Guest Post with Francine Beaton

Rugby meets romance

What has Fourth of July, rugby and romance in common?

The obvious answer should be, absolutely nothing. It was, however, what led to the writing of the Playing for Glory series. On 26 February, I’ll release the third book in the series, and the first I’ve ever written, Leading from the Front.

A chance meeting with a rugby player from Jersey on a Fourth of July boat cruise on the Hudson planted the seed although I didn’t know it then. Before, and even during that meeting I not even dreamed about writing a novel, so a rugby romance was out of the question. It was only on the long flight from New York to Johannesburg while struggling through another rugby romance, the seed was planted.

I’m not mentioning the writer or the book, but it was absolute garbage. It felt as if the author knew nothing about the game, fitting in sex scenes on every second page to cover for the bad storyline. I suddenly thought that I’m sure I can write a better rugby romance than that. When we arrived in Johannesburg, I already planned a series. I’ve never written a book before and never dreamed of writing one either. It was just a random thought. But it seemed that I unpacked my muse along with my dirty laundry. Two days after our return from New York, I started writing. That was the end of July 2016.

I wrote non-stop for the next six months, finishing about six novels during that time. The first ones were just as bad as the one I read on the plane. It didn’t stop me though. In May 2017 I attended a Romance Master Class in Cape Town with writing coach Sarah Bullen of The Writing Room. Just before that class, I’ve finished the seventh novel in the series I called Taming a Buffalo. I took that book called Under the Mistletoe along to the course. During the course, Sarah read parts of the novel and encouraged me to continue. Over the next three months, Sarah helped me to polish the book. She also advised me to change the names of the books and the series name to something that relates to sport. Under the Mistletoe changed to Eye on the Ball, which was first published in April 2019 by Roane publishers who had closed their doors at the end of 2018. Since then I’ve got my rights back and started to self-publish. 

The series Playing for Glory, as well as the prequel series called Kick-Off, consisting of three books, all deals with the players and management of a fictional rugby team based in Pretoria. Because rugby is a professional sport, I had no choice than to create my own team called the Buffaloes, playing in a fictional series called the International Club Challenge. 

The Playing for Glory series was supposed to be typical sports romances with sizzling sex scenes. It didn’t stay that way. My characters seem to follow their own destiny and it doesn’t matter how hard I tried, they stay true to themselves. I still blame it on Jakes in Eye on the Ball. Although Jakes had the looks, the physicality, macho male image, the intelligence and other attributes to make him an alpha male, Jakes wanted to highlight important issues that had nothing to do with his looks. With Eye on the Ball I wanted to show the readers that even though men like Jakes are physically tough, playing a hard and physical game, they may struggle with the same insecurities other people suffer from. They may be emotionally vulnerable and that is okay. It is, however, important to talk about it, and sometimes show your sensitive side before it is too late.

Leading from the Front is my ninth book. Two of those nine books are in Afrikaans, my home language, and the rest in English. Leading in the Front was supposed to be the first book, but again Jakes had a different idea.

 

LEADING FROM THE FRONT

Temptation can come in any form.

 

As long as it wasn’t Melissa Roux. Daniel Cooper had known that since the first moment he’d seen the new physio for the Buffaloes. As captain, he had to set an example and falling head over heels for the feisty blonde with the endless long legs wasn’t the way to do it.

 

Melissa knew Daniel was going to be a problem from the first day she walked into Buffaloes Stadium. There was no way she was going to risk her career for an arrogant chauvinist who called her a blonde bimbo. For that, she worked too hard to get her dream job.

 

Neither had reckoned with the undeniable chemistry between them and the famous Cooper curse. When he couldn’t hide it anymore, Daniel made a simple request which had more repercussions than he expected. In his quest to find the truth, he made another error in judgement, risking not only Melissa’s career but also the loyalty of his team and the Club.

 

Daniel and Melissa both had to make important decisions: what’s more important? Your career or love? 

 

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A Time For Change!

Hi to all of you lovely people…yes, you there, the one that has bothered to open this blog post and give it a read!

I’ve been posting plenty of reviews here over the past few years as well as my rants, usually about something that happened on FaceBook, aptly named by my step-father as ‘the book of the devil.’

Upon great reflection it has come to my attention that my rants have had far more attention, and therefore that’s what I’m going to do! JUST KIDDING! But, my posts will be more centred around my observations and experiences. You will not see me writing about the bloody casting of The Little Mermaid though, I mean…why is this even a thing?

