Mandy White – Author of The Feeder – 99 cents

#Feed - 2Today I’d like to welcome Mandy White suspense/thriller author. Mandy is one of the authors who has joined in the Thrills and Suspense for 99 cents. Her novel The Feeder is now available for 99 cents.
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Mandy White

1. When did you start reading?
– First grade. I devoured the words as quickly as the teacher could teach them.

2. What was the first book you remember reading? What was the first book that had a real ‘wow’ factor for you?
– I remember the Dick and Jane school readers as my first books (if those count). A Wrinkle in Time was the first book that had that ‘wow’ factor for me.

3. What attracted you to or got you started reading?
– I have one of those active minds that is hard to shut off at times. Reading provides a focal point that allows me to relax. I like to read myself to sleep, enjoy a hot bath with a good book. I’m waiting for someone to invent a waterproof e-reader.

4. What genres have you read? Was there any progression to the genres you’ve read over the years? Did you start in one genre and then discover others the older you got? i.e. scifi and then romance, then paranormal, then espionage…
– I was a horse fanatic when I was a kid, (still am) so I read a lot of horse-related books. Black Beauty was a favorite and I had almost all of Walter Farley’s Black Stallion books. I went through a mystery phase, first with the Bobbsey Twins, then Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys. I discovered Stephen King in my teens and have been a horror fan ever since.

5. What do you like in a story? What does it have to have to grab you?
– I like a story that surprises me with twists that I don’t see coming. Action early on will usually grab me and hook me into a story.

6. What got you started with writing? And how long have you been writing?
– I started writing stories as soon as I was old enough to put sentences together. Writing is the only thing I’ve ever really wanted to do. I dreamed of being an author ‘someday’, but never pursued it seriously. When I reached age 40 I realized that ‘someday’ was never going to arrive unless I made it happen.

7. What do you like to write about?
– I like to write the sort of thing I enjoy reading – creepy stories that shock and surprise readers.

8. What are you currently working on?
– I currently have two novels in progress: Fed up, the sequel to The Feeder and Phobia, a novel about a woman who is terrorized by strange occurrences inside her home but agoraphobia prevents her from leaving. Phobia should be ready for release by the end of this year and Fed Up will follow in 2015.

9. How did you come up with your plot for your latest book?
– The Feeder started as a short story about a serial killer who dressed as a prostitute to lure victims. I liked the concept and decided to develop it into a novel. I did the rough draft as a NaNoWriMo project. The plot developed in some surprising ways as I wrote.

10.Anything else you’d like to share?
– My other pet project involves a group called WPaD (Writers, Poets and Deviants). I formed the group about five years ago with some like-minded writers I met on Facebook. We challenge ourselves to write short stories in various genres, then compile them into anthologies. We have published six books to date, donating a portion of royalties to Multiple Sclerosis research in support of a couple of our members who have MS. You can learn more about WPaD on our website: http://wpad.weebly.com/
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Author Bio:

mandy white profile picAuthor’s Website: http://mandywrite.weebly.com/

Mandy White is a Canadian author who resides on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She is a fan of oxygen, shiny things and personal space. Right now, she is probably lurking in the forest somewhere, being one of those weird, reclusive writer types.

She primarily writes fiction in the horror genre, often featuring Canadian characters and locations. She is founder of the WPaD group (Writers, Poets and Deviants), best known for their charity anthologies for MS.

 

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Author’s books
The FeederThe Feederhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTJYY4Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PictureAvenging Annabellehttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B0058ZYCHO

PictureDysfictional 2: Shreds of Sanityhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MT6P1S4

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How and where to connect with this author:

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

Twitter:   @mandywrite    https://twitter.com/MandyWrite

Linkedin:   https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=235794626&trk

GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4789936.Mandy_White

Wattpad:  http://www.wattpad.com/user/MandyWhite

 

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Carys Jones – Author of First to Fall – 99 cents

#Fall - 2Today I’d like to welcome Carys Jones suspense/thriller author. Carys is one of the authors who has joined in the Thrills and Suspense for 99 cents. Her novel First to Fall is now available for 99 cents.

