An Interview With Scott

September 2, 2014

Okay, in desperation I’ve decided to talk to Scott. Considering how this day has gone, I’m not sure how long this will last. Continue reading “An Interview With Scott” »

Just a quick note …

September 2, 2014

A concussion is mentioned a few times in causing personality changed in Marty, the missing man in Infected: The Lost Weekend. Concussions are a serious problem in hockey (and the NFL, which has been more covered in the states), and I didn’t want to be seen as glossing over a serious topic. Concussions are head injuries, and all of them can have random and devastating effects on people.

Not to be a downer at the party. But I felt like I should mention it. (And hey, if you want to complain to the NHL about the growing concussion problem, I would encourage you to do so. I don’t know if it’ll make a difference, but it’s worth a shot.)

An Interview With Holden

September 2, 2014

For the next interview, I decided to talk to a more verbose character, Holden. Surely he’ll play along. Continue reading “An Interview With Holden” »

An Interview With Roan

September 2, 2014

In honor of the release of Infected: The Long Weekend (and the temporary hiatus of the rest of the Infected titles – look for the re-release in October), I thought I’d check in with some of the characters in the Infected universe. First up, the man at the center of it all, Roan. Continue reading “An Interview With Roan” »

Let’s Get The Party Started

September 2, 2014

Hello! And welcome to the launch party for Infected: The Lost Weekend. I’m Andrea Speed, thank you for joining me.  Infected: The Lost Weekend was released yesterday, and it’s available here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5408&osCsid=tdf9jnuplbmhntk31u9nfr2j25  It’s a free download, so why not take a chance, even if you’ve never read the series?

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For those who have read the Infected series, this is canon, and occurs between the events of Infected: Undertow and Infected: Epitaph, although don’t expect a mention of it in Epitaph. (Because I wrote it out of sequence.)  And as is usual with my stories, there’s a soundtrack for it, available to listen to here: http://andreaspeed.com/2014/infeted-the-lost-weekend-is-available-right-now-for-free/

Which means this is a great time to ask the first question of the day: Do you like these little weird extras, like soundtracks or wallpapers? What kind of bonus content would you like to see more of?

And the winner is…prize draw and a thank you

August 20, 2014

Thank you to all who entered, by telling me where you met your other half.

The winner of the eBook of Conflicted is Ardent Ereader. Your first date sounded lovely :) I will contact you off the blog about receiving the prize.

 

Those who kindly entered, but didn’t win the book, will be offered a bookmark and postcard.

To everyone who has taken the time to drop by, read my articles, and leave comments – thank you so much, I really appreciate your support.

That’s all, folks.  Take care and goodnight.

Louise

 

 

Interview with Louise Lyons

August 20, 2014

Time for one more post before I draw the prize winner of a copy of Conflicted, in 45 minutes time.  Here I’ve answered a few random interview questions. Now’s your chance to ask me anything you like, whether it be about writing in general, my current release, Conflicted, or about me personally.

Conflicted, is of course available from Dreamspinner Press in both eBook and Paperback, and is now also available from Amazon for Kindle.

eBook  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5329

Paperback  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5330

Conflicted cover


When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?

I usually have a basic idea for the plot with a few important events in my head, and the rest of it builds progressively once I get started. Quite often I will write whole scenes or sections of dialogue for a part of the story that I haven’t yet got to, and then mark them for inclusion later.


How do you come up with the titles?

Occasionally, but not very often, the title comes to me when I get the idea for the story. More often, though, I will get several chapters into what I’m writing and gradually the idea for the title forms, which I might well tweak a few times before I’m happy with it.
What book are you reading now?

I just finished reading Wade Kelly’s new release, Names Can Never Hurt Me. It’s a long book and I read it in two days. I couldn’t put the thing down. A real tugger at the heartstrings and I adored the second main character, RC. He was very real and it was easy to fall for him from the off, even though he didn’t look appealing in the beginning.
Do you see writing as a career?

I would like it to be. I have a full time job at the moment and initially, I see writing as a way to supplement my income and be able to treat myself. I would love to be able to write full time and quit the day job. It was always a dream, but with one book published and (hopefully) more to come, I would like to think that dream’s getting a little bit closer !
Favorite foods/Colors/Music?

Food – well I love all sorts and I like trying new things to eat. My favorite is Mexican, but I love Chinese, Italian and Indian food as well, and I enjoy making up new dishes and trying new combinations.

Colors – purple has always been my favorite color, but I really love green as well.

