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Burning Bridges
Set Adrift
Awakenings
Ripples in the Dirac Sea
Love Life & Circumstance
The Field of Someone Else's Dreams
Far & Away
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Hamlet
Manga Classics: Les Miserables
The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
A Brief Respite
A Better Man
Drawing with Your Artist's Brain: Learn to Draw What You See -- Not What You Think You See
Ruby the Red Fairy
Alice in Wonderland
Always
Sketching
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Fast-Talking Dolphin


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Saturday, November 8, 2014

On Facebook I was tagged by the brilliant Laziel Denali (and as I wrote this, the awesome Eric Roberts too) to post 7 lines starting from line 7 on page 7 of my current WIP. This is from page 7 of my Nano project, tentatively titled Confrontations: Lies (I was wrong I do have more than 7 pages). WARNING: adult content and gay content. It pretty much always is. I suppose it would have more shock value if I said Warning: sunshine rainbows kittens and feel good stuff ahead.... I DO have stuff like that collecting dust somewhere...*shrugs* And you are lucky if you get proper punctuation, I'm doing a once over. It's Nanowrimo. I JUST wrote it.
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He left the tea and toast with butter, cinnamon, and sugar sitting next to Nolan on the bedside table. "I wish I didn’t have to go...." Kim whispered and sat on the edge of the bed, and meant it. If they lived together he could be there for him more, take care of him when he was sick or needed a hug instead of always bolting. He didn’t do the touchy-feely thing well but he had arms and they could be for more than just putting people in choke holds, or holding them down while he-
"I’ll be alright." Nolan smiled and patted Kim’s thigh. "You’re very sweet to worry, but I’ll be alright. I know you have to go. Call me when you get in?"
Kim shook his head. "No. You need to be resting. If you’re awake at that time it better be because you got up to take more medicine." He narrowed his eyes at him. "I mean it. Get your rest. You won’t get better if you don’t let your body heal itself."
Nolan pursed his lips and chewed on the inside of his cheek. He could tell because of the way it puckered, not unlike when he was giving one of his life changing blow jobs. Kim shifted, suddenly lamenting the perfectly sized jeans he had on. No room for growth of any kind.
"Okay." Nolan sighed then pat his thigh again. "Okay. I promise I’ll take it easy."
"You were planning to get out of bed as soon as I left." He held a hand up to stop him from defending himself. "I’m on to you. I know." He tapped his temple. "I’m smart like that. But you promised."
"Yeah. I’ll stay in bed. Scouts honor." He did the salute properly
"Were you a Boyscout?"
"No, are you kidding me?"
The note of disgust in Nolan's voice made Kim cringe inside. "Right. so lame...." It wasn't, though. Being a scout had, in the beginning, been one of the brighter parts of his childhood. Despite how it had all turned out, he held those memories dear.
"You were though. I’m an idiot." Nolan pounded his palm into his forehead
"Hey, don’t do that." he said grabbing his hand and pulling it down to the blankets.
Rolling his eyes at himself, Nolan added, "Of course you were. That makes total sense."
He saw right through the cover up making Kim wonder yet again how Nolan didn’t see that this entire relationship was more of the same, built on lies and false hopes. Love really was blind and all that. That was fortunate, for Kim. "I was... once."
"I'm sorry, Kim. I didn’t mean it shit on your childhood."
"No, it's okay. Shit away. It was already pretty shitty to begin with." He slid off the bed abruptly and went for his jacket. "I can’t stall any longer. I have to go."
"I’m sorry."
"Seriously, I’m fine." He wasn’t and he knew Nolan wasn’t buying it, not with that edge to his tone.
"Um. Okay." he said dejectedly, like he’d yelled at him or shut him down. Shit. He had.
"We’ll talk about it later," Kim said coming back to the bedside and leaning in for the briefest kiss. "Alright?" Not that he wanted to talk about it at all, but he knew it was important to his lover to know him. The things Nolan didn’t know about him could fill a library. Kim couldn’t share a whole shelf worth but maybe a volume or two wouldn’t hurt. He owed that to him, that and so much more.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Jayson James - Pieces of Us Blog Tour!

Today I have Jayson James with me for his Pieces of Us Blog Tour! Welcome Jayson! Thank you for hosting me on my first ever blog tour!
Although I have put out five previous books and three short stories, I have never done a blog tour before where I am visiting a different blog every day.  I am quite excited!  Be sure to follow me on social media to see where I will be each day!


