BLOG TOUR STOP: “Exposure” by Morgan and Jennifer Locklear

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It is my honour and pleasure today to be hosting a Blog Tour Stop of a new contemporary romance novel called “Exposure” by Authors Morgan and Jennifer Locklear!

Morgan and Jennifer are currently promoting and visiting numerous Blogs across the five Oceans… I connected with this talented duo a few years ago via Twitter and the Twilight Fan Fiction Site…

Included in this post is the Book Summary, a hot Excerpt, plus a Short Interview with the lead character Shaunna Nobel and the Authors Bio!

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Is a well written, entertaining story, and a must read!

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BOOK SUMMARY​:

Publicist Shaunna Noble is no stranger to the ego-filled dysfunction of Hollywood’s elite, but is she ready for her two biggest clients to turn into her worst nightmare?
Kyle Petersen and Michelle Cooper are Hollywood royalty, everyone’s favorite celebrity couple, but while on location filming their new summer blockbuster, Kyle ambushes his wife with divorce papers and orders Shaunna to destroy Michelle in the media. Unwilling to comply, Shaunna spectacularly and publicly quits her job, humiliating Kyle in the process.

David Quinn, a struggling actor cast alongside the A-listers, is caught in the crossfire. When pictures surface of David and Michelle out on the town, media and fans rush to crown them Hollywood’s new hot couple. Kyle explodes, tensions boil over, and everyone’s lives and careers are thrown into jeopardy.

So what’s a publicist to do? Especially when Shaunna finds herself falling in love with the sexy and talented David. Can she put out fires on the set while keeping the flames burning in the bedroom?

Love, lies and passion. What happens when the naked truth is exposed?

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EXCERPT:

When his eyes settled on Shaunna again, she was completely nude. Her pert nipples were beacons to the gentle valley between her round breasts. David’s stare followed the path of least resistance to the tiny and tidy garden of brown curls that split the river of skin.

He suddenly realized how very, very overdressed he was and fidgeted slightly as he dragged his heavy eyes back up to hers. “Allow me to reciprocate,” he murmured as he began to loosen his necktie. “Let me,” Shaunna offered as she stepped toward him.David obediently dropped his arms to his sides, allowing the naked woman to undress him.

“This is a nice tie,” she commented as she slid it from his neck. “You had it with you in Texas?” David nodded his head. “I brought all my clothes with me.”
“Of course you did,” Shaunna said as she walked around behind him and removed his jacket.

She especially liked the way men looked in vests when their jackets were off. She admired how David’s fit figure was accented by the corset nature of his pinstriped, three-buttoned special. Shaunna appreciated him as she completed her circle.
She then backed up to get, and give, a better view.

“Have a seat.” Shaunna gestured to a custom rock bench near the edge of the black tiled pond. David sat and she began removing his shoes. He looked down at the nude beauty working the laces and willed himself not to be ticklish for the next thirty seconds of his life. Her touch, however, was too delicate and he was just too tender-footed. David chortled and twitched, giving himself away. To her credit, Shaunna did not take advantage of her newfound knowledge until she had removed his other shoe and both his socks. She feathered the balls of his feet with her fingers before she allowed him to stand again.

“Don’t worry,” she assured him as she began unbuttoning his vest. “I’m ticklish too.” She opened it and then pressed her firm body up against his while she claimed another kiss.

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INTERVIEW with main character – Shaunna Nobel:

#DEB: Hi Shaunna great to have you take part in some Q&A thank-you!

Ok first up… Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? How would describe yourself?

Shaunna: My shyness is a defining characteristic, but if you ask my family and friends I think they would tell you that I’m not shy around those I love and trust. I can be feisty when I want to be, although that hasn’t always worked in my favour.

#DEB: What attracted you to David the most?

Shaunna: The first time I noticed David, he was working out in the gym and it was impossible not to admire his … form and technique. David is a very good looking man, but beyond his physique I was attracted by David’s modesty. It’s not a character trait you often encounter in my world.

#DEB: Yes he certainly going to be one of my New Book Boyfriend Favourites! Have you ever wondered about pursuing another career?

Shaunna: Others have tried to encourage me to go into acting, but it’s not for me. I suppose if I was going to consider doing something else it would involve working for my father’s production company. He’s always been supportive of me and I’m glad he’s allowed me to find my own way. I enjoy my job as a publicist, and am happy helping my clients achieve their dreams.

#DEB: Do you have a pet peeve?

Shaunna: I can put up with a lot. I’m a patient woman, but I cannot stand disloyalty.

#DEB: I hear you, one of mine too!

Okay, name five items in your Handbag that is a must to have?

Shaunna: My iPhone, a pair of sunglasses, a hair tie, lip gloss, and my season pass to Disneyland.

#DEB: Favourite Music?

Shaunna: I enjoy a wide variety of music, but it all sounds so much better when David sings to me.

#DEB: Name the last three books you read?

Shaunna: My job doesn’t allow much free time for reading, but David encouraged me to read “The Shadow Year” by Jeffrey Ford. It was really suspenseful.

#DEB: How do you envision your future?

Shaunna: I’m looking forward to moving through life with David at my side. I’d prefer to lead a quiet, simple life, but given our careers we’ll have to endure the occasional spotlight now and again. One thing is for sure, I know life with David will never be boring.

