So What’cha Want…

I remove the silky piece of material, and she pulls my body flush against hers.

“You feel so good,” I confess as my lips continue finding someplace new to touch.FTB

This woman is consuming every one of my senses, and I want more. My hands can’t touch her fast enough, and I want to taste every bit of her.

“You’re so beautiful,” I admit while looking at her naked body. Through the fog of the shots and beer, I see curves and skin and hips arching against me, and I drink her in. Damn, she’s sexy.

“So are you, t-” she says before my lips collide into hers. Her soft moans send my body into overdrive as I give in to the night neither of us planned and both of us want.

***AND SCENE***

(Copyright 2014, Mine to Steal by T.K. Rapp. All Rights Reserved)

Wait for it….

“WTF?!”

“MORE HEAT!!”

“I FEEL CHEATED!”

I’ve heard it all and I get it – I do! You want the details.

What he did to her? 

How he made her feel?

Did she have the best night of her life?

Was he the best she’s ever had?

How did he do it?

That damn FADE TO BLACK!

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I love reading romance stories and the way the relationship builds – even that moment when they finally get to the good stuff! There are some writers who describe it so beautifully and delicately that it makes you swoon. There are others that describe – in great detail – every facet of the moment, making you blush. Then there are ones – like me – who work the fade to black and get the backlash for it.

I have to ask, why is the “fade to black” such a bad thing? 

I remember as a kid (dating myself here) my parents watching Dallas or Knots Landing…or even soap operas – a love scene would come on…

They’re kissing all passionate and shit…

Cut to the mad rush to remove clothes…

He’s still kissing her as he walks her backward toward the bed…

*** Camera pans out, the screen blurs and focuses on the candle or some other cheesy object***

COMMERCIAL!!

Yep, happened all the time.

Go back another 20-30 years, and there was none of that. A chaste kiss (if you were lucky) and maybe a shot of a messy bed. Cut to 9 months later, Jr. is popping out!! o_O

You knew exactly WHAT was happening without the detail. It wasn’t the act that was important, it was the story and how it developed.

I know I know!! I’m brining up television and movies when my subject is books – specifically writing. But really, is it any different?

Again, I have to repeat here, I LOVE READING ROMANCE….all types! The detailed AND the fade to black! 

Let’s face it – if you’ve read my books, you know I write in the FADE TO BLACK persuasion. I could go into more detail about where he touches her, how she feels, but that’s not the way I write. If I did write it, I think it would come out awkward – so I write what I want to write. Some people read it and love the way the scene plays out. Others, which I’ve heard many times, feel cheated or that I chicken out. I can promise you, it’s not that at all.

I make no apologies for my stories,

the way I write

and what I write.

Any other writer will tell you the same thing.

Sad Teenage Girl

Of course I want you to read and love my books, but I also know that not everyone will. I can accept and appreciate that. Some will be pissed. Others will be disappointed. Some may never read another of my books again. But there is the crowd that WILL read. That’s who I write for…and myself. 😉

There is beauty in all stories and the relationships within them…the ones that make you blush from the content (yes! I read those!!!), the ones that detail love-making, the ones that detail F$%@ing, and YES – the ones that FADE TO BLACK. Every writer pours their heart and soul into their stories and does everything they can to bring all aspects to life in your imagination. It’s why I love reading so much – I SEE that movie when I’m reading it. I FEEL the emotions the characters are experiencing. DAMN! I love reading!!

Going back to the title of this post, “So What’cha Want?” – because if your imagination is vivid enough, you can see the scene in your mind, without my input. 😉

****FYI – this post is based off of feedback I’ve received from readers (both for and against FTB.) There is absolutely no malicious intent, nor am I knocking anyone’s work. I have so much love and respect for every writer who is brave enough to put themselves out there. ❤ ****

XO
~T ❤

P.S. “So What’cha Want” by Beastie Boys has me rocking out at the moment. 😉

Author Spotlight ~ Claire C. Riley

I’m sitting here – at this very moment – with the biggest smile on my face! I love doing these author spotlights because I get to connect with authors and share them with those of you who read these weekly segments. Then there are the times where I get to share someone so special to me – it makes me giddy! This is one of those times! Claire C. Riley is not only a talented writer, but she’s also a wonderful friend that I am so happy to know. Now if I could just get her to the states….Anyway! Let’s get this shindig started! ❤ ❤

Synopsis of Odium:

18486757It’s better to die by the gun than die by the dead. 

