10 Statements – Tarrah Anders

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Tarrah Anders has been writing since she was in middle school and throughout college. She never vocalized or followed through with her desire to be a writer, until one day she read a horrible book and thought: ‘I could do better than that!’ Tarrah kept her writing romance from her husband for nearly two years, but finally told him because… royalties and taxes. When he immediately tried to skip forward to any steamy scenes, then referred to the moment as in Lethal Weapon 4.

Tarrah is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently resides in beautiful San Diego with her own little family while working during the day as a social worker. She is a hardcore San Francisco Giants fan and anything dealing with cupcakes and Zombies.

Find me…

Website:  www.tarrahanders.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TarrahAnders/
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/tarrahanders
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/tarrahanders
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/Tarrah_Anders
Amazon:  amazon.com/author/tarrahanders

 

My personal motto:

As Buzz Lightyear says: “Never give up, never surrender.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… waking up to a 3-year-old calling for me from his bedroom, getting him ready for Pre-School , getting myself to my day job and sitting in my office for a solid hour until the caffeine kicks in.
  2. I lose track of time by listening to music, I get so caught up with the imagery the lyrics sometimes provide that I look like I’ve zoned out for a solid hour whilst daydreaming, which also helps lead to storylines or just really good pictures behind the eye lids.
  3. I have always… created to-do lists. I have them everywhere, in my planner, on my computer, in my phone… sometimes I forget to cross things off in one and not the other, so I probably need to come up with a better system.
  4. I have never… said … Never. I try to keep it out of my vocabulary, unless I’m telling my toddler to “…never do that again!”
  5. Home means to me… the place that I go to to sit on my side out the couch and ‘vedge out after my long day of doing things and stuff.
  6. I am inspired by… children – they aren’t touched (yet) by the world and I wish I could re-see things through their eyes.
  7. I would like to meet… author BB Easton – I feel like she’s my spirit animal.
  8. My worst character trait… is my sarcasm. Not everyone gets it.
  9. My best character trait… is my sarcasm, my husband sure gets it!
  10. The best advice I was given… is from Nike: “Just do it!”

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Frozen Over

TYSON MADDOX is confident, cocky and a playboy. He is also the CEO of Mad Designs, a company which he was born into, a revived fashion company in the city. With the upcoming launch of their summer campaign, Tyson takes notice of one of the models employed by his company. When circumstances arise to provide the perfect opportunity, he makes his move. With her he is the open, caring and attentive one woman man. However, when he learns about a side job which she has, all is lost. If Tyson doesn’t get his way, then they’re done. Too bad, he’s miserable without her.

ALLISON STAFFORD was hired to become the face of Mad Designs for the new summer line. She’s beautiful and not afraid to eat doughnuts in public. When she catches the eye of the CEO, she doesn’t know how to interpret his affections. When they become an official item and Hell has Frozen Over, but it’s over before they know it, before the ice is fully thawed.

ALLISON & TYSON deal with their issues, until his past catches up with them and tries to pull them apart. Will they get the chance that they both need or will they be torn apart?

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10 Statements – Barry Knister

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Barry Knister was a university professor before turning to full-time writing. His first novel, The Dating Service was published by Berkley. His second, Just Bill is a novel for adults about dogs and owners, and was published by Gold Mountain Press. Knister has published two previous novels in the Brenda Contay suspense series. The first (The Anything Goes Girl) draws on his years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. The second (Deep North) is set in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota, where he fishes each spring. Knister is the past secretary of Detroit Working Writers, and served as the director of the Cranbrook Summer Writers Conference. He lives outside Detroit with his wife, Barbara, and their Aussie shepherd, Skylar.

Find me…

Website:  http://www.bwknister.com/index.html
Amazon:  Barry Knister
Buy link “The Anything Goes Girl”:  books2read.com/u/mBe7XZ
Buy link “Deep North”:  books2read.com/u/brg7Qw
Buy links “Godsend”:  books2read.com/u/bQZXWP  >>> Release: February 3, 2017! <<<

 

My personal motto:

