Once Upon a Playboy


Bodacious Author Discussion And Spotlight Summer  guest today is author Mo Kenyan.  She has a way with romantic intrigue and strong leading males. You get a sneak peak of her latest work, Once Upon A Playboy. I know it will whet your appetite for more.

Please leave her a comment at the end – let her know what you think!

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Karma’s a bitch. Life is too, and DJ found that out the hard way, but his alter-ego provides the perfect place to hide. In his playboy persona, he can escape the betrayal, the wounds, and the guilt of his past—after all, life in the fast lane leaves little time for anything other than women, drink and the high life of self-gratification. For the first time in his life, DJ is living free and loving every minute of his emotionless existence.

Then he meets Eve—sweet, perfect Eve, the most unlikely stalker imaginable. Innocence is a powerful weapon in the right hands, and love is a broadside guaranteed to bring down even the most hardened playboy. It has all the makings of a happy ending, right?

But Karma’s a bitch, with a vindictive knack of twisting to past to destroy the future. With DJ and Eve torn apart, victims of revenge and their own weaknesses, Karma wins again. Or so it seems…

 Excerpt:

DJ had never run away from anything in his life, until this moment. He couldn’t explain it, but his heart had kicked into gear when he looked into those deep, emerald eyes. She was trouble, and DJ couldn’t afford that kind of trouble at the moment. He was here trying to find himself, not his heart. He took out his phone and called Ava. “Change of plans. Meet me at my cabin instead.”

DJ gave one backward glance and instantly regretted it. Now he knew why they said once you decide to move on never look back. Eve, that was her name, it had to be creational. She was standing at the window, watching him with a look in her eyes that he hoped didn’t mean more than a normal crush. DJ knew how to handle girls with crushes. He gave them a kiss, a night of sex, a piece of jewelry and it was ci vediamo mai, as they said in his mother’s language. And for those who didn’t understand, see you never. However, emerald didn’t look like the type a man had fun in the sack with and waved goodbye to. Not without taking a serious blow to the heart. That was damage he couldn’t take at the moment. Falling in love was definitely not an option.

Then walk away. Stop staring at her. Don’t notice how perfectly the sun illuminates her glowing face. Look away from her thick hair that you would love to bury your fingers in as you kiss her. And, for the love of God, do not look into her enchanting emerald eyes.

“Mio Dio, don’t do this to me now.” DJ wasn’t a religious man, but when he came across a woman like Eve, it was hard not to believe in divine intervention. He put on his sunglasses and half-ran, half-walked away.

A night with Ava, followed by a binge of sex with a few willing names he had in his phone directory, and in a few days he wouldn’t remember Eve. Deciding never to go back to the coffee shop was also an added advantage. If he didn’t see the object of his…desire…no, torture, he wouldn’t think about her. Out of sight, out of mind.

DJ walked down the path that led to his beach cabin. It didn’t help that it was only a hundred yards from the café. He would have to look into moving. DJ stopped in his tracks and laughed at himself. He couldn’t believe that he was willing to go through so much to avoid an attraction… that’s what it was. Love at first sight was saved for little children and their fairy tales. This was real life. Kono knew that, so did Reno and now Rayne. He needed to focus his attention on helping his big brother with their sisters. Thinking about the love he had for two of the most important girls in his life was bound to overturn the…fascination, for want of a better word, he had with Eve.

For the moment, burying himself deep into a vivacious redhead with the talent of making a man buck in bed like a fish out of water would have to do. DJ stepped into his cottage and stripped off his shirt and jeans. He poured himself a glass of whisky and sat by the window, waiting. The moment he looked at his watch there was a knock on the door. Even though Ava regularly dropped by for sex, he never gave her a key. A key symbolized more than he was willing to give. It meant walk into…no, invade…my life when the need arises. Come snoop in my things. Put my drawers in disarray as you arrange yours. And in DJ’s bathroom there was definitely no room for two toothbrushes.

DJ opened the door and Ava greeted him with a smile and a bikini top that showed more than it should. Her bare legs peeked from under the sarong she was wearing. With one sweep of his gaze he took her all in. That was the moment he knew he was fucked, screwed, done for. Instead of pulling Ava into his arms and devouring her sexy body, he got the urge to shut the door in her face. His survival instincts kept him from doing it. Instead, he stepped back and let her walk in.

“Hallo, darling.” The sway of her hips seemed more exaggerated with each step she took. “I had to change my outfit since you changed our rendezvous place. I thought you liked the coffee there. It is morning.”

Ava swirled around and, by the frown on her face, DJ knew they were about to get into it.

“Whisky, this early in the morning? I know it is happy hour somewhere, but that somewhere is not here.” She looked down at her watch. “It’s barely ten o’clock, for Christ’s sake. I will not have an alcoholic for a beau.”