PIECES OF US


“Into the lake?”
“Into the lake.”
For Jesse Stetson, a boy who knows he is different and Dylan Sterling, Jesse’s best friend, Sander’s Lake has served as a sort of scrapbook for them with sentimental items being dropped into the lake from their dock after significant events in their lives.
Life in 1988 was different from today.  A boy and a girl being best friends were uncommon.  Not that Jesse or Dylan cared, they had each other and that’s all that mattered.  Or so Jesse wished.  While Dylan has been meeting and dating guys, Jesse has yet to find the same connection with a girl.  The closest he’s come is Dylan, but she’s a girl and a friend not a girlfriend.   Jesse is struggling with his feelings and trying his hardest to be normal.
Dylan and Jesse are growing up and possibly growing apart.  Dylan has a new boyfriend and is now splitting her time between him and Jesse.  To further complicate things, Jesse meets Orion, a new boy in town.  Jesse knows that his feelings towards Orion must be wrong, yet it feels so right.   Even if Orion feels about Jesse the same way that Jesse feels about him, should they act on their attraction?
This story is a journey of friendship and discovery, finding out who you are as a person, and then being okay with who you are.


ARTWORK
Over 100 drawings were created, modified, merged, cropped and manipulated to create the cover for Pieces of Us.  This by and far was the most labor-intensive cover on any of my books to date.  I feel with how it turned out, it made all the work worthwhile.




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My name is Jayson James.  I am an Indy author of several novels and novellas.  I was born and I have lived most of my life in Washington State.  My interests beyond writing include drawing, reading a variety of books, watching movies and hanging out with his friends, family and dog.  Besides an author, I am an artist.  The cover art on every one of my published works are one of my own drawings.  I take the drawing I do for each cover and then design the rest of the cover around it.


SOCIAL MEDIA
Google+ & email: jaysonjamesbooks@gmail.com
Twitter: @jaysonjamesbook


1988 COMMENT QUESTION
What do you remember the most about the year1988?
What do you like most about the year1988?
What is your favorite movie from 1988?
What is your favorite comedy movie from 1988?
What is your favorite horror movie from 1988?
What is your favorite action movie from 1988?
What is your favorite romance movie from 1988?
What is your favorite song from 1988?
What is your favorite happy song from 1988?
What is your favorite sad song from 1988?
What was the most annoying song from 1988?
What is your favorite band from 1988?
What is your favorite television show from 1988?
What was the biggest pop influence for you from 1988?
What from 1988 would you like to see make a comeback?
Knowing what you do now, could you live back in 1988?
How old were you in 1988?
Name a business that was around in 1988 that is no longer around?
Name a brand that was big in 1988?
If you could go back in time to a particular year, what year would that be?
If you could go back in time to a particular time in your life, what would you change?
I’d like to hear from you!  Please post your response in the comments below!
Be sure to check out other stops on the tour for more questions.


MORE BY JAYSON JAMES



How It Was Supposed To Be
Reese Kennicott and his family were living the carefree life of an upper middle class life.  That was until one day when his father arrives home from work and shares the company he has worked for since he was Reese’s age has gone out of business.  Adding to the stress of being out of work for the first time in the worst economic downturn the United States has ever faced.  Hope comes in the form of a new job for Reese’s father.  The downside is this job is across the country, forcing Reese to leave behind his friends and the life he’s always known.
Releasing Fall 2014.



T.E.D.
Tim-Eric-Delsin


Tim is being bullied.  No one in high school wants to be known as a tattle-tale and to do so would only make things rougher for him.  The repercussions would most likely make him an outcast, and without any friends.
Eric is frustrated with life.  His parents are overbearing and if they ever knew the person he really was, they would throw him out of their house.  His friends are not much better, they only like him when he is who they expect him to be.
Delsin is gay and ready to come out.  Unfortunately, life at home is on the brink of falling apart with his parents constant fighting.  Admitting the truth could bring his whole world crashing down around him.


Each of these three needs to decide whether the risks of being honest about who they are outweighs the importance of being true to themselves.   This could mean ruining life as each of them knows it.  Maybe it is better to remain miserable in order to play it safe.  On the other hand, doing nothing doesn’t seem to working either.



