Saturday, August 30, 2014

Quick Fire Q&A with Author, Lawrence BoarerPitchford

  1. Coffee or tea?
I am predominantly a coffee drinker. I not only like the taste of a rich, darkly roasted ground coffee (decaf now a days for me), but it also holds an intrinsic emotional connection for me to my late father. When I smell that brewing coffee, it transports me back to my youth, when my father would brew a pot of coffee at 4am, and sit at the breakfast table with the newspaper. Often it would be raining outside; that sort of dreary inky blackness that contains a deluge of fat over-ripe droplets.   
  1. Which actor would you chose to play you in a movie about your life?
I'm fairly sure that there would be no movie about my life made. Having said that, if it did happen, I'd like to see Ed Norton play the older me. I think he could capture the conflicted, and tortured soul that dwells within my being quite well.
  1. Favorite food?
Potato chips! They're often oily, and over salted, but I love them nonetheless. Thin cut, or the thicker type served with some battered cod all rolled up in a newspaper. Mmm... delicious!  
  1. Where did you meet your best friend?
I have several friends who have been "best friends" over the years. Each has a quality that makes me think fondly of them. three I met when I was in grade school; then two in high school; and then two in community college; three while working; and lastly one that I call my wife, whom I in a chance meeting while strolling back to my desk at work after having filled my coffee cup with, you guessed it, coffee.     
  1. What historical figure would you like to switch places with for one day?
I have an avid interest in technology and science, thus I'd love to trade places with Nikola Tesla, if only to just get a glimpse of the un-recorded experiments he was working on, and/or had already made. To have that experience would be the crescendo of a lifetime.  

Lawrence BoarerPitchford, Author
The Lantern of Dern Blackhammer
In the World of Hyboria
Tales of Mad Cows and Brothels
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Intact (Book Review)

The Book NymphBook Review for ‘Intact’3.5/5.0

‘Unfortunately what was right and fair, mattered not at all to life.’
Intact is a futuristic story in which humans are clashing with droids/A.I.’s/robots, etc. From the very first chapter, you can feel the steam and lust and it is wonderful! The book starts off with a young married couple, Alexia & Miles, coming to realize they’re expecting a child in a world that is nearly at war. Alexia is 100% human, while Miles is more computer than not. As the storyline continues, not one but two more couples & their love stories take center stage. Both have uniquely different issues, yet are very similar. One is unsure how the other feels, causing an overload of insecurities, doubts and heart ache. Dex is head over heels in love with Rep, a nearly perfect specimen who is also his best friend. However, unable to read Rep in anyway, Dex often bites hit tongue to the point of drawing blood, to avoid getting hurt. Not only is he afraid of making a fool of himself, he’s afraid of losing Rep all together. Until of course he reaches his breaking point, and only when he’s ready to walk out the door & leave everyone behind, including the love of his life, does Rep then make his feeling known. He is also in love with Dex & always has been. Because of what Rep is, he can block out how he feels from the intelligence that surrounds (they can read all but your thoughts by checking & scanning your vitals, hormone levels, etc.) The second couple, who literally met while one was kidnapping the other, is Sim & Kiston. Before Sim kidnapped Kiston off of the street, he had been watching her closely under surveillance for months. Maybe that’s why he thought it was okay for him to snatch her off the street & tie her up to a chair. Kiston is a doctor who is extremely passionate about equal rights for bots/droids/A.I. for deeply personal reasons. She is also the key to figuring out who is behind viscous attacks on humans & droids alike, making her extremely important to Miles & his gang of misfits. She also has valid reasons to believe that the bots are not only real, but have feelings, just as humans do. Sim completely disagrees and feels since he’s closer to being a machine, his opinion takes precedence. But of course, the two butt heads, drive each other completely mad, leading them to fall insanely in love. At the end you put all the pieces together & solve a mystery you thought had already been solved.