Nina’s life was irrevocably changed when humanity’s dead began to rise. 
Now, she lives behind the walls. 

The barricaded cities, erected by the government to protect the remnants of civilization, have become a brutal dictatorship- causing the inhabitants within to starve, steal and claw for survival. Life behind the walls has become as terrifying as roaming the zombie-ridden landscape beyond. 

Citizens trade what they can to gain food, water, and shelter. Nina has only one currency—her body and she is tired of submitting herself to the greedy hands of the self-proclaimed leaders. 

An opportunity to escape presents itself in the fate of a young girl named Emily-Rose. For the price of a stale piece of bread, she is set for banishment from the city, and most likely a horrific death at the hands of the deaders. Nina tells herself that it is sympathy and not self-preservation that makes her follow the young girl out of the walled metropolis, and into the overgrown world beyond. 

Unused to fighting the deaders, Nina tries to scrounge for her survival and against her better judgment, begins to care for Emily-Rose. However, when you have a bread-stealing liability providing your only back up, survival seems even tougher. Nina is forced to fight for their lives, and with every zombie slain, she becomes fiercer, faster – a grim reaper with her not-so-sharp butcher’s knife. 

Along the path to a safe-haven that might not exist, Nina and Emily-Rose meet Mikey who introduces them to a new life they could not imagine, a life above the ground. However, this new world brings new dangers, and darker shadows than she knew. 

Nina finds out that the deaders aren’t the only thing to fear beyond the wall. 

And that fear will not be ignored, or Forgotten.

Let’s get to know…

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T – Slutty!!! Thank you thank you thank you soooooo much for agreeing to do this! You know how much I love you and how amazingly talented I think/KNOW you are! For those who are not familiar with your awesomeness, introduce yourself and tell them all your deep darks. (Or just your shallow lights.)

C –  Well hello there Hoe-Bag! < totally an affectionate nickname, and HI everyone else.

My name is Claire C Riley and I’m a writer of dark paranormal romances and apocalyptic horror—specifically zombies, but not restricted to them. I live in the UK with my husband, three daughters and one scruffy dog!

I read pretty much any genre going, and I’m an old fashioned paperback lover. Wait, what? That sounded weirder than it was meant. I mean I love paperbacks on my shelf, still sounds weird…crap, moving along. 

T – Okay, let’s talk Odium! Holy crap! We both know I was so scared/nervous to read this book. Big gurl panties have never fit so good! Where did the idea for this story come?

C – And you were so brave for reading it! I love it when people read out of their genre and take a chance on something new. People assume horror/zombies = scary and gory, and while that’s true in some respects, there is an actual plot with great characters that shake it all up, and you miss out big time by not branching out a little.

Like I said before, I read pretty much any genre, romance, horror, erotica, ya, whatever. But I’ve always loved apocalyptic books and movies. I love anything that enables me to see how people would change and react to different situations, and what better way to show that than with the end of civilization as we know it!

The story idea came from wanting to write a horror book with realistic characters. You’ve seen it yourself, horror films where the blond chick runs into the scary looking house. Well, I try to break down the cliché and write something people can actually relate to.

T – I’m so excited to read the rest of the series, and I know that more and more people are starting to catch on to how great it is. What are some of your favorite comments about Odium?

C – Honestly, the series has been so well received by both respected horror fans and newbies to the genre, and I’ve been surprised and excited by both.

My favorite thing though is when someone I didn’t think would like it does. Like you for instance one of the wonderful girls in my Little Red’s Dead’s Street Team – Maribel, she doesn’t normally read horror/zombies, that sort of thing, but she read a review that Madeline Sheehan wrote about Odium and how much she loved it and took a chance on me. And I’m so glad she did, because she’s an awesome girl, and I’m really glad to have met her.

So my favourite thing to hear is, ‘I’ve never read this genre before, and I loved it’

T – Nina is a kick-ass heroine. She takes her fate into her own hands; she doesn’t wait for a guy to save her (although there is a sexy man there!), she learns what is necessary to survive in a zombie-run world. What do you love about Nina and how much like her are you?

