Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Interview with the M.J. Schiller, the author of the "ROCKING ROMANCE COLLECTION"

Today I am delighted to welcome M. J. Schiller on my Blog for a very enchanting interview. M. J. Schiller is the author of the popular "Rocking Romance Collection" 

MJ is a lunch lady in the heart of Central Illinois. My gosh, can you get more folksy than that? She met her husband at the University of Missouri-Columbia and now she has an eighteen-year-old (how did that happen?) and sixteen year old triplets! She loves to read, karaoke (where she can pretend she is a rock star) and spends WAY too much time on Facebook. She grew up in St. Louis and still has family there.

Welcome M. J. ! I am so happy to have you on my blog today.

Hi Lilian, I am very happy to be here. 

Please tell us a little about your current release "Between Rock and a Hard Place"

Glad to! ;) BETWEEN ROCK AND A HARD PLACE begins when Detective Heath “Hawk” McGowan is called to the penthouse of rock star Jasmine Barrett. Jasmine, or Jazz, as her fans call her, has discovered her best friend’s body slain in her own bed. As the killer continues to bring her dead bodies like a cat bringing its owner mice, Jazz’s terror sends her into the arms of Heath. But there are so many reasons why they shouldn’t be together. Heath actually lists them at one point—shortly before he gives in and kisses her.

Can you give us an Excerpt of your new book? 

Heath walked down the hall with a long, drawn-out sigh. He entered the bedroom, closing the door and leaning on it for a second. He threw his things on the bed and sat down on the end and ran a hand over his face. Then with a huge, exasperated exhale he threw himself backward so he was lying on the bed staring up at the ceiling. He crossed his hands behind his head to form a pillow.
There were so many reasons why he should not become involved with Jasmine Barrett. A. I am the lead detective investigating the murder of her best friend. Very unprofessional, unprincipled, not to mention, unethical. B. She’s very vulnerable right now. She said so herself, her feelings are all over the place. I can’t take advantage of that. C. We lead very different lives. She’s a rock star. I’m a cop. It would never work out. D. There’s Jack to consider. He couldn’t bring someone new into his life without a lot of forethought. E. I’m in the middle of an investigation. He couldn’t let those bottomless sea-green eyes, which seemed to cry out every time he gazed into them, distract him. Or her body, molded by the gods…or her legs, which were…geez…a living sin…or any other part of her…her siren’s voice…curvy hips…her… All these things were bad and wrong and he was a professional. All, very bad. Very, very bad. He squeezed his eyes shut. This was never going to work.

Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?

I’ve been fortunate enough to have gobs of people help me, and many mentors along the way! Where to start? A friend who found out I was writing told me about an essay contest on author Laurie Larsen’s website. I entered and was fortunate enough to be one of the winners. Laurie then told me about Romance Writers of America and invited me to a meeting. With the help of the very talented authors there I became published with Crimson Romance. Through Crimson I met a slew of authors who give me advice and encouragement, and not just about writing. They also help me by promoting my books and even purchasing them. Then a friend invited me to join a group called Tweets For Romance Authors. That’s where I met you, Lilian and you graciously helped me by letting me be here today on your blog.

Who is your favorite author?

Wow, that’s a big question! There are so many great ones! If you’re talking classics, I love Charles Dickens and F.Scott Fitzgerald. More recently, Nora Roberts (of course), Kristin Hannah, and the romantic suspense author, R.T. Wolfe. She’s awesome!

Where do you research for your books?

All I can say is thank heavens we don’t need the card catalog anymore! I do most of my research online, but I also feel like living life is research itself. I store information as I go along. If we go on vacation, I may use that location later, so I pick up brochures and take notes.

How do you describe your writing style?

Gosh, that’s a hard one! I think there are certain things you will always see in my work—humor, drama, action. I like including family relationships and kids, too. I try to add the odd detail that makes things seem more real, like the hero of my latest romance, BETWEEN ROCK AND A HARD PLACE, is susceptible to cold headaches (or you may call them brain freezes). This is based on my husband. He rarely can eat something cold without going into some exaggerated fit, claiming steel rods are being jammed into his cranium!

