Author’s Roundtable: Murasaki Hideki


How long have you been writing? 

I have been writing since I was nine. I wrote my first novel at 13, though.

Has writing always been something you wanted to do? 

Yes. I’ve always known I wanted to write. I love it with a passion.

What books or stories have you written? Published?

I have written about 20 books. I have only published two of them. The first one is called “The Extralife Chronicles: The Slayer and the Ruiner.” The second one is called “When Darkness Falls: A Drake A. Halifax Chronicle.”

Can you tell us a little about your books? What are they about?

The first book I published is about two enemies who were once friends and how they reunite in order to fight a common evil. The second book is a little more complicated. It’s about a man who leads a rebellion to save his homeland from oppression, but there are many little interactions and smaller themes besides that of tyranny and its effects. My books all have a center theme from which smaller themes spawn off of. I like to take a current issue and then pad it with smaller issues like jealousy, revenge, regret, etc. I like including the age-old tenets of friendship and loyalty in my stories.

How did you get inspiration for the characters?

My inspirations for characters are everyday people. It could be someone I meet in the street that I may never see again. It could be a family member, a friend, a relative, anyone. I might be inspired by the way the cashier at Wal-Mart smiles at me and asks if I found everything I needed. Or I might be inspired by a friend’s character noble traits. Or it could be something crazy like seeing a complete and total stranger, and the way they count money and finding inspiration there.

Are the books based on personal experiences?

Some of them are. Some of them aren’t. Some of them are a mixture of personal experiences and my imagination. I haven’t published any of my books that are based solely on personal experiences. But all of my books contain aspects of my life in them.

Is there any advice you have been given that you could give to a young up-and-coming writer?

Never give up and don’t stop writing! Yes, that’s all I can say for young up-and-coming authors. Many people tell me that, and I gain much encouragement hearing it.

Can you talk a little about the benefits of getting your work professionally edited?

Wow! Getting your work professionally edited is a must, especially for young authors. You want your work to look as professional as possible. I worked really hard on the second book, because it was much longer than the first one. And I thought, “Oh, it looks great.” But then my editor gave it a once over and said, “Hey, Murasaki, this is a very good story, but it needs lots of work.” Imagine my shock! Your work can enter the world a polished jewel instead of a rough manuscript and still retain your “voice” if you have a good editor who works professionally.

What are some of the hardest things you’ve had to overcome as a writer, in order to be published?

One of the most difficult things is seeing errors in my writing. Being able to admit that I wrote a sentence wrong or that a character sounds too stilted is hard for me. Over the years, I been able to spot things quickly and prevent it from occurring while still in the “manuscript” phase. Another thing would be that I don’t enjoy reading. An author who doesn’t enjoy reading is an irony, but it’s true. However, I find that reading, especially reading classics, has helped me to form my own style and craft my skill as an author better than if I didn’t read at all.

How did you find time to write your books?

I write whenever. I might run upstairs to get something and write a sentence or two. Mostly, I write in the evenings, even into the night. I write best just before midnight.

Do you think writing has any benefits, and if so what would they be?

Being a writer has opened my mind to a lot of things. When you are always studying people and writing about them, developing their finer character nuances, you become more aware. I love people, and I enjoy watching a person and being able to sense or notice things most people miss. It’s what makes us more human. Many times we watch a movie and think “Wow, those people are so silly.” But many of us have forgotten what it’s like to be on the outside, watching. I study people a lot, and it is from those I study that I gain a deeper understanding of those around me. Being an author has given me the ability to perceive people differently, in a deeper way than before, because I needed to in order to create more human, more believable, more relatable characters.

Several of my guests have often said writing is therapeutic and relaxes them. Can you talk a little about how writing relaxes you? Any specific examples you can share?

I write well when I’m really keyed up. Writing has given me an avenue to vent my emotions in a way that I can share them with the world. There’s no better way to write the dialogue for an angry interaction than to be angry for real. It makes it that much more intense, that much more authentic.

Has writing made you a better person?

Writing has made me a lot of things. I leave it to my family and friends to decide whether I am a better person or not! Haha!