#DEB: Well we wish you all the best and thank-you so much for your time!

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AUTHORS BIO:

Morgan and Jennifer Locklear met in 1989 as teenagers and became high school sweethearts. They have been married since 1995 and live in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States with their two children, a son and daughter.

Although both enjoyed creative writing in their youth, they have only been working as a writing team since 2010. Since then they have created a dozen full-length and short stories together.

Jennifer has been employed in fundraising and development for a non-profit organization since 2000. She also enjoys participating in charitable activities, both locally and online. In her (limited) free time she is an avid reader.

Morgan has been employed in the hospitality industry since 1998. He has been active in the local performing arts community since childhood with many acting and directing credits to his name. He is also a musician and songwriter and has recorded 6 albums.

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Random Fan with DebraDML

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#These two wonderful people Jennifer & Morgan Locklear asked me to participate in a Random Fan on their Blog – where they asked me three questions and I got to ask them three, was so much fun…. So go check them out as they are a very talented and inspiring duo!

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Today’s post is a segment we like to call Random Fan and here are the rules:

Once a month Morgan and I will invite one of you to ask us three questions, but be prepared because we get to ask three of our own in return.

If you’d like to opt in, please leave a comment below and your name will be entered into consideration. January’s Random Fan will be chosen and contacted via email on December 10.

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This month’s Random Fan is DebraDML.  Many thanks to Debra for signing on for this experiment.  If you’d like to know more about Debra and her blog, be sure to visit Words Across The Oceans at http://debradml.com/

Debra:  You both have stories on the ‘Twilight Fan Fiction’ site, what is your opinion as writers sharing your stories via there?

Morgan & Jennifer: We’d never heard of…

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BLOG TOUR STOP: “The Muse Unlocked” by Chris Kuhn

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I am honoured and excited to be sharing something new with you all today….a Book Blog Stop with Author Chris Kuhn and her Debut novel “The Muse Unlocked

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I met this Author earlier in the year via Twitter and reviewed her book, The Muse Unlocked, back in August!

Chris is currently holding a “Holiday Book Blogger Tour” visiting numerous Blogs across the 5 Oceans…

Today I am interviewing the two lead characters from her book – Cate Mullen and Oliver Sand! Plus the talented Author has written a new and original poem inspired by her novel… as she knows how much we love Poetry!

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(Picture created by PJ Bayliss)

THE INTERVIEW 

DEB: Welcome 🙂 It’s so great to have this opportunity to get to know you a little s’more! Firstly may I just say how much I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and how inspiring your love tale is!

Cate & Oliver: Thanks, it’s great to be here!

DEB: Ok Cate your up first…

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Q & A with Cate:

DEB: Cate, at the beginning of the story, you mention about being braver on FB than in real life! Why do you think that this is so?

CATE: I think the distance that’s usually between people on social media encourages you to be bolder, and I’ve been known to reserve my boldness for the characters I write about. *chuckles* For me, Facebook has been a place I can drop some of the pretense of everyday life and say what I really mean without standing there to see the reactions. Some people find that really attractive, a person being so blunt and honest. It can lead people to make strong connections because they feel like they’re based on truth more than some of their “real world” relationships.

DEB: You originally had a different actor in mind to play the role of Michael Bennington in the Movie “Madly” you’re working on in the story – could you name an actor to give us an idea of the type of character you were thinking about at that time?

CATE: Oh gosh, that’s not putting me on the spot now, is it? *laughs* I’d rather not say who I had in mind, because Oliver has more than made up for any of my expectations as a writer. When I wrote the part, I may not have envisioned someone so outwardly handsome and charismatic in the role but now I couldn’t see anyone else other than him play it.

DEB: <swoons> Yeah totally understand! What attracts you to Oliver the most?

CATE: Have you met him? *chuckles* Aside from the obvious, that he’s unfuc—, um, sorry – unbelievably sexy from head to toe, there’s this sweetness about him. He’s the most genuine person I’ve ever known, cares only about what’s happening with the person across from him and will do whatever it takes to help someone he cares about. I’ve heard that true gentlemen are hard to come by. Well, they’re not if Oliver’s standing in the room.

DEB: Lol ah yeah I hear you girl! Ok back to the interview… Why then in love relationships do you think some people are most vulnerable and internally blame themselves if it goes wrong?

CATE: I think, for many of us, it’s in our nature to apply blame internally when something doesn’t go as planned. I find it interesting that we’d never dream of taking the credit for it if it goes right and that’s the sheer irony of it all – if it truly is all about us as we seem to think it is, then why can’t we accept when some fantastic person wants to spend time with us? We see this is implausible but if a relationship goes sour, we have no problem with taking credit for being the cause of it. Chalk it off to human frailty and our natural inclination to shy away from embracing self-esteem or self-belief. We’re often taught it makes us vain or self-centered when it actually makes us strong and confident.

DEB: How would you describe yourself as a character in one of your screenplays?

CATE: Me? I’d be the bystander. If a scene took place in a restaurant, I’d be the woman sitting in the booth next to the characters listening in on the conversation. I am an observer, always have been. I think that’s why I’ve been able to take that and translate my tendency to hang back and watch and listen into scripts. I’d rather present that scene than be a part of it. I’ve been like that my whole life.