“Then it’s a good thing I am not your beau.” DJ threw back the contents of his glass and sat back in an arm chair. “Take your clothes off.”

“I see you got a head start.”

“Stop talking and start stripping.”

 

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Author Mo Kenyan

 

Bio:

I’m just a girl who loves to dream. – Mo

LINKS:

amazon; http://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Playboy-Yorker-Book-ebook/dp/B00W8ADTWQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432848234&sr=8-1&keywords=m.o.+kenyan

B&N;  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/once-upon-a-playboy-mo-kenyan/1121754071?ean=2940151899192

FB;  https://www.facebook.com/MokAuthor?ref=hl

 

SECRET CRAVINGS BACKLIST BOOKS

  1. Denouement
  2. Red tears Blue Blood
  3. Hunted; The Awakening Trilogy (Kenyan Knight)
  4. Betrayed; the New Yorker 1
  5. On Call; The New Yorker 2
  6. One Night Stand; The New Yorker 3

I think I may have to go check out the backlist as well.  write on my friends, write on!

David Alvin – Stealth Writer


My Bodacious Author Discussion And Spotlight Summer continues with author David Alvin.

Author styles vary as widely as the genres.  David writes devotionals, Bible studies, and fictional works as well.  David is one of those rare authors that doesn’t spend much of his time bragging about  his work.  He quietly plugs away, diligently working day by day not making a big fuss, sharing details when asked but most of the time –  you have to ask to get any information.  Hence I’ve dubbed him the Stealth Writer. With a wry sense of humor and strength under pressure, he inspires those around him as well as giving  his time to children’s ministry.

On this rare occasion,  I was able to extract a bit of information from him – hope you enjoy!

What inspired you to write A Sign Unto You?

Well, the devotions written about the Nativity would easily fill the room you’re in; whether I have any unique insights is for the reader to decide. But sometimes we’re so familiar with a story — or think we are — that we overlook tiny, essential details. For example, do you realize nearly every Nativity scene you see in a public place is wrong because it includes both the wise men AND the shepherds at the stable; the shepherds were there, but the wise men didn’t show up until about a year and a half later when Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were at a house in Bethlehem. By breaking this down verse by verse, the story of Jesus’ birth told in Luke gains not only some realization of the impact this event had (on Jews especially, but the rest of the world too) on individuals, but also on groups like the shepherds and even the heavenly host! It ‘s like having time stop and then start again …

Chapter 19 of my Nativity devotional, “A Sign Unto You”, is the one I choose to give as a sample — as I say in the piece, it’s the one that when I read the verse inspired me to do the study.

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Tell me a little about your writing process for this. 

As for the writing process, I set myself a limit of three paragraphs with eight typed lines each. I want to maybe make you think, but I don’t want it long and drawn out in the process!

What novel do you feel that you had the most fun with? 

  • Possibly the novel I had the most fun writing, based on the second half of the Old Testament Book of Numbers — not just a mass migration to the Promised Land with all its successes and failures, but also highlighting family matters among Moses, his brother Aaron the high priest, and sister Miriam the prophetess, and how those tensions got subsumed for the greater good of the Hebrew people.

    http://www.amazon.com/Book-Numbers-David-Alvin/dp/1449934307/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432752147&sr=8-1&keywords=the+book+of+numbers+david+alvin

    The Book of Numbers
    The story everybody knows. The story nobody knows. More than three thousand years ago in the center of the world, an army of slaves escaped from Egypt. Sustained by the provision and promises of the LORD their God, and led by Moses the lawgiver and Aaron the high priest, the children of Israel wi…
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    Can you share briefly about some of your other works for my readers? 

    My first novel, where the big day of super-powered heroes and villains was the day before yesterday . Now the heroes are needed again and they have to come together …

    http://www.amazon.com/Progeny-David-Alvin/dp/1418499455/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432752374&sr=8-1&keywords=progeny+david+alvin

    Progeny
    Zenia escaped from a concentration camp where super humans were tested to destruction. With her power of teleportation, Zenia became a reluctant participant with other heroes opposed to the legions led by the enigmatic Empress.Across this changed, hostile world, Zenia and her companions met other…
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    AND to top it off, the first bound Bible study I wrote, the one on Second Kings that chapter by chapter details prophecies, ministries, healings, and the fall of the kingdom of Israel and then of Judah (with an interesting analogy to Mount Rushmore!)

    http://www.amazon.com/Chariot-Israel-Horsemen-Thereof-Second/dp/1442147458/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432752499&sr=8-1&keywords=the+chariots+of+israel+david+alvin

    The Chariot Of Israel, And The Horsemen Thereof: A Study of Second Kings
    Our longing for a closer relationship with God often makes us paint people in the past as purer in heart and greater in accomplishment than ourselves. But there’s no great difference between the prophets, kings, and common people then and now. The same God Who wants us to walk in His ways walks t…
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BADASS Tour Begins with Guest Shiv Ramdas


Welcome to the kickoff post for my

Bodacious Author Discussion And Spotlight Summer!

badass tour

Yeah it’s a long name,  go for the acronym.

