The journey through Everealm continues as new evil arrives, casting mayhem about the realm. While war and wildfire are causing disorder, Bree and Rowan find that assistance from the fairies isn’t what they imagined. As Dagan and Sidonie seek answers to uncover the truth about her family and her magic, they are plagued with even more mystery to unveil. As the wildfire burns, who will be left standing in the ashes?
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1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be? Epic! At least, that’s the word I seem to see the most in reader reviews. 🙂
2. What would you say inspired you to write it? My stubborn pride. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.
3. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it? I use a heavy outline, so I haven’t been plagued with writer’s block. Yet, at least. But I do find times when I lose focus. I tend to put my headphones on and listen to my writing playlist in order to refocus. I sometimes write while the music is playing, as well, so my playlist really is a soundtrack to the book!
4. Your all time favorite book? On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5. What made you pick that one above all others? I’ve read lots of books, but that one is the first one I can really remember reading as a child. That book made me want to move to a meadow and live in a hole in the ground! I have the entire Little House on the Prairie set and plan to share them with my children when they get a bit older.
6. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing? I am a mother of four, military wife, and business owner. As you can imagine, my day is fairly busy enough as it is, without adding the obsessive itch to write. In my “day job” I own a bakery, so I am constantly covered in frosting of some kind.
7. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect? Negative reviews do not bother me, at all. I have read books that weren’t my cup of tea before and I expect some people will do the same with my books. I am more surprised by the positive reaction I have received, than by the few negative ones. Then again, I am a business owner, so I have already developed a tough skin. If you can’t handle the criticism, it’s best to keep your work to yourself. Even the greatest authors have received negative reviews. You can’t please everyone. Just write to please yourself.
8. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series? Wildfire is the second book of the Everealm Series. In the first book, we meet the main characters and get a glimpse into their romance and the magic in the realm. In Wildfire, we dive further into the magic. In Blood Moon, book three, we will focus a bit more on the relationships (new and old). And in book four, we will get back to magic being on the forefront. I like to keep the series balanced, so we will get plenty of romance and magic along the way.
9. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series? Once I finish the Everealm Series, I have a few ideas of spin-off series that also take place in Everealm, though they may be at different time periods (past and/or future). Everealm is such an intricate world that I don’t feel like one series would really do it justice.
10. What made you decide to go the self-pub way? I am impatient and frankly I don’t have a lot of faith in the traditional publishing side of the business. A lot of great books get rejected year after year by large publishing companies. Just think of how many authors have probably given up and left their manuscripts on a shelf somewhere before the self-publishing movement began. We may have lost out on some amazing reads because of it. I am proud to be a self-published author and fully support my fellow indie authors.
11. What would you say was the toughest part? Figuring out how to market my book has been the biggest learning curve for me. Thankfully, there are amazing book tour hosts and book bloggers (such as yourself) who help us unknown authors to get our work out there in the world. So, thank you!
12. Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting? I did use a professional cover designer, at first. But then I decided to change the design and created the current covers on my own. The original covers will be kept as alternate covers. My own covers (ones with gowns) are the default covers now. I do not use a professional editor. I do, however, have a few good proofreaders who help me find the majority of my mistakes and I spend a lot of time editing.
13. How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’? Both books I have published so far have only taken a matter of weeks to from start to finish. Less than 2 months each. Once I have an outline, the hardest part is just finding time to write. I like to have my covers finished ahead of time so that once the book is done and edited, I can publish right away. Again, I am impatient and do not like long drawn out waiting periods for new releases.
14. Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with? My series is available via ebook on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. The paperback versions are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and several other sites.
15. If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change? I would not have taken such a long break between the first and second books of the series. It is hard to get back into the mindset after about a year in between. However, I had a child during the break so it was time well spent.
16. In retrospect, what was the toughest part of self-pubbing? Was it the part that you thought would be toughest before embarking on this adventure? Marketing is the toughest part. It still is and from my experience with my bakery, I knew it would be.
