Books, Babes, and the Business: Christine Sutton

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blog header cwifChristine Sutton

Please tell us a little bit about yourself… (would you describe yourself primarily as a writer, publisher, editor, artist, radio talk show host…) Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?

I am a writer. I always have been. Even before I knew I was a writer. After that, I am a horror writer. I like to dabble in other related genres, but I love horror. Probably more than I should.

I have a real fascination with anything scary. I can read for hours about ghosts and monsters. I am macabrely interested in serial killers, wanting to know all of the whys and hows.

Do you/Would you ever write under a male pseudonym? Why or why not?

I never have, but I can see the value in it. I have not, simply because I don’t care to at this time. I want my work to be mine. I think that I would be something like Stephen King and allow that pen name to take on a life of its own. I don’t want the kind of pressure that comes with creating a whole new human being; even a fake one.

I can see why it is done, and one day, I might do it, too.

Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently:

I do love some Anne Rice. I have recently read books by Jaime Johnesee (Bob the Valentine), Allison M. Dickson (Strings), M.L. Roos (Zippered Flesh 2) and Suzi M.(The Tower). I loved them all. I am somewhat voracious and insatiable when it comes to reading. I’ll read anything and everything, all the time.

Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how have they shaped your work?

I have always had a lot of influential women in my life, from teachers to friends, to great artists and amazing performers. I have to say that my mom has always been a great support and influence. She always told me that I could do whatever I wanted to do. I finally believe her.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice relating to the business what would it be?

DO NOT STOP. EVER!! START EARLIER!! Ok, so that is two pieces of advice. I get carried away sometimes.

Do you have a current project or upcoming project you would like to tell us about?

I am currently finishing the last installment in the Kayla, Enchanted series. I just finished a zombie novel, co-authored with Ian Woodhead. I also have a few other novels pinging around in my brain at the moment.

Where can we find you?

You can find me in the following places…



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I long for the day that I can devote myself to writing full time. Until then, I have a great day job and a fulfilling side job making art.

I have a husband of seventeen years, and a collection of fantastic books that make me very happy.

Books, Babes, and the Business: Leslie Whitaker

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blog header cwifLeslie Whitaker

Please tell us a little bit about yourself… (would you describe yourself primarily as a writer, publisher, editor, artist, radio talk show host…)

I am really a Release Party Planner. I know, different. I started my journey as a reader. After joining Facebook, I found HP Mallory. I had been reading her books and really enjoyed them. I was so excited to see that not only did she have a page, but she talked with her fans! I felt like I was talking to a celebrity! Through her, I meet JR Rain. He introduced me to HT Night, Aiden James, and Scott Nicholson. It was on their pages I met Rhonda Plumhoff, Sara Wales and Bine Pe. We wanted a place to be able to chat about our favorite authors and share their books with other fans without taking over the authors page. We contacted JR, HT, Aiden and Scott and asked is we could set up the pages. They didn’t mind, so we set them up. As the pages grew, we wanted to celebrate the release of new books. Rhonda started making awesome swag and I started doing the parties. I set up an event and host with the author. I keep the party moving forward with games and posts while the author has a chance to stop and chat with people at the party. It has become a great way to get interest and initial sales of new books. Several authors have told me that they feel their initial sales took off because of the parties. I hope so! That is my goal, to help authors get their books out to readers and help them get more fans.

Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?

No, I have done parties for Horror, Romance, YA…

Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read.

I love paranormal, mystery and romance. I just finished the second book by Aiden James and Lisa Collcutt, The Serendipitous Curse – Reviled. I am doing some beta reading for a couple authors. I love JR Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood), Jim Butcher (Dresden Files), JR Rain (Samantha Moon), Jaime Johnessee, (Bob the Zombie), Christine Sutton (Everything), Aiden James (Cade’s Cove, Ghosthunters, Nick Caine), Ian Woodhead (ZA series), Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin series), Kelley Armstrong (Otherworld series)… I have lots of favorites.. 🙂

Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how have they shaped your work

My mother was a huge influence on me. She loved to laugh and always had a positive outlook. I try to do the same. I have met several women authors on Facebook and each and everyone of them is amazing to me. They all have different stories and they inspire me to achieve.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice relating to the business what would it be?

