Monday, June 5, 2017

OIBF Schedule and Attending Authors


You won't want to miss all the awesomness at Ozarks Indie Book Fest in Springfield, MO.  Here is a look at the schedule and an updated list of all the attending authors so far!

Thursday Night October 19, 2017
3pm-6pm Early Registration
6pm-7pm – KEY NOTE SPEAKER- CHRISTINA BENJAMIN
7pm-?? – Welcoming Treasure Hunt


Friday October 20, 2017
7:00am-Exhibitor Hall Set Up

8:30am-?? – KEY NOTE SPEAKER- BJ SHELDON
10:00am – Exhibitor Hall Opens
11:00am – 12:00pm – Panel – Dystopian – How dystopian is ever evolving and why today’s culture is so demanding of it – Katy Walker (Blogger/Author)/ Courtney Ruggles(Author)/ Aria Michaels(Author)/ Casey Hays(Author)
12:15pm -1:15pm – Exhibitor Hall Closes for Lunch/ Doing half and half
2:30pm – 3:30pm – Panel- Newsletter vs St Teams – How to not spam, target audience & Key point noticeable – Tia Silverthorne Bach(Author)/ Cara Bristol(Author)/ Krystal Wade(Author)/Mary Ting(Author)
5:30ish – Exhibitor Hall Closes

Saturday October 21, 2017
8:30am-?? – KEY NOTE SPEAKER- JO MICHAELS
10:00am – Exhibitor Hall Opens
11:00am – 12:00pm – Panel – Kid Connections– Importance of Reading/ Writing/ Creativity In the classroom and beyond- Kelly Risser(Author)/ Zachary Chopchinski(Author)/ SJ Pierce(Author)/ D.A. Roach(Author)/ TK Carter(Author)
12:15pm -1:15pm – Exhibitor Hall Closes for Lunch/ Doing half and half
2:30pm – 3:30pm – Panel- (ANNOUNCING SOON)
4:45sh – Exhibitor Hall Closes
4:45-5:15pm – Exhibitor Teardown
7:00pm – Awards(MORE INFO TO COME SOON)
9:00pm – Book Character Costume Party

Sunday October 22, 2017
10am-12pm – CLOSING SPEECH- Winner of Treasure hunt announced

Links for More Information and tickets:

Monday, May 15, 2017

OIBF Keynote Speaker Christina Benjamin


I am so excited to welcome author Christina Benjamin to Reading For Fun. She will be attending OIBF on October 19-22, 2017 in Springfield, MO as one of our Key Note Speakers. I have been lucky enough to meet her in Nashville and I can’t wait to see her again at OIBF.

Hello Christina and welcome! I thought we would begin with discussing your work. How many books do you currently have published? 
Oh wow, I had to count. 17 with number 18 on the way.
Of those books which one are you most proud of and why?
Such a hard question because they’re all so different, but I guess I’d have to say my first book, The Geneva Project - Truth, because it started all of this. It was spawned from my love for YA fantasy and I started writing it because I wanted to have a world all my own to share with others.
 Do you have a favorite quote from one of your books? If so, could you share it with us and explain why?

OMG, Tina this is like CNN! Lol. This is so hard. I wish I had a better memory because I know I’ll totally think of something better later, but let’s go with this one from The Geneva Project - Destiny, because it’s the one I relate to. “I’m not fearless. If anything I’m afraid all the time. But I let my fear motivate me.” I also love this one from Destiny. “Come now . . . writing is harmless. They’re just words, after all.” As a writer and book nerd words are the most powerful things in the world so I love the hidden humor and ignorance of that statement.


Are you currently working on another book? Can you share a little something about it? Is it YA, NA, Adult? What genre?
I’m always working on another book. I’ve challenged myself to do a book a month. Crazy, I know! But it’s been really fun. I primarily write YA and Romance. It’s nice to bounce back and forth between two completely different genres because I think it helps keep my writing fresh. My current WIP is YA and it’s called The Almost Boyfriend. It’s a follow up to my best-seller, The Practice Boyfriend. They’re both stand alones but part of the same collection, which is good old high school drama and gossip. They have a very Gossip Girl/Pretty Little Liars feel. The Almost Boyfriend takes place in Ireland so it’s been really fun researching and I can’t wait to bring the book on tour to Ireland this summer.
~~Now for a little FuN!~~

