Author Spotlight: Best selling Author Emerald Barnes

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EB: Thanks for having me, Sylvia! It’s a pleasure being on your blog again.


SS:   What can you tell us about your latest book?


EB: My latest book, Delivered by Angels, will be released at the end of May (if all goes well and we stay on schedule). It’s the second full book in the Entertaining Angels series. It will focus on some of our favorite characters: Mads and Chase, but it will focus on some new ones as well. There’s a new angel who has to help the character who is the main focus.


SS:   How is it different from the first one?  How is it the same?


EB: It’s different because it deals with a much darker topic. I deal with difficult topics such as abuse, self-harm and suicide in book two. It’s the same because we see how much God loves us, how He sends angels to help those who can’t seem to find their way out of the darkness. It’s still a spiritual fight, and although our favorites from book one are there, they’re a bit older and dealing with different problems.



SS:    What was the inspiration behind it?


EB: God mostly. He wanted this story written, but I also wanted to bring the darkness of suicide, depression, and self-harm to light. I want people to be aware of how awful it is for those who deal with any of these. We should be aware of the darkness and let those who suffer from any of these know that God loves them, we love them, and we want to help in any way that we can.


SS:  What can you share about the new characters and are the characters from your first book of Entertaining Angels in this book?


EB: Lexi Johnson is a self-harmer. She’s the main focus on the story. God has brought together a team to save her. We also have a new angel, Roxanne or Roxy for short. She’s a little more “human” than Zach. Her emotions tend to get the better of her. DJ is our new guy, our love interest for Lexi. He’s also been abused, but he doesn’t like for everyone to know that. Mads, Chase and Zach are back. Madison is a counselor now, and Chase is working as a youth pastor. Zach is back, guiding Roxy and the others as they help save Lexi from herself.


SS:   What is the main theme of this book?


EB: The main theme of this book is pretty much the same as Entertaining Angels. We’re focusing on loving yourself but also, letting people know that they aren’t alone in their struggles. They have God and others who care about them and want to help them.


SS:    What is your writing process?


EB: My writing process is kind of spastic. I don’t have a set way to write. I just write when I have the time, edit, find some beta readers, edit again, and then I send it off to my editor where we edit again.


SS:;   Did writing this new book take you through different emotions?


EB: It did. It was much sadder than I had anticipated. I knew it wouldn’t be easy to write, but I wasn’t prepared for how difficult of a subject this was to broach. I found myself crying, laughing, and happy throughout different parts of the story.


SS;  What can you share about the main protagonist in your story?


EB: Lexi is tortured. She’s been abused and forgotten. She can’t deal with her own pain, so she cuts to feel something, to control something. She’s hurting, and she doesn’t think anyone can ever help her.


SS:  What message would you like your readers to take away from this book?


EB: That they aren’t alone. I don’t want them to feel like they have to deal with this all by themselves. There is always someone out there willing to help them. And God loves them. He will help them, too.


SS:   What is something we would be surprised to know about you?


EB: I’m currently taking a break from reading. *ducks* l know it’s weird, but I’m kind of burnt out on reading for a while.


Thank you again for being here.


EB: Thanks for having me! It’s been fun!





Bio: Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews. She’s 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.



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Author Spotlight Young Adult Award winning Alicia Rades

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SS: Thank you so much for being here first and foremost!


SS:   What can you tell us about your latest book?

AR: My most recent book is Desire in Frost, the second book in the Crystal Frost series. I also have a third coming out in June. Desire in Frost follows the story of a teen psychic named Crystal Frost. In this book, she is investigating the abduction of a young girl from her hometown.


SS:   How is it different from the first one?  How is it the same?

AR: The storyline is different from the first one, but you get to see the same characters—and even new ones—from the first book.


SS:    What was the inspiration behind it?

AR: I wrote the first book as part of NaNoWriMo 2013. I chose to write about a teen psychic because that’s the kind of books I love reading, and the story evolved out of that. I knew I wanted to stick with the characters for more than one book, so I continued with Desire in Frost as part of NaNoWriMo 2014.


SS:  What can you share about the new characters?

AR: Robin is one of the biggest new characters in this book. He’s Teddy’s nephew (Teddy is Crystal’s mom’s boyfriend). He tags along on their trip to Florida to visit his grandparents, and he ends up helping Crystal with her mystery.


