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Author Interview – Sharon Coady

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Sharon Coady lives in Florida with her husband, three of their four daughters and five of their eleven grandchildren. She wrote two books before discovering Romance novels. She has now written a romantic suspense, a romance novella and is currently writing a Christmas novella. She has three published novels. When not working as a nurse for the Veterans Administration or writing she enjoys spending time with her family and riding behind her husband on their Harley.

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Author Interview Series Four – Winter Holidays

This is the sign-up sheet for the Winter Holidays (Thanks Giving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Years, Hanukkah/Chanukah 2015, Solstice, Yule, etc.) interview series – “Brrrr!”

Comment below with the date you’d like to have your interview appear. I recommend choosing three dates in case someone posting before you has already selected the date you want. Once you have commented below, I’ll expect your Facebook PM or email with your information. You can also use the contact form in the menu at the top of the main blog.

Be sure to check back at a later date for the “Liberté, égalité, fraternité,” series 5, in honor of Gandi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other individuals whose lives or actions stood for those things. January 17 – 24. For this segment I’ll entertain authors with stories with a central theme or background theme of freedom, civil rights, solidarity for a good cause, brotherhood, etc.

November 23 – January 5

29th – Joanie Chevalier
30th – LG Surgeson


1st – Sharon Coady
2nd – Danielle Lee Zwissler
3rd – PC Zick
4th – J.M. Brewer
5th – Seven Everson
6th – Aubrey Wynne


Interview questions are located here: The sooner you get your questions back to me, the sooner I can create your post and get it scheduled to post.

Other information I need:

Please provide the following: 1. Author Name. 2. Title. 3. Bio. 4. Blurb. 5. Genre and Sub-Genre. 6. Book cover in jpg or png (largest size possible) 7. Author image if available 8. Social Media and Buy Links.

I also request a content rating:

This is the scale I use:

*5 Not PG17 Nothing sexual left to the imagination
*4 Not PG17 Lots of adult activity, only some details left to the imagination
3 Not PG17 Sex in the furtherance of the story but details left to the imagination
2 PG17+ Some adult situations but no details
1 G No sex, no mature situations, no foul language, great for YA
**0 G Children’s book.
* Ratings 4 and 5, define content as: F/F, M/M, F/M, Menage, BDSM, etc
** I have a different “front page” for children’s books (

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Author Interview Series Three – Halloween

This is the sign-up sheet for the Halloween interview series – “Boo!” Holidays included in this fall between the dates listed below (Samhain, Halloween, etc.)

Comment below with the date you’d like to have your interview appear. I recommend choosing three dates in case someone posting before you has already selected the date you want. Once you have commented below, I’ll expect your Facebook PM or email with your information. You can also use the contact form in the menu at the top of the main blog.

Be sure to check back at a later date for the “Liberté, égalité, fraternité,” series 5, in honor of Gandi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other individuals whose lives or actions stood for those things. January 17 – 24. For this segment I’ll entertain authors with stories with a central theme or background theme of freedom, civil rights, solidarity for a good cause, brotherhood, etc.

October 29 – November 6 ~ Spooky, Horror, Paranormal, Ghost story primary themes.


October 29 –

October 30 – Eric Tanafon

October 31 – Sharon Coady

November 1 – K. Caffee

November 2 –

November 3 –

November 4 –

November 5 –

November 6 –

Interview questions are located here: The sooner you get your questions back to me, the sooner I can create your post and get it scheduled to post. Please select any 10 – 15 questions to answer.

Other information I need:

Please provide the following: 1. Author Name. 2. Title. 3. Bio. 4. Blurb. 5. Genre and Sub-Genre. 6. Book cover in jpg or png (largest size possible) 7. Author image if available.

I also request a content rating:

This is the scale I use:

*5 Not PG17 Nothing sexual left to the imagination
*4 Not PG17 Lots of adult activity, only some details left to the imagination
3 Not PG17 Sex in the furtherance of the story but details left to the imagination
2 PG17+ Some adult situations but no details
1 G No sex, no mature situations, no foul language, great for YA
**0 G Children’s book.
* Ratings 4 and 5, define content as: F/F, M/M, F/M, Menage, BDSM, etc
** I have a different “front page” for children’s books (

You can PM your responses to me on Facebook:, or, email me: tjsauthorcentral [@]

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Author Interview: John Horan

An excellent review by Anela.

