I Kissed a Ghost by Robin Leigh Morgan

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Welcome Robin Leigh Morgan and enjoy our interview.

Robin, tell us about yourself, please.

I’m a retired NYC employee who’s been married for 20 years, no children. We have two cats. I released my first YA Paranormal romance endeavor [“I Kissed a Ghost”] on December 20, 2012 with the KINDLE following on May 12, 2013.  If anyone is interested in reading several UNEDITED SNIPPETS from “I Kissed a Ghost”, you’re invited to check the Ghostly Whispers category on my sites. I have 14 snippets which you can read.

 

How did you come up with the title for your book? Selecting a title for a book had been a very challenging experience for me; but after racking my brain over it, I decided to merely summarize the premise for the entire story in as few words as possible until I had something which could be used as the title for my book. Hence, since the story is about a girl [Mary] and her kissing the ghost [George] she had living in her house; the story had to be called, “I Kissed a Ghost.”

Here’s a small spoiler for the book: The last four words of the book is the book’s title.

Who designed the covers? The cover for “I Kissed a Ghost” was designed by CreateSpace/

What are your current or WIP projects? Besides returning to the Contemporary which I’d started over 10 years ago, but never comfortable with what I’d written, I also love to write Flash Fiction. I usually respond each week to the prompt word Lillie McFerrin gives her readers each on her site. The challenge is using the prompt word to write a Five Sentence Fiction. You’re invited to read my endeavors on any of my blog / web sites under the category of Five Sentence Fiction, and to leave your comments.  Five of my Five Sentence Fictions, with a little tweaking, are now scheduled to be published in anthology of short stories involving HIV/AIDS as its theme.

Can you share a little of your current work [WIP] with us? The title of my current manuscript is “His Darkest Secret” [an adult Contemporary with a paranormal element running through parts of the storyline.]

Can you share a little of your current work [WIP] with us?  From Chapter 1 – “His Darkest Secret” [UNEDITED]

…Amazed with another coincidence in the short period of time since Warren first rang her doorbell Jessica became more inquisitive.

“Do you know why he chose you?” inquired Jessica.

“Unfortunately I can’t really think of any. We spoke a few times on the phone; and a few weeks later I received a contract in the mail from Mr. Griffith with a check attached to it,” replied Warren with a blank look on his face. “I merely signed the contract and sent it back.”

Hearing this Jessica quickly picked up a photo of Bill from her desk and showed it to Warren, “Here’s what he looked like.”

“Yes. I did meet him once. If I remember correctly, he worked for the company who hired me for the conversion I just showed you.”

“Interesting. Very interesting.”

“Would you know how to get in touch with him?”           

Jessica hesitated for a moment as emotions began to takeover.

“I’m afraid you can’t contact him now.”

“May I ask why?”

With a melancholic tone in her voice Jessica replied “We’d lived together for two years; but about fourteen months ago, a month before we were to be married, he died.”   

Warren couldn’t believe Jessica’s answer and felt compelled to inquire, “Did you just say he died?”

“I did.”

A look of total disbelief and shock came over Warren.

“If he’s dead…then how–then how did I get this letter? And why now, so long after he has died?”

“I’ve received several letters from him since his death, and I’ve stopped trying to figure it out. But there’s one thing which is certain whenever I’ve receive one, something important is about to happen in my life.”

“I guess I must be the next important thing in your life” replied Warren jokingly, eyeing Jessica as he spoke.

“You might be correct Mr. Ashton. This time there might be something important about to happen in your life. You got his letter, didn’t you?”

Jessica had no way of knowing it at this time; her words would soon become true not only for Warren, but herself as well.

“It’s quite an eerie feeling receiving a letter like this.”

“I know precisely how you feel.”    

What book are you reading now?  “Spirits of Christmas” by Nicky Wells.

Are you an Indie Author? If so, what do you like about independent publishing?    Yes, I did self-publish “I Kissed a Ghost.”  What I liked doing this is being able to be in control of the entire processing: Choosing the title as well as the cover, setting the price, controlling the distribution to name the basic reasons. Once you’ve received the proof copy of your novel you’ll feel gratified that you actually gave “birth” to your first novel, regardless of its genre.  You can open your proof copy to the middle of the book, stick your nose against the two pages, and inhale to smell the luscious aroma of the ink on the freshly printed pages. It will probably be something you’re going to remember for a very long time.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

My advice to all aspiring, not just those who wish to self-publish would be to: Ever give up living your dream of becoming a writer, I never did.  Before you start looking for a publisher or even an agent you MUST have your manuscript edited, granted the editor you select might miss a few minor points, but at least it’s now in a much more presentable condition.  Publishers want manuscript which can be easily edited by their own editing staff, without them having to correct countless misspellings and grammatical errors.  If all else fails take this advice and go the self-published route the way I did.

