Saturday, November 30, 2013

Welcome Joe Evener today

Talking with author Joe Evener....

To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out? Yes, first, thanks for having me here. I greatly appreciate it. My first novel, “The Heart of Seras: Journey to Seras,” just came out through Rogue Phoenix Press.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? I know this sounds boring, but I love Sunbury, Ohio. It is the near perfect place to live. Now, there are many places that I want to visit for long periods of time: Prague, Tokyo, London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, anywhere in Spain, and Athens. I really want to travel the world, but Sunbury is home. There is a lot of Sunbury in my fictional town of Sunset.

What is coming up from you in 2014? Anything you want to tease us with? I’m working on book two, subtitled, “The Elders.” It’s Julie’s sophomore and junior years in high school, and gives the back story of the history of Seras. I also have two stand alone books and two more series books in the works. 

If you had a reporter follow you around for the day, what would the readers get to see in your daily schedule? My day is pretty routine. I wake up and get ready for school, then we would spend 8-9 hours with my 5th grade classes (I am a 5thgrade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher), next we would hang out with my track team (I coach a high school girls’ track team), before going home, eating dinner, and finally sitting down and writing in the living room before heading off to bed. There would be slight variations as we (my wife and I) go out to eat with friends, hang out with my sons and/or grandsons, or do some sort of activity (workout, go to a movie, etc.). 

Is music a factor for you while you are writing? Do certain songs put you in the right frame of mind to write certain stories? Music is a major factor. I always start off my writing process listening to “Carry on my Wayward Son” by Kansas, “Separate Ways” by Journey, and “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins. Then if I am writing something romantic or tender I go with anything by Sting. If I’m writing something aggressive such as fighting, arguing or otherwise confrontational I listen to AC/DC and Van Halen. 
Who has been the biggest influence in your writing? There have been many. I grew up reading J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Robert Louis Stevenson. I watched the Star Wars movies (the good ones), “Gladiator” with Russell Crowe, and of course the Lord of the Rings movies. Joss Wheden’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” television series’ were very instrumental in my writing, and I always enjoyed the humor in Eric Kripke’s t.v. show, “Supernatural.”  

If a movie or TV production company chose to produce your books into a series of shows or movies, who would your ideal cast be? Good question! I do think about that as like the ultimate dream. I haven’t found the perfect Marcus or Julie, yet. Marcus is a cross between Russell Crowe’s Maximus Decimus Meridius, Viggo Mortenson’s Aragorn and Adrian Paul’s Duncan MacLeod. Julie is part Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Buffy Summers, Charisma Carpenter’s Cordelia Chase, and Valerie Bertinelli’s Barbara Cooper.   

How much of your own personality bleeds into your characters? I purposely add a little bit of me in every character. It makes it so much easier for me to write that way. If I struggle in their motives or behavior, I can go back and say, “What would I do in this situation or what would I want to do in that situation?” because they are me. It also makes it more personal when I have to kill one of them off.


It's summer in my part of the world and that means summer blockbuster movies are coming out. Do you have a list of movies like me that you are itching to see or have seen? What about ones coming up? Any that draw your eye to it? I haven’t seen “Thor 2,” yet. I really want to. Then, “Catching Fire” will be out shortly, which is high on my list. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” is my must see movie of the year, and I really want to see “Saving Mr. Banks.”


About 'The Heart of Seras: Jorney to Sera's'
Book One in the series
Genre - fantasy 
Publisher – Rogue Phoenix Press

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Julie Ayers is a normal fifteen year old living in the quiet town of Sunset, Ohio. Her world is turned upside down by the arrival of the school’s new teacher, Marcus Campbell. 

Marcus Campbell has a secret. He is a warrior from a medieval dimension searching for the mythical "Heart"-a hero given to the people of Seras to rid their world of impending evil. Marcus’s quest is challenged when he realizes that the "Heart" is the vibrant teenage girl. Now, against his better judgment, he must try convincing Julie to go to his world and begin preparation to face whatever evil lies ahead. 

Journey to Seras is the first book in the five part The Heart of Seras fantasy series. It begins the adventures of the two unlikely heroes as they battle the dark forces of Seras.

Teaser Excerpt:

Mr. Campbell stepped out of the shadows beside Julie. His sudden appearance shocked her.

