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The Bookstore welcomes award- winning Kentucky romance author Teresa Medeiros as our August 2005 featured author!
Teresa, welcome to The Bookstore! We are so glad you could stop in for a visit!
First of all, tell us about yourself. Your background, family, etc.
I was an only child and an Army brat so I think that prepared me for the creative life. I was sometimes alone but I was never lonely because I always had my imaginary friends to play with. And even when we moved, I had my favorite books to keep me company.
Do you have any hobbies or pets? Do you collect anything?
My husband and I are both into cycling. We watched all gazillion hours of the Tour de France (or the Tour de Lance as it’s sometimes called!) this year. I love to bake and if I wasn’t a writer, I’d probably run an Internet cookie store or study to be a pastry chef.
I tend to collect whimsical things–music box castles, Boyd’s bears dressed as the characters from various fairy tales, pictures of Russell Crowe.
What kinds of jobs have you held before becoming a full time romance author?
I was a registered nurse for nine years WHILE I was writing. I started my first book the year after I graduated from nursing school. I would work at the hospital from 3-11 PM so I could write in the mornings. I wrote five books that way. I was very focused because I knew I had a limited amount of time. I worked Labor and Delivery for awhile but ended up at the Psych Hospital for eight years (as a nurse, not a patient!).
I read that you were born in Germany. How did you end up here in Kentucky and how do you like living here in the Bluegrass State? How long have you lived here and have you always lived in the same basic area of the state or did you move around a lot?
I was born in Heidelberg, Germany when my dad was stationed there during the Cuban Missile Crisis. We returned to the states when I was only 6 months old so I don’t remember Germany, but he still talks about he and my mom buzzing about in their convertible MG touring the Austrian castles. Both my mom and dad’s families had settled in Kentucky by the time my dad retired from the military so we moved to Madisonville when I was 12. I LOVE Kentucky! Out of all the places I’ve traveled in my career, I still haven’t found anywhere else I’d rather live. I think we tend to take its physical beauty for granted, but I adore its lush greenness, the wide open farmland at twilight, and the fact that we actually have all four seasons.
You just returned from the Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference in Reno, where you presented the RITA award for short historical novel. That must have been a thrilling experience. Was this your first time as a presenter? Is it something you would like to do again?
It was actually my second time as a presenter but it was a special thrill this time because I got to present the award to Susan Kay Law, a dear friend of mine. I actually had two dear friends in the category (the other was Connie Brockway) so I was keeping my fingers and toes crossed that one of them would win!
You said in a earlier interview that you were married to your very own hero. How long have you been married? I imagine your husband is very supportive of your career. Do you let him read your works in progress or does he have to wait for the finished product? What does he think about the love scenes? Does he ever give you input or suggestions for your books?
I’ve been married to the love of my life for 21 years now. My husband has always been amazingly supportive of my dream of becoming a writer. He’s also very practical. When I sold my first book, LADY OF CONQUEST, and told him how much I’d be getting, the first words out of his mouth were, “Is that all?” 🙂 He reads my books right after they’re published. Since I sweat bullets over every love scene, I asked him one time what he thought of a specific love scene and he just shrugged and said, “oh, I usually skip over Those Parts.” I wanted to throttle the little darling!
Logan as our December 2005 Featured Author!!
The Bookstore welcomes Kimberly Logan as our December 2005 featured author!
Kimberly, welcome to The Bookstore. We’re happy you could take a break from this busy holiday season to chat with us.
No problem. Thank you for having me!
Tell us a bit about yourself. Your background, family, etc…
Well, I was born and raised in the same small Indiana town where I still live. I have one sister and one brother, both younger, and I live within 5 minutes of both of them and my parents, which is great! I had plans to be a teacher and even went to college for three and a half years to get a degree in elementary education, but my first dream was always to be a published author and the writing bug wouldn’t leave me alone.
Are you married? Do you have children or pets? How about any hobbies or collections?
I’m not married and I have no kids, though I’m perfectly happy with a niece and two nephews to adore. I do have one pet. A yorkie named Skittle who is an absolute doll and my baby. He’s spoiled rotten! As for collections, I’ve always been an avid reader, and I have shelves and shelves of books, which I rarely get rid of. I’m also a big Walt Disney fan, and I have a rather large collection of figurines, mugs, snowglobes, etc. from their animated movies.
What kind of jobs did you hold prior to becoming a full time author? What has been your best and worst job?
Well, right out of high school I went to work in a daycare center. Practice for my future career as a teacher, I thought. I loved the kids, and eventually I worked my way up to assistant director. I wound up sticking around for over ten years! Then I went to work at a label production company as an order processor. I was there for two years, and though I liked the people I worked with, answering phones was NOT for me!
Do you manage to do a lot of reading now that you are a full time author? Who are some of your favorite authors?
I don’t get to do as much reading as I would like anymore, but I’m addicted, so I can’t completely break the habit. LOL! I read predominantly romance, and picking just a few favorites is tough. But if forced to choose, I would say Lisa Kleypas, Teresa Medeiros, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Sharon Sala, Lori Foster, and Catherine Anderson. I never miss a book by any of them.
Do you have a favorite book? If so, what is it and why?
That’s another tough question! I have my childhood favorites that I still pick up and read every once in a while. I will never get tired of classics like Little Women and Anne of Green Gables. At the top of my list of more current favorites is Sharon Sala’s Butterfly (Which makes me cry every darn time I read it!) and Julie Garwood’s Guardian Angel. I just love the characters in both of these books. Characters that can truly make you care for them is what makes a book a favorite for me.
Do you feel your writing has been influenced by any of your favorite authors? If so, by who?