C – There’s bits of me in Nina, though she’s a much more exaggerated version of me. I love that she’s feisty and won’t take any crap from anyone, but she also has NO CLUE on how to survive an apocalypse, and that is totally me. Though with all the research I’ve done, I might fare a little better now haha. She’s great fun to write because I don’t have to think about what she would say, I just go with my gut reaction. Like ‘a zombie walks into a bar’ what would YOU say, and how would you react? You’d scream and cuss up a storm while running a million miles an hour in the other direction- and so does she.

T – Limerence is another series you have going that I would love to read. I know it’s like picking your favorite child, but do you have a favorite between Limerence and Odium?

C – The two series are SO different. There’s the obvious difference – Odium is zombies and Limerence is vampires thing, but the entire style is different. Mia the lead in Limerence puts a lot more thought into what she says, whereas Nina just spews whatever comes out of her. I can’t choose, but I will say that Limerence is much harder to write, I bleed for these words, whereas Odium pours from me.

T – Since I haven’t read Limerence, what can you tell me about this book?

C – I’m currently writing the sequel now actually and hope to get it out by August/September time. So the definition of Limerence is ‘an intense infatuation with someone or something’ and that’s what happens in the book. Unfortunately for our MC Mia, the man that is infatuated with her is a 100 year old vampire and he’s not used to being told no. Mia goes through a lot of turmoil trying to resist Mr Breckt the vampire because she knows something is wrong with him and she loves her fiancé, but you can’t fight a vampire. And these vampires don’t sparkle.

T – I know that you are busy, doing the wife and mom thing. As if that isn’t enough, what else are you working on right now (besides this interview, because I know you will say that! LOL!)?

C – I did want to say that haha.

Well, I’m working on the sequel to Limerence, Odium Origins part two, Odium III, and a new apocalyptic series I’ve been playing around with also. That along with some anthology contributions, getting Odium II ready to send to my narrator so she can get started on the second Audiobook, and well yeah, I’m really busy! But I love it. 

T – I’m fortunate to have you and some others in my corner when writing; support is an amazing thing in this industry. What do you feel is the easiest and hardest part of writing?

C – Nothing is easy about it. As a writer you fight for everything.

You fight to get the words out on the page, to get your book ready- cover, editing, formatting, posters, swag, teasers, to promote it with blogs and readers, to plead and beg for someone to leave you a one line review, to not get disheartened or give up when it gets hard. Because it does get hard.

So nothing is easy. But that’s okay, because if it were easy, everyone would be doing it.

T – What is your favorite thing about the Indie Writing Community?

C – There are SO many unbelievably good things about it. Mainly the fans, readers, bloggers, other authors that you meet. They—you make it worth all the torment.

T – Who is your biggest inspiration personally and professionally?

C – Personally, my children. That sounds cheesy and corny, but it’s true. When I’m getting stressed out and upset with it all, they say things and don’t even realize how much it moves me. Just the other day I walked in on them all talking, and my eldest (9) was telling our middle girl (7) that she had just finished reading another book. She said soon her bookshelf was going to be as big as mummy’s, and when she grew up she would be a famous poet (she wants to be a poet) and was going to have a big house with a huge library, but she’d keep a bookshelf just for my books. How can I not be inspired by that.

Professionally? All of you writers out there. Cheesy? Yes, but it’s true. You work damn hard, and you inspire me with your determination and cheerleading that you do for one another.

T- Have you ever reached a point where you want to throw in the writing towel? If so, how do you get out of that funk?

C – Yes, oh hell yes I get this.

I try to remember how far I’ve come, and if I were to give it all up now, in five-ten years time I will be so sad that I let it all slip through my fingers.

So I stick my headphones on, pump up some music and write a good scene.

Even if I skip to the middle part of a book. I’ll write a sex scene, or a sad scene, or a fighting scene, something that really gets me feeling something for the story and the characters. Because sometimes you get so stuck on all the little boring parts to a story that you forget the fun, and the reason you started.

T – Five years down the road, what is your goal for your writing? Publishing deal? Agent? Movies?

C – Yes, all of that ha ha ha. I absolutely love being Indie published—total truth, but it would be cool to have an agent and get a publishing deal at some point also. I’d like to combine the two and be both traditionally and indie published at some point. And movie? Hell-to-the-yes! hahah

Lightning Round!!! Are you ready?!? Twitter-sized answers as fast as you can 😉

T – Tats or Piercing
C – BOTH!