What do you think makes a good story?

The happily ever after, and the going through heck to get there. I love characters that are broken but are healed through one another.

Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?

Yes, I have a real fancy one. My name is Mary Jean Schiller but I go by M.J. Schiller. I’ve just always thought M.J. sounded cooler!

What are you passionate about these days?

Well I’m always very passionate about my writing, trying to learn more about it and become stronger at it. Besides that I’m an advocate for our men and women in military uniform, teachers, children, and animals. I’m also passionate about music, thus my ROCKING ROMANCE COLLECTION.

don’t watch much TV, but when I do I like to watch with my kids and we love Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time, Dr. Who, and Vampire Diaries.

Are the names of the characters in your novels important?  How and why?

I think names evoke a feeling. I just have to hope that the feeling my reader has is mutual. I work as a lunch lady and a while back my coworkers and I brainstormed about sexy guy names, and then drew up a list of girl names as well. I still use that list!

Thank you so much for having me today, Lilian, and allowing me to tell your readers a little bit about me and BETWEEN ROCK AND A HARD PLACE.


How can people find you ?

You can find M.J.at:

BN and Amazon.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Today I am delighted to welcome Charles James to my blog for an interview. Charles is the author of a captivating book “The Tarnished Shooter” The book was published November 2013

How did you start your writing career?

I started my writing career while traveling, working and living in my 40 foot motor home. I needed something creative to do and I always wanted to write a book about the many adventures I’d had.

Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?

I got a bit of help with some of the grammatical issues. But otherwise nobody helped, influenced or mentored me in any way.

Who is your favorite author?

I’d have to say, Ann Rule, she tells a story the way I like to read them. She moves along and doesn’t bog the reader down with useless descriptions or details.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Reliving the experiences. The book was very emotionally intense for me because writing the story brought out and revealed many of the old memories that were hard to face about myself.

Tell us a little about your book

It is about a character named Frank Henry Barker. I wanted to develop a story about a complex person and the many troubles associated with being the oldest son in a dysfunctional family. Frank wants to fit in with others, but he has such a keen sense of intuition and deep thinking he finds he’d rather keep his own company. He grows angry because of the abuse he suffers at his father’s hand.  Frank wants to grow up and be someone special only to be kept in his place by relatives and peers. His life is anything but ordinary as he navigates a world he feels wants to persecute him for even the smallest infraction of the rules.
In the end Frank pulled himself up by the bootstraps and made something out of his troubled life.

What is one of the most inspiring things that you learned while writing your book?

I actually thought about writing a book when I was eleven or twelve, but dismissed it because I did so terribly in school. I re-evaluated my thinking when I got older and decided to accomplish something that most would never attempt. Writing my 300 page novel took three years of hard work with no pay. I figured early on that a life wasn’t worth living if one couldn’t write a book about it.

What do you think makes a good story?

A good story takes the reader places he or she wouldn’t ordinarily go— it also gives something in return for the efforts of staying with the story. That something may be in the beginning the middle or the end, but the reader will keep turning pages until the answer is found. A good writer can keep the reader looking for those answers and interested until the end. And that to me is what makes a good story. I think many look for themselves in some of the books they read. I have always been interested in psychology, so a good story to me would be a well written psychological thriller.

What was the scariest moment in your life?

I have had many scary, life threatening incidents. I was in numerous car accidents and had many violent threats made on my life. But the scariest one was when a man came into my room in the middle of the night with a club and tried to kill me for revenge.

What book are you reading now?

The Art of Seduction, by: Robert Greene.

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

Like many kids, I wanted to be a whole lot of things. I wanted to be a movie star and I wanted to be an architect or a structural engineer. Most of all, I wanted to be rich. We were very poor and I had to start working at the age of twelve. I always had my mind’s eye on acquiring wealth that went along with the good life. I hoped luck would find a path to my door so all my dreams would come true.

