2012 - C. S. Dorsey
"And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions." Joel 2:28

Friday, December 14, 2012

~S.U.M.~
S.U.M is looking for authors who want to be feature for the January issue which will be the first issue.
(At least 3 authors featured per issue)

 We are looking for following: 
 Chapter Excerpts 
 Interviews 
Articles 
 Biographies 
Writing Tips 

 Please submit to S.U.M via email info@supublishing.com. Please put "Author Submission" in the subject line

Visit sharelleunique.com for more information

Friday, November 16, 2012

~Guest Author~ The Nation by Benjamin Bayani


  



Two cousins from Boston watch a movie and it gives them the idea to start a hooligan firm for baseball. Watch as Jack and Bobby's lives get turned upside down as they are forced to test their relationships to see their firm succeed.


About the Author

Image of Benjamin Bayani

Benjamin Bayani was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and grew up in Somerville, Massachusetts. He attended Somerville High School where he was a letterman in football and hockey. He graduated and then attended Nichols College where he excelled in creative writing. He dropped out after his first year and went to work as a carpenter. He now works for an airline industry, lives in Medford, MA with his fiance. He loves reading and writing. He has three short stories published, a book published on Amazon and is currently working on his second book.


Where to find the author

http://www.facebook.com/TheNationBook










Please welcome my guest author of the week: Benjamin Bayani

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

~Guest Post~ Frizzy Tizzy by Wendy Hinbest
 
 


 
Title: Frizzy Tizzy Goes to the Park
Author: Wendy Hinbest
Genre: Picture Book, Children’s Book
 
  Frizzy Tizzy attempts to face her fears and begins to second guess herself, until she realizes things are not always what they seem.



Author Bio

 
I like writing children's books and blogging. I live in Burlington, Ontario with my husband and three young children. I have an Early Childhood Education diploma and I am certified to teach children from birth to six years including children with special needs. I have worked with many children and have read many books to them. My daughters enjoy the books I read to them so I decided to write books of my own. I am also a real estate agent.

Book Excerpt

Frizzy Tizzy climbed the stairs to go down the slide, but when she got to the top she was afraid to go down. Frizzy Tizzy felt the ground looked so far from up there.

“What’s wrong, Frizzy Tizzy?” asked Mommy.

“I’m scared to go down,” answered Frizzy Tizzy. She turned around and noticed a little girl standing behind her.

Where to find the Author

Links Website: http://www.frizzytizzy.com

Blog: http://frizzytizzy.blogspot.ca

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wendybooks1

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/frizzytizzybooks?ref=hl

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/105622797279713054090/posts?hl=en (Google Plus)

Amazon: amazon.com/author/wendyhinbest

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5216542.Wendy_Hinbest

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/whinbest

Friday, November 9, 2012

~Sharelle Unique Publishing~





A lot of people asked me how I went about publishing my book, so I told them. It wasn't till I told the 20th person when I realized I wanted to help people get started.

I know how hard and difficult it is to publish a book. It is time consuming and it also can be stressful. That’s why I started my own publishing company :-)

Sharelle Unique’s mission is to help writers achieve their publishing dreams. We want to work with authors not just for a book but for a career — we are dedicated to building long-term relationships with our authors. Our goal is to give authors a chance share their work to the world. From publishing, to book marking Sharelle Unique strive to make the publish process as smooth as possible. (no fees required)

Please visit our website sharelleunique.com for more information.


C.S.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

~Guest Post~ Order of the Dimensions by Irene Helenowski




When Jane Kremowski first began her graduate studies in physics at Madison State University in Wisconsin, little did she know where her work would take her. Now, she is embroiled in a multitude of dimensions all leading to different outcomes. She and her colleagues therefore must act wisely in order to take and keep away the Order of Dimension from falling into the wrong hands for the sake of her loved ones.







Interview with Author Irene Helenowski



What inspired you to write your first book?

After finishing grad school, I felt at a loss about what to do next.  Then I started learning about the multiverse theory and was fascinated about how we could be living different lives in different dimensions.  And that led me to writing a story about it.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Not really; I just write what I feel and edit later.

How did you come up with the title?

The Order is a sinister organization in the book, much like the New World Order as cited in many conspiracy theories, and the dimensions refer to the parallel universes.  So I just decided to combine both terms in the title.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I guess that, as in most science fiction books, there is a message about being careful with scientific advances and not letting them fall into the wrong hands.

How much of the book is realistic?

As of now, inter-dimensional travel is impossible and may never be possible.  But I think that it's always interesting to think about the possibility of a parallel universe and our lives could be different there if we indeed exist there.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

There are a few instances about my life that I wrote up, albeit I exaggerated a bit for dramatic effect.  I just also want to point out that the protagonist is modeled after my niece who also wishes to pursue graduate studies in physics.

What books have most influenced your life most?

Too many to list!  I don't know if I would say they influenced my life but I felt a special connection to works written by Jack London, Joseph Conrad, and Charles Dickens.  In terms of influencing my book, I guess that writing about love triangle between Jane, Randy, and Anton might have been slightly influenced by the triangle presented in With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I like the writings of Michael Crichton and how he incorporated technical science into his storylines.

What book are you reading now?

So far, I'm getting into Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling.

