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Spotlight – Author Lisa Rayns

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Lisa Rayns

Author of Adult Suspense and Romance…with a Paranormal Twist!

Lisa was wonderful enough to humor me with my silly ’10 questions’. I feel humbled, as here I am, just a small time girl with a book to my name, and she’s written so many! I have met some really great people since kicking myself into public view! So, lets get down to the good stuff, shall we?

10 Questions, Zoe style…
Thank you so much for having me, Zoe!

1. What is your writing process?

My writing process is pretty simple. When a muse hits me for a story, I write down as much of it as I can. When that process finishes, I look at the story, the basic plot, and find ways to make it better. I plot out the story and get that written out. Then I go back to writing. At this stage, I mostly cringe when my characters don’t want to follow the wonderful plot I’ve created, but I let them be who they are and adjust as I go until finished.

2. What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I like anything with a romantic storyline it. That could be anything from romantic suspense to sci-fi, comedy or horror.
3. What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is when someone leaves an amazing review. It’s like a confirmation that someone else shared my vision of the story. They get me, and the warm, fuzzy feeling is incredible.
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I live in a small town, and I work full time. I have three beautiful boys at home, two dogs, and a Siamese cat. Spending time with my family is important to me, and it’s also a lot of fun because we all share a similar interest in the paranormal.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
My strength is that I love to create stories. It’s my hobby, it’s my job, it’s my passion, so luckily I’ve never had to force myself to write. My weakness is finding more time.

6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
Hmm. That’s an interesting question. I’m not sure if it’s strange or normal, but sometimes I abandon one story to work on another. No matter how badly I want my current one finished, I follow my muse.
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
Marketing, for sure.
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I’m laughing as I answer this. No, I don’t make my bed in the morning because I’m normally in it! I’ve been working nights at my “day” job, so my hours are a tad screwy.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
It’s hard to choose just one. I mean, hot guys with accents are awesome, but I think I’d like to visit a real castle with ancient stone walls. Hey, if it comes with hot guys with accents, that’s okay with me!
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Vampires. Always.
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
I think I’m pretty prepared. I’ve brushed up my skills on Left for Dead 2, and I have several swords in the house. I always have an awesome day after a zombie dream. I love them!

As mentioned before, Lisa has many books published. Her most recent is a finale in a series:

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Summary:

When Annabelle Cox is forced to return to her hometown of Medford, she is anxious to tell a certain vampire he’s had her heart for years. Malik Drake is sexy as hell and completely irresistible, but the bad boy is also engaged to marry her mother the moment her father dies.
Ignoring the complications, she’s determined to tell him how she feels in hopes of changing his plans for the future. But the closer she gets to him, the more powerful a hidden adversary becomes, and their sizzling attraction may not stand a chance in Hell.

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Follow Lisa for news and things to come!

Official Website

Blog

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads


Spotlight – Author Lisa Rayns

lisarayns

Lisa Rayns

Author of Adult Suspense and Romance…with a Paranormal Twist!

Lisa was wonderful enough to humor me with my silly ’10 questions’. I feel humbled, as here I am, just a small time girl with a book to my name, and she’s written so many! I have met some really great people since kicking myself into public view! So, lets get down to the good stuff, shall we?

10 Questions, Zoe style…
Thank you so much for having me, Zoe!

1. What is your writing process?

My writing process is pretty simple. When a muse hits me for a story, I write down as much of it as I can. When that process finishes, I look at the story, the basic plot, and find ways to make it better. I plot out the story and get that written out. Then I go back to writing. At this stage, I mostly cringe when my characters don’t want to follow the wonderful plot I’ve created, but I let them be who they are and adjust as I go until finished.

2. What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I like anything with a romantic storyline it. That could be anything from romantic suspense to sci-fi, comedy or horror.
3. What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is when someone leaves an amazing review. It’s like a confirmation that someone else shared my vision of the story. They get me, and the warm, fuzzy feeling is incredible.
4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I live in a small town, and I work full time. I have three beautiful boys at home, two dogs, and a Siamese cat. Spending time with my family is important to me, and it’s also a lot of fun because we all share a similar interest in the paranormal.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
My strength is that I love to create stories. It’s my hobby, it’s my job, it’s my passion, so luckily I’ve never had to force myself to write. My weakness is finding more time.

6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
Hmm. That’s an interesting question. I’m not sure if it’s strange or normal, but sometimes I abandon one story to work on another. No matter how badly I want my current one finished, I follow my muse.
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
Marketing, for sure.
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I’m laughing as I answer this. No, I don’t make my bed in the morning because I’m normally in it! I’ve been working nights at my “day” job, so my hours are a tad screwy.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
It’s hard to choose just one. I mean, hot guys with accents are awesome, but I think I’d like to visit a real castle with ancient stone walls. Hey, if it comes with hot guys with accents, that’s okay with me!
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Vampires. Always.
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
I think I’m pretty prepared. I’ve brushed up my skills on Left for Dead 2, and I have several swords in the house. I always have an awesome day after a zombie dream. I love them!