Well, in childhood I used to be a big mystery reader. I loved Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, Meg, the Dana Girls. And I think that has had a definite influence on my writing. I never feel like a book is complete unless it has a mystery or suspense sub-plot. And some of my older favorites like Kathleen E. Woodwiss, Julie Garwood, and Johanna Lindsey, as well as current favorites like Lisa Kleypas and Teresa Medeiros.
Where do you get the ideas for your books? Do you ever use real people or real life happenings to inspire you?
Actually, I have a very active imagination, so a lot of my ideas just tend to pop into my head at the weirdest times. In dreams, when I’m in the shower, when I’m driving on a long trip. Mostly when my mind has a lot of time to wander. I also get ideas from movies and even from overheard snippets of conversation. I have yet to base anything on an actual event or person I know though.
Tell us about your writing. What kind of books do you write?
I started out writing mysteries as a child. But when I graduated to reading romance in junior high school, my interest turned in that direction. Now I am a historical romance author, and I write predominantly Regency-set historicals, which would be the time period between 1811-1820 in England. But I’m not adverse to trying another time period someday. Maybe a medieval or colonial-set one. I’ve also written a few contemporaries, though none of them are published.
How did you get started writing? Was this something you have always dreamed of doing?
I tell people that the bug first bit when my mother gave me my first Trixie Belden book in second grade, but actually I think it happened even before that. I can remember being about 5 or 6 and sitting on my dad’s lap, listening to him reading me a story and thinking how neat it would be to write my own someday.
How old were you when you started writing? What was your first book?
My first short story was written when I was seven, followed by several others. They were all part of a series about a girl detective I named Tansy Williams. My mom still has every last one of them. Back then, I think I had dreams of being the next Carolyn Keene or Julie Campbell. Boy, did my tastes change! I wrote what I think of as my first official, full-length book, a YA romance, in high school. I think I was in eleventh grade.
You are relatively new as a published author, with your debut book, A KISS IN THE DARK, published in March 2005, doing very well. You have a second, follow up book, A KISS BEFORE DAWN coming out this month, December 2005.
Please tell us about these books. What is the time period and setting of your books?
Both are Regency or Post-Regency-set historicals. A Kiss in the Dark takes place in 1819 London, while A Kiss Before Dawn is set in the English countryside of 1827. A Kiss in the Dark is a very Oliver Twist sort of tale. In fact, it was partly inspired by the musical, Oliver! A Kiss Before Dawn is about two childhood sweethearts, secondary characters in A Kiss in the Dark, who reunite to track down a jewel thief. I tend to write a bit dark, and I usually try to throw in a lot of mystery and adventure.
What drew you to this era and location? Will your next books have similiar settings?
I’m not really certain what first drew me to Regency-set historicals. I tend to gravitate toward that setting in my own reading, so I guess it only made sense to write about the time period I most love to read about. As I said before, I wouldn’t say no to trying another time period, but my next few books will definitely be Regencies.
How many books will be in this series? Any idea when we can expect the third book?
A KISS BEFORE DAWN will be the last book in the Knight family series. At least for now. I’ve had several requests for Benji’s story, so who knows? Maybe someday… But for right now, I’m moving on to a new series. My next book from Avon, SINS OF MIDNIGHT, will be out in July 2006 and will be the first book in a trilogy about three sisters who find themselves tangled up in adventure and romance in Regency England when they set out to investigate the years-old mystery of their mother’s murder.
Do you think you will ever venture into any other style of writing?
I wouldn’t mind trying a straight mystery someday or maybe a contemporary romantic suspense. But I am perfectly happy writing historical romance, so maybe not. Even if I did branch out, I could never completely leave historical romance behind.
Tell us about the research you do for your books. Approximately, how long does it take you to do research for your books? Where do you get your reference material? Do you mainly use printed material or perhaps online infomation.
While I do have a few good reference books, I do most of my research online. This is something I usually tackle while in the early plotting stages, and it can take me anywhere from 1-3 months. It’s a very time-consuming task, but also a very interesting one!
Do you travel to research your books or is that something you still hope to do in the future?
I haven’t done so yet, but I would love to. England is definitely on my must-see list, along with Australia! I would love to set a novel in the outback someday. 🙂
Is there any aspect of being a published author that is different than you expected? Do you find the job to be better or worse than you expected?
Deadlines have been the hardest aspect to come to grips with. I was used to being able to take as long as I wanted to finish a book in the past. A KISS IN THE DARK took me two years. Now, I’m lucky if I have six months. It can be a lot of pressure, but it’s worth it.
If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring writer, what would it be?
The most important thing is to find some sort of network of support. At least, it was the most important thing for me, and it really made a difference. Join a writers group. Whether it be a national organization like Romance Writers of America or a small local group, having that encouragement from fellow writers who don’t mind sharing their knowledge can be an invaluable tool. I would also say to research the market. Find out all you can about the genre you want to write in. Who is publishing it and what is selling right now. Educating yourself can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
Where can our readers learn more about you and your books? Do you have a website?
I do have a website, and readers can visit me at http://www.kimberlylogan.net for info on upcoming books, news, etc. I also belong to a group blog with several other Avon authors, and I hope readers will feel free to stop by and chat with us at http://www.jauntyquills.com
Kimberly, thanks for taking time from your busy schedule to chat wit us. It’s been a pleasure. We wish you continued good luck with your wonderful books! We hope you will be able to come to the store to do a booksigning for us soon!
Wendy Corsi Staub aka Wendy Markham
Wendy, Welcome to The Bookstore! Thanks for coming by to chat with us!
Thank you so much for this opportunity!!