Do you like to read? If so, what are your favorite genres and why?

I don’t like reading in general. However, there are a few books that I really enjoyed. If I find a book I like, I will like reading it, but give me any random book, and I’ll drag through it. My favorite genres are mostly romance, I’ll be honest. I’ve read “Rebecca,” by Daphne du Maurier, “The Black Moth” by Georgette Heyer and “Venetia,” also by Georgette Heyer. I like romance, old classic romance because it’s satisfying. I love the heroines and the heroes, and I always feel good and a bit jealous when he finally gets her.

Can you talk about how important reviews are to writers?

Reviews give people a sense of how good or bad your book is. If you receive honest reviews and people read them and like what they see, you gain a good reputation as an author. Other authors may promote you if you promote them. You will gain a foothold in your field. All because of good writing and positive reviews. If people don’t like what they see, you will merely sink to the bottom of the ladder unless you improve.

Have you ever received a bad review? If so how did it make you feel?

I have never received a bad review. So far, I have one review for my first book on Amazon and another review for the same book on bestchicklit.com. They are both very positive reviews. However, if I did receive a bad review, I would see if there was any merit. If there was, I’d try to do something about it. If not, I’d move on with my day! 😀

About Murasaki Hideki

When she was nine years old, Murasaki Hideki found her true passion — writing. She wrote her first book then, followed by another, inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” when she was 13 and has been writing ever since.

Murasaki became the youngest published author in her family at the age of 18. She has written more than 10 books, which she hopes to publish in the future. Currently, her book, “The Extralife Chronicles: The Slayer and the Ruiner (Volume 1),” is for sale on Amazon. The young novelist maintains a blog and has a profile on Authonomy, by Harper Collins.

Murasaki was born in 1994 in Boston, Massachusetts, and now lives with her family in Maine. In addition to writing, she loves swimming, networking, traveling and reading.


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Check out Jennifer Wylie’s Latest Book


Hi Jason! Thanks so much for having me stop by again. I’m really excited about my newest release. “Broken Aro” is the first in a young adult epic fantasy series called “The Broken Ones.” Getting it published has been a series of ups and downs, but finally it’s here, and I hope everyone enjoys it!

“Broken Aro,” Book One of “The Broken Ones” series by Jen Wylie was published in September 2012 by Untold Press

Check out this blurb from “Broken Aro”

Open your eyes to darkness. What do you see? Does the darkness frighten you? Now imagine the darkness being the cargo hold of a slave ship. Your city has fallen. Your family is most likely dead. You don’t know anyone around you, and some of them aren’t even human. Giving up would be so easy to do, but not for Arowyn Mason. Not after being raised in a military family with seven brothers. Every great story should begin with a plan. Aro’s was to escape and to survive.

Escape comes, but at a price. As they reach the shore, Aro and the other survivors learn that freedom doesn’t mean safety. The slavers want their property back and will do anything to get it. The party uses every ounce of their brute strength, a hearty helping of cunning and even ancient magics to keep themselves alive. Sickness, danger and even love surprise them at every turn. Dealing with danger becomes their way of life, but none of them ever considered that nothing can be quite as dangerous as a prophecy. Running turns into another race altogether as her world falls to pieces again and again.

Check out this excerpt from “Broken Aro”

Prologue

Fifteen years ago. He soared high above the coast, air rippling beneath his wings. Dipping through clouds, he enjoyed the coolness of the light wind whirling around him. Sunlight sparkled on the ocean waves far below, little winking lights breaking the monotony of the empty waters.

Like a fledgling, he played amongst the wispy clouds. Snapping his giant wings open, he broke a dive, spun, and with powerful beats, rose higher once more. Even after thousands of years, the joy of flying still excited him. It was one of the few things still able to send a thrill coursing through his veins.

From the corner of his eye, a dark spot caught his attention and he turned, spiraling around it. A ship, while not uncommon along the coast, usually wasn’t found this far north. He dropped lower, noting it was a large vessel capable of making the long journey across the sea. There were fewer of them now that the humans occupied the entire eastern coastline with their pathetic little cities.

