Saturday, December 1, 2012



First of all J.A., thank you so much for being with us.
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?


Hi Jerlyn, thanks for having me on your blog.  I’m a fairly new fiction writer, having only started in January 2012. But I’ve been writing non-fiction full time since 2008.  I have a science background and I love science fiction, so I decided that I’d like to write science fiction that young people (new adults) might like to read.


2. Can you tell us about your current release?


My current release is actually the first three books in the I Am Just Junco series.  I hate cliffhangers and I knew that book one, CLUTCH, would have to end on a big question mark, so I decided to write and release the first three books in the series at the same time.  The second book, FLEDGE, immediately picks up where CLUTCH left off, while the fourth and fifth books have a different storyline, so the end of book three, FLIGHT, was a good break for readers.


3. Have you always written New Adult Science Fiction?


Yes!  (Because these are the only fiction books I’ve ever written!)


4. For the readers who may not be familiar with the New Adult Science Fiction, could you tell us a little about this genre?


The new adult genre deals with young adults that have left high school and are just starting out in their adult lives.  This is a time of high conflict, life-changing decisions, and anxiety – so basically the perfect backdrop for stories!  My books just have a touch of science and fantasy mixed together with a high-intensity heroine who is dealing with her new-found independence for the first time.  I think this captures the struggle of new adults perfectly.


5. Could you tell us about your three book series, I Am Just Junco?


Sure!  In the first book, CLUTCH, we find Junco on the edge of a major decision.  Will she enter a restricted area of her futuristic country?  This choice, and each subsequent one, changes her life forever.  She’s coming to terms with a lot of things in this book, but mostly she is coming to terms with herself.  Who is she?


FLEDGE begins right after CLUTCH ends and Junco finds herself in a new environment, surrounded by strangers, and expected to do things that she’s not entirely on board with.  And FLIGHT concludes this three book plot-line and sets the readers ready for the final two books.


All three books are exciting and not for young adults!  Junco has a major potty-mouth and there is a lot of realistic violence.  They have twisty plots, severely flawed characters, and a lot of emotion. 



6. What inspired you to write these books?


Before I started my non-fiction business I got a part-time job traveling all over Colorado inspecting farms.  I’d spend entire days just driving around by myself.  I fell in love with the state and started world building for a future novel so I had this story in my head for about five years before I actually started writing it. That’s pretty much how I was able to write all three books so quickly. 



you mentioned that you write under two different pen names and you also have 190 non-fiction titles that caters to teaching science to home learners. Can you tell us more about these?


Basically I write science curriculum for homeschoolers.  I started my company, Simple Schooling, in 2008 and started writing nature studies for elementary age kids.  At the time I was just finishing up my master’s degree in forensic toxicology so I decided to write a high school forensic science course.  It took off from there and I ended up writing a complete high school anatomy and physiology course and a middle school physics course.  After that I switched from long courses to unit studies, which areshort in-depth courses that take one topic, like butterflies or caves, and allow kids and parents to break science down to these high-interest areas. 


8. What else have you written and where could we find them?


All my printable non-fiction is available at an online homeschool mall called CurrClick and I also run a classroom called where parents can purchase online course subscriptions to go with the workbooks.


7. Can you tell us about your next great New Adult Science Fiction?

I’m currently finishing up the Junco series, but after that I have a paranormal romance series scheduled.  I can’t say too much about it because it’s still in the planning stages, but it will be a true romance (unlike Junco, which has romance in it, but only as a subplot) and it will have a lot of exciting action.  :)


Thank you so much for having me on your blog!  It’s been a pleasure!


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Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a great and safe Thanksgiving. If you're like me, you ate too much and Black Friday'ed too much.
  But,  woohoo, I did manage to publish my new short story Terrorizing Tara on Smashwords.

Terrorizing Tara (Short Story) is the second romantic suspense, short story in the "Tara" series. Detective Tara Woods comes face to face with a serial killer who wants to make her victim number five.

 Detective Tara Woods and her partner Detective Matt Dobbs investigates New York's third murdered woman within two months.
There is one sickening detail they'd intentionally kept from the media on all three women found. The same M.O. convince them they had a serial killer on the loose and time suddenly runs out.
Terrorizing Tara can be found on Smashword at  

Friday, November 16, 2012



1.     Welcome Missy. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I'm a southern girl who grew up in the country. I spent my formative years wanting to see the world only to discover as an adult that there's no place like home. Besides writing and books I love genealogy, movies, tennis and family. I don't know what else would interest your readers. I think Dean Martin surpassed Frank Sinatra in both talent and charisma. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I've had the same best friend since I was fourteen years old.