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JohnIt was my pleasure to interview John Horan, author of an honest and thought provoking novel titled “A Vagrant at the House of Love”. For the full review, click here

Below are my questions in italics and John’s complete answers beneath them.

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a forty year old man living in Cork, Ireland. I’m single, house sharing with a friend and two dogs that are lounging on the couch next to me.  They’re almost as lazy as I am.  I’ve struggled with addiction and mental illness over the years but just about managed to keep my head above water thanks to very supportive family and friends (managing not to swallow too much when I sank below).  I’ve a strong faith in a God of love that keeps me going too.  I don’t drink or dabble in chemicals anymore but I’m still a…

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Echo-A Dystopian Science Fiction Novel: News

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While I have a little break here…BIG THANKS to Kristi Doll for sharing my work with her group of intrepid artists (poets/musicians I believe it was). Her friend who is a former Marine (I know to capitalize it and say ‘former’-once in the Corps, you are always so) gifted my work with an extremely kind compliment, stating he enjoyed my descriptions of the troops and their movements (believe he was talking about chapters 1&2 of Echo Vol.2). This was actually a concern of mine as all my training/knowledge is outdated/obsolete (tactical doctrine is always evolving and different among various gunfighter communities) I had to streamline stuff as well for storytelling purposes . So Thanks Kristi! And to your friend…Thanks for the compliment! It is my amazing privilege to entertain you all and stay tuned for the next chapter! I’ve hinted at the cool tech in the previous chapters and…

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One of my favorite authors has a book in this collection. How cool is that?

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I had the privilege to beta read this novella from the upcoming Christmas Pets and Kisses by Aubrey Wynne. Dante’s Gift is a lovely contemporary romance with bits of history and a trip to Italy in the mix. I loved all the characters, but really fell in love with the grandmother in this story. Sweet and romantic, Dante’s Gift crosses oceans and generations to melt even the hardest of hearts.
Dante’s Gift – Aubrey Wynne
Seventy years ago, a collie mix brought two hearts together in war torn Italy. Will their story help their grandson find his own Christmas love?

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In the Author’s Corner with Etienne

on air etienne 01BSo today, folks, we have a special guest, Etienne Gibbs, with Blog Talk Radio. He’ll be talking with us about his talk show, In the Author’s Corner with Etienne. The reason why this interview is here, on TJ Talks Writing, is because his show focuses on writers and writing related efforts.

So, give it up for, Etienne, everyone! Take it away, Mr. Gibbs.

How did you conceive of your talk show, In the Author’s Corner with Etienne, on Blog Talk Radio?

After my book, It’s My Turn to Be the Hero, was published in April, 2012, I came to realize that I did not quite know enough about marketing my book successfully. I had more questions than answers. Subsequently, I felt that if I did, perhaps other authors did, too. So, I created the show exclusively for novice and aspiring authors.

That’s an admirable motive for starting this endeavor. What is the focus of your talk show efforts?etienne vintage radio 01A

I’ve created my talk show exclusively for authors of published books and those thinking about writing their first one. So, besides chatting with authors about the story behind their story or writing their book or becoming an author, I ask them to share tips, suggestions, or advice that would be of help to the novice and aspiring authors in our audience.

I’m sure you meet quite a few interesting people. Do you have any special training or credentials for this effort?

With technology as it is these days, no special training or credentials are needed or required to become an online talk show host and/or producer; however, having training and/or experience in public speaking, such as with Toastmasters International, or experience or training skills in communication and/or customer service will surely come in handy. Also, the host needs to be sensitive to the needs of his guests.

You’re right about the availability of information and knowledge. Despite what we see in the news, global society in general is rather savvy. How do you recruit participants for your shows?

Via my friends and followers on Facebook and other social media sites. Sometimes I get referrals from former guests.

What would you like potential guests to know about being on In the Author’s Corner with Etienne?

I ask my guests to come prepared to share a tip, a suggestion, or advice that could help the novice and aspiring authors in our audience. I also like to ask questions about their writing format, routine, and/or discipline.

