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Spotlight: Author Team HL Carpenter

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Mother/Daughter Team HL Carpenter

This is a first for me. A writing team, mom and daughter to boot! Lets give them a warm welcome!

Florida-based mother/daughter duo HL Carpenter writes sweet, clean fiction that is suitable for everyone in your family. The Carpenters write from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit HLCarpenter.com to enjoy gift reads and excerpts and to find out what’s happening in Carpenter Country.

10 Questions, Zoe style…
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi, Zoe! Thanks so much for inviting us to share your blog space today.
We’re Helen and Lorri Carpenter, a Florida-based mother/daughter duo. We write together as HL Carpenter. We work in our studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue. In addition to being multi-generational writers, we’re also multi-genre writers. We like variety!
2. What is your writing process?
Our writing process—hmm. Have you ever read the poem The Railway Train by Emily Dickinson? That describes our writing process beautifully.
In less lyrical terms, typically a phrase from a newspaper article or a line from a poem or an interesting image starts our imagination train. From there, we chug along through what we call the “steam-building” stage, where we think about what would happen if…
Then we fuel up by preparing a character sheet, followed by a summary of each chapter that provides a general guide for the journey.
When the summary is finished, we take off with the writing. We pass the story back and forth, gathering momentum, until we reach the light at the end of the tunnel.
Once a book is done, we set it aside for a cooling-off period, then we revise, revise, revise.
Oh, and if you haven’t read the poem, here it is (it’s in the public domain):
The Railway Train by Emily Dickinson

I like to see it lap the miles,
And lick the valleys up,
And stop to feed itself at tanks;
And then, prodigious, step

Around a pile of mountains,
And, supercilious, peer
In shanties, by the sides of roads;
And then a quarry pare

To fit its sides, and crawl between,
Complaining all the while
In horrid, hooting stanza;
Then chase itself down hill

And neigh like Boanerges;
Then, punctual as a star,
Stop–docile and omnipotent–
At its own stable door.

3. What do you read for pleasure?
We read a lot of fiction of all types. We read poetry too, as you may have noticed. We also read instruction manuals, which seem like fiction to us because they seldom match the actual process required to assemble the item purchased. And sometimes we read the dictionary for fun, though mostly we do that when we’re trying to cheat at Scrabble. 🙂 We’re big fans of words.

4. What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The possibilities at the beginning of each story and the challenge of bringing those possibilities to light.
As an example, our satirical short story, The Demise of Fyne Literature, started out as a writing challenge from graphic artist Kelly Shorten. Kelly found a photo she loved so much that she sponsored a contest. We were intrigued with both the possibilities and the challenge, and we were delighted to win the contest and have our story published.
This is the photo that inspired Kelly and us.
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Your imagination is jumping up and down now too, right?

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to sitting down and writing?
The strength is easy to answer—having a partner. Knowing someone is waiting for the next story installment is great incentive, as is the fact that there’s no worry about getting stuck. When either of us reaches a stopping point, we pass the work to the other. When it comes back, the next scene provides a springboard to move on.
The weakness is that we’re fairly slow writers. We’re turtles in a hare-hurry world.
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
The only one we can think of is that we don’t actually sit down to write. We both work standing up. But that’s not strange. Is it? Say no.
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing/writing/blogging process?
Having to let go of a story. There’s always one more sentence that could be worded better or a scene that could be described differently or an epiphany that could be expressed more clearly or…well, you get the idea.
We’re fighting that tendency right now, with a cozy mystery we finished at the end of last year, A Cause for Murder. We’ve been through edits, we have the cover, we’re ready to publish…, and we just discovered one more change we want to make. We’re determined to get the book out this month. Our hero, Emma Twiggs, deserves her day in the Amazon sunshine!
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
Bed makers, definitely. Life’s pleasures start with attending the details.
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Mars. We’re ready to help colonize a new planet.
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
We always want to be the cavalry-to-the-rescue. Can we be demons-gone-good?
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
Locked and loaded, with a cupboard full of canned spaghetti.

This mighty duo can be found on:

Website
Google+
LinkedIn
Pinterest
Amazon

The duo has offered up one particular book for Spotlighting, but, me being me, did my homework and will also provide covers and links (click the covers) for their other works as well. Now, on to the Spotlight book!

Dream Stealer

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Ever wonder what became of the dreams you once had? Fancy Moonstruck can tell you.

Fancy is supposed to steal dreams. It’s what her family does for a living, and now that she’s fifteen, the job is hers.

It’s a job she’d rather not have. She knows first-hand what dreams mean to the dreamer because she dreams of her mom, who died five years ago. Losing her dream would be like losing her mom all over again. That’s a pain Fancy doesn’t want to inflict on anyone.

But the rules are clear: Steal a dream—or lose her own.

