Wedding Dreams Box Set


 

Wedding Dreams: 20 Delicious Nuptial Romances

It’s finally here, and we’d like to introduce all our readers to new romance novels, bundled together to make up over 3000 pages of wedding dreams, marital bliss, and the occasional tryst!

Twenty award-winning, USA Today and International best-selling authors have come together to bring you over 3,000 pages of love, lust, and lusciously sexy men.

From sweet second chance romances to bad boys, BBWs, and brides looking for revenge, this is a perfect read for anyone who enjoys Romance or Women’s Fiction. These pages are packed with cozy romances, thrilling international and holiday adventures, and sweet heart-melting stories. Our authors bring you everything from hot cowboys to rockstar romances, elegant weddings to nuptial disasters, and blushing brides to bold women, all in a delightful celebration of love.

You’re in for a wild, passionate ride on a breathtaking voyage to make your heart soar. This box set will leave you craving all things marital and wishing the honeymoon would never end.

Heat level: sweet to sensual

Here at Lucidity Publishing we want to help celebrate the release of this awesome collection of full-length, stand alone books by twenty authors who know how to do romance best!

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Author Spotlight – P.S. Winn


I think she deserves the “Most Prolific Author Award.” I met P. S. Winn when she submitted a great story for my first anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live.  Since then she has published dozens of books. Here they are. Amazing! You can find them all at http://amzn.to/2jUrJ2W.

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AND NOW WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU-P. S. WINN.
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INTERVIEW:

What inspired you to write your first book? – In 2012, my husband was told he didn’t have long to live. We decided to move to my hometown so I could be closer to my family. Moving fast, we almost had to leave some of the writing I had done and hid in a closet. I decided to put them in book form then and there and now it seems after 44, I can’t stop.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? – I believe in hope despite odds. I like to think you will find that even when the books are supernatural or science fiction. I like to add a bit of a spiritual twist. Not religious so much as the spiritual side of hope and love.

What books have most influenced your life most? – Anything and everything I have ever read has an impact on my own works. I think this is also true of anyone I meet or anywhere I have visited.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? – I hate the promotion, but the rest of writing is always an amazing journey. I love my characters because they take over the books and let me know what should be written.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? – I always learn something new. In the latest book, “Deadly Afflictions” I had to learn a lot about anxiety disorder. I love characters that overcome the flaws and problems they are dealt.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? – Anyone who likes to get away from the world for a moment in time. I write everything from preschool and young adult to a lot of supernatural novels. I also think it is the readers who make the stories. Their own imaginations join with the writer’s to make a book more special than it started.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork? – Some of the art work I draw myself, like for “Wings to Whispers” and “Viewings”. A few books are pictures I have taken and the others I use those available on create space. For the book “Viewings” the drawing of an old barn came first and the story worked around the image.

Do any of the books you write come from your own childhood? – Yes, especially my stretched stories series, which are humorous tall tales that are fun explanations for everyday things like why a cow says moo.

How do you feel when someone disagrees with something you have written? – I try to look at what they say and learn from it. The reviews that are unrealistic I try and ignore, but that can be hard. I know there are some people who write bad reviews out of meanness, which is awful, but also a fact of life that branches way beyond writing.

How do you make sure the information for your nonfiction books is accurate and up-to-date? – Mostly the internet or watching the news. I like writing supernatural books in parallel worlds when imagination is the guide and anything goes. But, I still try to maintain realism.

How long does it take to complete one of your books? – I have written 44 books in just over 4 years, so a month or two is my usual time, but once I wrote a book in a week and my 600 page book took closer to three months.

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Author Book Release and Interview – Robert Skuce, Kiss of Death


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I interviewed crime novelist Robert Skuce who is soon to release a new book, Kiss of Death. You can read more about it on his website www.robertskuce.com.  The book is currently on pre-order, set to be released March 1st, 2017. He is hoping to have the majority of reviews done in and around the early summer.

If you are interested in reviewing his book, doing an author interview or just reading his book for discussion, he would love to hear from you.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact him:  reviews@robertskuce.com

The Synopsis:

Homicide detective, Bruno Norcross, is called to investigate the brutal murder of a college call girl. This isn’t just any other crime scene. Bruno has seen this scene before, only the last time, the killer got away leaving Bruno feeling as though his career is incomplete. Nobody escapes Bruno’s grasp twice and when his nemesis arises again, it’s time to bring him in. A serial killer, only known as the Kiss of Death, is back, only this time he made a mistake. A witness, like no other, was left behind and this witness knows the victim better than anyone.