He gently grabbed her by the arm. "Don't."                
"What are you--," Julie began to ask with a look of dawning terror.              
"Listen to me," Mr. Campbell whispered as the form started walking closer. Julie's eyes strayed. He took her by both arms. "Look at me…don't ask questions, don't look back and get out of here," he said gently, but firmly.  
"Who is she?"              
"That's a question." He let go of Julie's arms.

"We're you following me?"

"Stop asking questions and get out of here."                                      
She started to sprint away in fear. "Why did I wear boots?"              
Julie heard Mr. Campbell turn his attention to the woman from the flames. "Why are you here?" he commanded in pure anger. Then he spoke in a distinct foreign language.
It caused her to stop. It was a growl from deep inside of him. Julie could not understand the words he was saying, but she had heard the language before. She ducked behind a bush out of sight from the two.                  
The woman did not answer Mr. Campbell's question. The flames behind her subsided to a flickering glow. She looked angry at his presence.             
Mr. Campbell pulled himself up to his full stature and repeated his question. "Why are you here?" 
His female foe did not answer and did not stop. Julie watched as Mr. Campbell stepped in front of her and reflexively seized her by the throat. "We can do this the civilized way or the hard way."

The woman grabbed his arm and shoulder and tossed him against a wall. He landed on top of wooden crates and garbage cans, smashing the wood to pieces.

"Okay, I guess it's going to be the hard way." He choked out a laugh.          
The woman said something in return. Her sharp distinct voice amplified against the brick walls of the alley. Julie only heard unfamiliar jumbled sounds, but she knew Mr. Campbell was in trouble.     

About the Author

My name is Joe Evener. I am a 5th grade Social Studies and Language Arts Teacher at Big Walnut Intermediate School in Sunbury, Ohio. I live with my wife of thirty years, Bronwen, in Delaware, Ohio. I am the father of two sons, Joey and Jacob, and grandfather of two, Jacob and Jamison.

I have been the head coach of the Big Walnut girls’ track and field team for 19 years. Besides writing and coaching, I enjoy reading, and traveling with family and friends.

I earned my bachelor degree in 2009 from The Ohio State University, and my master’s degree from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University in 2011.  I have been the head coach of the Big Walnut High School Girls' Track and Field team for 19 years. Besides writing and coaching, I enjoy traveling with family and friends. 

I earned my Associate Degree in 2007 and Bachelors Degree in 2009 from The Ohio State University; and my Masters Degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2011.I have been the head coach of the Big Walnut High School Girls' Track and Field team for 19 years. Besides writing and coaching, I enjoy traveling with family and friends. 

I earned my Associate Degree in 2007 and Bachelors Degree in 2009 from The Ohio State University; and my Masters Degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2011.

I have been the head coach of the Big Walnut High School Girls' Track and Field team for 19 years. Besides writing and coaching, I enjoy traveling with family and friends. 

I earned my Associate Degree in 2007 and Bachelors Degree in 2009 from The Ohio State University; and my Masters Degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2011

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Title: Lovers Unchained

Author: Siren Allen

Release date: August 15th, 2013

Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance

Tour: Irresistible Reads Book Tours


Book Description:
Lovers Unchained
A Cursed Demon
Twenty years ago Jude made a huge mistake resulting in him and four of his best friends being cursed by the Dark Witch. For twenty years he has searched for his mate-the only being able to break the curse placed upon him. Until he finds her he will not be able to release the pent up sexual energy that is driving him insane. On his journey to find his mate he is captured and held prisoner by Lana, a vicious vampiress.

A Sex Crazed Vampiress
Lana is intrigued by Jude's ability to resist making love to her. She doesn't know of the curse placed upon him years ago. No matter how hard she tries to seduce him she always fails. His life means nothing to her and she is ready to end his existence, but first she must know what prevents him from succumbing to her seduction. She wonders if it's her or if Jude is like this with all women. To test her theory Lana places one of her female prisoners, Carissa, and Jude together. To her dismay, sparks ignite between the two captives.

A Witch on a
Mission
Carissa is searching for her friend who is rumored to have been captured my Lana and her men. She doesn’t plan on finding love but she can’t resist the attraction she feels for her fellow captive, Jude. She senses the desire raging through him and yearns to ease the tension coursing through his muscled body. However, their lust for one another angers Lana and can only lead to one thing…death for both her and Jude.

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Now that Jude has found his mate he must get them both to safety before Lana destroys them.