After many years, I’ve boiled down my personal motto to four words, here made acceptable to more delicate ears: “Don’t be an ***hole.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… a question I make no effort to answer: During the time I’ve been asleep, hundreds, in fact thousands of people have died. Why am I still here?
  2. I lose track of time all the time. In part, this has to do with growing old, but it also has to do with time being a river. Like everyone else, I’m splashing around in it, playing water volleyball or bashing others with a Styrofoam noodle as they bash me, without thinking about the river. Then something happens to make me aware of it. Say, a dorsal fin.
  3. I have always… avoided the concept of “always.” It’s too limiting, and I prefer to keep my options open.
  4. I have never… Ditto for “I have always.” Never say never, I say. Burning bridges is always an act of egotistical self-assertion, of vanity.
  5. Home means to me… the opposite of homelessness. At certain useful moments, I become aware of how good I have it, and how terrible it would be to be at an intersection with a hand-lettered sign. I realize how much luckier I am than I deserve. I’ve done nothing in particular to be worthy of the life I have, and I strongly doubt most of those with signs at intersections have “earned” their way to such an existence.
  6. I am inspired by… my wife. Every day, the high point for me is mixing a rob roy at Happy Hour (Scotch and a little sweet vermouth over ice, topped off with a dash of bitters), pouring Barbara a glass of wine, and sitting down for an hour before dinner. Looking forward to this time is inspiring, principally because my wife is such good company. But of course the rob roy has something to do with it.
  7. I would like to meet… Mark Twain, but this isn’t possible. I wouldn’t mind meeting the Dalai Lama, but I’m sure that’s out, too: he must be so booked up with people who want to say they met him that the velvet rope would never be opened for me.
  8. My worst character trait… is being perfect. This aspect of my makeup is a great burden, mainly because it tends to put people off. It’s annoying for normal, flawed humans to be forced to rub elbows with perfection.
  9. My best character trait… — an inevitable feature of being perfect — is unlimited humility. If you’re perfect, the least you can do is be humble about it, and so, being perfect, I demonstrate humility 24/7.
  10. The best advice I was given… has become my personal motto (see above).

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The Anything Goes Girl (Brenda Contay, #1)

Journalist Brenda Contay Doesn’t Look For Trouble—But It Keeps Finding Her

When she said “yes” too often in college, she became “the anything goes girl.” Pretty soon her sex life figured in locker-room graffiti.

But when Brenda Contay makes it big on local TV as W-DIG’s Lightning Rod reporter, everything seems to be turning around for her. Except succeeding in tabloid TV because your butt looks good in Levis isn’t much different from the “anything goes” days.

That’s why Brenda quits television to learn the truth behind an old lover’s death. Vince Soublik drowned recently, off a tiny island in the Pacific. But All-State swimmers like Vince don’t just drown.

When she gets to the island, Brenda learns that Vince’s death was collateral damage in a scandal of global proportions. And since it involves one of the ten richest men in America, Brenda’s chance of living to break the story is next to zero.

But you never can tell about “the anything goes girl”—she just hates to lose.

Buy link:  books2read.com/u/mBe7XZ

 

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HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO PROTECT YOUR CHANCE FOR HAPPINESS?

Journalist Brenda Contay seems to have it all: a Pulitzer Prize, plenty of money and lots of friends. Just one thing is missing: a relationship that counts.

That seems about to change when lawyer friend Marion Ross invites Brenda to go fishing in northern Minnesota. But they won’t be roughing it: they’ll be staying on a big, comfy houseboat. Charlie Schmidt has a cabin nearby, and before long, Brenda is thinking a lot about Charlie’s gracefulness and good looks.

But two other men have followed the women. Louis Rohmer knew Marion in college, and has an Internet scheme to steal everything she’s worth. Jerry Lomak is much more dangerous: Marion’s legal skills destroyed him in court. He’s headed for prison, but Lomak has no intention of doing time, or of letting a woman lawyer get away with her “crimes.”

It’s a beautiful place, northern Minnesota. Cold, clear, unblemished. But none of it will count when Brenda Contay must choose between losing her chance for happiness, or committing a terrible crime.

Buy link:  books2read.com/u/brg7Qw

 

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>>> Release date: 2017-02-03 <<<

A year after Pulitzer journalist Brenda Contay killed a killer, she’s convinced what she did has destined her to a life of unhappiness. Determined to run away from her past, and the man she loves, Brenda meets her next story in Naples, Florida.

James Rivera is smart, charming, and deadly. He believes he’s destiny’s child and that fate is why he’s getting rich by helping people who want to die. Even when they change their minds.

Brenda’s search for the story behind James Rivera will lead her back to her troubled past, and to a life-changing lesson: destiny isn’t waiting for us. It’s what we make it.

