Blog Hop 2013

I  am a part of a blog hop hosted by  author Tracy Niles Kauffman. Here is the questions and answers about my books (and other questions)

Would you tell the readers a little bit about the book your promoting?
The Past Hunter is a Christian Romance with an edge of suspense to it. It is about one woman who has been hunted down by someone in her past. It is also about True Love
How did you come up with the idea for this book ? 
It  was my love for cowboys. The main male character is a cowboy from Montana. I am not from there but I figured that Ranch men do
What can you tell us about your main characters?
Julie is a spirit filled born again Christian much like I am but she has everything I ever wanted.
Eric is the man she left in Montana who came to bring her back home or at least tries to.
What actors or actresses would you play your characters if it were made into a movie? Emoji  I think Brad Paisley would make a great Eric and as for Julie, I haven’t given it much thought. Maybe Carrie Underwood.
 
Give us a brief synopsis of your book.
The past hunter is about a woman who had everything going for her until someone from her past came calling for her. Eric has no idea why she left him and Montana so he comes to find out why. 
 



Now for a little fun, here are some things that the readers might want to know about you.
Choose an answer from these questions. (Place xx by answer or fill in blank)
1. If you could live anywhere, would you rather live:
a. mountains
b. beach   xx
c. in the country
2. What would you prefer?
a. salty foods
b. sweets   xx
c. both
3. If you were stranded on a desert island, what is one thing you couldn’t live without?
__My Bible______

 

4. Choose one of these books.
a. Pride and Prejudice
b. Alex Cross
c. Twilight
d. Snow White and the Huntsman
e. The Shining
Like neither of them
5. Which word most suits you.
a. crazy
b. funny xx
c. carefree
d. studious
e. anxious

 

6. Tell me something about yourself that might be funny to others? (other than writing) I Call myself the Cute Mistress in my family.
_______

 

7. Which group of words explain what you are like the most?
a. fly by the seat of your pants
b. drama queen
c. don’t sweat the small stuff  (probably)xx
d. footloose and fancy free.
e. Too tightly wound.
 
To visit the other authors blog and find out about their books here are the links:

Bonnie D Tharp- http://bdtharp.com

 Make sure you visit these Authors’ blogs as well.

The World Of Carmen DeSousa.

Carmen DeSousa is an author who writes Happily Ever After stories. I had the pleasure of reading two of them: She Belongs To Me and Land of The Noonday Sun; both are classified as Romantic Suspense and she is also a bestselling author. Carmen also like to interact with her fans and read. Unlike some authors, you can add her as friend on Facebook. She also has a fan page.

Recently, I had the pleasure of asking her some questions about her life and her writing. This is my interview with Carmen DeSousa:

1. Hi, Carmen! Can you tell us a little about your first book She Belongs To Me?

‘She Belongs to Me’ is a true romantic-suspense, meaning it is a fifty-fifty mix of romance and mystery with a line of suspense running equally through both genres. In other words, the mystery and the romance will always have you on your toes, wondering what happens next, whether it’s the “Will their relationship make it?” or “How did she really end up shot in the head?”

2 What is your inspiration for writing She Belongs To Me?

Honestly, I just had a lot to say, and I was tired of not being able to find books that gave me a great romance and mystery without resorting to graphic and erotic scenes. Yes, I want to be swept off my feet and chew on my nails in anticipation, but I don’t want to have nightmares or get accused of reading ‘mommy porn’. So I thought, if they can make Rated R books into great PG13 movies, why not just start with a PG13 book to begin with. Of course, I think my books are appropriate for ages sixteen and up, but that was my goal.

3 Is there anyone in your book who is based on someone you know?

Yes, but that’s all I can say about that. 🙂

4. In your bio, you said you were on your own at 17. Can you give us a little information about your life?

Well, that would be a horror story, and I try to keep my writing non-graphic. But yes, I am an only child, and I have barely one parent left. I was tossed around from house to house as a child, and I’ve been through almost everything imaginable, but I’ve always had my reading, writing, and an angel who went by the name of “Gram”, who made my life turn out pretty good, so I’ll never complain.

5 Who is your favorite Romantic Suspense Author?

Sidney Sheldon. Even though he is gone, he was my first love and will always be the reason I started writing.

6 You wrote some short stories “The Pit Stop”, and “The Depot”. What makes those books paranormal?

‘The Pit Stop’ and ‘The Depot’ are part of a mini-mystery series with a paranormal edge. Unlike some stories that paranormal is the primary focus, I try to give just a hint of paranormal, so that it is believable. The Depot’s Ghost Story is actually based on a real story.