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An Author’s Journey through Reading
Carys Jones

1. When did you start reading?
I started reading at a really young age, probably as soon as I was able to!

2. What was the first book you remember reading? What was the first book that had a real ‘wow’ factor for you?
Growing up one of my favourite books was always Little House on the Prairie. I loved reading the vivid descriptions of the American frontier, it definitely made me feel as though I was right there living out the adventure with the Ingalls family instead of in my little bedroom in rain soaked England.

3. What attracted you to or got you started reading?
My Mum teachers English so she encouraged both me and my brother to read. She was always buying us books, taking us to the library and reading to us before bedtime. Books and reading were very much an integral part of life in my family.

4. What genres have you read? Was there any progression to the genres you’ve read over the years? Did you start in one genre and then discover others the older you got? i.e. scifi and then romance, then paranormal, then espionage…

I will read absolutely anything. As long as a story interests me I will read it regardless of genre. I tend to have fads. I had a phase a few years ago when I kept reading horror novels and at the moment I’m really enjoying YA fantasy books. That’s the great thing about books – there’s an endless choice of stories and genres to keep you entertained!

5. What do you like in a story? What does it have to have to grab you?
For me I have to connect with the protagonist. I need to care about what happens with them and feel as though I’m experiencing the story with them, rather than against them.

6. What got you started with writing? And how long have you been writing?
My love of writing stemmed from my love of reading. I was enchanted by how a great book could transport you to another world and I was keen to try and recreate some of that magic for myself. I’ve been writing since I was about six or seven. I started doing short stories and then progressed to full length novels in my early twenties.

7. What do you like to write about?
I think to write about people in difficult situations. Good people who are forced to make hard decisions. Characters are at their most interesting when they are pushed to the limit.

8. What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m writing the third book in my Avalon series, Third to Die, and also in the editing process with my YA dystopian novel which is being released with Reuts Publications in early 2015.

9. How did you come up with your plot for your latest book?
First to Fall is the start of my Avalon series and the plot derived from a simple idea of having a female character in a life or death predicament. I chose to place Brandy White on death row in a seemingly bleak situation where she is set to die for a crime she committed. But is she the heroine or the villain of the story? That’s what my protagonist, Aiden Connelly, needs to figure out.

10.AnythiRollo watchingng else you’d like to share?
Every time I write my beloved cavalier, Rollo, sits either across my shoulders or on my lap. Sometimes his loud snoring can drive me to distraction but he is my constant writing companion, and for that I’d like to give the little guy a shout out! : )

 

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Author’s books:

Prime DeceptionPrime Deception
When Lorna Thomas is found dead in her car everyone believes she killed herself. But the day after her death Lorna was set to sell a scandalous story to one of Britain’s biggest tabloid papers. For six months she had been the Deputy Prime Minister’s mistress.

Will Lorna’s secret die with her? While her family try to move on and come to terms with her death one person refuses to believe that Lorna killed herself. Her twin sister, Laurie is convinced that Lorna was murdered and she’ll stop at nothing to prove it, even if that means teaming up the very man her sister had been having an affair with…

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First to Fall Cover First to Fall (Avalon Book 1) – available now for 99 cents!
Aiden Connelly’s first case will be one he’ll never forget.

Lawyer Aiden Connelly has traded the frenzy of Chicago for a slower pace in sleepy Avalon – and his first case appears to be as open-and-shut as he could hope for. Hired to defend a local ex-beauty queen accused of murdering her husband, he’s confident that he’ll have the case closed in record time. But below the surface lurks a darker truth…

Suddenly, a quiet backwater has transformed into a dangerous pressure cooker. In a town where everyone knows everyone, gathering evidence should be easy… but the harder Aiden searches, the more he appreciates how tangled this net of loyalties is. And as he digs deeper, Aiden begins to realise that his very first case in Avalon could be the beginning of his undoing…
Second to Cry (Avalon Book 2)
Aiden Connelly is just settling in to life in Avalon following the shocking revelations of his first case. But it seems he can’t escape the ghosts of his past. His new case involves the Sheriff’s millionaire brother, Samuel Fern, and the paternity of one of his sons.

When the truth threatens to tear about not just one family but two Aiden must ask himself how far he is willing to go to protect the people he loves…

 

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carys_adj2Author’s Bio:
Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.

