Author Josephine Rascoe Keenan joins us today to share about her YA book series. We met last year at the Ohioana Book Festival and became fast friends, so I asked her if she wanted to share a table at this year's festival. Check out her interview below. I know you'll love her books!
How did the idea for your series come about?
The Days of Elvis series, YA historical fiction, began as a stand-alone book entitled, IN THOSE FIRST BRIGHT DAYS OF ELVIS. After submitting to the “big five” and some not so big, I read a blog that suggested trying a small press. Pen-L Publishing was the first small press to receive the manuscript. To my great joy, it was accepted, but on the condition that I write two more books within the next two years and turn the original into a series. A three-book contract! How lucky can you get? My publisher asked if I could do it, and I said, “Piece of cake.” The truth was I didn’t have a clue how to write a series. However, I got busy and studied everything I could lay my hands on about series writing, and soon book two, IN THOSE DAZZLING DAYS OF ELVIS was underway. It just so happened that book one lent itself nicely to the idea that came to me for the two follow-up books. I did extensive research and found the story falling into place as if it had been intended all along.
Tell us about how the cover came to be.
The covers for all three of my books are my own art work. The medium was oil on canvas. I chose the cover scenes to reflect aspects of the story line. I typically paint only for relaxation, but I was passionately inspired to paint the cover for IN THOSE FIRST BRIGHT DAYS OF ELVIS before I knew it was going to be part of a series. One of the key scenes in the book takes place in the oil fields outside the town where the book is set. I wanted to depict that scene and the leading male character’s car. It was not easy for me to paint a car, but I searched the Internet for the make and model I wanted for the character and followed the picture of it to create the painting. The covers for IN THOSE DAZZLING DAYS OF ELVIS and IN THOSE GLORY DAYS OF ELVIS (coming soon) are a Dairyette and a Drive-In, respectively, symbolic hangouts for kids all over the country in the mid-fifties. The leading man’s car is featured in both of those paintings as well, and the pink and white Cadillac Elvis Presley was driving at that time is on the cover of book two.
Talk about the character, Julie. Was she based on your own experiences or completely fictional?
I don’t know how anyone can write and not rely on their life experiences. Although the character of Julie is a creation of my imagination, and my life story is not her story, I did call on feelings I’d had growing up with regard to acceptance or rejection by other kids, interaction with parental figures and teachers, and those first stirrings of love we all feel as we stand on the brink of adulthood. To create the character of Julie, I began with a biography of her life—when she was born, her hair and eye color, and most important, major conflicts I needed to make the book(s) compelling. When I set out to write IN THOSE FIRST BRIGHT DAYS OF ELVIS, I wanted to bring to life for kids today a story of historical importance set in the time when the world seemed brighter and more innocent than it does today. I wanted to bring kids of today into a world of fun and good times such as existed when Rock ‘n’ Roll came on the scene. I soon discovered, however, that no one would be interested in just the good times. To create a powerful plot, I had to conjure up trouble and more trouble for the leading character. The biography of Julie expanded into biographies of her fictional mother and father, and many of her relatives and friends. Since kids from small towns in those days cruised around in glitzy American cars, Julie and each of her friends had to have access to a car that would suit the characters. Very few kids in small southern towns owned their own cars, so parents and their economic situation had to be also considered when choosing an automobile for each kid to drive. Selecting the car models was one of the most fun things about writing the series. The character of Bubba John Younger stepped into Book two completely unplanned for and demanded a red and white convertible. Needless to say, I accommodated him. This may be the place to add that almost everyone I know thinks they are in my books, and the ironic thing is, Elvis Presley is the only actual person I allowed into this imaginary world.
How did Elvis influence your writing?
Elvis Presley came on the scene when rock ‘n’ roll was in its infancy and he went on to become known as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. I love his music and decided to use him as an iconic figure that would help illustrate to kids today how their music got its start. Although all concerts, recordings, movies and television appearances have been researched for accuracy as to when they occurred, the dialogue of the Elvis character in the books is completely fictional.
