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chain_linksI have been asked to take part in this blog hop by my good author friend, Jessica Kong. In this chain, authors will reveal a bit about themselves and their writing process through answering four questions. Then they pass the link to others. I have passed the link to Melanie Toye. First I will tell you a little about myself and answer the questions. Then I will tell you a little bit about Jessica Kong and Melanie Toye.

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I live and work in co. Galway, Ireland. I am the author of two novels, Passion Killer and Shadows of the Dead. I was long listed in the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition 2012.

I am a member of the Java Writers group, who have recently published Infusions, a collaboration of our work, and am also co-author of 8 Slices of Cake, an ebook which can be downloaded on smashwords and amazon.  I took part in the first ever short story compiled by tweets, along with well known crime writers Val McDermid, Mark Billingham and Martyn Waites. The story is entitled First Stop: Revenge and can be found at: east coast story 

To connect with me:  Website, facebook, twitter.

1) What am I working on?     My current work in progress is a thriller about a serial killer. Detectives Sarah Forde and Dave Burke are trying to put the clues together to create a picture of the monster who is going around the city and county, brutally killing women.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?  I tend not to stick to any one genre. As you can see from my first two novels, I have written a cozy mystery and a horror. With 8 Slices of Cake I ventured into romance. And I have written an as yet unpublished children’s book. I write what I am moved to write as opposed to trying to stay within a genre.

3) Why do I write what I do? I write because I love it. I write what I do because once an idea takes hold, it doesn’t let go until it’s written, no matter what genre it’s in.

4) How does my writing process work? I wish I could say that I get up at 6.30 every morning and write for an hour, then sit down to the computer after the school run and write for 3 hours until the next school run. However, as a busy mum and childminder, my writing routine is more like this: I squeeze in a few words wherever I can. They all add up. As Agatha Christie said:

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I would add to this – while doing the laundry, in the car on the school run, even in the shower. Or doing any of those mundane, must-be-done chores.

My books:

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If your ex lover and best friend was accused of killing your boyfriend would you stand up for him? Would your friends stand by you?

Passion Killer is a story of how unrequited love, jealousy and obsession become dangerous, turning passion to murder. It revolves around a group of friends in a small town in Ireland.  Sylvia arrives home one evening to find her boyfriend, Rick, in a pool of blood. In the course of their investigation, Detectives Barbara Molloy and Mick Naughton question the group of friends and uncover a web of deception. A party the night before the murder left many fingerprints at the scene of the crime. In the tangle of love triangles there are plenty of motives to choose from and few alibis, casting the net of suspicion wide.

As the story unfolds, the friends discover secrets and lies that test their relationships to the point of breaking. In order to cast suspicion away from one of their best friends, Alex, the group start to suspect a myriad of acquaintances. Will they succeed in finding out who killed Rick before Alex is put away for something he didn’t do? Or will they find out that Alex isn’t who they thought he was?

Available At:

Amazon          Barnes & Noble           Smashwords

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What would you do if you found your dream house and it was rumored to be haunted? Would you buy it anyway? Would every noise in the still of the dark night have you paralyzed with fear?

Shadows of the Dead is about Alice and Mark O’Brien who don’t believe in ghosts. They fall in love with Hawthorn Grange on their first viewing. Amused by the rumors, they buy and move into The Grange.  With Mark working the graveyard shift, Alice is alone at night. Alone with the sounds from an old house, with the words of the neighbors whispering around her, the stories of the shadows arising from the graves next door and making their way into the house.

Will her imagination succumb to the rumors? Is that a door creaking open? Who is that standing at the foot of her bed? Is it just a dream? A nightmare of real or imagined proportions follows Alice around as she tries to remember that ghosts don’t exist. Or do they?

Available At:

Amazon               Barnes & Noble

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Java Writers are a Galway group who met through Over the Edge literary events and creative writing classes. We meet regularly in Java’s Cafe  to write and share artistic musings.  Infusions is a collection of our Fiction, Poetry, Prose and Illustrations, a percolation of diverse themes – love and loss, mystery and nostalgia, family and friends, sea and fire, wind and rain –  set variously in Italy, England, America and Ireland, reflecting the group’s eclectic mix.

Available At:

Amazon            Barnes & Noble

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A wedding, an 8 tiered cake, 8 short stories, 8 writers from all over the world. Each writer has chosen a different cake for our characters attending the wedding. Each story has its own cake recipe. We are comparing this book to the movie “Love Actually.” We all write in our own unique style. 8 Slices of Cake is a fun read about marriage, divorce, romance, dating, failed relationships, and finding love.

