Not Officially A Blog Hop, But Getting My Name Out There Nonetheless

Writers can’t just write. Nowadays, they have to promote themselves. No one will know who you are or what books you’ve written if no one can find you. Thankfully, the internet is an efficient, speedy way to help spread the word. Living in West Virginia, it’s pretty cool beans that I can connect with people all over the world with just a click of a button.

Like the other day, I was able to have a live interview chat with the author Hemanth Gorur during his Facebook Launch Party Event of his novel Aymaran Shadow. It’s like a 9 hour difference between India and Eastern Standard Time, but we made it work 🙂

He was nice enough to allow me to guest post on his blog about the different characteristics of readers who like the paranormal and thriller genres. If anyone would like to check it out, here’s the link: What Draws Readers To Paranormal Writing And Thrillers.

And the author, who has turned into one of my writing friends, Rebekkah Ford gave me a shout-out on her blog with a book feature. If anyone would like to check it out, here’s the link: Book Feature One By One By Yawatta Hosby.

Slowly but surely, I’ll keep making my rounds. I have 2 author interviews in the works–so excited!

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Interview With Hemanth Gorur, Author of Aymaran Shadow

I would like to welcome my special guest Hemanth Gorur, author of Aymaran Shadow. Please enjoy his insightful interview.

180722271.  Do you have any advice for other writers trying to get published?

For aspiring writers, I’d say, do not write with the market in mind. Of course you need to do your basic research in terms of which genres are crowded and where are the white spaces. But you don’t want to be a me-too. Your work will soon get commoditized. If you want to set yourself up for the long-term, don’t be risk-averse but steel yourself for the hard grind ahead.

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

I love my readers and they’re what keep any author going. It’s no longer a publisher’s world. Readers carry immense power in saying what a good story should be like. They’re far more aware of and have strong preferences for writing styles that resonate with how they think, than used to be the case even five years back. Readers should come out in far more numbers and voice their support for their favorite authors, so that we can keep giving back what they love most – a good lip-smacking story to devour.

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

It’s as much a question of ‘want to’ as it is of ‘have to’. With the unprecedented success of e-books and e-publishing, it is far easier today for self-published authors (most of whom prefer e-publishing) to devote more time and effort towards making readers aware of their work. You have more control over how you want to converse with your readers and what you want to be seen as. Traditionally published authors do not seem to have that kind of imperative bearing down on them. But if I’m really pushed on this question, I’d much rather just write.

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

Paranormal/horror, psychological thrillers, historical fiction (for now). Trepidation and fearful excitement to my mind are the least explored of all emotions expected in readers when they read a book. I love bringing those to the fore. I love dabbling in human psychology. There’s nothing I dislike about the genre, except perhaps that it might get a little gory or twisted at times and may not be suitable for all ages/inclinations.

5.  What are your current/next projects?

I’m excited about my next. It’s probably going to be a historical fiction with paranormal elements and will be the second book in my Eternal Visitation Series. It’ll have a completely different plot-line as compared to Aymaran Shadow, which was the first of the series and was recently published.

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

I love critique partners, but I consciously do not have too many. Ditto with beta-readers. I’m choosy about who I work with, and it’s for a reason – I need to trust that individual to identify with my entire vision for the book. End of day, writing is a very private affair – much like making love – you don’t want to be too promiscuous! That said, I love being part of anthologies, and in general shooting the breeze with fellow authors. There’s a lot you can learn by just talking to a fellow writer or genuine critic.

7.  How do you find time to write?

I’d ask myself what I’d do if I didn’t write. I’ll have a hard time answering that. So, for me, it’ s never a question of “finding time to write”. I’ll go so far as to say, I write because if I personally did whatever my characters do, I’d be incarcerated on an island in the Pacific! So you don’t want me not writing. Seriously speaking, I do it for a living so it’s not too hard to make time.

8.  Did you always want to become an author?

Not in my wildest dreams. But I’m glad I did!

9.  Is there any writing rituals you complete before creating your manuscripts/drafts?

Rituals…I think! 🙂 Not something I’m fond of doing if I’m not writing! Seriously speaking, I draw up excel graphs. I like to look at where I am and where I’m headed.

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

Neither. I outline first and then throw my hair down for the individual chapters and scenes. A fellow-author once described me as outliner-meets-discoverer! Sort of an airline navigator doing the rapids!

11.  Have you ever hated something you wrote?

Never.

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

Naturally, short stories. But they don’t give me the creative kick that writing a full-length novel does.

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

Great question. Characters are always the illegitimate children of your persona as the creator of the character and the personas of those on whom you’ve modeled the character (if you have). There’s always a little bit of ‘you’ in your characters. Something really peculiar happened while writing Aymaran Shadow (and this is the subject of one of my future blog posts on the book’s official blog). At one point in the story, when my protagonist starts realizing who the real antagonist is among the two suspects, I was personally frustrated with her slow pace of realization. I remember almost chiding my protagonist: “you cannot be such a dope”. And that’s because I felt myself to be part of her, and I kept thinking I wouldn’t take such a long time if I were in her place. The other time it happened was in the climax, which is a bit gory, when I actually felt my protagonist’s intense fear and loathing towards the antagonist. So much so that I keep thinking I went overboard in my depiction of how the climax plays out. But thankfully, the reviews don’t say that!