What are you passionate about these days?

Writing and art. I did a few acrylic and watercolor paintings and found the freedom of a brush and paint to be enjoyable. I could also say I have a passion to build things. I am an award winning woodworker and love to craft fine furniture incorporating stained and leaded glass into the piece. 

If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be? And why?

I would have to say my siblings. I should have been a better example and a stronger leader.

What makes you happy?

Dinner, drinks and conversation with good friends.

Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?

Most think I am a bit of both because I can be quiet; or I can be the life of the party.

Do you have an author Facebook? Are you on twitter? If so provide the links for the readers to be able to find your book.

I am on Facebook 
and Twitter  https://twitter.com/TarnishShooter

Charles James weaves a story that will leave you shocked to the core with “The Tarnished Shooter.” The story begins in 1971. Frank Henry Barker is a troubled young man left in emotional turmoil after years of his father’s abuse. He joins the marines after getting into more trouble than he can handle—just to escape a probation officer desperate to send him to a reformatory. 
This harrowing true-to-life story will have you reeling with the punches as we follow Frank as he battles the demons that haunt him. His anger and rage only compound the problems he has with relationships and society. This book will reveal the thoughts and actions of a person who has been brought up with violence and trained to solve disputes with his fists. 
“The Tarnished Shooter” is a compelling five star story of adversity, adventure and the consequences of choices one makes, is based on actual events. This is a story you won’t forget for a long, long time… 


Monday, November 11, 2013

Booktrope is releasing a chick lit/new adult novel, BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS, on November 11, 2013.

Booktrope is releasing a chick lit/new adult novel, BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS, on November 11, 2013. Coincidentally, the book that was 11 years in the making is being published on 11/11. Bestselling author and movie/TV star Alex Cord says, "Great work and I hope the book does well." So do we, Mr. Cord. 

About Between Boyfriends
At first glance, twenty-one-year-old Jan Weston has it all: a gorgeous boyfriend, fun friends, and wealthy parents who take care of all those pesky credit card bills.

Then her boyfriend dumps her, her friendships fall apart, and her parents cut her off. Suddenly without money, without a man, and without a plan, it's time for Jan to grow up.

Determined to get her life back on track, Jan decides it's time to make it on her own. Can she find her way as a single lady in San Diego? Can she fix her friendships, her job prospects, and her hair? And can she keep her vow that she'll never date again, even after she meets a guy who just might be perfect for her?BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS is a sexy, hilarious story of living life, finding love, and growing up... but not necessarily in that order.

Praise for Between Boyfriends

"This book is the ultimate chick-lit read--a light-hearted romp focused on the travails of Jan, a college student dumped by her boyfriend, an SDSU student. The moment proves an epiphany, as Jan resolves to stop dating and find fulfillment as a single woman." - East County Magazine
Between Boyfriends "presents a unique twist on the chick lit genre." - Hollywood & Vine magazine

"Over the course of the book, Jan, who is in her early 20s, begins to grow as a person and even strikes up a true friendship with a man, a first for her." - Rancho Santa Fe Review

"Cut off by parents? Not got a boyfriend? That's the formula for a chick lit hit." - Indie Author Land

"The book teaches both subtle and obvious lessons about friendship, relationships, responsibility and decision making." - The Masquerade Crew

"Between Boyfriends is a delicious slice of chick-lit! Snappy dialogue sets this story apart from the pack as it follows a young woman who, financially cut off by her parents when she fails to attend school, learns that life is more than her Amex card, and reunites with a mother who has endured her own brand of pain." - Jan Moran, bestselling author

"BETWEEN BOYFRIENDS is a great read. It's got everything you'd expect in a chick-lit book: good friends, fun, and a little romance, but the thing Sarka-Jonae adds to this story is a journey." - Caroline Fardig, bestselling author

Buy Links:
Between Boyfriends will also be available in print and as ebooks for Kobo, Sony, and Apple iBooks. 