To connect with Irene Helenowski like her Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/OrderofTheDimensions

Order of Dimensions is now on Amazon

Saturday, October 20, 2012

~Deliver Us~

>Today is the release day party for “Deliver Us”, a suspenseful mystery novel written by author Santino Reynolds, who blogs on As Write as Reyn.
>You can NOW purchase your copy of “Deliver Us” or, if you’re feeling rather lucky, you can participate in our giveaway! We’re giving away 5 eBook copies of “Deliver Us”.

About Deliver Us

Title: Deliver Us Author: Santino Reynolds Genre: Suspense, Thriller Publisher:Senzuri Books Publication Date:October 19th, 2012
“I caused this, because I’m too afraid of…him.”
“I caused this, because I sat back and let life pass me by.”
“I caused this, because I let my anger and beliefs get the best of me.”
Three strangers share with you, the events that took place ten months ago that changed their lives forever.
Javier escapes his abusive relationship with Rick. But can he trust his traveling companion as they head to Arkansas for safety?
Ryan dreams of the world outside of Arkansas; his only way out is college. Meanwhile, Ryan’s friend returns for the summer with a shocking gift. Can Ryan stop dreaming and focus on the nightmare brewing around him?
Shawn is a family man whose hate becomes all too consuming. He pays the price for his hatred, but how much will revenge cost him?
Listen to three stories unfold and collide as Javier, Ryan, and Shawn share their thoughts, a twist you’ll never forget, and their fate.

Author Bio

Finding your passion can be quite a long journey, as proved by Santino Reynolds. The Chicago-born young adult traveled over fifteen states, living in many of them. From behind a desk to behind enemy lines, Santino's vibrant list of accolades includes: becoming the Musclemania middle-weight bodybuilding champion, becoming an Iraq war veteran, learning sign language and so much more. But none of those titles filled Santino with the passion he has for story-telling. Santino first began writing short horror stories at the age of eight. However, his first full length novel was a romance inspired by a close relative "coming out" to him. As he continued to write, romance became more of a background and his love for horror took center stage. Even though the genres may change, Santino Reynolds never will. Remnants, hints and allusions to his earlier works are always evident in his latest books. Try to find the House Of Cards reference in Deliver Us. Santino now resides in Arizona and continues to write horror novels. His lifelong dream is a collaboration with the living legend George A. Romero.
For a list of fun facts and full biography be sure to stop by his website at www.AsWriteAsReyn.com and stalk him down on his Twitter handle @AsWriteAsReyn

Giveaway

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

~Don't Forget About...~
Ok people, I am not sure if you know or maybe I have not been promoting it as much, but Bloody Rose is out. And it has been out now for 3 months (Amazon & Barnes & Nobles). I was thinking about doing a blog tour for the book, but its only a novella. It wouldn't hurt to try.

In any event I am still writing. What I am writing? I will not tell. Its a secret.

So, I'm writing this post to say don't forget about Bloody Rose, and let me know if you like it or not.

Once again.....Bloody Rose

C.S.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

~Guest Post~ Telesa-The Covenant Keeper by Lani Wendt Young

Lani Wendt Young stop by with a guest post. Please welcome her on today!!!!



Title:Telesa – The Covenant Keeper
Author:Lani Wendt Young
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
When Leila moves to her new home, all she wants is a family, a place to belong. Instead she discovers the local ancient myths of the telesa spirit women are more than just scary stories. The more she finds out about her heritage, the more sinister her new home turns out to be. Embraced by a Covenant Sisterhood of earth's elemental guardians - what will Leila choose? Her fiery birthright as a telesa? Or will she choose the boy who offers her his heart? Daniel - stamped with the distinctive tattoo markings of a noble Pacific warrior and willing to risk everything for the chance to be with her. Can their love stand against the Covenant Keeper?

A thriller-romance with a difference. If you enjoyed Twilight, then you will be enthralled by Telesa as it blends the richness of Pacific mythology into a contemporary young adult love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.



Rugby. The Hardest Part of Writing  ‘Telesā ‘

Someone once said “Samoans love rugby first, God second and then their spouses.” While normally I would disagree with such a sacrilegious statement ( Hello, God first and then the three D’s of My Desire – Diet Coke, Doritos, and my husband Darren. Just not always in that order…)I can concede that the sport of rugby is SUPER important to Samoans worldwide. It’s the equivalent of football to the Americans, and soccer to the English.

Is it any wonder then that rugby features a lot in my book Telesā? The male lead, Daniel, is Captain of the school team and a lot of pivotal scenes in the book occur at rugby games. There’s even a rowdy rugby brawl with bottles flying and people getting smashed. But hey, what’s a rugby game without a little bit of people smashing?

I have to confess though that I’m a very poor excuse for a Samoan because I know next to nothing about rugby. While writing this book I had to keep asking my husband, “um, how many people on a team? What do you call that thing where they grab each others butts and huddle and push everyone? How many minutes in each half?” The one thing I knew for sure about rugby in Samoa was that they have to take their shirts off all the time since it’s so hot here. Which explains why there’s a lot of that kind of rugby player activity happening in the book. I had no problem writing about those scenes.

