Sunday Coffee Time Chat with Author Lyssa Lane

 

Welcome to Sunday morning Coffee Chat time!

Today’s guest is Lyssa Lane!

 

Welcome Lyssa! I love that name! It just sounds so pretty!? So glad you could join us today!

 

LL: Hi Stacy! I?m a big fan of your books so it?s an honor to be interviewed by you today.

Thank you, Lyssa!? I’m so looking forward to your interview today, so let’s get started! First we have to know, Coffee or Tea?

LL: Neither?hot chocolate unless we?re talking cold sweet tea.

lol… Well way to be different there lady!? We know you?re an author, but do you work another job when you are not writing?

LL: I do have a day job, two actually! My full-time job is in the field of recreation and the other is an adjunct professor at a local university.

Wow! And I thought I was busy! What is your favorite thing to do when you aren?t writing or working?

LL: Spend time with my energetic two-year-old so that means swimming, going to the park, reading, and of course, watching Froze as we call it at our house

lol… Gotta love two-year-olds! What is your favorite color? Why?

LL: I love turquoise?so bright and cheerful, my ten-year-old niece turned me on to it.

I love that color, too! What is your favorite season?

LL: Hmm?this is a tough one as it changes with each season! I think it would have to be autumn though?the weather is cool but not chilly, it?s the beginning of the school year and who doesn?t love new starts plus it brings back memories of Friday night football games in high school.?

Now there is a blast from the past – Friday night football games. My daughter just made the cheerleading squad, I guess I have football games again in my future, lol… If you could live anyplace on earth, where would it be? Why?

LL: Somewhere with less humidity?I don?t know where that is.

Other than writing, what do you have a passion for?

LL: Sharing my story of our infertility journey. We struggled for two years to get pregnant with our daughter. It?s not an easy road to travel and I want other women to know they?re not alone.

OMG! I’m so glad you brought that out! I love when people reach out to help others with something difficult that they have gone through. That’s why I work with Domestic Violence! Bravo to you!? And so glad you have your daughter!? So let’s get into your writing. How long have your been writing? Was it a dream, a goal or is it just a hobby?

LL: Well I?ve been blogging since 2008 but I first started romance writing last fall. It was a bit of a combination of all of that. I?d read a few indie authors and decided I could do that so I started writing. It started as a hobby then my goal was to get my book published. I definitely won?t be quitting my day job any more but my goal is just to have readers fall in love with my characters as much as I do.

Very cool, how many hours a day do you devote to writing?

LL: Not as much as I?d like!

I feel your pain! Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?

LL: Once I start a story, I try to write every day until it?s ?done.? I say ?done? because is your story ever done? As an author, you know it?s constantly changing! First I write to get all my ideas out and an outline then I go back and edit, edit, edit!

The bane of our existance, editing… sigh… Is there some place special you like to be when you write?

LL: Usually in my big comfy chair in our living room.

Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write?

LL: I need quiet?which my daughter and husband have no concept of!

hahahahah – I hear that! Let’s talk about a book you have written, what is the name of it and is it part of a series or a stand alone novel?

LL: My debut novella is Love is a Fire and it?s the first in my Burning Lovesick series.

I love series books, where did the idea come from?

LL: I thought it had come to me from watching too much Grey?s Anatomy and Rescue Me. After my sister read the book, she called me and said all she could think about was me crying at the end of the movie Backdraft when I was in third grade. Apparently this story has been with me that long!

Holy cow! I remember that movie!? And now I own the book, so I can’t wait to read the story! What is it about?

LL: Dr. Katy Malone has lost everyone she?s ever loved so she?s decided to give up on love and focus on her career. Firefighter Nick Garrity loves the thrill of his job and is looking for Mrs. Right. When the proby firefighter ends up in the care of Dr. Malone, Nick is convinced that she?s his future wife. Will he convince her to love again?

It sounds so good!? I can’t wait to read it! Do you have any upcoming projects in the works or other books that have been published?

LL: I am currently polishing up the sequel, Burst Into Flame. I am also working on a story I wrote in Rachelle Ayala?s #romanceinamonth class back in May called The Right Pitch. It is very different than the Burning Lovesick series. I trade in sexy firefighters for sexy baseball players.

lol… I know Rachelle! She’s a sweetie!!! Very cool Lyssa!? I’m so glad you came to join us today!? It was a pleasure having you!

