From The Southern Tale Spinner’s darkest side, courtroom scenes so vivid, so engrossing, at first you may forget you’re reading a story from the man who’s been to Hell himself, the transgressive terror T.S. Woolard–until the fists fly out of the page and grab you by the throat. Yes, this is Hell, and it’s going to get so much worse for Attorney John Rhaport. John represents an insane and guilty client, a man who committed heinous crimes–a giant who terrifies John and pulls him into Hell. Horrific scenes of violence will flow like ice water through your veins. Unexpected plot twists and a riveting ending wrap up this gripping page-turner. By adding his transgressive talents to the Courtroom Thriller, I believe T.S. Woolard has created an exciting new genre. Dona Fox – Multi-award winning author of “Darker Tales from the Den”
We got a chance to catch up with horror author and poet T.S. Woolard, the Southern Tale Spinner himself. You know that the TroubleMakers like to be a little nosey & get down & dirty so let’s see how the Southern Tale Spinner held up under the harsh lights of the library. Did he keep us on our toes, surprise us a little and maybe have a little fun at the expense of a Trouble Maker…maybe. You’ll need to read to find out.
What made you decide to become an author? The simple answer is The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland. Reading that as a kid changed my life.
What is the hardest thing about writing for you? Bleeding out in front of the world. I know it is a bit cliché, but I put so much soul into my writing. There is so much emotion behind each thing I write that it’s difficult to do that constantly.
Do you have any routines or superstitions that you go through whenever you write a book – Such as a specific room to write in, certain drink, same pen/pencil every time, specific music or noise? Release a book? I always listen to music. The type of music varies from story to story, and sometimes even scene to scene. Funnily enough they tend to be very juxtaposing in nature. If I’m writing a super gory scene, I tend to listen to classical music. Something slow and brooding. More narrative-driven writing I listen to faster, fast-tempo metal.
Who is the one person in the writing profession who has inspired you the most? So many people I could think of for this that I know both personally and only as a fan. There are typical ones horror authors say, like Stephen King (we all have that King story that we love), Joe Hill, Jack Ketchum, Thomas Harris, Edgar Allan Poe. Then there is Lewis Carroll. And Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who I think had the best writing style of any author whom ever lived. And peers whom I think are incredibly inspiring. Dona Fox, John FD Taff, Alice J Black, Essell Pratt. There are so many that I pull inspiration from. It’s like asking, “Who is your favorite band?”
Which character is your favorite? Which character was the hardest to write? Why? My favorite character I’ve ever written is probably Ashley. Ashley the Doll Doctor. He was so deep and just plain messed up. He scared the shit out me, and I wrote him. The hardest to write was Vince the Healer from Heaven’s Healer From Hell. His story was so tragic and painful. It was like siphoning happiness out of my very soul to write that story.
Would you consider collaborating a book with anyone else? If so…who? Who would be your unicorn author to collaborate with? I would. I’ve talked to a few people about collaborating before. My unicorn author would be Joe Hill, if I’m picking still alive. Doyle if picking all-time
Who is your favorite author…someone that you will buy their book even without thinking? Joe Hill, Michael Scott, and, yes, JK Rowling.
What is your best piece of advice for someone who wants to write or publish? Be you. Don’t try to “tell the story like…” Tell it like you. Learn all you can, but be yourself.
If you could ask your readers 1 question and have them all answer…what would it be? Why do they like my writing? Seriously… why?
What is your writing kryptonite? Playing music. I suck at playing music, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. I’ll be going along good with a story and catch the guitar in the corner of my eye, and the rest of the night is gone.
Do you plot out your books or do you write as you go? Both. I will outline a book, even short stories, and they’ll even be detailed. But if the characters decide they don’t like that direction as I write their story, I won’t hold to the outline. They change over time. Their story does. So do we as authors and people. I don’t try to make them fit a mold they may have been in 6 weeks ago.
Do you want each book or series to stand on its own or are you building a universe where all the books/series connect with each other? All should stand on their own, unless are outright tied to another story. Like, The Meaning of Hell has two companion shorts. But the idea of standing alone doesn’t mean they’re not taking place in the same universe. Each and every story I write has a character somewhere in it that is in another story. Sometimes they are simply mentioned. Sometimes they are bigger parts of the story. They all exist in the world I create, though. Woolard’s World: What a Wonderful place.
If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice related to writing what would it be? Write for me more, not the editors.
What is the biggest lesson you learned after you published your first book? Learn better grammar, because my country ass was not good at all.
What is a guilty pleasure? I love to read The Notebook about once a year. I also love the Pitch Perfect movie.
What is your favorite movie? Tombstone. Hands down.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot? North Carolina/Tennessee mountains is my usual answer, but after going there last year, Montana may be where my heart lies.
