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Weird Secrets about S.G. Rogers

I don’t usua475687_348027758569956_2090555840_olly talk about myself, but I decided to divulge ten weird facts secrets about me that nobody knows.  Shh! Don’t tell anyone:

1)  In karate class, when something really HURTS, I laugh;

2) Although I’m pathologically shy, I pursued acting;

3) I dislike blue cheese passionately because I got food poisoning from it when I was a teen;

4) When I was thirteen, my family and I attended a quinceañera in Tijuana for the daughter of one of my father’s employees. It was the first (and almost the last) time I ever drank tequila;

5) I was thisclose to winning a guest starring role on Baywatch;

6) When I was a kid in the 60s, there were only a few channels on TV, and a lack of programming. I remember watching Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat over and over again because there was nothing else on. As a result, I almost refused to go see Titanic (1997) when it came out;

7) I sing a great rendition of Honeysuckle Rose;

8) In the 80s, I grew my fingernails fashionably long (see photo, above);

9) I was a tour guide at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. One day, my tram got stuck in the river after Moses had parted the waves and we had to wait for a tow; and

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10) I got hypothermia once on a springtime canoe trip on the Tuolumne River, when the rapids tossed me into the icy water. Even though I was wearing a wet suit at the time, I turned blue. My group had to strip me in a cave (my fingers and arms wouldn’t work) and use their bodies to warm me up again. Unfortunately, I was too cold to get a thrill.

Bonus Secret: I have been known to hallucinate spiders in the middle of the night.

Tell me your secrets in the comments, below.  I promise not to tell anyone. ~ S.G. Rogers

 

 

The Next Big Thing for S.G. Rogers

My fellow author Meg Mims (Double Crossing, Santa Paws) tapped me for the Next Big Thing interview making the rounds in the blogosphere.  She sent me the following questions, which I’ve answered. Now it’s time to share:

1) What is the working title of your next book?

Duke of a Gilded Age

2) Where did the idea come from?

I’ve always been fascinated by the differences between American society and British society when it comes to things like royalty.  This story follows a young American man to Britain after he inherits a Dukedom from an uncle.dreamstime_xs_22540575

3) What genre does your work fall under?

Historical Romance, specifically Victorian Romance.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie version?

Liam Hemsworth could play the part of the young duke Wesley Parker…but then again, what part couldn’t he play?

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Someone who looks like Isabel Lucas

could play Belle Oakhurst.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis to explain where the story begins?

After the Tenth Duke of Mansbury dies, the title passes to the next male in the line of succession—an American teen born in Brooklyn.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I’m undecided on that.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It’s still under development.  I imagine it will take me another month to finish the first draft.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

LLF

That’s hard to say.  Little Lord Fauntleroy, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, has a slightly similar theme, but that classic novel is not a romance.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

In my fantasy stories, I often feature characters that learn something unexpected about their heritage. I thought it would be fun to do that in a historical romance.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s set in 1890, and features historical details about New York, transatlantic steamship travel, and England.  As I write, I’m learning so much about New York City that I never knew before. And because of my research into the “floating palaces” of the era, I’m also now determined to take a cruise to Europe!

Thanks, Meg, for the opportunity to discuss my next big thing.

~ S.G. Rogers

Newbie Writers – Episode 61 with S.G. Rogers

UPDATE: For the direct link, go HERE.

I’m guesting at Newbie Writers tonight (Nov. 30) at 5:30 PM (EST) if you’d like to listen in todamien2008 the conversation!  It’s Episode 61, and I’ll be chatting with Damien,who is very charming and has a lovely Australian accent, and Catharine, who is a writer herself. Newbie Writers is a great website with forums, a newsletter, how-to articles, weekly podcasts, and blog. We’ll discuss the writing process, the fantasy genre… and my strange and unusual Sphynx cats (Houdini and Nikita).  Come on over!

~ S.G. Rogers

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The Artist’s Inheritance – Character Interview

UPDATE: The winner of The Artist’s Inheritance and a bookmark from Juli D. Revezzo’s spooky newest release, House of Cards, is… TheBookLookery!  Thanks so much to everyone who entered. ~ S.G. Rogers.

Enjoy this character interview with Caitlin, from The Artists Inheritance by Juli D. Revezzoand if you share this post in some way (via Twitter/Facebook/G+, etc. and/or follow Juli’s blog (the link is below), you’ll be entered to win an e-book copy of The Artist’s Inheritance!  Leave a comment to let us know which way you entered, and good luck. (The winner will be selected on Sunday, October 21st) 😀  ~ S.G. Rogers

Thank you for coming to chat with us today, Cait. Tell us, why should readers be interested in your story?

If they like stories with strong heroines, or stories with heroines who ultimately conquer their demons and get the best of the things that go bump in the attic, they’ll like The Artist’s Inheritance, I think.

Things that go bump in the night? So, you believe in ghosts?

Six or seven months ago I would’ve said no; now I have way too much overwhelming personal experience with them to say anything but yes. I mean, come on, how can I answer otherwise with a ghost guardian?

You sound pretty brave. What is your biggest fear?

Losing my beloved Trevor to an untimely demise. *huh* Trevor says his biggest fear is losing that damned chair of his . . . *sigh* Yes, dear. I know. (Don’t mind him. He’s been weird, recently).

Why do you think author Juli D. Revezzo choose you to represent her?

I think… if she chose me to represent her at all, and I’m not saying she did because what does that even mean? (Juli: Never mind, Caitlin. We’ll talk later and I’ll explain. 🙂)  I think if she did choose me to represent her, it’s because she was too shy—or maybe too scared—to deal with what Trevor and I have to deal with. Better to let me do it.

Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you live, and what is it about that area that drew you there?

My hubby Trevor and I live in Gulf Breeze, Florida, and what drew us here? We took the house over from his sister-in-law. Trevor couldn’t bear to let it go.

Your husband is an artist, isn’t he? Tell us more about Trevor and what drew you to him?

His smile, first and foremost. After that, it was how good he looked on his surfboard. By the time he got me to his gallery and showed me what he could do with his hands, I was gone. *ahem* You know what I mean.

What are your biggest turn ons?

Surfers, and artists. 😀

Turn offs?

Anything imp-like, nightmares, and meddling, snarky bosses.

What music do you listen to?

Mainly rock music, of course—you know, Zeppelin, Sarah McLachlan. But my buddy Sealya’s getting me into more new agey Celtic music too. Trevor likes The Red Hot Chili Peppers and bands like that—when he listened to anything. He’s not listening to much these days, really.

Is there anything you wish Juli Revezzo had kept her mouth shut about?

I wish she hadn’t told anyone I was a witch. Or that I was reincarnated from one. Gods, how insane must that make me look?

😮 Thanks for speaking with us today, Caitlin!

Blurb:

Settling into their new home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Caitlin finds strange changes coming over her husband Trevor. He seems obsessed with a beautiful chair he’s carving.

When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking—she knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces—the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?

Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family.

If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

The Artist’s Inheritance is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Createspace and Smashwords.

To learn more about author Juli D. Revezzo, follow her on Facebook, her blog, Goodreads, or on Twitter

The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis Character Interview

[Today I welcome author Sharon Ledwith to Child of Yden as she interviews character Amanda Sault from The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis. Enjoy! ~ S.G. Rogers]

Good day everyone! My name is Sharon Ledwith, and I’m the author of The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis. I’d like to introduce Amanda Sault—one of my protagonists from The Last Timekeepers time travel series. She’s the Scribe of the group. Say hi, Amanda…

Wait, wait, I’m not ready! I’m trying to get this poem down …oh crap, never mind! Uh, hi everyone.

Hmm. Did I catch you at a bad time?

Sort of. Look, can we just get this interview over with? I still have to study for a math test, and you know how much I suck at math.

I totally get it. Okay, tell the readers what subject you do like.

That’s easy—gym—especially if we get to go outside. Unfortunately, living in White Pines where winter feels longer than summer, doesn’t always allow for that. I also love, no wait, breathe poetry. It’s the one thing I shine at. I’ve even been published in the town paper, the White Pines Weekly. I guess that’s why I was picked over the others to be the Timekeeper Scribe.

Slow down, Amanda. You need to explain to everyone what a Timekeeper is first.

Sorry. My bad. Okay, make yourselves comfortable, and I’ll try my best to explain. What I’m about to share with you is a secret, so you can’t tell anyone. Not that anyone would believe time travel is possible, ’cause I sure didn’t. That is, I didn’t until it happened to me. Yeah, you heard right, I’m a time traveler—er, correction, I mean I’m a Timekeeper. That’s a little different.

Really? How?

I don’t get to go into the past whenever and wherever I want. I’m summoned, along with four of my classmates, the local white witch, and a history professor by a time portal we dug up called the Arch of Atlantis. BTW—I’m sure you’ll get a chance to meet the other Timekeepers all in good time. Pun intended.

Don’t get cute. Continue please…

Okay, here’s the skinny version, a Timekeeper’s job—our prime directive—is to protect the past, keep it from changing, no matter what. Even if you don’t like how it ends up in the history books. And that’s the hardest part. Not interfering. Just keeping history as real as it was written. And sometimes that sucks.

So, tell us what being a Last Timekeeper means.

It’s not as ominous as it sounds. We’re supposed to be Earth’s last chance to restore the balance in the time period where this evil douche-bag named Belial chooses to slither in. Lilith told us that if we don’t accomplish our mission—in the form of a riddle written by yours truly—then all of what we know will be rewritten the way Belial wants. And that’s the scary part. Evil would triumph over good.

Hold up, Amanda, details please. Who is Lilith?

We met Lilith when we were pulled through the Arch of Atlantis by a radiant, spiraling light. Believe it or not, she exists in Atlantis, or what’s left of it. She’s the Fiftieth Magus of the Arcane Tradition and the guardian of the seventh Arch of Atlantis. I know it’s a mouthful, but that’s what she told us. And who’s gonna argue with a 12,000 year old woman? Lilith also said that we’re to be part of a greater good—whatever that means—to secure hope for a new tomorrow. Yeah, right. No pressure there.

Ha! I bet that upcoming math test trumps being a Timekeeper!

I wouldn’t say that. Now, if only there was some way to ditch Jordan Jensen in the past…

Book Blurb:

When Amanda Sault and her four classmates are caught in a major food fight at school, they are given the choice of suspension or yard duty. It was a no-brainer. A two-week crash course in landscaping leads the kids to discover a weathered stone arch buried in an overgrown backyard. Instead of a forgotten lawn ornament, it turns out to be an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis. Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers—legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from an evil force—the five children, along with two offbeat adults, are sent on the adventure of their lives to save the Earth from an uncertain future. The Timekeepers’ first mission lands them in England in 1214, where they must find an adolescent Robin Hood and his band of merry teens before history is turned upside-down.

Author Info

Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/YA time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, debuting through Musa Publishing this May 18, 2012. When not writing or digging up the past, she enjoys reading, yoga, kayaking, time with family and friends, and single malt scotch. Sharon lives in the wilds of Muskoka in Central Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, a water-logged yellow Labrador and moody calico cat.

Author Links:

Sharon’s Website

Sharon’s Blog

Sharon’s Facebook Page

The Last Timekeepers Series Facebook Page

Twitter: @sharonledwith

Musa Publishing Buy link

Goodreads

Aegean Intrigue Interview! Mystery on the Greek Island of Paros

UPDATE:  AND THE WINNER IS…KAY!

I’m here with author Patricia Kiyono and her main character, Francine Vasileiou, of Aegean IntriguePatty has graciously offered to give away a digital copy of her novella, so leave a comment below for a chance to win!  The winner will be selected just before midnight, EST, on Friday, March 23rd.  Good luck! ~ S.G. Rogers

Back Cover Blurb: Someone has been stealing priceless Greek artifacts and it’s Alex Leonidis’ job to uncover the thief. His prime suspect is beautiful archaeological graduate student, Francie Vasileiou. His plan is to join in an archaeological dig and catch her in the act. All he has to do is keep his mind on his job, and not on the way his lovely suspect warms his heart. He’s learned the hard way not to trust fragile-looking women who seem to need his help.

Francie wants to get her PhD and become an archaeologist, like her famous father. The sudden invitation to participate in a dig on the beautiful Greek island of Paros is a wonderful opportunity. She has no time for distractions like Alex, the handsome Project Director. Experience has taught her to stay clear of handsome, charismatic Greek men.

On the shores of the Aegean Sea, Alex and Francie work together, searching for treasures from Greece’s past. While pursuing their goals, they discover some of the truths they had believed to be carved in stone may have been flawed.

Welcome, ladies! Thank you for coming to chat with us today. Let’s talk to Francine first.  Francine, why do you think Patty choose you to represent her?

I think it’s because she thinks I’m a lot like her. Her parents aren’t famous, but I’ve traveled a lot, like she has. She’s also spent a lot of her life in schools, and she doesn’t have a lot of patience with people who don’t put forth the effort to do a good job.

So you’re a world traveler?  Tell us more!

I think I’m your average college student, really. I’ve always loved going on digs all over the world with my father, and in order to do that as a career I need to get my PhD in archaeology. I’ve spent a lot of time in Montreal with my mom’s parents and in Greece with my father’s family, and I went to college in LA, so I feel like I have three homes.

Wow. Tell us where you live and what draws you there?

I’ve lived in lots of places, but right now I’m going to school in Athens. This is where my father used to teach, and I wanted to earn my PhD here. And Professor Theo, my father’s friend, was here.

Is there anything you wish Patty had kept her mouth shut about?

I suppose the whole mess about why my parents aren’t a part of my life any more. That’s kind of humiliating, and it makes me sad because I still love both my parents.

Tell us about Alex. What drew you to him?

He’s a very dynamic personality. He’s a leader, but he’s also a good listener.

What really pushes your buttons?

Incompetence. Laziness. So many times I wanted to smack Yannis. Not only did he not know what he was doing, he waited around for someone else to do things, or for someone to tell him to do it.

What’s your perfect day…and why?

Digging in the dirt until I find something left from an ancient civilization. Sharing it with the people around me. Being able to learn something about the world that the user of that artifact lived in.

What is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear would be to give my heart to someone who will crush it again. That’s already happened with my parents, and with Leandros (my college boyfriend), and I don’t think I could survive it another time.

Thank you Francine!  Now, Patty, it’s your turn.  Why should readers be interested in Aegean Intrigue?

I went to Greece in the spring of 2008. As part of her degree in writing, my youngest daughter did a Study Abroad program on the sunny island of Paros. Of course I HAD to visit—just to make sure she was okay, you understand. My husband is not a traveler, so I talked a good friend into going with me. I was in awe of the living history there and the way it is incorporated into every day life. The people there KNOW their history and are willing to share it with everyone.

I can’t say that I’ve always had an interest in archaeology, but I’m a history buff, and digging for artifacts is part of that. Of course, visiting the ancient ruins on Paros as well as in Athens, I wondered about the people who do that type of work. So I bought some books while I was in Greece and checked out several online sources when I got home.

As far as why readers should be interested, I think the central message of the story focuses on the way we treat our significant others. Sometimes this is a cultural issue, but when women are treated poorly, it bothers me. This was something I noticed in Greece. My daughter commented on it, and when I got home I read more that confirmed it. Traditionally, Greek women are not encouraged to be independent. Especially on the island, local women were not seen outdoors after the supper hour. They were at home. Being a very independent woman, this bothered me. And I decided to write a story that showcased not only the beauty of the island, but the dynamics between the men and women there.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for the chance to win!

BUY Aegean Intrigue at Amazon, BN.com, or Astraea Press.

Leave Your Crystal Balls At Home

You don’t need a crystal ball to get the scoop! The awesome Arley Cole (The Blacksmith’s Daughter) has interviewed me on her blog! Find out how Arley and I met, what my ‘elevator pitch’ is for The Magical Misperception of Meridian, and learn what traffic jams have to do with release dates.  Please feel free to ask questions of either myself or Arley. We’re more fun than a barrel of wizards.

~ S.G. Rogers

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Day 13 of 365 Days of Great Authors

Today I’m over at Cafe of Dreams as part of the 365 Days of Great Authors and Giveaways promotion.  You can read a little interview with me and enter for a chance to win The Last Great Wizard of Yden.  The contest ends midnight on January 21st, so don’t wait.  I look forward to seeing you there!

~ S.G. Rogers

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