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MBA&M: Hello, Joseph and welcome to My Book Addiction and More! Please give our readers some  insight into Joseph Spencer?

I’m from Peoria, Illinois. It’s one of the largest downstate cities in the state, located about 3 hours southwest of Chicago. When I was a newspaper journalist, I also briefly resided in Martinsville, Va., Grand Junction, Co., and Burlington, Iowa.

MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “Grim”?

Grim started with the character Heath Grim. He was inspired by Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker in Dark Knight. I wanted to create a character which created chaos like the Joker character, but had more of a sympathetic story. I’ve always loved gritty, edgy characters which are morally gray. I wanted to take my readers down a more chaotic path than what was explored in the Dark Knight.

MBA&M: Why write paranormal crime thrillers?

I work with police officers every day at the emergency 9-1-1 communications center, so I try to infuse my writing with some of the personalities I hear on the radio. I’m also drawn to the paranormal side because one of my favorite TV series is Supernatural. I’ve also enjoyed reading some of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse and Harper Connelly novels, so I’m writing material close to what most entertains me as a reader.

MBA&M: Who would you say your favorite crime fighters where?Why?

I’ve been fortunate to have two of my favorite crime fighters immortalized on screen recently. I grew up a huge fan of Batman and Sherlock Holmes. I’ve come to like Dexter Morgan, Jack Reacher and Doctor Kay Scarpetta yarns as I’ve grown older. My wife and I enjoy watching Castle and Megan Hunt of Body of Proof, too. Sherlock always fascinated me because he observed things others took for granted. Batman attracted me because of the anti-hero tones to him and the tragic storyline. Until recently with TV bringing back Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter, I thought Dexter was unique and iconic for being an anti-hero, serial-killing crime fighter with a wit as sharp as his knife. Jack Reacher is pure grit. Doctor Kay and Megan Hunt are medical genuises, and Castle made me want to write a novel.

MBA&M: What was the hardest scene to write?

The hardest scene for me was the final confrontation between Adam White, Cyrus Black and Heath Grim. Everything else led up to that point, and there’s pressure when you build up a story like that to deliver a conclusion which will knock your readers on their asses. I didn’t want to disappoint readers who invested their time in reading the rest of the book with a lame ending.

MBA&M: What three words describe your writing style?

I will steal some from my reviewers. I believe the most often words used to describe me are gory, gritty and complex.

MBA&M: What would you say the most exciting part of writing is and why?

There are so many parts of life that are defined for you. What I love about writing is the freedom to create whole new worlds and characters. The only limits to what you can create are the ones that you place on yourself. It’s an exhilirating process to start with nothing but an empty white screen on my laptop, and finish with a story I made up on my own.

MBA&M: Do you feel any deep connection to your characters? If so, why?

I believe there are parts of you in every character you create. It doesn’t necessarily mean that every character is a direct reflection on the author. For me, each character recreates a person I’ve known or tells a story I’ve seen or read about or reflects on my feelings and experiences in life.

MBA&M: Thank you so much for spending time with us and our readers today! Please tell our readers how to connect to you and where they may purchase your title?

I can be reached at heathgrim2012@gmail.com. I also have my own Web site www.josephbspencer.com. I’m also on Twitter at josephspencer00. You can also buy Grim here (http://www.damnationbooks.com/book.php?isbn=9781615727520) and here
(http://www.amazon.com/Grim-ebook/dp/B0093Q8L9Y/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1366682368&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=grim+by+joseph+spencer) and here


Joseph SpencerAbout the Author:

As a boy, Joseph Spencer immersed himself in the deductive logic of Sherlock Holmes, the heroic crime fighting of Batman and Spider-Man, and a taste for the tragic with dramas from poets like Shakespeare and Homer.

Before Joseph took to spinning his own tales, he pursued a career in print sports journalism, graduating summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He covered such events as NASCAR’s Subway 500 race in Martinsville, the NBA Draft Camp in Chicago, the Junior College World Series, and Minor League Baseball’s Midwest League All-Star Game during a ten-year career throughout the Midwest. Now, he works as an emergency telecommunications specialist with an Illinois police department. The combination of years of writing experience with a background working with law enforcement professionals gave rise to his writing aspirations.

