Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Author Spotlight - Penny Ehrenkranz

*Voices of Fiction will return in November.*

Author and editor, Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz is widely published in both adult and children fiction. She stops by today to share a quick view of three of her available books.

Copies can be purchased through MuseItUp Publishing and Amazon.


Mabriona is cousin to the beautiful and spoiled Princess Alana. When Alana is forced to marry a man she despises, Mabriona is torn between her loyalty to her cousin and her attraction to the handsome Prince Blayne.

Tragedy befalls the cousins on the way to Prince Blayne’s castle. Servants, believing Mabriona to be Alana, refuse to listen when she tries to explain.

While she waits for Blayne to recover, Mabriona meets his equally handsome younger brother, Madoc, a bard.

When Blayne awakes, will Mabriona choose life with a future king, will she be sent home in disgrace because of her inadvertent lies, or will Madoc win her love with his poetry?


Cats and a villainous ex-wife? What more could the delivery man bring to the new love in his life?

Ann works as a waitress in a donut shop. She’s happy with her single life and her cat, Mittens, but she finds herself interested in the handsome man, Tom, who makes deliveries to the shop. Tom is also attracted to Ann, but unfortunately, Tom comes with some baggage including five cats, Maria, his vicious ex-wife, and Maria’s adorable daughter he calls Kitten.

When Maria, a newly hired waitress in the donut shop, learns Ann and Tom are beginning a relationship, she does everything she can to tear them apart. Ann starts to have doubts about her budding romance, but Tom is determined to make it work, despite Maria’s interference. Will Ann and Tom’s love prevail, or will the evil ex-wife win in the end? Love Delivery delivers a sweet romance, which will bring tears to your eyes but a smile to your lips.


Lindsey Baker is intrigued by everything about the middle ages, but when she purchases an antique mirror and a costume to attend a Renaissance Faire, she suddenly finds herself transported back in time. There she finds she’s been called by a witch to right a terrible wrong.

Graham loves Prudence, but he can’t marry her because he’s landed gentry, and she is only the baker’s daughter. Before Lindsey can return to her own time, she must convince Graham to marry against his father’s wishes. Unfortunately, she also finds herself falling for the handsome gentleman.

Can she find her way back to her own time, or will she be stuck in a time when women had no rights?

For more about this author visit her website.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Interview at Follow Me Friday - Blog Style

Nikki invited me over to her blog - Storm Goddess Book Reviews and More for an interview. Not a normal interview, but an interview about the blog.

Feel free to stop by and check out some of the FIRSTS of the blog, and of course learn a little more about me and why Footsteps of a Writer began.

Hope to see you there. http://www.stormgoddessbookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/10/follow-me-friday-blog-style-october-26.html?zx=f7082780c13b671

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Karina Kantas – My Publishing Experience

*Voices of Fiction will return in November.*

Author of five novels and a short story collection, Karina Kantas joins us to share her experiences in the publishing world and offers a discount price on her latest thriller, Road Rage.

Please welcome today's guest blogger.

I knew I wanted to be a writer since my teens, and I was determined it was going to happen. It wasn’t until I moved to Greece that I decided to take my writing to another level. The first piece of writing I had published was a film review. The cheque is framed and sitting above my computer. That was the starting block. I had the bug, and there was no stopping me. Being able to call yourself a published writer is a powerful achievement.

I’ve written articles for several magazines; anything from band reviews, summer articles, and film reviews. I sent one piece, about a local demonstration against a planned rubbish dump next to a popular tourist resort, to Green peace. I was also a featured book reviewer for Future Fire and have had several poems published. I’m the author of the popular urban thrillers, In Times of Violence, Lawless Justice, Huntress, Road Rage, and the short story collection: Heads & Tales.

My first self-published novel was a YA urban thriller called In Times of Violence. I decided to take the SP route after too many rejections from agents and publishers. I knew I had something new and edgy. Given the chance, it could be a very popular book. I was right to take the chance. In Times of Violence has received excellent editorial reviews and has been loved by hundreds of readers.

I first published through Lulu, but because of shipping prices, I changed to a UK Press. Unfortunately, that was a very bad move resulting in several authors taking the publisher to court. So I returned to Lulu. It’s an excellent place to self-publish printed books although the shipping charges can be expensive.

