May 25, 2016

Three Times A Charm with Katy Newton Naas

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love to introduce readers to the people involved in children’s publishing. Today we welcome middle grade author, Katy Newton Naas. Katy, can tell us a little about yourself?

I’ve been creating characters and telling stories since the day I learned to talk. As a child, they sometimes got me into trouble. I knew I wanted to write books when I won a Young Author's competition as a second-grader for my short story titled, "The Grape Pie." (Don't let its tasty title fool you - it was actually a sad little tale!)

I devoured books as a child and young adult, always doing chores and odd jobs in order to make enough money to buy more of them. Though I continue to age, my true literature love is and has always been children's and young adult fiction.

I currently teach middle school reading and high school English in southern Illinois, as well as children's church. I graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a bachelor's degree in English Education and a master's degree in Reading and Language Studies. I enjoy my life out in the country with my husband, two kids, and fourteen pets.

Fourteen pets! Holy cow. Wait, do you have a cow among those pets? You’re here to talk about a couple books today. Tell us them.

Here are the blurbs to accompany my two middle grade novels, Guardian and Operation: Bully Renovation.

GUARDIAN:
Drake, Kinsey’s assistance dog, has been her best friend since the day she met him. They have a special connection – he can sense her seizures before they occur. The other students have always loved having Drake in the classroom, making Kinsey feel special, not strange. But just a short time in a new middle school changes all of that.

OPERATION: BULLY RENOVATION
            Jack Sullivan is Blackwell Middle School’s scariest bully. When students and teachers see him coming down the hallway, they run the other way. He has no friends; he doesn’t need them. School is a waste of his time.
            But after a car accident with his father leaves him in need of surgery, Jack has to have a tissue donor. Strangely, he then begins having memories from events that never actually happened to him – memories of being bullied by bigger, meaner boys. Jack learns he is experiencing cellular memory, making him receive the memories of his tissue donor…who just so happened to be a weak, helpless victim of bullying.
            Jack decides he has to make things right. To do that, he offers each of his former victims an apology, along with the chance to let each one get even with him. But Jack quickly learns that earning their forgiveness won’t be easy... 

I recommend my book to readers who like:

GUARDIAN: dogs, stories about people with challenges
OPERATION: BULLY RENOVATION: pranks, laughing

Those both sound great. Now let’s move on to the threes. Give us your top 3 responses to the following to help us get to know you better.

  • Top 3 books you recommend reading and why you recommend them.
Wonder by RJ Palacio – because you will fall in love with Auggie in a way you’ve never experienced from any other book character
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – because Annabelle is so incredibly strong and learns that her actions matter
Freak the Mighty – because it changed my life when I was a kid and after I read it, I knew all I wanted was to write books

  • Top 3 leisure activities.

1)      Spending time with my kids…all 16 of them! (2 children, 3 dogs, 3 cats, and 8 ducks)
2)      Curling up in my chair with chocolate milk and a good book
3)      Writing. I make time to do it every day, even if things are crazy-busy and it’s after midnight before I get started.

  • Top 3 favorite places.

1)      THE BEACH. Any beach. Just let me feel the sand in my toes.
2)      Disneyworld. Even when you’re all grown up, you can still feel the magic there!
3)      Playing outside in the yard with my kids, no matter the season. Snowball fights, water balloon fights, baseball games…I love it all!

Where can our tech savvy readers find you and your book online?


Katy, it’s been a pleasure hosting you today. Best of luck to your books and with your writing.

THANKS!

May 23, 2016

A Rare Review - A Family for Leona by Beverly Stowe McClure

When I helped with the cover reveal, I promised a review of A Family for Leona. And here it is!

