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Spotlight: Author August MacGregor

August is a an author of one of my favorite genres…the erotic fiction. I’ve taken it upon myself to peek into his crafted world and I have to say, I love it.

He graciously sat down to answer my 10 silly questions, allowing us to see more into his life and process. He’s a good natured guy and, well, come on, he humored me…:D  . On with the show!

1. What is your writing process?
I plunk down at my laptop and write. I’m not an outliner, but a “pantser” — as I’ve read is the label for those who write by the seat of their pants. I have lots of projects in the works, so I try to focus on the one that I want to finish first. But sometimes, other stories pull me away. Usually, I have a story that I’m editing and another that I’m writing. Since I’m not wild about editing, this works better for me to break it up. But editing is certainly a big part of putting a story together, as I find lots of mistakes in my first drafts.

2. What do you read for pleasure?
Authors such as Stephen King and Donald E. Westlake. Their writing is really accessible — not dense and hard to understand. And they are great at crafting a story that pulls you along, making you want to find out what happens next.

3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
With blogging, it’s making connections. Having someone read my work and make a connection with it. Same with me reading someone else’s work and connecting with that. With writing, it’s the joy of telling a story. To me, writing is a rush, and it often clicks with me — where I fall into the story and have a wonderful time. That rush is also like a drug that I love getting back to. It’s an addiction. My goal is to make enough from my ebooks to quit my day job, so I can feed that writing addiction and produce more stories.

4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m just a guy who loves to read books and write stories. If you saw me walking on the sidewalk, I’d blend in with everyone else — there’s just nothing that remarkable about me. I’m an introvert, an observer of people, a lover of good conversation. I hold family and friends close to my heart and will bend over backwards for them.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
A strength is that I’m a hard worker. Early on (many years ago), I wrote when inspiration hit me — which was sporadic. I talked about loving writing more than I actually sat down and wrote. Then I learned from the advice of others that you need to write regularly. Make it a routine, like going to the gym. Now I write my butt off, and I’m writing more than I’ve ever done before. A weakness is keeping focused. I have so many ideas, that I tend to jump from one story or poem to another. I have many drafts in various stages of completion that I need to get back to and just finish the suckers.

6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
Not really. I don’t light candles to the gods of writing, or anything like that. Might be a good thing for me to start doing, though — it might improve sales 🙂

7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
Marketing. I love writing, but trying to sell my stories feels cheap. When I tweet about a book, I feel like I’m saying, “Hey everybody, look at this! It’s really great! Promise!” And then tweeting many times a day. I’ve read on several authors’ blogs that this brings them sales, but it hasn’t done wonders for my sales. As cheap as it feels, I know the reality of self publishing is that you have to promote yourself. It’s a business, and not just crafting stories. If you don’t promote yourself, how are people going to discover your books? You certainly can’t just rely on luck and other people spreading the word about you. But a nice thing about social media is when you meet other indie authors out there. I’ve found a supportive community on Twitter — many people retweet my posts, and I retweet theirs.

8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
This is probably going to sound lame, but my wife makes our bed in the morning.

9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Islands in the South Pacific. Those beautiful beaches, lush plants, the gorgeous water. Ahhhh….

10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Werewolves. They appeal to me because they speak of a wildness inside of us that probably only comes out when we’re drunk — or for some other reason we let our guard down.

Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
Not at all prepared. I don’t own a gun. And I don’t think I’ll be able to bring down a lot of zombies with just my axe.

I am currently immersed in Augusts ‘Orpheus Rising‘ and am so not disappointed. If you are a fan of the erotic genre, this is an author you certainly want on your shelves! Click the pics to be taken directly to Amazon!

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Orpheus Rising: Erotic Stories of Hooking Up is a collection of six short stories that explore the hot moments when two people—strangers or friends—hook up to become lovers. These erotic stories cover a range of characters and settings.

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Bavarian Beauty. Simon Edwards has a fetish for dirndls (the traditional Bavarian dress) — and since he is only turned on by this specific dress, he endures many disappointing dates with non-dirndl wearing women as he seeks someone he clicks with. These disappointments lead him to fly to Munich during Oktoberfest to immerse himself in dirndl heaven. He then must ask himself how far he’s willing to go to deliver on someone else’s fantasy.

You can also follow August on his website and twitter @AugustMacGregor! GO! NOW!


Spotlight: Author Heidi Angell

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Author Heidi Angell

Heidi comes to us from the land of Google+. Well, that’s where I met her and drew her into my dark embrace. ~laughs maniacally~

She graces me with patience and answers my 10 lovely questions!

