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Juniper Grove Presents: The Odin Blood Series by Ronnell D. Porter

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Good morning, guys and dolls. So I made this huge, bumbling mistake and forgot to actually set the following interview as a real post for yesterday. It has been sitting in my drafts folder, waiting patiently… then I realized what I’d done and I feel so awful. [Pause to hang head in shame.]

Though I’m horribly late, please welcome Ronnell D. Porter to talk about himself and his writing.

20 Questions with Ronnell D. Porter

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SK: Tell us about your most recent work and where we can get it:

RDP: My most recent work is a sequel to Dagger Heart called Ebon Heart, and it can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords. It begins exactly one year after the ending of the previous book, and deals with Erica trying to figure out her new role in society. After being a pariah her entire life, suddenly she’s praised as a hero and is the center of attention. I imagine that would be a very daunting experience, but something she’ll have to get used to.

SK: Your inspiration – is it from your imagination or from personal experience?

RDP: The imagination. I live vicariously through my stories. I think if I lived a more exciting life I wouldn’t be a writer.

SK: If given the opportunity to meet one of your characters in real life, which would it be and why?

RDP: I would want to meet Lucius Knight. He has lived long enough to understand how politics work in this world, and I would love to chip some wisdom off of that brain of his. I would also enjoy his company more than I probably would any other character, though there are a few other characters who come as a close second. But the main attraction is that Lucius doesn’t judge, he understands human weakness, and I would be very interested in knowing how he feels about meeting his creator face-to-face.

SK: What comes first, the plot, the characters, or the setting?

RDP: I would say the plot and setting usually come hand-in-hand: I couldn’t really decide on Vikings without having to place them in Scandinavia. But usually the plot.

SK: When you write, is it with or without visual/audio stimulation (tv, music, etc.)?

RDP: I always write to music. When I first started out, I couldn’t listen to any music that contained lyrics – I found them too distracting. Now that’s not the case, and most of the songs on my playlists involve lyrics of some sort. I also make a special playlist for each novel since they tend to set the mood and help me focus quicker than I would without its influence.

SK: Who is in control when you write, you or your characters?

RDP: Most certainly myself. I tend to focus to the point that I know my characters as though they were real human beings, so I can speak for them very easily and stay true to their personality. But it’s still me.

SK: What inspires you to write?

RDP: Changing minds and challenging points of views.

SK: Think fast: give me the silliest plot line you can think up!

RDP: A good ol’ Mormon girl preparing for her mission falls in love with a gay porn star at first (accidental) sight and sets off on a road trip to Los Angeles to track him down and profess her feelings to him. I’m not sure if that’s disturbing or if I should pursue that story… (o.0)

[SK: I have to say… I almost fell out of my chair laughing at this one! I think Mr. Porter certainly needs to write this one, doesn’t he?]

SK: Golden Girls Fans: If you had to compare yourself to one of the Girls, which one would you be most like and why?

RDP: I would be a Dorothy – a tall lumbering cloud of cynicism that drenches my companions in the soggy rain of sarcasm wherever we go. But they’ll still thank me for being a friend.

SK: Best monster ever: vampire, werewolf, or zombie?

RDP: Vampires. There’s a promise of sophistication and sensuality that comes hand-in-hand with the creatures of shadow. Werewolves would come second, but nothing I would prefer to be or see outside of film. And zombies, well… They were interesting four decades ago; I really don’t understand the appeal today, but to each their own.

SK: If the apocalypse happened tomorrow, how would you react?

RDP: Indifferently. To say that there would be regrets would be to assume that I would be a special abnormality and survive the apocalypse. But since I’m assuming that an apocalypse is an end-all type of affair I suppose I really wouldn’t care once it happened since I would be dead.

SK: Tell us how you really feel about the 50 Shades of Gray hype.

RDP: A travesty in both how it came into being (Twilight Fan Fiction) and what it teaches young women to expect in a partner. Lastly I’m disappointed that I didn’t write it myself: I am not above writing the most offensive drivel in the history of mankind in exchange for a seven figure check.

SK: Be honest…which are better: Boxers or Briefs?

RDP: Neither, both were flawed and we only realized that much when the boxer-brief appeared in the fossil record of men’s undergarments. Briefs tend to be more snug where the thighs meet the pelvis. Boxers are too much trouble, first trying to keep them from bunching up when you put your pants on, and secondly having to straighten them out throughout the day when you think no one is looking. The boxer-brief solves both issues with a sleek partial legging that hugs the upper thigh just enough to remain where they should when you’re putting on your pants, and not too tight at all around the thighs and pelvic region. They are the paragon of men’s hosiers.

SK: Favorite author?

RDP: Christopher Hitchens; I’ve never seen writing quite like his. He was a master of the English language.

SK: Favorite book?

RDP: That’s a tie for The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton and Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh.

SK: Favorite movie?