Music – my tastes are quite diverse. I enjoy rock music and used to be a bit of a headbanger. I love country and western, some modern chart music, classical and opera and even trance which is perfect for working out to. There’s not a great deal I don’t like.
Favorite subject in school? Why?

Geography. I was fascinated by different countries, how mountains formed, what caused earthquakes and so on. I liked it so much I would make up my own geography projects at home and draw maps. My friends thought I was weird!
What do you always order in a favorite restaurant?

I never order the same thing twice. I like variety. My favorite restaurant is part of a UK chain called Chiquitos (Mexican of course). Each time I go I pick a different starter, main and dessert and try a new cocktail from their vast menu.

 

Giveaway eBook and freebies

August 20, 2014

Now it’s time for a giveaway. This will be an eBook of Conflicted. As yet I don’t have a back catalogue to offer, I’m sorry to say, but one day…fingers crossed…

Conflicted coverTo be in with a chance to get a free copy of Conflicted, tell me where you met your other half, or a previous other half. Paul and Greg get together in a bar. I met my ex-husband at a martial arts club (he was my instructor).

Have you met someone in an interesting place? Best answer will be the winner.

And there’s more…

I recently had some promo goodies for Conflicted made up in the form of postcards and bookmarks. The artwork for the book is by the amazing Maria Fanning and I was delighted with the results. I’ve been sending a few of these out to people who have contacted me through Facebook and Twitter over the past few weeks.

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If you haven’t connected with me on FB or Twitter, you can find me at the links below:-

www.facebook.com/louiselyonsauthor

www.twitter.com/louiselyons013

I have a blog too, which I post regular updates on about what I’m doing, and occasionally host other authors too, so please check it out, follow it if you wish, and keep in touch:-

http://louiselyonsauthor.wordpress.com

And back to the goodies. If you would like a bookmark and (autographed) postcard, please message me. You can either comment on this post, get in touch through FB or Twitter, or simply email me:-

Louiselyons013@gmail.com

I would be delighted to send you one of each item, wherever you happen to be in the world, so don’t be shy – just ask!

 

 

 

Louise Lyons – Conflicted character interview

August 20, 2014

Now for an interview with one of my main characters. I thought you might like to meet Greg Buchanan and find out a little more about him. I would have liked to get Paul here as well, but he can be a bad-tempered individual and he doesn’t like talking about himself.

Greg Buchanan:- So I’m second best? Thanks, Louise, that really makes a guy feel special. *laughs* I’m just kidding.

LL:- Well, I know you have a sense of humor. So, where shall we start? When did you first meet Paul?

GB:- It was a couple of years before the first events in Conflicted. The Buchanans adopted me when I was seventeen, so it’s six years since I moved to Stockton.

LL:- What led to you being adopted by the family?

GB:- I’d been living on the streets after my parents died. I ran into trouble when I found some money someone had dropped and another guy thought he’d rather have it for his next fix than let me eat. I got stabbed and I ended up in hospital. Mum…I mean Agnes Buchanan, was doing charity work in the hospital and she was determined to help me out. I was pretty lucky.

LL:- They are a lovely family. I know you went to school with your adoptive brother and sister, Jamie and Janice. Did you meet Paul in school?

GB:- No, he was expelled before I got there. *sniggers* Fighting, can you believe that? Anyway, I ran into a few of his friends at school, but I didn’t meet him until, maybe three years later. I had my first car – an orange TVR Cerbera. Loved that beast – I was gutted when it got smashed up. I’m getting side-tracked. I went along to a car show with Jamie and Janice and Dad. Paul and his friends were there. He didn’t even have a car then and he was acting like a complete idiot, just being loud and getting in people’s faces.

LL:- Jumping forward to the first car event in Conflicted, how did you feel about Paul damaging Jamie’s car?

GB:- Well, I didn’t know it was him at the time. Jamie was heartbroken. He’d only had the BMW about five minutes and then to find it with scratches all down the side – I know how I’d have felt if it was my car. I wanted to punch whoever did it. But I only found out Paul was responsible when he confessed to me. I was pretty shocked, but he felt bad about it and he apologized to Jamie and offered to pay for the damage, so I let it go.

LL:- Just like that?

GB:- Well…um…I was sort of…getting fond of him by then. *reddens and coughs* He did the right thing by owning up and saying sorry. He realized how childish and spiteful it was.

LL:- Tell us what happened when you first saw Paul in Lambert’s, the gay bar you both went to.

