An interview with Heidi Hall

Way back in December, Heidi Hall interviewed me for a series on her blog and she was my inspiration for hosting other authors, so, thank you, Heidi!

It’s nice to be able to return the favor by hosting her.  Here’s a little about her popular (and very funny) book Flirting With Death, the first in the Assassins Anonymous series.

Is there a twelve-step program for recovering assassins?

Kayla McKenna is a covert assassin—and she likes it. After her father was murdered by terrorists, she was consumed by the need for retribution. But landing her dream job as a CIA assassin turns out to be merely a stepping stone in her plot to avenge the heartaches of the past… and present. One botched mission earns Kayla a burn notice, a bullet hole and a one-way ticket back to suburbia. Banished to her childhood stomping grounds with a meddling, shopping-addicted mother intent on grandkids, three overprotective cop brothers, a sexy criminal who can’t decide whether he wants to shoot her or date her, and a new boyfriend even her family loves, Kayla may finally get the chance to find out what really matters in life.

That is, if living a “normal” life doesn’t kill her first.

With a delicious combination of mystery, suspense, romance, edgy chick-lit, and a dash of paranormal, the first installment of the new Assassins Anonymous series is a wickedly fun treat.

Okay. Brace yourself Heidi, I’m turning the reins over to Grace. 😀

Hi, Heidi! All your books look good to me, and if I was a reader…ah well.  But, your Muse must be doing a great job inspiring you. What’s the next project they’re helping you out on?

Well, let’s see… I’m just finishing up Love Spells, the third book in my Mystic Series. So, I suppose my muse is inspiring me to find great ways to reverse all the damage my MC (Roxy Devereaux) does when a love spell goes wrong – way, way wrong. I have another muse who is prodding me to get Love Spells FINISHED so she can figure out new ways for Kayla McKenna not to kill people for the second book in my Assassins Anonymous series, Flirting with Murder. Wow! I sound busy… (and I would be, too – if I wasn’t the queen of procrastination)!

Wow is right!  That’s a lot of characters to keep straight, which one are you most like?

Hrm, I’d like to have magical abilities like Roxy, but I think I relate best to Kayla. As different as she is from me, I think she is also the closest personality-wise. I really wish I could kick-butt like she does though – I’m a complete sissy in real life!

Sssh!  I’m gonna share a little secret with you.  I’ve got magical abilities aka super powers aka angel skills and I gotta say, they’re not all their cracked up to be. Besides, you don’t actually need them to be able to kick a teeny bit of butt (and I know you do.)

 So when you are not kicking butt, 😀 do you read, and if so what is your favorite book of all time?

Oh man, that’s such a tough question!

I know – it’s peeving everyone!

I think… nope, can’t pick one. But, I will say I enjoy Stuart Woods’ Holly Barker and Stone Barrington series (especially the earlier ones). And I’m a complete sucker for Janet Evanovich – I can’t wait to see who Stephanie Plum ends up with! I’m voting for Ranger!

My author is nodding like crazy over Ranger.  And, it’s the perfect segue to my next question:  In your opinion what makes a guy character swoony-worthy?

Definitely a guy who is equal parts rugged, tender, protective and smart. I guess those are the main characteristics I find sexy in men in real life, too. I’ll be sure to let you know when I find a guy with all of them (shhh! Don’t tell my hubby I said that) 😉

Haha!  Your secret is safe with me! But that guy sounds like the ideal date say…for a rock concert in Heaven.  If you could go (with Ranger) who would you go see?

Tupac… but wait, is he really dead? Inquiring minds want to know. Lol. Maybe Nirvana – although depending on your religion – he might not be there to put on a show.


  Hmm… I know! Elvis! I have got to see – all up close and personal – what all the fuss was about.

Alrighty, then!  Elvis it is. And I’m guessing that based on your swoon-worthy comments that this is black-leather Elvis and not white-jumpsuit Elvis.  But you should know – both ARE available.

*drum roll* Heidi it’s confession time. What’s your biggest writing sin?

Procrastination (sung to the beat of Rod Stewart’s Infatuation). I can think of a million other important things to do when I need to be writing – especially if I’m the least bit blocked. BTW, the “important” things I usually end up doing tend to involve peanut M&Ms, the Mahjong app on my Kindle Fire, and a rerun of Tosh.0, Jersey Shore, NCIS, or a plethora of other shows I’ve seen a million times!

*whispers* There are a couple of us who procrastinate. Maybe we need a support group?  We could enlist Jack Blaine? And he’s a rebel, too.  Are you more of a rule follower or a rebel? Why?

I’m a rule follower who thinks she’s a rebel. I don’t believe I could actually ever be a rebel though, because I’m afraid of confrontation – and have a deep-seated fear of disappointing peopleL. I suppose what I really am is boring with a vivid imagination.

