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Thursday Thoughts with Amazon best selling author Twyla Turner #darkromance #novelswithcurves #BWWM

thursday thoughtsWelcome to TOW feature Thursday’s Thoughts. When I have a chance, I share the thoughts of a featured author in the form of answers to questions I posed to them.

Today’s featured author is Twyla Turner .

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing professionally for nearly 4 years (Fall 2013). I wrote here and there all my life, but never seriously until recent years. I’d always hoped to eventually write seriously. I’m glad it finally hit me.

Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?

Uh…not really. I like to sing and dance, but I don’t do them very much anymore. I used to be a karaoke queen. Ha!

What gives you inspiration for your book(s)?

Several different things. Some are literal fantasies of mine (Star-Struck, THR3E, Winter’s Beast). Others come to me out of nowhere or from a simple idea that blossoms into a fully fleshed out story (Chasing Day, The Red Scot). Other times it’ll come from a news story I hear or an experience someone else has had (Scarred, The Rescue).

What do you love most about the writing process?

When the story is flowing so well that the characters start writing the story for me.

What is your advice to someone new to writing?

I truly believe that if everyone writes the story they want to read that they’ll always be passionate about writing and someone in the world will want to read it. And something that I just truly started to understand is to always, always write the five senses. What does the character see, feel, hear, taste, and smell? If you write that it will fully immerse the reader into the story.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Watching some of my favorite shows (This Is Us, Outlander, Scandal, etc.). Go to the movies because I adore movies. And when my own stories aren’t getting in the way, I love to read. I’m a reader first and a writer second.

Who is Twyla Turner? I was born in Joliet, Illinois and was almost immediately enamored with all things entertainment and yearned for something “more”. I wrote my first story in the 3rd grade and fell in love with creating a whole world from my mind. But it was a long winding road to self-publishing my first novel Star-Struck. An interest in science and animals, to wanting to be the next Oprah, majoring in radio/television with a minor in creative writing, to a year in Japan, four years in California and then to Arizona where a trip to spiritual Sedona awakened something in me and the need to write finally hit me like a brick wall. And once I started, the ideas flooded my brain like I never dreamed possible. My love of romance and travel, as well as my struggle with body image and the male species combined into wanting to write romance for ‘real’ women. I have 13 full-length novels to date and 2 novellas and my dark romance trilogy The Damaged Souls Series was a 2015 Amazon Bestseller. I have become known as a champion for the underdog and I’m only just getting started.

You can find her latest book here: http://bit.ly/wintersbeast

Winter’s Beast Blurb:

I had only one rule: Winter is mine. He defied me and captured her heart. Now they both must pay. Winter’s Beast is one part sugar and sweet, two parts sex and sweat. It is not your typical Romance and although it has a HEA, it’s a dark, twisty road to get there.

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Thursday Thoughts with author L.A. Remenicky @remenickywrites

thursday thoughtsWelcome to TOW feature Thursday’s Thoughts. I share the thoughts of a featured author in the form of answers to questions I posed to them.

One of April’s featured authors is L.A Reminicky.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since November of 2012. I had been toying with an idea I had for a book when a friend introduced me to NaNoWriMo. I signed up, wrote over 50,000 words that month and that mess eventually became my first book, Saving Cassie which I released in 2013.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I’m usually reading or playing on Facebook. I’m also trying to get healthier so I walk every day.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

The biggest thing is to start writing earlier, put that story down on paper that’s floating around in your head. And, to try and be more social.

Which celebrity actor would cast as your main character and why?

Alex O’Loughlin will always be my Logan. As the character came alive in my mind that’s the image I had of him.

Interested in learning more? L.A. Remenicky writes Love Stories With A Twist. She is a wife and mother of two fur kids. An avid reader all her life, she finally put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) during NaNoWriMo in 2012 and has never looked back. When she’s not typing away on her latest story with music playing in the background, she can usually be found spending time with her family and friends.

You can find her here:
Website: http://www.laremenicky.com
Blog: http://laremenicky.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/laremenicky
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/remenickywrites
Goodreads

Where There’s Faith
A past she can’t remember. A love he can’t forget.
After hitting rock bottom, Robert Newlin embraced sobriety and tried to live his life quietly and alone at his family’s lake cottage. Blaming himself for the accident that claimed his wife and unborn baby, he spent most of his time alone and grieving until Faith moved into the cottage next door.
Faith McMillan had no memory of her life before that day three years ago. The physical scars had faded but the emotional ones were still fresh and raw. Living rent-free seemed like a great way to finish her second book and would give her the time to figure out her next move. But then she met the reclusive guy next door.
Robbie and Faith – can two broken people who vowed to live their lives alone find happiness together?
Available on Amazon 
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Thursday Thoughts with Award-winning author Christine Nolfi @christinenolfi

thursday thoughtsWelcome to TOW bi-monthly feature Thursday’s Thoughts. On the second and fourth Thursday of each month, I share the thoughts of a featured author in the form of answers to questions I posed to them.

