Caylee Anthony

Caylee Anthony

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Author Interview with Andra Dill

Cassandra’s Writing World Author Interview with Andra Dill

Today on the blog I will be interviewing author Andra Dill. Read on for an amazing interview.

         




Cassandra's Writing World:
1) What is your favorite childhood book?

Andra Dill:
Please don’t make me pick just one. LOL Okay, if I must then I have to go with Marguerite Henry’s ‘Misty of Chincoteague’. I believe I read that book a dozen times. Of course, I wanted a pony just like Misty.

CWW:
2) What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

AD:
I’m fortunate to have many talented writers in my life. Annabelle Hunter and Stacey McIntosh both Beta read for me and I value their comments. They, and my other Beta readers, help me improve my stories.

Locally, I’m in a Romance Writers group with JoJo Bartlett and Cassie Leigh. It’s a fun group that offers moral support and a lot of laughs. Then there are the wonderful authors I’ve met through Perfectly Poisoned Anthologies. I bounce ideas off them. Plus, they are helping me learn more about marketing. 


CWW:
3) What genre would you never write?

AD:
Espionage or Military influenced fiction. My knowledge is so sparse that I couldn’t pull off an exciting, authentic story.


CWW:
4) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?


AD:
When Mr. Fedders, my seventh grade English teacher, said we could write short stories for extra credit. He encouraged my creativity and kept asking for more stories.


CWW:
5) What do you think makes a good story?


AD:
Finding out how interesting characters handle intriguing situations.


CWW:
6) Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?


AD:
Not currently. Some of the side characters in my Kayla Byrnes stories are side characters in my Besoins world. Besoins (French for ‘Needs’) hasn’t been published yet.


CWW:
7) How do you select the names of your characters?


AD:
Google is my friend. I enjoy researching the meaning of names. Once in a while a character’s name pops into my head and I don’t have to whip out my iPad.


CWW:
8) What is your writing process like?


AD:
I call myself a plantster. I like to have a general idea of where a story is going. I write out a rough outline or at least a series of scenes of how I would like the story to go. Sometimes it is just a few sentences. Then during the writing process things change organically. A character will do or say something that I hadn’t envisioned and it opens up an entire new avenue for me to explore. Or when I’m walking an idea will come to me about how I can rewrite a problematic scene and while I’m rewriting… more ideas creep in, which leads to more rewriting.


CWW:
9) What do you like to do when you're not writing?


AD:
Read. Hands down my favorite thing to do. I also enjoy walking (my dog is very keen on me doing this), practicing yoga, and going on road trips. I do enjoy crocheting but only in cold weather.


CWW:
10) What advice would you give someone trying to get published?


AD:
There are a couple things I tell people. First, write. Sit your butt down, turn off your internet, your phone, the television, anything that pulls your attention away and write. It can be for ten minutes a day or for hours. You choose. But if you don’t write… you have nothing to publish.
Second, find good Beta readers and cherish them. They will help you find clarity.
Third, submit your work. Take the risk, I know, it is terrifying (or at least it is to me). When you get a rejection (and at some point, you will) don’t despair. Just because your story didn’t fit that particular editor or publisher doesn’t mean that’s the end. Submit again, and keep writing.



Bad, Bold & Beautiful, Perfectly Poisoned Anthologies
Available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TW9STYN

Author Links:
Twitter @aedill
Instagram andradillauthor
FB Author page   www.facebook.com/andradillauthor
Amazon www.amazon.com/author/andradill




  Until next time Happy Reading! Thank you Andra Dill for being with us. Later Days!!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Author Interview with Ana Balen

Cassandra’s Writing World's Author Interviews


Today I will be sharing my interview with author Ana Balen. I hope you will all check out this amazing author!



Cassandra's Writing World:
1) What is your favorite childhood book?
Ana Balen:Sadako wants to live by Karl Bruckner, We Children From Zoo Station (my mom gave it to me when I was 13 and it made a huge impact on me) and Harry Potter series (by the time the last book came out, I was already considered as an adult but I don’t care… LOL) I can never pick just one book, but those are the ones that are still vivid in my memory and I can’t wait to introduce them to my son.


CWW:
2) What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
AB: Every author I come across teaches me something new, there are so many of them, three days wouldn’t be enough to list them all. But I can tell you, that they all thought me something and I thank them for it. I hope that someday, I’ll be able to pay it back and forward.


