Lasso a Western Romance by Author Kristine Raymond

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headshot DSC04544 cropped KRISTINE RAYMOND

Todays Interview is with Kristine Raymond, author of a series of Western-styled romances filled with Love, Sex, and Drama. Here’s her Amazon Bio ~~~~

Hi. I’m Kristine Raymond and I love to read and that naturally transformed into a love of writing. I have always been a fan of the Old West and lived in Arizona for several years, where I was able to appreciate the beauty and history of the region.

I have released five books in the Hidden Springs series and am currently working on the sixth. When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with my husband and furry family.

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Hi Kristine!!  Thanks for stopping by. First off, tell us about your newest release – story line, genre, and a character or two that the reader should be on the lookout for.

Hi John. Thanks for having me.  Okay, my upcoming release is Dancing in the Dark, book six in the Hidden Springs series. It’s the story of Rusty Flanagan, the foreman on Ryan’s Ranch, and Charlotte Drake, a young woman who works as a prostitute at Ivy’s Gentleman’s Club. They fall in love, and each sacrifices something for the other that could ruin their chance of a future together.

What’s next on your to-do-list as far as your writing career?

Aside from finishing up DitD, I have two other writing projects in the works. Unfortunately, I can’t give you details about either of them but what I can tell you is that they are not in the historical genre, and that they will be released by June of this year. I also have a couple of more covers to shoot for my upcoming projects.

Roger Water’s (Pink Floyd) came out with a solo song in the late 1980’s called The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking (Great Song – Check it Out!!). Name one pro and con of writing and explain yourself?

The pro is easy – I love telling stories. Even more, I love writing them down and sharing them with readers. The con is pretty easy to come up with, too. Promoting/marketing is very difficult for me. I have a hard time with the whole ‘look at me’ aspect of promoting. Is there a way that I could market my books without having to be in the public eye? Hmmm…

Readers love to hear about Heroes and Villains. Who’s the most outstanding character you have, and the biggest stinker?

My favorite to date is Jack Tanner, the main character in Hearts on Fire, although he is in all of the other books in the series. Jack is the perfect (at least for me) combination of smart-ass, sex appeal, compassion, loyalty, and vulnerability. I never know how he is going to act or what he’s going to say. He keeps me on my toes, and I love that! Melinda Sue Perkins, also from Hearts on Fire, as well as Abby’s Heart, is a real b****. I love writing a character like her, someone conniving, who is only looking out for her own interests. My readers hate her too, so I guess I did a good job with her.

Hollywood comes calling with a big check for your book —- but they want to tweak the story line and change/eliminate a couple of characters. Do you immediately accept the money, or take a chance and refuse their filthy lucre in the hopes they’ll change their minds?

It would really depend on the story line they wanted to tweak (and how they wanted to tweak it) and which characters they would want to eliminate. I’ve seen stories that I really loved made into very bad movies, and I wouldn’t want that to happen to mine.

Every writer has a mentor. Who is yours and how did they help you?

Laramie Briscoe is the person who was there for me at the start. She helped me with every single thing that I could imagine, and several things that I couldn’t, educating me on all of the aspects of self-publishing. She remains a very good friend of mine, and I love watching her rise to the top.

Time for a SHOUT OUT to your favorite Author!!!! Who’s your fave and which one of their books is a must have? (After yours, of course.)

I can honestly say that I don’t have a favorite. My reading choices depend on my mood. And as far as indie authors go, there are so many good ones, I wouldn’t know where to start.

Last question. What do you consider the worst part of being an author?

Doubting my own work. Never being satisfied with the finished product. Hitting ‘publish’ and then thinking of the way that I could’ve changed this paragraph or had a character say that. I could rewrite all of my books, and still not feel as if they were completed.

Thanks for an awesome conversation, Kristine. I wish you many successes in the future !!!

Now, let’s check out a few of her novels ~~~

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KS2 A Will Of Her Own (HSS Book 5)

SYNOPSIS — Carly Fitzpatrick had married the love of her life…and lost him in a tragic accident.

With no intention of ever falling in love again, she prefers to rely on herself to provide for her two young sons. She doesn’t count on meeting the one man who could change her mind.

Will Buchanon is a man on a mission. For twelve years he has been tracking an imposter; and the trail leads to Hidden Springs. His only objective is to bring the criminal to justice. Falling in love is not part of his plan.

Sparks fly from the first moment they meet but Carly resists Will at every turn, refusing to surrender to her desires. When her life is put in jeopardy, he risks everything to save her, and in the process proves that he is worthy of her love.

Can he win the heart of the woman who has a will of her own?