Tell us a bit about yourself. You background, family, etc…
These days, I live in the New York City metro area with my wonderful husband Mark and our two young children, Morgan and Brody. I grew up in a small town near Buffalo in a functional, close-knit family. (It wasn’t until I reached college that I realized writers are supposed to thrive on domestic angst and strife!) My parents were happily married and I have a younger sister and brother. We lived within a 5 block radius of all four of my grandparents, lots of aunts, uncles and cousins, and weekends were spent traveling from one house to another for meals, dessert and coffee, barbecues, pool parties. Of course it was all very dramatic when I fled the nest and moved to NYC alone at 21 to follow my dream of becoming a writer–but my parents were always supportive and encouraged me to fly high and reach far. I lost my mother last year to breast cancer just after her 63rd birthday–her illness and death have had a profound impact on my life and my writing. She is with me every day when I sit down at the keyboard, and I’m forever grateful and conscious that I owe her not just my life, but my dream career.
Do you have any hobbies or collections?
I’m very domestic–I love cooking, baking, entertaining, gardening, crafts. We have an old house that we are slowly remodeling and re-landscaping. Because of the nature of my work, I spend the majority of my time at home and have made sure it’s a cozy haven for all of us.
Tell us about your writing. I know you write under at least two names. Wendy Corsi Staub and Wendy Markham. Do you have any more pen names? If so, please tell us what they are and what kind of books you write under each name.
I had worked for a Manhattan advertising agency for a few years and my husband is an advertising executive, so it was a conscious, strategic marketing decision to brand myself distinctly under different pseudonyms. This way, my readers always know exactly what to expect. Under my real name, Wendy Corsi Staub, I write mainstream psychological suspense novels with a domestic setting. My publisher’s marketing director coined the phrase “Mom-Jep” (Mother in Jeopardy) to describe these books because so many of my heroines are married with children. My thrillers have been compared to Mary Higgins Clark’s because they appeal to a wide audience thanks to a lack of gratuitous sex, language, and violence. As Wendy Markham, I write chick lit and romantic comedy. I’ve got several continuing characters in these novels, most notably my chick lit heroine Tracey Spadolini who stars in my Red Dress Ink “Slightly” books, and the Chickolini family of Queens, who have been featured in some of my Warner romances. I also used to write nonfiction books as Wendy Brody and horror and category romance as Wendy Morgan.
How long have you been writing? Could you tell us how you got started in your writing career? Have you always wanted to be an author?
I decided in third grade that I wanted to be an author and never wavered from that goal. I had written an essay on Abe Lincoln and my third grade teacher praised it highly in front of the whole class. Her encouragement ignited the spark. I went home and told my mother I was going to grow up to write books. From the start, they told me that I could do whatever I wanted to, and to shoot for the top. I had written several mystery “novels” before I even got out of elementary school, and have been at it ever since, nonstop. I still have the Abe Lincoln essay and I’m still in touch with my beloved third grade teacher.
How many books do your have published? What was your first published work and when did it come out? What name is it written under? Approximately how long did it take you to be published?
By the beginning of 2007 I’ll have over 60 books in print. I sold my first at 27: a young adult ghost tale titled Summer Lightning, released in 1993 by Harper under my own name. I had completed two other book length manuscripts at that point, both of which remain unsold (and hopefully will never see the light of day!). It took me about a year from the time I started seriously submitting novel-length fiction to make my first sale. My suspense novel THE LAST TO KNOW was my first breakout USA Today bestseller, and I reached an important long term career goal in 2003 when my thriller SHE LOVES ME NOT transformed me into a New York Times Bestseller!
What was your reaction when you saw your first book on the store shelves? Bet it was exciting!
My parents and sister came to visit my husband and me the weekend it came out–the champagne flowed and we took pictures of everyone sitting in a row on the couch pretending to be engrossed in the book. I still love to look at those photos and remember the thrill. Only when I had my children did I realize that my publishing experience had been similar to giving birth. It takes roughly 9 months from conception to bookstore shelf, it’s a labor-intensive, solitary endeavor, and the end result is thrilling and a joy to share with others.
You have a new suspense book coming out in April 2006, called THE FINAL VICTIM. Please tell us about this book. Is it related to any of your previous titles or does it stand alone?
So far all of my suspense novels stand alone. THE FINAL VICTIM is an old-fashioned thriller set in an isolated plantation house on a coastal island near Savannah, Georgia. When we stayed there en route to Florida on a family road trip in 2004, I was captivated by Savannah’s stately antebellum homes, Spanish-moss draped trees, cobblestones and rich historic atmosphere. I just knew I had to set a novel there–in part because it would be a good excuse to return! I have since made three additional trips to research the setting. This book is particularly special to me because I finally got to use a shocking twist I first conceived a few years ago, based on a real life incident. Readers will recognize plenty of Wendy Corsi Staub trademark elements in this plot: a mom-in-jeopardy as the heroine, a large cast of intriguing characters, a creepy old house, dark family secrets, multiple viewpoints, including that of a teenager, and a villain masquerading as someone the heroine (and reader) would never suspect. Plus there are two major twists nobody will see coming, I hope!
I’ve read some of your books written as Wendy Markham and enjoyed them, but this is the first of your suspense books I have read. Suspense is the perfect category for it! Sure is keeping my interest and keeping me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happens next!
Thank you, and I hope you’ll tell me I had you fooled when you reach the twists!
What drew you to write suspense books? How many have you written? Are they all set in one general area of the country or all over?
I have loved a good mystery ever since my avid Scooby Doo/Nancy Drew days in elementary school, so this was a natural progression for me! THE FINAL VICTIM is my ninth full-length suspense novel for adults, and I’m currently immersed in my tenth, which will be released next spring from Zebra Books. My settings vary but I tend to favor small towns and suburbia as my heroines are usually moms. Because I have always lived in the northeast, many of my books are set here, with the exception of my latest. This area is diverse in both geography and population, as well as rich in history, with interesting architecture, vast wilderness, and big cities, so there is potential for great plots everywhere I turn.
