Today my $50 Amazon gift card and free ebook contest has ended. Congratulations to the lucky winner:

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Please email me at Author.Yawatta.Hosby(AT)aol(DOT)com, giving me your email address, and letting me know what ebook you prefer. If you don’t own a Kindle, then please give me your shipping address so I’ll know to get a paperback.

Congratulations once again!!!

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Please welcome my special guest Fran Clark, the author of Holding Paradise. Please enjoy her wonderful interview. If you’re a huge fan of women’s fiction, then please check out her book. She’s having a launch party on April 25th at her blog. Check it out for a chance to win prizes! Here’s the link: Fran Clark’s blog.

HP2_721.  Do you have any advice for other writers trying to get published?

I would say, don’t be in a rush to take the first deal that comes your way. Make sure the publisher is offering the kind of support you need to get your book as visible as possible. These days a lot of the marketing effort has to come from the author themselves and some publishing houses are better equipped to help than others.

2.  Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Only that I had a recollection of a conversation I had with my Dad when I was a little girl. He asked what I wanted to do when I was older and I said I wanted to be a teacher or an author. By the time I left school I’d forgotten that conversation and had no idea what to do with myself. I worked in administration for years until I discovered music and eventually became a professional singer-songwriter. The writing came later still and now I have two passions in life. And, believe it or not I’m considering teaching Creative Writing so maybe I knew all the time what I wanted. It just took the long way to get there.

3.  What are your thoughts on the fact that both trade and self-published authors have to promote their own work?

Personally I hate the promotion side as it really isn’t my strong point so although my publisher does a lot less than me on the promotion side, I still feel I have some support. Self-published writers are extremely brave in my opinion. It is a shame that publishers don’t have the same financial clout they used to in such a changing market but we all have to adapt. Both traditionally and self-published writer alike. I am strongly considering self-publishing my short story collection as I’m geared up for promotion–whether I like to do it or not.

4.  What genre do you write for? Your favorite aspect? Your least favorite aspect?

i write Women’s Fiction. I love the variety in angles and stories that Women’s Fiction can cover. It’s not all love and romance. I hate that people will assume I write Chick Lit, I don’t. My stories are about ordinary people facing extraordinary situations and learning something about themselves as part of their journey. I just happen to choose themes that I believe women would relate to more than men but men enjoy my writing too.

5.  What are your current/next projects?

Well I need to edit my short story collection. I am half way through a second novel which needs lots of research. When the novel is completed I will begin to look for an agent.

6.  Do you prefer to work alone or with critique partners/beta-readers?

Well I certainly like to get my writing to at least 2nd or 3rd draft stage before anyone reads it. I think it’s important to get all your own ideas down and a level of confidence about your story so that you know where it’s going. But it is important to listen to criticism. Good criticism (and you have to decide what that is) can make the story stronger and hopefully more marketable.

7.  How do you find time to write?

These days with difficulty. I’m doing a Creative Writing MA and that is very demanding of my time. I find that I have neglected my second novel in favour of completing assignments. I am at my best when I’m organised and giving each task its necessary attention and knowing how much that is can vary depending on what life deals you at the time.

8.  Do you write the beginning/opening first or do you tend to write out of order (with whatever scenes interest you the most)?

I was only thinking about this recently. I do start at the beginning and work my way along to the end. I can’t help it. That’s what feels natural to me. I’ve tried writing out of sequence and that was the book I abandoned. (For now).

9.  Have you ever hated something you wrote?

Not hated so much as didn’t like. Sometimes I’ve felt a story wasn’t going well but continued anyway. When you read some things back they don’t always feel right and you can’t always put your finger on why. But don’t scrap ideas completely. Keep them in a back draw there might be a sentence, idea or character you’ll want to use in another story.

10.  Which is the easiest for you–novel, novella, or short story? Why?

To be honest I really don’t have an easiest because all writing is as easy or as hard as it to get a story to say what it needs to say. I’ve never written a novella but I have a collection of some very long short stories. I like to think that I give a story what it needs and that could be in 2,000 words or it could be in 90,000. Having said that I do have problem writing Flash Fiction. Maybe my problem with that is that I can’t shut up. Too many ideas to cram in to so few words!