Only now, times are changing, and it’s a digital world. Barnes and Noble and Amazon are the frontiers for the e-book revolution with their devices Nook and Kindles leading the sales for e-reader. Unfortunately, with the sudden rise in E-book sales and the ease of which to publish a book, this has caused many wannabe authors to try their hands at publishing. It’s a very competitive field. There’s a gigantic sea out there with millions of little fish trying to get into the net.

A warning to new writers/authors - writing is a hard career. Many nasty, cruel people out there will take advantage of you. I’ve been badly burnt several times, but these are lessons that need to be learned. Be careful. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Unfortunately, I write in an unknown genre, and agents and publishers are not in a rush to take a chance on something new. With sales in the hundreds, I’ve proven to others and myself that there is a market out there. It wasn’t easy, as SP relies on the author doing all the work. It can be very stressful and time consuming. And, I’ve found internet promotion rather unproductive.

Huntress is published through a new small press MMP and is available in paperback and E-book. http://www.marionmargaretpress.com/huntress.html

My other books are available for direct purchase: In Times of Violence, Lawless Justice, Road Rage, Heads & Tales and Stone Cold. Message me on Facebook, or email me: karina.kantas@yahoo.com. Cost varies per book. Payments made through PayPal: k_kantas@yahoo.co.uk

Leave out the middleman. Take advantage now. Buy my latest thriller, Road Rage, and I’ll send you my bestseller Lawless Justice for free. Two books for $5.


For more on this author and her work visit her Website.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Voices of Fiction - Where do you get your ideas - Wrap Up

Welcome to another edition of Voices of Fiction.

Over the last few weeks, the authors have shared their secret vaults of ideas. From movies to music, books to dreams, and personal experiences to conversations, the sources for ideas are many.

A writer puts pen to paper (fingers to keyboard) and creates, pulling from his own personal vault. Each container may contain similar items, but each author will pull a different story than another.

Where do you get your ideas?

My vault is full of random items – pieces of dreams, random visions, and muddled thoughts. Each story begins with a single idea, but the complete piece is created through many items found in the vault.

Escape to Love began with a 10-minute writing exercise based on the genre paranormal romance. The writing turned into a vision of two figures struggling in a dark void. The man determined to save the woman pulls her to him. Escaping his hold, she falls through thin air. From there the questions began. Who was he? Who was she? What was the void capturing them both? When she landed, where would she be? And so on, until a story came into view.

One of my stories, still under construction, began with a single vision. I was sitting on my front porch, and the image of a woman running came to mind. The questions began. Where was she running? Would something interrupt her daily run? What would be shocking enough to do this? Would it put her in danger? How? And so on.

The idea, for me, is the most wonderful part of being a writer. You are the recipient of amazing images and thoughts, and then you create them into a form you can share with others.

Thank you all for joining us as we explored our vaults of ideas. Next week, we'll begin exploring another topic on "Voices of Fiction." Feel free to join in.

Readers send questions to chergreen@chergreen.com, Subject: Voices of Fiction Question, and have them answered by the participating authors in later editions.

There’s also room for more authors to participate. Drop me an email, Subject: Voices of Fiction.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Interview at Morgen's Author Interviews

Morgan Bailey has created a new blog, completely devoted to author interviews. Morgen's Author Interviews revisits past interviews from her Writing Blog.

Stop by and read our interview from March 2012. Stay awhile and see what other great authors you can discover through her grand list of interviews.

Guest Post at Halloween Haunts

Hope everyone is enjoying the Halloween Haunts at the Horror Writers Association blog.

I'm honored to be part of today's posts. Stop by and see why I choose horror as my ultimate genre.

Don't stop there. If you haven't already read the other posts, read through the blog and catch up on all the Halloween fun.

Don't forget to comment for a chance to win some great prices. The party runs till Oct. 31st but don't wait, come by now.

Voices of Fiction - Where do you get your ideas - Part Four

Welcome to another edition of Voices of Fiction.

We continue our discussion with our group of authors on where they get their ideas.