DEB: Have you experienced a major turning point in your life? If so what was it?

CATE: Professionally, it had to be meeting up with B.T., Benjamin Tuttler, our executive producer on Madly. As you probably know, he and I have been working together for many years now, first in television and then eventually film. I wouldn’t have been fortunate enough to experience any of the success that I have without B.T. entering my life. I owe a lot to him. And I’m excited that we have a new project we’ll be working on next together, this time abroad. Personally speaking, I would say that getting to meet Oliver and working on this current film have also been quite pivotal for me in my life. I’ve gotten a chance to get to know myself better and connect again creatively so I could begin writing my next book, so that feels more invigorating than any box office figures or award I could win.

DEB: What’s your pet peeve? What do you love most?

CATE: My pet peeve? I’m not a huge fan of delays on the movie set. I like to keep things moving along there. I’m not crazy about smoking. I’ve seen what it can do to people. What do I love? Oh, so much – gazing up at the stars, strolling through an art museum, sinking into the tub with a tasty glass of wine and a book that’s just as delicious.

DEB: Do you have a motivation in life?

CATE: I used to set all kinds of goals in my life and I’d achieve them, but I’d find myself still searching for happiness. I was with someone else at the time who was very helpful in keeping me focused and driven to pursue my career goals, and at the time it was what I needed. But now, my greatest motivation is I just want to be happy. And I don’t care what I’m doing. If I’m with the right people, the right friends and loved ones, that’s all that really matters to me. I know it probably sounds simplistic, but that’s really how I feel.

DEB: Okay, name five items in your purse, briefcase, or pockets.

CATE: Let’s see. *starts foraging through handbag* Pens, always some of them in there, and a notepad. You never know where or when your next idea will arrive. Lipstick. My wallet. Duh. Oh, and my Kindle. I never travel anywhere without bringing with me my little portable library. Sometimes on movie sets, we’ll have long delays and I enjoy sneaking away to a few favorite hiding spots to catch up on some reading if I don’t have other plans or people to see.

DEB: Lol it’s amazing what we carry in there! Ok, What are the last three books you read?

CATE: I recently finished reading a historical romance for which I’m currently adapting the screenplay, and that should be a very exciting project to tackle next summer. I also just finished this fascinating biography on Jim Henson. I did grow up on “Sesame Street” and “The Muppet Show.” Before that, I finished this book called The Controversy of Renaissance Art by Alexander Nagel. Really intriguing stuff.

DEB: Oh haven’t heard of them, cool! How do you envision your future?

CATE: Wow, Deb. That’s a really tough question. I stopped looking ahead to the future a long time ago. Now I take things day to day. Oliver’s taught me that. I find that I’m much happier living in the moment instead of planning everything. It’s a big departure from the way I used to live but I guess as we get older, we start to make some sense out of things. A little bit. *chuckles* I see a future that is full of possibilities, new places to visit and things to see. I’m going to keep an open mind.

DEB: Ok thanks Cate see you later, can you send Oliver in please! 

CATE: Sure!

Q & A with Oliver:

DEB: Ok Oliver, What initially drew you to Cate? And when did you develop real feelings for her?

OLIVER: I’ve told Cate this but I fell in love with her the first time I read her words. It was her first book. I loved the way she used language. Felt every single sentence, you know? When I got the script from my agent and learned that it was written by THE Cate Mullen, I couldn’t wait to read it. Then I met her. I was struck by the way she carried herself, such a smart, beautiful, funny woman who didn’t seem to have a clue about how smart, beautiful and funny she was. When you’re surrounded by people all the time who are told all their life how beautiful and talented they are, it’s like walking through a pageant hallway 24/7. Cate was a breath of fresh air. So I guess I fell in love with Cate’s words long before I met her but once I did, it didn’t take long to realize this was an incredible woman in front of me and I wasn’t about to let her get away.

DEB: Early in the story you talk about feeling fake… why did those few changes you made as an actor bother you so much?

OLIVER: People might assume that actors love to be in the spotlight, and it’s not true at all. Not for all of us anyway. We find out when we’re younger that people react a certain way around us and that it can help us get things or gain certain access. But when you make changes to make other people happy because they tell you it’s smart business, you start to wonder who people are admiring when they tell you they love you and your work. Do they like you – the real you under that disguise – or the only one they know, the pretty face with those features that may or may not be who you really are?

DEB: Oh ok I see what you mean! Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? How would describe yourself? What’s your strengths and weaknesses?

OLIVER: How you met me in the book – that’s me. I don’t pretend to get everything right. Sometimes I might take a wrong step and think I’m helping someone out when I’m actually hurting someone else I care about. I don’t do it maliciously; I just don’t always think everything through. I know this about myself. I can be a bit…rash. Make decisions in the heat of the moment. Hell, all you have to do is look at the ink to figure that out. *laughs* So I guess that’s probably my biggest weakness but I try to be a good person. I like to give someone the benefit of the doubt and be friendly to anyone I meet. Life’s too short to be miserable all the time. I’m usually a pretty pleasant person to be around.

DEB: Hmmm Readers certainly think so! You’ve mentioned before that you’re a Patrick Swayze fan. What is your favourite movie that he starred in?