Rosie’s stalker, Ashley Truelove, knows everything about her, from what she wears to who she sees. The question isn’t can Ashley help Bruno catch the killer, but will he? With meager and confusing clues, two known victims and time running out, Bruno realizes that the cost of bringing the murderer to justice will be paid in blood. With the police Sergeant on his back to catch this killer and provide justice for the death of his daughter, Bruno is racing against time. Kiss of Death only hunts occasionally and time is running out before he vanishes again. Can Bruno find the evidence to stop him or will the killer escape his clutches once again?

 

Author Bio:

Robert Skuce says that he thought he was too pretty and small for prison so he decided to write about it instead. After dabbling in different genres, he found himself at home as a thriller/crime writer. A man who was born and raised in Eastern Ontario, Canada, in a small town, he decided to try his hand at creative novel writing. Turned out, he loved it and kept writing to improve his craft to become the writer he is today. He enjoys a good mystery and once in awhile he likes to go back to horror when it was simpler and less complicated than you find in this day and age.

Currently living in Southern Ontario with his wife and four kids, he enjoys long walks, time with his family and lazy afternoons getting caught up on television. He loves playing with computers and is the household personal IT technician. When he goes out, you can find him exploring the different restaurants his city has to offer and driving in the countryside.  He is always looking for new places to be the basis of his books. He photographs abandoned buildings and unique parts of town in order to create a sense of realism in his books.

Filled with ideas and personalities that are unique, he is always coming up with a new and twist-filled story that will make its way to the pages everyone can enjoy. Captivating his readers with the difficulty in his books and leaving them trying to figure out who did it, will make you want to keep reading to see what Robert Skuce will come up with next!

 

Here are his enlightening responses to my interrogation:

Do you have a specific writing style?

I write my books from multiple viewpoints. An example is not only the killer, but the cop that is hunting him. Generally, I find that multiple viewpoints are more interesting for me as a writer.

 

How did you come up with the title?

I have this image of the characters and story in mind and start to build it from there. Usually, it is during this process the title comes to me.

 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My interest in writing started as a child when we were assigned The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. The images that came to me then as I read that book never left.

 

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

I liked the irony of a stalker named Ashley Truelove so the series Lee Truelove came to me.

 

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Bruno is my favorited character. He is a good cop dealing with bad choices and being pulled in all directions. He is the guy torn between loyalty to friends and his own moral values.

 

What can we expect from you in the future?

Currently, I am working on two series. There’s the Lee Truelove series which follows Lee’s journey from Stalker to serial killer as well as Logan Lupus. These characters cross through each other’s books and build towards a great showdown.

 

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

The books in my current series take place in my city so there isn’t a lot of traveling, but I do plan on traveling through Canada to research various cities for future books. I will be seeing Kingston Ontario soon so I can search the prison. My books refer to Bloodvien prison which is based on the Kingston pen. I actually have a funny story about that. I told my parents that I was going to prison, but something happened that I had to go before the conversation finished. I checked my phone a few hours later and I had missed four calls. I guess I should have added that the prison is closing and it was for book research.

 

Who designed the covers?

I design my own covers. It’s inspiring to create the story and try and create an image for the passion that you put into it.

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Generally, when I get excited the story just flows from me, but there are times when writer’s block kicks in. It is like having all these ideas and no way to express them.

 

Do you see writing as a career?

Of course, I would like to see writing as a career. I love writing and have a million ideas bouncing through my head, but even if I never earn a living writing I will always write.

 

Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

Kiss of Death; Thriller/Mystery/Crime

Kiss of Death is a serial killer on the hunt again after a 5-year hiatus, he eluded detective Bruno Norcross once, but will he manage to escape again?

 

Give Kiss of Death a try. When you do, please leave a review at the retailer site where you purchased it. Reviews are so appreciated by authors and can help other readers find and enjoy them.  Thanks.

I could see myself in Greece . . .


I was interviewed recently by Effrosyni Mouschoudi. She has kindly posted the interview here http://effrosyniwrites.com/2015/09/07/interview-with-mary-blowers/. You may learn something new about me there!

She is a talented author in her own right. You will enjoy reading her blog and her novels!

