Thursday, June 30, 2011

Meet Sue Roebuck!

Sue Roebuck is a fantastic friend who is super supportive and very creative. Her blog is very helpful for every writer no matter what stage you find yourself at. She believes that authors need one another and is willing to do what she can to help.  I'm honored to know her and stand in awe at her giving nature.

Thank you, Sue, for being awesome, I'm privileged to call you friend!

She rocks at interviews!

Please drop by and say hi!

Don't forget to visit her July 1st as she takes the lead of my exciting Pre BookLaunch Celebration!

To reserve your signed copy of Darkspell, click here!


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

♥.•*¨ Darkspell Pre Book Launch Party Tour¨*•.♥

This Contest is now closed--thanks everyone!

Join me in my celebration the entire month of July for Darkspell’s release this fall!

The darkness sends his followers, the Watchers, to haunt Winter Sky, but Alex Stormhold battles to keep her safe from the prowling evil. Rather than being dragged into the dark's destruction, I will provide a way for you to protect yourselves.

These are the *talismans that you could win:

Nox Arcana's Shadow of the Raven for the FIRST WEEK

Canvas Wall Scroll Tapestry: 12"X 17" for the SECOND WEEK

Dragons Sculpture Bookends: 4"X5"X8" for the THIRD WEEK

My favorite: 13" tall. Dark Shadows Lamp for the FOURTH WEEK

Here's how to enter so you can avoid the Shadoweaver's clutches:

It is your charge to haunt the resident bloggers--listed below--that are hosting me as their guest for the week. Go ***here to answer the questions posted into the contact form every Saturday:


 Each correct answer will equal one entry.
♥ Every comment in the blogger's post will equal one entry.
♥ Every follower on my blog will have 2 entries: a must to qualify for 2 entries: please let me know that you're following me!


I will announce the winner Sunday evening on my blog!

Do you see Mr. Ole Dark Shadows Lamp there? He likes to pretend that he's the venomous Shadoweaver who seeks Winter. Could it be because he looks so much like him?

I will enter every person who dares to display his blog button, just cut and paste the html code from my grab button on my sidebar to your sidebar for a second chance at the lamp.

 In order to qualify for the 2nd lamp, you MUST leave comment in this post with your blog address stating that you've posted the button to your sidebar to make it easier for the Watchers to seek it out.

In other words, I am giving  2 lamps away!

Enter my daring bloggers:

**July 1 Sue Roebuck

July 12 M. S. Hatch

July 23 Lisa Turner

July 25 J. D. Brown

July 27 & 28 Anastasia V. Pergakis

July 29 Michele Bell

July 30 Rebecca Carlson

*this is all make-believe in the spirit of my debut novel, nothing has been placed under any kind of spells and the Shadoweaver lives within the boundaries of Darkspell.
** first official Contest Saturday starts July 9th!
 *** I apologize, but I had to get rid of this option since no one was participating.

Monday, June 27, 2011

♥.•*¨ Hattie: Character Interview and GIVAWAY! ¨*•.♥

*Hattie has finally found a peaceful second for my interview. Welcome Hattie from Clara Gillow Clark's Hill Hawk Hattie, and Hattie on Her Way.

Hattie is one busy person!

Hill Hawk Hattie by Clara Gillow Clark

Interviewing Hattie:

Hattie, will you please describe your home before you mother passed away?

Before Ma died, we were always singing, and Pa would get up and dance a jig. Ma’s biscuits and stews were so flavorful, and Pa said he could smell her sweet plum pies a ‘holler away, but Ma was the sugar that kept us sweet.

What is the happiest memory you have of your mother?

Every day was a happy time with Ma. I loved when Ma taught me at home in winter when the snow was too deep in the woods for me to traipse to school. Ma taught me the Latin names of flowers and how to be a real lady.

How did she pass away?

