Monday, May 31, 2010

Formula for happiness revealed in Terry M. Drake's 'Live Happily, Ever After...Now!'

Live Happily, Ever After… Now! uses age old, time tested secrets (found in NLP, Law of Attraction, Positive Psychology, and Hypnosis) to teach you how to create the life you want! Ask yourself: Are you in control of what you think, act and feel? Are you living the life you want? Would you like to be happy and successful in everything you do? The key is learning how much control you have over your life, your beliefs and attitudes about yourself, others and the world you live in. Once you understand that you are in control (and you will), then you can use the 9 simple steps to begin living the life you want.

This is the exciting premise of Terry M. Drake’s new self-help book, Live Happily, Ever After…Now! (Lake House Publishing).

Read the excerpt:

The formula for Happiness

What is the formula for happiness? As if there is a secret formula, which you could mix up a batch of in the lab. Well, actually it isn’t even that complicated. You don’t need the lab, you don’t need to mix any solutions, and that wouldn’t result in real happiness. As funny as this notion seems, our society has jumped on board with this idea. You are told a medication will help with all your problems. You are bombarded with advertisements about how much better life would be with a cold beer or how you will be happy once you buy that new car.

I can confidently tell you that without a change in your beliefs you will not find true happiness. Medications, relaxing moments, alcohol, and material things can help you enjoy your life, but alone they will never bring you true happiness. Permanent success and happiness will only come from within and only by making changes to the way you think about yourself and others.

Now, there is a simple formula for happiness and the best part about it is that it is already within you. Not only is it within you, it is under your control. It is also much easier than you think to lead a happy and successful lifestyle. Most of you don’t realize or fully understand this and that is okay. The most interesting fact is that you already use the formula, you just don’t understand it yet and that results in your continued unhappiness.

Terry M. Drake is a Licensed Social Worker, National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Trainer of Ericksonian Hypnosis and NLP. He has spent the last 15 years learning about himself and others, through his academic studies resulting in his MSW and his professional studies, as a family therapist, clinical supervisor and vast training and research into hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming, the law of attraction and positive psychology. Terry is currently a Director of mental and behavioral health programs and a Life Coach, Hypnotherapist in private practice. He is also ready to put his skills to use as an author, speaker, consultant and coach. Terry lives in Wellsboro, Pa with his wife and children.

His latest book is Live Happily, Ever After…Now!

You can visit his website at www.livehappilyeverafter-now.com.

Terry will be on virtual book tour June 1 – July 30 ’10. Visit his official tour page at Pump Up Your Book to find out more about his new self-help book, Live Happily, Ever After…Now!

Amazon is the best way to obtain your copy, although it will be available to order in most local bookstores.

Ann Putnam's 'Full Moon at Noontide': heart-wrenching memoir about loss and laughter

This is the story of my mother and father and my dashing, bachelor uncle, my father’s identical twin, and how they lived together with their courage and their stumblings, as they made their way into old age and then into death. And it’s the story of the journey from one twin’s death to the other, of what happened along the way, of what it means to lose the other who is also oneself.


My story takes the reader through the journey of the end of life: selling the family home, re-location at a retirement community, doctor’s visits, ER visits, specialists, hospitalizations, ICU, nursing homes, Hospice. It takes the reader through the gauntlet of the health care system with all the attendant comedy and sorrows, joys and terrors of such things. Finally it asks: what consolation is there in growing old, in such loss? What abides beyond the telling of my own tale? Wisdom carried from the end of the journey to readers who are perhaps only beginning theirs. Still, what interest in reading of this inevitable journey taken by such ordinary people? Turned to the light just so, the beauty and laughter of the telling transcend the darkness of the tale.

During the final revisions of this book, my husband was dying of cancer, and he died before I could finish it. What I know so far is this: how pure love becomes when it is distilled through such suffering and loss–a blue flame that flickers and pulses in the deepest heart.

As I finish this book he is gone three months.

These are the words of Ann Putnam, author of the heart-wrenching memoir, Full Moon at Noontide: A Daughter's Last Goodbye (Southern Methodist University Press).

Here's an excerpt:

Writing this now in a rainy light after loss upon loss, a memory comes to me. When I was a teenager, I took voice lessons from Ruth Havstad Almandinger, who gave me exercises and songs I hardly ever practiced. I have wondered why this memory has so suddenly come to me now, and why this, the only song I remember, comes back to me whole and complete:

“Oh! my lover is a fisherman/ and sails on the bright blue river
In his little boat with the crimson sail/ sets he out on the dawn each morning
With his net so strong/ he fishes all the day long
And many are the fish he gathers
Oh! My lover is a fisherman
And he’ll come for me very soon!”

If only I’d known then that my true love would be a fisherman, I might have practiced that song harder and sung it with more feeling, which was what Ruth Havstad Almandinger was always trying to get me to do. If only I’d had a grown up glimpse of my true love when I was sixteen, I would have sung that song so well. If only I’d known he would have cancer and go to the lake for healing the summer after the radiation treatments were done. If only I’d known that I would be his fishing partner that miracle summer of the sockeye come into the lake from the sea. If only I’d known that the cancer would return and that I would do everything I could to save him, knowing all along that he could not be saved, and that my heart would break beyond breaking, then break again. If only I’d seen the sun coming up over the mountains and the sky shift from gray to purple and the pale smudge of light against the mountains turn gold just above the crest. If only I’d seen the sun glinting off those sunslept waters as my love lets down the fishing lines, and off in the distance a salmon leaps—a silver flashing in the sky as if to split the heart of the sun—before it disappears into a soundless splash, in this all too brief and luminous season, to spawn and to die—oh, how I would have sung that song.

Ann teaches creative writing and women’s studies at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She has published short fiction, personal essays, literary criticism, and book reviews in various anthologies such as Hemingway and Women: Female Critics and the Female Voice and in journals, including the Hemingway Review, Western American Literature, and the South Dakota Review. Her recent release is Full Moon at Noontide: A Daughter’s Last Goodbye. You can visit her website at www.annputnam.com.

Ann will be on virtual book tour June 1 - July 30 '10. Visit her official tour page at Pump Up Your Book to find out more about her new memoir, Full Moon at Noontide: A Daughter's Last Goodbye.