Ten-year-old Leona Chapter doesn't understand why her papa left his six children at the Brooklyn Home for Homeless Children after their mother's death in 1921. Each day she prays he'll return and take his children home. God, however, isn't listening. Her brothers and sisters are either adopted or run away, leaving only Leona and Baby Mildred in the orphanage. Leona promises she and Mildred will be together for always. A promise she cannot keep, for Leona, along with her friend Noah, who she defends from the bullies Hiram and Jehu, and several other orphans, are soon on a train headed to Texas, while her sister stays at the orphanage. Leona vows she'll go back to Brooklyn, the first chance she gets. An Orphan Tran tale of the early 1900s

My thoughts:

I’d heard of Orphan Train novels, but I’d never read one until A Family for Leona. Though it’s hard for me to imagine the depth of desperation it would take to leave your children at an orphanage, I guess it is perhaps better than starvation and homelessness. Poor Leona and her siblings deal with the shock of being left in their own ways. Leona holds onto hope for a desperately long time that her father will come back to claim them. One by one, the children go in different directions until it’s Leona’s turn and she is sent across the country with a handful of orphans, none of which are her siblings. She’s homesick, confused and still holding onto hope that her father will claim her again, so it takes her a while to settle into her new home, a farm owned by a lovely older couple whose children are grown.

Leona is a spitfire of a girl. She steps in when she witnesses bullying, even when her assistance isn’t really wanted. Her spunk serves her well though as she works her way through the unexpected turns her life takes. And I admit, I got a little weepy at the end. Mrs. McClure offers us a very touching resolution.

This is an important part of our country’s history and I recommend this book for any middle grade reader who likes historical fiction, and for the libraries that serve those readers. Another wonderfully written story from Beverly Stowe McClure.

A copy of the book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.

A Family for Leona is available from
 

About the author, Beverly Stowe McClure:

Most days, you'll find Beverly at her computer writing stories young voices whisper in her ear. When she's not writing, she plays the piano. Her cats don't appreciate good music and run and hide when she tickles the ivories. She's sometimes called the "bug lady." She's not telling why.
 
Find Beverly at

May 20, 2016

Book Blast - Aqua by Katherine Armstrong Walters

Aqua  Aqua by Katherine Armstrong Walters Eighteen-year-old Marin has few clues about where she came from, outside of a recurring nightmare of a horrific boating accident. Determined to prove to the world and to herself that she can overcome her water phobia and lead a normal life, she enrolls in a summer internship at a marine research facility in California. When a cataclysmic accident suddenly brings her drowning nightmares into reality, she learns a secret about herself that begins to unlock the mystery lurking in her hidden memories. What she discovers could be the key to her past, but opening that door forces her to choose between two worlds and two hearts, and starts a chain of events that could destroy everything and everyone she loves.

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  Praise for Aqua: “This book grabbed me right away and never let me go! The characters were fresh and believable and immediately took you into their world. Not sure who the intended audience would be but I am 68 and enjoyed it immensely but my 16 year old granddaughter would love it too! Kathy Walters allows us to enter into the world of her imagination and escape our own for a while. I am looking forward to more from her!” ~Gerri Stephy “Heart-stopping adventure and swoon-worthy romance that will take your breath away.” ~Heather Hepler, author of Frosted Kisses and The Cupcake Queen.

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Excerpt

Over twenty feet of surging seawater now separated her from her life-saving gear, and the force of it shoving through the submerged beach exit dragged her, spinning her around the rocky cave. Three feet of air was all that was between her and the dripping roof. Her fingers scrabbled to gain a handhold in the slippery walls, her legs fighting the current to gain access to the beach opening, ducking her head underwater, straining with all her might toward it, but the water pouring in beat her back. Her mind spun frantically, jumping through stages in her life; despair at what Paul would think, angry at her stupid fantasy of living without the fear of the deadly water swirling around her. There was nothing but terror to believe in now. Who would be foolish enough not to be afraid of this living, breathing monster sucking the air from her lungs? The top of her head brushed the rocky roof and she pressed her face to the broken surface, screaming and crying and pleading for help. This was it; this was the end of everything. She clawed desperately at the rocks, crushing her face to the melting air, pushed by the hand of the merciless sea. The last pockets sifted noisily up through the rocky ceiling, through small cracks and fissures that led to the surface many yards above, merging her dying screams with the thin whistling pressure of the triumphant ocean, disappearing into the darkening sky.  

