Sunday, April 24, 2011

Featured Spotlight Author Interview with Edie Ramer

Edie says she is funnier on the page than in real life. An award-winning bestselling Kindle author, she writes paranormal books with an attitude. She believes that one of the best things she’s done for herself is to become an indie author.

Free Book Giveaway Opportunity
Edie is generously offering to give away a free digital copy of one of her delightful books to one lucky person.  Just comment for your chance to win the e-book of your choice – Cattitude, Dead People, or the newest, Dragon Blues. Remember to include your email address, if it is not shown on your profile page, so I can notify you if you are selected from the random drawing to be held on April 30th at 11:45PM.

Laurie:  I am thrilled to have Edie Ramer as my guest author this week.  I positively adored her first two books and I so looking forward to reading more from her. Hello, Edie and welcome.

Edie:  Hi Laurie.  Thanks for inviting me and I look forward to talking a bit about my writing.

Laurie: First off, what can you tell us about a favorite character from one of your books?

CattitudeEdie:  Only one? Ack! Belle from Cattitude, who switched bodies with a woman but kept her cat attitude, is a favorite. But I have a favorite hero, too. Noah Long, the dragon who turned into a man in Dragon Blues, my latest paranormal romance. One reason I love him because he’s so unlike the normal romance hero. Leonard Nimoy’s Spock in the original Star Trek is my inspiration for Noah. He’s not logical like Spock, but he’s Zen-like, with a calm center. Until the villain tries to harm the heroine. Then his inner dragon roars out.

Laurie:  I loved Belle, too.  She just sort of personified everycat to me. You did a superb job there and your affinity with felines really shines through.  I’m of the “Spock” generation so I know I will love Noah! Do you have an excerpt of Dragon Blues you can share with us today?
Edie:  I sure do! This excerpt is from the end of the first chapter.

He was a solitary creature by nature, but there was a difference between being alone and lonely. At least this time he knew better than to do something that would make it worse instead of better.
He turned off half the lights, then climbed the back staircase to his rooms above the shop. His furniture in the living room was dark reds and black, and the lamps and the pictures gleamed with touches of gold and silver. A meow came from the black chair in the corner. Mystic, curled up, wisely staying away from the fracas. On the table next to the black chair, a tenor saxophone glimmered in the dusky light.

Noah crossed the room, bent and picked Mystic up. Her body was warm, pliant. He sat, draping her on his lap. She allowed him to pet her, her body rumbling with purrs.

“I have you,” he said. Usually he had more than one cat, but he’d seen too many die. Every death wore on his soul. Even beasts had souls, and sometimes lately he thought his was rubbed down to translucency. Like a fine silk cloth, so thin only threads remained.
A siren wailed outside. Mystic meowed, jumped off him and padded into the kitchen.

Dragon Blues (Dragon series)
He didn’t follow her. He needed something to fill the gaping emptiness inside him. To smooth his rippled emotions. To bring him peace.

A need roared in his chest. Not for food, not for liquor, not for women.

Music. That’s what had kept him sane this all these years. Kept him alive.

He picked up the saxophone, the metal smooth beneath his fingers, bringing him a small measure of peace, mending the torn threads of his soul.

Then he lifted it to his lips, took a breath, closed his eyes and played “Is That All There Is?” The Peggy Lee version. Slow and sexy and sad.

The sounds outside faded, and nothing mattered. Not Beauty, not the thief, not the lonely, lonely years. Just the music that poured through him and out of him. Out of his soul.

When he finished, he sat in the chair for long moments as night invaded the room, darkness falling around him like a magician’s cloak.

“Is that all there is?” he whispered to the silent room. “Is that it?”

A noise answered, someone knocking on the alley door.

-------------end of excerpt-----------

Laurie:  Ok, Edie.  You got me. I have got to find out who this guy is.  So tell us, where do you dream of traveling to and why?

Edie:  The United Kingdom. Probably because of my love of historicals. I’d love to see London, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Or course, Italy for the food and wine. Since I’ll be in the neighborhood, I suppose I could stop off in France.

I’ve wanted to visit Australia for a long time, too. Now my critique partner lives in Perth, and that gives me extra incentive to go. 

Laurie: I have a unquenched desire to visit Australia, also, and I will pick up anything I can find about that country. It fascinates me.   What is the next big thing you have going on now?

Edie:  Misty Evans and I are putting together an e-anthology of short stories with nine or ten other authors, many of them well-known print authors. I want to tell out more but it won’t be out until September and it’s too early to talk about it.

Dead People (Haunted Hearts)I’m writing the second book in my Haunted Hearts series. The hero is Joe, the heroine’s best friend from Dead People, the first book of the series. Joe is another unusual hero. He’s a ghost who’s learned how to use ectoplasm so well that the heroine thinks he’s alive. For a dead man, he has a huge appetite for life. This makes him a fun character to write. I hope to have his book up in two months.

Laurie: Fantastic! Dead People is a great story and I am excited to hear it’s first in a series.    What else can you tell us about your critique partner. Do you have beta readers, also?

Edie:  Yes! My CP Michelle Diener is brilliant. Her historical suspense, In a Treacherous Court, will be coming out on August 2nd, 2011 with Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books. It’s the first in a series, and it’s amazing.

I’ve also had many beta readers. I haven’t been able to afford a freelance editor, so I count on my beta readers to find errors, plot holes, inconsistencies, etc. With Cattitude I had six beta readers. I can’t remember how many I had with Dead People, but with Dragon Blues, I only had two. By then, I trusted myself more.