Many authors will tell you that research is the toughest ( and most boring) part of writing a book. And yes, my rugby research for Telesā  was VERY time-consuming, exhaustive and intense stuff. I had to trawl through lots of photographic rugby data. Like this stuff…




Yes, writing about rugby was very stressful for me. I hope that readers will enjoy the results. I recommend they kick back with a chilled Diet Coke and some Doritos while they read Telesā. Oh yeah, and keep the Rugby World Cup footage reruns on TV so that they can have the necessary visual aids to better facilitate their reading experience!


Author Bio

Lani is a Samoan-NZ writer who blogs as a(slightlyDemented) Domestic Goddess at Sleepless in Samoa. Her award-winning short fiction has been published in collections in NZ, Australia and the UK. In 2009, Lani was commissioned to research and write her first book, the narrative non-fiction account of the disaster
which devastated the islands of Samoa, American Samoa and Northern Tonga. The printing of ‘Pacific Tsunami– Galu Afi’ was funded by the Australian government and all proceeds from the book go to survivors who shared their stories for the project.


Lani is married to Darren Young(who is probably the most patient man alive) and when she’s not writing blogging,Tweeting, Facebooking, getting depressed about a two star book rating on Goodreads, and ecstatic about a rave review on Amazon-she’s the full-time mother to her five fabulous children.(Who are also very patient people)

She won the following awards:
• 2011USPPressFictionAward,‘Sleepless in Samoa.’Short story collection.

• 2010 Commendation Award, Common wealth Short Story Competition.‘The Beast that Came from the Sea.’
• Winnerof the 2002 Telecom/National Univ of Samoa Short Story Competition.‘A Sister’sStory.’


Links
Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12964326-telesa---the-covenant-keeper

Author Fan Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lani-Wendt-Young/136359673048533


Telesa Trilogy Fan Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Telesa-Trilogy/146318935466086

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/laniwendtyoung

Blog: http://sleeplessinsamoa.blogspot.co.nz/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Telesa-The-Covenant-Keeper-ebook/dp/B005I3WD8Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1345137671&sr=8-2&keywords=telesa+the+covenant+keeper

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/telesa-lani-wendt-young/1112092790?ean=9781466253711

Friday, August 31, 2012

Transition, The Chimers Hunters Series ~Excerpt~



Transition, The Chimera Hunter Series




The Chimera a race so old, the humans relegated them as a myth. The Gods feared the Chimeras’ powers; they believed they were a deadly race, with physical abilities beyond belief. So, they split their race in half condemning them to wander the earth, searching for their other half to be complete. Without their sodalis, each was destined to live life without dreams, without love, without hope. The future rested on finding their one true mate for life.

SHELBY O’NEILhas led a solitary life with her parents. So when she goes to school at Washington State University, she believes her life has just begun. Now in her second year, the dreams begin. She dreams with the same man, night after night for months. When her dream world becomes her reality, and her life becomes a danger zone, she quickly learns to trust the one man who has thrown her into this new and dangerous world.

DEVELON COLEis Chimera and his race has been on earth as long as humans. His people are desperate to find their one true mate for life, and Develon has just found his, in the small college town of Pullman Washington. His goal is to protect her against the hunter’s and guide her into who she was always destined to be, his sodalis, his mate.

Author Bio



Megan S. Johnston is a freelance writer and entrepreneur living in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to writing fiction, she runs several family-owned and operated businesses, which she started over twenty years ago. She is an avid reader of paranormal romance and a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.  She has four children and seven grandchildren and lives with her husband and two dogs in Woodinville, Washington. Transition is her début novel.




An excerpt from Chapter 4 of Transition

Shelby awoke with a gasp. She struggled violently to free herself from her tangled web of bedding that was wrapped around her legs. Uttering a muffled curse, she finally fought free. She wondered, was it the bitter cold permeating her flesh or the scratching sound at her window that had awoken her?
She sat up slowly, squinted, trying to focus her eyes in the darkness that still enveloped the room. No wonder she was freezing, she mumbled to herself. She unraveled the blankets, then tucked her bare legs back underneath. She pulled the blanket up as close to her chin as possible, trying to get warm. She shivered. If she had night vision, she would be able to see her breath in the cold air as it escaped with each outward breath. She turned her gaze toward her nightstand and groaned. Three-fifteen in the morning. Way too early to get up, so she snuggled deeper into the warmth.

Shelby was positive she had turned the thermostat up before going to bed. Maybe Jen had turned it down when she got home. At the moment, it felt as though there was no heat on at all. She thought about getting up to check, but she didn’t want to leave the warmth of the blankets.

Maybe she should start a fire. Her father had shown her a few times over the years how to build one, but she wasn’t sure she knew how to start one herself. Then she remembered they hadn’t brought wood in yesterday, so a fire was out of the question. She could wait until morning. Sleep would eventually come and then, hopefully, she would dream with her dream man.