I’ve recently become a reviewer for a lovely FaceBook page called Rainey Day Book Reviews (link opens in a new tab) and you can still follow my reviews by hitting the ‘like’ button. I’m joined by the lovely Lorraine Leatham, the pages original owner and Grace Coronado who joined at the same time as I did. If you’d like a review, please do get in touch by messaging the page or e-mailing us at raineydaybookreviewcrew@gmail.com.

I’ll also still be posting cover reveals, interviews, new releases…I’ve been offering, but strangely they haven’t been taken up. This must be a really rubbish blog! If you’re looking for content for your blog, you go right ahead and message me! I’d snap your arm off for the promo!

On a final note, and because I’m here, please don’t forget to enter my giveaway, share it around, for the love of all that’s holy…do something with it! L.T. Kelly’s Giveaway

Thank you!

Lucy

***Review*** A Slice of Sin

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Blurb

Who doesn’t love a little tasty erotica? Lick your lips and prepare yourself for a sensory feast!

The first in a series, A Slice of Sin is an anthology of savory stories guaranteed to make your mouth water and leave you needing a little privacy… or an audience.

Women drive these stories, taking the lead in sex, pushing the boundaries of their experience, and always enjoying themselves. From stories of casual sex to stories of the intimacy and enduring passion of established couples, these are stories that will whet your appetite and satisfy your cravings (and maybe leave you with some new ones…).

Act out a dirty little fantasy in Chase Morgan’s “The Stand In,” satisfy your late-night sweet tooth in Alegra Verde’s “The Bakery Boy,” or enjoy a night of romantic generosity in Autmn Tooley’s “Tonight Is For You.” Or step back to a time of long boats and Vikings in Michael Bracken’s “Saga of the Sailmaker’s Widow.”

From the romantic to the kinky, the suggestive to the explicit, this collection is sure to satisfy and keep you coming back for more and more.

This year’s contributors include:
Michael Bracken
Morrigan Cox
Paul Henry
Rachael Knight
Lynn Lake
Parker Lee
Aiden McKenna
Chase Morgan
Leah Mueller
Sophia Soror
Autmn Tooley
Alegra Verde
Cherry Wild

Review

I really needed something like this to get my reading groove back on. Which you’ll be glad to know I have! It’s just taken me longer than I expected to get on with writing this review meaning I’m halfway through a new read :).

This saucy anthology has something sliced between the pages for every reader imaginable. Some stories leave a lot to the hot under the collar readers imagination whilst others leave literally nothing, and I mean nothing for them to wonder.

As with every anthology out there, not every story provides sustenance for every reader. I reached the end of one or two works thinking, bloody hell, is that it? Whilst others truly fulfilled my appetite. I throughly enjoyed the vast majority of the work, even the tamer stories.

I devoured this gorgeous little book whole, though as I mentioned, some stories I knew wouldn’t be for me, so I skipped. I firmly believe that one readers trash would be another readers treasure in this case, making it a versatile and eclectic collection.

I award A Slice Of Sin:

Four glasses of fruity champagne and a banana (use your imagination 😉 )

That’s 4.5 stars to everyone else!

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Fifty Shades of Shit?

This blog post was originally intended to be my review of Fifty Shades of Grey, the movie. It will be, but after all of the internet savaging from both sides of the fence on the subject matter, I wanted to get my point across.

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I rushed to my local picture house two days after the movie was released. I wanted to love the movie and everything about it. I think most people were worried it wouldn’t have the right mixture of story and sex.

They were right to be worried, for me there wasn’t enough of both. I was astounded at actually how much nudity there was in the film. Now, I’m all up for nakedness, but I was a little sad at how much story we missed. I think most fans thought there wouldn’t be enough sex…

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Dornan as Grey was always the wrong choice for me personally, but I’m not sure they would have ever have got it right to suit everyones tastes. FSoG fans are nothing if not precious over who played the part of Mr. Grey whilst they were reading. Dornan has made his personal views on BDSM quite clear in the media, that has spoilt my ideology on who could pull off such a part. I feel he has held back from playing the role to the fullest.

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However, the casting of Ana made the film, she was perfect. My friend pointed out that the film was almost a dark rom-com in places…I couldn’t agree more. We were both a little taken aback that the word vanilla was never used during the movie, when it played such a big part in the book.