10 Questions, Zoe style…
1. What is your writing process?

My writing process is different for every book, lending to the telling of that specific story. That being said, I usually have at least a good outline in my mind before starting. to write the actual scenes. I am a very linear thinker and will than write from beginning to end, weaving the ideas in my head onto the page.
2. What do you read for pleasure?

I am a very eclectic reader, though I tend to gravitate to sci-fi and fantasy. I also enjoy anthropological and historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers. Really for me the genre is not as relevant as the individual story.
3. What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

Exploration. Exploration of the human condition, new worlds, alternate realities and how those things affect the way people would react.
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was a geek before geek was chic. I have a fascination with the weird and unique. I am an entertainment junkie who also loves hiking and spending time with my husband and two boys.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?

I always struggle to find time! Balance is a huge struggle for me. If I had my way I would write morning noon and night, but there is so much more to being an author and I am still working to find the balances. My greatest strength (and weakness) is that when I sit down to write I get completely involved and the real world melts away.
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?

I am a “bulk” writer. I tried and tried to follow the advice of making time to write every day, but then the house didn’t get cleaned and dinner didn’t get made. As part of my effort for balance, I dedicate huge blocks on the weekend to writing and spend the “little time” during the week to marketing, promoting, editing and those things that don’t wholly absorb my focus and leave my crew wondering if I will ever come out of the woodwork to feed them!
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?

hmm…. This is hard, because I love it all. I think that is why I have chosen to self-publish. I did hate submitting to agents and publishers so I stopped doing that. I guess my least favorite (and mind you, I do enjoy a lot of it) is marketing. The hardest thing is feeling like an attention seeker. I was never the type to want to draw attention to myself. Finding a creative way to market without feeling like I was just screaming “Pick me, pick me!!” has been an interesting challenge.
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

Before I got married and had kids, I made an effort. In the last 12 years that has ended. Ironically, I do make my bed before going to bed each night.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Just one…. hmm… Ireland
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?

All! Wait, being one or killing them?
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?

This is a game we play in my house. When my boys were little and wouldn’t listen I would say. “If you did that in the Zombie Apocalypse, we would all be dead!” Some people thought that was messed up, but my kids had no clue what zombies were. As they’ve gotten older, they’ve been introduced to Scooby Doo’s Zombie Island, Zombie Munchkin, Max Brooks Zombie Survivor Guide, and recently Day-Z, now when I say it they think it is hysterical. They are constantly asking “what if this happened in a Zombie Apocalypse, what would you do?” They keep bugging me to watch Walking Dead, but I don’t think they are quite ready for that. But ready for the Zombie Apocalypse, you’d better believe it!

You can find Heidi’s works on Amazon! Just click the pics!

Angel's Dance Elements of a Broken Mind

The Hunters


Spotlight: Author Heidi Angell

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Author Heidi Angell

Heidi comes to us from the land of Google+. Well, that’s where I met her and drew her into my dark embrace. ~laughs maniacally~

She graces me with patience and answers my 10 lovely questions!

10 Questions, Zoe style…
1. What is your writing process?

My writing process is different for every book, lending to the telling of that specific story. That being said, I usually have at least a good outline in my mind before starting. to write the actual scenes. I am a very linear thinker and will than write from beginning to end, weaving the ideas in my head onto the page.
2. What do you read for pleasure?

I am a very eclectic reader, though I tend to gravitate to sci-fi and fantasy. I also enjoy anthropological and historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers. Really for me the genre is not as relevant as the individual story.
3. What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

Exploration. Exploration of the human condition, new worlds, alternate realities and how those things affect the way people would react.
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was a geek before geek was chic. I have a fascination with the weird and unique. I am an entertainment junkie who also loves hiking and spending time with my husband and two boys.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?

I always struggle to find time! Balance is a huge struggle for me. If I had my way I would write morning noon and night, but there is so much more to being an author and I am still working to find the balances. My greatest strength (and weakness) is that when I sit down to write I get completely involved and the real world melts away.
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?

