20 Questions with Author Jeanine Binder

20 Questions with………

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Thank you Jeanine for taking the time to answer some questions

Tell us a little about yourself and your background:

I am a fairly new author – published first book in August 2014. I’m married, have 1 daughter and 2 grandchildren.  I work a primary job as a System Engineer for a large company.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I would love to have this take off so I could write full time. I would love to have a large publishing house such as Simon and Shuster or Little Brown Book pick me up.

Which writers inspire you?

Danielle Steel – researched a lot of her writing style before I wrote my first book; James Patterson, Robert Jordan (now deceased).

When did you decide to become a writer?

It was always something I wanted to do. I started reading when I was three years old and have never stopped.

So, what have you written?

I have three contemporary romance novels – Real Time (published 8/2014), A Fine Line (published 11/2014), and my current release, Ashes to Sparks (published 2/2015).

Where can we buy or see them?

A Fine Line is currently being promoted through Kindle Select (Kindle Unlimited) so it is only available here:  Amazon Kindle Select

Real Time:




Google Play

Ashes to Sparks:




Google Play

 Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

Well, throwing Paul Walker out because he’d dead – would have been perfect – would go with either Christian Bale or Chris Hemsworth to play Ryan.

What are you working on at the minute?

The sequel to “Real Time”. It was intended to be a stand alone book, but I have had so many comments from readers asking for a second installment.  A lot tougher to write a sequel when you didn’t leave any “holes” to exploit.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Making sure the story flows. It’s real easy to write dialogue but that doesn’t make the story flow.  I don’t like writing in the first-person view for that reason – becomes “all about me” and not enough with the story.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

I have the talent – writing is like sitting on a beach for me. Everyone has some kind of talent – I can play the piano.  I know where the notes are and can pound out a song or two.  But I don’t have the talent –

Do you ever get writer’s Block?

All the time.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Write more than one book at a time. When I get really stuck, then I pull open another manuscript and write some thoughts.  I don’t write my books in order, so it’s easy for me to have random snippets that I can make into working paragraphs.

What book/s are you reading at present?

I just finished “NYPD Red3” by James Patterson. Have read all of his NYPD Red series, the Michael Bennett series, the Private series, and the Alex Cross series.

What is your favorite book and why?

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. The book was written when Louisa was seventeen – I applaud her determination to write the book, especially when she lived (1800’s).

Do you listen to music while you write and if so what do you listen to?

Am a big fan of Alan Parsons and Van Halen (the Sammy Hagar days).

What is your favorite movie and why?

Tombstone; I’m a big Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer fan.  The movie was well done and I loved the interaction between Russell and Kilmer.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Don’t lose faith. It took me over 30 years to finally put together a novel that was worth publishing.  Don’t get discouraged with publishing houses – it’s getting harder and harder to get someone to accept your work.  Don’t be afraid to be an independent and there are plenty of people willing to help you achieve this – me included.

Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

If you read a book, take the time to go and leave an honest review. Reviews are an author’s bread and butter – reviews need to be constructive – if you don’t like something that’s fine but don’t just give a low review without stating why, so that the author can absorb this.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Working mostly – work 45 hours a week. Hubs and I like to go to Tulsa and Kansas City to watch shows.  Just saw Pentatonix last night, Gordon Lightfoot in February, and Garth Brooks in January.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

They can like my Facebook author page. They can read about me on Amazon or, they can look me up on Goodreads

Thank you again to Jeanine for taking the time and answering my questions.

Real TimeAshes to SparksA Fine Line

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Short Story Teaser

I have been busy with life but also busy with a new short story to be included in The Fiction Writers Group Anything Goes Volume 2:

Mistress of Disguise

 This is one of 22 stories that will be featured in a short story anthology.

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True Colors by Melissa Pearl

True Colors Book CoverBOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – “True Colors”
SERIES – The Masks Series
AUTHOR – Melissa Pearl
GENRE – Young Adult
PUBLICATION DATE – already published
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 207
PUBLISHER – Evatopia Press
COVER ARTIST – Kate Strawbridge/Dwell Design & Press


Caitlyn Davis always cruised through life, not being the type to ruffle feathers or involve herself in high school drama. That is, until a chance encounter with a strange, homeless man changes everything.

Suddenly, Caitlyn has the ability to see behind people’s masks. She discovers that her life isn’t as simple as she imagined and high school is filled with secrets…some very sinister ones.

Unable to ignore her new gift, Caitlyn embarks on a mission to learn why one of her friends suddenly appears terrified, but masks her fear with a bright, smiling veneer. Will Caitlyn’s new ability lead her into hot water? Or is her new found vision a blessing that will expose her friends’ true colors?

Her quest will lead Caitlyn to lose friends, stand up for those in need, and even find love.

At Palisades High School every face tells a story…



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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011.



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Bargain Books

These were either free or 0.99 at the time of posting this:

American Vampire

American Vampire by Raine Parsons

FREE from Amazon

blood web

Blood Web By Gary Starter

0.99 at Amazon

Fearful day

Fearful Day by Catherine Stovall

Free at Amazon

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The Guardians By Micheal Clary

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Guardians have existed since the dawn of mankind.
Their origins are shrouded in mystery, but when one falls another shall rise up to take their place.
Their task is simple…save lives and destroy monsters.
Their lives are short and violent.
Now, in a small Texas town under siege by the living dead…a new Guardian will be chosen.
Unlike the others, this man plays by his own set of rules.
Things are about to get interesting.

Available now at these sites



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Limey Bean Book Awards 2014

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Limey Bean Book Awards 2014

Calling for nominations for the Limey Bean Book Awards of 2014

You can nominate any book that was published between 1st Aug 2013 – July 31st 2014 in the following genres:


Young Adult


Science Fiction







Any book that was published before Aug 1 2013 will be considered in the classic category.

Authors can nominate their own work

Please fill out form below,  you can nominate as many as you want.

You have until October 1 to nominate.

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Fantasy Friday – Humans Need Not Apply by Tony Ruggiero

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Do you think it’s easy being an alien, a satanic creature or anything else not considered part of the Homo sapiens only club? They have tough days just like humans do and their frustration is growing. Don’t believe it? Well, what about Lucifer, the prince of darkness, who runs a car dealership–what about his feelings when he is faced with that impossible sale and he can’t get that signature on form 666, the standard soul contract? Or maybe you wondered about how an extremely vain alien copes with having a bad hair day as he tries to alter the future of Earth? Will his cosmetic problems be our problems in other ways? Perhaps you heard about the opposite vampire who loves to give blood, hates the darkness and has a fetish for garlic—how does he get through a bad relationship? How about a DNA altered cat that has been given the personality of one of the world’s most fearsome criminals? Will its human owners understand or will it be a less then purr-fect arrangement?

What’s the common thread to all this discontent, you ask? What is it about most stories that stay the same? It’s the human! These aliens and demonic creatures are sick and tired of being the second fiddle in the story. They want what everybody wants: to be the center of attention of the stories instead of the pesky humans for a change…and now they finally get their wish.

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