17. What’s one characteristic of an author who self-publishes, one word that would describe them? Self-efficient.
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for? The ability to write something and have it actually come true.
2. Favorite season? Autumn, easily.
3. How about fav time of 24 hours? 3 am.
4. Were you a boyscout/girlscout? No, unfortunately.
5. Favorite food for breakfast? Pizza or pancakes. Just not together.
6. Latest book you’ve bought and read? For ebook, I read Maiden by CJ Marin. For paperback, I believe it was a Nora Roberts novel.
7. Do you collect things like stamps, or key chains, or shoes? I collect shot glasses from all over the world. I also collect costumes, which I wear… a lot…
8. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us! Purple
9. Drama or comedy? I like both, especially drama and comedy together.
10. Cats or dogs? I dislike cats and they hate me, too, but am only a moderate dog lover. I prefer goats and chickens.
11. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing? Dinner by candlelight, especially if it’s in a castle with a handsome prince.
12. What song have you listened to most recently? My new favorite song is Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift.
13. What first came to mind after reading question no. 1 of the Fun Facts section? I mean that thing that you reconsidered after giving it more thought 😛 I originally thought I would like to see my books on the shelves of every Walmart in the world. I think you know you’ve made it when you can walk into a Walmart in any corner of the world and see your books on the shelves. Teeheehee…
1. Your top secret, uber guilty pleasure is… Beefaroni… I can eat that junk for breakfast.
2. If you could choose to be someone else for just one day, it would be… my five month old son. He has it soooo easy!
3. Your oldest memory is… hiding under my bed from my mother when I was about two years old. She was close to calling the police because she was scared out of her mind that someone had taken me. I could see and hear her the entire time. I know, I was a rotten child. 🙂
4. If everyone would receive a prize for being best at something, you’d be no. 1 at… being overly ambitious.
5. The one thing you’d do anything to avoid/get out of is… drowning. The idea of drowning terrifies me. I will never write about it. I scares me too much.
6. Your favorite part of a date is… dinner. I love good food.
7. If a character from any book could become real and you could spend a day with them, it would be… from the book… pretty much any man in a Nora Roberts novel. *swoons*
8. You were/are a hardcore fan of… (Surprise!) Harry Potter. I used to imagine myself as a new character in the series. Don’t judge me. You’ve imagined yourself at Hogwarts, too!
9. You’d immediately fall for someone who… is dorky cute and makes me laugh. Seriously, I recently fell in love with Stiles from Teen Wolf. He is my kind of guy! 😉
10. The one thing you could/can never get over is… my first love. It still hurts.
11. If you could have any one superpower, it would be… the power to heal mind, body, and spirit.
12. The one thing that always brightens your day is… hearing a song on the radio that I’ve been singing in my head.
13. The most awkward moment in your life happened when… I got into a pickle throwing fight with another girl at a birthday party in middle school. Yeah, it was strange…
14. The awesomest thing in your life is… my family. They give me a reason to want to succeed.
About the Author & Links:
Writing has always been a hobby of mine, beginning as a young child. It was a way to cope with losing my father at seven years of age. I started with poetry and was featured several times on the amazing poetry blog, Autumn Leaves, by Sondra Ball. My love for poetry soon led to writing songs in middle school and beyond, which I still do occasionally. Music has always been an important part of my existence, so writing songs came naturally to me. In high school, I started my own novel, however, life got in the way and I never finished it.
Fast forward many years later and I find myself married with four children, absorbed in my busy life with commitments to my family, work, school, church, and charities, among other things. One day I came across my old binder, with notes from my first novel, and it was with those notes that I conjured up the elusive Everealm.
I write to please readers such as myself, who have a love for fantasy and romance, but like a little danger and sex in their reading. I wrote the book with a mature audience in mind, who can appreciate a hearty imaginary world with magic and the unknown, but want more than fluffy love stories with wizards in them. They want the romance, magic, and danger, all wrapped into one.