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postheadericon Interview with Dr. John & Elizabeth McIntosh, authors of ‘Mastering Negative Impulsive Thoughts’

John McIntoshDoctor H. John McIntosh is known as the “Medical Guru” through his columns and media presence.  Hewas educated as a medical doctor in Scotland. He received a general medical degree from DundeeUniversityMedicalSchool in 1984 and moved to Australia in 1993. He received his Specialist Physicianqualification in 1988 from the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and specialist Family Physician qualifications in 1990 from the Royal College of General Practitioners. Other certifications include: Approved Trainer of medical students, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; James Cook University Medical School, Central Queensland University; Trainer of Cognitive Institute programs, Cognitive Institute of Australia; Approved Trainer of sports medicine first aid courses, Sports Medicine, Australia; and Approved Allergan Cosmetic Injector training and trainer of injectors (doctors and nurses). Dr. McIntosh was the driving force in the building of the Mackay GP Superclinic. In 2013,his medical clinics were awarded the national AGPAL Community Engagement Award for outstanding level of commitment and involvement of the community and won a finalist award in the 2014 Telstra Australian Business Awards.

Elizabeth McIntoshRev. Elizabeth McIntosh is known as the “Positivity Expert” from her life’s work and research in the field. She trained as a life and wellness coach; certified personal fitness trainer under Ken Ware, Mr. Universe of 1994; counselor, hypnotherapist, meditation and yoga teacher; and spa trainer. She is a Reiki master Levels 1, 2 and 3, and a Reiki Master Trainer. She holds a BMSc in Metaphysics from the University of Sedona and the University of Metaphysics, and is an ordained minister through the University of Metaphysics. She runs retreats at her resort in Bali andhas produced a series of CDs on health, relaxation, and success, and a TV documentary series,as well as being a magazine columnist and radio talkback presenter.

Their latest book is the nonfiction/self-help, Mastering Negative Impulsive Thoughts.

Visit the authors’ website at www.positivityexpert.com.

About the Book:

Mastering Negative Impulsive Thoughts 3Doctor John McIntosh and Rev. Elizabeth McIntosh, authors of an important new book, MASTERING NEGATIVE IMPULSIVE THOUGHTS, use “nits” as both an acronym for their book’s title and as an analogy for the clearly unhealthy effects of negative thinking.

“Negative thoughts occur impulsively, so that is why they are Negative Impulsive Thoughts, or NITs, for short,” the authors say. “The nice analogy is that nits are also head lice and both (nits and NITs) are irritating, contagious, hard to recognize, hard to eliminate, breed fast, and spread like an epidemic.”

Unlike other, similar books that claim to have a magic route to happiness and health, MASTERING NEGATIVE IMPULSIVE THOUGHTS is based on solid clinical research, say the authors, who together have extensive experience in general medicine, medical research, and holistic health/wellness practices.

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Q: Thank you so much for this interview. Can you tell us where you are from?

Yes, the bright side of the road, but I was borne in a gorgeous coastal city in sunny Queensland Australia. John was borne in South Africa moved to the U.K. then finally settled in Australia

Q: How did you come up with your title?

The Title and the concept were borne together – we were crystalizing negative thoughts and brain storming about using an analogy that people could relate to as creatures, animals, bugs or a virus. I was throwing words around to John like negative, thinking, thoughts, impulse, impulsive, and John was catching them an organizing them into some sense of order, as he does well – actually that is how we generally work, so it was a team effort and together, the concept NITs concept was borne. Negative Impulsive Thoughts.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

We designed the cover, John and I wanted the cover to convey the personality of the book. It needed to look Fresh, crisp, uplifting, professional, fun, intriguing and show our positive approach to life. The cover of the book, like all our projects was given careful consideration, appealing to the Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic readers.

Obviously, the visual people are satisfied by the overall look , the Auditory people listen to how the title sounds, when they say the title in their head or they might even read the title allowed so they can hear how it sounds. For the Kinesthetic people, they need to be able to get a feeling for the book when they look at the cover.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

We are not just trying to sell a book – we are encouraging people to embrace a concept that will improve their life. This book was also written with many secret techniques that people in general are not aware of. These guide the reader on a journey through the book, learning the message through metaphors and real stories of NITs, Negative Impulsive Thoughts. Adding to that, the stories have been told, with what is call an open loop, which is a very subtle technique to satisfy the conscious mind by bringing the stories to a close but not concluding until the epilog at the end – this keeps the sub-conscious mind intrigued until the end of the book.   So that, may also appeal to you, now you know it is not just another book, and you may if want to see if you can detect those subtleties that we have used, often without the readers knowledge.

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

Wow where do I start ? How much time do we have? This book is full of messages. The main message here is that we are bombarded with NITs every day of our lives and we need to control them to be happy, teach our children how to control and to achieve success in any field.

We present the NITs concept to the reader by showing them how to recognize   what everyone is thinking has dramatic effects on every aspect of their life, including their health and longevity. And now science is backing us up on that. Other messages are, how to raise your children using these simple strategies that will have a positive domino effect on their lives.

How to build an ultimate relationship using this concept . How to create a positive work environment supportive, productive and with no dramas.     People are looking for answers, ready to make changes , not only in their own head space but new ways to deal with other people that are uplifting and empowering and with integrity.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

It is a toss up between religion and the next generation, both topics I am very passionate about. When you consider babies are borne as a blank canvas and we, the adults, parents, teachers and coaches all have the power to determine how the next generation turn out! We have the ability to set them on a NIT free path to happiness everyday by leading a NIT free life and leading them by example and we have the poser to create the next generation into an amazing species .

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

Separately, John and myself have both been in the business of helping people to improve their health. We have known for many years the link between one’s mental state and the effects it has on the physical body. 70% of complaint presented to doctors resulted from people’s own mental attitude. We have done our own research combined with ground breaking studies that prove that negative thoughts do impact on the physical body. There are many book written on thinking positively, but none have shown an easy way of recognizing negative thoughts, or strategies to deal with them effectively.

Here it is – no longer do you have to be controlled by your own negative mind chatter nor be a victim of negative attitudes from other people.

Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

O.K. but as long as it is just between us. Sometimes   on weekends we were so inspired to write the book, when we awoke we would both would sit up in bed typing away on our laptops for hours, wearing nothing but our reading glasses, and often this is when we produced our best chapters.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

John and I have travelled extensively, our aid work has take us to the remote areas of the planet, where I was the first white women the villagers had ever seen. John has worked in a Leprosy hospital in Nepal, we have business’s on exotic island in the Indonesian archipelago. We have sailed on vast ocean crossing where there is nothing but ocean as far as the eye could see, except for our little yacht, and underneath us the ocean so deep the depth log doesn’t even register. So travelling the world is already part of what we do and we view this as normal life, just adding to the rich tapestry of experiences we can write about in the future.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

Definitely, morning, it is the best time to meditate the world is still slow and sleepy, I love the freshness of early mornings, and there is something magical when you whiteness the birth of a new day. In saying that we very rarely get to bed before 11pm – there is just too many exciting things to do.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

Yes one of our sons is writing a novel as we speak, he has a great way with descriptive words and when I read his work I see in my mind what he is describing clearly. Another son is a musician and composer of music and lyrics which is writing with melody and of course we are very proud of his talent also.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

Definitely and proud to say, we both still are. Some of the most brilliant people that have ever walked the planet have been dreamers. Albert Eisenstein was said to have admitted that he did not come across any of his discoveries by the process of rational thinking. And what is a dreamer by definition? It is a person able to enter a form of a meditative state, slowing down their brain cycles or Hertz to be able to tap into the artistic, creative part of their mind – where intuition, insight, brain storms and magic is borne. Power to the dreamers.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?

I want his job!   I want to be the Genie!

To be able to bring happiness to people and make it all better. And really in some small way that is what we are doing, with our book, by sharing our knowledge by lifting the veil on ignorance we are helping people find their own inner genie.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

I like that, a person that knows that women like to have the final say.

 

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postheadericon First Chapter Reveal: K-9 Cop by Erna Mueller & Win Audiobook!

K-9 Cop 2Title: K-9 Cop: Case #1 The Dreck Report
Author: Erna Mueller
Publisher: Erna Mueller
Pages: 220
Genre: YA
Format: Paperback/Kindle

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No one thought as highly of Lieutenant Spencer Watley as he did himself. This selfish cop met 14 year-old Justin Andrews during an important stakeout. Determined to nab a group of cyber killers, he wasn’t going to let anything get in his way, especially a smart mouthed teenager like Justin.

After Spencer bids him good riddance, he is killed by the hackers and stands before the gates of heaven. But – what’s this? After a life of putting dangerous criminals behind bars, he’s locked out?

He yells at the angel blocking his entrance, only to find out he needs to go through the J.R.P. program before he can enter. That’s the Jerk Redemption program, otherwise known as sensitivity training boot camp, which to his horror consists of non-stop Oprah and Dr. Phil reruns. Or he can go back to earth and help Justin’s dysfunctional family. Spencer opts for the lesser of two evils, to help Justin.

But the Angel pulls a fast one on Spencer. He can only go back to earth in the body of his K9-Partner. Spencer refuses, but like it or not, Spencer becomes a dog. He falls back to earth and is slowly morphed into a dog that closely resembles a mop.

And if being a dog wasn’t bad enough, Spencer also swallowed an important microchip his killers need to hack into PC’s and steal millions. Now the criminals are hot on his trail for the only existing microchip that’s logged in his belly.

Justin and Spencer butt heads constantly; both are stubborn and willful, neither one wanting to give an inch. Spencer needs to find out what the killers are up to, so he swallows his pride and forms a bond with the boy. Spencer relays to Justin his past and together with the help of Justin’s girlfriend, Shahla; they discover the hacker’s plans. Spencer has broken down Justin’s reserve and he finally learns the meaning of unselfish love.

But it’s too late, the hackers have captured them.

Can Spencer maul the shins (and other choice areas) of his kidnappers and stop them from their evil plan?

Can a selfish man find a heart?

You bet. He just has to become a dog first.

First Chapter:

Justin Andrews’ heart pounded so hard he thought it would punch out his throat. He trudged across St. Ignatius High School’s elm tree shadowed lawn, trying to keep up with his father who strode briskly. The half hour spent in the principal’s office sent ruts of adrenaline coursing through Justin’s veins. Even the balmy Seattle afternoon didn’t lighten the day’s heavy mood. The skin peeking out the back of Mr. Andrews sport coat collar was already flushed red. It wasn’t sunburn.

A spring wind blew through the private school’s grand hall window. Solitude and long shadows contrasted with another day of classes and activities. The daily exodus of uniformed schoolboys took place an hour ago, without Justin.

He opened the computer lab door and politely stepped aside as his father entered the flower-scented room. Baskets of bright, freshly cut bouquets covered every flat surface, including half the floor. Condolence tags hung on most.

“You were lucky to get a scholarship to this school,” muttered his father, Eugene Andrews, as he steepled his hands and assumed a confident expression.

Mr. Andrews was thin as a rule, which even his hair obeyed, and his business suit hung on his spare frame in straight-ironed lines.

“We can barely afford their activity fees, and how do you show your appreciation? By spending valuable time in Principal Hammersmith’s office because of your usual antics!

I hope you were as embarrassed as I was.” Mr. Andrews’ red face had grown haggard, but he returned to his normal tone. “I’m trying my best to understand you, but it’s difficult when you act before you think.”

