Welcome back to another day at The Mustard Seed. Author Suzette Emilia is here today to share with us about her books and to chat. Let's meet Suzette...

I have always loved to write. I personally involve myself with each character I create and sometimes wish I knew them in real life! I released my first novel, “My Accidentally Fun Summer” October 2011 and have just released the sequel “Sofia’s Magical World” June 2012. I look forward to finishing the third in the series, but it’s a little hard with a 6, 4 and 3 year old running around at home!

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Suzette, have you written any books set in the summer time…what is your most favorite scene?

“My Accidentally Fun Summer” is a fun story to read. The main character, thirteen-year old Calliope Thornton, is sent to summer camp against her wishes. (She thinks she’s not very good at making friends!) Not only does Callie meet a colorful group of girls in her bunk, but she uncovers a real mystery that she is determined to solve. There are so many wonderful scenes to pick from; it’s so hard to choose! However, I decided to go with the moment Callie uncovers the mystery and we get to know a little more about the characters Sheila and Charlie.

 “What on earth are you doing?” Charlie asked, bending down herself.

“There's something under the dirt.” Callie grunted as she tried to dig out the hard dirt.

“Sheila would catch a fit if she saw your nails right now,” Charlie smirked as she crossed her arms.

“Actually,” Sheila said as she finally got up and started shaking leaves out of her big hair, “in some countries, dirt is very good for exfoliation, most specifically for the nail beds.”

Charlie ignored Sheila and looked at the ground, “You're right. I see it too.” She began to help Callie.

“You know, Mr. Mendel is probably looking for us.” Sheila continued to try and dust off every speck of dirt. “And besides, we fell down a tiny hill,” Sheila justified, with her nose in the air. “It won't do to look as though we've fallen into a treacherous abyss.” She looked down at her grass stained pink shorts and let out a whimper.

Callie and Charlie finally got to the bottom and lifted out a small red box. It looked very old, as if it were buried in the ground for a number of years. There were patterns of gold leaves all over it, with a gold-looking opening snap. Of course, the colors were faded. Callie tried to guess how long it had been in the ground.

“What are you waiting for? Open it,” Charlie said with excited curiosity as Callie stared at the box, dumbfounded.

“Oh right.” Callie's eyes furrowed as she opened the box carefully.

“You guys are taking a mighty long time,” Sheila huffed. “What did you find anyway?” Sheila stomped over and looked on.

Callie pulled out a flattened purple-pinkish wild flower and handed it to Charlie. She then pulled out a faded Polaroid picture. It was an obvious picture of a girl with wild brown hair, but the face had faded with time.

Charlie put her head next to Callie's and looked at the picture, “She's wearing camp clothes.”

Callie looked hard, “It looks like an eighties hairstyle.”

Sheila bent down, “Let me see that,” She snatched the picture from Callie's hand and held it up to her own face, “Her hair doesn't look all that great.”

“It's better than yours,” Charlie muttered.

“What was that?” Sheila asked, knowing Charlie was just being snarky again.

Callie snatched the picture back and looked at the back of it. “198...the rest is faded.” She looked back into the box, “Look one more thing. A note.” She opened the tiny piece of torn paper and read, “'The other half of my heart is here.'” She looked up curiously, then hesitated, “Do you think this has anything to do with the missing girl?”

Charlie and Sheila both groaned. “Callie, not you. Of all the people to get sucked into that story, not you.” Charlie stood up and crossed her arms.

Callie decided at that moment not to tell them about the probable ghost she saw running through that very trail.

“I am SO done!” Sheila sniffed. “My feet are swollen from this horrid hike. I'm all dirty from playing Secret Spy with you two,” she sniffed back a tear and held a sob, “And my vintage shorts-”

“Ohhhh,” Charlie groaned. “Listening to this is worse than falling.”

I’m so excited for my readers to find out how she goes about solving the mystery and what kinds of friends she makes!

Thank you for sharing this scene. So, why do you like being an author?

It truly is an outlet for the imagination; to unlock a new world and create new characters. I imagine what trouble they get into and how they would get out of it. It’s rewarding when you complete a story. Such a labor of love!

Who’s your favorite author of classic literature?

I’ve just begun reading Jane Eyre. I know nothing really about the plot, just the fact that she’s a governess who falls in love with her employer. I’ve finished the part about her childhood and she’s just met Mr. Rochester. So far I have enjoyed Charlotte Brontë’s descriptions of the environment, the people around Jane. I already feel for Jane and find myself rooting for her. I love that, I cannot wait to finish the story, she’s got me hooked.

I so enjoy reading a book that truly captures my attention and I can't wait to read more. What was the happiest moment in your childhood? 

Just like picking a favorite scene out of my book, it’s harder to pick the happiest moment in my childhood. I’ll have to pick out the time I was walking home from school, in the first grade. I literally lived a few houses away from the school. On the ground I saw caterpillars everywhere. I didn’t connect what they were, just that they were everywhere and they were bugs! I ran home screaming and crying and my mom and dad didn’t rush me for a long explanation. They both just took me in their arms and held me and said they loved me. I felt so loved and cherished in that moment of pure fear in my young eyes.