Financial Planning

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

♥.•*¨Help Us, Please! ¨*•.♥

Special Post by Cheri Chesley:

I want to introduce you to someone. Her name is Rebecca White. She's married to a kind man, and they have three young children ages 10 to 3. Becky home schools, she does awesome crafts, and she makes jewelry. She even made me this necklace. 
She's 35 years old.

And she has breast cancer.

Becky found a lump and wanted to ignore it. She's young, younger than the recommended age to get a mammogram. But she had to have it checked out, because she's conscientious that way. Because, even when scared, she does what she knows she has to do.

She got the call the afternoon of Wednesday, May 11th. Thursday she went to see the surgeon. Friday morning they did a mastectomy. That's right--two days after finding out.

As I type this, she's still up at the hospital recovering from surgery. I'm desperately resisting the urge to hover in the hospital hallways, because I know I can't do any good there.

Here's why I am telling you about Becky. This diagnosis has come at one of the worst times possible (as if there is such a thing as a good time to have breast cancer). her husband recently had back surgery, and is still recovering. And we all know medical treatments and procedures are expensive.

For the sake of Becky's family, for their well being and to help prevent financial devastation, I am donating ALL my royalties from my book and e-book sales to them to help pay their medical expenses. This includes all royalties and sales through August 31, 2011. Here's where you can help. In as little as a couple of clicks of your mouse, you can purchase a book or e-book and contribute to my cause.

Just so you know, offers books in ALL e-reader formats, so you can just go there and get whatever you need. I offer the other links in case you prefer to buy directly from or Barnes and Noble.

Ghost Bride is a short story, a ghost story even. It's a fun, quick read that's sure to entertain. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. You can buy it onAmazon, Smashwords

The Peasant Queen is my first print novel, but is also available as an e-book if you prefer. Discover the magic.Here's the summary: After running away from home, Krystal is transported to a faraway kingdom where an evil tyrant is bent on taking the crown - and Krystal's hand in marriage. But when she falls in love with the rightful heir to the throne, she must make an impossible choice: sacrifice her one chance at happiness or face the destruction of an entire kingdom. 

You can purchase the PRINTversion, or the KINDLE orNOOKBOOK.

The Wild Queen is an unofficial prequel to The Peasant Queen and my first novel length e-book. Roweena is the crown princess of Norvallen, a tiny kingdom with only one thing of value—the Healer’s Grove. The trees in this small section of forest are enchanted, giving a sap that can be mixed into potions or salves to heal almost any wound.

And it’s in high demand.

Lucien, the young king of neighboring Demarde, comes to Roweena’s father seeking an alliance, but comes away with a marriage contract for young Roweena’s hand. Furious and stubborn, this untamed beauty vows he will never conquer her. But the contract purposely gives her time to come to terms with her fate.

Before Lucien can return, Roweena’s home is attacked and her parents are murdered. The Healer’s Grove is also attacked—burned to the ground. With nothing more than her horse and the clothes on her back, Roweena goes to the only person she knows can help her. Lucien. 

Purchase The Wild Queen for KINDLE, NOOKBOOK, or atSMASHWORDS.

Thank you. Remember, a little click can go a long way.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

♥.•*¨ And the Winner IS . . . ¨*•.♥

Congratulations, Sarah McCabe from Aspiring Sub-creator, you've won Character Therapist Jeannie Campbell's Writer's Guide to Creating Rich Back Stories!

For those who are following Jeannie's blog as my referrals for her extended giveaways, please visit her blog!

A great big thanks for everyone who joined in on the fun!

Friday, June 24, 2011

♥.•*¨ MC Blogfest is HERE--Yippeeeeeeeeeeee!

Welcome to the MC Blogfest where us writers slip into our beloved character's heads and answer the following 3 questions.

I must confess that #2 had me thinking hard. My character, I realized, locks all her emotions away. She hardly ever thinks about her feelings. Alex is the only one who can bring them out.

♥.•*¨ ¨*•.♥

Meet Winter Sky from my debut novel Darkspell--releases fall 2011.
Let's see how she answers Jeannie Campbell's Character Questions:

Question 1: What is your greatest fear?

