Welcome to the Rebel family, Katie Gallagher!

Playing Twenty Questions with Katie Gallagher…

Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting?  The characters.

Are you in control of your characters or do they control you? I’m in control. I sometimes wish that I would want a story to go one way, but the characters have other ideas, but it hasn’t happened yet. Maybe someday.

How do you come up with the titles to your books? Most of my novels usually start out being called Untitled, but then the real title comes to while I’m writing. Usually it’s either something a character says or a few words in the novel that are just perfect.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be lots of things; a teacher, a singer, a doctor, but finally I settled on writer, much to my father’s dismay. He wanted me to choose a profession where I’d make $ and be able to live a comfortable lifestyle, but I wouldn’t give up writing for anything in the world.

Are you working on anything at the present you’d like to share with us? I’m working on the third book in the Forever Series, tentatively titled Wedding Bells, but I can’t say anything else or it will spoil the book that’s being published now.

Do you have any strange handwriting habits, like capitalizing all your “r”s or dotting your “I”s with heart (or anything like that)? Sometimes I do dot my “I”s with hearts when I’m feeling feisty or make the first letter of a sentence REALLY big.

You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be? I lost my mother when I was eight years old from cancer and to this day, if I could go back and save her, I would. I think every day what my life would be like if she was around.

When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought?  Coffee, coffee, coffee!!!!!

What were you doing at midnight last night?  Rocking my 15 month old daughter to sleep.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?  Sushi

What do you want to know about the future?  Nothing, I want everything to be a surprise, because if I knew what was going to happen and it wasn’t up to my standards, I’d be disappointed.

What’s your heritage? English, German, Irish etc…

What’s your favorite pizza?  Ham & Pineapple

What’s one thing scientists should invent?  A time machine. I’d love to go back to the night that my mom died.

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?  I love to curl on the couch, knees under me, reading a good book with caffeine on the table beside me.

Have you always wanted to be a writer? Yes J

If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing? I’d love to be a psychologist. I sometimes regret majoring in English and not Psychology in college, but where I went didn’t offer that as a major.

Fill in the blank favorites (two word max!) – Dessert. City. Season. Type of hero. Type of heroine.  Dessert: Frosted chocolate brownies, City: Las Vegas, Season: Summer, I love flip flops and pedicures J Hero: My hero wears dog tags J Heroine: A woman who doesn’t take a man’s shit and can fend for herself.

What question would you love to answer that I didn’t ask? : What’s something special that sets you apart from others?

Tell us about your current title. It’s called, Forever Love, and set at RMU, a small college in PA. Cyn Clark never believed in such a thing as fate, but not soon after starting classes, and beginning a  new life away from her parents, she meets James Lucas. She’d never been very good at relationships, but James is different. The two of them quickly fall in love . As soon, as Cyn finally gets used to college life, and is comfortable with James, life throws them a curveball. Now, they are both hiding secrets, that if they don’t come out, the relationship won’t survive.

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Welcome New Rebel, Tara Dobbs

Welcome New Rebel, Tara Dobbs!

Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting?  - Oh, my answer will surprise you – real life experience comes first. Then the melding of all the based experiences of my life and subjects I love. Next, my subconscious builds it all together so I can find ways in understanding what I went through. Then the story, characters and setting meld together.

Are you in control of your characters or do they control you? - That depends on the character. The main male character David Geraci is his own person. He knows what he wants out of the story, but does not go so far as to control me. It’s a partnership of communication between my awakened conscious self and the subconscious of my dreams. Then there is Jacob Umari – he’s shy and it’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly who he is even though I already know. He’s just so shy I can’t control him very well. Then, there are some real life people in the story that are so easy to write, there is no control on either side.

How do you come up with the titles to your books? - The traditional way, in creative writing class, was to find a short phrase or small collection of words that pop out in some area of your book and use that. Oh, not me. I look around at things that I love that inspire me. I pull apart the words and mix them around until I come up with what really pops. I have a 200+ list of titles that some I’ll never use, but others I’ve marked in bold to use in the future. It’s also great to use as a warm up to get your creative juices flowing.

