Thursday, October 30, 2014

Giveaway Today

Visit the Facebook Mortal Ice Release Party hosted by author Serena Zane before 7:30 PM PDT for a chance to meet authors and win some books.

I'm offering 3 ebooks of my newest release, Lesson Plan for Love.  Meet me there at 7:00 PM PDT.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Akamai Author - Jami Brumfield

Akamai (smart) Author Countdown
My guest author this week is Jami Brumfield, author of the paranormal romance, Lone Wolf Rising.  Jami's book has a 4.6/5 star rating on amazon!

Rebecca, the main character in Jami's book is as rugged as the lava in this photo.

Join me in welcoming Jami.

‘Elima (5) – Jami, in just five sentences, give us a summary of your book, Lone Wolf Rising

Lone Wolf Rising is a paranormal fantasy epic adventure with romantic tension that crosses the genre lines of supernatural, science fiction, young adult, new adult, and urban fantasy. Rebecca Winters is a witch wolf alpha that struggles with internal conflict from her alpha wolf personality, Siren and external conflict with the dangers that lurk in the paranormal world. Her first instinct is to protect her family, but that instinct only hurts them more, physically and emotionally. If you enjoy twist and turns that keep the pages flipping with a sprinkle of romance and emotional turmoil, you’ll love this book and series. If you enjoy action, fantasy and family drama check out Lone Wolf Rising.

‘Ehā (4) – What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from so many things; people in my life,
experiences I've had, and music. I love music, my best work is
produced when the music plays in the background, it occupies the overactive part of my mind so I can focus on the story, characters, and plot twist (of which there are many). I carry a notebook around with me so I can jot new ideas down. The world offers so many great inspirational muses that it’s hard to pick just one.

‘Ekolu (3) – What are three random facts about yourself?
*  In my day job I work as a hypnotherapist and life coach.
*  I’m the oldest of seven siblings.
*  My family and friends are the most amazing support system an author could ever ask for.

‘Elua (2) – What are your two most useful resources?
As a student of psychology, hypnotherapist, life coach and Reiki Master,  I’ve learned some great things about the universe and all its inhabitants. They say you should never stop learning and I try to take classes every year that help with not only enlightenment,  but my passion for the paranormal and supernatural.

‘Ekahi (1) – Name one symbol that describes you as a writer.
                                      The infinity symbol

Stay connected with Jami:

Mahalo nui loa to Jami for joining me this week.  

My review of Lone Wolf Rising
Jami Brumfield wrote a captivating paranormal story populated by believable teenagers.  Rebecca, the main character, is on a mission to solve the ten-year-old mystery of the death of her parents.  She believes the best way to do that is to join the supernatural world.  Rebecca finds navigating that world much more difficult than expected.  I found the story engaging even though I don't normally read paranormal.       ‘Ehā  Hoku (4 Stars)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Akamai Author - Diane Bixler


Akamai Author, Diane Bixler joins me this week to tell us a little about herself and her latest release, Melancholy Jack.

To connect with Diane and Jack, her protagonist, go to the following links: (my protagonist’s page)

Now for our five-point countdown with Diane Bixler.

‘Elima - Five sentences about the essence of Melancholy Jack:                  
All the world’s a stage,                                                 And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

‘Ehā - Four sentences that describe what inspires you.
I’m inspired by human nature, both the good and the bad.
I’m inspired by the authors and playwrights of the past.
I’m inspired by those who never give up on their dreams.
I love words and all they can do to evoke emotions and relay experiences.

‘Ekolu - Three random facts about yourself.
I attended college on a music scholarship, specializing in clarinet, but I also play piano, oboe, flute, sax and bass.
I was once accidentally hit in the face with a machete (yes, the sharp side).
My main vice is that I love to go fast.

‘Elua - Two most useful resources.
I couldn’t possibly have developed such a strong character as Jack without the input of others – my beta readers & editors are the best!
Google is a lifesaver for me – I research all the details (check out the Alibi in Burlingame, CA via Google Maps’ street view).

‘Ekahi - One symbol that best describes you as a writer.
Picture a woman who is sick to her stomach...
Let me explain… When I write, I start with a summary. For the Acts of Justice series, I started with three such summaries, for the first three books. Once I’m ready, I start writing, but it’s a lot like throwing up a story. It’s ugly, there are “why am I doing this” thoughts, sometimes it smells, and James has to occasionally hold my hair. But it’s always over way too soon. Once the story is on paper, then I can start refining it. The writing is the fast part. It typically takes me twice as long to revise, rewrite, edit, and rewrite some more before it’s ready for an editor or a beta reader.

Mahalo to Diane for visiting us this week.  To entice you further, Diane provided the back cover blurb for Melancholy Jack I don't know about you, but the first three lines of the blurb hook me.

I wasn’t born a killer. I suppose I wasn’t born a lover either.  I mean, I knew I was different, but growing up with an overprotective mother and alcoholic father, I think I did pretty damn well for myself. I settled into a perfectly normal existence, married the love of my life, Allie, and maintained a successful acting career.
And then, with no warning, Allie was taken from me, killed in a car accident. I resorted to acting once again to maintain a false normalcy in my life, and it worked, for a while. But the man responsible for ending her life just walked away, with no consequences for his negligent actions.
I wasn’t born a killer. I want to do the right thing and follow the path leading me back to a perfectly normal life. But part of me wants justice, needs closure and feels compelled to secure these comforts the only way I know how.