Within the first few chapters, you get an overwhelming feeling that you’re missing something. Which, you are. Being that ‘Intact’ is a sequel, you’re missing an entire book. A challenging part of writing a sequel, is finding the balance between giving enough of a summary of what happened in the first book to catch readers up, but not overdoing it. You want new readers to be able to pick up the second book and have an idea of what happened previously in the story, but you don’t want to bore past readers, who already know. The author did little to no summation of the previous story, making it difficult to continue reading at times. You completely miss out on the background of Miles & Alexia’s love story, you don’t who most of the characters are, but most importantly the world building is missing. The idea of the story is fantastic, but unless you’ve read the first book, you’re more than likely to get lost easily and quickly. The love stories, of all of the couples are enjoyable to read. However, there could have been more build up for the main love story of Sim & Kiston. While in most of the book the two were playing cat & mouse, the relationship picked up too quickly. Yes, they mostly isolated, spending a lot of time around each other, but the quickness in which she gets over being kidnapped off the street, tied to a chair for a couple of hours (by not just him, but all of them) was a bit unrealistic. It would have taken more time to adjust to the situation. Her comfort with Sim felt a little rushed. Although I missed out on a lot of big details from the first book, the technology and world that the author created was very smart & intriguing. The end brought a final twist, accompanied with a small heartache, you wouldn’t expect. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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In the midst of a war between the humans of the mortal world, and the creatures of the Netherworld, Koa discovers the truth of her past. She finds herself torn between two men, and in the center of everything. Faced with all of her returned memories, Koa also finds herself more powerful than ever. Being a half-blood is hard enough, but what exactly is Koa's other half? 

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

An Interview with Author, Lawrence BoarerPitchford

Welcome, Lawrence. So could you please introduce yourself to our readers by telling them a little bit about yourself?
My name is huge – I mean really huge! So, I’ll not be cross with anyone who has trouble pronouncing my name, or even whose arm becomes too tired to write it all out. I’m Lawrence BoarerPitchford, a descendant form the town of Pitchford England near the border of Wales. I am the author of five novels, one of which is so cheeky that the Vatican warned that if anyone read it – they’d be not only excommunicated, but burned at the stake for heresy… oh, and having a good time… I am not just a single genre author, but I don’t write romance (though it might be a component of one of my books). I do write popular fiction. I’m driven to write whatever the muse commands me to write be it horror, high-fantasy, low-fantasy, historical fiction, or science fiction. I like to think of myself as eclectic, but those around me might argue with that. My novels are predominantly action adventure works that are male-centric. If one was to look into my history, they’d see quite a varied background; a underestimated underachiever; a late bloomer; a fool and his money; a lost cause; a hopeless romantic; an immature bastard; a fiend/rake/scoundrel; a dandy; and a delusional fop, could all be seen as a component of Lawrence BoarerPitchford. I’ve survived several events that rightfully should have served my death (maybe it did), but all these elements make up the author that you now see (or read) before you.

Why do you write?
Writing is my passion. Writing is the single thing in my life that fulfills me. For whatever reason I have stories to be told that form in my head, and if I don’t get them out, I feel terrible. Then, I get the stories onto paper and marvel at what creation can do. Don’t get me wrong – I’m no Mozart. My rough drafts are rough! Yet, the story that comes out of me is fun. I will read it over and say, “damn, that is a fun read,” and that makes me feel good. That good feeling, and I’m sure the release of massive amounts of dopamine and serotonin into my brain, reinforce that sense that writing is an inseparable part of my identity – even if I only do it for my own enjoyment.    

What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book I coauthored with my college roommate. He and I were, in those days, roguish, hard drinking, rakes who roamed about clubs, bars, and the Northern California Renaissance Faire (at Black Points Forest) with a giddy and almost childish lust for pleasure. We had another friend who’d join us (when he was able) and all three of us were like the Three Musketeers, although a bit darker in intent. One early Saturday morning, as me, my roommate, and our buddy were gathering our costume and wares for a trip to the Faire, my roommate came from his bedroom with a twenty page short story in his clutched fist. “Here it is!” he proclaimed. “Sit down you rotten bastards and be regaled!” He then proceeded to read to us a story titled “This is not a story about Mad Cows”, which he cheerfully titled because stories of mad cow disease was saturating all the media outlets. The story was about we three, as our Faire characters, traveling to the Queen Elizabeth I summer faire. The story was irreverent, brutal, and filled with battle, sex, and drinking the likes that any hero and rogue of antiquity would have blushed at. We cheered, and laughed, and admired this creative piece. The following weekend as we prepared for the faire again, I produced a ten page story, the same characters, and the same setting. My peers laughed their asses off. So it went for a few years, he’d write one, I’d write one, and before you could say Bob’s-yer-uncle, we had enough to compose into a novel of about one hundred thousand words. This event shined a light onto what I wanted to do with the rest of my live; write. Unfortunately, my course of study, and my subsequent career path were not in alignment, and so I’m a professional of a different discipline, but moonlighting as a novelist.         