Will Jude lose his mate so soon after finding her or will
they escape Lana's wrath and form a bond so strong nothing and no one can break it?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18169407-lovers-unchained?ac=1



About the Author:
Hi, my name is Siren Allen. I’m a writer and lover of all things erotic and romantic. I reside in southern Mississippi where I write steamy romances that are guaranteed to make you blush. When I’m not listening to the characters in my head and jotting down their adventures, I am busy working as a Clinical Laboratory Technician.
I love to travel, preferably with my husband, so he can do all of the driving. I enjoy time with my family, who are just as silly as I am. I have no children…yet, wish me luck! My hobbies are reading, writing and shopping, though I hate trying on clothing. If I wasn’t a writer or a Laboratory Professional, I would probably be a Secret Agent. But that’s the beauty of being a writer; you can create your own world and be whoever you want to be. In my imaginary world, I am Queen and my siblings are my minions.


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Release Day/Giveaway~ 2003: A comatose memoir by FX Scully

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Book Title: Two Thousand 3: A comatose memoir Author: FX Scully Genre: New Adult Novella Release Date: November 30, 2013 Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

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If you could turn back the clock, what would you change? Who would you choose? Reese Clarke is sports agent, extraordinaire. With an impressive client list, she’s on the fast track to becoming partner at her Seattle-based firm, and is engaged to the first-round draft pick, and the firm’s bread and butter, Neil Baxter. Then everything comes crashing down. Neil cheats on her. She has a bitter reunion with a sexy ex. And gets hit by a car. All in the same damn day. When she wakes up, twelve years in the past, she doesn’t know how she got there, or how to get out. Confusion grows to pleasure, then quickly spirals to anger as Reese struggles to find her way back home. All the while being forced to relive her greatest love affairs—one ex a time. But older and wiser Reese soon realizes she’s been given a break—a chance to do things differently this time around. An opportunity to track down the one who got away.

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F.X Scully spends her days advising men in tights. She loves turtles, romance and things of the past. In the evenings, she writes smut and drama for those who love it and those who pretend they don’t. Her free time is spent taking walks in the rain, scouring thrift shops for classic pieces and sipping vintage wine.  

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Book Spotlight/Giveaway~ Ruby Hill

Title: Ruby Hill
Author: Sarah Ballance
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance
Categories: Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Ghost Story
Erotic Elements: NONE
Publisher: Entangled Ever After
Heat Level: Sensual


Word Count/Length: Approx 12,000 words


Corbin Malone said goodbye to everything good when his brother Cash died, including the love of his life, Ashley Pearce...until his captain assigns him to babysit a group of ghost hunters at Ruby Hill Lunatic Asylum. They’re set on disproving a supernatural cause for a cluster of strange deaths, and Ashley is leading the investigation. He doesn’t need the hassle, but he won’t let anyone else protect her, regardless of the threat.
Ashley didn’t know her ex-boyfriend, the man who blames her for his brother’s death, would head the police detail guarding the abandoned asylum. But her long family history with Ruby Hill calls to her, and even he won’t convince her to back down. Until something darker stirs in the shadows of the asylum—something so evil, she’s not sure she and Corbin will survive the night.

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Lunatics. Ghosts. Murder.
The media grabbed the story like rabid dogs, shredding and tearing the meat of the so-called facts until nothing was left but gristle and hyped-up gore. Rumors took flight. Poltergeists, demons, a portal to hell, and all because torture had to leave a mark. Ruby Hill certainly had.
So had Corbin Malone.
From the drive, Corbin twisted his head her way. The moment his eyes met hers left a scar on her heart.
Either he hid his emotion well or he lacked any. Not a flicker of reaction crossed his face. He simply turned to watch the car retreat through the gate, a security guard stepping over to shut and lock the leggy ten-foot barrier as soon as the vehicle’s rear bumper cleared.
Then, in a move so painstakingly slow it had to be deliberate, Corbin found her again. Blue eyes pierced her with such force she took a step backward. As she stumbled, the slowest of smiles crept across his face.
But he was not the threat.
She heard the asylum’s whispers. This was personal.
She hugged herself tightly.
Yer gonna die.

About the Author

Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). Though she adores romantic suspense, she writes in many genres. Her ever-growing roster of releases may be found at http://sarahballance.com.