T – Dirty or Durty
C – Durty
T – AGREED!

T – Would you rather be turned into a zombie or a sparkly vampire
C – Shit, none of them. Okay if I had to pick I guess sparkly vampire because I wouldn’t want to be a rotting corpse!

T – Favorite American saying
C – Ya’ll!
T – LMFAO!!!! I love YOUR version!

T – If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go
C – You know I just stared at this question for like twenty minutes. I was like Canada, New Zealand, Hawaii, America, Greenland. I just can’t decide.
T – Wrong! The correct answer is “Texas.” We were looking for Texas, Claire 😉

T – Sexiest Man Alive
C – Tom Hardy

T – Favorite Naughty Word
C – Fuck
T – You can do better than that!!! LOL!

T – Favorite Zombie Movie
C – Night of the Living Dead.

T – The world is ending you can only save one person. Who is it
C – Tom Hardy! Hahaha, oh, and my kids blah blah, but yeah, TOM HARDY! Haha

T – In the movie of your life, who would play you?
C – Ooooh, either Isle Fisher, or Emma Stone.

T – Favorite cuss word
C – FUCK!

T – Kiss/Kill/Marry – “CHRIS” edition (Pines, Hemsworth, Evans) –

Kill = Chris Evans.
Kiss = Chris Pines.
Marry = Chris Hemsworth.

T – Favorite Author
C – I don’t have a favourite, seriously. I read too many different genres and authors to pick a favourite. So I abstain ma’ lady!

T – Final question: if you could say anything to your readers, what would you say? 

C – Thank you so much. For reading, for recommending, for leaving reviews, for taking the time to look me up and follow me, for giving a shit what I have to say. For everything. You are my rock stars.

T – I love you so much!! You are the best and I’m so glad to call you my Slutty Slutterson Friend!!

C – Right back at you, doll, you’re my little Hoe-Bag hahahaah, and I love you. xxxx

Follow/Stalk/Chase Claire all over the place and watch her zombie dash! Kidding! But keep up with her, our girl Claire is awesome!!

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When I Drink…

Sometimes, you reach that point where you don’t know which way to go.

Right is wrong. 

down
is
up

Happy is sad.

Those times, where you can’t make sense of anything at all can be the darkest, even the scariest. And the “getting through it” part – well, that’s the hardest fight. If giving up isn’t an option, how long are you expected to take a beating before surrender is acceptable? And how long do you keep those around who continue to take and take and take…

and never give back?

If I had the answer to this – perhaps I could follow that up and solve world hunger. 

But alas, there is no easy answer.

No quick fix.

No escape.

Those that we lean on can carry us, or at least help us shoulder the load. And if you’re lucky enough, you make it through the other side with a  few scrapes, maybe a few bruises and minimal scarring. But those scars are beautiful because they remind you that you are a survivor. They remind you that you are stronger than you ever thought possible. They remind you that when go through something again (because you probably will) you can make it through.

I wish I had easy answers for the hurt and pain, but since I don’t, maybe I can offer some advice for those who don’t know how to help.

Be kind
Don’t dismiss the feelings
Be patient
Listen, even when you’ve heard it before
Be loving
Embrace them and their pain
Give until it hurts

You can’t fix anyone, but you sure as hell can show you give a damn by being someone they need you to be – and sometimes that is enough.

And for those going through it at this very moment:

I love you.

I know your pain.

I know your despair.

And I know we can get through it. It might not be when you would like it to happen, but it will. This isn’t forever. Just hang on a little longer.

Unknown

XO
~T ❤

😎 When I Drink by The Avett Brothers – Because….well, it just fits.

Author Spotlight ~ Kristen Hope Mazzola

It’s been a nice vacation and I’m really excited to jump back into the blog. Today is another fabulous author spotlight with a super wonderful chick! Kristen Hope Mazzola has two books out and another on the way. I’m so excited to see her latest cover, for The Hysterics, which will be revealed soon. But, while we’re waiting to check it out, let’s get the spotlight started!

Synopsis of Falling Back Together:

18310780“I don’t know if it’s fate, coincidence, or my curse, but I’m still breathing, and my breaths are for you.”

