Daily Archives: January 30, 2015

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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