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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Tamara Hoffa, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Heart Of A Soldier.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Borough Publishing
Buy links:
Cover artist: Cat Hoffa
Length: 10,000 words
Heat rating: mild sensuality
Blurb:
Soldier Jamison Hunter faces the battle of his life, winning
the heart of Charlotte MacKenzie, windowed mother of a young recruit
What are your main characters’
names, ages, and occupations?
Tamara Hoffa – Charlotte MacKenzie (Charlie) age 36,
Jamison Hunter (Jamie) age 40

Interview with Jamison Hunter

Tell us about yourself.
What are you like?
I’m a soldier, first and foremost; A helicopter pilot, husband,
and father. I think I’m a pretty easy-going man. I love my country and my family.
I like to watch football, sit by a warm fire in the evening and snuggle with my
lady, or sit on the front porch and stargaze while we rock and talk about our day.
What do you think is your
strongest point?
I’m stubborn and single minded, if I want something I never give
up.
Do you have a weakness?
(If so, what do you think it is? What does your lover think it is? What does your
enemy think it is?)
We all have weaknesses. I’m certainly not immune. Pride, I guess
would be the one that comes to mind. Sometimes I let it get in the way of my heart.
What drives you to do
the things you do? What makes you want to be the “good guy?”
Honor. I was raised to believe in honoring your country, your
parents and yourself.
What’s your favorite guilty
pleasure?
Charlie (smirk) and Turtle Cheesecake; I just can’t turn it down.
If you didn’t know how
old you were how old would you be?
I’d be my own age, 40. I’m very happy with where I am in my life.
Everything I’ve been through and seen has made me who I am. I have no desire to
go back and do it over again.
A biography has been written
about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Heart of a Soldier
If money were not an object,
where would you most like to live?
Hmm… Hawaii.
I’d love to have a view of the ocean, no ice and snow and Charlie in a bikini.
What song would best describe
your life?
God Bless The USA
If you were a tool, what
would people use you to do?
Build houses. Nothing is as important as a home.
Picture yourself as a
store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be
sold there?
Sporting goods.
As a child, what was your
favorite thing about school?
Recess.
Tell us an embarrassing
story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant
other will do.
Charlie and I got a puppy for Christmas. A little black lab.
When we first brought him home he was so excited, running all over and then he stopped
and peed on my foot!
If you came with a warning
label, what would it say?
Do not approach before morning coffee.

Please Fill in the Blanks (as Jamison Hunter)

I love pizza with everything.
I’m always ready for action.
When I’m alone, I pogo.
You’d never be able to tell, but I like chick flicks.
If I had a halo it would be red, white, and blue.
If I could sing I’d serenade Charlie.
I can never go spelunking, because I hate tight places.
Tamara Hoffa

About the Author

Tamara Hoffa – Tamara Hoffa lives in central Tennessee, with her husband
of 30 years, her three grown children, two grandchildren, 3 dogs and 2 cats. Tamara
started reading when she was four years old and has rarely been seen without a book
at hand since. At home you will usually find her in “nana’s chair” with
her Kindle, her laptop or one of her precious, precocious grandsons in her lap.
Tamara is a reviewer, a professional reader and can now add author to her repertoire.
Tamara is proof positive that it’s never too late to reach for your dreams.

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Blissful Lies

Jennifer Brown-Thomas, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Blissful Lies.

Genre: Drama/Romance/Mystery
Buy links:
Print
eBook
To purchase a signed copy: Email Info@jenniferbrownthomas.com
Publisher: Helm Publishing
Cover artist: Jeff Gerred of SoEg Creative
Cover Model: Ashlee Fowler
Length: 234 pages
Tagline: “Some Lies… Change Everything.”
Blurb:
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Addison Hamilton, 45, Chancellor of Brown-Thomas University and the rock in which everyone else has built their lives around.
Spencer Hamilton, 45, Lawyer.
Blaire Christianson, 34, stay at home mother.
Elizabeth Kensington, 45, Jackson’s mother and Addison’s best friend, charity event organizer.
Jackson Kensington, early 20’s, college senior.
Parker Hamilton, early 20’s, college senior.
Shaley Brodigan, early 20’s, college senior.
Katherine Thompson (Kate), early 20’s, college senior.
Kinsley Abbott, early 20’s, college senior.
Leighton McDowell, early 20’s, college senior.
Kimber Larson, early 20’s, college senior.
Calvin Tucker, 25, bartender and graduate student.

Interview

Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
Blissful Lies is a character driven novel. It’s different from a lot of what you might read in the sense that it spans over several genres. Romance, Mystery, Thriller and Suspense. I loved creating the characters because they’re all unique in their own ways, all different, but all have one thing in common–how much they adore each other. At least… that’s what they thought.
How do you come up with ideas?
I think about something I might like to read about. I take one single idea and let it morph into something much bigger. I love creating story lines… I create as I go–so you never know what’s going to happen next.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?
Blissful Lies film

Creating a story people want to read and continue reading. I’ve been asked so many times if there will be a Blissful Lies sequel–that tells me people like what they’re reading, which is very important to me.