 2. Can you tell us about your current Short Story releases and where we may find them?
I've self-published three short stories:

Abandon - An unexpected encounter with a rock star gives a divorcee a new perspective.

Fool's Journey - Maks had but one goal on his mind. Steal a rock and return it to a dying boy. What he didn't count on was a mysterious beauty insisting she tag along.

Miltonia Butterflies - Young Paz explores a garden and encounters a unique flower. In order to share her discovery with her mother, she must overcome a few obstacles.

 All can be found at Smashwords: They have propagated to other sites, but Smashwords is the centralized location for download.

 3. Can you tell us a little about your next Women's Fiction?

The Widows of Wyatt Abney revolves around two women, Yancy and Beth. As teenagers they lost a great love when Wyatt Abney died. Twenty-five years later they meet again and they throw their families into turmoil; along the way they discover whether they’ve truly moved on or merely moved forward.

 4. What inspired you to write this Women's Fiction novel instead of your Short Stories?

I've always loved to write stories, but some ideas won't fit into the short format; it takes longer to get the story told. The characters of The Widows of Wyatt Abney have been rattling around my brain for a long time. After practicing the art of storytelling in the form of short stories, I felt I was ready to write a novel. It's been a satisfying experience so far.

 5. On your Missy Writes blog, you mentioned your experience in pitching your novel for the first time. Can you tell us more?

I was sorely unprepared to pitch during the Ozark Writers Conference, but at the last minute decided it would be a good experience. The actual pitch was a disaster. I let the agent overwhelm me when I should have been better prepared and took control. It taught me a great deal. Next time, I'll be able to describe my book in a few sentences and defend my choice of genre.

 6. What is one thing that your readers may not know about you and should?

I'm passionate about helping other writers. Sometimes my writing suffers because I put others first. I'm learning to balance.

 7. What is one thing that has contributed to your success as an author?

I don't know that I'm really classified as a success though I wouldn't say I'm a failure either. What has helped me most is the ability to focus on writing alone. I don't have the emotional stamina to work full-time and write. Writers who do both have my highest respect. Because I'm disabled by chronic migraines and a severe depressive disorder I'm unable to work outside the home. Losing multiple jobs because I'm not dependable hit me hard. I've realized, despite my frequent pain, this is the best situation for me to focus on what I love. If I'm unable to write because of pain, the only person I'm letting down is myself.

 8. Your web page says you are a Creator of Tension Filled Emotional Journeys. What part of the emotional journey of 'Missy' ends up in your novel or short stories?

It's different for each story. Even the characters that I can't really relate to feed off my emotions. It wasn't until I had finished writing Abandon that I realized my inability to have children drove Greta's journey. There's a little bit of me in all my stories, some more than others.

 Melissa "Missy" Frye

My short stories are available for download: Abandon | Fool's Journey | Miltonia Butterflies

Follow my writing journey at Missy Writes or visit my website for more ways to connect with me online.


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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Interview with Paranormal Author Jodie Pierce


First of all, welcome Jodie. Thank you for being with us today.

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am 37 years old and live with my hubby John in Cleveland, Ohio. I've been writing since high school and have been fascinated with vampires just as long. My favorite holiday is Halloween which I think is even better than Christmas for me. I've been traditionally published since 2009 and have a few self published titles out there as well. I'm very family oriented. When I'm not writing,  I'm with my family.

2. Can you tell us about your current release?

Demise of the Vampire Queen is the third installment of my Vampire Queen Trilogy. The Queen/Countess has been pushing her weight around for centuries and those around her have decided she's finally gone too far. This is the story about her final plans and the plans of others to dethrone her.

3. Have you always written paranormal?

I've always written paranormal. In high school, I started writing romance but quickly left it because straight romance was boring to me. Now I include romance in my paranormal and I'm liking the match. I just wrote a contemporary paranormal erotica book and that was my first attempt at contemporary.