Just as she was drifting off, she heard the scratching sound at her window. “Okay, okay, I’m getting up.” Shelby slipped the semi-warm covers off her shoulders and scooted her body toward the bottom of the bed. She leaned forward and patted, feeling for her warm, fluffy lavender robe. She felt the edge, and pulled it up, wrapping it around her body, cocooning herself in its warmth. She bent over and switched on her bedside light. Her legs swung over the side of the bed, but the moment her feet touched the cold planks, she let out a shriek. “Brrr . . . this floor’s freezing!” she exclaimed out loud, then continued to feel around the floor with her toes, trying to find her slippers. “Where are those damn things?” she whispered. “Ah, there you are,” she said, and slipped them on.
She looked toward the window. Frost formed on the pane, creating intricate patterns of ice crystals. She got up, wrapped her robe tighter, and walked towards the window.
“Whoa,” she said, as she peered out, her eyes wide. There must have been at least four to five feet of new snow, and it was still falling fast. The wind whipped the snow around so hard she could barely see the towering cedar directly in front of her window, or their car. “Good God . . .” she whispered softly. What the hell happened during the few hours she had slept? All she could see was white, everything thoroughly buried.

The trees swayed rapidly back and forth, as if in the rhythm of an excited dance. That must be what she heard—the grazing of a tree’s branches against the glass.

Shelby blinked rapidly and pressed her forehead against the pane. Her eyes must be playing tricks on her. Behind Jen’s car was an animal. She watched as it moved stealthily through the snow. It was an unusually large, orange and black striped cat. Were there tigers in Washington state? She knew bears, bobcats, and mountain lions inhabited this region. She knew what they looked like, and this was obviously not one of them.

Shelby turned around shakily and walked towards her bedroom door. She was going to wake Jen. Just as she reached the door, she heard the distinctive sound of scratching again. She glanced back over her shoulder. Her eyes opened wide, and her body jerked as a massive tree limb came crashing through her window. The noise was deafening. Shelby screamed and crouched down, covering her head with her arms. “What the . . .” she gasped. Then she was hit with a wave of cold air as it stormed into the room.
Splintered wood, glass, and debris rained down on top of her. When the noise subsided and the debris wasn’t pelting her anymore she peered up from between her arms. Her mouth hung open. She couldn’t believe what she saw. A large tree limb now lay directly in the center of her room. It was at least a foot in diameter. Her bed and everything else in the room was smashed to pieces. She didn’t know why, but she was thinking about that damn cat. She should be running for her life.

Her heart pounded wildly in her chest as she crossed the short distance to her bedroom door, seeking the safety she thought was on the other side.

Shelby pressed her back against the other side of the closed door, panting, trying to catch her breath. Her heart still pounded in her chest, her breathing coming fast in rapid succession.

Social Media Links:

website:     www.MeganSJohnston.com
blog:          www.MeganSJohnston.wordpress.com
twitter:       www.twitter.com/MeganSJohnston1
goodreads: www.goodreads.com/MeganSJohnston1
facebook:   www.facebook.com/MeganSJohnston



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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

~~What I'm going to do~~
Hello all who follow this blog and read it once in a blue moon.

I am working on writing some new stuff. It may take me all the way till next year to finish it...LOL! But that's ok. Hopefully I can get 2 books out of it. :)

With that being said I will not be publishing another book till 2013. I hope everyone enjoys the books I currently have out now (The Unsacred Gift, Bloody Rose, The Antidote, Blood of a Wolf, & Purr Island).

The book I am currently working on now is nothing like what I have written before. It will be a more religious base book. This is something that I have been wanting to write for almost a year now and I am tired of talking about writing it...so I am going to shut up and put the petal to the metal (or hit the keys on the keyboard...however you want to say it in writing terms).

Since I have not did a personal blog in a while I though I might share some photos of my life this summer...

 Here is me...

 My favorite pass time...
 Oh...me at work...

 Oh...here is me again...
these pictures just gets better and better

Food I was eating on my church picnic...yumm!

Oh ....there goes my toes enjoying the water in Antioch CA.


Uhmm...yeah so that's it! Hopefully I will have some fall photos :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

~Guest Post~ Transition, The Chimera Hunters Series

Author Megan Johnston stop by with a guest post of her new book Transition, The Chimers Hunter Series. Please help me welcome her today!


Transition, The Chimera Hunter Series




The Chimera a race so old, the humans relegated them as a myth. The Gods feared the Chimeras’ powers; they believed they were a deadly race, with physical abilities beyond belief. So, they split their race in half condemning them to wander the earth, searching for their other half to be complete. Without their sodalis, each was destined to live life without dreams, without love, without hope. The future rested on finding their one true mate for life.

SHELBY O’NEILhas led a solitary life with her parents. So when she goes to school at Washington State University, she believes her life has just begun. Now in her second year, the dreams begin. She dreams with the same man, night after night for months. When her dream world becomes her reality, and her life becomes a danger zone, she quickly learns to trust the one man who has thrown her into this new and dangerous world.

DEVELON COLEis Chimera and his race has been on earth as long as humans. His people are desperate to find their one true mate for life, and Develon has just found his, in the small college town of Pullman Washington. His goal is to protect her against the hunter’s and guide her into who she was always destined to be, his sodalis, his mate.

Author Bio



Megan S. Johnston is a freelance writer and entrepreneur living in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to writing fiction, she runs several family-owned and operated businesses, which she started over twenty years ago. She is an avid reader of paranormal romance and a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.  She has four children and seven grandchildren and lives with her husband and two dogs in Woodinville, Washington. Transition is her début novel.