In summary, I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. The producers have successfully pulled off a rather shocking film adaptation…I think that was probably their goal, they’ve achieved that much. In doing so they’ve skipped out rather a lot of story, a story that I rather enjoyed. I would award it three stars for shock factor at least.

I read the books at the peak of their hype. I was a field marketing manager at the time, and I’d never seen such a phenomena. We, as a company, were contracted to place books on shelves in the correct chart position for a leading UK supermarket, keeping them topped up. During FSoG’s peak phase this was impossible, we were only contracted to do so many hours a day on that task…those hours simply weren’t enough to keep that section of shelf even half full.

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I read all three books within a week, I can’t say I was wowed by the writing, okay not even a little bit impressed. I’d have to agree with the critics and say the language was childish, some sex scenes were unrealistically written, and the dialogue a touch unoriginal and repetitive. I couldn’t stand Christian Grey for the most part of book one, but there was something that kept me hooked. Maybe it was knowing that there was more to the story than met the eye? Perhaps, it was wanting to watch Anastasia catch the uncatchable man? Whatever it was, the author did most of her job by keeping me reading.

There are hoards of people out there that hate FSoG, they will tell you every time you mention it that Christian Grey is in fact a physically and emotionally abusive, rapist. I honestly think that’s subjective. I never got the impression that Ana was being raped or abused. I think if you stepped back and read every smutty book with a strong male character and a weaker woman you could say the same for each one, it’s down to how you view it.

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To say that FSoG promotes rape and abuse is down right ludicrous. That’s like saying that I promote biting, blood drinking, sleeping around, and murder in my books. Although, I do like a nibble every now and then ;). Or, if you want to go further you could say that any works of fiction containing evil, murder, and violence are promoting the contents therein. What I read when I read FSoG is clearly very different to what others have read. I saw a girl enraptured by a man, a man who most definitely and undeniably a control freak with some different sexual tastes. I didn’t see Ana resist his pursuits, I saw a girl who wanted a man enough to go along with it all in the hope she could change him. Guess what…I see that everyday.

To me, the FSoG series promotes compromise, Ana wants a ‘normal’ relationship, Christian wants a submissive. By the end of it all they both get exactly what they want somewhere in the middle. They are both consenting adults and I’ve seen people do stranger things in the pursuit of love.

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I’m not misguided enough to believe that FSoG portrays a true reflection of a BDSM relationship. But then again, I’m also not misguided enough to believe that there are helicopter flying, twenty something, multi-millionaire CEO’s hanging around the roof tops of Seattle waiting to usher young impressionable women into rooms filled with whips and chains either. Much the same with Ana…looks like that, is a virgin, and never masturbated? Get real.

I think it’s very important to keep things in perspective. I feel like people are losing their shit over this book/film more than needed. I’ve stared domestic violence/abuse in the face, it’s a very emotive and upsetting subject. I didn’t see that within the pages of this book.

I do welcome all comments on this blog, in a structured way. I will not allow petty, nasty behaviour. An opinion and how you arrived at it would be constructive for either side of the argument.

The great review race!

I am running a month long giveaway. I really wanted some more reviews. Everyone knows that reviews are the lifeblood of an author and I’ve been extremely lucky to have had some awesome reviews already. Theres no beating that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you read one.

I am genuinely touched that people seem to love it. Even if they hate it…it made them feel something, right? 😉

The reason that I have set up this Rafflecopter giveaway the way that I have is to thank the people who have bought and reviewed my book already. I’m grateful for every reader that I’ve already captured, and this is just my way of saying thanks. I don’t want to be one of those authors that only rewards new readers…where would you be without ALL of your readers? Every reader deserves the same amount of attention, past or present.

I’m rewarding buyers past or present with 10 entries. I’m also giving 5 entries to anyone who has already reviewed and giving them the opportunity to spread their review across the platforms available for 5 entries per review. All of these opportunities are available to new readers too!

My book will never be FREE on any platform. I simply believe that it’s far to easy to ‘one-click’ a free book. You’re not investing any time into finding out whether that book is for you by reading the reviews or even reading the blurb. I believe that could result in not so great reviews based on the fact that the reader doesn’t like that kind of book rather than the book is ‘bad’. 

Therefore anyone that wants a FREE copy will have to e-mail me for a copy. I’m even throwing in an entry for requesting it! 