Justin stopped tapping the keys of one of the classroom computers. He brushed back his sandy colored hair and tried hard to look unruffled by his father’s venting. Tall for his thirteen years, his even features were dappled with impish freckles, and his deep blue eyes sparkled. He frowned, recollecting that Principal Hammersmith had accused him of having “an understated confidence that bordered on impudence.”

Vicky Andrews, Justin’s sixteen-year-old sister, lounged in a computer lab chair, black backpack on the floor, waiting to go. She plucked a daisy from one of the bouquets, broke off the stem and stuck the blossom in her hair. She casually twisted the hem of her black T-shirt and listened to the scolding, ready to spring in as mediator if needed. Her eyebrow ring and bright pink hair screamed independence; an attitude she freely cultivated in her public high school.

“Chill out, Dad,” Vicky said, as she chewed away on a sizable wad of gum. “You’re making such a big deal out of this.”

“Big deal? It’s a disgrace. Your brother pasted Principal Hammersmith’s face on a picture of a mountain goat.”

Vicky tried to muffle her giggle with little success.

Her father glared at her. “So you think it’s funny, do you?” he asked as he continued to pace the floor.

“Sorry.”

“Not how your mother and I raised you. Did you see his screensaver?”

Justin had photoshopped Sister Constance’s face on a female goat in a very compromising position with the Mr. Hammersmith goat. Eugene glared at the twenty- nine monitors of goat love, floating red chubby hearts and Cupid with a compound bow and lots of arrows, then he and Vicky high-fived one another behind their father’s back while he gazed once more at Justin’s computer animation.

Justin’s fingers tap-danced across keyboards. He deleted another goat screensaver and set it back to the original portrait of Principal Hammersmith’s stony face sternly guarding the entrance of St. Ignatius. More clicks, another computer, another step closer to undoing his creation. His father walked over to the window and his voice rose as he spoke to Vicky.

“It would be one thing if his disrespect was limited to the school, but . . .” He yanked the curtains wide open and pointed at the athletic field. The computer lab famous goat love played on the new billboard-sized screen looming over the football stadium. And at Main Street’s busy intersection. And on Interstate Five.

“This is an offense punishable by a year of kitchen duty.”

Justin’s father bobbed his head back and forth in that parental duck-neck way.

“I’m not even going to ask how you accomplished that.”

“It helps to know the operator.”

“You mean an adult helped you do that?”

“Yeah. A guy who works here at the school who operates the billboard liked it too. He downloaded The Love Hammer’s-”

“Justin!”

“It’s the file name! Okay, Hammersmith. He had him as a teacher when he was in school, before Mr. Hammersmith became principal. Anyway, he wanted to pay me for the file of the screen saver image he saw in the lab.”

“You received money for that?” his father asked outraged. “No. I gave it to him for free.”

The veins in Mr. Andrews’ thin neck stood out in vivid ridges.

“Ah, come on, Dad, you know The Hammer, I mean Mr. Hammersmith had it in for me. It’s just not fair what he did to me.”

“You still need to have some respect for authority, Justin. Do you really believe your revenge was justified? That any revenge is justified? What if someone had done that to your mom’s picture?”

“No fair.” The words sank into a dark place within Justin’s mind where rationality always triumphed over emotion, and his breath caught. “Yeah, no, I was wrong, I’m sorry.”

“You’d better be sorry, though that’s not a big help now!” Mr. Andrews stopped pacing, leaned in and whispered, “I have to pay to have the whole newsletter reprinted and I still need to buy groceries. Do you want to know where the cash is coming from? Remember that allowance you had?”

Vicky’s slouch perked straight up. “Newsletter? What newsletter?”

“Justin put an obituary of Principal Hammersmith in the school’s newsletter.”

“Those weren’t supposed to get mailed. Besides, I’m writing a letter of apology, and you’ve got to admit,” he gestured to the bouquets, “the school did receive a lot of flowers. Aren’t they beautiful?” Justin smiled nervously then returned to de-goating the computer lab.

“You’re lucky they’re not going to expel you!”

Vicky raised a challenging pierced eyebrow. “The reason Justin wasn’t expelled was because of the special grants this school receives. His high test scores sure bumped up the school average. They’re not going to get rid of him.”

Mr. Andrews sighed and rubbed his face. “Maybe your Mom and I shouldn’t have let them put Justin two Grades ahead.”

“But he still gets straight A’s, Dad. Academics aren’t the issue. It’s Mom.”

“He still needs to learn discipline.”

“Come on now, it’s tough for Justin. Put yourself in his place. He’s only thirteen. Most of the other guys are already sixteen. They give him a hard time.”

“I’m almost fourteen, and I can take care of myself.” Justin puffed up as one more pair of amorous goats disappeared.

“He misses Mom,” Vicky sighed. “We all miss Mom. Don’t be so hard on him.”

Mr. Andrews’ cell phone played a disco jingle. He sighed before answering, “Eugene Andrews. Yes Ma’am. Sales projections ready by tonight. Fine.”

Vicky winced and gave a pained expression as the call ended.

“Look, I have to get back to work before I get fired,” Mr. Andrews said to Vicky and blew a heavy sigh. He straightened his tie, and picked lint off his sleeve as he crossed the room.

“As for you, young man,” Mr. Andrews said looking back at Justin, “you’ll receive your punishment tonight after dinner.” Dad slammed the classroom door behind him.

A vision of stacks of dirty dishes and a lonely soapy sink hovered in Justin’s mind. “I know Dad’s going to ground me until I’m eligible for Medicare. After I finish changing these screen savers I’m going to the park. I need to be alone.”

Vicky patted him on the shoulder. “If I want to find you, you’ll be in your tree, right?”

Justin’s mind drifted again. He gazed through an unseen window in the fabric of space and time. Sister Constance and The Hammer – how dare they attack his family? Especially his mother!

Memories of her replayed so high-res in his mind, he almost smelled her favorite lilies-of-the-valley scent perfuming the room’s air. He remembered when he had run into snags building a model airplane. His mother had drilled into him how one can do anything if one only sets their mind to it. He built the plane. Quick to punish Justin when he blew up the plane, she was just as quick to forgive him as he stood before her with his guilt-ridden face. She knew he hadn’t thought through the danger and that he really was sorry. She loved him unconditionally.

Mom had been a devout Catholic all her life, and she never lost that all-important cool factor, making the Andrews home an extremely popular sleepover spot with young people in the neighborhood. Once, Dad had pulled over to help change a mini-van’s flat tire. By the time Mom had finished chatting up the family, everyone was laughing. The guy said, “I’m almost glad I had the flat.” They got a Christmas card from them last season.

And music, she had loved music. One could find her strumming her guitar in church with the priest (who sported dreadlocks) and grooving with the choir to the newest rock music. She sang her heart out. If she hadn’t met Justin’s dad, she most certainly would have become a great nun, probably one of those wisecracking ones whom the parishioners loved to be around.

She even invited strangers to her sing-alongs, Jews, Protestants, Muslims and even an Atheist or two “for good measure,” she would say, “God made us all and we all need to feel loved. It’s the meaning of life.” Then her eyes sparked like Justin’s.

Mother’s belief in giving people a second chance sat with the older traditionalist members of the church, such as Sister Constance, like Jack Sprat on a candlestick. The anti-guitar crowd, she called them. So it started with the lecture in Sister Con’s Middle Age church history class. Justin scribbled notes.

The nun’s stone-cold face never cracked a smile, and her fire and brimstone passion for the subject gave Justin the impression that her eyes swelled when describing torture or suffering and that she relished the horrible punishments imposed upon anyone called heretic.

He would have loved to shout out, “Why don’t you get Freddy Krueger, or better yet, Jason, armed with his trademark hockey mask and chainsaw; to finish off those nasty Atheists and Muslims, Sister Con?” If only.

Justin knew all the answers when Sister Constance drilled the class on historical dates, and the saints, but he spat them out with cynicism. The Sister’s face pruned in disapproval and venom dripped from her tone.

“I know your problem, Justin Andrews. Your mother was in my class when she was your age. What a disgraceful student! Oh, the trouble she stirred. How she questioned the tried and true values of the church was shameful. It is because of people like your mother that the church has turned into the liberal wasteland it is today and lost its rich history of traditions and disciplines.”

“You mean like the Spanish Inquisition?” Justin asked with a righteous passion.

So there he stood in front of Principal Hammersmith’s office, searching for a seat, fighting the queasiness in the pit of his stomach. He would never forgive Hammersmith for not hearing him out; for taking Sister Con’s side.

“I hunt troublemakers, young man. Some spirits need breaking.” He sat in his desk chair, stoic. “You are wasting your God-given talents in technology for mischief and scandalous behavior.”

Justin survived this hour-long lecture on obedience and reverence, and even prevailed against The Hammer’s angry looping finger, which was famous for “going off” once he started shifting foot to foot. That was when you knew that whatever you had done was not worth it.

At a pause in that scolding sermon, Justin attempted to wedge in an explanation, “But–”

“Don’t you interrupt me, young man. This is another example of your impudence.” The Hammer’s finger wagged higher and looped with greater fury.

“Hey Justin, you awake?” Vicky snapped her fingers in front of Justin’s face.

He blinked and stammered.

Vicky looked scared. “Justin, are you okay? You’re always drifting off into never never land.”

“Sorry, I was just thinking about Mom again.”

“They say as time goes by it doesn’t hurt as much. But time has gone by, and we still miss her,” sighed Vicky.

One thing about Vicky, Justin thought as he continued to destroy another example of his digital artwork, was that she understood him, which was more than he could say for his father.

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postheadericon The Last Places on Earth by Gary Mancuso

TLPoE CoverTitle: The Last Places on Earth

Author: Gary Mancuso

Publisher: Great Lands Publishing

Pages: 375

Genre: Travelogue/Essays

Format: Hardcopy/Ebook

Gary Mancuso has seen how fast the world’s biological and cultural diversity is being obliterated by rapid globalization. In 2005, He saw the earth reaching a major turning point, when the last remnants of primal humanity and nature would soon be gone. So, in a life-changing gamble, he set off on a six-year journey to see the earth’s remaining wildernesses.

This intensely personal account of Gary’s journey includes feasting with New Guinea’s former cannibals, hunting with Pygmies in the Congo Basin, and attending a Madagascan highland death ritual with an exhumed corpse as the guest of honor.

Gary paid a price for his journey: lost his wife to divorce, half his net worth to financial malfeasance, and a dear friend to suicide. He fell sick several times, got electrocuted, and struggled with the inevitable disorientation borne of long rootlessness. But he overcame each hurdle and even found romance in some unlikely places. By dumb luck, some smart luck, and an instinct for improvisation, he pressed on and somehow staggered home.

The Last Places on Earth: Journeys in Our Disappearing World is a timely and powerful reminder that the wonderment and mystery that we humans naively assumed would always be there is dying fast.

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Gary Mancuso yearned to travel ever since he was a boy. Then, the summer before his senior year in high school, he left his family home in Ohio and drove to California. Arriving in Los Angeles with four dollars in his pocket, he slept on the beach for a spell until he got his footing. When he wasn’t off wandering somewhere, he studied economics, communications, and political science and got a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California. Before setting off on the journey that became the subject of this book, Gary headed business development in the trading room of a large regional bank. Along with his passion for travel, he is an avid trekker, swimmer, scuba diver, environmentalist, and private pilot.