What genre do you typically write?
I’m a fan of high-fantasy and low-fantasy fiction. I also am inspired by history. So, as far as published works, I’m a fantasy and historical fiction author, but I have short stories that consist of science fiction and horror.

Do you feel like you have a specific writing style?
People who read my works often say the same thing, and I’m paraphrasing, that they feel they’re actually living out the adventure; that they are actually there in the story. One might classify me as a “conversational writing style”, but I feel that my style is best described as “cinematic”. Often the body of my work is described by the reader as seeing the book play out like a movie in their head. I happen to like this because when I write it, it is playing out like a movie in my head.

How long does it usually take you to write a book?
To write the rough draft could take me six months to a year. To edit the work may take several years. I find that when I put a project down and come back to it later (sometimes many months later) I find lots of fat to trim, corrections to make, deletions, additions… you get the idea. This is not in anyway like it is represented in the movies, where we the audience sees the on-screen author typing on his/her typewriter, or keyboard, and they take the document and put it in an envelope and send it off to their agent who then mills it into a book (somehow magically I guess), and the author is a millionaire heading off to tour Europe for a few months. I actually don’t know any authors that enjoy that process. There is no fast path, and I’m no genius (or genus for that matter) when it comes to sentence structure, spelling, continuity, plot, or what sells. 

What do you do to conquer writer’s block?
This is a ticklish question actually. Writers block comes in three distinct forms for me. One, from exhaustion; two, from terrible depression; and three, from over-exposure to one project. When it’s exhaustion, I find that if I don’t do any writing and focus on some other creative outlet, it will pass pretty quickly. If it is from depression, it takes lots of time to work through the depression (why am I depressed, what is triggering it, what should I do to get past it…). Lastly, if it’s related to over-exposure one project, I switch up my projects by dusting off something I’ve not worked on in a while and work on it. Unfortunately there is not fast and easy answer. 

What can you tell us about your favorite character from your book?
I love all the characters that I’ve created, so it is hard to pick just one. Having said that, my favorite really is the young deposed nobleman from the original Tales of Mad Cows and Brothels (for free in ebook format on my web The anti-hero Leofirc contains a rich set of empathetic qualities. He’s orphaned because his uncle murders his father to seize his ancestral lands. He is the victim of a conspiracy to murder him. Leofric falls into rogue’s company after being assaulted and betrayed by people he trusted. He loses his moral compass. Leofric is carried upon the tides of fate to his ultimate destination – redemption, albeit not a squishy, hold hands, kind of redemption.   

Who is your favorite author and what is it about them that inspires you?
There are many outstanding authors out there today. Some of those very talented people are Indi-authors like me, and others are traditionally published authors. Having said that, my very favorite author is J.R.R. Tolkien. I am no Tolkien, nor do I particularly write in his style of high-fantasy, but his stories were creative catalysts for me as a youth. In the nineteen seventies I read The Hobbit. This book drove my imagination. Then I saw the animated rendition of the book, and further my imagination was given cause to stir. As a teen I read the Lord of the Rings series, which added more depth to the fantasy world of Middle Earth that was Tolkien’s genius. On the heels of my fantasy awakening with Tolkien’s works, I discovered the Dungeons and Dragons role playing game that added to the fuel that was my imagination. So, in short, the exposure to Tolkien’s works served to waken in me a sense of magic, goblins, epic war, and sword-and-sorcery, and all the elements therein.   

What book are you reading now?
I’m reading a work of fiction by Jeffery Johnston titled If Walls Could Talk. This is a departure from my usual fare of science fiction, fantasy, and historical works. This book is a compendium of short stories that are about the human condition, and inspiration. It is a very fine and interesting read that borders on the surreal of life.

