Monday, April 30, 2012

Another Blog Hop... Oh Boy!!



Congratulations to June M. the winner of the $25 GC!!

Thanks to Kathy at I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Eve's Fan Garden for hosting this blog hop. I had so much fun at the last one, I'm flinging some joy again. I love giving away GC so everyone in the world can play...so, the prize is the winner's choice of a $25 BN or Amazon GC.

All followers receive one entry...so if you aren't already a follower, please join us. You can also earn an entry by commenting.

Hop on over to some of the other participants:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

William Shakespeare is Coming to Tifton!!

CELEBRATING THE BARD'S BIRTHDAY


Monday, April 23, is the date that has traditionally been used to celebrate William Shakespeare's birthday. This week, Tifton is celebrating it on Thursday, April 26, with some exciting opportunities.

From 4:30-5:30 PM at the Tifton-Tift County Public Library, the Georgia Humanities Council will provide a workshop on Shakespearean stagecraft. Participants should be between the ages of 7 and 18. Things that will be covered include costuming, acting, sword-fighting, life in 1611 England, and the Globe Theater.

There will also be a performance by Georgia Shakespeare at Tift Theatre, downtown, at 7 PM. This is FREE for all ages! Will’s World is an introduction to the world of Shakespeare through the eyes of the master himself! This interactive journey through the life and times of the world’s greatest playwright shows us how Will’s environment helped to shape both his life and his plays. Join us as the young William Shakespeare grows up to become the immortal bard before our very eyes!

Hope to see you there!!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

REVIEW: The Yard by Alex Grecian

Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives—known as “The Murder Squad”—to investigate countless murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own . . . one of the twelve . . .When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley. Together they track the killer, who clearly is not finished with The Murder Squad . . . but why?Filled with fascinating period detail, and real historical figures, this spectacular debut in a new series showcases the depravity of late Victorian London, the advent of criminology, and introduces a stunning new cast of characters sure to appeal to fans of The Sherlockian and The Alienist.
Alex Grecian's historical mystery is set just after the time of Jack the Ripper. Forensics is in its infancy, and Scotland Yard is beginning to realize that there are some crimes and criminals that baffles traditional thinking. This is not a who-dun-it; in fact, the author reveals that information relatively early in the book. It is a look into the psychology of crime and, perhaps more importantly, the men who fight against it under difficult circumstances.

I was very glad to find out that The Yard is the first in a series--somehow that slipped past me when reading the back cover! I absolutely fell in love with the characters, especially Walter Day (shhh, don't tell my husband or Walter's wife, Claire). The best part of this book is getting to know the characters, and I'm glad I'm going to get the chance to read more about them.

I'm already anxiously awaiting book two in this series.

To win an ARC of this exciting book that is coming out in June, leave a comment. Make sure I can contact you to get your mailing address. Because of mailing costs, US only please.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Showers of Books Blog Hop and Giveaway


Thanks for all the comments and followers. This contest is now over. The winner is: CARLA and I will be sending her an email. They say April Showers Bring May Flowers! This April will find you showered in books during the "Showers of Books" Giveaway Hop!
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & One A Day Y.A..
Welcome to my very first bloghop with I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and a special thanks to her for putting this all together!! ::::throwing confetti:::

So everyone in the world can play, I'm going to be giving away a $25 GC to either Amazon or BN.com (winner's choice). How to win?? It's easy: just follow my blog (please make sure your email address is associated with your profile so I can contact you.) A second entry can be earned by leaving a comment and answering this question: If you win, what would you buy with the GC?

Can't get easier than that!!

And... to make it easy for you: see below for some other great giveaways during the BlogHop :-).

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Virtual Book Tour: Strip Tease Tour


This post is part of a Virtual Book Tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. You can see the other stops on the tour by clicking the banner above. Wendi will be giving away a $10 GC to Total-e-Bound to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. The more you comment, the better your chances.


1) Who is your favourite author and why?

My favorite author would be a couple of authors, actually. KA Mitchell is my favorite MM author. The scenes are so normal, yet I feel like I am right there in them. I voraciously snatch up any/all Lora Leigh books. She writes the heat. And it’s emotional heat. I love to read Stephanie Burke. Stephanie Burke’s work makes me laugh. The characters are being put through the grinder, but it’s all in a good time. I’m eclectic in my tastes.

2) When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I don’t know that I consider myself a professional writer, but I do consider myself a writer. The characters beg me to keep telling their stories. There isn’t a day that I can’t NOT write. So to the question, when did I first consider myself a writer? About seven years ago when I wrote the first novella. Once I started putting the words to paper, I couldn’t stop. I had to keep telling what happened next. Now I know the difference between telling and showing, but that’s the moment I realized I was a writer.