When she’s not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science- fiction films or playing video games.

She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything.

To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.

For more information about Carys please visit http://www.carys-jones.com or follow her on Twitter: @tiny_dancer85
Author’s Website: http://www.carys-jones.com

How and where to connect with this author:
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/CarysJonesWriter

Twitter:    https://twitter.com/tiny_dancer85

GoodReads:   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7314534.Carys_Jones

Pinterest:   http://www.pinterest.com/carysjwriter/

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Thrills and Suspense for 99 Cents

I am so excited. I have teamed up with three other authors and we are not only each selling one of our suspense/thrillers for 99 cents but we are doing several giveaways. Make sure to enter. To learn more, click here: Thrills and Suspense for 99 cents

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What if the hiding spot you escape to becomes more dangerous than the place you ran from? Aurina Patrick is an ambitious young woman, whose only mistake was letting someone get too close. The day she is brought into the police department for questioning, her life changes forever. When Aurina discovers that someone she trusts has involved her in a series of murder investigations, her sister Ryanne joins her in a search for the truth. As the situation unravels, the Patrick sisters realize their lives could be in jeopardy. When the sisters are taken to a remote location, the struggle for safety truly begins.

 

 

 

 

 

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Captured Lies - new cover 3-210x315She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it….

Her life was a lie!

Bailey knew her upbringing wasn’t normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then suddenly her mother dies, leaving a gaping hole and a discovery that they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator is to be believed, her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.

Everyone seems to have a story… but who’s telling the truth? And who wants her dead? Is Guy part of the solution? Or part of the problem? To discover the facts, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets, dating back over thirty years.

But can she do it in time…

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The FeederGrief transforms a law-abiding citizen into a serial killer on a quest for vengeance. Is it possible to return to a ‘normal’ life after committing acts most unspeakable?

A killer stalks the streets of Los Angeles. Victims of the butcher known as ‘The Feeder’ are mutilated while still alive, with parts severed and inserted in their mouths.

When Camille places a drunken birthday phone call to her twin, Sammie becomes worried about her safety and flies to Los Angeles to bring her home. After finding the aspiring actress-turned-prostitute slaughtered in a hotel room, grief-stricken Sammie steps into the role of copycat killer. Suspecting that the killer is Camille’s abusive boyfriend, Sammie embarks on a bloody quest for revenge, copying the modus operandi of a brutal serial killer known as The Feeder. Walking the streets disguised as Camille, Sammie resolves to lure the real Feeder out of hiding. Sammie seeks out drug dealers, pimps, rapists – all men who caused harm to Camille. The men are found disemboweled, force-fed their own genitalia and carved up like human Picassos. The bloodbath will not end until Camille’s murder has been avenged.

The Feeder gives brutality a new meaning…

Warning:
If you are offended by obscene language, graphic violence and scenes of mutilation, then this is NOT the book for you! Read at your own discretion.

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first to fallAiden Connelly’s first case…

Lawyer Aiden Connelly has traded the frenzy of Chicago for a slower pace in sleepy Avalon – and his first case appears to be as open-and-shut as he could hope for. Hired to defend a local ex-beauty queen accused of murdering her husband, he’s confident that he’ll have the case closed in record time. But below the surface lurks a darker truth…

Will be one he’ll never forget.

Suddenly, a quiet backwater has transformed into a dangerous pressure cooker. In a town where everyone knows everyone, gathering evidence should be easy… but the harder Aiden searches, the more he appreciates how tangled this net of loyalties is. And as he digs deeper, Aiden begins to realise that his very first case in Avalon could be the beginning of his undoing…

 

 

 

 

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- 5 ecopies of Dysfictional, Shreds of Sanity by Mandy White

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Thrills and Suspense… it starts Monday!

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I have teamed up with three awesome authors – Emerald O’Brien, Mandy White, Carys Jones – we are all offering one of our suspense/thriller ebooks for 99 cents for 15 days. I think our four books cover just about the whole spectrum of thrillers.

It all starts Monday, September 15th!

We are also doing an amazing Giveaway

               – 4 – $10 Amazon Gift Cards

- 5 ecopies of Dysfictional, Shreds of Sanity by Mandy White

- 5 ecopies of Too Dark To Sleep by Dianne Gallagher

So please join us.