11.  While you were writing, did you ever feel like you were one of your characters?

I never felt like I was one of my characters but some of them have certainly made me cry–and laugh come to that. My characters seem to take on a life of their own. They speak for themselves and I just go with the flow as I write. Hope that doesn’t sound too weird.

12.  How did you come up with the title?

The original title was Hidden Paradise and I was advised by a literary critic to change it as it didn’t fit the tone of my writing. I sat for days trying out new titles and started a poll with a few of my friends. Out of the blue I stumbled on just changing one word. Holding Paradise seemed to hold more promise and everyone else seemed to like it so I went with that.

13.  What inspired you to write your latest book? What is the book about?

Lots of things is my honest answers but if I were to narrow it down I would say it had a lot to do with my Mum. Her stories about life growing up in the Caribbean and what life was like when she first came to London. Holding Paradise isn’t her story as I used imagination to dream up my characters but there may be a little of everyone  I know in the characters in my book.

Holding Paradise’s Blurb:

On a grey and miserable morning in 2008 London businesswoman, Angelica Ford, boards a plane and flies off to the blues and greens of her mother’s island in the Caribbean. Angelica is desperate. She is looking for a way to save her marriage and win back her daughter. A web of lies has torn a hole into her seemingly perfect world and she is convinced that only her mother, Josephine Dennis, can help her turn her life around.

Josephine Dennis arrived in England by ship on a cold winter’s morning as a young mother joining her husband. She weathers a lifetime of secrets and betrayal as she raises her family in 1960s London. A matriarch with strong family values, she told her children colourful stories to guide them through life. It is the wisdom of one of these stories that Angelica seeks. Josephine has one last story to tell–the story that could change both of their lives.

Holding Paradise’s Excerpt

I walked into her room and saw, as usual, piles of clothes on the floor but resisted the urge to pick them up. Instead I dumped her clean clothes on the bed. Just as I did so, I heard her mobile go off. It made me jump. I was used to the ring tone but didn’t expect to hear it. It was impulse that made me grab it and press the little green telephone symbol. Before I could say ‘hello Eva’s phone’ I heard Saffron’s voice.

‘Bitch, what do you mean you’ve been having sex with someone in your family? You can’t send me emails like that and not expect me to call you right away. Who is it?’ I pressed the red telephone symbol straight away and threw Eva’s phone on the bed. I stood there staring at it. A few seconds later it rang again. I picked it up but I was ready. I saw the ‘Saffron calling’ sign as I gathered my thoughts.

‘Hello,’ I said.

‘Who’s that?’ Saffron sounded worried.

‘Oh Saffron. Did you just call? I picked up Eva’s phone but I couldn’t hear anyone so I hung up.’

‘Mrs Ford. You’ve got Eva’s phone?’

‘Yes, she must have forgotten it when she went off to Surrey with Luke. Shall I tell her you called?’

‘Er, yes please. So you didn’t hear me talking when you picked up?’

‘No. I don’t know what happened there. That’s technology for you.’ I laughed. A fake laugh. I hoped Saffron wouldn’t see through it. ‘Any message?’

‘Oh no, that’s okay Mrs Ford. I’ll just try her again this evening. Will she be back then?’

‘Yes, she should be. Bye then Saffron.’

‘Bye.’

I sat heavily on the bed. The piles of clothes I’d just put there slipped garment by garment onto the floor in slow motion until the last few t-shirts flopped quietly onto the jeans in real time. I got up quickly. I still had Eva’s phone in my hand. Why did I answer that call? No. I had to answer that call. The biggest secret that Eva could ever have kept from me, I had discovered by answering that call. But was Saffron serious? Why would she say it if it wasn’t true? My head was spinning. If it were true then who the hell could this family member be?

14.  Any blogs, websites, social media you’d like to share?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

The Exciting Continuation Of The Beyond the Eyes Trilogy.

If you could have the power to control evil, would you want it?