I am a “bulk” writer. I tried and tried to follow the advice of making time to write every day, but then the house didn’t get cleaned and dinner didn’t get made. As part of my effort for balance, I dedicate huge blocks on the weekend to writing and spend the “little time” during the week to marketing, promoting, editing and those things that don’t wholly absorb my focus and leave my crew wondering if I will ever come out of the woodwork to feed them!
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?

hmm…. This is hard, because I love it all. I think that is why I have chosen to self-publish. I did hate submitting to agents and publishers so I stopped doing that. I guess my least favorite (and mind you, I do enjoy a lot of it) is marketing. The hardest thing is feeling like an attention seeker. I was never the type to want to draw attention to myself. Finding a creative way to market without feeling like I was just screaming “Pick me, pick me!!” has been an interesting challenge.
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

Before I got married and had kids, I made an effort. In the last 12 years that has ended. Ironically, I do make my bed before going to bed each night.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Just one…. hmm… Ireland
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?

All! Wait, being one or killing them?
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?

This is a game we play in my house. When my boys were little and wouldn’t listen I would say. “If you did that in the Zombie Apocalypse, we would all be dead!” Some people thought that was messed up, but my kids had no clue what zombies were. As they’ve gotten older, they’ve been introduced to Scooby Doo’s Zombie Island, Zombie Munchkin, Max Brooks Zombie Survivor Guide, and recently Day-Z, now when I say it they think it is hysterical. They are constantly asking “what if this happened in a Zombie Apocalypse, what would you do?” They keep bugging me to watch Walking Dead, but I don’t think they are quite ready for that. But ready for the Zombie Apocalypse, you’d better believe it!

You can find Heidi’s works on Amazon! Just click the pics!

Angel's Dance Elements of a Broken Mind

The Hunters


A movie review…I rarely do…

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Snowpiercer

Just watched it.

My review.

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A movie review…I rarely do…

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Snowpiercer

Just watched it.

My review.

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Write, right?

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So its quite late in the afternoon for me to be up and out and about, but I was sitting at home (wallowing) and decided the best course of action was to get out of there. I wanted coffee, that I did make, because come one, coffee shop coffee is usually better.

So I packed up the lappy and here I am. Home away from home.

I’ve gotten things done, too! I accidentally deleted everything in my email! Go me!

Thankfully, my most important things were in separate folders.

I have the spotlights ready for tomorrow.

And now I am working on my story. Just an added chapter I thought of while wallowing. Its coming along nicely.

My only complaint is that the coffee shop is a little crowded today with rambunctious and noisy people. It would be different if they were having quiet conversation…but no, they are loud and shouting and…speaking a language I have no understanding of. Maybe its supposed to be yelled.

My coffee is good though. And I got myself a sandwich in case I feel peckish.

I will admit my nerves are shot and my mood is down. I feel a depression coming on. I’ll work through it, however. I always do.

I was going to cook a nice dinner tonight, but I think I’ll say bugger it and eat noodles…or this sandwich…lol. The spawn can feed herself.

I’ve been reading more erotica lately, which makes me really want to start editing and publishing my own works. But that can wait. I’d like to get Addisons story out of the way first. Sales aren’t doing well at all. Non-existent nearly. But, I will still put out the second book, just for symmetry sake. I’m OCD like that.

Speaking of OCD…the blue of my shirt doesn’t match the blue of my pants slightly. Its bugging me. I almost want to go home and change. But I keep telling myself its so slight, you can only tell marginally in the direct sunlight. But still…I KNOW!!!!


Write, right?

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So its quite late in the afternoon for me to be up and out and about, but I was sitting at home (wallowing) and decided the best course of action was to get out of there. I wanted coffee, that I did make, because come one, coffee shop coffee is usually better.

So I packed up the lappy and here I am. Home away from home.

I’ve gotten things done, too! I accidentally deleted everything in my email! Go me!

Thankfully, my most important things were in separate folders.

I have the spotlights ready for tomorrow.

And now I am working on my story. Just an added chapter I thought of while wallowing. Its coming along nicely.

My only complaint is that the coffee shop is a little crowded today with rambunctious and noisy people. It would be different if they were having quiet conversation…but no, they are loud and shouting and…speaking a language I have no understanding of. Maybe its supposed to be yelled.

My coffee is good though. And I got myself a sandwich in case I feel peckish.

I will admit my nerves are shot and my mood is down. I feel a depression coming on. I’ll work through it, however. I always do.

I was going to cook a nice dinner tonight, but I think I’ll say bugger it and eat noodles…or this sandwich…lol. The spawn can feed herself.

I’ve been reading more erotica lately, which makes me really want to start editing and publishing my own works. But that can wait. I’d like to get Addisons story out of the way first. Sales aren’t doing well at all. Non-existent nearly. But, I will still put out the second book, just for symmetry sake. I’m OCD like that.