Who is your favorite author?
Another hard one! Everyone! But for the sake of not writing a novel about my favorite authors I’ll narrow it down to my fav YA authors at the moment, JK Rowling, Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas.
Do you have a favorite book that you come back to time and time again?
I rarely read books more than once because I always feel there are so many more that I want to get to. I did listen to all the Harry Potter’s on Audible after reading them and I watch the movies over and over. So there’s that. I’m a big Potter nerd.
If you could go to one place, where would you go and why? 
I really, really want to go to Santorini, Greece because my YA series, The Geneva Project sort of takes place there. It was inspired by a lot of the amazing landscape of Greece and Greek mythology. Plus the iconic Santorini shoreline is actually part of the seal we created for the series. It’s kind of my hidden tribute to Greece.
What hobbies do you have that you do to unwind and relax? 
Can I say binge watching Netflix with a glass of wine? Lol. No, really it’s the water. Anything on the water. Cruising, sailing, boating, stand up paddle boarding, sitting on the beach or by the pool. That’s my happy place. Put a book in my hand on the beach and I’m a happy girl. My other love is music. I can’t sing or play an instrument but I love music so much. It really inspires my writing and I try to fill my days with as much live music as I can find.
Would you please share something quirky about yourself that most people wouldn’t know? 
Oh gosh, what isn’t quirky? I’m a book nerd. I write in a closet. Literally. I needed a private place to hide away and write my novels so we converted a walk in closet into an office. I call it my writing cave, or my Harry Potter room. So I pretty much spend all day in a closet. That’s quirky, right?

One last question…it needs to be a good one…
Harry Potter or Hunger Games? What do you like most about the series? 
Oh! Good one! I love them both. They’re literally on my shelves of fame! (that’s what I call the top row of my bookshelf) But I think I have to go with Potter because I’m just such a huge fan of what JK did for the world of fantasy. Her books really inspired me to create my own brand of magic that can live and breath between the pages of my books.
Thank you so much for taking time from your busy schedule to share your thoughts and work with us. I can’t wait to see you at OIBF!!
If you would like to attend Ozarks Indie Book Fest here are a few links for more information:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Possessed by a Vampire Cover Reveal

Title: Possessed by a Vampire
Author: Susan Griscom
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR
Blurb: They possess the power to make their dreams come true—but it won’t be easy.

