Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Blog Tours - What Would You Like to Know

I'm doing a tele-seminar next week about blog tours and I would love input from you all.

There are many things to discuss about blog tours and I worked out some initial questions to get people thinking - they are:

Discover Ways to Promote Your Book on a Virtual Blog Tour to Gain Greater Visibility and Sales

  • What are the benefits of doing a blog tour?
  • Should you promote your book in a blog tour?
  • Should fiction and non fiction books be promoted differently in a blog tour?
  • Should you organize your own blog tour?
  • Why hire a publicist to organize your tour?
  • If you hire a publicist, will you still need to work on the tour?
  • Can you use a blog tour to promote anything besides books?
  • Is there a new option in book blog tours?

But, now I need to create a couple of handouts and I'd love your input. Is there any specific info about blog tours that any of you think would be most helpful? Some folks here have done tours, some have hosted touring authors and I bet some of you have thought about doing a tour. So, since many of the people here are authors, I figured it would be a great place to pose the question. What information would you suggest I offer in handouts? Thank you all for your thoughts. There will be plenty of blog tour info coming very soon .

Nikki Leigh

PS - The answer to the last question is - most definitely. Stay tuned for much more information about that option - SOON. Or, contact me to be added to the mailing list - nikki_leigh22939@yahoo.com with Mailing List in the subject line.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Finding Funboy by Matt Golec


What's his name? Why did you pick that name?
The main character in the novel “Finding Funboy” is
named August (Gus) Frank III. Gus has a link with the
past through his shared name, yet he goes by ‘Gus’ to
show that he’s also choosing his own path.


Give us a brief description of how he looks. Is
there anything unusual about his appearance?

Gus is an almost-out-of-college journalist, and he
(somewhat reluctantly) compares himself more to Dustin
Hoffman rather than Robert Redford in the movie “All
the President’s Men.”


Who does he love? Why?
As a young, unattached fellow, Gus finds himself
moving closer to friends and away from family -- a
fairly normal part of growing up, but still an
important transition that can be confusing.


Does this person love him?
Gus has loyal, longtime friends who care deeply for
him, although some of those ties are stressed, tested
and transformed by the events that take place in the
book.


Tell us about his family. Are they important to
him?

Gus’ family provides a solid emotional base for him to
stand on. However, as Gus and his brother grow up and
out of the house, their family’s day-to-day influence
wanes as Gus feels his way toward coming into his own.



Where is he from? Does his hometown affect his
behavior, thoughts and attitude?

Gus is from Portland, Maine, a small coastal city
where he’s lived all his life. Although he likes where
he’s from, Gus is beginning to realize that if he
really wants to move into adulthood, he may have to
leave the familiar setting of Portland behind, at
least for a while.


What does he want out of life?
Gus wants to be a reporter, following in the
journalistic footsteps of his father. But because his
dad runs the town’s daily paper, Gus knows he should
probably work at another paper where he can practice
journalism -- and occasionally screw up -- without
worrying about his father looking over his shoulder.



What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't
a spoiler in the story.)

Gus has always had a bit of a crush on his best
friend’s girlfriend, and while it’s not exactly a
closely held secret, these feelings end up coloring
the choices Gus makes in “Finding Funboy.”


Did you write more than one story about him?
No -- as much as I like this character, I think I’ve
told his big story.


How would he describe you?
The older I get, the more I think Gus would describe
me as his father.


Is there anything else about your hero that we need
to know? Feel free to share.

What I really enjoyed about this character was his
growth. It’s the choices he makes and the actions he
takes -- some for the better, some for the worse --
that help form the core of his maturing self.


Please provide your website link.
www.mattgolec.com


What is the link to buy your book?
www.booksforabuck.com/mystery/mys_07/finding_funboy.html
or
www.amazon.com/Finding-Funboy-Matt-Golec/dp/1602150575

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Conor and the Crossworlds by Kevin Gerard


What's his name?

Conor Jameson

Why did you pick that name?

I picked Conor because of Conor Larkin in Leon Uris' book Trinity. Jameson, well, you know.

Give us a brief description of how he looks.

He's a ten year old boy wearing his pajamas while traveling to different worlds. A good, Irish looking boy, blonde hair and freckles.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?

Well, he is riding on the back of a 3000 pound flying cougar who can speak and wield magical powers.

Who does he love? Why?

He loves his Uncle Jake, who he recently lost to a heart attack. Uncle Jake was his best friend, and when he dies, Conor's life is shattered.

Does this person love him?

Uncle Jake loved Conor deeply, as he did with all of his nieces and nephews.

Tell us about his family. Are they important to him?

Very much so. His mother and father take excellent care of him. His family has three cats, and he has a big sister that loves to pick on him. Most of all, though, he loved his Uncle Jake more than anything.

Where is he from?

He lives in Northern California, at the foot of the Redwood Highway.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?

Maybe somewhat. He's pretty much a normal ten year old. He likes to play video games, ride bikes and play in the forest.

What does he want out of life?

In the beginning of the story, he wants his Uncle back more than anything else.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)

He's not who he thinks he is, but he won't find that out until deep into the fourth book of the series.

Did you write more than one story about him?

Yes, his story encompasses five books.

How would he describe you?

A fun guy, but a little too driven sometimes.

Is there anything else about your hero that we need to know? Feel free to share.

Conor is a good person. His parents raised him well. He is a good boy with sound principles, and good values and morals.

Please provide your website link.

http://www.conorandthecrossworlds.com

What is the link to buy your book?

There are links on my home page to Amazon, Borders, and B&N.

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

One Smooth Stone by Marcia Lee Laycock


Okay -- its time to tell us about that hunky hero in your book.

What's his name? He goes by Alex Donnelly but discovers he was born with another name

Why did you pick that name? I've always liked the name Alex. Donnelly seemed to fit him.

Give us a brief description of how he looks. He's average height, black hair and grey eyes. He tends to slouch a lot.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance? He has a white scar extending from the bottom tip of his left ear to his shoulder.

Who does he love? he slowly falls in love with a paralegal he meets when he returns to the city.
Why? He sees something in her he has been searching for all his life - peace.

Does this person love him? Yes, though she resists it at first

Tell us about his family. Are they important to him? Extremely, but he has never known them. He was raised in foster homes.

Where is he from? Born in Seattle, WA, but has lived most of his life in Vancouver Canada

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude? No. He left it when a baby.

What does he want out of life? Peace and a sense of belonging.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.) Something happened in one of the foster homes he lived in. He feels a lot of shame because of it.

Did you write more than one story about him? I'm about to start book 2.

How would he describe you?
Hmm - interesting question. He'd probably describe me as someone who will someday make a good grandmother.

Is there anything else about your hero that we need to know? Feel free to share.
He has a lot of internal conflict that keeps running into the external circumstances in his life. He thinks he has a way out, but finds he has just run right back to where he started.

Please provide your website link.
www.vinemarc.com

What is the link to buy your book?
www.castlequaybooks.com

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us. By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share?
You can catch a glimpse of him on my website - click on the cover to view the trailer

Marcia Lee Laycock
Author of One Smooth Stone
No matter how far you run, God will find you; no matter what you have done, God will forgive you.
www.vinemarc.com
www.marcialaycock.blogspot.com

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Last Free Men - By Jack Everett & David Coles


Okay -- its time to tell us about that hunky hero in your book.

