Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Regina Morris - An Author Interview in the HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Award winning Author Regina Morris. She writes suspenseful paranormal romances novels including the A COLONY Series.

Author Genre: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal

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Author Description:
Regina Morris is an award winning author who writes the sensual paranormal romances that make up the Colony series. Her books are suspenseful romances about Vampires that are light-hearted in nature - not dark, horrific or gory. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and two children. She is active in critique meet-ups and local writing groups. She has lived in many different parts of the world. She graduated from high school in Germany and received her degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She loved the town, married her college sweetheart, and stayed in Austin to have a career and family. After years of working in the software industry she discovered that writing was in her blood and had to take pen to paper!

SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

Congratulations on your book: Reliant Service. What do you have on the drawing board next? Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

I have a few projects in the works. 1) "Eternal Service" will be available in audio format in November. 2) A COLONY collection of the first three books will be available by December. 3) An alternate time travel novel (not in the COLONY series) will come out spring of 2016. A Vampire in Paris novellla will come out summer of 2016. 4) A COLONY Christmas novel will be out December 2016.

You have a good following on twitter. How important have your social media relationships been? How did you build your following in your niche? Do you see a carry over to your writing success?

I love Twitter. I follow bloggers in my genre and I like to post about freebies, other author's information, information about the craft or writing, and a lot of other great pieces of information. The secret to successfully tweeting is to give 90% information and only 10% self-promotion for your books. I connect with a lot of readers this way.

Do you do any book signings, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? If so, when and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?

Joining my newsletter is the best way of knowing where I am and what my next project is. You can sign up at http://newsletter.reginamorris.com. I'm scheduled to do a signing in San Antonio in February 2016 and a signing in Dallas in August 2016.

You have great covers. They carry a theme and your brand with them. How does your book cover creation process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach? Do you get your readers involved in its development?

Thanks! I do my own covers. The feedback I receive from my readers is that they like the White House with the couple on the cover, so each book will have that theme.

You have several great book trailers. (See links below.) They look very professional. Do you know how much impact they have had on your book’s success? Tell us about the process that you used to create your trailers?

I used animoto.com to create them. Overall I haven't connected with a lot of readers through my videos but people have told me that they are nice.

What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in any other type of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?

I'm always giving away an ebook, a marketing paperback book, or something. My newsletter will have more information, but in general I am involved with at least one giveaway a month. My first novel is free, as is my marketing book "Power of Four" which is the first four chapters of the first for books. Giving away one book for free when there are four others in the series is working very well for me in terms of sales.

What has been your experience with book tours? Did they contribute to the increase of your book sales?

Yes and no. If you have the time to do your own book tour or to sign up with one that has a proven track record, you'll do well. If you're in a pinch and sign up with a company that no one has recommended to you, you might not see the results you want.

Do you maintain a reader list? What are the methods you use to find your readers and create the list and the relationship? Do you use social media, forums, newsletters and/or support groups to build your list?

I have a huge following on my Facebook fan page (https://www.facebook.com/ReginaAnnMorris)
and my newsletter (http://newsletter.reginamorris.com).

You have a great blog. You do a great job keeping readers informed and marketing your books. What is your primary goal? And where in the world do you find the time to create great novels, take care of the social media and maintain your blog?

I gave up sleeping a long time ago. My passion is writing and every spare minute I have I'm always trying to advance my next novel forward. I take a lot of writing classes too to keep on top of what readers are looking for in their novels.

I see you’re going to the Texas Book Festival in October. A book festival is a unique selling situation. How do you prepare for the festival? What goals do you have?

Unfortunately I have to cancel on the Texas Book Festival this year. My niece is getting married that weekend and I won't be in Austin for the book festival. Typically for any signing I order books ahead of time, make sure my phone is charged so I can take orders, and I arrive early to meet with the other authors and editors who are attending the events.

Author's Book List
Reliant Service - COLONY Vampires Book 5
Sexy, hot vamps protect the President in this sensual vampire romance!

Vampires exist among us. They can be your neighbor, your best friend, a teacher for your child, etc.