If you could be any fictional character, who would you pick?
This is a difficult question for me to answer, having spent most of my adult life playing other characters in theatre and film. I came to value being myself more than being someone else and acting various roles during those years, and when the time came for me to retire and write, (which I had always intended to do), I had fulfilled the need for recognition through creating a character in performance. However, fictional characters I admire fall primarily under the heading of historical fiction. I got interested in writing historical fiction by reading it. If you haven’t read Anya Seton’s Katherine, set in 14th century England, you have a treat coming, for this was a real person who went from obscurity to become the Duchess of Lancaster, and whose offspring became British royalty. Another of my favorite historical characters is Bernadine Eugenie Desiree Clary, who was the first love of Napoleon Bonaparte and who became Queen of Sweden. I might add that her progeny still sits on the Swedish throne. The book is called Desiree, by Annemarie Selinko. Classroom history books were typically dry and served as a sleep aid more often than not, but by reading novels about historical characters, I developed an interest in history and followed up the fictional accounts in novels with accurate historical information about the individuals’ lives.
What is your favorite book?
I love so many books it is hard to narrow it down to one favorite. I find Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books to be a great comfort in my life, and whenever I am sick or feeling out of sorts, or looking for comfort, reading one of hers can soothe my spirits and restore me to a happy state. Of course, Gone with the Wind is an all-time favorite of mine, and believe it or not, I read that book over fifty times hoping each read would unveil some miniscule detail I’d missed that would reveal to me whether Scarlett got Rhett back. In fact, I became a writer because of Gone with the Wind.
The same is true of singers. I adore so many that it is hard to pick just one. Included in my list are: the Bee Gees, the Beatles, Arlo Guthrie, the Moody Blues, Procol Harum, the Carpenters, Patsy Cline, Ella Fitzgerald, among many, but of course Elvis Presley is at the top of the list.
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In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence
by Kayla Aimee
I got this book to review and it made me smile, laugh, and nod during each chapter. Kayla Aimee writes about the insecurities women face during the different stages of life. She shares the awkward moments we all face as kids, then in middle school (which was the worst time in my life), high school, college/new adulthood, and adulthood. She uses examples from her own life and how God helps us find our purpose and helps us to feel accepted during times when we feel isolated.
The author is very real and shares her difficult moments to showcase what she’s trying to share with her readers. Some of the stories will make you cringe as you see yourself dealing with the same feelings of inadequacy that often chase women.
At times I felt like Kayla Aimee was someone I grew up with as our experiences felt so similar. Her humor is quite similar to mine, so if you like the humor I use in my books, you should check out hers as she talks about the same cringe-y moments I write about in my novels.
In Bloom is a great way to find help for dealing with the moments of insecurity that can plague anyone. This would make a great graduation gift.
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*I received this Bible from BH Publishing and Lifeway in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Welcome author C. Hope Clark to the blog with a great guest post and some info about her new book!
Crime Fighters Have Family, Too
By C. Hope Clark
When I began writing crime fiction, I studied the successful mystery and suspense authors who’d gone before me. After all, writers learn by reading, and most writers read a lot! I had a story in mind, semi-based upon an experience I had in my life, and I wanted to make it as realistic as possible.
I was offered a bribe once upon a time when I worked for the federal government. Out of the blue a client approached me, offering money if I could lie and forge papers so he could snare a piece of land. As required, I phoned the Inspector General that sent in one agent, then two, in order to attempt a sting and nail the guy.
In preparation for writing that story, I read Sue Grafton, Lee Child, Arthur Conan Doyle, Raymond Chandler, James Scott Bell, and so on. There is no end to the list of mystery and suspense authors. So much to learn from. But when it came to one aspect of my tale, I fell short finding anything written that involved the angle I needed to pursue.
My character had a family.