First, I would like to thank you for hosting me here today. You would think my favorite type of heroes would be super heroes, because that’s what I write about, but it’s not. My favorite hero is the unsung one, the one who resides next to you, your mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. It is the everyday heroes I admire most.

Firefighters and police officer are the ones who keep us safe. Each of their jobs is demanding in its own way. They both risk their lives on a daily bases to keep everyone as safe as they can.
As a law enforcement officer, it’s a daily unpredictability. Who will they have to chase down? Will the perpetrator carry a gun? Police Officers are in constant danger daily. Who should they trust? They can only rely on themselves to keep others and themselves safe. They are hated by many.

As a firefighter, the thought of running into a burning building to save lives is a scary thought. Who would do such a thing? Not many. Your brain would go into protect mode. But, a firefighter would. They are trained to keep themselves and other firefighters safe, while saving lives and homes. They are loved by many.

Some days I am sure they wish they could communicate telepathically, or instantly change into a different species. To have bullets bounce off their chest, and fire that would never burn their skin.  But these people are real and the bullets and fire not only kill, but a person could be marred for life.

So, here are two of my favorite heroes. Their jobs are demanding. They both put themselves in danger every day to save lives and homes.  One is loved and the other hated. But both are heroes in my eyes.

Where to find Megan:

website:     www.MeganSJohnston.com
blog:          www.MeganSJohnston.wordpress.com
twitter:       www.twitter.com/MeganSJohnston1
goodreads: www.goodreads.com/MeganSJohnston1
facebook:   www.facebook.com/MeganSJohnston



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

~Giveaway~ Transition, The Chimera Hunters





The Chimera a race so old, the humans relegated them as a myth. The Gods feared the Chimeras’ powers; they believed they were a deadly race, with physical abilities beyond belief. So, they split their race in half condemning them to wander the earth, searching for their other half to be complete. Without their sodalis, each was destined to live life without dreams, without love, without hope. The future rested on finding their one true mate for life.

SHELBY O’NEILhas led a solitary life with her parents. So when she goes to school at Washington State University, she believes her life has just begun. Now in her second year, the dreams begin. She dreams with the same man, night after night for months. When her dream world becomes her reality, and her life becomes a danger zone, she quickly learns to trust the one man who has thrown her into this new and dangerous world.

DEVELON COLEis Chimera and his race has been on earth as long as humans. His people are desperate to find their one true mate for life, and Develon has just found his, in the small college town of Pullman Washington. His goal is to protect her against the hunter’s and guide her into who she was always destined to be, his sodalis, his mate.


Author Bio

Megan S. Johnston is a freelance writer and entrepreneur living in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to writing fiction, she runs several family-owned and operated businesses, which she started over twenty years ago. She is an avid reader of paranormal romance and a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.  She has four children and seven grandchildren and lives with her husband and two dogs in Woodinville, Washington. Transition is her début novel.



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Saturday, August 18, 2012

~Author Interview~ Amateur Angel by Karri Thompson




Author Karri Thompson has stopped by for an interview for the Amateur Angel Blog Tour

What inspired you to write your book?

I wanted to write a book about a girl who comes in contact – the ultimate contact – with her rock-star crush, and to do that, she needed to be invisible. But I didn’t want to just give her the power of invisibility – that wasn’t interesting or original enough – so I decided to make her a guardian angel.

Do you have a specific writing style?

That is a hard question to answer. Of course I try to give my characters a strong voice, and I try to be descriptive without being too wordy – I want my readers to feel like the main character is their friend and that they are literally in the scene. To do this, I am really aware of my word choice. One word can reveal a lot due to its connotation, so I try to pick the perfect words to give the emotional edge I want in a scene. I’m also really conscious of sentence structure. Short, simple sentences work best in intense, fast-paced scenes, whereas longer, complex or compound sentences are meant for character descriptions and setting. At least that’s how I look at it.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I don’t think I’d change anything in Amateur Angel. I’ve read it who knows how many times, and I am still extremely happy with the end product. I honestly didn’t want to over analyze it too much, or I’d go crazy over the just the choice of one word.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I was in third grade when I wrote my first story. I don’t remember if it was an assignment or if I just did it on my own, but it was about a ladybug that slept in a hammock strung between two twigs. I even drew pictures to go with it. I’ve been writing fiction on my own ever since.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I’m currently editing a sci-fi I wrote after Amateur Angel, and all of the ideas for a second and third book for that sci-fi series are in my head as well, so if the first book sells, I’m ready to write more. I also wrote a sequel to Amateur Angel, and I already have the storyline for a third “angel” book.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

My favorite classic writer is Charles Dickens. I know he was paid by the page, so he tends to be wordy, but I love his lengthy descriptions of characters and places, and I love the Victorian era. When it comes to contemporary writers, I’d have to say Billy Letts because her characters are so real to me.

Who designed the covers?