Katherine   Author Katherine Armstrong Walters Katherine Armstrong Walters has been making up stories since she was old enough to talk. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, but moved to Texas where she and her husband, Kelly, have enjoyed living in the country and raising their five fabulous sons, two cats, one snake and a small herd of chickens. When she’s not writing she loves sketching, editing, painting, reading, being outdoors, remodeling, and travelling with her family. Her favorite hobbies include boating and Star Wars.
  Blast Giveaway – $100 Amazon Gift Card or $100 in Paypal Cash Ends 6/1/16 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

May 18, 2016

Three Times A Charm with Jessica Calla and She Laughs In Pink

Hey y’all! Welcome to 3x’s A Charm. I love, love, love to introduce readers to the people involved in children’s publishing. Today we welcome new adult author, Jessica Calla. Jessica, wow us with a little about you, please.

I'm Jess! I write contemporary adult and new adult romance. My first book, The Love Square was published earlier this year by Limitless Publishing and continues to receive positive reviews. I am a provisional PAN member of Romance Writers of America, including RWA's Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, and New Jersey Chapters, and I hold membership in the Women's Fiction Writers Association. Recently, I became the oldest intern in history at Bookfish Books and a Team Member for the inaugural launch of FicFest, a Twitter contest to hook agents to writers. During the day I play as an attorney as well as deal with children, husband, and dog, and navigate New Jersey traffic.

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard anyone say “play” and “attorney” in the same sentence! Now, tell us all about your book.

My new adult romance, She Laughs in Pink, released yesterday, May 17, courtesy of BookFish Books. It's Book 1 of the Sheridan Hall Series, which takes place in the fictional New Jersey University. She Laughs… is the story of Chase and Juliet, who struggle to make new lives for themselves after tragic pasts and fall in love in the process.

I recommend She Laughs… to readers who like:

Easy, by Tammara Webber
Hopeless, by Colleen Hoover
Thoughtless, by S.C. Stephens

Okay, let’s move on to the threes. Give us your top 3 responses to the following to help us get to know you better.

       Top 3 books you recommend reading and why you recommend them.
For writers, I recommend On Writing, by Stephen King, The Right to Write, by Julia Cameron, and Show Your Work, by Austin Kleon.

       Top 3 things you learned about the business after becoming a writer.
1. Social media matters to connect with readers and writers. 2. It's hard to sell books, and marketing takes time. 3. Rejections are a way of life for a writer.

       Top 3 favorite places.
I love movies, so movie theaters are heaven. I love the Jersey shore. I love being snuggled in my bed under tons of blankets.

Jess, please share with us where our tech savvy readers can find out more about you and your work. Especially that brand new book.



Thanks for visiting with us today, Jess. It was great to get to know more about you and She Laughs in Pink.

THANKS!










May 9, 2016

New Release - A Family for Leona by Beverly Stowe McClure

You know those people in your life who, with a mere mention of their name make your heart goes all squishy? My critique partner, Beverly McClure, does that for me. She's the real deal. True, honest, goodhearted. And you know what? That shows up all over the place in her books. It is my pleasure to share her newest release with you.

Ten-year-old Leona Chapter doesn't understand why her papa left his six children at the Brooklyn Home for Homeless Children after their mother's death in 1921. Each day she prays he'll return and take his children home. God, however, isn't listening. Her brothers and sisters are either adopted or run away, leaving only Leona and Baby Mildred in the orphanage. Leona promises she and Mildred will be together for always. A promise she cannot keep, for Leona, along with her friend Noah, who she defends from the bullies Hiram and Jehu, and several other orphans, are soon on a train headed to Texas, while her sister stays at the orphanage. Leona vows she'll go back to Brooklyn, the first chance she gets. An Orphan Train tale of the early 1900s. 
 
A Family for Leona is available from
 

I've read an earlier version of this book and I'm very excited to read the final version and share my thoughts with you, so keep your eyes open for an upcoming review. Better yet, buy your own copy and read and review it. You'll be happy you did.

About the author, Beverly Stowe McClure:

Most days, you'll find Beverly at her computer writing stories young voices whisper in her ear. When she's not writing, she plays the piano. Her cats don't appreciate good music and run and hide when she tickles the ivories. She's sometimes called the "bug lady." She's not telling why.
 
Find Beverly at
 
Happy reading!

May 4, 2016

Three Times A Charm with Common Deer Press

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love to introduce readers to the people involved in children’s publishing. Today we welcome publisher, Ellie Sipila from Common Deer Press. Thanks for joining us, Ellie. Tell us a little about you, please.

