Lisa Stull author. A Thirty Something Girl.

Lisa Stull author. A Thirty Something Girl
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I didn’t always know I wanted to be a writer, but knew I loved the written word.

Here, you will find samples of my writing, including short fiction, snippets of upcoming novels, and updates about, well, everything.  My writing wouldn’t be what it is without the wonderful people who surround me.  So you will also find interviews and guest blog posts by some very talented writers whom I am honored to call friends.

Thank you for visiting and welcome.

 

“I think the draw to A Thirty-Something Girl–beyond Ms. Stull’s fantastic writing–is the ‘realness’ of the characters and story. This is not to say it’s everyday or forgettable, nothing like that; rather, it offers an unflinching look at the trials, tribulations and, most importantly, triumphs of adulthood through a character, Hope, that is relatable. That we instantly connect with. That we root for. And this is a testament more than anything to Ms. Stull’s storytelling ability, keeping us hooked from page one.” ~ Robert James Russell, Author of Sea of Trees

“L.M. Stull, in her debut novel, A Thirty-Something Girl, has penned a literary classic. Strong words for what could be called a Chick-Lit Romance, but true none-the-less. The realistic emotion portrayed throughout creates more of a personal essay / memoir feel than fiction. The characters are as Hemingway demanded “more real than real.” I was immediately drawn into the life of Hope, a woman trying to survive turning thirty as her life implodes. This novel could well be used as a textbook of well written prose. If you are a writer, in any genre, read it. This is how it is done” ~ Maxwell Cynn, Author of CybrGrrl

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Diane Story -author Romance novels

Welcome To My Site!
I grew up in a small mountain community in the beautiful California Sierras. I have eight sisters and one brother. My love of romance novels started early on and I often times found myself lost in the authors version of life and love. It was then that I knew I would one day write romance. Thirty three years, one husband and four grand-babies later I finally sat down to my lap top and started writing.
My fist manuscript still sits in a drawer and one day I might submit it. My next three manuscripts were soon published. My current projects are well under way and I can hardly wait to share them with my readers.
After attending college in the 80’s I began a long career working with medical insurance, and now after what seems like a lifetime, I am able to work on my goals as a romance and horror/fantasy novelist.
Feel free to runaround in my site for news and updates. Stay a while and visit.Take a look at my books, and feel free to e-mail me if you have a question.  

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Tiana Laveen author. Cross Climax

Tiana Laveen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and now resides in the southern midwest with her husband, two children, and feline companion. She enjoys a fulfilling and enriching life that includes writing books, drawing, painting, listening to music, cooking, and spending time with friends.

Tiana Laveen is a uniquely creative and innovative author whose romance fiction is geared towards those who not only want to temporarily escape from the daily routines of life, but also delve into social taboo as it pertains to interracial relationships. Tiana creates a painting with words as she guides her reader into the lives of each and every main character.

Her first book series entitled “Cross Climax” tackles interracial dating, marriage, and sexual relationships head on without any false bravado. “Cross Climax I” and “Cross Climax II” allow the reader to dive headfirst into short stories that are packed with seduction, romance, and heart-pounding punch. The two novels in conjunction lead to a surprising, but fulfilling conclusion.

Her third novel, “The Slave Master’s Son,” transports readers back to a time and place where interracial relationships were not accepted by the dominant society. The novel delivers a scintillating, historical account of one family’s struggles to deal with love, lust, and consequences.

If you wish to contact Tiana Laveen, please send an email message to tianalaveen@yahoo.com or contact her at http://www.facebook.com/tianalaveen.

If you are able to handle the heat, then put on your seat belt and get ready for the erotic ride of a lifetime.