He twisted, flicking his tail and circled. There, on the secluded beach…little spots scurrying around a smaller boat. The humans of the east were mostly pirates and slavers. Few partook of practices such as legal trade or simple transport, particularly anyone with such long-range ships. They were all criminals anyways, so why would someone be picked up from a beach when there were perfectly good ports available?

Even more curious, he dropped lower, expanding his senses and almost missing a wing-beat.

Fey? It couldn’t be… He circled above, watching with his senses fully alert. Most of the little bodies below were human, but two were indeed Fey. He watched the humans fill the small boat with items from the shore and then head back to the larger ship.

He debated investigating further. If he was seen by the humans in dragon form it could prove troublesome. He couldn’t help himself. This was interesting. Anything that could catch his attention, or give his mind something to do, was treasured. Like flight, curiosity still brought him joy.

He did take some care not to be spotted, dropping quickly and into a cove further north. Large rocks cut the beach into small pockets and provided some cover. Once on the ground, he quickly shifted forms.

The Fey knew he was there before he emerged from the outcropping of rocks separating the coves. The only two people left on the beach, he watched their reaction to his arrival as he walked toward them. Their momentary confusion amused him.

The woman’s eyes opened wide as they took in his appearance. They knew at a glance he was none of the known races. “You’re not…” Shock of what stalked toward them spread across their faces.

A smile twisted at his lips as he drew closer. The male stood straighter, stepping in front of the woman. Their eyes glowed with an inner orange light.

Orange…not red. Even more interesting.

He stopped before them, extremely pleased with his decision to investigate. These Fey could easily pass for human. Young, beautiful ones, but still human. Each wore their hair long, covering their slightly pointed ears. His hair was brown, her’s pale as corn silk. By the quality of their dress, he could tell they weren’t wild Fey. They were not covered in scavenged rags or hides. Their clothing was handmade, clearly bought from one of the city’s markets. Most importantly, they weren’t raving mad. How this could be, he couldn’t fathom. Since their fall centuries ago, the creatures had become red-eyed killers, locked in their fury, rarely able to escape or control it.

This pair had managed it, somehow. That they did not fall into it now, in his presence, spoke highly of them.

“Dragos,” the male said stiffly. “You are not wanted here.”

He smiled. As if such things would ever bother him. “I go where I wish, when I wish. You should know this, Fey.” His eyes narrowed slightly. There was something familiar about them… He searched his vast memories, carefully flipping through those that involved past encounters with their kind. Yes…there. Almost six centuries ago, the last time he had visited their city and their queen. This male had been at court, though not introduced.

He looked to the woman. She had been. “Dalsia.” He tilted his head slightly to her. “Seer’s daughter.”

She stiffened, her eyes widening and shifting slightly more toward red. She tilted her head, not at him, but to whisper to her mate. “He is the Dragos named Damon.”

He pushed slightly at the male’s mind, searching for a name. Ketheris.

The Fey glared at him. “Stay out of my head.”

He ignored the demand and stepped to the side. He’d found more than just a name, also the Fey’s current most frantic thought. Behind him, tucked against Dalsia and hidden in her arms was a young child.

“What do you want?” Dalsia stepped forward, no longer hiding, but still holding the little one tightly.

Damon regarded her a moment. His curiosity now fully piqued, he smiled slightly. “Did you not fall in the fury? Or did you somehow recover?”

“We did not,” Ketheris replied tersely.

They were strong then, stronger than most. Not only for keeping their sanity, but for surviving the mindless slaughter that came after. “Why are you going west?”

They blinked at him, perhaps surprised he knew their destination, or that he would care. “We are just traveling,” Ketheris said.

Lie. He looked to Dalsia. Her lips pressed tightly together. He slowly pushed at her mind until she spoke.

“We’re searching for an artifact to heal the Fey,” she snapped.

He smiled. Her words intrigued him. “Continue.”

The two exchanged glances. He could see the intelligence in their eyes. That intelligence meant he would have his answers one way or another. As a race, the Fey were not telepathic, and few had learned more than rudimentary methods to shield themselves. These two had decent protection for their thoughts, but their walls were only weak little barriers he could push through in the blink of an eye.

