Friday, April 29, 2016

A Typical Day in a Writer's Life

Good morning, all!

This is Day 5 in Bewitching Book Blog Tour for Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter. My guest blog "A Typical Day in Writer's Life" is at: I Smell Sheep. So stop by and check it out. This blog gives some insight to how I start my day and my writing process. Don't forget to sign up for the giveaway at the end of the month for a chance to win 1 of 10 FREE copies of Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter.

More news is on the way. I've almost completed the first draft of the second book in the Vampire Hunter series: Forrest Wollinsky: Blood Mists of London. I will have a cover reveal soon.

Thank you for stopping by and for your support!

All my best,


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Day Three of Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter Blog Tour

Please check out Day 3 of the Bewitching Book Blog Tour for Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter at the CBY Book Club Blog. If you haven't already, sign up for the giveaway. 10 digital copies of Forrest Wollinsky will be given away at the end of the tour.

23 Years of Marriage

My wife and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary yesterday. In so many ways, it doesn't seem that long, but I've treasured every day we've been together.

We met at Berea College in 1993, fell head over heels for one another, and married within a few months. Yes, most marriages don't last when the couple hasn't known one another very long. But, I knew from the moment she and I took a walk along the trails on Berea College's campus that she was the woman I wanted to spend my life with. We had so many common interests.

At the time our paths crossed both of us were at very low points in our lives. What we discovered wasn't a rebound, but we found the part that completed us. We're soulmates destined to walk the journey of life together.

Before I met Christal, I had stopped writing for nearly ten years. I had tried a couple of times to put words on the page but without success. After we started dating, she and I went to a bookstore on campus. We were looking at discount books, and she showed me a 3-in-1 set of Dean Koontz's books. She expressed how much she loved his books. So, later in the day, I returned to the store and bought the set to surprise her. Only, the surprise was on me.

When I got back to the dorm room, I started reading The Servants of Twilight. I loved the way Koontz wrote the different chapters from the POV of each character. By chapter four, I was hooked. I had to confess to her that I had bought the book for her, BUT I needed to finish reading the first book first. She laughed. Reading his work refueled my desire to write, which is why the dedication of my first book, Predators of Darkness: Aftermath states: "For my wife, Christal, who reignited my desire to write. Without her this book would not have been written. And you? You would not be reading this."

While Koontz's works influenced my early writing, Christal was the one who had introduced me to this books. I had never heard of him, and quite possibly I would never have sought the books out. When it comes to writing, she's been a great inspiration and early on, an excellent critic of how I was writing. If she read my work and thought it wasn't good, she told me, not in an impolite manner. As most early novelists do, we tell and don't show, and since she had read hundreds of books she really knew what worked. So I work feverishly on my craft, doing everything I could to learn how to improve my stories to draw in the readers.

I could write books on the things we've seen and shared during our twenty-three years together. The biggest blessings we've had together are our two children and our grandson. I love her for who she is, and I could never have made it this far in life without her. She's the best friend I have, and I hope we share our journey ahead for many more decades to come.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Interview with Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter

Day TWO of the Bewitching Book Blog Tour for Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter. To read an interview with Forrest, please check out the blog post: Also, ten digital copies of Forrest Wollinsky will be given away at the end of the book blog tour.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter [Bewitching Book Blog Tour]

Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter Volume One is currently on a Bewitching Book Blog Tour starting today.

Here's the schedule for the month ahead:

Schedule Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter Vol. One 
by Leonard D. Hilley II

April 25 Spotlight

April 26 Character Interview
Diane’s Book Blog 

April 27 Spotlight
CBY Book Club

April 27 Review
Romance Authors That Rock

April 28 Spotlight
BookwormBridgette's World

April 29 Guest blog
I Smell Sheep

May 2 Spotlight
Sapphyria's Book Reviews

May 3 Spotlight
Share My Destiny

May 4 Guest blog and review
happy tails and tales 

May 5 Spotlight and Review
The Recipe Fairy 

May 6 Spotlight

May 9 Spotlight 
Paranormal Tendencies Book Reviews

May 10 Spotlight
Lisa’s World of Books

May 11 Guest blog
Fang-tastic Books

May 12 Interview
Deal Sharing Aunt

May 13 Guest Blog
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

May 14 Review

May 16 Guest blog
Roxanne’s Realm

May 17 Spotlight
Hart's Romance Pulse

May 18 Guest blog
Zenny's Awesome Book Reviews
playlist, recipe, top 5 or 10 list

May 19 Spotlight
T's Stuff  

May 20 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping , Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!

May 23 Spotlight
Ramblings of a Book Nerd