Joseph was married Dr. Amy (Waggoner) Spencer, an accomplished veterinary doctor, on March 14, 2012. He received word his debut novel was accepted by his publisher, Damnation Books, the next day. Joseph and Amy look forward to their honeymoon in Paris in September 2012. Murphy, a 15-year-old orange tabby, is perhaps the most vocal member of the family. The Spencer family enjoys reading Charlaine Harris, George R.R. Martin, Mary Janice Davidson, and most paranormal stories. The Spencers also enjoy quoting movie lines from “The Princess Bride”, “Rain Man”, “Bridesmaids”, and “Office Space”.

His latest book is the paranormal crime thriller, Grim.


Visit his website at www.josephbspencer.com.

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GrimAbout the Book:

In a gritty town rife with organized crime, dirty cops and corrupt politicians, Detective Adam White stands alone as the people’s symbol of justice and hope for a brighter future. He’s cracked the biggest cases, and stood up to the crime families who’ve torn apart Prairieville with their power struggles. He’s gorgeous, humble and incorruptible; a crime fighter so pure that the locals nicknamed him the White Knight.

What the people don’t know is their reluctant hero is cracking before their eyes. Ten years have passed since a pack of bank robbers gunned down his wife in the street. He’s relentlessly worked every case he could get his hands on since that night with the hopes of finding some link to her killer, but every lead always winds up a dead end. He made a vow on her death bed that he wouldn’t stop looking or move on with his life, personal or otherwise, until her killer was either dead or behind bars.

His obsession is starting to affect his work, including a new set of murders which are eerily similar to cold cases in which a gangland legend called The Reaper is the main suspect. A routine canvas of the area in which the bodies were found led Detective White to Heath Grim, a reclusive millionaire with grisly facial scars and a past which doesn’t quite add up. There’s something about his story which makes Detective White curious to dig deeper into his background.

Just as Detective White closes in on his killer, the mob hatches an elaborate scheme which could cost him everything. In his moment of need, an unlikely ally presents a way out of the plot against him and information on his wife’s killer. However, it leaves Prairieville’s paragon of justice with a moral dilemma. Can he abandon all of the heroic ideals upon which he’s based his life and become the type of man he’s hunted for so long to settle a score with his wife’s killer?



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Release Date: Friday, May 24th        
Genre: Contemporary Romance





From the evil author who left you hanging off a cliff in RESISTING THE BAD BOY comes the second book in the NICE GIRL TO LOVE series: Abby & Brian’s story…




Abby Bartlett is well aware that everyone thinks she’s in love with her best friend Brian.  He is, after all, the type of man a nice girl should be with—the polar opposite of the bad boy—the kind of guy who didn’t let his wife’s decade-long illness stop him from showering her with a lifetime of love every second until her dying day.  Yes, Brian has been the yardstick against which Abby has measured all other men.  But everyone’s wrong; she couldn’t possibly be in love with him.




Because she’s never once allowed herself that option. 




It’s taken a while but Brian Sullivan has finally come to terms with being a widower at the age of thirty, surviving the woman he spent half his life loving, a third of it losing.  Truth is though, he wouldn’t have ‘survived’ any of it really had it not been for Abby—sweet, incredible Abby—the woman he’s never once had to picture his life without, never realized he couldn’t truly live without.  Until now.  Now that he’s finally able to love her the way she deserves, the way he knows she wants to be loved…by his brother.




Who’s giving him exactly one chance to speak now or forever hold his peace.

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Headshot_wine2• AUTHOR BIO


Violet Duke is the pen name of Nina Nakayama, lovingly chosen in honor of her two wacky children. A former professor of English Education, Nina is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. When she’s not catering to the whims of her story characters or feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, she enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools while trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first and cooking ‘special edition’ dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. Nina lives in Hawai’i with her two cute kids and similarly adorable husband.  You can visit her website to learn more about her and her various monthly giveaways.












• –> This is the followup to

Resisting the Bad Boy (Nice Girl To Love #1)

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*May content mature content*


tracybloomMBA&M: Welcome to My Book  Addiction and More today. First off,please tell our readers a little about yourself?


Hi. I’m Tracy Bloom and I write romantic comedy novels. In a previous life I used to develop rollercoasters for the UK’s best theme parks, which was kind of a dream job until my husband decided to move us all to America! So instead of becoming a desperate housewife I decided to pursue my other dream job, which was to write a book, and so NO-ONE EVR HAS SEX ON A TUESDAY was born.



