Double Promo Take 2 + Q&A with Dana Marton

Now it's my turn to offer a special prize package.  Dana offered one a few weeks ago and I'm offering a set of the UK editions INSIDE OUT and OUTSIDE IN books along with a custom designed necklace and earrings set that match the books (made by me - see picture below :)  In order to enter to win this prize, please LIKE Dana's and my Facebook pages by May 7th at midnight EST and leave a comment here that you did (also leave an email addy so I can contact you).  If you already liked me (or us), you're still eligible to enter.  This is open internationally!

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 Now onto the Q&A.  Dana and I both attended Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Masters program.  If you've been paying attention to this blog, you know I've featured a couple other SHU alumnus that have published their fantasy books (Sabrina Benulis and Melanie Card). But there are a number of other talented alumnus that have published in other genres as well. Yes - I'm shamelessly promoting the SHU program :)  And I'll mention the SHU writer's workshop weekend/retreat for those who want a taste of the program.  It's open to all writers.  For more info go here:

THE THIRD SCROLL comes out on May 1st - and the e-book will be offered at a special price of 0.99 for one day only (May 1st). Here's a link to the e-book: 

Cover blurb: Sold into slavery, Tera, a budding healer, is thrust into the savage realm of barbarian warlords, the same realm which claimed her mother years ago. She must avoid the displeasure of her warrior lord and survive the cruelties of the concubines, even as war threatens on the horizon.

Yet a greater danger looms when she catches the eye of the most powerful lord of the land and he takes her for his Pleasure Hall. Tera struggles to escape, while searching for the secret behind her mother’s death. But what she discovers challenges everything she believes in. A path set long ago beckons. A path that could lead to triumph, or the destruction of her world.


1.) You’re known for your romantic suspense and intrigue plots – why the switch to fantasy?

Because everybody knows that the easiest way to build readership is to stick with the same genre. Easy? Who needs that when I can do things the hard way?

Okay, seriously, it’s not really as new a direction for me as it seems. I wrote THE THIRD SCROLL at the same time as I wrote my first romantic suspense, close to 10 years ago. Both were requested by editors. The suspense manuscript was bought and published. But by the time I sent THE THIRD SCROLL, the editor who originally requested it left. I tried to place the book with other publishers, but my suspense career took off at one point and the fantasy was put aside. But never forgotten! I always knew that someday, somehow, I would get this book to readers.

2.) Where did you get the idea for THE THIRD SCROLL?

As strange as it sounds, there wasn’t an all-encompassing idea. I had no plot for the book. I finished the suspense I worked on before this, and suddenly this woman started talking in my head, telling her story. She had such a distinct voice. I just followed along. I wasn’t sure I could write fantasy. I have never tried before. I often didn’t know what was going to happen next until I wrote it. I finished the first draft in about six months, which is not bad for a story that ran to nearly 500 pages.

I hate it when Stephen Kings says that when he writes, it’s as if he left the room and someone else came in and put the story on paper. It’s kind of spooky and seems way too easy, but just this once, it was almost like that. If not someone else writing, but almost like taking dictation. Just listening to that hushed voice telling her story and me writing it down.

3.) Which authors inspire you? Has that changed over time?

I love a long, epic story with a woman at its center, and I’m drawn to healers. Jean Auel’s The Clan of the Cave Bear is one of my favorite books of all times. So is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series. I can’t tell you how excited I was to see that your latest book, TOUCH OF POWER has a heroine who is a healer. I absolutely LOVE that book! [Thanks, Dana - you're so sweet]

4.) So dish about Seton Hill University’s Writing Program– do you think your time in the program helped with your fabulous writing career?

Well, I wasn’t published when I went in, and I was published when I came out. :) I love that program. Wish I could go back for a refresher. And the people I met there (such as super talented author Maria V. Snyder) [now you're embarrassing me ;>] alone were worth the price of admission. There’s a time to play around with writing, and a time to get serious about writing. Seton Hill represents the moment when I made the full commitment and the sacrifices and said, okay, let’s do this and get it done. I will see my books on the shelves at the stores, or else.