Hi there. I’m Ellie Sipila, and I’m the acquisitions editor/publisher of Common Deer Press.

On top of being a published writer myself, I hold a Publishing certificate from Ryerson University. Being the professional kind of nerd, after a short (and somewhat unfulfilling) stint in Engish Lit, I figured out that actually, my passions were with making books, not so much dissecting them. So I enrolled at Ryerson for all three kinds of editing, went on to get a specialization in editing books intended for young readers, then rounded out my education with courses in book design and physical and digital book production. Now, at Common Deer, I am living the dream by acquiring great manuscripts and making them as awesome as is humanly possible.

Oh that sounds both exciting and impressive. Can you tell us more about your publishing house, Common Deer Press?

Common Deer Press is looking for the unusual. We are tired of being “common” deer. We want to be different. You know those deer you see form time to time in the woods munching bark, scratching their fleas, wearing glasses? NEITHER DO WE!!! We want to be those deer (minus the fleas part).

Have a set of interconnected short stories? We want that. Have a YA novel written completely in verse? Send it our way. Basically, as long as there is not too much kissing (ie., no erotica please), we’re interested. Children’s books, adult books, fiction or non (or fiction that pretends it’s nonfiction). Throw it at us.

I recommend my publishing house to writers who were rejected by Quirk Books, or those who have had trouble selling their work because it wouldn’t “pigeonhole” into a specific genre. (We don’t really like pigeonholes either. Gross. Just sayin’.)

*Snort* Now for the threes. Give us your top three answers to these questions to help us get to know you a little better.

  • Top 3 books you recommend reading and why you recommend them.

1)      Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk written by David Sedaris and illustrated by Ian Falconer. This book embodies what we love in a book and what we’d love to publish at CDP. It’s funny, a little bit disturbing, and it’s highly unique. Also, it’s a beautiful book full of colour illustrations and awesomeness. Yes please!
2)      Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania Del Rio and illustrated by Will Staehle. It’s spooky, it’s silly, and it’s GORGEOUS visually.
3)      The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Beautiful writing, music, and spooks! Doesn’t get much better than that.

  • Top 3 leisure activities.

1)      Reading (I truly have the best job in the world)
2)      Playing the cello
3)      Wait…what does the word “leisure” mean again?


  • Top 3 favorite personality traits that appeal to you.

Easy:
1)      Quirky
2)      Funny
3)      People who believe EVERYTHING I say and obey me 100% of the time.

Ha! I think that last one is inherent of publishers. *wink* Ellie, where can our tech savvy readers find Common Deer Press?

Twitter: @AHerdOfDeer

Thanks for joining us today, Ellie. It was wonderful to get to know the quirkiness behind the curtain and to learn more about your publishing house. Many happy submissions!

Thank you so much, Kai!

May 2, 2016

May #InkRipples – Memories



I have to admit that I have a really cruddy memory. I’m that person that smiles and nods as you ask, “Remember when…?” Because chances are I’m barely remembering what happened. But I can usually remember how I felt while we did whatever it was we did together.

I’m the same way with books. When I sit down to write a review immediately after finishing a book – I have to look up the main character’s name. Sheesh! Before Goodreads, I re-read books all the time. And I wouldn’t figure it out until I was about a 1/3 of the way in the second time around. Wow! It isn’t a slight on any of the fine authors out there. I just don’t remember the details. Or some of the high level stuff, for that matter.

It’s great when a book is made into a movie though, because I don’t have to worry about getting all angsty when they stray from the book. And in the case of a series, I eventually remember enough detail of the earlier books as I read on.

But as I mentioned, I have feelings about books I’ve read and that tells me more than anything else how well I enjoyed it. If I have a warm fuzzy or a thrilling buzz when I think of the book, then I know I enjoyed it. But if you say, “Oh my gosh! When Katniss shot the arrow into the ceiling of the arena, wasn’t that amazing?” Chances are I’ll smile and nod while desperately trying to pull up the memory.

Are you a high level person? Or a detail person? How does you memory work – or not?

