Friday, January 31, 2014


I am so excited because Pete IS
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tell Me about it Tuesday Welcomes Anne Petzer!

This week I am welcoming lovely Gypsy Shadow Author, Anne Petzer!

Meet Anne:

Anne is a South African currently living in Prague. She lives with her two cats, Zvonek who inspired the series and Metaxa, a feisty young lady who rules the household! Anne works as an English teacher in a private language school in the city.
Apart from writing she is an obsessive reader, loves cooking and entertaining her friends. Abhorring cruelty and violence of any kind she is an animal and children rights activist.

Moving to a landlocked country, after growing up in a coastal city, she has discovered a love for trees.

Q. Do you do any special research for your novels?

AHP: Yes I do. As my books include some Czech traditions, culture and folklore I research both on the internet and ask Czech friends to give me details. I also have a few books on the subject, All my characters are cats so for inspiration I will search cat breeds their habits, and appearance to use in the books. An example of that was Operation Catwalk. 

Q. What made you pick your particular genre?

AHP: I LOVE cats! That pretty much is it J. The story centers around my own two and the area of Prague where we live.

Q. What are you working on right now? Can you tell us about it?

AHP:  With pleasure. I have just completed Zvonek 08 Feline Intelligence season one and am currently working on the first book of season two. I usually write two stories per book. The first story, Cats in High Water, is based on last floods in Prague in June 2013 and was a request from my editor to think about writing it. It includes partial truth, but once read which part is truth is up to the reader decide. :)

Q. Do you ever hit the wall or find you've written yourself into a corner? How do you turn that around?

AHP: Not yet but then I haven’t been writing that long. What does tend to happen to me in most of the books I have written is that I get to a point where I am stumped as to how to continue. I usually know the end before I write the story and work backwards – weird I know. Somewhere during writing I can see two or more ways to get to my end and struggle with which one to choose.

Okay...enough with the business questions! How about some fun stuff. You know, just between the two of us.

Q. The opportunity to go on a surprise vacation arises. You have 90 minutes to pack and get to the airport. Where will you go and what will you pack?

AHP: Texas!  Seriously I have always wanted to go and, according to most Texans I have spoken to, have a romantic view of the state. Tall cowboys that tip their hats and say: “Howdy Ma’am” Pack jeans, tops and boots. 

Q. Are you more likely to be spotlighted on the TV show Hoarders or Fashion Police?

AHP: We don’t have these shows here in Europe, well Czech, so I had to Google them. Possibly Hoarders but after looking at some images on Google I don’t think I have quite reached that status yet. I think of myself as a collector rather ;). I ca’tn resist anything that has cats on it. I do collect anything that has cats on it. I have: cat salt and pepper shakers, candles, playing cards, books, statues, pencil case, key rings, and loads more.

Q. If they make a movie about your life, who do you want to play your part?

AHP: Ooo that’s a good one. Who would play me? Judy Dench, M from the James Bond series. As my novels are about a feline James Bond I think she would great and I love her.

Q. Tell us one thing about you that might surprise can be a secret...we won't tell. :)

AHP: In my twenties I did body building and aspired to enter body building competitions. I trained 6 days a week and for quite some time I held the bench press record for ladies in my gym. I’ll save my secret for another day ;)

Please tell us about your book!

Last year my print book came out including all my e-books of Zvonek 08 Feline Intelligence. It’s great to get all of Zvonek’s adventures in order under one cover. It includes a Christmas story that includes a part of the Czech Christmas traditions.


Zvonek is smart, witty and fast, like many other cats. Unlike most other cats, however, Zvonek is also an agent with Feline Intelligence Czech Republic-Agent Zvonek 08, to be exact. Come with Zvonek and his partner Honza as they patrol the streets of Prague undercover on assignment. From a feline beauty pageant to a mysterious case of disappearing Christmas carp to a pair of international drug smugglers to a ring of unscrupulous rats beneath the city and more, the feline pals are on the move!


