Double Blog Monday – Mark of the Stars and For The Love of Reading

If you’re here for the Indulgent Blog Hop – Welcome and please scroll down.

Today I’m being interviewed at: Mark of the Stars and  For The Love of Reading

I hope to see you there. Remember at the end of the tour, one lucky commentor will win a $25.00 Amazon gift card and an e-copy of Mystic Ink (either Kindle or Nook version).

And if you’re here for the blog hop – One lucky (and random) participant will win a $15.00 Amazon gift card. Just leave me a comment with your e-mail address and tell me what your favorite guilty indulgence is (remember keep it clean or I’ll have to zap your comment).

May the guiltiest participant win.

When you’re done, remember to hop onto the next site.

I’m Hopping! Come Join Me!

I’m participating in Induglent Bloggers Blog hop. Thanks for stopping by my site.

One lucky (and random) participant will win a $15.00 Amazon gift card. Just leave me a comment with your e-mail address and tell me what your favorite guilty indulgence is (remember keep it clean or I’ll have to zap your comment).

May the guiltiest participant win.

When you’re done, remember to hop onto the next site.

Interview at Black Velvet Seductions!

Today I’m being interviewed at: Black Velvet Seductions Blog

Also, don’t forget to visit the 7 Scribes. My guest is Jill Archer – Creative Writing Tools- The Scene Summary.

I hope to see you there. Remember at the end of the tour, one lucky commentor will win a $25.00 Amazon gift card and an e-copy of Mystic Ink (either Kindle or Nook version).

Double Blog Day! The Bunny’s Review and The Book Connoisseur

Today I’m being interviewed at:  The Bunny’s Review and The Book Connoisseur

I hope to see you there. Remember at the end of the tour, one lucky commentor will win a $25.00 Amazon gift card and an e-copy of Mystic Ink (either Kindle or Nook version).

It’s Raining Books! Hallelujah!

Today I’m being interviewed at  It’s Raining Books

I hope to see you there. Remember at the end of the tour, one lucky commentor will win a $25.00 Amazon gift card and an e-copy of Mystic Ink (either Kindle or Nook version).

I’ve Got a Pirate!

One of the best things about being a writer is when characters consent to interviews. Today, I’m sharing an interview between debut author Gerri Brousseau and her sexy pirate hero, Captain Edmund Drake.

Read on through to the end to find out how you can enter for a chance to find out how you can claim “the ransom”!

Let’s listen in:

Interview with Pirate Captain, Edmund Drake

Gerri Brousseau: Captain Drake, What motivated you to kidnap Lady Catherine?

Captain Drake: Now, now, Milady, kidnap an overly harsh word. I prefer to think of it as detaining. I merely detained Lady Catherine from arriving in London.

GB: Ah, I see. Then what motivated you to detain Lady Catherine?

Captain Drake: The ransom, of course.  I saw an opportunity and I seized it.

GB: How difficult was it having a woman aboard ship?

Captain Drake: It was a situation that mightily tested my resolve.

GB: How so?

Captain Drake: Keeping my men away from her was a small challenge in comparison to staying away from her myself.

GB: How did you manage to do that?

Captain Drake: By constantly calling to memory the fact that without her virtue intact she would garner no ransom. Still, despite my great efforts, I must confess that many a time I found my resolve to be shaken.

GB: I understand she was stolen away from you by Blackbeard.

Captain Drake: That black-hearted son of a … I beg your pardon, Milady. The answer to your question is yes. Yes, Blackbeard did indeed kidnap Lady Catherine, and had the most vile of plans for her.

GB: Now, now, Captain Drake, we can’t reveal too much about the book.

Captain Drake: Again, I beg your forgiveness, Milady.

GB: Tell me, Captain Drake, how do you feel about the Duke of Devonshire?

Captain Drake: He was merely the means to an end. I would rather not discuss the Duke. Next question, if you please.

GB: You are quite well mannered for a Pirate, Captain Drake. How do you account for this?

Captain Drake: Thank you, Milady but as you have so aptly pointed out, we cannot reveal our secrets now … can we?

GB: No. I suppose not.  Allow me to ask you a different question then. Had you a long acquaintance with Blackbeard? (I watch as his fingers graze the thin scar on his cheek bone.)

