She already has four books under her belt along with her fifth book "Lovedust and Trailblazers" which she will be telling us more about today.
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I have three wonderful kiddos, but, I’ll admit being a mother is the hardest job I’ve ever accepted. I have an awesome supportive husband, Alan. I love anything to do with the mountains and snow. I love tattoos and keep planning my next ones. I have a Master’s degree in counseling and I began a career in the counseling field, but realized it really was not my calling. I left the psychiatric field and began work for the federal government. The dryness of the day to day assignments fostered the desire for me to do something more creative. Because writing was always a passion, I used every opportunity to journal and create fictional worlds with my words. I began writing short fiction and books, inspired by the events around me. However, maybe it was a mid-life crisis or my divorce that seriously spurned my writing again. It took me well over two years to write my first novel, simply because I really had no idea “how to” actually pen a book.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love outdoor sports such as biking, hiking, snow skiing, camping, swimming, etc. In the past couple of years I participated in a few triathlons with my husband. I also love to cook, watch independent films, and spend much time cheering my daughter play sports.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I take notes constantly. I have a simple idea in my head and then I build on it. I have a long commute for my day job, and my mind churns constantly. As I think of something, I write it down and see how I can fit it into a WIP. However, sometimes when I’m writing, the flow just takes off and it feels great when that happens. I also have very vivid dreams and write them down as soon as I awaken to use them for a story.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Initially, my inspiration came from personal experiences. However, I also now use anecdotal family stories, current events, and sometimes even a simple sentence is the beginning of a new book. I also read the news and study what people “do”.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why? 11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Lovedust and Trailblazers because it is a feel good story. Even though the hero, Josiah, is a war veteran, learning to cope with the aftereffects of war does not discourage him. Our heroine, Minnie, is feisty, determined, and fun. I used our family ranch as a backdrop and I have so many fond memories, every scene took me back to being a kid on the “farm”.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about? Maybe not funny, but bizarre, Engaging in repetitive motion makes me nauseous. Keystrokes are sometimes a killer. lol
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Real life experiences tempered with a healthy dose of imagination. I like to write the endings I sometimes wish happened.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name? Honestly, I don’t have a muse. Music or driving allows my mind to wander and create storylines and characters. And, my characters don’t “talk” to me like they do some authors. Sometimes I feel bad if I stop writing with my characters in an uncomfortable situation, as if they are real people “suffering” something negative until I finish writing the scene.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing? I am almost finished writing my first thriller/suspense book. I’ve enjoyed “coloring outside the lines” of my usual genre of romance.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now? Max Lucado for spirituality, for fiction James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Mary Higgins Clark, and really too many other indie writers to list.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Wanting everyone to like what I wrote when I know it is not possible to appeal to everyone.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Edit until you can’t stand it anymore. Learn everything you can about marketing and selling. I sent out over 250 review queries, requests for publicity, etc. I received less than ten replies back. Yes, I said less than ten. I sent a letter to each and every newspaper in Oklahoma (my home state in the USA) and got ONE solitary reply back. I personalized every submission query, DO NOT Bcc these things to a mass audience. You will not receive a reply. You must demonstrate you researched who you sent the query to, let them know you took the time. Yes, it will take you hours upon hours, but, the few replies you receive back will be worth it.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now? Actually, I’ve worked since I was sixteen years old. My career as an adult has been with the federal government, so, for over sixteen years, I focused on that. However, for my own well-being, I needed to write creatively and finally took the plunge and started doing it. It’s been worth every moment and I’m so happy I overcame my fear of writing a book.
15. What do you like on a man…..briefs, boxer briefs or boxer shorts or nothing at all? Nothing!
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Young Marine, Josiah Samuels, was sent home from the Korean Conflict and honored with a Purple Heart for the shrapnel wounds across his chest. Although he proudly served his country, he lived on a daily basis haunted by the sights and sounds of warfare.
As a cattle rancher, he raised stock for local rodeos and lived a simple life of solitude. But, the loneliness and the void the war created in his chest began to overwhelm him.
Then, because of a “cow emergency”, he met Minnie Mitchell, a spitfire neighboring rancher who finished veterinary school in a time when few women were even admitted to University veterinarian programs. She faced her own obstacles in running her family’s cattle operation and finding a job as a vet in narrow-minded 1950’s Oklahoma.
Minnie passionately rattled Josiah’s world in ways he previously only dreamed. Now, together, these Trailblazers must find a way to keep Minnie close to the family ranch…and Josiah’s loving arms.