Your “Slightly” books written as Wendy Markham are considered Chick Lit, but you also write funny contemporary romances under the same name. These books are all lighter and more fun loving that your other books. How many have you written under this name and will there be more to your “Slightly” series? How about your big contemporary romances? Can we look forward to more of those?
I’ve got nine Wendy Markham books in print, with five more under contract including two additional “Slightly” titles with Red Dress Ink. I just finished writing a Christmas romance, IF ONLY IN MY DREAMS, coming this December from Signet, and it features a heroine who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. She travels back in time to December 1941, on the eve of Pearl Harbor, where she falls in love with a man she knows is doomed to die in WW II. If she stays in the past with him, her own disease can’t be effectively treated, but how can she leave him behind? I loved writing this book, and despite the somewhat dark premise it was ultimately uplifting, whimsical, and a lot of fun to research. I have always wanted to write a Christmas book. Next up on my writing agenda after the thriller is SLIGHTLY MARRIED, in which Tracey Spadolini is set to march down the aisle at last, with her loony friends and family on hand to complicate matters. Then I’ll be doing another romantic comedy for Warner featuring a single soccer mom who moves in next door to her high school crush.
Do you find it hard to switch from one style of book to another? Which kind of story reflects your true personality? Or are they a combinations of all your personality traits?
I seem to switch genres with surprising ease, but I have to work on only one project at a time in order to consistently capture and preserve the voice and theme. There are certain elements of my life that shine through no matter what I’m writing. The Wendy Markham humor comes naturally. I love to laugh–I come from a funny, wacky family and my husband and children share a very dry sense of humor. With all my colorful relatives and hysterically amusing friends in my past and present, there is comic fodder everywhere I turn. I’m also very interested in pop culture so many of my books have a contemporary feel as a result. As a wife and mother, home and family are the focal point of my life, and all of my novels, whether suspense or chick lit or romance, seem to share that central theme. As for the suspense novels, I have always loved a challenging mystery–tell me there’s a new movie with a big twist (like The Sixth Sense) and I’m the first one in line at the theater! I have been fascinated by the paranormal since childhood and have had a few strange experiences that fueled the interest, so supernatural elements have made their way into many of my books in various genres.
How much research do you do for each book? Is research something you enjoy? Do you have to travel to scope out some of your locations?
The amount of research depends on the genre. My chick lit demands the least because it’s set here in NYC and it’s more character-driven than plot-driven. My thrillers demand extensive research as I go along, to get the details right–forensics and police procedural are always important. I have a team of close friends I rely on who are my experts in various fields: lawyers, doctors, an ex-cop, etc. I do a fair amount of travel to nail the details, and if I’m forced to write about someplace I’ve never visited first-hand, I rely on books and the Internet and keep the scene as brief and functional as possible. The most challenging research I’ve ever done was for IF ONLY IN MY DREAMS, the book I just finished, because of the 1941 setting. I chose it because I love the era and welcomed a chance to immerse myself in it. But it seemed I had to stop every other line to check and see if a phrase was really used back then, or if a household product had been invented yet. Research remains one of my favorite parts of my job.
Approximately how long does it take you to write a book? Does this included editing time? Do you find one type quicker and easier to write than another? Which type of book do you do more research for? Do you have a favorite kind to write?
For the writing itself, I average about 100 pages a week writing 12-14 hours a day, 7 days. At this pace I finish a chick lit in less than a month, and a thriller in about six weeks. In the first half of 2006, I have to write five novels for four different publishers, plus three more before the year is out, so this rigorous pace is absolutely necessary. But I am naturally a high-energy person so I thrive on it. As much as I enjoy the humor and romance in my Wendy Markham books, I find the thrillers the most interesting to write because of the plot twists and turns. It’s like working an intricate puzzle; I welcome the challenge to carefully conceal the killer, plant red herrings, and fool the reader without deliberate manipulation. The oddest thing is that even though I know how it’s going to turn out, there’s a “page-turner” aspect to the writing (as there is in the reading). I can’t wait to get up each morning and see what’s going to happen next, and it gets very breathless and exhilarating for me toward the end.
Give an example of a typical day in your life. Do you have a specific writing schedule you try to adhere to?
Absolutely. I set the alarm for 4:30 a.m., make a pot of coffee, and go straight up to the computer. Just before 8 I come down to spend time with my children before they go off to school at 8:45. Then it’s back to the keyboard. I emerge only to get coffee refills and to make a quick salad, which I eat at my desk while checking email. When the boys come home at 3:30 I spend about ½ hour with them, then while they do their homework and play it’s back to work for me until about 6:30. I make dinner and the four of us sit down together in the dining room every night–very important. We share cleanup and tidy the house before sitting down in the living room for awhile to watch TV together.
After a busy day, how do you unwind? Do you have a favorite comfort food or something that just instantly makes the day better? Do you enjoy watching movies or reading?
Coffee, coffee, coffee! I am a coffee addict; I go to bed at night looking forward to my morning cup and fuel myself with it all day. I love to cook from scratch, and making a good healthy dinner for my family every night is therapeutic for me. Because I work right here at home there is no transition from work to home–no commuting time to decompress. I use my time alone in the kitchen to do that. I do like movies but rarely have time to devote to them, or pleasure reading, anymore. Of course I do read as much as possible–mainly newspapers and work-related or nonfiction research material. Thank God for Tivo! Our family loves to watch television together from 8-9 at night–the boys are into Survivor, Amazing Race, The Apprentice, and Seinfeld reruns. Then I read or my husband and I catch up on one or two programs we enjoy (24, Medium, Cold Case among others) before I collapse into bed around 10.
Do you have a favorite author? I know I have many! Do you think you writing has been influenced by any one in particular?