I also like to joke with them by asking if their characters are in their heads, if they go with them everywhere they go, and if they speak to them in public. Most would ready admit that they interact with the characters in their head, but only at home or in the privacy of their car.

One lady author had a unique and creative answer that I was not expecting. She said,
“If people want to know who I’m talking to, I pull back my hair and show them the earplug in my ear. Then I tell them, ‘I’m listening to my favorite talk show.’ ”

etienne recording booth 01AThat is clever. I may have to do just that myself. How do you help guests on a show feel at ease?

I help my guests feel at ease with my sense of humor and telling them that they have access to my “Go to your room!” command. I tell my guests that I have been known to have a wacky sense of humor, but if it should become too wacky or on the edge, then they have the right and responsibility to tell me, “Go to your room!” Usually, they chuckle with the absurdity of this statement, but they get the message that they are in control.

You seem to have an easy rapport with your guests. That’s a positive. How long have you been doing radio shows?

Our Premiere episode of In the Author’s Corner with Etienne kicked off April 30th, 2012 at 6:00 PM (Eastern), but prior to that, I started my first online talk show, Staying Safe Online, to educate the public of the dangers, cybercrimes, and the cybercriminals of the Internet. That show kicked off June 8, 2008 and was terminated on November 2008 after I was laid off from my day job.

I’m sorry, about your day job. Your show was probably of great help to many of your visitors. Perhaps you’ll be able to bring it back. Now, do you write? What about?

I took a hiatus from writing; having too much fun and delight meeting and interviewing authors from around the world. When I return to writing, it would be in the genre of nonfictional, educational, Christian, and motivational to include parenting. I do have three other books I’m planning to release within the coming year.

You do have your fingers in a few pies. Good luck with the book releases. So, do you have children, a significant other, or pets?

Living as a bachelor in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands in the tiny wooden cottage of a house in which I grew up with my mother. My children are adults now with families of their own and are residing in Hanford, CA and Louisville, KY.

That’s interesting. I hope you retain fond memories of your earlier days in that house. What do you like to do to balance the demands your professional life places on you?

I like to tell people that “I live on the Internet” simply because I sometimes spend as many as 18-20 hours online. When I do have time, I love swimming and snorkeling in our tropical waters. I also love mountain-biking, but I left my mountain-bike back in the States when I returned home. I’m an outdoors sort of guy!

I used to scuba and miss it terribly. I envy you that. Where do you live?

In the city of Charlotte Amalie, on the island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands just East of Puerto Rico.

I’ve never been to the Virgin Islands, perhaps some day. Do you have a routine you follow daily?etienne mic 01 A

I just go with the flow except for the one or two classes I teach as an adjunct instructor at my alma mater, the University of the Virgin Islands.

Now teaching is something that can be rewarding when done well. What’s your fave food, beverage, and/or restaurant?

As a West Indian by birth my favorite foods would be fish and local foods such as fungi, Kalalu, Peas and Rice, Red Peas Soup, coconut water. My favorite local beverages would homemade maubi, sorrel, passion fruit, and soursop. And of course all the local fresh fruits: genips, mangos, coconuts, tamarind, including ice cream made from them.

I like a person who likes good food. What do you like best about what you do?

I love having the opportunity to meet with and speak with authors from around the world. Of course, the discussion has to be in English because of my limited knowledge of foreign languages.

A facility with language can open up a whole new world, but it seems you’re doing quite well even if you’re not poly lingual. What do you like least about what you do?

What I like least about meeting and greeting authors from around the world? Oh, that’s easy to answer. It’s simply this: that I cannot transport myself to the exotic locations where my guests reside.

I hear you there! Who inspires you?

I’m inspired by any one, living or not, who is not afraid to be a pioneer, someone who leads the pack. I’m speaking about role models in all phases of life. In fact, I have a collection of people I admire on one of my Pinterest boards. If I may, I’d like to share the link with your readers. They are:

People I Admire
Many of them I have known personally. And

People Who Still Teach Us, although they have departed this earth.

If more people sought to emulate the good in others, the world would be a better place. Shifting gears a little, if I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?

First of all, that won’t happen. Anyone with a West Indian, or more specifically with a Virgin Islands culture like mine, won’t allow any visitor to go into their refrigerator. Nor would any visitor want to do so. It would be considered rude and disrespectful.

