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Interview with Cynthia St. Aubin

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Cynthia St. Aubin

1. Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you been writing? What genre do you write?
Hi! I’m Cynthia St. Aubin and I write snarky, deliciously twisted paranormal romance and contemporary mystery. I like to play with paranormal, mythological, and art historical characters (Vincent Van Gogh makes a great werewolf, by the way), and more than anything, I love to make my readers laugh. I live in Colorado with the love of my life and three surly cats.

2. What inspired you to write your first book?
I tried my hand at other things, earning a master’s degree in art history and taking a turn as a cube monkey in the corporate warren, but because the voices—er, characters—in my head kept talking to me, and they discourage drinking at work, I started writing instead. It’s my one true love (besides all things fried) and the reason I wake up with a big dopey grin on my face every morning.

3. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Literally everywhere. I always have a notebook on me, and am constantly jotting down snippets of interesting conversations I overhear, people or places that would be fun for me to describe, and so forth. Just to provide a more extreme example, I passed an unfortunate squirrel the other day that had ended his life in a state far more two-dimensional than he began it. Before I know it, my brain is spinning out a short story about zombie squirrels that take over the city. My imagination is pretty much like a ball pit for crazy.

4. Where/When do you do the most of your writing?
I’m a certified night owl, and my muse typically doesn’t drag herself out of bed until around sunset. I’m also the fidgety-est person in the history of the world, so I tend to wander from my desk, to the couch, to the bed, to the fridge with my laptop in tow.

5. What do you think has been your biggest accomplishment?
Hmmm. That’s a toughie! I’m going to have to say my biggest accomplishment is having lived a perfect moment. I know it sounds a little silly, but traveling to Europe had been a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl. I took a semester off college and worked some really crappy jobs and barely managed to scrape together the money. There was this moment when I was walking through Florence as evening fell, and the streetlights looked like melted gold in the Arno river. A violinist was playing “Hey Jude” for the evening tourist traffic in one of those long, columned archways, and it hit me that I was living my dream. For just that moment, everything was perfect, and I was lucky enough to be there to see it.

6. What series/book did you write that has the biggest following?
The Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist series. There will be eight novellas total in the series, and I’ve been delighted with how positive the response has been so far.

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7. Who has influenced your writing the most?
If I had to pick just one person, I would have to say Janet Evanovich. She was the first writer who ever made me laugh out loud, and I was totally addicted from the start.

8. Do you have a favorite author?
There are so many! Thomas Harris, Barbara Kingsolver, Janet Evanovich, Maya Angelou, Oscar Wilde, Ann Rice, Erma Bombeck, and Stephen King, just to name way more than a few. They each represent something I love about the written word, and I like to think that informs how I approach my own stories—whether it be artful prose, irreverent humor, snarky satire, or emotionally compelling characters.

9. Is there anything that you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Horrible confession time: I have a doctorate in procrastination. When a deadline is breathing down my neck (and they often are, due to the aforementioned procrastination), I will find anything and everything to do except sitting down to put words on the page. Once I’ve pushed myself to the point of overwhelming anxiety and fear of failure, I’m galvanized into action. It’s ridiculously painful and probably far less effective than good old-fashioned self-discipline, but it will probably be something I battle for the long haul.

10. Are the experiences of your characters based on any of your own or people that you know?
Absolutely. I’m a magnet for all kinds of situations most normal people likely don’t attract. Case in point: I once managed to pull a muscle while getting a massage. The massage therapist asked me to roll over and I wasn’t sure which way I was supposed to go, so I panicked and got my arm caught under myself. Or there was the time I locked myself out of the locker room where my pants were. I often tell people that I could make these things up, but luckily I don’t have to.

11. Do you have any advice for other authors?
Putting my work out into the real world has been such a learning experience for me. What follows is just a few of the lessons this process has brought me. Take what’s useful to you and leave the rest. Write the story that you love. Let it be something that you’re passionate about and willing to fight for. Speaking of fights, be ready for one. You’re going to have to be your own biggest fan, your most ardent supporter, and at times, your own cheerleader. You have to be willing to believe in your dream when no one else does, and that can be a real challenge. Do study the craft. Even if that means ordering discount grammar and style books on Amazon. Find a critique group and listen to criticism when it comes. Be willing to find out where there’s room for improvement in your work. Look at authors whose careers you admire and learn from them. Make friends in the writing community and be supportive. That support finds its way back to you when it’s your turn to put yourself out there. Don’t compare your first drafts to anyone else’s finished product. Finally, put your ass in the chair.