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Blurb

When Teagan Lewis moves from rural Montana to the bright lights of London with her maker Thomas, she expects to live as harmoniously as she has for the last one hundred-fifty years.

Teagan didn’t know she had a heart or soul until she met Marc Romano.

However, it quickly becomes clear that Marc is forbidden fruit. All the signs that he isn’t human were there from the beginning, but she chose to ignore them…to her peril.

Can she simply walk away from this mesmirising stranger? Or should she risk her immortality to be with the man she has fallen in love with?

Prizes

5 x signed paperbacks – ‘Falling to Pieces’.

6 x $5 Amazon Giftcards (or currency equivalent).

Thats 11 prizes worth a total of almost $80.

Some great reviews

‘This is L.T.Kelly’s Debut Novel and I have to say I’m very impressed, very impressed indeed.

It’s a well written book with a storyline I adored and one I read in one sitting.’

– Passionate About Books. 

‘Just Wow! It is full of sensuality, Sexuality, mystery, and left you sitting at the edge of your seat. I just could not read this book fast enough. I have not read a paranormal romance that good in God knows how long. The chemistry between Marc and Teagan was off the wall.’

– Fictions Our Addiction.

‘They both have this pull and there chemistry is HOT.  Crazy sex with one another and I am completely smitten with Marc.  He is very Alpha but in a controlled manner.  He has a duty to his family and is very torn with his feelings for Teagan.  Did I mention that they have HOT sex?’

-M’s Sinful Reviews. 

‘This book to me should be an over all 60 stars, but the most we can rate a book is 10.  Please go her fan site, blog site and twitter . Contact her find out how you can purchase this book ASAP!!!! Trust me You DON’T. Want. TO. Miss. This. Book.’

-Mousiey Book Reviews 

The main thing I enjoyed about this book was that it wasn’t like every other book that features vampires and werewolves. Instead of a young naive woman falling for the new guy who turns out to be a vampire, the main female character is strong and fights for what she wants, for who she wants. The main male character, Marc is another hot book boyfriend, who you will instantly want to read more about after his introduction into the story. This book has a great storyline with likeable characters and well detailed descriptions, L.T Kelly has done an awesome job and I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.

-AKA The Book Harlot Reviews.

 

 All thats left for you to do is decide if this is a book that you’d like to read? If you’d like to read ‘Falling to Pieces’ get yourself over to my page and follow the directions to get your FREE copy! Or earn yourself 10 entries by purchasing it. I’m all about choice ;). You can also use the contact section of this page.

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How negativity can have positive outcomes.

I feel like I can see you, sitting there having read the title of this post and thinking ‘Huh?’

It’s not always a good thing, but I have spent my entire life taking things the wrong way. I take everything personally, or I usually do would be a better way to describe myself. In turn I take every slight on me as a challenge. 

I’m marking today as the day that I’m starting a degree. This is something I’d never have expected that I’d do. These past few years have been full of my own personal set of things I’d never thought I’d do, I have to say I’m very proud of myself.

How has negativity helped me?

As a child I had low expectations of everyone including myself. This was due to things that I shouldn’t have seen or experienced. I took a negative outlook on the world and the people within it. A childhood friend of mines father told me, aged around twelve or thirteen, without hesitation. “Lucy, you’ll be living in a council flat, pregnant at seventeen.”

It was a disgusting thing to say to a child, but if he hadn’t of said that maybe I would have.

I moved schools several times in the pivotal years of my education. I’d just sat my GCSE’s and I knew I hadn’t got any. My mom suggested that maybe I should join the armed services, based on the fact that I was sure I wouldn’t get into college. I was desperate to leave home at that point. My mother and I are so similar that living together wasn’t always great. We now share probably one of the best, open, and honest relationships I’ve ever seen a mother and a daughter have.

Anyway, I didn’t believe I could get into the RAF, I probably wouldn’t have if my uncle didn’t work in the careers office at the time. Nerves were always an issue for my brain performing to it’s optimum.

In turn I got into college and achieved a healthy set of GCSE’s. *face palm*

I was set to go. College was for losers. I was going to the university of life! That I did!

I say that, but the RAF has a great education programme. You sign up and pay for a course and when you complete it they give you 80% of your money back! Three cheers for Lucy!

I took: Accountancy, Law, English Literature and Language, and probably some that I was too drunk to remember signing up for! I only ever completed the English Literature and Language. Considering I didn’t read half of the literature I was lucky that I passed!

