Thursday, January 28, 2016

Interview with Diana from Annie Miles' MISLED





We’re thrilled to be talking to Diana from Annie Miles’ new women’s fiction novel, Misled.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?
 
My hair. People say I look like Margaret Thatcher.

What would I love the most about you?
 
I’m fun to be with.

What would I hate the most about you?

I can be a bitch. I don’t take s*^t from anyone.

Where do you go when you are angry?

To the person I’m angry with to tell him or her off!

What is your greatest fear?

That I’ll run out of money.

What are three must haves when shopping at the grocery store?

Ice cream, Hershey bars, and potato chips.

I’m opening up your cabinet. What foods do I see?

Potato chips and Hershey bars.

If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would that be?

My feet would be smaller.

What is your favorite weather?

Autumn. A sunny October day with the temperature in the 70s is perfection.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
 
A nurse.

Thank you so much for helping me promote Misled! –Annie Miles

About the Author:

 

Annie Miles is the pseudonym for the real woman portrayed in Misled. In real life, she writes a mystery series and is the mother of two sons and the legal guardian of her mother, who gives her new material daily. Annie is a firm believer in the saying, “People are put into your life as either a blessing or a lesson.” You will find both in the characters of Misled. It is the lessons that fuel the book and the blessings that fuel Annie. She lives in the South where she enjoys reading, writing, baking, and photography. She welcomes correspondence, particularly from women who are suffering through trying times.

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Title: Misled
Author: Annie Miles
Pages: 446
Genre: Women’s Fiction

When Diana, a lonely housewife, falls for Daniel--her daughter Annie's teenage crush—she will stop at nothing to ensure he stays in her life. In Machiavellian style, Diana betrays her daughter, secretively designing, controlling, and planning Annie’s future. It isn’t until years later, when Annie discovers letters exchanged by her mother and Daniel, that she learns the truth and sees the manipulation and lies that led her to a doomed marriage.
  
Twenty years later, when Diana is diagnosed with dementia and Annie is forced to be her mother's caretaker, she must come to terms with her mother’s betrayal, her husband’s deceit, and her own desire for love and happiness, all the while managing to maintain her sanity and sense of humor. Based on a true story, this book will shock, entertain, and astound you.

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  • Mislead is available at Amazon.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Character Interview: "Jeff" from Kelly Wilson's CASKETS FROM COSTCO





We’re thrilled to be talking to Jeff from Kelly Wilson’s, Caskets From Costco.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Jeff.  How old are you and what do you do for a living? 

I am 42 and I am Kelly’s husband in the book. I am also a musician and a band director at a junior high and high school.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features? 

I am quite tall and hairy, and I have one of those faces that don’t show emotion – there’s a term for it, Resting Bitch Face. Everybody thinks I’m mad all the time, but I’m mostly easy-going.

Do you like to cook?  If so, what is your favorite thing to cook? 

I am a fabulous cook. I love to use my cast iron to cook anything and everything. My favorite thing to cook is beef, searing it on the outside then baking it to perfection. Also, sautéed brussel sprouts.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal? 

I’m all about the meat. The best meal I had was at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, which was a steak served on a hot plate with melted butter, a lovely red wine, and potatoes au gratin.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? 

I joke with her that she makes me look like a saint, but the events happened the way that she wrote them. Apparently I am a great guy!

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today? 

I love my family, so I would spend the day with them. We love to snuggle on the couch with blankets and pillows and watch shows like Doctor Who and Chopped. We would eat steak (of course), sharp cheddar cheese, salami, and all the cheesecake we could handle.

What would I love the most about you? 

I’m confident and sensitive without being condescending or a jerk.

What makes you laugh out loud? 

Have you seen Dumb & Dumber? The scene where they are dressed in blue and orange tuxedos and one hits the other in the legs with a cane makes me laugh every time.

What is in your refrigerator right now? 

A lot of salad…and meat. We have both leftover chicken and beef in the fridge.

What is your greatest fear? 

Losing my family, whether that’s physically or letting relationships deteriorate. They are the most important people in my life, and I intentionally cultivate good relationships with them.

About the Author


Kelly Wilson is an author and comedian who entertains and inspires with stories of humor, healing, and hope. She is the author of Live Cheap & Free, Don’t Punch People in the Junk, and Caskets From Costco, along with numerous articles and short stories for children and adults. Kelly Wilson currently writes for a living and lives with her Magically Delicious husband, junk-punching children, dog, cat, and stereotypical minivan in Portland, Oregon.
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Title: CASKETS FROM COSTCO
Author: Kelly Wilson
Publisher: Gravity
Pages: 182
Genre: Memoir/Humor

For twenty years, I thought that I had been marching through the stages of grief in a straight line. I had been following the formula, crossing each processed grief experience off my list.

Except that I was totally deluded. And I didn’t discover that until Jim, my beloved father-in-law, died. I found myself drying off from my shower the morning after his death, really hoping he couldn’t see me naked. Or, if he could, that he was averting his eyes.

From that moment, my path through grief resembled a roller coaster, spiraling and twisting and turning, circling back around. Echoes of past trauma, including childhood abuse and cheating death, would no longer be ignored. I somehow needed to get from the beginning to the end of this grief adventure, and I don't have a good sense of direction.

But what is always present during a journey through grief, regardless of the path chosen?

Hope.

Caskets From Costco is a funny book about grief that demonstrates the certainty of hope and healing in an uncertain and painful world.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Interview with Daphne of Judy Serrano's LINKED



We’re thrilled to be talking to Daphne from Judy Serrano’s Linked.  It is a pleasure to have Daphne with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Daphne.  How old are you and what do you do for a living?