Some of my favorite authors remain those I discovered as a child and now share with my children; those authors inspired me to follow in their footsteps. I am a huge Laura Ingalls Wilder buff–the books, not the television series–and Mark Twain was also a childhood favorite; my parents drove me all the way to Missouri to visit both authors’ homes as a child. Other favorites were Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens, and contemporary authors Mary Rodgers, Judy Blume, Norma Klein, Leonora Mattingly Weber, and Richard Peck. Adult authors I enjoy are Harlan Coben, Mary Higgins Clark, Joy Fielding, and Patricia MacDonald among countless others.
Can you share with us what you are working on now? Any idea when it will be out?
I’m writing my new thriller, which is as-yet untitled but is scheduled for next spring, from Zebra. The heroine, a young married mom, is one of a group of sorority sisters who a decade ago made a pact never to tell a dark secret they all share. Now, as they face their thirtieth birthdays one by one, a serial killer stages a bloody solo surprise party for each of them. Clearly, someone has stumbled across their secret and is bent on revenge. As our heroine’s thirtieth birthday looms, with the killer closing in, she’s desperate to find out who it is. I’m also in the midst of two collaborations. One is MOST LIKELY TO DIE, a romantic suspense anthology with my good friends, fellow NY Times Bestselling authors Lisa Jackson and Beverly Barton. The other is JUST SAY NO, a comedic feature screenplay I’m writing with my husband and a screenwriter friend. It’s great to escape the isolation of my office yet still be involved in something creative–not to mention quite a hoot to collaborate with two guys on a romantic comedy!
Where can our readers learn more about you and your wonderful books?
My website is at www.wendycorsistaub.com and it’s also linked at www.wendymarkham.com.
If you had one piece of advice to give to a new author….what would it be?
If at all possible, get a job in a bookstore, library, or publishing house! I made a conscious decision to learn the book industry behind the scenes before attempting to become an author–the way you would approach any new business endeavor–and it really paid off. I worked in two bookstores and learned the retail end of the business. (i.e., do customers really arbitrarily choose a book for its cover? How important is shelf placement, pub month?) Then I moved to New York City, the center of the publishing industry, and became an acquiring editor of women’s fiction, where I learned what makes a manuscript marketable. I was able to network with industry insiders including several of my current editors, fellow authors, and my beloved Laura Blake Peterson at Curtis Brown Ltd., who remains my devoted agent to this day.
Wendy, thanks so much for coming by to chat with us! We have really enjoyed learning more about you and your wonderful books! Please come back again soon!
Thank you for the wonderfully thought-provoking questions–it’s been a pleasure!
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Book Signing with Lora Leigh and Shiloh Walker
New York Times Best Selling Authors
Saturday, August 9th, 2008
Make your reservations at The Bookstore to have supper with these awesome authors after the book signing.
Reservations are required to attend the supper.
May 16 was the start of Family Board Game Night
Time is 5:00pm -9:30pm. Chilren 12 and under must be
accompanied by an adult. We will be playing Monopoly, Risk, Backgammon, Chess, Checkers, even Texas Hold ‘Em
Suggestions on game requests are welcomed. This will run throughout the summer, every Friday night.!
Starting May 24th is Children’s Reading Circle. This will begin at 11am until 12 noon every Saturday during the Summer.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Marjorie M Liu
I was born around Philadelphia, spent my formative years in Seattle, and now reside in the Midwest. I went to Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, for my undergraduate studies, majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures, with a minor in Biomedical Ethics. I then attended law school at the University of Wisconsin, graduated in May 2003, and was admitted to the bar a couple weeks after. I loved law school. Did not like being a lawyer. Which is why I decided to become a writer.
I’ve studied and traveled extensively through Asia, and spent some time working at the US Embassy in Beijing. I love to read, I love to write, but what I love best of all is proving to myself that dreams do come true.
Oh, and I like poodles. And cats.
Debby Giusti is a medical technologist who loves working with test tubes and petri dishes almost as much as she loves to write. Growing up as an Army Brat, Debby met and married her husband–then a Captain in the Army–at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Together they traveled throughout the world, raised three wonderful Army Brats of their own and have now settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where Debby balances her writing with family and church commitments, as well as occasional moments of wanderlust.
Debby’s third Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense, MIA: MISSING IN ATLANTA, is a March 2008 release, and her fourth book, COUNTDOWN TO DEATH, will launch her Magnolia Medical series in October. In addition to full-length fiction, Debby has written magazine articles for Southern Lady, Woman’s World, Our Sunday Visitor, Army and Family, and served for over twelve years on the editorial advisory board of ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory.
Anya Bast writes erotic fantasy & paranormal romance. Primarily, she writes happily-ever-afters with lots of steamy sex. After all, happily-ever-afters with lots of sex are the very best kind.
She lives in the country with her husband of ten years. They share their lives with eight cats and one perplexed dog. A native of one of the colder states, she loves to ice skate and watch hockey. She has fascination for crows, ravens and birds of prey, (especially owls). She enjoys the study of Eastern philosophy, Celtic myth, dreaming, and shamanism and incorporates what she learns into her paranormal stories.
Anya got her start writing fantasy romance. Since writing a little hotter seemed to come naturally to her, she had no trouble making the move to erotic romance. She loves writing books that are heavy on plot, emotion and character development, and also have spicy, no-holds-barred sex scenes. Exploring the elements of dark sexual fantasy in her writing is what Anya does best.
For the serious role-playing group down to the new guy, the card game Munchkin is a fast paced, silly dungeon-crawl where you kill the monsters, grab the loot and possibly back stab your buddy to get his.
Made to reduce the most hard core gamer into fits of hysteria, Munchkin is simple and easy to learn, with even the newest players learning the ropes of the game before it is finished. The phrase “The More, The Merrier” definitely applies to this game, but with just two players, it is still a lot of fun.
There are several versions of Munchkin, ranging in genres from intergalactic battles in Star Munchkin to the Wild West in The Good, The Bad and the Munchkin. Several of the core sets have supplements to add to them, bringing more monsters, treasure and mayhem to the mix.