Available At:

Amazon          Smashwords

Jessica Kong

Jessica Kong

Jessica is an avid reader of all things fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal. When not reading or writing, she enjoys puzzles, arts and crafts, crocheting, horror movies, and video games. She created the Sea-anan Saga out of inspiration provided by her love for movies like Star Wars and Deep Space Nine, along with an avid appreciation of romance novels. She makes her home in Somerset, New Jersey, with her loving husband of twenty-one years and their teenaged triplets.

Her books:

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Seacat John McCall labels the attack on the Sea-anan Empire as a nightmare. He escapes the enemy’s invasion, only to find himself stranded on a distant planet called Surreal. Tormented by thoughts of his family being massacred or captured by the enemy, he focuses on returning to aid them until he experiences a mind-boggling kiss that can only come from the one he is meant to share his life with. To ease the terror he feels for his family, John seeks the identity of his secret admirer. He quickly learns the true meaning of nightmare when he discovers his soul mate is of “the mist.”

Jasira Eversole is drawn to the powerfully built outlander sitting at the king’s table. Unable to resist the need to see him again, she enters the warrior’s room while he sleeps. John’s rugged good looks and chiseled body compel Jasira to reach out and touch him. Being of the mist, Jasira knows she will not be able to feel John, but she cannot resist his pull. The richness of John’s hair, the firmness of his muscles, and the clean scent of his skin all take Jasira off guard. She swiftly realizes John is her intended mate. Now, Jasira must somehow convince the young warrior that they are two halves of one soul without chasing him off Surreal, leaving her to a lonely existence as mist.

Available At:

Amazon US              Amazon UK                Barnes & Noble

CreateSpace            Books A Million

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Picking up from where the first installment of the series, A Lost Kitten, left off, the second installment in the fast-paced Sea-anan Saga by Jessica A. Kong explains the reasoning behind the creation of the law that forbids felines to permanently join with aliens.

This law creates the main conflict that exists between Sev, the reigning king of the Oceanan race, and his soulmate, Areo, of the human-feline hybrids. Sev is raised in the midst of a vicious family feud, but all seems worth it when his adoptive aunt gives birth to a beautiful little girl, Areo, whom Sev falls instantly and irrevocably in love with. But when Sev’s planet collides with its own sun and collapses, he must bear the loss of his entire family, including his love as well as any memory of her.

When Areo’s empire is brutally attacked, everyone is scattered throughout the universe. Where does she land but the planet that Sev is currently occupying. What follows is a continually building conflict interlaced with one of the most fervently passionate love stories seen in these kinds of novels.

Author Jessica A. Kong chooses not just to write about space travel, or war, or love, or family, or even racism; instead, she chooses to combine all of these classic literary themes into one amazing story. The result is a mysterious and ultimately deeply satisfying story that only leads to the craving for more from this gifted and astoundingly creative writer.

Available At:

Amazon US              Amazon UK             Barnes & Noble

CreateSpace            Books A Million

Melanie Toye
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Melanie is a dream chaser. More than that, she is a freelance business writer and author. She sets out to inspire, teach and entertain through engaging, creative and storytelling content. She wants to touch every person’s life and her way of reaching out to the world is through writing. She has been a writer and storyteller all of her life, yet when looking for her dream career, she had not even thought writing could be it. It seemed too easy. Three years after, she published her very first novel, Entice Me. A chick lit, fiction that every woman (and man) will love to read. She realised she could do this. She could turn her passion for writing into a career. And so her dream chasing career has begun. 8 eBooks published, a loyal following and writing business articles for various industries on a regular basis. (To see what she has accomplished through writing to date, view her LinkedIn profile . Connect with her too; she loves meeting new people). Since she made writing her career, she has pushed herself to greater heights, accepted new challenges, and found herself in a completely dark tunnel wondering where to make her next step. She keeps bundling in the dark, yet every step she moves forward, a small light shines its way and she knows she will look back on her journey, shake her head and say well done Mel. That was amazing. So far, her journey with writing, creating, building and sharing has been absolutely unforgetable.

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If you’d like to follow other links in this chain, check out the blogs of Zach Abrams and Brenda Perlin.

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 I’m delighted to have Melanie Toye here today, all the way from Australia, to talk about her book, Entice Me.

What is your book about?

