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Monday, October 24, 2011

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Today's "Author Spotlight" is on multi-published, contemporary romance author, E. Ayers. I'm delighted to have her on my blog today, and she  has graciously offered to give each and everyone who joins my newsletter, or comments here, a free download of one of her titles.  Thank you so much E!

So grab your choice of beverage, pull up a chair and settle in. You're sure to find something to tickle your reading fancy from such a prolific author. 

And now, a little about E. Ayers... 



I love a good book and I believe in true love...

Combining the two seems simple, but it's not.  I write stories about people who live in today's world and find real love.  Within the industry, it's called slice of life.  I write about the romantic slice and with it comes everything else that life throws our way.

Fairy tales are for children and adults know better.  There is no magic wand, but love holds its own magic and for each person it's quite different.  For some it might be love at first sight and for others it's a gradual thing.   Each person experiences love differently because we are all diverse.   It's not a one-size fits all world  so my books don't have stereotypical characters.  

 I know all about love at first sight because it happened to me.  Well, not exactly, it took a whole evening for me to realize that I was falling in love. What followed was a tale that no one would believe but many years, two daughters, and two granddaughters later  my true love died.  I put our wedding bands in a box , but the love that we shared still lingers.

Writing is something I do.  I write and always have.  I loved essays in school.  I wrote long letters to friends when I moved far away.  I wrote for a newspaper. Poetry comes easily to me and I love limericks, but I only know one that isn't dirty! I never learned about Haiku until my granddaughter was in elementary school and I found that to be fun, but I love the sing-song rhymes of Dr. Seuss and  Robert Louis Stevenson, and the fantastic sway of the words in Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven.

As a child books were my friends and my company.  TV was limited and I lived in the country so there wasn't a neighborhood filled with other children my age.  My weekends and summers were filled with books dragged home from the small local library. Moby Dick and Billy Budd along with a host of other sea stories fed my adventurous side. Tales of the Wild West made me yearn for the other side of the Mississippi River and naturally I was a horse fan so anything having to do with a horse was scoffed up and quickly read.  Many years later, I fell in love with the movie The Pagemaster because I completely related to the characters becoming alive and the concept of  living in books.

My little dark secret is my imagination.  I made up playmates as a child, but it never stopped when I became an adult.  Now these characters can come to life in books.  In fact,  having a quiet cup of coffee anymore is near impossible as often these characters demand to  be allowed to tell their stories.  It's gotten so bad I've had to shove a manuscript to one side while I wrote another story.  Yes, they can be demanding.  But I promise I'm perfectly normal. Aside from my family and my writing friends, no one actually knows I'm an author.  I like it that way.  There's real life and then there is my life as an author.
~**~

 
With Halloween fast approaching, what could be more appropriate than a strange encounter with a muscled hunk in a skeleton suit to make a woman's heart rate soar? Pick up a copy of A Skeleton at Her Door to find out what happens next!


(novella)
Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Blurb

When Angie opens her door on Halloween she finds a six-foot tall skeleton on her doorstep. Trick or Treat?

Excerpt


The peephole revealed a man in a skeleton costume. Angie laughed and opened the door. "Omigod, Matt, come in. You look a little bony. Did you lose weight? Where did you get that costume?" She turned and called up the stairs of the tiny two-bedroom townhouse that she shared with her daughter, "Lissy, come see Matt in his Halloween costume."

She turned back to her neighbor. Every speck of his face was covered in black and white paint, including the lips that were painted like teeth. "Who painted your face? They did a phenomenal job."

The skeleton never answered.

"Afraid to talk for fear of messing it up?"

The skeleton nodded.

She stared at the incredible hunk standing before her in his skintight, black and white costume with a hood. It looked like something a skater would wear during the Olympics. "Geezzz, if you weren't such a baby compared to me and didn't have a steady girl, I'd be all over you. Really, Matt, you need to show off those muscles more often. You're hot! Very hot! Talk about jumping bones." She giggled. "Oh yeah!" She fanned her face with her hand and grinned. "Lissy, get down here!"

"Coming," a young voice hollered back.

At the sound of footsteps, Angie turned and watched her young daughter come down the stairs. Seeing the child's face was worth it.

"Wow!" Lissy's eyes grew round with amazement. She sat on a step so she was equal in height to the man standing by their front door. "But, Mommy, Matt has blue eyes and this skeleton has brownish eyes."

Angie turned back to the man and he shrugged. Panic rose in her. Had she opened her door to a complete stranger? "You're not Matt?"

The man shook his head and then motioned for a piece of paper and pen.

She stepped backwards a few feet and picked up a pencil and notebook that her daughter had left next to the sofa. She didn't dare take her eyes off of him. He obviously wasn't carrying a weapon and there wasn't anyplace to even hide a key in that tight costume. But he had enough muscles on him to probably snap her in half like a twig. Cautiously she handed him the notebook and pencil.

Sorry, where does Matt live? I'm his friend. Thought he said 128 B. He passed the notebook and pen back to her.

"One twenty-eight D as in dog, two more doors that way." She pointed the direction with her index finger.

The man nodded and left.

Angie felt her lungs releasing air as her stomach unknotted. "Oh, Lissy, I thought it was Matt. He said he was going to that charity Halloween party."

"Mommy, you always say never to open the door to a stranger."

"You're right, honey. I broke my own rule. And we got lucky."

~**~
 
Other Available Titles by E. Ayers
 
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(novella)

“I hate you, Dickie Warren.” Chloe Langston remembered the sentiment in high school. Realizing Dickie is Rich Warren her boss, old prejudices come forward. Will Rich convince Chloe to let go of the childhood misunderstanding that stands between them? Will he prove there’s a fine line between love and hate?

Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble 

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 (novella)

Start with a house at the beach. Stir together a widow who still felt married, an irresponsible cousin, a misconception, an opportunity of a lifetime, a few tears, and a little humor. Add a generous amount of rain, plenty of sunshine, a love of sailing, and three children with very different problems. Put it all together in Mariner's Cove, then watch the friendship grow, and true love blossom.

Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble



A River City Novel 
 
If you ask businessman Mac McGuire, he'll tell you this is his story. He fell head over heels in love with Amanda Conner, an unfettered beauty with a turbulent past. Wanting her is one thing, gaining her trust is another. From the violence of River City’s housing projects, to the glamorous digs of the downtown, and out to the lake district, this is one time that his money isn't working in his favor.

Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble 


A River City Novel
 
When Patrick Makowllen, a conservative investment adviser takes on the gifted artist Dallas Nixon, she destroys his budget, turns his life upside down, and tarnishes his sterling reputation. In spite of the chaos, she colors his life with more love and passion then he ever dreamed possible.

Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

 
Coming Soon!


A Snowy Christmas in Wyoming

 A Challenge  (A River City Novel) 

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~**~

While you're here, please check out Lisa Alexander-Griffin's author page on Amazon. Dark and Sensual reads that keep you falling in love again and again...



19 comments:

Jane Leopold Quinn October 24, 2011 at 9:57 AM  

Hi E,

I understand about a vivid childhood imagination that continues into adulthood. Writers can't stop the stories in their heads. That's the best part of us.

Congratulations on all your stories. Jane

Lisa Alexander Griffin October 24, 2011 at 10:02 AM  

Thanks for stopping by, Jane. Seems E has lots of wonderful stories in her head. :)

Shannon Patterson,  October 24, 2011 at 10:37 AM  

Hello E,

Skeleton in her closet sounds like a wonderful book.I wish you the best of luck with your books.

Hugs:)

Shannon Patterson,  October 24, 2011 at 10:40 AM  

Sorry E I meant Skeleton at her door.

Anonymous,  October 24, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

We certainly are the sum of our parts. Nice interview E. It's a peek at where your creativity comes from.
~Rose

Janice October 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM  

Reading that the love of your life passed away brought tears to my eyes. Sorry that happened to you.

E. Ayers October 24, 2011 at 12:37 PM  

Thanks, Jane, for stopping by. Characters can become so annoying! But as writers we learn to live with them.

E. Ayers October 24, 2011 at 12:45 PM  

Shannon, that made me laugh. We all have skeletons in the closet and that's what made the story of Angie and Tom so sweet. They have to overcome theirs if they want to find happiness. I like keeping things very realistic.
E.

E. Ayers October 24, 2011 at 1:13 PM  

Hi, Rose. Thanks for stopping by. If only my fingers on the keyboard could keep up with my overly active muse. It doesn't take much to trigger it.
E.

Lisa Alexander Griffin October 24, 2011 at 1:29 PM  

Shannon (hi sweetie), Rose and Janice, thanks so much for stopping by. A reader can't go wrong with one of E Ayers books. Her vivid imagination comes through in each word.

E. Ayers October 24, 2011 at 1:39 PM  

Hi, Janice.

There are no words when we lose someone very precious to us. I lost my husband, my best friend, and my lover, but what surprised me was I lost part of me. Many people search their entire life for what we had. I got lucky.

I try to bring that love into what I write.

C. Zampa October 24, 2011 at 4:54 PM  

It's wonderful to meet you, E.

And I love that you had that love of your life and that the love does still linger.

I felt as though I was reading about myself in your childhood. I constantly read, wrote, drew---anything to keep characters alive.

Enjoyed the excerpt!

Lisa Alexander Griffin October 24, 2011 at 5:24 PM  

Thanks for stopping by, Carol. You're another wonderfully talented artist. (( hugs to you))

CelticAmazon October 24, 2011 at 5:27 PM  

I too like the concept of love at first sight. I married my hubby after 4 months and we just celebrated 31 years together.

The Skeleton at the door sounds very intriguing.
Patricia
panthers.ravens@yahoo.oom

Lisa Alexander Griffin October 24, 2011 at 5:36 PM  

Thank you for stopping by, Patricia. I think lots of people must believe in love at first site. I know I do. And E's story is special, and yours must be too.

You, and all other commenters here will receive a copy of one of E's titles at the end of the week. :)

Thank you again.

E. Ayers October 24, 2011 at 10:16 PM  

Hi C. Zampa, thanks for stopping by. I used to think I was weird because I had imaginary friends, and then I discovered it was quite normal especially when real friends are scarce. But today, I don't think kids have that same imagination. They have video games to fill in that emptiness. So will that effect them later in life? Or will the video games somehow send that creative force in a different direction? I think it will take another ten to twenty years before we know the answer to that question.
E.

E. Ayers October 24, 2011 at 10:37 PM  

Hi, Celtic. Isn't it wonderful to still have that sexy handsome guy 31 years later! You know his scent and the texture of his skin. You know where he's ticklish and all of his favorite foods. Some things get better with time.

When the right one comes along we just know it. Everything falls into place. Yep, this is the one!

Congrats and I wish you many more wonderful years together.
E.

The Paperback Diva October 26, 2011 at 8:44 AM  

Keep that imagination bubbling!

E. Ayers October 26, 2011 at 9:25 AM  

Hello, dear Diva my wonderful friend, thanks for stopping in.

Note to self: Remain on good behavior at all times because I never know when The Paperback Diva will show up. LOL
E.

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