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postheadericon Interview with C.H. MacLean, author of ‘Two Empty Thrones’

C.H. MacLeanTo young C. H. MacLean, books were everything: mind-food, friends, and fun. They gave the shy middle child’s life color and energy. Amazingly, not everyone saw them that way. Seeing a laundry hamper full of books approach her, the librarian scolded C. H. for trying to check them all out. “You’ll never read that many before they expire!” C. H. was surprised, having shown great restraint only by keeping a list of books to check out next time. Thoroughly abashed, C. H. waited three whole days after finishing that lot before going back for more.

With an internal world more vivid than the real one, C. H. was chastised for reading in the library instead of going to class. “Neurotic, needs medical help,” the teacher diagnosed. C. H.’s father, a psychologist, just laughed when he heard. “She’s just upset because those books are more challenging than her class.” C. H. realized making up stories was just as fun as reading, and harder to get caught doing. So for a while, C. H. crafted stories and characters out of wisps and trinkets, with every toy growing an elaborate personality.

But toys were not mature, and stories weren’t respectable for a family of doctors. So C. H. grew up and learned to read serious books and study hard, shelving foolish fantasies for serious work.

Years passed in a black and white blur. Then, unpredictably falling in love all the way to a magical marriage rattled C. H.’s orderly world. A crazy idea slipped in a resulting crack and wouldn’t leave. “Write the book you want to read,” it said. “Write? As in, a fantasy novel? But I’m not creative,” C. H. protested. The idea, and C. H.’s spouse, rolled their eyes.

So one day, C. H. started writing. Just to try it, not that it would go anywhere. Big mistake. Decades of pent-up passion started pouring out, making a mess of an orderly life. It only got worse. Soon, stories popped up everywhere- in dreams, while exercising, or out of spite, in the middle of a work meeting. “But it’s not important work,” C. H. pleaded weakly. “They are not food, or friends, or…” But it was too late. C. H. had re-discovered that, like books, life should be fun too. Now, writing is a compulsion, and a calling.

C. H. lives in a Pacific Northwest forest with five cats, two kids, one spouse, and absolutely no dragons or elves, faeries, or demons… that are willing to be named, at least.

His latest book is the YA fantasy, Two Empty Thrones.

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Q: Thank you so much for this interview, C. H.! Can you tell us where you are from?

Born in deepest (coldest) Minnesota, I flew to Hawai’i for a spell, but then went back to Minnesota. I fled to Colorado for a short time, then Minnesota dragged me back. I leaped to California, and third time’s the charm, haven’t gone back. Minnesota’s wonderful, some of the nicest people in the world, but it’s just not for me. I now live in Washington State in an evergreen Two Empty Thrones 2forest.

Q: How did you come up with your title?

The title came wrapped in the story. When the tale exploded in my head, little bits of the title scattered all over and came together as the story played in my mind.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

Heidi Sutherlin designed it. She was great, really taking some time to get to know me and the book before starting. She and I went back and forth as we tried a couple of drafts. When I saw this one, it was perfect. The dragon eyes watching from hiding, the two thrones mirrored as through time, darkness surrounding the whole scene, it really captures a sense of the book.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

Snippets of reviews speak better than me:

“Can’t wait for the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book and series for all ages. Enjoy a little magic in your life.” – Amazon review

“Wish I could give this 5 more stars! I am in love with this series! [C.H. MacLean] is a masterful weaver of tales!” – Amazon Review

“Lots of unexpected twists and turns and an explosive magic battle had me on the edge of my seat right to the end.” – Amazon Review

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

I didn’t intend to have any messages, and just wanted to have readers enjoy the book. But Haylwen would disagree that there aren’t any. She likely would want you to believe in yourself and not believe all the negative voices in your head. She’d likely say with that, you can not only overcome but be an example to others.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

My favorite chapter to write was Fight Fire with Fire (chapter 13 as it happened to be). While every scene played vividly in my mind while I wrote them, this one really sent tingles down my spine, and still keeps doing so. Haylwen gets her first real insight into the nature of the universe, or one side of it at least, and she’ll never be the same person again.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

Haylwen reminded me how much I liked books and reading, and giving that to someone else would be such a gift. Knowing others out there love stories as much as I did, I had to share.

Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

I’ve never seen the movie E.T. When it first came out, I went with my brothers to see it in the theater. But I got scared and ran out of the theater. Haven’t been able to watch it since then.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Australia’s barrier reef. I don’t want to disrupt the ecosystem there, but the vibrant life there would be such an inspiration.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

I’m such a morning person it’s almost unhealthy! I so completely relish being up well before the first traces of light trickle in and let you know a new day is coming. Watching the sun rise is like an epiphany every time.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

My father and both brothers, at some time in their lives, liked to write. My nephews are showing some great talent, too.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

Absolutely! I was a complete and utter dreamer, to the detriment of my psychological profile in school. I have no idea how I managed to focus through all the schooling I went through.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?

Thank you, magic genie! I love the universal adoption of zero-point photovoltaic cells! With unlimited clean power, we can really make this planet a better place.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Hold onto your dreams regardless of what others tell you. Life doesn’t have to be serious, and being happy is of great value to the world. I would love to hear from you, and you can visit me anytime on my blog, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

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We are happy to host author Bobbi JG Weiss and feature her dark fantasy / horror novel, Hooked!

About The Book

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Author: Bobbi JG Weiss

Publisher: Independent Self Publishing

Publication Date: July 21, 2014

Pages: 518

ISBN: 978-0990360001

Genre: Dark Fantasy / Horror

Format: Paperback, eBook, ePub, PDF

He is not Captain Hook.

His name is Jonathan Stuart, and he’s just an ornery post-alcoholic bookstore owner from Pasadena with a mania for fencing and a bad habit of disappointing his girlfriend. He doesn’t want to be in the Neverland, impossibly trapped aboard the Jolly Roger with a horde of greedy stinking pirates. He was tricked there by Peter Pan.

Pan happily invites children to come to his wondrous magical island, but he has to trick adults. No adult in their right mind would go willingly. Adults, you see, don’t have a very good time in the Neverland. The fairies and mermaids are against them. The island itself is against them. Most of all, Peter Pan is against them.

In particular, Peter Pan is against Jonathan Stuart. Why? Jonathan had better figure that out, and he’d better do it fast before his mutating memories insist that, not only does he indeed belong in this nightmarish hell of bloodthirsty children, ticking crocodiles and vengeful boy gods, but he’s never existed anyplace else.

So you see, he’s definitely not Captain Hook.

Well, not yet.

 

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Book Excerpt

Stuart didn’t laugh when he saw himself in the mirror this time. At first he wasn’t sure why, because he certainly looked like a lunatic who had just escaped out of a billboard for Captain Morgan rum. And then it hit him. “Everything fits.”

“ ‘Course it fits,” Smee said with exasperation. “It’s yers, ain’t it? An’ here, sar, the final touch.” Smee held it out.

Stuart wasn’t surprised to see his grandfather’s saber laying across those callused palms, tucked into a beautiful silver scabbard. “Of all things,” he said with a mixture of wonder and dread, “this makes the most sense.” His hand gravitated toward the hilt.

“Sense, sar?” Smee asked.

Stuart drew his hand back, slowly, with effort. The air grew heavier. “Oh, yes,” he replied as Smee, ever the dutiful valet, settled a red baldric across his charge’s left shoulder, the wide and heavily ornamented belt holding the scabbard at Stuart’s right hip. Stuart fought down panic. His flesh was tingling with a sudden black energy, the same energy he had felt during his ghostly saber battle that night at home. How long ago had that been?

Guided once more by its own objectives, his left hand reached to his right hip and this time succeeded in drawing the saber out. He gripped it, feeling the same marvelous balance between blade and hilt, the same eerie sense of sentience. It had him. He was on its home turf now, and he couldn’t run from it, not here. Something dark closed around him like great black jaws.

“Ah, yeh cut a fine figure, sar. The boys’ll be glad to see yeh.” All smiles and bounce, Smee plucked the saber from his hand and slid it back into its scabbard. He pulled out a rag hanging from his pocket, flapped it over Stuart’s clothes like a butler giving his master a final dusting, then propelled Stuart towards the door. “Come on, sar!”

The doorway was small. Stuart had to stoop to avoid bashing his head. The heels of the jack boots boosted him three inches beyond his own six foot height, and the wig and the hat added another three or four inches easy. He had to remain stooped as Smee led him along a short passageway, and then he went blind as sunlight — not from one sun but two — smacked him full in the face.

His eyes may have been useless, but his nostrils flared at the intense smell of salt and sea. His ears heard vast expanses of heavy canvas flap overhead while waves rippled below. The clamor of many gruff male voices all chattering at once was interrupted as Smee cried out, “All right, ya scurvy scugs! All hands fall in abaft the mizz’n!” Then Smee conducted him up the starboard ladder.

Stuart could do nothing but stumble along, shading his eyes with his hands and blinking, trying to adjust to the brilliance. As he did, he took in more sounds from below — the pounding of bare feet running every whichway, the creak of ropes, the deep grunts and moans of the vast wooden hull. When he could finally see, he found himself standing on the quarterdeck of a three-masted ship, looking down into the faces of forty or so swarthy pirates who stared back up at him, most of their mouths hanging open to reveal an alarming absence of teeth. Eight or nine more men up in the rigging hung like monkeys, gaping down at him.

Stuart gaped back. It had been much easier to deal with Smee. One man. One apparition. One entity to deny as a dream. But try as he might, Stuart couldn’t simply dismiss this motley and very real crowd before him. If nothing else, the overwhelming stench of the men couldn’t be explained away as a dream. A pig farm smelled better than this. He thought he could actually feel the hairs inside his nostrils cower down and try to flatten out rather than conduct such nauseating information to his brain.

Smee nudged him. “Say somethin’!” he whispered.

Stuart couldn’t move. Say something?

“Call all hands from below!” came a bellow from the main deck.

Smee nodded down at the man who had spoken, a handsome Italian pirate with a long black ponytail. “Cecco,” he informed Stuart. “Yer first mate an’ a fine feller.”

“I can’t take this…”

“Aw, c’mon, compose yerself, sar. Fer Chrissake, this here’s yer crew!”

Stuart clutched the edge of the rail hard enough to make his fingers cramp. “This is not my crew.”

“Sar—”

“This is not my crew! I don’t have a crew!” He glared down at Smee, noticing how the layers of heavy clothing restricted his movements. In order to tilt his head — Smee wasn’t short so much as Stuart was tall, especially in the jack boots — he had to strain against his cravat. He wasn’t used to anything around his neck, and it contributed to the trapped animal feeling he already had. He struggled for control. “This isn’t real. I refuse to believe this is real, and I am most certainly not—”

“Captain Hook!”

The exclamation came from a young boy no more than eight years old, dressed in a filthy white shirt and black knickers. Stuart turned toward the voice, squinting to see its owner against the dazzling suns. He saw that the boy had climbed up out of the hatch, his expression a strange mixture of relief and trepidation. Come to think of it, all the pirates wore that expression.

“’Course yeh remember Lil’ Lad Jack,” Smee told Stuart. “Hard worker, he is. Good learner.”

“Captain Hook,” Jack repeated, quieter this time. He almost sounded reverent.

