Today is Alluring Turmoil’s official release day!
Sales are GREAT and I couldn’t be any happier.
Currently I’m #1092 in the Paid Kindle Store! This is out of over 80,000 books! So, yes I am stoked!!!!!!
4 Facebook pages/blogs interviewed me this week. I enjoyed the interviews and really thank them for taking the time to get to know me and share a little of me with their fans and readers.
I’ll share the links with you now for the blogs. Each one is a little different and each one gives book info and you’ll get to know me a little as well.
They’re a glimpse into my head. (You might be sorry once you see what’s in there.)
The first Page to post their interview was Book Geeks Unite, you can find them HERE on Facebook.
Here is the Interview with them.
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing fellow Louisianan, Skye Turner Author. I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know her a little over the past few weeks, and I must say she’s a sweetheart. I hope you enjoy getting to know her a little through this interview as we discuss her novel, her family and her take on the 50 Shades casting choices!
~ Shawn 🙂
What inspired you to write your first book?
For 3 years now, I’ve edited for other Indie authors. I came across a book called “All For Anna” by Nicole Deese and it just really touched me. It’s a Christian, inspirational romance, so nothing like my books, but I completely loved it. I loved that Nicole Deese was so open and able to write about what was important to her, plus the book was amazing. I started talking to her and when her second book in the series came out and I read it, something in me just woke up. I’ve always had ideas in my head, but after these books, the idea and the story for Alluring Turmoil just demanded to be let out. Jude and Lexi wanted out. So, I wrote it.
How did you come up with the title Alluring Turmoil?
This seems to be a popular question. Jude and Lexi are electric. Their relationship is so intense, yet has some serious issues that they refuse to deal with. I played around with various titles, but the title Beautiful Chaos stayed on my mind. There are so many “Beautiful” books out though, and I didn’t want mine to get lost in the mix. So, I compromised and came up with Alluring Turmoil since it basically means the same thing and I absolutely love it now.
What genre(s) do you most enjoy reading?
I am a huge fan of romance. All romance. But paranormal romance and contemporary romance are my favorites. My absolute favorite genre is actually YA Paranormal Romance though. And I also love Dystopian.
How many books do you read per month, on average?
Before I started writing, I’d read at least a book a day. Since writing, I read a couple per week. And about 8 per month on average. I’d like to get back to reading more once things settle down though.
Who are you top three favorite authors?
Nora Roberts, Gena Showalter, and JoAnn Ross
What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Wicked Wind by Sharon Kay and an ARC of Sanguis City by Morgan Jane Mitchell.
Are there any new authors that have caught your eye?
Her book isn’t out yet, but I was lucky enough to read an ARC of LL Collins’s Living Again and I loved it. Alina Man is another author whose books are not like mine, but I find myself very drawn to them. I also cannot put down either of the 2 books by new authors I’m currently reading. There’s so much talent in the Indie field!
What’s a typical day like in the Turner household? I know you have children, so where do you find the time to write? Are you a day writer or a night writer?
A typical day here is CHAOS. Lol. But I love it. I thrive in chaos. My children are very young, 5.5 and 4, so they are constantly needing/wanting/demanding something, but I’m an excellent multi-tasker. A normal day starts around 6-6:30AM for me and I don’t stop until after well after midnight most nights. I’m OCD about my house being clean, baking and cooking are things I absolutely love and I’m very crafty, so we’re always doing projects (my friends jokingly call me SuperMommy). I sit when I can and write, but spending time with my family is number one for me. Things have been a lot smoother since they started school and are gone most of the day, but my household details and editing take up a lot of my day, so writing is generally done at night after they are down.
Where do you stand on the 50 Shades casting hoopla? Do you care at all? Will you see the movie?