The most intriguing thing about the Munchkin games is that you can mix any of them together to create more silly fun. And no combination is too weird, it just means that you can do more to the monsters, and your buddies.
Check out Munchkin, and get into the silliest dungeon-crawl you have ever been in.
Good management is essential in any workplace. But a good management relies on a great leader – and David Azzato decided to offer us a few secrets on how to be a great manager. It is not enough to facilitate communication and offer your team an enjoyable, relaxing working environment. You have to encourage them to become better and be a role model for them if you want to reap the benefits of your efforts.
Best advice from David Azzato
Performance management will result in successful business strategy. “Every company’s business strategy involves today an efficient performance management. You have to constantly measure the performance of your employees to ensure a progress and better results in the future.”, as David Azzato mentioned based on his experience in the field. Not all managers obtain the results desired because they make mistakes. Whether they do not pay attention to the employers’ needs or they do not emphasize the synergy in working relationships, their success does not appear when it is expected.
“A great manager will offer assistance and guidance as often as it is required. But the employees must know what it is expected from them. A job well done involves numerous factors and respecting the dead-line is one of the most important. But what matters is that the message of the manager will be understood by the team. You cannot expect them to meet your requirements if your communication is not clear and comprehensible”, David Azzato told us.
The right behaviors and values must be promoted. This is why many companies encourage their employees with extra benefits offered to the employee of the month. In addition to this, having your picture hanged on the wall will make you proud and eager to perseverate. The other employees will want to reach to this status, too, so they will drive the business strategy forward.
For a good management you have to set goals and priorities. It will help everyone to improve time management and identify the tasks in the workload that need to be done as soon as possible. As David Azzato recommends to any manager, you have to keep track to due dates and ensure that the employees will prioritize the items that are mandated for the projects.
David Azzato’s recommendations for better management
Negativity and stress can have a great impact on management. Productivity is diminished and problems are likely to appear in your working environment. “Establish a workplace where employees will be happy if you want to obtain positive results in everything”, advises David Azzato. Make sure that workers are relaxed and productive for as long as they will work. Allow them enough breaks, but not too many to become lazy. Aim for general life improvement and it will sure have effects on your business.
Use technology and you will succeed to improve your efficiency. The right infrastructure for your management will reflect in the success of your business. Delivery time and measurement of performance management will be taken into account and you will become an even better manager. Follow David Azzato’s advice and success will soon appear!
Many bookstores have books where you can find information about male enhancement. Whether you wish to boost sexual performances, to increase the libido or add inches to penis size, the advice you need is just a step away from you. But you can also find important details about this issue on the internet, on this official website. Men can boost up their penis size and enhance their performances in bed in a natural, safe and risk-free manner by using this powerful product: Vimax pills.
How does Vimax Male Enhancement work?
This natural, safe and highly potent male enhancement method will assist you to enhance sexual performances, boost penis size and improve reproductive health at home, without involving any pain, risks or complications. Vimax pills are made of natural ingredients like Oat Straw extract, Vitamin E, Saw Palmetto, Cayenne Pepper, Gingko Biloba, Rice Flour, Ginseng extract and Epidemium Sagittatum, compounds that work synergistically to stimulate the blood flow to the penile area and encourage the development of new cells in the penile.
If Gingko Biloba can naturally treat erectile problems and dilate the blood vessels to allow more blood to pump in these tissues, Ginseng extract will enhance the health of reproductive system and increase the sex drive in a natural and efficient manner. Saw Palmetto is a powerful aphrodisiac and regulates the hormone levels, while Cayenne Pepper enhances cardiovascular health and pumps more blood to the reproductive area.
Vimax pills work by encouraging more blood to flow to the penile area. The libido will be enhanced and new cells will be encouraged to develop. The health of reproductive system will be promoted and men will gain up to inches in penis size naturally if they just take Vimax every day for several months. The consumers who took Vimax to enhance the sexual performances achieved the results desired in only 4-6 months of treatment and they did not report any negative side effects, nor pain or other complications.
Perhaps you will find from books that penile augmentation surgery is a solution if you want to achieve the male enhancement desired. But as mentioned on WebMD, surgical procedure for male enhancement might not offer men the enhanced sexual performances desired. Although penis size might be increased, the surgical procedure can result in numerous negative side effects, complications and risks. Besides the fact that this procedure is painful, men can also reduce sensitivity in the penile, suffer from nerve damage, get infections, scars and bruises and penile shaft can get curved as well.
Vimax Male Enhancement pills are one of the safest and most efficient male enhancement pills. Naturally treating erectile dysfunction, boosting the sex drive, improving mood, enhancing the sexual performances and encouraging the reproductive health, Vimax pills are you solution if you aim to achieve the male enhancement in a natural and safe way.
Use Vimax pills to enhance sexual performances, increase penis size naturally and gain more confidence in you. Take this natural supplement and make sure that your experiences will a lot improved!
Books will keep you informed why dark under eyes and puffy bags appear, but being informed it does not mean that you can easily remove these unpleasant beauty problems. Fine lines, puffy bags and dark circles under eyes are amongst the most unpleasant signs that appear on women’s face, but you can safely remove them by using just one powerful product: Revitol Eye Cream from the website revitoleyecream.org.uk.
Enhance the beauty of your face with Revitol
This highly efficient eye cream is made of natural compounds that nourish, moisturize and hydrate skin, but which also eliminate inflammation, irritation and hyperpigmentation that leads to the appearance of dark circles, puffy eyes and fine lines. With Revitol these unpleasant beauty problems will be significantly reduced after only 4 weeks of using the cream. As you can find from books, ingredients like Bisabolol, N-Hydroxycicinimide, Chrysin, Niacinamide and Fraxinus Excelsior bark have wonderful effects on the appearance of skin, so it is not a surprise why they were included in the formula of Revitol Eye Cream.