About Sárka-Jonae
Sárka-Jonae is a novelist, publicist, and journalist, among other “ists” there aren’t room for. Her novel writing career began with Between Boyfriends, an edgy chick-lit book for women who’ve been ”between boyfriends”, which is much cooler than being single.
SJ is a graduate of Syracuse University. Before writing full-time, she was a personal trainer and massage therapist, helping people tone up, slim down, and chill out. In her free time, Sárka-Jonae loves to dance in flash mobs, in music videos, on speakers, or at home in her underwear. She practices kung fu and yoga, was briefly a Buddhist nun, and travels extensively for ”research”. She’s a huge animal lover and has been vegan since 1999. She’s committed to respectfully unveiling the truth about the horrific way factory farms abuse animals. SJ lives in San Diego with two cats and two dogs.

Social Media Links: 

Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/between-boyfriends-sarka-jonae-miller/1106966541?ean=2940149010684Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12808569-between-boyfriendsLink to the Apple iBooks version coming soon.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Spotlight for the # 1 bestselling author Anger Sefer "Spellbound in his arms"

A wonderful write up on the Greek Newspaper about Angel Sefer's new novel "Spellbound in his arms"
Spellbinding Novel by Athens Native on 3 Best Seller Lists 
Angel Sefer
A mansion full of secrets...
From the moment investigative reporter Jackie Alexander steps foot inside the mansion dominating the Demiris estate on the beautiful Greek island of Corfu, her suspicions are on high alert. This is no ordinary assignment... The life of her beloved cousin, Aphrodite, is in grave danger, as the heirs to the incredible fortune of Greek tycoon Andreas Demiris die one after the other, under mysterious circumstances...

A man with secrets of his own...
The only person who can help Jackie is Michael Apostolou, former Special Forces Officer and one of the finest detectives on the Athens police force. Soon enough though, Jackie realizes, that despite her simmering desire for him, she can't really trust him, as the seductive detective seems to be investigating those mysterious deaths for reasons of his own...

Trusting the wrong person can be deadly...
Jackie and Michael are forced to work together, but the suspicions and unanswered questions are devouring them, just like their rising passion for each other. In games like this, the stakes are high and the players are ruthless... When Jackie is kidnapped by the most dangerous player of all, time is running out, as Michael is forced to choose between jeopardizing his mission and personal quest for justice, or the life of the gorgeous intruder of his heart...

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Last MacKlenna
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When Meredith Montgomery, marathoner and president of Montgomery Winery, discovers she might be facing breast cancer, she takes refuge in a working holiday in Scotland to plan her winery’s 160th anniversary gala. At the party she’ll introduce a new chardonnay, her legacy wine “Cailean.” This is a risky venture and a gamble she can’t afford to lose. While in Edinburgh, she meets Elliott Fraser, an irresistible and irascible Highlander.
Elliott is CEO of MacKlenna Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. He manages the farm with a firm grip, but he can’t control the demons from his past wreaking havoc with his health. When his multi-million-dollar Thoroughbred is murdered, he believes an old nemesis is out to destroy him and the farm. It’s the worst possible time to meet a woman who loves Scotland, horses, and a wee half when she’s thirsty—a woman he thought didn’t exist.
A crisis tears them apart within days of meeting, but their passion refuses to be quieted, setting off an explosive chain of events that threaten their hopes for the future. There are few things more devastating than a broken heart, but one careless moment is about to confront them with a life or death decision that could destroy the MacKlenna family legacy forever.
A sequel to “The Ruby Brooch,” this sensuous romantic love story comes complete with a strong cast of memorable, colorful, and entertaining characters woven into a mature romance that fearlessly explores cancer and psychological damage in an understated and realistic way.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Interview with the Bestselling author Caroline Fardig, author of the amazing book "It's Just a Little Crush

Today I’m pleased to welcome a Bestselling author Caroline Fardig, author of the wonderful book, It’s Just a Little Crush

It's Just a Little Crush (A Lizzie Hart Mystery)
Let’s welcome Caroline to share her thoughts about her book and writing career.