What did you want to be when you grew up? - A novelist and illustration artist for my own novels. I’ve written stories since I was very little and did illustrations just as long. I have many current illustrations for Soul’s Little Lie on my art site.  Sadly, I threw away a tiny book from third grade of just five or eight pages long titled – ‘The Unicorn and Rabbit Go Trick or Treating’. I remember the illustrations very well, but the story is lost to me. I regret throwing that little piece of my history away. From that lesson, keep all stories you write, no matter how ‘silly’ they seem.

Are you working on anything at the present you’d like to share with us? - Oh, I work on loads of writing bits and pieces: poems, lyrics, short stories, more novels. I’m working on book two right now of the Soul’s Little Lie series. If my fingers aren’t typing, I’m agitated.

Do you have any strange handwriting habits, like capitalizing all your “r”s or dotting your “I”s with a heart (or anything like that)? - Nope. I’ve always been a ‘teacher’s pet’ in English and writing classes. I stick to the full form of the letters and try my darn best to keep my sentences in proper form. If I do anything cute with word writing I’ll stick that in illustrations of my personal projects such as art nouveau paintings or graphic design in traditional form. I never mess with ‘playing’ with written words when they have a story purpose for reading. I even still have my very first manuscript in three ruled notebooks in pencil. My hand writing it’s that great, but it’s much more legible than most.

You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be? - There are many I would like to erase, but if I had erased them my novels would have never been created by my mind and onto the computer through my fingers. I would have been a former shell of myself and lost my mind. Writing out my traumas has kept me alive and fuels my need to write more. A ‘free’ therapy for my soul is why I write. I would never change a thing.

When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought? - I need coffee. Then I thought, ‘Where is Jacob Umari right now in Soul’s Little Lie? Where did I leave him off at?’

What were you doing at midnight last night? - Talking with my best guy friend about the biggest happiest day of my life on Skype – becoming part of Rebel Ink Press and watching my dream come true as an author.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?  - I’ll eat anything, but I will not eat radishes, sauerkraut, beets, and anchovies. None of those are strange to me since I’ll eat anything new at least once. I would like to try eating a live grub though. Very high in protein I hear.

What do you want to know about the future? – This answer will be short – read Soul’s Little Lie and you’ll know how I see the past, present and future. There is no real way in explaining here. It would take a few hours verbally to explain or it would take a twenty page essay to explain dealing with many subjects that are already in the Soul’s Little Lie series.

What’s your heritage? - German, English, and ¼ Cherokee on both sides of my family.

What’s your favorite pizza? – At Jet City Pizza in Everett, Washington (where I once lived, where the first of Soul’s Little Lie takes place), they have this wonderful pizza – thin crust, cheese, coconut, almonds, chicken, pepper flakes, and Mandarin oranges with peanut Thai sauce. All their ingredients are fresh and 100% organic.

What’s one thing scientists should invent? - Teleportation like in Star Trek. Currently, since 2008, scientists have successfully teleported 1 particle to another teleportation pad just a few inches away. They are working on it. I just wish it would happen sooner ‘cause working in retail for 13 years, you just need to teleport products to the shelf and back.

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries? - When on a difficult section of my books, I take my IPod and walk around town for thirty minutes. A least that’s what I used to do while living in Everett, WA, but now, it’s kinda hard to take long nice walks since there are no sidewalks to walk safely on here in the country in the south. So, now, I play Bejeweled 3 Diamond Mine or surf the net or read a book.

Have you always wanted to be a writer? - Yes, ever since I was little I enjoyed the love of English and writing class all throughout my school years.

If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing? - Feel agitated, mopey, depressed but then I would draw or paint and then later read a book I needed to finish. If I’m not writing and mixing it with painting for my novels I’m a very sad Tara.

Fill in the blank favorites (two word max!) - Dessert. City. Season. Type of hero. Type of heroine.  - Chocolate. Boston. Autumn. Unexpected and Unexpected.

