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text 2018-03-19 19:47
An Interview with Deborah LeBlanc + Two Paranormal Giveaways


Interview with Deborah Leblanc, author of over a dozen books with elements of mystery and horror, paranormal suspense, and paranormal romance.


What’s her advice for beginner writers? Read our interview and find out!

Tell us a few words about yourself - whatever you want to share about your personal and professional life, but also why you decided to become a writer.

Well, I'm an author, a business owner, a licensed death scene investigator, a licensed private investigator, worked in funeral service for 12 years, have been a paranormal investigator for almost thirty years and started a non-profit called Literacy Inc., to help fight the growing illiteracy rate in America's teens. I'm also the house 'clairsendium' for the upcoming television show, Through the Veil, which should be airing the fourth quarter of this year on Destination America. I served four years as the president of the Horror Writers Association, 2 years as the Southwest President of the Mystery Writers of America and eight years as President of the Writers' Guild of Acadiana.

As to why I decided to become a writer, I have to admit that it wasn't something I aspired to as a kid. Although books were my saving grace growing up, I never thought about becoming a writer. It wasn't until I was in my late thirties that I woke up one morning, brushed my teeth, and while staring in the mirror simply said...."I think I'll write a book." And write it I did. I was too naive at the time to know that most authors don't sell their first book, much less get an agent. By some stroke of luck, however, a month after writing the book, I had a New York agent who sold my novel within weeks to a New York publisher.


How did you start writing?

I simply sat down at my computer and started telling a story that had been ruminating in my head for some time. I had never written a novel before, so to understand pacing and cliff hangers and point of view changes, I took four books from different authors I admired and literally typed half of each book until I got the 'feel' of how their language flowed. Doing that helped me get a better handle on how to tell my story.


What are your writing habits? How often do you write, and how long at one time?

My writing habits are a bit obsessive. Once I get a story in my head, I'm anxious to see it written on paper. I write every day, and, depending on my life responsibilities, write anywhere from 2 to 18 hours a day.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a writer - so, to someone like you the person you were before you became a published author?

Have a great story to tell, then plop your backside down in a chair, fingers to your computer keyboard and start writing. Don't give up and don't keep going over the same chapter forty-five times before moving on. Just get the story told, then you can clean it up once you rewrite. So the advice is basically: Read, read, read---write, write, write...and NEVER give up!



Who are your favorite authors and have they inspired you in any way?

I have so many favorite authors it's difficult to name them all. I enjoy Jodi Picoult, James Lee Burke, Janet Evanovich, J.D. Robb, Sandra Brown, Steven King, and Dean Koontz to name but a few. All of the ones I've named have special qualities that I appreciate as a reader. Characterization, the simple art of storytelling, intertwining romance elements, and laughter.


What would you like to say to your readers? What do they need to know about your books?

That I appreciate every reader who takes the time to read one of my books. Out of all the books available to them, having them choose one of mine to add to their library is truly an honor. Many of my books include paranormal suspense and paranormal romance.


Why do you write such scary stuff? Do you like being scared yourself, or does little scare you anymore?

With my background, very little scares me anymore. I enjoy writing suspense, the unknown. To me, it gets people thinking that the tough situations in their present lives may not be so bad after all.


Do you only read books in the same genre as yours, or do you also enjoy very different stories - like happy romance?

Oh, I read all genres, romance, horror, paranormal, autobiographies, biographies, true crime, etc. As long as the story is well told, I'm a happy camper. :)


Deborah Leblanc's books on BookLikes:

The Wolven (Harlequin Nocturne, #101) - Deborah LeblancWater Witch - Deborah LeblancA House Divided - Deborah LeblancMorbid Curiosity - Deborah LeblancThe Keepers: Christmas in Salem: Do You Fear What I Fear?The Fright Before ChristmasUnholy NightStalking in a Winter Wonderland - Heather Graham, Deborah Leblanc, Kathleen Pickering, Beth CiottaGrave Intent - Deborah LeblancGhost Box - Deborah LeblancWhite Hot - Deborah LeblancBottom Feeder - Deborah Leblanc
and more


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text 2018-03-14 11:00
Facts About Me: Interview

What can you tell me about yourself?

