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Freebie Day #3 - Guest Author Stefanie Worth!

Have you entered the STOLEN HEAT Release contest for a chance to win $100 VISA gift card and other fabulous prizes yet?

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And now here's our Freebie day #3 guest author...

Today I'm thrilled to have Stefanie Worth with us. Stefanie writes contemporary paranormal stories that give her characters the second chances life sometimes doesn’t allow. Her latest book is WHERE SOULS COLLIDE from Dorchester Publishing.

To learn more about Stefanie, visit her website at www.stefanieworth.com

Blurb:

RELECTIONS OF THE PAST
Detroit journalist Navena Larimore thought her romance with NBA star Maxwell McKnight would last forever, but forever came to an abrupt end fifteen years ago, leaving her brokenhearted. Now Maxwell is back in her life as the owner and editor of her newspaper, and Navena's turbulent feelings have come rushing back.

VISIONS OF THE PRESENT
Navena cannot find peace at home, either. Her boyfriend wants more of a commitment than she can give and she's haunted by prophetic dreams of murder.

DREAMS OF THE FUTURE
It is up to Navena to figure out her psychic legacy and prevent the murder...but not alone. After struggling with doubt, Maxwell realizes that Navena's visions are authentic, and it is she who might need saving. Navena may have extraordinary powers, but together they discover that real love is a force of its own.

Review:
"WHERE SOULS COLLIDE is a stunning debut and a magnificent read. Worth’s writing, the story and the plot grabs on to the reader and doesn't let go. [. . .] It’s such a wonderful twist on the soul mates plot that it will make believers in true love out of the most cynical people. And the love scenes are spicy hot. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great read with paranormal, suspense and romance all woven together.”
– Reader Woman “The Book Diva,” Amazon.com

Today Stefanie is donating a copy of WHERE SOULS COLLIDE to one lucky commenter. Read on to enter.

(This contest is open to all.)

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1) What kind of books do you love to read and how do those stories impact your own writing?
The books that had the biggest influence on shaping my desire to be an author were written by Stephen King and Toni Morrison. I loved King’s subject matter – all things otherworldly – and the wonderful power and lyricism in Morrison’s writing. But my love for fantasy and paranormal was actually stoked mostly by Twilight Zone and Saturday afternoon “horror” movies with Vincent Price and mutant mammals.

2) What are you working on presently? What about upcoming releases?
There’s always something new to learn as a writer and my latest challenge is multi-tasking. Instead of being a one-project-at-a-time author, I’m pushing myself to turn idea files into proposals, which means I’m developing a couple of proposals alongside my current work-in-progress. It makes me feel like I’ve got a split personality, but I think it’s a good skill to grow.

I do have a novella coming out in October. It’s called HeavenSent.com and it’s part of the Holiday Brides anthology. The story is about a woman who’s planned out all the elements of her life – including love – and doesn’t realize that the man she’s looking for is in the cubicle next door. It takes a couple of guardian angels to help her see the light. My next novel is tentatively slated for 2011 release.

3) What’s the best compliment you ever got on your writing or book(s)?
My stories are contemporary paranormals so with Where Souls Collide, I loved that people found the plot unpredictable and for CAN YOU BELIEVE, my novella in The Holiday Inn, reviewers noted that the characters and their struggles felt real and the plot lines weren’t simplistic. I enjoy giving people something to think about along with their happily ever afters.

4) What’s your writing schedule like?
I work full-time for a nonprofit organization by day and I have three kids, though my oldest is in college. That pretty much leaves me with late nights and wee hours to write. I try to keep myself on track by setting monthly goals and writing them in a journal that I maintain daily.

Deadlines are tough – the tight ones that come with editorial feedback after a finished project. Then I flashback to college to pull all-nighters complete with lots of carbs, Visine and under-eye concealer. LOL Otherwise, the overall goal is to write something every day.