3) Describe your writing space?

The whole house is my writing space. At one time, I had an office, kind of. There was a room in the house where I would sit and write. It was turned into a craft room. The computer moved downstairs, but I got a laptop (and thank you, God, for that). I love the flexibility of being able to go wherever I want and write when the mood strikes. I’ve written in the RV, in the living room, on the balcony, the front porch, my bedroom...wherever the characters start talking.

4) What are you reading now?

Love and the Farmer by Sean Michael. I love Michael’s writing and his fluidity.

5) How many books have your written? Which is your favorite?

As Wendi Zwaduk, I’ve got 17 stories. My favorite would be Savin’ Me. I love that one because the characters are so complex and the love so strong. I liked writing a ménage.

As Megan Slayer, I’ve got 10 novellas and my favorite one of those is Permanent. Again the characters are complex. River is very emotional and the things he’s been through are tough for anyone to understand. This one also explored the highs and lows of bdsm. While there can be great highs, the lows, especially in the wrong hands are really low.

6) What comes first, plot or characters?

Characters. They usually show up and say, hello, this is my story. Then I find out what the plot will be. Sometimes it takes a while to figure out who the other character will be, but the journey is always worth it.

7) Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

Yes. It’s a pain, but oddly enough it’s worth it. I like to write point A to B to C. In a perfect world, that works out. The world isn’t perfect so it doesn’t work that way. I’ll be chugging along on points A to B and realize that there are parts in B that don’t want to work. When I get stuck, then I take a step back and either write a new scene or a new book. I’ve always got at least three books going at one time. I take turns on which one I work on so I don’t get confused, but I’ve got places to fall back on when I get stuck. I’ve also just walked away from stories. I go back and finish them, but I will give myself time to think on the sticking points. The characters usually get irritated that I ignore them and finish talking.

8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love to attend stock car races. Love the smells, the sights, the sounds and the excitement of the races. I’ve also gotten some great inspiration from them. I’m a mom, a wife, and a parent to four fur babies. I have a degree in fine art and I still love to draw and paint when I have time.

9) Tell us about your latest book?

When You’re With Me is an old story, but a new release. I started this book back in 2008. Jude and Drew told me their initial story back then, but it took me quite a bit of time to get the kinks worked in and out of the book. I liked the study in contrasts – a stripper and a cop, a man of the law immersed in the seedier side of the law, and a woman trying to pull herself up and out of a lifestyle she doesn’t totally want. Over My Head actually came after WYWM and was born out of a request. My publisher asked me to write them a story. Simple as that. I panicked. I wrote them lots of stories, but to just say, I want you to do this? But the more I thought about it, the more I realized WYWM needed an introduction. I wanted to tell the story of the characters from WYWM that don’t have a voice. Astra and Randy were named, but it took me asking them exactly how they got their HEA to get Over My Head written. I’m glad I did.

10) What’s next for you?

More writing. More races. More time with family. I recently had accepted a recent historical entitled, Sunshine of Your Love, about a Vietnam vet whose returned to the states. His coming back is anything but normal and joyous. His world is turned upside down and it takes a friendship forged with the girl he never expected to love to show him life doesn’t have to be normal to be great.

Thanks for having me here at the blog. I love getting to see the new sites and be new places. Now I have a question for the readers. What do you want to see next from Wendi Zwaduk? What stories do you feel need that follow up or what do you think is the next step? Let me know.

About the Author:
I always dreamed of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line. I tend to write books with titles taken from songs because music is one of my many muses.

I earned a BA in education at Kent State university and as well as a Masters in Education from Nova Southeastern University. I've tried my hand at teaching, waitressing, and retail sales, but writing holds my heart.

I love NASCAR, romance, books in general, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, and my menagerie of animals. I have more stories than my brain can handle percolating. I can't wait to share them with you!

Find the author online at:

www.WendiZwaduk.com
http://www.wendizwaduk.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/wendi.zwaduk
http://twitter.com/#!/WendiZwaduk
http://www.manicreaders.com/WendiZwaduk/

Monday, April 09, 2012

Just a Personality Quiz... for kicks

You Are Emotional
You are dependable, popular, and observant.
Deep and thoughtful, you are prone to moodiness.
In fact, your emotions tend to influence everything you do.

You are unique, creative, and expressive.
You don't mind waving your freak flag every once and a while.
And lucky for you, most people find your weird ways charming!

Sunday, April 08, 2012