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WeWriWa: Holly and Ivy

Published July 21, 2013 by admin

Today’s eight sentences come from my holiday release from Mocha Memoirs press, Holly and Ivy. I don’t know about you, but it’s been hot as all get out lately, so I’m ready for a little Christmas in July! This is the tale of a human woman,  Holly, who has suffered a lot of life disappointment and has to move back home. There, in her family’s Christmas tree farm, she re-discovers Ivy, her childhood dryad friend. This bit is after they’ve had a heavy conversation, and Ivy offers her own prescription for Holly’s troubles.

The Eight:

She paused and took a long breath, much longer than I or any other human could possibly inhale. Before my eyes her skin became greener, infused by the crisp clean air. “You need to be in the trees, Holly. Mortals refuse to understand that they must live where things grow. Now that you’re home, let’s play!” She leapt over my head and landed effortlessly beside her home tree, staring at me expectantly.

Maybe it was being back home or maybe it was just being back in the good fresh air, but her suggestion made me giddy. It suddenly sounded like the exact prescription I needed, the one thing I’d been missing through all those frustrating years.

 

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After losing her job and her boyfriend, Holly returns to her parents’ farm. Embarrassed and hopeless, she doesn’t expect to bump into a forgotten childhood friend that wasn’t supposed to exist. Ivy is not only a dryad, but she lives in the pine trees Holly’s family grows to sell at Christmas. As the old friends reconnect,Ivy not only shares her strong opinions, but gives Holly a charm that will change both their lives. As days melt into weeks and the seasons change, Holly’s life magically turns around. Christmas not only brings surprises, but a choice for the human woman. What’s more important: stability, success, and love, or keeping a promise to an old friend?

**** This title is on sale until July 31!****

Holly and Ivy available at:

Mocha Memoirs Press Store: http://mochamemoirspress.com/holly-and-ivy/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Holly-and-Ivy-ebook/dp/B00AGIIIUU/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1354733167&sr=8-4&keywords=selah+janel

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/holly-and-ivy-selah-janel/1113879563?ean=2940015795950

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On Sale Now! Holly and Ivy

Published July 17, 2013 by admin

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Since Mocha Memoirs Press has their anniversary sale going on this month, my title Holly and Ivy is only two dollars until the end of July!  Beat the heat and put a little Christmas in July into your life by taking advantage of the sale and checking out this title!

Blurb

After losing her job and her boyfriend, Holly returns to her parents’ farm. Embarrassed and hopeless, she doesn’t expect to bump into a forgotten childhood friend that wasn’t supposed to exist. Ivy is not only a dryad, but she lives in the pine trees Holly’s family grows to sell at Christmas. As the old friends reconnect,Ivy not only shares her strong opinions, but gives Holly a charm that will change both their lives. As days melt into weeks and the seasons change, Holly’s life magically turns around. Christmas not only brings surprises, but a choice for the human woman. What’s more important: stability, success, and love, or keeping a promise to an old friend?

 

Excerpt:

“What do I do with it?” I asked. I told myself I was just playing along, suspending reality to make Ivy feel better. Although if that was the case then perhaps I should have really examined the fact that Ivy was real and not me suspending reality to make myself feel better.

“You hold it now until it gets to know you. You keep it safe in your possession and it shall bring you ease and grace,” the tree sprite giggled.

“And that really works?” No matter how I tried I couldn’t hide my skepticism.

She turned up her pointed nose. “How else would I have survived so well with murderers on the loose? It’s worked for a good long while.” I raised an eyebrow as a sly grin spread just a little too far across her face to make the smile look human. “Do you remember when I snuck to school with that sapling you took for show and tell?”

The next smile didn’t hurt quite as much as I traced the delicate edge of the tiny plant with the pad of a finger. The petaled head shivered and softly brushed against my calluses.  “I thought everyone was going to have a heart attack when you burst out of the thing and started singing to everyone! Mrs. Robinson finally played it off as the whole class playing a trick on her. We had to go without milk time for a week.” I’d gotten in so much trouble with my parents for lying in school and saying that I had a magic plant. Given that I was adamant that I’d been telling the truth, it was a hell of an ordeal for a six-year-old.

“’Twas so much fun!” Ivy paused mid-pirouette. It was downright disgusting that she could hold the arabesque for so long and not even wobble or suffer a leg cramp. “Though I would not want to live in such cold halls all the time.” She paused and took a long breath, much longer than I or any other human could possibly inhale. Before my eyes her skin became greener, infused by the crisp clean air. “You need to be in the trees, Holly. Mortals refuse to understand that they must live where things grow. Now that you’re home, let’s play!” She leapt over my head and landed effortlessly beside her home tree, staring at me expectantly.