Entice Me is about three women who are living their lives unsatisfied and unfulfilled but are unsure how to break free and live the life they really want. Which begs the question – what do they want from life? It is not until life forces them out of their daily routines that they are forced to discover what the world has to offer. Complication arises when one woman is set out to be the best in the business and when things don’t go her way no one suspects what she will do next.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

Entice Me was created when I had just left a very demanding job that I loved but was treated very poorly. I had never felt fulfilled in any of the jobs I worked in and had spoken to many people who had worked in their careers for decades yet were unfulfilled, they were stuck. I wanted to create Entice Me to hold a motivating message through an entertaining story to not wait for life to force you to change paths, but to think about what are your ultimate dreams in life and each day work towards it.

After writing Entice Me, it seems my life has also changed directions, writing is my dream and at the time I didn’t realise it. I wanted to escape the rat race but I was not sure what I wanted to do. It seems I have been writing and telling stories all my life I just never realised it was my dream career until recently. Now I want more than ever to share with everyone to chase their own dreams. It can be daunting and push you out of your comfort zone to the max, but it is incredibly rewarding.

What makes your book different than others in your genre?

Entice Me is a chick lit novel that pushes the boundaries that this genre would not normally write about. Drama, suspense, eating disorders, fraud and even suicide make this chick lit a book that will have you hooked to your seat wanting to read more.  What makes Entice Me even more compelling are the characters which can relate to anyone in any stage of life.

 Who is your favorite writer? Why?

Currently it is Janet Evanovich, I love her characters, her writing style and the fact that I can’t put her books down.

What strange writing rituals do you have?

Now, I write mainly in the evening, so I like to have a cup of herbal tea and something to eat as I sit down and write. For sanity purposes I have a pen and notepad in every room of the house as well as in my bag and in my child’s pram because when I get a thought for a good story or just a conversational piece, I have to write it down as soon as possible.

Is your writing style similar to any well-known writers? If so, which one(s)?

A good chick lit novel is one filled with girly fun and adventure, which is light and entertaining that will leave you smiling throughout the read. Entice Me portrays this and adds even more thrill to your read.

I don’t think I could really compare my writing to any one else’s, as all writers add their own uniqueness and specialty. I would say my story telling is combined with self-help as I want to inspire and send a message through my novels to chase your dreams in life but be sure to have fun on the way.

Who is your Muse?

My motivator is my son. I was writing before he was born but he motivated me to self-publish my novel and become a freelance writer. I love that I am showing my son that I am chasing my dreams and he can too.

What are your hobbies?

Writing! Generally all my spare time is spent on writing and marketing. But I love it. I love spending time at the beach and exploring new adventures and places too.

Does your main character resemble anyone in your family or circle of friends?

Most likely, one cannot help but write about personalities and traits that are known to the person. When my husband and brother read the first two chapters, they said ‘this sounds just like you’. Not that I would ever go around sleeping with strangers in a drunken manner and throw my underwear on their bed (as I am happily married!) but I guess my voice came through the novel, which is great.  Although once the characters where created the story just flowed through me, these characters created their own paths.

How long did it take you to write your book?

Longer than one would appreciate. I spent two years writing Entice Me, when my computer crashed I lost everything except for three chapters. I took four months off, when a friend suggested perhaps it was a sign to start again. Then I rewrote Entice Me again adding in Sally and Mr Perfect to really spice up the storyline. I believe most of the story changed but for the better. Took me another 1 year and a half to write Entice Me again. I was also working full time in another role. I would write in lunch breaks, at night time and on weekends.

What are some writing goals for the future?

My immediate goals are to become an International Best Selling Author. I would love for my novels to be turned into movies. And I will be aiming to write and self-publish some short stories and non-fiction eBooks as well as release my next fiction novel by the end of next year.  My main goal at this stage is to earn a full time living from writing.

If you were stranded on an island which book would you bring with you?

I would be sure to pack a notepad and pen so I could write my own story.

What was the most difficult thing you have learned being a writer?

When writing Entice Me I had to be absolutely focused to finish the novel. Then once I finished it, I had to let go of all my fear of rejections and go out and spread the word to the world about Entice Me.

What makes a good chick lit?

To find out more about Entice Me be sure to check out the following links:

Entice Me Fan Page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Entice-Me/491350774212219?ref=ts

Entice Me on Amazon.com only $2.99 –http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008VBTWZO

 

Entice Me on Smashwords only $2.99 –https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/234817

Entice Me on Goodreads –http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16034263-entice-me

Entice Me onWordpress: http://enticemenovel.wordpress.com/

Author blog: http://melanietoye.wordpress.com/

Author Fan Page – http://www.facebook.com/pages/M-Toye/146863872056871

Don’t just hide Entice Me to yourself tell all your friends they have to read it too. Then discuss which character each of you are most similar to.

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