OLIVER: Definitely Ghost. That may surprise some people, that I didn’t pick more of an action flick like Red Dawn or Point Break but I’m a romantic at heart. Well, I think readers have probably picked up on that by now. *chuckles* I don’t think Patrick did any finer work than that film or that performance. He lets his vulnerable side show in Ghost and it pays off – for the actors, who all turn in very strong performances and for the viewers who get caught up in a really beautiful story.

DEB: Yeah mine too! Ok, What is your most prized possession? Why?

OLIVER: I love my Harley. It’s no secret. I like the freedom of being able to hop on and clear my thoughts, feel the breeze on my face and ride. And it’s even better when I can invite someone special to join me. And I really love my album collection. Cate has tried to move me to the digital age and so have other friends, but nothing will ever beat vinyl.

DEB: Lol I understand, I love both! The book mentions that your relationship with your mother is strained, why do you think that is?

OLIVER: *sighs* I don’t really want to talk about that. It’s not something I feel good discussing. We’re two people who have never seen eye to eye on a lot of things. I don’t go out of my way to keep us at a distance but we just lead separate lives and look at the world in very different ways. That’s all I feel like saying about that. Sorry.

DEB: That’s okay. I understand. If you had a free day and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

OLIVER: Anything with Cate. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing. We could just ride out to the beach and spend the day reading. Or head over to a park and walk around. She would make every minute worthwhile. What can I say? I’m hooked on that lady.

DEB: That’s truly wonderful! Ok, When you’re driving down the road, what music do you listen to?

OLIVER: This always surprises people but I like listening to soul and R&B. Al Green, Ray Charles, Otis Redding. But when I’m on my bike, I don’t listen to any music. I like hearing the wind near my helmet and the sound of my bike and my surroundings as I’m traveling.

DEB: What have you always wanted to do but haven’t done? Why?

OLIVER: I don’t have a long list or anything. Usually if I want to do something, I do it. But one thing I haven’t done that I want to try is Broadway. I did some live theater when I first moved out here to Los Angeles but every actor looks at Broadway as the big challenge, so someday…

DEB: Hmmm interesting! Do you have any fears and if so what are they?

OLIVER: Not really. I’m sure there’s something I haven’t faced yet that will test me and I’d answer that question differently then. I guess the only thing I’m afraid of is losing someone special, people that mean a lot to me, like my sister, my brother. And Cate.

DEB: Where do you see yourself in the future?

OLIVER: I don’t have a crystal ball or anything. *chuckles* I just follow where life takes me. I do want to try other parts of moviemaking, maybe behind the camera, too. But I don’t have any special plans in mind. I want to be spending time with the woman I love and doing something for a living that makes me happy. That’s it.

DEB: Cool….ok that’s it, let’s go find the others and have lunch!

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A Poem inspired by “THE MUSE UNLOCKED” by AUTHOR Chris Kuhn

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Tipping Point

A telling glance,
The brush of a hand,
So small a flirty gesture
Yet leaves a lasting brand

What was that moment,
The single word or move,
That pushed two strangers
To merge into one route?

When did a pair of eyes
Lining up across from mine
Launch a new compelling vision
And boldly reset time?

Where did we finally uncover
The truth behind the smile
To beckon each heart forward
And abandon myth or guile?

Both simple and complex
Romance is to deftly dissect.
Often ignored and rarely planned,
Love arrives when you least suspect.

So I thank you for flirting back,
First a stranger, now a friend.
How great is a returned advance,
Where lives can change, hearts can mend.

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Thanks again gang for visiting us downunder it was a real honour and pleasure! Can’t wait to read the next Book “The Muse Unguarded“, which is to be released in the USA Summer of 2014!

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Interview with Author Kat Bastion

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It’s my pleasure and honour folks to support and share a little further insight into the very talented Kat Bastion…. Author of “Utterly Loved” and Debut Novel “Forged in Dreams & Magick“, which is being released in September 2013!
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I came across this Lady’s work towards the end of 2012 through our mutual admiration of the Author Sylvain Reynard, as he wrote a Foreword in her Poetry Book “Utterly Loved“….and thus our connection has grown!
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Debs: Hello Kat. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me. I truly appreciate having the opportunity to support and speak with you about your writing and Debut Novel “Forged in Dreams & Magick” which I am very excited about…oh how I love a man in a Kilt! ;-P

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Kat: Thank you for inviting me to be here, Debra. And I’m very excited that you’re very excited! {vibrates}