Finding Our Way
Justin Parker and Derrick Wilson have been best friends since meeting back in middle school. Currently they are in their junior year at Chandler High School, and living the good life as teenagers. They have great girlfriends, plenty of close friends, their own cars, and parents who are well off. As nice as things might look to an outsider, something is missing from each of their lives.
Justin has become the invisible son in the midst of his parents failing marriage. In an effort to get his parent’s attention, Justin keeps getting into trouble. So far he has been able to get away with anything without facing any repercussions, while Derrick is feeling distant and tired of what he feels is a too “perfect family”. He just wants to have a normal social life and spend time with his friends without the pressures from his family to spend time with them. With blurring the lines of friendship in the process to realizing what was missing and discovering who they really are.
Justin and Derrick take turns narrating the story of their junior year in high school and all of the events that take place in their lives. Being a teenager can be tough. Being gay can be tougher. For Derrick and Justin they are both, and life cannot get any more complicated.
What happens when two best friends cross the boundaries of friendship? Will they be able to be happy together? Will they keep their secret?



Tormented Discovery
Justin and Derrick have a secret that they revealed only to their closest friends.  They are gay and are now a couple.  The story of Justin and Derrick continues as they learn more about being a gay couple in their senior year of high school and the complications that arise from it.  Some friends will have their backs while others simply stand on the sidelines.  Other friends will be accepting and others will ridicule them.
Sometimes love is almost not enough to save a relationship and both Derrick and Justin begin to have their doubts as they watch relationships around them rise and fall.  Justin and Derrick both want to have new experiences, new choices and make new friends, which leads to them questioning their own relationship.  They soon discover that some of the people they consider friends have their own secrets, some darker than others.  The couple begins to see how people react towards homosexuality and just how people want to deal with it and them.
Will Justin and Derrick be able to hold onto each other while their lives and secrets spiral around them?
Or will they decide to step back and give up on themselves and each other?



Drifting
What happens when the person you love is having doubts?
These two boyfriends have been through a lot. Best friends since childhood, fell in love in high school and thought they would be together forever. They stuck together even when their friends and family found out about their relationship. Struggling with challenge after challenge, they have finally made it to college and are living on their own. Living together is a whole new world and being open with their relationship is even more so.
Spending every day together as a couple they begin to learn about their differences. Things that never bothered them are now annoying traits driving a wedge between them. Can their relationship survive their differences? Can it handle new friends and new romances? Will they find their way together or will they drift apart?


And now an interview. (I can't take credit for this one) What inspired you to write Pieces of Us?
One evening I was watching the movie Peggy Sue Got Married for the thousandth time in my life.  As I have done many times before I wondered what it would be like to go back in time knowing what I know now.  This got me to thinking about back in junior high school in 1988 with my female best friend.  Everyone used to ask us if we were boyfriend and girlfriend and when they found out we weren’t our peers would always ask us why.  It wasn’t until after high school that I made the discovery about myself.  Although in the back of my mind I think I always knew.  Then I got to thinking if I would have known how differently my life would have played out.
There was also an idea on my head about a boy and girl who live on a lake.  I was debating about writing a story about them falling in love, yet the female character in my head was my long time best friend.  I combined her personality with another close female friend of mine in my head, yet I could not see her falling for the boy.  I decided to combine the two ideas and liked where I could see they story going.  
My best friend from way back then ended up giving me a call a few days later and I told her about the idea.  She of course loved it and thought I should write it.  A few weeks later I wrote what would later become chapter 4 in the book as the beginning, yet it wasn’t working for me.  In talking with my best friend I realized that although we’d met at school, it was our meeting up and chatting on the phone was what defined our friendship and I knew this was what needed to define Dylan and Jesses friendship.  I started at the beginning and wrote until what I already had written fit in and kept on going.


When you sit down to write, do you make an outline for your book or do you just go with what comes to you?
I do it in a variety of ways.  It all depends on the book.  Most of the time I have a general idea for what I want for a storyline and I will sit down and write it out along with notes (especially if I’m afraid I will forget what it was.) Sometimes I have a complete idea in my head and then I outline most of the book because as I get into writing there are other ideas that pop into my head.  These parts (I call them inspirational parts) are often people’s favorite parts of the book.  They are scenes that pop into my head and I will incorporate them immediately in the book.  
I have a board by my desk, on which at some point during the project, I will jot down notes directly onto it or using Post-It notes.  My board has always been too small for me, yet I have never gotten a bigger one!  It is typically when it gets overflowing with idea that I buckle down and get these ideas written.
In short, yes, I do outline.