“Some of the Seer’s prophecies give us hope,” Dalsia finally answered.

He knew of the Seer, of her garbled prophecies. All of the races did, except the brainless humans who were concerned with nothing but themselves. Being the only mortal race, he didn’t particularly blame them. He had not been aware knowledge of the prophecies had survived. Of course he never really cared or bothered to find out either. He had been occupied and amused for decades with the chaos that ensued and then went on to other pursuits.

Dalsia, he recalled, was the only daughter of the Queen’s Seer. She had been the recorder, attempting to put the prophecies into order and decipher them.

He held out a hand. “I would see them.”

Her jaw trembled in anger as she glared at him. She looked to her mate and nodded once sharply. Ketheris pulled a small book from a leather bag at her side, her hands being full with her child.

He took it graciously. They were cooperating after all. “Thank you.”

He flipped through pages, worn and old, the ink fading but still readable. Each page contained a garbled mess of words and underneath, her interpretations of them, sometimes going on for pages. Reading and memorizing quickly, he stopped at the prophecy they spoke of.

Damon looked at the Fey and laughed. “You’re looking for some ancient, broken weapon?”

Ketheris nodded, his face grim. “We’ve spent centuries scouring all the eastern lands. Unless the elves have it, it is not here. Besides…” He stopped and glanced at his wife.

She shook her head slightly.

Damon looked back down at the worn book, flipping through more pages. Suddenly he stopped. He read the short line of prophecy twice and then looked up. “I see.” His gaze went from Ketheris to Dalsia and then to the small child in her arms. “You think you’ll find it now.”

Dalsia reached out and when he didn’t argue, took the book back. “It is time. We didn’t understand that at first…” She smiled down at her son. “But now we do.”

Damon stepped closer, ignoring how the woman froze. He bent over slightly, taking a closer look at the child. “What is your name, little one?”

The boy blinked up at him with innocent golden eyes.

Damon frowned.

“Kei,” his mother said quickly. She held the boy tighter to her chest. “Don’t you dare go into his mind. You know what that would do to a child.”

He leaned back, chuckling at the vehemence of her words. Mothers and their young.

“Will you tell him?”

“When he’s old enough to understand his part,” Ketheris said.

Damon nodded. “Very well. I will let you be on your way. Safe seas to you.”

The Fey regarded him warily, but spoke a soft farewell.

He wandered slowly up the beach and kept walking, lost in thought. Could the Fey be healed? If they were…yes, things would certainly become interesting again. He was curious how the other races would react.

He paused and looked out to sea at the ship waiting to take the first Fey to the west. It was not a trip he would care to make, the currents over the sea could be vicious, as would the human’s reaction to a dragon in their lands. No, he would watch and wait for their return. He would mull over the prophecies he’d memorized.

With another smile he continued walking, his boredom forgotten.

“Broken Aro” is available as an e-book on Amazon U.S., Amazon U.K., Amazon Denmark, Amazon France, Amazon Italy and Amazon Espana

Reviews of “Broken Aro”

“Reminiscent of the epic “Lord of the Ring” trilogy, “Broken Aro” is the first installment of a lively new series destined to enslave a new legion of fans for its author, Jen Wylie. Filled with dragons and fey, mortals and slavers, adventure and mythology, “Broken Aro” is grand adventure in an epic style, a complete stand-alone novel that also leaves one eager for more!”

~ Rusty Fischer, author of “Zombies Don’t Cry”

“A page-turning tale of impossible love, unusual allies, betrayals and high adventure. I couldn’t put it down.”

~J.A. Campbell, author of “Doc, Vampire-Hunting Dog”

About Jen Wylie

Jen Wylie lives in rural Ontario, Canada with her two boys, Australian shepherd and a disagreeable amount of wildlife. In a cosmic twist of fate she dislikes the snow and cold.

Before settling down to raise a family, she attained a B.A. from Queens University and worked in retail and sales.

Thanks to her mother she acquired a love of books at an early age and began writing in public school. She constantly has stories floating around in her head, and finds it amazing most people don’t. Jennifer writes various forms of fantasy, both novels and short stories.