What are your current projects?
I’m currently finishing the rough draft of one book and preparing for the edit of another. The first is book three of the In the World of Hyboria series of novellas. This work follows the adventures of Grimface the wizard and two Cimmerian barbarians, Benhargan and Bulvife, whom he employs to defeat lurking evil. This story is set in the world created by Robert E. Howard for his Conan stories. The work is low-fantasy and depicts the baser side of the human condition – prehistory. The second is a steampunk setting science fiction novella of some young adults who are plunged into the chaotic events of a war. The hero and heroine, and their friends are pursued across the continent of Augerland only to find refuge in a desert frontier town of Harrow’s Gate. Lucky for them, their technology of steam and fledgling electrical power pales in comparison to what relics were left by a mysterious peoples the locals call the desert ghosts.    

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I actually did. I was nearly finished when I decided the story was heading in a direction that I didn’t actually like, so I scraped five chapters and started anew. I think that most authors would say that there are things in their published works that they’d like to do over, or change, but I’m sure they know as I, it’s a fool’s errand to think of such things. Once it’s out there, best to let it lie and work on something else… unless it’s something egregious.

Can you share a little of your work with us?
 He could almost hear the words of Pil’tuk the goblin glass maker, “The lens will not scratch, and can take the impact of a god’s battle hammer!”
      “But, do you think the lantern will work?” he had said to Pil’tuk.
      “If the mad magician Valen of Del can produce us a Dark Star gem. But, only chaos magic is strong enough to do the trick, and we both know what that means; if he fails to condense the energy just right, we might all be blasted into ash.”
      Looking over his shoulder to the corner of the forge-room Dern could see the large black gem locked between wooden pincers. A shiver ran up his spine; the unnatural gem was the final touch, the power, the light, the quantillian dark gem with the power of a star. The magician had done his job all right, making something terrifying that did not belong on this world or any other, and for his trouble he was torn into atoms by the power of chaos. Poor bastard, Dern thought.
      He approached the gem. From the black surface the reflection of his own eye looked back at him. For a moment the blackness was all consuming, as if it was absorbing not only the light, but his thoughts as well. The eye in the reflection blinked, and he shook his head in surprise. Did he blink? He didn’t know. Looking at the surface again he seemed to be looking back at himself, looking into the gem, looking back at himself…his skin crawled and his hair stood on end. He looked away concentrating on the lantern to clear his mind, then he looked back at the wooden clamps.
      Carefully taking the gem, he carried it over to the lantern, opened the small door in the side and placed it within the rectangular chamber, angling the gem so the flat surface faced the lens. Closing the door he locked it tight. “Now to ignite the flame!” said Dern, a slight headache forming in his skull.
      He closed his eyes and envisioned the complex relationship between the geometry and the elements within, linking fields of force with the matter’s energy channels. As he opened his eyes a near blinding light dazzled him as a beam shot from the lantern onto the wall. The atoms of the wall vanished and a hole of pure blackness appeared. He secured the lens cap, careful not to expose himself to the light. Looking at the contraption he was startled by a sudden knock at the door.
      “Blackhammer, is it finished?” said a soft feminine voice.
      “Are you trying to cause my death!” he said. “I am as finished as this lantern. Let’s hope it works.”
      She opened the door and came into the room, the light of pure energy taking shape into womanly form. “The war is nearly won, and for all your sacrifices, you will be given rest and worship in the Netherworld,” she said.
      “You spiritual beings are all alike, bend us mortals to your will then we are forgotten.”
      “Not so,” she said. “We prize you mortals for the role you play in this universe. Besides, do you want to exist forever in this form?” She laughed and her laughter lifted his spirit with joy. Bending down she put her hands on either side of his coarsely bearded face making his skin crackle with static as she kissed him on the lips.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Research is a challenge. As I worked on a H.P. Lovecraft fan fiction tale of horror I realized that my main character, a nineteen twenties FBI agent, needed to live somewhere. I looked for an old map of Washington D.C. and found one after an exhausting search. When I was writing Thadius, a story that takes place during the late Roman Republic, I had to do extensive research so the locations, and items that I describe and use would seem appropriate and real to my reader. Research takes time, and while researching, the creative urge is building to the point of painful anticipation. 