What's his name?

There are two heroes…

Marcus Uffin Gettorix, a young Romano-British man initially employed by the Roman Army as a scout on the northern border of Britain.

The other is a career centurion, Emelius Karrus, in his mid forties, intensely loyal, capable, dependable. This is the second century; Britain has already been occupied by the Romans for almost a century.

Why did you pick that name?

Marcus is the son of a mixed union; his father is a Senator in Britain as part of his career path, his mother is related to the ruling aristocracy of northern Britain - his name is typical of a mixed marriage.

Emelius is a real historic character, serving in Britain, probably promoted to Tribuen in the field and later serving in Persia.

Give us a brief description of how he looks.

Marcus is tall, and wiry - from his British side and dark haired, olive skinned from his Mediterranean ancestry. Like most of his fellow soldiers, he is tough and very fit. He wears British clothes to pass as a trader but has Roman military uniform which he wears for formal occasions.

Emelius is thickset, has Mediterranean colouring and black eyes. Again, his profession has made him strong and hardy. He wears military gear - a crested steel helmet over crew-cut greying hair, overlapping strip armour sewn to a leather tunic, a leather kilt, grieves and sandal-like hob-nailed boots. For ceremonial occasions, he has a set of helmet and armour decorated with brass detail.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?

Marcus has an unusual mixture of looks because of his ancestry; blue eyes with dark skin and hair are striking.

Emelius is immediately compelling; he is one of the Legion's principal centurions at the peak of his active career and in the prime of life, his self-confidence colours his whole bearing and character, he stands out in any group.

Who does he love? Why?

Marcus falls in love with Asel, the daughter of a trader when he helps her escape from a prison camp.

Emelius has taken a local woman to wife; when he is posted elsewhere, he will make a small provision for her and leave her.

Does this person love him?

Asel has loved Marcus from the times he has come to her father's house but her father makes jokes about her feelings and she tries to hide them.

Tell us about his family. Are they important to him?

Marcus' father is a distant figure, he returned to Rome when Marcus was a boy but letters are exchanged regularly - Marcus is unusual in having been taught to read Latin; the relationship is a pragmatic one. His Mother is very important, he visits her at her home whenever duties permit, helps with household tasks.

Emelius' family is the Roman Army, no contest.

Where is he from?

Marcus is from the Roman Empire's North West frontier: the area of present day Dumfriesshire in Scotland.

Emelius' antecedents are never mentioned; he signed up for a minimum stretch of 25 years in the army in his teens and this is his life. Having only the two names: Emelius Karrus, we know he is not from Rome itself, perhaps from Sicily.

Does his hometown affect his behaviour, thoughts and attitude?

Marcus is constantly beset by conflict; his two backgrounds make him an outsider in both the Roman Army and in his northern British tribal world, too often he can see both sides of an argument and his covert work as a scout (think of the old Western scouts used by the US army) is a life of deception.

Emelius rarely thinks of his early life. The Army has replaced family, his life is one of certainty, physical well-being and self-reliance.

What does he want out of life?

Marcus wants to settle down with a wife, a family and a farm and let soldiering become distant memories to tell his children - but not yet, when he is old, forty perhaps.

Emelius has what he wants from life, promotion would be good but not all the paperwork he knows it will entail; domestic life is comfortable but not essential - he is a soldier's soldier.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)

Marcus doesn't know what he is capable of… only the Druids know that secret and they aren't telling.

Did you write more than one story about him?

Not so far.

How would he describe you?

Marcus would think we're chair-bound elders.

Emelius would think we're soft-muscled scribes but might concede we have our uses.

Is there anything else about your hero that we need to know? Feel free to share.

As the story progresses, Marcus feels increasingly manipulated and insecure, a tool of the Gods that he scarcely believes in.

Officers like Emelius always have a healthy contempt for the political appointees who command them, he finds his disapproval well-founded. He also finds the hardest thing he had to do in Britain was pay his respects to the widow of his commanding officer.

Please provide your website link.

http://www.davidBColes.co.uk

http://www.JackLEverett.me.uk

What is the link to buy your book?

http://www.virtualtales.com/StoryProducts~tn~Last+Free+Men.html

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us.

Monday, October 1, 2007

"Ladies of Class"


What's his name? Chief Inspector Detective Richard Hayward

Why did you pick that name? As I am not the Author, that is hard to answer. Mum probably picked that name as she related a lot of her writings to some aspect of her life.

Give us a brief description of how he looks. Richard is tall, slim with dark hair. His face can change quite dramatically. He has a serious air that determines his position in the force. But the twinkle in his eye reveals his remarkable sense of humour that can take over, not always at the most appropriate time.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance? Not really. At the beginning of the story Richard is recovering from a broke bone in his leg. So he probably is not walking quite normally.

Who does he love? Why? Richard loves his wife Kate and of course his mother who is one of the characters throughout the story. Richard adores Kate, his first love. Kate is absent until the end of the story but she is always on Richard's mind. One can understand his devotion to Kate as events progress. Even feel his sense of loss that Kate is not with him to share his happiness for his promotion and move to their new home.

Does this person love him? Richard really believes that Kate loves him, however, at times there is a hint of doubt in his mind. As Kate entries the story towards the end, one really does get the felling for the depth of love towards Richard.

Tell us about his family. Are they important to him? Ella, Richard's mother plays an important part in Richard's life at the moment. In Kate's absence, Ella has taken care of Richard after his accident. She is assisting Richard in setting up his new home after his promotion and move to Burshill. At first Richard didn't feel the need for his mother to be doing so much. However, when he is called back to duty before his convalescence is up, to investigate the murders, he then sees the value and importance of all that his mother is doing.

Where is he from? Richard is originally from London, England.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude? Richard's background as a big town policeman and his reputation for 'getting the gangster', preceded him to the small town of Burshill. But he really does not act like a 'big time cop'. In some ways, even though his is probably the youngest officer to get his promotion, he is quite unassuming and at times, humble.

What does he want out of life? Probably the thing Richard wants most is for Kate and himself to enjoy a quiet life in their new home town and do his job well He was never really happy with all the fame and attention he was receiving in London.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.) Richard does not really appear to have any secrets, unless his somewhat unusual methods of 'catching the villain’' could be considered a secret.

Did you write more than one story about him? Yes, Mum did write another Detective Richard Hayward murder mystery book.

How would he describe you? I think Richard would describe Mum as a very private woman who was never without a book or pen in her hand. Avidly reading or furiously writing.

Is there anything else about your hero that we need to know? Feel free to share. Richard was able to combine his thoroughness of investigation and questioning with diplomacy. Which added to his successes.

Please provide your website link. http://marjo-mumswritings. blogspot.com

What is the link to buy your book? www.vrpublishing.com

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us. By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share? No pictures unfortunately.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The TRUTH, I'm 10, I'm Smart and I Know Everything! by Dr Barbara Holstein


Okay -- its time to tell us about that hunky hero in your book. The hero on THE TRUTH, I'm Ten, I'm Smart and I Know Everything! is anything but hunky. However, he is handsome, at least in the eyes of his beholder, who is 'the girl' who writes my book.

