Sunday, July 29, 2012

Two Years Ago

Words, they keep spinning around in my head. I think of them while I’m driving, running errands, except today, when I need them the most, they have deserted me. What haven’t deserted me are the emotions, so many emotions I may just drown.

So this time my post is not about a book or an author, but a woman who wanted to be an author, but as life often does her life went in a different direction. She wanted to write children’s books, she loved to write poetry… Today is her birthday and she would have turned 67 had cancer not taken her from those who loved her sooner than it should have. She had two milestones she went by when she found out about her cancer. When she reach one she knew she was clear at least until the next one. One was her birthday, the other Christmas. Her 10 yr battle with cancer ended the day before her birthday on July 28, 2010.

So this post is about Gloria Rose Brady. My Cousin, my mentor and most of all she was my friend. We both shared a love for opera and today I want share with you a song by Mario Frangoulis, Night Wants To Forget that sums up a vow I made to her in those last precious moment I had with her.




    This was our last holiday together, Thanksgiving 2009. Gloria is in the middle.

R.I. P Gloria Rose Brady, 7/28/10


Thank you forlettting me share this with you. I hope you enjoy the song as much as I. This man has an amazing voice.


Night Wants To Forget by Mario Frangoulis



Sento la neve sul viso ed il gelo acompagna
il soffio del vento che cerca invano riparo.
Vedo la luna danzare leggera tra i rami
come le notti in cui tu eri ancora con me.

Night wants to forget
just like the ocean tides do
Wash sadness away
All its dreams will try to soothe my aching heart
Night wants to forget
Steal my memories in the darkness.
Never look back
I will remember
Each new day will always remind me of you.
E la tua mano che ancora riscalda la mia,
e la tua voce che canta felice al mattino
E il tuo sorriso che appare improvviso alla porta
come ogni volta che io ritornavo da te...

Night wants to forget
just like the ocean tides do
Wash sadness away
All its dreams will try to soothe my aching heart
Night wants to forget
Steal my memories in the darkness,
Never look back
I will remember
Each new day will always remind me of you.

Vedo la luna danzare leggera tra i rami

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Interview with Sky Purington

Before we begin Sky wished me to express how much she loves her fans and to let them know how much she appreciates them.

And she is also excited about her latest release in the Calum's Curse Trilogy series, The Tudor Revival (Book III).  

So to celebrate both, Sky has generously offered to one lucky commenter an Ecopy of TDR! :-)

*Please Note: In order for us to be able to contact the winner you must  Join This Site with Google Friend Connect.  Or you must leave an email address along with your comment. This giveaway will end  on Wednesay  July 11th.  Good Luck!!  










Writing has been in Sky Purington’s blood since she was seven-years-old. She was the first second graderin the state of New Hampshire to win The Young Author's Award. But at such a young age, she didn’t realize the significance for years. She tried her hand at poetry but it failed to give her the satisfaction she expected. She wondered why. Then it stuck her! Her poetry wasn’t hitting the mark because her true calling is storytelling. The short tales from a poem just weren’t enough to satisfy. She journeyed back to her work at the tender age of seven and has never looked back.



Some fun facts:

Sky is a diehard New Englander and has a split personality. Wait. What? Yep, there is her day persona and then her night persona.

Day Tripper: Sunglasses never too far away she begins the day with a few grumble and groans. But really, who out there doesn’t? She is a wife, a mother, a daughter and a friend. Her astrological sign is Taurus, which would explain why she loves being a homebody, loves taking care of everyone and making sure anyone connected to her via DNA is happy. She admits cooking isn’t her forte but look out when it comes to baking! Especially around the holidays!





Night Tripper: The writer comes out to play. At odds with her day persona she becomes a creature of the night. (I wonder when she sleeps. I think that will have to be one of my questions). She has always preferred the moon over the sun and feels the night holds far more mysteries and secrets. She even prefers nighttime weather, like the raging sounds of a midnight storm any day of the week.






Hi, Sky! Welcome and thanks so much for agreeing to this interview!

So what do you say, shall we began?

Heck, yeah! Thanks for having me, Barbara.

Q. So when do you get time to sleep?

Sleep? What’s that? Kidding. I’ve learned to live off five hours a night. *winks*

Q. How do you cope emotionally with reviewers who seemed to have missed the point of your story completely? Be honest.

I whine to my friends! C’mon, who doesn’t? *chuckles* After that, I get a grip and buckle up. Bad reviews are part of the process. Cope or get out. If a writer lets reviewers eat them alive then shame on them. If you’re published, you’re a talent. Simple. (Okay, a good back-up plan includes a hot fudge brownie sundae! Cookie dough ice cream of course. Extra chocolate jimmies.)