5.) What do you find most interesting about Tera? Do you think healers might become the next vampires as far as popularity?

Oh, how I wish! I think that’s an excellent idea. I mean, dead people? Really? Wouldn’t the living be a little more fun? [I agree!]

I like that Tera is just an ordinary person, struggling with loss and life and trying to figure her life out, hoping she’s more than meets the eye, hoping she has some talent. I like it that when she gets knocked down, over and over again, she gets up every time. She’s not a warrior queen, she’s not a sorceress, but she has amazing inner strength. She works with what she has.

6.) What else do you enjoy doing besides writing? Interests? Hobbies?

What? There are things outside of writing? Why haven’t I heard of this before? [LOL - I hear ya sistah!]

7.) How did you become a writer? Is this what you saw yourself growing up to be? Or did it take you by surprise?

Always wanted to be a writer. When I was young, I thought everybody wanted to be a writer, but then they took other occupations when they couldn’t make it as a writer. Never realized someone actually started out as wanting to be a doctor or manager or something like that. I wrote a poem as soon as we learned the alphabet in school. Showed it to my mom. She thought I copied it from somewhere and grounded me for lying about writing it myself. So I was introduced early to the hardships of a writing life and the injustice writers face sometimes. Not that it deterred me. :)

8.) Do you have a writing routine? Talk process for a moment, how do the words get on the page?

I start writing right after I get up in the morning and write until I fall off the chair. Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration, but pretty close to my day, actually. I break for major meals. And once the family can’t stand having to be quiet and turns on the TV in the evening, I usually quit for the day. I’ve never had writer’s block. But I’m sure I will now, just for saying that. I’ve been known to say things over the weekend like, “I can’t wait until Monday so I can get back to writing.” What can I say? When I’m obsessed with something, I don’t do it halfway. But I never write on Sunday, and will only write on Saturday if it’s a matter of life and death. And I don’t take a laptop on vacation. When I write, I write. When I play, I play. I think that’s important.

9.) Office? Closet? Corner of the living room? Do you have a set place to write? A favorite?

In the apartment we previously rented, my desk was wedged between the fridge and the staircase. There was a lot of snacking going on in between writing scenes. I could reach into the bottom freezer for popsicles right from my chair. I was not made to withstand that kind of temptation. I swore that at the new house I’ll have an office. I do. I never go in there. I have a small desk wedged behind the sofa in the living room, separating the living room from the kitchen. The fridge is still too close, but at least I have to get up to reach it. Truth is, I like to be in the middle off all the activity.

10.) What are you writing now? What's coming out next?

I’m going to have a busy summer. THE THIRD SCROLL comes out on May 1st, then SPY HARD, an international romantic thriller, comes out on June 1st, then THE SPY WORE SPURS, a romantic thriller set in Texas, comes out on July 1st. Then I’ll be probably led away gently to some institution for mental recovery. Some people can pace themselves. I’m not one of them. I might have another thriller in the fall via Kindle direct publishing, before my final story for the year. I will be in a Christmas Cowboy anthology with the talented Julie Miller and Paula Graves in December. [I'm exhausted just reading this!]

For more info on Dana and her books go to:
book website:


  1. I already liked your page of course and have just gone and liked Dana's :)
    That jewellery is really pretty!
    My email is

  2. With two so talented authors, it is easy to like you both! On facebook, which I have done, and in general. :)

    My E-Mail Address (if I am lucky enough to win) is Masquerader888(at)Yahoo(dot)com
    That you so much for offering this!

  3. 'liked'! (already liked maria AGES ago)!
    thanks for the competition!