CWW:
3) What genre would you never write?
AB: I don’t know… I would like to try to write everything, not necessarily publish it, just try my hand in genres. Actually there’s not a single genre I wouldn’t try to write.


CWW:
4) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
AB:
Thinking back, I was always daydreaming about stuff and writing them down in my journal. The conscious thought that I could give it a go came when I finished my first book, Wishing For A Star.


CWW:
5) What do you think makes a good story?
AB: When the reader feels the emotions the character in a book does. Something that will struck you to your core. It’s a monumental task to do as a writer and it’s something I try to learn every day. The plot doesn’t need to be realistic, the feeling does.

CWW:
6) Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?  AB: LOL yes!


CWW:
7) How do you select the names of your characters?
AB: Since I live in Croatia the names are a really big challenge to me, so usually I end up scrolling through Facebook and if a name catches my eye I put it in my book. I also sometimes ask members in my group to suggest one or two.


CWW:
8) What is your writing process like? AB: I start off with a few notes written in a notebook then leave it for two to three days, kind of like a brain dump. Then go back to it and make some more notes. Once I can’t think of anything, I sit in front of my pc and start typing, by that time I have the scenes my mind down. I can see everything perfectly. Once I hit a road block (and I always do) I go back to my notebook and start all over again.


CWW:
9) What do you like to do when you're not writing?
AB: Reading, watching movies, spending time with my boys (husband and son), going out to drinks, dinner and so on….


CWW:
10) What advice would you give someone trying to get published? 
AB: Don’t give up!


Thanks for joining us Ana!!!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Review of The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later



Hi everyone! Today I am going to give you my review for this book as well as a giveaway. First off let me tell you about the blog tour and the book. And let's not forget the author Barbara Barth. Here goes:


WOW!

 WOMEN ON WRITING TOUR

OF

The Unfaithful Widow Ten Years Later

Tour Begins November 11th


Book Summary

Picking up where The Unfaithful Widow ended, Ten Years Later continues the author’s journey from widow to a slightly askew woman. A memoir written with warmth and candor on being single again, aging, and finding a creative path surrounded by dogs, friends, laughter, and a bit of craziness. Barbara Barth shares stories on the adventures that followed her first year alone as she moved headfirst into a new life, listening to her heart, sometimes not so wisely, but always full speed ahead. Join her on the ride of her life, from owning an antique shop to moving to a Victorian cottage outside of Atlanta, and all the follies in between. Going into the next decade with six dogs by her side, the author proves you are only as old as you feel, and happiness begins with a grateful heart. A funny and engaging memoir for anyone who wants to be their own superhero facing life’s good and bad moments.
Print Length: 374 pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, LLC
ASIN: B07YBNHXZG

The Unfaithful widow Ten Years Later is available in print and as an ebook at Amazon.com

About the Author, Barbara Barth
Author, blogger, sometimes antique dealer, dog hoarder, bedazzled by life. Widowed ten years ago, Barth writes about finding a creative path back to happiness. Her recent move to a 1906 historic cottage brought many surprises, including discovering the Monroe–Walton Center for the Arts where she started the monthly Walton Writers group and is on the MWCA Board as Literary Arts Chair. Barth is a contributor to Walton Living Magazine and a former blogger for The Balancing Act, Lifetime Television’s morning show for women. Currently she lives with six dogs, rescue dogs that rescued her. 
Visit her website at https://www.barbarabarthwriter.com/, follow her on Twitter @writerwithdogs, and follow her Amazon author page.




HERE IS MY REVIEW:


This was a great book! A very interesting read! I loved how the author was able to make me laugh. This I an amazing book for all fans of memoirs.

And did I mention a giveaway? Leave a comment for the author to be entered into the giveaway. 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Bully Lists and Fake Awards: High School In The Book World

 I have seen several bully lists aimed at author's, readers, and others in the book world. It's a shame that people have nothing better to do with their lives. It's things like bully Lists, fake awards to hurt others, and even spreading lies about others that make me want to just walk away for good.

Why must we act like we are still in high school? Why can't we be adults and be supportive of others. We are all working for the same cause here. It's not a battlefield on which we have to spew heartless words just to survive.

This post is aimed towards those certain fake awards that were recently created just to bash people in the book community. As an author ,reader, and supporter of my fellow authors, I thought it was only right to share the post about those awards. A lot of good that did me. It only landed me on those ignorant awards claiming I was trying to censor free speech.
The Facebook page responsible for the whole fiasco even went as far as to make a post on their page about me personally. I had only shared a post just like a lot of other people have. Nothing wrong with that unless you're a lowlife who only wants to bring others down.