I can tell horror stories about what’s in mine, so I doubt if someone stopped by and peeked in, they’d do it again. What’s your best quality?

My best quality is basically meeting and greeting people. As taught in graduate school of my Social Work classes, my best quality is in establishing rapport with people, especially when they are in crisis mode.

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See, I thought that was one of your strengths. Your least favorable quality?

My least quality is my moments of procrastination. Although I know better, there are times when I tend to procrastinate.

Some people work best under the pressure of a quickly nearing deadline. Maybe you’re one of them. Why isn’t the number 11 pronounced as onety one?

Stupid question.

I think that last question was something on the order of a quirkiness meter. Maybe yours is pegged? If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to survive?

I would want to have 3 important people with me, a cutting tool to survive, and good weather.

Nicely done. Is there anything else you’d like the reader to know about yourself?

Yes, I’d like the reader to know and remember that we all have potential as described via this acronym: TASKS, where the T stands for Talents; the A for Abilities; the S for Skills; the K for Knowledge; and finally, the S for Specialization. Put the letters back together and we have the acronym, TASKS, to remind us of the elements we need to implement when we want to maximize our potential.

That is something to live by, Etienne. And with those final words of wisdom, we say good-bye to Etienne. Please be sure to comment below.



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Author Interview – Michael Robertson

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MICHAEL ROBERTSON is a writer of dark post apocalyptic fiction, horror, and science fiction. He’s been writing for over fifteen years and has been published in several anthologies and magazines, as well as being published by HarperCollins.

His most poplar series is his Crash series. It’s a dark look at the apocalypse, brought about by financial collapse rather than a zombie plague. Although his next book The Alpha Plague, is a much more traditional post apocalyptic story inspired by 28 Days Later.

He has plans for several science fiction books and is currently writing the first draft of New Reality 3: Fear, which will finish off his New Reality series.

As a father of two young children, he writes when he can, which is mostly before they get up and after they’ve gone to bed.

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My job is rather boring. It’s repetitive, redundant and terribly uninteresting, not to mention not mentally stimulating in any way, shape, or form. When I first started the job, I listened to music all day long by way of Pandora Radio. That got old very quickly. Then I purchased a new tablet. I discovered podcasts, in particular those found on National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Radio Exchange (PRX) apps.

Friday, I was listening to a TED talk called Framing the Story. In this show, Andrew Stanton talks about, What Makes a Good Story and brings up the rear with a second speech, What Are The Clues To A Good Story? Tracy Chevalier, writer of Girl With a Pearl Earring, provides insight with her presentation, How Do You Find A Story In A Painting? I was intrigued with Chimamanda Adichie’s, What Are The Dangers Of A Single Story? What caught my attention in Adichie’s talk, was her reference to the impact of culture and it’s presence in the story and effect on the reader.

Of all the speakers for the TED talk mentioned above, Chipp Kidd’s discussion of his approach to creating book covers stands out above the others. You have to listen to his segment of the talk to fully understand the importance of his words. He makes one point that really struck me, don’t treat your audience like imbeciles. He demonstrates verbally (and I can see it in my mind as he’s talking) the importance of either showing or telling but not both. How’s that for a new spin on the old, show don’t tell spiel? Check out Kidd’s cover-art gallery.

As TJs Virtual Tours works with various authors, I will be selecting the occasional book cover to include in this post along with a link to the cover artist and information about the book and the author. So, visit often. If you have a recommendation for a book-cover artist who designed a book-cover for you, please contact me and provide a link to the cover artist’s website as well as a link to a copy of your cover. I’ll contact you if I would like to add it to this post.

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The Alpha Plague
Michael Robertson
Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller; Zombies

Rhys is an average guy who works an average job in Summit City—a purpose built government complex on the outskirts of London. The Alpha Tower stands in the centre of the city. An enigma, nobody knows what happens behind its dark glass. Rhys is about to find out. At ground zero and with chaos spilling out into the street, Rhys has the slightest of head starts. If he can remain ahead of the pandemonium, then maybe he can get to his loved ones before the plague does.


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Dawn (Book Three in the Godmother Diaries) WIP
JE Feldman
Romantic Sci-fi

Dawn grew up with her parents in Cynerin on Planet Earth. Her dream was to fly one of the space ships that took people off-world. Then Earth was drastically dying and ther family missed teh very last shuttle. Facing imminent death, everyone remaining on the planet were put into a cryo-sleep.