Everyone has a family, you might say. Sure. But they aren’t part of solving the crime, so what do they matter? I felt they mattered greatly, adding to a character’s already heavy burden.
Sue Grafton stated in a presentation I was lucky enough to witness in person, “My character couldn’t have children. They’d just get in the way of crime solving.”
In reality, Sue Grafton grew up with alcoholic parents, and she pretty much raised herself from the age of five, growing up way too fast, maybe a little embittered with life. Her main character, Kinsey Millhone, in all the alphabet mysteries, was a loner, serious and focused. Her family died early on in a car crash, and she held no feelings for distant family, some she never met until she was in her 30s.
I sort of wished she’d given her character Grafton’s own childhood and dysfunctional family, giving her stories even more of an edge.
But Grafton, Kinsey’s creator, began writing in the 80s, when men ruled crime fiction, which means no family. The sleuths were divorced, alcoholic, and driven to spend 24 hours a day solving cases. So in order to break in, Grafton created a character that was basically a female gumshoe with pants, not much different than her male counterparts. I, however, began my stories 20 years later, when family dynamics took on a whole new meaning. I preferred breaking out of the stereotype.
When I endured my own bribery investigation, I had two small sons at home. After a day of hidden recorders, scripted lines designed to lead the bad guy into saying the right things, and eventually being stalked, I had to come home, praise crayon pictures, create a dinner that didn’t come out of a box, give baths, and read bedtime stories. A game face in the day and a mommy face at night. The required flip-flop in behaviors built up a stress all its own.
Having endured that stress, I wanted it in my stories. Not all crime fighters are single, divorced, or widowed. They all started younger, during child-bearing years, and if they are female, they were pregnant during those early years. It was time to see those facts in crime fiction, in my opinion.
So my heroine, Carolina Slade, opens in her first book Lowcountry Bribe (told you it was similar to my life) with a six-year-old son and an eleven-year-old daughter. Slade adores those children, but after the sudden bribe, she has to juggle an agent coming into her home, then leaving home pre-dawn so that her office can be wired for a clandestine meeting, and getting injured when the bad guy catches on to what she’s doing with agents. Then to top it all off, her family is threatened.
Nothing spurs a person to a new level of drive than to insert family in the mix. The odds change, the gloves come off, and the rules go out the window. That earnest fire-in-the-belly to protect one’s own is what I wanted in my character’s being. A loner has little at stake. A mother would tackle the world.
After succeeding at her first case, Slade graduated into a troubleshooter for her agency, facing crime solving alongside the federal agent she met in Lowcountry Bribe. And the children are still there. They might be secondary characters, but they matter to Slade, and therefore, her fans. And they aren’t just silent in the background either. Like in any family, there’re issues, and when Slade is in the thick of a case, those issues seem the most interfering.
Newberry Sin is Slade’s most recent escapade, and the issue of teenage sex comes into play atop her investigation into a blackmail/sex scheme. In the midst of checking out victims and suspects, Slade’s texted by her sister who’s concerned about the daughter’s new boyfriend, and the son’s vengeance against him hiding dead fish under the front seat of his car. Oh, and the discovery of a pregnancy kit.
Yes, crime solving is the key, and Carolina Slade is good at what she does, but throw her family into the fray and her focus at home competes with serious issues at work. She juggles, dances, and frets over how to split her time between criminals and children, even her boss and a best friend or two.
Being pulled in all directions. That is indeed how the real world functions.
And oh yeah, let’s not forget the federal agent, um, boyfriend?
BIO: C. Hope Clark’s newest release is Newberry Sin, set in an idyllic small Southern town where blackmail and sex are hush-hush until they become murder. The fourth in the Carolina Slade Mysteries. Hope speaks to conferences, libraries, and book clubs across the country, is a regular podcaster for Writer’s Digest, and adores connecting with others. She is also founder of FundsforWriters.com, an award-winning site and newsletter service for writers. She lives on the banks of Lake Murray in central South Carolina with her federal agent husband where they spin mysteries just for fun. www.chopeclark.com
Beneath an idyllic veneer of Southern country charm, the town of Newberry hides secrets that may have led to murder.