I am not even sure what angers me the most. The Facebook page Book Awards For The Rest of Us has been very cruel to so many amazing author's and readers, including myself.
 There was this list of bogus awards going around Facebook. I saw it on a friend's page. There were several authors I know on there and I know they are nothing like this troll was saying. So I shared this fake awards list and asked people on my friends list to report it. I felt it was the right thing to do.  (Boy was I wrong! If you aren't a troll, you can't post anything obviously.)

To make matters worse, they went on to make a new list. A purge list of all things. Are they planning to take out some of the people on their fake awards? Make sure they have no fans left at all? Who knows with these idiots?

It's pretty pathetic they are hiding behind the page and not facing the consequences of their actions. Hey, if sharing a bully list and trying to have it removed makes me a fascist, so be it. I do not condone any type of bullying or violence. If you have a problem with someone, take it up with them face to face. Don't be a keyboard warrior and hide behind a screen.
None of these people on those lists deserve to be treated like this.
So, what am I planning to do to help build up my fellow authors? I will be doing a series of posts about them and their books. So, if you are a true fan of author's and books be sure to stay tuned for those posts in the future.

I will not sit by while my fellow authors are treated unfairly. You best believe that I will be sticking up for my friends and even those on that list I don't know.
Until next time, please treat others with respect and kindness. Later Days my friends!

Review of Griffin

Today I want to share with you my review for Griffin bt Marie James. The first book I have read by this author, and it definitely won't be the last! I highly recommend this book to all my readers!
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were amazing and the storyline was great! I will definitely be getting more of these to read! An excellent book!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Stolen Moments


Stolen Moments
by Susan Meachen
Erotic Contemporary Romance

A truly funny story about who I am and what I’ve done to my life. 

Most women hate me because of who I am. You can call me a lot of things except, ordinary. See I’m no one’s mother and no man’s wife. I’m what everyone wants to be and that’s free. Being tied down to a relationship isn’t ever going to happen in my lifetime or so that's how the plan was supposed to go. Then he happened.

St├ęphane Biggs. A sigh here and a moan there has quickly become the highlight of my month. Something about the man makes me dream wet and wish for something more. But we agreed from the start it’d be a little fun and nothing more. I need more.

Can a few stolen moments be turned into a lifetime of happiness, or am I better off leaving the suburban life to the soccer moms? Am I willing to let go of everything I have worked so hard to gain to be a wife, maybe a mother, or can I have it all?
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(Stolen Moments © 2019 Meachen)

Life is all about those stolen moments in time! My name is Melanie James I’m the Public Relations Coordinator for one of the largest airlines in the world everything about my life looks perfect from the outside world hell it looks good from here also. There’s no husband, boyfriend, roommate, or child I have to answer to it’s me and my dream job. Work hard six days a week and party even harder seven days a week unless a recovery day is needed. Have a nightstand full of toys if I get extra lonely between fuck buddies but that’s never really been a problem. All my college friends have gotten married and/or had kids already. See them on rare occasions if they are in the corporate world at fundraisers or a cocktail party other than that it’s myself with a few friends I’ve made in my climb up the corporate ladder at Silvers Airline. One such friend just happens to be the attorney for the corporation, and he’s my newest fuck buddy and we are on the schedule to see each other this week which means he’ll be warming my bed for at least one night this week.
(Stolen Moments © 2019 Meachen)

Watching as he stands, he unbuttons his pants pushing them down mid-thigh before he sits back down on the sofa beside me and pulls me onto his lap.  Adjusting my position slowly lowering myself onto his massive cock each inch that slides in is almost enough to make me explode. Pacing my movements as I want this to be burned into my memory bank for the rest of my life. When the last inch slips in I clench my inner muscles just to hear him moan. Sitting perfectly still I savior the moment before his hands clamp onto my hips and he guides me to move up and down his dick, on every downward thrust, I rotate my hips a bit forward to hit that perfect spot inside. Just as I’m certain we both are going to explode from the ride he’s getting he pushes me from his lap. When he doesn’t bark out any commands I bend over the arm of the sofa as he fucks me from behind and as he holds onto my breast where he pinches the nipple between his finger and thumb the sound of his balls smacking my thighs is enough to send me spiraling out into my release. A few minutes later I hear him mumble my names as he rams hard into me as he lets go and empties himself in me. The warmth of his cum sends small waves of pleasure through me. Slouching across the arm of the sofa I slowly regain my breath. Oh, that so gave him a better chance at getting me to let him back into my bed. It’s wasn’t as rough as I’d like to play nor did it have any kink added to it but it was a solid good fuck.  He has potential to be a great fuck buddy with a bit of suggestion here and there. As he lifts his self-up off my back, he fastens his trousers and drops his shirt across the sofa. Listening to him straightening himself I wonder how much of a player he really is?
(Stolen Moments © 2019 Meachen)

