Sunday, February 24, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH RHONDA DENNIS



AUTHOR BIO


Rhonda Dennis is proud to be born and raised in Louisiana. Her enthusiasm for the uniqueness of Louisiana's culture is evident in her novels. Even though she has always loved writing, she put it on hold to work for a while in the medical field. After returning to college, her passion was reignited. Rhonda wrote her first novel, "Going Home", the first book of the Green Bayou Novels series. She has since released novels two through four in the series, "Awakenings", "Deja Vu", and "Unforeseen". She also contributed to the anthology, "Rich Fabric" which released in September 2012. Rhonda lives in a small town in South Louisiana with her husband, Doyle, and her son, Sean and is about to release the fifth novel in The Green Bayou series, "Deceived". She appreciates the outdoors, enjoys spending time with her family, and loves to cook.





Growing up in southern Louisiana I know all too well the sights and sounds that Rhonda Dennis describes in her books. Louisiana is full of rich culture whether it is from the murky bayous, mysterious inaccessible swamps or the famous historic French Quarter. So when reading a story from Louisiana, no matter the location, it is sure to be a story worth reading.  Come and enjoy getting to know my friend Rhonda while we sit on the edge of the black waters of the bayou. But watch your toes for alligators. And if you listen close enough you can hear the rustling of the moss blowing in the giant oak trees and the eerie singing of the cicadas at dusk.  While we get to know Rhonda don’t forget to grab a glass of sweet ice tea and dig into a pile of spicy crawfish. 




Q:   Rhonda I know you at one time were an EMT is Emily based on you?
Rhonda:  Not really.  The fact that I was a medic does lend some authenticity to some of the emergencies Emily has to deal with, however, that's pretty much where the similarities end.

Q:  As an EMT did you ever encounter some of the crazy calls Emily encountered?
 Rhonda:  Yes!!  None that were actually listed in my stories, but I have had to respond to quite a few odd cases.  One of the funniest was a woman who demanded an M&M when we arrived at her house at 3:30 in the morning.  Family surrounded her as she lay on the bed moaning and pleading for that M&M.  After a whole lot of confusion, we found out that she actually wanted a ride to the hospital to get an enema--not an M&M.  We still chuckle about that one.

Q:    Besides the green bayou novels do you have plans for any other series.
Rhonda:  I'm not sure if I'll have another series or not, but I do have plans for at least three stand-alone novels. I kind of want to spread my wings as a writer--take a few more chances with what I put out there and see how readers like it.

Q:    Why did you kill off  main characters early on in the stories.
Rhonda:  From the start I knew I needed to kill off some main characters because I didn't want the reader to get too comfortable with the stories.  I didn't want someone to automatically assume that each segment would be wrapped up all cheerily and happy-go-lucky.  That's not real life.  Granted most people don't have as tumultuous a life as Emily Boudreaux, but we all have to deal with loss and tragedy, and we all must face our demons as we strive to overcome the pain left by those horrific events. I wanted to pull ALL emotions from readers, not just the mushy, gushy feel-good ones.

Q:    Do you feel that Emily is a little like Stephanie plum with her crazy antics and that she seems to get in certain predicaments?
Rhonda:  It's so funny that you would ask that.  One of the first people to read my manuscript was my aunt.  As soon as she read it, she said, "You must be an Evanvich fan.  Your manuscript reminds me a lot of the Stephanie Plum series."  I said, "Who?"  (Gasp!!  I know!!)  Seriously, up until that point, I'd never heard of or read anything by Janet Evanovich.  Of course I immediately bought the first book in the series, went directly to the second one, and read until I couldn't hold my eyes open.  I finished the entire series in no time.  I fell in love with Stephanie Plum and I was honored to be compared to such a talented author as Janet Evanovich!!

Q:    Did you always want to write?
 Rhonda:  I did!  I always loved writing, but never thought I could make a career of it.  In junior high and high school, I mostly wrote poetry.  Now, I don't mess with it so much.  As I got older, I developed a passion for writing short musings, little memoirs, and short stories.  "Going Home" was supposed to be a short story, but by the time I finished with it, I had a full novel-length manuscript.  I felt so accomplished!  I had written a novel!  I didn't know if it would go anywhere, but I had done it!  It's so hard to believe that I'm about to release my fifth one!!

Q:    Ok so you have some pretty hot men in your books who is your favorite and why?
Rhonda:  Only one?  Shucks!  If I had to pick only one, I'd say it would have to be Holden--though Jackson runs a close second place.  Jackson is good looking, chivalrous, devoted, etc., but Holden has this "bad boy" attitude that pops up every once in a while.  I have so many people tell me that Jacob is their favorite male character.  I had no clue readers would bond so well with him when I initially released the books.