Amazon or Barnes & Noble are the best way to obtain your copies, although it will be available to order in most local bookstores.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Henry David Thoreau immortalized in Kenny Luck's new book 'Thumbing Through Thoreau'

On July 4, 1845, when Henry David Thoreau moved into his cabin on the shores of Walden Pond, he was probably unaware that his abode in the woods, and the impact and influence of that endeavor, would forever echo through time. Thoreau was an uncompromising idealist; an ardent maverick who criticized his fellow man. He urged that men and women ought to live more simply, and more deliberately. “The mass of men,” he famously wrote, “lead lives of quite desperation.” Yet the scope of Thoreau’s message is much wider than social criticism. He speaks of spiritual transcendence in Nature and the unbounded potential of the individual. Thoreau is a dreamer and he speaks to dreamers. In a word, shun dogmatism and demagoguery; see beyond the immediate conventional religious explanations to reap a higher understanding. In our commodified contemporary American society, with the rise of religious intolerance and fundamentalism, materialism and mass consumerism, Thoreau’s message is needed now more than ever. Author Kenny Luck has thumbed through Thoreau’s voluminous journals, correspondences and other publications to make this the most comprehensive collection of Thoreau aphorisms available.

This is the exciting premise of Kenny Luck's new inspirational coffee table book, Thumbing Through Thoreau - A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau (Tribute Books).

Kenny Luck is a graduate student at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History/Political Science from the same institution. He writes for The Weekender – an arts and entertainment weekly – and is currently working on his second book. He enjoys recording music, book browsing, and travel. You can visit his website at www.thumbingthroughthoreau.com.

Thumbing Through Thoreau is his debut book.

Kenny will be on virtual book tour June 1 - 25 '10. Visit his official tour page at Pump Up Your Book to find out more about his new inspirational coffee table book, Thumbing Through Thoreau.

Amazon or Barnes & Noble are the best way to obtain your copies, although it will be available to order in most bookstores.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fairies in Feyland make Kaylin Gow's 'Bitter Frost' a great summer read

All her life, Breena had always dreamed about fairies as though she lived among them…beautiful fairies living among mortals and living in Feyland. In her dreams, he was always there the breathtakingly handsome but dangerous Winter Prince, Kian, who is her intended. When Breena turns sixteen, she begins seeing fairies and other creatures mortals don t see. Her best friend Logan, suddenly acts very protective. Then she sees Kian, who seems intent on finding her and carrying her off to Feyland. That’s fine and all, but for the fact that humans rarely survive a trip to Feyland, a kiss from a fairy generally means death to the human unless that human has fairy blood in them or is very strong, and although Kian seemed to be her intended, he seems to hate her and wants her dead.

This is the exciting premise of Kailin Gow's new young adult fiction novel, Bitter Frost (The Edge; June 2010).

Here's an excerpt:

The dream had come again, like the sun after a storm. It was the same dream that had come many times before, battering down the doors of my mind night after night since I was a child. It was the sort of dreams all girls dream, I suppose – a dream of mysterious worlds and hidden doorways, of leaves that breathe and make music when they are rustled in the wind, and rivers that bubble and froth with secrets. Dreams, my mother always told me, represent part of our unconsciousness – the place where we store the true parts of our soul, away from the rest of the world. My mother was an artist; she always thought this way. If it was true, then my true soul was a denizen of this strange and fantastical world. I often felt, in waking hours, that I was in exile, somehow – somehow less myself, less true, than I had been in my enchanted slumber. The real world was only a dream, only an echo, and in silent moments throughout the day it would hit me: I am not at home here.


I would shake the thought off, of course, dismiss it as stupid, try and apply my mother's armchair psychoanalysis to the situation. But then, before bed, the thought would come to me, trickle through the mire of worries (boys, school, whether or not I'd remembered to charge my IPod before getting into bed, whether or not my banner would be torn down yet again from the homeroom message board) – will I have the dream tonight? And then, another thought would come to me alongside it. Will I be going home again.
And the night before my sixteenth birthday, the dream came again – stronger and more vivid than it had ever come before, as if the gauzy wisp of a curtain between reality and dream-land had at last been torn open, and I looked upon my fantasy with new eyes.


I was a fairy princess. (When waking, I would chide myself for this fantasy – sixteen-year-old girls should want to start a fruitful career in environmental activism, not twirl around in silk dresses). But I was a fairy princess, and I was a child. I dreamed myself into a palace – with spires reaching up into the sun, so that the rays seemed to pour gold down onto the turrets. The floors were marble; vines bursting with flowers were wrapped around all the colonnades. The halls were covered in mirrors – gold-framed glass after gold-framed glass – and in these hundred kaleidoscopic images I could see my reflection refracted a hundred times.


I was a toddler – perhaps four, maybe five years old, decked out in elaborate jewels, swaddled in lavender silk, yards and yards of the fabric – the color of my eyes. I hated the color of my eyes in real life – their pale color seemed to make me alien and strange – but here, they were beautiful. Here, I was beautiful. Here, I was home.


Kailin Gow is the multi-published author of The Shy Girls Social Club Handbook for Dealing with Bullies and Other Meanies and 30 more books for teens and young adults, including The Gifted Girls Series which have been recommended by the Parents Teachers Association, PBS Kids, Homeschooling organizations, and Best Teens Books lists. Her fiction titles for older young adults and adults are: Diary of a Discount Donna (A Fashion Fables Novel), and the newly released The Phantom Diaries and Rise of the Fire Tamer (Wordwick Games Book 1). She holds a Masters Degree Communications Management from USC, and Bachelors Degrees in Drama and Social Ecology from UC Irvine. She is a mother, a mentor for young women, and the founder of the social group for girls age 13 to 19 called Shy Girls Social Club at shygirlssocialclub.com. You can sign up to follow her on Twitter at KailinGow, and can be reached at sparklesoup (dot) aol (dot) com.

You can visit her website at www.sparklesoup.com.

Kailin will be on virtual book tour June 1 - 11 '10. Visit her official tour page at Pump Up Your Book to find out more about her exciting new YA fiction novel, Bitter Frost.

Amazon or Barnes & Noble are the best way to obtain your copies, although it will be available to order in your local bookstores.


Bitter Frost by Kailin Gow

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Five Things You Need to Know About 'Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting!'

Our special guest today is Robert Boich, author of the memoir/self-help book, Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting!

Making a resolution to address an alcohol or substance abuse issue is only the beginning. The real work begins when the alcoholic or addict acknowledges that something has to be done. As one counselor put it, “An addict only has to change one thing: everything.” More than mere abstinence or simply eliminating certain people and places from one’s daily routine, a successful recovery requires a brand-new approach in dealing with life. In this compelling, intimate narrative, Boich shares his struggles, and insights encountered during his first six months in recovery.

Five Things You Need to Know About Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting!

by Robert Boich

1. Unlike many of the non-fiction first-person narratives regarding substance abuse and recovery that have been written in the past, the author, Robert Boich, does not go into great detail regarding his history of substance abuse. Aside from offering the reader enough information to understand how far the author had fallen, the story, instead, is written in a manner which focuses on the changes that are necessary in order to live a sober lifestyle.