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Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Feature: MK Schiller on Experience


I'm welcoming back fellow TB author, MK Schiller! She's blogging about her writing journey!  Check it out!

Must have experience or need not apply

Thank you, C.A. Szarek for hosting me. I wanted to talk to you about my writing journey today. I’ve always loved romances. Possibly, this has to do with being a child of the 80’s.  Almost every movie produced in that era had auto angst, a great soundtrack, fallible heros, strong heroines, and of course the required grand gesture. Between purchasing jelly shoes, hoop earrings, and legwarmers, I was busy watching the great dramatic offerings of my generation. 
My first foray into romance happened in high school. I wrote a short story…really it was just a few paragraphs with no beginning or end. The scene was that pivotal black moment, although at the time, I wasn’t familiar with the lingo of the industry, and in truth, I had no idea this is what I was writing. But I can tell you this…I loved writing it!

The hero tells the heroine good-bye, caressing her cheek. He divulges that he doesn’t know if he’ll be able to stop loving her or love her forever. He channels all his sorrow and frustration into a heartfelt speech, trying desperately to change her mind. She’s stoic and calm, but her insides are a quivering mass of emotions. He storms out, leaving her alone in the chaos of her thoughts. She sits and stares at the ceiling, clenching her hands, welcoming the physical pain to distract her from her emotional turmoil. If she allows her caged grief any freedom, it will destroy her. She waits in silence, trying to block out his words, because she knows she’ll go after him otherwise. 

So, she closes her eyes, and takes deep breaths until the distance between them is too far for her legs to carry. Then in that moment, when she’s sure the time has passed, she breaks down, allowing her anguished screams and tears full occupation of her facilities until she reaches the point of exhaustion. 
I showed it to a friend of mine. Her reaction was that I shouldn’t write about experiences I didn’t have. I have to admit, the critique (the first of many) hurt. I wondered if every writer must have experience or need not apply? The feedback didn’t stop me from writing, but life sure as heck did. Enter, college, a real job (as my parent’s like to say), marriage, kids etc. Then one day, I happened upon a very popular book written by a new author. Well, it definitely hijacked my mind for many hours. A good book gives us freedom.  After all, it’s the only form of stationary travel, and the only socially acceptable means of voyeurism.
When I wrote A Girl By Any Other Name, I had to draw on these traits to create honest, relatable characters and the extraordinary situation I placed them in. This is a story about secrets, childhood love, and a traumatic separation. As a child of the 80’s, I added a few grand gestures, a rocking soundtrack, and a healthy heaping of angst. I’d love to hear about traits you think a successful writer should have. 

Everyone tells him he needs to move on, but how can a man function without his heart?

Ten-year-old Caleb Tanner wants nothing to do with Sylvie Cranston, the annoying weird girl who moves next door to him and gets him in trouble for swearing. But at twelve, they become friends when he teaches her how to hook a fishing line and she shows him the value of a selfless act. At fourteen, he falls in love with her.

At sixteen, she dies.

Or so he’s told. But Cal never believes it. Sylvie has become part of his soul. He knows her like the steady beating of his own heart. He’d know if she was dead. Cal looks for her, prays for her and finally he just waits for her.

Nine years later, she walks into the community college English class Cal is teaching. Only this girl claims her name is Sophie Becker and she doesn’t know him. Cal knows better. He’s determined to get the girl he loves back—and protect her from the danger that took her away all those years ago.



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MK Schiller is a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. Writing is her passion, but with a full time life and two busy teenagers, it proves difficult. But in the quiet dark of night, she sits by the warm glow of a computer monitor, and attempt to conjure up passionate heartwarming stories with plenty of humor.
She started imagining stories in her head at a very young age. In fact, friends started making requests for stories where they were featured as the heroine and the object of their affection was the hero. You've heard of fan fiction... this was friend fiction.
Even with that, it took many years to realize her dream. She hopes you enjoy my stories and always find The Happily Ever After in every endeavor.

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