Mags McManus is far from a normal woman in her mid twenties. Being a war widow, a business professional, and a brokenhearted train wreck only skims the surface of the layers of who Margret McManus truly is. Waking up in a hospital bed, alone and confused, Mags once again has to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart. With her best friends by her side, Mags slowly starts to learn the answers she so desperately longs for. But is everything going to continue to spiral out of control? Or is there a light at the end of this dark, twisting tunnel where all the broken pieces can finally fall back together?

Note from the author: Second book in the two part Crashing Series. Crashing Back Down should be read before Falling Back Together to avoid spoilers. A portion of all royalties from Falling Back Together are donated by the author to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.

**18+ for sexual situations, cursing, and adult content.***

Let’s get to know…

Kristen Hope Mazzola

Kristen Hope Mazzola

T – Hi Kristen! Thank you so much for taking time out of writing, blogging and awesomeness to answer some questions!! For those who aren’t familiar with you – please introduce yourself and tell us something that not many people know about you.

K – Hi! I am super excited to do this, for one! I am a few weeks away from turning 26 and live in South Florida. I am a pretty busy person, working full time and trying to be the best writer I can be! When I am not in the book world, I love to fish and be on my boyfriend’s boat in The Keys. Not too many people know this about me, but I am severely dyslexic and I have to say, thank goodness for spell check or I would never have been able to be an author!

T – Your series, Crashing, focuses on a war widow, Mags McManus. What inspired you to write this story?

K – This question is always so hard for me to answer. Honestly, I don’t know. Mags came to me one day. I had just finished reading Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster and was in a low point in my life, so I started writing short stories while I was at work to brighten my day up. Bam, one day Crashing Back Down went from a few shorts that were entertaining me while I was bored into a passion that I had to see to the finish line.

T – You have some really lovely reviews of your books. What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you?

K – It was actually my boyfriend’s aunt who said this to me: “Your book (Crashing Back Down) changed the way I view my relationships and I have found I am a better, nicer person because of it.” That really touched me, and was shocked because she is one of the best people I know!

T – Your cover for The Hysterics, is yet to be revealed, but the synopsis definitely caught my attention. What can you tell us about this book? And do you have a release date for it?

K – The Hysterics! OMG, so exciting! This story is inspired by shorts that I first started writing over a year and a half ago and I am so in love with these characters. It is going to be an intense romance about two people who are so bad for each other that they are perfect. One of my favorite lines from my MS is: “The chemistry between us will blow this place apart and make it better from the destruction.” I do not have a firm release date for it yet, but it should be out in the beginning of December, at least that is the plan.

T – How do you go about developing your characters? Are any of them based on people you know or parts of you?

K – There is only one character that is based off of a real person and that is Cali from The Crashing Series. She is modeled after my best friend, Christina who I met that same way Mags and Cali do in the beginning of Crashing Back Down, during sorority recruitment freshman year of college. The rest of them develop themselves really, while I am writing, I get to know them and let their voice be heard to the best of my ability.

T – The question of questions…what else do you have in the works right now?

K – I have 3 other WIPs (other than The Hysterics)…One is a complete standalone about hockey players (really hot hockey players *wink*wink*) and two shoot off standalones from the Crashing Series, but I can’t say too much about those yet, I don’t want to give too much away!

T – I know that writing is your “other” job, although we both know the mind never stops. If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

K – My “day job” is too boring to talk about, even though I love it! But what I would rather be doing than “working” (and sometimes writing) is fishing. I love just being out on the water, relaxing with a fishing pole in hand!

T – What do you feel is the easiest and hardest part of writing?

K – The easiest is falling in love with characters. The hardest is doing them justice and telling their story to the best of its ability (oh and editing!)

T – What is your favorite thing about the Indie Writing Community?

K – The amazing support! Indies are always there for each other and I love it so much!

T – Who is your biggest inspiration personally and professionally?

K – I have two huge inspirations in life, my father and my Grammy! They both are amazing, strong people that have overcome so much in their lives and are successful, kind, and wonderful people. I would not be where I am today without their guidance and support.

T- To date, what is your biggest accomplishment?

K – Getting the guts to hit publish on Crashing Back Down! I suffer from anxiety and anyone who can relate will know how huge that step was!

T – Five years down the road, what is your goal for your writing? Publishing deal? Agent? Movies?

K – Five years…goodness…I am hoping to be writing full time, still as an indie author but hopefully with a movie deal in the works. I guess only time will tell! But, as long as I am still in the book world, I will be happy!

