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Monday, October 9, 2017

Interview with the Author: Lindzee Armstrong

Have you ever gone to an author’s Amazon page and seen that every one of their books has 4.5 Stars or better? And hundreds of reviews? Yeah, me neither.

But Lindzee Armstrong comes darn close! One of her books has only 4.0 Star average. One. Out of how many? At least sixteen that I counted!

After reading her latest novel, Kiss Me in the Rain, I had the opportunity to interview Lindzee and ask her a few questions about her writing.

Lindzee, how long have you been writing?

Literally as long as I can remember! I started writing as soon as I knew how.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes. It’s been my “what do you want to be when you grow up?” answer since about first grade.

Do you have/Have you had any other careers besides writing?

I worked at a bookstore for five years while going to college. Not really a career, but a fun job!

What is your favorite music to listen to while writing?

Top 40 hits.

Have you ever named a character in honor of someone you know?

Yes! I have an accountability partner, and we slip each other into every book.

At what moment did you feel like you could say, “NOW, I'm an author?”

When my first book was published.

Do you write/read every single day?

I work every single day…I try to make sure that includes writing, but business stuff often overshadows it. I try to read every single day, and usually do. I listen to audiobooks every single day.

Lindzee, thank you for sharing some tidbits about yourself, your stories, and your writing experience! -Julie L. Spencer

About Lindzee:

Lindzee Armstrong is the USA Today bestselling author of the No Match for Love series, Kiss Me in the Rain series, and Sunset Plains Romance series. In case it wasn’t obvious, she’s always had a soft spot for love stories. In third grade, she started secretly reading romance novels, hiding the covers so no one would know (because hello, embarrassing!) and dreaming of her own Prince Charming.

Lindzee finally met her true love while at college, where she graduated with a bachelor’s in history education. They are now happily married and raising twin boys in the Rocky Mountains.

Like any true romantic, Lindzee loves chick flicks, ice cream, and chocolate. She believes in sigh-worthy kisses and happily ever afters, and loves expressing that through her writing.

Follow Lindzee Armstrong on social media:




Goodreads Profile: Lindzee_Armstrong



Books by Lindzee Armstrong:

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Interview with the Author Lisa Rector


After reviewing SwitchingLives, I had the opportunity to interview Lisa Rector and ask her a few questions about her writing. (Read my book review of Switching Lives here)

How long have you been writing?

I started writing in February of 2013 and have four completed novels published on Createspace and Kindle in a series called The Emrys Chronicles. My books are about immortal beings, dragons, and the fight between light and dark inside each of us and around us.

My new release is a story about sisters (one of whom is a witch), called Switching Lives. I have several vampire stories in the works and even a few short stories. I go where my mind takes me. I love writing.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

On a whim, an idea came to me. I never even played with the idea to write before, but I spent plenty of time dreaming up fantasies once my head hit the pillow at night. It was time to write them down.

How do you come up with your ideas for stories?

Anything and everything inspires me. I take inspiration from the scriptures, TV shows, books I’ve read, and dreams I’ve had. When I started my books, I was on a LOTR marathon and received most of my inspiration from those movies. Many of my characters are based off LOTR.

Now that I’ve been writing for four years, the ideas keep coming and I cannot write fast enough. I hope that as my writing improves the process goes faster.

Do you have any other careers besides writing?

I used to be a labor and delivery nurse, so I’m able to draw on those experiences for my novels. Since my series involves multiple generations instead of staying with the same characters, the stories tend to always have someone pregnant or having a baby. Often the pregnancies or deliveries have to do with the plot, so I’m really grateful for my knowledge.

Let’s talk more about your new release, Switching Lives.

Give us a Synopsis for the book:

Sisters should love each other, not covet each other’s husband.