GB:- *laughs* That was pretty funny. No one knew about me then and when I saw him, I initially cringed, because I thought he’d run off and tell everyone about Greg Buchanan being gay. And then I thought – wait a minute – what’s he doing in here? He was about to walk over to some bloke he’d been gawking at and he saw me and changed direction, so he obviously didn’t want his secret getting out either. He looked pretty annoyed about it, as if I’d ruined his night just by being there.

LL:- So what happened next?

GB:- Um…well…we talked. We hadn’t had a conversation since we got in that fight at the car show you asked me about earlier. I felt awful about the crash and Paul’s friend and everything. I couldn’t help thinking maybe I was responsible. So I told Paul I was sorry for what happened. I thought he still blamed me and I could tell he was really cut up about it.

LL:- Could you tell us what made you keep going back to Paul after the first time you “hooked up”? You said yourself that he was hard work.

GB:- Ha ha, well he was really hard work. He’d never had a proper relationship and he was determined to keep it that way. I think he was telling that to himself as much as he was me. When Abby and Stu, who he lodges with, went away for a week and he had the house to himself, he decided we’d have some fun…you know, the cats are away so the mice can play, type of thing. When they came back, that would be the end of it. It didn’t turn out quite like that though, I’m happy to say.

LL:- Was it difficult telling your family about Paul?

GB:- Not as difficult as I expected. It was quite funny to see Jamie and Janice’s reactions to me getting it on with one of the enemy, so to speak.

LL:- One final question. How do you feel about what Paul’s doing now?

GB:- I’m incredibly proud of him and I’m not just saying that because I love him. He’s starting to be successful and he’s grown a lot. He’s more open, at least with me and his close friends. He’s much less angry too, as if that huge chip he had on his shoulder has melted away.

LL:- Well, a lot of that is down to you, Greg. Thank you for talking to me today. I wish you and Paul all the happiness in the world.

GB:- Thanks a lot. Now, all you people out there make sure you buy the book and find out what me and Paul get up to! *smiles winningly* Louise will post the links below again.

eBook – http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5329

Paperback – http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5330

Question: I hope you all enjoyed meeting Greg. Is there a question any of you would like to ask me or Greg, relating to Conflicted?

 

Louise Lyons – what I’m working on now

August 20, 2014

 

I’ve submitted a few things recently and am waiting for the “yay or nay”. I’ve written some short stories lately to send in for anthologies – one of which I got the answer on this morning. I have a story accepted for Dreamspinner Press’s upcoming “Advent” anthology so I was delighted to get the acceptance email on the very morning of my first release.

I’ve also submitted a novella about a hapless guy named Rhys, who has lost his job and been dumped by his cheating boyfriend in the space of one week. On the spur of the moment, he takes off on a trip to Peru (something I have longed to do and even bought books about it in the hopes I might get there one day). Disaster strikes, but Rhys is rescued by the proverbial knight in the form of the very sexy Rafael.

I’m waiting to hear about a full length novel I submitted, based on the paranormal. Fantasy, vampires, ghosts and other imaginative themes are one of my favorites to write, and my story The Eye of the Beholder is about a cruel young man who runs a modeling agency with his aunt. Vince’s mother died in childbirth, but as a witch, she returns in the form of a ghost to set him on the right track and make him realize that there is more to life than beauty. Vince turns ugly overnight and must try to find love to lift the spell. Despite months of searching, no one will look twice at him, with the exception of lonely male vampire named Peter. Vince, still having learned nothing, decides to use Peter to lift the spell, not realizing that Peter is using him in return. Against all odds, the pair fall in love, but they seemed destined to be torn apart.

In the planning stages, is a story about the victim of domestic abuse, which I mentioned earlier. I have notes and a few scenes for that, but it’s likely to be a few months before a get started on it. Another idea has come to the fore and is demanding to be written first. I’ve been trying to put it off, but no, it’s determined to fill my head with scenes and dialogue until I get on and write it! I had the idea for a story set in the early 1990s, based on the rock bands of that era – long hair, spandex, screaming guitars… That was my era too. I was a big fan of the second wave of glam rock and went to dozens of concerts, my favourite venue being Nottingham Rock City in the UK, which will feature in the story. At least I have plenty of experience to draw on for that one! I’ve almost finished the first chapter of it.

I post news on my current and up-coming works on my blog and my Facebook page regularly, below:-

Blog – http://louiselyonsauthor.wordpress.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/louiselyonsauthor

I write in the genre of MM Romance, but within that, I write Contemporary, Coming of Age, Supernatural/Paranormal.  My release, Conflicted, is Contemporary:-

eBook – http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5329

Paperback -  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5330

Question: What is your favourite genre and what are you reading now?