Periodically, from now until the end of summer I will be hosting authors to discuss, share excerpts from their books, and/ or interviews.  There are some amazing authors in my writing community. I wanted to share their work with my readers.  If it’s not your genre, that’s cool too.  Maybe you’ll like the next one. If you’re looking for something new, maybe you’ll see one that sparks your interest!

I  love when I get to do author interviews.  I have the privilege to be friends with some interesting authors that write in various genres. I have rather eclectic taste,  not always sticking to the same thing.  I read or have read across the genres as I’m sure most of you have as well.

My guest today is Shiv Ramdas, author of Domechild.  A dystopian futuristic science fiction treat.

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Welcome Shiv, to my little corner of the world.  I read that you are a former radio host. Care to talk about that at all?

Well, it’s something I sort of dropped into and found that I quite enjoyed, because music has always  been something that’s really important to me.  It’s also a great learning experience from a writing point of view, because the one thing radio does teach you and fairly quickly is to have a healthy respect for the imagination of your listener. I found it to be an excellent signpost while writing too.  One mistake writers often make is over-describing everything from people, settings and even internal monologues and gestures.

Christopher Paolini is an example that springs to mind.  In radio, you learn pretty quickly that one of the tools available to you as a writer is your listener’s imagination. It takes a bit of a leap of faith to do it, I understand, but once you do, you’ll realise not doing it is essentially abjuring a very powerful tool in the creative process.

In short, I see it as a trade-off. As writers, we ask the reader for willing suspension of disbelief.  If in return we give them new places to explore – explore as distinguished from merely being told about  – well, that’s one way of making the whole greater than the sum of the parts, in my opinion.

 How have you found the traditional publishing experience? (Things you didn’t know that were surprising to you, things you didn’t like – whatever stood out in your mind.)

It’s been interesting to say the least. The one thing you learn, and very quickly, is finding a publisher, whether it’s a small one or a Big 5 as I was fortunate enough to manage, is not the end of the story as one tends to imagine in the days of pounding away at the keyboard, it’s just about the beginning. Whether you’re Indie or trad,  that’s one constant thing.

I’d say that if you do go trad, always keep in mind that your publisher is there to help you and even provide certain resources but at the end of the day, it’s still your book. A large publisher will do perhaps 250 books a year – you’ll do one or 2.

Own it.

I’ve seen a lot of writers just sort of get detached from their own books because a publisher signed them – which is a terrible mistake,  in my opinion.  At the end of the day, an editor may well believe in you and your book with a passion, but it’s still your baby. Your child may have great teachers at school, but that doesn’t absolve you from your responsibility as a parent. That seems like the most appropriate analogy I can think of at the moment.

 What inspired your idea for this book?

A conversation I had with a friend actually. It began in a workspace cubicle over a running joke about how his computer hated him because it hated his job. That was when I first started thinking about free will in the context of AI,  whether artificial life had inalienable rights too, as we tend to believe intelligent life does, and perhaps most crucially to the story, what would happen if humans were to face a Gandhi in an AI context  – a machine that  not only wanted freedom but was prepared to use unflinching non violent resistance to get there. It was a thought that really moved me – and eventually led me to write Domechild.

Can you explain a bit of your development process – how it comes to you. Like do you see the characters, you created them to suit your story, or a combination or something else? 

The best way to describe it that I can think of is the glasses with several different lenses that the optician makes you wear during an eye test. First it’s all blurry, and then as lenses get added or taken away, more and more of the letters on the screen come into focus and the clarity improves till you reach a point of optimum visibility where you can see everything you need to. That in a nutshell, is my process.

What do you think is the most important element in great writing?

Great is a very abused word these days, in my opinion, along with genius.  As for writing, can one isolate elements in great writing? I’m not sure. Would a cake with fantastic icing be a great cake or just one with great icing? Great writing is about several distinct elements that come together and somehow manage to form a whole that’s better than each of them, or even all of them together. Characters, plot, turn of phrase and many other things, they all play a part, but in my opinion for something to be truly great, it has to actually supersede the building blocks that make it so. The Taj Mahal is not great because it has a great dome, or great proportions – it has something else too, that’s a bit undefinable , but stands out so strongly it’s the first thing that hits you.