Q. How do you know you’ve produced the desired or intended result, sexually when writing a hot scene?

Um… I get turned on when I write it. OMG, did I just say that? But seriously, it’s the truth. When I write my sensual scenes, I write what’s in my character’s heads, how they’re feeling and responding to everything that’s going on around them. I even share the ultimate ‘Wheee!’ *Sky grows serious* It all conveys well. Any good love scene should.










Q. How sexual do your novels get? Don’t be shy…

They’re getting hotter as the years go by. My novels officially border erotica, some have crossed over. I simply love intimacy and it’s coming through a lot.






Q. Can any of the books in The MacLomain Series or Calum's Curse Trilogy be read as standalones?

Absolutely. They all can. Would I recommend it? Of course not. Both series interconnect and their lives overlap. For me, as the writer, it’s hard to imagine just reading one. I love all of the characters so much!

Q. I have to ask how you felt now that the last book in the Calum's Curse Trilogy has just been released, The Tudor Revival (Book III). Did you breathe a sigh of relief, or do you feel sad the experience has ended?

I always feel sad at the end of a series. It’s a hard thing to say goodbye. That is why I seldom do. The MacLomain Series is continuing on with The MacLomain Series: Early years. It’s a culmination of novels devoted to characters in the series with love stories yet untold. My vampire series, Forsaken Brethren, will continue on and you know what? If my fans want the Calum’s Curse Trilogy to continue it just might in the future. Nothing is ever final in my book(s). *grins*



Can be read as standalone









Q. As a series writer, what sort of ending makes you content? Angry? Sappy? Full of joy?

Well, I’m a sucker for ‘happily ever after’ endings yet relish a good cliffhanger, meaning a leave off that makes me look forward to the next book. I’m not good at European endings. What’s the point? Sorry. Books are meant to help us escape from real life for a sec or two. We know our loved ones are gonna die… do we need that to end a book? Heck no.






Q.How do you know when writing a scene that it has produced the desired or intended result?

I don’t until I get feedback from my crit team, editor and then my readers. They are always the deciding factor.

Q. Did you have hero as a child?

Yep, my Dad. He made all heroes worth writing about. Good men do exist.




Q. Before recognizing writing was your calling, what other avenues (besides poetry) did you try?

I was ALL about the restaurant business! A HUGE ‘Thank You’ to Weathervane Seafoods. I enjoyed fourteen wonderful years doing just about everything I could for them. I met hundreds of fabulous people (future characters) and wouldn’t trade my time with them for anything. Being in the restaurant biz teaches a person how to take the good with the bad. To accept people and always be kind. That came in handy when I entered the wild world of writing.



Weathervane's Original Shack


Q. As you were building your writing career what did you do for income?

My husband…. LOL. Seriously! He carried the financial weight while I became established, bless his heart.

Q. Have you achieved being able to support yourself though you’re writing alone now?

Yes, I have! But my hubby and I still work as a team. It feels wonderful to help him out now.

Q. Do you have any other goals you hope to achieve now or in the future?

Yep! I want to continue finding success with writing but more than that, I want my son to be proud. I want him to look back on my life and say, "That was MY mom. She taught me to never give up on a dream. I loved her so much!"

Q. Is there a difference between a storyteller and a story builder?

What a great question! Interesting that you would ask that. I believe that there is. And I say this because my mom and I are working on a children’s series together. She used to tell me these wonderful stories when I was a child. They were amazing. Mom was a heck of a STORYTELLER. She could tell a story and engage all who surrounded her. I am a STORY BUILDER. I stink at telling a story out loud. But I can build a story and a world that engages my readers. The difference between us? She’s off the cuff, spontaneous and one-of-a-kind. Me? I need hours and hours to plot and build before I first start typing my story.







*I always like to end my interviews with a question just for fun. This is the one I choose for you Sky.

Q.What do you carry in your purse?

Ha! Love it! Good one. I have this great little sleek purse from Victoria’s Secret. Real sexy, smart. BUT, currently, it’s full of the game pieces from our local grocery story. My hubby and son have decided they’re going to win a million dollars! I smile and laugh and keep dishing out the pieces. Who knows, right?