I'm an author and reader equally, because I'm a firm believer in that you can't be an author if you don't read. I always find that I'm inspired by the most surprising things, so I love to keep all avenues open, when it comes to being creative.

I'm a geek, with a fandom and book obsession and a mild collector's problem. I am not a hoarder, though I'm pretty sure I would be if I had the money to afford it. Books don't count.

I've got an addiction personality, so when I write then I usually write a lot. When I edit, I edit a few books in a row and, similarly, when I read, I tend to read for about two weeks straight. It's the way I function; I get in the mood for something and just keep following that mood until it breaks.


Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Hopefully still writing. Maybe a little fitter and slimmer? That would be great. Being disabled means that it's hard to beat the medication-induced weight, and being a writer who sits for 90% of my day really doesn't help. I'm trying to break some bad habits this year, so my hope is that they're completely broken 5 years from now. I should, at least, have made a decent headway into getting more books published and more books off my TBR. Right now, like every other day, reading and writing is my main priority.


What are you working on at the minute?

I've got a lot of projects on the go, right now, but I'm currently writing (what I think is) a really cute story about a male nanny. It's called Unmasked and it's 18+. It's all about Bennett, who is out of work and takes a recommendation to become a nanny, since he has the interest and the academic credits to do it. What he doesn't expect is for the father interviewing him to be the same man he had a one night stand with just a short time before. The ensuing chaos has been really fun to write, since I don't really add kids to my 18+ stories that much. They've certainly made it far more interesting.


Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

I'm a weird writer. I don't seem to fit any of the stereotypes or 'styles' that others do. After a book is completed, I let it sit for a few weeks or months then come back to edit it, then leave it for a few more months before editing it again and again and again. I like to do about 10 edits before I submit it to any publishers, just because I know I struggle with editing and want it to be perfect. But when it comes to writing a book, there are times when I hit a block and reading back what I've already written is the only way to keep going, but there are also times when I zip straight through from page one to The End without stopping and don't edit it for months. I especially like to do this if I'm going to be writing a series one after the other. Then I'll stop at the end or when I get stuck, to go back and refresh what's happened before.


For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional paper/hard back books?

Definitely e-books. I have weak muscles and nerves in my hands/wrists/arms, so holding a paperback or hardback can be far too painful to do it too often. I'm a sucker for a good bargain, though, so if I can get a paperback or hardback cheaper than the e-book, to suit my budget, I'll definitely not hesitate to buy it. It just means that I have to plan my reading of that book for when I know I won't be doing much else.


Pen or typewriter or computer?

Oh God! Computer! Definitely. For the same reasons as above, a pen or typewriter would kill me! Sometimes a laptop is just as bad, but I've really fallen in love with my new one, the Samsung Tab Pro S. It's smaller than I'm used to, but that means the keys are a little closer together, leaving me to do much less stretching across the board to reach the keys I want. Even if I keep missing the 'k' for no reason I can fathom.


Do you write Alone or in public?

Alone. I can write with just one or two people in the room, but it generally has to be really quite for me to work. I don't like music or noise when I'm writing, since I usually end up distracted and sing along more than I write. In the right atmosphere – my comfy chair, feet up, food/drink nearby, the dog settled, no noise and alone in the house – I can get chapters and chapters written in a day. Or spend it on Facebook. Either way, it's how I function best.


Goals of certain # of words a week or when inspiration strikes?

Oh, nope. I could never constrict myself to a set number of words. It would drive me insane. Although I plan the vague outline of my plot – the who, the why, the how and the when – as well as a few specific conversations/events I want to happen, I'm a pantser. I can either write thousands of words a day or two sentences. Either way, I believe in following the muse and never putting shackles on her. I would either be constantly kicking myself for not meeting a deadline word count or I'd get too confident about over-reaching it.




Elaine White is the author of multi-genre romance, covering everything from paranormal, crime and contemporary. Growing up in a small town and fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. Living vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, she lives comfortably at home with a pack of wolves cleverly disguised as one standard poodle.

