Behind the Scenes: Abounding Love

Hello beautiful people. If you haven’t been a part of the fun cover reveal of my first novella, I want to first introduce you to the cover. To be honest? I can’t believe this is my book’s cover. My team is absolutely incredible.

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This is a fictitious story inspired by my friend’s love story. He lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in May and this was a grief project for me. I miss him dearly but the memories, words and thoughts he left behind will forever stay with me, and hopefully now with you. Literally, a piece of my heart is in these pages. I’ve said it before and I will always say it.

To my extraordinary team, wow. I can’t even put into words how grateful I am for you. To Cat and Melissa, my PA extraordinaire, to my design team, starting with CJC Photography’s image, and TE Black Designs Cover Design. Then every single person who has held my hand through this, has offered an encouraging word and has sent me your love while I processed through the loss and the words, thank you.

The exciting and less mushy news is that the book is already on pre-order on Amazon.

♡ ♡ Pre-Order Links ♡ ♡
US: http://amzn.to/2tQHyA9
UK: http://amzn.eu/jeUY4G6
CA: http://a.co/5JD9BoT
AU: http://amzn.to/2tTiaYL

I hope you check it out and get a glimpse of my writing voice. Pursuing Hope is to come in the Fall with a different take!

Author Spotlight Blog Interview: E Kay Sims

Hello everyone! I am so excited to share with you about E Kay Sims! She is one of my writing buddies. I really

 

Q: Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? Do you write full time?
EKS: I’m a retired US Air Force veteran, wife, mother and grandmother. I was born in Naples Italy; my father was a Marine stationed there. I’m a military brat so we lived all over. Now I reside in Oregon with my husband. I write part time. I’m a certified yoga instructor and T’ai Chi instructor and I teach yoga for veterans with PTSD. Someday I want to write full time.

 

Q: How did you get into writing?
EKS: I’ve always written stories from the time I and my sisters were very young. We wrote stories to entertain each other, especially when living in a foreign country, the television stations were not in English. In high school, my creative writing teacher encouraged me to write more stories after reading a story I had written for an assignment. She said, ” I know someday you will become a famous author.” I really didn’t believe her at the time. I’m not famous yet, haha. Years later after retiring from the Air Force, I went into commercial and community radio, writing and producing commercials and doing the voiceovers for them as well. I caught the writing bug again and played around with writing a novel. But it took me 13 years to get serious and now here I am, just finished my first book in a series of seven I plan to write.
Q: What does your writing space look like? Do you want to share a photo?
EKS: My writing space is wherever and whenever the mood strikes. It’s usually at the kitchen bar or sitting at my fold down secretary desk near the living room and sometimes it’s while taking a bath in my soaker tub. I even bring my laptop to the yoga studio and write between teaching yoga classes.
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Q: Do you have a favorite book of your own? If not, which book was the hardest to write?
EKS: I’ve only completed writing my first book and working on book two. So right now, book one, Eve of Destruction is my favorite. So far, book two is the hardest to write because it’s about human and drug trafficking, which is never an easy subject to tackle. A lot of technical research is involved.

 

Q:Who was your most favorite character, and why?
EKS: SSgt Wyatt Powell is my favorite character. He’s gorgeous! He’s a giant of a man, at six foot five inches, he looks like a sexy as sin Viking. Powerfully muscled, strong, Alpha male, badass for sure. He’s very charismatic, not overly macho, a little old fashioned. He knows how to treat a woman like a lady and he’s highly skilled as a lover, putting his woman’s needs before his own. He is a warrior definitely first and foremost, with a strong, patriotic sense of duty and love of country. (He’s on the cover photo portrayed by model, Gideon Connelly)
Q: How do you deal with writer’s block?

EKS: I do research, and take notes for the book, and books in the series I’m writing. Or I call my technical advisor for his personal stories to use as inspiration. He’s a combat wounded purple heart recipient, retired Army Ranger from the 75th Ranger Regiment. Or I listen to music, take a walk, play with my dogs or granddaughters, watch a movie, those sort of things.
Q: Pick one of your books (if you have more than one), and if it were being made into a movie, who would play the lead roles? Why?
EKS: I’d choose Charlie Hunnam for the male lead because he’s how I picture SSgt Wyatt Powell/Dragon in my head, and who doesn’t love Charlie Hunnam? Or Chris Hemsworth, no explanation needed there. For the female lead, Scarlett Johansson because she is one of my favorites and she’s a badass female. I love her as the Marvel Comics character Black Widow. And she’s the same height as my female lead, Katica/Capt Eve Stone. Or Charlize Theron, because she’s another of my favorites and she plays badass females very well: Mad Max Fury Road and I can’t wait to see her latest film, Atomic Blonde.
If someone is brand new to your work, what book do you think they should start with?
Well, for obvious reasons, my first and only published book, Eve of Destruction, Book ONE and it’s the first in the Soldiers of Destruction Series.
Q: What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
EKS: That true love and even love at first site does and can exist. Love transcends time and even death. Good can still overcome evil. Never give up or give in. The world we live in was changed completely by technology and modern warfare. I want to give readers a glimpse into the military experience, military culture, the camaraderie, the bonds that are made between service members which make them closer than family could ever be. Also the sense of duty, honor, loyalty, patriotism and love of country. But also my book shows some of the uglier sides of the military as well; war, technology for evil purposes, rape, chauvinism, etc.
Q: Anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
EKS:I would like to express my gratitude for the the honor and privilege of sharing my words with the readers. I hope they enjoy the story of Wyatt and Katica as much as I enjoyed writing it. I hope to meet readers at future signings.