Check out Jennifer’s website, blog, follow her on Twitter, buy her books on Goodreads, become a fan on Facebook and learn more about Jen and her writing on her Amazon Author page.

Author’s Roundtable: Ruth D. Kerce


How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing with the goal of getting published since about 1987. It’s been a long journey, but one I’ve enjoyed immensely. I started out by co-writing a novel with another unpublished writer that I’d known for years. Since we lived in different cities, and ultimately different states, that became too difficult, so I gave that author the book and ventured out on my own. I grabbed whatever time I could during the day to put my thoughts and ideas down on paper, while also taking a two-year writing course to hone my skills. I ultimately became published in traditional romance in 2001 and in erotic romance in 2004.

Has writing always been something you wanted to do? 

I’ve always enjoyed writing. I began writing poetry in the third grade, then short stories in the fifth grade. In high school, I was part of a science fiction writing group (which is still my favorite genre to write). All of this was just for the love of writing, and I never really considered it as something that I would be blessed enough to be able to do professionally. However, after years of working a very stressful technical job, I began to explore the possibilities. Opportunities arose for me, I latched onto them, and I can say that I’ve never regretted the decision to write for a living.

What books or stories have you written? Published?

Currently, I have more than 30 erotic romance e-books available — either through Ellora’s Cave, Changeling Press, or self-published. More than a dozen of those are also available as print books.  And if you search far and wide, you might come across a copy or two now out-of-print, non-erotic romance books that I wrote years ago.

Can you tell us a little about your books? What are they about?

When I first started writing, I wrote traditional romance. Now I write sensual to erotic romance stories. I have books in a variety of subgenres of erotic romance. Contemporary, historical, suspense, western, paranormal, science fiction. I love to write all types of tales!

I especially love to write series books and have several in progress.

My most popular series has been “Xylon Warriors,” which is about the lives of alien warriors trying to save their planet from invading enemies. As of today, four books are available in both digital and print forms — “Initiation,” “His Carnal Need,” “Flames of Arousal” and “Ecstasy Bound.” Two more books are planned for the future.

Don’t care for science fiction? I have an erotic romance suspense series called “Undercovers” about a group of police officers trying to protect their own. “Undercovers” is comprised of four novellas and is available as a complete collection in digital or print.

Hunky cops not your thing? I have a historical paranormal series, “Infernal Night,” which takes place in France. The first two books in the series — “Lord Viper” and “Craving Lady Starr” — are vampire stories which actually occur at the same time, so the books can be read in either order. The last two books in the series (not yet released) will be werewolf stories. All the stories are connected through the same family line and include a variety of shifters/creatures beyond just vampires and wolves. These two books are only available in digital format at this time, but they will be available in print in the future.

Don’t like paranormal? I’m currently working on the third book in my “Wanton” western historical series. The first two books — “Wanton Temptation” and “Wanton Surrender” — are available as e-books (with Wanton Temptation also available in print). Gunfights, murder and sex. Oh my! Gotta love cowboys, right?

These are just a few of my series. I have more. I also have quite a few single titles available.

How did you get inspiration for the characters?

I don’t really know how to answer this one. The characters just pop into my head. When I first started writing (just for fun), I’d usually base a character on someone I saw in a movie or on television. Now, I don’t base them on anyone. Each character is unique, and I learn about each of them as I write their story. I usually see a landscape first in my mind, then from that, a character suddenly appears. Just an image. Usually I see the hero first. As I write, I slowly uncover the layers of the character. The journey for me as a writer is a lot like the journey for the reader. It’s just that I get to do it first.

Are the books based on personal experiences?

Not at all. They are all made up out of my head. They’re adventures, some of which I might like to experience! But then, I do also put my characters through many trials that I would never want to endure. I have, once or twice, plucked a line of dialogue from my life, but that’s a rare case. When I write, I totally separate myself from my reality and dive into the fantasy.

Is there any advice you have been given that you could give to a young up-and-coming writer?

