Monday, July 25, 2011

Featured Author - Stephany Simmons Voodoo Dues

Stephany Simmons author of Voodoo Dues, available now, graciously granted 
an interview with me. Ms. Simmons, thank you for stopping by and letting us get to know you a little bit.

How did the idea for Voodoo Dues come about?
 I think the starting point was setting the story in my home town, in my neighborhood. It just made the story flow easier. The rest just fell into place from there.
Who do you read? Any favorite book or authors?
Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Christopher Moore, Janet Evanovich (while not UF, she makes me lol.)
From your book, who are the characters most like each of you or who is your favorite?
I think personality wise, I’m most like Lian. Figg is a sort of mashup of my two female best friends. I have to say that Carl quickly grew on me. He’s certainly a fan favorite!
When you enter a room, what theme song is playing?
I’d like to think that it’s the old Wonder Woman tv theme song, but in reality, it’s probably something quite different.
My brother-in-law says that it is the Imperial March from Star Wars (Darth Vader's theme) lol. Oddly enough, I think is just as freaking awesome as the Wonder Woman theme.
People are strange, so finish this sentence:  People think I am strange because…
 I can happily go for spans of weeks without any outside human contact. Usually until a friend accuses me of being a hermit, then I’ll make myself rejoin the real world.
What type of writing atmosphere do you prefer?
My brain is generally a mass of clutter, so In order to make myself focus, I need quiet without too much ouside stimulus.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Ben and Jerry’s Pistachio Pistachio ice cream
What  are you reading now?  
Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
Tell us about any upcoming books?
The second installment of the Lian and Figg series should be available sometime this fall.
Where can people find you? (Blogs, websites, book signings )

Ten for the fast round
Dogs or Cats? dogs
Beach or mountains? mountains
Coffee, tea or soda? Coffee (strong and sweet)
Cake or pie? pie
Movie or book? book
Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt? Either one as long as they were playing something really nerdy like a physicist.
Museum or zoo? Museum
Phone call or text? Definitely text. I despise talking on the phone.
Computer games or board games? Computer games
E-reader or real book? E-reader

Voodoo Dues (Lian and Figg)

Voodoo Dues by Stephany Simmons

Ms Simmons is a new author for me. I got this book when the author requested a review. This is no way influenced my review. This is an honest and true review of the book.

Book Synopsis:

As an Anthropologist, Lian Cairn specialized in the study of others, the not so totally human races that exist in the shadows around us. After a life changing event, he decided to leave that career behind to become a bar owner. Settled firmly in his new life, he’s looking forward to the mundane, but finds that his old life isn’t going to disappear as he’d hoped. 

When the local Voodoo Queen’s Grandson is murdered outside his bar, and she comes to Lian for help, he and his quirky bartender Figg, are sucked back into the world he’d hoped to leave behind.

Voodoo Dues introduces us to a new series – The Lian and Figg series. The book starts a little slow but soon I was hooked. Since this is the start of a new series, I liked that it was a slow beginning as it gave me time to get to know the main characters. The characters of Lian and Figg were developed enough to allow you to form a relationship with them and yet mysterious enough to allow for future discoveries. In a series I really like that as it is like a friendship – I still discover ‘new’ things about my friends even after 20+ years. The balance is a hard one to achieve.  Ms Simmons was able to strike that balance. All of her characters are developed enough for you to relate and care for them. My favorite is Carl. I certainly hope to see him in future books. Ms Simmons pays a lot of attention to details and is very good with description. I was able to easily picture the book in my mind as I was reading it. I thought Ms Simmons also portrayed the religion of Voodoo well. She has a mix of truth and also addresses the myths of it in a real way. Over all I found Voodoo Dues to be a suspenseful, fun, fast read. I give it 5 stars. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Ms Simmons is an author to watch! 

You may find out more from this author on her website 

Teaser Tuesdays- Stephany Simmons, Jeni Decker & Kat Nove

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Here are the rules for participating in this meme..
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

Mine are (sorry just like I am having trouble with only 2 sentences - I also read more than 1 book at a time.):
Voodoo Dues (Lian and Figg Book 1)

VooDoo Dues by Stephany Simmons

"Evil is targeting my family." She kept walking, just ahead of us. "Pierre's death is only the latest harm done. We are cursed and I do not know who is responsible."