Interview with Children’s Author Paul G. Day


I was offered the chance to interview Paul G. Day if I would post the questions and answers on my writing blog. Here are his thoughtful answers and I hope you will all learn from him. I know I have. I especially liked the answer to my question How Much of the Book is Realistic? It gave me the key to something I have been working on in my own writing. You don’t have to reproduce real events, but real insights or principles may come through.

Thanks, Paul, for this great interview.

 

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book was The Misadventures of Red Bear and I was inspired to write it after the tremendous feedback I received on writers-network when I posted it as a five part poem. The poem itself was inspired by my own journey and the struggles I went through as a young man growing up in a large family. Red Bear is very much a part of who I am and he is what symbolizes my personality best. I chose him as my logo and renamed my blog Brave Bear Books to differentiate from similar sites.

Do you have a specific writing style?

No. I try to adapt my style to suit the particular genre and narrative I am writing. Because I write across a broad spectrum, the writing style and voice of the narrative must reflect the specific book or series. I try to get into the head of the main characters and let them dictate the style through their actions, dialogue and their view of their world.

How did you come up with the title?

In Red Bear’s case the title came first. I own a little red teddy bear (yes I really do, lol) so that was easy. But my later titles, especially my novels, were more considered and deliberate. I always start with a working title. For Children of Mars it was just “Kids on Mars”. I later changed this to reflect the more mature content, if that makes sense. When I choose a title, I then conduct some research online to make sure it is original and only change it again if there is another similar book with the same title to avoid confusion and to differentiate my work from others.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I don’t generally set out to “preach” a message to my readers. If there are messages in my work, they are just a natural part of telling the story. Of course there are things I am passionate about, such as bullying, so often elements of bullying, its impact and the responses of the victims appear in my books. I work mainly on themes, such as family, friendships and a coming of age. I never labor the point when writing issues into the narrative, letting the characters tell their story through their own eyes as seen by the narrative voice. I do tend to write about journeys that individuals must undertake which challenge them to rise above their circumstances and come out the other end wiser and stronger for the experience.

How much of the book is realistic?

In so much as my stories reflect a very personal journey and elements of my own personality, as well as those close to me, then these books are realistic. But the fantasy worlds (even in science fiction) must of course be dissimilar from our Earthly experience. With The Black Fairy, even though she is part of a wider fantasy world, her traits and her circumstances would be familiar to a lot of people in that she suffers loss, is misunderstood, maligned and marginalized and then must confront her own demons in order to come of age.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Not deliberately or even consciously, but I find I am inspired by the actions (good and bad) of those I grew up with. In Children of Mars there are nine children. I am myself one of nine. I didn’t consciously decide to replicate my family, but, it is apparent there are very much elements of some of my family in the book. The relationship between Pierre and his older sister Freddie is particularly poignant as I based their love-hate interactions on those of my older brother and sister. I also put a bit of myself into the character of Commander Paul Santerre, but made them of French origin so that I was forced to think very carefully about how to structure their stories and personalities.

What books have influenced your life most?

I am a huge fan of Science Fiction and have read the works of Arthur C Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Kim Stanley Robinson and Russell Kirkpatrick among others. But I have equally read classics such as Jane Eyre, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, anything by Charles Dickens and H G Wells. I love classic writing and I try to make my own work reflect the feel and narrative nuances of the classics. MY junior novel, Kipp The Kid, for example, is inspired by the traditional tales from the early part of the twentieth century.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I would have to say Dickens, because he, more than any other writer I have read, seemed to understand the predicament of children and young people and his work was a genuine voice of concern in his generation for the welfare of poor children the world over.

What book are you reading now?

At the moment I am making my way through George R Martin’s Game of Thrones series.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

He’s not so new anymore, but a few years back I picked up the first book written by Russell Kirkpatrick, “Across the Face of the World”. Back then he was a first time author. I was immediately struck by the tremendous detail in his work.

What are your current projects?

Currently I am writing two sequels. The first is the sequel to Star Child: The Cosmic Birth. In this second book, “Daughter of Destiny”, I focus on the events on a distant planet as Tamsin and her non human companions try to navigate a hostile and mysterious new world. The second book is the sequel to Children of Mars and is titled “Shadow of Olympus”. It picks up immediately following the events of the first book but quickly takes a whole new and unexpected direction as the children are once again faced with difficult decisions and new dangers. I am also writing another junior novel, Rocket to the Moon, where a young boy of superior intellect and a gifted inventor, teams up with the new girl in school and tries to convince everyone he is right. This will be a difficult book, because it has very emotion-charged elements to it and themes difficult to express to younger readers.

