February 17, 2017

Meet American Author Cynthia L. Schneider


Author name:  Cynthia L. Schneider
Genres: Fantasy (Epic/Urban)
Country: USA

Meet American Author Cynthia L. Schneider. She was born in a small Kansas town on the Missouri river, Cynthia L. Schneider grew up in a house of avid readers and overflowing bookshelves. Her first full-length novel took shape while she was still in high school, on a typewriter in her parent's living room. She has been writing all her life, The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price was her first published novel. Completing the trilogy has been an amazing experience for her.
Discover her trilogy The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price (Book #1)

What if you were born with an addiction to magic? What if your pleasure meant their pain? From a land long-divided by prejudice and fear comes the story of Ian Troy, an ex-soldier born with an addiction to magic. Living in isolation and denial, Ian is haunted by the tragic aftermath of a single spell that changed the world. Curbing his addiction with a steady stream of wine and regret, he struggles to put it all behind him—until a fateful encounter with a pretty assassin awakens Ian’s addiction. His past comes crashing into the present, and denial is no longer an option. To save the realms and those he cares for, Ian must embrace the one thing he fears most: his own power. Magic-Price is the first installment in The Crown of Stones Trilogy.            

Cynthia welcome to my blog. Tell me when did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I had an early and avid love for books, and was lucky enough to grow up in a house full of readers. We had these wonderfully overstuffed bookshelves filled with all different genres. Those books were like candy to me. When I was in elementary school I started writing poems and short stories. When I didn’t like how my favorite TV shows were going, I made my own scripts for the characters. Sometimes I wrote my own news reports or commercials and made my poor parents sit down and watch me, like I was on TV. As I got older the stories grew longer and more complex. I started a few screenplays for movies that I never finished. At sixteen I wrote my first full length novel, a post-apocalyptic behemoth entitled, Twist of Fate. That’s when I started dreaming of one day becoming a published author.
Cynthia what would you like to achieve as an Author?
I would love for all the stories in my head to find their way onto the page, but I’m not sure I could ever live that long! Apart from that, my biggest goal is to make my readers feel. I want my stories to take them on an adventure and my characters to stick in their heads. I want them to have. And maybe land a movie deal somewhere along the way!
A movie deal sounds good! What is your best advice based on your own experiences so far to other Authors?
One thing that’s been huge for me is getting out there. I’ve never been big on public speaking, so I knew it would be a challenge for me when I published. Before my first event, I was terrified. But I not only survived, I had fun! Each one got easier, and I learned so much. Now, I’m hooked! Every year I try to do more and go farther away.
Whether you’re attending book fairs, library events, the comic cons (which I frequent), or something else, the in-person events can be great confidence builders. They’re not only fun, but they help get your work in front of a large number of potential readers that might not otherwise see it. It’s such a good feeling when someone comes back the following year to buy your next book and you have the opportunity to chat with them in-person. I’ve met some wonderful people, both readers and aspiring writers, some of which I’m still in contact with.
What genres do you read and review to support your fellow Authors?
I read and review fantasy (both epic & urban), horror, thrillers, sci-fi, steampunk, and post-apocalyptic. I prefer adult, but I have read some wonderful YA books recently. I also enjoy mysteries and historical fiction, though it’s been a while since I’ve read either genre.
A quote by you or your Life motto?
I can’t really say I have a life motto, but I do have a writing motto. I believe strongly in telling a story as it’s meant to be told. I don’t hold myself hostage to chapter lengths or word counts, or writing in fear of what others might think. Tell the story as it’s meant to be told. Trust your characters and do them justice. Write fearlessly. If you do that, the rest will fall into place.
Cynthia, thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions. I hope that you achieve all your goals and land a movie deal in Hollywood! My best wishes & God bless, Lily Amis
Cynthia on Socialmedia
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/CLAmazonPg
Blog: http://bit.ly/MyFantasyBlog (For book reviews)
A list of ALL her published Book titles until today 2017
The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price
The Crown of Stones: Magic-Scars
The Crown of Stones: Magic-Borne

 Copyright Book Covers: Thank you @Cynthia

February 04, 2017

Meet American Author Cindy J Smith


Author name: Cindy J. Smith
Genres: Poetry
Country: USA

Today I like to introduce Author Cindy J. Smith. She grew up in the country of Upstate New York and now resides in the boonies of Midwestern Indiana. She is a coffee-addicted truck driver (as if there was any other kind, she points out). Cindy has written poetry all her life. The topics and poems just come into her head. She tries to write in the first person for most of them. She does that as people are more apt to relate to something when they are not feeling like they are the target. Some of her poems are true, either for her or for someone she knows. Cindy believes in magic and that life is worth living. She hopes that her words will touch every reader in some way. She wants everyone to open their eyes and really see what is before them.
Who am I she asks? This is Cindy's answer: Well, I am a poet and originally from Avon, NY. I live in Indiana now with my husband. I'm an older person, not quite as old as dirt. As far back as I can remember, I have written poetry, and with every experience in life, I've found inspiration. (I really just write what the voices in my head tell me to write.) Never having been good at playing the part of "starving artist", I've had many careers, but my current one, an over-the-road truck driver with my husband Dave, has provided amazing opportunities for inspiration in these later years. I have published 4 of my own poetry books; Voices In My Head, They Won't Shut Up, Rhymes Through Time and Words On The Wind. My children's book Caesar and the Bluebells is currently being re illustrated. More of my poems appear in six anthologies as well as several books by fellow authors.