Based on WebMD, puffy bags and dark circles under the eyes appear due to numerous different factors, including allergies, fatigue, smoking, certain diseases, medications, sun exposure, hyperpigmentation, too much caffeine, lack of sleep and numerous other causes. But if you use Revitol Eye Cream on a daily basis, you will diminish the appearance of these beauty problems, making your skin smoother, younger and moisturized in a natural, safe and healthy way.
If you have books on this topic, you probably already know that you can banish dark circles, fine lines and puffy bags in a natural way by using natural solutions with ingredients from your kitchen. Ice cold water, cucumber slices, almond oil, orange juice, tomato paste, cooled tea bags, cold spoons and aloe vera gel will help you to reduce hyperpigmentation, eliminate irritations and reduce inflammation in a natural and healthy way. You do not have to go through surgery to escape the beauty problems and enhance the beauty of your face.
But in case if you choose to apply these natural solutions, keep in mind that you have to wait with it on your face and you have to repeat this process for several days in a row until they will offer significant results. Yet you can achieve impressive results with less effort, if you use Revitol Eye Cream on a daily basis. All you have to do is clean the face and apply the cream before going to bed. In only a few weeks of treatment, the dark under eye circles and puffy bags will be diminished, while the depth of fine lines will be significantly reduced.
With Revitol Eye Cream your skin be nourished and moisturized, so you will look younger and refreshed at any moment of the day. You do not have to be worried that the signs of a sleepless night will be present on your face in the morning. Revitol Eye Cream will remove the most unpleasant beauty problems, helping you to look younger and enhance the beauty of your face in a natural and healthy way.
In case if you are frequently affected by hives and you wish to know more about your problem and why it appears, reading a few books on this topic might help you to understand better your condition. Having frequently red, itchy and inflamed dots on your body is quite unpleasant and you might be even forced to call the day off or postpone your meetings for another day, when you will no longer have itchy skin rash on your body. OxyHives from oxyhives.org.uk will offer quick relief to hives symptoms so you can get rid of skin rash in the comfort of your home.
Banish hives naturally with OxyHives
Books are a great source of information when you are interested in your health condition. If you are frequently affected by hives, you already know how annoying this condition can be. You would do anything to eliminate these unpleasant signs and you tried at least once to remove skin rash with home-made remedies without any luck. OxyHives will help you to get rid of skin rash in the comfort of your home. Being a natural homeopathic product with quick and efficient results, OxyHives will assist you to banish hives naturally at home.
Containing a powerful combination of homeopathic compounds such as Mercurius Solubilis, Apis Mellifica, Lachesis, Ichthyolum, Urtica Urens, Arnica Montana and Rhus Toxicodendron, OxyHives will deliver these ingredients directly into the blood system to ensure the efficacy and promptness of the results. These compounds will quickly and efficiently remove the symptoms of hives without causing any adverse effects. The redness, inflammation, irritation, burning and stinging sensations will be gone and the consumers will be able to have a normal day.
According to WebMD, factors such as sun exposure, chemicals from foods, medications, insect stings and many others can cause the appearance of red, itchy skin rash on your body. But despite of what causes skin rash to appear, you can banish the symptoms at home with OxyHives. Because this product is natural and formulated as an oral spray, it will ensure fast, effective and safe effects. Since hives tend to occur in the most inappropriate moments and you least want them, you have to keep OxyHives at reach to make sure they will quickly go away.
As you can find from books, you can alleviate the symptoms of skin rash with natural remedies such as aloe vera, basil leaves, lemon juice, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, peppermint leaves, chamomile, coconut oil, olive oil, oatmeal and numerous others. But is the itchy skin rash appears when you are at work, can you stay with olive oil or leaves on your face? Hives can be very unpleasant ad they can itch badly, making you feel downright depressed.
You can read from books how to get rid of skin rash or you can just take OxyHives and quickly banish hives naturally in the comfort of your home or even in your office. Take OxyHives to eliminate hives and make sure that your condition will cause only minimum disruption to your routine!
Statistics show that women who read romantic books are happier than those who do not. The truth is that not only men experience trouble in bed. There are moments when women’s libido is low and they have problems focusing on what they do with their lover. When the desire for sex is affected by low hormone levels, stress or relationship problems, Provestra can make a difference and boost the sex drive naturally.
Take Provestra for more satisfying sex life
The health supplement from the website provestrauk.co.uk has been developed for the special needs of women. Acting like a natural Viagra for women, Provestra is a dietary supplement that will balance hormone levels, reduce stress, improve relaxation, speed up arousal and boost the sex drive in a natural and healthy way. The pills contain in their formula natural compounds extracted from medicinal herbs like Black Cohosh, Licorice, Red Raspberry, Ginger, Ginseng and many other plants that have powerful aphrodisiac effects, thus they enhance the blood flow to the genital area and increase the desire for sex.
Reading romantic books is a great way to relax after a stressful day at work. It will help you unwind and reduce the stress levels. You will feel better in your own skin and your libido will have normal levels. According to WebMD, women’s libido can be affected by many different factors. Certain health problems, ageing, smoking, depression, certain medications and even stress can lower their desire for sex, but Provestra will assist women bring back passion in their life.
Improving mood, reducing stress, balancing hormone levels and improving the vaginal lubrication, the ingredients included in Provestra will boost your sex drive naturally. The consumers will have a more satisfying sex life, sensations will be more intense and orgasms will be stronger and much more enjoyable. You should take this highly efficient supplement if you want to have a more satisfying sex life and especially if you did not experience an orgasm before.