Do you see writing as a career?

I do and then I don’t. I do hope I can make it a career, but am under no illusions. I love to write. I have to write, irrespective of whether anyone reads or appreciates my work. I am like a painter who has a vision for what he wants to put on canvas and regardless of whether it turns out to be genius or not, he has to paint. I think it’s unwise to expect to make writing a career, when so many authors are struggling. Even some established authors are having trouble making a living out of writing. I think it is a rare and lucky author who strikes the right chord with his or her audience and manages a level of success.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I am always revisiting my work and reworking it until I can do so no longer. Some books are in their twentieth revision. Most changes are small. Some changes are necessary. I never completely re-write a book I have finished because I believe if you get to the end of a novel, it was meant to be. So the only changes I make will help it flow better, make the narrative richer or  correct mistakes or inconsistencies. I think you have to love your own work as much as you expect your readers to, but be realistic and objective when critiquing it. If I were a toy maker and made only wooden toys, they may be perfect and beautiful, but at the end of the day they are still just wooden toys and may not fit in a world of technology and robots. But if I love making wooden toys, why let that stop me?

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My interest in writing began when I read “I Can Jump Puddles” I think in year seven. I don’t remember much about the story, but the ideas in that book are still fresh in my mind and the visual narrative is what inspires me.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Sure, this is from Children of Mars. “Despite the overpowering sense of hopelessness that now confronted her, Freddie chose to hold onto the belief that her parents were still alive and put all thoughts of death aside. “Assume nothing, but prepare for anything.” Those simple words, repeated over and over in her head, were all that she needed to give her the courage to face the situation, even in the presence of such overwhelming evidence.”

Who designed the covers?

I design all my own covers. I have taught myself how to do this with practice and a number of failures. This is by necessity as to have them professionally designed is prohibitive. Most designers charge anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars to design a cover and with eighteen books to my name, this would be impossible. However, I am confident my covers are at least as good as any indie titles and I feel I am improving in my skills every time I do a new cover.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part about writing any book is to start. Once I do start I generally don’t stop until I have exhausted all my ideas. Then I put it down, wait until I am inspired again and then write some more. I have been known to write a whole book in one sitting (with sleep in between of course). Some books take longer and much greater commitment, especially the more complicated books aimed at adults. I think a writer needs to write something creative every day. When I’m not writing my books I write poetry, blog, and update my various social media sites. Aside from the act of writing, the most difficult thing is to make your characters believable and write your narrative in the right voice and frame your scenes with imagination, being careful to trust the reader to fill in the details with their own intellect and imagination.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

My advice to writers is to not think too much about what you will write next. Just write and let the characters speak for themselves through their actions and words. I am often just as surprised about where my books are heading as the reader will be. Always strive to improve. Re-work the narrative until you reach the limit of your skills (Notice I did not say until it is perfect). Always set out to write a better book than the last one. Learn how to describe scenes with imagination and flair. Use simple dialogue based on what real people would actually say and then stretch it a little to make it more meaningful. Make sure your narrative suits the intended reader and also that it fits the genre.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

I write mainly for children and young people. But anyone who picks up one of my books will get something out of them. My books are genuinely unique both in style and substance. Readers will be transported into another time, another place and another world. I pride myself on my ability to write dream sequences that will leave readers in awe and descriptions that will inspire the imagination. Yet, I focus on simple narrative and economy of words and don’t waste time and effort on superfluous nonsense or over-blown descriptions. My stories seem real. My characters are drawn from my own personal experiences. My stories are imbued with my own life journey. If I have a style it is classic. Anyone should be able to pick up one of my books and not only be able to read it, but immediately understand it. They are exciting and imaginative stories full of adventure and wonder, sometimes against a backdrop of fear and loss, but always with the purpose of inspiring the reader. In my latest book, Children of Mars, nine children face the reality of the loss of their parents as they try to deal with grief, each other and an overwhelming sense that their world is collapsing around them. In all this, individuals will discover talents they never thought they had and a strength that can only come from enduring hardship. This is a dramatic story with surprises along the way and a finale that I hope will leave the reader feeling breathless.

What can we expect from you in the future?