2. The story is designed to appeal to the newcomer to recovery. The author relies on his own feelings and experiences during his first six months in recovery, and presents them in a manner which will assist other addicts and alcoholics to cope with the hurdles associated with early sobriety.

3. Although the book is intended to help in guiding the newcomer in recovery, much of the information discussed within its pages can be utilized by anyone in order to better deal with life on life's terms. Furthermore, there is no expiration date for the tools and information that the author writes about: the materials and lessons hold true regardless of whether you have been sober for six days or six years.

4. The author's story is honest. There are no embellishments. The story is based on the author's journaling activities. Much of the information was originally intended to be kept private, or at the least, limited to group discussions in rehab facilities and 12-step meetings. It was only at the urging of one of the author's counselors that Boich decided to write this book.

5. There is another self-help book titled, Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting, written by Lynn Grabhorn that deals with the power of positive feelings. This should not be confused with Robert Boich's book, Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting! A Bridge from Addiction to Early Recovery.

Robert Boich was born in Phoenix Arizona. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, and a law degree from Ohio northern University. He also holds an LLM in taxation from Boston University. The author is currently working on his second book, a novel, based on World War I and the battle of Verdun. In his free time, Boich enjoys golfing, skiing, reading and traveling. He is married with four children and practices law in Ohio. His latest book is Excuse me, Your Life is Waiting! which you can find out more on his website at www.rwboich.com.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Five Things You Need to Know about Take Me Out to the Ballgame

We have a special guest post by Gary Morgenstein, author of Take Me Out to the Ballgame (CreateSpace, $16.95).

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
is about baseball and bailouts, as American as apple pie. Weaving today's economic malaise with the powerful magic of a Cinderella baseball team, Take Me Out to the Ballgame is a political baseball novel for our times. The Buffalo Matadors haven't won a world championship in 37 years, a dying franchise. Until flamboyant Harry Witowsky, a 21st Century George Steinbrenner, buys them, vowing to do whatever is necessary to change the fortunes of the "Door Mats." Victories and attendance climb as Witowsky creates an Us versus Them mentality at the Stadium. The rally cry of "Where's My Bailout" replaces "Let's Go Mats." Buffalo's surprising surge resonates with a nation afraid of losing jobs and homes, shaken by terrorist threats, frightened for the future. The Matadors become America's Team.

Five Things You Need to Know about Take Me Out to the Ballgame
By Gary Morgenstein

In Take Me Out to the Ballgame, the Buffalo Matadors haven’t won a world championship in 37 years, a dying franchise. Until new owner Harry Witowsky, a self-made millionaire with a chain of plumbing supply stores, vows to do whatever is necessary to change the fortunes of the “Door Mats.”

Dump the high-priced veterans. Call up the kids. Hire sexy cheerleaders, the Mattettes. And incite the recession weary fans of Buffalo into becoming an unruly “10th Man” by encouraging them to do anything to help their team win.

As the Mats surge and sell-outs become the norm, the Us versus Them mentality intensifies, unleashing violent resentment whipped up by the all-seeing digital scoreboard. When Mortgage Day (where a lucky fan wins mortgage payments for a year) lands Witowsky in legal trouble, he becomes a political hero. A Tea Party on July 4th follows; Harry in 2012 signs flourish.

The rally cry of “Where’s My Bailout” replaces “Let’s Go Mats.” Buffalo’s surprising success resonates with a nation afraid of losing jobs and homes, shadowed by terrorism, frightened for the future. The upstart Matadors become America’s Team.

As the Mats battle for first place against the rival Indianapolis Racers, one long-suffering fan, Cal Fleisher, resents all the front-runners. He is the true Number One fan. And he’s determined to prove just how far he will go for his team.

Why did you write this book? I wrote Take Me Out to the Ballgame powered by a deep love and respect for baseball and through the prism of my fascination with politics and history. Our nation is buffeted by divisiveness and fear with greed the paramount enemy. What I did in this unique novel – a baseball political thriller is a rarity – was blend sports and politics to capture the rocky tenor of the times through a story of a Cinderella baseball team.

What do you hope to accomplish with this novel? Like any novelist, I want to entertain and make my readers feel and think. I hope they will identify or, at the least, empathize with the characters struggling to make a living and support their families, yet scared that the disconnect between their dreams and the political system is too vast, too disquieting.

Do you write from a political perspective or agenda? While I am a neo-conservative who has voted for both parties – though more often Republicans – as a writer my duty is to the story, not engage in political hectoring. Characters range across a wide spectrum of views and it is up to the reader to determine what resonates with them. They might get angry at some things. I hope so. That means I’ve touched a chord. Indifference is the mortal foe of a writer.

Which baseball team do you root for? I am a somewhat fallen Yankee fan. I grew up in the Bronx a fanatic fan, much like the main character of my novel, Cal Fleisher. When the players went on strike in 1994, a little of me died and it’s taken a while to recover from the shock of wow, this is a business. That offends the traditionalist in me which still believes the best way to experience baseball is by listening to the radio on a warm summer night.

Were you an athlete growing up? Yes and a pretty poor one. For my novel The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees, I tried out for the Yankees as a promotional stunt. I was lousy at 13. Decades later, I didn’t improve any. But yet I stood with a bat at home plate at Yankee Stadium, just like the Babe and the Mick and Reggie and Derek. Except for the results!

Gary Morgenstein is co-host of the Purple Haze radio show, Thursdays at 9PM/ET at blogtalkradio.com/mediablvd. In addition to his dating and relationship book How to Find a Woman…Or Not, Morgenstein’s novels include Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman, about a divorced man who falls in love with a beautiful woman rabbi; Jesse’s Girl, a powerful story about a father’s search for his adopted teenage son, and Take Me Out to the Ballgame, a political baseball thriller, as well as the baseball Rocky The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees. His prophetic play Ponzi Man played to sell-out crowds at the New York Fringe Festival. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, surrounded by lots of books and rock and roll CDs. He is Director, Communications, for the Syfy Channel. Please visit him at gary.garymorgenstein.com.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Win free copy of Becky Due's 'Returning Injury'

Enter to win a free copy of Becky Due's RETURNING INJURY at Literarily Speaking!!!

Rebecca’s life just keeps getting better. With Jack away on business, she’s looking forward to ford days alone to work on her new client’s PR campaign to help women take back their lives. But her past intrudes. Roy, the man who stalked and assaulted her years before, has been released from prison. Home alone in her big, beautiful house out in the country, Rebecca has to learn to take back her own life while facing her fears and regaining her strength. But will she be strong enough when she faces the ultimate test?