What is the most important thing you do for your career?
Staying accessible. If anyone wants to talk, email or chat with me–they can. This is by far the most important aspect of maintaining close relationships with fans. Plus, I love it! I enjoy hearing what people think–the good, the bad and the ugly. And I love that they know they can reach me if they wish to.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Being a mommy. I love it. Everything I do is for my daughter and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or…?
I do things a little differently than most. When I sit down with a blank page, I have somewhat of an idea of how the story is going to progress–but sometimes it even manages to take me by surprise as I’m creating it. I like to write in the moment, create as I go so people aren’t constantly predicting what might happen.
What did you learn from writing your first book?
The easiest part is the writing. The hardest part is getting it out there and letting people know it’s on the shelves.
Would you consider self publishing?
I don’t know if the self-publishing world is for me. I have considered it and decided on the more traditional route of publishing, though I understand the self-publishing world has been quite beneficial for a lot of my peers.
How many hours a day to you spend writing?
It depends. I’d say an average of six during my downtime. Sometimes the average can be as much as fifteen when I’m working on a project.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
It gets better! It’s worth it. It won’t be easy, but it will be incredible.
Is your muse demanding?
So demanding! When I have an idea or a project–it’s hard to tear myself away to deal with the day-today things we all have to deal with. But I’m thankful she’s demanding, it keeps me on track.
Are your stories driven by plot or character?

I think a little of both. But definitely more so by character. I love a good character in a novel. Someone you can relate to, someone you envy or can root for. Without strong characters, any plot is just average.

How do you balance a life outside of writing with deadlines and writing muses?
Very carefully! Ha. No, I’ve been doing this long enough to have a good balance going. Being a mom, of course, makes things a little more difficult but way more fun and unpredictable. I generally write at night–sometimes, all night, and this allows me to spend time with my daughter during the day. On the days she’s in her mommy’s day out program, I work during the day as well. Luckily, I have an amazing support system–so if there’s a deadline, it’s not a problem.
If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
Blissful Lies is my first published novel. So I think I’d recommend you start there. Vindictive Grounds is coming up–you’ll love it! It’s recently been projected to be the next Fifty Shades of Grey so I’m interested to hear what our readers think.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Young Author Takes On Literary World
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Right where I am. Surrounded by friends and family.
What song would best describe your life?
Ha ha! Chumbawamba’s “I get knocked down.” Or Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.”
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Couture everything! I love little girls clothing. In fact, my business partner and myself are creating a young girls clothing line called “Kinsley Kouture.” You can read more about it on my website at jenniferbrownthomas.com
Jennifer Thomas

As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?

I loved everything about school, but English was my favorite subject.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Very Demanding. High Maintenance. Workaholic.
Please Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with cheese… lots of cheese.
I’m always ready for literally anything. You have to be in this business.
When I’m alone, I am working.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m exhausted 85% of the time.
If I had a halo it would be hot pink and completely blinged out.
If I could take a vacation I’d head to Belize.
I can never completely relax because I’m a mommy.
Books Coming Soon
Vindictive Grounds
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LittleBirdie Who…

The subtitle of this blog article is “It Just Came to Me!”
I’m turning over the blog to Vicki Batman today for her article on inspiration
for books.

“It Just Came to Me!”

I’m always asked where do you get your ideas for stories?
Ideas can be found everywhere–a phrase, a word, a journal post,
a look, something overheard in a restaurant, something spoken on television…lots
of places. Something in my head goes boing! and I scribble it down.
I began writing shorts after critiquing for a friend. I guess
osmosis set in because the next thing I knew, I’d written a whole bunch.
Over the years, I’ve had many stories published in magazines
and thru e-publishers. However one magazine, Woman’s World, has eluded me. It isn’t
because my stuff is awful. Woman’s World receives over two hundred submissions per
week. Some of mine have been commented on; some kept for several months (the longer
the better). And others…they were returned quickly. LOL
So what does an author do with those stories? I’ve published
them for free reads. Expanded into longer stories and then, sold them.
However, when the indie wave intensified, I got a badabing!
idea–why not put several stories together into a small book?
So I did. My baby is born–“Little Birdie Who…and Other
Stories.”
Here’s a tiny blurb from each story in “Little Birdie Who”
and what inspired that story:
“Little Birdie Who”–a new resident helps
her next door neighbor rescue a little bird, but who is the birdie worth keeping?
Handsome and I actually rescued a little bird stuck on a pest
strip in our garage.
“Check Her Out”–Gum: it’s a sticky situation,
especially between a store manager and Auntie Caren when her nephew has to pay for
the package he stole.
I know someone whose son stole gum several times when he was
five. Her rendition (and exasperation) stayed in my head and I just had to tell
the tale.
“This is NOT Working”–Who knew Day One at
a new job would begin so badly and end with possibilities?
Who hasn’t had a horrible day at a new job, but to make it a
first day ramped up the heroine’s awful situation. And someone near and dear said
he forgot to turn on his computer one day, and it nearly drove him crazy.
So if you are sitting in a café, airport lounge, or do something
crazy, you might be overheard by a writer and become an inspiration for the next
bestseller!
Little Birdie Who is COMING SOON!
Twinkle Lights

Available Now:

Twinkle Lights
When the owner of a Christmas tree stand has a heart attack, a do-gooder and a reformed delinquent turned lawyer fall under the holiday spirit and staff the business. The two-some meet the everyday challenges of running the establishment and through their close association, began to care for each other. When the revenue goes missing, fingers are pointed.
Buy link: http://is.gd/9e9Nv7

About the Author

Vicki Batman kicks back with a diet Coke and–hopefully–is weaving
writing magic.

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