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*****Exemplary***** April 15, 2015

By Stracey C Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Author Kristine Raymond you deserve an award for your exemplary writing skills. I am in awe of this amazing story. A Will of Her Own will hold your heart captive till the very end. Be prepared to fall in love with Will Buchanon he is the epitome of a beautiful soul. His warmth and charismatic charm will leave you spellbound.
Carly Fitzgerald has had her share of heartbreak, grief and sorrow to last a lifetime. But can Mr Buchanon heal a broken heart and bring smiles to two angelic faces? Only time will tell….. If you want to find out one click this unforgettable story. Author Kristine Raymond you have rendered me speechless yet again. Your amazing stories gives me goosebumps. The emotions you effortlessly portrayed was real and raw. I loved how I was able to experience the joys and sorrows, with these amazing characters through your soulful words. Thank you Kristine Raymond for taking me on another memorable journey with sensational characters. Do not hesitate to one click. Five stars guaranteed.

BUY LINK — http://www.amazon.com/Will-Her-Hidden-Springs-Book-ebook/dp/B00R9PN54C/ref=la_B00GNK6SWK_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1429887120&sr=1-4

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HERE TO STAY (HSS Book 1) KF!

SYNOPSIS — Sam Mackenzie rode into the town of Hidden Springs looking for a place to belong. He takes a job at Ryan’s Ranch and is immediately attracted to the ranch’s pretty, female, owner.

Kate Ryan is a woman determined to make it on her own. Chafing at the thought of having to hire help, she nonetheless falls for the handsome stranger who answers her ad.

When they meet, sparks fly and they are drawn to each other. But life in 1867 Arizona Territory isn’t easy. When a secret from Kate’s past comes to light, they are each faced with the challenge of making a difficult decision.

Will they turn and run or are they here to stay?

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Here to Stay December 8, 2013

By Denise Van plew Format:Kindle Edition

For a debut novel this author has done a bang up job. Enjoy reading romance novels with romance in another time period as a change of pace. This is when things were still new and exciting but many challenges coupled with adventure around the corner. In this small but growing quaint new town called Hidden Springs-she has filled the place with a lot of colorful characters. The two main ones-Sam and Kate are loveable, intense and you have a thrilling time seeing them meet each other and watch their relationship grow. Good flowing storyline and great supporting characters. No holes to fall into so not left wondering “huh” which is does not happen here oh joy or would have stopped reading. The romance is to die for and hot enough to burn with class. A little mystery thrown into this story too adds drama. Someone from her past reappears and a heart wrenching scene that brings a tear or two. No happy days after that, gotta love the drama. Soul searching happens for both these characters and when they come together at the end and a smile gets smacked on your face excellent epilogue included. Most definitely hope to see more from this author. received a arc for honest review. (ONLY 99 CENTS!!!!!)

BUY LINK —– http://www.amazon.com/Here-Stay-Hidden-Springs-Book-ebook/dp/B00GH4GCQ4/ref=la_B00GNK6SWK_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1429887331&sr=1-1

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KS3 HEARTS ON FIRE (HSS Book 2)

SYNOPSIS — Jack Tanner has never had a shortage of beautiful women on his arm…or in his bed. As the marshal of Hidden Springs, he has his pick of any eligible woman in town. So why is it that the only woman he wants is the one who won’t even give him the time of day?

Landry Prescott has had a crush on Jack Tanner since the day she laid eyes on him. Feeling like she is unable to compete with the young, beautiful women that he surrounds himself with, she chooses to ignore him instead.

When Landry’s life is threatened, Jack comes to her rescue and the spark of interest that had been buried in each of them ignites into a blaze of passion. Is their newfound desire the result of circumstance?

Will their love burn out quickly or will they forever have hearts on fire?

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Hearts on Fire…an amazing addition to the Hidden Springs series!! May 23, 2014

By Monica Reents Format:Kindle Edition

Author Kristine Raymond has done an incredible job continuing the Hidden Springs series with Hearts on Fire! The characters are well developed, as is the story line. Book two continues the story from Here to Stay with the focus being on the amazing Jack Tanner and the beautiful and strong Landry Prescott.
Jack is the marshal of Hidden Springs and is known to be very popular with the ladies. Landry is a dressmaker and has had a crush on Jack since she came into town but she chooses to ignore him because she feels that there is no way he would look her way. She was very wrong!
When Landry’s life is put in danger, she relies on her friends, Sam and Kate, to help her, not realizing that Jack is ready and willing to fight for her life and her heart. Their attraction is strong and love soon grows.

I loved this book and had a difficult time putting it down. This story is set in the 1800’s, and however accurate the author has made the story to fit the time, it also has a contemporary feel, making it enjoyable for most romance genre readers. I enjoy the authors writing style, attention to detail, and her ability to tell a great story. I definitely recommend this book (this series) to every woman who enjoys reading about strong, sexy men and the women who love them.