Honestly, I don’t care. I wasn’t an uber fan of the books. I read them, I enjoyed them, but they didn’t change my life. I took then for what they were, a quick way to escape into an enjoyable book. Matt Bomer was my choice for Christian Grey… or Ian Somerhalder. I didn’t even know who the guy they cast was to be honest. I don’t watch the show he’s on and I’ve never heard of the girl. But I’m sure they will nail the roles. After all, I don’t think many people knew who other people were when they were cast in pivotal roles either. As far as seeing the movie, I would wait until it came out on cable, but my girlfriends are telling me I’m going with them to see it. And I’m always up for a Girl’s night with my best friends, so I guess I will see it in the theater after all.
Be sure to check out Skye’s debut novel, Alluring Turmoil (Bayou Stix #1).
This is her interview with me. (She is a dear friend and has supported me immensely through this process.)
Interview with Skye Turner author of Alluring Turmoil Coming Out September 13th
Hi Skye, I appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to answer a few questions for me. My goal is to have other readers get to see how awesome you are 🙂 Here we go:
1. When did you decide you wanted to start writing?
The day I sat at the computer and started Alluring Turmoil. LOL. I never thought I wanted to write. I was the reader and the editor, not the writer.
2. Which do you prefer more, writing or editing?
I love to edit. I love helping authors perfect their work, but I have to be honest and say that I absolutely LOVE writing. It’s so exhilarating getting your own ideas, characters, and stories onto paper and ready for the world to see.
3. How did this story Alluring Turmoil come to you?
Jude and Lexi have been in my head for a long time, but I never really gave them much free reign. It was a snippet here and there, but I actually read a book, an inspirational romance, called “All For Anna” by Nicole Deese and I loved the way she wrote so freely about what was important to her. When her 2nd book came out, I read it and it just gave me the push to get Lexi and Jude out of my head and onto the laptop. By that point, they were pretty persistent anyway.
4. Are any of the characters based on real people you know?
I had to laugh. Yes actually. Jude is based partly on features and characteristics of my husband, Adam Levine, and Eric Johnson (the sexy actor), but he’s a lot of my imagination too. Lexi and Bradi are actually a lot like me and my friends in a lot of ways. But of the 2 girls, Bradi would be more “like me”.
5. Was this an easy story for you to write?
In all honesty, yes it was. It just flowed. There was one scene that I completely threw out after writing one night for 4 hours, because something just felt off, but I am very happy with the scene that took its place. The first few sex scenes were a little strange to me though. I made myself blush a few times.
6. Do you listen to music when you are writing? If so which songs inspired you the most?
I actually do not listen to music when I write. I listen when I brainstorm and outline, but not when I’m actually writing. It would distract me and when I write, I’m in “the zone”. Alluring Turmoil does have a Playlist and it’s songs that remind me of parts of the book or mirror the emotions of the characters. Of the Playlist songs, I think Clarity by Zedd and It’s Not Over by Daughtry most reflect Jude and Lexi as a whole.
7. I have to know…the tattoo itself is very creative. Did you picture the tattoo as you were writing about Jude or was there somebody that had a tattoo that helped you create Jude’s tattoo?
No, Jude’s tattoo is entirely my creation. It was in my head and it’s such an important part of the book, I needed it featured on the cover. My cover designer completely nailed my vision. It’s so perfect to the picture in my head it’s eerie.
8. I’m curious. Was it hard writing the Hot sex scenes? (I would be all hot and bothered….lol)
Um, yes. Writing the first sex scene, I was so embarrassed. I sent it to 2 people and was like, “Is this ok? Does it suck? Is it too graphic? What do you think?” And I was reassured it was hot and perfect. Writing sex scenes is not an easy task. Especially when I think that people I know will read them. Lol
9. How did you come up with Alluring Turmoil as the title of the book?
Originally, I wanted to call it Beautiful Chaos, but there’s already a pretty popular book with that name, and there are so many “Beautiful” books out… I played around with it and decided I like Alluring Turmoil and it basically means the same thing.
10. I know you are a full-time mom, and I bet it is difficult to focus while taking care of everything. How do you keep yourself from going crazy so that you can get into the zone of writing?