Lightning Round!!! Are you ready?!? Twitter-sized answers as fast as you can 😉

Gosling or Reynolds – You’re evil! Gosling if I HAVE to pick!

Ideal Vacation – Costa Rica!

Favorite Place to Visit – The Florida Keys!

Game of Thrones or Walking Dead – Game of Thrones hands down!

Favorite Disney Character – Aurora (Sleeping Beauty!)

The world is ending you can only save one person. Who is it? My Boyfriend…He’d be so handy in an apocalyptic situation.

In the movie of your life, who would play you? – Myla Kunis (I hope!)

Favorite cuss word – Fuck…it’s the best at driving the point home

Kiss/Kill/Marry – Kardashians – (Kourtney, Khloe, Kim) – Ugh. Can I die alone?! And have them off the air for good…Sorry to all their fans; I just don’t get the appeal. Maybe it’s because I’m a tomboy? (SO with you!!!)

Favorite Author – I have too many, that’s a trick question! (If I had to pick it’d be Brittainy C. Cherry though)

T – Final question: if you could say anything to your readers, what would you say?

K – The simple but perfect: Thank you! Sincerely from the bottom of my heart, thank you for giving me a chance. I am virtually unknown and it takes guts to give a new author a chance, I know that. For the ones that have, I cannot express how much that means to me!

T – Thank you so much for answering these questions – especially on such short notice! I can’t wait to see the art for The Hysterics!

K – Thank YOU! This was so much fun!

To learn more about Kristen and her books, check her out online:

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1 Year Bookiversary…

Bookiversary?

Pubiversary?

Book Birthday?

What in the hell do you call it????

It seems so strange to me that it was over 1 year ago that I hit the publish button on Being There. What started as a challenge to myself in February of last year, turned into a ride that I don’t want to get off any time soon.

July 1, 2013 – I hit that damn publish button that still freaks me out. I was very secretive about having written a book because the whole thing was intimidating. What if the story sucked? What if people didn’t read it? What if I failed?

Only a few people knew about my writing, and even fewer had read it prior to the release. It was a story that I wanted to tell and when I sat down to work on it – the words came in a flood. It took me 6 weeks to finish the first draft but the first draft wasn’t the greatest. 

A friend read it and suggested many changes which I took to heart. The entire story was revamped, while staying true to the focus – Cass. She is still close to my heart, the first character I wrote. My friends and family have told me there are things about her that resemble me so much. Others who know me well have commented that they heard my voice reading to them (which weirds me out a little). But if I reread it – I can’t help but agree, there is a lot of me in that character.

The final story was vastly different from the outline I had:

  • Cass was originally named Savannah.
  • Drew was originally Zane.  
  • The story was dual POV.

(These are only a few of the changes.)

A good friend, also a writer, read the story and made suggestions that helped it become what it is now. Without his feedback and guidance, I don’t know how it would have been received.

The last year has been an amazing journey filled with new experiences, new friends, new books and new hurdles. I am so grateful for all the support I have received and to those who have taken a chance and read this story and the ones that have come after. Every story is dear to me, but Being There will always have a special place in my heart because it started it all. Drew and Cass are a permanent part of me and I hope that others find them as special as I do.

Thanks for a great year! I ❤ you and hope you’ll stick around to see what comes next. 😉

XO ❤
~T

P.S. If you would like to purchase Being There,
click the link below and get the book that started it all.

BEING THERE

by T.K. Rapp

Author Spotlight ~ Emily Walker

Consistency people – I LIKE IT!

I have another fun spotlight this week and it’s Emily Walker. Emily is a super sweet author with SEVERAL books to her name. The one we are spotlighting this week has a tittle that caught my attention – totally unique and funny. 🙂 Emily sat down this week to answer some of my weird questions and “hang out” with me online. Let’s check out Why Yellow Jackets Can’t Find the Hole!

Synopsis of Why Yellow Jackets Can’t Find the Hole:


10394579_409690292504202_43199156142536890_nThe Yellow Jackets are a group of young men in their early twenties who have taken a vow of sexual purity. But making a vow and keeping a vow is two different things. Each of them struggle in one way or the other to remain sexually unscathed. Bryant, one of the Jackets, has moved off campus from the all-boys school and finds himself neighbors to a very tantalizing beauty. Only this girl is much more than she seems, and unbeknownst to Bryant, she makes it her mission in life to take his virginity. Bryant and his roommates, in the meantime, are slowly discovering that all of their fellow Yellow Jackets have secrets. Not to mention that there’s a spy in their midst—one who is doing everything he possibly can to expose the fact that the Yellow Jackets are not as ‘pure’ as they all seem. 