“Hook?” Stuart spat out before he knew what his mouth was doing. “Hook?” He held up his hands. “I’ve got two hands, you stupid little brat! I haven’t got a hook! How can I be Captain Hook if I haven’t got a hook? Anybody in this looney bin got an answer for that one?”

“He’s a bleedin’ ghost!” someone in the crowd muttered.

At that, Cecco turned on a tall, lean pirate whose every inch of visible flesh was covered with tattoos, including his hands and bare feet. Even his face was tattooed, although it was half-hidden by a hat bespangled with coins, jewels and a potpourri of shiny baubles. “What’s that you say about the Captain, Mister Jukes?” Cecco asked sharply.

Feet shuffled. Someone coughed. Jukes tried to duck behind one of his fellows, who roughly pushed him away. “Nothin’,” Jukes squeaked. “I didn’t say nothin’.”

“Aye, nothing,” Cecco repeated with satisfaction. “That man up there is no ghost, ya slackjawed jackanapes!” he boomed, and the men jumped. Stuart jumped, too — Cecco might as well have been using a bullhorn, he was so loud. “That’s the only man the Sea-Cook fears! He’s the only man who ever snared a siren, ate of her flesh and lived! He’s the only man who outsmarted Pan, outsmarted the croc, outsmarted death itself, to come back and beat Pan at his own game! Now act like his crew, by thunder, or you’ll feel the kiss o’ the cat!”

A roar went up the likes of which Stuart hadn’t heard since the last time he went to a Lakers game. They were cheering him! And not one of them, Smee included, seemed to care about his obvious lack of a hook.

 

About The Author

Bobbi JG Weiss

Bobbi JG Weiss made her world debut one Christmas morning (cough-mutter-mutter) years ago, and as long as she can remember, she’s wanted to be a writer. Why? She has no idea. Probably a birth defect.

After several boring “normal” jobs, her writing wishes came true — she and her husband/partner David Cody Weiss began to make their living as full-time freelance writers, focusing on Hollywood tie-in merchandise like movie/TV novel adaptations, comics, and other related and often ridiculous products. After 20+ years of this, the “WeissGuys” decided to enter the wild world of self-publishing.

You can find more information about Bobbi, her books, her life, and her weird husband at http://www.weisswriters.com/. She also posts on Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest and Facebook unless her passwords mysteriously stop working and she can’t get on, which seems to happen a lot. Why? She has no idea. Probably computer voodoo.

 

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We’re happy to be hosting Lauren Carr and her THE MURDERS AT ASTAIRE CASTLE Book Blitz today!

The Murders at Astaire Castle

Title: The Murders at Astaire Castle
Author: Lauren Carr
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Pages: 286
Genre: Mystery
Format: Paperback/Kindle

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Mac Faraday Meets the Wolf Man!

Never tell Mac Faraday not to do something.

In The Murders at Astaire Castle, Spencer’s police chief, David O’Callaghan, learns this lesson the hard way when he orders Mac Faraday to stay away from the south end of Spencer’s mountaintop—even though he owns the property. It doesn’t take long for Mac to find out what lies on the other side of the stone wall and locked gate, on which hangs a sign warning visitors to Keep Out!

Topping the list of the ten most haunted places in America, Astaire Castle is associated with two suicides, three mysterious disappearances, and four murders since it was built almost a century ago—and Mac Faraday owns it!

In spite of David’s warning, Mac can’t resist unlocking the gate to see the castle that supposedly hasn’t seen a living soul since his late mother had ordered it closed up after the double homicide and disappearance of Damian Wagner, a world-famous master of horror novels.

“Halloween has always been a fun time,” best-selling author Lauren Carr explains in a note at the beginning of her fifth Mac Faraday mystery. “It’s the time to break out and be someone else. As a child, I would pretend to be one of the Bobbsey Twins searching for clues to lead me to a secret treasure. If I was lucky, it was made up of chocolate. As a teenager, I was Nancy Drew. Always, when October rolled around, I craved mysteries with something extra added—something beyond the normal—something supernatural. As an author, I couldn’t resist taking this one Mac Faraday Mystery on a scary Halloween adventure.”

In this latest installment of Carr’s hit series, what starts out as a quick tour of a dusty old castle turns into another Mac Faraday adventure when Astaire Castle becomes the scene of even more murders. Mac is going to need to put all of his investigative talents to work to sort out this case that involves the strangest characters he has run into yet—including a wolf man. No, we’re not talking about Gnarly.

Book Excerpt:

Prologue

November 2002 – Astaire Castle, top of Spencer Mountain, Deep Creek Lake, Maryland

Shivering, Rafaela turned up the fan for the heater in her old Plymouth. The weather channel was calling for snow. With an eye on the storm clouds heading straight for Spencer Mountain, she picked up the speed a notch. Her car bumped along the worn road cut through the trees and rock to take her to Astaire Castle.

The notion of being trapped at the castle by a winter storm made her curse the day she had accepted the job as housekeeper at the Astaire estate. The young illegal immigrant thought her prayers had been answered by landing the job at the luxurious estate. Not only was it prestigious to work in a castle, but lucrative since Damian Wagner was paying almost twice her normal hourly wage.

What a gem to put on my housekeeping resume! To be hire by only one of the world’s most famous authors of horror books—even more famous than Robin Spencer—to clean an honest-to-goodness castle. So what if the Astaire Castle has a reputation of being haunted? I’ll be making a bundle for cleaning five days a week in the daylight. Besides, I don’t believe in no ghosts.

Rafaela regretted her decision the first time she walked into Astaire Castle.

At first, she dismissed her cleaning supplies moving from where she had left them as forgetfulness.  Then there was the time she kept hearing someone whispering her name. She had looked around, but never saw anyone. Same with doors closing or opening or footsteps coming up behind her, and the old-time music and party noises in empty rooms when no one was there—she tried to tell herself that it was all her imagination.

None of that was anything compared to the Wolf Man who she had seen in the dining room mirror while she was cleaning it.

She had heard all about the Wolf Man who lived in the woods surrounding Astaire Castle. The woman with two teenagers who lived in the apartment next to hers was quick to tell her about him. Rafaela had dismissed it all as ghost stories made up by her neighbor’s kids to scare her—until she had seen him with her own two eyes.

That day she ran out of the castle. She returned only after Genevieve, Damian Wagner’s daughter, had promised that her father finish his book and be moving out of the castle by the end of the year—at which time he would pay her a handsome bonus that would give her enough money to visit her family in Brazil for Christmas.

Rafaela caught her breath when her Plymouth entered through the gate at the end of the road to pull into the front courtyard and fountain.

The fountain was off. Damian Wagner had never bothered to turn it on. He wouldn’t notice if it was. He spent his time banging away on his computer in the study on the top floor. He wouldn’t eat if it weren’t for his daughter bringing food to him.

Then there was the editor—Mr. Jansen.

He reminded Rafaela of a bird with his bony frame, high cheekbones over a pointy chin, and thick eyeglasses with his blinking eyes magnified behind them. He sounded like a squawking bird with his high-pitched voice no matter what his mood or what he was saying. Ready to pounce in anticipation of any need from Damian Wagner, he was always lurking nearby.

Damian’s daughter, Genevieve, was as charming as beautiful. She often asked Rafaela about her family in Brazil and about her life in Deep Creek Lake.  For the new immigrant to America, Rafaela felt as if she was making a friend who would give her good references for more housekeeping jobs in the resort town of Spencer—more millionaire estates to clean—estates that weren’t haunted.

Rafaela pulled her car around the circular drive and parked at the bottom of the steep steps that led to the front door. When she got out of her car, the wind howled and whipped her long dark hair around her head. The wind actually seemed to want to rip her thin coat off her body. Grabbing her box of cleaning supplies, she squared her shoulders, and sucked up her nerve to go inside.

Need to make this quick. They don’t have enough money to make me stay here during that storm.

The wind yanked the heavy wooden door from her grasp to slam it against the side of the house.

“Stupid door!” Rafaela set the box inside the foyer and went outside to grab the door and pull it shut. “Mr. Wagner! Mr. Jansen! Genevieve! It’s me, Rafaela! Hope I’m not disturbing you.” She picked up the box and made her way through the foyer.

“Raf-aela …”

She stopped. With wide eyes, she peered up the staircase to the second floor balcony. “Is that you, Mr. Wagner?” She paused to listen. “Genevieve?”

“Get out. Now.”

Has to be my imagination. She reassured herself. “There’s no such thing as ghosts. There’s no such thing as ghosts,” she muttered over and over to herself while hurrying to the back of the castle.

“I don’t suppose you had any trick-or-treaters last night, did you?” she called out to ease her nerves with the sound of her own voice. “Not up here I suppose.”

She waited for an answer. She heard footsteps on the floor up above.

The smell of burnt meat came to her nose. It smelled like steak that had been left on the grill for too long.

They must have grilled steaks last night.

“Lots of little children stopped by my apartment.” Feeling braver as she rattled on, Rafaela set the box of cleaning supplies on the kitchen table and gathered together her duster and furniture polish.

Best to start in the living room. The antiques, wood, and silver takes the longest.

Admiring the decades-old priceless china encased in the china closet, she went through the dining room. With her cleaning lady’s eye, she gauged what needed to be addressed on this visit that she may have missed before. She stopped when the blotch of red on the doorframe through the kitchen caught her eye.

What’s that? Catsup?

It wasn’t until she spotted a spot on the floor that she first considered that it wasn’t a condiment, but something much more sinister.  She spotted another. Bigger this time … and another.

There was a red pool in front of the kitchen door that opened out onto the back patio and deck that projected out over the rocks to provide a massive view of the valley down below. All of the drops and splatters and pools led to the common source—the fire pit outside.

She saw the flames and smoke wafting in the wind whipping around her where she stood in the open doorway. She stared at the blackened objects in the pit. What at first appeared to be a burnt log projecting out of the flames took shape.

The hand and fingers reached out to her.

The index finger was pointing at her.

Through the rapid beating of her heart, Rafaela could hear the footsteps behind her coming closer.

“Get out!”

His image was reflected in the glass pane of the door. The wild hair. The crazed eyes.

It’s the Wolf Man!

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About the Author:

Lauren Carr

Lauren Carr is the best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Twelve to Murder is the seventh installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.

In addition to her series set on DeepCreekLake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.

Lauren launched the Lovers in Crime (first introduced in Shades of Murder) mystery series in September 2012 with Dead on Ice.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This year, several books, over a variety of genre, written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services, which is currently accepting submissions. Visit Acorn Book Services website for more information.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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postheadericon Interview with David Lundgren, author of ‘Rhapsody’

David LundgrenDavid Lundgren was born in “a pokey town in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia)” and spent the first 18 years of his life there. He grew up in an environment “that seemed to combine the best elements of both an American and English heritage with a hybrid African lifestyle.” Lundgren is also a musician, which gave him the creative spark to create the Melforger series. He spends his time in San Francisco “teaching, enjoying frequent – and often frustrating – games of tennis, trying to learn the blues on piano, attacking Sudoku puzzles with relish, and attempting to make some headway with the ever-increasing pile of books that is waiting patiently at my bedside, developing its own gravity.”

His latest book is the fantasy/science fiction, Rhapsody.

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Q: Thank you so much for this interview, David! Can you tell us where you are from?