Preston Knight—Elvis to his friends—loves being a vampire. The night he was turned was the first step to him becoming the kind of man he always hoped to be. Now, he’s a rock star. What could be better? But the one thing that would make his world complete is just out of reach. The woman he yearns for has some serious secrets, and despite him knowing that she wants him just as much as he wants her, she won’t let him in.
Lily Gray never asked to be a vampire. The choice was taken from her eons ago, and things never improved. Now, she finds herself peddling drugs on the streets of San Francisco and playing the part of doting wife to a possessive and sadistic vampire with delusions of grandeur. But family means everything to Lily, and she’s willing to sacrifice everything for it…even her one chance at happiness with the sexy-as-sin vampire who sets her heart ablaze.
When one night of passion opens the door for a century of secrets to be revealed, Lily and Preston must fight for not only what they believe in but also what they love.
Susan Griscom writes paranormal and contemporary romance. She's hooked on sexy romances and is a huge fan of superheroes and bad boys confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers, and abilities beyond the norm mixed with steamy romance, of course.
She loves those days when she gets to sit around in her sweat pants, doing nothing but writing emotionally charged stories about love and violence.
She lives in Northern California in wine country and one of her favorite weekend excursions is wine tasting with the love of her life. Together, she and her romantic husband have five great superhero kids and eight mini-superhero grand kids, so far.
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“It’s up to you, Elvis.” Lincoln, the dealer, nodded in my direction and waited. I kept my eyes trained on the center of the table where chips sat in a small pile. I didn’t need to look at my cards again. I knew what I had: an eight and a queen of hearts.
There were six vampires at the table, counting both Gage and me. Gage had folded right after the deal, and so had one of the other players. I was the last to bet, and sometimes, I liked to spice things up a bit, so I matched the bet and sat back.
Heavy smoke hung in the air like delicate streams of fog, swirling in circled patterns under the light hanging from a long cord above the table. Four other lights hung on fixtures attached to the otherwise stark, tawny brown walls. Even with all the lights, the room seemed dark.
Maybe it was the darkness of the souls in the room. I wasn’t sure.
A droning sound buzzed from outside, a little annoying, but I managed to drown it out as I nonchalantly watched the faces around the table as the dealer revealed the flop.
The first card the dealer turned up was a jack of hearts, then a nine of hearts.
Holy fuck.
It was raining hearts for some reason, and I held two of them already. I held my breath, waiting for the third card in the flop. Crap, an eight of diamonds.
Not exactly what I was looking for, but a pair of eights with a queen high wasn’t completely a loss so I decided to hang in there and see if one more heart would show. There were still two cards to go, and a flush was possible.
I kept my eyes straight, my thoughts blank—or I tried—like I usually did as each card was revealed, always attempting to keep my composure, never deviating from the norm, not wanting to give away my emotions. I was an expert at reading people. Especially in a poker game. A blink of an eye, a slight twitch, a swallow, the slightest movement, anything…different could give someone’s hand away. I wanted to reach up and finger my shades that sat on top of my head. Just one little nudge and they’d be sitting comfortably on my face, shielding my eyes. But not only were dark glasses frowned upon in this high-stakes game of Texas Hold ’em, but any movement out of the ordinary might tip someone off about my cards.
This wasn’t our normal gathering with my brothers at the mansion. This was a high roller, unsanctioned but heavily guarded poker game with some seriously high-powered city officials that I’d bet my right nut were a drug cartel of some sort or another. The two thugs in the monkey suits positioned on either side of the door to the entrance had stood like statues most of the night; the bulge of a holster protruding from under their jackets an obvious clue. At least they were on the outside of the room, but they still remained at the ready if their services were required.
Gage and I didn’t normally seek out games with such high stakes, but he’d been bored lately, and when he ran into Lincoln—the game’s host—at Club Royal a couple of weeks ago, Lincoln had invited Gage and me to join. Said they’d recently lost two of their regulars and needed a couple of fill-ins.
When Gage approached me, I’d shrugged him off at first, not wanting any part of something that sounded so sketchy, but after he’d pestered me for the entire week, I finally gave in, needing a distraction from the long hours—sometimes days apart—from Lily, the sexy and sweet vampire I’d been trying to get to know better. Except, she was either playing hard to get, or just wasn’t that interested in me. Though I had a difficult time believing the latter of those two options since she continued to meet me whenever she had the time or, in her words, “could get away.” Away from what, I hadn’t been able to find out. Yet.
Getting thoughts of Lily off my mind was nearly impossible Her fair, silky-smooth skin; her mesmerizing dark coffee eyes that could hold my gaze for hours on end; the tips of her long, thick locks kissing the cleavage of her breasts where my lips longed to skim. I managed to clear my head just in time, as it was my turn to bet again. I slid my bet forward, raising the pot three thousand for appearance’s sake. In truth, without another heart or a ten, I had squat. I didn’t think the pair of eights would cut it. I had an excellent chance for a straight or a flush if either of the next two cards went my way. Since Gage had already folded, he sat still as a statue beside me, his hands together on the edge of the table. I knew he was busting a gut wondering what I held in my hand.