Emerald O’Brien – Darkness Follows
What if the hiding spot you escape to becomes more dangerous than the place you ran from?

Mandy White – The Feeder
Grief transforms a law-abiding citizen into a serial killer on a quest for vengeance. Is it possible to return to a ‘normal’ life after committing acts most unspeakable? 

Carys Jones – First To Fall
Aiden Connelly’s first case will be one he’ll never forget.

Maggie Thom – Captured Lies
She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it…

Are Books Cold?

Mtns- are books cold“He loved books; books are cold but safe friends.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

I recently found this quote and it got me to thinking about books. Are they cold but safe friends? I don’t think so. Personally I think books are living, breathing beings that we as the writer put our love, anger, angst, frustration, joy, surprise, etc… in and even if we haven’t done it exactly right it evokes something in the reader. They either fall in love with what we’ve written, or they think about what grabbed them and what didn’t or it has put them in that place of needing to critique every little flaw :). Whatever it has done for the reader it has brought their thoughts, their emotions to life.

I know that when I read a book sometimes I go through a whole gammit of emotions, thoughts, feelings. So for me books are very much a living, breathing being that not only gives me the opportunity to go on a journey with the characters but it also gives me the opportunity to get a glimpse of the author. I find books so fascinating – the thoughts, the ideas, the plots, the characters that go into the stories… and the journey they take me on. It’s truly amazing what we can create with our minds when we put our mind to it. :) I love books whether the paperback version or the new digital version. For me there is so much life in a book how could they be cold. What do you think?

If You Never Try, You’ll Never Get There

If you never try you'll never get thereToday is a day that has a lot of meaning for me, for without it, I wouldn’t be. :) So I wanted to share a bit about my journey to this point. So sit down and tune in. :)

I’ve learned that:

  • life matters
    we need to put people before things
    we spend way too much of our youth thinking we don’t fit in and aren’t good enough
    we spend way too much of our adult life judging ourselves and others
    we are all inherently good and if we’d see that in everyone we meet, the happier we’d all be
    laughter is a gift we don’t use enough
    we spend way too much time trying to be perfect rather than just being
    the journey can be long or short to discovering that all you need is within you
    we all have many gifts and talents… use them
    to always see the good in others is to see the best in yourself
    be kind to others… they’re hurting too
    jump in or life will pass you by
    love truly heals all, forgives all, guides all
    if you never try, you’ll never get there
    not all rules are meant to be followed…
    have fun!

May your day be filled with love, laughter, kindness and plenty of sunshine… mine is.

We Write to Taste Life Twice

Anais Nin - We write twiceI love this quote and it really got me to thinking about what an incredible gift writing really is. I do believe that as a writer we get to taste life twice. Isn’t that cool? And I think we get to create that opportunity for our readers as well. They get to live that story in the moment when they read it and I think some stories are ones that will be played over and over in their minds. What a gift.

What Will Murder by Like in 100 Years?

Only someone who’s an author or reader would want to know something like this. 

I really think that most ideas for murder have been thought of in some way, shape or form. Currently if you’re going to kill someone off in your story, there’s the realistic and sadly true-to-life way of killing – shooting, stabbing, drowning, poisoning, drugging, thrown onto, into or over something, burning, beating, vehicular accident, etc. Not very nice ways to die for sure but very effective for the purpose of a story. And then there are the not-so-real-but-believable-in-a-story way of dying – bitten by a vampire (although depending on the book you just get turned into something else), having your essence sucked out of you, magic and power destroying you, laser guns zapping you, being forced out into an environment without air, robots killing, aliens attacking or inhabiting your body, etc.

I think murders in the future will be quite varied: being able to download an app to zap someone through their wrist band or implant, which will replace the phone or tablet; tossing someone out of your personal flying saucer; having death rays embedded in your eyes, so you can kill with just a look; having a canon-type machine to shoot people out into orbit where they free float forever; banishing people to the desert (which there will be a lot of) or to another planet; since food will be in capsule form – poisoning or removing any nutrient value from it; radiation poisoning; hitting a button and having people evaporated on the spot; there will be a lot more murders by robots; since drinking water will be a rare commodity – destroying water supplies; and I still think you’ll have the occasional, stabbing, shooting, beating, type deaths.