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Debs: Ok first off what’s there to know about Kat Bastion?
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Kat: I’m happily married to the man of my dreams . . . my alpha male! We live amid the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona, in the USA. I’m an eternal optimist who loves getting lost in the beauty of nature. I stumbled into writing in the spring of 2010. Since then, I’ve drafted three full-length paranormal novels and have been fortunate enough to win two contests and final in three others with the first three chapters and synopsis from Forged in Dreams and Magick.
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Debs:  Have you always wanted to write – Poetry and now Fiction?
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Kat: No. Both were a complete accident.
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The fictional writing discovery came first. I was a Type-A business mind, restless because my creativity wasn’t being nurtured and hadn’t been since childhood. Three years ago, after an extended illness during which I read dozens of romance books, I had a sudden burst of creativity. {grins broadly} Now, I can’t imagine not writing. It’s like oxygen to me.
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The poetry also took me by complete surprise. One day, triggered by the Robert Frost poem “Fire and Ice” and inspired by the love I felt for my husband, words started flowing from my heart into expressive words on the page.
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Debs: What inspires you with your writing?
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Kat: Sensual experiences evoke emotion within me. Getting lost in a scent, a taste, or a feast for the eyes has so many rich layers. The first poem I ever wrote, “Heaven . . . Found” is a perfect example. One euphoric moment caused a cascade of words, enabling me to capture the feeling forever.
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Debs:  Who are some of your favourite authors and poets?
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Kat: I love poetry by Robert Frost, John Keats, and William Blake.
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My favorite authors capture my interest with their complex stories and unique writing style. Their eloquently spun stories pull me into vivid worlds where I’m happily lost for hours on end and include: Karen Marie Moning, JR Ward, Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught, and Sylvain Reynard.
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Debs: What is the perfect writing environment for you?
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Kat: I write best in the early morning in total silence, and it all happens at my desk, in my ergonomic chair, with my desktop computer. Nearly all of the poetry for Utterly Loved, however, was written into the Notes app on my iPhone.
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Debs: How do you define Poetry?
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Kat: Poetry is pure emotion set to words.
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Debs: Words are the essence of story-telling, do you think Music and Pictures enhance that and why?
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Kat: I do, in so far as music and pictures evoke the same emotion. The written word pulls the reader into a moment, and if music adds further depth or a photograph adds beauty, then they enrich the written experience with another dimension.
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Debs: Do you have a motto?
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Kat: I do. It was created while learning to snowboard, and I apply to my life:
Always the student, seeking to master.
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Debs:  What excites you in life?
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Kat: Enjoying the beauty of simple things in life, experiencing the richness of the world as if through the eyes of a child, is immensely rewarding. When talking about my hopes and dreams? I’m most excited to be using my author platform to boost awareness and increase the support of those charities fighting against the tragedy of human trafficking.
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Debs: What does Charity Support & Awareness mean to you?
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Kat: To me, Charity Support and Awareness embodies giving of the heart, sharing what we have with others, making a difference one act of kindness at a time. I’m incredibly grateful for the blessings I’ve been granted in my life, and Charity Support and Awareness is my way of giving back before receiving.
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Debs: What’s the story behind the concept for your Blog ‘Talk to the Shoe’ ?
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Kat: A professional photographer took an amazing photo of our shoes while my husband held me in his arms, and I chose that shoe photo as my social media avatar. When creating my blog, I tried to think of something funny and memorable. “Talk to the Shoe” seemed the natural choice. 🙂 My blog is the way I share my writing and publishing journey with friends and followers.
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Debs: What do you think about Social Media as an avenue for getting independent writers out there?
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Kat: I think it’s unparalleled.