I’m 22 and I am a long-term substitute teacher for a high school English class. However, that job is not as dull as it sounds, believe me.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

I link with vampires. I possess a very old soul, and that soul used to belong to a vampire. My soul has been searching for its former body for hundreds of years.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

A few bags of blood-bank blood, and a six piece basket of hot wings.

What is your most treasured possession?

A bracelet that was given to me by someone I love. It keeps me safe and is something I need to keep as long as I am alive.

What is your greatest fear?

I am most afraid of being turned into a vampire. As much as I am drawn to them, it looks like a painful experience. With every vampire I know, wanting to link and turn human, I know that I don’t want to ever be in that form.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?

Well… let’s see. I feel like I am stronger than I am conveyed. I put up with a lot from those vampire boys of mine, and I feel I should have gotten a little more credit for that. They certainly didn’t make it easy for me.

Who is your best friend?

My best friend is Dante Franco. He is my boyfriend’s brother. He is the kindest vampire I have ever met. Sometimes I wonder how things would have been different if I had met him first.

Someone is secretly in love with you.  Who is it and how do you feel about that?

Don’t tell Judy Serrano about this, but I think her husband is in love with me. I can see it in his eyes as he reads me over and over again. I know that she is secretly in love with Dante, so this could get interesting.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

The truth is that I never wanted to be a teacher, although that is what I was doing at the beginning of my journey in Linked. I always wanted to be a writer, and wow … do I have a story or two to tell.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

I would make sure that all the people in my life whom I loved, knew I loved them. Then, I would sit down and in front of a big plate of hot wings and eat as many as I could. Yes, that is what I would do.

About the Author

Judy Serrano holds a Master of Arts in English from Texas A&M University, Commerce. She is the owner of Make Cents Editing Service, and was an adjunct professor at a local college. Currently she teaches high school English and is a freelance writer for certain on-line publications. Judy also writes romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels. She is the author of The Easter’s Lilly Series, The Linked Seriesand Ivy Vines, Visions.

Although originally form New York, Judy resides in Texas with her husband, four boys, four dogs and now two cats. She sings and plays guitar when she has time and enjoys singing with her very musical family in church when she is able.
Her latest book is the paranormal romance, LINKED.
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Title: LINKED
Author: Judy Serrano
Publisher: 6K Publishing
Pages: 273
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Daphne Foster is a substitute teacher stuck in an English class, waiting for that dreaded parent-teacher conference. With much preparation and anxiety, she encounters the unforgettable Charlie Cross. His charm and good looks, win her over but rumors of his involvement with organized crime make his continued disappearances disturbing.

In walks Heathcliff Vanderpool, creating a love triangle of unusual sorts. Unknown to Daphne, Heathcliff and Charlie are old friends: Older than she could have imagined. With Charlie away on business, Daphne and Heathcliff discover a passion between them lying beneath the surface. As their souls link, pulling away from Charlie becomes next to impossible. Will his involvement in organized crime consume them both before she’s able to get free? When you become “linked,” the choice may not be your own.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Interview with Alexandra Cole Callet of 'Uneven Exchange'



We’re thrilled to be talking to Alexandra Cole Callet from S.K. Derban’s, Uneven Exchange.  It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Pimp That Character!


Thank you for your interview, Alexandra. How old are you and what do you do for a living?

I am thirty-three years old, and own an architectural, design firm. I am an interior designer, and my business partner is the architect. 

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

Most people comment on my exotic looks. My father is French, and my mother is Mexican. The combination of both is what I think they notice.

What would I love the most about you?

My kindness. What can I say? I am a nice person!

What would I hate the most about you?

I hope nothing. Hate is such a strong word. I do know that sometimes my incessant questions can be annoying.

What makes you laugh out loud?

Listening to Jake try and explain American football to my father.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Fuji water, fresh squeezed orange juice, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Oh, and always a bottle of champagne!

What is your most treasured possession?

My faith in God.

Who is your best friend?

My business partner, Daniel Jake Taylor.

What’s your idea of a perfect meal?

Pasta, red wine and garlic bread.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

Tell Jake how much I love him.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, S.K. Derban moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her mother, born and raised in the United Kingdom, was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. Even after returning to the United States, S.K. Derban’s life was filled with a love of the theatre and a passion for British murder mysteries.  Her personal travel and missionary adventures also help to transport readers virtually across the globe.  S.K. Derban has smuggled Bibles into China on five separate occasions, and has been to Israel on seven missionary trips.  When writing, she relies on all aspects of her life, from a strong faith in the Lord, to her unique combination of professional experience.  The many personal adventures of S.K. Derban are readily apparent as they shine through into her characters.

Her latest book is the mystery romance, Uneven Exchange.
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At the age of thirty-three, Alexandra owns a stunning home and a successful interior design company. But she is in love with her business partner, Jake Taylor, and he doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a
woman. She should be on top of the world, but instead she feels dragged down by the void in her heart. Hoping for answers, she decides a trip to Mexico might soothe her soul.

Jake Taylor only pretends to be a confirmed bachelor.

Jake has been entranced by Alexandra’s determination and exotic beauty since the moment they met, but she has no idea how he feels. He considers confessing his love, but fears jeopardizing their friendship and business. He’s caught in a web of pretending he doesn’t care, and doesn’t see a way out of it.

Alexandra is recruited for a dangerous mission.

Following her trip to Mexico, her resemblance to a member of an assassin’s family leads Alexandra to be recruited by the DEA. Her training leaves her distracted, and her business begins to suffer. Jake notices her sudden change, and feels her slipping both personally and professionally beyond his reach. Should he finally take the chance…before it’s too late? After all, he has nothing to lose.

However, when Alexandra returns to Mexico for her mission, things go terribly wrong.
Will she be able find the strength to fight and escape the peaceful haven that has now become her prison? Or will Jake lose Alexandra forever…

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  • Uneven Exchange is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.