What’s an Item on your bucket list? Going to a Wrestlemania. And RKO’ing Antonette Santillo.
What is your most treasured possession? All the notebooks I have with all my stories and poems written out longhand. Yes, I wrote a novel longhand, first.
Do you have a spirit animal? If so, what is it? I don’t know. I feel like someone else should answer a question for me rather than me doing it myself. Like, I feel like all answers would be flattering whether they mean to be or not. How many people would answer this with something real, like, “a pissed off donkey with dwarfism and a bad leg.”
What is your favorite holiday & why? Halloween. Because I love the fall and creepy things.
If you could have a superpower, what would you choose? I would control the weather, and there would be a love of chilly rain.
What would be your theme song? I think this is another situation where someone else would have to answer this for you. Ain’t no one gonna pick a song like Barbie Girl or Wannabe by Spice Girls. No one that looks like me, anyway.
What is the funniest thing someone has ever said to you? My mom told me a lot of funny things. Follow my page for installments of “Shit My Mother Says.” an example of this was the time she asked what a surprise I had for the group was in the comments. I asked did she know what a surprise was. In public comments, she says “I sure do, but me and your daddy loved you anyway.”
What’s your favorite candy? Reese’s Fastbreak, almost anything gummy.
Nicole Dykes is a wife and professional assistant/mom to two gorgeous girls. Currently residing in Kansas, she’s a lover of coffee, Kansas City Chiefs, and all things romance.
She currently has over 20 published books with her Monroe and Adamson series being the most popular. She enjoys cranking up the angst level, making her readers cry, and turning those tears into the coffee the fuels her writing.
It’s Cover Reveal day for Stripped Love by Chelsea McDonald. Who’s ready to meet Callum and Melody?
Stripped Love releases September 12th!
Callum Wright. I thought I knew Melody O’Connor but I had no idea that she was hiding her night life from me. If someone had told me that Melody, my sweet Mel, was a stripper for a club downtown? I would’ve laughed in their faces and said they were out of their minds. On a night out, I finally caught her tangled in an intricate web of lies. She was a deer caught in headlights, too scared to move. I waited for an explanation but it never came, so I high-tailed it out of there. As I walked away that night, I half expected her to chase after me. But she didn’t. The next time I see Melody, she’s different. Despite it being my big night, my feelings for her are still there. A desire begins to stir to life inside of me, it’s dark and dormant and ready to consume me if I let it. Maybe it’s a mistake, it definitely should’ve been but I was too far gone to care.
Melody O’Connor. I’d learnt my lesson and his name was Callum Wright. Don’t ever pretend to be someone you’re not, it will only come back to bite you in the ass. All it took for that life lesson to sink in was the sight of Callum’s back as he walked away from me and right out of my life for good. He’d caught me in a lie and I was too scared to tell him the truth, scared that he’d hate me. So instead, I said nothing. I was so in love with him, that I’d rather have lost him then have him hate me. It took time to pick myself up and move forward, but as hard as I tried I couldn’t ever move on from him. The next time he walks into my life, I’m not prepared. I’d worked so hard on suppressing my emotions and moving forward with my life, but one glimpse of him and everything comes roaring to the surface. I knew it was wrong, so I tried to resist but he wouldn’t let me.
The Southern Tale Spinner is back with a cult unlike any other. Most who leave behind their lives and make a break for Green Bay Community in Green Bay, West Africa believed to be leaving behind a world riddled with ungodly temptations and sinful lusts. Upon committing to the sanctuary as a member, they swore off money, sex, and anything deemed unfit for members to participate in. They were fed and all had necessary jobs around the commune to make this little piece of paradise move through time in synchrony. Women were subservient to the men and were treated as such by all male members of the community. However, once you join, and no matter what you are told, you can never leave. Your freedom comes at a price and many are ready to make a deal with the devil. Join those at Green Bay Community to taste that luxury… and be free.
Our Reviews –
Be Free is a captivating and disturbing view inside a cult unlike others. You are introduced to enigmatic Father Arthur. He has set up an “alternative devotion lifestyle” colony in a small town named Green Bay in West Africa. However, a cult by any other name is still a cult. The followers of Father Arthur live in an abandoned asylum that they have refurbished. They live a simple life, inside the bounds of their community.
Men and women have extremely different lives within the walls however. Men are by far superior to their female counterparts. The women inside this cult are treated like servants to the men inside the walls. Relationships between the sexes were not just frowned upon but could lead to severe punishment.
The story moves at a quick pace however it doesn’t feel rushed. I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next to the characters in this story. There are a few scenes that were difficult to read, however in true T.S. Woolard fashion, they served to move the story into the direction the characters needed to go. I would not really call this “horror” in a true sense. T.S. Woolard writes a horror that has far more of an emotional impact, taking you by surprise and stabbing you in the heart.