I don’t. LOL. I’m actually pretty much insane. I just hide it well. I’m sort of kidding. Honestly, I don’t know how to relax. If I’m not doing 10 things and my life is not chaotic, I don’t know how to function. I’ve also gotten pretty good at listening to my kids and keeping an eye on them while doing 10 other things, so if they aren’t giving me the I “hurt myself and need the hospital” scream, then we’re good.
11. Is your family supportive of your decision to start writing?
My husband was actually working away from home when I started the book. He called home and I said, “Hey baby, I’m writing a book.” He said, “Yes, I saw that on Facebook.” My husband is amazing. He supports me 100% in everything I do, he’s also the person who can keep my from the brink when I get too overwhelmed. I’m a lucky lady. My parents are pretty great and supportive too.
12. Will this book turn into a series based on different characters? If so how many do you think you may write in the series?
Yes, Bayou Stix is the series and there are 5 band members, so there will be 5 books.
13. What book are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading 3 books: Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer Armentrout, Wicked Wind by Sharon Kay, and Bully by Penelope Douglas.
14. Do you have any advice to give to new writers that are barely getting into the business?
Don’t allow anyone to tell you you can’t do it, but don’t think it’s easy. Writing the book is just the beginning. You are your biggest fan and your biggest selling point, so be prepared to WORK for what you want. Contact blogs and authors you admire and make friends. It’s important.
15. Are there any authors that have inspired you with their writing? (famous or not)
Yes, Nicole Deese, Nora Roberts, Gena Showalter, JoAnne Ross, Molly McAdams, Shelly Pratt, Alina Man, Glenna Maynard, and LL Collins.
16. Any shout outs you might want to give when I post this interview?
Roni asked me if I wanted to give any shout outs, so I’m going to! I’m going to thank one person who is NOT famous, but is 100% supportive and a great childhood friend, Thomas Noble. He read my book and he gave me honest, unbiased feedback from a male’s perspective, not many men will do that. He’s also always giving me encouragement and support and when people you’ve known your entire life do this, it means so much, so thank you Thomas! I appreciate you! And I’m going to give a HUGE shout out to Roni over at Book Fanatics! 😉 She took on a book from an unknown author and has supported me from day one, so thank you Roni for everything you’ve done for me and also for this awesome interview!
Okay well that is all I have for you today, and I wish you the best of luck on your book. I know you will kick ass!
ALLURING TURMOIL ~ REVIEW & AUTHOR INTERVIEW
ALLURING TURMOIL (BAYOU STIX 1) by SKYE TURNER
I have to say that this book does contain graphic sex and language, so its definitely not for younger readers ~ so technically I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. If you are over 18 however, I say you need to download this NOW!!
Obviously this is book 1 in a series. We do briefly get to meet the other members of Bayou Stix ~ Jessie, Liam, Cruz and Dade ~ and the good news is that they will each be getting their own book. YAY!!
Finally I just need to say Well Done and a huge Congratulations to Skye Turner on a fantastic debut! I really am so excited for the rest of the series.
I didn’t actually come up with it in the sense that I said, “I want to write a book. What will I write about?” Lol. It just kind of happened in my head and I just wrote it down. Alluring Turmoil is the result.
I didn’t graduate, I’m not far off, but life intervened. I have been freelancing articles for years with various websites and publications, but only every now and again.
For the past 3 years, I’ve been editing for Indie authors. One authors work really made me realize I wanted to get my own ideas down, so I started writing Alluring Turmoil not intending for anyone else to ever read it. I just wanted it out of my head.
The biggest compliment a person can give me is to want to visit my home state because they fell in love with it through my work.
I’m actually reading 3 books right now: Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer Armentrout, Sangius City ARC by Morgan Jane Mitchell, and Wicked Wind by Sharon Kay.If Jessie, Liam, Cruz & Dade left Bayou Stix and you were asked to make a “supergroup” with 4 other Book Boys – who would you choose?
Will each member of the band be getting their own story?
The books Playlist is the songs the book and it’s contents remind me of… the songs I listened to when I was jotting down ideas.