My greatest fear? I don’t like to think about it, but I think it’s not feeling loved or wanted.  Actually, now that I think about it, it’s abandonment. My dad left us when I was only ten. Is feeling unloved and being abandoned the same thing? ’Cause it sure feels a lot like it . . .

Question 2: What is your biggest accomplishment?

This sounds silly now that I say it out loud, but I feel that my biggest accomplishment is the strength I get when I’m with Alex—I’ve never felt more capable than that. I feel like a part of something bigger. I have purpose. It surely gave me strength against the darkness.

Question 3: What is your biggest regret?

My biggest regret is that I never had the chance to show Daddy how much I really loved him. I mean, would he have left if he knew just how much I loved him? Maybe if he loved me enough . . .

♥.•*¨ ¨*•.♥

I'm really excited to see how other writers answered their 3!

But first, I'd like to thank every one of you who decided put your characters under the microscope! Thank you for your participation! 

Please visit my blog tomorrow sometime before midnight EST for the winner for Jeannie Campbell's Writer's Guide to Creating Rich Backstories! 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ol' Scratch, Character Interview

Is your MC ready? Tomorrow is the all-awaited BLOGFEST!


Welcome, Nicklaus Scratch in all your glory and me in all my weakness. Thank you for joining me today for this interview.

Scratch: Joining you for this interview... Hmmph... Well, I hope it's as good for me as I know it'll be for you, little lady. Cigarette... (smacks Elizabeth's uncertain, shaking hand) No, I wasn't offering you one, little lady, I was telling you that's a cigarette. Mind if I smoke? Of course you don't, because if you do have anything to say about it, you know I will SMOKE YOU DOWN... UN-FILTERED! Relax, kid... I was just yanking your chain!

-Tell us who you are. What is your purpose in life?

Scratch: (Exhales from the drag) Who am I? Oh, m' dear, I am nothing. Nothing to worry about. Nothing at all. In fact, just remember that I don't even exist. I am just like that wonderful wizard of Oz: non-existent! These words you're hearing: all in your head. Simply a little contemplative conversation that you're having with yourself. But while we're here, I'll let you in on a little secret... Wanna hear a secret? Hmm? Of course you do! There are some out there who can't get it around their big block-head that I don't exist. They see me as the most arrogant, prideful, self-centered, spiteful, and malicious being one could ever meet. They view me as a con-artist; a perverse and sadistic soul; the original serial killer- you know, beginning with that Cain and Abel incident and all. Some see me as a master of disguise, willing to slit one's throat while whispering sweet little lies in one's ear. Others picture me as the vilest of madmen... a great monstrosity... And so I ask you, m' dear: Could this impish being, dressed up in a cowl with two little horns, and a tail attached to a red spandex suit, ever be a monstrosity? That is how people perceive me, is it not? Preposterous, right? If I am anything at all, I am simply an angel of light.

My purpose in life? Ha! Life has no purpose, sweetheart. You're only going once around the ride here, and then it's over. There's nothing else behind that black curtain. So if I do anything, it's to help free people from their inhibitions. You know: live for the moment... Kick theirs and cover yours... Get all you can while you can... Just do it... and if it feels good, BY ALL MEANS- AND BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY- do it!!! You get yours, that's the ticket! In other words, my sweet dearie: DO WHAT THOU WILT! That's my calling, yes indeedy! I am simply here to help other people get what they RIGHTFULLY deserve before going six... six... six feet under!

-Once you’ve lured your victim, what do you do with him/her?