What question would you love to answer that I didn’t ask? - ‘Where do you write your books?’ – Seated in my black Liberator Esse Chair, curled up in my favorite comfy lazy outfit with coffee at arm’s reach at my desktop surrounded by sketch books, pencils, notebooks, pens and subject matter for said novels. I did write Soul’s Little Lie book one on my beloved HP Laptop until it died. Thankfully I saved all the files three months before hand. My intuition never fails me.

Tell us about your current title - Soul’s Little Lie, book one, takes place in Everett, Washington in the early summer of 2010. Vivian Warren has been practicing magic all her life and has found herself face to face with her spirit guide at her front door. The sorrow in the man’s eyes compels her to go with him on a journey to his home in Lowell, Massachusetts. On the way, in this road trip chase cross country, an unlikely, unwanted guest follows them. Hot on their trail, Detective Jacob Umari must uncover the link between this mysterious man Vivian is with and a long ago case file connects in the most unexpected way. A haunting, psychological soft horror mystery with love, fear, and self doubt into the inner workings of a broken heart. David Geraci can’t help by say to Vivian, “Don’t return to the dreaming.” There is a reason, but did she listen?

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Welcome to Rebel, Ginny Sizemore!

Playing Twenty Questions with Ginny Sizemore.

Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting? 

The characters.

Are you in control of your characters or do they control you?

I start with the control, but often they end up with it.

How do you come up with the titles to your books?

I usually draw from what the story is about overall. I try to make it catchy too.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a teacher from the time I was young to the time I was about eighteen. Since then I’ve seriously wanted to be a writer.

Are you working on anything at the present you’d like to share with us?

Aside from Learn To Let Go, I just finished another short story. It doesn’t have a name yet.

Do you have any strange handwriting habits, like capitalizing all your “r”s or dotting your “I”s with heart (or anything like that)?

I tend to dot my I’s with hearts. I also write really big.

You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?

My grandma dying in the summer of 2009.

When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought?

My hair actually looks better.

What were you doing at midnight last night? 

I believe I was laying in bed watching tv.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

I don’t recall what exactly. I ate a lot of strange things when I took World Lit in high school.

What do you want to know about the future? 

Who I will end up romantically.

What’s your heritage?

I have Native American, Dutch, and German in me that I know of. There could be more.

What’s your favorite pizza? 

I love deep dish pepperoni pizza.

What’s one thing scientists should invent?

I don’t know about scientists, but someone should invent crackers in some kind of baggy where they won’t get stale. 

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries? 

Nap or vent to one of my close friends.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I have fantasized about it ever since I can remember.

If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

Spending time online, working, cleaning my house, spending time with my family, friends, or pets, or walking.

Fill in the blank favorites (two word max!) -  Cheescake Dessert. Saint Albans City. Summer Season. Manly gentleman Type of hero. Strong woman Type of heroine.

What question would you love to answer that I didn’t ask?

Why did I write the book I wrote?

Tell us about your current title.

Learn To Let Go is about a girl, Dawn who loses herself in a long distance relationship. She neglects her friends, school, and home life for Dan. When Dan decides it’s time to call it quits, Dawn doesn’t know what to do. With the help of her mom and friends, she learns to be happy on her own.

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Welcome New Author Lynne Cruz!

Which comes first, the story, the characters or the setting? 

Usually the story. I’ll get an idea or I’ll think of a particular scene out of nowhere and then I think about who is involved and where. I love when a scene just pops into my head!


Are you in control of your characters or do they control you?

Sometimes, the characters control me! I’ll decide I want a character to be with a certain person, but the character tells me they don’t want that! I often have to just go with the flow.


How do you come up with the titles to your books?

A line I write in the story or something a character says can sometimes inspires me to use it as a title. I often leave the title until after most of the story is written.


What did you want to be when you grew up?

I had a passion for acting and musical theatre. I loved being in school musicals and local productions. I loved singing. I even auditioned for drama schools and Australian Idol! But with rejection after rejection, I decided that I’d persue other interests.


Are you working on anything at the present you’d like to share with us?

I’ve started to work on a new story. I had an idea for a story about 4 years ago and I’m revisiting it but with some new twists and endings than originally planned.