One of February’s featured authors is Christine Nolfi.

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How long have you been writing?

First let me say, thank you for inviting me to post on The Opinionated Woman’s Musings blog. I’ve been walking around on happy feet since Booklist said my February 28th release “…has such a charming small-town vibe and endearing characters that readers will find themselves falling in love with quirky Sweet Lake and hoping for a series.”

Ok, back to the question. I can’t recall a time in childhood when I wasn’t writing stories. After college, I owned a small PR firm, and took on writing tasks for companies in northeast Ohio. Once my four adopted children were all in elementary school, I began writing novels fulltime.

If you’ve read the Liberty Series, you know I love writing stand-alone stories without cliffhangers, and with characters reappearing in later books. Creating a fictional town packed with eccentric, heartwarming people that readers will enjoy visiting time and again—is there anything more exciting? For me, there isn’t.

If you could be an animal, which would it be and why?

Years ago, I had reading by a medium who said mine was the spirit of the Great Black Wolf. It seemed a bizarre comment at the time. As I drove home, it dawned that I’ve always owned at least one dog. I was also born in the Chinese year of the dog, so it seems the choice has been made on my behalf.

What is your advice to someone new to writing?

Find a critique group of serious writers, with at least one published author in the group. Writing is a solitary occupation, and it helps to find the members of your tribe. If you’re not sure where to find a critique group, check with your local chapter of RWA (Romance Writers of America) or MWA (Mystery Writers of America).

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I’m the last woman alive who will freely admit she enjoys cleaning her house. For reasons unknown, great ideas for the next novel pop into my head while quietly ironing or mopping a floor. I also love to work out at the gym, cooking, gardening—and reading, of course!

Please tell us about your February release.

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In Sweet Lake, Linnie Wayfair battles to wrest control of the family’s inn, a historic Ohio landmark, from her flamboyant, filmmaker brother. During the tussle for control, she inadvertently sparks a romance with his attorney. Not that she thinks romance is a great idea: the tourist town of Sweet Lake, Ohio is dying. If she doesn’t turn the Wayfair Inn around, her beloved hometown will be all but shuttered.

She has help along the way from her two closest friends, Jada and Cat. She’s also aided by a group of older women in town who refuse to see the inn shut down. The Sweet Lake Sirens intervene on Linnie’s behalf in hilarious, and often poignant ways.

I don’t want to give all the fun away. Let me leave you with this quote from Kirkus Reviews: “The theme that ‘any event capable of breaking a woman could break her open instead, to reveal her true beauty and power’ reveals itself in surprising ways. In this uplifting and charming story, each room of the inn is filled with friendship, forgiveness, and love.”

Interested in learning more about award-winning author Christine Nolfi? She provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her debut Treasure Me is a Next Generation Indie Awards finalist. The Midwest Book Review lists the books in the Liberty Series as “highly recommended” and her novels have enjoyed bestseller status. Look for her 2017 series, Sweet Lake. Join her mailing list at http://eepurl.com/AcuEH and chat with her on Twitter at @christinenolfi.

Christine’s website: http://christinenolfi.com

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4811669.Christine_Nolfi

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/christinenolfi

Christine on Twitter: https://twitter.com/christinenolfi

Link to Sweet Lake on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Lake-Novel-Book-ebook/dp/B01IH81XUM/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1484075291&sr=8-1&keywords=sweet+lake

Link to The Comfort of Secrets on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N4N00OR/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Link to the Liberty Series on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Liberty-5-Book/dp/B014Z0T9D4/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1484075616&sr=8-7&keywords=the+liberty+series+by+christine+nolfi

Thursday Thoughts: Featuring Author Michael Shusko #military #suspense


Welcome to TOW bi-monthly feature Thursday’s Thoughts. On the second and fourth Thursday of each month, I share the thoughts of a featured author in the form of answers to questions I posed to them.

One of January’s featured authors is Michael Shusko.