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Do your homework. Write what you’re passionate about; the reader can tell. Use a professional editor if you don’t have the luxury of having a publisher who provides one. Be kind to your fellow authors and build a network. When asked to help, help! When done with your project, set it aside for a few months, then return to it and cut out the crap that you find. Take breaks – you don’t have to “on” all the time. Love someone, or something. Eat well, drink well, and seek the company of friends and colleagues. Ask for honest critique, and take that critiques seriously  - lend it weight – ask if the critique has merit – and if it does, change your work. Get beta readers, and be a beta reader. And, before you go to sleep at night say, “I hope that BoarerPitchford is not hiding under my bed!” 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If you’re reading this, you’re most likely an Indie-author, aspiring writer, avid reader, or deranged lunatic… well, I guess we authors are deranged lunatics anyway so that is redundant. Remember that we live in a small community. It is important that we of the Indie-world help each other out as much as possible. If you’d be so kind as to take my web site, the Amazon web address, Smashwords web address, and the Barnes and Nobel web address that point to my works and tweet, post, and email it out to your followers, it would help me out a great deal. Remember that we Indie-authors are on tight budgets, and the only way we can hope to compete with small press and large publishing houses is to act as a united group. Go to my web site and send me an email letting me know that you helped me out; I’ll be open to helping you out too. Like you, I have fantasies of leaving the day job and dedicating my full time attention to writing quality books. Perhaps together we can really make a dent in the industry. Thanks for taking the time to read my huge name and taking the time to visit with me today. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pick a Genre, Any Genre **Guest Post by Author, Lynda Cox**

Pick a Genre, Any Genre

So, I was asked a three-fold question, namely what’s my favorite genre, why I like to write in the genre and what I’d write if I couldn’t write in that genre.
This rather reminds me of a comment that was made to me while I was working on my master’s. Basically I was told I was wasting my talent being a genre romance writer. Talk about the hackles going up. I launched into a defense of the genre and my choice. Now, let’s be straight here—this isn’t an attack on what I write. I understand that, but the question brought to fore that statement and the defensiveness that came with it.
I’m a romance writer. I’m a genre romance writer. And, I’m damn proud of being a genre romance writer. I write romance because underneath this evil persona I’ve spent years creating beats the heart of a hopeless romantic. I am an absolute sucker for a good love story…the kind where against all odds, the romantic leads find true love and live happily ever after, or at least happily for now. I write western historical romance because I came of age with cowboys, the code of honor that was more than implied in their lifestyle, and I fell for the lure of the wide open spaces of the American West. The allure of those wide spaces, mountain vistas, sagebrush steppes, and pine forests hasn’t faded, either. I’ve attempt to live that code of honor those cowboys lived by—listen more than I say, respect others, take the full measure of a man and know I’m not that important until I can order someone else’s dog around. And my first love was a cowboy and very few of us ever forget that first love.
My earliest memories of bed time stories were the ones my grandfather read to me of Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table. As I grew up, it wasn’t a long stretch to see those brave, valiant, honorable men were the cowboys I idolized and watched on television through syndicated Westerns and most of the John Wayne Westerns. There is something comforting in knowing that code of honor still exists in some places.
And, as a genre romance writer, there is an unstated but understood contract between me and my reader. There are certain conventions that I have to keep. Oh, I can turn a few on their heads, but for the most part, those conventions are what define the genre. And, I like having predefined conventions to work with, because for the most part, I’m lazy.
Which is why, if I couldn’t write western historical romance, I know I could never write science fiction. I’m not into world building because I never learned how to walk on water. Fantasy might appeal to me if I didn’t have to world build, but I would very quickly be delving back into the romance genre—or at least it would have strong romantic overtones. I honestly can’t see myself writing anything else other than romance. And, if I couldn’t write romance because someone said I couldn’t, I still would—if only for myself.

Allison Webster dreams of having an adventure like the characters in the books she loves. But there is no romance in being pursued by a man who wants her dead for educating the children of former slaves. Unlike the heroines she reads about she doesn't have a trusty companion to rescue her...until she literally runs into A.J. Adams, a former Confederate cavalry officer. Now, she just has to convince A.J. he really is the honorable man and hero depicted in the dime novel she is reading. 

Branded a "traitor" for more than ten years, scarred by harsh treatment in an inhumane prisoner of war camp, A.J. Adams wants revenge. Allison Webster's arrival into his life provides the bait to destroy the men who murdered his wife and daughters and kidnapped his little brother. The men pursuing Allison are the very same men he has sworn to kill. Falling in love and admitting he might actually be a hero means surrendering his need for vengeance. Surrender is not part of A.J.'s battle strategy. 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An Interview with Author, Margo Bond Collins!