Please welcome our guests.

 A true book aficionado, L.K. Below lives to lose herself in complex new worlds and situations. From fantasy to romance and everywhere in between, she’s made it her life’s goal to enthrall herself (and others!) with captivating tales of gutsy heroines and melt-your-heart heroes. Learn more about her at www.lbelow.net or try one of her books on for size…if you dare. Website, Twitter, Facebook

Pat Andres - author of MAGGIE: A SAVANNAH DOG, Roseanna the Savannah Squirrel, LOVE FROM the ASHES, and It’s Hard to Be Crystal: Life in the Tranny Lane. Website

Pembroke Sinclair - I write fiction under the pen name Pembroke Sinclair, and I have had several short stories published. My story, “Sohei,” was named one of the Best Stories of 2008 by The Cynic Online Magazine. I have novellas and a short story collection forthcoming from Musa Publishing and eTreasures Publishing. I have two novels, Coming from Nowhere (adult, sci fi) and Life After the Undead (YA, horror), that are available from eTreasures Publishing, as well as Death to the Undead (YA, sequel to Life After the Undead), which is forthcoming. Under my real name, Jessica Robinson, from March 2008 to January 2011, I wrote scientific articles for Western Farmer-Stockman. I have a nonfiction book, Life Lessons from Slasher Films, scheduled for release in July 2012 from Scarecrow Publishing (an imprint of Rowan and Littlefield). Blog, Link, Link

Reno Charlton - I'm a full time copywriter, working from home to provide clients around the world with content for websites, magazines and other media. I am also an author, having written and published three children's fantasy novels and two short stories for older readers. The short stories were created under my pen name of Emily Ho. One of these stories, The Journey Home, won a Curtis Brown Short Story Competition. Link, Link, Link

Thea Landen writes erotic literature, frequently in a sci-fi/fantasy setting. When she's not writing, or thinking about writing, her hands and mind are occupied by either yarn crafts or role-playing games. Blog, Link, Link

Welcome Authors! It's wonderful to have you back.

Now the question is: Where do you get your ideas?

L.K. Below/Lindsay Below: Inspiration, to me, can strike in many different ways. Something as simple as a fact or saying can unravel an entire plot. I garner ideas from news stories, song lyrics, photographs, strangers I observe on the street, and so on. Sometimes I just start with one line and see where it leads me. The most annoying ideas come while I'm writing another book, because I have to fight the urge to follow them right off the bat. But the single most likely place I'll get an idea from? Dreams. Let me assure you, I have the most vivid, alluring, oftentimes-disturbing dreams. I don't know how my unconscious mind dredges up half the things it does, but I'm more than willing to accept the gift. Some dreams have potential. Some are just plain weird. Either way, a night I'm awoken from an intense dream is a happy night for me...even if it does mean I have to drag myself out of bed to write it down.

Pat Andres: Sounds cliche, I know, but my ideas come from life. I write what I know.

Pembroke Sinclair: My ideas come from everywhere: dreams, snipits of conversations I overhear, movies, other books. The world is my inspiration, and I try to listen as often as I can!

Reno Charlton: My first idea was whilst I was on holiday in the United States and I actually have no idea where it came from. I had been planning to write my first book and had taken a pad and pen to jot down ideas. I just let the ideas and characters roll and before I knew it I had a fully fledged draft. The second book was the sequel, so I already had established characters to work with although I did add new ones.

Thea Landen: I guess it's a little obvious by now that I like video games! Gaming in general seems more popular and mainstream now, but when I was growing up (especially as a girl gamer), it seemed like there was such a stereotype attached to gaming, and I thought it was quite overlooked as a valid medium for storytelling. Also, as much as I try to hide it, I'm a true romantic at heart. Even if it doesn't work that way in the "real" world, I like to think that "love conquers all" in any of the worlds I create.

Thank you all for joining us today and sharing where you find your ideas.

Readers feel free to ask questions concerning this topic in the comments. Also feel free to send questions to chergreen@chergreen.com Subject: Voices of Fiction Question, and have them answered by the participating authors in later editions.

There’s also room for more authors to participate. Drop me an email, Subject: Voices of Fiction.