Scratch: Oh listen, toots, there are no victims who deal with me. No, ma'am. Only gamblers- those who are free-spirited enough to do things their own way. They have no need for authority. What's that you're whispering in my ear? Why heavens no, Elizabeth, my deck's not loaded against the gamblers... scout's honor! Heh, heh... What do I do with those who want to umm... play the game, shall we say? Why, I give them their heart's desire! I make them king and queen for a day- as long as their days may last! I even let them be the great Oz! For after all, there is no Oz, so why not let everyone be the grand wizard in the big scheme of things? Humanity IS the end all be all- is it not? Oh, my dearie, I whisper sweet nothings so delicately in their ears. I am such the gentleman. Now, what's that you're whispering in my ear again? No, Elizabeth, that's not true; that's NOT all sweet nothings amounts to: sweet but nothing, as you say. Nope, here's the truth that I tell them... Repeat after me: "I WILL ascend to the heavens! I WILL raise my throne above the stars of God! I WILL sit enthroned on the mount of the assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain! I WILL ascend above the tops of the clouds! I WILL make myself like the Most High! I WILL find a way!"

So you see, Elizabeth, there are no victims here. I am simply giving people all they could wish for!

-You use people’s weaknesses against them, how do you do it? Do you whisper in their hearts that is what they really need? Do you project images into their heads? In other words, what’s in your toolbox of evil?

Scratch: Ha! When will you get it through your head, dear child, that I am not evil! As you can clearly see, I am like an angel of light: simply a dim glow in your imagination. And I never use people's weaknesses against them- I help to make them STRONGER! I enable everyone to acquire what they want. Now, I know a few tricks of the trade to make that happen, but as they say in your modern society: It's all good!

-Have you ever met a human who was able to resist your temptations? If so, how do you deal with it—do you call for back up?

Scratch: A human who could resist my temptations? No temptations, sweetheart, only promises come from these lips. So, the correct question would be: Have I ever met someone who refused my promises? Well, there was this One Jewish Guy... I met Him long ago. We had a talk out in a wilderness once. He refused everything I set before Him... and I offered Him the world! Oh well, His loss. He was always a thorn in my flesh, so I put a nail in His coffin. Three nails, to be exact. But never mind Him and that silly superstition that resulted. You know the one: that death could not hold Him. True, He was the single-most controversial figure in all of history, but ignore that piddly little fact that no one has ever found His body. What's that you ask? How many tombs had Roman soldiers guarding them with a giant rock sealing the entrance? INSIGNIFICANT, my darling dear! Somebody HAD to have stolen His body. There is NO WAY He could have risen from the dead! And forget about the incident when those stupid followers of His- well over five hundred people, or so they say- reported that they saw Him ascending to the great beyond. Flying somewhere over the rainbow, I imagine. Please... give me a break, would ya? Their very eyes deceived them! All of them! Many of those followers were eventually tortured or fed to lions- and too dumb to recant that they saw Him rise! They could've saved their own lives! Oh well... good riddance!

Me... call for back up! Puh-lease! What is this, a cop show? I need no back up! But I digress: there are those who believe I employ rapists, sadists, warmongers, ladies of the evening, and creatures of the night to do my bidding. Hog wash! Again, all people's imaginations running away with them. What about the creatures of the day: certain doctors, lawyers, politicians, and those priests and preachers- those who would exploit the young and impressionable? All of them make up Johnny Q. Public. Of course, I've had nothing to do with any of those horrible, horrible people! Some folks surmise that their wicked little deeds stemmed from demon possession. BAH! Demons don't exist! All of their misdeeds and malpractices are merely bi-products of temporary insanity on their part. And I must say, it's up to you people to put your hard earned tax dollars to work to REHABILITATE them! Repeat offenders- ba-logney! YOU people didn't rehabilitate them right the first time! Society has failed them, not the other way around. Your problem, Elizabeth, not mine.

-I understand that you can shape shift into a harmless looking moth to do your dirty work, a Hickory Horned Devil moth to be exact. How do you avoid a hungry bat? Or a crazed old lady with a rolled newspaper?