When a local landowner’s body, with pants down, is found near Tarleton’s Tea Table Rock—a notorious rendezvous spot, federal investigator Carolina Slade senses a chance to get back into the field again. Just as she discovers what might be a nasty pattern of fraud and blackmail, her petty boss reassigns her fledgling case to her close friend and least qualified person in their office.
Forced to coach an investigation from the sidelines, Slade struggles with the twin demons of professional jealousy and unplanned pregnancy. Something is rotten in Newberry. Her personal life is spiraling out of control. She can’t protect her co-worker. And Wayne Largo complicates everything when the feds step in after it becomes clear that Slade is right.
One wrong move, and Slade may lose everything. Yet it’s practically out of her hands . . . unless she finds a way to take this case back without getting killed.
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Excited to have author Liwen Y. Ho on the blog today!
I joke that as a stay-at-home-mom, I play the roles of chauffeur and referee (often at the same time). To make my commute through town more bearable, I always tune in to a local top 40 radio station. On one particular day as I was listening to the morning show, one of the deejays mentioned she had received a text meant for someone else. She was so intrigued by the sender’s courteous message that she looked him up online. Her search led her to a Facebook profile, which confirmed the man was handsome, lived out of state, and was (unfortunately) married. When I heard the disappointment in her voice, the romance writer gears in my head started turning. I wondered what would have happened if the circumstances were different, if he was in fact single?
That’s how my new book, A Single Spark, came to be. I took that deejay’s experience and created a story about a former boy band member and a radio deejay who meet through a text message. I also included a little bit of frenemy attraction, mistaken identities, and lots of divine intervention. The result is a fun inspirational romance with lots of sparks—pun intended! This new release is only 99¢ for a limited time. I hope you'll pick up your Kindle copy HERE today!
Former boy band hottie, Aiden Spark, distanced himself from everything he valued—faith, family, and fame—when he lost his girlfriend. A decade later, he’s still hiding behind his grief when he accidentally texts a woman who’s all too curious about his identity.
Burned by the men in her life, deejay Abby Dearan has chosen to focus on her newfound faith in God and use her radio presence for good. Her plans are thwarted though when a text message—and the irritating man who sent it—won’t leave her in peace.
Aiden can’t forget the woman who reminds him so much of his first love; Abby can’t remember the last time a man made her feel so beautiful. To make matters worse, it’s impossible to avoid one another when their siblings and friends—not to mention, divine intervention—keep pushing them together. Will the sparks igniting between them end up in flames or romance?
About Liwen Y. Ho:
Liwen Y. Ho writes sweet and inspirational contemporary romance infused with heart, humor, and a taste of home (her Asian roots). In her pre-author life, she received a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, and she loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her techie husband and their two children, and blogs about her adventures as a recovering perfectionist.
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Today I wanted to share with you a YA book I read this year that really resonated with me. I've been writing about those little red flag moments in my own work--in particular in Can Dreams Come True and Dating the It Guy, and I have been hearing from readers who tell me how they saw those signs/red flags in their own relationships and and ignored them. So right now I am on the lookout for other YA books like this to recommend to my readers and this was one I thought got it right.
It's called, The Fruit of My Lipstick: Glory Prep Book 2 by Shelley Adina and it's a YA book that handled abusive relationships sooo well. It was so subtle in the beginning that I almost questioned what the character was looking past in her boyfriend. The author set it up so well you missed some of the subtle signs and weren't sure if the boyfriend had done some things intentionally. Then at the end, when things escalated with him, her friends pointed out flags she missed. The author completely hit on how it doesn't start with pushing or hitting, but it's far more subtle than that. You're so far into the relationship and your self-esteem is slipping before you even pick up on what is happening. Honestly it was perfect because it showed why you don't just get up and walk away when it happens, because you're so mentally confused by little things.