How did you start your writing career?

I just decided one day that I would sit down and write a book!  I had an idea for a plot bouncing around in my head, and figured, why not?  So, I sat down and wrote my first novel.

Where do you research for your books?

I mainly do Internet research, but I’ve pulled a lot of experiences from my own life.  I ask family and friends for help on subjects they’ve had experience in also.

Tell us a little about your book. Who is your favorite character and why?

Here’s my book blurb:

The sleepy town of Liberty hasn’t seen murder in…well…ever. Residents are stunned when the body of a young woman is found strangled, and reporters at the Liberty Chronicle are thrilled, rather disturbingly, over the biggest news story to hit town this century. 

Lizzie Hart has even bigger problems. Lately, she can’t seem to concentrate on her job as copy editor at the Chronicle with the new hunky investigative reporter, Blake Morgan, swaggering around the office. How can a girl work when she’s using all of her energy combating Blake-induced hot flashes and struggling to repress the giggly inner schoolgirl that’s constantly rearing her dorky head? It’s a good thing that Blake barely knows Lizzie exists. 

After an odd string of events, however, Lizzie begins to wonder if Blake is really as fabulous as she has fantasized. When Lizzie and Blake find a co-worker dead, Blake’s personality changes completely—and not in a good way. Even though the police rule the death as an accident, Lizzie immediately suspects foul play and senses a connection to the recent murder. She is determined to bring the killer to justice, but is having some trouble getting her Nancy Drew on thanks to the pesky stalker she’s picked up—Blake Morgan. Wait, didn’t she want him to follow her around and pay attention to her? Not like this. Blake has turned from cool and smooth to cold and downright scary, making Lizzie wonder if he should be next on her suspect list.

As for my favorite character—it’s definitely Lizzie.  She’s fun and sassy!

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

It’s fun and funny, and a great escape!

How do you react to a bad review of your book?

I try not to get my feelings hurt, but I’m only human, right?  Mainly what I look for is the reason that the person gave a bad review.  On the ones where they read the first few pages and didn’t like it, I just write those off.  And if the review is bad because of differences in personal preference, I write those off as well—not everyone is going to like every book they read.  I don’t.
What books have most influenced your life?

I’m not a person who looks for books with a moral, or ones that make you have a new outlook on your life.  I read purely for fun, and I don’t like any of my books to get too serious.  So, except for the Bible, I wouldn’t say that my life has been influenced much by any particular book.

Who is your favorite author?

I love Kristan Higgins.  I’m reading her latest book right now.  She writes chick-lit romances, which are all fun and funny.
Tell us what you are working on now?

Right now, I’m working on a chick-lit book that’s not a part of my usual series.  I’m so used to writing mysteries, it’s difficult for me to not have to hide several of the characters’ true natures.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Marketing them!  I could sit and write day in and day out, and that would be fun.  However, if you don’t do any marketing, you won’t get them out in front of people, so it’s a necessary evil.
Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?

Yes, I do, and I love hearing from people.  They mainly ask when the second book in my Lizzie Hart Mysteries series will come out, because I put a pretty good teaser at the end of It’s Just a Little Crush.
What do you do to unwind and relax?

I like to throw parties, watch movies, and hang out with my husband and kids.

Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.

Crazy, frustrating, wonderful.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I almost took a totally different career path last year—I had a deposit down on buying a restaurant, but long story short, it just wasn’t meant to be.  I wanted something to fill my time, so I decided to get my book out there and see what happened.  I’m so happy that things worked out the way they did!

Do you have a favorite quote, or saying? What is it?

I love the quote “It’ll cost nothing to dream and everything not to.”  It’s on a big canvas (by Rodney White) right in front of my desk where I write.