Just don’t give up. It’s not an easy business. It’s full of uncertainty. You’re putting yourself out there for people to either praise or criticize. Often, even when you don’t feel like it, you have to trudge through the bad times to get to the good times. And there are more good times than bad times if you keep a level head and are realistic about the business.

Can you talk a little about the benefits of getting your work professionally edited?

My self-published sensual short stories were not professionally edited. They are short enough (less than 7,000 words) that I felt I could manage them on my own. However, all of my other stories were professionally edited, and I love my editors. Sometimes a writer gets too close to the story, and it’s easy to miss something. Other times, I’ll write something that one of my editors totally misinterprets, so I know that I didn’t do a good job in the writing. I would have missed those things without another set of eyes looking at it. The problem is, that as writers, we know our characters’ thoughts and feelings almost too well, and sometimes we forget that the reader doesn’t have that knowledge, so we have to be extra careful to provide enough so the reader understands the characters/stories, without so much that it gets boring. An editor will spot these things and more. I’ve had more than one plot hole brought to my attention and felt very thankful to have had the opportunity to fix it before the story was published.

What are some of the hardest things you’ve had to overcome as a writer, in order to be published?

Coming from a technical background, I haven’t had as many problems as some. The self-publishing part came a bit easier to me, because I didn’t need help with formatting, etc.  Also, doing a website and setting myself up on the social networks, etc. was time-consuming, but there wasn’t that much of a learning curve. The harder part for me came when I was submitting to traditional romance publishers. When you’re getting rejected, you have to fight the self-doubt that comes along with it. If you don’t have a strong belief in yourself and your stories, it’s easy to give up. I kept trying, switched to erotic romance, and in the end, I wound up with two perfect publishers — Ellora’s Cave and Changeling Press — and I’ve been very happy with them.

How did you find time to write your books?

I’m lucky enough to be able to write my books full-time now (for the most part), so it’s not an issue. When I was working outside the home though, before I was published, it was rough. I would steal a few hours early in the mornings or work through my lunch hour and my breaks. It wasn’t easy, and it took a long time to complete anything.

Do you think writing has any benefits, and if so what would they be?

I’ve always been a daydreamer. Writing allows me to get all those stories/images out of my head (there’s only so much room in there, you know?). Writing also allows me to be not only the good, but the bad and the ugly, too — in real life, you can’t really do those things without negative consequences. So, it’s an outlet for all kinds of emotions and a safe way to experience all sorts of adventures!

Several of my guests have often said writing is therapeutic and relaxes them. Can you talk a little about how writing relaxes you? Any specific examples you can share?

You know, I’ve heard so many writers say this. But, for me, that actually isn’t the case. I don’t know if it’s because, by nature, I’m more technical and so doing technical things is what relaxes me. To write, I have to first be relaxed. If I’m stressed, I can’t write. I can’t pour my own pain into the writing like so many can. Not in the moment. Maybe months or years down the line I can draw on those emotions, but only when they’re a safe distance away. Once I start writing, if it’s going well, then it revs me up and gives me a sort of high, no matter what type of scene I’m writing. Maybe I’m strange! It’s been said.

Has writing made you a better person?

I have no idea. LOL  I don’t think I’ve changed from the person that I’ve always been because of writing. It’s certainly made me a happier person, so maybe in that way, yes, I’m a better person, because a happier person exudes better energy.

Do you like to read? If so, what are your favorite genres and why?

Yes, though I don’t get nearly enough time to do so. I have a mountain of books that I’ve started but not yet finished. My favorite genre has changed over time. When I was young, I really loved Walter Farley’s “The Black Stallion®” series. I still have those books on my shelf today. When I got older, I liked the suspense found in horror novels and science fiction. Then in graduate school, I fell in love with the adventures in romance novels — at first only historical romance — but then all subgenres of romance. Now, I just want a good book. I don’t care what the genre is. I still tend to lean toward reading romance as that’s what I love to write. But I’ll read whatever catches my attention.

Can you talk about how important reviews are to writers?