Author Interview: Nancee Cain

Today, I am SO excited to introduce to you one of my favorite authors, Nancee Cain. She is one of few people to hold my hand in this industry, and probably one of the few authors I can say I pray for them to hit it big, because they truly deserve it. I can’t wait to share you her work!

Without further delay, here is Nancee Cain, romance with a serrated edge!

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1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? Do you write full time?
I’m Nancee Cain and I live in the backwoods of Alabama. I work full time as a nurse/counselor in the field of addiction. I’m addicted to coffee, my TBR pile is ridiculously long and I love to stalk my favorite authors for signed swag. I’m an autograph collector and amateur photographer.
2. How did you get into writing
I’ve written stories since I was a kid. In Jr. High School my goal was to make my friends cry with my horrible, angsty short stories.
3. What does your writing space look like? Do you want to share a photo?
I work in a corner of my bedroom. And no, I’m afraid you’d call Hoarders on me.
4. Do you have a favorite book of your own? If not, which book was the hardest to write? 
Wow. That’s like asking which is your favorite child. Saving Evangeline was my first published, so it’s really close to my heart. My just released novel, The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie is my very first completed novel. And Tempting Jo was just fun to write. There’s a lot of me in Jo.
5. Pick one of your books (if you have more than one), and if it were being made into a movie, who would play the lead roles? Why?
The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie. He’s actually a bit too old for the role, but Jared Leto is how I picture Dylan, and Hannah James as Jennifer Adams.
6. If someone is brand new to your work, what book do you think they should start with?
It depends. If they like paranormal, Saving Evangeline. Contemporary, The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie.
7. What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
Life isn’t perfect. We all face hardship. But life is easier and 100% better when you find the person who “gets you” and loves you, flaws and all.
8. Anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
I LOVE hearing from my readers. I’m always on fb/twitter/instagram. Come find me!
Thank you Nancee for visiting us. I look forward to celebrating your official release Wednesday!
❤ Tata,
Fiona

New Blog Feature: Author Spotlight

I have been having a blast getting to know some awesome authors and I think it would be great that you guys get to know them too.

I am starting a new Author Spotlight feature on the blog and Facebook page. They will be featured on the page and on the blog for one week, twice a month (second and 4th or last week of the month). A blog interview, book teasers, giveaways (all up to the author of course), and just all around some fun with the authors you love.

If you are an author or know an author interested in being in the Author Spotlight click here.

 

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My Reading Corner: I read because…

This is my reading corner. I put my feet up and travel to a new world. As I write, I cherish reading even more. I realize how much love and effort it takes to make those worlds happen.

As I read a new book, I realize how much I love this. I love reading and meeting new characters. I love escaping my own mind to another. 

Show me your reading corner, or send a kudos to your favorite author!

To all my authors who treat me to an amazing adventure, thank you!

Until the next post – Tata!
❤ Fiona

First Book Update: Draft Complete – Now Revisions, Revisions, Revisions!

It is official. I have completed my first draft of my first book: Pursuing Hope: Part 1. It has been a definite pleasure to get the first part of Chad and Hope’s story out on paper. I am finding revising to be just as fun.

This story comes from the heart, and I know it needs to be heard. How and what needs to change or added is where I am trying to figure out now. I am doing my first round of revisions and then handing this baby off to 5 beautifully qualified beta-readers. I am truly honored to have them on my team.

I hope you guys will meet them in my blog very soon.

For now —

I leave you this beauty I found on : http://www.rinchupeco.com

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Until the next post, tata for now!

 

❤ Fiona

When your story is a reflection of someone’s reality…

I am nearing the half way point of writing my first book. I can’t believe how this story has developed. It started with a simple idea about a sweet love story, which has developed into an idea for a series to benefit one of my favorite organizations. (Because I haven’t officially approached the organization in which I want to benefit, I will withhold the name until approved.)

This military romance is a story from my heart, as a reflection of conversations over coffee, wine, beer and many tears with friends who live this life. They face so many challenges which are not limited to: combat, combat loss/injury, PTSD, military and family conflict and family balance. As a result, I am doing my best to reflect the gravity of these issues with as much sensitivity as possible.

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The military life isn’t all bad. That much I know. I want to do this part of their life justice too. The commitment comes with benefits that I am convinced that one can’t find as a civilian. The depth of camaraderie, faith, loyalty and discipline developed in the lives of my friends is insurmountable. I want to reflect this too. I am blessed to experience this life with them.

I don’t think there are enough words to do my friends’ life and commitment justice but with their support and love I press forward with my words.

Thank you everyone for your constant support and I look forward to sharing this very sweet story-series with you soon!
Until the next post – tata!
❤ Fiona