After several strange dreams, Dawn finds herself awakened by a motley crew. No one else is capable of being woken from their deep sleep and Dawn has a decision to make.

Will she choose to return to cryo-sleep or can she have a good future with her rescuers?


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Behind the Bar
By PC Zick
Contemporary Romance

Behind the Bar is Book Two in the Behind the Love Trilogy

Susie and Reggie return to the Behind the Love Trilogy as the main characters in this romance. Susie and Reggie have been together since high school. When they watch good friends Dean and Leah find happiness, they both know something in their relationship must change. Susie believes that means marriage; she didn’t expect it to be Reggie deciding they needed a break from one another.

While on break, a handsome publisher comes back to Victory to sweep Susie off her feet, while the voluptuous Sally Jean works her charms on Reggie. Meanwhile, the Victory Tavern owned by Reggie grows into a star attraction for the town. Dean and Leah help, and Susie’s sister Lisa returns home and provides Susie some much needed answers to the questions about their father. Reggie nearly loses everything in a bet that jeopardizes the Tavern. Secrets revealed bring more questions. When Reggie realizes Susie is the woman he loves, Susie must decide if she can ever trust him again.

Before either of them can move forward to a life together, they must realize their past does not define them.


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Her Last Chance
By Danielle Lee Zwissler
Romantic Comedy

Katherine Daniels, advice columnist for High Fashion Magazine, had the life she always wanted in New York: a good job, a city apartment, and a secret crush. On a trip back home to Connecticut to care for her father, one man turned her whole world upside down: Dr. Warren Vance. After being humiliated in NY and pulled into her father’s match-making antics, Kat had to rethink her life. What she didn’t know was that this wasn’t just a second chance, it was her last…

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Erotic Sci-Fi
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In the City of Kalaydan, Arrinay and Bezhyanya, the senior members of the ruling family, are faced with the early maturation of their daughter, Gayadnae. She must start the training. It’s Kalaydan law. Their daughter has other ideas. After concocting a plan to avoid responsibility and almost succeeding in carrying it out, Gayadnae’s life takes an unexpected turn. Grayt, the ever-present … . Read More

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The Five Kingdoms of Severi (Book One: The Keys of Destiny)
By Dora Gonzalez
YA Fantasy/Drama

In a time of peace and treaties, the five kingdoms of Severi lay unguarded and open to the dark hearts of man. Terdune, a neighboring land that had been at constant war with Severi, was defeated over 20 years ago. All threats were eradicated and its lands left without a ruler. Now a new evil has taken up reigns in Terdune and slowly makes it way to its adjacent sister. Edwin’s village is attacked and he is forced to travel halfway across the second kingdom to the King’s Hold. Along the way he must learn the true power of the gifts that were bestowed upon him and discover the meaning of the dreaded fate attached to them.

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Ten on Tuesday with Phillip Stephens

Well worth the read.

Jen Winters is an Indie Author

10985546_10205795518198026_1679537378287654626_nHey there Reader! Thanks for joining me today! I have a geat interview with Phillip Stephens that will unearth some life-shattering details of an indie author’s perspectives on being indie. Phillip and I met through Author Promo Co=op (the book club/indie group I co-Admin with Jessica Wren). He’s been a great asset to the group and I am honored to have him on my blog today.

1. What genre do you write and what drives it for you?

I write in whichever genre the story suggests. I thought of Raising Hell as a literary novel, but I don’t have the pretensions of a literary writer. It really was a workplace satire that grew out of two consecutive workplaces, which I won’t name. Both were schools, one in the school system, the other one of the first charter schools in Texas. In fact, I really write literature and market as genre.

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Can You Change Paper Trim Size and Colour on CreateSpace?

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Before publishing your first paper book with CreateSpace there are a couple of things to consider. Even though you can update it and change the content, once the book has its ISBN and is live for sale you can’t change its size and the colour of the paper. Also, once it’s linked to its Kindle book on Amazon they keep a certain amount of printed books in stock for their quick delivery system, so if you find any major errors in it and rush to fix them, those in stock books will still have to sell first before the corrected ones become available. You could order them yourself I suppose, but I’m not sure how many are printed for this and I don’t see how you could get them from Amazon’s other country sites.

