Holiday blog hop is featuring the awesome Kate Foster!

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

Name and LWP affiliation: Kate Foster, Editorial Director 

Blog URL: http://lakewaterpress.com/index.php/blog-2/

Where do you live? Gold Coast, Australia

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Well, absolutely zero if I stay home! Christmas is during the summer on this side of the world which means hot, humid, and delightful! Back in England, where I lived in the south east of the country until my mid-thirties, it snowed once on Christmas Day; otherwise it was cold, grey, and drizzly. L

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? Christmas Day has changed a little for me since moving to Australia. It’s the same but different, and I’m pretty happy to embrace the new traditions we’re creating as a family. I mean, a lot is the same, like we always start the day opening the prezzies Father Christmas left in our stockings; then we pile into the lounge together in the hope he’s left more under the tree. My husband and I enjoy a cappuccino and a glass of Buck’s Fizz whilst the prezzie opening occurs. Breakfast is always pain au chocolat with strawberries and blueberries! But from then it has changed immensely, because during the next few hours whilst dinner is prepared and we chill, we phone England to wish the family merry Christmas and tend to have a swim because it’s usually so freaking hot! However, to answer the question a little more precisely, my favourite part of the day has to be the evening tree presents. My dad’s family always handed out a final flurry of quirky gifts in the evening when the sun had set, and it’s a tradition we don’t want to let go of.

Egg nog: Yes or No? No. It’s Buck’s Fizz for me!

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? Basic paper and tape, I’m afraid. But I’m a wrapping machine and it’s all about quantity not quality! I see the whole experience as a type of therapy: bottle of wine/beer, big pile of gifts, wrap and move, wrap and move.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? No specific holiday memories really, but I don’t believe I’ve had a Christmas go by when I haven’t received at least one book as a gift! My book haul each Christmas is impressive. The one title that definitely draws those Christmas smells and feels from the bank at any time of year is The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. There was some woodland close to my home in England and when it did snow or was freezing during those winter months, the whole place would ice over and sparkle and light up like Narnia.

What is your earliest book-related memory? The Enormous Turnip. I remember reading it over and over and over again but they are very distant memories, only snippets. A clearer memory is from when I was probably six and reading Enid Blyton behind my raised desk lid in class!

Do you write/work during the holidays? My kids have their big summer holiday over Christmas so I definitely don’t produce as much work then as during other times of year, but I always try to spend time on my own projects, as well as keeping in touch with the Lakewater team, networking, socialising with readers, and so much more. So, erm, yeah, I work!

Can you share what you’re working on now? Well, maybe … I am in the midst of reading and editing several titles Lakewater will be releasing next year. Some are sequels and some from new authors. We have spies, friends, blood, and love, to name some of the themes.

What are your goals for 2018? To continue bringing more incredibly entertaining titles to the hands of readers, and meeting and mingling with more amazing readers and authors every day.

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It’s time to learn about Jodi Gallegos on the Holiday Blog Hop!

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For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

QUESTIONS:

Name and LWP affiliation:  Jodi Gallegos Acquisitions & Marketing Assistant 

Your blog (url): Jodigallegos.com

Where do you live? Grand Junction, CO

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Pretty slim in my opinion, and based on my research (because I love to research!) my town has had only 18 Christmases with more than a trace amount of snow since 1893, and only 3 of those had more than an inch of accumulation. (*considers moving north*)

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions?

My husband, sons and I usually start the Christmas season on Thanksgiving night when we watch Christmas Vacation for the first of several times. We host a potluck for our extended family on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day is all about relaxing (after the early morning wake-up call & present unwrapping)

Egg nog: Yes or No? Yes

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior?  Wrapping paper & tape. With my kids though, all my wrapping paper is superhero or Star Wars theme. We have very little feminine or “pretty” paper.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? I remember the glow of the Christmas lights on my very first Little House on the Prairie books. Several years later I remember the thrill of opening my first two Stephen King books: Cujo and Christine. They were all I’d asked for & it was so hard to decide which to read first (I settled on Christine).

 

What is your earliest book-related memory? I remember going to the book-mobile with my babysitter every week during summer. My best memories though, are of laying on the floor of my mom’s side of the bed reading her books (Clan of the Cave Bear & Flowers in the Attic). She never said anything about it. I like to think she was of the enlightened belief that as long as I was reading, it didn’t matter what.

Do you write/work during the holidays? I stay busy with my day job during the holidays. I don’t usually write or edit though. I take the slower pace of those few days to relax, read & watch movies.

Can you share what you’re working on now? I’m revising my YA light fantasy. I’m also working on a sequel to my NA romance that is releasing Dec 5th, 2017.

What are your goals for 2018? To have two new books ready for submission. Find at least one more top notch submission for Lakewater Press. Read lots. Vacation.

 

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James L. Weaver is featured on our Blog Hop today! And there’s a #giveaway!