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Amazon Author Page — http://www.amazon.com/Kristine-Raymond/e/B00GNK6SWK/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1388529229&sr=1-2-ent

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Introducing John Sloat — A New Wizard in the Sci-Fi Genre

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Me John Sloat

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing John for several months and I can report he’s a nice guy, an unabashed gentleman, and an excellent writer.  Here’s a bit of his bio ~~~~

I grew up in the ‘classic’ D&D period and devoured every book I could get my hands on. A few of my favorite fictional characters are the same as everyone else’s, but I always wanted to put my own twist on the genre with a different sort of attention to detail, pace, and the story’s development of characters. I wanted to craft a snarky, inventive, thinks-outside-the-box sorcerer who gets tossed in the deep end of the figurative pool and subsequently drawn far, far into a metaphysical rabbit hole of deific manipulations. My sincere thanks and appreciation to all who’ve come before me, making this project possible. I hope you enjoy the Makennan Novantumus series as much as I’ve loved crafting it, and special acknowledgement given to Black Widow of Shaarthuus.

Now, read on to discover my interview with this fascinating author.

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Thanks for succumbing to my interview process, John. First off, tell us about your newest release – story line, genre, and a character or two that the reader should be on the lookout for.

Thanks for this fantastic opportunity, Mr. Tucker! My current release is entitled Makennan Novantumus, Book I: A Sorcerer’s Onus by Conjurey Bound, a novel of high fantasy. Mak contests with a power-hungry dark elf of Everdeep as well as the crazed queen, Allodia Bladesinger, and a deific Lich Lord born of chaos corrupted by evil. With far more than just his soul at stake, the protagonist travels beyond magic and sanity to where his deep passion with either save the world of Ea’dred or destroy it as he is changed in ways beyond his imagining. It’s a sprawling canvas! The Cadences of Oracle, a prophecy more than five thousand years old. Six City-Kingdoms will burn to the sorrow of a goddess’ gifts. A quintet of restraints bind Vishanti, Lady of all Magic, with blood, crown and sword as the dogs of war charge forth. But not if Makennan has anything to say about it!

The major antagonist is Arrinae Ot’Lythiust, a dark elven Drow of the lands of Everdeep. She’s both eternal adversary and ally to Mak himself, raised within a Matriarchal society of sweet-tongued sociopaths before coming to the surface world with entirely her own agenda of acquiring her very own City-Kingdom. I think readers will love to hate Arrinae by the end of Book I, simply because she’s so very endearing even as she slips the knife between your ribs again and again. She and Makennan also have a love/hate relationship going on that they’re both aware of and take advantage of, though it’s a coin toss as to which of them is going to come out ahead since I’ve striven to keep the reader guessing as to Arrinae’s ultimate motives.

What’s next on your to-do-list as far as your writing career?

I have the rough material written in entirety for Book II of the series, so next on my priority list is to revise and edit that down to a far more polished format. Though I just gave it a perusal a moment ago as I write this, and I do believe I have more than enough to take the story into the finish of Book III. If readers thought I put Makennan through the wringer in the first of the series, buckle up, Ladies and Gents, the sorcerer endures even more horrific events in books to come! “Beyond magic and sanity” was just the warm up. Makennan’s spirit will be shattered. He’ll be reunited with an old paramour, dead for more than a century. Ea’dred’s pantheon will go to war with an unknown force that’s cracked the Sphere of Realities. And the sorcerer brings in allies from beyond his own world to combat Malum Ooseth who seeks to unmake every Sphere of Existence of his fellow deities! As to the release of the next in the Novantumus series, that depends upon my promoter, Celestial Waters Publishing. I can say for certain, however, that if you enjoyed Book I then you’re going to love what’s next!

Roger Water’s (of Pink Floyd) came out with a solo song in the late 1980’s called The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking (Great Song – Check it Out!!). Name one pro and con of writing and explain yourself?

The advantage and joy of writing, for me, is the aspect of literary creation. Twenty-six little letters of our alphabet can fashion entire worlds, characters that inspire a myriad of emotions within the reader, or paint such a vivid image within the mind that you’re drawn into said portrait and don’t come out until you realize it’s 2am. That is an absolute joy for me, experiencing it as a reader and crafting it as a writer! The greatest pro to writing is that I can now (hopefully) bring that to an audience as that joy was given to me by those who have come before.

My view as to the greatest difficulty is the letting go of that final project, of calling it finished at the last. I think every writer becomes so very attached to their creative work of whatever genre that it’s hard for us to be completely satisfied. I’ve learned to release the worry over minutia of detail and embrace the entirety of the work itself. Some trees within a respective forest are crooked, others straight, some are bare and others lush. But the individual trees themselves are not what makes up the beauty of the forest as a whole. That was a challenging lesson to learn and accept, personally.

Readers love to hear about Heroes and Villains. Who’s the most outstanding character you have, and the biggest stinker?