I was born in Zimbabwe, Africa (it used to be called Rhodesia), and since leaving decades ago, have lived in the UK, the Caribbean, and most recently the States. Some might call me a drifter, I like to think of myself as an international nomad Rhapsody 2(which obviously sounds more sophisticated).

Q: How did you come up with your title?

I think rhapsody is a beautiful word, and the third book is quite dark and intense; I liked the contrast. Melforger, however, comes from the root for music, ‘mel’. All three titles have a deliberate musical association.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

The title fonts and logos for all three books in the trilogy were designed by a super-talented English artist called George Watson. I also wanted to be involved in them and helped design the three different ‘journey’ aspects they depicted.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

It’s unique – completely original – and is set in what I think are gorgeous and extreme environments, with the adventure unfolding at breakneck pace.

(Also, it has humongous trees that people live inside – walking on a natural platform hundreds of yards above the ground. How cool is that?!)

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

I’ve tried not to be preachy in the book and wanted more to draw on the reader’s love for adventure, for magic, for nature and forests, for the personal journey that young adults experience, and above all for music. I hope that there is plenty of room for readers to draw their own conclusions and ‘messages’ from it.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

There’s a scene in Rhapsody which I enjoyed writing immensely as it contains one of my greatest fears in life (no spoilers). It’s terrifying and dark, but at the same time has, as a counterpoint, one of my favorite characters in it who never fails to make me chuckle at his antics.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

Firstly, Rhapsody is the final book in The Melforger Chronicles trilogy, so there’s the first reason: to complete it. As for why I wrote the entire trilogy, I suppose if you look at my love of reading sci-fi and fantasy as a boy (an only child), my upbringing in Africa with its jaw-dropping wilderness, and how I was surrounded my music my entire life (and indeed played many different instruments and sang myself), it seemed an obvious for me to find a way to string them all together and create my own original story.

Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

I’m terrified of spiders, hippos, crocs, sharks and heights – in that order. (which I can’t help but feel makes me a candidate for Worst African Ever)

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

The Himalayas. I have a hunger for extreme climates and vistas and have just completed a hike in Iceland which was astounding. Always looking to one-up myself, the next unticked box on my list is the base camp hike to Everest.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

Absolutely a night person. I enjoy mornings once I’m up, but getting over the initial hump is a messy affair.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

My step-grandfather was a respected historian in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), but I’m the only one who’s ventured into the creative waters of fiction.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

I was an only child and a stereotypical dreamer (bearing in mind we had very little TV in Africa when I was young). In classes at school I would forever be designing spaceships and hovercrafts, or coming up with ideas for stories, or just drawing aimless doodles as my mind wandered around landscapes of its own choosing.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?

Well, on a selfish note, I would love for the trilogy to be made into a movie – I think it would be phenomenal to have it on the big screen with all its epic settings and colors and action sequences.

On a less indulgent, more health-related angle, I’d rather like us to finally conquer the big ‘C’ which has preyed on too many people in my life.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Happy reading! I hope you find the books as enjoyable to read as I did to write.

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Kat FlanneryKat Flannery has loved writing ever since she was a girl. She is often seen jotting her ideas down in a little black book. When not writing or researching, Kat enjoys snuggling on her couch with a hot chocolate and a great book.

Her first novel, CHASING CLOVERS became an Amazon’s bestseller in Historical and Western romance. LAKOTA HONOR, Kat’s second book and book 1 in the Branded Trilogy became an instant success in Paranormal Historical Mystery/Romance. This was followed by book 2, BLOOD CURSE, which will be released October 1, 2014. Kat is now working on the final book in the trilogy.

When not focusing on her creative passions, Kat is busy with her three boys and doting husband.

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About the Book:

Deadly Dozen 2The DEADLY DOZEN Book Bundle contains 12 complete mystery/thriller novels by award-winning and international bestselling authors: Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Catherine Astolfo, Alison Bruce, Melodie Campbell/Cynthia St-Pierre, Gloria Ferris, Donna Galanti, Kat Flannery, Jesse Giles Christiansen, Rosemary McCracken, Susan J. McLeod, C. S. Lakin and Linda Merlino.

THE BRIDGEMAN by Catherine Astolfo

DEADLY LEGACY by Alison Bruce

A PURSE TO DIE FOR by Melodie Campbell & Cynthia St-Pierre

CHEAT THE HANGMAN by Gloria Ferris

A HUMAN ELEMENT by Donna Galanti

LAKOTA HONOR by Kat Flannery

PELICANBAY by Jesse Giles Christiansen

SAFEHARBOR by Rosemary McCracken

SOUL AND SHADOW by Susan J. McLeod

INNOCENT LITTLE CRIMES by C. S. Lakin

ROOM OF TEARS by Linda Merlino

DIVINE INTERVENTION by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

With an individual list price total of more than $45.00 and over 640 reviews collectively on Amazon.com, the DEADLY DOZEN Book Bundle is a value-packed, rollercoaster thrill ride that takes you from amateur sleuth to detective to paranormal to ancient mysteries set in intriguing worlds and so much more.

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Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Kat! Can you tell us where you are from?

Hi there! Sure, I am from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Q: How did you come up with your title?

The DEADLY DOZEN was titled by my publisher Imajin Books, and I’m pleased with the selection. It gives the reader an idea of the 12 books inside the bundle.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

The cover for the bundle was designed by Ryan Thomas Doan Digital Design and Photography. He designs all the covers for Imajin Books and is extremely talented.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

The bundle features 12 titles, with 12 of Imajin Books authors. My book, LAKOTA HONOR is a historical paranormal suspense with a hint of romance.

In the small town of Willow Creek, Colorado, Nora Rushton spends most of her days locked up in her home with a father who resents her and fighting off unwanted marriage proposals from the wealthy Elwood Calhoun. Marked as a witch, Nora must hide her healing powers from those who wish to destroy all the witkowin–crazy women. What she doesn’t know is that a bounty hunter is hot on her trail.

Lakota native Otakatay has an obligation to fulfill. He has been hired to kill the witkowin. In a time when race and difference are a threat and innocence holds no ground, courage, love and honor will bring Nora and Otakatay together as they fight for their freedom. Will the desire to fulfill his promise drive Otakatay to kill Nora? Or will the kindness he sees in her blue eyes push him to be the man he once was?

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

Yes. Times have not changed so much that people don’t look at someone who is different and judge them. I created a world in the 1800’s where this happens and how two very different people deal with being outcasts.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

I’d have to say the flashbacks were my favorite parts to write, because I was able to give the reader bit by bit information on my characters background. I was able to make them feel what his life was like and what caused such hatred to fester inside of him.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

To remind people that just because you are different doesn’t mean you do not deserve to love and be loved.

Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

Hmmmm. I love to eat chocolate while soaking in the tub.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I’d love to go to Italy. I don’t have a particular place in the country I’d go, but I’ve always wanted to see the landscape and the historic buildings. Being Italian, I feel an extra pull to visit with the people as well.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

Night!! I do not like mornings. However, with children I suffer through them.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

No, not in my immediate family. I do have a cousin who writes phenomenal poetry. In fact her poem is featured in my new release Blood Curse coming Oct. 1, 2014.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

Yes. I loved to make up stories and write them down.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?

I only get one? Okay…I’d wish for peace. I know that sounds cliché, but I’d really want there to be peace in this world.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Thank you for having me! I love hearing from readers they can message me through my website www.katflannerybooks.com or via my author facebook page. Kat Flannery, author.

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postheadericon A Conversation with ‘The Scent of Humanity’ Margay Leah Justice

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Descended from the same bloodline that spawned the likes of James Russell, Amy and Robert Lowell, Margay Leah Justice was fated to be a writer herself from a young age. But even before she knew that there was a name for what she was doing, she knew one thing: She had a deep and unconditional love for the written word. A love that would challenge her in times of need, abandon her in times of distress, and rediscover her in times of hope. Through her writing, Margay has learned to cope with every curve ball life has thrown her, including the challenges of single parenting, the harsh realities of living in a shelter, coping with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, and the roller coaster ride of dealing with a child who suffers from bipolar disorder. But along the way she has rediscovered the amazing power of words.

Margay currently lives in Massachusetts with her two daughters, two cats, and a myriad of characters who vie for her attention and demand that their own stories be told. In her spare time, she is an avid knitter, knitting her way through a stash of yarn that almost rivals her tbr pile!

Her latest book is the romantic suspense/women’s fiction, The Scent of Humanity.

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Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Margay! Can you tell us where you are from?

I’m from Massachusetts, born and raised.

The Scent of Humanity 2Q: How did you come up with your title?

It was one of those phrases that just popped into my head and I thought, ‘wow, that’s a good title for a book.’ It just seemed to fit with the plot of this book.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

Yes! The cover was designed by Donna Collier and I think she captured beautifully the core theme of this book, which is the terrified girl who was nearly kidnapped. But is the girl on the cover the niece – or Silvie, who still feels like frightened little girl inside?

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

Nick Fahey. He is a delicious character that I had so much fun writing about! And if you like your romance with a good dose of suspense, family angst, and tense situations, then this might be for you!

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

I think the most important one is to just protect yourself when you’re out there – always be aware of your surroundings, it’s safer to travel in pairs/packs rather than alone, and if someone tries to take you, do your best not to let it happen. Unfortunately, too many times, if they get you to another location, it ends up bad for you.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

I don’t think I had a specific one that I liked above all the others; I liked writing them all. If I did, it would probably be the one where Nick is shot during an ambush from a suspect he was tracking. There was just so much happening during the hospital scene, the most significant being that this is when Silvie admits that she’s in love with him, but not to him (she confesses to his sister), and has to come to terms with the fact that it might be too late to tell him – that she might lose him before she has the chance to. I also love the chapter where they are mourning the loss of one of their own (it happened during the ambush) and they’re all at his widow’s house; just the way the women take care of their men in that scene really gets to me every time I think about it.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

After what happened to my niece, it was like I was compelled to write it. Something just drove me to it – the book practically wrote itself; I was just the transcriber!

Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

Deep, dark secrets should remain deep dark secrets! I don’t really have any – sorry I’m so boring!

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I’d love to go to the UK to trace my roots.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

I don’t think I’m specifically one – I’m cranky morning and night!

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

I have a nephew who likes to write and one of my daughters used to do a lot of fan fiction. Also, my older sister writes songs.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

Oh, definitely! Where do you think all my ideas came from then?

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?

If I’m being totally frivolous, a trip to Pairs. Otherwise, good health.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

I just want to thank you so much for having me here today. I really enjoyed our time together.

 

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postheadericon Interview with Cindy McDonald, author of ‘To the Breaking Pointe’

Cindy McDonaldFor twenty-six years Cindy’s life whirled around a song and a dance: she was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. She often notes: Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things I have experienced (greatly exaggerated upon of course—I’ve never been murdered!) with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and happenings at the racetrack. Viola! Cindy’s first book series, Unbridled, was born—there are four books to that series so far.

Cindy is a huge fan of romantic suspense series, and although she isn’t one to make New Year’s resolutions, on New Year’s Day 2013 she made a commitment to write one, Into the Crossfire is the first book for her new series, First Force.

People are always asking Cindy: do you miss dance? With a bitter sweet smile on her lips she tells them: Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love my books, and I love sharing them with you.

Her latest book is the romantic suspense, To the Breaking Pointe.

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To the Breaking Pointe 2Pushed to the breaking pointe!