Read. Read. Read. I didn’t start reading until about 4 years ago and I regret what I have missed out on….

Do you have a current project or upcoming project you would like to tell us about?

We have an awesome party coming on the 28th celebrating the wonderful Babes of Books!

Where can we find you? 

leslie whitakerLeslie is a California girl and has two awesome sisters and beautiful nieces that she loves dearly. She is also a huge animal lover and has been to every Disney Park in the world!

Books, Babes, and the Business: The Fluffy Fox

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blog header cwifVix Kirkpatrick

I am a BritGirl who loves reading. I am fortunate enough to be able to say I beta read for some awesome authors and am passionate about their work. I strongly believe in supporting all their hard work and try to promote them as much as I can on my little blog.

My favourite genre is horror and the huge areas it covers which often spill over into sci-fi, the bizarre and comedy in many instances.

Influential females…..oh my, far too many! I am thankfully now surrounded by so many wonderful ladies it would be unfair to even contemplate a list! Social media is often derided for its flapping, nasty or inane comments or food pictures, but it has allowed me to “meet” some of my best friends and expand on my gang/stable/horde of authors.

List a few authors and my favourite books by them! Ok, lets limit it to my top eight, those ladies whom I would probably read their shopping lists if they published them; with these amazing ladies you are ALWAYS promised a great read.

Kat Yares – has a multitude of brilliant short stories and my pick of the bunch would be Cleanliness Is Next Too….as it made me leap from my bed on a Saturday morning and start hovering! Who is afraid of the odd dust bunny? ME! But from her novels I loved Beneath The Tor, so much I bought a hard copy and have passed it around my local friends. It is a wonderful narrative of what could have happened in the Christ story, KY is delicate, respectful and clever in her ability to weave all the important aspects of Christ into this fictional story with a twist.

Lori R. Lopez – Jar Baby and The Fairy Fly are my favourites. LRL always throws in words and phrases that I have to run off and look up, she expands my vocabulary every time I read her and Jar Baby is one of my favourites as she manages to make mummy & zombie killing so eloquent sounding as you would think you were at a tea party with Earl Grey tea and cucumber sandwiches. The Fairy Fly is not a horror book, unless you are afraid of creepy crawlies and up until this book I was morbidly afraid of spiders, now I can even sit in the same room as them and not have panic attacks, I will forever be in LRLs debt for that.

Billie Sue Mosimen – with such a huge repertoire can anyone have a favourite BSM novel/short story? I can read White Skulls over and over though as it has the gore, back story, interesting characters, plot twists and humour that I love so much in all my reads.

Suzi M – The Immortal War series for me was almost perfection, a brilliant mix of Vamps, Demons and all sorts of other critters mixed over time, space and a 3 way love story, do you need anymore?

Jaime Johnesse – well apart from her famous Bob (The Zombie) Series, her best story was Shifters (which I believe is having an overhaul to make it even more awesome!) and even now 3 years later I still think of the characters from this book.

Eden Crowne – Fall From Grace; Angels, Demons, marks of death and lots of sex! how could you go wrong with that mix! Her stories are complex and intricate and really give a sense of being in the story with all the fantastic descriptions of people and places.

Allison M. Dickson – The Wicked Brew collection for me had the best short story “A Concealed Hand” this one really touched me; made me gasp, hold my breath and laugh. Her debut novel “Strings “ was grotesque in that wonderful horror way that makes you want more, just not after dinner.

Christine Sutton – her Kayla Burkhart series was brilliant, CS took all your usual fairie tales and turned them on their head! Humour and gore combined are my favourite elements in a horror story, the giggle then the slap in the face – not to mention the amazing writing style that CS has.

Current projects? Well, as I am NOT a writer it’s more like an ongoing blog of reviews; although I am trying to bully everyone into answering a few silly questions, nothing like the sensible ones you have me answering! Unless you would like to know what my favourite sandwich is?

foxVix loves the horror genre, but it must be well written even if Bmovie style! She also enjoys sci-fi, comedy, thrillers, biographies and some weird stuff.
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