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Indie Author Interview — Emily Guido — Bonus Link to a Free eBook!

Feb 27th, 2013


Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to prolific author Emily Guido who’s not only agreed to run my gauntlet of atypical interview questions but also has a link for a free eBook download for you after the interview. (Isn’t she a peach?)

Emily writes the paranormal romance Light-Bearer series, full of Angels, Vampires, and the friction between the two in a universe with refreshingly little prejudice. Please welcome her to the blog and download her free sample. :)

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1) What type of stories do you write?

Romance, acceptance of people no matter their gender, sexual preference, color, race… “The Light-Bearer Series” is not preachy, but it comes from the premise that we all start in Heaven… and in Heaven, there is no prejudice just Good and Evil.  It’s kind of a weird concept because people think it’s religious but they really aren’t.  However, you can’t write about Angels and Vampires without a little religious undertone. 

I love the concept of good and evil without other outside bias–It doesn’t sound preachy at all to me. I’ll be taking a look at your first book once I get past my next release. ;)

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2) How do you kick back, relax, and recharge your batteries?

That’s funny because I work full time and go to MBA School full time and I write and do self-promos on the side… so, when I want to chill I mostly read to review other Novelists that have asked for reviews.  Then if I am really lazy, I watch Jane Austen movies, Supernatural Series, or The Big Bang Theory Series.  I don’t watch commercial television only when it’s DVR’d.  I hate commercials!!!

What you describe is not unusual for many of the indie writers I’ve come to know. Busy with many projects and very focused. :)

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3) What’s your favorite wine?

Oh I’m such a class act… White Zinfandel on ice!  Too Funny!

Watch out–White Zin is a total gateway wine! Next thing you know you’ll be drinking sweet Rieslings, Moscatos, and the occasional Pinot Grigio. You know you want to. ;)

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4) I’m always searching out music for my playlist. What are you grooving to this week?

I love, love, love Mullet Rock right now… but I’m a big Classical freak and Love Songs freak, especially 80’s.

I’ll check them out. And who doesn’t love 80’s music? I was out dancing and grooving to that a couple of weeks ago. It’s required education, IMHO!

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5) If you had a minion army, how would you use them?

Huh, wow good question!  I would make people treat other people with respect.  I know that sound’s cliché but you can’t help a girl for trying to make the world a better place.

I’d vote for you. ;)

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6) When you rule the world, what style of dominion will you employ?

I don’t’ know if this is the answer you wanted???  Democracy but don’t get me wrong, I think that there are too many fat cats and the poor people need a voice.  If you are talking about a Supernatural Police force, I would say Vampires in a New York minute. 

See, I let folks run wild, and I get awesome responses. I like the idea of Vamp police…but what would we do during the day? ;)

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7) What’s your personal peak of rabble rousing instigation? 

Yes, I have been part of a campaign against people stealing author’s books.  Not because I’m an author but because it’s wrong to steal.  You wouldn’t go to a BMW dealership and steal a car or go to Macy’s and steal mattress, right?  So just because authors don’t charge a lot of money for books, why do people think it is okay to steal their intellectual property?  However, I was harassed and people I thought were friends turned against me.  Oh well, I stood up for what I believe is right.

Good for you! Welcome to the official instigator’s club. Please have a cookie. And no, not everyone will thank you for your efforts, but many will.

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8) If had to pick any other career, at any period in history with no limits, what would it be?

I would love to be an actress.  I have acted since I was a kid in musicals and plays.  I loved it!

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9) Who’s your favorite author? What about their work speaks to you?

Jane Austen and I love her subtlety, wit, superb color and contrast in her writing.  It is fluid and moving.  Now, I am the World’s Most Hopeless Romantic, so that speaks volumes on the subject.  But why does Elizabeth Bennet turn the corner in her love for Darcy when she sees Pemberley??  Burning question for the ages… I think Jane was romantic but practical after all?

I love how you capitalized ‘World’s Most Hopeless Romantic’ up above, and Austen is a fitting match for your title.

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10) If you could hang out with someone famous for a day, how would you spend the allotted time?

Truly, and I think you will not understand it but Wollstonecraft.  She wrote such twisted and unadulterated story (s).  I would love to sit and chat up with her about logic, framing, idea, and progression.  She would be fascinating.

I’ll have to check her out. :)

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11) Tell me about the inspiration for your current project.