Buy links:  books2read.com/u/bQZXWP  >>> Release date: February 3, 2017! <<<

 

10 Statements – Stephen Lomer

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Stephen Lomer has been writing books, novellas, short stories, and scripts for nearly a decade, and one or two of them are actually pretty good. A grammar nerd, Star Trek fan, and other things that chicks dig, Stephen is the creator, owner, and a regular contributor to the website Television Woodshed. He’s a hardcore fan of the Houston Texans, despite living in the Hub of the Universe his whole life, and believes Mark Twain was correct about pretty much everything. Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All is his first self-published work.

Stephen lives on Boston’s North Shore with his wife, Teresa, and their cat, Duo.

Find me…

Website:  http://www.stephenlomer.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/stephenlomer
Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2jBhAsg

 

My personal motto:

You will never come up against a greater adversary than your own potential.

 

10 statements
  1. A typical work day begins with… a strong desire to go back to my comfy, comfy bed.
  2. I lose track of time when I forget my Fitbit at home.
  3. I have always… been a nerd, and unless there’s a rift in the space-time continuum, always will be.
  4. I have never… eaten an entire birthday cake by myself. But the dream is still alive.
  5. Home means to me… a place to kick off my shoes and leave the weary world outside.
  6. I am inspired by… anyone who has a goal, no matter how small, and reaches it.
  7. I would like to meet…  my future self and see how it all turns out.
  8. My worst character trait… is an obsessive need to have everything on “the grid.” If one remote control isn’t lined up perfectly with the others, it makes me NUTS.
  9. My best character trait… is my sense of humor. Which is not a very funny answer, I admit.
  10. The best advice I was given… is to “always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it.”

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Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All

Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All is a collection of short stories that has a little something for everyone. See what life is like for the poor mother of an insufferable perfectionist in the title story. Find out what’s to be done to save the hipsters in “So Ten Minutes Ago.” Enjoy an updated take on the Goldilocks story in “Trouble Bruin.” Ponder how our choices define our lives in “The Haunting of Flattop Harris.” Stand in the shoes of a young nurse trying to save the tiniest of lives from a city’s destruction in “Wallflower and Casanova.”

PLUS! “Royally Screwed,” the story that serves as a prequel to the upcoming novel Typo Squad.

Buy links:  http://amzn.to/2joBQhE

 

 

10 Statements – ST John Karp

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San Francisco writer ST JOHN KARP is an ornamental hermit who likes to live near exciting things so he cannot go to them. He has an undying love for the unusual, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and toast.

His debut novel, RADIUM BABY, released in 2013. SKUNKS DANCE, Karp’s second novel, releases Jan. 24, 2017.

For more information, visit https://www.fuzzjunket.com/.

 

Find me…

Website:  https://www.fuzzjunket.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/StJohnKarp
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/fuzzjunket/
LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/st-john-karp-a398218
GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/stjohnkarp
Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Skunks-Dance-St-John-Karp/dp/0989263061

 

My personal motto:

Read more than you write. Don’t forget to feed your soul. And never swim with stingrays — they killed the Crocodile Hunter, they can kill us all.

 

10 statements
  1. A typical work day begins with… a scream and a blueberry muffin.
  2. I lose track of time whenever I’m procrastinating. The best way to get me to do something is to give me something to avoid.
  3. I have always… relied on the weirdness of strangers.
  4. I have never… eaten a dog or a cat, but if they were on the menu in a restaurant I’d have to see what that’s like, you know? I feel it’s what Rover would have wanted. And when I die, Mittens is welcome to what’s left of me.
  5. Home means to me… somewhere I can watch a silent movie. With wine. And maybe a pizza.
  6. I am inspired by… the weird and the wonderful. Things that are properly strange and crazy and brilliant and witty just dazzle me. I’d be happy if I could write something half as good as my favorite novels.
  7. I would like to meet…  Vivian Stanshall, front-man of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. He was one of the funniest, wittiest creative geniuses of the 20th century. I have no doubt he would have steamrollered me, but it’s like being insulted by Groucho Marx — nothing could make me happier.
  8. My worst character trait… is telling people their favorite movies are pants. And I do apologize, but you don’t know how much I suffer sitting through movies like Avatar.
  9. My best character trait… is listening to people tell my why their favorite movie is not, in fact, pants. I exist to be won over.
  10. The best advice I was given… “You can’t let the world judge you too much.” Yes, that’s from Harold and Maude. Maude is the wise, spunky Jewish grandmother I never had.