What's his name? His name is Paul Fein

Why did you pick that name? Truthfully, and this is a secret, I was in love with a boy named Paul when I was in the fourth grade. Shhh. Don't tell anyone!

Give us a brief description of how he looks.He has brown hair and deep brown eyes. He looks very smart and he is very smart. He keeps getting shorter, as 'the girl' gets taller.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance? No

Who does he love? Why? Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to love my heroine. She wants desperately for him to love her, but he seems preoccupied with just being a kid. Darn it!

Does this person love him? Yes, 'the girl' is desperately and deeply in love with him.

Tell us about his family. Are they important to him? They are nice but unimportant.

Where is he from? The same town that 'the girl' is from-somewhere out there in middle America.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude? No

What does he want out of life? To be a 10 and then 11 year old boy.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.) If only my girl knew! She hungers to know more.

Did you write more than one story about him? No-he will have a minor part in the sequel to this book.

How would he describe you? A grown-up lady who writes stories.

Is there anything else about your hero that we need to know? Feel free to share. It is agonizing to have unreturned love!

Please provide your website link. www.enchantedself.com

What is the link to buy your book? http://www.enchantedself.com/shop/

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us. By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share? I wish I did. I have to ask 'the girl' if she has one!

Post a comment for Dr Barbara and you will be entered in a drawing for a free copy of The TRUTH. Its that simple to have a chance to win!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

CJ Maxx - Coming Back a Virgin


What's his name?

Walter Riggins

Why did you pick that name?

I wanted a normal name for my deeply flawed hero.

Give us a brief description of how he looks.

He’s about six foot tall, average weight and build. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He is not your typical romance hero. This is not your typical romance book either.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?

No. He’s a very average guy.

Who does he love? Why?

In the beginning he loves no one. He’s had a few dates and isn’t a virgin, but his experience with the opposite sex is limited. He would like to love someone but has no idea how to romance a woman. He needs help.

Does this person love him?

No. In the beginning she barely tolerates him. She’s with him for one specific purpose: to teach him to write romance in a meaningful and entertaining manner.

Tell us about his family. Are they important to him?

This is a non-applicable question for this story.

Where is he from?

Southeastern United States.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?

Not at all.

What does he want out of life?

He wants two things: A woman that loves him and the ability to write well enough to be published.


What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)

His dating experience is very limited. He’s clueless about women.

Did you write more than one story about him?

No. This is the first one.

How would he describe you?

I’m his hero. Not only did I make it possible for him to write romance in an acceptable manner. I also made it possible for him to have some of the greatest sex a man could have.

Is there anything else about your hero that we need to know? Feel free to share.

The hero, like many men, doesn’t have a clue about women. He doesn’t comprehend that having sex isn’t the same as romance. Although the heroine is there to teach him how to write about romance, she’s also teaching him to be romantic. He has to apply this newly found skill and the latter part of the book.

Please provide your website link.

www.cjmaxx.net

What is the link to buy your book?

http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/torrid/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=211

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us. By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share?

Unfortunately, no.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Partially Human by Dwayne Anderson


What's his name? Joshua Valkron Plofhard

Why did you pick that name? I made up his middle name and last name, though the first name I chose had special meaning. A man named Joshua led the Israelites succeeding Moses, the man who delivered his people out of Egypt. Similar to Moses’ successor, Joshua of “Partially Human”, ultimately leads his people out of human ignorance and prejudice.

Who does he love? Why? Joshua doesn’t fall in love with Kimberly Derth until late in the book, though he does treat her special before he does realize his true feelings for her.

Does this person love him? The feelings Kimberly feels for Joshua are definitely mutual.

Where is he from? Los Angeles
Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude? His rejection from the citizens and their cruel treatment starting in the second part of the book destroys his esteem and spirit, still he has his friends to support him.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)
Sorry, but if I did tell his biggest secret(which of course is revealed to everyone), it would be a spoiler.

Did you write more than one story about him? No, one is often enough.

How would he describe you? He would say that I am a man who has been through much hardship, but is determined to succeed. He says I take after him quite well.

By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share? Nope, but I think that’s him on the cover page.

Post a comment for Dwayne for a chance to win a copy of Partially Human :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Only Moments by Nick Oliva


Okay -- its time to tell us about that hunky hero in your book.

What's his name?Christopher Vadia

Why did you pick that name?
Chris' name was selected as Christopher Columbus was the discoverer of the New World. There are many references hidden, and some not so hidden, such as the letter he writes to the love of his life on Columbus Day about exploring the "new world," and many other references. That sense of discovery is really re-discovery as there is nothing new in the universe, just our awareness of it. Many of us have forgotten and/or forsaken the core essence of who we were in our youth and our values and dreams and it is that re-discovery that the book focuses on and that commonality of re-evaluation that occurs when one reaches the point of middle age and the passing of the torch. The lesson of the book is hope through tragedy, happiness through love of the self. Life has two sides, the ying and yang, the duality of nature. The loss of one so close changes and completely alters the outlook of life and that sadness can only be cured with the understanding and love of the self. Once he accepts his mortality and experiences the things he does (I can't give away the plot) he becomes aware of the miracles that surround us everyday and lives each day knowing it is truly a gift. His long dead wife comes to his aid and puts him back on the path to redemption of the last 15 years of his life.


Give us a brief description of how he looks. Brown hair, Deep brown eyes, 6 ft. tall, broad shoulders, 185 lbs, hairy chest, athletic build, handsome man

Is there anything unusual about his appearance? not really

Who does he love? Why? He is devoted to Angela his musical partner and soul mate. There is no other but her. He is entranced by her playing, infatuated by her looks, and is completely and unconditionally in love with her faults as well as her attributes. He is drawn to her as he is a flawed person and Angela completes his desire to bring him successfully into the musical world that he could have never accomplished by himself.

Does this person love him? She loves him dearly, but because she is so insecure and neurotic due to a secret childhood horror story, she cannot love herself enough to give of herself until long after her death.

Tell us about his family. Are they important to him? His family plays a small part of the romantic story.

Where is he from? Bridgeville, a fictional place based in Southern New Jersey

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude? Not really

What does he want out of life? He is searching for true meaning and as he goes along in his life with Angela he discovers that it is the journey that counts. They succeed as a team believing in each other through the worst of times until the pressure that Angela imposes on herself becomes too much. He then gives up on himself and his life becomes a muddled smearing of day to day existence and not much else or hope of anything further bringing him happiness. He then begins his trek through the past and re-discovers who he once was. Life has two sides, the ying and yang, the duality of nature. The loss of one so close changes and completely alters the outlook of life and that sadness can only be cured with the understanding and love of the self. Once he accepts his mortality and experiences the things he does (I can't give away the plot) he becomes aware of the miracles that surround us everyday and lives each day knowing it is truly a gift. His long dead wife comes to his aid and puts him back on the path to redemption of the last 15 years of his life.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)It is Angela that holds the secret and she reveals it at the most unlikely time. It is the cause of their downfall.

Did you write more than one story about him? No this is it.

How would he describe you? A neurotic driving determined force that seeks perfection while knowing there is no such thing.