Jean Holloway -author

Jean Holloway Goodreads author profile
url http://www.goodreads.com/JeanHolloway
born Flushing, NY, The United States
genderfemale
websitehttp://www.deckofcardz.com
twitter usernamejeanholloway
genreMystery & Thrillers, Romance, Literature & Fiction
influencesStephen King, Dean Koontz, Tananarive Due, Jean Auel, V.C. Andrews
member sinceMarch 2008

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I was born October 10, 19** in good ole Queens, New York. I had a difficult childhood because I developed severe eczema and most of my schoolmates shunned me until high school. Books became my friend.
Early in life, I found myself fascinated by the macabre. I would actually set my alarm if one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Serling or One Step Beyond episodes was coming on late at night. These kept me up til the wee hours of the morning.
Being raised in Amityville was the icing on the cake. I went to see the actual “Amityville Horror” house and swear it literally took my breath away.
My biological mother died when I was 13, the age when puberty reared its ugly head. Needless to say, I was a wife and mother by the time I was 17, divorc…more

Hot Boyz by Marissa Monteilh

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Hot Boyz
by Marissa Monteilh
4.12  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  1 review
Wealthy, Famous, Sexy, Successful, The “Boyz” Got It Going On … Or So It Would Seem.
There are no siblings more charmed than the Wilson brothers of Ladera Heights, California. Fine and famous pro golfer Mason has money, respect, a beautiful, loving wife and two wonderful teenage children. Claude’s the most successful realtor in the “Black Beverly Hills.” And handsome, carefree “baby boy” Torino, who runs big brother Mason’s club, Foreplay, can pick and choose the honeys he wants to share his time and his bed with. But beneath the surface of ideal lives are secrets that could shatter three perfect dreams and shake a family to its core. Legacies of loss and obligation, of tragedy and madness, threaten everything the Wilsons have worked so hard to achieve, exposing deep, raw, and devastating wounds that an outside world cannot see — wounds that can be healed only through honesty and love. From the phenomenal author of “The Chocolate Ship” comes a gripping and powerful novel of passion, commitment, intrigue, and family that will not be easily forgotten by anyone who gets lost in its pages.

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Published April 27th 2004 by Avon Books
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Author Gail McFarland interviewed by LaShaunda Hoffman

~ Author of the Month – Gail McFarland ~
 

 

The 20 Questions Interview By LaShaunda C. Hoffman)

I had the pleasure of interviewing via e-mail, Ms. Gail McFarland. She the
author of SUMMER WIND, THE BEST FOR LAST and this month release, WHEN LOVE CALLS. I told Gail after reading her interview it was as if I were sitting
right across from her, sharing a cup a coffee.  I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did, and if you haven’t read WHEN LOVE CALLS, what are you waiting for?  A special thank you to Ms. McFarland to taking time out of her schedule to do this interview.

1. What inspired you to write WHEN LOVE CALLS?

I live in an older part of the city (Atlanta) and when I first moved here every time it rained for almost a year, my telephone lines got crossed with someone else’s.  It made me think, “what if.” and one thing sort of led to another.

As for Destiny and her Sickle Cell Anemia, I am a fitness trainer and an almost obscenely healthy person.  In my line of work, I’ve had occasion to become very friendly with several “obviously” healthy people who have the disease – both the trait and several different forms of the disease.  Initially, the affects of the disease (especially when you never saw it coming) are stunning:  a perfectly healthy person can dissolve in paroxysms of pain right before your eyes.  I began to wonder what it would take emotionally and physically to raise a child with the disease, or to grow to adulthood facing the challenges of SCD and more.  I also wondered what it would be like to
have a “normal” life as a single parent while raising a child with this disease.  And, the more I wondered, the more I wrote.

2. Why did you choose the city it’s set in?

I spent several years in St. Louis, affectionately known as, “the city of homes”, and have a very deep affection for it.  And lovely Atlanta, GA is my current home.  What better places could there be to set a family oriented romance than these two cities where I’ve learned to be an adult, and where I’ve also learned the differences between like, love, and lust.

3. What message would you like to send to your readers?

That first last and always we are human, and as humans, we don’t always get it right – the fun and interest are in the trying.

4. What should a reader expect from a GM romance?

I like to think you’ll always expect to get a good story with a well thought out plot.  I also want to believe that your mind as well as your heart will be challenged by the characters and situations presented. Research and words have always pleased me – I’m a reader at heart.  I try to be thorough so that I give my readers the kind of story I would also enjoy.  Additionally, I tend toward character and dialog driven stories, so maybe you’ll get more than a touch of humor and a few memorable lines as well.

