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Saturday, 15 March 2014

The Book Blog Tour ~ featuring Shandra Miller ~ Surrender

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Welcome to

The Book Blog Tour 

featuring 

Shandra Miller 


Surrender 


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Indie Published, March 10, 2014
Genre: erotic suspense 18+

Book Blurb:  

Detective Angela Martin returns to action in SURRENDER, Book 3 of the Lethal Obsession Trilogy. 

Having lost the man she was falling for in the original Lethal Obsession, and having her new love snatched from her arms by human traffickers who wouldn't think twice about killing to keep their national ring in operation, Detective Martin is determined to do anything necessary to save him. 

That leads to her doing the unthinkable, making a deal with the people who took Anthony in hopes of securing his release, a deal that eventually leads to being on the run from the very law enforcement officers she's worked with her entire career. 

Her only refuge is to go deep into the world of BDSM, turning herself over to a submissive training academy and risking being forever trapped as a sexual slave. Ultimately, she finds her own life may be on the line, but not before she learns first-hand what true sexual servitude and bondage is. 

SURRENDER, like LETHAL OBSESSION and HELPLESS, is an erotic suspense tale that will keep you riveted to your ereader until the last word. 

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Author Bio:

I'm a mid-western gal who left home at 16 and never looked back. Eventually I made my way to Florida, worked for three years as a carnie and another three with a circus -- yes, a real, live, honest-to-god circus. Traveled all through the South and Mid-Atlantic those years, town to town, on the road eight months at a time.
Now I work as a waitress in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I don't own a cell phone and only recently got my first TV. I take long walks at night, lay in the grass and watch the clouds go by, and I write erotica. Blazing hot erotica. And mystery stories dripping with lust, sex and suspense.

My debut novel, LETHAL OBSESSION, was released March 1, 2013. The sequel, HELPLESS, was released in August 2013 and the final installment of The Lethal Obsession Trilogy is SURRENDER, which was released March 10, 2014.

Author Web links: 

 
Twitter @shandramillerwr (I follow back!)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shandra.miller.52 (Send me a friend request, I accept most anyone!)

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Author Interview:

Hi Shandra and welcome to my blog on this very sunny Saturday! 

What was the very first book idea you had, did you write it and did it get published?

The very first book idea I had, I think I was seven years old. It was about Billy, a fish in an aquarium who was accidently dumped into a creek. The story followed Billy on his adventures along his way to the ocean. LOL – no it was never published!


How long does it take you to typically write a novel?

That really depends on my work schedule, but if I can devote two to three hours to writing each day, I can wrap up the first draft in about a month. Getting that much time is the key, though.


What’s your least favourite thing about the writing process?

Oh gosh, editing and revising. That is pure drudgery. Sometimes that can take as long, if not longer, than the writing simply because I have so much trouble staying focused.


What’s your most favourite thing about writing?

Doing that first draft. That's the creative process, when I'm just writing, making it up, following my characters and the story lines and watching where they go. I kind of mentally outline the basic over-arching plot line, but beyond that I'm just as much for along for the ride, in the dark, as readers are.


Do you have a playlist that you write to?

Not a specific playlist, but there's certain music, or certain artists I listen to. I love playing most anything by Enigma. I enjoy listening to Depeche Mode while I write. Believe it or not, depending upon what I'm writing, I might even listen to some Duran Duran or oldies music from the 80s. I was born in the 80s, too late in the decade to remember it, but I love music from that era.


If asked to review a novel, and you didn’t like it at all, would you?

a)      Do a warts and all review and hold back nothing – a total slaughter

b)      Say as little as possible, only voicing a few criticisms with a dash of positivity

c)       Talk to the author first and express your opinions/findings in a helpful manner

d)      Keep it as vague as possible and think discretion is the better part of valour, as you hate to be unkind


Oh, I'd do "c". First, I wouldn't say I avoid giving reviews like I avoid the plague, but I do try to stay away from them. Having said that, if someone really wanted me to, I'd tell them ahead of time I won't published a negative review, if I have some real problems with the work, I'd discuss those with them privately, hoping to offer whatever help I might be able to lend.