Is there anything else about your hero that we need to know? Feel free to share.
First and foremost this a love story that shows unlimited devotion even after one mate dies. When we open up the first chapter, we already know Chris' wife is long gone and he has suffered greatly. The depression he allows himself to stay in for so long, changes as he begins to recount the past-though involuntary. The setting of the future, it's technology and the human nature that rarely changes though the ages is exposed during the exposition. The real fun begins when we go back to his youth.

One of the messages of this book was to show that regardless of the age, future, past, or present-the needs and wants of the human heart can never be replaced by technology. The other aspect was to show that regardless that these two people were together twenty-four hours a day and experiencing everything together, they grew apart because of the flaws that each had and those flaws prove to be what made them great as well. Great art comes from imperfection and like the ying and yang, there is always danger in beauty be it the cliffs of Big Sur and rocks below, the infatuation of human beauty, or the spiritual dogma entrenched by centuries of emotional manipulation.

"They believed without question, without doubt."

That is quite a lot to write into a romance novel, but it is what life is all about if one wants to take the time to understand it's meaning and one's place in it.
Chris is every woman's dream. A man so incredibly devoted that no other woman could ever take the place of his wife and soul mate Angela. A man so patient and understanding, gifted and tolerant of her mood swings and temper. He understood her every move and motivation and their music echoed the love that they both shared.


Please provide your website link.www.onlymomentsbook.com

What is the link to buy your book?www.onlymomentsbook.com or amazon.com

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us. By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share?I wish that I did, but he was a photographer and never took his own picture.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Dominic by Hazel Statham



What's his name?
Dominic Blake, Earl of Vale

Why did you pick that name?
It fitted his character exactly – in fact, he refused to be called anything else!

Give us a brief description of how he looks.
From the book:

His height and breadth of shoulder alone made him intimidating without taking in his dark, dangerously handsome countenance and mocking green eyes. Here was no fop or dandy. His dress, although cut by a master’s hand, was casual with no sign of the fripperies affected by the Macaronis. However, when occasion dictated, he was known to dress to perfection as many would attest. He had an assurance of manner brought about by matter of birth but even at an early age was widely known as a wild youth. He was well respected amongst his contemporaries who hailed him as a top rate fellow but his escapades were eyed askance by the older members of the haut ton who lamented his rakish ways.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?
Apart from his dangerously handsome appearance, it is the eyes that captivate.

Who does he love? Why?
Although he is extremely reluctant to admit it, he loves Sophie. Her naivety and artless ways captivate him.

Tell us about his family. Are they important to him?
Although he would never confess to it, he adores his mother and has a grudging respect for his father with whom he is frequently at odds.

Where is he from?
London - 1775

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?
He is very much a man of his time with all the weaknesses and strengths of the typical Georgian man on the town.

What does he want out of life?
Pleasure.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)
He has a pupil and that pupil is a girl.

Did you write more than one story about him?
No, this is his only appearance in a novel.

How would he describe you?
I haven’t a clue – it would depend on how I treated Sophie.

By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share?
This is the one I used for inspiration

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fraterfamilias by Peter Ferrer (pseudonym of Judith Doloughan and Paula R. Stiles)


Okay -- its time to tell us about that hunky hero in your book.

What's his name?
Paul (Pavya) Farrell and Alan (Ayanke) Kedward

Why did you pick that name?
Pavya and Ayanke are names that are meant to sound ancient. I did some research on ancient Indo-European linguistic theory to get them right. The other names are modern versions that the two brothers adopted. Alan's first and last names are taken from different academics in history and prehistory, as a bit of a joke.

Give us a brief description of how he looks.
They are twins--fraternal not identical. So, there's a strong family resemblance, but if you knew them, you wouldn't mistake them for each other. Both are tall (close to six feet), dark-haired and rangy. Celtic-looking but with something else. Pavya has short, curly hair; Ayanke's is straight. They look to be in their mid to late forties. Ayanke is a little grayer and thinner than Pavya, but also more hyperactive.

Ayanke has a lateral scar under his left eye and wears glasses. Both start off the book clean-shaven, but Pavya later favors a beard. Pavya wears a turtleneck sweater, jeans and a dark-blue coat. Ayanke wears a shabby green Army-Navy jacket that's more than it seems, sweatshirt and jeans.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?
Not at all. Like Jason Bourne, they are notable only in their ordinariness, and for similar reasons.
Who does he love? Why?
Pavya loves his dead wife Sarah. Ayanke also loves Sarah. As you can see, this is problematical, especially since Ayanke met her first and continues to communicate with her now she's dead. Both loved Sarah's exotic beauty (she was Cameroonian), her artistic talent and her love of life.

Does this person love him?
Yes, she loved them both.

Tell us about his family.
They have each other, of course, and Pavya was married to Sarah. Ayanke also has a grandson and Pavya...well, that would be telling. They also have friends whom they have adopted for family.

Are they important to him?
Absolutely. A central theme of the story is how far each one would go to protect family. It's pretty far.

Where is he from?
That is a bit of a mystery. Ayanke appears to be Russian and Pavya is apparently French. Ayanke has spent a lot of time in St. Petersburg while Pavya has favored Paris.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?
They grew up in the wilderness. They have a lot of trouble adjusting to the fast, loud and overly controlled pace of modern life.

What does he want out of life?
They want to be left in peace. As far as their vocations in life, Pavya is a talented painter and Ayanke is an equally talented shaman.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)
That they are not quite what they seem to be.

Did you write more than one story about him?
Yes, we did. We've written three books so far, and parts of a few others.

How would he describe you?
Judith and I used to joke that if we were in the situation of these two brothers, that she would be Pavya and I would be Ayanke.

Is there anything else about your hero that we need to know? Feel free to share.
They're both very, very dangerous, but they're not evil.

Please provide your website link.
http://www.geocities.com/rpcv.geo/other.html

What is the link to buy your book?
http://www.virtualtales.com/StoryProducts~tn~Fraterfamilias.html

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us.
And thanks to you, too.

By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share?
'Fraid not, though we know who we'd cast them as in the movie.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Judi Moreo and Kim Baccelia - Virtual Tour Stops

Promotional Interview with Judi Moreo

This is the first author promotional interview that I've posted on my Self Promotion blog on the Inspired Author site. This is the first interview in a series that I'm doing with Kathleen Gage. She is posting some on her blog and I'll be posting all of the interviews on my site. To read about Judi Moreo's promotion - visit http://inspiredauthor.com/v3/promotional-interview-judi-moreo-0

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Kim Baccellia - Young Adult Author - Earrings of Ixtumea

Join Nikki Leigh and Muze as they interview young adult author Kim Baccelia about her book - Earrings of Ixtumea. This is the opening question of the interview -

Nikki & Muze – I was reading the synopsis for your book and was intrigued by the inner struggle that your character faces. It’s also interesting that she is confronted by the same cultural problems in the fantasy world. Can you give us some information about how you came up with this idea and what sort of problems she deals with in the story?

Kim –As a bilingual teacher in the later ‘80’s and early ‘90’s, I saw a lot with my second language students. I taught in a LA county school district, close to East LA. I also was researching my own family history at this time. I was bothered how each year my students would draw themselves blond, blue-eyed, and fair skinned. Click here to learn more about Kim and Earrings of Iztumeahttp://muzesmusings.blogspot.com/

Nikki Leigh – Fiction Author – www.nikkileigh.com
Book Promo 101 – www.nikkileigh.com/book_promo_101.htm
“Coastal Suspense with a Touch of Romance”

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Scion of the Dark Moon by Kingsley Montgomery


Okay -- its time to tell us about that hunky hero in your book.