Captain Drake: Yes. It was he who graced me with his blade, leaving me this scar as a constant reminder of him.

Q: And how do you feel about your rival?

Captain Drake: My hate for him is part of what has made me the man I am today.

GB: Thank you, Captain Drake, for joining me today and for your candid replies to my questions. It has been a pleasure speaking with you.

Captain Drake: You are quite welcome, and rest assured, Milady, the pleasure was entirely mine.

GB: Would you like to say some parting words to our readers?

Captain Drake: Aye, there are two things I wish to impart. Firstly, they should read my story in “A Pirate’s Ransom” and secondly, they should visit Lady Gerri’s website (www.gerribrousseau.com) and enter her contest for a chance to “Claim the Ransom” for themselves.

Thank you, Captain Drake.

The following links will allow you to purchase “A Pirate’s Ransom” (links go here)

To enter the contest and have a chance to Claim the Ransom, please visit Gerri Brousseau’s website at www.gerribrousseau.com, click on “Claim the Ransom” and follow the instructions. Best of luck to all who dare to take a chance to claim A Pirate’s Ransom.

Thank you Gerri and Captain Drake for being my guests today!

A Pirate’s Ransom is available now from Soul Mate Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

So dear readers, if you have a question for Captain Drake, now is your chance to ask!

American Restoration, Pawn Stars and a Web Hunt!

Happy Friday everyone! Be sure to visit me over at the Scribes – My Fortress of Solitude.

I don’t normally watch a ton of television when I’m actively writing. And here’s why, over Memorial Day weekend, I made the mistake of checking out one of my favorite channels – History. I stumbled across the show American Restoration. After about five minutes, I was completely hooked. The show is about Rick Dale and his business – Rick’s Restoration in Las Vegas. I fell in love with the mix of history, nostalgia and the quirky cast of employees.

It didn’t take long for youngest son to be sucked in as well. Before we knew it, we were entrenched in an American Restoration marathon. For hours. When it was over, we were a bit bereft and bummed to have to wait until the following weekend to watch more.

Of course, I couldn’t leave well enough alone. Right after the American Restoration marathon ended, Pawn Stars began. Now, I know this show has been on for a few years, but I had ignored it. It wasn’t a “history” program, per se, so I lumped it in with the likes of Ancient Aliens, Ice Road Truckers, and Swamp People  – not for me.

Wrong. I couldn’t resist the old school toys, antique weapons, the haggling (which I’m terrible at), Americana, and the deluded people. Soon, I was talking to the screen  – “You want how much? Why are you even going to a pawn shop if you think it’s worth so much – try e-bay!”

 

And the History Channel was kind enough to run a marathon for two days! Like a black hole, the show latched on, not only to me, but my hubby and younger son. The only one able to resist – Older Son – his dislike of history battled Pawn Star’s gravitational pull.

At one point, I even told hubby – “The show is research. See, Devlin Ward, my satyr in Mystic Ink, he owns a pawn shop. And all this knowledge will come in handy when I write his book.”

I know. I know. I should hang my head in shame. Pathetic excuse.

Needless to say, I didn’t write very much.

I had resolved to mend my ways. Until younger son informed me – “Hey Mom! Did you see the commercial? Cajun Pawn Stars!”

NOOOOOOO! Curse you History Channel!

So in the spirit of Pawn Stars and American Restoration, consider a hunt of your own.

Today is the start of the Night Owl’s Summer Fun Web Hunt! So what’s a web hunt? Participating authors (like yours truly) have a clue hidden within the pages of their blog. The web hunt runs from June 1 – July 15th.

I’m giving away a $15 Amazon gift card! If you’d like to join the hunt, click on the picture below and follow the rules. Good hunting!

So, what television shows tickle your fancy? And if not television, what are your favorite distractions?

A Chance to Win Mystic Ink!

I’m part of a giveaway at Book & Trailer Showcase.  I’m giving away an e-book copy of  Mystic Ink to one lucky person. Head over to their site by clicking here and follow the directions on the site. Good luck!

Dreaming in Ink

Hey everyone! Today I’m over at Dreaming in Ink.

Please be sure to stop by. One lucky commentor will win an e-copy of Mystic Ink!

My favorite willow at Old Mystick Village!