There were only four of us left in this hand, and I didn’t want to go home with a loss. Not against these guys. Two of them sat puffing on brown cigarettes, looking rather tough. They were tough, the sort who would drain the blood from a homeless person and leave them to die in the gutter without so much as a “thank you, ma’am.” Particularly, the one at the end with the light brown wool Stetson on his head. The word dangerous exuded from his pores. He wore that hat pulled low on his brow, shading his eyes just enough to where it was legal but not enough to reveal much about him. A neatly trimmed goatee graced his chin and his upper lip. A long ponytail made of cornrow braids hung down his back. He seemed on edge, or maybe it was just an act to throw me off.
Which he did when he raised another five thousand. That was steep, and the other two guys folded. Either the guy had something powerful, or he was bluffing his ass off and had nothing. Since I had the queen of hearts, I knew he couldn’t have a royal flush. But that didn’t rule out a straight or four of a kind. The bald-headed guy next to him folded, as did the next two. Now it was up to me, and six thousand was just about all I had left, so I shoved the entire stack I had into the middle of the table.
“I’m all in,” I said with feigned confidence.
After all the bets had been matched, the dealer flipped the fourth card.
A fucking nine of spades.
Shit.
I watched out of the corner of my eye as cowboy hat’s mouth curved up on one side, the tip of his fang biting into his lower lip. Could mean he was nervous. Or cocky. Either way, my hand was dead unless a ten or another heart showed up.
My heart skipped a beat when the fifth card was flipped over. There it was, sparkling as if someone had lit it on fire. I managed to keep my composure as I chilled, though I could have sworn I heard fireworks go off outside.
The beautiful ten of hearts.
Stetson vamp chuckled and said, “Too bad. You played a nice hand.” Then he laid down his cards. A pair of nines, giving him four of a fucking kind, which would beat most hands. When he started to grab at the pile of chips, I cleared my throat.
“Hold on there, space cowboy,” I heard myself say, not sure if the cockiness in my voice would help or hinder, but that pile of chips in the center of the table belonged to me, and there was no fucking way I was letting this douche have them. I had a fucking straight flush, queen high. Beat that you fucking cocksucker. I wanted to gloat but managed to keep my cool and simply turned the two cards in my hand over and placed them face up on the table.
His face paled, if that were possible. His dark-stubbled jaw flexed. His eyes narrowed to slits. His left ear twitched, and he placed both his palms on the table as he stood, glaring at me. Everyone sitting around the table stiffened. The chips lay in a heap in the middle. He kept his large ebony eyes on mine, never faltering. I allowed myself to stare right back, not moving a centimeter. I was good at stare-out games. I’d had a cat, many in fact, and we constantly played this game. Stetson hat was no different in my mind. Though I was positive he thought differently. This guy was too fucking arrogant for my taste. I’d wondered from the moment I sat down if he was going to be trouble.
“Jace, you ready?” he barked.
The guy at the end of the table—Jace, I assumed—nodded. “Yep, I’m all tapped out. Ladies.”
Stetson hat shrugged into a light brown wool coat, generously embellished with dark brown fur at the lapel, all the while keeping his eyes glued to me. “Be sure to join us again. I look forward to the opportunity to win that back.” His eyes briefly averted to the large pile of chips in the middle of the table before returning to mine, and then he touched the rim of his hat and nodded like he was fucking Clint Eastwood. “Gentlemen.” He kept his lips tight as he turned and walked out. Stopping by another vampire on his way, he looked down at him, made some sort of gesture with his hand, and left the room. Jace, and two other large vampires went with him.
Gage cleared his throat. “Fuck, man. That was intense.” The three dudes left at the table all sighed heavily.
The vampire that Stetson hat had gestured to stood up. “Roach would like you to join him at his employer’s mansion.” Roach? What the fuck kind of person names their kid Roach? I almost laughed. The poor guy. No wonder he was so intense. “It is open to you any Friday evening. That is the night they entertain small groups. Midnight. Here’s the address.” He slipped me a card. I glanced down at the etching on the flat piece of metal.
It read:
Sweet’s Delicacies
Whatever your pleasure, we’ve got it.
Sweet Towers, Sky Deck.
When the vampire had left, Gage grabbed the card from me. “Shit. Looks like he wants a rematch.”
“Well, he isn’t getting one,” I retorted and threw the fancy card down on the table. This was over right now. I didn’t want any part of whatever the fuck that guy was dealing.
“I wouldn’t be so quick to pass on that invite if I were you, Elvis,” Lincoln, the vampire who’d hosted the night’s game, said. “That vampire works for Sweet, one of this city’s most dominant and influential business owners. He has the support of the local labor board, as well as several other highfalutin bigwigs in the city. It’s quite the honor to be invited, even if it was by his right-hand man. Sweet doesn’t give out invitations to his private parties very often. And his parties don’t have anything to do with card games, if you get my drift. Roach must have liked you.” He winked.
I raised my eyebrows up at Lincoln in question.
“You know. Sex, drugs. Those kinds of parties. Group or single, whatever you desire, so I’ve heard.”
Whatever kind of parties, I wasn’t into group sex or drugs. I had a woman, or at least a woman I wanted, as the vision of Lily’s striking brown eyes set against her smooth, deep black hair floated through my mind. I got to my feet and shrugged into my coat. “Come on, Gage, let’s split.”