Let get to know:

Emily Walker

Emily Walker

T – Emily! It is so great to have you here. I know you are Emily Walker 😉 and you have several books out there! Tell us something that not many people know about you.

E – Thank you so much for having me!

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism and am pursuing my Masters in Human Resources. I have a full time job as an office manager for my alma mater.

T – Your book, Why Yellow Jackets Can’t Find the Hole is about some young guys who have taken a vow of purity. I love this premise! So much you can do with it. The reviews have called it, “entertaining,” “fun,” and “enjoyable.” Where did you come up with the idea?

E – I literally got the idea for the title and the whole book when I saw a yellow jacket go into a hole on the hill outside of my house. It was bizarre.

T – You have several books on the market. Books are like our babies, but I still have to ask, is there one that you favor more?

E – Long Road Full Speed Ahead which is due to come out sometime after re-edits (blarg, I know!) is the one I favor because it was hard as hell to write.

T – What do you think sets your novels apart from others?

E – I feel, and have been told, like I have a very relaxed writing style that is still enjoyable.

T – I notice that you have a couple of collections coming out soon. What else do you have in the works right now?

E – The Kingdom! I am writing a horror story about animals turning on us and it should have been done already. After that I am working on a story called Solo about failed science experiments (living ones). Of course, there are tons of things I am working on that aren’t public yet!

T – Like others, I see that you are a talented lady! Great reviews and you write several different genres. What is it that you like about writing in each one?

E – I love the idea of creating a whole new world so that’s where paranormal grabs me, Horror is a bit different and allows me to dip into a more sinister part of my psyche. Some people might find this disturbing, I find it fascinating. The fantasy is the same as paranormal but in a completely different way. Romance is fun because for the most part there are HEA and you get to escape and fall in love along with your characters.

T – Are there any of your characters that you identify with in some way?

E – I identify with Grace in Long Road. We have all been lost and out of control.

T – What do you find to be the hardest part of writing?

E – Finding the time, I wish I could just write all the time!

T – What is your favorite part or writing?

E – When the story comes to me, and it all just works itself out in my mind and then I can just go with it.

T – What is the best advice you have received from fellow authors?

E – Never stop improving and learning

T – What advice would you give to upcoming authors?

E – Just write, if you have a story in you, get it down on paper. The rest can be figured out later, but without a full novel you just have an idea.

T – Five years down the road, what is your goal for your writing? 

E – I want to have 5 more really good novels, if they are good then I’ll be happy. That doesn’t necessarily mean successful.

T – Have you always wanted to be a writer? 

E – On some level yes, but I just never did it

T – If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

E – I have a beauty blog and a youtube channel. I would probably just do that a lot more.

T – Who is your biggest inspiration personally and professionally?

E – I’m inspired by so many people. Rebecca Hamilton was the first indie I read, and I really enjoy talking to her. Claudy Conn is another very helpful author, and there are so many.

Now my favorite part – Lightning Round!!!

(Twitter-sized answers as fast as you can) Here we go….

T – Cats or Dogs

E – dog if I have to choose

T – Reading or Writing

E – writing

T – If you were stranded on an island, what one book would you require

E –  Job A Comedy of Justice

T – Favorite Author

E – Robert Heinlein

T – Anyplace in the world you want to visit

E – Paris would be nice

T – Farthest place you’ve been from home

E – Maryland, Lord that’s sad

T – Drive or Fly 

E – drive, I’ve never flown

T – eBook or Paperback

E – paperback

T – Kiss/Kill/Marry BSB! 😉 (Kevin, Howie, Brian)

E – Kevin, Howie, Brian

T – Favorite book

E – anything Heinlein and so many more

T – Thank you again for taking the time to answer some questions! I hope you had fun! I do have one last question for you…if you could say anything to your readers, what would you say?

E – Thank you so much for having me and to my readers thank you for sharing in my crazy world!

