Showing posts with label friends. Show all posts
Showing posts with label friends. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Meet my Main Character by Cynthia Ainsworthe

A big thank you to Cynthia for following me in this blog tour. Here is her post - reproduced with her permission.

1) What is the name of your character/s? Is he/she fictional or an historic person? 
All my characters are fictional. Larry Davis is a world-renowned singer and musician. Tiffany Bradford is the Countess of Lantham of England, married to Clive Bradford, the Earl of Lantham and a very successful neurosurgeon. Tiffany appears identical to Larry’s missing wife, Taylor.
2) When and where is the story set? 
The novel opens up in present day London near Mayfair.
3) What should we know about him/her? 
Larry Davis deeply loves his missing wife and has been searching for her over the past eighteen months. Tiffany has no memory of her past and does not recognize Larry as a person she had ever met.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life? 
Larry is insistent Tiffany is his missing wife. Tiffany is more confused and frustrated with her inability to recall her past. It is not a “given” that this lookalike woman truly is Taylor. Everyone has a “twin” somewhere. Clive is not a willing participant to allow a famous singer-musician take his wife from his life.
5) What is the personal goal of the character/s? 
Obviously, Larry wants Tiffany to remember she is TaylorTiffanydesperately wants to know her true identity and past history.Clive wants to keep his marriage and social standing intact.
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? 
The title is Remember? There has been no pre-release information available until this posting. I do not expect to change the title of this book. My current epic novel, Front Row Center, introduces the characters Larry Davis and Taylor Allen. A script is in development by Hollywood known screenwriter, Scott C Brown, for a mini-series and feature film. Front Row Center is available from Amazon

7) When can we expect the book to be published?
Sometime in 2015 is the expected release for Remember?, barring any issues with production.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Meet my Main Character -- Twila, Redneck P.I.

Thank you so much Maggie Tideswell for inviting me to join this blog hop. Maggie's posting about her new main character in Ben: Roxanne's Ghost is here. She writes paranormal romance, and if you like things that go bump in the night, you'll love her stories.

My good friend Marta Merajver also asked me to participate and I let her down badly. She is a wonderful writer. Check out her post here.

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person? 

The story I am showcasing is Backwoods Boogie, the third in my Redneck P.I. Series. Twila Taunton is a redneck and proud of it, so proud that she has named her private investigation business REDNECK P. I. She is fictional, of course.

2) When and where is the story set? 

It takes place in today's world, in the small, Southern town of Quisby, Alabama.

3) What should we know about him/her? 

Twila is tough on those who do her wrong, but compassionate to the underdogs of her world. She is in love (but refuses to admit it) with hunky Harland O'Connor, but... he lives far away on his family farm in Nebraska.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life? 

Due to some very steamy make-up sex in the barn with Harland, Twila thinks she may be pregnant, which would be a disaster for her because she is never getting married.  Jimmie-Ray, her childhood sweetheart stood her up on their wedding day and she will never put herself in that position again. Now she finds herself actually having to work for the asshole, despite all her best intentions. He is the attorney representing the gentle Brit, Pam Taylor, who has been set up as the perpetrator of a gruesome murder. Twila has no faith in Jimmie-Ray, and cannot allow Pam to go to jail for the rest of her life.

5) What is the personal goal of the character? 

Twila has to find the real killer so Pam can be exonerated. In the course of her investigation, she comes across an illegal puppy mill, where a large number of dogs are living in squalor with little food and no veterinary care. When one of the dogs looks into her eyes, she knows she has to rescue them, but going the legal route will take way too long. She calls on her quirky friends to help--Harley-riding Great Aunt Essie, master hacker, songwriter, and farter of note, Gasser Cunha, and her office assistant LaMercy with the big afro, who reluctantly agrees to go Goth.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? 

The title BACKWOODS BOOGIE will remain in force. There's more about it and the preceding two books in the series at my website. I'm also currently giving away FREE downloads of the first book in the series, Redneck P.I. for a limited time, details on my website.

7) When can we expect the book to be published? 

My publisher, Uncial Press will release this story in the fall of 2014.

Five other wonderful writers will post their Meet my Main Character information on May 25th. Their blogs can be seen here:

Cynthia Ainsworthe 
Diana Hawkins 
Mary Patterson  Thornburg
Anna Othitis

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Internet Friends - Are They for Real?

Before the Internet, (BE) people made friends the old fashioned way, by meeting them face to face.

Friendships bloomed between neighbors, school associates, co-workers, church goers and members of groups with common interests who gathered and met regularly.  Dating Services organized blind dates between likely candidates. We usually lived close to our friends.

Face to face meetings meant we assessed others by their physical appearance, their voice, and the conversations we had with them.

Today, we meet people online. They may belong to a group we have joined and therefore have a common interest, they may wish to become a business contact on LinkedIn, or they can ask to be your friend on Facebook or other social media. If you join a dating site, you no longer have to endure the old fashioned blind date. You can swap pictures and emails and never know one another's residential address. 

Today, our friends can live anywhere in the world. We may never hear their voice but feel that we know them intimately after exchanging emails for a while. We've seen their pictures and we've shared some of our more private stories with them, yet we don't know what they really look like or even if the pictures we’ve seen are legitimate.

One can understand why scams have multiplied exponentially in recent years. Most of us have a lot of faith in our fellow humans and just because they seem nice in their emails, we think we can trust them.
So how do we tell if someone is genuine or not?

The answer is we don't. Online scams have caught hundreds, probably hundreds of thousands of people in the past few years.

And yet, despite it all, I still feel an emotional connection with certain people I have met online. I feel their pain when they suffer, and rejoice with them when something good happens to them. I know my life would be poorer if the Internet had never been invented and I truly cherish all the wonderful friends I have, scattered all over the world.