Ripples in the Inkwell is a themed meme hosted by Mary Waibel, Katie L. Carroll, and Kai Strand posting on the second Monday of every month. To participate compose your own post regarding the theme of the month, and link back to the three host blogs. Feel free to post whenever you want during the month, but be sure to include #inkripples when you promote so readers can find you. The idea is that we toss a word or idea into the inkwell and each post is a new ripple. There is no wrong interpretation. Themes and images and more information can be found here.

April 27, 2016

Three Times A Charm with Marcie Wessels

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love to introduce readers to the people involved in children’s publishing. Today we welcome picture book author, Marcie Wessels. Marcie, we’d love for you to tell us a little about you.

I am the author of the children’s picture book, Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime (Doubleday BFYR), illustrated by Tim Bowers. I live in San Diego, CA with my husband and our two children.

Let’s hear more about Pirate’s Lullaby.

Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime (Doubleday BFYR), illustrated by Tim Bowers (www.timbowers.com) is a rhyming picture book for pirate loving kids and their parents.

From the publisher:

Yo, ho, ho! It's bedtime! But Ned will do anything to avoid going to sleep. Read along as he stalls for time - searching for peg-legged Captain Teddy, stowing his toys in the ship's treasure chest, and even playing a game of walk-the-plank!

Last summer, Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime was chosen by the San Diego Symphony for its Symphony Story Time.



Train your spyglasses on my website for Summer 2016 Pirate’s Lullaby Symphony Story Time dates.

What’s the sign for “pirate”? Find out on National ASL (American Sign Language) Day! On Saturday, April 16th, ASL interpreter, Brandon Scates signed while I read Pirate’s Lullaby during ASL Story Time at the Chula Vista Library. It was a swashbuckling good time!


I recommend my book to readers who like:

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and David Shannon, The Night Pirates by Peter Harris or The Berenstain Bears’ Bedtime Battle by Stan & Jan Berenstain.

Oh my gosh, that story time is fabulous! What an honor for your book to have been chosen. And what a wonderful thing for children. Now let’s move on to the threes. Give us your top 3 responses to the following to help us get to know you better.

  • Top 3 books you recommend reading and why you recommend them. 
I love short stories. Jumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth is a beautifully written, collection of short stories about family relationships. I’m also a big fan of middle grade novels. I just read two fantastic historical middle grades with female protagonists: Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban, the story of a Japanese American girl who is forced to live in an internment camp during the Second World War and Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose, a novel in free verse about the unlikely friendship between a colonial girl and a girl from the Roanoke Indian tribe.

  • Top 3 tools of the trade you couldn’t live without. 
My library card
Blank notebooks
Storyboard grids for laying out a picture book 

  • Top 3 personal mantras or inspirational phrases. 
“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.”
Anne Lamott

“If I waited for perfection, I would never write.”
Margret Atwood

“Nobody but a reader ever became a writer.”
Richard Peck

Ah, those are great! Finally, please share with us where our tech savvy readers can find out more about you and your book.

On Twitter:  @MarcieDWessels

Thanks for joining us today, Marcie. It was great to get to know more about you and Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime.

THANKS!



April 25, 2016

Cover reveal - A Love That Disturbs by Medeia Sharif

I love participating in cover reveals. It's like being in the IN crowd! And I'm extra excited to share this one, because 1) Medeia Sharif is an author on fire and rightfully so. Because she's good! 2) This book sounds amazing. 3) This cover!

A LOVE THAT DISTURBS by Medeia Sharif
Evernight Teen, June 17, 2016

Maysa Mazari is alarmed by her mother’s talk about arranged marriage. Meanwhile, as a hijab-wearing Pakistani-American, she wants to find love on her own. Her judgmental Muslim clique has protected her from racist taunts, although the leader, Aamal, is turning on her as Maysa strays from the group because of her attraction to Haydee.

Haydee Gomez is a former gang member and juvenile detention student. Now living with a clean-cut aunt, she wants to turn her life around, even though one person will never let her forget her roots—Rafe, her abusive pimp. Haydee attempts to pull away from a life of prostitution when she develops feelings for Maysa, although Rafe isn’t willing to give her up too easily.

Finding themselves in danger from Maysa’s friends and Haydee’s pimp, it’s apparent their love disturbs everyone around them as they fight to stay together.