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

Name and LWP affiliation: James L. Weaver – LWP Author

Your blog (url): www.jameslweaver.net

Where do you live? Olathe, Kansas – a suburb of Kansas City. The name means beautiful or fine, and Olathe served as a stopping point at the Oregon, California and Santa Fe Trails.

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? As of now, “a wintry mix” is possible which means we’ll be sure to get a mix of rain or sleet to make the roads treacherous for traveling and embolden my desire to move to Phoenix.

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? We have the holiday present opening tradition of going in order from youngest to oldest. The next person cannot go until the previous person has had ample time to unwrap, admire and thank the giver of the gift profusely. During big family gatherings, this can be an exhausting experience.

Egg nog: Yes or No? Dear Lord, a thousand times no. Step One of drinking egg nog? Throw the carton in the trash.

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? I am a warrior. As long as the paper covers the gift and there is so much tape that the opener can’t locate a seam to start the unwrapping process, I am happy.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? One of my favorite memories involves the Lord of the Rings books. One Christmas, we bought my dad a J.R.R. Tolkien calendar that had this really cool artwork from Lord of the Rings. I sat on my dad’s lap and he told me the stories of each one of the pictures.

What is your earliest book-related memory? Reading “The Hungry Thing” by Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler when I was in kindergarten. We did a school play where I got the role of The Hungry Thing and asked for shmancakes and tickles and feetloaf and gollipops. I think the costume was just a bed sheet and a cardboard sign hung around my neck that said “Feed Me”.

Do you write/work during the holidays? I seem to have a hard time using my vacation throughout the year, so I usually take off work for the two weeks around Christmas and plan on getting quite a bit of writing done.

Can you share what you’re working on now? Right now, I’m working on Book 4 of the Jake Caldwell series. I’ve written a few chapters as I knew exactly how it would start, but was a little fuzzy on how it would end. I’m working on outlining the rest of it as we speak. I have the ending done (since you have to know where you’re going) and am plotting the middle to get me there. I don’t want to give too much away on the plot since it follows directly on the outcomes of Blackbird Road which is Book 3 of the Jake Caldwell series.

What are your goals for 2018? 2018 should be a great year! Blackbird Road will be released in early 2018 and Book 4 later in the year. Two books in one year will be pretty ambitious, but we’re going to do it! There’s also some potential fantastic news about my first self-published book Jack & Diane that I’m hoping to share. It’s been polished and revamped (and available on Amazon). I also plan to start outlining a book featuring Bear Parley, Jake’s best friend and everyone’s favorite character from the Jake Caldwell series. So, it should be a very busy writing year in the Weaver house!

 

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A Shine That Defies The Dark by Jodi Gallegos! New release!!

I’m pleased to share Jodi Gallegos new release blitz for A Shine That Defies the Dark!

 

 

 

A Shine That Defies The Dark
Jodi Gallegos
Published by: Changing Tides Publishing
Publication date: December 5th 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance

Gripping, romantic, and evocative of its time— A Shine that Defies the Dark is a spellbinding story of one woman who will stop at nothing to survive during a tumultuous time in American history.

 

After a six-year exile, Ophelia Breaux and her mother are overjoyed to return to the Louisiana bayou. But it seems the ghosts of the epic feud that drove them away still haunt Plaquemines Parish, and with the Great Depression sweeping the nation, the two soon find they can’t make ends meet.

 

Seeing no other option, Ophelia’s mother takes the drastic step of sharing her bed with the town judge in exchange for a reduced rent. The judge has had a life-long obsession with Momma, and Ophelia is desperate to end this arrangement and get her away from him.

 

When Remy Granger shows up, Ophelia knows it could mean more trouble—and that’s the last thing they need. Handsome and dangerous, he’s the first boy she ever kissed, and a member of the most notorious family in southern Louisiana—but he’s also got an opportunity for fast money in rumrunning. Ophelia goes all in, and it turns out she may have a knack for the business. But she’s going to have to run even faster if she wants to save Momma… dodging the cops, rival gangs, and her traitorous heart at every turn.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

The air was dense with the heat and moisture of late spring in the bayou. Crickets chirped, frogs croaked nearby, and the gentle slush of water slapped against the shore.

 

The trail was uneven and difficult to traverse in the dark. Dixie and I grasped at each other to keep from falling. The T-strap shoes I’d worn didn’t have a terribly high heel, but my ankles threatened to roll with every step nonetheless. I was sure Dixie’s higher heels would be the end of her if we didn’t find even ground soon.

 

I lifted the hem of my trumpet skirt, the material thin and ragged. It wouldn’t stand many more repairs. I didn’t want to risk it being snagged by the loose twigs that swiped at us as we followed the dark trail.

 

The faint sounds of zydeco music drifted on the air and made its way through the trees. A happy chirping melody from an accordion and fiddle filled the night. The tension I’d been carrying floated away with the buoyant melody. My heart began to beat in time to the scratching tempo of the frottoir, and I might have begun dancing right there had my ankles not threatened to roll yet again.