Lexi Dahl wants to smooth over issues with her husband, Derick, during a weekend vacation, but a blissful night of making up turns to disaster when Lexi wakes and life is upside down. Derick thinks he’s married to her sister, Abby, and Lexi’s poor girls somehow believe Abby is their mother. At least her brother-in-law, Ben, knows he’s Abby’s real husband.

While Lexi and Ben sort out the marriage mix-up, evidence points to the impossible—a spell was cast. Even though Ben is sick of Abby’s lies and can move on with his life, he helps Lexi patch up hers. She’s determined to break the spell, but as secrets unfold and she and Ben draw closer, Lexi’s heart is divided between her old life and new possibilities—because finding her true self and true love could be just a botched spell away.

What was the inspiration behind this story?

I honestly can’t remember where the idea came from. Pretty sure it started out as a hazy dream, and the story evolved from there.

Tell us about your main characters:

Lexi Dahl is a happily married mother of two. In her eyes, her husband Derick is the ideal husband. “Life is perfect in all its chaos, and that’s what it is with two- and four-year olds.”

Derick Dahl is a hard-working trauma surgeon. His little girls are his world. “Lexi takes great care of [the girls]. I know she’s given up a lot and lost herself in motherhood, but I love her all the more for it.”

Benjamin Lindsey designs office spaces for upscale clients. He and his wife of five years wish for children of their own so they can emulate the perfect family that their in-laws Derick and Lexi have. “I didn’t think it would be this hard. Abby is certain [starting our own family] will only be a matter of time.”

Abigail Lindsey is a former registered nurse at the renowned National Cancer Institute. “We just need to simplify our lives. A baby will come along before Ben and I know it.”
Which is your favorite minor character and why?

I particularly like Ben. He has a biting personality and doesn’t take crap.

Your character is at a bookstore. What book is in his/her hand right now?

For a while Lexi was reading everything she could on witches so she could break the spell on her family, but she favors Scottish romances.

Of all the books out there, why should readers choose this one? (What makes your book stand out from the rest?)

This story has a contemporary feel even though it is technically a paranormal romance. I just loved playing up the dynamics between the two main characters Lexi and Ben. They start out as brother- and sister-in-law, helping each other out after a spell has been cast on them. Some crappy things happen to them, and they learn to lean on each other. Despite the novel’s paranormal bit, the premise feels so real. It’s real life, with all the nit and gritty. Readers will be able to relate to Lexi’s and Ben’s issues, while enjoying a bit of the paranormal, without being in a crazy world of vampires and werewolves.

Let’s shift gears and talk more about your writing.

What is your favorite music to listen to while writing?

I don’t write to music, but I take breaks and listen to music in between scenes and depending on the mood and tone, it will influence my writing.

Have you ever named a character in honor of someone you know?

Not really in honor of someone, but I steal names from everywhere. Most of my names for my emrys series are taken from Welsh names. I wanted names that were unusual. A few of my friends harped on the pronunciations, but I prefer my readers to say the names how they feel. That’s what I do with novels I read.

At what moment did you feel as if you could say, “NOW, I'm an author?”

When I opened the box with my first proof copy. As soon as the physical book was in my hand, that made all the difference in the world.

What is one of your favorite/go-to writing resources?

I have copied and pasted so many documents and writing notes off the internet that I’ve made my own Writing Your Novel from the Beginning guide. It takes me step-by-step through the writing process.

What other project are you working on now?

My garden changes every year. I have raised veggie beds. So far, I’ve been able to keep a lemon and a lime tree alive for over three winters. I’ve already harvested some of the fruit!

I’m really involved with my church. I teach the women’s Sunday school lessons on occasion, and help new converts learn about my faith.

And the latest side project—I’m creating a version of the Game of Life based on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy. It will be tragic. Let’s just say those with the least about of negative points will be the winner because this game of life has tons of disasters just like the show.

What book are you currently reading?

The Change (Unbounded Series Book 1) by Teyla Branton. Fantastic story and fantastic author.

Do you write/read every single day?

I have every intention. I write during the day and read at night.

