WELCOME READERS, BLOG HOSTS & ROMANCE FANS to Cat Lyon’s Reading Den!
CAT Will Be Your Host and I AM Happy To Be Hosting Author, Ms. Rusty Blackwood and Along With The Ladies of GODDESS FISH PROMOTIONS & Blog Tours!
Cat’s presentation is part of a virtual book tour organized byGoddess Fish Promotions. Ms. Rusty Blackwood will be awarding an inscribed and autographed softcover copy of “The Perils of Autumn” to be given to three randomly drawn winners (US/Canada only) via a raffle-copter giveaway during this tour. Since today is the last of the tour, listed below are the other Blog Hosts and Stops for today and hope you’ll stop by all of them . . .
FRIDAY BLOG STOPS and HOSTS ~ November 22nd
1.) ME! SPECIAL AUTHOR Interview!
Cat Lyon’s Reading and Writing Den
2.) Locks, Hooks and Books
3.) Welcome to My World of Dreams
5.) Kristal Dawn Harris
6.) Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
About The Book ~ ‘The Perils of Autumn’
From the author of the riveting romantic fiction drama, Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary, and the celebrated, 5-star award-winning romantic fiction drama, Willow’s Walk, comes the intense romantic drama, The Perils of Autumn.
This page-turner, set primarily in the early 1970s, centers on a young Kentucky woman, Autumn Leeves, born in 1946 to Abigail Leeves, an unwed mother who struggles to make ends meet. By 1970, Autumn graduated nursing school and is sent on assignment by the local hospital to care for the terminally-ill wife of middle-aged English equestrian master, Cyril Landon, owner of Landon Lawns Stables, a most successful thoroughbred racing stable located just outside Lexington, Kentucky in a posh community known as The Meadows.
Duff Taylor, a world-renown jockey who is tops in his field, lives full-time above the tack room at Landon Lawns and enjoys the many benefits it brings, but he also has a dark secret surrounding an unsolved racing incident from his past that he will go to any length to protect.
Autumn arrives at Landon Manor in time to be thrown into the fray and finds herself caught in the ongoing disruption that ensues . . .
WHO IS THIS BEST-SELLING ROMANCE AUTHOR?
Top ranking romantic fiction author Rusty Blackwood, who chose her plume de nom by combining the colour of her russet hair with her husband’s great, great, Scottish grandmother’s maiden name, was born in St.Thomas, Ontario, Canada on October 5th, and grew up on her paternal grandfather’s farm in the County of Elgin, located in the south-western portion of the province of Ontario.
She acquired her love of literature while still in elementary school where she entered her original compositions into county fairs, school contests, and whatever venue allowed participants in the writing field. She has carried that love ever since and has put it to use many times since becoming a professional writer in 2001.
From the time of youth she has loved the Arts in their many unique forms, she is a graduate with honors in Interior Decorating & Design. She spent many years on the south-western Ontario stage performing with her family’s country music band: The Midnight Ramblers, followed by the country – rock – blues band: ‘MIRAGE’ as an accomplished vocalist, bassist, and rhythm guitarist. She now resides in the cultural city of St. Catharines, Ontario.
**RUSTY IS CELEBRATING HER BOOK BLOG TOUR WITH A HOLIDAY E-BOOK SALE Of “Willow’s Walk!**
**A Special Personal In-depth Author Interview With Rusty Blackwood**
Tell Readers and Visitors A Little About Yourself?
I grew up during the 1950s on my paternal grandfather’s farm in rural south-western Ontario, Canada. My loving parents are gone now, and I miss them every day, but I still have my brother. I am the proud mom of two wonderful sons, and a loving grandmother to three beautiful granddaughters and one handsome grandson. I am also a great grandmother – or G-G – as I am known to my delightful great-grandson.
I have always loved to write. This adoration for English composition began in grade school and carried into my adult years. Though I am unprofessionally trained in the field of writing, I have always possessed the uncanny ability of unique expression in stories that could grasp the heart of the reader. I am an Interior Decorator by trade and owned and operated a residential home service for twenty-eight years before retiring from that field. My writing venture began in 2001 when I became a serious writer with the intent on seeing where it could possibly take me. Over the years I have written an assortment of both contemporary and traditional poetry, and from this, I put together my first collection under the title, Feelings: A Rhythmic Journey in Thought which I self-published in 2009.
This was followed in 2010 with my first collection of children’s short stories, titled, Young Minds. This collection was based on my own childhood as well as stories I wrote for my grandchildren. In 2010 I published the first part of the original two-part Passion in Paris that I began writing in 2001. This two-part romantic fiction drama was short-lived. It was not the way I had envisioned my first venture into this genre to be nor the publishing of it, and because of this the end result was inept, so I took it off the market until I could revise it into my original concept, that of which I finally brought to fruition in 818 pages, 4-star-Amazon awarded, romantic fiction drama, Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary, which I released in 2013. Leading up to this, I published a new poetry collection entitled, Impressions which I released in 2011. I followed this with a revised children’s short story collection containing previously published stories including those written for my grandchildren, plus additional new stories under the title, Through the Eyes of Innocence.
This was followed in 2012 by the comedy short, The Misadventures of Derwood Tugbottom. This was followed in 2015 by the 5-star-award-winning romantic fiction drama, Willow’s Walk. In 2017, I followed that novel with the second in the Derwood Tugbottom comedy series, titled, Derwood Returns. Since the beginning of 2019, I have released two titles, Derwood Goes Caribbean, the third installment in my ongoing Derwood comedy series, and my newest novel, The Perils of Autumn, another 5-star-award-winning romantic fiction drama which was just chosen finalist by America Book Fest for the romance category. I love animals, horses in particular, as you will see within the pages of this new novel. I very much enjoy walks in nature, art, music, and spending quality time with family, and friends.
What inspires you to write?
I can find inspiration in many places: the way a sunset appears, ripples on a pond, trees swaying in the breeze, a memory that touches my heart with happiness, or sadness, life experiences that I have endured as well as grown from, and finally, the love of expression through the written word.
Tell us about your writing process…
I suppose if I were to choose between being an ‘out-liner’ or ‘seat of the pants’ writer, I would have to say a bit of both. I choose to create my characters first and then create the scenarios I wish to immerse them into. I don’t block a book, but I do outline the story through key points and try to stay within the guidelines. However, characters often have an uncanny way of deciding where they are going, what they are going to say, and how those around them will react.
I also enjoy this pleasant distraction because I have found through the experience of listening to my characters, I create a much more interesting story than simply creating a cut and dry page after page journey that has no depth or color. I have sketched my characters in the past, in fact, I did for Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary. There are multiple characters in the story that interacts with the two protagonists, and I found that by sketching them in the way my mind’s eye perceived them to be, helped greatly to increase their impact in the story. What I have mentioned works for me. I believe any writer must find what best works for them in order for their story to blossom and flourish.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, I listen to them very much as well as converse with them as we go along. A writer can create an interesting storyline, yet if they don’t listen to their character’s voice, their personality, or their perception of where you are taking them, then you may end up having written a story that is both uninteresting, or a story that has no substance. Many of my characters that I’ve created over the course of time that I’ve been writing, I would love to meet, if they actually existed, and a few I would hope to never meet.
What advice would you give other writers?
First and foremost, write what you know. There is nothing more discouraging or upsetting than to undertake a subject that you know nothing, or little about, and make it both entertaining and legible to the reader. Often writers draw from life experiences, I do, for there is no better research than what you have experienced first hand. But when you are very young, you have yet to have much experience to draw from, therefore research everything thoroughly.
I believe this suggestion could be taken by any writer, seasoned or not, but if you write about things you know about, you will find your finished piece a polished, fine offering for the eyes of any reader that chooses your title. Critique is a large portion of writing; it is not always kind, and you must learn to take from that what you can and apply it to your craft.
Do not expect that your first, even second or third title, will be an instant success. It may or may not happen, but if you love to write, have a passion to write, then you will find a way to stick with it. It can be a very long, drawn-out process. Finally, do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. Only you know the muse inside you, so let it speak to you, and have fun.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wrote for many years before I decided to publish any of it. I researched both standard and self-publishing methods for quite some time, weighed the plus and minus, and decided to choose self-publishing. The main reason for this, was because I refuse to sign away my rights and directions of my work in return for a publishing contract. If you sign with a standard publisher you must sign over your rights to them, who can then take your work, alter it however they wish, and you have no say yet your name is still on the cover.
The contents between the front and back cover are what you as the writer are judged upon, and I was not going to accept that in order to have a contract with a standard house. Self-publishing is not an easy road either. The entire cost falls on your shoulders but at least you retain direction and rights of your work. There could be hidden costs, so be aware of them. Marketing is always a difficult area, yet an author with a standard house today must still do the majority of marketing themselves.
It definitely is a plus to have someone who can do this for you, that is unless you are savvy in that area. Be sure to thoroughly research self-publishing companies – there are many of them – some good – some not so good. Read their reviews, for it is there that your choice will be made. Don’t be afraid to question those who have experienced different companies, and though you must choose for yourself, the answers you receive may help greatly in choosing wisely.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It differs greatly than it once did, however, I feel there will always be a need for it, standard, or self-publishing. Many readers choose Kindle, Kobo, Nook, etc, etc, but fully as many still enjoy the feel of a new book in their hands.
Purchasing books online is popular, but through the bookstore events that I do, I have yet to see a decline in books lining the shelves. In order for there to be physical books, there needs to be publishers – standard or self – to make this happen.
What genres do you write?:
Romance Drama Suspense Comedy Children Short stories, and Poetry.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print.
WHERE CAN READERS and BLOGGERS CONNECT WITH YOU?
Official Author Website: https://www.rusty-blackwood.com/
Book Bub Author: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rusty-blackwood-93610ada-5182-429c-93e3-b42d527eb545
CAT’S EXCERPT ~ THE PERILS of AUTUMN
“Cat read it, loved it, and gave it 5-STARS on Amazon! WHY? ‘The Perils of Autumn’ is a 2019 International Book Awards Finalist in Romance and just recently chosen a Gold Finalist in Romance given by American Book Fest along with being a 5-star winning novel. If you love reading romantic suspense? This is the ONE!
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Now Available On Amazon Everywhere!
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2MuAoN5
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2QVhIou
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2Xx27Oj
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2IEmUJR
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Also, just for the Holidays, an Ebook SALE is happening at the same time as “The Perils of Autumn” Tour for her romance title; “Willow’s Walk” now for only .99 cents! Cat sure appreciates all the visitor’s and I hope you enjoyed my presentation and hosting for Author, Rusty Blackwood … Keep Reading Friends!