(Disclaimer - Bios and answers have been posted as submitted by author) 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Guest Post at Fifty Authors from Fifty States

Fifty Authors from Fifty States is an incredible blog, displaying the talents of writing professionals across the fifty United States.

I am honored to represent South Carolina this year. Stop by and hear about two haunting tales from my state. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Character Interview - Jack Spencer - Desperate Measures

Cindy Cromer shared time with us in April of 2011, allowing us a little insight into who this new author was in a two part interview.  Part One - Part Two

In May 2011, Desperate Measures, her first novel, released.

The secret is out AGAIN…! This time lives are in jeopardy. 

Today, I am happy to present to you an interview with one of the characters of Desperate Measures.  Enjoy the show!

Television Host: Thank you audience for tuning in. We have a special guest tonight, Jack Spencer. I’m delighted Jack agreed to appear on our show. In case anyone hasn’t kept up with recent events, Jack is a former, highly acclaimed, District Attorney. He’s been recently thrust into the limelight as the possible illegitimate son of mega-billionaire Lukas Bucklin. A newly released book, Desperate Measure, unveils a family riddled with secrets. When Jack’s daughter, Caitlin Martel, begins receiving threatening notes, it becomes clear the enemy knows about Jack’s heritage and blackmail is the motive. Let’s see what secrets Jack has and is he willing to confront them to save his daughter’s life?

Host: Welcome to the show, Mr. Spencer. You’ve certainly become a minor celebrity recently. How does it feel to possibly be the first born son of Lukas Bucklin and heir to a fortune?

Jack: Whether Lukas is my father or not I want nothing to do with the man. As far as I’m concerned, he abandoned me as a child. I don’t need him, I’ve made my own success and had a stellar career as District Attorney.

Host: That you did, Mr. Spencer. Let me ask you another question, have you ever tampered with a case during your reign in the judicial system.

Jack rises from his seat and his face burns with fury.

Jack: That’s nonsense! I never helped that worthless…… Never mind, you’ve read what that damn author, Cindy something wrote in her book. I did what I needed to protect my family.

The host pauses for a moment and studies the demeanor of his guest. Jack appears to have calmed down. 

Host: Hmm! Interesting comment. If I remember correctly, Lukas said something similar about his misdeeds and transgressions, “Did what I did to protect my family.” Like father like son?

Jack: No, and I refuse to take a DNA test.

Host: Okay, so you won’t acknowledge Lukas as your father but how do feel about the fact that he raced to St. Kitts in the attempt to save Caitlin from the villain and you didn’t?

Jack: I had my reasons.

Host: There’s another book coming out soon, Desperate Deceptions. Caitlin seems to have formed a bond with Lukas and is willing to embrace him into her life, how do you feel about that?

The host notices he pushed a button and Jack’s anger resurfaces. 

Jack: How do I feel about that, how do you think? My family is filled with duplicity and that newbie author took it upon herself to expose them. I’m concluding this interview with one parting remark, I will not let my daughter become an unscrupulous monster like Lukas Bucklin. Caitlin has integrity!

Jack storms off and leaves the set.

Host: Well that was quite an explosive interview, wasn’t it? To all of our viewers, I hope to have some other interesting characters that Cindy Cromer has created and brought to life in her novels on the show. I’m attempting to schedule Senior Special FBI Agent, Tomas Medina. Readers, send in your votes of who you would like to be interviewed. Until then, we can only wonder what other secrets are waiting to burst from this complex family whose DNA and gene pool created such dubious characters.

A Sneak Peak of Desperate Deceptions 

DESPERATE DECEPTIONS, the sequel to DESPERATE MEASURES, focuses on Caitlin Martel’s newly formed but strained relationship with her biological grandfather. She discovers a new meaning of the word DECEPTION. Does Caitlin maintain her integrity, or does she become influenced by her ruthless, take control grandfather, Lukas Bucklin?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Voices of Fiction - Where do you get your ideas - Part Three

Welcome to another edition of Voices of Fiction.

We continue our discussion with our group of authors on where they get their ideas.

Please welcome our guests.