Scratch: Moths? Ha! You must be referring to my preferred morphing process. And sister, it's never dirty work; all is in good, clean fun! Yes, I rather do enjoy taking on the form of a moth sometimes. Why a moth, you ask? Well I'm glad you asked! In this day and age, with all these beings vamping about as bats, and running amok as wolves, all looking for someone to devour... well good grief! That would scare the literal hell out of anybody! And I like to keep everything intact. I want to keep a person whole. Far be it from me to rock the boat- especially when they're headed down a certain lake! And I never want to scare anyone. My aim is to make a new friend. That said, I prefer to morph into a moth- a Regal moth, to be precise- also known as the Hickory Horned Devil moth... I see you've done your homework! Good girl! Care to be my student? I promise to give you a passing grade! So, why do I sometimes take the form of the Hickory Horned Devil moth? It allows me to discreetly flutter into the nooks and crannies of a person's home, car, what have you... and observe my "special needs" people. I can assess what their hopes, dreams, desires, aspirations, and lusts for life are- and then I can help them achieve whatever those may be... come hell or high water!

Avoid a hungry bat? I say bats taste like chicken! Avoiding a rolled up newspaper... sister, I AM THE NEWS! You should read me once in a while!

-Who can join your esoteric order, Wickflicker? Can everyone there turn into moths, too?

Scratch: Oh, so you've heard about my little archaic club, did you? Care to join? It's free- there's absolutely NO COST to you! What does being a Wickflicker have to offer, you ask? Why all the power, prestige, and prominence you could dare to dream up! Money. Sex. Power! How does that grab ya? All of this- everything and anything you could dare to dream up- all in exchange for one little thing that no one has ever seen... something that doesn't even exist: all I ask for, sweet child, is your soul!

No, silly girl, I am the only moth! I am the ORIGINAL! Go chase long-toothed bats or rabid dogs if you want to run with the pack!

-Describe a typical day.

Scratch: Every day is a walk in the park. Yep, I walk with people everyday, guiding them through the twists and turns life brings their way. I show them how to handle it all. I help them look out for number one. I assist and assure them that they will always come out on top. Some consider me a great therapist! Do you need to exercise, Elizabeth? Care to go for a walk? Is life dragging you down? I can lift your spirit! I will even BE your spirit if that's what it takes! You see, my dear, I always go the extra mile for my precious ones!

-What are your fears? Weaknesses?

Scratch: Pfffft! To whom do you think you're speaking? I have NO weaknesses, little missy! And I have NO fears... of course, there is that one little superstition that we discussed earlier. It does nag at me a bit. I, too, have searched high and low, and I still haven't found His body. But it'll turn up... I have no doubt! I'm simply waiting on tomorrow's Enquirer headlines that His body's been discovered. Then we can put the silliness to rest, once and for all.

-What would you do if you met your match, someone who wanted just as much as you do with the same level of power? In other words, someone who wants to “dethrone” you and can?

Scratch: Oh, but friend, all I want is you! You and your friends. I want to help you all. Is that too much to ask? Now, that Jewish Guy from the wilderness tried to overtake me, but I've already told you about His fate. Ha! I am ALL POWERFUL! You see who rules the roost around here, and I am the only gamecock in the hen house! But, sweet Elizabeth, we must remember, I don't even exist. This is all fantasy... all make-believe... all the product of the human mind. And so I ask you, dear child, how can one be dethroned when he doesn't even exist?

-Do you have any special thoughts you’d like to share with your readers?

Scratch: I will simply extend an invitation to each and everyone to join my secret society- the Olde Order: Wickflicker. Follow these simple steps, and they will afford anyone all the prominence, prestige, and power one could ever hope for:

Is your palm freely passed twixt the wick and the flame?
Do you smoke the briar’s fire fueled by faces and names?
On the bridge of your lust, will you pay the small toll?
Would you gain the whole world in exchange for your soul?

So, dear child, what's troubling you? Care to take a walk and tell me all about it? I'm all ears. Here, let me help you; give me your hand. Yes, my friend, I'm speaking to you. Yes, you... YOU... the one staring at these very words. Actions speak louder than words, and talk is cheap. It's time for action! Now, you, give Ol' Scratch your world-weary hand. I won't bite... I promise!