Five years ago First Force operative, Grant Ketchum, let the ballerina of his dreams dance right of his life. Silja Ramsay returned to her birthplace, Russia, to take the position of principal dancer for the Novikov Ballet Company.

The owner and director of the ballet company, Natalia Novikov, has a dark secret: her beloved ballet company is almost broke. Natalia forces her dancers to prostitute themselves to financial contributors at exclusive after-show parties. Silja has been exempt and kept in the dark about the parties—until an American financier offers to bail the failing ballet company out. His prerequisite: Silja must become his personal companion, live in his home, and fulfill his every desire. Against her will, Silja is taken to the American’s mansion, but before she goes she manages to send a text to the only man who can save her, Grant: HELP!

Now Grant is on a mission to find his lost ballerina and rescue her from this powerful man’s subjugation. He will do anything to get her out alive. If they survive, will he let her chasse out of his life again?

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Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Cindy! Can you tell us where you are from?

I am from Pittsburgh, PA

Q: How did you come up with your title?

I was a professional dancer for twenty-six years. The title just seemed perfect for the storyline.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

My cover was designed by Todd Aune of Projeto Communications. That said, I personally seek out the very handsome men that you see on the First Force covers. The man on To the Breaking Pointe is Stuart Tomlinson. I am friends with many photographers on FB—I keep a very close eye out for photos of extremely handsome hunks that fit my storylines, and then I buy the photos from the photographers. The men are usually athletes turned model and they are thrilled to be on the covers.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

The story is about a hot marine special operative who must travel to Russia to save his former lover—a gorgeous ballerina—need I say more?

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

No—I’m afraid the story is pretty straight-forward. I just want everyone to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

Chapter 23–I am very pleased with the ending of this story. Very pleased, and I think the characters are too!

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

To the Breaking Pointe was not set to be book #2 of the First Force Series—Into the Dark was supposed to be in that position. But this story simply wouldn’t let me write Into the Dark. It niggled at me—as did the characters. Well, I just had to put Into the Dark aside and write To the Breaking Pointe. It was what the characters wanted, and I think you’ll agree once you read it that they were absolutely right.

Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

LOL—I drink cabernet when I’m writing hot love scenes.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

This is a great question because I’m getting to travel there in April—France! I will be cruising through the Bordeaux country, stopping at all the little towns and wineries—I’m very excited, and then its two days in Paris. April in Paris!

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

Unfortunately, I suffer from insomnia; therefore, I am a night person. I do a lot of writing at 3am.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

No, I believe that I am the first.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

Absolutely. Only I didn’t dream about becoming a writer—I wanted to be a movie star! Well, I became a professional dancer that became a writer—I guess its close enough!

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?

I would wish that we could find a peaceful end to the problems in our world and that no more of our boys would die or be maimed—I would wish for peace among all nations.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

I hope everyone enjoys To the Breaking Pointe—I have dedicated this book to the cast of my 2005 production of Coppelia—when you read the book, you will see the relevance. Thanks so much for interviewing me today.

 

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Warriors at the HelmTitle:
 Warriors at the Helm
Author: Juan Carlos Marcos
Publisher: Elie Press
Pages: 174
Genre: Business
Format: Hardcopy/Ebook

In Warriors At The Helm: A Leader’s Guide To Success in Business, Juan Carlos Marcos shares his almost four decades of experience regarding people dynamics in the corporate World. Whether you’re just getting started in business, or you are a thirty-year warrior, nothing is as valuable to your growth, and in preparing you for success, as learning through trial and error. However, modern-day corporate America can be very unforgiving or impatient through your learning process. This book represents the next best thing to being there, which is learning from others’ experience. Juan provides the reader with a practical tool that offers valuable insights into the distinctive and real differences between effective leaders (those that people eagerly follow) and those who lack the self-awareness to understand that they may be barriers to progress versus a catalyst. To further add texture to his insights, Juan elicits and shares thoughts from veteran executives who share personal experiences and perspectives derived from years of trench warfare. In Warriors At The Helm you will learn about the traits that make Leaders and Individual Contributors successful in business and how to manage the Dumb Asses and Egomaniacs (AKA Barbarians) that roam the corporate landscape. The book will provide you with the awareness and knowledge of the life “on the inside” that will help you emulate and demonstrate the behaviors that will keep your career on a positive and productive track.

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Juan Carlos Marcos was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States in 1962. He spent almost four decades in leadership roles in human resources in the corporate world, including experience in multiple industries. Among the companies he worked at included Saint Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, in Madison Wisconsin, Graber Industries Inc., Boston Market and McDonald’s Corporation. Now retired and working as a consultant, he took the time to fulfill his dream of writing his first book. Juan holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin. Juan lives in Evergreen, Colorado, with his wife Randi.

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postheadericon 5 Things You Should Know About Barcelona by Mary Carter #Barcelona

Mary CarterMary Carter is a freelance writer and novelist. Meet Me in Barcelona is her eighth novel. Her other works include: Three Months in Florence, The Things I Do For You, The Pub Across the Pond, My Sister’s Voice, Sunnyside Blues, She’ll Take It, and Accidentally Engaged. In addition to her novels she has written six novellas: Return to Hampton Beach in the anthology, Summer Days, A Southern Christmas in the upcoming 2014 anthology Our First Christmas, A Kiss Before Midnight in the anthology, You’re Still the One, A Very Maui Christmas in the New York Times best selling anthology Holiday Magic, and The Honeymoon House in the New York Times best selling anthology Almost Home. Mary currently lives in Chicago, IL with a demanding labradoodle. She wishes she could thank her gorgeous husband, but she doesn’t have one. In addition to writing she leads writing workshops.

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Five Things You Should Know About Barcelona

  1. Even the red wine on the plane on your way there is divine
  2. The street performers in La Rambla are electric
  3. If you wander down cobblestone alleys you might just find a jazz club
  4. Jamon and cheese sandwiches sound too simple to be that good
  5. Everything Guadi is great

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A surprise trip to Barcelona with her boyfriend, Jake, seems like the perfect antidote to Grace Sawyer’s current woes. The city is dazzling and unpredictable, but the biggest surprise for Grace is discovering who arranged and paid for the vacation.

Meet Me in Barcelona 2Carrie Ann wasn’t just Grace’s foster sister. Clever, pretty, and mercurial, she was her best friend—until everything went terribly wrong. Now, as she flees an abusive marriage, Carrie Ann has turned to the one person she hopes will come through for her. Despite her initial misgivings, Grace wants to help. But then Carrie Ann and Jake both go missing. Stunned and confused, Grace begins to realize how much of herself she’s kept from Jake—and how much of Carrie Ann she never understood. Soon Grace is baited into following a trail of scant clues across Spain, determined to find the truth, even if she must revisit her troubled past to do it.

Mary Carter’s intriguing novel delves into the complexities of childhood bonds, the corrosive weight of guilt and blame, and all the ways we try—and often fail—to truly know the ones we love.

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postheadericon Letter to Zev in The Book of Zev

The Book of Zev

The Book of Zev

The Book of Zev Synopsis
The Book of Zev is a psychological thriller that tells the story of two gentle people who change the course of history. Zev Bronfman, a strapping 32-year old-virgin, angry atheist, refugee from a religious Jewish life, and former engineer for the U.S. Patent Office in Alexandria, Virginia, drives a cab and sleeps around in New York City. After a bitter divorce, Sarah Hirshbaum, a beautiful, redheaded, depressed, God-hating kosher chef, seesaws between yoga and too much red wine. Independently, the two consult the same psychic who inadvertently sends Sarah Zev’s session tape. When Sarah contacts Zev to pick up the recording, a series of events forces them to connect with a powerful terrorist in order to thwart his plans to destroy the UN and Israel.
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About the Book
• Paperback: 298 pages
• Publisher: Koehler Books (December 1, 2014)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1940192781
• ISBN-13: 978-1940192789
• Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
 

Author Marilyn Horowitz

Author Marilyn Horowitz

Dear Zev,

Thank you for inspiring me to write this book.  Thank you for being such a cooperative and helpful character. I was troubled by your crisis of faith and wonder what would have happened to you if you hadn’t almost been killed. Would you still be living at home? Would you have married Rivka? How long would it have taken you to come to your senses? Would you have ever realized that you couldn’t stay in your world? Hopefully, my arranging that little Deux Ex Machina with the falling I-beam helped speed things up.
I also appreciate being allowed into your deepest thoughts and feelings, and hope that I conveyed them accurately. I was thrilled to discover that we share the same passion for the rock band Metallica.
I know that you are an atheist, and I am a believer. But we all have moments of doubt, and when I do, I know the cure: Find yourself a good atheist and buy him or her a coffee or a glass of wine. An hour’s chat with a lucid atheist will restore me because he or she is so sure that God doesn’t exist. I rebel against smugness, and so the reverse faith revivifies me. Thank you for restoring my faith.
On another note, I want to apologize for creating the situations where you had to kill two people, but hopefully saving someone was worth it. Sometimes the cure for lack of faith is great love for someone or something, and this was the best way I could come up with to open that door for you.
Lastly, I hope that you are somewhere living happily ever after, and that you have made peace with your faith either way.
Warmly,

Marilyn

About Marilyn Horowitz
Marilyn Ida Horowitz is a producer, writing coach, and award-winning professor of screenwriting at New York University. From her books on her trademarked writing system—now standard reading at NYU—to her appearances at Screenwriters World and The Great American Screenwriting Conference & PitchFest, Marilyn has guided the careers of literally hundreds of writers. She is currently featured in the Now Write! Screenwriting Anthology (Tarcher/Penguin) and in the upcoming The Expert Success Solution (Morgan James). Her production credits include And Then Came Love (2007), starring Vanessa Williams.
Follow Marilyn at her website, www.marilynhorowitz.com
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postheadericon Letter to a Character by Subhash Kommuru

The Magic of Friendship

The Magic of Friendship

This letter is written by the character Chotu, to his grandfather ‘Captain.’

Dear Grandpa,
Today I finished my first voyage all the way and successfully migrated. It was so much fun flying with Dad and seeing all the wonderful sights you have suggested. Many rivers, mountains, valleys… India is indeed majestic with a beautiful landscape.

Most exciting of all Grandpa, I got to see Tadoba. You won’t believe it. It’s so beautiful. No wonder every geese wants to fly over Tadoba forest. We did fly over Tadoba forest. We saw the very funny Hasmukh as always he was entertaining everyone. Ullu, the owl still pulls prank now and then on everyone but Hasmukh does not fall for them anymore. Everyone in Tadoba seemed happy and celebratory. Hasmukh is still the comedy king of Tadoba he makes funny noises with his funny moves.

Grandpa you know what, we also saw the one and only ‘Babbar’ the fierce and mean tiger known to any living being. His strong whiskers tough like wire, his deep dark brown eyes anyone would faint looking into them and his steps that leave mark on the ground and shake the trees. Seeing him in person and knowing all the scary stories that you have told me about him, I was bone chilling scared initially. I did not want to fly over the forest. Dad made a pit stop on the outskirts of Tadoba and assured me that everything is fine now.

I must tell you though Grandpa Things haven’t changed all that much with Babbar and Hasmukh. They are still the same when you saw them last. They are both teaching each other their tricks. It’s more fun for the chipmunks and every other animal; it gets the giggle out of them.

