Archive for March, 2016

Soulless Series… really?

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Ashley, tell us where you were born

Provo, Utah but I moved to Anaheim, California when I was only 3. I joined the military when I was 18 and have lived all around the US and even in England. I’ve moved 10 times. So, home is wherever I’m living at the moment.

 
What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
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Sitting down at my computer. I recently discovered dictation software and have been trying to dictate my books while walking or at the gym. One time, a guy got on the elliptical machine next to me, heard me talking to myself, and then got off. I laughed. I thought it might bother me that people think I’m crazy, but I actually get a good laugh from it now.

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Can we Imagine Justice?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Today we Interview Ward A. R. Dill and his book Imagining Justice

Where was I born?

Providence Rhode Island

Where do I live now?

Northern New Jersey

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What makes me passionate about writing?

The process of writing is arduous and intense. Consequently, for me to begin, I have to be compelled by a passion building mix of topic, characters, and context. This mix comes from personal experience or some social justice issue. It is exciting writing conversations and writing scenes that surprise me.

How long did it take to write the first draft?

I spent a few years being confronted by news accounts of people being killed by police. (more…)

Til You Come Back to Me Again

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Til You Came Back To Me Again by J. Adams

My review:

I have read other books by J. Adams before, and I was surprised that this one was sadder than any other. It was a beautiful story of Angelo, an Italian immigrant who inherits his father’s Italian hotel. We go through his life from the moment he meets Suzanne and the heartaches and good times she brings to his life. This book inspires the reader to have faith, be loyal and love God no matter what life throws at us.

Til You Come Back to Me Again is written in the first person and is well done. I enjoyed the clean romance, the descriptions, the simple Italian words, and the tears that brought to my eyes. This is a great book to read curled up in a chair with a bag of chocolates at your side. Older YA and Adults alike will enjoy this romance.

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The link:

http://www.amazon.com/Til-You-Come-Back-Again-ebook/dp/B00OQYF0WO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458603582&sr=1-1&keywords=Til+You+Come+Back+to+Me+Again

Biography

J. (Jewel) Adams stays crazy busy with her family and writing. She has written several books in different genres and is also a motivational speaker to both youth and adult audiences.
In her spare time (when she has any) she likes to curl up with a good book and a healthy stash of orange Tic Tacs. She and her family reside in Utah.Jewel loves hearing from her fans. You can contact her at jewela40@gmail.com

I am a survivor of abuse

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

An important personal note from Author Marie Drake-
My book is not MIS Lit.
I am a survivor of abuse. It changed me. I closed myself off. It changed the way I saw myself. It changed the way I thought others saw me. It changed my outlook on the whole world. It changed the way I let people treat me, and had a snowball effect on my life. I married an abusive man. I divorced an abusive man. I finally broke the cycle. I struggled to write this book, and express my own emotions as I felt the main character would feel. I didn’t want to beat readers over the head with the abuse or give extreme details that would be too harsh. It was written with sincere respect and sensitivity for the reader while trying to convey the honest and realistic feelings of an abuse survivor. From the reviews I have received, I think I accomplished that goal. There are no gory detailed scenes. You will not be subjected to graphic abuse. Nobody wants to endure that.
Most of all, I wanted to express how important it is to encourage the discussion of abuse. In my book, as in my life, silence was the enemy.
Three Rules was written as fiction in order to make it an enjoyable read, but much of the thought processes, feelings and reactions are real.

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My Review:

Three Rules By Marie Drake is a book that deals with child abuse, in this case the author’s own abuse. The author has done an awesome job with this story. Three Rules was written as fiction in order to make it an enjoyable read, but many of the thought processes, feelings and reactions to the abuse are real. It is so hard to believe what humans are capable of doing to other humans, especially children in the name of…what?

There are so many forms of abuse in the world that it overwhelms me. Most of us have dealt with abuse in different forms over the course of our lives. Most often it is inflicted on us by those who should have protected us or kept us safe. In this book we find the powerful but not graphic details of another victim and how she overcame it.

In this story, Hope is a young woman turning twenty-one. She is dealing with the death of her tormentor, but there are other things in her life that she needs to deal with, too. The death of her tormentor does nothing to help her deal with a lot of her fears and heartaches in order to move on with her life, free once and forever.

Marie Drake states in her book, Three Rules, “Most of all, I wanted to express how important it is to encourage the discussion of abuse. In my book, as in my life, silence is the enemy.” These are words that I have heard many times before from victims of abuse, and that we us parents or adults do not take to heart to prevent this horrible disease from spreading. It was a pleasure to read this book and it was hard to put it down. It is a book full of mystery, drama and a great page-turner. It will be loved by teenagers and adults.

The link:

http://www.amazon.com/Three-Rules-Marie-Drake-ebook/dp/B00F0OO6WO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458601939&sr=1-1&keywords=Three+Rules+By+Marie+Drake

Into The Wind by Don Carey

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Don, what makes you passionate about writing?

I love telling stories. I love taking a”what if” and working it through to its natural conclusion, and then pushing it one step beyond the obvious.

Do you have a writing routine?

Balancing writing with a full-time job has been very hard for me. Maybe that’s why it’s taken me 10 years to write 2 books. LOL. *sob*

I’ve tried all kinds of things – mornings, evenings, weekends – but the routine that works the best for me is to start work early and take a 90-minute lunch for my writing time.

As a bonus, I occasionally travel for work and whenever I’m on an airplane, I write from the moment the tray table comes down until the flight attendants make me put my computer away.

I been there and done that… What is the title of your book?

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Into The Wind

What genre does your book fall under?


This book is a romance with a side of family drama.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I had to do some research on this one, since most of the characters’ physical properties were based on people I knew growing up. Hooray for Google image searches.

  • Kehau – This one was way hard. Kehau is expressly Hawaiian, and the list of Hawaiian or even Polynesian actresses is pretty small. But visually she would look somewhat similar to Shannyn Sossamon or Alexandra Shipp
  • Jordan – I think for him we’ll give Nial Horan his acting debut
  • Vicks – This is the one character I already had an actress selected: Kulraj Randhawa
  • Duke – We’ll go back to Britain and choose Reece Douglas

Nice picks. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Shortly after their engagement, Jordan and Kehau must face powerful headwinds that threaten to ground their relationship.

Interesting. Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

I’m self publishing this book, and thoroughly enjoying the process!

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

The first draft probably took a full year. And then I got very discouraged in my writing career and let so many things distract me that it was another three years before I considered it “finished.”

Don, what other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

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I think the closest comparison is Sandcastles by LuAnne Rice, although it’s more of a family drama than a romance.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?


My wife had some very difficult health issues while I was writing my first book. In addition, the relationship between Jordan and Kehau felt very tenuous at the end of Bumpy Landings. So when my muse presented me with a story that gave Jordan’s mom significant health challenges that tested Jordan and Kehau’s relationship, I had to go with it.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It includes dancing, kissing, airplanes, and mud wrestling.

Cool… Where can we find your book? 

So far it’s Amazon-exclusive. This is the livest link I have – for the ebook. Print book is scheduled to go live on the 10th, so I can send the link then.

http://www.amazon.com/Into-Wind-Donald-Carey-ebook/dp/B01C9JCP3Y

In the Dying Light… The Secret keeper series, book

Monday, March 14th, 2016

In the Dying Light… The Secret keeper series, book two by Angela Carling

Winter Merrill knew it would be difficult when she took on an ancient curse to save her family, but couldn’t have imagined the isolated existence she would inherit.

When her long-time boyfriend’s demanding college schedule competes with her needs, Winter is left completely alone to fight the dark secrets she bares. At her breaking point a stranger enters Winter’s life, one who understands how she feels and more importantly knows how to eliminate the curse.
Will his friendship be a new beginning for Winter or will it prove to be her demise?

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Biography of Angela Carling

Angela Carling was raised in Palm Springs California, but lives Arizona with her husband, three kids and five felines. After years of denial she finally admitted that she is a hopeless romantic which led her to write her first Young Adult book Unbreakable Love. Since then she’s published three more books, Shackled, Becoming Bryn and The Secret Keeper. Shackled won the silver IPGA award in 2012 and has been optioned as a screenplay. She always eats the frosting off her cake and leaves the rest, and can be caught singing in public bathrooms just for the acoustics. When she’s not writing YA novels, she’s mentoring teen writers, making pizza with her family or dreaming of taking a nap, not necessarily in that order.
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Ivy Meadows, actress or part-time private investigator?

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Cindy, how has your family background affected your writing, if it has?

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My dad got me hooked on mysteries. When I was in my teens, he handed me John D. McDonald’s The Deep Blue Goodbye and said, “Don’t tell your mother I let you read this.” How could I resist?

What gave you the nerve to attempt your first novel?

I had been a playwright for years, and had written several screenplays as well. When the character of Ivy Meadows, actress and part-time private investigator, popped into my head, I knew (more…)

Girl from the Stars Book 3: Day’s End is alive

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

The back cover blurb:

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When Liora Day and the Kratos crew destroyed half of the Omne Occasus, it turned not only her Damaclan father, but the entire Coalition, against them. The crew of the SS Kratos band together to destroy the rest of the galaxy imploder, but in doing so, they confront a new danger nobody foresaw. Liora is prepared to risk it all to save her race, but when the man she loves puts his own life on the line for hers, everything changes. Can Liora confront death to rescue the human who has given her something worth living for?

Cheree Alsop bio:

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Cheree Alsop has published 31 books, including two series through Stonehouse Ink. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts and giving much appreciated critiques. Cheree works as a fulltime author and mother, which is more play than work! She enjoys reading, traveling to tropical beaches, spending time with her twin boys, and going on family adventures while planning her next book. Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out, enjoy the outdoors, plan great quests, and never stop dreaming.You can find Cheree’s other books at www.chereealsop.com

Her Social Media Links:

website: www.chereealsop.com

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorchereealsop

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/chereealsop

http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Stars-Book-Days-End-ebook/dp/B01BIWCYUM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1454996697&sr=1-1&keywords=Girl+from+the+Stars+Book+3%3A+Day%27s+End

Modern Murder Mystery. A Nora Tierney Series

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Nora Tierney Mysteries Series Audio Book Version by Author Marni Graff

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The Blue Virgin (A Nora Tierney Mystery, #1)

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Despite a planned move, the mysterious death of photographer Bryn Wallace keeps American writer Nora Tierney glued to Oxford in order to clear her close friend, artist Val Rogan, who has been wrongfully accused of Bryn’s murder. Or has she?

Nora quickly becomes embroiled in the murder investigation, much to the dismay of two men: Detective Inspector Declan Barnes, the senior on the case; and Simon Ramsey, the illustrator of Nora’s children’s book. Simon’s efforts to save Nora from herself become increasingly frantic as Nora is forced to push her way into Declan’s case, using her wits and her wiles to prove Val’s innocence.

The first in a series of Nora Tierney mysteries based in the UK, The Blue Virgin is a compelling story of love and intrigue. Nothing, Nora learns, is what it seems, and even the most innocent of choices can lead to murder and revenge. Set in the ancient city of golden spires, the setting lends itself to mystery, as any Inspector Morse fan will agree. The novel is written in classic English style, complete with a cast of characters and chapter epigraphs that add to its literary feel.

The Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Virgin-Nora-Tierney-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00A94DDFG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1456247989&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Blue+Virgin%2C+A+Nora+Tierney+Mystery%2C+%231

The Green Remains (A Nora Tierney Mystery, #2)

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Nora Tierney is living at Ramsey Lodge in England’s glorious Lake District, anticipating two life-changing events: the publication of her first children’s book and the birth of her first child. Choosing a name for her son and checking proof pages with her illustrator, Simon Ramsey, fill her days–until a morning stroll along the shore of UK’s largest lake, Windermere, leads her to discover the corpse of the heir to Clarendon Hall.

When Simon is implicated in the death, Nora dives headfirst into the murder investigation to discover the real killer. As the body count rises, Nora and her unborn child will face risks and perils she could never anticipate in this second in a series of Nora Tierney mysteries.

My review:

The Green Remains an interesting murder tale with great British accent. It make the readers feel there with Nora seeing and smelling the sites. I enjoy the laid back way that this murder mystery developed. The characters are well develop and you will find it hard to stay away from the book. The lady who does the reading has a nice voice and was pleasant to my ears.

Nora is pregnant and staying in England’s glorious Lake District,. While there she found a body at the shore and Ian the detective in charge of the case is acting like she knows more that she does and has her friend Simon who is in love with her as one of the main suspected. To make things worse Simon’s sister Kate is engage to the Ian the detective.

All an all, this is good story and I give it five stars.

The link: 

http://www.amazon.com/Green-Remains-Nora-Tierney-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00AACZXQY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1456248065&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Green+Remains%2C+A+Nora+Tierney+Mystery%2C+%232

The Scarlet Wench (Nora Tierney Mysteries, #3)

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In the third Nora Tierney Mystery set in England, American writer Nora awaits the arrival of a traveling theatre troupe who will stage Noel Coward’s play Blithe Spirit at Ramsey Lodge in the Lake District. With her son six months old, Nora must juggle parenting with helping her illustrator and friend Simon Ramsey run the lodge. She’s also hoping to further her relationship with the only lodge guest not in the cast: Detective Inspector Declan Barnes, ostensibly there for a hiking trip. When a series of pranks and accidents escalate to murder during a flood that traps everyone, Nora realizes her child is in jeopardy and determines to help Declan unmask a killer.

My review:

5 stars

I h ad the chance to listen to the third book of Nora Tierney Mystery series. Once again, I was transported to England and the pretty sites there. The novel is written in the classic English style which I enjoy a lot and I actually understood it all. Usually when I watch a British comedy, I only understand half of it, but I was able to follow along just fine. I found myself forgetting to do other things just to see what clue Nora is going to find next. The cast of characters is diverse and interesting. I like the different personalities and the quirks of each of them. It does have insinuations of sex, but nothing racy.
Ramsey Lodge is the host to a troupe of traveling stage performers. The bunch of actors and actresses are a weird bunch and seem to not get along at all. When pranks start happening, everyone blames someone else and Nora’s detective hat goes on. When one of the actresses is found murdered during a dark stormy night, her friend Declan has to abandon his vacation at the lodge and take statements from all the people that spent the night there.
I like the slower pace of the story because it gives the reader more time to savor the drama and have a chance to immerse themselves in the mystery.

The link:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=The+Scarlet+Wench%2C+Nora+Tierney+Mysteries%2C+%233

Penderghast Puzzle Protectors… Really?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

From the Author, Julie Seedorf

Writing a new series was very scary for me. I found myself deeply caring about the characters in my Fuchsia Minnesota Series. A writer has to care about her characters. Writing the Brilliant Minnesota series I wanted to bring some of the quirkiness of my Fuchsia characters to my Brilliant Minnesota characters but I had to be careful and make sure I gave them different traits. As I immersed myself in my writing I got the feel  for my characters lives. They told me who they were going to be and they came alive in my heart and my mind.

I like silly. It takes me away from the real word and I hope my readers do to. I hope they come to know and care about the Brilliant Minnesota characters as their lives develop in the books that follow.

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Home Schooling When A Single Parent

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
“Home Is Where the Heart Is for High School” by Valerie Steimle
Back cover blurb:
High school is often the most intimidating aspect of homeschooling.  Most parents don’t know anything about preparing transcripts for college and the unknown is scary. Home Is Where the Learning Is for High School helps parents learn the necessary classes to graduate for college, or trade school as well as information on how to write high school transcripts, how to plan and execute a graduation, transitioning from public school and more. 
Bio:
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Valerie J. Steimle has been a family advocate for over twenty-five years writing for newspapers and blogs in support of family unity. She has been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints since 1969 and graduated from Ricks College (now Brigham Young University- Idaho campus) in 1979. She attended Brigham Young University in Provo from 1979 to 1982 studying special education and which is also where she met and married Robert Steimle.  They had nine children together and started homeschooling in 1990 while they were living in San Diego.

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