RDP: I love film, so that’s a difficult one to pinpoint. A few that are in the running are Before Night Falls, Loves of a Blonde, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Pretty Baby, Love and Death on Long Island, In Dreams, Dancer In The Dark, Gypsy 83, Silent Hill, and Melancholia.

SK: Favorite song?

RDP: Marty Robbins – They’re Hanging Me Tonight.

SK: Literary Hot Button: What are your thoughts on Writer’s Block? Does it exist? How do you overcome it?

RDP: It certainly exists for me. In most cases I stop writing that story for a while and move onto something else. Then I’ll return to the previous novel when inspiration strikes again. This was the case with Ebon Heart, where I’d written the first few chapters, got stuck, and moved on to write The Untold Want. Then, much later, I returned to Ebon Heart and finished it. The cover art was also a bit of a spark of inspiration as well, once I had that.

SK: If you were told you could never write again, what would you do to fill your time?

RDP: Be the first storyteller to deal exclusively in audio books.

SK: Of your backlist/coming soon agenda, what’s your favorite story? Why?

RDP: Of novels to come, my favorite is an untitled project I’m working on alongside the third Odin Blood book. It’s a horror story about a place a few miles from my hometown called Eden, UT, which is built around a huge lake with an island at its center, and an interesting history (there is a town beneath the lake, flooded in the 1930’s). My cousin lived there and I spent my summer there growing up. It’s currently my favorite since there are characters that I can relate to more than the paranormal romance hero/heroine type of characters. These are individuals who face dark issues and aren’t expected to do the right thing by the end of the novel because they aren’t heroes.

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About The Odin Blood Series

Published: January 26, 2012
Word Count: 70,000
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Mystery

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Note: Dagger Heart is currently FREE on Amazon!

NorwayDagger Heart by Ronnell D. Porter, 704 A.D.

The valiant King Ulfur defeated the evil that swept the seaside village of Nornör into despair; Morgan, the demon witch, has been dead for nearly twenty years. The truce between King Úlfur and the Queen of the Fae has remained intact since the day that Morgan’s dark curses vanished. It seemed that peace had finally come to the wounded souls of the village.

But this peace is shaken when three curses that Morgan promised with her dying breath are placed upon the Norwegian village: who among them has cast the spell?

Seventeen-year-old Erica finds herself trapped in the middle of a witch’s deadly revenge scheme with no way out but to fight for survival. On top of trying to end the curses devouring her village like a savage beast she finds herself at the center of attention when it comes to Viking King Úlfur’s three sons: Kriger, Paul, and Finn.

Three of them will fight alongside her.
Two of them want to marry her.
One of them could be the son of King Úlfur… and Morgan.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Title: Ebon Heart (Book 2)
Published: January 22, 2013
Word Count: 70, 000
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Mystery

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Sequel to ‘Dagger Heart’.

“You know not of King Bersek, Lord of Berserkers… The Berserkers are men of darkness; heartless and unyielding. They know no fear, they know no pain – and the sound of them ripping and slashing and tearing people apart by their limbs: chaos incarnate.”

One year after triumphing over the events surrounding the cursed Blackthorn Dagger, Queen ‘Dagger Heart’ Erica receives an ominous warning from a group of survivors that arrives in her village of Nornör: an army like no other, steeped in dark necromancy, heads for her Norwegian shores. With the winter solstice quickly approaching and no sign of the black wolf that used to roam the woods of her lands, she races against time to uncover the mystery of The Necromancer, as well as the absence of her dear friend and love, Finn.

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The Tour Goes On!

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My tour, that is. Today is Day Four, which means there are three previous stops. Want to check them out? Do it here:

Day 1: Alexx Momcat’s Gateway Book Blog
Day 2: Fandom Fanatic
Day 3: Girl Who Reads

More to come as I get the links. Randomly, the Twitter Party was a blast. We actually trended with the hashtag #LGTP (Loki’s Game Twitter Party), and it made me a very happy little writer.

That’s pretty much where we stand at the moment. Oh, except for the fact that the buy links haven’t quite made it up yet. Anyone who wants Loki’s Game can get it on the SUGAR & SPICE WEBSITE. For those of you who want Amazon, B&N and ARe, it’ll be up by Friday. Links to come as we get them.

A/N: I stand corrected. We’re now available on All Romance eBooks!

And there was a bit of a snafu with the Goodreads page. Somehow the ISBN number is linked to another book already. That alone is enough to make my eyes crossed. Oh, well…we’ll get it fixed.

Then we get print copies later this year.

Yay!

Until then, take a look at the Rafflecopter Giveaway! Two copies of Loki’s Game up for grabs!

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Ho Ho Ho-Liday Hop Winners!

First and foremost, thank you to everyone who joined us on this little adventure! We’re all amazed and humbled by the number of entries… you like us! You really like us!

Ahem… moving on.

We have more important things than me being silly. We have winners!