Jade Varden is the author of the Deck of Lies series, a collection of YA mystery books that show what happens when dark family secrets are exposed. Jade also provides professional writing tips to other indie authors on her blog. Blog, Twitter

Jared Gullage, an English Language Arts teacher in Alabama, is the author of Drinna, The Dustfinders, and The Afterknight. Through his father's introduction to books like The Hobbit, Great Expectations, and works by Ray Bradbury, Jared discovered a universe within his own imagination. Jared put his vision to work through role-play games and then storytelling. Following his father's words, "paint pictures with words", this compulsive writer plans to leave his mark upon the writing world, one dent at a time.

Joylene Butler is the author of Dead Witness and Broken But Not Dead. Links – Website, Blog

 Karina Kantas is the author of five titles, including Huntress which is published by MMP. She originates from the UK but now lives in Greece with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Website

Terry W. Ervin II is an English and Science teacher who enjoys writing. He’s an editor for the speculative fiction magazine MindFlights and his short stories have appeared in over a dozen anthologies, magazines and ezines. The genres range from science fiction and fantasy to horror and inspirational.
In 2009 Gryphonwood Press published Terry’s debut fantasy novel FLANK HAWK, and released BLOOD SWORD in 2011. He is busy working on the third novel in the First Civilization’s Legacy series. Website, Blog

Vicki Batman likes to kick back with a diet Coke and write crazy things for her characters. She has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories. She is a member of RWA, and the DARA, Elements, and RWA-WF chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if??" Blog, Blog, Link

Welcome Authors! It's wonderful to have you back.

Now the question is: Where do you get your ideas?

Jade Varden: Everywhere. Sometimes I’ll see something on TV or hear something in a song or even play a game that suddenly inspires me. I’ll start thinking “what if…” and if I come up with a “what if” that I just can’t let go, I know I might have a book on my hands.

Jared Gullage: Many of my ideas for fantasy come from role playing and childhood fantasy my friends and I acted out. I invented a world and have been spending time attempting to people it and draw from it interesting stories. The world I invented is called Trithofar, and I have been working hard to solidify out the stories from there for a broader audience than just the people I know.

Joylene Butler: From everywhere. Conversations. Movies. Television. Books. I hear something and a question will pop into my head. What if…? What if my protagonist dies and there's no body, would her brother, a PI, have the resources to find the truth? If a Metis woman, an English professor, who had spent her life trying to better herself, was stalked by a deranged killer, could she commit the ultimate act and kill him?

Karina Kantas: My ideas mostly come from my warped dreams mixed with TV, films and books :)

T.W. Ervin: My ideas come from paying attention while reading or watching television or participating in discussions with family, friends and co-workers. I never know where an idea will come from, but normally it’s taking an event or situation, and combining it with another I’d encountered and stored away, and then asking, “What if?”

For example, one of my SF short stories, “Accelerated Justice” was sparked through a conversation about crime, punishment and recidivism combined with some research I’d done on chromosomes and telomeres, especially their influence on aging vs. longevity. I wondered: What if scientific knowledge along those lines was brought into the Criminal Justice System? How might it affect and benefit society—and how might it detrimentally affect someone wrongly convicted of a crime? Thus, the nucleus of the story was formed.

Vicki Batman: Authors will say ideas can be found anywhere. Honestly, my story ideas come from the oddest places. I wrote a Christmas story just from a passing glance at Handsome's ties. Or one based upon him saying "bug guts...everywhere." A young man once said, "I have a theory about love." I could hardly concentrate on what he said because my fingers itched to write. I've also put down topics and written stories. I participated in a short fiction class once, and we were given the assignment to write something based on a picture the teacher provided. I was clueless how to start. The teacher said write anything. So I studied the photo and began to let anything flow on the page. After the class, I cleaned it up and sold that story. Who knew!

Thank you all for joining us today and sharing where you find your ideas.

Readers feel free to ask questions concerning this topic in the comments. Also feel free to send questions to chergreen@chergreen.com Subject: Voices of Fiction Question, and have them answered by the participating authors in later editions.

There’s also room for more authors to participate. Drop me an email, Subject: Voices of Fiction.

(Disclaimer - Bios and answers have been posted as submitted by author) 

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