12. Is there a particular niche or direction you would like to expand your writing portfolio into?
In the coming year, I’m going to be focusing more on my contemporary mystery series and letting paranormal hang out on the backburner for a bit.

13. Describe your latest WIP.
Right now, it’s all about Unassailable—novella five in the Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist series. In this adventure, Doctor Schmidt finds herself up against a pants-less ghost pirate with some unfinished business to attend to. Her two suitors (a hot hit man and a delicious demigod) are back and more insistent than ever, which results in some steamy, if awkward moments. Don’t you just hate it when great tub secks gets interrupted by a ghost pirate sword fight? 😉

14. How can readers reach you?
So many ways!
My Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-St.-Aubin/e/B00IEESRNG/
FB Author Page:
https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.saintaubin
FB Profile Page:
https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.st.aubin
Cyn’s Minions (my amazing street team!) :
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Cynthiastaubins/
My website:
http://www.cynthiastaubin.com
Twitter: @CynthiaStAubin

Or you can follow the trail of doughnut crumbs. Probably that will lead you to me as well. ☺

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Interview with Autumn Dawn

Author Spotlight – Autumn Dawn

Autumn Dawn

I have been a long time Autumn Dawn fan (okay, major fan-girl moment) so I am thrilled that Autumn said yes to being in my newsletter. Thank you so much, Autumn!

Autumn Dawn writes futuristic,. With over twenty books and six series, she continues to thrill fans with her werewolves, dragons, elementals, gargoyles and trolls with a thing for Poe.

She spent most of her life in Alaska, including several winters in a cabin in the woods, where she became intimately acquainted with outhouses, generators and woodstoves. Her years of snow machines, boating and mosquitos convinced her to move her family to Washington, where she basks in the “tropical” winters.