Well, I have some very big projects after I complete all the sequels I have planned or am working on. By far my biggest project will be The Four Edged Sword, a massive epic novel of as much as six hundred pages, focusing on four kingdoms and their fight to retrieve the mystical sword in order to dominate the world. But this will be as much a story about a King and father and his love for his children and the lengths he will go to in order to protect them and his right to rule.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Like any author, I enjoy reading reviews by readers. Reviews not only help sell books, but also help to justify a writer’s choices. Good quality, thoughtful reviews are the best and are often used to help promote a book. If you loved the book, write a review. If you hated the book, write a review. Either way it is valuable feedback. Also, tell your friends, share an author’s page, become a fan. You will be making the author’s day.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Don’t give up. Learn your craft well. Experiment with self promotion. Learn how to make book trailers. Purchase a domain name. Hold local book signings and launches. Eat, write, sleep, eat write sleep, repeat.

Is writing easy for you? Do you feel lonely being a writer?

I wouldn’t say writing is easy, but it does come naturally. I think no matter how natural a writer is though, it is still a craft which needs to be learnt and the only way this can happen is by writing and listening to feedback and read the great works of others. If writing becomes hard or a chore or you no longer enjoy doing it, stop, take a few months off and if the desire does not return, then writing is not for you. True writers will always write, if only for themselves.

How do you feel when someone disagrees with something you have written?

Initially my reaction is never good. But after I have thought about it, two things stand out in my mind, the attitude of the person giving the negative feedback and the value of what they are saying. If they are aggressive or have simply failed to read the book correctly (in some cases not even reading the book), or they appear to have a vendetta or ulterior motive, I ignore them, thanking them politely for their feedback. I never engage in an argument with them. If they offer their feedback politely and genuinely, with a view of helping me see it from a different perspective, then I welcome their feedback, take note of what they are saying and then decide whether to do anything about it. It’s important for an author to realize that all writers receive negative reviews. Even some of the greatest writers of the past and present receive negative reviews and feedback. Indie authors are no different. You have to look at the overwhelming consensus. If the vast majority of readers dislike your work, you have to question whether you are as good as you want to believe. However, if you are consistently receiving good reviews (especially from strangers), then you can conclude you are at least as good as any other writer.

How do you make sure the information for your nonfiction books is accurate and up-to-date?

Well I don’t write nonfiction. But for fantasy it does not matter. For science fiction it does, but only if the facts are crucial. For example, in Children of Mars, Mount Olympus is as far as anyone knows an extinct volcano, but in my book it comes to life. It’s not so much about accurate facts as it is about believability. Remember, this is fiction and fiction by definition is not real.

When you begin writing a picture book, do you know what the ending will be?

Yes, usually. The ending is important in children’s books and must be uplifting and rewarding. Sometimes it helps if there is a comical element to the ending, such as in The Misadventures of Red Bear when Red Bear tricks the Polar Bear King and ends up scolding him with the soup.

You’re a grown-up, so how can you write about things that happened to you a long time ago?

Well, what an interesting question. In my view, a child is just an adult who has not yet grown up and an adult is just a big person with a little child still trapped inside, who refuses in some ways to grow up. The difference is that an adult has the experience to understand the things that happened to him or her when he or she was a child. I remember my first day at school. I remember the times I was bullied. I remember my first kiss. I remember the moment I became a young man. I remember what it felt like to be alone in a big family. I remember getting lost, feeling confused, wondering about the world, exploring, learning to love, learning to hate and it is these things that make their way into the narrative of my work. I am also a teacher and have taught children as young as five and as old as seventeen, so I have a pretty good handle on how the mind of children and young people works.

How long does it take to complete one of your books?

It varies. I have written an entire book in just a few days. But some books take many months. It really depends on who I am writing for and the style I am adopting. If it’s a simple narrative aimed at young readers it becomes easier, but the older the reader, the more complex the story is and therefore the longer it takes to write.

Thank you so much for interviewing me. I really enjoyed writing responses to your thoughtful questions.

Paul G. Day

Author of

 The Black Fairy and The Dragonfly

 Star Child: The Cosmic Birth

 Kipp The Copper Coast Kid

 Children of Mars

 The Misadventures of Red Bear

 The Little Green Hen

 Lucky and Scratch

 Banjo and Angel

For all my other titles, please visit http://www.bravebearbooks.com

Email: paulday98@yahoo.com