Serna Waynebridge, princess of the City-Kingdom of Myndrit. Of the supporting characters she has the most depth, I think. Not just as one of the royal family within that realm but as a person, a patriot, and a woman possessing an unrequited love for Makennan himself. Not due to the fact of Mak being a low-born, rather his vast devotion to his goddess, Vishanti. The two of them reach an understanding and acceptance of one another’s feelings even as they realize this love simply cannot be. Serna is my favorite of the supportive cast because she’s simply the most, well, human. And no pun is intended within a world of dwarves, elves, gnomes and such, lol!

The biggest stinker within Book I is hands-down Tourm Basto, dwarven sergeant-at-arms of Loomdrake Thrakenscale. This rot gut, double-dealing little stoneplug has a relatively large part in the beginnings of ‘A Sorcerer’s Onus…’ as one of Makennan’s fellow conspirators. The consequences of a specific betrayal on his part are the very definition of just deserves. I had the most fun writing this particular character! Once I’d set the basic foundation of his role, the rest essentially took on a life of its own.

Hollywood comes calling with a big check for your book —- but they want to tweak the story line and change/eliminate a couple of characters. Do you immediately accept the money, or take a chance and refuse their filthy lucre in the hopes they’ll change their minds?

I would not accept a Hollywood check in return for their hacking of the story line. No. Each chapter builds upon the whole and removing a block…big or small…would leave a gap not easily filled. The characters I’ve established have a role to play, though perhaps not entirely within context of this first of my series. The half-elven Zala al’Thor, for example, has a major part within Books I, II and III. To remove her would entail a very large re-write. Sure, there’s a few characters here and there that could be eliminated, having put them in for mood, flavor or setting. But I would say perhaps 98% of the personas have good reason for being there and are deliberately interwoven into the ongoing tapestry of Ea’dred.

Every writer has a mentor. Who is yours and how did they help you?

Easily answered, this one. Robyn Eggers, a friend of many years. Her advice to me from more than three decades ago was, “Be the hero of your own story.” She didn’t intend that in regards to writing a novel but rather the living of life. Never quit, never stop, never cease until the doing is done. That is the core of Makennan himself. He finds a way. He makes it happen whatever the task he pursues, and he does it with class and style.

Would you rather do without the internet, spell check, or Amazon? Pick One and tell us why.

Given these choices, I say Amazon. There are other venues for distribution but I use the internet a great deal, almost exclusively, for background research. Spell check as well, because no matter how many times we all go over our work we always, always, always miss something. Amazon is an amazing and outstanding resource to promote and sell our craft, but without internet and spell check I would have nothing more than an impressive pile of dross. I absolutely adore the online thesaurus! While any of us can pick up a good ol’ fashion dictionary, nothing beats the convenience of a twenty second search as opposed to twenty minutes. That tends to put in a crimp in the creative flow when we’re all in the zone and the story is pouring out of us and onto the page.

Time for a SHOUT OUT to your favorite Author!!!! Who’s your fave and which one of their books is a must have? (After yours, of course.)

Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, co-authors of the Dragonlance Saga. The second of these trilogies, the compiled Time of the Twins, Test of the Twins and War of the Twins is my own must have! I first read Dragonlance when I was fifteen or sixteen years old, I believe, and that series ignited my adoration of the fantasy genre. When I have the time I read genres pretty much across the board. This series, however, particularly the Twins trilogy, is my all time favorite. It portrays the dynamics between Caramon and Raistlin Majere and how their relationship has vast impact upon their entire world of Krynn. Well and far beyond the so-called hack ‘n slash type tales of adventure…which have their own place and merit…this trilogy showed me how the characters’ inner selves can and do influence the story on a grand scale. In a way, the Twins Trilogy has had great impact upon my life and for the positive. For that I’m grateful to Weis and Hickman both, well established authors with very successful and wide-ranging novels of excellence.

What do you consider the worst part of being an author?

Those two dreaded words, edit and revision. When I started writing the Novantumus series, I thought the research aspect was the most time consuming. Absolutely necessary, without doubt, and needful for consistency with richness of detail. Afterwards? Oh, my! The tweaking and fine tuning, pace and flow, and making certain the figurative palomino horse remains a palomino horse throughout. The worst but at the same time the best. One word or phrase can entirely change the feel of that respective paragraph or chapter, hence my love of Thesaurus. During the revision as well, balancing pronoun usage against the naming of respective characters. Tricky bit, that, at least at first and only speaking for myself. But as this is my first novel, the first time I’ve written professionally, I’ve learned a very great deal of my own style and I’m very happy with the end result.

