Authors/Writers, Tea Time Talks

Katie Puckett – Intern Extraordinaire

Today it’s my pleasure to welcome my talented, super awesome, intern, Katie Puckett to Under A Paper Moon. Katie is from Arkansas and a senior at Belmont University located here in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Katie with sweet tea at her elbow.

This past fall, when I approached the department head with a request for an intern, I have to say I didn’t quite know what to expect. But after reading her impressive resume, I looked forward to working with her. I knew, as a millennial, she understood the ins and outs of social media in a way this baby boomer never would – even though I’d spent years using Twitter and Facebook. 😊

When I first met with Katie, I had a list of marketing ideas and several other specific objectives I’d hoped to accomplish with her. After brainstorming and hearing some of her suggestions, I encouraged Katie to view me as her client and to use and apply whatever methods she’d learned or was currently learning in class to tweak my brand and most importantly to create a campaign for my upcoming book release. She jumped to the challenge, took that list and ran with it creating a campaign I’ll be able to use as a template now and in the future.

Now that her internship is nearing an end, I thought you might want to get to know her a bit. So, I invited her to share some of what she learned and enjoyed about her time as an intern.

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Weekend With the Authors -Nashville, Tennessee. Spring 2018

 

So Katie…

Tell us where you’re from.

I was born in Peachtree City, Georgia, raised in Bentonville, Arkansas (home of Wal-Mart), and currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee. I spent a majority of my childhood in south Arkansas, climbing trees and acting a fool in nature.

What exactly is your major at Belmont University and why did you chose this field of study? Was there anything in particular that drew you to this industry?

I am in the Publishing major, in the marketing track (there is also an editing track). This is the only specifically book publishing major of it’s kind in the U.S.

My freshman year of college I studied fiction writing in Chicago, but soon realized I would much prefer making books, not writing them.

Reading is my absolute favorite thing to do. I have always read like a monster ever since I was a kid and I have a small closet full of elementary school reading awards.

Describe your dream job after you graduate. How do you see yourself using your degree? Is it publishing, marketing or a combination of both? Do you have a particular publishing house you’re interested in?

My dream job is to open an independent bookstore/tea bar with my family, I’ll buy the books, my mom will be the store manager, my 6’9” brother will shelve the books, and my dad will take care of the math.

But before that I want to work somewhere in the industry. I’m very interested in the distribution and physical creating of books. I also would love to continue working with authors as a literary agent. So I’m interested in a combination of areas of publishing.

As for publishing houses I’m interested in Disney Hyperion, they’re the publishers of my favorite book series; Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Also. Europa Editions, they publish foreign contemporary books, I would love to learn more about foreign rights and translations. I am also interested in Ingram, which is the largest book distributor in the the country.

Can you share something you’ve learned or an area in which you grew during this internship? In other words, how did the internship benefit you? Educationally? Personally?

I learned a lot about what it’s like being an independently published author. In my schooling I mostly learned about how to market from the perspective of a publishing house, so it was a real great opportunity to adapt my knowledge to a different angle. I gained some great hands on experience working one on one with an author, learning about Joy’s experiences and how I might be able to better help any authors I work with in the future.

Any advice you’d like to give to future interns?

Brush up on your WordPress skills! Google is your friend when you can’t figure out how to update a WordPress cite.

How about for those looking for an intern?

Again, Google is your friend. Talk to your professors and friends. Sometimes there are internships you’d never thought to try (like being an author’s assistant).

What would you like your future employer to know about you? 

I am very passionate about books and publishing and in the words of ABBA:

            “Gonna do my very best and it ain’t no lie,

            If you put me to the test, if you let me try,

             Honey I’m still free, Take a chance on me.”

What was the most enjoyable aspect about interning with a romance author? And the least, if any?

The work environment. I loved being comfortable enough to ask questions and give suggestions. It was a joy working with Joy, and I look forward to having a few more months with her this summer!