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How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since my first deployment to Iraq in 2003. It started as a way to pass the time, and to deal with some of the stressors of being deployed to a combat zone and missing my family. Then, my triplet sons were just three years old. I began writing about the many experiences and feelings that arise from living in a war-torn country, and interweaving those thoughts into stories. I found that I very much enjoyed writing and, in fact, it became therapeutic. I continued writing when I returned to the United States in 2004, and have written dozens of manuscripts in various stages of completion. Six of these manuscripts are part of the Tradecraft series that I’ve begun publishing, starting with Vector. It’s interesting that I was in my late thirties when I discovered my love of writing. Now, I can’t imagine ever not writing.

What is your favorite style of music?

Do you listen while you write? I enjoy music from the 60s through 80s as well as classical and contemporary music. As a native of New Jersey, of course Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi are among my favorite musicians. But I don’t listen while I write. I prefer to write in a quiet setting where I can focus on the emotions of the scene. This is usually very early in the morning, mostly before work.

What is your advice to someone new to writing?

Write from your heart and never give up. If you believe in your writing and your story, persevere to see it in print. It took me over a decade to get Vector published — but the wait was well worth it. And I believe I’m a better author thanks to the things I learned about writing and the publishing industry along the way.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Relax with my amazing wife and three sons, now 16 years old. We enjoy traveling and experiencing new cultures, much of which I try to incorporate into my stories. I try to balance my life as much as possible: write in the morning before work, focus on my patients in my clinic during the day, then relax with my family at night.

Who is Michael Shusko?  He was raised in Long Branch, NJ. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1985 after graduating high school. Dr. Shusko cut his teeth in the military in the mid ’80s and early ’90s. As his first assignment, he attended the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, CA, where he studied Arabic. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and has been awarded the Bronze Star twice for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently lives in Japan with his wife and 16-year-old triplet boys..

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Book blurb: When researcher Jawad Khattib gasps his last breath on the Massachusetts General Hospital floor, the Department of Homeland Security wants answers—especially after a preliminary autopsy suggests he died of radiation poisoning. What exactly was Khattib working on? And who was he working for? DHS Agent Lee Jansen is rushed to Boston and paired with expert toxicologist Dr. Emma Hess to crack the case. All evidence points to the creation of a dirty bomb, but the clues seem too clean, too obvious. During the course of their investigation, they discover the horrible truth. This new weapon is far more deadly than anyone had expected. It isn’t just capable of killing hundreds—it’s capable of killing hundreds of thousands. Can they stop what’s been set in motion by a madman with a dangerous secret before it’s too late?

Thursday’s Thoughts featuring author David Edwards #TSOTA #IARTG @DavidCreativia

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Welcome to TOW bi-monthly feature Thursday’s Thoughts. On the second and fourth Thursday in the month, I share the thoughts of a featured author in the form of answers to questions posed to them.

One of December’s featured authors is David Edwards.

How long have you been writing?  

In all likelihood I’ve been writing for fifty six years, and I have spent nearly forty years writing reports, specifications, software and documentation, but whilst I had always wanted to write a novel I
didn’t start one until 2013.

What do you do to relax?  

To relax, I loaf; read a bit, cut the grass, play with hardware, socialise.

Are you a dog or cat person? What is your favorite breed?  

I’m not much of a pet person, but probably more cat than dog. We used to have a cat that would lie on my chest and purr loudly when I was slumped on a recliner using my laptop, a sort of self propelled  fur collar. I was definitely fond of him.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?  

When I’m not writing, I like to loaf (see above), but the day job has to get done sometime.

Who is David Edwards? He has spent the last thirty five years as an Independent IT Consultant (http://www.e2-systems.co.uk), carrying out assignments all over the world. He has an ability to combine strategic vision with a mastery of detail, both of Information Technology and a wide range of Business Applications. Or so he tells his customers. If you met him socially, you would learn that he has been married for thirty eight years, has four children, and swapped the last of them for a demented parent when he and his wife last moved. ‘The Spirit Of The Age’ is his first novel.

Book Blurb: A disparate group of people, thrown together in darkest Dorset, strive for a sense of community against a post-pastoral backdrop of shady goings on and murder.

A young Muslim towny is married off to cricket-mad rural sub-postmaster Majid and starts a new life as Probationary Police Constable Skandi Khan in rural Dorset. Her neighbours are hapless IT operative James, thrusting and charmless Financial Executive Roger, and prickly Human Resources Manager Stephanie. Shortly to be joined by soul-eating sea-demon Sireen.

There are posh people. Lots of posh people. And possibly witches. Cue murder, mayhem, marriages, deaths and births. Will anyone win through to happy ever after?

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