What's his name?

Bryn Tabral is the hero’s name in Scion of the Dark Moon.

Why did you pick that name?

“Bryn” sounded fairly harmless and kind, and the main character starts out as a na├»ve young nobleman. “Tabral” sounded somewhat aristocratic, strong, yet not menacing.

Give us a brief description of how he looks.

Bryn has long straight raven hair that falls to his shoulders and intelligent steel gray eyes that have a way of seeing past facades. His skin is white with a tinge of bronze that comes from spending a fair amount of time outdoors. His face is typical of his race, with aquiline features and thin lips, and his stature is tall and slender. He carries himself with the confident and energetic stride of a man who is comfortable with his ability to take care of himself. He is considered handsome by most.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?

Bryn’s eyes are magnetic, and his emotions play out in their depths for those canny enough to notice. Other than that, he is of typical Arani noble stock.

Who does he love? Why?

Bryn loves two women, or at least thinks he does. One is Alyssa, a noble Arani sorceress apprentice with the Crown Robes. He loves her because she is intelligent, kind-hearted, and intensely loyal. The other is Yeva, an Ulari commoner and thief by circumstance. Bryn is attracted to her unbridled independence and fierce emotions, as well as her physical charms, which she uses to her advantage without regard for station or protocol. This is alluring to Bryn.

Does this person love him?

Both Alyssa and Yeva become enamored of Bryn, and this causes complications for them all.Tell us about his family.

Are they important to him?

Bryn is adopted. His adopted family is very important to him, and he is intensely loyal and loving to his adopted parents, and adores his little sister Vela. His older brother by adoption, Feran, on the other hand, despises Bryn and Bryn returns the feeling. Bryn does not know his birth parents. Though not a relative, his closest friend is his tutor, Nibiru, a hulking black man from the far South. Nibiru is also Bryn’s bodyguard and is in the employ of Bryn’s adopted father, Lord Earlen Tabral of Falcon Vale, though Nibiru’s past is a mystery.

Where is he from?

Bryn’s birthplace is unknown. He was raised as an orphan by Lord Earlen Tabral of Falcon Vale, a rural barony in the kingdom of Aralan . Falcon Vale is a collection of rural villages and a handful of border keeps situated in the Drakespire Mountains , on the fringes of the nation.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?

Very much so. Falcon Vale is a rural barony and Bryn is the second son of the baron. He therefore does not have the responsibility of his older brother who will one day inherit the barony, nor does he have to deal with the daily intrigue of court life in the more settled parts of the kingdom. Therefore, Bryn is allowed much freedom. He hunts, practices archery, and helps out in judging disputes within the barony. Thanks to his tutor, Nibiru, he is also an accomplished swordsman, literate, and generally better educated than most folks in his barony, including the gentry.

What does he want out of life?

Though this changes significantly as the plot progresses, in the beginning Bryn simply wants to be happy with his life and his lot in it. He is content but restless. He knows there is something important he should be doing, but knows not what it is. Though he is aware Feran, his older brother, will inherit the barony one day, he fears what effect his callous brother will have on the people of Falcon Vale.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)

His biggest secret is his uncanny sixth sense, which allows him to “see” things that others cannot, sometimes manifesting in dreams. This also gives him a strong connection with his canid Stalker, bordering on telepathy. (Canids are large intelligent wolf-like quadrupeds.)

Did you write more than one story about him?

Yes, Scion of the Dark Moon is only the first book in a trilogy.

How would he describe you?

He would see me as I am, as opposed to what I appear to be.

Is there anything else about your hero that we need to know? Feel free to share.

Guilt and responsibility weigh heavily on Bryn, which causes him to suffer internally more than most, especially when tragedy strikes those he loves.

Please provide your website link.

My book Web site is http://www.kvmbooks.com/.

What is the link to buy your book?

Scion of the Dark Moon can be bought on my Web site at http://www.kvmbooks.com/, via Amazon.com.

Kingsley Montgomery
Fantasy or sci-fi reader? Visit my author site at http://www.kvmbooks.com/

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Kelly Heckart - Of Water and Dragons


What's his name?

Ambiorix

Why did you pick that name?

He is a Roman/Celt and there was a real Celtic hero named Ambiorix who caused Julius Caesar problems. Give us a brief description of how he looks. Long dark blond hair and blue eyes that turn green when he is angry. He is six feet tall and has a sexy dimple on his chin. He is a soldier so he is in good shape--very masculine. Hot!

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?

I think it is his eyes because of the way they change color.

Who does he love? Why?

Nemu. She enchanted him from the first time they met. She is the only one who can raise his ire and his passion.

Does this person love him?

Yes.

Tell us about his family. Are they important to him?

His father was a Roman general and governor of Britannia--a very powerful man and his mother is a Celtic princess. However, his birth father, who he did not know about until recently, was a Celtic king who died fighting the Roman legions. When he discovers the truth about his birth father, that changes everything for him. He is pretty close to his mother, but he does not see her often. They are very much alike.

Where is he from?

He was born in Britannia.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?

He was born in Camulodunum in 60 AD, the night of Boudica's rebellion and he grew up in Rome. All of his life, he considered himself Roman and fought against the Celts--that is until he met Nemu and learned the truth about his birth father. What does he want out of life? He is very conficted. Before he comes back to Britannia and meets Nemu, he is an ambitious soldier commanding a cavalry unit. He wants to command a legion some day. His destiny sort of knocks him down and he sympathizes with the Celts, starts having strange dreams, etc. His world is turned upside down. By the end of the story, his life changes so much. It's beyond his control.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)

Women continue to mystify him.

Did you write more than one story about him?

Yes. The next book, Ravenwolf, is more about him. The title is the name he is called by the Celts.

How would he describe you?

I would hope that he would describe me as a hot babe! I always develop a crush on my heroes.

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us.

Kelley Heckart
Author of Of Water and Dragons

"an appealing amalgam of magic, erotica, military history, and romance that will leave readers breathless in its wake." Ellen Tanner Marsh, NYT best-selling author
http://http://www.kelleyheckart.com/

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Tempted by Rita Thedford


Okay -- its time to tell us about that hunky hero in your book.


What's his name? Christian Delaford, the eight Duke of Haverton

Why did you pick that name?
Hm. Not really sure about that one. Guess I just liked the sound of it. He is a Duke so had to be the Duke of something. Give us a brief description of how he looks.

The heroine, Elizabeth, calls him “a beautiful but savage beast” and I suppose he is. Christian is a big man and very dark, perhaps from his travels in the Orient. He wears his hair longer than is fashionable in Regency England (ties it back at the nape of his neck) and isn’t the sort to wear evening gloves. He’d probably laugh in the face of anyone who dared suggest it! Oh, and that long hair? Black as sin. His eyelashes are perhaps the only pretty thing about the man. They are black, thick, and frame eyes the exact color of a rainy day. Yummy. Is there anything unusual about his appearance? Well, yes, his hair. He wears it longer than what was fashionable during that time period and tends to club it back.