Based on some consumer reviews, Provestra helped them achieve their first orgasm. Dealing with a reduced sex drive is a real struggle for some women, but this highly efficient supplement will enhance the desire for sex, intensify fantasies, nourish the body and promote the overall health of reproductive system in women. Other consumers confessed that Provestra helped them experience multiple orgasms and they managed to achieve a more satisfying sex life with the help of this miraculous pill.
If you want to relax a little, reading a romantic book will help you unwind. Just spending a few moments with yourself, indulging with a beautiful book and a nice drink will soothe your soul. But if you wish to have a more satisfying sex life, you should try Provestra. This miraculous pill is the natural Viagra for women and it will boost your sex drive naturally. Take this health supplement to bring back passion in your life and you will experience much more satisfying sensations in a natural and safe way!
When some children enter in bookstores, you instantly know that they suffer from ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder manifests with symptoms ranging from impulsivity, inattention, inability to stay still, excessive talk, fidgeting and trouble listening, reading and writing. Although many people blame parents with children that have ADHD, they do not have any fault because the kids are unable to focus or stay quite. However, with proper treatment, by taking Synaptol, ADHD symptoms can be alleviated and children with this condition can enhance the quality of their life.
Synaptol can help you fight against ADHD
The natural homeopathic product from the website www.adhdhomeopathicmedicine.com is very efficient in reducing ADHD symptoms because it is made of potent herbal extracts that reduce impulsiveness and inattention, reduce organizational problems, eliminate fidgeting and hyperactivity and alleviate troubles reading, writing and concentrating. Synaptol will help the consumers fight against ADHD in a natural and healthy way and this natural homeopathic product will not cause any unwanted or negative side effects.
Synaptol is formulated as an oral homeopathic spray and contains in its potent composition ingredients like Aconitum ferox, Sumbul, Apis Mellifica, Phosphorus, Avena Sativa, Argentum nitricum, Scleranthus annuus, Viola odorata, Scutellaria lateriflora, Aesculus hippocastanum and Cochlearia armoracia. These ingredients will be delivered under the tongue, from where they will go directly into the blood flow. They will be quickly delivered to the targeted area, to offer quick relief to ADHD symptoms and to assist the consumers enhance the quality of their life.
Children with ADHD will not be able to stay still or quite, even if they are at a bookstore, at school or in a church. Living with this neurobehavioral disorder is very challenging and statistics show that almost 60% of children with this disorder will develop into adults that will still manifest ADHD symptoms, based on WebMD. Adults are likely to have a reduced self-esteem, to suffer from chronic boredom, depression, anxiety and mood swings, they will have poor organizational skills and they will have employment and relationship problems. Because adults with this neurobehavioral disorder can become addicted to alcohol and drugs, they should learn to cope with their condition and take Synaptol to reduce ADHD symptoms.
If you want to reduce ADHD symptoms naturally, you should fight against this condition with adequate weapons. Synaptol contains in its formula compounds with potent effects against this disorder. This natural homeopathic spray works by nourishing the body, improving cell detoxification and distributing oxygen in the entire organism so both children and adults will promote their general wellbeing and reduce ADHD symptoms so they can lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Next time when you see a hyperactive child with lots of energy and who cannot sit tight, regardless if you are in a bookstore, in a church or at school, remember that ADHD is a challenging condition that is hard to be controlled. However, patients should ameliorate their symptoms by taking Synaptol, because they will manage to enhance the quality of their life. Use Synaptol as instructed and reduce ADHD symptoms naturally!
Books were a great source of inspiration for us for a very long time. Though it is easier today to just download books or get the information we need from the internet, books still remain a powerful tool that should not be missing from anyone’s home. You can read from books information about anything you might want to know, because somebody wrote a book about it. If you are concerned about your body weight and you cannot shed pounds despite all of your efforts, you will certainly find from a book how to lose weight healthy. But if your thyroid gland makes you gain more kilos, you should take Thyromine.
How can Thyromine help you lose weight?
When thyroid gland stops working properly, many health issues will occur. Based on WebMD, an underactive thyroid gland will cause dry skin and hair, hair loss, sluggish metabolism, weight gain, constipation, slow heart rate, greater sensitivity to cold, depression, changes in menstrual cycle, difficulty losing weight and many other issues. Thyromine is a health supplement developed to support the normal function of thyroid gland, to reduce the symptoms of underactive thyroid gland and to promote the overall health of the consumers.
Containing natural ingredients that remove the symptoms of an underactive thyroid and which stimulate the proper function of thyroid gland, Thyromine will also support the consumers lose weight in a healthy way and feel and look better in their own skin. Thyromine supplement is formulated as pills that have in their formula Nori extract. Ginger extract, Guggal Tree extract, Piper Longum extract, adrenal powder from bovine, L-Tyrosine and thyroid powder from bovine. These ingredients work synergistically to alleviate or eliminate issues like low blood sugar, weak immune system, fatigue, weight gain, constipation, frequent allergies, weight gain, rheumatoid arthritis and even low blood pressure.
As you can find from books, these compounds have amazing effects on the consumers’ health. Nori is rich in Iodine, mineral which has a great influence on thyroid gland. The well-functioning of thyroid gland depends on the Iodine intake and this gland often produces improper amounts of thyroid hormones when the Iodine intake is too low. However, Thyromine’s ingredient Nori will ensure the proper amount of Iodine required for normal production of thyroid hormones.
Because the thyroid will no longer be underactive, the metabolism will start working properly. The metabolic rate will be accelerated and the consumers will no longer have difficulties losing weight, especially if they follow a healthy lifestyle. Though the healthy recipes from books will help you lose weight and alleviate the digestive problems, you should take Thyromine if you want to lose weight in a healthy way.
When hypothyroidism occurs and affects your overall health, Thyromine from the website thyrominesupplement.com is your best solution. Take this health supplement to stimulate the health of your thyroid gland, to promote your general wellbeing and to lose weight in a healthy, natural and safe way!