Maybe it was being back home or maybe it was just being back in the good fresh air, but her suggestion made me giddy. It suddenly sounded like the exact prescription I needed, the one thing I’d been missing through all those frustrating years. My fragile mind and heart demanded an escape. They couldn’t take any more disappointment, any more expectations or responsibility, and they especially couldn’t take any more reality. I nodded and tucked the strange clover deep in my pocket. The breeze had dried my tears and the heavenly scent of grass and pine put the sudden urge to run in my feet. Suddenly the heavy air and the blazing sun didn’t matter so much and my anxieties were willing to take a momentary backseat to the chance to goof off for an afternoon.  “Are you sure you’ll be okay?” I hesitated, hand still at my pocket.

Ivy flashed a bold grin and stretched up on her toes; her fingers wiggled over her head, making her resemble an odd, scrawny plant. “With you here? Of course! Just remember to come look after my tree when the murderers come around the winter harvest time. You can even help me choose which tree will be my final home so you’ll know where I’ll be.” The words were no sooner out of her mouth when she tore off, dodging branches and bark as quick and swift as a deer. I groaned as I pulled myself to my feet and tumbled after her, muscles screaming at the sudden exercise. Still, I found myself laughing the entire time.

 

Holly and Ivy available at:

Mocha Memoirs Press Store                    Amazon                  Barnes and Noble

Sydney Logan: On Being a Writer (and Holding Your Tongue)

Published May 27, 2013 by admin

Today the lovely Sydney Logan has agreed to write a little something to keep everyone occupied and intrigued, and I’m very grateful to her for it! I love to get different people’s takes on the blessings and challenges of living a creative life. I feel it’s important for people to really understand what goes into this sort of lifestyle and the professions that go with it – both the high points and the frustrations. As you can tell, what she has to say definitely rings true for me and many others.

On Being a Writer

(and Holding Your Tongue)

Guest Post by Sydney Logan,

author of Lessons Learned and the upcoming Mountain Charm

 

Being a creative person can be a wonderful and therapeutic experience, giving you the chance to unleash your emotions in a variety of ways. Painters, musicians, and yes, even writers, sometimes turn to their craft to deal with their own inner feelings. Words and pictures can show happiness, depression, grief, and conflict. Is a painting always indicative of what’s going on in the painter’s head? Not always. But creative expression is meant to make you feel something.

Books are no different.

So, when an author tells a story, it can be hard to deal with the fact that some readers don’t enjoy it. And, sometimes, those readers are quite eager to tell you just how much they didn’t enjoy it. Constructive criticism can be and should be a wonderful thing. It helps you grow as a writer. But when a review isn’t constructive, it can sometimes make an author wonder if putting your words out there for everyone to pick apart is really what you want to do with your life.

Especially when you can’t defend your work.

There is an unwritten rule in publishing that when you put your words out there for the world to see, you no longer have a voice. You aren’t allowed to defend, discuss, or engage. If you do, you get lumped with the other authors who chose that route and now find themselves filed under the label “Bad Author Behavior.”

Fair? Not at all.

However, I understand it’s part of the gig. While I’ve been blessed with many wonderful reviews, there have been a few that have been less than constructive and very mean-spirited. Again, that’s part of the job. I accepted it when I signed my publishing deal.

So how do I hold my tongue?

I choose to focus on the constructive reviews. I focus on the kind remarks that make my day. And I say thank you to readers and reviewers who took the time to read my book and offer their constructive thoughts.

And then I vent to my husband.

Don’t let the negativity eat at you. Vent to someone. Your spouse. Partner. Editor. Friend. Or, write about it and then send it to the recycle bin. Deal with your emotions and then go right back to writing, because you have deadlines to meet and stories to tell.

After all, your readers are waiting for you. 

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Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her first novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Sydney has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem. She is also the author of two short stories: “Mistletoe Magic,” available exclusively on Amazon Kindle, and “Stupid Cupid,” which is featured in the Romantic Interludescompilation. When she isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch at her home in East Tennessee with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

Her second novel, Mountain Charm, is slated for a summer 2013 release.

Links:

Website: http://www.sydneylogan.com

TWCS PH: http://ph.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/authors/detail/41

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5787300.Sydney_Logan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SydneyLoganAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SydneyALogan

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A young girl needs to spread her wings, but a young woman needs roots.