5. How would you encourage readers who have never read a GM book to try
one?

Usually, I beg a lot.  Actually, I would give them a brief synopsis of the story, in the belief that the premise of the story is strong enough to convince the reader to give it a try.  Ideally, I have written a story that will stand on its own merits.

6. Do you have a full-time career outside your writing?

Yes, I do.  Though my degree is in psychology with a minor in Special Education, I’ve opted to change fields.  I am a nationally certified fitness trainer and aerobics instructor (and living proof that they’re NOT all skinny).  My areas of specialization include strength training and special populations.  I currently teach aerobics, personal train, and manage a federal fitness facility in Atlanta, where I work with some of the nicest folks around.

7. How do you feel about those who don’t take romance writing serious?

First, I smile.  Then, I have to ask if they’ve ever REALLY read a romance.  My personal experience is that those who cut romance short shrift have never bothered to read it.  I guess this is where I have to ‘fess up.  Back in my younger, less informed years, I assumed romance was a frivolous past time for bon bon eating dilettantes.  I had given my heart to techno-thrillers,
suspense, and contemporary horror. But, this is where my public school education came into play.  I had a much adored Civics teacher who once said that, “if you ignore a segment of the population, you can never be a full participant in your civilization”.  The older I got, the wiser he got, and now that I have a few hundred romances under my belt, I have to admit he was right.  My opinion now is that readers who ignore genre fiction are cheating
themselves.  You may have to find a writer whose style appeals to you, but the skill of crafting the story is no less diminished by genre.

8. Did you read romance before you began writing it?

Yes.  I had a cousin who would read only if threatened with death, when she discovered Romance, she was suddenly a voracious reader.  You know I had to find out why!  The first one I read was WICKED LOVING LIES, and I hated it.  It was too frilly and full of frou-frou for me.  There were also a couple of near rape scenes that ticked me off big time. But, my nutty cousin was still reading romance, so I tried another.  I don’t recall the title, but it was by Danielle Steele.  A little better, then I discovered Krantz, “and it was off to the races”! To put it mildly, I was thrilled to discover African-American romance, and I devoured Eboni Snow, Angela Benson, Shirley Hailstock, and all the classic ladies of color.

9. What do you like about African-American Romance Novels?

I like that the bright and articulate characters are a lot like my friends and me.  I enjoy being able to identify with their habits, backgrounds, educations, and challenges.  I especially like the fact that these romances are well plotted on both the national and international scene.

10. What was the last good romance you’ve read?

OUT OF THE BLUE by Janice Sims.  She did a wonderful job of blending genres and weaving a haunting tale of romantic possibilities.

11. Do you see yourself ever writing a historical romance?

I’ve given it some thought, but I can more easily foresee myself working on a time-travel romance – one that blends the similarities and disparities of two eras.  My dad was in the Air Force, and I’ve always had a fascination with the Tuskegee Airmen and World War II. and, now that I’m thinking of it, there is a story I’d like to tell.

12. What about mainstream fiction?

Ultimately, I would like to try some of what is traditionally thought of as “mainstream” fiction, but so far, my heart is truly locked into the world of romance.

13. Is being a romance writer what you thought it would be like?

Yes, in that it is a thrill to see my words in print – much as I though it would be.  In many ways, though, writing is so much more exciting and fulfilling than I’d ever dreamed.  Remember when you were growing up, and your parents and grandparents and teachers kept telling you, “someday you’re going to use this”, as they drilled and rehearsed your lessons?  Well, with publication, I’ve begun to feel that THIS is the day they were talking about.  Being published feels like the fulfillment of all my educational endeavors. I feel tremendously humbled by the people I’ve met and the letters and emails I’ve received.  I can’t begin to express the pleasure and excitement I feel just seeing someone reading something I wrote.

14. What was your becoming a published writer journey like?

An Act of God!