This is wonderful read for young girls who will learn to recognize the early signs of controlling behavior.
I remember my first celeb crush well. Devon Sawa. As a child of the nineties, you can probably understand my obsession. Devon Sawa was in films like Casper (though he was only in it for like a minute) and The Little Giants (my absolute fave film as a kid!). I swear I watched The Little Giants about five times a week, maybe more!
As a young girl, and adult really, I had a very active imagination, and I would reenact the film in my mind, though I would pretend I was the girl he fell for. I mean, come on, I was a kid, and Devon Sawa was hot! He was right up there with JTT for me.
I guess JTT was another one of my celeb crushes, but I really, really liked Devon Sawa. I seriously think it was The Little Giants that sealed the deal for me on him as far as falling for him first. Then, it was all things JTT. And after JTT, I discovered N’Sync and Justin Timberlake.
I’ve always had a thing for celebrities, but I suspect most do. There’s something alluring about them, and though my celebrity crush changes based on what TV show I’m obsessed with, I still remember my childhood crushes very well. Some days, I miss those feelings: watching a show/movie just to see the hottie in it, that feeling of giddiness associated with being a teenage girl seeing her crush. There’s a bit of nostalgia even as I write this post and seeing these actors on the big screen still brings back those feelings.
I’ll never forget you, Devon Sawa.
About Emerald Barnes:
Emerald Barnes resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She’s an auntie, a youth leader, a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor. She’s addicted to tv and binge-watching shows, and she has a thing for superheroes.
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Today we have author Kiarra M. Taylor sharing her childhood celebrity crush! Read on to meet her ideal!
a brief but intense infatuation for someone, especially someone unattainable or inappropriate.
Above is the technical definition for crush. Below you will find one that is decidedly…mine.
So, I’m a 90s kid. I grew up when TLC was hot stuff, scrunchies were all the rage, baggy (like, super baggy) jeans and plaid shirts were life and so was wrestling. Now, when you think wrestling, you think what?
I was (and am still) a huge WWE fan, and that’s largely in part thanks to the 6”5, 220 pounds, one-eyebrow raising, if ya sme-e-e-e-e-e-ellllll, tongue wagging, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
*sighs dreamily and squirms in seat just seeing his name on my screen*
To say I have a “crush” on this man, this Samoan God on earth, is so…so…pedestrian. I would quite literally drink his bath water. Hell, they could bottle it up and I’d buy it by the truckload!
When Dwayne (he and I are on a first name basis after all these years) returned to wrestling in 2011 or so, and he and the whole WWE ensemble trekked to the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I was there hours--hours—before the doors opened, scoping out the venue and trying to catch a glimpse of the man I know is destined to one day be my husband.
Yes, I know he just had a daughter not too long ago, and has another one on the way, but that’s only because I told him I don’t want any more children so he’s just sowing his royal oats. He’ll be back. Soon and very soon! LOL.
Okay, delusions aside, this man really is my all-time, never-changing crush. Not just because he’s freakishly tall, handsome, and bulky, either. But also, because he just seems to be one great human being. He champions so many good causes and he treats his fans so graciously, which I got to witness firsthand both of the times I saw him in action at a WWE event.
But, that bald head, those muscles and that goatee don’t hurt, either. Just sayin’.
Since my book inspired by my childhood celebrity crush released yesterday, I thought I would ask some authors to share their own childhood celeb crushes! First, we meet author Angela Schroeder.
When I was asked to come on here and discuss childhood crushes in anticipation of Krysten’s next release I was excited. I have been waiting for this book to come out, Krysten’s books are something that my daughter and I share a love for. Looking back on my childhood it seemed like I always had a crush on someone. It all started when I was about five and I had a crush on the teenage boy who worked at the restaurant that my mom worked at. I recall everyone calling me a little flirt. Then it progressed from there. My brother’s friends, classmates, even a friend’s uncle. But since I know that Cecily’s crush is a celebrity I thought I would share about my celebrity crush.
