Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Welcome to Romance Author - Beth D. Carter

I’m delighted to have Beth D. Carter on my blog.


Beth D. Carter - Author

Hello Beth – It was lovely to connect with you and I’m pleased to hear you have another new book on the horizon. But before we discover more about Star Mates, here are a few questions that will hopefully give your readers and followers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.

 

Hi Arabella!

Thank you for having me visit! Today I’m featuring my book Star Mates. I self-published this book through Smashwords after taking my right back from the publisher. Writing is organic, meaning an author should always be wanting to learn how to write. Many of my earlier works I felt were very immature, so I took a lot of the rights back, rewrote them, and then published through Smashwords. I like this platform for several reasons. One, they have a no return policy, which is becoming a big burden to self-published authors on other platforms. They are losing hundreds of dollars in revenue from people buying them, reading them, and then returning them. Second, ebooks are available on ALL ereaders…including Kindle! Third, I have complete control over my books. If I want to discount them, I can. If I want to unpublish I can. If I want to give it away as a gift, I can!

Thanks so much for having me!

 

Arabella: We all love the creativity of writing – otherwise we wouldn’t spend hours at a keyboard pounding away in the hope someone will read and enjoy our novels. But what do you like most about our craft?

The editing and proofreading, the author/reader relationship, promotional book signings, or is there something else that has you hooked to the world of books?

Beth: There are many things I love about our craft. Yes, I do like the editing process because I learn from it. I’ve been published for almost thirteen years, and I learned how to write through the editing process. But I think the thing I absolutely adore the most is when my characters take the story into an entirely different direction from what I expected. I love being able to connect the dots and figure out a wonderful ending.

 

Arabella: Who or what inspired you to write your release, Star Mates?

Beth: Star Mates is about alien abduction, based on an experience I had back in the 80s when I lived in rural Missouri. I was driving home from a high school football game, and I happened to look up in the sky and saw this huge cloud above me. In the cloud were three huge lights in a triangle formation. Confused, I pulled over and got out of my car. There was absolutely NO SOUND! This cloud was hovering very low, not moving, and had no engine sound. Confused, I looked back at the high school to see if it were the spotlights from the game, but they were all faced the other way, and the lights above me were too big to be them. Then I noticed two other cars pulled over, and the people were looking at the cloud like I was. I suddenly realized this is how people are abducted by aliens, so I got in my car and drove away. Years later, I saw those same triangle lights on a paranormal show, and the idea for Star Mates was born!


Arabella:  You are out for a walk and see a twenty-pound note (or a twenty-dollar bill, etc.) lying on the road. What do you do with the unclaimed funds?

Beth: This actually happened to me not too long ago. In my condo complex I found a twenty-dollar bill (we say bill not note) and scooped it up (no one was around), and used the money to buy my son-in-law a birthday gift. He loves whiskey so I bought him some.  


 

Arabella: Some authors cannot work without a business planner, others cannot write without an editing app…  Are there any “essentials” you need to help your writing move forward?

Beth: Not really. I do love listening to music soundtracks because they are usually emotional. I use music to put me into the moods I need to write. If I’m stuck, I like to take a walk. I also have a voice recorder on my phone so as I’m walking or driving, I’ll talk out my story and then go back when I have time to write it out.

 

Arabella: An Indian Curry, Italian Paste Bake, Fish and Chips, or ______?

Beth: Well, this is a little difficult to answer. I have a condition called parosmia, which means my olfactory nerve is messed up. I can’t identify smells, and thus, many foods tastes awful because taste is linked with smell.


Arabella: If the person of your dreams, (husband/wife/partner/or superstar), were to take you out for the day, social distancing restrictions permitting, where would they take you and what would you do?

Beth: The person of my dreams is my husband, but a lot of the things I love doing are away from society. Lol. I’m an introvert so socially distancing wasn’t a hardship for me. We both love hiking and exploring. We love visiting out of the way places and discovering new things. Nevada has a lot of ghost towns and mountains to hike.


Nevada Ghost Town

Arabella: Do you have any great writing, publishing, or marketing tips you would like to share with “want-to-be” authors starting out on their writing journey?