The publisher of Amateur Angel has their own graphic design department, so one of their designers, Reed Karriker, designed the cover. The publisher asked for my input shortly after they bought the book. I gave a few suggestions, including Cannon Michaels on stage with Ashley hovering above him, and almost a year later, they sent me a jpeg of the cover. I loved it, so I didn’t make any suggestions for changes.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Editing is definitely the hardest part for me. Sometimes I’ll read a scene over and over again and know that it’s missing something – it just doesn’t quite sound or feel right – maybe a sentence reword or addition is the answer, but it can sometimes take me an hour to figure it out. Thankfully I always do, but until that time comes, it can be really frustrating.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up! I know writers have heard this before, but it really is true. Every writer has been rejected more times than he or she wants to admit to. Rejection is the nature of the business. And be patient because the publishing business is slow. I’d also recommend joining a critique group. In a good critique group, writers get sound advice about their own writing, learn from other people’s writing, and they have the opportunity to share their experiences and frustrations with other writers.


About the Author



As a first-time author, I cannot express- not even in words- how excited I am about the release of my debut novel, Amateur Angel. It took a lot of hard work and sleepless nights. There were many disappointments and rejections along the way, but in the end, my persistence and determination eventually paid off. In many ways, I think writing a novel is easier than finding an agent to represent it and then a publisher to buy it. Two years ago, I almost gave up on my dream to become an author, but then my son, Kyle, wrote a special poem for me, and it inspired me to write a new book and try again. The new book was Amateur Angel.

Here is his poem: 
 You fail and you fail, 
 You fix and you fix, 
 You wait and you wait, 
 Until you succeed.

I hung this poem in my closet and read it every day when I was getting ready to go to work and each night before I went to bed. It is still there and always will be. I know what I’m about to say will sound like a cliché, but based on my own personal experience, the best advice I can give anyone is to always believe in your abilities, hold your head high, swallow your pride, accept criticism and then learn from it, and most importantly, never give up.

I grew up in San Diego County and attended San Diego State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in education, and my teaching credential. I am a high-school English teacher in the East County of San Diego where I also live with my husband, our son, and two dogs. Being a lover of Victorian literature, my favorite author is Charles Dickens although I haven’t quite finished reading all of his books. Someday I’ll finally finish David Copperfield- I promise. If you are one of my students, you are either laughing or shaking your head at this.

I lead a very busy life, but when I’m not teaching, grading papers, or attending my son’s soccer games, I find time to write novels, my greatest passion.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

~Double Dual Blog Tour Kick Off~


Double Dual Blog Tour Kick Off!

Thank you for stopping by. Please join in, follow the tour, and enter to win...
Transition, The Chimera Hunters (5 e-Copies & 1 Sign Copy)
 The Unsacred Gift (2 Kindle Copies & 1 Sign Copy).


The Chimera a race so old, the humans relegated them as a myth. The Gods feared the Chimeras’ powers; they believed they were a deadly race, with physical abilities beyond belief. So, they split their race in half condemning them to wander the earth, searching for their other half to be complete. Without their sodalis, each was destined to live life without dreams, without love, without hope. The future rested on finding their one true mate for life.

SHELBY O’NEILhas led a solitary life with her parents. So when she goes to school at Washington State University, she believes her life has just begun. Now in her second year, the dreams begin. She dreams with the same man, night after night for months. When her dream world becomes her reality, and her life becomes a danger zone, she quickly learns to trust the one man who has thrown her into this new and dangerous world.

DEVELON COLEis Chimera and his race has been on earth as long as humans. His people are desperate to find their one true mate for life, and Develon has just found his, in the small college town of Pullman Washington. His goal is to protect her against the hunter’s and guide her into who she was always destined to be, his sodalis, his mate.



Have you ever had a dream that came to life? How about losing the one you love and not being able to save them? What about a gift that you were cursed with? Well image having all three like Sicily "Sissy" Monroe.

"Some might say what I have is a gift. I say, I want to return it." Sissy declares.

Sicily "Sissy" Monroe has all the qualities of a perfect young lady. She is almost where she wants to be in life. But lying deep in the pupil of her eyes hold something that she cannot get rid of which interferes with her plans. She fights everyday with no one but herself. After having her first vision at age six of her sister's (Misty) disappearance and the dreams of failing to save her, Sissy wants no part in another person's fate. For years Sissy tried hard to avoid contact with people because she feared foreseeing their death. In keeping with this, she tries to stay away from her family. Little did Sissy know she could not run from her past, or her gift. She hopes someone will put her out of her misery, but she will soon discover that her visions and dreams were just a mere image of herself.

Follow The Tour...

8/17-Red Reader (review: Transition, The Chimera Hunters)
8/17- Diary of a Book Addict (author interview: The Unsacred Gift)
8/20-All the Fun Starts After Dark (excerpt: Transition, The Chimera Hunters)
8/21-C.S. Dorsey (giveaway: Transition, The Chimera Hunters)
8/22-From the Bootheel Cotton Patch (excerpt: Transition, The Chimera Hunters)
8/23-Megan Johnston (giveaway: The Unsacred Gift)
8/24- Diary of a Book Addict (review: Transition, The Chimera Hunters)
8/24- Red reader (giveaway: The Unsacred Gift)
8/27-I talk Books! (giveaway: Transition, The Chimera Hunters)
8/28-C.S. Dorsey (guest post: Transition, The Chimera Hunters)
8/29-All The Fun Starts After Dark (giveaway: The Unsacred Gift)
8/29- From the Bootheel Cotton Patch (guest post: The Unsacred Gift)
8/30-Megan Johnston (guest post: The Unsacred Gift)
8/31-C.S. Dorsey (excerpt: Transition, The Chimers Hunters)

Monday, August 6, 2012

~Giveaway Winners~ Hosted by ABG Book Tour



Giveaway: 2 Kindle Copies and a Sign Copy (paperback)


Congratulations to the following winners...