 

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“My name is Katie Puckett: Gemini, ISFJ, Daughter of Apollo, Book Dragon, and Publishing Student. I am a college student at Belmont University, learning the ins and outs of the book publishing world. Reading, hiking, and yoga enthusiast. I drink an unhealthy amount of sweet tea and read an unhealthy amount of books, despite what the size of my TBR pile would suggest…I can’t help it if I re-read Lord of the Ringsfor the hundredth time. I love fantasy and contemporary novels”

 

 

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Great Reads, Tea Time Talks

Fall Chowder & a Fun Read

 

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Autumn is a wonderful time to cook chili, savory stews, soups and creamy chowders. There’s nothing like the aroma of homemade chowder simmering on the stove. Cook books are filled with many delicious options, as well as online, which is where I found this simple recipe.

My Recipes – http://www.myrecipes.com – is one of my favoirte sites to discover new recipes. I found this Simple Clam Chowder recipe there. This particular dish features crispy bacon! YUM! 8570050207_d315290106_z

 

 

In my first novel, Keeper of My Heart, Bessie, a secondary character in the book, loves to cook this savory dish for the herione – the fiesty and adorable, Katie McCullough.

Here’s a bit about the story…

Katie McCullough doesn’t know it, but Max Sawyer, the over confident, KeeperofmyHeart_850insufferable thief who outbid her for the lighthouse property, is none other, than her mystery lighthouse sailor. The one man who captured her heart five years earlier, the one man who has since been the plumb line for every other unsuspecting male who has crossed her path. Unfortunately for Max, he doesn’t measure up either.

 

Still reeling from losing the property she’d planned to call home, sparks fly when Katie assumes Max is turning her beloved lighthouse compound into one of his ‘Serenity Spa Resorts.” Outraged, Katie sets out on a mission to dismantle the property…and his plans.

 

Except Max’s plans have absolutely nothing to do with hotels and everything to do with winning Katie’s heart.

 

Authors/Writers, Great Reads, Streetlights Down Memory Lane

Hugo’s and the Street Guy

 

One morning a couple of years ago, I was at Hugo’s Restaurant in West Hollywood having breakfast. I sat outside at a small table for two. A couple seated at the small bistro table next to me had recently left and the waitress hadn’t yet picked up their plates. To my IMG_2531astonishment, a very handsome young man, dressed in loose clothing, with wavy longish hair and a short beard walked by at a nice clip. He briefly stopped at their table and grabbed a napkin. Then without missing a beat, lifted a spoon, scrapped the last bit of food onto the napkin, then shoveled it into his mouth as he continued walking. He acted without the least hesitation. Without thought. As if he’d done this many times before. I sat stunned. Horrified at what had transpired, I watched him walk the length of the restaurant, then turn right before he disappeared.

When the homeless young man strode off, my heart cried out to stop him, to offer him a meal. But what 60-year-old woman runs after a thirty-year-old homeless guy? So, I did the normal, sane thing, simply sat there and watched him leave. I glanced around at those seated near me and not one of them seemed to have noticed him.

I’ve thought about that young man many times since then, replaying the scene over and over in my head. In my daydream, I call out to him. He stops and turns. I offer to buy him breakfast, and although surprised, he accepts. We sit at the bistro table on a beautiful California morning and I discover more about him over a hearty breakfast.

But, that’s not how it happened.

I thought about those who loved this young man, who worried about him. And mostly, I thought about his mother. As I pondered this man’s condition I played several scenarios in my head. Maybe he was a spy, undercover, and fleeing his most recent captors. Nearly starved. Why else would he eat off the plate of a stranger?

I knew someday I’d use him in a story and give him a reason to do what he did. Thus my undercover journalist hero was born. Then I gave my heroine the heart I’d wished I’d had that day. The heart that was in me, but afraid to act. I gave her the courage to actually go after the homeless man and the will to at least try and change his life.

The places she frequented would give most men pause. But, not her.

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Authors/Writers, Great Reads, Tea Time Talks

Forbidden Colours

Today I’d like to welcome author Nicole Fitton to Under a Paper Moon to tell us about her latest novel, Forbidden Colours. Her book cover is fascinating! Take it away, Nicole!

