Friday, February 9, 2018

Eric Wilder - An Author Interview in the HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Louisiana Mystery Writer Eric Wilder. He is the author of the French Quarter Mystery and Paranormal Cowboy series. Eric writes Mystery, Thriller, and Paranormal novels and short stories.

Author: Eric Wilder

Author Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal

Website: Eric Wilder Louisiana Mystery Writer
Author's Blog: Eric Wilder's Blogspot
Twitter: @EricWilderOK
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Author Description:
Born on a sleepy bayou, Louisiana Mystery Writer Eric Wilder grew up listening to tales of ghosts, magic, and voodoo. He's the author of ten novels, four cookbooks, many short stories, and Murder Etouffee, a book that defies classification. His two series feature P.I.s adept in the investigation of the paranormal. He lives in Oklahoma, near historic Route 66 with wife Marilyn, three wonderful dogs and two great cats.


SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

Congratulations on your book: Sisters of the Mist. What do you have on the drawing board next? Do we have another novel from the French Quarter Mystery series coming? Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

I’m working on French Quarter Mystery #7 tentatively titled New Orleans Dangerous. It’s about a basketball player in the NBA that arrives in New Orleans after being traded to the Pelicans. He quickly learns he has a dark connection with the city he didn’t know about that involves voodoo, incest, and murder. Here is a link for a peek at Chapter 1. https://t.co/ldBiBMJsio

You have a good following on twitter. Since you started before the social media buzz, what impact has social media relationships had on your current success? How did you build your following in your niche? How much has it changed your book launch process?

My presence on Facebook and Twitter has played a large and positive role in my success as an indie author. Books aren’t sold without a continued marketing effort. Like most indie authors, I have a limited advertising budget, so I rely heavily on free exposure on Facebook and Twitter. I also have a Facebook fan page. My followers have increased steadily because I engage with them every chance I can.

Do you do any book signings, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? If so, when and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?

I don’t presently have any engagements scheduled. When I do, it’s always posted on my Facebook fan page: http://facebook.com/louisianamysterywriter

You have great covers. They carry a theme and your brand with them. How does your book cover creation process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach? Do you get your readers involved in its development?

I’ve used two different cover designers: Jim and Joan Higgins at bestbookcovers.com and Andres Grau at 13bookcovers.com. I start by giving them a synopsis of the book, always including several plot elements so they can tie the story into the cover. Book covers are probably the single biggest reason readers choose your book over others. Many designers do exceptional cover work at reasonable prices. Many authors include cover artist information in the front of their books. If you see a cover you like, try to learn the name of the artist who did it and then check out their body of work on their website.

You have a couple great book trailers. (See links below.) They look very professional. Do you know how much impact they have had on your book’s success? Tell us about the process that you used to create your trailers? Do you use the trailer in your character development? Are the pictures and background the way you see your characters and scenes?

Book trailers can be an effective marketing tool. I’ve done a couple myself and hired a professional designer for another. A well-done book trailer helps a book’s exposure and the more times a perspective reader see’s your pitch, the more likely they are to purchase your book.

Several of your novels have been converted into audio books. What has been the impact on your regular sales? Has the audio books gained a new audience for you?

There is a large market out there for audiobooks. Many people would rather listen to someone tell them a story than to read it themselves. Excellent earnings await writers if they can tap into this market. Creating an audiobook is both time consuming and potentially very expensive. Even after obtaining the finished product, you still face marketing it to a different set of buyers. If you have the propensity, drive, patience, and audio expertise, you might want to narrate the book yourself.

You have written several short stories. Can you tell us if they had an impact on the sales of your novels? Are shorty’s one of your styles of writing or are they created to give readers a sample of your work?

I love short stories. I’ve written many, and they have helped me become a better writer. I’ve published various short stories related to my two series and give them away for free or at a nominal price as teasers. I usually include the first three chapters of book one at the end of the story. I don’t know how much this has helped my sales because it is difficult to gauge. I have many short stories on my blog at http://ericwilder.blogspot.com and have sales links at the end of the stories. I get lots of blog traffic, so it’s possible that they have increased my book sales in that way. Whatever, I love short stories and think they are a neglected literary art form.

What is your primary genre? What has been your best marketing approach to this group?