What are you reading now, and why?
Silent by Sara Alva.  Over my vacation I recently returned from Silent was one of the books I’d read and I wasn’t able to get the characters out of my head.  I love the way the story unfolded and played out.  It is the best book I’ve read in quite a while.  After being back to my daily life, I found I kept thinking about this book.  I decided it would be a good idea to read it again.  I am enjoying it immensely.
I have a pile of other books I want to take time and read a few here and there over the next few months.  Knowing how important reviews are to book sales, even if it is only twenty words, I plan on writing a review for each book I enjoy.


Do you plan to draw all of the covers for your books?
If it were up to me, there are times I would like to say no.  When I went to publish Finding Our Way, my friends were all over me to put one of my drawings on the cover.  I thought I would later go back and change the cover to real models, if I could ever find one that looked just right (and not on other covers).    My drawing was something I had always kept private, beyond my various cartooning and I was embarrassed about using it.  I laugh at that now.  I get more fan mail and various compliments about my drawing than I do any of my books.


What writing project are you working on now?
A book with the twins from my Finding Our Way Series, Tyler and Tyson Hensley, back when they were in middle school and before they moved to Chandler, Washington.  I started writing this book several years ago and my friends liked the first chapter and hoped I would finish it.  When I was writing Finding Our Way I decided to include them as Derrick and Justin’s friends feeling they were great characters.  Although I have been fond of the twins and I wanted to finish their book, I have had other books I ‘ve wanted to get written.   As I feel inspired, I’ve written more on the book.  I have it all outlined and I’ve even started working on the cover.  I really think that it will be complete over the next year.


What are some of your hobbies?
I like to draw.  Pencil has been my favorite medium to use, but I also enjoy using crayon and oil pastels. Recently a friend introduced me to wet watercolors, which I used to create the cover and background image for Pieces of Us.  Also, I like to read a variety of books, with my reading list forever growing.   When I am working or relaxing, I enjoy watching movies.


This or that questions.
Pepsi or Coke? Diet Coke
Yellow or Purple? Purple
TV or Movies? Movies
Chicken or Beef? Chicken
Jason or Freddie Kruger? Freddie Kruger
Sunrise or Sunset? Sunset
Sausage or Bacon? Sausage
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
Facial hair or clean shaven? Clean shaven
Truth or dare? Truth

Make sure you hit all the stops on the tour. Thank you for coming by! 

Gay books at the library

Forgive me, I'm writing from my phone today so this is bound to not flow well.

Today I was at the library and I was upset I could not find in the database a clear cut LGBTQ section. However when I finally located a gay fiction book (and found it in the fiction section with all the other fiction books that weren't labeled with something like Sci fi) I had another frustrated moment but then I stopped. I ran my fingers over the cover, over the spines of the near by books and I smiled. It was a victory.  That's how it felt in that moment. It wasn't segregated. Not taboo. It was accepted. Wanted. It was out there with all other general fiction books. That's amazing- Regardless of how annoyed I was trying to find it.

When I was searching and found nothing I was saddened. As the visit went on I couldn't find many things I wanted. Well, the library is shifting their shelving and dividing categories and that seems to be why. With luck and strategic keywords I was able to find everything, including the gay fiction novel I checked  out. But oh was that a frustrating hour. Thankfully, It totally paid off and renewed my hope.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Full Disclosure Blog Tour!