Do you have any advice for newbie authors just starting out?

I'd give two pieces of advice. First, get with a good group of writers. Not necessarily like-minded writers, but honest, hard-working writers with whom you can share work. Find people who can be honest with you – if your work is a piece of crap, they'll tell you, but in a nice way that points out ideas for improvement.

Second, do the work. Writing, if you want to make a living, or at least a supplement to your living, is a job, not art. You have to approach it in that manner. You don't write only when you're inspired, you don't sit at the desk, staring at the screen because you have "writer's block" (whatever that is). You write. Every day. You just do the work. Bricklayers don't stay home because they're not feeling inspired to build, store clerks don't refuse to work because they're not inspired to run the cash registered. Writing, if you're serious about making it a career, is no different. Just do the work.


Who is your favourite author/s of all time and if you could meet him/her, what would you say?

Robert B. Parker. What would I say? Oh gosh, I don't know. My understanding was that he was a pretty no-nonsense guy, so I don't know that he was much on small talk. I think I might ask him if he was happy sticking with just a couple of series for most of his life, or if he wished he had experimented a little in his writing. I know, in the later years of his life, he did some novels in other genres, but for most of his career he stuck with Spenser and later with the Jesse Stone novels.


Are you a pre-planning plotter or a go with flow writer?

Most go with the flow. I do a bit of plotting in my head, think about  story lines or how to work around sticking points while I'm driving or taking a shower or running, but those are just the big-picture ideas. Most of the finer plot points, the dialogue, sometimes even the direction a character takes me, I do at the keyboard while I'm writing.


Are you working on anything new right now, if so, can you share the details with us?

The novel I just released, Surrender, is the third and final instalment of The Lethal Obsession Trilogy. Without giving anything away, there are a few characters, a few plot lines, that I leave a little obscure. I'm working on a novel tentatively called Taken, that will pick up some of those. It's not a continuation of the trilogy, really, but just wrapping up a few hanging story lines.

I've also got a first draft finished on a novel tentatively entitled The Return that's with a totally new cast of characters. While the Lethal Obsession novels are heavy on the BDSM, erotica and suspense, The Return has no BDSM, it's a lot lighter on the erotica, and it's heavier on the mystery, comedic romance, and paranormal aspects of storytelling.


Which method of writing do you prefer for your first draft?

a.       Handwrite the first draft

b.      Laptop

c.       Desktop

d.      The walls in your office! LOL

Laptop. First, because it's a computer, and when I write I'm generally typing as fast as the words from in my head – couldn't do that handwriting. And second, specifically a laptop, because I can take it with me, write in different places.


If writing isn’t your main profession, what is?

Ha! I'm a waitress, at two different restaurants. Before that I was an office girl in a tiny little insurance office. When I was younger I worked for a carnival and a circus (nothing exciting – grunt work stuff). But writing will be my main profession. It's been a slow climb to get to that point, but just in recent months things have picked up considerably.


What’s the one thing – ok two things - you can’t live without?

I live a pretty simple life. I don't have a cell phone, I only got cable television a few months ago. I'd say the Internet – which has been a key to growth as a published writer selling her work – and some of the friends I've made in the world of indie publishing. Honestly if it weren't for some of them, I might still be sitting around thinking about maybe one day trying to see if I could do some publishing. They have been a HUGE influence on my life and I absolutely adore several of them.


What’s your personal take on E-Books, and do you prefer reading them over a traditional hard copy?

I love ebook publishing – if it weren't for that, I wouldn't be here. But I still prefer reading from an old-style paper and ink book.

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Many thanks to Shandra for joining us today, and for sharing her latest novel.  If you're looking for a scorching hot read this weekend, get Surrender!

Join me again on Monday when I'm back with a Book Blog Tour, until then have a fabulous weekend

2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Cat, it was a lot of fun. For those of you reading this today, if you have any questions for me regarding my writing, Surrender, or most anything else, please feel free to ask here in the comments section. I'll stop in several times over the coming days and do my best to answer!

    Shandra

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    1. Delighted to help Shandra - good luck with all your books!

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