Laurie:  What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

Edie:  The realization that the strong women in my books who don’t complain are a lot like my mother. It’s odd because I would never think of my mother as a heroine. (Especially since my heroines have love scenes… Yuck. Do not want to go there.) But in a smaller, not saving the world way, my mother would qualify as a heroine. My father died when I was five, and left my mother to raise five kids between the ages of three and ten. She did it without complaint, though I know how hard that must have been for her, financially and emotionally.
Laurie:  Your mom is a wonderful role model, then, that’s for sure. I can not imagine raising five children all on my own. That is extraordinary.   Do you have a Website or Blog?

Edie:  Yes, thank you for asking. It’s I have a blog on my webpage. I try to blog at least a couple times a week. I also blog every other Monday on Magical Musings. The Magical Musings crew includes 11 writers, all of us published, and we often do giveaways.

I can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

My books are available at most places that sell digital books, including Amazon and Barnes&Noble, Smashwords, and most e-book retailers.

Laurie:  Great!!  Thanks for taking time out to visit with me today, Edie. I enjoyed talking with you.

Edie:  Laurie, thank you so much for inviting me to your place and for asking such great questions!

Be sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a FREE digital copy of Cattitude, Dead People, or Dragon Blues – Winner’s Choice!

Dragon Blues (Dragon series)CattitudeDead People (Haunted Hearts)                                                                               
Here are the direct links to my reviews of Cattitude and Dead People


Edie Ramer said...

Laurie, thanks for great interview questions. It just occurred to me that the theme in my books is the great change my characters go through. In many ways they're resurrected. So it's fitting that I'm talking about them on Easter Sunday at your place.

Sharon Buchbinder said...

Hi Laurie and Edie-

Great interview. And love love love the premise of CATTITUDE. Six cats own me, so that really resonates with me.

Happy sales!

Sharon Buchbinder
Author, Kiss of the Silver Wolf

Edie Ramer said...

Sharon, thanks! You are a brave woman to be owned by six cats.

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Laurie for hosting Edie.

I saw you at Nash's blog today as well, Edie. I loved the concept of a dragon man having zen like qualities similar to Spock. That must have been quite the adventure to write.
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

Edie Ramer said...

Nancy, of course I remember you from Nas' blog. Thanks for stopping by.

I love my dragon/man hero. It's fun for me to write heroes that aren't the norm.

Laurie said...

Hi Sharon, Nancy and Edie!

My internet has been sort of iffy today since we've had several storms pass through...nice to get the rain but not so nice to loose connectivity. LOL

Thanks for coming by and for your comments. Edie, one of the things Sharon and I found in common was our love of our feline companions. My hubby and I also have six cats sharing our home. :)

Edie Ramer said...

Laurie, I'm glad you're okay there. We're expecting storms tonight and tomorrow.

You're brave to have six cats. A friend has four cats and she calls two of them "pukey Persians." lol Now her son brought home two more. So she's in the six-cat club, too.

Laurie said...

LOL!! My hubby and I call 'em our "six pack".

Edie Ramer said...

That's cute, Laurie. It might end up in a book some day...

Penny said...

Dragon Blues sounds like a great book from the excerpt, I can just hear Peggy Lee singing "Is that all there is?" My mother loved that song and would sing it all the time. Would love to be entered in the giveaway.

Edie Ramer said...

Penny, that song, with Peggy Lee's evocative voice and the almost detached lyrics, was perfect for the mood I wanted to create. I'm glad you could hear it.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear there is going to be a second book in the Haunted Hearts. Can't wait for it.


Edie Ramer said...

Scarlet, I need to write faster. I'm cutting way down on my internet time next month. I want to finish the first draft by the end of the month.

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

I love the sample I downloaded and while back from amazon of Cattiitude. I was caught right up in it right from the start and thrilled that it has one of my loves cats! Thank you for the great interview and excerpt. Still on my wish list *S*


pommawolf @ hotmail dot com

Edie Ramer said...

Pommawolf, Belle the cat was the most fun to write, and I still get the most comments on it. For the anthology that I'm putting together, I'm writing a stand-alone short story that ties into Cattitude - not Belle but another cat. The entire story might be from the cat's POV. It's going to be a blast to write.

Anonymous said...

Hello there! I would love to win your book! I have all of them in my wish lists and it will be nice to win any of them! Good luck!

My email

Laurie said...

Hi Anonymous - I've added your entry. Thanks for coming by. :)

Anonymous said...

Great samples! I just downloaded all. Here is my entry. Thank you.

Carrie said...

Yay! Couldn't get the comments to work earlier, space aliens or some such. =) Edie, I looooved Catitude, and looking forward to Dragon Blues! Love your sense of humor!


PhyllisC said...

Loved the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to win.

Laurie said...

HI Phyllis C, Carrie and Anonymous! Thanks for stopping and commenting...Carrie so sorry you had probs earlier and thanks for retrying. I've added each of your entries. :)

Laurie said...

And the winner of the free ebook of her choice is Darcy {PommaWolf}!!

Congrats and thanks to everyone who entered and helped to make this interview more fun and successful!!


Edie Ramer said...

Darcy, I'm glad to send Cattitude to another cat lover. :)

Hi to Anonymous, Debbie, Phyllis and Carrie. Sorry you didn't win. Thank you for stopping by.

Laurie, thank you again for having me at your place!