**Christine Ranies....Kindle Copy 

**Lectus Read...Kindle Copy 

**Juana...Signed Copy (paperback) 


I want to thank Colette and her team of bloggers for making this blog tour a success!

Thanks a Million!!
C.S.




Monday, July 30, 2012

~Guest Post~ The Wire by Natascha Scrivener

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THE FUTURE.

On the night of the power collapse that left Old Town in darkness, Reason Goodwin’s father returned from a day’s work at GAME-corp. with their latest creation, the Dream Theatre– a games machine to eclipse all others – a games machine that would bring dreams to life.

But the power surge severs the link between the dream state and reality, and Reason’s father returns to reality changed. He mutters of a world captured by GAME-corp. called Albia, and of game players from Earth unknowingly crossing between the two worlds via The Wire, their avatars playing out their fantasies and destroying Albia.

Now people are dying as Albia fights back, and it is Reason’s mission to save her father, Albia, and the very future of Earth itself.


I am please to have Natascha Scrivener stop by and do a interview with me today.





What inspired you to write your book?

The Wire started out as a 500 word piece of flash fiction which I wrote for a story competition that my mum found advertised in the local library. I sent it off and never heard anything back! So that was what sparked the initial idea for it. The theme we had to work to was 'WIRE', hence the name.

I suppose some of the inspiration for the actual book also comes from being in the same room when my husband is playing Playstation 3 games, it's hard not to get drawn into the stories of some of them.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Probably. Although I'm not sure I could describe it? I do like to invoke as many of the senses as possible in my writing. I've never written in this genre before so my writing style could be completely different from when I write poetry or other works of fiction, but I would say as a general rule you would probably be able to guess that I'd written a piece of work (and you'd read something I'd written before) if it had no name on. I would like to think so anyway!

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 

I wouldn't dare! I would probably end up doing another re-write...

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 

I've been writing since I was a child, and my Mum writes too. I remember when I went away for a week in primary school on a trip she sent me a letter every day with a new story in it about my cat, Squirrel. I think her encouragement to be creative was what originally inspired me to start writing.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I can share my blurb! Until Saturday 21st everything else is top secret... THE FUTURE.

On the night of the power collapse that left Old Town in darkness, Reason Goodwin’s father returned from a day’s work at GAME-corp. with their latest creation, the Dream Theatre– a games machine to eclipse all others – a games machine that would bring dreams to life.

But the power surge severs the link between the dream state and reality, and Reason’s father returns to reality changed. He mutters of a world captured by GAME-corp. called Albia, and of game players from Earth unknowingly crossing between the two worlds via The Wire, their avatars playing out their fantasies and destroying Albia.

Now people are dying as Albia fights back, and it is Reason’s mission to save her father, Albia, and the very future of Earth itself.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I have many! To pick one would be impossible. But my favourites would have to be Virginia Woolf, Joanne Harris and Peter Hedges. They all write exceedingly well about people, they study them and bring them to life in a way no other authors do. I'd thoroughly recommend reading 'Mrs Dalloway', 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' or 'Chocolat'.

Who designed the covers?

I did, with my pregnancy hormones at the moment it's not fair to put that on some poor unsuspecting artist!

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Finding the time to write it (I have a 1 year old and a baby on the way) other than that the writing process was surprisingly easy and uneventful for a genre that I've never written in before!

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Join Twitter! Seriously, if you're like me and hardly anyone you know in 'real life' 'gets' what you do or why you do it, then join Twitter. There are so many writers on there and it's brilliant for networking.

Where to find Natascha:

Website: www.nataschascrivener.webs.com
Twitter: @Someofherparts
Blog: www.http://nataschascrivenerauthor.blogspot.co.uk/
Facebook Page:http://www.facebook.com/thewiresearchingforreason The Smasbook page will be up on Saturday 21st!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

~Guest Post~ The Carny by Brooke Moss
Author Brooke Moss stop by to take over my blog for the day. Please help me in welcoming her!!


Why Contemporary? 
By Brooke Moss

    Hi, and thanks for hosting me on the CS Dorsey blog today! I’m so excited to be here, and to tell your readers about my latest release, The Carny.

    As an author, I get asked—often—why I write contemporary romance. I suppose it’s because when you are writing a book about people and places that don’t really exist, it’s okay to create worlds, powers, creatures, and scenarios that couldn’t really happen in the world we live in. It is tempting to give my characters a dose of paranormal here and there, and believe me, I’m tempted. But I also enjoy writing about the typical world of contemporary romance.

    There is a running theme with humans. Love. The love of a parent to a child, love between adults, love between siblings or best friends, love of a pet…there are all sorts of different kinds of love. But when I write contemporary romance, I get to explore my favorite kind of love: the love between a man and a woman.