Hearing a commotion outside my office door has me turning from my view to see St├ęphane Biggs standing in my doorway with poor little Mary standing behind him.
  “Sorry, Ms. James but he just stormed right past me even when I told him you were on a phone call.”
  “Aden let me call you back later seems there’s some business here that can’t wait.”
  “It’s fine Mary why don’t you go ahead go to lunch and can you bring me a Greek salad back please?”
  “Mary no need to pick Ms. James lunch up we’re going to have a working lunch today.”
  Mary stands stock still not moving one way or another. Even though I’m her boss in every manner it seems Mr. Biggs even has a bit of power over her.
  “Mary it’s fine just go ahead. If need be, we can order something later.”
  “Now Mr. Biggs what is so important you needed to interrupt a business phone call and scare the hell out of my sectary?”
  “Melanie you’ve been ignoring me for days now you even moved out of the hotel in California without a word to anyone. I understand we agreed to split ways but also thought we’d agreed to do it after the trip. How do you think it made me feel Friday night when my date for the party slipped away with another man?”
 “First what or when I do things has no bearing on you or anyone else as there’s no ring on my finger from anyone other than myself. How dare you stand in my office lecturing me on what was done in California when you sir have a woman hid away in your home. That I’m certain has no clue who or what you are. For sure she has no clue that you’ve been fucking me for months right under her nose and you care so little for either of us that you kept it a secret.”
  Watching as the color drains from his face lets me know for certain my words and my suspensions were dead on. That’s how I can say without a doubt no man will ever have that much control over me ever again. He has proven that all men are all about their pleasure and be dammed what the woman feels or wants.  Before I have time to react or think of what to say next, he slams the door to my office hard enough to shake the pictures on my desk. When he turns back towards me his beautiful brown eyes aren’t full of mischief, they are brown almost black orbs filled with fury in them.
“Ms. James how do you know about Megan and who the hell have you been talking to?” When he hisses his warning to me, I step back as if he may hit me. “Listen to me you are never allowed to say her name and you need to keep whatever information you have gained to your damn self or I’ll make you wish we’d never met. Are we clear here?”
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I've been a reader for as long as I can recall my favorite Genre is Historical Romance it's my go-to. Author is just one of many hats I wore in my everyday life. I live in my hometown in Tennessee with my husband of 25 years with my 4 pet snakes and one very spoiled cat named HellBoy she's a mess. I have three grown children also three grandbabies. Most of my time is spent working on some new book or a cover for a book. If you'd like, you can find me on all social media outlets under Susan Meachen

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Hidden Under the Surface Review

Today I want to share with you my review of Hidden Under the Surface by Michelle Heron. I hope everyone can get themselves a copy and enjoy.


 

  I absolutely loved this book! I have definitely found another author I can love and enjoy all of their books. The characters were amazing and so well-written. With a terrific storyline this book is a definite five star read. Michelle Heron has gained a new lifelong fan with this one!

My favorite books

  • Rebels At The Gate
  • The Father Factor
  • Jacob's Girls
  • James Patterson's Books
  • A Seperate Peace
  • The Pearl
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Hunt For Hawke's Daughter
  • Charlotte's Web
  • A Child Called "IT"
  • Sugar Baby

My Favorite Authors

  • Janie King Crouch
  • Elizabeth Heiter
  • Lynn Rush
  • Kelly Hashway
  • Langston Hughes
  • John Knowles
  • John Stienbeck
  • Charles Dickens
  • Max Lucado
  • James Patterson
  • Jean Barrett
  • Karen Young

My Favorite Movies

  • Kickin It Old Skool
  • Meet The Robinsons
  • My Girl
  • 30 Days of Night
  • Free Willy
  • Beauty and the Beast