Speaking of OCD…the blue of my shirt doesn’t match the blue of my pants slightly. Its bugging me. I almost want to go home and change. But I keep telling myself its so slight, you can only tell marginally in the direct sunlight. But still…I KNOW!!!!


More laziness

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Last night was way un-productive. I found myself on Netflix again. World War Z. I had to get a zombie fix.

And today, things just aren’t looking too bright. Even though I went to bed at a decent hour, I feel utterly run through. I got up, got dressed, gathered my things, went to the coffee shop…then went through the drive-thru, ordered and came home. I have no desire to do anything. I’m tired, and a little cranky.

So, I think I will sit here with fat-cat today. She needs some mommy time, I think.

This crazy weather we’re having may have me in my weird mood. I mean, its been getting into the 60s during the day, but at night its cold, dropping into the 20-30 degree range.

Hey, I know, I shouldn’t complain…but this is the South…anything under 65 degrees is just uncalled for.

There’s a reason I love living in the South, and that’s the mild winters. This one is mild, but a little screwy.

And I just cant get over how tired I am. I can not seem to wake up and perk up.

After reading someone elses blog regarding February’s NaBloPoMo, I think I’ve decided not to participate for the month. I’ve done it every month since November. I’ll still cross post anything I put here over to there, but I’m not going to work so hard to post every day. I’ve been stressing too much on that little subject, and you shouldn’t stress over something like making a daily blog post. I have a book that needs writing. My focus needs to go there.

Not that I wont bedazzle you all with my brilliance and blunders! Never fear!


Being discouraged

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So, I a back, as you can see. Thank you all for your patience, and show of support.

Its good to be back, really.

My mood is in a funk, however. More irritation than anything.

I was on my way out this morning, and told ‘whats the hurry, you don’t have a job.’

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I think I hate this person.

Anyway. I’m here in the safety of my coffee shop. Maybe its not a job, but I still have a book to write.

I am also considering a change of scenery, as in…a move. My daughter is grown and more than capable of taking care of herself. I am considering moving closer to either my older sister, or perhaps my parents, which would mean another country altogether.

I really hate leaving this area though. I’m comfortable here. My doctors are here. I know where to go when I need something. Its just…comfortable.

But maybe its time for a change. New place, new people. The familiar faces of family. I really hate the thought of leaving my daughter though, and she wouldn’t be able to just conveniently visit, especially if I moved to be closer to my parents. They live down in Guatemala. Moving to be closer to my older sister would just have me moving about 4 hours away, to Atlanta, Ga..  I really hate Atlanta, though. Its too big for me.

The other problem with moving to be close to my parents, is I don’t speak a lick of Spanish. I have a hard time just ordering at Taco Bell. 😛

~sighs~

So, I am pretty discouraged with things right now. Very stressed. I hate being stressed. I cant focus on the things I need to when stressed. I’m easily distracted, and find myself sitting here with my mind wondering.

Blah.

Its time to get back on the ball, however. I have an inbox full of mail, a couple days worth of blog posts to read through, etc.. And then getting back to work on book two. But, seeing as it isnt a ‘job’, I guess I wont rush.


Out of order…

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Yes, I know, I didn’t make a post. ~sighs~

I really enjoy posting at least once a day, I really do. But I got tied up in some other business yesterday and just didn’t get to it. I did check my mail a lot, just to be sure I didn’t miss anything mega-important. I haven’t even looked at my Facebook in the last 24 hours. Well, okay, I do that quite often. I despise Facebook. And Twatter, erm…Twitter…Tweeter…whatever…

I have a very good post on the way, however, thanks to some back and forth mailing between Patricia and myself. Its going to have to go on the back burner for now though.

Some pressing family matters have come up, and my daughters grandpa (not my dad) is in the poorest of health. They are not expecting him to last the week.

So there will be a trip to Montgomery today, and then again if anything further happens.

She is not close with her fathers father. He’s not the nicest person in the world. But he is her family. Its only right she pay respect.

So my head is getting an ‘out of order’ sign slapped on it just in case I go missing for a few days. Montgomery isn’t far from here at all, but who knows on how much time we’ll have to spend up there and how much time I’ll be able to sit at the lappy to compose anything.

The only thing I managed to accomplish today was making myself look decent. Meaning I touched up my hair. I really gotta get the kid to trim it for me. Ugh.

I hope you all enjoyed this weeks spotlights and are checking out my new friends! Remember, if you are interested in being in the spotlight, don’t hesitate to contact me!

~snugs you all~


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