My primary genre is paranormal mystery though the novels have elements of both fantasy and the thriller. I market to mystery readers that love New Orleans. I also have a paranormal series set mostly in Oklahoma. Though in my mind it’s just as good as my French Quarter Mystery Series, I sell less than a tenth as many books because I suspect the perception of most readers is that Oklahoma is an uninteresting place. With that in mind, I’d suggest that writers contemplating a new series attempt to locate it in a place deemed exotic and interesting by their potential readers.

What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in any other type of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?

When I first became an indie author, I gave away many titles. I’ve heard the pros and cons of this marketing method. My opinion is it’s just plain nuts! Readers have thousands of unread titles on their Nooks and Kindles. Just because a thousand people downloaded your book doesn’t mean that a thousand people have read it. Chances are none of them did. Many factors cause your book not to sell. Price is not one of them. My advice is don’t be afraid to experiment with the price of your book, and don’t reduce the price just because you have a slow sales period. It’s likely you just aren’t aggressive enough at getting your book out there.

What is your method of getting reviews for your novels? Do you seek professional reviews, use social media or do you rely on your reading audience to supply them?

Good reviews are very important, and bad reviews can kill your book before it ever has a chance to get off the ground. In the past, I paid for professional reviews from the likes of Pacific Coast Review of Books. Many similar entities will review your book for a price with the proviso that their review may be good, bad, or somewhere in between. These reviews are expensive and subjective. My advice is to never pay for a review. Ask your friends or members of a writing group in which you are involved to read and review your book, and keep your fingers crossed you don’t draw the attention of a hater: someone that perhaps didn’t even read your book yet pans it for reasons known only to them.



Author's Book List
Sisters of the Mist - French Quarter Mystery Book 6
It's Halloween in the French Quarter as P.I. Wyatt Thomas traces his missing girlfriend to a mysterious convent hidden deep in south Louisiana's Honey Island Swamp. Even if he manages to find her and they both survive, will their relationship ever be the same?


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River Road - French Quarter Mystery Book 5
In the most haunted city on earth, no one disregards the supernatural, especially P.I. Wyatt Thomas and his business partner voodoo mambo Mama Mulate. Wyatt must go on the run when unknown assailants kill his new client moments after hiring him to find who murdered his mother. The ensuing chase involves a Navy submarine, a former King of the Krewe of Rex, members of an elite Russian military detachment, a voodoo-like sect that favors Satanism, Cuban assassins, southern mafia, and a top-secret C.I.A. laboratory situated in the heart of the city’s medical district. Wyatt must evade multiple dangers to uncover the dark secret behind the most bizarre murder in the history of New Orleans.


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Black Magic Woman - French Quarter Mystery Book 4
In the most haunted city on earth, no one disregards the supernatural. When a spirit from a different life begins haunting him, Wyatt Thomas turns to the one person he knows can help—his business partner and voodoo mambo Mama Mulate. To rid himself of the curse, he must travel back in time to Antebellum New Orleans and seek the assistance of Marie Laveau, the most famous voodoo practitioner that ever lived. He has one chance to save his soul and only forty-eight hours to do it or be trapped in the past forever.


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Primal Creatures - French Quarter Mystery Book 3
In the most haunted city on earth, no one disregards the supernatural, especially P.I. Wyatt Thomas and his business partner voodoo mambo Mama Mulate. When a famous movie producer hires Wyatt to investigate a heinous death on an island resort for actors, artists, and writers, he thinks he’s earned a paid vacation. Strange monks, Cajun werewolves, and people in a fishing village that practice voodoo populate the island, and he quickly learns his paid vacation is anything but.


Book Trailer: Primal Creatures

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City of Spirits - French Quarter Mystery Book 2
In the most haunted city on earth, no one disregards the supernatural, especially during the madness of Mardi Gras. P.I. Wyatt Thomas has a rich new client that wants him to prove he isn’t a passeblanc— a person of black heritage attempting to pass as white. Wyatt falls hard for the man’s daughter, a supermodel named Desire with a twin sister and a dark family secret.


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Big Easy - French Quarter Mystery Book 1
In the most haunted city on earth, police can’t afford to disregard the supernatural. When it becomes apparent to N.O.P.D. homicide detective Tony Nicosia that the recent killing of panhandlers is related to voodoo, he turns to the one person he knows that can help him—Wyatt Thomas, the French Quarter’s favorite private investigator. Wyatt’s partner, Mama Mulate is not only a voodoo mambo but also a professor at Tulane. When someone needs answers concerning magic, voodoo, or the supernatural, Wyatt and Mama are the ones they ask.

