AOTW- Jim Devitt

Jim Devitt

About the Author:
Jim Devitt spent eight years working behind the scenes in a Major League clubhouse. After his time in professional baseball, Jim graduated from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, and then continued on to complete his Master of Science degree in Education from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Melissa and their son, Gavin.

Question and Answer with Jim:

Q: How did you come up with the character, Van Stone?
A: The character of Van Stone had been bouncing around in my head for a while. I wanted to introduce a main character that kids could relate to in a real world. With so much paranormal happening, I wanted to offer an alternative. I’ve read my share of Twilight and Harry Potter and like that genre, but I wanted to offer something that Young Adults could relate to in everyday life. Van is just that, a normal high school kid, not a superhero. The great thing about Van is watching him grow and develop. He deals with some pretty heavy stuff in this novel and it makes him better person.

Q: Can you tell us a little about your character, Van Stone?
A: See above

Q: You spent eight years working behind the scenes in a Major League clubhouse, did this in any way influence your book? Or did you have the idea for the boo beforehand?
A: I definitely came up with the idea about the book after working in baseball. The clubhouse environment is different from anything else in the world. It’s not a “locker room” like in sports growing up. Ballplayers spend over 100 days a year on the road and the clubhouse is really like their home away from home. In addition, the environment is very secluded. Only a few people across the country have access behind the scenes, dealing with these multi-million dollar athletes. I do want to mention that this is not a book about baseball. While I give readers a look behind-the-scenes, the baseball angle is just the setting for the story. The real story is the mystery that Van finds himself involved with and the growth he experiences dealing with the issues involved.

Q: Jack stone, Van's father, how alike would you say the two characters are?
A: I would say that the similarities between Van and his dad are minimal. Van’s dad is quiet, reserved, and pretty geeky. Van, while a bit shy, is more outgoing. In the end, Van may realize that he is a bit more like his dad than he thought, but you’ll have to determine that for yourself!

Q:  How does your family feel about you writing? 
A: My family loves that fact that I’m writing. My wife is probably more responsible for me following my dream of writing than anyone else. We were talking about writing and she said… Go do it! I’ve always written throughout my life, more for work than anything else. I’ve published research papers and even won a contest when I was young, but never set out to actually write a novel until now. It’s been tons of fun, but a lot of work. It’s become a big family project.

My three year old son may not be as thrilled about me writing, it’s taken a bunch of time away from him and he sure is showing it lately!

Q: What inspired the tittle for your book 'The Card'?
A: The title of a book is the hardest thing to come up with, at least for me it was. There are so many ways to go with a title. In the end, we settled on The Card because it related directly to the opening scene of the book and the mystery that unfolds.

Q: Who designed the cover for your book? And what inspired it?
A: The cover came out better than I ever dreamed it would. The basic design concept was mine. The setting of the book is Seattle, Washington, and Safeco Field. The stadium plays a big role in the book so I wanted to have that in the background. There’s a little science twist to the book so it felt like it would be fun to put a formula on the sweet spot of the baseball.

After talking it over with my wife, we searched everywhere to find someone who could do the artwork. Finally, Melissa sat down and did it herself! I couldn’t believe how great it came out. We then found a graphic designer through a friend that could put it all together for us. Marsha Rollinger did a fantastic job, if anyone is interested in using her services, just contact me and I’ll put you in touch with her.

Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
A: The hardest part of writing the book has nothing to do with writing. It’s all of the parts that come after the writing. Editing, revising, cover art, formatting, typesetting, editing, editing, did I mention editing? All that kind of stuff, it takes away from the writing time but completely necessary. I can’t wait to get back to what I truly love, writing.

Q: Are you currently planing any future books, maybe another Van Stone Novel in the making?
A: I definitely have plans for future books. I will continue the Van Stone series … I have plans for Van and his friends in the future, and I have already started the next book in the series. I am looking forward to writing other genre’s as well, but Van Stone is taking top priority right now.

Q: Do you have anything specific you want to say to your future readers?
A: I hope that you have as much fun reading the book as I had writing it. I always love to hear feedback, good and bad. If you feel like you would want to comment after reading THE CARD feel free to contact me at , I always strive to improve and your feedback will go a long ways to helping me do that. Thanks for the opportunity to connect with your fans in Author of the Week on your blog!

    Thank you, Jim for the awesome Q&A!!

Jim Devitt's Debut Novel: The Card: A Van Stone Novel

The Front

The Back

Release Date: March 30th, 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 248
Book Summary:
Van Stone has it all, the perfect family, great friends and the best job in the world. Then, his life falls apart. Thrust into a deadly plot masterminded by unknown enemies, Van is in a race against time to save those closest to him.

When Van wins an essay contest to become the new batboy for a major league baseball team, he finds himself in a foreign world of million dollar athletes and fame. Forced into the spotlight, Van is uncomfortable in his new role. His instant fame at South Seattle High School has turned all eyes toward him, including unknown adversaries that want something he has.

Jack Stone works for Biotrust, a large and secretive biotechnology company. Van’s father is on the verge of making one of the most stunning discoveries in over a century, a technology that could change the world forever. While finishing the project, Biotrust forces Van’s father into a leave of absence. In an effort to protect his secrets, Jack may have endangered his family.

As The Card barrels forward, Van slams headfirst into a plot that threatens the people near to him. Working through adversity, Van finds an inner strength. He draws on his deductive powers and an unstoppable attitude, to battle the corrupt forces. Not knowing who to trust, Van sets out with his two best friends to solve the secrets behind an innocent gift, a Moe Berg baseball card. Set in Seattle, Washington, this faced paced mystery takes you behind the scenes in professional baseball and into a world of cutting edge science and technology. Full of unexpected twists and high stakes drama, this first in a series adventure will keep you guessing until the final scene.

As fresh as today’s headlines, Jim Devitt, in his debut novel, weaves a suspenseful ride that blows the lid off scientific advancement, in a story of breathtaking action and suspense. 

You Can Also Find Jim at:

AOTW- J.A. Saare

J.A. Saare

About the Author:
J.A. Saare is a multi-published author in varying genres and has written stories featured in horror magazines, zombie romance anthologies, and flash fiction contests. Her work has a notable dark undertone, which she credits to her love of old eighties horror films, tastes in music, and choices in reading, and have been described as “full of sensual promise,” “gritty and sexy,” and “a breath of fresh air.”

Currently she is penning numerous projects within the urban fantasy, erotic and contemporary, and of course, paranormal romance categories.

Those interested in her "naughtier" side can visit her alias, Aline Hunter, at
Q&A with J.A. Saare!
 Thank you for being here with us and answering a few questions!!

-How did you start writing?
I'd written things here and there in college, but never anything serious. Then, after my fourth child was born, I had an idea for a story. When I took a seat in from of the PC, I never imagined it would lead to publishing several books. Back then it was a way to have time to myself. An escape from reality if you will. It became something else entirely, which was rather shocking to me at the time.

-Where did you come up with the ideas for you book's, as J.A. Saare and Aline Hunter?
The J.A. Saare side of things was always Urban Fantasy oriented. It's one of my favorite genres. I'd already written two UF stories when I decided to write a bit of romance. Unfortunately, some readers were put off by the erotic context of the work, and I decided to create a new pen name for the "steamier" stories.  I get my ideas from all sorts of places. It can happen when I visit a historical site, or when I listen to music.

-Do you have a specific author that may have inspired you to write?
I'm a big fan of Patricia Briggs. I love her Mercy Thompson series. I would have to say that she, Kim Harrison, and Kelley Armstrong are three authors who make me want to be a better writer.

-Do you have an interesting writing quirk?
When I get in the mood, I'll shut the office door and write for hours.  Otherwise I'll jot down notes and allow my mind to rest. Sometimes the best ideas come when you're vegging in front of the television and that little light bulb goes off.

-Do you have plans for any new series as J.A. Saare?
Right now, I'm focusing on the Rhiannon's Law series (I'm writing the third book),  but I'm very anxious to return to another project: The Company of Wolves. It's been waiting patiently for me to write it, so I think when the third Rhiannon's Law book is complete, I'm going to return to the material. I also have an idea for a YA series that I might give a shot in the future.

Thanks for having me on the blog! ;-)


It was a pleasure having you here!!

Books by J.A. Saare
Rhiannon's Law Series
#1: Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between
#2: The Renfield Syndrome

Number one will be available at Mundania Press in May. Number two will be revised and released and out in August.
 Crimson Trilogy
#1: Crimson Moon
In Kindle and Paperback at Amazon

Stand Alone Titles
A Kiss Before Dying
Moon Kissed

Lick Of Frost
Soft As Moonlight
Hunger Undone
All titles available at Amira Press
-- (Free read at Niteblade)

Hungry for Your Love-- (In Paperback at Barnes&Noble)--
by Lori Perkins (Editor), Brian Keene, Gina McQueen, Lois Gresh, Isabel Roman, Stacy Brown, Francesca Lia Block, Dana Fredsti, Michael Marshall Smith, J.A. Saare, Elizabeth Coldwell, Jan Kozlowski, Regina Riley, Vanessa Vaughn, Mercy Loomis, Kilt Kilpatrick, Jeremy Wagner, Steven Saus, Jeanine McAdam, S.M. Cross, Stacey Graham, R.G. Hart
Creatures of the Night: Absolute XPress Flash Fiction Challenge #2-- (In Paperback at Amazon)
by Marie Andreas, Beth Caudill, Stef Donev, R.L. Stuemke, M. L. D. Curelas, Tina Hunter, M.L.D. Curelas, Cynthia Latzko, Sarah Melton, Tammy Lynde, Paul Monks, Jay Raven, J.A. Saare, Matthew Stroescu, Heather Wildman

Coming Soon
The Ripple Effect (Rhiannon's Law #3)-- Expected publication: 2012
Crimson Sunrise (Crimson Trilogy #2)-- Published 2011 by The Wild Rose Press

J.A. Saare's alter ego-- Aline Hunter

Books by Aline Hunter
Desires of the Otherworld Series
#1: Eternity and a Day
Available at Loose Id (eBook), Amazon (kindle) and Fictionwise (eBook)

Coming soon
Dark Hunger on a Killing Moon (Desires of the Otherworld, #2)
Omega Mine-- Erotic paranormal romance.
Make Me Shiver-- Contemporary erotic romance.

Also Find J.A. Saare/Aline Hunter At:
J.A. Saare Goodreads

AOTW- Ally Blue

Ally Blue

About the Author:
Ally Blue is acknowledged by the world at large (or at least by her heroes, who tend to suffer a lot) as the Popess of Gay Angst. She has a great big penis hat and rides in a bullet-proof Plexiglas bubble in Christmas parades. Her harem of manwhores does double duty as bodyguards and inspirational entertainment. Her favorite band is Radiohead, her favorite color is lime green and her favorite way to waste a perfectly good Saturday is to watch all three extended version LOTR movies in a row. Her ultimate dream is to one day ditch the evil day job and support the family on manlove alone. She is not a hippie or a brain surgeon, no matter what her kids’ friends say.

Books by Ally Blue
Bay City Paranormal Investigations Series
#1: Oleander House
#2: What Hides Inside
#3: Twilight
#4: Closer
#5: An Inner Darkness
#6: Where The Heart Is
#7: Love, Like Ghosts
#7.5: Snow Plowed
Available in ebook and print at Samhain Publishing.

Mother Earth Series
#1: Dragon's Kiss
#2: Shenandoah

Available at Samhain Publishing in various formats.

Love's Evolution Series
#1: Loves Evolution
#1.1: Hard Candy

Available at Samhain Publishing.
Multi-Author: The Collector Series
#1: Magical Chances by Mechele Armstrong
#2: Grave Heart by Emily Veinglory
#3: Cauldron by A.J. Matthews
#4: Eight Arms To Hold You by Ally Blue (Available in Paperback at Amazon.)
#5: The Crystal Flacon by Jeanne Barrack
#6: Love Cure by Kai Andersen
#7: This Time Forever by Lucynda Storey
#8: The Onyx Palace by Diane Charles Linford, Jade Rivers
#9: The Lost Temple of Karttikeya by Laura Baumbach

Stand Alone Tittles
The Happy Onion
Easy (Amazon)
Willow Bend
Untamed Heart (Amazon)
Eros Rising
Catching A Buzz
Fireflies (At Google eBookStore and Amazon.)

Forgotten Song
Naked Richmond
These Haunted Heights
Dead Men Don't Wash

If not said specifically titles can be found at either Amazon or Samhain Publishing. 

Temperature's Rising: A Midsummer's Night Steam
by Ally Blue, Amanda Young, Jade Buchanan, K.A. Mitchell
Shifting Sands (Amazon in Kindle edition)
by Jet Mykles, Willa Okati, Ally Blue, J.L. Langley, Kimberly Gardner, Brenda Bryce
Sex God
by Ally Blue, Annmarie McKenna, Mary Winter, Nicole Austin, Barbara Sheridan, Amanda Young, Marty Rayne
The Hustler
by Amanda Young, Marty Rayne, Maura Anderson, Tory Temple, Zoe Nichols, Ally Blue, James Buchanan, K.A. Mitchell, Maia Strong
Forbidden Love Issue One: Bad Boys
by Brenna Lyons, CJ England, Terri Pray, Ally Blue, Sapphire Phelan, Astrid Cooper, Brenda Williamson, Rian Monaire
Lover's Thrall
by Amanda Young, Keira Andrews, Maia Strong, Marty Rayne, Mary Winters, Tory Temple, Ally Blue, Emily Veinglory, James Buchanan, K.A. Mitchell
Hearts from the Ashes (In Paperback at
by Ally Blue, Willa Okati, J.L. Langley
A Kiss at Midnight
by Jules Jones, Ally Blue, Emily Veinglory
Foreign Boys (Kindle edition at Amazon.)
by Laura Baumbach, Ally Blue, William Maltese
Again if not said specifically titles can likely be found at either Amazon or Samhain Publishing.
Free Stories by Ally
Yo Ho Ho
Snow Plowed
A Very Adder Christmas
Cupcake Confessions
Hard Candy
Bo's Halloween Treat
Dangerous Games
Fireworks Fantasy
Into The Black
A Time To Keep
Sing It Again
Jingle Bell Fuck
Love You To Pieces
Happy Trails
In Dreams
In The Arms Of The River God
Taste of Sun and Sea
Bad Medicine
Orion's Belt
Make A Wish
Happiness Is A Warm Boy
Pure Morning After
Dream A Little Dream

Free stories are at Ally's website, Here.

Coming Soon
Convergence (Mother Earth book 3) - Tentative Release Date: Dec. 2011 from Samhain Publishing
Life, Love and Lemon Cookies- Release Date to be announced. 
Also Find Ally At:

Slash & Burn (Author Blog)
Blue On Blue (Her Blog)
Facebook Fan Page

Fiction With Friction  

AOTW- Jo Davis

Jo Davis

About the Author:
Bestselling author Jo Davis spent sixteen years in the public school trenches before she left teaching to become a full-time writer. Jo currently writes romantic suspense, erotic suspense, and paranormal erotic romance for New American Library. She's been multiple finalist in the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, has captured the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, has been nominated for the Australian Romance Readers Award in romantic suspense, and has one book optioned as a major motion picture.
She is currently at work on a new contemporary vampire erotic romance series titled LORDS OF PLEASURE for NAL Heat (as Jo Carlisle) and is also busy writing a new paranormal romance series for NAL/Signet Eclipse called Alpha Pack, scheduled to debut in August 2011 under the pen name of her new alter-ego, J.D. Tyler. Jo lives in Texas with her two teenagers.

Question and Answer with Jo Davis:
Holly, thanks for choosing me as your Author of the Week! I’m glad to be here!
-How did you start writing?
I’ve written for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I had a notebooks full of poems, song lyrics, and short stories, and I wish I still had them. In early 2001, I had an idea hit me for a story, and over that year I wrote my first real novel-length romance manuscript. That book never sold, but the fire within me was stoked to keep writing with the serious goal of being published. I joined the Romance Writers of America and the Dallas Area Romance Authors, kept honing my craft, and was published five years later! 

-Where do you come up with the idea for your books?
From everywhere—I’m a people-watcher and no matter where I am, my imagination is sparked by what folks around me are doing. I wonder where they’re going, where they’ve been. If they’re happy or sad, and why. Before I know it, I’m creating scenarios that become stories about them. I’ve always done this and used to get into trouble for daydreaming in school! I thought everyone did that, until I was much older and realized it’s because I’m a writer and we’re kinda weird.

-What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Write every single day. Join a professional writing organization and attend workshops, hone your craft. Write more! And don’t quit, no matter how many times you’re told, “I’m sorry, but this story just doesn’t work for me.” Keep submitting projects and someday the answer will be, “Yes!”

-How do you name your characters?
A lot of times I just choose names I think are cool or interesting. Recently I’ve started writing paranormal for two new series for NAL (under two different pen names) and I need some exotic or unusual names. For my upcoming Alpha Pack series (as J.D. Tyler) I took common names and changed the spellings to make them more interesting—like Jaxon instead of Jackson, Aric instead of Eric, Ryon instead of Ryan, etc. I also bought Sherrilyn Kenyon’s reference book The Writer’s Digest Character Naming Sourcebook, which has more than 25,000 cool names! I’m loving it.

-What does your family/friends think of your writing?
My family is wonderfully supportive, particularly my teenagers and my parents. They always encourage me, and they’re very proud of having an author in the ranks.

-What do you think makes a good story?
A story that has a real depth of emotion, no matter the genre. If an author can make my heart pound in fear, make me laugh or cry, he or she has done a fine job.

-Do you have a specific author that might have inspired you to write?
If I could narrow down one book and author that made me say, “Oh, my God I want to write a story that touches someone else the way this one touched me”… it would be Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. I’ve read that entire book at least a half dozen times, and the beginning draws me in every single time. The ending is about the power of love, and how there are some things about your childhood you’ll never forget no matter how old you are, and it never fails to make me cry. I’m tearing up now just thinking about it!

-Did you learn anything while writing your books, if so what was it?
I’ve learned that a writer never stops learning and honing his/her craft, and that you can’t please everyone so you have to please yourself. My stories are an outlet, and I have to love them first or no one else will.

-Do you have any plans for a sixth installment of your Firefighters of Station Five series?
Unfortunately, I have no plans at this time for a sixth Firefighter book. But, I’m toying with the idea of a novella or short story to place in an anthology, or even post as a free read on my website. I never say never!

-What series do you have planned next?
I’m thrilled to say I’m working on two new paranormal series that will debut from NAL in  2011. For those of you who enjoy your paranormal reading with a liberal splash of the erotic, I’ve started writing my new series, LORDS OF PLEASURE. This series is contemporary vampire erotic romance about four brothers who are sexy vampire lords and run an adult resort in New Orleans where anything goes. Yum! The first book, TEMPATION AT TWILIGHT, is about Soren Fontaine, our vampire lord who never recovered from losing his true mate. He’s willing to do anything to have her back in this life, and he makes a desperate, unfortunate bargain with a voodoo priestess in order to make it happen. Now he’s trapped in erotic bonds of his own creation, forced to hide his love from his beautiful mate, the one woman he can never truly have… TEMPTATION AT TWILIGHT is scheduled for release from NAL Heat in November 2011!     

The other series that will debut in 2011—and I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself!!—is called ALPHA PACK and features a team of special ops heroes who are shifters with Psy abilities, and use their powers to track the world’s most dangerous predators. Each of our heroes will find his mate, and each will be hotter and more dangerous than the last. I’m pleased to announce that the first book of the series, PRIMAL LAW by my alter-ego J.D. Tyler, featuring wolf shifter hero Jaxon Law, is finished and is set for release from Signet Eclipse in August 2011! This promises to be a sexy, action-packed series filled with sizzling shifter heroes (wolves, big cats, etc.) that you won’t want to miss. My new website, will be live in May 2011 as well. Keep an eye out on my Jo Davis website,, for more news.
Books by Jo Davis
Firefighters of Station Five Series
#1: Trail by Fire
#2: Under Fire
#3: Hidden Fire
#4: Line of Fire
#5: Ride the Fire

Available from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders 

Shadow Agency Series
#1: I Spy a Wicked Sin
#2: I Spy a Naughty Game
#3: I Spy a Dark Obsession
Available from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders

Stand Alone Titles
When Alex Was Bad: A Novel of Erotic Suspense 

(At Amazon in Paperback and Kindle edition)

Coming Soon
Temptation at Twilight (Lords of Pleasure #1)-- Expected publication: November 2011 by NAL Heat
Title TBA (Lords of Pleasure #2)-- Expected publication: August 2012 by NAL Heat
Alpha Pack Series--Expected publication: 2011
Primal Law by Jo's alter-ego J.D. Tyler-- Expected publication: August 2011 from Signet Eclipse

Awards and Recognitions:

*2008 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, TRIAL BY FIRE, Best Romantic Suspense finalist
*2009 & 2010 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, TRIAL BY FIRE and UNDER FIRE, Best Romantic Suspense finalist
*2009 & 2010 Australian Romance Readers Award, HIDDEN FIRE & RIDE THE FIRE, Best Romantic Suspense finalist
*WHEN ALEX WAS BAD: A Novel of Erotic Suspense~ In development with Mandalay Pictures as a major motion picture, Cathy Schulman, Producer (Best Picture Oscar for CRASH, 2006)

Dreamin’ in Dallas Conference-- Jo will participate in the Friday night multi-author booksigning and on Saturday will present the workshop “Beyond the Serial Killer
Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, 2011
Doubletree Hotel, Richardson, Tx.
For conference registration, multi-author booksigning and workshop information visit

Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization-- Jo will present a workshop at the NETWO Writers’ Spring Roundup Conference.
Friday-Saturday, April 29-30, 2011
Camp Shiloh Retreat, near Pittsburg, Tx.

Austin Romance Writers of AmericaJo will present the workshop “Crafting a Winning Series Proposal.”
Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 7:00-9:00 pm (come at 6:30 to mingle!)
BookPeople bookstore, 3rd Floor (elevator is available)
Austin, Tx.

Romance Writers of America National ConferenceJo will participate in the big Literacy signing and the NAL Booksigning.
Tuesday-Friday, June 28-July 1, 2011
Marriot Marquis in Times Square, New York, NY
*Will update with more information as it becomes available. Visit for conference registration and schedule.

Yellow Rose RWAJo will present a workshop (Title TBA)
Saturday, September 10, 2011, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Join us for lunch afterward at the Cotton Patch Café across the highway.
City of Grapevine—Merlot Room (attached to the fire station)
4500 Merlot Avenue, Grapevine, Tx. 76051
Visit for more information.

Also find Jo at:

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