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That’s it for this week’s Interview. Read on to see John’s first book offering~~~

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JS Makennan Novantumus

SYNOPSIS —– Catastrophes do not simply occur overnight. For Makennan Novantumus it begins in the City-Kingdom of Loomdrake Thrakenscale where he takes Court post for the insanely hedonistic Queen Bladesinger. The sorcerer knew exactly what he was doing, not what he was in for! Makennan has deduced an ancient prophecy foretells the Queen is catalyst to a war that could not only engulf all the continent of Wynthal but the world of Ea’dred itself. Within the convoluted plans of the gods themselves, however, things are not as they seem. Ever. Malum Ooseth, deific Lich Lord of Corruption and Bane to Order, seeks to usurp the balance of power among the Pantheon. Makennan’s petty machinations mean nothing to plans that have been in motion since the Age of Creation itself. The sorcerer finds himself deeper and deeper in the metaphysical rabbit hole as he is reshaped in ways he could never have imagined!

His co-conspirator is Arrinae Ot’Lythiust, a Dark Elf of the Everdeep. Makennan’s greatest ally, betrayer, foe, and respected enemy. Even as he rises from the ashes of horrors that would cripple a lesser being, so does Arrinae advance in power and the methods of her goddess, the Mother of Drow. These two mortals become embroiled in divine conflict that will literally reshape the world as the Goddess of Magic is both defiled and untethered from her domains of Conjurey.

What can a single man of low birth, a sorcerer, do when facing such odds? Cling to that which he loves most, of course. Vishanti, his Goddess of Magic. And ‘ware those who would stand in the way of this man! Cross him at your peril, for even gods learn to fear a mortal when one threatens that which he loves. His passion could, very literally, destroy the world or save it…along with Ea’dred’s entire sphere of existence and all the Planes within.

Makennan’s eternal adversary and ally, Arrinae Ot’Lythiust. The mad Queen Alodia Bladesinger. A deific Lich Lord born of chaos corrupted by evil. With far more than his soul at stake, he has but one choice. Outsmart everything and everyone standing between him and his goddess, and do it with class and style. Oh, and kick a certain Lich Lord where his dragon sleeps.

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Magical Entertainment February 10, 2015

By Marc Secchia Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Gods and mortals. Nefarious deeds, treachery most foul and numberless creative ways to die. A sprawling canvas. Magic sizzling on every page. These are the raw elements of fantasy at its most epic, delivered here in a humourous, page-turning package that had me chuckling my way through. I like to rate stories on entertainment value, and this was 5 stars all the way.

Makennan Novantumus is a sorcerer of integrity, bound in service to his goddess but forced to partner with characters ranging from shady to lethal, from faithful to turncoat, in a world where little is as it seems and treachery is just a teleport – or a meddling god or demon – away. I was a little dubious about a book with such a mouthful for a title, but I have to say, the delivery blew me away. The author plays with magic as much as with words, and has no qualms about subjecting his characters to situations and fates ranging from brutal to hilarious.

That’s not to say the story is perfect. Sometimes it felt as though the storytelling became mired in its own cleverness, and the editing was not as sound as it could have been. However for sheer pizzazz and clever plot twists all the way through, it kept my attention and my stomach is sore from laughing. Top class entertainment, and highly recommended. Five Stars.

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BUY LINK — http://www.amazon.com/Makennan-Novantumus-Book-Sorcerers-Conjurey-ebook/dp/B00Q0HYS6O/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1429132625&sr=1-1&keywords=John+Sloat

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Author Page — https://www.facebook.com/pages/Makennan-Novantumus-Book-I-A-Sorcerers-Onus-by-Conjurey-Bound/1572213276345413

Bill Weldy — Throwback Crime Author and Gentleman

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I’ve known Bill Weldy for a few years and he’s always been a laconic gentleman. He uses his words sparingly, is the antithesis of charismatic, and a throwback to the laid back days of the fifties. That being said, he’s also compassionate about his family, writing, friends, and God — not necessarily in that order. He’s also a writer with a specific mission — to get you from chapter one to the end of his novel in a way that will lift your spirits and clean your mental pallette of unsavory characters and not so happy endings. As you can tell by his official bio below, he’s a simple man and a refreshing change from the explosive and bombastic authors I’ve met in the last few years.

William Weldy is a retired police lieutenant from a large Ohio city and also a retired high school teacher.

Now, read on to find my interview with Bill Weldy, then a look at three of his novels, including the recently released ‘Murder in the Hills’.

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Hi Bill. Thanks fro dropping by the man cave. Have a seat get comfortable, and tell me about your newest release.

Hi John. Thanks for having me. Well, my newest release is MURDER IN THE HILLS. The story is a sequel to my first novel OUTLAWS. It’s an action adventure/ police procedural novel. Once again retired cop, Josh Grant is pulled into a murder investigation by the inadequate Sheriff Department of Caribou County, Idaho. He is now married to the girl, Jolene, he saved in the Outlaws story. Deputy Mark Zimmer and Josh travel to Boise to interview the murder victim’s widow and when she is kidnapped by the murderer they must follow the trail to Las Vegas. There they uncover a Mexican drug cartel involved in a money laundering scheme with the murder victim. Mark and Josh are hampered by the FBI and DEA who have their own investigation to pursue.