I know you, Elizabeth. And I know you, too. See you around!

-Nicklaus Scratch, Olde Order: Wickflicker

Thank you, Nicklaus, for the entertaining interview. I better leave before anything else happens!

*An author's note from Teric Darken:  I would like for every reader to know that I am a follower of Jesus.  And I'm sure you know by now whom Scratch is.  Let's just say that he is always willing to play the devil's advocate.  So, everything was coming from Scratch's perspective in this interview.  This is what the devil would have people to believe: that there is no God, and that Jesus was merely a man, not the Messiah.  The character, Scratch, and my forthcoming supernatural thriller, Wickflicker, were greatly influenced by the late CS Lewis and his work, The Screwtape Letters, in which he incorporates a similar perspective.

This Tuesday: Clara Gillow Clark, Hattie's Interview and 2 book giveaway!

Don't forget the MC Blogfest this Friday!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

♥.•*¨ Alex Stormhold, Character Interview ¨*•.♥

Please don't forget to sign up for the MC Blogfest and win Jeannie Campbell's Writer's Guide to Creating Rich Backstories!

Today, I am interviewing Alex Stormhold from Darkspell by Elizabeth Mueller--me!

I think this is going to be exciting. We get to hear Alex’s side of the story since this book is written in first person through Winter.

Thank you, Alex, for letting me interview you today.

I love your accent. Where are you from? Tell us about yourself—don’t hold back.

I live in an old villa surrounded by these jagged fjords in København. I’ve lived there for as long as I can remember, Wanda is my mother, but not my real one I can tell you that much. She’s made it known to me from the very start, but it never bothered me because things at home have always been good. Always.

How does it feel to be part of Stormhold Coven?

*laughs and shakes his head* Not very many people know about that. Who told you? Never mind. I’ve never been outside of it, so I can’t really tell you the differences, but I can tell you what it’s done for me. It’s as normal as any other family I guess. We hang out at the hidden beaches and fish for hours or even go sailing or surfing. I love to wind dive off the cliffs with my brothers and sisters as I call them. All of us have these special talents, these gifts so to say.

Mine is Seer, but I have others that make it funner like mind reading, levitation, gliding through the air, you know—the basics.

Can you tell us a little about the Shadoweaver?

The Shadoweaver? *Scoffs* We don’t talk about it. *Lowers voice as he looks over shoulder*  It killed Natalia’s husband and child a long time ago. Natalia is my sister. She hasn’t spoken since it happened. We are careful how we speak around her since the darkness is a real threat to us all.

How did you come to know Winter?

Winter? *blushes* Well, I haven’t always known about her until I stumbled across some odd signs that foretold of the Shadoweaver’s fascination with her. Once I shared my revelation with my coven, we made plans to move into our ancestral home in her neighborhood.

Why did you visit Winter in her dreams? What made you choose that day to reveal yourself to her?

I was curious. I wanted to see who it was that the Shadoweaver wanted, so I snuck into her dream one night, long before we moved. There’s something different about her that drew me in, I can’t explain what it is, but I couldn’t get enough. Never could . . .

*Flushes* I, uh, well, I knew Winter and her mom were going to drop by in the morning with cookies. I wanted—no, I needed her to know that there’s something special between us. This is no ordinary thing that we share and I wanted her to know.

You are sworn to protect Winter from the darkness, can you tell us why it is hunting her?

*thoughtful* Well, I can only guess, but Wanda being the Stormhold Guardian, she’s the only one that truly knows. Anyway, I can’t discuss such matters.

You hold back quite a lot as the story begins. Why not just come out and let her know how you feel?

It is such a strong battle that goes on in my heart, especially when I see her. What I feel for her is so overpowering, but I can’t let it show. It’s forbidden to me as her protector.

One of your gifts is reading in minds. How does it feel?

How does it feel? Normal, I guess. What do you mean?

Do you have any parting words you’d like to share?

