me that when she visits America next year we will share a nice cuppa. I can’t wait, make mine Earl Grey, hot. 

Where the Crickets Sing will be published in December 2010, thanks to Lynne’s hard work and an art council grant. I  can’t wait to read Where the Crickets Sing until then  here is the back cover blurb:

“In a few months ex ballerina, Beth Cassidy will have been married to a rock guitarist and music producer for twenty eight years. Twenty eight years of riding the roller coaster that is, Danny Cassidy. Of course by now she knew all the signs. The long hours in the studio, the expensive little presents. Last week he suggested a Caribbean cruise for their anniversary, why, he hated the Caribbean and cruising even more. It could only mean one thing. His current blond must be under thirty and very pneumatically built. How many pneumatic blonde’s had there been in the last twenty years. Too many. Still at least she’d learnt one valuable lesson. Guilt in a husband can be a powerful tool in the hands of a wife if used properly.”

I have enjoyed getting to know Lynn Morrison I hope you will too.

1. When did you first begin writing?

I think I’ve always written. I’ve always loved books. I was an only child up to the age of 12 so reading and writing kept me amused and out of trouble. Growing up in Liverpool probably helps, the place is full of wonderful story tellers. Lets hope it’s catching.

2.   What inspires you to write ?

Lots of things. The way someone looks, an overheard sentence, a dream, or a daydream.

3. What are your writing habits?

Do you write a certain amount of pages per day? Do you write at a certain time of day? I like write first thing in the morning. I have Fibromyalgia so sleep can be a problem. I don’t set myself a word or page target. Some days I write, some days, I can’t.

4. Congratulation on the publication of your new book. Can you tell us a little about it?

Its called ‘Where the Cricket Sings’ The title came about when I found out that Danny, one of my main characters is very fond of WB Yeats. The story it self is about a marriage. This particular complicated marriage happens to be between an ex ballerina, Beth and a rock guitarist, Danny.

5. What lessons have you learned on your journey to publication that you can pass on to other aspiring authors?

Don’t give up.

6. Is your book going to be published traditionally or via and e-publisher?

A traditional publisher, via an arts council grant.

7. Do you think e-publishing will one day put brick and mortar bookstores out of business?

 No I don’t. I think e-books have their place, but there are still many readers out there, like myself, who like the look and feel of a real book.

8. Who are your favorite authors and what are you reading now?

I am a very eclectic reader. I have just finished “Ship of Rome” by John Stack. Brilliant! Before that I read “The Floating Brothel” by Sian Rees. It’s an incredible true story. And before that I re-read “Little Women”

9. If you had one wish for your writing career what would it be?

To have a modicum of success. I have no wish to be another JK Rowling.

10. Do you write full time or part time, and how do you balance your writing career with the rest of your life?

I write part time. My day is taken up, now that I’ve retired, with the usual housework, walking my Parsons Russell Terrier, cooking, knitting and seeing my children, and grandchildren.

11. What advice would you give other aspiring writers?

Tell a good story. Don’t copy, and please don’t follow the current fad. I’m sorry, but there are far too many ‘vampire’ stories out there.

12. Do you consider yourself a plotter or a pantster?

When I started to write ‘Where the Cricket Sings’ I had, or so I thought, planned it out from start to finish. But as I wrote my characters began to tell me different. For instance, I had no idea that Danny had been married once before, and no idea that he had aspirations of becoming a world class boxer.

13. Do you ever experience writers block and how do you over come it?

All the time. Some days no matter how you try, it isn’t there. When that happens I take my dog out for a long walk. It usually works.

13. How long did it take to write your book and find a publisher?

 Over all, with the many edits, about 2 years. And a further 3 years to get it published.

14.What was the most challenging part of writing ‘WHERE THE CRICKETS SING’ ?

Removing the bits that didn’t move the story along. You get to like the sound of your own voice, and carry on writing regardless. But in the end you have to be ruthless

15. What are you working on now?

A sequel to ‘Where the Cricket Sings’ and one other.

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About Lynn Morrison, taken from  her website. :

In the nineteen sixties with the Mersey Beat in full swing, everyone wanted to be Liverpudlian. Suddenly, we Scousers were sexy. They were great days. I worked in the city centre, on Church Street; a stone throw away from Matthew Street and the Cavern. Our favourite club was the Mardy Gras, on Brownlow hill. We went there most Saturday nights, after stopping for a drink in the Beehive pub opposite. I moved away from Liverpool in 1967 to be a dancer, with a company in London. Later, when I married, I moved to the Wirral. By the mid seventies I had two children, and we had moved to Formby.

Some years ago, I moved south again. I now live in Bedford with a good friend, and a Parsons Russell Terrier, called Stanley.

 

According to the www.urbandictionary.com :

Scousers are usually easy going, up for a laugh, and welcoming to outsiders, and usually possess a strong wit similar to that of the Irish, and Geordies, also loves a good party! 

Lexi’s note: Sounds like my kind of person! I’d like to thank Ms. Morrison for participating in this blog interview from across the pond. Thank God for the internet.

 

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