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Wednesday Words with AK Kinley

I’m very happy to have ManLove author, AK Kinley join us for the week’s Wednesday Words.  Tomorrow his latest book, Something Beautiful, will be released by Siren-Bookstrand.  Andrew was kind enough to stop by today to answer a few of my questions.

Meet Author AK Kinley

andrew k kinley, ak kinley, author, manlove, romance, loveLynne St. James: First off, thank you so much for joining us today and congratulations on your new book, Something Beautiful. Can you tell us where you got the idea for this story?

AK Kinley:  Thank you, Lynne. Also, thank you for having me as a guest today on your blog.

Something Beautiful began as a short story titled, Playboy28. The short was published on the ManLove Authors Website in July, 2013. During that summer, my partner and I were discussing publicly coming out that fall. With that realization, I decided to turn Playboy28 into a full-length book, including the short story as the prologue. There is not a great deal of literature written about transgender characters, particularly gay transmen such as myself. I wanted to show a transgender hero in a real situation of life and love.

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Lynne:  Do you base any of your stories on parts of your life?

Andrew:  I infuse not only my stories, but characters, with small bits and pieces of myself and parts of my life. Still yet, my characters are original creations.

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Lynne:  Who would you say is the one person outside of your family that influenced your life the most?

Andrew:  A university professor, which I studied under, once said that institutional marks hold little value in the true knowledge that an individual holds. He believed that an educated person was one who, ten years from now, would be able to meet him at a sidewalk Paris bistro, sit down for a cup of espresso, and have an intelligent conversation about life. His classes weren’t the usual stylized lectures, but interactive experiences between teacher and student, where ideas and theories were discussed as a group. Formal exams were not given, as he preferred to assign grades based on student opinions and interpretations of the material. As a result, I believe that this professor taught others to think outside of the box, nothing is as it seems, and to quote him, “the woes of tortured academic matters.”

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Lynne:  When you’re writing, do your characters ever surprise you? If so, do you allow them to have their way with the story or do you try to reign them in?

Andrew:  My characters write their own lives, or so to speak. While I provide them with literary direction, they ultimately make their own decisions. Once an idea for a book begins to form, I feel compelled to see it through to completion. The characters that I write about demand that their stories be told as uniquely as they are forming in my memory.

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Lynne:  What has been the hardest part of being an author? When did you first realize it was your calling?

Andrew:  I don’t believe I ever had an epiphany that writing was my calling. I began my career as a freelance journalist and photographer, and became a ManLove erotic romance author in November, 2012 upon the publication of my first book Ripped with Siren-BookStrand Publishing. So, in a sense, I’ve always been a writer, in one form or another.

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Lynne:  Which of your books is your favorite, and why?

Andrew:  My favorite book is my upcoming release, Something Beautiful. The story is complex, intense, and mysterious, but tender and passionate. All of which are traits that I use to describe myself.

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Lynne:  Have you ever learned anything from your characters?

Andrew:  I have learned that love and eroticism are two very important and powerful emotions that drive not only my characters, but my style of writing as well. In their purest forms, I have seen those concepts transform my characters into better individuals.

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Lynne:  Do you spend a lot of time on research for your books?

Andrew:  To date, all of my books have been set in Arkansas, my home state. The individual towns are either places I have lived or visited. This has helped in terms of setting descriptions. As far as character occupations, I have spent some time in research. However, ninety-percent of any story that I create focuses on the romance between the characters. I try to make setting and occupational descriptions more of a secondary aspect.

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Lynne:  Have you ever gone back and read one of your books and wished you could change it?

Andrew:  I try not to go back and read any of my books in their entirety. As I continue to grow as a writer, I am almost certain that I would find flaws, as any of us would, within my words.

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Lynne:  Do you have a favorite author? A favorite book?

Andrew:  I consider poets to be authors. I am fond of the Romantic Poets: Wordsworth, Keats, Bryon, Coleridge, and Shelley. The favorite works among them would be far too many to list.