Who does he love? Why? He loves several people, actually, besides Elizabeth, the heroine. His first love was his mother, who is deceased, but her memory is alive in his heart. He also loves, in a pure sense, An Li. Christian first saw her as a slave girl when he was on business in China. She is a tortured soul whom Christian rescues. He buys her freedom and brings her to England with him. It is Elizabeth whom he most loves. Yes, she is beautiful but there are plenty of beautiful women in England. No, he loves her fiery spirit and the loyalty she feels for those she loves.

Does this person love him?
Every woman in Christian’s life loves him. He is immensely loveable once you get past the powerful, masculine good looks. Elizabeth fears the things he makes her feel but she soon learns that beneath the surface of that very broad chest beats a chivalrous heart. She is mad for him! Tell us about his family. Are they important to him? His mother was vastly important to Christian and helped shape his views about women and his relationships to them. His father was a despicable adulterer who broke his mother’s heart. Every protective instinct he now possesses is due to the ill treatment of his beloved mother.

Where is he from? He is an Englishman and a member of the aristocracy. Though he is well-traveled, he has residences in London and several large estates scattered throughout England.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?
Absolutely not! Christian is a man of the world and not one who would give a fig what anyone thought about him. His travels have perhaps influenced his more liberal attitudes. What does he want out of life? I believe that more than anything, Christian wants to live in peace with the woman he loves. He wants her intelligence and wit challenging him daily. He wants to be free of intrigue and the manipulative ways of others. Christian is a man who would be perfectly content to grow old with his love by his side. If he did, on occasion, go adventuring, Elizabeth would be with him.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)

Perhaps Christian’s biggest secret is that deep inside, he is a compassionate man. He is so big, tough, rich, and powerful that people view him with awe. Inside, he is a pussycat.

Did you write more than one story about him? No.

How would he describe you?

Christian finds me funny. Let me rephrase that…humorous. He finds me an amusing companion with whom he could share a joke or two and perhaps a glass of brandy by a crackling fire.

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us.


By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share?

No. No pictures unfortunately but if I could describe him, he would look a bit like Clive Owen with a bit of Daniel Day Lewis’ intense eyes tossed in. Mmm. I love an intense hero with a heart of gold.

Tempted- by Rita Thedford
published by Wings ePress
Available now at http://www.wingsepress.com/
Paperback ISBN 978-1-59705-911-0
Ebook- ISBN 978-1-59705-098-9

The Daemonhold Curse

Okay -- its time to tell us about that hunky hero in your book.

The book is The Daemonhold Curse

What's his name?
Lord Erique Shoutte is the hero of a series of novels; the latest of which is The Daemonhold Curse” from ePress-Online.com

Why did you pick that name?
Its an ironic choice actually. He is a priest of a religion that must be sung, and at one point in his life, he is attacked by bandits who cut his throat, leaving him unable to speak in anything but a hoarse whisper. It automatically speaks to a certain poignancy.

Give us a brief description of how he looks.
Lunit sees him this way: He stood a muscular two meters tall with his black hair close cropped, save for the war lock that hung down his back. His mustache and goatee were trimmed neatly and completed a frame to a sun browned handsome face that was neither hard nor soft but capable of both degrees. His eyes, intense grey reflectors of his deepest thoughts, were focused into the sullen eyes of his opponent.
Then suddenly, without warning, Lunit's lover smiled. It was an inner motivated smile that revealed near perfect teeth, a myriad of laugh lines that softened his eyes from slate to twilight, and the soul of a small boy who, when he enjoyed a moment, did so completely and without reserve. As a young man he had long black hair to his waist, but by his mid forties elects for the above look.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?
When he was ordained in his religion, the Kova, he received three separate diamond shaped brands in the center of his chest at the conclusion of each of the three phases of his training. Later, after the attack on him, he wears a jagged scar across his throat that is often described as looking like a ghastly necklace.

Who does he love?
He has two great loves in his life (besides his religion)—Myrran Yar San, whom he marries and who is killed in his arms when he receives his scar, and in his middle age, the singer Lunit.

Why?
Why does anyone love? Myrran is his young passionate companion, smart and funny. aLunit is a tough yet sensitive woman of the world.

Does this person love him?
Both love him passionately, Myrran enough to give her life for him and Lunit enough to give up her singing voice so he can sing his religion again. (how that happens is in the book ‘Tales of a Warrior Priest story: The Gift of Song)

Tell us about his family.
He is the first son of a Highland noble family with a younger brother and sister, both of whom he doesn’t get along with. His father dies when he is young and he is more influenced by an uncle who is a priest. He gives up his noble life, including his title as The Shoutte of Shoutte when he enters the priesthood.

Are they important to him?
Not really since he leaves home so early.

Where is he from?
The Highlands of the country of Umbria on the world of Altiva.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?
Yes and no. He is, of course, of the country, but he spends his years from fifteen to twenty five at the Academy Kova and that influences him more.

What does he want out of life?
To make a difference in a positive way in the world. A real hero in a very classic sense, he is truly motivated by a desire to do good. He’d better be, because he really believes in his religion and is trained as a healer.

What's his biggest secret?
A real fear that he isn’t doing enough—I think all devout people have that inner fear.

Did you write more than one story about him?
I’ve written some thirty stories about him, short stories,, novellas and novel length ( Death at Dragonthroat, Tales of a Warrior Priest, the Daemonhold Curse) that deal with him from age fifteen to in his eighties. Three of the books are out, one is on the way, and a lot more in my head waiting in line to come out…

How would he describe you?
He probably would find me not committed enough to life or disciplined enough. I know he’d make me do more sit ups than I’m willing to do on my own time…

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us.

Available in September - www.epress-online.com

The Coming Evil by Greg Mitchell


The Coming Evil

Book One: The Strange Man

by Greg Mitchell

What's his name?


Dras (drAHz) Weldon, slacker extraordinaire.

Why did you pick that name?


I wanted something you didn’t hear everyday. Something really unique.

Give us a brief description of how he looks.

Taken from the book: “With sandy-blonde hair that could never retain a coherent shape and a face young and untouched by the rigors of the world, Dras possessed that little brother quality that women always found attractive on a simply platonic level.” Is there anything unusual about his appearance? Unusual how? He doesn’t have, like, an unsightly mole or anything.

Who does he love? Why?


Well, that’s a loaded question. In the beginning, he loves only himself. But, as the story progresses, he realizes how much he loves his best-friend-since-the-embryonic-stage, Rosalyn Myers. She’s the one that the Strange Man is after. She’s the reason Dras chooses to fight.

Does this person love him?

Yes. How much she loves him, even she doesn’t realize.


Tell us about his family. Are they important to him?

His older brother Jeff is a major player in the series. Jeff pretty much got everything right that Dras got wrong. He’s responsible, happily married, well-liked, and just a good, decent guy. Needless to say, Dras is resentful of that, feeling that his brother is living his nice, shiny life in front of him as a way to rub it in. Dras’ parents are good, hard-working folk who are forever patient with Dras and his refusal to grow up, but, again, once he starts down this road that will lead to a showdown with the Strange Man, he begins to see his family in a new light and realizes how much they mean to him. Where is he from? He was born and raised in his little town of Greensboro, but many would argue he came from Mars.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?