Sounds great!!! What’s on your agenda for 2015?

I have several projects slated before my time runs out. I have a partially finished sequel to my second novel, THE ONION CAPER, that I will finish yet this year. It will be titled NEMESIS. I’m also working on a true story that I will turn into a novel based on fact. It will be called THE CHRISTMAS KILLINGS. It’s a series of six murders by a group of teens on Christmas. Their motive was nothing more than the thrill of killing. And in the background, I have a western shoot-‘em up called THE GUN that I’m co-authoring. I have no idea which project will get finished first.

As an author, what’s your biggest pros and cons of writing?

Like most writers I know, I simply cannot not write. So the only con I can think of is how tired my butt gets sitting at the computer all those hours. I’ve had friends tell me: “You can’t be tired. It’s not like working a job.” I would challenge any CEO to sit as long as I do and exercise their brain through the thousands of ways a sentence can be written.

The pro for writing is the internal satisfaction I get every once in a while when I turn a phrase just right and now the satisfaction I get from being published, a goal I’ve strove for since high school.

Of all the characters in your books, which is your favorite?

Well my most outstanding character would be Josh Grant, the hero of two novels. The only problem I have with him is finding ways to make him vulnerable or have some flaws. The villains in all my stories are combinations of all the bad guys I came across in my thirty-three year police career. I try to make them vile and disgusting.

Hollywood wants one of your novels for a major motion picture, but they want to change several things and so on. Do you take the easy money, or hold out for some control of the picture?

If Hollywood comes calling, they can rewrite the entire story as long as I get credit for it. Strange that you ask though, I recently wrote a screenplay for OUTLAWS and thanks to an actress friend, it is now in the hands of a producer. I have no idea whether it will ever see the silver screen, but once again very satisfying to have written a screenplay.

Do you have a mentor or someone who helped you immensely in the past?

I really don’t have a mentor other than the fellow authors at Internet Writers Workshop (including you) who have helped make my writing better. Originally my tenth grade English teacher encouraged me to write based on a few essays I submitted. She lived to see me publish a professional magazine article, but none of my creative works. I regret that.

One final question. Who’s your favorite author?

I couldn’t possible identify my favorite author. I have several. As a young man I admired the American elite, Faulkner, Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, etc. Now days I adore Terry Pritchett and will miss his writing. Any of his Disc World novels would be a good read. I also admire Pat Conroy and John Irving. What I mostly read now are action novels by Childs, Flynn, Wood, and a new guy named Fazio.

Thanks for your time, Bill, and much success in the future.

Read on to discover three of Bill Weldy’s action-packed novels~~~

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WW2 OUTLAWS

SYNOPSIS — Ex-cop, Josh Grant, chooses to live as a recluse in the mountains of Idaho as penance for failing to protect his murdered wife and child in Detroit. His new serenity is shattered when he stumbles onto the murder of his only friend and an attempted rape of his friend’s daughter, Jolene. By saving Jolene, Josh brings a wrath of hell down on him and Jolene from a vicious biker gang known as the Outlaws. The gang starts a blood war when they try to eliminate witnesses to the murder and seek revenge for the killing of a brother biker.

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A Read Worthy Of My Time

By Just my opinion on September 8, 2012 Format: Kindle Edition

“Outlaws” lives up to its title in quite an unexpected way. It initially puts the reader into an Old West cowboys and outlaws mindset before one realizes everything is happening in modern day. The characters are well formed and the plot unfolds immediately. Loved the suspense woven in to keep the reader rushing from one page to the next. Bad news is it’s a quick read. Looking forward to a sequel or at least another novel from William Weldy in the near future.

BUY LINK — http://www.amazon.com/Outlaws-William-Weldy-ebook/dp/B00V92VZKC/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1428960473&sr=1-4&keywords=William+Weldy

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MURDER IN THE HILLS WW 1

SYNOPSIS — A brutal murder with no apparent motive in a peaceful Idaho mountain town baffles the local sheriff, who’s more used to dealing with lost cats and escaped cattle, so he calls on Josh Grant, a local rancher and retired homicide detective. After bringing down a murderous motorcycle gang last year, Josh wants nothing more than to run his small farm and care for his newly pregnant wife, Jolene. Deputy Mark Zimmer, who saved Josh and Jolene’s butts earlier that year, talks Josh into helping in an advisory role that soon finds him and Mark mixed up with a Mexican drug cartel, corporate money laundering, and kidnapping, as the investigation leads them to Boise and then to Las Vegas. Can they and their families survive the vengeance of the cartel, or have they brought big city violence to their once safe and secluded town? Will the FBI and DEA help, or try to bury the murder in pursuit of their own Federal investigation?