To learn more about Emily Walker and her books, go to any of the links below!

http://www.facebook.com/authoremilywalker

http://www.facebook.com/emilywalkerfans

http://www.twitter.com/authorewalker

Comfort Zones…

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the phrase, “comfort zone” as:

A place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress.

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We all have it – that place where it makes it harder to step out of the boundaries we’ve created for ourselves. For me, it comes in many forms, as I like to walk on the safe side of the line and not make any waves. I’ve always erred on the side of caution and it’s gotten me to the age of 36. I’m not a fan of roller coasters, I don’t like to be scared, I hate water that isn’t a pool…you get the idea. 

Why is this the topic of my blog post for today? Well, I will tell you.

Sometimes, I have been known to step out of that comfort zone. It doesn’t happen often, and when it does, you better have a camera ready – it might not happen again if it goes bad! LOL! See exhibit A…

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Last summer, I went White Water Rafting with my family and my best friend’s family (evidence above). It was bucket list item because – well, I thought I’d never do it. It was cold, rainy, exhausting and completely exhilarating. I can’t wait to do it again. A few weeks ago, my husband and I took our daughters zip lining – another bucket list item and it was beyond words! (again, the proof is visible above) Stepping out of my comfort zone has opened me up to so many possibilities and I have to say, it is very exciting to move out of the self-imposed limits.

As a writer, I write within my comfort zone. It’s hard to push myself to be and do more in my books than I do. (Not sure if that makes sense.) We write what we know – and if we don’t know it – we research it. As a reader, I read books that catch my eye, that are referred to me or that are popular. I tend to stay away from horror, paranormal, mystery and thriller. I know!! How disappointing!

But, that’s not to say I never branch out. Last year, I met someone online who has become one of my closest friends, Kim Stedronsky. She was reading my book, Being There, and I was reading her book, Roam. This is a paranormal romance novel – actually it’s a series – and I as I mentioned, not exactly my genre. But as I started reading it, I fell in love with the story! The characters, the writing, the locations…everything about this series riveted me. There were so many ingenious elements that I was truly mesmerized. I loved it so much! Had I not taken a chance on something different than my norm, I never would have opened myself to the possibilities. 

This happened again very recently! I am NOT NOT NOT a horror person. I don’t do haunted houses. I don’t do horror movies. I don’t read anything that might scare me. I’m the biggest baby. EVER! My husband had a zombie movie on and I watched through my fingers until I had to leave the room altogether. Hell, I didn’t even watch the first Halloween movie until I was 19. If that gives you an idea of my level of discomfort with scary things…

Anyway, my friend, the amazing, funny and smart, Claire C. Riley – writes horror. I’ve wanted to read her books because I’ve heard such great things about them, but again – Scaredy Cat here!

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My own shadow scared me sometimes!

Claire has a series out – The Dead Saga – and I finally sat down to read the first one. Odium. She knew I was reading it, but she also knew this was way out of my comfort zone. I kept telling her I was putting on my big girl panties so I could dive in. I was nervous. Zombies? HELL NO! Zombie Apocalypse – EFF NO! My friend was going to do a Zombie Run and I told him and his wife “NO! I’d probably hit someone out of sheer panic. No thanks!”

So reading Odium was a pretty big thing for me. I realize not everyone has the same fears as me, so I’m trying to paint the picture here. LOL! 

I devoured this book! My husband was annoyed because I couldn’t put it down. All I wanted to do was read to find out what happens! Nina. Emily-Rose. Mikey. Crunch. JD – the list of colorful characters trying to make it had me wanting more. I finished the book and I’m so happy that I took a chance on something out of my norm.

Will I read other Zombie or horror books? Only time will tell. But I will be reading the rest of the Odium Books (The Dead Saga) by Claire because it was so damn good!

So bottom line – the reason behind this entire post – step out of your comfort zone. Try something different. Read a book by an author you’ve never heard of. Read a genre that you wouldn’t normally read. You never know what you’re going to discover out there in the book world that changes your mind. 

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To learn more about Kim & Claire, check out these links:

249015_1380811762130920_1048102313_nKimberly Stedronsky – Author of The Roam Series
Roam on Amazon (click here) 

1797332_719763434749651_5084863381984489887_nClaire C. Riley – Author of The Dead Saga
Odium on Amazon (click here)

To learn more about the adventures mentioned in this post, check out these links:

Wimberley Zipline Adventures

Colorado Rafting Trips