Beth: I always say writing is like building a house. You have to lay down your foundation before putting up the walls. Don’t worry about editing till after. Write what you’d love to read. Learn from your edits. Be careful of passive vs. active writing. And as for marketing…that’s a mystery I’m still learning how to crack.

 

Thank you for being a guest on Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat, today, Beth. And I’m sure you’ve had some wonderful adventure when visiting those ghost towns of yours… Wishing you all the best for your release, Star Mates.

Arabella Xxx

www.arabellasheen.co.uk 


 

 

 


About   Beth D. Carter


Beth D. Carter - Author

I began reading my mom’s Harlequin Presents in the fifth grade, and from the first story I knew I wanted to write romance novels. Love is the most powerful emotion we can experience, and I adore happy ever afters. I write about the very ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary circumstance, so my heroines will probably never be lawyers, doctors or corporate highrollers.  I try to write characters who aren't cookie cutters and push myself to write complicated situations that I have no idea how to resolve, forcing me to think outside the box. My characters are real, complex and full of flaws, heroes and heroines who find redemption through love.

You can find Beth on the web at:

www.writtenbutterfly.com

https://twitter.com/BethDCarter
https://www.facebook.com/bethdcarterauthor

https://www.instagram.com/bethdcarter/

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/beth-d-carter

Amazon author page:  http://www.amazon.com/BethD.Carter/e/B00EOTD1T0/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1385417145&sr=8-1

 

BOOK BLURB  -  Star Mates



 Love was the last thing that Enmarie Tice was expecting, especially after waking up on a crashed spaceship in the middle of an inter-planetary rebellion. However, when the small-time singer from Earth found herself looking into the dark eyes of Captain Pell Raiden she had a feeling that things were going to be different from now on.

She soon learns humans are nothing more than slaves and Pell is part of a waning resistance movement. He’s angry because the appearance of an Earthling proves that the technology to bring humans to the Amarante System, the one his parents died trying to destroy, was still operational. Despite his anger, he is drawn to Emmarie, and the two find a love that transcends space.

But a traitor is in their midst, one who acts on selfish desires, and puts Emmarie in great danger. As she struggles to find a footing in this new world, she has to hold onto the one thing that refuses to die…her love for a rebel captain who left her to finish what his parents started.

BUY LINK:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1124314



Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Welcome to Romance Author - Laura M. Baird

I'm delighted to welcome Laura M. Baird to my blog  


Laura M. Baird - Author

Hello Laura – I was so pleased when you said you were able to join me on Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat this week as I know you must be busy sharing the news about your latest release. But before we discover more about Vintage, here are a few questions that will hopefully give your readers and followers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.

 

Arabella: You’ve got an idea for a story but it has yet to take shape. Where do you start? Do you concentrate on the location in the story, or developing the characters personalities and conflicts, or are there other key points you might consider?

Laura: Every story varies. Sometimes characters will jump out at me and I build a story around them. Other times it may be a situation, a happening in life, the community, the world, and I build a story around that. For my latest release, I wrote a story in a shared world, where a lead author put forth a few parameters for similarly themed stories. It's about vampires and reincarnation. Lovers ripped apart by heart-wrenching circumstances. I immediately thought of who my characters would be, their background, and how they'd be separated. Then, fast-forward to modern day; how would my characters reconnect. It was an emotional story but of course has its HEA.

 

Arabella: In your latest release Vintage what is the overall theme or premise, and what made you choose this topic?

Laura: Vintage is my latest release, and as I wrote above, it's about vampires and reincarnation. Two people share forbidden love; then their world is ripped apart. The hero has a chance to live forever by becoming a vampire; then he awaits to reincarnation of his love. Another author approached me about writing in this world and I jumped at the opportunity. It allowed me to be part of a group project with authors I adore, and it challenged me to stretch my writing muscles. ;) I love that! Also, the writing timeframe was tight, so that's always an opportunity to see if I can accomplish the task in a short period. And it worked!


 

Arabella: Roses, Lilies, or another flower of choice?

Laura: Oh, I love daffodils and snapdragons.


Snapdragons 


Arabella: You’ve arranged to meet with friends and family for an afternoon of fun. Where do you go and what do you do?

Laura: I live in Washington state in the US, and I love nature. I'd rather head to the beach or go on a hike rather than hand around the city. A long walk on the beach, then yummy pizza and ice cream.