I got a reputation for never finishing anything that I started. 

How did I break the habit?

I had my son in October 2008 (see, I could complete a project!) and found out I was pregnant with a girl early in 2010. I always loved cross stitch, but I was terrible at finishing them.

I was excited about having a daughter so I ordered two huge projects and a smaller one for her nursery. I was showing my husband and a friend huge pieces of fabric and talking animatedly about how great the would look. They looked at each other and laughed, “You’ll never finish them, Lucy!” That was probably the reason I did finish them.

That was when life changed for the better.

Obviously, as you start to continually achieve people start to change their minds. Their expectation of you grows into a healthier attitude. 

Now, it’s my own negativity that drives me forward. I wrote ‘Falling to Pieces’ with a mind full of diatribe. I constantly and consistently told myself I couldn’t write a book. I am always filled with self-doubt.

I said I’d never be doing this:

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Then when it was out there things changed to ‘No-one will like it. I’ll only get five stars from my friends.’ Maybe thats why I cry every time I get a random review.

You may think this is a very bad attitude to have, but this is what drives me. I aim to blow my own mind with every challenge. When that challenge is complete I allow myself a day to feel happy about it and then move onto the next thing that ‘I can’t do.’ For me this is the only way to live.

So, no, there’s absolutely no way on this god given earth I’ll ever complete my BA (hons) in humanities. In fact I won’t even manage to complete the first section of it.

I hope you’re not waiting for ‘Falling Apart’ because it will never be finished. Plus, what I’ve written so far is a pile of crap anyway. 😉 

This is how I roll 😀

 

Indie-Credible Event- Christoper Buecheler-Interview + GIVEAWAYS

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A month or so back, I caught sight of a post on my favourite authors Facebook page. It called all bloggers to sign up for this event.

The event is amazing and huge. I immediately signed up and sent a e-mail to the organisers begging them to let me have Christopher Buecheler!

We are always told that if we ‘meet’ our heroes we’ll be disappointed.

Not this time 😀

Ok, I haven’t met Chris, but he sends lovely e-mails. I just know he’s a great guy! I’m so happy to have virtually ‘met’ him :). If he thinks I’ve forgotten that he’s offered me a signed copy of his freshly released novel ‘The Broken God Machine’, he’s sadly mistaken ;).

On with the interview:

1. The II AM Trilogy is written mostly from Two’s POV. How difficult was it for you as a male to write from a female POV?

Not terribly difficult, to be honest. I recently saw a George R. R. Martin quote about this kind of thing which I really liked. Someone asked him how he was able to write believable female characters, and he replied, “You know, I’ve always considered women to be people.”

That’s really all there is to it. I’ve known a zillion women in my life and each one has been different from the next. The idea that all women are the same and all men are the same and thus men can’t write believable female characters is just nuts. Treat them as people – unique, individual people with strengths and weaknesses, fears and hopes, loves and hates – and you’ll do fine. Maybe every single note won’t ring true for every single reader, but the majority will, and that’s good enough.

2. How on earth did you come up with the idea to create different types of vampire and their associated traits?

Truthfully, it wasn’t any one moment where I went “Oh, I gotta do this.” It was a combination of having absorbed a ton of vampire stuff since I was a kid. Considering how vampires behave differently in different stories, and thinking that multiple strains of vampirism would be a good explanation for that.

3. How long did it take you to write The II AM Trilogy?

Oh, jeez … OK, well, ‘The Blood That Bonds’ started out as a comic book I envisioned when I was in my early teens, maybe 1991. Two was a homeless girl who encountered a serial killer, realized he was a vampire, and eventually exterminated him.

When I was maybe seventeen, that morphed into a new comic – hastily drawn during breaks at a summer job – that more closely resembled the eventual novel, except the Theroen character wasn’t named Theroen, and he was the bad guy (there was no Abraham). By that point, 1994-ish, Two, Tori and Melissa/Missy were pretty much the characters they ended up being. Samantha, too. But Theroen didn’t come along until I wrote a novella version of the book at age 19 (1996).

I then left the whole thing untouched for years, and picked it back up around 2002, starting over from scratch and rewriting the story to be a full novel. I finished that up around 2004, after multiple drafts, and spent a couple of years shopping it to publishers with no luck. Finally in 2009 I cleaned it up, improved a few sections, and self-published the thing as an eBook.