Monday, April 3, 2017

Ozarks Indie Book Fest

October 19-22, 2017 
Held at University Plaza and Convention Center

333 South John Q Hammons Parkway
Springfield, MO 65806

Look at this list of amazing authors and models attending Ozarks Indie Book Fest!  If that isn't enough to tempt you, then know that all proceeds go to the wonderful charities, Companions For Heroes & Loving Paws Rescue.  

Key Note Speakers will take the floor each day.  We are so lucky to have Jo Michaels, BJ Sheldon and Christina Benjamin.  

Get your tickets HERE!!!
Reserve your hotel HERE!!
For more information check out the official WEBSITE!
Last but not least, we have some super awesome sponsors that I would like to make sure to mention!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Ozarks Indie Book Fest Attending Author Kelly Risser Interview


I am honored to welcome author Kelly Risser to Reading For Fun. She will be attending OIBF on October 19-22, 2017 in Springfield, MO. I have been fortunate enough to meet her on numerous occasions and I can’t wait to see her again.

Hello Kelly and welcome! It’s an honor to have you here with us today. I wanted to start out this interview first with a look into the group of authors that you are a part of, The Ferocious Five. So far you have completed two anthologies together. What is it like working with such a great group of ladies? 

I absolutely adore Casey Bond, Jo Michaels, Nichole Greene, and Tia Silverthorne Bach. We have all become good friends and really complement each other’s writing styles. I feel like they make me a stronger, more creative writer, and I hope I’m able to provide the same support to them. I’m so proud of Fractured Glass and 7: The Seven Deadly Sins, and I can’t wait for our next project to release.


What can we expect in the near future from TFF? 
Our upcoming project is by far our most ambitious to date. I can’t really tell you much about it, but I think fans of our work are going to love it! Stay tuned – we are working toward a spring release date!

    

    What or who inspired you to go into writing? 

I have always been a voracious reader, and I had several teachers who encouraged me to continue with my writing. My parents also encouraged me, but the person who had the most faith in me of all was my best friend’s mom. She always said she was waiting to read my books and she’d ask if I was working on one or when I was going to write it.


Which of your books in your series are you most proud of and why?

I am most proud of Always Remembered. Concluding a trilogy is no easy task, but I’m really happy with how everything ends and the growth of my characters throughout the series.

Do you have a favorite quote from one of your books? If so, could you share it with us and explain why? 
This excerpt between Meara and Evan from Never Forgotten is one of my favorites. I was slightly overweight and very awkward, especially in junior high, and I remember being teased for it. I was extremely sensitive, so what may have rolled off some kids really got beneath my skin. I love this scene, because it shows what a great guy Evan is and how a kind gesture can really make a difference when someone carries hurt.


Are you currently working on another book, if so can you share a little something about about it? Is it YA, NA, Adult? What genre?
My latest short story, Mandatory Vacation, can be found in the Fated Destinations anthology that release in late December from Crimson Tree Publishing. I’m about neck-deep in the next Ferocious Five project, and I have storylines brewing for three other projects – two YA fantasy novels and an adult historical fiction. My brain is always coming up with something!
 ~~Now for a little FuN!~~
Who is your favorite author?
My “auto-buy” authors are A.G. Howard, Cassandra Clare, Colleen Houck, Marissa Meyer, Patricia Briggs, and Rick Riordan. I love many other authors too.
Do you have a favorite book that you come back to time and time again? 
Harry Potter, Mortal Instruments, Splintered, and Percy Jackson series.
Twilight or Bram Stoker’s Dracula? 
Twilight

Would you please share something quirky about yourself that most people wouldn't know?
I’m a huge Disney fan and can sing many of the songs by heart. I also love to burst into spontaneous songs, much to the embarrassment of my children.
One last question...it needs to be a good one… Who is your most favorite celebrity hunk? Why do you find so hunky about him? 
Ryan Reynolds, mainly because I appreciate the combination of good looks and humor. He also seems down to earth and a family man. Then, there’s the hair, which is perfect. (Meet my husband, and you’ll learn curly hair is kind of a thing for me, maybe because mine is so straight!) I’ve liked him since the Two Guys, A Girl, and A Pizza Place days, but The Proposal is probably my favorite project of his to date. Such a funny movie!
Thank you so much for taking time from your busy schedule to share your thoughts and work with us. I can’t wait to see you at OIBF!! 
Be sure to follow Kelly on any of the social media sites to get updates!