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Book Spotlight/Giveaway~ The Christmas Bride by Sylvia McDaniel



The Christmas Bride by Sylvia McDaniel
Book 4, Burnett Brides Series
Western Romance Novella

Eugenia Burnett has gotten what she wants. Her three sons are married and she has three grandchildren, with the fourth on the way. But she hasn’t given up her matchmaking ways. Now she’s moved on to the people she knows and she’s matching widows and widowers together. Until one widower, Wyatt Jones let’s her know in front of a crowded restaurant that he’s not interested in any of the women she keeps sending him except her. Sworn never to remarry, she doesn’t need a husband or want one. She’s a free spirit doing what she pleases and no one is going to boss her around. But Wyatt wants Eugenia and she says no.
In this western historical romance novella, come back to the old west and spend Christmas with the Burnett family. See Eugenia meet her match in cowboy Wyatt Jones.

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Excerpt

The door to the café opened, the cold wind slamming it against the wall. The restaurant grew quiet with the sudden entrance, and Eugenia turned to see who was making such a racket.
Wyatt Jones stood in the doorway, his muscular frame filling the opening. His cowboy hat sat at an angle on top of his head, and his large brown eyes scanned the room.
In his hand, he carried a duffle bag.
Eugenia tried to ignore the big man as he strolled through the doorway and removed his Stetson.
Their gazes locked across the room, and he smiled, his full lips turning up in a grin that made her body soften and her heart give an extra little ca-thunk. He spoke to the waitress, but his gaze never wavered from Eugenia.
Uh-oh. A tingle of nerves zinged through her bones. This couldn’t be good.
His boots made a rhythmic thump, thump, thump on the wooden floor as he walked with a determined stride straight toward her, his bag in hand, his spurs jingling. Nervously, she licked her lips.
Myrtle’s back faced the door, and she continued to blather about something. But Eugenia couldn’t seem to focus on the words. All she could see was this handsome cowboy walking her way. She couldn’t stop staring at him. She knew he was coming for her.
She’d already sent several women his way, and she didn’t think he was here to thank her for curing his loneliness.
Wyatt stopped at their table, touching the rim of his hat as he glanced at Myrtle. “Morning Mrs. Sanders. Nice to see you.”
He pivoted to Eugenia, his brown eyes dancing with merriment. Staring into those earthy eyes, a warm flush settled over her like a blanket. He opened the bag, withdrew a casserole dish, and laid it on the table. He took a second dish out and placed it alongside the first one, and then another, and another.
Oh dear.
When he finished, six clean, empty casserole dishes sat in front of her.
His mouth turned up in that slow, lazy grin that burned a sizzle along her spine. Why did this man make her feel like she’d raced her grandchildren around the yard and couldn’t catch her breath? Why did this man make her more nervous than a virgin on her wedding day? Why did this man have her wondering how his lips would feel against her own?
“Eugenia,” he said in that deep drawl that sent shivers skittering over her. “You’ve been mighty busy, sending women out to my house. You’ve kept me and my men well fed the last couple of weeks.”
“Glad I could help,” she said, her voice sounding breathy and soft.
He leaned in close and put his hands on either side of her, effectively pinning her in the chair. She felt the urge to jump up and run, but resisted. She sat there, stared him in the eye and refused to back down. No longer would she back down to any man. Never again.
“While I appreciate the effort, I’m not taking the bait. There’s only one woman in this town that I’m interested in pursuing to become my wife.” The deep timbre of his voice was low and commanding.
“And pray tell, who would that be?” she asked, knowing she would have him hitched as soon as possible.
“You, Eugenia Burnett. You.”

About the Author

Sylvia McDaniel is a best-selling, award-winning author of historical romance and contemporary romance novels.  Known for her sweet, funny, family-oriented romances,  Sylvia is the author of The Burnett Brides a western historical western series, The Cuvier Widows, a Louisiana historical series, and several short contemporary romances.

Former President of the Dallas Area Romance Authors, a member of the Romance Writers of America®, and a member of Novelists Inc, her novel, A Hero’s Heart was a 1996 Golden Heart Finalist. Several other books have placed or won in the San Antonio Romance Authors Contest, LERA Contest, and she was a Golden Network Finalist.

Married for nearly twenty years to her best friend, they have two dachshunds that are beyond spoiled and a good-looking, grown son who thinks there’s no place like home. She loves gardening, shopping, knitting and football (Cowboys and Bronco’s fan), but not necessarily in that order.
Currently she’s written sixteen novels and is hard at work on number seventeen. Look for her the first Tuesday of every month at the Plotting Princesses blogspot http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com/.

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