Okay, first things first. the winners of the karen Perkins ebooks and paperback are as follows. San DK wins the signed paperback for his creepy story about Hangmans HIll, and the two ebooks go to Wulf Francu Godgluck and Rhonda Hopkins (tonights author). Congratulations, send me a PM with your address and email address and preffered format.
Back to Rhonda. I've got excerpts, interviews and compettions for you. Signed paperbacks and ebooks galore, so don't forget about last nights competition as well as tonights, and please remember to share it loud and proud so that others can be in with a chance of getting to know the author and winning some of her books.
Just so you know, she's having an awesome giveaway/opportunity over on her blog at the moment, so seriously go check this out! Ever wanted to be in a book? Well, this is your chance.
Okay, let's get to know a little bit more about her and her books.
With one young girl dead and three more missing, Fort Worth detectives Greg Matthews and Caleb Simmons are fighting against the clock to catch a predator. One of the missing girls is a pawn in a nasty custody case assigned to family court investigator, Tori Matthews. Could the cases be related? Teaming up with her brother and his partner, they’ll stop at nothing to find the missing girls before another child is lost forever
Excerpt from PREDATOR
Sounds good right?! Well, it's out sometime in October so be sure to add it to your Goodreads shelf! http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17610629-predator?from_search=true
Illusion Of Safety Blurb
Desperate times call for desperate measures…
Illusion Of Safety Excerpt
Excerpt from ILLUSION OF SAFETY
Damn she's good! This one is due out approx December time, so keep an eye out on her blog for more details.
Tales From The Mist Blurb
TALES FROM THE MIST will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages. Authors included are: Scott Nicholson, Rhonda Hopkins, Marty Young, Cate Dean, Tamara Ward, Meredith Bond, Catie Rhodes, Greg Carrico, Mitzi Flyte, Natalie G. Owens, *lizzie starr and Stacey Joy Netzel.
Coming up at the end of the blog piece is a chance to win a signed copy of Tales from the Mist, so keep reading...
Get To Know Rhonda Hopkins
Five facts about you that people won’t know about you. Can you juggle? Ride a bike with no hands? Drink beer upside down? Something unusual… GO!
1. I live in a haunted house
2. I have a friend that's psychic. I have to repeat nursery rhymes and such to keep her out of my head. LOL The cool thing is whenever we did investigations together, I could give her info without talking. Too bad I couldn't pick up her thoughts though. Now that would have been amazing.
3. I have a cat, Samantha, that talks. She says "mama" when she's looking for me and "yeah" and "no" quite plainly. She also says "NOW!" when I don't get her food to her fast enough. LOL She'll also go around and tell each guest "Nite" .
4. I'm a klutz. I was told I'd outgrow it, but still waiting on that. I'm a talented klutz though. I can actually fall UP the stairs.
5. I'm 6'0". And no, I didn't play basketball. See #4. LOL
Five facts about your newest book that people won’t know. Some background history on one of your characters maybe? Maybe it was going to be called something completely different to start out with? Is it the same genre it started out as?...
1. My latest released paranormal short story, THE CONSUMING, has at least one "haunting" incident taken from my personal experience within my house.
2. The story started out as just a writing exercise a few years ago. I was given the first line (which has since been changed) and the story just wrote itself in one sitting. That story got second place in a local writing contest. But when I decided to publish it, I rewrote it from scratch and I think it's much better.
3. The main character's first name was "Beth" in the original version. But when I rewrote it and added a best friend, the friend became Beth and my MC became Serena. The new name is a better fit for her.
4. While I thought I was done with the story, it doesn't seem to be done with me. Next year, I might expand it to a novella or even a novel sized book. But if I do, my plan is to do an update so that people who have already bought it will have the newer version without paying extra for it.
5. In the first version, Serena was a child prodigy, graduating high school early and racking up degrees in record time. She was a little insufferable at times, so in this version, she was given a best friend to keep her grounded and she does the same for her friend who is a model. They're so different, they balance each other out.
Five facts about your next book… Name, genre, expected date of release…
1. My soon to be released book, PREDATOR, is a suspense novella. But the series, Courting Justice, will actually be a romantic suspense series. That definitely wasn't planned, but no matter how hard I fought them, Tori and Caleb insisted on a relationship. I guess love always finds a way, right?
2. Tori is a Family Court investigator, so she's got a little of me in her. But she's definitely her own person.
3. I gave Tori the older brother I always wanted. It's fun to imagine those roles and how they interact with one another.
4. I gave Tori a cat, also named Samantha, who has a ton of personality - much like her namesake.
5. PREDATOR should be released by the end of September and then the following book in the series, ILLUSION OF SAFETY, will be out in December.
Three tips that you think might be useful for other authors… anything you want. It could be, to write a certain amount every day, only write after midnight and never get Gizmo wet (Sorry, that’s Gremlins not writers! My bad.) Maybe it’s some information that was given to you that has helped your process…
1. The best advice I ever got was to just write the first draft. Like Nora says, "you can't fix a blank page". I was stuck rewriting everything, trying to perfect what I had written without ever finishing. So just get it out there and then go back and edit. Give yourself permission to write a sucky first draft. It probably won't be as bad as you think it will be.
2. Read your work aloud. I find more errors this way. When we read silently our eyes tend to see what we think should be there rather than what actually is. There's a higher level of concentration when you read out loud. Not only do I find more errors, but it helps me determine if the pacing and sentence structure is working.
3. Remember to show a professional image. I've seen authors whine on their blogs or facebook about other writers, life not being fair to them, the writing industry, their personal lives, etc. Think about how this makes an author look. Even if I enjoy reading their works, the image they put forth diminishes my appreciation of their talent and I'm likely to look elsewhere for my next read.
This is one creepy woman right! Ha, ha, she's lovely though, and is offering up the chance for two ebooks of her newest novel-The Consuming and one signed paperback of Tales from the Mist. All she wants you to do is go like her page, and tell me what your favourite paranormal is. Leave your message her or on the horror event page-whichever works for you. https://www.facebook.com/groups/237765852965957/521097171299489/?ref=notif¬if_t=group_activity#!/RhondaHopkins.Author?fref=ts
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