 

Just as I was about to declare that no moonshine was worth a forced march through gator-infested swamps, the trees opened up and I saw a barn at the edge of a pond. Yellow light seeped through the open doors and between the weathered slats. There were a few cars parked along the structure, as well as in the clearing behind it, and two horses were tied to the low-hanging branches of a tree near the door.

 

The Granger boys hadn’t so much set up a speakeasy as they’d taken possession of an abandoned barn and opened the doors for anyone willing to take the risk along with them.

 

“Look, Ophelia, it’s perfect!” Dixie laughed. She grabbed my hand and pulled me through the line of people streaming toward the doors.

 

I stopped short and pointed to the roof of the barn. “That boy has a gun.”

 

Simon Carre ambled past me. “There’s two in the trees and one over there, too.” He pointed toward the field, but didn’t stop walking.

 

Dixie pulled on my hand. “Claude Moret’s gang beat Tully Bishop near to death for settin’ up his own business,” she said. “The Grangers ain’t about to take that chance. Besides, the danger’s what makes it fun.”

 

Dixie’s enthusiasm was infectious. My reluctance was serving no purpose. As cautious as I’d intended to be during our illegal escapade, apprehension melted away as soon as I passed through the open doors. For the first time in five months, I felt like I was just a girl again. Tonight there was no sadness. My only responsibility was to enjoy life back in the most vibrant place on earth.

 

 

 

 

 

Author Bio:

 

Jodi is a YA writer, black belt, registered nurse and case manager for a busy home health agency. She lives with her husband, three sons and an evolving herd of undisciplined animals in Colorado. She has a well-earned fear of bears, but tolerates the Teddy and Gummy variety. She has been obsessed with books, both reading and writing them, for most of her life and prefers the written word to having actual conversations. The most current projected completion date of her To Be Read book collection is May 17, 2176.

 

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Emma Wicker is featured on our Holiday Blog Hop

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

Today’s interviewee:

Name and LWP affiliation: Emma Wicker. A/NA acquisitions and creative director.

Your blog (url): www.elwicker.com

Where do you live? On the US Star Ship Voyager.

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Slim, but not impossible.

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? Yes! I love eating pigs in blankets on Christmas morning for breakfast.

Egg nog: Yes or No? I’ve never tried it! It’s not really a ‘thing’ here in Britain on the US Star Ship Voyager.

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? I try to be artistic, I really do. So… I would say I’m a failed artistic gift wrapper. The replicator does a great job, though.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember

? I once got The Complete Works of Hans Christian Anderson for Christmas from my Aunt. That was cool. Might try a holo-novel this year.

What is your earliest book-related memory? Probably when I threw a tantrum because Bilbo wasn’t the main character in Lord of the Rings. I refused to read on when I discovered that. Stubborn.

Do you write/work during the holidays? Of course!

Can you share what you’re working on now? I don’t know. Do you have level 10 clearance?

What are your goals for 2018? I want to find a stunning romance for Lakewater Press. Something like Mia Sheridan – you know, grips your heart from start to finish and makes you ugly cry but cheer with happiness too. That’s a big goal of mine.

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Holiday Blog Hop is featuring me today

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

Name and LWP affiliation: Barbara Quinn Author

Your blog (url):Fiftyshadesofgrayhair.com

Where do you live? I split time between Bradley Beach, NJ and Holmes Beach, FL

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? I’m usually left Dreaming of a White Christmas..about 20% chance of snow in my NY/NJ area.

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? I come from a large Italian-American family so FOOD is a religious experience, especially at Christmas time. Christmas Eve is a seafood extravaganza.On Christmas Eve we celebrate The Feast of the Seven Fishes, but it can rise to 13 after arguing. It’s a wonderful night, filled with all manner of fish dishes, embarrassing stories, and much laughter and yelling.

Egg nog: Yes or No? Nooooo!

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? Um..gift bags are my savior.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? I liked reading The Night Before Christmas to my son. And now I enjoy reading it to my Grandson.

What is your earliest book-related memory? I was about 5 years old when I boarded the book mobile for the first time when I was growing up in the Bronx, NY, I couldn’t wait for the day the book mobile, a van filled with books for lending, made it’s stop on our block. I loved climbing the steps up, studying all the shelves and oh, the smell of paper and anticipation My favorite book as a kid was The Light Princess. I remember my dad reading it to me at bedtime. It’s a story about a princess who lost her gravity and had to be tethered to the earth.

Do you write/work during the holidays? Yes I write during the holidays, but not as much as so much is going on.

Can you share what you’re working on now? I’m working on a retelling of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.

What are your goals for 2018? To write more!

 

The pictures are of me in my Christmas finest with my Grandmother. I soon removed the dress and stole, er, borrowed, my brother’s Viking outfit present which held more attraction than my own doll gifts

 

 

 

 

 

 

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