G-Rated excerpt from Dream Stealer:
Another moment and the dream will be gone.
The winter sea breeze brushes my hair from my face, its cold caress as light as the layer of fear I wear like my dark hoodie, and as soft as my shallow breathing. In the way of every good thief, I take care that the whispery puff of my breath is the only sound I make.
Though I’m not touching the fleeing dream, it kisses my mind, sticky as a spider’s web. I stand still, wide-awake in the hush of the two a.m. darkness, staring at the pulsing silver sliver. The external details are breathtaking: the shivering tendrils of longing; the filaments of hope, quivering like the strings of a harp. They float through the window of the ramshackle beach cottage where Mrs. Hooper sleeps, reaching upward with fog-thin fingers, anchored within her heart, searching for the sky.
Mrs. Hooper’s dream is one of love-longing, and I peek inside as it sways above me, though I’m not supposed to. The Dream Buyers pay well for dreams of love-longing, and they pay especially well for dreams untouched by us Stealers.
Even so, I can’t stop myself from lingering inside the dream. I spend precious seconds there, warming myself in the heat of Mrs. Hooper’s longing for the love of her son, before drawing back into the chill of the night’s reality, and my work in it. I fumble to release the dream catcher, which dangles from my belt on a leather cord, then grasp the handle of the delicate, tightly-woven net. I focus on the hours of practice runs I went over with Dad. I need only reach out now, and my very first dream-stealing excursion will end in success.
And I will keep my family safe.
I must do this. Yet I hesitate. Dad says Mrs. Hooper will never miss her dream. Is it possible he’s wrong? I dream a similar love-longing dream myself, every night, and I know what it means to me—the same as this dream must mean to Mrs. Hooper.
If I’m right, I cannot take it from her.
I must take it.
I must…

The lovely teams other works! Just click the pics to be taken to the buy pages for summaries!

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Spotlight: Auther/Playwright Damian Trasler

We welcome our first playwright this week! Exciting for me!

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Welcome Damian Trasler!

We’re going to get my silly questions out of the way before digging into the good meat of things!!!

10 Questions, Zoe style…
1. What is your writing process?
I sit at the keyboard and then make coffee. Then I sit at the keyboard and drink coffee. Then I look at the internet and drink coffee. At some point, usually while one of my kids has required me to go and sit in a cold ice rink for an hour, I write the words that are pounding round my head and then feel ridiculously pleased with myself. Sometimes those words are a play script that I send to my publisher, www,lazybeescripts.co.uk

2. What do you read for pleasure?
I love Science Fiction, and am a particular fan of John Scalzi, but any well-written book is good. I prefer it if the story carries the weight – literary books have no merit if they are all art and no matter. That’s what Polonius said*

3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?
Embarrassingly, the greatest joy of writing is writing. Like many people, I find it hard to commit to getting the story out of my head, and I will whine and wheedle and prevaricate, but once the thing is done I am delighted. Getting other people to read it is a bonus joy, but the main thing is typing “The End” or “Curtain” and knowing that an idea has become a real thing.

4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born while Elvis Presley was still alive, and before Star Wars existed. Hard to believe, I know, but there was such a time. I grew up in England, moving around a lot and gaining three children and a wife (not in that order) before emigrating to Canada. We did that because life was too easy, and we wanted more stress. Or something. Anyway, we ended up in British Columbia, which was created to make up for Australia.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
My weakness is sitting down and writing. I could prevaricate for England, except I wouldn’t get around to it. On the other hand, I have a neat little netbook which is painfully slow for anything but running Word, so when I go away or out to a sports event or music lesson with my offspring, I can get some actual work done. The strength is something other people have found – when I really enjoy the story I’m writing, I don’t notice the time or the distractions. It’s fun to write.

6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
Once, long ago, we went to a Greek island (Kefalonia) and my wife took our only baby at the time for a day trip to the capital city. She told me to just hang out at the local bar and write all day. I drank three small beers, ate a burger with fries and wrote longhand in a notebook while the crystal blue sea washed the sands only a few feet away. I really, really wish that was a habit I could maintain.

7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
Editing. I hate rewriting. Hate it with a burning passion. I have yet to find any method that makes it feasible for me to review an entire piece of work without printing it out and going through it with a pen. Which is just stupid. I believe this attitude may be detected in my published e-books.

8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I make the bed. It’s a duvet, one flump and you’re done. That makes it so much nicer when you crawl back into bed hours later, wondering if you accomplished anything at all, or whether it was just one fourteen-hour long scream.

9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
I have so little ambition when it comes to travel. I’m taking my wife to New York for our wedding anniversary (despite a fervent wish never to see the place myself) and I’m going back to the only place I want to go – Lucasfilm Headquarters in San Francisco. Just to look. Certainly not to badger anyone I see about this Boba Fett movie script I have….

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

Zombies. Slow moving, stupid , lurching losers.

Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
I’m good. I wrote “Eddie and the Kingdom” because I think a lot about surviving the zombie apocalypse. It’s not the zombies you have to watch out for, it’s the other survivors.

*This is me showing off my education. (Host note: LOVE INSIGHT AND HUMOR!)

Now! On to the good stuffs!

In his own words:

I was born and raised in England but moved to Canada with my family in 2009. I’ve been a published playwright since 2000, winning a few awards and having my plays performed all over the world. I published some of my old short stories to see how hard it was to use Amazon’s KDP program, and now I’ve reached a total of seven e-books. My next one will be the second “Eddie and the Kingdom” book, “Murder in the Kingdom”

You can find Damian on his website

His line-up of great work can be found on Amazon, just click the pic to be magically swept away!

Great Canadian cover

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Thank you so much Damian, enjoy the Spotlight and best of luck in all your future endeavors!!


TREAT! A Valentines Giveaway!

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I’m proud to host a Giveaway just in time for Valentines Day!

Go to Amazon Giveaways

(https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/6e327956bd8a587f )

Five lucky winners will win a free soft-cover copy of The Road of Darkness!

Certainly not your typical vampire story. Vampires, voodoo, war and even a little Samurai action. Blood, guts and more voodoo! Maybe a smidge of romance, but when you’re as rotten as Addison, romance isn’t high on the list. Hearts are fun for her though…so…that’s in the spirit of Valentines day…right?

Come join the fun and best of luck to all entrants!!

giveaway will expire on Feb 19, 2015 11:59 PM PST
Only residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia will be eligible to enter.
Prizes will be shipped to winners via Standard Shipping (3-5 business days)


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