This is about 23% into the book.

A Fit of Hissy: a schlockumentary

A Fit of Hissy: a Schlockumentary by Jeni Decker and Kat Nove

Since discovering these ladies, ( Twitter was never so wonderful), I have had to buy more undies. I find myself needing to shower and change them more often. I should buy Depends but I am not feeling like admitting I might need them to get through these books. I said might. Really.  Anyway, here is the teaser:

"Yes, I am. I wanted to memorize my copy of 'How to Please your Man in 20 Simple Steps, All of Them Involving Inconvenience and Discomfort to You', but I used it to club my ex-husband to death and the police confiscated it."

"That's a shame. It sounds like the type of book that would be helpful to you. Now go fetch me some coffee, and don't put any of those frilly girly things in it like cream and sugar."

Located about 4% into the book.

It truly sounds like breakfast at my house.  

Hope you enjoyed my teasers. Please leave a comment with either where we can find yours or ,(if you are not participating in the blog hop), a teaser from whatever book you are reading. I love finding out about books I haven't found on my own. So please, however you got here, leave a comment and let me know what you are reading!

Musing Mondays

Do you need to have your owned books out where you can see them, or are you okay with them being stored away?

I would love to have them out in the open, neatly stored on shelves where all can peruse them. Okay, so I just want to own a bookstore. Space is an issue as I have a lot of books. So they are everywhere. In Rubbermaid containers, on shelves, on tables, on counters and of course on my Kindle. I would love them out but have to be okay with stored, (at least until I have the joy of owning a bookstore).

On a different note: 
I was visiting at Arlie Bird had an interesting post about Blog Derivatives that got me thinking,(a sign of a really good blog in my opinion). I am new to blogging and still tweaking mine. I have joined up with some meme that I found fun but still want to keep what I started blogging for. I love to read. I love talking about books. I read many different genres.  In participating in the memes I have noticed that there is a popular genre out there - I love that one too. I have thought about staying in that genre for the memes but rejected the idea. I know that all of my picks are not going to be "popular" or even known - I love Indie Writers. I go to blogs to see what people read, what they like or didn't like and with the hope of finding new books in any genre. I am hoping that is what others do the memes for too. So I will keep reading in genres i love, like or don't know much about. I will continue to review them honestly, and while I would never one star a book, I hope I judge them fairly. You may ask why I would not one star a book. The reason is all books have value to someone - even if it is only to the author and his/her loved ones. Someone worked hard on the book, (even those who I desperately wish chose a good editor). To give a one star review, in my opinion, is as lazy as not editing. Especially if the only reason, (and I have seen this in reviews), is "I couldn't get into this book".  Maybe you couldn't but someone who is reading your review might be able to. If you give a low star review I feel you should state why you did so, just as you would for a high rating one. Did the author not have engaging characters, was the plot dragging or confusing, was it the editing? I think writing is something you constantly hone. Even if the author does not read your review you may help another author who did read it. Since starting my blog I have not had to give a low rating yet. I have gone out of my comfort zone on a couple of books and was pleasantly surprised. I know the day will come when I do have to choose a low rating. I hope I will be able to give a constructive review of the book. I am not out to destroy anyone. I hope to help with my reviews, both the high rated and the low rated ones. I hope you understand no why my books in the memes may seem a bit different and why I am all over the place on book reviews. We all have our favorite things and our passions. Two of mine are Alaska and Autism. I have picture pages dedicated to both of them. I will be reviewing books by Alaskan authors in the future. My grandson on the autism spectrum will make appearances reviewing his book picks. Reading is something he loves too. I may occasionally write something about autism. I hope you find something to enjoy while you are here. I hope you find a new author to investigate or a book you think you will enjoy. Maybe you will decide to visit Alaska. Maybe you will understand something about autism.  I hope you leave a comment and I hope you come by every now and then. Thanks for reading!

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