If you'd like to meet Kelly Risser, she will be attending Ozarks Indie Book Fest!  You can get your tickets  HERE!



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

OIBF Key Note Speaker: BJ Sheldon


I am so excited to welcome author BJ Sheldon to Reading For Fun. She will be attending OIBF and be a key note speaker on October 19-22, 2017 in Springfield, MO. I have been lucky enough to meet her in Nashville and I can’t wait to see her again at OIBF.

Hello BJ and welcome! I thought we would begin with your Be Ceaseless movement. Could you please tell us a little bit about it and what inspired you to start it? 
Over a year ago, one of my daughters told me that the song “Keep on Keepin’ On” by Travie McCoy (featuring Brendon Urie) reminded her of me. When I asked why, she said it was because no matter what I’ve been through in my life, I always landed on my feet and kept pushing forward. Without getting into everything that’s happened to me over the years, let’s just say I was fairly certain that my girls thought I was a failure. As it turns out, they thought the complete opposite instead. At that moment #BeCeaseless was born. I have a Facebook page where I post motivational quotes to inspire people who may be going through a rough time. I post positive memes on Instagram using the hashtag #BeCeaseless to encourage others. I even tattooed the word “Ceaseless” on my right forearm as a constant reminder that I can do anything I put my mind to. On those days where I’m feeling down or there are circumstances that are beyond my control, I just have to remind myself that nothing is permanent except for death.


You currently have 4 books out, of those books which one are you most proud of and why?  
I guess the one I’m most proud of is my last one, “Hear the Crickets: Book One of The Gibborim Series”. It’s darker than my previous trilogy, and I’m extremely proud of how it turned out. With each book I’ve written, I tackled topics that got a bit darker and/or harder, but this new series allows me to tackle something completely new – when evil is performed with the belief that it’s the right thing to do. All of the research I did for it gave it an authentic feel. It involves the ancient Book of Enoch and the story behind why God cast some of his angels from Heaven. I took those stories and put a modern, fictitious spin on it. And the story gave me the basis for the remaining 2 books in the trilogy which I’m currently working on as we speak.

Do you have a favorite quote from one of your books? If so, could you share it with us and explain why? 
 I do, as a matter of fact. It’s from Hear the Crickets. The reason it’s my favorite and why it resonates with me so much is because it’s the exact way I feel about my own better half, my husband of 12 years. When we were dating, I wasn’t always willing to open myself up for fear of being hurt again. I also know that I’m not the easiest person to be married to, but he handles it like a pro. I can’t imagine living my life without him and not sure where I’d be today if he hadn’t broke through that barrier. 

“I wanted to tell him that I’d never felt like that before. That he’d somehow gotten past my armored exterior and softened my heart. I wanted to tell him how I’d fallen for him, and I didn’t know how I was going to continue on after he was gone.” – Skyy, “Hear the Crickets”




Are you currently working on another book, if so can you share a little something about it? Is it YA, NA, Adult? What genre? 
I am currently working on book 2 of The Gibborim Series. In fact, I am about 3 or 4 chapters from completing the first draft. Then it’s on to revisions, rewrites, and edits. The best way to explain the series is Buffy Summers meets the movie Legion…without the vampires. It’s a supernatural thriller with a paranormal romance twist. It involves angels, demons, an immortal girl with suicidal tendencies who has a bit of a mouth on her. In fact, she isn’t the most likable character, but I’m having a blast watching her grow and mature as the story progresses. Once this trilogy is completed, however, I hope to begin work on a new standalone. It most likely will either be a fantasy about a girl who discovers an alternate world filled with witches, magic, and evil or a paranormal romantic comedy about a fairy tale gone wrong.
~~Now for a little FuN!~~

Who is your favorite author? Do you have a favorite book that you come back to time and time again? 
My favorite author (currently) is Hugh Howie of the “Wool” series. His writing is interesting and his stories are unique and edge-of-your-seat fabulous. But the book I come back to time and again is “To Kill A Mockingbird”. I get lost in it every time and probably re-read it every few years.