Aww…you’re not boring, except for maybe the Mahjong thing. ;D (just kidding) Now what other than Mahjong and peanut M&Ms and your Kindle Fire and your Muse, of course, inspires you.  

Happy endings – I always look at a situation that doesn’t end well and rewrite it in my mind so it does. I am a sucker for happy endings!

Me too, Heidi.  That’s what my whole Guardian Angel career choice was about. Now, what themes do you write about or what do you want readers to take from your books.

I just want readers to be entertained. I suppose there are messages in my writing about doing the right thing and finding out what really matters in life. But, really, my writing is a source of entertainment for me (and others, I hope). I have a fan who calls my books “dessert for the brain.” I hope they are – I love dessert!

You should tell your fan that desserts is stressed spelled backwards so that’s why they help people to feel better. Just like laughter and Guardian Angels. And while we’re talking about that, is there anything you’d like me to mention to yours?

Well, if it isn’t too much trouble, can my guardian angel somehow get me front page exposure on the Amazon site? That would be a big help ;-). Thanks for interviewing me!

You are very welcome! And on the front page deal – I’m gonna have to see if your Guardian knows Jeff Bezos’ Guardian and if they get along and—

 Well, let’s just say, I’m on it! 

Hey, everyone! Please don’t wait for me to work the Guardian Angel network to get in touch with Jeff Bezos.  You should just go check out Heidi’s books right now!


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Twitter: @WriterGurl1

Shel here, and thanks for stopping by Heidi.  And readers, if you haven’t seen the other author interviews, By Grace Lightbourne, the always brash and usually clueless main character from Winging It!,  the series started here with Dalya Moon.


April 20, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . author interviews. Leave a comment.

The last leg of the tour

I’ve just about wrapped up the blog tour.  This is how I’m feeling.

Thank God for coffee.

Okay, so back on November 4th, I posted about my first three stops.  This feels like it was a year ago.

Then on November 21st, I posted about stops #5, 6, 7 and 8.  That was, y’know, a couple months ago.

So, here’s a confession:  I missed #4, which was when the lovely Kai Strand hosted me for a Three Times A Charm post where I blab about some favorite books, favorite fun things to do, and, um, music.  (sorry Kai)

Fast forward to today:

This week, #9 I’m at Marie Symeou’s blog as part of a series of author interviews she’s running.  Coming up are stops #10 through #15. Or maybe #16, I’m not sure which.   I’ve also lost track of the exact dates for some, but here are the links and I’ll update this post as the details come.

Heidi Hall, aka WriterGurl1, is running a flirty, fun, fantastic series of author interviews where we all answer important questions, especially one about sunglasses.  Please look for my interview and be sure to check out the others, too.  Especially if you like chick-lit!

Kate Ellison is running an incredible promotion from December 12th – December 20th at her Southern Scrawl blog where she’s giving away books and more books.  I’ve donated an e-book and paperback of Dolphin Girl and will be revealing my favorite secondary character.  (Hint:  it’s not who you think.)

On December 13th,  My indie, my tea and me is posting a review of Dolphin Girl. I have no idea what they’re going to say.  LOL.  So, it might seem like I’m taking a huge risk to post the link to their review and, well honestly, I am.  But I’ve said to everyone that it’s an honor for someone to invest their time to read my book.  I’m also grateful for bloggers who think critically about their reviews and this blog does.  So, that’s why the link, before the rating.  Besides, deciding to indie pub was a much scarier risk, so you already know I’m a little like five-year-old Jane — either really brave or really stupid.

The Indie Book Collective is running  a Blowout for the Twelve Days of Christmas (December 12-24).  I’m one of the featured books on December 15th.  There’s no interview or post with this stop, but if you visit their site any time during the promo you can enter to win a  gift cards, gift baskets and a Kindle!  PLUS, you’ll find lots of e-books on sale.

Home.  On December 3oth.  I’m doing a Five in Five  interview with Whatcha’ Reading Now? which was a lot of fun because I got to answer silly, random questions! Plus as a bonus I got to hang with writer-pal Kerry Cerra. Plus, I’m giving away a signed book to someone who is randomly drawn from Kerry’s magic coffee mug.

Then after the first of the year — January 10-15 to be precise — I’ll be at the Great Minds Read Aloud Literary community, which is sorta like a book club, sorta like a review blog, has a forum and is pretty cool.  But wait!  That’s 2012 and I’ll post again before then.  Also, I’m pretty sure (but not completely sure) that there will be another stop or two mixed in there, but I’ll catch you up on those later.

Next week, I promise to post on something random.  In fact, it’ll be so random that I still have no idea what it’ll be about. 🙂

December 7, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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