Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hope and Success: An Interview with Bestselling Romance Author, T. M. Souders

I’m so pleased to have T. M. Souders, another fantastic romance author on this blog.  First of all, congratulations on the success of your bestselling novel, Waiting On Hope. For people who haven’t read it yet, could you tell us a bit about it?

Waiting On Hope is about a woman who was raped by her best friend's husband and discovers she’s pregnant. Unable to stay in an apartment filled with the memories of what happened, she flees to her parent’s house in rural Ohio; however, when she arrives home, she discovers that healing is not easy because she has to deal with the past she left behind. Ten years earlier, she abruptly abandoned a heartbroken fiancĂ© and devastated younger brother. Now she is forced to face not only the ghosts of her past, but also the reality of her pregnancy. Waiting On Hope is all about finding hope and the resiliency of the human spirit.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Want a Hot Summer? Meet Bestselling Romance Author, Judy Powell

Today, I’m so pleased to be able to welcome the fantastic romance author, Judy Powell.  First of all Judy, congratulations on the wonderful success of your bestselling romance, Hot Summer!  For people who haven’t read it yet, could you tell us a bit about it?

Thank you so much for having me, Katheryn! Hot Summer is the story of Summer Jones, a feisty graduate student who meets Lance Munroe, a big shot record producer who just rubs her the wrong way.  To Summer’s chagrin, circumstances drive her to accept a job working for him.  As hard as she tries, she can’t deny her growing attraction for him.  Lance, for his part, is intrigued by the petite hot-tempered woman who seems to feel she is a match for him.  But it is when they go on a business trip to Jamaica that he realizes that he’s lost the battle.  He’s lost his heart to the little tigress.  It’s a roller coaster romance full of conflict and passion.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Thank you so much to two great romance authors, Paula Martin and K.E. Saxon, for giving me the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award!  In return, I need to give 7 facts about myself, nominate 10 other blogs and let them know that I’ve done so.

The 7 facts:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Don't Read This If You Have The Flu!

I dreamt the other night that most of the world had died overnight in a terrible flu epidemic and I hadn’t even see Contagion!  However, I had seen M. R. Cornelius’ novel H10N1, a post-apocalyptic thriller about a flu pandemic gone awry, so I invited Cornelius to come and discuss the novel and hopefully put some of my fears to rest. . .

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Meet Catherine Bybee: Amazon, USA Today and WSJ Bestselling Romance Author

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be interviewing Catherine Bybee on this blog!  First of all Catherine, congratulations on the huge success of your number 1, bestselling romance, Wife by WednesdayWithout giving too much away, could you tell us a little bit about it?

Wife by Wednesday combines a historical romance theme; dashing Duke needs a wife to inherit his father’s wealth, and meshes it with a modern setting of a contemporary romance. A sexy hero and snarky heroine with a ton of honesty and this romance takes off.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

How to Create a Great Book Cover

A great book needs a great book cover.  However, for many authors, like me, designing a cover that is even half-decent can be a frustrating challenge. Therefore, when I saw H. S. St.Ours stunning book cover mentioned on my page, Great Book Covers, and found out that he had done it all himself, I asked him if he was willing to share his expertise and luckily he said ‘Yes’!  Below is one of the most useful and inspiring guides I have read on how to design a winning book cover.  I hope you find it helpful too.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Murder, Mystery and God, Part II

Welcome back Philip. It's great to have you here again!  Since we last spoke, what have you been up to?

Hello again, Katheryn.

It is hard to believe that only two months have gone by since your last interview, yet so many exciting have happened. Shortly after the interview, I was approached by the American writer, Dennis Sheehan, (Author of the political thriller Purchased Power), who invited me to participate in The Writers Collection. Dennis has brought ten writers together and every week each posts a short story on a given subject. Yes, I did say every week, which makes this a demanding commitment, but it is fascinating to see how each writer tackles the different and diverse subjects.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Promote Great Books! Make a List!

My Listmania List
I’ve just recently ‘discovered’ lists on Amazon.  They’ve been there all the time staring me in the face and I’ve even read quite a few of them, so I’ve no idea why I hadn’t thought of making one before myself!  They seem like such a great way to promote other authors' great books (and of course, one’s own work!)  Amazon lists come in two forms, ‘Listmania’ and ‘So you’d like to . . .’

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Music, World War II and a Russian Billionaire: Meet Julie Thomas

After Robert Collins’ and Kevin Ashman’s excellent guest posts about how history has influenced their books, I am pleased to be continuing this topic with author Julie Thomas who is talking today about her wonderful book, The Secret Keeper, and the amazing World War II story behind it.

Julie Thomas
Hello to all of Katheryn's readers from far-flung New Zealand and thank you so much for sharing a few minutes with me.

I have three books uploaded to Amazon and Smashwords, one is a novel, one is a book of short stories and one is a book of my late father's letters home from WWII, he was a Spitfire pilot in the UK and the Middle East. Today I am talking to you about my novel, The Secret Keeper. It's had five five-star reviews on Amazon and one on Smashwords and is free! It's number one for free Jewish fiction on Amazon and I suspect I am the only Gentile on the list. I uploaded it in early September and so far have had around 8,000 downloads.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Ancient Rome, Murder Mystery and Adventure: An afternoon with Kevin Ashman

This afternoon author Kevin Ashman has kindly agreed to talk to me about his bestselling books and how he came to write them.  Over to you Kevin!  

Hi there to all Katheryn’s readers and thanks for allowing me a few moments of your precious time.

First of all I would like to say I am a relative newcomer to writing, though have had some minor success, selling almost 8,000 copies since September 2011. Not life changing, but I am very grateful to all who have downloaded them so far.

Secondly, I would point out that the book overview below is not of my best seller Roman, but of my third book, Mortuus Virgo.

Monday, January 2, 2012

The New Death: An interview with author, James Hutchings

Today I have been given the opportunity to interview James Hutchings, author of The New Death and others. First of all James, can I ask how you become an author?

I did a Bachelor of Arts majoring in creative writing and media, but I didn't do anything with it after graduating. Years later I created a fantasy city called Teleleli or Telelee as a background for role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons. Once I finished I realised there wasn't any demand for it. My ex suggested I write stories instead, and that's how I got started. Along the way I realised that my poems were better received, so I'm concentrating on them now.