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GRAND PRIZE: The Gigantic Gift Basket goes to…

Carole Cuzzort Allan

SECOND PRIZE: The $10 Amazon gift goes to…

Gale Adkins Nelson

THIRD PRIZE: The $5 Amazon gift goes to…

Sherry Johnson

 

Everyone please be on the lookout for an email from me (Siobhan) so we can verify your prizes and get them out to you!

Thank you again for playing, and come back to visit often!

And the Winners Are…

So, I have a whole host of reasons why I’m late getting this posted, but suffice it to say none of them are worth explaining at this point. Let’s just go with this:

I’m lazy, and I’ve been busy.

ANYWAY…

From the Christmas Wishes Blog Hop, here are my lucky winners:

Ebook Copy – Under the Mistletoe:

Kathryn McNeal

Ebook Copy – Mocha Memories:

Judith Cauthan

Ebook Copy – She-Wolf:

Cindy Barton

Congratulations, Winners! Be on the lookout for an email from me!

Ho Ho Ho-Liday Giveaway!

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Hi, Kids!

It’s no surprise that everybody likes free stuff, right? Well, have we got some free stuff for you!

I’ve partnered up with Alexandra Christian, Lucy Blue, Crymsyn Hart, and Selah Janel to create a fabulous Christmas present for one lucky reader!

What’s in it, you ask? Well, I can’t tell you everything, but I will at least give you this much:

Grand Prize: 1 Giant Gift Basket o’ Goodies, including these books:

“Under the Mistletoe” by Siobhan Kinkade
“Marked” by Siobhan Kinkade
“Jingle Balls” by Crymsyn Hart
“Hairy and Hung” by Crymsyn Hart
“Masquerade” by Alexandra Christian
“Second Skin” by Alexandra Christian
“Tender Bites” by Lucy Blue
“In the Red: by Selah Janel

There will be lots of other stuff in the basket as well, but we can’t give away all of our secrets!

There are two other prizes – a $10 Amazon Gift Code and a $5 Amazon Gift Code.

To enter… CLICK ON THE RAFFLECOPTER LINK BELOW!!!

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Backlist Blog Hop

Hey, everybody! Thanks for visiting!

Just for coming through, anyone who comments gets thrown in the pot to win a book. Any book on the list. Just leave me a comment with your email address, book choice, and whether you’d like Nook or Kindle format.

Now, what’s your pleasure?

Do you like Contemporary Romance?  I have three to choose from:

Or are you of the edgier crowd who enjoys a good Paranormal romp? If so, I have just the thing…

"Marked" by Siobhan Kinkade

The covers are gorgeous. The stories, even better (if I do say so myself). Click on any of the pictures…they’ll take you to my backlist page where you can get the scoop on what’s here.

Pick your poison. Any of them can be up for grabs.

Be sure to head back and check out the rest of the backlists!

Winners… and The Great Self-Pub Debate

First things First:

CONGRATULATIONS TO SHADOW, WINNER OF MY VALENTINES BLOG HOP CONTEST AND A COPY OF SOMETHING IN THE AIR!

I know, I know… I’m stupidly late with this.  Sue me…I just had a baby and she doesn’t like me to play with the computer.

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So Saturday I found myself involved in a conversation with some of my writer and publisher friends about Self-Publishing.  I’ve seen both sides of this argument, and I’ve even been on both sides.  What amazed me, however, was the fact that for the two of us that have full-time-work-away-from-home jobs, the publisher friend was the one that told us to self-pub.

Her suggestion – and this apparently is a tried and true method by many of us smut-peddlers – was to start a series of short stories that sell for $.99 to $2.99, self publish them at all of the major outlets (ARe, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Smashwords, etc…), and then promote the hell out of them.  The theory behind this is that once people start reading the series they’ll be hooked by story number three.

Plus I’ve heard that a few of my contemporaries have made upwards of $1 million in a year doing this sort of thing.  I’ve also heard that the stories don’t necessarily have to be good…they just have to be cheap and really, really smutty.

I think I can do really smutty.

The editing is something I might be able to have handled by friends – I know a few people that aren’t afraid to pencil-whip my ass.  As for the cover art… I can attempt that myself – more money in my pocket, after all.

As someone who desperately wants to get away from the horrible DAY JOB, this seems like a pretty wonderful option.  The problem now is finding time to write something new and ongoing with a little one in the house.  Miss Alice is quite the time-consuming little munchkin.  I suppose this means at 3AM while she’s eating, I need to hook up the headset and pull out the Dragon software and hope it understands my late-night psychobabble.

Do any of you out there have experience with this?  If so, please share – good or bad.  I’d like to see both sides of the debate yet again before I jump in and do this.  I’m a little scared to branch out on my own, but extremely tempted by the fact that I don’t have to share my royalties.

Also – should I do this, is there a particular idea any of you might like to see written?  If I’m doing a series, I need characters.  I’m willing to take suggestions since I’ll be writing this for the people that read my stuff.

The floor is now yours, peanut gallery.  Let me have it.