Most of the CreateSpace books that I have bought are 6” x 9”, mostly printed on…

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Do You Let Your Dialogue Do The Talking?

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I’ve never met a fiction author who hasn’t wanted the reader to get completely lost in the words he put on the page (for a writer there’s no better feeling). You want the reader to suspend his disbelief.

As every writer knows (or soon learns), it’s important for readers to know who’s actually talking in any given scene. Obviously, it’s dialogue that tells us what people say and hints at what they do not. It actually goes a step further … and encourages readers to supply their own take on how the spoken words are exchanged.

In other words, dialogue brings a story to life. A writer who cannot make characters talk, and have their conversations require us to listen, has a story that is less than perfect.

In the ever-present writer’s world of “oh shit, did I just screw that up?” every…

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Why Do Book Signings?

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I think it’s a safe bet to say most authors will be offered an opportunity to do a book-signing at some point in time. It can be quite flattering to be asked … until you realize what it really entails:

Long hours of sitting on a hard chair, usually behind a folding table with a small stack of your book(s) planted in the middle, waiting for people to come by and buy a copy for you to sign.

Often you’re part of a larger contingent of authors, all of whom are trying to do the same thing … get people to buy their books.

I’ve done quite a few of them now, and the experience of each one has been a little different. Perhaps the worst one was at a small, independent bookstore during a veritable blizzard.

I was the only one of several…

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“Song at Dawn: 1150 in Provence” by Jean Gill

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Writing about the 12th century and doing it with authenticity is a daunting task. Jean Gill has stepped up to the challenge and achieved success in “Song at Dawn: 1150 in Provence”, Book One in the Troubadour Series. Blending true events with the imagined experiences of both real and fictional historical characters, Gill has created a story that takes hold and won’t let go. From the moment Estela, her lute, and her canine companion Nici awake in a ditch my attention was focused on their adventures and what would become of them. Soon they are joined by Dragonetz los Pros and Alienor of Aquitaine in a journey of discovery and revelation where Christians, Jews, and a mysterious Moor live in an uneasy community.
Inadvertently using her lute and magical voice to capture the attention of Queen Alienor and…

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Millie and Cupcake by Mildred Potash

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What is the title of your latest book?
Millie and Cupcake
What inspired you to write this book?
The love of my pet rat Cupcake.
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What ages is this book suitable for?
It is suitable for ages 1 – 11
How soon do you think parents should start reading to their children?
I think it would be great to read as a bedtime story or during the day.
Do you identify with any of your characters and in what way?
I do identify with Millie because I am also shy.
What was your favorite book as a child?
My favorite childhood book was “The Little Engine That Could.” And “The Poky Little Puppy.”
Who is your favorite children’s book author?
My favorite children’s book authors were Stan and Jan Berenstain, and Richard Mcclure Scarry.
Potash and rats
Did you have a pet as a child?
My step -brother had a dog Amanda. I…

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Blog Reader Book Choices for 2015

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Every month when I review my stats, there’s a book review that has gotten the most interest among my blog readers. I have decided that I will periodically share the top books that have gotten the most attention each month with you all. This does not necessarily reflect my favourite books of each month, but the favourite chosen by my kind readers.

January 2015: Smokescreen by Khaled Talib


February 2015: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult


March 2015: Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins


April 2015: Miramont’s Ghost by Elizabeth Hall


May 2015: From the Ashes: Legend of the Liberator Book 1 by Shelby K Morrison


June 2015: The Other Child by Lucy Atkins


Thank you for tuning in to my reviews and I hope I have suggested a book or two for your to-be-read pile.

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Sunday Surfing 28/6/15

Make Your Readers Cry: Writing Emotional Scenes

A Writer's Path


I watched The Hunger Games last night. I read the book before the movie came out, and I’ve seen the movie a few times. So I obviously knew what would happen. Still, a certain scene got me.

By that, I mean it made me weepy.

I’m not usually a weepy individual, so the moment surprised me. I think the root of it was I forgot this particular scene was in the movie (I don’t think it was in the book). I’d also had a couple glasses of wine. Bad memory + alcohol = the feels (that’s not one of the tips, but maybe write it down anyway).