What do you think what will murders by like 100 years from now? Fictionally speaking of course.

What’s It Take To Be a Writer

Writing is about making the readerI often get asked, ‘What does it take to be a writer?’ ‘How do I get started?’ ‘What do I need to know?’ ‘What do I need to do?’ And then I hear things like, ‘Anyone can be a writer.’ ‘It’s so easy.’

The truth – anyone can be a writer. I do believe that everyone has it within them to be a writer… a painter… a dancer… a singer… but it’s whether you’re willing to put in the time to learn it and get good at it is the question. Writing may seem simple and may seem like you just string some words together and there you go you have your story, which may be true but is it any good?

Writing is really a process where not only do you need to put words together but you need to put the right words together in the right order to convey the right meaning. So what does that mean? Words have power. They not only have the meaning we give them but then there is the connotation of the word, the flow of the words together, the sound of the word by itself and then along with those it is with, the emotions, the action, the sense of seeing the setting, the sense of being there… You can use the same word in different sentences and convey a very different essence and feeling.

I jumped into the fast flowing river.
Laughing along with the guys there was no way I was going to let them toss me in, so I jumped into the frigid river.
On shaky legs, I stood on the bank fearing the fast flowing river but I knew if I didn’t do something I’d soon be dead anyway… so I jumped.

Writing isn’t just about crafting words and stringing them together. It is about being able to use them to take people on a journey, to keep people reading and devouring what you’re writing and wanting more. It takes people on the highs and lows of life, it feeds their curiosity, gives them an experience they’d never get in real life, it connects them to things in their lives, it gives them hope, it opens their eyes, it picks them up on a wave pulling them along and then suddenly drops them into the depths only to pull them back out and having them riding high again. It swoops in and grabs them when they least expect it and then rushes them away to the next adventure. It’ll make them laugh, it’ll make them cry, it’ll make them say unimaginable things like ‘ew’, ‘whoa’ or ‘wow’ :). It’ll make them pause and think, it’ll have them re-read what they’ve read, it’ll give them food for thought, it’ll be a feast and sometimes a famine, it’ll show the beauty of man, it’ll show the ugliness of man… Whatever it does for that person, it will become a part of their world, their thoughts, their experience.

So what’s it take to be a writer? Love of the written word, the desire to not only write it once but again and again and again, the patience to string the words together that bring new meaning and new feeling in such a way that it is telling a believable, compelling story. If you truly want to be a writer, sit down and write… and write… and write… and scribble out most or all that you just wrote and start over… You’re now on your way.  :)

Deceitful Truths Book Tour through Reading Addiction

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Well I have one more book tour this summer. I am so grateful to Reading Addictions for putting it together and to all the blog hosts for hosting me. My suspense/thriller Deceitful Truths is now on tour, I’ve posted the stops below. Be sure to stop by, check out my tour and enter my giveaway. Thank you.
Virtual Book Tour – August 18 – September 19

August 18 – Reading Addiction Blog Tours – Kick Off
August 19 – My Devotional Thoughts – Interview
August 20 – A Life Through Books – Review
August 21 – Avid Book Collector – Excerpt
August 22 -Deal Sharing Aunt – Interview
August 25 – My Reading Addiction – Interview
August 26 -Texas Book Nook
August 27 – Books Direct - Excerpt
August 28 – Musings From an Addicted Reader - Review
August 29 – Bound 2 Escape - Excerpt
September 1 – Harps Romance Book Reviews – Review
September 2 – Mauaqui’s House – Excerpt
September 3 - Readsalot - Review
September 4 – Carole’s Books – Guest Post
September 5 – The Indie Express – Excerpt
September 8 – IEqualsAlissa – Excerpt
September 9 – Jane Reads - Excerpt
September 10 – Steamy Side – Excerpt
September 11 – Cheshire Cat Looking Glass – Interview
September 15 – Pulp Den – Review
September 16 – Musings From an Addicted Reader – Review
September 18 – Sue’s Reveals and Promotions - Review
September 19 – RABT Reviews – Wrap Up