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Lynne:  Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

Andrew:  I get writer’s block all the time. In addition, I am a slow writer. My theory for coping is when a story is ready to be told I will write it. I cannot force the process.

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Lynne:  Do you have any routine for writing, like listening to certain music, or total quiet, snacks, etc.?

Andrew:  I like routines, but I also enjoy spontaneity. I’ve written under different circumstances and surroundings so it would be hard to pinpoint just one.

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Lynne:  What advice would you offer to new authors?

Andrew:  The first step is getting published. The next? Promote, promote, promote! Also when writing, don’t be afraid to share your thoughts. There will be people out there who respect you, not only for your ideas, but for your honesty.

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Lynne:  Can you share with us what you’re working on now?

Andrew:  All of my upcoming WIP are ManLove erotic romances. They include the second book in the Rock Stars series, which continues the story of the 80’s style glam band, Rock Hard. In addition, I am writing Midnight Angel. This title will explore the story of two men, both angels, and the love they had experienced for fifty thousand years. Finally, I am working on The Confessional. Father Anthony Rossi has created a world of romantic fantasy in the hopes that it will be enough to satisfy his desires for a romantic relationship with another man.

Something Beautiful – The Blurb:

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Warning:  This book is for mature audiences only and contains scenes of double anal penetration. 

Transman, Reed Collins and his partner, Levon Kruger, an openly gay drummer for the heavy metal band Hardcore, have been in a committed relationship for eight months. The couple is continuing to explore the love and passion that began in an online chat program a year ago. Recently, they further defined that commitment as a marriage.

While on their honeymoon, Avery Gaines walks into their lives in what he calls, “a chance meeting.” The couple is immediately attracted to the tall, dark-haired stranger, with deep green eyes. Reed is the first to admit his love for Avery, but Levon holds his emotions in check. Avery wants the trio to share love and a commitment, not readily understanding Levon’s reservations.

The romantic triangle goes through a period of conflict and turmoil, until Levon finally reveals a promise that he made to Reed, and how loving Avery would call into question the very foundation of the marriage he shares with his partner.

Something Beautiful – The Trailer:

 

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I want to thank you again, Andrew, for joining us today.  I hope you all will take the time to check out his new release Something Beautiful.  If you have any questions Andrew will be with us today to answer them.

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Wednesday Words with KD Jones

Katieran prime celebration, celebration, katieran prime, kd jones, author, jk publishing, sci fi, romance, sci-fi, Please join me in welcoming sci-fi romance author, KD Jones, to today’s Wednesday Words. I’m so excited to have her with us to talk with us about her Katieran Prime Series and the latest book, Katieran Prime Celebration.

KD and I talked about books and writing.  I learned some new things about her, and I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did chatting with KD.  Oh and as a very special surprise KD has offered to give away the complete set of the Katieran Prime series to one lucky commenter today!  So don’t forget to leave a comment.

The Interview:

Lynne St. James:  As an author, having your readers beg for more stories has to be an  amazing feeling!  But I’m curious, how did you get the initial idea for  the Katieran Prime series?
KD Jones:  I love reading.  Have always loved to read and to make up my own stories since I was a child. While in between reading books and waiting for new releases, I thought about what I would like to read about.  The answer was hot, sexy, aliens that growl when they are turned on.
Lynne:  Now that you’ve decided to continue with it, where do you see the  series going in the future?
KD:  There are now 3 alien planets that will have characters needing their stories told.  There will be an introduction to a new threat that will keep the momentum going.
Lynne:  I know this was your first series.  What prompted you to start writing?
KD:  I have been creating stories before I could write them down.  It was always a life long dream but I never thought that I could do it.  Then two years ago after my separation with my ex-husband, I said to myself, “Why not try.”  I did and loved it.  I felt for the first time in my life I was doing what I was always meant to do.
Lynne:  Do you have a specific writing process?  Do you plot out your books  or are you more of a go where the story tells you?
KD:  I am laughing right now because all the authors at JK Publishing Inc. know that I do not do anything without an outline.  It keeps me focused and even if things are moved around and changed, I know where my story is supposed to go.  If someone messed up my outline it would probably make my head explode.
Lynne:  When you read, do you read in your same genre, or something totally different?
KD:  I read a lot of different genres.  In between books I will sometimes pick a book outside of my genre to read because it kind of cleans the slate and prepares me for the next book I have to write.
Lynne:  If you could be any character in your books which one would it be, and why?
KD:  There are two characters that I love from my two different series but I admire them for the same reasons. One is Captain Jaxon Malone from the Katieran Prime Series and Zara from the Galactic Cage Fighter Series. Both are strong and independent women.  Maybe they are a little rough around the edges, but they have hearts of gold.  They will fight to the death to protect those they love.
Lynne:  Who is your favorite character you’ve written?
KD:  Zen from the last Galactic Cage Fighter book that I released.  He is proof that you cannot judge a book by its cover, which is funny because that is what we do as readers.  But Zen has a lot more to him and he is what I would look for in a man.
Lynne:  What are you working on now? Do you have any new series in the works?
KD:  I am working on the first book of a brand new series called Inter-Galactic Bounty Hunters.  It of course will have hot and sexy alien bounty hunters.  I am very excited about this new series and I hope my readers will enjoy it as well.
Lynne:  Is there any author who has influenced your or that you look up to  as a mentor?
KD:  My favorite all time authors are Christine Feehan, Laurann Dohner, and J.R. Ward.  I feel like these three authors have really helped show me the kind of writer I want to be.  Maybe one day I will inspire others too.
Lynne:  What makes Katieran Prime Celebration 7.5 so special?
KD:  Katieran Prime was my very first series that I published. It has been my baby. As a proud mama I have watched how the series has grown over the last two years. It is now in a new  place in the story and where many series with 7 books would normally  end, I am pleased to say that this one will be continuing on. I have  been blessed with great co-workers and equally fantastic and loyal fans. The 7.5 book was actually requested by my readers. First book I have ever done per request.

The Blurb:

Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences.  Contains language and actions some may deem offensive.  Sexually explicit content.  MF

In book 7.5 of the Katieran Prime Series: It has been over a month since one of the Morin transport ships went through the wormhole.  Without the exact coordinates, it will take the Morins possibly months to locate Earth.  Earth is not ready to face this kind of threat, so the leaders of the four nations of Earth, Katiera, Kiljor, and the Colonial Planet begin to make their plans in a joint effort to eliminate the threat once and for all.

Along with the plans to handle the Morin threat, a celebration is being planned that will hopefully unit all four nations even more—the End of Year Celebration.  Though the celebration is not what the Katieran males are used to, they would do anything to please their bond mates.

Revisit Katiera and all the characters you have come to know and love.  See where they are now and what is happening in their lives.  Join in with their celebration.  Find out what is next for the alliance of nations.

Also as a special treat, the Katieran Culture Guide Book is included.

The Trailer:

Where to Buy the Book and Series:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Katieran-Prime-Celebration-Book-7-5-ebook/dp/B00IRKFUOG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1393944021&sr=1-1&keywords=katieran+prime+celebration

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/katieran-prime-celebration-kd-jones/1118852559?ean=2940149420445

JK Publishing:  http://shop.jkpublishingbooks.com/Katieran-Prime-Celebration-EPUB-KatieranPrimeCelebrationEPUB.htm

Allromance:  https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-katieranprimecelebration-1441233-340.html

How to Find KD Jones:

Website:  www.authorkdjones.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kdjonesauthor

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/KD-Jones/e/B0086FP8SU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

KD, I’d like to once again thank you for visiting today on Wednesday Words.  I’m really looking forward to reading all about the new planets and the new bounty hunter series.  Looks like my TBR pile is going to be growing by leaps and bounds!  And I’m sure your fans will join me in thanking you for writing  Katieran Prime 7.5.  Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the complete Katieran Prime Series!

♥ ♥ ♥

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