15. If you could pick one of your books for a movie which one would you
choose, and who would you cast in it?

Wow, you DO ask the hard ones, don’t you?  (Big Sigh.)  If you ask me that today, I would have to say my choice would be WHEN LOVE CALLS. Casting?  Hmmm.  I gave it some thought, then talked it over with some of the members in my fitness center – most of them have already read the book. We agreed that Lynn Whitfield or Jennifer Lewis would be good as Davida (though there was a splinter vote for Dawnn Lewis – Jalisa from “A Different World”).  Hands down, we agreed that Cuba Gooding, Jr. was right as Marc.  When it comes to Quita, I can see Viveca A. Fox, along with Mykelti Williams as Glenn (though Eriq LaSalle was a close second).  Patti LaBelle, Pam Grier, and Whoopi Goldberg (all aged a few years through the magic of cosmetics) would be wonderful as Davida’s mother, mother-in-law, and aunt.  There is a little girl (whose name I don’t know) who has appeared on “The Smart Guy”, and I think she’d be wonderful as Destiny. I’m on a roll now, can you tell?  I’m thinking Malcolm Jamal Warner would be fun as Milt, and Nike Clark (a local Atlanta artist) would make a wonderful Deb – though she’s a touch small for the part.  How about LL Cool J as MC Feng Shui (’cause he’s so cute)?

16. What are your favorite sites on the web to visit?

You mean after “Aspiring African American Romance Writers” and “Romance
In Color”?  I enjoy the “Color of Love”, MSBET, Blackwriters.Com,

Werelove. by Kisha Spletzer

Werelove
“Duality–You say that like it’s a bad thing.”
Welcome to the Werelove Universe
This dark PN romance series involves Weres (shapeshifters) and their lives.

The first book, Dusk Conspiracy, is available now. I’m proud to say that

Dusk Conspiracy was my 2008 NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) novel.
Won a 2010 Top Pick award from Night Owl Reviews. [Read the review here]
Received a 4-star rating from Bitten By Books [Read the review here]
2011: made its debut in an Amazon top 100 bestseller list. Dusk Conspiracy held steady at the #95 position in the German Kindle eBooks Foreign Language/English/Science Fiction & Fantasy category during the last two weeks of September 2011.
Werelove Dusk Conspiracy and Midnight Revelations have been picked up for Turkish translation by Artemis Yayinlari Publishing. To hear more about this amazing dealing, visit my Kishaz Talks vlog channel.
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Win Your Chance to Appear in Books 4 & 5.

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*Added sections: Ask a ?, Get An Answer (6/14)

*Updated sections: Character Insights: Cecily Le Croix (6/4)

*Dusk Conspiracy (Book 1) and Midnight Revelations (Book 2) are available

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A Dance With Dragons

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS (reviewed on October 15, 2011)
The fifth installment in Martin’s (A Game of Thrones, 1996, etc.) Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series.

Fans of the author’s work will likely be satisfied with this volume ipso facto, for it’s vintage Martin: It’s a little cynical, plenty dark, with not many laughs and, truth be told, not much action. There’s the usual blend of exposition, sometimes seemingly endless, and the usual swords-and-sorcery dialogue: “The plunder from Astapor was much less than you were promised in Volantis, and I took the lion’s share of it.” “Two kings to wake the dragon. The father first and then the son, so both die kings.” “False friends, treacherous servants, men who had professed undying love, even her own blood…all of them had deserted her in her hour of need.” Martin has been likened to J.R.R. Tolkien, but Tolkien was never quite so ponderous, and certainly not so obsessed with bodily functions of various sorts: “The Grand Maester befouled himself in dying, and the stink was so abominable that I thought I might choke.” “When you bugger a man you expect a squeal or two.” Indeed. Apart from all that, this volume furthers Martin’s long tale of a vast world war of the kind that sweeps through Middle Earth in LOTR, though some of the characters seem to have lost their taste for it; the once-scary Tyrion Lannister mostly mopes around, alternately insomniacal and prurient, while out on The Wall the stalwart Jon Snow comes over all Hamlety, wondering what to do, soliciting input and then keeping his own counsel. A few hundred pages of this, and one longs in vain for piles of headless corpses and flesh singed with the fire of dragon breath—something, anything, to induce a squeal.  

Is Ice and Fire drawing to a close? There’s plenty of wiggle room for more volumes in the series, but on the evidence, one wonders if Martin isn’t getting a little tired of it.

Pub Date: July 12th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-553-80147-7
Page count: 1040pp
Publisher: Bantam
Review Posted Online: Sept. 27th, 2011
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2011

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