14.  How did you come up with the title?

For Aymaran Shadow, this was the third title I “froze” after sifting through at least five more. The title, for me, had to denote the beginnings of the protagonist’s troubles, convey a sense of displaced time, and had to be subtly sinister without being too in-your-face.

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

Aymaran Shadow is about a woman who is destined to be violated and brutally murdered in every lifetime (based on the concept of reincarnation or rebirth). As for the inspiration, this is precisely the subject of series of posts on the book’s official blog. Hop over to my blog for that!

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

Not All Procrastinators Are Bad…My Writing Group Is On the Front Page Of the Local Paper Today!!!

1004731_10200103514298697_2013908284_nThis morning I woke up to a nice surprise! If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I mention my writing group quite often. Well, The Procrastinators was featured on the front page of The Journal. Aspiring Authors Talk Self-Publishing, Creativity was written by Juliet Lauderdale. It discussed our writing goals and accomplishments and highlighted my debut novel. I’m proud of myself, Pam, Marc, and Melissa! Let’s keep up the good work and help each other stay motivated!

Despite childhood fantasies, Mathison said efforts to establish a professional writing career as an adult have required discipline.

“I take publishing books very seriously and wanted to do it in the most professional manner possible,” [Hosby] said.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Idiot’s Tale By Anthony Land

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

When a distraught young woman bursts into private investigator John Rainwater’s office to announce that she has just escaped from a trio of kidnappers, it proves to be a perfect case for a six-foot, hard-muscled ex-Marine with a .45 automatic in his shoulder holster —- none of which describes Rainwater. He much more closely resembles another character’s sneering assessment: “middle-aged geek with a gun and an unmerited confidence in your ability to handle a hard chance.”

He is, however, a highly intelligent geek, with a flair for research, which leads him to discover that the mysterious White Stone about which his beautiful green-eyed client, Morgana Trehane, was questioned by her captors could be the realization of the ancient alchemists’ dream of turning base metal into gold. Yet something far more terrible could be at the heart of the web of lies, greed, appalling violence and great peril into which they find themselves drawn by Roni Miller, a heartless and possibly insane ex-Mossad agent.

In the steadily darkening, seriocomic course of IDIOT’S TALE, Rainwater will experience unconsummated love, heroism owing more to luck than courage, unmerited wealth and looming annihilation presided over by the spirit of the most misanthropic man he ever knew.

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I loved this 22 chapter book. It was written in John’s first person point-of-view. The opening sentence “I was breathing hard, but the other guy was out cold on the bar’s sticky beer-stained floor” had me hooked right away. Anthony Land had a brilliant talent with dialogue. The arguments, heart to hearts, manipulative lies, and wrong assumptions were very engaging. The author was also great with describing body language, so I could see the full picture vividly. I laughed a couple of times because John, Morgana, Morgana’s dad, and Roni had sarcastic wit–my favorite type of comedy. It also had a personal touch because at times it felt like the main character was talking directly to readers. It made me more invested in his story.

Even though John was about 50 and Morgana was in her late 20’s, I wouldn’t have minded seeing them end up together. His crush on her was cute. They were my favorite characters of the story. I especially enjoyed when they made their way to Miami to continue trying to solve the mystery of the location of the White Stone.

My favorite lines: 1) I meant it as sarcasm, but came off as stupidly cheerful. Damn! 2) My business card says ‘private investigator.’ Nowhere does it mention ‘heroic.’ 3) I hadn’t realized before that there is a difference between knowing something is true and feeling that it’s true. 4) This woman, however, had said the three words that every P.I. considers positive evidence that a real need for his service exists: “I have money.”

I love books that make me think, so I liked that John was very analytical and philosophical. A situation that made me feel sorry for him was: what if Morgana was using him to make her father jealous? It was sad that he was a loner and couldn’t accept that he may have found a genuine friendship. The very last sentence of the story brought a tear to my eye.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Haunted House By Jack Kilborn

**HAUNTED HOUSE is a stand alone horror novel, and can be enjoyed without having read any other J.A. Konrath or Jack Kilborn book. But it features characters from five other Konrath/Kilborn novels: ORIGIN, THE LIST, AFRAID, TRAPPED, and ENDURANCE.**

BEYOND AFRAID…

It was an experiment in fear.

Eight people, each chosen because they lived through a terrifying experience. Survivors. They don’t scare easily. They know how to fight back.

BEYOND TRAPPED…

Each is paid a million dollars to spend one night in a house. The old Butler House, where those grisly murders occurred so many years ago. A house that is supposedly haunted.

BEYOND ENDURANCE…

They can take whatever they want with them. Religious items. Survival gear. Weapons. All they need to do is last the night.

