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 Spotlight Announcement*

I am excited to announce my first Author in FT Writes Author Spotlight: Nancee Cain!

If even more appropriate, Nancee Cain was my first book review on the blog. I am excited to feature this beautiful author and friend.

What to expect? A blog interview, book intros and a release blitz of her upcoming book, and will end in my personal take over of her Reader Group called Cain Raisers. Click on the link to join her absolute fun group! We will be giving away Amazon gift cards and books!

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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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Growing, growing, and Giveaway time!

Hello my lovelies!

giveawayTimeI am very excited to see the blog growing. Every time there is a post, there are more readers. As a result, I started a new Facebook page so you can interact with me daily.

As a thank you and a way to grow the reader base, I’ve decided to do a giveaway: A $10 Amazon Gift Card with an additional $5 for every 20 likes on the page starting from 45, with the maximum value of $50.

If we reach $50 before the end of the giveaway I will throw in some signed swag from Apollycon and BOBASEJax.

How do you enter?

  1. Like my Facebook page here
  2. Go to the **pinned** giveaway post at the top of the page.
  3. Share the post and return to comment you’re done!

I’ll draw a random number corresponded to a comment. Facebook and Wordpress are NOT responsible for the giveaway and signed swag in the US only (sorry!), and I can’t be responsible for lost packages (can’t replace signed swag!).

Thank you so much again for loving, commenting and contacting me. This has certainly been a blessed journey.

Till the next post – tata!

❤ Fiona

This is always fun! I absolutely love when I can participate in a blitz for a fellow author. Check this sweet cover out! Congratulations S.M. Lumetta! (You can now officially visit her in our Hall of Fame!)

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Series: Bodhi Beach #1 (Standalone)

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Cover Design: S.M. Lumetta Release Date: April 17, 2017

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What’s a little sex between friends?

Sophie Fordham never thought much about motherhood until her body forced her to. With the onset of early menopause, she knows if she wants to have a baby, it’s now or never. So what’s a single, financially-strapped girl to do? Go with what you know, of course.

Fox Monkhouse has been Sophie’s gorgeous best friend since preschool. This sun-kissed surfer boy has no shortage of ladies, but she’s hoping he’ll put that aside to help her out. As there’s never been anything romantic between the two, things get awkward when she asks him to put a bun in her oven—especially since it has to be done the old-fashioned, no-pants dance way.

 

When Fox agrees to do the deed, Sophie is ecstatic. But she soon realizes that this chance at a baby could cost her everything. Keeping sex and emotions separate is clearly not in her wheelhouse especially when her best friend is involved. If their relationship can’t evolve into something new, their unusual arrangement could destroy the friendship of a lifetime.

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32939411-fox

PRE-ORDER LINK

iBooks: http://apple.co/2nhyYog

AUTHOR BIO

S.M. Lumetta was born in Detroit, MI, and now resides in NYC. Since she was small, she has adored storytelling in all its forms, especially books and films. Sooner and later, she figured out that since her love of words was overwhelming, she had no choice but to take the words in mind and share them. Romance is her favorite read, but horror and crime novels are a close second. She loves to travel and has a bucket list of places to visit long enough for several lifetimes. She also has a plethora of unnecessary t-shirts, a penchant for sarcasm, and a unholy love for the oxford comma.

AUTHOR LINKS  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smlumetta

Website: http://www.smlumetta.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/smlumetta

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smlumetta/

GIVEAWAY

There is a giveaway for signed copies of You Are Here and Felony Ever After (original cover)

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ba3ffd551526