Twilight or Harry Potter? 
Harry Potter…Always.

If you could go to one place, where would you go and why? 
New Zealand. Absolutely, one hundred percent, New Zealand – because after watching all of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies, I can’t imagine going anywhere else. From what I’ve seen and everything I’ve read, it is probably one of the most breathtaking places on earth. And if I go, I’m not just going for a few days or a week. I’d probably stay there for a month with the real possibility that I may never want to come back.

What hobbies do you have that you do to unwind and relax? 
I like to read and watch Netflix. My current binge-watch-worthy show on Netflix right now is the British detective show, “Midsomer Murders”. I used to do a lot of DIY projects with furniture, but I haven’t had much time for that with all of the writing that I’ve been doing, but I’m hoping to get back to it sometime soon.

Would you please share something quirky about yourself that most people wouldn’t know? 
I am a huge nerd and love my fandoms. Supernatural, Walking Dead, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, BBC’s Sherlock, Doctor Who. And those are just a few! I also love DC Comic Books, my current favorite being the Cyborg Rebirth. When people first meet me, they don’t peg me for a super-geek, but they quickly learn it probably isn’t a good idea to bring up something nerdy with me since I’ll chew their ear off for hours if they let me.

One last question…it needs to be a good one…

Who is your favorite celebrity hunk? What do you find so smexy about him? 
Without a doubt, one hundred and ten percent, and with every fiber of my being it has to be unequivocally (drum roll please)…Benedict Cumberbatch. It could be the well-tailored suits or his British accent that does it for me. It could be his wavy hair or soldering eyes, as well. It could even be how his looks have grown on me the past few years to the point that I now find him one of the most handsome men in the world. But in reality, it goes far beyond that. My affection for the man goes beyond the mere physical or external attributes that he possesses. He’s funny, never takes himself seriously (look up the video on YouTube where he can’t say the word “penguins”), he is passionate about causes he believes in and isn’t shy about voicing them, and his acting talent is far and above most actors out there today. He can do comedy, dramas, suspense, and even Shakespeare. He can play a scientist, a detective, a cross dresser, and a superhero and can morph completely into those characters and be completely believable in each role. In the end, he could stand in nothing but a paper bag and read the phone book, and I’d buy that movie. Without a doubt.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Interview with OIBF Attending Author D.A. Roach!


I am beyond excited to welcome author D.A. Roach to Reading For Fun. She will be attending OIBF on October 19-22, 2017 in Springfield, MO. and I can’t wait to see her again! Hello D.A. Roach, thank you for joining us today. I thought we would begin by getting to know more about you. 
Thank you for having me. I’ve enjoyed meeting you and getting to know you better, the more we interact with each other. I’m thrilled to have this invitation.

What or who inspired you to go into writing? 

My dental hygienist. She asked where our family was headed on vacation and I told her Gatlinburg, TN to visit these people who we met thirty years ago and became our life-long friends. I told her the story of how our lives came together and she set her instruments down and said, “You have got to write that down to pay homage to those people. The story is amazing and deserves to be told.”

I decided to give it a try and wrote it as a short story, had a friend edit it, and used Createspace to self-publish it. People read and enjoyed it and I enjoyed the process of writing. Tricia, the dental hygienist, probably had no idea that she created a monster in the chair that day!
How many books do you currently have available? 
6. Trusting Strangers is the short story on amazon. I also have 2 stories in anthologies (Detours in our Destinations and 13, and Anthology of Dark Fiction and Horror) and 3 novels published with Limitless Publishing (Rarity, Between the Bleeding Willows (Book 1 of the Demon Hunters series) and Within the Darkest Hollows (Book 2 of the Demon Hunters series)
Which of your books/ series are you most proud of and why? 
The Demon Hunters series. It was a total challenge as I had never written Paranormal before. The characters were completely made up as well as the lore and plot. The characters really came to life and took over the story, I honestly am just along for the ride as they seem to control where the story goes. But it’s a fun story to write and I hope, for readers, that it’s fun to read.
Do you have a favorite quote from one of your books? If so, could you share it with us and explain why? 