It all started when Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuted. That first episode had me hooked on David Boreanaz. I saw him as a tall, handsome, brooding man with eyes that you could get lost in. I was certain that he was my soul mate. All we had to do was come face to face and we would know that we were meant to be together. This was a time in my life when I had just been diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorder, and panic attacks. Back before there was a lot of information on it. Nobody knew how to deal with it, teachers didn’t know how to handle things when I had a panic attack in class. Friends did their best to be there for me but it was something that people didn’t know about. Whereas today, you can find information about it everywhere and people openly talk about it. During this time I felt like I didn’t connect with a lot of people. So I connected with David (or rather the David I imagined based on his character and the few interviews that were in the teen magazines).
I imagined him to be someone who would understand what was going on in my life. He would know what to do if I had a panic attack so this crush went on. I even wrote to him. I never sent him letters! Every diary entry started out with Dearest David. I would pour my heart and soul out to him. Tell him everything that bothered me, share my hopes and dreams. I was able to reveal my biggest fears in the safest way, in letters to him. Letters that I knew nobody would ever read. It helped me to not feel so alone. It helped me through a difficult time in my life. For that I am thankful for childhood crushes.
That crush lasted for about two seasons of the show. Then it faded. I have had many crushes since then. Boys from school, actors, singers, coworkers, friends of my brothers, and even a doctor I know. But that crush in early high school was special because it helped me. I will always fondly recall my crush on David Boreanaz.
I would love to hear about your childhood crushes. Is there one that sticks out when someone asks you who you had a crush on when you were younger?
Angela Schroeder is a Conveyor of stories, mother of 3, drinker of tea, gatherer of books, adorer of winter. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings she never lacked for someone to play with, as she grew older she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more.
Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they've made with the people there.
Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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It's finally here! Can Dreams Come True released today and I'm so excited for you to meet Cecily Taylor Damone and her pop star crush, Andrew Holiday!
Check out the blurb here:
Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?
Take a peek at an excerpt here:
I started to feel anxious after lunch. After all, I had been an Andrew fan for a long time, and even though I had seen him in person, this was a huge deal to get to meet him. What if he wasn’t what I had imagined? I didn’t expect him to fawn over me or anything, but what if he was rude or ignored me? It would kill my fantasy of him as being this sweet, quiet, sensitive songwriter who wore his heart on his sleeve while also being kind of a loner/rebel with just a touch of bad boy in him. Oh man, I would be crushed if he didn’t notice me or worse—if he ended up flirting with Harlow.
In all his magazine interviews Andrew always said looks weren’t important to him, and what he noticed in a girl was if she was true to herself. He said he went for “bright girls who were sweet and easy to be with.” Now that I thought about it, that was the kind of fake crap magazines put out about all the teen celebrities. It was like when I saw Lawrence Claibourne, my favorite actor who claimed to be Mr. I’m-just-looking-for-a-sweet-girl-to-read-poetry-to on a red carpet with a model whose boobs were falling out of her dress and had overdone the lip fillers—I mean, you just knew he wasn’t into her for her personality. But Andrew wasn’t like Lawrence. Andrew seemed so sincere and deep. Lawrence had a smirk and you could tell he was a player, but Andrew seemed like he had been hurt and needed to find the right girl who he could open up to and learn to trust again. . .or at least that’s what he said in his last interview.
The final bell rang and my heart shot up to my throat. This was it. I was on my way to meet my crush. From now on, any dreams of him would be marred by the reality I was about to face.
Was it better to keep wondering what if and keep the fantasy alive or to go and actually meet him?
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Author of the Landry's True Colors Series, the Star Series, Dating the It Guy, & Can Dreams Come True