Friday, November 30, 2012

Can you spare the cost of a cup of coffee?

My publisher, Dancing With Bear Publishing has adopted a needy family for Christmas. We have chosen a family with two children, a boy, 5, and a girl, 6. The father lost his job, the mother is unable to work. Any amount is a blessing. And, as a thank you for those who donate, you will receive a discount code to purchase our new anthology, Christmas Bells, Christmas Tales! We want your Christmas to be Merry and Bright!  To donate to the Christmas project
Thank you and may your gifts return to you ten fold!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop


Author Victoria Roder, Bolt Action from Champagne Books

“The past few years have been full of high profile reads—50 Shades of Gray, Twilight, and more. Love them or hate them, you have to admit you have at least heard of them.

As Independent Authors we all dare to dream we will be next, and well let’s face it, you never know ... right?  With some hard work and the right marketing any one of us could be the next most talked about Author.

With that thought I jumped on this Hop, what is a blog traffic hop? Well I didn’t know until I asked.

Basically, it’s an Independent Authors game of tag.

One author posts, and then tags five other authors, who each link back to them. Exponentially it is a marketing gold mine, and you my fair reader have hopefully just increased your to read list. Finding new and exciting authors you may never have found otherwise. Some of us are still writing, others are just being released. 

Either way, for you Fiction Lovers, a treasure trove awaits and I’d like to thank fellow Author Carol Marvell for tagging me to participate. Please check out Carol's website and books.

Buy Slave Trader here:

Click the links to find out about Victoria Roder’s books.
Picture Book, An Important Job to Do: A Noah’s Ark Tale:
Devotional, It’s Not You – It’s Them

“In this particular hop I and my fellow authors each in their perspective blogs have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current WIP (Works in Progress) as well as some goodies as to our process, from characters and inspirations to photographic/ cinematic eye candy! I hope you enjoy it!
If this or any other items pique your interest, please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions.”
1: What is the working title of your book?
The Haunting of Ingersull Penitentiary

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
 As a huge Ghost Hunters® fan, I was fascinated with their episode that took place at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. What a perfect setting for a ghost story.

3: What genre does your book fall under? Paranormal Thriller
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hailey Price played by Ashley Judd

Nathan Christopherson played by Dwayne Johnson
Braxton Turner played by our own Jimmy Thomas

Katie Macy played by Kathy Bates
Tattoo Teddy Macy played by Sam Elliott

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
It might be Heaven checking into The Big House Inn, but it is Hell checking out.
6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Traditional Publishing.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? About a year and a half.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? The Haunting of Hill House.
9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My sister Helen is a paranormal investigator in California. I find that fascinating and I’d love to join her on an investigation. She’s my older sister and would probably cover my eyes like she did when a naked man jumped in the pool we were at, when I was in high school.  
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Opening weekend of a haunted penitentiary, turned bed and breakfast, may be the last as guests battle an ancient evil for their very souls. Converting the former federal prison, into the “The Big House Inn” swallowed Hailey Price’s inheritance from her murdered mother and deceased father’s estate. But, with any luck, the rumors of the federal complex being haunted will boost interest of the Inn. The abandoned Penitentiary, cursed by a witch, is in a constant battle of good verses evil, an eternal struggle for the souls that enter the complex. The paranormal thriller, The Haunting of Ingersull Penitentiary is Ghost Ship meets Shutter Island.
Below you will find authors, who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!!

Cathy Coburn
Debbie Roppolo website:

Holly HuntWebsite and blog:
Scale & Feather

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Do You Have a Love/Hate With Your Scale?

     Tomorrow is my first weigh in, after, my first week at weight watchers. It would be so embarrassing to mess up in the first week, so keep a good thought for me. Please share your stories. I'd love to hear if weight watchers, or some other plan helped you reach your goals.
     I've been on every goofy diet out there. The cabbage soup diet, the green bean and beet diet (I hate beets), and the popcorn diet. I even tried the grapefruit diet, several low carb diets and the vegetarian route. I thought about doing a baby food diet, because everytime I open a jar of baby food I gag on the smell.
     Come on, fess up, what have you tried?

     Ride along in Action Thriller, Bolt Action, as gun hording, Harley riding
Detective Leslie Bolt must face her past to capture ‘The State Quarter Killer’
before her sister is the next victim.
Author Victoria Roder

Friday, July 13, 2012

If it wasn't for bad luck...