It was fun to go on my maiden voyage can’t wait to grow up and share stories of Babbar and Hasmukh and ‘The Magic of Friendship’ with my kids too. Who knows by next migration we will have some more antics of Babbar and Hasmukh.
I love you Grandpa!

 
About the Book
BABBAR is a fierce and mean tiger who cannot tolerate anyone, but he is lonely and sad. HASMUKH is a funny donkey but gets scared of everyone. When the Magic of friendship touches them see how it transforms not only their characters but also transforms the whole environment around them.

The Magic of friendship is a hilarious, action packed entertaining story. There are scary moments, celebration and comical moments. While the core focus of the story is about friendship it has elements of Father son bonding and family values as well.

Book gives plenty of opportunity for parents to entertain kids with their own version of animal noises. And bright and interactive illustrations is sure to leave a mark on eyes.

This is a story about change — a transformation that comes with the magic of friendship. Personality may not change, but nature can surely change. This story will show the value of friendship and how that can change a person, particularly, one who is lonely and never really had the gift of laughter.
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Title of Book: The Magic of Friendship
ISBN: 9-7-80-99031781-4
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Kommuru Books
Publication Date: September 2014

 

Bio:

The Kommuru's

The Kommuru’s

Subhash and Sujata hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself.

Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea!
These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.

 

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We’re happy to be hosting Amber Leigh Williams and her MARRIED ONE NIGHT Book Blitz today!  Be sure to enter the $25 Amazon Gift Card giveaway below.  Giveaway ends 12 a.m. October 2!

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Title: Married One Night
Author: Amber Leigh Williams
Publisher: Harlequin Superromance
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback/Kindle

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What happened in Vegas…followed her home! 

Olivia Lewis is not the marrying type. So when a wild weekend in Vegas leaves her with a surprise husband, she’s happy to sign anything to erase her mistake—even if that mistake is handsome, charming and comes with an English accent. Fortunately, her groom has other plans.

Bestselling author Gerald Leighton knows he can make his new bride fall in love with him—he just needs time. In exchange for a quickie divorce, Olivia grudgingly gives him a few weeks to attempt to woo her. And whether Olivia likes it or not, Gerald plans on using every second to win her heart!

Book Excerpt:

Before Olivia could shoulder her way through the door, it opened quickly. She felt herself pitch over, tripping over the edge of the bedsheet. Cursing, she fell against the lean, chiseled chest of the man on the other side of the bathroom doorjamb.

She heard his surprised whoosh just before his arms snagged her under the shoulders and curled around her to keep her from falling at his feet. Her cheek pressed tight against his sternum. He was so warm. The deep timbre of a chuckle trebled beneath the ear pressed to his chest and words, rough around the edges, came floating from his mouth. “Ah, she wakes.”

When she tried to pull herself back, he held her fast to him for a moment longer to make sure she had her footing. With a murmured, “Easy there, love,” he released her and she stepped away, seeking his face.

He was smiling. The soft expression was tense around the edges, probably from what she could guess was a good deal of pounding happening on the inside of his head, too. She drew in a breath. His eyes were a brilliant shade of green. Dimples, or laugh lines, dug in around his mouth and the corners of his eyes. A man who smiled often and laughed well, Olivia surmised. His hair was blond and wet from a shower she assumed, judging by the steam behind him. He’d combed the hair back from his forehead, leaving his high brow bare.

A towel hung loosely around his waist. She blinked. She was staring. But the longer she stared, the more she could remember from last night, and the giddy spontaneity and blistering heat of all that had transpired made her forget for a moment how miserable she felt.

And, bless him, he didn’t seem to mind the staring. He was doing a good bit of his own. The smile on his lips deepened into a full-fledged grin, eyes softening further as he took her in. “Well. Aren’t you a sight for sore eyes.”

She found a smile curving at the corner of her mouth. He was British. His words were enunciated with the high-class sounds of English breeding and good humor. His voice was like fine-aged wine. Or whiskey.

Whiskey, she decided. It had a good, old-fashioned burn to it.

Lifting her hands to the sheet knotted just under her collarbone, she made sure it was in place before dragging a hand back through her long, curly, bedraggled tresses. “Erm…good morning?” Olivia said, unsure of herself. Usually, she knew how to navigate the awkward, morning-after interlude. But this stranger’s clean-cut, unexpected appeal threw her for a loop.

He beamed and held out a hand, skimming far and above the awkwardness of the situation with good-natured ease. “Gerald Leighton. It’s lovely to meet you…again.”

About the Author:

Amber Leigh Williams

Amber Leigh Williams lives on the Gulf Coast. A southern girl at heart, she loves beach days, the smell of real books, relaxing at her family’s lakehouse, and spending time with her husband, Jacob, and their sweet, blue-eyed boy. When she’s not running after her young son and three, large dogs, she can usually be found reading a good romance or cooking up a new dish in her kitchen. She is represented by Joyce Holland of the D4EO Literary Agency.

Her latest book is the contemporary romance, Married One Night.

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postheadericon Interview with H. Peter Alesso, author of ‘Lieutenant Henry Gallant’

H. Peter AlessoAs a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of computer scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations and networks. He graduated from the United StatesNavalAcademy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of seven books.

His latest book is the science fiction space opera, Lieutenant Henry Gallant.

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Lieutenant Henry Gallant 2In an era of genetic engineering, Lieutenant Henry Gallant is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. Many of his superiors, including rival Anton Neumann, have expressed concern he is not up to the challenge. However, his unique mental abilities have proven essential to the defense of the United Planets in its fight against the Titan invaders.

Serving on the first FTL prototype, the Intrepid, on its maiden voyage to Tau Ceti, Gallant finds a lost colony on the planet Elysium. Cyrus Wolfe and his son, manipulate planet politics against the democratic opposition led by James Hepburn and his granddaughter Alaina. Wolfe has allied himself with an ancient Artificial Intelligence which had lain dormant on the planet for millennia, but is now willing to protect the colonists against the Titans.

With Alaina’s help, Gallant discovers the ancient AI has a sinister ulterior motive and he matches his unique and exceptional mind against the complexity of machine intelligence to escape the ultimate trap and prevent the extermination of humanity.

In Lieutenant Henry Gallant, one man pits the naked human mind against the perspicacity of machine intelligence.

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Q: Thank you for this interview. We would love to start out by asking you how did you come up with the idea to write this book?

I am a voracious reader. I have habitually read several books a weeks in a wide variety of subjects since I first obtained a library card. I found that science fiction novels provided wonderful adventures in unexpected places with unusual characters and strange circumstance. I’ve enjoyed them all my life, so when I first began to develop science fiction stories, I wanted to write adventures that I could vicariously enjoy.

Lieutenant Henry Gallant is handsome, brave, and daring—just what you want in a hero who sets out on a great adventure. A rival challenges him for the love of a young, beautiful, and bold woman—just what you’d expect in a warrior princess. Together they face an alien invasion, a jungle full of dangers predators, and a malevolent artificial intelligence bent on exterminating humanity.

Can you guess who wins in the end? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not the corrupt politicians who maneuver to upset all Gallant’s efforts to protect the people and stop the malicious AI.

How much fun do you think I had writing this tale?

Actually, I had more.

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

In the past, I’ve published several books through large traditional publishers, but for Lieutenant Henry Gallant, I chose self-publication in order to get the book to market more quickly. It allowed me more flexibility in editing and marketing choices.

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

Yes. I had lots of editorial help and several proof readers for support; nevertheless, I still managed to leave several well-hidden typos in the first edition of the book. It took a while to cull out the remaining offenders.

It’s a lot like picking out the cashews in a can of mixed nuts. You work hard to catch your favorite nuts, yet even after you’re convinced no more remain, one day you discover a hidden one, just waiting for you.

Q: All books, fiction or nonfiction, usually has a special message. What message are you trying to get across with your book?

I hope the reader will feel that my book is based upon hard science with characters responding with normal human behavior.

I offered a scientific basis for the fictional science I described. My characters were presented as complex people. Their behavior was multifaceted—sometime predictable, sometimes not—but their responses always fell within the spectrum of normal human reactions.

Q: Can you tell us about your career outside of writing and how it influenced your writing?

I graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines. Also, I was a research scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for over twenty years. My publications reflect my training and knowledge which include several software titles, numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and seven books.

I have found that the scientific speculation in science fiction has helped spark the curiosity of researchers in many fields. As a result, I believe science fiction should start on hard scientific principles. I researched the technologies included in the story and tried to predict their development path into the next centuries. For example, genetic engineering is current an important social topic and humanity faces difficult choices ahead. In Lieutenant Henry Gallant, genetic engineering plays an influential role in the background, but it is cast against a competing innovation—Artificial Intelligence.

Q:What would your fans be the most surprised to learn about you?

I like to work out both my left and right hemispheres of the brain using a wide variety of skill sets and abilities. As a result, I love to read, do word (or math) puzzles, as well as develop computer apps for Android.

Q: What’s next for you?

A multi-book story arc requires a thorough understanding of the characters and their motivations, as well as considerable planning. An author always benefits from the encouragement and feedback of his co-conspirators in this endeavor—the readers. With the release of each book in a series, the voice of the readers becomes clearer. Their desire to see certain characters prevail and certain events transpire becomes plain.

I am looking forward to further developing The Henry Gallant Saga—if the readers encourage me to do so through their review comments.

 

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postheadericon 20 Questions with Peter Darrach

Peter DarrachPeter Darrach has lived in New York, London, Prague, Munich and Vienna. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Master of Arts degree in German Literature, both from Pennsylvania State University. Darrach pursued a career in sales and marketing in fields as diverse as amusement parks and retail before moving to Europe in 1991. Since then he has worked in Eastern and Western Europe, holding a series of executive positions with blue chip FMCG companies.  Most recently he has returned to the U.S. to pursue his career as a business coach and fiction author and currently lives in Florida.

His latest book is the sci-fi, Tavern on the Edge of Time.

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  1. Are you a morning writer or a night writer?

Actually, the time of day doesn’t matter so much to me, but I do need peace and quiet and that rarest of commodities, no distractions.

  1. Do you outline or not?

Yes, I roughly outline the entire book on an 18 x 12 sheet of paper segregating the various plot lines until they converge and write from that.

  1. Which comes first – plot or character?

I’m currently writing a series (book 4), so many of the characters already exist in the previous books, though they also evolve. Usually the plot coalesces at a high level and then the personalities of the characters help me flesh it out.

  1. Noise or quiet when working on your manuscript?

Classical, non-vocal music is an excellent background; other than that, I require peace and quiet.

  1. Favorite TV show?
  2. Favorite type of music?

Classical, Flamenco, Fado, 1940s swing.

  1. Favorite craft besides writing?
  2. Do you play a musical instrument?

Yes, guitar, some keyboards, and, of course, vocals. I’m working on an album at the moment.

  1. Single or married?

Single, recently divorced, and in love.

  1. Children or no?

None currently.

  1. Pets?

There will be again soon (cats, a rabbit, possibly a parrot.)

  1. Favorite place to write?

The location is not too important if there is peace and quiet, a table, and a chair. I prefer to be able to look at a window at a scene containing trees, a garden, a view. The illumination has to be fairly good, too, partly so I can see my outline.

  1. Favorite restaurant?

The Cliff House in San Francisco.

  1. Do you work outside the home?

Often. Airports, for example, are good.

  1. What was the name of the last movie you saw?

The 100 Foot Journey.