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Debs: How involved have you been in the publishing and marketing for your books?
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Kat: I’ve been completely involved in every aspect from a decision making and directional standpoint, however, once the manuscript was ready, I researched out and assembled a team of professionals who excel in their fields to assist me in their given areas.
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Debs: Your Debut Novel is set in the Scottish Highlands! Why did you choose this setting?
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Kat: I didn’t. {smiles slowly} It chose me. I’ve read many wonderful Highlander novels, the first of which I’d stumbled across while devouring everything Judith McNaught had ever written. But just like writing came to me without warning, so did the story of Forged in Dreams and Magick. The scenes kept unfolding in my mind, and I accepted the gift by documenting the amazing story.
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Debs: Your main characters are based on Alpha Male Highlanders and Feisty Heroines….can you tell us a little about your Highland Legends Series?
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Kat: Thank you, Debra. I’d love to. The Highland Legends Series revolves around three siblings within Clan Brodie (the clan commander in the holiday novella) and how a very special type of magick affects their lives. The themes in the first two stories center on faith, hope, and love. The last two stories also have integral elements of forgiveness and redemption. All the stories in the series have a common thread of the heroine/hero finding inner strength in the face of incredible adversity.
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The book description of Forged in Dreams and Magick can be found on its Goodreads page.
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The Highland Legends Series is unique in that Forged in Dreams and Magick is told in first person POV by the heroine. The holiday novella, Bound by Wish and Mistletoe is told in third person (deep POV). The third story, Born of Mist and Legend, and the fourth story, Found in Flame and Moonlight, are both told in first person POV from the hero’s POV.
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Debs: Sounds amazing Kat I can’t wait to read!!!
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Debs: What are your future projects?
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Kat: If only I could write faster! Vibrating constantly within me are not only the last two novels of the Highland Legends Series, but also a spinoff series, which will incorporate the storyline, characters and world from my first two unpublished manuscripts. I also have a unique contemporary erotic romance that is waiting for its time in the spotlight.
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Debs: Do you have a message for your fans?
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Kat: Thank you. Every kind word, email, like, mention, and review is heartfelt and appreciated. Your support fires the courage within me to take that leap and trust I’ll fly.
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  • Debs: If you could invite anyone famous over for dinner who would you choose?
  • Kat: Only one? Hmmm… I’m not sure I could invite only one person. I would love to have a dinner party with a collection of those in this world who use their gifts to change this world for the better. A long list of ambassadors of great charitable causes come to mind.
  • Debs: Favourite Book Genre?  Kat: Paranormal Romance
  • Debs: Favourite Movies? Kat: Romantic Comedies and Action Adventure.
  • Debs: Favourite Music?  Kat:  Rock, alternative, jazz, dance and . . . flamenco. {sighs}
  • Debs: Favourite colour? Kat: At the moment, purple. No wait, green. Is it what I’m wearing? Black. {laughs} I’m drawn to dark jewel tones.
  • Debs: Twitter or Facebook? Kat: TWITTER!
  • Debs:  PC or Mac?  Kat:  PC
  • Debs: Books or Kindle? Kat:  Kindle, although I love holding a book.
  • Debs: Pens or pencils? Kat: Pens.
  • Debs: Tall or short? Kat: Tall.
  • Debs: Coffee or tea drinker?  Kat: Tea!
  • Debs: Dogs or cats?  Kat: Cats.
  • Debs: Superman or Batman? Kat: Batman! He’s got all the cool rides!
  • Debs:  Chocolate or Ice Cream? Kat: Chocolate.
  • Debs: Meat or Seafood? Kat:  Meat.
  • Debs: Beer, Wine or Spirit? Kat: Wine.
  • Debs: Camping or Hotel? Kat: Both. A camping trip that ends in a spontaneous, pampered hotel stay, complete with a room-service buffet. Been there. Done that.
  • Debs: Beach or Rainforest? Kat: Both! Sugar-sand beach on the edge of a butterfly-filled rainforest. What? It’s my fantasy!
  • Debs: Spirituality or Evolution? Kat: {dies laughing} Girl, you saved the heavy question for last, didn’t you? I can’t wait for you to read Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe. Our heroine is an archaeologist and her journey and beliefs touch on the paradoxes between science and spirituality.
  • Debs: …Oh really how fascinating!!!
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Thank-you again Kat it was a real pleasure getting to know you a little s’more! And to those who read I hope you all enjoyed as much as I did 😊 ~ Debs xo
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# Please click on the Links to check-out Award-Winning Author Kat Bastion:
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  • Bound by Wish and Mistletoe – releases 11/2013
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Interview with Author PJ Bayliss