     It’s Friday the 13th! Are you superstitious? Superstitions are any belief that is based on fear and is inconsistent with the known laws of science. We’ve all heard the common superstitions that lead to bad luck, but I found a few new ones that I have never heard of that I’d like to share.

*It is bad luck to turn a loaf of bread upside down after a slice has been cut from it.
*It is bad luck to leave the house through a different door than one used to come into it.
*If a candle blows out, evil spirits are nearby.

     How about one for good luck.

*If you catch a falling leaf on the first day of Autumn you will not catch a cold all winter. Just so you know, I’m going to take the entire staff and the children outside to catch leaves this Fall and see if it works.

     Anyone have a superstition to share?

     In Action Thriller, Bolt Action from Champagne Books, Detective Leslie Bolt is a smart talking, gun hording, Harley riding investigator forced to work a serial murder case with her sexy ex-lover.  After a childhood of abuse suffered at the hand of her father, Leslie sleeps with a Ruger Blackhawk .357 under her pillow, has a Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker rifle in her broom closet, and a Saturday Night Special stashed in her road-hog cookie jar. The body count mounts and Detective Bolt must conquer her own past, as she races to capture “The State Quarter Killer” before her sister is the next victim.  Secrets of the past, murder, deception, sexual tension, and “The State Quarter Killer”, Bolt Action offers it all.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

An Important Job to Do: A Noah's Ark Tale release day: May 30th, 2012

An Important Job to Do: A Noah's Ark Tale by Victoria Roder
Children's Picture Book
DWB Children's Line

The giraffes, lions, camels, and elephants have gathered at Noah's Ark. As the rain begins to fall, Alice the elephant becomes wedged in the doorway. Evan, a tiny mouse, offers assistance but is sent away because he is too small to help. Can Evan overcome his self-doubt and save the animals from the danger of the flood? The animals learn an important lesson that we are all capable of working together regardless of our outward appearance.  

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Character Blogfest

Character Blogfest: Chose your favorite character

1. Decide which of your characters you'd like to introduce everyone to, and choose a snippet about this character (preferably no more than 200 words) to share about this character. (A snippet from your manuscript would be awesome, but if you're not comfortable with that, you can choose to do a character sketch--something to show us your character and writing.)

2. Between January 23-25, tell us who your favorite character you've written is and why and post your snippet.

3. Hop around to other participants to check out their favorite characters and a bit of their story.

My favorite character is Hailey Price from my recently completed Paranormal Thriller, The Haunting of Ingersull Penitentiary. When Hailey Price decides to purchase the abandoned Ingersull Penitentiary with an inheritance from her murdered mother and incarcerated father's estate, and convert the former prison into a bed and breakfast, she has no idea what evil lurks within the walls once known for inhumane treatment. Hailey must find her inner strength and confront her past to battle the ancient evil.

Unpublished Excerpt:

Hailey raised her hand as if it would keep him away. “Don’t come near me!”

Braxton staggered toward her. In a swift movement, she slipped the bow off

her shoulder, unclipped the arrow, placed the arrow on the rest and drew the bow back.

“Saint Michael the Archangel…”

“You’re attempt at religion won’t work on me, Hailey. I‘m growing too strong.”

A wide smile crossed his face and he continued toward her.

Her skilled archery anchor points didn’t feel right. “Shit.” The impact of

bouncing off the ground moved her peep out of alignment. Her ribs ached and her arm

wavered. Twenty more steps and he’d be too close to release the arrow.

Shoot BraxNo! She refused to humanize him or even think his name. Shoot your

target, Hailey!

She took a deep breath and the pain from her ribs made her wince. Bow still

drawn back, she adjusted her left hand on the bow and moved her right thumb under her

jaw. Her peep site off, she closed her eyes and sang, “My God is so great, so strong and

so mighty there’s nothing my God cannot do…”

“I’m a person not a spirit. I told you, your mumbo-jumbo religious shit don’t


Releasing the arrow, she opened her eyes and waited for the fooomp. Braxton

tumbled backward to the floor. Her prize winning Brodhead carbon arrow protruding out

of his heart.

A perfect kill shot. A gasp of a cry wracked her body. She discarded the bow and

ran to Nathan’s side. Dropping to the floor, placing her cheek nest to his mouth she

prayed and waited for a breath. Another explosion rocked down the corridor. This one

closer. She positioned her body across the man she accepted she still loved,

shielding his head from debris.