  1. Favorite outdoor activity?

Running, hiking.

  1. Pet peeve?

People who prefer to complain without taking any steps to address their grievance.

  1. Your goal in life?

Currently conducting an inventory and steering miy life very decidedly in a new direction, setting a course for happiness, peace of mind, love, joy, and financial independence.

  1. Your most exciting moment?

When my love of 35 years ago recently said she will marry me.

  1. The love of your life?

See 19 above.

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Tavern on the Edge of TimeDuring the year 2125, former asteroid miners Max Cody and Elaine Zhou never get a moment’s rest. No sooner have they doused the flames of war between Earth and Mars or returned from their first trip to the Tavern on the Edge of Time when they are called upon to help fit out the fledging Martian colony orbiting Jupiter’s moon Callisto. In parallel, Earth extradites the war’s fomenter, ex-billionaire arms merchant Xanthus Rex, hoping to gain from his insights into Martian teleportation technology, but he manages to turn Earth’s resources toward private revenge against Max, Mars, and the Callisto Colony. In the meantime aliens are leaking into the Earth-Mars continuum from the Tavern, whose proprietor repaired and upgraded Max after accidentally injuring him during an asteroid mining expedition. Max’s enhancements help, of course, but when strange beings with the power to animate matter—the Assemblers—find their way to Earth, Max, Mars, and humanity are sorely beset. Worse yet, the Tavern itself is becoming unstable, its acquisitive host having overstretched his considerable powers. His prospecting for collapsed neutron matter has also opened portals between continua, inadvertently adding still more aliens to the mix. That’s when the Assemblers’ overlord arrives and Max finally meets his match. Oh, and Elaine is expecting their hybrid baby. Yes, you might say these are difficult times at the Tavern on the Edge of Time.

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Title of Book # 1: Unlocking Your Spiritual Greatness
ISBN:  978-1-105-46980-0
Genre: Spiritual Maturity, Christianity, Discipleship Training
Publisher: LuLu Enterprises, Inc.
Publication Date: 2005, 2011
Just like there are specific physical exercises that are good for physical conditioning, there are specific spiritual exercises that are good, in fact, essential for our spiritual conditioning and growth. If you want to grow spiritually, you have to do spiritual exercises. (1Timothy 4:8)
This book looks to Jesus for “duplicate-able” activities for the model for our growth. For years Christian writers have identified specific activities regularly evidenced in his earthly life and called them Spiritual or Christian Disciplines. I believe that if it was useful for Jesus to be disciplined in his worship and praise to God, then it is useful for us as well. Further, I believe that the inclusion of Christian Disciplines in our lives, or what I call the Disciplined Training Approach places us in obedient submission to God and that is where we are supposed to be. 
Book excerpt:
God has outlined a plan for living that when followed will bring us into a closer fellowship with Him. All the treasure in the world will not purchase it, but God will provide it for free to whosoever really wants it. No matter how worthless you may think you are, you can become one of the greatest treasures in the world.  You can become the person God wants you to be, equipped with all the supernatural power for the Kingdom work He wants you to do!  
Simply put, if you hear what God tells you, trust that He will not lead you astray and do what you’re told to do, you will experience the peace God planned for you. More than that, the consequences of ignoring God can be anxiety, frustration, depression and even eternal separation from Him.
People, however, are not simple.  In fact, we go to great lengths to take something simple and complicate it.  Our relationship with God should be personal, based on the time we spend with Him.  We can’t manufacture a relationship with Him, but we can come to know him based on our personal experiences.
If you want to be blessed, comforted or reassured in a small way, then exercise a small amount of faith.  If however, you need your life changed… it may take more. It starts with regular prayer, regular meditation and regular listening. It continues when we do things outside our comfort zone and that’s exactly where faith begins.
Your life will change when you realize God’s ability
zone is greater than your comfort zone.
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Title of Book #2   God’s Answer, Praying the Scriptures Back to God
God gave us the Bible as a constant reminder of His love and plan for us. More than a historical document, it is truly alive. As we read His Word and become heart-linked with Him, a supernatural transformation begins to take place in us.  God’s Word is alive and we can’t comprehend it all at once. That explains why you can read a passage several times over weeks or months and receive a different message from the same verses.
God gave us prayer as an avenue or vehicle that He designed for us so we could be in constant communication with Him. God’s Answer seeks to bring you to His Throne of Grace, where prayers are answered, (Hebrews 4:16) so that you can claim the promises God makes about today’s problems. That’s a tall order, so let’s look at what He said about prayer in His Living Word, the Bible.
Several times He promises us that He will hear and in fact, answer our prayers. It would be great to think that we always get what we want or that we could just name it and claim it, but that simply is not the case. What we can claim is the promises God makes and we will be exploring those. Let’s examine a few passages and see what they reveal beyond God hearing us and answering our prayers.
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Title of Book #3        A Place of Faith, When There is No Place Else to Go
What or where is the place of faith?  Is it a physical location? No, it is where we are when we step out into the unknown in a blind, yet obedient faith because that is all we have left.  Our Christian vocabulary is filled with ideas, quotes and even promises from God that are meant for comfort and reassurance. As real as God’s Word is, what happens when all has been recalled and rehearsed and we still find ourselves alone at the place of faith. A Place of Faith defines faith from a real and practical viewpoint, then develops it’s progression from a measure of faith, to a step and then a leap of faith.  Most importantly, time is spent on the Enemy of Faith and the Trial of Faith and finally, The Results of Faith. Each chapter concludes with a hymn that reinforces the points made in the chapter and a few reflection questions.
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Title of Book #4  Living on the Dark Side of Faith
While faith has two sides, they are both sides of the same thing. The word faith cannot be substituted for the word belief or theology. It is more than a collection of thoughts about religion. It is more than simply believing in the existence of God, the demons in Hell do that. The faith we speak of is in God and how, though we may not see how, He will provide for His beloved. The faith we have is certain; it is the evidence of things to come. It begins with a measure and increases with experience and that often means a trial or test of our faith.
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Jim Greene makes his home in Knoxville, TN in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. An avid backpacker, his countless hours in the outdoors have often blessed him with many topics to write about.
As a layman Sunday School teacher, he challenges himself and his class to strive for and enjoy a closer relationship with God. Each of his books look to God as the ultimate authority in our lives. He is the author of Unlocking Your Spiritual Greatness, God’s Answer, A Place of Faith, When There is Nowhere Else to Go, and Living on the Dark Side of Faith. His next book is entitled, When Waiting isn’t Working.
Jim feels God speaks to him personally through journaling and his books primarily came to answer a question in his life. They may just help you too.
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postheadericon Interview with Karen-Anne Stewart, author of ‘Ash to Steele’

Karen-Anne StewartKaren-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain, and the newly released stand alone novel, Ash to Steele. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards, and Saving Rain and After the Rain were nominees for the 2014 RONE Awards.

When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity.

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Who I am and all I believe is marred with just one glance into angry, steel blue eyes. He seems to control my air, my ability to breathe. He makes me crave everything I know is a sin. Pure becomes tainted and lines are blurred. It’s my fault; I’m the one who isn’t strong enough. I’ve been damaged…broken. Breck’s words haunt me…’There’s a consequence for every choice you make.’

Breck

I’ve had so many women I can’t even remember over half of their names, but none of them are mine; I make damn sure of that. I take what I desire and never look back. I don’t need or want anyone, ever…not until I met Emma. Those eyes bore into what’s left of my soul and her touch sears me, weakens me. I want to hate her for that. She is my ruin…my sweetest hell.

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Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Karen-Anne! Can you tell us where you are from?

Thank you so much for having me! I’m from a small town near Asheville, NC.

Q: How did you come up with your title?

There’s a bit of an “ah ha” moment with the title…so, if you don’t mind, I’m going to keep my lips sealed on this one J.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

I found the cover for Ash to Steele on Fotolia. When I saw this model’s pic, I knew he was perfect as Breck! To me, the look he’s giving is intriguing, making me want to know what’s going on in that handsome head…which is very much how Emma feels when she’s around Breck. The cover is definitely not bad to look at either J.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

If you love a sexy story about a bad boy with a good heart and a heroine who is sweet and innocent but can hold her own, Ash to Steele is a novel for you! Breck’s a tattooed, arrogant, panty-melting, I’ll-kick-your-ass-if-you-mess-with-me-or-someone-I-love kind of bad boy, but he has a heart of gold buried underneath his cocky as hell exterior. Emma is a preacher’s daughter who is desperate to find out who she really is away from her small town image and suffocating ex-boyfriend. She has a quiet strength and a fierce desire to find her more. When Breck and Emma meet, they are hell-bent on trying to hate each other, but that’s hard to do when each one consumes the other’s soul.

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

Ash to Steele is more than just a ‘bad boy meets good girl’ sexy romance; it’s a story about personal demons, heartache, angst, tears and humor, friends I want as my BFFs, and a powerful, redeeming love.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

Chapter Eleven was one of my favorite chapters to write but it was also one of the most heart-wrenching. I loved how the reader gets to see a softer side of Breck before getting a glimpse of his lethal badass, protective nature.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

I’m such a sucker for a bad boy who doesn’t answer to anyone, but who will go through hell and back for the girl who owns his heart and soul. Being from a small town myself, I can relate to many of Emma’s struggles. I loved showing the depth and redeeming power of love between two people who start out hating each other but end up fighting like hell to stay together and to heal from personal demons.

Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

If you want to see my dark side, try denying me my morning coffee and this 5 foot, mild mannered chick will go all crazy ugly on ya ;). As far as secrets, I developed a serious crush on Kas (The Rain Trilogy), and Breck and Gavin (Ash to Steele)….just don’t tell my husband.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Italy! I’ve always wanted to visit Venice, Pisa, Tuscany, and the cobblestone streets and vineyards in Italy.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

I’m more of an evening person. I hate having to get out of bed, and my husband is usually the one to deal with the horrible alarm, get up first, and shower before he wakes me up…God love him!

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

My brother writes poetry, short stories, and he’s written a full length novel which he will probably publish in the near future. My fourteen year old sister writes poetry and short stories, and she’s already won an award. I’m very proud of them!

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

Oh my, YES! I’m still a dreamer. I’m very much an emotionally based person who leans considerably on the dreamer personality side but I have a healthy dose of reality mixed in there, too J.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?

End human trafficking forever!

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Thank you very much for having me! I appreciate the readers taking the time to find out a bit more about Ash to Steele today. I hope you fall in love with Breck and Emma as much as I did writing their story. I would love to hear from you, so feel free to contact me at any (or all) of the places below:

Website: www.karen-annestewart.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6920317.Karen_Anne_Stewart

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SKarenAnne

Instagram: http://instagram.com/skarenanne

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/SKarenAnne/

 

 

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Title: What is Growing Out of Your Ear

Author: Angela Graham

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Pages: 24

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Format: Ebook

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It is summer and Angela eats a bowl of cherries. After she swallows some cherry pits, her Grandpa warns what will happen — “A cherry tree will grow out of your ear.” Angela thinks that is silly. Do you believe a cherry tree can grow out of Angela’s ear? 

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 Angela Graham lives in Ottawa, Canada with her husband, two lively children and their dog. She has enjoyed writing stories for her children since they were young to inspire the love of reading. Angela’s stories add a humourous twist to real life. This story is motivated from Angela’s own childhood.

 

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