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Five Question Friday
  • Five Question Friday

    I have been a long time fan of Inside the Actor's Studio, and my favorite part has always been the questionaire at the end. That is my vision for Five Question Friday. I have come up with a list of five questions, and I will have different guests answer them each week. As a new idea, you might see some tweaking - at least at first - as I try to come up with the right formula. Your input is greatly appreciated.

    This week, answering my five questions is friend and author, Kristi Ahlers. Kristi has published ten novels and, I'm sure, has many more up her sleeve. Check out her webiste and her Amazon Author page for more information on her work.

    For now, here are Kristi's Five Answers...

    1. What are you reading? Right now I'm reading The Queens Fool by Phillipa Gregory

    2. What do you do for relaxation? I take bubbles baths.

    3. What is playing on your iPod? Nelly, Florida Georgia Line, Les Mis soundtrack, and Katy Perry

    4. What is your current guilty pleasure? Wandering around B&N with a pumpkin spice latte and browsing. Total detox time for me.

    5. What do you want to share? I recently just celebrated my tenth book release - so exciting. Her Highland Rogue is second in my Clan Ross series. I did a TON of research up in Scotland when we lived in England. It's fun to put it all to use.

    Please check out Kristi and all her great work and stop back next week for another Five Question Friday!

  • Five Question Friday

    I have been a long time fan of Inside the Actor's Studio, and my favorite part has always been the questionaire at the end. That is my vision for Five Question Friday. I have come up with a list of five questions, and I will have different guests answer them each week. As a new idea, you might see some tweaking - at least at first - as I try to come up with the right formula. Your input is greatly appreciated.

    This week, new author Judy McDonough will be answering my Five Questions. Judy was published for the first time in 2012 by a small publisher, but her experiences there...well, I should let her explain that to you. Visit her website for her full bio (a fun read in itself, in my opinion). I can tell you that her book, DEADLINE, will be out next week, and you should check it out! 

    For now, she's here to answer my questions...

    1. What are you reading?

    Unfortunately I've not been able to start a new book because I've been slaving away with final revisions of my manuscript, but I love a good ghost story.  I will probably curl up with Heather Graham's latest paranormal creation and lose myself in it once my book is published.

    2. What do you do for relaxation?

    Other than reading, I am a sucker for massages.  I went to massage therapy school and love, love, love it. Those help me relax more than anything else.

    3. What is playing on your iPod?

    My iPod is stocked with upbeat running music (which hasn't been used much since my final revisions started) *whistles and innocently looks away*

    4. What is your current guilty pleasure?

    Coffee with flavored creamer, fudgy brownies, and prime time television. I DVR my favorite shows: NCIS, Bones, Criminal Minds and The Voice, but my biggest guilty pleasure is probably The Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo.  I love her!

    5. What do you want to share?

    Besides my book and all the crazy stories buried within me?  Believe in yourself, join a writing group, go to workshops, read a lot, laugh a lot, and keep trucking right along.  The biggest thing I'd like to share though is probably the hardest piece of advice I've had to choke down this past year.  Don't.

    DON'T:

    - Quit

    - Be afraid to ask for help

    - Give up on yourself

    - Assume you can't improve

    - Rush yourself

    - Get discouraged

    and (most importantly)

    -     DON'T trust a contract until you have an attorney look it over really well.  No matter how much you think you know the person or how good a friend he or she is.

    I'd also like to let you know that my first book in The Bayou Secrets Saga will be available next week, on November 14th, and the second is in the editing/revision process.  Previously published, Deadline has been under construction for a while now with a new editor, graphic designer, and restructuring, but it's finally ready for it fresh debut. 

    The Bayou Secrets Saga is a paranormal romance series that takes place in the haunted Louisiana bayou.  In Deadline, Caroline must use the clues her grandmother slips into her dreams to solve a mystery from over a century before.  Pressure from her fiancé to rush into nuptials, a forbidden desire for a friendly Cajun, and a series of freak accidents plague her.  When Caroline finally embraces the possibility she's being haunted by a ghost, what she learns directly affects her current day life in ways she never imagined.  

    Lifeline, book two in the Bayou Secrets Saga, will be ready for release in 2014.

  • Five Question Friday

    I have been a long time fan of Inside the Actor's Studio, and my favorite part has always been the questionaire at the end. That is my vision for Five Question Friday. I have come up with a list of five questions, and I will have different guests answer them each week. As a new idea, you might see some tweaking - at least at first - as I try to come up with the right formula. Your input is greatly appreciated.

    Today, my friend, and author, Beth Ciotta has answered my five questions. Beth is extremely talented - and quite prolific these days - as author of The Cupcake Lovers series for St. Martins Press, has published two incredible steampunk novels (Her Sky Cowboy, His Clockwork Canary) and so much more. Visit her webpage to see it all! In addition, Beth is a part of a really exciting Christmas Anthology (The Keepers: Christmas in Salem) with Heather Graham, Kathleen Pickering and Deborah LeBlanc that is out today.

    That being said, here are Beth's responses to DRE&MS Five Friday Questions...

    1. What are you reading? Sizzle by Julie Garwood

    2. What do you do for relaxation? Walk my dogs

    3. What is playing on your iPod? Various movie scores

    4. What is your current guilty pleasure? Caramel popcorn

    5. What do you want to share? Stories that make a positive difference. Right now I'm focused on my Cupcake Lovers novels. A small town contemporary series with a big heart.

    Please check out Beth and all her great work and stop back next week for another Five Question Friday!