To find out more about Lyssa Lane, please visit the links below.

Blog: www.lyssalayne.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lyssalayne

Twitter: https://twitter.com/layne_lyssa

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8280977.Lyssa_Layne

Google +: https://plus.google.com/105469526196379719210/posts

To purchase Love is a Fire:

Amazon:


Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-is-a-fire-lyssa-layne/1119627466?ean=2940149385003

Sunday Coffee Time Chat with Author Christine Cunningham

Welcome to Sunday morning Coffee Chat time!

Today’s guest is Christine Cunningham!

Good morning my friends and readers!? I have a great friend visiting with me today! I’ve known Christine for several years and have worked with her on the World Literary Cafe for almost as long. It is a true pleasure to have her here today! Before we get started with her interview, take a few moments to check out her personal greeting!

SE: I told you she was a sweetie!

CC: Good morning Stacy and viewers! Get your cup and let?s have a chat!

SE: As always we have to know, Coffee or Tea?

CC: I am absolutely a tea drinker, but I?m not pretentious about it.

SE: Lol… I don’t think you could ever be described as pretentious Christine!? Why don’t you take a moment and tell the readers a little bit about yourself.

CC: The trade which pays for my writing is pharmacy. It was the best investment in my future I have made to date and it provides me a daily interaction which helps me to mold characters. It also gives me permission to be a covert creeper. I listen to conversations and watch mannerisms around me to make the dialogue and actions in my books realistic.

SE: I love how you put that, a covert creeper. I do that so often! So, readers know you’re an author and it seems like you have a job, tell us about it.

CC: If I?m not writing, working, or being a creeper, I love to volunteer in my community or watch the local comedians perform. The older I get the more important it is to me to feel grounded and connected to my community. I?ve recently taken up running and I?m very excited to discover trails, nature, and to connect with new people.

SE: I wish I could run, but I have never been a runner. Let’s find out some personal things, what’s your favorite color?

CC: If I were to select one color from the rainbow it would have to say blue, no green, no orange, uh let?s just say blue-green-orange. The colors blue and green make me feel calm, but when I?m feeling my oats I wear orange.

SE: Feeling your oats!? hahahahaha… You are so funny! Okay ? and I know you are a little dare devil! I?ve heard your stories of sky diving and such. What is the most daring thing you have ever done?

CC: When it comes to physically daring things I don?t bat an eye. I?ve raced my car (legitimately, not on the street), went white water rafting, bungee jumped off a bridge, tandem sky dived, earned a black belt in two different martial arts, performed stand-up comedy, earned my motorcycle endorsement, and bought a house by myself, but when it comes to the mushy love stuff I feel like a shrinking violet. The most daring thing I did recently was ask a guy if he wanted to go out. He said yes and it?s a story in the making right now.

SE: You know, I knew about some of those things, but not ALL of that! WOW! You put me to shame little lady! Now that have shared a little about you personally, let’s talk about your writing.? Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?

CC: I wait for my muse to sneak up and attack. This doesn?t always work well for constant sleeping or a steady social calendar, but it?s worth it. I?ve tried to force writing in the past, but when I read over it to edit, I always end up scraping it because it feels unauthentic and technically speaking blah. I like to listen to Christmas music when I write. I think that?s because the first book in the series, First Snow, is set during the holiday season, and I listened to Christmas music then. Christmas music makes me think of love, family, and romantic adventures.

SE: Okay, now I’ve heard of people listening to music, I always do, but I’ve never heard of anyone listening to Christmas music year round to inspire writing. That’s pretty cool. What book are we talking about today, and is it part of a series or a stand alone novel?

CC: My most recent book is Cinnamon Summer. It?s a part of a small town romance series in the town Willow Reed. It?s definitely one of my favorites.? I wanted to write a book about a woman who has to sacrifice big time for the family she loves and almost loses her way in her desire to regain her sense of self. It?s a sweet romance which will make you feel warm and fuzzy with the perfect happily ever after.

SE: I personally love your Willow Reed series, it is soft and sweet! Do you have any upcoming projects in the works or other books that have been published ? Tell us about them?