5) If you could be one character from any book you’re read or written who would it be and why?
Some days I’d sure like to be Navena Larimore, my heroine in Where Souls Collide. Even though she doesn’t want the power she’s inherited, having the ability to change the past in order to re-direct the future might come in handy every now and then.

And to be entered into the drawing for WHERE SOULS COLLIDE, all you have to do is answer this question:

When was the last time you pulled an all-nighter?

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13Comments:

Blogger host said...

Hi! Great interview and Where Souls Collide sounds great.
The all nighters aren't so rare for me. I usually have a short deadline at work so I have to work all night to meet it (just this Monday I stayed up whole night to finish the project). Also, when I really like the book I read it through the whole night.
Have a great weekend!

3:43 AM  
Blogger Karen H in NC said...

This book sounds really good.

For several years, I sold yellow pages advertising space and while I did have closing dates and deadlines, I can't say that I ever worked all night. Near close dates, my hours were long, and it felt like all night on some occasions.

Now, the only thing that might try to keep me up all night is a really good book.

4:55 AM  
Anonymous Amy M said...

The book sounds really good! I didn't really have an all nighter, but 3 girlfriends and I try to get away one weekend a year, and last year we were up pretty darn late. Did not make it the whole night, but for us girls, it was pretty good. And fun too! Being the mom of 4 small kids, I have lots of them because the kids are sick...but those don't count to me :)

Thanks-
amy m

5:51 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Great interview! All nighters are a thing from the past for me! With 3 kids - just can't do it! Has to be 5 years ago, at least!!!

Thanks!

dcf_beth(at)verizon(dot)net

6:32 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

With my work schedule and two kids, I couldn't tell you the last time I pulled an all-nighter.

6:42 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Ooh, this sounds really great.
The last time I pulled an all nighter was just recently, when I picked up Linda Howards Burn. I know better than to start a book by an author I'm crazy about when I have to work, lol. But I did anyway!!
It was great, and so worth the lack of sleep!

9:38 AM  
Blogger Stefanie Worth said...

Wow, from the times on these comments, you guys were up shortly after I went to bed. Such is my life.

I wanted to thank Elisabeth for hosting me here, and thank each of you for stopping in.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Stefanie Worth said...

Host and Karen H. --

I've had jobs that kept me on short deadlines because, for the most part, I've worked in communications throughout my career. I did reach a point about six years ago where I found myself checking my WORK email at 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. and always working on some project or the other at home.

I abruptly ended that the week after my daughter's first birthday when I couldn't remember how we celebrated because I had taken so much work home that weekend. Not good.

A year or so later, I was back with my critique group, writing fiction again and en route to my first book sale. So much better...

1:21 PM  
Blogger Stefanie Worth said...

Debbie and Melissa --

I have to agree, it does get tough being up all night and having kids, too. Summer makes my time even tighter since they're not in school, but I try to be diligent about separating writing time from their time.

As they get older though, they have become more understanding. They're able to see the connection between mommy being on her laptop and the books that she writes. It makes the all nighters even that much more rewarding.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Stefanie Worth said...

Amy --

A real live all alone getaway? I'm so jealous. I did attend a writer's workshop in scenic Idlewild, Michigan, last summer but could only stand to be away for one night instead of two.

Maybe I need a little more practice...

1:27 PM  
Blogger Stefanie Worth said...

Melissa --

I definitely don't get to pull all-nighters with books other than my own these days. But, as a teen, I remember staying up for days on end reading The Stand by Stephen King. I was half afraid that if I fell asleep on the story that Randall character would rise up out of the pages and snatch me away.

1:32 PM  
Blogger LORETTA CANTON said...

The last time I stay up all night was to finish a book which I do a lot. I was reading Knockout.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Stefanie Worth said...

Thanks for checking in, Loretta. Here's wishing you many more all-nighters with great books!

And, again to all of you -- and, of course, Elisabeth -- thanks for your comments and kind words about Where Souls Collide. I enjoyed hanging out with you today.

9:24 PM  

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