Meet our guest, Margo Bond Collins!

Where are you from?

I grew up in Stephenville, Texas—the only town in the country (at the time) where the local college offered a degree in rodeo! (It may still be the only place that offers a rodeo degree, for all I know; I just haven't checked lately.) I lived all over the country, but about five years ago, I moved back to Texas so my daughter could grow up near family.

Why do you write?
In some ways, I feel compelled to write. I've told stories for as long as I can remember, and virtually every job I've ever held (newspaper reporter, newsletter writer, college English professor) has had to do with writing. I love sharing the worlds and characters that spin and run around in my head. So first and foremost, I write for myself. I write to tell the stories I want to read. And I hope that others want to read them, too!

One of my favorite quotes about writing is from Neil Gaiman; every time I read it, I am reminded of yet another piece of a life of words:

"You write. That's the hard bit that nobody sees. You write on the good days and you write on the lousy days. Like a shark, you have to keep moving forward or you die. Writing may or may not be your salvation; it might or might not be your destiny. But that does not matter. What matters right now are the words, one after another. Find the next word. Write it down. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat." --Neil Gaiman

What inspired you to write your first book?
That depends on what you count as my "first" book. The first story I remember actually writing down was basically fan-fiction of The Wizard of Oz. I wrote it in long-hand in a yellow legal pad. I’ve been writing ever since. But about ten years ago, a friend suggested I join in National Novel Writing Month ( Until then, I had always written short stories. That year, I finished the first draft of what would eventually become Legally Undead—it was my third published novel, but it’s the first one I wrote.

What genre do you typically write?
I write contemporary romance and urban fantasy—and various combinations of those, so that sometimes they add up to things like "paranormal romance" or even "paranormal mystery."

Do you feel like you have a specific writing style?
Yes and no. I generally try to get out of the way of the story and keep the prose clean and straightforward. But of course that doesn't always happen. And I almost always end up with heroines who are at least a little sarcastic and heroes who want to take care of them (even if the heroines don't think they need anyone to do that).

How long does it usually take you to write a book?
I spend about six weeks writing the first draft. The revisions vary—sometimes it can take me just a few weeks to revise, but other times, it can take much longer. I'm currently revising a novel that I wrote six years ago, then put away. I pulled it back out about three months ago and have been wrestling it into shape ever since.

What do you do to conquer writer’s block?
When I get blocked, the first thing I do is switch to writing long-hand. For some reason, just changing the mode of writing can sometimes unblock me. If that doesn't work, I do something entirely different—go for a walk, do some yoga, take a shower, go grocery shopping. Sometimes I just need to let my subconscious work on the problem for a while!

What can you tell us about your favorite character from your book?
When gift-shop owner Kylie Andrews was dumped at the altar, she took her Mexican Caribbean honeymoon alone—and when a handsome stranger offered to take her mind off her problems, she was happy to spend a week with him. But when she got off her plane in Texas and saw her picture in a tabloid, she realized that she had been with rising country star Cole Grayson. Now Cole is in town for a concert and determined to win her back—but she’s just as determined to keep him at arms’ length. The child of a former rodeo star, she doesn’t want to end up in the spotlight—and as a musician, that’s right where Cole wants to be.

What actor or actress would you like to see play your character in the movie adaptation
I think I'd like Hayden Panettiere to play Kylie—she's got that sweetness to her, but can also play tough if necessary.

And for Cole, I would love to see Josh Holloway, because he's got that fabulous grin (those dimples!) and an underlying playfulness that Cole needs to charm Kylie into giving him another chance.

Who is your favorite author and what is it about them that inspires you?
There are too many to list! I tend to have lists of favorite authors according to genre and to time period. But at the moment, here are a few: I love books by Elizabeth Hoyt, Amanda Quick, Jade Lee, Kathy Lyons, Richelle Mead, Rachel Vincent, Neil Gaiman, Lois McMaster Bujold, Faith Hunter, Stephen Graham Jones, Ilona Andrews, Carrie Vaughn, Holly Black, Janny Wurts, Jennifer Estep, Rachel Caine, Patricia Briggs, Janet Evanovich . . . and those are just the ones who come to mind immediately!