 

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Pushing the Line with Kimberly Kincaid

I am so excited to be hosting author, Kimberly Kincaid today.  Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a Q&A with this very talented lady.

Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. Her digital “line” series is all about the hot cops and sexy chefs of Brentsville, New York. She is also thrilled to have collaborated on a Christmas anthology with Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell, titled The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap, to kick off her Pine Mountain foodie series with Kensington books, to be followed by her first full-length print novel, Turn Up the Heat. Kimberly resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters. Visit her any time at www.kimberlykincaid.com or come check her out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/kimberly.kincaid1) and Twitter (@kimberlykincaid).

When I sat down with Kimberly, she was happy to answer a few questions for me.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve always loved to write, and when I sat down four years ago to write that first book, it was for pure fun. I didn’t have a clue about plotting or pacing or even how to tag dialogue! But I knew I had stories to tell, so I joined Romance Writers of America and took some online classes, and I was thrilled when it only got more fun as I went. That first book is under my bed gathering dust, but it got me to book #2, which landed my agent. So I’ll always love that inspiration that got me started!

Do you have a specific writing style or approach to writing your books?

I think, first and foremost, that writing should be fun. So I approach all my books like they’re an adventure. I write full-time, so I also take each book very seriously. I usually start with my characters—who they are, what shapes them, what their life circumstances are, and how they’ll connect. Then I do research and toy with the plot. For me, the plot is so much more changeable than the characters! But I plan everything out before I start to write, complete with outlines and storyboards.

How did you come up with the title of your  book?

We already had a theme established with the “line” novellas. I usually come up with a short list, and for Pushing The Line it was no different. I bounced the ideas off my agent, her assistant, and my critique partners. My agent’s assistant is the one who came up with Pushing The Line, and I loved it on the spot.

What book are you reading now?

I love to read, and have many favorites! I just finished Kristen Callihan’s Shadowdance (the latest book in her Darkest London series), and am reading a KGI novel from Maya Banks’s backlist right now. My TBR is toppling, but I love  everything about it!

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Pushing The Line is the fourth line novella, about a cocky firefighter who helps out a friend by taking over a side job at his contracting company. But he gets more than he bargained for when the owner of the candy store needing renovations is a sassy, sexy artist who challenges him at every turn.

Who designed your cover (s)?

My covers are a group effort, just like the titles. In the end, I picked the cover image (which is one of my favorites!), and photographer Robin Gansle did all the formatting.

Portrait of young attractive happy amorous couple in bedroom

Free-spirited artist Harper McGee is happy to go wherever the wind takes her…until her flight pattern sends her back to Brentsville, New York for her beloved grandmother funeral. Harper’s grief turns to shock, however, when she discovers her grandmother has named her sole proprietor of her candy shop, Luscious. But she has no intention of being anchored to one place, and anyway, she doesn’t know the first thing about running a kitchen or a business. Selling Luscious is the only viable option— until the shop catches fire due to old wiring. Fixing the damage requires major work, and if Harper wants to put it on the market, she needs major help.

Thrill-seeking firefighter Aaron Fisher has never walked away from a challenge or a friend. So when a fellow firefighter is hurt on a call and can’t complete a side job for his contracting company, Aaron’s quick to jump in. He’s done plenty of fix ‘er ups for his buddy in the past, and despite his silver spoon upbringing and his no-holds-barred attitude, swinging a hammer suits Aaron just fine. That is, until he discovers the client is the same impetuous woman he forcibly dragged from the flames of Brentsville’s local candy shop.

The more time Harper and Aaron spend at Luscious, the hotter their attraction burns, daring them both to shed their tough outer layers to reveal the tender desires beneath. But when a buyer makes Harper the offer of a lifetime, she must choose between roots and wings. Can two people who live in the moment learn to see past the moment, or will Aaron and Harper always live their lives pushing the line.

Thank you, Kimberly for dropping by today to visit with us.  It’s been a pleasure having you.

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Don’t miss the release party on January 10th.  Click on the book cover above for a link to the party!  See you there!

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