Friday, September 27, 2013

Celebrating a Peaceful Mind

So glad to be posting here again for Tara Tyler, aka, VikLit’s Writing blog fest, Celebrate the Small Things. There’s been too many big things going on that prevented me from posting or visiting many sites last week.

Anyway, this week I’m so happy to celebrate:
  • My “roommate” is gone! I’ve got my place and good spirits back.
  • I won my first giveaway, a $5 amazon gift card from Cathrina Constantine! Thank you!
  • Despite one day of pouring down rain this week, the weather’s back to beautiful!
  • A friend from my writer’s group invited me to introduce my book, Anticipation of the Penitent, to her book club, and they voted to read my book! It might be a while before they have the discussion because of the upcoming holidays, but I sold 4 copies at the book club. :)
  • Melissa Maygrove’s Follow Fest is a great experience. I’m still visiting many of the blogs on the list, have met some great bloggers and writers, including some other non-traditional Christian writers.
I'll be seeing you; got a lot of blog visiting to do this weekend! 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Great Golly! A Follow Fest :)

Nancy LaRonda Johnson

Fiction or nonfiction?
Fiction!!! :) and some poetry

What genres do you write?
Christian speculative, which is horror, sci-fi or fantasy, but written with a Christian angle or theology. I prefer a touch of horror.

Are you published?
Yes. I have two books published, Anticipation of the Penitent ($2.99 eBook), about a serial killer and his mother, and Salted With Fire ($0.99 eBook), a book of short stories and poetry with Biblical discussions.

Do you do anything in addition to writing?
I’ve taken a life art class before and loved it. Once I retire, I’d love to take more art classes, along with photography, and learn to play the harmonica. Now, I love church, my family and traveling.

Where can people connect with you?

And if you want more:

Please follow me on the right border of this blog!

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
I'm a woman of few and many words, a pseudo-insomniac who loves to sleep in, whose favorite word in the English vocabulary is "vacation," and whose favorite thing to consider is what God is telling me right now.

I like reviewing books by indie writers, though I’m a slow reader (love audiobooks), and assisting spreading the word for blogger friends with their cover reveals, blog tours, etc. 

Thanks to: Melissa Maygrove for putting together this great fest. I'm looking forward to checking out everyone's posts tomorrow and over the weekend!

To learn more about Follow Fest or to visit the rest of the Follow Fest participants, click here.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Come one, come all, to the S.K. Anthony "Kinetic" Blog Tour!

A dear friend is celebrating the publication of her debut book, Kinetic, and I’m so excited to be a part of that celebration. Come and look into the world of deception, powers and the mind of S.K. Anthony!

Title: Kinetic
Author: S.K. Anthony
Series: The Luminaries #1
Publication: September 20th, 2013
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Urban Fantasy (UF)

Being strong is one thing. Being an unlimited source of power is quite another.

Genetically altered by the Organization, Annie Fox takes down criminals CIA-style with her luminary strength. With nothing to mend but her broken heart, she is relentlessly pursued by her boss Derek Lake. Just when Annie is about to give him a chance, her ex-husband unexpectedly comes out of hiding.

A wanted man, Nick Logan is a cold-hearted murderer who is considered enemy number one, and orders are clear: kill on contact. He is more powerful than ever and threatens the lives of those she holds most dear. His plan? Get his hands on Annie and use her Kinetic energy to destroy them all. When Annie finds herself with an opportunity to end him, she pauses, horrified by the scars covering the face she once loved. A split second that will cost her everything …

** Kinetic is a stand-alone novel. All books in series are part of the same world with the characters intertwined. **

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Questions for S.K. Anthony by Nancy LaRonda Johnson (that's me!)

1- What do you consider to be the trashiest novel you’ve ever read?
Man, I would rather not bash another author’s work…there is a very popular one that has boggled my mind. I’m still not sure what possessed me to read it, but I did. It’s in the erotica genre, and that is all I shall say.

2- What is the most difficult thing for you with regard to writing?
Revisions. That is where I have to decide what stays, what goes, and be completely honest with myself about what isn’t working. Then I have to find solutions. This alone makes my stress levels go way up lol.

3- What is the easiest?
The beginning of a novel. I love putting down new words and let the possibilities take me away!

4- What would your dream life as a writer look like?
I guess being able to stay home as a full-time writer, even after my little ones start going to school.

5- Do you feel you’re on track as to where you want to be as a writer?
I do, yes. I’m only starting out now, and that is better than “dreaming” and not doing anything about it.

6- Is there something you’d like to write that you think most people would be surprised to know about? What is it?
I have a Middle Grade story/series in mind. I know I’m not ready to write it as yet, but eventually, I hope to be “good enough” to give it a shot.

7- Who is the one author you would love to meet?
J.K. Rowling. I might make a complete fool of myself and drool or something, but I would love to meet her nonetheless.

8- What is the one thing someone could say about you as a writer or your book that would just have you beaming with pride and jumping with happiness?
Just that they enjoyed it would make my day ;)

9- Is there a message you hope to get across with your writing?
Hmm… I guess just to believe in love.

10- Please provide a favorite excerpt of your book.
Coming to my feet, I ran into the vault and found myself at the bottom of what seemed like three floors. It was filled with storage units, all next to each other. It reminded me of prison cells, each of them with their own armored doors. I smelled more smoke coming from above, so I ran up the first set of stairs and let my nose guide me. I saw the figure trying to melt one of the armored doors, and I launched myself at him. He was ready for me, though, so I found myself thrown across the room like a ragdoll. I pretended to be injured as he approached me, and when he was close enough, I kicked his feet from under him and he fell, hitting his head on the concrete floor. I jumped on him and pinned his hands down just as he looked up at me.

And there he was, Nick Logan. My ex-husband.
I stared at the face I'd once loved, now with a patch covering his left eye and scars running all the way down his jaw. They were almost hidden under his days-old beard and wild, dark hair. His deep hazel eye looked at me, empty, daring me to speak first. I punched him. 

Author bio:
S.K. Anthony is a writer, a reader and a make-stuff-up-er who lives in New York with her husband and toddler twins. She is a wine connoisseur, which just really means she knows she loves it, and a caffeine addict. When she isn’t busy with her family she finds herself being transported into the world of imagination. Well, either that or running away from spiders…she is convinced they are out to get her!

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