Can you share with us about your newest book?

“Sofia’s Magical World” is Book 2 in the Camp Eerie series! Sofia is a popular character from the first book. We find out more about her “magical world” as she describes briefly in “My Accidentally Fun Summer”. The rest of the girls from the bunk fly to her home country and join her during winter break. Suddenly Sofia, her protector Sir Lucas and her friends from Camp Eerie have to save her family from a curse an estranged Aunt placed on the kingdom. This is an adventure of a lifetime!

Where can readers find your books online?

My Accidentally Fun Summer on Amazon

Sofia’s Magical World on Amazon

Suzette, thanks again for stopping by The Mustard Seed today and sharing with us. I enjoyed chatting with you and getting to know more about you and your books. 

Taking a leap of faith is the first step in following your dreams...if you don’t take that first step, you’ll never find your pot of gold under the rainbow. Gold Rush

Welcome back to The Mustard Seed! Please help me welcome author Lindsay Downs. Hope you can stay and chat with Lindsay and enter the contest. 
A little under a year ago I had my first book, Emily Dahill, CID Part 1, published by Astraea Press. No sooner was it on the eBook shelves then people started email and asking if there was going to be a Part 2.

I knew at some point I’d planned on having another collection of stories, I just didn’t know when it would be.

For those few of you who didn’t get Part 1 it’s four stories introducing the world to Emily and a new kind of hero, Dakota who is a tri-colored rough collie.

In Part 1 none of the stories are related to each other except for the two main characters. I also introduced everyone to Emily’s nemesis, the brown-haired man.

Not soon after this book was released I was invited to join a Facebook group called Tuesday Tales. Each week we post a new story or take a scene from a WIP based on a word prompt, usually 200-400 words. We posted the scene each week on our blog with a link to the Tuesday Tales main page. Through many of the prompts I started to create new Emily and Dakota stories. Two of the stories, Friends and Family and Guardian, in Emily Dahill, CID Part 2 are the product of this writing challenge.

The other two stories, Tears was written for a YA contest, and The Loser to help introduce several new characters into the series.

What I didn’t realize, at the different times of writing the stories, was unlike with Part 1 all four of the stories link together.

In a few days, if everything goes according to schedule, the world will get to see but more importantly buy and read Emily Dahill, CID Part 2.

Now, the fun part. Leave a comment with your email addy and you will be entered to win a copy of Emily Dahill, CID Part 2 and any of the other books in the series. The eBooks will be gifted to the winner from either Amazon or B&N, depending to the winner’s choice.

The contest will end at 11:59PM July 4, 2012

Lindsay, thanks so much for guesting today. Can you tell us about your books?

Emily Dahill, CID Part 1

Final Mission-After being seriously wounded in a copter crash in Iraq Sgt. Emily Dahill meets her new partner as she embarks on her new Army career as a CID agent. Who could this new partner be?

A Body in the Snow- Emily and her partner, Dakota, cross bullets with their most determined foe. Who will survive?

Right Place, Wrong Day-On leave to hang with friends Emily gets the surprise of her life.

Dog on Fishing-When it comes to knowing how to fish, and catch the big ones, never underestimate your partner. He might surprise you.

Where can readers find your book online?

Astraea Press   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Bookstrand

A Dog Gone Christmas

When a call for paws goes out, five friends bring their collies without question to a friend’s house. They learn the collies are needed to help seven children with the grief of losing a parent in Iraq or Afghanistan. Now, with seven friends, four collie yearlings and their mother, they set out to help the children

Not far away a mother hopefully leads her seven puppies to safety from a man intent on selling them for illicit purposes.

By a miracle of fate the two mother collies find each other right before the man sells the puppies.

That Christmas morning will be one the children will remember all their lives and they are united with the puppies.

Where can readers find your book online?

Astraea Press   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   All Romance

A Body in the Attic

A missing soldier. A break in. A former, now soldier, model tells of an aborted assault. A passageway hiding more than years of dust and cobwebs. Rooms where there are none. The reappearance of the mysterious ‘brown-haired man’. What, if anything, ties these random facts together.

With precision and dedication Emily and Dakota start to unravel some of the questions. Only when an FBI agent steps up do the facts start to merge into what appears to be a terrorist conspiracy.

A body found halfway across the country is the final clue in answering all of the question, but one.

Will Emily be able to save a life before it’s too late?

Where can readers find your book online?

Astraea Press   Amazon   B&N

Emily Dahill, CID Part 2

Tears- Bullied at school, Mary Todd is just about to give up when Dakota and Emily come to her rescue.

Friends and Family- Dakota helps a she-wolf and her cubs while he continues to cause mischief with hilarious results

Guardian- Against all odds Dakota works to protect Emily, from her boyfriend and herself

The Loser- Emily and Dakota step into intrigue when a soldier can’t hit the target with any degree of consistency.

Don't forget to comment to enter to win. The contest will end on July 4th at 11:59 pm.

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