Forbidden Colours was the evolution of a question that had been rattling around in my brain. You know, those annoying questions that wake you at 4am and won’t let you rest until you’ve written something. Well, that’s how it was for me. I had read a newspaper article about the complexity of the human brain and well, it all started from there. Forbidden Colours is a gripping love story which contains elements of psychological suspense. It contains enough adrenaline fuelled drama to power the national grid! Once I had the protagonist Midori Yates firmly fixed in my mind’s eye she took charge and dictated the direction of travel. I have a passion for science and being able to incorporate that into a book is very exciting. The story centres around a new drug being brought to market that does not quite do what it is supposed to…. I shall leave it at that. As I said earlier I started Forbidden Colours with a question and everything flowed from there. So, I know you want to know, what was the question? It’s a question I often ask myself but seldom has it led me in such an unusual direction…… ‘ What if?’

Blurb:
forbidden-colours-high-resolution-version-2-945x1512What if your memories were not your memories? What if the drug hailed as a cure became a curse and ultimately your destruction?
Midori Yates works for pharmaceutical giant KLD. The launch of new drug Centoria has revolutionised the treatment of amnesia, with outstanding results. Trials exploring its use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s are on the horizon. But is it really as good as the data suggests?
Neurologist Dr. Nick Campbell has seen amazing results with his patients and is ready to believe in Centoria’s transformational abilities…that is until his patients start displaying strange and worrying symptoms with drastic results. Determined to uncover the truth, Midori and Nick find a conspiracy that is to have devastating consequences for both of them. A dark world threatens to engulf them. Can they survive?

 

Snippet:
Katzuko Yates eyed her daughter thoughtfully. A sense of apprehension gripped her. Those years in Japan were long ago; she wondered if she could be clear with her explanation. Even though buried, her memories continued to breathe under the mountain of life she’d lived. Dare she even speak of them? Could she speak of them? Their place of residence had become an unmarked grave in her history. Her family had a right to know, after everything that had happened. His world was dark and full of shadows; where would she begin? For over 25 years she had told no one. Now she was being drawn back into his world. It was a time she wanted to forget. The tie that had been bound to her so tightly was about to be broken.

Buy Link for Forbidden Colours

Author Bio:
Nicole Fitton is an author and freelance writer who has lived in such glamorous photo-5locations as London, New York and Croydon! She currently reside in Devon, UK with her family. Forbidden Colours is her second novel. Her career has spanned over 3 decades working in PR and marketing within the music industry. She currently works within healthcare in the UK.
Alongside her novels Nicole has a passion for writing short stories.This year has seen her short ‘Soaring’ featured in an anthology by the Black Pear Press. Her stories always have a happy ending, but, the way in which they get there will keep you guessing right up until the last page! She admits she gets bored easily and can often be found enjoying new adventures!

Follow Nicole Here

Website address: https://www.nicolefittonauthor.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicolefittonauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MisoMiss
Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/fitton3818/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nicole-Fitton/e/B01A3NSIL6/

Great Reads, Tea Time Talks

Keri’s Christmas Wish

I’d like to welcome Inspirational Author Pamela S. Thibodeaux to my blog today to share her new release, Keri’s Christmas Wish! Take it away, Pamela!

I am 100% panster so when I sat at the computer with one scene in mind, Keri scrolling through her newsfeed and grumbling “bah humbug” over the ‘Christmas in July’ propaganda, I had absolutely NO idea where the story was going or what would happen. I was introduced to Energy Medicine a couple of years ago and find the whole concept of healing the body – or actually the body healing itself by correcting energy imbalance–fascinating. Along with EM, I’ve discovered the power of positive thoughts and prayers (see: You can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay). Add to that, my belief in the afterlife and the books & movies affirming those beliefs, and well, this story practically wrote itself. What is so amazing and encouraging for me is that Keri’s Christmas Wish is the first romantic story I’ve written in its entirety since my husband passed away in 2009. Oh, I’ve had things published that were already in the works, but other than a couple NF pieces, it is the only thing written from start to finish. Hopefully this means I’m in a much better place emotionally and other books/novellas/stories are sure to follow.

Blurb:

kcw-cover-2-96-medFor as long as she can remember, Keri Jackson has despised the hype and commercialism around Christmas so much she seldom enjoys the holiday. Will she get her wish and be free of the angst to truly enjoy Christmas this year?