English teacher Sarah Bray never thought she’d return to Sycamore Falls, but a traumatic event at her inner-city school leaves her desperate for the sanctuary of home. By returning to her roots, an older and wiser Sarah hopes to deal with the demons of her present and confront the ghosts of her past.

She discovers a kindred spirit in Lucas Miller, a teacher from New York with demons of his own. As the newest faculty members at Sycamore High School, they quickly become friends – bonding through Lucas’s culture shock and their mutual desire to build new lives. When they open their wounded hearts to each other, their friendship effortlessly evolves into romance.

Their love is put to the test when Matt, the quarterback of the football team, shares his deepest secret with Sarah. When the conservative community finds out, Sarah and Lucas – along with the town of Sycamore Falls – are schooled in the lessons of acceptance, tolerance, and love.

 

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expected release date: July 4th 2013

“True love and sweet whispers, till death do us part;

Send someone to love my Appalachian heart.”

At the age of thirteen, Angelina Clark followed in the footsteps of her ancestors by casting an Appalachian love spell, which promised she would blossom into a beautiful and gifted woman who would find her true love. A young Angelina had been thrilled to participate in the sacred ritual, but through the years, her father’s untimely death and her mother’s failing health have shaken Angelina’s magical faith to its core. As her twenty-first birthday approaches, she refuses to practice her supernatural gifts and no longer believes in the love charm.

That is, until Dylan Thomas arrives on her front porch.

Dylan, a Nashville writer, travels to the mountain town of Maple Ridge to unearth the family’s supernatural secrets. While her clairvoyant mother is convinced that Dylan is her daughter’s soul mate, Angelina refuses to see the nosy reporter as anything more than a nuisance.

Despite their constant bickering, sparks fly.

Dylan admits he feels strangely drawn to Angelina and is in no hurry to leave Maple Ridge or publish his magazine article. Fearful that his emotions are being influenced by the spell, a stubborn Angelina struggles to fight her own budding attraction to the reporter.

The two inevitably grow closer just as her mother’s health begins to deteriorate, and Angelina is faced with the possibility of selling the family’s music shop to pay the mounting medical expenses. Desperate to help the woman he loves, Dylan explores his own family tree and finds support from an unlikely source. Can he finally prove his love is real—spell or no spell?

A story filled with love, friendship, family, and just a hint of Appalachian magic, Mountain Charm will leave you spellbound

Blog Tour: The Guest Book by Andrea Hurst

Published March 10, 2013 by admin

 

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Today we continue with blog tour madness! This time it’s The Guest Book by Andrea Hurst. It’s amazing what randomly found objects can lead a person to do. Sometimes they’re just something to put away, yet sometimes we all stumble upon something life changing. Andrea is here today with an interview, but first let’s find out a little about her book!

 

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This book weaves together the heart of Nicholas Sparks, the romance of Nora Roberts, and the charm of Debbie Macomber.

Fleeing her picture-perfect marriage among the privileged set of Brentwood and the wreckage of a failed marriage, Lily Parkins decides to move to the only place that still holds happy memories, her grandmother’s old farmhouse. The lush and majestic setting of the Pacific Northwest calls to her and offers a place of refuge and perhaps renewal. Her grandmother has passed away, leaving the Madrona Island Bed & Breakfast Inn to Lily.

Left with only an old guestbook as her guide–a curious book full of letters, recipes, and glimpses into her family history–Lily is determined to embrace her newfound independence and recreate herself, one page at a time. With the help of the quirky island residents she has befriended, she slowly finds the strength to seek out happiness on her own terms. But as soon as she has sworn off men and is standing on her own two feet, Lily meets Ian, the alluring artist who lives next door, and her new life is suddenly thrown off course. The last thing she wants to do right now is to open her heart to another man.

Ultimately, Lily must decide if it’s worth giving up her soul for security or risking everything to follow her heart.

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SJ: Every writer has some sort of process. Give us a glimpse into yours. Do you meticulously outline? Do you write depending on what calls are out there?

AH: Pantster. Definitely. However, I do research and I always know the beginning and end, theme, and basic scenes. Either way, I love for my story or characters to take off in directions that surprise even me. I steal every free minute I can to write and often write outside my home, where I get a lot more accomplished and drink wonderful coffee. I also tend to eat a lot of chocolate while I’m writing.

SJ: Are you a meticulous planner or do you believe in the muse? Where do your ideas come from? Do they filter in through your dreams? Do they show up at inopportune times and whap you upside the head? Do they result in a shady deal with a dark power?