“I’m really sorry you got pulled into all of this. Probably best to keep your distance from me because I’m not sure it’s over yet.” He opened the door and headed out without looking back. – Rarity I am not the best with full on quotes, which is ironic because I have a notebook of favorite quotes, I collect them like I collect rocks from each of my vacations. I’m much better at scenes and overall interactions than one liners. This line is probably my favorite because Jay is going through so much emotional turmoil and he’s pushing Brogan away. Makes me sad for him, that he doesn’t want her to help him through this time, but when you are going through something as life changing and emotional as he is, you don’t think much about other people, you’re just trying to figure out the next day, hour, minute.


13: An Anthology of Horror and Dark Fiction you released in October had quite a few creepy stories. Could you please tell us a little about your story, Anesthesia? 

I predominantly read and write YA and I attempted to make Anesthesia YA but I ended up flipping into the NA zone to make it more thrilling. Anesthesia is about a girl about to graduate from college and is preparing to start anew with a new career and new look. She has worked hard to save her money to afford a breast reduction as she has grown to hate her large assets, attracting guys only interested in physical relationships. She puts in her notice at work and tells them that she’ll be moving across country to start a new job. This news is not welcomed by all and the true nature and motives of some will be revealed.


Could you tell us a little bit about your Demon Hunters series? ****Your Demon Hunter Series is fantastic, especially a really hot Clan Leader by the name of Killian****

The Demon Hunters series is about a girl, Cassidy, who has recently lost the two most important people in her life. She’s graduated from high school but feeling lost and disconnected from life. He boyfriend was wearing her grandmother’s ring when he died in a car crash near an abandoned cemetery and unfortunately, it was unrecovered from the crash site. Cassidy goes to the site to look for the ring and hears someone call her dead boyfriend’s name. She goes to investigate and finds two shadowy figures running through the cemetery. When they reach the two willows, they vanish. Cassidy goes to investigate and ends up falling through a gate to the Demon Realm.



She wakes in the compound of the Demon Hunters, a clan tasked with keeping the balance between good and evil, hunting the demons that try to break through to the Human Realm. The Hunters are unsure how she crossed as no mortal has ever managed to do so without magic.


The series is about Cassidy trying to find her place amongst the Demon Hunters and the Clans struggle to fight the uprising evil and the new demons that are raging against them.
Are you currently working on another book, if so can you share a little something about it? Is it YA, NA, Adult? What genre? 
I’m finishing book 3 in the series (that will be the last book). I also am reworking a YA drama series that I had previously written entitled J+P series. It’s about a girl heading off to college and meeting a new group of fun and supportive friends (and a guy that catches her interest). The more she is around them and gets to know them, the more she realizes that she came from an unhealthy home of emotional and verbal abuse. As she feels herself getting stronger and understanding what real love is and feels like, her family pulls the strings tight and threatens to again, take control of her life and decisions. There will be at least 4 books in the series.
~~Now for a little FuN!~~ 

Who is your favorite author? 
I’d have to say Rebecca Donovan.

Do you have a favorite book that you come back to time and time again? 
The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan. She created a beautiful love story, amazing boyfriend and example of unconditional love, and strong story of abuse and its effects on someone. I laughed, I cried, I picked my jaw up off the ground as I read this series.
If you could go one place, where would you go and why? 
California. I went to the Half Moon Bay and San Francisco area a few years ago and fell in love. The temperature was mild, people were nice, lots of skateboarders, ocean, mountains…I honestly wish I could live there.
Twilight or Hunger Games? 
Twilight! It was the first huge book I read, first series I read, and it jump started my love of reading. The love story was great, the characters were vivid, and Stephanie Meyer created her own modern fairy tale.
Would you please share something quirky about yourself that most people wouldn't know? 

I am petrified of teeth. In the mouth…no problem, but if you have a loose tooth or some horror movie does something with teeth – I have to shut my eyes and ears. It totally freaks me out. I am fine at the dentist but I blame one of the Saw movies for creating that fear.
One last question...it needs to be a good one… 
Who is your most favorite celebrity hunk? What do you find so smexy about him? 
I’m going for Joseph Morgan aka Klaus Mikaelson from The Originals. He’s easy on the eyes but the true winning factor is his charisma, intensity, range of emotions, and good humor off screen.

Thank you so much for taking time from your busy schedule to share your thoughts and work with us. I can’t wait to see you at OIBF!! 

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