Do you have any strange handwriting habits, like capitalizing all your “r”s or dotting your “I”s with heart (or anything like that)?

It’s not too strange (I don’t think!) but I often write in all capitals. I think my Dad used to do the same.


You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?

My father having Alzheimer’s and passing away. I’ve had some pretty horrible experiences in my past, but that has got to be the worst. Some other experiences, as horrible as they were, I wouldn’t erase because they’ve helped me to be who I am today.


When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought? 

“Ughh, my hair is s***!”. Haha! I tried to dye my hair blue a while ago, it’s all come out and now I’m left with brown/black/blonde/regrowth yuckness!


What were you doing at midnight last night? 

Trying to sleep and get warm again after my dog woke me up to go outside!


What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? 

Oysters. I can’t stand them!


What do you want to know about the future? 

I’d love to know what direction my career will go in and what successes will come my way!


What’s your heritage?

My father was English and my mum is Filipino.


What’s your favorite pizza? 

Pepperoni pizza with barbecue sauce base on deep pan. I used to work in a pizza shop… I know my way around a pizza…


What’s one thing scientists should invent? 

Writer de-blocker. Stop the whole writers block from even happening! If there’s an “after-life”, there should be a phone to call people who have passed away.


What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries? 

I am a gamer. I could spend hours playing video games if I was allowed! So, I’ll play games online and sometimes stream it so people can watch me play and chat to me as well.


Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I always liked writing and reading books. I remember I won a poetry competition when I was about 7 years old and when I was in High School, I wanted to be a journalist. I even did my work experience at the local newspaper publication and wrote some stories that got published! So, writing has always been in the background of my interests.



If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

I’d either be finishing my degree and being a counsellor or pushing for more followers on my gaming channels online.



Fill in the blank favorites (two word max!)  

Dessert – chocolate ice-cream

City – Sydney

Season – Autumn

Hero – Minecraft Steve

Heroine – Fionna (Adventure Time)



What question would you love to answer that I didn’t ask?

Who are 5 people you would have to dinner, dead or alive?

Sir Elton John, Russell Brand, Ricky Gervais, Jake Shears and Pink.



Tell us about your current title.

Speed More Often follows the life of Sandra Jones. She likes a drink, likes a party and sure loves her men. She’s never lonely, but after going out for the night with friends, she drives home drunk and is caught by the police. She gets more than expected from Officer Tom Watkins on that fateful night!



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Author of the Month, Michelle Lowhorn, Giveaway

I’ve enjoyed being the author of the month at Rebel Ink Press!  Be sure to stop by my Facebook page and leave a comment with the name of your favorite teacher to enter to win an e-copy of your choice of one of the books in The Teacher Series. Also if you leave me a message with your address, I’ll send you some of my swag.  Thank You!








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Please Enjoy an Exclusive Excerpt from Parental Involvement by Michelle Lowhorn…

Parental Involvement-med sizeExcerpt from Parental Involvement, Book 3 in the Teacher Series by Michelle Lowhorn


“Jye, could you help us with something?” 

He turned around in time to see Charity pretend to slice her neck, telling Daisy she didn’t want her to say anything.  It was quite comical because for some reason, the annoying woman didn’t realize Jye could see her.  Obviously whatever it was, Charity didn’t want his help, which made it all the more tempting for him.  “I’d be happy to.  What exactly do you need my help with?” 

“Charity is in need of a security system.  Apparently someone entered her apartment last night while she slept and left a flower on the pillow.”

He looked over at Charity.  “Did you call the police and report it?”

Daisy didn’t give her time to answer.  “No, she didn’t.  I just found out about it a minute ago.  I was getting ready to call Dane when you knocked on the door.  I think she needs to take the break-in more seriously.”

Jye sat down in the chair across the table from Charity.  “Has this person done anything else or maybe made contact with you before last night?”

Charity shook her head in answer.

“That’s not true.  Friday night someone slashed all four tires on her car.  And this crazy woman chased after him,” Daisy announced.