A devout Christian at heart, Jeremy Hinton, a Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Spiritual Mentor and Energy Medicine Practitioner has studied all of the world’s religions and homeopathic healing modalities. But when a rare bacterial infection threatens the life of the woman he loves, will all of his faith and training be for naught?

Find out in Keri’s Christmas Wish
Snippet: She awoke in another dimension. Keri had no idea if she was in Heaven, but neither did she fear Hell. Her surroundings were reminiscent of a dense forest at dusk. Shadows danced against a sunset where brilliant colors bled from the sky. A light shone in the distance but as she moved toward it, Keri felt as though she plowed through molasses. Unease pricked her skin. The sound of water drew her deeper into the woods until she stood at the base of a vast waterfall and rapids so swift she dared not attempt to cross the river.

The light grew stronger, brighter. Beckoning.

I need to get to the light.

 
1382907Author Bio: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”

Follow Pamela here!
Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com
Blog: http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com
Face Book: http://facebook.com/pamelasthibodeaux
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pamelasthibodea/
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1jUVcdU
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/pamela-s-thibodeaux

Great Reads, Tea Time Talks

TWJ’s Summer Reads!

 Let the #Summerfun begin!

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Looking for clean Christian books or Sweet Romances? TWJ Magazine’s #Summerfun begins Sunday May 22nd!

22 Authors, 2 Publishers, 50+ books, 13 weeks of #Summerfun reading material at your fingertips! 8032628

The campaign runs from (5/22 – 8/20_ but you can get a sneak peek of the titles featured in TWJ’s Summer Social Media Blitz here: http://bit.ly/1TrANtR

Tea Time Talks

Release Day!

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Just in time for Christmas!

Seven Days in December

Elementary school teacher, Nikki Carpenter, packs her bags and heads to a friend’s cabin in the Rocky Mountains for the holidays. Not only does she need an escape from her busy work schedule, it’s time to start healing. Time to say goodbye to her late husband and begin living again.

Traynor Michaels needs time to think. Between his current girlfriend pressuring him to get married, and his sister’s constant matchmaking efforts, he’s more than ready for a few days alone in his family’s one-room mountain cabin.

Double booked and trapped together during a blizzard, frustration sets them both on edge. Traynor is immediately attracted to the gorgeous Nikki. But her affinity for lists and the habitual twisting of her wedding band proves beyond annoying, until he realizes something deeper is going on. As for Nikki, the handsome man sleeping on the sofa just messed up her plans, yet he may hold the key to her finding Christmas again.

 

Authors/Writers, Tea Time Talks

RONEs Are Here. Time to vote!

darcy flynn romances, sweet romances, joy dent,Good afternoon,

Voting continues today for the Contemporary: Sweet category of the 2015 RONE Awards,

Hawke’s Nest is a nominee. *throws confetti*

Here’s the link: http://indtale.com/2015-rone-awards-week-two

I’d be honored if you’d consider voting for my book. You are required to register, but the process is simple: email and password.

1.Subscribe

2. InD’Tale will send you a confirmation email. Click on the long link in the email. It will take you to the voting page.

3. Scroll down to Contemporary:Sweet category and vote for Hawke’s Nest! 🙂 then hit save!

I’m thrilled to be listed with so many talented authors.

If you feel like sharing, that would be spectacular.

Congrats to all the nominees!

Romance at the Movies, Streetlights Down Memory Lane

McMillan and Wife

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Last week, while on Spring Break, I rediscovered one of my favorite TV shows from the early 70s!

      McMillan and Wife

darcy flynn romancesRock Hudson and Susan Saint James *sigh*

I simply adored their on screen chemistry! And the theme music depicts it beautifully. The show is on Netflix and Hulu and if you google the title you’ll find several other places online to view some of the shows. And of course, you can buy the dvd’s on Amazon.

Here’s the delightful theme song composed by Jerry Fielding from Once Upon a Dead Man, the movie that came before the TV series, McMillan and Wife. This is a compilation of both the opening and closing credits. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite TV show from the 70s? Did it have a fantastic theme song?