Okay, this is strictly from a writer’s perspective here (not taking into account that I’m also a reader). On a professional/creative level, good reviews make writers feel better, which helps to motivate us to continue writing. Everyone wants to be appreciated and told that their hard work is worth something. On a business/monetary level, some book sites push books with more reviews to readers more aggressively than books without reviews, so reviews can definitely help visibility, which can increase sales for the writer, and that’s important in building a career.

Have you ever received a bad review? If so how did it make you feel?

Oh, sure. With as many books as I have out, if I had only good reviews, well, that just would seem a bit odd. Even the classics get bad reviews. Of course it doesn’t feel good, but it’s part of the business. My response to bad reviews varies. If a reader gives me a one-star review because my erotic romance book had too much sex in it, then I stick my tongue out and go on. If a reader gives me a one-star review because they say I have no plot, or a stupid plot, or cardboard characters, well, I have to think on that. Bad reviews can be helpful. As a writer, I always want to do better and grow with each book. In the long run, I just hope to receive more good reviews than bad ones.

About Ruth D. Kerce

Ruth D. Kerce was born in Oklahoma, where she first began to write romance as a hobby. Years later, after moving to Nevada, she became published in traditional romance. In 2003, she switched from writing traditional romances to writing erotic romances. Her first erotic romance novel was published in 2004.

Ruth writes in a variety of erotic romance subgenres. Her novels include science fiction, paranormal, contemporary, western historical and romantic suspense stories — with more genres coming in the future.

No matter the genre, she strives to include elements in each of her books that a majority of readers can identify with. She enjoys incorporating humor, suspense, snappy dialogue and lots of action. She loves her readers and hopes to be able to entertain them for years to come.

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Hi guys. This is going to be a quick one today, and I bet you were thinking the restaurant chain, known for its…… hot wings!!! Gotcha!! 

I just wanted to remind everyone who has a mother, daughter, sister, aunt or knows someone who might be at risk for breast cancer to remind them to get checked before it’s too late. You never know how important it is to check for lumps in your breasts until it may be too late.

I’ve been talking to a few people on Twitter this morning, who are all about spreading breast cancer awareness and wanted to share their blog with you. Please visit their site and help us kick breast cancer in the ass.

If you know anyone who has been affected by this disease, and you’d like to share their story on my blog, feel free to drop me an e-mail at jcbourne@comcast.net, and we can chat.

Thoughts on 9/11…


On Monday there were people fighting against praying in schools. On Tuesday you would have been hard pressed to find a school where someone was not praying.

On Monday there were people who were trying to separate each other by race, sex, color and creed. On Tuesday they were all holding hands.

On Monday we thought that we were secure. On Tuesday we learned better.

On Monday we were talking about heroes as being athletes. On Tuesday we re-learned what hero meant.

On Monday people went to work at the World Trade Centers as usual. On Tuesday they died.

On Monday people were fighting the 10 Commandments on government property. On Tuesday the same people all said, “God help us all” while thinking “Thou shall not kill.”

On Monday people argued with their kids about picking up their room. On Tuesday the same people could not get home fast enough to hug their kids.

On Monday people picked up McDonalds for dinner. On Tuesday they stayed home.

On Monday people were upset that their dry cleaning was not ready on time. On Tuesday they were lining up to give blood for the dying.

On Monday politicians argued about budget surpluses. On Tuesday, grief-stricken, they sang “God Bless America.”

On Monday we worried about the traffic and getting to work late. On Tuesday we worried about a plane crashing into our house or place of business.

On Monday we were irritated that our rebate checks had not arrived. On Tuesday we saw people celebrating people dying in the USA.

On Monday some children had solid families. On Tuesday they were orphans.

On Monday the president was going to Florida to read to children. On Tuesday he returned to Washington to protect our children.

On Monday we e-mailed jokes. On Tuesday we did not.

It is sadly ironic how it takes horrific events to place things into perspective, but it has. The lessons learned that week, the things we have taken for granted, the things that have been forgotten or overlooked hopefully will never be forgotten again.

On Monday – pray and be thankful
On Tuesday – pray and be thankful
On Wednesday – pray and be thankful
On Thursday – pray and be thankful
On Friday – pray and be thankful
On Saturday – pray and be thankful
On Sunday – pray and be thankful

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