As mentioned before, Lisa has many books published. Her most recent is a finale in a series:

7

Summary:

When Annabelle Cox is forced to return to her hometown of Medford, she is anxious to tell a certain vampire he’s had her heart for years. Malik Drake is sexy as hell and completely irresistible, but the bad boy is also engaged to marry her mother the moment her father dies.
Ignoring the complications, she’s determined to tell him how she feels in hopes of changing his plans for the future. But the closer she gets to him, the more powerful a hidden adversary becomes, and their sizzling attraction may not stand a chance in Hell.

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Follow Lisa for news and things to come!

Official Website

Blog

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads


Spotlight – Blogger Patricia Appelquist

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Patricia Appelquist

I met Miss Patricia not long ago when I first started out on these social media endeavors to promote and market and all that fun stuff. I had joined a blogging site…Blogher. I had jump into their ‘NaBloPoMo’ with both feet. Patricia was my very first commenter and follower, and we’ve stalked one another since. She’s a wonderful, beautiful lady.

She graciously took me up on the 10 Questions offer. She’s a veteran blogger and writer. She hasnt run screaming from my inane ramblings and admissions as of yet. >_>

So, everyone, meet Patricia! You can catch her on http://www.patriciaappelquist.blogspot.com/

10 Questions, Zoe style…

1. What is your writing process?
Usually, I start at the end point I am trying to make and work my way back, like when I realized I lost 20lbs equals the amount a woman usually gains when pregnant hence the “oh baby” title(s)

2. What do you read for pleasure?
I am very fortunate to know a lot of good writers like my friend MK Devlin whom did Write Rock but for the most part I read Blogher Nablopomo posts because there is a lot of writers but its hard to figure out which ones to pay attention to.

3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
Looking back in the past posts and seeing the progress or regress in some cases. Writing is a creative outlet for me and another way to make sure I made my voice heard in a very busy and loud world

4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I live in Silicon Valley otherwise what I consider to be Oz because this micro area is literally an juxtaposition of where America was and where America is going. I am often struck by odd conflicts of reality where I see people struggle to make ends meet while standing next to an dot-com-aire. I have made some choices in my life and I share those in my blog as reflections or lessons learned.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
Thank goodness for Spellcheck I keep trying to update my vocabulary but my spelling is pretty much a weakness because I remember how to spell some words with the British English spelling versus the 21st Century American English. I would consider it both my weakness and strength.

6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
I usually type up my posts in the early early am like if I am up at 4am I will type away. Before I was aware of scheduling posts I would take pains to actually type up a post at the exact time I would have one there was a lot of 5am and 9pm posts.

7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
I admit I am disappointed in myself after a lackluster NaBloPoMo run last November where I really struggled to meet the goals of the topic given. I had to remind myself I am only really writing for one person’s approval and that is tough because we all want someone else to validate the experiences.

8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
My bed isn’t made …unless I am dating someone and I want to impress them .

9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before? I really want to go to New York City after that I am thinking Miami Florida .

10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies? Vampire

Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
I am totally ready after I experimented with writing down what would actually happen in my blog a few years ago I have a pretty good Idea that I am ready though I would appreciate the slow zombies please …otherwise I will have to steal a car and then I have to find gas then I have to get more ammo and you know with fast zombies the ammo is going to be the first thing that goes so then its all machete and rocket launchers and well the Zombie Apocalypse will probably start here on the West Coast anyway …didn’t you read about the Garage Labs ? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/25/do-it-yourself-dna-amateu_n_153489.html

Patricia receives EXTRA EXTRA points for the HP post link…lol. ZOMGZ!!!

Thank you so much for being a guest Patricia! You rock!

http://www.patriciaappelquist.blogspot.com/


Spotlight – Blogger Patricia Appelquist

blueblogher

Patricia Appelquist

I met Miss Patricia not long ago when I first started out on these social media endeavors to promote and market and all that fun stuff. I had joined a blogging site…Blogher. I had jump into their ‘NaBloPoMo’ with both feet. Patricia was my very first commenter and follower, and we’ve stalked one another since. She’s a wonderful, beautiful lady.

She graciously took me up on the 10 Questions offer. She’s a veteran blogger and writer. She hasnt run screaming from my inane ramblings and admissions as of yet. >_>

So, everyone, meet Patricia! You can catch her on http://www.patriciaappelquist.blogspot.com/

10 Questions, Zoe style…

1. What is your writing process?
Usually, I start at the end point I am trying to make and work my way back, like when I realized I lost 20lbs equals the amount a woman usually gains when pregnant hence the “oh baby” title(s)

2. What do you read for pleasure?
I am very fortunate to know a lot of good writers like my friend MK Devlin whom did Write Rock but for the most part I read Blogher Nablopomo posts because there is a lot of writers but its hard to figure out which ones to pay attention to.