AH: I truly believe in the muse, with enough planning, research, and craft to back it up. My first book came from an experience I had with a friend, while the second one came from a dream. The ideas haunt me until I write them

SJ: What’s the book/story that’s closest to your heart? Is there a piece that you clearly feel is a piece of you? Do you play favorites?

AH: The book that’s closest to my heart at the moment is the one I just completed, called Always with You. It just started writing itself. The protagonist, Cathy, told me her story. I find at times I am overwhelmingly sad or touched by the narrative. I hope I can touch readers with this book as much as it’s touched me. On the other hand, The Guestbook, for me, was a total sensual escape into a beautiful setting, wonderful food, and romantic love. Who wouldn’t want to go there?

 SJ: If you could only write one genre ever again upon pain of being sacrificed to Cthulhu, what would it be and why?

AH: Women’s fiction. It’s the genre that motivates me the most, both reading and writing. It also has such a diversity to it, from literary to romance

SJ: What’s your biggest frustration as a writer? What do you consider the downside, or is there one? Is there any cliché that makes you want to wring people’s necks?

AH: Not having enough time. With having to run a literary agency and a consulting business, I have trouble finding time to write my own books. The downside of writing is that you have to share it with someone else, which can be a vulnerable and painful experience.

SJ:If you had to be stuck in one of your own books/stories for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? If you had to stick a loved one in one of your own books, what would it be and why? An enemy?

AH: I’d be happy being stuck in The Guestbook as Lily, with her beautiful home, adoring husband, wonderful friends, and great food.

SJ:Do you think it’s possible to develop a sure-fire recipe/formula for success as a writer? Would you want to, or does that compromise the art or the fun of it?

AH: Absolutely not. There is no one formula that works for everyone. I also think success is very subjective. Sometimes just having someone write me about how much my book touched them is worth all the money. That said, it would be nice to have a sure-fire recipe for getting my book out to its audience, widespread.

SJ: Everyone has words of wisdom for young writers, so I’m not going to ask you about that. With a few unknown writers becoming success stories, a lot of people seem to think it’s an easy career choice. What would your words of wisdom be to these people?

AH: Writing is probably one of the hardest career choices and least likely for someone to make money and be successful at. Write for a joy of it and the pleasure of sharing your story with others. You can hope for success and desire to be a bestseller, but know in the end it is a long journey and if your heart is not in it, you’ll never see the finish line.
SJ: It seems like everyone likes to gang up on certain genres as being inferior, less meaningful, or cheap entertainment (especially if it’s speculative in nature). Make a case for the genre you write.

AH: First of all, I don’t see any genre as being inferior. If a book entertains a reader—brings hope, joy, escape, makes their life easier, makes them laugh, or just plain entertains—that is enough. I know that not everyone reads the genre I write in, nor will they enjoy them. However, I also know there are many people who respond to love stories and books that take them on a journey to another place, another time, and touch their heart.

  SJ: What do you want people to instantly think of when they hear your name or your work mentioned?

AH: I want people to think that my books will make them feel, make them think, and ask questions about life and love.

SJ: Please tell us about your latest/favorite work or a little bit about what you’re working on right now. It’s plug time, so go for it!

AH:  My new book, Always with You, takes place on the Russian River in 1977 Northern California. It has been extremely compelling to write and has been a great emotional journey. I’m excited to be able to share it.

I have also begun working on the sequel to The Guestbook, which is called Tea and Comfort. At this point, I have my characters, setting, and plot down, but I need to do more research to really pull the novel together.

In the first book, there are three women that become close friends: Lily, Kayla, and Jude. The Guestbook features Lily and her inheriting the bed and breakfast and leaving a troubled marriage to follow her passion and find herself. Tea and Comfort features Kayla, the owner of the local herb and tea shop. It will uncover her mysterious background. Without giving away too much from the first book, it deals with why she made the decisions she has in the past and her deciding whether she can love again.

 

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When not visiting local farmer’s markets or indulging her love for chocolate, Andrea Hurst is an author and literary agent. Her passion for books drives her to find and write stories that take readers on a journey to another place and leave them with an unforgettable impression. She is a developmental editor for publishers and authors, an instructor in creative writing at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and a webinar presenter for Writers Digest. She lives with her dachshunds in the Pacific Northwest, on an island much like the fictional Madrona, with all of its natural beauty and small town charm. Her published books include The Lazy Dog’s Guide to Enlightenment and Everybody’s Natural Food Cookbook, and she co-authored A Book of Miracles. To learn more about Andrea and her books, visit http://www.AndreaHurst-author.com or http://www.andreahurst.com.