Q:    Your books are set the murky bayous of Louisiana why this setting?

Rhonda:  I picked the bayous of Louisiana because it's what I know best.  I have so much pride in my culture and heritage!  I love being from Louisiana and I think that the backdrop of the sultry swamps lends some mystery to the series.  I'm also able to educate those who aren't from the area to some of our traditions and ways of life.  Consider me a Louisiana ambassador!

Q:    Are the settings in your stories from real life places?
Rhonda:  A few are based upon actual areas I've been to.  I picked them on purpose so I could give the readers a very clear, concise mental picture of these places.  You'd be surprised to know just how many ambulance stations in South Louisiana are situated near, in the middle of, or around cane fields!

Q:    Are there any tidbits are sneak peeks you would like to give your readers?
Rhonda:  Because the last book ended on a cliffhanger, I still haven't released the first chapter of "Deceived". (I usually do that about a month or so before release.)  I can tell you that this book will feature a place near and dear to my heart, my hometown of Morgan City!   The change in setting ties in beautifully with the storyline.  I hope everyone enjoys reading about it!  

Q:  Who is your favorite author?
Rhonda:  My favorite author would be John Kennedy Toole.  I'm a huge fan of "The Confederacy of Dunces."  After that, I'd have to say that I love most of the classics, I totally adore Charlaine Harris, and I really enjoy Janet Evanovich.  I also love supporting fellow Indie authors as much as possible.  I'm very grateful to have befriended some big names and some who are surely destined to become big names.  

Q:    Who has inspired you most in life and in writing?
Rhonda:  That's a hard one.  I've been inspired by so many people!  In grade school/high school, my English teacher, Lisa Thibodeaux played a huge part in sparking my enthusiasm for reading and writing.  In college, I had a professor who actually wrote that I should consider changing careers to writing on my final essay.  It was his words of encouragement that essentially gave me the confidence to take this route.  In life, I'm inspired by my family and friends.  I have two aunts who have played a tremendous role in my writing.  My parents--I hope to make them as proud of me as I am of them.  My husband and son--they are so supportive and helpful.  I've been blessed with the people in my life, and even more so now that I can include fans and readers into the list of those who inspire me.  Whenever I receive a little note or a comment from a reader, it encourages me to keep at it and to try to do even better with the next one. 

Q:  If you could meet anyone famous from Louisiana who would it be and why?
Rhonda:  Can I have more than one?? Hmmm? I think I'd love to spend the day with John Goodman. He's so down to earth and laid back. He's my kind of guy.

Yes you can have more than one. 
Well, I want Chef John Besh to cook for us and Harry Connick, Jr. to play music while Ian Somerholder, Reese Witherspoon, Zachary Levi, and Ellen Degeneres join us!

Q: Growing up in southern Louisiana what is your fondest memory?
Rhonda:  My favorite memory is sitting on my grandparents' porch, waiting for my Paw Paw to come home with bushels of crabs for us to boil. Those were great times!





AUTHORS LINKS


GREEN BAYOU NOVEL FACEBOOK SITE

RHONDA DENNIS'S WEBSITE

FOLLOW RHONDA ON TWITTER

RHONDA'S GREEN BAYOU NOVELS BLOG

RHONDA'S GOODREAD AUTHOR PAGE

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They are available in either paperback or ebook
 
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

REVIEW OF ENCHANTED HEARTS




A Captivating and Enchanting

Love story that will steal your heart!!!




Book Description


How do you choose between mere moments and a lifetime?
Aithne was raised on fairytales, spending hours daydreaming about meeting one of the elusive Fae. Little did she know, hidden in the shadows, a Fae Prince stood watching. All it took was one glance and Hadrian became enchanted, unable to stay away. Revealing his presence, Aithne's life was forever changed as her childhood fantasies of magic became a reality.
With each encounter, Aithne fell deeper in love and even though she knew Hadrian couldn't offer her the future she craved, it was enough. That was until William, the local blacksmith's son and friend, stepped forward. Wearing his own heart on his sleeve, and eager to claim Aithne as his wife, there was nothing William wouldn't do for the girl he loved, even if it meant risking it all at the Midsummer Night's 
festival.


My Thoughts

Enchanted hearts is a love story, a forbidden love story.  It has been told that through history of the fae that a human can steal a fairy’s soul.   But this does not stop Hadrian once he gets a glimpse of a beautiful female human named Aithne he knows he must claim her.  Aithne grew up fantasizing about falling in love with fairies as any young girl reading fairytales would.  The love between Aithne and Hadrian is one that could never have been imagined.  Enter in William who also wants to stake a claim on Aithne his childhood friend.  The author pulls off her toe curling, swoon worthy kisses which she is well known for like no one else?  Belinda gives you a small glimpse into the fae world with this magical and insightful and richly colorful story.   A mixture of fantasy and love sure to have you falling in love with these characters, it will draw you in and keep you captivated till the very end.  