My Review: "Cody had sealed himself inside his heart today. Now all he wanted to do was to protect what was his, and this man in his arms belonged to him." Full Disclosure is a love story. It may not seem like it at first glance with all of the action and crime mysteries, but it is. An out and proud playboy, Deputy Marshall Mitch Knox- aka “My name’s Mitch. I’d really like to hear you use it when I’m fucking you later”- isn’t looking for love and has never even given it a thought, until he begins spending time with the victims in one of his cases. Jace and Colt have the kind of relationship what oozes sweetness and while it may be overkill to some, Mitch finds that deep down he wishes he had that closeness with someone, at least someday. Someday turns out to be that very night. Enter Cody Turner whose sole ambition in life if to become a Texas Ranger. From the moment they meet in a sweaty dance club, sparks fly but distance and a conflict of interest threaten to keep them apart, despite their frequent texts and steamy skype sessions. I enjoyed every moment of their perilous journey to find their own happy ending. Those who have read the first novel, Double Full, will appreciate the cameos from our beloved Jace and Colt as well as revel in the glory that is Mitch and Cody.
Synopsis
Deputy United States Marshal Mitch Knox apprehends fugitives for a living. His calm, cool, collected attitude and devastatingly handsome good looks earn him a well-deserved bad boy reputation, both in the field and out. While away on an assignment, he blows off some steam at a notorious Dallas nightclub. Solving the case that has plagued him for months takes a sudden backseat to finding out all there is to know about the gorgeous, shy blond sitting alone at the bar.

Texas State Trooper Cody Turner is moving up the ranks, well on his way to his dream of being a Texas Ranger. While on a two-week mandatory vacation, he plans to relax and help out on his family’s farm. Mitch is the last distraction Cody needs, but the tatted up temptation that walks into the bar and steals his baseball cap is too hard to ignore.

As Mitch’s case gains nationwide attention, how will he convince the sexy state trooper that giving him a chance won’t jeopardize his life’s plan...especially when the evil he’s tracking brings the hate directly to his doorstep, threatening more than just their careers.

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MeetTheAuthor
Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It's always a surprise to see what's coming next!

I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it's true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women's hair!

Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life - I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations - regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal... I don't want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I'm going to tell you about Kindle.

I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I'll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died - weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn't have to be alone.

That time in my life was terrible. It's everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.

Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness - it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.

Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn't a time she wasn't there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It's its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn't be here today without her.

Find out more by visiting www.kindlealexander.com or email me at kindle@kindlealexander.com





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Interview with DS Kenn and a look at Set Adrift

Today I have the honor of featuring DS Kenn and her debut novel, Set Adrift!







Review
Imagine a world where the town vet just might be an animal too, the man who lives in the lighthouse much older than he seems, and the bartender at your favorite bar is definitely more than meets the eye. Set Adrift is a fantastic introduction to what is sure to be an equally fantastic series that I can not wait to get immersed in. In this book you will meet and fall in love with several troubled and quite sexy paranormal characters, while learning about the world DS Kenn has created- a world where otherworlders (paranormal types) live right alongside the humans of the Immortal Isles.


From the Amazon listing:
Terric Blythe is a hybrid demon and wolf shifter. He has passed most of his life in anonymous cities. moving among people without touching anyone's life or letting anyone get too close. His demon nature makes him question whether he has a soul. The list of those who matter to him is short, but when he cares, he does completely. He has allowed himself to love the one person who truly knows him.

Jordyn Kinsley is achingly beautiful, a vampire haunted by her past. Choices and chance brought her into a world filled with evil that ended in tragedy and loss. It was when she was at her lowest point that she encountered Terric. He became what she needed to survive, instinct telling him when to push her and when to be gentle. Over the years, they went from merely fulfilling a purpose for each other to sharing a life.

Their time in New York was quiet; unremarkable in it's routine and based on the strict consistency Jordyn had needed in the beginning. As she recovered, however, she clung to the familiar. The city's anonymity made it easy for Jordyn to isolate herself and merely exist, and Terric knew that was holding her back. After careful consideration, he found their new home in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The tip of Cape Cod, where paranormal beings move among the locals, is filled with well-guarded secrets.

Terric helps her heal and discover her strength, and she lets him know that he may be a demon, but he has the heart of a wolf. As Jordyn continues to grow, the question is not if she will be able to stand on her own, but when. Will the wolf go back to living in solitude, or will he follow her lead and explore what life has to offer?

Set Adrift tells the story of love and loss, of deeply abiding friendship, and of sacrifice. The Immortal Isle series will rip your heart out and have you falling in love with the inhabitants of this small coastal town.

This is book one in the series, and it's M/F throughout most of it, but there are M/M overtones and there is a brief M/M scene (not explicit). 

It's basically two people who are damaged and learning who they are, where they belong and what they should be doing. They love each other, and have for years. But there is more out there than being content, and they are realizing that, sometimes, you need to be uncomfortable for awhile, in order to find happiness.


All this angst!





Which I love and then to top it off there is this brewing:




Book two! Book two! Book two! I'll be first in line!