Website: http://andreahurst-author.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/andreahurstauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/andreahurst_

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6553580.Andrea_Hurst

Book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16086669-the-guestbook

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Guestbook-Andrea-Hurst/dp/1478163143/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361821429&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Guestbook+by+Andrea+Hurst

Excerpt: Toy Davis

Published February 8, 2013 by admin

Piggybacking on yesterday’s post, I wanted to share the excerpt from Toy Davis’ latest chick lit title!

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Outside, the air felt cool against my flesh. My flesh? I distantly thought. I looked down and saw my bare arms. My coat; where was it? I pulled my hurricane closer to my body as I circled my little spot. Lucky, I didn’t fall over.

Strange, it’s gone. Taking another drink, I forgot to care.

“Jasmine,” I heard my name come from inside the house.

“Oh, shit,” I thought with panic. They’re coming; Carson’s coming. Fear tightened my chest.

They’re coming. I could already hear him babbling about the self-composed drama in his life. I took another drink; I didn’t want to hear it.

My vision cleared as I found my escape. Across the street sat two rows of unfinished houses. Their skeletons were up, but there were no doors or paint, and I was betting that most of the interior walls were missing, as well. Taking my flight, I hurried over with the hurricane splashing on my fingers. Damn it, it was going to waste.

“Jasmine!” I heard their taunting calls.

 Have to get away raced through my mind. I left the sidewalk to make my way to the first house. “Shit.” Mud sucked at my boot. I leaped onto the forgotten beams of wood to cleanly make it the rest of the way.

Inside it I found I had been right. The beams were up, though no solid wall filled the space between them. Holding my glass, I looked around. Stairs, I thought with a smile. True, there wasn’t a rail yet but it would take me to the next floor, damn it. Rushing forward, I made it to the top, spill free, in fact. Damn, I’m good.

Smiling in triumph, I paced around the small top floor. My face soured as I realized how small it was. I turned and was faced with another wall; it was painfully small. Lifting the glass, I took another drink. With the glass still at my lips I spotted the jewel of the unfinished home. The tub.

“Oh.” I rushed forward. I knew I must sit in it. There was a window above it. Nice. Looking out, I found the view left much to be desired. All I saw was the dirt backyard and the house on the next street over.

I dismissed it with a quick shrug as I switched my attention to the tub. It was a good size tub that could hold at least three people. I wanted to sit in it; I felt myself smile. Lifting my foot, I went to step in it. I noticed the coldness first, then the wetness. What?

“Water?” I snatched my foot from the tub. I stared at the darker cloth, of my jeans, in wonder. I could already feel my sock clinging to my foot. Great. What was the purpose of putting water in a tub of an unfinished house? “Idiots,” I mumbled. Insulting them made me feel a little better.

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The Diaries of the Fag Hags follows three wild ladies as they go on their little adventures through life; Darnisa, Jasmine, and Faye. Darnisa is a strong, out-spoken, woman who is determined to prove she can get a man. Jasmine has to work through her own issues, while accepting that the hot men surrounding her do not want her because she has no penis. And Faye has a habit of looking down her nose at others while having a hard time standing up to her man. Come explore their life’s, and their secrets.

Buy Diaries of the Fag Hags:

 http://noboundariespressstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=62&products_id=221

Available for Nook and Kindle too.

Link to Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/diaries-of-the-fag-hags-toy-davis/1111947254?ean=2940014656269

Link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Diaries-Fag-Hags-ebook/dp/B008H7HJ4S/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1346973215&sr=1-1&keywords=diaries+of+the+fag+hags+by+toy+davis

 

 

 

Author Interview: Toy Davis

Published February 7, 2013 by admin

This week’s interview is with a fellow No Boundaries Press author, Toy Davis. She writes in different genres so she has a unique perspective on what it means to be a writer during this day and age. Her latest book is chick lit, so be sure to check it out!

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SJ: Every writer has some sort of process. Give us a glimpse into yours. Do you meticulously outline? Do you write depending on what calls are out there?

TD: When I decide what to write I always go with what I’m feeling most; horror, chick lit or romance. Once I know what I’m writing I do an outline of just the key points. When I know how I want it to begin and end, I do an outline of the chapters before I write them.  It’s a pretty fast process because I plan everything before I write a single word.