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Skunks Dance  >>> Now available to pre-order! <<<

Spivey Spillane’s grandmammy always said there were only two good reasons to kill a man — for cheating on a woman, and for serving drinks to a Yankee. She may have had a hand in winning the Revolutionary War, but even she never met the likes of Alabama Sam. Sam robs a bank under Spillane’s name, casts him in an obscene one-man play wearing only a pink tutu, and starts a betting pool on how many wieners he has. Despite the indignities Spillane suffers, he chases Sam across Gold-Rush-era California because Sam is the only one who knows the location of a hidden fortune buried somewhere in the hills.

Meanwhile in the present, 17-year-olds Amanda and Jet have rekindled an old childhood rivalry. Amanda is obsessed with finding the treasure of her infamous ancestor Spivey Spillane. Jet and Amanda’s feud comes to a head over an extended incident involving a broken window, an exploded car, and a charge of sexual assault with a candy Batman. Jet vows that he is going to find to Spillane’s gold before Amanda does, but it doesn’t take them long to realize that someone may have come this way already — someone who wants the past to stay buried.

Release date:  >>> January 24, 2017 <<<

Pre-order link:  https://www.amazon.com/Skunks-Dance-St-John-Karp/dp/0989263061

 

10 Statements – Heather Sunseri

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Heather Sunseri is a recovering CPA who began writing novels in order to escape the mundane life as a muggle. After twenty years in the corporate world, Heather decided to use her business savvy and curious mind to start a publishing business anchored by fictional stories. She is proof that one can be a numbers person and a creative… And that it’s never too late (or too early) to get a do over.

She’s married to the love of her life, mom to two amazing kids, and caregiver to the best golden retriever and one very needy cat. When she’s not writing, she’s making home-made pizza and drinking Kentucky bourbon..

Find me…

Books:  http://heathersunseri.com/novels
Website: http://heathersunseri.com
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/HeatherSunseri
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/heathersunseri.writer
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/heathersunseri/

 

My personal motto:

Your best is all you can do.
Don’t be afraid to dream the impossible and then go for it.

 

10 statements
  1. A typical work day begins with…  feeding my beloved Golden Retriever Jenny, saying good morning to my family, then a large mug of coffee, a phone conversation with a fellow writer (we talk nearly every day), and then I start writing.
  2. I lose track of time when I’m on Twitter. Which, unfortunately, is way too often. You should join me there so that I can distract you. It’s fun!
  3. I have always… wanted to travel the world. My dream is to someday write as I travel the world with my husband.
  4. I have never… broken a bone or been seriously injured. I almost hated typing that for fear it might happen now that I’ve put it in writing.
  5. Home means to me… wherever my family is. Where I can be myself. Where I can wear pajamas all day and eat spaghetti or cake at 9 am if I wish. (And I often do.)
  6. I am inspired by… people willing to dream and go the distance until they that dream is a reality, or are willing to admit when the dream must be altered into a new dream and make that dream a reality.
  7. I would like to meet…  Edward Snowden and Julian Assange because they’d be fantastic character studies that would provide endless ideas for future stories. And anyone who would inspire me to be creative and positive and loving to the world and people around me.
  8. My worst character trait… I’m impatient. When I want something, I want it yesterday.
  9. My best character trait… I’m determined. I believe everyone should reach their wildest dreams if they’re willing to do the work to get there.
  10. The best advice I was given… “Concentrate on the things you can control. Everything else is wasted time and energy.” (Now, if I could just remember that advice every day.)

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Exposed in Darkness

Just days before the running of the biggest thoroughbred horse race in the world, an act of bioterrorism kills Kentucky’s lieutenant governor, and former FBI Special Agent Brooke Fairfax receives a video of the murder from her long-time anonymous source. When Brooke discovers domestic terrorists are actually after the governor—her late husband’s brother—and that the radicals are eyeing more targets, she heads to Kentucky to stop the threat.

Shortly after the political assassination, the FBI zeroes in on one person: international mogul Declan O’Roark. Though Brooke has been out of the game since her husband was murdered, her former boss thinks she is the perfect candidate to connect Declan to the crime.

Despite the FBI clearly establishing means and opportunity, Declan remains unfazed; his motives have nothing to do with murder, but with getting closer to Brooke Fairfax. And Brooke finds the case becoming even more unclear as she falls for the FBI’s number one suspect.

Pages:  396

Release date:  >>> >>> >>>  January 10, 2017  <<< <<< <<<

Buy links:  books2read.com/u/bzpAPE