4. What inspired you to write this book?

 The Vampire Queen was my baby, my first real story of substance that I slaved over. After the second one, I thought it'd be fun to have a trilogy so I wrote this one to kind of tie things up.

5. On your  THE VAMPIRE QUEEN1 blog, you mentioned that you've had a
fascination with vampires since childhood. Can you tell us more?

 I don't remember how it started, I just remember being a child in elementary school, in the sweltering summer, in bed with a tank top and shorts on with a sheet wrapped around my neck thinking the vampires couldn't get me that way. I was never afraid of them and later wished to become one but have always had a sort of romance with them in my mind.

6. What else have you written and where could we find them?

I've written: The Vampire Queen (book 1), The Vampire Chronicles (Book 2), Condemned by a Vampire, Midnight Thirsts 2, Tales of the Vampire: From A-Z, Once Sanguist, Twice Bi, The Reluctant Vampire and finally Demise of the Vampire Queen, all of which can be found on

7. Can you tell us about your next great vampire story?
My next great vampire story outline has already been completed and a draft written. Now it's time to expand, edit, improve, etc. It will be a paranormal, romance, erotica, horror story. A little of everything in it for everyone. My main links are:
vampiregds for Twitter
thevampirequeen on several other sites like goodreads, book blogs, stumbleupon, etc.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My pot of taco soup tasted soooo good last night.

When cooler weather hits, I bring out my favorite soup recipes. The taco soup I made last night tasted soooo good.
I browned a lb. of hamburger meat and added a small onion, bell pepper to pan.
In separate pot I added:
1 garlic clove
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of Rotel
1 small can of tomato paste
1 can of Pinto beans
1 can of Kidney beans
1 can of whole corn
2 cup of water ( or more if needed )
1 1/2 packages of taco seasoning
Add the browned meat, onions and bell pepper to pot.
Serve with shredded cheese on top and chips or sometimes I make a pan of cornbread.  Yummy.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Autumn Fever

I have Autumn fever, folks.  I love the cooler weather and the beautiful leaves changing colors. It makes me want to sit in front of my large windows with a  roaring fire and a good book in my hands. Or, writing on my Romantic suspense short story, Terrorizing Tara.
Which brings to mind, I would love to have guest bloggers for my new blog.  It seems a little bare. Kinda like trees in the winter after the beautiful leaves have fallen.  I would be happy to guest blog on yours in appreciation. I'm looking for Romance authors or Romance readers. You can blog about your favorite author or subject.  Just keep it clean, please. Thanks everyone and Happy Autumn.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

 My 14th annual Fall Writer's Retreat has come and gone. Sad.  Once a year, my two wonderful critique partners and I meet in a large cabin by a lake. All year long we each plan out what foods, drinks and writing material we will haul to the cabin to do us for three days. I'm always in charge of breakfast and lunch. One is in charge of a scrumptious meal for Friday night, the other one does Saturday.
  And, I'm talking good homecooked food, or should I say cuisine. Crabcakes..Oh lord, Stuffed mushrooms, Shrimp and Jasmine rice and Crab casseroles. Yummy. Course, we have wine, beer and mixed drinks to wash it down with and chocolate, chocolate cheese cake, chocolate candy, a large assortment of snacks. This year we had champagne to celebrate our accomplishments.
  We eat. We drink and we laugh and stay up to 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning talking. But, most importantly we write. We plot and we brainstorm ideas for our work in process.
  This year, my critique partners stressed ( that's a mild word. LOL) that I need to do another follow up to my Romantic Suspense short story TANGLE WITH TARA. So, during our retreat I began the next sequel with TERRORIZING TARA, a Romantic Suspense short story.
   My heroine, Detective Tara Woods comes face to face with a serial killer. Murdered women are showing up in shallow graves all over New York in the most unusual ways. Detective Woods had thought she'd seen it all. Until now.
  And, her love life is almost as scary. What's a woman to do when she's extremely attracted to both her live-in boyfriend, Jake and her partner, Detective Dobbs? Panic?

TERRORIZING TARA WILL BE RELEASED SOON!  Please visit often for updates.

Talk to you soon. Jerlyn

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Sit down. Prop your feet up and get comfortable. Pour yourself a glass of wine, mix a margarita or pop open a beer or a nonalcohol drink if you choose, open a box of delicious chocolates and feel yourself drift into my world.