 

Arabella: All authors love and need to read. When choosing a book, do you:

a) pick off the shelf?

b) search online?

c) go with friends recommendations?

d) other…

Laura: I want to be hooked by the description; if it's something that intrigues me or I'm sure I'll enjoy, I'll buy. I try to support as many Indie authors as I can because I know how challenging it can be for those books to be seen. If I were to buy every book I ever wanted to read, I'd never get anything else accomplished in life! Which really doesn't sound too bad, eh? ;)

 

Arabella: Italian, French or English. (I’ll leave it to you to decide if I mean a gourmet meal, a bottle of wine, or a partner!)

Laura: Ha! Can I just insert Scottish? Both hubby and I are of Scottish descent and would love to visit Scotland one day, tour cities as well as the countryside. I'm not much of a wine drinker, and I'll pass on Haggis!

 

Arabella: The moment we are published, a career path is usually envisaged. Do you have any aspirations or ambitions for yourself and any future novels you might write?

Laura: With my first acceptance, I was beyond thrilled. After writing for many years, to see my dream realized was amazing! And now, five years later, I can boast about having twenty-five publications in romance! There are so many projects I have in mind, I don't think I'll ever run out of ideas. To make a best selling list, such as New York Times, USA Today,... even best selling Amazon Author, that would be fantastic. I'll continue to write and publish and reach as many readers as I can while making fabulous connections with other authors.


Thank you for joining me on Arabella's Blog and Chit-Chat, Laura. And Scotland hit a soft spot. Being half-Scottish (on my mother's side), Scotland holds a special place in my heart. Wishing you all the best for your latest release, Vintage

Arabella Xxx 






About  Laura M. Baird



Laura M. Baird - Author

Laura is an award winning romance author, living life in the Pacific Northwest, where she's always working on her next story. She's been in retail, fast food, and served in the U.S. Army (where she met her husband of 31+ years). She's a semi-retired dental hygienist, a career she's enjoyed for twenty-two years. A wife, mother, and grand mother, she draws on life experiences and a wild imagination to feed her author side. When not writing, she's enjoying plenty of good books in the romance genre as well as historical fiction. She loves engaging, so don't be shy about contacting and following her.


Laura's Social Media Links:

Website: https://www.laurambairdauthor.com

Amazon page:  https://amzn.to/3t12vVe

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/laura-m-baird

Books2read: https://books2read.com/LauraMBaird

Evernight Publishing: https://www.evernightpublishing.com/laura-m-baird/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/laurambaird

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LauraMBaird

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/LauraMBairdRA

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/LauraMBaird

Verve Romance: https://ververomance.com/app/LauraMB/filter/Bites

YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/yc2jnwbg


Book Blurb  - Vintage: The Reincarnation Series Book 2



Reginald Cast, a former slave, will do anything to be reunited with his love, Charlotte. Including becoming a vampire.

Renata Charles has visions of another life. When tempted by an appealing mysterious man, she learns she's Charlotte reincarnated.

Will Renata acknowledge Charlotte's spirit within her and accept Reginald's gift of eternal love? Or will forces from the past continue to keep them apart?


available now at Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

BUY LINK:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09W1D25RN  

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Welcome to Romance Author - Peri Elizabeth Scott

I’m delighted to welcome romance author Peri Elizabeth Scott to my blog.



  

Hello Peribeth/Allyson – It was lovely to connect with you through our publisher Evernight Publishing and I’m so pleased you are able to appear as a guest on Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat this week. But before we discover more about your latest release, Chopped there are a few questions that will hopefully give your readers and followers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.

 

Arabella: When writing a romance are there any key traits, such as virtuously good or shamelessly bad, you like to give your characters?

Peribeth/Allyson: I had to think about that! The men are usually alphas but have the ability to look at themselves and grovel when in the wrong. The women are always feisty and strong-willed and make mistakes but aren’t consciously cruel.

 

Arabella: A story has a beginning, middle, and an end. When penning your latest release, Chopped, which part did you find the hardest to write and why?

Peribeth/Allyson: Hmmm. You know, the hardest parts to write in Chopped were the sex scenes. I enjoyed my characters’ personalities enough to wish I could omit the graphic details!