3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
Looking back in the past posts and seeing the progress or regress in some cases. Writing is a creative outlet for me and another way to make sure I made my voice heard in a very busy and loud world

4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I live in Silicon Valley otherwise what I consider to be Oz because this micro area is literally an juxtaposition of where America was and where America is going. I am often struck by odd conflicts of reality where I see people struggle to make ends meet while standing next to an dot-com-aire. I have made some choices in my life and I share those in my blog as reflections or lessons learned.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
Thank goodness for Spellcheck I keep trying to update my vocabulary but my spelling is pretty much a weakness because I remember how to spell some words with the British English spelling versus the 21st Century American English. I would consider it both my weakness and strength.

6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
I usually type up my posts in the early early am like if I am up at 4am I will type away. Before I was aware of scheduling posts I would take pains to actually type up a post at the exact time I would have one there was a lot of 5am and 9pm posts.

7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
I admit I am disappointed in myself after a lackluster NaBloPoMo run last November where I really struggled to meet the goals of the topic given. I had to remind myself I am only really writing for one person’s approval and that is tough because we all want someone else to validate the experiences.

8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
My bed isn’t made …unless I am dating someone and I want to impress them .

9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before? I really want to go to New York City after that I am thinking Miami Florida .

10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies? Vampire

Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
I am totally ready after I experimented with writing down what would actually happen in my blog a few years ago I have a pretty good Idea that I am ready though I would appreciate the slow zombies please …otherwise I will have to steal a car and then I have to find gas then I have to get more ammo and you know with fast zombies the ammo is going to be the first thing that goes so then its all machete and rocket launchers and well the Zombie Apocalypse will probably start here on the West Coast anyway …didn’t you read about the Garage Labs ? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/25/do-it-yourself-dna-amateu_n_153489.html

Patricia receives EXTRA EXTRA points for the HP post link…lol. ZOMGZ!!!

Thank you so much for being a guest Patricia! You rock!

http://www.patriciaappelquist.blogspot.com/


"Good For You, Not for Me"


The Spotlight is still on…

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Yes, even though I’m still in this weird liquifying state, I am still attempting to keep my ‘Spotlight’ feature running. I know many of you haven’t heard back from me yet with your questions and requests for your stuff, but I will get to it, I promise.

I did get a chance to do at least two more weeks worth of double headers though. GO ME!

Tomorrow we will see two new faces in the spotlight, highlighting their stuff!

Oh, and to those of you with manly bits, if you could be dolls and email me if still interested in participating, that would be lovely.

I’m trying to make this as painless as possible for everyone involved. So here’s how things will go.

I have a standard set of 10 Zoe-esque questions…a set for authors and a set for bloggers. I will spotlight both, because amazing talent comes in all forms.

If you email me, I’ll shoot you off a copy of the questions, and you fill them out and send me anything relevant. Book covers, websites, book buy links, etc.

All I ask is the same in return. I’ll scratch your back, you scratch mine. I WARN YOU…I HAVE ROAMING HANDS!!! >_>

I think cross-promotion is great, even for bloggers. Everyone has their own fan-base, its good to introduce those fans to something they might otherwise not see.

So, my lovely ones, I will call to a close for this evening.

Please consider my offer. zoeambler@zoeambler.com or zoe.ambler5@gmail.com will work for contacting me!


The Spotlight is still on…

1939471_664258213631784_301812265_n

Yes, even though I’m still in this weird liquifying state, I am still attempting to keep my ‘Spotlight’ feature running. I know many of you haven’t heard back from me yet with your questions and requests for your stuff, but I will get to it, I promise.

I did get a chance to do at least two more weeks worth of double headers though. GO ME!

Tomorrow we will see two new faces in the spotlight, highlighting their stuff!

Oh, and to those of you with manly bits, if you could be dolls and email me if still interested in participating, that would be lovely.

I’m trying to make this as painless as possible for everyone involved. So here’s how things will go.

I have a standard set of 10 Zoe-esque questions…a set for authors and a set for bloggers. I will spotlight both, because amazing talent comes in all forms.

If you email me, I’ll shoot you off a copy of the questions, and you fill them out and send me anything relevant. Book covers, websites, book buy links, etc.

All I ask is the same in return. I’ll scratch your back, you scratch mine. I WARN YOU…I HAVE ROAMING HANDS!!! >_>

I think cross-promotion is great, even for bloggers. Everyone has their own fan-base, its good to introduce those fans to something they might otherwise not see.

So, my lovely ones, I will call to a close for this evening.

Please consider my offer. zoeambler@zoeambler.com or zoe.ambler5@gmail.com will work for contacting me!


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