7 On your website, CarmenDeSousa.com, you explained why you write Happily Ever After Stories. Do you have one of your own? Did you grow up in an unhappy situation and got whisked away by your hero?

Yes, boy, you’re digging deep. LOL! I had a very traumatic life up until meeting my ‘knight in smoky armor’, as he too needed a little polishing before he was ‘shining’. But we do have a ‘love at first sight’ story. I called my grandmother after our first date and told her I’d met the man I was going to marry. Thirteen days later, he asked me to marry him. Thirty days later, we eloped, but then remarried in front of our family. We’ve been married twenty-three years and have two boys ages sixteen and twenty-one. Yes, I’m definitely living my happily ever after.

8 If someone would offer you a movie contract for She Belongs to Me and you could chose anyone you wanted to play Jaynee and Jordan, who would they be and why?

I actually haven’t looked into current day actors, but Hugh Jackman if he were younger would play Jordan. I did see someone the other day who could be my Jaynee, but I forgot her name. Oops. But, on a side note, next month’s contest will be a ‘pick the character’ contest. So, please join me, and we’ll decide together.

9 What is your secret to becoming Best Seller?

Sadly, I’d like to say that it’s because I wrote a great novel, but that’s simply not the case. While my first novel does have 100+ reviews in the US and UK averaging 4.3 stars, which is comparable to most mainstream authors, that’s not how I became a bestseller. After all, no one knew me, so there was no way for them to know my book was any good. I’ve landed on the bestseller list about ten times now, because I socialize with my readers and they tell their friends. I am always on Twitter and Facebook, answering as many questions as I can, and I have a lot of book clubs that pick up and promote my books to their readers.

10. Do you have any advice to anyone interested in becoming an author?

Please don’t think it’s easy. It has to be your dream, as you will end up working fifteen-hour days. But if it’s your dream, never give up! Because nothing feels better to a writer—other than the family stuff, of course—than hearing that someone loved your book. It’s the greatest. 🙂

About me:  (Carmen DeSousa)
I characterize my stories as modern-day fairytales, as they overflow with romance, mystery, suspense, and of course, tragedy. After all, what would a fairytale be without a tragic event setting the stage? All of my novels are sensual, but not erotic, gripping but not graphic and will make you love, laugh, cry, gasp, and hope.

Both of my published novels, She Belongs to Me and Land of the Noonday Sun, have reached bestseller status right alongside Nicholas Sparks, J.D. Robb, and other great authors. 

My newest releases are now available, Entangled Dreams  and When Noonday Ends.

I love talking about all things books, so please connect with me via one of the links below

You can find her at:

https://twitter.com/Author_Carmen

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carmen-DeSousa/220790134629206?skip_nax_wizard=true

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5407915.Carmen_DeSousa?auto_login_attempted=true

Her personal website is: http://www.CarmenDesousa.comImage

Christian Romance

Long before I became an author, I thought along the same line as my former friend. I thought that Christians shouldn’t read Romance, but what do I do if God inspires me to write Christian Romance?  I absolutely believe that God is the  Author of romance. He is even the matchmaker of Bible times. Read through the early part of Genesis and see for yourself! He created male and female and from then on you have Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekkah, Jacob and his two wives(Although God doesn’t  condone bigamy, he allowed this. You have to read why).

I have a few friends who have taken what God had instituted and men have perverted: homosexual marriage or marriage of same sex. Not one of those people  have read God’s judgement on Sodom and Gommorah (That is another subject).

Here is the link I am  writing this blog in response to:  http://www.goodmorals.org/crystal.htm

Just like some of my writing friends find nothing wrong with reading J.K Rowlings books (Harry Potter), or writing and or reading Sci Fi or  ghost stories, I find nothing wrong with reading Christian Romance. The author of that post wrote that that she was 11 years old. Now this is my argument: No one  should read any kind of Romance at that age!  For me, it should be for adults for only.

As I said,  I write Romance, but you will find nothing Erotic about my books.  If there is anything premarital in my books, it is because it is not exactly Christian Romance– it is mainstream romance (The main character is not a Christian in the beginning), If there is any extramarital Romance, it is only to show the dangers of having affairs. I do not condone adultery at all.

So judge for yourselves. I do not compare myself to other authors. I could never write as they do. Image