Thank you again, Sky for joining us. I hope you had fun.

I did, Barbara! Your questions were great. Thanks again for having me over!

If you wish to find out more about Sky Purington here are some places you should check out.


Shy’s Blog:
A Writer Mind

Website:
http://www.skypurington.com/   

Twitter:
http://twitter.com/#!/Skypurington

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/sky.purington  


Just to name a few…

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Interview with Author of Dark Paranormal Kim Faulks

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Author, Kim Faulks who spins spiritual meaningful tales of Vampires, Weres and Witches.

Dark Paranormal is her chosen genre, not the conventional Mainstream Paranormal. Stories of mystery and danger. She describes her characters as emotionally torn, and others times just plain pissed off. And they’re always ready to drag you into their world, willing or not.

‘But turn your back on them, or consider them ‘domesticated’ and they will tear you apart. My characters will keep you awake at night be either desire, or fear, or just plain torment. Heart racing and emotionally charged Dark Paranormal’ – Kim Faulks

When Faulks is not writing about dangerous creatures who lurk behind dark shadows whispering "come closer if you dare", she enjoys spending time with… ‘The most wonderful man on the planet…and is the mother of two great kids’.

She works at a Security Control Room with her best friends, Rob and Nikki. And the three of them have heaps of fun and eat lollies and chocolate most afternoons.

Although she writes about creepy creatures that bite, she will run screaming like a little girl when it comes to spiders. And willing to exit a moving car if she sees a huntsman crawling crossed the windscreen.

Here’s a fun fact about the huntsman spider. The giant huntsman spider is the largest member of the Sparassidae family, boasting a 30 centimeter (12 inch) leg-span, and 4.6 centimeter (1.8 inches) body-length. Want to see what it looks like?

Um... Kim you might what to skip this part.


Kim darling, I’d have not only jumped out of the car screaming "everyman for themselves"… I’d have blown the car up!

Welcome, Kim! And thank you for joining us.

Shall we begin?

Q. How do you cope emotionally with reviewers who seemed to have missed the point of your story completely? Be honest.

Well, to be honest I really try to make sure that my messages are conveyed the best way that I can, by the characters, the plot and the location of the story itself. That is all a writer can do. I then leave it for the reader to pick-up the unspoken messages and hopefully leave them with the right type of emotion when the story finishes.



Q. Do you believe a good life is attainable? Or is it something that is out of our control, i.e. subject to luck, etc.

I believe that a good life is obtainable, but just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so too is the sense of completion, or being in the right place in your life. I am a big believer in the Buddhist and Wiccan philosophy in trying to do the right thing, at the right time and in the right way.





Q. I know that RECLAIMED (Book 1 in your Fire & Ice Series) holds special place in your heart as the very first piece you self-published. Were there any who got the special privilege of being some of the first to read the completed work? And why?






Yes, my two best friends, Robert and Nikki. They are my sounding board and are not afraid to hold back if they like, or don't like something that I have written. I trust their judgment more than my own most of the time. They keep me grounded.



Q. Did you already have the outlines for the next two books in the Fire and Ice series, Seductive Sands and Enslaved started?

No, I don't really outline much. I have a general idea where I want the story to end up and I just let the characters take me there.

Q. How old were you when you first fell in love with the dark and dangerous world of immortal creatures and the entire seductive venue they bring? Detail, Please.

Well, I had only read the younger kids books; The Famous Five, Charlotte's Web, etc. and hadn't yet ventured into the more 'adult' of books until I went in search for something with a bit more bite. Little did I know that the first book I picked up would create many enjoyable years fascinated with deadly, powerful and sexy as hell creatures, that book was Bram Stokers’s Dracula. I admit now that I stole that book from the School Library. I placed it in my bag and walked out, knowing there was no way I could ever give it back.




Q. Your Bio mentions that it’s very important to you that your stories have spiritual meaning. Can you divulge more with reference to what that means to you?

I have come to believe that there is more to life than the mundane. There is a bigger meaning to living than we realize. I have always felt kind of lost, always one step behind or to the left of most people, never really fitting in with the crowd until one day I was dragged to a psychic expo and there I met someone that would be pivotal in this spiritual journey. Tiffany was the most honest, down to earth and loving person I think I had ever met. I instantly felt a connection and I think she did too.