Do you have any furry writing buddies? (Or scaled or feathered?)

I have gone through tons of cats, and right now, I am catless. They’re all buried on the mountain in, what my parents have, a thriving pet cemetery. The last cat I lost was the hardest, and because of my husband’s allergies, we can’t have anymore.

Lisa Rector, thank you for joining us today and for sharing your stories and your writing experience! –Julie L. Spencer


Author Bio:

Lisa Rector is a Maryland native and can’t imagine living anywhere else. And no, she doesn’t like crabs or Old Bay Seasoning. A mountain girl at heart, occasionally, every so often, she drifts down to the coast and floats away on the beachy breezes.

She married her high school sweetheart for time and all eternity in the Washington D.C. Temple after she fell in love with his endless sense of humor. She enjoyed a short stint as a labor and delivery nurse before becoming a stay-at-home mom for her two beautiful daughters. In addition to her newfound love of writing, her passions are gardening, yoga, and her faith in Jesus Christ. Her favorite delights are decadent homemade cakes, cookies, or brownies—never store-bought.

She has four published romantic fantasy novels. The Emrys Chronicles. Her novels are an ingenious look at the power of divine light inside immortals and humans, the ability to harness the energy, and the choices a person must make when darkness interferes.

Her newest release is a paranormal romance called Switching Lives.

Follow Lisa Rector on social media:

Twitter account: @lisarectoremrys
Website / Blog: Perpetual Indie Perspective
Amazon Author Page: Lisa-Rector
Goodreads Profile: Lisa_Rector
Google+ Profile: Lisa Rector
Facebook Author Page: AuthorLisaRector


Check out other books by Lisa Rector

Switching Lives

The Emrys Chronicles:



Book Review of Switching Lives by Lisa Rector


I was hooked on Switching Lives by Lisa Rector from page one and couldn’t put it down. The storyline is like Freaky Friday meets Bewitched. The main character, Lexi Dahl wakes up one day to find her husband thinks he’s married to her sister and her kids now think she’s their mom!

But Lexi and her sister’s husband, Ben, know the truth. They suspect they’ve been poisoned or someone cast a spell on them. Thankfully, they have each other to keep them sane while they try to sort things out. In any Paranormal Romance story, the characters trying to solve the mystery inevitably fall in love. Switching Lives is no exception.

This is no predictable, cheesy, traditional romance, though. Lisa’s writing style is complex and detailed and the character development was well-done. I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by Lisa Rector. Fabulous author, fabulous book.

I loved Switching Lives, and highly recommend it. -Julie L. Spencer

Have you read Switching Lives by Lisa Rector? What’s your opinion? –Julie L. Spencer


Follow Lisa Rector on social media:

Twitter account: @lisarectoremrys
Website / Blog: Perpetual Indie Perspective
Amazon Author Page: Lisa-Rector
Goodreads Profile: Lisa_Rector
Google+ Profile: Lisa Rector
Facebook Author Page: AuthorLisaRector


Check out other books by Lisa Rector

The Emrys Chronicles:




Monday, September 11, 2017

Buxton Peak The Early Years Party Favors

Thank you to the following authors who have generously offered to donate books as party favors for my Online Book Launch Party of Buxton Peak: The Early Years

Click here to join the Facebook Event: Online Book Launch Party of Buxton Peak: The Early Years


Amy Schisler
Digital copy of one of her books

Rachel John
Digital copy of one of her books or signed paperback of Bethany’s Reality

Donna K. Weaver
Digital or signed paperback (winner’s choice) of A Change of Plans, Safe Harbors #1 (also available in audiobook)

Judy Corry
Signed paperback copy of Protect My Heart

Elizabeth Proske
Signed paperback copy of Like a Flood, Book One in The Mission Field series

Jewel Punzalan Allen
Digital copy of Saffron Summer

Shannon Symonds
Signed copy of Safe House

Victorine Lieske
Free ebook to everyone who comes to our party

Michelle Pennington
Digital copy of Before It's Love

Lisa Rector
Digital copy of Switching Lives

Liwen Ho
Digital copy of On Waves of Wanderlust

EJ McCay
Digital or paperback copy of one of her books

Amy Linnabary Meyer
Digital copy of Cinderheart or Forgetting the Billionaire
  


How to Earn Points Toward Party Favors at the Buxton Peak: The Early Years Launch Party!