That is a “great” analogy. I would have to agree that great writing for me,  is the combination of all the parts that work together like an orchestra. Where do you write? Do you have a designated spot – a desk, or an office?

I have a desk, which I don’t use as much as I’d like. What I always need though, is a bit of space around my desk to pace – I do most of my thinking and plotting while walking.

What things inspire you and how does that inspiration manifest?

Anything and everything. It’s hard to say.  Something one sees, hears, notices, or even randomly thinks about with no context whatsoever. But in my opinion, the single greatest harbinger of inspiration is the two simple words “what if…”

Have you been reading my blog?  I can’t count how many posts I’ve made about  “what if”.  I would have to agree with you on that one, it’s  the best inspiration for me as well.  What would you say was your worst bad habit with your writing?

Editing while I write. I know one shouldn’t, but 2 books in, I still haven’t figured out how to manage not doing it.

Which is more daunting, beginning or the perseverance to finish, or cutting the “umbilical cord”?

Well, all three, actually. It’s as James Scott Bell said – the point of block varies from case to case (I’d say book to book) and it’s not a block, it’s The Wall. One must find a way to get over, under, around or through, but get past one must whether one prefers a ladder or a sledgehammer.

*laughs loudly* Thanks for that image.  Now I have this image of Shiv with a sledge-hammer running towards the dome screaming. Do you struggle with discouragement, distractions, or lack of motivation?

Discouragement, not so much. I’ve been tremendously lucky in my first book, both with what happened and how it’s been received. There are times you doubt your output in terms of quality but I’ve realized the best thing to do is plug on. I’ve discovered that when one goes back, separating the good days from the bad is harder than one realizes.

What advice would you offer to aspiring authors?

Never believe the people who say you aren’t good. Never believe the ones who say you are. Keep writing.

Have you ever jotted down your idea on a napkin, torn bag, wrapper, or sketched a quick drawing of an item on any of the above?

Quite the opposite. I rarely jot down ideas. I always have a ton in my head, and I use the ability of an idea to break through the clutter as the first filter of quality, so to speak.

Is there a celebrity that has inspired one of your characters? If so who?  

No, not really. I tend not to base my characters on real people, at least not consciously.

 

Are you up for the Fast & Furious Challenge? You answer with the first thing that pops into your head.

 Ready?

Plotter or Pantser? Plotting Pantser.

Favorite author? Herbert, Le Guin, Tolkien, Philip K Dick, Douglas Adams, Pratchett, Wodehouse. You can pick one because I can’t 😀

Always the rule breaker! GAH –  it’s ok though because I couldn’t pick just one either, 

Favorite book? The Mahabharata or Dune. Both are eons ahead of their time and tell these vast, overarching stories with ramifications far beyond just the journeys of the characters.

Hobby? (ies?) Reading, music,  and  a bit of gaming too. It’s a fantastic way both to play out certain scenarios as well as just let thoughts settle in the back of your mind and cook themselves.

Favorite drink: When I’m working, tea or coffee – I’m equally fond of both. When I’m not, anything with chocolate in it.

Favorite snack while writing: I tend not to eat when I’m working, actually.

That’s good,  it avoids crumbs in the keyboard. Favorite celebration meal:  Seafood.

What music do you listen to while writing or do you: I always work in silence, actually.

Name two foods you cannot stand: Kale and bitter gourd. They are proof that everything about this planet is not good.

What is bitter gourd? Funniest moment online:   Probably the time when I woke up to 3 friend requests from random people called Shiv Ram Das and variations thereof.  Or the time I first discovered “Stick win everytime” or any of the other hilarious things the internet is so good at providing out of the blue.

Best day in the past year: Easy. Day I finished the first draft of the sequel. Yesterday.

Wow that must be an awesome feeling! There you have it folks, the down and dirty on Shiv!   Isn’t he awesome to play along?

 

DOMECHILD

A SUICIDAL MACHINE.  A CHILD WITH A SECRET THAT CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.

THE MAN TRAPPED BETWEEN THEM.
In the City, where machines take care of everything, lives Albert, an ordinary citizen with an extraordinary problem: He’s being blackmailed into becoming the first person in living memory to actually do something.
What begins as a chance encounter with an outlaw child swiftly spirals out of control as Albert is trapped between the authorities and the demands of his unusual blackmailer. Forced to go on the run for his life, he finds himself in a shadow world of cyber-junkies, radicals and rebels, where he discovers the horrifying truth behind the City, a truth that will make him question everything he has ever known.

 

Author Bio: – Shiv Ramdas has hosted radio shows, sold advertising space, helped design sets and worked in both print and online media. He has also written advertisements, radio jingles, and numerous resignation letters. Domechild is his first novel.

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Write on my friends, write on!