Yes. If you ever see a disembodied shadow move, you'd better run.

Thank you Alex! I'll keep that in mind as I go about my day. To keep track of my Darkspell haunts, visit my website!

This Thursday:  by Teric Darken, Ol' Scratch's Interview.

Don't forget the MC Blogfest this Friday!

Monday, June 20, 2011

♥.•*¨ Arlen: Character Interview ¨*•.♥

Please don't forget to sign up for the MC Blogfest and win Jeannie Campbell's Writer's Guide to Creating Rich Backstories!

So I've caught up with sweet Arlen from Grimoire by Marcy Hatch. I'm happy that Arlen's willing to share her time with me, seeing that she has magic to attend to!

E:How did you feel when you first met your grandmother?  

“I was afraid,” Arlen admits, “Afraid she had changed her mind, afraid she wouldn’t like me.”

E: Do you feel betrayed that your mother never told you about your heritage? Do you think your father knew?

I do wish she'd told me but I think she thought I had no talent - like her. She probably imagined I'd be better off not knowing. Of course, I expect my father may have had something to do with her decision. I'm sure he knew. I mean, he must've, right?”

E: What were the very first things you noticed that you’re not like everyone else? How did you deal with your changes?

“The first thing I noticed were the ghosts of my parents, just standing there waving as if I was going off on a holiday,” she shudders, “Of course I pretended they weren't there, thinking I was mad or  overcome with grief. But when Lettie died…when she spoke to me…I had to believe.” 

E: On what levels has it changed your life, your magick? Are you happy with it?

It was hard at first. I didn’t know anything. But now…” she smiles, “Yes, I am happy with it. I don’t mind the ghosts and there aren’t too many of them, thankfully. And Vathek, well, who wouldn’t want an imp?”

E: Have you had to make any drastic moves to hide it from your friends?

“Goodness I think Clarissa knew more about us than I did in the beginning, and good thing too!”

E: Do you pine for the days before all this happened? What do you do to keep your sanity?

“I think the only thing I wish is that my parents were here to see how I turned out. I hope they would be proud.”

E: How do you feel about the gentlemen callers now?

She blushes. “I wouldn’t dream of accepting one.”

E: How do you know whom you could trust?

“Ah, that’s always the question isn’t it?” she puts a finger to her lip.

E: Now that you know that you possess such magic, what would you tell your parents if you could go back and save them?

“I wish they had told me, maybe if I’d known…” she sighs.

E: Do you have any words of wisdom you wish to share with your readers?

“Be careful; there’s magick out there.”

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Are there any ghosts behind me? *Shiver* I'll let you get on with your business now before anything happens! Thank you, Arlen, for letting me interview you, I look forward to reading your story!

This Wednesday:  by Elizabeth Mueller, Alex's Interview.

Friday, June 17, 2011

♥.•*¨Are you with me?¨*•.♥
Just a reminder for our fantastic 12 hour online chat Saturday, June 18th, from 9:00am to 11:30pm EST!

Join us for fun, laughter, prizes and a fantatistic time
with authors Deanna Jewel, S. B. Niccum, Robin Renee Ray, Krisi Keley, Teric Darken, and myself!

Tell us your best ghost stories and close encounters with the vamps...

Prepare to be SCARED!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

♥.•*¨Maggie: Character Interview ¨*•.♥

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Interview with Maggie Cooper from the They Walk Trilogy by Amy Lunderman.

Hi, Maggie! Thanks for this chance to interview you—I won’t take long since the dead seem to have a knack for finding us. I’ll be quick, promise.

 Hi, Elizabeth. Thank you for having me!

Tell us a bit about yourself. What are your weaknesses? Your strengths?

I used to like what every other girl my age does, you know. With friends, a boyfriend, an annoying twin brother, and a crush on a guy that drove me crazy. I used to enjoy going shopping, painting my nails, laying out in the sun, and even going for an evening run. Now though, these things are all considered weaknesses, especially since you can't walk outside without one of the dead trying to get to you. My only strength is my will to live and to keep pushing forward no matter the cost. 