Cindy tell me what is your "masterpiece" so far?

Choosing a "Master Piece" was difficult.  I took Lily's advice and slept on it.  My choice is "Voices In My Head".   It is the first book I published and I did it in honor of my daughter. She had always wanted me to publish my poetry. This book, dedicated to her, has poems that touch all different aspects of life.  I deal with my love for my daughter, the anguish of losing her, the beauty of nature, holiday celebrations and just sarcasm. 
When did you first start writing?
Was being a writer something you always aspired to be? 
I have been writing poetry all my life.  My sister tells stories of how at the age of 3 I would add verses to the Mother Goose and Dr. Seuss rhymes because I did not think they were finished.  Writing is something I have to do, but being a published author was never something I aspired to be. 

What would you like to achieve as an Author Cindy?
As an author, I would like to help readers find themselves and see the world from every angle. In order to achieve peace on earth, we need to take off our blinders and see everything around us.  Open our minds and hearts and let our souls free.
What is your best advice based on your own experiences so far to other Authors?
Treat other authors how you want to be treated. If you don't share, read and review, don't expect other authors to do it for you.
Cindy what genres do you read and review to support your fellow Authors?
I will read and review almost anything.  I prefer horror or mystery/crime.  I do not really like romance, western nor erotica, but if an author asks and I think the plot sounds good, I will read them.

A quote by you or your Life motto?
Be yourself, because those that mind don't matter and those that matter don't mind!

Thank you Cindy. I like your quote. I wish you the best of luck with your writing. Keep up the great work and best wishes, Lily

Cindy on Socialmedia

Amazon Author Page  

A list of Cindy's Book titles until today 2017
  • Voices In My Head
  • They Won't Shut Up
  • Rhymes Through Time
  • Words On The Wind
  • Caesar And The Bluebells (Currently being illustrated)

Copyright pictures: Thank you at Cindy

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February 02, 2017

Meet American Author Carol Ann Kauffman

Author name: Carol Ann Kauffman
Genres: Romantic Adventure, Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Mystery, Soft Sci-Fi, Mystery, Time Travel
Country:  USA
Official Website: http://carolannkauffman.weebly.com/carols-blog.html

Meet American Author Carol Ann Kauffman, the author of sixteen books to date, from short stories to full-length novels. Her novels are classified as romantic action adventures with a sci-fi/ fantasy twist, and mysteries. She is a retired teacher in Ohio, where she taught for thirty-five years. Carol loves to travel; her favorite places Italy and Aruba, show up in her novels quite a bit.

Her latest book is:
BENTLEY SQUARE",  Strangers meet on the train. She, a beautiful, wealthy businesswoman. He, a down on his luck office manager. They have nothing in common. And yet, they are drawn to each other with an undeniable hypnotic magnetism. This is the story of Rebecca Robbins, daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the country and Mark Ramsay, a man shrouded in dark mystery and hiding in the shadows from death squads amid international intrigue.

Carol when did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?
I always wrote. I wrote as a child. My first college major was writing before I switched to Education when I realized you have to support yourself. I began writing in earnest after I retired from teaching.

What would you like to achieve as an Author?
I feel better when writing is part of my day. I am calmer. My thought processes are clearer. I do this for me first, then if anybody likes what I’ve written, I am just thrilled.
Carol what is your best advice based on your own experiences so far to other Authors?
Write every day. Start with short stories and find a publishing company that specializes in shorts. Have two or three projects going at the same time. Do not give up or give in to indifference or criticism from the outside and silence that nasty internal voice that suggests or screams that you should quit.
What genres do you read and review to support your fellow Authors?
I read about thirty books a month. I read everything except stuff that would give me nightmares, because I like to sleep at night. So, no vampires, zombies, werewolves, S&M, gory or bloody stories about psyche killers.
Wow thirty books! Amazing, good for you. Last but not least I need a quote by you or your Life motto?  
“She thought she could, so she did.”
Love it Carol! It’s really true. When we want to achieve something we have to go for it. Carol thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. I wish you the best of luck for the future. Keep up the good work! Lovely to have you here on my blog.
Lots of love, Lily

A LIST OF ALL BOOKS BY CAROL until today 2017
FULL LENGTH NOVELS in Caps & Short Stories in regular print.
Waiting for Richard
Echo of Heartbreak: A Recipe for Life, Madison’s Christmas
A Dilemma for Daisy
Christmas at Star Lake
I Need Christmas
January Black Ice
February White Lies
March Blues
Through the Darkness: Stories of Hope (A Woman Named Hope)
April Yellow Moon


Copyright Book covers: Carol Ann Kauffman