The Winner of two Watty Awards – Collector's Dream (An Unpredictable Life) and Hidden Gem (Faithfully) – and an Honourable Mention in 2016's Rainbow Awards (A Royal Craving) she has explored the worlds of multiple genres but remains a romantic at heart. A self-professed geek, Elaine has fallen in love with reading and writing LGBT romance, offering diversity in both genre and character within her stories.


You can keep in touch with Elaine on the following sites:


Facebook Goodreads Website

Wattpad Blog Twitter

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Interview: Meredith Potts (The Daley Buzzy Cozy Mysteries Series)


Hello and Welcome All!


Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Meredith Potts author of The Daley Buzz Cozy Mysteries series.


Hi Meredith, thank you for agreeing to this interview. For those readers not familiar with you, would you please tell us a bit about yourself?


I have been writing stories all of my life, but just recently took the plunge to actually publish them. I live in California, which is the inspiration for a number of books.  I love sweets, long walks on the beach, cute corgi videos, and a good mystery.  


How did you choose the genre you write in?


Who doesn’t love a whodunit? Cozy Mysteries always feature such great puzzles. One of the great draws is trying to guess who the killer is.


Where do you get your ideas?


I draw a lot of my story ideas from personal experience. I have worked a number of lousy jobs which have become settings in a number of my books.  


What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?


Humorous scenes are always a blast. I just love being able to make people laugh.

(Picture from wallcoo)


I’m a dog lover and corgis are one of the breeds I enjoy, so what made you decide to add a corgi into the story?


Corgis are the cutest dogs in the world. Not to mention, they are such happy creatures. They always look like they are smiling.


What is your favorite chocolate and why?


I love a good Lindt Truffle. A personal favorite is a caramel truffle. Although, I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups as well. Don’t make me choose between the two. You can’t really go wrong with either.  


Give us some insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?


Sabrina Daley, the heroine of my story, is driven by the desire to find out what happened to her older sister, who went missing ten years ago. While solving the various murders that take place in Treasure Cove, Sabrina is desperate to solve the coldest case of all–what happened to Jessica?


Tell us about your favorite writing environment. Indoors, outdoors, a special room, etc.?


I have tried writing outdoors, but nature is too distracting. I find myself staring out in the distance too much. Instead, I sit down at my kitchen table with a cup of tea and scribble out the words.  


Does your family support your career as a writer?


No. I’m completely self-sufficient, thanks to my wonderful readers. They are the best.  I owe them everything. Although, my family has been quite supportive over the years as well.  


For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks, audios, or traditional paper/hard back books?


It depends on what kind of a mood I’m in. When I’m at home, I read ebooks. In the car, it’s audio book all the way.


Last, what is next for you?


You’ll be seeing more of Sabrina Daley in the future, that’s for sure.  


Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.


Thank you for having me. This has been a blast.


Meredith Potts loves corgis, cupcakes, and captivating books. Her mysteries usually feature all three.

Sign up to my audio book mailing list here and be the first to find out about my newest books.





Author: Meredith Potts


Narrator: Lainie Pahos

Length: 5 hours 8 minutes

Publisher: Meredith Potts⎮2017

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Series: The Daley Buzz Cozy Mysteries, Book 1

Release date: Oct, 23, 2017


Synopsis: Sabrina Daley is still haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her sister 10 years before. Even though the case went cold long ago, she keeps holding out hope that one day she will discover what happened to her sister. Sabrina’s life is turned upside down again when she discovers her friend’s dead body in the alley way behind her family’s coffee shop. If that isn’t bad enough, after a week of investigating, the local police appear to be stumped. Terrified about a second case going cold in town, Sabrina decides to take matters into her own hands. She sets out on her own, determined not to give up until she has brought her friend’s killer to justice.



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Lainie Pahos is a Chicago native who is currently based in Los Angeles continuing her work on stage and screen.