CC: I?m working on the final book in the Willow Reed series called Autumn Wish. It?s about woman named Nell who isn?t so sure she wants to get married to her fianc?. He?s a great man, but she?s overwhelmed with the fact she will be the guardian of two children who are not her own. I?m thinking of creating a kind of alternate world where she wakes up one day and isn?t engaged to her fianc?, but her sassy sister is. It would be a fun story to write and that motivates me to write.

SE: Oh, I love that concept!!! I can’t wait to see it! Christine – thank you so much for coming to visit with us today!? I’ve loved having you here!

For those who would like to find out more about Christine Cunningham, check out these links:

Blog: http://mungoisischristine.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CCNovels

Twitter: https://twitter.com/E_B_ChristineC

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ebchristine/

You can find the Willow Reed Series on Amazon:

Sunday Coffee Time Chat with Author Emerald Barnes

Welcome to Sunday morning Coffee Chat time!

Today’s guest is Emerald Barnes!

SE: I’m so excited to have Emerald Barnes on my blog today for our Sunday Chat! I have known Emerald for a few years now and she is the one of the sweetest women you will ever meet! Welcome Emerald!

EB: Hi Stacy! Thanks so much for allowing me to join you and your readers for Coffee Time Sundays! I?m super thrilled to be here with you again! And, I always love meeting other blogger?s readers.?

SE: And they will love to meet you too! First I have to know, Coffee or Tea?

EB: Oh coffee, no doubt when it comes to hot beverages, but if we?re talking about a Southerner?s tea, then sweet tea! The sweeter the better, I say.

SE: Yes, yes, yes. I forgot to mention to the readers that Emerald is a sweet southern lady too! So,? we know you?re an author, but do you work another job when you are not writing?

EB: I?m a proofreader and line editor, as well. I just started out so business isn?t booming, but it?s not bad either. However, that?s all I do.

SE: Oh no, you are quite a busy young woman!! You have a ton of nieces and nephews running around you!? But I do wish you well on the proofreading business! What is your favorite thing to do when you aren?t writing or working?

EB: I love watching TV shows. I know that?s kind of weird, but I just love letting my mind take a break by diving into something like that. I know this is horrible, but it?s not reading either. I read all day, and sometimes, I just need to look at a screen with real people and not words.

That actually makes a lot of sense. What is your favorite color?

EB: Green. Because of my name! Well, honestly, I?m not sure how it started. I think it?s because I love all things Irish. I?m of Irish descent, so I?ve kind of fallen in love with it. And, well, almost everything Irish is green, so it kind of just happened. But I do really like purple. It?s a bit more girly than green, and I have a pretty girly side to me as well.

SE: Yes you do! And I do not really think purple is that girlie. I know guys who like it too! What is your favorite season?

EB: Fall. The air gets this crisp feel to it, and the leaves begin changing colors. I think my favorite thing to do is drive down the road after the leaves have fallen and just see them flying around the car. The sky looks different, and it?s just so beautiful! I?m so in love that season!

SE: It sounds like you do, it makes me sneeze, but then again so do the rest of the seasons. If you could live anyplace on earth, where would it be?

EB: The thing is, I don?t think I?d be happier anywhere other than Mississippi; however, I would certainly try living in Ireland or England somewhere. I?ve always been fascinated with both places.

SE: Somehow I knew you were going to say that. Besides your family is close to you there. Other than writing, what do you have a passion for?

EB: God and church. (They go hand in hand, I know.) Without God, I wouldn?t have gotten where I am today, and I love the relationship that I have developed with Him. And just like most relationships, you need to spend time getting to know each other. And, although God knows me, I have to get to know Him. So, I spend a lot of time in study and prayer. Admittedly, it?s not as much as I should, but it?s something that I?m working on.

SE: I’m glad to hear that Emerald – I know God does mean a lot to you, and I’m so glad.? Okay, now that readers know some of the personal aspects of you, let’s talk about your writing. How long have your been writing? Was it a dream, a goal or is it just a hobby?