Find Medeia – YA and MG Author

Blog   |   Twitter   |   Goodreads   |   Instagram   |   Amazon

Keep this one on your radar and don't miss the release!

April 20, 2016

Three Times A Charm with HL Burke

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love to introduce readers to the people involved in children’s publishing. Today we welcome author, HL Burke. HL, tell us a little about you, please.

Originally from Oregon, I'm a military wife and mother to two superhero princesses who now travels the world in search of dragons. I write whimsical fantasy and have a cat named Bruce Wayne. He's BATCAT! I'm a long time lover of geek culture, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Tolkien, and Doctor Who. If it is weird and wonderful, I want in!

Can you tell us about your latest book?

My most recent book is Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors, a YA Steampunk Adventure. It's a fun read with elements of Shelley, Verne, and Wells.

Nyssa Glass is a reformed cat burglar turned electrician's apprentice, settled into a life repairing videophones and radio-sets. However, when her past comes calling, she finds herself forced into one last job. No one has entered Professor Dalhart's secluded mansion in almost a decade, at least not and returned to tell the tale. If Nyssa wants to ensure her freedom, she'll brave the booby trapped halls and mechanized maids. Nyssa has skills, but this house has more than its share of secrets. As she steps into the cobwebbed halls lined with dusty mirrors, she has to wonder. Is the House of Mirrors really abandoned?

What kind of reader do you recommend your book to?

Nyssa owes a lot to adventure games like the Myst series, so it is hard for me to come up with a book that feels “like” her. I kind of see her as a female version of serial heroes like Tintin or Indiana Jones, a resourceful heroine who can solve any problem she faces with her quick wit and resolve.

Now let’s move on to the threes. Give us your top 3 responses to the following to help us get to know you better.

  • Top 3 tools of the trade you couldn’t live without.

Coffee, a computer, and notebook/pen. I bounce back and forth between writing long hand and writing on the keyboard. It seems like different books have different voices that somehow make them better for typing or writing … Nyssa Glass was mostly a typing book (though I did do some longhand writing if I didn't have a computer handy when inspiration struck), but other books I've seemed to only be able to get out by writing longhand … so I like to have both.

And coffee because I replaced my blood stream with caffeine ages ago, and I need to keep drinking it or I get anemic.

  • Top 3 favorite ways to interact with readers.

Dragon pictures! Dragons are my favorite mythical beast. I currently have ten books published and of those ten, six are directly dragon themed, one has a dragon as a minor plot point, and two others I went out of my way to at least mention dragons. Because of that, I kind of got a reputation as the “dragon lady.” People constantly tag me in dragon themed things, and I delve into the depths of the interwebs and come back with dragon related prizes.

On this theme, I have an instagram where I take pictures of my “pet” dragon, Theodore, engaging in various activities. Theodore is probably more popular than I am.
I also like to ask questions. I'll name a minor character based on suggestions from my followers, and things like that.

Sometimes I'll take part in themed hashtag games like #WIPJoy or #1lineWed, and every so often you can find me wasting time on twitter when I should be #amwriting.

  • Top 3 favorite personality traits that appeal to you.

Laid back … I love cats. Cats are so laid back. Cats don't care what you do as long as you don't poke at them. People give cats a hard time for being judgmental and aloof, but cats just want to live and let live. The best thing I can say about a person is they remind me of a cat. Cats forever!

Flexible … people who can't adjust or who choose not to experience new things bug me. I like people who can be ready at the drop of a hat and don't worry about preparation too much before going on an adventure with me.

Calm … this is one I'm not so great at. I tend to get freaked out and lose emotional control more than I'd like. I'm not really a worrier about things I can't control, but that's partially because I don't like to be in control. I'd much rather hand over the reins to someone else in stressful situations. My husband is a rock. It takes a lot to shake him, and I need that in my life. Definitely one of the things that drew me to him in the first place.

Finally, please share with us where our tech savvy readers can find out more about you and your work.

best contact is hlgstrider@gmail.com
author.to/hlburke (Geo-tagged Amazon shortlink)

Thank you for joining us today, HL. It was great to get to know more about you and Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors.

THANKS!