Deadline: May 13


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Interview with J.P. White, author of 'Every Boat Turns South'

In the last 35 years, J.P. White has published essays, articles, fiction, reviews, interviews and poetry in over a hundred publications including The Nation, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Gettysburg Review, American Poetry Review, and Poetry (Chicago). He is a graduate of New College in Sarasota, Florida, Colorado State University and Vermont College in Fine Arts. He is the author of five books of poems and a novel, Every Boat Turns South.

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Jay. Can you tell us how long you've been writing professionally and how your journey led to writing your latest book, Every Boat Turns South?

I've been working as a professional writer for over 30 years. I've written journalism, movie and theater reviews, as well as book and magazine promotion and everything in between including poetry. About ten years ago, it dawned on me that poetry would not allow me to tell all the stories I had in me -- so I took my skills as a writer and started learning how to write
prose.


Q: I love your title. Can you tell us why you chose it?

South is direction we all find sooner or later. The body turns south. Life turns south. And in my story, the boat turns south. Matt Younger, the protagonist of my novel, is hired to deliver a boat south from West Palm Beach to St Thomas in the British Virgin Islands. Matt's own life went
south, literally and figuratively, years ago and now he has returned north to make a confession to his dying father. And finally, as the body wears out and dies, it too goes south.


Q: Why did you believe your book should be published?

My story has been called a cross between Ordinary People and Body Heat, but at its core it's very much a story of guilt and redemption and that one pivot point gives Every Boat Turns South more of a universal appeal.


Q: Can you tell us the story behind your book cover? Did you choose it or did your publisher, The Permanent Press, have full control? Were you happy with the decision or did you have something else in mind?

Lon Kirschner is a wonderful designer and has worked with The Permanent Press for years, maybe since the beginning thirty years ago. He had several ideas, but when I saw the that showed stormy clouds above an angle of sail, I knew his art would strike a chord.


Q: How have you approached marketing your book? Do you have someone doing it for you or have you had to do most of the marketing yourself?

I've worked with a couple of publicists, but mostly I've found that you just have to dig in and make something happen yourself.


Q: What book on the market can it compare to? How is it different? What makes your book special?

One reviewer has compared me to John D. Macdonald and I'll happily accept that comparison, but frankly I didn't set out to write a mystery. I intended to write a good novel that had a mystery in the middle of it.


Q: Open to a random page in your book. Can you tell us what is happening?

Matt Younger, the protagonist, has just made a very poor decision to steal $2 million dollars worth of cocaine from a drug pilot named Jimmy Q.


Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

There will be three other books in the Matt Younger series, but at the moment I'm working on an historical novel set during Prohibition entitled, Whiskey and Hard Water.

Q: Thank you for your interview, Jay. We wish you much success!

J.P. will be on virtual book tour May 3 – June 25. Visit his official tour page at Pump Up Your Book to find out more about his exciting new book, Every Boat Turns South. Amazon or Barnes & Noble are the best way to obtain your copies, although it will be available to order in most bookstores. You can visit J.P.’s website at www.jpwhite.net for more information about the book.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Interview with Dale Robyn Siegel, Author of "The New Rules For Mortgages"









About Dale Robyn Siegel


Dale Robyn Siegel is a licensed attorney in New York and President of Circle Mortgage Group, in Harrison, New York. She is an adjunct professor at NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate as well as Baruch College. Dale is the editor for the blog “Diaries of a Mad Mortgage Broker” and has been speaking to the public and teaching real estate professionals about mortgage finance for the past ten years. Her latest book, She is currently working on a second book, The 20 Hour S.A.F.E. Comprehensive Mortgage Loan Originator Course Textbook. This course is now required nationally for all mortgage professionals with direct consumer contact. She will be teaching the course herself in the New York Metropolitan area. Siegel holds both an MBA and a Law degree which have given her the base to be a leader in her field. Dale lives in the New York Metro area and is frequent world traveller and avid bicycler.

To find out more, please visit www.dalesiegel.com or www.thenewrulesformortgages.com.


The Interview


Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Dale. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

A: I am an author and adjunct professor at both NYU and Baruch College and have been doing consumer based seminars on first time home buying and other topics for over ten years. I have been blogging and writing about real estate for years. The New Rules for Mortgages was picked up by Penguin Publishing in 2009 after the implosion of the real estate industry.

Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

A: The New Rules for Mortgages is a primer on how to get a mortgage under the new guidelines. It is concise book, which details the process of getting a mortgage, while educating the reader on making the best choices for mortgages and housing expenses for themselves. Given the opportunity, I felt it was time I reached out to the widest audience I could to present the hard facts of my contrarian views. (don’t bite off more than you can chew and don’t borrow more than you should).

Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

A: Time. The publisher wanted this to be a stand-alone book that was pushed to print quickly. I signed my contracts in November and had to have a final draft by March, 2009. However, I was lucky to have excellent editors who let me update information all the way to the end of April, 2009. I truly feel that I was able to get it all in and it will be fresh for the next few years at least.

Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it? Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

A: I have a press kit which includes my bio, speaking topics, contact info and photos. It is located at

http://www.dalesiegel.com/press-room.html

Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV? What are your upcoming plans for doing so?

A: Yes, I have done many interviews on radio and a few on Television. I teach often and do seminars to professionals, so I get many opportunities to speak about my book and thoughts on home ownership. The next big thing planned is a blog tour in May, 2010. This is great fun and a fabulous use of technology. It also allows me the opportunity to meet interesting people who write and speak about personal finance and homeownership.

Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is? If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

A: I was lucky enough to get my book proposal directly into the hands of an agent, so I do not have one at this time. My second book deal was also picked up directly from the publisher through word of mouth. I do think it is important to have proper representation in any profession, so if the need comes up, I would most certainly get an agent. You need someone in your corner looking out for your best interests.

Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?

A: We had launched a book site the month prior to the release date, which gave us much on line exposure. The publisher’s in-house PR firm also sent out over 250 books to the press for review. This all helped give the release legs!

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

A: Yes, I will soon be working on another book on mortgages. It is a college textbook on residential mortgages and the industry. It is an updated version of a book, last written in 2005. This shows that there is a need for this group to be educated on the subject. I am a huge advocate of financial education and would like to see mandatory education in high school on the basic financial stuff.

Q: Thank you for your interview, dale. Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?

A: The book can be purchased in brick and mortar stores, found in local libraries (which I am proud of) and of course online. Here is a link to Amazon http://bit.ly/aCkNGK



About The New Rules For Mortgages


The New Rules for Mortgages is a concise and plainspoken book covering the basics of what you need to know about real estate transactions and how to get the best mortgage for you. This book is 200 pages of pure information, detailing the steps and buzz words for obtaining the perfect mortgage with the least amount of stress.