I am writing the sixth novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” which is called “Conundrum,” and it will be freaking awesome!   A lot of people don’t know how I can top “Ransom” but “The Light-Bearer Series” is just beginning to kick up some Angel/Vampire dust!

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12) Is there a flavor of ice cream you just don’t understand? One that, by all rights, simply should not exist?

Haha, and it’s a favorite of a lot of people… coffee… why?  I mean I can’t get into coffee iced either.  I guess it’s because my Mom was raised by Greeks and I drank coffee as a little girl… always warm or hot.

See, I’m one of those people that love coffee ice cream. *hides*

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13) Additionally, what do you consider to be the stupidest fashion trend ever?

Board Straight Hair!!!  I mean really?  Nothing like being frustrated to the max with a hair straightener, so I just gave up.

Now that you’ve gotten to know Emily, if you’d like to try out her work, go to and fill out the form and get a FREE eBOOK emailed to you!  However, keep in mind you will be subject to standard copyright laws. :)  


About the Author:

Emily Guido is a new Paranormal Romance Author. She was inspired to start writing “Charmeine” because one day she got an idea of two characters that needed to have their story told. Not ever dreaming a week later she would have over a 100,000 words written. When Emily writes, it is similar to you or I watching a movie. She pictures the characters in her head going through vivid descriptions of each scene. There are so many nuances going through her mind that she cannot type fast enough.  The novels “Mactus,” “Accendo,” “Seditious,” and “Ransom,” are the continuation of the wonderful adventures of the inhabitants of The Castle Charmeine!

Emily is currently writing “Conundrum” the Sixth Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” She is currently working at a College full-time, and pursuing her Master of Business Administration.


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Indie Author Interview and Giveaway for Jen Kirchner’s Book Release: The Fourth Channel!

Dec 9th, 2012


Author Jen Kirchner passed me some tantalizing interview responses just as her new book, The Fourth Channel, hit the presses! Now I, the lucky (and conniving) duck I am, have already read The Fourth Channel, and I can assure you it’s fantastic urban fantasy reading you haven’t seen anywhere before. A necromancer with funny, talking, sacrificial knives? Oh, have I mentioned Kari, said necromancer, doesn’t *kill* anyone? They get better!

Here’s the lovely cover to The Fourth Channel. Ohh and ahh appropriately! Then, check out Jen’s interview and enter the drawing below. In case you don’t win you may want to consider adding it to your shelf on goodreads so you don’t forget about it. (Not that I’m calling you senile, but I know how you get…) Enjoy!

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The Fourth Channel Cover

The Fourth Channel

1. What type of stories do you write? 

The main goal of my stories is to make myself, and a few friends, laugh. I have written some very serious material, but I typically aim for slapstick Indiana Jones in an urban fantasy setting. The way I achieve that is by employing the idea of opposites—giving an important character a very negative impediment, as well as an opposing personality trait to combat it. For example, my main character in THE FOURTH CHANNEL is a necromancer. She gains insane magic power through sacrificing people, but she’s a pacifist. It makes defending herself incredibly difficult (and sometimes really funny).

Main characters who have to overcome challenges isn’t just funny, it makes them wonderfully real and three-dimensional. But yeah, your story is pretty darned hilarious. ;)

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2. How do you kick back, relax, and recharge your batteries?

I’m sure everyone expects this answer: I love to read! It’s true, though. I do. I also play a lot of video games. Yeah, I’m one of those girls. Gaming is a big passion for me.

Anyone who reads your blog will discover this, as you do some awesome reviews on games. (Hint to the gamer nerds out there, BTW.)

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3. What’s your favorite wine?

I love reds, especially a great Shiraz.

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4. I’m always searching out music for my playlist. What are you grooving to this week?

Since the winter holiday is upon us and I’m in the middle of planning my big cookie bake, I’m listening to Christmas music. Coincidentally, my absolute favorite holiday song is playing: Marshmallow World by Johnny Mathis. Don’t let anyone fool you with that Dean Martin version. It doesn’t hold a candle.

LOL, noted…

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5. What’s your personal peak of rabble rousing instigation?

I’m not an overt rabble rouser. If anything, I prefer the subtle, behind-the-scenes approach. In fact, you should think of me as a rabble-rousing muse. If something I do or say inspires someone to break out of their box and do something new and brave, my work is done…or has it just begun?