MBA&M: What is you inspiration for writing No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday”?


Most of the action takes place after an ill-fated one-night stand at a school re-union. The two main characters Katy and Matthew meet again 8 months later in an antenatal class and have to face up to the fact that Matthew could be the father. I wrote the book having just had my first child and was struck when I attended antenatal classes how each couple had come from such different backgrounds and had such different stories to tell. One lady arrived with a female friend and pointed out they were not lesbians but she was there as moral support because her husband had left her 5 weeks previously! From then on I just thought there was a great story that could be told around how a shock meeting in an antenatal class comes about and what happens next ….



MBA&M: Why write romantic comedy?


I love comedy and I love the feeling of making people laugh. I watched my brother-in-law who is from Oldham, Lancashire and doesn’t care for romcoms laugh-out-loud many times as he read my book and I couldn’t have been prouder!


MBA&M: Do you feel there is a wide audience for this genre(Romantic Comedy),in this age and time, what is the allure?


I think there is always an audience for humour especially humour that comes from our everyday experiences. We have the best laugh with our family and friends don’t we? I try and write funny stuff that your mates might say.



MBA&M: Who was you favorite character to write?Why?


I loved writing Braindead who is best mates with Ben, one of the lead characters. Braindead is obviously a nickname but he is far from stupid. He just says things how they are in a very uncomplicated fashion, which makes him very endearing, very insightful and very funny.


MBA&M: What was your worst scene to write? Why?


The book’s finale is in the labour ward and trying to describe contractions was really hard. Also the timing of the groans proved a little tricky as well as giving it a significant level of pain!



MBA&M: I know you probably get this often,but how hard is it to write the sensual scenes?


n/a – no sensual scenes


MBA&M: If you could be President for a day,of any Country in the world,what country and ,what would you change?


I’d have to say somewhere in Africa – get rid of the corruption and allow help and aid get to where it matters.


MBA&M: What do you do to relax? What genre do you enjoy reading?and Who is one of your favorite authors to read?

I do like a good thriller – I’ve just read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl thought it was brilliant. Fantastic plot, fantastic, characters, fantastic writing.



MB&M: Using three words only,describe, “No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday”?






 MBA&M: Tracy last but no least please tell how readers how to connect with you and where they may purchase “No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday”?

Available on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com


Thank you for visiting with us and our readers today! Do you have anything you would like to add?

Thank you so much for your interest – Would love to hear what people think of my book

Again, thank you Tracy for spending time with us and our readers today!Have a great day!


tracybloomTracy Bloom – Author Bio

Tracy Bloom started writing when her cruel, heartless husband ripped her away from her dream job shopping for rollercoasters for the UK’s leading theme parks, to live in America with a brand new baby and no mates. In a cunning plan to avoid domestic duties and people who didn’t understand her Derbyshire accent, she wrote NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX ON A TUESDAY. She soon found however that her new American friends took a shine to her British sense of humour and encouraged her to share her words with a wider audience. NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX ON A TUESDAY went on to be successfully published internationally providing Tracy with a new dream job, making people laugh and sometimes cry through her writing.
Back in good old England now (desperately missing drive-through Starbucks, 30- Rock, NPR and people who talk to you in the street without thinking you’re a weido) and cracking on with writing about other people who screw up their lives in a hilarious fashion including a sequel, NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX AFTER A BABY.

NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX ON A TUESDAY has been published in Germany, Italy, Poland, Serbia, and will be released in Brazil this Summer.


Contact Details:

Website: www.tracybloom.com

Twitter: @TracyBBloom

Email: tracybloom@hotmail.co.uk

facebook: www.facebook.com/tracybloomwrites





Book Description


Never has a one-night stand led to such chaos!

 Childhood sweethearts Matthew and Katy agree they must never see each other again after they end up in bed together following a school re-union.

 So all is forgotten… until eight months later when a shock meeting at an antenatal class forces them to confront the fact that Matthew could be the father of Katy’s baby. Oblivious to the mayhem unfolding, Matthew’s highly-strung wife frets over giving birth to twins and Katy’s much younger boyfriend refuses to take fatherhood seriously.

Love and life are messy but Katy and Matthew take things to a whole new level as deep emotions begin to resurface and hormones run riot. How will they navigate their way through this almighty cock-up?

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Connects Publishing (April 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957581009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957581005

Available on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com







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