Big Easy is the fun, sexy, and thrilling first novel in the popular standalone French Quarter Mystery Series that takes you into smoky Bourbon Street bars, down dark alleyways, and through the haunted cemeteries of New Orleans. As a reader said, it reads like a collaboration between Charlaine Harris and James Lee Burke.


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Blink of an Eye - Paranormal Cowboy Book 3
P.I. Buck McDivit must stop a killer, but first he must travel back in time to a 1000-year-old Mississippian pyramid and drink hallucinogenic tea with the most powerful Indian chief in North America and his spiritual adviser, a gorgeous woman with a rattlesnake tattoo and designs on Buck's soul.


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Bones of Skeleton Creek - Paranormal Cowboy Book 2
Broke, out of work, and desperately in need of a new truck, P.I. Buck McDivit must earn some money before his landlord evicts him. The only job available is a one-time gig as assistant county death investigator. The case involves the particularly heinous death of a local ranch hand. The police think it’s suicide. Buck knows differently. Not only was the man murdered, the evidence indicates the killer is possibly more than human, perhaps even supernatural. When the ranch owner, and employer of the dead cowboy, hires him to find the murderer, he learns revenge wasn’t the only motive. As the situation grows insane, he must solve the murder or become the killer’s next victim.


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Ghost of a Chance - Paranormal Cowboy Book 1
When P.I. Buck McDivit inherits an island, marina and rustic fishing lodge on a primordial East Texas lake, he finds it's haunted by the ghost of a long-dead little girl. He soon learns the restless spirit is the least of his problems. To keep the property, he must first deal with foreclosure, murder, and a group of racists known as the New Southern Right that want the island for their own nefarious purposes. If he doesn't succeed, he might not live to enjoy his inheritance.


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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Cricket Rohman - SAVING MADELINE is featured in the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

The Showcase is a special feature of the Author's Spotlight. It is designed to highlight Spotlight author's NEW releases and their soon to be released novels.

The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES Cricket Rohman's Book: SAVING MADELINE.

Author Cricket Rohman is the author of the Lindsey Lark series. Cricket writes Fiction, Mystery and Romance novels.








SAVING MADELINE

Author: Cricket Rohman


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SAVING MADELINE is both heart-wrenching and humorous. In the beginning, Roxy, a na├»ve young actor arrives in Hollywood to follow her dream and escape from her mean-spirited family. When she finds herself coexisting in a cramped Los Angeles apartment with a wounded warrior and her German shepherd, tensions run high . . . And then her mother moves in—so much for escaping. Along comes the well-connected acting coach, James Jonathan Jarvis, and Roxy’s big break in showbiz: a part in a reality TV show with a wilderness survival theme. But a week before rehearsals begin, her mother disappears. Roxy’s search leads her close to Montana where she and Madeline become trapped in a real life-and-death situation. Though the daily obstacles that challenge these three women are paramount, they manage to find humor in their frequent calamities, and Roxy’s Hollywood misadventures buffer the troubling glimpses into the world of a woman whose memory is fading.

Excerpt from SAVING MADELINE

Section: Guests Come Knocking

Roxy had prepared well. She’d thought of everything, right down to the exact second the action would begin. The clock ticked, the alarm buzzed. It was time. The screaming commenced and seemed to go on forever; that was part of the plan. The door breaking, the shrieks, and growling—growling?—were not.

“Hands in the air or this dog will attack!”

Shocked by this sudden intrusion, Roxy lifted her hands and froze.

There stood a short-haired, tough-looking woman. She carried a baseball bat and looked like she’d use it. A sizeable German shepherd stood beside her baring its teeth and resembling an angry wolf.

“Ma’am,” the woman said with firm authority, “step slowly toward the dog and stand by his side. Do it.”

Ma’am? Really? “Uh, I’m not so sure about that.” The dog looked ready to lunge.

“The dog is keeping your intruder at bay. Go! Now! Stand by the dog.”

“But … but I’m the only one here.” She frowned, slowly lowering her hands.

“We’ll see about that,” the woman said. “It’s obvious you’re under a lot of stress, and you feared for your life just moments ago. For all I know, a perpetrator is hiding in the hall with a fuckin’ gun pointed at your head.”