We also explore more about Hope, the young girl who was abducted and was mentioned in the first book. Other characters include Scott, Penny, and Lauren along with a few minor characters, but I don’t want to give too much away.


SS:    What is your writing process?


AR: I wouldn’t say my writing process is anything special. I start with an idea and then flesh it out with a storyline. Then I work on the first draft. I like to just sit down and go with the first draft, so it doesn’t usually take me too long. I’ve written first drafts in 10 days before. It’s usually around two months or less.


Then when I’m done with the first draft, I’ll let it sit for a while, return and self-edit, and repeat. After I’m a bit more confident in my story, I let other people read it and give me feedback. Then I edit again, get more feedback, repeat. When the story is ready, I send it off to a proofreader, read it again for errors, order a proof copy, read again, and then publish.


SS:   What can you share about the main protagonist in your story?

AR: Crystal Frost is the hero. She’s a young girl who recently discovered she has psychic powers. She’s still somewhat unsure of them, but she’s willing to help whoever needs her.


SS:  What message would you like your readers to take away from this book?

AR: I mostly wrote this book for entertainment, but one thing Crystal learns throughout the series is to embrace who she is and to use that to help other people. I think that’s something anyone can take away from this series.


SS:   What is something we would be surprised to know about you?

AR: One thing that might surprise you is that I have written and published all my books while going to school full-time.






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Bio: Alicia Rades is an award-winning young adult paranormal author with a love for supernatural stories set in the modern world. When she’s not plotting out fiction novels, she’s running her own professional writing business, plowing her way through her never-ending reading list, or preparing for the backpacking trips she takes every summer. In college, Alicia majored in communications with an emphasis on professional writing. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two cats.

Author Spotlight with Author Carol Cassada



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SS: Thank you so much for being here today Carol.

CC:   Thank you for having me.

SS: First and foremost, tell us about yourself?

CC: Thanks for having me here Sylvia. I live in Virginia, I come from a small town called Ringgold and there’s really nothing much to do here. I’ve always loved reading since I was a child, but it wasn’t until high school when my passion for writing began. I took a creative writing course and I fell in love with writing, that’s when I knew this is what I wanted to do with my life. After graduating from college in 2008, I began working on my first book and a little over a year later it was published. Since then, I’ve written several other books and I have plenty of more in the works. When I’m not busy writing, I love to read, cook, and play with my pets.



SS:When did you first get into writing?


CC:I became interested in writing during my sophomore year of high school. I was going through a difficult time and writing became a form of escapism for me. I loved using my imagination to create stories and I found that it helped relax me.


SS:What can you tell us about your books?


CC:Going Home Again is my first book and it’s a romance novel, that was my first time writing in the genre. Before that, I’d never thought of writing romance until I read my first Harlequin novel and was inspired to write in the genre. As for the Westmore series, it was inspired by my love of soap operas. It has all the elements you’d expect to see in the shows; family sagas, drama, romance, and betrayal.



SS: What can you share about your latest work?


CC:Currently, I’m in the midst of publishing Westmore 7. It’s been finished for a while, but due to a busy schedule I haven’t had time to publish it, but I’m planning to in the next couple of months.


SS:What was the inspiration behind it and also behind your books?


CC:As I mentioned earlier, the series was influenced by my love of soap operas. Westmore takes place in a small town and follows the lives of three families. Throughout the series the characters experience their share of drama, heartache, and other happy moments.


SS:What can you tell us about the characters?


CC:In total, there’s about 20 characters in the series and each one is different in their own way. You have the rich couple, Andrew and Elizabeth Braxton, widow Charlotte Green, rockstars Scott and Alicia, and businessman Stan Reynolds. Each character has a unique personality and storyline, and in the books you see how they interact and connect with each other.


SS:Do you have a specific writing routine?


CC: I write whenever I have time and when the moment hits me. I used to try to write everyday, but now my schedule’s busy and I don’t write much during the weekdays. On weekends, I like to relax and get some writing in, I found that’s when I’m able to get a lot accomplished.


SS:What advice do you have for those aspiring writers?


CC: The best advice I can give aspiring writers is don’t give up. In this day and age, publishing is tough and there’s going to be difficult times, but you can’t give up on your dream. You have to keep pushing on during your writing journey.


SS:Are you currently working on something new at the moment?