SJ: Bonus question – Do you put on a cape and do a chant before hunkering down to work? Sacrifice anything? Along with your process, what’s your quirkiest writing habit?

TD: I sometimes act out scenes when I need to figure out how to describe it for the reader. My finance usually gives me the weirdest looks lol.

SJ: Are you a meticulous planner or do you believe in the muse? Where do your ideas come from? Do they filter in through your dreams? Do they show up at inopportune times and whap you upside the head? Do they result in a shady deal with a dark power? 

TD: I have a lot of ideas that I want write. Some came from ‘what if’ situations while others are inspired by events in my life. I also get inspired (at times) by true crime shows, and non-fiction books about different cultures and beliefs. It doesn’t take a lot to get my imagination going.  

SJ: bonus question – If your muse had a physical manifestation, what would he or she look like and how would she or he act? Is it a sexy superhero version of Callisto? A sharp-tongued rogue? A reptilian alien? Do they have a catch phrase?

TD: My muse would be dark and strange.

SJ: What’s the book/story that’s closest to your heart? Is there a piece that you clearly feel is a piece of you? Do you play favorites?

TD: My short story collections are closest to my heart because I have more freedom when I write them. My first one ‘Secrets and Sins’ should come out later this year.

SJ: If you could only write one genre ever again upon pain of being sacrificed to Cthulhu, what would it be and why?

TD: Horror. It’s the kind of novels I am most comfortable writing.

SJ: What’s your biggest frustration as a writer? What do you consider the downside, or is there one? Is there any cliché that makes you want to wring people’s necks?

TD: Editing is pretty difficult, since it takes longer than the actual writing. I work on computers all day so I can’t stand sitting in front of them when I’m off of work.  

SJ: If you had to be stuck in one of your own books/stories for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? If you had to stick a loved one in one of your own books, what would it be and why? An enemy?

TD: An enemy would be dropped in Awakening of the End my current WIP, because it’s about the end of the human world. My loved one I would drop in ‘Diaries of the Fag hags’ because it takes place in today’s world. I would hang out in ‘Will of the Waves’ my pirate novel, coming out later this year.

SJ: Do you think it’s possible to develop a sure-fire recipe/formula for success as a writer? Would you want to, or does that compromise the art or the fun of it?

TD: To be a successful writer you have to write.

SJ: Everyone has words of wisdom for young writers, so I’m not going to ask you about that. With a few unknown writers becoming success stories, a lot of people seem to think it’s an easy career choice. What would your words of wisdom be to these people?

TD: It’s a lot of work. Even when you get a book deal and have a book out you still have to promote and work to make it a success.

SJ: It seems like everyone likes to gang up on certain genres as being inferior, less meaningful, or cheap entertainment (especially if it’s speculative in nature). Make a case for the genre you write.

TD: As a multi-genre writing I give my readers a little taste of everything and hopefully introduce them to something new as well.

 SJ: 

  • What do you want people to instantly think of when they hear your name or your work mentioned?
  • TD: That my novels are well written and entertaining.

SJ:

  • Please tell us about your latest/favorite work or a little bit about what you’re working on right now. It’s plug time, so go for it!
  • TD: My latest novel to be released is Diaries of the fag Hags. It was the first chick lit I wrote and it was fun to do. When I read it I find it amusing and it always makes me smile. 

 

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The Diaries of the Fag Hags follows three wild ladies as they go on their little adventures through life; Darnisa, Jasmine, and Faye. Darnisa is a strong, out-spoken, woman who is determined to prove she can get a man. Jasmine has to work through her own issues, while accepting that the hot men surrounding her do not want her because she has no penis. And Faye has a habit of looking down her nose at others while having a hard time standing up to her man. Come explore their life’s, and their secrets.

Buy Diaries of the Fag Hags:

 http://noboundariespressstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=62&products_id=221

Available for Nook and Kindle too.

Link to Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/diaries-of-the-fag-hags-toy-davis/1111947254?ean=2940014656269

Link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Diaries-Fag-Hags-ebook/dp/B008H7HJ4S/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1346973215&sr=1-1&keywords=diaries+of+the+fag+hags+by+toy+davis

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Toy Davis has always used writing as an escape from the boring reality she found herself in. She writes stories she enjoys, and hopes others will enjoy it as well. A lot of her stories and novels begin with a ‘what if’, and then become so much more. She loves food and dancing as well, and this is usually reflected in writing. Today she lives in California with her long time boyfriend, and two bratty cats. For more info go to http://authortoydavis.blogspot.com/ her personal blog, or www.facebook.com/authortoydavis