In a rainy, misty town filled with moss-covered trees and dwarfed by wooded mountains, Astoria, Oregon, holds many secrets and eighteen-year-old Paige Reed is one of them. She’s immortal, has magical abilities she’s discovering, and harbors King Solomon’s power inside her. With his incantations, she can control the dark spirits who lurk among societies in soulless humans.

But her problems are mounting.

Her best friend slips into a coma, and Paige must tap into her newfound powers—powers she’s unsure of—to save her.

Through this ordeal, Bael who once commanded a legion of black souls, forces Paige to make a pact with him, causing her to abandon the ones she loves. When she finds out where Solomon’s spells are and tells Bael, she begins to have second thoughts about her agreement with him.

Will she risk everything to claim the spells that hold the power to control the dark spirits so she can enslave him? Or will her one true love find her before she makes a horrible mistake that could damage her for life?

And most importantly, what does the Devil’s third mean and what is Bael really up to?

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I loved this book. It followed Carrie, Nathan, Tree, Paige, and Brayden’s adventure in keeping Paige safe. A secret discovered–she was a skeleton key. The villains wanted to kidnap her for their own agenda, making their way to Africa inside the cavern where the incantations were. The story was written through Paige and Nathan’s first person point-of-view accounts. My favorite style to read.

My favorite lines: 1) “And when I wasn’t watching her…I thought about her. Feeling like a roguish, filthy stalker, I began questioning my sanity.” 2) Carrie rolled her eyes. “You’re such a dork.” 3) “Why me? I don’t want this.” 4) “Of course you don’t know, but you know what? Brayden does.”

Besides action, this book also had drama and romance. I liked Anwar, so I was sad with his ending. I wished him and Nathan could have buried the hatchet. Plus, seeing what Paige’s family went through was also a tear jerker. I’m always a fan of the underdog in a love triangle. Since the first book, I’ve been rooting for Paige and Brayden. I guess he’s just one of those characters that can’t do anything wrong in my book. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Nathan too. He’s the mature one of the group. In this book, I liked that Nathan was less controlling and possessive of Paige. He trusted her judgment more.

The story really picked up when Carrie was in a car accident. She was in a coma. I really felt for Tree and Paige; they were so worried for her. Paige did a spell to enter Carrie’s dreams. Inside her dreams were my favorite scenes. I liked the darkness surrounding the clue that Paige received.

I loved the cliffhanger–how The Devil’s Third tied into Carrie, Paige, and Tree’s friendship.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

For more information on the book or author:

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

 

***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

In this messy love story, an unlikely hero chosen by the empress of a bizarre cult and he becomes a new kind of paranormal like the world has ever seen. Throw in some pungent explosions and greenhouse taboo, a deadly new drug and choices made for love or money, and the forces of good will fight it out with evil for the comedic unspeakable and to test the fortitude of everyone.

51ecqyuniSL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_I loved this book. It started off with Justin and Louis, two friends, eating in Tamale Heaven. They meet Betty, the waitress. Once they’re impressed with her fart (it said “freedom”), I knew it would be a funny story. It reminded me of something you’d see on Adult Swim. If you’re a fan of Beavis and Butthead or Ren and Stimpy, then you’ll like this plot. I thought it was cool how the title “NoGo GoGo” revealed the two opposing teams. NoGo is for a constipation pill while GoGo is all for diarrhea.

My favorite lines: 1) “All women are the hottest ones you’ve ever seen, until you see the next one.” 2) “She’s kind of a bitch, I wonder if she would like to give me a spanking.” 3) “But really, I thought I was going crazy when I heard my butt talking. I didn’t know that it was, like, a disease.”

The book wasn’t just about the forbidden booty fruit. It had many colorful characters, all with different agendas. The ones who stood out the most to me, as a reader, were Justin, Louis, Tommy, Lemo, Betty, Lucinda, and Dr. Nancy. It was fun seeing the lengths the guys would go to in order to make money. It was all about lying about research so their pills/medicine could be approved by the FDA.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

CONGRATULATIONS to:

MELMO

SALLY

LEAH

Out of 400 people who entered the Goodreads contest, those 3 were the lucky winners! I mailed off One By One today, so hopefully they’ll get their autographed copies soon. Hope you guys enjoy it!