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Author Interview Series Two – Danielle L. Zwissler

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Danielle Lee Zwissler is an Ohio author. She is a big fan of romance as well as fantasy. She likes her characters to have larger than life personalities, a fair amount of money, and if possible, red hair!

The first book that she had published was “Her Last Chance” and immediately after was the second book of the Daniels Dynasty,”The Art of Seduction”. Soon after, Books-to-go-Now! put out an erotic title of hers “The Trio of Sin”.

Now, Danielle is currently working with four different publishers as well as a group of writers called “The Iron Writer Challenge” a challenge in which 5 writers compete against one another with stories that they’ve written of only 500 words! Thus far, Danielle has won 8 out of the 11 challenges that she has taken.

Currently her list of novels includes several erotica, written under the pen name Heather Lane, western romance, romantic comedies, flash fiction, and soon to be released a young adult fantasy series!

Danielle believes her storytelling and love of writing stems from reading J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series as well as great romance writers, Linda Lael Miller, Bella Andre, and Diana Palmer.

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Check out AR Von’s newest release.

A.R. Von




For every gift there is a price, even for the gods. Medusa and Poseidon have nurtured their secret love for one another for years, until one fateful day, they succumb. But for that moment of bliss, the price is steep indeed. Can Poseidon save the woman he loves from a curse that will mean death to them both?

Add to your Goodreads shelf here:

(Will be available for preorder SOON! Be sure to check A.R.’s fb page for details)

About A.R. Von

was born and raised in Bronx, NY and is the oldest daughter of two girls. She
holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology,
which was only briefly used. She’s a mother of two entertaining teen boys (as
well as a lovely fawn Chihuahua, whom she considers her furry daughter.) She’s
also a wife to a delightfully handsome…

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Poetry is a form that’s not easy for me to work in, but I do enjoy reading what other folks come up with.



He sees the day, on his porch the world is his scenery,

The shows are always different, nothing stays the same.

Everyday he rests his weary soul in his special place,

A lifetime of family and friends but slowly they vanish.

If you pass him by then not a care might you have,

He’s not just an old man, a mothers son, once a young man.

In his rocking chair he can go back in time, yesterday in his mind,

He watches the boy running with his friends, an old man at days end.

He has had quite a life as the value of his being does not fade with the days,

His time here has aged him just as it does every mortal being.

Don’t be fooled while this man with a name sits in his rocking chair,

He has much to say from a mouth, eyes that…

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Author Interview Series One – Nina Falkestav

Nina Falkestav


I have an over-active imagination and a profound love of both non-talking and talking animals which is why I write fantasy (MG/YA) and picture books.I started acting in plays put up in kindergarten, and joined me first theater classes when I was eleven.

Since then I’ve had schooling in the theatrical arts in several schools, and several levels of education. MY love of writing also started at an early age, and has run partly alongside my interest in theater and directing/producing. I have written some shorter fiction and have several started longer stories, but it wasn’t until I got ill and had to spend three days a week in lengthy treatments that I started writing more seriously, mainly because there was little else in the way of creativity to do.

I’ve written two picture books, that pictures are now being commissioned for, and I am currently working on a YA fantasy. My computer and phone are filled with a myriad of further ideas for stories and the list continues to grow. I currently write in Swedish, but I’m hoping to get my Work In Progress translated as soon as it is finished.

I holds a degree in animal husbandry aimed towards pets I have a pionus parrot, and all my current work features cats, probably an effect of living with seven of them.

I have an over-active imagination and a profound love of both non-talking and talking animals which is why I , so far, write fantasy (MG/YA) and picture books. Would love to try to write horror or ghost stories at some point too.

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Author Interview Series One – D. Drache Dragao

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D. Drache Dragao


I’m Drache. I was born in the Gateway City in the Show-Me-State in July of 1987 (damn, I feel old). I’m a sucker for martial arts, though my first love was baseball. The first time I tried to get involved with politics was in second grade competing with a fourth grader and it was a school election; I lost and I didn’t take it well. But, let’s talk about me as a writer. I’m of the belief that writing should reflect both the (wo)man and his/her world, so my content has similarities to my experiences, lifetime thus far, and interactions. As far as my writing goes, see my statement about how writing should reflect the (wo)man and his/her world. In other words, art imitates life and that’s a belief that many share.