    Look around you. Your neighbors, your grocer, your kid’s teacher, and your own best friend…everyone has had love in their life before. Whether it is realized, or indulged in from afar, every person feels love at some point in their life. And that’s what contemporary romance celebrates. Love between two people that can really exist…whether it’s on the pages, or happening right next door. Contemporary romance could happen anywhere. No magic, no fairies, no dragons…just two people who love each other, and are fumbling their way through life like the rest of us. That’s the kind of love I enjoy exploring in my contemporary romances.

    Want to know about my latest release, The Carny? This is what it is all about…

    “At a town fair on the coast of Oregon, handsome Native American carny, Vincent Youngblood, bestows an unforgettable kiss on shy, awkward teenager, Charlotte Davenport. Then he disappears without another word, leaving her baffled and enamored. Ten years later, Charlotte is still living in the small fishing town of Astoria, while being trained to--reluctantly--take over for her philandering hotelier father when he retires. After all, who else will do it? Her two perfect sisters are busy being married to their flawless husbands and having cookie cutter children, while Charlotte remains single, childless, and every bit as mousy as she was a decade ago. As Charlotte struggles to climb out from underneath her judgmental parents thumb, the carnival rolls back into town, and Charlotte finds herself face to face with Vin again. He's back to run his father's carnival, walking away from a promising career in medicine he started in Chicago. Will her biased and judgmental family accept her relationship with a man who is not only a Native American, but works as a carny for a living? And what unsavory secrets bind the well-educated and seemingly superlative Vin to that ramshackle carnival?

    After all, you can’t judge a carny by its cover.” Again, thanks for having me on the blog today. If your readers would like to grab a copy of The Carny, here is where they can get it: www.inkspellpublishing.com. And here’s a little more about me:

    “Brooke Moss is the name, contemporary romance, fantasy YA, and women's fiction are the game. Brooke writes complex, character-driven stories about kismet, reunited lovers, first love, and the kind of romance that we should all have the chance at finding. She prefers her stories laced with some humor just for fun, and enough drama to keep her readers flipping the pages, and begging for more!When Brooke isn't spinning tales, she spends her time drawing/cartooning, reading, watching movies then comparing them to books, and, of course, wrangling four kids, one hubby she lovingly refers to as her "nerd", and attempting to conquer the Mount Everest of laundry that is the bane of her existence.” Find Brooke elsewhere on the web here: www.brookemoss.com

Saturday, July 14, 2012

~Bloody Rose~ Now Available!




Sometimes beauty can be dangerous. At least that's what Rose found when she realized her looks brought nothing but hate from the women in Poison Berry. On the other hand, she attracted the attention of the town's men. Jealousy arose in four young girls - Catlain, Josie, Gabby and Marcy. They envied Rose so much that they were willing to do anything to get rid of her. But, sometimes beauty can be deadly. (Novella)


I am really happy to be releasing this book. I started it last year around the time I was editing The Unsacred Gift. I hope everyone enjoy it. I had fun writing it :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

~Guest Post~ Wings of Hope by Hillary Peak




Title: Wings of Hope

Author: Hillary Peak

Genre: Literary Fiction

The letter said he was dying, that’s all Jules Weinstein knows when she leaves her life in San Francisco and moves to New York City to be with her father. She goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel or saved the life of a Black Panther. Wings of Hope is a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life. Little does she know that by getting to know her father, she will find herself. While her father struggles with whether his life was meaningful, Jules discovers that her father’s last gift to her is the ability to reach for her dreams. Her journey teacher her that “the goodbye” is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life.




Hillary Peak is a recovering idealist. She became a lawyer to change the world and is still somewhat shocked that didn't occur. Now, her goal is to retire from practicing law and write novels that people love. She is currently a practicing attorney in the District of Columbia. She lives with her family in Alexandria, VA.



Excerpt

  Gingerly, without spilling my tea or setting it down, I reached over and pulled the envelope from the stack. I tried to open it without letting go of my tea, but that proved impossible. Setting the tea down, I ran my finger along the edge and pulled out the letter within.

  Daughter,

  I’ve had some bad news--it seems I have an inoperable brain tumor. I’ve been seeing six specialists. They all had the same thing to say, “You’re dying.” So, it seems I’m dying. They are saying I have three months to live.

  This is hard for me to ask, but I would like you to come and stay with me to the end. There are things I’ve always wanted to tell, but never got around to it. Seems if I don’t do it now, I’m never going to have the chance. I’ve spent a lifetime trying to make my mark on the world, but as I look back now, I missed out on you.

  I know it is a lot to ask, but please, come.

  Love, Dad

  My hands began to tremble; my chest tightened. Dying? That couldn’t be right.


Links:

Website: www.hillaryepeak.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/HillaryEPeak
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hillary-Peak/229967317054462
Purchase on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wings-Hope-Hillary-E-Peak/dp/146631219X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1336060255&sr=8-2

Monday, July 9, 2012

~~~On Tour With...Promotional Book Tours~~~

Follow the Tour
July 9 – Review Mommy Reads too Much
July 10- Review My Crafty Life
July 11 – Review – ReadingDiva’s Blog
July 12 excerpt – Sweeping The USA
Review – Couponing with Boys
July 13 Interview – Ereading on the Cheap

July 16 Review – The Shopping Duck
July 17- Review Inspirations by Simone
July 18- review The Deals and More
July 19-Review Niki’s book Corner
July 20- Guest Post- Insights by April
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