Absolutely. Greensboro is the town that never changes. While this has prompted many people Dras’ age to pull up stakes and find their fortunes elsewhere, Dras really sees his town as his sanctuary. It’s familiar to him. Safe. He surmises that, as long as he stays there, change will never find him. Boy, is he wrong…

What does he want out of life?

Play video games. Read comics. Hang with Rosalyn. Avoid responsibility wherever it might rear its ugly head. What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.) He doesn’t really have a big secret. He’s pretty much lived his misspent life in front of God and everybody without shame. Well, there was that time in third grade when he flooded the girls’ bathroom, but…

Did you write more than one story about him?


I wrote a whole trilogy dealing with the one fateful choice he made to “put away childish things” and take on the forces of darkness. It’s called The Coming Evil and you should really be reading it now.

How would he describe you?

Probably as really, really mean. I’m the one who upset his peaceful existence by introducing him to the Strange Man.


The Coming Evil, Book One: The Strange Man

"Evil comes for us all...and for some of us, it's already here."


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Killraven by Arline Chase



Book: KILLRAVEN
Author: Arline Chase
What's his name?

DeCoursey Rogers.

Why did you pick that name?

Roger is my husband's name and DeCoursey Bridge (near my home) is reputed to be the hang-out of our local headless ghost, Big Liz.

Give us a brief description of how he looks.

Coursey is tall, lean, dark, and could pass for handsome in poor light. His skin is tan and weathered from seven years at sea aboard a whaler, and there are lines around his eyes, from squinting in the sun.His laughter is a joyful sound and rings out often in good times, but never with cruelty.
Is there anything unusual about his appearance?

Not really.

Who does he love? Why?

He loves his grandmother, who raised ihm. Loves her enough to come home and care for her when he learns she is ill, even though the secrets in the past that drove him away have not changed. He is mighty attracted to Hope Voeschell, who was raised in a kind of pacifist cult that took all the fun out of fundamentalism. They shunned her for wanting to be a teacher.

Does this person love him?

Gran loves Coursey and doesn't want to be a "burden" to him. Hope, jobless, homeless, and living on the charity of her best friend, is too worried about how to earn a living to admit how she feels about Coursey.

Tell us about his family. Are they important to him?

Coursey's parents ran a mill in Ohio. They were murdered there by raiders following the Civil War. He was sent back to the island to live with his grandmother.

Where is he from?

Killraven Island, a small Chesapeake Bay Island peopled by farmers and commercial fishermen.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?

Always.

What does he want out of life?

A family to love and care for, safety for the people of the island, a peaceful way of life. But because of incidents in the past Coursey has given up on that dream.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)

Can't share it here.

Did you write more than one story about him?

Well KILLRAVEN started as a story in a collection of short stories based in family history. That book was called THE DROWNED LAND, and was an Eppie finalist in 1998/ Then several of those stories entwined themselves and grew into the novel KILLRAVEN.

How would he describe you?

As his great-great-great-grand neice.
For more information, visit - www.ebooksonthe.net/authorsonthenet/chase

Round Table Magician by Ann Tracy Marr

What's his name?

Richard, Lord Brinston, son and heir of the Duke of Haverhorn. His nickname (used only by those close to him, at his invitation) is Brin. He is a Round Table Magician.

Why did you pick that name?

Brinston - when I first wrote his name, it sounded good. Solid English salt and pepper of the earth. Unlike other characters in my writing, once he was named, he never let me change it. It fits.

Give us a brief description of how he looks.

Brinston is the archetype of the romance hero: tall, dark and handsome, at least in Lady Martha's eyes. When she first met him, he looked like an angel, but once she realized what a pain he can be, he looked devilish. His eyes are pewter gray, turning to mist when he is sweet. Brinston can give the impression of being one very dangerous man, but he tends to keep that side of him tamped down.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?

I can't say there is anything in his looks that would strike a passerby as distinctive other than his assurance. His unusual qualities are on the inside. Very few people meet the real Brinston.

Who does he love? Why?

Brinston loves his mother, father, sister and brother because they are supportive of him and fill his life with the love all people need. He does not love Lady Martha. No way is he going to love Martha.

Does this person love him?

His family? Of course they love Brin, austere warts and all. They can see beyond the forbidding mask he ties on for safety to the man inside who is capable of great tenderness. Martha? Poor girl, she can't help but love Brinston, even when he makes her as mad as a dowager not given deference.

Where is he from?

Brinston doesn't come from a town, like those upstart Americans with their notions of equality. He hails from a proud line of men, one of whom gave allegiance to William the Conqueror. He is a blooded aristocrat of Regency era England . He was born at Brinston Castle , one of the great estates of Britain .

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?

Since home is family, not a place, it permeates every inch of Brinston. The sterling difference between him and his father is Brinston has decided that he cannot share his life with a lover. His father was lucky; there isn't another lady in the world like the duchess. He will marry -- eventually -- but his wife will be a shallow society lady, one who does not need or want to share his inner life. He will NOT marry Lady Martha.

What does he want out of life?

Do you mean before or after Lady Martha batters him into shape?

What's his biggest secret?

He has a few secrets. First, when Brinston is undercover chasing spies and other bad guys for the government, even his name is unknown. But Brinston's biggest secret is he is a magician. Handling magic is dangerous; look how many witches, wizards and magicians have been burned at the stake throughout history and you will understand why it can't be known. He means never to reveal himself. To anyone. No way can Brinston kneel before a woman and proclaim, "I am a magician." It would give her too much power over him.

Did you write more than one story about him?

Brinston's story is Round Table Magician -- you can get the paperback at amazon.com and the e-book at www.awe-struck.net. He does make appearances in Thwarting Magic, which is looking for publication now. I anticipate he will show up in other books as yet unwritten. I like Brin too much to lose track of him. Even if he is unwilling to peek in, Lady Martha will make him be sociable.

How would he describe you?

First, he would be snooty and proper, saying, "Yes, I met Ann Tracy Marr at Camelot." Privately, I can see him telling his friends, "Ann Tracy Marr, she is one of the dowagers to avoid at Almack's. She's got two marriageable daughters." What he won't tell a soul is that I am almost as irritating as Lady Martha. I nudge him to open up -- I urge him to admit he doesn't need or want to spend his life as an island -- I kick him in the butt and tell him he isn't going to get away with staying aloof from life. Come to think of it, Brinston probably thinks I am as irritating as Lady Martha, even if I don't throw my daughters at his head.

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us. By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share?

Pictures are paintings; the photograph was unknown even magically in 1814 England . All of Brinston's paintings are hanging at the Castle. If I tried to take one to give you, the duke would probably throw me in a dungeon. Lady Martha has a miniature, but sorry to say, she won't share it. It is in a locket that she wears all the time.

D. K. Gaston Hero From XIII



What's his name?


Avery Hudson


Why did you pick that name?


Avery comes from actor Avery Brooks (Deep Space 9) and Hudson comes from the Bruce Willis movie Hudson Hawk Give us a brief description of how he looks. Hudson is a bounty hunter pursuing a man who sold his soul to the devil for 13 years of youth, fame and fortune.


Is there anything unusual about his appearance?


Nothing unusual. He's 6 feet, muscular build, bronze skin and wears a short cropped hairdo like a soldier.