An excerpt from Chocolate with a Side of Murder, Click Here





Goodreads The Daley Buzz Mysteries Series


  • Chocolate with a Side of Murder
  • Caramels with a Side of Murder
  • Apple Pie with a Side of Murder
  • Lemon Bars with a Side of Murder
  • Cookies with a Side of Murder
  • Halloween Candy with a Side of Murder
  • Christmas Cookies with a Side of Murder
  • Gelato with a Side of Murder
  • Chocolate Cake with a Side of Murder
  • Cupcakes with a Side of Murder



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Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2018/03/interview-meredith-potts-the-daley-buzzy-cozy-mysteries-series
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url 2018-03-08 12:36
What Experts Say Nataša Nuit Pantovic interviewed by Joyce Strand
Tree of Life - Nataša Pantović Nuit
A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Art of 4 Elements - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Conscious Creativity: Mindfulness Meditations - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Spiritual Symbols: With their Meanings (Alchemy of love mindfulness training) (Volume 8) - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Q: You’ve traveled widely and researched multiple approaches to “love mindfulness.” Does one approach appeal to you more than another?

Nataša Nuit Pantović: The Eastern and Western approaches to God and spirituality developed in different directions. The western thrived exploring science, music, sports while the eastern focused on the interconnections of all, with a greater emphasis on myths, occult, micro-macro relationships. There are Yin and Yang approaches to life. Within my novel A-MA: ALCHEMY OF LOVE, I explore these in greater details. A-MA is set in 17th century China, at the time of first real contact of Eastern and Western civilizations, first printing books, first Universities that translated ancient works, first enlightened minds that saw that the merge of the two could lead to an amazing wisdom sharing.


Read more http://strandssimplytips.blogspot.com.mt/2017/03/what-experts-say-natasa-nuit-pantovic.html

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text 2018-03-06 13:28
Interview with author M.K. Scott + "Requiem for A Rescue Dog Queen" Giveaway


M.K. Scott, the authors of Requiem for A Rescue Dog Queen published last November, agreed to grant BookLikes a short interview. You can also enter our giveaway and win five copies of this latest title! Their newest book, the eighth installment in The Painted Lady Inn Mysteries series, will be released in late March. 

Mystery Giveaway

Mar. 06 - Mar. 20, 2018

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Tell us about yourself.


K. Scott is the team name for Morgan K Wyatt and Scott Stamm, a husband and wife author team. Scott is a software engineer while Morgan is a semi-retired special education teacher.


What was your first book?


The first M. K. Scott was Murder Mansion.


Describe your first break.


First literary break was an open submission call for a cougar romance.


What is your favorite genre to read? To write?


I read several genres including non-fiction. Scott prefers sci-fi. As Morgan, I write romance, suspense, YA and non-fiction. Together, we write cozy mysteries.


What makes a protagonist interesting?


Being normal with interesting quirks as opposed to being a perfect character works for me.



What is the best thing about being a writer?


Writing. :) Then, research.


What is the worst thing?


Editing :(


Pantser or plotter?


I have the general concept before I start writing, but seldom outline.


What do you see the direction of your future writing taking? What can we expect next? Give us a little taste.


Under the M.K. Scott name, we’re releasing The Skeleton Wore Diamonds in March 2018. Bark Twice for Danger comes out in April 2018. The new series The Way Over the Hill Gang comes out in July.


Cat or dog person?


Dog. (Like cats, but husband is allergic to them.)


Favorite food?




Favorite book?


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith  


Favorite movie?


Shirley Valentine


Favorite vacation destination (you just have to want to go there)


The beach.


Check out  M.K. Scott's books on BookLikes.

Click the cover and +Shelf to add it to your bookshelf.

Murder Mansion - M.K. ScottDrop Dead Handsome - M.K. ScottThe Painted Lady Inn Mysteries: Caribbean Catastrophe (Volume 6) - M.K. ScottChristmas Calamity - M.K. ScottWeddings Can Be Murder - M.K. ScottThe Painted Lady Inn Mysteries: Death Pledges a Sorority: A Cozy Mystery with Recipes - M.K. ScottRequiem for a Rescue Dog Queen (The Talking Dog Detective Agency) (Volume 2) - M.K. ScottA Bark in the Dark - M.K. ScottKiller Review - M.K. Scott

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