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March 22, 2017

Meet Australian Author Tima Maria Lacoba


Author name: Tima Maria Lacoba
Genres: Paranormal/Gothic Romance
Country: Australia

Today I'm delighted to introduce you to the wonderful and gifted Tima Maria Lacoba. She’s a paranormal, urban fantasy romance writer, who loves to include a bit of history, a bit of suspense and lots of thrills in her books. Her Dantonville Legacy Series—although set in modern-day Sydney—spans a two-thousand year period, and the ending of an ancient curse.

Both Bloodgifted and Bloodpledge, the first two books in the series, were in Amazon's Top 100 in Gothic Romance. Bloodgifted was also awarded 4th place in the Atlas Award, and Top Ten in the annual Choclit Competition.

Tima lives on the Central Coast, an hour's drive north of Sydney in Australia.  She was a practicing archaeologist, having worked on amazing digs around the world. After several years in the field she was drawn to teaching and ended up as Head of History in a local high school.  It enabled her to take her students overseas to visit various archaeological sites in Europe and Britain. It was a way for her to combine her love of history with travel, and share it with others.


Tima is the Author of the Dantonville Legacy series.
What’s a girl to do when she learns she’s the key to breaking a centuries-old family curse? Become dangerously intimate with a jaw-dropping vision of male hotness hiding a secret agenda of his own.
Nothing could be simpler. 
Or is it?
Primary school teacher Laura Dantonville is about to find out.

Enjoy this action-filled sexy paranormal romance that will have you laughing aloud in one moment, and biting your fingernails in the next. Get your copy today!

Tima I could ask you so many questions about Archeology, but we focus on Writing and your books today. Tell me when did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?

I first started writing in 2009 when an idea for a story came to me. It was while I was researching my masters thesis in Roman archaeology at Hadrian’s Wall in England.

I never intended becoming a writer. It all happened by accident.

What would you like to achieve as an Author? I’d love to be successful enough to earn my living writing full time.

What is your best advice based on your own experiences so far to other Authors?  Don’t enter the writing profession to become rich. That’s a fantasy. Less than 1% are lucky enough to live from their books.

What genres do you read and review to support your fellow Authors?  
I love paranormal romance/urban fantasies, historical romance and good crime thrillers.

A quote by you or your Life motto? Forget what lies behind and strive for what lies ahead.

Thank you vey much Tima. It was my pleasure to have you on my blog. I hope many readers will discover your books. Keep up the great work and all the best. Lots of love, Lily

Tima’s Social Media Contacts

A list of Timas Book titles until today 2017
Laura’s Locket (short story)
BloodGifted, Bk 1 The Dantonville Legacy series
BloodPledge, Bk 2 The Dantonville Legacy series
BloodVault, Bk 3 The Dantonville Legacy series

Copyright Pictures: Thank you to Tima.

March 15, 2017

Meet British Author Joey Paul

Author name: Joey Paul
Genres: Young adult – crime, mystery, paranormal, romance

Country: UK
Official Website

Today I like to introduce you to the brave and very talented British Author Joey Paul. Joey is an indie author, exploring the young adult crime genre. She's 35 and has been writing since she was retired from her job on medical grounds at the age of 19. Joey is a recent graduate from The Open University with a BA (Hons) in Health & Social Care and plans to write for as long as she has ideas or until someone tells her to stop! She has released nine books in total so far, with two more due out in the summer of 2017.

Joey is the Author of the book
Destination: Unknown. To those who know me, imagine what I felt as the Author of the memoir Destination: Freedom, when I read the title of Joey's book. Such a strong title and yet so different then what I had expected.

"Harriet has a complicated life. She cares for her chronically ill Mum, while trying to juggle school and a social life. She’s tired, overworked and underpaid.

Yet, one day she sees what she thinks is a ghost, but ghosts don’t exist do they? And they especially don’t help you travel in time, right?

Now Harriet has a murder to solve, all the while trying to make sure no one finds out about the secret behind that stone in her back garden.

Joey thank you for taking the time to stop by at Tell me when did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?
I started writing when I was thirteen, but at the time it was just a bit of fun, something that would pass the school lunch break and I did love creating worlds. I had always planned to be a doctor, from the age of five, that was my dream. Life changed that for me as my asthma got worse when I was at college and I had to drop out. So I went to work, doing this job and then that job and then life delivered another blow, I got sick with M.E and Fibromyalgia, along with my asthma worsening, I couldn't work a conventional job and was retired on medical grounds at the age of nineteen.

The prospect of spending the rest of my days unable to work terrified me. It was then that I picked up that first “book” I wrote at thirteen and tore it apart, rebuilding it from the bottom up. It filled my days and I actually found that I quite enjoyed it. When that was done, I turned to an idea I'd had for years but never written done. Ten days later, I had a second book, and from there on, I was writing all the time. I wasn't first published until 2005, when I was twenty-three. It was with a vanity publisher, and at the time I thought that would be it, the only book of mine to sit on other people's bookshelves.

In 2011 though I realized that I could self publish through Amazon, and that's what really kick started me writing again. I had stopped to concentrate on getting my degree, but once the books were being released, the writing bug bit me again and now it's pretty much my work. I've finished sixteen books, released nine with books ten and eleven being released later this year. I'm working on books seventeen and eighteen and I really couldn't imagine doing anything else!

What would you like to achieve as an Author Joey?
I'd like to finish telling my stories. I'd like to keep writing until I have no more stories to tell. Of course that's never going to happen, but as for achieving something, my goal every time I release a book is to sell one copy. I know it sounds silly, but one copy means that someone out there wanted to read my book, and hopefully it resonated with them. Long term goals, I'd like to finish both the trilogy I'm working on, and the new series I just started. As an author, I'd like my books to reach the people who need to hear those stories. That would be really nice.

What is your best advice based on your own experiences so far to other Authors?
Two things: get an editor – do not skimp on this one it will bite you in the arse and you'll regret it immensely!

And make sure your cover is professionally done. Trust me, I didn't do this and it messed with my sales and I'm still paying the price for it now. The cover is what draws the eye of the reader when they're looking for a book on Amazon or in a store and a bad cover will kill sales. So will lots of mistakes, grammar wise, spelling wise and even plot wise.

That's my best advice, though I do have one more piece. Keep going. It's tough out there, it's hard and it takes a lot out of you, but keep going. You have a story to tell, even if it takes you ten, fifteen years to get it told, keep going!

I love your positive energy Joey! Bravo! Tell me what genres do you read and review to support your fellow Authors?
I like young adult, but I find myself mostly drawn to the crime & mystery genre. I will pretty much read anything if the blurb catches my attention and as far as reviews go, I try to review the majority of books I read, even if it's just a rating on Goodreads.

A quote by you or your Life motto?
Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take; but by the moments that take your breath away.(As someone with serious lung issues, this resonates with me!)

Beautifully said. I wish you the best of luck on your writing journey Joey and of course my best wishes for your health. Keep up the positive attitude. You are for sure an inspiration for many people and I’m very happy to know you. God bless you.
Lots of love, Lily

Joey Paul Social Media Contacts
AmazonAuthor Page
Anyother page

A list of ALL published Book titles by Joey until today 2017
The Friendship Triangle
Lynne & Hope
Waiting On You
Destination: Unknown
Dying Thoughts – First Touch
Dying Thoughts – Second Sight
Dying Thoughts – Third Wish
Dying Thoughts – Fourth Week

Copyright Pictures: Thank you at Joey Paul.

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March 06, 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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