By then I’d already started (and abandoned) the first draft of ‘Blood Hunt’. When TBTB took off on Kindle and people started clamoring for the sequel, I realized I had to get serious. So I finished ‘Blood Hunt’ up and release it in 2011. ‘The Children of the Sun’ followed in 2012.

So … it either took about five years, or about twenty-one, depending on how you look at it!

4. Your next novel, ‘The Broken God Machine’ is a sci-fi novel. Are you concerned that you may lose some fans due to switching genres?

Quite concerned, yes. I know a lot of fans get annoyed when an author jumps genres. I’m not a best-seller, but I do have an audience, and I do worry that they’ll be like, “Science Fiction? Eew!”

My hope is that they’ll give it a shot. I think they’ll like ‘The Broken God Machine’ even though it doesn’t have any vampires in it. I’m also hoping to attract some new readers, or win back some folks who took one look at the II AM Trilogy, dismissed it as a Twilight ripoff (which it’s obviously not) without reading it, and moved on.

We’ll have to see how sales go. If it helps, the book isn’t a “spaceships and aliens” book … it’s about as close to fantasy as Science Fiction gets. Heck, it’s even got monsters!

5. Do you plan to ever go back to writing about vampires?

I would say I plan to, exactly. I never really know what I’m going to write next until it’s time to start something new, though I always have several ideas kicking around in my head. That said, I do have a couple of ideas for books set in my vampire universe. They won’t star Two or Theroen, but they may feature some of the II AM Trilogy folks as side characters. Mainly though they will involve new people, in new places, doing new things.

There is a hint at the end of the II AM Trilogy Timeline [http://iiamtrilogy.com/timeline.php] about the next story, actually. Warning, that timeline is obviously full of spoilers for the trilogy, so read the books first!

6. How did you plot The II AM Trilogy? Did you know what was going to happen from beginning to end?

Not exactly. I would describe the plotting for the trilogy in this manner: it was like I spreading out a big map, and I stuck pushpins into certain destinations I wanted to hit (major plot points), but I didn’t specify a route to get there. I made that up as I went along. This resulted in some weird twists and turns, and actually I missed a few plot points … basically deciding on the fly that I liked some other destination better.

I wrote ‘The Blood That Bonds’ not really expecting to do a sequel, but when I decided there was more story to tell, I set to work figuring out what I wanted to accomplish. The initial plots for the next two books were quite different at the start (at one point, the Burilgi vampires were going to overrun the whole world!) but I pretty quickly figured out what story I wanted to tell and some major points that I needed to hit to get there.

‘The Broken God Machine’ was written in a similar manner, as were both of the unpublished novels I’m currently working on.

7. What made you offer ‘The Blood That Bonds’ for free for so long?

‘The Blood That Bonds’ has been free for basically its entire existence (and will always be free). It was $1 at Amazon for a short time because that was the lowest they’d let me set it, but as soon as they saw it being offered for free elsewhere, they price-matched it down. The plan was always to use it as a way to build up an audience, and then to charge money for my other work. I would say that plan succeeded well beyond my expectations!

8. What do you think of people that say that ‘All vampire novelists are attempting to ride the coattails of Twilight.’ (Or words to that effect).

I think they’re ignoring the century of vampire literature, movies, etc. that came before ‘Twilight’. I’m not riding Stephanie Meyers’ coattails … I’m riding Bram Stoker’s!

The biggest influence by far on ‘The Blood That Bonds’ is ‘Interview with the Vampire’ by Anne Rice. I didn’t read ‘Twilight’ until after I’d published TBTB and was well into ‘Blood Hunt’. Frankly, all respect to Meyer and to her success, but I didn’t enjoy ‘Twilight’ and I didn’t bother with the sequels. I won’t say mine are “better,” but I will say that I like them more.

Also, I wrote several drafts of ‘The Blood That Bonds’ years before Meyer had even started in on ‘Twilight’, so people who think it’s a rip-off can, well … bite me.  🙂

9. Is ‘The Broken God Machine’ going to be a standalone novel or is it set to become a series?

‘The Broken God Machine’ is a standalone novel, as is the book I will very likely be publishing in Fall 2014 (which doesn’t have a name yet).