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A good read with twists and turns right up to the end. April 13, 2015 By James Or M. Wheeler Verified Purchase

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good cop book. This is the second book I have read by this author.

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BUY LINK — http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Hills-William-Weldy-ebook/dp/B00V89O846/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1428960389&sr=1-1&keywords=William+Weldy

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WW3 THE ONION CAPER

SYNOPSIS — Young Cole McKenna finds himself with a criminal record for stealing onions. He struggles to overcome the stigmata of helping Officer Bradley with investigations of a burglary and, later on, drugs in his small town high school. Along the way he discovers the dangers of police work when he’s almost killed.

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Memorable and compelling read March 27, 2015

By Anita H Format:Kindle Edition

From the very beginning of this story, I was hooked. Not only was Cole an easy to relate to character, but his story was compelling and entertaining. I literally couldn’t put it down for two days, and my computer was open on my counter even as I was making dinner. The issues in the book were authentic teenage experiences, which made me think it was intended for YA, but as a 30-something who tends to enjoy grim tales, I found this story a breath of fresh air and its subtle humor and genuine likability made it thoroughly enjoyable.

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BUY LINK — http://www.amazon.com/Onion-Caper-William-O-Weldy-ebook/dp/B00CEH7WBC/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1428960053&sr=1-3

My Interview With Rising Star – James Fuller.

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James Fuller has enjoyed the fine art of writing for many years now, he’s currently in the process of bringing out his new up and coming fantasy novel: Fall Of The King, the first book in which he hopes to be a series of nine books. James has also written movie scripts, short stories, and has had numerous pieces of poetry published. Through the years he has acquired quite a large fan base for his …fiction not only through his blog and other various social networking websites such as Facebook but with other writers and artists of all sorts. James’ other personal projects also include a comic series for mature readers; a tale of love, loss and vengeance which ignites in amazing emotion as James hopes to bring his character and story to life (collaborating with an artist.)

James has an absolute passion for bringing characters and situations to life with his detailed writing skills that really brings his books to life and makes his characters and their journeys so favorable. As an author he also goes above and beyond when it comes to writing battle scenes, the intricate design and explanations of fighting, not only in swordplay but also in tactics is one of James incredible expertise in which he delights in.

When James isn’t on his computer writing his 2nd book of his fantasy series (Salvas) or writing short stories he enjoys recreational activities such a camping, fishing, hiking, and archery. Along with being an adventurous outdoors man James also spends many of his hours in a day as a devoted husband and father.

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Read on to discover my Interview with this amazing author!

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Hello, James. Pull up a chair, relax, and get ready to be grilled.  😛

Thanks for having me, John. I appreciate the opportunity.

First question. Tell us about your newest release – story line, genre, and a character or two that the reader should be on the lookout for.

My newest release is my first post-apocalyptic zombie horror story. It follows a dark and gritty character named Archer. He is a cold-hearted survivor who shoots first and asks questions later. He’s a hard man and likes to be alone. But he ends up with an 8-year-old girl tagging along with him. He wants nothing more than to be rid of her, but the present circumstances just don’t allow it.

Archer is the character who will have you turning the pages. You’ll love to hate him and yet you won’t be able to.

What’s next on your to-do-list as far as your writing career?

I actually have several projects on the go. I just finished writing book two in my dark, paranormal erotica series The Death Chronicles — When Death Sets Us Free. I am still in the tweaking and editing stage, but I’m also close to having half of book three of the series completed as well. The story is just bleeding from me.

Roger Water’s (Pink Floyd) came out with a solo song in the late 1980’s called The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking (Great Song – Check it Out!!). Name one pro and con of writing and explain yourself?

One pro? You get to play God. I mean seriously, you get to create worlds and people within it and you get to force them to do whatever you want. You try that in real life and well… I have a few restraining orders that tell me I am no longer allowed to.

Con, editing… the editing process is murder for me. It’s slow and grueling.

Readers love to hear about Heroes and Villains. Who’s the most outstanding character you have, and the biggest stinker?

I’d have to say Jamus Willms from my Unforgivable series is my most outstanding character. What he goes through in the story is heart wrenching, but how he does it is simply glorious.

Biggest villain would have to be Salvatore Kain from my Death Chronicles series. He is the first vampire to walk the earth and is a vicious bastard.

Hollywood comes calling with a big check for your book —- but they want to tweak the story line and change/eliminate a couple of characters. Do you immediately accept the money, or take a chance and refuse their filthy lucre in the hopes they’ll change their minds?

Honestly I would take the money. The books will always remain the same and people will go see the movie and if they like it they will read the books and get the real story I created. Plus money is good. I need it.