  4. Have liked Dana's page and your's is already liked. c:

  5. already been a fan of yours for quite a while now and just waitibg for dana book to come out x liked both pages x

  6. YES! Liked and still like :)

    Here is the email:

    Yes, you've got to solve a captcha to get it. Don't want a bot getting my email :D

  7. Actually, this might work (as it's skipping the @ and dot com)


  8. Liked :)
    Thanks for the international giveaway :)


  9. Already liked yours and have now added Dana's to my likes, too. Both liked under my Julie Belfield a/c
    Thanks for the giveaway

  10. Liked both pages already!! Loved all your books!! I cant belive I missed you when you were over here in Sydney!!! Ahh :( I can't wait for scent of magic!!!


  11. "liked" the page.
    I love that you are promoting your fellow SHU alum. I have a feeling I will love this book.

  12. Oh this is an awesome Competition!
    *fingers crossed*

  13. I love these books and this competition seems amazing!


  14. Awesome! I can't wait to read THE THIRD SCROLL, and I love all of Ms. Snyder's books! Already following you both. =-) karrie5 at

  15. "Like" is an understatement. I love all of Maria V. Snyder's books and I'm thrilled by this Double-Take promo with Dana Martin - am definitely going to read the Third Scroll and am pleased to add it to my list. I hope to call my self a "fan" soon.

  16. I have long liked your page, Maria, and I just liked Dana's. My email is kaliraven(at)shaw(dot)ca

  17. What a brilliant interview, very inspiring, thank you.

    I already like your page and have liked Dana page too.

  18. Liked both pages, already!
    Jewlery is lovely!
    Thank you for the amazing giveaway!


    Just reviewed Touch Of Power on my blog-Loved it! Now, I need to all your other books/series!

    Lisa C ~Silverlight

  19. I "like" both pages on facebook. Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity!

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  21. I liked both, amd for an update, 'The Third Scroll' has been for sale for Nooks since April 24th. ;)

  22. I'm just here to say how much I looove your books, Maria! Got me hooked with Poison Study and I've been your biggest fan since. Thank you for featuring me on your site!!!!

    And thank you all who popped over to my FB page!


  23. I "like" both of your pages. Thanks for giving these away!

    barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  24. I too have liked both of your facebook pages.
    You did a great job with the jewlery!


  25. I liked both pages!

    Do you really still need my email? ;)

    reneevossen at gmail dot com

  26. I liked both pages I haven't really read any of Dana Marton's books but I have read all I can of Maria Snyders books.

  27. Like the both of you a long time ago. Keeping my fingers crossed!!!

  28. Liked and thanks for the session! :D

  29. Awesome! Already liked both!

  30. I love it when i see an author trying something new it shows bravery i tend to pick books cause i like the author not the type of book the write i love suspense but always willing to try something new

  31. Thank you, Misty! And thank you all for the wonderful support and all the Likes! I'm a nervous wreck on release day :-) It's so nice to start the day with positive comments! Dana

  32. I've long since liked both pages. You guys are awesome! :)

  33. You've both been liked! :-)


  34. i've already liked both your pages (as Carolyn Berthelot)
    the jewelry is beautiful, thank you for the giveaway!

  35. I have "liked" both of your pages, and was surprised to find that I hadn't already "liked" your page. I Love All Of Your Books!!! Thank you for this AMAZING opportunity!!! My name is Jessica Faus and my e-mail is

  36. liked them both.. didnt need much convincing to be honest :) .. issieebee[at]gmail[dot]com is my address :) this is such a fun idea for a giveaway!! :P

  37. liked both pages :) email-
    love the books and earing necklace designes!!!!!! this is so cool :D

  38. Liked both pages!
    I definitely would love to win the two-book series!!! I'm a huge Maria Snyder fan ever since I'd read Touch of Power! Thanks for this chance!

  39. I already liked both pages!

  40. consider yourselves liked.

  41. I liked Both pages long ago!! I have always been a fan!

  42. I thank for your time of this wonderful blog read about cleaning!!! I definitely enjoy every little bit of it and subscribed to check out new stuff of your blog a must read blog!
    End of lease cleaning Sydney
    BBQ cleaning


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