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It’s my pleasure and honour folks to support and share a little further insight into the very talented Author PJ Bayliss aka Yr Mon Ami…. Twisted Procreator of Poetry, Short Stories, & Aspiring Erotica Writer!
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For those of you whom don’t know him he has written and published two Poetry Books to date called Restraint & Taboo which you can purchase via Amazon!
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I came across this Gentleman’s work at the end of last year, then in the beginning of this year he was one of the first people to read and support my Blog! It was through one of my posts on Books that we discussed Sylvain Reynard’s Novels – Gabriel’s Inferno & Rapture, and how he hadn’t been able to purchase them where he lives in New Zealand…I had recently won a competition and had received signed copies of these Books …and so offered my old copies to PJ….And thus our connection has grown!
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Hi Neighbour from across the waves …I’m very excited and grateful to have you as “My First” ever interviewee 🙂  Ok lets get into it…
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# Debs: So who is PJ Bayliss & Yr Mon Ami?
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PJ: Phew! An easy one for starters…PJ Bayliss is my official non de plume for my writing and I’ve secured things like the @PJBayliss twitter handle and web domain name just in case something substantial comes out of this writing lark. I have the occasional Tweet or update from here, but it’s really reserved for bigger things later on if they ever eventuate.
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I’d hate to be in a position of buying my own name off from somebody at the end of the day.
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Your Mon Ami is a ‘gifted name’ if you like: A small group of lovely ladies I met online came up with the idea after I provided ‘a service’ for them. They wanted to call me “Sir” & “Master” and a manner of similar names, but I rather liked this one.
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# Debs: Have you always been into writing?
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PJ: It’s only been the last six-months that I’ve started to write from a purely fictional perspective, although I spend a lot of time writing for my day job. I guess it is plausible that my clinically detailed approach in writing has been influenced by my career.
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I also dabbled in writing as an Art student a long, long time ago. There’s something I find very appealing about painted artwork and printed media with writing on it.
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# Debs: How do you define Poetry?
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PJ: Ouch! That’s quite a question. I’m sure scholars have this one in their “Poetry 101” final exam questionnaire…
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If I had to define Poetry, I would be inclined to say “Powerful, suggestive words within a verse creates one persons’ poetry.”
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Months ago I was self-critical about Poetry and really struggled to appreciate the poems of others. I grabbed books by the dozen online and in paperback to try to bring myself to terms with it. All I found was numerous examples, methods, and frameworks for poetry around the world.
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The personality of a poet really permeates the verse on any occasion. It’s important for the reader to acknowledge and accept that before drawing any deduction about it being poetry, or not.
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# Debs: Do you have a creative process? Like writing at a certain time of the day; listening to music or prefer silence? And how do you like to write – Phone, Computer or Journal?
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PJ: I believe I have a ‘Mind’s Eye’ when it comes to writing poetry and I almost enter into a complete trance when doing so. It’s quite difficult to explain other than being on another spiritual level in some sense so I can normally shut off distractions or surroundings to write what I wish to. Music, and time of the day, certainly helps though.
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My earlier poems were written into a book first, then tidied up and published. Some would take me months before I felt comfortable with them. I guess through practice & frequency I have been able to create them a lot easier these days.
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# Debs: Who or what inspires you? Do you have a Muse?
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PJ: Inspiration has come in so many various forms, from different people, or personal situations. I borrow emotions from others and try to capture the human spirit whenever I can and I’d like to think my work helps others to heal in the process.
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There is one thing that generally does the trick… a Hamburger. Yeah… It’s strange what a Burger King Whopper can invoke in my mind.
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# Debs: Hmmm….#FoodPorn strikes again. <giggles>
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# Debs: How did you get into Haiku & Tanka styles of Poetry?
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PJ: Last November I was asked to do a Haiku as part of a Blogging award. I was intrigued by the idea of creating a strong mental image with just 12 syllables. I found the Haiku format so easy to use with Twitter, so it became a bit of a habit generating a Haiku each day until I decided to produce a book with 365 Haiku’s for a year.
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Tanka poetry pretty much came with the territory. I must admit, I do prefer them over Haiku due to the extra content and vision they bring to the party.
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# Debs:  Words are the essence of story-telling, do you think Music and Pictures enhance that and why?
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PJ: Music & Pictures would enhance practically any situation in my opinion.
Basically I place music & pictures on my posts because the music normally reflects the mood I’m in when writing, or what I think the reader would enjoy listening to. Likewise with the pictures. I guess you can think of them as both being the perfect Wine to complement the meal.
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# Debs: O.o. good answer!!!
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# Debs:  Do you ever get “Writers block”? If so, do you have a remedy?
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PJ: I’d imagine practically every writer gets stuck once in a while, and yes; I’m in a bit of a bind right now in fact with my poetry. I think that is a case of wanting to out-perform myself each time based upon the last.
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The sad reality is that Writers Block occurs for such a variety of reasons and specific causes are usually to blame. Some of these causes are simply a condition of the environment. The only thing I could possibly suggest for any writer out there experiencing this is to first acknowledge this condition. Only from there can plans be drawn to resolve it.
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# Debs: Of all the poems you’ve written, do you have a favourite and why?
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PJ: …Why did I agree to this again?…    # Debs: Cause we’re mates 😉
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Such a tough question. All of my works are like children & I favor them in different ways. I know myself that you can’t favor one child over and above the others though.
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OK, here goes…. Dreamscape possibly stands out to me for being one of my first poems to really explore the sexual act of lovemaking. As you know, I desperately seek to avoid words of a sexually explicit nature in my writing as I prefer to have the reader discover the scene along the way. Dreamscape comes to me as one of those poems that certainly works well to uncover the scene towards the end while avoiding the typically smut-filled words so familiar to readers these days.
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# Debs: Yes one of my Favourites too…very hot!!!
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# Debs: What do you think about Social Media as an avenue for getting independent writers out there?
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PJ: When I first looked into attending local writing classes the courses were comprised of 50% of Social Media and technology material. I’ve also seen the evidence of an author going the complete opposite direction with local door-knocking, snail-mail, and networking. That didn’t seem to be working so well in that situation to be honest.
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There is a real stigma over Social Media use for anything, let alone writing. It is something that can completely overtake your life and become futile in the endeavor to brand yourself as a writer. I know myself that book sales have not increased dramatically during campaigns where I’ve increased social media advertising content. There is a correlation between the two, but at some point I’m sure the benefits fade away.
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The best advice I ever saw about this subject was from Sylvia Day; in one of her blog posts she simply stated that Writers should to be able to assess the impact of their Social Media effort has against sales and creating content.
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#Debs: Interesting…
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# Debs: What does Sensuality, Lust & Romance mean to you?
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PJ: Where on earth are you getting these questions from?…  # Debs: 😇
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OK, Lust is easy. It’s just pure, animalistic instinct that pours from your body when making love. Lust is ‘to die for’ and nothing can get in the way of it. It’s simply physical magnetism.
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Romance is the ‘woo-ing’ phase for me. Setting the scene for establishing love & creating, or strengthening, those intimate relationships we all seek and crave.
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Sensuality is possibly the above two combined, and more. It’s the complete package when it comes to sexuality and love-making I guess. It’s definitely not something that’s expected or predictable in a relationship and I believe sensuality is as much about being spontaneous, a little kinky, and perhaps a smidgin of being twisted when it comes down to it. Above all, it’s a total commitment of the soul.
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# Debs: mmmm…..spot on!!!
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# Debs:  If you could make-out with anyone Famous who would it be?
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PJ:  Jessica Rabbit… <remember Roger Rabbit’s wife>
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# Debs: Hmmm…kinky fantasy hey!
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# Debs: What attracts you to a Woman? And/or people?
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PJ: A sense of humour & being happy in oneself are possibly the biggest traits that attract me to anybody. I love making people smile and prefer it if they can do the same to me.