From then on, I figured out that the unknown is 'knowable' if you question yourself and feel at this very moment everything around you, you will realize that everything is connected and that there is a reason for everything around you. There is no right God, or Goddess, there is only what is right for
you.




Q. Do you believe in Heaven and Hell?

I believe that at the end, our future life is weighed by our life lessons and what we have learned and how we have grown from our mistakes. There is a Hell and a Heaven and it is judged and delivered by our own spirit. If you harm others and live a life of contempt and disregard for life, regardless if it is human, or otherwise, then your Hell will be a reflection of your own spirit at the time of your death.

If you have made mistakes and have learned from those mistakes and respectfully treat every living thing as having the same rights to life as you, then not only have you evolved into a happier person, but this is what continues for you at the end, happiness and peace - like attracts like.



Q. How difficult is it for you to put your characters into situations that will hurt them?

Just like in real life the only way for someone to really find themselves and what they are made of it to be stripped down until there is nothing left. It is our darkest hour that we decide who we really are and as much as it hurts me to do this (and believe me it hurts) I would rather trust my story with a character that has the strength and spirit to endure and conquer.




Q. Is there a limit to how risqué (sexually) you will allow your characters to go?

I let the characters decide that. I will follow them wherever they lead as long as it is integral to the story. I don't like any gratuitous or violence, but we have to get our point across.





Q. How do you decide on what qualities you give your hero? Your heroine?

My character usually comes to me as an image, so I pretty much get a feel for them straight away. Natalie in my series Fire and Ice came to me in camouflage gear and guns while her red hair fanned out behind her. She came to me as a human, but one that is withdrawn and lonely inside, but hides this behind a ferocious kick-arse streak.

Kellah, the character in my new series, The No Angel Series was hidden in the shadows and when she smiled her razor teeth shone in the dark (which scared the crap out of me). My heroes are self-sacrificing and are not afraid to love, so they usually come to me scarred, hurt, but willing to lay their heart on the line for the right woman.

Q. Do you believe that names have power? If so, does this influence you when naming your characters?

Yes, I totally believe they hold power. Sometimes they come to me immediately when I'm talking about them, other times I surf the internet until I find something that will do them justice and feels right.

In one of my current works, a character's name came to me from a line of dialogue. It resonated so loudly with me that I knew for sure this is who she was meant to be. Her name is Mercy, why you ask? Because she has none.






Q. How do you know when writing a scene that it produces the desired or intended effect, sexually and otherwise?

Because, if it moves me, then it has to move my readers. I find myself hot under the collar while I write the steamier scenes and on more than one occasion had to get up and go for a walk, or a cold shower before I can start writing again. My husband thinks I'm pretty much crazy when I yell, scream, cry or sit there sick to my stomach of what I have created and written. There are characters I'll admit that have made me doubt my own character, that someone can create and bring to life someone so cruel and sick that I have had to put the story away and let it rest while I seek refuge in the words of my friends. All I can say is, poor Stephen King.



Q. What is it about the bad boy we love to hate that is so compelling?

Women love bad boys because they create a challenge and it is something that we yearn for. We need to match ourselves against another, to fuel the desire in ourselves and in another. But, usually when we have them we quickly realize that they won't change, they won't be the nice one that waited for us all along ... but if we are very lucky, we find someone that is both and then ... well, that is pure magic.



*I always like to end my interviews with a question just for fun. This is the one I chose for you…


Q. If you could have one superhuman power, what would it be? Why?

It would have to be something with the mind I think. To read others thoughts and reflect them back to them, so I can make people feel good about themselves and the ones that are not so good, well, hopefully I can make that change **evil wink**




Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen) is a fictional character appearing in DC comic books. A talented telepath from the 30th century, Imra first appeared in Adventure Comics #247 (April 1958) as a founding member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Imra's "Saturn Girl" title refers to her homeworld of Titan, the largest moon of the planet Saturn. She was ranked 50th in Comics Buyer's Guide's 100 Sexiest Women in Comics list.[1]

(From Wikipedia)


And that brings us to the end of my interview with Author, Kim Faulks. Thank you again Kim for allowing me this chance to get to know you. I hope you had fun.

Thank you very much, Barb. I have had an absolute blast and I would love for you to keep in touch.

If you wish to learn more about Kim Faulks you can find her at:

http://dark-paranormal.com/

http://www.facebook.com/#!/kim.faulks




‘Do not be fooled by my smiles and innocence as there is something much darker that lurks underneath. That is why I write

– Kim Faulks.