Arabella: We all have a long list of books we keep meaning to read but never have the time for --- which book is a must-read for you this season?

Peribeth/Allyson: The Investigator by John Sandford  He’s my favourite author ever. The Investigator is his latest and a spin-off of his Prey series. I am on tenterhooks for a paranormal romance titled Snowfang Secret by Merry Ravenell that had better be released in January 2023 as promised, lol. It’s the second in a series, and I am impatient.

 

Arabella: Thinking and planning ahead… Your aim is to organise a two-week holiday for you and your family. Do you:

a) Play safe and camp in the back garden?

b) Take the risk and book a hotel room and flight abroad?

c) Find another solution for a relaxing two-week break?

Peribeth/Allyson: I pick c). Visit a spa, spend a couple of days, then book a fancy hotel room, see a show/theatre and eat exotic meals for a few days. Visit a couple of boutiques for a wardrobe upgrade. Good to go!



 

Arabella: As a published author, what advice would you give to someone starting out on their writing journey? In other words, what are the pitfalls a budding novelist should try to avoid?

Peribeth/Allyson:  I always say read the submission outlines. They usually state they are looking for works that are well-polished mechanically and with no head hopping, plus specifics for some publishers. Use a free service like Grammarly or Editor and research head hopping. Then grow a thick skin, and ask trusted friends to read and give honest feedback. If you can, ask another author to be a critique partner. If your work isn’t polished, you’re far less likely to get a look in.


Arabella:  You’re outside a florist and can’t resist the temptation to buy… Which floral arrangement do you choose?

Peribeth/Allyson: Peonies and Baby’s Breath.

 

Gypsophilia - Baby's Breath

Arabella: What about your future plans? Any books or series in the making?

Peribeth/Allyson:  Still working on the next in the Destined YA series, and an MC read that my betas tell me is too high brow! (I need to take my own advice!)

 

Thank you for joining me on Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat, Peribeth/Allyson. And your SPA weekend sounds ideal. Wishing you all the best for your latest release – Chopped.

Arabella Xxx


 

 


 

 About  Peri Elizabeth Young

 


Peri Elizabeth Scott, aka Allyson Young, lives in cottage country, Manitoba, Canada, where she and her husband pretend to work well together in their seasonal business.

She has always enjoyed the written word, and after reading an erotic romance, quite by mistake, decided to try her hand at penning one. That was followed by a mix of spicy (Ally) and sweet (Peribeth) romances in various genres and a post-apocalyptic adventure without a lick of romance by Peribeth.

A bestselling Amazon author, a hybrid, and a coauthor, as of March 2022, she has published seven series and several standalones, over 70 books, with others in the works. 

Peri Elizabeth Scott, aka Allyson Young writes YA and non-romance post-apocalyptic and non-romance suspense. she also writes romance: paranormal, contemporary, post-apocalyptic, historical, menage, BDSM, sci-fi

 

Social Media Links:

www.perielizabethscott.com 

peribeth@hotmail.ca

https://www.facebook.com/sweetnspicyauthor/

http://www.allysonyoung.com

https://www.amazon.com/author/allysonyoung

allysonyoung45@gmail.com

Allyson Young

@allysonyoung45


CHOPPED    -    Peri Elizabeth Scott  (released March 31/22)



Regan Braxton is a prep cook at The Salt Cellar, an up-and-coming restaurant in Las Vegas. She has aspirations to make line cook and actually thought it was a done deal—before Chef Malachi Abrams took over the kitchen.

He’s gorgeous, arrogant, and infuriating and seems to take a singular interest in criticizing her—with scant approval and encouragement. Regan has a second job that she loves equally, working as a flash dancer in a nearby club, but she needs both incomes. So she won’t let him chop her.

Chef Malachi is determined to make The Salt Cellar Vegas’s best restaurant. All is going according to plan despite the attitude of his feisty prep cook. He might be inexplicitly drawn to her, but that won’t get in the way of his work ethic. They have chemistry, but is it palatable or, like revenge, a dish better served cold?

https://www.amazon.com//dp/B09W8QDWX1

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/chopped-2

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chopped-peri-elizabeth-scott/1141261632?ean=2940165818332

https://www.evernightpublishing.com/chopped-by-peri-elizabeth-scott/


Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Welcome to Romance Author - Misa Buckley

I’m delighted to welcome romance author – Misa Buckley - to my blog.