EB: I?ve been writing since high school. I bought a notebook and began writing a silly romance novel. I was obsessed with Moulin Rouge and forbidden loves, at the time, and it had something to do with that. I, also, was working on a ghost story set in a Southern plantation about the Civil War. I still think about finishing that story now. But that was a hobby then. It turned serious when I graduated and went to college in 2005. I thought, I might can do this. I might actually have a chance to pursue what I love. So, I got my English degree with an Emphasis on Creative Writing. Did it help? Nah. (Although it was an invaluable experience! I loved college and want to go back!) ?Life experience has helped with my writing more than anything, but it soon became a reality when I published my first novella. So, it began as a hobby, turned into a dream, and ended with a goal.

SE: You have to love dreams that turn into goals!! Keep it up! How many hours a day do you devote to writing?

EB: As many as I can. Really, it doesn?t turn out like I want it to. I have so many other things going on, so if I feel like I can get in an hour, I?m doing good. I usually shoot for more like three hours, but I have to go with what is happening around me.

SE: Don’t we all! Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?

EB: I write when the mood strikes. I?m not a routine-type of girl. I guess that?s why I?m more of a pantser than plotter. I don?t plot much. *smiles*

SE: lol… Is there some place special you like to be when you write?

EB: I prefer to be in my recliner, but I?m not really picky. If the mood hits me just right, I can be anywhere.

SE: Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write?

EB: It?s never quiet where I live. *laughs* So, I don?t have to have the quiet. Some of my novels require mood music but not all of them. It really just depends on the book ? and my nieces and nephews who demand Auntie Em?s attention!

SE: lol… See I told you that’s not all you do before! Okay, let’s talk about your book! What is the name of it and is it part of a series or a stand alone novel?

EB: My book is Entertaining Angels, and right now, it?s a standalone. Honestly, it will more than likely be the first in a series. I?m already working on book two. *grins eagerly*

SE: That is awesome! I didn’t know that!? Where did the idea come from?

EB: God. I was wondering how to make my novel not so clich?d. At first, it was just going to be a cute little novel where the nerd gets the girl of his dreams, but it turned into so much more. I was praying about where I needed to take it because I was tired of the clich?, and I wasn?t into it at all. The next thing I know, I have this idea. I know it was God because it evolved into a Christian novel where it focused on helping teenage girls, women, and men see the importance of loving themselves.

I love that concept!!! What is it about?

EB: Entertaining Angels focuses on sixteen year old Madison.?

Madison Andrews can?t face her reflection in the mirror.? All she sees is a big, fat nobody.? Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that?s not skin deep.

Along comes Zach, the new guy in school.? He?s smoking hot and totally out of her league.? She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once.? But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won?t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.

Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than what she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential.? Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?

SE: Sounds great Emerald!? What about your other work? Do you have any upcoming projects in the works or other books that have been published ? Tell us about them?

EB: Nothing upcoming yet that?s set in stone.? I have books I?m writing; however, they?re not ready for publication just yet or worth mentioning, but I have two other published novels, Piercing Through the Darkness and Read Me Dead. Both are young adult, but they?ve been enjoyed by all ages up to this point!

Piercing Through the Darkness is a suspense/thriller that focuses on a college student who has forgotten an important memory. And suddenly, her Biology teacher wants her dead. She doesn?t know why, but he does. And he cannot learn to forgive.

Read Me Dead is a romantic suspense about a young girl who has witnessed her parents? brutal murder, and she has seen the murderer himself. A newspaper reporter overhears her story and writes about it. The murderer has come back to silence her, and she must learn how to protect her friends and family before the murderer comes after them, too.

Thank you so much Emerald!! I’ve loved having you hear for our chat today!!!

If you would like to know more about Emerald Barnes, please check out these links:

Website: http://www.emeraldbarnes.us

Blog: http//ebarnes23.wordpress.com and http://emeraldbarnes.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fanpageforemeraldbarnes

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/emeraldbarnes

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/emerald_barnes

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/emeraldbarnes/

Video Trailers:

Entertaining Angels

Piercing Through the Darkness

Read Me Dead?

 

Purchase links:

AMAZON:

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/entertaining-angels-emerald-barnes/1119845179

Read Me Dead:

https://ganxy.com/i/73581/emerald-barnes/read-me-dead

Piercing Through the Darkness:

https://ganxy.com/i/73578/emerald-barnes/piercing-through-the-darkness