“You’re such a blabber mouth.  See if I ever speak in confidence to you again.”  

Everyone knew Charity didn’t get along with Jye and would do or say just about anything not to be forced to ask him for help.

Jye interrupted her tirade at Daisy.  “Has anything else happened?”  She shook her head no a little too quickly.  “He hasn’t contacted you?”

After a huge huff, she finally answered.  “Well someone’s been calling me but he doesn’t say anything when I answer.”

“How long has this been going on?”  Jye was definitely getting a little worked up.  His personality was the absolute epitome of an alpha male.  There always appeared to be something dangerous lurking just under his skin, waiting for the right time to emerge.

“I’ve been getting calls for about six weeks now.  He’s never said anything until last night.  The annoying man interrupted The Bachelor, right when he was handing out the roses to his chosen harem for the week.  It annoyed me so I told him off.”

“What?  Why didn’t you report it to the police?  He could be a real psycho and try to kidnap or even kill you,” Daisy shouted.

“How many times has he called?”  Jye asked in a deceptively quiet voice.

“Maybe ten or twelve times,” she answered.

One eyebrow rose fractionally.  “He’s called a dozen times over the last six weeks?  That could be a simple case of the wrong number.”

“No, he calls that many times a day,” she confessed, making sure not to meet his eyes.

“Oh my word, wait until I tell your sister,” Daisy muttered.

“Has he contacted you any other way besides calling?”  By this time, Jye realized she wasn’t going to volunteer any information.  The only way he’d find out important facts is if he asked specific questions.

Charity crossed her arms over her chest and scrunched her face like a child who was upset that they’d been caught.  “He might have emailed a few times.”  There was no mistaking Jye’s look, he wasn’t buying her statement.  “Oh alright, he’s sent me probably a hundred emails, give or take a few.”  He continued to stare at her.  “Stop interrogating me.  I don’t like the way you’re wrenching out every last detail.  I wouldn’t be surprised if I confess to a crime I didn’t commit.  Obviously you wrote the book on intimidation.”  She glared back at Jye.  “And he’s left thirteen notes on my car window.  There, are you happy now?  You know every last detail about the situation.”

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Today We Welcome Charity Turner from Michelle Lowhorn’s Parental Involvement

Parental Involvement-med sizeToday we’re welcoming Charity Turner from Michelle Lowhorn’s Parental Involvement Book 3 in The Teacher Series! Thanks for joining us, Charity.

So let’s get started, because our readers really want to know…

Everything about you! Tell us, where did you grow up? Is that the only place you’ve ever lived or have you moved around?

I’m from a small town in Texas, well it’s not small anymore. Everything is bigger in Texas or at least that’s what they say.  I’ve never lived anywhere else.  I couldn’t move away from Daddy, Mama or my sisters.

What’s your current occupation?

I’m a language arts teacher in a middle school.  I’m working on my masters to be a librarian.  I love to read romance novels, but there wouldn’t be any of the books I read in a school library.  

What’s in your refrigerator right now?

A gazillion take out boxes.  My husband, Jye, has forbidden me from cooking.  The last time he had to put out a fire in our kitchen was when he mandated that I’m not allowed to do anything in the kitchen unless it’s to open a takeout box.

What smell do you associate with your childhood? Is it a happy smell?

Cow pies.  Hope, Grace, Faith and I grew up in the country.  I can’t say that it was a happy smell because dung doesn’t smell that great, but every time I get a whiff of the putrid aroma, I automatically think of home.

What’s a typical Saturday morning like for you?

I get up early so I’m already outside the stores when they open.  I find my best deals on Saturday morning.  The stores aren’t that busy at that time, so there isn’t other shoppers complaining that I’m holding up the line.

Do you have any tattoos? What are they? If you don’t, would you consider getting one and what would it be?

This is between you and me because my Mama would die if she knew I had a tattoo.  It’s really small in a place where no one can see, well of course my husband sees it when I’m naked.  Oh darn, I gave it away.  I might as well tell you where it is now, my tattoo is on my booty.

What is your most treasured possession?