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Author Interview Series One – Jami Brumfield

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Jami M Brumfield has a passion for the paranormal, supernatural, and mythological worlds for most of her life. She believes there is a kernel of truth in every story and loves playing detective to discover what that hidden truth is. She has written most of her life. She started with poems and short stories, then graduated to journalism working for online websites. It was only a natural progression that her love of writing and her passion for the unknown would combine. Her books are a product of that union.

Jami is a multi-genre author in the paranormal arena. She currently has 11 series out in the fiction arena and 2 books in the non fiction arena.

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Author Interview Series One – Kat Crimson

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Kat Crimson

Kat Crimson uses her wit and wiles to infiltrate the minds of her characters creating a new wave of cerebral erotica, which engages the brains, the hearts and the loins of her readers in equal measure, adding depth and dimension to what has, in the past, widely been considered to be a genre comprised only of talentless perverts. Untrue. Kat Crimson is a warrior for the cause, on a mission to prove that erotica can arouse the mind as much as the middle bits and that kink can be quality.

Holed up in her log cabin in the frozen northern wilds, where she keeps only the company of cats, Kat sits by a raging hearth fire and taps at the keys of her battered laptop, slaving away in an effort to unearth the perfect recipe to unlock the deepest hungers of your soul. So far, this is what she has come up with:

Four parts pure dark genius, three parts heat, two parts taboo, one part willful indifference and irreverence infused with gritty black humor, a dash of silliness and a sprinkling of chaos – it’s a work in progress…

Kat has a liberal arts degree which is most functional as a coffee coaster. She pursued a broad spectrum of subjects while at university, including creative writing, which she could never fully get into while she was there because the subject matter that she was most passionate about penning was apparently not suitable. Kat has several titles available, including Bait the Hook and Seduced by 2.

Dabbling in a wide variety of things from poetry and pastry to photography and fetish, Kat is a Jill of all trades, but she is mastered by none.

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Author Interview Series One – J. E. Feldman

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J. E. Feldman


Born to a loving family in South Carolina, Jade began to show an interest in reading and writing at the early age of 3. As the years passed by slowly with many adventures of travel and new friends, her stories amassed to a great number. At the age of 15, she decided to create a Fantasy Writers group as a safe haven and family-like networking. This helped her to reach the outside world and discover other authors hiding in the shadows. Thus the getting published urge became a wonderful reality after years of hard, not-so-organized work.

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Interview with historical novelist Helen Hollick


Today I have the pleasure to introduce a gifted writer and a tireless promoter of indie authors: Helen Hollick.
I found her book “The Sea Witch” a real treat. I picked up the book for its historical content, which is as immaculately researched as I was told. The story, however, is much more entertaining than I had anticipated: adventure, romance, action and some mythical element made this hugely enjoyable.
Set in the early 1700s this is a gripping pirate story for adults with fascinating historical and nautical background details. The characters are well developed, the plot moves along fast and the suspense never lets up. A rich and rewarding read.

Welcome Helen. Tell us, how did you come to writing?2 Helen Medium

I’ve always been immersed in the world of ‘story’. One of my earliest memories is coming out of the library clutching one of my favourite books. I was four! At…

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52 Ancestors #21 Sharpshooters and Soldiers

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This challenge is set forth by No Story Too Small,

and this week’s challenge is “Military.”


I can’t only honor one of my ancestors. I need to honor all of them.

My grandfathers who served in the United States military

An * denotes he died in service.

Joel Bluett Culpepper – Confederate Army

William Thomas Fisher – Confederate Army

William Lafayette Brown Jr – Confederate Army

Rev. Joseph M Culpepper – Confederate Army *

Rice Benjamin Carpenter – Confederate Army *

George Washington Spencer – Confederate Army

James C Howington – Confederate Army

William Henry Blanks III – Confederate Army

Hays Rodgers – War of 1812

William Henry Blanks I – American Revolution

Joseph Culpepper Jr – American Revolution

Thomas Young – American Revolution

John B Rice – American Revolution

James Rodgers Sr – American Revolution

Captain Jacob Prickett – American Revolution

My uncles who served in the United…

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