10. What is your favorite and least favorite parts of the writing process?

Favorite part by a million miles is when the words are clicking, the story is pouring out of my brain, and I’m loving what I’m putting on the screen. Doesn’t happen that smoothly too often, but when it does it’s incredibly fun and gratifying. Second place is the whole second draft, which is the “easiest” – the story’s already there and now I get to replace all the crappy parts and make them good. Third place is working with illustrators on the covers, a process I love.

Least favorite? Formatting the manuscript for print. So annoying! Much, much worse than formatting the eBooks. I also don’t love final edit incorporation just because by then I’m usually totally sick of the book and have convinced myself it’s complete and utter crap that everyone will hate. The stress of getting everything out the door on time is also not much fun. So basically the last three months or so before the book’s launch pretty much suck.

11. What do you do for fun?

Lots of things! I am a student of cocktail history and mixology (I run a nightly cocktail blog, DrinkShouts, at http://drinkshouts.com) and read a lot of books on that subject. I also brew beer, follow the NBA and the NFL, and play plenty of video games. I manage to fit some novels, movies and TV in there, too. Sometimes I even find time to play my guitars.

I also love to travel (and explore areas close to home) with my wife!

12. Do you have a favourite book or author?

I have read more Stephen King than any other author, and he is probably the single greatest influence on my “voice” as a writer. I won’t argue that he’s high literature, but he tells a good story, and that’s always been what matters to me most. Other favorites include early Anne Rice, Tolkien, some of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams’s plays, Christopher Moore, Cormac McCarthy, George Orwell, early Michael Crichton, and many others.

If you asked me to pick the best book I’ve ever read, I might well choose Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It’s pretty much perfect in every way. If I ever wrote anything half that good, I’d die happy.

13. ‘The Broken God Machine’ launched on the 1st of September. Are you writing anything at the moment?

Oh, absolutely. As I mentioned above, I already have the first draft of next year’s release finished. It still needs a lot more work, of course, but I’m pretty happy with it. The book is set in the near future and is a revenge thriller – probably the darkest novel I’ve written since ‘The Blood That Bonds’.

I am also working on a set of Young Adult books in the Harry Potter vein. I expect there to be five books in that series. I have finished the first draft of the first one and will shortly be starting on the second draft. No publication date for those, yet. I think I’m going to shop the series to publishers.

14. The e-book covers for ‘The II AM Triology’ are out of this world. How involved were you in the process of creating them and who was the designer?

I was very involved. I handle all of the production of my books – both print and eBooks – myself. That includes hiring and managing illustrators for the covers, working with a professional editor, doing the layout of the covers, and creating the actual print templates and eBook files.

Adrian Dadich [http://adriandadich.tumblr.com/] did the cover for The Blood That Bonds, and Karla Ortiz [http://karlaortizart.blogspot.com/] did the covers for Blood Hunt and The Children of the Sun. Tomasz Jedruszek [http://morano.pl/] painted the cover for The Broken God Machine. They’re incredibly talented and I’m grateful I had the chance to work with them all. Taking a cover from “here’s a couple of ideas” to a finished illustration is a lot of fun! Once we get to that point, I take their paintings and put together all the text and other cover elements in Photoshop. This is an area where my job as a web designer really helps!

15. What advice would you give to any author just setting out on the road to self-publishing?

Prepare for lots of really hard work, and then work really hard!

It’s a cliché to say it, but you get out of things what you put into them. If you rush out an unedited first draft, you stand much less of a chance of building an audience then if you take your time, work with editors, and make sure you’ve crafted a professional product. It’s the only way you’re going to stand out amidst the ocean of indie books out there.

I’ve put thousands of hours into my novels, and that’s just counting the ones that have been published … I started writing when I was eleven, and I’ve been doing it ever since. You have to be willing to write and write and write just to get to a point where you can produce something worth giving a second draft. That’s just how it is. If you love it, though, you’ll keep at it, and eventually you’ll be good at it.

Also, read. A lot. You can’t be a good writer without reading a lot.

To purchase Christophers amazing work: 

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Author Bio

Christopher Buecheler is a professional web designer & developer, a published author, an award-winning amateur mixologist, a brewer of beer, a player of the guitar and drums, and an NBA enthusiast.

He lives a semi-nomadic existence with his wonderful French wife, Charlotte and their two cats, Carbomb and Baron Salvatore H. Lynx II. Currently they reside in Providence, Rhode Island.

You can visit him at http://cwbuecheler.com/

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