I should probably answer something considerate like my husband, but he’s not a possession so I can’t say my husband.  My wardrobe is my most prized possession.  I love clothes!  I’m working diligently to build my wardrobe back up since my stalker destroyed all of my clothes and shoes.  What sane person does that?  Well he wasn’t actually sane, so I guess it makes sense.

Do you have any regrets? What are they?

Last Saturday, I arrived at the consignment shop one minute too late to get this amazing pair of Jimmy Choo’s.  If I hadn’t stopped for the elderly man crossing the road, I would have beat that rude woman and got those shoes.  She had the nerve to yell at me when I tried to sneak them out of her cart.

Do you prefer jeans or sweats? Flip-flops or sneakers?

I prefer designer clothes and shoes.  But if I had to choose between those, I’d pick designer jeans and sneakers.  Oh who am I kidding?  I’d figure out a way to make designer high heals a choice.  That’s really not a fair question because you’re annihilating the people who take pride in their wardrobe.  I don’t think annihilating was the word I was looking for.  Hold on just a minute while I go ask Jye what I’m trying to say.

Okay I’m back.  I meant to say you’re alienating the people who take pride in their wardrobe.

What is your greatest achievement?

Please ignore the man clearing his throat.  He’s worried I’m going to answer that getting a great deal on a designer outfit.  Although I’ve been able to find some incredible deals, I’m not that shallow.  My greatest achievement would be marrying my loving husband.  There are you happy, sweetheart?

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

I need to lose some weight.  Jye loves my curves but doesn’t just about every woman want to lose a few pounds.

Describe the perfect meal.

Anything Mama makes because she is an amazing cook.  Jye wishes she had the patience to teach me, but he always says and I quote, ‘She would need the patience of Job.’

Is there anything you’d like to tell your writer?

Thanks for creating me and giving me such a sense of style because everyone knows you don’t have one!

Be sure to look up Charity Turner in Parental Involvement and come back next week for an exclusive excerpt…


Charity Turner is every adolescent boy’s idea of the perfect teacher. She’s beautiful, wears form-fitting clothes, and has the highest father involvement in the whole school.  Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones obsessed with her. Recently Charity’s acquired a stalker.

Jye Jameson learned everything he knows about surveillance and security from the military.  While he was assigned overseas, a stalker killed his mother.  Consumed with guilt, he left the military and opened his own security company with a fierce determination to protect the innocent.

When Jye becomes involved in Charity’s affairs, together they will find a way to catch her stalker and end his reign of terror. 


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Please Welcome our August Author of the Month, Michelle Lowhorn!

So tell us, Michelle
Are you a kitchen god/goddess or the king/queen of takeout? What’s your specialty dish or favorite delivery treat? (if it’s a specialty dish, feel free to share the recipe with us)

I’m a mix between both.  I’m not a bad cook but I’m not extraordinarily great in the kitchen.

You have a million dollars…What charity do you give it to and why?

I would give it to schools.  There is so much a school could do with some extra funds.  All the teachers I know spend quite a bit of their own money to purchase items for their classrooms.

If you had to be stuck in one season perpetually, which one would it be and why? Would you prefer to live it in any particular place?

I would want to be stuck in summer because I’m off work in the summer.  I look forward to my time off all school year and then it’s over too quickly.  I would love to spend my time somewhere tropical!

What’s your…favorite fruit? Vegetable? Candy? Beverage? Sport?

I’ll eat anything if it’s coated in chocolate.  I’m addicted to diet Dr. Pepper. I was born and raised in Indiana, so I’m a Pacers basketball fan.

If you had an endless supply of money and could have the vacation of your dreams, what would it entail? Give us a stunning description of the event!

I would sit on the screened in lanai (because I hate bugs) writing at my house on the beach in Hawaii that I’d rent until the money ran out.  The funny part is I’m a cheapskate, so I’d never spend that kind of money in real life.

You’re sitting at your desk or work area…look up! What do you see around you?

I do most of my writing sitting up in bed.  I’m severely ADD and my bedroom is the one quiet place in my house where I can concentrate. 

