Rainbow Awards

Thrilled that One Bullet was recognized in this year’s Rainbow Awards!  The book itself received an Honorable Mention, while the cover was a Runner-Up!  Congrats to all the winners!

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My fellow NineStar Press authors really cleaned up this year, and I couldn’t be more proud of all of them.  We have wonderful things on the NSP calendar headed your way.  So, here’s to another year of great reading!

Lots of love, Wolfe Pack!  Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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Interview for E.M. Hamill’s Blog

Hey, all!  I was so happy to be a guest on E.M. Hamill’s blog!  We talked about One Bullet, as well as my upcoming Inquisition Trilogy, and just writing in general.

Tell us a little bit about your most recent book, One Bullet.

One Bullet follows Ethan Brant, a former police officer suffering from PTSD, and Detective Shawn Greyson, the man who saved his life.  They start out as friends, navigating through their growing feelings, and finding they both want more.  While PTSD is certainly apart of the story, the angst and darkness is kept to a minimum in favor of focusing on the lighter sides of the story.  I wanted to create a comfort read, something that would be nice after a long day when you just need something happy to read (you know those stories I’m talking about).  In that, this is a slice-of-life tale.  There’s no mystery, no big bad guy to stop, just Ethan and Shawn discovering each other, and dealing with everyday life, friends, and family.

Read the full review here.

Ask the Author

*howls*  What’s up, Wolfe Pack?  So, I did an interview a while ago where I was given a whole slew of questions to pick from.  Since I couldn’t do them all, I decided to keep hold of the more interesting ones and answer them later on.  Without further ado…

What’s your writing process like? Are you a planner or do you fly by the seat of your pants? A little bit of both?

I guess it’s a combo platter.  I like to write out bios and jot down any kind of plot I have into an outline.  This all grows and changes as I get further into the story.  Some things you just never plan for; it all happens on its own.

How much research do you put into your writing? At what point in your process do you incorporate it?

It depends on what I’m writing.  I’ll likely do some prep work on it to help with outlining.  There are always random things to look-up on the fly.  Thank goodness for Google.

What kind of settings are you drawn to when you write?

I’m mostly a paranormal and historical genre writer/reader, so I love a variety of historical places, and for paranormal I tend to be drawn to modern era.

How tactile/sensory is your writing? How focused are you on sensory details vs. emotional/intellectual details?

I like to think I balance all of that fairly well.  For me, part of the experience of a story is the sensory information, which I think can be left out a lot – especially smell, for some reason.

Do you write anything other than novels/novellas?

I love writing fanfiction.  Seriously, talk fandom to me.

How did you choose Ninestar Press?

It was still in their first year, and I ended up reading one of their books (Finding You, Finding Me, by Bailey Queen).  That led me to their site, and I was really impressed that in such a short time, they had such a great line-up of books and authors.  I wanted to be apart of that.

What times of the day are best for writing for you, personally?

Late night, into morning.

What from your past inspires you?

I think we all, as authors, carry our life experiences into our stories in some shape or form.  I’m no exception.  Typically, that tends to be events that are particularly emotional – good or bad.  I have random fond memories that make it into stories that add to a character’s life and make it feel more real – such as some holiday traditions that slipped into One Bullet.  Or I’ll find certain characters taking on traits of people I know – again, for good or bad.  There have even been very specific events that have been immortalized in my writing.

Do you write to a playlist? Do specific stories/books have specific playlists? Do characters?

I make playlists for all my books, with all different kinds of music.  I also have general “mood playlists” if I’m just trying to get a certain atmosphere to work with.

Do your characters have signature alcoholic drinks?

They do not, but I did create custom tea blends for the main cast of One Bullet.  I may have to try and come up with some drinks now.  Might I start off by suggesting a real life version of a Galaxy Shot from my soon-to-be-released series, Inquisition Trilogy?

Who supported your writing first?

My mom.  She has always encouraged me with everything I do, and that included writing.  While I’ve always been nervous to show other people my work, she has been on that small list of people I could trust.  I know she won’t just tell me what I want to hear.  She’s a great proofreader, and I’m able to bounce ideas off of her.

How emotionally entangled do you get in your writing?

I have been known to cry with my characters.  I become highly invested with their lives, and I think the obsession shows.

What types of stories do you want to tell?

Stories that resonate with people, that feel real.  I want to tell the stories that I, as a reader, am looking for – and often have trouble finding.

Author Interview – ceLEStial books

Thanks to Rebecca Langham for hosting me on her blog, ceLEStial books.  It was a lot of fun!

What’s one book you remember reading in high school? What stood out for you during or after reading it?

I loved the books by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, namely Hawksong, the start of her Kiesha’ra series.  I also fell in love with Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak series.  I’ve just always loved paranormal books, and these two authors really captured my heart.  They had memorable characters and stories that have stuck with me to this day, and their books still have a place on my shelf.

What aspect of your book One Bullet are you most proud of?

I’m proud that I stuck to my guns – so to speak – and kept it sex free.  It’s a problem I have, as a reader, to find romance books with little to no sex in them.  I’m of the opinion that if it doesn’t move the plot forward or develop the characters further, then you don’t need it.  You want sex (without plot)?  Read an erotic novel.  No, my style of writing is sweet romances, filled with fluff and low angst, because that’s what I like to read, and there’s not enough out there.

Finish reading the interview here.

“One Bullet” Deleted Scene

Originally, I had Ethan going out of town for work, but once I got into that section of the story, it no longer really fit with the rest of what was going on.  I only wrote a small section for that part before deciding to scrap it, but I kept it around for just such an occasion:

Ethan had only been gone overnight but Shawn still smiled brightly when his phone beeped and it turned out to be a text message: I’m home.

He tapped out a quickly reply, sending it off: Get some rest.

“That your boy?” Davies inquired, inclining his head towards the phone as he stirred his coffee.

“Yeah, just got back.”

Davies only shook his head.  “You two are hopeless,” he teased.

That statement may have been true but it didn’t bother Shawn in the least.  He was happy to get off of work, planning to run home to change before heading over to Ethan’s to make him some dinner as a surprise.  Except when he dropped his keys in the dish and hung his coat by the door, he heard the TV on low in the living room.

He smiled softly at the sight that greeted him.  On the couch was none other than Ethan, curled up with the throw blanket tossed over him haphazardly, slumbering peacefully.  It warmed Shawn’s heart, realizing that it was his house that Ethan referred to as home.

He bent down to place a kiss on Ethan’s forehead.  He didn’t even stir and Shawn couldn’t help but find him completely adorable.

Author Interview – CandidCeillie

Thanks so much to Ceillie for having me!

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

To ignore most writing advice. We all do things differently, and there’s typically no right or wrong answer.

What’s your favorite emoji?

I don’t typically use emojis, but I’d have to pick the paw print for obvious reasons.

Where do you like to read? What do you need for a good long reading session?

My bed is the best place. I can just relax and shut out the rest of the world. But, in truth, I will read anywhere, at anytime, any chance I get.

What are your top 3 go-to book recommendations?

At the moment, those would likely be Finding You, Finding Me, by Bailey Queen, According to Hoyle, by Abigail Roux, and Beyond Band of Brothers, by Dick Winters. Apparently, I’m on a historical kick.

Read the full interview here.