In the new dawn of real estate, the rules of the game have changed. The consumer must be proactive in understanding their own transaction and the real estate professional must be responsible in the part they play. Buying a home and borrowing hundreds of thousands of dollars should never be left in the hands of another. The reader of The New Rules for Mortgages will be empowered with the knowledge to take full control of their decisions, surround themselves with the best professionals and guarantee their house is not only a home but a perfect fit in their big financial picture. This book is the one to read before buying a home or advising someone else to.

Dale Robyn Siegel takes her 20 years of experience and 10 years of teaching skills and lays it all out on a silver platter- spiced with a bit of humor

Interview with Becky Due, author of ‘Returning Injury’

Rebecca’s life just keeps getting better. With Jack away on business, she’s looking forward to four days alone to work on her new client’s PR campaign to help women take back their lives. But her past intrudes. Roy, the man who stalked and assaulted her years before, has been released from prison. Home alone in her big, beautiful house out in the country, Rebecca has to learn to take back her own life while facing her fears and regaining her strength. But will she be strong enough when she faces the ultimate test?

This is the premise of suspense author Becky Due’s new book, Returning Injury: A Suspense Celebrating Women’s Strength (Due Publications).

Becky, like the main characters of her novels, spent many years running from herself, looking for love, crying a little and laughing a lot along the journey of finding herself. Through writing, Due found her passion. She is the author of several books and is currently working on her next n
ovel.

She has been a guest on national radio programs and has been the subject of numerous newspaper and national magazine articles for empowering women through her novels. She has served as a guest speaker at Women’s Resource Centers, Shelters, Colleges and High Schools within the United States. Becky has had extensive training at Victim Services, worked the 24-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis-Line and was a Victim’s Advocate where she offered one-on-one assistance and support to rape victims. In 2007, Becky started, Women Going Forward, the first national women’s telephone support group, which ran for almost two years. After receiving much recognition for her novels, Becky’s focus turned back to her writing and empowering women through her novels.

We interviewed Becky to find out more about her exciting new book, Returning Injury, and her life as a published author.

Welcome to The Writer's Life, Becky. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Like many writers, I started writing poetry, songs, short stories and lists. I like the act of putting pen to paper and writing down what matters.

In my twenties, I was good at running from my life. I had no problem jumping on a Greyhound bus and going wherever it would take me or living homeless in my car. I didn’t settle down or feel content in my life until I realized my passion for writing. I started putting my stories together to create my first novel, The Gentlemen’s Club, A Story for All Women, which involves parts of my life during that crazy time, mixed in with fiction. Today, I’m settled and happy in my life and career as an author.


Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

Returning Injury unfolds while you follow Rebecca for four days, and the chapters are in fact the time of day starting with Sunday 3:00 pm.

Rebecca’s perfect husband, Jack is away on business, so she’s looking forward to four days alone to work on her new client's PR campaign to help women take back their lives. But her past intrudes. Roy, the man who stalked and assaulted her years before, has been released from prison. Home alone in her big, beautiful house out in the country, Rebecca has to learn to take back her own life while facing her fears and regaining her strength. But will she be strong enough when she faces the ultimate test?

I’ve wanted to write a suspense novel, so I decided to take on the issue of stalking. According to statistics, stalking is getting worse and nobody is safe including celebrities. Ivanka Trump, Kim Kardashian, David Letterman and ESPN sports reporter Erin Andrews have been victims. A friend of mine has also been a victim of stalking and it is horrifying what they go through.

How did you come up with your title?

This is a story about a woman, Rebecca, who had been stalked and attacked by a man who has recently been released from prison. She fears that he might blame her and try to get revenge. So I looked up revenge in the dictionary and saw the words Returning and Injury; Returning Injury was perfect. Without giving too much away, Rebecca has to deal with other issues besides Roy, her stalker, so there are different angles of revenge or Returning Injury throughout this novel.


What kind of research was involved in writing Returning Injury?

I had to do a lot more research than I’d expected when I started this novel. I had to figure out the right location of this big beautiful house out in the country; the area had to have an issue with coyotes. I had to research laws and dive deeper into women’s issues, including some derogatory, seedy businesses. I also had to be clear about some medical concerns. I enjoy the research aspect of novel writing.


Has it been a bumpy ride to becoming a published author or has it been pretty well smooth sailing?

It’s been bumpy and smooth at times. I started with the traditional route of agents and publishers, but at the time I was poor, and I didn’t have the money to spend on a professional editor. Although I had eight agents interested in my first novel, The Gentlemen’s Club sat on a shelf for a few years. Once I was in a better situation financially and knew I had several books I needed to write, I chose to bypass the search for a publisher and to start my own company. Having several agents interested in my work was enough to let me know I had something worth sharing.


For this particular book, how long did it take from the time you signed the contract to its release?

I move quickly these days. I’ve had to learn through trial and error, but I love the process. My main goal today is to continue to put out great novels that celebrate the fun, strength and independence of women.


Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is? If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

Right now, I’m a free agent. I’m open to giving the traditional route a try, and I have been considering the idea of working with an agent in the future.


Do you plan subsequent books?

I love my characters, so every one of my novels connects with each other in some way. Sometimes it is obvious, sometimes it is not. By reading my next book, you will always know what is happening with characters from my previous books. For example, Rebecca from Returning Injury knows Angie from The Gentlemen’s Club.


Can you describe your most favorite place to write?

I’m not sure I have a favorite place to write other than every place. I write while sitting next to my husband during sporting events. I write in my different offices. I write at concerts. I write sitting in my car when I’m early for an appointment. I write at the beach. I write at the airport or while flying. I write in bars and restaurants.

I write when I’m inspired and when I have time on my hands.


If money were no object, what would be the first thing you would invest in to promote your book?

The best investment I can make is to continue publishing great novels. One novel seems to compliment the next which helps to grow my readership.


How important do you think self-promotion is and in what ways have you been promoting your book offline and online?

Self-promotion is the key, but it can be a struggle for introverted authors. I have recently shifted my focus to online marketing with book trailers, Blogging, Facebook and Twitter. And I’m having a great time with my virtual book tour.


What’s the most common reason you believe new writers give up their dream of becoming published and did you almost give up?

I think there are two reasons writers give up on their dream of becoming published. They either lack the confidence or lack the money. I’ve experienced both at different times, but I never gave up on my dream. Writing is so much a part of who I am—I’m not sure I have a choice.


Any final words of wisdom for those of us who would like to be published?

