Author Interview- Susi Interviews TJ Cooper @TJCooper_

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I love to interview authors, especially those are that new to me.  I truly enjoy getting to know them and promoting their writing through my blog .

Introducing TJ Cooper, author of Faith & Hope.

Susi: How long have you been writing?

TJC: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, mostly in my head, though. Not always on paper.

 

Susi: When did your passion for writing begin?

TJC: My passion for writing started at the very beginning. I think the first time I was ever asked to write a story or a poem.

 

Susi: How many books have you published?

TJC: I’ve only published the one book, Faith & Hope but I’m working on another book. And I have a sequel in mind for Faith & Hope.

 

Susi: Are you interested in writing any other genres?

TJC: Most definitely. In fact, given the kind of books I read, I’m surprised my first book is a romance.

 

Susi: What books are you currently working on?

TJC: I’m currently working on a book called Moving On.  It’s another romance. I’ve also got a sequel to Faith & Hope that I’m working on as well. Plus a few others rolling around in my head.

 

Susi: When do you write?  Any specific routines?

TJC: I try to write whenever something pops into my head, although that’s not always practical. Mostly I’m a mid to late day, evening writer. Although I have been known to write into the wee hours of the night.

As far as routines go: I like to sit on my couch and write in a notebook. I’ll sometimes lay on my bed and write. I can’t just sit and type into a laptop. It doesn’t work for me. I also need music playing.

 

Susi: When not writing, what are your hobbies or interests?

TJC: I am a huge music fan. So I’m almost always listening to music. It’s always in the background except when the tv is on. I love to read–I read a lot–and I love football.

 

Susi: What inspires you to write?  Music, a muse?

TJC: What doesn’t inspire me to write? Often, things just pop into my head. Sometimes something I’ve read, sometimes real life. It could be anything really.

 

Susi: How would you describe yourself as a writer?

TJC: Oh that’s a tough one.  I think I’m a pretty good writer. I’m not Shakespeare, but I do okay.

 

Susi: How long does it generally take you to write a book?

TJC: That depends entirely on the story. Sometimes things just flow and sometimes I hit a block. Faith & Hope was written in a few days, it just sort of poured out.

 

Susi: Describe a typical writing day for TJ Cooper.

TJC: A day when I actually just write? It involves me sitting on the couch, music playing, my notebook and pen in hand and either a cup of coffee, cup of tea, a beer or even a glass of wine on the windowsill. If I’m doing well and the words are flowing from the pen, the tea or coffee gets cold and the beer or wine gets warm.

 

Susi: Do you have any advice to offer to new writers?

TJC: Yes. Just do it.  If you have a story idea just sit down and write it. Don’t fret about spelling or punctuation–that’s what spell check and beta writers are for. Don’t worry that no one will like your story. If you like it, others will, too.

 

Susi: Your biggest mistake as a writer? If any?

TJC: My biggest mistake as a writer was waiting so long to try. Lack of confidence held me back.

 

Rapid Fire

 

Pet Peeve: People that drive below the speed limit

 

First thing you notice about a person: Eyes or smile

 

Hidden talents: I pick up lyrics to songs really quickly

 

Prized possession: my music

 

Currently Reading: I just finished A Dream of Death and Full Fathom Five by Harrison Drake

 

Fave drink: my go to beverage is tea but I drink coffee as well. Alcoholic beverage would be beer or wine

 

Fave TV Show: Supernatural

 

Star Wars/Star Trek: Both

 

Batman/Superman: Depends on my mood but in general I lean toward Superman

 

 

Any parting words from the author….

 

Yes, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has read my book. I want to thank everyone that has given me support and encouragement when I get insecure about my writing. And I want to tell anyone that has ever thought about writing a book to just sit down and write it. You can do it!! As Harry Potter said in The Order of the Phoenix ‘If they can do it, why not us?’

Thank you for asking me to do this interview, I am honored.

 

It was great getting to know you! I appreciate your time.  I’m sure your fans will be glad to get to know you better.

~Susi

 

 

Susi Reviews Faith & Hope by T.J. Cooper @TJCooper_

Susi Reviews Faith & Hope by T.J. Cooper

 

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As a supporter of Indie authors it gives me great pleasure to review T.J. Cooper’s debut Faith & Hope.