CC:I’m currently working on volume 8 in the Westmore series, which I hope to release by the end of this year or early next year.  Aside from that I’m working on some short stories for anthologies. I’m also planning a sequel to Going Home Again and I’ve got a bunch of other book ideas that I eventually want to work on.


SS:What is your favorite type of books?


CC:I’ll read just about anything. I love reading different type of genres, everything from romance to mystery to horror. As long as the story’s good, I’ll read it.


SS:What is something we would be surprised to know about you?


CC:One thing I think people will be surprised to learn is I collect angel figurines. I’ve been collecting them for years now and I estimate I have over a hundred figurines.

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Carol Cassada is an author, who hails from the small town of Ringgold, VA.
From a very early age she loved to read and by the time she reached high school, she fell in love with writing and knew she wanted to become a writer.


She started her writing journey in the winter of 2008 when she wrote her first book, Going Home Again. Since then, she’s released 6 more books, all part of the Westmore series. Although romance is her main focus, she loves to explore all genres and has many more projects in the works.

When she’s not busy cranking out books, Carol loves to spend time with her family, play with her pets, catch up on reading, and blog about her life and love of soap operas.




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Author Spotlight Lynette White


Author Spotlight: Lynette White

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SS: Thank you so much for being here today Lynette.

LW:  Happy to be hear today.



SS: First and foremost, tell us about yourself?

LW:  I grew up in a tiny town in Central Montana.  Being a sickly child, I spent a lot of time reading so I developed a love for it at a young age.  Right out of High School I set out to explore the world with limited success.  There is still a lot of the world I want to experience.


After two failed marriages I spent a lot of years being a single mom.  I am now at the point in my life when I answer to no one but the cat.  My son is married to a wonderful woman and I have 2 beautiful granddaughters.  I also have a second son who was a homeless teen that we took in and 10 years later he is still a part of our family.  He is also married and has a little girl and a two month old son.


I am an independent spirit by nature, almost to a fault.  Asking for help is always a struggle for me.  On the flip side I am not afraid to take on a challenge head on.


SS: When did you first get into writing?

LW: My first desire to write was  sparked by  my high school English teacher during the creative writing semesters.  She was the first one to see I had a true talent for writing.



SS: What can you tell us about your books?

LW: I have 18 stories dispersed throughout 9 anthologies published by Professor Limn Books and A good tale.  Also through Professor Limn books is a progressive fantasy that I wrote with 4 other authors who to this date have never met in person.


My personal series: The Destiny Series, is a dark fantasy series.  If you are tired of the clear cut good guy vs bad guy story the Destiny series is for you.  I intentionally developed a complex story line where the reader is never really sure which side of the line the characters are standing on.  They will find themselves immersed in that gray area where right and wrong is a matter of opinion and can change with the snap of  a finger.

You can view all of my books on my website and there are links there to purchase them.!my-releases/cjhp



SS:What can you share about your latest work?

LW: My latest work is titled Enemy Unmasked and is the second book in the Destiny Series.  The first  book ( The Enemy Within) introduces the reader to the twin cities of Tarson and Salaria. The twin cities have fallen victim to raids and Salaria  Second Commander Shadoe Van Ives is determined to  find out who is behind them.  What he discovers is a conspiracy that has infected both cities and the people he trusted the most are compromised.  In Enemy Unmasked the city of Salaria has suffered tremendous losses after two horrific battles in less than a week.  Demoralized, frustrated, and exhausted; Shadoe learns that the corrupt High Priest is the least of his worries.  Enemies far more dangerous are gathering their forces.



SS: What was the inspiration behind it and also behind your stories?

LW: The inspiration behind this series actually dates back about 3 decades. The characters and  world were originally designed as Dungeons and Dragons characters.  After 25 years of actively playing I decided to retire my world and all the characters.  From there it was a natural transition to the series.


I draw my  inspiration for everything I write from the human condition I witness everyday. Whether I am writing a 1000 word flash fiction, or an entire novel, I always have a theme in mind before I write the first words.  I want my readers to be touched long after they read the last word.


SS: What can you tell us about the characters?

LW: The characters in the Destiny Series are very complex and plagued with Demons only they understand.  Shadoe Van Ives for example is a garrison commander but he was forced into that warrior’s life by his father.  Shadoe and his father Sander have a tumultuous relationship on a good day. Years of bitter feuding have created a chasm that may never heal. However, if there is any hope of saving the cities these two men must come together.