Describe your hometown. Do you have a favorite thinking spot?

The only thing that drives me crazy about Maine in the summer, used to be the black flies, but now it's the dead. Lately I can't really find a safe place to think, since I can't go anywhere alone without being attacked. I find myself lost in my own thoughts all the time though, no matter where I am.

Were there any leading events to the zombie’s appearances that you can remember?

In the weeks leading up to the outbreak I remember hearing in the news about a cold vaccine being administered without going through trials. It was even going to be given out at the same day and time. I never really thought anything about it, not until much later after everything went down. The night of Austin's party, I do remember it being oddly quiet out though. No birds, dogs, and even the traffic was quiet, that is until the accident.

In what way have the zombies changed your perspective on life?

I pretty much live life to the fullest now, whatever that means. I treasure the little things now, like running water, a place to sleep, and a sturdy locked door. I value the closeness of my friends and family more now too, because who knows who is going to die next. 

Do you think the government is trying to cover something—an experiment accident of sorts, maybe?

I'm not really the theorizing type, but if you were to ask my brother that, he would say there is definitely a cover up. It does seem odd to me though, that this all happened so fast. But with the armed forces dying just as fast as the rest of us, I'm kind of leaning towards no cover up. Unless they have a sick sense of humor, which could be the case.  

Do you have an idea how any of this happened? Where is the dead coming from? How has this changed the health warnings in your community?

In the beginning, all I remember is seeing a moving dead body crawl out of a car and attack a friend of mine. At that time, I didn't really think about anything other than not letting the dead get to me. The zombies are like a fast spreading disease, and the once alive party I was at, quickly became a mob of the dead. The only health warning now, is to not get bit and to not trust those that do.

What happens if one of them touches you?

The dead are surprisingly fast, but thankfully, their not very smart. So their movements are pretty much sloppy, but they use all the strength they do have so they can bite into you. After having survived an attack recently, I know that nothing can change you except for the bite of one of them. I also know first hand at what can happen to someone once they are bit. And let me tell you, it's not pretty.

The first time you wielded an ax, what went through your mind?

To be honest, I was numb at the time and very afraid I suppose. I certainly wasn't expecting having to fight for my life at that moment, and lucky for me I ran into someplace where I found an ax to use. Now afterwards, that's a totally different story.

Do you feel safer with military involvement?

This is a very loaded question if there is one, mostly because I'm not sure. In a way, yes, we are safe, but I don't know how long that will last. They're rules and ways of things aren't exactly up to standard with what we are all used to. For one thing they don't tolerate anyone that is bitten, and have a very unique way with dealing with them.

Do you feel that falling in love in such a perilous time is wise or foolish?

At first I thought it was very foolish, only because I didn't want to lose anyone else I cared for. But when it came down do it, I figured life was too short not too. And even now, I'm very grateful for having someone I love, it gives me strength to keep moving if I were to stumble.

What kind of future do you hope to have?

Right now, I'm just trying to get by to the next day alive. If I had to picture what I want for the future, I would have to say that I can be reuinited with people I lost along the way. And for the zombies to be eliminated, that would be nice too.

Is there something you’d like to share with your readers?

Be careful where you walk and always be aware of your surroundings. If you come across someone that doesn't respond the usual way, I would run if I were you. Not all zombies look like they are dead. So. Don't. Get. Bit.

Oh no! Looks like our time is through here. Ready your ax, it looks like they’ve finally found us! Thank you, Maggie, for sparing a few precious moments of your time to help others realize that life isn’t as it appears to be—there could be a zombie lurking in the most unlikely places!

 AAAhhhhh! Gotta run, see ya later? Maybe . . .

Thank you for sharing Maggie with us, Amy! Find Maggie's story at Nook, or Kindle, or Smashwords!

Next Monday:  Grimoire by Marcy Hatch, Arlen Devlin Howard's Interview.