But there is something evil in this house. Something very evil, and very real. And when the dying starts, it comes with horrifying violence and brutal finality.

There are much scarier things than ghosts.

Things that will kill you slowly and delight in your screams.

Things that won’t let you get out alive.

HAUNTED HOUSE

People are dying to leave

Jack Kilborn, author of AFRAID, TRAPPED, and ENDURANCE, brings back some favorite characters from those earlier novels and puts them through his own unique brand of hell. One that hurts real bad. One that will scare you to death.

Are you brave enough?

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I enjoyed this book; each scene was labelled with a character’s name and location instead of different chapters. My favorite lines: 1) “Fear of the unexpected. Also known as dread.” 2) “I work for a newspaper. We newsies know all the lowlifes.” 3) “Depending on your past, one man’s paranoia was another man’s common sense.” 4) Funny how she routinely contemplated suicide, yet now that her life might actually be threatened she wanted the gun for protection.

I loved the flow of the author’s writing style–the pacing of the sentences moved smoothly. I’m a huge fan of the fast paced, action packed, short clipped sentences. I was confused why some character’s dialogue was all italics while some weren’t. But the author did a great job of characterization; it was easy for me to keep track of everyone involved in the story. This was the first novel I’ve read of Jack Kilborn, and I would try another.

I was expecting the story to start off at the Butler House, but that didn’t happen until way later in the book. I wasn’t expecting it to take that long to get to the juicy, scary parts but it wasn’t the end of the world that I had to wait. The characters’ interactions with each other (strangers meeting for the first time) was interesting.

Once the hauntings started happening, chills ran down my spine. The descriptions of the ghosts and the way they tortured people were very vivid. I could picture it in my head like a movie. However, there’s a twist. Is the place even really haunted? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Killer Rumors By Antonello Fiore

***I received a free copy from the Making Connections group on Goodreads for a book review***

Father D’Angelo and Bakeman, two devoted priests were brutally murdered while going on one of their nightly walks. Detective Frank Rinelli is called to the case- not only due to his close friendship with the priests, but with his expertise of tracking psychotic killers. Rinelli suddenly discovers these murders were based on a scandal that occurred several years ago at the same Church where the two murdered priests preached. And it doesn’t stop there. The list of people being murdered in connection with the scandal continues to grow until the killer has his ultimate vengeance- and the truth released.

51grPI1tzoL._SY300_I enjoyed this 99 chapter book. Readers immediately knew that Tom hated Father D’ Angelo and Father Bakeman because he felt that they set him up. So there wasn’t any mystery of who killed them. However, the juicy mystery was: is Tom telling the truth? Did they set him up to take the fall (he was charged of sexually abusing kids)? I loved how suspenseful the novel was; it was fun getting inside Tom and The Solution’s heads. The Solution was a hit man hired by Tom. There’s a shocking twist of how they know each other.

I also liked the dynamic of the cop partners, Frank and Nick. They were emotionally invested with the case since they had grew up going to that church and thought of Father D’ Angelo and Father Bakeman as role models. The story was written in Frank’s (one of the police officers) first person point-of-view while the other characters shared their third person point-of-view accounts.

I wished that the author would have let the story speak for itself. He had some really cool scenes in the book, but at times, the constant explaining of everything before it happened slowed the action down.

My favorite lines: 1) “I know, Nick. The question is why would she be hiding something that could lead us to the murderer?” 2) “Thinking is a dangerous tool.” 3) “I’m not sure if spirits exist or if they can talk. But if they can, now would be the perfect time to experience it.” 4) “Whoever did this must have been covered from all over. I checked the victim’s bodies from head to toe and even in their mouths–nothing. It’s as if a ghost killed them.”

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Think You’re Scared Of the Woods? You Haven’t Seen Nothing Yet…For A Chance To Win A Free Paperback Copy Of ONE BY ONE, Go To Goodreads!!!

My debut mystery thriller novel ONE BY ONE has a Goodreads giveaway through July 28, 2013. For a chance to win a free paperback, click here. Good luck!!!

THUMBNAIL_IMAGERae faces a dilemma when her brother, Kenan, announces a man wants to buy their log cabin in Virginia. A place abandoned after they helplessly watched their parents tortured and killed inside.

Rae reluctantly agrees to travel with her brother to sign over the deed once he mentions their six friends are tagging along for moral support. Before the road trip begins, Marissa, Rae’s best friend, picks up a stranger for a weekend hook-up.

The next morning, two of her friends have disappeared from their room. And worse, someone has sabotaged their two Jeeps, leaving them stranded.

Alone in the woods, thirty miles from civilization with no cell phone reception, the weekend turns into a deadly game when a killer hunts Rae and her friends. They struggle to stay alive and discover the truth.

Is someone stalking them, or is there a killer among the group?

Reminiscent of “Harper’s Island,” ONE BY ONE is a disturbing mystery thriller where a group of friends let paranoia get the best of them. With suspense and betrayal, it’ll also remind readers of “Scream.” Someone never intended for them to leave the cabin and will follow through with the plan by any means necessary.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby