Archive for March, 2013

Linda Weaver Clarke is the author of “A Family Saga in Bear Lake Idaho”

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Linda, you are the author of a historical sweet romance series called “A Family Saga in Bear Lake Idaho” that can be read by teens and adults alike. What was the inspiration behind the first novel?

In Melinda and the Wild West, I included one of my own experiences as a substitute teacher. An eight-year-old student had been labeled as a troublemaker by her teacher. The students had listened to the teacher and steered away from her, not wanting to be her friend. This not only made her feel degraded, but she wanted (more…)

Chocrotes and the World Without Questions by Steve Berkowitz

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

A five stars review for readers favorite.com

Chocrotes and the World Without Questions is the most brilliant tale of all times. It is a work of art in teaching children and thus the future generations that questions are good. I loved the story and certainly enjoyed the telling. It is a great book that needs to be in every household throughout the world. It is an excellent tool to teach children that to live is to question, and that there are many answers to every question. It is an excellent way to created more questions giving the parents a needed reason to spend quality time together (more…)

Nichole Giles Author of DESCENDANT

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Nichole, it is nice to meet you. Tell us what is the working title of your book?

My book Descendant is being released this coming May.
What genre does your book fall under?
It’s a young adult contemporary paranormal. Which actually is a lot of genres melded, I guess.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

 I actually try not to pick actors for my stories, because I think the characters will look different to everyone, and I don’t want to mess up their imaginary possibilities.

I see what you mean … Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?

Never, ever, ever give up. If you can make it to the moment when you think you absolutely can’t do it anymore, that means success is just around the corner.
Also, the single most important thing you can do as a beginner is to finish a draft.
What is the synopsis of your book?
This isn’t the final cover blurb, but it’ll do:
 Seventeen-year-old Abigail Johnson is Gifted.
 
Blessed—or cursed—with Sight and Healing, Abby lives an unsettled life, moving from place to place and staying one step ahead of the darkness that hunts her. When she arrives in Jackson, Wyoming, she is desperate to maintain the illusion of normalcy, but she is plagued with visions of past lives mixed with frightening glimpses of her future. Then she meets Kye, a mysterious boy who seems so achingly familiar that Abby is drawn to him like he’s a missing piece of her own soul.
 
Before Abby can discover the reason for her feelings toward Kye, the darkness catches up to her and she is forced to flee again. But this time she’s not just running. She is fighting back with Kye at her side, and it’s not just Abby’s life at stake.
Will your book be self-published or traditional?
Traditional, through Rhemalda Publishing.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Uh…the first draft? The original first draft happened in a month. Then I threw that one away and spent the next year and a half writing it over. Five or six or seventeen drafts and six years later, it’s finally being published.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
It’s actually a little like the TV show Heroes, only with teenagers.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A lot of people and things, actually. For this particular story, I’ve taken bits and pieces of situations and people from my whole life and meshed them all together with fictional ideas.But the idea for Abby being a healer came when I attended a workshop about chakra balancing given by a dear friend. (Find more information about holistic healing at www.thewayofthewitch.com.)
What else about your book might pique my reader’s interest?
 This story deals with loss, death, love, romance, personal healing, energetic balance, inner light, and other teenage situations.
Also, the cover will be revealed on March 4th. Anyone interested in participating in this fun event can sign up here: http://www.xpressobooktours.com/2013/02/cover-reveal-sign-up-descendant-by.html

You can find me online at www.nicholegiles.blogspot.com,https://www.facebook.com/NicholeGilesAuthor, @NicholeGiles, and Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/526692184

Now for an Author bio:

Nichole Giles was born in Nevada, and moved with her parents to a number of cities in and around the Midwest. Her early career plans included becoming an actress or a rock star, but she decided instead to have a family and then become a writer. Writing is her passion, but she also loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.

 

Sherpa’s Adventure: Saving the Future by Lori Costew

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

A review for readers favorite.com

Sherpa’s Adventure is a pre-teen or young adult tale that is well done and very nicely written. I enjoyed the lessons learned in a very interactive way. Lori Costew writes a fun tale, full of different learning opportunities for the reader. In this book, you will find all kinds of opportunities for themes of conversations. She has created a great piece of fantasy that addresses many of the problems with young adult lives today.

Sherpa is a young woman who wants to make a difference on her home planet. She plans to do this by becoming future chancellor of positivity. Her mother, the President of the Western World, (more…)

Roxie Munro an Interview of a children’s author

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Roxie, I don’t have many authors for children in my blog. I am happy you came for a visit this week. Tell us what are the titles of your books?

My most recent book is “Busy Builders,” published by Amazon Children’s Books/ex-Marshall Cavendish. In late summer 2013, “Slithery Snakes” comes out, Two Lions/Amazon Children’s Books, publisher.

What genre do your books fall under?


Nonfiction picture books, or informational books.


A big spectrum of choice. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? (more…)

The Swastika Tattoo by Geraldine Birch, review for readers favorite

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

From the name of this book, I deduced it to be based in the sixties, maybe about drugs and free life. I was relieved to discover as I read it that it was about a WWII German POW at camp Papago Park in Arizona. I also learned that a swastika is the name given to the Nazi symbol.

It portrays time in history that many would like to forget; yet it is embedded in our roots and will be forever. This book relives some of the most important scenes through the eyes of a Nazi POW who becomes a fascist at age 12. This is quite a refreshing point of view, different from the always-American side of the war. It is well written and will keep your attention to the last page. Geraldine did a great job.

Rudolf Meier is a radio operator on a German submarine patrolling the American side of the sea. His job is to keep tabs on movements behind the American lines and confront any American vessel that crosses their path. All works beautifully until they attack a certain American ship, and later a bomber finds them with his submarine up for air. Now he and many of his men find themselves in the horrible desert plains of Arizona, working on a cotton farm. It is here that his view of the war and his enemy rises up to a new level as he meets a Jew.

In this book you will find accounts of many situations and things that were concocted by Germany before and during the war. The-Swastika-Tattoo has the now and the past well-intertwined throughout the tale, and it works very well. The history is very well researched and the writing made it interesting. I really enjoyed this tale and the history behind. I believe that this book will be liked by many war veterans, and those who enjoy WWII stories, especially about POW’s.

Agy Wilson author and illustrator for children’s books

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Welcome Agy. It is good to have you with us this week. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, while my dad went to college. I grew up in Maine, spent some time in Arizona and live in Maine again.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first book was a picture book. Nana’s Gift. It took two years to write (heck it took me three months of rewrites to find the “correct” first sentence!) five years of rejections, and then (more…)

Bullied Over Sandman’s Falls by Barbara Bologna has *****

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Review for readers favorite

What a great ride I had reading this book. I actually didn’t want to put it down. It is a smart tale and family friendly. I worried about the theme at first, but it was very well done and a great read.

Pete is more than ready for a little fishing vacation, with his family, until his aunt and cousin join in the fun. Harold is three years older than Pete’s nine, and likes to bully him. At least (more…)

Angela Ackerman co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Hi Anna, thanks so much for inviting me here.

Is great to have you, Angela. A book for authors that is so awesome. Well lets get started…

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

Let’s see…I was born on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in Canada and about sixteen years ago, moved one province over. Now I live in Calgary, Alberta, nice and close to the Rocky Mountains.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Once Becca and I decided to turn our blog tool, The Emotion Thesaurus, into a book, we spent a long time planning it out, and thinking about how to create something that would really help writers. (more…)