It’s tough, but if you want it, go for it… as with any dream.


Thank you for your interview, Becky. I wish you much success!

Thank you.


Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com are the best way to obtain your copies, although it will be available to order in most bookstores. You can visit Becky's website at www.BeckyDue.com for more information about the book.


Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Interview with Robert Boich 'Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting!'

Robert Boich was born in Phoenix Arizona. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and attended Ohio Northern University where he graduated with a law degree. The author also received his LLM in Taxation from Boston University. The author is currently working on his second book, a novel based on World War I and the Battle of Verdun. He lives in Dublin, Ohio with his wife and children. You can visit his website at www.rwboich.com.

Welcome to The Writer's Life, Robert. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

I'm an attorney by trade. I have a very limited practice these days, and have chosen to devote most of my time to my writing and my family. I have three little ones: ages five, seven, and nine. I've been writing for a little over three years now. I've always wanted to write. I'm probably no different than a lot of aspiring authors out there; over the years I've taken a couple stabs at writing a novel, but for one reason or another, my efforts got sidetracked.


Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

The materials for my book came from my journaling during the final days of my active addiction to drugs and alcohol, and my first six months of recovery. The idea for the book came from one of my counselors in rehab. Originally, my writings and observations were only intended to be shared with my fellow group members in rehab or with other attendees of various 12-step meetings I was frequenting on a regular basis. It was towards the end of my outpatient rehab program that one of my counselors suggested that I put my writings and ideas into a book. He was of the opinion that my observations might be able to help other addicts and alcoholics who were struggling with substance abuse issues; maybe even save a life.


What kind of research was involved in writing your book?

Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting! is based on my years, decades for that matter, of substance abuse: both alcohol and drug. So in effect, I really didn't have to do any research on how I got to my bottom; the only real research was in documenting the steps that I took, which were necessary in order for me to begin living a sober lifestyle. The process involves a lot of change. The same counselor that encouraged me to write the book also told our group that an addict only had a change one thing: everything.


Has it been a bumpy ride to becoming a published author or has it been pretty well smooth sailing?

The process has had its ups and downs. I was able to get my manuscript read by one of the major publishing houses. The initial editor felt the project was worth pursuing, and sent it on to the next level. That's as far as things went. The problem wasn't my story, or the quality of my writing, as much as it was the financial reality of the situation. My story was intended for a niche market. The next step was getting my story to an agent, who was also quite encouraging. She was willing to help me market my story to other publishers, but without an author’s platform, she felt it would be difficult to find a publisher. She liked my work, and felt the project could be moderately successful. She suggested that I contact iUniverse, an assisted, self-publishing company, that one of her friends had used.


For this particular book, how long did it take from the time you signed the contract to its release?

It didn't take too long; from the end of August to the middle of March. It was a lot of work. It seemed like I was always reviewing something, or signing off on some minor style change, cover art, bio, and things like that.

Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is? If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

I do not have an agent in the literal sense. I have no contract with the individual who read my manuscript, and helped me find a way to get my book published. I don't believe she is taking any new clients at this time, so I will refrain from sharing her identity with you. I can tell you that her encouragement meant a lot to me, and that her positive assessment of my manuscript, encouraged me to pursue its publication.


Do you plan subsequent books?

Yes, in fact, I'm working on a new project right now. It's a novel based on World War I and the Battle of Verdun. It's a lot different than my first project, but I'm really enjoying the process.


Can you describe your most favorite place to write?

I like to write at home. I have a small office that I've managed to cram full with research materials, maps, and other World War I memorabilia. I like to start in the morning, before my wife and children are up.


If money were no object, what would be the first thing you would invest in to promote your book?

As far as Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting! goes, that's a tough question. My goal in writing the book wasn't to make money or become famous; it was to help other people who were struggling with a substance abuse problem. That being said, if money were no object, I would probably give the book away to any rehab centers, hospitals, halfway houses or other organizations that were interested in circulating the story.


How important do you think self-promotion is and in what ways have you been promoting your book offline and online?

I think self-promotion is very important, especially for those of us who have self-published our work. As far as off-line promotion, for me, it's been by word-of-mouth to friends and family. I've also given copies of my book to counselors in rehab facilities that I have relationships with. I have utilized the marketing departments from my publisher,iUniverse, for a ninety day media marketing effort, as well as two e-mail campaigns. All these efforts have helped, but the best thing I have done is to enter my book in the 2009 Reader Views Literary Award Program. In fact, that's why you're reading this interview right now. My book, won the Pump Up Your Book Award for the Best Regional Book of the Year.


What’s the most common reason you believe new writers give up their dream of becoming published and did you almost give up?

It takes a lot of time and effort to write a book. In addition, there is a tremendous amount of competition out there, and rejection can be a tough pill to swallow. One of the things I learned early on is that many successful writers had a difficult time getting published the first time. That's just the way the business is. Fortunately, there are a lot of different ways to get published these days. Modern technology has made it possible for anyone to get their work published. Personally, I wasn't going to give up. The encouragement I received from the individuals who read my manuscript convinced me that I was doing the right thing.


Any final words of wisdom for those of us who would like to be published?

Don't give up. If you can put the time and effort into writing it, you can get it published by someone, somewhere. There are a lot of options out there today.

Thank you for your interview, Robert. I wish you much success!

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Moonlight Falls is the Albany, New York-based paranoid tale (in the Hitchcock tradition) of former APD Detective turned Private Investigator/Massage Therapist, Richard “Dick” Moonlight, who believes he might be responsible for the brutal slaying by knife of his illicit lover, the beautiful Scarlet Montana. The situation is made all the worse since Scarlet is the wife of Moonlight’s boss, Chief of Detectives Jake Montana.

Why does Moonlight believe he might be responsible?

He’s got a small fragment of a .22 hollow point round buried inside his brain, lodge directly up against his cerebral cortex. The result of a botched suicide attempt four years prior to the novel’s start, an operation to remove the bullt frag would be too dangerous.

But the bullet causes Moonlight lots of problems, the least of which are the occasional memory loss and his rational ability to tell right from wrong. The bullet frag also might shift at any moment, making coma and/or sudden death, a very real possibility.

Still, Moonlight has been trying to get his life together as of late.

But when Scarlet begs him to make the trip over to her house late one rainy Sunday night to issue one of his “massages,” he makes a big mistake by sleeping with her. Later, having passed out in her bed, he will be rudely awakened by a garage door opening and Jake’s unexpected and very drunken homecoming. Making his impromptu escape out a top floor window, Moonlight will seek the safety of his home.