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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

REVIEW OF FORGET ME NOT

An Epic Tale




Book Description


Only a fool would think they could steal from a werewolf …
Anticipating a quiet night alone with the man she loves, Darcy’s world is sent into a spin with the arrival of someone from the past—Mason’s. She is further shocked by the intruder’s claim she may not even be the true mate of the Mystic Wolves Alpha. Accusations start to fly, leading to her new enemy being granted asylum, and this is just the beginning of trouble.
Relying on the reassurances of Mason and the support of her friends and Pack, Darcy soon falls under attack. Suspicions are raised, and with no other choice, she must flee with Devlin to safety where hopefully they can untangle the lies hidden behind the use of magic. Time is quickly ticking away, leading to a showdown where everything is on the line.
They need to uncover the truth before it’s too late, or once again, Darcy will need to fight to hold onto her dreams.



My thoughts

Darcy is supposed to be mated with Mason or is she? This is the question raised through the entire book.  This is another vividly written tale by Belinda Boring. Full of magic and deceit it is sure to take you on a whirlwind ride. With the help of her pack she must uncover the truth before it's too late. Once again twists and turns with every flip of the page up to the very last, that will leave you shocked and wondering what's to come next. Forget Me Not will appease all the senses of Belinda's swoon worthy status.


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Monday, February 11, 2013

REVIEW OF MYSTIC WOLVES

 

A Beautiful Mystical Love Story!!


Book Description

What would you do if a simple errand takes a deadly twist, turning you from cautious prey to dangerous predator?

Someone is trying to send a deadly message to Mason, arranging the deaths of those he loves and it puts the entire pack and Alpha on high alert. Darcy understands the primal instincts driving her beloved Mason's commands. With the help of those he sets as protectors, she learns about herself and the things she'll need to help support her Alpha and pack. When events turn dire however, one truth offers her strength - once given, oaths are unbreakable ... even if it means risking it all.




My thoughts
  
Reading Mystic Wolves by Belinda Boring I was intrigued from the first page.  Once again another book I was able to get emotionally involved with the characters.  Murder and mayhem ensues from page one to the  very last.   Darcy and Mason are to be mated but before that can happen, she must go through trials and tribulations in her life but with Mason and her pack she can overcome anything.   Throw in a couple of vampires in the mix, one who is totally silly and one who  stands on the Richter scale of hotness and you have a winner.   There is heartbreak and retribution and I promise you will cry but then you will laugh at the wittiness of Belinda’s writing.  Belinda Boring wears her title of queen of swoon quite well.  The author will have you begging for more at the end of the book… so look forward to Forget Me Not!!!!  


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Disclaimer: This is the beginning to my Valentine Date with Belinda Boring..........

Saturday, February 2, 2013

REVIEW OF RESTORED


Dreams are not always what they seem or are they?






BOOK DESCRIPTION

Kollyan used to being the last one to get attention from anyone; never good enough and always living in the shadows of others. First her best friend Buffy that stopped talking to her and spending time with her years ago, now she feels like she is living in the shadow of the rest of the world. Until all of a sudden people around her, friends and strangers start dying. She feels like she somehow plays a role in what is going on but isn’t sure. Scared and running for her life she meets Lennon through a mutual friend. Now she is running from what she knows could be the one true love of her life and someone that is out to kill her. That mixed in with the crazy dreams see where it all takes her.
Lennon met Kollyan in Scotland a few years ago, thinking he would never see her again but never forgetting her. Seeing her walk into his club then later at his house sends his insides into a fast and furious emotional rollercoaster. With the mysterious things going on around her deciding to help save her, will he be able to save himself?



My Thoughts

In the second installment of DM McDaniel’s Guardian Dream series Restored we once again meet Lennon the enigmatic but very sexy tortured vampire.  When a woman from his past enters his life Lennon must do what he can to keep her safe.  This is a tale full of betrayal, murder and a lost love.  Lennon must follow his heart if he is to truly be happy.   Mrs. McDaniel has a way of writing that keeps her readers intrigued at every flip of the page.  Once again twists and turns at every page.  Quite an exhilarating read and I promise hands down you will fall in love with the sexy vampire Lennon I know I did.  As the second book in the series, it is an emotional ride and I immediately was begging for more of these characters.   Keep an eye out for what’s next with this author.  

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INTERVIEW TO FOLLOW SOON. BE ON THE LOOK OUT.