Friday, June 17, 2011

Ghost-Vampire Chat at CTR - June 18th

      Love the Ghost/Vampire genre? Then you don't want to miss out on the fun, chats, contest giveaways and meeting a few new authors in the genres. I will be at the chat all day with five other authors so hop over to Coffee Time Romance and join us sometime Saturday. You must be a registered user at CoffeeTimeRomance so hop over and get registered before the chat starts in the Latte Lounge.

      Contests: Send an email to me at deanna.jewel at with 'VAMPIRE/GHOST CHAT GIVEAWAY' in the subject line during the day puts you in all the drawings - until 11:30 PM PDT! Do NOT miss this opportunity to win e-books, signed paperbacks, and gift cards!

See that orb beneath the bench? 
This is from the ship 'Star of India' in San Diego

Click the photo to enlarge it -
Now can you see all the orbs in THIS photo?
This is the Corboba Hotel in San Diego - I took this pic

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Contests and more contests!

May Contest Winners:  Selina W and Linda T

Congratulations ladies!! 

It's Always Contest Time!

I just wanted to give many of you some links to contest websites for those of you who love doing this! These are just a few; there are so many. Some contests will net you paperbacks, ebooks, gift cards and more. I hope you're able to check out a few. Links such as Fresh Fiction have over 50 contests going on by various authors. You might even stumble upon a few new authors and that's a good thing!

Have fun and let me know if this was a good idea by posting a few links. I also have links on my website's Contest Page for you, go there and bookmark it so you will always have it. You can hop over there any time. Have fun entering!

Do you know of a link I don't have posted? Please include the link in a comment so others can go there, too. Sharing is a wonderful thing!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Author Interview - Ali Kane - Paranormal Author

     Thank you all for joining us. For those who love to read about the vampire worlds, I have a special treat for you. I'm glad you found your way through the woods to learn more about today's author and his character, who will be joining us shortly. The setting of our interview is in Snagov Monastery in Romania. The time is 1AM. I know the candles don't provide a lot of light so let's stay close together, for warmth as well as ...*looking into the dark corners* ...for protection.

Deanna:  Kane, thank you for being with us today. I have to ask, why this location?

Kane:  It is quiet. Bit windy though.

Deanna:  Where is he now?

Kane:  He will arrive precisely when he arrives.

Deanna: Well, let’s get started. What made you want to become a writer?

Kane: My affinity for horror movies early sparked interest in me to create my own stories. I admit, the first few short stories were very dark. It seems I carried that darkness with me for decades to come.

Deanna:  Do you write under a pen name?

Kane: Just Kane.

Deanna: As authors, we love all of our characters. Is there a certain type of character that is easier to write than another?

Kane:  I find that a character that is real and easily identifiable is easiest to capture in word form. Especially one as persuasive as Aleron. In fact, I invite you to Google Vlad, or the sisters Raya and Sakina from the book .You may be intrigued from what you’ll find.To learn about Aleron and his book, click HERE and HERE for the blurb and other interviews, but be warned, he IS addicting!

Deanna:  *my gaze darts behind Kane, ever watchful for moving shadows* Do you read in the same genre that you write in?

Kane:  I actually read all kinds of books in many different genres. However the most fascinating ones are indeed fantasy fiction.

Deanna:  Tell us about a typical day in your life as a writer.

Kane:  Writing is a full time job. I wake up. I exercise. And then I allow the spirit to move me. Sometimes I write all day. Sometimes I write only at night and into the wee hours of the morning. Some days, I simply read other books. There have been times where I would awake out of a dream and be inspired to write at that exact moment! That is when I find the crux of my ideas are born.

Deanna:  Most of us have pretty vivid imaginations when it comes to story lines. Where do your story ideas come from?

Kane: The Strigoi Series idea came from a love affair I have had with the undead for some time now. I am a fan of Bram Stoker and Anne Rice, and subsequently felt a need going unfulfilled to cater to their audiences. Many of my other ideas come from my experiences in life in general. Whether I’m in the local mall or Starbucks, I observe, scheme, and plot until I have enough to outline a good book.

Deanna:  Kane, What are you doing when you are not writing.

Kane:  I’m an avid movie goer and game player! Anything worth watching I’m there.

Deanna: Ah, our other guest has arrived! *carefully taking a step to the side* Aleron, welcome! What are you doing when you are not sucking some unfortunate victims blood?

Aleron:  Watching. Waiting. Wanting.

Deanna:  Why did you choose Kane to write your story?

Aleron:  I had been watching Kane for years. I knew he would tell my tale in a most magnificent way, has he not?

Deanna:  Kane, how did you come to meet Aleron?

Kane: I believe it was he that allowed it. I was walking to my car late on a winter night and one moment I was alone, then in the next he was with me.

Deanna:  Were you afraid?

Kane: Wouldn’t you be? Here's a link to another review of the book.

Deanna:  *pulling up the collar of my coat...for warmth* Aleron, why did you not drink Kane’s blood?

Aleron:  This world of the living is more exciting with him amongst you.

Deanna:  Anything else you would like the world to know about you or your kind?

Aleron:  Of course; However, you must read the book to know.

Deanna: Kane and Aleron, thank you so much for being with us. Readers, please leave a comment if you enjoyed meeting these two today or leave a question for them. Be careful on your out, it's dark - please stay together and don't leave alone!

Kane:  I invite you to visit my website and enjoy the other pages. Thank you all for coming....Aleron has enjoyed meeting all of you!

Contest giveaway is a signed hard cover copy of ‘Aleron’. Please leave a comment with your email addy if you'd like to be in the drawing!