The great news is that every one of you will be going home with a Party Favor!

Here are some of the ways you can earn points:
  • Share ANYTHING from this party on your Facebook page (one of my posts, one of the Spotlight Author posts, a link to one of our books, a blog post, a Review, etc.)
  • Tweet or Re-tweet anything from this party or anything that one of us Tweeted (one of my posts, one of the Spotlight Author posts, a link to one of our books, a blog post, a review, etc.)
  • Ask a question of one of our Spotlight Authors.
  • Go to Amazon and leave a review on one of my books (if you’ve already done this, it still counts as a point), either The Cove, Buxton Peak Book One: Who Is Ian Taylor? Buxton Peak Book Two: Center Stage, Buxton Peak Book Three: The End of the Beginning, or Buxton Peak: The Early Years.
  • Invite a friend to come to this party (one point per INVITED friend, even if they don’t come!)
  • Purchase any of my books, The Cove, Buxton Peak Book One: Who Is Ian Taylor? Buxton Peak Book Two: Center Stage, Buxton Peak Book Three: The End of the Beginning, or Buxton Peak: The Early Years (Give yourself an extra ten points for purchasing one of the books!)
  • Purchase any one or more of the Spotlight Author’s books (Give yourself an extra ten points for purchasing one of their books!)
  • Have fun and enjoy getting to know one another (Give yourself at least one point for every time you smile or laugh while here at the party!)


Reminder: Tally up your points and let me know how many you got!

Points are awarded on an honor system because I just won’t have time to keep track. Sometime between now and whenever you go to bed tonight, send me a Private Message with the number of points you’ve accumulated and your top 3-5 book choices.

You will get to choose which of those books you’d like to take home. The person with the most points will get to choose first, second most points gets to choose second, on down the line. Even if you get zero points, you will still get a Party Favor to take home, just for being here.

Within the next few days I’ll let you know which Party Favor you have won. We will then connect you with the author so you can give them your contact information.

Thank you again, so much for coming to my online book launch party! It means the world to me that you are sharing this exciting night with me! –Julie L. Spencer


Meet the Author Judy Corry

Thank you to author, Judy Corry for donating a signed copy of Protect My Heart as a Party Favor for the Buxton Peak: The Early Years launch party on September 12th, 2017 from 8:00 to Midnight.

See list of books after Judy’s contact information





Connect with Judy Corry:

Sign up for Judy’s VIP Reader’s Club at www.subscribepage.com/judycorry for a behind-the-scenes look at her books, great deals and exclusive extra’s!

Author website: www.JudyCorry.com
Twitter: @Judy_Corry
Author Facebook page: @authorjudycorry
Instagram: @judycorry


Books by Judy Corry:
Protect My Heart

Thank you to author, Judy Corry for donating a signed copy of Protect My Heart as a Party Favor for the Buxton Peak: The Early Years launch party on September 12th, 2017 from 8:00 to Midnight.

See list of books after Judy’s contact information

Connect with Judy Corry:

Sign up for Judy’s VIP Reader’s Club at www.subscribepage.com/judycorry for a behind-the-scenes look at her books, great deals and exclusive extra’s!

Author website: www.JudyCorry.com
Twitter: @Judy_Corry
Author Facebook page: @authorjudycorry
Instagram: @judycorry


Books by Judy Corry:
Protect My Heart

Click here to join the Facebook Event: Online Book Launch Party of Buxton Peak: The Early Years