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# Debs: What excites you in life?
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PJ: Oh vey!…..
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I’m one of those guys where any bound in enthusiasm is usually immediately cushioned through self composure. This is such a hard question to nail…
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I’m pretty much a people pleaser and love to obtain reactions from others through my generosity or effort. I’m the guy who shelters the injured in the rain when I don’t have a raincoat, and certainly wish to be the writer that leaves you with an abandoned sigh of relief when you put my book down.
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# Debs: If you could posses a super power what would it be?
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PJ: Well an obvious one would be the ability to stretch parts of my body into various shapes and sizes, but I think I’d prefer not to have any Super Powers. I’m thinking of Batman here; who’s just a regular, but fit, guy with lots of great gadgets.
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Hope that’s fine with you?
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# Debs: Oh. My….Sounds Perfect to me 😍  <swoon>
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# Debs: If you could invite anyone famous over for dinner who would you choose?
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PJ: Another bruiser of a question…
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I’m gonna have to say Roger Waters from Pink Floyd. That guy seriously rocks plus he has so much to say on the side of humanity and world issues.
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I’d hope he hangs around for a bit after dinner to chill out over a port or three…
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# Debs: Do you have a motto in life?
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PJ: Live and Love as if Life is a Crescendo
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# Debs: Do you like interaction with your readers? Ever had a bad experience?
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PJ: Most definitely yes. I love it, but I am inclined to bring conversations to an end if they’re becoming quite long or if I sense they should be getting off to sleep etc. I think this is because my real-life situation is chaotically hectic and busy, so I become critically aware of taking someone else’s time as they may be in a similar situation.
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I have had a couple of bad experiences many months ago, which I won’t dwell upon much. Let’s just say that the word ‘Gun’ cropped up a couple of times which prompted a quick end to the interaction. It was very unpleasant for me at the time and I ended up loosing sleep or sleeping with one eye open in case they’d tracked me down at home.
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# Debs: What are your future projects?
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PJ: “A Chemical Romance” still remains on my “To be written” list, as always. The first book, Admission, is getting a lot more attention from me lately to bring the whole project forward in time. This is taking a lot longer than anticipated, but it is also something I really want to be rememberable by the reader as well.
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While I’d love to move on from Poetry books to short stories, I think I have at least one or two more poetry-orientated Books ahead of me. One project being a physical paper-back based upon Restraint with the more popular poems included to ensure the price-point is right. The other poetry-based project I’m considering would be called “The Devil Owns a Halo” & will incorporate short stories with various poems. I’m really uncertain about this approach though…
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As you’re aware I’m also working on Chronicle, however, that has been place on hold for now as it’s such a delicate subject to deal with and I know the Chemical Romance stories will thrill my readers.
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# Debs: Do you have a message for your fans?
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PJ: “Fans” – what a novel idea.
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My humbleness aside 🙂 –  I really do appreciate every effort to read my material and pimp it out to others. I know just how hard it is to find time for anything these days, so I sincerely understand what it takes to do so in your time.
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Just keep those smiles & great remarks coming as they become the fuel I use to produce more material.
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# Debs: Oh we definitely will Hun 😊
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# Rapid Fire Questions:
  • Married or Single?  PJ: Married
  • Tall or short?  PJ:  Tall
  • Tits or Arse?  PJ: Neither, Arse is closet
  • Missionary or Doggy style?  PJ: Depends who’s on top
  • Boxers or Undies?  PJ:  Boxers
  • Batgirl or Superwoman?  PJ: Batgirl (Duh!)
  • Chocolate or Ice Cream?  PJ: Chocolate
  • Meat or Seafood?  PJ: Seafood
  • Beer, Wine or Spirit?  PJ: Spirit
  • Books or Kindle?  PJ: Books
  • Camping or Hotel?  PJ:Camping
  • Beach or Rainforest?  PJ: Beach
  • Spirituality or Evolution?  PJ: Evolution
  • Favourite Poets?  PJ: Edgar Allan Poe & Robert Frost immediately come to mind.
  • Favourite Books?  PJ: I can’t say as my recent discovery of fiction novels is responsible for creating new favorites every week.
  • Favourite Music?  PJ: Rock as a Genre, Pink Floyd as a band, however; I have a huge variety in music tastes.
  • Favourite TV Shows?  PJ: Kitchen Nightmares, The Big Bang Theory, Breaking Bad
  • Favourite Movies?  PJ: The Wall, The Matrix, Tron Legacy, … I’m sure these & more are on my FaceBook profile 😉
  • Favourite Sports?  PJ:  All about the same. (Somebody needs to turn me into a fan…)
  • Favourite colour?  PJ: Blue
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Wow very cool PJ …loved getting to know you a little s’more thank- you SO much 😘 your Awesomesauce!
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And to those who read I hope you all enjoyed as much as I did 😋 ~ Debs xo
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An Interview with B.L. Ronan

# Brilliant Interview with Author/ Poet B.L.Ronan ~ Debs xo

So The Story Goes

We are fortunate to have had the pleasure of sitting down for a chat with friend and writer B.L. Ronan, author of saudade.  Join us as we discuss inspiration and her journey into self publishing…

So The Story Goes:Have you always wanted to write?

B.L. Ronan: i have always been a dreamer – creating and living stories almost constantly.  so in the essence of creating as a writer does, yes. i love words but it was not until middle and high school that i used it as a form of expression.

STSG:Have you always been drawn to poetry as a medium?

B.L.: my mind tends to be lyrical and i therefore have an immediate connection to the medium of poetry and prose. i find i get the most fulfillment out of it because i am able to essentially breathe my heart onto the page.

STSG:Where do you…

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