Misa Buckley - Author

 

Hello Misa - I‘m so pleased you were able to join me on Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat this week as I know how busy you must be writing and editing your sexy, hot romance novels. But before we discover more about your release - ARCHANGEL - here are a few questions that will hopefully give your readers and followers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.

 

Arabella: We all love the creativity of writing – otherwise we wouldn’t spend hours at a keyboard pounding away in the hope someone will read and enjoy our novels. But what do you like most about our craft?

Misa: I love worldbuilding sci fi and fantasy settings – making up worlds and cultures for my characters to explore.

 

Arabella: Who or what inspired you to write your release, ARCHANGEL?

Misa: ARCHANGEL is titled after a NCIS L.A. episode that guest starred the very wonderful Cliff Simon (Stargate SG1’s Ba’al.) We’d become friends over the years and a discussion about bad guys being fun ended up with a challenge for me to write a good guy who wasn’t boring. And so Gabriel Kemp was born.



Arabella:  You are out for a walk and see a twenty-pound note (or a twenty-dollar bill, etc.) lying on the road. What do you do with the unclaimed funds?

Misa: The sensible business part of me says I’d put it in my author account for edits wtc, but the reality is I’d probably buy chocolate and ice cream.

 

Arabella: Some authors cannot work without a business planner, others cannot write without an editing app…  Are there any “essentials” you need to help your writing move forward?

Misa: I don’t write linearly, so Scrivener is a must to keep my chaos in some resemblance of order!

 

Arabella: An Indian Curry, Italian Paste Bake, Fish and Chips, or ______?

Misa: Fish & chips.


Fish and Chips

Arabella: If the person of your dreams, (husband/wife/partner/or superstar), were to take you out for the day, social distancing restrictions permitting, where would they take you and what would you do?

Misa: I’d go car booting with Matt Berry, then go to the pub for lunch. I do not promise to behave myself.


Matt Berry - Actor

Arabella: Do you have any great writing, publishing, or marketing tips you would like to share with “want-to-be” authors starting out on their writing journey?

Misa: All the writing advice books in the world can only take you so far – you have to find what works for you. There’s no wrong way to write if it’s getting words down on the page.


Thank you for joining me on Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat, Misa. You gave some great answers and I’m sure your readers and followers have enjoyed discovering a little more about you.

Wishing you all the best for your release - ARCHANGEL

Arabella Xxx


 

 

 

 ABOUT   Misa Buckley

 

Misa Buckley - Author

Misa Buckley is a full-time carer, part-time author, and one track lover. She writes romance with a touch of weird from a little bungalow just outside Bolton, in the north-west of England. She lives with her husband, allegedly adult son, a dog, and a cat.

When she’s not writing, she’s planning her next story or reading someone else’s. She loves to paint and would sell a kidney to be on Landscape Artist of the Year. She also plays mandolin and ukulele, neither particularly well.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Misa can be found on Twitter @MisaBuckley where she’ll happily discuss What We Do in the Shadows, Matt Berry, Bridgerton, Loki, Tom Hiddleston, and bats. You find her other books at her website – misabuckley.co.uk


BOOK BLURB  -  ARCHANGEL



Small time crook Gabriel Kemp is only trying to make a living when a hit-and-run leaves him for dead. Waking up in hospital to an angel at his bedside gives him a second chance, but one that comes with a condition.

Fleeing San Francisco doesn’t mean he can evade the deal either – he still manages to meet Abigail Harris, the woman he’s promised to protect. He might not believe in the psychic visions she claims to have, but he knows even the chance of her identifying the serial killer terrorizing downtown L.A. puts her in danger.

The only way to keep Abby safe is to find and stop the killer. If that means taking on the devil determined to turn the City of Angels into the City of Hell on Earth, then so be it.


BUY LINKS:

Amz UK: https://buff.ly/397rNM9

Amz US: https://buff.ly/3EFMdre

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/archangel-misa-buckley/1121015541 

Apple: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/archangel/id1616224067

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/archangel-53


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