What book are you reading now?

I always have several books going. I just got back from the RWA conference, where I picked up huge piles of books! I just finished reading Linda Bond's romantic suspense novel Live at 5, and loved it. I realized at RWA that although she's been on my TBR list for years, I've never read Nalini Singh's work (and I feel bad about that!). So that's where I'm starting. And from there, I plan to go on a romance-reading spree!

What are your current projects?

When I began writing, everyone said "write the first novel of a series, but hold off on writing the second until you know what will get published." I took that advice, and then a whole pile of books were accepted at once, so now I have a crazy sequel-writing year coming up!

I have a new urban fantasy release coming out in the fall, entitled Sanguinary, and it's the last of the "first books" I wrote.

I am currently working on the sequel to Taming the Country Star, tentatively entitled Opposing the Cowboy. There will be two more books in that series, as well. I am also working on sequels to Legally Undead, Waking Up Dead, and Fairy, Texas.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No! I think that Taming the Country Star is a great kickoff to the Hometown Heroes series!

Can you share a little of your work with us?

Taming the Country Star by Margo Bond Collins
He'll do anything to win her heart. She'll do anything to keep him away.
Country star Cole Grayson is in town, and Kylie Andrews is less than thrilled. As if months of changing the radio station and tearing down his posters weren’t bad enough, now she has to deal with a town of fans swarming toward the man who deceived her the year before. But when Kylie’s eyes meet Cole’s again, she can’t deny the electric chemistry that drew her to him the first time around.
Cole Grayson is on a mission. Ever since Kylie left him, he hasn’t been able to forget her sweet country smile. After writing a song just for her, he sets off for her hometown to prove he’s not the player she thinks he is. But as much as Cole can’t forget her, Kylie wonders if she can forgive him…

            Kylie Andrews’s Texas-themed gift shop, Cowbelles, sat on the very outer edge of Fort Worth’s Stockyards District, not far from Jimmy’s Honky Tonk. And much to her dismay, no matter how often she cleared it, the wall adjacent to her store remained covered with announcements for local events.
Like, for example, concerts.
She stared at the latest layer of advertisements.
From the topmost poster, Cole Grayson stared out at her, leaning against the edge of an old barn door, guitar at his feet. One booted foot was kicked up against the wooden wall behind him. His dark-blond hair curled around behind one ear and fell down across his eye on the other side. A cowboy hat rested on the ground next to the guitar.
Her hand drifted up toward the image, hovering several inches from the picture of his face. She glanced around. None of the other shopkeepers were outside. No one was watching.
“Bastard,” she whispered to herself, and ripped the poster off the wall.
At least, she tried to. It was thicker than she had expected, attached more firmly, and it resisted her pull.
Chewing on her lip, she took another look around, dropped her bag to the ground, and reached up to grasp the edge with both fists, jerking at it in opposite directions. A tiny tear opened up along the side, and she yanked harder. Finally, the poster ripped—right across Cole Grayson’s lying eyes.
She tugged at the image some more, glancing around surreptitiously every few moments and dropping ragged pieces of paper on the ground at her feet, until there was nothing left on the wall but a few fluttering strips.
Gathering the mutilated shreds together, she opened her bag and shoved them inside until they overflowed, bright ribbons of color in the morning light.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I get stuck, like everyone. I hit writer’s block sometimes. But I loathe editing and revising. I know it must be done, but I hate it with a fiery passion.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

The very best advice I ever got was just this: keep writing new things. Always have a work in progress. Finish writing a piece, do a quick edit, and submit it somewhere for publication. Then move on to the next project. Don’t wait to hear back—that way lies madness! If it’s rejected (and often it will be; that’s the nature of writing for publication), don’t let it get you down. Just send it out again and go back to your work in progress.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I would love to hear from you!  I have a monthly newsletter, and I love interacting with readers—plus, I'm always giving away fun book-related stuff. So sign up or come find me on social media and let's talk books! :)

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About the Author

Margo Bond Collins is the author of contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and paranormal mysteries. She has published a number of novels, including Taming the Country Star, Legally Undead, Waking Up Dead, and Fairy, Texas. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them.

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