About the Author:

DS Kenn lives in sunny South Florida, between city and swamp. When she isn't spending time with family or working, she can be found taking care of a multitude of rescue animals and writing.
Set Adrift is her first published work, but she has written for several years. She ran a successful writing group on Facebook, which is where she developed the characters you will grow to love or love to hate.



I sat down with DS Kenn for a short interview

1.
JW- How did you start writing and why do you write?

DS- I loved writing in high school and undergrad, but as I progressed to grad school and into my career, creative writing became something I used to enjoy but no longer thought much about. I didn't have time. Until I was laid up after knee surgery and bored with the TV, and beyond sick of Farmtown. I started searching random names on Facebook, and was shocked to see some of my favorite book characters names pop up. I had accidently discovered the world of role play and fanfiction. It didn't take long for me to become hooked. I was in several different groups over a period of about a year, and then I opened my own. My first rule was that all characters had to be original, and couldn't be based on any known series. I created a world for people to bring their characters to, and by doing so, they enriched my little universe and my writing experience. I met some amazing writers and had the chance to develop some characters that I truly love. I write because I can't imagine not doing it now. I have all these characters in my head, their stories waiting to be told.

2.
JW- What is the hardest part of writing for you?

DS- The hardest part for me is to find the time. Well, finding the time and making that time coincide with discipline to sit there and focus. I have ADD, which creates many challenges. I also tend to underestimate how long something will take. And yes, I often get distracted by the shiny stuff.

3.
JW- Who or what do you admire?

DS- I admire anyone who is creative, in any form. People who can make something out of nothing astound me. I am in awe of someone who is confident in what they have created. I love to do photo editing. I am not professional by any means, and I never am satisfied. I am always torn between the multitude of different end results, unable to tell which one is "better." And so I usually end up posting more than one version, or asking ten different people which they think is the best. The person I admire most, however, is my daughter. She is bold, and snarky, and original. She is truly her own person, and as a bonus, she is talented and artistic.

4.
JW- What do you hate?

DS- Hate? I know I should say I don't hate anything, but we all do. I hate rude people. I despise bullies and braggarts. Mostly, I detest liars, manipulators. There is nothing worse than that, in my opinion. I don't understand the need to fool people, cause pain and humiliation. They destroy not just a person's trust in them, but in everyone else. Everyone ends up paying the price for a liar's sin.

5.
JW- Music or no music?
DS- I do listen to music when I write. My playlists are pretty eclectic and if the song doesn't match the mood of the scene, I skip until I find one that does. If the scene is intense, however, all music is turned off. It's not worth losing focus to change a song that messes with the mood of the writing. Oh, shameless plug. Music? There's an app for that  

6.
JW- If you could BE anyone for a day, who would you be and why?
DS- If I could, I would go back and be my younger self for the day. Either on a day when I was at a crossroads and invariably made a poor decision, or on a day when I was being way harder on myself than necessary. I wouldn't want to go back and avoid every mistake I've ever made, because it brought me where I am today, but there are times I should have been a better friend to myself or perhaps should have gotten out of my own way a little bit.

7.
JW- Where would you like to travel?
DS- I've recently realized that I hate flying. At one time, I wanted to go to Ireland, but I can't really see me on a plane for that long now. Maybe someday. Traveling is not that enjoyable for me, I have a lot of animals at home and it's a worry when I am away.

8.
JW- Favorite super-hero or villain and why?
DS- No real favorites on the superheros or villains. I think that my favorite kind of person is both the hero and the villain.

9.
JW- Favorite book character and why?
DS- There are far too many favorite characters to list, and since many of them are my book boyfriends and girlfriends, I can't risk forgetting anyone.

10.
 JW- Hobbies?
DS- My hobbies include photography, and photo editing. I enjoy drawing and painting but am not very good at it. If I do it often, I can do an okay job. I love reading, of course. I love to do photo edits to put with quotes, either famous ones or my own. I wouldn't say it's a hobby, but I am passionate about animals and being an animal advocate. I have a fledgling rescue, I pretty much keep all the special needs ones and spend whatever time or money I can helping other rescues.

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JW- And finally, any question you would like to ask me or the readers?

DS- A question for your readers....
What draws you to a new author or series, what catches your eye the most or would be most likely to entice you to try a new and unknown writer?

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