Do you know how to ski? Play polo? Ever been scuba diving? Would you go bear hunting if asked?

I’m not an outdoor person, so I haven’t done any of those activities.  I prefer to stay inside where it’s cleaner, the temperature is regulated, and there aren’t any bugs.   

Did you enjoy language arts in school? Did you have a teacher in particular that encouraged you or recognized your writing talent early on?

Language arts was always my strongest subject.  I don’t recall any teachers that encouraged me to write, but I had some amazing teachers.  I remember my elementary teachers more than my secondary ones, which might be why I chose to teach elementary.  The two teachers that I remember making me feel important were my second grade teacher, Mrs. Harris, and sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Branch.

Whew…We’re thirsty now and we’re sure you are, too! It’s five o’ clock somewhere, so let’s have a drink. What cocktail or mocktail best describes you and why?

If you saw me, you’d probably think something plain and uninteresting like a shot of something.  But because I don’t like the taste of alcohol, I have to disguise it in a fruity drink.  A frozen strawberry margarita is my favorite.

What are you currently working on? Do you have a small bit to share with us of your current project?

I’m currently working on a series about a group of mercenaries who feel like they’re unlovable.  The first book in the series is Abandon.

Author Bio:

Michelle Lowhorn and her husband reside in Texas, where they enjoy their two teenagers and pug.  She’s a full time teacher during the day and part time romance author at night.  When she’s not working, you can bet she has her nose buried in a romance novel.  Becoming an author is a dream come true.


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Nancy LaPonzina, Author of the Month, Giveaway

Nancy would like to thank each of you for spending part of your month with her, learning about her work A Path Through the Garden. She’s giving away 3 (three) copies of A Path Through the Garden. Please leave a comment on this post and she’ll choose three winners. Please let her know what your favorite part of her monthly blog takeover was… Contest ends July 31, 2014.

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Today We Have an Exclusive Excerpt from Nancy LaPonzina’s A Path Through the Garden

4489824A Path Through the Garden excerpt

Leyla Jo couldn’t take her eyes from the soft pink stones around the clerk’s neck.

The advisor put her hand to her throat. “Senora, you like these? They are pink tourmaline with the darker rubelle.”

“They’re beautiful,” Leyla Jo said. Somehow the gems called her to notice. The call was soft, undemanding. She knew what that meant. Pay attention.

The clerk continued, “A very effective energy medicine, no? When worn,” and the clerk spread her hands around her neck, “like this. Each gemstone’s shape affects the energy of the wearer Senora, and the ability to absorb the goodness of the gemstone. “I am,” and she seemed to struggle a short moment with her words, “I am a gemstone advisor. I work with other advisors here to determine which gemstones will be most effective for our patrons’ needs.”

Leyla Jo nodded. Made sense.

Hal spoke up, “Grazi, Senora. Could we look at a necklace, please?”

“Yes, of course. Let me show you one. My pleasure.” The advisor reached down behind the counter and slide out a soft earthen green box adorned with small, tiny pinecones across its top. She opened it and withdrew a beautiful silver link clasped necklace with five pink tourmaline gems and three rose-colored rubelle stones from its nest of pine needles.

Leyla Jo felt its energy the moment the box top opened. She accepted it from the advisor and placed the necklace around her neck. Hal was right behind her and moved her hair aside to close the clasp. It felt wonderful.

The advisor smiled and adjusted the small counter mirror for her to take a view.

“It’s lovely!” Leyla Jo hugged onto Hal’s arm.

“My gift to you, sweetie,” Hal said. “A perfect remembrance of Rome.” He smiled at the clerk and said, “I’d like her to wear it.”

The clerk smiled and began collecting the box and prepared to complete the purchase.

“Senora,” Leyla Jo asked but she knew the answer already, “for what condition does this aid?”

The clerk reached for her own neck once again and touched the necklace. “For family, Senora,” and her eyes glowed with happiness. She moved her hand under the lab coat. “My first,” and she softly patted the reason for the oversized lab coat.

Leyla Jo clasped Hal’s hand. “Perfect, Hal. Thank you.”

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