Every writer has a mentor. Who is yours and how did they help you?

David Gemmel (may he rest in peace) He is one of the greatest fiction writers I have ever had the pleasure of reading. He creates unbelievable characters and his attention to detail is flawless. He tells a story like no one else. His Troy series are the only books I have read more then once. You won’t be disappointed.

Would you rather do without the internet, spell check, or Amazon? Pick One and tell us why.

Spell check, I guess. I have an editor and proof reader, they would just really earn their kibble.

What do you consider the worst part of being an author?

The lack of time I have to be one. I work 60 hours a week as a heavy equipment operator, I am a husband and a father, and i try to get a little sleep from time to time as well.

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That’s it for the interview. Check out three of his select novels and do what you can to support an Indie author!!!

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#1 Until Death Do Us Part

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SYNOPSIS — What was supposed to be a lustful night of passion and sinful, sexual thrill turned bloody in a way he could never have imagined, revealing a predator that plagued the night and feasted on the living…

Fueled by the bleakest of hope and the haunting images of the past, Conner cleaves a path of retribution through the midnight world of vampires; dangling his morals and life in the balance to retain what little he has left of his former self, praying each step will bring him closer to finding ‘her’ and the one that took everything from him…

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This Author ROCKS December 15, 2014
By Carrie January Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed Until Death Do Us Part. I have never read a paranormal book quite like this one, and I didn’t realize it until the first few pages in. This is considered an erotica book, but I can assure you that this book is much, much more. It reads more like a paranormal type of suspense, and it grabs your attention right from the get-go.

The book starts out with Connor in bed with two women, but you figure out pretty quickly that this is not your typical three-some. There’s a purpose behind it, and these women aren’t your average, everyday women.

As you keep reading, you learn that Connor once had a wife. They had a threesome with another female, and something really horrible happens. That woman wasn’t what you were expecting her to be either, and it turns deadly. And this is just the beginning of the book.

Until Death Do Us Part is a really dark, edgy read that will keep you enthralled, no pun intended. There’s enough action in this to keep even the hardest reader to please interested, and the sexual scenes are integrated so well that they really are a necessary part of the book. Definitely try this one out. You’ll be a fan.

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WHAT REMAINS JF 2
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SYNOPSIS —It happened so fast, it spread through the world like wildfire. It was impossible to control and almost impossible to fight…
Ten years has passed since an infectious virus nearly consumed all of mankind. Millions died, millions more became infected, changed, became mindless, feral hunters bent on the consumption of living flesh.
Archer was a solitary man, scavenging what he could to survive off the ruins of the world that no longer existed. A world gone mad, where those who still lived were just as great of threat as those who were infected. Without knowing it he finds himself in possession of a map that leads to a hidden sanctuary with the possible means to stop it all. All he has to do, is get her there alive…
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What Remains February 25, 2015 By Crystal Rister
Format:Kindle Edition
James Fuller always has a refreshing addition to add to each story he releases. He did not disappoint with What Remains.
We follow Archer in a world where the Apocalypse consumes everything and everyone. There’s not a person that has not became a victim in some manner, but reaching the humanity within themselves is a forgotten ability as each character struggles to survive. Which is Archer’s number one goal, until he comes upon a girl who claims to have possession of the one thing that will help all of humanity and cure the disease.
I loved reading and following Archer as his path has so many obstacles, that seem to want to take him down in any way possible. The surprise along the way is what will grab readers, and remind them that humanity is never out of reach, it might just take one girl to find it.
I feel that there is no particular ‘type’ of audience for this books. To me, it’s one that everyone will enjoy, and just as I am, anticipate the next.
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JF 3UNFORGIVABLE II
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SYNOPSIS —Half a lifetime of running comes to a dead stop when Sofia stands as the last of her line. Her father and her innocence lie cold in the ground as she embarks on a crusade of treason, blood and justice.
Haunted by her dreams, Sofia inherits more than her father’s thirst for vengeance with the discovery of a miraculous herb among his possessions. However, she finds the peace offered by this infamous root comes at a crippling cost: an addiction that leaves her owing more than life is worth in the kingdom of Faer- Tri.
Indebted to gypsies, she enters a war in the capital city of Delmar where every shadow promises death by friend or foe alike. In the chaos, Sofia fights to separate reality from fantasy while only one thing remains certain… she will not rest until the king lies dead at her feet…
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Sofia’s story of revenge September 25, 2013
By Kamilah S. Bryant Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is Sofia’s story of revenge. It has been three months since her father was killed after the mercenaries discovered them, though they had been in hiding for years. Sofia has blackouts when she kills people and she is plagued by nightmares. I was liking this book slightly better than the first one. I like Sofia. 5 stars.
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PERSONAL LINKS
Twitter — @AuthorJFuller