Who does he love? Why?


He's falling in love with small town sheriff Mary Jamison. There was an instant chemistry between them.


Does this person love him?


No, her heart belongs to the memory of her late husband. She has no room for another.


Tell us about his family. Are they important to him?


His mother died when he was young. His father, a soldier, was hard on him. They have a strained relationship. Avery never speaks of him.


Where is he from?


Avery is a military brat. He doesn't know his actual birthplace.


Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?


The military was an important part of him. He even drives a Hummer to transport his prisoners. What does he want out of life? To make enough money to retire before 40 and to move to some tropical island surrounded by beautiful island girls.


What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)


Not able to bear seeing his mother suffering anymore in the hospital, Avery turned off her life-support machine. He blanked the entire incident from his memory.


Did you write more than one story about him?


I've begun the sequel, Chasing the Dark, and have an premise for the third novel.


How would he describe you?


Nerdy.

KeithD K Gaston http://www.dkgaston.com/

The Hero of Windwalker by Donna Sundblad



What's his name?

Manelin

Why did you pick that name?

I tend to choose names based on what they mean. Manelin means Prince of Princes. It sounded like an unlikely hero name, and Manelin is a reluctant hero when first thrust into the thick of running from all he has ever known to learn that he is to fulfill his destiny as Arich—Savior of his people. Pieces of ancient prophecies come into play, but it's up to him to make choices. Right or wrong, they carry him deeper into situations that teach him to trust, act and even to love.

Give us a brief description of how he looks.

For Manelin it depends on when in the story we see him. Ethnically, his people are dark-haired and brown-eyed. However, his parents leave him with a man they trust among the Jonnick, a fair race, where he is forced to wash his hair with a purple concoction that lightens his hair and disguises his origins while living among the enemy.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?

He is the only person within his village with brown eyes. As a child other children tease him calling him dung eyes. He's a loner, but not by choice.

Who does he love? Why?

He loves, Philander, the man he thinks is his grandfather.Does this person love him?Philander loves Manelin as his own. While raising the two-year-old to adulthood, Philader struggles to find the right time to tell the boy of his origins and his place in history.

Tell us about his family. Are they important to him?

Manelin's biological family gave him over to be raised by Philander because they believed the prophecies. It is predicted that his people will be trapped within the cage of ice and the only one to save them is the Arich. Because they believe their son fulfills this position they leave their two-year-old son behind with great distress knowing he will live among a people that hate them but with faith that he will rise to help them in the future.

Where is he from?

Manelin is born on a moonless night within the Stygian kiva. His people don't believe that the Land belongs to the people, but people belong to the Land. So he doesn't have a country—he is of the Land. This concept is one of the divisions between two cultures occupying the Land.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?

Manelin's people's belief that the people do not own the Land is in direct contrast to the Jonnick belief as their villages not only take over the land, but their laws put restrictions on the Stygians to the point of extinction.

What does he want out of life?

Manelin grows up without friends other than his grandfather and uncle and enjoys spending time with his goats as a goatherd. Because of the way people of the Village of Chock treat him due to his brown eyes; he prefers to spend time away from people and with his goats. As a young adult his one desire is to have a real friend.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)

His biggest secret, which he doesn't know until he reaches manhood is that he is not Jonnick, but is of Stygian blood.

Did you write more than one story about him?

No, this is the only one, although I've had requests for a sequel.

How would he describe you?

That's an interesting question. It made me think of him looking at me through the monitor. He'd say that I'm a motherly character that wants the best for him and a world where people learn to accept each other for who they are and to see that every person has worth.It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us.

By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share?

Not a physical picture. But he's a handsome young man. Dark hair and olive skin. Straight white teeth and a lean muscular build. He's gorgeous, but his low self-esteem doesn't allow him to think so.

For more information, visit Donna's website - http://www.theinkslinger.net/

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Arline Chase Introduces the Hero From Ghost Dancer



I'm very pleased to introduce you to Arline Chase, author and publisher. She is sharing information with us about the hero from her novel Ghost Dancer.


What's his name?
Rowan Cameron, or in the Blackfoot Nation he is the warrior Walks Alone

Why did you pick that name?
His father was a Scot who was transported after the battle of Culloden. His mother was a blue-eyed Cherokee, who named all her children after trees --Rowan, Larch and Loblolly. She named him, I didn't.Give us a brief description of how he looks.His picture is on the cover. He is young, only 23, but has been a man from the day of his naming ceremony when he was 15.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?
Six feet, well muscled, long loose black hair, bright blue eyes, excellent teeth. Of course there are scars on his side from his Sun Dance, and the Ghost Dance shirt and the war paint are a bit un-fashionable in the moveable town of End-ofTrack.

Who does he love? Why?
He loves Christina Lawrence, a debutante who left a broken engagement behind her and traveled west for her health. Rowan has no idea why he loves her. She is everything he dislikes in a woman, argumentative, disrespectful of a warrior, a shameless and inventive liar, and--worst of all--skinny. He thinks very little of her people, because it is obvioius they have neglected the woman and they must be very poor hunters to provide her so little food.

Does this person love him?
Christy does love Rowan, but she doesn't WANT to love him. She wants to help him find his way in the white man's world--a world he has all but forgotten -- to help him with the twins and to teach him now to behave in a civilized way, now that she has saved him from the savages.

Tell us about his family. Are they important to him?
Rowan was lost from the wagon train when his parents headed west. His parents settled in Oregon, but died in a smallpox epidemic only the year before, leaving his 12-year-old twin siblings, Larch and Lolly alone. Where is he from? He was born in Virginia, lost from the Wagon Train in the high plains and lives with the Blackfoot people on the reservation.


Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?
Rowan has almost no memory of anything that happened before the Blackfoot found him.

What does he want out of life?
Christy. To be respected as the shaman and healer that he is. And more than anything to recover one small blue-eyed --well to say more would indeed be a spoiler.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)
The sadness that fills him.

Did you write more than one story about him?
No, but I have another in mind. He and Christy may travel to Paris in 1906. Rasputin was there, then, with the Russian royal family. What do you think? Would the Russian magician Rasputin be a worthy opponent for Rowan?

How would he describe you?
Rowan doesn't know that I exist. He lives his life and cares for his family. I follow him around and write down what he says and does, but he has no idea I am here.

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us. By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share? Again, he is on the book cover, war paint and all.
Ghost Dancer is available at: ebooksonthe.net and www.cambridgebooks.us , on amazon.com, on www.fictionwise.com and www.mobipocket.com and Arline's website at www.arlinechase.com.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

HOW TO SUBMIT

Okay -- its time to tell us about that hunky hero in your book.

What's his name?

Why did you pick that name?

Give us a brief description of how he looks.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?

Who does he love? Why?

Does this person love him?

Tell us about his family. Are they important to him?

Where is he from?

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?

What does he want out of life?

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)

Did you write more than one story about him?

How would he describe you?

Is there anything else about your hero that we need to know? Feel free to share.

Please provide your website link.

What is the link to buy your book?

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us. By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share?

Feel free to email your answers to nikki_leigh22939@yahoo.com and I'll add your information. They will be posted, but not all at once. That will give everyone an opportunity to get plenty of exposure.

Nikki Leigh
http://www.nikkileigh.com/