Two hours later however, he will receive another unexpected visit from Jake Montana. This time the big Captain has sobering news to report. He’s discovered his wife’s mutilated body in her own bed. She’s been murdered and now he needs the P.I. to investigate it in association with Albany ’s “overtaxed” Special Independent Unit before I.A. pokes their nose into the affair. Moonlight takes a big step back. Is it possible he made a second trip to the Montana home-sweet-home and just has no recollection of it? Once there, did he perform a heinous crime on his part-time lover? Or is this some kind of set up by his former boss? Is it really Jake who is responsible for Scarlet’s death? Does he wish for Moonlight to cover up his involvement, seal the case before Internal Affairs starts poking their nose into the situation?

There’s another problem too.

Covering Moonlight’s palms and the pads of his fingers are numerous scratches and cuts. Are these defensive wounds? Wounds he received when Scarlet put up a struggle? Or are they offensive wounds? Wounds he couldn’t avoid when making his attack on Scarlet with a blade? The answer is not so simple since Moonlight has no idea where he acquired the wounds.

Having no choice but to take on the mission (if only to cover his own ass), Moonlight can only hope the answers to his many questions point to his former boss and not himself.

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Interview with Robert "Doc" Gowdy: Captain Bonny Morgan: The Cassandra Prophesy

Robert “Doc” Gowdy is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Ph.D. in Literary Criticism and Theory and an emphasis on Nineteenth-Century British literature. His specialization in literary theory is psychoanalytic criticism and theory, particularly Lacanian psychoanalysis, with further emphases on Milton and Eighteenth-Century British literature. Doc Gowdy is currently an adjunct assistant professor at Texas Woman’s University where he teaches various literature classes. His interest in writing is long standing, but aside from academic writing, his first novel, Captain Bonny Morgan: The Cassandra Prophesy is his first foray into fiction. Captain Bonny Morgan is based on archetypal themes and patterns from mythology, such as fairies, goddesses, and the Hero’s Journey, and based loosely on Doc Gowdy’s active duty service in the United States Marine Corps with special emphasis on the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean at the turn of the Eighteenth-Century.

Welcome to The Writer's Life, Doc. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

Currently I’m an adjunct assistant professor of English at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas teaching various literature courses. I hold a Ph.D. in Literary Criticism and Theory from the University of North Texas. Although Literary Theory and Criticism is my specialty, my emphases in literature involves Nineteenth- and Eighteenth-Century British literature, and an emphasis in Milton, as well. I have been actively writing for about twenty years, particularly as it concerns my academic writing. About two years ago I published a scholarly book titled The Text and the Other: Toward the Caesura of the Unconscious. However, my interest in writing fiction has been long standing, but it has been only within the last two years that I have actively, and seriously, pursued the writing of fiction. As a result, I have recently published a new science fiction novel called Captain Bonny Morgan: The Cassandra Prophesy.


Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

My new novel, Captain Bonny Morgan: The Cassandra Prophesy, is a science fiction novel revolving around a central character, Captain Bonny Morgan. Captain Morgan is a beautiful galactic pirate who has been contracted by an unknown entity to conduct a kidnapping that sets a whole series of intrigues and adventures into motion in an effort to overthrow the galaxy’s evil Imperial government. However, although the book’s title indicates that Captain Bonny Morgan is the central character, she is complimented by additional central characters that help to set the whole adventure into motion. As a result, I’d say that the true hero of the novel is Princess Lysette, the Empress Flaccilla’s daughter and the sister of the kidnapped Princess Cosette. In an effort to find her sister—and thus set the Hero’s Journey into motion—Princess Lysette is aided by her loyal, but highly mischievous, slavegirl, Tink. Tink is, of course, a nod to J. M. Barrie’s Tinker Bell, to whom the novel is dedicated. And, as you might expect, Tink has many of the same emotional characteristics as Tinker Bell, although my Tink is, in actuality, a full grown human woman.

Nevertheless, Lyestte and Tink set out to find Lysette’s kidnapped sister. It is through this adventure—really, the Hero’s Journey as outlined by the late mythographer, Joseph Campbell—that Lysette and Tink meet up with a whole variety of wonderful characters along the way (mostly pirates) as they try to find Cosette. They meet up with Jon Black (a mysterious friend and pirate of the same species as Captain Bonny Morgan), the Empress Flaccilla (Princess Lysette’s eccentric and highly oversexed mother) Lady Brit (a beautiful young noble from the slave planet Miin), Bully (the colorful owner of the pirate tavern Pretty Red on the unknown pirate planet Spiller’s Point), Colleen O’Malley (the pirate Queen of the O’Malley Brethren), General John Francis Padrick “Gunns” Mannigan (a former Shield Marine enlisted into the action by Bonny Morgan), Sergeant Major Sean “Buster” O’Malley (Gunns Mannigan’s loyal friend and Colleen O’Malley’s brother), Kana O’Shay (a beautiful pirate and bodyguard with many useful skills), and Gunner Blaze (another beautiful and skillful pirate, and good friend of Kana O’Shay). A great cast of characters, I think.

I got the idea for my novel from my interest in the Golden Age of Piracy that occurred in the Caribbean during the turn of the Eighteenth Century. Once the idea came to my mind, and I had created the character Captain Bonny Morgan, the novel just sort of took off. Before I knew it, I had about a third of the novel written. Once I had that much written, the rest just seemed to come naturally.

In addition to my interest in the Golden Age of Piracy, I have a deep interest in mythology, which, of course, involves goddesses, fairies, damsels in distress, and the like, so I put to use my knowledge of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey to write the novel. Along with the pirate themes in the novel, I wanted to explore mythological themes as well. However, I had a long standing desire to write a fiction novel, particularly science fiction, so once I had the central idea down on paper, the novel seemed to write itself as I went along. And, I must say, I’m quite pleased with the result.


What kind of research was involved in writing Captain Bonny Morgan: The Cassandra Prophesy?

My research for the novel was minimal, given my knowledge and experience teaching literature at the university level. Over the years I have read widely in literature, and have taken a particular interest in mythology, especially as it concerns my reading of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces. It was just a matter of putting all my literary and mythological interests together in fictive form, and thus creating a viable science fiction novel. I did, however, have to do a bit of research concerning my use of pirate slang and “pirate speak” in the novel. Several of the pirates in my novel use a heavy brogue in their dialog sequences. However, my knowledge of Stephen Crane’s Maggie: A Girl of the Streets helped quite a bit in that regard. Crane’s Maggie makes heavy use of the type of brogue I was looking for in several of my characters. Once I mastered the brogues for each character, the dialog sequences became rather easy to write. And, of course, a thorough re-reading of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan was in order with respect to creating Tink, Princess Lysette’s beautiful, and highly mischievous, slavegirl.