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

***I received a free copy from The Making Connections Group on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review***

Beth Thomas has the perfect life. At thirty-five, she’s married to her college sweetheart, has two adorable kids, and teaches part time at the local university. But when a friend persuades Beth to go dancing on a rare night out, a chance meeting with twenty one year old Dave, one of her former students, changes the course of her life. Loud music, too much to drink, and the thrill of feeling young again lead to an unforgettable kiss that was never supposed to happen. As she tries to put the memory behind her, Dave’s pursuit leaves Beth torn between her loyalty to one man and her lust for another.

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I loved this book. It was written in Beth’s first person point-of-view. My favorite lines: 1) With every kiss, a rush of emotion followed. Exhilaration. Guilt. Fear. 2) I considered the possibility that Rick wasn’t the enemy. Maybe he had been a convenient scapegoat for my discontent.

Beth was married to Rick. One night she went out with her friend; they ended up at a club. The club scene where Dave, Beth’s former student, admitted his crush was so sweet! From there, they had a flirtatious affair.

I appreciated the realistic situation in the book. Her friend didn’t support Beth’s emotional cheating on Rick. I liked this because it showed the characters were mature and were held accountable for their actions. I really enjoyed the drama.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

INTJs can seem standoffish, but don’t be afraid when you meet us. I promise we won’t bite. Here’s some tips to understand us better and to gain our respect:

1.  Please be on time. We try very hard to be punctual and expect you to do the same. If you’re late (even if only by five minutes), I know I get annoyed.

2.  INTJs have a strong sense of humor, often sarcastic and/or warped. We will make ourselves and everything else the butt of our jokes, witticisms, and nonsensical remarks. If you’re sensitive or get your feelings hurt easily, we’ll probably make you uncomfortable.

3.  Try not to be repetitive. It bores us to death, and trust me, when I say we’ll let you know that we’re bored. Unfortunately, I don’t have a poker face.

4.  In the privacy of our minds, INTJs often think the unthinkable and expect the unexpected. Don’t be offended if we hardly react to an “impossible” or tragic event.

5.  Please expect debate. We enjoy tearing things/ideas apart to understand them and to prove or disprove their worthiness. So, if an INTJ sees that your idea or suggestion has merit, we’ll pick it apart. The ultimate INTJ insult–ignoring an idea. That means it wasn’t interesting enough to deconstruct.

  • Important note–we’ll gladly argue a point we don’t actually support just for the sake of argument or to probe your viewpoints. INTJs can easily and persuasively assume a point of view we don’t support. Ask if you want to know for sure.

6.  We believe in workable solutions, so we’re very open-minded to every possibility. Due to this, we’ll quickly reject any concept or idea that doesn’t work–that includes our own ideas. When making a point, please be concise and precise. I know I get bored easily, so I need to hear the punchline right away. Please don’t beat around the bush. And, please don’t keep saying the same concept after it’s been proven false. INTJs believe in working forward, not backwards.

7.  For INTJs, truth is more important than being right. I know that I don’t mind admitting my mistakes and explaining why I did them. That’s the only way to learn.

8.  Expect blunt and honest answers. Please don’t ask a question you don’t want the truthful answer to because we don’t plan on hurting your feelings, but probably will. I’m pretty straightforward to a fault LOL. INTJs hate small talk, so if you want to keep the conversation going, ask questions that require more than a one-worded answer.

9.  Don’t expect an INTJ to respect anything you say just because you say it, even if you’re an authority figure. We could care less. I know I want you to cite your sources or give me a good enough reason for a certain rule. I always find a loophole. We bow to one authority–rationality.

10.  The most important tip of all–do not expect INTJs to care very much about how you view them. We already know that many people see us as arrogant and/or weird. I know I’m used to it :)

Does anyone have any interesting encounters they’d like to share when dealing with an INTJ for the first time? Or how you realized, yep so and so isn’t normal–those dang on INTJs!

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby