Thursday, January 26, 2012

Please Welcome Guest Author Dana Littlejohn

Airmen, are they really as sexy as everyone thinks? Well, you might just have to pick up a copy of Behind the Wings by Dana Littlejohn to find out. 

Prizes
Dana will be giving away a promotional pen to one randomly drawn tour commenter and a promotional T-shirt to another during the tour.


Bio
Dana Littlejohn was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, but has called Indianapolis, In. her home for over ten years. She has always wanted to write since early childhood, but put that wish on hold to raise her growing family and have a career. With the encouragement of her husband, Dana picked up her pen again in 2003 and has no intention on putting it down. With 3 novels, 8 novellas, 4 stories in anthologies, 42 short stories published to date and a long list of wip (works in progress) she is literally living her dream. Join her on the wild journey through her imagination. It’s a ride you’ll never forget! 

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Blurb
Jade Dupree had always been a hot commodity among the young airman. She tried not to date them, but having an old school mother and a worldly father gave her a challenging social life. Her mother’s only goal in life seemed to be to get her to settle her down with the next available airman and birth as many babies as possible. 
Her father’s outlook for his children’s future was much less intense. Jade let her mother set her up with an extremely handsome tech sergeant, just as she met the very interesting Mike Davis.
Having spent time with both men Jade can’t help but wonder if her mother finally got lucky in choosing Steven Jones for her…or was Mike Davis a better match for her after all? 

Author Interview





1. What or who inspired you to start writing? 
I come from a reading family and have always read. When I was about 12 I started writing down the stories that were forming in my head. 

They come from all kinds of things. My Greek goddesses come about when I found out how many kids Aphrodite actually had. LOL My African goddesses came to me because I noticed how many books were out there about other goddesses. When my son came home from the air force I asked him what life was like. He told me soldiers don’t have lives only officers. As I wondered what kind of life that may have been, the story started to form.

3. What expertise did you bring to your writing?
Although I do most of my research online, I’m a firmly believe that there is some stuff you just have to try for yourself for that firsthand experience.  

4. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?
I plan to keep writing until my brain shuts down and no more stories form. LOL 

5. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step? 
Once my first story was out of my head I was able to think clearly, but I had no clue what to do next with it. My husband suggested that I share my gift with others other than him. So I took a leap of faith. I had no idea what was going to happen, but figured he was right. It was the next logical step.

6. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing) 
After I sold my first story one of the authors at the house told me to stay in place when I submit. This way all my one royalties would come from one place. I found out the hard way that was not the way to go. That particular house closed a year later and all my books were homeless. I had to start all over again.

7. Do you outline your books or just start writing? 
Yes, I do outline my books. Although I admit to using an outline, my books never seem to match them. I start with an outline to help me with the start, the middle or climax and the ending, but the characters speak to me throughout the story and tell me where to go. Thus, I never know how they get from A to B to C. I just know they will get there.

8.  Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you've gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books? 
LOL No. All my hobbies have nothing to do with writing. They help me decompress when I am done with a book and when I have writers block

9.  Do you have an all-time favorite book? 


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would be To Love Again, by Bertrice Small. I have read it at least 20 times…literally. I absolutely adore it. I’m sure I will read it several more times in my lifetime.

10.  Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?
Oh yes. I usually have a few books going at one time. *shakes head* Everyone wants their story told first. LOL

11.  Your interview will be posted January 26th. We are headed for Valentine's Day. Are there any family traditions or recipes you would like to share? 
My husband works hard at coming up with something different every year. He finds having a wife that writes romances as a competition of sorts. “Who can be more romantic?” LOL I tell him all the time he doesn’t have to compete with me and my books but his ego blocks his hearing. My favorite thing he ever done for me was when he covered the bathroom mirror with stickers, hearts, cupids and pink and red circles. The table had a beautiful bouquet of white and red roses and a lovely orchid in its center (my favorite. He also cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner! The perfect day! 

12. What is your favorite reality show? 
I do all the dance shows. I love them.

13. Who is your favorite actor and actress?









 have been crushing on Sean Connery for YEARS. The older he gets the sexier he is. So I’d have to say…Sean Connery. 





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14. Anything else you might want to add?
Readers can find me on facebook and twitter under: authordanalittlejohn

My thanks to Christine Young for letting me hang out at her house. I hope you enjoyed my visit as much as I did.







Excerpt




He laughed again. “Yeah, okay. You know, you dance good for someone who got dragged out to the dance floor.”
 “It’s well.”
 “What’s well?” he asked, sending a quick look over his shoulder.
 “It’s, ‘you dance ‘well’ for someone who got dragged to the dance floor.’”
 Mike’s brows scrunched as he twirled her again. “That’s what I said.” 
 Jade shook her head negatively, careful not to miss the beat. “No, that’s not what you said. You said good.”
 “Good is bad?” the man asked with a raised brow.
 Jade continued to stare at his feet to stay in step with him. “No, good isn’t bad, it’s just not right.”
 “So, good is wrong, but not bad?” he asked in a teasing tone.
 “No, good isn’t—” Suddenly she stopped moving and looked up at him. “Are you doing that on purpose?”
 “Doing what? I’m learning,” he assured her with a laughing grin. 
 Jade stood on the dance floor staring into his smiling eyes as the people continued to dance around them. Then she rolled her own.
 “Whatever.”





4 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Dana today.

MomJane said...

I loved your comments. I would love to be able to write, but I just don't have the talent. I wouldn't be able to outline, but would probably just ramble.

Renald said...

Wish I could write, but it's Ok, I like to read. Good interview. Thanks.
r.d1@myfairpoint.net

Christine Young said...

Welcome Dana, it's so nice to have you at my blog today.