Tuesday, November 22, 2011

THANKSGIVING INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR, SAMANTHA BAYAAR

"LITERARY STUFFING" THANKSGIVING INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SAMANTHA BAYAAR


Thank you again for donating a book for the "Literary Stuffings" giveaway. Can you tell us more about the book you donated?

I have 3 books I’ll be sharing for the giveaway…


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The Apothecary
Paranormal/Romance


When Claire Mayfield suddenly finds herself the new heir of a property that has lain vacant for over one hundred years, she becomes leery of the rumors of the hauntings from the three young children who were said to have been murdered there. With a little encouragement from Ben, the lawyer who breaks the news of the inheritance to her, Claire agrees to explore the manor, but only on the condition that Ben accompanies her. Finding her attractive, he accepts the challenge, and the two embark on an adventure that will forever change their lives.
Despite a few distractions and bumps along the way, Claire discovers her great uncle, Dr. Blackwell's, apothecary and traveling medicine show from the late 1800's, and even stumbles upon clues that could help her solve her ancestor's one hundred-year-old murder-mystery—all with a little help from a mischievous young girl who has been dead for over one hundred years
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Grave Robbers
YA/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy


Twelve-year-old Charlie had no idea what she was getting herself into when she devised a plan to outwit her father, an experienced grave robber, and steal the jewels from the Widow Taylor’s casket just before burial. When the widow’s murderer comes looking for the jewels, Charlie must come up with a new plan to keep her and her father from becoming the murderer’s next victims. But what is it that has her so frightened?


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Raven Finch: The Curse of the Dead Woods
YA/Urban Fantasy


What could be worse for 15 year old Raven Finch than being accused of being a witch by Ethan Noble, the annoying boy next door? Finding out he’s half warlock, half mortal, and he’s the only one who can help her when people start to disappear, and she fears she may be the next victim. Can this unlikely pair join forces against Agatha, the High Witch, who took Raven when she was born and has enslaved her at Castle Rock? Why are there similarities between Ethan and Raven, and why is it that all the peculiar things that are happening has her believing his accusations? Could it be that all the mixing of potions and reading of spell books to help Ethan is turning her into a witch? Or is her mind just playing tricks on her?

This time of year is usually a warm and happy time with friends and family; how do you usually spend Thanksgiving every year?

Thanksgiving is all about family to me. This year we are expecting only a “skeleton crew”, as a few of our family have recently moved back up north…brrr! Needless to say, they will have snow for the holiday, but we can go to the beach if we want to! But I’m happy that my dad will be with us this year.

Can you remember one of your most happiest Thanksgivings?

Thanksgiving was such a special time for our family when I was growing up. We would have family over, and my mother would get up really early and spend all day in the kitchen cooking. That woman could cook a 25 pound turkey, make homemade (from scratch) mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade pies, fudge, cookies, and still have time to make the Chex party mix…to me, Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without the Chex party mix! I miss those days with my entire family since my mother is now gone, and my 7 siblings are spread throughout the US. But mostly I miss fighting with my siblings over who would get the wishbone (my wishes always involved a big Christmas gift)!

What's your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?

I would have to say my favorite thing about Thanksgiving is eating with reckless abandon!

Some families have traditions they do every year, does your family have a tradition that goes along with Thanksgiving?

The Thanksgiving Parade is a must, but the traditions have evolved over the years. In recent years since my mother’s passing, I make it a point to make her Norwegian Christmas cookies at Thanksgiving AND Christmas. But one tradition will ALWAYS remain in my house…listening to Christmas music. I always start playing the Christmas tunes while I’m making the Thanksgiving dinner…just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it.

Food is always one of the biggest things about this time of year; do you have a favorite desert or even a recipe you'd like to share with us?

As much as I’d like to, I can’t share the cookie recipe with you because that has to stay with family, but I will be more than happy to share my roasted chestnut stuffing recipe with you…you will love it.

I have it listed on my blog for those who are interested. Follow the link below and ENJOY!

http://livingstonhallpublishers.blogspot.com/

There are so many ways to cook a turkey; does your family have a special way of getting the big bird ready, perhaps a special ingredient or stuffing?

See previous answer…but make note that I have substituted pecans for the roasted chestnuts, and even added dried cranberries to this recipe as an experiment, and it was equally delicious.

After eating all that food and settling in for the evening what do you do with the time that's left before bed?

I immediately start decorating for Christmas!

Is there any other information you'd care to share with us about your books that are out now or any upcoming novels?

I do have the first book of a new historical romance series finished. So far, I have only 4 books planned for this series, but if subsequent books are as popular as the first one, I may write more. For now, the first four books in the WANTED: Dead or Alive series are:

A Sheriff’s Legacy: Book One (available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sheriffs-Legacy-WA.... 895398&sr=1-11 )

Preacher Outlaw: Book Two

Kissing Kate: Book Three

Cattle Rustler Annie: Book Four

Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this exciting giveaway. I hope this season finds all of you in good health and good spirits.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


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