  1. Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you been writing? What genre do you write?I’ve been making up stories since I was a kid. My first novel was written on lined notepaper when I was a teen. I got pubbed with a small press at 27, was picked up by Dorchester in NY in my thirties and now I self-pub. I’m happy to say that I make a living at it, but that’s not common.
  2. What inspired you to write your first book?5th grade creative writing class; I was a natural. I love books, enjoy writing, and I have all these stories in my head. I love sharing my stories, letting readers peek into amazing worlds.
  3. Where do you get your inspiration from?A better question is, how do I turn it off? It’s hardwired. The only time the stories stop is when I’m extremely sick or stressed. Otherwise, driving is a hazard, because I have to concentrate to see the road. Stories are playing before my eyes, distracting me.
  4. Where/When do you do the most of your writing?At home, at my desk. Plotting happens anywhere, but often during my midday nap or as I’m falling asleep. It gives my busy brain something to do before my body shuts down for the day.
  5. What do you think has been your biggest accomplishment?Honesty, being a wife and mother. I have the best kids, and that’s thanks to hard work (diligent parenting) and my awesome husband. Whatever I achieve in the book business is merely business, even if I win the highest accolades and loudest applause. A family legacy is forever, and I’ll see it in my kids and grandkids.My eldest son is 18 and high functioning autistic. There were times he shut down in school and I had to home school. It cost me money and momentum in my career, but I don’t regret it. Now my daughter, 17, is home schooled b/c public school finally overwhelmed her (super ADHD). She’d getting great grades and loving WA’s online school.I have a younger son, 15. He’s very smart and VERY strong willed and wants nothing to do with home school (thank you, Jesus!), but if he needed it, I’d make it happen. He just bought and fixed up his first car with his dad and is excited to get a job. That’s what he needed.
  6. What series/book did you write that has the biggest following.The Dark Lands. Ugh! I still get lots of requests for more in that series, but I’m a strict 3-4 books in a series and move on kind of girl. I love that people love it, but I can’t tie myself to doing the same thing all the time. There are so many books, so many worlds. If I wrote for the rest of my life, I’d never get them all down.That said, Bramble Burn is getting a lot of attention. I’m working on book 2, Breaker’s Ruin, right now.Bramble Burn
  7. Who has influenced your writing the most?I read a lot. I think it would be easier to say the romance genre, followed by fantasy and sci-fi. I enjoy a good urban fantasy with humour when I can find one.Example of things I might read in a day include Fox news, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, cookbooks (read them like novels), random science articles, the Bible, romance novels, some graphic novels, books on herbal medicine or health (fascinated by the human biome), computer how-to, how to books in general, gardening, political stuff, art and the rare biography.I’m not a fan of horror (too vivid of an imagination/soft hearted), tear jerkers or books were everybody dies. I won’t watch the Titanic ever again, and I don’t like dramas (too sad). Although I’ve read many of the classics, high school reading lists suck the joy out of life. I did enjoy Mark Twain, however. At least he had a sense of humour.
  8. Do you have a favourite author?It’s like Doritos; no one can have just one. A few favs include Illona Andrews, Christopher Paolini, Stephanie Meyer, Larry Correia (Monster Hunters International), Pat Briggs, Iron Druid…
  9. Is there anything that you find particularly challenging in your writing?Interruptions. Getting sick, having teens or husbands randomly walk into the room and ask me questions, long visits from loving relatives… Formatting a cookbook sucked. Amazing what a time sink technical stuff can be.
  10. Are the experiences of your characters based on any of your own or people that you know?While there are elements of personal experiences, I don’t know anyone who has encountered a shapeshifting troll or tree mage lately. The glory of writing is that I can take someone to a completely alien world to take their mind off their sick dog, broken leg, visiting in-laws, etc.It helps that I can take my frustrations out by killing a few Jabberwockies while I’m at it. Fictional violence is completely legal and very refreshing.
  11. Do you have any advice for other authors?Nobody says, “I’m going to put my pants on and walk to the mailbox today.” They just get up and do it. Don’t say you’re going to write a book someday. Just do it!
  12. Is there a particular niche or direction you would like to expand your writing portfolio into?Nope. I’m where I want to be.
  13. Describe your latest WIPIt had been thirty years since the Convergence, when the dimensions aligned and combined Earth and the world of Gwyllon, known in human mythology as “Underhill”. Elven castles and ancient ruins sprouted in vacant lots, on major highways, sometimes merging with existing buildings, twisting into completely new structures. Roads and rail systems reformed, and after the rioting, starvation and death, agriculture finally sorted itself and food began to flow. A new government formed of elves and men had arisen, a society of human tech and elven magic. Cell phones and frost giants, race cars and elven steeds, dungeons and dragons…And everywhere, monsters.Dixie Jones has monster mojo. For three days, monsters love her and then they try to kill her. Dragon shifter Shozan won’t leave Dixie alone, but is it love at first sight, or is he the monster that will finally be her doom?

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Star’s Storm: Lords of Kassis Out In Audiobook

 

Star's Storm

Star’s Storm

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Star Strauss has always been a fighter. From the time she was born prematurely to her life on the road as a circus performer. She has never let her small stature keep her from achieving her dreams. She is one of the best aerial performers in the world. Her love of being up high and flying free has helped her overcome the challenges she faces when she is on the ground. Only her circus family, her sister, and her best friend have ever really understood her need for freedom. Her life changes when she finds herself on a distant world where every creature seems to tower over her.

Jazin Ja Kel Coradon is the third son of the ruling House of Kassis. He is known not only for his skills as a fierce warrior but for his knowledge of communication, security, and weapons systems. This knowledge has increased the effectiveness of the Kassis defenses protecting their world from attack from a new group of rebels who threaten their very existence. He will fight until his last breath to protect his people.

His life changes when he meets a tiny creature who is unlike anything he has ever seen. She is tiny, delicate, and beautiful. The problem is she is also the strongest, most stubborn female he has ever met. She refuses to do what he tells her, she defies him at every turn, and doesn’t seem to understand that all he wants to do is protect her. If he could just get her to stay in the nice safe bubble he has created for her, his life would be so much simpler!

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River’s Run Out In Audiobook

River's Run


River’s Run

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River Knight was looking forward to a peaceful vacation in the mountains with her two best friends, Jo and Star, sisters of the heart. When she travels up into the mountains of North Carolina to the cabin Star has rented for them she is shocked when she finds the two sisters being abducted. Following them, she discovers their abductors are anything but human.