Has it been a bumpy ride to becoming a published author or has it been pretty well smooth sailing?

Actually, no, it was not a bumpy ride. I decided from the outset to self-publish the novel. My research indicated that the major publishing houses were not readily accepting unsolicited manuscripts, and that they were cutting back on the titles that they were publishing in the future. So, I decided to self-publish. My decision to self-publish was reinforced by the knowledge that at least two writers for National Review had recently self-published their new novels and books. My only concern with self-publishing the novel, then, was promoting it.


For this particular book, how long did it take from the time you signed the contract to its release?

Although I didn’t sign a contract, but self-published the novel, the entire writing time was four months. Well, five, really. I took an additional month to edit the novel.

Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is? If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

No, I do not have an agent, and I’ve never had one. Given that, at this time, I’m self-publishing and promoting my novels, I’m not sure that an agent is necessary.


Do you plan subsequent books?

Yes, I’m currently a third of the way through a sequel to Captain Bonny Morgan. I plan to make Captain Bonny Morgan a trilogy, with a subsequent trilogy evolving from the Cassandra Prophesy in the first novel. So, five more novels are in the works, so to speak.


Can you describe your most favorite place to write?

In the living room, at my computer, very, very early in the morning. I usually begin writing about 2 or 3 a.m. in the morning.

If money was no object, what would be the first thing you would invest in to promote your book?

A superior bit of cover art for the novel. With Captain Bonny Morgan, I licensed a beautiful image from Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. It is titled: The Void.


How important do you think self-promotion is and in what ways have you been promoting your book offline and online?

Yes, self-promoting a self-published novel is very important. Offline I’ve been promoting my book through my students, my university colleagues, the university newspaper, and my friends through FaceBook. Online, I’m about to do a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Books through the months of May and June.


What’s the most common reason you believe new writers give up their dream of becoming published and did you almost give up?

I think the fear of not being published is the most common reason new writers may give up on their dream to become a published author. However, with the Internet and the ability to become self-published, that dream of becoming a published author is well within any new writer’s reach. And, no, I never really “almost” gave up. I knew pretty much from the start that I was going to self-publish my novel, so I had no concerns that it would not be published. I just had to make sure that I put out a good novel for the public to read.


Any final words of wisdom for those of us who would like to be published?

Never give up. Be consistent. A writer needs to write virtually every day. Granted, a writer needs a day off now and again, but writing every day will get the job done. And with the ability to now self-publish novels and books, the ability to publish what you’ve written is well within your reach.


Thank you for your interview, Doc. We wish you much success!

Thanks, it was a pleasure.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Interview with Dr. John E. Bell: 'Invasion of the Baby Daddy'

Today's guest is Dr. John E. Bell, author of The Invasion of the Baby's Daddy.

Invasion of the Baby Daddy has been a compilation of many American family’s dilemma with people who want to move on from their past mistakes in life of children and relationships and how much it can cost the people we love most when our life choices become complicated with an invasive baby daddy as in the book or even an invasive baby momma into a family situation. This book demonstrates how the American family structure is changing and how the law is often used to separate families and ultimately even end a marriage. In this American story of many with this subject, one family had to find a way to make the ultimate sacrifice to avoid destruction from the invasion of a baby daddy.

Thank you for this interview, Dr. Bell. Could you please tell us a little about your book?
[Dr. Bell] Invasion of the Baby Daddy is a fictional novel about a family that is trying to keep a marriage together in a blended family situation when a Baby Daddy is invading this blended family legally and causing the mother to do the unthinkable, choose between her marriage or her child. Every single Mom's nightmare comes to life in the novel and this story reasonates in the American blended family structure when the circumstances of the law and practical life consequences collide

Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?
[Dr. Bell] My inspiration for this book came out of my own personal experiences with my wife who has a child from a previous relationship prior to our marriage. My wife also had a court order that she did not understand that made her and her baby Daddy equal joint custodians to the child. This also makes their child a ward of the state. Which basically meant that my wife could not leave her state with me unless she gave her child to the Baby Daddy. You can see how this tragedy could strain any marriage. This is what inspired me to write this book.

Who is your biggest critic?
[Dr. Bell] I would have to say that I am probably my own greatest critic, I always seem to try for the perfection of a project. It is usually where I will not accept the least of things knowing that I am looking for the best of things in life. It's that constant strive for improvement and the dedication that I want to give the public something great to experience and wonderful to explore from me as an author.

What are you currently working on?
[Dr. Bell] I am so honored that you guys would ask me this question because I am now working on the release of my next novel that deals with why ordinary people become permiscuous in society. The book is obviously on an adult level but it really allows the reader to engage into the psychological factors that try to answer the question of why as humans do we do what we do sexually? I am so excited about finishing this book, it is really a challenge for me as a person who has been a little bit protected growing up and finally as a grown adult experiencing my male sexual oats if you will. I am sure many guys and females will see themselves in my next release so I feel confident that all will enjoy it.

An author that inspired me?
[Dr. Bell] I would have to say that Maya Angelou with her great book, "I know why the caged bird sings" is an amazing book and uplifting and inspiring all at the same time. I was swept away to see how the book reasonated with me and it demonstrated to me the release of emotions in literature and how one can communicate with great words. My next inspiration was with W.E.B. Dubois, with his great book, "The souls of Black Folk" I really was taken by hs visionary writings and his appeal of his stature at the time being one of the founders of the NAACP and the civil rights movement that shaped the ideology of great thinkers and communicators of today. My other inspiring author would have to be Dr. Cornel West, with all of his great books, Especially "Race Matters". This book gave a definitive outlook that captured my attention like no other at the time. I heard him speak some years ago and he was amazing to hear. Since then I have been quite fond of Dr. West and all of his accomplishments that have inspired me to write and teach at a college myself.

You are stuck on an island and if I had to bring a book to read which one would it be?
[Dr. Bell] Well, of all the books that I would want to read that have always brought me comfort and great peace of mind and optimism in the face of dispair would be the Holy Bible. I would want to have it by my side for the days that the island loneliness would be overwhelming at least I would be able to remind myself that I was no alone. When I would find myself unsure of rescue it would be devastating not to have some form of faith to keep my mind from maintaing some sense of hope. The Bible has great books and scriptures that allows the soul to be uplifted to new heights of powerful thinking and trusting in something even greater than yourself. Yes, in that situation the Holy Bible would be my greatest assest and would certainly bring me personally my greatest comfort.

I hope I have answered all the question that you may have had. I enjoyed answering these questions as well.

Please check out my book on Amazon.com "Invasion of the Baby Daddy"


You can visit Dr. Bell's website at www.drjohnbell.com.