A few seconds passed, and nobody moved. At least the dog had stopped growling. In fact, it seemed to be smiling. Even so, Roxy needed clarification. What had just happened?



Author: Cricket Rohman

Author Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Romance

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Author Description: Cricket grew up in Estes Park, Colorado, and spent her formative years among deer, bobcats, coyotes and beautiful blue columbine. Today she is a full-time author writing about the great outdoors, teachers, dogs, love, laughter, and life’s little mysteries—think romantic suspense.

Prior to writing, Cricket's career path included the following jobs: actor, singer, audio/video producer, classroom teacher, school principal, and U of A, College of Education assistant professor.

The first three novels in The Lindsey Lark Series are--WANTED: AN HONEST MAN; LETTERS, LOVERS, & LIES; and HIT THE ROAD, JAKE!.

And, yes. All three books are works of fiction. REALLY! (Well, except the part about the dog; Cricket really had a dog like Wendell, the mastiff, who appears in every book.)




Author's Book List
Forever Island - The Fantasy Maker Series Book 1
JD Middleton, a stressed-out chef, reluctantly embarks on a vacation offered by The Fantasy Maker. On his application, he’d requested solitude in a tropical paradise. He’s shocked to be left on a desert island. It seems he’d have his solitude, but the island, though tropical, was no paradise. Nothing but ocean, sand, and jungle. No place to get a beer or a bed. What had he gotten himself into? Surprise! When a beautiful woman, Sara Sinclair, appears unexpectedly, how will he cope? She’s tenacious and has a job to do. They both have secrets but join forces making good use of their opposing interests and skills as a romantic relationship builds. Will there be fireworks? When confronted with life-threatening circumstances, who will survive?


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Hit The Road, Jake! - The Lindsey Lark Series Book 3
Thrilling, romantic, and sprinkled with humor, HIT THE ROAD, JAKE! reinvents the ‘buddy movie’ concept with the written word … and a pretty woman. Jake and Lindsey are good at tracking down offenders responsible for petty theft and blackmail, but when new mysteries become personal—slashed tires, spattered blood, steamy love letters, a stolen pet—everything changes.

Who is this enemy that secretly harasses them from town to town? Jake calls in some favors and manages to finagle the DNA testing of several blood samples. The results are shocking, and the dangers they face become deadly.

Practically newlyweds, the couple thought they’d created the perfect win-win plan. While traveling between Tucson and Estes Park in their RV, Jake would solve embarrassing mysteries that schools wished to keep under wraps, and Lindsey, being the ‘cover’ for their presence, would conduct workshops for teachers. Then all hell broke loose.


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Letters, Lovers, & Lies - The Lindsey Lark Series Book 2
Mysterious, romantic, and sprinkled with a few heartwarming students and a delightful dog, LETTERS, LOVERS, & LIES captures the importance of persistence and the power of love. Jake and Lindsey are in love, but so much stands in their way. Letters from a dead man. Unwanted advances from a transgender acquaintance. Separation and jealousy. A few things in the couple’s favor? They are smart, multi-talented, and they love to laugh.

Lindsey Lark, keynote speaker, goes on tour while her boyfriend, Jake, writes a detective novel. Sounds simple enough, but a mystery soon dominates their lives when bizarre notices of her ex-husband’s funeral arrive. Foul play is suspected and murder is on someone’s mind.

Lad, a retired Secret Service agent, is Lindsey’s right-hand man for the duration of the tour. He’s handsome, he’s a man of few words, and, as the list of threats lengthens, he takes on the role of bodyguard, much to Jake’s dismay.


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Wanted: An Honest Man - The Lindsey Lark Series Book 1
With a little mystery and a little romance, WANTED: AN HONEST MAN captures the bittersweet growth of a young woman trying to make sense of her turbulent life. Lindsey, a beautiful, talented teacher is a fighter and a positive thinker, but after the man of her dreams betrays her, then steals her beloved dog, she struggles. Strange, threatening phone calls begin to haunt her. A stalker, perhaps?

Though she doesn’t want to be alone, she isn’t ready to go looking for new love, but men find her anyway. A handsome college student involved in some tricky human research gets into trouble in more ways than one. His inherent propensity to play detective, though helpful at times, seems to attract Murphy and his darned Law far too often … and now his eyes are on Lindsey. Will his heart follow?


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