 

If you’re looking for a short and easy read, this book is for you. But, don’t be fooled by the length.  This book is packed with an emotional story complete with realistic characters you are sure to love.  Faith & Hope is the kind of story that makes you think about life.  At least, I reflected on my own and how sometimes, we take things and people for granted.  We also need to look at the entire picture and be grateful for the things and people that we have in our lives.  It made me think of the sacrifices we make for others as well.  There is definitely a powerful message in this story.

Faith &  Hope was a surprising journey for a couple I immediately connected with and adored.  Matt and Lisa are an adorable couple. To be honest, all of the characters with the exception of one will become your favorites as well.  T.J. did a wonderful job of creating and highlighting their unique and vital personalities in this book.

So you see, loveable characters and a story with the right amount of angst and happiness is what you’ll find in this book.

The ending of this story, not what I expected but, nonetheless one I truly enjoyed. I smiled, laughed, teared up and ultimately enjoyed this book.

Be sure to add Faith & Hope to your TBR.  I look forward to reading more writing as well as supporting this indie author in the near future.

I gave this book  4 stars. Congratulations on a wonderful debut!

Stay tuned for an interview with the author T.J. Cooper on the blog later today.

 

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Cover Reveal – Miles from Home by Ava Bell

COVER REVEAL – MILES FROM HOME

BY AVA BELL

 

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Synopsis

Six months after the death of her mother, twenty-one-year-old Maggie Taylor is just trying to get through each day when she’s offered a coveted spot at a prestigious dance school in New York City. Knowing her father will not approve, she packs her car and sets out on a road trip that will leave her forever changed.

Twenty-one-year-old Sam Austin… is tired of being stuck in a small town. Forced to deal with his father’s alcoholism since his mother left eleven years ago, Sam has only ever found solace in music and frequent one-night-stands. When Sam is presented with the opportunity to move to Chicago, he leaps at the chance, and leaves town with only his backpack and guitar.

When Sam and Maggie arrive in the small Midwestern town of [insert name of town here], they are forced to share the only room available. What starts as an annoying mix-up soon turns in to a weekend of passion. A passion that will burn until they are reunited years later by a terrible tragedy.

 

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About the Author: Ava Bell

I’m a mom of two, a nurse, and a book blogger. I love to read and cook.

My favorite authors are Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher, Cassia Leo , Kate Stewart And Leyla Attar. This is my first novel.

 

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Tuesday Teaser – Raven’s Innocence by N.D. White @nickyd_white

Today’s Teaser comes from an Indie Author,  N.D. White.  Her book Raven’s Innocence will be released soon.  I love reading Indie and I am excited to be sharing teasers from her debut novel.  (It’s what I’m reading today!)i love indie

Introducing…Raven’s Innocence!

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Raven’s Innocence by N.D. White

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Synopsis

Raven Pierce vowed to escape the hot and humid climate of Missouri and never look back.  After completing her graduate program, she drags her sun-loving, winter-hating best friend to start a new life in Minnesota with its cold crisp air and blankets of snow.  Raven’s main focus is her new career and truly establishing her own identity.  The last thing she intends to do as she is building a new life is to fall in love.  As her luck would have it, one evening a minor accident sends Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Handsome to her rescue. What starts out as the perfect relationship begins to turn challengingwhen tragedy strikes and pulls her grief-stricken boyfriend into a dark and unpredictable frame of mind.  Raven finds herself fighting for love in an unfamiliar, confusing, and sometimes dark terrain.

 

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About the Author: N.D. White

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Born:  Small town in Missouri

Gender: Female

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Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Nicky grew up in a small town in the Midwest, where she still resides.  She has her Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  She works part of the time in Kansas City and the other part in her hometown.  Juggling between family, work, and writing, she stays very busy; never a dull moment.  Writing has always been a passion and talent of hers.  Her mother was also a writer, but of poetry.  Nicky has written her fair share of poems, but the idea of writing a novel is what truly pulled at her heart strings.  She started writing Raven’s Innocence last fall, which is going to be released in the next week. She will then diligently start writing her next book, Raven’s Undoing.

 

Be sure to add Raven’s Innocence to your TBR list today!