Shadoe’s twin sister Coriane is the direct opposite of her twin.  Where he is demanding, relentless, and even heartless she is kind, forgiving, gentle, and compassionate. Together they balance each other out.


Other characters include Tamaron Carnell, cousin to the twins and Sander’s second in line. Tamaron is Shadoe’s moral compass. Mistross Oakwood and his wife Whitliff are two elves who call Salaria home, and have accomplished a level of respect from the humans that no elf would ever  dream of.  Rounding out the characters is Bengaman Carnell (Tamaron’s father) and Thomason  Stenson (Salaria High Priest ). Bengaman , Thomason , and Sander founded the twin cities and have a tremendous amount of power.


SS: Do you have a specific writing routine?

LW: No, I don’t.  However, I am primarily a pantzer.  I rarely have any notes before I write anything.  I just let the thoughts swirl around in my brain until they spill out onto the page.


SS: What advice do you have for those aspiring writers?


LW: The same advice I have been given over and over again.  Write, write, and write some more.  When you don’t feel like writing  sit your tale in that chair and write.


SS: What is something we would be surprised to know about you?


LW: I get extremely anxious in crowds. If I am separated by a table or something I am fine, but to go into a big crowd of people freaks me out.


SS: Are you currently working on something new at the moment?


LW: I am currently working on a story for Writers of the Future, DragonComet contest, and I will be starting on book three of the Destiny Series within the next few weeks.


SS:  Thank you again Lynette White !

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Author Spotlight Heather Kirchhoff



SS:   Thank you So much for being here with us today Heather.



HK: Thanks for having me.


SS:   Thank you for being here.

SS:  First of all can you tell us about yourself?


HK:  I live in a small town in Missouri where I work at a nursig home, and have a dog and four cats. I became a bookworm back in sixth grade when my teacher suggested the Phantom Stallion series by Terri Farley and instantly fell in love. I love reading paranormal stories, plus some love ones here and there. Writing is my passion—it helps me escape the world for awhile, as well as reading—I don’t know what I’d do without it. I just love it. When I’m not writing, I am reading, working, taking walks, taking pictures, or spending time with my animals and family.

SS:  When did you know you wanted to be a writer?


It all started when I was reading Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I wanted to make others feel how I felt at the end. Alyson Noel’s Evermore made me want to write even more, and Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy sealed the deal.



SS:    What type of Genre do you prefer writing?

HK:  I want to write in  several genres. I don’t want to be limited to just one.


SS:   Do you have a specific writing process?    Or are you more of a write as you go?

HK: I write as I go. I only know what’ll happen in the beginning and sometimes the end. I usually only know a little of what will happen in the middle.

SS:    How many books have you published?

HK: Five so far. I’m also in twelve anthologies.

SS:   Tell us about your latest work?

HK: I don’t want to give away anything that’ll be happening in Wildest Dream, so here’s the summary.

SS:  I understand.



Elizabeth Freeman is hiding a dark secret.


When her job burns down, she flees from her hometown to Branson for a couple weeks. There she meets someone who’s cocky, yet kind. Once he sets his sights on her, it’s hard for Elizabeth to walk away. She knows that getting close to anyone could be dangerous, but can she resist the strong urge to allow the stranger in? Especially knowing she’d never see him again in two weeks?


After the two weeks, Elizabeth comes back home to discover a huge surprise for her. Relieved and excited, she starts preparing for her future until she learns something startling. Something that will change everything.  Copyright Heather Kirchhoff

SS: Wow Heather sounds amazing.

SS:   What can you tell us about your characters?

HK: I don’t want to give anything away, and if I say too terribly much I know I will. Sarah has a little bit of me in her. She’s been through a lot, and I have as well. No one knows what she struggles with every day. She’s pushed constantly, and I know a lot of people can relate to that. I wanted to write about what bullying or a death can do to someone. The Last Night is that story.

SS:    What are you working on currently?

HK:  I’m working on fixing up my series, and then I’ll be writing the final book. I’m also working on a standalone, Wildest Dream.


SS:    What advice do you have for other writers?

HK: Just sit and write. Don’t worry about if something makes sense or not, or if you like the scene you just wrote. You can always fix it up later.

SS:  Thank you again Heather!








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