Explicit Excerpt from Lovedust and Trailblazers:
Minnie pulled only slightly away. “Josiah, I want you to make love to me. I am a woman with needs and it’s been so long since I’ve been touched by a man. Even when I did, it felt nothing like what you bring forth in me. Right now, you’ve created such a burn in my loins that I don’t even care if you lose respect for me for being so bold. I need you that much.”
With those words, Minnie began unbuttoning her shirt. Josiah sat transfixed watching her dainty hands manipulate the buttons back out the buttonholes. She worked slowly, almost teasingly, as he watched her creamy, freckled décolletage peek through the loosened neckline. She tugged her hemline out from her jeans and leaned in once more for another kiss, this time, sliding her tongue in between his slightly parted lips. His breath became ragged and course, mimicking the impulses shocking his system.
“I have nothing but respect for you Minnie, and even more so at this very moment.”
Pulling her lips away from his, she sucked his tongue into her mouth, leaned back, and with a soft smacking sound, released his tasty tongue. She kept her eyes on his as she slid the shirt down her arms and into a small bundle on the floor next to her thigh. Minnie reached back and swiftly unclasped her bra and in one motion freed her small pert breasts from the white underwire lace. Josiah’s mouth watered at the sight of her nipples immediately tightening into small hard nubs, ready for his tongue.
He leaned forward and grazed his tongue against her neck, moving his head down for her breasts. He took one nipple gently into his mouth and lightly sucked it, reaching his hand to caress the other one. Minnie brought one hand up and traced the outline of his lips as he licked and sucked her nipple. She ran her fingers in line with his tongue, wetting them with his saliva. She then used her wet fingers to caress the other nipple into the same hardened intensity.
Minnie reached for the snap buttons on Josiah’s shirt. She popped them open hungrily, reaching for his chest. She gasped taking in his manly torso, magnificent, muscular, and also riddled with scars. “You are a beautiful man, Josiah.”
“The afternoon provided us with the perfect background to make love. Are you okay here in the loft?” Josiah looked around eagerly for a more comfortable location.
“Yes, I actually have a couple of quilts up here for when I need to escape for a nap.” Minnie stood up and quickly retrieved two quilts from a corner trunk. “I think we will be fine right here by the open hayloft door. Only the lightning will see what we are doing.”
She spread the quilts one of top of each other as Josiah removed his own shirt and tossed it across the floor. Minnie began unbuttoning her jeans before he stopped her. “Please allow me, I want to fully experience you as I do this.”
Leaning over, he once again raked her nipples with his hungry tongue as he dropped to his knees. He unzipped her jeans and slid them halfway down her thighs. “Minnie, has a man ever kissed you intimately before, you know, below the waist?”
“Oh, cowboy, no, but how I’ve dreamed of it. Are you going to teach me about it?” Minnie held her breath in excited anticipation.
“I’m going to try it, Minnie, but, it’s a first for me too. I just can’t help myself, I want to devour you.” Josiah leaned in and kissed her against her panties. He felt the heat coming from her core. His panting made her panties moist on the outside. He reached around and cupped her ass with his large, strong hands, pressing her groin into his face.
Josiah began tentatively kissing her intimate region through the simple, cotton fabric. Minnie’s knees began to buckle and he stood quickly to right her balance. Josiah scooped her up into his arms and lifted her close to him. “This is more intense than I ever imagined, Minnie, you must know this.”
Speechless, Minnie only nodded in agreement. Josiah gingerly dropped to his knees on the makeshift bed, still cradling her in his arms, relishing the feel of her naked torso against his chest. He laid her down and moved to slide her jeans from her legs. He then slid her panties down her thighs, marveling at her intimate beauty. The gentle “V” of hair curling gracefully around the core of her femininity captured his attention and filled in the blanks of his imagination.
MY UPCOMING RELEASE MARCH 2013
Finding Love Under a Rock will be released March 2013. My first YA romance/paranormal fun read is about catfish noodling, finding first love, and previewing bigfoot expeditions!
YOU CAN FIND DAVEE AND HER BOOKS AT THE FOLLOWING LINKS BELOW!
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5781523.Davee_Jones
Book trailer: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&ved=0CE4QtwIwBA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DHFMc41mnJT0&ei=RbfAUPn6Komy9gT5mIGADQ&usg=AFQjCNEbgV5aaMFoF9IJ34_6rzZ9dApqvg&sig2=edBEe3sKmApU1mLFkKEvBQ
My books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and my publisher, Secret Cravings Publishing http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=products_all&filter_author=100
My genres: Romance, Erotic Romance, and coming soon, Thrillers and YA
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