If you’ve read other stories in the author’s world you see this is a different part of his universe. You’ll want to see how it fits in. Of course, there are little crumbs in the story that make the reader wonder where else this story could lead. Another amazing tale by the Southern Tale Spinner.
The Southern Tale Spinner is back with a cult unlike any other. Most who leave behind their lives and make a break for Green Bay Community in Green Bay, West Africa believed to be leaving behind a world riddled with ungodly temptations and sinful lusts. Upon committing to the sanctuary as a member, they swore off money, sex, and anything deemed unfit for members to participate in. They were fed and all had necessary jobs around the commune to make this little piece of paradise move through time in synchrony. Women were subservient to the men and were treated as such by all male members of the community. However, once you join, and no matter what you are told, you can never leave. Your freedom comes at a price and many are ready to make a deal with the devil. Join those at Green Bay Community to taste that luxury… and be free
After a terrible accident took everything from Callie Stewart, enrolling at Blairwood University is supposed to be a chance at a new beginning.
Living his best life, Hayden Watson, star wide receiver for the Blairwood Ravens, is heading straight for the NFL draft and nothing is going to stand in his way.
The present brings them together.
Their paths were never supposed to cross, but when they do, all those old demons and feelings come rushing back. Hayden thinks he knows all about Callie’s life before Blairwood and he’s not ready to let go of the past, much less forgive her for what she has done three years ago.
One thing’s for sure… it’s going to take more than a kiss to conquer their broken past.
About the author: Anna B. Doe is a young adult and new adult contemporary romance author. She writes real-life romance that is equal parts sweet and sexy. She’s a coffee and chocolate addict. Like her characters, she loves those two things dark, sweet and with little extra spice. When she’s not working for a living or writing her newest book you can find her reading books or binge-watching TV shows. Originally from Croatia, she is always planning her next trip because wanderlust is in her blood. She is currently working on various projects. Some more secret than others.
Josephine Poet has completed filming for her season of the Rock F*ck Club. The rocker she has chosen has invited her to take a long ride with him…on his motorcycle. She wants nothing more than to spend every moment she can with the handsome lead singer of Anthem. But is the Rock F*ck Club really through for her? Are her troubles truly behind her? Or are they lurking just around the next bend in the road?
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Michelle Mankin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.
Fall in love with a rock star.
Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a BRUTAL STRENGTH centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock ‘n roll industry.
Things take a bit of an edgier, once upon a time turn with the TEMPEST series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there.
Rock stars, myths, and legends collide with paranormal romance in a totally mesmerizing way in the MAGIC series.
Romance and self-discovery, the FINDING ME series is a Tempest spin off with a more experienced but familiar cast of characters.
The ROCK F*CK CLUB series is a girl-power fueled reality show with the girls ranking the rock stars.
The Once Upon A Rock Star series is sexy modern fairytale retellings.
When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock or NOLA funk music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend.
BRUTAL STRENGTH series:
TEMPEST series (also available in audio):
The MAGIC series (also available in audio):
ROCK STARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES series (also available in audio):
The Complete Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances Series, Books 1-5
FINDING ME series (also available in audio):
Girls Ranking the Rock Stars series (also available in audio):
ROCK F*CK CLUB (Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 1)
ROCK F*CK CLUB (Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 2)
ROCK F*CK CLUB (Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 3)
ROCK F*CK CLUB (Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 4)
ROCK F*CK CLUB (Girls Ranking the Rock Stars, Book 5)
ONCE UPON A ROCK STAR series
The Right Man
The Right Wish
The Right Wrong
The Music and Art of Black Cat Records
For cover reveal and release alerts: Text ROCK BOOK to 33777 (US only)
Heather D’Agostino is an avid reader turned Bestselling Author of the Contemporary Romance Series The Broken Series, The Shattered Series, The Second Chances Series, The Cook Brothers Series, and Romantic Suspense series The Witness Series.
She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics.
She currently lives in Central New York with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats. When she’s not writing she can usually be found at the dance studio, soccer field, or one of the many other places that she plays ‘Supermom’.
The first time Anna tried to read a romance novel, her hair caught on fire when she leaned over a candle to sneak a peek at her mom’s Harlequin. She thinks being hit on the head with a shirtless Fabio until the smoke cleared is what sparked the flame for her love of romance.
Anna was born in Wisconsin, but currently lives in Texas with her husband and two boys. She writes sexy romance that always has a happy ending and loves bringing characters back for cameos. Less than six degrees of separation connects any of her novels.
When she’s not writing or reading, she’s watching reruns of her favorite romcoms, talking to her dog and cat like they’re human, eating carbs, or practicing hand lettering.
She loves to hear from readers and can be found on social media as @annabrooksauth everywhere.