They alter their aged appearance based upon the amount of blood they consume. They move to a new area, drink a lot of blood, and appear young. Slowly they limit their intake of blood and age, right in front of our unsuspecting eyes. After decades, they fake their death, move, and do it over and over again.

Most live quiet lives in an effort to blend in. Some however want power and control.

The COLONY is an elite group of vampires sworn to protect the President of the United States from these rogue vampires.

After faking his death from an assassination attempt on the President, and retiring his first and only alias with the COLONY, Daniel Brighton discovers the mandatory sabbatical to be less than exciting. He chooses to do a favor and act as a security guard for a fading pop-singer, Lori Austin, whose career is winding down. He travels across Europe with her and discovers her past to be one of deception and intrigue with a history leading directly back to the Colony itself.

Lori Austin is struggling to keep her career alive, and is willing to do what is necessary to save it. From bad press and scandalous stories, she travels across Europe on a relief tour to revitalize her career but doesn't realize she is traveling with a vampire. Discovering a hidden family secret, she realizes that the one man who can save her is the handsome security guard she fought so hard not to hire.

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William's Tale - COLONY Vampires Book 4
While guarding the President at a school event, a vampire COLONY agent, William, meets the woman of his dreams - a human woman who is a teacher at the school. First impressions being what they are, he finds her sexy and opinionated - unfortunately, her dance card appears to be full and he's unsure how to woo her when he can't even take her out to dinner, without her being the meal.

Jackie discovers a hidden agenda in the President's school visit and believes William to be a mockery of the American dream of equality for all. Can a past Freedom Rider and racial activist form the 1960s, now turned vampire, prove to the love of his life that he's not a political puppet?

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Enduring Service - COLONY Vampires Book 3
Colony Agent Sulie Metcalf, the President’s private physician, has been in love with the same human man for nearly thirty years. She refuses to allow herself the joy of true love because her feelings are unrequited by her human boss, Jonathan Dixon. As Dixon’s retirement looms near, and his memories of Sulie and the last thirty years of his life are about to be erased, does she confront her fear of intimacy and take a leap of faith before it’s too late? Dixon has decided to retire and enjoy what time he has left. When his best friend Sulie, a vampire team member, is kidnapped during a medical emergency, Dixon realizes that retirement means giving up everything, and everyone, he’s known for the last three decades. Will he risk his life, and his heart, to save her?

Book Trailer: Enduring Service

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United Service - COLONY Vampires Book 2
Sterling, a half-breed vampire, is the weakest link in the chain for his team, and he knows it.

He has a unique ability to glean information from inanimate objects, and his life is like CSI meets the West Wing, where key positions are held by vampires. Vampires can alter their age based on the amount of blood they consume, which should allow Sterling to blend into human society. However, his ability has painful side effects that cause him to live a lonely life down in the evidence room at FBI headquarters. He's a lonely bad-boy looking for love in all the wrong places.

His current case involves the kidnapping of vampire children by a religious cult who is trying to save them. Sterling snatches the opportunity to do some field work by teaming up with a purebred vampire, Kate, who is the nanny of one of the missing children. Sterling's world is turned upside down by Kate. She is everything Sterling could hope for in a mate and he wonders if she'd ever consider loving a half-breed.

Kate is beautiful, intelligent, charming and sophisticated. Kate has led a sheltered life and is considered handicapped by vampire standards. Could she possibly trust Sterling enough to share her dark personal secret with him? Together, can they save the kidnapped children and find true love for themselves?

Book Trailer: United Service

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Eternal Service - COLONY Vampires Book 1
When Raymond Metcalf, vampire coven master of the Colony, teams up with a federal operative of the human female persuasion-who has no idea that vampires even exist-will his mission or his heart be compromised first?

Career military woman, Alex Brennan, is being offered the promotion of a lifetime and with it a romance that she has desperately been seeking. Does she dare accept the position as Director of the COLONY, an elite group of deadly creatures of the night and risk a dangerous romance with a man who is not even human?

Together, can they save the President?

Book Trailer: Eternal Service

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