Rabble-rousing muse… I’m loving it! Oh wait, you just planted an #earworm! Look at you go! Grr!

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Here’s the official blurb for The Fourth Channel

For years, Kari Hunter’s fooled the world into thinking she’s just an everyday girl. Sure, she’s the lead singer of world-renowned band Vis Viva, but outside of that, she recycles religiously, is an avid supporter of the environment, and a certifiable coffee addict. But Kari has a secret she keeps from her family, friends, and her fans.

Kari Hunter is a necromancer.

The rarest and most powerful of all magic-born, necromancers are notorious for leaving a trail of sacrifices in their wake. But Kari isn’t interested in hurting anyone. She works hard at being as un-necromancer-like as possible: everyone she stabs gets a bandage and a lollipop, and whenever her sacrificial knives get too excited at the prospect of violence, she puts them in time-out… in her lingerie drawer.

But when an agent of voodoo master Ruairi O’Bryne catches Kari using her powers, her secret’s out. And if Ruairi finds out who Kari is, he’ll stop at nothing to make her his next sacrifice.

Go ahead and enter the rafflecopter giveaway below, add it to your goodreads to-read list, or just go ahead and buy it from Amazon today!

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Indie Author Interview – Keri Lake – Bonus Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

Dec 5th, 2012

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For today’s indie author interview we have a special treat. Not only is my friend Keri Lake, who writes edgy, dark, violent, paranormal romance series here today (can you guess why the two of us get along?), but she’s also doing a COVER REVEAL and an eBook GIVEAWAY!

The Cover Reveal is for SOUL AVENGED (Sons of Wrath, #1), and it’s at the bottom of this interview. Also, if you want to be entered for the FREE eBook copy of Soul Avenged 2 weeks before its released in either MOBI or ePub format, simply comment on this post and the all-powerful ME shall pick you at random to win! Bwahaha!

Yup, that’s how we’re gonna roll. So, without further ado, I give you: Keri Lake. :)

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1) What are the underlying themes of stories you write?

I actually weave vengeance into a lot of my stories.  It’s the common thread throughout my newest series.  And love, of course.

Keri Lake, Pro-Supe Flygirl Handler

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2) How do you kick back, relax, and recharge your batteries?

I’m in love with the ocean.  I’ve been vacationing to the beaches of North Carolina since I was young and I still look forward to these getaways.  It’s where I do my best thinking (and plotting), staring off at fishing boats all day long.

However, if I can’t get away like that, music usually helps me unwind at home.  I like sitting out on the deck in the evenings (uh, when it’s warm), listening to music while I write. 

Water is wonderfully calming! I know a number of writers tune into music to get into the groove. I often wonder how authors, before the age of recorded music, how did they surround themselves with music for inspiration? Perhaps they didn’t.

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3) What’s your favorite wine?

Hmmmm.  I don’t really have a favorite wine.  **dodges swing**  er, that is, until I get out to Colorado… 

My favorite drink would have to be a margarita – I suspect this goes back to my college days.  **coughs**

LOL, fair enough!

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4) I’m always searching out music for my playlist. What are you grooving to this week?

I just finished writing an anthology and needed some mellow (more than usual) music to go with it, so I’ve been listening to Birdy the past couple of weeks.  Otherwise, my staples are NIN, Deftones, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys, Flyleaf, Muse, Blood Red Shoes, The Black Keys and The XX.

Wow, our musical tastes are so similar. I don’t think I’ve even met anyone else who’s even heard of Flyleaf. ;) I’ll check out Birdy, because that one’s new to me.

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5) If you had a minion army, how would you use them?

Oooh.  I could really use a minion army.  And they’d all look like Gerard Butler.  Like…the King Leonidas version of him.  Le purr…  I’m pretty sure world domination would be a piece of cake.

I can see you’re working up to big plans here… I’ll expect to hear more in the future. :P

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6) When you rule the world, what style of dominion will you employ?

Laid.  Back.  Although I’d have a few directives in place.  Things like, you MUST wear casual clothes to work everyday – bonus points for jeans.  Anyone caught NOT vacationing four months out of the year will be incarcerated on some remote tropical paradise somewhere.  HBO must include Quinn in the upcoming season of True Blood (honestly, aside from Alcide, he’s the only reason I bothered to get hooked on the show – WTF HBO?).  Households must spend more time reading than watching TV.  Things like that.

