Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Guest Blogger: Author Raine Delight

Please welcome my guest author this week, Raine Delight. As always, please be sure to ask questions and leave comments to make her feel welcome.

We had a very nice discussion. So take a peak and get to know Raine a little better and her book a lot better. :)

If you decided to no longer write, what would you do instead?

Raine: I would go back to my career as a cook/baker. I spent 10 years on and off in the restaurant business and love creating new dishes and working in the kitchen.

How do you deal with rejection?Conversely, what do you do to celebrate new contracts/contest wins/good reviews?

Raine: I cry a little then get back to work, going over some of the crits. that person gave me and polishing it more for submission either elsewhere or back to the same place. J To celebrate anything good that comes from my writing, I jump up and down, scream the happy news to my honey and then get back down to work. *laughs*

What do you want to be able to say about yourself and your life when you’re 90 years old and looking back at your life?

Raine: That I was able to realize my dreams and if I didn’t go after it, I would have regretted it forever. Nothing ventured is anything gained, right?

Do you have a theme running through your stories? What are your usual settings for your stories? What are they and why?

Raine: I always have HEA’s and some type of emotional connections between the characters in each of my stories. J I do paranormal Contemporary and I currently working on my first Urban Fantasy/Romantic Comedy. J

What is your best advice for pre-published and newly published writers?

Raine: Always learn from editors, crit. partners, and the more established writers in the field you want to go into. Take free workshops online, work your craft and read any writing books you can get a hold of.

Fairy Kisses and Magical Dreams

Buy at Aspen Mountain Press http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/new-releases/fairy-kisses-and-magical-dreams/prod_181.html

Buy at All Romance Books: http://allromanceebooks.com/product-fairykissesandmagicaldreams-12186-144.html

Excerpt:

Skye sat with her hands fisted in her shirttails so she wouldn’t throttle her well-meaning yet clueless Aunt Mary. The smoking cauldron on the stove erupted into another hiss, and the smell made her stomach curdle. Aunt Mary muttered to herself as she gathered the necessary ingredients for the love spell from various places in the ancient farmhouse.

Skye tried not to cringe when her aunt walked too close to a knife sitting on the edge of the table. Clearing her throat, Skye mustered enough courage to ask, “Is this thing supposed to turn black and smel like rotten eggs? ”Oh my, yes dearie.” Aunt Mary said as she bustled around the kitchen.

Skye blew out a deep breath and tried to keep calm as she watched her aunt stir something that looked suspiciously like toad legs in the cauldron. Yuck. I swear, some days it’s almost too much to bear, with Mary’s new found interest in new age-isms and spells that do everything but what they’re supposed to. Skye looked at the clock and sighed, knowing she wasn’t going to get on the road back to Dayton any sooner than when her aunt deemed worthy. Skye tried not to sound dejected but after her disastrous Valentine date where her date just talked and talked about his life and career; she felt like she was going nowhere fast. Her friends found their own true loves, got married and had their own happily ever after. Where was hers? Her aunt was determined to get the sparkle back in her eyes, or so she said the first night she visited Topeka. It was enough to make Skye cringe in horror but she couldn’t say anything m

ean to the one person who loved her more than anything. Flipping her hair off her face, she breathed a sigh of relief as she watched her aunt finish whatever she was doing to the brew until Mary turned around with a cup of the foul smelling stuff. “Here you go dear. All finished and ready to be drunk by you! All you need to do is say three times: `I wish for my true love to find me´ and then within seven days, according to the spell book I got from a used book store, your true love will find you and steal your heart away.” Aunt Mary gazed fondly at Skye, who tried to look happy but couldn’t conceal the sadness in her eyes. She took the cup and

peered at it grimacing with distaste. It was blackish-blue in color, with something that looked like lightening bugs flashing in it. For a moment, Skye watched the kaleidoscope of colors; it was enough to make her cross eyed. Skye tried to shield her expression from Mary though if she was honest with herself, she was willing to try anything to get her happily ever after, even drink a foul looking potion to get what she desired.

Thank you, Raine, for being my special guest today. I've very much enjoyed having you visit. I hope you'll visit often.

You'll also want to see what Amarinda Jones, Anika Hamilton, Anny Cook, Barbara Huffert, Brynn Paulin, Bronwyn Green, Dakota Rebel, Kelly Kirch, Molly Daniels, Sandra Cox, Regina Carlysle, and Cindy Spencer Pape are up to, so make sure to visit them also. :)

9 comments:

Ashley Ladd said...

Good morning, Raine.

Welcome to my little corner of the blogosphere. I hope you have a good time.

Ashley

Raine Delight said...

Hi Ashley,

Thanks for havingme today. I love your blog. :) I look forward to being here.

Raine D.

Regina Carlysle said...

You have been nominated for the I Love Your Blog award by Regina Carlysle! Congrats!

http://www.reginacarlysle.blogspot.com

Molly Daniels said...

Great interview!

Ashley Ladd said...

Thanks everyone for the kind words, and again to Raine for being my guest, and also to Regina for nominating my blog for an award. Yeah! I'm doing the happy dance.

Lisabet Sarai said...

Gee, you make the potion sound delicious...! ;^) Of course, one has to suffer for love...

How often, I wonder, does Topeka feature in a paranormal novel?!

Good luck with Fairy Kisses.

DJ Kirkby said...

Hi excellent answers and an enjoyable excerpt but please tell me, what is an HEA?

Raine Delight said...

Hi DJ,

HEA means Happily ever after. :)

Thanks everyone for the kind comments.

Raine D.

Raine Delight said...

Hi DJ,

HEA means Happily ever after. :)

Thanks everyone for the kind comments.

Raine D.

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