Sneaking aboard the shuttle in an attempt to rescue them she finds herself on an unplanned vacation to the stars. In a desperate attempt to save Jo and Star, River makes a deal with a group of other aliens who had also been captured – she’ll release them if they promise to return the three girls to their home.

Torak Ja Kel Coradon, Leader of the House of Kassis and next ruler of the Kassis Galaxy, has other plans when he sees the blue-eyed warrior woman. He plans on claiming her for himself and the only home he has plans on her returning too is his.

The three women are believed to be the Prophesized warriors sent to join forces to bring peace to the House of Kassis. Worlds collide when the male dominated world meets three circus performers who use their talents to fight for those they love.

When an assassin threatens Torak’s life, River has to show him even a circus performer can be a warrior when challenged. The biggest challenge is to Torak’s mind as he discovers women from other galaxies are more than they seem.

Can their love overcome the chasm of a few million light years or will an assassin end it all?

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Dragon Lords of Valdier Books 1-3 Boxset

DLOV Books 1-3

Want to try a sample of the Dragon Lords of Valdier, the New York Times/USA TODAY Bestselling series that everyone is talking about? Books 1-3 are now available in a boxset – why not curl up with the boxset today!

Dragon shifting race with a golden symbiot. The Valdierians are ruled by the Reykill royal family. They battled the Curizans and Sarafin species during the Great Wars but have now established peace. There are few females on Valdier and only their true mate is accepted by the three parts of the warrior: the man/woman, their dragon, and their symbiot.

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Abducting Abby

Abducting Abby:  Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 1

Abby Tanner is content to live on her mountain creating her beautiful works of art and enjoying the peace and quiet.  All of that changes when a strange golden space ship crash lands on it.  Now, Abby has to deal with a golden ship, a tortured alien, and an insane local sheriff.

Zoran Reykill knew he had to find a safe place to heal after he escapes from a Curizan military post.  When his symbiosis mothership takes him to an unknown planet he finds more than he expects – he finds his true mate.  The only problems are Abby doesn’t understand a thing he says and the local sheriff wants her too.  There is only one thing the King of Valdier can do, abduct his true mate.

Now Zoran has his hands full trying to keep his true mate safe in his own world while trying to help her accept her new life.  He will need all the help he can get to help his stubborn human accept she can make a life in a place other than her mountain back on Earth.  He just needs to keep her alive long enough to enjoy it and away from the other males on his planet who wouldn’t mind helping her accept her new sensual body.

One thing he knows he will never regret – abducting Abby.

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Capturing Cara: Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 2

Cara Truman is a pint-size pistol whose inquisitive nature has gotten her into trouble on more than one occasion. Her next adventure takes her further than she even expected when she ends up on a journey out of this world.

Trelon Reykill thought he had his hands full. A militant group of Curizans had captured his brother Zoran, he was busy trying to fortify the Valdier defenses against the Sarafin Warriors, and his dragon was roaring for him to find a mate. He was furious about the first, excited about the second, and pissed about the last. The last thing he expects to find on the primitive planet his brother has taken refuge on is his true mate.

Now, he has a whole new set of problems…capturing Cara long enough to make her his. His symbiosis loves her, his dragon wants her, and he can’t catch her. On top of all that, someone is trying to kill her.

His solution: Capture Cara and love her so well she will never want to escape him – if he can.

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Tracking Trisha: Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 3

Trisha Grove enjoyed her job as a pilot for Boswell International but realizes something is still missing from her life – her family. She is ready to call it quits and head back home to Wyoming where her father lives. She never expected her last flight for Boswell would end with an unplanned trip out of this world. Trisha isn’t sure at first what is real and what isn’t; all she knows is she is determined to get back to her dad no matter what it takes.

Kelan Reykill is the fourth son in the royal line of Valdier. Commander of the V’ager, one of the largest Valdier warships, he prides himself on his strict self-discipline, his ability to remain in command in any situation, and his skill at handling any challenge. That is, until he meets a stubborn human female from the primitive planet his older brother sought refuge on. Now, all he can think about is how to get the female into his bed and under his control while staying in one piece.

When she is taken from him, Kelan will track Trisha to the ends of the universe and further because he knows one thing – she is his true mate and he will do anything; kill anyone, who tries to harm her.

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