Yeah, the problem with book to tv/movie adaptations is they toss out and invent characters at will. Irritates me too, especially when they’re fun folks like Quinn. Meh!

I’m completely behind TV monitoring. People need to discover something besides Honey Boo Boo. I mean, What The Hell is that noise? It’s people forgetting they can spend time with other humans, have meaningful projects of their own, and well, do something other than let their brains seep out through their ears, that’s what. Ugh.

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7) What’s your personal peak of rabble rousing instigation?

Ha!  It’s actually the quiet ones you have to watch out for…muahahahahaha!

Point taken. I’ll be keeping a closer eye on you from here on out.

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8) Who’s your favorite author? What about their work speaks to you?

You know, this question really depends on my mood.  If you saw my bookshelf, you’d probably tip your head and begin the psychoanalysis.  Sometimes it’s sexy and erotic, sometimes romantic, sometimes dark, sometimes dystopian.  I guess if I had to narrow it down to ONE author though, it’d be Anne Rice.  She’s kind of my ‘comfort’ read.  Her words are so eloquent.  Every time I crack one of her books for a ‘peek’, I end up getting sucked into her world.

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9) If you could hang out with someone famous for a day, how would you spend the allotted time?

I’d say Trent Reznor, but I’d probably be so damn nervous that I’d end up looking like an ass and remain mute the entire day.  I’d need someone to break me out of my shyness. I think Kresley Cole or Larissa Ione would be cool to hang out with.  We could whip up some margaritas and chat about sexy demon alphas!  Tim Burton would be another one – would love to meet him.

On Reznor’s final tour the hubs and I got backstage passes. I grinned like a fan girl fool for my picture with him. He’s short, yet incredibly intimidating.  I didn’t say much, which is completely unlike me, and I felt like a dolt afterwards. Oh well…now if you get the opportunity, you won’t feel so bad! (BTW, I’ll join you for margi’s with those gals anytime! ;) )

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10) Tell me about the inspiration for your upcoming/current project.

My current project, Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath, #1) is an entirely new series that sort of swept me away to the Land of Shiny.  This one is set in Detroit – gothic Detroit.  It’s dark, a bit more violent than my usual and has slightly steamier sex scenes.  There are a whole lot of supes in this series – demons, lycans, ghouls, nephilim.  I’m not sure what gave rise to it.  Just sort of smacked me upside the head.  I’ve always wanted to write about Detroit and as the plot progressed, it just seemed like the perfect setting.  I mentioned before, the theme is vengeance and my main character, Ayden, is a very strong but broken female.  It’s up on GoodReads right now for anyone who’d like to add it!

The best projects are the ones that knock you upside the head and demand to be written, IMHO. :) I’m looking forward to reading it.

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11) Finally, is there a flavor of ice cream you just don’t understand? One that, by all rights, simply should not exist?

Neapolitan.  If you’re going to mix three flavors, at LEAST make them some variety of chocolate!  Sheesh!

Psst: I was never a fan either. #highfive

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And now, the cover reveal for SOUL AVENGED (Sons of Wrath, #1)! This officially releases February 6th on Amazon, but go ahead and add it to your goodreads to-read list today! Remember, to be eligible to win the free eBook you must comment on this post. EBooks will be distributed January 23rd by the author but I’ll announce the winner December 8th. Good luck!

Soul Avenged Cover 

Soul Avenged - A Sons of Wrath Novel

 The Official Book Blurb:

Ayden’s suburban home was invaded by a pack of Lycans.

The brutal attack is the only memory she carries of her former life.

Now, one motive burns in her soul:


 The Sons of Wrath—a brood of vengeance-dealing warrior demons—band with Ayden to hunt the Lycans on Detroit’s most deadly feeding grounds.

Kane Walker should’ve been her easiest kill.

 Unfortunately, the newly bitten Lycan has something she wants—clues that may finally lay her past to rest.  To reach them, she must be willing to submit to the sensual pleasures awakened by his touch.

Time is running out.

 In seven days, Kane will become what Ayden despises most.  She can halt his transformation but the antidote requires the ultimate sacrifice.  As the beast takes hold, Kane becomes more of a threat.

 Ayden must choose between her lust for revenge, or surrender to her enemy and discover a horrible truth.

 Sons of Wrath

Never gamble with vengeance …



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